NASCAR champion Kyle Larson and three-time World of Outlaws champion Brad Sweet are kicking off a new dirt series that they hope will improve sprint car racing as a whole.
The High Limit Sprint Car Series will feature a 12-race schedule of midweek races in 2023, all with big purses that they expect will attract the world’s top sprint car racers. Larson and Sweet are among them, of course, and they plan to bring an all-star cast of friends for each event.
“I believe we can get the best drivers in the country in a lot of races, so I think that will be unique to our series,” Larson said. the athletic† “You can watch the best sprint racers in the world race hard 12 nights a year in the middle of the week.”
Sprint cars are powerful open-wheeled cars that tear down dirt roads while going sideways through corners with intense close-quarters racing. Many top NASCAR drivers, including Larson, Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon, have gotten their start on dirt roads.
While other dirt series have midweek events, the top tracks usually hold their big-money shows on weekends. High Limit is designed not to conflict with events approved by the World of Outlaws (the best sprint car series), while also offering more money than a typical sprint car event.
Outlaw races typically pay $10,000 to win, but High Limit offers the winner $23,000 on 10 of its events and $50,000 to win on two other major events. There will also be a year-end points fund worth $120,000, meaning Larson and Sweet will inject a total of $1.2 million into sprint car racing.
How will they do it? FloRacing has picked up the streaming rights and the drivers hope to attract enough audience and sponsorship to offset the rest of the costs.
“There’s definitely a risk to Kyle and I,” Sweet told the athletic† “It’s like any business. But we hope that because we’re going to markets that Kyle wouldn’t normally go to, these fans will come to see him. And this new series will be a little different from their normal Saturday nights.” show.”
The series will kick off next month in Putnamville, Ind., called the “High Limit Open.” The August 16 event will pay $22,022 to win and Larson, who said he chose the track because it is one of his favorites, will be one of the participating drivers.
As for the 2023 schedule and driver lineup, those details will be announced at a later date.
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