2001 Mr. DIRT Champion
2001 WoO Champion Danny Lasoski
Dirt Track Racing in the Big Leagues
I've never seen a live race on a dirt track, and I've seen precious few on TV, but I know one thing for sure. The DIRT Modifieds and 358 Modifieds put on as good a show as you would see anywhere, in any class of racing.
Brett Hearn, 'Barefoot' Bob McCreadie, Danny Johnson, Doug Hoffman and Kenny Tremont among others have become household names in racing circles even though they race almost exclusively in the North East and rarely receive television coverage.
Their exploits, and the stories from 25 plus years racing at tracks such as Fonda NY, Flemington NJ and Lebanon Valley are the stuff of legend.
One race on my "must see at least once" list is the Syracuse 300 at the New York State Fairgrounds.
DIRT Modified Specs
World of Outlaws - Picture this. A bunch of guys got together in a dirt field about 80 years ago and had a race. After the race, one of them got an idea that would make his car faster. The next week he showed up with his 'altered' car and kicked butt. The next week everyone's car had that and a new guy came up with a speed secret .... and on and on it goes - unchecked - for decades.
To me, that is the definition of the World of Outlaws sprint cars. There is no more pure form of in your face, cut the crap, get the lead out, run what ya brung motorsports in all the world.
1100 lbs soaking wet and about that in horsepower these alky burning, winged cars toured Bristol Motor Speedway in the mid 14's.
Steve Kinser virtually owned this series for most of two decades, losing the championship only 2 times in 17 years. Sammy Swindell won it the other two. Danny Lasoski and Mark Kinser are the only other winners since the series began.
Must see? The Knoxville Nationals - every single lap
WoO car specs