Kyle Larson puts impressive run on dirt tracks in legendary perspective

Kyle Larson dirt streak
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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 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)

Max Verstappen is PointsBet favorite to score sixth staight in 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

PointsBet 2022 Singapore odds
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Max Verstappen is the PointsBet Sportsbook odds favorite to win the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay Street course to stretch his current win streak to six consecutive. He shows odds of -200 this week.

Formula 1 did not compete in Singapore in 2020 or 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Verstappen has podium finishes in his last two attempts on this track. he was second in 2018 and third in 2019. In the first 15 races of this season, he has failed to stand on the podium only twice and has an average finish of 2.73.

With minus odds, the way to determine a payout is by subtraction. In order for a bettor to earn $100, he must wager $200 this week; with that wager, he will get back his initial stake and winnings of $100.

For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

Charles Leclerc is ranked second this week with +400 odds. He has two previous Singapore GP starts to his credit with a best of second in 2019. He is coming off back-to-back podium finishes with a third in the Dutch GP and a second at Monza.

Ranked third is Carlos Sainz, Jr. with a line of +1100. He has top-five finishes in four of his last five starts, but only one of these, a third in the Belgian GP, was on the podium. Sainz is one of four winners other than Verstappen this season. His victory came in the British GP.

Lewis Hamilton shows a line of +1200. His last win came last fall in the Saudi Arabian GP and the Mercedes team has struggled to contend for victory in 2022. They are improving, however, with eight top-fives in the last nine races. Hamilton has two wins in his last three Singapore starts, which came in 2017 and 2018.

Rounding out the top five is Hamilton’s teammate George Russell at +1800. He has not won, but has shown remarkable consistency with top-fives in all but one race. Notably, his only bad finish came in his home GP in England. Russell has one previous start at Marina Bay; he finished last in the 2019 race. He finished fourth in 2019 as part of a four-race streak of top-fives.

The most recent Singapore GP winner from 2019, Sebastian Vettel is a longshot at +50000.

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