World of Outlaws racing tour hits region for fall western swingBy: Telegraph Staff
After a grueling tour through the Midwest, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to the West Coast for their annual fall swing, featuring races in Washington, Oregon and rounding up here in Northern California.
The trip has already begun with the Outlaw Energy Showdown, a two-day event on the bullring at the Skagit Speedway in Washington. From there, the Outlaws trekked to Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Washington. The Series made its lone appearance in Lebanon Oregon last night, Sept. 6
Known as the "The Greatest Show on Dirt" will now roll back to California for the second time this season for a battle with the tough locals at the Chico based Silver Dollar Speedway for the prestigious Gold Cup Race of Champions tomorrow night, September 8 and Saturday, Sept. 9. From there, the tour will travel to the beautiful Calistoga Speedway for the Wine Country Outlaw Showdown.
Early this season, the Outlaws made their way to the West Coast for an extended road trip that consisted of stops in Nevada, California, and Arizona. During that time, Donny Schatz and David Gravel each picked up wins at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California. During the FVP Western Spring Shootout, California native and full-time Outlaw Brad Sweet picked up a win at Stockton Dirt Track.
Gravel showed he was going to be a force to contend with in 2017 when he picked up his second and third wins of the season at Placerville and Perris Auto Speedway, respectively. Shark Racing's Logan Schuchart was the last man standing at Keller Auto Speedway when he picked up his first win of the season with a last-lap pass.
After that first swing, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series drivers will enter California a perfect 6-0 against the tough Golden State locals.
Carson Macedo, who scored an upset win over the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series at Silver Dollar Speedway in 2014, will be on hand to try to score a win for the local California drivers.
"I won in 2014 with the Outlaws. It was one of the most incredible feelings I've ever had and by far my biggest win. I dreamed as a little kid to win an Outlaw race," said the Lemoore native.
When asked what it will take to pull off another victory Macedo said, "The Outlaws are the best in the World, so the only way to beat them is to be just as fast, without making any mistakes. I have a great team with Tarlton Racing and an awesome Crew Chief in Paul Baines. As a driver, I just have to minimize mistakes."