QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. — Opening the fourth annual Copper Classic at Arizona Speedway on Saturday night, California’s Kyle Larson brought his momentum from the midgets to the ASCS Southwest Region with his first career victory against the Arizona-based tour.
Taking the green flag from sixth, Larson worked into the top three on the first lap as Hunter Schuerenberg showed the way with Christopher Bell in tow.
A red with 23 laps to run, the restart saw Bell take a shot at the lead with Schuerenberg able to fend off the charge. Settling back into second, the position would be short-lived as Kyle Larson made his way by.
Closing quickly on Schuerenberg for the lead, the caution paused his advance with 20 laps remaining. Looking top shelf on the restart for the lead, Larson worked off the second turn with momentum.
Rolling the cushion in turn three before diamonding off with the lead in sight, Larson took command on lap six just as brake issues struck Schuerenberg, forcing him off the pace entering the second turn.
With Christopher Bell tied to his back bumper on the restart, Larson was able to pull away and keep pace to the checkered flag. Bell would hold onto second with Justin Sanders moving up from 10th to complete the podium.
Bill Balog and Colton Hardy made up the top five.
Feature (25 Laps): 1. 57-Kyle Larson, ; 2. 21-Christopher Bell, ; 3. 17-Justin Sanders, ; 4. 7B-Bill Balog, ; 5. 74-Colton Hardy, ; 6. 75X-J.T. Imperial, ; 7. 01-Thomas Kennedy, ; 8. 3-Craig Stidham, ; 9. 25-Geoff Ensign, ; 10. 13-Mark Dobmeier, ; 11. 22B-Jesse Baker, ; 12. 9-Dustin Freitas, ; 13. 7-Ryan Linder, ; 14. 6-Bud Rowe, ; 15. 3V-Jim Vanzant, ; 16. (DNF) 5K-Patrick Krob, ; 17. (DNF) 34-Sterling Cling, ; 18. (DNF) 99-James Aragon, ; 19. (DNF) 19AZ-Hunter Schuerenberg, ; 20. (DNF) 2B-Billy Chester III, ; 21. (DNF) 45-Lonnie Cox, ; 22. (DNF) 7Z-Zane Blanchard, ; 23. (DNF) 45L-Jeff Lowery, ; 24. (DNF) 18J-Paul Jones, ; (DNS) 8-Eric Wilkins, ; (DNS) 2-Alex Pettas,