They say go west young man and this weekend the World of Outlaws returns to the birthplace of the World of Outlaws the Devils Bowl, Mesquite Texas.
It seems like only yesterday but March 28 1978 was the night these wild beasts were released and dirt track racing with the winged monsters became the game to be in.The Devils Bowl still under the same management of Lanny Edwards had returned to the WoO schedule in 2014 after being off the Outlaw’s schedule for 11 years. This is a special place in the history of the Outlaws .The first race was won by Jimmy Boyd and Sammy Swindell heads Steve Kinser with 11 win to 10 at birthplace of the Outlaws. The only contracted Outlaws to record wins here are Schatz, and Saldana with 2 wins each and Pittman with one win in 2014.
Brad Sweet heads the points as the Outlaws park their haulers in the pits .Sitting just 93 points adrift in second is Stewart followed by Schatz, Pittman and Saldana.
The lap record around the ½ mile high banks dirt oval is still held today by Mark Kinser set April 24 1999. Mark Kinser was a three times winner at the Bowl.While the Outlaws will have lots of support there will be locals cheering for 2014 Track Champion Raven Culp as he makes his first World of Outlaw start.
The Devils Bowl will feature a two night show Friday April 22nd and Saturday April 23rd.
Series point’s leader Brad Sweet was asked what it means to you as a driver to return to this 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.”
Thanks to Craftmans World of Outlaws here is a link that will take you back to 1984 and some rare footage of Steve Kinser being beaten at the devils Bowl,