2012 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Schedule Continues To Grow With Addition Of Three Events
I-77 Raceway Park, North Central Speedway & Independence Motor Speedway Join National Tour
By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director
CONCORD, NC – March 5, 2012 – The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is now poised to match its record for A-Mains contested in a single season following Monday’s announcement that three dates have been added to the 2012 schedule.
With 50-lap, $10,000-to-win events inked for I-77 Raceway Park in Ripley, W.Va., on May 27, North Central Speedway in Brainerd, Minn., on July 14 and Independence (Iowa) Motor Speedway on Aug. 6, the national tour’s slate currently lists 49 race dates comprising 44 A-Mains in 20 states and three Canadian provinces. The completion of 44 A-Mains would tie the 2007 and 2010 campaigns as the busiest in series history.
“Coming off last month’s extremely successful season-opening swing through Georgia and Florida, we’re excited to continue building the 2012 World of Outlaws Late Model Series schedule,” said tour director Tim Christman. “Adding events in three distinct markets will allow us to bring memorable racing programs to even more fans in 2012.”
I-77 Raceway Park will hold a WoO LMS event for the first time, while the tour is set to make its second visit to both North Central and Independence. Defending WoO LMS champion Rick Eckert of York, Pa., was victorious at NCS in 2006 and two-time tour titlist Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., captured last year’s inaugural World of Outlaws event at Independence.
The 50-lapper at I-77 on Sun., May 27, replaces an event at West Virginia Motor Speedway in Mineral Wells that was originally scheduled for the date. With WVMS’s reconstruction still incomplete, I-77 co-owners Kenney Newhouse and Craig Givens stepped up to make their burgeoning track the host venue for the anchor leg of a WoO LMS Memorial Day weekend tripleheader that also includes a May 25 date at Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio, and the $25,000-to-win ‘Jackpot 100’ on May 26 at Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, W.Va.
Located just off Interstate 77 about a half-hour south of WVMS and 40 minutes north of Charleston, W.Va., I-77 Raceway Park is a three-eighths-mile oval that has undergone a dramatic transformation since its purchase in 2009 by Newhouse and Givens. The WoO LMS event will represent the most high-profile show presented to date by the new ownership team.
“I-77 Raceway Park has gone through a complete facility facelift,” said I-77 promoter Shon Parsons, who is positioning the WoO LMS invasion as the centerpiece of the track’s two-day ‘Ripley Race Fest Weekend.’ “All the hard work that Kenney, Craig and many others have put into the track is allowing us to host the World of Outlaws for the first time.”
The current off-season has been filled with renovation projects at I-77, including a doubling of the pit area’s size; erection of a complete new stadium-style general admission area; construction of a new women’s restroom; and the application of a new clay surface on the racetrack.
“We’ve worked so hard and we are so happy to feature the World of Outlaws for our dedicated fans,” said Givens.
North Central Speedway will bring the WoO LMS back after a six-year absence (a scheduled 2008 event was rained out) as part of the circuit’s ‘Wild West Tour,’ which currently boasts five races in three states and one Canadian province over a nine-day period. The one-third-mile NCS oval is slated to present the finale of the swing on Sat., July 14.
The ‘Wild West Tour’ also includes events on July 6 at Amsoil Speedway in Superior, Wis.; July 7 at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn.; July 12 at Red River Co-op Speedway in Winnipeg, Manitoba; and July 13 at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D. A WoO LMS program scheduled for July 17 at Red River Valley Speedway in Fargo, N.D., has been canceled by track promoter Danny Schatz due to logistical problems associated with clean-up from the Red River Valley Fair that ends on July 15.
“The demand right now for a big special Late Model show in this area is huge,” said K.T. Torbert, who promotes the North Central Speedway facility that is owned by Cliff Sasker. “It’s been the biggest request we’ve had from our fans, so we decided if we’re gonna do something big, let’s go real big and go with the World of Outlaws.
“We’re real excited to have the World of Outlaws Late Model Series back on our schedule and we really hope we can impress all the World of Outlaws drivers. I want everybody to leave here after the race and say, ‘Man, we want to go back there to race.'”
Dondelinger Automotive Company and Charter Media are signed as sponsors for the Saturday-night summer showdown at North Central, which had a new clay surface laid down in the spring of 2011.
The three-eighths-mile Independence Motor Speedway, meanwhile, returns to the WoO LMS trail for the second consecutive year with the ‘Dirt Late Model Magazine 50’ on Mon., Aug. 6. The event, which also includes the ‘Dirt Modified Magazine 25’ for the IMCA A-Modifieds, will be promoted by Three Wide Promotions of Independence, Iowa, and has a rain date of Tues., Aug. 7.
The Independence date will immediately follow the $50,000-to-win WoO LMS USA Nationals on Aug. 3-4 at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis., which sits three-and-a-half hours due north of Independence Motor Speedway.
“We are very excited to bring the World of Outlaws Late Model Series back to Independence for the second consecutive year,” said Rick Hartzell, the CEO of Three Wide Promotions and husband of WoO LMS traveler Jill George of Cedar Falls, Iowa. “In conjunction with Darren Burco, the new promoter at Independence Motor Speedway, and the Buchanan County Fair Board, we feel strongly that we have a date that works well for this event and we expect all the stars of the World of Outlaws series plus other national, regional and local Late Model drivers to show up and put on a great show.
“We are committed to keeping open-motor Late Model racing alive in Iowa and to help promote the outstanding racing and facility at Independence. This will be the only show of its type for any national Late Model series in the state this year, and we are hopeful that the great racing fans of the Independence/Waterloo/Dubuque and Cedar Rapids area, as well as those across the state and Midwest, will come out and support this terrific event.
“We had a good night with this event last year (the WoO LMS program was rescheduled for the Monday after Cedar Lake’s USA Nationals following a rainout on its original mid-July date) and we are hoping this event will be even better this season.”
The next action for the WoO LMS is the $20,000-to-win ‘Illini 100’ on March 30-31 at Farmer City (Ill.) Raceway. Advance tickets are available for purchase at www.worldofoutlaws.com/tickets.
The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award), McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award), Chizmark Larson Insurance, Factory Value Parts and RacingJunk.com; in addition to contingency sponsors Comp Cams, Eibach Springs, JE Pistons, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, Pro Power Engines, Quartermaster, Rocket Chassis, R2C Performance, Superflow Dynos, Wix Filters and Wrisco Aluminum.