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Marlar Captures World of Outlaws Late Model Series Victory at Tazewell Speedway

Tennessee driver tops Clanton, Eckert for his first series win in 50-lap feature

By Chris Tilley

TAZEWELL, Tenn. - April 12, 2014 - Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., took advantage of Tim McCreadie's misfortune and went on to capture Saturday night's Scion of Knoxville 50 World of Outlaws Late Model Series A-Main at Tazewell Speedway.

This was Marlar's first-career World of Outlaws Late Model Series victory, and he became the series' seventh different winner this season in seven races after holding off Shane Clanton and Rick Eckert to the checkered flag as championship leader Darrell Lanigan finished fourth with last year's top rookie Eric Wells rounding out the top five.

"We actually scaled back on racing this year and I think we're going to have one of our best year's yet," said an excited Marlar in victory lane.

"My steering is bent, my arms are tired, but with all the help from my family and friends, Ronnie Delk (car owner), all of the work they put in, we're going stay in there and drive it all we can," stated Marlar after talking about his near mishap with lapped car Mark Gant.

McCreadie and Marlar brought the field of 24 to life for the start of the 50-lapper with McCreadie jumping to the high side and the early lead. Marlar tucked under T-Mac for second with Lanigan moving from his eighth spot to the fifth position by the second circuit. By the sixth lap, sixth-starting Clanton and his Capital Race Cars entry passed Eckert for the third spot.

"We're good, just need a little lady luck to start up front and maybe we can win one," said runner-up Clanton of Zebulon, Ga.

Eckert of York, Pa., held on to a third place-finish and said tire choice was the key.

"He was a little bit softer on the left rear tire, that one restart he took the bottom off two and snuck by me and I just couldn't get him back cleared," said Eckert.

Brandon Overton of Appleton, Ga., finished sixth while Rookie-of-the-Year contender Chase Junghans of Manhattan, Kan., finished seventh. Morgan Bagley of Tyler, Texas, Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga., and Rick "Boom" Briggs of Bear Lake, Pa., rounded out the top 10.

Eight caution flags slowed the main event. The first yellow flag would wave on lap three as Boom Briggs got crossed up in turn four collecting three more. Lap nine would see leader McCreadie slowing for a right rear flat tire. Bryan Hendrix spun at the top of turn two in front of the top-four cars and brought out the yellow on lap 17. Debris brought out the next yellow on lap 26. The next yellow flag would wave on lap-29 as the rescue squad had to come out of the infield and attend to a spectator. Jack Sullivan would slow in turn three for a flat tire on lap 31 to bring out the next yellow flag. The lap-39 caution flag would be for Chub Frank's right-rear flat. Jeff Wolfenbarger would slow for the final yellow with two laps to go with a flat tire.

Twenty-four cars entered the event, which brought the WoO LMS to Gary Hall's track outside Tazewell for the lone season visit.

Eckert turned the fastest overall lap of Ohlins Shocks Time Trials, circling the blistering-fast 1/3 mile oval in 11.390 seconds. Heat winners were Eckert, Wells and McCreadie.

Darrell Lanigan continues to lead the overall World of Outlaws Late Model Series championship with six top-five's and seven top-10s through seven feature events.

The WoO LMS will be back in action April 25-26 with the sixth running of the Illini 100 at Farmer City (Ill.) Raceway. Time Trials and heat races will be run on Friday night and the $20,000-to-win finale is set for Saturday evening.

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 .

World of Outlaws Late Model Series Statistical Report; Tazewell (Tenn.) Speedway; April 12, 2014

Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won:
1. (2) Mike Marlar/50 $10,500
2. (6) Shane Clanton/50 $5,600
3. (3) Rick Eckert/50 $3,650
4. (8) Darrell Lanigan/50 $3,150
5. (5) Eric Wells/50 $2,500
6. (9) Brandon Overton/50 $1,700
7. (12) Chase Junghans/50 $2,300
8. (21) Morgan Bagley/50 $1,850
9. (10) Clint Smith/50 $1,800
10. (15) Rick "Boom" Briggs/50 $1,150
11. (13) Brandon Sheppard/50 $1,550
12. (14) Chub Frank/50 $1,550
13. (18) Josh Putnam/50 $1,050
14. (16) Bryan Hendrix/50 $900
15. (7) Jeff Wolfenbarger/50 $850
16. (23) Mark Gant/49 $800
17. (20) Frank Heckenast Jr./46 $1,320
18. (11) Jack Sullivan/37 $1,300
19. (4) Billy Ogle, Jr./26 $730
20. (1) Tim McCreadie/17 $1,350
21. (17) Terry Wolfenbarger/13 $750
22. (19) Kyle Bronson/9 $700
23. (22) Wade Howerton/8 $700
24. (24) Steve Smith/DNS $0

* Earnings include Winners Circle program and cash contingency award bonuses

Time of Race: 34 Mins,18 Secs.

Margin of Victory: 1.071 Secs.

Yellow Flags: Eight (laps 3, 9, 17, 26, 29, 31, 39, 48)

Red Flag: None

Lap Leaders: McCreadie (1-8), Marlar (9-50)

Provisional Starters: None

WoO LMS 'Bonus Bucks' Winner: Mike Marlar ($500)

Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):
1. 24-Rick Eckert/York, Pa. 11.390
2. 157-Mike Marlar/Winfield, Tenn. 11.436
3. 39-Tim McCreadie/Watertown, NY 11.442
4. 25-Shane Clanton/Zebulon, Ga. 11.447
5. 18-Eric Wells/Hazard, Ky. 11.551
6. 76-Brandon Overton/Appleton, Ga. 11.605
7. 28-Jeff Wolfenbarger/Clinton, Tenn. 11.712
8. 29-Darrell Lanigan/Union, Ky. 11.779
9. 18c-Chase Junghans/Manhattan, Ks. 11.788
10. 44-Clint Smith-Senoia, Ga. 11.796
11. 18x-Jack Sullivan/Greenbriar, Ark. 11.824
12. 201-Billy Ogle Jr./Knoxville, Tenn. 11.854
13. 5-Bryan Hendrix/Knoxville, Tenn. 11.856
14. 1*-Chub Frank/Bear Lake, Pa. 11.864
15. 212-Josh Putnam/Florence, Ala. 11.884
16. 1-Brandon Sheppard/New Berlin, Ill. 11.975
17. 14-Terry Wolfenbarger/Clinton, Tenn. 11.978
18. 14m-Morgan Bagley/Tyler, Tex. 12.099
19. 40B-Kyle Bronson/Tampa, Fla. 12.139
20. 99j-Frank Heckenast Jr./Orland Park, Ill. 12.156
21. 99-Rick "Boom" Briggs/Bear Lake, Pa. 12.241
22. 113-Mark Gant/Savannah, Tenn. 12.459
23. 71-Steve Smith/Powell, Tenn. 12.522
24. 15-Wade Howerton/Tazewell, Tenn. 12.690

Heat No. 1 (10 laps - All cars Transfer): Eckert, Clanton, J. Wolfenbarger, C. Smith, Sheppard, Hendrix, Bronson, Gant (DNS).

Heat No. 2 (10 laps - All cars Transfer): Wells, Marlar, Lanigan, Sullivan, Frank, T. Wolfenbarger, Heckenast, S. Smith (DNS).

Heat No. 3 (10 laps - All cars Transfer): McCreadie, B. Ogle, Overton, Junghans, Briggs, Putnam, Bagley, Howerton.


World of Outlaws Late Model Series Championship Standings
1. Darrell Lanigan 1062
2. Brandon Sheppard 1026
3. Rick Eckert 1002
4. Shane Clanton 986
5. Tim McCreadie 936
5. Morgan Bagley 936
7. Eric Wells 934
8. Frankie Heckenast Jr. 924
9. Chub Frank 912
10. Clint Smith 888

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Rain Forces World of Outlaws Late Model Series Officials to Reschedule Duck River Raceway Park Event to Sunday, May 18

Tour now heads to Tazewell Speedway for Saturday's $10,000-to-win event

By Chris Tilley, CT Marketing & Motorsports Services

WHEEL, Tenn. - April 11, 2014 - Just after World of Outlaws Late Model Series Group "A" of Ohlins Shocks Time Trials ended and Group "B" began, so did Mother Nature on Friday night at Duck River Raceway Park, forcing the night to end early. The Outlaws will now head to Tazewell (Tenn.) Speedway for Saturday's $10,000-to-win event.

Heavy rain hit the track in the middle of qualifying, washing out the rest of the program. Track and series officials rescheduled it for Sunday, May 18, setting up a triple-header weekend with 201 Speedway in Sitka, Ky., on Friday, May 16, and Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tenn., on Saturday, May 17.

"It's unfortunate for the fans and drivers who traveled so far to see the World of Outlaws stars," said Series Director Tim Christman. "We hate it for track owner Bob (Harris) who had a record crowd tonight as well."

Thirty-eight cars entered the event and Group "A" of Ohlins Shocks Time Trials had completed. Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., was the fastest car in Group "A" with an 11.862-second lap. Clanton unofficially lowered the track record in Qualifying. A complete new program will be run when the series returns on May 18.

The World of Outlaws Late Model Series will be back in action Saturday night (April 12) at Gary Hall's Tazewell (Tenn.) Speedway for another 50-lap $10,000-to-win event.

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.

Entry-List prior to rainout: David Seibers, Brandon Overton, Tony Morris, Caleb Ashby, Kyle Bronson, Darrell Lanigan, Brad Skinner, Mike Marlar, Clint Nichols, Chub Frank, Eric Wells, Chase Junghans, J.R. Atchley, Clint Smith, Mark Fields, Jack Sullivan, Frank Heckenast Jr., Shane Clanton, Ray McElhiney, Eric Hickerson, Ray Cook, Tom Maddox, Tim McCreadie, Anthony Burroughs, Riley Hickman, Michael Chilton, Shannon Babb, Joe Denby, Brian Rickman, Mark Gant, Rick Eckert, Rick "Boom" Briggs, Robert Stutts, Morgan Bagley, Dale McDowell, Josh Putnam, Rick Rickman, Brandon Sheppard.

World of Outlaws Late Model Series Championship Points
1. Darrell Lanigan-860 (Union, KY)
2. Brandon Sheppard-838 (New Berlin, IL)
3. Rick Eckert-798 (York, PA)
4. Shane Clanton-780 (Zebulon, GA)
5. Tim McCreadie-766 (Watertown, NY)
6. Frank Heckenast Jr.-748 (Orland Park, IL)
7. Morgan Bagley-742 (Tyler, TX)
8. Eric Wells-734 (Hazard, KY)
9. Chub Frank-726 (Bear Lake, PA)
10. Clint Smith-702 (Senoia, GA)

World of Outlaws Late Model Series 2014 Event Winners (after 3/29/14):
Brady Smith-Bubba Raceway Park February 14th
Brandon Sheppard-Bubba Raceway Park February 15th
Darrell Lanigan-Bubba Raceway Park February 16th
Casey Roberts-Volusia Speedway Park February 20th
Kyle Bronson-Volusia Speedway Park February 22nd
Billy Moyer Sr.-I30 Speedway March 29th

Upcoming World of Outlaws Late Model Series Events:
April 12-Tazewell Speedway-Tazewell, TN-$10,000 to win
April 25/26-Farmer City Raceway-Farmer City, IL-$20,000 to win Illini 100
May 2-Fayetteville Motor Speedway-Fayetteville, NC-$10,000 to win
May 3-Lavonia Speedway-Lavonia, GA-$10,000 to win

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World of Outlaws Late Models Invading Volunteer State This Weekend

Championship leader Darrell Lanigan carries momentum heading Friday into Duck River Raceway Park and Saturday into Tazewell Speedway

By Chris Tilley, CT Marketing & Motorsports Services

WHEEL, Tenn. - April 8, 2014 - The World of Outlaws Late Model Series invades the Volunteer State of Tennessee on Friday at Duck River Raceway Park and Saturday at Tazewell Speedway.

Through the first six events of the season, no driver has repeated but two-time champion Darrell Lanigan, of Union, Ky., is atop the championship standings thanks in part to a victory at Bubba Raceway Park plus five top-five finishes. He has a 22-point advantage over Brandon Sheppard, of New Berlin, Ill., who is piloting Josh Richards' three-time champion Rocket car. Chasing Lanigan and Sheppard are Rick Eckert, of York, Pa.; Shane Clanton, of Zebulon, Ga.; and Tim McCreadie, of Watertown, N.Y.

Other series invaders that will take to the track this weekend include rookie-of-the-year contender Chase Junghans, of Manhattan, Kan., as well as Rick 'Boom' Briggs, of Bear Lake, Pa., who travels with fellow Pennsylvanian Chub Frank.

On Friday, April 11, the World of Outlaws Late Model Series travelers will visit the Bob Harris-owned Duck River Raceway Park in Wheel, Tenn., for a 50-lap, $10,000-to-win event. The 2-Barrel/Crate Late Models, Pure Pony, Pure Stock, Modified Street and Outlaw Pony Classes will all be on the racing card. During last season's visit to Duck River, Eric Wells of Hazard, Ky., captured a $10,000 payday in a thrilling race over Lanigan and McCreadie. Gates open at noon and racing will begin at 7:00 p.m. with all times Central for Friday at Duck River. Adult General Admission is $25.00 while Pit Passes are $40.00.

Tanner English, of Benton, Ky., is the most recent winner at Duck River Raceway Park, picking up the victory on April 5. English, the son of Western Kentucky racer Terry English, along with defending Deep Fried 75 Champ Josh Putnam, of Florence, Ala.; Daniel Miller, of Shelbyville, Tenn.; Brad Skinner, of Springhill, Tenn.; David Seibers, of Petersburg, Tenn.; Jason Hiett, of Oxford, Ala.; Steve Casebolt of Richmond, Ind.; Billy Ogle Jr., of Knoxville, Tenn.; Riley Hickman of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Skylar Marlar, of Winfield, Tenn.; Ronnie Lee Hollingsworth, of Northport, Ala.; Eric Hickerson, of Linden, Tenn.; Caleb Ashby, of Cunningham, Tenn., and National Stars Ray Cook, of Brasstown, N.C., and Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga., are expected to be in attendance for one of the largest events the track will host all season.

Lanigan owned the track record of 11.97 set in 2013 during the visit by the Outlaws, but David Seibers, of Petersburg, Tenn., broke that mark this past Saturday night and turned a blistering 11.96 second lap. English claimed the event win at Duck River over Eric Hickerson, Daniel Miller, Mark Fields and Seibers.

On Saturday night, April 12, the Outlaws will face off with the East Tennessee hot shoes at Gary Hall's Tazewell Speedway for another 50-lap, $10,000-to-win event presented by Scion of Knoxville. The Sportsman, Modified Street, Classic Cars and Four Cylinders will also be on tap for the evening's activities. Gates open at 4:00 p.m. and racing will begin at 7:30 p.m. with all times Eastern on the Tazewell event. Admission prices and other information can be found on the Tazewell Speedway website. Tazewell Motor Lodge is the official host hotel for the track. Call (423) 626-7229 for more information.

Along with the World of Outlaws stars, East Tennessee hot shoes Billy Ogle Jr., of Knoxville; Tommy Kerr, of Maryville; Jeff Wolfenbarger of Clinton; Steve Smith, of Powell; and other regional competitors are expected to tear up the high banks of the 1/3-mile Saturday. Ogle is fresh off a $6,000 victory in the Ray Cook Old Man's Garage Spring Nationals Series event at Smoky Mountain Speedway last Saturday, April 5. Former World of Outlaws winners at Tazewell Speedway include Bub McCool, Chris Madden and Shane Clanton.

A full show of Practice, Time Trials, Heat Races, Last Chance Showdowns and 50-lap mains will be on tap each night for the World of Outlaws Late Model Series competitors.

For the Duck River/Tazewell swings, competing teams will be restricted to using Hoosier 1300, 1350, 1450, 1600 and 55-compound tires or American Racer 44-, 48- and 56-compound rubber. All of the tires will be required to punch a minimum '40' reading when checked with a durometer.

Information regarding Duck River Raceway Park can be obtained by calling the track at (931) 684-8200 or (931) 205-8150 or log on to www.duckriverracewaypark.com . Duck River Speedway is located at 1100 Haskins Chapel Road in Lewisburg, TN 37091.

Further information on Tazewell Speedway can be obtained by calling the track at (423) 626-2222 or visit www.tazewellspeedway.net . Tazewell Speedway is located at 1400 Bacchus Rd., Tazewell, TN 37879, which is located just two miles northwest of Tazewell. Going north on US 25-E, turn right and then left onto Bacchus Rd, and then 1.8 miles north, then .8 miles west and the race track is located on the left.

2014 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Winners
No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Number of Wins in 2014)
1. Friday, Feb. 14 / Bubba Raceway Park / Ocala, Fla. / Brady Smith (1)
2. Saturday, Feb. 15 / Bubba Raceway Park / Ocala, Fla. / Brandon Sheppard (1)
3. Sunday, Feb. 16 / Bubba Raceway Park / Ocala, Fla. / Darrell Lanigan (1)
4. Thursday, Feb. 20 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, Fla. / Casey Roberts (1)
5. Friday, Feb. 21 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, Fla. / RAIN (1)
6. Saturday, Feb. 22 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, Fla. / Kyle Bronson (1)
7. Friday, March 28 / Lone Star Speedway / Kilgore, Texas / RAIN (2)
8. Saturday, March 29 / I-30 Speedway / Little Rock, Ark. / Billy Moyer (1)

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World of Outlaws Late Model Series Moves ‘Illini 100’ to April 25-26

Sub-freezing temperatures, saturated facility and another drenching storm projected to continue into Thursday and Friday prompted event shift

FARMER CITY, Ill. - April 2, 2014 - The World of Outlaws Late Model Series' Illini 100, scheduled for this weekend at Farmer City Raceway, is being postponed three weeks to Friday and Saturday, April 25-26, to avoid sub-freezing temperatures, a saturated facility and a drenching storm projected to continue into Thursday and Friday.

"This was a tough decision, but after considering the fans, competitors and the facility itself we decided it was in the best interest of all the parties to move the event so everybody could have a better experience," World of Outlaws Late Model Series director Tim Christman said.

Tickets purchased in advance will still be good for the delayed event. The schedule of events April 25-26 will mirror the current event schedule, with qualifying and heat races on Friday night and mains on Saturday, including the $20,000-to-win feature.

The World of Outlaws Late Model Series will next be in action Friday, April 11, at Duck River Raceway Park in Wheel, Tenn., and Saturday, April 12, at Tazewell (Tenn.) Speedway.

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Moyer Goes To Work On Outside To Net World of Outlaws Late Model Series Triumph At I-30 Speedway

Legendary Arkansas Driver Pockets $10,150 Home-State Victory

LITTLE ROCK, AR – March 29, 2014 – Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., blasted from third to first on a lap-18 restart and marched on to capture Saturday night’s 50-lap World of Outlaws Late Model Series A-Main at I-30 Speedway.

The 56-year-old Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer sailed around the outside of WoO LMS regulars Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., and Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., rounding turns one and two and was in front for good when lap 19 was scored. He turned back a late challenge from Lanigan while negotiating lapped traffic to earn $10,150 in front of his home-state fans.

“It’s cool that we could pull one off for ‘em this close to home,” said Moyer, who registered his 19th WoO LMS triumph since 2004 and the 41 st overall of his career, including the national tour’s original 1988-89 seasons. “It’s nice. We’re just an hour-and-a-half away (from the shop). It makes for a short trip home.”

Driving his Moyer Extreme by Longhorn car, Moyer made a move worthy of an aggressive youngster to seize command following a lap-18 red flag for a multi-car accident in turn two involving contenders Rick Eckert of York, Pa., Jared Landers of Batesville, Ark., and Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill.

“When I was running fourth and Rick was second and took that outside (on a lap-15 restart), it surprised me that he went so good up there,” said Moyer, who started sixth. “It turned out that the outside wasn’t bad on the restart there. If you just were brave enough to get up there and not think that guy was gonna get underneath you, you could run up there in the middle a little bit.”

Moyer’s first WoO LMS win since April 6, 2013, at Farmer City (Ill.) Raceway came by 0.384 of a second over Lanigan, who closed up to Moyer’s rear bumper in the final laps but couldn’t find a way to regain the lead. Lanigan started from the pole position and led laps 1-6 in his Club 29 car.

“The track was a little choppy getting into one and you had to find the right groove – and I just hit the wrong groove and got out of the lead,” Lanigan said of an early-race miscue that allowed Clanton to overtake him for the top spot. “That just put me behind, and then Billy got going on the outside on that resart and kind of killed us.”

Clanton, who last year’s WoO LMS event at I-30, led laps 7-18 but settled for a third-place finish in his Capital Race Car. Though disappointed his shot at the checkered flag was hampered by a tire that sealed over during the red flag, he recorded his first WoO LMS top-five finish of 2014.

Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., also cracked the top five for the first time on the ’14 tour, placing fourth in the Sweeteners Plus Rocket after starting 11th. He closely tailed Clanton throughout the race’s second half.

Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, Ill., completed the top five in his Rocket mount, finishing in the same spot he started the race.

Rounding out the top 10 was WoO LMS rookie Frankie Heckenast Jr. of Orland Park, Ill.; Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., who started 17th driving one of Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs’s No. 99B machines; Sheppard, who rallied from the lap-18 incident; WoO LMS rookie Chase Junghans of Manhattan, Kans., who bagged a career-best finish on the tour; and 23rd-starter Eric Wells of Hazard, Ky.

Thirty-nine cars entered the event, which brought the WoO LMS to Tracey Clay’s track outside Little Rock for the second consecutive year.

Lanigan turned the fastest overall lap of Ohlins Shocks Time Trials, circling the three-eighths-mile oval in 12.604 seconds during Group ‘A’ of the split qualifying session.

Heat winners were Lanigan, Babb, Moyer and Eckert. Frank and Morgan Bagley of Tyler, Texas, captured the B-Mains.

The WoO LMS will be back in action April 4-5 with the sixth running of the Illini 100 at Farmer City (Ill.) Raceway. Time Trials and heat races will be run on Friday night and the $20,000-to-win finale is set for Saturday evening.

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 .

Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series at I-30 Speedway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (6) Billy Moyer/50 $10,150
2. (1) Darrell Lanigan/50 $5,650
3. (3) Shane Clanton/50 $3,550
4. (11) Tim McCreadie/50 $3,150
5. (5) Shannon Babb/50 $2,050
6. (8) Frankie Heckenast Jr./50 $2,350
7. (17) Chub Frank/50 $1,950
8. (7) Brandon Sheppard/50 $1,850
9. (10) Chase Junghans/50 $1,750
10. (23) Eric Wells/50 $1,650
11. (22) Clint Smith/50 $1,600
12. (4) Rick Eckert/50 $1,650
13. (19) Tommy Surrett/50 $1,450
14. (18) Morgan Bagley/50 $1,450
15. (9) Robbie Baker/49 $950
16. (16) Timothy Culp/49 $800
17. (13) Garrett Alberson/49 $770
18. (14) Jack Sullivan/38 $1,300
19. (21) Chandler Petty/27 $730
20. (12) Billy Moyer Jr./21 $700
21. (15) Jared Landers/18 $700
22. (24) Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs/14 $700
23. (20) Raymond Merrill/9 $700
24. (2) Wendell Wallace/9 $725

* Earnings include Winners Circle program and cash contingency award bonuses

Time of Race: 22 Mins., 33.778 Secs.

Margin of Victory: 0.384 Secs.

Yellow Flags: 3 (laps 9, 15, 17)

Red Flag: lap 18

Lap Leaders: Lanigan (1-6); Clanton (7-18); Moyer (19-50)

Provisional Starters: Wells, Briggs

Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Lanigan, Clanton, Baker, Alberson, Frank, Craft, Petty, Wells, Beard, Mea

Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Babb, Wallace, Junghans, Sullivan, Mitchell, Surrett, Fisher, Burroughs, Green, Deetz

Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Moyer, Heckenast, McCreadie, Landers, Bagley, English, Merrill, C. Smith, Chanler, Mashburn

Heat No. 4 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Eckert, Sheppard, Moyer Jr., Culp, Stuart, Litton, Briggs, Kierre, Bronson

B-Main No. 1 (12 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Frank, Surrett, Petty, Craft, Burroughs, Mitchell, Fisher, Wells, Mea, Green, Deetz, Beard

B-Main No. 2 (12 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Bagley, Merrill, C. Smith, Stuart, Briggs, Chanler, Litton, Kierre, Mashburn (DNS) Bronson (DQ) English

2014 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of March 29 – 6 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):
1. Darrell Lanigan 860
2. Brandon Sheppard 838 (-22)
3. Rick Eckert 798 (-62)
4. Shane Clanton 780 (-80)
5. Tim McCreadie 766 (-94)
6. Frankie Heckenast Jr. 748 (-112)
7. Morgan Bagley 742 (-118)
8. Eric Wells 734 (-126)
9. Chub Frank 726 (-134)
10. Clint Smith 702 (-158)
11. Brady Smith 692 (-168)
12. Tim Fuller 650 (-210)
13. Chase Junghans 646 (-214)
14. Jack Sullivan 634 (-226)
15. Ivedent Lloyd Jr. 628 (-232)

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Thunderstorm Washes Out World of Outlaws Late Model Series Program at Lone Star Speedway

KILGORE, Texas – March 28, 2014 – A severe thunderstorm struck Lone Star Speedway moments before the drivers’ meeting was scheduled to start on Friday, forcing the cancelation of the World of Outlaws Late Model Series racing program.

Heavy rain accompanied by strong winds and hail pummeled the three-eighths-mile oval, leaving track and series officials no choice but to call off the evening’s scheduled 50-lap, $10,000-to-win event. It was the first rainout of the 2014 World of Outlaws Late Model Series campaign.

The event will not be rescheduled this season, but series officials will work with Lone Star management in hopes of bringing the national tour back to the track in 2015.

The World of Outlaws Late Model Series will be in action Saturday night (March 29) at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark.

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Tire Rules In Place For Next Five Events On World of Outlaws Late Model Series

CONCORD, NC – Feb. 28, 2014 – Tire rules will be in place for the next five events on the World of Outlaws Late Model Series, officials announced on Friday.

The stretch of competition includes a doubleheader weekend on March 28 at Lonestar Speedway in Kilgore, Texas, and March 29 at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark.; the Illini 100 on April 4-5 at Farmer City (Ill.) Raceway; and a Volunteer State twin bill on April 11 at Duck River Raceway Park in Wheel, Tenn., and April 12 at Tazewell (Tenn.) Speedway.

For the Lonestar/I-30 Speedway and Duck River/Tazewell swings, competing teams will be restricted to using Hoosier 1300, 1350, 1450, 1600 and 55-compound tires or American Racer 44-, 48- and 56-compound rubber. All of the tires will be required to punch a minimum ‘40’ reading when checked with a durometer.

The prestigious Illini 100 at the quarter-mile Farmer City oval, meanwhile, will be contested under the traditional DIRTcar UMP Hoosier LM tire rule. Three Hoosier tire compounds – LM-20, LM-30 and LM-40 – will be permitted.

“We’re trying to make life easier for all the teams competing in the next five World of Outlaws Late Model Series events,” said tour director Tim Christman. “By mandating specific tire rules for the upcoming events, hopefully we’ll be able to lessen the burden on teams to carry so many tires on each trip and attract more participation from local and regional racers.”

The 2014 WoO LMS campaign kicked off this month with five events in the Sunshine State. There was not a single repeat winner during the season-opening swing; Brady Smith of Solon Springs, Wis., Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., and Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., reached Victory Lane during the Feb. 14-16 Bubba Army Dirt Late Model Winter Nationals at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., and Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Ga., and Kyle Bronson of Tampa, Fla., scored upset triumphs on Feb. 20 and 22, respectively, during the DIRTcar Nationals by Summit at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla.

Lanigan, a two-time WoO LMS champion, will head to Texas and Arkansas leading the circuit’s points standings by 10 points over Sheppard and 22 points over Smith.

The Illini 100 carries a first-place prize of $20,000, while the events at Lonestar, I-30, Duck River and Tazewell will feature 50-lap A-Mains paying $10,000 to win.

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Florida’s Kyle Bronson Pulls Off World of Outlaws Late Model Series Shocker In DIRTcar Nationals by Summit Finale

Young Sunshine State Racer Tames Star-Studded Field At Volusia Speedway Park For First-Ever Super Late Model Victory

BARBERVILLE, FL – Feb. 22, 2014 – Kyle Bronson of Tampa, Fla., became the latest upset winner of a World of Outlaws Late Model Series event, capturing Saturday night’s 50-lap A-Main at Volusia Speedway Park for his first-ever victory behind the wheel of a Super Late Model.

A 23-year-old open-wheel Modified standout in the Sunshine State, Bronson joined Thursday-night victor Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Ga., as unexpected first-time WoO LMS winners during the 43rd DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment. His $10,500 triumph in the finale of the mid-winter motorsports meet also was the second of the week for a home state driver following the win by Ivedent Lloyd Jr. of Ocala, Fla., in the DIRTcar Racing-sanctioned event on Feb. 17.

“This is unbelievable,” said Bronson, whose win came in the just the eighth Super Late Model start of his fledgling racing career. “I’ve never doubted myself, but I dang sure didn’t think I was gonna come here and win the race. If you would’ve asked me (about winning a WoO LMS event) a couple days ago, I would’ve told you that you were crazy. We had our goals set (for the DIRTcar Nationals) to try and make all of (the features).

“I don’t know what to say. I’m so excited I don’t even know how to show it right now.”

Bronson started from the pole position but was outgunned for the lead at the initial green flag by John Blankenship of Williamson, W.Va. Bronson held strong in second, however, and rallied to grab the top spot from Blankenship on lap 17.

Bronson then survived two caution flags, strong challenges from Blankenship and Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga., and a final-corner stumble to secure the milestone score. He crossed the finish line 0.706 of a second in front of two-time WoO LMS champion and current points leader Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., who inherited second when McDowell retired on lap 41 due to a broken right-rear caliper but wasn’t able to seriously threaten Bronson.

Blankenship settled for a third-place finish after leading laps 1-16. Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., slipped out of the top five midway through the race but came back to finish fourth and clinch the overall DIRTcar Nationals by Summit Late Model points title for the first time in his career. Don O’Neal of Martinsville, Ind., completed the top five after starting 10th, earning his best finish of the week in his Clint Bowyer Racing mount.

Bloomquist, 50, emerged as the DIRTcar Nationals by Summit champion after never finishing worse than sixth in the week’s five A-Mains. He received a coveted gator-shaped trophy for his accomplishment.

“We’re proud to get it,” Bloomquist of the unique hardware that has become a trademark of the DIRTcar Nationals by Summit. “We’ve never run every race here during the week, but we decided to do it this year and I felt like we ran really good. We had a little problem with the car tonight that I don’t really want to mention, but we still had a decent run and were good all week.”

Bloomquist – nor anyone else in the talent-laden field – was able to handle Bronson. Running a Rocket car/ProPower engine combination owned by his uncle and aunt, Wayne and Shirlene Hammond of Tampa, Fla., Bronson demonstrated ability that belied his limited experience in open-competition Late Model racing.

When Blankenship jumped out to the early lead, Bronson didn’t lose his composure. He simply took the advice of Rocket Chassis co-owner Mark Richards, who provided valuable setup assistance throughout the week, and remained patient.

“Mark Richards told me at the beginning of the race that Blankenship was gonna drive real hard and he told me not to race him,” said Bronson. “He told me to ride as long as I could until an opportunity showed up. I tried to ride as long as I could, but when I had my opportunity (to make an outside pass for the lead on lap 17) I didn’t want to follow him no more. I kind of wanted to get myself in clean air.”

Moments after assuming command, Bronson was taken out of lapped traffic by a lap-20 caution flag for Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., who slowed in turn three. The race’s only other caution flag, on lap 35 when Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., slowed with a crushed nosepiece sustained when he ran into the back of York, Pa. driver Rick Eckert’s car, also kept Bronson free of slower traffic.

“I usually hate seeing cautions, but I was actually happy to see every caution I seen because it got me back into clean air,” said Bronson, who was under heavy pressure from Blankenship and McDowell when the yellow flag flew on lap 35.

Once McDowell, who passed Blankenship for second place on the lap-35 restart, pulled off on lap 41 – just a few laps before he said he planned to step up his bid for victory – Bronson was effectively home free. His only scare was a slip rounding turn four with the checkered flag waving in front of him.

“I started getting tighter and tighter and kind of jumped the cushion down there, misjudged it,” Bronson said of the final lap. “I was kind of getting ready for a slide job (from a challenger) and actually just missed my corner. Fortunately I was able to gather it back up and hold on.”

Bronson got back in the groove in time to register by far the biggest win of his career, which he launched a mere three years ago. He’s already piled up more than 60 open-wheel Modified victories – including a DIRTcar Nationals by Summit UMP Modified triumph on Feb. 12 – and a handful of wins in spec- and crate-engine Late Model events in Florida, but none compare to this success.

“I just can’t thank all my guys enough, especially (team owners) Wayne and Shirlene (Hammond),” said Bronson, whose two previous WoO LMS A-Main starts resulted in finishes of 24th on Aug. 5, 2013, at Independence (Iowa) Motor Speedway and 25th on Thursday night at Volusia (he failed to qualify for the 2013 USA Nationals at Wisconsin’s Cedar Lake Speedway in his WoO LMS debut). “If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be driving this race car. I’d be back at East Bay (Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Fla.) racing Street Stocks.”

With his victory, Bronson became the fourth first-time DIRTcar Nationals by Summit winner during this year’s five nights of Late Model competition. He also joined Roberts to become the first back-to-back first-time winners on the WoO LMS since 2012 when Brad Neat (April 27 at North Alabama Speedway) and Bub McCool (April 28 at Tennessee’s Tazewell Speedway) logged career-first victories.

Frankie Heckenast Jr. of Orland Park, Ill., finished sixth after running as high as fourth midway through the race. Eckert, meanwhile, quietly worked his way forward from the 16th starting spot to place seventh; Steve Francis of Ashland, Ky., finished eighth; Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., guided the Rocket Chassis house car to a ninth-place finish after using a provisional to start 23rd; and Brady Smith of Solon Springs, Wis., capped his strong Florida Speedweeks with a 10th-place outing.

With 35 cars entered in the evening’s action, Ohlins Shocks Time Trials were split into ‘A’ and ‘B’ groups. The first half competed for starting positions in heats one and two and the second half racied against the clock to align heats three and four.

Bloomquist turned a lap of 16.726 seconds in Group ‘A’ that was the quickest overall of the night. It was his first WoO LMS fast-time honor of 2014 and the 11th of his career.

Heat winners were Bloomquist, Lanigan, McDowell and Heckenast. Lloyd and Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs of Bear Lake, Pa., captured the B-Mains.

The WoO LMS will sit idle for one month before returning to action with a doubleheader on Fri., March 28, at Lonestar Speedway in Kilgore, Texas, and Sat., March 29, at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark.

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 .

Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment Night 2 at Volusia Speedway Park (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (1) Kyle Bronson/50 $10,550
2. (8) Darrell Lanigan/50 $5,150
3. (2) John Blankenship/50 $3,000
4. (5) Scott Bloomquist/50 $2,700
5. (10) Don O’Neal/50 $2,000
6. (6) Frankie Heckenast Jr./50 $1,800
7. (16) Rick Eckert/50 $1,550
8. (14) Steve Francis/50 $1,400
9. (23) Brandon Sheppard/50 $1,250
10. (13) Brady Smith/50 $1,200
11. (15) Clint Smith/50 $1,100
12. (24) Morgan Bagley/50 $1,050
13. (25) Eric Wells/50 $1,000
14. (19) Tim Fuller/50 $950
15. (17) Ivedent Lloyd Jr./50 $900
16. (12) Gregg Satterlee/50 $800
17. (18) Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs/50 $770
18. (9) Shane Clanton/50 $800
19. (7) Tim McCreadie/50 $880
20. (21) Casey Roberts/50 $700
21. (27) Chub Frank/49 $160
22. (4) Dennis Erb Jr./49 $750
23. (11) Billy Moyer/43 $800
24. (3) Dale McDowell/41 $700
25. (26) Brian Shirley/20 $700
26. (22) Kenny Pettyjohn/11 $725
27. (20) Jimmy Owens/1 $700

* Earnings include cash contingency award bonuses


Time of Race: 21 Mins., 45.781 Secs.

Margin of Victory: 0.706 Secs.

Yellow Flags: 2 (laps 20, 35)

Lap Leaders: Blankenship (1-16); Bronson (17-50)

Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):

Group ‘A’
1. 0-Scott Bloomquist/Mooresburg, TN 16.726
2. 29-Darrell Lanigan/Union, KY 17.079
3. 28-Dennis Erb Jr./Carpentersville, IL 17.098
4. 21-Ivedent Lloyd Jr./Ocala, FL 17.141
5. 24-Kenny Moreland/Waldorf, MD 17.248
6. 39-Tim McCreadie/Watertown, NY 17.254
7. 19-Tim Fuller/Watertown, NY 17.304
8. 18-Eric Wells/Hazard, KY 17.305
9. 25-Shane Clanton/Zebulon, GA 17.315
10. 5-Don O’Neal/Martinsville, IN 17.342
11. 2-Brady Smith/Solon Springs, WI 17.365
12. 18-Chase Junghans/Manhattan, KS 17.439
13. 101-Casey Roberts/Toccoa, GA 17.503
14. 1*-Chub Frank/Bear Lake, PA 17.564
15. 15-Steve Francis/Ashland, KY 17.584
16. 14M-Morgan Bagley/Tyler, TX 17.680
17. 57-Chuck Julien/Apopka, FL 18.552
18. 32-Bobby Pierce/Oakwood, IL N/T

Group ‘B’
1. 17M-Dale McDowell/Chickamauga, GA 17.238
2. 40B-Kyle Bronson/Brandon, FL 17.405
3. 23-John Blankenship/Williamson, WV 17.421
4. 99Jr-Frankie Heckenast Jr./Orland Park, IL 17.427
5. 20-Jimmy Owens/Newport, TN 17.478
6. 44-Clint Smith/Senoia, GA 17.514
7. 21-Billy Moyer/Batesville, AR 17.526
8. 1-Brandon Sheppard/New Berlin, IL 17.527
9. 99B-Boom Briggs/Bear Lake, PA 17.533
10. 24-Rick Eckert/York, PA 17.563
11. 38-Kenny Pettyjohn/Millsboro, DE 17.607
12. 22-Gregg Satterlee/Indiana, PA 17.608
13. 777-Jared Landers/Batesville, AR 17.624
14. 21d-Dan Stone/Thompson, PA 17.628
15. 12M-Jack Sullivan/Greenbrier, AR 17.828
16. 81-Brian Shirley/Chatham, IL 18.023
17. 17J-John Winge/Sioux Falls SD 18.969

Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Bloomquist, Erb, Clanton, B. Smith, Moreland, Fuller, Roberts, Frank, Julien

Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Lanigan, McCreadie, O’Neal, Francis, Lloyd, Wells, Bagley, Junghans

Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): McDowell, Blankenship, Moyer, C. Smith, Briggs, Pettyjohn, Sullivan, Landers, Winge

Heat No. 4 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Heckenast, Bronson, Satterlee, Eckert, Owens, Shirley, Sheppard, Stone

B-Main No. 1 (12 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Lloyd, Fuller, Roberts, Bagley, Wells, Moreland, Junghans, Frank, Julien

B-Main No. 2 (12 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Briggs, Owens, Pettyjohn, Sheppard, Shirley, Landers, Sullivan, Winge, Stone


2014 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of Feb. 22 – 5 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):
1. Darrell Lanigan 714
2. Brandon Sheppard 704 (-10)
3. Brady Smith 692 (-22)
4. Rick Eckert 672 (-42)
5. Tim Fuller 650 (-64)
6. Shane Clanton 636 (-78)
7. Ivedent Lloyd Jr. 628 (-86)
8. Tim McCreadie 624 (-90)
9. Morgan Bagley 620 (-94)
10. Frankie Heckenast Jr. 610 (-104)
11. Eric Wells 604 (-110)
12. Chub Frank 590 (-124)
13. Casey Roberts 588 (-126)
14. Clint Smith 574 (-140)
15. Jack Sullivan 520 (-194)

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Casey Roberts Runs Race Of His Life To Win First-Ever World of Outlaws Late Model Series A-Main At Volusia Speedway Park

Georgia Driver Overtakes Bloomquist For Lead In Thrilling DIRTcar Nationals by Summit Headliner

BARBERVILLE, FL – Feb. 20, 2014 – Casey Roberts wasn’t running at the finish of the three dirt Late Model features that kicked off the 43rd annual DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment.

But when the checkered flag flew on the fourth race – Thursday night’s 50-lap World of Outlaws Late Model Series A-Main – the unheralded 36-year-old driver from Toccoa, Ga., was first across the finish line.

Roberts pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the history of the DIRTcar Nationals by Summit, passing dirt-track legend Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., coming to the white flag to become the mid-winter motorsports meet’s third first-time dirt Late Model winner in four events.

Refusing to concede after losing the lead to Bloomquist on lap 31, Roberts patiently stuck to the bottom of the half-mile oval and slipped ahead of Wednesday night’s DIRTcar Late Model feature victor to gain command as lap 49 was scored. The Peach State racer then staved off a last-ditch bid by Bloomquist to score his first-ever WoO LMS triumph by a mere. 0.185 of a second.

Roberts’s dramatic drive to a win worth $10,550 ignited the large Volusia crowd, which gave the consummate underdog a rousing welcome when he emerged from his Cushman Motorsports Capital Race Car in Victory Lane.

“I’m pretty much a no-name or whatever,” Roberts modestly said while standing on the homestretch stage following the race. “I guess everybody thinks it’s good to see guys like me win.

“I’ll tell ‘ya, I’m just blessed to be here. It feels like it’s not even really happening.”

Bloomquist settled for runner-up money, falling short after leading laps 31-48. Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga., charged forward for the second straight night, advancing from the 15th starting spot to place third. John Blankenship of Williamson, W.Va., and Gregg Satterlee of Indiana, Pa., finished fourth and fifth, respectively, after spending the final laps in a dogfight for position.

After winning his first career WoO LMS heat race earlier in the program, Roberts started from the pole position in the first of three scheduled 50-lappers for the national tour during the DIRTcar Nationals by Summit. But he was outgunned for the lead at the initial green flag by front-row mate Brady Smith of Solon Springs, Wis., setting the stage for a difficult road to victory for the two-time Ultimate Super Late Model Series champion.

“We had a gameplan, me and (Capital Race Cars builder) Marshall (Green) and all the guys, and stuck to it,” said Roberts. “The 2 (Smith) got out front there and I just kept riding. I didn’t want to get my tires hot and tried to take care of my tires for the end.”

Eventually Roberts “started coming back” to Smith, and on lap 15 Roberts slid underneath Smith to take the lead. Roberts initially edged away from the pack, but after the race’s four caution flags flew in rapid-fire fashion – on laps 20, 22, 24 and 28 – he watched Bloomquist use the outside lane to sail into the top spot on lap 31.

On most occasions, a Bloomquist move into the lead during the second half of a race means the rest of the field is running for second. But this wasn’t a normal situation.

“Scott come up through there and gosh, whenever he passed us, I was like, ‘Dang, we might run second,’” said Roberts. “But I wasn’t gonna go down without a fight.”

With the A-Main running caution-free to the finish, the low-riding Roberts slowly inched toward Bloomquist’s two-race-old Sweet/Bloomquist car. He challenged Bloomquist on lap 43 only to fall several car lengths back on lap 45 while negotiating lapped traffic; moments later, Roberts broke free of slower cars and again closed in on Bloomquist.

On lap 48 Roberts surged to the inside of Bloomquist in turns one and two and stayed alongside the leader down the backstretch. After rounding turns three and four, Roberts was in the lead with the white flag flying – and less than 20 seconds later, the race was his.

“We definitely could drive and rotate around the bottom real nice,” said Roberts. “That was really the key to the win.”

Bloomquist, 50, conceded that Roberts’s mastery of the inside groove was the difference.

“I thought the racetrack would move up and you’d have to run the middle and all over it, but that bottom stayed a lot longer than I expected,” said Bloomquist, who started sixth. “He ran a great race. It looked like he just stuck to the bottom. Tonight, that’s where it was at.”

Outdueling a Hall of Famer like Bloomquist was an unforgettable accomplishment for Roberts, a low-key sort who displayed surprisingly little outward emotion after the race.

“To run with Scott like that, with as much as he’s done in our sport – it ranks definitely at the top of the wins that I have,” said Roberts, whose wife, Cathy, and children Brynn, 15, and Mason, 10, were unfortunately not in attendance at Volusia. “I can’t thank God enough for blessing me with all the fine people around me.”

Roberts’s car owner, Jimmy Cushman, was a bit more demonstrative in his post-race actions. The longtime team owner was teary-eyed in Victory Lane, overjoyed by the magnitude of his driver’s triumph.

“I’ve always dreamed of winning an Outlaw race,” said Cushman, who, along with his wife Ann, has fielded cars for Roberts for the last 10 years. “It’s come true.”

Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., finished sixth and took over the WoO LMS points lead for the first time in his young career. Steve Francis of Ashland, Ky., faded to seventh after briefly challenging Roberts for second early in the distance. Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., rallied to finish eighth after being forced to the rear of the field on lap 24 by contact with Smith that sent him spinning in turn four. Rick Eckert of York, Pa., and Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., rounded out the top 10.

Wrapping around the lap-24 caution flag for Lanigan’s problem were slowdowns on lap 20 for third-starter Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill., who stopped in turn three; lap 22 for Kyle Bronson of Tampa, Fla., who slowed after climbing the homestretch wall; and lap 28 for a turn-two spin by Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa.

With 45 cars were entered in the evening’s action, Ohlins Shocks Time Trials were split into ‘A’ and ‘B’ groups. The first half competed for starting positions in heats one and two and the second half racied against the clock to align heats three and four.

Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., turned a lap of 15.791 seconds in Group ‘A’ that was the quickest overall of the night. It was his first WoO LMS fast-time honor of 2014 and the 19th of his career.

Heat winners were won by Roberts, Satterlee, Bloomquist and Shirley. Vic Coffey of Caledonia, N.Y., and Eckert captured the B-Mains.

The DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit continue on Friday (Feb. 21) and Saturday (Feb. 22) with WoO LMS programs headlined by 50-lap, $10,000-to-win A-Mains. The Super DIRTcar Series for Big-Block Modifieds will also be part of both shows. Race time is 7:30 both evenings.

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 .

Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series ‘DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit’ Night 1 at Volusia Speedway Park (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (1) Casey Roberts/50 $10,550
2. (6) Scott Bloomquist/50 $5,100
3. (15) Dale McDowell/50 $3,000
4. (13) John Blankenship/50 $2,500
5. (5) Gregg Satterlee/50 $2,100
6. (9) Brandon Sheppard/50 $2,250
7. (4) Steve Francis/50 $1,500
8. (11) Darrell Lanigan/50 $2,000
9. (18) Rick Eckert/50 $1,950
10. (19) Shane Clanton/50 $1,650
11. (8) Billy Moyer/50 $1,250
12. (23) Tim Fuller/50 $1,550
13. (14) Don O’Neal/50 $950
14. (2) Brady Smith/50 $950
15. (17) Vic Coffey/50 $850
16. (20) Eric Wells/50 $1,350
17. (12) Mike Marlar/50 $770
18. (22) Kenny Pettyjohn/50 $750
19. (10) Ivedent Lloyd Jr./49 $780
20. (21) Chub Frank/49 $1,250
21. (16) Tim McCreadie/45 $1,350
22. (24) Morgan Bagley/42 $1,250
23. (25) Clint Smith/38 $660
24. (3) Brian Shirley/22 $700
25. (7) Kyle Bronson/22 $725

* Earnings include Winners Circle program and cash contingency award bonuses

Time of Race: 27 Mins., 22.923 Secs.

Margin of Victory: 0.185 Secs.

Yellow Flags: 4 (laps 20, 22, 24, 28)

Lap Leaders: B. Smith (1-14); Roberts (15-30); Bloomquist (31-48); Roberts (49-50)

Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):

Group ‘A’
1. 21-Billy Moyer/Batesville, AR 15.791
2. 40B-Kyle Bronson/Tampa, FL 15.947
3. 101-Casey Roberts/Toccoa, GA 15.962
4. 22-Gregg Satterlee/Indiana, PA 16.003
5. 1-Brandon Sheppard/New Berlin, IL 16.040
6. 21L-Ivedent Lloyd Jr./Ocala, FL 16.077
7. 25-Shane Clanton/Zebulon, GA 16.145
8. 5-Don O’Neal/Martinsville, IN 16.230
9. 23-John Blankenship/Williamson, WV 16.231
10. 20-Jimmy Owens/Newport, TN 16.233
11. 14M-Morgan Bagley/Tyler, TX 16.276
12. 28-Dennis Erb Jr./Carpentersville, IL 16.340
13. J4-John Garvin Jr./Sarver, PA 16.385
14. 32c-Vic Coffey/Caledonia, NY 16.420
15. 99Jr-Frankie Heckenast Jr./Orland Park, IL 16.426
16. 12M-Raymond Merrill/Sallisaw, OK 16.462
17. 18x-Jack Sullivan/Greenbrier, AR 16.473
18. 1*-Chub Frank/Bear Lake, PA 16.507
19. 5J-Eric Jacobsen/Sea Cliff Beach, CA 16.636
20. 32-Bobby Pierce/Oakwood, IL 16.671
21. 17J-John Winge/Sioux Falls, SD 16.942
22. 27-Jeff Beyers/Pana, IL 17.111
23. 16H-Mike Hammerle/St. Charles, MO 18.056

Group ‘B’
1. 0-Scott Bloomquist/Mooresburg, TN 15.880
2. 81-Brian Shirley/Chatham, IL 15.934
3. 29-Darrell Lanigan/Union, KY 16.093
4. 157-Mike Marlar/Winfield, TN 16.101
5. 99B-Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs/Bear Lake, PA 16.119
6. 2-Brady Smith/Solon Springs, Wi 16.134
7. 15-Steve Francis/Ashland, KY 16.167
8. 19-Tim Fuller/Watertown, NY 16.168
9. 17M-Dale McDowell/Chickamauga, GA 16.200
10. 39-Tim McCreadie/Watertown, NY 16.233
11. 24M-Kenny Moreland/Waldorf, MD 16.261
12. 7-Jason Fitzgerald/Middleburg, FL 16.266
13. 38s-Kenny Pettyjohn/Millsboro, DE 16.296
14. 18c-Chase Junghans/Manhattan, KS 16.327
15. 24-Rick Eckert/York, PA 16.373
16. 44-Clint Smith/Senoia, GA 16.373
17. 777-Jared Landers/Batesville, AR 16.375
18. 18-Eric Wells/Hazard, KY 16.428
19. 1b-Jeff Babcock/Wayne, OH 16.432
20. 4ds-Chad Hollenbeck/Kingsley, PA 16.494
21. 21d-Dan Stone/Thompson, PA 16.686
22. 57-Chuck Julien/Apopka, FL 18.509

Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Roberts, Moyer, Sheppard, Blankenship, Clanton, Bagley, Garvin, Heckenast, Jacobsen, Sullivan, Winge, Hammerle

Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Satterlee, Bronson, Lloyd, O’Neal, Coffey, Pierce, Frank, Merrill, Beyers, Owens, Erb

Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Bloomquist, Francis, Lanigan, McDowell, Pettyjohn, Briggs, Eckert, Stone, Landers, Babcock, Moreland

Heat No. 4 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Shirley, B. Smith, Marlar, McCreadie, Wells, Fuller, Junghans, C. Smith, Fitzgerald, Hollenbeck, Julien

B-Main No. 1 (12 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Coffey, Clanton, Frank, Bagley, Pierce, Garvin, Heckenast, Owens, Sullivan, Erb, Jacobsen, Winge, Beyers, Hammerle (DNS) Merrill

B-Main No. 2 (12 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Eckert, Wells, Pettyjohn, Fuller, Stone, Junghans, C. Smith, Babcock, Landers, Moreland, Fitzgerald, Hollenbeck, Julien, Briggs

2014 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of Feb. 20 – 4 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):
1. Brandon Sheppard 572
2. Darrell Lanigan 568 (-4)
3. Brady Smith 562 (-10)
4. Rick Eckert 536 (-36)
5. Tim Fuller 528 (-44)
6. Shane Clanton 522 (-50)
7. Tim McCreadie 512 (-60)
8. Ivedent Lloyd Jr. 508 (-64)
9. Morgan Bagley 494 (-78)
10. Chub Frank 482 (-90)
11. Eric Wells 480 (-92)
12. Casey Roberts 478 (-94)
13. Mike Marlar 474 (-98)
14. Frankie Heckenast Jr. 472 (-100)
15. Clint Smith 446 (-126)

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Bloomquist Blasts To $10,000 Triumph In Wednesday Night’s DIRTcar Late Model Finale At DIRTcar Nationals by Summit

Hall of Fame Driver Reaches Victory Lane At Volusia Speedway Park For Fourth Consecutive Year

BARBERVILLE, FL – Feb. 19, 2014 – A slower track surface played right into Scott Bloomquist’s hands on Wednesday night at Volusia Speedway Park.

Making his first start in a new car he designed in a collaboration with noted parts manufacturer Randy Sweet, the 50-year-old superstar from Mooresburg, Tenn., mastered the sprawling half-mile oval to capture the 40-lap A-Main that closed the DIRTcar Late Model portion of the 43rd annual DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment.

Bloomquist swept past fellow Hall of Famer Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., for the lead on lap 20 and never looked back in the caution-free event. He pocketed $10,000 for his ninth career win during the DIRTcar Nationals by Summit.

“The racetrack was awesome tonight,” said Bloomquist, who began the six-night full-fender meet at VSP with finishes of sixth (Monday) and fifth (Tuesday). “It’s a little different when you just don’t sit out there and have everybody hold it on the floor all night. You gotta have a little bit of foot, a little bit of patience.”

Bloomquist showed plenty of those traits on his way to crossing the finish line 1.497 seconds ahead of Chickamauga, Ga.’s Dale McDowell, who made a strong advance from the 14th starting spot. McDowell reached second on lap 30 and briefly closed on Bloomquist before losing ground and settling for runner-up money.

Eric Wells of Hazard, Ky., who started fifth, climbed as high as second on lap 24 before being overtaken by McDowell six circuits later and placing third – his second podium finish in the week’s three DIRTcar Late Model events. Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., started and finished fourth and Moyer faded to fifth at the checkered flag after starting from the outside pole and leading laps 1-19.

In a race completed in a rapid 12 minutes, 35.182 seconds, Bloomquist started third and chased Moyer and polesitter Rick Eckert of York, Pa., through the early circuits. Bloomquist wrestled second from Eckert on lap 15 and quickly ran down Moyer.

With a burst off the inside of turn four, Bloomquist shot past Moyer to assume command for good as lap 20 was scored.

“We moved around and just tried to find where we could work well on the racetrack,” said Bloomquist, who won an A-Main during the DIRTcar Nationals by Summit for the fourth consecutive year. “I really felt great all over the racetrack, but finally we got to the middle of (turns) three and four. It looked like not too many guys could carry that much speed through the middle.

“(Moyer) looked like he was just kind of fading and we were coming to him,” he continued. “He might have went with a little different tire combination. But I knew all the guys up front had the same thing, so we just had the superior piece and I felt like we drove a pretty good race.”

Putting the new car in Victory Lane in its debut gave Bloomquist a definite confident boost.

“We finished this car while we were racing in Tampa (last week at East Bay Raceway Park),” said Bloomquist. “We’ve had a pretty rough two-week period, so to get the car finally done and get out here – this is the first laps on it this week – we really know we got something going on with this race car. I think there’s gonna be a lot of victories to come.”

McDowell, 47, appeared primed to stop Bloomquist’s march after surging past Lanigan and Wells to claim second place on lap 30. The veteran drew his Team Dillon Warrior within a half-second of Bloomquist before his bid stalled.

“I got to gaining a little bit there but just got to turning hard,” said McDowell, who was chasing his first DIRTcar Nationals by Summit victory since the 1999 finale. “I got kind of balanced out the last five, six laps, and got a little bit tight, and Scott was good rolling right through that middle. We’ll try to fix that problem and see if we can’t get up front the rest of the week.”

Eckert finished sixth after running in the top five until just past the halfway point. Steve Francis of Ashland, Ky., placed seventh, advancing from the 15 th starting spot. Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., started and finished eighth; Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., slipped two spots from his starting position to finish ninth; and sixth-starter Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., rounded out the top 10.

With 42 cars signed in for action, group qualifying was utilized to set the starting lineups for four heat races.

Moyer registered the fastest overall qualifying lap at 15.999 seconds – the second time in three nights that the veteran was quickest overall. Other group fast-timers were Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill. (16.320), Sheppard (16.146) and John Blankenship of Williamson, W.Va. (16.153).

Heat winners were Eckert, Moyer, Bloomquist and Lanigan. The B-Mains were captured by Jared Landers of Batesville, Ark., and Vic Coffey of Caledonia, N.Y.

The DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit continue on Thursday night (Feb. 20) with the first of three straights of competition featuring the World of Outlaws Late Model Series. A 50-lap WoO LMS A-Main paying $10,000 to win will top the program, which also includes a 30-lap feature for the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds.

Race time is 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

For more information on the DIRTcar Nationals by UNOH, log on to www.DIRTcarNationals.com.

DIRTcar Late Model 40-Lap A-Main Finish (Finish Pos./Start Pos./Driver/Laps Completed):
1. (3) Scott Bloomquist/40
2. (14) Dale McDowell/40
3. (5) Eric Wells/40
4. (4) Darrell Lanigan/40
5. (2) Billy Moyer/40
6. (1) Rick Eckert/40
7. (15) Steve Francis/40
8. (8) Tim McCreadie/40
9. (7) Brandon Sheppard/40
10. (6) Mike Marlar/40
11. (21) Brady Smith/40
12. (18) Vic Coffey/40
13. (20) Bobby Pierce/40
14. (23) Don O’Neal/40
15. (13) Brian Shirley/39
16. (17) Jared Landers/39
17. (27) Chad Hollenbeck/34
18. (10) Casey Roberts/32
19. (19) Kenny Pettyjohn/32
20. (25) Jeff Babcock/31
21. (24) Morgan Bagley/29
22. (11) Frankie Heckenast Jr./24
23. (28) Eric Jacobsen/16
24. (12) Shane Clanton/13
25. (16) John Blankenship/11
26. (9) Gregg Satterlee/10
27. (22) Clint Smith/7
28. (26) Mike Hammerle/4

Heat No. 1 (8 laps – Top 4 Transfer): 1. Rick Eckert, 2. Eric Wells, 3. Gregg Satterlee, 4. Brian Shirley, 5. Jared Landers, 6. Bobby Pierce, 7. Chase Junghans, 8. Morgan Bagley, 9. Clint Smith, 10. Jeff Babcock, 11. Jeff Beyers

Heat No. 2 (8 laps – Top 4 Transfer): 1. Billy Moyer, 2. Mike Marlar, 3. Casey Roberts, 4. Dale McDowell, 5. Chad Hollenbeck, 6. Jack Sullivan, 7. Stacy Boles, 8. Mike Hammerle, 9. Chuck Julien, 10. John Garvin (DNS) Kyle Bronson

Heat No. 3 (8 laps – Top 4 Transfer): 1. Scott Bloomquist, 2. Brandon Sheppard, 3. Frankie Heckenast Jr., 4. Steve Francis, 5. Kenny Pettyjohn, 6. Dan Stone, 7. Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs, 8. Chub Frank, 9. Eric Jacobsen (DNS) Dennis Erb Jr.

Heat No. 4 (8 laps – Top 4 Transfer): 1. Darrell Lanigan, 2. Tim McCreadie, 3. Shane Clanton, 4. John Blankenship, 5. Vic Coffey, 6. Brady Smith, 7. Tim Fuller, 8. Don O’Neal, 9. Jason Fitzgerald, 10. John Winge

B-Main No. 1 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): 1. Jared Landers, 2. Bobby Pierce, 3. Clint Smith, 4. Morgan Bagley, 5. Chad Hollenbeck, 6. Stacy Boles, 7. Chase Junghans, 8. Jack Sullivan, 9. Jeff Babcock, 10. Jeff Beyers, 11. Chuck Julien, 12. Mike Hammerle (DNS) Kyle Bronson, John Garvin

B-Main No. 2 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): 1. Vic Coffey, 2. Kenny Pettyjohn, 3. Brady Smith, 4. Don O’Neal, 5. Tim Fuller, 6. Chub Frank, 7. Eric Jacobsen, 8. Dan Stone, 9. Jason Fitzgerald, 10. John Winge, 11. Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs (DNS) Dennis Erb Jr.

Provisional Starters: Jeff Babock, Mike Hammerle (DIRTcar national points); Chad Hollenbeck, Eric Jacobsen (DCN points)

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Lanigan Finds Winning Touch With Club 29 Car In Sunday Night’s Bubba Army Dirt Late Model Winter Nationals Finale

Kentucky Star Holds Off O’Neal For $12,000 Top Prize At Bubba Raceway Park

OCALA, FL – Feb. 16, 2014 - Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., ended the Bubba Army Dirt Late Model Winter Nationals on a high note, breaking through to capture Sunday night’s 60-lap World of Outlaws Late Model Series ‘Super Sunday Showdown’ at Bubba Raceway Park.

Finding the winning touch with his self-designed Club 29 car after top-five finishes in each of the first two events of the weekend, Lanigan passed Don O’Neal of Martinsville, Ind., for the lead on lap seven and controlled the remainder of the distance. The two-time WoO LMS champion turned back a late challenge from O'Neal while racing through lapped traffic to pocket the race’s $12,650 top prize.

O’Neal settled for second place, about one second behind Lanigan at the checkered flag. The driver of NASCAR star Clint Bowyer’s Barry Wright car once again fell short of his elusive first-ever WoO LMS triumph.

Friday-night winner Brady Smith of Solon Springs, Wis., finished close behind O’Neal in third place in his Rocket machine, sending him out the gates of the three-eighths-mile oval with the WoO LMS points lead. He scored a podium finish in all three events.

O’Neal’s Bowyer Racing teammate, Steve Francis of Ashland, Ky., placed fourth in his Barry Wright car after getting shuffled back to eighth on a lap-22 restart. Morgan Bagley of Tyler, Texas, finished fifth in Wayman McMillan’s Rocket machine – just his second career top-five finish on the WoO LMS – after battling past Saturday-night winner Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., for the position on lap 48.

The 21-year-old Sheppard was in position to sweep a WoO LMS program for the second consecutive night after setting fast time and winning a heat, but he settled for a sixth-place finish after starting eighth. He steered the Rocket Chassis house car as high as fourth midway through the A-Main but slipped backward in the closing circuits while unsuccessfully searching for traction on the outside of the track.

Lanigan, 43, also found the top side of the egg-shaped speedway difficult to grip late in the race. He tried using the outside line to overtake a pack of lapped cars with less than 10 laps remaining and it nearly cost him the race.

After racing virtually unchallenged for most of the distance, Lanigan suddenly found O’Neal on his back bumper on lap 53. With Lanigan’s pace hampered by two slower cars ahead of him, the door was open for O’Neal to duck to the inside and come within inches of grabbing the lead on lap 54.

But then Lanigan summarily dived to the inside in turn one, breaking O’Neal’s momentum and building just enough of an edge to carry him to his first WoO LMS win of 2014 and his fifth victory in 11 starts at BRP over the past five years.

“The lapped cars were tough,” said Lanigan, who sits atop the alltime WoO LMS win list. “We were definitely a lot faster than they was (lapped cars), but there just wasn’t no (outside) groove. I just lost too much ground up there so I had to get back to the bottom.”

O’Neal saw the golden opportunity to steal the race from Lanigan’s grasp, but his hopes were effectively snuffed out by Lanigan’s move to the inside. He had to be satisfied with matching his career-best WoO LMS finish.

“He got on the outside of that (lapped) traffic and the outside wasn’t the place to be,” O’Neal said of Lanigan. “Now, if he would’ve stayed out there just a little bit longer, we may have gotten him, but that’s part of racing.

“He just cut down real hard in front of me, but that’s part of it. I would’ve done the same thing if I was him. We made it exciting there at the end but just didn’t get the job done.”

One of the most accomplished veterans in dirt Late Model racing, O’Neal remained winless in 31 career WoO LMS A-Main starts over the past decade. He has 17 top-five and 25 top-10 finishes in his limited appearances on the tour.

Lanigan’s series record 54th career win was his first in World of Outlaws action since debuting the Club 29 chassis he partnered with noted crew chief Ronnie Stuckey to build and market. He needed a couple nights to get the machine tuned just right.

“It’s a little bit different from what we’ve been used to,” said Lanigan, who scored finishes of third and fifth in the first two legs of the Winter Nationals. “We’ve been close (in the previous events), but it needed a little bit more. We found some stuff tonight and it seemed to like it.”

Putting a WoO LMS victory on his ledger so early in the season certainly gave Lanigan a boost.

“It relieves a lot of pressure,” said Lanigan. “I had a lot of pressure on myself to do good with this piece. We put a lot into it to do well.”

Finishing in positions 7-10 was 17th-starter Mark Whitener of Middleburg, Fla., who enjoyed a career-best WoO LMS outing; Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., who quietly moved forward from the 13th starting spot; Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., who used a provisional to start 23 rd after breaking a driveshaft in his car during heat action; and Jack Sullivan of Greenbrier, Ark., who rose as high as sixth before a worn right-front tire slowed his pace.

Four caution flags slowed the race, all for slowed or stopped cars: Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn. (lap 17), Chase Junghans of Manhattan, Kan. (lap 22), Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa. (lap 28) and Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs of Bear Lake, Pa. (lap 39).

Thirty-two cars were entered in the event.

Sheppard was quickest in Ohlins Shocks Time Trials, which were split into two groups. His lap of 14.626 seconds in Group ‘A’ was the overall fastest, giving him his third fast-time honor in as many nights.

Heat winners were Sheppard, Brady Smith, Francis and O’Neal. The B-Mains were captured by Whitener and Raymond Merrill of Sallisaw, Okla.

The WoO LMS will return to action with three consecutive nights of action (Feb. 20-22) during the 43rd DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla. The traditional race meet at the Volusia half-mile also includes three evenings of DIRTcar-sanctioned Late Model competition from Feb. 17-19 that will see many WoO LMS regulars in action.

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 .

Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series ‘Bubba Army Dirt Late Model Winter Nationals’ Night 3 at Bubba Raceway Park (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (3) Darrell Lanigan/60 $12,650
2. (2) Don O’Neal/60 $6,550
3. (1) Brady Smith/60 $4,625
4. (5) Steve Francis/60 $3,600
5. (4) Morgan Bagley/60 $3,550
6. (8) Brandon Sheppard/60 $3,050
7. (17) Mark Whitener/60 $2,150
8. (13) Tim McCreadie/60 $2,350
9. (23) Shane Clanton/60 $2,050
10. (14) Jack Sullivan/60 $1,400
11. (19) Rick Eckert/60 $1,900
12. (11) Frankie Heckenast Jr./60 $1,250
13. (24) Chub Frank/60 $1,700
14. (9) Brandon Overton/60 $1,100
15. (12) Tim Fuller/60 $1,600
16. (7) Ivedent Lloyd Jr./60 $1,050
17. (20) Eric Wells/60 $1,500
18. (10) Chase Junghans/60 $900
19. (18) Raymond Merrill/59 $850
20. (21) Clint Smith/59 $1,350
21. (16) Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs/59 $800
22. (15) Scott Bloomquist/50 $900
23. (6) Dan Stone/28 $800
24. (22) Gregg Satterlee/1 $800

* Earnings include Winners Circle program and cash contingency award bonuses

Time of Race: 26 Mins., 29.203 Secs.

Yellow Flags: 4 (laps 17, 22, 28, 39)

Lap Leaders: O’Neal (1-6); Lanigan (7-60)

Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):

Group ‘A’
1. 1-Brandon Sheppard/New Berlin, IL 14.626
2. 2-Brady Smith/Solon Springs, WI 14.785
3. 39-Tim McCreadie/Watertown, NY 14.846
4. 25-Shane Clanton/Zebulon, GA 14.879
5. 29-Darrell Lanigan/Union, KY 15.051
6. 18c-Chase Junghans/Manhattan, KS 15.091
7. 76-Brandon Overton/Appleton, GA 15.114
8. 18x-Jack Sullivan/Greenbrier, AR 15.153
9. 101-Casey Roberts/Toccoa, GA 15.173
10. 21L-Ivedent Lloyd Jr./Ocala, FL 15.189
11. 58-Mark Whitener/Middleburg, FL 15.190
12. 24-Rick Eckert/York, PA 15.220
13. 44-Clint Smith/Senoia, GA 15.242
14. 1*-Chub Frank/Bear Lake, PA 15.640
15. 157-Mike Marlar/Winfield, TN 16.482
16. 11-Austin Kirkpatrick

Group ‘B’
1. 21d-Dan Stone/Thompson, PA 14.937
2. 5-Don O’Neal/Martinsville, IN 14.941
3. 99Jr-Frankie Heckenast Jr./Orland Park, IL 14.996
4. 14M-Morgan Bagley/Tyler, TX 15.123
5. 15-Steve Francis/Ashland, KY 15.135
6. 19-Tim Fuller/Watertown, NY 15.318
7. 12M-Raymond Merrill/Sallisaw, OK 15.359
8. 22-Gregg Satterlee/Indiana, PA 15.385
9. 0-Scott Bloomquist/Mooresburg, TN 15.424
10. 99B-Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs/Bear Lake, PA 15.476
11. 33-Brian Reese/Sharpsburg, GA 15.521
12. 1G-Michael Lake/Uniontown, PA 15.912
13. 18-Eric Wells/Hazard, KY 16.010
14. 32-David Gibson Jr./Charleston, WV 16.177
15. 17J-John Winge/Sioux Falls, SD 16.717
16. 60-Jim Manka/Rincon, GA 17.321

Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Sheppard, Lanigan, Overton, McCreadie, Roberts, Whitener, C. Smith, Marlar

Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): B. Smith, Lloyd, Junghans, Sullivan, Eckert, Frank, Clanton (DNS) Kirkpatrick

Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Francis, Stone, Heckenast, Bloomquist, Merrill, Wells, Winge (DNS) Reese

Heat No. 4 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): O’Neal, Bagley, Fuller, Briggs, Satterlee, Gibson, Manka, Lake

B-Main No. 1 (12 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Whitener, Eckert, C. Smith, Roberts, Frank, Marlar, Clanton (DNS) Kirkpatrick

B-Main No. 2 (12 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Merrill, Wells, Satterlee, Gibson, Winge, Lake, Manka (DNS) Reese

2014 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of Feb. 16 – 3 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):

1. Brady Smith 440
2. (tie) Brandon Sheppard 434 (-6)
2. (tie) Darrell Lanigan 434 (-6)
4. (tie) Rick Eckert 404 (-36)
4. (tie) Tim McCreadie 404 (-36)
6. Tim Fuller 402 (-38)
7. Ivedent Lloyd Jr. 396 (-44)
8. Shane Clanton 392 (-48)
9. (tie) Frankie Heckenast Jr. 388 (-52)
9. (tie) Morgan Bagley 388 (-52)
11. Brandon Overton 376 (-64)
12. Chub Frank 372 (-68)
13. Eric Wells 362 (-78)
14. Mike Marlar 358 (-82)
15. Jack Sullivan 356 (-84)

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Super-Sub Sheppard Powers To Convincing Victory In Saturday’s Bubba Army Dirt Late Model Winter Nationals A-Main

Young Star Drives Rocket Chassis House Car To Clean Sweep Of Program At Bubba Raceway Park

OCALA, FL – Feb. 15, 2014 – Just call him Super Sub.

Continuing his spectacular performance as the interim driver of the Rocket Chassis house car, Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., powered to a convincing victory in Saturday night’s 50-lap World of Outlaws Late Model Series A-Main at Bubba Raceway Park.

Sheppard, 21, surged forward from the fifth starting spot to take the lead from hometown favorite Ivedent Lloyd Jr. of Ocala, Fla., on lap seven and never looked back. The 2014 DIRTcar Summer Nationals and DIRTcar Late Model national champion easily handled four restarts over the remaining distance to defeat Friday-night winner Brady Smith of Solon Springs, Wis., by 4.348 seconds in the second night of action during the third annual Bubba Army Dirt Late Model Winter Nationals.

Lloyd, who started from the pole position and led laps 1-6, swapped second place with Smith twice before settling for a career-best WoO LMS finish of third. Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y., ran as high as second midway through the race but slipped to fourth at the finish and outside-polesitter Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., placed fifth after starting from the outside pole.

The $10,050 triumph was Sheppard’s first of the young 2014 WoO LMS season and the fourth of his career on the national tour. Two of his World of Outlaws checkered flags have come behind the wheel of Mark Richards’s familiar Valvoline-sponsored Rocket No. 1, which he is steering while reigning WoO LMS champion Josh Richards is sidelined by undisclosed medical issues.

Sheppard also earned his first-ever win during Georgia/Florida Speedweeks, which he has been attending annually since he was a high-school student.

“We’ve been trying a lot of years to get a win down here and had never been able to do it,” said Sheppard, who had made all his previous Speedweeks appearances in family-owned equipment. “We never really had any runs to write home about, but this year we’ve had a really good car the whole time we’ve been down here. This team is awesome and I felt like it was a matter of time before we’d get one.”

Sheppard’s great start in the first 50-lapper of the WoO LMS campaign proved to be key to his success. He passed three cars on the opening lap to reach second place and then measured Lloyd’s Snow Brothers car for several circuits before grabbing the lead on lap seven with an inside move rounding turn four.

“Everything fell into place right,” said Sheppard. “We came up through there pretty quick. We had a ton of traction off of four. I feel like that’s where a lot of guys would lose time, but I could really get through there and get down on that bottom pretty good and drive off.”

Sheppard maintained a modest edge once in command, holding his rivals at arm’s length as he marched to a victory that gave him a rare sweep of a WoO LMS program. He had some close calls in lapped traffic late in the distance but turned up the wick to power away from the 36-year-old Smith in the final circuits.

“I seen my guys telling me they were getting a little bit close to me when I was in lapped traffic,” said Sheppard, whose perfect night included fast-time honors in qualifying and a heat-race win. “I was kind of trying to save my tires a little bit there, but I knew we were pretty good on the top. I looked up and seen a couple laps to go and put it on the top and got something done.”

Smith, who hustled his Rocket machine forward from the eighth starting spot to reach second for the first time with a lap-26 restart pass of Fuller, happily accepted his runner-up finish.

“I’m not gonna complain about a second,” said Smith, who ended the night tied for the WoO LMS points lead with Sheppard. “I was probably a little too conservative trying to save my tires, but we’ll take second.”

Lloyd, meanwhile, felt a prime opportunity to snatch a memorable first-ever WoO LMS win on home turf might have slipped through his fingers.

“The track got a little rough and we had hard tires on,” said Lloyd, whose previous career-high WoO LMS finish was a fourth in last year’s Winter Nationals opener at BRP. “I never would’ve thought four 10s (soft compound tires) would beat us here, but that’s how it goes. We were hoping for a little bit better, but it was a pretty good run. It’s an accomplishment to run third with these guys.”

Finishing in positions 6-10 was Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., who charged forward from the 19th starting spot after running a B-Main for the second consecutive night; Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., who briefly cracked the top five; 17th-starter Rick Eckert of York, Pa.; Frankie Heckenast Jr. of Orland Park, Ill., who ran as high as sixth; and Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Ga.

Four caution flags slowed the event, including a notable lap-14 spin between turns one and two by Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., who was bidding for fourth place when he lost control of his car. Other cautions flew for Eric Wells of Hazard, Ky., who spun in turns one and two on lap 10; Raymond Merrill of Sallisaw, Okla. (flat tire on lap 26); and Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs of Bear Lake, Pa. (slowed on lap 32).

Thirty cars were signed in for the event.

Sheppard was fastest in Ohlins Shocks Time Trials for the second consecutive night, turning a lap of 13.955 seconds. He was just over two-tenths of a second off the track record of 13.771 seconds set by Josh Richards exactly one year ago.

Heat winners were Sheppard, Lloyd and Clanton, and McCreadie captured the B-Main.

The Bubba Army Dirt Late Model Winter Nationals conclude on Sunday (Feb. 16) with the inaugural 60-lap ‘Super Sunday Showdown,’ which offers a $12,000 first-place prize. Gates are scheduled to open at 12 noon with hot laps set to start at 4 p.m.

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 .

Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series ‘Bubba Army Dirt Late Model Winter Nationals’ Night 2 at Bubba Raceway Park (Finishing/Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (5) Brandon Sheppard/50 $10,050
2. (8) Brady Smith/50 $5,050
3. (1) Ivedent Lloyd Jr./50 $3,600
4. (3) Tim Fuller/50 $2,550
5. (2) Darrell Lanigan/50 $2,150
6. (19) Tim McCreadie/50 $1,850
7. (9) Mike Marlar/50 $1,400
8. (17) Rick Eckert/50 $1,575
9. (6) Frankie Heckenast Jr./50 $1,250
10. (12) Casey Roberts/50 $1,150
11. (10) Morgan Bagley/50 $1,100
12. (21) Brandon Overton/50 $1,000
13. (18) Chub Frank/50 $1,050
14. (4) Shane Clanton/50 $950
15. (23) Eric Wells/50 $900
16. (7) Chase Junghans/50 $800
17. (20) Austin Kirkpatrick/50 $770
18. (11) Clint Smith/49 $800
19. (16) Raymond Merrill/49 $730
20. (13) Mark Whitener/48 $700
21. (22) Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs/41 $700
22. (24) John Winge/22 $700
23. (14) Jack Sullivan/18 $700
24. (15) John Garvin Jr./14 $700

* Earnings include cash contingency award bonuses

Time of Race: 23 Mins., 53.004 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 4.348 Secs.
Yellow Flags: 4 (laps 10, 14, 26, 32)
Lap Leaders: Lloyd (1-6); Sheppard (7-50)

Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):
1. 1-Brandon Sheppard/New Berlin, IL 13.955
2. 21L-Ivedent Lloyd Jr./Ocala, FL 14.064
3. 29-Darrell Lanigan/Union, KY 14.133
4. 18c-Chase Junghans/Manhattan, KS 14.143
5. 18x-Jack Sullivan/Greenbrier, AR 14.155
6. 25-Shane Clanton/Zebulon, GA 14.159
7. 19-Tim Fuller/Watertown, NY 14.263
8. 2-Brady Smith/Solon Springs, WI 14.342
9. 39-Tim McCreadie/Watertown, NY 14.373
10. 14M-Morgan Bagley/Tyler, TX 14.410
11. 24-Rick Eckert/York, PA 14.435
12. 76-Brandon Overton/Appleton, GA 14.441
13. 18-Eric Wells/Hazard, KY 14.520
14. 99Jr.-Frankie Heckenast Jr./Orland Park, IL 14.530
15. J4-John Garvin/Sarver, PA 14.543
16. 58-Mark Whitener/Middleburg, FL 14.563
17. 11-Austin Kirkpatrick/Ocala, FL 14.586
18. 157-Mike Marlar/Winfield, TN 14.588
19. 12M-Raymond Merrill/Sallisaw, OK 14.600
20. 44-Clint Smith/Senoia, GA 14.692
21. 101-Casey Roberts/Toccoa, GA 14.707
22. 33-Brian Reese/Sharpsburg, Ga 14.733
23. 1G-Michael Lake/Uniontown, PA 14.915
24. 1*-Chub Frank/Bear Lake, PA 14.932
25. 17J-John Winge/Sioux Falls, SD 14.941
26. 99B-Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs/Bear Lake, PA 15.045
27. 54-Dalton Myers/Riverview, FL 15.187
28. 32-David Gibson Jr./Charleston, WV 15.439
29. 57-Chuck Julien/Apopka, FL 16.540
30. 16H-Mike Hammerle/St. Charles, MO 16.827

Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 6 Transfer): Sheppard, Fuller, Junghans, Bagley, Whitener, Merrill, Wells, Gibson, Reese, Winge

Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 6 Transfer): Lloyd, Heckenast, B. Smith, C. Smith, Sullivan, Eckert, Kirkpatrick, Briggs, Lake (DNS) Julien

Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 6 Transfer): Clanton, Lanigan, Marlar, Roberts, Garvin, Frank, McCreadie, Overton, Myers, Hammerle

B-Main (12 laps – Top 4 Transfer): McCreadie, Kirkpatrick, Overton, Briggs, Reese, Winge, Lake, Hammerle, Gibson (DNS) Wells, Julien, Myers

World of Outlaws Late Model Series Contingency Award Winners (awards presented to noted finisher/qualifier or next highest displaying decal):

2014 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of Feb. 15 - 2 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):
1. (tie) Brady Smith 296
1. (tie) Brandon Sheppard 296
3. Darrell Lanigan 284 (-12)
4. Tim Fuller 282 (-14)
5. Ivedent Lloyd Jr. 278 (-18)
6. Rick Eckert 276 (-20)
7. Mike Marlar 272 (-24)
8. Tim McCreadie 270 (-26)
9. Frankie Heckenast Jr. 262 (-34)
10. Shane Clanton 260 (-36)
11. Brandon Overton 254 (-42)
12. (tie) Chub Frank 248 (-48)
12. (tie) Morgan Bagley 248 (-48)
14. Eric Wells 246 (-50)
15. Casey Roberts 238 (-58)

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Brady Smith Steers New Rocket Car To Victory In World of Outlaws Late Model Series Season Opener At Bubba Raceway Park

Wisconsin Standout Holds Off Substitute Rocket Chassis House Car Driver Brandon Sheppard For $7,000 Triumph

OCALA, FL – Feb. 14, 2014 – Brady Smith loves his new car.

After steering the three-race-old machine to a wire-to-wire victory in Friday night’s caution-free 35-lap World of Outlaws Late Model Series season opener at Bubba Raceway Park, Smith’s decision to join the Rocket Chassis fold in 2014 was vindicated.

“We just couldn’t be happier with the support we’ve been getting (from Rocket Chassis),” Smith said after capturing the milestone 400th WoO LMS A-Main contested since the national tour was reborn in 2004 under the World Racing Group banner. “All those guys over there – (Steve) Baker, Mark (Richards), Cody (Duncan), Matt (Barnes), Josh (Richards) – have been just so helpful. I couldn’t be happier with the effort they’ve been giving me to help us get going here.”

Smith, 36, of Solon Springs, Wis., took off from his pole position starting spot and led the entire distance in his Vic Hill-powered car, but his $7,050 triumph in the first of three Bubba Army Dirt Late Model Winter Nationals events didn’t come easy. He had to hold off a furious late-race challenge from Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill. – the substitute driver of Mark Richards’s Rocket Chassis house car while reigning WoO LMS champ Josh Richards is sidelined by undisclosed medical issues – to secure his fifth career win on the WoO LMS.

The 21-year-old Sheppard’s last-lap bid fell short by 0.367 of a second as he settled for runner-up money. Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., finished about one second behind Sheppard in third driving his new self-designed Club 29 car. Rick Eckert of York, Pa., burst forward from the 12th starting spot to fourth place in 11 laps and stayed there to the finish in his Bloomquist car, while seventh-starter Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y., completed the top five in his Kennedy Motorsports Capital Race Car.

In a non-stop race that was completed in a mere 9 minutes, 28.214 seconds, Smith found himself dealing with heavy lapped traffic throughout the closing stages. Never far behind was Sheppard, who started fourth and reached second with a lap-10 pass of Lanigan.

Sheppard repeatedly slid underneath Smith in the corners of the egg-shaped, three-eighths-mile oval over the final 10 laps, but Smith made the correct moves to hang on for his first WoO LMS checkered flag since Aug. 20, 2011, at Merritt Speedway in Lake City, Mich.

“The lapped traffic was somewhat hellacious tonight so we had our hands full out there,” said Smith, whose best finish in four previous WoO LMS starts at BRP was a seventh on Feb. 16, 2013. “I was just trying to do the best I could without roughing anybody up too bad and still keep my pace up.

“I saw that blue nose (of Sheppard’s car) poked under me a couple times but just got back up on the wheel and tried to finish the job.”

Smith smiled broadly through a bushy winter’s beard while celebrating with family and friends during the post-race ceremonies. An annual competitor in Florida dirt Late Model Speedweeks events since 2005, Smith was triumphant during the February stretch of action for the first time since Feb. 13, 2010, at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla.

“I’m extremely happy to be here in Victory Lane,” said Smith. “I’ve got almost all my best supporters here – my family (wife Jenni and young children Travis and Rowan), a couple of my great sponsors (Michaletz Trucking and Jim Gummerson from Mid-States Equipment Inc.). This means a lot.”

Sheppard, meanwhile, graciously accepted his solid second-place finish.

“The lapped traffic was just tough,” said Sheppard, who registered a career-best WoO LMS finish in the state of Florida. “Every time I’d get up there to (Smith), get close to him, we’d always catch up to lapped traffic. Every batch of lapped traffic we got to was two-wide, so it was hard to do anything with him.”

Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., improved four positions to finish sixth in his first WoO LMS start driving a car fielded by his father-in-law Ron Davies while Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., was seventh and earned the $500 WoO LMS Bonus Bucks for being the highest-finished non-touring regular who has never won a series event. Ivedent Lloyd Jr. of Ocala, Fla., placed eighth at his hometown track; Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., advanced from the 20 th starting spot to finish ninth; and possible WoO LMS Rookie of the Year contender Frankie Heckenast Jr. of Orland Park, Ill., rounded out the top five.

Sheppard topped the evening’s 27-car field in Ohlins Shocks Time Trials with a lap of 14.872 seconds. It was his second career WoO LMS fast-time honor.

Heat winners were Sheppard, Brandon Overton of Appleton, Ga., and Brady Smith. Morgan Bagley of Tyler, Texas, captured the B-Main.

The Bubba Army Dirt Late Model Winter Nationals continue with a 50-lap, $10,000-to-win event on Saturday night (Feb. 15) and a 60-lap finale paying $12,000 to win on Sunday evening (Feb. 16).

More information on the Winter Nationals is available by logging on to www.bubbaracewaypark.com.

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 .

Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series ‘Bubba Army Dirt Late Model Winter Nationals’ Night 1 at Bubba Raceway Park (FinishingPosition/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (1) Brady Smith/35 $7,050
2. (4) Brandon Sheppard/35 $3,500
3. (3) Darrell Lanigan/35 $2,650
4. (12) Rick Eckert/35 $2,400
5. (7) Tim Fuller/35 $2,050
6. (10) Shane Clanton/35 $1,650
7. (9) Mike Marlar/35 $1,900
8. (15) Ivedent Lloyd Jr./35 $1,300
9. (20) Tim McCreadie/35 $1,450
10. (18) Frankie Heckenast Jr./35 $1,050
11. (5) Brandon Overton/35 $950
12. (6) Eric Wells/35 $950
13. (13) Chase Junghans/34 $800
14. (11) Chub Frank/34 $850
15. (14) Jack Sullivan/34 $700
16. (19) Morgan Bagley/34 $680
17. (17) Clint Smith/34 $660
18. (16) Dalton Myers/34 $640
19. (21) Raymond Merrill/34 $620
20. (23) Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs/33 $600
21. (22) Casey Roberts/17 $600
22. (8) Austin Kirkpatrick/14 $600
23. (2) Mark Whitener/13 $700
24. (24) John Winge/3 $625

* Earnings include Winners Circle program and cash contingency award bonuses

Time of Race: 9 Mins., 28.214 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 0.367 Secs.
Yellow Flags: None
Lap Leaders: B. Smith (1-35)
Provisional Starters: Briggs, Winge

WoO LMS ‘Bonus Bucks’ Winner: Marlar ($500)
Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):
1. 1-Brandon Sheppard/New Berlin, IL 14.872
2. 76-Brandon Overton/Appleton, GA 15.176
3. 29-Darrell Lanigan/Union, KY 15.215
4. 58-Mark Whitener/Middleburg, FL 15.222
5. 18-Eric Wells/Hazard, KY 15.244
6. 2-Brady Smith/Solon Springs, WI 15.246
7. 18c-Chase Junghans/Manhattan, KS 15.275
8. 11-Austin Kirkpatrick/Ocala, FL 15.309
9. 157-Mike Marlar/Winfield, TN 15.310
10. 25-Shane Clanton/Zebulon, GA 15.400
11. 14M-Morgan Bagley/Tyler, TX 15.481
12. 24-Rick Eckert/York, PA 15.502
13. 19-Tim Fuller/Watertown, NY 15.547
14. 18x-Jack Sullivan/Greenbrier, AR 15.554
15. 21L-Ivedent Lloyd Jr./Ocala, FL 15.196
16. 101-Casey Roberts/Toccoa, GA 15.557
17. 1*-Chub Frank/Bear Lake, PA 15.581
18. 99Jr-Frankie Heckenast/Orland Park, IL 15.591
19. 39-Tim McCreadie/Watertown, NY 15.716
20. 44-Clint Smith/Senoia, GA 15.815
21. 2M-Allen Murray/San Antonio, TX 15.925
22. 54-Daltn Myers/Riverview, FL 15.968
23. 99B-Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs/Bear Lake, PA 15.987
24. 12M-Raymond Merrill/Salisaw, OK 16.130
25. 1G-Michael Lake/Uniontown, PA 16.134
26. 17J-John Winge/Sioux Falls, SD 16.329
27. 16H-Mike Hammerle/St. Charles, MO 17.500

Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 6 Transfer): Sheppard, Whitener, Fuller, Clanton, Junghans, Myers, McCreadie, Roberts, Lake

Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 6 Transfer): Overton, Wells, Kirkpatrick, Frank, Sullivan, C. Smith, Bagley, Winge, Briggs

Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 6 Transfer): B. Smith, Lanigan, Marlar, Eckert, Lloyd, Heckenast, Merrill, Murray, Hammerle

B-Main (12 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Bagley, McCreadie, Merrill, Roberts, Briggs, Lake, Winge, Hammerle

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Clanton Confident About 2014 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Title Chances With ‘New’ Race Team

National Tour’s Season Kicks Off Feb. 14-16 At Bubba Raceway Park & Feb. 20-22 At Volusia Speedway Park

CONCORD, NC – Feb. 11, 2014 – For a driver who’s about to tackle the World of Outlaws Late Model Series with a new race team, Shane Clanton is remarkably cool, calm and collected.

That’s probably because Clanton’s 2014 racing effort is only ‘new’ in the strictest sense of the word.

Yes, Clanton, 38, of Zebulon, Ga., has a new car owner this season after ending his two-year run with the Kennedy Motorsports operation in December. But when he begins his pursuit of the ’14 WoO LMS title on Feb. 14-16 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., and Feb. 20-22 at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla., he expects to seamlessly pick up where he left off last year – a campaign that was arguably his best on the WoO LMS since he became a tour regular in ’05.

“Really, our deal this year ain’t much different than it was before,” said a confident Clanton, who in 2013 won four WoO LMS A-Mains and finished third in the points standings. “We have the same (Capital) cars and basically the same (Clements) motors. We’re still at the same shop, have the same parts and the same crew chief (Brock Wise).

“Basically, I worked everything out with (John) Kennedy where I got just about everything I had last year. We just have a different truck (transporter) and somebody different paying the bills.”

That person is Ron Davies, the western Pennsylvania dirt Late Model veteran who also happens to be Clanton’s father-in-law and the soon-to-be grandfather of Clanton’s first child with wife Michelle (she’s due to give birth on May 22). When Clanton decided to leave Kennedy Motorsports about a month after the final checkered flag of 2013, Davies stepped up to make sure Clanton could continue racing as a national touring professional.

“I was going to try to do it on my own,” said Clanton, “but it costs a lot to do a full racing deal like I’ve been doing. I was gonna have to cut back on my schedule, but then Ron said, ‘There’s no sense in doing that. Just go ahead and do what you’ve been doing the last few years and make it work.’

“I’m lucky to have somebody who’s really interested in racing behind me.”

After spending the short off-season reworking one of the machines he campaigned for Kennedy in 2013 and building two new mounts with his Capital Race Cars partner Marshall Green, Clanton made his debut under the Weldbank Energy Racing banner – so named for Davies’s successful Warren, Pa.-based business – during last month’s Winter Extreme series at Tucson (Ariz.) International Raceway. He fell short of Victory Lane but capped the six-race meet with a solid runner-up finish on Jan. 19, proving he’s ready to be a contender again in ’14.

“Anytime you go to the racetrack you’re supposed to learn something and I feel like we did out there,” Clanton said of his Spring Training-type trip west. “We made progress all week at Tucson and hopefully we can use what we learned there to our advantage when we go racing in Florida.

“The main thing is to have at least as good of a season as we had last year, but hopefully get more wins like Josh (Richards) and (Darrell) Lanigan do. They get eight, 10, 12 wins a year, and we have to step up our program to win at that kind of rate. If you can win races like, you’ll be better in the points and make more money.”

With the 2014 WoO LMS championship race taking on a new look following the recent announcement that reigning titlist Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., will miss the season-opening events at Bubba Raceway Park and Volusia due to undisclosed medical issues, Clanton seems well-positioned to make a run at the $100,000 crown. He flashed impressive, career-best consistency last year – his 40 top-10 finishes in 46 events was topped only by Richards’s 41 – and believes he can not only match that steadiness but improve upon it.

“By far, this is the best I’ve been sitting in a good little while for the start of the season,” said Clanton, who has finished as high as second in the WoO LMS points standings (2006). “I feel that we have what it takes to win the championship, but it’s gonna depend a lot on how things go down in Florida. We have to get off to a good start.”

Clanton has never won a dirt Late Model feature at Bubba Raceway Park or Volusia, but he’s certainly contended for victories at both tracks over the past decade. He understands that breaking through during the always highly-competitive events in the Sunshine State can take some time.

“There are just so many good cars down there, it’s hard to win,” said Clanton, who was triumphant in last year’s WoO LMS season opener at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga., but couldn’t duplicate the success when the circuit moved on to Florida. “You gotta have Lady Luck on your side plus have a good car – and we’ve had a good car many times but just haven’t had the best luck to get the job done.

“I’ve always said, though, that luck is what you make of it, so if you’re not winning races you gotta work on your race car and make it better and that’s what we’re trying to do.”

If recent Speedweeks results are any indication, Clanton is on the verge of grabbing a checkered flag at BRP and/or VSP. In the six Bubba Army Dirt Late Model Winter Nationals A-Mains run at the egg-shaped, three-eighths-mile BRP over the past two years, Clanton has three top-five finishes (his best: third in the 2012 opener) and just one finish worse than seventh (a 14th in the second ’12 feature after a late-race flat tire knocked him out of second place). At the half-mile Volusia oval, four of Clanton’s six top-five finishes in 20 career WoO LMS starts there have come in the last two years – a third in the ’12 finale, plus a third, fifth and fourth in last year’s three A-Mains.

Winning at either track – but preferably both – would be significant for Clanton, an accomplished racer who is one of just five drivers to win the prestigious DIRTcar-sanctioned Dream and World 100 events at NASCAR star Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

“They’re two of the premier facilities anywhere when they’re groomed right,” said Clanton. “Mother Nature has a lot to do with things down there. But when there’s good weather, you’ll generally see some of the best races in the country at those two tracks.”

The Bubba Army Dirt Late Model Winter Nationals at Bubba Raceway Park includes three complete WoO LMS programs: a 35-lap A-Main paying $7,000 to win on Fri., Feb. 14; a 50-lapper for $10,000 to win on Sat., Feb. 15; and the 60-lap ‘Super Sunday Showdown’ offering a $12,000 top prize on Feb. 16.

Advance-sale tickets for the Bubba Army Dirt Late Model Winter Nationals are available on-line at www.bubbaracewaypark.com or by calling the track office at 352-622-9400.

Volusia Speedway Park’s DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment, meanwhile, features 50-lap, $10,000-to-win WoO LMS A-Mains on Thurs., Feb. 20, Fri., Feb. 21, and Sat., Feb. 22. Most WoO LMS regulars will also compete in DIRTcar UMP-sanctioned Late Model events on Mon., Feb. 17, Tues., Feb. 18, and Wed., Feb. 19.

More information on the DIRTcar Nationals by Summit, including details on advance ticket packages and the ‘FREE Fan Pit Pass With Every Ticket’ promotion, can be obtained by visiting www.DirtCarNationals.com.

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 .

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Josh Richards to Watch from Sidelines for Start of 2014 WoO Late Model Season

SHINNSTON, W.Va. (Jan. 31, 2014) - Mark Richards Racing announced today that three-time World of Outlaws Late Model Series Champion Josh Richards will not be in the seat of the No. 1 Valvoline Rocket Chassis house car due to medical issues for the start of the 2014 WoO season.

Brandon Sheppard, of New Berlin, Ill., will be behind the wheel in Richards's absence. Sheppard is a familiar face in the Rocket camp filling in for the 25-year-old defending champion in 2012 as he ran a limited schedule in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Sheppard also won the 33rd annual Red Buck Dirt Track World Championship at Portsmouth (Ohio) Raceway Park last October substituting for Richards.

"It's not easy to watch from the sidelines for the start of the season, but I hope to have these issues resolved quickly and get back in the car as soon as possible," said Richards. "I still plan to be involved with the race team and I have full confidence in Brandon (Sheppard). I know he will do a phenomenal job in my absence."

Updates will be made as additional details become available.

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Return To Rocket Chassis Has McCreadie Bullish About 2014 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Championship Prospects

New Yorker Ready To Kick Off Season Feb. 14-16 At Bubba Raceway Park & Feb. 20-22 At Volusia Speedway Park

CONCORD, NC – Jan. 24, 2014 – Whether Tim McCreadie can raise his game sufficiently to make a serious run at the World of Outlaws Late Model Series championship in 2014 remains to be seen, but one thing is certain: he isn’t lacking for confidence as he plunges into the chase.

When the national tour’s ’14 campaign kicks off with the Bubba Army Dirt Late Model Winter Nationals on Feb. 14-16 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., and the DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment on Feb. 20-22 at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla., McCreadie fully expects to be in the title conversation.

“I wouldn’t go out on tour if I didn’t think we had a shot at winning the championship,” Watertown, N.Y.’s McCreadie asserted with steely-eyed resolve. “That’s always the focus. Now, it hasn’t worked out that we’ve been a contender the last few years, but we’ve always thought we had good enough cars and help to win a championship and it’s no different this year.”

McCreadie, of course, knows what it takes to be a World of Outlaws champion. He won the crown in 2006, just three years after switching his focus to dirt Late Model racing from his roots in the Northeast’s DIRTcar Big-Block Modified division.

But since reaching the WoO LMS mountaintop, McCreadie has struggled to find his way back. While he’s never finished outside the top five in the points standings since returning as a series regular in 2010 (he entered only selected WoO LMS events from 2007-2009), he’s only gotten a sniff of a title once. That was in ’10 when he battled Josh Richards and Darrell Lanigan until faltering late in the season and settling for a third-place finish.

McCreadie hasn’t forgotten how to win – with eight triumphs over the past two seasons (three in ’12, five in ’13), he ranks behind only Lanigan (27 wins) and Richards (12) on the WoO LMS victory list for the period – but he has lost the championship formula. He’s simply been too up-and-down, bidding for a win one night and falling completely out of the mix the next. His failure to find consistent speed is evidenced by the combined 26 DNFs he rang up in 2012 and ’13, a number accentuated by McCreadie’s penchant for pulling out of races rather than wallowing at the back of the pack.

McCreadie is well aware of the area in which he needs to improve. In hopes of doing that in 2014, he made an off-season decision with his Sweeteners Plus Racing team to reunite with Rocket Chassis, the car make he hasn’t driven exclusively since 2010. He spent much of the 2011 season running a Victory Circle car and campaigned Warrior Chassis machines in 2012 and ’13.

“The last time we were really, really comfortable in our equipment and were a real threat to win the championship the whole way through the year, we were in Rocket stuff,” said McCreadie, who has two new Rocket mounts ready for action. “It was just me and Al (Stevens) working on the cars back then too, but we have three guys now (including crewmen Craig McCrimmon and Johnny Coco) and we have more people who can come to races and help. So really, I feel like our program is stronger today than it was in 2010 and even back when we won the championship in ’06. I think we have a stronger core with everything now, so, as long as I can get up to speed with the Rockets, I think we can win like we were winning last year and not be as bad as we were in other races.

“That’s what it’s gonna take. You can’t finish 15th or drop out and contend for the championship. You’re gonna have to be able to match what the best two cars the last few years are able to do – that’s Darrell and Josh. They’re the standard right now and we’re doing everything we can to match up with them.”

McCreadie figures to benefit from working closely throughout the season with Richards, the three-time and defending WoO LMS champion, and Richards’s father Mark’s Rocket Chassis house car team. With Lanigan leaving the Rocket fold to start up his own car-building business, McCreadie becomes the highest-ranked driver besides Richards running Rocket machines on the circuit.

“It was a company decision more than anything,” McCreadie said of his team’s move to Rocket. “Business-wise, it just makes sense. Vic (Coffey, McCreadie’s Sweeteners Plus teammate) drives ‘em and he likes his cars, and we decided that as a company that’s the direction we should go to keep everything more in line.

“Then after talking with Mark and those guys down at Rocket – they’re just really good at helping people. Warrior (led by Sanford Goddard) is really good with helping people too, don’t get me wrong. It’s just that there’s more of these (Rocket) cars out there, so that should help me get a baseline (setup) at some places where I struggled last year and hopefully I won’t struggle like that again.”

With McCreadie ready to celebrate his 40th birthday on April 12, he understands that he’s in his racing prime. He’s counting on using the larger pool of technical information available at Rocket to maximize the years ahead of him.

“I think I’m in a little bit different point in my career,” said McCreadie. “I want to race, but it’s no secret you can’t race forever. I hope I have at least a decade left of being physically fit enough to be at the top of my game and I want to make the most of it – and I think (running Rocket cars) gives me the best shot to do that.

“It’s not a shot at anybody, but at this point I just don’t feel like I have the time to be testing and cutting stuff apart to figure things out. I just need to be on the same page with a lot of other people and then hopefully we have enough money put into our equipment, our motors, our tires – our whole program – that I’ll be competitive more consistently and won’t have the 15th-place finishes and the dropouts.

“Who knows how everything will turn out?” he continued. “We could run worse, but hopefully we can capitalize on these Rocket cars being proven to be pretty good and us being out there on the road with Mark and those guys. I think if we take what we learned going out there on our own the last couple years and combine it with the help we can get running Rocket cars, we can put some good results up.”

McCreadie will begin his championship quest in the Sunshine State, running at two tracks that he gives high ratings. He’s enjoyed success at both speedways, winning dirt Late Model and DIRTcar Big-Block Modified features at Volusia and finishing as high as second (twice) in WoO LMS competition at BRP.

“I really enjoy both of those places,” McCreadie said of BRP and Volusia. “I don’t know if it’s the speed and the layout of the tracks or what, but they just feel more comfortable for me to race on them.

“I’m never gonna complain about Ocala,” he continued, singling out the egg-shaped, three-eighths-mile oval promoted by nationally-known syndicated radio show host Todd ‘Bubba the Love Sponge’ Clem. “The thing we always wish for as race car drivers is a place that gets racy and wide for the feature, and that place has a tendency to do that. More often than not, you can race all over it. Plus, they put up really good money, you get treated good and it’s a nice, clean facility. You can’t ask for anything more.

“And for me, Volusia has always just been a natural fit. I feel comfortable there all the time – and that track, when it’s prepped right where there’s a top and a bottom and it’s black in the middle, is amazing. It’s just so wide and a lot of fun to race on.”

The sprawling half-mile Volusia oval is a special place for McCreadie, who grew up watching his father, legendary DIRTcar Big-Block Modified driver ‘Barefoot’ Bob McCreadie, compete there in February and became a Volusia winner himself when he climbed into the cockpit. McCreadie actually won the first dirt Late Model feature of his career at Volusia – a DIRTcar UMP-sanctioned event on Feb. 9, 2004 – and one year later, on Feb. 19, 2005, made the track the site of his first-ever WoO LMS victory.

“I can’t wait to get down to Volusia every year,” said McCreadie, who also won two DIRTcar UMP-sanctioned A-Mains there in 2005 and pulled off a thrilling triumph over Lanigan and Billy Moyer in last year’s DIRTcar UMP finale. “Ocala kind of builds you up with great money and real good racing, and then you go over to Volusia and it’s really hard to argue about how great that (DIRTcar Nationals) week is just because of that Daytona crowd. Volusia is always gonna have a little more amped-up atmosphere just because there’s so many people there you probably will never see anywhere else all year long. There’s people from all types of racing, whether it’s Sprint Car guys who stick around for a few days to watch, or guys from the Daytona track, or even guys from over at the asphalt track at (New) Smyrna who stop in for a night.

“It’s just such a huge thing all week. I just love the whole idea of Speedweeks there. To be there and race and be part of the whole atmosphere, it’s just so exciting to me.

“To top it off, it’s hard to win there. I mean, it’s hard to win everywhere, but there’s so many good cars there, if you can get one at Volusia during Daytona week, that’s pretty cool.”

And a triumph during the Florida excursion would certainly go a long way toward making McCreadie’s World of Outlaws championship dreams come true.

“The goal this year is to go down to Florida and hopefully win some races,” said McCreadie, whose cars will sport a new look this season with the familiar No. 39 on their doors designed to mirror the number plate that appeared on the off-shore boats his team owner, Carl Myers, used to race. “If we can do that, hopefully we’ll be in the thick of this championship thing all year long.”

The Bubba Army Dirt Late Model Winter Nationals at Bubba Raceway Park includes three complete WoO LMS programs: a 40-lap A-Main paying $8,000 to win on Fri., Feb. 14; a 50-lapper for $10,000 to win on Sat., Feb. 15; and the 60-lap ‘Super Sunday Showdown’ offering a $12,000 top prize on Feb. 16.

Advance-sale tickets for the Bubba Army Dirt Late Model Winter Nationals are available on-line at www.bubbaracewaypark.com or by calling the track office at 352-622-9400.

Volusia Speedway Park’s DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment, meanwhile, features 50-lap, $10,000-to-win WoO LMS A-Mains on Thurs., Feb. 20, Fri., Feb. 21, and Sat., Feb. 22. Most WoO LMS regulars will also compete in DIRTcar UMP-sanctioned Late Model events on Mon., Feb. 17, Tues., Feb. 18, and Wed., Feb. 19.

More information on the DIRTcar Nationals by Summit, including details on advance ticket packages and the ‘FREE Fan Pit Pass With Every Ticket’ promotion, can be obtained by visiting www.DirtCarNationals.com.

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Standout Roster Of Title Hopefuls Ready For Start Of Milestone World of Outlaws Late Model Series Campaign Feb. 14-16 At Bubba Raceway Park

Bubba Army Dirt Late Model Winter Nationals Begins Celebration Of National Tour’s 10th Anniversary Season Under World Racing Group Banner

OCALA, FL – Jan. 16, 2014 – The running of the third annual Bubba Army Dirt Late Model Winter Nationals on Feb. 14-16 at Bubba Raceway Park will mark two significant milestones for the World of Outlaws Late Model Series.

For starters, a season-long celebration of the 10th anniversary of the national tour’s rebirth in 2004 will begin with the weekend tripleheader at the unique egg-shaped, three-eighths-mile oval. In addition, the opening night of the meet – a 40-lap, $8,000-to-win event on Fri., Feb. 14 – is set to be the 400th WoO LMS A-Main contested since the circuit resumed action 10 years ago under the World Racing Group banner.

Landmarks aside, the tour’s visit to BRP will also kick off the chase for the prestigious WoO LMS championship. A typically star-studded roster of drivers is eyeing the $100,000 title in 2014, including:

* Josh Richards. The three-time and defending WoO LMS champion from Shinnston, W.Va., is geared up to pursue another points crown with his father Mark’s Rocket Chassis house car team after making his triumphant return in 2013 following a season spent pursuing his NASCAR aspirations. There will be a couple new looks to Richards’s effort in ’14: veteran wrench-turner Randall Edwards has come on board to serve as his chief mechanic (’13 WoO LMS Crew Chief of the Year Matt Barnes won’t travel as extensively with Richards this season) – and sometime during the season, Richards, who turns 26 on March 22, plans to become a married man by tying the knot with Andrea Cleveland.

* Darrell Lanigan. A two-time champion who led the tour in victories in ’13 but finished second to Richards in the standings, Lanigan enters 2014 following an off-season that saw him make headline-grabbing news. The 43-year-old driver from Union, Ky., ended his longtime affiliation with Rocket Chassis to start a chassis-building partnership with veteran mechanic Ronnie Stuckey, who will assist in the development of the ‘Club 29’ machines that Lanigan hopes will allow him to continue his spectacular recent success on the WoO LMS. He’s won 27 World of Outlaws A-Mains over the past two years – more than half of his alltime series-best total of 53 victories.

* Shane Clanton. After enjoying arguably the strongest WoO LMS season of his career in 2013 (four wins and a third-place finish in the points standings), the 38-year-old from Zebulon, Ga., decided to leave the Kennedy Motorsports team in December and launch his own operation. He’s confident of picking up right where he left off in ’13 – with solid backing from his father-in-law, western Pennsylvania racer Ron Davies, and essentially the same Capital Race Cars he ran last year, he has the goods to contend.

* Rick Eckert. It’s steady-as-she-goes for the 48-year-old WoO LMS stalwart from York, Pa., who will look to improve upon a 2013 season during which he won just once but tallied six runner-up finishes en route to placing fourth in the points race. The 2011 series champion’s self-owned effort has been bolstered for ’14 with the recent addition of Horton Coal Company and Sorbera Family Chiropractic as sponsors.

* Tim McCreadie. The 2006 WoO LMS titlist will fire off into 2014 with a renewed vigor after spending the off-season assembling new Rocket Chassis machines, putting him back exclusively in the West Virginia’s company’s camp for the first time since 2010. Watertown, N.Y.’s McCreadie, who turns 40 on April 12, drove Warrior Chassis cars to eight WoO LMS wins over the past two seasons (three in ’12, five in ’13) and a pair of top-five points finishes, but struggled with inconsistency.

* Eric Wells. The 2013 WoO LMS Rookie of the Year hopes to take another step forward this season with his father David’s Bloomquist Chassis equipment. Buoyed by the addition of Tommy Hicks, Scott Bloomquist’s longtime crew chief, on a fulltime basis this season, the 25-year-old from Hazard, Ky., sits primed to improve upon a 2013 campaign that saw him win once and finish a solid sixth in the points standings.

* Morgan Bagley. Coming off his first season of competition on a national tour, the 2013 WoO LMS Rookie of the Year runner-up returns to the circuit this year with Jay Bohannon assuming crew-chief duties alongside car chief Nick Hoover. The 27-year-old from Longview, Texas, steered Wayman McMillan’s Rocket cars to just a single top-five finish on last year’s WoO LMS but is expecting better results with one season of traveling under his belt.

* Chub Frank. A WoO LMS regular for a decade, the veteran from Bear Lake, Pa., struggled to a ninth-place finish in the 2013 points standings and went winless on the circuit for a fourth consecutive season. Frank, who will celebrate his 52nd birthday on Jan. 22, hopes to put together a strong start in ’14 to keep him traipsing down the road with the Outlaws for another season.

* Bub McCool. The Mohawked driver from Vicksburg, Miss., reached Victory Lane once on last year’s WoO LMS, but that was one of the few highlights of a frustrating sophomore season for the tour’s 2012 Rookie of the Year. He managed just two other top-five finishes and fell to 10th in the points standings. If he can put ’13 behind him and build from his solid 2012 campaign (nine top-five finishes, seventh in points), McCool, 36, will remain one of the circuit’s top draws.

* Clint Smith. Save a handful of noteworthy runs, the 2013 season was a washout for the 48-year-old driver known as ‘Cat Daddy.’ He finished 11 th in the standings, falling short of a points-fund-paying spot. But the Senoia, Ga., racer has renewed hope for 2014 thanks to his pairing with Florida’s Todd Wood, who will provide the Rocket machines that Smith plans to make his primary ride on the WoO LMS.

* Chase Junghans. A 21-year-old open-wheel Modified convert from Manhattan, Kan., who competed fulltime in the dirt Late Model division for the first time in 2013, Junghans has announced his intention to step up to a national level this season and pursue the WoO LMS Rookie of the Year award. He’s already shown a glimpse of his talent this year, finishing third in Wednesday night’s Winter Extreme event at Tucson (Ariz.) International Raceway.

Advance-sale tickets for the Bubba Army Dirt Late Model Winter Nationals, which also include a 50-lap, $10,000-to-win event on Sat., Feb. 15, and a 60-lap grand finale paying $12,000 to win on Sun., Feb. 16, are available on-line at www.bubbaracewaypark.com or by calling the track office at 352-622-9400.

The season-opening burst of WoO LMS action in Florida also includes three nights of competition (Feb. 20-22) as part of the DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville. More information on the DIRTcar Nationals by Summit can be obtained by visiting www.DirtCarNationals.com.

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World of Outlaws Late Model Series Shifts 2014 Season Opener To Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park

National Tour Will Not Sanction Feb. 7-8 ‘Winter Freeze’ At Georgia’s Screven Motor Speedway

CONCORD, NC – Jan. 10, 2013 – The 2014 World of Outlaws Late Model Series season will begin on Feb. 14-16 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., rather than the previous weekend at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga., as originally scheduled, series officials announced on Thursday.

A disagreement over tire rules prompted the national tour to drop its sanctioning of the Feb. 7-8 ‘Winter Freeze’ doubleheader at Screven, which was slated to kick off the WoO LMS campaign for the third consecutive year. WoO LMS officials had anticipated running the events under the four-compound DIRTcar UMP Hoosier LM tire rule – the mandate used in 2013 at Screven and earmarked for nine Florida events that follow this year’s Winter Freeze – but Screven promoter James ‘Redd’ Griffin preferred an open tire rule.

“After discussing the situation Redd decided that he did not want to run the Hoosier LM tires or institute a similar limited-compound tire rule for the Winter Freeze,” said WoO LMS director Tim Christman. “As a result, we felt it was necessary to drop the World of Outlaws sanctioning of the weekend at Screven. We believe it would be unfair to all teams supporting us at Screven to allow an open-tire rule there and then continue our season-opening trip with nine nights of racing in Florida under the Hoosier LM tire rule.

“We’re disappointed that an agreement couldn’t be reached with Redd, but we have always had a great relationship with him and look forward to continue working with him in the future.”

Griffin announced that the Winter Freeze will still be contested on Feb. 7-8 as a pair of unsanctioned $10,000-to-win events.

Screven’s departure from the schedule moves the 2014 WoO LMS lidlifter to the egg-shaped, three-eighths-mile Bubba Raceway Park, which will host the Bubba Army Late Model Winter Nationals from Feb. 14-16. The huge tripleheader includes a 40-lap A-Main paying $8,000 to win on Fri., Feb. 14; a 50-lap A-Main offering $10,000 to win on Sat., Feb. 15; and a 60-lap grand finale with a $12,000 top prize on Sun., Feb. 16.

The WoO LMS will close out its season-opening burst of action on Feb. 20-22 with three 50-lap, $10,000-to-win events during the DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla. Most World of Outlaws regulars will also compete at Volusia in DIRTcar UMP-sanctioned races on Feb. 17, 18 and 19.

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World of Outlaws Late Model Series Primed To Celebrate 10th Anniversary Of Rebirth With Action-Packed 2014 Season

National Tour’s ’14 Schedule Sits At Nearly 50 Events With Visits To More Than 30 Tracks

CONCORD, NC – Dec. 12, 2013 – The World of Outlaws Late Model Series will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its rebirth in 2014 with a typically ambitious and diverse schedule of events, officials announced on Thursday during the Performance Racing Industry trade show in Indianapolis.

Forty-nine race dates comprising 44 A-Mains at 32 tracks in 21 states and Canada are currently confirmed as part of the national tour’s map-crossing 2014 itinerary, which kicks off with a burst of eight events in Georgia and Florida during the month of February.

Almost exactly a decade to the day since the WoO LMS was reincarnated under the World Racing Group banner, the country’s longest-running national tour will commence for the third straight year with the ‘Winter Freeze’ on Feb. 7-8 at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga. The doubleheader will feature 50-lap A-Mains paying $10,000 to win on both Friday and Saturday evenings.

Also part of the busy first month of World of Outlaws action is the third annual Bubba Army Late Model Winter Nationals on Feb. 14-16 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. – a three-night weekend extravaganza with increasingly lucrative events offering $8,000, $10,000 and $12,000 top prizes – and the traditional visit to Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla., for the DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment that in 2014 includes three complete WoO LMS programs on Feb. 20-22.

Volusia, of course, is the track that hosted the first race of the WoO LMS’s World Racing Group era, on Feb. 3, 2004. The circuit restarted that season after a 15-year hiatus following its two-year run in 1988-1989 under the direction of late World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series founder Ted Johnson.

Four high-dollar, long-distance races also highlight the 2014 schedule. The list of marquee events includes the $50,000-to-win USA Nationals at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis. (July 31-Aug. 2); the eighth annual Firecracker 100 at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa. ($30,000 to win on June 26-28); the Prairie Dirt Classic at Fairbury (Ill.) American Legion Speedway ($25,000 to win on July 25-26); and the Illini 100 at Farmer City (Ill.) Raceway ($20,000 to win on April 4-5).

The ’14 season will conclude for the eighth straight year with a pair of $12,000-to-win 50-lap A-Mains during the World of Outlaws World Finals on Nov. 6-8 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C.

With up to six additional dates still to be announced, the 2014 campaign is on course to surpass the tour’s alltime single-season high of 46 A-Mains established in 2013 and threaten the record of 38 different host tracks set in 2010. What’s more, the first race of 2014 will mark the 400th WoO LMS A-Main contested since the circuit restarted in 2004.

“The demand for World of Outlaws Late Model Series racing from fans and track promoters across the country continues at a record level,” said Tim Christman, who will serve as the WoO LMS director for the eighth consecutive year. “We are thrilled that so many speedway operators recognize the significance of hosting a World of Outlaws Late Model Series event. It’s with their support that we’re able to offer fans and race teams the most prestigious series in all of dirt Late Model racing.”

The richest WoOLMS event in 2014 remains Cedar Lake Speedway’s 100-lap USA Nationals, a crown-jewel race that occupies a spotlighted position on the World of Outlaws trail for the fifth consecutive year and eighth time overall in its 27-year history. The three-day spectacular will be an all-World of Outlaws weekend for the second straight season, with a Thursday-night preliminary program on July 31 offering full WoO LMS points and a $6,000 first-place check leading into the traditional USA Nationals qualifying card on Fri., Aug. 1, and the 100-lap finale on Sat., Aug. 2.

Lernerville’s Firecracker 100, meanwhile, will feature three full nights of competition for the fifth year in a row. The fan-friendly Firecracker weekend begins with 30-lap, $6,000-to-win preliminary A-Mains on Thurs., June 26, and Fri., June 27, before ending with the 100-lap headliner offering $30,000 for first place on Sat., June 28.

The Land of Lincoln will be the site of two century-grind WoO LMS events – both at wildly popular quarter-mile bullrings. The Illini 100 on April 4-5 at Farmer City will again serve as a grand lidlifter to the DIRTcar UMP season in the Midwest, while the Prairie Dirt Classic on July 25-26 at Fairbury returns to the World of Outlaws sked for the second straight year with its first-place payout pumped up to a track-record $25,000 to commemorate the 25 th running of the event.

Special events are also inked for the quarter-mile Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, W.Va. (Jackpot Weekend on May 24-25) and Berlin Raceway in Marne, Mich., a 7/16th-mile asphalt track that will be covered with dirt for the Keyser Manufacturing Down & Dirty Weekend on Sept. 12-13. Race formats and purse structures for the Tyler County and Berlin weekends will be announced in the near future.

Another two-day meet is scheduled for Labor Day weekend at Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway. The sprawling half-mile oval’s promoter, Charlie Paige, has set the 40-lap, $8,000-to-win ‘Showdown On Sand Hill’ for Sat., Aug. 30, and the 50-lap, $10,000-to-win Late Model National Open for Sun., Aug. 31.

The tour’s annual mid-summer ‘Wild West Tour’ currently includes four events over a seven-day period with at least one more event to be added. WoO LMS stalwart Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., is scheduled to kick off the swing on Sat., July 12, with the ‘Gopher 50’ charity race (the 10th straight year the event is part of the series), followed by subsequent races on July 15 at Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen, S.D., which returns to the WoO LMS for the first time since 2008; July 17 at Red River Co-op Speedway in Winnipeg, Manitoba (third year in a row that the series will visit the Canadian track); and July 18 at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D., which had its WoO LMS event rained out in 2013 after presenting an A-Main every year since ’06.

Other highlights of the 2014 schedule:

* An early-season swing to Lonestar Speedway in Kilgore, Texas, on March 28 and I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark., on March 29. The circuit will visit Lonestar for the first time since 2010 and returns to I-30 after debuting there in 2013.

* Three weekends of springtime racing below the Mason-Dixon Line: a Volunteer State doubleheader on April 11 at Duck River Raceway Park in Wheel, Tenn., and April 12 at Tazewell (Tenn.) Speedway; Fayetteville (N.C.) Motor Speedway on May 2 and Lavonia (Ga.) Speedway on May 3; and 201 Speedway in Sitka, Ky., on May 16 and Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tenn., on May 17. Lavonia and 201 Speedway are set to host first-ever WoO LMS events; Duck River and Smoky Mountain are back on the tour for the second consecutive year; and Tazewell (last race: 2012) and Fayetteville (2010) return after having scheduled events rained out in 2013.

* The traditional spring midweek event at Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, which hosts the WoO LMS for the 10th time in 11 years on Thurs., May 29. The trip to the First State once again coincides with the NASCAR weekend at nearby Dover International Speedway.

* A Northeast swing in the week preceding the Firecracker 100, including return appearances on June 19 at Fonda (N.Y.) Speedway, which hosted the WoO LMS for the first time in 2013, and June 24 at Big Diamond Raceway in Minersville, Pa., which was last part of the series in 2009. At least one more event is expected to be added to the stretch of races.

* A new date on the calendar for Independence (Iowa) Motor Speedway, which shifts forward slightly to Thurs., July 24. The WoO LMS will visit the quarter-mile oval for the fourth consecutive year.

* Shawano (Wis.) Speedway will continue its midweek date preceding the USA Nationals when it presents the WoO LMS for the fifth year in a row on Tues., July 29 (raindate of Wed, July 30).

* A Mid-Atlantic twin bill on Aug. 15 at Potomac Speedway in Budds Creek, Md., and Aug. 16 at Winchester (Va.) Speedway (Raye Vest Memorial). Potomac ran its only previous WoO LMS event in 2004 while Winchester has held a tour A-Main in two of the last three years.

* Two late-summer races in the Wolverine State. Merritt Speedway in Lake City, Mich., is set to host a WoO LMS event for the fourth straight season on Sat., Aug. 23, while a Fri., Aug. 22, date at another Michigan track is pending.

* A Labor Day weekend date on Fri., Aug. 29, at Lernerville Speedway, the flagship World Racing Group track that for the first time since 2009 will bring in the WoO LMS for more than just the Firecracker 100 extravaganza. A unique format is being considered for this added event, with details to be announced in the coming weeks.

* A 40-lap, $8,000-to-win mid-week show on Thurs., Sept. 11, at LaSalle (Ill.) Speedway, which hosted its only previous WoO LMS event in 2007. The date comes at the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, about an hour’s drive from LaSalle.

Seven facilities are scheduled to host multiple WoO LMS A-Mains in 2014. Lernerville leads the way with four races; Bubba Raceway Park and Volusia will have three; and two events will be contested at Screven, Tyler County, Cedar Lake, Selinsgrove and The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

Nearly a half-million dollars in first-place prize money will be up for grabs during the 2014 WoO LMS campaign.

For the most up-to-date schedule information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com.

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2014 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Schedule

(as of 12/12/13) Schedule subject to change. Check WorldofOutlaws.com for the latest information.

Date Day Track/Location Win Laps

Feb. 7 Friday Screven Motor Speedway/Sylvania, GA $10,000 50

Feb. 8 Saturday Screven Motor Speedway/Sylvania, GA $10,000 50

Feb. 14 Friday Bubba Raceway Park/Ocala, FL $8,000 40

Feb. 15 Saturday Bubba Raceway Park/Ocala, FL $10,000 50

Feb. 16 Sunday Bubba Raceway Park/Ocala, FL $12,000 60

Feb. 20 Thursday Volusia Speedway Park/Barberville, FL $10,000 50

Feb. 21 Friday Volusia Speedway Park/Barberville, FL $10,000 50

Feb. 22 Saturday Volusia Speedway Park/Barberville, FL $10,000 50

March 28 Friday Lonestar Speedway/Kilgore, TX $10,000 50

March 29 Saturday I-30 Speedway/Little Rock, AR $10,000 50

April 4-5 Fri./Sat. Farmer City Raceway/Farmer City, IL $20,000 100

April 11 Friday Duck River Raceway Park/Wheel, TN $10,000 50

April 12 Saturday Tazewell Speedway/Tazewell, TN $10,000 50

May 2 Friday Fayetteville Motor Speedway/Fayetteville, NC $10,000 50

May 3 Saturday Lavonia Speedway/Lavonia, GA $10,000 50

May 16 Friday 201 Speedway/Sitka, KY $10,000 50

May 17 Saturday Smoky Mountain Speedway/Maryville, TN $10,000 50

May 24 Saturday Tyler County Speedway/Middlebourne, WV TBA TBA

May 25 Sunday Tyler County Speedway/Middlebourne, WV TBA TBA

May 29 Thursday Delaware International Speedway/Delmar, DE $10,000 50

May 31 Saturday TBA

June 18 Wednesday Great Northern Tour TBA

June 19 Thursday Fonda Speedway/Fonda, NY $10,000 50

June 21 Saturday Great Northern Tour TBA

June 24 Tuesday Big Diamond Raceway/Minersville, PA $8,000 40

June 26 Thursday Lernerville Speedway/Sarver, PA $6,000 30

June 27 Friday Lernerville Speedway/Sarver, PA $6,000 30

June 28 Saturday Lernerville Speedway/Sarver, PA $30,000 100

July 11 Friday Wild West Tour TBA

July 12 Saturday Deer Creek Speedway/Spring Valley, MN $10,000 50

July 15 Tuesday Brown County Speedway/Aberdeen, SD $10,000 50

July 17 Thursday Red River Co-op Speedway/Winnipeg, MAN $10,000 50

July 18 Friday River Cities Speedway/Grand Forks, ND $10,000 50

July 19 Saturday Wild West Tour TBA

July 24 Thursday Independence Motor Speedway/Independence, IA $10,000 50

July 25-26 Fri./Sat. Fairbury American Legion Speedway/Fairbury, IL $25,000 100

July 29 Tuesday Shawano Speedway/Shawano, WI $10,000 50

July 31 Thursday Cedar Lake Speedway/New Richmond, WI $6,000 40

Aug. 1-2 Fri./Sat. Cedar Lake Speedway/New Richmond, WI $50,000 100

Aug. 15 Friday Potomac Speedway/Budds Creek, MD $10,000 50

Aug. 16 Saturday Winchester Speedway/Winchester, VA $10,000 50

Aug. 22 Friday TBA (Michigan track)

Aug. 23 Saturday Merritt Speedway/Lake City, MI $10,000 50

Aug. 29 Friday Lernerville Speedway/Sarver, PA TBA TBA

Aug. 30 Saturday Selinsgrove Speedway/Selinsgrove, PA $8,000 40

Aug. 31 Sunday Selinsgrove Speedway/Selinsgrove, PA $10,000 50

Sept. 11 Thurs. LaSalle Speedway/LaSalle, IL $8,000 40

Sept. 12-13 Fri./Sat. Berlin Raceway/Marne, MI TBA TBA

Nov. 6 Thursday The Dirt Track at Charlotte/Concord, NC T/T

Nov. 7 Friday The Dirt Track at Charlotte/Concord, NC $12,000 50

Nov. 8 Saturday The Dirt Track at Charlotte/Concord, NC $12,000 50

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World of Outlaws Late Model Series Releases Dates Of Major Multi-Day Events On 2014 Schedule

Eight February Races In Georgia & Florida, USA Nationals & Firecracker 100 Highlight National Tour’s Special-Show Slate

CONCORD, NC – Nov. 15, 2013 – A season-opening eight-race, three-track burst of action in Georgia and Florida will kick off the 2014 World of Outlaws Late Model Series special-event schedule, tour officials announced on Friday.

Officials have released the dates of 10 major multi-day programs that will be featured on the circuit’s 2014 slate, including the four longest and richest races of the season: the prestigious USA Nationals at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis. (July 31-Aug. 2); the eighth annual Firecracker 100 at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa. (June 26-28); the Illini 100 at Farmer City (Ill.) Raceway (April 4-5); and the Prairie Dirt Classic at Fairbury (Ill.) American Legion Speedway (July 25-26).

The 2014 campaign will begin on Feb. 7-8 at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga., with the ‘Winter Freeze’ weekend, which includes a pair of 50-lap A-Mains paying $10,000 to win. The tour then heads to the Sunshine State for the Late Model Winter Nationals on Feb. 14-16 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. – featuring three nights of racing with progressively larger winner’s shares of $8,000, $10,000 and $12,000 – and three more $10,000-to-win affairs on Feb. 20-22 at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla., to close the half-mile oval’s DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment.

The complete 2014 WoO LMS schedule, which is expected to number nearly 50 events, will be released in the near future.

“The World of Outlaws Late Model Series will again feature some of the most exciting and fan-friendly weekends in dirt Late Model racing in 2014,” said tour director Tim Christman. “We’re thrilled to have these events serving as the framework of our 2014 season. With all of them big destination races, the time is right to release the dates so fans can start making plans to be part of the action.

“We will announce the complete 2014 schedule in the lead-up to next month’s Performance Racing Industries trade show as we have traditionally done in the past. With several new tracks joining the series, fans and racers will definitely want to keep an eye out for that announcement.”

Nearly $300,000 in combined first-place cash will be on the line in the 10 weekend spectaculars, led by the $50,000 top prize offered to the winner of the 27th annual USA Nationals on Aug. 1-2 at Cedar Lake Speedway. Part of the WoO LMS for the fifth consecutive year, the 100-lap summer showdown at the three-eighths-mile Badger State oval boasts a purse of nearly $250,000 – making it not only the richest race on the 2014 WoO LMS calendar, but also one of the most lucrative crown-jewels in all of dirt Late Model racing. The weekend also includes a 40-lap, $6,000-to-win WoO LMS tuneup on Thurs., July 31.

The tour’s first major summer event of 2014 will once again be Lernerville Speedway’s Firecracker 100, which for the fifth year in a row boasts 30-lap, $6,000-to-win preliminary programs on Thurs., June 26, and Fri., June 27, leading into the headlining 100-lapper on Sat., June 28. A $30,000 check will be presented to the winner of the century grind at the four-tenths-mile track outside Pittsburgh.

A pair of quarter-mile bullrings in the Land of Lincoln, meanwhile, will host two of the most anticipated 100-lap WoO LMS events of the season: the sixth annual Illini 100 on April 4-5 at Farmer City Raceway and the 25th annual Prairie Dirt Classic on July 25-26 at Fairbury American Legion Speedway. The $20,000-to-win Illini 100 has quickly become a season-starting tradition in the Midwest, while Fairbury’s marquee event reached new heights last year with its first-ever World of Outlaws sanction.

Other major multi-day events spread across the 2014 WoO LMS schedule include:

* The Memorial Day weekend ‘Jackpot 100’ twin bill at Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, W.Va. Details are forthcoming on the event, which will feature complete racing programs on Sat., May 23, and Sun., May 24.

* A second annual Labor Day weekend doubleheader at Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway, which will present the 40-lap ‘Showdown on Sand Hill’ on Sat., Aug. 30 ($8,000 to win) and the 50-lap Late Model National Open on Sun., Aug. 31 ($10,000 to win).

* The eighth annual World Finals on Nov. 6-8 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C. A pair of $12,000-to-win WoO LMS A-Mains will be part of the wildly popular season-ending tripleheader that also includes the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series and the Super DIRTcar Series for big-block Modifieds.

The upcoming release of the full 2014 WoO LMS schedule will detail, among other items, two summer mini-series that have become annual staples – June’s Great Northern Tour that carries the circuit to the Firecracker 100 and the mid-July Wild West Tour – and dates at an array of stalwart tour tracks and new facilities.

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

2014 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Special-Event Schedule

Date – Day – Track/Location – Event

Feb. 7 – Fri. – Screven Motor Speedway/Sylvania, GA – Winter Freeze - 50L
Feb. 8 – Sat. – Screven Motor Speedway/Sylvania, GA – Winter Freeze – 50L
Feb. 14 – Fri. – Bubba Raceway Park/Ocala, FL – LM Winter Nationals – 40L
Feb. 15 – Sat. – Bubba Raceway Park/Ocala, FL – LM Winter Nationals – 50L
Feb. 16 – Sun. – Bubba Raceway Park/Ocala, FL – LM Winter Nationals – 60L
Feb. 20 – Thurs. – Volusia Speedway Park/Barberville, FL – DIRTcar Nationals - 50L
Feb. 21 – Fri. – Volusia Speedway Park/Barberville, FL – DIRTcar Nationals - 50L
Feb. 22 – Sat. – Volusia Speedway Park/Barberville, FL – DIRTcar Nationals – 50L

April 4-5 – Fri./Sat. – Farmer City (IL) Raceway – Illini 100

May 23-24 – Sat./Sun. – Tyler County Speedway/Middlebourne, WV - TBA

June 26 – Thurs. – Lernerville Speedway/Sarver, PA – Firecracker 100 Prelim Nt. 1 – 30L
June 27 – Fri. – Lernerville Speedway/Sarver, PA – Firecracker 100 Prelim Nt. 2 – 30L
June 28 – Sat. – Lernerville Speedway/Sarver, PA – Firecracker 100

July 25-26 – Fri./Sat. – Fairbury (IL) American Legion Speedway – Prairie Dirt Classic – 100L
July 31 – Thurs. – Cedar Lake Speedway/New Richmond, WI – 40L

Aug. 1-2 – Fri./Sat. – Cedar Lake Speedway/New Richmond, WI – USA Nationals – 100L
Aug. 30 – Sat. – Selinsgrove (PA) Speedway – Showdown on Sand Hill – 40L
Aug. 31 – Sun. – Selinsgrove (PA) Speedway – National Open – 50L

Nov. 6 – Thurs. - The Dirt Track at Charlotte/Concord, NC – World of Outlaws World Finals Qualifying
Nov. 7 – Fri. – The Dirt Track at Charlotte/Concord, NC – World Finals – 50L
Nov. 8 – Sat. – The Dirt Track at Charlotte/Concord, NC – World Finals – 50L

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Richards Caps Championship Season With Victory In World of Outlaws World Finals Finale

Celebrates Third World of Outlaws Late Model Series Title In Style At The Dirt Track At Charlotte

CONCORD, NC – Nov. 9, 2013 – Josh Richards capped his World of Outlaws Late Model Series championship season in style, scoring a powerful victory in Saturday night’s 50-lap World of Outlaws World Finals finale at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

With the pressure of points racing removed after clinching his third career WoO LMS title the previous night, Richards calmly roared off the pole position to lead the A-Main from start-to-finish in his father Mark’s Valvoline-sponsored Rocket Chassis house car. He turned back challenges from John Blankenship of Williamson, W.Va., and Rick Eckert of York, Pa., to register his 10th triumph of 2013 and the 49th of his career on the national tour.

Richards, 25, of Shinnston, W.Va., beat Eckert to the finish line by 0.941 of a second for a $12,650 payday that gave him two reasons to celebrate in front of the event’s standing-room-only crowd at the conclusion of the blockbuster program.

“It feels awesome,” said Richards, who became the first driver to win three WoO LMS championships since the WoO LMS was restarted in 2004 under the World Racing Group banner. “It’s definitely icing on the cake (to win the A-Main).”

Sixteen-year-old Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., advanced from the 17th starting spot in his father Bob’s Pierce Race Car to finish third in his first career World Finals A-Main start. He cracked the top five on lap 25 and reached third place with a lap-44 pass of Blankenship.

Blankenship settled for a fourth-place finish – the same position from which he started –in a Rocket machine after running in second place for 29 of the race’s first 30 laps. Fifth was claimed by Dan Stone of Thompson, Pa., whose family-owned Rocket sustained heavy left-front damage after the checkered flag when he inadvertently hit Blankenship on the backstretch because he didn’t realize the race had ended.

Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., finished sixth, bringing an end to his streak of capturing the Saturday-night World Finals A-Main in each of the last four years. He had high hopes of registering a fifth straight win after drawing the outside pole starting spot, but he was penalized one row by WoO LMS officials for firing before Richards on the original start and then was forced high in turn one on the ensuing restart and fell to mid-pack.

Richards, who returned to the WoO LMS fulltime this season after spending most of 2012 competing on the NASCAR Nationwide Series, secured the $100,000 championship prize on Friday night when a third-place finish left him with an insurmountable 100-point lead over defending champ Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky. The early clinching put him in a nice spot for Saturday night’s finale.

“This is the most relaxed I’ve ever been here at Charlotte,” said Richards, who won a World Finals A-Main in 2008. “To be able to have the (points) cushion we had (entering the weekend) and wrap it up last night – compared to previous years when you’re (battling for the title) right down to the last lap (on Saturday) – was a relief. We were able to just go all-out for the win tonight.”

Richards had more than enough speed in his familiar blue No. 1 to handle six restarts between laps nine and 30 and threats early in the distance from Blankenship and later from Eckert.

“We were close last night,” said Richards, who chased Lanigan and Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., across the finish line on Friday night. “We made some changes to the car today and it was so fun to drive. You could move around. My guys did a great job making adjustments.”

Richards ended the season with a commanding 150-point championship-winning margin over Lanigan, who retired with engine problems on lap nine and finished 25th but held on to place second in the WoO LMS standings by just two points over eighth-place-finisher Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga. His 10 victories on the tour were a personal single-season high.

Eckert, 47, hustled forward from the 12th starting spot to take second place from Blankenship on a lap-30 restart. He raced within striking distance of Richards for the remainder of the race but had to be satisfied with his sixth runner-up finish of the 2013 WoO LMS season.

“I feel like I was a little better than (Richards) in (turns) one and two and he was a little better than me through them holes in three and four,” said Eckert, who won the 2011 WoO LMS championship when Richards slowed with a flat tire on the last lap of the World Finals finale. “If I could’ve ever stayed with him down the straightaway I might’ve been able to fill the gap to where he couldn’t come back across, but it’s tough do that with these cars because they get rocked up and it’s hard to see guys to the left of you.

“We’re happy with a second though. We started 12th and got up through there, so it’s a good way to end the year.”

Finishing in positions 7-10 was DIRTcar UMP Summer Nationals and national champion Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., who started 21st; Clanton; Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, Fla.; and Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga., who spent the weekend driving the Todd Wood-owned car (renumbered ‘1CAT’) normally steered by Wood’s son Dillon.

Six caution flags slowed the event, including two for wall-banging incidents involving high-profile drivers. Bloomquist slapped the turn-four concrete on lap 20 while running seventh and Steve Francis of Ashland, Ky., hit the turn-one wall on lap 23 after tangling with Tyler Reddick of DuQuoin, Ill., while battling for fifth place.

Other caution flags were brought out by Lanigan, who slowed after losing power on lap nine; Bub McCool of Vicksburg, Miss., whose run in the top five ended on lap 12; Ryan Gustin of Marshalltown, Iowa, who slowed with a right-rear flat tire on lap 29; and Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., who was sent spinning into the infield in a turn-four jam-up on lap 30.

Heat winners were Owens, Richards, Reddick, Blankenship, McCool and Stone. The B-Mains were captured by Lanigan, Kenny Moreland of Waldorf, Md., and Sheppard.

The stars of the 2013 WoO LMS will be honored – and share in nearly $400,000 in points-fund cash – during the tour’s annual awards banquet on Sunday night (Nov. 10) at the Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, N.C

The 2014 WoO LMS campaign is scheduled to kick off on Feb. 7-8 with the ‘Winter Freeze’ doubleheader at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga.

The 2014 World of Outlaws World Finals, meanwhile, will be held at The Dirt Track at Charlotte on Nov. 6-8.

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 .

Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series World Finals Night No. 2 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (1) Josh Richards/50 $12,650
2. (12) Rick Eckert/50 $5,650
3. (17) Bobby Pierce/50 $3,550
4. (4) John Blankenship/50 $2,500
5. (5) Dan Stone/50 $2,000
6. (2) Jimmy Owens/50 $1,700
7. (21) Brandon Sheppard/50 $1,500
8. (13) Shane Clanton/50 $2,000
9. (22) Earl Pearson Jr./50 $1,350
10. (23) Clint Smith/50 $1,950
11. (26) Eric Wells/50 $2,100
12. (18) Morgan Bagley/50 $1,750
13. (24) Tim Fuller/50 $1,700
14. (16) B.J. Robinson/50 $1,200
15. (20) Kenny Moreland/37 $1,050
16. (10) Gregg Satterlee/30 $1,000
17. (9) Duane Chamberlain/29 $1,000
18. (25) Tim McCreadie/29 $1,650
19. (15) Ryan Gustin/28 $1,000
20. (7) Chris Ferguson/26 $1,000
21. (6) Tyler Reddick/23 $1,000
22. (8) Steve Francis/23 $1,100
23. (14) Scott Bloomquist/20 $1,100
24. (3) Bub McCool/11 $1,500
25. (19) Darrell Lanigan/9 $1,650
26. (11) Steve Shaver/9 $1,000
27. (27) Jeremy Miller/6 $1,000

* Earnings include Winners Circle program and cash contingency award bonuses

Time of Race: 27 Mins., 19.379 Secs.

Margin of Victory: 0.941 Secs.

Yellow Flags: 6 (laps 8, 12, 20, 23, 29, 30)

Lap Leaders: Richards (1-50)

Provisional Starters: McCreadie, Wells (WoO); Miller (fastest pre-entered non-qualifier)

Rookie of the Race: Wells ($250)

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

Heat No. 1 Finish (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. Jimmy Owens, 2. Chris Ferguson, 3. Shane Clanton, 4. Darrell Lanigan, 5. Will Vaught, 6. Billy Decker, 7. Rod Conley, 8. Dale Hollidge, 9. Chris Madden, 10. Kyle Hardy, 11. Chase Junghans, 12. James O’Hara (DNS) Tim Allen

Heat No. 2 Finish (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. Josh Richards, 2. Steve Francis, 3. Scot Bloomquist, 4. Eric Wells, 5. Earl Pearson Jr., 6. Jason Feger, 7. J.T. Spence, 8. Brian Tavenner, 9. Vic Hill, 10. Mike Benedum, 11. Chuck Harper, 12. Kevin Wilson

Heat No. 3 Finish (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. Tyler Reddick, 2. Duane Chamberlain, 3. Ryan Gustin, 4. Kenny Moreland, 5. Jeff Babcock, 6. Chad Hollenbeck, 7. Dale McDowell, 8. Tim McCreadie, 9. Eric Jacobsen, 10. Pancho Lawler, 11. Don Gordon (DNS) Casey Roberts

Heat No. 4 Finish (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. John Blankenship, 2. Gregg Satterlee, 3. B.J. Robinson, 4. Mike Marlar, 5. Dennis ‘Rambo’ Franklin, 6. Clint Smith, 7. Chub Frank, 8. Andrew Reaume, 9. Coleby Frye, 10. Bryan Force, 11. Glenn Elliott, 12. Kerry King

Heat No. 5 Finish (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. Bub McCool, 2. Steve Shaver, 3. Bobby Pierce, 4. Chris Brown, 5. Jeremy Miller, 6. Austin Hubbard, 7. Devin Moran, 8. Ricky Elliott, 9. Jared Landers, 10. Mason Zeigler, 11. Brian Ledbetter, 12. Jonathan Davenport

Heat No. 6 Finish (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. Dan Stone, 2. Rick Eckert, 3. Morgan Bagley, 4. Brandon Sheppard, 5. Tim Fuller, 6. Don O’Neal, 7. Dennis Erb Jr., 8. Walker Arthur, 9. John Garvin, 10. Matt Cochran, 11. Billy Ogle Jr.

B-Main No. 1 (12 laps – Top 2 Transfer): 1. Darrell Lanigan, 2. Earl Pearson Jr., 3. Jason Feger, 4. Billy Decker, 5. Eric Wells, 6. Chris Madden, 7. Rod Conley, 8. J.T. Spence, 9. Dale Hollidge, 10. Brian Tavenner, 11. Kyle Hardy, 12. Chase Junghans, 13. Mike Benedum, 14. Chuck Harper, 15. Will Vaught, 16. James O’Hara, 17. Kevin Wilson

B-Main No. 2 (12 laps – Top 2 Transfer): 1. Kenny Moreland, 2. Clint Smith, 3. Jeff Babcock, 4. Eric Jacobsen, 5. Chub Frank, 6. Andrew Reaume, 7. Dennis ‘Rambo’ Franklin, 8. Chad Hollenbeck, 9. Pancho Lawler, 10. Bryan Force, 11. Kerry King, 12. Mike Marlar, 13. Don Gordon, 14. Glenn Elliott, 15. Dale McDowell, 16. Coleby Frye

B-Main No. 3 (12 laps – Top 2 Transfer): 1. Brandon Sheppard, 2. Tim Fuller, 3. Chris Brown, 4. Don O’Neal, 5. Austin Hubbard, 6. John Garvin, 7. Ricky Elliott, 8. Mason Zeigler, 9. Walker Arthur, 10. Jared Landers, 11. Devin Moran, 12. Dennis Erb Jr., 13. Matt Cochran, 14. Brian Ledbetter, 15. Jeremy Miller, 16. Jonathan Davenport

Final 2013 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings – 46 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):
1. Josh Richards 6394
2. Darrell Lanigan 6244 (-150)
3. Shane Clanton 6242 (-152)
4. Rick Eckert 6200 (-194)
5. Tim McCreadie 5840 (-554)
6. Eric Wells 5780 (-614)
7. Tim Fuller 5770 (-624)
8. Morgan Bagley 5632 (-762)
9. Chub Frank 5620 (-774)
10. Bub McCool 5598 (-796)
11. Clint Smith 5196 (-1198)
12. Dan Stone 2768 (-3626)

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Lanigan Earns First-Ever Win At The Dirt Track At Charlotte In Friday’s World of Outlaws World Finals A-Main

Richards Clinches Third Career World of Outlaws Late Model Series Title With Third-Place Finish

CONCORD, NC – Nov. 8, 2013 – Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., finally reached Victory Lane at The Dirt Track at Charlotte with a flawless performance in Friday night’s 50-lap World of Outlaws World Finals A-Main.

Hitting paydirt in his 21st career start at the four-tenths-mile oval, Lanigan burst off the pole position to grab the lead at the start of the event and never looked back. He kept Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., at bay late in the distance to register his long-awaited first-ever triumph at The Dirt Track and his tour-leading 12th win of the 2013 World of Outlaws Late Model Series campaign.

But while Lanigan, 43, beat Bloomquist to the finish line by 0.596 of a second for a victory worth $12,150, his year-long reign as WoO LMS champion came to an end. Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., finished third to clinch his third career World of Outlaws title.

Don O’Neal of Martinsville, Ind., placed fourth and 2011 WoO LMS champion Rick Eckert of York, Pa., was fifth in a race that was contested before a massive capacity crowd on a chilly fall evening.

Mathematically still alive in the battle for the WoO LMS points crown entering the weekend (he trailed Richards by 106 points) but well aware that his chances of a comeback were slim, Lanigan focused primarily on breaking through for a checkered flag at The Dirt Track. He had little trouble achieving that goal after picking the number one starting spot in the redraw among heat winners.

Lanigan smoothly handled four restarts and a track surface that became bottom-dominant to record the 53rd WoO LMS win of his career. It was his second consecutive victory on the tour – though this one came nearly two months after his score in the last event on Sept. 21 at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Mich.

“We got a new setup on this (Rocket) car and it’s just been unbelievable since Berlin,” said Lanigan, whose last two WoO LMS wins sandwiched a $40,000 triumph in the Knoxville Late Model Nationals on Sept. 28 at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway. “The car was great tonight. When we had clear track we could really pick up the pace.”

The only hindrance for Lanigan was slower traffic, which he handled carefully late in the race. Bloomquist and Richards drew close to the leader, but Lanigan didn’t make a mistake.

“We got caught up there in the lapped traffic and just kind of followed them around,” said Lanigan, who became just the second WoO LMS to win a World Finals A-Main in the event’s seven-year history, joining Richards (2008). “I knew it was gonna be hard to pass anybody, but the car was great and we had to earn it (front row spot). That’s what it took.”

Bloomquist, 49, ultimately didn’t have the necessary speed to mount a serious bid to overtake Lanigan. He started third but grabbed second place from Richards on a lap-one restart and never relinquished the position.

“We had quite a stumble in our carburetor,” said Bloomquist, who has two career World Finals victories. “Coming off the corners you saw partial throttle – it just wouldn’t accelerate smooth and it was really messing up through the race.

“The car was good. We probably need to get a little bit stronger off the corner, but we had a good run tonight.”

Lanigan’s success allowed him to seize control of the second spot in the WoO LMS points standings entering Saturday night’s season finale. He ended the night 36 points ahead of Zebulon, Ga.’s Shane Clanton, who ceded 32 points to Lanigan with a 16th-place finish.

Lanigan hopes to cap his season by duplicating the World Finals sweep accomplished for the first time last year by Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., who has also won Saturday night’s World Finals finale in each of the past four years.

“We came down here to win both of ‘em,” said Lanigan. “We got one of ‘em and we’re gonna go for the other one tomorrow night.”

Richards, 25, failed to convert an outside-pole starting spot into his 10th win of the season, but his solid third-place finish brought him the big prize: the $100,000 WoO LMS championship. With a 100-point lead on Lanigan at the end of the night, he is assured of winning the title even if he were to not start Saturday night’s A-Main.

“It feels good to wrap up the title,” said Richards, who becomes the first driver in the tour’s World Racing Group era (2004-present) to win three championships. “Now I’d like to end the year with a win. I think if we can tweak it tomorrow we can definitely have something.”

Finishing in positions 6-10 was John Blankenship of Williamson, W.Va.; teenager Tyler Reddick of DuQuoin, Ill.; Billy Ogle Jr. of Knoxville, Tenn.; DIRTcar big-block Modified star Billy Decker of Unadilla, N.Y.; and Owens, who unsuccessfully attempted to make the outside groove work throughout the race.

Eric Wells of Hazard, Ky., who finished 18th, clinched the 2013 WoO LMS Rookie of the Year award.

Four caution flags were needed during the race, all for minor problems. Austin Hubbard of Seaford, Del., brought out cautions on lap one (turn-four spin) and lap 24 (slowed on homestretch); Eric Jacobsen of Sea Cliff Beach, Calif., stopped on the lap-24 restart; and Steve Shaver of Vienna, W.Va., stopped in turn two on lap 28.

Heat winners were Richards, Eckert, Bloomquist, Lanigan, Reddick and O’Neal. The B-Mains were captured by Wells, Ryan Gustin of Marshalltown, Iowa, and Austin Hubbard of Seaford, Del.

Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., who was the fastest qualifier in both rounds of time trials on Thursday night, saw his evening end quickly with a grinding crash on the opening lap of the first heat. He slammed the turn-two wall with the left side of his car and was noticeably shaken up.

The 56-year-old Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer was able to climb out of his car and walk gingerly to the ambulance with help from a member of the safety crew. But with Moyer dazed and complaining of pain in his neck and left elbow and hand, he was taken to a local hospital for a check-up.

After undergoing a couple hours of tests at the hospital, Moyer was allowed to leave and was back at the track by feature time. He was diagnosed with a possible concussion but no other significant injuries. He does not plan to compete on Saturday night, however.

The 2013 World of Outlaws World Finals Presented conclude on Saturday night (Nov. 9) with another 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.

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

Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series World Finals Night No. 1 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (1) Darrell Lanigan/50 $12,150
2. (3) Scott Bloomquist/50 $5,150
3. (2) Josh Richards/50 $3,150
4. (4) Don O’Neal/50 $3,000
5. (5) Rick Eckert/50 $2,200
6. (9) John Blankenship/50 $1,700
7. (6) Tyler Reddick/50 $1,500
8. (14) Billy Ogle Jr./50 $1,600
9. (12) Billy Decker/50 $1,350
10. (13) Jimmy Owens/50 $1,450
11. (16) Earl Pearson Jr./50 $1,250
12. (11) Chris Brown/50 $1,200
13. (10) Dennis Erb Jr./50 $1,200
14. (8) Ricky Elliott/50 $1,100
15. (20) Clint Smith/50 $1,100
16. (25) Shane Clanton/50 $1,050
17. (7) Kenny Moreland/50 $1,050
18. (19) Eric Wells/50 $1,300
19. (22) Eric Jacobsen/50 $1,000
20. (15) Steve Francis/50 $1,100
21. (24) Morgan Bagley/50 $1,050
22. (27) Chad Hollenbeck/49 $1,000
23. (18) Tim Fuller/46 $1,050
24. (26) Tim McCreadie/40 $1,150
25. (17) Steve Shaver/28 $1,000
26. (23) Austin Hubbard/22 $1,000
27. (21) Ryan Gustin/17 $1,000

* Earnings include Winners Circle program and cash contingency award bonuses

Time of Race: 23 Mins., 30.277 Secs.

Margin of Victory: 0.596 Secs.

Yellow Flags: 4 (laps 1, 24, 24 28)

Lap Leaders: Lanigan (1-50)

Provisional Starters: Clanton, McCreadie (WoO); Hollenbeck (fastest pre-entered non-qualifier from time trials)

Rookie of the Race: Wells ($250)

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

Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. Josh Richards, 2. Kenny Moreland, 3. Jimmy Owens, 4. Eric Wells, 5. Bobby Pierce, 6. Bub McCool, 7. Chris Ferguson, 8. Dan Stone, 9. Don Gordon, 10. Mason Zeigler, 11. Pancho Lawler, 12. Billy Moyer

Heat No. 2 Finish (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. Rick Eckert, 2. Ricky Elliott, 3. Billy Ogle Jr., 4. Jared Landers, 5. Clint Smith, 6. Shane Clanton, 7. Mike Marlar, 8. Chris Madden, 9. Vic Hill, 10. Bryan Force, 11. Brandon Sheppard, 12. Tim McCreadie

Heat No. 3 Finish (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. Scott Bloomquist, 2. John Blankenship, 3. Steve Francis, 4. Ryan Gustin, 5. Jonathan Davenport, 6. Chad Hollenbeck, 7. Casey Roberts, 8. Mike Benedum, 9. Dennis ‘Rambo’ Franklin, 10. Brian Tavenner, 11. Kevin Wilson, 12. Jeff Babcock

Heat No. 4 Finish (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. Darrell Lanigan, 2. Dennis Erb Jr., 3. Earl Pearson Jr., 4. Duane Chamberlain, 5. Jeremy Miller, 6. Eric Jacobsen, 7. Gregg Satterlee, 8. Chuck Harper, 9. Chub Frank, 10. Coleby Frye, 11. James O’Hara, 12. Brian Ledbetter

Heat No. 5 Finish (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. Tyler Reddick, 2. Chris Brown, 3. Steve Shaver, 4. Morgan Bagley, 5. Austin Hubbard, 6. John Garvin, 7. J.T. Spence, 8. Will Vaught, 9. B.J. Robinson, 10. Kyle Hardy, 11. Matt Cochran, 12. Devin Moran

Heat No. 6 Finish (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. Don O’Neal, 2. Billy Decker, 3. Tim Fuller, 4. Dale Hollidge, 5. Dale McDowell, 6. Jason Feger, 7. Rod Conley, 8. Andrew Reaume, 9. Chase Junghans, 10. Glenn Elliott, 11. Kerry King, 12. Walker Arthur

B-Main No. 1 (12 laps – Top 2 Transfer): 1. Eric Wells, 2. Clint Smith, 3. Jared Landers, 4. Shane Clanton, 5. Chris Ferguson, 6. Bobby Pierce, 7. Dan Stone, 8. Chris Madden, 9. Mike Benedum, 10. Bryan Force, 11. Don Gordon, 12. Tim McCreadie, 13. Bub McCool, 14. Will Vaught, 15. Brandon Sheppard, 16. Mike Marlar (DNS) Pancho Lawler, Billy Moyer

B-Main No. 2 (12 laps – Top 2 Transfer): 1. Ryan Gustin, 2. Eric Jacobsen, 3. Jonathan Davenport, 4. Chad Hollenbeck, 5. Chub Frank, 6. Gregg Satterlee, 7. Jeff Babcock, 8. Dennis ‘Rambo’ Franklin, 9. Mike Benedum, 10. Coleby Frye, 11. Brian Ledbetter, 12. Brian Tavenner, 13. James O’Hara, 14. Kevin Wilson, 15. Chuck Harper, 16. Jeremy Miller, 17. Duane Chamberlain, 18. Casey Roberts

B-Main No. 3 (12 laps – Top 2 Transfer): 1. Austin Hubbard, 2. Morgan Bagley, 3. Dale McDowell, 4. J.T. Spence, 5. Dale Hollidge, 6. John Garvin, 7. Will Vaught, 8. Jason Feger, 9. Rod Conley, 10. B.J. Robinson, 11. Andrew Reaume, 12. Kyle Hardy, 13. Devin Moran, 14. Glenn Elliott, 15. Walker Arthur, 16. Chase Junghans, 17. Matt Cochran (DNS) Kerry King

2013 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of Nov. 8 – 45 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):
1. Josh Richards 6244
2. Darrell Lanigan 6144 (-100)
3. Shane Clanton 6108 (-136)
4. Rick Eckert 6054 (-190)
5. Tim McCreadie 5726 (-518)
6. Eric Wells 5652 (-592)
7. Tim Fuller 5646 (-598)
8. Chub Frank 5534 (-710)
9. Morgan Bagley 5506 (-738)
10. Bub McCool 5496 (-748)
11. Clint Smith 5066 (-1178)
12. Dan Stone 2628 (-3616)

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Moyer Sweeps Qualifying Night Fast-Time Honors In World of Outlaws World Finals Debut

Veteran Driver Tops 74-Car Field On Opening Night Of Blockbuster Event At The Dirt Track At Charlotte

CONCORD, NC – Nov. 7, 2013 – Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., made a spectacular debut at the World of Outlaws World Finals, sweeping fast-time honors in both rounds of Thursday’s Qualifying Night program at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

The legendary driver was perfect in his first-ever World Finals appearance, topping an ultra-competitive field of 74 cars that were signed in for the World of Outlaws Late Model Series portion of the huge tripleheader weekend. The event also attracted 55 winged machines for the companion World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series meet and 49 entries for the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified action.

World Finals Qualifying Night featured two rounds of WoO LMS time trials – the first to line up Friday night’s heat races and the second to align Saturday night’s preliminaries.

Moyer, 56, turned a lap of 15.413 seconds in Group ‘A’ during the first round of time trials and bettered that with a circuit of 15.304 seconds in Group ‘B’ during Round 2. His clockings were the overall fastest of both qualifying legs, giving him the 17th and 18th WoO LMS fast-time honors of his career.

The three-time WoO LMS champion also became the third Late Model driver to sweep both qualifying rounds of the seven-year-old World Finals, joining Steve Shaver of Vienna, W.Va. (2007) and Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga. (2010).

Moyer’s standout performance came in what was surprisingly his first stab at the World Finals. He traveled to Charlotte to compete in the 2009 weekend but headed home without even entering the Qualifying Night program after pulling out of the rescheduled WoO LMS Topless Showdown that preceded that year’s World Finals.

“I came out here last year just as a fan and watched,” said Moyer, who still holds the one-lap track record at The Dirt Track (14.672 seconds on April 18, 2008). “It was a good show to get to watch all of the classes and the track was good. That kinda made me want to go ahead and come back this year.”

With the evening’s large field split for both rounds of qualifying, drivers in Group ‘A’ competed for starting spots in Heats 1-3 on Friday and Saturday and those in Group ‘B’ qualified for positions in Heat 4-6 both nights. Moyer will start from the pole position in Friday night’s first heat and Saturday evening’s fourth preliminary.

“We haven’t been here for a while,” said Moyer, “but to come back and run as well as we have so far, that’s a good thing for sure.”

WoO LMS regulars Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., and Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., also registered group fast times during Qualifying Night. Lanigan was quickest in Group ‘B’ during Round 1 with a lap of 15.484 seconds, while Clanton was best in Group ‘B’ during Round 2 with a circuit of 15.619 seconds.

Clanton’s strong showing during the second round was a complete turnaround from the problems he experienced earlier in the night. During Round 1 he was 35 th-fastest out of 37 qualifiers in Group ‘A’ after hitting a rut and breaking the right-front frame rail on his Kennedy Motorsports car.

WoO LMS points leader Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., who sits on the cusp of clinching his third career WoO LMS championship, was fourth-fastest in his group during Round 1 and second-fastest in his group during Round 2. He will start Friday night’s first heat from the outside pole and Saturday night’s second heat from the pole position.

The World Finals continue on Friday and Saturday (Nov. 8-9), with gates opening at 3 p.m. and hot laps scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. each day. Each card will include a 50-lap A-Main for the WoO LMS, a 30-lap A-Main for the WoO STP Sprint Car Series and a 40-lap headliner for the Super DIRTcar Series big-block Modifieds.

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

Qualifying Night at the World of Outlaws World Finals:

Round 1 Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results For Fri., Nov. 8 Heat Races (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):

Group ‘A’
1. 21-Billy Moyer/Batesville, AR 15.413
2. 24-Rick Eckert/York, PA 15.582
3. 0-Scott Bloomquist/Mooresburg, TN 15.616
4. 1-Josh Richards/Shinnston, WV 15.635
5. 201-Billy Ogle Jr./Knoxville, TN 15.687
6. 4ds-Chad Hollenbeck/Kingsley, PA/15.694
7. 20-Jimmy Owens/Newport, TN 15.714
8. 88-Ricky Elliott/Seaford, DE 15.811
9. 2-Dennis 'Rambo' Franklin/Gaffney, SC 15.825
10. 24-Kenny Moreland/Waldorf, MD 15.861
11. 1CAT-Clint Smith/Senoia, GA 15.874
12. 23-John Blankenship/Williamson, WV 15.94
13. 2-Dan Stone/Thompson, PA 15.944
14. b5-Brandon Sheppard/New Berlin, IL 15.954
15. 15-Steve Francis/Ashland, KY 15.973
16. 21-Chris Ferguson/Mt. Holly, NC 16.043
17. 44-Chris Madden/Gray Court, SC 16.049
18. 49-Jonathan Davenport/Blairsville, GA 16.05
19. 32-Bobby Pierce/Oakwood, IL 16.083
20. 5-Jared Landers/Batesville, AR 16.135
21. 19-Ryan Gustin/Marshalltown, IA 16.174
22. 18W-Eric Wells/Hazard, KY 16.205
23. 39-Tim McCreadie/Watertown, NY 16.223
24. 25b-Mike Benedum/Salem, WV 16.24
25. 25z-Mason Zeigler/Chalk Hill, PA 16.257
26. 157-Mike Marlar/Winfield, TN 16.357
27. 1-Jeff Babcock/Wayne, OH 16.364
28. 57J-Bub McCool/Vicksburg, MS 16.409
29. 1V-Vic Hill/Morristown, TN 16.52
30. 101-Casey Roberts/Toccoa, GA 16.592
31. 17-Tim Allen/Kannapolis, NC 16.599
32. 31-Bryan Force/Indiana, PA 16.645
33. 37-Brian Tavenner/Winchester, VA 16.705
34. 93-Pancho Lawler/Glenville, PA 16.785
35. 25-Shane Clanton/Fayetteville, GA 16.864
36. 618-Kevin Wilson/Stoneville, NC 17.061
37. 33-Don Gordon/Chatham, ONT 17.072

Group ‘B
1. 29-Darrell Lanigan/Union, KY 15.484
2. 21-Chris Brown/Spring, TX 15.71
3. 91-Billy Decker/Unadilla, NY 15.725
4. 28-Dennis Erb Jr./Carpentersville, IL 15.739
5. 11-Tyler Reddick/DuQuoin, IL 15.776
6. 71-Don O'Neal/Martinsville, IN 15.809
7. 1M-Jeremy Miller/Littlestown, PA 15.819
8. 6-Steve Shaver/Vienna, WV 15.896
9. 19-Tim Fuller/Watertown, NY 15.907
10. 00H-Chuck Harper/Beverly, WV 15.952
11. 14M-Morgan Bagley/Longview, TX 15.953
12. 18c-Chase Junghans/Manhattan, KS 15.972
13. 44-Earl Pearson Jr./Jacksonville, FL 16.036
14. 11-Austin Hubbard/Seaford, DE 16.041
15. 87-Walker Arthur/Forest, VA 16.043
16. 20-Duane Chamberlain/Richmond, IN 16.052
17. J4-John Garvin/Sarver, PA 16.09
18. 71R-Rod Conley/Wheelersburg, OH 16.091
19. 5-Eric Jacobsen/Sea Cliff Beach, CA 16.107
20. 91-J.T. Spence/Winchester, VA 16.142
21. 17M-Dale McDowell/Chickamauga, GA 16.188
22. 22-Gregg Satterlee/Rochester Mills, PA 16.201
23. 1V-Will Vaught/Crane, MO 16.202
24. 0-Dale Hollidge/Mechanicsville, MD 16.289
25. 1*-Chub Frank/Bear Lake, PA 16.356
26. 16-Matt Cochran/Williamsport, PA 16.372
27. 25-Jason Feger/Bloomington, IL 16.408
28. 32-Coleby Frye/Dover, PA 16.431
29. F5-B.J. Robinson/Haughton, LA 16.594
30. 88-Andrew Reaume/Blenheim, ONT 16.99
31. 07-Brian Ledbetter/Dallas, NC 16.996
32. 19H-Kyle Hardy/Stephens City, VA 17.014
33. KB-Kerry King/Delmar, DE 17.346
34. 44s-James O'Hara/Covington, PA 19.039
35. 1K-Devin Moran/Dresden, OH N/T
36. 116-Randy Weaver/Crossville, TN N/T
37. 5-Glenn Elliott/Finksburg, MD N/T

Round 2 Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results For Sat., Nov. 9 Heat Races (Position/Driver/Best Lap):

Group ‘A’
1. Shane Clanton 15.619
2. Josh Richards 15.778
3. Tyler Reddick 15.792
4. Darrell Lanigan 15.813
5. Scott Bloomquist 15.817
6. Chad Hollenbeck 15.826
7. Jimmy Owens 15.834
8. Steve Francis 15.898
9. Duane Chamberlain 15.914
10. Billy Decker 15.93
11. Eric Wells 15.981
12. Pancho Lawler 16.01
13. Rod Conley 16.05
14. J.T. Spence 16.068
15. Tim McCreadie 16.073
16. Will Vaught 16.075
17. Mike Benedum 16.104
18. Casey Roberts 16.106
19. Chris Ferguson 16.132
20. Earl Pearson Jr. 16.144
21. Ryan Gustin 16.177
22. Chris Madden 16.187
23. Chuck Harper 16.207
24. Kenny Moreland 16.251
25. Chase Junghans 16.253
26. Jason Feger 16.28
27. Jeff Babcock 16.301
28. Dale Hollidge 16.392
29. Vic Hill 16.421
30. Dale McDowell 16.43
31. Kyle Hardy 16.509
32. Brian Tavenner 16.635
33. Don Gordon 17.087
34. James O'Hara 17.442
35. Kevin Wilson 17.857
36. Eric Jacobsen N/T
37. Tim Allen N/T

Group ‘B’
1. Billy Moyer 15.304
2. John Blankenship 15.469
3. Jeremy Miller 15.595
4. Billy Ogle Jr. 15.672
5. Gregg Satterlee 15.729
6. Steve Shaver 15.751
7. Dan Stone 15.759
8. Mike Marlar 15.862
9. Bub McCool 15.882
10. Morgan Bagley 15.884
11. Clint Smith 15.959
12. Jonathan Davenport 16.027
13. Rick Eckert 16.056
14. Dennis 'Rambo' Franklin 16.071
15. Bobby Pierce 16.108
16. Don O'Neal 16.144
17. Coleby Frye 16.156
18. Chris Brown 16.167
19. Dennis Erb Jr. 16.168
20. B.J. Robinson 16.191
21. Austin Hubbard 16.204
22. Tim Fuller 16.226
23. Chub Frank 16.246
24. Devin Moran 16.275
25. Walker Arthur 16.348
26. Andrew Reaume 16.363
27. Mason Zeigler 16.376
28. Brandon Sheppard 16.38
29. Glenn Elliott 16.471
30. Ricky Elliott 16.546
31. Matt Cochran 16.547
32. Bryan Force 16.645
33. Jared Landers 16.728
34. John Garvin 16.77
35. Kerry King 17.233
36. Brian Ledbetter 17.367
37. Randy Weaver N/T

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Richards Set For World of Outlaws Late Model Series Championship Coronation At Charlotte’s World Finals Nov. 7-9

But Points-Race Drama During Season-Ending Weekend Remains For Drivers Chasing Richards In National Tour’s Standings

CONCORD, NC – Oct. 29, 2013 – The World of Outlaws World Finals on Nov. 7-9 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte is shaping up as a coronation for Josh Richards, whose season-long success has him standing at the precipice of a third career World of Outlaws Late Model Series championship.

But that doesn’t mean the concluding weekend of the national tour’s 2013 campaign will be devoid of points-race drama. Several spots in the WoO LMS points standings remain contested, putting thousands of dollars in points-fund cash on the line during a World Finals spectacular that features a pair of 50-lap A-Mains paying $12,000 to win.

Richards, 25, of Shinnston, W.Va., is, for all intents and purposes, ready to write his name on the biggest points-fund check: the $100,000 prize reserved for the circuit’s 2013 champion. With Richards entering the World Finals holding a 106-point lead over defending champ Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., and 110-point edge over Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., only utter calamity for the young star – and a perfect weekend for one of his closest rivals – can stop him from becoming the first three-time titlist of the WoO LMS’s World Racing Group era (2004-present).

If Lanigan were to win both World Finals A-Mains – a feat that only Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., has pulled off in the six previous installments of the blockbuster event – Richards would need only to record a pair of 26th-place finishes to secure the points crown. If Clanton, meanwhile, were to capture both races, Richards would need just two 27th-place finishes to stay ahead for the title.

Those scenarios are not outside the realm of possibility because at least 27 cars are scheduled to start each feature, but their likelihood would seem remote considering the degree of difficulty associated with one driver sweeping the hyper-competitive weekend and Richards’s own history of performance on the tour.

End-of-the-line finishes are, of course, extremely rare for Richards. In the 350 WoO LMS A-Main starts he has made since debuting on the tour as a fresh-faced 16-year-old in 2004, he has finished 20th or worse a grand total of 12 times – just three percent of his career races. The last time he registered a finish in the 20s was 72 starts ago, on July 15, 2011, when he placed 21st at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D., and the only back-to-back 20th-or-worse outings of his career came in 2004 when he tallied 24th-place finishes on July 16 at Oklahoma’s Outlaw Motor Speedway and July 21 at Delaware International Speedway.

Richards has experienced bad luck at The Dirt Track in the past – witness the worst finish of his WoO LMS career (28th in the 2007 Colossal 100), the last-lap flat tire in the 2011 World Finals finale that cost him the points championship and terminal engine trouble during Friday-night practice last year that forced him to his backup car and ultimately led him to provisional-starter status in the evening’s A-Main – but he’s enjoyed plenty of success as well. In fact, he’s the only WoO LMS regular to ever win a World Finals A-Main, thanks to his triumph in the Saturday-night 50-lapper in 2008.

This season Richards has sparkled on the WoO LMS, racking up 30 top-five finishes (including nine wins and seven runner-up placings) and 39 top-10 runs in 44 events. He has just two DNFs (a 19th-place finish on Sept. 13 at Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, Ill., is his worst performance) and would surpass $350,000 in total earnings (including points fund) if he were to sweep the World Finals weekend.

With Richards the presumptive champion, the battle for second place in the WoO LMS points standings will garner the most attention during the World Finals. Lanigan and Clanton are separated by a mere four points, so one misstep by either driver could prove critical.

Clanton held the second spot in the standings for most of the season after ceding the lead to Richards following Race No. 3. He dropped to third behind Lanigan twice during the summer but quickly rebounded each time, regaining second at the next event. Clanton is hoping for more of the same at Charlotte; he enters the weekend having relinquished sole possession of second in the points race to Lanigan in the tour’s last event, on Sept. 21 at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Mich.

The importance of the Lanigan/Clanton battle is significant on the financial front. There’s a $20,000 difference in points-fund payout – second place receives $60,000, while third place will settle for $40,000.

Rick Eckert of York, Pa., currently sits fourth in the points standings, 76 points behind Clanton and 80 in arrears of Lanigan. The 2011 WoO LMS champion can still vault to second place but will need both Lanigan and Clanton to experience awful weekends; he is in no danger of losing the $35,000 fourth-place slot, however, because he leads fifth-place Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., by a resounding margin of 290 points.

McCreadie appears to be in good shape to claim the $30,000 fifth-place points prize, but he can’t totally relax at Charlotte. His edge of 82 points over sixth-place Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y., and 86 points over seventh-place Eric Wells of Hazard, Ky., is comfortable but by no means insurmountable.

Fuller and Wells find themselves in a nip-and-tuck battle for sixth place in the standings, which is worth $25,000 compared to $24,000 for seventh. They have a substantial buffer to eighth-place Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., who is 90 points behind Wells.

Positions 8-10 in the final standings – worth $23,000, $22,000 and $21,000, respectively – will likely not be decided until the final checkered flag at The Dirt Track. Frank is in the driver’s seat for the eighth position, but he leads Bub McCool of Vicksburg, Miss., by just 22 points and Morgan Bagley of Longview, Texas, by 50 points.

Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga., is resigned to an 11th-place finish in the points standings, leaving him out of the running for points-fund cash. His 452-point deficit to Bagley is too much to overcome in the final two races.

Wells, 24, also enters the World Finals with the 2013 WoO LMS Rookie of the Year award almost in his grasp. He holds a healthy 140-point edge over the 27-year-old Bagley in the overall points standings, but with the rookie honor determined using drivers’ best 30 finishes Wells’s advantage in the first-year driver battle is a more modest 52 points (3,972-3,920).

Bagley remains mathematically alive for the RoY title, but he will need an epic performance during the World Finals to overtake Wells. If Wells cannot finish high enough to replace the 14th- and 13th-place finishes that are currently the worst on his ledger, Bagley (replacing 15 th- and 14th-place finishes) could steal the $10,000 rookie prize by six points with two A-Main wins or two points with a win and runner-up finish.

The 2013 WoO LMS champion will be honored publicly in front of The Dirt Track’s massive grandstand at the completion of the World Finals finale on Sat., Nov. 9. The titlist and his fellow World of Outlaws regulars will receive their points-fund checks on Sunday night (Nov. 10) during the circuit’s annual awards banquet at the Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, N.C.

The World of Outlaws World Finals begin on Thurs., Nov. 7, with the big Qualifying Night featuring two rounds of WoO Late Model and Sprint Car time trials and two sets of Super DIRTcar Series 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. 8, and Sat., Nov. 9, while the big-block Modifieds will contest Last Chance Races and 40-lap features each evening.

Action is scheduled to get the green flag at 6:05 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 7, and 5 p.m. on Fri., Nov. 8, and Sat., Nov. 9.

Tickets for the World Finals Presented 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 $79 and $34 for children 13-and-under.

Fans who can’t make the trip to The Dirt Track can still watch all the racing live on-line by visiting www.DIRTVision.com and purchasing a broadcast subscription.

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 .

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2014 Points
April 12

1. Darrell Lanigan 1062
2. Brandon Sheppard 1026
3. Rick Eckert 1002
4. Shane Clanton 986
5. Tim McCreadie 936
5. Morgan Bagley 936
7. Eric Wells 934
8. Frankie Heckenast Jr. 924
9. Chub Frank 912
10. Clint Smith 888

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