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ONE FOR THE ROAD:

brad Sweet Crowned Champion; Logan Schuchart Wins Season Finale
Kasey Kahne Racing clinched the team championship Saturday night at The Dirt Track at Charlotte

CONCORD, NC — Nov. 7, 2020 — Brad Sweet and Logan Schuchart closed out the 2020 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season the same way they opened it.

Schuchart won the DIRTcar Nationals finale in February, while Sweet claimed the event’s title. Saturday night, during the World of Outlaws Last Call season finale at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Schuchart won the race, while Sweet was officially crowned the 2020 champion.

“We overcame a lot of adversity to have four DNFs and to still win the points,” said Sweet, of Grass Valley, CA, about his 2020 season. “I thought we showed our resilience this week and we came here and executed, I thought, perfectly.

“We did everything we needed to do to win the points and get Kasey Kahne Racing the team championship. Hats off to our competitors. Logan (Schuchart) gave me a good run for my money all season long and the 41 (Jason Johnson Racing) bunch… nothing but respect from all of us here. Obviously, we want to win and stay on top of the mountain.”

Schuchart and his Shark Racing team kept the pressure on Sweet for the championship all year long. The two swapped the points lead twice during the season, but Schuchart’s effort came up short Friday night at The Dirt Track. By Sweet finishing ahead of him, the reigning champion secured enough points to clinch his second consecutive title.

However, that did little to diminish Schuchart’s hunger for another win. His last trip to Victory Lane was in September. So, with a championship mentality no longer needed, Schuchart went full king shark Saturday night.

He set Quick Time in his Qualifying flight; finished second in his Drydene Heat Race; finished second in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash; and dusted Sweet in the 30-lap Feature to earn his seventh win of the season and third win at The Dirt Track.

“We came into this weekend saying we just wanted to end strong,” said Schuchart, of Hanover, PA. “We knew certain things were out of our control. Last night was a challenge, but we made up for it a little bit. To end the World of Outlaws season with a win is awesome.

“We weren’t able to get the champion. But fifth last year and second this year (in points). This Shark Racing team is coming. We’re going to continue to try and get better and move forward.”

Sweet was the early contender for the win, claiming the pole for the Feature and led the three opening laps. But Schuchart had the NAPA Auto Parts #49 in sight the entire time, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. With a run down the front stretch, Schuchart pulled the trigger and shot a slide job underneath Sweet into Turn 1 and cleared him for the lead by Turn 2.

From then on, the Drydene #1S held command out front. Sweet closed on him in traffic but could never get close enough to attempt a pass.

“I wish I wouldn’t have lost the lead to Logan because I felt like the way the race played out I never really got another great opportunity to get by him,” Sweet said. “Just started out the race just a little off. But it came to me. I felt like we were just as good as Logan in open air. And that says a lot, because he’s usually really good at this place.”

Aside from trying to run down Schuchart for the win, Sweet still had a championship to worry about, other than his own. His Kasey Kahne Racing team entered the night 22 points ahead of Jason Johnson Racing. And JJR’s driver David Gravel didn’t help ease the pressure off Sweet throughout the night.

Gravel set overall Quick Time for the second night in a row and beat Sweet for the win in their Drydene Heat Race. By the luck of the draw, Sweet started on the pole for the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash and won, claiming the Feature’s pole position. Gravel finished fourth.

In the Feature, Gravel stole third on the first lap and kept Sweet in sight throughout the entire event. Gravel could close on him after a restart, but Sweet pulled away over time in clean air. To have any shot at bringing JJR the team title, he needed to beat Sweet and hope that "The Big Cat" fell at least 11 positions behind him.

He came up short on that goal and ended the season with a third-place finish.

“I knew we had a chance (at beating Sweet),” said Gravel, of Watertown, CT. “Just lacked a little bit there. We were pretty good, but Brad and Logan were really really good there. We could hang with them on the restart and I had some good runs and Brad made a move and blocked my lane. That was kind of my only chance.”

The race was also Gravel’s final drive behind the wheel of the JJR #41 car. He’ll join Big Game Motorsports in 2021 for a championship run.

Ten-time Series champion Donny Schatz ended the night with a sixth-place finish and ended the year third in the championship standings. That breaks his 14-year streak of finishing first or second in points.

Sheldon Haudenschild had a career best season, finishing fourth in points with a career-high seven wins in a single season. Carson Macedo also had a new career achievement by finishing fifth in points with Kyle Larson Racing. Macedo will join Jason Johnson Racing in 2021 as KLR closes this year.

The Last Call was 2013 World of Outlaws champion Daryn Pittman’s final race as a full-time Series driver. He capped off his career with a ninth-place run at The Dirt Track and finished seventh in the championship standings.

Now, with the 2020 season completed, the World of Outlaws will look to 2021 and, again, open the season in February at Volusia Speedway Park for the DIRTcar Nationals. A new beginning to Sweet and Schuchart’s budding competitive tale.

UP NEXT

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will kick off the 2021 season Feb. 5-7 at Volusia Speedway Park for the DIRTcar Nationals. For tickets, click here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

RESULTS

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2][$12,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [1][$5,500]; 3. 41-David Gravel [4][$3,200]; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen [7][$2,800]; 5. 21-Brian Brown [3][$2,500]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz [9][$2,300]; 7. 10-Dave Blaney [11][$2,200]; 8. 57-Kyle Larson [12][$2,100]; 9. 72-Daryn Pittman [13][$2,050]; 10. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [10][$2,000]; 11. 9-James McFadden [16][$1,500]; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser [17][$1,200]; 13. 39-Spencer Bayston [8][$1,100]; 14. 71-Shane Stewart [14][$1,050]; 15. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [6][$1,000]; 16. 26-Cory Eliason [22][$1,000]; 17. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [24][$1,000]; 18. 2-Carson Macedo [5][$1,000]; 19. 13-Justin Peck [23][$1,000]; 20. 39M-Anthony Macri [21][$1,000]; 21. 83-Dominic Scelzi [25][$]; 22. 5-Brent Marks [15][$1,000]; 23. 7S-Jason Sides [20][$1,000]; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen [19][$1,000]; 25. 33M-Mason Daniel [27][$]; 26. 11-Ian Madsen [18][$1,000]; 27. 6-Bill Rose [28][$]; 28. 2C-Wayne Johnson [26][$]; Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1-2, Logan Schuchart 3-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[+7]

Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.69; 2. 2-Carson Macedo, 12.779; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 12.786; 4. 21-Brian Brown, 12.831; 5. 39M-Anthony Macri, 12.831; 6. 10-Dave Blaney, 12.841; 7. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.86; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.91; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.927; 10. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 12.927; 11. 72-Daryn Pittman, 12.929; 12. 5-Brent Marks, 12.935; 13. 26-Cory Eliason, 13.024; 14. 7BC-Tyler Courtney, 13.053; 15. 44S-Trey Starks, 13.099; 16. 33M-Mason Daniel, 13.136; 17. 6-Bill Rose, 13.247; 18. 7NY-Matt Farnham, 13.273; 19. 2X-Bill Balog, 13.278; 20. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.388; 21. 40-George Hobaugh, 13.448; 22. 70-Nick Tucker, 13.858

Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 41-David Gravel, 12.688; 2. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 12.856; 3. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.873; 4. 39-Spencer Bayston, 12.879; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.886; 6. 57-Kyle Larson, 12.893; 7. 11-Ian Madsen, 12.92; 8. 9-James McFadden, 12.924; 9. 71-Shane Stewart, 12.926; 10. 13-Justin Peck, 12.956; 11. 1-Sammy Swindell, 13.003; 12. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.11; 13. 14-Tim Kaeding, 13.11; 14. 51-Paul McMahan, 13.123; 15. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 13.146; 16. 83-Dominic Scelzi, 13.15; 17. 3C-Cale Conley, 13.212; 18. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg, 13.245; 19. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer, 13.267; 20. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 13.425; 21. 12-Brent Shearer, 13.496; 22. 6X-Frank Rodgers, NT

CALL IT: David Gravel Scores Third Consecutive Charlotte Win; Brad Sweet Secures Second Title
The team championship is still up for grabs with Kasey Kahne Racing 22 points ahead of Jason Johnson Racing

CONCORD, NC — Nov. 6, 2020 — David Gravel and Brad Sweet each claimed glory Friday night at The Dirt Track at Charlotte before they go to war on Saturday.

Sweet clinched his second consecutive World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series title, while Gravel led from green to checkers to claim his third consecutive win at the Charlotte track.

However, at the end of the night, the two shared a common desire: They’re both focused on winning the team championship for their teams. Sweet’s Kasey Kahne Racing team leads Gravel’s Jason Johnson Racing team by 22 points, heading into the final race of the 2020 season on Saturday.

“I just don’t feel like the job is fully completed,” said Sweet, of Grass Valley, CA. “I think the team championship is just as important to our guys, to me, to (team owner) Kasey (Kahne). The job is half done right now.

"Obviously, for me, personally, I know my name is going to be in those record books. Being a two-time champion is something that is really special to me. It puts me up there with some really great guys. I’m excited, but we still have to get that team championship for Kasey and the guys. If we’re able to do that, I think it will show that we were able to overcome a lot of adversity this year.”

During Gravel’s victory speech, the team title was the first thing on his mind, even as he plans to leave Jason Johnson Racing for Big Game Motorsports next year.

“What did he (Sweet) run fourth or something like that?” Gravel asked in Victory Lane. “So, we gained [eight] points on him. So, we’re [22] points back. Got to beat him by 10 positions tomorrow. That’s going to be hard to do. All we can do is win these races and see where we end up.”

If Gravel wins the final night of the Last Call, he’ll need Sweet to finished 11th in order to secure the team champion. The two teams would tie in points, but Jason Johnson Racing would then have nine wins versus Kasey Kahne Racing’s eight. With positions second and on paying two points between them, versus the four-point difference from first to second, Gravel would need to beat Sweet by 11 spots if he doesn't win.

The Watertown, CT driver proved that he and JJR came to Charlotte with the intent of leaving with a title. He dominated the night by setting Quick Time, winning his Drydene Heat Race, finishing second in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash and then cleaning house in the Feature.

He and polesitter Carson Macedo raced side by side for the first lap, Gravel high and Macedo low, but the high line prevailed for Gravel, helping him to rocketed ahead of the Kyle Larson Racing #2 car.

Five cautions slowed Gravel’s quest for the trophy throughout the night. However, Macedo, and eventually Sheldon Haudenschild, had nothing for Gravel on the restarts from the runner-up spot. They’d close on Gravel in traffic, but he put time behind them once he got into a rhythm.

Gravel piloted the Mesilla Valley Transportation #41 car through tough track conditions and lap traffic to win by more than three seconds over Haudenschild.

“You couldn’t see the cushion going into (turn) three,” Gravel said. “It was really, really tough. So, I was kind of a little bit conservative. I’m sure whoever ran second got close there at one point. I went to the top and probably put on a little bit of a gap.

“Happy to get another win here. That’s three in a row here at this racetrack for us. Hopefully we can sweep it again. It would be a really good accomplishment and we can end this year off with a bang.”

Entering the night, Sweet had a 46-point lead over Logan Schuchart. To clinch his second consecutive World of Outlaws title, he had to finish one spot ahead of Schuchart. Sweet finished fourth and Schuchart finished sixth. As long as Sweet shows up to race on Saturday, the driver championship is officially his.

“I really wanted to lock the driver title up tonight,” Sweet said. “I knew that was our best shot to do it tonight, to beat Logan, and just come into it with a clear slate tomorrow and go after that team championship.”

Schuchart put on a valiant effort to try and keep his championship hopes alive with a charge from 16th to sixth, which earned him the KSE Hard Charger Award. And while he missed out on his first championship, he didn’t hang his head after the race.

“I would just like to end this year with a win,” said Schuchart, of Hanover, PA. “You know, finish out on top. You know, whatever happens other than that, some of it is not controllable for us but either way this Drydene team has worked really hard this year and has gained a lot from what we’ve been in years past. If we can continue to get better, we’ll be where we want to be in years to come.”

His points battle for the year isn’t over, yet, though. While he may not be competing for the championship, he’ll still need to fend off 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz to hold on to the runner-up spot in points. With Schatz finishing third, the Fargo, ND driver is now 12 points back from Schuchart. Schatz has finished first or second in points for the last 14 years.

The World of Outlaws 2020 season finale at The Dirt Track will see a championship battle come down to the last lap for the second year in a row. Gravel won the battle Friday night. Now, he’ll go to war with Sweet on Saturday.

UP NEXT

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will conclude its 2020 season at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Saturday, Nov. 7, during the World of Outlaws Last Call. Click here for pit passes.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

RESULTS

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 41-David Gravel [2][$12,000]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [4][$5,500]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [12][$3,200]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [5][$2,800]; 5. 57-Kyle Larson [14][$2,500]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [16][$2,300]; 7. 2-Carson Macedo [1][$2,200]; 8. 11-Ian Madsen [6][$2,100]; 9. 13-Justin Peck [18][$2,050]; 10. 26-Cory Eliason [8][$2,000]; 11. 9-James McFadden [17][$1,500]; 12. 39-Spencer Bayston [13][$1,200]; 13. 2M-Kerry Madsen [3][$1,100]; 14. 71-Shane Stewart [10][$1,050]; 15. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [20][$1,000]; 16. 44S-Trey Starks [19][$1,000]; 17. 11K-Kraig Kinser [22][$1,000]; 18. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [24][$1,000]; 19. 83-Dominic Scelzi [23][$1,000]; 20. 33M-Mason Daniel [27][$]; 21. 2C-Wayne Johnson [26][$]; 22. 9K-Kasey Kahne [11][$1,000]; 23. 72-Daryn Pittman [7][$1,000]; 24. 5-Brent Marks [21][$1,000]; 25. 1A-Jacob Allen [9][$1,000]; 26. 1-Sammy Swindell [15][$1,000]; 27. 7S-Jason Sides [25][$]; Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+10]

Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 12.305; 2. 9K-Kasey Kahne, 12.343; 3. 11-Ian Madsen, 12.355; 4. 72-Daryn Pittman, 12.415; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.417; 6. 1-Sammy Swindell, 12.452; 7. 39-Spencer Bayston, 12.486; 8. 26-Cory Eliason, 12.575; 9. 5-Brent Marks, 12.589; 10. 44S-Trey Starks, 12.611; 11. 14-Tim Kaeding, 12.634; 12. 2X-Bill Balog, 12.646; 13. 3C-Cale Conley, 12.654; 14. 83-Dominic Scelzi, 12.666; 15. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 12.68; 16. 33M-Mason Daniel, 12.733; 17. 9-James McFadden, 12.816; 18. 7NY-Matt Farnham, 12.917; 19. 6-Bill Rose, 12.94; 20. 12-Brent Shearer, 12.955; 21. 70-Nick Tucker, 13.083; 22. 6X-Frank Rodgers, 13.619; 23. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer, NT

Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 41-David Gravel, 12.193; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.264; 3. 21-Brian Brown, 12.291; 4. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.293; 5. 2-Carson Macedo, 12.304; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.365; 7. 13-Justin Peck, 12.369; 8. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.372; 9. 71-Shane Stewart, 12.39; 10. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 12.428; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.459; 12. 51-Paul McMahan, 12.486; 13. 39M-Anthony Macri, 12.487; 14. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 12.556; 15. 57-Kyle Larson, 12.557; 16. 7BC-Tyler Courtney, 12.576; 17. W20-Greg Wilson, 12.601; 18. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.607; 19. 10-Dave Blaney, 12.641; 20. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg, 12.648; 21. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 12.724; 22. 40-George Hobaugh, 12.784; 23. 59-Johnny Petrozelle, NT

 
2021 SCHEDULE: Huge Payouts, New Venues, Iconic Events Highlight 2021 World of Outlaws Season

World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars will tour more than half of the United States in its 90-plus race schedule

CONCORD, NC — Nov. 25, 2020 — The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series is bringing a 90-plus schedule across 27 states with game-changing purses at stake in 2021.

Key to next season is the revitalization of a full slate of crown jewel events, including the 60th NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals with a potential $200,000 to the winner; TWO Kings Royals each paying $175,000 to win from an $800,000 purse; an additional $100,000 on the line for the Jackson Nationals if the same driver wins the Huset’s 50 ahead of Jackson; and the historic Williams Grove National Open with $75,000 to the winner from an enhanced payout through the field.

“We have set the stage for an incredible 2021 season,” World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter said. “The teams will be racing for unprecedented purses in the recent history of the sport, we’ll be back to racing coast-to-coast, celebrating the 50th annual DIRTcar Nationals, the 60th annual Knoxville Nationals, two Kings Royals, a stellar Jackson Nationals with big-money incentives, and we still have a few more surprises to reveal this winter. We’re definitely looking forward to kicking off a huge new season in February.”

The Series will make its inaugural appearances at four tracks in 2021 and return to several iconic venues in the upcoming epic new season, which will kick off Feb. 5-7 at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, FL for the 50th DIRTcar Nationals, and run into November when it wraps up with the championship-crowning Can-Am World Finals Nov. 4-6 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

“The COVID-19 pandemic put a damper on our initial 2020 plans, but I think we’ve put together an exciting 2021 schedule that brings the Series back to its roots of a long season spanning across the country,” World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Director Carlton Reimers said. “Several new tracks have been added this year that should please drivers and fans alike, along with fan-favorites still in place.”


WHAT’S NEW

Magnolia Motor Speedway (Fri., Feb. 19) – For the first time since 2011, the World of Outlaws will make its return to Mississippi with its debut at Magnolia Motor Speedway. The 3/8-mile track in Columbus, MS, opened in 2004 and has hosted several Sprint Car and Late Model events since, but will be graced by the World of Outlaws for the first time in 2021.

“We’re looking forward to having the World of Outlaws race at the speedway and make their return to Mississippi,” Magnolia Motor Speedway Promoter Johnny Stokes said. “It should be a pretty good show here.”

Revolution Park Speedway (Sat., Feb. 20) – The World of Outlaws will return to Louisiana for the first time since 2004 with its debut at Revolution Park Speedway. The 3/8-mile track is asphalt but will have dirt put down on it for the event, which it did for a Late Model event this year.

Vado Speedway Park (Fri.-Sat., April 9-10) – The newly constructed multi-million-dollar state-of-the-art Vado Speedway Park in Vado, NM, will host its inaugural World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car doubleheader in April. The 3/8-mile track is located off Interstate 10 between Las Cruces, NM, and El Paso, TX. It features paved fan parking, a concrete midway, concrete pit pads and stadium quality suites.

I-70 Speedway (Fri.-Sat., April 30-May 1) – While the World of Outlaws visited I-70 Speedway in the 1980s, when the Series returns to the Odessa, MO, facility this year it will be an entirely new 3/8-mile track. It closed in 2008, but was purchased by Chris Payne, who revamped Heartland Motorsports Park in Kansas. He has turned the facility into a state-of-the-art motorsport park with the new dirt track and a dragway. 


WHAT’S RETURNING

Dixie Speedway (Fri., Feb. 12) – Instead of taking a few weeks off after the season opening DIRTcar Nationals, the World of Outlaws will hit the road and make its return to the 3/8-mile Dixie Speedway in Georgia. The Series has made three previous appearances at the track, with the last coming in 2007. Mark Kinser won the first two events in 1999 and Joey Saldana won the last.

Talladega Short Track (Sat., Feb. 13) – After stopping in Georgia, the World of Outlaws will make its return to Alabama the following day at the Talladega Short Track. The Series last visited the 1/3-mile track in 2011, which saw David Gravel pick up his first career victory. There have been seven different winners in the Series’ 11 appearances at the track.

“Talladega Short Track was a blast back when I was there and I’m excited to get back,” Gravel said.

West Coast Swings (March 4-April 10 & Sept. 3-Sept. 18) – After missing out on a West Coast Swing last year, the Series has Spring and Fall swings planned, featuring the return of several exciting venues. The Spring swing will kick off Thursday, March 4, at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas before going to Arizona Speedway the following weekend and then to California. The California tour will include the Series’ return to Santa Maria Raceway for the first time in 21 years and its return to Merced Speedway for the first time since 2014. The Spring swing will then conclude at Vado Speedway Park.

The Fall swing begins in Washington, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 3-4, at Skagit Speedway and stays in Washington on Monday, Sept. 6, at Grays Harbor Raceway before returning to California for the Friday and Saturday, Sept. 10-11, Gold Cup at Silver Dollar Speedway. The Fall swing will then conclude the following weekend Friday, Sept. 17, at Keller Auto Speedway and Saturday, Sept. 18, at Placerville Speedway.

“I’m really excited we’re heading back to Placerville,” two-time and defending World of Outlaws champion Brad Sweet said. “It’s my home track and I missed not being able to race in California this year in front of all my friends and family. It just didn’t feel like a real Outlaw schedule without the West Coast Swings.”

Sharon Speedway (Sat., May 22) – For the first time since 2016 the World of Outlaws will feature three Ohio tracks on the schedule with the addition of Sharon Speedway in 2021. The 3/8-mile track in Hartford, OH has hosted nine Series races in the past with the last event taking place in 2007. None of the current full-time drivers have won a Series race at Sharon.

New York Tour (Fri.-Sat., July 30-31) – COVID-19 canceled all plans of racing in New York in 2020, but the World of Outlaws will look to venture North again in 2021 for a doubleheader weekend. For the first time since 2018, on Friday, July 30, the Series plans to return to Ransomville Speedway and then on Saturday, July 31, to Weedsport Speedway.

Crown Jewels – The Jackson Nationals, NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals, Kings Royal and Williams Grove National Open return in 2021 as cornerstone events on the schedule. There will be an additional $100,000 on the line for the Jackson Nationals if a driver can win the finale of the Huset’s 50 – taking place a day ahead of the Nationals – and win the Nationals finale. Also, the 60th NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals will pay a potential $200,000 to the winner with each lap paying $1,000 to the driver that leads it.

Finally, as released earlier, the 2021 schedule will also feature the Series’ increased purse, which will pay at least $10,000 to the winner each event.

(RELATED: PAYING UP: World of Outlaws Increase Sprint Car Purses, Points Fund For 2021)

Tickets for all events will be available at WorldofOutlaws.com/tix.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch every race live on DIRTVision.

 

2021 SCHEDULE

Fri.-Sun., Feb. 5-7 – Volusia Speedway Park – Barberville, FL

Fri., Feb. 12 – Dixie Speedway – Woodstock, GA

Sat., Feb. 13 – Talladega Short Track – Eastaboga, AL

Fri., Feb. 19 – Magnolia Motor Speedway – Columbus, MS

Sat., Feb. 20 – Revolution Park Speedway – Monroe, LA

Fri.-Sat., Feb. 26-27 – Cotton Bowl Speedway – Paige, TX

Thurs., March 4 – The Dirt Track at Las Vegas – Las Vegas, NV

Fri.-Sat., March 12-13 – Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ

Sat., March 20 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA

Sun., March 21 – TBA

Fri.-Sat., March 26-27 – Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA

Fri., April 2 – Merced Speedway – Merced, CA

Sat., April 3 – Ocean Speedway – Watsonville, CA

Fri.-Sat., April 9-10 – Vado Speedway Park – Vado, NM

Fri., April 16 – Lawton Speedway – Lawton, OK

Sat., April 17 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway – Mesquite, TX

Fri., April 23 – TBA

Sat., April 24 – TBA

Thurs., April 29 – Jacksonville Speedway – Jacksonville, IL

Fri.-Sat., April 30-May 1 – I-70 Speedway – Odessa, MO

Fri.-Sat., May 7-8 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH

Wed., May 12 – Lincoln Speedway – Abbottstown, PA

Fri.-Sat., May 14-15 – Williams Grove Speedway – Mechanicsburg, PA

Tues., May 18 – Bridgeport Speedway – Swedesboro, NJ

Fri., May 21 – Attica Raceway Park – Attica, OH

Sat., May 22 – Sharon Speedway – Hartford, OH

Fri., May 28 – Terre Haute Action Track – Terre Haute, IN

Mon., May 31 – Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg. IN

Fri., June 4 – River Cities Speedway – Grand Forks, ND

Sat., June 5 – Granite City Speedway – Sauk Rapids, MN

Fri.-Sat., June 11-12 – Knoxville Raceway – Knoxville, IA

Thurs., June 17 – 34 Raceway – West Burlington, IA

Fri., June 18 – Dubuque Speedway – Dubuque, IA

Sat., June 19 – Beaver Dam Raceway – Beaver Dam, WI

Mon.-Tues., June 21-22 – Huset’s Speedway – Brandon, SD

Thurs.-Sat., June 24-26 – Jackson Motorplex – Jackson, MN

Fri.-Sat., July 2-3 – Cedar Lake Speedway – New Richmond, WI

Sat., July 10 – Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI

Tues., July 13 – Attica Raceway Park – Attica, OH

Wed.-Sat., July 14-17 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH

Tues., July 20 – Lernerville Speedway – Sarver, PA

Fri.-Sat., July 23-24 – Williams Grove Speedway – Mechanicsburg, PA

Fri., July 30 – Ransomville Speedway – Ransomville, NY

Sat., July 31 – Weedsport Speedway – Weedsport, NY

Fri.-Sat., Aug. 6-7 – Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 – Pevely, MO

Wed.-Sat., Aug. 11-14 – Knoxville Raceway – Knoxville, IA

Fri., Aug. 20 – River Cities Speedway – Grand Forks, ND

Sat., Aug. 21 – Red River Valley Speedway – West Fargo, ND

Sun., Aug. 22 – Huset’s Speedway – Brandon, SD

Fri., Aug. 27 – I-80 Speedway – Greenwood, NE

Sun., Aug. 29 – Black Hills Speedway – Rapid City, SD

Fri.-Sat., Sept. 3-4 – Skagit Speedway – Alger, WA

Mon., Sept. 6 – Grays Harbor Raceway – Elma, WA

Fri.-Sat., Sept. 10-11 – Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA

Fri., Sept. 17 – Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA

Sat., Sept. 18 – Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA

Fri., Sept. 24 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, CA

Sat., Sept. 25 – Lernerville Speedway – Sarver, PA

Fri.-Sat., Oct. 1-2 – Williams Grove Speedway – Mechanicsburg, PA

Fri.-Sat., Oct. 8-9 – Port Royal Speedway – Port Royal, PA

Fri., Oct. 15 – TBA

Sat., Oct. 16 – TBA

Fri., Oct. 22 – Lakeside Speedway – Kansas City, KS

Sat., Oct. 23 –  TBA

Fri., Oct. 29 – TBA

Sat., Oct. 30 – TBA

Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 4-6 – The Dirt Track at Charlotte – Concord, NC

DREAM TO REALITY: Brock Zearfoss Joining World of Outlaws Full-time In 2021
The Pennsylvania driver will go from Posse member to Outlaw and join an impressive rookie field
 

CONCORD, NC — Nov. 25, 2020 — Brock Zearfoss shocked and thrilled World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car fans when he held off 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz and David Gravel for a win at Williams Grove Speedway in 2017.

He’ll look to do that year-round in 2021 when he joins the Series full-time for his rookie season.

“We had been talking about joining the tour for a couple of years now, we just put all of the pieces together for this coming year and felt like this coming year was the right time to do it,” said Zearfoss, of Jonestown, PA.

“It was always a goal of mine (to join the tour). I grew up in the Williams Grove infield, watching Steve Kinser and the Outlaws when they come into town. It was always a dream of mine to become a full-time race car driver and run with the Outlaws. The dream came true to become a full-time driver in 2018 and now the second part of that deal has come together with the Outlaws.”

Zearfoss will run the full tour in his own Moose’s LZ Bar & Grill #3Z, joining Aaron Reutzel in the hunt for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year title. He ran 16 races with the Series in the family car this year, earning three top-five finishes and five top-10s – one of his best seasons with the Series to date. In total, he’s ran 57 races with the World of Outlaws, collecting one win, four top-fives and nine top-10s.

His career started in go-karts before gradually moving up the racing ladder to Micro Sprints, 358 Sprint Cars, 360 Sprint Cars and then 410 Sprint Cars. The past few years he’s expanded beyond the local Pennsylvania, traveling out of state more, mostly in the Northeast and Midwest with the All Star Circuit of Champions – earning four wins in the Series.

The challenges of running his own team on a 90-plus race schedule, that spans from coast to coast, are not lost on Zearfoss. Along with calculating costs, there are several unknowns with traveling to multiple new tracks and areas he’s never been to. However, with the support from his sponsors and leadership of veteran crew chief Shane Bowers, he’s confident they can make it work.

“Going from racing every Friday and Saturday night locally and working 40-hour weeks to becoming a full-time driver, traveling up and down the countryside, there’s a lot of key components that go into making this successful and making sure you can make it the whole year,” Zearfoss said. “Hotel bills and fuel costs alone are huge expenses, on top of racing. Fortunately, I have Shane Bowers, who has been up and down the road enough to have the smarts to do it right. He’s been up and down the road with a lot of good teams.”

Bowers and Zearfoss were paired together in 2018 when he joined Destiny Motorsports. They immediately connected, Zearfoss said, and had success, making the Knoxville Nationals in their first attempt together. Bowers has flown side by side with the “Jonestown Jet” ever since.

Having Bowers by his side and the confidence of knowing he can win against the Outlaws is a recipe for success in Zearfoss’ eyes. He said he believes his team is capable of finishing inside the top-10 in points and getting a win next year.

“Just all comes down to racing on the road,” Zearfoss said. “Traveling, that’s what makes the Outlaws the best and the best drivers in the world. They’re always traveling to different places every night and dealing with different circumstances and having to adapt pretty quick. It just makes you a better driver overall. Not to mention the competition is the toughest there is. You need to be on top of your game and it forces you to do that, racing with the Outlaws.

“If we can make a couple of new fans, see some new racetracks and gain all of the experience that we can it’s going to be a good year.”

Zearfoss will start the 2021 season with the rest of the stars of the World of Outlaws Feb. 5-7 at Volusia Speedway Park for the 50th DIRTcar Nationals. For tickets, click here.

If you can't make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

 

PAYING UP: World of Outlaws Increase Sprint Car Purses, Points Fund For 2021
The 2021 points fund gets a $90K bump and every race will pay a minimum of $10,000-to-win
 

CONCORD, NC — Nov. 23, 2020 — Drivers competing with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series in 2021 will have to make more room in their wallets.

The Series is increasing its single-day and two-day event purses for 2021, as well as the overall points funds. Every race will now pay a minimum $10,000-to-win and the points fund at the end of the season will payout more than $730,000 – about a $90,000 increase from 2020.

And for the event purses, it’s not just the winner’s share that’s increasing. There are increases throughout the entire field.

Single-day events will payout more than $55,800 in total and will pay $1,000-to-start. Two-day events will payout more than $108,000 in total with the first night paying $5,500 to second-place, $1,850 to 10th and $900-to-start, and the second night paying $6,000 to second, $2,000 to 10th and $1,000-to-start.

“We’re excited to provide drivers and teams with an increased purse for the 2021 season, especially after the burdens COVID-19 placed on them in 2020,” World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Director Carlton Reimers said. “The increase is a representation of the Series’ exciting continued growth, our commitment to our competitors and the growing support from the fans.”

The significance of the increase is not lost on the drivers either.

“Obviously, as a race car driver, trying to make a living racing, you want to race for the highest purses you can,” Two-time and defending World of Outlaws champion Brad Sweet said. “I’m very happy that the World of Outlaws has taken the step to increase the purses. Definitely a step in the right direction.”

The championship will again payout $150,000 between the winning driver and team in 2021, but second-place and down will see significant increases. Among the increases include, second-place paying $100,000, third paying $60,000, fifth paying $50,000 and 15th paying $13,000.

Along with the purse increase, the 2021 season will see the return of several big paying events, including the Aug. 11-14 60th NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville Raceway, which will pay a potential $200,000 to the winner.

A five-race “Showdown” event between the two-day (June 21-22) Huset’s 50 at Huset’s Speedway and the three-day (June 24-26) Jackson Nationals at Jackson Motorplex will offer an extra $100,000 if a driver can win the finale of both World of Outlaws events.

The 2021 season will kick off Feb. 5-7 at Volusia Speedway Park for the 50th DIRTcar Nationals in Barberville, FL. For tickets, click here. The entire 2021 schedule will be released soon.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

Single-Day Event Purse

 

Single-Day Event

1st

$10,000

2nd

$5,500

3rd

$3,300

4th

$2,900

5th

$2,600

6th

$2,400

7th

$2,300

8th

$2,200

9th

$2,150

10th

$2,100

11th

$1,600

12th

$1,400

13th

$1,200

14th

$1,100

15th

$1,050

16th

$1,000

17th

$1,000

18th

$1,000

19th

$1,000

20th

$1,000

21st

$1,000

22nd

$1,000

23rd

$1,000

24th

$1,000

 

 

 

 

 




















 

 

Two-Day Event Purse

 

First Day Event

Second Day Event

1st

$10,000

$10,000

2nd

$5,500

$6,000

3rd

$3,200

$3,500

4th

$2,600

$2,800

5th

$2,350

$2,500

6th

$2,150

$2,300

7th

$2,100

$2,200

8th

$1,950

$2,100

9th

$1,900

$2,050

10th

$1,850

$2,000

11th

$1,400

$1,600

12th

$1,200

$1,400

13th

$1,000

$1,200

14th

$950

$1,100

15th

$900

$1,050

16th

$900

$1,000

17th

$900

$1,000

18th

$900

$1,000

19th

$900

$1,000

20th

$900

$1,000

21st

$900

$1,000

22nd

$900

$1,000

23rd

$900

$1,000

24th

$900

$1,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2021 Points Fund

 

 

DRIVER

OWNER

1st

$150,000.00

$75,000.00

$75,000.00

2nd

$100,000.00

$50,000.00

$50,000.00

3rd

$60,000.00

$30,000.00

$30,000.00

4th

$55,000.00

$27,500.00

$27,500.00

5th

$50,000.00

$25,000.00

$25,000.00

6th

$45,000.00

$22,500.00

$22,500.00

7th

$40,000.00

$20,000.00

$20,000.00

8th

$37,500.00

$18,750.00

$18,750.00

9th

$35,000.00

$17,500.00

$17,500.00

10th

$30,000.00

$15,000.00

$15,000.00

11th

$25,000.00

$12,500.00

$12,500.00

12th

$20,000.00

$10,000.00

$10,000.00

13th

$15,000.00

$7,500.00

$7,500.00

14th

$14,000.00

$7,000.00

$7,000.00

15th

$13,000.00

$6,500.00

$6,500.00

16th

$12,000.00

$6,000.00

$6,000.00

17th

$11,000.00

$5,500.00

$5,500.00

18th

$10,000.00

$5,000.00

$5,000.00

19th

$9,000.00

$4,500.00

$4,500.00

20th

$8,000.00

$4,000.00

$4,000.00



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BUILDING BLOCKS: Logan Schuchart Building Upon Experiences For Growth
Shark Racing is poised to contend for the 2021 World of Outlaws championship
 

CONCORD, NC — Nov. 17, 2020 — After crashing out of the race at Beaver Dam Raceway in June while running second, Logan Schuchart knew if he lost the championship by five points his grandfather would say, “I told you so.”

He lost it by 46 points, but the message delivered by that mistake has stuck with him ever since.

“There’s a few racetracks where we hurt because of my inexperience of being in these situations where I was racing for wins when I should have been more conservative and settled for a second or third-place finish,” said Schuchart, of Hanover, PA. “We would have definitely been closer.”

While a runner-up finish, or even a win, at Beaver Dam wouldn’t have made Schuchart the champion this year, it would’ve kept he and his Shark Racing team in contention for the title until the final lap, instead of allowing reigning champion Brad Sweet to lock up the championship during the penultimate race of the season.

Now, no longer a rookie at running for a championship, Schuchart is taking the lessons he learned this year to heart for another run at his first World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series championship in 2021. But along with implementing a more conservative nature at times, he admitted he and the team still need to work on their consistency.

Hitting the wall at Beaver Dam was Schuchart’s only DNF of the year, but he had two finishes outside the top-15 in the last 10 races, which hurt just as bad. Those two finishes combined cost Schuchart 40 points to Sweet.

“There’s been a few races where we had some issues and didn’t quite figure it out and finished mid-pack,” Schuchart said. “There’s some races and some racetracks that we still need to learn a little bit about; go watch some tape; look back at the notes and figure out what went wrong and fix it.”

Despite losing the championship, Schuchart and the Shark Racing team didn’t hang their heads at the end of the 2020 season. They were held high in celebration of their victory during the season ending World of Outlaws Last Call at The Dirt Track at Charlotte – his seventh win of the year.

Knowing the championship was out of reach, Schuchart was determined to end his season on a high note. Parking his Drydene #1S car in Victory Lane accomplished that and provided he and the team with the confidence that they can enter the 2021 season as championship contenders again.

“We just wanted to come down here and run strong,” Schuchart said about the season finale in Charlotte. “Six wins on the season is awesome, but coming into this racetrack (at Charlotte), knowing we’ve run good and have won in the past, I just wanted to finish this season strong and show everybody that this Shark Racing team is here to stay. We’re going to come out swinging next year.

“We finished a little bit shorter than where we wanted to be, but we started with the goal of a top three (in points). To win a race and finish top two in points is awesome.”

The 2021 season will kick off Feb. 5-7 at Volusia Speedway Park for the 50th DIRTcar Nationals. Schuchart demonstrated the growth of his team at the half-mile track this year. Before the 2020 season, he had never led a lap or finished inside the top-five at Volusia. At the end of the three-day event, he had one win, three top-five finishes and led 50 laps.

That was a trend throughout the season for Schuchart. He earned career best finishes at several tracks, giving the team hope they can continue that next year at tracks they still struggled at this season.

“I think we’re just going really good as a team,” Schuchart said. “I feel confident driving. Ron Helmick, Ben Witman, Tyler Garber, working on these cars, they’re really doing a good job with these cars and are confident in what they’re doing. They’re looking over them and making sure they’re not falling apart. Everyone is doing their job.

“We had limited DNFs this year, which is very important in this Series. And my grandfather (and car owner Bobby Allen), at the top, just doing what he needed to do to make sure we were all doing our jobs and to look over us. I feel like our team is working really well together. We’ve been out here [since 2014], using our experience to our advantage. I look forward to 2021.”

For tickets to the Feb. 5-7 50th DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park, click here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

 

VIRTUAL CONCLUSION: Drivers, Teams Reflect On 2020 Season in Virtual Banquet
$600,000 in points funds was awarded to the 13 full-time World of Outlaws teams

CONCORD, NC — Nov. 12, 2020 — The year that almost wasn’t turned out to be a year you’ll never forget.

Brad Sweet claimed his second consecutive World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series championship. Jacob Allen earned his first career win. Kyle Larson did Kyle Larson things. And some of the best racing in Series history was produced.

Like most events this year, COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the 2020 World of Outlaws banquet. However, as the Series had done throughout the year, it found another solution. Drivers were still awarded their trophies and more $600,000 in points funds was awarded to all of them during a virtual banquet.

“2020 was a year to overcome a lot of adversity for a lot of the teams, the whole World Racing Group organization and luckily we got a season in,” said two-time and defending champion Brad Sweet, of Grass Valley, CA. “It’s great to be standing here and be a two-time champion.

“It was an up and down year for our NAPA Auto Parts team. We had a lot of success early on in the season. A lot of momentum on our side. Had those DNFs in the middle part of the season. We lost a little bit of our confidence and struggled in the middle part of the season. The end of the year we were able to come back on strong, capitalize and get the championship.”

Sweet added his name to an elite list this year. He joins Steve Kinser, Sammy Swindell, Mark Kinser, Donny Schatz and Jason Meyers on the short list of drivers who have multiple World of Outlaws championships in the 42-year history of the sport.

In 54 races, he ended the year with eight wins, 37 top-fives and 46 top-10s.

Along with claiming another championship for himself, Sweet brought Kasey Kahne Racing its third team championship. KKR is now only the fourth team in Series history with three or more titles. The other three are Karl Kinser’s team, Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing and Steve Kinser Racing.

The entire KKR team put in a valiant effort all year, and crew member Andrew Bowman was honored with the Jason Johnson Sportsman of the Year Award due to his unwavering commitment to the sport and his willingness to always help other teams.

“This award truly comes as an unexpected surprise,” Bowman said. “I am honored to receive this award in Jason’s name. Jason was a class act on and off the track and I strive to model his passion for racing and commitment to creating a family like atmosphere while on the road.

“I want to thank Bobbi (Johnson) and everyone at JJR for the opportunity to be recognized by my peers. This has been a unique year presented with many challenges but as a race family we were able to come out on top. I look forward to next season and the memories that are to come.”

The driver championship was determined during the penultimate race of the year, but the team championship came down to the last lap of the last race. KKR had to fend off Jason Johnson Racing, who had put together a stellar season with three drivers. David Gravel ran the majority of the events for the team, but in the four races he didn’t run, Parker Price-Miller filled in twice, earning one top-10, and Shane Stewart filled in the other two time, winning in his debut with the team at Lakeside Speedway.

JJR ended the year second in the team championship standings with eight wins, 31 top-fives and 46 top-10s. The team’s crew chief, Philip Dietz, won the 2020 Crew Chief of the Year Award. Not only did he put the team in championship contention, he won with two drivers at JJR and was also crew chief for his own Dietz Motorsports team, which won with Price-Miller at 34 Raceway.

"To me, it's probably the biggest award that I can win," said Dietz, who first won the award in 2016. "Personally, I feel like, to win an award like that is special. It makes me feel like I did my job for the year."

Wayne Johnson ran his first full-time season, at 49 years old, this year and earned the 2020 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award. He made 29 Feature starts, finished 12th in the Series standings and earned at top-10 at the historic Devil’s Bowl Speedway.

“Well, the 2020 season, being a rookie, I don’t know, it’s been a bit of whirlwind for me,” said Johnson, of Oklahoma City, OK. “I had bigger expectations for sure, but to be the Gobrecht Rookie of the Year at my age is pretty cool… All in all, we didn’t have the success we wanted to, but without the car owners Todd and Kelly Carlisle, they gave me a great opportunity to come out here and do this.”

Two other special awards were also handed out by Drydene and Series sponsor NOS Energy Drink. For the second year in a row, NOS Energy Drink Marketing Director Lauren Albano presented a driver with the NOS Energy Drink Human Horsepower Award for the drive and determination they show on and off the track. This year, the award went to 2013 Series champion Daryn Pittman, who hung up his helmet as a full-time driver at the end of the season.

“He has a racer’s heart and is the truest example of what it means to be a teammate,” Albano said about Pittman. “He’s often found helping teams on their cars, even if it means scrapping dirt before the Feature. He is a competitor and leads by example on and off the track.”

And for the first time, Drydene presented the Blood, Sweat and Gears Award to the driver with the biggest improvement in points from last year to this year. The award was presented to Jacob Allen, who won his first career Series race this year at Dodge City Raceway Park and finished a career high eighth in the points. Last year, he finished 12th.

Along with the real-life drivers, the virtual World of Outlaws champion, Alex Bergeron was also crowned the 2020 iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car World Championship winner and awarded with a more than $15,000 check. Like Sweet, it’s his second consecutive championship.

The virtual banquet – which can be found on the World of Outlaws Facebook, Twitter and Youtube pages – closed the book on the 2020 season, but it’s a story you’re sure to never forget.

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series 2021 season will kick off Feb. 5-7 at Volusia Speedway Park during the DIRTcar Nationals. For tickets, click here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

FINAL PAYOUT
– Brad Sweet/Kasey Kahne Racing – $150,000
– Logan Schuchart/Shark Racing – $65,000
– Jason Johnson Racing – $37,500
– Donny Schatz/Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing – $52,500
– Sheldon Haudenschild/Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing – $47,500
– Carson Macedo/Kyle Larson Racing – $43,000
– Daryn Pittman – $18,750
– Roth Motorsports – $18,750
– Jacob Allen/Shark Racing – $34,000
– Kraig Kinser/Kinser Racing – $31,000
– Jason Sides/Sides Motorsports – $25,000
– Wayne Johnson/TwoC Racing – $14,000
– Mason Daniel/Mason Daniel Racing – $14,000
– Bill Rose/Bill Rose Racing – $12,000

BANQUET AWARDS
Chassis Builder of the Year: Maxim Racing (Kasey Kahne Racing)
Engine Builder of the Year: Cappetta Engines (Kasey Kahne Racing)
Crew Chief of the Year: Philip Dietz (Jason Johnson Racing)
Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year: Wayne Johnson
Jason Johnson Sportsman of the Year: Andrew Bowman (Kasey Kahne Racing)
NOS Energy Drink Human Horsepower Award – Daryn Pittman
Drydene Blood Sweat & Gears Award – Jacob Allen
KSE Racing Hard Charger Award – Brad Sweet
Racing Electronics Rookie Award (New ear molds) – Wayne Johnson
VP Racing Fuels Award – Brad Sweet (champion), Wayne Johnson (RotY) and Jacob Allen (Most Improved)

FINAL 2020 STATS
There were 54 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Feature events this season.

FEATURE WINNERS (13 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 12
2 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 8
3 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 7
– Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 7
– David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 7
4 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 5
5 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 2
6 – Carson Short, Marion, Ill. – 1
– Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 1
– Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 1
– Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 1
– Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 1
– James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 1

DRYDENE HEAT RACE WINNERS (47 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 21
2 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 17
3 – Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 12
4 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 12
– Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 12
– Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 12
– Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 12
5 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 11
– Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 11
6 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 10
7 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 9
8 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 7
9 – Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 6
10 – James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 4
11 – Rico Abreu, St. Helena, Calif. – 3
– Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Ind. – 3
– Gio Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 3
– Cory Eliason, Visalia, Calif. – 3
12 – Kasey Kahne, Enumclaw, Wash. – 2
– Tyler Courtney, Indianapolis, Ind. – 2
– Brooke Tatnell, Sans Souci, NSW, Australia – 2
– Brent Marks, Myerstown, Pa. – 2
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 2
13 – Brian Brown, Grain Valley, Mo. – 1
– Sam Hafertepe, Jr., Sunnyvale, Texas – 1
– Chase Stockon, Fort Branch, Ind. – 1
– Matt Juhl, Sioux Falls, S.D. – 1
– Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1
– Trey Starks, Puyallup, Wash. – 1
– Lynton Jeffrey, Prairie City, Iowa – 1
– Scotty Thiel, Sheboygan, Wis. – 1
– Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 1
– Freddie Rahmer, Salfordville, Pa. – 1
– Jeff Halligan, Ephrata, Pa. – 1
– Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 1
– Brock Zearfoss, Jonestown, Pa. – 1
– Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 1
– Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tenn. – 1
– Colby Copeland, Roseville, Calif. – 1
– Sammy Swindell, Germantown, Tenn. – 1
– Sawyer Phillips, Pleasantville, Iowa – 1
– Spencer Bayston, Lebanon, Ind. – 1
– Austin McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 1
– Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg, Pa. – 1
– Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 1
– Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 1
– Cory Eliason, Visalia, Calif. – 1

DIRTVISION FAST PASS DASH WINNERS (21 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 6
2 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 5
– Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 5
3 – Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 4
– Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 4
– Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 4
– Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 4
– Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 4
4 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 3
5 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 2
– Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 2
– Gio Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 2
6 – Carson Short, Marion, Ill. – 1
– Austin McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 1
– Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tenn. – 1
– Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 1
– Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 1
– Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1
– Freddie Rahmer, Salfordville, Pa. – 1
– Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 1
– James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 1

LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN WINNERS (33 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tenn. – 5
2 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 4
3 – Mason Daniel, Springville, Calif. – 3
4 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 2
– Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 2
– Austin McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 2
– Brian Brown, Grain Valley, Mo. – 2
– Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 2
– Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 2
5 – Lucas Wolfe, Mechanicsburg, Pa. – 1
– Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 1
– Paul McMahan, Nashville, Tenn. – 1
– Brian Bell, Arlington Tenn. – 1
– Rico Abreu, St. Helena, Calif. – 1
– Bill Balog, Hartland, Wis. – 1
– Gio Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 1
– David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 1
– Aryton Gennetten, Gravois Mills, Mo. – 1
– Scotty Thiel, Sheboygan, Wis. – 1
– Paul Nienhiser, Chapin, Ill. – 1
– Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 1
– Tim Wagaman, Hanover, Pa. – 1
– Steve Buckwalter, Royersford, Pa. – 1
– Brendan Mullen, Grand Forks, N.D. – 1
– Skylar Prochaska, Lakefield, Minn. – 1
­– Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 1
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1
– Henry Malcuit, Strasburg, Ohio – 1
– Cale Thomas, Fairland, Ind. – 1
– Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 1
– Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 1
– Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg. Pa. – 1
– Brent Marks, Myerstown, Pa. – 1
– Anthony Macri, Dillsburg, Pa. – 1

C-MAIN WINNERS (20 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Trey Starks, Puyallup, Wash. – 1
– Cale Thomas, Fairland, Ind. – 1
– Anthony Macri, Dillsburg, Pa. – 1
– Shane Golobic, Fremont, Calif. – 1
– Brent Marks, Myerstown, Penn. – 1
– Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 1
– Wayne Johnson, Oklahoma City, Okla. – 1
– Hunter Schuerenburg, Sikeston, Mo. – 1
– Cole Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 1
– Adam Wilt, York, Pa. – 1
– Sammy Swindell, Germantown, Tenn. – 1
– Josh Schneiderman, West Burlington, Iowa – 1
– Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 1
– Mason Daniel, Springville, Calif. – 1
– Kyle Moody, Lewisberry, Pa. – 1
– Spencer Bayston, Lebanon, Ind. – 1
– Dylan Ciseny, Port Royal, Pa. – 1
– T.J. Stutts, Liverpool, Pa. – 1
– Bill Rose, Plainfield, Ind. – 1
– Matt Farnham, Tonawanda, NY – 1

D-MAIN WINNERS (5 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Kyle Moody, Lewisberry, Pa. – 1
– Anthony Macri, Dillsburg, Pa. – 1
– Skylar Gee, Leduc, AB, Canada
– Wayne Johnson, Oklahoma City, Okla. – 1
– Troy Wagaman, Jr., Hanover, Pa. – 1

PODIUM FINISHES (25 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – # of podiums
1 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 29
2 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 23
3 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 18
4 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 17
– David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 17
5 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 16
6 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 8
7 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 5
– James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 5
8 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 4
9 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 2
– Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 2
– Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 2
– Brent Marks, Myerstown, Pa. – 2
– Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 2
10 – Carson Short, Marion, Ill. – 1
– Austin McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 1
– Matt Juhl, Sioux Falls, S.D. – 1
– Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1
– Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Ind. – 1
– Anthony Macri, Dillsburg, Pa. – 1
– Rico Abreu, St. Helena, Calif. – 1
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1
– Freddie Rahmer, Salfordville, Pa. – 1
– Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg, Pa. – 1

HARD CHARGER AWARD (20 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – H.C. Awards
1 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 9
2 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 8
3 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 7
4 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 6
5 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 5
6 – Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 3
7 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 2
– David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 2
8 – Sammy Swindell, Germantown, Tenn. – 1
– Carson Short, Marion, Ill. – 1
– Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 1
– Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tenn. – 1
– Brent Marks, Myerstown, Pa. – 1
– Jade Hastings, Grand Forks, N.D. – 1
– Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 1
– James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 1
– Cap Henry, Republic, Ohio – 1
– Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 1
– Freddie Rahmer, Salfordville, Pa. – 1
– Brock Zearfoss, Jonestown, Pa. – 1

TOTAL LAPS LED (18 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Laps
1 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 278
2 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 238
3 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 235
4 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 210
5 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 203
6 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 96
7 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 88
8 – Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 78
9 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 74
10 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 62
11 – James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 41
12 – Gio Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 40
13 – Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 37
14 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 32
15 – Carson Short, Marion, Ill. – 30
16 – Kasey Kahne, Enumclaw, Wash. – 10
– Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 10
17 – Brian Brown, Grain Valley, Mo. – 3 

QUALIFYING QUICK TIME (19 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – QTs
1 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 8
2 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 7
3 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 5
4 – Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 4
– Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 4
– Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 4
– Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 4
5 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 3
– Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 3
5 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 2
– Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 2
6 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 1
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1
– Kasey Kahne, Enumclaw Wash. – 1
– Cory Eliason, Visalia, Calif. – 1
– Scotty Thiel, Sheboygan, Wis. – 1
– Anthony Macri, Dillsburg, Pa. – 1
– Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 1
– Gio Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 1

NEW TRACK RECORDS (4 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – (TR)
1 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. (9.995 sec. at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55)
– Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. (11.061 sec. at Plymouth Speedway)
– Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. (12.490 sec. at Lawton Speedway)
– Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. (16.111 sec. at Williams Grove Speedway)

2020 World of Outlaws Schedule & Winners
No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Friday, Feb. 7 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Donny Schatz (1)
2. Saturday, Feb. 8 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Brad Sweet (1)
3. Sun., Feb. 9 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Logan Schuchart (1)
4. Friday, May 8 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / David Gravel (1)
5. Fri., May 22 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (2)
6. Sat., May 23 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Kyle Larson (1)
7. Friday, May 29 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, MO / Logan Schuchart (2)
8. Saturday, May 30 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, MO / Donny Schatz (2)
9. Friday, June 5 / Beaver Dam Raceway / Beaver Dam, WI / Brad Sweet (3)
10. Saturday, June 6 / Beaver Dam Raceway / Beaver Dam, WI / Brad Sweet (4)
11. Friday, June 12 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Kyle Larson (2)
12. Saturday, June 13 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Kyle Larson (3)
13. Friday, June 19 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Carson Short (1)
14. Saturday, June 20 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Carson Macedo (1)
15. Thursday, June 25 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Brad Sweet (5)
16. Friday, June 26 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Logan Schuchart (3)
17. Saturday, June 27 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Logan Schuchart (4)
18. Friday, July 3 / Cedar Lake Speedway / New Richmond, WI / Brad Sweet (6)
19. Sat., July 4 / Cedar Lake Speedway / New Richmond, WI / Brad Sweet (7)
20. Friday, July 10 / 34 Raceway / West Burlington, IA / Parker Price-Miller (1)
21. Saturday, July 11 / Wilmot Raceway / Wilmot, WI / David Gravel (2)
22. Sun., July 12 / Terre Haute Action Track / Terre Haute, IN / Logan Schuchart (5)
23. Tuesday, July 14 / Attica Raceway Park / Attica, OH / Kyle Larson (4)
24. Tuesday, July 21 / Lernerville Speedway / Sarver, PA / Donny Schatz (3)
25. Thursday, July 23 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbottstown, PA / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)
26. Fri., July 24 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Shane Stewart (1)
27. Sat., July 25 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg. PA / David Gravel (3)
28. Fri., Aug. 7 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Sheldon Haudenschild (2)
29. Sat., Aug. 8 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Kyle Larson (5)
30. Thurs., Aug. 13 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Kyle Larson (6)
31. Fri., Aug. 14 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / David Gravel (4)
32. Sat., Aug. 15 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Kyle Larson (7)
33. Fri., Aug. 21 / River Cities Speedway / Grand Forks, ND / Kyle Larson (8)
34. Sat., Aug. 22 / Red River Valley Speedway / West Fargo, ND / Kyle Larson (9)
35. Sat., Aug. 29 / U.S. 36 Raceway / Osborn, MO / Sheldon Haudenschild (3)
36. Sun., Aug. 30 / I-80 Speedway / Greenwood, NE / Brad Sweet (8)
37. Sat., Sept. 5 / Huset’s Speedway / Brandon, SD / Sheldon Haudenschild (4)
38. Sun., Sept. 6 / Huset’s Speedway / Brandon, SD / Kyle Larson (10)
39. Fri., Sept. 11 / Dodge City Raceway Park / Dodge City, KS / Jacob Allen (1)
40. Sat., Sept. 12 / Dodge City Raceway Park / Dodge City, KS / Sheldon Haudenschild (5)
41. Fri., Sept. 18 / Lawton Speedway / Lawton, OK / Daryn Pittman (1)
42. Sat., Sept. 19 / Devil’s Bowl Speedway / Mesquite, TX / Logan Schuchart (6)
43. Thurs., Sept. 24 / Plymouth Speedway / Plymouth, IN / Donny Schatz (4)
44. Fri., Sept. 25 / Wayne County Speedway / Orrville, OH / Sheldon Haudenschild (6)
45. Sat., Sept. 26 / Lernerville Speedway / Sarver, PA / David Gravel (5)
46. Fri., Oct. 2 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / David Gravel (6)
47. Sat., Oct. 3 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Donny Schatz (5)
48. Fri., Oct. 9 / Port Royal Speedway / Port Royal, PA / Kyle Larson (11)
49. Sat., Oct. 10 / Port Royal Speedway / Port Royal, PA / Kyle Larson (12)
50. Fri., Oct. 16 / Lakeside Speedway / Kansas City, KS / Shane Stewart (2)
51. Sat., Oct. 17 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, MO / James McFadden (1)
52. Sat., Oct. 24 / Kokomo Speedway / Kokomo, IN / Sheldon Haudenschild (7)
53. Fri., Nov. 6 / The Dirt Track at Charlotte / Concord, NC / David Gravel (7)
54. Sat., Nov. 7 / The Dirt Track at Charlotte / Concord, NC / Logan Schuchart (7)

 

 

THE KNOW HOW: Kasey Kahne Racing Pulls Through Adversity To Claim Third Championship
KKR is now the fourth team in World of Outlaws history with at least three championships
 

CONCORD, NC — Nov. 10, 2020 — This year tested everyone’s limits; it tested their mentality; and it tested their stamina.

Mainly, it tested how they push through it all.

Brad Sweet’s Kasey Kahne Racing team – consisting of Crew Chief Eric Prutzman and crew members Joe Mooney and Andrew Bowman – exemplified the never give up attitude in 2020. At times they faced Hell, yet still walked through the fire ready for another round. That drive and determination led Sweet to his second consecutive World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion and gave Kasey Kahne Racing its third team championship.

“It feels great to get number three,” said KKR owner Kasey Kahne. “And two-straight for Brad Sweet. The guys have done a really good job. A really good job in an interesting year. But overall, they stayed after it and did all they need to do to win.

“They just never slowed up. They never gave up. Brad is as focused and precise out here as ever. It is just fun to watch him. You just know he is always going to be there. He just takes care of everything all of the time. He’s got a really good team behind him and it is fun to watch.”

For the first time since 2013, Sweet and the team suffered four DNF finishes this year. Three of them came consecutively. Logan Schuchart, who finished second in points had one DNF and Donny Schatz, who finished third had two.

While it may have beaten their spirits at the end of the night, it didn’t kill their drive. In the 16-race span where Sweet suffered the four bad finishes, he still managed to earn seven top-10s – three of them runner up finishes. Then, he and the team returned to Victory Lane at I-80 Speedway for their eighth win of the season.

After that win, Sweet reclaimed the points the next weekend from Schuchart, racked off eight top-five finishes in a row and earned five runner-up finishes in the final 15 events. That performance helped him hold of Schuchart by 46 points at the end of the season to get his second title.

“It was a tough year,” Sweet said. “NAPA Auto Parts guys, we overcame a lot of adversity, to have four DNFs and still lead the points. We showed our resilience. We came in here (in the season finale weekend), and I thought, executed perfectly. We did everything we needed to do to win the points and get Kasey Kahne Racing the team championship.”

This year was Sweet’s third season with Prutzman as his crew chief. In their time together they’ve won the 2018 Knoxville Nationals, 2019 Jackson Nationals, 2019 Kings Royal, 33 World of Outlaws events and now two championships.
Prutzman, the 2019 Crew Chief of the Year, was handpicked by Sweet to be his crew chief. However, Sweet had admitted they’re kind of opposites. He likes to talk and figure things out, while Prutzman is a quiet thinker, he said. The key to their relationship is Sweet trusts him and Prutzman trusts Sweet. And the same goes for Mooney and Bowman.

“Me and Eric, Joe and Andrew, we’re all meshing,” Sweet said. “Obviously, to overcome some of the stuff we had to overcome this year I feel like it made us stronger. To win, it makes us desire to win next year even more.”

Prutzman, who had previously spent seven years with Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing as a mechanic and was a part of four championship wins with Donny Schatz, said he sees the continued growth of the team and their strength as championship contenders, no matter the circumstances.

“It’s amazing,” Prutzman said about what the KKR team accomplished this year. “It just shows that our team is really strong and that we keep digging and just keep trying to win races and do our best. Obviously, we had really unfortunate races. It’s just really great.”

Sweet locked up the driver championship during the penultimate race of the year, but the team championship came down to the final lap of the final race with David Gravel trying to win it for Jason Johnson Racing. And Sweet was just as focused as bringing home another title for KKR as he was for himself. After securing his second championship, he said he felt like his work was half done.

“That means a lot,” Kahne said about getting his third championship as a team owner. “That’s kind of a split feeling if you don’t win them both. So, to win them both it feels like you were the best car, the best driver, the best team all season long in the toughest Series that there is in dirt racing.”

It means just as much to the entire KKR team, as well.

“Obviously, the driver [championship] is really important, but the team is all of us and Kasey,” Prutzman said. “Everybody at KKR, so it is a really big deal.”

By claiming a third championship, KKR became the fourth team in the history of the World of Outlaws to have three or more championships. The other three on that elite list our Karl Kinser’s team with 16 championships, TSR with nine championships and Steve Kinser Racing with six championships.

KKR is also only 15 wins away from 200 career World of Outlaws wins now.

They know their title run next year won’t be easy with the rising level of competition, but that’s still not deterring their drive and determination to go after it.

“I know next year is going to be even harder,” Kahne said. “We’re looking forward to that. We’ll be prepared and ready to go again. You can see that next year is going to be a stout field and it will be a lot of fun to see if we can get three in a row.”

Their 2021 season will kick off Feb. 5-7 at the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park. Click here for tickets.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

 

 

PITTMAN’S LAST CALL: A Long, Storied Career Nearing Chapter’s End
 

Daryn Pittman will look to end his the 2020 season and career as a full-time World of Outlaws driver strong at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Saturday night

 

CONCORD, NC — Nov. 7, 2020 — Daryn Pittman’s racing career kicked off at 5 years old. However, it wasn’t until he was about 13 that he turned his passion into a life’s goal.

He wanted to be a professional race car driver. And for more than 20 years, the now 42-year-old Owasso, OK native has made that a reality.

Tonight, he’ll put a period to one chapter in his storied career. Pittman will hang up his helmet as a full-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series driver after the season finale Last Call at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

In his 23-year history with the Series – 17 of them as a full-time driver – Pittman amassed a plethora of accomplishments:

  • 2013 World of Outlaws champion
  • 86 career World of Outlaws wins
  • More than 1,450 Feature starts
  • 2008 Kings Royal winner at Eldora Speedway
  • Three-time DIRTcar Nationals champion
  • Two Gold Cup victories at Silver Dollar Speedway
  • 2001 World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion

But are those satisfying enough to the 13-year-old Pittman who dreamed of being a World of Outlaws driver?

“I hope so,” Pittman said with a chuckle. “There are a lot of things that I’d obviously love to redo. But all in all, it has been a hell of a ride and I’ve accomplished more than I could ever have hoped to have dreamed of in my wildest dreams for sure.”

Among his glories, the championships and wins aren’t what mean the most to him. It’s the lasting impression he’s left on fans and those in the industry. Moments he looked at as insignificant took on new life when they became admired plots to someone’s story. Knowing something he did helped create a happy moment in someone’s life was an unexpected trophy each time.

That doesn’t change the way he views his career. It makes him prouder of it.

“Just to hear that I was a small part of their life that they vividly remember as a good moment makes me proud,” Pittman said. “Proud of all of the wins. Proud of all of the years we’ve been able to do it and all of the car owners I’ve been able to drive for. But I think, more than anything, I’m just proud of all of the relationships that I’ve had and been able to have with teams that maybe we didn’t finish on the best note but from a personal standpoint I think we’ve stayed in good graces with all of my old car owners and crew guys. It’s hard to do this for as long as we’ve done it. There are very few that have the long career that me and (10-time Series champion) Donny (Schatz) and few others have had. Just proud of the way we did it.”

In his final weekend as a full-time World of Outlaws driver, Pittman said he hasn’t let that thought get to him. Like any other season, he’s focused on ending it on a high note.

This year has put him on a roller coaster, with the first two-thirds of the year plagued by the COVID-19 pandemic and inconsistencies with the Roth Motorsports team. In September, shortly after announcing he was stepping away from full-time racing, he also announced he would part ways with Roth – who he had driven for since 2019. He picked up an emotional hometown win at Lawton Speedway before splitting with the team and rejoining Heffner Racing for the remainder of the season.

At Heffner, he was paired with crew member Heath Moyle and reunited with crew chief Kale Kahne – who he worked with at Kasey Kahne Racing when he won the championship. His stint with the team has resulted in one top-five and two top-10 finishes in 11 races, so far. They’ve shown speed in each event, making the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash in about half of them, but part failures and bad luck have hindered their final results.

Despite the poor finishes, Pittman said he’s still having fun. Being paired with Heffner, Moyle and Kahne to finish out his career in Charlotte – a track he has two wins at – is a big contributor to that.

“I couldn’t have asked to finish out the year with a better team and better people, truthfully,” Pittman said. “For as trying and as hard we’ve had to work to keep a competitive car on the racetrack, as much stuff as we’ve gone through, to do it with these guys and the attitudes that they’ve been able to keep and maintain has been refreshing. Brought me back to what it takes to be a part of successful teams with successful crew guys.”

Once he take the checkered flag for the final time as a full-time World of Outlaws driver, during the fittingly named Last Call event, and climbs out of the Shipley Energy #72 car, a new chapter in his life will begin. What that is? He’s still working on it. Maybe some racing. Maybe a lot of racing. Maybe no racing.

He’ll look to find his 13-year-old self again, who found something he loves and turned it into a life’s goal.

“I’ve been able to turn a hobby into a job and it’s the only job I’ve ever had,” Pittman said. “I think for anybody, that’s all you can ever ask for; to find something you love and find a way to make a living doing it and I’ve been blessed to be able to do that for a long time. No doubt moving forward, whatever, we do, it will also be the same way. It’ll have to be something I enjoy, and I look forward to figuring out what that is.”

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WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Last Call On 2020 Title Hunt
Three drivers and four teams will fight for 2020 titles at The Dirt Track at Charlotte


CONCORD, NC — Nov. 5, 2020 — The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion may not be determined until the final lap of the final race for the second consecutive year.

The champion could also be determined Friday night.

This season’s championship finale will take place Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-7, at The Dirt Track at Charlotte during the World of Outlaws Last Call. Three drivers – reigning champion Brad Sweet, Logan Schuchart and 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz – are still in contention for the driver championship and four teams – Kasey Kahne Racing, Jason Johnson Racing, Shark Racing and Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing – are in contention for the team title.

Sweet enters the season finale with the points lead for the second year in a row. Last season, he was able to hold off Schatz by four points in the final race to claim his first championship – the closest championship battle in Series history – and bring Kasey Kahne Racing its second World of Outlaws title.

DRIVER CHAMPIONSHIP BREAK DOWN
 

This year, Sweet can breathe a little easier when he passes through the gates at The Dirt Track. He enters the weekend with a 46-point lead over Logan Schuchart versus the eight-point lead he had over Schatz last season.

“Last year, I was very focused on the points,” Sweet said. “This year, I haven’t let myself get too bothered by it. Obviously, being a two-time champion is much better than being a one-time champion. So, obviously, you want to win the championship. The points are super important, super hard to win every year. It brings a lot of money to the team. It brings a lot of exposure to the sponsors and everything like that. You really want to accomplish that.

“We’re focused on bringing Kasey Kahne Racing his third championship and hopefully myself a second championship. I think if we stay focused and do our job, we’re absolutely capable of accomplishing that.”

He can lock himself as the 2020 champion Friday night if he wins or finishes one spot better than Schuchart.

Forty-eight points is the most a driver can gain on another in a single race – if that driver wins and the other driver finishes 24th or worse. There’s a four-point different between first (150 points) and second (146 points). So, if Sweet wins Friday and Schuchart finishes second, that would give Sweet a 50-point lead on the Shark Racing driver for the final event. That means if Schuchart won on Saturday and Sweet finished last, Sweet would still claim the championship by two points.

Every other position is separated by two points. So, aside from a win, if Sweet finishes one spot ahead of Schuchart, he would enter the next night with a 48-point lead. Even if Schuchart were able to make up all 48 points on Sweet, the defending champion would win the tiebreaker due to having more Feature wins this season – Sweet currently has eight and Schuchart has six.

If Schuchart wins both nights and ties with Sweet for the points lead and most wins on the final night, the tiebreaker would then go to who has the most second-place finishes. Sweet would again win that battle with 10 runner-up finishes this year, versus the five Schuchart has.

The bottomline is Schuchart needs to finish ahead of Sweet on Friday to have a shot at his first championship Saturday night.

“From where we’ve came from, all that we’ve overcome to get where we are, you know, I feel like this is a very successful season as it is,” Schuchart said. “But, you know, we started the season with a goal of finishing third. We’re in there. But definitely, we know we’re in a spot with an opportunity and we’re going to try and take advantage of it. I feel like we have a lot to learn and areas of where we can get better. Hopefully we can make these last races count and put some pressure on him (Sweet).”

In the event that the field is expanded beyond 24 cars for the Feature due to provisionals, Sweet and Schuchart could end up earning the same amount of points both nights if they finish 24th or worse with positions 24th and worse paying 102 points.

Schatz’s climb to his 11th title is more difficult. He enters the Last Call with a 64-point deficit to Sweet. He'll need to finish ahead of Sweet and Schuchart both nights to have a shot at another championship.

“I can tell you it is a lot more fun being closer to the top of the championship standings than finding yourself third or fourth, wherever we’re at,” Schatz said. “We don’t want to make excuses at all. We’re not making them. At least we’re making head way now. That’s all you can do. And we’ll make the best of it.”

He and his TSR team have found momentum in the back half of the season, earning 19 top-10 finishes in the last 20 races – including two wins. That’s helped keep him in the championship hunt and put him 18 points behind Schuchart for second. Schatz has finished first or second in the championship standings for the past 14 years.

TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP BREAK DOWN

Along with the battle for the driver championship, the battle for the team championship is even closer. Kasey Kahne Racing currently leads Jason Johnson Racing by 30 points.

JJR has had three drivers keep it in championship contention throughout the year. David Gravel ran the majority of the races (48) and brought the team six wins this year. When he was out of the car to run ARCA and NASCAR events, Parker Price-Miller and Shane Stewart each got two turns in the #41 car. Stewart won in his debut with the team at Lakeside Speedway, giving them seven wins on the season. Gravel will finish the year with JJR at Charlotte, where he swept the season ending two-day event with the team last year.

If Sweet wins on Friday and Gravel finishes ninth, he'll lock up the team championship for KKR. If he doesn't win, he'll need to finish nine positions ahead of Gravel to lock it up on the first night.

Like Schuchart and Schatz, Gravel will need to keep the pressure on Sweet both nights and aim for another sweep to give JJR its first team championship.

“For us to be in the hunt right now is pretty special,” said Philip Dietz, crew chief of the JJR #41 and cousin of the late Jason Johnson.

“We go out and try to be the best we can each night. At the end of the season, the best car wins. It sure would be cool for our team. It’s cool to just be in the hunt. Brad and Schuchart, they’ve both been really good this year. We’ll just keep plugging away. Hopefully we can be there at the end.”

To see the Nov. 6-7 World of Outlaws Last Call season finale at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in person, you can get a pit pass package by clicking here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch both nights live on DIRTVision.

 

 

MAKE IT A DOUBLE: Donny Schatz Running Late Model, Sprint Car At Last Call
The 10-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car Champion is in contention for his 300th career Sprint Car win and 11th title


 

CONCORD, NC — Nov. 1, 2020 — Donny Schatz will join Kyle Larson in having an extra shot of fun during the Nov. 4-7 World of Outlaws Last Call at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

He’ll break out his own #15 Late Model to compete with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models, Wednesday and Thursday, before stepping behind the wheel of the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15, Friday and Saturday, to contend for his 11th World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series title.

“The Late Model is something I’ve enjoyed for quite sometime,” Schatz said. “Charlotte gives us a perfect opportunity. Two nights of Late Models. Two nights of Sprint Cars. I feel like we’ll have the best of both worlds and have a little fun. No pressure leading into the Last Call (with the Sprint Cars).”

Schatz enters the season finale weekend third in the Sprint Car championship standings with a 64-point deficit to points leader and reigning champion Brad Sweet. He wouldn’t call running his Late Model is a source of relaxation before the pressure is on with the Sprint Car, though. It’s more of an opportunity for him to enjoy a couple of extra days behind the wheel of a race car and get an early start on his 2021 DIRTcar Nationals preparations.

“I don’t know that it helps relax you, other than you enjoy to do it,” Schatz said. “That’s why first and foremost we’re all here. We’re here to enjoy it. To be able to go do it with those guys, obviously, doing it with those guys, I go to Florida (at Volusia Speedway Park) with them every year, so ending the season with them and hopefully gain a little experience and learn a few things. Maybe it’ll help us start off a little bit better in Florida (for DIRTcar Nationals). Any time you get laps with a good group, it helps.”

He’s made three Feature starts with the World of Outlaws Late Models this season, earning a top-10 finish in each event. Before this year, Schatz had one top-five and four top-10s with the Series in total.

Of his 21 starts with the Late Models, six of them were at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. In those six starts, he finished 15th, ninth, 11th, 15th, 15th and 16th.

In comparison to running his Sprint Car at Charlotte, there’s little to be learned from running the Late Model ahead of time.

“Charlotte is different for the Late Models,” Schatz said. “It’s really high speed, not super technical. The cars are so close from when I started racing them to today. It seems like fifteen pounds of spring rate here or there could be the difference between great and terrible. It makes it pretty touchy.”

He hasn’t had the opportunity to run as many Late Model events this season as he’d like, but if the schedules align right in 2021, Schatz wouldn’t mind going fender to fender with the likes of two-time and defending World of Outlaws Late Model champion Brandon Sheppard and 2004 Series champion Scott Bloomquist more often.

“It takes people to do this,” Schatz said. “All of these teams take people and I have a full-time guy that does his best keeping up with my Late Model when we can go. He goes 24 hours a day some days, so there’s only so many hours in a day and that’s what kept me from doing it this year and it may keep me from some next year, but we’ll get the schedule and see where everything is at.”

Before then, Schatz's main focus will be on his Sprint Car at Charlotte. A win during the Last Call would hold significance for multiple reasons. It would give him a career milestone of 300 World of Outlaws Sprint Car victories, help him gain points on his championship rivals and be a good momentum builder for the 2021 season.

“For 15 years I’ve been in a championship hunt," Schatz said. "You don’t ever want to lose that. Here we are. We find ourselves in that again and feeling damn good about it. If we win it, great. If we don’t, we’re not going to hang our heads. It’s been a trying year for everyone. We’ll just do our best to see where we end up.”

For tickets to the Nov. 4-7 World of Outlaws Last Call with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models and World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars, click here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all four nights live on DIRTVision.

 

 

 

DIRTcar Northeast Announces 2020 Rookie of the Year Awards

Robbie Johnston, Corey Cormier, Matt Meade, and Bruno Richard are DIRTcar Rookies of the Year in 2020

WEEDSPORT, NY - It is with great pride that DIRTcar Northeast is presenting Rookie of the Year awards to four up and coming driving drivers competing on the Northeast’s premier race tracks against elite competition. DIRTcar Racing applauds these drivers, not only for their driving ability but for their perseverance to race on through the tumultuous 2020 race season. 

The Rookie of the Year awards are made possible once again by Norm Dunn and Number One Speed/Motorsports Safety Systems.

Robbie Johnston, from Ransomville, NY, challenged some of the best DIRTcar Big Block Modified drivers there are at the appropriately named Land of Legends Raceway who live-streamed every night of racing in 2020. Johnston had to contend with a lot of muscle every Saturday including Super DIRTcar Series drivers like track champion Larry Wight, from Phoenix, NY, local hero Justin Haers, from Phelps, NY, “The Baldwinsville Bandit” Jimmy Phelps, and many more.

The 19-year-old rookie finished 18th in track points at the historic Canandaigua, NY oval. Johnston kept his program rolling for the postseason and attempted to qualify for the hotly contested DIRTcar OktoberFAST presented by DIRTVision Features. He hung tough throughout the week tallying Last Chance Showdown finishes of 11th,11th, fifth, and 10th at Fulton Speedway, Can-Am Speedway, Land of Legends Raceway, and Weedsport Speedway respectively. 

His tenacity is rewarded with the $1,000 DIRTcar Big Block Modified Rookie of the Year title.

DIRTcar 358 Modified driver Corey Cormier had a monster year at new-to-DIRTcar Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, NY. The Middletown, NY driver of the black No. 20 DIRTcar 358 Modified captured his first checkered flag at Thunder Mountain in early June. He went on to finish the season with one win, seven top fives, and 10 top 10s. 

The young driver finished an impressive fifth in points at Thunder Mountain who also found a way to live stream their Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship action via Dirt Track Digest TV. Cormier made two showings in 358 competition during OktoberFAST finishing fifth at Can-Am in the Last Chance Showdown and thirteenth in the Last Chance Showdown at Fulton Speedway. 

Matt Meade also contested the new DIRTcar Racing Thunder Mountain facility. He wheeled his DIRTcar Sportsman Modified to one win and a fifth-place finish in points. Meade receives $500 for his excellent rookie season. 

The DIRTcar Pro Stock Rookie of the Year is Canadian phenom Bruno Richard from Outaouais, QUE. Richard took his No. 72 Pro Stock to an incredible four Feature wins split between Autodrome Granby and Cornwall Motor Speedway who enjoyed limited fans and live-streaming on NITRO 360. Richard picks up $250 for next year’s race season. 

With the annual DIRTcar Northeast Banquet canceled this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, DIRTcar Northeast Director Dean Reynolds said he will hit the road, personally congratulate each driver, and present them with their awards. 

Almost all of today’s Super DIRTcar Series stars and rising stars moved up through the DIRTcar Northeast ladder. A strong, cohesive rulebook for four racing divisions, the Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship points fund, and premier events continue to keep drivers racing with DIRTcar today and into the future. 

 

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CHAMPION-SHEPP: Brandon Sheppard Secures Third Career World of Outlaws Late Model Title

Second-Straight Title, Third in Last Four Years for New Berlin, Ill. Native

CONCORD, N.C. - While a gloomy cloud of uncertainty hung over most of motorsports - and the world - throughout 2020, one thing remained as constant and consistent as ever: the unrelenting dominance of Brandon Sheppard.

In his fourth full season as a platinum driver with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series, the New Berlin, Ill. native extended his reign as the current king of the Outlaws. His 2020 championship was his second-straight and third in the last four years with The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet.

At 27-years old, The Rocket Shepp is already one of the most accomplished racers in the 19-year history of the series. His third title equals him with Billy Moyer Sr. and Darrell Lanigan for the second-most, putting him just one title shy of tying Josh Richards for the most crowns in history.

On pace to shatter the record books, Sheppard will enter the 2021 season with 69 career wins to his credit, only eight behind Richards (77) for the most Morton Buildings Feature Wins in series history.

Since joining forces in 2017 and following the Outlaws nationwide, Sheppard and Rocket1 Racing have been the most dominant force in dirt late model racing. In those 164 starts, B-Shepp has recorded a whopping 63 wins, 112 podium appearances, 137 top five finishes, 149 top ten results, 34 fast time awards, and 90 Drydene heat race wins - the most in every single statistical category over that span.

"This feels so incredible, man," Sheppard acknowledged while soaking in his third title. "This team, these sponsors, everyone involved; it's unbelievable what we've been able to accomplish these past few years. It feels amazing, I just hope we can keep it going. I know this is racing though and you never know when it'll run out. We're taking this in stride and rolling into next year with bigger goals in mind."

Clinching this year's 2020 championship heading into Last Call at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Sheppard officially ended the season with a 282-point advantage on runner-up Ricky Weiss. His 14 wins, 31 top fives and 36 top tens in 40 starts was unmatched in every category, as he commanded the points lead almost all season long.

Among his 14 wins this year was a $20,000 Fourth of July triumph at Cedar Lake (Wisc.) Speedway, a win by .007 seconds in the closest finish in series history at Davenport (Iowa) Speedway, a four-race winning streak through Wisconsin in July, a Firecracker preliminary score at Lernerville (Pa.) Speedway, and four different wins in the state of Pennsylvania, among many more memorable moments.

The father of Jace and Addison, and fiancé to Mikala, offered up some wise words as he was officially crowned champion again. Explaining perseverance and determination have been the biggest key factors in his success.

"You never give up; that's something my dad [Steve] instilled in me when I was growing up," Sheppard candidly spoke. "You never quit and you never say you can't do something. I've lived by that my whole life. These guys at Rocket they push me to be the best that I can be and that carries over to the B5 as well. Everything in life honestly boils down to that. You just never give up."

With the usual end-of-season banquet cancelled due to COVID-19 guidelines, Sheppard and the rest of the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series competitors visited the World Racing Group office in Concord, N.C. on Friday morning to pick up their points fund payout and take home their hardware.

For his efforts, Sheppard earned $100,000 as the series champion to go along with the iconic World of Outlaws championship trophy and a beautiful championship ring.

In 2021, Sheppard will be back in the Rocket1 Racing No. 1 for his fifth year on tour. With nearly 60 races on the schedule, the Illinois boy will have a grueling season to contest with his record-tying fourth championship on the line.

 

 

AT LONG LAST: McCreadie Closes Curtain on 2020 with Elusive Charlotte Win

Brandon Sheppard and Rocket1 Racing Crowned 2020 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Champions

CONCORD, N.C. - On a night where Brandon Sheppard earned his third World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series championship in four years, Tim McCreadie recorded his own noteworthy accomplishment.

Racing a dirt late model at The Dirt Track on Charlotte in 35 previous events, T-Mac had fallen short in all 35 attempts. On Thursday night, he finally changed that with a Last Call triumph that was 17 years in the making.

Driving by Ricky Weiss with a pitch-perfect slide job on lap 31, McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y. survived a late bid from Brandon Overton to win his first-career late model feature at the Concord, N.C. 4/10th-mile.

The 46-year old, with a resume worthy of eventual National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame induction, has won on four occasions at Charlotte with the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds, but Thursday's triumph marked his first at America's Home for Racing behind the wheel of a late model.

"Hats off to Paylor Motorsports, this is our home race for Donald and Gina [Bradsher]," McCreadie said on delivering a win for his car owners. "It's pretty amazing to win here. I thought it was over in turn one when I made that mistake at the start. We were able to battle back and that's pretty special considering the guys we had to race against."

Falling as far back as seventh on the on the seventh circuit, McCreadie quickly recovered from his opening lap mistake and worked his Longhorn Chassis No. 39 back to third on lap 16 and into second on lap 20. Attacking Weiss, who commanded the opening 30 laps from the outside pole, McCreadie capitalized on several restarts to build his momentum and finally clear a turn one slider on the 31st lap.

"It's tough when you lead all those laps, we've all been there," McCreadie noted on snookering Weiss. "I think the track changed at some point and I found a little bit of a cushion. I was really hooked up and timed it right on those restarts. I tried to be cautious on that slider so I didn't K-O him there, and we ended up coming out clean."

After leading the first 30 circuits, Ricky Weiss of Headingly, Man. brought his Drydene Performance Products No. 7 home with a second-place finish to close out the year. It matched his career-best result at The Dirt Track at Charlotte to go along with his career-best finish in World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series points, which officially wrapped up on Thursday with Weiss as the runner-up.

"I'm just proud of my guys and everyone who helps us," Weiss spoke in his final podium of the Outlaws season. "Thank you to everyone who is a part of this team. A lot of folks from Drydene are here tonight and I really a win for them. We ran our hearts out though, and that's all we can do. Maybe next year we'll get that win here."

Brandon Overton, who topped Wednesday's Last Call feature, finished third in Wells Motorsports No. 76. Rounding out the top five on Thursday was Smokey Chris Madden in fourth aboard his Drydene No. 44 and Mac Daddy Dale McDowell in fifth with his E-Z-GO No. 17M.

Closing out the top ten in the season finale was Steven Roberts running sixth-from-15th, High Side Tickler Kyle Strickler putting his No. 8 in seventh, Kyle Larson earning a career-best finish of eighth with World of Outlaws Late Models, Jonathan Davenport placing his No. 49 in ninth, and Chad Finley in the tenth spot from 18th.

While McCreadie celebrated his win, Brandon Sheppard celebrated his championship.

With 14 wins, 31 top fives and 36 top tens in 40 features this season, Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill. came out on top by 282 points to win his third World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series championship in the last four years.

The potent Rocket1 Racing crew - including crew chief Danny White, tire guru Austin Hargrove, and floater Joel Rogers - has been a steady five-man unit throughout this entire dynasty-like run. For car owner Mark Richards of Shinnston, W.V., this is his seventh career owners championship (four with Josh Richards, three with Sheppard); extending his reign as the most dominant car owner in World of Outlaws Late Model Series history.

For their efforts, Sheppard and Rocket1 Racing collect a cool $100,000 in points fund money to go along with the iconic championship trophy. Following Sheppard in the standings is Weiss (-282), Cade Dillard (-414), Dennis Erb Jr. (-508), Chase Junghans (-520), Darrell Lanigan (-524), Rookie of the Year Ashton Winger (-616), Scott Bloomquist (-776), Boom Briggs (-994), and Brent Larson (-1,138).

With an uncertain 2020 season now in the rear view mirror, attention turns to 2021 where the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series is set to run the biggest campaign in the 20-year history of the series. It all kicks in just over two months with the Sunshine Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park on January 14-16. You can view the full 2021 schedule HERE and start planning your next year today.

The Late Models portion of Last Call is over, but racing at The Dirt Track at Charlotte continues for two more nights. On Friday and Saturday, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series concludes their 2020 season at the North Carolina track. with a champion still undecided. You can watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.

Morton Buildings Feature (50 Laps) [FULL RESULTS] - 1. 39-Tim McCreadie [4]; 2. 7-Ricky Weiss [2]; 3. 76-Brandon Overton [6]; 4. 44-Chris Madden [10]; 5. 17M-Dale McDowell [1]; 6. 111-Steven Roberts [15]; 7. 8-Kyle Strickler [9]; 8. 6-Kyle Larson [7]; 9. 49-Jonathan Davenport [19]; 10. 42F-Chad Finley [18]; 11. 4B-Tyler Carpenter [17]; 12. 97-Cade Dillard [23]; 13. 1-Brandon Sheppard [11]; 14. 99B-Boom Briggs [27]; 15. 1G-Ryan King [20]; 16. 31-Tyler Millwood [21]; 17. 12-Ashton Winger [12]; 18. 14-Josh Richards [22]; 19. O-Scott Bloomquist [26]; 20. 22-Chris Ferguson [5]; 21. 58-Ross Bailes [13]; 22. 18-Chase Junghans [25]; 23. 20-Jimmy Owens [8]; 24. 6JR-Parker Martin [16]; 25. 32-Dustin Mitchell [24]; 26. 28-Dennis Erb [14]; 27. 11-Austin Kirkpatrick [3]; 28. B1-Brent Larson [28]. Lap Leader(s): Weiss 1-30; McCreadie 31-50. Hard Charger Award: 99B-Boom Briggs[+13]

Photo - Jacy Norgaard

THE RIGHT CALL: Overton Chooses Wisely & Collects Loot in Charlotte Opener

Big Sexy Tops 'Em All, Points Shake Up, and Sprint Cars Stars Shine with World of Outlaws Late Models on Night One of Last Call

CONCORD, N.C. - If Brandon Overton could have it his way, the 2020 racing season would never end.

Delivering his latest milestone moment in a year chalked full of unforgettable memories, the opening act of the Last Call was sort of like a dream come true for the 29-year old. For as long as he can remember, the Evans, Ga. native has been striving for a big time W at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, and on Wednesday, he finally got it done.

Rolling the dice and selecting the Hoosier D70 option on the right rear, the Wells Motorsports crew went with a harder tire compound and it paid off big. Leading the final 33 laps after passing Kyle Strickler, Big Sexy drove away on every ensuing restart and squashed any potential challenges for the lead with a dominating bid aboard his Crossfit Overton No. 76 Longhorn Chassis.

The win extended Overton's mark to six series victories on the year and 13 career triumphs with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series. Overall, he recorded his stunning 25th Dirt Late Model win in his (magic number) 76th start of the season.

"Man, we've got one hell of a race car right now," Overton noted on the prowess of his Wells Motorsports ride. "I appreciate every single one of you up there in those stands. I've been coming here since I was a little kid trying to win this thing. I don't know what to say; I don't want 2020 to end, well at least the racing part.

Taking the green flag from eighth, Overton quickly went to fifth off the start as Kyle Strickler outran fellow front row starter, Tim McCreadie, into turn one to grab the early lead. While Strickler built a steady lead over T-Mac and Josh Richards, it appeared as if the High Side Tickler was sitting pretty, and he was until Overton turned up the heat.

Rocketing from fourth-to-second in two laps, Overton disposed of Richards and McCreadie with ease and reeled in Strickler even faster than that. Setting him up for a lap traffic pick, Overton squeezed underneath Strickler's No. 8 Longhorn Chassis and edged him by .006 seconds to command the 18th lap of the 50-lapper.

While Overton immediately checked out, the direction of the race soon changed when second-running Strickler suffered a flat right rear tire to bring out the caution on lap 22. A plethora of mid-race cautions followed with notables Ross Bailes (lap 16), Kyle Larson (lap 19), Jimmy Owens (lap 22), Strickler (lap 25), Richards (lap 34), Ashton Winger (lap 36), Chris Ferguson (lap 36) and Chase Junghans (lap 44) all retiring from the race.

As others fell through the cracks, Overton rose to the occasion with an untouchable race car at his power. His car excelled at the mid-point of the 50-lapper, recorded his three fastest times on laps 23-24-26 and leaving no room for any potential challenges. In the end, Overton's No. 76 crossed the line ahead by 2.736-seconds to claim the $12,000 prize and his sixth World of Outlaws win this year.

"I've got the best car owners, and they believe in me," Overton spoke on his confidence level. "This is a great car, we've got great sponsors, I've got an amazing family, my fiancé, everyone that keeps me digging. My little brother plus everyone here Steve, Kent, Mitch, Big Dave, Eric... What an amazing year, man."

Chasing Overton to the line - as he did exactly two months ago on Sept. 4 at Lavonia - was Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill. in second-place. Coming to P2 from ninth, Wednesday's run was a pivotal point in the swing of championship standings as The One Man Band catapulted from sixth-to-fourth with one more night to accrue more points.

"We had a real good car, especially around the bottom there," Erb said on the podium. "I went a little softer on tires and it hurt me there at the end, but it also helped us get there to begin with. We're trying to get up there and gain some points, so hopefully we can run well again tomorrow."

Finishing third in the first of two Last Call features, Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y. extended an impressive, yet hard to beleive streak. T-Mac is now up to 13 top five finishes at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, but owns zero wins to his credit with The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet at the 4/10th-mile oval.

"I shouldn't be allowed to pick these tires, that's two weeks in a row I've been wrong," McCreadie exclaimed on his tire selection. "We got flat beat by two guys that had different rubber on; that's kind of mind numbing a little bit. Hats off to Brandon and them, it takes a big move to make that decision as hard as a step that tire is."

Two of the biggest storylines of the night came in the form of Sprint Car aces, Donny Schatz and Kyle Larson. Both are pulling double duty this week with four consecutive nights of World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models (Wednesday-Thursday) and World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars (Friday-Saturday) at Last Call.

Larson, in his World of Outlaws Late Model debut, set social media on fire when he clocked a 14.305 in qualifying to give him and his K&L Rumley No. 6 a NEW TRACK RECORD at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

Schatz kept the momentum rolling when he hustled from tenth-to-fourth in the 50-lap feature, marking just his second top five finish with the series in 22 career starts. The Fargo, N.D. native aims for a podium appearance tomorrow in his own Rocket Chassis No. 15 before turning focus to the Tony Stewart Racing No. 15 with his 11th World of Outlaws Sprint Cartitle on the line.

Closing out the top five in Wednesday's feature was Brandon Sheppard, who officially clinched his third title in the last four years of World of Outlaws competition with Rocket1 Racing.

Rounding out the top ten was Jonathan Davenport in sixth, Dale McDowell in seventh, Cade Dillard in eighth, Rick Eckert in ninth, and Ricky Weiss in tenth. Boom Briggs was Wednesday's hard charger with a 15-spot gain from 27th-to-12th.

The 2020 season for the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series concludes tomorrow, Thursday, November 5. Tickets and pit passes are sold out for the season-ending Last Call at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, but fans can still watch all the action with a DIRTVision Fast Pass.

Morton Buildings Feature (50 Laps) [RESULTS HERE] – 1. 76-Brandon Overton [8][$12,000]; 2. 28-Dennis Erb [9][$5,000]; 3. 39-Tim McCreadie [1][$3,000]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [10][$2,500]; 5. 1-Brandon Sheppard [3][$2,000]; 6. 49-Jonathan Davenport [16][$1,700]; 7. 17M-Dale McDowell [5][$1,500]; 8. 97-Cade Dillard [21][$1,400]; 9. OE-Rick Eckert [23][$1,350]; 10. 7-Ricky Weiss [20][$1,300]; 11. 44-Chris Madden [14][$1,250]; 12. 99B-Boom Briggs [27][$1,200]; 13. 18D-Daulton Wilson [11][$1,150]; 14. 31-Tyler Millwood [19][$1,100]; 15. 18-Chase Junghans [12][$1,050]; 16. 1G-Ryan King [15][$1,000]; 17. 22-Chris Ferguson [4][$1,000]; 18. 12-Ashton Winger [25][$1,000]; 19. 14-Josh Richards [6][$1,000]; 20. 8-Kyle Strickler [2][$1,000]; 21. 6JR-Parker Martin [18][$1,000]; 22. 20-Jimmy Owens [17][$1,000]; 23. 6-Kyle Larson [13][$1,000]; 24. 58-Ross Bailes [7][$1,000]; 25. 42-Cla Knight [24][$1,000]; 26. B1-Brent Larson [22][$1,000]. Lap Leader(s): Strickler 1-17; Overton 18-50. Hard Charger Award: 99B-Boom Briggs[+15]

Photos - Jacy Norgaard

 

OUTLAWS REMEMBERED: Ted Johnson Unleashes the Late Models in 1988

Popular Sprint Car Promoter Begins New Chapter in Late Model Land

CONCORD, N.C. - In commemoration of the 20th season for the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series coming in 2021, we're remembering the past and looking back on the years that led us to today.

The beginning was 1988. Ted Johnson had already established the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars as a national powerhouse after only ten years. So, what now?

Late Models, of course.

Founded on the same principles which transformed his 1978 band of travelers into The Greatest Show on Dirt, Johnson of Beloit, Wisc. formed a series of fendered fanatics in '88 to unleash the The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet.

Recruiting an elite breed of drivers, this original outfit of Outlaws was a list of legends on top of legends. After all, 11 of the top 12 in the series' inaugural point standings have now found a home at the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame.

Some of the iconic names which headlined that opening campaign in '88 includes Moyer, Kraft, Phillips, Kosiski, Swartz, Essary, Moran, Boggs, Purvis, Smith, Aukland, and more.

With 17 races on the docket, the World of Outlaws Late Model Series contested events from Pennsylvania to Colorado, and everywhere in between in 1988. A total of 12 unique tracks in 11 different states highlighted year one.

Forever etched in the record books is the date April 22, 1988, when the World of Outlaws Late Models officially roared to life with the first event in series history held at the revered Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Distinguished as the first feature winner, Larry Phillips of Springfield, Mo. outran an all-star cast of competitors which included Jack Boggs, Freddy Smith, Rodney Franklin and Billy Moyer for his lone career victory.

When the series ventured west, Mr. Smooth Billy Moyer entered the win column and promptly established himself as the original Outlaw. A three-race win streak at Badlands Raceway in Yates Center, Kans. and Colorado National Speedway in Erie, Colo. pushed Moyer to the top of the all-time wins list, a spot he would hold until 2012 when Darrell Lanigan stripped it away.

The summer of '88 began with a variety pack of fresh faces in victory lane as Willy Kraft of Lakefield, Minn. won at Black Hills (S.D.) and Jackson (Minn.), Rick Egersdorf of St. Paul, Minn. put his name into the hat by scoring at Cedar Lake (Wisc.), and Johnny Stokes of Columbus, Miss. was top dog in an Enid (Okla.) showdown.

From there, Moyer turned up the heat and went on an unrelenting run to win six of the final seven shows, including a five-race stretch which lasted 11 more seasons as the longest win streak in series history.

Triumphs at Sante Fe (Ill.) and Knoxville (Iowa) led into a perfect trifecta when Moyer swept three straight nights of the USA Nationals at Cedar Lake Speedway. The soon-to-be Million Dollar Man, Donnie Moran, stopped Billy's streak when the Outlaws hit Missouri for the first time ever, beating him head-to-head at Highway 13 in Bolivar. Billy got him back one night later with a season-ending score at Lebanon I-44.

Recording ten wins and 14 top five finishes in the 17-race series, Moyer became the first champion in World of Outlaws Late Model Series history with 2,024 points earned aboard his famous No. 21. Closing out the top five point finishers in the inaugural season was Willy Kraft (-109), Larry Phillips (-200), Joe Kosiski (-578), and Charlie Swartz (-757).

It was a year to remember and will forever be written into the history books. With the groundwork laid, the stage was set for the World of Outlaws Late Models to return in 1989 with bigger goals in mind. Come back on Friday, November 27 to read up on the 1989 campaign!

 

 

FOR A GOOD CAUSE: Weiss & Drydene Fighting Against Cancer with The V Foundation

Canadian Late Model Sensation Promoting Breast & Ovarian Vancer Awareness in Personal Campaign

 This year's World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series runner-up, Ricky Weiss, has been using his platform with the help of Drydene Performance Products to promote and fight against cancer.

The Headingly, Manitoba native, who has quickly risen himself and his team into one of the nation's top contenders, has multiple connections to cancer.
His initial passion for this fundraiser stems from his grandmother, Rose, who is fighting with ovarian cancer: after beating the disease a few years ago, she once again is battling ovarian cancer. In addition, breast cancer runs in Ricky’s family on his mom’s side. The connection has impacted his racing family as well: the wife of Vic Hill, his engine builder, fought breast cancer several years ago and is now in remission. His crew member Jason Palubicki also had stage four Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2001 and is also now in remission.
“This time of the year you always hear a lot about raising awareness for cancer and this year we wanted to get involved,” said Weiss. “We have a lot of personal connections to people who have battled the disease and with the amount of people we are in front of both at the track and on DIRTVision and social media we’re hoping to make a difference.”
Creating a personal campaign with the V Foundation, Weiss has already raised more than $4,000 of his $15,000 goal.

YOU CAN DONATE TO HIS CAMPAIGN HERE.

On top of that, his partners at Drydene have already matched $10,000 of his winnings and made their own five-figure pledge to the organization.
All proceeds will support the V Foundation for Cancer Research, an organization committed to declaring Victory Over Cancer®. The research the V Foundation funds is critical. Donators are supporting carefully vetted, cutting-edge research at prominent cancer centers nationwide.
To help promote his fight against cancer, Weiss has been donning a special design on his car and a unique paint job on his helmet.
His Team Zero Race Car No. 7 switched from a standard black and red livery to a two-sided design. Brett Wyatt of Martell Signs developed a design teal accents on the driver side for ovarian cancer and pink accents on the right side for breast cancer.
His Bell Helmet also received a makeover from BKP Art, who similarly painted teal and pink accents on both sides of Weiss’ helmet.
To help the cause and join the fight against cancer with Weiss and Drydene, you can donate to his personal campaign HERE.

 

 

WE MEET AGAIN: Lanigan Returns to Rocket Chassis for 2021 World of Outlaws Run with Viper Motorsports

Three-Time World of Outlaws Champion Switching from Barry Wright Race Cars to Rocket Chassis 

CONCORD, N.C. - Next year, Darrell Lanigan will return to a familiar position when he chases his fourth World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series championship aboard a Rocket Chassis.

Keeping his seat with Shawn and Lisa Martin of Carlisle, Penn., Lanigan of Union, Ky. will still fly the Viper Motorsports colors aboard his No. 29V, but most notably will switch from the Barry Wright Race Cars house car to a Rocket Chassis ride built in Shinnston, W.V.

For The Bluegrass Bandit, it's a homecoming of sorts. Two of Lanigan's World of Outlaws titles (2008, 2012) came aboard a Rocket Chassis and for years, he was known as a close friend to Mark Richards, the manufacturer's co-owner. While excited for his new ride, the 50-year old is grateful for his opportunity with Barry Wright.

"I love Barry and theme to death, and they work hard and they've got a good piece," Lanigan spoke on the legendary 69-year old Wright. "It's just hard on the road with something a little bit different from what everybody else has. I feel like I'm more comfortable in the Rocket stuff or my stuff in general."

For Martin, who never takes for granted his opportunity to work with the soon-to-be National Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer, he believes in his team more than ever heading into 2021. With the addition of Rocket Chassis to the stable and a fleet of Clements Racing Engines at their ready, Viper Motorsports is prepared to give Lanigan his best shot at tying Josh Richards for the most championships in World of Outlaws history at four titles apiece.

"For me and my wife, it was one of the greatest privileges we have ever had to work with Barry Wright and be the house car owners for them in 2020," Martin mentioned on his tenure with BWRC. "It's something we'll always cherish. I love them guy. Barry, Lance, the whole family. They're beyond great people, and I wish them all the best in whatever endeavors that take in 2021."

Matching Rocket1's triple threat of crew members (Danny White, Austin Hargrove, Joel Smith), Viper will also supply Lanigan with a trio of their own in the pits. Transitioning Adam Logan to the crew chief role, the No. 29V also brings Will Harris and Cory Lawler to the operation, which will be based at Lanigan's pristine Union, Ky. shop.

"It's gonna take the pressure off [Darrell] havig multiple crew guys to do things," Martin admitted on the addition to the team. "We're promoting Adam to crew chief and he's gonna run the team basically. Darrell's gonna have the chance to do his things with shocks and springs and drive the car, but he'll have a great supporting cast to try and come back in 2021 and be competitive every night." 

Rekindling his relationship to Rocket is a throwback to years past for Lanigan, who was once inseparable from Mark Richards. If you saw big blue rolling down the interstate, Lanigan’s black rig wasn’t far behind. At every track, you could always find the pair pitted next to each other.

It was no secret when the duo infamously split at Volusia Speedway Park’s DIRTcar Nationals in 2013, however. Following an on-track incident with Mark’s son, Josh Richards, Lanigan loaded up and returned the next day with a parking spot all the way down in the lower Gator pond, electing to camp with the Super DIRTcar Series competitors far away from big blue.

Only nine months later, Lanigan was out of the door at Rocket entirely, venturing away to establish his own business and build cars with Ronnie Stuckey at Club 29 Race Cars.

In his first season at Club 29, Lanigan set the World of Outlaws ablaze. His post-Rocket tenure quickly took off as the single most dominant season in series history at that time. On his way to a third-career championship that year in 2014, Lanigan won an astounding 17 features with another 28 podium finishes and 34 top five results to his unmatched resume. 

"There's a lot of work that goes into building your own deal," noted Lanigan, who built Club 29 Race Cars from 2013-19. "I just want to get back into Mark's stuff and concentrate on racing instead of trying to build cars.”

"I think we just needed to make a change, and if we wanted a chance to win a championship again, I think this is the direction we need to go," said Lanigan on his return to Rocket. "Where I'm at in my career, I need to do something as far as getting into a car that is established. I know my stuff was good and Barry's was too, but Mark's stuff is winning races all the time. He's got it figured out."

Richards, who has built Rocket Chassis into a modern-day dynasty in dirt late model racing, understands that time heals wounds and more importantly, he’s welcoming one of the nation’s most competitive racers back into his equipment to represent them.

"Obviously, time changes things," Richards noted on the relationship. "Darrell and I were always good friends, but as far as hanging out and running around together? I don't know if I do much of that anymore anyways. Back in those days when we were traveling together, we were younger. Things have changed to where you just don't go do all of the things you used to do, so we'll see what happens."

Lanigan’s second act with Rocket Chassis will begin in less than two months when the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series opens the 2021 schedule with Volusia Speedway Park’s Sunshine Nationals on January 14-16. Tickets for the event are available HERE.

 

 

TITLE TOWN: Richards & Rocket1 Extend Dynasty with Seventh World of Outlaws Owners Championship

The Winningest Car Owner in World of Outlaws Late Models History Brings Seventh Title Home to Shinnston, West Virginia

CONCORD, N.C. - Teamwork makes the dream work. There's no "I" in team. The cliches run on and on, but they all ring true for Rocket1 Racing.

A five-headed monster since coming together in late 2016, this modern-day dynasty built by Mark Richards in Shinnston, West Virginia is simply incomparable. This week, while Brandon Sheppard earned his third drivers championship, Richards collected his seventh owners title with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series, making him by far and away the winningest owner this series has ever seen.

With crew chief Danny White, tire guru Austin Hargrove, jack-of-all-trades Joel Rogers on the road and in the shop, the No. 1 Durham Racing Engines powered Rocket Chassis is a well-oiled machine for all 12 months.

"Without a doubt, I would not be here without my guys," Richards noted on Danny, Austin & Joel. "They make my life so much easier. Having a crew like we have put together here lessens the load when we're going up and down the road as much as we do."

While Mark Richards has been spearheading the Rocket Chassis operation alongside Steve Baker since 1991, this current core didn't come full circle until 2017 when Sheppard officially came on as the Rocket1 house car driver. B-Shepp, a then 24-year old boy from New Berlin, Illinois, was the final piece of the puzzle.

Crew Chief Danny White of Dubuque, Iowa is the longest tenured of the three crew members, joining Rocket1 in April of 2014. A now five-time champion in the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series, White has been on title teams with Rick Eckert in 2011, Josh Richards in 2016, and Brandon Sheppard in 2017, 2019 and 2020.

Manning the body and tires, Austin Hargrove of Paducah, Kentucky entered the picture in November of 2016. A former World 100 winner as part of Bart Hartman's 2009 conquest, Hargrove experienced his fair share of success before aligning with Rocket and ensuing to set the world on fire.

The youngest man on the crew, Joel Rogers of Fairmont, West Virginia joined Rocket just days after Hargrove in November of 2016 at the age of 18 years old. At 22 now, the jack-of-all-trades is now a three-time World of Outlaws champion and accomplished world traveler.

"We know what we all expect from each other and we all know what needs to be done and how we gotta do it," Sheppard noted on the team dynamic. "I absolutely believe it's an advantage for us, being together so long. Of course, Mark being experienced as he is and having notebooks for everywhere we go. That's the biggest thing: we've all got a lot of experience. Even Joel, who is as young as he is, has been up and down the road to quite a few tracks. Austin has won a lot of races with a lot of guys and so has Danny."

Akin to Bill Belichick's New England Patriots' kingdom or Nick Saban's run with Alabama Rolling Tide, Mark Richards has established himself as a dynasty builder and career maker. The flawlessly ran operation is evident from the pristine shop back in Shinnston to the perfectly maintained car and trailer on the road.

To go along with their drivers & owner titles, Rocket1 Racing pulled off a clean sweep by earning the Integra Shocks Crew of the Year award, and collecting Engine Builder of the Year for supplier Durham Racing Engines and Chassis Builder of the Year for manufacturer Rocket Chassis.

With four titles won by his son Josh Richards (2009, 2010, 2013, 2016) and now three from Brandon Sheppard (2017, 2019, 2020), all seven of Mark's World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series crowns have come within the last 12 years.

The case of a grew crew being behind every great driver couldn't be more true than with Brandon Sheppard backed by Rocket1 Racing and Mark, Danny, Austin & Joel.

The bad news for the competition? They're all coming back.

In 2021, Richards will pursue his eighth owners championship as Sheppard chases his fourth drivers title with Danny, Austin and Joel in the pits at every race.

Photo - Jacy Norgaard

 

 

TWICE AN OUTLAW: Larson Joins Elite Group to Race with Both World of Outlaws Late Models and Sprint Cars

Rare Crowd of 14 Drivers & Counting Includes Schatz, Stewart, Schrader, Blaney, Eckert, Pauch, Hearn & More

CONCORD, N.C. - Last week, one of the rarest achievements in World Racing Group was accomplished again; this time by Kyle Larson.

Countless racers have realized their dreams of competing with either the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series or the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series come true. How many can say they've done both, though? Very few.

For the first time since 2016, a new member was added to this unique crew when Larson made his debut with the World of Outlaws Late Models to go along with his 20 World of Outlaws Sprint Car wins.

The list of 14 and counting is chalked full of legends and local heroes alike.

From World of Outlaws champions Donny Schatz, Dave Blaney and Rick Eckert; to all-around motorsport icons Tony Stewart, Ken Schrader, Brett Hearn, Billy Pauch; to the lower-level legends like John Garvin Jr., Dave Murdick, David Scott, Charlie Swartz, John Vandenberg and Larry Wight; this crowd has it all.

Let's take a look at these guys and their accomplishments:

Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, California)
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars - 94 Starts / 20 Wins
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models - 2 Starts / Best Finish: 8th

The newest member of this elite group, Larson made his World of Outlaws Late Model Series debut last week at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in record-setting fashion. Setting Fast Time both nights, Larson walked away with a new track record (14.183 seconds) and established his career-best with the series as an eighth-place run in his second night out. To go along with his new adventure into late model land, the 28-year old Larson already has 20 World of Outlaws Sprint Car wins to his credit, 12 of which came in his earth-shattering 2020 campaign.

Although he's heading back to the NASCAR Cup Series to race for Hendrick Motorsports in 2021, Yung Money has stated he'll still be competing on dirt when available. He even expressed interest in making his first attempt at the iconic Prairie Dirt Classic, a $50,000-to-win World of Outlaws Late Model event set for July 30-31, 2021 at Fairbury (Ill.) Speedway.

Donny Schatz (Fargo, North Dakota)
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars - 1,882 Starts / 299 Wins
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models - 22 Starts / Best Finish: 3rd

The ten-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car champion holds a resume with the wings that is more than guaranteed to earn him a ticket to the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame one day, but did you know Donny is even a maestro with the fenders on? Strapping into his own Rocket Chassis No. 15 late model when his Tony Stewart Racing No. 15 sprint car sits idle, Schatz has said he enjoys late models for the challenge, while it still presents an opportunity to have fun on a less-serious scale.

A winner of 299 career World of Outlaws Sprint Car features, Schatz first attempted the World of Outlaws Late Models in 2014. He quickly established his career-best of third-place at his home track of River Cities (N.D.) Speedway on July 10, 2015; in only his eighth-career start, Schatz was only beaten by soon-to-be National Dirt Late Model Hall of Famers Tim McCreadie and Josh Richards.

Schatz will run double duty at Volusia's DIRTcar Nationals in February.
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Tony Stewart (Columbus, Indiana)
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars - 48 Starts / 3 Wins
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models - 2 Starts / Best Finish: 16th

As a three-time NASCAR Cup Series, IndyCar champion, and USAC triple crown champion, it's no surprise to see Stewart's name on this list of diverse drivers. Smoke is a three-time winner on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car trail, recording victories at Ohsweken (Can.) Speedway in 2011-12 and another at Lernerville (Pa.) Speedway in 2012.

His only two career starts with the World of Outlaws Late Models came at Eldora (Ohio) Speedway, a track he owns, in the summer of 2007 and 2008.

Dave Blaney (Hartford Township, Ohio)
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars - 508 Starts / 94 Wins
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models - 2 Starts / Best Finish: 16th

Another versatile talent, the elder Blaney brother has an extensive NASCAR Cup Series career (473 races) to go along with his 1984 USAC Silver Crown title and prestigious 1995 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series championship. A 2014 inductee to the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame, Dave made two appearances with the World of Outlaws Late Models throughout his career.

His late model debut came on June 26, 2004 at Sharon Speedway, a track which he owns. He ended up 16th that night and returned to a late model four years later when he made his most recent appearance at Delaware International Speedway.

Rick Eckert (York, Pennsylvania)
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars - 1 Start / Best Finish: LCS
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models - 618 Starts / 37 Wins

A legend on the World of Outlaws Late Model trail, Eckert owns the record for most feature starts in series history at 618. His 37 victories rank sixth on the all-time wins list and he's a perennial top five candidate in every other major statistical category. At 54 years old, Scrub is still a consistent contender with The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet, proving that with his runner-up result at this year's $50,000-to-win USA Nationals at Cedar Lake (Wisc.) Speedway.

His lone attempt with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series came way back in 1989, when a then 24-year old Rick drove his father Junior Eckert's No. 0 against The Greatest Show on Dirt at Lincoln (Pa.) Speedway just down the road from his home in York.

Ken Schrader (Fenton, Missouri)
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars - 5 Starts / 1 Win
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models - 16 Starts / Best Finish: 8th

A two-time USAC champion in the 1980's and longtime NASCAR Cup Series star (763 races), Schrader is one of seven drivers on this list to have won in either of the two premier series. His lone win with the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars came during the third season, when he won at Tri-City (Ill.) Speedway on August 22, 1980.

Contesting 16 events with the World of Outlaws Late Models from 2004-2011, Schrader's one and only top ten with the series came in an eighth-place finish at Ohsweken Speedway on June 18, 2009.

Billy Pauch (Frenchtown, New Jersey)
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars - 84 Starts / 2 Wins
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models - 1 Starts / Best Finish: 18th

A northeastern legend in the modified ranks, Pauch has accomplished his fair share of success in other ranks as well. On October 8, 1994, Pauch won his first-career World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series race driving the Zemco No. 1Z and established a then world record at the Syracuse (N.Y.) Mile circling the track in 24.825 seconds at an average speed of 144.590 MPH. He won again on June 4, 1996 at Rolling Wheels (N.Y.) Raceway Park, this time beating legends Andy Hillenburg and Steve Kinser. In his 84 series starts, Pauch was a top-ten runner (44) in more than half of his appearances.

His only shot at the World of Outlaws Late Models came on June 30, 2005 at his home track of Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway. Pauch transferred out of the Last Chance Showdown to finish 18th in the 50-lap feature.

John Garvin Jr. (Sarver, Pennsylvania)
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars - 3 Starts / Best Finish: 23rd
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models - 12 Starts / Best Finish: 12th

The 38-year old local to Lernerville Speedway made his first two of three World of Outlaws Sprint Car starts at the 4/10th-mile oval in 2016 and 2018. His most recent feature start with the series came at Volusia (Fla.) Speedway Park on February 9, 2020, when he drove his No. J4 into the DIRTcar Nationals finale.

A 12-time starter with the World of Outlaws Late Models, Garvin's best run with the series came at his home track of Lernerville on June 27, 2013, when finished 12th-from-23rd in the first preliminary night of the crown jewel Firecracker 100.

Brett Hearn (Sussex, New Jersey)
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars - 1 Start / Best Finish: 30th
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models - 1 Start / Best Finish: 23rd

One of the greatest competitors in Super DIRTcar Series history, Hearn has amassed more than 100+ wins with the series and collected the most championships in history with seven crowns. The New Jersey native has also racked up just one start with each the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars and World of Outlaws Late Models to find his way on this list.

Hearn's only sprint car start came on October 8, 1983 at the Syracuse Mile, where he finished 30th in a race won by Doug Wolfgang. Then 22 years later on August 15, 2005, Hearn's only career late model attempt took place at Lebanon Valley (N.Y.) Speedway in a 23rd-place finish.

Dave Murdick (Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania)
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars - 1 Attempt / Best Finish: LCS
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models - 4 Attempts / Best Finish: LCS

Another Lernerville Speedway local on the list, all five of Murdick's attempts with the World of Outlaws came at his home track. He first attempted the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup with the sprint cars on July 29, 1997, which was won by Mark Kinser. Most recently, Murdick contested both the 2009 and 2010 Firecracker 100 for the late models, but missed out on feature action.

David Scott (Garland, Pennsylvania)
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars - 2 Starts / Best Finish: 25th
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models - 33 Starts / Best Finish: 3rd

More of a fender ace, Scott's best effort with the World of Outlaws Late Models came back on June 26, 2004 at Ohio's Sharon Speedway, when finished third behind Davey Johnson and Mike Balzano. Just two months ago in September, Scott scored another top five with the late models at Thunder Mountain (Pa.) Speedway; this coming in fourth-from-15th behind legends Scott Bloomquist, Brandon Sheppard and Darrell Lanigan.

In 2000, he competed twice with the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, both times at Lernerville Speedway. He finished 27th on May 16 and 25th on July 25th's rendition of the Silver Cup driving a No. 3D machine.

Charlie Swartz (Ashland, Kentucky)
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars - ? Starts / Best Finish: 6th (PTS)
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models - 7+ Starts / Best Finish: 3rd

A participant in the inaugural season for the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series in 1978, Swartz finished sixth in the standings behind five of sprint car racing's most heralded legends including Steve Kinser, Rick Ferkel, Bobby Allen, Doug Wolfgang and Jack Hewitt.

Also competing in the first chapter of World of Outlaws Late Model Series history, Swartz raced late models in 1988 and 1989. A consistent top-ten finisher, Swartz's best result came on August 10, 1989, finishing third at Cedar Lake Speedway behind Donnie Moran and Kevin Gundaker.

John Vandenberg (Oskaloosa, Iowa)
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars - 3 Starts / Best Finish: 10th
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models - 4 Starts / Best Finish: 11th

While he's a member of this elite group, Vandenberg is actually the only driver in history to qualify for, let alone finish top ten, in both the Knoxville Nationals for sprint cars and late models; and he did it in the same year in 2004. That night on August 14, 2004 marked his career-best effort with the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, a tenth-place finish in the No. V10.

With the World of Outlaws Late Models, Vandenberg drove a No. 5M entry to his career-best 11th-place result on May 14, 2005 at Butler (Mich.) Motor Speedway. Nowadays, John is living in Oskaloosa down the road from Knoxville as a UPS driver and helps coach his son, Carter, in the modified ranks.

Larry Wight (Phoenix, New York)
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars - 5 Starts / Best Finish: 9th
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models - 15 Starts / Best Finish: 12th

Lightning Larry, a modified ace known for picking up a steering wheel with anything attached to it, is the 14th and final driver to highlight this incredible list. Of his five starts with the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, Wight's best run came with a pair of ninth-place finishes at Fulton (N.Y.) Speedway on July 23, 2014 and October 6, 2018, both in his Gypsum Express No. 99L.

In 15 starts with the World of Outlaws Late Models, the New York native mustered a career-best effort of 12th at Brewerton (N.Y.) Speedway on August 24, 2010, a year in which he contested nine different features with The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet.

Who do you think is the next versatile star that joins this elite group of double duty drivers?

VIRTUAL BANQUET: Drivers Recount 2020 World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series Season

Platinum Drivers Visit World Racing Group to Remember Unforgettable Year

CONCORD, N.C. - While the annual awards banquet was cancelled with restrictions in place, the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series remained committed to honoring our teams and remembering the 2020 season.

Gathering the ten platinum drivers at the World Racing Group office in Concord, North Carolina, we sat them down individually to record a Virtual Banquet! WATCH THE BANQUET HERE.

With 40 races at 25 tracks in 10 states, this year's slate was a trying one as we were forced to navigate the uncertain times amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. It was no easy task completing a full campaign, but with the support of our sponsors, tracks, drivers, teams and staff, we got it done in a big way this year.

Now let's look back on the successes of 2020 and remember the men behind The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet:

10th, Brent Larson (Lake Elmo, Minnesota) - Arnie Ranta No. B1
40 Starts / 1 Fast Time / 1 Last Chance Showdown Win / $65,985 in WoO Earnings

Brent Larson's third year on tour offered up plenty of change, most notably in his switch from Longhorn Chassis to Barry Wright ICON Race Cars in August. It proved to be the right call for the Minnesota man when he went out and electrified the Williams Grove (Pa.) Speedway crowd with his Fast Time Award at the wicked fast half-mile.

"2020 was up and down, hit and miss, not exactly what we hoped for. We got off to a bad start this year without the sponsorship we needed; for us, just finishing this year was a big accomplishment. It wasn't what we hoped for, but we made it through the year. We've put ourselves in good shape for next year with our motor program and new cars, so I'm excited for what's to come." - Brent Larson

9th, Boom Briggs (Bear Lake, Pennsylvania) - CJ's Auto Transport No. 99B
39 Starts / 1 Podium / 2 Top 5s / 4 Top 10s / 1 Fast Time / 4 Heat Wins / 40 Laps Led / $75,370 in WoO Earnings

The life of the party, Boom Nation had a good time watching their favorite driver in 2020. From his track record at Vado (N.M.) Speedway Park in January to his top five finish at Lernerville's (Pa.) Firecracker in June to his near first-career win at Eriez (Pa.) Speedway in August, Briggs was never short of exciting rides this year; even his flip at Cedar Lake (Wisc.) Speedway on Fourth of July.

"It was an odd year for lots of reasons. We had too much bad luck at the beginning of the season with parts breaking that shouldn't break. We switched cars there after Cedar Lake in August and ended up fairly strong at the end of the season. I'm glad to get it over. Hopefully 2021 is better for everyone. I'm gonna go do fishing and get ready for Volusia in January." - Boom Briggs

8th, Scott Bloomquist (Mooresburg, Tennessee) - Team Zero No. 0
39 Starts / 1 Victory / 2 Podiums / 9 Top 5s / 17 Top 10s / 1 Fast Time / 6 Heat Wins / 50 Laps Led / $104,190 in WoO Earnings

Delivering the goods in his return to full-time action with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series, Bloomquist was always-exciting throughout 2020. As he recovered from hip surgery and dealt with team changes, Black Sunshine never wavered in his quest to get back on top. He finally made it back atop the mountain in September at Thunder Mountain (Pa.) Speedway, winning his first race in 300+ days and snapping a 44-race drought by parking his Drydene Performance Products No. 0 in victory lane.

"I'd like to thank Drydene for backing us this year. Ed Petroff for sticking with us too. VP Racing Fuels, Penske Racing Shocks, Hoosier Tire. We've got a lot of good plans, I'm looking forward to next season. I've only got about 10% numbness left in my leg, so things are looking up." - Scott Bloomquist

7th, Ashton Winger (Hampton, Georgia) - Franklin Enterprises No. 12
40 Starts / 1 Victory / 2 Podiums / 6 Top 5s / 19 Top 10s / 2 Fast Times / 2 Heat Wins / 44 Laps Led / $130,555 in WoO Earnings

Coming into his own throughout the return to racing, 20-year old Winger showed the characteristics of a wily veteran in the midst of his remarkable Rookie of the Year campaign. His first-career win at Cedar Lake (Wisc.) Speedway on July 3 brought him national attention when he beat Brandon Sheppard straight up for $20,000 in an instant classic. He continued to improve as the year wound down, returning to the podium again at Thunder Mountain Speedway with a 21st-to-third drive in his Rocket No. 12.

"Our car was fast all year long, I just made too many mistakes at times. We picked up a lot around June and then we got that win at Cedar Lake, where I lost probably ten years of my life thanks to Sheppy. I felt like we were in contention to win some other races, but we let some get away. This whole season and winning Rookie of the Year means a lot to me. I hope we can do this deal again next year." - Ashton Winger

6th, Darrell Lanigan (Union, Kentucky) - Viper Motorsports No. 29V
38 Starts / 1 Victory / 8 Podiums / 12 Top 5s / 24 Top 10s / 1 Fast Time / 12 Heat Wins / 65 Laps Led / $126,480 in WoO Earnings

The Bluegrass Bandit returned to form over the summer and went on a hot streak that eventually delivered his first win of the season in dominating fashion at Red River Valley (N.D.) Speedway in July. If it weren't for a hard crash at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, which kept him out of the car for the season finale, Lanigan could've finished third in this year's standings. Already committed to Viper Motorsports in 2021, the 50-year old inductee to the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame will be back next year to chase more wins, titles and records.

"It was a good year for us to get back on track. We had a lot of strong runs all over the place and built some momentum for our program. We'll be back next year; hopefully competing for more wins and the title." - Darrell Lanigan

5th, Chase Junghans (Manhattan, Kansas) - Shop Quik No. 18
40 Starts / 2 Podiums / 6 Top 5s / 26 Top 10s / 4 Heat Wins / $104,185 in WoO Earnings

Junghans continued to prove himself as a model of consistency in 2020. Scoring two podium appearances at Plymouth (Wisc.) Dirt Track and Lavonia (Ga.) Speedway, Junghans was almost always a top-ten runner with 26 top ten finishes (third-most) in his 40 starts. For the Kansas racer, it marked his second straight year as a top-five finisher in World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series points.

"I think we had a better car than fifth-place in points, but just had too much bad luck. For what we went through though, I think this year was a success for everyone. Hopefully we can come back strong next year. I feel confident that we've got a really strong race car, we've just got to put the pieces together." - Chase Junghans

4th, Dennis Erb Jr. (Carpentersville, Illinois) - Rocket Chassis No. 28
40 Starts / 1 Victory / 5 Podiums / 11 Top 5s / 22 Top 10s / 1 Fast Time / 7 Heat Wins / 39 Laps Led / $132,525 in WoO Earnings

For someone as successful as The One Man Band, it's hard to believe his fourth-place finish in 2020 with the World of Outlaws is his career-best effort in any national touring series. Erb snapped a three-year drought when he won at Eriez (Pa.) Speedway and performed a stellar late-season rally to roar from sixth-to-fourth in the standings, a charge that brought him an additional $11,000 in points fund payout.

"It's been a different year for us, but we got through it and had a lot of success. It was challenging, but it was good for us. Congratulations to Brandon [Sheppard] on his championship and Ashton [Winger] on Rookie of the Year. We're going to take a couple months here and get ready to go in Florida." - Dennis Erb Jr.

3rd, Cade Dillard (Robeline, Louisiana) - MB Customs No. 97
40 Starts / 2 Victories / 9 Podiums / 13 Top 5s / 24 Top 10s / 12 Heat Wins / 121 Laps Led / $177,030 in WoO Earnings

Thriller's 2020 season can be summed up in just four words that he let out after winning the Firecracker, "A dream come true." In his sophomore campaign, Cade improved vastly, earning the Drydene Blood, Sweat & Gears Award for his charge from 7th-to-3rd in points. He recorded his first-career win at New Mexico's Vado Speedway Park in January, then banked $30,000 in the biggest win of life at Lernerville (Pa.) Speedway's Firecracker in June.

"It's been a great year for me. The stuff that I've been able to achieve and accomplish has been a dream come true. Some of the stuff we've been able to do, I would've never imagined in a million years. I was blessed with a lot of great opportunities this year. To be in the top three with Brandon and Ricky is a huge honor." - Cade Dillard

2nd, Ricky Weiss (Headingly, Manitoba) - Drydene No. 7
40 Starts / 2 Victories / 15 Podiums / 19 Top 5s / 31 Top 10s / 1 Fast Time / 6 Heat Wins / 150 Laps Led / $184,430 in WoO Earnings

The Manitoba Missile's sophomore season didn't disappoint, as the 32-year old Canadian drove his Drydene Performance Products No. 7 to a runner-up result in the championship standings. His long overdue first-career victory came at Vado (N.M.) Speedway Park and he quickly followed that up with a second triumph at Jackson (Minn.) Motorplex. While he tailed off over the summer, Weiss gathered it back up in the fall with three runner-up runs at Lancaster (S.C.) Motor Speedway, 411 (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, and The Dirt Track (N.C.) at Charlotte. After back-to-back podium placings in the championship, is 2021 the year Ricky nails down the title?

"Going up and down the road is real hard, but it's been worth it this year. We've put our blood, sweat and tears into this thing. I'm very proud of my team and what we accomplished this year. Hopefully in 2021, we can make a run at that championship and give Brandon a run for his money." - Ricky Weiss

CHAMPION, Brandon Sheppard (New Berlin, Illinois) - Rocket1 Racing No. 1
40 Starts / 14 Victories / 25 Podiums / 31 Top 5s / 36 Top 10s / 8 Fast Time's / 20 Heat Wins / 452 Laps Led / $347,150 in WoO Earnings

The Rocket Shepp extended his reign as king with his second-straight title and third in the last four years with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series. From his four-race winning streak in July and continued Pennsylvania prowess to the closest win in series history (.007 seconds) at Davenport and a $20,000 victory LIVE on CBS Sports Network, there was little that B-Shepp didn't do in 2020. With his $100,000 championship payday on top, Sheppard banked more than $750,000 overall this year.

"It's been a phenomenal year for us again. My team and I have been working our tails off. I wouldn't be where I am without those guys. It's been an amazing ride that I want to keep going for a long time. My dad and my grandpa have been by my side since day one, they're a huge part of my career." - Brandon Sheppard

The full list of special award winners at this year's Virtual Banquet:

VP Racing Fuels Champion Award - Brandon Sheppard
Integra Shocks Crew of the Year - Rocket1 Racing
Chassis Builder of the Year - Rocket Chassis
Engine Builder of the Year - Durham Racing Engines
Racing Electronics Rookie of the Year - Ashton Winger
Drydene Blood, Sweat & Gears Award - Cade Dillard

The 2021 World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series season will be bigger and better than ever with 55+ races, more special events, and increased payout all announced. It all begins in just 65 days with the Sunshine Nationals at Volusia (Fla.) Speedway Park on January 14-16. You can buy tickets for the season opener HERE.

To stay up to date with all the latest and greatest from the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @WoOLateModels.

 

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THE RIGHT CALL: Overton Pits Early, Wins Second Career Blue Gray 100 at Cherokee

 

 

Heartbreak for defending champion Madden turns to Feature win #26 for Overton in 2020

 

 

GAFFNEY, SC – Nov. 22, 2020 – One break in the action was all it took for Brandon Overton to execute the plan that would, ultimately, win him $10,000 and his first career Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series Feature.

 

A caution flag was displayed with 40 laps remaining in the 30th annual Blue Gray 100 at Cherokee Speedway Sunday afternoon, opening the door for Overton to take his Wells Motorsports #76 pit-side for a new set of Hoosier Racing Tires while running third. While several other drivers were beginning to experience heavy tire wear and eventually blowing them out, Overton was patient with his fresh rubber and bided his time, just waiting for the front of the field to come back to him.

 

It didn’t take long for the Evans, GA-driver to see his plan come to fruition. In just 10 laps, he had made it back up inside the top-10. Two laps later, he was sitting fourth.

 

With only 15 laps remaining, Overton was running second and in hot pursuit of the leader and defending race winner, Chris Madden. By this time, Madden was one of only two cars in the field that had not yet been to pit road for service, and the big question loomed – how much further could he go on a single set?

 

Madden looked good after a Lap 83 restart, but heading down the backstretch on Lap 93, his chances for a seventh Blue Gray win were dashed, falling victim to a very ill-timed flat tire. Overton then assumed the lead and drove it all the way back home unchallenged for his second career Blue Gray 100 victory.

 

“I probably pitted a little too early because there was still a lot of traffic in front of us,” Overton said. “It could have gone either way; I could have pitted, and they wadded ‘em up on a restart and you’re done for the night. So, it was a risky gamble, but it paid off.”

 

But just exactly how was Overton’s master plan for the long-distance race set up? A good dose of preparation paired with a big helping of execution.

 

“We made that decision, probably, Wednesday,” Overton candidly replied about his decision to pit earlier than others for tires. “I said if we’re not out front leading, car most definitely comfortable and I know I’m gonna make it, I’m just gonna pit.

 

“I got to second just riding around, and then I just still kept telling myself, ‘Just chill out. You’re gonna pit, you’re gonna pit.’”

 

Madden’s flat right-rear tire may have also had a catalyst from behind.

 

“I was pushing [Madden],” Overton said. “His crew guy was back there in Turn 3, and I was telling myself to just stay as close to him [as I could have] to make him go faster and faster. I wasn’t gonna push the issue, but once he started backing up, I had enough tire that I could have went around him on the top and come back down.”

 

Now with 26 Feature victories total on the board this year, this magical stretch Overton’s been on has been nothing short of astonishing. And, of course, he’s got the hard-working attitude and humble demeanor to match.  

 

“These last couple races, I told [my crew] if we win, we win, if we don’t, we’ve had a hell of a year,” Overton said. “This is the best year I’ve ever had racing. I told Big Dave when I called him up about driving this stuff, I said ‘man, I just want to have fun again.’ And that’s what I’m doing, I’m having fun.”

 

Benji Hicks crossed the stripe in second for his best career finish in the event. Hicks, of Mt. Airy, NC, originally started 19th and mostly floated around those mid-pack positions until tire wear started to take its toll around Lap 60. Hicks also came in around the same time Overton did for tire changes, which helped him back to the front in the closing stages.

 

At one point, Hicks had gotten a good run on the top side on a restart and drove around Madden for second. He was unable to hold Madden off near the end, but claimed the runner-up spot upon Madden’s Lap 92 blowout.

 

“I’ve said it two or three times already, but it’s been a crappy year, and I’m so excited to get a podium finish like this,” Hicks said. “Now, we’re going to go and run the new two Xtreme races and see how we do.”

 

Kyle Strickler came home in the third spot after also having a very up-and-down race. The Highside Tickler held it strong up front all race and eventually came to challenge the leaders with about 30-to-go, until blowing a right-front tire set him back a bit.

 

“I was trying to drive the car so straight that it actually chattered the right-front tire and then it wore completely out,” Strickler said. “When [Johnathan] Davenport got into the wall, it almost was really bad. Madden just barely missed him, I just barely missed him and then going into Turn 3, I felt it go completely flat.

 

“It helped me, actually, because that put me ahead of a bunch of guys that ended up getting flats as well, and that just put us ahead of the guys with new tires.”

 

A great podium finish to start off the 2020-21 Xtreme season and his new venture with PCC Motorsports, of Indiana, will find the Mooresville, NC-pilot in the pit area at the next Xtreme Series race – Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, TN, on Dec. 5. for the second running of the Grinch 40.

 

“I really enjoy that racetrack, it’s probably one of my favorite places to go to,” Strickler said. “We ran second with the [tour] there last year, so I’m definitely going to go to that. I think we’re going to try and make as many races as we possibly can. It’s a nice little Series for us to kinda break-in the new team.”

 

Blue Gray 100 Feature (100 Laps) 1. 76-Brandon Overton [6][$10,000]; 2. 55-Benji Hicks [19][$5,000]; 3. 8-Kyle Strickler [8][$3,000]; 4. 32A-Tyler Carpenter [13][$2,000]; 5. 18-Brett Hamm [17][$1,500]; 6. 58-Ross Bailes [1][$1,300]; 7. 9-Johnny Pursley [16][$1,200]; 8. 79-Daulton Wilson [23][$1,100]; 9. 421-Anthony Sanders [9][$850]; 10. 42K-Cla Knight [5][$800]; 11. 88-Trent Ivey [10][$750]; 12. 44-Chris Madden [14][$700]; 13. 2-Dennis Franklin [7][$650]; 14. 17V-Tim Vance [26][$600]; 15. O3-David Yandle [24][$550]; 16. 49-Jonathan Davenport [4][$500]; 17. 24D-Michael Brown [15][$500]; 18. 27-Christian Hanger [18][$500]; 19. 57M-Zack Mitchell [3][$500]; 20. J27-Jadon Frame [2][$500]; 21. 22-Chris Ferguson [12][$500]; 22. 29-Larry Grube [22][$500]; 23. 157-Mike Marlar [11][$500]; 24. 27H-Justin Hudspeth [25][$500]; 25. 21-Will Harris [21][$500]; 26. 57-Adam Yarbrough [20][$500] Hard Charger: 55-Benji Hicks[+17]

 
 

2020-21 Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series Season Kicks Off Sunday at Cherokee

Annual Blue Gray 100 launches sophomore season for Dirt Late Model Series

 

CONCORD, NC – Nov. 19, 2020 – The Most Xtreme Super Late Models in the Southeast are back.

 

The 2020-21 Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series season kicks off Sunday with the 30th running of the Blue Gray 100 at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, SC. Last year’s event, co-sanctioned with the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series, brought 38 cars to the pit area — the highest car count in the event since 2007.

 

Another stout field is expected to take part in this year’s 100-lap, $10,000-to-win spectacle, as well as a variety of the other races on the 2020-21 Xtreme schedule.

 

The Southeast region has been producing arguably the nation’s best Late Model racing since the action picked back up in late spring, with several drivers emerging as possible contenders for the Drydene oil barrel trophy and $15,000 check as Xtreme Series champion.

 

Chris Madden, of Gray Court, SC, will field his own Drydene Performance Products #44 Rocket Chassis aboard the Xtreme tour this winter season, looking to make it back-to-back titles after being crowned inaugural Series champion in February. Madden switched teams and chassis in 2020, but he has settled into a solid groove with his rebooted team. Madden posted two victories last season in the Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series, including a record sixth Blue Gray 100 victory, topping Ross Bailes and Zack Mitchell in the overall standings by nine points.

 

Brandon Overton, of Evans, GA, leads the way with an impressive 25 Feature wins to his credit aboard the Wells Motorsports Longhorn Chassis #76 this year, highlighted by a clean sweep of the World of Outlaws Late Model Feature action in the 33rd annual USA Nationals at Cedar Lake Speedway. Three top-fives in three starts on the inaugural Xtreme Series tour last winter placed Big Sexy sixth in the overall standings.

 

Kyle Strickler, of Mooresville, NC, shifted from racing UMP Modifieds to Dirt Late Models and has been on a tear at the national level in 2020, sprinting to a $10,000 victory in one of Eldora’s Speedway’s Dirt Late Model Stream preliminary Features in June, and more recently picking up a headline Feature victory at I-80 Speedway in September. Strickler was one of six drivers with perfect attendance on the 2019-20 tour, placing fourth in the final points standings.

 

Zack Mitchell, of Enoree, SC, picked up his first Xtreme Series win before the 2019 holiday break at Lavonia Speedway, putting on a dominant display of speed by leading every lap. A third-place finish in Xtreme points set Kid Quick up for his first career World of Outlaws Feature win at Volunteer Speedway in June, proving his potential as another big contender for the Xtreme championship this winter.

 

Ross Bailes, of Clover, SC, finished runner-up in Xtreme points last season on the back of a trip to Cherokee Speedway Victory Lane on January 26. Bailes will pilot the Big Frog Motorsports #58 Rocket Chassis aboard the tour and has already won twice in Super Late Model action at Cherokee this year. As another driver with perfect attendance on the Xtreme tour last season, Bailes has shown the speed and skill necessary to contend for his first Xtreme crown in 2021.

 

Trent Ivey, Tim Vance and 2019-20 season finale winner Pearson Lee Williams also made perfect attendance last season, joining Chris Ferguson, Logan Roberson and Casey Roberts inside the top-11 in points. Each are potential starters with the Xtreme tour again this season.

 

If you can’t attend a Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series event in person, tune in to watch on DIRTVision, where every event is broadcast live as part of the DIRTVision Fast Pass.

 

For more on the Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series, including the full schedule, click XtremeDIRTcar.com.

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LITTLE 2, BIG 5K: Nicely Scores First Career Reutimann Memorial Victory at Volusia

Nicely’s Longhorn by Loenbro Chassis wins in first weekend out, Elite Chassis finish 2-3

 

 

 

BARBERVILLE, FL – Nov. 21, 2020 – When Tyler Nicely and his team loaded up after their testing session earlier this week, he knew he had a car he could take to Volusia Speedway Park and contend for his first Reutimann Memorial Feature victory.

 

Not only did Nicely, of Owensboro, KY, and his new Longhorn by Loenbro Chassis score the victory in the 7th annual Emil & Dale Reutimann Memorial, he showed consistent strength in the new car throughout the weekend. Setting fast time and winning his Showdown Feature on Friday night set him up for a spot in the redraw on Saturday, where he took full advantage of his forward starting spot, leading 30 total laps en route to the $5,000 payday.

 

“I didn’t want to lose the race and I was going to do everything I could to win it,” Nicely said in Victory Lane. “I knew I just needed to get out in clean air and just dictate my own race. I knew we had a pretty good car early; I just knew I needed to make a smart move early to get to the lead.”

 

Starting from position #4 on the grid, Nicely showed speed right out of the gate, chasing down NASCAR standout Justin Allgaier, of Riverton, IL, and leader Devin Dixon, of Apollo Beach, FL, inside the first 10 laps. After an early caution, Nicely made the move around Allgaier for second and cracked the whip, gunning for leader Dixon’s rear bumper.

 

As Dixon worked his way around a slower car out of Turn 4 to complete Lap 21, he got a bit too wide out of the groove and the door opened for Nicely to his inside. Nicely threw it hard into Turn 1, slid up the track and took the lead away.

 

Dixon came back at him with a slide job of his own a few laps later, but the non-existent cushion up top threw him wide once again as Nicely drove back by. Dixon was able to grab the lead back briefly on Lap 27 after Nicely slipped high in Turn 2, but lost it again as Nicely threw a big slide job on he and Allgaier on a restart just one lap later.

 

Then came the opening Allgaier had been waiting for. Nicely slipped way high again in Turn 1 on Lap 35 as Allgaier jumped through the open door. Nicely recovered quickly though, throwing yet another slider for the lead as they came back around to Turn 1.

 

“We got the lead there and then Tyler slid me down in [Turn] 1,” Allgaier said. “I didn’t know if he was going to make 1 and 2 or not, so I jumped out of it. I wish, in hindsight, I’d have stayed in it.”

 

Allgaier’s presence out front seemed to spark a fire under Nicely’s seat. He dropped the hammer on the high side and never relinquished the lead again, fending off Allgaier and fellow Elite Chassis pilot Nick Hoffman’s surge for the front in the final laps.

 

Hoffman, the five-time DIRTcar Nationals UMP Modified champion at Volusia, took a shot at Allgaier with five-to-go for the runner-up spot, but was unable to hold the car down in Turn 1 and gave the spot right back as he washed-up the track.

 

“Justin had a way better racecar, so once he showed me a nose, I just let him go back by; the only shot for Elite Chassis to win tonight,” Hoffman said.

 

The Elite cars brought the heat after one final restart in the home stretch but couldn’t get a big enough run in either groove to threaten for the lead. Nicely was too fast on the top side and brought the field back around to the checkers to score his first career Reutimann Memorial victory.

 

“I kinda liked getting that caution with six to go, just because that took the lapped cars out of it; that’s how I got passed for the lead when we got into lapped traffic,” Nicely said.

 

Allgaier crossed the stripe in second – now his best career finish in the event. He was the only driver that kept it inside the podium for all 50 laps, despite his feelings on how the race began for him.

 

“In the beginning there, I struggled to get a line that really worked for me. Once we figured that out, I was able to make up some time,” Allgaier said.

 

Hoffman rounded out the podium in third, crossing by a slim margin over Justin Haley and Austin Holcombe. His newly-built Elite Chassis was quite the hot rod in the latter half of the race, but ultimately came up one spot shy of tying his personal best finish in the event (second, 2018).

 

“At the middle of the race, I kinda got my motor too hot and kinda cruised for a little bit; I wanted to cruise anyway. Once it was time to go, I was able to cool it down and really hustle,” Hoffman said.

 

7th Annual Reutimann Memorial Feature RESULTS (50 Laps)
1. 25-Tyler Nicely[4]; 2. 7-Justin Allgaier[3]; 3. 2-Nick Hoffman[6]; 4. 11-Justin Haley[12]; 5. 8A-Austin Holcombe[9]; 6. 35-David Stremme[13]; 7. 67-Garrett Stewart[7]; 8. 13P-Rich Pratt[19]; 9. 313-Devin Dixon[1]; 10. 36-Kenny Wallace[21]; 11. 7G-Seth Geary[18]; 12. 99W-Chris Arnold[17]; 13. 33-Jeff Matthews[2]; 14. 18-Eric Moon[24]; 15. 4-Maverick Varnadore[5]; 16. 205-Travis Vanadore[16]; 17. 80-Rich Dawson[8]; 18. 2J-Troy Johnson[14]; 19. 1-Steve Stevenson[11]; 20. 33K-Kenny Mihalik[27]; 21. 00-Buzzie Reutimann[20]; 22. 1S-Brian Shaw[26]; 23. 00D-David Reutimann[10]; 24. 6-Ryan Ayers[15]; 25. 72-Todd Neiheiser[25]; 26. 39W-Brandon Wells[22]; 27. 80P-Paul Shead[28]; 28. 27-Jason Garver[23]

 

 

 

SUNSHINE SHOWDOWNS: Allgaier, Dixon, Nicely, Mathews Win Reutimann Memorial Prelim Features at Volusia

 

Twenty drivers now locked into Saturday’s 50-lap, $5,000-to-win main event

 

BARBERVILLE, FL – Nov. 20, 2020 – Fifty-two of the best DIRTcar UMP Modified drivers in the country assembled at the Volusia Speedway Park Friday night for the preliminary night of action at the 7th annual Emil & Dale Reutimann Memorial. Twenty names have since punched their ticket into Saturday’s $5,000-to-win main event.

 

Four 15-lap Showdown Features hit the track after two groups of Qualifying, locking the top-five finishers into Saturday’s Feature and taking the top-two into the redraw.

 

Showdown Feature #1 – Justin Allgaier

He hasn’t been able to drive his Federated Auto Parts #7 Elite Chassis as much as he would have liked to in 2020, but Justin Allgaier looked as if he had been in the car all season Friday night with a flag-to-flag victory in the first Showdown Feature.

 

Grabbing the lead into Turn 1 from the outside pole on the opening lap, Allgaier fought off all challengers from behind, including his chassis builder and 2020 DIRTcar UMP Modified national champion Nick Hoffman, for the $500 victory.

 

Hoffman held on for second, sending both he and Allgaier to the redraw. Also transferring into the Feature were Austin Holcombe, David Stremme and Chris Arnold.

 

Allgaier’s been steadily working on his dirt program recently and said he feels very comfortable with the car and the crew working tirelessly behind him. Hoffman’s been in his car for most of the season and has provided both he and Allgaier with a great opportunity to pick up the big $5,000 victory Saturday night.

 

“Well, tomorrow’s 50 laps, tonight was only 15,” Allgaier said of his outlook to Saturday. “I’ve got to not make a mistake. There’s a lot of guys tonight that got caught-out by the track conditions in Qualifying. The conditions tonight suited my driving style really well. But if it gets slick tomorrow, which I think it will, Nick’s [Hoffman] gonna be incredible. I know it.”

 
UMP Modifieds Feature 1 (15 Laps) RESULTS
1. 7-Justin Allgaier[2]; 2. 2-Nick Hoffman[3]; 3. 8A-Austin Holcombe[4]; 4. 35-David Stremme[6]; 5. 99W-Chris Arnold[1]; 6. 36-Kenny Wallace[8]; 7. 14D-David Taylor[5]; 8. 11R-Jesse Rupe[13]; 9. 40-Shawn Reiss[11]; 10. (DNF) 27-Jason Garver[9]; 11. (DNF) 1R-Ryan Rackley[7]; 12. (DNF) 72-Todd Neiheiser[10]; 13. (DNF) 32-Bruce Martin[12]

 

Showdown Feature #2 – Devin Dixon

Through the first half of the second Showdown Feature, it appeared as though the event’s Best Appearing Car Award winner Rich Dawson was going to drive away flawlessly for the win. But Apollo Beach, FL’s Devin Dixon had other plans.

 

Dawson won the battle into Turn 1 on the opening lap, but Dixon never let him out of sight. A restart five laps in gave Dixon the opportunity he needed to make the move, which he did to Dawson’s inside in Turn 1 after furiously reeling him in lap-by-lap.

 

“Once we got going there, [Dawson] took off pretty good and then he started fading a little bit the later the race went, and we started getting better. Down there into [Turn] 1, he jumped the cushion a little bit and I just slid him, and it was on from there,” Dixon said.

 

From that point forward, Dixon set it on cruise and was never challenged for the lead again as he drove across the stripe, punching his ticket to the redraw with runner-up Dawson. Steve Stevenson, Ryan Ayers and Rich Pratt also transferred to the 50-lap Feature.

 

UMP Modifieds Feature 2 (15 Laps) RESULTS
1. 313-Devin Dixon[2]; 2. 80-Rich Dawson[1]; 3. 1-Steve Stevenson[3]; 4. 6-Ryan Ayers[6]; 5. 13P-Rich Pratt[8]; 6. M20-Mike Petoskey[7]; 7. 1SJ-Josh Sanford[9]; 8. 57-Mark Grosvenor[12]; 9. 33K-Kenny Mihalik[5]; 10. 80P-Paul Shead[10]; 11. 7N7-Jeff Solinger[11]; 12. (DNF) 96-Cole Parker[4]; 13. (DNF) 73-Mark Rhoades[13]

 

Showdown Feature #3 – Tyler Nicely

For the first weekend out in a brand-new car, Tyler Nicley’s certainly gotten off to a great start.

 

After laying down the night’s fastest lap in Qualifying of 18.740, a $250 cash prize courtesy of the Reutimann family, Nicely grabbed the lead from the pole of the third Showdown Feature and never once even thought about giving it up. The Owensboro, KY-native led every single lap en route to the redraw and $500 prize with runner-up Maverick Varnadore.

 

Even when he proved a green-white-checkered finish could not throw him off of his game, at the end of the day, Nicely was still looking for more speed.

 

“We weren’t as good as we wanted to be in that Feature,” Nicely said. “Just tried to get the car to work well on the bottom and rotating. Tomorrow night will be different, 50 laps. Hopefully the track slows down a lot and we get a good redraw.”

 

Also transferring into the 50-lap Feature was two-time event winner David Reutimann, Troy Johnson and Seth Geary.

UMP Modifieds Feature 3 (15 Laps) RESULTS
1. 25-Tyler Nicely[1]; 2. 4-Maverick Varnadore[4]; 3. 00D-David Reutimann[2]; 4. 2J-Troy Johnson[3]; 5. 7G-Seth Geary[6]; 6. 17G-Brandon Grossman[7]; 7. 141-Justin Galbreath[8]; 8. 99-Ronnie Chance[9]; 9. 62E-Kim Edington[12]; 10. 206-Larry Mott[10]; 11. 3C-Tony Campbell[13]; 12. 1S-Brian Shaw[11]; 13. 18-Eric Moon[5]

Showdown Feature #4 – Jeff Mathews

The 2017 Reutimann Memorial Feature winner had absolutely no problem putting himself in position to win it a second time Friday night. Jeff Mathews did just that with a flag-to-flag victory in the fourth and final Showdown Feature.

 

Mathews took the lead at the drop of the green and never looked back, leading every lap en route to the $500 victory and a spot in the redraw with runner-up Garrett Stewart.

 

Even the restarts Mathews faced along the way could not slow his momentum. But he knows Saturday is the big one, and he’ll have to be extra prepared to be there at the end of 50 laps.

 

“We didn’t really know which direction we wanted to go, if we wanted to be getting tighter or freeing-up, or trying to stay neutral,” Mathews said of his car setup. “I think we made the right call, but tomorrow’s a whole different ball game. We’ve got 50 laps, and I don’t think we’ll have this type of racetrack tomorrow night.”

 

Justin Haley, Travis Vanadore and Buzzie Reutimann also transferred into the Feature. Reutimann, the 79-year-old racing legend from Zephyrhills, FL, was perhaps the biggest star of the entire show when he was spun sideways about halfway through the race, gathered it back in on the restart and hung on to the fifth and final transfer spot to punch his ticket into the big show.  

UMP Modifieds Feature 4 (15 Laps) RESULTS
1. 33-Jeff Matthews[1]; 2. 67-Garrett Stewart[2]; 3. 11-Justin Haley[3]; 4. 205-Travis Vanadore[7]; 5. 00-Buzzie Reutimann[5]; 6. 24B-Dillon Buhr[4]; 7. 39W-Brandon Wells[6]; 8. 11Z-Zane Oedewaldt[8]; 9. 21-Sean Monaghan[11]; 10. 2D-Ray Durrence Jr[10]; 11. 17-Patrick Vareika[12]; 12. (DNF) 10-Dustin Thayer[9]; 13. (DNF) 27S-Paul Schloss[13] 

UP NEXT

The Reutimann Memorial action continues Saturday evening for the DIRTcar UMP the Modifieds, beginning with the redraw, Last Chance events and closing with the 50-lap, $5,000-to-win Feature. Catch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision!

 

 

Drydene World Short Track Championship Celebrates Nine Champions from Seven Divisions

 

CONCORD, N.C. — Oct. 31, 2020 — All 335 Drydene World Short Track Championship drivers knew what was on the line Saturday night.

Not just a victory. A victory on the biggest stage of the year for weekly racers from seven divisions.

After Friday's Heat Races set the first rows of the Championship Features, Saturday's event kicked off with Last Chance Showdowns, giving drivers one last chance to qualify for the Features and shine on the 4/10-mile Dirt Track at Charlotte. 

Ultimately, nine champions found their way to Victory Lane.

Ruggiero & Herrington Top FOX Racing SHOX Pro Late Models

John Ruggiero Jr. of Lincolnton, N.C. walked away as top dog, banking $4,000 and becoming a World Short Track Champion with a dominating flag-to-flag performance. Redrawing the pole position with Thugg Nasty Logan Roberson to his outside, Ruggiero declined the Drydene Double Down Challenge to double his winnings from the tail, backing his decision up with an unchallenged 30-lap run.

Summit Racing Equipment DIRTcar UMP Modifieds

After setting Fast Time in Qualifying and running away with the Heat Race victory on Friday, Kyle Strickler pulled the outside pole position in the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment UMP Modified redraw on Saturday and went to work as the green flag dropped, snatching the lead from polesitter David Stremme and leading flag-to-flag for the $4,000 victory.

Stremme came home in the fourth spot, getting passed by Hoffman for third with just two-to-go. He did, however, get the job done in the 20-lap All-Star Invitational Feature after initial leader Drake Troutman dropped out while leading on Lap 5.

NEVER LOOK BACK: McLaughlin Claims Drydene Racing Formulas Street Stock Glory

Calob McLaughlin, from Belmont, NC, held off all challengers to win the Drydene Racing Formulas Street Stock Feature. The new Drydene World Short Track Champion charged to the lead from fourth in a time-limited Feature, which completed only 15 of the 20 scheduled laps due to a streak of sheet metal-bending incidents. 

Trouille Loses Chevrolet Performance 602 Late Model Championship to Mullis on Post-Race Inspection

Fourteen-year-old Colton Trouille raced his heart out in the Chevrolet Performance 602 Late Model Feature Saturday night at the Dirt Track at Charlotte, making it through the checkers and all the way to Victory Lane for the first time ever, only to have his Drydene World Short Track Championship trophy taken away from him and handed to second-place finisher Bryan Mullis after post-race technical inspection.

Parsons Scores Third Hoosier Racing Tire Pro Modified Championship

The Hoosier Racing Tire Pro Modifieds raced so hard they were plagued by cautions, ultimately resulting in an 11-lap Feature, less than half of the originally scheduled 25 lapper. While avid dirt racing fans often say that a good qualifying driver does not a winner make, tonight’s story told otherwise as the fast-timers in two flights of Qualifying finished first and second — and by no means due to single file racing. Union Grove, NC-driver Jeff Parsons ultimately scored his third Pro Modified World Short Track Championship victory, with Trey Stamper and Robert Poole in second and third.

LADIES FIRST: Pruitt Makes History again with Back-to-Back COMP Cams Monster Mini-Stock Wins

As the full moon rose over The Dirt Track at Charlotte, the COMP Cams Monster Mini-Stocks lived up to their Halloween themed moniker, putting on a 25-lap Feature event that thrilled fans and crews alike. Nick “Hotrod” Wallace took the lead in lap four and held onto it through the checkered flag. After an exuberant Victory Lane celebration the top three cars headed back to the pits for technical inspection, where an illegal floorpan was discovered on the 0 car, disqualifying Wallace. This unexpected turn of events handed the Feature win to Brayden Pruitt, making her the first back-to-back Champion of the prestigious event. 

HORNET CHAMPIONS: Windham, Kelly Sweep Weekend; Hoppe Claims First VP Racing Fuels Hornet Win

Divided into three Features for the second night in a row, the VP Racing Fuels Hornets picked up where they left off on Friday by testing the limits of their four-cylinder chariots every lap around the 4/10-mile Dirt Track at Charlotte.

John Windham was close; always so close to a World Short Track Championship win. Last year seemed like it would finally be his year as he had a car capable of winning each night. But each night, misfortune continued to plague his winning quest. Windham, of Lake City, FL, finally broke that curse Friday night with a dominating win and then backed it up Saturday night to claim back to back victories.

Joey Kelly, a defending World Short Track winner, of Salem, SC, didn’t even know if he would be competing this year. His father was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease this and Kelly decided to cut back on racing and sold all of this race cars to spend more time with his dad. But when his father told him to go racing, Kelly couldn’t say no. About a week before the Drydene World Short Track Championship, Kelly bought a car and prepared it to compete. When he arrived at the Charlotte track, he picked up where he left off last year. Kelly led every lap Friday night to pick up his second consecutive World Short Track win and then did the same on Saturday night.

Tears, heartbreak and joy were the remnants of the third and final VP Racing Fuels Hornet Feature of the night. Chase Hopper, of Stokesdale, NC, left with the trophy – his first Drydene World Short Track Championship win. The heartbreak came for Alan Carter, who led the first eight laps, and Eddie McGraw, while the tears and joy highlighted an exuberant victory lane for Hopper and his family.

Drydene World Short Track Championship Features Take Shape after Night One Heat Races

CONCORD, N.C. — The Drydene World Short Track Championship went into full swing Friday with 335 cars invading The Dirt Track at Charlotte for the epic two-day event that annually puts weekly racers on the big stage in a celebration of grassroots racing. Starting at 2PM ET to make up the previous day's Hot Laps, postponed by a tropical storm blowing through Concord on Thursday, six divisions blew through qualifying and Heat Races over the next eight hours to set the front rows of the starting fields for Saturday's Features, while the seventh division of the night, the VP Racing Fuels Hornets, capped off the night with three 15-lap Features. 

Chevrolet Performance 602 Late Models - 58 cars

The heats started with fast qualifier John Ruggiero Jr punching his ticket to the Feature, winning his Heat unchallenged. Michael Smith and Justin Mintz took the other two transfer spots.

Heat two winner Brian Mullis secured his spot in the Feature along with Rod Tucker and Chris Joyce. 13-year-old Carson Ruark was in the final transfer spot, but a caution on lap four closed the gap and he was unable to seal the deal.

In the third heat Colton Trouille started inside second row and quickly found his way to the front to take the victory. A caution on lap five changed the transferring racers as Chuckie Duncan came from fifth to second in one lap, racing his way into the Feature along with Royce Bray, who took the final transfer spot.

Heat number four had a couple of minor cautions, and when the dust settled Austin Mintz took the victory followed by Seth Wimpey and Mark Wilbanks. 

Heat five for the 602s will be the most talked about race tonight as Booger Brooks rolled his car in between turns one and two, turning it over multiple times. He was running second at the time and would likely have transferred to the Feature. Devon Morgan went on to win, followed by John Price and BooMan Galloway.

The last heat of the night for the 602s was caution-free. Pole-sitter Dale Timms led flag to flag, winning while Blake Craft and Brandon Dockery took the final two transfer spots.

FOX Racing SHOX Pro Late Models - 50 cars

Thugg Nasty Logan Roberson bested Herrington in the opening Drydene Heat Race to slot his E-Z-GO No. 17 in prime position leading into Saturday’s finale. Wil Herrington and Donald Bradsher transferred. 

Killer Kyle Bronson was the only Heat Race winner to come from outside of the front row, putting on a remarkable drive to win the second Heat from fourth. Matt Long and Justin Hudspeth also made the transfer. 

Overton kept his perfect night rolling with a dominant win in the third Heat, with Dillon Brown and Gary Dillon behind him. 

Gray Parton followed Overton with a W in the fourth Heat. T. J. Salagango and Lucas Ruark secured their spots in Saturday's Feature. 

Ruggerio continued his hot streak by controlling the fifth Heat, with Jamison McBride and Bryan Mullis in second and third. 

And Brett Hamm brought the night to a close by taking the sixth and final eight-lap preliminary race. Justin Smith and Clay Harris also made the Feature. 

Summit Racing Equipment DIRTcar UMP Modifieds - 34 cars

Two-time World Short Track Champion Kyle Strickler put away his DIRTcar Late Model for the weekend to come out and battle his old UMP Modified rivals, and for not having driven a Modified for the better part of the 2020 season, it looked as if he never left.

Right to the top of the charts Strickler went in Qualifying with a lap of 17.149, a whole .200 faster than the second-fastest car, setting him on the pole for Heat Race #3. That second-fastest car was none other than the two-time and defending World Short Track winner and arguably Strickler’s biggest competition in this event, Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Champion Nick Hoffman.

Hoffman opened up the Heat Racing action from the pole of Heat #1 and handed the UMP Modified crowd their most shocking and interesting storyline yet. Coming back to the stripe to complete Lap 1, Hoffman slowed dramatically and pulled down into the infield, out of harm’s way. Dan Davies was there to pick up the pieces in the caution-free race and took the checkered flag in convincing fashion over Maryland’s Justin Cullum, who joins Davies in Saturday’s redraw, Daniel Sanchez, Jesse Rocket and Clay Harris.

A broken fuel pump valve was the culprit in Hoffman’s misfortune, which will now send the two-time DIRTcar national points champion into a Last Chance Showdown event on Saturday. An odd place to find the Mooresville, NC-driver at any race around the country.

David Stremme came out on top of Heat Race #2, leading every lap on his way to a spot in Saturday’s redraw. Coming into this year’s event as the driver with the most top-fives without a win, Stremme’s chances to finally get it done in the Feature look pretty solid. Ty Rhoades, Jonathan Taylor, Ryan Toole and William Long also transferred into the Feature.

Strickler gassed it up for Heat Race #3 and put a whooping on the field, opening an enormous gap – almost a full straightaway – between he and the others before the yellow erased it with just two circuits remaining. It was no problem for The Highside Tickler claiming his spot in the redraw, taking the win over Curt Spalding (redraw), Drake Troutman, Mike Franklin and Austin Holcombe.

The fourth and final Heat Race saw Indianan Dylan Woodling grab the checkers in a very competitive bout around the 4/10-mile, with Chris Arnold joining him in the redraw, followed by transfer cars Brandon Kinzer, Jerry Foster and Cody Brightwell.

Hoosier Racing Tire Pro Modifieds - 44 cars

The first of four Heats went to the No. 44 of Jeff Parsons, who was fastest in Qualifying Group A and second overall. Wes Helms came out strong, piloting his No. 98 from P.7 to P.2 in the first lap, and then pressed on the leader when Patrick Field blew up, causing a restart with two laps to go. Helms stole the lead from Parsons for just a moment, ultimately finishing in second. Steve Axtell, AJ Belanger and Caleb Fulp all grabbed their spots in tomorrow’s Feature.

Robert Poole dominated Heat 2 in the No. 25, taking the lead on the first lap and holding it to the checkers. Behind him, Chris Stowe took second from Justin Blevins, who started on the pole. Daniel Parker charged up from P.6 to challenge Blevins, but had to settle for fourth. Kevin Pangrazio, who lost a wheel during the first set of Hot Laps, took the final transfer spot.

Ty Norder was not so lucky. Coming out for Heat 3 his front right wheel wasn’t spinning and he pulled off the track, ending his night before the race even begun. Trey Stemper led all six laps, after a charge from Buck Stevens had the two going wheel to wheel out of Turn 4 into the final lap. Preston Blalock, who had worked his way into fourth from his seventh starting position, lost four spots going into Turn 4 as he battled Kevin Dugger for third, but managed to work his way back up to a transfer position behind the 92 of Larry Martin.

Jake Barneycastle, who spun out during Hot Laps, jumped to an early lead in the fourth and final heat, stealing the lead from Lawson Rogers on the backstretch. A number of hits, spins and cautions made for an exciting race, but the highlight was the final lap as Rogers made a charge on Barneycastle for the lead and the two came together, knocking doors in Turn 4 before Barneycastle took the checkers. Greg Brown, Ryan Morgan, and Chase Cardwell secured their spots in tomorrow’s Feature.

Drydene Racing Formulas Street Stocks - 37 cars

Tyler Love, from Lancaster, SC, took the win in Heat 1. Love took his Hamm-built Street Stock to the lead after starting on the outside pole position. The Johnson Racing chassis served him well as he drove off for the win. Damon Crump, Blake Pryor, Justin Morris and Kris Frost also transferred to the Feature.

Pole-sitter Chris Rice was hammer down from the get-go. His Drydene Racing Formulas Street Stock was quick and handled well enough to bring him home in the top seed. Also transferring from Heat Race 2 was Ricky Greene, Joe Belkey, Johnny Westmoreland, and Earl Petty.

Calob McLaughlin, out of Belmont, NC, took an impressive win in Heat 3. McLaughlin held off Thomas McCurdy. Bradley Weaver, Junior Johnson, and Tre Beaty, who also qualified for the Feature.

Patrick Lyon roared to the lead in Heat Race 4 and never looked back. Lyon locked himself into an exceptional starring position for the Drydene Racing Formulas Street Stock Feature. Also transferring were Dalton Peavy, Timmy Smith, Jessie Gibson, and Greg Carroll.

COMP Cams Monster Mini-Stocks - 49 cars

Tack Brown [4B] took the lead in Turn 1 of the first heat from pole-sitter Spark Parris [43] and led to the finish, fending off several challenges from Parris who would go on to finish second. Pete Brew [12B] held his position to fill the final transfer spot and move on to tomorrow night’s feature.

Matt Gilbert [117] snuck by pole-sitter Austin Brown [O4] on lap one of Heat 2, but Brown was able to regain the lead on lap 3. The two battled on the final lap, but Brown held off the attack to win Heat Race 2. Finishing third, in the final transfer spot, Casey Towell [97] advanced to start in Saturday night’s feature.      

Pole-sitter Nick Walker [O] led flag to flag to win Heat 3. On lap two Travis Mosely [19] moved into third place for the transfer, but a parts failure on the following lap sent him to the pits. With one to go Carl Currin was able to move into the third and final transfer spot. Logan Ritchey [10] finished second.        

Nick Broome [O7] won Heat 4 with Brandon Clements [7c] finishing second. The third and final transfer spot was swapped back and forth with Roger Nance [33] holding on to it for the final two laps.

Last year’s feature winner Brayden Pruitt [13] started on the pole for Heat 5 and seemed to pick up right where she left off. Daniel Coffey [99] finished second, and after a three car battle Travis Sharpe [T2] was able to pick up the third and final transfer spot. 

And in the final Heat, lap one was quickly put under yellow for debris on the track. On the restart several cars were involved in an incident that sent cars spinning into the infield.  When the race got underway Phillip Wilson [O4W] was able to lead the pack and win, with Jason Dickerson [12] finishing second. The third and final transfer spot went to Rod Tucker [8T].

VP Racing Fuels Hornets - 62 cars

Sixty-two Hornet stars, ranging from New York to Florida, took to The Dirt Track at Charlotte for three showstopping races.

The group of drivers were split into three 15-lap Features based on their qualifying laps and each race saw the drivers racing as though they were chasing a crown jewel win.

John Windham, of Lake City, FL, was the class of the field all night and put a period on that in the first VP Racing Fuels Hornet Feature of the night.

In the early stage of the day, Windham was the fastest in the first set of Hot Laps and then set Quick Time in Qualifying. That put him on the pole for the first Feature. Behind him were Payne Pickles and Eddie McGraw, who won at the World Short Track Championship last year.

After watching his brother win the first VP Racing Fuels Hornet Feature of the night, Walker Windham, of Lake City, FL, knew the pressure was on to match that in the second Feature of the night.

To get it, he had to go through Donavan Beacham, of Shelby, NC, and Beacham did not make it easy on him. He took the early lead with Windham on his tail the entire time. The two drivers then put on a show worth the price of admission, with Beacham ultimately handing the win to Windham after hitting the wall in Turn 4.

In the third and final VP Racing Fuels Hornet Feature of the night, Joey Kelly became a World Short Track champion for the second year in a row. And he did it in dominant fashion by leading all 15-laps in a car he didn’t even have a week ago.

UP NEXT:

Drydene World Short Track Championship action continues Saturday, October 31 at 3PM ET with Last Chance Showdowns and Championship Features. Friday’s All-Star Invitational Features, postponed due to time contraints, will close Saturday’s program.

Watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

 

 

Thursday Hot Laps Postponed at The Dirt Track, Friday’s World Short Track Schedule Moved Up

Steady rain moves Hot Laps to Friday, on-track events now begin earlier

CONCORD, NC – Oct. 29, 2020 – High winds and continued rainfall throughout the morning has forced DIRTcar and Charlotte Motor Speedway officials to postpone Thursday night’s Drydene World Short Track Championship Hot Lap sessions to Friday afternoon.

However, all teams are still invited to enter the facility through the drag strip entrance and visit the registration area under the pavilion to complete registration forms, obtain pit/ATV/parking passes and other event information until 5 p.m. Hauler parking will go from 2 p.m. through 5 p.m.

In addition, Friday’s activities will now begin earlier than originally scheduled, beginning with the Flight 1 drivers meeting at 1 p.m., followed by a single Hot Lap session for all divisions at 2 p.m. Friday’s originally scheduled program will follow. Registration and hauler parking will begin at 9 a.m.

All drivers must have a Thursday pit pass in order to take part in the Thursday Hot Lap session.

For a full schedule of the weekend’s events, head to DIRTcar.com.

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SEASON 2 SCHEDULE: DIRTcar eSports Returns with Two Leagues on iRacing

New points system, new Big-Block Modified racing, new points system and more beginning Dec. 2

 

CONCORD, NC – Nov. 25, 2020 – DIRTcar Racing’s newest venture into the virtual realm is back.

 

After a successful first season that began back in April, the DIRTcar eSports staff is proud to unveil its plans for Season 2 of action and continue its partnership with iRacing Motorsport Simulations.

 

Two separate leagues will run under the DIRTcar eSports banner for Season 2, each competing live on DIRTVision presented by Drydene every Wednesday night from Dec. 2 to Jan. 13, with the season finale events on Jan. 27 for a total of eight races in each league.

 

DIRTcar eSports Tour

The DIRTcar eSports Tour is the first of two default-fixed-setup leagues set for action in Season 2, keeping a similar style of competition with four rotating DIRTcar-branded divisions in iRacing Dirt: UMP Modifieds, Pro Late Models, 305/360 Sprint Cars, and the long-awaited addition to the platform scheduled for an early December release – the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds.

 

Tour events are open to any and all drivers on iRacing, regardless of iRating or license class. The tournament-style event format from Season 1 also makes its return – a potential three-round qualifying system, dependent on the number of entrants, with a maximum of 240 entrants. The Final Feature now has a standard purse across all car types, paying out $250 to the winner, $175 for second, $100 for third and $20 to start.

 

Each winner’s share is presented by the event’s sponsor, including DIRTcar Racing’s fine partners at Summit Racing Equipment, Drydene Performance Products, Bicknell Racing Products, NOS Energy Drink, Cometic Gasket, Hoosier Racing Tire and VP Racing Fuels.

 

A $20 registration fee is required of all entrants upon registration, which closes the Monday before each event at 8pm Eastern Time.

 

Should the car count warrant Preliminary Shows and/or Qualifying Rounds, those will be contested on Tuesday night, viewable exclusively to iRacing members. The 24 qualified drivers transferring out of the Preliminary Shows and into the Final Round will all hit the virtual track Wednesday night, free to all DIRTVision account holders.

 

Tuesday night Tour league Qualifying Rounds and/or Preliminary Shows, if necessary, will begin with a 10-minute open practice session at 6:50pm ET; Wednesday night’s action on DIRTVision will follow suit, beginning with open practice at 6:50pm ET.

 

New to the Tour league in Season 2 is the addition of a championship points system, modeled after the real-life DIRTcar Racing national points scale, which will award each driver who enters an event points toward the overall championship. A $250 championship check and custom DIRTcar eSports Tour Season 2 trophy will be awarded to the driver with the most points at the completion of all eight Tour races.

 

TOUR REGISTRATION

 

Season 2 DIRTcar eSports Tour Schedule (all start times 6:50pm ET)

1) December 2 – UMP Modifieds at Kokomo, pres. by Summit Racing Equipment

2) December 9 – Pro Late Models at Charlotte, pres. by Drydene

3) December 16 – Big-Blocks at Weedsport pres. by Bicknell

4) December 23 – 360 Sprints at Knoxville pres. by NOS Energy Drink

5) December 30 – UMP Modifieds at Fairbury pres. by Summit Racing Equipment

6) January 6 – 305 Sprints at Chili Bowl pres. by NOS Energy Drink

7) January 13 – Pro Late Models at Eldora pres. by Hoosier Racing Tire

8) January 27 – Big-Blocks at Lernerville pres. by VP Racing Fuels

 

Chevy Performance Street Stock League

The Chevy Performance Street Stock League will run adjacent to the DIRTcar eSports Tour, Wednesday nights on DIRTVision and Preliminary/Qualifying Rounds (if necessary) on Tuesday nights. Servers will launch for open practice sessions at 7:50pm ET on both nights.

 

Unlike the Tour league, this default-fixed-setup Street Stock League is open only to those drivers with Dirt Oval iRatings of 4800 and below (at the time of registration) and will not follow a championship points system over the eight scheduled races. This is designed in part to encourage more participation from the more casual/non-Pro iRacers and provide the Street Stock racing crowd with a great place to race for cash prizes.

 

Each Final Feature will be $100-to-win, courtesy of Chevy Performance. The runner-up will receive $75, $50 for third place and $10-to-start. A $10 registration fee is required of all entrants upon registration, which closes the Monday before each event at 8pm Eastern Time.

 

STREET STOCK REGISTRATION

 

Chevy Performance Street Stock League Schedule (all start times 7:50pm ET)

1) December 2 – Lanier National Speedway

2) December 9 – USA International Speedway

3) December 16 – Limaland Motorsports Park

4) December 23 – Volusia Speedway Park

5) December 30 – Weedsport Speedway

6) January 6 – Limaland Motorsports Park

7) January 13 – USA International Speedway

8) January 27 – Lanier National Speedway

 

OPERATION 00: Wallace & Arnold Ready for Long Trip South to Volusia for Reutimann Memorial

DIRTVision broadcasts event honoring the legendary racing family for the first time in its 7-year history

 

BARBERVILLE, FL – Nov. 18, 2020 – Where dirt track racing veterans Kenny Wallace and Chris Arnold live, colder temperatures are just around the corner. But where they’re headed this weekend is still full of warm weather and set to host the best DIRTcar UMP Modified competition in the country.

 

The nation’s most elite Modified pilots are set to tackle Volusia Speedway Park this Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, Nov. 19-21, in the 7th annual Emil & Dale Reutimann Memorial, with a $5,000 check in store for the victor in the 50-lap main event.

 

The event is run in memory of Emil Reutimann Jr., 56, father to Dale, 17, and crew member Gordon Stone, 16. Each were killed after a collision with a drunk driver, just south of Zephyrhills, FL, on Highway 301 while traveling to a race at Golden Gate Speedway in 1973.

 

For many fans’ favorite dirt track racing social media personality, Kenny Wallace, it’s been a few months since he’s made an appearance on the DIRTVision presented by Drydene cameras – Aug. 16 at Lincoln Speedway, to be exact. Wallace finished eighth in a DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals field of 29 cars.

 

Wallace has already made it to Barberville, as of Wednesday afternoon, after a near-1,000-mile drive from his home in Arnold, MO. Typically, his dirt racing season is done by fall, but 2020 is different. The Hermanator will be making his Reutimann Memorial debut this weekend, and it could not have come at a better time.

 

“My year did not end the way I wanted it to,” Wallace said of his past few races. “I was not as competitive in 2020 as I’m used to being. We broke a motor about a month before the year usually ends, and we felt like it was time to get a new car. So, we got a new car from Nick Hoffman at Elite Chassis.”

 

For the past several seasons, Wallace has piloted his usual white/black #36 color scheme across a Lethal Chassis, built by former NASCAR regular David Stremme, of Mooresville, NC. For 2021, Wallace is making the switch to an Elite Chassis, straight from the shop of 2020 DIRTcar UMP Modified national points champion Nick Hoffman.

 

Wallace made the trip out to Mooresville in October to pick up his newly assembled Elite Chassis and stopped by The Dirt Track at Charlotte for a testing session before heading back home. He said the car was much to his liking and should have what he’s looking for in the 2021 season.

 

“I’m looking for a car that I don’t need to tear the wall down to win,” Wallace said. “I don’t drag the right-rear quarter-panel on the wall and I don’t like to tear my equipment up. So, I’m looking for a car that runs more on the bottom or the middle of the racetrack.”

 

Wallace’s history with the Hoffman family goes back even further than the many years spent competing alongside Nick. Some of his first racing engines were built by Nick’s father, Darrell. Fast forward to 2020, and now it’s Nick’s turn to be the fabricator.

 

“Darrell and I have always talked about one day, me driving one of his son’s racecars. And it just worked out. My dear friend David Stremme is moving to Pennsylvania in March/April, and with him moving so far away, it just made sense to try something else,” Wallace said.

 

Lots of Feature wins all around the country this year for both Elite and Lethal, but there’s one other chassis make in the field this weekend that’s won this race twice before and could certainly do it again in 2020.

 

Chris Arnold, of Matoaca, VA, will bring his Beak Built Chassis #99w to The World’s Fastest Half-Mile for the second time in his career. Beak Builts are fabricated by none other than two-time Reutimann Memorial winner and former NASCAR star David Reutimann in Sherrills Ford, NC.

 

Normally found around the larger tracks of his region, Arnold is one of the top drivers from his area and will likely be running up front on Saturday night.

 

“I’m normally pretty good on bigger racetracks, and when I was at Volusia and turned my first laps, I really liked it. Being there gives it more of a taste, rather than watching it on TV, which doesn’t really do it justice,” Arnold said.

 

His appearance at Volusia will also mark his second appearance before the DIRTVision cameras this year as well. Arnold put together a very strong run in the Summit Racing Equipment DIRTcar UMP Modified portion of the Drydene World Short Track Championship two weekends ago, finishing second only to winner Kyle Strickler in his debut at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

 

Arnold started fourth and battled with Stremme for much of the race, finally making the pass for second on the high side in the closing stages. As strong as he was in his first run at Charlotte, he’s got a lot of confidence at unfamiliar venues with a high level of competition.

 

Those same high-caliber opponents will make one final journey south to Volusia once more in 2020 to compete in one of the biggest UMP Modified races of the year. With 2020 being the event’s first year on DIRTVision, these drivers will take center stage once more before their next appearance in February’s DIRTcar Nationals. And Arnold agrees, it’s about time the division is getting the recognition it deserves.

 

“I think it’s just been a long time coming. With talents like [Nick] Hoffman, [David] Stremme, [Kyle] Strickler… out Midwest with [Mike] Harrison, [Mike] McKinney and all those guys. I think the Modifieds are at that level of exposure where they need it. When people start watching the racing, I think they’re gonna be surprised why it wasn’t there before,” Arnold said.

 

Don’t miss Wallace, Arnold, Hoffman, Stremme and a host of other DIRTcar UMP Modified talent in action this Friday and Saturday night at Volusia Speedway Park’s 7th running of the Emil & Dale Reutimann Memorial – LIVE on DIRTVision!

 

 

THE CHAMPS ARE HERE: 2020 DIRTcar National Points Champions Shine Bright

Five first-time titleholders, three returning champs grace the top of national points columns

 

CONCORD, NC – Nov. 17, 2020 – The earliest kickoff to the national points season in history, a shutdown period from pandemic restrictions, five first-time national champions… the 2020 DIRTcar Racing season had a little bit of everything.

 

From the sustained dominant ways of numerous Illinois-born Late Model heroes to one of the tightest points battles in the Stock Car division’s history, this season brought the same high-caliber competition in the national and regional points standings that DIRTcar fans have come to expect to a year that so desperately needed some excitement.

 

Eight months later, it’s now time for celebration. Congratulations to each of the 2020 DIRTcar national points champions!

 

Late Model – Brian Shirley

With nine wins in 47 races, Brian Shirley is the 2020 DIRTcar Late Model national points champion by 176 points over Frank Heckenast Jr. – the largest gap of his three national titles.

 

Of his nine total victories in DIRTcar competition, seven were claimed en route to his fourth career Summer Nationals Late Model championship, memorably highlighted by his back-and-forth victory battle with longtime competitor Brandon Sheppard during Arizona Sport Shirts Week #4. The two traded Feature wins throughout the week at some of their home state of Illinois’ most prestigious tracks like Fairbury Speedway, Macon Speedway and Fayette County Speedway.

 

Shirley was also victorious in a weekend sweep of MARS DIRTcar Late Model action at Peoria Speedway back on Aug. 28-29, giving him three wins at the track this season.

 

With his third championship crowning, Shirley joins Bobby Pierce (’14-’16), Ed Dixon (’94, ’99-’00), Rodney Melvin (’01, ’03-’05) and Rusty Schlenk (’10, ’17-’18) as the only drivers in DIRTcar history to win the Late Model national points title three or more times.

 

“It’s a pretty big accomplishment,” Shirley said. “We feel pretty good that our team has been as good as it’s been over the last couple of years. We’re just trying to get better and better every day.

 

“It’s just more dedication, how much heart you put into it, what you’re willing to sacrifice and what you’re willing to go through to come out on top. I feel like we’ve definitely dedicated ourselves to the sport, and it’s a good achievement for me and Aaron [Mitchell] and my guys back home that work as hard as we do.”

 

UMP Modified – Nick Hoffman

After putting on one of the most dominant seasons in DIRTcar UMP Modified history a year ago, Nick Hoffman backed it up with another incredible season of victories in 2020 to become a two-time national champion.

 

With 22 wins in 44 nights of competition, Hoffman actually surpassed his win percentage from 2019, which was just under .500 (24 wins in 50 starts).

 

Hoffman was also crowned DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals champion in September for the third time in his career. Of the 24 completed races on the Summit Modified schedule, Hoffman was victorious in 12 of them – one short of the record he set last year.

 

Outside of winning five-straight Summit Modified races during the summer, Hoffman’s year was also highlighted by a weekend sweep of Summit American Modified Series action on Sept. 4-5 at Farmer City Raceway ($2,500) and Fairbury Speedway ($10,000), followed by another $10,000 victory the very next night in Spoon River Speedway’s Plowboy Nationals.

 

“It set out to be the best I can at whatever I do,” Hoffman said. “In the Modified ranks, I’ve been very successful and been able to win almost everything I’ve wanted to go after.

 

“There’s still a lot more I want to be able to do in my racing career. I’d like to run a lot of Late Model races and be successful in Late Models too. We’re working on that, and I’ve had a lot of great opportunities with some great teams to run some Late Model races, I just need to get out and race some more.”

 

Pro Late Model – Torin Mettille

As one of five first-time national champions, Cullom, IL’s own Torin Mettille racked up 11 Feature wins in DIRTcar competition to win the 2020 Pro Late Model national championship.

 

Mettille’s year consisted of weekly visits to Farmer City Raceway (3 wins) and Kankakee County Speedway (3 wins) on Friday nights, while trips to Shadyhill Speedway (5 wins) in Indiana served as his Saturday night starts.

 

Perhaps his most impressive weekend of the season came in back-to-back nights at Farmer City and Shadyhill on Aug. 21-22, winning both Features as part of a five-win month.

 

With 31 nights recorded, the most of any driver in the division, Mettille finished the season 82 points ahead of runner-up Jake Little. Kyle Cooper, Brandon Eskew and Aaron Heck rounded out the top-five in overall standings.

 

Pro Modified – Billy Knebel Jr.

It came down to the final weekend of the year to decide it, but Pocahontas, IL-driver Billy Knebel Jr. was able to hang onto his slim points lead to capture the first DIRTcar national championship of his career.

 

Just one week after being crowned Macon Speedway Pro Modified track champion, Knebel took a 17-point lead into the DIRTcar Fall Nationals at Lincoln Speedway and successfully defended it with a fifth-place finish on Friday night, sealing the championship by 13 points over Deece Schwartz.

 

Statistically speaking, Knebel and Schwartz tied for wins in the division with 11. Despite Knebel recording two less starts than Schwartz, bonus points for higher car counts at certain races was the deciding factor in Knebel’s first title.

 

Overall, Knebel recorded an impressive eight Feature wins at Macon, complimenting his two checkered flags at Kankakee County Speedway and one at Farmer City Raceway. Ryan Hamilton, Anthony Tucker and Kyle Helmick rounded out the top-five in the points standings.

 

UMP Sportsman – Bryce Shidler

Another first-time national champion, Bryce Shidler takes home the UMP Sportsman national championship by a slim margin of 26 points over Josh Litton.

 

Five Feature wins for Shidler was enough to earn him the most of any driver in the division – one greater than Litton. Both drivers recorded 25 nights of DIRTcar competition, but the extra win and a few more top-five finishes sealed the deal for the Crawfordsville, IN-native.

 

While Litton walked away with the Lincoln Park Speedway track title, back-to-back wins in back-to-back weeks at the Greencastle, IN-facility highlighted Shidler’s DIRTcar championship run. One trip to Paragon Speedway Victory Lane on June 26 rounded out his win column.

 

Shidler becomes the tenth different champion since 2006 and the fourth different champion in the last four years. Tyler Neal, Austin Phelps and Kyle Johnson rounded out the top-five in national points.

 

Stock Car – Lance Evans

The fourth first-time champion graces the top of the Stock Car national points standings, and his name is Lance Evans.

 

Winning one of the closest points battles in DIRTcar history, Evans edged-out Terry Reed Jr. by just a single point in the final race of the year at Charleston Speedway’s Street Stock Fall Nationals.

 

Coming into the DIRTcar Fall Nationals at Lincoln Speedway, Evans trailed Reed by four points on the back of nine wins and 21 top-five finishes. While Friday night’s race at Lincoln did not change the margin, Evans finished fourth at Charleston on Saturday night while Reed was left to face reality after a 16th-place result, pulling Evans ahead in the standings by one point.

 

Evans ended up tied for the third-most points night appearances of all drivers in the division at 29, while Reed topped the list at 36 starts, collecting eight Feature wins. Evans certainly showed off his versatility this season, collecting Feature wins at several different tracks including Fairbury, Jacksonville, Macon, Lincoln and LaSalle, highlighted by back-to-back trips to Victory Lane at Fairbury and Jacksonville on Aug. 22-23.

 

Factory Stock – Trevor Isaak

After posting his 14th Feature win of the season at Fayette County Speedway on Sept. 26, Trevor Isaak, of Highland, IL, officially clinched the 2020 DIRTcar Factory Stock national championship.

 

This is the second DIRTcar Factory Stock title of Isaak’s career; he joins Jesse Simmons as the only other driver since 2007 to win the national title more than once.

 

Isaak was downright dominant in DIRTcar action this season, scoring five wins at Fayette County, six wins at Tri-City Speedway and three at Highland Speedway, with all points-contributing finishes of no worse than fourth.

 

After 21 nights of competition, Isaak finished 98 points ahead of runner-up Terry McCann, who totaled the next-highest number of Feature wins at seven. No other driver inside the top-10 in national points had more than three Feature wins.

 

Sport Compact – Dallas Strauch

The fifth and final first-time DIRTcar national champion makes his home in East Peoria, IL – Sport Compact young gun Dallas Strauch.

 

Strauch bested Dave Lauritson, who has now finished runner-up in national points three years in-a-row, by 25 points, on the back of nine Feature wins in 32 DIRTcar-sanctioned appearances.

 

Cleaning up at Peoria Speedway with four Feature wins, Strauch also parked it in Lincoln, Tri-City, Spoon River and I-55 Raceway Victory Lane this season. Although Lauritson had one more victory, Strauch pulled it off in the end with a few more slightly valuable top-five finishes.

 

Two big weekends highlighted Strauch’s season this summer, making back-to-back trips to Victory Lane at Tri-City and I-55 on Sept. 11-12, and again at Lincoln and Spoon River on June 19-20.

 

World of outlaws

   

CBS Sports Network Set to Showcase World of Outlaws, Super DIRTcar Series

Hour-long programs will be broadcast every Sunday on CBS Sports Network for the remainder of 2020

CONCORD, N.C. – Nov. 18, 2020 – Not ready to let go of the 2020 World of Outlaws and Super DIRTcar Series seasons? CBS Sports Network will be your source for reliving some of the biggest races of the year each weekend.

The network will once again broadcast World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car, World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model and Super DIRTcar Series events from this season every Sunday at 7pm (ET) until the end of the year.

“We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with CBS Sports Network and showcase the year’s best races on national television,” World of Outlaws and DIRTcar CEO Brian Carter said. “This has been a crazy season, but it’s produced phenomenal racing, which fans will get to relive every Sunday.”

Fans will be treated to an assortment of thrilling races between the three top dirt racing series. Among them include the prestigious National Open at Williams Grove Speedway, where 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz won a historic sixth National Open title; the spectacular OktoberFAST finale at Weedsport Speedway, where Max McLaughlin earned an emotional first career win; the Late Model Firecracker event at Lernerville Speedway, Sprint Cars at Kokomo Speedway and the season finale for the Late Models and Sprint Cars at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

Along with the races, CBS Sports Network will also broadcast the Return to Racing documentary on Nov. 29, showing how the World of Outlaws made its return to racing during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

SCHEDULE

Sunday, November 22 – National Open Prelim at Williams Grove Speedway – 7pm
Sunday, November 22 – National Open Finale at Williams Grove Speedway – 7:30pm

November 29 – Return to Racing documentary – 7pm

December 6 – OktoberFAST Finale at Weedsport Speedway – 7pm

December 13 – World of Outlaws Late Model Firecracker at Lernerville Speedway – 7pm
December 13 – World of Outlaws Sprint Cars at Kokomo Speedway – 7:30pm

December 20 – World of Outlaws Last Call Late Model Opening Night – 7pm
December 20 – World of Outlaws Last Call Late Model Finale – 7:30pm

December 27 – World of Outlaws Last Call Sprint Cars Finale – 7pm
December 27 – World of Outlaws Sprint Car 2020 Highlights – 7:30pm

CBS Sports Network 
CBS Sports Network (CBSSN), the 24-hour home of CBS Sports, televises nearly 600 live events and over 3,000 hours of live programming every year including live college football, college basketball, and more from the MW, AAC, Big East, C-USA, A-10, Army, Navy, and the Patriot League. CBSSN is also the home to Professional Bull Riding. 

Throughout the year, the network also telecasts a full slate of original programming and studio coverage. It is home to NFL Monday QB featuring Trent Green, Rich Gannon and Steve Beuerlein, We Need To Talk the first-ever all-female sports show, Boomer & Gio, Tiki & Tierney, Time to Schein and That Other Pregame Show which covers Pro, College, and Fantasy Football every Sunday morning.

CBSSN has become the extension of CBS Sports sharing talent and graphics as well as providing support coverage of every major event that CBS produces including Super Bowl 53, SEC football, NCAA Tournament, The Masters, and PGA Championship.

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Friday, February 07, 2020 DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford Volusia Speedway Park
Barberville, FL
Saturday, February 08, 2020 DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford Volusia Speedway Park
Barberville, FL
Sunday, February 09, 2020 DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford Volusia Speedway Park
Barberville, FL
Friday, May 08, 2020 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars Knoxville Raceway
Knoxville, IA
Friday, May 22, 2020 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55
Pevely, MO
Saturday, May 23, 2020 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55
Pevely, MO
Friday, May 29, 2020 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars Lake Ozark Speedway
Eldon, MO
Saturday, May 30, 2020 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars Lake Ozark Speedway
Eldon, MO
Friday, June 05, 2020 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars Beaver Dam Raceway
Beaver Dam, WI
Saturday, June 06, 2020 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars Beaver Dam Raceway
Beaver Dam, WI
Friday, June 12, 2020 Brownells Big Guns Bash Knoxville Raceway
Knoxville, IA
Saturday, June 13, 2020 Brownells Big Guns Bash Knoxville Raceway
Knoxville, IA
Friday, June 19, 2020 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars Tri-State Speedway
Haubstadt, IN
Saturday, June 20, 2020 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars Tri-State Speedway
Haubstadt, IN
Thursday, June 25, 2020 AGCO Jackson Nationals - Night 1 Jackson Motorplex
Jackson, MN
Friday, June 26, 2020 AGCO Jackson Nationals - Night 2 Jackson Motorplex
Jackson, MN
Saturday, June 27, 2020 AGCO Jackson Nationals Finale Jackson Motorplex
Jackson, MN
Thursday, July 02, 2020 Independence Day Spectacular Cedar Lake Speedway
New Richmond, WI
Friday, July 03, 2020 Independence Day Spectacular Cedar Lake Speedway
New Richmond, WI
Saturday, July 04, 2020 Independence Day Spectacular Cedar Lake Speedway
New Richmond, WI
Friday, July 10, 2020 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars 34 Raceway
West Burlington, IA
Saturday, July 11, 2020 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars Wilmot Raceway
Wilmot, WI
Sunday, July 12, 2020 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars Terre Haute Action Track
Terre Haute, IN
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 Ohio Logistics Brad Doty Classic Attica Raceway Park
Attica, OH
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup Lernerville Speedway
Sarver, PA
Thursday, July 23, 2020 Gettysburg Clash presented by Drydene Lincoln Speedway (PA)
Abbottstown, PA
Friday, July 24, 2020 Champion Racing Oil Summer Nationals Williams Grove Speedway
Mechanicsburg, PA
Saturday, July 25, 2020 Champion Racing Oil Summer Nationals Williams Grove Speedway
Mechanicsburg, PA
Friday, August 07, 2020 Night before the Ironman Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55
Pevely, MO
Saturday, August 08, 2020 Ironman 55 Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55
Pevely, MO
Thursday, August 13, 2020 The One & Only Knoxville Raceway
Knoxville, IA
Friday, August 14, 2020 The ONE & Only Knoxville Raceway
Knoxville, IA
Saturday, August 15, 2020 Brownells Capitani Classic presented by Great Southern Bank Knoxville Raceway
Knoxville, IA
Friday, August 21, 2020 Second Leg of the Northern Tour River Cities Speedway
Grand Forks, ND
Saturday, August 22, 2020 Red River Rumble Red River Valley Speedway
West Fargo, ND
Saturday, August 29, 2020 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars US 36 Raceway
Osborn, MO
Sunday, August 30, 2020 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars I-80 Speedway
Greenwood, NE
Saturday, September 05, 2020 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars Huset's Speedway
Brandon, SD
Sunday, September 06, 2020 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars Huset's Speedway
Brandon, SD
Friday, September 11, 2020 Missouri Outlaw Showdown I-70 Motorsports Park
Odessa, MO
Saturday, September 12, 2020 Missouri Outlaw Showdown I-70 Motorsports Park
Odessa, MO
Friday, September 18, 2020 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars Lawton Speedway
Lawton, OK
Saturday, September 19, 2020 Texas Outlaw Nationals Devil's Bowl Speedway
Mesquite, TX
Friday, September 25, 2020 BeFour the Crowns Showdown Eldora Speedway
Rossburg, OH
Saturday, September 26, 2020 Commonwealth Clash Lernerville Speedway
Sarver, PA
Friday, October 02, 2020 Champion Racing Oil National Open Williams Grove Speedway
Mechanicsburg, PA
Saturday, October 03, 2020 Champion Racing Oil National Open Williams Grove Speedway
Mechanicsburg, PA
Friday, October 09, 2020 Nittany Showdown Port Royal Speedway
Port Royal, PA
Saturday, October 10, 2020 Nittany Showdown Port Royal Speedway
Port Royal, PA
Friday, October 16, 2020 FVP Platinum Battery Showdown Lakeside Speedway
Kansas City, KS
Saturday, October 17, 2020 Jason Johnson Classic Lake Ozark Speedway
Eldon, MO
Saturday, October 24, 2020 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars Kokomo Speedway
Kokomo, IN
Thursday, November 05, 2020 Can-Am World Finals The Dirt Track at Charlotte
Concord, NC
Friday, November 06, 2020 Can-Am World Finals The Dirt Track at Charlotte
Concord, NC
Saturday, November 07, 2020 Can-Am World Finals The Dirt Track at Charlotte
Concord, NC
 
 

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2020 SCHEDULE

Fri-Sun, Jan. 3-5 — Vado Speedway Park — Vado, NM

Wed-Sat, Feb. 12-15 — Volusia Speedway Park — Barberville, FL

Friday, March 6 — Duck River Raceway Park — Wheel, TN

Saturday, March 7 — Smoky Mountain Speedway — Maryville, TN

Friday, March 27 — Volunteer Speedway — Bulls Gap, TN

Saturday, March 28 — Cherokee Speedway — Gaffney, SC

Fri-Sat, April 3-4 — Farmer City Raceway — Farmer City, IL

Friday, April 24 — Richmond Raceway — Richmond, KY

Saturday, April 25 — Brushcreek Motorsports Complex — Peebles, OH

Fri-Sat, May 1-2 — Boone Speedway — Boone, IA

Friday, May 8 — Lavonia Speedway — Lavonia, GA

Saturday, May 9 — Cochran Motor Speedway — Cochran, GA

Friday, May 15 — Moler Raceway Park — Williamsburg, OH

Saturday, May 16 — Wayne County Speedway — Orrville, OH

Friday, May 29 — Jacksonville Speedway — Jacksonville, IL

Saturday, May 30 — Tri-State Speedway — Haubstadt, IN

Thursday, June 18 — Stateline Speedway — Busti, NY

Friday, June 19 — Genesee Speedway — Batavia, NY

Saturday, June 20 — Selinsgrove Speedway — Selinsgrove, PA

Thu-Sat, June 25-27 — Lernerville Speedway — Sarver, PA

Friday, July 10 — Outagamie Speedway — Seymour, WI

Saturday, July 11 — Plymouth Dirt Track — Plymouth, WI

Thursday, July 16 — Grand Rapids Speedway — Grand Rapids, MN

Friday, July 17 — River Cities Speedway — Grand Forks, ND

Saturday, July 18 — Ogilvie Raceway — Ogilvie, MN

Sunday, July 19 — Red Cedar Speedway — Menomonie, WI

Tuesday, July 28 — Davenport Speedway — Davenport, IA

Fri-Sat, July 31-Aug. 1 — Fairbury Speedway — Fairbury, IL

Thu-Sat, Aug. 6-8 — Cedar Lake Speedway — New Richmond, WI

Friday, Aug. 21 — Williams Grove Speedway — Mechanicsburg, PA

Saturday, Aug. 22 — Sharon Speedway — Hartford, OH

Sunday, Aug. 23 — Eriez Speedway — Erie, PA

Friday, Sept. 4 — Fayetteville Motor Speedway — Fayetteville, NC

Saturday, Sept. 5 — Lancaster Motor Speedway — Lancaster, SC

Friday, Sept. 25 — Outlaw Speedway — Dundee, NY

Saturday, Sept. 26 — Thunder Mountain Speedway — Knox Dale, PA

Friday, Oct. 2 — Cherokee Speedway — Gaffney, SC

Saturday, Oct. 3 — 411 Motor Speedway — Seymour, TN

Thu-Sat, Nov. 5-7 — The Dirt Track at Charlotte — Concord, NC

 
2/11 Volusia Speedway Park/DIRTcar Nationals 30
2/12 Volusia Speedway Park/DIRTcar Nationals 30
2/13 Volusia Speedway Park/DIRTcar Nationals 30

2/14 Volusia Speedway Park/DIRTcar Nationals 30
2/15 Volusia Speedway Park/DIRTcar Nationals 50
4/11 Can-Am Speedway 100
5/25 Weedsport Speedway 100
6/23 Albany-Saratoga Speedway 100*
6/28 Cornwall Motor Speedway 100
6/29 LeRPM Speedway 100
7/2 Land of Legends Raceway 100
7/6 Ohsweken Speedway 100*
7/7 Ransomville Speedway 100
7/20 Autodromme Granby 100
7/21 Autodromme Drummond 100
7/26 Weedsport Speedway 100*
7/28 Orange County Fair Speedway 100*
7/29 Bridgeport Motorsports Park 100
8/4 Thunder Mountain Speedway 100
8/13 Land of Legends Raceway 100
9/5 Lebanon Valley Speedway 100*
9/6 Utica-Rome Speedway 100
9/12 Weedsport Speedway 100*
9/19 Land of Legends Raceway 100*
9/26 Albany-Saratoga Speedway 100*
10/11 Oswego Speedway/NAPA Auto Parts SDW XLIX 200
10/16 Brockville Ontario Speedway 100
10/25 Orange County Fair Speedway 200
11/6 The Dirt Track at Charlotte 40

11/7 The Dirt Track at Charlotte 40
 

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Date

Race Name

Location

Winner Payout

Laps

11/22/2020

Blue Gray 100

Cherokee Speedway

$10,000

100

12/5/2020

Grinch 40

Volunteer Speedway

$5,000

40

12/19/2020

Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series

Lavonia Speedway

$5,000

40

1/9/2021

Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series

Cherokee Speedway

$5,000

40

2/20/2021

Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series

Senoia Raceway

$5,000

40

2/27/2021

Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series

Modoc Raceway

$7,000

40

 
 
 
 
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