World of Outlaws coming to town FridayTour stops include Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming and Manitoba, Canada.
The cars and stars of the World of Outlaw Late Model Series will invade the AMSOIL Speedway in Superior Friday as the kickoff of the annual Wild West Tour, which will see the road warriors hit tracks in five states and Canada over an eight-day stretch. Tour stops include Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming and Manitoba, Canada.
The series makes its return to the Twin Ports after a three-year hiatus. In 2010 Menomonie veteran Jimmy Mars won the $10,000 payday in the tour’s last visit to the high banked 3/8 mile red clay oval. A scheduled WoO event was cancelled due to rain in 2012.
Mars is expected to lead a high powered local contingent trying to keep the winner’s share right here in the Badger state as he, Solon Springs’ Brady Smith, and 2011 World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year Pat Doar, from New Richmond, are set to try to defend their home turf from the outlaw drivers who will be riding into town looking to leave with the big cash.
Josh Richards (Shinnston, W.V.) led the WoO point standings coming into the month of July and boasts three wins so far on the tour. Shane Clanton (Fayetteville, Ga.) sits only eight points behind and has a solid four wins so far in 2013. Defending series champion Darrell Lanigan (Union, Ky.) has a series high six victories and is riding a hot streak as he comes to the Badger state as well.
Other drivers expected to be in attendance Friday include: Rick Eckert (York, Penn.); Tim Fuller and Tim McCreadie (Watertown, N.Y.); Bub McCool (Vicksburg, Miss.); Chub Frank (Bear Lake, Penn.); Morgan Bagley (Longview, Tex.); Clint Smith (Senoia, Ga.); and 2013 Rookie of the Year point leader Eric Wells (Hazard, Ky.).
AMSOIL Speedway gates are scheduled to open at 4 p.m. Friday with hot laps beginning at 6:30 p.m. and qualifying getting the green flag at 7 p.m.
LUG NOTES: Due to the wet conditions racing Friday night at the AMSOIL Speedway was canceled for the third time this season. … Rick Gondik Law Offices will purchase the $110 WOO entry fee for every WISSOTA-legal Late Model that competes, while Como Oil and Propane is contributing $600 to the WOO purse to encourage more WISSOTA regulars to take part. … For more information go to amsoilspeedway.com.