CONCORD, N.C. – There is no doubt that Memorial Day weekend, America’s annual kickoff to summer, will go down as a weekend to remember in 2020.
In years past, the holiday weekend has always had two constants that go hand-in-hand: honoring and celebrating the nation’s veterans, and marquee motorsports events.
This weekend, the World of Outlaws will continue pushing that patriot spirit to Americans from coast to coast by hosting the Drydene Double Down Invitational, a two-state doubleheader featuring the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series.
Both World of Outlaws divisions will race Friday and Saturday, May 22-23, in a pair of first-ever events backed by Drydene and broadcast on DIRTVision.
The NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car side of things will feature a much-anticipated short-track return at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo., while the Morton Buildings Late Models make their series debut at Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minn.
True to the name of the weekend, Drydene is doubling down on the purse for the Saturday night sprint car and late model events, making them both $20,000 to win after they were originally $10,000 to win, as well as increasing both races to $1,000 to start.
The Friday night features remain $6,000 to win and $700 to start.
“We are proud to once again partner with the World of Outlaws and support the Drydene Double Down Invitational,” said Dave Klinger, President of Drydene Performance Products. “We know that Memorial Day Weekend is typically the kick-off to summer racing. And this year, these races are even more meaningful to the sport and to the fans.
“This is an exciting way for Drydene to continue our strong support of dirt track racing, whether it’s with late models or sprint cars.”
Tickets for the two races at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 are limited in supply, and fans will not be permitted to attend the events at Jackson, but DIRTvision will broadcast the entire weekend live. For more information about the broadcasts, click here.
“We are eager to continue our return to racing during Memorial Day weekend, and we are thrilled Drydene has come on board to double down and make each Saturday night race $20,000 to win,” World of Outlaws CMO Ben Geisler said. “While the events bridge two different series at two different tracks, our DIRTVision viewers at home will be able to switch back and forth between both races. We will also be saluting our fallen veterans in a number of our own unique ways.
“It will be a weekend to remember.”
The Friday and Saturday races are full points events for both series, with Saturday races running 40 laps for the sprint cars and 60 laps for the late models.