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Kyle Larson wins World of Outlaws race; Christopher Bell tumbles

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Kyle Larson scored his first World of Outlaws win of the season after a brief duel for the lead with Christopher Bell on Monday night at Lawrenceburg (Indiana) Speedway.

As they raced side-by-side into Turn 1, Bell’s sprint car jumped the cushion and he hit the wall. The contact caused Bell’s car to go upside down and tumble briefly. Bell finished 22nd in the 24-car field.

“These Outlaw wins are so hard to win,” Larson said, according to the World of Outlaws site. “I mean, you’ve got Bell, leading, he’s one of, if not the best drivers in the country or in the world right now, in open wheel cars. And Donny Schatz, who’s arguably the best in winged sprint cars. So, to beat those two feels really cool.”

Donny Schatz, who drives for Tony Stewart Racing, was second. Giovanni Scelzi placed third. Schatz is the series leader. He has a 48-point lead on Brad Sweet, who drives for Kasey Kahne Racing.

The World of Outlaws next race on Friday at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.

 

 

Stewart-Haas Racing reveals new sponsor for Clint Bowyer

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RICHMOND, Va. — Stewart-Haas Racing announced Friday that Toco Warranty will be the primary sponsor on Clint Bowyer’s car for four races this season.

Toco Warranty will be the primary sponsor on Bowyer’s car at Talladega Superspeedway (April 28), the All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway (May 18), at Chicagoland Speedway (June 30) and at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Sept. 15). Toco Warranty will be an associate sponsor at all other Cup races.

Toco Warranty also will be co-primary sponsor with Tony Stewart Racing’s sprint car of 10-time and reigning World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz. Toco Warranty also will be an associate sponsor on Stewart’s sprint car. Stewart is scheduled to compete in more than 90 winged sprint car races this year.

Toco Warranty is a new generation of vehicle service contracts with pay-as-you go monthly plans.

“We’re obviously very pleased to welcome Toco Warranty to SHR and TSR,” said Stewart, the three-time Cup champion who formed TSR back in 2001 and co-owns SHR with Gene Haas. “Clint Bowyer and Donny Schatz are great racecar drivers with strong and compelling personalities who can deliver for Toco Warranty on and off the track.”

“Toco Warranty is all about helping people take care of their cars quickly and efficiently, and nowhere is speed and efficiency more prominent than in racing,” said Nota Berger, CEO, Toco Warranty. “We’ve found great partners in Stewart-Haas Racing and Tony Stewart Racing and strong, relatable personalities in Clint Bowyer, Donny Schatz and Tony Stewart to increase recognition for our simple and affordable vehicle service contracts. They’ll help showcase our practical and straightforward plans which clearly outline what is and isn’t covered while requiring no major up-front investment or long-term contract.”

Kyle Larson wins World of Outlaws race

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Kyle Larson used a late-race charge to win Tuesday night’s World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series race at Eagle (Nebraska) Raceway.

Larson passed Daryn Pittman, who drives for Kasey Kahne‘s team, with two laps to go to win. Larson was racing for a team co-owned by Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Shane Stewart, who drives for the team co-owned by Larson and Justin Marks, finished third. Brad Sweet, who drives for Kasey Kahne Racing, placed fourth. Donny Schatz, who drives for Tony Stewart Racing, finished fifth.

Larson was second in qualifying to Kerry Madsen and won his heat race.

The feature victory is Larson’s first of the season.

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Team co-owned by Kyle Larson wins opening night feature at Knoxville Nationals

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Shane Stewart, who drives for Larson Marks Racing, the team co-owned by Kyle Larson and Justin Marks, won the 25-lap feature Wednesday in the opening night of the Knoxville Nationals.

Action continues Thursday at Knoxville Raceway with the 56th Knoxville Nationals being held Saturday night.

Wednesday’s win marked the third year in a row that Stewart has won a preliminary night feature at the Knoxville Nationals. Stewart won with a sprint car sponsored by the Jeff Gordon Foundation. Gordon was in attendance.

Donny Schatz, who has won nine of the past 10 Knoxville Nationals and drives for Tony Stewart Racing, finished second in the feature race. Daryn Pittman, who drives for Kasey Kahne Racing, was fourth. Rico Abreu, who competes in the Camping World Truck Series, placed ninth in the 24-car field. Abreu won his heat race earlier in the evening.

Full results from Wednesday’s action is here.

Thursday’s schedule includes Larson competing, along with Brad Sweet, who drives for Kasey Kahne’s team, and former NASCAR driver Dave Blaney. Also, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will pace the field in Bryan Clauson’s car, honoring his close friend who died Sunday from injuries suffered in a midget race last weekend.