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Dodge City to host Boot Hill Showdown

World of Outlaws Riding Into Dodge City for the Boot Hill Showdown Norman, OK -- Jan. 23, 2006 -- There was a time when Dodge City was overrun by outlaws. A frontier city in the Old West, this town in Southwestern Kansas was lawless. Dirt ...

World of Outlaws Riding Into Dodge City for the Boot Hill Showdown

Norman, OK -- Jan. 23, 2006 -- There was a time when Dodge City was overrun by outlaws. A frontier city in the Old West, this town in Southwestern Kansas was lawless. Dirt routinely flew through air after fights on street corners. And the loser often wound up in the Boot Hill Cemetery.

Well, the Outlaws are coming back. The World of Outlaws, that is. Dirt will still fly in the corners, but rather than fists it will be fireworks that shoot to the sky. And horses, they'll be there, too. About 850 of them in each motor when the Mean 15 racers hop in their mounts to invade Dodge City Raceway Park on June 30 and July 1 for the Boot Hill Showdown, helping to launch Fourth of July festivities in the historic frontier town.

In addition, a crew from The Outdoor Channel will capture all of the action for television at the 3/8-mile oval that is a favorite stop for racers along the Outlaws trail.

In fact, new Mean 15 racer Jason Martin who hails from nearby Liberal, Kan., already has the weekend circled on his calendar.

"It's going to be awesome," Martin said. "Everybody gets to come to my home. It's kind of like my turf. There have always been good races there, but this is going to be a great race for the crowd. It will be a pretty big deal. Dodge City is one of the topnotch facilities that I've been to and a lot of people will want to come out and see some good racing."

Dodge City Raceway Park promoter Mike Mathis also is excited to have the Outlaws return to Dodge City. Mathis has a variety of festivities planned to make it a family-friendly event, starting with a pancake breakfast, fireworks and autograph sessions with the drivers.

"It's great to have the World of Outlaws back at Dodge City," Mathis said. "In our first year at Dodge City Raceway Park we had one of the most exciting races in the history of the Outlaws. We have a first-class facility and we want first-class racing. We want to host the best of the best because we have the best facility for them to race."

In addition to the on-track action, Mathis encourages families to spend the holiday weekend in Dodge City, where they can relive the Old West at the Boot Hill Museum before coming out to the state-of-the-art 3/8-mile facility.

DIRT MotorSports and the World of Outlaws also are looking forward to returning to Dodge City, especially on a holiday weekend where fans can be entertained all day and night with a little Old West ambiance.

"Dodge City Raceway Park is a beautiful facility," said DIRT MotorSports Vice President and CFO Brian Carter. "The whole town supports the track and we're planning to entertain the whole town as best we can. It's just a real nice facility from top to bottom and we're excited to be bringing the Mean 15 back there to put on a show the fans won't forget."

Aside from Martin, who at 23 already has 57 wins in his career with several series, 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; 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.

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