Kyle Larson excited to use time off from day job for lots of dirt racing

Kyle Larson is like a whole lot of racers.

Given some rare time off from his day job as driver of the No. 42 Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this weekend, what did Larson choose to do? He chose to do some racing -- lots of it, in fact, in a very short period of time not only over this weekend but into next week.

Larson is competing in the 34th edition of Ohio Sprint Speedweek, one of the most unique and challenging traditions in open-wheel dirt racing.

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It begins Friday night at Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio. Over the next nine days, competitors will race against each other at eight different dirt ovals across Ohio. Among those entered in the event is Dale Blaney, the highly accomplished dirt racer who is the brother of Dave Blaney, father of current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Blaney.

Alas, as excited as Larson is about participating, he will only be able to compete in the first six legs of the event.

Then he'll have to fly to California to begin preparations for the Toyota/Save Mart 250 one week from Sunday at Sonoma Raceway. Larson currently sits 21st in the Sprint Cup points standings.

Night 1 of 6 straight races starts tonight at @atticaracewyprk. Hope @Paul_Silva57 can get me some grip so I can hang with @DaleBlaney!

— Kyle Larson (@KyleLarsonRacin) June 17, 2016

Let's pack the stands tonight!!

— Attica Raceway Park (@atticaracewyprk) June 17, 2016

It doesnt matter what series it is. Cars and drivers come out of the woodwork to support @atticaracewyprk. Tonight will be no different.

— Derrick Bean (@runderrickbean) June 17, 2016