Thursday World Finals Program Moved Up

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CONCORD, NC — Oct. 31, 2018 — Due to potential showers and thunderstorms on Thursday evening — the first night of the World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am — World of Outlaws and Charlotte Motor Speedway officials have decided to move the race schedule up an hour in order to get the program in before any impending weather hits.

Grandstand Gates will now open at 3:30 PM. Drivers Meetings will begin at 3PM with the Super DIRTcar Series, 3:15PM for Late Models, and 3:30PM for Sprint Cars. The Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified will take the track at 3:45PM for non-timed Hot Laps, followed by timed Hot Laps for all divisions at 4PM. Opening Ceremonies will begin at 5PM. See the full revised schedule.

Tickets for the World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am are still available online. Act fast; last year’s event sold out during the weekend. If you can’t be here in person, watch every lap on DIRTVision.com. Super DIRTcar Series fans can also catch their favorite Big-Block drivers on FloRacing.com. Follow @World-Finals on Twitter for the latest news. 

Three-Day World Finals Wraps up Seasons for the Big Three on Dirt this Weekend at Charlotte

Three-Day World Finals Wraps up Seasons for the Big Three on Dirt this Weekend at Charlotte

CONCORD, NC – The World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am will kick off this week at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, determining the champions for the three premier dirt racing series in the country: the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car and Late Model Series and the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds.

More than $250,000 in prizes will be presented at the Dirt Track at Charlotte this weekend for the World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am, but an additional $1.3 million hangs on the line as Saturday marks the season finale, when drivers and teams of the three elite dirt short track racing series, representing three countries and 19 different states, will be honored.

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Perrotte Nears Final Event as Series Director

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Mike Perrotte Set For Final Race as Super DIRTcar Series Director

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CONCORD, NC — October 25 — Earlier this season Series Director Mike Perrotte announced it will be his final season with the Super DIRTcar Series and DIRTcar Northeast. Next weekend, at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, the World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am will mark Perrotte’s final event as Super DIRTcar Series Director.

Perrotte, the Plattsburgh, NY native, has been attending races since a young boy. It wasn’t until he was 16 that he jumped behind the wheel of a race car. He dabbled in drag racing for a few years but finally found his calling in dirt modifieds in the early ‘80s.

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World Finals to Decide Series Championship

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CONCORD, NC – It all comes down to this. After 26 feature races, only 40 points separate Championship points leader Matt Sheppard from second-place Erick Rudolph. The World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am sets the stage at The Dirt Track at Charlotte for two Championship-deciding Feature events. No stages, no playoffs, no gimmicks, just two drivers battling for every position and every point down to the last race.
Who will be crowned Champion of the premier Big-Block Modified tour in the country? Sheppard leads the Super DIRTcar Series in wins with four, while Rudolph has been consistent all year long. Rudolph closed the gap at Brockville Ontario Speedway with the Feature win, a Heat Race win, and the Billy Whittaker Cars Fast-Time Award, while Sheppard stayed in the top ten throughout the night to finish sixth.

Last year Mat Williamson shocked the capacity crowd with a win on night one. Williamson is coming off one of his biggest wins of his career, in which he picked up a $10,000 payday at Brockville in his DIRTcar 358 Modified, so he will be bringing a lot of momentum into Charlotte. On night two, Matt Sheppard capped off his 2017 Championship with his twelfth Series win of the year. With a second place and a win at Charlotte last year, Sheppard will be difficult to top in 2018.

Danny Johnson, Jimmy Phelps, and Max McLaughlin are in a tight battle for the final tier of the podium. Meanwhile Peter Britten and Brett Hearn are locked in a duel for sixth. 

The Big-Block Modifieds will run Time-Trials and Heat Races on Thursday, November 1 to set the Feature fields for Friday and Saturday. They will of course be joined by the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars and the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models. Friday night features an unparalleled sight in motorsports: All three divisions will take to the track for a special four-wide presentation to the fans.
The next Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified race will be at Volusia Speedway Park February 12-16 2019 during the second half of the DIRTcar Nationals.

TICKETS: To purchase tickets and pit passes to the World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am, fans can call 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or shop online.

MORE INFO: Visit the World of Outlaws World Finals website.

VIDEO: If you can’t make it to the track, join our partners FloRacing for live HD video of the Big-Block Modified portion of the 2018 World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am.

Rudolph Roars to Loud & Dirty Brand Northeast Fall Nationals Win

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Erick Rudolph Keeps Championship Hopes Alive with Win at Brockville Ontario Speedway’s Northeast Fall Nationals

BROCKVILLE, ON – October 12, 2018 – Erick Rudolph roared to Victory Lane at the Loud & Dirty Brand Northeast Fall Nationals at Brockville Speedway and closed the gap on Championship Points leader Matt Sheppard going into the Can-Am Off-Road World of Outlaws World Finals. Peter Britten remained red hot with a second-place finish coming off his Camping World 150 win and third place in the Billy Whittaker Cars 200 at Oswego Speedway’s NAPA Super DIRT Week XLVII. Graham Racing and Troyer chassis teammate Danny Johnson finished right on Britten’s tail in third.

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BROCKVILLE, ONT – October 12, 2018 – Erick Rudolph roared to Victory Lane at the Loud & Dirty Brand Northeast Fall Nationals at Brockville Speedway and closed the gap on Championship Points leader Matt Sheppard going into the Can-Am Off-Road World of Outlaws World Finals. Peter Britten remained red hot with a second-place finish coming off his Camping World 150 win and third place in the Billy Whittaker Cars 200 at Oswego Speedway. Graham Racing and Troyer chassis teammate Danny Johnson finished right on his tail in third.

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Brockville Speedway Hosts Huge DIRTcar Northeast Weekend

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The Super DIRTcar Series Makes its Final Trip North of the Border in 2018 for the Loud & Dirty Brand Northeast Fall Nationals at Brockville Speedway

CONCORD, NC – September 27, 2018 – Many consider Brockville Speedway one of the most exciting bullrings in North America. Pair that with the best Big-Block Modified drivers in the Northeast and Canada, and you are guaranteed to have a thrilling event. Drivers and teams have just come off of another successful NAPA Super DIRT Week, and the points chase is narrowing down. The Super DIRTcar Series has only the World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am at the Dirt Track at Charlotte to decide the Series Championship.
The Big-Block Modifieds race on Friday, October 12, while the DIRTcar 358 Modifieds close out their season on Saturday with the rescheduled Bullringer 110. The Sportsman Modifieds and Pro Stocks are also on the card to finish their Championships, making for a huge DIRTcar Northeast weekend.

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Larry Wight on Top of the World at NAPA Super DIRT Week XLVII

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OSWEGO, NY – October 7, 2018 – Gypsum Racing driver Lightning Larry Wight pulled off a late-race pass on veteran driver Jimmy Phelps and held off the five-time NAPA Super DIRT Week Champion Stewart Friesen for the $50,000 pay day. Jimmy Phelps gambled on racing the entire Billy Whittaker Cars 200 without stopping for fuel or tires. Wight’s lap 73 pit stop equipped him with fresh tires, which shot him to the top of the score card in the final quarter of the race. Friesen crossed the finish line in second followed by the Camping World 150 winner Peter Britten.

With a grin as wide as the Victory Lane he celebrated in Larry Wight said, “It’s something I’ve been fighting for, for a long time since we started at Syracuse. To get on the boards here early at Oswego, it definitely means a lot for my family and the whole team.”

A new father, Larry Wight had family on his mind in Victory Lane: “I want to thank my Mom and Dad, my wife Brooke, my daughter Audrey, this is all for them. Everything I do is for that little girl. It’s an awesome feeling being a Dad and to come do this on top of it has got to make this greatest year I’ve ever had.”

A lap 73 pit stop for tires and fuel turned out to be the right call. While pole-sitter Jimmy Phelps attempted to stay on the race track for the entire 200 laps, Wight had new tires and confidence in his fuel situation meaning he could put the pedal through the firewall when he needed it. With the hammer down, Wight streaked passed second place Ryan Godown, and then immediately by Phelps in quick succession on lap 179 and 180.

On that pass and race strategy Wight noted, “I figured I could try and set him up to block and slow him down and it ended up working out. I knew he [Jimmy Phelps] was going to be conservative for fuel. I think they were trying to make it the whole way, so I knew he was conserving for fuel, and as long as I was pushing him, he couldn’t conserve too much.”
The race was far from over when Wight made the pass for the lead. Stewart Friesen was charging through the field in his tire tracks. Wight hoped to use Jimmy Phelps as a buffer between himself and Friesen, but that did not last long as Phelps faded and finally pitted for fuel with four laps to go. “I was just hoping that Jimmy could stay between me and Stewie. He was kind of my buffer car. I knew he was in limp mode,” Wight said. “We got back by him and we had that last caution with four to go there with Stewie right on us. He’s known for the last lap move. We just had to make sure we were hitting our marks and don’t worry about blocking. We knew our car was fast.”

Wight drove the no. 99L to victory with a Bicknell chassis beneath him and ace crew chief Scott Jeffery, who won four NAPA Super DIRT Week Championship at the New York State Fairgrounds with Billy Decker. This was Jeffery’s first win at Oswego Speedway. Wight discussed his racing line in the late stages, “It’s a fine line up there [on the high line] and you gotta trust your car. If you don’t drive it hard enough the car won’t set and if you drive it too hard you hit the wall,” Larry said laughing.

Five-time NAPA Super DIRT Week Champion and NASCAR Camping World Truck driver Stewart Friesen was pleased with his team’s effort but was left wanting more. “Those caution laps kind of killed us. I would have liked more green flag racing,” said Friesen. He thanked his team for their hard work as well: “I gotta thank Halmar Racing, DKM, Billy the Kid, and a lot of great product sponsors. I had a lot of fun here the last couple of days. We just came up a little bit short.”

Friesen pitted on the same lap as Wight and that proved to be the right call for both camps. “We’ve got some speed and Larry’s been due to win one of these for a couple years now. The pit strategy was pretty exciting. We got mud in our wheel there the one time and had to come back in. I didn’t know if we’d get back up there but we had a strong race car thanks you Halmar. Thanks to all the great fans that came out this weekend.”

Batman Peter Britten came up two spots short of his first NAPA Super DIRT Week Championship. Although not quite the heartbreaking last lap pass that lost him the race in 2017, Britten felt he was poised to win the race if not for changing track conditions. Britten noted, “Unfortunately for us the bottom cleaned off a little bit there towards the end and it turned into a one lane track. I just couldn’t get around guys on the outside when it got too dirty. After a restart, I could kind roll a couple guys but it’d just get dirty and I’d tuck back in. Unfortunately, two years in a row our strategy was close but no cigar. Congratulations to Larry. I know how tough it is to win this thing.”

Race strategy played a vital role in Britten’s podium finish. “We felt like using the high side was our best shot. We got ourselves in a position there on lap 120 or so wondering “Do we even get tires?” but we knew it was going to be a tire race.”

Britten made a pit stop on lap 50, so his tires had twenty-three more laps on them than the top two finishers. The Graham Racing no. 21A pilot is confident that he would have won the race if the track changed the way his team thought, “For the way that the track changed, we just didn’t have the right strategy. We stuck to our game plan. I really feel like if the track didn’t rubber up I would have won the race, but it did so it’s irrelevant. All you can do is plan for what you think is going to happen. If you don’t think it’s going that way, you change the strategy, but we really felt that was the way it was going.”

NAPA Super DIRT Week XLVII will be remembered as one of the greatest weeks in dirt racing history. Every single Feature event had late-race passes for the lead, dramatic action, and engrossing race strategy. Ticket and camping renewals are available until November 14. 2018 ticketholders who want to watch the Super DIRTcar Series and DIRTcar Northeast top this year’s incredible racing, should call 844-DIRT-TIX. Tickets will be on sale to the general public on December 1.

The next Super DIRTcar Series tour stop is at Brockville Speedway Friday, October 12. 

Field Set for NAPA Super DIRT Week

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OSWEGO, NY – October 6, 2018 – It took two Last Chance Showdowns, won by Jack Lehner and Ryan Watt, to set the final positions for the NAPA Super DIRT Week XLVII Billy Whittaker Cars 200. Jimmy Horton, Nick Webb, Rich Scagliotta, and Alan Johnson earned the rest of the available starting positions.

Jack Lehner rolls off from position thirty on Sunday, October 7. The no. 2 car looked strong as he outran veteran Jimmy Horton for the win. Ryan Watt had a strong showing as well, driving up from position 13 for the win in the second Last Chance Showdown and starts thirty-first in the Billy Whittaker Cars 200.

Jimmy Horton is a past NAPA Super DIRT Week Champion after taking the win in 1994. With experience, speed, and Halmar Racing equipment, he will be one to watch in the back of the pack. Nick Webb proved he has what it takes to run with the top drivers with a third-place finish that put him in thirty-fourth for Sunday’s finale.

Super DIRTcar Series regular Rich Scagliotta lead early in the second Last Chance Showdown, but he could not hold off Ryan Watt. Scagliotta starts thirty-third in the Billy Whittaker Cars 200.

Fan-favorite Alan Johnson scooped up the third and final transfer position in the second Last Chance Showdown.

Due to the postponed Pittsburgher 100, Tim McCredie will not be able to start the Billy Whittaker Cars 200. His absence results in a bump in position for those behind him on the starting field and Billy VanInwegen making the grid in thirty-ninth.

Meanwhile, during the evening race at Fulton Speedway, Mike Maresca won the Dirt Track Digest Win in Your In, putting him in forty-first position for the 200.

The Billy Whittaker Cars 200 rolls onto the Oswego Speedway tomorrow, Sunday, October 7.

SEE LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN RESULTS

SEE TRIPLE 30 RESULTS

SEE TIME TRIAL RESULTS

BILLY WHITTAKER CARS 200 STARTING LINEUP

1 98h Jimmy Phelps 2 43 Keith Flach
3 28z Gary Lindberg 4 21a Peter Britten
5 83x Tim Sears Jr. 6 44F Stewart Friesen
7 21J Danny Johnson 8 25r Erick Rudolph
9 6m Mat Williamson 10 3x Billy Dunn
11 84 Gary Tomkins 12 19 Tim Fuller
13 6h Max McLaughlin 14 3 Justin Haers
15 9s Matt Sheppard 16 111 Demetrios Drellos
17 99L Larry Wight 18 91 Billy Decker
19 62s Tom Sears Jr. 20 66x Carey Terrance
21 5H Chris Hile 22 5 Ryan Godown
23 93 Danny Varin 24 109 Billy Whittaker
25 115 Kenny TremontJr. 26 76 Bobby Varin
27 42p Pat Ward 28 3J Marc Johnson
29 11r Rob Bellinger 30    2L Jack Lehner
31    14w Ryan Watt 32    43h Jimmy Horton
33    8 Rich Scagliotta 34    27w Nick Webb
35    14J Alan Johnson 36    20 Brett Hearn
37    63 Adam Roberts 38    48T Dave Rauscher
39    4v Billy VanInwegen 40    88m Mike Mahaney
41    7m Mike Maresca      

The Top 30 Starters in the Billy Whittaker Cars 200 are Set

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The Top 30 Starters in the Billy Whittaker Cars 200 are Set

OSWEGO, NY – October 5, 2018 – The Camping World Friday Night Lights Triple 30s brought the huge crowd to their feet with fantastic drives from winners Peter Britten, Danny Johnson, and Gary Lindberg. Graham Motorsports won two out of the three qualifiers making them the hot team of the weekend. NAPA Super DIRT Week surprise Gary Lindberg timed in the Top 6 and went on to win his 30-lap qualifier.

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