The WoO LMS was scheduled to compete at Outlaw Motor Speedway in Muskogee, Okla., on July 8 and Tri-State Speedway in Pocola, Okla., on July 9, but a mid-season change in ownership at Outlaw and the recent closing of Tri-State forced the events to be removed from the 2011 schedule, series officials announced on Wednesday.
Danny Womack booked the WoO LMS programs for both tracks during the off-season, but he is no longer involved with either facility. He recently sold Outlaw Motor Speedway to his former business partner, Lynn Skinner, after having earlier this year left the helm of Tri-State, which is now at least temporarily shuttered.
“We’re disappointed that we won’t be able to bring the World of Outlaws Late Model Series to the fans of Oklahoma for the first time since 2005,” said WoO LMS director Tim Christman. “We were looking forward to visiting both Outlaw Motor Speedway and Tri-State Speedway, but the current situations at the tracks will not allow for the running of a major event such as the World of Outlaws Late Model Series.
“I spoke with both Lynn Skinner at Outlaw Motor Speedway and Sonny Davis at Tri-State Speedway about moving forward with the World of Outlaws races as planned, but ultimately the best course of action was to remove the events from the 2011 schedule.”
The Oklahoma doubleheader was to serve as the kickoff of the annual WoO LMS ‘Wild West Tour,’ which will now boast four $10,000-to-win events over a week-long period. The swing features races on July 12 at Independence (Iowa) Motor Speedway; July 13 at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn.; July 15 at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D.; and July 19 at Gillette (Wyo.) Thunder Speedway.
WoO LMS officials have also announced that the tour’s rescheduled visit to Beckley (W.Va.) Motor Speedway on Wed., July 27, has been canceled. The news comes after the track’s promoter, Jim Williams, recently announced that he had ceased operation of the three-eighths-mile oval for the remainder of the season.
The WoO LMS will be in action this weekend (July 2-3) at Tazewell (Tenn.) Speedway, which hosts the inaugural ‘Outlaw Sizzler 101.’ The two-day spectacular features time trials and heat races on Sat., July 2, and B-Mains and the 101-lap, $20,000 headliner on Sun., July 3.
For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com.
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