Portland, Oregon. (August 19, 2001). "The Greatest Show on Dirt", the Pennzoil World of Outlaws will return to Portland, Oregon Friday and Saturday, August 24 & 25 for the 2nd Annual Baxter Auto Parts and Auto Value Classic at the Portland...
Portland, Oregon. (August 19, 2001). "The Greatest Show on Dirt", the Pennzoil World of Outlaws will return to Portland, Oregon Friday and Saturday, August 24 & 25 for the 2nd Annual Baxter Auto Parts and Auto Value Classic at the Portland Speedway clay half-mile oval for their only appearance in the state of Oregon. Portland Speedway boasts the only half-mile racetrack in the Northwest where more than 20,000 spectators are expected to attend this two-day event that will feature more than 40 of the worlds best sprint car drivers.
Formed in 1978, The World of Outlaws are in their 24th season of competition criss-crossing the country starting back in February and running until November, racing a demanding 95-race schedule at 35 facilities in 25 states that keep competitors on the road most of the time. Drivers in the series race for more than $10 million in purses, contingencies, and point fund awards. These winged-warriors pilot 800 horsepower, 1,200 lbs., fuel injected, open-wheel purposely built racecars. The WoO sprint car utilizes a 25-square foot top mounted wing to hold the cars to the track as they race side-by-side at over 130 mph.
The 2000 Portland WoO event saw Sammy Swindell of Cordova, TN sweep both nights of action by winning the Channellock Dash and dominating the main events. Swindell is only running a partial WoO schedule this season but will return to Portland to defend his victory from last year. Danny "The Dude" Lasoski with a time of 17.130 set the initial track record. Lasoski and his new team formed by Winston Cup standout Tony Stewart have found success in 2001 as he currently sits second in the season point standings after 47 events with four feature wins, including the "Big One", a victory at the Knoxville Nationals in Kansas two weeks ago. Although sprint car Ace Steve Kinser could only manage a top-ten finish in last years Portland event, Kinser prevailed during the rest of the season to claim his 16th WoO Championship at years end. S. Kinser currently sits third in the point standings, just 206 markers behind his cousin Mark Kinser.
Mark Kinser has dominated the first half of the 2001 WoO season as he has 14 victories in 47 starts. He has also collected 30 top five finishes and 41 top ten finishes, with more than $450,000 in prize money won. He currently leads the point standings by 36 points over Danny Lasoski. S. Kinser is in third, with Donny Schatz and Craig Dollansky rounding out the top as the Outlaws come to Portland.
The racing surface has been widened and transitions smoothed which will make for fast and exciting action on the track. During the Northern Sprint Tour event in back in July, twenty-three cars blistered the existing track record and came within one tenth of the WoO record. The NST sprinters use 360 cubic inch motors, so when the big 410 cubic inch V-8's of the WoO hit the track, the record will surely fall.
Spectator gates for this special event will open at 4:00 PM on Friday and Saturday, August 24 & 25. Spectator tickets for the Pennzoil World of Outlaws event at Portland Speedway are available by calling 503-285-2883, or online at www.portlandspeedway.com. Reserved two-day tickets start at just $40.