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Kyle Larson puts impressive run on dirt tracks in legendary perspective

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With his summer tear continuing on dirt tracks across various series and states, Kyle Larson is hearing more about the streak and its place in history

Larson scored his series-leading ninth victory Saturday in Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions this season, winning the Bob Weikert Memorial at Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway. Again facing a field of World of Outlaws veterans and the “Pennsylvania Posse,” Larson led the final 11 of 30 laps in the A Main to beat Brent Marks.

It was Larson’s second consecutive victory in the ASCOC (after winning Friday at Williams Grove Speedway) and the fourth in his past four starts on the 410 winged sprint car circuit owned by Tony Stewart.

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“It’s definitely an honor to win this race,” Larson said in a series release. “Over the last few weeks, I’ve had a lot of people compare this run that we’re on to Doug Wolfgang. I never got the chance to watch him race, but I knew he was a legend.”

Larson, who has focused on dirt racing since being fired from Chip Ganassi Racing and placed on indefinite NASCAR suspension for using a racial slur during an iRacing event, has nearly two dozen victories this year in sprint car and Midget races.

He won the most recent race in the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, and his four victories rank him third in the national series.

The current dirt streak by Larson has been compared with Steve Kinser’s 12 consecutive Outlaws victories in 1987 as well as Wolfgang’s won 10 consecutive victories to start the 1977 season at Knoxville Raceway.

Wolfgang also won the prestigious Knoxville Nationals five times (an event Larson has yet to win and won’t get the chance this year after its postponement) and recorded nearly 500 sprint car victories across various series and tracks during his impressive career that ended in 1997.

“To read about all of his wins, and the places that he won at, is pretty unbelievable,” Larson said of Wolfgang. “Port Royal is starting to become one of my favorite tracks. And the atmosphere here is right up there with the Knoxville Nationals. We still have one more night to go, so hopefully we can park back up here in victory lane.”

The ASCOC series will race again tonight at Port Royal, giving Larson a shot in Paul Silva’s No. 57 at his 20th dirt victory since the beginning of June.

He can win an extra $5,000 with another $10,000 victory in Night 2 of the Bob Weikert Memorial.

Friday A-Main (30 Laps): 1. 57-Kyle Larson [7]; 2. 5-Brent Marks [2]; 3. 39M-Anthony Macri [11]; 4. 1-Logan Wagner [3]; 5. 69K-Lance Dewease [5]; 6. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [21]; 7. 41-David Gravel [9]; 8. 11-Zeb Wise [12]; 9. 5C-Dylan Cisney [26]; 10. 2-AJ Flick [17]; 11. 55-Mike Wagner [18]; 12. 17h-Sheldon Haudenschild [14]; 13. 87-Aaron Reutzel [8]; 14. 39s-Sammy Swindell [10]; 15. W20-Greg Wilson [22]; 16. 98-Kyle Reinhardt [13]; 17. 55K-Robbie Kendall [19]; 18. 13-Paul McMahan [23]; 19. 25-Tyler Bear [1]; 20. 99-Skylar Gee [25]; 21. 3-Jac Haudenschild [20]; 22. 35-Tyler Reeser [27]; 23. 29-Danny Dietrich [4]; 24. 2M-Kerry Madsen [15]; 25. 26-Cory Eliason [16]; 26. 17B-Steve Buckwalter [24]; 27. 11T-TJ Stutts [6] Lap Leaders: Brent Marks (1-19), Kyle Larson (20-30)

Sergio Perez still has coronavirus; will miss second consecutive F1 race

F1 Sergio Perez out
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SILVERSTONE, England — Sergio Perez will be out for a second F1 race at Silverstone this week after again testing positive for the coronavirus.

The Mexican driver had hoped to return to Formula One after spending seven days in quarantine, but his Racing Point team said this morning he had tested positive.

“He is physically well and recovering,” the team said. “The whole team wishes Sergio and his family well and we look forward to his return.”

That means German veteran Nico Hulkenberg again fills in for Sunday’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix after having also replaced Sergio Perez when he was out for the F1 British Grand Prix at the same venue last week. Hulkenberg did not start that race because of an engine problem.

There are two consecutive weekends of racing at Silverstone as Formula One tries to pack in races following the pandemic-delayed start to the season.

Perez became the first Formula One driver to test positive for coronavirus, and it had been unclear whether he would be available to drive after the period of quarantine was extended to 10 days.

Racing Point also was in the news Friday after being hit with a 15-point penalty in the Formula One constructors’ championship and fined 400,000 euros ($470,000) Friday for using brake ducts based on those from last year’s Mercedes cars.

The stewards ruled that Mercedes was the “principal designer” of the parts, and that Racing Point made only minor changes to computer design data it received from Mercedes.

Rival team Renault filed protests about the legality of the brake ducts, which were added to the “listed parts” under F1 rules for 2020. That means teams must design their own. Racing Point argued it was merely using information about the Mercedes parts to inform its own design.

Racing Point uses customer engines from Mercedes and has admitted basing its 2020 car design on photographs of last year’s Mercedes car. The similarities led to the Racing Point being nicknamed the “pink Mercedes” when it was first seen in testing ahead of the season.

Racing Point can appeal the ruling. The points deduction drops the team from fifth to sixth in the standings, below Renault. The ruling doesn’t affect the points totals for Racing Point’s drivers.