Jacksonville to host World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car race

By Nick Kovatch on November 16 at 8:32am

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It’s being touted as the biggest professional sporting event the city of Jacksonville has ever hosted.

That’s according to Jacksonville Speedway representative Ken Dobson who says the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars will hold a race at the speedway May 7th.

“It the premier dirt racing series in America with events televised often on CBS Sports Network and the like,” says Dobson. “It truly is a national caliber professional sporting event.”

The World of Outlaws holds nearly 100 races a year at locations across the country. Most of those venues hold thousands of people compared to the about 1,300 that will fit into the Morgan County Fairgrounds for this race.

Dobson says the World of Outlaws is coming to Jacksonville thanks to sponsors and early VIP and corporate event ticket sales.

“The reason they’ve never been to Jacksonville is because the Morgan County Fairgrounds has a lot lower seating capacity and, quite frankly, the cost of the show doesn’t condone itself to a small venue such as Jacksonville,” says Dobson. “But through a lot of discussions over the summer we basically asked them for a chance for the community and the racing community around here to step up and find creative ways to make the show happen.”

Dobson says there are still a few VIP tickets left and less than 200 tickets remaining for the general public. Ticket will not be sold the day of the event.

“They don’t know of an event they’ve ever had where you couldn’t show up and buy a ticket on the day of the race,” says Dobson. “Once these tickets are gone they’re gone. We’re calling it a private event meaning only those people that purchased tickets in advanced, which allowed us to have the event in the first place, will be the ones that can watch from the grandstands.”

Tickets are available for purchase at jacksonvillespeedway.com.

Photo courtesy of woosprint.com