Kyle Larson ready for busy weekend before NASCAR Cup race at Michigan – Los Angeles Times

Kyle Larson is ready for a hectic weekend befitting his status as one of racing’s rising stars.

Larson is set to race in Saturday’s Knoxville Nationals, squeezing in the prestigious sprint car event before returning to Michigan to compete in Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race. Chip Ganassi, Larson’s team owner on the Cup circuit, gave him permission to race Saturday in Knoxville, Iowa. He qualified ninth in his Cup car Friday at Michigan.

“Chip’s allowing me to go to Knoxville (on Saturday), which is great,” Larson said. “Cool weekend for me and really excited for it.”

Brad Keselowski won the pole, putting himself in good position to try for an elusive victory at his home state’s track. Keselowski is winless in 16 career Cup races at Michigan. He does have eight top-10 finishes.