WOO: Route 66 Marks Meeting Ground For World Of Outlaws

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The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will pair up with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series next month at The Dirt Oval at Route 66. (CSP/Chris Seelman photo)

CONCORD, N.C. – The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series and World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series are set to converge in Illinois during the second annual FVP Outlaw Clay Classic.

The two-day special will be held at the Dirt Oval at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., on June 27-28.

It is the only chance for fans to see both series on consecutive nights this season before the World of Outlaws World Finals in Charlotte this November.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series invades the Dirt Oval at Route 66 for the first night of the FVP Outlaw Clay Classic on June 27. Current points leader Donny Schatz won the inaugural event in 2016, when it was held at Rockford Speedway. The event marks the halfway point of the season, as the Outlaws prepare for the highest-paying month of racing in the midst of a tight championship points race.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series takes over Joliet’s three-eighths-mile track the following night on June 28, to complete the two nights of racing. World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series driver Frank Heckenast Jr. will be eager to dethrone defending event winner Brian Shirley at the track owned and managed by his sister, Sherri Heckenast.

Heckenast Jr., from nearby Frankfort, Ill., is currently in his fourth season with the Late Model Series. His lone World of Outlaws victory came at Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park in 2015, which creates an opportunity for Heckenast Jr. to earn his second series win in his home state.

The Dirt Oval at Route 66 Raceway presents a challenge to the Outlaw drivers. Neither series has raced on the grounds of Chicagoland Speedway in more than a decade.

Schatz went to victory lane when the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series was last there back in 2005. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series last visited the track when it was the Hav-A-Tampa Series in 1999.

Two-day advance ticket packages for the second annual FVP Outlaw Clay Classic at the Dirt Oval at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., are available by calling 844-DIRT-TIX or online at www.WorldofOutlaws.com/Tickets.

CREDIT: World of Outlaws

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