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43rd Annual General Tire Dirt Track World Championship


Sheppard Wins Fifth DTWC; O’Neal Secures First Career Lucas Oil Title

 

 

 

NEW WESTON, Ohio (October 22, 2023) – Brandon Sheppard won his record-tying fifth General Tire Dirt Track World Championship - Presented by ARP on Sunday night at Eldora Speedway. Sheppard tied with Freddy Smith for the most wins in the 43-year history of the race as the Illinois racer earned $100,000 for his victory. 

 

Sheppard who had just enough fuel to coast across the finish line barely edged out Hudson O’Neal for the win in a race that saw a record eight lead changes. The previous high for lead changes was the inaugural Dirt Track World Championship in 1981 where five different drivers led the race.

 

O’Neal with his runner-up finish claimed his first career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Seres National Championship which will earn him and his car owner Mark Richards a dirt late model record $200,000. O’Neal finished 0.084 seconds behind Sheppard at the finish.

 

Devin Moran battled with O’Neal for several laps as the two went back and forth to decide the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series title. Moran came home in third in the final race rundown which clinched second place in the championship points. Tim McCreadie clinched fifth in the championship points by placing fourth in the Dirt Track World Championship. Dale McDowell rounded out the top five drivers in the 100-lap race. 

 

Jonathan Davenport jumped to the lead at the start and would lead the first six laps of the race. It was a close battle up front with Davenport and Mike Marlar, who led lap seven. O’Neal, who in his last appearance at Eldora won the World 100 in September, came from the sixth position to grab the lead on the eighth circuit.

 

The car on the move was West Virginia’s Tyler Carpenter, who roared from his 17th starting spot to pass O’Neal for the race lead on lap 24. Carpenter was in front until lap 32 when Brian Shirley would become the fifth different driver to lead the race. However, Shirley’s lead was short lived as mechanical issues sent him pit side under caution ending his night. Carpenter, who was third at the time, also pitted during this time.

 

McCreadie would pick up the lead for four laps before Bobby Pierce took command after being involved in an early race caution that also involved Ricky Thornton Jr. who suffered severe right front suspension damage which forced to pit side, loosing several laps in the process.

 

Pierce would stay in front until lap 60 when Sheppard became the eighth and final leader of the race. A caution with 97 laps complete would show Sheppard in front with McCreadie holding down the second spot. On the final restart Sheppard would hold the lead, but his car started to show signs he was low on fuel. O’Neal and Moran were able to close on the final lap, but Sheppard was able to eke out the win.

 

Sheppard, who led the final 40 laps for his 31st career win with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series was relieved to make it to the finish line. “I was able to make it to the line, Hudson almost got me there. That was a pretty crazy end to the night. When I crossed the line for the white flag I ran out of gas. I had just enough gas to make it to the line, every time I have driven this car it has been good all year. It was phenomenal. The first couple of laps I don’t know what happened. I think we knocked the brake line loose on the left rear or something. I came in and the guys got it tightened up. I didn’t have time to get the brakes bled. I went back out and the caution came back out, luckily really quick, and we were able to come in get it bled out. It was perfect after that.”

 

“I went pretty hard there at the beginning just to get some distance just in case the leaders would come around and I would get lapped,” Sheppard added. “There about halfway I was running around the middle to the bottom, and I really felt pretty good there. Also, about midway through the race I found a line that worked pretty good for me through the middle in one and two. Once I saw some of those drivers dropping out, and we were picking a few of them off, I thought I was finally trying to wake up.”

O’Neal came up just short of his first Dirt Track World Championship victory, but secured his first Lucas Oil title. “This is unbelievable. It was a war of attrition. I had two flat tires, led at one point, was a lap down at one point, so I had every emotion I could think of that happened during that race. What a race it came down to with me and Devin. It was kind of rough and tumble out there, but the way it came out it made a great race for the championship and it about made it a great race for the win. I think somebody [Sheppard] ran out of fuel coming to the checkered or something. Hats off to my whole team and family. This sport will drive you crazy sometimes, it helps to have a good backdrop of people to rely on.”

 

O’Neal joins his father, Don who won the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series title in 2014. “I can’t believe it turned out the way it did. Hats off to the Eldora track crew. They worked their tails off all weekend no matter what the racetrack was they couldn’t help it; they did the best they could. It rained for three days straight they did a great job.” 

 

Moran, earning his best career finish in the Dirt Track World Championship and in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series championship points, went back and forth with O’Neal in the final laps. “It was a great comeback year. We got off to a good start in Speedweeks and then we really struggled in the first month or two after that. That was about as exciting there at the end as it could get. I think everyone is going to talk about this for a very long time. Thanks to the whole Lucas Oil family for a great series to race with.”

 

The winner’s Sheppard-Riggs Racing, Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Cornett Racing Engine and sponsored by Valvoline, True Timber Camo, Dennis G. Woodworth Attorney at Law, Wyld Gear, Riggs Drilling Solutions, Sheppard Auto Sales and Salvage, D&E Marine, Sunoco Race Fuels, and Bilstein Shocks.

 

Completing the top ten were Bobby Pierce, Jimmy Owens, Ricky Thornton Jr., Garrett Smith, and Jonathan Davenport.


 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 

Race Summary 

43rd Annual General Tire Dirt Track World Championship Presented by ARP

Sunday, October 22, 2023

Eldora Speedway – New Weston, OH


 

Allstar Performance Time Trials

Fast Time Group A: Jimmy Owens | 15.165 seconds (overall)

Fast Time Group B: Garrett Smith | 15.370 seconds


 

Penske Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 99-Devin Moran[2]; 2. 20-Jimmy Owens[1]; 3. 32-Bobby Pierce[3]; 4. 9H-Nick Hoffman[5]; 5. 96V-Tanner English[4]; 6. C4-Freddie Carpenter[6]; 7. 11K-Austin Kirkpatrick[9]; 8. 22*-GR Smith[7]; 9. 3:16-Mike Bargo[11]; 10. (DNS) 18B-Shannon Babb; 11. (DNS) 20C-Duane Chamberlain


 

Summit Racing Products Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 39-Tim McCreadie[2]; 2. 8S-Brian Shirley[1]; 3. 17M-Dale McDowell[6]; 4. 12-Jason Jameson[5]; 5. 58-Garrett Alberson[3]; 6. 111B-Max Blair[8]; 7. 21H-Robby Hensley[7]; 8. 88G-Chad Green[9]; 9. 25-Jason Feger[4]; 10. 79-Bill Lewis[10]


 

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[1]; 2. 00-Carson Ferguson[3]; 3. 28C-Tyler Carpenter[5]; 4. 69-Jon Hodgkiss[2]; 5. 6JR-Parker Martin[4]; 6. 99B-Boom Briggs[8]; 7. 3-Austin Neely[7]; 8. 03-Gregg Haskell[9]; 9. (DNS) 111-Steven Roberts; 10. (DNS) 5N-Dustin Nobbe


 

AP1 Insurance Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 49-Jonathan Davenport[3]; 2. 76-Brandon Overton[4]; 3. B5-Brandon Sheppard[2]; 4. 10-Garrett Smith[1]; 5. 1T-Tyler Erb[5]; 6. 46-Earl Pearson Jr[8]; 7. 187-David McCoy[7]; 8. 0-Scott Bloomquist[6]; 9. (DNS) 16-Tyler Bruening; 10. (DNS) 63-Terry Rushlow


 

Lucas Oil Heat Race #5 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 157-Mike Marlar[2]; 2. 18D-Daulton Wilson[1]; 3. 174-Ethan Dotson[8]; 4. 6-Ross Bailes[3]; 5. 7W-Ricky Weiss[9]; 6. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[7]; 7. 95J-Jerry Bowersock[10]; 8. 11-Spencer Hughes[4]; 9. 7-Ross Robinson[6]; 10. 15K-Cody Overton[5]


 

Lucas Oil Heat Race #6 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 1H-Hudson O'Neal[2]; 2. 25Z-Mason Zeigler[1]; 3. 22F-Chris Ferguson[6]; 4. 89M-Mike Spatola[3]; 5. 130-Chase Osterhoff[9]; 6. 88-Trent Ivey[5]; 7. S8-Chris Stotts[8]; 8. 49B-Brian Ruhlman[7]; 9. 11A-Austin Smith[4]; 10. (DNS) 8-Rob Anderzack


 

Fast Shafts B-Main Race #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 9H-Nick Hoffman[1]; 2. 96V-Tanner English[3]; 3. 58-Garrett Alberson[4]; 4. C4-Freddie Carpenter[5]; 5. 12-Jason Jameson[2]; 6. 22*-GR Smith[9]; 7. 11K-Austin Kirkpatrick[7]; 8. 21H-Robby Hensley[8]; 9. 3:16-Mike Bargo[11]; 10. 88G-Chad Green[10]; 11. 111B-Max Blair[6]; 12. 79-Bill Lewis[13]; 13. (DNS) 25-Jason Feger


 

UNOH B-Main Race #2 Finish (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 10-Garrett Smith[2]; 2. 1T-Tyler Erb[4]; 3. 6JR-Parker Martin[3]; 4. 99B-Boom Briggs[5]; 5. 187-David McCoy[8]; 6. 3-Austin Neely[7]; 7. 0-Scott Bloomquist[10]; 8. 03-Gregg Haskell[9]; 9. 46-Earl Pearson Jr[6]; 10. 69-Jon Hodgkiss[1]


 

MyRacePass B-Main Race #3 Finish (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 7W-Ricky Weiss[3]; 2. 89M-Mike Spatola[2]; 3. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[5]; 4. 88-Trent Ivey[6]; 5. 11-Spencer Hughes[9]; 6. 95J-Jerry Bowersock[7]; 7. 49B-Brian Ruhlman[10]; 8. 130-Chase Osterhoff[4]; 9. S8-Chris Stotts[8]; 10. 15K-Cody Overton[13]; 11. 6-Ross Bailes[1]; 12. (DNS) 7-Ross Robinson; 13. (DNS) 11A-Austin Smith


 

Jim Dunn Memorial Non-Qualifier Finish (16 Laps): 1. 12-Jason Jameson[6]; 2. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[2]; 3. 99B-Boom Briggs[4]; 4. 11K-Austin Kirkpatrick[11]; 5. 95J-Jerry Bowersock[10]; 6. 3-Austin Neely[9]; 7. 88G-Chad Green[19]; 8. 187-David McCoy[7]; 9. 49B-Brian Ruhlman[13]; 10. 3:16-Mike Bargo[17]; 11. 6JR-Parker Martin[1]; 12. 79-Bill Lewis[23]; 13. 69-Jon Hodgkiss[20]; 14. 22*-GR Smith[8]; 15. C4-Freddie Carpenter[3]; 16. 130-Chase Osterhoff[16]; 17. (DNS) 88-Trent Ivey; 18. (DNS) 0-Scott Bloomquist; 19. (DNS) 21H-Robby Hensley; 20. (DNS) 03-Gregg Haskell; 21. (DNS) S8-Chris Stotts; 22. (DNS) 15K-Cody Overton; 23. (DNS) 6-Ross Bailes


 

43rd Annual General Tire Dirt Track World Championship Presented by ARP Feature Finish (100 Laps):

Race Statistics  

Entrants: 62

Terminal Maintenance & Construction Pole Sitter: Devin Moran

Lap Leaders: Jonathan Davenport (Laps 1-6); Mike Marlar (Lap 7); Hudson O’Neal (Laps 8-23); Tyler Carpenter (Laps 24-33); Brian Shirley (Laps 34-39); Tim McCreadie (Laps 40-43); Bobby Pierce (Lap 44-59); Brandon Sheppard (Laps 60-100) 

Wieland Feature Winner: Brandon Sheppard

Arizona Sport Shirts Crown Jewel Cup Feature Winner: Brandon Sheppard

Brandon Ford TV Challenge Feature Winner: Brandon Sheppard

Margin of Victory: 0.084 seconds 

Gorsuch Performance Solutions Cautions: Nick Hoffman, Mike Spatola (Lap 7); Bobby Pierce, Ricky Thornton, Jr. (Lap 8); Daulton Wilson (Lap 14); Garrett Smith (Lap 22); Ricky Weiss, Tanner English (Lap 25); Tanner English (Lap 34); Hudson O’Neal (Lap 35); Tyler Carpenter (Lap 40); Tyler Carpenter (Lap 41); Tyler Erb (Lap 74); Bobby Pierce (Lap 95)

Series Provisionals: Max Blair; Earl Pearson, Jr.

Fast Time Provisional: n/a

Series Emergency Provisionals: Garrett Alberson; Spencer Hughes

Track Provisional: n/a

Big River Steel Podium Top 3: Brandon Sheppard, Hudson O’Neal, Devin Moran

Penske Shocks Top 5: Brandon Sheppard, Hudson O’Neal, Devin Moran, Tim McCreadie, Dale McDowell

Todd Steel Buildings Hard Charger of the Race: Brandon Sheppard (Advanced 13 Positions) 

Wilwood Brakes Lucky 7th Place Feature: Jimmy Owens

Deatherage Opticians Lucky 13th Place Feature: Daulton Wilson

Earnhardt Technologies Most Laps Led: Brandon Sheppard (40 Laps) 

Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Brandon Sheppard

Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Ricky Thornton, Jr.; Hudson O’Neal; Jonathan Davenport; Devin Moran 

O’Reilly Auto Parts Rookie of the Race: Max Blair 

Etchberger Trucking Fastest Lap of the Race: Jonathan Davenport (Lap 1 – 16.562 seconds) 

MD3 Tough Break of the Race: Ricky Thornton, Jr.

Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Kevin Rumley (Brandon Sheppard) 

ARP Engine Builder of the Race: Cornett Racing Engines

Miller Welders Chassis Builder of the Race: Longhorn Chassis

Dirt DraftFastest in Hot Laps: Brandon Overton (15.165 seconds)

Time of Race: 1 hour 24 minutes 19 seconds


 

Big River Steel Chase for the Championship Presented by ARP Point Standings:

 

 

Weather Forces Friday Portion of Dirt Track World Championship to Saturday Afternoon

NEW WESTON, Ohio (October 20, 2023) – Friday’s portion of the 43rd Annual General Tire Dirt Track World Championship – Presented by ARP has been postponed to Saturday afternoon.

 

Officials from the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Eldora Speedway, and the Dirt Track World Championship have jointly agreed that, even if a window of opportunity presented itself tonight, the track surface is too soft and would not be safe for competition.

 

The pit gates at Eldora Speedway will open at 9:00AM on Saturday. Tech inspection for Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series entries will begin at 10:00AM. The general admission gates will open at 11:00AM. A Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series drivers meeting will take place at 12:30PM with hot laps slated for 1:00PM. All times are Eastern Time.

 

All 3-Day, 2-Day, and Friday only tickets and pit passes are valid for the afternoon show.

 

Following the completion of the Friday program, the grandstands will be cleared, cleaned, and then reopened. As this clearing process takes place, the track will be refreshened and prepared for the Saturday evening show. 3-Day, 2-Day, and Saturday only tickets and pit passes are valid for entry to the Saturday evening show. The Saturday evening show will start as soon as the stands are reopened, and the track surface is ready.


Arizona Sport Shirts Crown Jewel Cup Decided at Eldora

BATAVIA, Ohio (October 19, 2023) – The battle for the Arizona Sport Shirt Crown Jewel Cup will end with the 43rd Annual General Tire Dirt Track World Championship – Presented by ARP at Eldora Speedway.

 

A tight battle for the $15,000 bonus between Ricky Thornton Jr. and Hudson O’Neal will be decided at the conclusion of Saturday’s 100-lap finale. Thornton Jr. holds a 70-point advantage over O’Neal in the current Arizona Sport Shirts Crown Jewel Cup standings.

 

The mini-series within the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series schedule consists of sixteen (16) events that pay $30,000 or more to the winner. Drivers with perfect attendance on the tour will earn points in these sixteen (16) events based on their respective finishes.

 

The driver that earns the most points at the sixteen (16) Crown Jewel Cup events will be crowned the Arizona Sport Shirts Crown Jewel Cup Champion – earning a $15,000 cash bonus at the year-end awards banquet. The drivers who finish second through fifth in the Crown Jewel Cup standings will earn $6,000, $4,000, $3,000, and $2,000 in cash, respectively for a total point fund of $30,000 for these sixteen (16) events.

 

Arizona Sport Shirts will a huge a presence at 43rd Annual General Tire Dirt Track World Championship – Presented by ARP as the Official Merchandise Provider for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series - along with their extensive online store at https://www.gottarace.com/collections/lucas-oil-late-model-dirt-series

 

For the latest news, results, championship standings and more about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, please visit www.lucasdirt.com.

 

2023 Arizona Sport Shirts Crown Jewel Cup Schedule:

Sat. May 13 – Fairbury Speedway – Fairbury, IL - $30,000 – Bobby Pierce

Sat. May 27 – Lucas Oil Speedway – Wheatland, MO - $50,000 – Devin Moran

Sat. Jun. 3 – West Virginia Motor Speedway – Mineral Wells, WV - $50,000 – Rained Out

Sat. Jun. 17 – Smoky Mountain Speedway – Maryville, TN - $50,000 – Ricky Thornton Jr.

Sat. Jun. 24 – Lernerville Speedway – Sarver, PA - $50,000 – Ricky Thornton Jr.

Sat. Jul. 1 – Muskingum County Speedway – Zanesville, OH - $30,000 – Ricky Thornton Jr.

Sat. Jul. 8 – Deer Creek Speedway – Spring Valley, MN - $50,000 – Bobby Pierce

Sat. Jul. 22 – Huset’s Speedway – Brandon, SD - $53,000 – Brandon Sheppard

Sat. Aug. 12 – Florence Speedway – Union, KY - $75,000 – Bobby Pierce

Sat. Aug. 19 – Batesville Motor Speedway – Batesville, AR - $50,000 – Dale McDowell

Sat. Aug. 26 – Port Royal Speedway – Port Royal, PA - $50,000 – Hudson O’Neal

Sun. Sep. 3 – Tyler County Speedway – Middlebourne, WV - $30,000 – Jonathan Davenport

Sat. Sep. 16 – Knoxville Raceway – Knoxville, IA - $50,000 – Ricky Thornton Jr.

Sat. Sep. 23 – Brownstown Speedway – Brownstown, IN - $30,000 – Ricky Thornton Jr.

Sat. Sep. 30 – Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway – Imperial, PA - $30,000 – Ricky Thornton Jr.

Sat. Oct. 21 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH - $100,000

 

About Arizona Sports Shirts:

Founded more than four decades ago, Arizona Sport Shirts has provided bold, unique, and effective apparel for race teams, businesses, and special events. Today, Arizona Sport Shirts continues its commitment to providing cutting edge apparel and merchandise found nowhere else. More information on Arizona Sport Shirts, including online ordering details, is available at: www.ArizonaSportShirts.com.

 


 

O’Neal Leads Brandon Ford TV Race Challenge to Eldora

BATAVIA, Ohio (October 17, 2023) – Hudson O’Neal leads the challenge for the Brandon Ford TV Race Challenge to the 43rd Annual General Tire Dirt Track World Championship – Presented by ARP at Eldora Speedway, October 20-21.

 

O’Neal holds a 100-point lead over Jonathan Davenport with Ricky Thornton Jr. just 30-points behind Davenport in third. Devin Moran and Tim McCreadie rounds out the top five in the Brandon Ford TV Race Challenge standings.

 

The Brandon Ford TV Race Challenge is a mini-series within the 2023 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series schedule that will award points to drivers at the thirteen (13) tape-delayed events airing on the MAVTV Motorsports Network.

 

The driver earning the most Brandon Ford TV Race Challenge points will receive a $15,000 cash bonus, while second and third will receive $5,000 and $2,000 respectively at the year-end awards banquet. Drivers must maintain perfect attendance with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series to be eligible for these awards.

 

For the latest news, results, championship standings and more about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, please visit www.lucasdirt.com.

 

2023 Brandon Ford TV Race Challenge Schedule:

Sat. Jan. 28 – Golden Isles Speedway – Waynesville, GA - $25,000 - Brandon Overton

Thurs. Feb 9 – East Bay Raceway Park – Tampa, FL - $10,000 - Hudson O’Neal

Fri.. Feb 10 – East Bay Raceway Park – Tampa, FL - $12,000 - Hudson O’Neal

Sat. Feb 11 – East Bay Raceway Park – Tampa, FL - $15,000 - Rained Out

Sat. May 27 – Lucas Oil Speedway – Wheatland, MO - $6,000 - Jonathan Davenport

Sat. May 27 – Lucas Oil Speedway – Wheatland, MO - $50,000 - Devin Moran

Sat. Jun. 24 – Lernerville Speedway – Sarver, PA - $50,000 - Ricky Thornton Jr.

Sat. Jul. 8 – Deer Creek Speedway – Spring Valley, MN - $50,000 - Bobby Pierce

Sat. Jul. 15 – Lucas Oil Speedway – Wheatland, MO - $15,000 - Jonathan Davenport

Sat. Jul. 22 – Huset’s Speedway – Brandon, SD - $53,000 - Brandon Sheppard

Sat. Aug. 12 – Florence Speedway – Union, KY - $75,000 - Bobby Pierce

Sat. Aug. 26 – Port Royal Speedway – Port Royal, PA - $50,000 - Hudson O’Neal

Sat. Sep. 16 – Knoxville Raceway – Knoxville, IA - $50,000 - Ricky Thornton Jr.

Sat. Oct. 21 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH - $100,000

 


Big River Steel Chase for the Championship - Presented by ARP Ends at Eldora

BATAVIA, Ohio (October 18, 2023) – The highly anticipated end to the Big River Steel Chase for the Championship – Presented by ARP will take place at the famed Eldora Speedway, October 20-21.

 

The top four drivers in the Big River Steel Chase for the Championship - Presented by ARP - Ricky Thornton Jr., Hudson O’Neal, Jonathan Davenport, and Devin Moran - will enter the season finale will their points consolidated, each with an equal opportunity at the title of Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion. The first of the four drivers to cross the finish line in the 43rd Annual General Tire Dirt Track World Championship - Presented by ARP will be crowned the 2023 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion.

 

In addition to the revitalized championship format, more than $470,000 has been added to the championship point fund, bringing the grand total for the Big River Steel Chase for the Championship presented by ARP to over $1,000,000.

 

2023 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Point Fund: 1. $200,000, 2. $150,000, 3. $125,000, 4. $100,000, 5. $75,000, 6. $60,000, 7. $50,000, 8. $45,000, 9. $40,000, 10. $35,000, 11. $30,000, 12. $25,000, 13. $20,000, 14. $15,000

 

Chase Bonuses: $66,000

Point Fund: $970,000

Total: $1,036,000

 

For the latest news, results, championship standings and more about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, please visit www.lucasdirt.com.

 

About Big River Steel a U.S. Steel Company:

Big River Steel started in 2014 in an area of northeast Arkansas that has been called “steel mill heaven.” They’ve we’ve always been about more than just building a steel mill. In fact, they’ve always been about more than just building a steel company. Big River takes a visionary, entrepreneurial approach to the ever-changing American manufacturing industry. They’re reimagining what it means to be a steel company in the global marketplace.

 

To keep pace with evolving and emerging industries, they’ve attracted and trained the best steel technicians in the business. They’ve equipped them with the most advanced technology to make the steels customers need today and a decade from now. All while creating minimal impact on the environment. From their Flex Mill® equipment to AI technology to their partnerships with academic research institutes, they’re daring to be more than what you’d expect from a steel company.

 

To learn more visit www.bigriversteel.com.


Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Primed for Championship Weekend at Eldora

BATAVIA, Ohio (October 17, 2023) – The most illustrious season in Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series history wraps up with the 43rd Annual General Tire Dirt Track World Championship – Presented by ARP at Eldora Speedway, October 19-21.

 

The weekend will get underway on Thursday, October 19 with preliminary events for the Modified division. Additionally, a full program is on tap for the Eldora Stock Cars, paying $1,000-to-win.

 

On Friday, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will take center stage with Dirt Draft Hot Laps, Allstar Performance Time Trials, and Heats Races. The Steel Block Late Model Series will compete in their preliminary events, while the Modified division will contest their 30-lap, $5,000-to-win A-Main.

 

Saturday’s festivities will kick off with a Dirt Racing Outreach Service at 1:30PM, followed by a Drivers Autograph Session at 3:00PM. The on-track action will begin with Hot Laps for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series at 6:00PM, followed by the crowning of the 2023 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, O’Reilly Auto Parts Rookie of the Year. Then, B-Mains for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be contested, followed by the Jim Dunn Memorial Non-Qualifiers Race, and the 100-lap, $100,000-to-win, 43rd Annual General Tire Dirt Track World Championship – Presented by ARP.

 

Following Saturday’s main event, the Lucas Oil Late Model Series will crown the 2023 National Champion. The Steel Block Late Model Series will cap off the weekend with their 25-lap, $5,000-to-win A-Main.

 

The Turn 3 Pit Gate will open at 11:00AM on Thursday, 10:00AM on Friday, and 12:00PM (Noon) on Saturday. The General Admission Gates will open at 2:00PM each day. All times are Eastern Time.

 

Eldora Speedway is a half-mile facility located at 13929 State Route 118 in New Weston, Ohio. The ‘Big E’ is owned by three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion, Tony Stewart. The Indiana native purchased Eldora from legendary promotor Earl Baltes in 2004. Baltes built Eldora in 1954 and had been the sole owner of the facility from day number one. Eldora plays host to some of the largest dirt racing events in the country, including the Dirt Late Model Dream, Kings Royal, and World 100. To learn more about Eldora Speedway, or to purchase tickets in advance, please visit www.eldoraspeedway.com.

 

The top four drivers in the Big River Steel Chase for the Championship - Presented by ARP - Ricky Thornton Jr., Hudson O’Neal, Jonathan Davenport, and Devin Moran - will enter the season finale will their points consolidated, each with an equal opportunity at the title of Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion. The series champion will receive $200,000, with the top four drivers in the final series standings earning a minimum of $100,000.

 

For the latest news, results, championship standings and more about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, please visit www.lucasdirt.com.

 

About Carl Short’s Dirt Track World Championship:

Founded in 1981 by Hall of Fame event promoter Carl Short, the Dirt Track World Championship set the foundation for high paying crown jewel dirt late model events. Jim Dunn claimed the first Dirt Track World Champion crown which boasted $30,000, double the winner’s share of any other major event that year. Over the past 40 years, dirt late model veterans and rising young stars alike have etched their name in the Dirt Track World Championship history book.

 

About General Tire:

General Tire for over 100 years has offered a complete quality line of ultra-high performance, passenger, light truck, off-road, and commercial tires to meet all your needs. To learn more about General Tire, visit: www.generaltire.com.

 

About Automotive Racing Products:

ARP is the world leader in fastener technology, proudly made in the USA. Located in Ventura, CA, ARP’s product line contains thousands of part numbers, and has expanded to include virtually every fastener found in an engine and driveline and throughout the suspension and frame. These range from quality high performance OEM replacement parts to exotic specialty hardware for all forms of motorsports and marine applications.

 

To learn more about ARP visit their website at www.arp-bolts.com.

 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Purses:

Dirt Track World Championship A-Main (100 Laps): 1. $100,000, 2. $20,000, 3. $10,000, 4. $8,000, 5. $7,500, 6. $7,000, 7. $6,000, 8. $5,000, 9. $4,500, 10. $4,000, 11. $3,500, 12. $3,250, 13. $3,000, 14. $2,750, 15. $2,700, 16. $2,650, 17. $2,600, 18. $2,575, 19. $2,550, 20. $2,525, 21. $2,500, 22. $2,500, 23. $2,500, 24. $2,500, 25. $2,500, 26. $2,500 = Total $215,100

 

Jim Dunn Memorial Non-Qualifier (25 Laps): 1. $3,000, 2. $2,000, 3. $1,500, 4. $1,250, 5. $1,200, 6. $1,150, 7. $1,100, 8. $1,075, 9. $1,050, 10. $1,025, 11. $1,000, 12. $900, 13. $800, 14. $700, 15. $600, 16. $500, 17. $500, 18. $500, 19. $500, 20. $500, 21. $500, 22. $500, 23. $500, 24. $500, 25. $500, 26. $500 = Total $23,850

 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Tire Rule:

Left Rear/Fronts – Hoosier (90) NLMT2, (90) NLMT3

Right Rear – Hoosier (92) NLMT2, (92) NLMT3, (92) NLMT4

*Must use the same set of 4 tires for Time Trials and Heat Races on Friday.

 

Previous Dirt Track World Champions:

2022 - Garrett Smith

2021 - Ricky Thornton Jr.

2020 - Brandon Sheppard

2019 - Brandon Sheppard

2018 - Josh Richards

2017 - Josh Richards

2016 - Brandon Sheppard

2015 - Scott Bloomquist

2014 - Scott Bloomquist

2013 - Brandon Sheppard

2012 - Jimmy Owens

2011 - Don O’Neal

2010 - Earl Pearson Jr.

2009 - Jimmy Mars

2008 - Brian Birkhofer

2007 - Chub Frank

2006 - Shannon Babb

2005 - Scott Bloomquist

2004 - Rick Eckert

2003 - Darrell Lanigan

2002 - Shannon Babb

2001 - Bart Hartman

2000 - Wendell Wallace

1999 - Steve Francis

1998 - Freddy Smith

1997 - Marshall Green

1996 - Billy Moyer

1995 - Jack Boggs

1994 - Ronnie Johnson

1993 - Freddy Smith

1992 - Ronnie Johnson

1991 - Freddy Smith

1990 - Jack Boggs

1989 - John Mason

1988 - Donnie Moran

1987 - Larry Moore

1986 - Billy Moyer

1985 - Freddy Smith

1984 - Jack Boggs

1983 - Freddy Smith

1982 - Charlie Swartz

1981 - Jim Dunn

 
 

 

     

 

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