CONCORD, N.C. — World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Director Matt Curl has become the majority owner of his hometown track, Fairbury American Legion Speedway.

Curl and officials from the quarter-mile dirt oval made the joint announcement Tuesday night to the Fairbury Fair Board, which will be realigned as a pivotal step toward a new arrangement that will position Curl at the helm.

“This is exciting news for our series director,” said World of Outlaws President Tom Deery. “It’s a testament to his ability — the very reason we chose him to lead our Series. He has already played an important role in making Fairbury one of the top tracks in America, and now he will lead that anchor track into the next era.”

Curl formerly served as promoter of Fairbury American Legion Speedway and was a longtime Fairbury resident before joining the Outlaws on the road this season.

When the Series brought Matt Curl into its fold last November, is was largely due to his impressive success as the FALS promoter, but Curl’s history with the track runs deep, having served it in countless capacities throughout his career, from official to race director.

“I’ve known Matt Curl for a long time,” said longtime FALS supporter and CEO Michael Rigsby. “More than anything, I know he’s not only passionate about our industry, but especially passionate about Fairbury. His love for racing was born there. His love for our sport was nurtured there, and there is no better person to steer Fairbury into its next phase than Matt. He’ll knock it out of the park at FALS again.”

Out on the southern edge of Fairbury, the legendary semi-banked, DIRTcar-sanctioned oval features late model, street stock, sportsman, and modified racing in a picturesque residential neighborhood with homes and schools, flanked by corn fields and dairy farms.

As the geography suggests, the community has embraced its racing with unmatched passion since the track first opened in 1946.

With that same passion, Curl took the reins of the World of Outlaws Late Model Series last November, leading with a soft-spoken steadiness — calm, collected, smart and committed.

Currently putting the final touches on a well-thought-out 2019 racing schedule for the World of Outlaws late models, Curl looks forward to an unprecedented season.

“My number one priority will be the series this winter,” said Curl. “We will continue to develop the 2019 schedule and work with the teams and tracks to lay the groundwork for an outstanding season.”