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Outlaws Return to Their Roots - The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series heads to historic Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas for the Texas Outlaw Nationals double-header on Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23


CONCORD, N.C. - April 21, 2016 - The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series will cross out of the Pacific time zone for the first time since early March, as the series treks east to historical Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas for the Texas Outlaw Nationals this weekend.


Devil's Bowl has a special place in the history of the World of Outlaws. The 1/2-mile track, located just 20 miles from Dallas, Texas, was the site of the first ever World of Outlaws race on March 18, 1978, after former racer, Ted Johnson, organized a group of sprint car drivers to form a national touring series.


The Outlaws again invade its birthplace on Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23 for a two-night showdown with racing legend and Indianapolis 500 winner Johnny Rutherford on hand as the Grand Marshal on Saturday. Star of the hit Discovery Channel show "Moonshiners", Tyler Wood, will also be on hand throughout the weekend.


In 2015, Donny Schatz captured the victory on night two. Schatz, who is tied with points-leader Brad Sweet with most wins so far this season at five apiece, also scored a victory at Devil's Bowl in 2014 along with Sweet's teammate Daryn Pittman.


Schatz, Pittman and Sweet each value their annual trip to the historic track, and look forward to this weekend's double-header:


Daryn Pittman, No. 9 Great Clips/Sage Fruit, Kasey Kahne Racing with Mike Curb


What does it mean to you as a driver and for the series as a whole to return to such a historical track?


"It's cool to go back to the place where it all started. Lanny [Edwards, the track owner] has been really good to me in my career, and he's personally helped me out when I had my own team and sponsored me with Devil's Bowl and Chili Bowl, when he knew we were just trying to get our name out here. I also like going to Devil's Bowl because I am from pretty close to there - Tulsa - and grew up racing there a lot, and won the first time back in 2013, so that was pretty special too."


After capturing your first win of the season earlier this year in the state of Texas, then winning back-to-back events within the last week, what will it take to carry the momentum into this weekend?


"I felt like we have had momentum all year. We have taken ourselves out of some races and had some finishes that were a little uncharacteristic of our team. But we have been fast and consistent, we just have to keep putting it together. We haven't been struggling at all for speed or any of that - we have been fast everywhere we go."


Donny Schatz, No. 15 Bad Boy/Chevrolet Performance, Tony Stewart Racing


What does it mean to you as a driver and for the series as a whole to return to such a historical track?


"It's an incredible place. We have the luxury of going to a lot of great dirt tracks across the country, but pulling into the gate, with all the history and heritage that's happened there back in the day, and even today, with Lanny Edwards still operating Devil's Bowl. Things stick out in your mind about Lanny - he's a wild operator some days. But the history and heritage is something that's heartfelt and hard to explain to anybody."


After winning at Devil's bowl in both 2014 and 2015, what does it take to be consistently at the front there?


" I don't know if you can say we have been consistent. We had a long absence from Devil's Bowl, so I am excited to be going back there again, it's a place that has a lot of history: the first World of Outlaws race and hometown of Ted Johnson. Those are the sort of things that stick out in your mind when you go there. Getting the win was great, I've missed racing there, so you when you go back to a place your miss, it seems like you always run well there, so we're looking forward to going back."


Brad Sweet, No. 49 Razorback Professional Tools/Riebes Auto Parts, Kasey Kahne Racing with Mike Curb


What does it mean to you as a driver and for the series as a whole to return to such a historical track?


"For me, I am a little younger so I wasn't around when the Outlaws started. It's obviously a very prestigious track being the place the Outlaws started. I always heard about some of the shows that Steve [Kinser], Sammy [swindell], Doug Wolfgang and all those older guys had, so the fact that we get to go back there and keep the series going there after all these years is pretty awesome. It's a historical racetrack so anytime you can win there and put your name on that list of winners is an honor."


How excited are you to return to the Lone Star State after capturing a victory earlier this season at Cotton Bowl Speedway?


"We've just been really good this year, so right now we're excited to go to all of the racetracks. Devil's Bowl hasn't been one of my best tracks, I think my best finish there in a couple of years is fifth or sixth, but I think with this year our car has been a little faster, so we're excited to get back into Texas. After Texas, that leads us into the midpoint of the season, the prime months that can make or break you for sure."


Tickets remain for the both nights of the Texas Outlaw Nationals at Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas on Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23 and are available by calling 844-DIRT-TIX (347-8849), or by visiting WorldofOutlaws.com/Tickets.




DEVIL'S BOWL SPEEDWAY is a high-banked, 1/2-mile dirt oval. The track record is 13.530 and was established by Mark Kinser on April 24, 1999.


Previous A-Feature winners:
2015 - Donny Schatz on April 25
2014 - Donny Schatz on April 18, Daryn Pittman on April 19
2003 - Tyler Walker on March 15
2002 - Joey Saldana on March 16
2001 - Craig Dollansky on March 10, Joey Saldana on October 27
2000 - Danny Lasoski on March 11, Sammy Swindell on October 28
1999 - Danny Lasoski on April 24, Sammy Swindell on April 24 (1998 Winter Nat'ls finale), Gary Wright on October 15
1998 - Steve Kinser on March 21
1997 - Mark Kinser on March 22, Mark Kinser on October 18
1996 - Steve Kinser on March 23, Mark Kinser on October 19
1995 - Gary Wright on March 18, Stevie Smith on July 29, Gary Wright on October 21
1994 - Andy Hillenburg on March 19, Steve Kinser on July 30, Sammy Swindell on October 23
1993 - Steve Kinser on March 20, Gary Wright on July 31, Dave Blaney on October 23
1992 - Stevie Smith on March 21, Sammy Swindell on June 13, Steve Kinser on October 24
1988 - Dave Blaney on March 19, Steve Kinser on June 18
1987 - Sammy Swindell on March 15, Bobby Davis, Jr., on June 20
1986 - Bobby Allen on March 9, Sammy Swindell on June 21
1985 - Steve Kinser on March 3, Sammy Swindell on June 21
1984 - Steve Kinser on March 4, Bobby Davis, Jr., on May 4, Jeff Swindell on June 22
1983 - Doug Wolfgang on April 22, Ron Shuman on June 24
1982 - Bobby Davis, Jr., on March 20, Steve Kinser on June 25
1981 - Danny Smith on March 14, Doug Wolfgang on March 21, Ron Shuman on June 26
1980 - Doug Wolfgang on March 15, Sammy Swindell on March 22, Sammy Swindell on June 27, Sammy Swindell on September 13
1979 - Steve Kinser on March 31, Sammy Swindell on September 8
1978 - Jimmy Boyd on March 18, Sammy Swindell on September 16




The following World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series drivers maintain websites:
Jacob Allen - Shark1s1a.com
David Gravel - DavidGravel89.com
Jason Johnson - JasonJohnsonRacing.com
Terry McCarl - TerryMcCarl.com
Paul McMahan - PaulMcMahanRacing.com
Daryn Pittman - DarynPittman.com
Joey Saldana - JoeySaldanaRacing.com
Donny Schatz - DonnySchatz.com
Logan Schuchart - Shark1s1a.com
Jason Sides - SidesMotorsports.com
Shane Stewart - ShaneStewart.com
Brad Sweet - Bradsweetracing.com
Greg Wilson - GregWilsonRacing.com
For more driver information, visit: WoOsprint.com


SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz - 5 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 4, Stockton Dirt Track on March 18, Stockton Dirt Track on March 19, Silver Dollar Speedway on April 2); Brad Sweet - 5 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, Cotton Bowl Speedway on Feb. 26, Ocean Speedway on April 1, Bakersfield Speedway on April 15); Daryn Pittman - 3 (Royal Purple Raceway on Feb. 27, Perris Auto Speedway on April 16, USA Raceway on ); David Gravel - 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 12); Jason Johnson - 1 (Placerville Speedway on March 24); Joey Saldana - 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 3); Shane Stewart - 1 (Arizona Speedway on March 6).


LIVE ONLINE UPDATES: Watch the Texas Outlaw Shootout live at Devil's Bowl Speedway on both Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23 at DIRTVision.com for $44.99 for both nights.


GET SOCIAL: Follow the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series on Twitter atwww.twitter.com/WorldofOutlaws, like it on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WorldofOutlaws, follow on Instagram at @WoOSprint or check out the latest videos on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/WorldofOutlaws. The official hashtag is #WoOCraftSCS.


COMING UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series heads to I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. on Tuesday April 26.

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