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Larson to promote Tennessee dirt race ahead of Bristol

NASCAR champion Kyle Larson is partnering with sports streaming service FloSports to promote a dirt race in Tennessee that he believes his rivals can use as a tune-up for Bristol Motor Speedway.

The April 14 race at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap is scheduled three days before NASCAR’s dirt race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Larson said Friday his event can be a practice session for the April 17 Cup race at Bristol, which will be covered in dirt for NASCAR for a second consecutive season.

“I want to continue to help grow grassroots racing and if I can with my NASCAR platform, I will,” Larson told The Associated Press. “I’d like to get as many Cup drivers as we can to race in the event. Bulls Gap is very similar in size to Bristol Motor Speedway, so it would be like extra practice leading into the Bristol dirt race.”

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He noted that Volunteer Speedway is roughly 45 minutes away from Bristol, so fans can attend both races.

Volunteer Speedway is a four-tenth of a mile venue in eastern Tennessee called “The World’s Fastest Dirt Track.” Known for its high speeds and 32 degree banking, Volunteer Speedway is regarded as one of the country’s top grassroots racing venues.

“Kyle Larson is widely recognized as one of the best drivers in the world and we are excited to collaborate with him on this race,” said Michael Rigsby, vice president of motorsports at FloSports, which will stream the race.

The partnership with Larson is part of FloRacing’s commitment to assisting the growth, visibility and popularity of grassroots motorsports. FloSports last year developed the “Castrol FloRacing Night In America” ​​series; the event will be held April 12 at Eldora Speedway, the Ohio track owned by Tony Stewart.

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FloSports also recently announced an exclusive broadcast partnership with NASCAR for its grassroots properties.

Larson said he’s also hoping to partner with FloRacing to recreate the “Prelude to the Dream” charity race Stewart hosted at Eldora from 2005 to 2012. Larson said he’d like the race to include active and former Cup drivers.

“It’s something we’ve discussed and I’d like to plan for next year,” Larson said.

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