Houston: Third Annual Texas Sprint Car Shootout

HOUSTON (March 20) -- Legendary Sprint Car racers Steve Kinser and Danny Lasoski lead the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series into Houston Raceway Park Speedway this weekend, March 23-24, for two action-filled evenings of professional racing. The...

HOUSTON (March 20) -- Legendary Sprint Car racers Steve Kinser and Danny Lasoski lead the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series into Houston Raceway Park Speedway this weekend, March 23-24, for two action-filled evenings of professional racing. The third annual Texas Sprint Car Shootout is the seventh stop on the 69-event World of Outlaws Series and "the King" and "the Dude," as Kinser and Lasoski are known by their legion of fans around the country, are 1-2 in the points, respectively, with two victories each on the young season.

With three wins in the first four series events held at the 2-year-old Baytown facility, Kinser must be considered the odds-on favorite to notch another victory this weekend. But in this wild and unpredictable style of racing, which dubs itself as "the Greatest Show on Dirt," anything can, and usually will, happen. That's why reigning series champion Lasoski, who trails Kinser by just six points in the standings, 1,006 to 1,000, is revved up about putting his Tony Stewart-owned #20 J.D. Byrider Eagle in Houston Raceway Park's Winner's Circle.

"Steve's had a great run in Houston, no doubt," Lasoski said. "I know I've finished second to him a couple of times already down there. But we have a plan to put an end to that this time around. I'll tell you, Houston is a great facility to race. It's one of the top-notch tracks we go to and it's designed for maximum performance. The fans should come out. They won't be disappointed."

This is the third year of Sprint Car competition at Houston Raceway Park Speedway, which is widely regarded as the best supertrack in the country. The speedway, located next to the world-renowned drag strip, features the latest in racing venue amenities such as a 3/8-mile oval dirt track, 10,000 stadium-style seats with backs, 14 VIP suites, two tower elevators, state-of-the-art Musco lighting, and a fully-paved pit area.

Gates open at 5 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Racing begins two hours later with hot laps, qualifying, and the main events. Aside from the Sprint Cars, Saturday's action will include late-model full-bodied cars, while Sunday's program will include modified machines. General admission tickets for either day are just $12 for Juniors (ages 7-12) and $25 for adults. Children 6 and under are free. Reserved seats cost $10 for children aged 6 and under, $20 for Juniors, and $40 for adults. A pit pass can be added to any ticket for $15.

For more information or to order tickets, contact Houston Raceway Park Speedway at (281) 383-2666 or on the Internet at www.houstonraceway.com. To learn more about the Pennzoil World of Outlaws series, visit their website at www.worldofoutlawsracing.com.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Steve Kinser