World of Outlaw Sprint Cars Return to Lone Star12/18/2008
The last time that sprint cars took to the track at Lone Star Speedway was on March 12, 2004 when the World of Outlaws were in town. In fact, that was the last time a race of any kind took place at the blazing fast high-banked half-mile located in Kilgore, Texas. After sitting dormant for the better part of the last five racing seasons, the track will come back to life in 2009 under the guidance of Lisa and Sam Hafertepe Sr., the parents of World of Outlaws competitor Sam Hafertepe Jr.
“We’ve been racing our whole lives and owning a track is something that we always wanted to do,” said Sam Hafertepe Sr. “We knew we couldn’t build one from the ground up, so this was kind of our way of meeting that goal in the middle. It’s a complete family effort. If it wasn’t for my wife (Lisa) we probably would not have bought the track. She has played a very big role in this and has been working very hard and Sammy has been helping a lot as well. It’s certainly been a lot of work, but we’re making progress and we are very excited about it.”
The World of Outlaws first competed at Lone Star Speedway in 1985 with three-time series champion Sammy Swindell picking up the win in that event. He would go on to claim victories in all three races that season for the series at the track. The Tennessee native won the first five events contested by the World of Outlaws at Lone Star Speedway.
“The track is in an area where they don’t get to see sprint car racing all that much, so it will be good for the fans,” said Carson of the World of Outlaws return to Lone Star Speedway. “I’m glad to see the Hafertepe family with the track and they’ll do a good job. It was always a racy track and I enjoyed racing there. It will be good for the series to go back there.”