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Two of NASCAR’s Biggest Stars Will Race at Merced Speedway



NASCAR stars Kyle Larson, left, and Chase Elliott will race on dirt at Merced Speedway on Nov. 23-24. (AP File)
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Kyle Larson, who has nine NASCAR Cup Series wins this season, and defending Cup Series champion Chase Elliott have committed to racing at Merced Speedway on Nov. 23-24.

Larson has entered both the NOS Energy USAC National Midget Series event and the Merced Winged 360 Sprint Car event while Elliott will make his sprint car debut on the dirt quarter-mile track.

Arguably the best all-around driver in the United States, Larson has recorded victories in some of the biggest sprint car races, including the Kings Royal, Knoxville Nationals, and Chili Bowl.

The Elk Grove native will drive owner Kevin Kozlowski’s No. 57 winged sprint car —the same car he piloted in winning the 2020 event at Merced Speedway. In the midget event, Larson will drive his own No. 1k car.

Elliott Will Drive for Tarlton Motorsports

Meanwhile, Elliot will drive the Tarlton Motorsports No. 21 sprint car. Tarlton Motorsports of Fresno has a partnership with Hendrick Motorsports, so the pairing is natural as Elliott continues his interest in dirt open-wheel racing.

Elliott and Larson are Hendrick Motorsports in the NASCAR Cup Series. Both have qualified for the “Final Four” race on Sunday in Phoenix that will determine the series champion. The two other drivers competing for the NASCAR title are Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr.

Tickets are available online at this link, and there will be tickets available at the track. The prices are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors and military, and $5 for youth 6-12. Children under 5 are free.

Merced Speedway is at 900 Martin Luther King Drive.


Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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