World of Outlaws

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

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.[1] 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.[2]

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series[edit]

World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series
Category Sprint car racing
Country  United States
 Canada
Inaugural season 1978
Drivers 356 (2017)
Tire suppliers Hoosier Racing Tire
Drivers' champion United States Donny Schatz
Teams' champion Tony Stewart Racing
Official website World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series
Steve Kinser's 2007 World of Outlaws sprint car at the King's Royal race

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.[3] Today, the 2016 season will feature 91 races at 54 different tracks in 25 states and one Canadian province. All races are broadcast on DIRTvision, 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 Sprint Car is a purpose-built, open-wheel race car that must weigh at least 1,400 pounds with the driver in the car.[citation needed] The 410-cubic inch engine produces over 900 horsepower and uses methanol fuel. The series' specification tire supplier is Hoosier Racing Tire, and both WoO and Hoosier designate legal compounds for a circuit among different compounds that Hoosier offers, 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.[6]

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.[6]

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.[6]

Typical race night program[edit]

1. Wheel pack

2. Hot laps (practice laps)

3. Time trials (time trials or qualifying, usually two laps with the fastest lap being the qualifying time)

4. Heat races (set based on qualifying time)

5. Craftsman Club Dash (sets the top three or four rows of the fastest cars for the A-main)

6. Last Chance Showdown (B-Main, C-Main or D-Main depending on car count)

7. Feature (A-Main, which can be anywhere from 25 to 40 laps)

Past champions[edit]

Source:[3]

Season Driver Team
2017 Donny Schatz Tony Stewart Racing
2016 Donny Schatz Tony Stewart Racing
2015 Donny Schatz[7] Tony Stewart Racing
2014 Donny Schatz Tony Stewart Racing
2013 Daryn Pittman[8] Kasey Kahne Racing
2012 Donny Schatz Tony Stewart Racing[9]
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 Steve Kinser Racing
1999 Mark Kinser Karl Kinser Racing
1998 Steve Kinser Steve Kinser Racing
1997 Sammy Swindell Swindell Motorsports
1996 Mark Kinser Karl Kinser Racing
1995 Dave Blaney Casey Luna Ford Racing
1994 Steve Kinser Karl Kinser Racing
1993 Steve Kinser Karl Kinser Racing
1992 Steve Kinser Karl Kinser Racing
1991 Steve Kinser Karl Kinser Racing
1990 Steve Kinser Karl Kinser Racing
1989 Bobby Davis, Jr. Casey Luna Ford Racing
1988 Steve Kinser Karl Kinser Racing
1987 Steve Kinser Karl Kinser Racing
1986 Steve Kinser Karl Kinser Racing
1985 Steve Kinser Karl Kinser Racing
1984 Steve Kinser Karl Kinser Racing
1983 Steve Kinser Karl Kinser Racing
1982 Sammy Swindell Nance Speed Equipment
1981 Sammy Swindell Nance Speed Equipment
1980 Steve Kinser Karl Kinser Racing
1979 Steve Kinser Karl Kinser Racing
1978 Steve Kinser Karl Kinser Racing

Top 25 all-time A-Feature winners[edit]

Note: Includes all full-field preliminary race wins. Those with a yellow background indicates Knoxville National winners. Updated August 11, 2018.[10]

Driver Wins
1. Steve Kinser 690
2. Sammy Swindell 394
3. Donny Schatz 276
4. Mark Kinser 203
5. Doug Wolfgang 140
6. Danny Lasoski 122
7. Joey Saldana 105
8. Dave Blaney 94
9. Stevie Smith 84
10. Daryn Pittman 77
11. Jac Haudenschild 72
12. Bobby Davis Jr. 66
12. Craig Dollansky 66
14. Jason Myers 58
15. Jeff Swindell 51
16. Andy Hillenburg 42
17. David Gravel 39
18. Shane Stewart 33
19. Bobby Allen 30
20. Brad Sweet 29
21. Paul McMahan 27
22. Tim Shaffer 25
22. Kerry Madsen 25
24. Ron Shuman 24
25. Rick Ferkel 21
25. Tim Kaeding 21

Popular events[edit]

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.

Track Event Winner's purse
Knoxville Raceway Knoxville Nationals $150,000
Eldora Speedway * Kings Royal $50,000
Williams Grove Speedway National Open $50,000
Jackson Motorplex Jackson Nationals $40,000
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 $20,000
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 with the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Series[edit]

Driver
Steve Kinser 20-time series champion, 690 career WoO wins, 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, 394 WoO series wins, 1983 Knoxville Nationals winner, National Sprint Car Hall of Fame member
Doug Wolfgang 140 career WoO wins and 5-time Knoxville Nationals winner, 1976-1977 Knoxville Raceway track champion, National Sprint Car Hall of Fame member
Donny Schatz 9-time Series Champion, 10-time Knoxville Nationals winner, 272 series wins
Mark Kinser 1996 and 1999 WoO Series Champion, 203 WoO series wins, 3-time Knoxville Nationals winner, National Sprint Car Hall of Fame member
Danny Lasoski 2001 Champion, 122 WoO series wins, 4-time Knoxville Nationals winner, IROC race winner, 11-time Knoxville Raceway Champion, National Sprint Car Hall of Fame member
Joey Saldana 105 career WoO wins, won 20 feature events in 2009, 2-time Kings Royal winner, 2-time Gold Cup winner, 74 All Star Circuit of Champions wins
Lee Osborne founding member of WoO, 6 career WoO wins. Won the 1981, 1982, 1983 All Star Circuit of Champions Championship, National Sprint Car Hall of Fame member. Founder of OzCar chassis, builds custom hot rods in New York.
Bobby Allen founding member of WoO and posted 30 career wins, 1990 Knoxville Nationals winner, National Sprint Car Hall of Fame member, WoO Shark Racing team owner
Rick Ferkel founding member of WoO, 21 series wins, known as the Ohio Traveler, National Sprint Car Hall of Fame member
Jac Haudenschild Winner of the biggest race in Sprint Car history Mopar Million, 72 WoO series wins, National Sprint Car Hall of Fame member
Ron Shuman 1979 Knoxville Nationals winner, 24 WoO series wins, 4-time CRA Sprint car champion, 3-time SCRA sprint car champion, National Sprint Car Hall of Fame member
Dave Blaney Former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, 1995 WoO Series Champion, 94 WoO wins, 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, 1978 Knoxville Track Champion, 1986 NCRA Dirt Champ series champion
Jeff Gordon 4-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion, 12 USAC Midget wins, 2 USAC Silver Crown wins, 5 USAC Sprint wins, 1990 USAC Midget Champion, 1991 USAC Silver Crown Champion
Kasey Kahne NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, 2000 USAC Midget Champion, 11 USAC Midget wins, 3 USAC Silver Crown wins, WoO team owner
Tony Stewart 3-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion, 1995 USAC Triple Crown Champion, WoO Team owner, Eldora Speedway track owner, All Star Circuit of Champions series owner.
Ken Schrader NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, 21 USAC Midget wins, 6 USAC Silver Crown wins, 4 USAC Sprint wins, 1982 USAC Silver Crown Champion, 1983 USAC Sprint Champion
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, 1995 410 sprint car track champion at Knoxville Raceway
Greg Hodnett 5-time Williams Grove track champion, 71 Williams Grove track wins, 20-time WoO race winner, 50 wins at Port Royal Speedway, 4-time Central PA Champion
Don Kreitz Jr National Sprint Car Hall of Fame member, 12 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, 66 WoO series wins, National Sprint Car Hall of Fame member
Lealand McSpadden 1978, 1993, 1995 Western World Champion, 1991 Chili Bowl (race) Midget Champion, 1992 Belleville Midget Champion, National Sprint Car Hall of Fame member
Christopher Bell 2017 and 2018 Chili Bowl (race) champion, NASCAR Xfinity Series driver
Rico Abreu Former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver. 2015 and 2016 Chili Bowl (race) midget champion
Brad Doty 18 WoO series wins, 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 event, former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver, radio journalist.
Bryan Clauson 38 USAC Midget wins, 2 USAC Silver Crown wins, 41 USAC Sprint wins, 2010-2011 USAC Midget Champion, 2012-2013 USAC Sprint Champion, 2014 Chili Bowl (race) champion, 2012, 2015, 2016 Indianapolis 500 starter, National Sprint Car Hall of Fame member.
Jason Johnson 2016 Knoxville Nationals winner, 12 WoO series wins, 5-time ASCS National Sprint car champion, 79 ASCS National wins, 9 All Star Circuit of Champions wins
Brad Sweet Former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Nationwide Series driver. Currently has 29 career WoO wins. 2018 Knoxville Nationals winner.

Late Model Series[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WorldRacingGroup.com". Retrieved 2013-09-12. 
  2. ^ "THE CRAFTSMAN® BRAND RETURNS TO MOTORSPORTS AS TITLE SPONSOR OF THE WORLD OF OUTLAWS". 2016-02-01. 
  3. ^ a b "World of Outlaws History". woosprint.com. 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. ^ a b c World of Outlaws World Finals Official Program
  7. ^ http://woosprint.com/news/race-reports/445-2015-race-reports/3537-stevie-smith-scores-national-open-title
  8. ^ Wackerlin, Jeff (November 10, 2013). "Pittman Wins Closest Title Battle". Concord, North Carolina: Motor Racing Network. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Donny Schatz wins fifth World of Outlaws championship". motorsport.com. November 3, 2012. Retrieved August 1, 2014. 
  10. ^ http://www.woosprint.com/fan-guide/history

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