Kyle Larson returning to dirt during NASCAR offseason

Nov 7, 2014 6:56 PM

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Kyle Larson will compete in three dirt-track races during the offseason, becoming the first full-time NASCAR driver to race on dirt since Tony Stewart struck another driver with his car and killed him.

Larson, who grew up on dirt tracks, said he plans a return to the dirt after his NASCAR Sprint Cup rookie season ends.

The 22-year-old said he has no reservations about racing on dirt despite the Aug. 9 collision in New York that killed Kevin Ward, Jr. He was struck and killed after walking onto the track and approaching Stewart's car.

Larson, the Sprint Cup rookie points leader, will race in a midget car Nov. 26-27 at Perris Auto Speedway in California, and has two more races in Arizona and Oklahoma in January.

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