Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell are among the headliners entered in a two-day World of Outlaws event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s Dirt Track this week that features current and former NASCAR drivers.
Larson, Bell, former Cup driver Kasey Kahne and former Truck Series driver Rico Abreu are entered in the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown presented by Star Nursery, which runs Wednesday and Thursday.
The Las Vegas event follows Larson and Bell’s battling in the offseason in dirt races in New Zealand and in January’s Chili Bowl, which Bell won with a last-lap pass of Larson.
Bell is coming off a win in Saturday’s Xfinity race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The two-day event also includes the K&N Pro Series West, USAC West Coast Sprint Cars and the International Motor Contest Association Sprint Cars.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will be part of a K&N West autograph session at the track at 9:30 p.m. ET on Thursday.
Qualifying for both World of Outlaws races begins at 7:50 p.m. ET each day. Eight-lap heat races later in the evening will set up 30-lap feature races.
Races begin Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. ET and Thursday at 10 p.m. ET
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NASCAR K&N Pro Series teams will take part for the first time in doubleheaders with the World of Outlaws and IndyCar Series next year.
The first doubleheader, with the World of Outlaws, will take place Feb. 27 – 28 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track. It serves as a lead-in for the tripleheader weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for NASCAR’s three national series.
The World of Outlaws will compete on the LVMS Dirt Track on both days of the doubleheader, holding its FVP Platinum Battery Outlaw Showdown presented by Star Nursery.
The K&N Pro Series West will hold its second race on the half-mile dirt track on Feb. 28.
The 2018 Star Nursery 100, won by Sheldon Creed, marked the first K&N Pro Series race on a dirt track since 1979.
The LVMS Dirt Track has hosted World of Outlaws events since 1996 and has held double features every spring since 2013.
The doubleheader with IndyCar will take place Aug. 24 at Gateway Motorsports Park outside St. Louis.
The K&N event is a combined race with West and East teams and is the second K&N race at the 1.25-mile track after the series debuted there this year.
IndyCar will hold its third consecutive race at Gateway after returning to the track in 2017.
The K&N/IndyCar weekend is the second doubleheader the track will host in 2019.
The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series and ARCA Racing Series will visit on June 22.
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History was made Thursday night in the shadow of Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
With a speed of 84.392 mph, Hailie Deegan made became the first female driver to win a pole in the K&N Series. She will lead the Star Nursery 100 field to green Thursday night at the half-mile Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The K&N Pro Series West race will be shown tape delayed at 2:30 p.m. ET Sept. 21 on NBCSN.
“I’m so amped,” the 17-year-old Deegan said on Twitter. “The dirt track, I was hoping it would be my niche and it so happened to be. I’m so pumped; I can’t really put it into words right now. I’ve had some bad luck the last couple of races and I feel like I’m getting out of that. Everything is falling into place.”
Deegan later went on to win her heat race. She finished second in the feature event. Sheldon Creed won.
Deegan’s previous best start in the K&N Series was a third at Sonoma Raceway. She finished seventh in that race.
In her first year of competition, Deegan has scored eight top 10s in 10 races leading up to tonight’s race. Two disappointing results in the 20s came in the last three weeks, however.
Before Thursday, the best starting spot for a female in K&N Pro Series history was held by Dominique Van Wieringen. She started second in three K&N Pro Series East races in 2016.
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The 2018 K&N Pro Series West schedule includes the series’ first dirt race in 39 years.
NASCAR announced the 15-race schedule Monday, revealing the series will race on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track on Sept. 13.
The race will kick off NASCAR’s playoff-opening weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for all three of its national series.
It will be the series’ first dirt race since 1979 at Ascot Park in Gardena, California. The K&N West series joins the Camping World Truck Series in holding one dirt race a year. The Trucks race at Eldora Speedway in July.
The K&N West season will open March 15 at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, Calif.
The schedule includes two joint-races with the K&N Pro Series East series. They will be held on July 27 at Iowa Speedway and on Aug. 24 at Illinois’ Gateway Motorsports Park.
NBCSN’s broadcast schedule for the season will be announced at a later date.
Below is the full schedule.
||Kern County Raceway Park
||Orange Show Speedway
||San Bernardino, Calif.
||Colorado National Speedway
||Douglas County Speedway
||Spokane County Raceway
||Airway Heights, Wash.
||Gateway Motorsports Park**
||Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track
||Las Vegas, Nev.
||All American Speedway
||Kern County Raceway Park
*100-lap twin features
**Combination event with NASCAR K&N Pro Series East