Park Jefferson International Speedway Show Cancelled
Local fans can catch the series at Hamilton County Speedway and Mason City Motor Speedway July 7-8
CONCORD, N.C. - June 29, 2016 - The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series event scheduled for July 16 at Park Jefferson International Speedway in North Sioux City, S.D. has been cancelled.
The decision to cancel the event was a mutual decision between the series and track promoter.
"We hate to have a last-minute cancellation for our fans and teams and we wish Park Jefferson International Speedway the best of luck," Christman said. "We look forward to returning to South Dakota in 2017."
"The World Racing Group sets a very high standard for the tracks it races at, and we were concerned about being able to meet the standards that they require," said Park Jefferson Promoter Adam Adamson. "It is because of this that we decided best to remove the show from their calendar. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models has a tremendous series and we encourage fans to catch one of their shows at either Webster City or Mason City."
Local fans will have the opportunity to see the Outlaws at two tracks proximate to Park Jefferson International Speedway - Hamilton County Speedway on Thursday, July 7 and Mason City Motor Speedway Friday, July 8.
Appeals Panel Upholds Dirt Late Model Dream Penalties
CONCORD, N.C. - June 29, 2016 - The World Racing Group Commission has upheld the penalties issued to the #B5 driven by Brandon Sheppard, #22 driven by Gregg Satterlee, #20 driven by Jimmy Owens, #33X driven by Ricky Thornton and #0 driven by Scott Bloomquist following failed post-race inspection at Eldora Speedway's Dirt Late Model Dream.
All five of the drivers were penalized after tire samples collected at the event and tested by an independent laboratory did not meet established benchmarks in a chemical analysis.
The three-member panel heard appeals in Indianapolis on Monday. After deliberating the appeals, panel members agreed that the collection and testing of the samples followed accepted protocols and the samples did not meet accepted benchmarks.
All five competitors were found to be in violation of rule 15.11-G and were fined in accordance with rule 11.1. Each competitor will resume their three-month suspension from all DIRTcar sanctioned events, including World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series competition. The suspensions conclude on Sept. 11, 2016.
The total penalty, including loss of money, fine and the cost of the tire analysis for each driver was $19,630 for Sheppard, $4,655 for Satterlee, $7,630 for Owens, $10,930 for Thornton and $6,105 for Bloomquist.
The three commission members who heard the appeal were Steve York, Jeff Nuckles and Rollie Helmling.
DIRTcar members in good standing can request a final appeal be heard by the World Racing Group Commission Commissioner Potestas.
At A Glance: Outlaws pave the way for dirt racing
The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series brings dirt racing to a pavement track for second-straight year
CONCORD, N.C. June 28, 2016 The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series travels to uncharted territory, visiting Rockford Speedway on Thursday, June 30 in Loves Park, Ill. The late models will be teaming up with their sister series, the sprint car series, as a part of a two-day midweek show the Outlaw Clay Classic from June 29-30.
Rockford Speedway is a new addition to the long list of tracks the Outlaws have travelled to in 12 years. But what makes this particular track unique is that it is an asphalt one. The 1/4-mile, high-banked track will transition to a dirt track, similar to what Berlin Speedway (Mich.) did in September 2015.
The series drivers are excited to take on this challenge for a second-straight season. Brandon Overton said having a new track on the schedule like Rockford is a great equalizer, where no driver is entering the show with an advantage. Three-time series champion Josh Richards is looking forward to the atmosphere that comes with the tracks introduction to the series.
To have a pavement track and put dirt on it is really cool, Richards said. We experienced that with Berlin and a couple other tracks, and you never know what youre going to get. Its really exciting because you have asphalt fans on top of dirt fans. They just want to see a cool event, something new. Its nice to see new tracks wanting to open up and host some late model races.
To learn how to purchase tickets for the Oulaw Clay Classic, visit woosprint.com/outlaw-clay-classic. Grandstands open for Rockford Speedway at 4 p.m. CT, with hot laps scheduled to start at 6:15 p.m both nights. Visit woolms.com or rockfordspeedway.com for more details.
ABOUT THE TRACK
ROCKFORD SPEEDWAY is a 1/4-mile, high-banked paved oval to transition to clay. It is a NASCAR-sanctioned track, which will host the Outlaws for the first time in series history. The track has been tabbed as Mid-Americas Finest Racetrack.
2016 World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series Schedule & Winners
No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Number of Wins in 2016)
1. Friday, Feb. 12 / Screven Motor Speedway / Sylvania, Ga. / Shane Clanton (1)
2. Saturday, Feb. 13 / Screven Motor Speedway / Sylvania, Ga. / Rick Eckert (1)
3. Thursday, Feb. 18 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barbersville, Fla. / Josh Richards (1)
4. Friday, Feb. 19 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barbersville, Fla. / Josh Richards (2)
5. Sat., Feb. 20 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barbersville, Fla. / Shane Clanton (2)
6. Sat., April 2 / Farmer City Raceway / Farmer City, Ill. / Josh Richards (3)
7. Sun., April 3 / Farmer City Raceway / Farmer City, Ill. / Josh Richards (4)
8. Fri., April 8 / Duck River Raceway Park / Wheel, Tenn. / Dale McDowell (1)
9. Fri., April 29 / Carolina Speedway / Gastonia, N.C. / Josh Richards (5)
10. Sat., April 30 / Fayetteville Motor Speedway / Fayetteville, N.C. / Brian Shirley (1)
11. Fri., May 6 / Ponderosa Speedway / Junction City, Ky. / Shane Clanton (3)
12. Sat., May 7 / Smoky Mountain Speedway / Maryville, Tenn. / Scott Bloomquist (1)
13. Fri., May 27 / Moler Raceway Park / Williamsburg, Ohio / Shane Clanton (4)
14. Sat., May 28 / Tyler County Speedway / Middlebourne, W.V. / Josh Richards (6)
15. Sun., May 29 / Tyler County Speedway / Middlebourne, W.V. / Tim Dohm (1)
16. Tues., June 21 / Weedsport Speedway / Weedsport, N.Y. / Josh Richards (7)
17. Fri., June 23 / Lernerville Speedway / Sarver, Pa. / Josh Richards (8)
18. Sat., June 25 / Lernerville Speedway / Sarver, Pa. / Brandon Overton (1)
19. Sat., June 25 / Lernerville Speedway / Sarver, Pa. / Scott Bloomquist (2)
Richards records No. 8 this season in a wild one
Overton records first podium finish of season
SARVER, Pa. June 24, 2016 Josh Richards was the first one to the checkers Friday, winning the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series second preliminary feature night of the Firecracker 100 weekend presented by GottaRace.com at Lernerville Speedway. Though he was the last man standing on the second night, it did not come without a trio of drivers nipping at his rear tires.
Two cautions within the first three laps did not slow down the 28-car field mainly Billy Moyer Jr. and Brandon Overton, who traded paint for the second spot. Though Moyer prevailed, Overton grew persistent; he passed Moyer shortly after on the second restart.
One lap later, Richards No. 1 Valvoline/ Seubert Calf Ranches Rocket car made a push from 10th place .200 seconds from a seat on the podium. By lap 10, a three-way battle to be top dog had Richards, Overton and local stud Russ King showing their teeth. Grouped together on lap 13 away from the rest of the field Richards attempted an under-over pass on Overtons No. 76 Budweiser/ C-H Paving Moyer/ Victory machine in turn two. Overton slammed the door on the backstretch, but Richards claimed the spot in turn four.
Coming down, we have a good car, Overton said. We just need to build on it, and maybe well get it tomorrow.
On lap 14 and in the same spot of the backstretch from their previous battle, Richards and Overton found themselves in a shake-up. Overton got squirrelly enough from the fender-to-fender battle for him to pump the breaks, causing a domino effect behind him. King nearly slid off the track in turn two; Richards began to pull away after this exchange and Brian Shirley swept into third.
Richards pulled away then, but on lap 18 Richards avoided near catastrophe in turn three. A car exiting the track obstructed Richards clear path; this near night-ending sequence lend Shirley enough room to squeak by and take the lead. Two more cautions in the next five laps gave Richards enough time to pick-up speed ad a 2.138-second lead. Overton stayed steady in the runner-up spot until three laps remaining.
Jonathan Davenport blazed his own trail in the No. 116 Outlaw Racing Southeast/ Dream Racing Technologies Longhorn car, skimming the top of the cushion and teetering over the edge. The momentum he built-up carried him through the track and around three cars within a half of a turn. Davenport, who started the night in 16th position, found himself breaking into the podium spots. Davenport took advantage of his swiftness about the track, weaving around Shirley for the third spot.
Ill tell you what, I love racing with those guys, Richards said. [Overton] wanted to win. The race was a handful. At this place, you just never feel safe any place. I didn't know Davenport was right behind be until the very end."
The final exchange of the night was Davenport and Overton for the second spot while Richards enjoyed a comfortable cushion.
Our car was really good up there, said Davenport, who did not race his own car tonight. Its really hard to climb into someone elses car and telling the guys what you feel, and what you need to do. Well get better throughout the weekend I guess you could say. But we got going there at the end. I just needed two more laps.
This win is Richards eighth of the season and No. 66 of his career; he pulls within six wins of Darrell Lanigan for the all-time series wins record, a title Richards has held in the past. For Firecracker 100 specifically: Richards won his seventh feature in the Firecracker Era at Lernerville Speedway (2007-present), which is the most in event history. With the victory, Richards has won during the weekend four out of seven years, also sweeping the weekend in 2013.
After leading the field into the checkers after 30 action-packed laps, Richards earns a $6,000 purse.
The Firecracker 100 weekend presented by GottaRace.com continues tomorrow with a double-feature Thursdays postponed event filling the afternoon and the coveted 100-lap, $30,000-to-win show later in the evening. Hot laps for the first show start at 1 p.m. ET with racing at 1 p.m. Hot laps for the second show are scheduled to start at 6:50 p.m., with opening ceremonies at 7:30 p.m.
A-Main (30-laps): 1. 1- Josh Richards  [$6,850]; 2. 116- Jonathan Davenport  [$3,100]; 3. 76- Brandon Overton  [$2,700]; 4. 3s- Brian Shirley  [$2,450]; 5. 56- Russ King  [$2,000]; 6. H1- Jared Miley  [$1,400]; 7. 39- Tim McCreadie  [$1,450]; 8. 21JR- Billy Moyer Jr.  [$2,200]; 9. 99JR- Frank Heckenast Jr.  [$1,800]; 10. 25z- Mason Zeigler  [$1,000]; 11. 1*- Chub Frank  [$1,550]; 12. 15- Darrell Lanigan  [$1,000]; 13. 17m- Dale McDowell  [$800]; 14. 7- Rick Eckert  [$1,425]; 15. 1c- Mike Pegher  [$750]; 16. 25- Shane Clanton  [$1,350]; 17. 18- Eric Wells  [$1,160]; 18. 22- Gregg Satterlee  [$640]; 19. 72c- Jason Covert  [$620]; 20. c9- Steve Casebolt  [$1,150]; 21. 38s- Kyle PettyJohn  [$600]; 22. 18c- Chase Junghans  [$610]; 23. 0- Scott Bloomquist  [$700]; 24. 44s- Dave Hess  [$625]; 25. 1B- Mike Benedum  [$600]; 26. 14m- Morgan Bagley  [$660]; 27. 11s- Austin Smith  [$600]; 28. 91- Tyler Erb  [$600]
2016 Standings June 24
1. Josh Richards 2476
2. Shane Clanton 2306
3. Rick Eckert 2218
4. Brian Shirley 2198
5. Brandon Overton 2150
6. Billy Moyer Jr. 2112
7. Steve Casebolt 2108
8. Chub Frank 2080
9. Frank Heckenast Jr. 2076
10. Morgan Bagley 2050
Richards skyrockets to win No. 7
Five drivers finish on lead lap
WEEDSPORT, N.Y. June 21, 2016 Josh Richards played tag from the front row Tuesday night at Weedsport Speedway (N.Y.), leaving only five cars on the lead lap of the Finger Lakes 40 in his seventh win of the season.
I cant thank my guys enough, Richards said. They worked their butts off, and Im just glad I can put [the car] up front for them.
Richards, who led the 24-car field into the green flag with his No. 1 Valvoline/ Seubert Calf Ranches Rocket car, held the lead for all 40 laps. Richards won his heat earlier in the night by more than a three-and-a-half second margin, but that gap was unparalleled to how much he pulled away from the pack in the feature.
Richards maintained a similar differential through the first half of the race. The true fight was from spots four through six. Shane Clanton, Rick Eckert and Brandon Overton jockeyed for position within the first 10 laps of the feature, nearly spreading three-wide across the 3/8-mile oval. Overton relied on the top groove early, but soon forfeited the high-side of the track to Clanton, who broke into the top 5 by lap 7.
While Overton continued to fade, Clanton and Eckert chased-down third place Steve Casebolt by lap 21. The trio bunched up, weaving as a unit through lapped traffic. It took a bold move on lap 17 from Clantons No. 25 Weldbank Energy/ Coopers Meat Packers Capital machine however to take third. With Clantons fender nearly grazing the wall with every lap, he set his sights on second-place Frank Heckenast Jr.
We were just trying to bide our time and pick our line, and we needed to get by those guys, Clanton said. I knew I was better than them biding my time. I knew that Josh [Richards] was long-gone... we needed a caution there at the end to see if I had anything for him. But overall: good night.
Though Clanton bided his time thereafter, he made his move 11 laps later on Heckenasts No. 99JR St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part/ Storage Squares Capital car; Heckenast signed with Clantons chassis company one month prior. Using the top groove, Clanton built enough momentum to take sole possession of second. Heckenast managed to hold on to the final spot on the podium.
Weve had some good runs but just with bad luck, Heckenast said. Im just trying to get the ball rolling, get some confidence back, make good runs, build the bank up and get confidence for my crew guys. We were definitely a third place car. Shane [Clanton] was better than us. But, this place is awesome. I wish we could race at facilities like this every week.
While the battles ensued, Richards increased his lead exponentially especially within the final 25 laps of the race. Richards led by more than four seconds with 23 laps remaining, and then increased his lead to more than five seconds four laps later. At that trajectory, Richards largest lead was with four laps remaining at 11.116 seconds; he ultimately won by 10.363 seconds over Clanton.
Richards lapped into to top ten with 11 laps remaining. Four laps later, he passed three more drivers. His pursuit to lap the rest of the field fell just short out of the top 5.
I really didnt realize [how many drivers I lapped] until at the end when I saw Rick [Eckert] and [Brandon] Overton and glanced up at the board, Richards said. I didnt feel like we were that good but the track was beautiful. That was the most fun track Ive run on in a long time. They do a phenomenal job here. This is a beautiful place. I remember coming here ten years ago as a rookie and its really cool to come back here.
This was not the only feat of the night, as Heckenast picked up his first fast time of the series this season with a 15.358. Overton, who claimed fourth in the feature, led hot laps with his best time of 14.882.
A-Main (40-laps): 1. 1- Josh Richards  [$8,875]; 2. 25- Shane Clanton  [$4,800]; 3. 99JR- Frank Heckenast Jr.  [$3,450]; 4. 76- Brandon Overton  [$3,000]; 5. 7- Rick Eckert  [$2,850]; 6. C9-Steve Casebolt  [$2,150]; 7. 18c- Chase Junghans  [$1,900]; 8. 44- Dave Hess  [$1,450]; 9. 3s- Brian Shirley  [$1,750]; 10. 14M- Morgan Bagley  [$1,650]; 11. 11- Austin Smith  [$1,550]; 12. 1*- Chub Frank  [$1,450]; 13. 21JR- Billy Moyer Jr.  [$1,650]; 14. 99B- Boom Briggs  [$850]; 15. 119B- Bryan Bernheisel  [$750]; 16. 72- Dan Stone  [$700]; 17. 91- Tyler Erb  [$660]; 18. 18- Eric Wells  [$1,140]; 19. 99z- David Zona  [$620]; 20. 2c- Joey Coulter  [$600]; 21. 18F- Brandon Ford [$600]; 22. 10- Chris Fleming  [$600]; 23. 22- Greg Oakes  [$600]; 24. 33- Jason Occhino  [$600]
1. Josh Richards 2326
2. Shane Clanton 2188
3. Rick Eckert 2096
4. Brandon Overton 2064
5. Brian Shirley 2056
6. Steve Casebolt 1998
7. Billy Moyer Jr. 1978
8. Chub Frank 1952
8. Morgan Bagley 1952
10. Frank Heckenast Jr. 1944
Four Appeal Dirt Late Model Dream Suspensions
CONCORD, N.C. - June 21, 2016 - Brandon Sheppard, Greg Satterlee, Scott Bloomquist and Jimmy Owens have appealed their disqualifications and suspensions following a failed post-race inspection at the Dirt Late Model Dream at Eldora Speedway. An appeal is expected from Ricky Thornton Jr. but has not yet been received.
In accordance with rule 12.1-K, competitors who file an appeal will have penalties temporarily deferred. Both will be allowed to compete at DIRTcar sanctioned events until their appeals are heard on Monday, June 27.
Sheppard, Satterlee, Bloomquist, Owens and Thornton were disqualified and suspended after tire samples collected during the Dream and tested by an independent laboratory did not meet established benchmarks in a chemical analysis.
All licensed DIRTcar Members in good standing are able to request an appeal and have a total of seven days from the issuance of a penalty to request the appeal.
For more information on DIRTcar Racing and all DIRTcar UMP-sanctioned divisions, visit DIRTcar.com. For more information on Eldora Speedway, visit EldoraSpeedway.com.
Five Disqualified Following the Dirt Late Model Dream at Eldora Speedway
CONCORD, N.C. - June 20, 2016 - DIRTcar Racing officials have disqualified five competitors following failed post-race inspections at the Dirt Late Model Dream at Eldora Speedway.
Tire samples collected from the #B5 driven by Brandon Sheppard, #22 driven by Gregg Satterlee, #20 driven by Jimmy Owens, #33X driven by Ricky Thornton and #0 driven by Scott Bloomquist and tested by an independent laboratory did not meet established benchmarks in a chemical analysis.
A total of 32 samples were taken throughout the weekend, June 9, 10 and 11, from participants.
All five competitors were found to be in violation of rule 15.11-G and were fined in accordance with rule 11.1.
Rule 15.11-G.) Chemical alterations, vulcanizing, tire softening, defacing and/or altering the face of the tire lettering and/or tire stamping will not be permitted. Chemicals or tire softening is not permitted at any time. Tires may be inspected at any time. Any violation with any tire presented for competition may result in immediate disqualification from the events and/or other penalties including but not limited to; loss of money, fine, loss of points and/or suspension.
All five have been disqualified from the event, including the loss of all purse money and championship points earned during the event, fined $1,000 and penalized 1,000 DIRTcar Late Model points for the 2016 season. The total penalty, including loss of money, fine and the cost of the tire analysis was $19,630 for Sheppard, $4,655 for Satterlee, $7,630 for Owens, $10,930 for Thornton and $6,105 for Bloomquist.
Each has been placed under a three-month suspension from all DIRTcar sanctioned events, which includes World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series competition, beginning June 11, 2016 and concluding Sept. 11, 2016 and will be under probation following the conclusion of the suspension for the remainder of the 2016 season.
1. Josh Richards 2476
2. Shane Clanton 2306
3. Rick Eckert 2218
4. Brian Shirley 2198
5. Brandon Overton 2150
6. Billy Moyer Jr. 2112
7. Steve Casebolt 2108
8. Chub Frank 2080
9. F. Heckenast Jr. 2076
10. Morgan Bagley 2050