For the 25th time since 2007, the World of Outlaws will race at River Cities Speedway on Friday night.
The previous 24 races at The Bullring all had something in common -- the appeal to drivers and fans alike.
“Grand Forks is pretty unique in itself,” said WoO driver Logan Schuchart, who raised a lot of eyebrows last week with his second-place finish at the Knoxville Nationals. “A lot of people talk about Grand Forks -- in a good way. It’s a fun track. It’s definitely a favorite with race car drivers and fans.
“If more tracks could be like Grand Forks, you’d probably get more fans.”
RCS is a destination track for many sprint car fans because of its speed, high-banked turns and short straight-aways.
Schuchart may the next driver to make his mark at The Bullring.
He won the June race at RCS and his performance the past month has been impressive -- finishing second at both the Nationals and the King’s Royal, the two highest-paying WoO races of the year.
At Knoxville, Schuchart charged from 22nd to second in the 50-lap feature, taking home $75,000.
“We seemed to get the car where it needed to be,” said Schuchart of his Knoxville performance.
Now, he’s hoping he can use the Nationals as a springboard to success for the rest of the season.
“Obviously, Knoxville and Grand Forks are two different tracks but we’ve run well up there,” said Schuchart. “We definitely want to show that we can be consistent and run up front.”
Schuchart is fifth in WoO season points, trailing Brad Sweet, Donny Schatz, David Gravel and Daryn Pittman.
He has four wins this season, but none since his victory at RCS in June. However, the Hanover, Pa., driver who is in his sixth season with the Outlaws, is having his best season on the country’s top sprint car circuit.
Among his 17 top-five finishes, 10 have been either first or second.
Schatz has been the most consistent driver at RCS in recent seasons, sweeping last season’s races in Grand Forks.
He’s still the driver to beat but Schuchart is one of the young racers who is beginning to make a mark on the WoO tour.
Schuchart likes RCS for one big reason. A lot can happen quickly because of the track’s small size.
“You have to qualify well,” said Schuchart. “But if you don’t, the cool thing about that little bullring is that you can work your way to the front.”
The winner of Friday’s 40-lap feature will take home $10,000.
A field of roughly 30 to 35 sprints is expected.
Also tonight, NLRA late models will compete.
World of Outlaws
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Where: River Cities Speedway
Feature: 40 laps, $10,000 to win
Last time: Logan Schuchart won the June WoO race at RCS
The field: Roughly 30 to 35 sprints are expected to compete