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The Champ: Eckert Reflects On 2011 Title, Looks Ahead To Defense Of Crown In '12

Reigning World of Outlaws Late Model Series champion Rick Eckert of York, Pa., met fans on Saturday and Sunday during the VP Racing Fuels Motorsports 2012 show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa. Standing in front of his Team Zero by Bloomquist No. 24 that was on display in the DIRTcar Racing booth, Eckert took a moment to discuss the aftermath of his 2011 points title and begin contemplating his drive for a repeat in '12.

Click the 'Play' button on the video above to check out Eckert's comments from the Motorsports 2012 show
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Down & Dirty: Michigan's Berlin Raceway Covering Pavement With Clay For World of Outlaws Late Model Series Weekend On Sept. 21-22


Huge 100-lap, $20,000-To-Win Event Will Return Showplace Oval To Its Dirt-Track Roots

By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director

MARNE, MI – Jan. 20, 2012 – Berlin Raceway is going to get down and dirty in 2012.

Harkening back to the famed facility's beginnings as a dirt track six decades ago, the new management team of the Michigan speedway has announced plans to cover the 7/16th-mile oval's asphalt surface with a layer of clay for a spectacular season-ending program featuring the renowned World of Outlaws Late Model Series.
Read more: • MI's Berlin Raceway Covering Pavement With Dirt For WoO LMS 100
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Teenager Brandon Sheppard Ready To Make Some Late Model Noise In UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment


Rising Young Star A Driver To Watch Feb. 20-25 At Florida's Volusia Speedway Park

By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director

BARBERVILLE, FL – Jan. 18, 2012 – Brandon Sheppard fondly recalls the final night of last year's UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment at Volusia Speedway Park – after all, he led a star-studded World of Outlaws Late Model Series A-Main field to the green flag from the pole position as a fresh-faced 18-year-old.

Perhaps the end result that evening wasn't what Sheppard had hoped for (he fell back immediately and finished two laps down in 21st place), but winning a heat race and starting from the front row in a World of Outlaws event certainly represented a breakthrough outing for the third-generation racer from New Berlin, Ill.
Read more: Sheppard Eyes Volusia
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Award-Winning Promoter Redd Griffin Focused On Huge 'Winter Freeze' Weekend Feb. 10-11 At Screven Motor Speedway


Georgia Track Set To Open 2012 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Schedule With $20,000-To-Win Blockbuster

By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director

SYLVANIA, GA – Jan. 16, 2012 – James 'Redd' Griffin has received plenty of congratulatory handshakes and phone calls since being named the 2011 Racing Promotion Monthly Southeastern Region Auto Racing Promoter of the Year, but the modest Georgian certainly hasn't paused to celebrate his honor.

For Griffin, there just isn't any time right now for introspection. He's less than one month away from the richest event he's ever presented at his Screven Motor Speedway: the 'Winter Freeze' on Feb. 10-11, a blockbuster weekend that he hopes will prove he's a worthy recipient of the coveted promotional award.
Read more: • 'Winter Freeze' At Screven
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Tyler County Speedway Unveils Details Of Mega-Money Memorial Day Weekend 'Bullring Bonanza'


Unique Event Features $150,000 World of Outlaws Late Model Series 'Jackpot 100,' Raffle Offering Over Half-Million Dollars In Cash & Prizes

MIDDLEBOURNE, WV – Jan. 6, 2012 – Tyler County Speedway already hosts the 'Black Diamond 125,' a Labor Day weekend World of Outlaws Late Model Series spectacular that's become known as the "coolest crown jewel on the planet."

This year the quarter-mile Mountaineer State oval will add another blockbuster to its schedule, unveiling the Memorial Day weekend 'Bullring Bonanza' that promises to be the most unique event dirt-track racing has ever seen.
Read more: • Huge Memorial Day Weekend 'Bonanza' At Tyler County Speedway
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World of Outlaws Late Model Series Adds June Dates At Canada's Autodrome Granby & Cornwall, New York's Canandaigua


Trio Of Northeast Events Will Lead Tour To Sixth Annual Firecracker 100 Weekend At Lernerville Speedway

By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director

CONCORD, NC – Jan. 4, 2012 – The World of Outlaws Late Model Series will blast into summer with consecutive June dates at Canada's Autodrome Granby and Cornwall Motor Speedway and New York's Canandaigua Motorsports Park, tour officials announced on Wednesday.

Adding more excitement to the renowned national tour's previously-released 2012 schedule, the full-fender World of Outlaws stars will end a one-year absence from the Canadian dirt-track scene with a weekend doubleheader at Autodrome Granby in Granby, Que., on Fri., June 22, and Cornwall (Ont.) Motor Speedway on Sun., June 24. The swing will then conclude on Tues., June 26, at Canandaigua, a longtime DIRTcar-sanctioned facility.
Read more: Summer Starts In Canada & New York
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A Final Look Back: Facts, Figures & Statistical Notes From The 2011 World of Outlaws Late Model Series


By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director

CONCORD, NC – Dec. 31, 2011 – As the new year arrives, here's a final look back at facts, figures and statistical notes from the 2011 World of Outlaws Late Model Series....

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: Rick Eckert's seven-year pursuit of the World of Outlaws Late Model Series title finally ended in 2011 – with a thoroughly dramatic finish, no less.

The only thing surprising about the York, Pa., star's accomplishment, of course, was that it took him so long to etch his name on the national tour's championship trophy.
Read more: • Facts, Figures & Stats: A Final Look Back At 2011
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Eckert Named 2011 Eastern Motorsport Press Association Richie Evans Memorial Northeast Driver of the Year


World of Outlaws Late Model Series Champion Adds Another Accolade To Memorable Season

By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director

CONCORD, NC – Dec. 27, 2011 – Rick Eckert's memorable World of Outlaws Late Model Series championship season has earned a resounding stamp of approval from the media.

The veteran star from York, Pa., has been named the winner of the 2011 Eastern Motorsport Press Association Richie Evans Memorial Northeast Driver of the Year Award, a prestigious honor voted upon by the organization's membership.
Read more: Media Recognizes Eckert
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McCreadie Focused On Reclaiming World of Outlaws Late Model Series Championship In 2012


New York Star Announces Partnership With Warrior Chassis For National Tour's Upcoming Season

By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director

CONCORD, NC – Dec. 16, 2011 – Tim McCreadie has already set his goal for the 2012 season.

"We're focusing on the World of Outlaws (Late Model Series) championship," said McCreadie, who won the national tour's lucrative points title in 2006. "It's not gonna be like the last couple years where we went to the races at the beginning of the season and then decided we were gonna do the whole series. We have a plan this year."
Read more: • T-Mac Reveals 2012 Program
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2012 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Schedule Released At Performance Racing Industry Trade Show


Busy Month Of February In Georgia & Florida Kicks Off National Tour's Ninth Season Under World Racing Group Banner

By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director

CONCORD, NC – Dec. 2, 2011 – An unprecedented stretch of February racing will serve as the kickoff for the 2012 World of Outlaws Late Model Series schedule, which was released on Thursday during the Performance Racing Industry trade show in Orlando, Fla.

Forty-six race dates comprising 42 A-Mains at 32 tracks in 17 states and Canada are currently confirmed as part of the national tour's 2012 slate, headed by a season-opening burst of six events in Georgia and Florida during the month of February.
Read more: • 2012 Schedule Released at PRI

 

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