Outlaw Speedway kicks off 2023 racing season with first day of practice
Local racing season is just around the corner. The opening practice of the 2023 season was held over the weekend at Outlaw Speedway.
Outlaw Speedway is in George County on Vestry Road between Highways 15 and 57. Track workers have been hard at work to get the half-mile dirt oval ready to go for the first practice day, bringing the start to the 2023 season.
Track Announcer and Chaplain Ron Southern said, “Zach Rushing and his family built this track from scratch. It took them many years to do it, they finally got it open. Third season and we’ll have a full schedule this season. It is the perfect place for a dirt track race as well as family entertainment. You can’t beat the family entertainment you find at a dirt track. Practice day is the kickoff for the Outlaw 2023 season. They’ve done a lot of prep work, they put a lot of new dirt and clay on this track surface. There are a lot of young guns coming in. We have one here today he’s 15 years old he was a go-kart driver and I’m excited to see how he progresses and learns… gets that seat time. You’ve got some veterans that are going to be out here. Those guys know the lines around this track. But the bottom line is, the racing family helps each other.”
It takes the racers to put on the Saturday night shows. Tyler Smith is a 15-year-old who will be racing this year. “Starting out in karts, we started racing, and a bunch of tracks started opening up by where we live… it just got to the point where we wanted to start racing cars. So, we got a street stock and that’s probably one of the best choices we could have made. We’re going to try to shoot for a heat race win this year. That’s going to be my goal, get consistent laps and seat time.”
Driver Paul Gamble said, “Never run this big of track, just trying to see what it will do. Got a lot of setup adjustments in the car, see if the car will handle it with this track.”
After a successful opening practice day of the 2023 season, the Outlaw Speedway is ready to bring the action.