CONCORD, N.C.- December 9, 2016 – The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series is set to embark on its 14th season since regrouping in 2004. The national tour – loaded with some of dirt late model racing’s heaviest hitters – will travel 21 states and one Canadian province in 2017.
The 2017 series schedule features 58 nights of fender-to-fender racing, and the Outlaws will revisit 20 tracks from last season’s tour. Notably, the Outlaws will resume their international stretch through Canada; they have made a total of six stops at Cornwall (Ont.) Motor Speedway and Brighton (Ont.) Speedway since 2012.
The series will kick-off the season at Screven (Ga.) Motorsports Park as usual. The Winter Freeze VII on February 17-18 in has been the first stop in four of the last five seasons. Thereon, the late model series will join the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series and Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds for the prestigious 45th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia (Fla.) Speedway Park. Each series will battle for the coveted “Big Gator” trophy from February 23-25.
Within the schedule lies some of dirt late model’s most prestigious events. Lernerville (Pa.) Speedway appears on the schedule four times, and three of those nights make up the fiery Firecracker 100 weekend from June 22-24. Last year during the preliminary races, 2015 Rookie of the Year Brandon Overton was able to land his first career series win. An emotional Overton climbed out of the car in victory lane, paying tribute to his father’s efforts in helping him get to this point in his career.
Also on tap is the Prairie Dirt Classic from July 28-29 at Fairbury American Legion (Ill.) Speedway. The 1/4-mile, semi-banked clay oval has been a landing spot for the World of Outlaws since 2013. There, the Outlaws will join late model’s best drivers to build on the 28-year history of the Illinois classic.
Another key component to a wide variety of events is the 30th annual USA Nationals from August 3-5 in New Richmond, Wis. The 3/8-mile oval has been a mainstay since the series’ conception in 1988, and offered a season-defining $50,000 payout to the winner last season.
Seven tracks will debut in the series, including: The Dirt Oval at Route 66 (Ill.) Raceway, Salina Highbanks (Okla.) Speedway, Cherokee (S.C.) Speedway, Senoia (Ga.) Raceway, Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track, Oshkosh SpeedZone (Wisc.) Raceway, and Georgetown (Del.) Speedway.
With close ties to The Dirt Oval at Route 66, series regular Frank Heckenast Jr. will make his homecoming to a track that has not seen the presence of a late model in nearly 15 years. The track President, Sherri Heckenast, is the sister of Frankfort, Ill. driver.
The 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series Championship will be sealed at the Bad Boy Off Road World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte on November 2-4.
“We are really excited to have the opportunity to visit so many new places with the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series,” said Late Model Series Director Tim Christman. “Every week we challenge drivers on their own turf to prove that we run with the best drivers out there, so visiting new tracks this season will help bring more local drivers and different competition to our stage.”
2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Schedule
*Tentative schedule – subject to change
|Friday, February 17, 2017||Screven Motorsports Park||Sylvania||Georgia|
|Saturday, February 18, 2017||Screven Motorsports Park||Sylvania||Georgia|
|Thursday, February 23, 2017||Volusia Speedway Park||Barberville||Florida|
|Friday, February 24, 2017||Volusia Speedway Park||Barberville||Florida|
|Saturday, February 25, 2017||Volusia Speedway Park||Barberville||Florida|
|Friday, March 24, 2017||Columbus Speedway||Columbus||Mississippi|
|Saturday, March 25, 2017||I-30 Speedway||Little Rock||Arkansas|
|Sunday, March 26, 2017||LoneStar Speedway||Kilgore||Texas|
|Friday, March 31, 2017||Farmer City Raceway||Farmer City||Illinois|
|Saturday, April 1, 2017||Farmer City Raceway||Farmer City||Illinois|
|April 7-8, 2017||Scheduled Weather Weekend|
|Friday, April 28, 2017||Lakeside Speedway||Kansas City||Kansas|
|Saturday, April 29, 2017||Salina Highbanks Speedway||Salina||Oklahoma|
|Sunday, April 30, 2017||TBA|
|Friday, May 5, 2017||Cherokee Speedway||Gaffney||South Carolina|
|Saturday, May 6, 2017||Fayetteville Motor Speedway||Fayetteville||North Carolina|
|Friday, May 12, 2017||Duck River Raceway Park||Wheel||Tennessee|
|Saturday, May 13, 2017||Smoky Mountain Speedway||Maryville||Tennessee|
|Friday, May 26, 2017||Atomic Speedway||Chillicothe||Ohio|
|Saturday, May 27, 2017||Wayne County Speedway||Orrville||Ohio|
|Sunday, May 28, 2017||Tyler County Speedway||Middlebourne||West Virginia|
|Friday, June 2, 2017||Tazewell Speedway||Tazewell||Tennessee|
|Saturday, June 3, 2017||Senoia Raceway||Senoia||Georgia|
|Saturday June 17, 2017||Brighton Speedway Park||Brighton||Ontario, Canada|
|Sunday June 18, 2017||Cornwall Motor Speedway||Cornwall||Ontario, Canada|
|Tuesday, June 20, 2017||McKean County Raceway||Smethport||Pennsylvania|
|Thursday, June 22, 2017||Lernervillle Speedway||Sarver||Pennsylvania|
|Friday, June 23, 2017||Lernervillle Speedway||Sarver||Pennsylvania|
|Saturday, June 24, 2017||Lernervillle Speedway||Sarver||Pennsylvania|
|Wednesday, June 28, 2017||The Dirt Oval @ Route 66 Raceway||Joliet||Illinois|
|Friday, June 30, 2017||Terre Haute Action Track||Terre Haute||Indiana|
|Saturday, July 1, 2017||Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I 55||Pevely||Missouri|
|Friday, July 7, 2017||TBA|
|Saturday, July 8, 2017||Deer Creek Speedway||Spring Valley||Minnesota|
|Wednesday, July 12, 2017||Ogilvie Raceway||Ogilvie||Minnesota|
|Thursday, July 13, 2017||Hibbing Raceway||Hibbing||Minnesota|
|Friday, July 14, 2017||River Cities Raceway||Grand Forks||North Dakota|
|Saturday, July 15, 2017||North Central Speedway||Brainerd||Minnesota|
|Friday, July 28, 2017||Fairbury American Legion Speedway||Fairbury||Illinois|
|Saturday, July 29, 2017||Fairbury American Legion Speedway||Fairbury||Illinois|
|Tuesday, August 1, 2017||Oshkosh SpeedZone Raceway||Oshkosh||Wisconsin|
|Wednesday, August 2, 2017||Shawano Speedway||Shawano||Wisconsin|
|Thursday, August 3, 2017||Cedar Lake Speedway||Richmond||Wisconsin|
|Friday, August 4, 2017||Cedar Lake Speedway||Richmond||Wisconsin|
|Saturday, August 5, 2017||Cedar Lake Speedway||Richmond||Wisconsin|
|Thursday, August 17, 2017||Georgetown Speedway||Georgetown||Delaware|
|Friday, August 18, 2017||TBA Possible Rain date|
|Saturday, August 19, 2017||Port Royal Speedway||Port Royal||Pennsylvania|
|Sunday, August 20, 2017||Eriez Speedway||Erie||Pennsylvania|
|Saturday, August 26, 2017||Merritt Speedway||Lake City||Michigan|
|Sunday, August 27, 2017||Merritt Speedway||Lake City||Michigan|
|Friday, September 1, 2017||TBA|
|Saturday, September 2, 2017||Lernerville Speedway||Sarver||Pennsylvania|
|Sunday, September 3, 2017||Selinsgrove Speedway||Selinsgrove||Pennsylvania|
|Friday, October 13, 2017||Dirt Oval at Route 66 Raceway||Joliet||Illinois|
|Saturday, October 14, 2017||Dirt Oval at Route 66 Raceway||Joliet||Illinois|
|Thursday, November 2, 2017||The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway||Concord||North Carolina|
|Friday, November 3, 2017||The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway||Concord||North Carolina|
|Saturday, November 4, 2017||The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway||Concord||North Carolina|