Manzanita Speedway

Manzanita Speedway to Host 2004 USA World of Outlaws Opener - By Barry Braun - 12/22/03 - The 26th edition of the O’Reilly World of Outlaws will make its 2004 debut February 20-21 with the Cactus Classic at the Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix. The World of Outlaw tour last visited the legendary Arizona half-mile in 1999, and is poised to make a triumphant return. Following a tremendous battle between Steve Kinser and Danny Lasoski for the 2003 World of Outlaws championship, the stage is set for a 2004 rematch. Several other players, however, have shown interest in joining the title quest as Craig Dollansky, Donny Schatz, Daryn Pittman, Jason Sides, Tim Shaffer, Jason Meyers, Paul McMahan, Tyler Walker, Brian Paulus, Dean Jacobs, Kraig Kinser and Brian Brown have all thrown their name into the 2004 ring. Several others are expected to make announcements soon, which will have them joining this elite group as the tour beings in February at Manzanita. For advance reserve tickets or information, contact SLS Promotions by phone at (815) 344-2023, or check out Manzanita and the many other SLS promoted World of Outlaw events on the web at


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Western World Top Tens 1968-1979


The beauty of Manzanita Speedway is it's character and rich history. "Manzy" really made the sprint car map when the they hosted the first Western Sprint Car Championships, which later morphed into the famous "Western World".

In the late 70's and early 80's the Western was every bit as important as the Knoxville Nationals, the Gold Cup, or the Pacific Coast Open at ASCOT.

Every race at Manzy was a show! Largely responsible for the success of Manzanita is Keith Hall, the over-the-top race promoter that may have influenced P-Diddy with his self promotion. It worked brilliantly, as Hall, and his track became known for great racing, and wild themes that kept fans entertained (and coming back).

The racers were equally important. Ron Shuman, Lealand McSpadden, J.J. Yeley and Billy Boat are all alum's of the dirt half-mile.

The track is located in Phoenix Arizona near a million Circle K convenience stores, and a million auto-wrecking yards. It only adds character. When the wind is blowing just right at Manzy you smell a foul odor. But not to worry, the racing is so good, and the atmosphere so thick that it becomes hardly noticeable.

We neglected to give propers to the Bar-B-Q in the infield at Manzanita Speedway. The small Rib Plate was delicious.

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