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Kyle Larson rebounds at Huset’s with 10th Outlaws sprint car win of year

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Kyle Larson finally conquered Huset’s Speedway and extended his World of Outlaws Nos Energy Drink Sprint Car Series victory lead in the process.

Larson took the lead from Gio Scelzi on a restart and stayed in first for the final 11 laps to capture his series-high 10th victory of the season Sunday.

“It’s definitely cool to get a win here,” Larson said pocketing $20,000 for his 18th career victory on the Outlaws sprint car circuit. “I love bull rings. It had a big curb there. A lot of fun. Really tricky.”

James McFadden finished second after starting 11th, and David Gravel was third. Scelzi finished fourth.

It was a redemptive triumph for Larson, who was leading at the Brandon, South Dakota, track with five laps remaining Saturday but finished 16th because of damage from a flat tire.

In his Aug. 2 debut at Huset’s Speedway, Larson crashed on the third lap of a heat race, ending a record eight-race winning streak in the All Star Circuit of Champions and totaling the No. 57 sprint car that he had driven to more than a couple of dozen victories this season.

Team owner Paul Silva built a new car, and Larson has rediscovered his winning ways over the past month (even in a dirt late model for the first time).

“The restarts weren’t working out for me early and I made a couple mistakes on some of the restarts,” Larson said about Sunday’s race. “We were on it pretty good those last few restarts. I was able to get by Gravel, and (Scelzi) shocked me when he took the top.

“I felt like that was a really smart move to take the top because we’re starting to get good runs on the restarts starting up there. I think it was just his first time up there and spun his tires a little bit and I was able to get a good run down here in the moisture and get clear and lead the rest of the way.”

In the Outlaws championship standings, Brad Sweet, Larson’s brother in law, finished fifth Sunday and extended his lead to  14 points ahead of Logan Schuchart, who was ninth.

NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will race Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City, Kansas, for a Sept. 11-12 doubleheader.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps) – 1. 57-Kyle Larson [4][$20,000]; 2. 9-James McFadden [11][$7,500]; 3. 41-David Gravel [2][$4,200]; 4. 18-Gio Scelzi [1][$2,800]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [12][$2,500]; 6. 2M-Kerry Madsen [3][$2,300]; 7. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [8][$2,200]; 8. 15-Donny Schatz [20][$2,100]; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart [21][$2,050]; 10. 14-Parker Price-Miller [6][$2,000]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser [16][$1,500]; 12. 44S-Trey Starks [15][$1,200]; 13. 7-Justin Henderson [17][$1,100]; 14. 83J-Lynton Jeffrey [7][$1,050]; 15. 2-Carson Macedo [5][$1,000]; 16. 1A-Jacob Allen [9][$1,000]; 17. 2C-Wayne Johnson [24][$1,000]; 18. 13-Sammy Swindell [23][$1,000]; 19. 17A-Austin McCarl [19][$1,000]; 20. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [10][$1,000]; 21. 83-Daryn Pittman [18][$1,000]; 22. 7S-Jason Sides [22][$1,000]; 23. 19-Paige Polyak [13][$1,000]; 24. 33M-Mason Daniel [14][$1,000]; Lap Leaders: Gio Scelzi 1-24, Kyle Larson 25-35; KSE Hard Charger Award: 15-Donny Schatz[+12]

Indianapolis Motor Speedway can have 10,000 fans for IndyCar races

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway will have crowds for its NTT IndyCar Series race weekend next month, the first time fans are allowed at the track this year.

The track announced Friday that up to 10,000 fans will be allowed in the grandstands daily from Oct. 1-4. The IndyCar Harvest GP race doubleheader will be held on the track’s road course Oct. 2-3.

IMS has played host to several events this year without fans, including the 104th Indianapolis 500 on Aug. 23 and a NASCAR-IndyCar weekend July 4-5 that included the Brickyard 400. Plans originally were made to have fans at the Indy 500 before reversing course a few weeks ahead of the race. In a letter last month, Roger Penske vowed that fans would return for the 2021 Indy 500.

“We can’t wait to see fans come through our gates for the first time in 2020,” IMS president Doug Boles said in a release. “They’ll be greeted by a vastly improved facility, featuring significant upgrades to the spectator experience. We’re also extremely grateful to have a presenting sponsor with the expertise and resources of GMR as we look to implement our detailed and comprehensive health and safety plan.”

Fans will undergo temperature screenings upon entry and also be required to wear face coverings at all times on property. The track said each attendee will receive a mask and bottle of hand sanitizer.

The Friday, Oct. 2 race will be shown at 3:30 p.m. ET on USA, and NBC will broadcast the Saturday, Oct. 3 race at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Here’s the release from Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020 – For the first time in 2020, Indianapolis Motor Speedway will welcome fans to the Racing Capital of the World for the INDYCAR Harvest GP presented by GMR weekend. Up to 10,000 spectators can be in the grandstands each day of racing action Oct. 1-4, per approval from the Marion County Public Health Department.

Tickets are available now via IMS.com and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

The massive facility, which holds more than 300,000 people, will provide two spectator zones with up to 5,000 fans in each. The zones will be located in Turns 1 and 4 of the oval, offering strong sightlines of the road course. Strict health and safety rules will be in place, including the following:

  • Face coverings must be worn throughout the property at all times;
  • All fans will receive temperature screenings before gate entry;
  • Grandstand seats will be marked for distancing;
  • Attendees must use pre-assigned gates and remain in their designated zones.

Global Medical Response, the world leader in compassionate, quality emergency medical and patient relocation services, will be the presenting sponsor of the penultimate weekend of INDYCAR racing this season.

“We can’t wait to see fans come through our gates for the first time in 2020,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “They’ll be greeted by a vastly improved facility, featuring significant upgrades to the spectator experience. We’re also extremely grateful to have a presenting sponsor with the expertise and resources of GMR as we look to implement our detailed and comprehensive health and safety plan.”

The plan, which includes each attendee receiving a mask and a bottle of hand sanitizer upon entering the track, was developed in consultation with state and local health officials.

This event weekend is highlighted by an NTT INDYCAR SERIES doubleheader, with races Friday, Oct. 2 and Saturday, Oct. 3. It will be the penultimate event of the series’ season as the field pursues the champion’s prestigious Astor Challenge Cup to be awarded Sunday, Oct. 25 at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

The INDYCAR Harvest GP will pay tribute to a storied IMS event, the Harvest Classic in September 1916. The Harvest Classic was the only racing event held outside of May at IMS from 1911 through 1993. The event featured three races, all won by legendary driver Johnny Aitken.

Fans also will see a host of facility improvements during the event weekend, including more than 30 new LED video boards, refreshed concession stands and restrooms, and 5G wireless connectivity throughout the facility.

The first race will air at 3:30 p.m. (ET) Friday, Oct. 2 on the USA Network. NBC will broadcast the second race at 2:30 p.m. (ET) Saturday, Oct. 3, with WTHR-13 airing the action live in Central Indiana.

Also racing that weekend will be the first pairing of two major sports car series — the Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli and its North American counterpart, GT World Challenge America Powered by AWS. Former Indianapolis 500 pole winner Ryan Briscoe is among the drivers in the Indianapolis 8 Hour event held Sunday, Oct. 4.

The event also will showcase drivers in SRO America’s Pirelli GT4 America, GT Sports Club America and the TC America series.

The full on-track schedule is available at IMS.com.