Elimination Showdowns For Cedar Lake WoO Run

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Drivers battle for position during Saturday's World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series event at Lake Ozark Speedway. (Brad Plant Photo)
Drivers battle for position during World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action at Lake Ozark Speedway. (Brad Plant Photo)

NEW RICHMOND, Wis. — A unique pair of special Elimination Showdowns will highlight Thursday night’s action during the $274,000 three-day World of Outlaws event at Cedar Lake Speedway.

The July 2-4 showcase featuring the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars and World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models serves as a reboot of the racing season, with full grandstands open and state-of-the-art coronavirus screening.

It is the first time in history the two series will race together in the middle of the summer at the same track.

Similar to the Can-Am World Finals format, qualifying rounds for the Friday and Saturday shows will open Thursday’s action, but unique to this Cedar Lake event will be additional special $3,000-to-win Elimination Showdowns for each series on Thursday.

The Friday qualifying rounds will be used to lock in the top 16 cars, and then the top 12 will be inverted for the Elimination Showdowns. A 10-lap Last Chance race with the remaining cars will determine the final four competitors for a 20-car field in each division.

The racers will run five laps and eliminate the last four cars on the three-eighths-mile dirt oval. They’ll line up again double-file and restart the race for five more laps, repeating until an eight-car, eight-lap battle is left to decide the winner, who will pocket $3,000. All that action leads to Friday and Saturday’s $20,000-to-win, $1,000-to-start races.

“We’ve never done Elimination Showdowns like this, but these unique races are the perfect addition to Thursday’s qualifying night,” World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter said. “These races are the combined effort of series officials and competitors working together to come up with an entertaining event to add to our qualifying show. With more than $15,000 on the line throughout the field in each race, it ought to be exciting to watch.”

Friday and Saturday will mirror each other, with heat races, Last Chance Showdowns and features for each division.

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