Elk Grove’s Kyle Larson captured Sunday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway. In a news release NASCAR pumped up the fact that Larson, a Japanese-American, was the, “first graduate of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity initiative to win at the sanctioning body’s national level.”
|Kyle Larson waves the checkered flag Sunday|
after winning the Camping World Truck Series race
“Kyle Larson’s victory is a truly historic moment in this sport,” said Brian France, NASCAR chairman and CEO. “We applaud his tremendous talent, and this landmark milestone for the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program. Kyle is among a strong crop of young, rising stars who signal a promising and competitive future for NASCAR.”
Created in 2004, the NASCAR Drive for Diversity initiative is an attempt to attract drivers of other ethnicities to the sport.
Larson competes fulltime in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for Turner Scott Motorsports and is currently 11th in the series championship standings.
In March Larson, 20, finished just inches short of beating Kyle Busch in a Nationwide race at Bristol Motor Speedway. His next Nationwide race will be April 26 at Richmond International Speedway.