World of Outlaws Late Models postpones next two races

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The World of Outlaws Late Model Series has postponed the next two races at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tennessee (originally scheduled for March 27), and Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, South Carolina (March 28), in accordance with guidelines from the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

The task force has asked Americans to “curtail events and increase social distancing,” according to a release on the Outlaws web site.

“After much consideration and in cooperation with our tracks, World of Outlaws events scheduled during this period have been postponed,” the release read. “The World of Outlaws will continue to monitor developments across our nation and make decisions on future events when appropriate.”

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In postponing the next two events, the Outlaws Late Models can return to action in early April if conditions permit.

The next event on the calendar after the two-race postponement is the Illini 100, a three-day show from April 2-4 at Farmer City (Illinois) Raceway.

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car series are currently on hold as well through April 10.

Malcolm Stewart sidelined from Supercross by knee surgery for ‘extended duration’

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The knee injury that kept Malcolm Stewart from mounting up for Anaheim 2 will require surgery and he will be sidelined for “an extended duration” of the Monster Energy Supercross season, according to the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team.

“I just wanted to give you guys an update,” Stewart said on Instagram. “It’s not the news you guys want to hear, but I took a spill last week and hurt my knee pretty bad to the point that we’re going to have to get surgery done.

“I’m definitely bummed out about it; I felt we were riding pretty good and were just now starting to get the ball rolling, but it is what it is.”

Stewart’s season started with high expectations until accidents in the first two rounds left him 15th in the standings.

He ended 2022 on a high note, finishing a career high third in the Supercross standings. He then missed the start of the Pro Motocross season with another knee injury.

The 2023 season appeared to live up to his expectations. Despite back-to-back accidents, Stewart contended for podiums at both Anaheim 1 and San Diego. He won his heat at San Diego.

“It was very tough to receive the news that Malcolm will need to undergo knee surgery,” Nathan Ramsey, Team Manager for the Husqvarna team said in a press release. “He has worked so hard to be in a position to win races this year and I truly believe he was ready.

“The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing program will support him in every way that we can through his recovery and we can’t wait to get him back on track and back at the races.”

Stewart joins 250 rider Jalek Swoll on the sidelines after he broke an arm in a practice session. Swoll will be relieved by Talon Hawkins beginning this week at Houston, Texas.

A replacement rider has not been announced for Stewart, which means the focus shifts to his 450 teammate Christian Craig, who currently sits 12th in the standings with three top-15s in the opening rounds.