LaSalle Speedway Cancels World of Outlaws Late Model Series Event Scheduled For Sept. 11
Illinois Oval Plans to Host WoO LMS Action Next Season
By Joshua Joiner, WoO LMS P.R. Coordinator
LaSalle, Ill. - Aug. 26, 2014 - The return of the World of Outlaws Late Model Series to LaSalle Speedway will have to wait until 2015. Citing scheduling conflicts and financial setbacks suffered from rainouts earlier in the season, officials at the quarter-mile Illinois oval on Tuesday announced the cancellation of the track's WoO LMS event scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 11.
"Six months ago it seemed like a good idea, but we've struggled just like everyone with rainouts," LaSalle Speedway co-promoter Tony Izzo Jr. said. "We lost a few races earlier in the year that help us financially so that we can put on other big races, and it being a Thursday night with school back in, I just feel like this is the best decision."
LaSalle and WoO LMS officials will work to secure a more favorable date on the tour's 2015 scheduled for a track that last hosted the series in 2007 for an event won by Jeep Van Wormer of Pinconning, Mich. LaSalle was also on the tour's schedule in 2009 and 2011, but both events were rained out.
"I hate to cancel it because we've been looking forward to bringing the World of Outlaws Late Models back to LaSalle for a long time, but we want it to be a great show when we do it," Izzo said. "I just don't feel like we can do that right now, but hopefully we'll find a date that works next season."
The cancelled event was scheduled to kick off a busy weekend for the WoO LMS, which heads for Berlin Speedway in Marne, Mich., Sept. 12-13. Berlin's Keyser Manufacturing Down & Dirty Weekend will now occupy the weekend on its own with Friday and Saturday action carrying on as planned at the 7/16th-mile dirt-covered asphalt oval.
Fresh off an Aug. 22-23 doubleheader in Michigan, The WoO LMS returns to action over the upcoming Labor Day weekend with three races in Pennsylvania. The Keystone State triple kicks off Friday (Aug. 29) with the inaugural Working Man 50 at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver. Action moves to Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway on Saturday (Aug. 30) and Sunday (Aug. 31) for a pair of races during the track's Late Model National Open weekend.
For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com. Fans can also follow the WoO LMS on Twitter at Twitter.com/WoOLateModels and Facebook at Facebook.com/WorldofOutlaws.
The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: American Racing Custom Wheels (Official Custom Wheel), Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), Lincoln Welder (Official Welder), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), VP Racing Fuel (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award) and McCarthy's One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award); in addition to contingency sponsors: Butlerbuilt, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, Mobil 1, MSD, Ohlins Shocks, QuarterMaster, Penske Shocks, Roush Yates Performance Parts, Superflow Dynos and Wrisco Aluminum; along with manufacturer sponsors Capital Race Cars, Integra Shocks, Intercomp, Jake's Carts, Racing Electronics, Rocket Chassis, and TNT Rescue.