By Lonnie WheatleyMUSKOGEE, Okla. – Things are definitely on an upward trend at the 3/8-mile Outlaw Motor Speedway clay oval near Muskogee, Okla.Following a successful test ‘n tune and Spring Fling Enduro, the second full season of racing action under the track ownership of Jessie Hoskins officially gets underway with the Friday and Saturday, April 1-2 Azalea Festival Nationals featuring a full slate of championship action on both nights.“It looks like we’re headed into an awesome year of racing here at Outlaw Motor Speedway,” track promoter Chris Smith commented. “The track and facilities are looking great and we’re excited to get the season started.”The season-opening Azalea Festival Nationals on April 1-2 will include two full nights of competition for each of the track’s championship chase divisions of Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, grand nationals and pure stocks.Racing action goes green at 8 p.m. on Friday with the Saturday card firing off at 7 p.m. All applicable IMCA points will be awarded each night.With the track set to fire up with the official season-opener next weekend, the past weekend’s test test ‘n tune attracted 60 cars with another 47 entries from five different states taking part in the 100-lap, $1,000-to-win enduro.“The Test ‘N Tune and Enduro went really well. It set a great tone for the 2016 season ahead,” Smith said.The complete Outlaw Motor Speedway schedule for 2016 is available at the www.outlawmotorspeedway.net website.General admission tickets are available for $10 each night with senior citizens and military admitted for $8. Children ages 6-12 are admitted for $5 with five and under free. Pit passes are available for $30 with pit passes for children 6-11 $15.Outlaw Motor Speedway is located southwest of Muskogee, OK, on U.S. 69 to the Wainwright exit, then 0.1 mile west. It is approximately 12 miles north of the I-40 and U.S. 69 interchange.The track phone number is 918 625-6200.
Mike Malone only allowed Team LeBron to watch J. Cole’s halftime concert at the NBA All-Star Game on one condition.Lakers star LeBron James asked Malone if his team could watch the show at the break. Malone jokingly agreed to allow it if the team picked up its defensive effort, according to ESPN. Related News NBA All-Star Game 2019: 3 takeaways from Team LeBron’s comeback win James made an NBA-record 15th consecutive All-Star game start, so he’s very familiar with the lackluster defense that has become common in the contest.Malone, the head coach of the Nuggets, is a first-time All-Star coach and his team got the result it wanted at the final buzzer. NBA All-Star Game 2019: Top 5 highlights from Team LeBron’s victory over Team Giannis “I’ll let you go watch the J. Cole concert if you all get your a— back on transition (in the second half),” Malone said, via ESPN.Team LeBron trailed by 13 at the half in the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday. But it pulled off an impressive comeback to claim a 178-164 victory.