Kyle Larson will return to competition Friday night at Knoxville Raceway (IA) with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, according to multiple reports.
Larson was a NASCAR Cup Series competitor with Chip Ganassi Racing before the two parted ways following an incident during an iRacing event on Sunday, April 12 where Larson uttered a racial slur via in-game communication. NASCAR suspended Larson indefinitely, with both NASCAR and the World of Outlaws requiring Larson to complete sensitivity training.
Kelly Crandall of RACER Magazine initially reported that Larson had completed the sensitivity training and had been invited to Friday's World of Outlaws return to racing at Knoxville. The World of Outlaws confirmed to NBCSports.com that Larson, along with former NASCAR Cup Series competitor Kasey Kahne, would compete in the event, and later included them in an entry list released for the race.
Larson has been a frequent competitor with the World of Outlaws, as well as other dirt racing events, when his NASCAR Cup Series obligations have allowed. Larson competed nine times with the Outlaws in 2019, scoring wins at Lawrenceburg Speedway (IN) and Fairbury American Legion Speedway (IL).
In January, Larson scored an elusive win he had been chasing for 13 years, finally taking the victory in the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After passing Christopher Bell in the closing stages for the win, Larson called the race, "the biggest f’ing race I’ve ever won."
Larson also scored major Midget wins during the 2019 season such as the Gateway Dirt Nationals and the Turkey Night Grand Prix. Last May, Larson won the Speed51 Open at Millbridge Speedway for Outlaw Karts.
Larson is familiar with Knoxville Raceway, competing annually in its marquee event, the Knoxville Nationals. While Larson withdrew after a poor showing on his preliminary night in 2019, he finished in the top five of the race in each of the three prior years and won his preliminary night feature in 2017.
While Larson has completed sensitivity training, he remains suspended by NASCAR.
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