In his first World of Outlaws trip to Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, Kyle Larson set a track record Friday night in qualifying.
Larson, who finished 10th in the Outlaws feature May 8 at Knoxville Raceway, made a 9.995-second lap Friday on the high-banked 0.333-mile dirt oval in Pevely, Missouri.
He became the first driver in track history to turn a lap in under 10 seconds and broke the previous mark of 10.115 seconds set by Logan Schuchart.
MORE: Larson, Kahne return as Outlaws race before limited crowds
The NOS Energy Sprint Car Series has been racing at I-55 since 1987.
With the lap, Larson will start first in Heat 1 for Flight A later this evening alongside David Gravel, the winner at Knoxville.
Kasey Kahne qualified eighth in Flight B and will start fourth in Heat 4. He is attempting to make his first feature after failing to advance at Knoxville, his first Outlaws event in more than a year.
Larson remains on indefinite suspension from NASCAR for using a racial slur but was approved to race with the Outlaws after completing sensitivity training.
Defending MotoGP series champion Marc Marquez underwent a second surgery Monday after a titanium plate inserted in his fractured right arm sustained damage. The Repsol Honda Team said in a statement that it’ll be two days before the recovery period is determined.
Marquez was injured during a crash in the July 19 season opener. He underwent an initial surgery July 21 in Barcelona, and doctors said there was no nerve damage.
The eight-time champion was cleared to race in the season’s second event Jerez. But Marquez decided to skip the July 26 race after experiencing discomfort while riding the No. 93 bike in a July 25 practice.
MOTOGP ON NBC: How to watch the 2020 season
He had planned to race in Sunday’s grand prix at the Automotodrom Brno in the Czech Republic in hopes of returning to defend his title. His status for Sunday apparently will be unclear until at least Wednesday.
In a statement Monday, the team said the titanium plate in Marquez’s right arm successfully was replaced after stress accumulation. Marquez will stay in the hospital for two days recovering.
Dr Xavier Mir, who performed the surgery at the Hospital Universitari Dexeus, said in the release that “Marc Marquez underwent surgery 13 days ago and today he returned to the operating room. The first operation was successful, what was not expected was that the plate was insufficient. An accumulation of stress in the operated area has caused the plate to suffer some damage, so today the titanium plate has been removed and replaced by a new fixation.
“The rider has not felt pain during this period. He has always followed the medical advice given and the feeling from his body. Unfortunately, an overstress has caused this issue. Now we have to wait 48 hours to understand the recovery time.”