Terre Haute Action Track Set For June 30 WoO vs Summer Nationals Event
CONCORD, N.C.— December 13, 2016 — The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series is set to embark on its 14th season since 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.
Race fans in the Midwest will see a new stop in 2017, as the tour will pay a visit to the Terre Haute IN Action Track on Friday, June 30. Not only will the stars of the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Models be on track, the Summer Nationals Hell Tour Late Models will be there as well racing head-to-head. It will mark the first time the two tours have gone against one another in a combined event. Two like events were scheduled last year at Lincoln and Pevely but both were rained out. With both tours on hand, the field should be strong with the top point contenders from each side racing at the historic facility.
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.”
The complete 2017 schedule is listed below and can be found at www.WoOLMS.com. Tickets for select events are on-sale now at dirtcar.ticketforce.com or by calling 844-DIRT-TIX (347-8849). The full 2017 schedule for the Terre Haute Action Track should be released within the coming weeks.
2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Schedule
*Tentative schedule – subject to change
Date Track City State
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