The World of Outlaws top two touring series officially announced their returns to the race track will come in May in the state of Iowa.
The series issued a release today detailing the events, which are set to be full, points paying events that will be ran without fans in attendance.
“In conjunction with the management team at Knoxville Raceway we have been working with the Honorable Governor Kim Reynolds in Iowa to determine if and when a Return to Racing would be possible,” Chief Marketing Officer for the World of Outlaws Ben Geisler said. “Governor Reynolds’ exceptional leadership during this crisis has been crucial during these talks, and her measured approach to opening Iowa back up for business has led us to this point.”
World of Outlaws Tours to return to Racing in Iowa
The first of the events will be the NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws Sprint Cars tour visiting Knoxville Raceway on Friday, May 8 (Hot Laps start 6:30 p.m. CT).
The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series will run at Boone Speedway on Friday, May 15 (Hot laps start 7:30 p.m. CT).
Both races will be closed to spectators, but televised live on DirtVision.com. They will also both pay $10,000 to win.
Each series will run the events as regular season events, meaning all full-time racers will be participating.
The rest of each field – both events limiting the field to 48 cars – will be devised based on the top 18 drivers in the standings for the past two seasons, as well as 2019’s Knoxville, DIRTCar Late Model National and DIRTCar Summer Nationals points.
Each participating driver will have 48 hours to contact series officials to accept their invitation. The rest of the field be decided by the event promoters choice or iRacing standings.
The series stated in the release that neither of these events will replace previously scheduled races at each track. The Hawkeye 100 late model race at Boone remains postponed and the annual Brownells Big Guns Bash at Knoxville will also stay on the Sprint Car tour’s schedule.
“Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic we have been working diligently with partner tracks and City, County, and State government officials across the country to be prepared for our Return to Racing and we will follow a strict set of guidelines that exceed local requirements, including social distancing, utilization of every other pit stall, health screening, hand washing stations and the distribution of masks and bottles of hand sanitizer to everyone in attendance,” Chief Executive Officer for the World of Outlaws Brian Carter said in the release.
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