TSR’s Donny Schatz sweeps The Dirt Track at Charlotte in WoO World Finals

Donny Schatz celebrates his victory of sweeping the World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. Photo credit: Charlotte Motor Speedway.

With all of the craziness surrounding NASCAR this past weekend with Kyle Busch, I want do a quick shout-out and congratulate Tony Stewart Racing’s (TSR) and four time series champion, Donny Schatz (#15 STP/Armor All/ Chevrolet) for sweeping the final two races of the season at the Lowes Foods World Finals presented by Tom’s Snacks, Coca-Cola and Nature’s Own at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. Schatz backed up his dominating performance on Friday with an exciting restart pass on Kerry Madsen in the season finale.

 

TSR teammate Steve Kinser ( #11 Bass Pro Shops/J.D. Byrider/Chevrolet), finished second in the race.

 

Jason Meyers finished eighth to officially earn his second consecutive World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series championship.

WoO season starts at Volusia Speedway Park:

WoO Tony Stewart Racing tandem ready to hit the track for Knoxville Nationals

The stage doesn’t get any bigger.

World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint car biggest event, the Goodyear Knoxville (Iowa) Nationals, is set for four grueling nights as Tony Stewart Racing’s (TSR) Steve Kinser and Donny Schatz have each mastered the Nationals in the past, combining for 16 Nationals titles.

This Wednesday night, Kinser and Schatz will once again hit the track. Kinser, driver of the TSR No. 11 Bass Pro Shops/J.D. Byrider/Chevrolet Maxim, has a record 12 Knoxville Nationals championships, and Schatz, who will race the TSR No. 15 STP/Armor All/Chevrolet J&J, has four Knoxville titles.

The Nationals begin with the first of two qualifying nights. Each car entered will collect points throughout a qualifying program. Every time the car hits the track, points are awarded. The goal is 500 points, which can be obtained only by turning the fastest lap in qualifying, winning a heat race and winning the preliminary feature. Kinser and Schatz will both be in the opening-night field, each eyeing a return trip to victory lane. Following Thursday’s program, the drivers will be ranked by points accumulated, and the driver with the most points accumulated earns the pole position for Saturday night’s 50-lap A-Main.

The names of more than 1,000 fans will appear on each car. The cars filled up with names so fast that TSR has added more for Saturday’s finale. Fans who want a chance at their names being placed on the car can visit www.tonystewartracing.com/knoxville2011. Entries will only be taken until 10 a.m. (EDT) Friday. The final names will be added to the cars on Saturday afternoon at the team’s transporters.

All the action will be carried live on DIRTVision.com. SPEED delayed broadcast of Saturday night’s finale will air Sunday, Sept. 4 at noon EDT.

WoO Sprint Cars, Late Models, Big-Block Modifieds take to Volusia Speedway Park Feb. 8

Both photos from DIRTcarNational.com

The most exciting dirt track racers will invade Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park Feb. 8-19, 2011 for the 40th Annual DIRTcar Nationals, just a few miles from Daytona Beach.

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and the All-Star Circuit of Champions get the season started with DIRTcar UMP Modifieds during the first week of racing. Then on the second week, World of Outlaws Late Models and Big-Block Modifieds from the Super DIRTcar Series take to the track.

Tues., Feb. 08      DIRTcar UMP Modifieds     Sprint Car open Practice

Wed., Feb. 09       All Star Sprints                       DIRTcar UMP Modified

Thurs., Feb. 10     All Star Sprints                       DIRTcar UMP Modifieds

Fri., Feb. 11          WoO Sprint Cars                     DIRTcar UMP Modifieds

Sat., Feb. 12          WoO Sprint Cars                    UMP Modified Gator Qualifying 1

Sun., Feb. 13         WoO Sprint Cars                    UMP Modified Gator Qualifying 2

Mon., Feb. 14        DIRTcar Late Models           UMP Modified Gator Championship

Tues., Feb. 15        DIRTcar Late Models           UMP Modified Twin/Triple 25′s

Wed., Feb. 16       DIRTcar Late Models             SDS Big-Block Modifieds

Thurs., Feb. 17     WoO Late Models                   SDS Big-Block Modifieds

Fri., Feb. 18           DIRTcar Late Models            SDS Big-Block Modifieds

Sat., Feb. 19           WoO Late Models                   SDS Big-Block Modifieds

The Free Fan Pit Pass will be back in 2011, giving fans a unique experience to see the drivers and crews up close as they prepare to tackle one of dirt track racing’s biggest and fastest ovals — all for the same price as general admission.

If you’re planning on attending, you can reserve a camping spot and in the stands at the huge half-mile oval on State Road 40 about 15 miles west of Ormond Beach and Interstate 95. Just call 386-985-4402 for reservations. Visit www.dirtcarnationals.com for further information.

World of Outlaws Late Model Series schedule for 2011 released


An exciting mix of stalwart tracks, new venues and lucrative, high-profile events will comprise the 2011 World of Outlaws Late Model Series schedule, which was released during the Performance Racing Industry trade show in Orlando, Fla. last week.

Forty events covering 46 race dates at 33 tracks in 20 states – the longest and largest event schedule – are currently confirmed as part of the 2011 national tour.

Other highlights of the 2011 schedule include:

* An early-season tripleheader weekend in the Southeast, with events on March 25 at Ocala (Fla.) Speedway, March 26 at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga., and March 27 at Needmore Speedway in Norman Park, Ga. Ocala (2010) and Screven (2010 and 2009) have previously hosted the tour, while Needmore is new to the schedule.

* A Midwestern weekend to close out the month of April. The tour’s return engagement to Bluegrass Speedway in Bardstown, Ky., on April 30 anchors the doubleheader, which will visit a still-to-be-determined track the previous night.

* Spring dates on May 6 at Fayetteville (N.C.) Motor Speedway and May 7 at Swainsboro (Ga.) Raceway. The two tracks paired up on the WoO LMS schedule for the first time in 2010.

* The traditional spring midweek event at Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, which hosts the WoO LMS for the seventh time in eight years on Thurs., May 12. The trip to the First State will be followed by a first-ever visit to Winchester (Va.) Speedway on Sat., May 14.

* Beckley (W.Va.) Motor Speedway hosts the tour for the first time on Fri., May 27, as a lead-in to the Memorial Day weekend doubleheader at West Virginia Motor Speedway.

* A pre-Firecracker 100 event on Tues., June 21, at Brewerton (N.Y.) Speedway – the only WoO LMS event currently scheduled in the Empire State during the 2011 season.

* A midweek date on Wed., Aug. 3, at Shawano (Wis.) Speedway that precedes the USA Nationals. The WoO LMS appeared at the half-mile oval outside Green Bay last year for the first time since a 1989 event there during the first incarnation of the tour.

* A first-ever WoO LMS event at Winston Speedway in Rothbury, Mich., on Aug. 19. The race, which brings the tour to the Wolverine State for the first time since 2007, will be paired with another event on Aug. 20 that series officials will soon announce.

* Hartford (Mich.) Motor Speedway will host the tour for the first time on Sept. 16 – the eve of the Pepsi Nationals on Sept. 17 at I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo., which has become a popular stop on the series itinerary.

2011 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Schedule (as of Dec. 10, 2010)

Date – Day – Track/Location – Event – To Win – Laps

Feb. 17 – Thurs. – Volusia Speedway Park/Barberville, FL (DIRTcar Nationals) – $10,000 – 50L

Feb. 19 – Sat. – Volusia Speedway Park/Barberville, FL (DIRTcar Nationals) – $10,000 -50L

March 18-19 – Fri-Sat – Columbus (MS) Speedway – $20,000 – 100L

March 25 – Fri. – Ocala (FL) Speedway – $10,000 – 50L

March 26 – Sat. – Screven Motor Speedway/Sylvania, GA – $10,000 – 50L

March 27 – Sun. – Needmore Speedway/Norman Park, GA – $8,000 – 40L

April 1-2 – Fri-Sat – La Salle (IL) Speedway (Illini 100) – $20,000 – 100L

April 15-16 – Fri-Sat – Virginia Motor Speedway/Jamaica, VA – (Commonwealth 100) – $25,000 – 100L

April 29 – Fri. – TBA

April 30 – Sat. – Bluegrass Speedway/Bardstown, KY – $10,000 – 50L

May 6 – Fri. – Fayetteville (NC) Motor Speedway – $10,000 – 50L

May 7 – Sat. – Swainsboro (GA) Raceway – $10,000 – 50L

May 12 – Thurs. – Delaware International Speedway/Delmar, DE – $10,000 – 50L

May 14 – Sat. – Winchester (VA) Speedway – $10,000 – 50L

May 27 – Fri. – Beckley (WV) Motor Speedway – $10,000 – 50L

May 28 – Sat. – West Virginia Motor Speedway/Mineral Wells, WV (RaceFest) – $8,000 -30L

May 29 – Sun. – West Virginia Motor Speedway/Mineral Wells, WV (RaceFest) – $10,000 – 40L

June 21 – Tues. – Brewerton (NY) Speedway – $10,000 – 50L

June 23 – Thurs. – Lernerville Speedway/Sarver, PA (Firecracker 100) – $6,000 – 30L

June 24 – Fri. – Lernerville Speedway/Sarver, PA (Firecracker 100) – $6,000 – 30L

June 25 – Sat. – Lernerville Speedway/Sarver, PA (Firecracker 100) – $30,000 – 100L

July 2-3 – Sat-Sun – Tazewell (TN) Speedway (Outlaw Sizzler 101) – $20,000 – 101L

July 8 – Fri. – Outlaw Motor Speedway/Muskogee, OK (Wild West Tour) – $10,000 – 50L

July 9 – Sat. – Tri-State Speedway/Picola, OK (Wild West Tour) – $10,000 – 50L

July 12 – Tues. – Independence (IA) Motor Speedway (Wild West Tour) – $10,000 – 50L

July 13 – Wed. – Deer Creek Speedway/Spring Valley, MN (Wild West Tour) – $10,000 -50L

July 14 – Thurs. – Superior (WI) Speedway (Wild West Tour) – $10,000 – 50L

July 15 – Fri. – River Cities Speedway/Grand Forks, ND (Wild West Tour) – $10,000 – 50L

July 16 – Sat. – TBA

July 19 – Tues. – Gillette (WY) Thunder Speedway (Wild West Tour) – $10,000 – 50L

July 27 – Wed. – Central PA Speedway/Clearfield, PA – $8,000 – 40L

July 29 – Fri. – TBA

July 30 – Sat. – TBA

July 31 – Sun. – Eriez Speedway/Hammett, PA – $10,000 – 50L

Aug. 3 – Wed. – Shawano (WI) Speedway – $10,000 – 50L

Aug. 5-6 – Fri-Sat – Cedar Lake Speedway/New Richmond, WI (USA Nationals) – $50,000 – 100L

Aug. 19 – Fri. – Winston Speedway/Rothbury, MI – $10,000 – 50L

Aug. 20 – Sat. – TBA

Sept. 3 – Sat. – Tri-City Speedway/Franklin, PA (Oil Region Labor Day Classic) – $10,000 – 50L

Sept. 4 – Sun. – Tri-City Speedway/Franklin, PA (Oil Region Labor Day Classic) – $10,000 – 50L

Sept. 16 – Fri. – Hartford (MI) Motor Speedway – $10,000 – 50L

Sept. 17 – Sat. – I-55 Raceway/Pevely, MO (Pepsi Nationals) – $10,000 – 50L

Oct. 12 – Wed. – The Dirt Track at Charlotte/Concord, NC (WoO LM Showdown) – $10,000 – 50L

Nov. 3 – Thurs. – The Dirt Track at Charlotte/Concord, NC (World Finals) – Qualify

Nov. 4 – Fri. – The Dirt Track at Charlotte/Concord, NC (World Finals) – $10,000 – 50L

Nov. 5 – Sat. – The Dirt Track at Charlotte/Concord, NC (World Finals) – $10,000 – 50L

Schedule subject to change. Check www.WorldofOutlaws.com for the latest information.

WoO Sprint Car Racing’s “Month of Money” kicks off

The schedule shows another three-race week for the World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Car Series. But everyone who follows and competes in the sport knows this week isn’t just another week. It’s the start of Sprint car racing’s annual “Month of Money,” and the stakes each night rise with extra money on the line. Tony Stewart Racing’s (TSR) Steve Kinser and Donny Schatz look at this point of the season as a time to get greedy.

Kinser is currently 26 points behind leader Joey Saldana, while Schatz is in fourth position, 179 points back of the leader.

The fun begins with Wednesday’s 22nd annual Brad Doty Classic at Limaland Motorsports Park in Lima, Ohio, and continues at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, on Friday and Saturday night. Eldora hosts its 27th annual Kings Royal weekend, culminating with a 40-lap A-Feature that pays $50,000 to the winner on Saturday night.

Wednesday at Limaland Raceway Park, the pit gates will open at 3 p.m. EDT, with the grandstands opening at 4 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. For more details and ticket information, call (419) 998-3199, or visit www.limaland.com.
Eldora Speedway on Friday, the pit gates will open at 1 p.m. EDT, with the grandstands opening at 3 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. For Saturday’s Kings Royal program, the pit gates will open at 12 p.m. EDT, with the grandstands opening at 2 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. More details are available by calling Eldora Speedway at (937) 338-3815, or visit www.eldoraspeedway.com.

Here’s the remainder of the WoO schedule for 2010:

July 14 Limaland Motorsports Park Lima, Ohio
July 16 Eldora Speedway Rossburg, Ohio
July 17 Eldora Speedway Rossburg, Ohio
July 20 Lernerville Speedway Sarver, Pa.
July 23 Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg, Pa.
July 24 Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg, Pa.
July 25 Lebanon Valley Speedway West Lebanon, N.Y.
July 27 Autodrome Drummond Drummondville, Quebec
July 30 Ohsweken Speedway Ohsweken, Ontario
July 31 Ohsweken Speedway Ohsweken, Ontario
Aug. 3 Fulton Speedway Fulton, N.Y.

WoO Tony Stewart Racing has eye on The Dirt Track @ Charlotte Motor Speedway tonight

 


There’s a major buzz in the air. Memorial Day weekend is here, signifying it’s time for the world of motorsports to take center stage.
 
The World of Outlaws (WoO) winged, 800-horsepower open-wheel, sprint cars take to the four-tenths-mile clay oval to kick off the weekend tonight by invading The Dirt Track in the heart of NASCAR country at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The drama continues Sunday with both the 94th running of the Indianapolis 500 and the 51st running of the Coca-Cola 600, which Ryan Newman captured the pole for the second consecutive year.

Schatz, driver of the TSR No. 15 Armor All/STP/ParkerStore J&J racing side by side of the No. 9 winged Budweiser Sprint Car driven by Kasey Kahne. Photo courtesy of True Speed Communications/Charlotte Motor Speedway

 

For the WoO’s Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) team of Donny Schatz and Steve Kinser, the weekend is all about opportunity. Friday night’s Circle K NOS Energy Outlaw Showdown at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway has become one of the high-profile nights of racing on the schedule. Schatz, driver of the TSR No. 15 Armor All/STP/ParkerStore J&J, is seeking his second victory of the 2010 campaign and fourth overall in his career at the Charlotte track, while Kinser, pilot of the No. 11 Bass Pro Shops/JD Byrider Maxim, is chasing his third victory of the season and looks to move closer to the top of the WoO championship standings.

The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway, pit gates will open at 1 p.m. EDT with the grandstands opening at 4:30 p.m. The first 1,000 fans to present a NOS Energy Drink from Circle K at the gate for the 4:30 autograph party will receive a free limited edition commemorative poster.  Racing is scheduled to begin at 7:25 p.m. 
The Circle K NOS Energy Outlaw Showdown from The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway as SPEED airs its first WoO event of 2010. Coverage begins at 8 p.m. EDT. 
For more details, contact The Dirt Track at (800) 455-3267. The official Web site of Charlotte Motor Speedway is www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.