Series returns to Houston

HOUSTON (April 4) -- The world's best Sprint Car racers return to Houston Raceway Park Speedway April 6-7 for the second annual Texas Shootout. The high-horsepower, 150-mph Pennzoil World of Outlaws series will be in full swing by the time the ...

HOUSTON (April 4) -- The world's best Sprint Car racers return to Houston Raceway Park Speedway April 6-7 for the second annual Texas Shootout. The high-horsepower, 150-mph Pennzoil World of Outlaws series will be in full swing by the time the circuit arrives on the Gulf Coast with the Texas Shootout being the ninth of 65 events on the schedule.

"We're thrilled to have the Pennzoil World of Outlaws back at our state-of-the-art speedway," said track general manager Gerald Critchfield. "Fans from the greater Houston area, East Texas, and the rest of the country overwhelmed us with their enthusiasm for this exciting sport last year. Now the Texas Shootout and our fall event, the Lone Star Classic, are regular stops on the Pennzoil World of Outlaws tour and we expect record crowds at both races.

"The Texas Shootout will be extra special this year because the Friday night portion of the show will be televised on TNN (at 9 p.m. EST.) This will be a big night for us, the city of Baytown, and the city of Houston because a national audience will be able to see Texas race fans and our brand new racetrack up close for the first time. It will be a very exciting evening."

The early odds-on favorite to win the Texas Shootout is 2000 World of Outlaws champion Steve Kinser, who won both Houston events last year. Kinser took the series points lead early in the Y2K season at the inaugural Texas Shootout and then clinched the title in the fall at the inaugural Lone Star Classic.

Other favorites include double-digit race winners from last season Sammy Swindell, Mark Kinser, and "The Dude" Danny Lasoski. The popular "Dude" will be driving for NASCAR driver Tony Stewart this year in what promises to be a championship-contending ride.

Houston Raceway Park Speedway, located next to the world-renowned drag strip, features the latest in racing venue amenities such as a 3/8-mile, semi-banked, 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.

For more information or to order tickets, contact Houston Raceway Park Speedway at (281) 383-2666 or on the Internet at www.houstonraceway.com.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser