World of Outlaws Hit the Track at West Liberty Raceway in Iowa for First Time on June 23
By: Tony Veneziano
WEST LIBERTY, IA — June 13, 2017 — The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series is set to visit West Liberty Raceway in Iowa for the first time ever on Friday, June 23 for the running of the Hawkeye 25. West Liberty Raceway will mark the eighth track in the state of Iowa that the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series has competed at dating back to the series inaugural season of 1978.
Donny Schatz, the eight-time and defending series champion, who picked up a pair of wins in the state of Iowa last year, already has a win in Iowa this year at the famed Knoxville Raceway. Schatz is also a past winner in Iowa as well at the Clay County Fair Speedway and 34 Raceway.
Joey Saldana, who is just one win away from 100 in his career with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, has two wins in the Hawkeye State with the series over the years. He was victorious in an event at Knoxville in 2006 and also took the checkered flag at 34 Raceway in 2009.
Shane Stewart has a pair of World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series wins in Iowa in his career. He was victorious at Knoxville Raceway in 2008 and returned to the winners circle in Iowa in 2015 at Crawford County Speedway.
Jason Johnson scored the biggest win of his career last year in the Hawkeye State, capturing the $150,000-to-win Knoxville Nationals. Brad Sweet, who recently won at Knoxville, has two wins in the state of Iowa in his career, with both coming at that historic half-mile.
Drivers also competing full-time with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series this season include 2013 series champion Daryn Pittman, as well rising start David Gravel, who has eight wins this season, and fellow young gun Logan Schuchart, who has three victories thus far in 2017. Veteran drivers back on the road again this year include Jason Sides, Paul McMahan, Kraig Kinser and Greg Wilson. Jacob Allen, Clyde Knipp and rookies Sheldon Haudenschild and Brent Marks represented the next generation of Outlaws drivers.
A full racing program is on tap at West Liberty Raceway on Friday, June 23, beginning with hot laps, followed by time trials, heat races, a dash, Last Chance Showdown and 25-lap main event, which will pay $10,000 to the winner. Joining the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will be the IMCA Modifieds.
Tickets for the inaugural West Liberty Hawkeye 25, featuring the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series inaugural at West Liberty Raceway in Iowa on Friday, June 23 can purchased online or by calling: 815-344-2023 and at the track on race day.