World of Outlaws and DIRTcar Racing Announce 2017 Dates for OneDirt World Short Track Championship and Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals
End of Year Must-See Events Close Out the 2017 Season Starting October 26th, 2017
CONCORD, N.C. – Oct. 27, 2016 – World of Outlaws and DIRTcar Racing, in conjunction with Charlotte Motor Speedway, are pleased to announce the dates for the 2017 Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals and the OneDirt World Short Track Championship. The OneDirt World Short Track Championship will kick off two weeks of unforgettable short-track racing starting Thursday, Oct. 26 through Saturday, Oct. 28. The Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals will close out the 2017 season from Thursday, Nov. 2 through Saturday, Nov. 4.Read more: 2017 Dates for OneDirt World Short Track Championship and Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World...
It's World Finals week! To preview the action we've got an Open Red first, two interviews in one show! We talk with driver Trey Starks about his run at World Finals last year and his prospects for the weekend, and Lenny Batycki, Director of Communcations for Charlotte Motor Speedway. It's Open Red, the Official Podcast of the World of Outlaws!Read more: Open Red Ep 16 - Trey Starks & Lenny Batycki
At A Glance: Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals
All Roads lead to The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway as the 2016 Season Comes to a Close
CONCORD, N.C. – October 24, 2016- The most prestigious dirt racing event in the country, the Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals, returns for three days of heart-pounding, clay-slinging action on the lightning-fast, half-mile oval on October 27-29. The Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals brings together the top series in the sport, the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series and the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds, for a full weekend of racing culminating in the crowning of all three series champions.Read more: At A Glance: Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals
Schatz Seeking History at World Finals
Can become the first driver to win both sprint and late model class
CONCORD, N.C. – Oct. 24, 2016 – Donny Schatz is not a one-trick pony in the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series. The seven-time sprint car series champion found a new challenge in the Outlaws’ late model series, and when he grabbed the reigns of the 2,300-pound iron horse, reality hit him for the first time since he first wheeled a 360-sprint car 24 years ago.Read more: Schatz Seeking History at World Finals
Grit meets Glitz
Joey Saldana adds an old-school touch to the big stage
CONCORD, N.C. – Oct. 20, 2016 – Joey Saldana may be a second generation racer within his family, but he still believes he is the cut from Sprint Car racing’s original fabric. In Saldana’s 20-year career with the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series, he has arguably dressed more for the shop than for the racetrack. To him, driving is just a fraction of the job.Read more: Grit meets Glitz
Ross and Justin look back on a big racing weekend in Pennsylvania, talk about cinnamon sugar pretzels, and share some crazy things they've done to chase races. It's Open Red, the Official Podcast of the World of Outlaws!Read more: Open Red Ep 15 - Crazy Race Fan Stories
Fulton, the upcoming weekend in Pennsylvania, a Volusia Speedway Park update and more. Ross and Justin get you up to speed on a lot of topics this week! It's Open Red, the Official Podcast of the World of Outlaws!Read more: Open Red Ep 14 - Ramblin' Men
Just Playing Posse
Outlaws travel to Keystone State for blockbuster weekend
CONCORD, N.C. – Oct. 13, 2016 – The World of Outlaws and Pennsylvania Posse will butt bumpers for one last weekend in 2016. The Series will meet the Posse at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, October 14 for the Champion Racing Oil National Open and Port Royal Speedway on Saturday, October 15. The weekend will be an extension of last week’s barn-burner at Fulton. But this time, the Outlaws will be in Posse territory.
Featured in a satellite event of NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week, the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series rekindled a fiery battle between the Pennsylvania Posse on neutral soil. But the Upstate New York track ultimately hosted the prelude to this weekend’s Pennsylvania stretch.
On Saturday night – an event that ended with 28 of 32 drivers breaking the track record – seven-time World of Outlaws Champion Donny Schatz was cornered by two of the four Posse drivers entered in the race. Schatz, who had not won at the track since 2006, was tested by Pennsylvania drivers Lucas Wolfe and Danny Dietrich. Dietrich, one of eight drivers in the first batch to record a sub 13-second lap time in the track’s history, gunned for the front early in the feature.
Though Dietrich ended up losing the battle to Schatz and Wolfe, he owed his podium finish to starting second in the Craftsman Club® Dash. He did not budge in the dash and started second in the feature, which allowed him the open track to beat Schatz to the green flag. He just could not finish the 30-lapper flag-to-flag.
“This weekend all depends on what we’re going to draw,” said Dietrich, wishing he could have finished the job. “That’s going to be a big factor at The Grove. We’re excited to get back racing for good money with the Outlaws and The Grove.”
Dietrich traveled five hours to Fulton, New York to take home the third-place prize money of $3,200. To him, the dollar amount made the trip worthwhile. But the stakes for Williams Grove, which is at his doorstep, make the National Open even more alluring. The event is now a $25,000-to-win, $1,000-to-start payoff for the 40-lap feature. Start time will be 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 14.
The Outlaws-PA Posse rivalry is currently even at 2-2. Dietrich is seeking an Outlaws upset, while Wolfe is looking for revenge from Port Royal 2015.
"It’s a good rivalry," Dietrich said. "Some guys might take it a little too far, but it’s good for the sport. You need a rivalry. You need people who don’t like each other, and you need people to say things that shouldn’t have been said sometimes."
Stevie Smith picked up his first win in 24 years at Williams Grove last season, while Wolfe lost the battle to Platinum drivers Brad Sweet and Daryn Pittman at Port Royal.
Dietrich applauded the rivalry's storied history, claiming that the Outlaws visiting the Keystone state for the sixth time offers a level of completion like none other. The Outlaws’ stout group, coupled with the Posse's track experience, creates an even playing field when the green flag drops.
Moreover, he looks at it from a fan perspective. In the Outlaws’ frequent stops, empty seats in the grandstands have been scarce if not non-existent. The rivalry riles up the fans for the impending wheel-to-wheel action.
"[The rivalry] keeps fans coming back, and without them, we wouldn’t be doing what we’re doing," Dietrich said. "It’ll be a good Outlaw-Posse rivalry this weekend, and we’ll see who comes out on top."
For LIVE video coverage of the Champion Oil National Open, visit dirtvision.com. A free audio broadcast will be available for the Outlaws' trip to Port Royal Speedway.
The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: Bad Boy Off Road (Official Side-by-Side Vehicle), Craftsman (Official Tool), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), Morton Buildings (Official Building), Sears (Official Home Store), The Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience (Official Racing Experience) and VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, JE Pistons, KSE Racing Products, MSD, Penske Shocks, and Superflow Dynos; along with manufacturer sponsors, including: Impact Racing Products, Intercomp, Racing Electronics, S&S Volvo and TNT Rescue.
By the Numbers: O’Reilly Auto Parts Rumble on the River at Lakeside Speedway
by Tony Venziano
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Oct. 13, 2016 — The O’Reilly Auto Parts Rumble on the River at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City for the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series is quickly approaching on Friday, October 21. Donny Schatz is the defending race winner at Lakeside, while 2013 series champion Daryn Pittman won at the track back in 2003.Read more: Lakeside by the Numbers
By the Numbers: O’Reilly Auto Parts Twister Showdown at Salina Highbanks Speedway
by Tony Veneziano
SALINA, OKLA. — Oct. 12, 2016 — The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series returns to Salina Highbanks Speedway on Saturday, October 22 for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Twister Showdown, which was postponed by rain back in April. The race will mark the one and only stop of the season for the “Greatest Show on Dirt” in the state of Oklahoma. Following the event, just a pair of races remain on the 2016 calendar as the series heads to Charlotte for the Bad Boy Off Road World Finals. This edition of By the Numbers sets the stage for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Twister Showdown at Salina Highbanks Speedway on Saturday, October 22.Read more: Salina by the Numbers