This weekend Tuscon Dragway will kick-off 2018 in a big way with a Street Outlaws live event. The track is coming off a huge Hangover Nationals that closed-out a successful 2017 and it looks to carry that momentum into 2018. At stake is a $40,000-to-win prize for the last racer standing on Saturday’s invitational race. But that isn’t the only class being run—Tuscan Dragway’s Friday program has a small-tire race, a Race-Your-Way-In Big Tire class for the last two-spots in the 32-car invitational, and a grudge race night with the stars of the television show competing against each other. Saturday’s feature includes a quarter-mile supercar class, Big Tire race with $5,000-to-win payout, the 32-car Street Outlaws Invitational, and a special after-hours No Excuse shootout, presented by West Coast’s baddest grudge racer Bodie. The Street Outlaws Invitational and Bodie’s No Excuse race will pay the winner $40,000 for each competition.
In three weeks, South Georgia Motorsports Park will host another 32-car Street Outlaw Invitational over a two-day period, January 19-20, and it too includes the Friday small-tire action, Race-Your-Way-In challenge, and other bonus categories.
The Street Outlaw races in Arizona and Georgia aren’t new concepts. The summer of 2017 was closed out at Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway, nicknamed Thunder Valley, with a special one-night Street Outlaw event. The invitation-only No Prep shootout featured a $100,000 purse, of which the winner walked away with $60,000 of it. The concept was to film the on-track drama for an episode during Season 10, and it aired last night (January 1, 2018). To spoil the outcome, Justin “Big Chief” Shearer walked away with the big check to go along with the big Nielsen Ratings that Season 10 has been enjoying thus far. As of the middle of December, just a few episodes into the new season, the Nielsen ratings system reports Street Outlaws as having over 1.9 million viewers during its Monday night time slot.
The Bristol event was so popular, given just a two-week promotional program, that the producers put together three more events in 2017—one at Memphis International Raceway (October), another at Beech Bend Raceway (November), and the year concluded at Edinberg Dragway (December). Each one was taped for a future episode of Street Outlaws. There are rampant rumors of a possible new series spinning off with the on-track legal drag racing festivities. A third city has—officially—been announced for a Street Outlaws spinoff—Street Outlaws: Memphis. It will debut in the Monday night line-up later this month, as the brand continues to flourish and grow beyond the Oklahoma show.