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
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)
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)
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):
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
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):
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
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
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 .
1. Josh Richards 6394
2. Darrell Lanigan 6244
3. Shane Clanton 6242
4. Rick Eckert 6200
5. Tim McCreadie 5840
6. Eric Wells 5780
7. Tim Fuller 5770
8. Morgan Bagley 5632
9. Chub Frank 5620
10. Bub McCool 5598