World of Outlaws at Hartford Speedway Friday night

Published 9:27 am Tuesday, July 9, 2019

HARTFORD — The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series returns to Hartford Speedway on Friday, July 12 for the “Battle of Michigan.”

The event will mark the series’ ninth overall trip to the track and the second since the surface was re-configured to a three-eighths-mile. The event will also be the series only visit of the year to the state of Michigan.

David Gravel won at Hartford in 2017 and also was victorious in the state of Michigan last year at I-96 Speedway. The Connecticut native is in the midst of his first season driving the No. 41 machine for Jason Johnson Racing and has three victorious thus far in 2019 and is fourth in points.

Shane Stewart won at Hartford Speedway in 2016 on the former half-mile configuration, after starting on the outside of the front row. The veteran driver took the lead from 10-time and defending series champion Donny Schatz on the start. Stewart would hold off Schatz in the 25-lap race to score his first win at the track and his first in the state of Michigan with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.

Brad Sweet currently leads the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series standings on the strength of a series-best seven wins and 28 top-10 finishes, with 23 of those being top-five showings. Schatz is second in the standings and has reached victory lane three times thus far in 2019.

Also in action on Friday will be the Lane Automotive Michigan Traditional Sprints (MTS), making for an all-open wheel night of racing.

Fans can save $5 on General Admission tickets for the event at Hartford Speedway when purchased at participating O’Reilly Auto Parts locations.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling SLS Promotions at (815) 344-2023 and at the track on race day.