Series to return to Knoxville in 2006

World of Outlaws Sprint Series geared up for return in 2006 to historic Knoxville Raceway Norman, OK -- Dec. 20, 2005 -- Knoxville Raceway is one of the premier dirt tracks in the world, and the World of Outlaws Sprint Series is proud to return...

World of Outlaws Sprint Series geared up for return in 2006 to historic Knoxville Raceway

Norman, OK -- Dec. 20, 2005 -- Knoxville Raceway is one of the premier dirt tracks in the world, and the World of Outlaws Sprint Series is proud to return to the facility in 2006.

The Outlaws will sanction events at Knoxville on Budweiser Night April 29 as well as on June 23-24 for the Mediacom World of Outlaws Shoot-Out. The Outlaws racers also will compete Aug. 9-12 in the 46th Annual Knoxville Nationals Presented by Midwest Ford Dealers.

The racers who compete weekly at Knoxville are some of the toughest around, but the Outlaws always are geared up for the challenge at the center of sprint car racing.

"It's always good to make it back to Knoxville," said DIRT MotorSports VP of Race Operations Shane Carson. "Their direction in sprint car racing has elevated the sport and our series over the past 28 years, and we look forward to many more."

Highly respected race director Ralph Capitani also is pleased to have the World of Outlaws returning in 2006 to the half-mile speedplant in central Iowa.

"The World of Outlaws always brings energy and fans when they race at Knoxville," said Capitani, who in 2005 earned his ninth Promotor of the Year honor from the North American Sprint Car Poll. "I am pleased they will be running with us in 2006."

DIRT MotorSports and the World of Outlaws Sprint Series continue to shape the 2006 schedule and look forward to the series' 29th year of bringing the best collection of sprint car racers from coast to coast for what will no doubt be one of the most competitive seasons in series history.

About DIRT MotorSports
Based in Norman, OK, DIRT MotorSports, Inc. is the premier dirt racing and sports entertainment company dedicated to the promotion of competitive dirt track racing. DIRT MotorSports is the largest sanctioning body for sprint, late model and modified dirt track racing in the United States and also owns and operates several dirt tracks. DIRT MotorSports operates the industry's most prominent national touring series' including the World of Outlaws Sprint Series broadcast on the Outdoor Channel (Nasdaq: OUTD); the World of Outlaws Late Model Series broadcast on SPEED Channel and the DIRT Modified Series. "World of Outlaws" is a registered trademark of DIRT MotorSports.

About Knoxville Raceway
Knoxville Raceway sits on the Marion Country Fairgrounds, less than 40 miles southeast of downtown Des Moines. Originally constructed as a half-mile horse-racing track in the late 1800s, a regular auto racing program started at the fairgrounds in 1914, 13 years after the first auto race was run there. By the 1950s, racing was growing in popularity and in 1954 the first weekly features were staged, with the top division including stock cars. In 1956, the Marion County Fairgrounds hired Marion Robinson of Des Moines to promote the racing at Knoxville, a post he held until 1974. Under Robinson, the racing program evolved to eventually feature sprint cars, the fastest machines that could circle Knoxville's half-mile circuit. Robinson also created in 1961 the Knoxville Nationals, which has become sprint car racing's most prestigious annual event. P. Ray Grimes took over as race promoter in 1974 before turning over the duties in 1977 to Ralph Capitani, who added World of Outlaws sanctioning to the Knoxville Nationals in 1978 and who continues to oversee Knoxville's race program today. Since Capitani has taken over as Race Director, every aspect of Knoxville Raceway has continued to expand and improve.

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