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Wilmoth Jr., Coulter and Moyer Jr. Join World of Outlaws Late Model Series for 2016 Season

Drivers focus on Screven Motor Speedway, target Rookie of the Year title

CONCORD, N.C. - Jan. 30, 2016 - Paul Wilmoth Jr., Joey Coulter and Billy Moyer Jr. join a growing list of drivers planning to compete at Screven Motor Speedway's Winter Freeze VI, Feb. 12 and 13, in hopes of battling for the 2016 World of Outlaws Late Model Series title, as well as 2016 Rookie of the Year.

Wilmoth, a veteran driver, has a career that started in 1989 has seen a lot of firsts for the West Virginia native, but 2016 will mark his first time competing with the World of Outlaws.

"I think the World of Outlaws Late Model Series is going to fit my schedule really well and that's why we decided to go that route," Wilmoth said. "I've been wanting to do it for years, I've just never had the opportunity or funds to do it. This year it all worked out and I think it will be good for us.

"My main objective is to run the whole season and try to finish every race and every lap. When you finish races you have better chances of winning races. So the main goal is to run well and put all the laps together."

The 27-year veteran, nicknamed "The Gambler", is the owner of more than 200 career A-main victories across West Virginia and neighboring states. Even though his experience spans two decades, 2016 is Wilmoth's first full season on the World of Outlaws Late Model Series tour.

"I've wanted to do this for a long time," Wilmoth Jr. said. "I'm excited to have the opportunity to run the season this year and do it on the level you need to in order to be competitive. Having the Bloomquist cars, two new engines and the equipment we have is exciting."

Joey Coulter is a name a lot of racing fans may recognize. Coulter has competed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck series for the last four years while also making NASCAR Nationwide Series starts during that time.

Coulter began his racing career in 1998 racing primarily on asphalt tracks before moving up to the ARCA Racing series in 2009, then to NASCAR in 2011.

For the 2016 season Coulter will be making the move to dirt. Even with little dirt experience, Coulter admits he enjoys the challenge, which has sparked his interest in joining the World of Outlaws Late Model Series.

"I am super excited. This is going to be a first for me and my family race team," said Coulter, a Florida native. "We have ran Coulter Motorsports for a long time, but mainly on pavement. Then a couple years ago, my mom decided to grab the bull by the horns and get us into dirt racing.

"As things progressed on the dirt side, my NASCAR stuff started to diminish, so we decided to make this move serious. Now we have Rum Runner Racing and we are going to give this World of Outlaws thing a shot."

The 25-year-old Coulter, who in the offseason has decided to pursue a college degree at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, has also been testing in Florida for the 45th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park, which begins right after Winter Freeze VI.

"We have a lot to learn, and we are in a position to learn it with help from Mark Richards and Rocket Chassis," Coulter said. "I probably still haven't run 100 races total yet on dirt. The world of dirt is still new, but it is so cool the way the fans are involved. Being in NASCAR and now on dirt, I can say the hardcore racing fans go to dirt racing and it's amazing."

Another name that will sound familiar to racing fans is Billy Moyer Jr. Moyer Jr. is the son of legendary dirt track star Billy Moyer, who has amassed 44-career victories in the World of Outlaws Late Model Series.

The younger Moyer has decided to follow in his famous father's footsteps and will make an attempt at the 2016 Rookie of the Year title, while also battling for the series championship.

"We're going to start the World of Outlaws thing and see how it goes," Moyer said. "We're going to head to Screven and Volusia, and hopefully things go well enough there that we can make a run at it.

"I hope we can get our first win with the World of Outlaws. I've just never been able to get over the hump and win one. We have won on the DIRTcar Summer Nationals Late Model tour, but we have never been able to get one in this series."

With Screven Motor Speedway in the crosshairs, Paul Wilmoth Jr., Joey Coulter and Billy Moyer Jr. look to make the World of Outlaws Late Model Series 2016 season one for the record books.

Tickets for Winter Freeze VI at Screven Motor Speedway are $20 on Thursday, $30 on Friday and $40 on Saturday, with kids under 12 admitted for free. All tickets are a pit pass with free parking. To find out more information, visit www.ScrevenMotorsports.com.

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Clanton Looks to Repeat as World of Outlaws Late Model Series Prepares for 2016 Kickoff
 
Charges into Screven Motor Speedway with eyes on second series title

CONCORD, N.C. - Jan. 22, 2016 - Shane Clanton, like other drivers in the pits, began the 2015 World of Outlaws Late Model Series season with high hopes of hoisting the championship trophy for the first time in his career. Ten wins, 34 top-fives and 37 top-tens later, Clanton capped off his phenomenal year by doing what he set out to do when he captured his first series title at the Bad Boy Buggies World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

The 40-year-old driver led the championship standings from start to finish last year after starting the season with a bang by scoring a victory on the second night at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga. He then dominatedall three nights of the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla.

"[Winning the championship] means a lot. It's one of those deals I can check off my bucket list," said Clanton, who became the first driver not named Josh Richards or Darrell Lanigan to win the series title since Rick Eckert did so in 2011. "I've been after it a long time and to finally get one feels pretty good."

Fast forward two months. With just weeks remaining before the series makes its return to the season opener at Screven's Winter Freeze VI on Feb. 12 and 13, Clanton has a different goal this year. He starts the season looking to become the first driver since Richards in 2009 and 2010 to repeat as series champion.

"We're excited for Screven," said the Zebulon, Ga.-native. "We won one last year, so hopefully we can run as good as we did. We're also excited to be heading back to Florida. As good as we ran there last year, hopefully we can repeat again and kick the season off with a bang and win another title."

In preparation for the upcoming season, Clanton and his team took on the Wild West Shootout at USA Raceway in Tucson, Ariz.. Clanton has been using his time out West to improve his program in hopes of keeping championship form for the upcoming season. He is also trying to find free time to enjoy at home.

"We've been rebuilding and trying to get ready for another grueling season with the World of Outlaws," Clanton said. "As much as I am at home, it doesn't seem like I get much time here."

Unlike most sports, drivers in the World of Outlaws Late Model Series only have a few months to prepare for the upcoming season and enjoy their time off. Most drivers, like Clanton, choose to continue racing in the offseason to keep their programs in top shape in order to make a run for the championship.

With an all-star cast set to invade Screven and compete with the World of Outlaws Late Model Series full-time in 2016, Clanton will have his hands full as he seeks to accomplish his goal and repeat as series champion.

Tickets for Winter Freeze VI at Screven Motor Speedway are $20 on Thursday, $30 on Friday and $40 on Saturday, with kids under 12 admitted for free. All tickets are a pit pass with free parking. To find out more information, visit www.ScrevenMotorsports.com.

For more information on the World of Outlaws Late Model Series, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com. Fans can also follow the World of Outlaws Late Model Series on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/WoOLateModels and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/WorldofOutlawsLateModelSeries.

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DIRTcar Late Models and UMP Modified Florida Schedule Released

Approved 2016 tires announced

CONCORD, N.C. - Dec. 9, 2015 - DIRTcar Officials announced today the 2016 Florida schedule for the DIRTcar UMP Modified Series and the DIRTcar Late Model Series.

A diverse schedule of 17 events at four Florida tracks highlights the 2016 Florida tour for the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds. The schedule is anchored by DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park where drivers will compete for the coveted $5,000-to-win Gator Championship.

The DIRTcar Late Model Series will kick-off its season at North Florida Speedway before taking on DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park for three nights. The series joins the World of Outlaws Late Model Series for six events at Screven Raceway February 12 and 13, Bubba Raceway Park February 14 and Volusia Speedway Park February 18, 19, and 20.

DIRTcar officials also confirmed the 2016 tire plan outlining a 12-month conversion with specific approved tires for the 2016 Florida Tour.

2016 Tire Rule information:

a) All 2016 Florida races including DIRTcar Nationals, the approved tires shall be: Hoosier A40 and A40-S compounds in the DIRTcar plated tire 26.5/8.0/15 or 27.5/8.0/15. The maximum width of the tire will be 9" inches. The H40 Compound is approved as a right rear only option.

b) After March 1st, 2016 DIRTcar tracks will run their weekly-posted tire rule. Approved tires are D40, A40, A40-S AND H40'S until July 1 2016.

c) After July 1st, the only approved tires shall be the A40-S tire. The H40 is approved as a right rear option.

d) Note:

a. All other classes will be allowed to run D40, A40 , A40-S and H 40 for the entire 2016 season.

b. We will monitor the tire wear and performance, along with additional testing

c. A NO SIPING rule is being considered for 2017.

For more information on the DIRTcar UMP Modified Series and the DIRTcar Late Model Series, visithttp://www.DIRTcar.com. For more information on DIRTcar Nationals, visit http://www.DIRTcarNationals.com.

All Drivers - Features $600 to win each

2016 DIRTcar Late Model Series Florida Schedule
Feb. 7 North Florida Speedway DIRTcar Late Models
Feb. 12 Screven Motor Speedway WoO Late Models
Feb. 13 Screven Motor Speedway WoO Late Models
Feb. 14 Bubba Raceway Park WoO Late Models
Feb. 15 Volusia Speedway Park DIRTcar Late Models
Feb. 16 Volusia Speedway Park DIRTcar Late Models
Feb. 17 Volusia Speedway Park DIRTcar Late Models
Feb. 18 Volusia Speedway Park DIRTcar Late Models/WoO LMS
Feb. 19 Volusia Speedway Park DIRTcar Late Models/WoO LMS
Feb. 20 Volusia Speedway Park DIRTcar Late Models/WoO LMS

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Shane Clanton Claims First World of Outlaws Late Model Series Championship

Brandon Overton named the 2015 Rookie of the Year presented by ButlerBuilt

CONCORD, N.C. - Nov. 12, 2015 - An emotional Shane Clanton stood before his friends, family and fellow competitors on Monday afternoon to receive his first World of Outlaws Late Model Series Championship at the annual 'Night of Champions' banquet.

Clanton and his Weldbank Energy Racing team were a force through 2015, picking up 10 series wins, including a sweep of DIRTcar Nationals in February and the coveted 'Big Gator,' 34 top-five finishes and 37 top-10 finishes. With the $100,000 championship check, Clanton earned $322,320 during the 2015 series season.

"I know for a long time I've been sitting at one of them tables," Clanton said. "Not the first two like Josh (Richards) said. Those have been occupied by Darrell (Lanigan), Josh and (Rick) Eckert for the last seven years, I think. It's been tough. Brandon (Overton) and (Jordan) Yaggy, I've been doing this for a long time, I was back there where you are for the first two years I did this deal. Just keep your head down and work hard and you'll prevail.

"It's been a journey. A lot of people have helped me through my career and I never had enough money to do this on my own. Just hard work. I had some good car owners back in the past."

Clanton thanked his family and crew members Brock Wise and Joe Armistead Jr. for their support.

"It's a real special week for us. My dad, he's not here but I know he's looking down," Clanton said. "Next Saturday he's getting inducted into the Hall of Fame in Georgia and that means a lot. This week has been emotional for sure and I know he's looking down and smiling at everything we're doing. It means a lot to my family, the next coming week. I just love doing what I'm doing and he put this in me to do what I'm doing and it's very special."

Clanton also received the VP Racing Fuels Award.

Clanton's crew chief Brock Wise was the 2015 Crew Chief of the Year award recipient.

In addition to his 10th place position in the championship points standings, Brandon Overton was named the 2015 Rookie of the Year presented by ButlerBuilt and received a $10,000 bonus. He congratulated his fellow rookie of the year contender Jordan Yaggy.

"(Jordan) deserves to win this thing as much as I do," Overton said. "He and his family are probably the nicest people I've ever met. I'm proud of finishing 10th and this rookie deal but more than that, this thing is tough. I really didn't know what I was getting into and, like I said, it's just a struggle to keep going. Last night when I took that checkered flag at Charlotte, I didn't win a race and all, but it made me feel so good that I stuck it out through all the bad. I finished it out and I won the rookie. I've got to thank everyone else who helps me."

Overton also received the Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award for the best average pill draw of the season. The award came with a $500 bonus.

Josh Richards, a three-time series champion who finished second in the points standings this season, received the award for the worst average pill draw and a $500 bonus.

Matt Curl and Gunner Sullivan, promoters of Fairbury (Ill.) American Legion Speedway, were honored as the 2015 World of Outlaws Late Model Promoters of the Year.

Additional awards were presented to Clements Racing Engines as the Engine Builder of the Year, Capital Race Cars as the Chassis Builder of the Year and Chase Junghans as the DirtOnDirt.com Hard Charger.

2015 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Fund Awards
1. Shane Clanton - $100,000
2. Josh Richards - $60,000
3. Chub Frank - $40,000
4. Rick Eckert - $35,000
5. Morgan Bagley - $30,000
6. Tim McCreadie - $23,500
7. Chase Junghans - $22,500
8. Frank Heckenast Jr. - $23,000
9. Eric Wells - $21,000
10. Brandon Overton - $20,000 plus $10,000 Rookie of the Year bonus

Final World of Outlaws Late Model Series Championship Standings
1. Shane Clanton 5,736
2. Josh Richards 5,694 (-174)
3. Chub Frank 5,482 (-386)
4. Rick Eckert 5,396 (-472)
5. Morgan Bagley 5,296 (-572)
6. Tim McCreadie 5,256 (-612)
7. Chase Junghans 5,228 (-640)
8. Frank Heckenast Jr. 5,182 (-686)
9. Eric Wells 5,134 (-734)
10. Brandon Overton 4,854 (-1,014)
11. Boom Briggs 4,782 (-1,086)
12. Darrell Lanigan 4,722 (-1,146)

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Davenport Caps Spectacular Season With $12,000 Victory In CharlotteĀ’s Bad Boy Buggies World Finals Finale

Clanton Celebrates $100,000 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Title

CONCORD, N.C. (Nov. 8, 2015) - Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., topped off his dream 2015 season with a final flourish, rolling to a convincing victory in Sunday's 50-lap Bad Boy Buggies World of Outlaws World Finals finale at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

The 32-year-old superstar passed Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., for the lead on lap 31 and never looked back in the season-ending World of Outlaws Late Model Series event, which was postponed one day by wet weather.

The $12,000 triumph was the 22nd overall of a historic 2015 campaign for Davenport, whose five crown-jewel wins helped push his earnings for the year over the $600,000 mark.

"Just to cap off this season we've had with this makes it extra special," said Davenport, who previously won World Finals features in 2010 and '11. "We can go into the winter with a big smile."

Starting sixth in the 31-car field, Davenport steered his K&L Rumley Longhorn Race Car to third on the race's opening circuit and reached second place by lap five. He briefly fell to third place when Lanigan passed him and early pacesetter Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., for the lead on lap 11, but the indomitable Davenport regained second from Madden on a lap-18 restart and snuck underneath Lanigan for the top spot in turn two on the 31st lap.

Davenport dominated the remainder of the distance, crossing the finish line 1.557 seconds in front of the polesitting Lanigan for his fourth World of Outlaws Late Model Series victory of the season and the sixth of his career.

Madden settled for third place after starting from the outside pole. Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., who won the World Finals finale in five of the past six years, finished fourth and Lanigan's Clint Bowyer Racing teammate, Don O'Neal of Martinsville, Ind., climbed forward from the 12th starting spot to place fifth.

Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., was never a factor despite starting third, fading backward when the green flag flew and finishing a quiet ninth. But he still showed plenty of enthusiasm after the race when he celebrated his first-ever WoO LMS championship, which he clinched by starting Friday night's World Finals A-Main.

"It's a dream come true," the 40-year-old Clanton said after being presented his WoO championship trophy during the post-race ceremonies. "We've won a lot of big races but we've never put a whole season together. To put one together like we have this year, it's pretty special."

Clanton won a career-best 10 WoO LMS features and registered 34 top-five and 37 top-10 finishes in 41 features this season driving his father-in-law Ron Davies's Capital Race Cars. He led the standings from start-to-finish, ending the schedule with a commanding 174-point advantage over Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va.

"It's just a testament to what we've done all year," said Clanton, who will receive his $100,000 WoO LMS title check during the tour's awards banquet that was rescheduled for Monday at 1 p.m. at the Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, N.C. "Consistency pays off -you look at the record, and we almost tied Darrell (Lanigan) for top-fives in a season and we had like three less races than he had.

"We made a wrong tire choice tonight and didn't groove them just right, but we'll come back next year and defend our title and maybe we'll be standing up here again."

Davenport preceded Clanton on the post-race winner's stage. He enjoyed ending a World Finals that began with subpar time-trial results on a high note.

"We didn't start off too well this weekend," Davenport said. "We had ignition problems Thursday night (during qualifying), but Friday night we finally got them worked out and I knew we had a good piece here."

Lanigan, 45, led laps 11-30 after blasting around the outside of both Davenport and Madden to assume command following a restart, but he couldn't recover after allowing Davenport to slip past him for the lead on lap 31 when he slid high in turn two while working lapped traffic.

"We had a really good piece," Lanigan said of the Club 29 car he debuted for Clint Bowyer Racing - his recently-acquired ride for 2016 - at the World Finals. "We just got on the outside of a lapped car and he kind of run me up the racetrack and that left the bottom open for Davenport."

The 40-year-old Madden, meanwhile, wasn't able to match the speed of Davenport nor Lanigan once the 4/10-mile oval's surface locked down.

"We had a real good car all weekend," said Madden, who also finished third in Friday's A-Main. "We just tightened up too much for the feature. When they dropped the green we were running extremely well, but then the racetrack got a little more grip to it and we just couldn't steer across the center and these guys were a little bit better."

Six caution flags dotted the event. Friday-night winner Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., slowed to trigger yellow-flag conditions on lap 18 and 34. Other cautions flew for Eric Wells of Hazard, Ky., who spun in turn four and collected Jordan Yaggy of Rochester, Minn., on the opening circuit; Morgan Bagley of Tyler, Texas, who slowed with a flat left-rear tire on lap one; James Rice of Verona, Ky. (turn-three spin on lap 10); and Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Ga., who slowed with mechanical trouble while running fourth on lap 41.

Sixty-eight of the 86 cars that were signed in for Thursday night's time trials returned for Sunday's postponed program.

Heat winners were Lanigan, Clanton, Davenport, Madden, Owens and Billy Moyer Jr. of Batesville, Ark. The B-Mains were captured by Chase Junghans of Manhattan, Kan., Donny Schatz of Fargo, N.D., and Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga.

The 2016 WoO LMS season kicks off with six nights of racing during Georgia-Florida Speedway beginning Feb. 12-13 at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga., and continuing Feb. 14 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., and Feb. 18-20 at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla.

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

Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series Bad Boy Buggies World Finals Night No. 2 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (6) Jonathan Davenport/50 $12,000
2. (1) Darrell Lanigan/50 $5,200
3. (2) Chris Madden/50 $3,000
4. (5) Jimmy Owens/50 $2,500
5. (12) Don O'Neal/50 $2,000
6. (14) Gregg Satterlee/50 $1,850
7. (10) Josh Richards/50 $1,650
8. (9) Rick Eckert/50 $1,550
9. (3) Shane Clanton/50 $1,400
10. (7) Chris Brown/50 $1,350
11. (20) Donny Schatz/50 $1,250
12. (4) Billy Moyer Jr./50 $1,250
13. (13) Scott Bloomquist/50 $1,250
14. (22) Dennis Erb Jr./50 $1,150
15. (25) Chub Frank/50 $1,100
16. (11) Steve Francis/50 $1,100
17. (16) Brandon Overton/50 $1,300
18. (21) Dale McDowell/50 $1,000
19. (30) Boom Briggs/50 $50
20. (19) Chase Junghans/50 $1,050
21. (24) Nick Latham/50 $1,000
22. (26) Morgan Bagley/50 $1,050
23. (17) Eric Wells/50 $1,050
24. (18) Chris Ferguson/49 $1,000
25. (8) Casey Roberts/41 $1,025
26. (23) Brandon Sheppard/33 $1,000
27. (29) Frank Heckenast Jr./32 $50
28. (15) Will Vaught/31 $1,000
29. (31) Jordan Yaggy/30 $0
30. (28) Tim McCreadie/18 $150
31. (27) James Rice/9 $1,000

Time of Race: 29 Mins., 34.650 Secs.

Margin of Victory: 1.557 Secs.

Final 2015 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings - 41 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):
1. Shane Clanton 5,736
2. Josh Richards 5,694 (-174)
3. Chub Frank 5,482 (-386)
4. Rick Eckert 5,396 (-472)
5. Morgan Bagley 5,296 (-572)
6. Tim McCreadie 5,256 (-612)
7. Chase Junghans 5,228 (-640)
8. Frank Heckenast Jr. 5,182 (-686)
9. Eric Wells 5,134 (-734)
10. Brandon Overton 4,854 (-1,014)
11. Boom Briggs 4,782 (-1,086)
12. Darrell Lanigan 4,722 (-1,146)

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2015 Points
FINAL
1. Shane Clanton 5736
2. Josh Richards 5694
3. Chub Frank 5482
4. Rick Eckert 5396
5. Morgan Bagley 5296
6. Tim McCreadie 5256
7. Chase Junghans 5228
8. F. Heckenast Jr. 5182
9. Eric Wells 5134
10. B. Overton 4854
 
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