Texas Two-Step Weekend Returns for the World of Outlaws in 2010
Concord, NC—January 18, 2010—Everything certainly is bigger in Texas, especially when the World of Outlaws come to town. For the second consecutive year, the Texas Two-Step Weekend will take the best sprint car drivers in the world to the Lone Star State for two full nights of racing on March 12-13, as the series gears up for a return to Volunteer Speedway in Tenn. the following weekend.
Joey Saldana, who led the World of Outlaws with 20 A-Feature wins and 21 overall victories in 2009, was victorious in all three of the events in the state of Texas last season and looks to extend his win streak to four beginning on Friday, March 12 at Lone Star Speedway, in an event which was originally scheduled for Saturday, May 1, followed by a stop at Houston Raceway Park on Saturday, March 13. Saldana, who calls Brownsburg, Indiana home, won at both Houston Raceway Park and Lone Star Speedway for the first time in his career last year.
The event at Lone Star Speedway on Friday, March 12 and the addition of the race at Houston Raceway Park on Saturday, March 13 will replace the originally scheduled Mini Gold Cup at Silver Dollar Speedway. The World of Outlaws will take to the track at Silver Dollar Speedway for the 57th Annual Gold Cup Race of Champions, September 9-11, with $50,000 awaiting the winner of the crown jewel event.
The World of Outlaws were the inspiration behind Houston Raceway Park being built in 2000. What better way for the blazing fast ¼-mile to usher in its second decade of existence than to have the World of Outlaws take to the track?
The World of Outlaws made their debut at Houston Raceway Park in 2000, with 20-time series champion Steve Kinser winning both of the events that season. Kinser is the winningest driver with the World of Outlaws at the ¼-mile with four A-Feature triumphs and six overall victories, including his historic 500th A-Feature win with the series on March 27, 2004. In 14 career starts at the track, the native of Bloomington, Indiana has finished in the Top-10 in each and every one of them.
Donny Schatz, the four-time and defending World of Outlaws champion, has won twice at Houston Raceway Park, with those victories coming in 2005 and 2007.
One of the premier dirt tracks in the country, Houston Raceway Park has a full paved pit area, providing the teams with a perfectly level surface to work on, which is one of just a handful of facilities on the tour that provides that luxury. The main grandstand has a seating capacity of 7,500, including 14 VIP Luxury Suites and the blazing fast ¼-mile is illuminated with a state of-the-art Musco Lighting system
The World of Outlaws returned to Lone Star Speedway in Kilgore for the first time since 2004 last year, with Joey Saldana adding his name to the record books as just the third driver to win at Texas’s fastest half-mile.
Lone Star Speedway is owned and operated by Sam and Lisa Hafertepe, the parents of World of Outlaws driver Sam Hafertepe Jr. The family has put in countless hours refurbishing the track after it sat dormant for over four years and have made the track into one of the nicest in the country. New clay greeted the competitors last fall during the inaugural WoO Fest, which saw the younger Hafertepe battle Saldana for the win.
The World of Outlaws raced for the first time at Lone Star Speedway in 1984, with three-time series champion Sammy Swindell taking the win in all three of those events. He remained undefeated at Lone Star Speedway with the World of Outlaws taking home two more wins in 1986. Following a 17 year hiatus, the series returned to the track in 2003, with 20-time series champion Steve Kinser picking up the win. He would follow that up with another victory in 2004.
With one of the strongest fields ever assembled in the 30-plus year history of the World of Outlaws, 25 of the 31 series titles will be accounted for by drivers taking part in the Texas Two-Step Weekend, as well as over 900 career A-Feature wins with the series.
Event tickets for the finale of the Texas Two-Step Weekend at Houston Raceway Park go on sale Wednesday, January 20th at www.HoustonRaceway.com under the "Order Tickets"
tab or by calling the track Ticket Center at 281-383-2666.
General admission tickets will be $30 for adults if purchased in advance and $35 the day of the race, with general admissions tickets for children ages 6-12 just $15. Children ages 5-under will be admitted free of charge. Pit combos are also available for advance purchase for $38 which includes a grandstand ticket and a pit pass. For additional event information please call (281) 383-7223(RACE).
Houston Raceway Park is located 25 miles East of downtown Houston off Interstate-10. Take Exit #799 (SH 99 Grand Parkway) and go South to FM 565 (1st Exit). Take a right at FM 565 and Houston Raceway Park is located on your right. The Speedway entrance is located at Gate 3.