By Mike Kays
Phoenix Sports Editor
Carey Menasco insists it’s different.
The name is for sure.
Menasco is the newest owner — and for now, promoter — of what now is Outlaw Motorsports Park, formerly Outlaw Motor Speedway. The track, located just south of Muskogee near Wainwright off U.S. 69, is back in business after being dormant for all but a month or two of the 2012 racing season.
“Anything associated with last year, we want to forget,” said the McAlester resident who operates two oil and gas businesses. “There’s no borrowing on this, first of all. It’s 100 percent bought with cash.”
It will also race normally on Saturday, allowing area drivers to compete at both Thunderbird Speedway on Fridays and Menasco’s track, which was first open in 2003.
One of those exceptions is this week. Outlaw Motorsports Park opens the 2013 season with its inaugural Shootout special this Friday. The winner of the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified main event goes home with a hefty $2,500 prize. The runner-up earns $1,500, with $1,200 for second and $1,000 for fourth. Regular class racing is Saturday.
“I’ve talked with the Sladers (Dennis and Stanley Slader) at Thunderbird and while Saturday’s a harder night to compete with other tracks, we’re going to try to work together but this is a business and it’s got to be operated as a business,” he said. “I hit the ground in January and haven’t stopped just getting the track ready.”
Fresh paint on the facility, over two foot of fill on the track and $60,000 of gravel along the parking areas are but part of the things he’s done, Menasco said.
“Unfortunately, I haven’t had time to secure sponsors but my concern at this point is to get things right with the facility, set established rules which we’ll abide by. I want drivers to race anything they got provided it’s within the right class and the right rules,” he said. “My thinking is if we do all this other right, the sponsors will come because they’ll see what we’re doing.”
Menasco has got long-range plans for a drag strip along the acreage that goes with the track.
Public relations moves include providing opportunities for nonprofit groups to sell $1 tickets for a drawing each night. The winner of the draw will split the money with the nonprofit group, he said.
Menasco said he is a former driver at the track in Modified and 360 Modified. He has an 11-year-old son who drives a Pure Stock car.
Starting Saturday’s 20-car feature pays a minimum of $200 and IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Jet Racing Central Region, Allstar Performance State and local track points will be awarded.
There is a $100 entry fee and pit passes are $30. Tow money is $25. Grandstand admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-12, with 5 and under getting in free.
Front and back gates at Muskogee both open at 5 p.m. The draw closes at 7 p.m. Hot laps and racing follow the 7:15 p.m. drivers’ meeting. Twelve cars will qualify from heats with the rest of the field coming from ‘B’ action.
Mufflers are not required. More information is available by calling the track at (918) 687-7077.
Outlaw Motorsports Park’s Inaugural Shootout Special, IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, plus regular divisions
Hot laps start at 7:15 p.m.