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Huset's High Bank Nationals
Huset's Speedway | Brandon, South Dakota
Wednesday, June 21, 2023
Race Recap  

MONEYMAN: Kyle Larson Uses Late Slider to Bank $20,000 on Night One of Huset’s High Bank Nationals

Yung Money has no intentions of sharing the wealth at the Billion Auto Huset’s High Bank Nationals presented by Menards.

Kyle Larson was nearly perfect on Wednesday night at Huset’s Speedway with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Cars. Second quickest in Qualifying. A sixth to third charge in his Heat Race. And then a masterful drive from fifth to the lead in the Feature, sealing the deal with a perfect slider on Rico Abreu with seven laps to go on his way to Victory Lane where a $20,000 check awaited him.

Not only did Larson win, he took a commanding lead in the points that play an important role in positioning for Saturday’s $250,000 finale. The Elk Grove, CA native tallied 443 points on Wednesday with Rico Abreu – his closest competition – 17 markers back. For reference on how dominating that advantage is, only 16 points separate positions two through six.

For Larson, who has to miss Friday’s prelim for NASCAR obligations, getting a strong start was vital in his effort to claim the High Bank Nationals title.

“Good to have a good first night,” Larson said. “I only get to run two of these prelim nights so I’ve got to make them count. We had a great night tonight. Qualified good, went forward in the Heat race, and then obviously won the Feature. Hopefully we have another good run tomorrow.”

Larson’s first victory of 2023 with the World of Outlaws came in only his third start. He now sits at 29 career Series wins in 130 starts with The Greatest Show on Dirt – a 22-percent clip. The 30-year-old is two for five at Huset’s in World of Outlaws competition.

“They do a great job with this event, this racetrack,” Larson said. “We all appreciate the big money. I’m glad Tod (Quiring, track owner) did this. I hope all of the fans enjoy it.”

The race began with a front row consisting of Rico Abreu and Cory Eliason leading the field to green. After battling a pair of caution flags on the opening lap, Abreu powered ahead of Eliason to take the early lead.

As the first laps clicked off, Abreu stretched his advantage heading into traffic. As he was facing a hornet’s nest of lapped cars, another yellow flag flew. On the restart Larson picked off his first car by ripping around Spencer Bayston for fourth.

It was another restart a few laps later when Larson slid Lachlan McHugh to climb onto the podium. While the cautions disturbed the flow of the race, they proved to be a helpful factor for Larson as he made his way forward.

“The restarts definitely helped me,” Larson admitted. “The engine took off really good, and I was able to get good runs in the first laps and move forward.”

Another restart slightly beyond the halfway point gave Larson the opportunity to move by Eliason for second and bring a hard charging David Gravel – who started 12th – with him.

Once Larson moved into the runner-up spot, Abreu was unable to pull away like he had previously. Larson kept the Silva Motorsports #57 only a few car lengths behind as they worked their way into traffic.

With seven laps remaining, Larson saw the chance he needed with a run out of Turn 2 and down the backstretch. As the duo entered Turn 3, Larson pulled the trigger on a slide job and cleared Abreu in the center of the corner. He got to the cushion quick enough to build speed on the corner exit preventing Abreu from crossing him over.

Huset's Podium
Kyle Larson slid by Rico Abreu late and held off David Gravel for the win at Huset’s (Trent Gower Photo)

“Once I got to second there behind Rico, I could pace him,” Larson explained. “I felt really good behind him. I could close on him a good bit in (Turns) 1 and 2. He’d pull away a little bit in (Turns) 3 and 4, but he looked like he was getting tight as he got to traffic. I started cheating my entry a little bit and making sure I didn’t make mistakes and get good runs on exit, enough to clear him there into (Turn) 3.”

After Larson passed Abreu, Gravel wheeled his Big Game Motorsports/Billion Auto #2 into second and began to run Larson down. On the final lap, Gravel looked under Larson in the last set of corners but couldn’t quite get by as Larson raced to the checkered flag.

“I know Gravel was probably really close to me there at the end,” Larson admitted. “I just kind of stuck in traffic. Those guys were running two-wide in front of me, and I just didn’t want to give up the top.”

Gravel’s second place run was his third consecutive runner-up and fourth straight top two. While the Watertown, CT native was satisfied with he and the Big Game Motorsports team’s continued speed, he really wanted to start the week off with a win.

“Damn I wanted to beat Larson there,” Gravel said with a smile. “I was definitely motivated. The Heat Race was something to forget about. We had a pretty solid car there (in the Feature). I’m glad we had the open red. Cody (Jacobs) was able to work on it and get it better. I had great restarts there, starting on the top and going through that middle. That middle was actually pretty good there. I wish I was closer to him earlier to give that a try. Lapped traffic was just starting bunch things up on that last lap.”

After leading the opening 28 laps, Rico Abreu completed the podium for his eighth top three of the year with the World of Outlaws. A few missteps late in the going kept the St. Helena, CA native from collecting his fourth Series win of 2023.

“I didn’t really execute that well at the end of the race,” Abreu said. “I felt like when I caught traffic my pace really slowed down. It’s just things I’ve got to work on as a driver, just executing the back half of these races and keeping the speed of the car up.”

Carson Macedo and Cory Eliason completed the top five.

Tim Kaeding claimed the KSE Racing Hard Charger with a drive from 22nd to 10th in the Lunstra #3.

Kaeding also topped CASE No.1 Engine Oil Heat One (76th Heat Race win of career). NOS Energy Drink Heats Two through Six went to Brad Sweet (223rd of career), Mark Dobmeier (18th of career), Kasey Kahne (18th of career), Noah Gass (second of career), and Austin McCarl (fifth of career).

David Gravel claimed his seventh Simpson Performance Products QuickTime of the season and the 104th of his career.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars are right back at Huset’s Speedway for night two of the Billion Auto Huset’s High Bank Nationals presented by Menards on Thursday, June 22. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

RESULTS:

NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps): 1. 57-Kyle Larson[5]; 2. 2-David Gravel[12]; 3. 24-Rico Abreu[1]; 4. 41-Carson Macedo[9]; 5. 11-Cory Eliason[2]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart[10]; 7. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[8]; 8. 17B-Bill Balog[17]; 9. 5-Spencer Bayston[3]; 10. 3-Tim Kaeding[22]; 11. 25-Lachlan McHugh[4]; 12. 5X-Kerry Madsen[11]; 13. 83JR-Michael Kofoid[7]; 14. 13-Mark Dobmeier[14]; 15. 20G-Noah Gass[18]; 16. 49-Brad Sweet[24]; 17. 7S-Robbie Price[20]; 18. 19-Ayrton Gennetten[16]; 19. 21-Brian Brown[13]; 20. (DNF) 88-Austin McCarl[23]; 21. (DNF) 29-Sye Lynch[21]; 22. (DNF) 10-Matt Juhl[6]; 23. (DNF) 14T-Tim Estenson[15]; 24. (DNF) 5T-Ryan Timms[19]

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Results  
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
15+457Kyle Larson 350.0007Running90$20,000
212+102David Gravel 35-0.148Running90$10,000
31-224Rico Abreu 35-0.72327Running90$6,000
49+541Carson Macedo 35-1.222Running90$5,500
52-311Cory Eliason 35-2.4101Running90$5,000
610+41SLogan Schuchart 35-2.942Running90$4,500
78+118Giovanni Scelzi 35-3.408Running90$4,000
817+917BBill Balog 35-5.952Running90$3,500
93-65Spencer Bayston 35-7.845Running90$3,000
1022+123Tim Kaeding 35-8.704Running90$2,500
114-725Lachlan McHugh 35-8.941Running90$2,400
1211-15XKerry Madsen 35-10.107Running90$2,300
137-683JRMichael Kofoid 35-10.470Running90$2,200
1414013Mark Dobmeier 35-11.587Running90$2,100
1518+320GNoah Gass 35-11.816Running90$2,000
1624+849Brad Sweet 35-12.147Running90$1,500
1720+37SRobbie Price 35-12.771Running90$1,400
1816-219Ayrton Gennetten 34-1 LapsRunning90$1,300
1913-621Brian Brown 34-1 LapsRunning90$1,200
2023+388Austin McCarl 31-4 LapsDNF90$1,200
2121029Sye Lynch 27-8 LapsDNF90$1,200
226-1610Matt Juhl 10-25 LapsDNF90$1,200
2315-814TTim Estenson 10-25 LapsDNF90$1,200
2419-55TRyan Timms 8-27 LapsDNF90$1,200
KSE Hard Charger: Tim Kaeding
Last Chance Showdown Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
11029Sye Lynch 120.00012Running0$0
26+43Tim Kaeding 12-0.539Running0$0
34+188Austin McCarl 12-1.231Running0$0
48+449Brad Sweet 12-1.515Running0$0
53-21AJacob Allen 12-2.034Running90$300
62-424TChristopher Thram 12-2.228Running90$250
712+517Sheldon Haudenschild 12-2.895Running90$225
89+19RChase Randall 12-3.431Running90$200
95-483HJustin Henderson 12-4.584Running90$200
1011+19Kasey Kahne 12-5.642Running90$200
117-46CCarson McCarl 12-6.436Running90$200
1216+4101Cody Maroske 12-7.268Running90$200
1317+452Blake Hahn 12-7.630Running90$200
1410-411MBrendan Mullen 12-7.974Running90$200
1513-215HSam Hafertepe Jr12-8.364Running90$200
1618+27BCTyler Courtney 12-9.123Running90$200
1714-315Donny Schatz 12-9.452Running90$200
1820+283James McFadden 12-10.021Running90$200
1919022Riley Goodno 12-10.803Running90$200
2021+122KKaleb Johnson 12-11.257Running90$200
2122+13JDusty Zomer 12-11.648Running90$200
2215-72AGTrent Pigdon 11-1 LapsRunning90$200
C Main Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
12+122KKaleb Johnson 100.00010Running0$0
23+13JDusty Zomer 10-1.743Running0$0
36+381Jack Dover 10-3.089Running90$150
410+616Brooke Tatnell 10-3.405Running90$150
58+33ZBrock Zearfoss 10-4.277Running90$150
69+312Tyler Drueke 10-5.759Running90$150
713+617DRyan Bickett 10-7.852Running90$150
87-16Bill Rose 10-8.156Running90$150
94-5105Cody Ihlen 10-9.306Running90$150
105-5G5Gage Pulkrabek 3-7 LapsDNF90$150
111102KKevin Ingle 3-7 LapsDNF90$150
1212078Bill Wagner 2-8 LapsDNF90$150
131-1211SParker Price-Miller 0-10 LapsDNS90$150
1414024WGaret Williamson 0-10 LapsDNS90$150
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1103Tim Kaeding 100.00010Running
24+211Cory Eliason 10-1.570Running
32-183HJustin Henderson 10-2.919Running
45+118Giovanni Scelzi 10-3.765Running
53-217Sheldon Haudenschild 10-4.754Running
67+152Blake Hahn 10-5.501Running
76-12David Gravel 10-6.028Running
89+112Tyler Drueke 10-7.062Running
98-16Bill Rose 10-9.027Running
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11049Brad Sweet 100.00010Running
23+110Matt Juhl 10-0.694Running
36+357Kyle Larson 10-1.643Running
42-215Donny Schatz 10-2.537Running
54-17SRobbie Price 10-3.379Running
67+17BCTyler Courtney 10-4.312Running
75-229Sye Lynch 10-5.353Running
89+116Brooke Tatnell 10-6.252Running
98-13ZBrock Zearfoss 10-6.943Running
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+113Mark Dobmeier 100.00010Running
21-115HSam Hafertepe Jr10-0.584Running
34+15Spencer Bayston 10-2.100Running
43-16CCarson McCarl 10-4.001Running
56+183JRMichael Kofoid 10-4.625Running
65-15TRyan Timms 10-5.330Running
79+2G5Gage Pulkrabek 10-8.095Running
880105Cody Ihlen 10-9.018Running
97-224WGaret Williamson 0-10 LapsDNS
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1109Kasey Kahne 100.00010Running
24+224Rico Abreu 10-1.572Running
32-111MBrendan Mullen 10-3.436Running
43-19RChase Randall 10-4.096Running
5505XKerry Madsen 10-4.657Running
66041Carson Macedo 10-5.073Running
78+122KKaleb Johnson 10-5.913Running
87-111SParker Price-Miller 10-6.547Running
9902KKevin Ingle 10-8.648Running
Heat 5 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+120GNoah Gass 100.00010Running
21-12AGTrent Pigdon 10-1.474Running
33017BBill Balog 10-2.168Running
44019Ayrton Gennetten 10-3.860Running
55021Brian Brown 10-5.004Running
6601SLogan Schuchart 10-5.750Running
77022Riley Goodno 10-7.084Running
88081Jack Dover 10-7.791Running
99078Bill Wagner 3-7 LapsDNF
Heat 6 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+188Austin McCarl 100.00010Running
21-1101Cody Maroske 10-3.189Running
3301AJacob Allen 10-3.855Running
46+225Lachlan McHugh 10-4.461Running
55014TTim Estenson 10-5.836Running
68+283James McFadden 10-6.333Running
74-324TChristopher Thram 10-8.783Running
87-13JDusty Zomer 10-9.608Running
99017DRyan Bickett 5-5 LapsRunning
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
1232David Gravel Watertown, CT10.8040.000
23157Kyle Larson Elk Grove, CA10.806-0.002
3583JRMichael Kofoid Penngrove, CA10.841-0.037
44441Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA10.848-0.044
5261SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA10.860-0.056
61125Lachlan McHugh Gold Coast, QLD10.883-0.079
7818Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA10.897-0.093
81529Sye Lynch Cowansville, PA10.902-0.098
9215TRyan Timms Oklahoma City, OK10.904-0.100
1045XKerry Madsen Knoxville, IA10.905-0.101
111621Brian Brown Higginsville, MO10.907-0.103
12614TTim Estenson Fargo, ND10.929-0.125
133211Cory Eliason Visalia, CA10.931-0.127
1477SRobbie Price Cobble Hill, BC10.935-0.131
15245Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN10.936-0.132
164024Rico Abreu St. Helena, CA10.936-0.132
17319Ayrton Gennetten Versailles, MO10.949-0.145
181424TChristopher Thram Sanborn, MN11.029-0.225
191317Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH11.042-0.238
202510Matt Juhl Tea, SD11.043-0.239
2126CCarson McCarl Altoona, IA11.044-0.240
22519RChase Randall Waco, TX11.054-0.250
231717BBill Balog North Pole, AK11.062-0.258
24531AJacob Allen Hanover, PA11.062-0.258
254783HJustin Henderson Tea, SD11.066-0.262
265415Donny Schatz Fargo, ND11.069-0.265
271913Mark Dobmeier Grand Forks, ND11.074-0.270
282811MBrendan Mullen Grand Forks, ND11.079-0.275
294120GNoah Gass Mounds, OK11.083-0.279
304588Austin McCarl Altoona, IA11.084-0.280
31353Tim Kaeding San Jose, CA11.086-0.282
323049Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA11.100-0.296
331815HSam Hafertepe JrSunnyvale, TX11.109-0.305
34299Kasey Kahne Enumclaw, WA11.118-0.314
3512AGTrent Pigdon , 11.121-0.317
3637101Cody Maroske Gold Coast, QLD11.122-0.318
373452Blake Hahn Sapulpa, OK11.150-0.346
38437BCTyler Courtney Indianapolis, IN11.172-0.368
392224WGaret Williamson Columbia, MO11.176-0.372
404611SParker Price-Miller Kokomo, IN11.180-0.376
412722Riley Goodno Knoxville, IA11.195-0.391
42333JDusty Zomer Brandon, SD11.198-0.394
43206Bill Rose Plainfield, IN11.199-0.395
44483ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA11.233-0.429
4512105Cody Ihlen Pipestone, MN11.240-0.436
461022KKaleb Johnson Sioux Falls, SD11.246-0.442
473681Jack Dover Springfield, NE11.290-0.486
484983James McFadden Alice Springs, NT11.316-0.512
493912Tyler Drueke Eagle, NE11.319-0.515
504216Brooke Tatnell San Souci, NSW11.362-0.558
5152G5Gage Pulkrabek East Grand Forks, MN11.707-0.903
52502KKevin Ingle Huron, SD11.836-1.032
53978Bill Wagner , 12.451-1.647
543817DRyan Bickett Ramona, SD12.451-1.647
Hot Laps Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
14441Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA10.9770.000
24588Austin McCarl Altoona, IA10.990-0.013
3531AJacob Allen Hanover, PA10.994-0.017
44783HJustin Henderson Tea, SD11.109-0.132
55415Donny Schatz Fargo, ND11.126-0.149
64983James McFadden Alice Springs, NT11.171-0.194
74611SParker Price-Miller Kokomo, IN11.193-0.216
8483ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA11.212-0.235
9437BCTyler Courtney Indianapolis, IN11.235-0.258
104120GNoah Gass Mounds, OK11.251-0.274
113452Blake Hahn Sapulpa, OK11.263-0.286
12519RChase Randall Waco, TX11.271-0.294
134024Rico Abreu St. Helena, CA11.283-0.306
1437101Cody Maroske Gold Coast, QLD11.345-0.368
154216Brooke Tatnell San Souci, NSW11.356-0.379
16353Tim Kaeding San Jose, CA11.388-0.411
173681Jack Dover Springfield, NE11.390-0.413
183157Kyle Larson Elk Grove, CA11.392-0.415
19299Kasey Kahne Enumclaw, WA11.395-0.418
20261SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA11.448-0.471
213211Cory Eliason Visalia, CA11.449-0.472
22333JDusty Zomer Brandon, SD11.491-0.514
233912Tyler Drueke Eagle, NE11.502-0.525
243049Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA11.525-0.548
2552G5Gage Pulkrabek East Grand Forks, MN11.572-0.595
26502KKevin Ingle Huron, SD11.611-0.634
272510Matt Juhl Tea, SD11.674-0.697
282722Riley Goodno Knoxville, IA11.682-0.705
292811MBrendan Mullen Grand Forks, ND11.826-0.849
30232David Gravel Watertown, CT11.863-0.886
311913Mark Dobmeier Grand Forks, ND11.887-0.910
32215TRyan Timms Oklahoma City, OK11.959-0.982
331717BBill Balog North Pole, AK11.988-1.011
34206Bill Rose Plainfield, IN12.041-1.064
351125Lachlan McHugh Gold Coast, QLD12.113-1.136
362224WGaret Williamson Columbia, MO12.116-1.139
37818Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA12.132-1.155
3826CCarson McCarl Altoona, IA12.166-1.189
391317Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH12.167-1.190
401529Sye Lynch Cowansville, PA12.204-1.227
4177SRobbie Price Cobble Hill, BC12.281-1.304
4245XKerry Madsen Knoxville, IA12.366-1.389
431815HSam Hafertepe JrSunnyvale, TX12.317-1.340
4412AGTrent Pigdon , 12.437-1.460
451424TChristopher Thram Sanborn, MN12.456-1.479
4612105Cody Ihlen Pipestone, MN12.456-1.479
471022KKaleb Johnson Sioux Falls, SD12.664-1.687
48614TTim Estenson Fargo, ND12.772-1.795
49319Ayrton Gennetten Versailles, MO12.783-1.806
501621Brian Brown Higginsville, MO13.198-2.221
51978Bill Wagner , 13.899-2.922
523817DRyan Bickett Ramona, SD13.899-2.922
53245Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN13.899-2.922
54583JRMichael Kofoid Penngrove, CA12.294-1.317
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Event Info  

Huset's High Bank Nationals
Wednesday, June 21, 2023
Huset's Speedway
2012 S Splitrock Blvd
Brandon, South Dakota 57005 

Event Description
The High Bank Nationals returns as the richest event in Sprint Car Racing's long history. Paying a staggering $250,000-to-win, the event expanded in purse and length with an extra day being added to the docket.


Series Racing
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series

To Win Amount
$20,000.00

Feature Laps Length
35

Event Schedule
2PM Pit Gates open
5PM Grandstand Gates open
6:30PM Hot Laps/Qualifying
7:30PM Opening Ceremonies
*All times Central

Ticket Options  
Parking Cost
$10

Camping Availability
electric hookup, non-electric, onsite

Camping Cost
Reserved Electric Camping: Sold Out. Email [email protected] to be placed on the waiting list. Reserved Dry Camping: $300 for the event week

Frequently Asked Questions  
To Win Amount
$20,000.00

Personal Coolers
No coolers

Parking Cost
$10

Camping Availability
electric hookup, non-electric, onsite

Camping Cost
Reserved Electric Camping: Sold Out. Email [email protected] to be placed on the waiting list. Reserved Dry Camping: $300 for the event week

Track Info  

Huset's Speedway
2012 S Splitrock Blvd
Brandon, South Dakota 57005 

Track Type
0.333; high-banked

Sprint Car Track Record
10.319 seconds by Terry McCarl on 5/10/09

Track Map
Competitor Info  

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