SITKA, Ky. – A busy weekend of action awaits the stars of the World of Outlaws Late Model Series, with events in Kentucky and Tennessee on three consecutive nights beginning Friday.
The series will make its first visit to the Jarrod Breeding-owned 201 Speedway in Sitka, Ky. on Friday night for a $10,000-to-win showdown. The 3/8-mile 201 Speedway is in its 31st season of competition for the track located in the heart of Eastern Kentucky, and its second full season under the reigns of Breeding and company.
Eric Wells of Hazard, Ky., only an hour away from 201 Speedway, is looking forward to the WoO LMS gang making not only a trip close to his home state but the closest trip the Outlaws make to his Eastern Kentucky home.
“It’s always fun to race locally. Most of our fans including family is from this area and it’s nice when they can come out and support this type of event,” said the 25-year-old who has one career WoO LMS victory coming last season at Tennessee’s Duck River Raceway park.
Most of Wells’ trips to race with the Outlaws consist of four hours and greater, but 201 Speedway is one track he feels he’s comfortable on.
“I’ve ran over a hundred races at this place since I started racing and this is where I cut my teeth,” exclaimed Wells.
Wells competed in the Spring Nationals Series race that the track hosted in mid April and got a read on the track’s slick surface during that event.
“It was the slickest I have seen the track. It was different that it usually is,” recalled Wells. “If it’s different when we roll in there this Friday then we’ll go back and look at our notes from before.”
Wells’ crew chief, Tommy Hicks, a veteran who spent many years turning the wrenches for Hall of Famer Scott Bloomquist, has been a major help in his race program.
“We get along really well,” Wells said. “Him and my dad (team owner David Wells) are really good friends and we’ve all spent a lot of time together. We’re still searching for one more crew member to help but we feel once we get that we’ll be at a point to do some big things.”
After somewhat struggling early in 2014, Wells and team hope to get things turned around soon.
“It’s not been what we wanted,” Wells said about his early season summary.
“We’ve had some decent runs at a few tracks too. We’re hopeful in bringing out a new Rocket (Chassis) this weekend to run at 201. We’ve had a lot of success in Rockets in the past. They’ve stepped up their game and I’m excited about running them, it seems to suit my driving style more.”