Imagine lacing up for a game of hockey at your local rink and having a roster of NHL All-Stars step onto the ice with you. Or just picture your slo-pitch team taking to the field to play against the top players of the major leagues. The thought seems impossible, but for a group of local racers that experience will become reality.
On Thursday, June 20th, 2013, Brighton Speedway will host the biggest race in the tracks 46 year history when the World of Outlaw Late Model Series makes its first visit to the 1/3 mile clay oval. The best dirt Late Model drivers in the world will compete against the hometown stars in a 50 lap, $10,000 to win feature event.
The World of Outlaws are a band of traveling racers that compete in a 60 race schedule that covers 20 US states and 2 Canadian provinces. From early February to mid-November these teams log countless miles to race in front of thousands of fans all across North America. The drivers are true professionals, earning a living doing what they love while competing at the highest level in the world.
For the local team that races at Brighton Speedway every Saturday night from May to September, this race will be a dream come true and should be considered one of the biggest sporting events in Quinte area history. No other sport allows a part time competitor to compete on the same playing field with the best in the world in an official capacity. For that reason alone, the atmosphere will surely be electric as both the drivers and fans at Brighton Speedway on Thursday, June 20th get to be a part of history in the
This dream wouldn’t have been made a reality if not for Greg Belyea of Excel Tower Service and the Rinaldi family, who are the owners of Brighton Speedway. Both have put in a tremendous amount of hours and resources to secure the race date for Ontario race fans.
With the exception of a brief hiatus in the early 2000’s, dirt Late Model racing has been the staple of Brighton Speedway over the past half century and has been the top division at the track. Through the years there have been many great track champions and many great races with other Late Model drivers from across Ontario and New York State at Brighton, however this one race will be the pinnacle of them all. Will one of the top drivers in the world claim the first Outlaw checkered flag in speedway history or will a local hero write their own Cinderella story? Either way, it will be a race that is talked about for many years to come.
Tickets for the inaugural World of Outlaw Late Model Series race at Brighton Speedway are sure to be a hot commodity. Extra seating is being brought in for the event as a record crowd is expected. Fans who are interested in seeing this historic race should stay tuned to www.BrightonSpeedway.com for information as it is made available. All of the latest news and information about the World of Outlaw Late Model Series can be found on the tours official website at www.woolms.com.
The date is set and the countdown is on until the roughest and toughest Outlaws on dirt invade Brighton Speedway. With $10,000 on the line for the winner, it is sure to be an old-western style shootout.
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