Australia’s “Knoxville Nationals” level event will feature World of Outlaws stars, Jan. 21-23
Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – Jan. 11, 2022 – Say Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic to any Sprint Car driver and you’ll see the same level of joy and excitement in their expressions as if mentioning the Knoxville Nationals. To them, it’s equally special… just down under.
DIRTVision, the premier source for dirt racing broadcasts, will live stream Australia’s biggest Sprint Car event from Premier Speedway in Warrnambool, VIC, featuring stars from the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series tour to fans across North America, Jan. 21-23.
“It’s a big deal,” 2019 Knoxville Nationals champion David Gravel said. “I did it early in my career before I made a name for myself. The people are so welcoming in Australia. The Classic is a huge party. It’s a lot of fun. They pack the place completely full. Had a lot of good memories there. A lot of fun. It was a good getaway.”
The Grand Annual Classic first ran in 1973 and has grown into the most prestigious Sprint Car event in Australia, regularly featuring more than 100 of the best Sprint Car drivers across the world. Among those on that list is several World of Outlaws stars who found glory during the Classic:
Jac Haudenschild (1981-82)
Danny Smith (1983, 1985, 1987-89, 1996)
Jack Hewitt (1991)
Brooke Tatnell (1995, 1999, 2009)
Danny Lasoski (2000)
Donny Schatz (2001-02)
Joey Saldana (2003)
Kerry Madsen (2005, 2007-08)
Shane Stewart (2010)
Tim Kaeding (2014)
Kyle Hirst (2015)
James McFadden (2017, 2020)
“It’s Australia’s version of the Knoxville Nationals,” Schatz said. “Going there you hear all about it, all the hype. The venue, the fan interaction, it’s the closest thing for us to Knoxville Nationals. It’s also a lot of fun. There’s a lot of cars, they split the nights up, run one night, and then come Saturday you have the alphabet soup.
“Very fortunate to have won it a couple of times. I’ve always enjoyed going. It’s always been a great event. [Premier Speedway] has always been a fun racetrack. It’s definitely a destination.”
Last year’s World of Outla