On Sunday, April 18, 1982 the season opened at Sunset Speedway northwest of Omaha with a bang, as the World of Outlaws made their first ever appearance at the 3/8-mile oval. A standing-room-only crowd was on hand on an unseasonably warm and very windy day to get a glimpse at the winged warriors.
In qualifications it was young Jeff Swindell of Memphis, Tennessee, who would set fast time with a lap of 16.998 seconds. Steve Kinser of Bloomington, Indiana would qualify second at 17.016 with Bob Hop of Mendota, Minnesota in third at 17.322. The heats would go to Bobby Layne of Kansas City, Bobby Davis, Jr. of Memphis, Tennessee, Ron Shuman of Mesa, Arizona and Rick Ferkel of Findlay, Ohio. Sonny Smyser of Lancaster, Missouri would win the B feature.
In the feature event it looked like Doug Wolfgang of Sioux Falls, South Dakota behind the wheel of the Doug Howells #4 would pick up his third win in two days. Wolfgang had won the previous afternoon in a midget show at the Iowa State Fairgrounds and then went to Knoxville, Iowa and won the World of Outlaw feature there. Wolfgang starting in 13th position and darted through traffic to take the lead on lap 20 of the 30 lap feature and took the checkered flag first. Problem was after conferring after the race, World of Outlaw officials disqualified Wolfgang for changing a tire on the track under yellow flag conditions. Early in the race Wolfgang had gotten caught up in an accident with Brad Doty and Danny Smith causing the yellow flag to fly. Wolfgang’s tire went flat after the incident and was changed on the track not in the pits. He was placed 18th in the finishing order and the win was awarded to apparent runner-up Steve Kinser.
Rick Ferkel would finish second, Randy Smith third, Bob Hop fourth and Shane Carson fifth. The windy, warm conditions created a rough track that made it impossible to keep the dust down and the fans went home wearing a far amount of it. Despite that, there were no great number of crashes as once the races were underway, the high winds eliminated a continuing dust problem.