UPDATE: Kyle Larson will not travel to Knoxville Raceway on Friday night to race his sprint car, a Chip Ganassi Racing spokesperson confirmed to NBC Sports, all but ending Larson’s bid to win the Knoxville Nationals.
The decision means that should Larson go to Knoxville, Iowa to compete on Saturday – a decision has yet to be made on his Saturday plans – he will be so far back in the preliminary races that he will have little chance to advancing to the A main to win the Knoxville Nationals.
— NBC Sports —
ORIGINAL POST 8-8-2019: One driver who will not automatically qualify into the Saturday portion [of the Knoxville Nationals] is Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series star Kyle Larson, who finished ninth in qualifying, seventh in his inverted heat and sixth in the B-Main, coming up two positions short of making the A-Main.
This means Larson will need some help to even have the chance to race his way into Saturday’s closing stages.
He will have to come back on Friday night to race in the ‘Hard Knox’ qualifiers, needing to finish in the top-four of Friday’s A-Main to earn one of positions 21-24 in Saturday night’s main event.
However, since he must participate in his NASCAR duties at Michigan International Speedway on Friday, including practice and qualifying, finding the approval and logistical means to return to Knoxville may be quite the hurdle.
But he has told reporters at the track that he will try.
— Autoweek —