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Lenze: Dirt tracks, stock cars a part of Larson’s repertoire

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Whether its his sprint car or his cup car, Kyle Larson has a passion for racing whenever and wherever his schedule takes him. Larson drives for owner Chip Ganassi in the NASCAR Cup Series and owns a sprint car team in the NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series.

If there is no NASCAR race, you may find Larson at a dirt track near you, wheeling his sprint car up on the cushion. During the offseason Larson was racing sprint cars in Australia competing against the tough competition down under.

He was driving his midget sprint car at the Chili Bowl, where he went on to win his first trophy in one of the most prestigous events in all of dirt racing.

Most recently Larson spent his time racing in Florida for the opening of the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Series of Champions owned by fellow dirt racer and former NASCAR driver Tony Stewart and the Dirt Nationals kicking off the season for the World of Outlaws. Larson picked up a win at East Bay Speedway in Tampa.

Shifting gears, pun intended, Larson was also very busy this last week preparing for the start of the 2020 NASCAR season. His season kicked off last two Saturdays ago when he raced in the Busch Clash. Larson finished the race in fourth place after surviving the wreck-filled race.

Larson continued to build momentum heading into the Daytona 500 with a very stout third-place finish in his qualifying duel Thursday night. With two Top 5s in two races, Larson started from row four in the Daytona 500 Sunday afternoon.

The race went 20 laps before mother nature put an end to the race. The 500 was postponed to Monday, Feb. 17 at 4 p.m. Larson dropped back at the start of the race Sunday and rolled off from 17th place when the race resumed. Larson closed the weekend out strong, notching a 10th place finish in the Daytona 500.

Kyle Larson is everywhere when it comes to racing. From the dirt to Daytona or any other track on the cup schedule, you can find him with a smile on his face sharing his love for the sport with his family and fellow competitors.

If he isn’t first he will drive the wheels off to get there and if he’s is already first, well good luck catching him because he is a man on a mission. Larson’s goal for this year is looking to finally claim his first Cup Series Championship.

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