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WATCH: Outlaws epic between Donny Schatz, Kyle Larson, Brad Sweet

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Even when Kyle Larson isn’t winning dirt races, he still seems to be involved in something memorable — such as the finish to the latest race on the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car circuit.

In Tuesday night’s Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania, Larson came up just short in pursuit of his sixth consecutive sprint car victory (and his fourth in a row in the Outlaws). But he still was involved in a thrilling three-way battle for the victory with 10-time series champion Donny Schatz and defending series champion Brad Sweet.

After Larson and his brother-in-law Sweet fiercely battled for the lead with three laps remaining, Schatz crept back into the picture and passed both over the final lap and a half — sweeping from third to first on the final lap in roughly 5 seconds.

“It’s fun to race like that,” Schatz said after retaking the points lead from Sweet with his 297 career victory. “Those guys are good. That’s what you guys pay to see.”

Kyle Larson Larson passed Sweet off the last corner to finish second — his first time off the top step of a World of Outlaws race in weeks.

“Hate that I let (Schatz) by because I felt like I would have had a good shot at Brad, but it was a fun race, fun to have three of us battle for a win there coming down late, just came up short,” he said. “I would have liked to get a win and keep the streak going but still another podium tonight.”

Watch the final nine laps below in the highlight video from the race.

The World of Outlaws continues its Pennsylvania swing at Lincoln Speedway and then Friday-Saturday at famed Williams Grove Speedway.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [6][$25,000]; 2. 57-Kyle Larson [3][$7,000]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [1][$5,000]; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [7][$4,000]; 5. 41-David Gravel [5][$3,000]; 6. 2-Carson Macedo [2][$2,900]; 7. 7S-Jason Sides [21][$2,800]; 8. 14-Parker Price-Miller [4][$2,700]; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart [9][$2,600]; 10. 49X-Tim Shaffer [18][$2,500]; 11. 5-Brent Marks [8][$2,400]; 12. 15K-Chad Kemenah [14][$2,300]; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser [19][$2,200]; 14. 2M-Kerry Madsen [10][$2,100]; 15. 83-Daryn Pittman [22][$2,000]; 16. 42-Sye Lynch [15][$1,500]; 17. 9-Kasey Kahne [16][$1,300]; 18. 46-Michael Bauer [23][$1,200]; 19. 33M-Mason Daniel [25][$]; 20. 18-Gio Scelzi [13][$1,200]; 21. 3-Jac Haudenschild [20][$1,200]; 22. 11-Carl Bowser [26][$]; 23. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [12][$1,200]; 24. 2C-Wayne Johnson [24][$1,200]; 25. 1A-Jacob Allen [11][$1,200]; 26. 55-Hunter Schuerenburg [17][$1,200]; Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1-6, 28-32, 34-39; Donny Schatz 7-27, 33, 40.

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

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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.