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 models called the World of Outlaws Late Model Series. These dirt track racing series are owned and operated by World Racing Group. Both the Late Model series and the Sprint Car series are currently sponsored by Stanley Black & Decker's Craftsman brand as the title sponsor of the World of Outlaws.
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 DIRTvision, 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 over 900 horsepower and transfer it to the ground through Hoosier racing tires, the series' specification tire manufacturer. The World of Outlaws and Hoosier designate the legal compound types, as each circuit differs in which type of compound works for a circuit. 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 sized 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 easier 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.
Typical race night program
1. Hot laps (practice laps)
2. Time trials (time trials or qualifying, usually two laps with the fastest lap being the qualifying time)
3. Heat races (set based on qualifying time)
4. Craftsman Club Dash (sets the top three or four rows of the fastest cars for the A-main)
5. Last Chance Showdown (B-Main, C-Main or D-Main depending on car count)
6. Feature (A-Main, which can be anywhere from 25 to 50 laps)
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 November 4, 2017.
|1. Steve Kinser||577|
|2. Sammy Swindell||294|
|3. Donny Schatz||249|
|4. Mark Kinser||153|
|5. Doug Wolfgang||107|
|6. Joey Saldana||99|
|7. Danny Lasoski||90|
|8. Dave Blaney||70|
|8. Stevie Smith||70|
|10. Daryn Pittman||68|
|11. Craig Dollansky||59|
|12. Jason Myers||57|
|13. Jac Haudenschild||56|
|14. Bobby Davis Jr.||46|
|15. David Gravel||34|
|16. Andy Hillenburg||30|
|16. Jeff Swindell||30|
|16. Shane Stewart||30|
|19. Paul McMahan||26|
|20. Bobby Allen||25|
|20. Brad Sweet||25|
|22. Kerry Madsen||24|
|23. Tim Kaeding||20|
|24. Kraig Kinser||17|
|25. Rick Ferkel||16|
Here is a list of top paying and more popular race events each year. Most are two days or more.
Final night features are usually based on points earned on the previous night's races.
An asterisk marks single-day events where the entire program is run on one day.
|Knoxville Raceway||Knoxville Nationals||$150,000|
|Eldora Speedway||* Kings Royal||$50,000|
|Williams Grove Speedway||National Open||$50,000|
|Williams Grove Speedway||Summer Nationals||$25,000|
|Lernerville Speedway||* Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup||$25,000|
|Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55||* Iroman 55||$20,000|
|Devil's Bowl Speedway||Texas Outlaw Nationals||$12,000|
|Eldora Speedway||Knight Before the Kings Royal||$12,000|
|Silver Dollar Speedway||Gold Cup Race of Champions||$12,000|
|The Dirt Track at Charlotte||World Finals||$12,000|
|Eldora Speedway||* 4-Crown Nationals||$10,000|
|Dirt Car Nationals 3 Day Event||Volusia Speedway Park||$10,000|
|Attica Raceway Park||* Brad Doty Classic||$10,000|
Notable drivers who have raced in World of Outlaws Sprint Cars
|Steve Kinser||20-time series champion, 12-time Knoxville Nationals winner, "The King of Sprint Car Racing", National Sprint Car Hall of Fame member|
|Sammy Swindell||1981–1982, 1997 WoO Series champion, 294 WoO series wins, 1983 Knoxville Nationals winner, National Sprint Car Hall of Fame member|
|Doug Wolfgang||107 career wins and 5-time Knoxville Nationals winner, National Sprint Car Hall of Fame member|
|Bobby Allen||founding member of WoO, 1990 Knoxville Nationals winner, National Sprint Car Hall of Fame member, WoO team owner|
|Rick Ferkel||founding member of WoO, 16 series wins, known as the Ohio Traveler, National Sprint Car Hall of Fame member|
|Joey Saldana||99 career wins, won 20 feature events in 2009|
|Jac Haudenschild||Winner of the biggest race in Sprint Car history Mopar Million, 56 WoO series wins, National Sprint Car Hall of Fame member|
|Danny Lasoski||2001 Champion, 90 WoO series wins, 4-time Knoxville Nationals winner, IROC race winner, 11-time Knoxville Raceway Champion, National Sprint Car Hall of Fame member|
|Donny Schatz||9-time Series Champion, 10-time Knoxville Nationals winner|
|Ron Shuman||National Sprint Car Hall of Fame member, 1979 Knoxville Nationals winner, 14 WoO series wins, 4-time CRA Sprint car champion, 3-time SCRA sprint car champion|
|Mark Kinser||1996 and 1999 WoO Series Champion, 153 WoO series wins, 3-time Knoxville Nationals winner, National Sprint Car Hall of Fame member|
|Dave Blaney||1995 WoO Series Champion and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, National Sprint Car Hall of Fame member|
|Shane Carson||former WoO driver, promoter, VP of race operations, National Sprint Car Hall of Fame member and board member, NCRA Dirt Champ series champion|
|Jeff Gordon||4-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion|
|Kasey Kahne||NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, WoO team owner|
|Tony Stewart||3-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion, 1995 USAC Triple Crown Champion, 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 member, 10 WoO series wins, 83 Williams Grove Speedway wins and 4-time track champion, Pennsylvania team owner|
|Keith Kauffman||National Sprint Car Hall of Fame member, 13-time Port Royal Speedway Champion (129 wins), 2-time Williams Grove Speedway Champion (51 wins)|
|Bobby Davis Jr.||1989 WoO Series Champion, 46 WoO series wins, National Sprint Car Hall of Fame member|
|Lealand McSpadden||1978, 1993, 1995 Western World Champion, 1991 Chili Bowl Midget Champion, 1992 Belleville Midget Champion, National Sprint Car Hall of Fame member|
|Christopher Bell||NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver|
|Rico Abreu||NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver|
|Brad Doty||former WoO driver, National Sprint Car Hall of Fame member, Media member and Doty Classic race promoter|
|Erin Crocker||First female driver to win a World of Outlaw preliminary event, former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver, radio journalist.|
Late Model Series
Operating since 2004, the Late Model Series is a racing championship series for late models.
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- "World of Outlaws History". woosprint.com. Retrieved August 1, 2014.
- "CBS Sports Network To Air WoO, Super DIRT Action". Performance Racing Industry. October 8, 2013. Retrieved August 1, 2014.
- "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.