Work N’ Woody Celebrates 30 Years in Racing


Barberville, FL — Countless hours and endless dedication goes into making the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series “The Greatest Show on Dirt.” A committed staff travels to each and every event and put in thousands of hours of work and endless thousands of miles on the road each year to bring the best sprint car racing in the world to fans from coast-to-coast. An integral part of this crew is the Malies family, who operate Work’N Woody, the Official Push Truck and Safety vehicle of the series.

Fans from coast-to-coast have grown accustomed to seeing Work’N Woody on the track and working the push lane. When a car needs to be pushed or there is a caution on the track, Work’N Woody is on the scene in mere seconds, always ready to help, and is equipped with full fire and safety equipment.

Piloted by Art and Carol Malies of Deming, New Mexico, Work’N Woody which was originally a 1957 FC150 Willy’s (Cabover) Jeep, has pushed thousands of sprint cars over the years at hundreds of tracks. The 2008 season will mark the 30th overall year that the couple has been involved in sprint car racing and the 21st consecutive year on the road full-time with the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series.

Eric Malies, son of Art and Carol will also join his parents this season for the entire World of Outlaws schedule, beginning with the 37th Annual Alltel DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida this week. Eric Mailes, who is a retired member of the United States Navy, joined his parents on the road in 2007 and drove Work’N Woody for a majority of the season.

“We are really excited to be a part of the 30th Anniversary season and celebration for the World of Outlaws,” said the Malies as they prepared for the 2008 season.

Work’N Woody is powered by a Wesmar 368 Small Block Chevy, and rides around on Goodyear Wrangler M/T tires. Woody made its debut at West Capital Raceway located in West Sacramento, California, during the tracks final tribute race in 1979. The Malies operated Woody for 10 years on the West Coast mainly in Northern California supporting the Northern Auto Racing Club (NARC), as well as the Dirt Cup at Skagit Speedway starting in 1982. Since 2002, Work’N Woody has been located in Deming, New Mexico after moving from Carmichael, California.

In 1996, Art & Carol were honored with the Outstanding Contribution to the Sport by the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum in Knoxville, Iowa, and this contribution continues to grow at each and every Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series event, thanks to their dedication and hard work, as well as the support of their fine sponsors.

Work’N Woody’s sponsors for the 2008 season include: Speedway Motors, ButlerBuilt, Clean Seal, Redline Oil, Goodyear, JE Pistons, Wesmar Engines, Gaerte Engines, Shaver Racing Engines, J&J Enterprises, Waterman Racing Products, Sprint Car & Midget Magazine, KSE, AFCO Shocks, Outhouse Signs, T-Shirts Unlimited, and Design 500.

The Malies invite everyone to the pit to stop by and “Say Hi” in the pit area after each race this season.

The 30th anniversary Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series season begins on February 8, 2008 with the 37th Annual Alltel DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park, with tickets available at:

Fans unable to attend the spectacular week at Volusia can still catch all the action on the DIRTVision Cybercast. For just $29.99 fans can purchase the ‘Alltel DIRTcar Nationals Racepass’ and watch live streaming video of all 12 nights of racing action. Log on to for more information.

Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., Advance Auto Parts is the second-largest retailer of automotive aftermarket parts, accessories, batteries, and maintenance items in the United States, based on store count and sales. As of October 6, 2007, the company operated 3,228 stores in 40 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The company serves both the do-it-yourself and professional installer markets.

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