Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Damon Merchant wins first NPK Invitational near Las Vegas

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Street Outlaws No Prep Kings driver Damon Merchant has been one of the better drivers this season. He claimed his first NPK Invitational win on Saturday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway outside of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Merchant defeated Larry Larson in the final round. He also won a Great 8 race earlier this season when the teams visited Tulsa Raceway in Tulsa, Oklahoma in August.

Street Outlaws No Prep Kings driver Damon Merchant celebrates his first No Prep Kings Invitational win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Damon Merchant celebrates his first No Prep Kings Invitational win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Photo by Dean Images/Facebook)

The Oklahoma native improved to 26-14 on the season, according to Street Outlaws Stat Guy. Larson fell to 9-9 overall.

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Merchant was previously 0-2 on the season in final rounds. Both of his losses came to Kye Kelley.

He was initially defeated by Kelley at Virginia Motorsports Park in North Dinwiddie, Virginia. Then, the next race weekend, he lost to Kelley in the final round at Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minnesota.

Following a several-week break, Merchant was able to get some revenge on Kelley when the tour resumed in August. Merchant defeated Kelley in Tulsa.

This was Larson’s first final round in the Invitational this season. Larson is a former No Prep Kings winner on the tour.

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At the time of publication, Merchant has not made a celebratory post on social media. However, one may be forthcoming soon.

Discovery Channel has not announced when the Street Outlaws No Prep Kings will air on TV. Traditionally, it would air in the fall and then end around the New Year.

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 12 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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