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FULL POWER: Fuller Crowned King of the Big Blocks at Bridgeport

Friesen and McLaughlin finish behind Fuller after 100 lap New Jersey clash

SWEDESBORO, NJ – With his first win since 2018, Tim Fuller, hero of the North Country, took over the race lead at the halfway point and never looked back. If he had looked back, Fuller would have seen the looming shadow of Stewart Friesen getting larger but after relegating Max McLaughlin to third, the #44 Halmar Racing Big Block failed to reel in the leader by the conclusion of the 100-lap, $10,000-to-win King of the Big Blocks. 

Tim Fuller, from Watertown, NY, has now eclipsed the late Jack Johnson’s all-time Super DIRTcar Series win total with Series victory number 32 to his name. He did it after starting in the first position outside of the redraw, thirteenth, and dressing by the best Big Block Modified drivers around including fellow podium finishers Stewart Friesen and Max McLaughlin.

Early in the race, Fuller had to make some gutsy moves but he was so fast that he avoided taking big risks along the way. By the halfway point the #19 St. Lawrence Radiology Big Block was in the lead. Then he hit lapped traffic and that’s where experience became vital.

“I’ve been doing it so long that I’ve learned to be patient with lapped traffic and not rush it,” said Fuller. “I’ve seen people crash themselves out and lose the race because you are overdriving and it's stupid. I’ve lost them that way and I’ve won them that way. It’s your race to lose when you are leading. Protect the bottom and don’t get slid.”

By holding on for the victory, Fuller attained some redemption after allowing Friesen to pass him late in the Thousand Islands 100 at Can-Am Speedway in April this year. The Halmar driver went into Bridgeport with a historic three-race win streak to start the championship season.

“Friesen is the best in the business right now,” Fuller conceded. “There’s no question about it. He’s in the prime of his career. I remember being his age. He can still see very well! He has so much ability and he’s not going away for a while so anytime you can win one over him means you’re doing something right.”

The racing on the track was intense with three and four-wide moments everywhere. The Hoosier Racing Tire compound game was just as hotly contested as the side-by-side action on the speedway. It played a crucial role in the outcome of the race. 

“I knew I had soft rubber on the left side and right front,” Fuller noted of his tire choices. “My right rear was as hard as you can get. I think the other guys were running the softer tire. I made a shock change on the right front before the Heat Race and I liked that. We just got better and better. The long-distance races here I’ll take them all day long.”

After redrawing the eleventh starting position, Friesen took his #44 up 10 spots to pick up the second-place finish.

“We were good,” said Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON driver Stewart Friesen. “We went as hard as we could get with the tire. I think some of those early cautions hurt us a bit when the tires got hot and cooled back off. We’ve got some momentum going and fast race cars. Big thanks to Halmar and Chris Larsen.”

He won last year’s King of the Big Blocks and many had him touted as the favorite to win the 2021 edition. Ten more laps or one more restart may have put the ball in his court but the race stayed green and Fuller put too many lapped cars between himself and the #44 for Friesen to challenge him.

Tire compound choice was vital. 

“We have a good notebook from last year,” Friesen noted. “We went as hard as we could go last year too and the track was more abrasive then. Tonight, for whatever reason it stayed a little bit slicker. We were good at the end but we just didn’t fire at the beginning. If you look at those cautions it’s a woulda/coulda/shoulda scenario. We’ll chalk it up and roll on to the next one.”

Friesen steadily moved through the field to the front. 

“It’s an awesome race track,” he said. “Super racy. If you enter on the bottom you can get in there good but then you lose all your momentum to the guys sailing on the outside. It was a little bit sketchy on the restarts going three and four wide. It was fun.”

Third-place finisher Max McLaughlin led the second-most laps of the race. The #32C started fifth but was soon mixing it up with the top 3 including pole-sitter and former HBR teammate Jimmy Phelps who had a strong night and ultimately finished fifth. 

“These races are too long to count on anything early,” McLaughlin said of his early domination. “I knew when we fired well on the restart and drove right to the lead that I may have made the wrong.”

Again, the tire game in the pits made for an exciting Feature on the track.

“I ran a 400 right year and 300s in the other three,” McLaughlin said. “They were running 400s and 500s so they [Fuller and Friesen] were better on the long runs. Even though we picked the wrong tire we still ran really well. I think we can build on that.”

The Mooresville, NC native has one career Series win, the finale of DIRTcar OktoberFAST at Weedsport last October, but he’s been close to doubling up that total.

“My stuff was pretty burned out at the end,” McLaughlin lamented. “I was playing defense more than I was attacking. It was a lot of fun. It’s always good racing with these guys. I love racing with the Series and we’ll get another win here soon.”

Fourth-place finisher “Batman” Peter Britten was the hard charger award winner for advancing more positions than any other driver. He drove up 16 cars for his top 5 from twentieth.

Demetrios Drellos, driver of the #111 from Queensbury, NY was the only driver to run a 16.0 and that was good enough for the $100 Billy Whittaker Cars Fast-Time Award winner. 

Young gun Alex Yankowski finished sixth against a field of elite Big Block drivers. He a $50 bonus from Ken Bruce for being the highest finishing Pennsylvania/Delaware/New Jersey driver plus a free Hoosier Racing Tire for drawing position number 12 in the redraw. 

NEXT UP: The Super DIRTcar Series goes to Weedsport Speedway and Lebanon Valley Speedway for a doubleheader May 30-31. Bookmark SuperDIRTcarSeries.com to stay informed on all the Big Block action. Plus, race fans can follow along on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Feature (100 Laps)

  1. 19-Tim Fuller [13][$10,000]; 2. 44F-Stewart Friesen [11][$5,000]; 3. 32C-Max Mclaughlin [5][$2,500]; 4. 21A-Peter Britten [20][$1,800]; 5. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [1][$1,600]; 6. 84Y-Alex Yankowski [12][$1,400]; 7. 7MM-Michael Maresca [3][$1,300]; 8. 9S-Matt Sheppard [7][$1,200]; 9. 2L-Jack Lehner [16][$1,100]; 10. 83X-Tim Sears [17][$1,000]; 11. 88W-Mat Williamson [14][$800]; 12. 35M-Mike Mahaney [25][$700]; 13. 99L-Larry Wight [2][$600]; 14. 1T-Tyler Dippel [6][$575]; 15. 8A-Duane Howard [23][$550]; 16. 5H-Chris Hile [24][$525]; 17. 126B-Domnick Buffalino [4][$500]; 18. 28M-Jordan Mcreadie [22][$500]; 19. 14W-Ryan Watt [21][$500]; 20. 91-Billy Decker [9][$500]; 21. 4R-Kevin Root [28][$]; 22. 3M-Sam Martz [29][$]; 23. 22W-Brandon Walters [27][$]; 24. 118B-Jim Britt [18][$500]; 25. 17D-Marcus Dinkins [26][$500]; 26. 26-Ryan Godown [10][$500]; 27. 111D-Demetrios Drellos [8][$500]; 28. 25R-Erick Rudolph [19][$500]; 29. 30W-Joseph Watson [15][$500]

Hard Charger Award: 21A-Peter Britten[+16]


Contingency Awards:

Billy Whittaker Cars Fast-Time Award – $100 – Demetrios Drellos 

Autism Awareness – $250 Tim Fuller 

VP Race Fuels – $50 – Matt Sheppard 

ASI Racewear -$50 – Matt Sheppard

ARP – $50 – Matt Sheppard

Cometic Gasket – $50 – Larry Wight

Drydene Performance – $50 – Matt Sheppard

COMP Cams – $50 – Larry Wight

Fox Racing Shocks – $50 – Jack Lehner

PHOTO: Quentin Young


WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Friesen’s Win Streak at Three, Mahaney and Series stars want revenge at King of the Big Blocks 100

‘May the Fourth’ sets stage for New Jersey’s Bridgeport Speedway Star Wars battleground between the dominant Stewart Friesen and the tenacious Mike Mahaney

SWEDESBORO, NJ - On Tuesday, May 4 — aka Star Wars Day — the stars and cars of the Super DIRTcar Series will invade Bridgeport Speedway attempting to break the stranglehold Stewart Friesen has on the Big Block Modified universe in the King of the Big Blocks 100. 

The sleek black-and-blue Halmar #44 has risen to the highest step on the podium in all three championship points races this season, starting with the Thunder in the Thousand Islands 100 at Can-Am Speedway and a historic sweep of the Bristol Throwdown at Bristol Motor Speedway. 

It seems the Halmar juggernaut is unstoppable. A Dark Horse has been close, but still in Friesen’s Vader-esque shadow. Mike Mahaney and his trusty Huttig-owned Big Block has been in dogged pursuit of the #44 in every race.

With Friesen the Darth Vader of this saga, Mahaney has embraced the persona of a favorite scrappy, headstrong hero: Han Solo. 

“I can relate a little more with Han Solo’s mechanical ability to keep the old Millennium Falcon ship up and running,” Mahaney said. “And make it go fast.”

Mahaney, of King Ferry, NY, has maintained pace with Friesen in every race, putting himself “on his six” in the standings. Many have pegged the pilot of the #35 as the chosen one to take Friesen down at Bridgeport.

He pulled two SRI Performance pole positions at Bristol Motor Speedway, but was unable to convert them into wins. 

“We have shown that we can run with Friesen at times and sometimes ahead of him, but when it comes down to long runs at the end of the races his pace has stayed more consistent without falling off as much,” Mahaney noted of his battles at Bristol. 

On the other side – the dark side perhaps – Friesen is closing in on Bridgeport with his sights set and engines at full power. 

“I do feel like Darth Vader coming in right now,” Friesen said. “I mean I’m not a big Star Wars fan, but I’ll take it and keep going. We’re going to keep running the Series races until we can’t.”

Not only has he won the first three championship races but he also won the Series race at Bridgeport in 2020.

“The Halmar guys have been working really hard obviously with all the success,” Friesen noted. “It’s a well-oiled machine. This is my sixth year driving for Chris Larsen. Everything is rolling really smooth. We have a great notebook. We’ve been rolling along, had some good luck, made some great calls tire-wise, and that’s been it. Looking forward to Bridgeport.”

Bridgeport Speedway

Dick Tobias won the first Super DIRTcar Series race at Bridgeport Speedway in 1976 on the old 5/8th mile configuration of the track that full-time driver Rusty Smith originally helped build. Last year Stewart Friesen grabbed the first checkered flag on the new 3/8th mile, high-banked circuit.

“Bridgeport is one of the more exciting tracks we go to with the new configuration,” said the driver of the #44 Halmar car. “I had the win there last year so we have some notes to go off of. Maybe we can tune it up and be a little bit better.”

Drivers are looking forward to going back to Bridgeport after a successful Bristol Throwdown weekend of racing at Bristol Motor Speedway. 

“Just like Bristol, Bridgeport has a lot of banking, a lot of right-side load, so coming out of Bristol we’ll probably have some stuff to make our car even better,” Friesen said.

More than 35 entries are expected for the King of the Big Blocks 100. The race pays $10,000-to-win and rewards the winning driver with a guaranteed start in the Billy Whittaker Cars 200 at NAPA Super DIRT Week in October at Oswego Speedway. 

Championship Battle 

The talent level of the Super DIRTcar Series puts it in a league of its own. On top of the full-time Series driver points is Mike Mahaney, who has two top fives and three top 10s so far in three Series races. Mahaney’s #35 is red hot coming off of a win at Albany-Saratoga Speedway in weekly racing competition. Coincidentally, Mahaney finished ahead of runner-up Billy Decker who is also one stop behind him in Series points. 

“I agree that the talent level continues to rise and there are a lot of teams who can compete,” said Mahaney of the points picture. “I think it’s early for me to even look at points. I like that we are running well and up towards the top but we will continue to focus on trying to get our first Series win.”

After Decker in points is Matt Sheppard, Peter Britten, and Mat Williamson. That’s a lot of talent and wins to see in the rearview mirror. 

Series Stars vs. New Jersey/PA Favorites

Mike Gular, who was extremely fast at Bristol, will be on hand to try to take his first Series win. Drivers like Ryan Watt, Duane Howard, Ryan Godown, Jimmy Horton, Alex Yankowski, Dom Buffalino and more have made it known that they are ready to defend home territory. 

Non-full-time Series regulars like Max McLaughlin, winner of the 2021 DIRTcar Nationals big gator trophy, Tim Sears Jr., who just picked up a DIRTcar 358 Modified win at Fulton and has looked strong in all Series races so far, plus Jordan McCreadie and Mike Maresca will also be strong contenders to watch for.

Race fans do not want to miss this ultimate clash of dirt modified worlds. 


Spectator Information & Pricing: 

Pit Pass: $40

18+: $30

10-15: $15

Under 9: Free

More info at BridgeportMotorsportspark.com.


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DAIRYLAND DUEL: Madden Holds on for $22,500 Victory


“Smokey” wins his 30th Career World of Outlaws Feature

FOUNTAIN CITY, WI – May 8, 2021 – The Dairyland Showdown at Mississippi Thunder Speedway lived up to its billing. After 60 laps of slide jobs, crossovers, and battles through traffic, it was Chris Madden who stood tall in Victory Lane Saturday. 


The Gray Court, SC driver took the lead from three-time and defending champion Brandon Sheppard early, en route to his second win of 2021. It’s also Madden’s 30th career World of Outlaws victory. 


Even though Madden led most of the race, he didn’t have much time to breathe. “Smokey” was challenged from start-to-finish in the 60-lap Feature. After he dealt with Sheppard, it was Rookie of the Year contender Ryan Gustin who tried to steal the top spot toward the end. 


Madden knew he was in for a battle when he saw the Marshalltown, IA driver move into second. 


“I watched [Gustin] go around here all weekend, and that boy’s tough,” Madden said. “When he got into second, I said boy, you better get your elbows up and give it all you got.”


A couple of late restarts kept Gustin on Madden’s back bumper, but “The Reaper” didn’t have enough to get by. 


Madden used his experience to make sure he saw the checkered flag first. 


“I just had to make sure I hit my marks, and not slip my wheels when I didn’t need to,” Madden said. “I just had to do the best I could do, and if they beat me, they beat me.” 


While Gustin settled for second –his best World of Outlaws finish – the rookie was still happy with his performance at a place he’s familiar with.  


“I love [Mississippi Thunder Speedway], it’s my favorite racetrack in the country,” Gustin said. “It’s huge to know you can actually run up front and be a contender, and it feels really good. Hopefully this is the upside of things.”


Brandon Sheppard and Kyle Strickler were locked in an exciting battle for most of the race. The “High Side Tickler” attempted multiple slide jobs on Sheppard, but the “Rocket Shepp” powered underneath him to get the position back each time. 


While he managed to cross the line in third ahead of Strickler, the New Berlin, IL driver wasn’t happy with Strickler after the race.


“The eight car couldn’t pass me without hitting me, I don’t know what his problem is,” Sheppard said. 


Strickler had a different view of what happened. 


“I don’t think we touched, but I need to run over him because I feel like I’m giving him too much room, and being too nice to him,” Strickler said. “There was times I was clear and needed to commit to the slider.


“It doesn’t matter who he his or who he drives for. He puts his pants on the same way I do, so I’m going to go out there and run as hard as we can.” 


Strickler’s fourth-place finish is his first top-five since February at DIRTcar Nationals. 


Tim McCreadie crossed the line fifth, rebounding from an early setback. T-Mac had to start last in his Drydene Heat Race, after his time was disallowed for not going to the scales after Qualifying. 


Sheppard leaves Mississippi Thunder Speedway with a 60 point lead over Madden in the standings. Strickler is third—120 points back. Tyler Bruening is fourth—146 points behind, and Ricky Weiss is fifth—156 points out of first.


Up Next: The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet visit Port Royal Speedway, May 21-22, for the Huey Wicoxon Memorial, and Billy Vacek Memorial. 


Morton Buildings Feature (60 Laps)-1. 44-Chris Madden [1][$22,500]; 2. 19R-Ryan Gustin [10][$10,000]; 3. 1-Brandon Sheppard [2][$5,000]; 4. 8-Kyle Strickler [4][$4,000]; 5. 39-Tim McCreadie [13][$3,500]; 6. 97-Cade Dillard [8][$3,000]; 7. 49-Jake Timm [5][$2,800]; 8. 16-Tyler Bruening [9][$2,700]; 9. 28M-Jimmy Mars [6][$2,600]; 10. B1-Brent Larson [19][$2,500]; 11. 18B-Shannon Babb [15][$2,000]; 12. 11-Gordy Gundaker [18][$1,800]; 13. 32S-Chris Simpson [12][$1,600]; 14. 7-Ricky Weiss [21][$1,500]; 15. 29-Spencer Diercks [16][$1,400]; 16. 10S-Taylor Scheffler [17][$1,300]; 17. 77-Jordan Yaggy [24][$1,200]; 18. 32-Bobby Pierce [3][$1,200]; 19. 99B-Boom Briggs [7][$1,200]; 20. 15-Nick Anvelink [22][$1,200]; 21. 74-Mitch McGrath [14][$1,200]; 22. 20-Rodney Sanders [11][$1,200]; 23. 90-Lance Matthees [25][$1,200]; 24. 25J-Jared Siefert [20][$1,200]; 25. 28-Dennis Erb [23][$1,200] Hard Charger: B1-Brent Larson[+9]


Qualifying Flight-A –1. 32-Bobby Pierce, 13.613; 2. 28M-Jimmy Mars, 13.927; 3. 97-Cade Dillard, 13.935; 4. 44-Chris Madden, 14.045; 5. 16-Tyler Bruening, 14.072; 6. 18B-Shannon Babb, 14.088; 7. 7-Ricky Weiss, 14.091; 8. 20-Rodney Sanders, 14.117; 9. 10S-Taylor Scheffler, 14.171; 10. 25-Chad Simpson, 14.187; 11. B1-Brent Larson, 14.347; 12. 77-Jordan Yaggy, 14.442; 13. 55C-Chad Mahder, 14.501; 14. 99JR-Frank Heckenast, 14.513; 15. 43-Jeremy Grady, 14.559; 16. 28-Dennis Erb, 14.744; 17. 90-Lance Matthees, 14.85; 18. 10-Paul Parker, 14.882; DQ. 39-Tim McCreadie, 13.889

Qualifying Flight-B-1. 1-Brandon Sheppard, 13.889; 2. 99B-Boom Briggs, 14.145; 3. 19R-Ryan Gustin, 14.169; 4. 8-Kyle Strickler, 14.282; 5. 74-Mitch McGrath, 14.323; 6. 32S-Chris Simpson, 14.355; 7. 49-Jake Timm, 14.402; 8. 76-Blair Nothdurft, 14.485; 9. 15-Nick Anvelink, 14.536; 10. 24-Brad Waits, 14.585; 11. 22-Daniel Hilsabeck, 14.612; 12. 29-Spencer Diercks, 14.667; 13. 25J-Jared Siefert, 14.672; 14. O4-Tad Pospisil, 14.721; 15. 11-Gordy Gundaker, 14.736; 16. 6M-Jeff Massingill, 14.824; 17. 3-Brett Swedberg, 15.041; 18. 10C-Chad Olsen, 15.063



THUNDERING TO 70: Sheppard ends drought at Dairyland Showdown

It’s the New Berlin, IL driver’s 70th career World of Outlaws victory

FOUNTAIN CITY, WI – MAY 7, 2021 – Holding his hands together, Brandon Sheppard raised them to the sky in thanks of the gift before him. Victory. Relief… Finally.

The three-time and defending champion ended his longest drought of starting a season without an official World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model win (15 races) by finding Victory Lane Friday night at Mississippi Thunder Speedway. Along with it came a $12,500 top prize, as well.

It was also the New Berlin, IL driver’s 70th Series win. He’s now eight wins away from tying four-time champion Josh Richards for most all-time (78). 

Sheppard felt a victory was coming after several consistent runs over the last month. 

“Everybody’s been working together really hard trying to figure out what we need to do to get back to Victory Lane,” Sheppard said. “I know we’ve been close the last month, but we’ve been just trying to find that little bit of extra, and we’re getting things back to normal.” 

While Sheppard added to his impressive list of accolades, he also kept another driver from taking his first checkered flag.   

Lake Elmo, MN driver Brent Larson got off to a fast start, keeping his car locked on the bottom.  He powered past six drivers in the first 10 laps and grabbed the lead.   

Larson opened a sizeable advantage in traffic, but Sheppard started to reel him back in. That’s when the “Rocket Shepp” made his move, driving around Larson on the outside. It wasn’t something Sheppard could do early in the race. 

“At the beginning of the race, the bottom was blowing crumbs up to the top, so I knew the top wasn’t the best place to be,” Sheppard said. “Once we got into lap traffic, we got up there and started hustling and it worked out for us.” 

When the top groove came in, it may have signaled the end of Larson’s chances to win. He knew he couldn’t come off the bottom if he wanted to keep his momentum going. 

“The top came in, and I was really too tight to be up there,” Larson said. “I didn’t cut our tire up to take that much abuse. We didn’t see any tire wear [Thursday] when we were testing, and tonight we blistered.” 

Even though Larson didn’t get to Victory Lane, second is still important for the Minnesota campaigner. It’s his best finish on the World of Outlaws Late Models Series, so far.

“It’s a great feeling,” Larson said. “It’s a great accomplishment for our team. It’s a good reminder to us that we can do this, and show other people the same thing.”

Jimmy Mars finished third, Cade Dillard was fourth, and Chris Madden crossed the line fifth. 

Sheppard and Larson weren’t the only contenders for the win. Both had late challenges from Ryan Gustin, who was running third until his night took an unfortunate end due to a mechanical failure with five laps to go. “The Reaper” had a lot of damage including a broken driveshaft. 

He was disappointed because it was a car he felt could win. 

“I’m not sure what tires the other two were running, but that caution toward the end didn’t help us,” Gustin said. “We should be able to get it back together and hopefully be there at the end tomorrow.”

UP NEXT: The Most Powerful Late Models on The Planet return to Mississippi Thunder Speedway Saturday, May 8, for night two of the Dairyland Showdown presented by Dynamic Concrete Resurfacing. 

Saturday’s Feature is 60-laps, paying $22,500-to-win. If Sheppard wins again, he’ll get a $5,000 bonus. 

Morton Buildings Feature (40 Laps)-1. 1-Brandon Sheppard [2][$12,500]; 2. B1-Brent Larson [7][$6,000]; 3. 28M-Jimmy Mars [11][$3,500]; 4. 97-Cade Dillard [4][$2,800]; 5. 44-Chris Madden [12][$2,500]; 6. 25-Chad Simpson [10][$2,300]; 7. 8-Kyle Strickler [5][$2,200]; 8. 32-Bobby Pierce [6][$2,100]; 9. 99JR-Frank Heckenast [9][$2,050]; 10. 18B-Shannon Babb [14][$2,000]; 11. 10S-Taylor Scheffler [8][$1,600]; 12. 49-Jake Timm [18][$1,400]; 13. 28-Dennis Erb [20][$1,200]; 14. 7-Ricky Weiss [23][$1,100]; 15. 99B-Boom Briggs [15][$1,050]; 16. 74-Mitch McGrath [13][$1,000]; 17. 11-Gordy Gundaker [22][$1,000]; 18. 29-Spencer Diercks [19][$1,000]; 19. 55C-Chad Mahder [21][$1,000]; 20. 19R-Ryan Gustin [3][$1,000]; 21. 16-Tyler Bruening [1][$1,000]; 22. 20-Rodney Sanders [16][$1,000]; 23. 22-Daniel Hilsabeck [24][$1,000]; 24. 32S-Chris Simpson [17][$1,000] Hard Charger: 7-Ricky Weiss[+9]

Qualifying Flight-A –1. 74-Mitch McGrath, 13.743; 2. 16-Tyler Bruening, 13.821; 3. 8-Kyle Strickler, 13.822; 4. B1-Brent Larson, 13.837; 5. 97-Cade Dillard, 13.842; 6. 32S-Chris Simpson, 13.85; 7. 99JR-Frank Heckenast, 13.896; 8. 28M-Jimmy Mars, 13.934; 9. 3-Brett Swedberg, 13.963; 10. 99B-Boom Briggs, 13.964; 11. 77-Jordan Yaggy, 14.067; 12. 25J-Jared Siefert, 14.098; 13. 66-Ron Berna, 14.223; 14. 29-Spencer Diercks, 14.284; 15. 10-Paul Parker, 14.459; 16. 24-Brad Waits, 14.519; 17. 10C-Chad Olsen, 14.589; 18. 22-Daniel Hilsabeck, 14.71; 19. 55C-Chad Mahder, 14.738

Qualifying Flight-B-1. 1-Brandon Sheppard, 13.504; 2. 32-Bobby Pierce, 13.638; 3. 10S-Taylor Scheffler, 13.698; 4. 19R-Ryan Gustin, 13.706; 5. 25-Chad Simpson, 13.75; 6. 44-Chris Madden, 13.788; 7. 18B-Shannon Babb, 13.815; 8. 19-Dustin Sorensen, 13.854; 9. 49-Jake Timm, 13.864; 10. 76-Blair Nothdurft, 13.911; 11. 11-Gordy Gundaker, 14.009; 12. 28-Dennis Erb, 14.013; 13. 15-Nick Anvelink, 14.166; 14. 20-Rodney Sanders, 14.21; 15. 90-Lance Matthees, 14.322; 16. 7-Ricky Weiss, 14.324; 17. 43-Jeremy Grady, 14.453; 18. 6M-Jeff Massingill, NT; DNS. 39-Tim McCreadie, NT



DIALING LONG DISTANCE: Pierce nets $30K with Hawkeye 100 Victory


The “Smooth Operator” wins second long-distance race of the season

BOONE, IA – MAY 1, 2021 – When the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models run long distance events, you can count on Bobby Pierce to be knocking on the door to Victory Lane.  

The “Smooth Operator “led the final 70 Laps of the Hawkeye 100, cashing in on a $30,000 payday. It’s his second win of the season, and second World of Outlaws win of his career. Both of his wins in 2021 were in races lasting more than 50 Laps. The other came at Farmer City Raceway in the 75-Lap Illini 100 finale. 


While the Oakwood, IL driver started fifth in the Series first-ever three wide start, he caught everyone’s attention after a Lap 21 caution. Pierce charged through the field off the restart, moving from fourth to first in eight laps to take the lead for good. 


Before that restart, he knew he had to make his move based off what the track was doing.  


“I felt just a bit of rubber off [Turn 2], and I knew right then I had to go for it because sooner or later it was going to latch down,” Pierce said. “I don’t know what it was, but all of a sudden the car just lit up.”


Even though Pierce seized the opportunity, he knew there was a long way to go. It didn’t bother the Prairie State driver who’s had success in long distance events.  


“I’ve always liked the longer races, it gives me time to figure out the racetrack,” Pierce said. “There’s something about the 100-Lap races because it gives me time to work.” 


Another driver who used restarts to his advantage was second place finisher Shannon Babb. The Moweaqua, IL driver nosed out ahead during a four-wide battle and gained the position he’d never relinquish.    


Babb had the challenge of trying to rush toward the front, while making sure he still had something at the end. 


“I found the middle was working really well for me in [Turn 3 and 4], but I knew I had to get [to the front] as quick as I could,” Babb said. “I was just trying to do as well as I could without tearing my tires up.”


Finishing off an all-Illinois podium was three-time and defending champion Brandon Sheppard. It’s his fifth top-five finish of the season, and Series leading 10th top-10. The New Berlin, IL driver was happy with another consistent finish. 


“Putting some consistent finishes together for us is what it’s going to take to start getting some wins,” Sheppard said. “We’re just going to keep plugging away because we’re really close.” 


Billy Moyer finished fourth, and Ricky Weiss crossed the line fifth. 


Weiss was involved in an incident with early race leader Kyle Strickler. Contact in Turn 2 sent Strickler around and damaged the right front of Weiss’s car. Despite the top-five finish, Weiss felt he had a car that could’ve won the race before the contact.  


“It felt like back in the old days, when I could go where other people couldn’t,” Weiss said. 


“After I made the contact, I didn’t know if something was rubbing on the tire, but the car just kept creeping down on the right front. I knew at that point I wasn’t going to pass another car.”


Strickler was also frustrated, after an exciting battle with Billy Moyer for the lead in the first few Laps. It looked like the “High Side Tickler’s” bad luck was coming to an end before the contact with Weiss.  


“Knowing how to run this race track I think hurt me in the end,” Strickler said. “Running that diamond line here put me in harm’s way, and [Weiss] didn’t expect me to come down across the racetrack.


“I think if we could’ve stayed up there, we would’ve had a top-five car for sure,” Strickler said. 


UP NEXT: The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet visit Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, WI. May 7-8 for the Dairyland Showdown. One driver could walk away with $40,000 if he can win on both nights. 


Morton Buildings Feature (100 Laps)-1. 32-Bobby Pierce [5][$30,000]; 2. 18B-Shannon Babb [2][$15,000]; 3. 1-Brandon Sheppard [4][$7,000]; 4. 21-Billy Moyer [1][$6,000]; 5. 7-Ricky Weiss [8][$5,000]; 6. 44-Chris Madden [11][$4,500]; 7. 19G-Richie Gustin [7][$4,000]; 8. 11-Gordy Gundaker [10][$3,500]; 9. 36-Logan Martin [12][$3,000]; 10. 99JR-Frank Heckenast [9][$2,500]; 11. 19R-Ryan Gustin [14][$2,300]; 12. 16-Tyler Bruening [13][$2,200]; 13. 97-Cade Dillard [6][$2,100]; 14. 99B-Boom Briggs [16][$2,000]; 15. 22-Daniel Hilsabeck [17][$1,800]; 16. B1-Brent Larson [20][$1,700]; 17. 43-Jeremy Grady [19][$1,600]; 18. 3W-Brennon Willard [23][$1,550]; 19. 8-Kyle Strickler [3][$1,500]; 20. 28-Dennis Erb [21][$1,500]; 21. 55C-Chad Mahder [22][$1,500]; 22. 29-Spencer Diercks [15][$1,500]; 23. 18-Chase Junghans [18][$1,500] Hard Charger: 44-Chris Madden[+5]


Qualifying –1. 21-Billy Moyer, 14.577; 2. 1-Brandon Sheppard, 14.608; 3. 97-Cade Dillard, 14.629; 4. 32-Bobby Pierce, 14.639; 5. 99JR-Frank Heckenast, 14.648; 6. 44-Chris Madden, 14.698; 7. 19R-Ryan Gustin, 14.793; 8. 16-Tyler Bruening, 14.843; 9. 99B-Boom Briggs, 14.919; 10. 18B-Shannon Babb, 14.982; 11. 28-Dennis Erb, 15.033; 12. 29-Spencer Diercks, 15.035; 13. 11-Gordy Gundaker, 15.095; 14. 32S-Chris Simpson, 15.117; 15. 55C-Chad Mahder, 15.232; 16. 22-Daniel Hilsabeck, 15.39; 17. 36-Logan Martin, 15.455; 18. 19G-Richie Gustin, 15.471; 19. 7-Ricky Weiss, 15.488; 20. 8-Kyle Strickler, 15.51; 21. 43-Jeremy Grady, 15.514; 22. B1-Brent Larson, 15.812; 23. 18-Chase Junghans, 15.915; 24. 3W-Brennon Willard, 15.972


Drydene Heat #1 (10 Laps) – Top 8 Transfer-1. 18B-Shannon Babb [3]; 2. 21-Billy Moyer [1]; 3. 19G-Richie Gustin [7]; 4. 11-Gordy Gundaker [5]; 5. 16-Tyler Bruening [2]; 6. 99B-Boom Briggs [4]; 7. 43-Jeremy Grady [8]; 8. 55C-Chad Mahder [6]


Drydene Heat #2 (10 Laps) – Top 8 Transfer-1. 97-Cade Dillard [1]; 2. 32-Bobby Pierce [3]; 3. 7-Ricky Weiss [6]; 4. 44-Chris Madden [4]; 5. 19R-Ryan Gustin [2]; 6. 22-Daniel Hilsabeck [7]; 7. B1-Brent Larson [8]; 8. 32S-Chris Simpson [5]


Drydene Heat #3 (10 Laps) – Top 8 Transfer-1. 8-Kyle Strickler [6]; 2. 1-Brandon Sheppard [2]; 3. 99JR-Frank Heckenast [1]; 4. 36-Logan Martin [4]; 5. 29-Spencer Diercks [3]; 6. 18-Chase Junghans [7]; 7. 28-Dennis Erb [5]; 8. 3W-Brennon Willard [8]

TWIN HAWK MAGIC: Dillard and Babb Find Victory Lane at Boone

Moyer leads event standings going into Saturday’s Hawkeye 100 

BOONE, IA – APRIL 30, 2021 – Fans were in for a treat at Boone Speedway Friday night, as a format change meant every driver would run two 25-lap Features, known as the “Twin Hawks.”

At the end of the night, both Cade Dillard and Shannon Babb walked away with $3,000, and a lot of momentum going into Saturday’s Hawkeye 100. 

Twin Hawk 1

A pair of three-time champions, and 111 combined World of Outlaws Victories is all that stood between Cade Dillard and Victory Lane Friday night. But when the checkered flag flew, it was Dillard who had the last laugh, winning his first Feature of 2021. 

The Louisiana driver started third and moved past Billy Moyer after a restart on Lap 3. 

That’s when the cat and mouse game began, as Dillard tried to chase down three-time and defending champion Brandon Sheppard. He continued to follow the “Rocket Shepp” for most of the race before he seized his opportunity with seven laps to go. 

Dillard used his momentum off Turn 2, to set up a slide job on Sheppard. He’d lead the rest of the way for his third career World of Outlaws win.  

While “The Thriller” used an exciting move to take the lead, it’s something he knows might not have happened without catching the back of the field.  

“It would’ve been really hard to pass if it wasn’t for lap traffic,” Dillard said. “[Sheppard] was really good, and I was able to get a run once he slipped up.”

Sheppard finished second and had some frustration after leading the first 18 laps.  

“We were good but once we got to lap traffic, I didn’t really know where to go,” Sheppard said. “I think my left rear tire was giving up a little but that’s no excuse, we got beat in lap traffic.”

The New Berlin, IL driver’s runner-up performance adds to his lead in the Series standings – 50 points ahead of Chris Madden. 

Pole-sitter Billy Moyer crossed the line third, followed by Chris Madden, and Bobby Pierce.

The struggles continue for early season points leader Kyle Strickler. His 15th place finish dropped him to third in the standings—72 points behind Sheppard. 


The lineup for the second 25-lap Morton Buildings Feature, was determined by an invert of the top-12 drivers from the first race.  

That played into Shannon Babb’s favor, putting him on the pole. He used the starting position to his advantage, leading wire-to-wire for his first Series win of 2021. 

While the Mowequa, IL driver led every lap, he had to survive some heavy hitters trying to take the top spot away. 

Within the first five laps, Babb had to hold off a hard charging Logan Martin, and Frank Heckenast in a three-wide battle for the lead. Once he gained momentum and nosed back in front, it was smooth sailing from that point forward. 

Babb’s team made some key adjustments at the right time, helped by a good starting position.  

“We really missed [the setup] in the first one, but in this business, you have to have a lot of luck,” Babb said. “[The track] cleaned up a little bit so starting in front helped a whole bunch.”  

The win is Babb’s 13th trip to World of Outlaws Victory Lane. 

Heckenast finished second and had no regrets going three-wide for the lead. 

“The only thing I should’ve done different, is maybe be a little more aggressive in the beginning,” Heckenast said. “I was just happy to have a car this good in the slick. We’ve been struggling lately, so it’s a good momentum booster.” 

The highest finishing World of Outlaws Tour Regular was Tyler Bruening, who finished third. The Iowa driver worked from his fifth starting spot, finding his way around the outside of Spencer Diercks on the last restart. 

It was a different strategy for Bruening, after trying to pass Diercks on the inside during a previous restart. 

“I just took a chance there, they kept tucking the bottom so tight I just knew it’d work,” Bruening said. 

Diercks finished fourth, and Logan Martin crossed the line fifth. 

The second Twin Hawk was a non-points race, but points were collected for the Hawkeye 100.

Points from Qualifying and both Feature events set the field for Saturday’s Drydene Heat Races. 

Billy Moyer scored the most points Friday night, and will start on the pole for the first heat race. Dillard and Heckenast will start first in Heat Races two and three. 

The Most Powerful Late Models on The Planet return to Boone Speedway Saturday for night two of the Hawkeye 100, paying $30,000-to-win. 

IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, and IMCA Stock Cars are also on the card. 

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Twin Hawk Feature 1 (25 Laps)-1. 97-Cade Dillard [3][$3,000]; 2. 1-Brandon Sheppard [2][$1,500]; 3. 21-Billy Moyer [1][$1,000]; 4. 44-Chris Madden [6][$800]; 5. 32-Bobby Pierce [4][$600]; 6. 19R-Ryan Gustin [7][$550]; 7. 99JR-Frank Heckenast [5][$525]; 8. 16-Tyler Bruening [8][$500]; 9. 29-Spencer Diercks [12][$475]; 10. 99B-Boom Briggs [9][$450]; 11. 36-Logan Martin [17][$425]; 12. 18B-Shannon Babb [10][$400]; 13. 11-Gordy Gundaker [13][$350]; 14. 28-Dennis Erb [11][$325]; 15. 8-Kyle Strickler [20][$300]; 16. 32S-Chris Simpson [14][$300]; 17. 55C-Chad Mahder [15][$300]; 18. 22-Daniel Hilsabeck [16][$300]; 19. 18-Chase Junghans [23][$300]; 20. 7-Ricky Weiss [19][$300]; 21. 19G-Richie Gustin [18][$300]; 22. 43-Jeremy Grady [21][$300]; 23. 3W-Brennon Willard [24][$300]; 24. B1-Brent Larson [22][$300] Hard Charger: 36-Logan Martin[+6]

Twin Hawk Feature 2 (25 Laps)- 1. 18B-Shannon Babb [1][$3,000]; 2. 99JR-Frank Heckenast [6][$1,500]; 3. 16-Tyler Bruening [5][$1,000]; 4. 29-Spencer Diercks [4][$800]; 5. 36-Logan Martin [2][$600]; 6. 99B-Boom Briggs [3][$550]; 7. 19R-Ryan Gustin [7][$525]; 8. 21-Billy Moyer [10][$500]; 9. 97-Cade Dillard [12][$475]; 10. 7-Ricky Weiss [20][$450]; 11. 32S-Chris Simpson [16][$425]; 12. 11-Gordy Gundaker [13][$400]; 13. 55C-Chad Mahder [17][$350]; 14. 32-Bobby Pierce [8][$325]; 15. 19G-Richie Gustin [21][$300]; 16. 28-Dennis Erb [14][$300]; 17. 8-Kyle Strickler [15][$300]; 18. 1-Brandon Sheppard [11][$300]; 19. 44-Chris Madden [9][$300]; 20. B1-Brent Larson [24][$300]; 21. 18-Chase Junghans [19][$300]; 22. 43-Jeremy Grady [22][$300]; 23. 3W-Brennon Willard [23][$300]; 24. 22-Daniel Hilsabeck [18][$300] Hard Charger: 7-Ricky Weiss[+10]


Qualifying- 1. 21-Billy Moyer, 14.577; 2. 1-Brandon Sheppard, 14.608; 3. 97-Cade Dillard, 14.629; 4. 32-Bobby Pierce, 14.639; 5. 99JR-Frank Heckenast, 14.648; 6. 44-Chris Madden, 14.698; 7. 19R-Ryan Gustin, 14.793; 8. 16-Tyler Bruening, 14.843; 9. 99B-Boom Briggs, 14.919; 10. 18B-Shannon Babb, 14.982; 11. 28-Dennis Erb, 15.033; 12. 29-Spencer Diercks, 15.035; 13. 11-Gordy Gundaker, 15.095; 14. 32S-Chris Simpson, 15.117; 15. 55C-Chad Mahder, 15.232; 16. 22-Daniel Hilsabeck, 15.39; 17. 36-Logan Martin, 15.455; 18. 19G-Richie Gustin, 15.471; 19. 7-Ricky Weiss, 15.488; 20. 8-Kyle Strickler, 15.51; 21. 43-Jeremy Grady, 15.514; 22. B1-Brent Larson, 15.812; 23. 18-Chase Junghans, 15.915; 24. 3W-Brennon Willard, 15.972


LEARNING CURVE: Weiss Optimistic About Future of Sniper Chassis

The Headingly, MB driver sits fifth in Points heading into Port Royal Speedway

CONCORD, NC – MAY 12, 2021 – Taking on a new journey can lead to many different emotions, especially in racing. For World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models driver Ricky Weiss, his third full season is a venture he’s never experienced before. 

The Headingly, MB, Canada driver is pushing for his first championship behind the wheel of his own Sniper chassis.  


He’s yet to reach Victory Lane in one of his cars, but The Manitoba Missile is starting to put together consistent runs. He has eight top-10 finishes in 2021, so far. Only Brandon Sheppard (12) and Chris Madden (11) have more.  


Despite those consistent finishes, there’s also been nights he’s struggled. 


Weiss knows it’s part of the ups and downs drivers deal with running a national tour.


“You’re going to have that roller coaster effect,” Weiss said. “The car’s been good, we just got some stuff as a team to work on, and I think we’ve got the speed.” 


Speed is something that may come in handy as the Series moves to Port Royal Speedway. Weiss has had success at the 1/2-mile oval, finishing second to Mason Ziegler in 2019. He also led 17 laps in that race.  


“It’s another big, fast track that becomes racy in the Feature,” Weiss said. “I think we’ll have a good car in the Feature, we just need to Qualify better and run our Heat Races better.”


Weiss enters Port Royal fifth in the points standing—156 points behind Sheppard. Even though he’s not too far behind, it’s not something he’s worrying about right now. 


“I don’t really want to look at points until November, that’s always been my goal,” Weiss said. “There’s no doubt we’ve been struggling here and there, but you never know when that roller coaster effect could come around. I think the further we go we’re going to get better and better.” 


Weiss’s success in his Sniper chassis isn’t his only focus in 2021. He’s been going to different racetracks helping customers move in the right direction. 


“We’re working on getting some more cars out there, and that’s only going to help everyone as a team with feedback,” Weiss said. “Just like everything it’s hard to get materials, it’s hard to get anything right now. Once we get a few more cars out there and more people to work with, it’s only going to get better.”


The optimism Weiss is carrying through this journey, could be the key to unlocking more success on the path toward his first championship. 


“The Manitoba Missile” and the rest of The Most Powerful Late Models on The Planet head to Port Royal Speedway May 21-22, for the Huey Wilcoxon and Billy Vacek Memorials. 


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HOOSIER STATE HYSTERIA: World of Outlaws Set to Make Lone Trip to Indiana

The Series visits Circle City Raceway and Plymouth Speedway June 4-5

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MAY 5, 2021 – When you think of racing and Indiana, the Indianapolis 500 probably comes to mind. One weekend after “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models invade the Hoosier State for the only time in 2021. 

It starts Friday, June 4, when the Series visits Circle City Raceway in Indianapolis. It’s the first time they’ll travel to a track inside the “Racing Capital of the World.” 

The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet will run a 40-lap Feature, paying $10,000-to-win. It’s the third event in Circle City Raceway’s history, and the first time Super Late Models will touch the surface. 

The World of Outlaws will be joined by the United CC Modlites and Pro Legends. 

Tickets are $25 for adults, and Kids 12 and under are free. 

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Saturday June 5, the Series travels North to Plymouth Speedway in Plymouth, IN. It’ll be another 40-lap Feature, with Saturday’s winner also collecting $10,000.  

The speedway’s Modifieds are also on the card. 

Tickets are $35 for adults, and $10 for kids 12 and under. 

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Three-time and defending champion Brandon Sheppard already has a win at Plymouth Speedway, having won a DIRTcar Summer Nationals event in 2017. 

The experience could help the “Rocket Shepp” in his chase for history. He’s one win away from his 70th career win and only nine wins away from tying Josh Richards for most all-time (78).  

The New Berlin, IL driver also leads the points standings in his quest for a fourth title. But with drivers like 29-time winner Chris Madden, Tyler Bruening, who sits third in points, and recent winner Cade Dillard in the field, there won’t be an easy path to victory. Both races are sure to continue the Series’ streak of can’t-miss thrilling events. 

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WHAT TO WATCH FOR: World of Outlaws prepare for Dairyland Showdown Doubleheader 

Sheppard, Gustin, Strickler, Bruening and More will battle for potential $40K payday

Fountain CITY. WI– MAY 3, 2021 – The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models will make its first visit to Mississippi Thunder Speedway May 7-8, for the Dairyland Showdown presented by Dynamic Concrete Resurfacing. 

The Fountain City, WI site is the 193rd track the Series will visit. It’s also the third straight weekend it’ll travel to a venue for the first time. 


Drivers will chase another big payday, with one potentially walking away with $40,000 by the end of the weekend. 


On Friday May 7, the Series will run a 40-Lap Feature, paying $12,500-to-win. The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet will return Saturday May 8 for a 60-Lap Feature, paying $22,500-to-win. If one driver wins both, they’ll get a $5,000 bonus from Dynamic Concrete Resurfacing. 


The USRA Modifieds will join the World of Outlaws Late Models on both nights. 


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Here are the top stories to follow this weekend: 


A Long Road to 70: Three-time and defending champion Brandon Sheppard still hasn’t won an official Morton Buildings Feature. The closest he’s been to finding Victory Lane was last Friday when he finished second to Cade Dillard at Boone Speedway. 


The next time Sheppard takes the checkered flag will be his 70th career World of Outlaws win.

It would put him eight wins behind Josh Richards for most all-time (78).


Even though a trip to Victory Lane has eluded the “Rocket Shepp,” he’s still at the top of the mountain in the standings—56 points ahead of Chris Madden. 


Sheppard leads all drivers with 10 top-10 finishes in 2021. He also has five top-five’s, trailing only Madden who has six. 


He’s had success at 3/8 mile tracks already in 2021. Sheppard won a Feature at Cherokee Speedway in March, but that did not count as an Official Series win. 


Fear the Reaper: Since Rookie of the Year contender Ryan Gustin joined the Series, he’s been looking forward to racing at Mississippi Thunder Speedway. The Marshalltown, IA driver has a lot of laps at the track and raced there in a Regional Late Model Series last year. 


“The Reaper” comes into this weekend eighth in the points standings-226 points behind Sheppard. He has six top-10 finishes in 2021, including one last Friday at Boone Speedway. Gustin is still looking for his first career World of Outlaws Late Models victory. 


Consistency Is Key: A driver quietly working his way up the standings is Iowa’s Tyler Bruening. The rookie driver has taken over third place—94 points behind Sheppard. 


Bruening has two top-five’s and eight top-10’s in 15 starts. He and Ricky Weiss are tied for the third-most top-10’s this season, behind Sheppard and Madden. 


The Hawkeye State campaigner has also taken over the lead in the hunt for Rookie of the Year—10 points ahead of Kyle Strickler. 


Bruening hopes to keep his consistency going, as the Series races close to his Decorah, IA home for the second straight weekend.


Breaking out of Bad Luck: It may sound like a broken record, but the bad luck continues for early-season points leader Kyle Strickler. 


Since DIRTcar Nationals, “The High Side Tickler” hasn’t had a top-10 finish. He’s also dropped to fourth in the standings—104 points behind Sheppard. 


Despite those results, there are signs he may be turning things around soon.    


Strickler led a few laps in the Hawkeye 100, and had a top-five run going before he was involved in a crash. 


The last time he raced on a track like Mississippi Thunder was at Cherokee Speedway in March. He was running in the top-five during that event until a flat tire forced him to pit late in the race.  


The Mooresville, NC driver is tied for the most Series wins this season (2). 


When and Where

May 7-8: Mississippi Thunder Speedway, Fountain City, WI

About the track

Mississippi Thunder Speedway is a high-banked, sweeping 3/8 mile oval. 

Online: http://www.mississippithunder.com

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Around the Turn: The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models head to Port Royal Speedway, May 21-22 for the Huey Wilcoxon, and Billy Vacek Memorials. 

Feature Winners: (11 Drivers)
Rank- Driver- Hometown-Wins

  1. Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, NC-2
    Devin Moran, Dresden, OH-2
    Bobby Pierce, Oakwood, IL-2

  2. Kyle Bronson, Brandon, FL-1
    Brandon Overton, Evans, GA-1
    Chris Madden, Grey Court, SC-1
    Mike Spatola, Manhattan, IL-1
    Josh Richards, Shinnston, WV-1
    Tim McCreadie, Watertown, NY-1
    Cade Dillard, Robeline, LA-1
    Shannon Babb, Moweaqua, IL-1

Rank- Driver- Hometown-Wins

  1. Chris Madden, Gray Court, SC-5

  2. Tim McCreadie, Watertown, NY-4

  3. Kyle Bronson, Brandon, FL-3
    Bobby Pierce, Oakwood, IL-3
    Tyler Bruening, Decorah, IA-3
    Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, NC-34.

  4. Devin Moran, Dresden, OH- 2
    Ross Bailes, Clover, SC- 2
    Rick Eckert, York, PA-2
    Ricky Weiss, Headingly, MB-2
    Cade Dillard, Robeline, LA-2
    Shannon Babb, Moweaqua, IL- 25.

  5. Dale Mcdowell, Chickamauga, GA- 1
    Darell Lanigan, Union, KY-1
    Parker Martin, Milledgeville, GA-1
    Brandon Overton, Evans, Ga-1
    Brent Larson, Lake Elmo, MN-1
    Mike Marlar, Winfield, TN-1
    Hudson O’Neal, Martinsville, IN-1
    Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, AZ-1
    Jonathan Davenport, Blairsville, GA-1
    Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, TN-1
    Brian Shirley, Chatham, IL-1
    Ryan Unzicker, El Paso, IL-1
    Taylor Scheffler, Waukesha, WI- 1
    Mike Spatola, Manhattan, IL-1
    Kevin Weaver, Gibson City, IL-1
    Josh Richards, Shinnston, WV-1
    Jimmy Owens, Newport, TN-1

Last Chance Showdown Winners (17 drivers)
Rank- Driver- Hometown-Wins

  1. Ricky Weiss, Headingly, MB -2
    Dale Mcdowell, Chickamauga, GA-2
    Brandon Sheppard, New Berlin, IL-2
    Boom Briggs, Bear Lake, PA-22.

  2. Ross Robinson, Georgetown, DE- 1
    Brent Larson, Lake Elmo, MN-1
    Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, TN-1
    Chase Junghans, Manhattan, KS-1
    Brandon Overton, Evans, GA- 1
    Dennis Erb, Jr., Carpentersville, IL-1
    Mike Norris, Sarver, PA- 1
    Stacy Boles, Clinton, TN-1
    Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, NC-1
    Rick Eckert, York, PA-1
    Kyle Bronson, Brandon, FL-1
    Tyler Bruening, Decorah, IA-1
    Jonathan Davenport, Blairsville, GA-1

PODIUM FINISHES (26 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Podiums

  1. Bobby Pierce, Oakwood, IL-4
    Brandon Sheppard, New Berlin, IL-42.

  2. Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, NC – 3
    Devin Moran, Dresden, OH-3
    Chris Madden, Gray Court, SC-3
    Cade Dillard, Robeline, LA – 33.

  3. Kyle Bronson, Brandon, FL – 2
    Shannon Babb, Moweaqua, IL-24.

  4. Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, TN – 1
    Darrell Lanigan, Union, KY – 1
    Hudson O’Neal, Martinsville, IN – 1
    Ricky Thornton, Jr., Chandler, AZ – 1
    Dale McDowell, Chickamauga, GA – 1
    Brandon Overton, Evans, GA – 1
    Mike Marlar, Winfield, TN-1
    Jonathan Davenport, Blairsville, GA-1
    Ryan Unzicker, El Paso, IL-1
    Mike Spatola, Manhattan, IL-1
    Josh Richards, Shinnston, WV-1
    Tim McCreadie, Watertown, NY-1
    Ross Bailes, Clover, SC-1
    Ricky Weiss, Headingly, MB-1
    Scott James, Bright, IN-1
    Billy Moyer, Batesville, AR-1
    Frank Heckenast Jr.- Frankfort, IL-1
    Tyler Bruening, Decorah, IA-1

HARD CHARGER (9 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – H.C.

  1. Brandon Sheppard, New Berlin, IL – 3
    Ricky Weiss, Headingly, MB – 32.

  2. Chase Junghans, Manhattan, KS – 2

  3. Boom Briggs, Bear Lake, PA – 1
    Brandon Overton, Evans, GA-1
    Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, AZ-1
    Jason Jameson, Lawrenceburg, IN-1
    Logan Martin, West Plains, MO-1
    Chris Madden, Gray Court, SC-1


SLICK WOODY’S QUICK TIME Award (9 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – QTs

  1. Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, NC – 2
    Brandon Overton, Evans, GA-2

  2. Kyle Bronson, Brandon, FL – 1
    Devin Moran, Dresden, OH – 1
    Bobby Pierce, Oakwood, IL – 1
    Donald McIntosh, Dawsonville, GA- 1
    Taylor Scheffler, Waukesha, WI- 1
    Dennis Erb Jr., Carpentersville, IL-1
    Chris Madden, Gray Court, SC-1
    Billy Moyer, Batesville, AR-1

2021 World of Outlaws Late Model Schedule & Winners

No./ Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Thursday, Jan. 14 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Kyle Bronson (1)
2. Saturday, Jan. 16 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Kyle Strickler (1)
3. Wednesday, Feb. 10 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Kyle Strickler (2)
4. Thursday, Feb. 11 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Devin Moran (1)
5. Friday, Feb. 12 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Brandon Overton (1)
6. Saturday, March 6/ Smoky Mountain Speedway/ Maryville, TN/ Chris Madden (1).
7. Friday, March 26 / Cherokee Speedway / Gaffney, SC / Jimmy Owens/Brandon Sheppard
8.Friday, April 2/Farmer City Raceway/Farmer City, IL/ Mike Spatola(1)
9. Saturday April 3/ Farmer City Raceway/Farmer City, IL/Bobby Pierce(1)
10.Friday April 9/Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN/Josh Richards(1)
11. Sunday April 11/Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN/Devin Moran(2)
12. Friday April 23/Richmond Raceway, Richmond, KY/Tim McCreadie(1)
13. Friday April 30/Boone Speedway, Boone IA/Cade Dillard(1)/Shannon Babb(1)
14. Saturday May 1/Boone Speedway, Boone IA/Bobby Pierce(2)


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ONTACT AT KOKOMO: Tucker Wins Third Tour Feature of Season 3 After Bergeron Penalty
Tucker pads large points lead, looks to seal second straight title in two weeks' time


May 12, 2021 – White flag. Big slide job in Turns 1-2 by Alex Bergeron. Kendal Tucker crosses underneath him with the lead as they exit Turn 2. Then, big contact.


Both drivers dove for the inside of Turn 3 at Kokomo Speedway, neither willing to give an inch as they rounded the final corners before the finish line. Some contact was made, then some more, and even more still as they crossed underneath the checkered flag in Wednesday night’s NOS Energy Drink 360 Sprint Car Feature.


The iRacing simulation showed Bergeron as the winner, but DIRTcar eSports officials determined, in post-race review, that Bergeron was at fault in the incident for initiating the contact with Tucker. Therefore, Bergeron was handed a two-spot post-race penalty, and officially scored in third place.


This handed the $250 Feature win over to Tucker and moved original third-place Dylan Houser into second.


The last-lap fireworks succeeded a very entertaining 30 laps around the virtual quarter-mile, filled with several clean slide jobs for the lead as Houser and Bergeron tried to wrestle the lead from polesitter Tucker, who led all but the final lap.


Houser was the first to do so on Lap 25, launching a big slider in Turns 3-4 that Tucker quickly turned underneath to regain the position. Bergeron threw one the very next corner, which Tucker answered immediately, driving right back by him on the inside to take the spot back.


Tucker led the race through the white flag before Bergeron threw the slide job at him again in Turn 1 before the final-corner melee that decided the race, ultimately handing Tucker his second Tour Feature victory of Season 3.


The DIRTcar eSports Tour is back in action next Wednesday night, May 19, for Round #9, featuring the 358 Small-Block Modifieds at USA International Speedway. Catch all the action live on DIRTVision presented by Drydene.


NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) –  1. 00-Kendal Tucker [1]; 2. 2-Dylan Houser [10]; 3. 12-Alex Bergeron [2]; 4. 33-Evan Seay [3]; 5. 85-Tyler Schell [4]; 6. 115-Boddie Parker [11]; 7. 48-Dylan Yeager [20]; 8. 1-Jesse Enterkin [8]; 9. 17-Brett Rowles [13]; 10. 331-Dustin Hall [9]; 11. 461-Cole Dewease [15]; 12. 46-Jonathan Nause [18]; 13. 43-Terrell Wheeler [17]; 14. 033-Richard Murtaugh Jr. [5]; 15. 29-Billy Richardson [7]; 16. 14-Brett Wright [19]; 17. 17-Sam Reakes [6]; 18. 5-Jacob Karklin [16]; 19. 13-Matt Remick [21]; 20. 38-Ryan Carlisi [12]; 21. 82-Eric Schroeter [14]


CLAP BACK: Kilgore Breaks Jackson’s Street Stock Hot Streak with Win at Eldora


Another chapter in the growing book of Carl Kilgore vs. Tyler Jackson has just been scribed.


After a sour finish last Wednesday night at Limaland, Kilgore, of Greenville, MS, stepped back up to the plate at Eldora Speedway and made sure he wouldn’t be denied two weeks in-a-row, leading all 20 laps en route to his third Chevy Performance Street Stock victory of the season over Keith Hackney and Tyler Jackson.


A track reset before the warmup session had several drivers rethinking their strategy, but overall made for a great race in the end and allowed drivers multiple grooves to race.


“That was a hell of a race,” Kilgore said. “I was skeptical about the reset, but it turned out well. It really worked into a great racetrack.”


While Kilgore led the entire distance, he did encounter several slide job attempts for the top spot, but denied them quickly.


“We were trying to keep our nose clean for the first half, then when we had that caution at Lap 15, it was go-time,” Kilgore said.


A late caution flag restacked the field and put a hard-charging points leader in Tyler Jackson, of Rockford, IL, right on Kilgore’s rear bumper for the restart. Both got a great launch, but Kilgore maintained the spot out front as fellow Team No Love member Hackney made the move under Jackson for second as they scrambled into Turns 1-2.


While Jackson was able to take the spot back on the high side by the time they crossed under the white flag, his successful slide job in Turns 1-2 was countered by Kilgore down low as he retook the lead.


Hackney, of Calhoun, GA, threw a slide job of his own from third on Jackson in Turn 3 and was able to cut Jackson off as they reached Turn 4, swiping the runner-up spot away at the line as teammate Kilgore drove away with the $100 Feature win.


The win is one of importance for Kilgore, having come into the race 58 points back of Jackson in the championship standings. The win will cut into Jackson’s lead by 10 points as the season begins the final stretch next week.


The Chevy Performance Street Stock League is back in action next Wednesday night, May 19, for Round #9 of competition at Williams Grove Speedway. Catch all the action live on DIRTVision presented by Drydene.


Chevy Performance Feature (20 Laps) – 1. 021-Carl Kilgore [1]; 2. 69-Keith Hackney [3]; 3. 25-Tyler Jackson [4]; 4. 121-Edward Farness [5]; 5. 17-Brett Rowles [8]; 6. 546-Randy Axner [10]; 7. 077-Holden English [11]; 8. 73-Scott Reid [12]; 9. 93-Steve Miskolczi [21]; 10. 026-Sage Luther [18]; 11. 002-Clifford Bellomy [19]; 12. 26-Sean Stevens [14]; 13. 21-Jim Reavis [9]; 14. 23-Brayden McMahan [13]; 15. 71-Daniel Stiffler [16]; 16. 260-Blade Kearns [7]; 17. 46-Jonathan Nause [22]; 18. 53-Aidan Skraha [2]; 19. 18-Justin Henson [23]; 20. 0-Jordan Gage [6]; 21. 97-Butch Baker [20]; 22. 111-Jaron Valley [24]; 23. 225-Nathan Lemons [15]; 24. 92-Payton Gries [17]


WET AND WILD: Alberson Uses Rain Sprinkles, High-Side Speed to Win MARS Thaw Brawl Finale at LaSalle

Defending Series champ Shirley leads early, Alberson takes it away on rainy restart


LASALLE, IL – May 8, 2021 – Thirty laps down, 30-to-go. A roomy two-second lead on the quarter-mile LaSalle Speedway. Brian Shirley appeared to be well on his way to a second career Thaw Brawl title.


Garrett Alberson, with an assist from Mother Nature, had other plans.


Alberson took to the high side on a restart after halfway and used a rain-dampened track surface to make the pass on Shirley, driving away in the home stretch to score $12,000 and the first green-gold Thaw Brawl title belt of his career Saturday night with the MARS Racing Series.


With wet weather overhead and the race lead in-hand past halfway, most drivers would be looking for an instant downpour to cut the race short and declare them the victor. But not Alberson – he wanted to go the full 60 laps.


“I was glad it ran the rest of the way. It gave me a chance to actually win the race, I feel,” he said.


Alberson, of Las Cruces, NM, now residing in Dubuque, IA, took the initial green from inside Row 2 and watched as Shirley, of Chatham, IL, jetted out to a two-plus-second lead in traffic; outside polesitter Tanner English, of Benton, KY, just ahead of him.


A caution flag on Lap 31 broke the leaders’ hectic chase through lapped traffic, giving the impending rain sprinkles a chance to fall. Which, they did – benefitting none more than Alberson as he lined up third for the ensuing restart.


The green flag dropped. Alberson got a great launch off Turn 4 and threw it way up the banking in Turns 1-2 as Shirley stuck to his guns down low. While he was unsure of whether the top would work, Alberson knew that he was all done waiting for someone else to make a mistake out front.


“I didn’t really know if the track was going to hold-up or be slimy or not. When we took off, I was on the outside row there and I hadn’t been to the top in a few laps, but I just said, ‘to heck with it, I’ve got to go for it right now,’” Alberson said.


With some great momentum on the top lane, Alberson blasted off Turn 2 and beat Shirley to Turn 3, moving down to protect the pass as he rounded Turns 3-4.


“It just kept sprinkling ever so slightly and seemed like it really helped my tire take back off. After that, the car just felt super balanced,” Alberson said.


The yellow came back out one lap later, but Alberson made the middle groove work to his advantage on the restart and proceeded to put some distance between he and his opponents, being careful not to overdrive.


“I still felt like I had some in the tank,” Alberson said. “I was just trying to take it easy a little bit on my tires there – we were a little bit softer than those guys were.”


Some smooth driving in lapped traffic as the race wound down helped him maintain the lead as he jetted across the finish line, fist in the air out the window, a first-time Thaw Brawl main event winner.


Shirley crossed the line in second, just 1.3 seconds shy of his second Thaw Brawl belt. Tanner English came across in third, matching his finish from Friday night. Though he was happy to know Alberson got a big win, even English himself was surprised to see Alberson’s speed on the moist track conditions.


“It was like he had rain tires on. As soon as that hit, he took off and left us there. We caught back up to him at the end, but he was gone,” English said.




The MARS Racing Series is back in action next Friday and Saturday night with two big-money shows on tap. The annual Farmer City 74 hits the Farmer City Raceway on Friday night, May 14, with $10,000 in-store for the winner. Fairbury Speedway then hosts the MARS DIRTcar Late Model stars Saturday night in the $15,000-to-win Spring Showcase.


Stay tuned to DIRTcar Racing’s social media channels and website for updates throughout the weekend.




1. 59-Garrett Alberson, 2. 3s-Brian Shirley, 3. 81E-Tanner English, 4. 24-Ryan Unzicker, 5. 25-Jason Feger, 6. 41-Jeremiah Hurst, 7. 4-Travis Stemler, 8. 4G-Bob Gardner, 9. 73-Ryan Weistart, 10. 3-Dale Markham, 11. 28M-Jake Miller, 12. 9-Jeff Ridell, 13. 4B-Kyle Cooper, 14. 21B-Rich Bell, 15. 15-Kolby Vandenbergh, 16. 1-Mike Mataragas, 17. 2-Mike Chasteen Jr.



THAW BRAWLERS: Unzicker Escapes Shirley’s Clutches in Traffic to Win MARS Prelim Feature at LaSalle

Defending champion Shirley pulls early slide job, Unzicker quickly denies and holds on for $3,000 victory


LASALLE, IL – May 7, 2021 – In a great short-track battle through lapped traffic Friday night, The El Paso Express was the fastest train on the track.


Ryan Unzicker, of El Paso, IL, made the right moves in traffic and held off a hungry Brian Shirley and Tanner English for over 25 laps to score the Feature win in Friday’s Thaw Brawl preliminary night of action with the MARS Racing Series at LaSalle Speedway.


“Any time you can beat English and Shirley, that’s something that we need to be proud of because those are two top-notch teams,” Unzicker said.


Unzicker, Shirley and English were the three cars to beat all night long – top three in Qualifying, three Heat Race winners and first three on the starting grid. At the drop of the green, they each jumped out front and began their 30-lap throwdown on the fast quarter-mile.


English, of Benton, KY, led the first two circuits from the pole before Unzicker found some great grip on the very bottom lane and beat English to the line on Lap 3 before the caution came out.


Shortly after the ensuing restart, Shirley, of Chatham, IL, made the move for second around English and got a full head of steam on the top side as he charged after leader Unzicker. It wasn’t until he realized his eyes were deceiving him that Unzicker felt Shirley’s charge from behind.


“We got to playing around with the lapped traffic people, and I thought I had a decent lead, five-or-six car lengths or so,” Unzicker said. “[Turns out] I was looking at the wrong darn stick guy.”


“I was riding pretty comfortable for a little bit, and I saw a nose pop into the corner of my eye when I looked over at a car. Then I tried to focus back on where my stick guy was and he had the sticks closed, so I was like ‘oh, s*** he’s right here!’”


With some big momentum from his drive out of Turn 2, Shirley dove deep under Unizcker into Turn 3 and threw a big slide job to take the lead, but Unzicker was steady and crossed back underneath Shirley’s #3s to regain the spot at the stripe.


“I got that run in 1 and 2, and I just went in too hard,” Shirley said. “The problem was I didn’t think [Unzicker] could see me if I would’ve went in slow and he would’ve come down, so I went in too hard and slid up.


“If I could’ve passed him, I just should’ve whoa-ed the brakes and stayed on the bottom there, but I just pushed up enough where he could run back by us.”


Unzicker kept Shirley at bay until the final laps set in. With six-to-go, Unzicker caught the tail end of the field and was forced to make some quick and risky decisions with Shirley now right on his bumper.


With cars both high and low, Unzicker chose the bottom lane in Turns 3-4 to get by two slower cars, then pushed up to the top in Turns 1-2, leaving the door open for Shirley down low. However, he was unable to capitalize.


“It left a lane open because they guy had actually pushed [Unzicker] up, but I had pushed in 1 and 2 and it just left too much gap there, so I couldn’t make a move on him,” Shirley said.


Now with only a single slower car ahead, Unzicker overtook him quickly and drove away from Shirley’s grasp to the $3,000 victory – the fourth of his MARS career.


“The car was really balanced to where I could go top and bottom, really just put the car wherever I needed to. I think that’s what won me the race,” he said.


English crossed the line in third after holding off Jeremiah Hurst in fourth and Jason Feger fifth. Feger had started fourth before falling back to seventh and made a nice recovery to seal the top-five. Garrett Alberson, of Las Cruces, NM, made a terrific charge through the field to finish seventh after riding as far back as 15th in the opening laps.




The MARS Racing Series action continues from the 10th annual Thaw Brawl at LaSalle Speedway on Saturday, May 8, with the 60-lap, $12,000-to-win finale. Grandstand gates open at 3pm, Hot Laps are scheduled for 6pm.




1. 24-Ryan Unzicker, 2. 3s-Brian Shirley, 3. 81E-Tanner English, 4. 41-Jeremiah Hurst, 5. 25-Jason Feger, 6. 91-Rusty Schlenk, 7. 59-Garrett Alberson, 8. 89-Mike Spatola, 9. 4-Travis Stemler, 10. 2-Mike Chasteen Jr, 11. 15-Kolby Vandenbergh, 12. 4G-Bob Gardner, 13. M27-Mike Provenzano, 14. 44-Collin Shipley, 15. 3-Dale Markham, 16. 73-Ryan Weistart, 17. 76-Titus Sneed, 18. 9-Jeff Ridell, 19. 21B-Rich Bell, 20. B14-Victor Benedetto, 21. 79w-Greg Wagner, DNS-28m Jake Miller


WHAT TO WATCH FOR: MARS Late Model Thaw Brawl Hits LaSalle Speedway May 7-8

DIRTcar stars Spatola, English with recent weekly Feature wins, Simpson with great track record


LASALLE, IL – May 4, 2021 – One of the biggest DIRTcar Racing events on the spring schedule hits LaSalle Speedway this weekend.


The MARS Racing Series opens its 2021 campaign this Fri-Sat night, May 7-8, with the running of the 10th annual Thaw Brawl. Originally scheduled to take place in its traditional spot at the end of March, rain forced its postponement to May – the latest on the calendar the event has ever been contested.


Joined by the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds and Stock Cars, the DIRTcar-sanctioned MARS Late Models will hit LaSalle’s quarter-mile surface for two consecutive nights or racing – twin 30-lap, $3,000-to-win Features on Friday followed by the 60-lap, $12,000-to-win finale on Saturday.


This is the first time since 2019 the event has been held; the 2020 edition was lost due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.


Times and admission prices are as follows for both Friday and Saturday – Pit gates open at noon, followed by grandstand gates at 3pm. Hot Laps are scheduled for 6pm. Pit passes are $40 for adults, $25 for children.


Friday general admission tickets are $25; Saturday tickets are $30. Children 11-and-under are free.


Here are the storylines to follow and drivers to watch for this weekend…


OPIE’S STRONG START – Mike Spatola, of Manhattan, IL, has had a great start to his 2021 season thus far. He claimed his first career World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series victory last month in the preliminary night of the Illini 100 at Farmer City Raceway, besting both the Outlaws’ best and several drivers he’ll be competing against this weekend at LaSalle.


This past Saturday night in weekly action, Spatola ran down the defending Farmer City track champion Mike Glasscock in traffic and made the pass coming to the white flag to seal his second win in under a month.


Thaw Brawl starts: 4
Best finish: 7th (2018)


NEW DIRECTION – Tanner English, of Benton, KY, and the Riggs Motorsports team have found a new direction for their 2021 campaign and have been riding a big wave of momentum that they’ll carry into LaSalle this weekend.


English recently announced his plans to chase the DIRTcar Late Model national points championship, worth $25,000 for the victor, as well as the DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour, which kicks off June 15 at Brownstown Speedway in Indiana. Since his announcement, he’s already taken his #81E to Victory Lane twice in the last three weekends.


English took the checkers at Lake Cumberland Speedway on April 17 and again this past Saturday at Clarksville Speedway – one of four Feature wins he has in DIRTcar-sanctioned competition at Clarksville already this year.


This will be English’s first career appearance at the Thaw Brawl. His teammate, Jason Riggs, finished 5th at this event in 2014.


NUMBERS NEVER LIE – There’s not many drivers with a better average finish in Thaw Brawl history, than Oxford, IA’s own Chris Simspon.


Simpson finished runner-up three times (2013, 2015, 2017) before finally taking the checkers himself in 2018. He finished third in the most recent running of the event two years ago and led laps 41-63 in the then-75-lap contest, giving him an average finish of 6.14 – the third highest amongst all drivers with at least five starts in the event.


His most recent appearance at LaSalle is a telltale sign as well – finishing runner-up with MARS in their season-ending race last year.


Thaw Brawl starts: 7

Best finish: 1st (2018)


THE CHAMP IS HERE – Defending DIRTcar Late Model national points and MARS Racing Series champion Brian Shirley, of Chatham, IL, is projected to be on the roster, and if he attends will come into the Thaw Brawl among the frontrunners to win his second event title.


Shirley won the 2016 Thaw Brawl, completing a weekend sweep of the action at LaSalle with his preliminary Feature victory the night before. Since that night, he’s won three of his last nine career starts at the facility – two of which were Summer Nationals triumphs; the latter of which came just last year.


As of late, Shirley’s been heating up, notching two Feature wins in the six events he attended in April – one in DIRTcar action at Lincoln (IL) Speedway.


Thaw Brawl starts: 6
Best finish: 1st (2016)


EXPERIENCE MATTERS – Rich Bell, of Sheffield, IL, is the only driver on this list to have entered and started every Thaw Brawl since its inception in 2012.


Bell had a solid go in MARS competition last year, attending every race on the schedule and bagging a seventh-place finish in points.


Lately, Bell’s been a big threat in weekly DIRTcar competition, posting a runner-up and a third-place finish in his two starts at Peoria Speedway. Last Saturday night, he captured his first Feature win of the season at one of DIRTcar’s newest weekly Late Model tracks – Winston Speedway in Rothbury, MI – topping the 22-car field.


Thaw Brawl starts: 8
Best finish: 6th (2016)


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CAN’T TOUCH THIS: Tucker Bags Second Tour Victory of Season 3 with Big Blocks at Cedar Lake


May 5, 2021 – Make it six weeks in-a-row that Kendal Tucker has finished no worse than second aboard the DIRTcar eSports Tour.


The defending Tour champion bagged his second Feature win of Season 3 Wednesday night with the Hoosier Racing Tire Big Block Modifieds in impressive fashion, winning a very close battle with Blake Matjoulis, of Ashville, NY, after a restart to grab the lead for good and pocket another $250 check.


In short, Tucker had a perfect night – setting quick time in Qualifying, winning his Heat Race and eventually the 50-lap Feature from the pole with a hard-charging cast of virtual racers behind him.


Tucker, of Mt. Airy, NC, led Lap 1 but gave it up on the next circuit to outside polesitter Matjoulis. He and his 127 Industries machine fended off his rivals out front for the next 26 laps before the caution flag was displayed, resetting the field.


The green dropped once again and Tucker got a great run on the top side to challenge Matjoulis for the lead. Using that high-side momentum out of Turn 2, Tucker pulled ahead of Matjoulis as they slid into Turn 3 and took the line away to seal the spot.


“Once we got a couple of restarts in, I started being pretty aggressive and wanted to make some moves,” Tucker said. “That last restart there – we got a really good start on [Matjoulis] and was able to wheel around the top in [Turns] 1 and 2 on him.”


From there on out, it was all Tucker and his #00 Swindell SpeedLab entry. He had opened a two-second advantage over the rest of the field by the time he crossed the finish line, fully displaying his fixed-setup prowess on iRacing.


It comes in as another great points night for Tucker, as he extends his advantage over runner-up Tyler Schell, despite having entered one less race than each of his closest competitors. Still, he seeks his second Tour championship as Season 3 begins to wind down to the final three races.


“I definitely didn’t think we had a shot at the points this season at all. Luckily, these six races we’ve ran so far, we’ve been able to have some pretty good speed in all the different cars we’ve ran so far,” Tucker said.


The DIRTcar eSports Tour is back in action with the NOS Energy Drink 360 Sprint Cars at Kokomo Speedway next Wednesday night for Round #8 of Season 3. Catch all the action live on DIRTVision presented by Drydene.


Hoosier Racing Tire Feature (50 Laps) – 1. 00 Kendal Tucker (1), 2. 127 Blake Matjoulis (2), 3. 12 Alex Bergeron (3), 4. 41 Logan Rumsey (7), 5. 33 Evan Seay (19), 6. 22 Mason Hannagan (5), 7. 85 Tyler Schell (6), 8. 09 Tanner Tomasi (18), 9. 000 Kevin Dedmon (20), 10. 115 Boddie Parker (9), 11. 717 Bobby Rafferty (14), 12. 1 Jesse Enterkin (12), 13. 19 Christopher McGuire (10), 14. 331 Dustin Hall (16), 15. 033 Richard Murtaugh Jr. (8), 16. 17 Brett Rowles (22), 17. 8 Austin Hunter (4), 18. 48 Dylan Yeager (17), 19. 13 Matt Remick (21), 20. 78 Justin Bishop (23), 21 9 Ken Burns (15), 22. 06 Rylan Gray (13), 23. 185 Hunter Heck (11), 24. 88 Chris Olson (24)


JACK-vs-HACK: Jackson Goes Back-and-Forth with Hackney, Wins Street Stocks at Limaland

Kilgore places 19th, loses ground on points leader Jackson while Hackney rebounds


Although he recently traded-in some of his iRacing experience in for some seat time in a real-world DIRTcar Stock Car, Tyler Jackson proved Wednesday night that he still knows how to wheel it in the virtual world, too.


Leading all but four laps in the seventh race of the Chevy Performance Street Stock League, Jackson, of Rockford, IL, went head-to-head in a fierce home-stretch battle to the checkers with defending Limaland Feature winner Keith Hackney, of Calhoun, GA, to collect his third win of DIRTcar eSports Season 3.


Jackson took off from the third starting spot, grabbed the lead from polesitter Aidan Skraha on Lap 3 and began his defense of the top spot right away, as Hackney went right with him and slipped into second shortly thereafter.


Hackney hammered the top side of the 3/10-mile lap-after-lap and kept pace with Jackson’s #25 until he decided to make a daring move for the lead with under five laps remaining. A big slide job in Turns 3-4 by Hackney caused a bit of contact as they sailed through the turns, but Jackson was able to keep momentum and returned the favor in Turn 1-2.


“I saw Keith coming and had to make a move to try and win the race,” Jackson said. “So we battled it out, and he threw kind of a nasty slide job but he owed me one from the Heat, so it’s all good from here.”


The two exchanged slide jobs several times more over the final two laps until Jackson went low to protect the lead on the final lap. Hackney drove it in deep underneath one final time in Turn 3, but it wasn’t enough. Jackson survived the bumper tap and drove away with his third $100 payday of the season.


With his third win of the season, Jackson now extends his points lead over Carl Kilgore. It was a rough night for the Greenville, MS-native, who had made it up to fifth before contact with Skraha sent him backwards in the final laps, leaving him with a 19th-place finish.


To a bunch of his on-virtual-track success, Jackson attributes his time on the sim rig. Last weekend, he got his first taste of a real-life DIRTcar Stock Car in a weekly event at Fairbury Speedway – just one of several events he plans to compete in this year, using what he’s gathered on the virtual track.


“Even though we crinkled-up some fenders, I went down and helped Greg [Osman, car owner] beat some of that stuff out. We’ll be back racing Macon [Speedway, Illinois] Memorial Day,” Jackson said.


The Chevy Performance Street Stock League is back in action next Wednesday night for Round #8 of DIRTcar eSports Season 3 at the Eldora Speedway. Catch all the action live on DIRTVision presented by Drydene.


Chevy Performance Feature (25 Laps) – 1. 25 Tyler Jackson (3), 2. 69 Keith Hackney (6), 3. 17 Brett Rowles (2), 4. 121 Edward Farness (5), 5. 717 Bobby Rafferty (4), 6. 05 Devin Ramsey (12), 7. 48 Kyle Vaughn (7), 8. 71 Daniel Stiffler (10), 9. 21 Jim Reavis (9), 10. 077 Holden English (17), 11. 93 Steve Miskolczi (13), 12. 225 Nathan Lemons (24), 13. 18 Justin Henson (19), 14. 111 Jaron Valley (11), 15. 77 Anthony Corini (23), 16. 38 Ryan Carlisi (21) 17. 73 Scott Reid (20), 18. 6 Mitch Erickson (15), 19. 021 Carl Kilgore (8), 20. 53 Aidan Skraha (1), 21. 92 Payton Gries (16), 22. 23 Brayden McMahan (14), 23.  546 Randy Axner (22), 24. 026 Sage Luther (18)




World of outlaws 

CBS to broadcast World of Outlaws Bristol special
The World of Outlaws Sprint Cars and Late Models return to national TV for an hour-long show

CONCORD, NC – May 12, 2021 – Race fans around the country will get to relive the World of Outlaws’ historic return to Bristol Motor Speedway when the premier dirt racing series returns to the CBS Television Network for the World of Outlaws: It’s Bristol Baby special on June 12 at 1:30pm (ET).

The nationally televised hour-long special will showcase record-setting speeds and eye-widening moments from the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series return to Bristol for the first time in 20 years and World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series’ debut at “The Last Great Colosseum.” It’ll also feature interviews from drivers like Kyle Larson, two-time Sprint Car champion Brad Sweet and three-time Late Model champion Brandon Sheppard.

“By stepping onto the stage at one of the most iconic racetracks in the country like Bristol Motor Speedway, we were able to showcase the best dirt car racing in the world to a new audience. And we gave them four amazing shows,” World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter said. “We are grateful for CBS once again providing us with a platform to expand that audience further and continue to provide our current fans something special.”

The Bristol Bash, featuring the World of Outlaws Late Models, saw the best Super Late Model drivers in the country go wheel-to-wheel in two 40-lap Features. The first night featured a brawl among legends in the sport like Sheppard, four-time champion Josh Richards and multi-time winner Chris Madden. Then, the second Feature saw rising young guns Devin Moran, Ricky Weiss and Ross Bailes bring fans to their feet with their late-race battle.

When the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars took their turn during the Bristol Throwdown, drivers averaged speeds higher than 140mph and put on two shows worthy of the title Greatest Show on Dirt. The likes of 2019 Knoxville Nationals champion David Gravel, 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz, 2021 DIRTcar Nationals champion Logan Schuchart and 2019 Rookie of the Year Carson Macedo put the thunder in “Thunder Valley” with daring moves that brought fans to the edge of their seats.

Join the thousands of fans who witnessed these historic moments in motorsports history by tuning in to CBS on Saturday, June 12, at 1:30pm.

You’ll be able to catch additional World of Outlaws events throughout the year on CBS Sports Network, as well.

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Week #1
Tuesday, June 15 | Brownstown Speedway | Brownstown, IN
Wednesday, June 16 | Peoria Speedway | Peoria, IL
Thursday, June 17 | Kankakee County Speedway | Kankakee, IL
Friday, June 18 | Tri-City Speedway | Pontoon Beach, IL
Saturday, June 19 | Fairbury Speedway | Fairbury, IL
Sunday, June 20 | Plymouth Speedway | Plymouth, IN


Week #2
Wednesday, June 23 | LaSalle Speedway | LaSalle, IL
Thursday, June 24 | Spoon River Speedway | Canton, IL
Friday, June 25 | Sycamore Speedway | Maple Park, IL
Saturday, June 26 | Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 | Pevely, MO
Sunday, June 27 | Jacksonville Speedway | Jacksonville, IL


Week #3
Wednesday, June 30 | Beaver Dam Raceway | Beaver Dam, WI (Late Models only)
Thursday, July 1 | Davenport Speedway | Davenport, IA (Late Models only)
Friday, July 2 | The Dirt Oval at Route 66 | Joliet, IL
Saturday, July 3 | Fayette County Speedway | Brownstown, IL
Sunday, July 4 | Lincoln Speedway | Lincoln, IL


Week #4
Thursday, July 8 | Macon Speedway | Macon, IL
Friday, July 9 | Farmer City Raceway | Farmer City, IL
Saturday, July 10 | Highland Speedway | Highland, IL
Sunday, July 11 | Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN


Week #5
Wednesday, July 14 | Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN
Thursday, July 15 | Thunderbird Raceway | Muskegon, MI
Friday, July 16 | Hartford Speedway | Hartford, MI
Saturday, July 17 | Oakshade Raceway | Wauseon, OH
Sunday, July 18 | Terre Haute Action Track | Terre Haute, IN (Modifieds only)


Week #6
Wednesday, July 21 | Open
Thursday, July 22 | Springfield Raceway | Springfield, MO (Late Models only)
Friday, July 23 | Open
Saturday, July 24 | Clarksville Speedway | Clarksville, TN
Sunday, July 25 | Open

Fri-Sat, July 30-31 | Fairbury Speedway | Fairbury, IL (Modifieds only)


Week #7
Wed-Sun, Aug. 11-15 | Make-Ups


Week #8
Wednesday, Aug. 18 | Butler Motor Speedway | Quincy, MI
Thursday, Aug. 19 | I-96 Speedway | Lake Odessa, MI
Friday, Aug. 20 | Tri-City Motor Speedway | Auburn, MI
Saturday, Aug. 21 | Merritt Speedway | Lake City, MI


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2021 Super DIRTcar Series schedule

Tuesday, Feb. 9 - Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, FL - DIRTcar Nationals

Wednesday, Feb. 10 - Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, FL - DIRTcar Nationals

Thursday, Feb. 11 - Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, FL - DIRTcar Nationals

Friday, Feb. 12 - Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, FL - DIRTcar Nationals

Saturday, Feb. 13 - Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, FL - DIRTcar Nationals 

Saturday, April 10 - Can-Am Speedway, La Fargville, NY  - $7,500-to-win Thunder in the 1,000 Islands

Friday, April 23 - Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN - $10,000-to-win Bristol Throwdown

Saturday, April 24 - Bristol Motor Speedway. Bristol, TN - $10,000-to-win Bristol Throwdown

Tuesday, May 4 - Bridgeport Speedway, Swedesbro, NJ - $10,000-to-win King of the Big Blocks

Sunday, May 30 - Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY - $7,500-to-win Heroes Remembered 100

Monday, May 31 - Lebanon Valley Speedway, West Lebanon, NY - $13,500-to-win Mr. DIRT Track

Tuesday, June 22 - Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Malta, NY - $7,500-to-win

Sunday, June 27 - Cornwall Motor Speedway, Cornwall, ON - $7,500-to-win

Monday, June 28 - Le RPM Speedway, St. Marcel, QC - $7,500-to-win

Thursday, July 1 - Land of Legends Raceway, Canandaigua, NY - $7,500-to-win Liberty 100

Monday, July 5 - Ohsweken Speedway, Ohsweken, ON - $10,000-to-win 25th Anniversary

Tuesday, July 6 - Ransomville Speedway, Ransomville, NY - $7,500-to-win

Monday, July 19 - Autodrome Granby, Granby, QC - $7,500-to-win

Tuesday, July 20 - Autodrome Drummond, Drummondville QC - $7,500-to-win

Sunday, July 25 - Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY - $10,000-to-win Hall of Fame Weekend

Wednesday, July 28 - TBD

Thursday, July 29 - Orange County Fair Speedway, Middletown, NY - $10,000-to-win Battle of the Midway

Tuesday, Aug. 3 - Thunder Mountain Speedway, Center Isle, NY - $7,500-to-win

Wednesday, Aug. 4 - Land of Legends Raceway, Canandaigua, NY - $7,500-to-win

Saturday, Sept. 4 - Lebanon Valley Speedway, West Lebanon, NY - $25,500-to-win Mr. DIRT Track USA

Saturday, Sept. 11 - Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY - $7,500-to-win Cavalcade Weekend

Sunday, Sept. 12 - Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY - $10,000-to-win Cavalcade Weekend

Saturday, Sept. 18 - Land of Legends Raceway, Canandaigua, NY - $10,000-plus-to-win Gerald Haers Memorial

Saturday, Sept. 25 - Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Malta, NY - $10,000-to-win Massive Malta Weekend

Sunday, Oct. 10 - Oswego Speedway, Oswego, NY - $50,000-to-win Billy Whittaker Cars 200

Thursday, Nov. 4 - The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Concord, NC - Can- Am World Finals

Thursday, Nov. 5 - The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Concord, NC - Can-Am World Finals

Thursday, Nov. 6 - The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Concord, NC - Can-AmWorld Finals


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DIRTcar eSports Tour Season 3 Schedule

March 24 – Big Block Modifieds at Weedsport Speedway (50 Laps)

March 31 – UMP Modifieds at Bristol Motor Speedway (40 Laps)

April 7 – Big Block Modifieds at Williams Grove Speedway (50 Laps)

April 14 – Pro Late Models at The Dirt Track at Charlotte (40 Laps)

April 21 – Big Block Modifieds at Lernerville Speedway (50 Laps)

April 28 – Midgets at Lanier National Speedway (30 Laps)

May 5 – Big Block Modifieds at Cedar Lake Speedway (50 Laps)

May 12 – 360 Sprint Cars at Kokomo Speedway (30 Laps)

May 19 – 358 Small Block Modifieds at USA International Speedway (40 Laps)

May 26 – Big Block Modifieds at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway (50 Laps)


Chevy Performance Street Stock League Season 3 Schedule

March 24 – Knoxville Raceway (20 Laps)

March 31 – Limaland Motorsports Park (25 Laps)

April 7 – Eldora Speedway (20 Laps)

April 14 – Fairbury Speedway (25 Laps)

April 21 – Cedar Lake Speedway (25 Laps)

April 28 – Lernerville Speedway (25 Laps)

May 5 – Limaland Motorsports Park (25 Laps)

May 12 – Eldora Speedway (20 Laps)

May 19 – Williams Grove Speedway (20 Laps)

May 26 – The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway (25 Laps)


2021 DIRTcar 358 Modified Series Schedule

*Subject to Change*

Sunday, July 11 - Cornwall Motor Speedway, Cornwall, ON

Monday, July 12 - Mohawk International Raceway, Akwesasne, NY

Friday, September 10 - Can-Am Speedway, LaFargville, NY

Friday, September 17 - Mohawk International Raceway, Akwesasne, NY

Wednesday, October 6 - Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY

Thursday, October 7 - Brewerton Speedway, Brewerton, NY

Saturday, October 9 - Oswego Speedway, Oswego, NY - $20,000-to-win

Saturday, October 16 - Brockville Ontario Speedway, Brockville, ON - $10,000-to-win

TBA - Autodrome Drummond, Drummondville, QC

TBA - Le RPM Speedway, St. Marcel, QC


2021 DIRTcar Pro Stock Series Schedule

*Subject to Change*

Friday, June 18 - Autodrome Granby, Granby, QC

Sunday, July 4 - Cornwall Motor Speedway, Cornwall, ON

Sunday, July 25 - Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, Fultonville, NY

Friday, September 10 - Can-Am Speedway, LaFargeville, NY

Saturday, September 11 - Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY

Saturday, September 18 - Mohawk International Raceway, Akwesasne, NY

Saturday, September 25 - Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Malta, NY

Sunday, October 10 - Oswego Speedway, Oswego, NY

World Short Track Championship 

*No points*

Thursday, October 28 - The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Concord, NC

Friday, October 29 - The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Concord, NC

Saturday, October 30 - The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Concord, NC


2021 DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Schedule

*Subject to Change*

Central Region

Wednesday, June 30 - Can-Am Speedway, LaFargeville, NY

Tuesday, August 4 - Thunder Mountain Speedway, Center Lisle, NY

Wednesday, August 5 - Land of Legends Raceway, Canandaigua, NY

Friday, September 10 - Can-Am Speedway, LaFargville, NY 

Saturday, September 18 - Land of Legends Raceway, Canandaigua, NY

TBA - Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY

North Region

Saturday, May 1 - Airborne Speedway, Plattsburgh, NY

Thursday, June 24 - Mohawk International Speedway, Akwesasne, NY

Friday, June 25 - Autodrome Granby, Granby, QC

Thursday, August 26 - Cornwall Motor Speedway - Cornwall, ON

Saturday, September 18 - Mohawk International Raceway, Akwesasne, NY

West Region

Tuesday, July 6 - Ransomville Speedway, Ransomville, NY

Saturday, July 31 - Genesee Speedway, Batavia, NY

Friday, August 13 - Ransomville Speedway, Ransomville, NY

Friday, September 10 - Freedom Motorsports Park - Delevan, NY

Saturday, September 11 - Merrittville Speedway, Thorold, ON

Friday, September 24 - Brighton Speedway, Brighton, ON

Saturday, September 25 - Brighton Speedway, Brighton, ON

East Region

Saturday, May 1 - Airborne Speedway, Plattsburgh, NY

Saturday, May 15 - Bear Ridge Speedway, Bradford, VT

Sunday, June 27 - Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, Fultonville, NY

Friday, September 10 - Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Malta, NY

Sunday, September 12 - Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, Fultonville, NY

Fall Championship Challenge

Friday-Saturday, October 1-2- Fulton Speedway, Fulton, NY

Wednesday, October 6 - Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY

Thursday, October 7 - Brewerton Speedway, Brewerton, NY

Sunday, October 10 - Oswego Speedway, Oswego, NY

Saturday, October 16 - Brockville Ontario Speedway, Brockville, NY

World Short Track Championship 

*No points*

Thursday, October 28 - The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Concord, NC

Friday, October 29 - The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Concord, NC

Saturday, October 30 - The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Concord, NC


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