The World of Outlaws event that had been scheduled for tonight at Kilgore's Lone Star Speedway has been canceled, according to the World of Outlaws website.

The World of Outlaws only released a statement on their website, and did not contact the News Herald.

The statement:

“Due to escalating concerns and mixed guidance from various county, state and health organizations with regard to the impact and response to COVID-19, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series is postponing all events through April 9, effective immediately, in the wake of growing health concerns.

“This decision has not been made lightly, and while everyone in our sport wants to race, we believe this is the right decision given the traveling nature of our Series and the local makeup of our events.

“The Series will continue to monitor the situation as it develops, and provide additional information at a later date. The health and safety of our community is our top priority.

“Updates on the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series, not scheduled to compete until March 27, will be provided at a later date.”

The World of Outlaws joins a list of sports organizations throughout the country postponing or outright canceling events, including the NBA, Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League, Major League Soccer, and of course, both the NCAA and NJCAA, as well as the Texas high school governing body, the University Interscholastic League.

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