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Over 90 races dot the 2019 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series scheduled, which was released ahead of the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show this week. The “Greatest Show on Dirt” will visit 53 different tracks in 25 states from coast-to-coast, making it yet again the most grueling schedule in all of motorsports. The 2019 campaign will stretch from the season-opening DIRTcar Nationals in February in Florida to the season-ending World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in November. Along the way, a handful of the biggest events in the sport will again dot the calendar.
Big money shows
As always, the Knoxville Nationals at the famed Knoxville Raceway in Iowa will be the highest-paying race of the season. The winner will take home $150,000. The Kings Royal at the historic Eldora Speedway will have an increased purse in 2019. The event traditionally paid $50,000 to the victor. A whopping $56,000 awaits the winner of the National Open at Williams Grove Speedway in Pennsylvania in the fall. Also, the Jackson Nationals at the Jackson Motorplex in Minnesota will up the winner’s share in 2019 to $41,000.
The inaugural Music City Outlaw Nationals at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway will see the winner pocket $25,000. The finale of the Texas Outlaw Nationals at Devil’s Bowl Speedway will also pay $20,000-to-win. Other events featuring a purse of $20,000 or more to win include the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup at Lernerville Speedway, the Summer Nationals at Williams Grove and the Ironman 55 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Missouri.
The 'Month of Money'
The traditional “Month of Money for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series in July and August will feature the Kings Royal, Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup, Williams Grove Summer Nationals, Ironman 55 and Knoxville Nationals. If one driver was able to win all of those events, they would claim well over $250,000.
Two new tracks
Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway in Tennessee and Fernley 95A Speedway in Nevada will both be hosting the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series for the first time in 2019. Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway, which is a paved half-mile, will see clay put down on the inner quarter-mile track at the historic venue. Fernley 95A Speedway, which is located less than an hour from Reno, NV, is a semi-banked three-eighths-mile
The state of California will host a total of 13 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series events in 2019, which is the most of any state. Those are split between nine in the spring and four in the fall. Pennsylvania is next on the last with eight race nights, while Iowa and Ohio both host seven nights of racing for the Outlaws.
The Outlaws will return to a handful of tracks they haven’t visited in a few years in 2019. Among the venues on this list are Brown County Speedway in South Dakota, Granite City Speedway in Minnesota, Hartford Speedway in Michigan and Keller Auto Speedway in California.
Changing it up
The traditional two-day event at Stockton 99 Dirt Track in California in the spring will be split up in 2019 between that date and one in the fall. Also, the two-day Calistoga Speedway event in the fall will take the same approach, with one race in the spring and the other in the fall.
Doubling up in Arizona
For the first time in a couple of seasons, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will contest two races in Arizona. Those will take place on April 5 at USA Raceway in Tucson and April 6 at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek.
Following a weekend off for Easter on April 20-21, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will race 27 consecutive weekends, before the next break in the schedule. Teams will have a week to re-group following the Nittany Showdown at Port Royal Speedway in Pennsylvania on October 25-26, leading into the World Finals in Charlotte, November 7-9.
Try, try again
After being rained out a total of three times in 2018 (original date and two re-scheduled dates), Jacksonville Speedway in Illinois is back on the Outlaws schedule in 2019. The date for next season is Sunday, April 28. The event would mark the third-ever by the series at the quarter-mile bulling.
A couple of “To be announced” (TBA) remain on the 2019 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series schedule. The first of those is on Friday, October 11, with the Wabash Clash at the Terre Haute Action Track in Indiana the following night. Also, Saturday, October 19, is currently listed as a TBA, which is the night after the event at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City.