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A Final Look Back: Facts, Figures & Statistical Notes From The 2011 World of Outlaws Late Model Series



CONCORD, NC – Dec. 31, 2011 – As the new year arrives, here’s a final look back at facts, figures and statistical notes from the 2011 World of Outlaws Late Model Series...




MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: Rick Eckert’s seven-year pursuit of the World of Outlaws Late Model Series title finally ended in 2011 – with a thoroughly dramatic finish, no less.




The only thing surprising about the York, Pa., star’s accomplishment, of course, was that it took him so long to etch his name on the national tour’s championship trophy.




When the WoO LMS was reborn in 2004 under the World Racing Group banner, Eckert was one of the marquee drivers among the ‘Dirty Dozen’ group that was contracted to run the circuit. Just two years removed from winning back-to-back touring crowns on the UDTRA/Xtreme DirtCar Series, he appeared primed for more championship glory.




But while Eckert quickly established himself as a prolific WoO LMS winner, realizing his championship expectations proved to be more difficult. After coming close in 2004 – he remained in title contention through the season finale before settling for third in the standings, 60 points behind champion Scott Bloomquist – he was unable to maintain title hopes for an entire campaign again until ’11. He finished fourth in the ’05 standings (-76 points); seventh in ’06 (154 points behind despite leading the series with eight victories); fifth in ’07 (-232 points); seventh in ’08 (-334 points); fifth in ’09 (-200 points); and fifth in ’10 (-332 points).




Everything changed in 2011 for Eckert, who, at age 45 and in his second year fielding his own equipment following the November 2009 passing of his longtime car owner Raye Vest, put together the solid start-to-finish season that had eluded him in World of Outlaws competition. He grabbed the points lead after winning his first A-Main of the season on May 7 at Swainsboro (Ga.) Raceway – it was, believe it or not, the first time he found himself atop the WoO LMS standings since mid-June 2006 – and refused to give it up for the remainder of the schedule.




An edge that grew as large as 60 points in early August shrank to just two points over two-time defending champ Josh Richards entering the season-ending Lowes Foods World Finals A-Main on Nov. 5 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C., putting the pressure on Eckert. But Richards’s dreams were dashed by a flat tire on the last circuit of the 50-lap feature, allowing Eckert, who was four spots behind Richards at the time, to slide by and clinch the $100,000 title with the most spectacular 12th-place finish of his career.




By no means did Eckert dominate the 2011 season, but championships are earned with a combination of consistent speed, true grit and good fortune, and the driver known as ‘Scrub’ had no peers in those categories. His hard stats show three wins, 16 top-five finishes (third-most behind Richards’s 22 and Darrell Lanigan’s 17) and 25 top-10s (second to Richards’s 26); look closer at his season and you see the deciding factors in the championship battle. He was incredibly steady – he had to run a B-Main just four times in 32 events; he didn’t use a single provisional starting spot all season; he strung together a series-best streak of 19 consecutive top-10 finishes; and he was the only driver to complete all 1,587 laps of the season’s 30 full-points A-Mains.




Eckert’s lone DNF of 2011 – a 21st-place finish on Aug. 6 in the 100-lap USA Nationals at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis. – showed he had Lady Luck on his side as well. The race was one of two on the WoO LMS schedule that offered only show-up points because it did not follow the tour’s normal format, so Eckert didn’t take a hit in the standings.




The worst finish Eckert tallied in a full-points A-Main was 16th, on Aug. 20 at Merritt Raceway in Lake City, Mich. Richards, meanwhile, suffered four finishes of 16th or worse in full-points shows, including his only DNF (21st place on July 15 at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D.)




THE SEASON: The 2011 WoO LMS was comprised of 32 A-Mains at 27 tracks in 18 states.




Pennsylvania once again was the site of the most tour events, hosting six races at four tracks. There were three events held in Florida, Michigan and North Carolina; two in Georgia, Virginia and Wisconsin; and one each in Delaware, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, North Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wyoming.




Just three tracks presented multiple WoO LMS events: Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa. (three), The Dirt Track at Charlotte (three) and Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla. (two).




Weather and other unexpected factors caused the cancelation of at least 10 scheduled events in ‘11, shrinking the total number of WoO LMS A-Mains run to the lowest number since the 30-race 2006 season. Three events – April 1-2 at LaSalle (Ill.) Speedway, Sept. 4 at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex in Markleysburg, Pa., and Sept. 16 at Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, Ill. – were stopped by weather conditions and could not be rescheduled. Events scheduled at five other venues, meanwhile, were canceled by track management: Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga. (rain out on March 26 and promoter’s decision on Nov. 2); West Virginia Motor Speedway in Mineral Wells (track reconstruction not completed); Amsoil Speedway in Superior, Wis. (date conflict with fair); Beckley (W.Va.) Motor Speedway (track closure); and Tri-City Speedway in Franklin, Pa. (track closure).




Four races – at Needmore Speedway in Norman Park, Ga., Virginia Motor Speedway in Jamaica, Winchester (Va.) Speedway and Independence (Iowa) Motor Speedway – were postponed by rain and reset for another date.




The 2011 schedule also included events at Dog Hollow Speedway in Strongstown, Pa., McKean County Raceway in East Smethport, Pa., and Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, W.Va., that were added by officials during the course of the season.




CHECKERED FLAGS: Richards maintained his stranglehold on WoO LMS top-winner status in 2011, leading the tour in victories for the fourth season in a row. His nine triumphs gave him the honor outright for the third consecutive year; he finished the 2008 campaign tied with Steve Francis, with six triumphs.




Richards’s nine wins – all of which came over the final 22 races of ’11 – left him tied for the tour’s single-season victory record with Bloomquist (2004). He had two opportunities during the Lowes Food World Finals to overtake Bloomquist for sole possession of the standard but fell short.




A total of 14 drivers reached Victory Lane on the WoO LMS in 2011. Four drivers won multiple events – Richards, Lanigan (seven), Eckert (three) and Bloomquist (three) – and only Jared Hawkins was a first-time winner on the tour.




ANOTHER NAILBITER: Eckert’s 14-point championship margin over Richards was tied for the fourth-closest in WoO LMS history, matching the difference between champion Richards and runner-up Steve Francis in 2009.




Four drivers spent time at the top of the points standings. Eckert led the way after 25 events, followed by Richards (three), Bloomquist (two) and Billy Moyer (two).




The largest points lead a driver was able to muster was Eckert’s 60-point edge following the 22nd and 23rd A-Mains of the season, on Aug. 3 at Shawano (Wis.) Speedway and Aug. 6 at Cedar Lake.




Eckert’s lowest position in the standings was 13th (after the season opener on Feb. 17 at Volusia Speedway Park) and his largest deficit was 36 points, when he was seventh in the standings following Race No. 2 on Feb. 19 at Volusia.




DEFYING THE EXPERTS: Eckert’s championship campaign came as a surprise to members of the dirt Late Model press, who showed him little love in the fourth annual WoO LMS Pre-Season Media Poll.




Eckert was predicted to finish in the top five of the ’11 points standings by just seven of the 40 media members who participated in the poll, which awarded points to drivers named on the ballots using a 5-4-3-2-1 system. He received two third-place, one fourth-place and four fifth-place votes, good for 12 points to tie him with Tim Fuller for seventh in the final tabulation that installed Richards (161 points) as the favorite to win the title.




Midwest-based photographers Rich Edwards and Jason Durst gave Eckert his highest predicted points finishes. Both men picked Eckert to finish third.




Columnist Don Davies of Area Auto Racing News and veteran free-lance photographer Ron Skinner were the only media members to correctly predict three of the top-five points finishers. Both hit on Richards as the runner-up, Lanigan as the third-place finisher and Tim McCreadie as the fourth-place finisher.




The poll also asked the media to predict the season’s winningest driver (including number of victories) and the winners of three marquee events – the Commonwealth 100 at Virginia Motor Speedway, the Firecracker 100 at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa., and the USA Nationals at Cedar Lake Speedway.




Thirteen respondents predicted that Richards would lead the tour in A-Main triumphs (including Davies and Skinner), but only Michael Rigsby of DirtonDirt.com and photographer Lee Smith nailed his final total of nine triumphs.




In the special-event category, only Dennis Michelson of RaceTalkRadio.com and photographer Joe Secka correctly predicted Richards as the winner of the USA Nationals. Not a single media member successfully envisioned the victors of the Commonwealth 100 (Steve Shaver) or Firecracker 100 (Jimmy Mars).




DYNAMIC DUO: With Steve Francis failing to win a WoO LMS A-Main in 2011 (he was not a tour regular for the first time during its World Racing Group era), Lanigan and Shane Clanton now stand as the only drivers who have won at least one feature event in each World of Outlaws campaign since 2004.




TOP OF THE LIST: With his first win of 2011 on June 18 at Winchester (Va.) Speedway, Richards broke a tie with Francis for winningest-driver status on the WoO LMS since 2004. By the end of the season Richards had pushed his career win total to 37, opening a healthy advantage over Francis (28 wins) on the victory chart.




Lanigan now ranks third on the win list since 2004 with 26 triumphs, followed by Eckert (24) and Bloomquist (22).




Richards’s big ’11 season also pulled him into a tie with Billy Moyer as the alltime winningest driver on the WoO LMS, including the tour’s original seasons (1988-89) run under the auspices of late WoO Sprint Car Series founder Ted Johnson. Moyer’s 37 overall wins include 22 earned in 1988-89 and 15 more since ’04.




FULL PITS: The average field for a WoO LMS event in 2011 was 43.5 cars, up more than four from the previous season.




The season-high turnout of 87 cars was for the ‘Black Diamond 125’ on Sept. 3 at Tyler County Speedway. In all, nine events drew 50 or more cars and 16 attracted over 40 entrants. Just five races produced fields below 30 cars.




A total of 495 drivers representing 32 states and three Canadian provinces entered at least one WoO LMS event in 2011, and 200 drivers started an A-Main.




The state from which the most WoO LMS competitors hailed was Pennsylvania, with 65 drivers. Michigan was next with 52 entrants, followed by Georgia, Illinois, New York and Ohio (each with 24).




THE OUTLAWS: Thirteen drivers had perfect attendance on the 2011 tour: Eckert, Richards, Lanigan, McCreadie, Chub Frank, Austin Hubbard, Clanton, Clint Smith, Vic Coffey, Fuller, Pat Doar, Ron Davies and John Lobb.




Richards, McCreadie and Clanton were the only drivers to start all 32 A-Mains. Missing one A-Main, meanwhile, was Eckert (did not start the ‘Sweet Sixteen’ finale of the ‘Black Diamond 125’ at Tyler County); Lanigan (absent from the season opener due to health issues); Frank (DNQ for USA Nationals 100 at Cedar Lake); Hubbard (DNS Tyler County’s ‘Sweet Sixteen’ finale); and Fuller (DNQ for USA Nationals 100).




CASH: Over $2.3 million was paid out to drivers during the 2011 WoO LMS, including just over $400,000 in points-fund and post-season bonus cash.




Richards led the money-won list with $265,410 in event and points-fund earnings. He was followed by Eckert ($219,600), Lanigan ($193,280), McCreadie ($117,295), Clanton ($94,100), Frank ($93,185), Hubbard ($87,775), Smith ($84,785), Coffey ($74,105) and Fuller ($73,070). Bloomquist was the top non-WoO regular on the list, coming in 11th with $68,575 in earnings for just 10 starts.




ROOKS: Doar, a veteran racer from New Richmond, Wis., who has spent most of his two-decade-long career running spec-motor dirt Late Model events in the Upper Midwest, became the oldest winner of the WoO LMS Rookie of the Year award in 2011. He captured the honor at the age of 47, supplanting Fuller, who was 40 when he was the top rookie in 2007.




While Doar won the Rookie of the Year prize by a substantial 104-point margin over Ron Davies, 53, of Warren, Pa., and 314 points over John Lobb, 42, of Frewsburg, N.Y., and led the first-year travelers with seven top-10 finishes, it was Davies who had the best A-Main run of the trio. Davies registered a fifth-place finish on July 26 at Dog Hollow Speedway, besting Doar’s top outing of sixth.




Doar did, however, record a $10,000 victory in one of the 40-lap Qualifying Features during the ‘Black Diamond 125’ on Sept. 3 at Tyler County. The race did not count as a WoO LMS A-Main triumph.




MAKING THE CUT: Richards was the most consistent qualifier among the fulltime travelers, leading the way with an average time-trial placing of 8.36.




Eckert was second on the average time-trial list at 10.0, followed by Hubbard (12.19), Lanigan (13.43), McCreadie (16.26), Clanton (16.58), Smith (16.74), Fuller (17.32), Frank (18.13), Doar (19.45), Coffey (19.48), Davies (19.77) and Lobb (29.42).




Richards also was nearly perfect in heat-race action, failing to transfer through a heat just once in 32 events. Eckert was second-best with four B-Main appearances, followed by Lanigan (six); Hubbard (eight); McCreadie and Fuller (nine); Smith (11); Clanton, Coffey and Frank (12); Doar (15); Davies (16); and Lobb (27).




For the second straight season Richards and Eckert were the only regulars who did not use a single provisional spot to start an A-Main. Hubbard and Doar fell back on a provisional just one time each, while Lanigan used two; Coffey, Davies and Smith used three; Fuller used five; Clanton, Frank and McCreadie used six; and Lobb used nine. Jill George, who entered 23 races in 2011, also used nine provisionals.




Eckert failed to qualify for one A-Main in 2011: the ‘Sweet Sixteen’ finale of the ‘Black Diamond 125’ at Tyler County. He did not finish among the top eight in one of the twin 40-lap Qualifying Features to earn a transfer spot to the $20,000-to-win, 45-lap A-Main.




With no provisionals available for the ‘Sweet Sixteen’ headliner, Eckert sat out a WoO LMS A-Main for the first time in his career. Thus he ended the season having started 312 of the 313 A-Mains contested from 2004-2011.




ON THE CHARGE: The deepest in the starting field from which a driver advanced to win a WoO LMS A-Main in 2011 was 19th – Lanigan’s starting spot when he pulled off a stirring $20,000 victory on March 19 in the inaugural ‘Cash Cow 100’ at Columbus (Miss.) Speedway.




Eight A-Mains were won by drivers starting from the pole position, but only three of those victors led the event from flag-to-flag.




The average starting spot for a WoO LMS A-Main winner in 2011 was 3.59. The most common starting spot for a race winner was fourth, on nine occasions.




MUST BE ON THE FRONT ROW: WoO LMS regulars accounted for 17 pole position starts in A-Mains during the 2011 season, but they turned those prime spots into just six triumphs – a modest success rate of 35 percent.




Eckert enjoyed the most pole position starts (five), but he converted just one into a victory. He roared off the pole to win on May 7 at Swainsboro.




The best winning percentage for pole starts was shared by Richards and Lanigan, who both were two-for-two when taking the green flag from inside the front row. Clanton was victorious in one of his two pole starts, while drivers who failed to capitalize on pole starting positions were Hubbard (three), Coffey (two) and Fuller (one).




MANUFACTURER BATTLE: Six dirt Late Model chassis companies claimed victories in WoO LMS A-Mains during the 2011 season.




Rocket Chassis once again led the way with 19 wins, divided among Richards, Lanigan, Clint Smith, Steve Shaver and Jared Hawkins.




Team Zero by Bloomquist Chassis finished second on the win list with nine victories (Bloomquist, Eckert, Chris Madden, Brady Smith and Jimmy Smith). MB Customs (Jimmy Mars), Victory Circle (McCreadie), Capital Race Cars (Clanton) and Barry Wright Race Cars (Jonathan Davenport) each claimed one checkered flag.




A total of 10 engine builders, meanwhile, laid claim to a WoO LMS A-Main triumph in 2011. Cornett Racing Engines led the way with 13 victories, split among Richards, Lanigan, Madden and Owens. Roush-Yates was second on the list with eight triumphs divided among Richards, who began running the brand late in the season, and Bloomquist.




Other engine builders with multiple victories were Jay Dickens (three) and ProPower (two), while single wins went to Custom, Clements, Vic Hill, Malcuit, Lee Roy Rumley and RaceTek.




FAST RACES: There were three caution-free A-Mains in 2011 – April 30 at Bluegrass Speedway in Bardstown, Ky.; July 26 at Dog Hollow Speedway; and Nov. 4 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. Four more features were slowed by just a single caution flag.




An average of 3.44 caution flags flew per A-Main during the ’11 campaign. The most caution-plagued events were the Commonwealth 100 on April 17 at Virginia Motor Speedway (11 yellow flags) and the ‘Outlaw Sizzler 101’ on July 3 at Tazewell (Tenn.) Speedway (nine).




Two red flags were displayed for significant wrecks during A-Mains in 2011 – on Feb. 19 at Volusia (Jack Sullivan flip) and June 24 at Lernerville Speedway (Brady Smith rollover).




ETCETERA:




* Twenty drivers earned a WoO LMS fast-time honor in 2011. Eckert and Lanigan led the way with four apiece; Richards had three; Hubbard, Jason Feger, Jonathan Davenport and Mike Marlar each earned two; and 13 drivers had a single fast time.




* Eckert ended the season with 28 career fast-time awards – more than any other driver since 2004. Richards sits second on the list with 27.




* Richards and Francis are the only drivers who have registered at least one fast-time honor in every season since ’04.




* Forty-eight drivers won at least one heat race on the tour in ’11. Richards led the list with 19 prelim victories, with Lanigan (13) and Hubbard (10) the only others to crack double figures.




* Richards and Lanigan both recorded their 100th career heat-race victories in ’11. They closed the season with 102 and 100 triumphs, respectively, well behind Francis’s alltime-best total of 119.




* Twelve drivers have won at least one heat race in every season since ’04: Francis, Richards, Lanigan, Eckert, McCreadie, Clanton, Moyer, Frank, Clint Smith, Shannon Babb, Dale McDowell and Brian Birkhofer.




* There were 45 B-Main winners, with Clint Smith’s five checkered flags setting the pace. He owns the most B-Main victories since 2004, with 24.




* Twenty-four drivers led at least one A-Main lap in 2011. Richards led the most (405 laps), followed by Lanigan (276), Eckert (148), Shaver (102) and Madden (101). Rounding out the top 10 on the lap-leader list was Bloomquist (89), Jason Rauen (77), Davenport (75), Mars (74) and Coffey (55).




Other WoO LMS regulars who led laps were Clanton (42), Fuller (33), Clint Smith (30), McCreadie (20), Davies (16) and Frank (three).




* Three drivers won consecutive A-Mains, topped by Richards’s August streak of three in a row. Richards also had a two-race win streak earlier in the season, while Lanigan scored back-to-back victories three times and Bloomquist did it once.




* Richards completed the most A-Main laps on the 2011 tour: 1,692 of a possible 1,732. Eckert was second on the list (1,624 of a possible 1,687), followed by Lanigan (1,588/1,682), Hubbard (1,583/1,687), Frank (1,577/1,632), Clanton (1,575/1,732), McCreadie (1,567/1,732), Clint Smith (1,475/1,587), Fuller (1,455/1,632), Coffey (1,209/1,387), Davies (1,168/1,257), Doar (1,129/1,477) and Lobb (933/1,082).




* Eckert was tops on the list of most consecutive lead-lap finishes in 2011, rolling up 22 in a row. McCreadie was next with 16 straight, followed by Richards (15), Lanigan (12), Clanton (11), Frank (11), Hubbard (11), Smith (11), Fuller (nine), Coffey (seven), Doar (four), Davies (four) and Lobb (three).




* Eckert and Richards tied for the lead in the fewest DNFs category in 2011, suffering just one each. Frank failed to finish two A-Mains, followed by Lanigan and Hubbard (three); Clanton, Davies, Lobb and Smith (four); Coffey and McCreadie (five); Fuller (seven); and Doar (nine).




* Richards put up the longest streak of consecutive top-five finishes: eight races, stretching from the USA Nationals at Cedar Lake on Aug. 6 (his first-ever crown-jewel victory) through his last win of the season on Oct. 12 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. Lanigan registered six top-fives in a row, followed by McCreadie (five); Eckert (four); Clanton, Coffey and Frank (two); and Davies, Fuller, Hubbard and Smith (one).




* Eckert’s 19 top-10 finishes were the most in the category. McCreadie had 14 straight, followed by Lanigan (11); Richards (nine); Coffey (seven); Clanton, Doar, Frank, Hubbard and Smith (three); Fuller (two); and Davies and Lobb (one).




* Richards had the best average A-Main finish in 2011, at 5.75. He was followed by Eckert (6.06), Lanigan (7.42), Frank (10.52), McCreadie (10.69), Hubbard (11.26), Clanton (11.53), Coffey (11.96), Smith (12.3), Fuller (14.26), Doar (15.62), Davies (15.88) and Lobb (17.73).




* Richards ended the 2011 season with a tour-best average A-Main starting position of 5.75 – exactly the same as his average finishing position. Eckert was next with an average starting position of 8.13, followed by Lanigan (9.19), Hubbard (10.07), Coffey (11.59), Smith (12.8), Fuller (12.84), McCreadie (13.34), Doar (14.52), Clanton (14.78), Frank (15.29), Davies (16.24) and Lobb (21.05).




* The WoO LMS career win lists now show 43 drivers have won an A-Main since 2004 and 53 drivers own tour victories when the 1988-89 seasons are included.




* Since 2004, there have been 313 WoO LMS A-Mains contested at 122 different tracks in 30 states and three Canadian provinces.




*****




The 2012 WoO LMS season will begin with the $20,000-to-win ‘Winter Freeze’ on Feb. 10-11 at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga. A busy month of February for the tour also includes the inaugural ‘Bubba Army Late Model Winter Nationals’ on Feb. 16-18 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., and the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals on Feb. 23 and 25 at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla.




For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com.




Fans can also follow the WoO LMS on Twitter at Twitter.com/WoOLateModels and Facebook at Facebook.com/WorldofOutlaws .




The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award), McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award), Chizmark Larson Insurance, Factory Value Parts and RacingJunk.com; in addition to contingency sponsors Comp Cams, Eibach Springs, JE Pistons, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, Pro Power Engines, Quartermaster, Rocket Chassis, R2C Performance, Superflow Dynos, Wix Filters and Wrisco Aluminum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Eckert Named 2011 Eastern Motorsport Press Association Richie Evans Memorial Northeast Driver of the Year




World of Outlaws Late Model Series Champion Adds Another Accolade To Memorable Season



CONCORD, NC – Dec. 23, 2011 – Rick Eckert’s memorable World of Outlaws Late Model Series championship season has earned a resounding stamp of approval from the media.




The veteran star from York, Pa., has been named the winner of the 2011 Eastern Motorsport Press Association Richie Evans Memorial Northeast Driver of the Year Award, a prestigious honor voted upon by the organization’s membership.




Eckert, who turned 46 on Dec. 14, will receive his Northeast Driver of the Year trophy on Jan. 7 during EMPA’s annual convention at the Crowne Plaza Valley Forge in King of Prussia, Pa. He will stand in the spotlight with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart, who was voted the winner of the EMPA Al Holbert Memorial National Driver of the Year Award.




“Winning this award means a lot to me,” said Eckert, who broke through to capture his first WoO LMS title this season after following the national tour religiously since its re-launch in 2004 under the World Racing Group banner. “It’s very humbling to sit back and realize that the media members who cover racing felt that our season stood out above a bunch of great drivers from the Northeast. I will definitely cherish this award.”




Eckert becomes the first dirt Late Model driver to win the EMPA Richie Evans Memorial Northeast Driver of the Year Award since its birth in 1998. The only other dirt Late Model competitor to receive marquee recognition from EMPA is Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., who was voted the EMPA Al Holbert Memorial National Driver of the Year in 2006 after winning the WoO LMS championship that season.




A fulltime professional racer who ranks as one of the Northeast’s most decorated short-track drivers, Eckert earned the 2011 WoO LMS crown in the most dramatic fashion imaginable during last month’s season-ending Lowes Foods World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C. He appeared resigned to a second-place finish in the points standings until two-time defending series champ Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., slowed with a flat tire on the last lap of the campaign’s final A-Main, opening the door for Eckert to glide by Richards for a 12th-place finish and a 14-point title margin.




Eckert won the $100,000 championship in his second season fielding his own dirt Late Model team following the November 2009 passing of his longtime car owner Raye Vest. He dedicated the championship to Vest during the emotional post-race celebration on The Dirt Track’s homestretch.




Being feted by EMPA will certainly not come amid the type of raucous atmosphere that accompanied his clinching of the World of Outlaws championship, but it will be no less meaningful to Eckert. He is looking forward to joining the select group of drivers who have won the EMPA Richie Evans Memorial Northeast Driver of the Year Award, which is named in honor of a legendary New York short-track star who dominated the asphalt Modified division before losing his life in a tragic accident in 1985 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.




Evans, the 1980 winner of EMPA’s National Driver of the Year Award, is a 2012 inductee to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.




“Winning an award that has Richie Evans’s name on it is real special,” said Eckert. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a dirt or asphalt racer – everyone in short-track racing knows that orange-and-black No. 61 that (Evans) drove. He was an alltime great of short-track racing and I’m honored to win an award given in his memory.”




The 2012 WoO LMS season will begin with the $20,000-to-win ‘Winter Freeze’ on Feb. 10-11 at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga. A busy month of February for the tour also includes the inaugural ‘Bubba Army Late Model Winter Nationals’ on Feb. 16-18 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., and the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals on Feb. 23 and 25 at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla.




For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com




Fans can also follow the WoO LMS on Twitter at Twitter.com/WoOLateModels and Facebook at Facebook.com/WorldofOutlaws . 




The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award), McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award), Chizmark Larson Insurance, Factory Value Parts and RacingJunk.com; in addition to contingency sponsors Comp Cams, Eibach Springs, JE Pistons, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, Pro Power Engines, Quartermaster, Rocket Chassis, R2C Performance, Superflow Dynos, Wix Filters and Wrisco Aluminum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dominator Named Exclusive Molded Nose for DIRTcar UMP Modifieds

Dominator Late Model Nose Legal for DIRTcar and World of Outlaws

 

CONCORD, NC - December 21, 2011 - DIRTcar announced today that Dominator Race Products has become the exclusive molded plastic nose supplier for DIRTcar sanctioned UMP Modified competition, effective immediately. Dominator has made a multi-year commitment to support the UMP Modified and UMP Limited Modified divisions, including the Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals. Modified competitors will continue to have the option of running hand-fabricated aluminum noses.

"We are excited to welcome Dominator to our family of partners," said Sam Driggers, Director of UMP DIRTcar Racing. "They recently approached us with plans to develop a new molded plastic modified nose and we worked with them through the design process to ensure that it met our rules and provided our teams with a viable alternative to aluminum noses. We are very pleased with the result and believe that our racers will be as well."

The Dominator modified nose is available for purchase in kit form or as components (left, right and center), and is available in 7 colors including - red, white, blue, black, yellow, orange, & purple. Kits will be available through 250+ dealers across the USA.

DIRTcar UMP and World of Outlaws officials have also worked with Dominator to make adjustments to the Dominator late model nose, most notably the removal of the triangles along the leading edge. Dominator late model noses without the triangles are approved for use in all DIRTcar UMP Late Model and World of Outlaws Late Model sanctioned competition in 2012. Late Model competitors who attend events with older noses and choose not to remove the triangles may be subject to a 25 pound weight penalty.

"This announcement should put to rest much of the recent speculation about whether or not Dominator nose and flare products would be legal for the 2012 season for UMP DIRTcar and World of Outlaws competitors," said Bentley Shaw, President of Dominator Race Products. "In particular we are very excited about the feedback we have been receiving from competitors who have seen our new modified nose. We believe that it maintains the aggressive look of a traditional modified, while giving competitors an easy to mount, and more durable alternative to aluminum."

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Nightly Doubleheaders, Free Fan Pit Passes Make Volusia ‘Must-See’ Racing

World of Outlaws, DIRTcar divisions highlight 41st UNOH DIRTcar Nationals schedule

 

BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Dec. 21, 2011 - Did you know the biggest dirt racing event in February - the 41st UNOH DIRTcar Nationals - starts Feb. 14 and runs through Feb. 25 at Volusia Speedway Park near Daytona Beach? That means the event starts a week later than it has in recent years, and more importantly means the odds are the weather will be perfect to watch the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, the World of Outlaws Late Models, the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds, the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds and DIRTcar Late Models.

Remember last winter? Plenty of dirt racing fans were stuck indoors in February as snow blanketed much of the country. But in Florida, the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals went off without a hitch, 12 consecutive nights of double-headers that saw Joey Saldana win the Sprint Car title, Clint Bowyer win the UMP Modified crown, Billy Moyer win the Late Model championship and Stewart Friesen top the Big-Block Modified field.

Every ticket is also a pit pass, making Volusia the place during the busy Speed Weeks to get up close to the cars and see the superstars from all the major dirt racing series. Plus, fan-favorite food vendors are returning once again, and the huge souvenir midway at Volusia gives fans the chance to see all the 2012 driver merchandise before the touring series begin traveling throughout the country.

It is the perfect way to kick off the 2012 season, whether it's with the blazing speeds and breathtaking passes by the Sprint Cars or the door-banging intensity of the Modifieds and Late Models, there's something for everybody at the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals.

The grandstands fill up fast, and the only way to guarantee a seat is to reserve it in advance by visitinghttp://www.DIRTcarNationals.com and clicking the "Buy Tickets" button in the upper right-hand corner. Fans can also call the ticket hotline at 877-395-8606.

Don't miss a chance to see all the biggest names in dirt racing during the 12 nights at Volusia. Tickets start at only $20, but week-long packages offer the best deals. Don't delay, make your plans today.

For more information, including directions, camping information and lodging locations, click http://www.DIRTcarNationals.com.

41st UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Daily Schedule

Day, Date Car Class Car Class
Tuesday, Feb. 14 DIRTcar UMP Modifieds Sprint Car Practice
Wednesday, Feb. 15 All-Star Sprint Cars DIRTcar UMP Modifieds
Thursday, Feb. 16 All-Star Sprint Cars DIRTcar UMP Modifieds
Friday, Feb. 17 World of Outlaws Sprint Cars DIRTcar UMP Modifieds
Saturday, Feb. 18 World of Outlaws Sprint Cars UMP Modified Gator Qualifying 1
Sunday, Feb. 19 World of Outlaws Sprint Cars UMP Modified Gator Qualifying 2
Monday, Feb. 20 DIRTcar Late Models UMP Modified Gator Championship
Tuesday, Feb. 21 DIRTcar Late Models UMP Modified twin/triple 25s
Wednesday, Feb. 22 DIRTcar Late Models Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds
Thursday, Feb. 23 World of Outlaws Late Models Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds
Friday, Feb. 24 DIRTcar Late Models Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds
Saturday, Feb. 25 World of Outlaws Late Models Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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McCreadie Focused On Reclaiming World of Outlaws Late Model Series Championship In 2012




New York Star Announces Partnership With Warrior Chassis For National Tour’s Upcoming Season



CONCORD, NC – Dec. 16, 2011 – Tim McCreadie has already set his goal for the 2012 season.




“We’re focusing on the World of Outlaws (Late Model Series) championship,” said McCreadie, who won the national tour’s lucrative points title in 2006. “It’s not gonna be like the last couple years where we went to the races at the beginning of the season and then decided we were gonna do the whole series. We have a plan this year.”




That plan is highlighted by a dramatic revamping of McCreadie’s program under the Sweeteners Plus Racing team banner. He announced last week that his operation has forged a partnership with Sanford Goddard’s Knoxville, Tenn.-based Warrior Chassis – a deal McCreadie hopes will provide the type of intimate manufacturer support that propels him back into the headlines.




McCreadie, 37, of Watertown, N.Y., is coming off a rough 2011 campaign that saw him finish fourth in the WoO LMS points standings with only one A-Main win. He struggled at the start of the season to get his new Rocket cars up to speed and failed to catch fire after switching to Victory Circle machines that had been sitting in his team’s shop for two years, prompting the competitive professional to consider another option for ’12.




“I think working with Warrior is a perfect deal for us,” said McCreadie, whose 2011 stint in Victory Circle cars marked the first time in his eight-year dirt Late Model career that he did not concentrate on driving Rocket Chassis iron. “I need to get with a company that I’m comfortable with and can be a little more hands-on with us, and after sitting down with Sanford and seeing his boys down there at his shop I felt like Warrior was where we need to be with our team to be successful.”




McCreadie got his first taste of a Warrior mount when he accepted Goddard’s offer to run the house car in the unsanctioned National 100 on Nov. 13 at East Alabama Motor Speedway in Phenix City, Ala. The trial outing resulted in a solid fifth-place finish that left McCreadie impressed with the car’s potential.




“The car shined all weekend,” McCreadie said of his National 100 effort. “We timed up front, won a heat and were competitive with a real good field of cars in the feature even though I didn’t know how to adjust the car to where I wanted it. Knowing what we did to the car and where we finished, I felt like if we could’ve started the race over again we would’ve been even better.




“I already knew that Warrior had a great car because it seems like everybody who’s gotten into the house car runs good, which tells me it’s a chassis design that’s built to be able to handle different driving styles. I could tell it has a pretty good sweet spot after spending a weekend driving it, and working with Sanford really gave me more to think about.”




After consulting with Sweeteners Plus team owner Carl Myers and his teammate Vic Coffey upon his return to the Empire State, McCreadie decided to talk further with Goddard. They soon reached an agreement in which Myers would purchase Warrior cars for McCreadie and Goddard would provide McCreadie and Co. valuable technical support. (Caledonia, N.Y.’s Coffey also plans to follow the WoO LMS again but will continue to run the Rocket Chassis cars in which he has developed a comfort zone.)




While McCreadie is not a Warrior house car driver, the small size of Goddard’s chassis manufacturing business opens the door for McCreadie to enjoy an extremely attractive level of personalized assistance. Goddard, in fact, plans to attend many of McCreadie’s events in 2012, buoying McCreadie’s assault (he figures to be the only WoO LMS regular in a Warrior chassis) while also helping to grow Warrior’s national profile.




“With Sanford being able to get out there on the road and go to most of the races, we’re going to have a program more along the lines of some other successful teams when it comes to on-track support,” said McCreadie, who will also share technical notes with Warrior chassis driver Dale McDowell and McDowell’s veteran mechanic brother Shane. “Really, our program is gonna be no different from what (two-time WoO LMS champ) Josh (Richards) has with his father (Mark) and their guys (with the Rocket Chassis house car team) and Don O’Neal has with MasterSbilt (the manufacturer’s house-car program). We’re not a house-car deal, but we’re a team that’s traveling more so part of our deal with Sanford is to get him out on the road with us to lend his advice and expertise in trying to go faster.




“I think the thing about working with Sanford that I’m really looking forward to is that if we’re struggling, now we’ll have an extra set of eyes and seven or eight people back in the (Warrior) shop who can help try to make us better.”




Goddard is as excited as McCreadie to begin the new partnership.




“It’s good to have Tim McCreadie on board with the Warrior race team,” Goddard told DirtonDirt.com. “We’re really looking forward to just racing with somebody with his caliber, just to be able to go out and show what we have in our product. I’ve never raced (with the World of Outlaws) for a full season, but I’m looking forward to racing with Tim and trying to win a championship.”




The $100,000 WoO LMS title is obviously on McCreadie’s mind. Running a series that feels “like home” to him, he wants to erase any lingering memories of a 2011 season that didn’t meet his expectations.




“Last year was probably the most frustrating season I’ve had in a long time,” said McCreadie, who finished a strong third in the 2010 WoO LMS points standings (his first season as a regular since he won the championship in ’06) but disappointingly slipped to fourth in the ’11 points race. “We’re just gonna throw that whole year in the garbage and not take anything out of it. After Charlotte (the season-ending Lowes Foods World Finals in November), I said we were gonna immediately start fixing our program and I think we’re on the right track.”




McCreadie is hoping to make his 2012 debut in a Warrior car next month with a cross-country trip to Tucson, Ariz., for the Wild West Shootout on Jan. 18 and 20-22 at USA Raceway. He sees the four-race mini-series as a perfect forum to get acclimated to his new equipment.




“We should have two cars ready to go to Arizona,” said McCreadie. “That deal is a unique opportunity to start the season early and learn some things about running on hard tires. I think it could really help us.”




The 2012 WoO LMS season will begin with the $20,000-to-win ‘Winter Freeze’ on Feb. 10-11 at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga. A busy month of February for the tour also includes the inaugural ‘Bubba Army Late Model Winter Nationals’ on Feb. 16-18 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., and the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals on Feb. 23 and 25 at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla.




For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com




Fans can also follow the WoO LMS on Twitter at Twitter.com/WoOLateModels  and Facebook at Facebook.com/WorldofOutlaws .


The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award), McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award), Chizmark Larson Insurance, Factory Value Parts and RacingJunk.com; in addition to contingency sponsors Comp Cams, Eibach Springs, JE Pistons, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, Pro Power Engines, Quartermaster, Rocket Chassis, R2C Performance, Superflow Dynos, Wix Filters and Wrisco Aluminum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2012 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Schedule Released At Performance Racing Industry Trade Show




Busy Month Of February In Georgia & Florida Kicks Off National Tour’s Ninth Season Under World Racing Group Banner



CONCORD, NC – Dec. 2, 2011 – An unprecedented stretch of February racing will serve as the kickoff for the 2012 World of Outlaws Late Model Series schedule, which was released on Thursday during the Performance Racing Industry trade show in Orlando, Fla.


Forty-six race dates comprising 42 A-Mains at 32 tracks in 17 states and Canada are currently confirmed as part of the national tour’s 2012 slate, headed by a season-opening burst of six events in Georgia and Florida during the month of February.


The ninth consecutive WoO LMS campaign under the World Racing Group banner commences with the $20,000-to-win, 60-lap ‘Winter Freeze’ on Feb. 10-11 at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga. Action then moves to Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., for the inaugural ‘Winter Nationals’ on Feb. 16-18 – three full nights of racing with progressively higher winner’s purses of $8,000, $10,000 and $12,000 – and the traditional two-race meet during the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla., on Feb. 23 and 25.


Screven’s blockbuster lidlifter is one of a half-dozen big-money shows dotting the 2012 schedule. The list of marquee events also features the $50,000-to-win USA Nationals on Aug. 3-4 at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis.; the sixth annual Firecracker 100 on June 28-30 at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa.; the fourth annual Illini 100 on March 30-31 at Farmer City (Ill.) Raceway; and a pair of holiday-weekend specials (May 26 and Sept. 1) at Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, W.Va.


The ’12 season will conclude for the sixth straight year with the Lowes Foods World Finals doubleheader on Nov. 1-3 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C. The $100,000 WoO LMS championship battle has gone down to the final lap of The Dirt Track’s huge weekend in each of the past two years.


“The most February racing in the history of the World of Outlaws Late Model Series will be a great way to start off another thrilling season of competition,” said WoO LMS director Tim Christman. “We’re really looking forward to kicking off the year in a big way at Screven, Bubba Raceway Park and Volusia. Running at the three tracks is going to send us into the remainder of the schedule with plenty of momentum.”

Christman is bullish on the 2012 WoO LMS, which will bring the tour’s stars to a mix of stalwart facilities and new venues across the dirt-track landscape.


“It’s shaping up to be our most interesting season ever,” Christman said of the ’12 schedule. “With the help of some of dirt Late Model racing’s best racetrack operators and race teams, the World of Outlaws will provide exciting action and another dramatic points race to thousands of fans across the United States and Canada.”


Christman said he is working to solidify nearly a dozen – and perhaps more – additional dates on the 2012 schedule, which could potentially better the tour’s alltime single-season highs of 44 A-Mains (2007 and 2010) and 38 different tracks (2010).


The richest event in 2012 remains Cedar Lake Speedway’s 100-lap USA Nationals on Aug. 3-4. The crown-jewel program, which will be showcased on the World of Outlaws trail for the third consecutive year and sixth time overall in its 25-year history, offers a purse of nearly a quarter-million dollars.


Lernerville’s Firecracker 100, meanwhile, will boast three full nights of competition for the third year in a row. An early-summer spectacular known for its fan-pleasing excitement both on and off the track, the Firecracker weekend begins with 30-lap, $6,000-to-win preliminary features on Thurs., June 28, and Fri., June 29, before ending with the traditional 100-lap headliner offering $30,000 for first place on Sat., June 30.


The WoO LMS’s third century-grind event is the Illini 100, which returns to its original home, Farmer City Raceway, on March 30-31 after last year’s edition was scheduled for LaSalle (Ill.) Speedway but never contested due to weather. A $20,000 top prize will be on the line at the quarter-mile bullring that is known for providing fans memorable competition.


Two more high-dollar programs will be presented at Tyler County Speedway, a competitive quarter-mile oval that drew the largest field of the 2011 WoO LMS (87 cars) for its ‘Black Diamond 125.’ The third annual ‘Black Diamond 125’ – a unique event that includes two $10,000-to-win Qualifying Features and a 45-lap ‘Sweet Sixteen’ finale offering a gargantuan $20,000 first-place booty – returns to the WoO LMS sked in ’12 on Sat., Sept. 1 (Labor Day weekend). Making the Mountaineer State track an even bigger hotbed for World of Outlaws action in 2012 will be a second special event – a Memorial Day weekend show on Sat., May 26, that promoter Frank Wilson promises will turn heads when its details are announced in the near future.

The season’s longest swing will be July’s ‘Wild West Tour,’ which currently shows five events over a 12-day period but is likely to expand with two TBA dates still to be filled. Amsoil Speedway in Superior, Wis., which returns to the series after a one-year absence, is scheduled to start the western trek on July 6, with subsequent races set for July 7 at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn. (the eighth straight year that the ‘Gopher 50’ will be part of the WoO LMS but first time it will be run on a Saturday night); July 12 at Red River Co-op Speedway in Winnipeg, Manitoba (the tour’s first-ever trip to the Canadian province); July 13 at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D.; and July 17 at Red River Valley Speedway in Fargo, N.D., a three-eighths-mile oval that last hosted the WoO LMS in 2005 when it was a sprawling half-mile track.


Other highlights of the 2012 schedule include:


* A visit for the third consecutive season to Tazewell (Tenn.) Speedway on Sat., April 28. The steeply-banked, one-third-mile oval is operated by 2011 WoO LMS Promoter of the Year Gary Hall.


* A Southeastern doubleheader on May 4 at 311 Motor Speedway in Pine Hall, N.C., and May 5 at Swainsboro (Ga.) Raceway. While the WoO LMS will compete at Swainsboro for the third straight year, it will make its first-ever appearance at 311.


* The WoO LMS ends a one-year absence from the state of Ohio with an event on May 25 at Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, which last hosted the tour in 2006. Wayne County will join with Tyler County (May 26) and West Virginia Motor Speedway (May 27) to form an attractive Memorial Day weekend tripleheader.


* The traditional spring midweek event at Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, which hosts the WoO LMS for the eighth time in nine years on Thurs., May 31. The trip to the First State once again coincides with the NASCAR weekend at nearby Dover International Speedway.


* Hagerstown (Md.) Speedway has set a Sat., June 16, date after being absent from last year’s tour – the first time in the history of the WoO LMS that Hagerstown did not schedule an event.


* Eriez Speedway in Hammett, Pa., will present its sixth annual WoO LMS 50-lapper on Sun., June 17, one month earlier than in past years.


* Hartford (Mich.) Motor Speedway will host a return engagement of the World of Outlaws, bringing the tour back for a second consecutive season on Fri., July 20. Series travelers will stop at the big half-mile oval en route home from the Wild West Tour.


* Shawano (Wis.) Speedway will continue its midweek date preceding the USA Nationals when it presents the World of Outlaws for the third year in a row on Wed., Aug. 1.


* This past year’s successful summer doubleheader in the Wolverine State will return in ’12 with visits on Aug. 17 to Winston Speedway in Rothbury, Mich., and Aug. 18 to Merritt Raceway in Lake City, Mich.


* Winchester (Va.) Speedway will anchor a late-summer weekend of competition, hosting the tour on Sat., Aug. 25. One or two events will be paired with the one-third-mile track, which ran its first-ever WoO LMS race in 2011.


* McKean County Raceway in East Smethport, Pa., which drew a standing-room-only crowd to its first-ever WoO LMS event in 2011, will give fans another opportunity to see the tour on Wed., Aug. 29.


* A late-season doubleheader in the Midwest on Fri., Sept. 14, at Farmer City and Sat., Sept. 15, at I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo., which will continue its popular 55-lap A-Main format.


* A visit to Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge, N.Y., on Thurs., Oct. 4, as part of Super DIRT Week, the annual showcase of Northeast DIRTcar Modified racing at the nearby one-mile New York State Fairgrounds.


Among the dates still to be announced is a pre-Firecracker 100 Northern swing through New York and Canada. Events are planned for June 20 and 26 in the Empire State and June 22 and 23 in Canada; the host tracks will be announced after negotiations are complete, said Christman.


Five facilities are scheduled to host multiple WoO LMS A-Mains in 2012. Tracks set to run three races are Bubba Raceway Park, Lernerville and The Dirt Track at Charlotte, which also presents the mid-week World of Outlaws Late Model Showdown on Oct. 10 as part of Charlotte Motor Speedway’s NASCAR weekend. Two events will be contested at Tyler County and Farmer City, which hosts a 50-lap event on Sept. 14 in addition to the Illini 100.


For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com


2012 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Schedule (as of Dec. 2, 2011)




Date – Day – Track/Location – Event - To Win - Laps




Feb. 10-11 - Fri./Sat. - Screven Motor Speedway/Sylvania, Ga. (Winter Freeze) - $20,000 – 60L


Feb. 16 – Thurs. - Bubba Raceway Park/Ocala, Fla. (LM Winter Nationals) - $8,000 – 40L


Feb. 17 – Fri. - Bubba Raceway Park/Ocala, Fla. (LM Winter Nationals) - $10,000 – 50L


Feb. 18 – Sat. - Bubba Raceway Park/Ocala, Fla. (LM Winter Nationals) - $12,000 – 60L


Feb. 23 – Thurs. - Volusia Speedway Park/Barberville, Fla. (DIRTcar Nationals) - $10,000 – 50L


Feb. 25 – Sat. - Volusia Speedway Park/Barberville, Fla. (DIRTcar Nationals) - $10,000 -50L




March 30-31 - Fri./Sat. - Farmer City (Ill.) Raceway (Illini 100) - $20,000 – 100L




April 27 – Friday – TBA


April 28 – Sat. - Tazewell (Tenn.) Speedway - $10,000 – 50L




May 4 – Fri. - 311 Motor Speedway/Pine Hall, N.C. - $10,000 – 50L


May 5 – Sat. - Swainsboro (Ga.) Raceway - $10,000 – 50L


May 25 – Fri. - Wayne County Speedway/Orrville, Ohio - $10,000 – 50L


May 26 – Sat. - Tyler County Speedway/Middlebourne, W.Va. – TBA


May 27 – Sun. - West Virginia Motor Speedway/Mineral Wells, W.Va. - $10,000 – 50L


May 31 – Thurs. - Delaware International Speedway/Delmar, Del. - $10,000 – 50L




June 16 – Sat. – Hagerstown (Md.) Speedway - $10,000 – 50L


June 17 – Sun. - Eriez Speedway/Hammett, Pa. - $10,000 – 50L


June 20 – Wed. - TBA (New York)


June 22 – Fri. - TBA (Canada)


June 23 – Sat. - TBA (Canada)


June 26 – Tues. - TBA (New York)


June 28 – Thurs. - Lernerville Speedway/Sarver, Pa. (Firecracker 100) - $6,000 – 30L


June 29 – Fri. - Lernerville Speedway/Sarver, Pa. (Firecracker 100) - $6,000 – 30L


June 30 – Sat. - Lernerville Speedway/Sarver, Pa. (Firecracker 100) - $30,000 – 100L




July 6 – Fri. - Amsoil Speedway/Superior, Wis. (Wild West Tour) - $10,000 – 50L


July 7 – Sat. - Deer Creek Speedway/Spring Valley, Minn. (Wild West Tour) - $10,000 – 50L


July 10 – Tues. – TBA (Wild West Tour)


July 12 – Thurs. - Red River Co-op Speedway/Winnipeg, MAN (Wild West Tour) - $10,000 – 50L


July 13 – Fri. - River Cities Speedway/Grand Forks, N.D. (Wild West Tour) - $10,000 – 50L


July 14 – Sat. – TBA (Wild West Tour)


July 17 – Tues. - Red River Valley Speedway/Fargo, N.D. (Wild West Tour) – TBA


July 20 – Fri. – Hartford (Mich.) Motor Speedway - $10,000 – 50L


July 21 – Sat. – TBA




Aug. 1 – Wed. - Shawano (Wis.) Speedway - $10,000 – 50L


Aug. 3-4 - Fri./Sat. - Cedar Lake Speedway/New Richmond, Wis. (USA Nationals) -$50,000 – 100L


Aug. 6 - Mon. – TBA


Aug. 17 – Fri. - Winston Speedway/Rothbury, Mich. - $10,000 – 50L


Aug. 18 – Sat. - Merritt Raceway/Lake City, Mich. - $10,000 – 50L


Aug. 24 – Fri. – TBA


Aug. 25 – Sat. - Winchester (Va.) Speedway - $10,000 – 50L


Aug. 26 – Sun. – TBA


Aug. 29 – Wed. - McKean County Raceway/E. Smethport, Pa. - $10,000 – 50L




Sept. 1 - Sat. - Tyler County Speedway/Middlebourne, W.Va. (Black Diamond 125) - $30,000* - 45L


Sept. 14 – Fri. - Farmer City (Ill.) Raceway - $10,000 – 50L


Sept. 15 – Sat. - I-55 Raceway/Pevely, Mo. - $10,000 – 55L




Oct. 4 – Thurs. - Rolling Wheels Raceway Park/Elbridge, N.Y. - $10,000 – 50L


Oct. 10 – Wed. - The Dirt Track at Charlotte/Concord, N.C. (WoO LM Showdown) – TBA – 50L




Nov. 1 – Thurs. - The Dirt Track at Charlotte/Concord, N.C. (World Finals) – Qualify


Nov. 2 – Fri. - The Dirt Track at Charlotte/Concord, N.C. (World Finals) - $10,000 – 50L


Nov. 3 - Sat. - The Dirt Track at Charlotte/Concord, N.C. (World Finals) - $10,000 – 50L


Schedule subject to change. Check WorldofOutlaws.com for the latest information.


The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award), McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award), Chizmark Larson Insurance, Factory Value Parts and RacingJunk.com; in addition to contingency sponsors Comp Cams, Eibach Springs, JE Pistons, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, Pro Power Engines, Quartermaster, Rocket Chassis, R2C Performance, Superflow Dynos, Wix Filters and Wrisco Aluminum.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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World of Outlaws Late Model Series Offers Sneak Peek at ’12 Dates on Facebook

 

Season kicks off with huge February schedule, races to Lowes Foods World Finals in November

 

ORLANDO, Fla. - Dec. 1, 2011 - The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is giving fans a sneak preview of the 2012 schedule of events today on its Facebook page by clicking Facebook.com/WorldofOutlaws.

The schedule, which starts fast with six events in February at three different Florida tracks, is being distributed this weekend at the annual Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. It will be made available to media and at WorldofOutlaws.com on Friday, as well as at next week's International Motorsports Industry Show (IMIS) in Indianapolis.

In addition to Facebook, fans can also follow the World of Outlaws Late Model Series on Twitter by clicking Twitter.com/WoOLateModels.

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Clanton Joins Kennedy Motorsports For 2012 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Campaign




After Leaving RSD Enterprises Seat, Georgia Driver Will Follow National Tour As Teammate To New York’s John Lobb



CONCORD, NC – Nov. 30, 2011 – Shane Clanton will close one chapter in his dirt Late Model life and begin a new one in 2012.

The 36-year-old driver from Fayetteville, Ga., decided on Monday to make a dramatic change in his career path, leaving Ronnie Dobbins’s RSD Enterprises team to join the fledgling Kennedy Motorsports operation as a teammate to 2011 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Rookie of the Year contender John Lobb of Frewsburg, N.Y.

Clanton will remain a regular on the WoO LMS for the eighth consecutive season, but that will be the only thing ordinary about ’12 for the hard-charger known as ‘Coconut.’ He has, after all, entered every event on the national tour since 2005 behind the wheel of a car owned by Dobbins, a Peach State businessman who has fielded dirt Late Models for decades.

“It’s gonna be emotional for sure because I’ve never been on the road without Ronnie,” said Clanton, who began a rise from standout regional racer to national stardom when Dobbins hired him in 2003. “This was probably the hardest decision I’ve ever made in my life.”

But according to Clanton, it was a decision he had to make. Since reaching a high point with Dobbins in 2008 when he set WoO LMS career highs in victories (four) and top-five finishes (22) and won the prestigious DIRTcar UMP-sanctioned World 100 at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway, Clanton has not met his own expectations. He hasn’t cracked the top five in the WoO LMS points standings for three straight seasons and in 2011 managed just one win and four top-five finishes on the circuit, forcing him to seriously reevaluate where he was headed.

“Ever since I started driving for Ronnie, he’s said, ‘There always comes a time in motorsports for a change,’” remarked Clanton, whose seventh-place finish in the 2011 WoO LMS points standings was his worst since 2005, when he placed 10th after missing seven races due to a shoulder injury. “For me and Ronnie, it seems to be the time for that change. We hit a wall – we weren’t performing up to what either one of us felt our potential was, so it’s best that we do something now rather than wait until later.”

With an attractive fulltime ride offer from Kennedy Motorsports owner John Kennedy sitting in front of him, Clanton spoke with Dobbins on Monday and went ahead with a headline-grabbing move.

“Believe me, this decision was tough,” said Clanton, who was afforded the opportunity to race for a living by Dobbins. “It felt like it just happened overnight, but I thought long and hard about what I needed to do. Ronnie gave me some advice when we sat down and had a long conversation about the whole deal, and then we decided to part ways.”

Clanton asserted that his separation from Dobbins was “business” and won’t diminish the close bond the two men have forged.

“Our friendship is way more important,” said Clanton, who habitually called Dobbins after all of his races to report his results. “There’s nothing that you can say bad about Ronnie. I hate that he’s not gonna be part of my team anymore, but I hope he’s part of my life.

“The friendship that me and him built over the past nine years is pretty special to me. I mean, Ronnie and his wife Janice knew me as a kid growing up, so it’s more than just him being my boss, you know what I’m saying? Him being my car owner developed into more of a friendship than a business, and that’s the way I want to keep it.

“We both feel it’s time to do something different,” he added, “and the opportunity came for me to do something different.”

During the 2011 season Clanton became friendly with Lobb, a 42-year-old veteran of the western Pennsylvania-area dirt Late Model wars who followed the WoO LMS for the first time with Kennedy’s backing. Lobb received some guidance from Clanton, and Kennedy, who served as Lobb’s crew chief before moving west to Phoenix in 1998, approached Clanton to discuss the possibility of joining forces.

“I guess they liked the way I approached things and did things,” said Clanton, whose 15 career WoO LMS triumphs places him in a tie for eighth on the tour’s win list since 2004. “(Kennedy) asked me if I’d be interested in doing something, and I said, ‘I’m not really interested in talking about it until I get done with this season.’ Well, he came to me after Charlotte (the Lowes Foods World Finals on Nov. 3-5) when our season was over and we put this deal together, and now we’re gonna move forward.”

Kennedy, who heads a Phoenix-based company, Kennedy Partners, which handles a variety of capital improvement construction projects (solar, new schools, etc.), will essentially launch a new team to bring Clanton into the fold. Clanton will oversee Kennedy Motorsports’ expansion from a familiar place – a shop in Georgia that his late father, Billy Clanton, used during his legendary racing career – while Lobb’s effort will be based in his own garage in the Empire State.

Both Clanton and Lobb, who finished 13th in the 2011 WoO LMS points standings, will campaign Core Construction-sponsored Capital Race Cars, the chassis that Clanton co-developed with former dirt Late Model driver Marshall Green and debuted in 2011. Clanton struggled to get his Capital machine up to speed – while he scored his only WoO LMS victory of ’11, on July 19 at Gillette (Wyo.) Thunder Speedway, in a Capital car, he spent most of the season’s second half driving his battle-tested Rocket – but he’s confident that further refinement will lead to better results in 2012.

“John (Lobb) and I will be full-fledged teammates sharing notes,” said Clanton, who will continue to use his customary No. 25 that he inherited from his father. “Hopefully I can help pick up his program and I can benefit from his input on the cars as well.”

The off-season will be a whirlwind for Clanton, who currently has the Capital car he drove in ’11 (he obtained it from Dobbins) but little other equipment. He needs to build more cars – for himself and Lobb – assemble his crew and put together all the spare parts and other items necessary to run a big-time dirt Late Model schedule.

“We’re building a new team here, so it’s gonna take some time to do it,” said Clanton, one of just two drivers with at least one WoO LMS A-Main in every season since 2004 (Darrell Lanigan is the other). “We’d like to go to Arizona in January (the four-race Wild West Shootout on Jan. 18 and 20-22 at USA Raceway in Tucson) if we can get our cars done because John (Kennedy) and most of our sponsors are based out there, but the big picture is the World of Outlaws so we gotta be ready for (the season opener) at Screven (Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga., on Feb. 10-11).”

Clanton understands the challenge facing him. He’s departed an established team to start virtually from scratch with an operation that Kennedy launched just over one year ago, but he’s confident he can be a success.

“If everything falls in place, I think we can get back to where we were a couple years ago,” said Clanton, whose top WoO LMS points finishes are second (2006) and fourth (’07 and ’08). “It’s gonna take a lot of hard work, but I’m excited to have the opportunity I’ve gotten from Kennedy Motorsports. I’m not saying it’s a short road, but eventually we’re gonna get back on top.”

Kennedy, 42, is certainly enthused about his upcoming two-driver WoO LMS assault.

“I’m very excited about Shane joining Kennedy Motorsports,” said Kennedy, who kept in touch with Lobb for more than a decade after relocating before deciding to start his own team. “I have enjoyed getting to know Shane and his crew over the course of the last year and he brings an awful lot of talent and experience to the team.

“We’re also very excited about the change to Capital Race cars and the opportunity to work with Marshall Green. We’re really looking forward to 2012.”

For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com

The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award), McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award), Chizmark Larson Insurance, Factory Value Parts and RacingJunk.com; in addition to contingency sponsors Comp Cams, Eibach Springs, JE Pistons, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, Pro Power Engines, Quartermaster, Rocket Chassis, R2C Performance, Superflow Dynos, Wix Filters and Wrisco Aluminum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mike Harrison Deserves ‘Mr. DIRTcar UMP Modified’ Distinction After Winning Second Straight National Title In 2011



CONCORD, NC – Nov. 28, 2011 - Go ahead and call Mike Harrison ‘Mr. DIRTcar UMP Modified.’ He’s earned the distinction.



Following a spectacular 2011 season that saw the 37-year-old from Highland, Ill., win both the DIRTcar UMP Modified national championship for the second straight year and the inaugural DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals title, there’s no doubt he’s established himself as the open-wheel division’s preeminent chauffeur.




Statistics don’t lie, and Harrison has some pretty impressive ones to show off. Most tellingly, he became just the third driver in 18 years to win back-to-back UMP Modified national crowns and, with his third career championship, moved within one of matching the circuit-record four national titles owned by Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., who is now a dirt Late Model star.




For his milestone national title, Harrison will receive a $20,000 points-fund check and championship trophy during the 28th annual DIRTcar UMP ‘Night of Champions’ Awards Banquet on Jan. 7, 2012, at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield, Ill.




“To win one (national title) was great, and now to say I’ve won three of them – I just don’t know what to say,” Harrison, whose first championship came in 2004, said in a post-season interview with Dave Seay of DirtCast.com. “To be creeping up there to the Jimmy Owens area (in championships), I never would’ve thought I could’ve done something like that. But you never know. Everything can be done.”




A UMP Modified regular since 1996 whose impressive racing resume boasts 337 career wins and six track championships, Harrison proved that he’s at the top of his game in ’11. After outdueling four drivers in a dramatic down-to-the-wire points battle for the 2010 national championship, he picked up right where he left off when the ’11 campaign began. Harrison won his first start of the season, on March 18 at Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, Ill., and never slowed down en route to joining Owens (2000-02) and Danny Yanders (1995-96) as national champs in consecutive years.




In all, Harrison won 24 DIRTcar-sanctioned features in ’11 – second only to the 25 logged by Quincy, Ill.’s Michael Long – at 11 tracks in four states. His checkered-flag tour included triumphs at Fayette County Speedway in Brownstown, Ill. (five wins); his hometown’s Highland Speedway (four); Belle-Clair (three); Fairbury (Ill.) American Legion Speedway, I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo., Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind., and Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, Ill. (two at each); and LaSalle (Ill.) Speedway, Paducah (Ky.) International Raceway, Peoria (Ill.) Speedway and Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. (one at each).




Eight of Harrison’s victories came on the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals, a new series run in conjunction with the DIRTcar Summer Nationals ‘Hell Tour’ for Late Models.




The Summit Modified Nationals was actually the first goal of ’11 for Harrison and his team, which is owned by Craig and Mary Kay Maskal of Lebanon, Ill. Setting off on the road with the series to add some variety to his racing schedule, Harrison emerged as its dominant force, failing to reach Victory Lane just three times in the 11 starts he made from mid-June through mid-July. He romped to the title, beating Jeff Curl of Forrest, Ill., by 209 points (750-541) in standings determined using drivers’ 10 best finishes.




“That was a big deal for us,” Harrison said of the Summit Modified Nationals. “Traveling around to different tracks – it was a lot of fun, I’ll tell you that.”




It also served as a springboard to the UMP Modified national championship. The tour’s big fields allowed Harrison to earn the maximum bonus points toward the circuit’s overall title at virtually every event, putting him atop the national points race midway through the summer.




Harrison didn’t waltz to the national crown, however. The points standings, which were determined using drivers’ best 25 finishes/points nights over the course of a season ending with the DIRTcar UMP Nationals on Oct. 8-9 at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway, tightened considerably down the stretch. Several challengers rose up, including Long and Nick Allen of Wheatfield, Ind., and Harrison took notice.




“I usually don’t let that stuff worry me, but I found myself with about a month to go really following what those guys were doing,” Harrison told DirtCast.com. “Then I got into farming and that really helped. When it gets into the (prime) farming time, it takes a toll on me working 14 to 15 hours a day, so for the last month-and-a-half (of the points season) I was counting on my guys to work on the car. I was just going home, going to bed and getting up and going to work again.




“That actually helped me because it let me just show up at the track and focus on that.”




Harrison, who makes his living hauling grain, driving a tractor and doing other assorted farm jobs for Rinderer Farms in Trenton, Ill. (which is also a sponsor of his team), clinched the championship with a flourish, winning his final feature of the season on Sept. 30 at Tri-City. The triumph allowed him to run stress-free in the following week’s DIRTcar UMP Nationals at Eldora, where he placed ninth and ended the points season with a 17-point (1,924-1,907) edge over Long.




After celebrating his national championship in front of the Eldora crowd, Harrison deflected praise for his achievement from himself to the people who shared the stage with him and the sponsors who helped them get there. His list of appreciation included his car owners; his wife and the wives of his crewmen; Rinderer Farms (“For letting me have time off to go out and do it”); Kehrer Brothers Roofing; Aggressive Graphics; Wick Racing Fuels; Larry Shaw Race Cars; and Dargie Race Engines.




“It’s just not all me,” asserted Harrison. “There’s a lot behind-the-scenes.”




Yes, a guy doesn’t become Mr. DIRTcar UMP Modified on talent alone – although as Harrison shows every time he gets behind the wheel, it’s definitely a requirement.




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Ticket order forms for the annual DIRTcar UMP ‘Night of Champions’ Awards Banquet on Jan. 7, 2012, at the Crown Plaza in Springfield, Ill., are available on-line at www.dirtcar.com under ‘Downloadable Forms’ or by calling the UMP office at 618-450-2072.




Harrison will be one of eight DIRTcar UMP national champions honored during the gala, joining Ryan Unzicker of El Paso, Ill. (Late Models), Dustin Griffin of Quincy, Ill. (Pro Late Models), Jeremy Hines of Seymour, Ind. (Sportsman), Mark Anderson of Canton, Ill. (Limited Modifieds), Nate Zimmer of Mattoon, Ill. (Stock Cars), Dennis Bringedahl of Twin Lakes, Mich. (Factory Stocks) and Jeremy Callahan of Mt. Vernon, Ill. (Sport Compacts).




For more information on DIRTcar Racing and to see the complete final points standings for all UMP-sanctioned divisions, visit www.dirtcar.com.




Official Final 2011 DIRTcar UMP Modified National Points Standings (Rank/Driver/Points/Races Counted):




1. Mike Harrison 25 1924


2. Michael Long 25 1907


3. Nick Allen 25 1886


4. Jacob Poel 25 1875


5. Ken Schrader 25 1871


6. Todd Sherman 25 1862


7. Ray Bollinger 25 1860


8. Clayton Miller 25 1834


9. Doug Adkins 25 1831


10. Jamie Lomax 25 1827


11. Danny Crane 25 1820


12. Scott Weber 25 1814


13. Tim Hancock 25 1791


14. John DeMoss 25 1779


15. Brian Lynn 25 1769


16. Jeff Leka 25 1766


17. Joe Rokos 25 1763


18. Mark Anderson 25 1759


19. Jim Farris Sr. 25 1755


20. Randle Sweeney 25 1747




Official Final 2011 DIRTcar UMP Modified Missouri State Championship Points Standings (Rank/Driver/Points/Races Counted):




1. Danny Crane 25 1820


2. Steven Delonjay 25 1731


3. Michael Long 25 1725


4. Jason Russell 24 1516


5. Dave Wietholder 25 1514


6. Vance Wilson 25 1416


7. Jake Griffin 25 1282


8. Gary Blackburn Jr. 23 1247


9. Jared Schlipman 18 1080


10. Richard Foster 19 995




Official Final 2011 DIRTcar UMP Modified Ohio State Championship Points Standings (Rank/Driver/Points/Races Counted):




1. Doug Adkins 25 1831


2. Jerry Bowersock 25 1537


3. David McWilliams 25 1527


4. Brian Post 25 1343


5. Zach Schroeder 18 1080


6. Bill Keeler 23 1071


7. Weasel Rhoades 17 1054


8. Dave Jamison 20 1029


9. Jimmy Lennex Jr. 24 1010


10. Mark Kaetzel II 25 999




Official Final 2011 DIRTcar UMP Modified Kentucky/Tennessee State Championship Points Standings (Rank/Driver/Points/Races Counted):




1. Clayton Miller 25 1834


2. Randle Sweeney 25 1732


3. Trent Young 25 1680


4. Dustin Isom 25 1668


5. Justin Story 25 1525


6. Ronnie Falloway 25 1500


7. Paul Miles 25 1396


8. Kyle Robertson 25 1260


9. JR Mason 25 1253


10. Bryce Jewell 23 1232




Official Final 2011 DIRTcar UMP Modified Midwest States Championship Points Standings (Rank/Driver/Points/Races Counted):




1. Michael Bolyard 25 1540


2. Gabe Menser 25 1511


3. Kelby Simmons 25 1405


4. Larry Anderson 25 1389


5. Tim Lewis Jr. 23 1086


6. Billy Lewis 25 1054


7. Cole Hussong 25 1028


8. Stan Beadles 20 983


9. Bill Wagoner 21 956


10. Will Krup 20 903




Official Final 2011 DIRTcar UMP Modified Eastern States Championship Points Standings (Rank/Driver/Points/Races Counted):




1. Todd Sherman 25 1715


2. Derek Losh 25 1661


3. Jake Ruefer 25 1604


4. JR Ruefer 25 1385


5. Aaron Orr 24 1343


5. Andy Bishop 25 1343


7. Zeke Mckenzie 25 1286


8. Tony Anderson 22 1235


9. Ryan Cripe 25 1123


10. Bruce Takach 17 1096




Official Final 2011 DIRTcar UMP Modified Northwest States Championship Points Standings (Rank/Driver/Points/Races Counted):




1. Troy Foulger 25 1544


2. Chris Shannon 22 1304


3. Bobby Hogge IV 15 933


4. Scott Busby 14 740


5. Mike Salazar 14 612


6. Randy McDaniel 12 598


7. Chester Kniss 14 553


8. Sean Ogara 12 543


9. Nick Decarlo 10 542


10. Dereck Colvin 13 536




Official Final 2011 DIRTcar UMP Modified Deep South State Championship Points Standings (Rank/Driver/Points/Races Counted):




1. Jeff Mathews 25 1710


2. Kyle Bronson 23 1254


3. Garrett Stewart 22 1118


4. Larry Burkins 23 1105


5. Scott Mooers 25 1086


6. Jared Allison 16 960


7. Dale Murray 22 940


8. Dave Barber Jr. 18 879


9. Jim Passino 16 765


10. Ronnie Chance 17 705




Official Final 2011 DIRTcar UMP Modified Indiana State Championship Points Standings (Rank/Driver/Points/Races Counted):




1. Clint Demoss 25 1721


2. Richie Lex 25 1596


3. Derek Groomer 23 1471


4. Paul Bumgardner 25 1449


5. Kenny Carmichael Sr. 25 1379


6. Schuyler Nahre 25 1304


7. John DeMoss 18 1180


8. Brian Hayden 19 1117


9. Wes Mcclara 24 1091


10. Carlos Bumgardner Sr. 24 1076




Official Final 2011 DIRTcar UMP Modified Michigan State Championship Points Standings (Rank/Driver/Points/Races Counted):




1. Jacob Poel 25 1875


2. Joe Rokos 25 1763


3. Mark Anderson 25 1759


4. Rich Robinson Jr. 25 1605


4. Andrew Sprague 25 1605


6. Stan Dodds 25 1483


7. Jeff Erickson 25 1412


8. David Mielke 25 1361


9. Cody Bauer 25 1337


10. Steve Mcclees 25 1303




Official Final 2011 DIRTcar UMP Modified Northern Illinois State Championship Points Standings (Rank/Driver/Points/Races Counted):




1. Ray Bollinger 25 1804


2. Jamie Lomax 25 1784


3. Nick Allen 25 1761


4. Jim Farris Sr. 25 1755


5. Lance Dehm 25 1677


6. Steven Brooks 25 1640


7. Jeff Leka 25 1622


8. Jay Ledford 25 1571


9. Justin Delong 25 1546


10. Jeff Curl 25 1536




Official Final 2011 DIRTcar UMP Modified Southern Illinois State Championship Points Standings (Rank/Driver/Points/Races Counted):




1. Tim Hancock 25 1791


2. Scott Weber 25 1763


3. Dean Hoffman 25 1736


4. Mike Harrison 25 1664


5. Steve Lach 25 1596


6. Brian Lynn 25 1579


7. Guy Taylor 25 1577


8. Ray Walsh 25 1518


9. Brian Diveley 25 1498


10. Brett Korves 25 1464


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DIRTcar UMP Modifieds Invading Four Florida Tracks for 15 Nights in February

DIRTcar Late Models, Super DIRTcar Big-Blocks also hitting Sunshine State to kick off 2012 racing season

 

CONCORD, N.C. - Nov. 26, 2011 - Anchored around the 41st UNOH DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park, 15 nights of DIRTcar UMP Modified racing at four Florida racetracks kick start the 2012 action in February, plus seven nights of DIRTcar Late Models and four nights of Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds.

The racing heats up in Florida beginning Feb. 2 for three nights at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, then slides across the state to East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton for three more nights. Both tracks will feature $5,000-to-win finales before invading Volusia Speedway Park Feb. 14 in Barberville for eight nights of racing in the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals, including the $5,000-to-win Gator Championship and the final night of Twin or Triple 25's depending on car count. That final night will get a makeover this season, too, with the top point drivers competing in one race while the next group in points will compete in the second race and finally a third group in points, if necessary, in a final feature. All three races will pay $700 to win with the Top 10 in points in each group being inverted.

Following the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals, the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds will wrap up their Florida tour with three nights at North Florida Speedway beginning Feb. 23 in Lake City.

The UNOH DIRTcar Nationals will feature six nights of DIRTcar Late Models, beginning Tuesday, Feb. 20, and competing two nights in conjunction with the World of Outlaws Late Model Series. The final three nights of DIRTcar Late Models will be racing for $10,000-to-win.

The UNOH DIRTcar Nationals also serves as the winter break for Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds each year. The four-night Florida Tour for the Big-Blocks begins Wednesday, Feb. 22.

For tickets to the 41st UNOH DIRTcar Nationals, call 877-395-8606 or click DIRTcarNationals.com and click the link for tickets. For more information on Bubba Raceway Park, click BubbaRacewayPark.com. For more on East Bay Raceway Park, click EastBayRacewayPark.com. For more on North Florida Speedway, click NorthFloridaSpeedway.com.

DIRTcar UMP Modifieds

Date Winner's Share Track Location
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012 $1,500 Bubba Raceway Park Ocala, FL
Friday, Feb. 3, 2012 $1,750 Bubba Raceway Park Ocala, FL
Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 $5,000 Bubba Raceway Park Ocala, FL
Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 $1,500 East Bay Raceway Gibsonton, FL
Friday, Feb. 10, 2012 $1,500 East Bay Raceway Gibsonton, FL
Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 $5,000 East Bay Raceway Gibsonton, FL
Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012 $1,000 Volusia Speedway Park Barberville FL
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 $1,000 Volusia Speedway Park Barberville FL
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 $1,000 Volusia Speedway Park Barberville FL
Friday, Feb. 17, 2012 $1,000 Volusia Speedway Park Barberville FL
Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 $700 (half field) Volusia Speedway Park Barberville FL
Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 $700 (half field) Volusia Speedway Park Barberville FL
Monday, Feb. 20, 2012 $5,000/$250 start Volusia Speedway Park Barberville FL
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 $700 all features Volusia Speedway Park Barberville FL
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 $1,000 North Florida Speedway Lake City, FL
Friday, Feb. 24, 2012 $1,000 North Florida Speedway Lake City, FL
Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 $2,000 North Florida Speedway Lake City, FL

DIRTcar Late Models

Date Winner's Share Track Location
Monday, Feb. 20, 2012 $7,000 Volusia Speedway Park Barberville FL
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 $7,000 Volusia Speedway Park Barberville FL
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 $7,000 Volusia Speedway Park Barberville FL
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 $10,000 Volusia Speedway Park Barberville FL
Friday, Feb. 24, 2012 $10,000 Volusia Speedway Park Barberville FL
Saturday, Feb. 25, 2011 $10,000 Volusia Speedway Park Barberville FL

Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds

Date Winner's Share Track Location
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 $2,000 Volusia Speedway Park Barberville FL
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 $2,000 Volusia Speedway Park Barberville FL
Friday, Feb. 24, 2012 $2,000 Volusia Speedway Park Barberville FL
Saturday, Feb. 25, 2011 $5,000 Volusia Speedway Park Barberville FL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Eckert’s Wild 2011 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Championship Celebration Was A Long Time Coming



CONCORD, NC – Nov. 23, 2011 - Rick Eckert had never experienced a moment quite like the one that immediately followed the final night of the fifth annual Lowes Foods World Finals presented by Tom’s Snacks, Coca-Cola and Nature’s Own at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

But of course, no one around dirt Late Model racing had ever seen anything like it.

After Eckert clinched his first-ever World of Outlaws Late Model Series championship on Nov. 5 in dramatic fashion – when Josh Richards slowed with a flat tire on the final circuit of the tour’s season-ending 50-lap A-Main, Eckert swooped by to snatch the title – an unforgettable scene swept over the facility. The resolution of a tense, nip-and-tuck points battle had come so suddenly that emotions – from Eckert, from Eckert’s team, from Eckert’s fans, from every last person in the capacity crowd of over 14,000 – simply exploded with a nuclear bomb’s ferocity.

Eckert, 45, of York, Pa., was mobbed by well-wishers when he stopped his car on the homestretch for the post-race ceremonies. Tears of joy flowed freely among those closest to the veteran driver, whose own eyes welled up a bit after he came to the realization that he had not only pocketed a $100,000 points-fund check for his self-owned team but finally reached the pinnacle of a series he has followed religiously since 2004 when it was re-launched under the World Racing Group banner.

“It means a lot to win this thing because we were here since the beginning,” said Eckert, who became the seventh different driver in eight years to raise the WoO LMS championship trophy. “Not everybody who’s been here (since ’04) has won a championship, but after doing it for so long I was like, ‘I’d really like to win this before we can’t do the whole series anymore.’

“Truthfully, there would’ve been a void if we never won it. It feels great to finally put one of these on our list.”

The significance of Eckert’s accomplishment was written all over his face when he emerged from his car. Wearing a smile wider than his orange race car hauler, he pumped his fists in the air to acknowledge the roar of an energized crowd – all of whom had risen to their feet as the race’s last lap unfolded – and was then swallowed up by a mass of humanity.
Like a basketball player who won a championship with a buzzer-beating jumper, Eckert found himself in the middle of a raucous hug-fest. His wife, Kristal, grabbed him while sobbing uncontrollably – and admitted later that the final lap happened so fast, she had to be told that her husband had won the title. His 22-year-old daughter, Courtney, wept as she thrust her arms around dear old Dad. His chief mechanic and longtime friend, Bob Miller, and his quiet crewman, Danny White, who joined Eckert’s team on a fulltime basis in 2011, bear-hugged their driver. And his army of family members and supporters who had watched from the grandstands and the suites also joined the celebration, including his father Junior, a former racer who faithfully follows his son’s racing exploits; his mother, who attended the race while battling cancer because her doctors postponed a scheduled chemo treatment; and Barbara Vest, the wife of Eckert’s former car owner Raye Vest, who passed away during the 2009 World Finals.

More than a half-hour after the checkered flag had fallen, Eckert was still on The Dirt Track’s homestretch, savoring the electric atmosphere.

“This is cool,” Eckert said in an interview for WorldofOutlaws.com while standing amidst dozens of people. “This is cool that they do (Victory Lane) on the front straightaway so all these fans can come down.”

Seconds later Eckert was inundated – on camera – by four screaming fans from Pennsylvania who were dressed up as Teletubbies, those colorful characters that were once the stars of a show for pre-schoolers. Shortly thereafter Eckert climbed back in his car and drove to his trailer in the pit area, where he received a hero’s welcome and then partied until the wee hours – with a group that, of course, included the costumed Keystone Staters.



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While Eckert’s championship would have been popular regardless of how he secured it, the unique circumstances that brought him the title on the final lap of the season’s final race made it truly historic. While his championship margin of 14 points over Richards only tied for the fourth-closest in WoO LMS history, no points battle was ever decided in more dramatic fashion and in front of more fans.

Eckert entered the World Finals doubleheader with a 14-point advantage over Richards, who was seeking his unprecedented third consecutive championship. The difference shrank to just two points after Richards finished sixth and Eckert was 12th in the weekend’s first 50-lap A-Main on Nov. 4, setting up a Saturday-night showdown in which the driver who placed highest would win the crown.

“Me and Josh were talking before the (Saturday night) race, and he says, ‘Can we make this any harder?’” recalled Eckert, who mentored Richards early in the 23-year-old driver’s career. “I said, ‘No, there’s no possible way. We’re making it great for the fans, but usually what’s great for them isn’t good for us.’”

After both drivers struggled in qualifying, Richards started 17th and Eckert took the green flag from 20th in the feature, bunching them together for the deciding event. They proceeded to run the entire distance always in sight – and often within inches – of each other.

Eckert moved ahead of Richards at mid-pack for the first time on lap 25, two circuits after the race’s first caution flag flew. Richards briefly fell three spots behind Eckert before tossing his father Mark’s Rocket Chassis house car to the outside of the four-tenths-mile oval and regaining the upper hand on lap 28.

When a caution flag flew on lap 37, Richards sat 14th and Eckert was 15th – a dead-heat in the points race, though Richards held the tie-breaker with his series-leading nine wins versus Eckert’s three. They resumed their battle on the restart but later that lap were nearly swept up in a multi-car tangle between turns three and four. Eckert escaped the incident unscathed on the outside while Richards pressed on despite clipping the sliding car of Darrell Lanigan with the right-rear corner of his machine.

Richards and Eckert were 11th and 12th, respectively, for the ensuing restart, but two circuits later Richards was up to 10th and Eckert had fallen to 13th. Richards picked up another spot on lap 42 and, with Eckert still wallowing in 13th, settled into a groove that seemed likely to bring him a championship threepeat.

While Eckert hadn’t given up the fight, he knew his title dreams were drifting away.

“I had burnt my stuff down, burnt my tires off,” said Eckert, whose previous best WoO LMS points finish was third, in 2005. “I knew I just had to race hard from the drop of the green. Normally in a condition like (Charlotte was) where it’s wearing tires, I would’ve driven a little easier early and had tire left at the end, but I couldn’t do that. My personal opinion was that I needed to get in front of (Richards) and stay in front of him in case the racetrack locked down. I did get by him at one point, but the track never really locked down in a single lane and he came back by me.

“I was still running as hard as I could, but I didn’t really have anything left and I knew we were running out of laps.”

Alas, fortune was on Eckert’s side. As Richards slid through turns three and four with the white flag flying, his car suddenly lost speed. A flat right-rear tire was visible as he passed the start/finish line and he slowed drastically through turns one and two.

“I seen him slip off of four there,” Eckert recalled of the championship-turning moment. “He slipped up the racetrack, and I thought, That’s an odd place to slip up the racetrack like that. Then he went down the front straightaway and he started lifting the left front, and I was like, ‘Holy s---, I think he’s getting a flat!’

“The flagstand at (Charlotte) is really high – you have to look up for it – so after I looked at (Richards) I looked up and I seen the flagman was throwing the white (flag). I was like, ‘If he’s getting a flat I have to get after it.’ So I floored into the top of one and two so I could cross him back over as he went up the racetrack. I went by him off two and then all I could think of was that I might blow out (a tire) in three and four.”

Eckert made it to the checkered flag, finishing a distant but very rewarding 12th as Richards limped to an 18th-place finish. In barely a 20-second span, Eckert’s emotions literally flipped from dejection to elation.

“I was happy when I crossed the finish line,” said Eckert. “Then I started thinking, Did this really just happen?”

Indeed it had – in the most unlikely manner imaginable.

“If you had told me coming into the (World Finals) weekend that we could’ve run 12th twice and won the championship, I would’ve said you were crazy,” said Eckert. “I was figuring I would have to be in the top three both nights because Josh is so good (at Charlotte).

“But you never know what can happen,” he added. “We got lucky, but I’ve always said I’d rather be lucky than good.”

*****


The World Finals finale was a virtual microcosm of the 2011 WoO LMS season, which followed a familiar script: every time Richards appeared to be on the verge of overtaking Eckert for the points lead, a bad break would push Richards back.

Richards topped Eckert in all the major statistical categories during the 32-race World of Outlaws campaign, including wins (9-3), top-fives (22-16) and top-10s (26-25). But after Richards ceded the points lead to Eckert following the May 7 event at Swainsboro (Ga.) Raceway – Eckert won his first A-Main of ’11 that evening while Richards lost eight laps repairing a folded front bumper and finished 19th – the two rivals remained one-two in the standings for the remainder of the season.

The difference? Eckert was solid and indestructible, finishing worse than 13th just once (a 16th-place run on Aug. 20 at Michigan’s Merritt Raceway) while completing all 1,637 possible laps in the season’s 30 full-points A-Mains. Richards, meanwhile, experienced five subpar finishes (14th, 16th, 18th, 19th and 21st) and completed 1,597 of 1,637 laps in full-points A-Mains.

“We didn’t win nearly as many races as we would’ve liked to, but we were consistent,” said Eckert, whose only blemishes on an otherwise sparking performance record came in the two WoO LMS events that offered show-up points (mechanical trouble left him with a DNF/21st in the USA Nationals on Aug. 6 at Wisconsin’s Cedar Lake Speedway and he failed to qualify for the 16-car ‘Black Diamond 125’ headliner on Sept. 3 at West Virginia’s Tyler County Speedway). “We didn’t drop out of races and we ran in the top five a lot more than we have the last couple years.”

The most startling aspect of Eckert’s best WoO LMS season since 2006 (when he won eight A-Mains but finished sixth in the points standings) was that he wasn’t even sure he could run the entire schedule. Coming off a rough ’10 season that saw him face the financial realities of fielding his own equipment after a 15-year run driving for Vest, Eckert conceded that ’11 could be the end of his stint as a series regular.

“If I was a betting guy, I would’ve bet against me finishing the season out,” Eckert said when asked about his mindset entering 2011. “So with that said, it really was unexpected for us to end up winning the championship.

“At the beginning of the year I looked at the (WoO LMS) schedule and it wasn’t as geographically friendly to where I live as it had been in the past. I made up my mind that we would see where we were at in the points before the Wild West Tour (in early July), and if we weren’t good then we’d just fall off and not make that whole trip.”

When that moment of truth arrived, however, Eckert found himself sitting atop the points standings. Hot off a superb three-night visit to Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa., for the Firecracker 100 weekend (runner-up finishes in the two preliminary A-Mains and a third-place run in the 100-lapper) and a fourth-place finish in the ‘Outlaw Sizzler 101’ on July 3 at Tazewell (Tenn.) Speedway, he understood that he had to press on.

The holiday-weekend run at Tazewell, in fact, had provided Eckert his first inkling that something special was brewing with his 2011 season.

“I’ll be honest – the first time it struck me that we had a shot (at the championship) was when we were at Tazewell,” said Eckert, whose primary sponsor in ’11 was his brother-in-law Joe Darrah’s J&K Salvage. “Tire wear was really an issue there, and during cautions I saw that Josh’s dad kept stopping him (having him pull low and drive slowly) to look at his right-rear tire. I was like, ‘Man, they should know better than that, because when these tires are about bald the last thing you want to do is slow down like that because they’ll start to go flat.’ Well, after the third caution he did it and when he pulled back out in line his tire was going flat.”

Richards slowed with a flat tire and finished 16th after running fourth for most of the distance at Tazewell. Eckert moved up to place fourth, expanding his points lead from 16 to 40 points with one of those quiet but crucial types of performances that every champion has on their resume.

“We probably had a seventh-place car, but Josh and some other guys got to blowing out tires and we got to fourth,” said Eckert. “I was like, ‘If we can keep pulling this off, if things can keep going our way like this, we might have a shot.’”

Eckert did the three-race Wild West Tour. He came home from Gillette, Wyo., with an even larger edge of 52 points over Richards, who suffered a DNF/21 st-place finish on July 15 at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D., while Eckert placed a steady fifth.

For Richards, the deficit would be too much to completely overcome. He was the hottest driver of summer and early fall on the WoO LMS, winning seven times in the 15 events leading into the World Finals. But Eckert didn’t wilt under the pressure; maintaining his focus, he registered four of his six overall runner-up finishes in a six-race stretch in late July and early August and scored a critical victory on Oct. 6 at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge, N.Y. – a triumph that not only got him back in the winner’s circle for the first time since May 12 at Delaware International Speedway, but also extended his points lead from 16 to 22 markers.

One month later, Eckert was sitting on top of the World of Outlaws universe. If there is such a thing at Karma, then Eckert had it in 2011.

“I believe in it,” said Eckert, who sits fourth on the WoO LMS win list since 2004 with 24 career victories. “Sometimes you work hard and things work out, and sometimes you run terrible. This year things seemed to work out for us. It was our year.”

Perhaps Eckert even had some assistance from above that made his championship drive possible. Two years after Vest – a man Eckert considered a second father – died at his home during the World Finals, Eckert could feel Vest riding with him in the season-ending race at The Dirt Track.

“Anytime we won Raye would say, ‘Man, I’m tired. I was helping you drive the whole race,’” Eckert said with a smile. “Well, I’m sure he helped me win that championship.”

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Goal Accomplished: Unzicker On Top Of World After Claiming 2011 DIRTcar UMP Late Model National Championship




Rising Illinois Driver Will Receive $20,000 Points-Fund Prize At DIRTcar UMP Awards Banquet On Jan. 7



CONCORD, NC – Nov. 22, 2011 - Ryan Unzicker wasn’t going to let the 2011 DIRTcar UMP Late Model national championship slip through his fingers.




Not after leading the points standings for more than four months. Not with his dream so close to being realized.




Unzicker, 30, of El Paso, Ill., wanted the national title more than he’s wanted anything in his racing career and, thanks to a dramatic final-month surge, he got it. After losing the points lead with just over one month left in the season, Unzicker roared back to win the $20,000 crown by 49 points (2,551-2,502) over defending champion Rusty Schlenk of Jackson, Mich.




“It’s just so satisfying that we were able to pull it off after setting a goal of winning the championship,” said Unzicker, who will receive his points-fund check and championship trophy during the 28th annual DIRTcar UMP ‘Night of Champions’ Awards Banquet on Jan. 7, 2012, at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield, Ill. “We live right in the middle of UMP country and I’ve been racing with UMP ever since I started, so winning the national championship was my ultimate goal when I first got in the Late Model. Anytime you can achieve your goal, it’s a pretty good accomplishment.”




Securing the crown with style added even more significance to Unzicker’s breakthrough campaign, which put him at the pinnacle of DIRTcar UMP’s weekly racing program in just his seventh season of dirt Late Model competition. He responded to Schlenk’s late-summer rally by flashing true championship mettle, going on a hot streak with his family-owned team that dwarfed any he had previously experienced in his career.




After Unzicker’s once 300-plus-point edge turned into a deficit of nine, and then 37, points to Schlenk over a two-week period in late August and early September, his championship hopes appeared to be on life support. But over the next two weekends he was almost perfect, finishing second on Sept. 9 at Kankakee (Ill.) County Speedway and then ripping off a career-high four consecutive wins, on Sept. 10 at LaSalle (Ill.) Speedway, Sept. 11 at Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, Ill., Sept. 16 at Kankakee and Sept. 17 at LaSalle.




By the end of the win streak, Unzicker found himself back on top of the national standings by 33 points over Schlenk after falling as far back as third. He finished no worse than seventh in his next six starts and clinched the title with his 17th victory of the season on Oct. 1 at Kankakee, allowing him to enter the ensuing weekend’s season-ending DIRTcar UMP Nationals at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, with no points pressure hanging over his head.




“We had a couple or three bad weeks, but we just knew the points were gonna get close toward the end of the year with the throw-out numbers,” Unzicker said of the national standings, which were determined using driver’s best 35 finishes/points nights. “When (Schlenk) came on and passed us, we all knew we had to step up. It was a lot of pressure, but we knew we could still do it.




“We just buckled down and kept digging. We put some new parts on the car and spent extra time in the garage because we didn’t want to take chances with anything. We made sure everything was right, and what we did the last month showed that we put in our homework.”




The tight points race forced Unzicker to bypass several major events, including the World 100 at Eldora, that he would have otherwise entered in favor of chasing points in weekly shows closer to home, but the sacrifice ended up being well worth it.




“We didn’t want to skip races like the World 100, but we had to this year to reach our goal,” said Unzicker, whose ambitious 84-race ’11 season included 37 top-five and 56 top-10 finishes. “It all worked out in our favor in the end.”




The importance of claiming DIRTcar UMP’s marquee national title was not lost on Unzicker. He was, after all, born and raised in El Paso, a small town just a half-hour west of the longtime DIRTcar UMP-sanctioned Fairbury (Ill.) American Legion Speedway, and his first racing championship came in the DIRTcar UMP Street Stock division at Farmer City (Ill.) Raceway in 2003.




“When I started running the Late Model stuff I knew there were a lot of names around this area that had won the national championship,” said Unzicker, who did some pavement racing on the ARCA and ASA series in 2003-04 before shifting his focus to dirt Late Model. “I wanted to be on that list. I wanted to be there forever. To accomplish it, it’s really neat. Now I can go to all my hometracks and just feel good about myself.




“We put so much heart, effort and work into it, and it’s great to see that stuff like that pays off. There are a lot of racers and people who put a lot of time and money into racing and they don’t get what they plan on getting, so I feel good that we were able to accomplish our goal. Hopefully we can proceed and keep going to even bigger things.”




The future certainly appears bright for Unzicker. A relative newcomer to the motorsports game – he didn’t begin his driving career until 2003 after graduating from Eureka (Ill.) College with a degree in Business Administration – his career arc is still very much on an upward trajectory.




Unzicker has shown steady shown progress in each season since he began running a heavy DIRTcar UMP schedule in 2008. His final national points standing has gone from 11th (’08) to sixth (’09) to third (’10) and finally this year’s title, while his finish in the grueling DIRTcar Summer Nationals ‘Hell Tour’ standings has leaped from 12th in ’08 to seventh in ’09, fifth in ’10 and fourth this season. He nearly doubled his previous single-season high win total in 2011 (his victories came at eight different tracks in Illinois, including Fairbury, where he won three straight Saturday-night events during the summer), and he’s won a Summer Nationals feature in each of the last two years. Unzicker also has finished second in the Northern All-Stars Late Model Series points standings for two consecutive seasons.




A cerebral married man who makes his living as the safety director at his family’s RJR Transportation company, Unzicker and his family have assembled a formidable team that has plenty of room to grow. He sees the potential there to eventually meet any goal he can set.




“We want to keep building our program,” said Unzicker, who campaigns MasterSbilt cars powered by Rhyne Competition Engines. “We keep improving every year, getting our cars and motors a little bit better. It’s a long process, but we’re seeing results and we think we can do a little better next year.”




While Unzicker, who also won the DIRTcar UMP Illinois State Championship points race in 2011, would love to test his talents on a national tour like the World of Outlaws Late Model Series in the future if he can obtain sufficient sponsorship, he anticipates that the Midwest’s DIRTcar UMP circuit will remain his focus in ’12.




And wherever Unzicker appears with his familiar No. 24 machine – whether it be in a local weekly show, a Summer Nationals headliner or a regional special – he’ll receive plenty of attention. After becoming the 19th driver to win the DIRTcar UMP Late Model national title since 1984, he’s earned it.




*****




Ticket order forms for the annual DIRTcar UMP ‘Night of Champions’ Awards Banquet on Jan. 7, 2012, at the Crown Plaza in Springfield, Ill., are available on-line at www.dirtcar.com under ‘Downloadable Forms’ or by calling the UMP office at 618-450-2072.




Unzicker will be one of eight DIRTcar UMP national champions honored during the gala, joining Mike Harrison of Highland, Ill. (UMP Modifieds), Dustin Griffin of Quincy, Ill. (Pro Late Models), Jeremy Hines of Seymour, Ind. (Sportsman), Mark Anderson of Canton, Ill. (Limited Modifieds), Nate Zimmer of Mattoon, Ill. (Stock Cars), Dennis Bringedahl of Twin Lakes, Mich. (Factory Stocks) and Jeremy Callahan of Mt. Vernon, Ill. (Sport Compacts).




For more information on DIRTcar Racing and to see the complete final points standings for all UMP-sanctioned divisions, visit www.dirtcar.com.




Official Final 2011 DIRTcar UMP Late Model National Points Standings (Rank/Driver/Points/Races Counted):




1. Ryan Unzicker 35 2551


2. Rusty Schlenk 35 2502


3. Jon Henry 35 2465


4. Shannon Babb 35 2415


5. Jason Feger 35 2397


6. Brandon Thirlby 35 2346


7. Brandon Sheppard 35 2295


8. Randy Korte 35 2277


9. Eric Spangler 35 2243


10. Bobby Pierce 35 2192


10. Mike Provenzano 35 2192


12. Mike Spatola III 35 2187


13. Eric Smith 35 2080


14. Brian Ruhlman 35 2079


15. Dennis Erb Jr. 35 2028


16. Mark Voigt 35 2005


17. Steve Lance Jr. 35 1999


18. Michael Kloos 35 1990


19. Scott Schmitt 35 1976


20. Brian Shirley 35 1961




Official Final 2011 DIRTcar UMP Late Model Michigan State Championship Points Standings (Rank/Driver/Points/Races Counted):




1. Eric Spangler 35 2232


2. Brandon Thirlby 35 2168


3. Richard Neiser 30 1801


4. Adam Thrush 35 1595


5. Bill Bray 31 1518


6. Zach Olger 26 1445


7. Kevin Nelson Jr. 24 1289


8. Rob Taylor 27 1271


9. Kathy Jarvis 35 1252


10. Tom Sprague Jr. 23 1213




Official Final 2011 DIRTcar UMP Late Model Midwest States Championship Points Standings (Rank/Driver/Points/Races Counted):




1. Randy Korte 35 2219


2. Mark Voigt 35 1949


3. Chad Zobrist 34 1789


4. Dewayne Kiefer 35 1729


5. Michael Kloos 33 1700


6. Mike Schulte 35 1659


7. Frankie Martin 32 1594


8. Mike Hammerle 33 1583


9. Rick Salter 30 1324


10. Rickey Frankel 29 1309




Official Final 2011 DIRTcar UMP Late Model Illinois State Championship Points Standings (Rank/Driver/Points/Races Counted):




1. Ryan Unzicker 35 2397


2. Mike Provenzano 35 2192


3. Eric Smith 35 2080


4. Bobby Pierce 35 2066


5. Mike Spatola III 35 1989


6. Scott Schmitt 35 1922


7. Brandon Sheppard 31 1889


8. Steve Lance Jr. 30 1768


9. Kevin Weaver 35 1738


9. Scott Bull 32 1738




Official Final 2011 DIRTcar UMP Late Model Western States Championship Points Standings (Rank/Driver/Points/Races Counted):




1. Garrett Alberson 25 1451


2. Justin Wells 23 1394


3. Dave Deetz 25 1200


4. Brad Looney 19 1192


5. Jeff Whyman 21 1053


6. Ronnie Bell 22 1049


7. Ron Frazier 18 1014


7. Gary Gorby 16 1014


9. Terry Phillips 16 995


10. Sherman Barnett 19 975




Official Final 2011 DIRTcar UMP Late Model Northwestern States Championship Points Standings (Rank/Driver/Points/Races Counted):




1. Trevor Glasier 17 986


2. Rob Mayea 11 705


3. Rick Wyatt 9 528


4. Richard Papenhausen 7 468


5. Brian Cronk 9 455


6. Jeremy Shank 8 441


7. Trent Elliott 10 430


8. Mark Carrell 8 426


9. Russ Sell 8 382


10. Mike Miller 9 374




Official Final 2011 DIRTcar UMP Late Model Eastern States Championship Points Standings (Rank/Driver/Points/Races Counted):




1. Jon Henry 31 1868


2. Rusty Schlenk 24 1571


3. Jared Miley 27 1454


4. Mike Johnson 30 1451


5. Brian Ruhlman 27 1438


6. Casey Noonan 28 1410


7. Dusty Moore 32 1361


8. John Garvin Jr. 32 1341


9. Ryan Missler 28 1285


10. Lynn Geisler 29 1261




Official Final 2011 DIRTcar UMP Late Model Southern States Championship Points Standings (Rank/Driver/Points/Races Counted):




1. Terry English 28 1797


2. Caleb Ashby 28 1724


3. Jeff Walston 35 1586


4. Charles Zimmerman 27 1358


5. Levi Ashby 28 1246


6. Tanner English 23 1150


7. Carnell Parker III 22 1109


8. Dillan White 21 1092


9. Gavin Schmidt 24 1027


10. Tim Brown 18 966


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Click to Watch the 2011 Season Finale Episode of 4Wide.TV Featuring Full Coverage of the Lowes Foods World Finals

CONCORD, N.C. – November 10, 2011 – The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series,the World of Outlaws Late Model Series and the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds made their way to the southeast last week to wrap up their seasons at the Lowes Foods World Finals presented by Tom’s Snacks, Coca Cola, and Nature’s Own at the Dirt Track at Charlotte. The championships were on the line for all three series, and the racing showed the intensity, with side by side action all weekend long.

 

Thursday night all three series took to the 4/10th mile oval for Kellogg’s Qualifying Night to set up the starting lineups for both Friday and Saturday. With his qualifying run, defending WoO Sprint Car champion Jason Meyers clinched his second championship in a row. One championship being decided, the other two were still up for grabs, and after Friday night’s showing of close battles, some misfortune and some success, the Super DIRTcar Series and World of Outlaws Late Model Series had tightened the point races even more. Going in to Saturday night’s show, there were less than 20 points total separating both series’ frontrunners.

 

4Wide.TV brings you all the coverage from time trials to victory lane. These are highlights you won’t want to miss, as one championship comes down to the last turn of the last lap. It doesn’t get much more intense than that! You’ll see two repeat champions, as well as one champion who finally broke through a long battle to win the first of his career. We’ve got exclusive coverage of everything from the season wrap-up. If you couldn’t be there to witness it, we’ve got you covered! Click here to watch the final episode of 4Wide.TV for the 2011 season!

 

In addition to all the video from the weekend’s races, there are the hotly discussed Power Rankings plus the Hot Thread of the Week discussing the SPEED broadcast of World Finals and the dirt track racing Twitter feed that brings you non-stop news and notes from around the racing world. The Video of the Week comes from Kasey Kahne Racing with footage from the Talladega Sage Fruit Showdown. Finally, the Shot of the Week comes from victory lane at The Dirt Track at Charlotte where the 2011 champions held their hardware up high for everyone to see!

 

All that and more in less than 15 minutes — check it out at 4Wide.TV, which now includes a new home page module to help share the video with your friends at Facebook and followers on Twitter.

 

 


 


 

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Owens Wins Lowes Foods World Finals Finale For Third Straight Year As Eckert Claims First-Ever World of Outlaws Late Model Series Title




Richards’s Flat On Final Lap Propels Eckert To $100,000 Championship Celebration At The Dirt Track At Charlotte



CONCORD, NC – Nov. 5, 2011 – Jimmy Owens enjoyed another up-close look at a World of Outlaws Late Model Series championship celebration following Saturday night’s fifth annual Lowes Foods World Finals presented by Tom Snack’s, Coca-Cola and Nature’s Own at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

After capturing the 50-lap World Finals finale for the third consecutive year, the standout driver from Newport, Tenn., witnessed a raucous Victory Lane scene involving Rick Eckert of York, Pa., who clinched his first-ever WoO LMS title in dramatic fashion.

“This is pretty amazing to be standing here again,” the 39-year-old Owens said after earning $10,275 for his first WoO LMS victory of 2011 and the fifth of his career. “We kind of have to share the spotlight, but we know that winning a championship is just awesome. It’s a real cool accomplishment – especially in front of this (capacity) crowd (of 14,000-plus) and in front of everyone watching on TV (on SPEED) – so hat’s off to Rick Eckert and all his guys.”

Eckert, 45, appeared resigned to finishing second in the national tour’s points standings until Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., who entered the event trailing Eckert by just two points, slowed with a flat right-rear tire heading to the white flag. Richards, 23, was running ninth – four spots ahead of Eckert – when he fell off the pace, allowing Eckert to sail by through turns one and two and finish a very rewarding 12th.

With Richards limping to an 18th-place finish, Eckert claimed the coveted $100,000 WoO LMS championship by a 14-point margin. A series regular since the circuit was re-launched in 2004 under the World Racing Group banner, Eckert became the seventh driver to win the points crown.

“We’ve been here (on the World of Outlaws trail) since the beginning so we wanted to get (a championship),” said Eckert, whose previous best points finish was third in 2005. “It was cool to get it.”

Securing the title certainly tested Eckert’s resolve, however. When Richards sliced Eckert’s edge to two points after Friday night’s A-Main, the veteran driver found himself on the verge of relinquishing the top spot in the standings for the first time since he assumed command with his first triumph of the season, on May 7 at Swainsboro (Ga.) Raceway.

Richards started 17th and Eckert took the green flag from 20th in the Saturday’s feature, setting up a nip-and-tuck battle for World of Outlaws glory. They ran the entire distance always in sight – and often within inches – of each other.

Eckert moved ahead of Richards at mid-pack for the first time on lap 25, two circuits after the race’s first caution flag flew for the slow car driven by Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y. Richards briefly fell three spots behind Eckert before tossing his father Mark’s Rocket Chassis house car to the outside of the four-tenths-mile oval and regaining the upper hand on lap 28.

When a caution flag flew on lap 37 for Steve Francis of Ashland, Ky., Richards sat 14th and Eckert was 15th – a dead-heat in the points race, though Richards held the tie-breaker with his series-leading nine wins versus Eckert’s three. They resumed their battle on the restart but later that lap were nearly swept up in a tangle between turns three and four that involved, among others, a spinning Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., Shane Clanton of Fayetteville, Ga., Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga., and Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y. Eckert escaped the incident unscathed on the outside while Richards pressed on despite clipping the sliding car of Union, Ky.’s Darrell Lanigan with the right-rear corner of his machine.

Richards and Eckert were 11th and 12th, respectively, for the ensuing restart, but two circuits later Richards was up to 10 th and Eckert had fallen to 13th. Richards picked up another spot on lap 42 and, with Eckert wallowing in 13th, settled into a groove that seemed likely to bring him an unprecedented third championship in a row.

But as Richards slid through turns three and four with the white flag flying, his car suddenly lost speed. A flat right-rear tire was visible as he passed the start/finish line and he slowed drastically through turns one and two, leaving him unable to turn back Eckert’s surge to the championship.

It all happened so quickly for Eckert and his army of family and friends watching from the pits, stands and suites. In one lap, he went from a dejected runner-up in the standings to an overjoyed champion.

“I was pretty down because (Richards) got away from me towards the end there,” Eckert said of the race’s deciding circuit. “I killed my left-rear tire (and thus was holding on), but then I seen his car lay down – and just as I seen his car lay down, I looked at the flagman and seen it was the white flag. I was like, ‘Oh, s---. I gotta get to him.’

“I just wanted to get by him without crashing, and we did. Then I was like, ‘This is not really happening.’ I couldn’t really believe it was happening.”

Eckert was met on The Dirt Track’s homestretch by dozens of celebrating people, including his weeping wife Kristal and 22-year-old daughter Courtney; his father, Junior, and mother, who is battling cancer but was able to attend Saturday’s race because her doctors postponed a scheduled chemo treatment; and Barbara Vest, the wife of Eckert’s longtime car owner Raye Vest, who passed away during the 2009 World Finals.

“This is great,” said Eckert, who has fielded his own Team Zero by Bloomquist cars for the last two seasons. “There’s a bunch of teams on this circuit that aren’t overly funded and we’re one of them, so (winning the championship is) great for all the little guys that don’t have all that stuff.”

Richards, meanwhile, was gracious after absorbing a heartbreaking defeat. He held his head high and hailed Eckert, who served as a trusted mentor to Richards early in his career.

“I’m not disappointed at all in the year we had,” said Richards, who tied the single-season WoO LMS win record of nine set in 2004 by Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn. “We fought hard all year, but every time we would get close to the points, boom! – something would happen.


“Circumstances all year long put us behind and we couldn’t quite overcome it all. I feel like we had a championship year, but it just didn’t work out.

“It could not get any closer,” he added. “We lined up side-by-side on restarts, he was ahead of me, I tried to get him back. Then I was like, ‘I think I finally got him,’ and I just tried to ride it out. But we didn’t make it. We did have a gash in our tire so maybe that’s what it was, but I don’t know.”

Richards paused, and then said, “It just wasn’t meant to be our year I guess. Eckert and his guys did a great job all year. They did what they had to do and they deserved to win – congratulations to them.”

Owens has his own post-race party of the periphery of the Eckert celebration. His Lowes Foods World Finals victory topped off a memorable season in which he won the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series championship and the DIRTcar UMP-sanctioned World 100 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

The race’s fourth starter, Owens made his way into the lead on lap nine when he overtook Friday-night A-Main winner Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., who started from the pole position. Owens was nosed out for the top spot on lap 13 by Bloomquist, but he had his Mike Reece-owned Team Zero by Bloomquist car in front again the following circuit and never looked back.

Owens crossed the finish line 2.497 seconds ahead of Bloomquist, who registered his seventh top-five finish in 10 WoO LMS A-Main starts this season. Davenport settled for third in the Barry Wright house car, Steve Shaver of Vienna, W.Va., placed fourth in the K&L Rumley Rocket and Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill., was fifth in a Team Zero by Bloomquist mount.

“I figured the track was gonna be a little drier tonight and we made a good tire choice for the conditions,” said Owens, a four-time DIRTcar UMP Modified national champion. “That really helped us out, but we also got down to the bottom (groove) at the right time. I could see Scott nosing under me there, so I thought, I better move down. There was some rubber down there and we were a lot better there.”

Finishing in positions 6-10 were John Blankenship of Williamson, W.Va., who ran in the top five for much of the distance; Frank, who was able to spin around and continue without stopping in the middle of the lap-37 tangle; Lanigan, who started 22nd; Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, Fla.; and Eddie Carrier Jr. of Salt Rock, W.Va., who earned the $500 ‘Bonus Bucks’ cash for being the highest-finishing driver who hasn’t won a WoO LMS A-Main and wasn’t ranked among the top 12 in the points standings.

Heat winners were Davenport, Bloomquist, Shaver, Will Vaught of Crane, Mo., Blankenship and Owens. The B-Mains were captured by Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga., Eckert and Vic Coffey of Caledonia, N.Y.

The stars of the 2011 WoO LMS will be honored during the tour’s annual awards banquet on Sunday night (Nov. 6) at the Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, N.C.

For more information of the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com

Results of WoO Late Model Series Lowes Foods World Finals presented by Tom’s Snacks, Coca-Cola and Nature’s Own Race No. 2 (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):




1. (4) Jimmy Owens/50 $10,275


2. (5) Scott Bloomquist/50 $5,150


3. (1) Jonathan Davenport/50 $3,050


4. (6) Steve Shaver/50 $2,500


5. (8) Dennis Erb Jr./50 $2,000


6. (3) John Blankenship/50 $1,700


7. (13) Chub Frank/50 $1,500


8. (22) Darrell Lanigan/50 $1,400


9. (15) Earl Pearson Jr./50 $1,200


10. (8) Eddie Carrier Jr./50 $1,600


11. (2) Will Vaught/50 $1,050


12. (20) Rick Eckert/50 $1,050


13. (14) Tyler Reddick/50 $950


14. (10) Dennis ‘Rambo’ Franklin/50 $900


15. (19) Dale McDowell/50 $950


16. (21) Vic Coffey/50 $850


17. (26) Austin Hubbard/50 $820


18. (17) Josh Richards/50 $900


19. (24) Chris Madden/50 $730


20. (18) Tim Fuller/50 $750


21. (16) Morgan Bagley/47 $700


22. (9) Shane Clanton/37 $750


23. (12) Clint Smith/37 $750


24. (25) Tim McCreadie/37 $850


25. (11) Steve Francis/36 $800


26. (28) Pat Doar/21 $1,000


27. (23) Jeremy Miller/20 $700


28. (27) Ron Davies/9 $750




* Earnings include Winners Circle program and cash contingency award bonuses




Time of Race: 25 Mins., 30.086 Secs.


Margin of Victory: 2.497 Secs.


Yellow Flags: 3 (Laps 23, 37, 37)


Lap Leaders: Davenport (1-8); Owens (9-12); Bloomquist (13); Owens (14-50)


Provisional Starters: McCreadie, Hubbard (WoO); Davies (pre-entry speed); Doar (early entry)

Rookie of the Race: Doar ($250)


WoO LMS ‘Bonus Bucks’ Winner: Carrier ($500)



Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. Jonathan Davenport, 2. Eddie Carrier Jr., 3. Chub Frank, 4. Dale McDowell, 5. Chris Brown, 6. Gregg Satterlee, 7. John Lobb, 8. Dan Stone, 9. Ron Davies, 10. Mike Gault, 11. Don Gordon


Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. Scott Bloomquist, 2. Dennis Erb Jr., 3. Tyler Reddick, 4. Jared Landers, 5. Darrell Lanigan, 6. Mike Marlar, 7. Brandon Sheppard, 8. Pat Doar, 9. Jason Feger, 10. Denny Fenton, 11. Jim O’Hara


Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. Steve Shaver, 2. Shane Clanton, 3. Earl Pearson Jr., 4. Rick Eckert, 5. Jeremy Miller, 6. Chris Ferguson, 7. Matt Westfall, 8. Tim Allen, 9. Luke Roffers, 10. Chuck Harper (DNS) Brian Hubbard



Heat No. 4 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. Will Vaught, 2. Dennis Franklin, 3. Morgan Bagley, 4. Vic Hill, 5. Russell King, 6. Kenny Moreland, 7. Dane Burns, 8. Dale Planck, 9. Donald Bradsher, 10. Tim Dohm, 11. Tim McCreadie



Heat No. 5 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. John Blankenship, 2. Steve Francis, 3. Josh Richards, 4. Chris Madden, 5. Austin Hubbard, 6. Jeff Smith, 7. Dan Schlieper, 8. Doug Drown, 9. Chad Hollenbeck, 10. Jill George (DNS) Brent Dixon



Heat No. 6 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. Jimmy Owens, 2. Clint Smith, 3. Tim Fuller, 4. Vic Coffey, 5. Jared Hawkins, 6. Johnny Pursley, 7. Jay Sessoms, 8. John Henderson, 9. Thomas Baker, 10. Brian Ledbetter (DNS) Eric Jacobsen



B-Main No. 1 (12 laps – Top 2 Transfer): 1. Dale McDowell, 2. Darrell Lanigan, 3. Jason Feger, 4. Chris Brown, 5. Gregg Satterlee, 6. John Lobb, 7. Jared Landers, 8. Dan Stone, 9. Pat Doar, 10. Ron Davies, 11. Brandon Sheppard, 12. Mike Gault, 13. Denny Fenton, 14. Jim O’Hara, 15. Don Gordon, 16. Mike Marlar



B-Main No. 2 (12 laps – Top 2 Transfer): 1. Rick Eckert, 2. Jeremy Miller, 3. Chris Ferguson, 4. Vic Hill, 5. Russell King, 6. Tim Allen, 7. Kenny Moreland, 8. Chuck Harper, 9. Matt Westfall, 10. Dale Planck, 11. Tim McCreadie, 12. Dane Burns, 13. Tim Dohm (DNS) Luke Roffers, Donald Bradsher, Brian Hubbard



B-Main No. 3 (12 laps – Top 2 Transfer): 1. Vic Coffey, 2. Chris Madden, 3. Austin Hubbard, 4. Jared Hawkins, 5. Dan Schlieper, 6. Doug Drown, 7. Jeff Smith, 8. John Henderson, 9. Jay Sessoms, 10. Chad Hollenbeck, 11. Johnny Pursley, 12. Brian Ledbetter, 13. Jill George (DNS) Thomas Baker, Brent Dixon, Eric Jacobsen


World of Outlaws Late Model Series Contingency Award Winners:



Arizona Sports Shirts ($100 apparel certificate to 22nd fastest qualifier): Ron Davies


Armor All (one case of product to highest-finishing non-WoO team in A-Main w/decal): Scott Bloomquist


Comp Cams ($50 cash to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Scott Bloomquist


Comp Cams (certificate to 10th place in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Eddie Carrier Jr.


Eibach Springs (one free spring to each B-Main winner or next highest w/decal): John Lobb/Tim Allen/Doug Drown


JE Pistons ($50 cash to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Jimmy Owens


JE Pistons (one set of Pro Seal rings to 11th-place or next highest w/decal, redeemable w/next purchase of one complete set of rings): Rick Eckert


JE Pistons (one set of Pro Seal rings to 21st-place or next highest w/decal, redeemable w/next purchase of one complete set of rings): Morgan Bagley


MSD Ignition ($75 cash to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Jimmy Owens


MSD Ignition ($25 cash to last-place in A-Main or next lowest w/decal): Ron Davies


Ohlins Pole Award ($50 cash to fast qualifier or next highest w/decal): Jimmy Owens


Quartermaster ($100 product certificate to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Jonathan Davenport


Quartermaster ($50 product certificate to 5th-place or next highest w/decal): Dennis Erb Jr.


Quartermaster ($25 product certificate to 15th-place or next highest w/decal): Dale McDowell


R2C Performance ($100 certificate to highest-finishing driver w/decal or $100 cash if race winner is using R2C filter and decal is displayed): Jimmy Owens (certificate)


STP ($50 cash to 2nd-place in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Chub Frank


Superflow Dynos ($50 cash to 7th-place in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Chub Frank


VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash to winner of Heat 1 or next highest w/decal): Jonathan Davenport
VP Racing Fuels ‘Nice Jugs Award’ (one five-gallon plastic fuel jugs to fastest qualifier who does not make the A-Main or next highest w/decal): Gregg Satterlee


WIX Filters ($50 cash to 13th-place in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Dale McDowell


Wrisco Aluminum (Three sheets of aluminum to A-Main winner w/decal): Jimmy Owens




Final 2011 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings – 32 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):




1. Rick Eckert 4472


2. Josh Richards 4458 (-14)


3. Darrell Lanigan 4304 (-168)


4. Tim McCreadie 4178 (-294)


5. Chub Frank 4174 (-298)


6. Austin Hubbard 4140 (-332)


7. Shane Clanton 4134 (-338)


8. Clint Smith 4064 (-408)


9. Vic Coffey 3966 (-506)


10. Tim Fuller 3948 (-524)


11. Pat Doar 3758 (-714)


12. Ron Davies 3654 (-818)


13. John Lobb 3444 (-1028)


14. Jill George 2272 (-2200)


15. Jason Feger 1932 (-2540)


FOLLOW THE ACTION ON TWITTER: Fans can keep up-to-date with the World of Outlaws Late Model Series online and through text messages on cell phones via Twitter, the internet’s fast-growing social-networking and micro-blogging website. Updates are provided to Twitter ‘followers’ of the WoO LMS throughout each race night, and fans also receive breaking news and interesting notes from the tour.


Over 5,600 fans are now WoO LMS ‘followers’ on Twitter. To sign-up and receive updates anywhere at anytime, visit http://twitter.com/WoOLateModels


LISTEN ONLINE: If fans can’t get to a track to see the World of Outlaws Late Model Series, they can experience the excitement of the nation’s premier tour live on DIRTvision.com through the DIRT Radio Network.


To listen to the free audio broadcasts, log on to http://www.dirtvision.com/welcome.php  and click on the DIRT Radio Network logo.


BLOGGING: WoO LMS fans can now read interesting stories from the road by checking out two blogs –‘Life As An Outlaw’ by series announcer Rick Eshelman and ‘The Scoop With Scoop’ by tour P.R. director Kevin Kovac. Both blogs can be accessed by clicking on the preceding links or the specific ‘Blog’ buttons on the right-hand side of http://www.woolms.com/


The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award), McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award), Chizmark Larson Insurance, Factory Value Parts and RacingJunk.com; in addition to contingency sponsors Comp Cams, Eibach Springs, JE Pistons, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, Pro Power Engines, Quartermaster, Rocket Chassis, R2C Performance, Superflow Dynos, Wix Filters and Wrisco Aluminum.


 


 

 

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Red-Hot Davenport Dominates Friday Night’s Lowes Foods World Finals Action At The Dirt Track at Charlotte

 

Richards Closes Within Two Points Of Eckert In World of Outlaws Late Model Series Championship Standings

CONCORD, NC – Nov. 4, 2011 – Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., extended his sizzling autumn surge to The Dirt Track at Charlotte with a runaway victory in Friday night’s 50-lap World of Outlaws Late Model Series A-Main during the fifth annual Lowes Foods World Finals presented by Tom’s Snack, Coca-Cola and Nature’s Own.

The 28-year-old star roared off the outside pole to lead from start-to-finish in the caution-free event, which was contested before a huge crowd of over 14,000 fans. He was never seriously challenged en route to a $10,000 triumph that pushed his earnings over the past seven weeks to $65,000.

“This just feels great,” said Davenport, who has won six times since his Barry Wright Race Cars factory team debuted a new house car in late September. “This hot streak has just been a huge confidence booster for myself and the team. We finally got our stuff back on track and now we’re rolling.”

Steve Shaver of Vienna, W.Va., hustled forward from the eighth starting spot to finish second in the K&L Rumley Rocket machine, a distant 5.761 seconds – more than a straightaway – behind Davenport at the checkered flag. He passed Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga., for the runner-up spot on lap 27 but couldn’t get close to Davenport.

McDowell settled for third in NASCAR star Clint Bowyer’s Rocket, followed by Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., in a Team Zero by Bloomquist mount and 19-year-old WoO LMS regular Austin Hubbard of Seaford, Del., who started from the pole position in Dale Beitler’s Rocket.

Two-time defending WoO LMS champion Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., finished a quiet sixth, but the run pulled him within two points of York, Pa.’s Rick Eckert in the tour standings. Eckert, who finished 12th, will attempt to hold off Richards for his first-ever World of Outlaws title in Saturday night’s season-ending World Finals program.

Davenport captured the first full-fender event of the Lowes Foods World Finals doubleheader for the second consecutive year. His victory in the 2010 opener marked his first-ever win in WoO LMS competition.

The driver known as ‘Superman’ was flawless in romping to his second career win. He outgunned Hubbard for the lead at the initial green flag and simply dominated a race that took just over 14 minutes to complete.

“Our car was really good,” said Davenport, who registered his fifth top-five finish in 10 WoO LMS A-Main starts this season. “I don’t know of anything I would change. But tires were a big deal too, and I think we had everybody out-tired. We were quite a bit harder than everybody else.”

While Davenport will bid on Saturday night to become the first driver in Lowes Foods World Finals history to sweep both WoO LMS features, he will share the stage with the dramatic battle between Eckert and Richards for the national tour’s $100,000 title. The veteran and accomplished young gun ended Friday’s action separated by just a single position.

 

Eckert entered Friday’s show with a 14-point advantage on Richards, but it appeared that Richards was in the driver’s seat when he started the A-Main from the fifth spot and Eckert took the green flag from 18th. Richards was unable to gain any ground, however, while Eckert managed to pick up a half-dozen positions without the benefit of a field-tightening caution flag, allowing Eckert to maintain a points lead he has held since early May.

“It would’ve been nice if we had a caution, but that’s the way it goes some nights,” said Eckert, who avoided falling into a tie for the points lead when he reached 12th place with a lap-41 pass of Corning, Calif.’s Tyler Reddick. “My car was good, and I think my tire choice was better than most. As the race went on, we progressively got better.”

 

Eckert said he will go into Saturday’s deciding program with a no-pressure approach.

“If we tie, (Richards) wins (on the A-Main-wins tie-breaker), so we gotta beat him,” said Eckert, who is seeking his first national title since winning the UDTRA series crown in 2002. “It’s pretty simple, and we’re confident we can do it. We’re as prepared as we can be, so we just have to go out there and give it our best shot.”

 

Richards, who has come out on top of close points races during the last two World Finals, is also ready to battle it out with Eckert for the championship.

“Whatever happens tomorrow is meant to happen,” said Richards. “We’re gonna race hard not matter what. This might be my last shot at it (he is expected to run fulltime on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2012), so hopefully we can win it. I know Eckert really deserves it too, but I’m gonna do everything I can to win it.”

Finishing in positions 7-10 were sixth-starter Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., who moved to fourth on the opening lap but lost several position when he slipped high on lap three and never recovered; Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill.; Vic Coffey of Caledonia, N.Y.; and Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn.

Heat winners were Richards, Davenport, Hubbard, McDowell, Madden and Bloomquist. The B-Mains were captured by Morgan Bagley of Longview, Texas, Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., and 2011 WoO LMS Rookie of the Year Pat Doar of New Richmond, Wis.

The 2011 Lowes Foods World Finals conclude on Saturday night with a tripleheader featuring the WoO LMS, the WoO Sprint Car Series and the Super DIRTcar Series for Big-Block Modifieds. Gates open at 3 p.m., hot laps are scheduled to start at 4 p.m. and racing is set to begin at 5 p.m.

Saturday night’s World Finals program will be televised live by the SPEED cable network beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

For more information, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com or www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

 

Results of WoO Late Model Series Lowes Foods World Finals presented by Tom’s Snacks, Coca-Cola and Nature’s Own (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):

1. (2) Jonathan Davenport/50 $10,000

 

2. (8) Steve Shaver/50 $5,000

 

3. (4) Dale McDowell/50 $3,000

 

4. (3) Chris Madden/50 $2,500

 

5. (1) Austin Hubbard/50 $2,725

 

6. (5) Josh Richards/50 $2,350

 

7. (6) Scott Bloomquist/50 $1,550

 

8. (9) Dennis Erb Jr./50 $1,300

 

9. (10) Vic Coffey/50 $1,750

 

10. (13) Jimmy Owens/50 $1,150

 

11. (17) Steve Francis/50 $1,150

 

12. (18) Rick Eckert/50 $1,550

 

13. (25) Darrell Lanigan/50 $1,600

 

14. (15) Earl Pearson Jr./50 $900

 

15. (7) Tyler Reddick/50 $1,350

 

16. (11) Shane Clanton/49 $1,350

 

17. (22) Jared Landers/49 $770

 

18. (20) Mike Marlar/49 $750

 

19. (14) Chub Frank/49 $1,280

 

20. (23) Vic Hill/49 $700

 

21. (29) Clint Smith/49 $550

 

22. (12) Dennis ‘Rambo’ Franklin/49 $700

 

23. (28) Russell King/49 $700

 

24. (16) Tim Fuller/49 $1,250

 

25. (19) Morgan Bagley/48 $700

 

26. (21) Pat Doar/48 $1,500

 

27. (24) Ron Davies/21 $1,250

 

28. (27) Gregg Satterlee/14 $700

 

29. (26) Tim McCreadie/8 $1,350

 

* Earnings include Winners Circle program and cash contingency award bonuses

Time of Race: 14 Mins., 6.856 Secs.

Margin of Victory: 5.761 Secs.

Yellow Flags: None

Lap Leaders: Davenport (1-50)

Provisional Starters: Lanigan, McCreadie (WoO points); C. Smith (WoO emergency provisional); Satterlee, King (track – early entry)

Rookie of the Race: Doar ($250)

WoO LMS ‘Bonus Bucks’ Winner: Reddick ($500)

Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. Josh Richards, 2. Tyler Reddick, 3. Jimmy Owens, 4. Morgan Bagley, 5. Jared Landers, 6. Will Vaught, 7. Mike Gault, 8. Brian Ledbetter, 9. Luke Roffers, 10. Dale Planck (DNS) Denny Fenton

 

Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. Jonathan Davenport, 2. Steve Shaver, 3. Chub Frank, 4. Jared Hawkins, 5. Gregg Satterlee, 6. Chris Ferguson, 7. Eric Jacobsen, 8. Tim Allen, 9. Kenny Moreland, 10. Thomas Baker, 11. Tim Dohm

Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. Austin Hubbard, 2. Dennis Erb Jr., 3. Earl Pearson Jr., 4. Mike Marlar, 5. Clint Smith, 6. Dan Schlieper, 7. John Henderson, 8. Jim O’Hara, 9. Brandon Sheppard, 10. Dane Burns, 11. Jeremy Miller

 

Heat No. 4 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. Dale McDowell, 2. Vic Coffey, 3. Tim Fuller, 4. Vic Hill, 5. Eddie Carrier Jr., 6. Johnny Pursley, 7. Doug Drown, 8. Donald Bradsher, 9. Jill George, 10. Jason Feger (DNS) Brian Hubbard

 

Heat No. 5 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. Chris Madden, 2. Shane Clanton, 3. Steve Francis, 4. Pat Doar, 5. Chuck Harper, 6. Chris Brown, 7. Darrell Lanigan, 8. John Blankenship, 9. Dan Stone, 10. Chad Hollenbeck, 11. Don Gordon

Heat No. 6 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. Scott Bloomquist, 2. Dennis Franklin, 3. Rick Eckert, 4. Ron Davies, 5. Tim McCreadie, 6. John Lobb, 7. Jeff Smith, 8. Russell King, 9. Brent Dixon, 10. Matt Westfall (DNS) Jay Sessoms

B-Main No. 1 (12 laps – Top 2 Transfer): 1. Morgan Bagley, 2. Jared Landers, 3. Gregg Satterlee, 4. Jared Hawkins, 5. Chris Ferguson, 6. Dale Planck, 7. Luke Roffers, 8. Tim Dohm, 9. Tim Allen, 10. Kenny Moreland, 11. Mike Gault, 12. Brian Ledbetter, 13. Denny Felton, 14. Will Vaught, 15. Eric Jacobsen, 16. Thomas Baker

B-Main No. 2 (12 laps – Top 2 Transfer): 1. Mike Marlar, 2. Vic Hill, 3. Clint Smith, 4. Eddie Carrier Jr., 5. Doug Drown, 6. Jason Feger, 7. Dan Schlieper, 8. Brandon Sheppard, 9. Donald Bradsher, 10. Jill George, 11. John Henderson, 12. Jim O’Hara, 13. Johnny Pursley, 14. Jeremy Miller (DNS) Dane Burns, Brian Hubbard

B-Main No. 3 (12 laps – Top 2 Transfer): 1. Pat Doar, 2. Ron Davies, 3. Chris Brown, 4. Dan Stone, 5. John Blankenship, 6. Russell King, 7. John Lobb, 8. Brent Dixon, 9. Chuck Harper, 10. Chad Hollenbeck, 11. Matt Westfall, 12. Jeff Smith, 13. Don Gordon (DNS) Tim McCreadie, Darrell Lanigan, Jay Sessoms

World of Outlaws Late Model Series Contingency Award Winners:

Arizona Sports Shirts ($100 apparel certificate to 22nd fastest qualifier): Ron Davies

Armor All (one case of product to highest-finishing non-WoO team in A-Main w/decal): Scott Bloomquist

Comp Cams ($50 cash to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Austin Hubbard

Comp Cams (certificate to 10th place in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Rick Eckert

Eibach Springs (one free spring to each B-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Dale Planck/Doug Drown/Pat Doar

JE Pistons ($50 cash to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Austin Hubbard

JE Pistons (one set of Pro Seal rings to 11th-place or next highest w/decal, redeemable w/next purchase of one complete set of rings): Rick Eckert

JE Pistons (one set of Pro Seal rings to 21st-place or next highest w/decal, redeemable w/next purchase of one complete set of rings): Clint Smith

MSD Ignition ($75 cash to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Austin Hubbard

MSD Ignition ($25 cash to last-place in A-Main or next lowest w/decal): Tim McCreadie

Ohlins Pole Award ($50 cash to fast qualifier or next highest w/decal): Scott Bloomquist

Quartermaster ($100 product certificate to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Jonathan Davenport

Quartermaster ($50 product certificate to 5th-place or next highest w/decal): Dennis Erb Jr.

Quartermaster ($25 product certificate to 15th-place or next highest w/decal): Tyler Reddick

R2C Performance ($100 certificate to highest-finishing driver w/decal or $100 cash if race winner is using R2C filter and decal is displayed): Jonathan Davenport (certificate)

STP ($50 cash to 2nd-place in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Austin Hubbard

Superflow Dynos ($50 cash to 7th-place in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Vic Coffey

VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash to winner of Heat 1 or next highest w/decal): Jimmy Owens
VP Racing Fuels ‘Nice Jugs Award’ (one five-gallon plastic fuel jugs to fastest qualifier who does not make the A-Main or next highest w/decal): Jeremy Miller

WIX Filters ($50 cash to 13th-place in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Darrell Lanigan

Wrisco Aluminum (Three sheets of aluminum to A-Main winner w/decal): Jonathan Davenport

2011 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of Nov. 4 – 31 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):

1. Rick Eckert 4346

2. Josh Richards 4344 (-2)

3. Darrell Lanigan 4170 (-176)

4. Tim McCreadie 4076 (-270)

5. Chub Frank 4038 (-308)

6. Shane Clanton 4028 (-318)

7. Austin Hubbard 4024 (-322)

8. Clint Smith 3960 (-386)

9. Vic Coffey 3848 (-498)

10. Tim Fuller 3838 (-508)

11. Pat Doar 3660 (-686)

12. Ron Davies 3560 (-786)

13. John Lobb 3360 (-986)

14. Jill George 2200 (-2146)

15. Jason Feger 1842 (-2504)

FOLLOW THE ACTION ON TWITTER: Fans can keep up-to-date with the World of Outlaws Late Model Series online and through text messages on cell phones via Twitter, the internet’s fast-growing social-networking and micro-blogging website. Updates are provided to Twitter ‘followers’ of the WoO LMS throughout each race night, and fans also receive breaking news and interesting notes from the tour.

Over 5,600 fans are now WoO LMS ‘followers’ on Twitter. To sign-up and receive updates anywhere at anytime, visit http://twitter.com/WoOLateModels.

LISTEN ONLINE: If fans can’t get to a track to see the World of Outlaws Late Model Series, they can experience the excitement of the nation’s premier tour live on DIRTvision.com through the DIRT Radio Network.

To listen to the free audio broadcasts, log on to http://www.dirtvision.com/welcome.php and click on the DIRT Radio Network logo.

BLOGGING: WoO LMS fans can now read interesting stories from the road by checking out two blogs –‘Life As An Outlaw’ by series announcer Rick Eshelman and ‘The Scoop With Scoop’ by tour P.R. director Kevin Kovac. Both blogs can be accessed by clicking on the preceding links or the specific ‘Blog’ buttons on the right-hand side of http://www.woolms.com/.

The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award), McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award), Chizmark Larson Insurance, Factory Value Parts and RacingJunk.com; in addition to contingency sponsors Comp Cams, Eibach Springs, JE Pistons, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, Pro Power Engines, Quartermaster, Rocket Chassis, R2C Performance, Superflow Dynos, Wix Filters and Wrisco Aluminum.

 

 

 


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Tim McCreadie Charges to Lowes Foods World Finals Victory

Sheppard overtakes Decker for Super DIRTcar Series points lead heading into Saturday night's finale

 

By Mike Kerchner

CONCORD, N.C. - Nov. 4, 2011 - Tim McCreadie earned his second consecutive Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified triumph in Friday's Lowes Foods World Finals presented by Tom's Snacks, Coca-Cola and Nature's Own at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, but Matt Sheppard vaulted into the point lead heading into Saturday night's season finale.

McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., passed Sheppard on lap 19 and led the final 22 laps to win Friday night's Modified portion of the tripleheader event at the four-tenths-mile oval, banking $6,000 for his first Super DIRTcar Series triumph of the season.

Having won last year's season finale at the World Finals driving for Vinnie Salerno, McCreadie returned to the seat of the No. 4 Bicknell and raced to the front from eighth starting spot.

"Anytime you can race in front of this many people it is fun," said McCreadie. "Most of us here are sports fans and we go to the big time events to be part of the atmosphere and I know what some of those players go through because when we come here it is a big-time atmosphere."

Tim Fuller took the early lead from the pole, but Sheppard, who was the fast qualifier on Thursday, zoomed to the front on lap four and led until McCreadie made his winning move past Sheppard's JB Motorsports Bicknell No. 9s on lap 19.

Sheppard said it was his mistake that helped McCreadie to the lead.

"We got right to the lead quick and I think that actually hurt me a little bit because I didn't know that top lane in three and four had come in and Timmy drove right around me up there," Sheppard said. "Then I moved up there and I said to myself, 'You dummy if you had been running up there in the first place you might have won this race.'"

McCreadie said he was simply picking the lane his competitors left open.

"You can't follow all night," McCreadie said. "I started eighth and I had to go where they weren't and the cushion is always fast if you can get up on it and bend through it. It is a matter of getting your car right and we were really too tight to be up there."

From there Sheppard of Waterloo, N.Y., chased McCreadie through lapped traffic for the remainder of the 40-lap race, finishing .981 seconds behind the second-generation hotshoe.

But at the end of the day Sheppard, who entered the race 39 points behind Billy Decker in the race for a second consecutive Super DIRTcar Series championship, was the big winner.

After Decker of Unadilla, N.Y., blew an engine in hot laps and went to a back-up car, he struggled to a 13th-place finish and Sheppard grabbed a 10-point (2,399 to 2,389) heading into Saturday night's program, which will include heat races and another 40-lap feature.

"Whatever (lead) we got is a lot better than what we came in here with," said Sheppard. "We came in here 53 behind and now it is pretty much a one-race shootout.

"It changes it a little bit. We came down here to win and not hold anything back and that is what we have been doing. Now, that we have the point lead, we still have to run hard because Billy (Decker) will be right up there tomorrow night. We need to be either right in front of him or right behind him, one or the other."

Fuller of Edwards, N.Y., finished third with Neshanic Station, N.J., veteran Jimmy Horton rolling from 16th to finish fourth. Fifth went to Jimmy Phelps of Baldwinsville, N.Y.

The Lowes Foods World Finals Presented by Tom's Snacks, Coca-Cola and Nature's Own continues Saturday night with features for the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds, World of Outlaws Late Model Series and World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series.

Remaining tickets can be obtained by clicking www.CharlotteMotorSpeedway.com or calling 1-800-455-FANS.

For more information on the Super DIRTcar Series, click www.SuperDIRTcarSeries.com .

Super DIRTcar Series Statistical Report; Lowes Foods World Finals Presented by Tom's Snacks, Coca-Cola and Nature's Own; The Dirt Track at Charlotte; Nov. 4, 2011

 

Feature (40 laps)

1. Tim McCreadie, Watertown, N.Y.

2. Matt Sheppard, Waterloo, N.Y.

3. Tim Fuller, Edwards, N.Y.

4. Jimmy Horton, Neshanic Station, N.J.

5. Jimmy Phelps, Baldwinsville, N.Y.

6. Justin Haers, Phelps, N.Y.

7. Gary Tomkins, Clifton Springs, N.Y.

8. Kenny Tremont, Jr., West Sand Lake, N.Y.

9. Billy Dunn, Watertown, N.Y.

10. Brett Hearn, Sussex, N.J.

11. Larry Wight, Phoenix, N.Y.

12. Pete Britten, Brisbane, Australia

13. Billy Decker, Unadilla, N.Y.

14. Carey Terrance, Hogansburg, N.Y.

15. Rob Bellinger, Dexter, N.Y.

16. Rick Laubach, Hellertown, Pa.

17. Matt DeLorenzo, Cropseyville, N.Y.

18. Tim Currier, Auburn, N.Y.

19. Tim Kerr, Picton, Ontario

20. Randy Chrysler, Tuscarora, N.Y.

21. Dave Rauscher, Waterloo, N.Y.

22. Rich Scagliotta, Bound Brooks, N.J.

23. Rex King, Jr., Bristolville, Ohio

24. Roger Chrysler, Tuscarora, N.Y.

25. Danny Johnson, Rochester, N.Y.

26. Billy Pauch, Frenchtown, N.J.

27. Mike Adderley, Charlotte, N.C.

28. Rex King, Bristolville, Ohio

29. Jerry Higbie, Goshen, N.Y.

30. Tom Sears, Jr., Clay, N.Y.

 

Time Trials (Held Nov. 3)

1. Matt Sheppard, 15.553

2. Tim McCreadie, 15.634

3. Brett Hearn, 15.785

4. Jimmy Phelps, 15.798

5. Tim Fuller, 15.849

6. Billy Pauch, 15.855

7. Billy Decker, 15.872

8. Gary Tomkins, 15.983

9. Rob Bellinger, 16.013

10. Pete Britten, 16.015

11. Larry Wight, 16.026

12. Mike Adderley, 16.028

13. Justin Haers, 16.036

14. Billy Dunn, 16.191

15. Matt DeLorenzo, 16.205

16. Jimmy Horton, 16.262

17. Tim Kerr, 16.262

18. Tom Sears, Jr., 16.311

19. Danny Johnson, 16.321

20. Jerry Higbie, 16.355

21. Dave Rauscher, 16.357

22. Randy Chrysler, 16.397

23. Rex King, Jr., 16.402

24. Carey Terrance, 16.407

25. Rex King, 16.424

26. Tim Currier, 16.521

27. Kenny Tremont, Jr., 16.566

28. Rick Laubach, 17.043

30. Roger Chrysler, 18.295

31. Corey Ziegler, no time.

First Heat (8 laps): Phelps, Britten, Scagliotta, Sears, Higbie, Tremont, King.

Second Heat (8 laps): Fuller, Dunn, Decker, Wight, Haers, Johnson, Currier, Roger Chrysler.

Third Heat (8 laps): Hearn, Tomkins, DeLorenzo, Laubach, Randy Chrysler, Terrance, Kerr, Bellinger.

Fourth Heat (8 laps): Sheppard, McCreadie, Pauch, Horton, Adderley, Rauscher, King, Jr.

Super DIRTcar Series Points (Race 14 of 15)

Top 15

1. Matt Sheppard, 2,399

2. Billy Decker, 2,389

3. Jimmy Phelps, 2,241

4. Brett Hearn, 2,197

5. Danny Johnson, 2,074

6. Justin Haers, 2,037

7. Rob Bellinger, 1,885

8. Pete Britten, 1852

9. Larry Wight, 1,820

10. Tom Sears, Jr., 1,766

11. Rich Scagliotta, 1,760

12. Tim Currier, 1,680

13. Gary Tomkins, 1,678

14. Billy Dunn, 1,474

15. Kenny Tremont, Jr., 1,417

The Super DIRTcar Series and DIRTcar Racing in the Northeast Region is brought to fans by several sponsors and partners including Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuels, GM Performance Parts, Nationwide Insurance and Safety-Kleen. Promotional partners include the University of Northwestern Ohio and Chizmark Larson Insurance. Contingency sponsors are ASI, Bert Transmissions, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Brodix, ButlerBuilt, Comp Cams, Intercomp, JE Pistons, KSE Racing Products, Motorsports Safety Systems, MSD Ignition, Penske Shocks, Racing Electronics, R2C, Super Flow, Vicci Racing Apparel, WIX Filters, Wrisco Industries, Xtreme Lubricants and Extreme Mufflers.

 

 


 

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Richards & Davenport Earn Fast Time Honors On Wet Kellogg’s Qualifying Night At The Lowes Foods World of Outlaws World Finals



CONCORD, NC – Nov. 3, 2011 – Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., and Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., shared fast-time honors during Thursday night’s wet Kellogg’s Qualifying Night at the Lowes Foods World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Tom’s Snacks, Coca-Cola and Nature’s Own.

A star-studded field of 66 dirt Late Models signed in for action in the World of Outlaws Late Model Series event, which is part of a blockbuster season-ending tripleheader at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. The rain-plagued program also drew 55 machines for the companion World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series meet and 30 entries for the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified action.

The evening’s original schedule called for two separate rounds of Ohlins Shocks Time Trials for the WoO LMS – the first to line up Friday night’s heat race and the second to align Saturday night’s preliminaries. But forecast rain struck the four-tenths-mile oval midway through the second round of WoO Sprint Car time trials, forcing officials to end the competition early.

With the second round of WoO LMS qualifying wiped out, officials announced that Round 1 results would be used to set the weekend’s heat-race lineups. Friday’s heats will be lined up from drivers’ first-lap times and Saturday’s prelims will utilize entrants’ lap-two clockings.

Richards, who enters the weekend’s pair of 50-lap, $10,000-to-win A-Mains trailing WoO LMS standings leader Rick Eckert of York, Pa., by 14 points as he seeks an unprecedented third consecutive tour championship, clicked off a lap of 15.126 seconds during his first trip around the track to secure his third fast-time award of 2011. The 23-year-old star will start Friday night’s first 10-lap heat race from the pole position in his father Mark’s Rocket Chassis house car.

Davenport, who turned 28 on Oct. 31, turned the fastest overall lap of the qualifying session when he stopped the clock at 15.057 seconds on his second lap. His second WoO LMS fast time of the season earned him the pole starting spot in Saturday night’s opening heat race driving the Barry Wright house car.

Arguably the hottest dirt Late Model driver in the country after blazing through the month of October with four special-event victories worth a combined $50,000, Davenport will seek a repeat of his performance at last year’s Lowes Foods World Finals. He set fast time in both rounds of qualifying, won both his heat races and scored a victory (his first-ever on the WoO LMS) and a runner-up finish in the twin feature events.

Davenport was one of two drivers to secure pole starting spots in heats on both Friday and Saturday, joining Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn. Other pole position winners for Friday’s program were Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga., Steve Francis of Ashland, Ky., and Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., while Shane Clanton of Fayetteville, Ga., Will Vaught of Crane, Mo., John Blankenship of Williamson, W.Va., and Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., will start Saturday heats from the inside of Row 1.

Richards managed only the 17th-fastest lap for Saturday’s program, giving him the third starting spot in the fifth heat. Eckert, meanwhile, authored qualifying efforts of 18th and ninth, putting him third in the sixth heat on Friday night and second in the third heat on Saturday evening.

The Lowes Foods World Finals continue on Friday and Saturday, with gates opening at 3 p.m. and hot laps scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. each day. Friday’s program will begin with the held-over second round of WoO Sprint Car Series time trials before shifting to the regularly-scheduled tripleheader action, while Saturday’s card will kick off with Thursday’s four postponed Super DIRTcar Series heat races before the regular competition gets the green flag.

Saturday night’s World Finals program will be televised live by the SPEED cable network from 8 p.m. to 12 midnight ET.

For more information, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com  or www.charlottemotorspeedway.com

Results of Kellogg’s Qualifying Night at the Lowes Foods World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Tom’s Snacks, Coca-Cola and Nature’s Own:

Round 1 Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results For Fri., Nov. 4 Heat Races (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):


1. 1-Josh Richards/Shinnston, WV 15.126


2. 49-Jonathan Davenport/Blairsville, GA 15.208


3. 5-Mike Marlar/Winfield, TN 15.299


4. 17M-Dale McDowell/Chickamauga, GA 15.300


5. 15-Steve Francis/Ashland, KY 15.312


6. 0-Scott Bloomquist/Mooresburg, TN 15.313


7. 11R-Tyler Reddick/Corning, CA 15.321


8. 6-Steve Shaver/Vienna, WV 15.345


9. 19H-Austin Hubbard/Seaford, DE 15.390


10. 28-Eddie Carrier Jr./Salt Rock, WV 15.395


11. 25-Shane Clanton/Fayetteville, GA 15.401


12. 27c-Dennis Franklin/Gaffney, SC 15.416


13. 1G-Will Vaught/Crane, MO 15.442


14. 22-Gregg Satterlee/Rochester Mills, PA 15.490


15. 28E-Dennis Erb Jr./Carpentersville, IL 15.499


16. 09-Johnny Pursley/Clover, SC 15.506


17. 44M-Chris Madden/Gray Court, SC 15.522


18. 24-Rick Eckert/York, PA 15.561


19. 20-Jimmy Owens/Newport, TN 15.575


20. 1*-Chub Frank/Bear Lake, PA 15.599


21. 44P-Earl Pearson Jr./Jacksonville, FL 15.602


22. 32c-Vic Coffey/Caledonia, NY 15.619


23. 23-John Blankenship/Williamson, WV 15.636


24. 71d-Ron Davies/Warren, PA 15.637


25. 777-Jared Landers/Batesville, AR 15.679


26. 22F-Chris Ferguson/Mt. Holly, NC 15.700


27. 1M-Jeremy Miller/Gettysburg, PA 15.704


28. 19-Tim Fuller/Watertown, NY 15.706


29. 11-Pat Doar/New Richmond, WI 15.731


30. 56-Russell King/Bristolville, OH 15.772


31. 14M-Morgan Bagley/Longview, TX 15.796


32. 1GT-Tim Dohm/Cross Lanes, WV 15.796


33. b5-Brandon Sheppard/New Berlin, IL 15.804


34. 93-Donald Bradsher/Burlington, NC 15.867


35. 21b-Chris Brown/Cleveland, TN 15.874


36. 18M-Jeff Smith/Gastonia, NC 15.912


37. 21R-Luke Roffers/Concord, NC 15.940


38. 37-Jared Hawkins/Fairmont, WV 15.951


39. s9-Dan Schlieper/Sullivan, WI 16.002


40. 1DJ-Doug Drown/Wooster, OH 16.013


41. 2-Dan Stone/Thompson, PA 16.019


42. 1L-John Lobb/Frewsburg, NY 16.037


43. 17G-Mike Gault/Gaffney, SC 16.038


44. 5-Eric Jacobsen/Sea Cliff Beach, CA 16.090


45. 44-Clint Smith/Senoia, GA 16.109


46. 25F-Jason Feger/Bloomington, IL 16.213


47. 00H-Chuck Harper/Beverly, WV 16.221


48. 1d-Brent Dixon/Elberton, GA 16.222


49. 77x-Dale Planck/Homer, NY 16.359


50. 17-Tim Allen/Kannapolis, NC 16.380


51. 2x-John Henderson/Aiken, SC 16.442


52. 1v-Vic Hill/Morristown, TN 16.446


53. 29-Darrell Lanigan/Union, KY 16.496


54. 39-Tim McCreadie/Watertown, NY 16.497


55. 07-Brian Ledbetter/Dallas, NC 16.499


56. 24M-Kenny Moreland/Waldford, MD 16.543


57. 10*-Dane Burns/New London, NC 16.680


58. 22G-Jill George/Cedar Falls, IA 16.905


59. 33-Don Gordon/Chatham, ONT 16.981


60. 20-Matt Westfall/Pleasant Hill, OH 17.114


61. 55-Denny Fenton/Clearfield, PA 17.136


62. 3-Thomas Baker/Wooster, OH 17.467


63. 44J-Jim O’Hara/Covington, PA 17.743


64. 00-Brian Hubbard/Troutman, NC 19.731


65. 4ds-Chad Hollenbeck/Kingsley, PA 16.523-DQ


66. 84-Jay Sessoms/Stanley, NC N/T


Round 2 Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results For Sat., Nov. 5 Heat Races (Position/Driver/Best Lap):


1. Jonathan Davenport 15.057

2. Mike Marlar 15.215

3. Shane Clanton 15.253

4. Will Vaught 15.263

5. John Blankenship 15.265

6. Jimmy Owens 15.368

7. Gregg Satterlee 15.374

8. Scott Bloomquist 15.378

9. Rick Eckert 15.398

10. Dennis Franklin 15.405

11. Austin Hubbard 15.420

12. Vic Coffey 15.451

13. Dale McDowell 15.465

14. Dennis Erb Jr. 15.499

15. Earl Pearson Jr. 15.501

16. Morgan Bagley 15.503

17. Josh Richards 15.506

18. Tim Fuller 15.518

19. Eddie Carrier Jr. 15.543

20. Tyler Reddick 15.555

21. Steve Shaver 15.569

22. Donald Bradsher 15.599

23. Steve Francis 15.611

24. Jared Hawkins 15.630

25. Ron Davies 15.634

26. Pat Doar 15.639

27. Luke Roffers 15.655

28. Tim Dohm 15.661

29. Chris Madden 15.680

30. Johnny Pursley 15.682

31. Chris Brown 15.700

32. Jason Feger 15.711

33. Chris Ferguson 15.714

34. Vic Hill 15.714

35. Brent Dixon 15.717

36. Clint Smith 15.727

37. Chub Frank 15.733

38. Brandon Sheppard 15.742

39. Jeremy Miller 15.760

40. Russell King 15.762

41. Jeff Smith 15.772

42. Eric Jacobsen 15.851

43. Dan Stone 15.861

44. Darrell Lanigan 15.871

45. Chuck Harper 15.887

46. Tim McCreadie 15.906

47. Doug Drown 15.919

48. John Henderson 15.976

49. John Lobb 15.994

50. Jared Landers 16.105

51. Tim Allen 16.168

52. Kenny Moreland 16.182

53. Dan Schlieper 16.194

54. Brian Ledbetter 16.432

55. Mike Gault 16.441

56. Denny Fenton 16.458

57. Matt Westfall 16.493

58. Dane Burns 16.650

59. Jill George 16.788

60. Thomas Baker 17.180

61. Don Gordon 17.360

62. Jim O’Hara 17.538

63. Brian Hubbard 19.913

64. Dale Planck N/T

65. Chad Hollenbeck 16.167-DQ

66. Jay Sessoms N/T


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Lowes Foods on Center Stage as Title Sponsor of World of Outlaws World Finals

Tom’s Snacks, Coca-Cola, Nature’s Own and Kellogg’s Join Lowes Foods for Huge Season Finale

CONCORD, N.C. - Nov. 3, 2011 - Lowes Foods returns as title sponsor for the Lowes Foods World of Outlaws World Finals Presented by Tom's Snacks, Coca-Cola and Nature's Own beginning tonight with Kellogg's Qualifying Night at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

This marks the second consecutive year Lowes Foods has been title sponsor on the championship-deciding season finale for the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, the World of Outlaws Late Model Series and the Big-Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series.

"Lowes Foods is proud to be associated with the World of Outlaws race series," said Lisa Selip, Director of Marketing at Lowes Foods. "The event provides us with the opportunity to interface with the most loyal sports fans. The Carolinas have a rich history in racing and family friendly events, with Lowes Foods being a family-owned Carolinas-based company this is a natural partnership."

Opened in 1954, Lowes Foods began as a single store in North Wilkesboro, N.C., and has grown to become a major supermarket chain operating in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Lowes Foods operates more than 100 stores throughout the Carolinas.

The Lowes Foods World of Outlaws World Finals Presented by Tom's Snacks, Coca-Cola and Nature's Own is a three-day event that kicks off with Kellogg's Qualifying Night and includes complete race programs with consolation races, heats and A-mains for each series on Friday and Saturday. The events on Saturday night will air on SPEED in a four-hour special broadcast beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern.

For more information on the event and series click WorldRacingGroup.com or CharlotteMotorSpeedway.com. For more on Lowes Foods, click LowesFoods.com.

 

 


 

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All Dirt Roads Lead To Charlotte: DIRTVision.com Brings You Exclusive World Finals Coverage

World Finals – Thursday, Nov. 3rd @ The Dirt Track at Charlotte

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World Finals – Saturday, Nov. 5th @ The Dirt Track at Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C. – Nov. 3, 2011 – The World of Outlaws Sprint Car, Late Model and Super DIRTcar Series’ seasons have all come down to this. All dirt roads lead to Charlotte, and tonight, the World of Outlaws Lowes’ Foods World Finals kicks off at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.DIRTVision.com brings you free, live audio all weekend long. Plus, for just $12.99, you can watch it all unfold tonight and tomorrow night exclusively at DIRTVision.com. You can see qualifying, heat races and feature events in two jam-packed nights as all three series work their way to Saturday night’s season finale. Then, after DIRTVision.com provides you with live video coverage of the first two nights, you can see all the action from Saturday night live on SPEED starting at 8:00 p.m.

This is it for all the series, and the frontrunners are giving it all they’ve got for a chance to win a championship. Will Jason Meyers make it two in a row? Or will one of the TSR drivers add another championship to their resume? Can Josh Richards complete the trifecta? Or will veteran Rick Eckert win that elusive title? Will Decker keep the momentum going to earn his third series title? Or can Matt Sheppard make it two for two? Only time will tell, but you can follow the entire weekend at DIRTVision.com. You won’t want to miss a second of the action as all three series crown a champion this weekend.

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World of Outlaws Late Model Series News & Notes: Previewing The Lowes Foods World of Outlaws World Finals At The Dirt Track At Charlotte



CONCORD, NC – Nov. 2, 2011 –



ON A ROLL: Jonathan Davenport nearly pulled off an unprecedented sweep of last year’s Lowes Foods World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Tom’s Snacks, Coca-Cola and Nature’s Own. This weekend (Nov. 3-5) he returns to The Dirt Track at Charlotte looking like a driver who just might get out the broom and finish the job.

Blairsville, Ga.’s Davenport enters the World of Outlaws Late Model Series portion of the fifth annual World Finals – a three-day festival of speed that also includes the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and the Super DIRTcar Series for Big-Block Modifieds – as arguably the hottest full-fender competitor in the country. His sizzling, season-turning month of October featured four special-event victories in five weekends – a surge that brought him and car owner Barry Wright a cool $50,000 in first-place earnings.

“We struggled the beginning of the year,” Davenport said after his latest triumph on Oct. 29 in the unsanctioned Cotton Pickin’ 100 at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Miss., “but we’ve come on strong here at the end.”

Davenport, who turned 28 on Oct. 31, was virtually flawless during the 2010 World Finals. He set fast time in both rounds of WoO LMS time trials, won his heat race for both the Saturday afternoon and evening programs (a day-night doubleheader was set up by a rainout on Friday) and scored a win and a second-place finish in the A-Mains. If he had won last year’s nightcap, he would have become the first driver to enjoy a perfect run through the World Finals.

For most of the 2011 season, of course, Davenport didn’t look like a racer capable of playing another starring role in the World Finals. He was unable to find a consistent rhythm with Wright’s house car team during his travels – until autumn arrived, that is. He gained some momentum with a $5,000 triumph on Sept. 24 at Virginia’s Wythe Raceway and then went absolutely wild in October, rolling up four five-figure checkered flags: an Ultimate Series event on Oct. 2 at East Alabama Motor Speedway in Phenix City ($10,000); the Raye Vest Memorial on Oct. 15 at Winchester (Va.) Speedway ($10,000); the Fall Classic on Oct. 22 at Whynot Speedway in Meridian, Miss. ($15,000); and last Saturday night’s 100-lapper at Magnolia ($15,000).

Davenport, whose first – and still only – career WoO LMS win came in last year’s World Finals opener, has four top-five finishes in nine A-Main starts on the tour this season. His best outing was a runner-up finish in the ‘Outlaw Sizzler 101’ on July 3 at Tazewell (Tenn.) Speedway.


SETTING THE SCENE: For the third consecutive year the WoO LMS championship battle will conclude in dramatic fashion during the World Finals, which kick off with Kellogg’s Qualifying Night on Thursday (Nov. 3) featuring two rounds of time trials for the Late Models and Sprint Cars and two sets of heats for the Big-Block Modifieds. The programs on Friday (Nov. 4) and Saturday (Nov. 5) boast 50-lap A-Mains for the Late Models, 40-lappers for the Modifieds and 30-lap contests for the Sprints.

Rick Eckert of York, Pa., sits on the precipice of his first-ever WoO LMS crown, leading the standings by 14 points over two-time defending champion Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va. The 45-year-old veteran can clinch the $100,000 title – regardless of the 23-year-old Richards’s performance – if he finishes at least third in both A-Mains.

Richards owns the more formidable record at The Dirt Track in general and the World Finals in particular. For starters, he’s the only WoO LMS regular who has won an A-Main during the World Finals (the Saturday race in 2008) and he’s finished outside the top 10 just once in eight features since the event’s launch in 2007 (he was fifth and 11th in ‘07; 10th and first in ‘08; fifth and seventh in ’09; and 12th and fourth in ’10). He also has dealt with the pressure of nip-and-tuck title races the last two years (he beat Steve Francis by 14 points in ’09 and Darrell Lanigan by four markers in ’10), and he’s won the track’s October World of Outlaws Late Model Showdown three years in a row (including a dominant victory in this season’s version three weeks ago).

Richards will also be gunning for the WoO LMS single-season win record this weekend. His nine victories in 2011 currently has him tied with Scott Bloomquist’s standard-setting 2004 campaign.

Eckert, meanwhile, has never won at The Dirt Track, but he’s certainly no slouch at the four-tenths-mile oval. His World Finals finishing records shows sixth and 12th in ‘07; 17th and 12th in ‘08; third and eighth in ’09; and second and 13th in ’10. He also finished a solid fourth in last month’s World of Outlaws Late Model Showdown.

BUSY WEEKEND: The World Finals will mean more than WoO LMS competition for tour regulars Tim McCreadie and Tim Fuller, who will both pull double-duty by adding a return to their DIRTcar Big-Block Modified roots to their itineraries.

McCreadie, 37, and Fuller, who turned 44 on Oct. 28, will drive their familiar Late Models in the full-fender action – McCreadie will run the Sweeteners Plus No. 39 and Fuller will go to the post in his own BPG Inc. No. 19 – and also steer Big-Block Mods for Empire State-based teams that they hook up with for selected events that fit their schedules. McCreadie’s Modified ride is the Vinnie Salerno-owned Four Star Racing mount – a machine he drove to victory in last year’s World Finals Super DIRTcar Series nightcap – and Fuller will campaign the J&S Racing No. 74.

While the two drivers from Watertown, N.Y., have never won a WoO LMS event at Charlotte, both have reached Victory Lane there in Super DIRTcar Series shows during their Big-Block Modified careers. McCreadie was triumphant on April 6, 2002, before adding a second triumph last year, and Fuller hit paydirt on May 25, 2005.

McCreadie, who sits fourth in the WoO LMS points standings, has come close to the winner’s circle at The Dirt Track in World of Outlaws competition, having finished second in the 2009 World Finals finale and the 2010 Showdown event. He also had a second-place run going in last year’s World Finals opener until a flat tire knocked him out late in the distance and left him 23rd in the final rundown. His other World Finals finishes are fourth and 11th in ’08; 27th in the ’09 opener; and fifth in last year’s finale (he didn’t enter the 2007 edition).

Fuller, who ranks ninth in the WoO LMS points standings and needs a victory this weekend to avoid his first-ever winless season since becoming a tour regular in 2007, has only a single memorable run at the World Finals – a third-place finish from deep in the field in the finale of the 2007 twinbill. He failed to qualify for the first A-Main in ‘07 and then scored finishes of 14th and 15th in ‘08; 17th and 13 th in ‘09; and 15th and 24th in ’10.

DIFFERENT FEELING: One year after engaging Richards in a thrilling, down-to-the-last-lap battle for the WoO LMS title, Union, Ky.’s Darrell Lanigan returns to The Dirt Track without championship hopes but fairly secure as the third-place man in the points standings. He also can claim a share of the tour’s single-season win record by sweeping the pair of A-Mains to match Richards and Bloomquist at nine victories.

Lanigan has never won at Charlotte, but he’s been solid in the World Finals with finishes of 11th and fifth in ‘07; 11th and seventh in ‘08; a pair of fourths in ’09; and fourth and third (from the 25th starting spot) in ’10.

IN SIGHT: Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., enters this weekend’s action facing the prospect of a second straight winless season on the WoO LMS, but he nonetheless can claim a sense of accomplishment by locking down his first top-five finish in the points standings since 2008.

The 49-year-old Frank currently holds fifth in the rankings thanks to a steady but unspectacular 2011 season in which he’s scored five top-five and 16 top-10 finishes. He leads sixth-place Shane Clanton of Fayetteville, Ga., by just 16 points, seventh-place Austin Hubbard of Seaford, Del., by 42 and eighth-place Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga., by 74.

The Dirt Track, of course, hasn’t been kind to Frank. While he didn’t compete in the 2009 World Finals doubleheader because of the fractured cheek and orbital bones he suffered on the eve of the event when an apparent clod of hard-packed clay struck him in the helmet during qualifying for the rescheduled WoO LMS Showdown, his finishes in the other three editions of the event have been pedestrian: 14th and 24th in ’07; 12th and sixth in ’08; and 25th and 26th in ’10.

WIN ONE FOR DALE: Austin Hubbard craves a victory in the World Finals not only to avoid a winless sophomore season on the WoO LMS, but also so he can give his car owner, Dale Beitler, a big send-off.

After four years of fielding his familiar blue-and-white No. 19 on the World of Outlaws circuit – 2008-09 with Steve Francis behind the wheel and the last two seasons with Hubbard driving – Beitler recently announced that he plans to disband his racing team after this weekend’s action. The Maryland resident has owned race cars for more than two decades.

The 19-year-old Hubbard will need to turn around his past performance at The Dirt Track in order to put Beitler in Victory Lane, however. The 2010 WoO LMS Rookie of the Year entered the ‘07, ‘08 and ‘09 World Finals programs but did not qualify for an A-Main, while last year he managed finishes of just 18th and 14th.

OUTLAWS AT THE WORLD FINALS: Other WoO LMS regulars and their World Finals finishing histories include:

* Shane Clanton: 10th and ninth in ‘07; 25th and 18th in ‘08; 11th and 16th in ’09; and 16 th and 11th in ’10.

* Clint Smith: 26th and 23rd in ‘07; 23rd and 17th in ‘08; 13th and sixth in ’09; and seventh and 10th in ’10.

* Vic Coffey of Caledonia, N.Y.: DNQ and 22nd in ’08; 23rd and DNQ in ’09; and 14th and 15th in ’10.

* Ron Davies of Warren, Pa.: DNQ for both events in 2010.

* John Lobb of Frewsburg, N.Y.: DNQ for both events in 2010.

TOP ROOKIE: Pat Doar of New Richmond, Wis., who will look to put the finishing touches on his 2011 WoO LMS Rookie of the Year campaign this weekend, has never entered the World Finals. His first appearance at The Dirt Track came in last month’s WoO LM Showdown when he finished 21st.

VICTORS: No driver has enjoyed more success in the Lowes Foods World Finals than Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., who won the opening-night 50-lapper in 2007, ’08 and ‘09. He was uncharacteristically a non-factor last year, however, finishing 10th and 20th in the A-Mains.

Joining Bloomquist, Richards and Davenport as World Finals A-Main winners are Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn. (2009 and 2010 finales) and Donnie Moran (2007 finale).

CARS, CARS, CARS: The Lowes Foods World Finals dirt Late Model field has averaged 79 cars in its four-year run – a record 82 in 2007, 78 in ‘08, 80 in ’09 and 76 in ’10. Another huge turnout is expected to pack The Dirt Track’s pit area this weekend.

NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT: The Lowes Foods World Finals program on Saturday night (Nov. 5) will once again be broadcast live on the SPEED cable network – this year as a four-hour spectacle beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

The show will see popular SPEED personality Dave Despain serve as host for the fifth consecutive year. The broadcast team also includes well-known commentator Ralph Shaheen, who will work with hall-of-famer Brad Doty during the Sprint Car action and Super DIRTcar Series announcer Shane Andrews during the Late Model and Big-Block events, and pit reporters Bobby Gerould and Roger Slack.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: The Lowes Food World of Outlaws World Finals begin on Thurs., Nov. 3, with the big Kellogg’s Qualifying Night featuring two rounds of Late Model and Sprint Car time trials and two sets of Big-Block Modified heats. Each division’s first round of qualifying will apply to Friday’s program and the second round to Saturday’s racing card.

In addition to practice and qualifying on Thursday, the Modifieds of the NDRA Modz ‘Road Show’ presented by Roush Yates Performance Parts will compete in their final race of the season. The 30-lap feature was rescheduled from Oct. 12 due to weather. Fans can bring in their ticket stub from the Oct. 12 race and get a discount on their Thursday ticket.

The Late Models and Sprint Cars will compete in full programs (heats, Last Chance Races, A-Mains) on both Fri., Nov. 4, and Sat., Nov. 5, while the Big-Block Modifieds will contest Last Chance Races and 40-lap features each evening.

Spectator gates open at 4 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 3, and 3 p.m. on Fri., Nov. 4, and Sat., Nov. 5. Racing action is scheduled to get the green flag at 6:05 p.m. on Thursday and 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

GET YOUR SEATS: Tickets are still available but going fast for the three-day spectacular that has already become one of the biggest dirt racing events of the year. Capacity crowds are once again expected to pack The Dirt Track’s 14,000-plus seat grandstand as well as expanded pit-area seating.

Single-day tickets are still available for the World Finals. Adult tickets are just $20 for Thursday and $39 each day for Friday and Saturday. Tickets for children 12-and-under are just $10 on Thursday and $15 each day for Friday and Saturday. Fans can also upgrade their ticket to include a pit pass for just $15 each day.

For more details on the World Finals or to purchase tickets, call the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or go online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com

For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com

The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award), McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award), Chizmark Larson Insurance, Factory Value Parts and RacingJunk.com; in addition to contingency sponsors Comp Cams, Eibach Springs, JE Pistons, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, Pro Power Engines, Quartermaster, Rocket Chassis, R2C Performance, Superflow Dynos, Wix Filters and Wrisco Aluminum.
 

 


 

 

 

 

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Super DIRT Week TONIGHT on SPEED at 8 p.m. Eastern

See the action from SEF Small Engine Fuel 200 Presented by Ferris & Snapper

 

WEEDSPORT, N.Y. - Oct. 29, 2011 - It's the biggest Super DIRTcar Series event of the season and tonight it's on SPEED in a special two-hour HD broadcast. The SEF Small Engine Fuel 200 Presented by Ferris & Snapper Mowers will air at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central.

SPEED captured a day packed with excitement from the drop of the green flag through wild pit stop sequences to race for the checkered flag. Captivating interviews with competitors and their crews added to the intensity of the race and tonight’s broadcast.

Make sure to tune in at 8 p.m. Eastern for all the action from Syracuse.

The Big-Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series is next in action Thursday through Saturday (Nov. 3-4-5) at the Lowes Foods World Finals Presented by Tom's Snacks, Coca-Cola and Nature's Own at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. There are still tickets available for the event by clicking CharlotteMotorSpeedway.com or calling 1-800-455-3267.

DIRTcar Racing in the Northeast Region is brought to fans by several sponsors and partners; including Hoosier Racing Tire; VP Racing Fuels; GM Performance Parts, Nationwide Insurance and Safety-Kleen. Promotional partners include the University of Northwestern Ohio and Chizmark & Larson Insurance. Contingency sponsors are ASI; Bert Transmissions; Bicknell Racing Products; Bilstein Shocks; Brodix; ButlerBuilt; Comp Cams; Intercomp; JE Pistons; KSE Racing Products; Motorsports Safety Systems; MSD Ignition; Penske Shocks; Racing Electronics; R2C; Super Flow; Vicci Racing Apparel; WIX Filters; Wrisco Industries; Xtreme Lubricants and Extreme Mufflers.

 

 


 

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Screven Motor Speedway Management Cancels World of Outlaws Late Model Series Event Set For Wed., Nov. 2

 

SYLVANIA, GA – Oct. 24, 2011 – The World of Outlaws Late Model Series event scheduled for Wed., Nov. 2, at Screven Motor Speedway has been canceled, track owner Redd Griffin announced on Monday.

The national tour was set to compete at the three-eighths-mile oval as part of the track’s rescheduled ‘Winter Freeze’ program, a doubleheader featuring dirt Late Models and the All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series that was rained out on its original date in February. Griffin added a World of Outlaws sanction to the full-fender portion of the twinbill after the WoO LMS’s lone 2011 visit to Screven on March 26 was washed out by thunderstorms.

Griffin scheduled a blockbuster program for Nov. 2 – upping the normal WoO LMS first-place prize to $12,000 to go along with an All-Star Sprint Car A-Main paying $10,000 to win – but reluctantly decided to cancel the event after market forces combined with the mid-week date forced him to reevaluate its financial viability.

“I would like to apologize for making a very bad rescheduling decision on our inaugural Winter Freeze (event) rain-out back in February 2011,” Griffin told fans and racers in an open letter announcing the cancelation. “Unfortunately, the (Nov. 2) show will be cancelled due to many fans expressing that a Wednesday night will be impossible to support. November 2 is a work night – and most of all a school night for the kids – and without that support running this show would be a bad financial decision for the track.

“I understand that this may upset many fans that were planning to come down to attend this show prior to the World Finals at (The Dirt Track at) Charlotte (on Nov. 3-5). At first, this seemed to be the best time to catch the 410 Sprinters that rarely make their way south. However, from the response that I have received through phone, e-mails and personal contact, most have said that it is too difficult to plan to attend a show on a week night (in November).”

Griffin said that fans and racers holding rainchecks from February’s ‘Winter Freeze’ and/or the rained-out WoO LMS event on March 26 will be able to use them for entrance for any remaining events in 2011 at Screven or for the bigger-and-better 2012 version of the ‘Winter Freeze,’ which will run from Feb. 9-11 and headline the WoO LMS in a season-opening 60-lap, $20,000-to-win A-Main.

Complete details of the 2012 ‘Winter Freeze’ are still being formulated, but Griffin has announced that the weekend will also include the All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series running $5,000-to-win events on both Fri., Feb. 10, and Sat., Feb. 11. WoO LMS time trials and heat races will take place on Friday evening and last-chance events and the ‘Winter Freeze’ A-Main will run on Saturday night.

Additional info on Screven Motor Speedway can be obtained by logging on to www.screvenmotorspeedway.com

With the cancelation of the Nov. 2 card at Screven, the WoO LMS now heads into the season-ending Lowes Foods World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Tom’s Snacks, Coca-Cola and Nature’s Own on Nov. 3-5 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C., with Rick Eckert of York, Pa., leading the circuit’s standings by 14 points over two-time defending champion Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va. A pair of 50-lap, $10,000-to-win A-Mains comprise the Late Model portion of the World Finals, which also includes doubleheaders for the WoO Sprint Car Series and the Super DIRTcar Series for Big-Block Modifieds.

For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com

The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award), McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award), Chizmark Larson Insurance, Factory Value Parts and RacingJunk.com; in addition to contingency sponsors Comp Cams, Eibach Springs, JE Pistons, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, Pro Power Engines, Quartermaster, Rocket Chassis, R2C Performance, Superflow Dynos, Wix Filters and Wrisco Aluminum.

 

 


 

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Worth the Wait! Stampede kicks off with heat race action!
2011 Track Champions Hess, Shingledecker and Miller win heats
Other notable heat race winners include Holtgraver, Lutz, Weller, Murdick, CMac, Kelley and Schneider





Sarver, PA (October 22, 2011) The DIRTcar Round Up Steel City Stampede saw the green flag almost 48 full hours late, but it was worth the wait! Over 200 cars packed the pits and once again spilled over into the pits for just the second time in the rich 40+ year history of Don Martin’s Lernerville Speedway.

The night started with a shock as Ti22 Sprint car future Hall of Famers Ed Lynch Jr. and Dale Blaney flipped in tandem in turn two on the opening lap of the weekend’s first heat race. With Lynch and Blaney off the track, 2010 Track Champion Danny Holtgraver ran away with the win by over half a lap. Mike Lutz did the same thing in heat two behind the wheel of the iconic Ferkel Circle.

PPMS star Brandon Burgoon won his heat after leader Jared Miley broke midrace. Dave Hess Jr. held off a fierce challenge by Tommy Beck, now behind the wheel of the Pitkavish #1. In the final Precise Late Model heat race, Chad Valone used a late race restart to take the win over Garrett Krummert.

The Diehl Mods action this weekend is also the BRP Modified Tour finale, and while Rex King Sr. clinched his fifth BRP crown, it was Jim Weller Jr., 2011 Lernerville Track Champion Jeremiah Shingledecker and Dave Murdick taking heat race victories.

The Pic-A-Part Sportsman heats were won by a Who’s Who of 2011 Lernerville feature winners as Corey McPherson, Joe Kelley, Chris Schneider and Mike Miller all took checkers in their respective heat races. This Fab Four of Fab Four Racing won 11 of the 13 features this season.

Heat race winners in other divisions were Colton Flinner, Mike Laughard and Josh Double in the UMP Pro Late Models; Sean Shingledecker, Dave Hess Jr., Bill Taylor and Joel Watson in the UMP/UEMS EMods; Chris Hickok and Adam Pletcher in the 4-Cylinders; and Doug Williams, Jeff Teeters and Cody Bova in the Mod Lites.

Tomorrow’s action kicks off at 3:00 with hot laps followed by consolation races, features and capped off with a 100-lap Enduro.

The Lernerville Speedway would like to thank Precise Racing Products for donating $200 in Gift Cards which will be awarded to heat race winners of the Fab Four Racing divisions and all eight feature winners tomorrow afternoon.

We’d also like to congratulate former Pure Stock Champion Mike Pegher Jr., pilot of Lynn Geisler’s #1 Cochran FASTRAK Late Model, for winning tonight’s $30,000 FASTRAK Grand National Championship in Bulls Gap, TN. Super Late Model star Robbie Blair took second, solidifying a solid representation for FASTRAK Northeast and Western PA race fans! Congrats Mike and Robbie!!

 


 

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Contact: Eric Westendorf

Lernerville Speedway Public Relations

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DIRTcar Round Up Steel City Stampede postponed again!
Friday’s heat races moved to Saturday, hot laps at 6:00
Saturday’s features moved to Sunday, hot laps at 3:00

 

 

 

Sarver, PA (October 21, 2011) Mother Nature continues to dampen the spirits of racing even on the final race weekend of 2011! Despite a clear radar, a steady mist sprinkled the track from 6:00 until 7:30 forcing the cancelation of Friday Night’s portion of the DIRTcar Round Up Steel City Stampede. Over 200 cars are registered for the event, with more expected to register tomorrow, plus an addition 60+ for Sunday's Enduro.

 

Friday Night’s program has been moved to Saturday night with hot laps starting at 6:00 and racing at 7:30. All divisions will hot lap and run heat races. Saturday’s program has been moved to Sunday, with hot laps starting at 3:00, followed by consolation races and features at 4:00.

 

Pit gates, registration and tech inspection will open at 12:00 Noon both days. Grandstands open at 4:00 Saturday and 2:00 Sunday.

 

The Pittsburgh Circle Track Club’s Annual Fall Parts Flea Market is still on for Saturday morning from 9:00AM-1:00PM in the upper lots. There is no setup charge or fee to sell parts, but you must provide your own tables. For more information call Cheryl at (724) 584-1634; you are welcome to leave a message if she cannot answer your call.

 

As previously released, Precise Racing Products will offer a discount of 10% on all racing parts and an unprecedented 5% off of all Hoosier Racing Tires to be used during the Stampede. The store will also offer a 50% discount on all closeout merchandise, making it the perfect time to stock up before the offseason! The sale will run throughout the event, from Thursday, October 20 through Saturday, October 22.

 

Precise Racing will also provide gift cards to be given away to 20 lucky race teams and fans! Gift cards can be used on any available products, including popular Hoosier Tire racing apparel that will be on hand at the track.

 

Precise Racing Products is located at 110 S. Pike Road in Sarver, PA, one mile south of Lernerville Speedway on Route 356. For more information, call 724-360-8000 or log on to www.PreciseRacing.com.

 

The DIRTcar Round Up Steel City Stampede will be the last chance in 2011 to see our Fab Four Racing divisions, plus four other divisions and another 100-lap Enduro on Sunday. For more information about the DIRTcar Round Up Steel City Stampede, log on to www.Lernerville.com and click the Steel City Stampede tab on the left-hand side of our homepage.

 


 

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This Weekend on DIRTVision: DIRTcar Round Up in Pennsylvania, World of Outlaws Sprints at Talladega and the Super DIRTcar Series in New York

 

DIRTcar Round Up Steel City Stampede – Friday, Oct. 21st @ Lernerville Speedway

DIRTcar Round Up Steel City Stampede – Saturday, Oct. 22nd @ Lernerville Speedway

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series – Saturday, Oct. 22nd @ Talladega Short Track

Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds – Sunday, Oct. 23rd @ Orange County Fair Speedway

CONCORD, N.C. – Oct. 21, 2011 – We kick off this weekend’s racing coverage with the3rd Annual DIRTcar Round Up Steel City Stampede tonight at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, PA. In two jam packed nights of racing action, this huge event brings fans coverage of nine divisions: 410 Sprints, Super Late Models, Big-Block Modifieds, Sportsman Stocks, Pro (Crate) Late Models, UMP Modifieds (E-Mods), 4-Cylinders, Mod-Lites and an Enduro race! In two days, fans can tune in to hear nine different series compete, bringing together a car count of over 300 cars! If you can’t make it to the show, you can listen to free, live audio at DIRTVision.com. You won’t want to miss this historic event! Racing action is scheduled to begin this evening at approximately 6:00 p.m. Eastern and the same time tomorrow night!

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series will be in action this Saturday night at the Talladega Short Track in Eastaboga, AL. It’s the first time the series has returned to the short track since 2004. NASCAR sensation Kasey Kahne is promoting the race event, sponsored by Sage Fruit, dubbed the “Talladega Sage Fruit Showdown.” It was Jason Meyers who won the last time the series visited the 1/3 mile high banks, and he’s on a five race winning streak coming into Saturday night’s show. Will Jason Meyers extend his winning streak to six or will another driver claim the checkers at Talladega? Johnny Gibson will be broadcasting a free, live audiocast from the short track Saturday evening exclusively at DIRTVision.com, beginning with hot laps at 6:00 p.m. Central.

We wrap up the weekend’s coverage with the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds from the Orange County Fair Speedway for the 50th Annual Eastern States Weekend in Middletown, NY. Decker sits ahead of Matt Sheppard in the points by only 48 points. With the Lowe’s Foods World Finals presented by Tom’s, Coca Cola and Nature’s Own just around the corner, this is Super Matt’s last chance to shorten the gap and contend for yet another championship. You can follow the battle for free at DIRTVision.com, where Shane Andrews will have live audio from the Orange County Fair Speedway. Sunday’s 200 lap feature event is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m. Eastern.

Looking ahead, the next DIRTVision video Cybercast will be the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, Late Models and the Super DIRTcar Series at the World Finals in Charlotte. For the full Cybercast schedule, click the 2011 Cybercast Schedule at DIRTVision.com.

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Richards Ready For Another Championship Battle With A Mentor At Lowes Foods World of Outlaws World Finals Nov. 3-5




This Year Rick Eckert Stands Between Richards And A Third Straight World of Outlaws Late Model Series Title At The Dirt Track At Charlotte



CONCORD, NC – Oct. 21, 2011 – Josh Richards has already outdueled two of his racing mentors for World of Outlaws Late Model Series championships. Can he down another to grab an unprecedented third title in a row?

The 23-year-old sensation from Shinnston, W.Va., will get his chance Nov. 3-5 during the fifth annual Lowes Foods World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Tom’s Snacks, Coca-Cola and Nature’s Own, which closes the national full-fender tour’s 2011 campaign with a pair of 50-lap, $10,000-to-win A-Mains at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

This year’s spectacular season-ender – a unique extravaganza of speed that also includes the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and the Super DIRTcar Series for Big-Block Modifieds – features Richards’s third straight championship face-off with a veteran driver who provided him valuable advice early in his career. After defeating Steve Francis in 2009 and Darrell Lanigan in 2010, Richards has Rick Eckert standing between him and crown No. 3.

Eckert, 45, of York, Pa., currently leads the WoO LMS points standings by 14 points over Richards entering the tour’s rescheduled $12,000-to-win event on Wed., Nov. 2, at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga., that precedes the World Finals.

“It’s kind of crazy to race for a championship three years in a row with guys who have all helped me in their own way,” said Richards, who ran a limited WoO LMS schedule in 2004 as a 16-year-old before going fulltime the following season and winning Rookie of the Year honors. “It doesn’t change our approach though. Our goal is always to try to beat everybody, no matter how close we are to them.”

Eckert is certainly close to Richards. While Eckert now runs a self-owned Team Zero by Bloomquist chassis, through the end of the 2006 season he was a loyalist of Rocket Chassis, the Shinnston, W.Va.-based business co-owned by Richards’s father and team owner, Mark. During his long stint campaigning Rocket cars fielded by the late Raye Vest, Eckert worked closely with Mark Richards and literally watched Josh Richards grow up.

“Before I even raced anything Rick let me practice his car once at Interstate (79 Speedway),” said Richards, recalling laps he took around the quarter-mile oval across the street from the Rocket Chassis headquarters. “I remember a whole bunch of guys were there testing one day – Eckert, Francis, Chub (Frank) and some other guys – and Rick asked me if I wanted to take his car out.”

When the teenage Richards began climbing behind the wheel of one of his father’s Rocket Chassis house cars to go racing for real, Eckert was one of the voices offering him driving and technical pointers. To this day Richards credits Eckert for playing a key role in his first-ever WoO LMS A-Main win, on Aug. 15, 2005, at Lebanon Valley Speedway in West Lebanon, N.Y.

“He helped me hold on to win that race,” said Richards, who with that victory became the first driver to win an A-Main and the Rookie of the Year award in the same season. “Rick was giving me hand signals from the inside of the track because he had blown up when he was up front. He was signaling me to use four-wheel brake, to straighten up my corner entry. I’ll always remember that.”

Six years later, Richards rolls into the final three events of 2011 with 37 career WoO LMS wins – more than any other driver since the tour’s reincarnation under the World Racing Group banner in 2004 – and seeking not only his third consecutive title but also a single-season victory record. His triumph in the World of Outlaws Late Model Showdown on Oct. 12 at The Dirt Track was his ninth of 2011, tying him with Scott Bloomquist (’04) for the single-season standard.

Of course, if Richards pulls off a championship hat trick during the World Finals, that would also mean he prevented Eckert from capturing his coveted first WoO LMS title. But as much as he’d like to see Eckert join him as a World of Outlaws champion, his focus is on his own championship aspirations.

“It’s cool and a lot of fun to race for a championship against him,” Richards said of Eckert. “He’s had a phenomenal year and if he comes out on top he definitely deserves the championship, but we’re gonna race as hard as we can to win it. I feel like is our last shot to get us another one – at least for a while – because of our plans to do the NASCAR stuff next year (he’s hoping his limited schedule driving for Kyle Busch this season on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will turn into a fulltime deal in ’12), so we don’t want to leave anything on the track.”

Unless Richards overtakes Eckert for the points lead in the pre-World Finals program at Screven, the two-time defending tour champ will hit The Dirt Track’s surface just like he has in every race since early May: sitting second behind Eckert in the points standings. Eckert grabbed the top spot in the standings from Richards with a victory on May 7 at Swainsboro (Ga.) Raceway and has refused to relinquish it.

But Richards has chipped away at Eckert’s edge over the past six races, turning a 60-point deficit into his current 14-point shortfall entering the mid-week program at Screven. He’s put the pressure on Eckert by going on a hot streak, posting six consecutive top-five finishes (including four wins) in full-points shows.

The difference in the points race has been Eckert’s superior consistency. While Richards leads the tour in wins, top-five finishes (22) and earnings ($201,660), Eckert, who has three wins (including a crucial Oct. 6 score at New York’s Rolling Wheels Racing Park), matches Richards in the top-10s category (25) and has only one finish worse than 13th (a 16th-place run on Aug. 20 at Michigan’s Merritt Raceway) compared to four for Richards (finishes of 14th, 16th, 19th and 21st).

Richards’s uncharacteristic stumbles have forced him into the role of chaser in the points standings this season. During his two previous championship seasons he was atop the points after more than half the events and never was more than 44 points out of first place.

“I feel like this whole year we’ve had a phenomenal car but we hit a lot of speed bumps, especially the first part of the year,” analyzed Richards, who entered the ’09 World Finals trailing Francis by four points (he won by 14) and began the ’10 doubleheader leading Lanigan by 22 points (he won by a scant four-point margin). “It wasn’t looking that promising for us for awhile, but now we’re definitely in the hunt.

“The biggest thing with these last races is to just keep on racing like we have all year – just like it’s another race, and with the goal of winning the race. I’m sure Rick’s gonna be contention for a win every night too, so we just have to try to finish ahead of him. That’s our gameplan.”

Richards will take to the four-tenths-mile Charlotte oval with a sense of quiet confidence. He has, after all, been through two dramatic, tense points battles during the World Finals – last year’s with Lanigan wasn’t determined until the final lap – and he also happens to love racing at The Dirt Track. His successful performance record at Charlotte includes one win in each of the last four seasons; Eckert, meanwhile, has never won at Charlotte but has authored several very strong runs, including a third-place finish (from the 18th starting spot) in the opener of the 2009 World Finals, a runner-up finish in last year’s first World Finals A-Main and a fourth-place outing in the Oct. 12 WoO LMS Showdown.

Celebrating a WoO LMS championship in front of a sell-out crowd of over 14,000 fans and a live television audience on the SPEED cable network is a thrill Richards is ready to experience again.

“There’s no other place I’d rather end the season,” Richards said of the state-of-the-art speedway. “There are a lot of great racetracks out there, but being at the Dirt Track at Charlotte – man, it’s an awesome track and a great facility, and it’s in the heart of stock car racing. It’s also one of the few tracks capable of holding an event so big and doing it justice.

“The World Finals is my favorite weekend of the year,” he continued. “In my opinion, it’s become the biggest show of the year in terms of a whole short-track event. It’s really fun for a driver and especially a fan – there’s just so much going on in every class. I love just being a part of it.”

Win or lose, Richards will enjoy every minute of his latest bid for the $100,000 WoO LMS title.

“I felt like ’09 was a stellar year for us, last year was a little bit better and this year has been awesome except for a few problems that put us behind in the points,” said Richards. “I feel like we’ve come a long way even from our first championship year to now. We’re that much more mature of a team. Everybody gets along so well. We all know each other, and I’ve learned a lot myself the last few years. I feel like we’re competitive at more tracks than we’ve been, and that definitely helps a championship run.

“A championship would certainly top this year off. If we can win three in a row, it’ll be awesome, but whatever happens, it’s been a great year.”

The Lowes Food World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Tom’s Snacks, Coca-Cola and Nature’s Own, begin on Thurs., Nov. 3, with the big Kellogg’s Qualifying Night featuring two rounds of Late Model and Sprint Car time trials and two sets of Big-Block Modified heats. Each division’s first round of qualifying will apply to Friday’s program and the second round to Saturday’s racing card.

The Late Models and Sprint Cars will compete in full programs (heats, Last Chance Races, A-Mains) on both Fri., Nov. 4, and Sat., Nov. 5, while the Big-Block Modifieds will contest Last Chance Races and 40-lap features each evening.

Racing action is scheduled to get the green flag at 6:05 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 3, and 5 p.m. on Fri., Nov. 4, and Sat., Nov. 5.

Saturday’s racing program will also be broadcast live on SPEED starting at 8 p.m. ET.

Tickets for the Lowes Foods World of Outlaws World Finals can be obtained by logging on to www.charlottemotorspeedway.com  or calling 1-800-455-FANS. Three-day packages are available for the bargain price of $69 and $24 for children 12-and-under.

For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com

The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award), McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award), Chizmark Larson Insurance, Factory Value Parts and RacingJunk.com; in addition to contingency sponsors Comp Cams, Eibach Springs, JE Pistons, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, Pro Power Engines, Quartermaster, Rocket Chassis, R2C Performance, Superflow Dynos, Wix Filters and Wrisco Aluminum.

 


 

 

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Click and Watch 4Wide.TV for World of Outlaws and UMP Highlights

 

CONCORD, N.C. – October 20, 2011 – The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series invaded Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio last Saturday night. It was yet another demonstration of dominance as defending champion and current point leader Jason Meyers won his fifth feature event in a row. The series made its return to Fremont for the first time in almost a decade and 4Wide.TV has all the highlights!

We conclude our video recap with the UMP DIRTcar Nationals at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH. 4Wide.TV has all the highlights from the UMP Late Model and the UMP Modified feature events at the high banked half-mile. It was the last race of the championship for the UMP series, so everything was on the line, and the highlights show it! Click here to see it all unfold!

In addition to all the video from the weekend’s races, there are the hotly discussed Power Rankings plus the Hot Thread of the Week asking what people think are the biggest traditions in sprint car racing and the dirt track racing Twitter feed that brings you non-stop news and notes from around the racing world. The Video of the Week comes from the Kronik Energy WoO Sprint Car team as they provide an in-car view of last year’s World Finals. Finally, the Shot of the Week comes from The Dirt Track at Charlotte where one lucky fan got the opportunity to meet Josh Richards.

All that and more in only less than 15 minutes — check it out at 4Wide.TV, which now includes a new home page module to help share the video with your friends at Facebook and followers on Twitter.

 


 

 

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Hold your horses! The start of the DIRTcar Round Up Steel City Stampede postponed until Friday at 6:00.

 

Sarver, PA (October 20, 2011) Cold and wet conditions have forced the postponement of the opening night of the DIRTcar Round Up Steel City Stampede until Friday evening at 6:00.

 

To ensure ample time to dry out, the pits will be closed until Friday morning, but haulers can be staged in the parking lot until parking within the pit area begins at 10:00AM.

 

The pit gates, tech inspection and registration will officially open at 12:00 Noon on Friday, at which time everyone will be asked to walk outside the gate to allow track officials and employees to verify that all those in the pit area are banded properly and that all cars/drivers are registered for competition.

 

Practice for all divisions will start at 6:00, with heat races to follow at 7:30. As scheduled, all divisions will complete their heat races Friday Night, with any consolation races and features being contested on Saturday evening.

 

As advertised, camping is free all weekend on a first come, first serve basis.

 


 

 

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The 2011 DIRTcar Round Up Steel City Stampede is no One Trick Pony!
It’s “Fab Four plus Four” headlined by the Ti22 Sprints, Precise Lates and Diehl/BRP Mods racing for $3,000-to-win in each division!
Sportsman/Stocks, Pro Lates and UMP/UEMS Mods vying for $1,000-to-win
 

 

 

Sarver, PA (October 19, 2011) In just its second season of competition, the 2010 DIRTcar Round Up Steel City Stampede made Lernerville Speedway history by overflowing the newly expanded pit area and pitting cars in the Action Track infield for the first time in the rich 43+ year history of Don Martin’s Lernerville Speedway! Over 220 cars filled nine divisions last year (recall that the Mini Late Models ran an exhibition here last year) and when the Enduro crowd rolled in on Saturday Night the car count ballooned to over 300 cars!

 

General Manager Gary Risch Jr. recalls, “It was a good problem to have, but I don’t think anyone ever expected this event to grow this big that fast! To see cars pitted in the infield was an awesome thing! But as cool as that was, the racing on the track was even better!”

 

That said, better is a matter of perspective! The Ti22 Sprints are an imperfect 0-2 in Steel City Stampede features! Cole Duncan shocked the Western PA Sprint scene in 2009 with a last lap, last turn pass on All Time Sprint Wins Leader and then recent Century Club member Ed Lynch Jr. to steal the first DIRTcar Round Up Steel City Stampede Belt Buckle. Then last year, former Track Champion Dale Blaney stole the $3,000 show, making it back-to-back wins for the state of Ohio! Recently crowned Track Champion Carl Bowser will join fellow Western PA Winged Warriors Danny Holtgraver, Ed Lynch Jr. and others in the pursuit of keeping the Stampede Belt Buckle within the Keystone State!

 

Matt Lux won the Inaugural Precise Late Model feature in 2009, his first win in over two years at the time. Then last year, Jared Miley scored his third win in four races to finish the 2010 season. It will be interesting to see if someone like Lynn Geisler, Ken Schaltenbrand or Alex Ferree can find their way back to Sheetz Victory Lane after a long hiatus like Lux did in 2009, or if a multiple time winner like Dave Hess Jr., Gregg Satterlee or Chub Frank put a cherry on top of their 2011 season like Miley did in 2010!

 

Last year’s BRP Modified Tour Finale during the Steel City Stampede was a barnburner with Chad Homan banging doors with multiple-time BRP Series Champion Rex King Sr. to take the checkers, a $3,000 payday and a shiny, new Stampede Belt Buckle. Del Rougeux Jr. won the inaugural event in 2009, but has not climbed into the #20D at the Action Track in 2011 after losing his father in the off season. Word around the pits last Saturday Night at PPMS was that Rougeux will be back in action in 2012; here’s hoping he gets a jumpstart on the 2012 season this weekend! Rex King Sr. will be looking to secure his third straight BRP Crown and fifth overall. Kevin Bolland is second in points.

 

Joe Kelley picked up his 10th Pic-A-Part Sportsman/Stock feature of 2010 at last year’s Steel City Stampede, but the field caught up to the future Hall of Famer in 2011 and “Super Joe” will be looking for just his third feature win of 2011. Rusty Martz won the inaugural event in 2009.

 

Pro Late Model winners have been Josh Holtgraver (2009) and Bryan Force (2010), UMP Mod winners have been Randy Hall (2009) and Brian Ruhlman (2010), 4-Cyliner winners have been Lee Lehnerd (2009) and Brent Sholtis (2010), while Mikey Hay is the only repeat winner in the event’s brief history, winning the Mod Lite features both in 2009 and 2010. Brent Truitt (2009) and Glenn Noland (2010) have won the Enduros.

 

As previously released, Precise Racing Products will offer a discount of 10% on all racing parts and an unprecedented 5% off of all Hoosier Racing Tires to be used during the Stampede. The store will also offer a 50% discount on all closeout merchandise, making it the perfect time to stock up before the offseason! The sale will run throughout the event, from Thursday, October 20 through Saturday, October 22.

 

Precise Racing will also provide gift cards to be given away to 20 lucky race teams and fans! Gift cards can be used on any available products, including popular Hoosier Tire racing apparel that will be on hand at the track.

 

Precise Racing Products is located at 110 S. Pike Road in Sarver, PA, one mile south of Lernerville Speedway on Route 356. For more information, call 724-360-8000 or log on to www.PreciseRacing.com.

 

We will also be hosting the Pittsburgh Circle Track Club’s Annual Fall Parts Flea Market on Saturday morning from 9:00AM-1:00PM in the upper lots. There is no setup charge or fee to sell parts, but you must provide your own tables. For more information call Cheryl at (724) 584-1634; you are welcome to leave a message if she cannot answer your call.

 

The DIRTcar Round Up Steel City Stampede will be the last chance in 2011 to see our Fab Four Racing divisions, plus four other divisions and another 100-lap Enduro on Saturday Night. For more information about the DIRTcar Round Up Steel City Stampede, log on to www.Lernerville.com and click the Steel City Stampede tab on the left-hand side of our homepage.

 


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Precise Racing Offers ‘Steel City Stampede’ Special for Racers
Stampede Sale Runs Thursday through Saturday Trackside and In-Store


Sarver, PA (October 17, 2011) – Precise Racing Products has announced that the racing retailer will hold a Stampede Special for racers and fans alike with pricing discounts and giveaways in conjunction with Lernerville Speedway’s upcoming Steel City Stampede! The sale will run throughout the event, from Thursday, October 20 through Saturday, October 22.

Precise Racing will offer a discount of 10% on all racing parts and an unprecedented 5% off of all Hoosier Racing Tires to be used during the Stampede. The store will also offer a 50% discount on all closeout merchandise, making it the perfect time to stock up before the offseason!

Precise Racing will also provide gift cards to be given away to 20 lucky race teams and fans! Gift cards can be used on any available products, including popular Hoosier Tire racing apparel that will be on hand at the track.

Stampede Special pricing will be honored both at the retail store and the trackside parts trailers throughout the sale.

About Precise Racing Products: Precise Racing Products is located at 110 S. Pike Road in Sarver, PA, one mile south of Lernerville Speedway on Route 356. For more information, call 724-360-8000 or log on to www.PreciseRacing.com

 



 

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From the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series’ National Open Run to All The Action From Super DIRT Week, 4Wide.TV is Packed with News and Video From the World of Outlaws and DIRTcar Racing



CONCORD, N.C. – Oct. 14, 2011 – This week’s episode of 4Wide.TV includes all the highlights from Super DIRT Week XL plus news and notes from around the racing world.

Click here to begin our coverage of the 40th Annual Super DIRT Week from the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY. We kick it all off with highlights from the 358-Modifieds at Weedsport Speedway on Wednesday night, followed by the 358s and the World of Outlaws Late Models from Rolling Wheels on Thursday night. Then, we bring you coverage from the Twin 20s and the Triple 20s, featuring the 358-Modifieds and the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds at the Moody Mile. We then move to Williams Grove Speedway where the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series headed Friday night to run the National Open. We bring coverage back to the fairgrounds for the 358-Modifieds’ Nationwide 150. Coverage goes back to Rolling Wheels for highlights from the Sprint Car Series on Saturday night, then we head back to the fairgrounds with the SEF 200 presented by Snapper and Ferris and wrap up coverage with highlights from Wednesday’s World of Outlaws Late Model Showdown at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. 4Wide.TV brings you six full days of racing highlights! You can’t get a recap like this anywhere else!

In addition to all the highlights from the weekend, there are the hotly discussed Power Rankings plus the Hot Thread of the Week and the dirt track racing Twitter feed that brings you non-stop news and notes from around the racing world. The Video of the Week recalls the UMP Nationals courtesy of Eldora Speedway and the Photo of the Week comes from Friday Night Lights at Super DIRT Week from high atop the front stretch tower!

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Record-Tying Victory At The Dirt Track At Charlotte Pulls Richards Closer To World of Outlaws Late Model Series Points Lead



CONCORD, NC – Oct. 12, 2011 – Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., ran away with an important victory in Wednesday night’s 50-lap World of Outlaws Late Model Showdown at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

The $10,875 triumph was Richards’s ninth of the 2011 World of Outlaws Late Model Series campaign, matching the national tour’s single-season win record established by Scott Bloomquist in 2004. It also was his 37th overall A-Main checkered flag, moving him into a tie with Billy Moyer atop the circuit’s alltime win list (1988-89, 2004-present).

In addition, Richards pulled closer in the ’11 WoO LMS championship battle to points leader Rick Eckert of York, Pa., who finished fourth. The two-time defending tour titlist left Charlotte trailing Eckert by a mere 14 points with three events remaining on the schedule.

And perhaps most notably, the victory allowed Richards to honor a fallen family member.

“This win goes to my Uncle Roger,” Richards said of his father Mark’s older brother, who passed away last week. “He got my father started in racing and he was a huge fan and a huge supporter of our racing. I’m sure he’s still watching us.”

Richards, 23, left no doubt that he possessed the stoutest machine in Wednesday evening’s field. He roared off the outside pole starting spot to lead the entire A-Main in his father’s Rocket Chassis house car without facing a single challenge.

Richards took the checkered flag 4.362 seconds – a full straightaway – ahead of Vienna, W.Va.’s Steve Shaver, who grabbed second on lap 27 from a high-sliding Jared Landers of Batesville, Ark., and stayed there to the finish in the K&L Rumley Rocket.

WoO LMS regular Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga., advanced from the 12th starting spot to place third in his Rocket, holding off Eckert during the final circuits. Polesitter Tyler Reddick of Corning, Calif., a 15-year-old talent who ran for WoO LMS Rookie of the Year in 2009, held on to take fifth for a career-best tour finish.

“The car was awesome and this Roush-Yates engine is one bad-ass piece,” Richards said of the potent combination he employed to win Charlotte’s World of Outlaws Late Model Showdown for the second consecutive year. “I was able to get out front right at the start, keep the car in clean air and run the line I wanted to.”

Richards, who won for the ninth time in the last 20 WoO LMS events and the fifth time in his last eight starts, completed a perfect night of competition at the immaculate four-tenths-mile oval. He also set fast time and led every lap of his heat race

“He was in a class of his own,” runner-up Shaver said of Richards, who easily pulled away from Shaver following late-race restarts on laps 36 and 37. “I was just hanging on for dear life. We were just trying to maintain the top three and not blow the tires off it.”

Smith, 46, was involved in the race’s most intense battle to the finish, racing hard for third with Eckert almost every circuit after the sixth and final caution flag flew on lap 37.

“When we got racing there at the start the track was wide-open and kind of hit-and-miss rough, but around lap 17 or 18 the rain started coming pretty good and I think that kind of slicked the top back up,” said Smith, referencing the light precipitation that fell during the A-Main’s second half. “The last 25 laps you could run around the top and my car was good up there. I think I ran the top side-by-side with Rick Eckert for the last 10 laps.

“It was an excellent race with Eckert,” he continued. “I tried to give him plenty of room to not interfere with the points battle, but yet race hard because I’m trying to race for money too.”

Eckert, 45, was satisfied with a fourth-place finish on a racing surface made heavy and fast by rain that deluged the track early in the week. It was enough to keep his points lead in double-digits with the finish of the season in sight.

“We’re here to win (the championship) and we’re not gonna give up till the end,” said Eckert, who is seeking his first WoO LMS points crown. “If we lose, it’s not from lack of effort.”

Shane Clanton of Fayetteville, Ga., finished sixth while racing with a swollen right thumb that he injured in a tangle last Saturday night at Georgia’s Dixie Speedway. Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., placed seventh, followed by Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., Austin Hubbard of Seaford, Del., who started fifth, and 18th-starter Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y.

The race’s caution flags were caused by John Lobb of Frewsburg, N.Y., who slowed on lap eight; a turn-two tangle on lap eight that involved Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga., and former WoO LMS champs Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., and Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y.; Donald Bradsher of Burlington, N.C. (turn-two wall on lap nine); Rookie of the Year points leader Pat Doar of New Richmond, Wis., who stopped on lap 14; Landers, whose car tossed its right-rear wheel as he held third place on lap 36; and Dennis ‘Rambo’ Franklin of Gaffney, S.C. (mechanical trouble while running third on lap 37).

Richards was quickest in Ohlins Shocks Time Trials, topping the 27-car session with a lap of 14.966 seconds. It was his second fast-time honor of the 2011 season.

Heat winners were Richards, Reddick (his first-ever WoO LMS heat-race victory) and Shaver, who celebrates his 48th birthday on Oct. 14. Vic Coffey of Caledonia, N.Y., captured the B-Main.

The next action for the WoO LMS is a season-ending tripleheader – a rescheduled $12,000-to-win event on Wed., Nov. 2, at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga., and the fifth annual World Finals on Nov. 3-5 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com.
 

Results of WoO Late Model Series ‘World of Outlaws Late Model Showdown’ at The Dirt Track at Charlotte (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):


1. (2) Josh Richards/50 $10,875


2. (3) Steve Shaver/50 $5,000


3. (12) Clint Smith/50 $3,550


4. (4) Rick Eckert/50 $3,050


5. (1) Tyler Reddick/50 $2,550


6. (7) Shane Clanton/50 $2,250


7. (10) Chub Frank/50 $1,950


8. (9) Chris Madden/50 $1,300


9. (5) Austin Hubbard/50 $1,750


10. (18) Tim Fuller/50 $1,650


11. (17) Ron Davies/50 $1,850


12. (14) Tim McCreadie/49 $1,650


13. (23) Darrell Lanigan/48 $1,600


14. (8) Dennis Franklin/36 $900


15. (6) Jared Landers/35 $850


16. (13) Chip Brindle/35 $800


17. (22) Austin Dillon/23 $770


18. (20) Ty Dillon/20 $750


19. (21) John Lobb/18 $730


20. (19) Vic Coffey/14 $1,250


21. (15) Pat Doar/13 $1,250


22. (11) Dale McDowell/8 $700


23. (16) Donald Bradsher/8 $700


24. (25) Kyle Pierce/2 $725


DNS: Jonathan Davenport

* Earnings include Winners Circle program and cash contingency award bonuses


Time of Race: 35 Mins., 38.253 Secs.


Margin of Victory: 4.362 Secs.


Yellow Flags: 6 (Laps 8, 8, 9, 14, 36, 37)


Lap Leaders: Richards (1-50)


Provisional Starters: Lanigan, Davenport (WoO); Pierce (track)


Rookie of the Race: Davies ($250)


WoO LMS ‘Bonus Bucks’ Winner: Reddick ($500)


Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):

1. 1-Josh Richards/Shinnston, WV 14.966


2. 11R-Tyler Reddick/Corning, CA 14.978


3. 6-Steve Shaver/Vienna, WV 15.086


4. 777-Jared Landers/Batesville, AR 15.233


5. 24-Rick Eckert/York, PA 15.254


6. 19H-Austin Hubbard/Seaford, DE 15.259


7. 1*-Chub Frank/Bear Lake, PA 15.276


8. 47c-Dennis Franklin/Gaffney, SC 15.283


9. 44M-Chris Madden/Gray Court, SC 15.287


10. 25-Shane Clanton/Fayetteville, GA 15.293


11. 3-Austin Dillon/Welcome, NC 15.308


12. 44-Clint Smith/Senoia, GA 15.315


13. 21B-Chip Brindle/Chatsworth, GA 15.424


14. 39-Tim McCreadie/Watertown, NY 15.425


15. 11-Pat Doar/New Richmond, WI 15.434


16. 93-Donald Bradsher/Burlington, NC 15.439


17. 17M-Dale McDowell/Chickamauga, GA 15.489


18. 29-Darrell Lanigan/Union, KY 15.646


19. 1L-John Lobb/Frewsburg, NY 15.657


20. 41-Ty Dillon/Welcome, NC 15.722


21. 19-Tim Fuller/Watertown, NY 15.736


22. 32c-Vic Coffey/Caledonia, NY 15.925


23. 71d-Ron Davies/Warren, PA 15.968


24. 10*-Dane Burns/New London, NC 16.461


25. 281-Kyle Pierce/Statesville, NC 18.844


26. 87-Ross Bailes/Clover, SC N/T


27. 49-Jonathan Davenport/Blairsville, GA 16.172 (DQ – no report to scales)


Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 6 Transfer): Richards, Landers, Clanton, Frank, Brindle, Bradsher, Coffey, Lobb, Pierce


Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 6 Transfer): Reddick, Eckert, Franklin, McDowell, McCreadie, Davies, T. Dillon, A. Dillon (DNS) Bailes


Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 6 Transfer): Shaver, Hubbard, Madden, C. Smith, Doar, Fuller, Burns, Lanigan, Davenport


B-Main (12 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Coffey, T. Dillon, Lobb, A. Dillon, Davenport, Burns, Pierce, Lanigan, Bailes


World of Outlaws Late Model Series Contingency Award Winners:


Arizona Sports Shirts ($100 apparel certificate to 22nd fastest qualifier): Vic Coffey


Armor All (one case of product to highest-finishing non-WoO team in A-Main w/decal): Kyle Pierce


Comp Cams ($50 cash to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Josh Richards


Comp Cams (certificate to 10th place in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Jared Landers


Eibach Springs (one free spring to each B-Main winner or next highest w/decal): John Lobb


JE Pistons ($50 cash to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Josh Richards


JE Pistons (one set of Pro Seal rings to 11th-place or next highest w/decal, redeemable w/next purchase of one complete set of rings): Ron Davies


JE Pistons (one set of Pro Seal rings to 21st-place or next highest w/decal, redeemable w/next purchase of one complete set of rings): Ron Davies


MSD Ignition ($75 cash to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Josh Richards


MSD Ignition ($25 cash to last-place in A-Main or next lowest w/decal): Kyle Pierce


Ohlins Pole Award ($50 cash to fast qualifier or next highest w/decal): Tyler Reddick


Quartermaster ($100 product certificate to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Steve Shaver


Quartermaster ($50 product certificate to 5th-place or next highest w/decal): Tyler Reddick


Quartermaster ($25 product certificate to 15th-place or next highest w/decal): Jared Landers


R2C Performance ($100 certificate to highest-finishing driver w/decal or $100 cash if race winner is using R2C filter and decal is displayed): Josh Richards (cash)


STP ($50 cash to 2nd-place in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Clint Smith


Superflow Dynos ($50 cash to 7th-place in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Chub Frank


VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash to winner of Heat 1 or next highest w/decal): Shane Clanton
VP Racing Fuels ‘Nice Jugs Award’ (one five-gallon plastic fuel jugs to fastest qualifier who does not make the A-Main or next highest w/decal): Ross Bailes


WIX Filters ($50 cash to 13th-place in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Darrell Lanigan


Wrisco Aluminum (Three sheets of aluminum to A-Main winner w/decal): Josh Richards


2011 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of Oct. 12 – 30 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):


1. Rick Eckert 4220


2. Josh Richards 4206 (-14)


3. Darrell Lanigan 4046 (-174)


4. Tim McCreadie 3984 (-236)


5. Chub Frank 3926 (-294)


6. Shane Clanton 3910 (-310)


7. Austin Hubbard 3884 (-336)


8. Clint Smith 3852 (-368)


9. Tim Fuller 3736 (-484)


10. Vic Coffey 3716 (-504)


11. Pat Doar 3562 (-658)


12. Ron Davies 3464 (-756)


13. John Lobb 3276 (-944)


14. Jill George 2122 (-2098)


15. Jason Feger 1756 (-2464)

FOLLOW THE ACTION ON TWITTER: Fans can keep up-to-date with the World of Outlaws Late Model Series online and through text messages on cell phones via Twitter, the internet’s fast-growing social-networking and micro-blogging website. Updates are provided to Twitter ‘followers’ of the WoO LMS throughout each race night, and fans also receive breaking news and interesting notes from the tour.

Over 5,500 fans are now WoO LMS ‘followers’ on Twitter. To sign-up and receive updates anywhere at anytime, visit http://twitter.com/WoOLateModels.

LISTEN ONLINE: If fans can’t get to a track to see the World of Outlaws Late Model Series, they can experience the excitement of the nation’s premier tour live on DIRTvision.com through the DIRT Radio Network.

To listen to the free audio broadcasts, log on to http://www.dirtvision.com/welcome.php  and click on the DIRT Radio Network logo.

BLOGGING: WoO LMS fans can now read interesting stories from the road by checking out two blogs –‘Life As An Outlaw’ by series announcer Rick Eshelman and ‘The Scoop With Scoop’ by tour P.R. director Kevin Kovac. Both blogs can be accessed by clicking on the preceding links or the specific ‘Blog’ buttons on the right-hand side of http://www.woolms.com/.

The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award), McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award), Chizmark Larson Insurance, Factory Value Parts and RacingJunk.com; in addition to contingency sponsors Comp Cams, Eibach Springs, JE Pistons, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, Pro Power Engines, Quartermaster, Rocket Chassis, R2C Performance, Superflow Dynos, Wix Filters and Wrisco Aluminum.

 


 

 

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World of Outlaws Late Model Series – Wednesday, October 12th @ The Dirt Track at Charlotte


World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series – Saturday, October 15th @ Fremont Speedway


CONCORD, N.C. – Oct. 12, 2011 – The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is back in action tonight at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, where they kick off the NASCAR weekend at the Charlotte Motor Speedway with the Late Model Showdown. Rick Eckert is coming off a huge win at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park Thursday night, regaining the points lead by just 22 points over defending champion Josh Richards. With only five races left to decide the 2011 championship, it’s a two man race for the top spot. Will Richards make it three in a row? Or will the veteran break through and win that elusive title for the first time in his career? You can listen to free audio from the event at DIRTVision.com, but for only $9.99, you can watch live video from The Dirt Track. Every night is a showdown, and as the series approaches the end of the season, the stakes are high and the racing is closer than ever! Rick Eshelman brings you all the action from the Dirt Track beginning at 7:00 p.m. Eastern. Head over to DIRTVision.com to subscribe to see the best late model racing on dirt!

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series heads to the Buckeye State on Saturday night as they take on the Fremont Speedway for the first time in almost a decade. With four wins in a row, Jason Meyers and his Elite Racing team are showing they are on a mission to make it two championships in a row. With only five races remaining to decide the 2011 championship, it’s going to be a wild race to the World Finals in November. DIRTVision.com will have live audio from the event, as Johnny Gibson brings fans all the action from hot laps to victory lane! Racing is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. Eastern!

Looking ahead, the next DIRTVision video Cybercast will be the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, Late Models and the Super DIRTcar Series at the World Finals in Charlotte. For the full Cybercast schedule, click the 2011 Cybercast Schedule at DIRTVision.com.

Fans can follow DIRTVision on Twitter by clicking http://twitter.com/dirtvision

For technical questions about DIRTVision, please e-mail DIRTVision@dirtcar.com

DIRTVision.com is brought to fans around the world by several important sponsors and partners, including ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems and Aggressive Hydraulics.
 


 

 

 

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Midweek World of Outlaws Late Models, Followed by Saturday Night Sprint Car Action on DIRTVision.com




World of Outlaws Late Model Series – Wednesday, October 12th @ The Dirt Track at Charlotte


World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series – Saturday, October 15th @ Fremont Speedway


CONCORD, N.C. – Oct. 12, 2011 – The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is back in action tonight at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, where they kick off the NASCAR weekend at the Charlotte Motor Speedway with the Late Model Showdown. Rick Eckert is coming off a huge win at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park Thursday night, regaining the points lead by just 22 points over defending champion Josh Richards. With only five races left to decide the 2011 championship, it’s a two man race for the top spot. Will Richards make it three in a row? Or will the veteran break through and win that elusive title for the first time in his career? You can listen to free audio from the event at DIRTVision.com, but for only $9.99, you can watch live video from The Dirt Track. Every night is a showdown, and as the series approaches the end of the season, the stakes are high and the racing is closer than ever! Rick Eshelman brings you all the action from the Dirt Track beginning at 7:00 p.m. Eastern. Head over to DIRTVision.com to subscribe to see the best late model racing on dirt!

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series heads to the Buckeye State on Saturday night as they take on the Fremont Speedway for the first time in almost a decade. With four wins in a row, Jason Meyers and his Elite Racing team are showing they are on a mission to make it two championships in a row. With only five races remaining to decide the 2011 championship, it’s going to be a wild race to the World Finals in November. DIRTVision.com will have live audio from the event, as Johnny Gibson brings fans all the action from hot laps to victory lane! Racing is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. Eastern!

Looking ahead, the next DIRTVision video Cybercast will be the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, Late Models and the Super DIRTcar Series at the World Finals in Charlotte. For the full Cybercast schedule, click the 2011 Cybercast Schedule at DIRTVision.com.

Fans can follow DIRTVision on Twitter by clicking http://twitter.com/dirtvision

For technical questions about DIRTVision, please e-mail DIRTVision@dirtcar.com

DIRTVision.com is brought to fans around the world by several important sponsors and partners, including ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems and Aggressive Hydraulics.
 


 

 

 

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Contact: Eric Westendorf

Lernerville Speedway Public Relations

ewestendorf@dirtcar.com | 724-664-1075

 

Need to Know File – The 2011 DIRTcar Round Up Steel City Stampede

 

Sarver, PA (October 11, 2011) The third annual installment the DIRTcar Round Up Steel City Stampede is set to go down in just nine days! Below you will find all the information you need to know to experience the thrilling three-day show mega-show at Lernerville Speedway that saw so many cars in competition last year that the pits overflowed into the in field for the first time in the rich 40+ year history of the Action Track!

 

What: The DIRTcar Round Up Steel City Stampede featuring eight fast divisions of DIRTcar Racing spread out over three exciting nights of racing action.

 

When: Thursday-Friday-Saturday October 20-21-22, 2011.

 

Thursday Schedule of Events: Camping Area opens at 12:00 Noon. Registration and Early Bird Inspection opens at 3:00PM. Pit gates will open at 4:00PM, General Admission gates will open at 5:00PM. Rotating hot laps for all divisions 7:00-9:00PM. Pits Close at 10:00PM. Round Up Tent Early Bird Party 6:00-11:00PM.

 

Friday Schedule of Events: Registration & Inspection open at 3:00PM. Pit gates will open at 3:00PM, General Admission gates open at 5:00PM. Drivers Meeting at 6:30PM, Racing begins at 7:30PM. Music at the Round Up Tent at 10:00PM or following on-track competition.

 

Saturday Schedule of Events: Big Ole Country Breakfast 10:00AM – 12:00 Noon. Registration opens at 12:00 Noon, Inspection opens at 1:00PM. Charity Wienie Roast at 3:00PM. Pit gates will open at 3:00PM, General Admission gates open at 4:00PM. Drivers Meeting at 5:00PM. Racing begins at 6:00PM. Champions Party and Music at the Round Up Tent at 10:00PM or immediately following on-track competition.

 

Where: Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, PA along route 356 in Butler County approximately 30 minutes north of Pittsburgh. Lernerville is easily accessible from the PA Turnpike and Interstate 79. Physical location for GPS systems is 313 N. Pike Road, Sarver, PA 16229.

 

How: Buy tickets on the day(s) of the event.

 

Thursday’s admission prices are $15 for DIRTcar member pit passes, $20 for non-member pit passes, while General Admission is Free.

 

Friday’s admission prices are $25 for DIRTcar member pit passes, $30 for non-member pit passes. General admission into the grandstands is $20 for adults, $15 for students (11-17 years old) and children 10 & under are FREE, as always!

 

Saturday’s admission prices are $30 for DIRTcar member pit passes, $35 for non-member pit passes. General admission into the grandstands is $25 for adults, $20 for students (11-17 years old) and children 10 & under are FREE, as always!

 

Two Day pit passes are available for $50 for DIRTcar members and $60 for non-members.

 

Two Day General Admission prices are $40 for Adults, $30 for students (11-17 years old) and children 10 & under are FREE, as always!

 

Three Day pit passes are available for $55 for DIRTcar members and $65 for non-members.

 

Camping and Parking is FREE! Turn One Premier Camping is available, please call the speedway office (724) 353-1511 to reserve a spot and for price details.

 

Who: The DIRTcar Round Up Steel City Stampede will once again feature all four divisions of Fab Four Racing – Ti22 Performance DIRTcar Sprints, Precise Racing Products DIRTcar Late Models, Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Modifieds and Millerstown Pic-A-Part DIRTcar Sportsman/Stock Cars – plus UMP Pro (Crate) Late Models, UMP (EMod) Modifieds, 4 Cylinders and Mod Lites. The UMP Modifieds will race under UEMS sanctioning for the weekend. In addition to the eight divisions that will take to the track all three nights of the Steel City Stampede, the Enduros will bring the racing action to a close on Saturday Night with another $1000-to-win, 100-lap rolling demolition derby.

 

Recently crowned 2011 Track Champions Carl Bowser (Ti22 Sprints), Dave Hess Jr. (Lates), Jeremiah Shingledecker (Diehl Mods) and Mike Miller (Pic-A-Part Sportsman) are all expected to take part in the action.

 

2010 Steel City Stampede feature winners were Dale Blaney (Ti22 Sprints), Jared Miley (Precise Lates), Chad Homan (Diehl Mods), Joe Kelley (Charapp Sportsman/Stock), Brian Ruhlman (UMP Mods), Bryan Force (Pro Lates), Mike Hay (Mod Lites), Brent Sholtis (4 Cyl.) and Glenn Noland (Enduro).

 

Why: 410 Sprints, Super Late Models and Big Block Modifieds will be racing for $3000-to-win; Sportsman/Stocks, Pro Late Models, UMP Modifieds and Enduros will be racing for $1000-to-win; while the 4 Cylinders and Mod Lites will be racing for $500-to-win.

 

In addition to the increased payouts, the feature winners will also be crowned as the DIRTcar Round Up Steel City Stampede Champions.

 

And finally, to get one last weekend of racing in before the Action Track goes dark for the season!

 

Where to Stay: Camping is FREE! In a change from last year, all camping is first come, first serve and free of charge. Unfortunately, there are no electric/water hookups available for camping at Lernerville Speedway.

 

The Days Inn in Butler, PA is the top recommendation for travelers planning to stay at a hotel. The Days Inn in Butler is located 10 miles from the speedway on Route 8 just south of Butler. The Days Inn has an indoor pool, on-site restaurant & lounge and is in close proximity to a handful of restaurants including McDonalds, Pizza Hut and Burger King. Other nearby towns with hotels include (arranged in order of proximity) Butler, Kittanning, New Kensington, Cranberry Twp. and Harmar Twp. Of those locations, while a little but further away, The Days Inn in Harmar Twp. probably provides the second best option to Butler as it is a short, easy trip down Routes 356 & 28 and the area is loaded with restaurants, hotels and retail options.

 

How to get involved: The Inaugural DIRTcar Round Up Steel City Stampede is more than a three-day show; it’s also a total fan experience. The Round Up Tent will be open each night after the on track action has come to a close with music to help you unwind.

 

In Closing: Don’t miss out on the opportunity to take part in this exciting three-day show at Lernerville Speedway! The DIRTcar Round Up Steel City Stampede will be the last chance in 2011 to see our Fab Four Racing divisions, plus four other divisions and another 100-lap Enduro on Saturday Night. For rules and procedures for the DIRTcar Round Up Steel City Stampede, log on to www.Lernerville.com and click the Steel City Stampede tab on the left-hand side of our homepage.

 


 

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Contact: Kevin Kovac
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kkovac@dirtcar.com  | 704-254-7929



World of Outlaws Late Model Series News & Notes: Eckert/Richards Championship Battle Heads To Charlotte On Wednesday Night (Oct. 12)



CONCORD, NC – Oct. 11, 2011 –



HEADED TO CAROLINA: The path to the 2011 World of Outlaws Late Model Series championship now runs through The Dirt Track at Charlotte – and the two combatants for the $100,000 crown are ready to hit the immaculate four-tenths-mile oval at full strength.

Rick Eckert of York, Pa., leads the WoO LMS standings by just 22 points over Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., entering the World of Outlaws Showdown on Wednesday night (Oct. 12) at The Dirt Track, which is set to host three of the tour’s last four events this season.

After a rescheduled program at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga., is contested on Nov. 2, the WoO LMS will close out the 2011 schedule with the World Finals doubleheader on Nov. 3-5.

Eckert, 45, will arrive at Charlotte on Wednesday carrying plenty of momentum in his pursuit of a first-ever WoO LMS title. He won the tour’s last A-Main, on Oct. 6 at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge, N.Y., to get back on track after a five-race stretch in which his edge on the streaking Richards shrunk from 60 to 16 points.

The 23-year-old Richards wasn’t far off Eckert’s pace at the Wheels, finishing third to continue a run of five consecutive top-five finishes (including three wins) in full-points shows. Those sizzling stats are what added so much importance to Eckert’s badly-needed victory.

“It’s great for us to win, but as far as the points deal, Josh ran third and he’s won the last five or six – I quit counting, he’s won so many,” Eckert said with a smile. “That’s a really great team (Richards’s Rocket Chassis house car operation) and we’re doing the best with what we got (a self-owned effort). We’re gonna race him here to the end. If we can win two or three of these last four, we’ll keep ourselves in it for sure.

“(Richards has) been winning every race, so he makes it easy on me – I know where I gotta finish. I gotta win, because that’s the only way he’ll be behind the way he’s running.”

Eckert’s triumph at Rolling Wheels came with a fresh Jay Dickens engine under the hood of his Team Zero by Bloomquist car. He’ll use that bullet again on Wednesday night, buoying his hopes for a final push to the championship finish line.

“That motor we just got back from Jay Dickens – that thing runs good,” said Eckert, who followed his Wheels score with a $5,000 win in the unsanctioned National Open on Oct. 8 at Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway. “Going down to Charlotte, it takes motor, so I think we’ll be O.K.”

Richards does have the advantage in past performance at The Dirt Track with three wins to his credit – one in each of the last three seasons, including last year’s World of Outlaws Showdown. Eckert has never won at Charlotte but has authored several very strong runs, including a third-place finish (from the 18th starting spot) in the opener of the 2009 World Finals and a runner-up finish in last year’s first World Finals A-Main.

Eckert’s 22-point advantage in the standings roughly amounts to 11 finishing positions. The WoO LMS points system awards 150 points to an A-Main winner, 146 to second place and then two points less for every remaining position.

OPEN WHEEL WEEKEND: The three WoO LMS regulars with DIRTcar Big-Block Modified roots – Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y., and Sweeteners Plus Racing teammates Tim McCreadie, also of Watertown, N.Y., and Vic Coffey of Caledonia, N.Y. – shifted their focus to the open-wheel division’s biggest week of the season following their visit to Rolling Wheels.

The Rolling Wheels event was part of Super DIRT Week XL, DIRTcar Northeast’s annual showcase of Modified racing at the one-mile New York State Fairgrounds oval in Syracuse, N.Y. The World of Outlaws trio entered both the headline Big-Block Modified SEF Small Engine Fuel 200 presented by Ferris & Snapper and the Nationwide Insurance 150 for 358-Modifieds.

In Sunday’s $50,000-to-win SEF 200 – a race that Stewart Friesen of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., won for the second straight year over sometime-dirt Late Model competitor Billy Decker of Unadilla, N.Y. – all three WoO travelers were in contention for top-five as the race wound down. But only former SEF 200 winners Coffey (third place) and Fuller (fourth place) completed top-five runs; McCreadie, who has never won the prestigious event, settled for a 14th-place finish after his Sweeteners Plus car ran out of gas as he ran fifth on lap 187 due to a prolonged fuel leak. McCreadie’s bad break capped a rough Big-Block week for the 2006 WoO LMS champ, whose team had to completely rebuild his car after a right-front suspension failure sent him hard into the turn-one wall on the opening lap of Friday night’s first 20-lap heat race.

Fuller, who ran both long-distance races at the Syracuse Mile for the J&S Racing team, enjoyed the best combined finishes, placing fourth as well in Saturday’s 358-Modified Nationwide Insurance 150. McCreadie recovered from an early flat left-front tire to finish third driving the 4-Star Racing machine while Coffey retired on lap 74 and finished 36th.

WORLD of OUTLAWS SHOWDOWN EVENT INFO: The Dirt Track at Charlotte’s pit gates are scheduled to open at 1 p.m. and spectator gates will be unlocked at 5 p.m. on Wed., Oct. 12. Early-arriving fans will be greeted by a WoO LMS driver autograph session that is slated to begin at 5 p.m. on the speedway concourse.

Hot laps are set to get the green flag at 6 p.m., followed by time trials and a full program of heats, B-Mains and the 50-lap, $10,000-to-win A-Main. NDRA Modifieds are also on the evening’s docket.

Adult admission to the event, which kicks off Bank of America 500 week at Charlotte Motor Speedway, is $25 and children 12-and-under will be admitted for $10. All seats are reserved.

Additional info is available by logging on to www.charlottemotorspeedway.com  or calling 1-800-455-FANS.

For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com

The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award), McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award), Chizmark Larson Insurance, Factory Value Parts and RacingJunk.com; in addition to contingency sponsors Comp Cams, Eibach Springs, JE Pistons, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, Pro Power Engines, Quartermaster, Rocket Chassis, R2C Performance, Superflow Dynos, Wix Filters and Wrisco Aluminum.

 


 

 

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Convincing Victory At Rolling Wheels Pads Eckert’s World of Outlaws Late Model Series Points Lead

 

ELBRIDGE, NY – Oct. 6, 2011 – Rick Eckert knows that the best way to maintain his lead in the World of Outlaws Late Model Series points standings is to win races.

So that’s what the veteran driver from York, Pa., did on Thursday night, snapping a nearly five-month checkered flag drought with a powerful triumph in the national tour’s 50-lap A-Main at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park.

Racing at a five-eighths-mile track where he had finished second in his only two previous WoO LMS starts, Eckert passed race-long pacesetter Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y., for the lead on lap 34 and never looked back. He dominated the remainder of the distance, pulling away after the event’s lone caution flag flew on lap 37 to cross the finish line 3.483 seconds ahead of Thompson, Pa.’s Dan Stone.

The $11,325 score was Eckert’s third of the 2011 WoO LMS season and extended his points lead to 22 points over two-time defending champion Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., who finished third after surviving a white-flag scrape on the homestretch with Fuller. Teenager Austin Hubbard of Seaford, Del., placed fourth after slipping by Fuller, who led laps 1-33 but settled for a fifth-place finish because he slowed on the final due to a flat left-rear tire sustained in the incident with Richards.

Eckert, who recorded his 24th career series win and first since May 12 at Delaware International Speedway, was ecstatic after parlaying his affinity for Rolling Wheels into a crucial victory. He had seen his edge on Richards in the WoO LMS standings shrink from 60 to 16 points over the previous five events.

“I love this place,” Eckert said of Rolling Wheels, where he previously registered runner-up finishes in WoO LMS A-Mains during the 2010 and 2005 seasons. “I guess there’s something about this track that just suits me.”

Eckert, 45, started fourth in a mid-week affair that was run as part of Super DIRT Week XL, the annual showcase of DIRTcar Modified racing encompassing action at the one-mile New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, N.Y., and other nearby short tracks like the Wheels. He overtook Stone for second on lap 22 and then steadily chased down Fuller, who had raced off the outside pole to build a half-straightaway advantage.

“I couldn’t run with (Fuller) and Dan (Stone) out in the open,” said Eckert, whose self-owned Team Zero by Bloomquist car was powered by a freshened Jay Dickens engine. “I think they had their cars freed up enough to where they could run out there. I was a little tighter, but my car came to me and they got a little bit looser in traffic.”

Eckert, who is seeking his first career WoO LMS championship in his eighth full season following the circuit, dedicated the triumph to his ailing mother.

“She’s fighting cancer and she had a really bad week,” said Eckert, whose parents are big supporters of his racing career. “Hopefully this will cheer her up some.”

Stone, 34, earned his second consecutive runner-up finish in WoO LMS competition, matching his run on Sept. 3 in the finale of the ‘Black Diamond 125’ at Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, W.Va. He drove Leo Milus’s Super Deuce Rocket on Thursday night after running his family’s car at Tyler County.

The Super Deuce machine that Stone steers in selected special events is maintained by noted DIRTcar Big-Block Modified crew chief Randy Kisacky of Johnson City, N.Y., who is well-versed in the vagaries of racing at Rolling Wheels thanks to his decades of experience running there with the Northeast’s popular open-wheel class.

“He really has a good grasp of what the track’s doing,” Stone said of Kisacky, who arrived at Rolling Wheels shortly before the start of hot laps after spending the afternoon working with DIRTcar Big-Block Modified driver Jimmy Phelps of Baldwinsville, N.Y., at the Syracuse Mile. “I probably would’ve over-tightened the car – and really, as it was, we were already a little too tight.”

Stone passed Fuller for second place on lap 38 but never got close enough to threaten Eckert.

“The car was solid and it’s fun to run good in these big races,” said Stone, who won a WoO LMS A-Main in 2007 at Tri-City Speedway in Franklin, Pa. “But man, when you’re that close (to a victory), it’s frustrating too.”

Shane Clanton of Fayetteville, Ga., finished sixth after slipping by Vic Coffey of Caledonia, N.Y., following the race’s lone restart on lap 37. Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa. – behind the wheel of brand-new Rocket car – also passed Coffey late in the distance to finish seventh, leaving Coffey to settle for eighth. Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., rallied after bringing out the caution flag on lap 37 (he slowed and pitted because he thought he had a flat tire) to finish ninth and DIRTcar Modified standout Dale Planck of Homer, N.Y., rounded out the top 10.

Planck, who made his first WoO LMS start of the season in a dirt Late Model fielded by the same team for which he drives DIRTcar Big-Block and 358-Modifieds, earned the $500 ‘Bonus Bucks’ cash for being the highest-finishing driver who has never won a WoO A-Main and isn’t ranked among the top 12 in the series points standings.

Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., who won last year’s WoO LMS A-Main at Rolling Wheels, was running fifth on lap 12 when he dropped out due to an apparent burnt piston in his car’s engine.

Eckert was quickest in the 31-car Ohlins Shocks Time Trials session, clicking off a lap of 19.266 seconds. It was his fourth fast-time honor of 2011, tying him with Lanigan for the lead in the category.

Heat winners were Richards, Stone and Fuller. Ross Robinson of Georgetown, Del., who has worked as WoO LMS rookie John Lobb’s chief mechanic since mid-May, captured the B-Main.

The WoO LMS will return to action on Wed., Oct. 13, contesting the annual World of Outlaws Late Model Showdown at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C.

For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com

Results of WoO Late Model Series at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):

1. (4) Rick Eckert/50 $11,325

 

2. (1) Dan Stone/50 $5,050

 

3. (6) Josh Richards/50 $4,150

 

4. (3) Austin Hubbard/50 $3,550

 

5. (2) Tim Fuller/50 $3,050

 

6. (8) Shane Clanton/50 $2,750

 

7. (10) Chub Frank/50 $2,450

 

8. (12) Vic Coffey/50 $2,350

 

9. (14) Tim McCreadie/50 $2,350

 

10. (15) Dale Planck/50 $1,600

 

11. (13) Ricky Elliott/50 $1,050

 

12. (5) Pat Doar/50 $2,300

 

13. (11) Russell King/49 $950

 

14. (16) Ron Davies/49 $1,950

 

15. (22) Dave Zona/49 $850

 

16. (18) John Lobb/48 $800

 

17. (23) Chad Hollenbeck/47 $770

 

18. (24) Alan Fink/40 $750

 

19. (19) Lee Gill/34 $730

 

20. (9) Clint Smith/23 $1,750

 

21. (22) Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs/23 $700

 

22. (7) Darrell Lanigan/12 $1,850

 

23. (19) Ross Robinson/8 $700

 

24. (21) Alan Sagi/4 $725

* Earnings include Winners Circle program and cash contingency award bonuses

Time of Race: 21 Mins., 22.174 Secs.

Margin of Victory: 3.483 Secs.

Yellow Flags: 1 (Lap 37)

Lap Leaders: Fuller (1-33); Eckert (34-50)

Provisional Starters: Hollenbeck, Fink

Rookie of the Race: Doar ($250)

WoO LMS ‘Bonus Bucks’ Winner: Planck ($500)

Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):

1. 24-Rick Eckert/York, PA 19.266

 

2. 19H-Austin Hubbard/Seaford, DE 19.282

 

3. 11-Pat Doar/New Richmond, WI 19.283

 

4. 1-Josh Richards/Shinnston, WV 19.292

 

5. 19-Tim Fuller/Watertown, NY 19.324

 

6. 2-Dan Stone/Thompson, PA 19.374

 

7. 29-Darrell Lanigan/Union, KY 19.380

 

8. 32c-Vic Coffey/Caledonia, NY 19.447

 

9. 25-Shane Clanton/Fayetteville, GA 19.451

 

10. 1*-Chub Frank/Bear Lake, PA 19.468

 

11. 44-Clint Smith/Senoia, GA 19.577

 

12. 56-Russell King/Bristolville, OH 19.578

 

13. 71d-Ron Davies/Warren, PA 19.688

 

14. 77x-Dale Planck/Homer, NY 19.740

 

15. 39-Tim McCreadie/Watertown, NY 19.750

 

16. 88-Ricky Elliott/Seaford, DE 19.767

 

17. 1L-John Lobb/Frewsburg, NY 19.880

 

18. 99B-Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs/Bear Lake, PA 19.881

 

19. 15-Alan Fink/Central Square, NY 20.096

 

20. 7R-Ross Robinson/Georgetown, DE 20.101

 

21. 4ds-Chad Hollenbeck/Kingsley, PA 20.110

 

22. 7-Lee Gill/Lafargeville, NY 20.419

 

23. 66x-Carey Terrance/Akwesasne, NY 20.496

 

24. 24J-Jon Rohacevich/Prattsville, NY 20.548

 

25. 13b-Alan Sagi/Hagerstown, MD 20.679

 

26. 25B-Greg Belyea/Frankford, ONT 20.898

 

27. R1-Dale Caswell/Central Square, NY 21.733

 

28. 70-Michael Trapp/Gouverneur, NY 21.748

 

29. 29P-Philip Potts/Frankford, ONT 22.093

 

30. 98-Rick Miller/Fulton, NY 22.144

 

31. 99z-Dave Zona/Montrose, PA N/T

Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 6 Transfer): Richards, Eckert, Lanigan, Frank, Elliott, Davies, Gill, Sagi, Zona, Fink, Trapp

Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 6 Transfer): Stone, Doar, Clanton, King, McCreadie, Briggs, Caswell, Miller, Rohacevich, Hollenbeck

Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 6 Transfer): Fuller, Hubbard, Smith, Coffey, Planck, Lobb, Robinson, Belyea, Potts (DNS) Terrance

B-Main (12 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Robinson, Gill, Sagi, Zona, Hollenbeck, Potts, Trapp, Belyea, Miller, Fink, Rohacevich, Caswell (DNS) Terrance

World of Outlaws Late Model Series Contingency Award Winners:

Arizona Sports Shirts ($100 apparel certificate to 22nd fastest qualifier): Jon Rohacevich

Armor All (one case of product to highest-finishing non-WoO team in A-Main w/decal): Dan Stone

Comp Cams ($50 cash to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Rick Eckert

Comp Cams (certificate to 10th place in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Pat Doar

Eibach Springs (one free spring to each B-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Dave Zona

JE Pistons ($50 cash to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Rick Eckert

JE Pistons (one set of Pro Seal rings to 11th-place or next highest w/decal, redeemable w/next purchase of one complete set of rings): Pat Doar

MSD Ignition ($75 cash to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Rick Eckert

MSD Ignition ($25 cash to last-place in A-Main or next lowest w/decal): Alan Sagi

Ohlins Pole Award ($50 cash to fast qualifier or next highest w/decal): Rick Eckert

Quartermaster ($100 product certificate to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Rick Eckert

Quartermaster ($50 product certificate to 5th-place or next highest w/decal): Chub Frank

Quartermaster ($25 product certificate to 15th-place or next highest w/decal): John Lobb

R2C Performance ($100 certificate to highest-finishing driver w/decal or $100 cash if race winner is using R2C filter and decal is displayed): Rick Eckert (cash)

STP ($50 cash to 2nd-place in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Dan Stone

Superflow Dynos ($50 cash to 7th-place in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Chub Frank

VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash to winner of Heat 1 or next highest w/decal): Darrell Lanigan
VP Racing Fuels ‘Nice Jugs Award’ (one five-gallon plastic fuel jugs to fastest qualifier who does not make the A-Main or next highest w/decal): Greg Belyea

WIX Filters ($50 cash to 13th-place in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Ron Davies

Wrisco Aluminum (Three sheets of aluminum to A-Main winner w/decal): Josh Richards

2011 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of Oct. 6 – 29 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):

1. Rick Eckert 4078

 

2. Josh Richards 4056 (-22)

 

3. Darrell Lanigan 3922 (-156)

 

4. Tim McCreadie 3858 (-220)

 

5. Chub Frank 3790 (-288)

 

6. Shane Clanton 3772 (-306)

 

7. Austin Hubbard 3752 (-326)

 

8. Clint Smith 3708 (-370)

 

9. (tie) Vic Coffey 3606 (-472)

 

9. (tie) Tim Fuller 3606 (-472)

 

11. Pat Doar 3454 (-624)

 

12. Ron Davies 3336 (-742)

 

13. John Lobb 3164 (-914)

 

14. Jill George 2122 (-1956)

 

15. Jason Feger 1756 (-2322)

FOLLOW THE ACTION ON TWITTER: Fans can keep up-to-date with the World of Outlaws Late Model Series online and through text messages on cell phones via Twitter, the internet’s fast-growing social-networking and micro-blogging website. Updates are provided to Twitter ‘followers’ of the WoO LMS throughout each race night, and fans also receive breaking news and interesting notes from the tour.

Over 5,300 fans are now WoO LMS ‘followers’ on Twitter. To sign-up and receive updates anywhere at anytime, visit http://twitter.com/WoOLateModels.

LISTEN ONLINE: If fans can’t get to a track to see the World of Outlaws Late Model Series, they can experience the excitement of the nation’s premier tour live on DIRTvision.com through the DIRT Radio Network.

To listen to the free audio broadcasts, log on to http://www.dirtvision.com/welcome.php and click on the DIRT Radio Network logo.

BLOGGING: WoO LMS fans can now read interesting stories from the road by checking out two blogs –‘Life As An Outlaw’ by series announcer Rick Eshelman and ‘The Scoop With Scoop’ by tour P.R. director Kevin Kovac. Both blogs can be accessed by clicking on the preceding links or the specific ‘Blog’ buttons on the right-hand side of http://www.woolms.com/.

The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award), McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award), Chizmark Larson Insurance, Factory Value Parts and RacingJunk.com; in addition to contingency sponsors Comp Cams, Eibach Springs, JE Pistons, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, Pro Power Engines, Quartermaster, Rocket Chassis, R2C Performance, Superflow Dynos, Wix Filters and Wrisco Aluminum.

 

 


 

 

 

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Super DIRT Week XL Is Here and We’ve Got All the Coverage At DIRTVision.com

 

358-Modifieds – Wednesday, Oct. 5th @ Weedsport Speedway

Super DIRT Week XL Comprehensive Coverage - Thursday, Oct. 6th @ NYSF

World of Outlaws Late Model Series & 358 -Modifieds – Thursday, Oct. 6th @ Rolling Wheels

Super DIRT Week XL Comprehensive Coverage – Friday, Oct. 7th @ NYSF

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series – Friday, Oct. 7th @ Williams Grove SpeedwaySuper DIRT Week XL Comprehensive Coverage – Saturday, Oct. 8th @ NYSF

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series & “Win and You’re In” Modifieds – Saturday, Oct. 8th @ Rolling Wheels

Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series SEF 200 – Sunday, Oct. 9th @ NYSF

CONCORD, N.C. – October 5, 2011 – Tonight, DIRTVision.com kicks off the highly anticipated Super DIRT Week XL. As the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY fills with campers, haulers and fans, DIRTVision brings you all the action from the mile and surrounding NY tracks, beginning tonight at Weedsport Speedway.

For just $19.99, you can watch live video from the mile on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We bring you time trials, practice, Twin 20s, Triple 20s and we finish it all off with the Nationwide 150, the Safety-Kleen Shootout and the Sportsman Championship on Saturday. Tickets for these three days of jam-packed racing action price at just over $100, and you can see it all for only a fraction of that cost! Click here to see a schedule of all the events!

Sunday’s SEF 200 presented by Ferris and Snapper will be featured as an audio broadcast only on the site, and on October 29th, the video broadcast will be aired on the SPEED Channel at 8:00 p.m.

As the modified drivers gear up for the biggest event of their season, the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars and Late Models are also throwing their hat into the event as well. The Late Model series will be featured Thursday evening at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park for a showdown on the dirt as they join the 358-Modifieds for a double series showdown. Friday night, the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series will be in action at the Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA to run the $50,000 to win National Open that was rained out last weekend. Then, Saturday night, the Sprint Car Series heads to Rolling Wheels for another double event, as they join the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Blocks.

Free live audio will be available for all four days of racing at the New York State Fairgrounds, as well as the events at Weedsport, Rolling Wheels and Williams Grove. We’ve got you covered for the whole weekend! Johnny Gibson, Rick Eshelman and Shane Andrews will have live audio from the Grove, and we’ll have it all exclusively at DIRTVision.com.

Looking ahead, the next DIRTVision video Cybercast will be the World of Outlaws Late Model Series at the Dirt Track at Charlotte on October 12th For the full Cybercast schedule, click the 2011 Cybercast Schedule at DIRTVision.com.

Fans can follow DIRTVision on Twitter by clicking http://twitter.com/dirtvision.

For technical questions about DIRTVision, please e-mail DIRTVision@dirtcar.com.

DIRTVision.com is brought to fans around the world by several important sponsors and partners, including ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems and Aggressive Hydraulics.

 

 

 


 

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4Wide.TV Brings You The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series at Williams Grove

CONCORD, N.C. – Oct. 4, 2011 – This week’s episode of 4Wide.TV includes the latest highlights from the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series.

Click here for a video recap of Friday night’s WoO show at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA. The Outlaws showed up to duel with their rival, the PA Posse, in Posse territory. Just like the meeting earlier this season, it was defending champion Jason Meyers leading the way, finding his way to victory lane at the Grove for the second time this season. It was no easy win, as 18-year-old Logan Schuchart battled Meyers throughout most of the event. However, in the end it was the defending champion, stretching out his point lead and inching closer to earning his second championship in a row. You won’t want to miss these highlights!

Due to weather, Saturday’s National Open was postponed to this Friday night at the Williams Grove Speedway. We will have highlights from that event on next week’s episode, complete with all the coverage from Super DIRT Week XL!

In addition to all the highlights from the weekend, there are the hotly discussed Power Rankings plus the Hot Thread of the Week and the dirt track racing Twitter feed that brings you non-stop news and notes from around the racing world. 4Wide.TV also brings fans the Video and Photo of the Week. Check it all out right here at 4Wide.TV.

 

 


 

 

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World of Outlaws Late Model Series Event Preview: Super DIRT Week Special At Rolling Wheels Raceway Park On Thurs., Oct. 6



ELBRIDGE, NY – Oct. 4, 2011 –



CHASE HEATS UP: Rick Eckert has finished second in both of his previous World of Outlaws Late Model Series starts at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park. Josh Richards has struggled in his two visits to the five-eighths-mile oval.

So does that spell Advantage, Eckert, in the battle for the 2011 points championship when the national tour returns to Rolling Wheels on Thursday night (Oct. 6) for a 50-lap, $10,000-to-win event during the Northeast’s racing spectacular known as Super DIRT Week?

Eckert, 45, of York, Pa., won’t go that far. The current WoO LMS points leader knows the trend lines at the Wheels clearly favor him, but he’s also a veteran driver who understands that past performance isn’t always the biggest factor in a race’s outcome.

“Rolling Wheels has been pretty good for us,” said Eckert, who owns runner-up finishes in both the 2005 and 2010 WoO LMS A-Mains at the central New York facility. “We’ve had some success there so that gives us some confidence, but you never know what can happen when you go back to a place. Josh is on a pretty good roll right now so we’re gonna have to step it up if we want to hold him off.”

Richards, a 23-year-old sensation from Shinnston, W.Va., is seeking his unprecedented third consecutive WoO LMS title. He leads the ’11 tour in wins (eight), top-five finishes (23) and earnings ($186,635), but he sits second in the points standings, trailing Eckert by 16 points with five crucial events remaining on the schedule.

Eckert has led the points standings since early May, parlaying two wins and a remarkable level of consistency (14 top-fives and 23 top-10s -- with no finish worse than 16th – in 28 events) into a bid for his first-ever WoO LMS points crown. But Richards, who has three finishes of 16 th or worse, has been pecking away at Eckert’s points advantage, slicing his deficit from 60 to 16 points over the past five races.

Richards has scored all eight of his ’11 wins over the last 18 A-Mains – a hot streak very reminiscent of Eckert’s scorching eight wins in 17 starts during the first half of the 2006 season – and has captured four of the last six tour events. But if he’s going to roll on with his pursuit of Eckert this Thursday night he’ll have to flip his history at Rolling Wheels, a track that hasn’t provided memorable moments for the young charger.

In Richards’s first appearance at Rolling Wheels, as a WoO LMS rookie in 2005, he used a provisional to start the A-Main and finished a quiet 11 th. His visit to the Wheels in August 2010 was even rougher; while he finished a respectable eighth in the headliner, he had to hastily jump into his backup car for time trials after damaging the nose of his primary machine during hot laps and then – after returning to the seat of his repaired primary car – he dropped out of his heat because he again bent his mount’s nosepiece.

“Rolling Wheels last year was frustrating for me,” said Richards. “We knocked two nosepieces off, had two cars unloaded, ended up taking a provisional. We salvaged the night with a top 10 and got a few points, but it was a real tough night.

“I’m excited to go back to Rolling Wheels because I do like the place, but hopefully we won’t have a night like we had last year again.”

Richards knows he’s running out of races to overtake Eckert, but the race for the $100,000 points title isn’t going to change his strategy.

“We’re not really worried about points right now,” said Richards, who can tie the WoO LMS single-season victory record (Scott Bloomquist’s nine in 2004) with a triumph at Rolling Wheels. “You do kind of have them in the back of your mind, sure, but we go in to every race each and every week trying to win. We’ve been pretty successful for the past few months and won quite a few races so we have that momentum going for us.”

BUSY DRIVERS: Thursday’s program brings the WoO LMS back to Super DIRT Week – the annual showcase of DIRTcar Modified racing encompassing action at the one-mile New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, N.Y., and other nearby short tracks like the Wheels – for the first time since a weekend event in 2004 at Fulton (N.Y.) Speedway.

The midweek show, which will run in conjunction with a Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Series event, sets up a heavy racing schedule for three WoO LMS regulars with roots in the Northeast’s DIRTcar Modified division. New Yorkers Tim McCreadie, Tim Fuller and Vic Coffey will pull double-duty, competing not only in Thursday’s full-fender action but also in the open-wheel DIRTcar Modified competition at the famed Syracuse Mile. The big track hosts the Big-Block Modified division’s 40th annual SEF Small Engine Fuels 200 Presented By Ferris and Snapper on Sun., Oct. 9, and the Nationwide Insurance 150 for 358-Modifieds on Sat., Oct. 8, with qualifying for both event scheduled for Thurs., Oct. 6 (time trials during the afternoon) and Fri., Oct. 7 (five 20-lap heat races during the evening).

McCreadie and Coffey will be teammates under their familiar Sweeteners Plus Racing banner in Syracuse’s Big-Block Modified wars. Coffey, who won the SEF 200’s $50,000 top prize in 2002 and 2007, will also run a Sweeteners Plus car in the 358-Modified class; McCreadie, who has finished as high as second in both the SEF 200 and Nationwide Insurance 150, will drive a 4-Star Racing machine in the 358-Modified bracket at Syracuse and in Thursday’s undercard at Rolling Wheels.

Fuller, who won the SEF 200 in 2004, will compete in both Syracuse events for the J&S Racing team.

The trio will sign in at Rolling Wheels on Thursday after spending the afternoon practicing and qualifying at the Syracuse Mile. They all have competed in both previous WoO LMS events at the Wheels, with Fuller scoring finishes of fourth (’10) and 13th (’05); McCreadie placing ninth (’10) and eighth (’05); and Coffey registering finishes of 10th in ’10 (after leading the first 11 laps until he was forced to pit because his car’s radiator cap came off) and 22nd in 2005.

DRIVER TO BEAT: Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., stood in the spotlight the last time the WoO LMS invaded Rolling Wheels, rolling to victory in the August 2010 event. He inherited the lead when Coffey pitted and never looked back.

A seven-time winner who is currently third in the WoO LMS points standings, Lanigan can match Richards for top-victor status on this year’s tour with a triumph on Thursday night.

FRESH EQUIPMENT: Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., who won the inaugural WoO LMS A-Main at Rolling Wheels in 2005 with one of the most dominant performances in tour history (he lapped all but the second- and third-place finishers), will bid for another checkered flag on Thursday night behind the wheel of a brand-new Rocket car.

The 49-year-old Frank, who since the last WoO LMS event on Sept. 17 scored a $13,000 triumph in a ULMS show on Sept. 24 at Pennsylvania’s McKean County Raceway, spent the past week putting the finishing touches on his new mount. The car will be powered a Roush-Yates engine, the brand he began campaigning last month.

TOUGH PLACE: Rolling Wheels hasn’t been kind to Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga., the only WoO LMS regular who has entered both previous tour events at the track but failed to record even a single top-10 finish. He placed 16th in 2010 and 17th in 2005.

WELCOME TO CENTRAL NEW YORK IN THE FALL: Five WoO LMS travelers – Shane Clanton of Fayetteville, Ga., Austin Hubbard of Seaford, Del., Pat Doar of New Richmond, Wis., Ron Davies of Warren, Pa., and John Lobb of Frewsburg, N.Y. – will make their first career competitive starts in an event during Super DIRT Week on Thursday night.
the quintet haven’t experienced Super DIRT Week’s charged racing atmosphere, Rolling Wheels will be new territory for only Doar (the tour’s Rookie of the Year points leader) and Lobb. Clanton entered both previous WoO LMS events at the Wheels (15th in ‘10/ninth in ’05); last year Hubbard placed 11th and Davies was 13th.

Lobb will actually bring two entries to the track in his Kennedy Motorsports hauler. His chief mechanic, Ross Robinson of Georgetown, Del., has one of his own dirt Late Models stored alongside Lobb’s equipment and will get a chance to run it at the Wheels.

CHALLENGERS: The Rolling Wheels field will also include such drivers as former WoO LMS A-Main winners Dan Stone of Thompson, Pa., and Ricky Elliott of Seaford, Del.; Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs of Bear Lake, Pa.; Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Series championship contender Dale Planck of Homer, N.Y., who has a dirt Late Model of his own after turning heads last year in two WoO LMS starts behind the wheel of Briggs’s backup car; and former DIRTcar Modified regular Lee Gill of Lafargeville, N.Y., who last month registered a $5,000 crate Late Model victory at Brighton (Ont.) Speedway.


ROLLING WHEELS EVENT INFO: Pit gates are scheduled to open at 4 p.m. and grandstand gates will be unlocked at 5 p.m. Race time is set for 7:30 p.m.


Adult reserved seat tickets for the WoO LMS/Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified doubleheader are available for $39 by logging on to http://dirtcar.ticketforce.com or calling 315-834-6606. Discounted student (ages 10-17) and children (9-and-under) pricing is available for reserved sections (children 9-and-under are free in General Admission seating).

SUPER DIRT WEEK INFO: Ticket information and details on all the action during Super DIRT Week, which runs from Oct. 5-9 at the Syracuse Mile, is available at www.superdirtweekonline.com


For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com


The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award), McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award), Chizmark Larson Insurance, Factory Value Parts and RacingJunk.com; in addition to contingency sponsors Comp Cams, Eibach Springs, JE Pistons, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, Pro Power Engines, Quartermaster, Rocket Chassis, R2C Performance, Superflow Dynos, Wix Filters and Wrisco Aluminum.
 


 

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DIRTcar UMP Weekly Points Update: Unzicker (Late Models), Harrison (Modifieds) Take Points Leads Into Final Weekend Of Weekly Action



CONCORD, NC – Sept. 30, 2011 – Ryan Unzicker’s sizzling September has put him on the brink of clinching his first-ever DIRTcar UMP Late Model national championship.

The rising 28-year-old star from El Paso, Ill., caught fire after his long stint at the top of the points standings ended in late August. Since Sept. 9 he has authored a spectacular nine-race run highlighted by four wins and three runner-up finishes, allowing him to head into this weekend’s final weekend of weekly DIRTcar UMP points racing leading the national battle by a solid 54-point margin (2,531-2,477) over defending national champ Rusty Schlenk of Jackson, Mich.

With the DIRTcar Late Model points standings determined by drivers’ best 35 finishes/points nights and Unzicker passing that threshold weeks ago, he could only add points to his total this month by finishing well inside the top five. He responded with a surge of first- and second-place finishes that gave him points in seven of his nine starts since Sept. 9, including a pair of bridesmaid outings last week, on Sept. 24 at Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, Ill., and Sept. 25 at Fairbury (Ill.) American Legion Speedway.


Unzicker’s closest challengers in the national standings simply haven’t been able to match his performance in recent weeks. Schlenk, who led the points race for two weeks before ceding it back to Unzicker, has gained points in just three of his seven starts since Sept. 9, while Jon Henry of Ada, Ohio, who briefly reached second in the standings, registered points-padding finishes in just two of his six starts over the same span and has fallen 94 points behind Unzicker.

But Unzicker hasn’t locked up the national title. Schlenk remains alive for a second consecutive crown, but only if he can win at least two features and finish among the top four in another race – all with full car-count bonus points – while Unzicker fails to finish well enough to earn a single point.

Both Unzicker and Schlenk plan to compete in this weekend’s two-day ‘ROCKtoberfest’ at Kankakee (Ill.) County Speedway, which features a $1,000-to-win event on Friday (Sept. 30) and a $2,000-to-win race on Saturday (Oct. 1). They will also enter the Late Model division’s points-season finale, the DIRTcar UMP Nationals on Oct. 7-8 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

Mike Harrison of Highland, Ill., meanwhile, enters this weekend’s action leading the DIRTcar UMP Modified national standings by 15 points (1,922-1,907) over Michael Long of Quincy, Ill. Nick Allen of Wheatfield, Ind., sits third in the standings, 36 points behind Harrison.

All three drivers are still in contention for the title, but Long and Allen have no margin for error. With the drivers long past the 25-race mark upon which the UMP Modified standings are determined, finishing high enough to replace their worst nights is a tough chore.

Long’s hopes rest on his winning three features at full points over the next two weekends – the UMP Modified are also part of the Oct. 7-8 DIRTcar UMP Nationals at Eldora – while Harrison fails to earn a point, creating a tie for the points lead. Long would then win the title on a tie-breaker because he would have more feature wins than Harrison.

Unofficial calculations by DIRTcar UMP officials indicate that Allen can claim the championship by recording three full-points feature wins and finishing in the top three at Eldora – provided, of course, that Harrison or Long do not add to their points totals.

As determined unofficially by DIRTcar UMP officials, current national points situations for DIRTcar UMP’s six other divisions are as follows:

* Pro Late Models: Dustin Griffin of Camp Point, Ill., holds a commanding 35-point lead over Nick Bauman. The points season for DIRTcar UMP’s crate Late Model class officially ends with the running of the DIRTcar UMP Pro Late Model Championship on Oct. 15 at Tri-City Speedway.

* Sportsman: Jeremy Hines of Seymour, Ind., appears headed to the title.


* Limited Modifieds: Mark Anderson of Canton, Ill., has unofficially clinched the championship because there are not enough races left for anyone to overcome his lead.

* Stock Cars: Nate Zimmer of Mattoon, Ill., appears to have the division’s national crown sewn up.


* Factory Stocks: Dennis Bringedahl of Twin Lake, Mich., has effectively locked up the title, but second place remains up for grabs between Rob Sternberg and Jake Hewitt.


* Sport Compacts: Jeremy Callahan of Mt. Vernon, Ill., leads the standings, but with only 26 points separating the top four drivers there are various scenarios still in play.


Log on to www.DirtCar.com  for more information on DIRTcar Racing’s UMP circuit and to view complete points standings for all divisions, including the current State points rankings.

New for 2011, the weekly DIRTcar UMP points update is powered by www.MotorStats.com.  DIRTcar’s affiliation with the Durham, N.C.-based Web site is providing fans and competitors a more timely and detailed look at the points standings. National and State points standings for all divisions are typically updated by Thursday each week, and new features allow visitors to click on each driver’s name to see a complete race-by-race review of their finishes to date.


DIRTcar Racing UMP National Points Standings (as of Sept. 25, 2011):


Late Models (rank/driver/races/points):


1. Ryan Unzicker 35 2531


2. Rusty Schlenk 35 2477


3. Jon Henry 35 2437


4. Shannon Babb 35 2415


5. Jason Feger 35 2374


6. Brandon Thirlby 35 2341


7. Brandon Sheppard 35 2294


8. Randy Korte 35 2241


9. Eric Spangler 35 2218


10. Mike Provenzano 35 2186


11. Bobby Pierce 35 2156


12. Mike Spatola III 35 2149


13. Eric Smith 35 2080


14. Brian Ruhlman 35 2019


15. Mark Voigt 35 2005


16. Steve Lance Jr. 35 1986


17. Scott Schmitt 35 1976


18. Dennis Erb Jr. 35 1970


19. Brian Shirley 35 1961


20. Michael Kloos 35 1931




UMP Modifieds (rank/driver/races/points):




1. Mike Harrison 25 1922


2. Michael Long 25 1907


3. Nick Allen 25 1886


4. Todd Sherman 25 1862


5. Jacob Poel 25 1860


6. Ray Bollinger 25 1854


7. Doug Adkins 25 1831


8. Jamie Lomax 25 1825


9. Clayton Miller 25 1824


10. Danny Crane 25 1820


11. Ken Schrader 25 1817


12. Scott Weber 25 1807


13. Tim Hancock 25 1791


14. John DeMoss 25 1764


15. Mark Anderson 25 1759


16. Joe Rokos 25 1758


17. Brian Lynn 25 1749


18. Randle Sweeney 25 1747


19. Jeff Leka 25 1746


20. Jim Farris Sr. 25 1740




Pro Late Models (rank/driver/races/points):




1. Dustin Griffin 20 1505


2. Nick Bauman 20 1470


3. Credence Mott 20 1411


4. Mark Oller 20 1405


5. Clayton Miller 20 1398


6. Jerry Lierly 20 1397


7. Bobby Martintoni 20 1325


8. Evan Fink 20 1310


9. Brad Denney 20 1300


10. Randy Myers 20 1280




Sportsman (rank/driver/races/points):




1. Jeremy Hines 20 1496


2. Troy Clark 20 1459


3. Dan Flessner 20 1434


4. Jeff Herzog 20 1412


5. Joey Ladouceur 20 1387


6. Dave Crawley Jr. 20 1358


7. Nick Macklin 20 1325


8. Jocelyn Roy 20 1317


9. Jake Simmons 19 1311


10. Kenny Carmichael Sr. 20 1285




Limited Modifieds (rank/driver/races/points):




1. Mark Anderson 20 1420


2. Todd Bates 20 1388


3. Haley Westerfield 20 1188


4. Jeff Lawson 20 1177


5. John Wyble 20 1096


6. Christopher Geary 20 1065


7. Johnny Holden 20 1038


7. Josh Smith 20 1038


9. Clay Settles 20 1036


10. Billy Hawes 20 1010




Stock Cars (rank/driver/races/points):




1. Nate Zimmer 20 1512


2. Mike Hodges 20 1480


3. John Farris 20 1470


4. Chuck Barnes Jr. 20 1450


5. Dan Dykman 20 1421


6. Derek Poland 20 1413


7. Andrew Funk 20 1395


8. Joeseph Hamm 20 1378


9. Joel Funk 20 1374


10. Darrel Dick 20 1356




Factory Stocks (rank/driver/races/points):




1. Dennis Bringedahl 20 1396


2. Rob Sternberg 20 1371


3. Jake Hewitt 20 1370


4. Dan Wilson 20 1313


5. Mark Farber 20 1309


6. Jeff Buss 20 1194


6. Tom Hughes 19 1194


8. Spike Grega 20 1181


9. Ben Welch 20 1128


10. TJ Eilers 20 1119




Sport Compacts (rank/driver/races/points):




1. Jeremy Callahan 20 1512


2. Kenny Butterfield 20 1506


3. Rob Shaw 20 1494


4. Matt Maier 20 1486


5. Paul Namey 20 1460


6. Earl Pryor 20 1451


7. Trevor Isaak 20 1436


8. Jacob Rexing 20 1425


9. Bradley McGhee 20 1400


10. Vince Shehorn 20 1394


 

 



 

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DIRTcar Western Region Update: Budweiser Fall Classic Doubleheader Rocks California’s Antioch & Merced Speedways This Weekend (Oct. 1-2)



CONCORD, NC – Sept. 30, 2011 –



HUGE TWINBILL: It’s the biggest weekend of the fall racing season in central and northern California – so naturally, the Pacific Coast’s brightest DIRTcar Late Model and DIRTcar West UMP Modified stars have their eyes fixed on the Antioch and Merced speedways.


The Budweiser Fall Classic is set to roll off this weekend at a pair of sister tracks, rocking Antioch Speedway on Saturday night (Oct. 1) and Merced Speedway on Sunday evening (Oct. 2). Each track will host a DIRTcar Western All-Stars Late Model Series presented by VP Racing Fuels event paying $3,000 to win and a DIRTcar West UMP Modified feature offering a $2,000 top prize.


With several standout Californians planning to pull double-duty this weekend – including former Western All-Stars champions Bobby Hogge IV of Salinas and Chris Shannon of Merced as well as Richard Papenhausen of Chico – the possibility exists for one driver to pocket $10,000 in first-place cash.


“This is an awesome weekend of racing for California’s fans and racers,” said Chris Morgan, Director of Western Operations for World Racing Group/DIRTcar. “DIRTcar is very proud to be involved in an event of this stature. One of our objectives with the DIRTcar Western Region is to work with promoters to establish special events that bring increased attention and recognition to the Late Model and UMP Modified divisions and the Budweiser Fall Classic is certainly a prime example of a weekend that has the racing community talking.”


Promoter John Soares, who oversees the operation of both Antioch and Merced, and his staff have worked hard to bring added value to the unique two-track, two-division Budweiser Fall Classic. They have secured an impressive list of sponsors for the weekend, including:


* Budweiser, which has added $2,000 to the Western All-Stars purse ($1,000 at Antioch and $1,000 t Merced Speedway).


* Trophy providers Jim’s Auto Body of Antioch, Concord and Walnut Creek, Calif. (Antioch Late Models); Shannon Pump Co. of Merced, Calif. (Merced Late Models); All-Flow Muffler and Auto Repair in Martinez, Calif. (Antioch Modifieds); and Mike’s Radiator and Muffler of Merced, Calif. (Merced Mods). (Jim’s Auto Body has also posted a $100 fast-time award for Antioch’s Late Model event.)


* Sign-Me-Up Graphix of Martinez, Calif., which will produce the oversized souvenir checks handed out to the winners.


* 8th Amendment Bail Bonds of Antioch, Calif. ($100 Hard Luck Award for Late Models and Modifieds at Antioch).


* Sound Encounters of Merced, Calif., which has posted a $100 Hard Luck Award for the Late Models and Modifieds at Merced as well as a $100 prize for the driver who receives the “loudest cheer from the stands” on Sunday evening.


* Pro Motorsports in Oakley, Calif., which is donating a case of Schaeffer’s Synthetic Racing Oil to the Hard Charger in Antioch’s Modified feature and the last-place qualifier for Sunday’s Modified action at Merced.


* Diversity Driving School of Antioch, Calif. ($100 Hard Charger Award for Late Models at Antioch).


* Volvo Rents of Merced, Calif. ($100 Modified Hard Charger Award).

The Budweiser Fall Classic programs begins at 7 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 1, at Antioch Speedway and at 5 p.m. on Sun., Oct. 2, at Merced Speedway.


Antioch Speedway is located on the Contra Costa Fairgrounds, 1201 W. Tenth St. in Antioch, Calif. The three-eighths-mile oval is about an hour’s drive from San Francisco.


Merced Speedway sits on the Merced County Fairgrounds at 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Merced, Calif.

For more information on the tracks visit www.antiochspeedway.com  and www.racemerced.com.
 

GOING FOR THE CROWN: The last two DIRTcar Western All-Stars Late Model Series champions – Hogge (2009) and Shannon (2008) – will see a lot of each other during the Budweiser Fall Classic. Both drivers plan to compete in the Late Model and UMP Modified events.


Hogge enters the weekend leading the Western All-Stars points standings by 17 points over Shannon. The two good friends figure to battle it out for the tour title, which will be determined after the season-ending ‘Chowtown Pacific Dirt Nationals’ doubleheader on Oct. 15-16 at Chowchilla (Calif.) Speedway.


The tour’s alltime winningest driver, Hogge owns one Western All-Stars triumph in four events this season. He has won two WAS A-Mains at Antioch, taking the checkered flag first in 2009 and 2008.


In DIRTcar West UMP Modified competition this season, Hogge owns victories at Antioch (one) and Merced (three). Shannon is winless in Western All-Stars competition in 2011 but has driven his UMP Modified to Victory Lane seven times – all at Merced, where last week he clinched the division’s points championship.


While Hogge and Shannon sit atop the Western All-Stars points standings, neither driver can overlook third-place Papenhausen, who is just 25 points behind Hogge. Papenhausen, who won a WAS event at Antioch on June 25, is coming off a big victory in the ‘Battle at the Border’ DIRTcar Northwest I-5 Late Model Series season finale on Sept. 24 at Southern Oregon Speedway in Medford, Ore.


Another two-division entrant this weekend, Papenhausen has made four DIRTcar West UMP Modified starts this season at Antioch but hasn’t finished better than sixth.


DEFENDING HIS TURF: Troy Foulger of Martinez, Calif., is hoping to put a cherry on top of his spectacular DIRTcar West UMP Modified season during this weekend’s Budweiser Fall Classic at Antioch and Merced.


A rising 21-year-old talent, Foulger has won five features this season (including two at Antioch and two at Merced) and recently clinched the open-wheel division’s points title at Antioch. He also sits on the verge of winning the DIRTcar West UMP Modified Northwestern States championship.


Foulger enters this weekend’s doubleheader leading the UMP Northwest States points standings by 267 points (1,516-1,249) over Shannon. With drivers’ best 25 finishes/points nights used to determine the UMP Modified standings, Foulger has already passed the benchmark and is replacing his worst races while Shannon has made 21 starts.

The DIRTcar West UMP Modified and DIRTcar Late Model Northwestern States points battle – which for both encompasses all DIRTcar-sanctioned events in California, Oregon, Washington and Nevada – run through the weekend of Oct. 15-16. Drivers in the Northwestern States classification won’t receive national UMP points after the weekend of Oct. 1-2 – the specified cut-off date for the circuit’s weekly points program – but a special exemption allows the Northwestern States points to continue for two more weeks.

The DIRTcar Late Model and DIRTcar West UMP Modified Northwestern States points carry a $2,000 champion’s prize from a total points fund of $5,860 available to the top 15 finishers.

Trevor Glasier of Tangent, Ore., leads the DIRTcar Late Model Northwestern States points standings.

THE CHAMP: Jeremy Shank of Salem, Ore., clinched the 2011 DIRTcar Northwest I-5 Late Model Series championship with a fourth-place finish on Sept. 24 at Southern Oregon Speedway.

Shank, 32, survived a lap-one tangle that forced him to the rear of the field in the season-ender, rallying to bag a top-five finish and secure his second straight series title. He is the third driver to win at least two Northwest I-5 Series points crowns.

For more information on DIRTcar’s Western Region, contact Chris Morgan, Director of Western Operations for World Racing Group/DIRTcar, at 805-637-1426 or cmorgan@DIRTcar.com.


Additional info on all of the series, sanctioning and member tracks of DIRTcar Racing is available at www.DIRTcar.com

DIRTcar Western All-Stars Late Model Series presented by VP Racing Fuels Points Standings (Rank/Driver/Points):


1. Bobby Hogge IV 612


2. Chris Shannon 595


3. Richard Papenhausen 587


4. Clarke Guigliemoni 543


5. Paul Guigliemoni 521


6. Matt Michelli 458


7. Jeff Decker 420


8. Dennis Souza 388


9. Anthony Restad 342


10. Ken Michelli 336


11. Bud Walberg 321


12. Clay Daly 308


13. Rob Sanders 306


14. Randy Shafer 305


15. Nick Bartels 293




DIRTcar UMP Northwestern States Points Standings (After Week 35 – races through Sept. 25):




Late Models (Rank/Driver/Races/Points):




1. Trevor Glasier 17 986


2. Rob Mayea 11 705


3. Rick Wyatt 9 528


4. Brian Cronk 9 455


5. Jeremy Shank 8 441


6. Mark Carrell 8 426


7. Russ Sell 8 382


8. Mike Miller 9 374


9. Randy Boyd 9 370


10. Casey Vitale 7 365


11. Mike George 8 359


12. John Campos 9 358


13. John Kauffman 7 330


14. Steve Moore 7 324


15. Richard Papenhausen 5 323




DIRTcar West UMP Modifieds ((Rank/Driver/Races/Points):




1. Troy Foulger 25 1516


2. Chris Shannon 21 1249


3. Bobby Hogge IV 13 799


4. Scott Busby 13 681


5. Mike Salazar 14 612


6. Randy McDaniel 11 557


7. Bill Egleston 13 531


8. Chester Kniss 13 518


9. Sean Ogara 11 508


10. Dereck Colvin 12 502


11. Ryan McDaniel 8 473


12. Nick Decarlo 9 468


13. Robbie Jeppesen 10 464


14. Bob Williamson 10 451


15. Vance Beltran 8 434


 


 

 

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World of Outlaws Sprints Take On Rival, Pennsylvania Posse At Williams Grove, Listen Live Tonight at DIRTVision.com





World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series – Friday, September 30th @ Williams Grove Speedway

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series – Saturday, October 1st @ Williams Grove Speedway








CONCORD, N.C. – Sept. 30, 2011 – The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series is entering the homestretch of their grueling 2011 season, and the fight for the championship is heating up. However, this weekend, it’s more than just fighting for a championship, it’s all about the rivalry as the series heads to Williams Grove Speedway, in Pennsylvania Posse country. Earlier in the season, the Outlaws showed their strength with Jason Meyers winning night #2 of the Summer Nationals and Jason Sides bringing the Morgan Cup home to Charlotte. This weekend, the rivalry continues to boil over, and the Posse will be ready to defend their home turf. Friday and Saturday night the series will run the 49 th annual National Open, with Saturday night’s event paying $50,000 to win, a pay day that everyone will be gunning for.

Jason Meyers sits at the top of the standings, 147 points ahead of Donny Schatz and 165 points ahead of Steve Kinser. With only five races on the schedule leading up to World Finals, the stakes are high and the racing is closer than ever before. Will the Outlaws be able to hold off the Posse and sweep the weekend? Friday night you can get LIVE video from the event for only $9.99 exclusively at DIRTVision.com. For only a third of the price of a ticket for the race, you can see all the action from the comfort of your own home. If you can’t make it to the track, this is the next best thing. Click here to subscribe to the event!


Johnny Gibson will also bring FREE live audio on both Friday and Saturday night from Williams Grove. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. Eastern both nights, with racing set to kick off at 7:30 p.m. You don’t have to miss a lap, with live audio coverage from hot laps to victory lane, only at DIRTVision.com.

Looking ahead, the next DIRTVision video Cybercast will be the Super DIRTcar Series,World of Outlaws Sprint Car and Late Model Series at Super DIRT Week XL October 5th-9th. For the full Cybercast schedule, click the 2011 Cybercast Schedule at DIRTVision.com.


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Super DIRT Week Visit To Rolling Wheels Raceway Park On October 6 Brings Back Memories For Mark Richards




Father Of Two-Time World of Outlaws Late Model Series Champ Josh Richards Has Some History At Central New York’s Big Racing Week



ELBRIDGE, NY – Sept. 28, 2011 – When the World of Outlaws Late Model Series ends a six-year absence from the Super DIRT Week schedule with a visit to Rolling Wheels Raceway Park on Thurs., Oct. 6, Mark Richards will renew his own connection to central New York’s huge fall festival of speed.

The father/car owner of two-time defending WoO LMS champion Josh Richards might be a life-long dirt Late Model loyalist, but he also happens to possess some under-the-radar history at the biggest event of the year for the Northeast’s DIRTcar Modified division.

“I’ve been up there a few times over the years,” said the 50-year-old Richards, a well-known figure in the full-fender industry as the co-owner of Rocket Chassis in Shinnston, W.Va. “I know what that deal is about. For all those Modified people in New York, Canada and throughout the Northeast, it’s their Super Bowl weekend.”

Richards made his first trip to Super DIRT Week – the annual showcase of DIRTcar Modified racing encompassing action at the one-mile New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, N.Y., and other nearby short tracks like the Wheels – in October 1979 when he was the teenage crew chief of the Ed Howe house car driven by Rodney Combs. The period’s vaguely-written DIRTcar Big-Block Modified rules allowed Richards and Combs to enter Howe’s dirt Late Model in the open-wheel class’s marquee race at the menacing Moody Mile.

One year later Richards returned to Super DIRT Week with Combs, this time to run a satellite National Dirt Racing Association (NDRA) Late Model event at Rolling Wheels. They also ended up at the big track, where they found themselves with a front-row seat for one of the most controversial moments in the history of DIRTcar Big-Block Modified racing.

Today Richards is well aware of Super DIRT Week’s lofty stature in the short-track racing world – the Big-Block Modified division’s 40th annual SEF Small Engine Fuels 200 Presented By Ferris and Snapper on Sun., Oct. 9, pays $50,000 to win – but he was largely oblivious to the event when he drove through the pit gate of the Syracuse Mile as Combs’s fresh-faced right-hand-man in ’79.

“I’d been to Northeast Big-Block Modified races around home at places like Lernerville, Motordrome and Latrobe, but never a race like Syracuse,” said Richards, who is 10 years younger than Combs. “I’d never even seen a track that big, so for me it was a new experience.”

It was Howe, a respected Beaverton, Mich.-based chassis guru in both dirt and asphalt Late Model racing, who pointed Richards and Combs toward Syracuse that year. With big money on the line (’79 SEF 200 winner Jack Johnson pocketed $23,380) and independent front suspension dirt Late Models legal for competition with some modifications, the race was very attractive.

“Ed said, ‘They’re having a big race in Syracuse that we should go run,’” remembered Richards. “Ed explained to us that it’s a Modified race, but if we take the fenders off we can go. So we stripped the car down, made a hood for it and went up there. We unloaded and right off the bat we were one of the quicker cars, but they slowed us down all week. They made us take off our spoiler, raise our roof and do some other stuff

“Larry Moore was there with us with Howe’s other car and I remember that we both made the big race, but Larry blew up in practice the day before the race and we blew up in the last round of practice before the race. Neither of us had another motor so we didn’t get to run.”

Richards and Combs were back at Super DIRT Week in 1980, but in this case expressly to run a mid-week NDRA tour show at Rolling Wheels. It marked the first time that a major dirt Late Model event was part of the multi-day DIRTcar Modified extravaganza, and Combs piloted a Tri-City Aluminum car to victory in the evening’s feature.

While racing at the Wheels that year, Richards and Combs crossed paths with Floridian Gary Balough, a superstar short-track driver who had already won the Syracuse 200 Big-Block Modified event three times. Balough mentioned to Richards and Combs that he was running an exotic Big-Block Modified at the Mile – a cutting-edge machine that would literally shake the foundation of the division – and he invited them to check it out.

“We’d actually been talking to Gary that year about running some Late Model races with us so we knew him,” recalled Richards. “He told us, ‘Hey, we got this car that’s pretty wild. Why don’t you guys come take a look at it?’ So we went over and saw it, and it was really bad-ass trick.

“Then Gary said, ‘You guys coming to the (Modified) race (at the Mile)? You can help pit or whatever, and I’ll let Rodney drive the other (Modified) I have up here.’”

So Richards and Combs went to the big track and were there for Balough’s history-making performance in the ‘Batmobile,’ a black Lincoln-bodied No. 112 that featured a high roof and ground-effects aerodynamics. Built in secret by a band of mechanical talents that included the late Kenny Weld, the car stretched the division’s thin rulebook to the max and ended up being the class of the field. Balough dominated the week en route to winning his fourth career Syracuse 200 in a runaway; Combs, meanwhile, drove Balough’s conventional backup car, the Billie Harvey-owned No. 31, but didn’t start the main event.

“That car Gary drove was unbelievably fast compared to anything else out there,” said Richards. “It was something to see. I’ll always remember that year. That car made (the DIRTcar Modified division) come up with more rules so that things wouldn’t get any further out of hand to where the regular short-track Modified guys would be unable to compete there (at Syracuse).”

Richards has made four Super DIRT Week appearances since his memorable visit in ’80. He returned in ’81 for another NDRA Late Model program at Rolling Wheels, then participated in back-to-back STARS Late Model Series events at the Syracuse Mile in 1995-96 (Tim Hitt drove Richards’s Rocket Chassis house car both years) and a WoO LMS show at Fulton (N.Y.) Speedway in 2004 (Bart Hartman and Josh Richards ran as Rocket Chassis house car teammates).

This year’s 50-lap, $10,000-to-win WoO LMS A-Main at Rolling Wheels – part of an exciting Thursday-evening doubleheader with the Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Series – will give Richards an opportunity to taste the unique Super DIRT Week atmosphere once again. He said that after putting in a hard night’s work at the Wheels with his 23-year-old son – Josh enters the race second in the WoO LMS points standings (16 markers behind leader Rick Eckert of York, Pa.) and with an opportunity to tie the tour’s single-season win record (nine) – he might even stop his team’s hauler at the Syracuse Mile on Friday to take in some DIRTcar Big-Block Modified racing.

Richards would recommend a visit to the Mile to any dirt Late Model fan who might be interested in making the trip to Rolling Wheels. Full-fender followers will even have a rooting interest at the big track with three WoO LMS regulars – 2006 tour champion Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y., and Vic Coffey of Caledonia, N.Y. – running Big-Block and 358-Modifieds during this year’s Super DIRT Week.

“I think it’s just a good experience for any fan,” Richards said of Super DIRT Week. “There’s a lot of activity going on up there around the big race and it’s a fair-type atmosphere. It’d be good for any real race fan to go up there and watch a different type of racing at the end of the year.”

On Thurs., Oct. 6, at Rolling Wheels, pit gates are scheduled to open at 4 p.m. and grandstand gates will be unlocked at 5 p.m. Race time is set for 7:30 p.m.

Adult reserved seat tickets are available for $39 by logging on to http://dirtcar.ticketforce.com  or calling 315-834-6606. Discounted student (ages 10-17) and children (9-and-under) pricing is available for reserved sections (children 9-and-under are free in General Admission seating).

Ticket information and details on all the action during Super DIRT Week, which runs from Oct. 5-9, is available at www.superdirtweekonline.com

For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com

The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award), McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award), Chizmark Larson Insurance, Factory Value Parts and RacingJunk.com; in addition to contingency sponsors Comp Cams, Eibach Springs, JE Pistons, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, Pro Power Engines, Quartermaster, Rocket Chassis, R2C Performance, Superflow Dynos, Wix Filters and Wrisco Aluminum.
 


 
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Saldana’s Dominant Return, A Full Weekend of WoO Sprint Cars And The Latest From the UMP Late Model Series, 4Wide.TV Has Your News and Video from the World of Outlaws and DIRTcar Racing



CONCORD, N.C. – Sept. 28, 2011 – This week’s episode of 4Wide.TV includes the highlights from Joey Saldana’s triumphant return to World of Outlaws Sprint Car competition plus video highlights from DIRTcar racing in the Midwest.


Click here to see Saldana’s first race back at Hartford Motor Speedway on Wednesday night, where fellow drivers and fans saw the “Brownsburg Bullet” at his best. The #9 machine rode the cushion to victory, his first time behind the wheel in two months as he recovered from injuries sustained at the Kings Royal back in July. However, Friday the series took on the high banks of Eldora Speedway, a track that has brought Saldana some of his greatest wins and harshest wrecks. Not fear, nerves or even the retaining wall could trump Saldana’s confidence behind the wheel, and for the second event in a row, the Kasey Kahne Racing Red Bull #9 was back in victory lane. The series then headed east to Lernerville Speedway on Saturday night for the Commonwealth Clash. Saldana couldn’t make it three for three, but defending champion Jason Meyers made his fifth trip of the season to victory lane. You won’t want to miss these highlights, because as the schedule dwindles down, the racing heats up! We’ve got all your news and video from the WoO Sprint Car Series right here at 4Wide.TV.


We wrap up this week’s race coverage with highlights from the 22nd Annual $10,000 to win Prairie Dirt Classic for the UMP Late Models from Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Illinois. This is an event you won’t want to miss seeing, so click here to check it out at 4Wide.TV.

In addition to all the highlights from the weekend, there are the hotly discussed Power Rankings plus the Hot Thread of the Week that discusses fan opinions surrounding this weekend’s showdown between the World of Outlaws and the PA Posse at the National Open at Williams Grove and the dirt track racing Twitter feed that brings you non-stop news and notes from around the racing world. The Video of the Week recalls the Champion Spark Plugs Sprint Nationals at Super DIRT Week XXIV back in 1995 and the Photo of the Week comes from Lernerville Speedway where we see the top two championship contenders battling side by side for position!

All that and more in only 15 minutes – check it out at 4Wide.TV, which now includes a new home page module to help share the video with your friends on Facebook and followers on Twitter.

 



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2004 Sawyer 600cc mini sprint
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DIRTcar UMP Weekly Points Update: Red-Hot Unzicker Extends National Late Model Lead, Harrison Maintains UMP Modified Edge



CONCORD, NC – Sept. 23, 2011 – Ryan Unzicker of El Paso, Ill., remained red-hot on the DIRTcar UMP Late Model circuit last weekend, winning twice to extend his lead in the division’s national points standings.

Unzicker, 28, scored back-to-back victories on Sept. 16 at Kankakee (Ill.) County Speedway and Sept. 17 at LaSalle (Ill.) Speedway, pushing his late-season winning streak to four in a row. His surge added 28 points to his edge, putting him 33 points (2,498-2,465) in front of Jackson, Mich.’s Rusty Schlenk after Week 34 of the DIRTcar UMP campaign.

Unzicker has gotten hot at just the right time. After grabbing the points lead early in the spring, he maintained control until Schlenk overtook him in late August. Schlenk’s run at the top lasted only two weeks, however, before Unzicker regained command.

A 16-time feature winner in 2011, Unzicker is seeking his first DIRTcar UMP national title. Schlenk, a 25-year-old whose only points-earning finish last weekend was a third on Sept. 16 at Kankakee, is bidding for a second consecutive national crown.

Jon Henry of Ada, Ohio, sits third in the standings after Week 34, trailing Unzicker by 61 points. He earned points in both his starts last weekend – a fourth at Kankakee and a third at LaSalle.

Unzicker, Schlenk and Henry already began their head-to-head shootout in Week 35 on Thursday night (Sept. 22) at Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, Ill., where all three drivers traveled to compete in the first of three consecutive nights of Late Model racing as part of the track’s ‘Summit Modified Mania’ event. Unzicker finished seventh, Schlenk was eighth and Henry was 17th in the opener, which did not alter the points standings.

The DIRTcar UMP points standings are determined using drivers’ best 35 finishes/points nights.

Mike Harrison of Highland, Ill., meanwhile, remained 20 points (1,922-1,902) ahead of Quincy, Ill.’s Michael Long in the DIRTcar UMP Modified national standings after Week 34.

Neither drivers added points to their totals last weekend. Harrison placed 19th on Sept. 17 at Peoria (Ill.) Raceway, while Long did not log a start.

Both Harrison and Long are in action in Tri-City’s ‘Summit Modified Mania’ event this weekend.

The UMP Modified standings are determined using drivers’ 25 best finishes/points nights.

Other divisional national points leaders through Week 34 are Dustin Griffin of Camp Point, Ill., who was victorious last Saturday night at Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill., to maintain his edge in the Pro Late Model standings; Jeremy Hines of Seymour, Ind. (Sportsman); Mark Anderson of Canton, Ill. (Limited Modifieds); Nate Zimmer of Mattoon, Ill. (Stock Cars); Dennis Bringedahl of Twin Lake, Mich. (Factory Stocks); and Jeremy Callahan of Mt. Vernon, Ill. (Sport Compacts).

Weekly DIRTcar UMP points end following the weekend of Sept. 30-Oct. 2, but the Late Model and UMP Modified points races culminate with the running of the DIRTcar UMP Nationals on Oct. 8-9 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

Log on to www.DirtCar.com  for more information on DIRTcar Racing’s UMP circuit and to view complete points standings for all divisions, including the current State points rankings.


New for 2011, the weekly DIRTcar UMP points update is powered by www.MotorStats.com.  DIRTcar’s affiliation with the Durham, N.C.-based Web site is providing fans and competitors a more timely and detailed look at the points standings. National and State points standings for all divisions are typically updated by Thursday each week, and new features allow visitors to click on each driver’s name to see a complete race-by-race review of their finishes to date.

DIRTcar Racing UMP National Points Standings (as of Sept. 18, 2011):

Late Models (rank/driver/races/points):




1. Ryan Unzicker 35 2498


2. Rusty Schlenk 35 2465


3. Jon Henry 35 2437


4. Shannon Babb 35 2320


5. Brandon Thirlby 35 2307


6. Brandon Sheppard 35 2277


7. Jason Feger 35 2274


8. Eric Spangler 35 2205


9. Randy Korte 35 2151


10. Mike Provenzano 35 2143


11. Bobby Pierce 35 2131


12. Mike Spatola III 35 2095


13. Mark Voigt 35 2005


14. Eric Smith 34 2000


15. Brian Ruhlman 35 1980


16. Scott Schmitt 35 1962


17. Steve Lance Jr. 34 1931


18. Dennis Erb Jr. 35 1927


19. Dillan White 35 1858


20. Mike Hammerle 35 1849




UMP Modifieds (rank/driver/races/points):




1. Mike Harrison 25 1922


2. Michael Long 25 1902


3. Nick Allen 25 1867


4. Todd Sherman 25 1862


5. Ray Bollinger 25 1854


6. Jacob Poel 25 1853


7. Jamie Lomax 25 1825


8. Clayton Miller 25 1814


9. Danny Crane 25 1810


10. Scott Weber 25 1807


11. Doug Adkins 25 1801


12. Tim Hancock 25 1791


13. Mark Anderson 25 1759


14. Jeff Leka 25 1746


15. John DeMoss 25 1744


16. Joe Rokos 25 1741


17. Brian Lynn 25 1739


18. Clint Demoss 25 1736


18. Dean Hoffman 25 1736


20. Ken Schrader 24 1731




Pro Late Models (rank/driver/races/points):




1. Dustin Griffin 20 1505


2. Nick Bauman 20 1465


3. Mark Oller 20 1405


4. Credence Mott 20 1401


5. Jerry Lierly 20 1392


6. Clayton Miller 20 1383


7. Evan Fink 20 1305


8. Brad Denney 20 1300


9. Bobby Martintoni 20 1299


10. Randy Myers 20 1280




Sportsman (rank/driver/races/points):




1. Jeremy Hines 20 1496


2. Troy Clark 20 1459


3. Dan Flessner 20 1434


4. Joey Ladouceur 20 1387


5. Jeff Herzog 20 1365


6. Dave Crawley Jr. 20 1358


7. Nick Macklin 20 1325


8. Jocelyn Roy 20 1317


9. Jake Simmons 19 1311


10. Kenny Carmichael Sr. 20 1285




Limited Modifieds (rank/driver/races/points):




1. Mark Anderson 20 1406


2. Todd Bates 20 1373


3. Haley Westerfield 20 1198


4. Jeff Lawson 20 1166


5. John Wyble 20 1096


6. Christopher Geary 20 1065


7. Johnny Holden 20 1038


8. Clay Settles 20 1028


9. Josh Smith 19 1004


10. Billy Hawes 20 1002




Stock Cars (rank/driver/races/points):




1. Nate Zimmer 20 1498


2. Mike Hodges 20 1480


3. John Farris 20 1470


4. Chuck Barnes Jr. 20 1450


5. Dan Dykman 20 1421


6. Derek Poland 20 1413


7. Andrew Funk 20 1395


8. Joel Funk 20 1374


9. Joeseph Hamm 20 1363


10. Darrel Dick 20 1356




Factory Stocks (rank/driver/races/points):




1. Dennis Bringedahl 20 1396


2. Rob Sternberg 20 1371


3. Jake Hewitt 20 1370


4. Dan Wilson 20 1313


5. Mark Farber 20 1309


6. Tom Hughes 19 1194


6. Jeff Buss 20 1194


8. Spike Grega 20 1181


9. Ben Welch 20 1128


10. TJ Eilers 20 1110




Sport Compacts (rank/driver/races/points):




1. Jeremy Callahan 20 1507


2. Kenny Butterfield 20 1506


3. Rob Shaw 20 1494


4. Matt Maier 20 1486


5. Paul Namey 20 1460


6. Earl Pryor 20 1451


7. Trevor Isaak 20 1436


8. Jacob Rexing 20 1425


9. Bradley McGhee 20 1400


10. Evan Gaultney 20 1390


 


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DIRTcar Western Region Update: 2011 DIRTcar Northwest I-5 Late Model Series Concludes This Weekend (Sept. 23-24) At Southern Oregon Speedway



CONCORD, NC – Sept. 23, 2011 –

DOWN TO THE WIRE: One big weekend of racing at Southern Oregon Speedway stands between Jeremy Shank and a second consecutive DIRTcar Northwest I-5 Late Model Series championship.

Shank, 32, of Salem, Ore., sits atop the points standings entering the tour’s season finale, the two-day ‘Battle at the Border’ set for Friday (Sept. 23) and Saturday (Sept. 24) at the three-eighths-mile oval in Medford, Ore. He holds a 27-point edge over Rob Mayea of Bend, Ore., and a 36-point advantage over Rick Wyatt of Salem, Ore.

But while Shank has some cushion in the race for the title, he knows that he can’t take a single lap off during the doubleheader. He won the last Northwest I-5 Series crown in 2009 – the tour was dormant in ’10 – by just one point in a dramatic showdown that wasn’t determined until the final circuit of the season.

Shank is winless in the four races that have comprised the 2011 Northwest I-5 Series to date, so he’s eyeing the $2,500 top prize that has been posted for Saturday night’s feature at Southern Oregon. A victory would certainly provide a flourish to a championship campaign for the talented driver, who owns two career wins on the tour and is bidding to become the third two-time titlist of a series that formed in 2001.

Mayea, meanwhile, will attempt a final-weekend comeback to register his fourth career Northwest I-5 Series championship but first since 2007, when he captured the last of three in a row. Wyatt has never won the series championship.

For more information on this weekend’s ‘Battle at the Border,’ visit www.sospeedway.com

FOUR MORE: A pair of doubleheader weekends remain on the 2011 schedule for the DIRTcar Western All-Stars Late Model Series presented by VP Racing Fuels.

The tour begins its stretch drive next weekend, visiting sister tracks Antioch (Calif.) Speedway on Sat., Oct. 1, and Merced (Calif.) Speedway on Sun., Oct. 2. Both Western All-Stars events during the ‘Budweiser Fall Classic’ will pay $3,000 to win.

The season finale is scheduled for Oct. 15-16 at Chowchilla (Calif.) Speedway, which headlines the Western All-Stars during the ‘Chowtown Pacific Dirt Nationals.’ A $2,000 first-place payoff has been posted for the main event on Sun., Oct. 16.

Bobby Hogge IV of Salinas, Calif., is in the driver’s seat to cop a second consecutive Western All-Stars title. He enters the deciding October stretch of action leading the standings by 22 points over 2008 champion Chris Shannon of Merced, Calif., and 31 points over Richard Papenhausen of Chico, Calif.

Hogge, who has one win in four Western All-Stars events this season, captured the tour’s last title in 2009. The series was idle last year.

More information on the upcoming Western All-Stars shows is available by logging on to www.antiochspeedway.com,   www.racemerced.com  and www.racechowchilla.com


REGIONAL RACES: The battles for the DIRTcar UMP Northwestern States points titles in the DIRTcar Late Model and DIRTcar West UMP Modified divisions are coming down the homestretch.


Each division’s Northwestern States points battle – which for both encompasses all DIRTcar-sanctioned events in California, Oregon, Washington and Nevada – will run through the weekend of Oct. 15-16. Drivers in the Northwestern States classification won’t receive national UMP points after the weekend of Oct. 1-2 – the specified cut-off date for the circuit’s weekly points program – but a special exemption allows the Northwestern States points to continue for two more weeks.


The DIRTcar Late Model and DIRTcar West UMP Modified Northwestern States points carry a $2,000 champion’s prize from a total points fund of $5,860 available to the top 15 finishers.

Trevor Glasier of Tangent, Ore., leads the DIRTcar Late Model Northwestern States standings by a healthy 347-point margin (930-583) over Mayea. Glaser has 15 starts (he has eight wins at four different tracks) to nine for second-place Mayea in a points race that is determined using driver’s best 35 finishes/points nights.

Troy Foulger of Martinez, Calif., sits on top of the DIRTcar West UMP Modified Northwestern States rankings, leading Shannon by 287 points (1,461-1,174). With drivers’ best 25 finishes/points nights used to determine the UMP Modified standings, Foulger has already passed the benchmark while Shannon has made 20 starts.


For more information on DIRTcar’s Western Region, contact Chris Morgan, Director of Western Operations for World Racing Group/DIRTcar, at 805-637-1426 or cmorgan@DIRTcar.com


Additional info on all of the series, sanctioning and member tracks of DIRTcar Racing is available at www.DIRTcar.com


DIRTcar Northwest I-5 Late Model Series Points Standings (Rank/Driver/Points):


1. Jeremy Shank 619

2. Rob Mayea 592

3. Rick Wyatt 583

4. Steve Moore 520

5. Mike Miller 519

6. Casey Vitale 510

7. Trevor Glaser 487

8. Brian Cronk 474

9. John Duty 396

10. Russ Sell 379

11. Mike George 370

12. Mike Johnson 324

13. John Campos 319

14. Joey Tanner 307

15. Tony Brakeall 305



DIRTcar Western All-Stars Late Model Series presented by VP Racing Fuels Points Standings (Rank/Driver/Points):




1. Bobby Hogge IV 612

2. Chris Shannon 595

3. Richard Papenhausen 587

4. Clarke Guigliemoni 543

5. Paul Guigliemoni 521

6. Matt Michelli 458

7. Jeff Decker 420

8. Dennis Souza 388

9. Anthony Restad 342

10. Ken Michelli 336

11. Bud Walberg 321

12. Clay Daly 308

13. Rob Sanders 306

14. Randy Shafer 305

15. Nick Bartels 293

DIRTcar UMP Northwestern States Points Standings (After Week 34 – races through Sept. 18):

Late Models (Rank/Driver/Races/Points):


1. Trevor Glasier 15 930

2. Rob Mayea 9 583

3. Rick Wyatt 9 528

4. Brian Cronk 9 455

5. Russ Sell 8 382

6. Mike Miller 9 374

7. Randy Boyd 9 370

8. Casey Vitale 7 365

9. Jeremy Shank 6 320

10. Mark Carrell 6. 295

11. John Campos 7 293

12. Chris Mott 9 289

13. Rob Campos 8 277

14. Kyle Frick 6 275

14. Clay Daly 4 275



DIRTcar West UMP Modifieds ((Rank/Driver/Races/Points):

1. Troy Foulger 25 1461

2. Chris Shannon 20 1174

3. Bobby Hogge IV 13 799

4. Scott Busby 13 681

5. Mike Salazar 13 575

6. Randy McDaniel 10 523

7. Bill Egleston 12 485

8. Chester Kniss 12 476

9. Ryan McDaniel 8 473

10. Robbie Jeppesen 10 464

11. Dereck Colvin 11 458

12. Bob Williamson 10 451

13. Sean Ogara 10 438

14. Nick Decarlo 8 418

15. Norman Beck 9 397

 

 


 

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Coffey Eyes Breakthrough World of Outlaws Late Model Series Victory In Super DIRT Week Special October 6 At Rolling Wheels Raceway Park



ELBRIDGE, NY – Sept. 20, 2011 – Vic Coffey’s greatest moments as a DIRTcar big-block Modified driver have come during Super DIRT Week. He’s hoping that this year’s edition of DIRTcar Northeast’s premier event will provide his crowning achievement behind the wheel of a dirt Late Model as well.

With the World of Outlaws Late Model Series headed to Rolling Wheels Raceway Park on Thurs., Oct. 6, for its first Super DIRT Week date since 2004, Coffey can’t help but feel that the stars might be lining up perfectly for his full-fender breakthrough.

Winless in 106 career WoO LMS A-Main starts with several near-misses dotting his performance record, Coffey is overdue for a victory – and the time and place for that milestone is in front of him. Rolling Wheels, of course, is familiar turf for Coffey, and Super DIRT Week – the annual showcase of DIRTcar Modified racing encompassing events at the one-mile New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, N.Y., and other nearby short tracks like the Wheels – has been very good to him.


“If it happens at Rolling Wheels, during Super DIRT Week, it would be really cool,” Coffey said when asked to consider the possibility of his coveted first-ever WoO LMS triumph coming in the 50-lap, $10,000-to-win event at Rolling Wheels. “It’s a track I’ve always gone good at, and it sure would be nice to win our first Outlaw show with all our family and friends there. That would be really special.”

Coffey, 40, of Caledonia, N.Y., knows what it feels like to celebrate on the high-profile Super DIRT Week stage with those closest to him. The only two Super DIRTcar Series big-block Modified victories of his career have come in the week’s – and the division’s – marquee race, the SEF Small Engine Fuel 200 Presented By Ferris and Snapper, a prestigious $50,000-to-win blockbuster at Syracuse’s famed ‘Moody Mile’ that this year is scheduled to take the green flag at 2 p.m. on Sun., Oct. 9.

Becoming just the fifth driver to win the SEF 200 at least three times in its 40-year history will once again be Coffey’s goal for Super DIRT Week 2011, but the addition of the satellite WoO LMS event at Rolling Wheels provides him a second focus. He’s concentrated this year on dirt Late Model racing like never before – while running the complete WoO schedule for the first time (he missed a handful of shows during his ’08 Rookie of the Year season), he’s made just three big-block Modified starts – and craves a triumph to give his full-fender pursuits a stamp of approval.


“It’s getting more frustrating to still be without an Outlaws win,” said Coffey, whose career-best WoO LMS finish is second, on Sept. 2, 2009, at Brewerton (N.Y.) Speedway. “Everybody keeps saying, ‘Hey, you’re running good, you’ll get one,’ but here we are now in the middle of September and I still haven’t got a win so you start looking back and thinking how you let a couple get away. That’s where the frustration comes from.”


Indeed, Coffey, who is ninth in the current WoO LMS points standings, has been in the mix for World of Outlaws glory several times over the past three seasons only to fall short. In 2009, he blew a tire while leading on the final lap at Fayetteville (N.C.) Motor Speedway and had a late-race caution flag cost him a likely victory at Brewerton. In 2010, he led the first 11 laps at Rolling Wheels before being forced to pit because his car’s radiator cap came off. This year he was knocked from the lead at Needmore Speedway in Norman Park, Ga., due to a tangle with a lapped car and was overtaken for the top spot by two-time defending WoO LMS champion Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., late in a 40-lap A-Main at McKean County Raceway in East Smethport, Pa.


“The opportunities to win don’t come every day with this deal, so when you’re up front you gotta cash in,” said Coffey, who ran selected dirt Late Model events from 2001-2007 before increasing his participation in the division. “That’s why a race like Needmore was so hard to take. When you get a chance like that – the track’s rubbered up, you draw the pole, the car’s good, you get right out to the lead – they’re the ones you gotta get.”


Last year’s late-summer WoO LMS at Rolling Wheels ranks high on Coffey’s list of disappointments since it was “kind of a freak deal” that ended his bid. “That was the first time I ever lost a radiator cap,” he said. But the outing certainly provides him confidence for the tour’s first Super DIRT Week visit to the five-eighths-mile oval.


“I’m looking forward to going back there,” said Coffey, who rallied to finish 10th in the 2010 WoO LMS 50-lapper at the Wheels after pitting. “We were fast last year – I feel like we were fast enough to win – and we’re gonna go back with the same package. I’ll have my bigger cubic-inch motor in to run there, and hopefully the conditions will be the same and we’ll be good again.”


Rolling Wheels will be one part of a very busy week for Coffey and his Sweeteners Plus team, which will set up camp inside the expansive Syracuse Mile. He plans to drive cars from his operation’s stable in both the big-block Modified SEF 200 and the 358-Modified Nationwide Insurance 150 (a $20,000-to-win event scheduled for Sat., Oct. 8); practice starts at the big track on Wed., Oct. 5, with time trials for both divisions on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 6, and 20-lap heat races (three for big-blocks, two for 358-Modifieds) on Friday evening, Oct. 7.


The WoO LMS event will slightly change his usual itinerary for Super DIRT Week. He will bring his Modifieds to the Fairgrounds on Wednesday in a 48-foot enclosed trailer so his dirt Late Models can be hauled to Rolling Wheels in the Featherlite trailer they’ve been transported in all season. After Thursday’s action at the Wheels, he’ll likely drop his dirt Late Models for the remainder of the week at the Syracuse shop of his buddy Ernie Kreis, allowing his team to use the bigger, better-equipped rig during the Modified competition.


“We’re ready for DIRT Week with the Modifieds,” said Coffey, who won the SEF 200 in 2002 with help from other drivers running out of fuel and then repeated in 2007 with a convincing performance. “I’ve only run three Modified shows this year, but I don’t think that means much since Syracuse is such a different deal. We know what it takes to win there and hopefully we’ll have some luck on our side to do it again.”


Coffey will be one of three WoO LMS regulars pulling Late Model/Modified double-duty during Super DIRT Week, joining his Sweeteners Plus teammate Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., and Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y. McCreadie will run a Sweeteners Plus car in the SEF 200 and a Four-Star Racing machine in the 358-Modified event – he’s looking for his first career win in both Syracuse races – while Fuller, who won the SEF 200 in 2004, will drive for the Smith Brothers Concrete team in both races.

The WoO LMS event at Rolling Wheels on Thurs., Oct. 6, will be part of a gigantic doubleheader with the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series. Pit gates are scheduled to open at 4 p.m. and grandstand gates will be unlocked at 5 p.m., with race time set for 7:30 p.m.


Adult reserved seat tickets are available for $39 by logging on to http://dirtcar.ticketforce.com or calling 315-834-6606. Discounted student (ages 10-17) and children (9-and-under) pricing is available for reserved sections (children 9-and-under are free in General Admission seating).


Fans who purchase their reserved-seat tickets for the doubleheader by Sept. 23 will also receive a FREE pit pass, giving them behind-the-scenes access during their visit to Rolling Wheels.

Ticket information and details on all the action during Super DIRT Week, which runs from Oct. 5-9, is available at www.superdirtweekonline.com


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From Joey Saldana’s Return to Jimmy Phelps’ First Win of 2011, 4Wide.TV Is Packed with News and Video from the World of Outlaws and DIRTcar Racing




CONCORD, N.C. – Sept. 21, 2011 – This week’s episode of 4Wide.TV includes breaking news plus video highlights from around the country.

First, click here for news about Kasey Kahne Racing star Joey Saldana’s plan to return to the driver’s seat tonight in the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series event Hartford Motorsports Park in Michigan. Then, the episode showcases all of the highlights from last weekend’s action at Clay County Fair Speedway and Deer Creek Speedway as the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars took to the Midwest over the weekend. Then, 4Wide features video highlights from World of Outlaws Late Model Series racing at I-55 Raceway plus Super DIRTcar Series action from Mohawk International Raceway in the series’ last run before Super DIRT Week XL.

In addition to all the highlights from the weekend, there are the hotly discussed Power Rankings plus the Hot Thread of the Week that discusses the top picks for Super DIRT Week XL and the dirt track racing Twitter feed that brings you non-stop news and notes from around the racing world. The Video of the Week recalls the World of Outlaws Sprint Car event from Antioch Speedway earlier this month and the Photo of the Week comes from Mohawk International Raceway as Jimmy Phelps celebrates his first series win of the 2011 season!

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Richards Rolls To Eighth World of Outlaws Late Model Series Victory Of Season In Pepsi Nationals At I-55 Raceway




Two-Time Defending Tour Champion Inches Closer To Eckert In Points Standings With Flawless Effort



PEVELY, MO – Sept. 17, 2011 – Josh Richards continued his assault on the World of Outlaws Late Model Series record book – and the top spot in the points standings – with a convincing victory in Saturday night’s 29th annual Pepsi Nationals at I-55 Raceway.

The national tour’s two-time defending champion was flawless in the 55-lap A-Main. He roared off the outside pole to grab the lead at the start and never looked back, controlling the entire distance without facing a single serious challenge.

Richards, 23, of Shinnston, W.Va., beat fourth-starter Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., to the finish line by 1.635 seconds. It was his eighth win of the season, breaking him out of a tie with Lanigan for top-winner status on the series in 2011.

DIRTcar UMP star Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill., placed third, over three seconds behind Richards at the finish. Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., charged forward from the 11th starting spot to place fourth – despite racing with a broken right thumb suffered on Sept. 10 in a heat-race tangle during the World 100 at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway – and Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, Wis., was fifth.

Richards earned $10,875 for a score that moved him within one triumph of matching both the single-season WoO LMS record of nine established in 2004 by Scott Bloomquist and the tour’s alltime victory standard. Already the winningest driver of the circuit’s ‘modern’ era (2004-present) with 36 checkered flags, Richards is one win from tying Billy Moyer atop the alltime win list that includes the tour’s original 1988-89 campaigns.

Adding even more significance to Richards’s success, he inched closer to points leader Rick Eckert of York, Pa., in the WoO LMS points standings. With Eckert, who has led the battle for the tour’s $100,000 title since early May, settling for a sixth-place finish, Richards shaved 12 points off his deficit to leave the high-banked, one-third-mile oval trailing Eckert by just 16 markers with five events remaining on the 2011 schedule.

“I’m very grateful for that,” Richards said of his opportunity to make WoO LMS history. “No matter what happens, I feel like we’ve had a great year. To still be there in the hunt and have a shot at (the championship) really means a lot to me and really shows how strong our team is.”

Richards registered his first-ever win at I-55, a speedy bullring promoted by NASCAR veteran Ken Schrader and Mike Marler that he called “a mini-Eldora.” He mastered the track behind the wheel of his father Mark’s Rocket Chassis house – though he had some doubts at the start.
 

“Whenever we lined up on the front row, I looked over and saw (polesitter Randy) Korte had some softer tires on than us,” said Richards, who has four of the last six WoO LMS A-Mains. “I was kind of nervous because we kind of gambled on tires a little bit. We didn’t really know what to do.

“I was trying to get some heat in my tires, and (then) we fired off on the start and got to the lead. Everything worked out for us.”

Four caution flags between laps 10 and 22 slowed Richards’s pace, but he easily pulled away on each restart. His biggest obstacle was negotiating heavy lapped traffic during the 33-lap run of green-flag racing that closed the race.

“My car was awesome tonight,” said Richards, whose machine was powered by a Roush-Yates Ford engine. “I was able to maneuver and have the car to be able to keep the momentum up to get by the lapped traffic. That was definitely key to winning tonight.”

Lanigan, 40, simply couldn’t match Richards’s moves through the pack of slower cars.

“Our cars were pretty close, pretty equal,” said Lanigan, whose last WoO LMS victory came six races ago, on Aug. 3 at Shawano (Wis.) Speedway. “He was a little bit better in (the turns) because I was a little bit tighter, but there wasn’t much difference.

“He just got through lapped traffic a little better than I could. Right when I started to get closer to him he got by a couple (lapped) cars quicker than I did and I got stuck back there behind them for a few laps.”

The 33-year-old Feger, meanwhile, was able to climb as high as second after passing Lanigan on lap 16, but he lost the position to Lanigan on a lap-22 restart and ran in third for the remainder of the distance. He held off a late bid from Frank to record his fourth top-five finish in 12 A-Mains starts on the 2011 WoO LMS.

Feger felt fortunate, however, to preserve a third-place finish. He struggled throughout the race with an ill-handling Pierce car.

“I don’t know if we had a rack going bad or what, but it felt like my steering was coming in-and-out,” said Feger, who started third. “I had my hands full just trying to keep it out of the wall and from spinning out. I had to try to anticipate the car, so I had to drive it a lot more sideways than I would’ve liked to just to make sure it would turn.”

Eckert, who started eighth, spent the race’s late stages battling for sixth with Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill., before finally securing the spot on lap 49. Shirley placed seventh, followed by 17th-starter Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y.; 21st-starter Shane Clanton of Fayetteville, Ga.; and Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, Ill., who won last year’s WoO LMS Pepsi Nationals but was never a factor on Saturday despite starting seventh.

The event’s four caution flags were all caused by minor problems. Mark Voigt of Marine, Ill., slowed on lap 10 after tagging the wall; 18-year-old Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., fell off the pace on lap 12 with front-end damage sustained in a scrape with Nick Lyons of Centralia, Ill.; Korte slowed and retired on lap 14 after slapping the wall while running seventh; and Lyons slowed on lap 22 with a heavily damaged rear spoiler.

Babb was quickest in the 42-car Ohlins Shocks Time Trials session with a lap of 12.096 seconds – just off the track record of 12.031 seconds. It was his first WoO LMS fast-time honor of 2011 and the 13th of his career.

Heat winners were Babb, Lanigan, Richards and Shirley. The B-Mains were captured by McCreadie and Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga.

The program was completed despite being a day-long threat of rain. While showers struck just south of the track, only a few brief spits of drizzle fell at the speedway.

The next action for the WoO LMS will come on Thurs., Oct. 6, when the tour visits Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge, N.Y., for a 50-lap, $10,000-to-win event as part of the annual Super DIRT Week activities in and around Syracuse, N.Y.

For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com

Results of WoO Late Model Series ‘Pepsi Nationals’ at I-55 Raceway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):


1. (2) Josh Richards/55 $10,875


2. (4) Darrell Lanigan/55 $5,650


3. (3) Jason Feger/55 $3,000


4. (11) Chub Frank/55 $3,050


5. (6) Jimmy Mars/55 $2,000


6. (8) Rick Eckert/55 $2,250


7. (5) Brian Shirley/55 $1,400


8. (17) Tim McCreadie/55 $1,950


9. (21) Shane Clanton/55 $1,750


10. (7) Shannon Babb/55 $1,200


11. (14) Dennis Erb Jr./55 $1,050


12. (13) Bub McCool/54 $1,500


13. (18) Clint Smith/54 $1,500


14. (23) Vic Coffey/54 $1,450


15. (24) Tim Fuller/54 $1,500


16. (19) Austin Hubbard/54 $1,350


17. (10) Brandon Sheppard/54 $770


18. (12) Ron Davies/54 $1,550


19. (16) Jason McBride/53 $730


20. (20) Jack Sullivan/52 $700


21. (15) Frankie Heckenast Jr./44 $700


22. (9) Nick Lyons/21 $700


23. (1) Randy Korte/13 $700


24. (22) Mark Voigt/9 $700


25. (25) Jeff Johns/1 $425

* Earnings include Winners Circle program and cash contingency award bonuses

Time of Race: 22 Mins., 55.246 Secs.

Margin of Victory: 1.635 Secs.

Yellow Flags: 4 (Laps 10, 12, 14, 22)

Lap Leaders: Richards (1-55)

Provisional Starters: Coffey, Fuller (WoO); Johns (track)

Rookie of the Race: Davies ($250)

WoO LMS ‘Bonus Bucks’ Winner: McCool ($500)

Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):


1. 18-Shannon Babb/Moweaqua, IL 12.096


2. 29-Darrell Lanigan/Union, KY 12.237


3. 1-Josh Richards/Shinnston, WV 12.239


4. 71d-Ron Davies/Warren, PA 12.291


5. 25F-Jason Feger/Bloomington, IL 12.325


6. 00-Randy Korte/Highland, IL 12.356


7. 28-Jimmy Mars/Menomonie, WI 12.390


8. 3s-Brian Shirley/Chatham, IL 12.486


9. 57J-Bub McCool/Vicksburg, MS 12.489


10. 28e-Dennis Erb Jr./Carpentersville, IL 12.493


11. 30-Mark Voigt/Marine, IL 12.530


12. 6K-Michael Kloos/Trenton, IL 12.563


13. 2x-Nick Lyons/Centralia, IL 12.570


14. b5-Brandon Sheppard/New Berlin, IL 12.573


15. 21JR-Billy Moyer Jr.//Batesville, AR 12.586


16. 24-Rick Eckert/York, PA 12.608


17. 21-Billy Moyer/Batesville, AR 12.617


18. 39-Tim McCreadie/Watertown, NY 12.621


19. 1*-Chub Frank/Bear Lake, PA 12.679


20. 77-Jason McBride/Carbondale, IL 12.691


21. 19-Tim Fuller/Watertown, NY 12.734


22. 32c-Vic Coffey/Caledonia, NY 12.761


23. 44-Clint Smith/Senoia, GA 12.783


24. 1s-Jack Sullivan/Greenbrier, AR 12.834


25. 25-Shane Clanton/Fayetteville, GA 12.854


26. 88-Wendell Wallace/Batesville, AR 12.874


27. 99Jr-Frankie Heckenast Jr./Orland Park, IL 12.895


28. 1L-John Lobb/Frewsburg, NY 12.927


29. 11-Pat Doar/New Richmond, WI 12.947


30. 4J-Scott Weber/Festus, MO


31. 33F-Ricky Frankel/Quincy, IL 13.083


32. 0-Dewayne Kiefer/St. Genevieve, MO 13.168


33. 3c-Mike Collins/Council Bluffs, IA 13.350


34. 78-Mark Miner/Arnold, MO 13.362


35. 95-Jeff Johns/Belleville, IL 13.392


36. 23-Dylan Sharp/Pevely, MO 13.433


37. 2J-David Jumper/Fenton, MO 13.438


38. 86-Jason Crump/St. Genevieve, MO 13.672


39. 66-Chris Hall/Sikeston, MO 14.048


40. 26-Randy Estes/Pevely, MO 15.076


41. 19H-Austin Hubbard/Seaford, DE 12.495 (DQ-light)


42. 1HR-Ron McQuerry/St. Albans, MO 13.647 (DQ-technical)

Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Babb, Feger, Lyons, McCool, Hubbard, Fuller, Clanton, Collins, Moyer, Doar, Jumper

Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Lanigan, Korte, Sheppard, Erb, McCreadie, Wallace, Weber, Coffey, McQuerry, Crump (DNS) Miner

Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Richards, Mars, Frank, Heckenast, Smith, Voigt, Moyer Jr., Frankel, Johns, Hall

Heat No. 4 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Shirley, Eckert, Davies, McBride, Sullivan, Kiefer, Lobb, Sharp, Kloos, Estes

B-Main No. 1 (12 laps – Top 3 Transfer): McCreadie, Hubbard, Clanton, Wallace, Moyer, Weber, Fuller, Doar, Coffey, Collins, McQuerry, Jumper, Crump

B-Main No. 2 (12 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Smith, Sullivan, Voigt, Moyer Jr., Kiefer, Miner, Lobb, Frankel, Johns, Hall, Sharp, Estes (DNS) Kloos

World of Outlaws Late Model Series Contingency Award Winners:

Arizona Sports Shirts ($100 apparel certificate to 22nd fastest qualifier): Vic Coffey

Armor All (one case of product to highest-finishing non-WoO team in A-Main w/decal): Jason Feger

Comp Cams ($50 cash to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Josh Richards

Comp Cams (certificate to 10th place in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Clint Smith

Eibach Springs (one free spring to each B-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Billy Moyer/Jack Sullivan

JE Pistons ($50 cash to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Josh Richards

JE Pistons (one set of Pro Seal rings to 11th-place or next highest w/decal, redeemable w/next purchase of one complete set of rings): Dennis Erb Jr.

JE Pistons (one set of Pro Seal rings to 21st-place or next highest w/decal, redeemable w/next purchase of one complete set of rings): Mark Voigt

MSD Ignition ($75 cash to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Josh Richards

MSD Ignition ($25 cash to last-place in A-Main or next lowest w/decal): Jeff Johns

Ohlins Pole Award ($50 cash to fast qualifier or next highest w/decal): Shannon Babb

Quartermaster ($100 product certificate to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Chub Frank

Quartermaster ($50 product certificate to 5th-place or next highest w/decal): Rick Eckert

Quartermaster ($25 product certificate to 15th-place or next highest w/decal): Ron Davies

R2C Performance ($100 certificate to highest-finishing driver w/decal or $100 cash if race winner is using R2C filter and decal is displayed): Josh Richards (cash)

STP ($50 cash to 2nd-place in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Darrell Lanigan

Superflow Dynos ($50 cash to 7th-place in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Tim McCreadie

VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash to winner of Heat 1 or next highest w/decal): Shannon Babb
VP Racing Fuels ‘Nice Jugs Award’ (one five-gallon plastic fuel jugs to fastest qualifier who does not make the A-Main or next highest w/decal): Michael Kloos

WIX Filters ($50 cash to 13th-place in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Clint Smith

Wrisco Aluminum (Three sheets of aluminum to A-Main winner w/decal): Josh Richards

2011 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of Sept. 17 – 28 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):




1. Rick Eckert 3928


2. Josh Richards 3912 (-16)


3. Darrell Lanigan 3816 (-112)


4. Tim McCreadie 3726 (-202)


5. Chub Frank 3654 (-274)


6. Shane Clanton 3634 (-294)


7. Austin Hubbard 3610 (-318)


8. Clint Smith 3598 (-330)


9. Vic Coffey 3472 (-456)


10. Tim Fuller 3466 (-462)


11. Pat Doar 3328 (-600)


12. Ron Davies 3214 (-714)


13. John Lobb 3046 (-882)


14. Jill George 2122 (-1806)


15. Jason Feger 1756 (-2172)


FOLLOW THE ACTION ON TWITTER: Fans can keep up-to-date with the World of Outlaws Late Model Series online and through text messages on cell phones via Twitter, the internet’s fast-growing social-networking and micro-blogging website. Updates are provided to Twitter ‘followers’ of the WoO LMS throughout each race night, and fans also receive breaking news and interesting notes from the tour.

Over 5,100 fans are now WoO LMS ‘followers’ on Twitter. To sign-up and receive updates anywhere at anytime, visit http://twitter.com/WoOLateModels.

LISTEN ONLINE: If fans can’t get to a track to see the World of Outlaws Late Model Series, they can experience the excitement of the nation’s premier tour live on DIRTvision.com through the DIRT Radio Network.

To listen to the free audio broadcasts, log on to http://www.dirtvision.com/welcome.php and click on the DIRT Radio Network logo.

BLOGGING: WoO LMS fans can now read interesting stories from the road by checking out two blogs –‘Life As An Outlaw’ by series announcer Rick Eshelman and ‘The Scoop With Scoop’ by tour P.R. director Kevin Kovac. Both blogs can be accessed by clicking on the preceding links or the specific ‘Blog’ buttons on the right-hand side of http://www.woolms.com/.

The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award), McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award), Chizmark Larson Insurance, Factory Value Parts and RacingJunk.com; in addition to contingency sponsors Comp Cams, Eibach Springs, JE Pistons, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, Pro Power Engines, Quartermaster, Rocket Chassis, R2C Performance, Superflow Dynos, Wix Filters and Wrisco Aluminum.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pesky Showers Wash Out Friday Night’s World of Outlaws Late Model Series Stop At Tri-City Speedway



PONTOON BEACH, IL – Sept. 16, 2011 – Light showers began falling during time trials and would not cease to allow the completion of Friday night’s World of Outlaws Late Model Series ‘Kehrer Brothers Roofing 50’ at Tri-City Speedway.



Track promoter Kevin Gundaker was finally forced to cancel the evening’s action after waiting in vain for the precipitation to clear the area at a reasonable time.




Gundaker will talk with WoO LMS officials to determine if a new date for the event can be arranged. Any news will be released on www.worldofoutlaws.com.




It was the second consecutive and eighth overall weather-related cancelation or postponement of the 2011 season for the WoO LMS. The tour’s last scheduled event, on Sept. 4 at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex in Markleysburg, Pa., was also washed out by rain.




Thirty-seven cars were signed in for Friday night’s program, which would have marked the first WoO LMS event at Tri-City since Gundaker shortened the former half-mile oval to a three-eighths-mile oval prior to the 2008 season.




Just six drivers were still left to take qualifying laps during Ohlins Shocks Time Trials when the rain arrived and stopped the session.




The evening did not end early enough for Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., whose time-trial effort was short-circuited when his car’s right-rear wheel broke and flew off on his first qualifying lap. He bounced to a stop in turn one and was towed off.




Frank was racing with a special protective cast on his right thumb, which he broke in a tangle during heat racing for the World 100 on Sept. 10 at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway.




The WoO LMS will return to action on Saturday night (Sept. 17) at I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo. The Pepsi Nationals will pay $10,000 to win.




For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com.
 



Drivers signed in for Friday night’s World of Outlaws Late Model Series program at Tri-City Speedway:




00-Randy Korte/Highland, IL


1-Josh Richards/Shinnston, WV


1-Jack Sullivan/Greenbrier, AR


1L-John Lobb/Frewsburg, NY


1s-Rick Salter/Aviston, IL


1*-Chub Frank/Bear Lake, PA


2x-Mark Lyons/Centralia, IL


3c-Mike Collins/Carter Lake, IA


3s-Brian Shirley/Chatham, IL


4J-Scott Weber/Festus, MO


B5-Brandon Sheppard/New Berlin, IL


7L-Jerry Lierly/Camp Point, IL


11-Pat Doar/New Richmond, WI


18-Shannon Babb/Moweaqua, IL


19-Tim Fuller/Watertown, NY


19-Austin Hubbard/Seaford, DE


21-Billy Moyer/Batesville, AR


21Jr-Billy Moyer Jr./Batesville, AR


24-Rick Eckert/York, PA


25-Shane Clanton/Fayetteville, GA


25-Jason Feger/Bloomington, IL


27-Rodney Melvin/Benton, IL


28-Dennis Erb Jr./Carpentersville, IL


28-Jimmy Mars/Menomonie, WI


29-Darrell Lanigan/Union, KY


32-Bobby Pierce/Oakwood, IL


32c-Vic Coffey/Caledonia, NY


33F-Ricky Frankel/Quincky, IL


39-Tim McCreadie/Watertown, NY


44-Clint Smith/Senoia, GA


57J-Bub McCool/Vicksburg, MS


71d-Ron Davies/Warren, PA


77-Jason McBride/Carbondale, IL


78-Chad Zobrist/Highland, IL


81c-Kevin Cole/Christopher, IL


88-Wendell Wallace/Batesville, AR


99Jr-Frankie Heckenast Jr./Orland Park, IL




The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award), McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award), Chizmark Larson Insurance, Factory Value Parts and RacingJunk.com; in addition to contingency sponsors Comp Cams, Eibach Springs, JE Pistons, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, Pro Power Engines, Quartermaster, Rocket Chassis, R2C Performance, Superflow Dynos, Wix Filters and Wrisco Aluminum.



 

 


 

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From Ted Christopher to Kyle Larson, This Week’s 4Wide.TV Loaded with News Plus World of Outlaws and DIRTcar Racing Video Highlights




CONCORD, N.C. — Sept. 16, 2011 — This week’s episode of 4Wide.TV includes breaking news plus video highlights from around the country.




First, click here and listen as versatile star racer Ted Christopher reveals his plans to compete in the SEF Small Engine Fuel 200 Presented by Ferris & Snapper Mowers during Super DIRT Week XL. Then, the episode showcases video highlights from Super DIRTcar Series action at Autodrome Drummond plusWorld of Outlaws Sprint Cars in the Gold Cup Race of Champions wrapping up their West Coast swing and the DIRTcar UMP Late Models in the crown jewel World 100 at Eldora Speedway.




In addition to all the highlights from the weekend, there are the hotly discussed Power Rankings plus the Hot Thread of the Week that discusses Brandon Sheppard's in-car video of his B-Main run at the World 100, and the dirt track racing Twitter feed that brings you non-stop news and notes from around the racing world. The Video of the Week recalls a controversial Super DIRT Week from 1980 and finally the Shot of the Week showcases young Kyle Larson as he seals his win on Saturday night with a kiss in victory lane.




All that and more in only 15 minutes – check it out at 4Wide.TV, which now includes a new home page module to help share the video with your friends at Facebook and followers on Twitter.






 



 

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DIRTcar UMP Weekly Points Update: Unzicker Regains National Late Model Lead, Harrison Steadies Modified Edge



CONCORD, NC – Sept. 15, 2011 – A nearly perfect weekend got Ryan Unzicker back on track – and back on top of the DIRTcar UMP Late Model national points standings.



With a second-place finish on Sept. 9 at Kankakee (Ill.) County Speedway and back-to-back victories on Sept. 10 at LaSalle (Ill.) Speedway and Sept. 11 at Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, Ill., El Paso, Ill.’s Unzicker vaulted forward from third place to reclaim a points lead he had relinquished two weeks earlier. He ended Week 33 of the circuit’s season with a scant five-point edge (2,458-2,453) over defending national champion Rusty Schlenk of Jackson, Mich.




Unzicker, 28, led the national standings from the spring until late August, when Schlenk’s sure-and-steady climb in the rankings finally reached the top spot. A rough Labor Day weekend for Unzicker – he didn’t score a top-10 finish in three starts, so he failed to gain any points in a battle that’s determined using drivers’ best 35 finishes/points nights – dropped him to third in the standings.




But the young driver roared back last weekend, adding points with all three of his starts. His pair of triumphs pushed his 2011 win total to 14.




The 25-year-old Schlenk, meanwhile, made two UMP-sanctioned starts last weekend but only earned points in one of them – a third-place finish on Sept. 9 at Cherry Raceway in Fife Lake, Mich. He placed 16th on Sept. 10 at Thunderbird Raceway in Muskegon, Mich.




Jon Henry of Ada, Ohio, fell from second to third in the national points standings. But while his deficit to the leader expanded from 29 to 52 points after he was unable to finish well enough in his single start to add points to his total, he nonetheless was happy with his weekend performance – he qualified for the prestigious World 100 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, finishing 28th.




With three weekends of weekly points racing plus the season-ending DIRTcar UMP Nationals on Oct. 7-8 at Eldora remaining, the chase for the $20,000 Late Model national title figures to heat up this weekend. Unzicker plans to compete at Kankakee (Sept. 16), LaSalle (Sept. 17) and Fairbury (Ill.) American Legion Speedway (Prairie Dirt Classic on Sept. 18), while Schlenk’s tentative schedule includes visits to Kankakee, Macon (Ill.) Speedway (Sept. 17) and Fairbury. Henry had not yet posted his plans as of Thursday night.




Mike Harrison of Highland, Ill., added three points to his lead in the UMP Modified national standings, ending Week 33 with a 20-point advantage (1,922-1,902) over Michael Long of Quincy, Ill.




Harrison’s weekend included a win (Sept. 9) and a second (Sept. 10) at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind., and a fifth-place finish on Sept. 11 at Tri-City, but only his 23rd victory of 2011 earned him points. The UMP Modified standings are determined using drivers’ 25 best finishes/points nights.




Long was victorious in both of his starts last weekend – Sept. 9 at Callaway Raceway in Fulton, Mo., and Sept. 10 at his hometown’s Quincy Raceways – but only added points to his total with his first triumph.




Other divisional national points leaders through Week 32 are Dustin Griffin of Camp Point, Ill., who scored back-to-back wins last weekend at Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill., and Tri-City Speedway to maintain his edge in the Pro Late Model standings; Jeremy Hines of Seymour, Ind., who overtook Troy Clark of North Vernon, Ind., for the top spot in the Sportsman standings; Mark Anderson of Canton, Ill. (Limited Modifieds); Nate Zimmer of Mattoon, Ill. (Stock Cars); Dennis Bringedahl of Twin Lake, Mich. (Factory Stocks); and Kenny Butterfield of Glassford, Ill. (Sport Compacts).




Weekly DIRTcar UMP points end following the weekend of Sept. 30-Oct. 2, but the Late Model and UMP Modified points races culminate with the running of the DIRTcar UMP Nationals on Oct. 8-9 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.




Log on to www.DirtCar.com for more information on DIRTcar Racing’s UMP circuit and to view complete points standings for all divisions, including the current State points rankings.




New for 2011, the weekly DIRTcar UMP points update is powered by www.MotorStats.com. DIRTcar’s affiliation with the Durham, N.C.-based Web site is providing fans and competitors a more timely and detailed look at the points standings. National and State points standings for all divisions are typically updated by Thursday each week, and new features allow visitors to click on each driver’s name to see a complete race-by-race review of their finishes to date.




DIRTcar Racing UMP National Points Standings (as of Sept. 11, 2011):




Late Models (rank/driver/races/points):




1. Ryan Unzicker 35 2458


2. Rusty Schlenk 35 2453


3. Jon Henry 35 2406


4. Shannon Babb 35 2313


5. Brandon Thirlby 35 2279


6. Brandon Sheppard 35 2277


7. Jason Feger 35 2245


8. Eric Spangler 35 2190


9. Randy Korte 35 2150


10. Bobby Pierce 35 2131


11. Mike Provenzano 35 2111


12. Mike Spatola III 35 2071


13. Eric Smith 34 2000


14. Mark Voigt 35 1966


15. Brian Ruhlman 35 1956


16. Scott Schmitt 35 1926


17. Dennis Erb Jr. 35 1924


18. Steve Lance Jr. 33 1896


19. Dillan White 35 1858


20. Mike Hammerle 35 1822




UMP Modifieds (rank/driver/races/points):




1. Mike Harrison 25 1922


2. Michael Long 25 1902


3. Todd Sherman 25 1862


4. Nick Allen 25 1849


5. Ray Bollinger 25 1839


6. Jacob Poel 25 1823


7. Jamie Lomax 25 1817


8. Danny Crane 25 1810


9. Clayton Miller 25 1809


10. Scott Weber 25 1807


11. Tim Hancock 25 1786


12. Doug Adkins 25 1776


13. Mark Anderson 25 1751


14. Jeff Leka 25 1746


15. Brian Lynn 25 1739


16. Dean Hoffman 25 1736


17. Ken Schrader 24 1731


18. Randle Sweeney 25 1727


19. John DeMoss 25 1724


20. Clint Demoss 25 1712




Pro Late Models (rank/driver/races/points):




1. Dustin Griffin 20 1505


2. Nick Bauman 20 1465


3. Mark Oller 20 1405


4. Credence Mott 20 1401


5. Jerry Lierly 20 1385


6. Clayton Miller 20 1383


7. Evan Fink 20 1305


8. Brad Denney 20 1300


9. Bobby Martintoni 20 1299


10. Randy Myers 20 1280




Sportsman (rank/driver/races/points):




1. Jeremy Hines 20 1481


2. Troy Clark 20 1450


3. Dan Flessner 20 1424


4. Joey Ladouceur 20 1380


5. Dave Crawley Jr. 20 1358


6. Jocelyn Roy 20 1317


7. Kenny Carmichael Sr. 20 1283


8. Nick Macklin 19 1270


9. Chris Hillman 20 1269


10. Stephane Lemire 20 1266




Limited Modifieds (rank/driver/races/points):




1. Mark Anderson 20 1391


2. Todd Bates 20 1358


3. Haley Westerfield 20 1159


4. Jeff Lawson 20 1131


5. John Wyble 20 1096


6. Christopher Geary 20 1065


7. Johnny Holden 20 1038


8. Clay Settles 20 1012


9. Josh Smith 18 967


10. Billy Hawes 19 916




Stock Cars (rank/driver/races/points):




1. Nate Zimmer 20 1491


2. Mike Hodges 20 1470


2. John Farris 20 1470


4. Chuck Barnes Jr. 20 1450


5. Dan Dykman 20 1406


6. Derek Poland 20 1398


7. Andrew Funk 20 1395


8. Joel Funk 20 1369


9. Joeseph Hamm 20 1363


10. Darrel Dick 20 1356




Factory Stocks (rank/driver/races/points):




1. Dennis Bringedahl 20 1396


2. Rob Sternberg 20 1361


3. Jake Hewitt 20 1360


4. Mark Farber 20 1286


5. Dan Wilson 20 1276


6. Jeff Buss 20 1194


7. Spike Grega 20 1181


8. Ben Welch 20 1128


9. Tom Hughes 18 1119


10. TJ Eilers 20 1110




Sport Compacts (rank/driver/races/points):




1. Kenny Butterfield 20 1506


2. Jeremy Callahan 20 1502


3. Rob Shaw 20 1494


4. Matt Maier 20 1486


5. Paul Namey 20 1449


6. Earl Pryor 20 1436


7. Trevor Isaak 20 1431


8. Jacob Rexing 20 1425


9. Bradley McGhee 20 1371


10. Vince Shehorn 20 1354


10. Blayne Ellis 20 1354



 


 

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Contact: Kevin Kovac
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Tri-City Speedway’s Kevin Gundaker: Not Just A World of Outlaws Late Model Series Event Promoter




Twenty-Two Years After Capturing A WoO LMS A-Main, Gundaker Hosts National Tour At His Tri-City Oval This Friday Night (Sept. 16)



PONTOON BEACH, IL – Sept. 14, 2011 – Tri-City Speedway promoter Kevin Gundaker will stand in Victory Lane this Friday night (Sept. 16) and present a $10,000 check to the winner of his track’s World of Outlaws Late Model Series ‘Kehrer Brothers Roofing 50.’




And Gundaker will completely understand the triumphant driver’s joy over capturing a World of Outlaws event. He has, after all, experienced it.




A standout dirt Late Model racer at tracks across the Midwest before shifting his focus to operating Tri-City Speedway in 2005, Gundaker is one of just two promoters of facilities on the 2011 WoO LMS schedule who has won an A-Main on the renowned tour.




Gundaker’s big WoO LMS moment came on Aug. 4, 1989, at Sante Fe Speedway, a short half-mile oval in Hinsdale, Ill. (outside Chicago) that closed following the 1995 season and was sold shortly thereafter to make way for a housing development. He won during the tour’s short-lived original incarnation organized by late WoO Sprint Car Series founder Ted Johnson, who ceased his full-fender circuit’s operation after two seasons (1988-89). The series sat silent until resuming action in 2004 under the World Racing Group banner.




“I remember that race,” said Gundaker, now 56 and hailing from St. Charles, Mo. “I have 392 career wins, but that World of Outlaws win stacks right up there near the top.”




Gundaker always lists his best race and worst race as the 1980 World 100 at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway, where he finished second to Charlie Swartz by about three feet. (“Let’s face it,” he said, “at the World they don’t remember who runs second. Swartz has that globe sitting there in his trophy room and I don’t.”) But his World of Outlaws success at Sante Fe holds a special place in his personal highlight reel.




“We led the whole thing, but Billy Moyer and I had a heck of a battle the whole way,” Gundaker said of his score in a World of Outlaws feature that ran over the 40-lap distance. “He got by me on the white-flag lap, but I was able to get right back by him and went on to win it. When it was all over and done with, I couldn’t have been happier.”




Driving his own Bullit Chassis No. 11 at the time, Gundaker led Moyer, John Provenzano, Gibby Stenhouse and Bob Pohlman Jr. across Sante Fe’s finish line. If his memory is correct, he believes he earned $4,000 for what would be the lone WoO LMS victory of his career.




Gundaker didn’t enter all 21 WoO LMS events contested in 1989, but he ran enough to finish fifth in the points standings behind Moyer, who won the championship for the second straight season, Steve Francis, Willy Kraft and Rick Aukland. He registered one other top-five finish that season, placing second behind Donnie Moran in a preliminary to the USA Nationals at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis.




While Gundaker tended to pick-and-choose his starts rather than points-race with series during the 18 years he made his living as a dirt Late Model driver, he thought the WoO LMS had potential to continue growing through the ‘90s if Johnson hadn’t decided to shut it down. “There’s no doubt it could’ve gotten bigger,” said Gundaker, who cited Johnson’s desire to focus on his WoO Sprint Car Series following a challenge from a rival touring series as a major factor in the full-fender tour’s early termination.




A 2011 inductee of the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame, Gundaker hasn’t raced regularly since 2005 but asserts that he’s not “officially retired.”




“I still want to race. I still have the desire,” said Gundaker, who whet his appetite for speed by hot-lapping Randy Korte’s dirt Late Model after a mid-July program at Tri-City. “But now with us running a racetrack (he shares operational duties at Tri-City with his wife Tammy), you’re very limited in the time you have to focus toward a race car and a racing program.




“I really miss driving, but I just don’t have the time to do it anymore. We’re really busy with the racetrack.”




Gundaker does plan to climb back behind the wheel for competition in the near future. He has two sons in racing – Dane, 28, runs a UMP Modified, and Gordy, 19, is a UMP Pro (crate) Late Model racer who will make his full-blown Late Model debut during the Sept. 22-24 ‘Modified Mania’ program at Tri-City – and they want a piece of dear old dad.




“My boys are wanting me to compete against them and I promised them I would,” said Gundaker. “They’ve been talking that smack on me, how they’re gonna whip me and all that. But it’s kind of like I told them – I taught them everything they know, but I didn’t teach them everything I know.”




Gundaker is one of 53 drivers with at least one A-Main victory over the history of the WoO LMS, including the 1988-89 seasons and the modern era (2004-present). The only other promoter of a track on this year’s series able to claim a WoO LMS win is Johnny Stokes of Columbus (Miss.) Speedway, who was victorious on July 8, 1988, at Enid (Okla.) Speedway.




At least 16 former WoO LMS victors are expected to compete Friday night (Sept. 16) in the tour’s first-ever event on Tri-City’s three-eighths-mile layout, which was shortened by Gundaker from its original half-mile distance prior to the 2008 season.




Batesville, Ark.’s Moyer, who owns a record 37 alltime WoO LMS triumphs, and modern-era win leader Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va. (35 victories) top the list of World of Outlaws winners eyeing Tri-City’s checkered flag. Others planning to join them are Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky. (26 wins), points leader Rick Eckert of York, Pa. (23), Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y. (17), Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa. (16), Shane Clanton of Fayetteville, Ga. (15), Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y. (12), Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga. (12), Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, Ill. (10), Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, Iowa (seven), Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, Wis. (four), Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill. (two), Austin Hubbard (two), Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill. (one) and Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill. (one).




Pit gates are scheduled to open at 1 p.m. CT and the grandstand gates will be unlocked at 3 p.m. on Friday. Hot laps are set to begin at 6:30 p.m. with competition getting the green flag at 7 p.m.




With racing for the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds, Pro Late Models and Street Stocks also on Friday night’s agenda, general admission is $30. Children 12-and-under will be admitted free of charge.




Pit passes are $35, but a special deal grants support-class drivers and three of their crew members entry to the pits for $25 each provided they all sign in at the same time.




For more information on the Kehrer Brothers Roofing 50, visit www.tricityspeedway.net or call 636-448-9111.




Tri-City Speedway is located just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, Mo., in Pontoon Beach, IL. Take Exit 4 off I-270 and go a half-mile south on SR 203.




Friday’s program kicks off a big weekend doubleheader in the St. Louis area for the WoO LMS. The tour heads to I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo., for the Pepsi Nationals on Saturday evening (Sept. 17).




For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com.




The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award), McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award), Chizmark Larson Insurance, Factory Value Parts and RacingJunk.com; in addition to contingency sponsors Comp Cams, Eibach Springs, JE Pistons, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, Pro Power Engines, Quartermaster, Rocket Chassis, R2C Performance, Superflow Dynos, Wix Filters and Wrisco Aluminum.


 


 

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SUPER DIRT WEEK XL DIGEST: Time Running Out to Gain Behind-the-Scenes Access to World of Outlaws Events at Rolling Wheels

WEEDSPORT, N.Y. - Sept. 13, 2011 - Fans looking for a behind-the-scenes experience with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series or the World of Outlaws Late Model Series have until Wednesday to reserve their chance to see the drivers and crews throughout the races at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park during Super DIRT Week.

Fans who purchase tickets by Wednesday to the World of Outlaws Late Model Series race on Thursday, Oct. 6, or the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series event on Saturday, Oct. 8, will receive a free fan pit pass, allowing unprecedented access to World of Outlaws events at Rolling Wheels.

To act quickly, click DIRTcar.com/tickets, or call DIRTcar Racing's Northeast office at 315-834-6606. For news and information about Super DIRT Week XL, click SuperDIRTWeekOnline.com.

News & Notes

Dig Safely New York Increases Support: Long-time DIRTcar Racing and Super DIRTcar Series partner Dig Safely New York is expanding its sponsorship of Super DIRT Week XL events. Dig Safely, which is a major supporter of the last chance events, is adding bonus money to the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified and DIRTcar Pro Stock Last Chance races.

Also, in support of Dig Safely New York's 811 campaign, which encourages residents to call 811 before digging in their yards, the eighth-place finisher and 11th-place finisher in the DIRTcar Pro stock race will be awarded bonus money.

For more information on Dig Safely New York, click http://www.DigSafelyNewYork.com.

Wheels and Wings: The Syracuse Quaker Steak & Lube, with its Best Wings in America, returns to the 40th Super DIRT Week as a big supporter of the event, providing meals for everybody from the media to the SPEED broadcast team. Always one of the most popular post-event places to dine, Quaker Steak & Lube is just minutes from the New York State Fairgrounds at 3535 Walters Rd in Syracuse. Click Quaker Steak & Lube for directions, contact information and even their menu.

And Then There Were Three: As of Monday afternoon, only three reserved camping spots were left for Super DIRT Week XL at the New York State Fairgrounds. Spots can be purchased online by going to SuperDIRTWeekOnline.com and clicking the Buy Tickets button. Better hurry!

Lap Sponsorship: Parties interested in sponsoring a lap during Super DIRT Week XL can go to SuperDIRTWeekOnline.com and click the "Lap Sponsor App" button in the right column to print out the form for details on how to sponsor a lap.

Enter to Win: Looking to win tickets to the World of Outlaws Late Model Series and World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series events at Rolling Wheels Raceway, or Super DIRT Week XL at the New York State Fairgrounds? Fans can enter a contest at DirtTrackDigest.com for a chance to win tickets to any of those events. Go to DirtTrackDigest.com and click the button at the top.

Free Super DIRT Week 40th Anniversary Lapel Pin Available: A limited supply of commemorative 40th Anniversary Lapel Pins are available to race fans during SDW events. In order to qualify for the gift, fans must purchase tickets to the World of Outlaws Late Model Series and World of Outlaws Sprint Car events at Rolling Wheels Raceway, purchase a multi-day ticket to Super DIRT Week at the New York State Fairgrounds, or purchase a ticket for the SEF Small Engine Fuel 200 on Sunday, Oct. 9. Supplies are limited, get your tickets now!

Pre-Ordered Super DIRT Week Pit Passes Available: Pit passes, which are good for all events at the New York State Fairgrounds during Super DIRT Week XL, are now available for purchase online by clicking DIRTcar.com/tickets . For DIRTcar members the 5-day pit pass is $100, and for non-members the price is $130. DIRTcar members must call DIRTcar Northeast Headquarters at 315-834-6606 to confirm your license. Along with the pit-pass, race tickets for Super DIRT Week are also available on DIRTcar.com/tickets.

Media conference calls: Matt Sheppard will participate in a media conference call on Tuesday, Sept. 13, to preview Super DIRT Week XL. Click to follow @SuperDIRTcar on Twitter for updates during the media conference call.

Super DIRT Week Media Credentials: Media members who desire access to Super DIRT Week XL must apply for credentials no later than Friday, Sept. 21. Credential requests should be made by the supervising editor on company letterhead, indicate the medium represented, the area of access required and provide contact information (address, phone and e-mail). If approved, media members will receive a voucher that will need to be turned in and verified with photo ID at the Gate 6 ticket office to receive access. Credential requests for events at the New York State Fairgrounds and Rolling Wheels Raceway Park can be submitted to DIRTcar Racing c/o Amanda Hirko at 1 Speedway Drive, Weedsport, NY 13166, or a PDF on letterhead can be e-mailed to ahirko@dirtcar.com.

For more information about Super DIRT Week, including ticket orders and vendor space availability; please contact DIRTcar Racing Northeast Region Headquarters during the week at 315-834-6606. More news can be found at www.superdirtcarseries.com and www.superdirtweekonline.com while tickets can be ordered online at www.dirtcar.com/tickets .

DIRTcar Racing in the Northeast Region is brought to fans by several sponsors and partners; including Hoosier Racing Tire; VP Racing Fuels; GM Performance Parts and Safety-Kleen. Promotional partners include the University of Northwestern Ohio and Chizmark & Larson Insurance. Contingency sponsors are ASI; Bert Transmissions; Bicknell Racing Products; Bilstein Shocks; Brodix; ButlerBuilt; Comp Cams; Intercomp; JE Pistons; KSE Racing Products; Motorsports Safety Systems; MSD Ignition; Penske Shocks; Racing Electronics; R2C; Super Flow; Vicci Racing Apparel; WIX Filters; Wrisco Industries; Xtreme Lubricants and Extreme Mufflers.

 


 

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Points Leader Rick Eckert Begins World of Outlaws Late Model Series Stretch Drive This Weekend At Tri-City Speedway (Sept. 16) & I-55 Raceway (Sept. 17)




St. Louis-Area Tracks Provide Attractive Action-Packed Doubleheader For Fans & Teams



CONCORD, NC – Sept. 12, 2011 – Rick Eckert has tried all season to avoid thoughts of the $100,000 World of Outlaws Late Model Series championship prize, but he can no longer simply disregard the obvious.




When the national tour invades the Midwest this weekend for a huge doubleheader at Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, Ill., on Friday night (Sept. 16) and I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo., on Saturday evening (Sept. 17), Eckert’s focus will be set squarely on doing what it takes to top a points battle that he has led since early May.




“At this point you have to think about it,” Eckert said when asked if visions of a career-first WoO LMS title have begun dancing in his head. “When you’re down to the last seven races, the championship has to be on your mind.”




Eckert, 45, of York, Pa., carries a precarious 28-point lead over two-time defending WoO LMS champion Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., into this weekend’s action, which features the Kehrer Brothers 50 at Tri-City and the 29th annual Pepsi Nationals at I-55. Both races will pay $10,000 to win.




The WoO LMS stretch drive promises to be a tense affair for Eckert. He maintained a healthy edge of 42 to 60 points over Richards for a nine-race summer stretch, but the gap became a little too close for the veteran’s comfort after he recorded a season-worst finish (16th) in the tour’s last full points show, on Aug. 20 at Merritt Raceway in Lake City, Mich.




“We haven’t run good the last couple races, so we’re gonna have to pick the pace up,” said Eckert, whose remarkably steady 2011 performance record shows two wins, 14 top-five and 22 top-10 finishes in 27 WoO LMS events. “Josh isn’t making it easy for us. He’s gonna either win or run up front, so we know where we gotta finish – up front.




“It isn’t like we’re racing a guy for the championship who isn’t running good. He’s running real good right now. The only thing we can do is keep our heads up and keep getting after ‘em.”




This weekend’s St. Louis-area twinbill should provide Eckert an opportunity to jump-start his run toward the points crown. He likes both tracks and has run well at both in the past, buoying his confidence for the trip to the Midwest with his Team Zero by Bloomquist cars.




Friday’s program at Tri-City will mark the track’s first WoO LMS event since promoter Kevin Gundaker shortened it from a sprawling half-mile to a three-eighths-mile oval prior to the 2008 season. Eckert, who placed seventh in a WoO LMS A-Main run on Tri-City’s old half-mile on Aug. 1, 2004, got a taste of the more compact layout last year when he finished fourth in a mid-September DIRTcar UMP-sanctioned show.




“I think the racing there is way better since Gundaker made it smaller,” said Eckert. “Gundaker doesn’t do anything half – he did everything first-class when he redid it. It’s a real neat little place, a real fun place to race. It can be wide open, and then you flip a switch and it can change to icy-slippery. It can throw some curves at you.”




Eckert has made four WoO LMS appearances since 2005 at I-55, a high-banked, 11/32nd-mile oval that is co-promoted by NASCAR veteran Ken Schrader and Ray Marlar. His finishes have gotten progressively worse – he was fourth in the ’05 event and then fell to sixth in ’07, seventh in ’08 and 12th in ’10 – so he’ll be looking to reverse that trend on Saturday night.




The 23-year-old Richards, meanwhile, will make his first start on Tri-City’s three-eighths-mile and his fifth career visit to I-55. His best WoO LMS runs at I-55 have come in his most recent appearances; after finishes of 14th in ’05 and 13th in ’07, he was a contending third in ’08 and sixth last year.




Richards also heads into the weekend with more World of Outlaws momentum than Eckert. Since experiencing a season-low 21st-place finish on July 15 at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D., he’s won four of his seven 2011 A-Mains and has finished outside the top-five just once (an 11 th-place finish) in 10 races.




But while Eckert has struggled in his last two WoO LMS starts – he followed up his subpar outing at Merritt by failing to qualify for the 45-lap ‘Sweet Sixteen’ finale of the unique ‘Black Diamond 125’ event on Sept. 3 at Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, W.Va. (an event that offered only show-up points) – he’s certainly not in a slump. In the 17 races since he scored his second win of the season on May 12 at Delaware International Speedway, he has six runner-up finishes and has placed worse than eighth just twice.




Eckert is enjoying his best WoO LMS campaign since 2006 when he recorded a tour-leading eight wins and was in the thick of the title chase until August. He faltered down the stretch that season (finishing seventh in the points standings) and did not seriously challenge for a championship over the next four years, fueling his desire to capitalize on the opportunity currently staring him in the face.




“Winning the championship would be a great thing to experience and it would be great for our program,” said Eckert, who is in his second season of fielding his own equipment following a 15-year run driving for the late Raye Vest. “I know after the last championships we won (back-to-back UDTRA national titles in 2001-02) we were able to get some extra product help for the next year or two, and since we’re on our own now that would be a huge boost for us. The extra income would be really nice too now that I own everything.




“We’re gonna take it one race at a time and race as hard as we can,” he continued. “It’s not a secret that each race (the points pursuit) does get a little more stressful, but we’ve been there before (with the UDTRA title battles) and there’s really nothing we can change. We just gotta go to every race left and run the best we can.




“It’s not like we’re going anywhere and saying, ‘If we finish top 10, we’re good.’ We know how good Josh is running, so we have to go to every race knowing we most likely have to be in contention to win.”




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This weekend’s Tri-City/I-55 swing is expected to rank as arguably the most talent-laden doubleheader on the 2011 WoO LMS schedule.




Eckert and Richards will pace a star-studded roster of WoO LMS regulars that features former champions Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky. (winner of the ’04 WoO event on the Tri-City half-mile) and Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y. (victor in a DIRTcar UMP special last September at Tri-City). Other Outlaw travelers include Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., Shane Clanton of Fayetteville, Ga. (’08 winner at I-55), Austin Hubbard of Seaford, Del., Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga. (’07 winner at I-55), Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y., Vic Coffey of Caledonia, N.Y., and Rookie of the Year contenders Pat Doar of New Richmond, Wis., Ron Davies of Warren, Pa., and John Lobb of Frewsburg, N.Y.




The list of drivers planning to enter both events includes former WoO LMS champ Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., and his budding son Billy Moyer Jr.; DIRTcar Summer Nationals champ Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, Ill. (last year’s WoO LMS victor at I-55); Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, Wis.; Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, Iowa; Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill.; Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill.; Wendell Wallace of Batesville, Ark.; Randy Korte of Highland, Ill.; and Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill.




World of Outlaws Late Model Series Midwest Swing Event Information:




Fri., Sept. 16, at Tri-City Speedway: Pit gates are scheduled to open at 1 p.m. CT and the grandstand gates will be unlocked at 3 p.m. Hot laps are set to begin at 6:30 p.m. with competition getting the green flag at 7 p.m.




With racing for the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds, Pro Late Models and Street Stocks is also on Friday night’s agenda, general admission is $30. Children 12-and-under will be admitted free of charge.




For more information on the Kehrer Brothers Roofing 50, visit www.tricityspeedway.net  or call 636-448-9111.




Tri-City Speedway is located just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, Mo., in Pontoon Beach, IL. Take Exit 4 off I-270 and go a half-mile south on SR 203.




Sat., Sept. 17, at I-55 Raceway: All gates will open at 4 p.m. for the Pepsi Nationals, which also boasts competition for the UMP Modifieds, Sportsman and Pro-4 Stocks. Hot laps are scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m., followed by WoO LMS time trials at 6:30 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m.




Reserved-seat tickets are $32 and general admission will be $30, with kids 12-and-under admitted free in general admission sections. Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.worldofoutlaws.com/tickets


Pit passes are $35, but a special deal grants support-class drivers and three of their crew members entry to the pits for $25 each provided they all sign in at the same time.




More details on the Pepsi Nationals can be obtained by logging on to www.i55raceway.com  or calling 636-479-3219.




I-55 Raceway is located 30 minutes south of downtown St. Louis, off Pevely exits 180 and 178 of Interstate 55.




For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com.
 



The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award), McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award), Chizmark Larson Insurance, Factory Value Parts and RacingJunk.com; in addition to contingency sponsors Comp Cams, Eibach Springs, JE Pistons, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, Pro Power Engines, Quartermaster, Rocket Chassis, R2C Performance, Superflow Dynos, Wix Filters and Wrisco Aluminum.


 



 

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California World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Stars Get One More Shot at Golden State Glory, Listen Live Tonight at DIRTVision.com




World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series – Monday, Sept. 12 @ Antioch Speedway


World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series – Friday, Sept. 16 @ Clay County Fair Speedway


World of Outlaws Late Model Series – Friday, Sept. 16 @ Tri-City Speedway


World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series – Saturday, Sept. 17 @ Deer Creek Speedway


World of Outlaws Late Model Series – Saturday, Sept. 17 @ I-55 Raceway


Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds – Saturday, Sept. 17 @ Mohawk International Raceway






CONCORD, N.C. – Sept. 12, 2011 – The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series is back in action tonight as it make its first trip to Antioch Speedway, a 3/8-mile high-banked oval in Antioch, Calif. Tonight’s race kicks off another action-packed week for the Outlaws after Paul McMahan’s and Kyle Larson’s big wins over the weekend at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico. McMahan seems to be the man to beat tonight, and as a previous track record holder at the speedway, he claims Antioch Speedway is one of his favorite tracks. With four wins already on the season, he could be the one to find his way to victory lane in tonight’s showdown. However, current champion and point leader Jason Meyers has also run on the high banks in the past. The points could tighten up even more as the series battles at Antioch tonight and prepares for weekend events on Friday at Clay County Fair Speedway in Spencer, Iowa, and Saturday at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn. Fans can follow all three nights for FREE by clicking DIRTVision.com as Johnny Gibson calls the action from hot laps to victory lane. Racing is scheduled to begin tonight at 7 p.m. Pacific, Friday night at 6:30 p.m. Central and Saturday night at 7 p.m. Central.


The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is also in action this weekend as the series heads Friday to Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, Ill., and Saturday to the Pepsi Nationals at I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo. After coming off a wild weekend at the World 100, Darrell Lanigan is riding a fourth-place finish into a full weekend schedule. Lanigan sits third in the point standings, 120 points behind leader Rick Eckert. Josh Richards, only 20 points behind Eckert, is still on fire with seven wins this season and an average finish of 2.4 in his past five series events as he battles for his third consecutive title. If you can’t be there in person, follow both nights LIVE at DIRTVision.com. Racing is scheduled to begin Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m. Central.


The Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds are also back at it this weekend as they head to Mohawk International Raceway in Akwesasne, N.Y., the final tune-up before Super DIRT Week XL in Syracuse, N.Y. It was Super Matt Sheppard who found his way to victory lane Saturday night at Autodrome Drummond, winning his third feature of the season as he takes aim at his second consecutive championship. Billy Decker is second with Brett Hearn in third. All of the action Saturday night can be heard exclusively at DIRTVision.com, where Shane Andrews will be there to deliver live audio from Mohawk International Raceway. Racing is set to begin at 7:45 p.m. Eastern.


Looking ahead, the next DIRTVision video Cybercast will be the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Commonwealth Clash on Sept. 24. For the full Cybercast schedule, click the 2011 Cybercast Schedule at DIRTVision.com.


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Owens Comes Out On Top Of Thrilling Late-Race Battle To Earn Second Career World 100 Triumph At Eldora Speedway



ROSSBURG, OH – Sept. 10, 2011 – Jimmy Owens was in a league of his own for most of Saturday night’s 41st annual World 100 at Eldora Speedway.



The final 10 laps, however, were a dogfight for the 39-year-old from Newport, Tenn., who had to turn back challenges from Darrell Lanigan, Don O’Neal and Eddie Carrier Jr. to secure his second career victory in the prestigious DIRTcar UMP-sanctioned event.




With his once flawless Team Zero by Bloomquist car slowed by damage it sustained in a late-race bout with the half-mile oval’s cushion, Owens used every bit of his ample ability to remain in front during a frenetic run to the finish that had the massive crowd roaring. He earned a $44,000 first-place check after beating Salt Rock, W.Va.’s Carrier to the checkered flag by 0.635 of a second.




Martinsville, Ind.’s O’Neal, who won Eldora’s $100,000 Dream in June, finished third. Union, Ky.’s Lanigan settled for fourth after nearly overtaking Owens on at least two occasions, and John Blankenship of Williamson, W.Va., registered a career-best World 100 finish of fifth.




“To win (the World 100) once was an achievement,” said Owens, whose previous triumph came in 2007. “To do it again is unbelievable. You know, if we never win another race in our life, we’re proud of where we’re at right now.”




A four-time DIRTcar UMP Modified national champion who has been racing dirt Late Models fulltime for less than decade, Owens appeared headed to a runaway victory after he advanced from the fourth starting spot to pass polesitter Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., for the lead on lap 13. He effortlessly glided away from the field following six restarts between laps 39 and 67, building straightaway advantages in short order.




But something changed after the race’s seventh and final caution flag, on lap 82 for a turn-four incident that eliminated the third- and fourth-place drivers, Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga., and a charging Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va. With the 10-to-go mark approaching, Lanigan, who had passed McDowell for second on lap 76, began edging noticeably closer to Owens’s Mike Reese-owned car.




“I guess when I jumped the cushion (in turn one) it knocked the bracing loose from my (right-side) door and that really slowed us down quite a bit,” said Owens, the current points leader of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. “When I would get within about six cars (lengths) of a lapped car, I would start losing it. All the air getting under the car (the door was bent) was just making the car ‘skatey.’ We couldn’t stick no more, where early in the race it didn’t faze us none.”




By lap 92, Lanigan was close enough to stick the nose of his Rocket car underneath Owens. The World of Outlaws Late Model Series regular was primed to sail by Owens to assume command in one quick burst.




“But when I caught him,” said Lanigan, “he actually caught them lapped cars at the same time and that kept me from doing a slide job. And that let O’Neal catch up too.”




O’Neal, who started eighth but ran inside the top five for the entire distance, slid under Lanigan rounding turns three and four on lap 93. The two drivers spent the ensuing laps swapping second place – and trading paint – to the benefit of Owens.




The deciding moment came on lap 98 when Lanigan dived to the inside of O’Neal through turns one and two and appeared to have plenty of momentum built up to pass Owens. But Lanigan ran up on Owens too fast in turn two and had to check up, causing a scramble with O’Neal that allowed Carrier to scoot into second on the inside and Owens to open enough room to carry him to the finish line.




“I knew we were hurting and a sitting duck,” said Owens. “But we were able to hold on and hold ‘em off.”




Carrier, 40, made a last-ditch bid to steal the lead from Owens rounding turns three and four on the final lap, but the Mountain State standout fell short. He still recorded by far his best finish in three career World 100 and pocketed $15,000.




“It got pretty wild there at the end,” said Carrier, who started 12th in Carl Grover’s Rocket car. “I seen Donnie and Lanigan start battling (for second), and then they kind of got together and lost some time over (in turn two), and I said, ‘Here’s my shot to get second.’




“Then Jimmy was kind of stuck behind the lapped cars and I caught him a little bit. I didn’t know if I had anything for him, but going in that last corner I just took a last dive at it to see if I could clear him. But I didn’t have him cleared and I wasn’t gonna drive through him. It’s the World 100, but it’s just not my deal to race like that. I wasn’t gonna run over a guy to get here.”




Owens realized that Carrier got precariously close on the last circuit.




“I seen Eddie below me,” said Owens. “My hat’s off to him for a good run.”




The victory was Owens’s third overall in Eldora’s pair of annual dirt Late Model majors, joining his 2009 success in the $100,000 Dream. This one tops his list of checkered flags at the high-banked track, however.




“Tonight was a whole lot more sentimental than the first (World 100 win),” said Owens, who ended a string of 10 consecutive first-time World 100 winners. “The first time we won we were still more of a Modified racer and when we won the Dream it just didn’t hit home to what we had done.




“Now that we’ve been in Late Models for awhile and been competitive, you realize the prestige of these races a whole lot more. This second one is a whole lot better than the first one. When you see what it means to all the other drivers and the fans, then you realize, ‘Hey, this is a pretty big deal. It’s pretty cool.’”




O’Neal, 47, was 0.917 of a second behind Owens at the finish line. While still winless in 11 career World 100 starts, the third-place finish was his fourth top-five.




Lanigan, 40, also remained winless in 18 career World 100 starts. The fourth-place finish was shy of his career-best runner-up outing in 1999 and a third in 2007.




The 30-year-old Blankenship, who started 14th in a Rocket machine, broke into the top five on lap 84 when 21st-starter Jared Landers of Batesville, Ark., relinquished the spot after slapping the turn-two wall. Blankenship’s previous World 100 finishes were 21st in 2009 and 11th in 2010.




Madden, who led laps 1-12, faded to sixth at the finish. Filling out the remainder of the top 10 spots was three-time World 100 winner Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., who started 13th and never climbed into serious contention; Jeep VanWormer of Pinconning, Mich., who got as high as sixth from the 10th starting spot; NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular Austin Dillon of Welcome, N.C., who pitted on lap 62 after flattening a right-rear tire against the turn-one wall; and Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn.




Dillon brought out the race’s fifth caution flag when he got into the outside guardrail. Other drivers who triggered cautions included Steve Shaver of Vienna, W.Va., who slowed with right-front damage on lap 33; R.J. Conley of Wheelersburg, Ohio (stopped on lap 39); Jon Henry of Ada, Ohio, who slapped the turn-one wall on lap 48; Scott James of Lawrenceburg, Ind., who slowed on lap 58 while running sixth.




The only multi-car tangle occurred on lap 82 when McDowell and Richards went spinning in turn four. McDowell, who started second and never ran lower than third in NASCAR star Clint Bowyer’s car, was slowed late in the distance by a nosepiece he bent after hitting the cushion but hung on to third until the plastic folded back and locked up his right-front wheel on lap 82. He thus slowed abruptly against the turn-four cushion – unfortunately at the same time Richards was sliding ahead of O’Neal for third place. With a head of steam Richards, who started 19th, was unable to avoid McDowell’s stricken car, sending them both spinning out of the race.




Among the early casualties was Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., who retired from fifth place on lap 39 shortly after breaking a right-front shock, and defending World 100 champion Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., who started fifth but never climbed higher before dropping out on lap 56.




Bloomquist was fastest in Friday’s qualifying session with a lap of 15.009 seconds. It was his fourth career World 100 fast-time honor and first since 2004.




Heat winners on Saturday night were McCreadie, Moyer, Owens, Lanigan, McDowell and Madden. The B-Mains were captured by Landers and Bub McCool of Vicksburg, Miss.




A total of 112 cars were signed in for the event. Drivers represented 17 states, Canada and Australia.




For more information on DIRTcar Racing, visit www.dirtcar.com.




World 100 A-Main Results (Finish/Start/Driver/Lap Completed/Earnings):




1. (4) Jimmy Owens/100 $44,000


2. (12) Eddie Carrier Jr./100 $15,000


3. (8) Don O’Neal/100 $10,000


4. (3) Darrell Lanigan/100 $7,500


5. (14) John Blankenship/100 $6,000


6. (1) Chris Madden/100 $5,000


7. (13) Scott Bloomquist/100 $4,000


8. (10) Jeep VanWormer/100 $3,500


9. (7) Austin Dillon/100 $3,000


10. (20) Mike Marlar/100 $2,500


11. (30) Jimmy Mars/100 $2,250


12. (16) Mike Spatola III/100 $2,000


13. (24) R.J. Conley/99 $1,900


14. (28) Dennis Erb Jr./98 $1,800


15. (26) Dustin Neat/98 $1,750


16. (29) Brandon Sheppard/98 $1,725


17. (21) Jared Landers/89 $1,700


18. (2) Dale McDowell/81 $1,675


19. (19) Josh Richards/81 $1,650


20. (9) Scott James/75 $1,645


21. (5) Billy Moyer/56 $1,640


22. (18) Jon Henry/48 $1,635


23. (25) Chris Ferguson/39 $1,630


24. (6) Tim McCreadie/37 $1,625


25. (23) Gregg Satterlee/35 $1,620


26. (15) Earl Pearson Jr./32 $1,615


27. (17) Steve Shaver/32 $1,610


28. (11) Shannon Babb/24 $1,605


29. (22) Bub McCool/22 $1,600


30. (27) Kent Robinson/21 $1,600




Lap Leaders: Madden (1-12); Owens (13-100)


Caution Flags: 7 (Laps 33, 39, 48, 58, 62, 67, 82)


Fast-Time Provisional Starters: Richards, Marlar




Heat 1 Finish (15 laps – Top 3 Transfer to A-Main/4-11 to B-Main): 1. 39-Tim McCreadie [2]; 2. 3-Austin Dillon [1]; 3. 0-Scott Bloomquist [3]; 4. 25-Jason Feger [4]; 5. 22-Chris Ferguson [6]; 6. 7r-Kent Robinson [8]; 7. 12-Doug Drown [7]; 8. 32-Chris Simpson [5]; 9. 95j-Jerry Bowersock [11]; 10. 25-Steve Lance Jr. [9]; 11. 49-Victor Lee [15]; 12. 101-Casey Roberts [14]; 13. 44-Jeff Watson [16]; 14. 11-Mike Hill [12]; 15. 69-John Mayes Jr. [18]; 16. 14-Terry Wolfenbarger [17]; 17. 9-Larry Greer [13]; 18. 20h-Jacob Hawkins [10] (DNS) 48-Tim Lance [19]




Heat 2 Finish (15 laps – Top 3 Transfer to A-Main/4-11 to B-Main): 1. 21-Billy Moyer [1]; 2. 71-Don O'Neal [3]; 3. 23-John Blankenship [4]; 4. 5b-Mike Marler [2]; 5. 22-Gregg Satterlee [7]; 6. 11-Jeff Babcock [13]; 7. 49-Brian Ruhlman [12]; 8. b5-Brandon Sheppard [9]; 9. 14-Tyrel Todd [14]; 10. 6m-Dona Marcoullier [15]; 11. 99g-Jacob Grizzle [11]; 12. 15-Steve Francis [6]; 13. 1-Duane Chamberlain [10]; 14. 8-Keith Gentz [17]; 15. 9r-Curtis Roberts [8]; 16. 8r-Carl Ries [16]; 17. rh21-Greg Haskell [18]; (DQ – light) Steve Casebolt, (DNS) Justin Chance




Heat 3 Finish (15 laps – Top 3 Transfer to A-Main/4-11 to B-Main): 1. 20-Jimmy Owens [3]; 2. 81-Scott James [5]; 3. 44-Earl Pearson Jr. [4]; 4. 777-Jared Landers [1]; 5. 98-Jason Rauen [6]; 6. 44-Clint Smith [8]; 7. 4b-Jackie Boggs [10]; 8. 18r-Chris Ross [12]; 9. 38-Chase Washington [9]; 10. 91-Terry Babb [15]; 11. 16-Justin Rattliff [14]; 12. 21h-David Hilliker [16]; 13. 11-DJ Wells [7]; 14. 99b-Boom Briggs [11]; 15. 5-Klint Byars [2]; 16. 302-Robert Stutts [18]; 17. 34-Ky Harper [17]; 18. 17-Shannon Thornsberry [13] (DNS) Dan Schlieper




Heat 4 Finish (15 laps – Top 3 Transfer to A-Main/4-11 to B-Main): 1. 29-Darrell Lanigan [4]; 2. 55-Jeep Van Wormer [2]; 3. 89-Mike Spatola III [1]; 4. 71c-Rj Conley [12]; 5. 28-Dennis Erb Jr. [5]; 6. 1-Josh Richards [3]; 7. 28-Jimmy Mars [11]; 8. 1*-Chub Frank [8]; 9. b12-Kevin Weaver [15]; 10. 13-JR Hotovy [13]; 11. 75-Dusty Moore [16]; 12. 72-John Mason [10]; 13. 8-Anthony Adams [17]; 14. 16-Bill Lewis [18]; 15. 41-Brad Neat [7]; 16. 21-Jason Montgomery [9]; 17. 81-Brandon Fouts [14]; 18. 1-Vic Hill [6] (DNS) David Breazeale




Heat 5 Finish (15 laps – Top 3 Transfer to A-Main/4-11 to B-Main): 1. 17m-Dale McDowell [1]; 2. 18-Shannon Babb [3]; 3. 6-Steve Shaver [2]; 4. 57j-Bub Mccool [5]; 5. 19-Austin Hubbard [4]; 6. 6-Brian Shirley [6]; 7. 41-Ty Dillon [11]; 8. 25h-Bart Hartman [7]; 9. 23v-Ryan VanderVeen [12]; 10. 15b-Brian Birkhofer [10]; 11. 10-Leon Henderson [15]; 12. 25-Jared Breeding [16]; 13. 25-Shane Clanton [9]; 14. 0-Geoff Phillips [17]; 15. 33-Don Gordon [18]; 16. 26-Tony Knowles [8]; 17. 11b-Stacy Boles [13] (DNS) Jerry Rice




Heat 6 Finish (15 laps - Top 3 Transfer to A-Main/4-11 to B-Main): 1. 44-Chris Madden [3]; 2. 28-Eddie Carrier Jr. [10]; 3. 15-Jon Henry [7]; 4. 25-Dustin Neat [1];5. 24-Rick Eckert [4]; 6. 99jr-Frank Heckenast Jr. [6]; 7. 88-Andrew Reaume [9]; 8. 20-Matt Westfall [16]; 9. 1-Jack Sullivan [11]; 10. 3-Steve Smith [8]; 11. 93-Jay Johnson [13]; 12. 21jr-Billy Moyer Jr. [14]; 13. 22-Jill George [17]; 14. 99-Donnie Moran [2]; 15. 5-Stephen Breeding [15]; 16. 11x-Tom Ramey [18]; 17. 18-Eric Wells [5]; 18. 46-Tim Rivers [12]




B-Main No. 1 Finish (20 laps – Top 5 Transfer): 1. 777-Jared Landers [3]; 2. 22-Gregg Satterlee [2]; 3. 22-Chris Ferguson [4]; 4. 7r-Kent Robinson [7]; 5. b5-Brandon Sheppard [11]; 6. 11-Jeff Babcock [5]; 7. 14-Tyrel Todd [14]; 8. 49-Brian Ruhlman [8]; 9. 18r-Chris Ross [15]; 10. 25-Steve Lance Jr. [19]; 11. 38-Chase Washington [18]; 12. 95j-Jerry Bowersock [16]; 13. 4b-Jackie Boggs [12]; 14. 99g-Jacob Grizzle [20]; 15. 6m-Dona Marcoullier [17]; 16. 98-Jason Rauen [6]; 17. 49-Victor Lee [22]; 18. 12-Doug Drown [10]; 19. 32-Chris Simpson [13]; 20. 15-Steve Francis [23]; 21. 91-Terry Babb [21]; (DQ – light) 44-Clint Smith [9] (DNS) 23. 25-Jason Feger [23]; 16-Justin Rattliff [24]




B-Main No. 2 Finish (20 laps – Top 5 Transfer): 1. 57j-Bub Mccool [2]; 2. 71c-Rj Conley [1]; 3. 25-Dustin Neat [3]; 4. 28-Dennis Erb Jr. [4]; 5. 28-Jimmy Mars [7]; 6. 24-Rick Eckert [6]; 7. 6-Brian Shirley [8]; 8. 41-Ty Dillon [11]; 9. 1*-Chub Frank [10]; 10. 99jr-Frank Heckenast Jr. [9]; 11. 15b-Brian Birkhofer [20]; 12. 25h-Bart Hartman [14]; 13. 1-Jack Sullivan [18]; 14. 88-Andrew Reaume [12]; 15. 72-John Mason [22]; 16. b12-Kevin Weaver [13]; 17. 20-Matt Westfall [15]; 18. 75-Dusty Moore [19]; 19. 93-Jay Johnson [24]; 20. 23v-Ryan VanderVeen [17]; 21. 19-Austin Hubbard [5]; 22. 13-JR Hotovy [16]; 23. 3-Steve Smith



 


 

 

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DIRTcar UMP Weekly Points Update: Schlenk Extends Late Model National Points Lead As Henry Moves Up To Second



CONCORD, NC – Sept. 9, 2011 – Rusty Schlenk of Jackson, Mich., extended his lead in the DIRTcar UMP Late Model national points standings after Week 32 of the circuit’s season, but he now has a new face sitting as his closest pursuer.



One week after overtaking longtime points leader Ryan Unzicker of El Paso, Ill., for the top spot in the national standings, Schlenk holds a 29-point edge (2,435-2,406) over Jon Henry of Ada, Ohio. That’s a 20-point increase in his advantage from a week ago.




Schlenk, 25, added to his points total with a victory on Sept. 2 at Kankakee (Ill.) County Speedway – his 17th UMP-sanctioned checkered flag of the 2011 season. He also finished 19th on Sept. 19 at Attica (Ohio) Raceway Park but earned no points for the outing because the Late Model standings are determined using drivers’ best 35 finishes/points nights.




Henry, meanwhile, finished second on Sept. 2 at Hartford (Mich.) Motor Speedway, gaining him enough points to pass Unzicker for second in the national standings. It is the highest ranking of the season for Henry, whose sixth-place finish on Sept. 3 at Attica snapped his streak of six consecutive first- or second-place runs.




Unzicker experienced a rough Labor Day weekend, failing to accumulate any points in his two races that were reported for the week. He finished 16 th on Sept. 2 at Kankakee and 18th on Sept. 4 at Farmer City (Ill.) Raceway, dropping him to third in the national standings and expanding his deficit to Schlenk from nine to 37 points.




Mike Harrison of Highland, Ill., remained atop the UMP Modified national standings, but his edge over Michael Long of Quincy, Ill., shrunk slightly, falling from 22 to 17 points (1,913-1,896).




Harrison enjoyed a strong Labor Day weekend, winning his 22nd feature of 2011 on Sept. 2 at Fairbury (Ill.) American Legion Speedway and recording finishes of second on Sept. 3 at Farmer City and third on Sept. 1 at Peoria (Ill.) Speedway. Only his Peoria run did not add points to his total in the UMP Modified standings, which are determined using drivers’ 25 best finishes/points nights.




Long won twice Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, Ill. – on Sept. 2 and 4 – to gain points. His third-place finish on Sept. 2 at Fairbury was his only run that did not add to his points total.




Just 74 points separate first from fifth in the UMP Modified standings. Todd Sherman of Churubusco, Ind., is third (51 points behind Harrison), Nick Allen of Wheatfield, Ind. (-64) and followed by Ray Bollinger of Kewanee, Ill. (-74).




Other divisional national points leaders through Week 32 are Dustin Griffin of Camp Point, Ill. (Pro Late Models); Troy Clark of North Vernon, Ind. (Sportsman); Mark Anderson of Canton, Ill. (Limited Modifieds); Nate Zimmer of Mattoon, Ill. (Stock Cars); Dennis Bringedahl of Twin Lake, Mich. (Factory Stocks); and Kenny Butterfield of Glassford, Ill. (Sport Compacts).




Weekly DIRTcar UMP points end following the weekend of Sept. 30-Oct. 2, but the Late Model and UMP Modified points races culminate with the running of the DIRTcar UMP Nationals on Oct. 8-9 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.




Log on to www.DirtCar.com for more information on DIRTcar Racing’s UMP circuit and to view complete points standings for all divisions, including the current State points rankings.




New for 2011, the weekly DIRTcar UMP points update is powered by www.MotorStats.com. DIRTcar’s affiliation with the Durham, N.C.-based Web site is providing fans and competitors a more timely and detailed look at the points standings. National and State points standings for all divisions are typically updated by Thursday each week, and new features allow visitors to click on each driver’s name to see a complete race-by-race review of their finishes to date.




DIRTcar Racing UMP National Points Standings (as of Sept. 4, 2011):




Late Models (rank/driver/races/points):




1. Rusty Schlenk 35 2435


2. Jon Henry 35 2406


3. Ryan Unzicker 35 2398


4. Brandon Sheppard 35 2274


5. Shannon Babb 34 2258


6. Brandon Thirlby 35 2251


7. Jason Feger 35 2205


8. Randy Korte 35 2107


9. Bobby Pierce 35 2095


10. Eric Spangler 34 2080


11. Mike Spatola III 35 2058


12. Mike Provenzano 35 2011


13. Eric Smith 34 2000


14. Mark Voigt 35 1947


15. Dennis Erb Jr. 35 1916


16. Scott Schmitt 35 1909


17. Brian Ruhlman 35 1887


18. Dillan White 35 1822


19. Mike Hammerle 35 1821


20. Jack Sullivan 35 1815




UMP Modifieds (rank/driver/races/points):




1. Mike Harrison 25 1913


2. Michael Long 25 1896


3. Todd Sherman 25 1862


4. Nick Allen 25 1849


5. Ray Bollinger 25 1839


6. Jacob Poel 25 1813


7. Jamie Lomax 25 1803


8. Danny Crane 25 1800


9. Clayton Miller 25 1799


10. Scott Weber 25 1797


11. Tim Hancock 25 1776


11. Doug Adkins 25 1776


13. Jeff Leka 25 1746


14. Mark Anderson 25 1740


15. Brian Lynn 25 1739


16. Dean Hoffman 25 1731


17. Randle Sweeney 25 1727


18. John DeMoss 25 1724


19. Trent Young 25 1687


20. Clint Demoss 25 1682




Pro Late Models (rank/driver/races/points):




1. Dustin Griffin 20 1500


2. Nick Bauman 20 1465


3. Mark Oller 20 1405


4. Credence Mott 20 1393


5. Clayton Miller 20 1380


6. Jerry Lierly 20 1375


7. Evan Fink 20 1305


8. Brad Denney 20 1300


9. Bobby Martintoni 20 1292


10. Randy Myers 20 1280




Sportsman (rank/driver/races/points):




1. Troy Clark 20 1450


2. Jeremy Hines 20 1443


3. Dan Flessner 20 1424


4. Dave Crawley Jr. 20 1358


5. Joey Ladouceur 20 1315


6. Chris Hillman 20 1282


7. Nick Macklin 19 1270


8. Jocelyn Roy 19 1267


9. Stephane Lemire 20 1264


10. Jeff Herzog 19 1262




Limited Modifieds (rank/driver/races/points):




1. Mark Anderson 20 1362


2. Todd Bates 20 1358


3. Haley Westerfield 20 1156


4. Jeff Lawson 20 1131


5. Christopher Geary 20 1065


6. John Wyble 19 1048


7. Clay Settles 20 1012


8. Johnny Holden 19 983


9. Josh Smith 17 917


10. Billy Hawes 19 916




Stock Cars (rank/driver/races/points):




1. Nate Zimmer 20 1486


2. John Farris 20 1470


3. Mike Hodges 20 1465


4. Chuck Barnes Jr. 20 1450


5. Derek Poland 20 1398


6. Dan Dykman 20 1391


7. Andrew Funk 20 1390


8. Joel Funk 20 1369


9. Darrel Dick 20 1356


10. Joeseph Hamm 20 1348




Factory Stocks (rank/driver/races/points):




1. Dennis Bringedahl 20 1396


2. Rob Sternberg 20 1351


3. Jake Hewitt 20 1340


4. Mark Farber 20 1286


5. Dan Wilson 20 1242


6. Jeff Buss 20 1164


7. Spike Grega 20 1156


8. Ben Welch 20 1128


9. Tom Hughes 18 1119


10. TJ Eilers 20 1071




Sport Compacts (rank/driver/races/points):




1. Kenny Butterfield 20 1506


2. Matt Maier 20 1481


3. Rob Shaw 20 1479


4. Paul Namey 20 1444


5. Jeremy Callahan 20 1435


6. Trevor Isaak 20 1426


7. Jacob Rexing 20 1425


8. Earl Pryor 20 1421


9. Blayne Ellis 20 1354


10. Bradley McGhee 20 1349

 


 

 

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Go Coast-to-Coast by Clicking 4Wide.TV for World of Outlaws and DIRTcar Video Highlights from New York and West Virginia to Washington and Oregon





CONCORD, N.C. – Sept. 8, 2011 – A remarkable weekend on dirt tracks around the country saw two drivers earn their first World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and World of Outlaws Late Model Series victories on Saturday night while in the Northeast one of Lebanon Valley Speedway’s stars defended his home “dirt” for the second consecutive season.


The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series invaded Skagit Speedway on Friday and Saturday. The back-to-back nights of racing north of Seattle in Alger, Wash., provided lots of excitement for fans as they watched Craig Dollansky take the checkered flag for the eighth time this season on Friday, and on Saturday saw Sam Hafertepe Jr. earn his first trip to World of Outlaws victory lane. The Sprint Car action continued down the Pacific Coast to Cottage Grove Speedway in Oregon on Monday night. Kraig Kinser out-dueled his father, 20-time champion Steve Kinser, for his first win of the season. Fans can see the highlights by clicking 4Wide.TV.


The action on 4Wide continues with coverage of the World of Outlaws Late Model Series Black Diamond 125 at Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, W.Va. A unique split-field, three-feature format provided fans with an incredible bang for their buck. Saturday night’s feature winner Jared Hawkins wound up on top, collecting $20,000 for the first World of Outlaws Late Model Series victory of his career. Click 4Wide.TV to see the highlights from qualifying races all the way to the Sweet 16 main event.


Finally, this week’s episode highlights the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds in the Mr. DIRT Track USA event from Lebanon Valley Speedway in West Lebanon, N.Y. Track crews worked countless hours all week to get the track ready after Hurricane Irene rolled up the Atlantic Coast. For the second consecutive year, JR Heffner earned the $17,500 winner's check, taking the checkered flag in the historic 33rd running of the event. See how Heffner pulled out the win by clicking 4Wide.TV.


In addition to all the highlights from the weekend, there are the hotly discussed Power Rankings plus the Hot Thread of the Week that discusses whether Football or Racing is better, and the dirt track racing Twitter feed that brings you non-stop news and notes from around the racing world. The Video of the Week recalls Stewart Friesen’s historic victory in last year’s SEF Small Engine Fuel 200 and finally the Shot of the Week showcases Saturday night’s first-time World of Outlaws winners.


All that and more in only 15 minutes – check it out at 4Wide.TV, which now includes a new home page module to help share the video with your friends at Facebook and followers on Twitter.

 


 

 

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Richards Shoots For Another Crown-Jewel Victory This Weekend (