Selinsgrove Speedway Promoter Charlie Paige Honored As World of Outlaws Late Model Series 2014 Promoter of the Year
CONCORD, N.C. - Nov. 18, 2014 - In his 14 years at the helm of Selinsgrove Speedway, Charlie Paige has helped elevate the historic half-mile dirt track to one of Pennsylvania's premier race facilities and has brought the track national spotlight by hosting the World of Outlaws Late Model Series.
Paige's commitment and hard work at the 68-year-old race track earned him national recognition this season as the recipient of the WoO LMS Promoter of the Year Award. Paige, 59, of Selinsgrove, was announced as the winner of this year's award at the annual World of Outlaws Night of Champions awards banquet on Nov. 9 at the Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, N.C.
Paige was unable to attend the banquet to accept the award in person, but when informed of his honor, he was quick to recognize the Selinsgrove Speedway staff, officials and sponsors for their help in the success of the track.
"It's very honoring," said Paige, who enters his 15th season as promoter of the fairgrounds oval in 2015. "I'm a behind the scenes type of guy. I'm just humbled to be a part of this and to have such a great racing series come to our track. To be honest, it's really easy to do the job that I'm doing because I have such a great staff and great sponsors. It's a team effort to keep a track running and I know our team is really good at it."
A lifelong resident of the Selinsgrove area, Paige has worked at Selinsgrove Speedway for more than 35 years. He took over as promoter at the track in 2001 and has steadily improved the track and its facility during his time in charge.
Paige drew national attention to the speedway in 2012 when he scheduled the track's first-ever WoO LMS event. The race was unfortunately rained out, but Paige was undeterred. Selinsgrove not only returned to the tour's schedule for 2013 but also added a second event as part of a blockbuster Labor Day weekend doubleheader featuring the Showdown On Sand Hill and the National Late Model Open Presented by Jeff's Auto Body & Recycling Center.
Poor weather again threatened Selinsgrove's WoO LMS debut in 2012 with forecasts calling for more than a 60 percent chance of rain on both race nights. But Paige and his staff stuck with their plans and successfully ran both programs as storms held off just long enough for both race nights to be completed.
The WoO LMS again visited Selinsgrove for a pair of races over Labor Day weekend this season, and again the event faced unfavorable weather forecasts. Despite persistent rain on the morning of Selinsgrove's first event and threatening skies throughout the afternoon, Paige once again remained committed to completing the race and held out until the weather cleared for race time.
Paige's dedication to the speedway and commitment to completing a show is what led him to standout to WoO LMS officials in the process of determining the Promoter of the Year Award recipient.
"We are pleased to recognize Charlie Paige as our 2014 Promoter of the Year," said WoO LMS director Tim Christman. "Charlie and his staff are a pleasure to work with and he has shown an amazing commitment to putting on a great show for fans and providing a great racetrack for drivers.
"Charlie has unfortunately faced poor weather at his World of Outlaws events, but he has always done everything within his power to get the shows in. In situations where many track promoters would cancel a program, Charlie has pushed forward in the interest of fans, race teams and the series. Such an effort deserves recognition."
Paige cited his desire to make sure race teams get the most out of their travels and fans get to see the racing they were promised as his drive to do all he can to avoid canceling a race night.
"When you have a high-profile race like the World of Outlaws it just really wouldn't be good for the drivers or fans for a promoter to just pull the plug when it's convenient for him," Paige said. "You have the racers that drive rigs a lot of miles to come to race and your fans wait all year to see those big shows. If there's any way possible I think you have to try to get the race in for the fans and the drivers."
Selinsgrove Speedway will once again feature as part of the WoO LMS schedule in 2015 with the Showdown On Sand Hill and the National Late Model Open Presented by Jeff's Auto Body & Recycling Center once again making up a huge Labor Day weekend doubleheader.
"You always get excited in the offseason as you get ready to start the next season and get everything planned out," Paige said. "What I'm hoping for most in 2015 is finally getting good weather for the World of Outlaws weekend. We've had the World of Outlaws three years now and not one of them yet has been under 60 percent (chance of) rain. I hope Mother Nature can help us out this year so we can have an even better weekend."
Lanigan Accepts $100,000 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Championship Check For Third Time At Sunday's Awards Banquet
CONCORD, N.C. Nov. 9, 2014 Darrell Lanigans record-setting season on the World of Outlaws Late Model Series officially came to a close on Sunday night when the 44-year-old Union, Ky., driver was crowed champion of the prestigious national tour during the World of Outlaws Night of Champions Awards Banquet at the Great Wolf Lodge.
In celebrating a WoO LMS record 17 victories, Lanigan accepted the champions ring and trophy along with a $100,000 points-fund check during the annual awards night. On the same weekend he wrapped up his stellar season with a victory and a top-five during the Bad Boy Buggies World of Outlaws World Finals just down the street at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Lanigan was honored for becoming just the second three-time series champion since the tours modern era began in 2004.
Its been a phenomenal year. We topped our record. I didnt think wed break 15, and we got 17, said Lanigan, whose previous WoO LMS titles came in 2008 and 2012. I wish everybody could have this kind of year because it makes it easy to keep going and go to the next race winning like we did.
Lanigans 2014 WoO LMS campaign was nothing short of amazing. He was nearly unstoppable on the series on his way to breaking his own record for the most WoO LMS wins in a single season that he set with 15 wins in 2012. His points-fund check pushed his 2014 total WoO LMS earnings to $390,050.
After climbing to the top of the series championship points chase just five races into the season, Lanigan never relented in leading the way for the remainder of the tours 37-race schedule. Along with his 17 victories, Lanigan tallied 33 top-five and 34 top-10 results while finishing every race. He topped the tours points chase by a modern-era record 328-point margin over runner-up Rick Eckert of York, Pa.
Lanigans accolades didnt stop at series champion. In the first year for his new Club 29 Race Cars, Lanigan along with Club 29 co-designer Ronny Stuckey claimed the WoO LMS Chassis Builder of the Year Award. Along with Lanigans 17 victories, Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., drove a Club 29 car to three triumphs for a total of 20 WoO LMS wins on the season for the fledgling chassis brand. In winning the award, Club 29 joined Rocket Chassis as the only chassis to win the award since the WoO LMS was relaunched in 2004.
Its definitely been fulfilling, Lanigan said of his successful first season as driver and chassis builder. It definitely was a phenomenal year. Nobody really thought it wouldve turned out like it did, but it did. Its just unbelievable.
During his acceptance speech, Lanigan thanked his sponsors, his fiancé Erin, crew chief Jason Jameson and crew members Adam Logan and Richard Davis. He also used the banquet as an opportunity to make a major announcement: his Lanigan Autosports program will operate as a two-car team in 2015 with Jameson being tabbed to drive the teams second Club 29 race car.
I see a lot of myself in him and thats one reason Im giving him the chance to have good equipment and good motors and good people behind to help him out, Lanigan said of Jameson, who was also recognized during the ceremony as the WoO LMS Crew Chief of the Year based on a vote of fellow tour crews. My father gave me the opportunity that I got, and when I see special things in young people, I want to give them the same opportunity. I see things in Jason that hes definitely got the talent to do it. I just want to give him the chance to do it and see what happens.
Its definitely hard to top a season with 17 wins, but hopefully we can get two cars and hell, well try to win every one of them.
Eckert settled for second place in the 2014 points standings, worth $60,000 in points-fund money that left his total earnings at $164,685. Eckert, the 2011 WoO LMS champion, failed to win a series race for the first time since 2007, but recorded 18 top-five and 30 top-10 finishes.
Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., bagged three victories on his way to finishing third in the championship chase. The 2006 WoO LMS champ recorded 18 top-five and 27 top-10 finishes. His $40,000 in points-fund cash gave him a total seasons earnings of $192,050.
Second-year WoO LMS competitor Morgan Bagley of Longview, Texas, rode four top-five and 19 top-10 finishes to a fourth-place finish in the standings, earning a total of $110,560 when accounting for his $35,000 in points-fund money.
Veteran Bear Lake, Pa., driver Chub Frank rounded out the top five in the 2014 points, accepting a $30,000 points-fund check for a total of $105,840 earned on the season. Franks top-five points finish came by virtue of a tiebreaker with 2013 WoO LMS Rookie of the Year Eric Wells of Hazard, Ky. Per WoO LMS rules, Frank won the tiebreaker by having more runner-up finishes than Wells since neither driver won an A-Main this season.
Wells settled for sixth in the championship standings, matching his points finish during his WoO LMS rookie campaign in 2013. Wells earned a points-fund check of $25,000.
Rounding out the top 10 in the 2014 points standings was Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga. ($24,000); Frank Heckenast Jr. of Frankfort, Ill. ($23,000); Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga. ($22,000); and Chase Junghans of Manhattan, Kan. ($21,000).
Along with his eighth-place points finish, Heckenast was also recognized as the 2014 Rookie of the Year presented by ButlerBuilt. The first-year series traveler recorded two top-five and 14 top-10 finishes to claim the rookie crown over Junghans and 11th-place points finisher Boom Briggs of Bear Lake, Pa. Heckenast took home an extra $10,000 for his top rookie award.
Cornett Racing Engines was named the winner of the 2014 WoO LMS Engine Builder of the Year award, which was determined through the DIRTcar Horsepower program. Among the Kentucky-based engine builders successes this season was powering Lanigan to his 17 victories with no engine failures on the season.
WoO LMS director Tim Christman announced that the tour's 2014 Promoter of the Year Award winner was Charlie Page of Selinsgrove Speedway in Selinsgrove, Pa., which hosted the WoO LMS for two events over Labor Day weekend in 2014.
Other special awards handed out during the banquet included:
* The Raye Vest Memorial Pill-Draw Awards presented by McCarthy's One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning went to Frank (lowest time-trial pill-draw average for the 2014 season) and Smith (highest average). Each driver received a $500 check.
* VP Racing Fuels handed Lanigan $500 in bar drink tickets to distribute to banquet attendees. Lanigan received the traditional award because he led the series in A-Main wins.
Among the World Racing Group officials who addressed those in attendance were Chief Executive Officer Brian Carter, President Tom Deery and Chief Marketing Officer Ben Geisler. Christman also gave a review of the 2014 season, recognized the tour's hard-working road crew (race director and banquet emcee Bret Emrick, pit steward Tyler Bachman, tech inspector Roy Faulkner, scorer Jeff Olsen, P.R. director Joshua Joiner and announcer Ben Shelton) and looked ahead to the upcoming 2015 campaign.
Christman announced intentions to release the full 2015 WoO LMS schedule in the coming weeks. A limited number of events have already been released, including seven series events in Georgia and Florida in February. The season is scheduled to kick off on Feb. 6-7 with the running of the Winter Freeze event at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga. The tour will then head to Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., from Feb. 14-15 and Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla., for the 44th annual UNOH DIRTcar Nationals from Feb. 19-21.
Owens Tops McCreadie & Bloomquist For Sixth-Career Bad Boy Buggies World of Outlaws World Finals Victory
Veteran Tennessee Racer Earns $12,050 in World of Outlaws Late Model Series Season Finale at The Dirt Track at Charlotte
CONCORD, N.C. - Nov. 8, 2014 - Jimmy Owens found himself in a familiar location Saturday night at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. The winningest driver in Bad Boy Buggies World of Outlaws World Finals history stood on the Victory Lane stage at Charlotte yet again after winning a wild World of Outlaws Late Model Series A-Main at the 4/10-mile oval.
Owens, 42, of Newport, Tenn., came out on top of a tight back-and-forth battle with Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., and Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., midway through Saturday's 50-lap race to earn $12,050 for his record sixth World Finals victory. Owens' 10th-career WoO LMS triumph came in front of a sellout crowd as the national tour concluded its season at Charlotte's prestigious three-day event.
"It's awesome to come here and get this win," said Owens, who claimed his third WoO LMS victory of the season. "This is a really big race for us because there's always a big crowd and there's always stiff competition here. These are the best drivers in the country and to beat them never gets old."
Owens' victory gave Club 29 Race Cars a sweep of the weekend's two WoO LMS A-Mains at Charlotte. Friday's race was claimed by Club 29 founder and house car driver Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., who wrapped up his third WoO LMS championship with his record 17th series victory of the season.
Lanigan, who finished fifth in Saturday's A-Main, was also on the Victory Lane stage Saturday night celebrating his season title and the $100,000 champion's paycheck.
"It's been just a unbelievable year on the series," said Lanigan, who launched Club 29 Race Cars this season with veteran setup guru Ronny Stuckey. "The cars were phenomenal this weekend with a win and a top five and Jimmy winning the other one. It's just unbelievable."
Owens crossed the finish line 1.193 seconds ahead in his Reece Monument-sponsored Club 29 Race Car while McCreadie drove his Sweeteners Plus Rocket Chassis around Bloomquist late in the race to finish second. Bloomquist was third in his self-designed Sweet-Bloomquist Race Car with Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., fourth in his Moyer Extreme by Longhorn Chassis just ahead of Lanigan.
After slipping back to fourth early in the race, the second-starting Owens put himself back in contention when he moved by Madden for third on lap 20. Just as the sixth-starting McCreadie began to catch pole-starting Bloomquist, Owens caught both cars to make it a three-car battle for the lead.
Bloomquist and McCreadie went back and forth for the top spot on both sides of the halfway mark as McCreadie took the point on lap 24 only to give it back on the next lap. All the while, Owens was lurking just behind the two leaders and at times making it three wide for the lead.
McCreadie finally cleared Bloomquist on lap 27 and began to edge away as Bloomquist continued to fight heavy pressure from Owens' No. 20 machine. Owens finally took the second spot from Bloomquist on lap 31 and quickly reeled in McCreadie as he struggled with heavy lapped traffic.
Once he caught McCreadie, Owens wasted little time making his bid for the lead. With a pair of lapped cars separating him from McCreadie, Owens split the side-by-side slower machines entering turn three on lap 33 and continued his charge to pull alongside McCreadie in turn four. A bobble by the high-running McCreadie gave Owens the break he needed to pull ahead at the completion of the lap.
Owens never looked back from there, pulling away as the track's bottom groove began to become noticeably faster than the top. Bloomquist and McCreadie both took shots at Owens as the frontrunners ran through traffic in the closing laps, but Owens remained steady and pulled away from each challenge.
"I was just kind of taking it easy trying to bide my time a little bit," Owens said. "The harder I ran the car, the better it got. We just kept getting better and better. I didn't think we had enough for Scott, but McCreadie got in there and got Scott off that bottom. A lot of things just went our way and we were able to pull it out and get the win."
McCreadie's runner-up finish capped off a three-win season on the WoO LMS that landed the 2006 series champion third in the final series standings. The 40-year-old veteran racer appeared to be in control of the race after taking command just after the halfway point, but his high line gave way and allowed Owens to close and make the winning pass.
"I felt good and made some moves on (Bloomquist), but Jimmy came along just as that little strip of rubber was starting to lay," said McCreadie, who was denied what would have been his first-career Late Model victory at the World Finals. "I didn't know the rubber was down there. I was trying to make my hay up on the top and ride what got me to the lead, but he got us."
In settling for third, Bloomquist, the 2004 WoO LMS champion who now competes on the tour part time, finished the season without a victory in 11 WoO LMS races entered, marking just the second time since the tour's modern era began in 2004 that he's failed to win a series race. His only previous season without a WoO LMS triumph came in 2006 when he entered only four series races.
"The car was really good, but just not quite good enough," the 50-year-old Bloomquist said after notching his eighth top-five WoO LMS finish on the season. "We got a little bit loose, which made it really hard on us to get off the bottom. We'd hit the crumbs and stuff and just didn't have what it took."
Bub McCool of Vicksburg, Miss., advanced from the 12th starting spot to finish sixth with Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga., seventh. Friday's runner-up Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., was eighth, while double-dipping Donny Schatz of Fargo, N.D., finished ninth just after wrapping up his championship-winning season on the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series. WoO LMS championship points runner-up Rick Eckert or York, Pa., rounded out the top 10 finishers.
The race was slowed by two early cautions. The first appeared with nine laps complete when heat race winner Billy Moyer Jr. of Batesville, Ark., spun from the fourth position. The yellow flag again waved one lap later when Mason Zeigler of Chalk Hill, Pa., slowed in turn four, spurring a pileup that collected Eric Wells of Hazard, Ky., Austin Hubbard of Seaford, Del., and Ricky Thornton Jr. of Chandler, Pa.
Wells of Hazard, Ky., ended up 22nd in the final rundown, leaving him tied for fifth in the final WoO LMS points standings with Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., who finished 15th in Saturday's race. Frank will be awarded the fifth spot by virtue of a tiebreaker, which per WoO LMS rules was determined by which driver had the most runner-up finishes since neither driver won a WoO LMS race this season.
Frank Heckenast Jr. of Frankfort, Ill., finished 23rd in Saturday's A-Main, but he had plenty of reason to celebrate after wrapping up the $10,000 WoO LMS Rookie of the Year Award. Heckenast, along with Lanigan and the rest of the WoO LMS regulars, will be honored during the tour's annual Night of Champions banquet on Sunday night at the Great Wolf Lodge in Concord.
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Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series Bad Boy Buggies WoO World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (2) Jimmy Owens/50 $12,050
2. (6) Tim McCreadie/50 $5,200
3. (1) Scott Bloomquist/50 $3,150
4. (7) Billy Moyer/50 $2,700
5. (10) Darrell Lanigan/50 $2,150
6. (12) Bub McCool/50 $1,700
7. (9) Dale McDowell/50 $1,500
8. (4) Chris Madden/50 $1,450
409. (14) Donny Schatz/50 $1,850
10. (11) Rick Eckert/50 $1,500
11. (13) James Rice/50 $1,250
12. (24) Josh Richards/50 $1,300
13. (3) Jason Feger/50 $1,300
14. (18) Ryan Gustin/50 $1,100
15. (19) Chub Frank/50 $1,150
16. (5) Billy Moyer Jr./50 $1,000
17. (23) Dennis Erb Jr./50 $1,000
18. (27) Chase Junghans/50 $1,250
19. (25) Morgan Bagley/50 $1,000
20. (17) Ricky Thornton Jr./50 $1,000
21. (29) Boom Briggs/49 $110
22. (15) Eric Wells/49 $1,000
23. (22) Frank Heckenast Jr./49 $1,000
24. (21) John Blankenship/49 $1,000
25. (26) Shane Clanton/49 $1,025
26. (8) Austin Hubbard/49 $1,000
27. (28) Clint Smith/34 $110
28. (20) Jared Landers/20 $1,000
29. (16) Mason Zeigler/10 $1,000
* Earnings include Winners Circle program and cash contingency award bonuses
Time of Race: 19 Mins. 39 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 1.193 seconds
Yellow Flags: Two (laps 9 & 10)
Lap Leaders: Bloomquist (1-23, 26); McCreadie (25, 27-32); Owens (33-50)
Heat No. 1 (10 laps - Top 3 Transfer): Jimmy Owens, Billy Moyer, James Rice, Chub Frank, Eric Jacobsen, Gregg Satterlee, G.R. Smith, Kenny Collins, Mike Ahobelli Jr., Anthony Burroughs, Bob Gordon, Russell Irwin Jr.
Heat No. 2 (10 laps - Top 3 Transfer): Jason Feger, Austin Hubbard, Donny Schatz, Morgan Bagley, Frank Heckenast Jr., Jeff Rine, Jonathan Davenport, Matt Parks, Kerry King Jr., J.T. Spence, Nick Davis, Jason Covert.
Heat No. 3 (10 laps - Top 3 Transfer): Scott Bloomquist, Dale McDowell, Eric Wells, Jared Landers, Vic Hill, Dan Stone, Duane Chamberlain, Dale Hollidge, Charlie Sandercock, Robbie Stuart, Don Gordon, Cody Malhoney.
Heat No. 4 (10 laps - Top 3 Transfer): Chris Madden, Darrell Lanigan, Mason Zeigler, Steve Francis, Dennis Erb Jr., Casey Roberts, Ray Cook, Bobby Pierce, Kyle Bronson, John Garvin Jr., Walker Arthur, Brian Ledbetter.
Heat No. 5 (10 laps - Top 3 Transfer): Tim McCreadie, Rick Eckert, Ricky Thornton Jr., Josh Richards, Clint Smith, Don O'Neal, Jim Yoder, Boom Briggs, Greg Roberson, Jim O'Hara, Donald McIntosh.
Heat No. 6 (10 laps - Top 3 Transfer): Billy Moyer Jr., Bub McCool, Ryan Gustin, John Blankenship, Dennis Franklin, Andrew Reaume, Chad Hollenbeck, Chuck Harper, Shane Clanton, Chris Ferguson, Chase Junghans.
B-Main No. 1 (12 laps - Top 2 Transfer): Frank, Heckenast, Jacobsen, Bagley, Davenport, Satterlee, Rine, G.R. Smith, Parks, Covert, Altobelli, King, Mitchell, Spence, Burroughs, Gordon, Collins, Davis. Did not start: Erwin.
B-Main No. 2 (12 laps - Top 2 Transfer): Landers, Erb, Roberts, Stone, Chamberlain, Bronson, Francis, Cook, Hill, Sandercock, Arthur, Stuart, D. Gordon, Ledbetter, Mahoney, Pierce, Hollidge. Did not start: Garvin.
B-Main No. 3 (12 laps - Top 2 Transfer): Blankenship, Richards, C. Smith, O'Neal, Junghans, Clanton, Briggs, Hollenbeck, Yoder, Reaume, Harper, Roberson, O'Hara, Franklin, Ferguson.
2014 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of Nov. 8 - 37 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):
1. Darrell Lanigan 5,196
2. Rick Eckert 4,868 (-328)
3. Tim McCreadie 4,852 (-344)
4. Morgan Bagley 4,590 (-606)
5. Chub Frank 4,550 (-646)
6. Eric Wells 4,550 (-646)
7. Shane Clanton 4,510 (-686)
8. Frank Heckenast Jr. 4,382 (-814)
9. Clint Smith 4,282 (-914)
10. Chase Junghans 4,134 (-1,062)
11. Rick 'Boom' Briggs 3,954 (-1,242)
12. Tim Fuller 3,172 (-1,884)
Rookie of the Year Standings as of Nov. 8 (37 A-Mains completed; best 25 races counted)
1. Frank Heckenast Jr. 3,200
2. Chase Junghans 3,306 (-156)
3. Boom Briggs 2,908 (-290)
Lanigan Clinches Third World of Outlaws Late Model Series Championship With Thrilling Victory At The Dirt Track at Charlotte
Kentucky Driver Claims Friday's Bad Boy Buggies World Finals Opener With Dramatic Final-Lap Pass
CONCORD, N.C. - Nov. 7, 2014 - Darrell Lanigan didn't need to complete a dramatic final-lap pass to clinch his third World of Outlaws Late Model Series championship Friday night at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, but he wasn't only racing for a championship.
Held at bay for the majority of Friday's 50-lap WoO LMS A-Main, Lanigan, 44, of Union, Ky., used a determined charge into the finale corner to sweep around leader Chris Madden in traffic on his way to a thrilling victory at one of the year's biggest Dirt Late Model events. Adding to an already illustrious season, Lanigan earned a $12,650 payday in the opening round of Charlotte's eighth annual Bad Boy Buggies World of Outlaws World Finals.
Lanigan, who was virtually assured of claiming the WoO LMS championship just by entering the national tour's season-ending doubleheader at Charlotte, officially clinched the 2014 series championship with his record 17th WoO LMS victory of the season.
"This is unbelievable to come here and win in front of all these people," an excited Lanigan told the near-capacity crowd during his Victory Lane interview. "Helluva crowd here even with the cold weather. I want to thank everybody in the stands. I hope we put on a good show for you guys because I'm telling you I drove my butt off."
Madden of Gray Court, S.C., settled for second, finishing a scant 0.088 seconds behind Lanigan after leading laps 2-49. Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., finished just behind Lanigan and Madden in the third position with Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., also just behind in the fourth spot. Polesitter Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill., finished fifth after leading the race's opening lap.
Lanigan had to work hard for his 70th-career WoO LMS victory. He used the track's high groove to advance his Club 29 Race Car from fourth to second by lap 19 and began to challenge Madden for the lead before the halfway point.
Lanigan made multiple charges to pull alongside the low-running Madden, but each attempt to pass was thwarted as Madden pulled his Bloomquist Race Car ahead and edged away on longer green-flag runs.
Lanigan's chance at winning appeared to be slipping away when a poor restart on lap 36 dropped him back to third as Madden opened another comfortable lead. But Lanigan remained committed to the high side of the track and rode it back into the second spot just a few laps later.
Lanigan closed Madden's lead slightly late in the race, but he wasn't quite close enough to seriously challenge until Madden caught traffic as he headed for the white flag. Lanigan quickly pounced on the opportunity. He caught Madden in turns one and two, pulled alongside for the lead down the back straightaway, and charged ahead through the final corner to nose out front of Madden at the finish line.
"We were a little harder on tires, so I knew I had to stay up on that top and keep it going," said Lanigan, who claimed his second-career Charlotte victory. "I didn't get a good start on that last restart. I fell back third, but we got going there on the top and got my momentum going. We caught that lapped traffic again and it helped me on that last lap."
Just as Lanigan remained committed to the top groove for the entire race, Madden was steadfast in his line around the bottom groove. Madden's commitment to the bottom appeared to be the correct choice until slower traffic became a factor in the closing laps and prevented the standout Palmetto State driver from claiming what would have been his ninth-career WoO LMS victory.
"We were good enough to win tonight," a dejected Madden said after being denied a second-career World Finals victory. "The bottom wasn't the place to be in lapped traffic. It opened up the door for the guys using another line and we got beat."
Don O'Neal of Martinsville, Ind., finished sixth, while Eric Wells of Hazard, Ky., used a seventh-place finish to overtake Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., for fifth in the WoO LMS points standings. Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., was eighth after charging into the top five early in the race while 16th-starting Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga., and 21st-starting Bub McCool of Vicksburg, Miss., rounded out the top 10 finishers.
The race was slowed by four cautions. The first appeared with nine laps complete when WoO LMS rookie Chase Junghans of Manhattan, Kan., slowed on the back straightaway. A lap-14 yellow flag appeared when Jason Feger slowed from the fourth spot after using a high-side rally to charge from 10th to second early in the race. The pace again slowed on lap 26 when Frank slowed with a flat tire.
The fourth and final caution was the most dramatic incident as it nearly took out the leader. Madden tangled with Frank as he attempted to put him down a lap, sending both cars up the racetrack. Both Lanigan and Owens drove by Madden in a three-wide move while Madden worked to correct his machine. But Frank slowed to a stop, bringing out the caution and allowing Madden to remain the leader.
Lanigan's dramatic victory came in front of a packed grandstand at Charlotte's 4/10-mile oval as the track hosted the first of back-to-back tripleheaders featuring the WoO LMS, the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars and the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds. The World Finals conclude on Saturday with another tripleheader featuring the season finales for all three divisions. 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 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 Bad Boy Buggies World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (4) Darrell Lanigan/50 $12,650
2. (2) Chris Madden/50 $5,000
3. (6) Scott Bloomquist/50 $3,650
4. (5) Jimmy Owens/50 $2,600
5. (1) Dennis Erb Jr./50 $2,150
6. (8) Don O'Neal/50 $1,700
7. (9) Eric Wells/50 $1,550
8. (7) Tim McCreadie/50 $2,150
9. (16) Dale McDowell/50 $1,350
10. (21) Bub McCool/50 $1,300
11. (14) Casey Roberts/50 $1,350
12. (24) Josh Richards/50 $1,300
13. (15) Billy Moyer/50 $1,350
14. (19) Steve Francis/50 $1,200
15. (17) Donny Schatz/50 $1,550
16. (18) Jared Landers/50 $1,000
17. (13) Rick Eckert/50 $1,650
18. (12) Mason Zeigler/50 $1,000
19. (20) Chase Junghans/50 $1,750
20. (26) Frank Heckenast Jr./50 $1,550
21. (22) Morgan Bagley/50 $1,550
22. (13) Shane Clanton/50 $1,550
23. (25) Chub Frank/50 $1,550
24. (29) Boom Briggs/42 $1,550
25. (3) Jonathan Davenport/30 $1,000
26. (25) James Rice/28 $1,000
27. (23) Austin Hubbard/25 $1,000
28. (10) Jason Feger/14 $1,000
29. (26) Clint Smith/8 $1,550
* Earnings include Winners Circle program and cash contingency award bonuses
Time of Race: 23 Mins. 06 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 0.088 seconds
Yellow Flags: Four (laps 9, 14, 26, 36)
Lap Leaders: Erb (1); Madden (2-49); Lanigan (50)
Provisional Starters: Frank (WoO points), Heckenast (WoO points), Rice (track), Smith (WoO emergency), Briggs (WoO emergency)
WoO LMS 'Bonus Bucks' Winner: Donny Schatz ($500)
Heat No. 1 (10 laps - Top 3 Transfer): Dennis Erb Jr., Tim McCreadie, Rick Eckert, Morgan Bagley, John Blankenship, Gregg Satterlee, Donald McIntosh, J.T. Spence, John Garvin Jr., Jason Covert, Cody Mahoney, Don Gordon Did not start: Kyle Hardy.
Heat No. 2 (10 laps - Top 3 Transfer): Scott Bloomquist, Don O'Neal, Casey Roberts, Steve Francis, Bobby Pierce, Billy Moyer Jr., Walker Arthur, Andrew Reaume, Ryan Gustin, Kenny Collins, Chuck Harper, Brian Ledbetter.
Heat No. 3 (10 laps - Top 3 Transfer): Jonathan Davenport, Eric Wells, Billy Moyer, Chub Frank, Duane Chamberlain, D.J. Troutman, Vic Hill, Robbie Stuart, Chris Ferguson, Jim Yoder, Jim O'Hara, Bob Gordon.
Heat No. 4 (10 laps - Top 3 Transfer): Darrell Lanigan, Jason Feger, Dale McDowell, Chase Junghans, Austin Hubbard, Boom Briggs, Ray Cook, Frank Heckenast Jr., Russell Erwin Jr., Dustin Mitchell, Jeff Rine, Charlie Sandercock.
Heat No. 5 (10 laps - Top 3 Transfer): Jimmy Owens, Shane Clanton, Donny Schatz, Bub McCool, Josh Richards, James Rice, Ricky Thornton Jr., Anthony Burroughs, Kyle Bronson, Kerry King Jr., G.R. Smith, Nick Davis.
Heat No. 6 (10 laps - Top 3 Transfer): Chris Madden, Mason Zeigler, Jared Landers, Dennis Franklin, Clint Smith, Eric Jacobsen Dale Hollidge, Matt Parks, Mike Ahobelli Jr., Dan Stone, Greg Roberson, Chad Hollenbeck.
B-Main No. 1 (12 laps - Top 2 Transfer): Francis, Bagley, Blankenship, Pierce, Moyer Jr., Satterlee, Spence, McIntosh, Reaume, Garvin, Covert, Harper, Collins, Arthur, Ledbetter, Gordon, Gustin, Mahoney. Did not start: Hardy.
B-Main No. 2 (12 laps - Top 2 Transfer): Junghans, Hubbard, Frank, Chamberlain, Briggs, Cook, Stuart, Erwin, Yoder, Heckenast, Rine, Mitchell, Hill, Gordon, Sandercock, O'Hara, Troutman, Ferguson.
B-Main No. 3 (12 laps - Top 2 Transfer): McCool, Richards, Thornton, Rice, Jacobsen, Franklin, Hollidge, Burroughs, C. Smith, Stone, Parks, Bronson, Ahobelli, G.R. Smith, King, Hollenbeck, Roberson, Davis.
2014 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of Nov. 7 - 36 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):
1. Darrell Lanigan 5,056
2. Rick Eckert 4,738 (-318)
3. Tim McCreadie 4,706 (-350)
4. Morgan Bagley 4,478 (-578)
5. Eric Wells 4,444 (-612)
6. Chub Frank 4,430 (-626)
7. Shane Clanton 4,408 (-648)
8. Frank Heckenast Jr. 4,278 (-778)
9. Clint Smith 4,180 (-876)
10. Chase Junghans 4,020 (-1,036)
11. Rick 'Boom' Briggs 3,846 (-1,210)
12. Tim Fuller 3,172 (-1,884)
Rookie of the Year Standings as of Nov. 7 (36 A-Mains completed; best 25 races counted)
1. Frank Heckenast Jr. 3,200
2. Chase Junghans 3,306 (-164)
3. Boom Briggs 2,908 (-292)
Lanigan and Owens Split Fast-Time Honors On Opening Night Of Bad Boy Buggies World of Outlaws World Finals
Club 29 Drivers Share the Spotlight on Thursday Night at The Dirt Track at Charlotte
CONCORD, N.C. - Nov., 6, 2014 - Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., and Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., put Club 29 Race Cars in the spotlight Thursday night at The Dirt Track at Charlotte by splitting fast-time honors during Qualifying Night at the eighth annual Bad Boy Buggies World of Outlaws World Finals.
Kicking off his championship crowning weekend on a high note, Lanigan, 44, posted the fastest lap in the first of two rounds of Ohlins Shocks Time Trials for the World of Outlaws Late Model Series. Owens, 42, was fastest in Thursday's second qualifying session.
The two qualifying rounds were part of the opening night of the World Finals weekend at Charlotte's 4/10-mile oval. The three-night blockbuster event features season-ending doubleheaders for the WoO LMS, the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars and the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds.
The two Late Model qualifying sessions featured a field of 77 Late Model entries. The lap times will be used to determine the heat race lineups for separate $12,000-to-win WoO LMS programs on Friday and Saturday with first round qualifying times setting lineups for Friday night's six heat races and round two aligning the six heats on Saturday.
Lanigan, who will clinch his third WoO LMS championship just by competing in the weekend's two programs, enjoyed the preliminary night success as both a driver and a chassis builder. The 2008 and 2012 WoO LMS titlist launched Club 29 Race Cars this season after developing the new chassis and sister chassis brand Black Diamond Chassis with noted Late Model setup guru Ronnie Stuckey. Owens was among the early drivers to join the Club when he began fielding a Club 29 car in March.
"It's definitely exciting for Club 29 and Black Diamond Chassis," said Lanigan, whose lone Charlotte victory came in the opening round of last year's World Finals. "It's phenomenal to get fast time both rounds. Just can't wait for the rest of the weekend."
Lanigan will look to add to a stellar year that has already set a new record for the most WoO LMS wins in a single season. With his 16th WoO LMS victory of the year in the national tour's most recent race Sept. 13 at Michigan's Berlin Raceway, Lanigan broke his own single-season wins record from his championship-winning campaign in 2012.
With the championship virtually locked up, Lanigan's primary focus at Charlotte is adding even more victories to his 2014 tally.
"It's definitely nice to come down here and race and not have to worry about points," said Lanigan, who leads the WoO LMS all-time wins list with 69 career series victories. "The car's great right now and I can't wait until tomorrow."
Owens had perhaps the best night overall considering his first-round qualifying effort was second fastest behind Lanigan in Group B. With front-row starting spots for his heat race on both Friday and Saturday, Owens is in prime position to add to his five-career World Finals victories.
"We've got a good race car, got good qualifying times both rounds and looking forward to the rest of the weekend," said Owens, who's tied with three-time WoO LMS champion Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., for the most World Finals victories. "It's kinda like the same old Charlotte. Things seem to be working out for us right now. We've got a good starting spot in the heat races so maybe we can put a show on for the fans."
Lanigan's fast time in the first round of qualifying was quickest in Group B of the two-group session. Group A fast time went to 2006 WoO LMS champion Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y. Owens topped Group A of round two time trials while Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., was fastest in Group B.
Other drivers turning in notable efforts on Thursday include Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill., who was fourth in his group in round one and second in round two; Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., who was third-fastest and fifth-fastest in his two qualifying groups; and Rick Eckert of York, Pa., who posted qualifying times among the top five of his group in both rounds.
The Bad Boy Buggies World of Outlaws World Finals continue on Friday and Saturday with gates opening at 3 p.m. and hot laps scheduled to begin at 4 each day. Each program will include a 50-lap A-Main for the WoO LMS, a 30-lap A-Main for the WoO Sprint Car Series and a 40-lap main event for the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds.
Tickets for the World Finals can be obtained by logging on to www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or calling 1-800-455-FANS.
For fans unable to attend the World Finals in person, live video of every lap of action for all three divisions is available through an online Pay-Per-View production. Ordering information is available by logging on to www.DirtonDirt.com or www.DIRTVision.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 .
Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):
Friday night qualifying
1. 39-Tim McCreadie, Watertown, N.Y., 15.470
2. 0-Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, Tenn., 15.502
3. 6-Jonathan Davenport, Blairsville, Ga., 15.639
4. 124-Rick Eckert, York, Pa., 15.670
5. 5-Don O'Neal, Martinsville, Ind., 15.692
6. 21-Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark., 15.697
7. 28-Dennis Erb Jr., Carpentersville, Ill., 15.716
8. 15-Steve Francis, Ashland, Ky., 15.717
9. 18-Eric Wells, Hazard, Ky., 15.772
10. 7m-Donald McIntosh, Dawsonville, Ga., 15.840
11. 32-Bobby Pierce, Oakwood, Ill., 15.861
12. 22-Chris Ferguson, Mount Holly, N.C., 15.893
13. 23-John Blankenship, Williamson, W.Va., 15.912
14. 101-Casey Roberts, Toccoa, Ga., 15.940
15. 20c-Duane Chamberlain, Richmond, Ind., 15.992
16. 22-Gregg Satterlee, Indiana, Pa., 15.998
17. 21jr-Billy Moyer Jr., Batesville, Ark., 16.033
18. 1*-Chub Frank, Bear Lake, Pa., 16.063
19. 14m-Morgan Bagley, Longview, Texas, 16.078
20. 87-Walker Arthur, Forrest, Va., 16.163
21. 1-Vic Hill, Moshiem, Tenn., 16.182
22. J4-John Garvin Jr., Sarver, Pa., 16.273
23. 19-Ryan Gustin, Marshaltown, Iowa, 16.366
24. 7-D.J. Troutman, Hyndman, Pa., 16.371
25. 3v-Kyle Hardy, Stephens City, Va., 16.391
26. 1c-Kenny Collins, Colbert, Ga., 16.413
27. 19-Tim Fuller, Watertown, N.Y., 16.437
28. 6R-Robbie Stuart, DeRidder, La., 16.451
29. 91-J.T. Spence, Winchester, Va., 16.480
30. 88-Andrew Reaume, Blenheim, Ontario, 16.552
31. 27-Jim Yoder, Selinsgrove, Pa., 16.717
32. 4-Cody Mahoney, Hanover, Ind., 16.788
33. 00H-Chuck Harper, Beverly, W.Va., 16.825
34. 31-Bob Gordon, Keyser, W.Va., 17.301
35. 72-Jason Covert, York Haven, Pa., 17.564
36. 07-Brian Ledbetter, Dallas, N.C., 17.628
37. 44J-James O'Hara, Covington, Pa., 17.712
38. 33-Don Gordon, Chatham, Ontario, no time
1. 29-Darrell Lanigan, Union, Ky., 15.376
2. 20-Jimmy Owens, Newport, Tenn., 15.453
3. 44m-Chris Madden, Gray Court, S.C., 15.568
4. 25F-Jason Feger, Bloomington, Ill., 15.609
5. 11R-James Rice, Verona, Ky., 15.743
6. 25z-Mason Zeigler, Chalk Hill, Pa., 15.750
7. 17m-Dale McDowell, Chickamauga, Ga., 15.789
8. 15s-Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D., 15.799
9. 2-Dennis Franklin, Gaffney, S.C., 15.848
10. 99jr-Frank Heckenast Jr., Frankfort, Ill., 15.907
11. 25-Shane Clanton, Zebulon, Ga., 15.932
12. 5J-Eric Jacobsen, Seacliff Beach, Calif., 15.998
13. 99b-Boom Briggs, Bear Lake, Pa., 16.001
14. 1-Josh Richards, Shinnston, W.Va., 16.005
15. 2s-Dan Stone, Thompson, Pa., 16.025
16. 18c-Chase Junghans, Manhattan, Kan., 16.035
17. 32m-Bub McCool, Vicksburg, Miss., 16.065
18. 777-Jared Landers, Batesville, Ark., 16.071
19. 11-Austin Hubbard, Seaford, Del., 16.102
20. 1B-Anthony Burroughs, Minden, La., 16.114
21. 44-Clint Smith, Senoia, Ga., 16.129
22. 2J-Jeff Rine, Danville, Pa., 16.186
23. K&B1-Kerry King Jr., Delmar, Del., 16.193
24. 0-Dale Hollidge, Mechanicsville, Md., 16.207
25. 53-Ray Cook, Brasstown, N.C., 16.215
26. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz., 16.244
27. 15P-Matt Parks, Three Springs, Pa., 16.289
28. D8-Dustin Mitchell, Princeton, N.C., 16.366
29. 22*-G.R. Smith, Cornelius, N.C., 16.368
30. 4ds-Chad Hollenbeck, Kingsley, Pa., 16.429
31. 32-Russell Erwin Jr., Beaverdam, Va., 16.487
32. 40-Kyle Bronson, Brandon, Fla., 16.563
33. 79-Mike Altobelli Jr., Saxton, Pa., 16.699
34. 57-Charlie Sandercock, Belleville, Ontario, 16.829
35. 92-Nick Davis,Millsboro, Del., 17.083
36. 19r-Greg Roberson, Waynesboro, Va., 17.271
37. 41-Brandon Overton, Appling, Ga., no time
Saturday night qualifying
1. 20-Jimmy Owens, Newport, Tenn., 15.684
2. 25F-Jason Feger, Bloomington, Ill., 15.693
3. 17m-Dale McDowell, Chickamauga, Ga., 15.872
4. 11R-James Rice, Verona, Ky., 15.877
5. 6-Jonathan Davenport, Blairsville, Ga., 15.901
6. 0-Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, Tenn., 15.924
7. 21-Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark., 15.944
8. 11-Austin Hubbard, Seaford, Del., 15.956
9. 777-Jared Landers, Batesville, Ark., 16.053
10. 5J-Eric Jacobsen, Seacliff Beach, Calif., 16.137
11. 15s-Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D., 16.178
12. 1G-Vic Hill, Moshiem, Tenn., 16.187
13. 22*-G.R. Smith, Cornelius, N.C., 16.195
14. 14m-Morgan Bagley, Longview, Texas, 16.232
15. 18-Eric Wells, Hazard, Ky., 16.273
16. 32-Russell Erwin Jr., Beaverdam, Va., 16.311
17. 15P-Matt Parks, Three Springs, Pa., 16.339
18. 20c-Duane Chamberlain, Richmond, Ind., 16.345
19. 1*-Chub Frank, Bear Lake, Pa., 16.355
20. 99jr-Frank Heckenast Jr., Frankfort, Ill., 16.364
21. 2s-Dan Stone, Thompson, Pa., 16.401
22. 1B-Anthony Burroughs, Minden, La., 16.443
23. 91-J.T. Spence, Winchester, Va., 16.461
24. 0-Dale Hollidge, Mechanicsville, Md., 16.479
25. 22-Gregg Satterlee, Indiana, Pa., 16.497
26. 2J-Jeff Rine, Danville, Pa., 16.535
27. 6R-Robbie Stuart, DeRidder, La., 16.597
28. D8-Dustin Mitchell, Princeton, N.C., 16.651
29. K&B1-Kerry King Jr., Delmar, Del., 16.666
30. 4-Cody Mahoney, Hanover, Ind., 16.802
31. 1c-Kenny Collins, Colbert, Ga., 16.851
32. 92-Nick Davis,Millsboro, Del., 16.888
33. 57-Charlie Sandercock, Belleville, Ontario, 16.981
34. 79-Mike Altobelli Jr., Saxton, Pa., 17.034
35. 72-Jason Covert, York Haven, Pa., 17.287
36. 33-Don Gordon, Chatham, Ontario, 17.492
37. 31-Bob Gordon, Keyser, W.Va., 18.000
38. 3v-Kyle Hardy, Stephens City, Va., DQ
1. 44m-Chris Madden, Gray Court, S.C., 15.732
2. 39-Tim McCreadie, Watertown, N.Y., 15.771
3. 21jr-Billy Moyer Jr., Batesville, Ark., 15.810
4. 29-Darrell Lanigan, Union, Ky., 15.824
5. 124-Rick Eckert, York, Pa., 15.842
6. 18c-Chase Junghans, Manhattan, Kan., 15.899
7. 15-Steve Francis, Ashland, Ky., 15.919
8. 5-Don O'Neal, Martinsville, Ind., 15.970
9. 25-Shane Clanton, Zebulon, Ga., 15.972
10. 25z-Mason Zeigler, Chalk Hill, Pa., 16.010
11. 7m-Donald McIntosh, Dawsonville, Ga., 16.038
12. 19-Ryan Gustin, Marshaltown, Iowa, 16.040
13. 32-Bobby Pierce, Oakwood, Ill., 16.054
14. 1-Josh Richards, Shinnston, W.Va., 16.056
15. 23-John Blankenship, Williamson, W.Va., 16.072
16. 101-Casey Roberts, Toccoa, Ga., 16.128
17. 44-Clint Smith, Senoia, Ga., 16.134
18. 2-Dennis Franklin, Gaffney, S.C., 16.136
19. 28-Dennis Erb Jr., Carpentersville, Ill., 16.140
20. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz., 16.148
21. 32m-Bub McCool, Vicksburg, Miss., 16.153
22. 53-Ray Cook, Brasstown, N.C., 16.263
23. 99b-Boom Briggs, Bear Lake, Pa., 16.303
24. 88-Andrew Reaume, Blenheim, Ontario, 16.397
25. 40-Kyle Bronson, Brandon, Fla., 16.454
26. 27-Jim Yoder, Selinsgrove, Pa., 16.461
27. 22-Chris Ferguson, Mount Holly, N.C., 16.491
28. 87-Walker Arthur, Forrest, Va., 16.512
29. 7-D.J. Troutman, Hyndman, Pa., 16.824
30. 00H-Chuck Harper, Beverly, W.Va., 16.826
31. J4-John Garvin Jr., Sarver, Pa., 16.864
32. 19r-Greg Roberson, Waynesboro, Va., 16.873
33. 4ds-Chad Hollenbeck, Kingsley, Pa., 17.051
34. 07-Brian Ledbetter, Dallas, N.C., 17.512
35. 44J-James O'Hara, Covington, Pa., 17.985
36. 41-Brandon Overton, Appling, Ga., no time
37. 19-Tim Fuller, Watertown, N.Y., no time
Busy 2015 Speedweeks Schedule Features Action in Four DIRTcar Racing Divisions at Five Tracks
DIRTcar Racing action scheduled at four Florida tracks and one Georgia oval during January and February
CONCORD, N.C. - Nov. 6, 2014 - The 2015 DIRTcar Racing season will get off to a hot start this winter with Speedweeks action in four divisions spread among five dirt tracks and two months.
The traditional stretch of early-season racing begins in late January with Winternationals and culminates with the DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment in mid-February.
DIRTcar UMP Modifieds
The DIRTcar UMP Modifieds kick off Speedweeks with the Winternationals at East Bay Raceway in Gibsonton, Fla., Jan. 29 to 31. The series then makes stops at Bubba Raceway Park and Volusia Speedway Park for 15 total nights of racing.
Jan. 29-31 - Winternationals, East Bay Raceway, Gibsonton, Fla.
Feb. 5 and 6 - Bubba Raceway Park, Ocala, Fla.
Feb. 7 and 8 - North Florida Speedway, Lake City, Fla.
Feb. 10-17 - DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit, plus the Gator Championship, Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, Fla.
World of Outlaws Late Model Series and DIRTcar Late Models
For 12 nights at tracks in Georgia and Florida, the DIRTcar Late Models and the World of Outlaws Late Model Series compete during Speedweeks.
Feb. 6 and 7 Winter Freeze, Screven Motorsports Park, Sylvania, Ga.
Feb. 8 North Florida Speedway, Lake City, Fla.
Feb. 13-15 Winter Nationals, Bubba Raceway Park, Ocala, Fla.
Feb. 16-21 DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit, Barberville, Fla.
World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series and UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions
Joining the modifieds and late models during Speedweeks are the sprint cars of the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series and the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions. The two series make stops at Volusia Speedway Park and Bubba's Raceway Park.
Feb. 5-7 Winter Nationals, Bubba Raceway Park, Ocala, Fla. (All Star)
Feb. 11-13 DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit, Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, Fla. (All Star)
Feb. 13-15 DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit, Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, Fla. (WoO Sprint Cars) '
Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series
The Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds take on Volusia during DIRTcar Nationals Feb. 18-21 with a $5,000-to-win feature on the final night.
Feb. 18-21 DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit, Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, Fla.
A full schedule and ticket information for each event is available online at http://www.DIRTcar.com.
Richards Prepares For Return To World of Outlaws Late Model Series at Charlottes Bad Boy Buggies World of Outlaws World Finals Nov. 6-8
Three-Time WoO LMS Champ Set for First Series Action in Nearly a Year after Being Sidelined By Medical Issues for Most of 2014
CONCORD, N.C. - Nov. 3, 2014 - Welcome back, Josh Richards.
The three-time World of Outlaws Late Model Series champion returns to WoO LMS action for the first time in nearly a year this weekend (Nov. 6-8) as the national tour wraps up the 2014 season at the eighth annual Bad Boy Buggies World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.
After sitting out the majority of the season due to nerve issues in his hands, Richards, 26, of Shinnston, W.Va., was cleared by doctors to return to the seat of the Rocket Chassis house car in time for a pair of non-series events in October. He'll return to the WoO LMS for the first time since the end of last season when the World Finals kicks off with two sets of time trials on Thursday ahead of separate $12,000-to-win WoO LMS programs on Friday and Saturday.
Richards couldn't have picked a more fitting track to make his WoO LMS return. After all, the 4/10-mile high-speed oval is where he wrapped up the 2013 WoO LMS title with a dominating victory during his most recent series race.
"I'm more than excited," Richards, the 2009, 2010 and 2013 WoO LMS champion, said of his anticipation for Charlotte's blockbuster event that also features action for the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars and the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds. "Charlotte is one of my favorite places to race. I haven't been this excited about a race in a long time. I really couldn't be more excited to get down there."
After his impressive run to the WoO LMS championship in 2013, few could've expected January's shocking news that Richards would have to sit out the start of the 2014 season with no anticipated date to return. After rising to the pinnacle of the sport at such a young age, Richards appeared poised for a long and prosperous career before the uncertainty of his medical issues put his racing future in doubt.
Richards knew the Rocket house car was in good hands with former WoO LMS champion Rick Eckert of York, Pa., filling in during his absence. But coping with the idea of potentially never racing again took its toll on Richards as he dealt with a gamut of emotions before he was unexpectedly cleared to return to racing last month.
"There was a time when I thought I may never get back in a car again," Richards said. "When you think you can't do something ever again, it changes a lot. It was an emotional rollercoaster for sure.
"It wasn't like I was even anticipating getting back. I felt like I was coming back, but I literally had no idea for sure. I was really expecting to hear the other way around when I got the results from the doctor's office. But they cleared me to race and that was great."
The extended break from racing wasn't all bad for Richards. In fact, there were plenty of positives to keep him from worrying excessively over the fate of his racing career. Most notably, his marriage to fiancée Andrea Cleveland in August.
"There's been a lot of changes this year and (getting married) was definitely the biggest. It's the best thing that's ever happened to me," Richards said. "Not racing was really tough in a lot of ways, but in other ways it was actually good. It gave me time to focus more on other aspects of my life. I feel like I've grew a lot as a person being away."
Richards also kept himself busy working in the Rocket Chassis shop and assisting Rocket customers, including WoO Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz, who pilots a Rocket Chassis when making select Late Model starts during his time off from Sprint Car action, and Shannon Babb, who drove a Rocket Chassis to the DIRTcar Summer Nationals championship this summer.
"I love the sport so much and it's all I've ever done and all I've ever known," said Richards, who also found time during his stint away from driving to star in the country music video Miles to Go by The Marshall Lowry Band. "I enjoy helping people and all of that, so I looked at a lot of different ways of how I could still be involved in the sport I love and still make a living at it.
"I got to go out and work with Donny Schatz with some of his Late Model stuff and went to a few Summer Nationals races with Shannon Babb. I think that was a good experience for me getting to work with those guys.
"It was definitely tough not driving the car, but I think in a way it was good to get away. But without a doubt, I definitely missed being behind the wheel. I can't get enough of it now that I'm back."
Richards' results in his first two races back haven't quite matched the performance level he left off with when he claimed the 2013 WoO LMS title. A scrape with the wall in a heat race at Eldora Speedway's UMP Fall Nationals caused him to miss the A-Main lineup in his first race back on Oct. 4, and he finished 12th at Portsmouth Raceway Park's Dirt Track World Championship on Oct. 19. But Richards hasn't been deterred; he's enjoying his return to racing no matter what the results.
"There's some times when you do it for so long it gets stale and you're looking for something and you just can't find it," Richards said. "Being away, it definitely makes you appreciate it more and makes you anxious to get back at and just go out there and have fun."
Even if his first two races back haven't produced his usual results, there's still plenty of reason to expect Richards to be among the contenders at the World Finals. His past Charlotte success speaks for itself. With five-career WoO LMS victories at Charlotte, Richards is tied with Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., for the most series wins at The Dirt Track; and he's won a race there every year since 2008 except for when he stepped away from full-time Late Model racing to pursue NASCAR opportunities in 2012.
Charlotte has also given Richards quite a few heartbreaks throughout his career, the most painful of which came during the 2011season finale when Richards suffered a flat tire that cost him the WoO LMS championship. That setback, on top of a number of other near-misses, gives Richards a bit of extra motivation every time he returns to Charlotte.
"My goal is always to win," said Richards, who's second on the WoO LMS all-time wins list with 49 career A-Main victories on the tour. "Charlotte is by far one of my favorite racetracks and I'm definitely confident going there. We've had a lot of success there. But we've had a lot of heartbreak there, too. We've had a lot of emotions at that track in general, both high and low, but it seems like we're almost always competitive there."
If Richards is going to return to his winning form at Charlotte, he'll have to overcome one of the year's toughest fields. A strong list of WoO LMS regulars is led by Richards' rival Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky. Lanigan has been nearly unstoppable on the WoO LMS this season, earning a record-setting 16 A-Main victories.
Lanigan needs only to enter both World Finals events to clinch his third WoO LMS championship, but he's made it clear that he aims to add more wins to his season's total.
The World Finals will also draw a fierce contingent of non-series regulars including red-hot Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn. Along with Lanigan, Bloomquist has been one of the sport's winningest drivers this season with victories in the World 100 and the Dirt Track World Championship.
Bloomquist, the 2004 WoO LMS champion, hasn't won in nine WoO LMS A-Main starts this season. He'll need to claim at least one of the World Finals A-Mains to avoid his first season without a WoO LMS victory since 2006.
Richards is well aware of the competition he'll face this weekend, including the Lanigan and Bloomquist juggernauts. But that doesn't faze Richards, who enters the weekend as confident as ever while still remembering to simply enjoy being back behind the wheel.
"It's all about finding something you're comfortable with and guys like Darrell and Scott have found that comfort zone and are making the most of it right now," Richards said. "My entire career I've never worried about who I line up beside. I look at it like I'm here to beat everybody, doesn't matter who it is or how good they're running. If you ever question whether or not you can beat someone, then you're probably not going to.
"I know we'll be OK. It's going to take some time to get back in the groove of things and get back in our comfort zone. But we'll get there. Right now we're just going out and doing the best we can and having fun."
The World Finals begin on Thurs., Nov. 6 with Qualifying Night featuring two rounds of WoO Late Model and Sprint Car time trials and two sets of Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified heat races. Each division's first round of qualifying will apply to Friday's program and the second round to Saturday's event.
Action is scheduled to get under way at 6:00 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 6, and 4:45 p.m. on Fri., Nov. 7, and Sat., Nov. 8.
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 $89 and $34 for children 13-and-under.
World of Outlaws Late Model Series Releases Dates Of Opening Seven Races On 2015 Schedule
Darrell Lanigan races off into Turn 1 at Selinsgrove Speedway during the 2014 WoO LMS Tour stop.
National Tour to Launch 2015 Campaign in February with Seven Races in Georgia and Florida
CONCORD, N.C. - Nov. 1, 2014 - A seven-race stretch of February racing at three racetracks in Georgia and Florida will kick off the 2015 season for the World of Outlaws Late Model Series.
WoO LMS officials today released the national tour's February schedule with Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga., Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., and Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla., all set to host the series for a total of seven races in 16 days.
The 2015 WoO LMS campaign will begin Feb. 6-7 at Screven Motor Speedway with the Winter Freeze weekend. The 3/8-mile oval's traditional Speedweeks event features a pair of 50-lap A-Mains paying $10,000 to the winner.
The tour then heads to the Sunshine State for two $10,000-to-win events during the Late Model Winter Nationals on Feb. 14 and 15 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. The two WoO LMS programs follow a $5,000-to-win DIRTcar-sanctioned event at Ocala on Feb. 13.
The WoO LMS Speedweeks slate wraps up at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla., with three $10,000-to-win A-Mains Feb. 19-21 during the half-mile oval's DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment. The three events conclude a week of Late Model action at Volusia that includes a pair of $7,000-to-win DIRTcar-sanctioned races Feb. 16-17 and a $10,000-to-win DIRTcar event on Feb. 18.
Tire rules for the February races have been set. For Screven, tire options will be Hoosier compounds 1300, 1350, 1450 and 1600 or American Racer compounds 44, 48, 53 and 56. For Ocala and Volusia, competitors will be required to use Hoosier compounds LM 20, 30 and 40.
The seven February events add to the tour's list of 2015 races that have already been released. Previously announced 2015 events include the $20,000-to-win Illini 100 March 27-28 at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Ill., the $25,000-to-win Prairie Dirt Classic July 24-25 at Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Ill., and the $50,000-to-win USA Nationals July 30-Aug. 1 at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis. The complete 2015 WoO LMS schedule will be released in the coming weeks.
1. Darrell Lanigan 5196
2. Rick Eckert 4868
3. Tim McCreadie 4852
4. Morgan Bagley 4590
5. Chub Frank 4550
5. Eric Wells 4550
7. Shane Clanton 4510
8. Frank Heckenast Jr. 4382
9. Clint Smith 4282
10. Chase Junghans 4134