The World of Outlaw Sprint Cars are known as the premier dirt-track series in America. With little competition from other divisions, they have stayed at the top for the better part of three decades. In 1978, founder Ted Johnson wanted a 410 sprint car class that toured the country annually from February to November. WoOs’ have grown to one of the most prestigious racing series in the United States, but has leveled out over the last few years. The nearly 90 event season begins in Florida in February with the DIRTcar Winter Nationals and ends in October with the Bad Boy Off Road World Finals.
The calendar for the series includes early week, mid-week and weekend races, which pay anywhere from a couple thousand dollars to over one-hundred thousand dollars for the win at the 5-Hour Energy Knoxville Nationals. None of these events are broadcasted LIVE on any television outlets. DIRTVvision streams many Outlaw races, but costs a hefty amount of money and simply doesn’t have the greatest quality.
Sprint Car racing across the country is some of the best pure racing you can find, with hundreds of drivers competing at the 410 level, but only 12-15 full-time drivers in the World of Outlaws yearly. Somehow, for the series to take the next step and to become more interesting, they need to attract more talent to race on a regular basis. Finding a way to raise the payout to at least 20,000 dollars every main event, excluding preliminary nights. Shortening the schedule by 20-30 races may be a way to do this. Less mid-week events and more scheduled time off for the teams are things that also must be considered.
Spectators and teams alike simply do not want the World of Outlaws to become as political as other major sports, but changing fundamental things and adding to payouts may lead to more full-time drivers in the series.