CONCORD, N.C. – The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will compete in more than 80 races across 24 states next year.
From the continuation of iconic events like the DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford and Can-Am World Finals to the addition of new and historic venues like Vado Speedway Park and Lawton Speedway, the schedule will be full of nostalgia and excitement for fans and drivers.
“We have another great schedule, which will bring the World of Outlaws to fans across the country,” said World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Director Carlton Reimers. “There’re several new exciting facilities on the tour this year and a solid core of familiar tracks that always produce great racing.”
Among the notable changes to the schedule is the tour’s inaugural visit to Vado (N.M.) Speedway Park. The newly constructed facility will host its inaugural World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car doubleheader on April 24-25.
While the World of Outlaws visited I-70 Speedway in the 1980s, when the series returns to the Odessa, Mo., facility on May 30 it will be an entirely new three-eighths-mile track. The facility started life as a dirt track before being turned into an asphalt track, hosting NASCAR races. It closed in 2008, but was recently purchased by Chris Payne, who revamped Heartland Motorsports Park in Kansas. He is turning the facility into a motorsport park with the new dirt track and a dragway.
The upcoming season will kick off Feb. 7-9 at Volusia Speedway Park for the three-day DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford. It will then be followed by a Western tour of the country — including the $20,000-to-win event May 2 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway — before returning East for events like the two-day #LetsRaceTwo at Eldora Speedway and the Morgan Cup at Williams Grove Speedway.
The summer of money continues to grow with the June 25-27 Jackson Nationals at the Jackson Motorplex now paying an incredible $100,000-to-win. A month later the series will be Eldora Speedway for the illustrious Kings Royal week, July 16-18. And a month after that, from Aug. 12-15, it will be at Knoxville Raceway for the Knoxville Nationals.
After traveling the country, The Dirt Track at Charlotte will once again play a key role in determining the series champion. After racing in the United Rentals Patriot Nationals on Saturday, May 23, in the heart of NASCAR country, the season will conclude Nov. 5-7 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte with the Can-Am World Finals, where Brad Sweet won the closest points battle in Series’ history last month.
There are several tracks returning to the schedule after lengthy absences. California’s Santa Maria Speedway will host the tour for the first time in 21 years on March 29 and Oklahoma’s Lawton Speedway will host the tour on May 1 for the first time since 1985.
I-80 Speedway in Nebraska returns to the tour after last appearing on the schedule in 2016. The Dirt Oval at Route 66 in Illinois is back on the schedule after being absent for the last three years.
34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa, returns to the schedule after five years and New York’s Ransomville Speedway is back on the schedule after a one-year absence. Dakota State Fair Speedway in Huron, S.D., returns after most recently hosting the tour in 2017.
Finally, New York’s Orange County Fair Speedway is back on the schedule for the first time since 2014 and Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway will host the tour for the first time since 2015.
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