Kyle Larson scores first High Limit Sprint Car win at Wayne County Speedway

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Kyle Larson scored his first High Limit Sprint Car Series win in his fourth start at Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio in Sheldon Haudenschild’s Buckey Brawl.

The win capped off a perfect record of top-five finishes this season in the series Larson co-owns with brother-in-law Brad Sweet and continues a trend of finishing better in each successive start. Last year in the single event run by High Limit, Larson finished 10th at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Indiana in a race won by Michael “Buddy” Kofoid. Larson was running second in that race until he cut a tire.

Larson avoided disappointment Tuesday night, leading 28 of the 35 laps at Wayne County and banking $35,023 for his effort. The High Limit Series was launched in an effort to bring high-dollar payouts for midweek races and part of Larson’s winnings included a $3,000 bounty for beating the eponymous promoter of the race.

Larson now has six major wins this season with two NASCAR Cup series victories, one in the Xfinity Series, one in Lucas Oil Late Models, one in the Superbowl of Racing and one in the All-Star Circuit of champions.

Larson also won a DIRTcar Modified race at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio earlier this year to give him 10 wins in seven divisions on that track.

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Haudenschild was reared 15 minutes away from the track in Wooster, Ohio and the High Limit race was a chance to give back to his local racing community. Haudenschild sits fifth in the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series standing with one win and four top-fives in 19 starts, but he was unsuccessful in his bid to win his home track race, finishing 10th after starting ninth at Wayne County.

Starting third, it took just two laps for Larson to pass Justin Sanders for second and three more laps to take the lead from Chase Randall. From then on, Larson cruised to victory after beginning to lap the field on Lap 20.

Sanders held onto second place, but Randall went over the wall in Turn 2 with one lap remaining and finished 20th. Randall climbed from the car and walked to the ambulance.

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Justin Peck assumed third in the final rundown with Brian Brown in fourth. Rico Abreu rounded out the top five.

Larson entered the race tied with Tyler Courtney for the points lead, but Courtney crashed with eight laps remaining. Courtney finished 22nd, which dropped him to fifth in the standings, 33 markers behind Larson.

The winner at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa in the most recent High Limit Sprint Car race, Anthony Macri moved to second behind Larson in the standings.

The promise of a big payday brought 54 entrants to the track and the 0.375-mile dirt track started a field of 26 cars.

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.