INDIANAPOLIS — The World of Outlaws Late Model Series will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its rebirth in 2014 with an ambitious and diverse schedule of events, officials announced Thursday during the Performance Racing Industry trade show.
Forty-nine races comprise 44 features at 32 tracks in 21 states and Canada. The season opens with a burst of eight events in Georgia and Florida during the month of February.
Almost exactly a decade to the day since the WoO LMS was reincarnated under the World Racing Group banner, the country’s longest-running national tour will commence for the third straight year with the ‘Winter Freeze’ on Feb. 7-8 at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga. The doubleheader will feature 50-lap A-Mains paying $10,000 to win on both Friday and Saturday evenings.
Also part of the busy first month of World of Outlaws action is the third annual Bubba Army Late Model Winter Nationals on Feb. 14-16 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. — a three-night weekend extravaganza with increasingly lucrative events offering $8,000, $10,000 and $12,000 top prizes — and the traditional visit to Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla., for the DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment that in 2014 includes three complete WoO LMS programs on Feb. 20-22.
Volusia, of course, is the track that hosted the first race of the WoO LMS’s World Racing Group era, on Feb. 3, 2004. The circuit restarted that season after a 15-year hiatus following its two-year run in 1988-1989 under the direction of late World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series founder Ted Johnson.
Four high-dollar, long-distance races also highlight the 2014 schedule. The list of marquee events includes the $50,000-to-win USA Nationals at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis. (July 31-Aug. 2); the eighth annual Firecracker 100 at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa. ($30,000 to win on June 26-28); the Prairie Dirt Classic at Fairbury (Ill.) American Legion Speedway ($25,000 to win on July 25-26); and the Illini 100 at Farmer City (Ill.) Raceway ($20,000 to win on April 4-5).
The season will conclude for the eighth straight year with a pair of $12,000-to-win 50-lap A-Mains during the World of Outlaws World Finals on Nov. 6-8 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C.
With up to six additional dates still to be announced, the 2014 campaign is on course to surpass the tour’s all-time single-season high of 46 A-Mains established in 2013 and threaten the record of 38 different host tracks set in 2010.
“The demand for World of Outlaws Late Model Series racing from fans and track promoters across the country continues at a record level,” said Tim Christman, who will serve as the WoO LMS director for the eighth consecutive year. “We are thrilled that so many speedway operators recognize the significance of hosting a World of Outlaws Late Model Series event. It’s with their support that we’re able to offer fans and race teams the most prestigious series in all of dirt Late Model racing.”
The richest WoOLMS event in 2014 remains Cedar Lake Speedway’s 100-lap USA Nationals, a crown-jewel race that occupies a spotlighted position on the World of Outlaws trail for the fifth consecutive year and eighth time overall in its 27-year history. The three-day spectacular will be an all-World of Outlaws weekend for the second straight season, with a Thursday-night preliminary program on July 31 offering full WoO LMS points and a $6,000 first-place check leading into the traditional USA Nationals qualifying card on Fri., Aug. 1, and the 100-lap finale on Sat., Aug. 2.
Lernerville’s Firecracker 100, meanwhile, will feature three full nights of competition for the fifth year in a row. The fan-friendly Firecracker weekend begins with 30-lap, $6,000-to-win preliminary A-Mains on Thurs., June 26, and Fri., June 27, before ending with the 100-lap headliner offering $30,000 for first place on Sat., June 28.
The Land of Lincoln will be the site of two century-grind WoO LMS events – both at wildly popular quarter-mile bullrings. The Illini 100 on April 4-5 at Farmer City will again serve as a grand lidlifter to the DIRTcar UMP season in the Midwest, while the Prairie Dirt Classic on July 25-26 at Fairbury returns to the World of Outlaws sked for the second straight year with its first-place payout pumped up to a track-record $25,000 to commemorate the 25 th running of the event.
Special events are also inked for the quarter-mile Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, W.Va. (Jackpot Weekend on May 24-25) and Berlin Raceway in Marne, Mich., a 7/16th-mile asphalt track that will be covered with dirt for the Keyser Manufacturing Down & Dirty Weekend on Sept. 12-13.
Race formats and purse structures for the Tyler County and Berlin weekends will be announced in the near future.
Another two-day meet is scheduled for Labor Day weekend at Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway. The sprawling half-mile oval’s promoter, Charlie Paige, has set the 40-lap, $8,000-to-win ‘Showdown On Sand Hill’ for Sat., Aug. 30, and the 50-lap, $10,000-to-win Late Model National Open for Sun., Aug. 31.
The tour’s annual mid-summer ‘Wild West Tour’ currently includes four events over a seven-day period with at least one more event to be added. WoO LMS stalwart Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., is scheduled to kick off the swing on Sat., July 12, with the ‘Gopher 50’ charity race (the 10th straight year the event is part of the series), followed by subsequent races on July 15 at Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen, S.D., which returns to the WoO LMS for the first time since 2008; July 17 at Red River Co-op Speedway in Winnipeg, Manitoba (third year in a row that the series will visit the Canadian track); and July 18 at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D., which had its WoO LMS event rained out in 2013 after presenting an A-Main every year since ’06.
2014 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Schedule
Feb. 7-8 Screven Motor Speedway Sylvania, Ga.
Feb. 14-16 Bubba Raceway Park Ocala, Fla.
Feb. 20-22 Volusia Speedway Park Barberville, Fla.
March 28 Lonestar Speedway Kilgore, Texas
March 29 I-30 Speedway Little Rock, Ark.
April 4-5 Farmer City Raceway Farmer City, Ill.
April 11 Duck River Raceway Park Wheel, Tenn.
April 12 Tazewell Speedway Tazewell, Tenn.
May 2 Fayetteville Motor Speedway Fayetteville, N.C.
May 3 Lavonia Speedway Lavonia, Ga.
May 16 Speedway Sitka, Ky.
May 17 Smoky Mountain Speedway Maryville, Tenn.
May 24-25 Tyler County Speedway Middlebourne, W. Va.
May 29 Delaware Int’l Speedway Delmar, Del.
May 31 TBA
June 18 TBA
June 19 Fonda Speedway Fonda, N.Y.
June 21 TBA
June 24 Big Diamond Raceway Minersville, Pa.
June 26-28 Lernerville Speedway Sarver, Pa.
July 11 TBA
July 12 Deer Creek Speedway Spring Valley, Minn.
July 15 Brown County Speedway Aberdeen, S.D.
July 17 Red River Co-op Speedway Winnipeg, Manitoba
July 18 River Cities Speedway Grand Forks, N.D.
July 19 TBA
July 24 Independence Motor Speedway Independence, Iowa
July 25-26 Fairbury American Legion Speedway Fairbury, Ill.
July 29 Shawano Speedway Shawano, Wis.
July 31-Aug. 2 Cedar Lake Speedway New Richmond, Wis.
Aug. 15 Potomac Speedway Budds Creek, Md.
Aug. 16 Winchester Speedway Winchester, Va.
Aug. 22 TBA
Aug. 23 Merritt Speedway Lake City, Mich.
Aug. 29 Lernerville Speedway Sarver, Pa.
Aug. 30-31 Selinsgrove Speedway Selinsgrove, Pa.
Sept. 11 LaSalle Speedway LaSalle, Ill.
Sept. 12-13 Berlin Raceway Marne, Mich.
Nov. 6-8 The Dirt Track at Charlotte Concord, N.C.