World of Outlaws Return to Iowa for First Time Since 2016
Story By: Kayla May/WoOLMs
Photos By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com
CONCORD, NC– May 18, 2018– After a one year hiatus from Iowa, the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series returns to the Hawkeye State three times in 2018, including stops at Dubuque Speedway on July 6, Davenport Speedway on July 24, and Farley Speedway on August 6.
As part of the Series’ 30th commemorative anniversary season, the Outlaws are returning to several tracks visited in the early years. Davenport Speedway and Farley Speedway both made their debuts with the World of Outlaws during the Series rebirth season in 2004. Both tracks have since held one additional event. The following year in 2005, Dubuque made its first and last appearance on the World of Outlaws schedule. Until now.
Davenport Speedway’s two World of Outlaws events came in 2004 and 2007. In 2004, Brian Birkhofer sealed his victory with a kiss planted on the roof of his car. In Victory Lane, the Muscatine, Iowa driver was still in shock over his victory. “My heart needs about a couple days’ rest before getting back at it,” Birkhofer joked. “I don’t know, man, I’m kind of in awe yet. I didn’t think our car was that good.”
A lot of things have changed since 2004, but one thing still remains the same, it’s tough to beat the World of Outlaws. Birkhofer claimed two Series victories that season (Volunteer Speedway on March 27 and Davenport Speedway on Aug. 10), despite the fact that he wasn’t a piece of the Dirty Dozen puzzle. Birkhofer also collected the victory at the Series’ sole race at Dubuque Speedway on Aug. 9, 2005.
The second and most recent Series event at Davenport Speedway saw hometown hero Brian Harris collect the largest victory of his career at that point.
While the competition in Iowa is tough, World of Outlaws drivers are two-for-two at Farley Speedway. Scott Bloomquist collected his second win of the 2004 season on May 15 at the half-mile high-banked track en route to his only World of Outlaws Championship title.
The following season in 2005, Rick Eckert found his way to Victory Lane at Farley Speedway. With Chub Frank’s recent retirement from Series competition, Eckert is the last remaining member on tour from the original Dirty Dozen from 2004. The York, PA driver is still searching for his first victory of the 2018 season and is hoping to repeat his past success at Farley Speedway on August 6.
Tickets are now on sale for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series stops in Iowa. All tickets purchased in advance for Dubuque Speedway on July 6 and Farley Speedway on August 6 include a FREE Fan Pit Pass. General admission tickets for Dubuque and Farley cost $30 for adults, $25 for seniors, students (12-17) are $20, and kids 11 and under are free.
General admission tickets purchased in advance for Davenport Speedway on July 24 are $25. Tickets purchased on race day are $30 and pit pass tickets are $40. Unique to Davenport Speedway are reserved box seats. Fans must purchase every seat in the box. The reserved box which seats nine costs $270. The reserved box which seats 12 costs $360. Kids 12-and-under are free.