LASALLE, Ill. – The return of the World of Outlaws Late Model Series to LaSalle Speedway will have to wait until 2015.
Citing scheduling conflicts and financial setbacks suffered from rainouts earlier in the season, officials at the quarter-mile Illinois oval announced Tuesday the cancellation of the track’s WoO LMS event scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 11.
“Six months ago it seemed like a good idea, but we’ve struggled just like everyone with rainouts,” LaSalle Speedway co-promoter Tony Izzo Jr. said. “We lost a few races earlier in the year that help us financially so that we can put on other big races, and it being a Thursday night with school back in, I just feel like this is the best decision.”
LaSalle and WoO LMS officials will work to secure a more favorable date on the tour’s 2015 scheduled for a track that last hosted the series in 2007 for an event won by Jeep Van Wormer. LaSalle was also on the tour’s schedule in 2009 and 2011, but both events were rained out.
“I hate to cancel it because we’ve been looking forward to bringing the World of Outlaws Late Models back to LaSalle for a long time, but we want it to be a great show when we do it,” Izzo said. “I just don’t feel like we can do that right now, but hopefully we’ll find a date that works next season.”
The cancelled event was scheduled to kick off a busy weekend for the WoO LMS, which heads for Berlin Speedway in Marne, Mich., Sept. 12-13. Berlin’s Keyser Manufacturing Down & Dirty Weekend will now occupy the weekend on its own with Friday and Saturday action carrying on as planned at the 7/16th-mile dirt-covered asphalt oval.