World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series 2017 Schedule Announced
The series is scheduled to visit 21 States and one province in the 2017 season
CONCORD, N.C.- December 9, 2016 - The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series is set to embark on its 14th season since regrouping in 2004. The national tour - loaded with some of dirt late model racing's heaviest hitters - will travel 21 states and one Canadian province in 2017.
The 2017 series schedule features 58 nights of fender-to-fender racing, and the Outlaws will revisit 20 tracks from last season's tour. Notably, the Outlaws will resume their international stretch through Canada; they have made a total of six stops at Cornwall (Ont.) Motor Speedway and Brighton (Ont.) Speedway since 2012.
The series will kick-off the season at Screven (Ga.) Motorsports Park as usual. The Winter Freeze VII on February
17-18 in has been the first stop in four of the last five seasons. Thereon, the late model series will join the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series and Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds for the prestigious 45th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia (Fla.) Speedway Park. Each series will battle for the coveted "Big Gator" trophy from February 23-25.
Within the schedule lies some of dirt late model's most prestigious events. Lernerville (Pa.) Speedway appears on the schedule four times, and three of those nights make up the fiery Firecracker 100 weekend from June 22-24. Last year during the preliminary races, 2015 Rookie of the Year Brandon Overton was able to land his first career series win. An emotional Overton climbed out of the car in victory lane, paying tribute to his father's efforts in helping him get to this point in his career.
Also on tap is the Prairie Dirt Classic from July 28-29 at Fairbury American Legion (Ill.) Speedway. The 1/4-mile, semi-banked clay oval has been a landing spot for the World of Outlaws since 2013. There, the Outlaws will join late model's best drivers to build on the 28-year history of the Illinois classic.
Another key component to a wide variety of events is the 30th annual USA Nationals from August 3-5 in New Richmond, Wis. The 3/8-mile oval has been a mainstay since the series' conception in 1988, and offered a season-defining $50,000 payout to the winner last season.
Seven tracks will debut in the series, including: The Dirt Oval at Route 66 (Ill.) Raceway, Salina Highbanks (Okla.) Speedway, Cherokee (S.C.) Speedway, Senoia (Ga.) Raceway, Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track, Oshkosh SpeedZone (Wisc.) Raceway, and Georgetown (Del.) Speedway.
With close ties to The Dirt Oval at Route 66, series regular Frank Heckenast Jr. will make his homecoming to a track that has not seen the presence of a late model in nearly 15 years. The track President, Sherri Heckenast, is the sister of Frankfort, Ill. driver.
The 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series Championship will be sealed at the Bad Boy Off Road World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte on November 2-4.
"We are really excited to have the opportunity to visit so many new places with the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series," said Late Model Series Director Tim Christman. "Every week we challenge drivers on their own turf to prove that we run with the best drivers out there, so visiting new tracks this season will help bring more local drivers and different competition to our stage."
The complete 2017 schedule is listed below and can be found at www.WoOLMS.com. Tickets for select events are on-sale now at dirtcar.ticketforce.com or by calling 844-DIRT-TIX (347-8849).
2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Schedule
*Tentative schedule - subject to change
Friday, February 17, 2017 Screven Motorsports Park
Saturday, February 18, 2017 Screven Motorsports Park
Thursday, February 23, 2017 Volusia Speedway Park
Friday, February 24, 2017 Volusia Speedway Park
Saturday, February 25, 2017 Volusia Speedway Park
Friday, March 24, 2017 Columbus Speedway
Saturday, March 25, 2017 I-30 Speedway
Sunday, March 26, 2017 LoneStar Speedway
Friday, March 31, 2017 Farmer City Raceway
Saturday, April 1, 2017 Farmer City Raceway
April 7-8, 2017 Scheduled Weather Weekend
Friday, April 28, 2017 Lakeside Speedway
Saturday, April 29, 2017 Salina Highbanks Speedway
Sunday, April 30, 2017 TBA
Friday, May 5, 2017 Cherokee Speedway
Saturday, May 6, 2017 Fayetteville Motor Speedway
Friday, May 12, 2017 Duck River Raceway Park
Saturday, May 13, 2017 Smoky Mountain Speedway
Friday, May 26, 2017 Atomic Speedway
Saturday, May 27, 2017 Wayne County Speedway
Sunday, May 28, 2017 Tyler County Speedway
Friday, June 2, 2017 Tazewell Speedway
Saturday, June 3, 2017 Senoia Raceway
Saturday June 17, 2017 Brighton Speedway Park
Sunday June 18, 2017 Cornwall Motor Speedway
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 McKean County Raceway
Thursday, June 22, 2017 Lernervillle Speedway
Friday, June 23, 2017 Lernervillle Speedway
Saturday, June 24, 2017 Lernervillle Speedway
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 The Dirt Oval @ Route 66 Raceway
Friday, June 30, 2017 Terre Haute Action Track
Saturday, July 1, 2017 I-55 Raceway
Friday, July 7, 2017 TBA
Saturday, July 8, 2017 Deer Creek Speedway
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Ogilvie Raceway
Thursday, July 13, 2017 Hibbing Raceway
Friday, July 14, 2017 River Cities Raceway
Saturday, July 15, 2017 North Central Speedway
Friday, July 28, 2017 Fairbury American Legion Speedway
Saturday, July 29, 2017 Fairbury American Legion Speedway
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 Oshkosh SpeedZone Raceway
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 Shawano Speedway
Thursday, August 3, 2017 Cedar Lake Speedway
Friday, August 4, 2017 Cedar Lake Speedway
Saturday, August 5, 2017 Cedar Lake Speedway
Thursday, August 17, 2017 Georgetown Speedway
Friday, August 18, 2017 TBA Possible Rain date
Saturday, August 19, 2017 Port Royal Speedway
Sunday, August 20, 2017 Eriez Speedway
Saturday, August 26, 2017 Merritt Speedway
Sunday, August 27, 2017 Merritt Speedway
Friday, September 1, 2017 TBA
Saturday, September 2, 2017 Lernerville Speedway
Sunday, September 3, 2017 Selinsgrove Speedway
Friday, October 13, 2017 Dirt Oval at Route 66 Raceway
Saturday, October 14, 2017 Dirt Oval at Route 66 Raceway
Thursday, November 2, 2017 The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Friday, November 3, 2017 The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Saturday, November 4, 2017 The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway
1. Josh Richards 5260
2. Shane Clanton 4990
3. Rick Eckert 4888
4. Brandon Overton 4688
5. Billy Moyer Jr. 4630
6. Steve Casebolt 4550
6. Chub Frank 4550
8. Brian Shirley 4548
9. F. Heckenast Jr. 4504
9. Eric Wells 4504