Kyle Larson stays dominant on dirt with fourth World of Outlaws victory
Kyle Larson remains mostly unbeatable in dirt racing this season.
Larson scored his fourth World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car victory in the past two months, beating 10-time series champion Donny Schatz on a restart with three laps remaining Tuesday night to win at Attica (Ohio) Raceway Park.
He earned $10,000 for capturing the 40-lap main event in the Brad Doty Classic, which is named after the Sprint Car Hall of Famer.
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It’s apropos because Larson, 27, is having a Hall of Fame-type season on dirt while barnstorming across various series, tracks and states in sprint cars and Midgets.
On Sunday, his No. 57 won the 30-lap main event at Sharon Speedway in the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions for his third victory during Ohio Sprint Speedweek. A week earlier, he dominated the 30th annual Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek with four victories in nine races.
Larson began focusing on dirt racing after being fired from Chip Ganassi Racing and placed on indefinite suspension by NASCAR for using a racial slur during an iRacing event.
Since finishing 10th in the World of Outlaws’ return May 8 at Knoxville Raceway from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Larson has nearly 20 victories and an Indiana Midget Week Championship. He had a streak of 10 consecutive Midget victories in the United States that included his breakthrough in the 2020 Chili Bowl.
According to Speed Sport Magazine journalist Jacob Seelman, Larson has an average finish of 2.0 since May 30 in his past 30 dirt starts, which include 17 victories and an eight-race winning streak in June.
Larson essentially had a perfect Tuesday night in the premier national sprint car series. He won his heat race, started on pole after winning the dash by more than 4 seconds and led all 40 laps in the main event. He has won his past three Outlaws starts after sweeping at Knoxville Raceway in June (the fourth and fifth victories in his eight-race streak).
“It’s one that I think everyone looks forward to running,” Larson said in a release about the Brad Doty Classic. “Brad is such a nice guy and has done so much for this sport, long before I was born. It’s cool to get the opportunity to run this race. I got beat by Donny the last time we ran here, so it was good to edge him there.”