Breaking Down The 2019 World Of Outlaws Schedule

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 

California dreaming

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.

Return visit

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.

27-straight

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.

TBAs

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.

USAC Stat Book: AMSOIL National Sprint Cars

Brady Bacon rose to the top of the charts in the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship in terms of wins with back-to-back scores earlier in the month at Knoxville, Iowa, his third and fourth of the year.  No other driver has more than two: Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) and Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.).  C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) remains the point leader on the back of tremendous consistency coming into a stretch of nine races in 11 nights, beginning Wednesday, July 17, at Eldora, then eight nights of NOS Energy Drink Indiana Midget Week July 18-27.

Indiana Sprint Week Start Times Shifted

The opening weekend of the 32nd annual NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week tour will have a cooler start with this Thursday through Sunday’s event times pushed back to later in the evening.

USAC Sprints Tackle Eldora Wednesday for $10 Grand

The kickoff to one of the busiest stretches in the history of USAC’s AMSOIL National Sprint Car division begins this Wednesday, July 17, on the high banks of “The Big E,” Eldora Speedway for #LetsRaceTwo #TakeTwo in which the winner will take home $10,000!

Atko Takes Dramatic First ARX Victory at Gateway

Australian driver Chris Atkinson won the second round of Americas Rallycross (ARX) 2019 for Subaru Motorsports USA by making a last corner overtake for the race lead at the World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois.

It's Sweet, Sweet Springs Victory for Carrick

Most times, it seems the only thing predictable in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing is unpredictability.  And sometimes when you think you know what’s about to transpire, that’s when everything turns on its head.  At times, literally.

Carlson Bears Down for DMA Win at Bear Ridge

Seth Carlson of Brimfield MA, scored the win Saturday night at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, VT. This is Carlson’s second win of the season piloting the #2 Seals-it sponsored, Skip Matczak owned dirt midget.

Baugh Back to Winning Ways at Spoon River

Andy Baugh returned to his winning ways in Saturday night’s USAC Engler IMRA Speed2 Midget event at Spoon River Speedway.

The Demon Strikes at Perris

After temperatures reached triple digits, fast qualifier “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) raced to victory at Perris Auto Speedway.

Watson's Last Lap Pass Nets Montpelier Victory

Past USAC champion Alex Watson used a last lap pass to get by two-time and defending series champ Aaron Leffel and win Saturday’s USAC Midwest Thunder Speed2 Midget feature at Indiana’s Montpelier Motor Speedway.

Smith Scores Second WSO Win at 81

Danny Smith raced to victory for the second time in his last three USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma starts, winning Saturday night’s series visit to 81 Speedway in Park City, Kansas.