NASCAR drivers weren’t as plentiful on the dirt this week, thanks in part to Alex Bowman’s injury and the postponement of the scheduled High Limits Racing Series event at Kokomo. Still, those that raced made some headlines.
The Cup Series regular embarked on double duty at Millbridge Speedway in North Carolina Wednesday night (May 3) but didn’t finish it, scratching from the wingless micro B-main after a subpar heat race. In winged micro competition, Busch finished fifth in the 17-car field.
The Cup Series regular finally got some dirt after his scheduled late model debut at Georgetown Speedway was rained out the prior weekend. Chastain ran the winged micro division at Millbridge on Wednesday and improved after finishing dead last in his heat race, going from 16th to 11th in the A-main.
The former Truck Series regular had a quiet Sunday at the Orange County Fair Speedway in New York, finishing seventh of nine cars in his Super DIRTcar Series heat race before the remainder of the racing program was rained out.
The Truck Series regular also took part in what was an abbreviated night of DIRTcar racing at Orange County, finishing a distant second in his heat race to Matt Sheppard.
The former ARCA Racing Series regular enjoyed a decently successful weekend with the Comp Cams Super Dirt Series at Batesville Motor Speedway in Arkansas Friday and Saturday. Kile, who is still acclimating to dirt late model racing, made forward progress in his heat race and went from 17th to 12th in Friday’s Bad Boy 98 preliminary feature after transferring through a B-main.
Saturday’s main event went even better, as Kile transferred directly to the A-main from his heat race and improved from 15th to ninth in the final running order over 68 laps.
NASCAR’s busiest dirt racer this weekend was unsurprisingly Cup Series regular Larson, and he made noise in more ways that one. Even with his High Limit tour having to postpone their Kokomo race date to August, Larson’s busy weekend started Thursday as he pulled double-duty at the Atomic Speedway in Ohio between the All-Star Circuit of Champions and the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.
Larson ran well in both events, winning the $10,000 sprint car feature to snap a 238-day winless streak in the 410 sprint car class, then scoring a top-five finish in the late model feature as well.