Kyle Larson stays dominant on dirt with fourth World of Outlaws victory

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Kyle Larson remains mostly unbeatable in dirt racing this season.

Larson scored his fourth World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car victory in the past two months, beating 10-time series champion Donny Schatz on a restart with three laps remaining Tuesday night to win at Attica (Ohio) Raceway Park.

He earned $10,000 for capturing the 40-lap main event in the Brad Doty Classic, which is named after the Sprint Car Hall of Famer.

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It’s apropos because Larson, 27, is having a Hall of Fame-type season on dirt while barnstorming across various series, tracks and states in sprint cars and Midgets.

On Sunday, his No. 57 won the 30-lap main event at Sharon Speedway in the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions for his third victory during Ohio Sprint Speedweek. A week earlier, he dominated the 30th annual Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek with four victories in nine races.

Larson began focusing on dirt racing after being fired from Chip Ganassi Racing and placed on indefinite suspension by NASCAR for using a racial slur during an iRacing event.

Since finishing 10th in the World of Outlaws’ return May 8 at Knoxville Raceway from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Larson has nearly 20 victories and an Indiana Midget Week Championship. He had a streak of 10 consecutive Midget victories in the United States that included his breakthrough in the 2020 Chili Bowl.

According to Speed Sport Magazine journalist Jacob Seelman, Larson has an average finish of 2.0 since May 30 in his past 30 dirt starts, which include 17 victories and an eight-race winning streak in June.

Larson essentially had a perfect Tuesday night in the premier national sprint car series. He won his heat race, started on pole after winning the dash by more than 4 seconds and led all 40 laps in the main event. He has won his past three Outlaws starts after sweeping at Knoxville Raceway in June (the fourth and fifth victories in his eight-race streak).

“It’s one that I think everyone looks forward to running,” Larson said in a release about the Brad Doty Classic. “Brad is such a nice guy and has done so much for this sport, long before I was born. It’s cool to get the opportunity to run this race. I got beat by Donny the last time we ran here, so it was good to edge him there.”

Kyle Laron’s No. 57 triumphed for the fourth time this season Tuesday in the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car Series (Trent Gower/World of Outlaws).

Beta Motorcycles joins SuperMotocross in 2024, Benny Bloss named first factory rider

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Beta Motorcycles

Benny Bloss will race for the factory Beta Motorcycles team in 2024 as that manufacturer joins SuperMotocross as the ninth brand to compete in the series. Beta Motorcycles will make their debut in the Monster Energy Supercross opener at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California in January.

Benny Bloss finished among the top 10 twice in Pro Motocross, in 2016 and 2018. – Beta Motorcycles

“The wait is over and we can finally share everything we have been working towards,” said Carlen Gardner, Race Team Manager in a press release. “It has been a great experience being a part of this development and seeing the progression. The only missing part was finding a rider that would mesh well with our Beta Family.

“After a one phone call with Benny, we knew it would be a good fit for him, and for us. We are happy to have him on board for the next two years and can’t wait to see everyone at Anaheim in January.”

Bloss debuted in the 450 class in 2015 with a 15th-place finish overall at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

Bloss has a pair of top-10 rankings in the division with a sixth-place finish in the Pro Motocross Championship in 2016 and a seventh in 2018. His best Supercross season ended 15th in the standings in 2018.

“I’m extremely excited to join the Beta Factory Racing team,” Bloss said. “It’s cool to see a brand with such a rich history in off-road racing to come into the US Supercross and Motocross space. I know this team will be capable of great things as we build and go racing in 2024.”

Bloss is currently 22nd in the SuperMotocross rankings and has not raced in the first two rounds of the Motocross season.

Testing for Beta Motorcycles is scheduled to begin in August and the team expects to announce a second rider at that time.

The family-owned brand adds to the international flare of the sport. The company was founded in Florence, Italy in 1905 as Società Giuseppe Bianchi as they built handmade bicycles, The transition to motorcycle production in the late 1940s.

Beta Motorcycles competed and won in motocross competition in the late 1970s and early 1980s with Jim Pomeroy and other riders.

Beta will join Triumph Motorcycles as a second historic brand to join the sport in 2024. First established in 1902, Triumph has won in nearly every division they have competed in, dating back to their first victory in the 1908 Isle of Man TT. Triumph will debut in the 250 class in 2024 and plans to expand into 450s in 2025.