World of Outlaws
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|Sport||Sprint car racing|
|Jurisdiction|| United States
|Regional affiliation||United States|
|Headquarters||Concord, North Carolina|
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 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.
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series
|Category||Sprint car racing|
|Country|| United States
|Tire suppliers||Hoosier Racing Tire|
|Drivers' champion||Donny Schatz|
|Teams' champion||Tony Stewart Racing|
|Official website||World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series|
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. Today, the 2016 season will feature 91 races at 54 different tracks in 25 states and one Canadian province. 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.
Sprint car specifications
A World of Outlaws 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 900+ 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. All racecars must weigh a minimum of 1400 pounds with a driver fully prepared to compete in the car throughout an entire event. The cars also have smaller nose wings.
Sprint cars use quick change rear ends. This allows the teams to quickly change the gear ratio for different size tracks. Most cars use a torsion bar suspension system. Different size bars either soften or stiffen the suspension. Torsion bars, and specialty shock absorbers are the key ingredients in the handling of sprint cars. That coupled with the wings, tire stagger, light weight, and enormous horsepower make these cars one of the fastest race cars in the world using a horsepower-to-weight ratio. The monstrous power-to-weight ratios of Sprint Cars can exceed that of Formula 1 cars.
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.
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.
Top 25 all-time A-Feature winners
Note: Preliminary wins did not count as A-Feature wins in the past.
Therefore, for some drivers this drastically reduces their true win totals.
Updated August 21, 2016
|1. Steve Kinser||577|
|2. Sammy Swindell||294|
|3. Donny Schatz||222|
|4. Mark Kinser||153|
|5. Doug Wolfgang||107|
|6. Joey Saldana||98|
|7. Danny Lasoski||90|
|8. Dave Blaney||70|
|10. Daryn Pittman||64|
|11. Craig Dollansky||59|
|12. Jason Myers||57|
|13. Jac Haudenschild||56|
|14. Bobby Davis Jr.||46|
|15. Andy Hillenburg||30|
|17. Paul McMahan||26|
|18. Bobby Allen||25|
|19. Tim Kaeding||20|
|20. Kerry Madsen||19|
|23. Rick Ferkel||16|
|25. Tim Shaffer||15|
Here is a list of some of the most prestigious and top paying races each year.
Texas Outlaw Nationals at Devil’s Bowl Speedway - Mesquite, Texas
Brad Doty Classic at Attica Raceway Park - Attica, Ohio
Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, Ohio
Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup at Lernerville Speedway - Sarver, Pennsylvania
Summer Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Iroman 55 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 - Peveley, Missouri
Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville Raceway - Knoxville, Iowa
Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, California
National Open at Williams Grove Speedway - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
4-Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, Ohio
Notable drivers who have raced in World of Outlaws Sprint Cars
|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||98 career wins. Won 20 feature events in 2009|
|Donny Schatz||7 time Series Champion 9-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, 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year|
|Johnny Herrera||1996 Eldora Speedway Kings Royal Winner|
|Greg Hodnett||4 time Central PA Champion|
|Don Kreitz Jr||National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Pennsylvania Team Owner|
|Keith Kauffman||13-time Port Royal Speedway Champion (129 wins), 2-time Williams Grove Speedway Champion (51 wins)|
|Bobby Davis Jr.||1989 Series Champion|
|Lealand McSpadden||1978, 1993, 1995 Western World Champion, 1991 Chili Bowl Midget Champion, 1992 Belleville Midget Champion|
|Christopher Bell||NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver|
|Rico Abreu||NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver|
Late Model Series
Operating since 2004, the Late Model Series is a racing championship series for late model stock cars.
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- "World of Outlaws History". woosprint.com. Retrieved August 1, 2014.
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- "World of Outlaws Sprint Cars". Retrieved 2013-12-13.
- World of Outlaws World Finals Official Program
- Wackerlin, Jeff (November 10, 2013). "Pittman Wins Closest Title Battle". Concord, North Carolina: Motor Racing Network. Retrieved November 17, 2014.
- "Donny Schatz wins fifth World of Outlaws championship". motorsport.com. November 3, 2012. Retrieved August 1, 2014.
- "World of Outlaws Sprint Car All-Time Win List" at coracingworld.com