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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.

Valtteri Bottas wins chaotic season-opening F1 Austrian Grand Prix

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SPIELBERG, Austria — Valtteri Bottas won a chaotic season-opening F1 Austrian Grand Prix while six-time series champion Lewis Hamilton finished fourth after getting a late time penalty Sunday.

The Formula One race was interrupted three times by a safety car, and nine of 20 drivers abandoned, including both Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon – who tried to overtake Hamilton on the outside with 10 laps left, touched wheels and flew off track.

Hamilton was given a 5-second time penalty for causing the collision, having earlier been hit with a three-place grid penalty after an incident in Saturday’s qualifying was reviewed by stewards.

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Bottas led all 71 laps in the eighth victory of his career. It was the second consecutive victory in the season opener for the Finn, though he won four months earlier in 2019 after this season’s start was delayed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Lando Norris of McLaren F1 celebrates after his first podium finish (Mark Thompson/Getty Images).

Bottas started from pole position and Hamilton from fifth, but it looked like a straight fight between the two Mercedes drivers as has been the case so often in recent years.

But late drama in Spielberg ensured otherwise and Hamilton’s time penalty meant Charles Leclerc took second place for Ferrari, and Lando Norris sent McLaren’s garage into raptures – and threw all social distancing rules out of the window amid the euphoria – with third place.

It was the 20-year-old British driver’s first career podium, and his superb final lap was the fastest of a dramatic season opener.

Norris became the youngest British driver to secure a podium finish and the third-youngest ever in Formula One.

Valtteri Bottas leads Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton during the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria (Mark Thompson/Getty Images).