Dirt Racing’s Winning Moment: Kyle Larson made patient work of surprise polesitter Chase Randall and easily won the Buckeye Brawl with his own High Limit Racing Series at Wayne County Speedway in Ohio Tuesday night (May 16).
Larson proved as smooth on the track’s treacherous cushion as any driver in the field, allowing him both to maintain a lead under green-flag conditions as well as to weather a flurry of late-race cautions that resulted in multiple red-flag incidents that collected Hunter Schuerenberg, Tyler Courtney and Randall.
Dirt Racing’s Dramatic Moment: It came at the race’s midpoint, but Hudson O’Neal’s move to maintain the lead in a three-wide battle with Bobby Pierce and Brandon Overton secured him his second consecutive Flo Racing Night in America win at Marshalltown Speedway in Iowa.
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Tuesday marked the first time that Flo Racing’s two premier dirt racing properties, the Flo Racing Night in America late model tour and the High Limit Racing Series, went off on the same night. Advantage, late models. The Marshalltown racing surface was in better shape, the program ran faster and the final battle for the lead was more dramatic. Story of 2023 remains the fact that super late models are the premier form of dirt racing going.
Now, having said that, as critical as I’ve been of the High Limit tour through its first two events of 2023, Tuesday’s stream was by far the best event the series has put on this season. First and foremost, replacing Vince Welch with Knoxville Raceway’s Tony Bokhoven in the booth provided an immediate injection of life and knowledge that improved coverage dramatically.
Further, going down to one class with no support divisions expedited the program in a major way, with the feature going off shortly after 9:15 p.m. local time. The rash of red flags turned the 35-lap feature into a near-marathon, but here’s hoping the High Limit tour draws enough cars to allow more tracks to host their events without a support class. The time it takes to stage and restart sprint cars demands a tighter ticket.
Lastly, promoter Brad Sweet’s move to spice up the “dice roll” that the tour uses to give front-row starters a chance to earn extra money was a welcome change. For those unaware, through three races in 2023 all front-row starters in High Limit races have turned down the dice roll that would have them…