Big Money, Full Crowds For Cedar Lake WoO Double

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Chris Madden (0m) battles Brandon Sheppard at Cedar Lake Speedway. (Jacy Norgaard photo)
Chris Madden (0m) battles Brandon Sheppard at Cedar Lake Speedway. (Jacy Norgaard photo)

NEW RICHMOND, Wis. — The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars and World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models will join together mid-season to celebrate Race Fans’ Independence Day on July 2-4 at Cedar Lake Speedway.

It will be one of the first sporting events in the United States contested with a full crowd since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the sporting world in mid-March.

The three-day mega event will include qualifying and a pair of $3,000-to-win, 20-lap Showdowns for each series on Thursday night.  Friday and Saturday nights will consist of full race programs including Heat Races, Last Chance Showdowns, and — thanks to the support of great series and event sponsors — a pair of $20,000-to-win, $1,000-to-start features, 35 laps each for sprint cars and 50 laps for late models.

“We’re excited to break through and welcome back full grandstands to celebrate Independence Day Weekend at Cedar Lake Speedway,” World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter said. “We couldn’t think of a better way to thank our fans than by bringing both World of Outlaws Series together for a huge, mid-summer classic.”

Nestled between Cedar Lake and the St. Croix River on the eastern side of the Minnesota/Wisconsin border in New Richmond, WI — where COVID-19 incidence rates are far below national benchmarks — the three-eighths-mile high-banked clay oval is one of the most fan-friendly short tracks in the country.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back to Cedar Lake. I really enjoy that race track,” said 2019 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Series Champion and points leader Brad Sweet. “I’ve had a lot of success there, so it gives me a lot of confidence going back. I’m also looking forward to racing in front of a full crowd; I think it’s really fitting that it’s happening on Independence Day weekend.”

Like Sweet, two-time World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series Champion Brandon Sheppard and his Valvoline No. 1 are former visitors to victory lane at Cedar Lake Speedway.

“The atmosphere at Cedar Lake is always incredible, so I’m excited we’ll have the chance to race in front of full grandstands and try to pick up a few more wins,” Sheppard said. “Plus, with the Sprint Cars there, it’s definitely the best of the best, and I enjoy being able to watch those guys race when we’re off the track. It’s really rare to have both series come together, so this is pretty big for us and the fans.”

Tickets and camping are available at CedarLakeSpeedway.com. A three-day advance reserved ticket is $119; a two-day advance reserved ticket is $99. Single-day walk-up tickets will start at just $29 for Thursday and $49 for Friday and Saturday on a first-come, first-served basis.

Kids 12-and-under are FREE in general admission.