KANSAS CITY, Kan. (August 25, 2017) – On Oct. 7, 2017, drag racing returns to Kansas Speedway for Operation Outlaw.
“I’d like to thank Robin Roberts and the team from Central Power Systems & Services for reaching out to me regarding the possibility of bringing drag racing to Kansas Speedway after the cancellation of Operation Octane,” said Kansas Speedway President Patrick Warren. “We discussed in great depth with Robin our safety concerns and his team understands the need for more communication and a commitment from within the drag racing community to ensure a successful event. With the assurances we have from Robin’s team, we feel confident in moving forward and bringing a drag racing event back to Kansas Speedway this year.”
“I would like to get a message out to everyone who has a passion for drag racing, but start with thanking Pat Warren and his team at Kansas Speedway for their sincere effort to help bring a great event to Kansas City! Drag racing in many forms has been a part of my life since I could push the pedal down. When I heard the Operation Octane event my company had title sponsored was cancelled I reached out to Pat and asked to help bridge the gap so we could have a race,” said Roberts, Chairman and CEO of Central Power Systems. “When my team and I met with the team at Kansas Speedway we quickly determined legitimate safety concerns still needed to be addressed along with a greater level of engagement from the drag racing community.
“I think this was a natural reaction, the Speedway is a NASCAR oriented facility and they have vast experience with that type of racing. Drag racing was something new to them making a deeper understanding of the technical requirements to promote safety necessary to alleviate concerns. We have bridged that gap and have committed to support any need that arises. Please note if you are a racer planning to participate the safety rules soon to be released will be strictly enforced! We all want an exciting, and yet very safe event we can continue to build on for many years into the future. Please pass the new date along to anyone you think may be interested. A great car count of solid competitors, a safe event and a good crowd having fun will be our path to success. Thank you for your understanding and patience. I look forward to racing on pit road with some of the fastest street cars on the planet! Are you up to the challenge?”
Three divisions will feature eighty-eight cars down the 1/8-mile drag strip on Kansas Speedway’s pit road. The Big Tire, Small Tire and Street Tire divisions will each feature up to 32 cars going head-to-head on pit road. The total purse for the Big Tire division will be $15,000, the Small Tire purse will be $6,000 and the Street Tire division purse will be $2,000.
For fans, the gates will open at 3:30PM with racing scheduled to start at 5:30 PM.
Ticket prices are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the event (Oct. 7, October 8 as a rain date). Kids 12 and under are free. Free parking is available behind the grandstands. Infield parking is $10 per passenger vehicle, in addition to the ticket price. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.kansasspeedway.com.
Fans may bring one 14x14x14-inch soft-sided coolers, but there will be no re-entry permitted.
Anyone interested in competing in one of the divisions can register in the very near future through Operation Outlaw on Facebook, or email email@example.com for further instructions.
Racing returns to Kansas Speedway this October for the Hollywood Casino 400, which is an elimination race in the playoffs on Sunday, Oct. 22. The NASCAR XFINITY Series Kansas Lottery 300 will again be a part of the playoffs for the NASCAR XFINITY Series on Saturday, Oct. 21, while the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will wrap up their season on Friday, Oct. 20. Tickets are currently on sale by calling 866.460.RACE (7223) or online at www.kansasspeedway.com.
General parking is always free at Kansas Speedway and fans can bring in one 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and beverages.
Fans can follow Kansas Speedway on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kansasspeedway or follow us on Twitter (@kansasspeedway).