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Kyle Larson’s winning ways continue in California

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Three days after he won a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget race at Placerville (California) Speedway and collected $32,000, Kyle Larson was back in victory lane.

Larson won Saturday night’s USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget race at Bakersfield (California) Speedway. It marked the first time in 16 years that a driver won back-to-back national midget series races in California. J.J. Yeley last accomplished the feat in 2003. Saturday night’s victory was Larson’s 18th career USAC National Midget Series win.

Michael Pickens finished second. Rico Abreu was third.

See how Kyle Larson won Indy midget race

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Three cars raced for the lead. Final lap. One flipped. Then a second. And the third spun.

Kyle Larson was in the USAC National Midget car that spun and continued to win the Stoops Pursuit race at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Michael Pickens finished second. Justin Grant was third.

It was enough that when it was over the announcer said “What did we just see?!”

This is what they saw …

“This track is so racy that sliders are easy to throw, and Mike (Pickens) was throwing everything he had at me,” Larson said after the race. “We made contact there on the backstretch. He was trying to park it on the bottom. That was wild. I didn’t know it was going to be that crazy of a race. I hope you guys enjoyed it.”

The elimination race featured 24 cars in a 25-lap event that was broken into five five-lap segments. After each segment, a caution was thrown and cars that were passed, along with the car running last at the end of the segment, left the track. The field included Christopher Bell and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. For the final five-lap segment, only three cars remained.

“That’s probably one of the most fun times I’ve ever had in a race car,” said Larson, who earned $2,100 for the victory

The event was a prelude to tonight’s 39-lap A-main in the Driven2SaveLives BC39 that honors Bryan Clauson.