NASCAR: When was Kyle Larson’s most recent Truck race?

Kyle Larson, Niece Motorsports, NASCAR (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Kyle Larson, Niece Motorsports, NASCAR (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) /

Kyle Larson is set to compete in this evening’s NASCAR Truck Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway, his first in several years.

Kyle Larson never drove full-time in the NASCAR Truck Series, but he made several starts over a five-year period before he truly became a household name in the Cup Series driving for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Larson, who now competes full-time for the Hendrick Motorsports Cup Series team behind the wheel of the #5 Chevrolet, competed in a total of 13 Truck Series races from 2012 to 2016, but he hasn’t been back in the series since. However, that is slated to change this evening.

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Bristol Motor Speedway has been covered in dirt and is set to host the first Cup Series dirt race in over five decades tomorrow afternoon, but before that, the Truck Series is set to take to the high banks of the four-turn, 0.533-mile (0.858-kilometer) oval in Bristol, Tennessee in the Pinty’s Dirt Race.

Larson, known for his dirt racing skills, is set to compete in that race for Niece Motorsports behind the wheel of the #44 Chevrolet.

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His hiatus from the Truck Series is not as long as that of Martin Truex Jr., the Joe Gibbs Racing Cup Series driver who is set to compete in tonight’s race behind the wheel of the #51 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports after having not competed in the series since 2010, but it has still been over four years since he last appeared in a race at the sport’s third highest level.

Larson drove for GMS Racing in three races throughout the 2016 season, and the third and final race among those three was the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He finished that race in fourth place.

But earlier that season, he made his third start at the Eldora Speedway dirt track and won the race. He had finished that event in second place in 2013 and crashed out in 2014 chasing down leader and eventual race winner Bubba Wallace in the closing laps. Will he repeat his 2016 dirt racing success in tonight’s event?

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Tune in to Fox Sports 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET this evening for the live broadcast of the Pinty’s Dirt Race from Bristol Motor Speedway.