The heart of dirt track racing in Oklahoma will be beating strong in 2020 as Outlaw Motor Speedway (Muskogee, Oklahoma) reopens for business.
Ted Holt Jr., who was tabbed to be the promoter when it was purchased by John Fiore in late 2016, announced that more than three years of silence at the high-banked 3/8-mile dirt oval will come to an end this spring.
“Outlaw Motor Speedway will be open for the 2020 racing season,” Holt said. “The track will run primarily on Friday nights and opening night will be May 1 and run through October.”
Perhaps as equally notable as the track reopening is the announced admission price for 2020. The owners of the racetrack have stepped way out on a limb with free grandstand admission for the entire 2020 season. This is being done in an effort to rebuild fan support in the area.
Despite its extended dormant period, the facility continues to boast top-notch amenities, including true indoor VIP suites, which offer a great view of the racetrack.
Gary Clay oversaw the building of the track and its opening in 2003. Ownership changed hands three times before Carey and Nicole Menasco purchased the racetrack in January 2013. Two years later the facility was purchased by Longdale Speedway promoter Jessie Hoskins who sold the track to Fiore.
Located along U.S. Highway 69 at the Wainwright exit south of Muskogee, Fiore abruptly canceled the 2017 season with the intent of resuming racing in 2018. That never happened, and the track has been dormant ever since.
“The problem with Outlaw is no one has ever been able to go in and promote the track the way it should be and actually draw crowds,” Holt added. “The facility is one of the finest in the nation. You have to get the community of Muskogee involved. There’s so many options for entertainment. You can’t grow a crowd by keeping them past 1 a.m. dragging the shows out.
“It has never reached its full potential. I want to see it flourish.”
An advisory board is in place for the 2020 season. Members include Tom Laster, USRA Director of Track Relations Bryce Hall, Ted Holt, former track champion Joe Duvall, Brady Ross and RPM Speedway co-promoter Kevin Rogers of KR Promotions.
The Outlaw Motor Speedway boasts 80-foot-wide straightaways and eight degrees of banking in the corners with a surface that can easily produce three grooves or racing. The state-of-the-art facility features MUSCO stadium lighting, climate-controlled VIP suites, live video feed options, a professional sound system with radio broadcast and an indoor climate-controlled concession stand.
The track will host practice every Saturday in April from 11 a.m. to 5 .p.m. All cars will need to be inspected prior to racing. These practice sessions are a great way to get race cars inspected and stickered so drivers aren’t fighting the rush on opening night.
While details for the season are still being finalized, the track will run USRA Modifieds, USRA B-Mods, Street Stocks and Factory Stocks weekly.