Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws 30th Anniversary Celebration As part of the 30th Anniversary of the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series celebration, a number of different individual involved in the inaugural season of...
Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws 30th Anniversary Celebration
As part of the 30th Anniversary of the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series celebration, a number of different individual involved in the inaugural season of 1978 will be highlighted over the course of the 2008 campaign in a series entitled "Catching Up With."
Drivers, car owners, promoters and crew members who were instrumental in helping the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series become what it is today will also stop by a number of races and tracks throughout the season, to visit with fans and share their memories of the 1978 season, as they traveled from coast-to-coast with the newly formed series.
"The 1978 season was special for a number of reasons and it's important to look back at that year and bring back some of the history and nostalgia," said Shane Carson, head of Industry Relations for the World of Outlaws, who competed during the inaugural season of 1978, winning the season finale at Eldora Speedway. "The photos and the old newspaper clippings will bring back a lot of memories for the fans that were part of the inaugural season and will also educate younger fans about the history of the series."
The first driver highlighted will be 2004 National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Inductee Chuck Amati who calls the Carbondale, Illinois area home. Amati was nicknamed the "One Armed Bandit" after an injury to his right arm relegated him to using his left arm to steer the car one night with the other arm strapped to his lap. While his arm fully healed and he raced with two arms, the nickname stuck with him for his entire career.
Amati will be present this weekend for the World of Outlaws event at I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Missouri, a track competed at and won at in the 1970's and 1980's.