Kyle Larson explains burnouts with no steering wheel

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It’s common practice these days to do a few burnouts after winning a race. But Kyle Larson capped off his first-ever Nationwide Series victory with a twist on the now-standard celebration: He did his burnouts while holding the steering wheel out the window of his No. 42 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet.

As it turns out, it’s not the first time that Larson has made the donuts in that particular fashion. In fact, he’s been doing that since his open-wheel, dirt-track days.

“The history behind it – in the Outlaw cars that I grew up racing, everybody did them,” Larson said after winning today’s TreatMyClot.com 300. “My sister’s ex-boyfriend probably did them the best, so she doesn’t really like to see me do them.”

“But nobody did them in stock cars, so once I got here, I did it when I won the K&N championship at Rockingham [and] I did it when I won the Truck race at Rockingham.”

After doing the no-wheel burnouts last year in the aforementioned Camping World Truck Series race, Larson says NASCAR had a chat with him about not doing those anymore.

Obviously, however, Larson couldn’t resist this afternoon as he ripped through the infield grass.

“I just won my first Nationwide race, so I’ll do whatever I want,” he said. “And if I win the Cup race, I’ll probably do the same thing.”

You can check out Larson’s handiwork at 1:53 of the clip above.

Audi bids farewell to Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich upon retirement

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Audi bid farewell to its iconic head of motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, at its end-of-season ‘Race Night’ event in Germany on Friday upon his retirement.

Ullrich took over the reins as Audi’s head of motorsport in 1993 and stayed in the role for 23 years, overseeing its arrival in the prototype class of sports car racing and domination of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Ullrich stepped down from the position at the end of 2016, handing the reins over to ex-Audi DTM chief Dieter Gass, and attended his final racing event with the German marque at its first works Formula E outing in Hong Kong earlier this month.

Ullrich was honored at the Race Night event on Friday and thanked for his efforts in developing Audi into a force within global motorsport.

“In 566 factory-backed commitments during this period he celebrated 209 victories, 13 of them in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, eleven in the 12-hour race at Sebring and nine in the ‘Petit Le Mans’ at Road Atlanta,” a piece on Ullrich’s tenure for Audi’s website reads.

“31 driver titles in super touring car racing, in the DTM and in the sports prototype category are credited to him. 57 campaigners were Audi factory drivers during Wolfgang Ullrich’s era and he was responsible for 18 new developments of racing cars – an impressive tally.”