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World of Outlaws Sets Record Straight PLANO, TX (December 9) - Many untrue and misleading statements concerning the World of Outlaws were included in the story, "Purse, Sanction Increases Could Mean More WoO Tracks Cancel," appearing in the...

World of Outlaws Sets Record Straight PLANO, TX (December 9) - Many untrue and misleading statements concerning the World of Outlaws were included in the story, "Purse, Sanction Increases Could Mean More WoO Tracks Cancel," appearing in the December 4th issue of National SpeedSport News. Initially, "the news that St. Augustine Speedway had cancelled its World of Outlaws sprint car races in February could be the first of many such announcements in weeks to come" is completely unfounded. No such announcements will be forthcoming, as all of the series' 1997 race dates have been confirmed. While the World of Outlaws' purses are being raised in 1997, the increase is only 10 percent and it is the first such pay- raise for the teams in three years. The $7,000 increase in the sanction fee noted in the story is totally untrue. Sanction fees have been raised from $11,500 per day to $13,000 per race day, an increase of only $1,500. Of that $1,500 total, $1,000 is for teams' tow money and employee expenses. The story also noted that "all television rights fees currently go to the World of Outlaws." At the present, the series' events televised on TNN: The Nashville Network carry no rights fees. While "phone calls to World of Outlaws President Ted Johnson revealed he was not available for comment," there were no attempts to speak with series' Director of Administration Carlton Reimers or Director of Public Relations Richard Day who were available. While Johnson has been speaking of purse and sanction increases the past several years, he has encouraged promoters to sell sponsorship rather than raise ticket prices. A prime example is the series' premier event, the Knoxville Nationals, being sponsored by Amoco for the last two years. WoO

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