Series celebrated 2005, looks toward 2006

World of Outlaws Sprint Series celebrates achievements in 2005, looks forward to 2006 Norman, OK -- Oct. 27, 2005 -- The 2005 World of Outlaws Sprint Series season concluded on the track Saturday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but it took a...

World of Outlaws Sprint Series celebrates achievements in 2005, looks forward to 2006

Norman, OK -- Oct. 27, 2005 -- The 2005 World of Outlaws Sprint Series season concluded on the track Saturday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but it took a couple of parties and a meeting with some of the most important promoters in the country on Sunday and Monday to fully bring the season to a close.

Sunday afternoon, promoters listened attentively as many DIRT MotorSports officials laid out plans in their respective departments for the 2006 World of Outlaws season. From increased television broadcasts to increased sponsorship, strategies were presented to help show that DIRT is eager to push dirt track racing forward next season and beyond.

To help achieve its goals, DIRT's Chief Financial Officer, Brian Carter, announced that World of Outlaws founder Ted Johnson and DIRT founder Glenn Donnelly were appointed to serve on a newly created advisory board. Carter noted that each had dedicated a significant part of their lives to building dirt track racing in the United States and that as an organization it wanted to hear their ideas about how to move it forward in 2006 and beyond.

One of the first steps in moving into 2006 was the naming of five more drivers who have signed to compete with the World of Outlaws Sprint Series. Already committed to the series were 2005 top-10 championship points-earning racers Craig Dollansky, Terry McCarl, Daryn Pittman, Donny Schatz and Brooke Tatnell. The next group to join them will include Jeremy Campbell, Brian Carlson, 1995 top Outlaws rookie Randy Hannagan, Justin Henderson and Jason Martin. It also was announced that the remaining drivers who will compete for the 2006 World of Outlaws Sprint Series championship will be named in the coming weeks.

Later Sunday night, a party showcased the exciting 2005 season with an eye toward 2006. After sponsors were honored and several drivers presented with their share of the points fund, several promoters also were deservedly spotlighted with awards, including Knoxville Raceway's Ralph Capitani, Brownfield Promotions' Fred Brownfield and the team from SLS Promotions, represented by Steve Sinclair and Larry Hillerud.

Moving to Monday and the 2005 World of Outlaws banquet at the Palms Resort & Casino, drivers and teams were presented with their share of the points fund.

Steve Kinser was honored for winning his 20th World of Outlaws Sprint Series championship following a season that included 20 A-feature victories, six preliminary night wins, 48 top-fives and 61 top-10s.

Jason Meyers also received recognition as the runner-up to Kinser. Meyers had the best points finish of his career with four A-feature victories, 23 top-fives and 50 top-10s.

Shane Stewart received special mention as the winner of the 2005 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award. He joins a list that includes recent winners such as Kraig Kinser, Jason Sides, Tim Shaffer and Donny Schatz as well as some of the most prolific sprint car drivers of all time such as Brad Doty, Mark Kinser and Andy Hillenburg.

Now with the 2005 season officially over, work already has begun on helping promoters make 2006 even more competitive and exciting for the fans. After all, the green flag on 2006 waves Feb. 9 at Volusia Speedway Park, only a short off-season away.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Tim Shaffer , Mark Kinser , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Craig Dollansky , Brian Carlson , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Kraig Kinser , Randy Hannagan , Shane Stewart , Brian Carter