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Life on the road for WoO drivers has its challenges

Greg Wilson races with the World of Outlaws during Friday night's event at River Cities Speedway. Photo/Nick Nelson, Grand Forks Herald

The World of Outlaws season begins in February and ends in early November. The circuit races roughly 90 nights a season. And it’s footprint stretches from California to New York.

It’s a grind but it’s one that Greg Wilson accepts. It’s his profession.

The Ohio driver was back at it Friday night when the Outlaws raced at River Cities Speedway before another big turnout. He finished 17th in the feature, won by Donny Schatz.

Wilson said he travels roughly 70,000 miles a year with the Outlaws. It’s demanding, he said, adding there are ways to ease life on the road.

“I have my wife and two kids with me,” said Wilson. “My wife is my best friend. And this racing deal is so up and down. Having my kids with me keeps me pretty level.”

Currently, there are 12 full-time drivers on the circuit. The majority are single-car teams and it is a challenge for them to keep up to the big teams, mainly Tony Stewart Racing, Kasey Kahne Racing, Kyle Larson Racing and CJB Motorsports.

Not surprisingly, the drivers on those teams -- Donny Schatz, Brad Sweet, David Gravel, Darry Pittman and Shane Stewart -- hold the top five spots in the WoO season points race.

“We may know we have a problem and how to address it,” said Wilson, who spent Friday morning at Interstate Power Systems in Grand Forks promoting his sponsor -- Hercules Tires. “But it takes a little longer to accomplish what we need compared to other teams. They have a lot more resources and they’ve built great teams around each driver and car.”

Wilson has had a top-five finish this season and four top-10 finishes. He’s had notable success on tour in recent weeks.

And, he said, one of the more fun stops on the tour is RCS.

“This is my favorite place to come and race,” said Wilson. “Eldora is my place, especially being an Ohio boy. But if you ask me at any point in time where my favorite place to race is, it’s here. This track is unique. The way you get treated here is second to none.”

Wayne Nelson
Nelson is the sports editor of the Herald
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