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Tony Stewart sprint car racing game launches Feb. 14

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Five days after he was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, it was revealed that Tony Stewart is getting his own video game.

Monster Games, a former developer of the NASCAR Heat series, has partnered with the three time Cup champion to produce “Tony Stewart’s Sprint Car Racing,” which will be released digitally on the XBox One and PlayStation 4 on Feb. 14 and sold for $30.

The game will feature 410 Winged Sprint Cars and TQ Midgets from the All Star Circuit of Champions, the dirt racing series Stewart owns. Players will also be able to race 305 Wingless Sprint Cars.

The game’s career mode will allow players to work their way up through the ranks of each series, racing on 24 unique dirt tracks. Multiplayer allows 25-player online races.

Along with Stewart, you will be able to play as Aaron Reutzel, defending champion of the All Star Circuit of Champions.

“I’m really excited to partner with Monster Games on this opportunity,” Stewart said in a press release. “The team has done a great job of capturing the sport, and putting it in the hands of any fan who wants to pick up the game and have a lot of fun playing it. With the quick-hitting action of sprint car racing, the qualifying, the heat races, and all events leading to the A-main, it’s really the perfect experience for a video game and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

Christopher Bell win sends him to Saturday’s Chili Bowl feature

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Three-time defending Chili Bowl Nationals champion Christopher Bell won his preliminary feature race Thursday to advance to Saturday night’s feature event.

The victory was his fifth consecutive preliminary night feature win at the Chili Bowl. Bell continued his strong week. He won the event’s race of champions earlier this week.

Thomas Meseraull finished second to also advance to Saturday’s main event.

The other preliminary feature winners this week have been Cannon McIntosh (Monday), Kyle Larson (Tuesday) and Rico Abreu (Wednesday). Abreu won back-to-back Chili Bowl titles before Bell’s run of three in a row.

“You know (Larson) is going to be there at the end,” Bell said in the press conference about Saturday night’s feature. “Rico is on kill mode. The champ is back. I think Rico is going to be really strong. Aaron Reutzel, my teammate, was outstanding at the end of the race Monday night. I think there are a ton of guys that will show up. I think we’re in for a treat Saturday.”

Friday will be the final preliminary night. NASCAR drivers Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Justin Allgaier are among those who will compete.

Kyle Larson has eventful night dirt racing

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After being disqualified in an Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions sprint car race Saturday night at the Dirt Oval at Route 66, Kyle Larson came back to win the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series “Summer Slash” feature.

In the All Star Circuit of Champions race, Larson started from the pole and led the first 13 laps. He was disqualified during a red flag break on Lap 14 for a work area violation when one of his crew members left the designated work area to speak with Larson under the caution. Aaron Reutzel went on to win the race.

In the USAC National Midget race, Larson set a track record in his first visit to the 3/8-mile dirt oval and started the feature sixth. He was contending for the lead by the first lap and took the lead on the third circuit. His lead grew until Lap 10 when JJ Yeley flipped down the frontstretch. He was uninjured.

Larson and Logan Seavey then dueled for the lead after the race resumed.

“I felt like I was running good laps,” Larson told usacracing.com.  “Then, Logan threw a slider on me.  I guess I was running 90 percent.  I was like, ‘crap, I got to step it up,’ and that’s when I started making mistakes.”

Larson withstood the challenge and went on to win. Tyler Courtney was second. Tanner Carrick placed third.

The victory was the first this year for Larson and the 16th of his career in the National Midget Series.