World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series 2017 Schedule Announced

The series is scheduled to visit 21 States and one province in the 2017 season

CONCORD, N.C.— December 9, 2016 — The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series is set to embark on its 14th season since 2004. The national tour – loaded with some of dirt late model racing’s heaviest hitters – will travel 21 states and one Canadian province in 2017.

The 2017 series schedule features 58 nights of fender-to-fender racing, and the Outlaws will revisit 20 tracks from last season’s tour. Notably, the Outlaws will resume their international stretch through Canada; they have made a total of six stops at Cornwall (Ont.) Motor Speedway and Brighton (Ont.) Speedway since 2012.

The series will kick-off the season at Screven (Ga.) Motorsports Park as usual. The Winter Freeze VII on February 17-18 in has been the first stop in four of the last five seasons. Thereon, the late model series will join the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series and Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds for the prestigious 46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia (Fla.) Speedway Park. Each series will battle for the coveted “Big Gator” trophy from February 23-25.

Within the schedule lies some of dirt late model’s most prestigious events. Lernerville (Pa.) Speedway appears on the schedule four times, and three of those nights make up the fiery Firecracker 100 weekend from June 22-24. Last year during the preliminary races, 2015 Rookie of the Year Brandon Overton was able to land his first career series win. An emotional Overton climbed out of the car in victory lane, paying tribute to his father’s efforts in helping him get to this point in his career.

Also on tap is the Prairie Dirt Classic from July 28-29 at Fairbury American Legion (Ill.) Speedway. The 1/4-mile, semi-banked clay oval has been a landing spot for the World of Outlaws since 2013. There, the Outlaws will join late model’s best drivers to build on the 28-year history of the Illinois classic.

Another key component to a wide variety of events is the 30th annual USA Nationals from August 3-5 in New Richmond, Wis. The 3/8-mile oval has been a mainstay since the series’ conception in 1988, and offered a season-defining $50,000 payout to the winner last season.

Seven tracks will debut in the series, including: The Dirt Oval at Route 66 (Ill.) Raceway, Salina Highbanks (Okla.) Speedway, Cherokee (S.C.) Speedway, Senoia (Ga.) Raceway, Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track, Oshkosh SpeedZone (Wisc.) Raceway, and Georgetown (Del.) Speedway.

With close ties to The Dirt Oval at Route 66, series regular Frank Heckenast Jr. will make his homecoming to a track that has not seen the presence of a late model in nearly 15 years. The track President, Sherri Heckenast, is the sister of Frankfort, Ill. driver.

The 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series Championship will be sealed at the World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte on November 2-4.

“We are really excited to have the opportunity to visit so many new places with the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series,” said Late Model Series Director Tim Christman. “Every week we challenge drivers on their own turf to prove that we run with the best drivers out there, so visiting new tracks this season will help bring more local drivers and different competition to our stage.”

The complete 2017 schedule is listed below and can be found at Tickets for select events are on-sale now at or by calling 844-DIRT-TIX (347-8849).

2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Schedule

*Tentative schedule – subject to change

Friday, February 17, 2017Screven Motorsports ParkSylvaniaGeorgia
Saturday, February 18, 2017Screven Motorsports ParkSylvaniaGeorgia
Thursday, February 23, 2017Volusia Speedway ParkBarbervilleFlorida
Friday, February 24, 2017Volusia Speedway ParkBarbervilleFlorida
Saturday, February 25, 2017Volusia Speedway ParkBarbervilleFlorida
Friday, March 24, 2017Columbus SpeedwayColumbusMississippi
Saturday, March 25, 2017I-30 SpeedwayLittle RockArkansas
Sunday, March 26, 2017LoneStar SpeedwayKilgoreTexas
Friday, March 31, 2017Farmer City RacewayFarmer CityIllinois
Saturday, April 1, 2017Farmer City RacewayFarmer CityIllinois
April 7-8, 2017Scheduled Weather Weekend  
Friday, April 28, 2017Lakeside SpeedwayKansas CityKansas
Saturday, April 29, 2017Salina Highbanks SpeedwaySalinaOklahoma
Sunday, April 30, 2017TBA  
Friday, May 5, 2017Cherokee SpeedwayGaffney South Carolina
Saturday, May 6, 2017Fayetteville Motor SpeedwayFayettevilleNorth Carolina
Friday, May 12, 2017Duck River Raceway ParkWheelTennessee
Saturday, May 13, 2017Smoky Mountain SpeedwayMaryvilleTennessee
Friday, May 26, 2017Atomic SpeedwayChillicotheOhio
Saturday, May 27, 2017Wayne County SpeedwayOrrvilleOhio
Sunday, May 28, 2017Tyler County SpeedwayMiddlebourneWest Virginia
Friday, June 2, 2017Tazewell SpeedwayTazewellTennessee
Saturday, June 3, 2017Senoia RacewaySenoiaGeorgia
Saturday June 17, 2017Brighton Speedway ParkBrightonOntario, Canada
Sunday June 18, 2017Cornwall Motor SpeedwayCornwallOntario, Canada
Tuesday, June 20, 2017McKean County RacewaySmethportPennsylvania
Thursday, June 22, 2017Lernervillle SpeedwaySarver Pennsylvania
Friday, June 23, 2017Lernervillle SpeedwaySarver Pennsylvania
Saturday, June 24, 2017Lernervillle SpeedwaySarver Pennsylvania
Wednesday, June 28, 2017The Dirt Oval @ Route 66 RacewayJolietIllinois
Friday, June 30, 2017Terre Haute Action TrackTerre HauteIndiana
Saturday, July 1, 2017Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I 55PevelyMissouri
Friday, July 7, 2017TBA  
Saturday, July 8, 2017Deer Creek SpeedwaySpring ValleyMinnesota
Wednesday, July 12, 2017Ogilvie RacewayOgilvieMinnesota
Thursday, July 13, 2017Hibbing RacewayHibbingMinnesota
Friday, July 14, 2017River Cities RacewayGrand ForksNorth Dakota
Saturday, July 15, 2017North Central SpeedwayBrainerdMinnesota
Friday, July 28, 2017Fairbury American Legion SpeedwayFairbury Illinois
Saturday, July 29, 2017Fairbury American Legion SpeedwayFairbury Illinois
Tuesday, August 1, 2017Oshkosh SpeedZone RacewayOshkoshWisconsin
Wednesday, August 2, 2017Shawano SpeedwayShawanoWisconsin
Thursday, August 3, 2017Cedar Lake SpeedwayRichmondWisconsin
Friday, August 4, 2017Cedar Lake SpeedwayRichmondWisconsin
Saturday, August 5, 2017Cedar Lake SpeedwayRichmondWisconsin
Thursday, August 17, 2017Georgetown SpeedwayGeorgetownDelaware
Friday, August 18, 2017TBA Possible Rain date  
Saturday, August 19, 2017Port Royal SpeedwayPort Royal Pennsylvania
Sunday, August 20, 2017Eriez SpeedwayEriePennsylvania
Saturday, August 26, 2017Merritt SpeedwayLake CityMichigan
Sunday, August 27, 2017Merritt SpeedwayLake CityMichigan
Friday, September 1, 2017TBA  
Saturday, September 2, 2017Lernerville SpeedwaySarverPennsylvania
Sunday, September 3, 2017Selinsgrove SpeedwaySelinsgrovePennsylvania
Friday, October 13, 2017Dirt Oval at Route 66 RacewayJolietIllinois
Saturday, October 14, 2017Dirt Oval at Route 66 RacewayJolietIllinois
Thursday, November 2, 2017The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor SpeedwayConcordNorth Carolina
Friday, November 3, 2017The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor SpeedwayConcordNorth Carolina
Saturday, November 4, 2017The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor SpeedwayConcordNorth Carolina