NewsChannel 5 sports anchor rides in dirt track race car

Posted at 9:56 AM, Jun 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-04 10:56:07-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — For the first time ever the World of Outlaws series came to Nashville this weekend, converting the legendary Nashville Fairground Speedway into a dirt track for two days of racing.

Shane Stewart passed Brent Marks with nine laps remaining in Saturday night’s feature race and was able to hang on to take the checkered flag and the $25,000 dollar check that came with the victory.

Despite being the first professional dirt track race contested in Nashville since the 1950’s, this was not a second tier event. The prize money was comparable to other top events in the series, and several big names in the sport of racing showed up to take part. Successful NASCAR driver Tony Stewart got behind the wheel of a car, as did Ray Evernham, the longtime successful crew chief of former Cup champion Jeff Gordon.

The weekend’s races were a success and some of the drivers said would further help Nashville’s cause in attracting NASCAR to bring a race back to Fairgrounds Speedway.

But, more than anything, the racing was a lot of fun. We got a chance to hop in a car for a ride along with Howard Moore this week. You can watch his high speed spin around the dirt track in the video player at the top of the page.