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Larson adds to reputation as wheel man

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When he isn’t racing his 3,400-pound stock car, the 25-year-old California native keeps adding to a reputation as one of the most talented drivers on the planet in the seat of an open-wheel dirt car. Larson won three of four midget-car exhibition races last week in New Zealand.

Last season, Larson won six straight sprint car races during a summer stretch. He won at such notable dirt tracks as Eagle Raceway in Nebraska, Sharon Speedway in Ohio and Lincoln Speedway in Pennsylvania.

It was easily his best year in NASCAR with four wins in the Monster Energy Cup Series and three wins in the Xfinity Series. Although he wound up eighth in the final point standings, he was easily a top-three driver last season.

With his experience in the shorter races, he beat eventual champion Martin Truex Jr. on restarts to steal away wins at Michigan and Richmond.

He has been compared to his boyhood hero, Jeff Gordon, for his ability to drive any kind of race car. Despite his…

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