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Kyle Larson beats Kasey Kahne for third consecutive sprint car victory

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Kyle Larson passed Kasey Kahne and led the final 12 laps Wednesday at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas, in his third consecutive Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions victory.

Larson was driving for Paul Silva who also has fielded the No. 57 sprint car that Larson has won with this year in the World of Outlaws. He won the previous two races (June 7 at Park City, Kansas, and June 8 at Lawton, Oklahoma) on the 410 winged sprint car series that is owned by Tony Stewart (who finished 16th Wednesday).

Focusing on racing sprint cars since being suspended indefinitely by NASCAR, Larson also finished second in the June 5 race at Meeker, Oklahoma. He has 13 victories on the All-Star Circuit of Champions.

“I was trying to be patient, but it got to the point where I told myself ‘it’s only a 25-lap race, so I’m probably being a little too patient.’ It was time to go,” Larson, who started second behind Kahne, said in a release. “I ran a few really hard laps there and ended up getting by Kasey just before the caution came out. I felt really good. Honestly, I think the car got better and better every time we hit the track, and I feel like we definitely learned a lot tonight. Hopefully, we can carry this momentum into the rest of the year.

“A big thanks to Paul Silva and Doug. They’ve been logging a lot of hours up and down the road this week and a lot of late nights and early mornings. We’ve had so many supporters step up and help us out and that means the world to me. To all the fans, thank you so much for supporting local racing and staying up late to watch us race. It means the world to us.”

Kahne, who also has been racing sprint cars on the World of Outlaws circuit this year, hung on to finish second in the race.

IMSA results, points, stats package after Sunday at Road America

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Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor delivered Team Penske’s first victory this season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, winning at Road America from the pole position Sunday and moving up to sixth in points after finishing no better than seventh in the first three races this season.

The Team Penske No. 7 Acura DPi led a race-high 48  of 63 laps, including the final four after Castroneves seized a restart to take first from Renger van der Zande, who finished second with Ryan Briscoe in the No. 10 Cadillac DPi.

Other class winners at the Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, road course were the No. 81 ORECA LMP2 07 of Henrik Hedman and Ben Hanley in LMP2, the No. 3 Corvette C8.R of Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor in GTLM and the No. 12 Lexus RC F GT3 of Townsend Bell and Frankie Montecalvo in GTD.

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Here are the race stats, points and results from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Road America:


RESULTS: Click here for the overall finishing order and here for the class breakdown.

POINTS: In the DPi standings, the No. 10 Cadillac of Briscoe and van der Zande leads by six points (124-118) over the No. 5 Cadillac of Joao Barbosa and Sebastien Bourdais.

The No. 3 Corvette of Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor leads the GTLM standings with 130 points, 10 more than the No. 912 Porsche of Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor.

In GTD, the No. 12 Lexus of Bell and Montecalvo moved into the lead by four points (121-117) over AIM Vasser Sullivan teammates Jack Hawksworth and Aaron Telitz in the No. 14 Lexus.

The No. 38 of Performance Tech Motorsport leads in LMP2.

Click here for the points standings for drivers and teams after Road America.

STATS PACKAGE FOR ROAD AMERICA:

Fastest laps by driver

Fastest laps by driver after race

Fastest laps by driver and class after race

Fastest lap sequence

Leader sequence

Lap chart

Race analysis by lap

NEXT: The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT classes will race Aug. 21-22 at Virginia International Raceway.