SYLVANIA, Ga. — The 2012 World of Outlaws Late Model Series season will kick off in unprecedented fashion.
Screven Motor Speedway’s second annual Winter Freeze event will become a multi-day, $20,000-to-win WoO LMS extravaganza Feb. 9-11, 2012, track and series officials announced on Friday.
The 60-lap headline A-Main will be the richest season-opening race in the history of the WoO LMS as well as the biggest show ever presented at promoter Redd Griffin’s 15-year-old Georgia track located about an hour’s drive Northwest of Savannah.
It will also mark just the second time since the national tour was restarted in 2004 under the World Racing Group banner that the schedule will begin at a facility other than Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla.
“We’re extremely excited to work with Redd Griffin and his staff on an event that promises to bring plenty of attention to the World of Outlaws Late Model Series and Screven Motor Speedway,” said WoO LMS director Tim Christman. “Redd approached me with his desire for Screven to host our 2012 season opener and we immediately started to discuss some options. We’re thrilled that he decided to expand his Winter Freeze into the biggest dirt-late-model race that Georgia/Florida Speedweeks has seen in years.”
Griffin, who has scheduled an annual WoO LMS event at his three-eighths-mile oval since 2008, attempted to hold his first Winter Freeze program earlier this year, on Feb. 3. The inaugural event – a doubleheader featuring dirt late models and the O’Reilly All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series — was postponed by rain to Nov. 2 after all sprint car-qualifying and a portion of the dirt-late-model preliminaries were completed.