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Larson adds Trucks for double-duty weekend

April 08, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Larson adds Trucks for double-duty weekend
With just a few hours between races, this up-and-comer is ready for the challenge

Kyle Larson will pilot the No. 30 entry in the Camping World Truck Series for Turner Scott Motorsports in what’s become a double-duty weekend for the young NASCAR star.

Turner Scott announced Monday that the 20-year-old Larson would wheel the No. 30 truck Sunday at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway, two days after competing in his usual Nationwide Series ride Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway. Trent Owens, crew chief for Larson’s No. 32 Nationwide car, will also be on the pit box for the Truck Series event.

In four previous Truck Series starts, Larson has recorded three top-10 finishes, including a runner-up result at Homestead last year. Larson stands seventh in Nationwide Series points after finishing second and sixth in his last two starts. Although a former sprint car driver accustomed to juggling multiple events, this will be Larson’s first double-duty weekend entirely at NASCAR’s national level.

Nelson Piquet Jr. and Ryan Truex drove Turner Scott’s No. 30 truck in the first two events of this season, with Piquet finishing 19th Saturday in Martinsville. Rockingham is where Larson was crowned K&N Pro Series East champion after a sixth-place finish on the 1-mile track in 2012. Larson’s truck will bear the colors of Autism Speaks and have the name of Owens’ 5-year-old son Gray -- who is affected by the condition -- over the right-side window opening.

"There's no question in my mind he'll excel at Rockingham Speedway, and hopefully we can run well for Autism Speaks,” team co-owner Harry Scott said of Larson. “This cause is especially important to me and the rest of Turner Scott Motorsports because it affects us so close to home with Trent Owens and his family. It's an honor to have the opportunity to raise awareness for Autism Speaks, especially during Autism Awareness month."

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