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World of Outlaws racing returning to Southern California

January 20, 2012 | 12:46 pm

The World of Outlaws sprint-car racing series, including a team owned by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart, returns to Southern California with a race at Perris Auto Speedway

The World of Outlaws sprint-car racing series returns to Southern California with a race March 10 at the half-mile Perris Auto Speedway dirt oval in Riverside County.

With their quick acceleration and large, adjustable wings on top, World of Outlaws cars are fan favorites as they make wide, sweeping turns around small tracks nationwide.

Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart owns a World of Outlaws team whose drivers include Steve Kinser -- known as "The King of the Outlaws" with his 20 championships and 561 wins -- and four-time champion Donny Schatz.

Those two drivers, along with 2011 champion Jason Meyers of Clovis, Calif., are scheduled to race in the Perris event, the speedway said.

"It has been five long years since we hosted the World of Outlaws and it is going to be great to have them back," speedway promoter Don Kazarian said in a statement.

Speaking of Kinser, Kazarian said "with Steve turning 58 years old in June, who knows how many more times he will be racing in Southern California."

-- Jim Peltz

Photo: NASCAR driver and World of Outlaws team owner Tony Stewart during testing at Daytona International Speedway on Jan. 12. Credit: John Raoux / Associated Press  

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