World of Outlaws

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World of Outlaws
World of Outlaws Logo.jpg
Sport Sprint car racing
Jurisdiction  United States
Founded 1978
Regional affiliation United States
Headquarters Concord, North Carolina
President Brian Carter
Official website
United States

The World of Outlaws (often abbreviated WoO) is an American motorsports sanctioning body. The body sanctions two major national touring series. It is best known for sanctioning a national tour of sprint cars called the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series. It later purchased a national tour of late model stockcars called the World of Outlaws Late Model Series. These dirt track racing series are owned and operated by World Racing Group.[1]

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series[edit]

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series
World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Logo.jpg
The Greatest Show on Dirt
Category Sprint car racing
Country  United States
Inaugural season 1978
Drivers 393(2013)
Tire suppliers Hoosier Racing Tire
Drivers' champion United States Daryn Pittman
Teams' champion Kasey Kahne Racing
Official website World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series
Steve Kinser's 2007 World of Outlaws sprint car at the King's Royal race
2013 Champion Daryn Pittman wheeling his Kasey Kahne Racing #9 at Dodge City, KS.

The body sanctions a national tour of high power to weight, custom fabricated sprint cars called the World of Outlaws. The race cars feature large adjustable wings on the top and large rear tires that transfer their power to the dirt tracks they race on. The series travels primarily the United States, but has sanctioned races in Canada, Mexico and Australia.

The series was founded in 1978 by Ted Johnson, a former midget racer from Madison, Wisconsin. At the time sprint car racing in the United States lacked a true national series. Johnson organized the World of Outlaws sanctioning body and established a national schedule, a set of rules and a points system to crown a champion of his series.[2] Today, the 2014 championship features 92 race nights at 52 different tracks across 24 states and three Canadian provinces.[3] Select events are broadcast on Dirt Vision, an online subscription based streaming service, while other select races are broadcast nationally on the CBS Sports Network.[4][5]

Sprint car specifications[edit]

A World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car is a purpose-built open-wheel race car that must weigh at least 1,400 pounds with the driver in the car. The 410-cubic inch engine is fueled by VP Racing Fuels methanol. The cars produce approximately 850 horsepower and transfer it to the ground through Hoosier Tires. The series' cars have a large top wing with sideboards that face opposite direction to help produce a great amount of downforce to plant the car on the track and help the car turn and maximize grip, both in the corners and on the straightaways. The cars also have smaller nose wings.[6]

Sprint Cars have a very distinct stance since they have two very different rear tires. The right rear tire on a sprint car is 105 inches in circumference. In contrast, the left rear tire is only between 90 and 98 inches in circumference, depending on the track size and conditions. The difference in the tire sizes is called stagger and the more stagger the car has, the more easily it turns into the corner, but at the expense of straight line speed.[7]

Sprint Cars do not have starters in them, so push trucks are used to fire the engines. Sprint Cars only have an in/out direct drive, no reverse gear and no clutch.[8]

Past Champions[edit]

Season Driver Team
2013 Daryn Pittman Kasey Kahne Racing [9]
2012 Donny Schatz Tony Stewart Racing [10]
2011 Jason Meyers Elite Racing
2010 Jason Meyers Elite Racing
2009 Donny Schatz Tony Stewart Racing
2008 Donny Schatz Tony Stewart Racing
2007 Donny Schatz Donny Schatz Motorsports
2006 Donny Schatz Donny Schatz Motorsports
2005 Steve Kinser Steve Kinser Racing
2004 Steve Kinser Steve Kinser Racing
2003 Steve Kinser Steve Kinser Racing
2002 Steve Kinser Steve Kinser Racing
2001 Danny Lasoski Tony Stewart Racing
2000 Steve Kinser
1999 Mark Kinser
1998 Steve Kinser
1997 Sammy Swindell
1996 Mark Kinser
1995 Dave Blaney
1994 Steve Kinser
1993 Steve Kinser
1992 Steve Kinser
1991 Steve Kinser
1990 Steve Kinser
1989 Bobby Davis, Jr.
1988 Steve Kinser
1987 Steve Kinser
1986 Steve Kinser
1985 Steve Kinser
1984 Steve Kinser
1983 Steve Kinser
1982 Sammy Swindell
1981 Sammy Swindell
1980 Steve Kinser
1979 Steve Kinser
1978 Steve Kinser

Top 15 All Time A-Feature winners[edit]

Updated August Sept 3, 2014 [11]

Driver Wins
Steve Kinser 577
Sammy Swindell 294
Donny Schatz 167
Mark Kinser 153
Doug Wolfgang 107
Danny Lasoski 89
Joey Saldana 89
Dave Blaney 70
Stevie Smith 68
Craig Dollansky 59
Jason Meyers 57
Jac Haudenschild 56
Daryn Pittman 51
Bobby Davis Jr. 46
Jeff Swindell 30
Andy Hillenburg 30

Notable drivers who have raced in World of Outlaws Sprint Cars[edit]

Jac Haudenschild Wins the biggest race in Sprint Car history Mopar Million
Rick Ferkel founding member of WoO
Doug Wolfgang 107 career wins and 5-time Knoxville Nationals Champion
Erin Crocker First female driver to win a World of Outlaw preliminary event.
Steve Kinser 20 time series champion, 12 time Knoxville Nationals Champion, 'The King" of sprint car racing!
Danny Lasoski 2001 Champion, 4-time Knoxville Nationals Champion, IROC race winner
Joey Saldana in 2009 won 20 feature events
Donny Schatz 5 time Series Champion 8-time Knoxville Nationals Champion
Sammy Swindell 1981 - 1982, 1997 champion
Ron Shuman National Sprint Car Hall of Fame member
Brad Doty former WoO driver, current race analyst and Doty Classic race promoter
Mark Kinser 1996 and 1999 Series Champion
Bobby Allen founding member of WoO, 1990 Knoxville Nationals Champion, WoO team owner
Dave Blaney 1995 Series Champion and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver
Jeff Gordon NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver
Kasey Kahne NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, WoO Team Owner
Tony Stewart NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, WoO Team Owner
Ken Schrader NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver
Kyle Larson 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the year
Johnny Herrera
Greg Hodnett
Keith Kauffman
Bobby Davis Jr. 1989 Series Champion
Lealand McSpadden
Andy Hillenburg

Late Model Series[edit]

Operating since 2004, the Late Model Series is a racing championship series for late model stock cars.


  1. ^ "". Retrieved 12\9\13. 
  2. ^ "World of Outlaws History". Retrieved August 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ Gibson, John (December 14, 2013). "World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Releases Ambitious 2014 Schedule". Retrieved August 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ "CBS Sports Network To Air WoO, Super DIRT Action". Performance Racing Industry. October 8, 2013. Retrieved August 1, 2014. 
  5. ^ "World of Outlaws Sprint Cars". Retrieved 2013-12-13. 
  6. ^ World of Outlaws World Finals Official Program
  7. ^ World of Outlaws World Finals Official Program
  8. ^ World of Outlaws World Finals Official Program
  9. ^ Wackerlin, Jeff (November 10, 2013). "Pittman Wins Closest Title Battle". Concord, North Carolina: Motor Racing Network. Retrieved August 1, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Donny Schatz wins fifth World of Outlaws championship". November 3, 2012. Retrieved August 1, 2014. 
  11. ^ "World of Outlaws Sprint Car All-Time Win List" at

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