ELK GROVE (CBS13) — A local NASCAR driver on the rise came back to his hometown to receive the key to the city.

Kyle Larsen, the 21-year-old driver of the No. 42 Target car, is now on the fast track to success.

The Pleasant Grove High graduate was the Nationwide Series rookie of the year in 2013 and is currently ranked No. 10 in the Sprint Cup series.

On Wednesday, Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis traded Larson his car keys for the first key the city has ever presented.

And the charismatic kid kept the crowd laughing.

“I’m not sure what it opens, but hopefully it opens up something late at night,” he said.

Fans like Greg Mitchell got to the event early for a chance to get Larson’s autograph.

“He was ready to answer anything, and if I asked him anything, he was like on it right there,” Mitchell said.

Larson says he loves coming back to Elk Grove, something he doesn’t get to do too often these days.

“It’s cool to get to see people you don’t normally see that often anymore and get to see family and stuff that i only see a couple times a year,” he said.

Larson will race both days this weekend in Sonoma.


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