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World of Outlaws World Finals
The Dirt Track at Charlotte | Concord, North Carolina
Thursday, November 03, 2022
Race Recap  

REDEMPTION AT THE DIRT TRACK: Mat Williamson scores win on night one of World Finals at Charlotte

Mat Williamson edges out Ransomville Speedway rival for the win while Matt Sheppard inches closer to another Series title

They’ve raced against each other many times before on their home track of Ransomville Speedway. But tonight, when Mat Williamson and Erick Rudolph met each other on The Dirt Track at Charlotte for the World of Outlaws World Finals, it meant a little something more.

The two Ransomville Speedway regulars lined up behind each other on the grid to start off the Feature, with Rudolph starting on the outside of row one and Williamson starting on the inside of row two. Having competed at the 4/10-mile oval several times in their careers, both competitors knew they needed to have a superior machine to take home the win.

Rudolph maneuvered around pole-starter Anthony Perrego after trailing him for the first seven laps. On his pass, Williamson was not far behind, passing Perrego as well, dropping him into third. It then became a tight battle between the two leaders, with the two cars riding neck and neck around the turns. Williamson eventually moved to the bottom coming into Turn 3 and 4, sneaking past #25 to take the lead.

#88 Mat Williamson battles #25 Erick Rudolph on the way victory at The World of Outlaws World FInals. (Photo: Michael Fry)

That was all the #88 Buzzchew Racing driver needed to seal the deal. From then on, Williamson took advantage of the clean air to distance himself from the rest of the pack, bringing him closer and closer to victory as he pulled away.

“Once I got him, I could use the whole race track up,” Williamson said. “That was a big benefit. This place is a lot about momentum and once you get the lead you get momentum.”

Williamson crossed the finish line in first, capturing the $10,000 purse and giving himself additional cushion on his way to securing a second-place finish for the season. Rudolph stayed in the runner-up position for the final third of the race, keeping a steady hand to fend off a charging Matt Sheppard, the expected Series winner to be crowned on Saturday night.

“He [Williamson] just seemed like he had a really good car on the long runs,” Rudolph said. “He just had the superior machine tonight. We’ll see what we can do tomorrow, but we’re really proud of second place.”

Sheppard crossed the finish line in third, rounding out the podium. It was his season’s 13th top-five finish and 15th top-10 finish.

Perrego finished in fourth and Demetrios Drellos finished in fifth. Jimmy Phelps stayed in third place in the points race with a sixth-place finish.

UP NEXT: The Super DIRTcar Series Big Blocks will return to The Dirt Track at Charlotte tomorrow for their second day of racing in a $10,000-to-win, 30-lap Feature.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision – either online or by downloading the DIRTVision App.

Feature Results (30 Laps): 1. 88-Mat Williamson[3]; 2. 25-Erick Rudolph[2]; 3. 9S-Matt Sheppard[4]; 4. 4-Anthony Perrego[1]; 5. 111-Demetrios Drellos[5]; 6. 98H-Jimmy Phelps[6]; 7. 84Y-Alex Yankowski[8]; 8. 26-Ryan Godown[9]; 9. 21A-Peter Britten[7]; 10. 91-Billy Decker[10]; 11. 8H-Max McLaughlin[13]; 12. 19-Tim Fuller[20]; 13. 9-Marc Johnson[14]; 14. 37M-Mathieu Desjardins[11]; 15. 99L-Larry Wight[22]; 16. 3-Justin Haers[16]; 17. 2L-Jack Lehner[15]; 18. 83X-Tim Sears Jr[27]; 19. 98JS-Rocky Warner[23]; 20. 215-Adam Pierson[24]; 21. 12-Darren Smith[26]; 22. 11T-Jeff Taylor[18]; 23. 20-Brett Hearn[12]; 24. 14-CG Morey[29]; 25. 34-Kevin Root[21]; 26. 7Z-Zachary Payne[30]; 27. 17-Marcus Dinkins[17]; 28. 37-Paul St Sauveur[28]; 29. (DNF) 21M-Bob Mcgannon[25]; 30. (DNF) 70A-Alex Payne[19]

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Feature Results
13+288Mat Williamson 300.00011Running150$10,000
22025Erick Rudolph 30-4.66212Running146$5,000
34+19SMatt Sheppard 30-4.9210Running144$2,500
41-34Anthony Perrego 30-5.3087Running142$1,800
550111Demetrios Drellos 30-5.9560Running140$1,600
66098HJimmy Phelps 30-6.4010Running138$1,400
78+184YAlex Yankowski 30-7.0300Running136$1,300
89+126Ryan Godown 30-7.0790Running134$1,200
97-221APeter Britten 30-7.7350Running132$1,100
1010091Billy Decker 30-7.8240Running130$1,000
1113+28HMax McLaughlin 30-8.7210Running128$900
1220+819Tim Fuller 30-8.9350Running126$800
1314+19Marc Johnson 30-9.1030Running124$750
1411-337MMathieu Desjardins 30-9.6110Running122$750
1522+799LLarry Wight 30-9.7560Running120$750
161603Justin Haers 30-10.2350Running118$750
1715-22LJack Lehner 30-11.6600Running116$750
1827+983XTim Sears Jr30-12.1290Running114$750
1923+498JSRocky Warner 30-13.1720Running112$750
2024+4215Adam Pierson 30-13.2150Running110$750
2126+512Darren Smith 30-14.6980Running108$750
2218-411TJeff Taylor 30-16.2210Running106$750
2312-1120Brett Hearn 30-16.7180Running104$750
2429+514CG Morey 29-1 Laps0Running102$750
2521-434Kevin Root 29-1 Laps0Running102$750
2630+47ZZachary Payne 29-1 Laps0Running102$750
2717-1017Marcus Dinkins 29-1 Laps0Running102$750
2828037Paul St. Sauveur 29-1 Laps0Running102$750
2925-421MBob Mcgannon 7-23 Laps0DNF102$750
3019-1170AAlex Payne 4-26 Laps0DNF102$750
Hard Charger: Tim Sears Jr
Last Chance Showdown Results
14+334Kevin Root 100.0007Running0$0
21-198JSRocky Warner 10-1.2132Running0$0
35+221MBob Mcgannon 10-1.7980Running0$0
46+28Rich Scagliotta 10-2.1761Running90$500
58+332RRonnie Davis III10-2.5600Running90$300
63-333Louden Reimert 10-3.0980Running90$250
711+414CG Morey 10-4.2580Running0$0
87-15Brock Pinkerous 10-4.6680Running90$175
92-718Ryan Macartney 10-5.4690Running90$150
101004SPeter Schwartzott Jr 10-9.0140Running90$150
119-243Keith Flach 0-10 Laps0DNS90$150
Hard Charger: CG Morey
Last Chance Showdown 2 Results
12+199LLarry Wight 100.0009Running0$0
21-1215Adam Pierson 10-2.3701Running0$0
34+112Darren Smith 10-5.0170Running0$0
46+227JDanny Johnson 10-5.7550Running90$500
5507ZZachary Payne 10-7.2930Running0$0
611+521Yan Bussiere 10-7.5410Running90$250
770151KBBrian McDonald 10-8.0920Running90$200
83-583XTim Sears Jr10-8.7010Running0$0
910+198TTyler Thompson 10-9.7370Running90$150
108-248TOODave Rauscher 10-11.0210Running90$150
119-237Paul St. Sauveur 10-11.5720Running0$0
Hard Charger: Yan Bussiere
Heat 1 Results
1121APeter Britten 135.4150.0005
229SMatt Sheppard 135.843-0.4284
3326Ryan Godown 138.279-2.8643
478HMax McLaughlin 139.135-3.7202
5417Marcus Dinkins 140.550-5.1351
6598JSRocky Warner 142.150-6.7350
7833Louden Reimert 142.799-7.3840
81021MBob Mcgannon 143.990-8.5750
995Brock Pinkerous 145.397-9.9820
10643Keith Flach 145.397-9.9820
111114CG Morey 145.397-9.9820
Heat 2 Results
11111Demetrios Drellos 135.2800.0005
2298HJimmy Phelps 136.421-1.1414
3391Billy Decker 136.761-1.4813
449Marc Johnson 139.153-3.8732
5511TJeff Taylor 141.185-5.9051
6718Ryan Macartney 142.355-7.0750
7834Kevin Root 143.104-7.8240
898Rich Scagliotta 143.768-8.4880
9632RRonnie Davis III144.584-9.3040
10104SPeter Schwartzott Jr 146.760-11.4800
Heat 3 Results
124Anthony Perrego 135.8100.0005
2125Erick Rudolph 136.654-0.8444
3337MMathieu Desjardins 139.155-3.3453
472LJack Lehner 139.449-3.6392
5570AAlex Payne 140.501-4.6911
611215Adam Pierson 141.050-5.2400
7683XTim Sears Jr143.049-7.2390
847ZZachary Payne 143.239-7.4290
910151KBBrian McDonald 144.487-8.6770
10837Paul St. Sauveur 145.903-10.0930
11921Yan Bussiere 145.903-10.0930
Heat 4 Results
1288Mat Williamson 139.9670.0005
2184YAlex Yankowski 141.016-1.0494
3420Brett Hearn 142.670-2.7033
463Justin Haers 143.864-3.8972
5319Tim Fuller 145.586-5.6191
6999LLarry Wight 145.817-5.8500
7512Darren Smith 146.839-6.8720
8727JDanny Johnson 147.747-7.7800
91048TOODave Rauscher 148.748-8.7810
10898TTyler Thompson 149.626-9.6590
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
19+821APeter Britten 00.0000Running5$0
21-19SMatt Sheppard 0-0.1790Running0$0
32-126Ryan Godown 0-0.1910Running0$0
410+617Marcus Dinkins 0-0.3480Running0$0
511+698JSRocky Warner 0-0.4590Running0$0
64-243Keith Flach 0-0.5070Running0$0
76-18HMax McLaughlin 0-0.5900Running0$0
88033Louden Reimert 0-0.5940Running0$0
95-45Brock Pinkerous 0-0.7480Running0$0
107-321MBob Mcgannon 0-0.7480DNF0$0
113-814CG Morey 0-0.7480DNS0$0
Hard Charger: Peter Britten
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
15+4111Demetrios Drellos 00.0000Running0$0
210+898HJimmy Phelps 0-0.0630Running0$0
37+491Billy Decker 0-0.0870Running0$0
4409Marc Johnson 0-0.1540Running0$0
59+411TJeff Taylor 0-0.2650Running0$0
66032RRonnie Davis III0-0.4140Running0$0
72-518Ryan Macartney 0-0.5100Running0$0
83-534Kevin Root 0-0.5970Running0$0
91-88Rich Scagliotta 0-0.7470Running0$0
108-24SPeter Schwartzott Jr 0-0.9280Running0$0
Hard Charger: Jimmy Phelps
Qualifying Flight 3 Results
18+725Erick Rudolph 00.0000Running0$0
21-137MMathieu Desjardins 0-0.0310Running0$0
37+47ZZachary Payne 0-0.0950Running0$0
410+670AAlex Payne 0-0.1620Running0$0
59+483XTim Sears Jr0-0.3250Running0$0
62-42LJack Lehner 0-0.3250Running0$0
76-137Paul St. Sauveur 0-0.3250Running0$0
83-521Yan Bussiere 0-0.3250Running0$0
911+2151KBBrian McDonald 0-0.3250Running0$0
105-5215Adam Pierson 0-0.3250Running0$0
114-74Anthony Perrego 0-0.5670Running0$0
Hard Charger: Erick Rudolph
Qualifying Flight 4 Results
15+484YAlex Yankowski 00.0000Running0$0
24+288Mat Williamson 0-0.0160Running0$0
32-119Tim Fuller 0-0.2640Running0$0
47+320Brett Hearn 0-0.2890Running0$0
53-212Darren Smith 0-0.3000Running0$0
6603Justin Haers 0-0.4400Running0$0
79+227JDanny Johnson 0-0.5120Running0$0
81-798TTyler Thompson 0-0.5270Running0$0
98-199LLarry Wight 0-0.6140Running0$0
1010048TOODave Rauscher 0-0.6770Running0$0
Hard Charger: Alex Yankowski
DIRTVision Highlights  
Event Info  

World of Outlaws World Finals
Thursday, November 03, 2022
The Dirt Track at Charlotte
5500 Concord Parkway S
Concord, North Carolina 28027 

Event Description
For the first time ever, the most prestigious dirt racing event in the country lights up The Dirt Track at Charlotte with not three, but four days of heart-pounding, clay-slinging action on the lightning-fast, four-tenths mile oval. The World of Outlaws World Finals brings together the top series in the sport, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, the World of Outlaws Late Model Series and the Super DIRTcar Series, for four full days of racing culminating in the crowning of all three series champions.

Series Racing
Super DIRTcar Series

To Win Amount

Feature Laps Length

Event Schedule
*All times Eastern

Event Hashtag

Frequently Asked Questions  
To Win Amount

Reserved Seating
all seating

Type of Grandstand
Bleacher with backs

Stadium Seating
Not allowed

Handicapped Seating
Lower level and Second level - Reserved seating required - Companion seating is available

Handicapped Parking
Designated handicap parking between the dirt track and zMax dragway

Pit Age Limit
All ages allowed. Minors ages 17 and under must have a signed waiver sheet. ONE parent must be present OR waiver should be notarized with the required ONE parent signature. Call 1-800-455-FANS with questions.

Pit Gate Location
Pit gate is located at Gate 2 of the zMax Dragway

Personal Coolers
Fans can bring in a soft-sided cooler no bigger than 14x14x14 and a bag/backpack no bigger than 18x18x14. Hard coolers are not allowed through the gates. Coolers are not allowed in Suites.


Credit Card Use
Concessions, Pit Gate, Ticket Window

Alcohol Sales
Alcohol is also sold at the track

Smoking Policy
designated smoking areas only

Family Section

Parking Cost

Camping Availability
electric hookup, non-electric, onsite, showers, waste services

Camping Cost
Contact the track for pricing

Track Info  

The Dirt Track at Charlotte
5500 Concord Parkway S
Concord, North Carolina 28027 

Track Phone
(704) 455-3200

Ticket Phone
(800) 455-3267

Track Type
0.400; semi banked

Sprint Car Track Record
11.880 seconds by Jeff Shepard on 10/6/01

Late Model Track Record
14.183 seconds by Kyle Larson on 11/5/20

Closest Airport
Concord-Padgett Regional Airport

Other Airport
Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Pit Gate Location
Pit gate is located at Gate 2 of the zMax Dragway

Track Map
Competitor Info  
Competitor Downloads

Tire Rules
(LF Open Tire) {LF MUST remain on the LF all night}
(Hoosier 1350) RF/LR/RR
(Hoosier LCB70) Right Rear Option
*You MUST Qualify, Heat Race, and LCS on the same tires.
You can change (1) tire for the Feature.