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.
Facebook Twitter Google+ A season ago, St. Bonaventure (4-8) came to the Carrier Dome and upset Syracuse (8-4) in overtime. But this isn’t the same Bonnies, and they enter on a three-game losing streak before Saturday’s game in the Dome. SU comes off a bounceback win over Arkansas State after two-straight losses before that.Here’s what our beat writers think will happen after Saturday’s 2 p.m. tip-off.Billy Heyen (10-2)Night and daySyracuse 77, St. Bonaventure 61Syracuse’s loss to St. Bonaventure a year ago was legitimate, but the Bonnies are a vastly different team this year. They lost their two senior guards to graduation, and instead rely heavily on some freshmen to make plays that they aren’t quite ready to make consistently. The Orange shouldn’t have any trouble in going into ACC play with two-straight wins. The biggest key for SU, beyond just a win, will be continuing to “scratch the surface,” as Jim Boeheim said, on the offense it’ll need to be successful in conference play.Charlie DiSturco (9-3)What’s a Bonnie?Syracuse 68, St. Bonaventure 55AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis is Syracuse’s last nonconference game, and one that’s a must win. With Frank Howard nearing 100 percent and the Orange trying to reconfigure its offense, Saturday is a perfect opportunity to gain some momentum entering ACC play. The Bonnies enter this matchup off a loss to Northeastern, a team SU beat by 23. The Orange should have no problem walking away with its second straight win.Matthew Gutierrez (8-4)Bonnie & ClydeSyracuse 70, St. Bonaventure 62All of this time off provides Syracuse a buffer. A buffer before the rigors of conference play, time to rest and reload and practices to maybe develop some scoring tactics. Senior point guard Frank Howard could use the days to continue to progress and get back to his former self. The Orange will win its final game of 2018 and get another week off before conference play starts Jan. 5 in South Bend, Indiana. Comments Published on December 28, 2018 at 10:44 am