Tradition a Major Theme in World of Outlaws 2006 Schedule
Norman, OK -- Jan. 6, 2005 -- The World of Outlaws Sprint Series' 29-year tradition of bringing the best collection of winged sprint car drivers from coast-to-coast will continue once again in 2006 at many of the great dirt racing facilities in the United States.
The Outlaws will sanction prestigious events at some of the most historic dirt tracks in the country, including Williams Grove Speedway, Eldora Speedway, Knoxville Raceway and Silver Dollar Speedway. The teams also will be chasing a share of nearly $6 million in purses, points fund and other awards at events near many of the country's major markets, from Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Columbus to Milwaukee, St. Louis, and Kansas City as well as Phoenix, Las Vegas, San Francisco and Seattle.
In addition, on May 24 the series will return for first time since 2003 to the Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway, in Concord, NC, just north of Charlotte.
Also returning to the schedule after at least a year without seeing the World of Outlaws compete are tracks rich in Outlaws tradition, such as the Terre Haute Action Track in Terre Haute, Ind.; Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash.; Wayne County Speedway in Orville, Ohio; Limaland Motorsports Park in Lima, Ohio; Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, S.D.; Butler Motor Speedway in Quincy, Mich.; and Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y.
The World of Outlaws also will make its series debut in 2006 at several venues, including United Sports Arizona Race Park in Tucson, Ariz.; US 36 Raceway in Osborn, Mo., only an hour north of Kansas City; and Wilmot Speedway in Wilmot, Wis.
The traditional "Month of Money" begins with the Kings Royal weekend July 14-15 at Eldora Speedway followed by the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup on July 18 at Lernerville Speedway and the Summer Nationals on July 20-22 at Williams Grove Speedway. The Outlaws teams also will compete August 9-12 in the 46th Annual Knoxville Nationals Presented by Midwest Ford Dealers, which has a purse in excess of $800,000.
The stretch run includes two of the biggest events of the season, with the $50,000-to-win Gold Cup Race of Champions on Sept. 7-9 at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif., and the $50,000-to-win Williams Grove National Open on Sept. 29-30 at Williams Grove Speedway.
"Shane Carson and I have worked hard to assemble a schedule that will hopefully allow fans across the country to attend a World of Outlaws race without having to spend large amounts of money on travel to our events," said DIRT Vice President and CFO Brian Carter. "At the same time, we realize our teams earn their livings by racing night in and night out so we tried to find an appropriate balance that still allows the teams to compete in most of the major markets in the country without sacrificing events at many tracks that have supported the World of Outlaws for a long time.
"Racing for nearly $6 million on the Outlaws tour plus another $800,000 at the Knoxville Nationals means these guys get to race for serious cash again in 2006.
"We hope to add a few more events to the schedule in the coming weeks, but we also realize it's important at this time to have a schedule out to the public to help teams acquire sponsorship and to allow the fans we've heard from make their plans to attend World of Outlaws events like they've done for so long."
The impressive lineup of drivers competing in the 2006 World of Outlaws Sprint Series Mean 15 includes 2005 top-10 racers Craig Dollansky, Donny Schatz, Daryn Pittman, Terry McCarl and Brooke Tatnell, along with returning Outlaws stars Jac Haudenschild, Randy Hannagan and Dion Hindi as well as the Woodring Racing team, which will include long-time sprint car star Kenny Jacobs sharing driving duties with rookie Becca Anderson.
Many of sprint car racing's newest stars also are featured in the 2006 Mean 15, including Jeremy Campbell, who comes to the Outlaws after a successful run with the All Star Circuit of Champions series; Brian Carlson, who is a respected long-time racer and former World of Outlaws competitor; Justin Henderson, who has starred as a weekly racer at historic Knoxville Raceway and Huset's Speedway; Chad Kemenah, who earned his first Outlaws victory in 2005 while also capturing his fourth consecutive All Star title; Jason Martin, who is only 23 but already has 57 wins in his career with several series; and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who at 18 already is a former 360 sprint car driver of the year with victories in the USCS and ASCS.