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Kyle Larson beats two Outlaw champions on his way to the Kings Royal

Kyle Larson’s win Tuesday night gave him momentum entering the Kings Royal this weekend.

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In the Brad Doty Classic at Attica Raceway Park, Kyle Larson defeated 10-time champion Donny Schatz, a 303-time winner, and the current World of Outlaws Sprint Car champion Brad Sweet to win the series for the third time in 2022.

The race was separated into thirds for Larson as he spent the opening 12 laps pursuing Sweet, the next 18 laps unchallenged, and the last 10 laps fending off a determined Schatz attack.

On the third-mile dirt track, Larson’s ultimate victory margin was just 0.364 seconds, and the result wasn’t known until the very last lap.

In a press release, Larson said, “When I got to traffic, it was hard to see and I made a mistake with a lapper, then I knew Donny was right with me.” “Thankfully, Donny is the most moral racer in the world, and you can depend on him at all times. I hope other racers will learn from Donny Schatz and the respect he shows you on the track. I just needed to handle that margin as skillfully as I could because I knew Donny was far superior in Turns 1 and 2. I could kind of fake the cushion to limit my blunders because my car was handling extremely well, but I got a little disoriented in the traffic. Every time we hit the track, it seems like Paul Silva keeps delivering me cars that are better and better. I’m genuinely excited about Eldora because of him.

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Larson has accumulated 27 World of Outlaw victories in 120 starts despite never having a full-time schedule, for a winning percentage of about 25%.

The competition served as both a rematch of the Larson-winning Knoxville Nationals from the previous year and a sneak peek at the upcoming Kings Royal, which begins on July 13 and ends on July 16 this year.

In the season’s first round at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida, Schatz, who has only one victory this year, had the opportunity to resume his winning ways. Since then, he has only managed six podium places in 35 starts, keeping him out of the winner’s circle. Wilmot (Wis.) Raceway witnessed one of these last week.

Schatz remarked, “These folks have found a lot of things to help us better lately. “The team at Ford has put in extra effort to keep this device on the tip of my foot for improved control. It is fantastic to be competing for the victory once more, although we would prefer to be in Victory Lane. Although my car was actually good everywhere I needed to go and Kyle wasn’t, he handled me quite nicely. It’s a fantastic sensation because I never felt like I was fading or anything. It’s wonderful to have such a strong start to the week.

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Sweet’s third-place performance was bittersweet for him as well because he is now riding a winless skid that has lasted for 25 races. However, consistency has maintained him ahead of Sheldon Haudenschild by 56 points in the points race.

The final two finishers in the top five were David Gravel and Logan Schuhart.

Along with Chase Elliott’s victory in the Quaker State 400 on Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway and William Byron’s maiden Slinger Nationals late model victory on Tuesday night, Larson’s victory caps off a successful week for Hendrick Motorsports. This week, Alex Bowman will have the opportunity to establish himself as one of the Kings Royal contenders.

Kyle Larson defeats two Outlaws champions to win the Brad Doty Classic and gains momentum going into Kings Royal.

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