CONCORD, N.C. - On Nov. 4 the management of Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis., was announced as the recipient of the 2012 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Promoter of the Year Award.
Two weeks later, Cedar Lakes quartet of co-owners brothers Chuck, Steve and Bob Kaufman and Brad Both continue to show what a worthy selection they were.
The presenters of the prestigious USA Nationals - the richest race on the WoO LMS schedule for the last three years - are making the 26th annual edition of the summertime spectacular an all-World of Outlaws weekend. The 2013 USA Nationals on Aug. 1-3 will kick off on Thursday night with a full WoO LMS points program topped by a $6,000-to-win A-Main, track and series officials announced on Monday.
The new-look USA Nationals preliminary-night card will lead into the main events traditional two-day format, which includes time trials, heat races and a dash on Friday night (Aug. 2) and last-chance events and the $50,000-to-win 100-lapper on Saturday evening (Aug. 3).
“The Thursday portion of the USA Nationals has taken many different forms over the years,” said Cedar Lake Speedways Bob Kaufman. ”Its been an unsanctioned show, its been a WRDL-sanctioned show when that series existed and for the past two years its been a Cornbelt Clash event.
”From our standpoint, changing the Thursday program to a World of Outlaws show makes sense because the World of Outlaws has just been such a great partner in helping us grow the USA Nationals for the past three years. We’re excited to make it a full World of Outlaws weekend.”
The milestone 25th annual USA Nationals earlier this year was an absolute blockbuster, further establishing it as a can’t-miss crown-jewel dirt-late-model event and prompting WoO LMS officials to bestow upon its overseers the circuits coveted top-promoter honor.
“This year was certainly one of the top Nationals of all time,” said Bob Kaufman. ”It was definitely helpful that we had perfect weather, but I think the other part of it is that the event has really become known as one where you know, if youre driving from someplace and gonna spend a lot of time in the car to get to Cedar Lake, youre gonna see a top quality dirt-late-model event every time.”