Elk Grove honors hometown NASCAR champ Larson with parade


Kyle Larson celebrates his victory in a NASCAR Cup Series auto race, Sunday, June 6, 2021, at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.


Homegrown NASCAR champion Kyle Larson will be welcomed back to Elk Grove on Monday with a victory parade through the streets of the city’s Old Town.

The 2 p.m. parade celebrates the 29-year-old Larson’s 2021 NASCAR Cup Series championship, clinched with his win in the season’s final race at Phoenix International Raceway.

The route starts near Elk Grove Boulevard and Florin Road and heads east along Elk Grove to Old Town Plaza at Elk Grove Boulevard and Railroad Street, where Larson will be met by local dignitaries and racing fans.

Elk Grove native Kyle Larson prepares for practice at a NASCAR race in Kansas last October. Colin E. Braley AP

The free parade and celebration are backed by the city of Elk Grove and Sonoma Raceway and open to the public.

Larson, a Pleasant Grove High School alum, began racing on Northern California short tracks before making his name on NASCAR’s ovals.

A map showing the route and parking availability for a parade to salute 2021 NASCAR Champion Kyle Larson at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, at Old Town Plaza in downtown Elk Grove, Calif. SONOMA RACEWAY

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Darrell Smith covers courts and California news for The Sacramento Bee. He joined The Bee in 2006 and previously worked at newspapers in Palm Springs, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Marysville. A Sacramento Valley native, Smith was born and raised at Beale Air Force Base, near Marysville.

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