Outlaws to invade uncharted territory in 2001

PLANO, TX (December 6) -- With the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series racing in conjunction with NASCAR in recent years, it was inevitable the premier sprint car series would invade the Deep South. Alabama, the Heart of Dixie, will get its first...

PLANO, TX (December 6) -- With the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series racing in conjunction with NASCAR in recent years, it was inevitable the premier sprint car series would invade the Deep South.

Alabama, the Heart of Dixie, will get its first opportunity to see "the greatest show on dirt" in 2001 as the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' fire-breathing, mudslinging sprint cars invade the Talladega Short Track twice. The high-banked, 1/3-mile oval will host $112,145 events April 20-21 and October 19-20.

"Racing around NASCAR Winston Cup events at great facilities like Talladega, Texas Motor Speedway, Lowe's Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway is taking the World of Outlaws to another level," series Founder and President Ted Johnson said. "With NASCAR promoters building new facilities to accommodate us, we're going to a new plateau. The new state-of-the-art facilities seat at least 15,000 and have suites that help us with prospective corporate sponsors, television and our whole situation."

The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series will also christen New Egypt Speedway in New Jersey with a $51,600 event July 30th.

Sprint car racing's premier sanctioning body will return to several tracks it visited occasionally during its first 23 years. The April 24th race at Lakeside Speedway will be the series' first at the facility in nine years. Paducah International Raceway will host its first "greatest show on dirt" event 1998. Port Royal Speedway's September 27th race will be the series' first at the semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval in 14 years.

Kings Speedway in Hanford, CA, will host the season opener for the fourth straight year. As in years past, the series will invade Perris Auto Speedway 24 hours later.

The Silver State Shootout at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (March 1-3) will be the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' first big-money event and its first televised race in 2001. LVMS will also be the site of the season finale (October 30-31).

The series will return to its birthplace -- Devil's Bowl Speedway -- March 9-10 for the 28th Annual Spring Nationals. The Devil's Bowl will also host the Winter Nationals October 26-27.

The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series will run two double-feature events at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track and The Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway for the second consecutive year. TMS will host the Southern Bleacher Classic March 29-30 and the O'Reilly Texas Showdown September 14- 15, while LMS runs the Southern Outlaws Showdown May 25-26 and the Charlotte Outlaws Championship October 5-6. The series will sanction the CHANNELLOCK Challenge (June 8-9) on the high banks of Bristol Motor Speedway for the second straight year.

The 18th Annual Eagle Nationals (June 21-23) will be run over three days for the first time. TNN will also provide its initial live television coverage from the high-banked, 1/3-mile oval June 23rd.

Lernerville Speedway will also get its first live television exposure in 2001. TNN will televise the June 1st race live from the semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series will also sanction the 10th Annual Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup July 24th and a $51,600 event September 25th.

The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series will run nine dates over four events at Knoxville Raceway for the 11th straight year. TNN will televise the feature program from the Iowa Ethanol Classic June 30th and the 41st Annual Amoco Knoxville Nationals championship feature August 11th.

Eldora Speedway will host four events covering six dates, including the 18th Annual Kings Royal, July 21st. TNN will tape the $50,000-to-win race and televise it a week later.

The 65-event schedule covers 104 dates at 41 tracks in 25 states.

- WoO

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