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Kyle Larson wins Speed 51 Open kart race

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Kyle Larson kept his winning ways going Wednesday night when he won an Outlaw Kart race at Millbridge Speedway in Salisbury, North Carolina.

Four days after his win in the Monster Energy All-Star Race, Larson took the lead on Lap 2 of the 51-lap Speed 51 Open and led the rest of the way.

Larson held off Chase Majdic for the win, his second in the event.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver won despite losing his muffler in the middle of the race and having to replace his left side upper wing earlier in the night after a qualifying event.

Larson has a busy weekend ahead of him with World of Outlaws races at The Dirt Track at Charlotte on Friday and Saturday night, the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, and the Word of Outlaws’ Memorial Day Classic at Lawrenceburg Speedway in Indiana on Monday.

Christopher Bell wins sprint feature with last-lap pass; Kyle Larson wins midget race

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Christopher Bell and Kyle Larson were both victorious Sunday in sprint and midget races at Western Springs Speedway in Auckland, New Zealand.

Bell won the 25-lap sprint feature with a daring last-lap pass of Michael Pickens which had to be reviewed by officials for grass usage. Bell passed Pickens on the inside in the final turn after running second for the entire race.

The victory follows Bell’s sprint win at the track on Wednesday.

“I don’t know what to say, I didn’t expect that one,” Bell told Speed Shift TV afterward.

You can watch the race in the above video.

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Bell’s win was preceded by Larson trouncing the field in the World 30-Lap Midget Derby, beating Bell by .837 seconds.

Larson defended his win in the race last year.

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Kasey Kahne set for more than 50 sprint car events in 2019

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Kasey Kahne‘s NASCAR career is over after 15 year of Cup competition, but his racing career is far from over.

Kahne is scheduled to make more than 50 starts in sprint car races next year in the World of Outlaws and All-Star Circuit of Champions with his own sprint car team.

The news is part of a sponsor announcement that will have Kahne and Kasey Kahne Racing’s No. 9 car sponsored by Wicked Energy Gum/Wicked Energy in select races.

“This is the most excited I have been in a long time to get back to racing,” Kahne said in a press release. “I feel great and I’ve been working out a lot preparing for the upcoming season. Returning to sprint cars on a more regular basis is something that I have been looking forward to for years.”

Click here to see Kahne’s tentative schedule.

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Social Roundup: NASCAR drivers react to Jimmie Johnson, Fernando Alonso car swap

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The car swap between Jimmie Johnson and Fernando Alonso occurred Monday in Bahrain.

Some NASCAR stars took to Twitter to react to the event and they were envious of Johnson’s opportunity.

The smoke from Johnson and Alonso’s doughnuts to end the day had barely cleared before the fantasizing over more car swaps began, spurred on by SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s “The Morning Drive.”

NASCAR drivers who came from sprint car racing – including sprint car team owners Kasey Kahne and Kyle Larson – really want to give their competitors a taste of the dirt racing life.

And Chase Elliott, a former teammate of Kahne’s, had his interest in Kahne’s proposal piqued.

Brad Sweet, who races for Kahne, noted the possibility of such an opportunity occurring is aided by their shared sponsorship.

What car swaps would you want to see? Let us know in the comments.

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Kyle Larson: NASCAR should encourage stars to race at short tracks

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Kyle Larson will race almost anything if you let him.

As one of the rising stars in the NASCAR Cup Series, Larson says his time indulging in his passion for sprint car racing across the country is beneficial to his full-time job.

Larson believes the NASCAR should “encourage” its stars to show up and race at short tracks in lower series, as he, Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. have done over the years in sprint cars. Larson says these efforts help shore up the “grassroots” fans he believes NASCAR has lost touch with in recent years.

“I get asked that question all the time when are they going to shut you down,” Larson said Friday at Martinsville Speedway. “But I feel like everybody needs to encourage me and others to go race at your local short track and all that because I feel like we’ve lost touch with our grassroots race fans. And, I really think with me going back and doing that stuff and Kyle Busch running Late Model races throughout the year, it really kind of gets the local fans back excited about NASCAR.

“I feel like the last decade or so they’ve kind of lost touch with it. Yeah, I feel like everybody should instead of making (team owners) Chip (Ganassi) and Felix (Sabates) feel like they have to shut me down, should encourage them because it helps our fan base out.”

Larson, who is allowed by Chip Ganassi Racing to compete in 25 sprint car races a year, knocked another one off earlier this week at Placerville Speedway in California. With his appearance, Placerville played host to the most recent Cup Series race winner after Larson’s Auto Club 400 victory three days earlier.

Even though he’s allowed those 25 sprint races, Larson’s owner isn’t comfortable with his star driver – who is first in the points standings – moonlighting on dirt.

“Let’s just say this: I do get concerned when he wants to do that,” Chip Ganassi told USA Today’s Brant James earlier this week. “I would say I’d be much happier if he said he wanted to go play golf. But also, at the same time, I don’t want to slow him down. If he thinks that makes him better, OK, great. If he thinks that’s slowing him down, I would think he would stop it. But for now, he thinks it makes him better.”

But as long as he’s allowed those 25 races, Larson says he’s “going to fill all 25 of those up.”

MORE: Felix Sabates doesn’t think Kyle Larson should run Indianapolis 500.

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