2017 LMS PRI

The 30th annual Performance Racing Industry Trade Show in Indianapolis, IN kicked off on Thursday Dec. 7 at the Indiana Convention Center and concludes on Saturday, Dec. 9. As expected and encouraged, there has been a lot of buzz going on in the racing community and the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series is in the thick of it. Throughout the weekend we will be posting tid-bits of breaking Series information below. 

Outlaws Returning in 2018:

• Chris Madden (Gray Court, SC) (in the Barry Wright house car) hopes to place one position higher in the 2018 points chase after finishing second in the standings in 2017 during his first full-year with the Series.

• Shane Clanton (Zebulon, GA) returns for his 14th consecutive year with the World of Outlaws. With only two more Series wins, Clanton will tie Billy Moyer for third on the Series all-time wins list with 42 wins. Clanton totaled five wins in 2017.

• Tyler Erb (New Waverly, TX) returns full-time in 2018 gunning for that elusive first career Series win. Collecting six second-place finishes with the Series in 2017, the best is yet to come for "Terbo" Tyler Erb.

• Rick Eckert (York, PA) will return in 2018 for his 15th consecutive year with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series. Eckert was one of the original "Dirty Dozen" contract drivers when World Racing Group restarted the Series in 2004 and has been a mainstay on the tour ever since. In 2018 we look forward to spending our 30th commemorative anniversary with one of our original drivers from 2004.

• Brandon Sheppard (New Berlin, IL) will try to defend his 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Championship title in 2018. Sheppard had a dominating year in the Rocket Chassis House Car totaling 18 Series wins, 37 top-fives, and 41 top-10 performances in 43 Series races.  

Joining the Outlaws Full-Time:

• Mike Marlar (Winfield, TN) entered 17 Series races in 2017 collecting seven podium finishes including one win at Duck River Raceway Park. Marlar is looking to shake things up in the points battle in 2018 with his focused fully placed on walking away with the Championship title.

• Brian Shirley (Chatham, IL) (paired with G.R. Smith) announced they would be running full-time with the Outlaws in 2018. "This deal with G.R. Smith... I can put 110% of my energy and focus into what I’m doing in the driver’s seat, and that’s a huge deal for me. That’s the type of situation that you have to be in these days if you are going to compete and win at the top level," said Shirley.

• Chase Junghans (Manhattan, KS) will make his return as a full-time driver with the #WoOCraftLMS in 2018. Junghans joined the Series full-time in 2014 but dropped off the tour in August of 2016. Although he was not a full-time Outlaw in 2017, Junghans joined 26 Series races of 43. His best performance was at Salina Highbanks where he finished one spot shy of the win. 

Rookie of the Year Chase:

• Brent Larson (Lake Elmo, MN) entered nearly half of the Series races in 2017 showing great improvement over the course of the season. Larson's best finish was at Lakeside Speedway placing fifth he also collected 5 top-10 finishes of 20 races entered.

• David Breazeale (Four Corners, MS) is a regional standout winning seven special regional events in 2017. Breazeale joined the Outlaws for one event in 2017 at Senoia Raceway Park

• Timothy Culp (West Monroe, LA) wrote his name on the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series wins list in 2017 with his victory at Lonestar Speedway. He entered four Series races and finished in the top-five three times.

More news yet to come. Stay tuned!

 

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