Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Like Father, Like Son - Larson Had Racing In His Blood

NASCAR Illustrated recently published a feature story on Elk Grove driver Kyle Larson and his father, Mike. The story recounts how dad, a big race fan, had son at the dirt tracks in Northern California at an early age. Mike recounts the quick rise to stardom in racing his son has experienced.

Mike and wife Janet still reside in Elk Grove.

Now 22 years old, Kyle is one of the top drivers in NASCAR's top circuit. He frequents advertisements for his race team's chief sponsor, Target. Plus, he's now a father. Young Owen was born in December.
A young Kyle Larson on his dad's shoulders

Last Sunday Larson finished 15th at the Toyota-Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Speedway. Larson has had one top five finish thus far this season and probably should have won the Michigan 500 two weeks ago, but pitted for fuel just moments before a big rain storm halted the race.

At the wheel of Chip Ganassi's No. 42 Chevrolet, Larson is competing this weekend in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Motor Speedway. It's officially the halfway spot of the 2015 Sprint Cup season.  Larson is in 17th place in the Sprint Cup standings at this point.

Levin Update

It's been a while since we last checked in with Elk Grove H.S. 2003 grad Spencer Levin.

He finished in a tie for 48th last weekend at the Travelers' Championship in Connecticut. Bubba Watson was the winner of the event.

Levin is currently in 105th place in the FedEx points standings. In the 22 PGA Tour events he's entered in 2015 he's made the cut 13 times. He has five top-25 finishes and to date has earned $601, 824.
Spencer Levin

In recent months Levin has picked up a sponsor in Major League Baseball. He's seen on the course wearing a hat with the MLB logo on it and frequently wears clothing in the colors of the area baseball team.

Bradshaw Ranked Top D-5 Team In State

In its end-of-season rankings, Cal Hi Sports selected Bradshaw Christian H.S. as it's top baseball club in Division V.

The Pride has won the last three Sac-Joaquin Section championships in its division.

Head coach Drew Rickert, who also coaches football at the small school on Calvine Road, last month announced he's stepping down and will concentrate on just the football program.

Former Sheldon head coach John Misplay will take over. Last season Misplay was the pitching coach for the Pride.

Detrick In Alabama

Professional water skier Brian Detrick won't be around this weekend to shoot off fireworks in Elk Grove. He's entered into the Malibu Classic in Alabama which begins Friday.

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