The World of Outlaws Late Model Series announced its 2023 schedule, complete with $3 million in prize money, nearly a dozen new tracks and six events totaling more than $200,000 in prize money. A three-day show at Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wisconsin and the Prairie Dirt Classic at Fairbury (Illinois) Speedway in late July will surpass a quarter million mark.
Dennis Erb Jr. begins his title defense with the three-day Sunshine Nationals Jan. 19-21 at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla., paying a total of $160,000. He’s hoping to wrap up the points ahead of the World of Outlaws World Finals at the Charlotte Dirt Track November 1-4 for the second straight season.
2022 Rookie of the Year and runner-up in points, Tanner English, will attempt to win his third straight feature at the Quad Cities 150, a three-day show at Davenport (Iowa) Speedway in late August.
Big payouts in 2023 follow record purses in 2022.
The 2023 schedule features 53 races at 30 tracks, including 11 that have been added or reintroduced to the Tour.
“We took the schedule and built it to benefit our drivers and fans,” said Steve Francis, director of World of Outlaws’ Late Model Series, in a press release. “As well as adding several new venues, we have increased purses at several events, creating a platform for great racing throughout the season.”
The Talladega Short Track is a notable new appointment, having been added to the schedule on the same weekend as NASCAR’s spring race at Talladega Superspeedway. They will host a two-day show in late April before the series heads to Wisconsin.
I-75 Raceway in Niota, Tennessee will also debut with the series in 2023.
Raced at 411 Speedway in Seymour, Tennessee, Stateline Speedway in Busti, NY, Paducah (Ky.) International Raceway, Mason City (Iowa) Motor Speedway, Red River Valley Speedway in Fargo, ND and Ponderosa Speedway in Junction City, Ky. return after a short break. Brownstown (Ind.) Speedway returns to the schedule after a sixteen-year hiatus, and 34 Raceway in Burlington, Iowa, returns after a much longer hiatus.
19-21 January: Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, Florida ($160,000 total purse)
February 16-18: Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, Florida ($187,000)
March 3-4: Smoky Mountain Speedway / Maryville, Tennessee ($115,000)
17-18 March: Boyd’s Speedway / Ringgold, Georgia ($135,000)
March 31-April 1: Farmer City (Illinois) Raceway ($136,000)
April 20: 411 Speedway, Seymour, Tennessee ($50,000)
21-22 April: Talladega Short Track / Eastaboga, AL ($205,000)
May 4-6: Mississippi Thunder Speedway / Fountain City, Wisconsin ($264,000)
May 19: Marion Center (Pa.) Raceway ($50)
May 20: Port Royal (Pa,) Speedway ($65,000)
May 23: Stateline Speedway / Busti, NY ($50,000)
25-27 May: Sharon Speedway / Hartford, Ohio ($156,000)
June 2: Tri-City Speedway / Granite City, Ill ($57,000)
June 3: Paducah (Ky.) International Raceway ($65,000)
23-24 June: 81 Speedway, Wichita, Kan. ($152,000)
June 25: Offroad Speedway / Norfolk, Neb ($50,000)
June 27: Mason City (Iowa) Motor Speedway ($50,000)
June 28: Red River Valley Speedway / West Fargo, ND ($50,000)
June 30: River Cities Speedway / Grand Forks, ND ($57,000)
July 1: I-94 Sure Step Speedway / Fergus Falls, Minnesota N ($65,000)
July 14: Ponderosa Speedway / Junction City, KY/ $15,000 up for grabs
July 15: Brownstown (Ind.) Speedway ($65,000)
28-29 July Fairbury (Illinois) Speedway ($290,000 including lap money)
August 1: Boone (Iowa) Speedway (40 miles)
3rd-5th August: / Cedar Lake Speedway / New Richmond, Wisconsin ($200,000)
August 24-26 Davenport (Iowa) Speedway ($214,000)
September 29-30 Atomic Speedway / Chillicothe, Ohio ($115,000)
Oct 6: 34 Raceway/West Burlington, Iowa ($50,000
Oct. 7: Fairbury (Illinois) Speedway / Fairbury ($65,000)
Oct. 13: I-75 Raceway / Niota, Tennessee ($50,000)
October 14: Senoia (Ga.) Raceway ($65,000
November 1-4 The Dirt Track in Charlotte/Concord, NC ($206,000)
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