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Kyle Larson and Kasey Kahne will race at Knoxville with Outlaws

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The World of Outlaws confirmed to NBCSports.com Tuesday afternoon that NASCAR veterans Kyle Larson and Kasey Kahne will race when the NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series returns Friday at Knoxville Raceway.

Larson was suspended indefinitely from NASCAR for using a racial slur during an iRacing event last month. The World of Outlaws said he would be permitted to return to racing in its series after completing sensitivity training.

An Outlaws spokesman said Tuesday that Larson met the needed requirements to race in its series.

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Larson remains indefinitely suspended by NASCAR. A spokesman confirmed Tuesday that NASCAR won’t have further updates on Larson until he has completed its sensitivity training and has been reinstated.

RACER’s Kelly Crandall initially reported the news in a tweet that Larson had been invited to race at Knoxville after being cleared by the Outlaws.

The event at Knoxville will be closed to the public but will be televised via pay-per-view streaming on DIRTVision.

The World of Outlaws released revised schedules Tuesday through mid-June for its sprint car and late model series. Several races will include limited, socially distanced crowds.

Kahne, who retired from NASCAR after the 2018 season, will be racing for Kasey Kahne Racing. His sprint car team announced Monday that he’d be in the No. 9 car for “one night only.” He hasn’t raced in the Outlaws since being injured in a crash a year ago at Williams Grove Speedway.

Larson also has his own sprint car team that races full time on the World of Outlaws circuit. According to a tweet from the Associated Press’ Jenna Fryer, he will be racing the No. 57 at Knoxville.

A multiple-time winner in the series, Larson had moonlighted in dirt racing while competing in NASCAR’s premier series since 2014.

Scott Dixon fastest on the second day of Indianapolis 500 practice

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Scott Dixon was fastest on the second day of Indy 500 practice Thursday, turning a lap at 226.102 mph in his No. 9 Dallara-Honda at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Takuma Sato was second, followed by Marco Andretti, Conor Daly and rookie Alex Palou.

The rest of the top 10 were: Colton Herta, Charlie Kimball, James Hinchcliffe, Fernando Alonso and James Davison.

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The session had one incident as Alonso crashed with just less than an hour left in the session. The Arrow McLaren SP driver was optimistic that the car could be repaired without a backup.

Among the other notables on the speed chart Thursday: Ryan Hunter-Reay (11th); Tony Kanaan (14th); Helio Castroneves (16th); Josef Newgarden (18th); Graham Rahal (19th); Will Power (23rd); Alexander Rossi (26th) and defending race winner Simon Pagenaud (27th).

Felix Rosenqvist (24th) and rookie Dalton Kellett turned the most laps (141) around the 2.5-mile oval.

Teams mostly focused on race setup Thursday as they will receive 80 extra horsepower in the “Fast Friday” practice that will feature speeds above 230 mph for qualifying Saturday and Sunday.

The Indy 500 will take place Aug. 23; coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET on NBC with the green flag at 2:30 p.m.

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