sprint car

noun

Definition of sprint car

: a rugged racing automobile that is midway in size between midget racers and ordinary racers, has about the same horsepower as the larger racers, and is usually raced on a dirt track

Examples of sprint car in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Saturday will be the latest installment of the dirt sprint car racing series’ long history at the venue, with the Texas Outlaw Nationals set to take place. Jon Arnold, Dallas News, "World of Outlaws racing returns to Mesquite’s Devil’s Bowl Speedway," 16 Sep. 2020 The idea came when the CEO of Mead Carbonless Paper, one of Fisher's sponsors went to Eldora Speedway to watch a wing sprint car race. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, "The making of 19-year-old Sarah Fisher and her Indianapolis 500 debut 20 years ago," 20 Aug. 2020 Larson had been named a future superstar by Hall of Famers Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart, both who started their careers in sprint car racing like Larson, and the spotlight was immediately bright. Fox News, "Suspended NASCAR star Kyle Larson finishes tenth in return to racing," 10 May 2020 Modern sprint cars can reach nearly 150 mph and circle a half-mile oval in 13 seconds, most of which is spent searching for traction. David Beard, Car and Driver, "Weighing in at 1400 Pounds, with 900 Horsepower, Outlaws Drift Like Champs," 3 May 2020 The win put Larson on the path for the biggest year of his career and he was expected to make a decision between loyalty to Ganassi or a move to close friend and fellow sprint car racer Tony Stewart's NASCAR team. Jenna Fryer, Houston Chronicle, "Kyle Larson fired after sponsors drop NASCAR driver over slur," 14 Apr. 2020 He's considered one of the top sprint car racers in the country and in January finally won the prestigious Chili Bowl after 13 attempts. CBS News, "NASCAR'S Kyle Larson uses racial slur during iRacing event," 13 Apr. 2020 In his seventh season, Larson is considered one of the top sprint car racers in the country and in January finally won the prestigious Chili Bowl after 13 attempts. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "NASCAR racer Kyle Larson uses racial slur during stream of virtual race," 13 Apr. 2020 Most recently, Clauson-Marshall Racing, primarily a USAC midget and sprint car team, made its IndyCar debut a year ago in the 2019 Indy 500 with veteran driver Pippa Mann, who started 30th but jumped up to finish 16th. Nathan Brown, Indianapolis Star, "Former driver Robbie Buhl behind new team expecting to make IndyCar debut this May at IMS," 24 Feb. 2020

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1950, in the meaning defined above

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“Sprint car.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sprint%20car. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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