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2006 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Champion scores biggest win of his stellar career
 
ROSSBURG, OH — Oct. 13, 2018 — After two Prelim Nights, spread over a 37-day period, the 48th annual World 100 concluded with the main event of the 2018 racing season in the Dirt Super Late Model World. The famed ½ (0.500) mile high-banked dirt oval of Eldora Speedway (OH), located just east of the Indiana/Ohio state line in Rossburg, Ohio served as hosts of the “Granddaddy of them all” on Saturday, October 13. After the 78 teams, who returned from the September rain out and had to wait an extra day, again due to Mother Nature, the result was a “Doubleheader Saturday” at the western Ohio speed plant that saw the teams race in the morning/afternoon and again in the evening. 
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48th annual World 100 up next to conclude Doubleheader Saturday 
 
ROSSBURG, OH — Oct. 13, 2018 — The 48th annual World 100 was set to resume after a delay of five weeks and two days with the second of two Prelim Nights at the famed ½ (0.500) mile high-banked dirt oval of Eldora Speedway (OH), located just east of the Indiana/Ohio state line in Rossburg, Ohio on Saturday, October 13. Originally scheduled for September 7, then October 12, Mother Nature was nowhere in sight for “Doubleheader Saturday” as the second of three full nights of racing for the “Granddaddy of them all” featuring the popular “Every Lap Matters” format was highlighted by twin 25-lap features paying $10,000 to win each. 
 
After 101 cars were on hand back in September, 78 returned 37 days later and at the end of the impromptu morning / afternoon show it would be former four-time World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Champion, Josh Richards scoring the victory in the Odd Feature. While in the even Feature, Ricky Thornton Jr., surprised everyone on the property by scoring his first career Super Late Model Feature win and it comes at the famed Eldora Speedway. 
 
In the Odd Feature, Richards started on the outside of the front row and quickly disposed of pole-sitter Duane Chamberlain. From there, it was all Richards who was never seriously challenged en route to his first Feature win at Eldora speedway since May 25, 2008, which came in a Sunoco American Late Model Series race. A span on 10 years, five months & 19 days. 
 
“This feels fantastic. I almost forgot what it feels like to be up here,” Stated the 30-year-old driver from Shinnston, WV as he climbed from his #1 Best Performance Motorsports / Rocket XR1 Chassis / Durham Racing Engines entry after ending a personal overall winless streak of eight months and 10 days. “It’s been a bit of a tough year for us. We’ve had some speed, but just haven’t had things go our way. It feels good to finally get one.” He added. 
 
It would be Chamberlain and Richards leading the 24-car field to the green flag to kick off “Doubleheader Saturday” as Richards rocketed out to the lead from his outside front row starting spot. A couple of cautions bunched up the field, but on each restart, Richards was able to pull away from the pack. Chris Madden was able to claw his way into second spot from eighth, but by the time he got to the runner-up spot, Richards had built his lead up and was able to place several lapped cars between himself and Madden and go on to score the $10,000 payday. 
 
With the win, Richards also clinched the “Every Lap Matters” Points title, worth an additional $2,500 after both Prelim Events (September 6 & October 13). Madden settled for second as World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series points leader, Mike Marlar finished off the podium in third. Don O’Neal was fourth as Earl Pearson Jr., completed the top five. 2017 Outlaw Rookie of the Year, Devin Moran was sixth as a pair of former Outlaw Champions, Brandon Sheppard (2017) & Shane Clanton (2015) were seventh and eighth. Shannon Babb finished ninth as Dale McDowell completed the top 10. 
 
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In the Even Feature, Chandler, AZ driver, Ricky Thornton Jr., surprised many in attendance on a beautiful fall afternoon in Western Ohio when the 28-year-old started on the pole and would go on to lead all 25 laps for his first career Super Late Model Feature Win of any kind. The driver of the #20rt S.S.I. Motorsports / Club 29 Racecars / Clements Racing Engines ride, who is filling in for the injured Hudson O’Neal, made the most of the opportunity in the car and on the biggest stage in Dirt Super Late Model racing with the upset victory. 
 
“This is just so huge. I have to thank Hudson O’Neal for letting me drive this car. Without him, we wouldn’t be here.” Remarked the elated driver after scoring the biggest win of his career. “I felt pretty good in the center of turns three and four, but I didn’t realize I had to go so slow in turn one. Luckily, my crew guy kept giving me signals that we were ok, and it calmed me down a bit.” He added. 
 
Thornton Jr., and 2006 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Champion, Tim McCreadie brought the field down to the green flag for the Even Feature and it would be Thornton Jr., beating McCreadie and the rest of the field to the first corner to grab the early lead. The Grand Canyon State driver would inch out ahead a little more with each lap that passed while McCreadie would be left to battle with Jimmy Owens for the second spot. 
 
As the laps continued to click off, Thornton Jr., would continue to build his lead in what would be a caution free event. McCreadie was able to get back past Owens and set his sights on Thornton Jr. However, Thornton Jr., had built up a sizable lead and with plenty of lapped traffic between himself and a hard-charging McCreadie, Thornton Jr., was able to hang on to score the biggest victory of his career. 
 
McCreadie settled for second with Jimmy Owens grabbing third. Chase Junghans and Shanon Buckingham, from 10th, completed the final top five finishers. Eldora Speedway Track Points Leader, Devin Gilpin finished in sixth as Mason Ziegler, Brandon Overton, out-going track champion. Kent Robinson from 11th and Scott James would finish off the final top 10 running order. 
 
The 48th annual World 100 concludes later this evening (Saturday, October 13th) as all the points have been tabulated and the Qualifier Heat Race Lineups have been set.  Josh Richards was the “Every Lap Matters” points leader after the two Prelim Nights and drew a Three for the inversion in tonight’s Qualifier Heat Races. 
 
 
Qualifying: 1. 1-Brandon Sheppard, 14.761; 2. 22-Chris Ferguson, 14.821; 3. 1R-Josh Richards, 14.842; 4. O-Scott Bloomquist, 14.884; 5. 17D-Zack Dohm, 14.928; 6. 83-Scott James, 15.002; 7. 9-Devin Moran, 15.014; 8. 14-Darrell Lanigan, 15.047; 9. 17M-Dale McDowell, 15.076; 10. 40B-Kyle Bronson, 15.079; 11. 49-Jonathan Davenport, 15.098; 12. 50-Shanon Buckingham, 15.102; 13. 157-Mike Marlar, 15.132; 14. 7R-Kent Robinson, 15.140; 15. 1P-Earl Pearson Jr, 15.144; 16. 20-Jimmy Owens, 15.153; 17. 5-Don O'Neal, 15.182; 18. 25Z-Mason Zeigler, 15.192; 19. 12J-Jason Jameson, 15.193; 20. 21-Billy Moyer, 15.197; 21. 44-Chris Madden, 15.201; 22. 2C-Joey Coulter, 15.233; 23. 1GK-Ryan King, 15.234; 24. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr, 15.242; 25. 111-Steven Roberts, 15.251; 26. 1G-Devin Gilpin, 15.252; 27. 20C-Duane Chamberlain, 15.258; 28. 76-Brandon Overton, 15.263; 29. 5N-Dustin Nobbe, 15.280; 30. 18J-Chase Junghans, 15.285; 31. 25C-Shane Clanton, 15.350; 32. 51-Joey Moriarty, 15.361; 33. 89-Mike Spatola, 15.369; 34. 2H-Nick Hoffman, 15.371; 35. 97C-Michael Chilton, 15.381; 36. 17J-Greg Johnson, 15.404; 37. 30-Brian Birkhofer, 15.418; 38. 3s-Brian Shirley, 15.419; 39. 58-Donald McIntosh, 15.422; 40. 91-Tyler Erb, 15.428; 41. 18B-Shannon Babb, 15.443; 42. 8-Rob Anderzack, 15.456; 43. 84-Austin Smith, 15.478; 44. 39-Tim McCreadie, 15.528; 45. 25-Jason Feger, 15.549; 46. 95J-Jerry Bowersock, 15.569; 47. 32S-Chris Simpson, 15.570; 48. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr, 15.574; 49. 1N-Casey Noonan, 15.586; 50. 28-Dennis Erb Jr, 15.605; 51. 32-Chad Stapleton, 15.607; 52. 21H-Robby Hensley, 15.652; 53. 32P-Bobby Pierce, 15.655; 54. 11G-Gordy Gundaker, 15.682; 55. 4H-Jason Hughes, 15.707; 56. 44b-Colten Burdette, 15.727; 57. C9-Steve Casebolt, 15.733; 58. 17T-Shannon Thornsberry, 15.754; 59. 20H-Jon Henry, 15.757; 60. 71R-Rod Conley, 15.758; 61. 995-Dwight Falcon, 15.761; 62. 55-Jeep VanWormer, 15.775; 63. 12D-Doug Drown, 15.799; 64. 45-Kyle Hammer, 15.891; 65. OK-Freddie Carpenter, 15.938; 66. 28M-Jimmy Mars, 15.961; 67. 4G-Kody Evans, 15.998; 68. F4-Dwight Falcon Sr, 16.109; 69. 22R-Will Roland, 16.144; 70. 3-Matt Miller, 16.168; 71. 31-Nick Latham, 16.237; 72. 9R-Curtis Roberts, 16.300; 73. 69-Jonny Hodgkiss, 16.998; 74. 5D-Bryant Dickinson, 17.225; 75. 22F-Nick Fenner, 17.243; 76. 4C-Ernie Cordier, 17.265; 77. w13-Jason Whitaker, 99.991; 78. 6-Blake Spencer, 99.992
 
Heat #1 - (10)Laps - Top 4 Transfer: 1. 1-Brandon Sheppard[4]; 2. 5-Don O'Neal[2]; 3. 18B-Shannon Babb[6]; 4. 17M-Dale McDowell[3]; 5. 111-Steven Roberts[1]; 6. 89-Mike Spatola[5]; 7. C9-Steve Casebolt[8]; 8. OK-Freddie Carpenter[9]; 9. 1N-Casey Noonan[7]; 10. 69-Jonny Hodgkiss[10]
 
Heat #2 - (10)Laps - Top 4 Transfer: 1. 1G-Devin Gilpin[1]; 2. 25Z-Mason Zeigler[2]; 3. 2H-Nick Hoffman[5]; 4. 22-Chris Ferguson[4]; 5. 40B-Kyle Bronson[3]; 6. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[7]; 7. 28M-Jimmy Mars[9]; 8. 17T-Shannon Thornsberry[8]; 9. 8-Rob Anderzack[6]; 10. 5D-Bryant Dickinson[10]
 
Heat #3 - (10)Laps - Top 4 Transfer: 1. 1R-Josh Richards[4]; 2. 20C-Duane Chamberlain[1]; 3. 97C-Michael Chilton[5]; 4. 49-Jonathan Davenport[3]; 5. 84-Austin Smith[6]; 6. 20H-Jon Henry[8]; 7. 4G-Kody Evans[9]; 8. 32-Chad Stapleton[7]; 9. 22F-Nick Fenner[10]; 10. 12J-Jason Jameson[2]
 
Heat #4 - (10)Laps - Top 4 Transfer: 1. 76-Brandon Overton[1]; 2. 39-Tim McCreadie[6]; 3. 50-Shanon Buckingham[3]; 4. 71R-Rod Conley[8]; 5. 17J-Greg Johnson[5]; 6. 21H-Robby Hensley[7]; 7. F4-Dwight Falcon Sr[9]; 8. 4C-Ernie Cordier[10]; 9. 21-Billy Moyer[2]; 10. O-Scott Bloomquist[4]
 
Heat #5 - (10)Laps - Top 4 Transfer: 1. 44-Chris Madden[2]; 2. 157-Mike Marlar[3]; 3. 32P-Bobby Pierce[7]; 4. 30-Brian Birkhofer[5]; 5. 17D-Zack Dohm[4]; 6. 22R-Will Roland[9]; 7. 25-Jason Feger[6]; 8. 5N-Dustin Nobbe[1]; 9. 995-Dwight Falcon[8]; 10. w13-Jason Whitaker[10]
 
Heat #6 - (10)Laps - Top 4 Transfer: 1. 18J-Chase Junghans[1]; 2. 83-Scott James[4]; 3. 7R-Kent Robinson[3]; 4. 3s-Brian Shirley[5]; 5. 55-Jeep VanWormer[8]; 6. 11G-Gordy Gundaker[7]; 7. 2C-Joey Coulter[2]; 8. 3-Matt Miller[9]; 9. 6-Blake Spencer[10]; 10. 95J-Jerry Bowersock[6]
 
Heat #7 - (10)Laps - Top 4 Transfer: 1. 25C-Shane Clanton[1]; 2. 1P-Earl Pearson Jr[3]; 3. 9-Devin Moran[4]; 4. 32S-Chris Simpson[6]; 5. 58-Donald McIntosh[5]; 6. 1GK-Ryan King[2]; 7. 4H-Jason Hughes[7]; 8. 31-Nick Latham[9]; 9. 12D-Doug Drown[8]
 
Heat #8 - (10)Laps - Top 4 Transfer: 1. 20-Jimmy Owens[3]; 2. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[2]; 3. 14-Darrell Lanigan[4]; 4. 91-Tyler Erb[5]; 5. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[6]; 6. 44b-Colten Burdette[7]; 7. 9R-Curtis Roberts[9]; 8. 45-Kyle Hammer[8]; 9. 51-Joey Moriarty[1]
 
B-Feature #1 - (12)Laps - Top 4 Transfer: 1. 111-Steven Roberts[1]; 2. C9-Steve Casebolt[5]; 3. 20H-Jon Henry[4]; 4. 12J-Jason Jameson[12]; 5. OK-Freddie Carpenter[7]; 6. 89-Mike Spatola[3]; 7. 84-Austin Smith[2]; 8. 32-Chad Stapleton[8]; 9. 1N-Casey Noonan[9]; 10. 69-Jonny Hodgkiss[11]; 11. 22F-Nick Fenner[10]; 12. 4G-Kody Evans[6]
 
B-Feature #2 - (12)Laps - Top 4 Transfer: 1. 40B-Kyle Bronson[1]; 2. O-Scott Bloomquist[12]; 3. 28M-Jimmy Mars[5]; 4. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[3]; 5. 17J-Greg Johnson[2]; 6. 21-Billy Moyer[10]; 7. 21H-Robby Hensley[4]; 8. 17T-Shannon Thornsberry[7]; 9. F4-Dwight Falcon Sr[6]; 10. 8-Rob Anderzack[9]; 11. 5D-Bryant Dickinson[11]; 12. 4C-Ernie Cordier[8]
 
B-Feature #3 - (12)Laps - Top 4 Transfer: 1. 17D-Zack Dohm[1]; 2. 58-Donald McIntosh[2]; 3. 25-Jason Feger[5]; 4. 4H-Jason Hughes[6]; 5. 1GK-Ryan King[4]; 6. 5N-Dustin Nobbe[7]; 7. 22R-Will Roland[3]; 8. 31-Nick Latham[8]; 9. 12D-Doug Drown[10]; 10. 995-Dwight Falcon[9]; 11. w13-Jason Whitaker[11]
 
B-Feature #4 - (12)Laps - Top 4 Transfer: 1. 55-Jeep VanWormer[1]; 2. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[2]; 3. 11G-Gordy Gundaker[3]; 4. 2C-Joey Coulter[5]; 5. 3-Matt Miller[7]; 6. 9R-Curtis Roberts[6]; 7. 95J-Jerry Bowersock[11]; 8. 44b-Colten Burdette[4]; 9. 45-Kyle Hammer[8]; 10. 6-Blake Spencer[9]; 11. 51-Joey Moriarty[10]
 
Twin 25 Feature 1 - (25)Laps: 1. 1R-Josh Richards[2]; 2. 44-Chris Madden[8]; 3. 157-Mike Marlar[4]; 4. 5-Don O'Neal[3]; 5. 1P-Earl Pearson Jr[5]; 6. 9-Devin Moran[12]; 7. 1-Brandon Sheppard[7]; 8. 25C-Shane Clanton[6]; 9. 18B-Shannon Babb[9]; 10. 17M-Dale McDowell[13]; 11. 17D-Zack Dohm[18]; 12. 30-Brian Birkhofer[15]; 13. 32S-Chris Simpson[16]; 14. 32P-Bobby Pierce[11]; 15. 49-Jonathan Davenport[14]; 16. 25-Jason Feger[22]; 17. 97C-Michael Chilton[10]; 18. 4H-Jason Hughes[24]; 19. 111-Steven Roberts[17]; 20. 20H-Jon Henry[21]; 21. 58-Donald McIntosh[20]; 22. 12J-Jason Jameson[23]; 23. 20C-Duane Chamberlain[1]; 24. C9-Steve Casebolt[19]
 
Twin 25 Feature 2 - (25)Laps: 1. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[1]; 2. 39-Tim McCreadie[2]; 3. 20-Jimmy Owens[3]; 4. 18J-Chase Junghans[5]; 5. 50-Shanon Buckingham[10]; 6. 1G-Devin Gilpin[8]; 7. 25Z-Mason Zeigler[7]; 8. 76-Brandon Overton[6]; 9. 7R-Kent Robinson[11]; 10. 83-Scott James[4]; 11. O-Scott Bloomquist[19]; 12. 3s-Brian Shirley[15]; 13. 2H-Nick Hoffman[9]; 14. 14-Darrell Lanigan[12]; 15. 91-Tyler Erb[16]; 16. 40B-Kyle Bronson[17]; 17. 55-Jeep VanWormer[18]; 18. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[20]; 19. 22-Chris Ferguson[13]; 20. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[23]; 21. 2C-Joey Coulter[24]; 22. 11G-Gordy Gundaker[22]; 23. 28M-Jimmy Mars[21]; 24. 71R-Rod Conley[14]
 

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Teams prepare for Doubleheader Saturday

ROSSBURG, OH—Oct. 12, 2018 — The 48 annual World 100 was set to resume after a delay of five weeks and
a day with the second of two Prelim Nights at the famed ½ (0.500) mile high-banked dirt oval of Eldora Speedway
(OH), located just east of the Indiana/Ohio state line in Rossburg, OH on Friday, October 12. Unfortunately, Mother Nature once again had other ideas forcing DIRTcar and track officials to postpone the Friday Prelim Night to
Saturday morning, October 13. With the postponement, it creates a doubleheader Saturday at the famed Buckeye
State oval.

Read more: 48th Annual World 100 Friday Prelim Night Rained Out At Eldora Speedway; Moved To Saturday Morning

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Can-Am Named Title Sponsor of World of Outlaws World Finals

CONCORD, NC — Oct. 3, 2018 — Dirt racing’s biggest spectacle of speed will have a new name this fall, as Can-Am – an industry-leading division of Bombardier Recreational Products – has signed on as title sponsor of the Nov. 1-3 World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

Read more: Can-Am Joins World Finals as Title Sponsor

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World of Outlaws Shows Will Air Sundays on CBS Sports Network from October 21 through December 23

CONCORD, NC — Sept. 30, 2018 — The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model and Sprint Car Series are excited to announce this year’s television partnership with the CBS Sports Network is set to commence next month, on October 21, with the airing of the 2018 Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway.

The World of Outlaws and the DIRTvision production team worked with National Speed Sport News to produce eight hours of television, including shows from the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway (OH), the Prairie Dirt Classic at Fairbury American Legion Speedway (IL) — televised to a national audience for the first time ever — and the World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am at The Dirt Track at Charlotte (NC).

Read more: CBS Sports Network Shows Air Sundays from October 21

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Volusia Speedway Park Begins Construction of New Main Grandstand

Comfort and access take priority, with multiple seating options for 48th DIRTcar Nationals

DELEON, FL — Sept. 24, 2018 — Volusia Speedway Park announced today a $500,000 overhaul of its main frontstretch grandstand and wall as part of ongoing efforts to provide a top-notch experience for fans and racers at the two-week long, season-opening DIRTcar Nationals. 

As the demand for reserved seating continues to grow — with standing-room-only crowds for World of Outlaws shows — the new grandstand will expand reserved seating options and make the overall experience more comfortable for fans. In addition to the grandstand overhaul, upgrades will include a new control tower, flag stand relocation, and additional safety barriers.

Read more: 2019 DIRTcar Nationals Will Debut New Main Grandstands at Volusia Speedway Park

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DUNDEE, NY - September 21, 2018 - After a series of heavy thunderstorms invaded the Dundee, NY area, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series officials and Outlaw Speedway track personnel have decided to postpone the remainder of Friday’s Fall Nationals event until Sunday evening, September 23.

Read more: Outlaw Speedway Postponed to Sunday

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Only six races remain on the schedule, but the action is far from over as the Series prepares for Charlotte

CONCORD, NC - Sept. 15, 2018 - It’s been a long and grueling season for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models, traveling to 28 tracks across 18 different states for a total of 36 races. Of the 49 events on the official Series schedule, seven were cancelled by inclement weather or scheduling conflicts, 36 have been completed and only six remain.

Read more: Season's End - A Finale on The Dirt Track

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Outlaws Return to Selinsgrove Speedway Sept. 22 for 20th Annual Late Model National Open

SELINSGROVE, PA – Sept. 10, 2018 — Selinsgrove Speedway will present the 20th Anniversary Jeff’s Auto Body & Recycling Center Late Model National Open sanctioned by the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22.

This year’s special anniversary running of the track’s crown jewel stock car event will pay $10,000 to win and $700 to start the 50-lap main event out of the $40,000-plus purse.

Joining the super late models on the racing card will be the limited late models in a 20-lap feature paying $1,000 to win and $100 to start.

Read more: 2018 Selinsgrove Late Model National Open

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World of Outlaws Determined to Return to the Dirt Track at Route 66 in 2019

CONCORD, NC — Sept. 7, 2018 — The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Chi-Town Showdown, originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 12-13 at the Dirt Oval at Route 66 has been cancelled in order to accommodate the rain date for the 48th annual World 100. The Series is currently working with track owner Sherri Heckenast on a 2019 date.

In true dirt camaraderie and in the interest of the sport, the Series and Heckenast worked with Eldora Speedway to adjust dates and allow World of Outlaws drivers to participate in the rescheduled World 100.

Read more: Chi-Town Showdown Cancelled to Accommodate World 100 Rain Date

 

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