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Friday, February 27, 2015

World of Outlaws: The Beginning of a New Era

As a fan, we've known the day would come when Steve Kinser and Sammy Swindell would no longer grace America's dirt tracks with The Greatest Show on Dirt, but that doesn't make it any easier to deal with. The King will still be around at some of the most venerable tracks in the country, and it wouldn't surprise me if Sammy made a guest appearance or two, but let's face it, it's time to move on.

Fortunately, the World of Outlaws will not be hurting for any talent or star-power in the foreseeable future. In fact, their field of touring drivers this season may be as deep as we've ever seen.

What we will now refer to as "the field" for the rest of this article will carry 7 total championships into the season (Schatz [6], Pittman [1]) and 444 series wins. Behind Schatz and Pittman is a young and upcoming group of drivers just itching to claim their first WoO title. But before we dive into each driver, let's first analyze the 2015 schedule.

The Schedule
This year's World of Outlaws campaign contains 91 races at 56 different facilities. This is slightly down from last year's schedule (95 races at 61 tracks). Some of the notable changes are one extra night at Williams Grove, but one less night at both Lernerville Speedway and Lincoln (PA) Speedway.

Williams Grove leads the way with 7 events. Following behind are Eldora & Knoxville (5), and I-55, Silver Dollar and The Dirt Track at Charlotte whom each have 3 races. For a more in-depth look at the cross-country travel plans, let's dive on in a little further.

Volusia Speedway Park kicked off with the 3-night DIRTcar Nationals. Next up is a doubleheader in Sin City that begins a 14 race stretch on the West Coast over the course of a month and a half. 10 tracks will split duties in servicing the World of Outlaws.

An 8-race stretch back across the Midwest will lead into the first East Coast swing of the year, which will feature 6 events through Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and North Carolina.

Starting on Labor Day, the Greatest Show on Dirt will spend nearly 2 months in the Midwest and Upper Midwest before returning to Ohio and Pennsylvania in mid-July for the Doty Classic, Kings Royal, Silver Cup and Summer Nationals.

Following the "Month of Money", the Outlaws will fleet off through New York and across Canada before eventually moseying on down to the Iron Man 55 and hallowed Knoxville Nationals.

After an illustrious week in Knoxville, they will escape off to the far Northwest with stops in Alberta, Washington and Oregon. From there, the World of Outlaws will head down the coast for the prestigious Gold Cup at the Silver Dollar Speedway.

A trek across the country with a few stops at a handful of venues will ultimately bring the World of Outlaws back to the East Coast for the re-formatted National Open at Williams Grove, a few other races, and the finale at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

The Drivers
The World of Outlaws have 14 committed full-time members, with an additional driver that will hit many of the races but needs additional sponsorship to get through the year. 444 wins are represented by this year's contingents. So without further adieu, here are your 2015 Outlaws.

Jacob Allen: In his 2nd WoO season, looking to continue improvement after making strides last season. Best series finish - 13th ('14)

Craig Dollansky: Returns to the series driving for Rick Rogers. Winner of 59 WoO features. Best series finish - 2nd ('06 & '12)

David Gravel: Begins his 2nd full season as an Outlaw. 7 career WoO wins. Best series finish - 13th ('13)

Jason Johnson: 360 standout making his first run at the WoO championship. Owns 1 career WoO feature win.

Kraig Kinser: Former Knoxville Nationals champion. 16 career series wins. Best series finish - 5th ('05)

Kerry Madsen: Australian native taking another shot at the title. 16 career series wins. Best series finish - 4th ('14)

Daryn Pittman: 2013 champion looking to reclaim the championship. 53 career series wins. Best series finish - 1st ('13)

Joey Saldana: Searching to transfer some Time Trial speed to the A-Mains. 91 career series victories. Best series finish - 2nd ('07)

Donny Schatz: Six-time and defending champion. 174 series wins. Best series finish - 1st ('06, '07, '08, '09, '12, '14)

Logan Schuchart: In his 2nd WoO season, looking for some improvement on past successes. 3 career podium finishes. Best series finish - 12th ('14)

Jason Sides: Veteran driver looking to rekindle the fire. 13 career series wins. Best series finish - 5th ('09 & '10)

Shane Stewart: First full WoO season under Larson/Marks Racing. 5 career series wins. Best series finish - 12th ('05)

Brad Sweet: On the verge of a breakout season for the KKR driver. 9 career series wins. Best series finish - 6th ('14)

Cody Darrah will also journey to many of the World of Outlaws races but is currently looking for additional funding in order to follow the whole tour.

The Predictions
Finally, the fun part of all of this. Where I get to spew my meaningless opinions and more than likely embarrass myself with an uneducated guess, stir up a couple readers, all while jinxing a few drivers in the process. Ah, oh well. That's half of the fun! Here are my BOLD PREDICTIONS for the 2015 World of Outaws season.

Top 5: Donny Schatz, Daryn Pittman, Brad Sweet, Kerry Madsen, Joey Saldana

Wins: Schatz (18), Pittman (12), Madsen (10), Saldana (8), Sweet (7), McMahan (5)

Fast Timer: Kerry Madsen

Hard Charger: David Gravel

Most Improved: Logan Schuchart

Biggest Surprise: Jason Johnson

Biggest Disappointment: Craig Dollansky

Race of the Year: Cedar Lake Speedway (Night 2)

Races That Steve Kinser Enters: 30

Rainouts: 7

Knoxville Nationals: Donny Schatz

Kings Royal: Brad Sweet

National Open: PA Posse

Brian Brown Wins: 2

New WoO Winner: D.J. Netto

Throwback Winner: Danny Lasoski

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

On Tap- USAC and Lucas ASCS Sprinters Trade Places; USMTS Gulf Tour Round 3

Okay, so the DIRTCar Nats are over. We're feeling your pain DIRT Nation.  But there's racing around, if you look for it! One great place to look for racing is of course our very own master schedule created by our very own Professor, Mr. Tyler Beichner. Check it out here!

Having said that, there's racing to follow this weekend and some really good stuff too. It's a great time of year to tune into something you don't get to see very often. So before you check out of dirt for another month, waiting for your favorite track or series to open up for the year, why don't you check out this weekend's slate of action, try a little something different? Here's what on tap!

USAC/AMSOIL National Sprints- East Bay Raceway Park

The wingless sprinters of the USAC/AMSOIL National series are in action this weekend at East Bay Raceway Park and they're fantastic! Those of you that follow the series religiously can attest to this. They're really different from their winged counterparts and the drivers are both talented and legendary. They provide great racing, wheel to wheel action, and more than that they compete and battle as if they have nothing to lose!

See Brady Bacon, the people's champ, Dave Darland, and Bryan Clauson in action all weekend.

Points coming into the weekend:

1. Chase Stockon- 187
2. Chris Windom- 162
3. Brady Bacon- 160
4. Robert Ballou- 158
5. Kevin Thomas Jr- 156

When: Thursday-Friday-Saturday (Feb 26-27-28)

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Lucas ASCS Sprints at Bubba Raceway Park

It's a great weekend to check out the Lucas ASCS Sprinters at Bubba Raceway Park. Why? Well first, it's a national points weekend so you can see how the early points shake out, and secondly, because there's some talented drivers still hanging around Florida looking to take home a checkered flag.

Like World of Outlaw driver Jason Sides who won on opening night at East Bay. Like Greg Hodnett who's gotten off to a hot start Florida this year. Like Terry McCarl, Chad Kenemah, Danny Smith and Greg Wilson. 

They'll be taking on the likes of tour regulars Jeff Swindell, Aaron Reutzel, Johnny Herrera, Randy Hannagan, and Sam Hafertepe Jr. It's a great weekend to check out the action from Bubba and see some sprinters you don't always get to see as much of as you'd like!

Points Coming Into the Weekend:

1. Mark Smith- 427
2. Aaron Reutzel- 417
3. Brad Loyet - 395
4. Terry McCarl- 380
5. Johny Herrera- 367

When: Friday-Saturday (Feb-27-28)

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USMTS Modifieds at El Paso Speedway Park

Round 3 of the USMTS Modified Gulf Coast swing gets underway this weekend at El Paso Speedway Park. These guys are fantastic to watch and leave it all on the line. You'll see Jason Hughes, the racing Gallardo's (Fito and his son Jake), Dereck Ramirez and other top stars battling for three straight nights.

Last year's USMTS champion, Rodney Sanders...aka the sandman, will be in action this weekend following his late model tour of East Bay and Volusia which ended in disaster. Sanders mangled a couple of cars in earlier action this year, and will be looking to return to his home state and deliver some home cooking. You'll be glad you ordered this one!

Points Coming Into the Weekend:

1. Jason Hughes- 459
2. Dereck Ramirez- 415
3. Phillip Houston- 393
4. Austin Arneson- 392
5. Jesse Sobbing- 388

When: Thursday-Friday-Saturday (Feb 26-27-28)

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Moving on from Florida...

The beef of Florida/Georgia Speedweeks is now behind us. Aside from another weekend for USAC (at East Bay) and ASCS (at Bubba's), it's time to move on and look to what was left behind as well as what lies ahead of us.

Let's pick up a little over 3 weeks ago to recap the Speedweeks that was. The Nesmith crate late models invaded Bubba Raceway Park on Jan. 28 and saw Mark Whitener, Max Blair and Keith Nosbisch reach victory lane before Walker Arthur grabbed the $10,000 finale.

The "New" All Star Circuit of Champions followed suit with an invasion of Bubba Raceway Park the following weekend. Albeit a strange field that filled the pits, it was the familiar face of Kerry Madsen that won all 3 nights and collected $15,000 in winnings.

Meanwhile, the Super Late Models were putting in work in the state of Georgia as the Lucas Oil Late Models (LOLMDS) put an assault on Golden Isles Speedway, and at the same time the World of Outlaws Late Models set their eyes on Screven Motor Speedway.

Carrier, Pearson and Davenport were victorious at Golden Isles, and it was Steve Casebolt and home-state native Shane Clanton that stole the thunder at Screven.

The LOLMDS then began the traditional week-long Winternationals at East Bay. Six features were contested, with legendary "Mr. Smooth" Billy Moyer winning half of them. Dennis Erb, Josh Richards and Eddie Carrier won the other three events.

Not to be outdone, the WoO Late Models spent a weekend at Bubba Raceway Park. It was Darrell Lanigan picking up the unsanctioned SLM event, but fans saw Frank Heckenast and Josh Richards reach victory lane in WoO action.

Sprint cars got their time back in the spotlight when they made the annual trek over to Volusia Speedway Park to kick off the DIRTcar Nationals. The All Stars sanctioned the first two nights when Greg Hodnett and Daryn Pittman were the first to the checkers.

"The Greatest Show on Dirt", the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, took over the following three nights where Pittman was able to grab another win, followed by remarkable victories from reigning champ Donny Schatz and Brad Sweet.

The late models moved in on Monday morning for their turn at the half-mile oval. When the dust settled Saturday night, the week could be summed up in two words: Shane Clanton. The "Georgia Bulldog" carried momentum from Screven and Bubba's as he was able to capture 4 of the 5 contested races, 3 of which were WoO sanctioned. Scott Bloomquist also reached victory lane.

The Northeast ground-pounders known as Big Block Modifeds took their talents to the Southeast as they contested 5 shows over the course of a week with just as many winners. Danny Johnson, Brett Hearn, Stewart Friesen, Rick Laubach and Neal Williams each found victory lane once.

Just when you thought we'd had enough racing, the USAC non-winged sprints and ASCS 360's started their seasons off in the Sunshine State. Mark Smith capped off the ASCS triple-header at East Bay with a $10,000 triumph, while Robert Ballou, Brady Bacon and Dave Darland split the honors at Bubba's.

Now we look ahead. Florida Speedweeks has one weekend remaining, but we remorsefully begin to look onward towards races in the rest of the country.

Next weekend, the 5th Annual 'Pelican 100' will take place at Louisiana's Ark-La-Tex Speedway, offering a gracious $10,000 prize to the winner. Alabama also resumes its season with the $15,000 Southern All Star (SAS) sanctioned 'Bama Bash' at East Alabama Motor Speedway. The SAS Lates will finish off the weekend with a $10,000 show at Cherokee Speedway in South Carolina.

Lincoln Speedway (PA) will again attempt to open their season with the Icebreaker for 410 Sprints. With the harsh winter and future weather outlook, I wouldn't hold your breath as it's not looking good at the moment.

So what can we take away from Florida? Here's a list of a few noteworthy items.

  • Can anyone stop (or at least slow down) Shane Clanton?
  • The positive vibes surrounding the ASCoC were refreshing.
  • The WoO Sprints title could be up in the air this season.
  • Billy Moyer proved that he is still the king of East Bay.
  • Scott Bloomquist has cooled off since last fall.
  • Earl Pearson is clearly rejuvenated with his new/old team.
  • Chub Frank, for now, has returned to competitive form.
Series Points Standings
WoO Sprints - 1. Brad Sweet 2. Donny Schatz (-4) 3. Daryn Pittman (-6) 4. Joey Saldana (-14) 5. Greg Hodnett (-16)

WoO Lates - 1. Shane Clanton 2. Darrell Lanigan (-90) 3. Morgan Bagley (-116) 4. Josh Richards (-118) 5. Chub Frank (-122)

LOLMDS - 1. Earl Pearson, Jr 2. Jonathan Davenport (-5) 3. Jared Landers (-25) 4. Jimmy Owens (-55) 5. Eddie Carrier, Jr (-70)

Nesmith - 1. Walker Arthur 2. Ronnie Johnson (-72) 3. Ryan King (-98) 4. Chase Edge (-102) 5. Ryan Crane (-118)

**AMENDMENT (2/23/14) - The Pelican 100 at Ark-La-Tex Speedway has been postponed to March 6th and 7th.**

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Shane Andrews- A Study in Connectivity

It's a steamy summer weeknight at a dirt track somewhere in the northeast, or maybe even Quebec. The beer has been spilled, the 50/50 raffle has reached epic proportion, and the field has been whittled down, culminating in a moment, a place and time that you won't soon forget, the four wide salute.

You may have heard a million of them and can barely make your way to your feet as you begin to clap. Or you may be new to the practice and lose your voice screaming in the process.

Then suddenly, a man brings the microphone to his mouth, and delivers the following...

"Ladies and gentlemen, wave your hats, wave your baby, wave your neighbor, wipe your visor, adjust the five point harness, grandpa....take your viagara pill! As we get ready to go tonight, we salute you! Before they go fast and start to power slide, we salute you with the big blocks four wide. The ground pounding, earth shaking, window rattling, 800 horses without all the mess. The big block modified Super Dirt Car Series!"

He's got the confidence to deliver the message better than anybody. He should. He's got the crowd behind him, and he got them on his side by years of perfecting his craft and building relationships.

Otto Graham Photo

Announcers. They're the link between all track activity and the fans in attendance. They set the table for the night of racing yet to come, call the action on the track, give us insight to information on particular drivers and play a crucial role in bringing the sponsors to the forefront. It's not easy, and it should be regarded as an art form.

You see, there's this little thing called personality, and it seeps from the microphone to our ears. And it's a different feel from a fans point of view, between each and every announcer we hear. Some are very professional in approach, never stumbling over a word with precision timing. Some are less versed in professionalism and yet are so passionate and friendly that mistakes can be overlooked, and everybody in the stands understands completely. Some are a bit dull and make you wonder if you should check them for a pulse.

Shane Andrews has a pulse. He's also got the professionalism, passion and personality it takes to elevate his status to elite. The announcer of the Super DIRTCar Series Modifieds and the weekly announcer at Brewerton and Canandaigua speedways has a certain way about him that has his fans in his corner every night.

His style, makes him different, not just in the way he describes a race, but in the way he holds a crowd together, engages with the fans, and the sense of humor he invokes at almost every turn. There's a good many announcers that specialize in a little of all of those factors. But not many than can develop the certain connectivity with the audience.

His accessibility and genuine love of all things dirt make it possible...

Just talk with the man, he'll talk with you till your hearts content. A chat with the man will take you to great restaurant recommendations, great music (He's a devout metal head with a good ear for all sorts of music), and great memories from his past.

"I'd always been interested in public speaking," Andrews said. "I was in the FFA (Future Farmers of America) in high school in a part of upstate New York where there were more cows than people, and I was always a big race fan."

Andrews was bitten by the bug so to speak since age 8 when he took in his first race at Fonda Speedway. But it was actually his older brother that helped connect the dots that led him to the broadcast booth years later.

"One year my older brother John went out and bought at '39 Pontiac, a complete roller ready to go. So he threw an engine in it and decided to go dance with the NY (midstate) Antique Stock Car Club.  One night we were in the pits at Madison County Fairgrounds in Brookfield, NY, and I went up to Carl Carpenter the first president of the club and I told him that I'd had some radio experience and a public speaking background and that I'd like to try my hand at announcing. He told me that they already had a guy, but that he'd keep me in mind. So I went back to our pit area and about an hour and a half later and Carl went looking for me. He said his guy couldn't make it and asked if I was still interested, and the rest as they history."

One great truth in any business is, you never know who's watching and taking notice on any particular night and how it will impact your future. It didn't take long for Andrews to become noticed.

"I was working at Afton Speedway one night and Marshall Wetmore who was the general manager of Utica-Rome  and Fulton Speedways at the time, and Dick Sweet who was the head starter there had caught my gig there and told me that he had somebody that I could use some advice from. He said. "you're good, but you can always be better." and they put me in touch with Jim King, the Utica/Rome and Fulton announcer at that time. And so away we went and I spent a couple of years there with Jim and he passed on some great things to me."

King passed on three things that Andrews remembers to this day. "He told me number one, like what you do.  Number two, never forget there is always somebody out there that knows more than you do, and number three, never be afraid to be yourself. This is entertainment, and we're in the entertainment business."

Andrews heeded the advice. He truly loves what he does, is always striving to get better, and seeks to entertain first and foremost. In fact if you're in the stands with Andrews on the mic, the night tends to take on the warm feel of a conversation, punctuated with comedy, and garnished with original "Andrewsisms" such as; "Up where grandma hides the vodka!" used when a driver is on the edge of the cushion. 

Sure, every announcer has those in their repertoire, but Andrews expressions and mannerisms have developed a certain resonance with his audience and it's one that would be impossible for many others to achieve. It helps that he's a man of the people and has never let his success take his focus off of his audience and what they love about him.

"I think the biggest thing is that I'm a race fan myself. It's what I am first and foremost. I just happen to get paid to talk about the race and have the third best seat in the house. The first seat being the drivers, and the second best, the flagman, which in most cases is the legendary Dave Farney. I appreciate the fans and understand what they're going through. I don't want to sit through a long show, I don't want sit though a lot of BS, I don't want to be bored, I want to be entertained. So I appreciate where the fans are coming from. You take the microphone away from me, and I'm just a race fan that loves going to the races and I love to interact with people. My mom gave me a some great advice years ago.   When she said, The way a man is judged is how he treats people that can do nothing for him. And that stays with me because I have to deal with people that are there just once a week, and I have to deal with owners of businesses and I treat everyone with the utmost respect no matter who they are. It could be a person who had to scrimp and save to afford the races or a C.E.O. and they're just the same to me."

Andrews is more than just a torchbearer for the modifieds. His body of work brought him to the ears of people across divisions, and even to television. He was selected to join the broadcast teams at events such as the World 100, Firecracker 100, and the World Finals in addition to his duties at Super Dirt Week.

"There are so many more crown jewel events in late model racing than with the modifieds and the fan base is somewhat different. I had to bring my A-Game from the modifieds over to the late models because there's so many more that you have to know and so much more that you have to know about them as drivers. You have to be up to date on these guys as much as possible so it challenges me to make myself more knowledgeable."

But as much as Andrews revels in the homework on a different set of drivers, he appreciates the atmosphere at the crown jewels as much as the racing.

"To be able to work these big late model shows makes me feel like a kid in a candy store, I love it! I love to be around the campfires at these events and talk to the people, we're all race fans and we're all there to have a good time and everybody's friendly. Somebody sees you carrying a six pack around and before you know it you're at their campsite telling stories until three in the morning. It's awesome!"

The Super DIRTCar series will be starting soon enough (not soon enough for many of us), and Andrews will be there to call the action. He's excited about the prospect of new faces on the tour full time, tracks the tour hasn't visited in quite some time, and the fans he'll get to talk to.

He makes cases for every driver that plans on running the tour, and their chances of winning with equal fervor and talks about Erick Rudolph and his breakout season and the re emergence of Tim Fuller on the tour full time. One gets the impression that he not only can't wait to call the action, but can't wait to catch up on everyone's offseason, and chat it up in the pits come spring.

"What I'm looking forward to just like everybody out there, is a new season, We're going to Five Mile Point for the first time in a number of years, we're going to Oshweken Speedway for the first time ever. We've got some great events planned for 2015. We're going to be back at Fulton, Brewerton and Weedsport and one of my favorite places, Cornwall Motor Speedway. I love that little bullring!"

From a microphone standpoint, the modifieds are in great hands, but more than that, they're enjoying a strong period of high demand, and the fans are held together with Andrews helping to keep them connected.

So what does the future bring for Shane Andrews, we're not sure. Is it a place with MRN someday? Is it going on the road filling in for Bum Carlos with the band Cheap Trick? It's hard to say, but for now, Andrews is completely content.

"I enjoy announcing and still want to announce. I enjoy doing the TV side, I wish there were a few more opportunities to do more dirt track stuff. The future depends on what flows my way. But right now, the future's too far away from me, in the present I love what I'm doing."

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The 7 Wonders of the (DIRT) World

1. Knoxville Nationals - Knoxville Raceway
Our top dirt race in the world is none other than the premier Knoxville Nationals at the Marion County Fairgrounds in the state of Iowa. Without question, the Nationals is world-renowned as the most historic and prestigious event in all of dirt motorsports. Only the cream of the crop win this race; luck doesn’t get a good driver into a show, let alone to victory lane. The Knoxville Nationals draws roughly the best 100 sprint drivers in the world every year, and this year’s 55th running will again pay a whopping $150,000 to win. Forget work for a week in August, this is place every true race fan needs to be.

2. World 100 - Eldora Speedway
Our 2nd Wonder of the (DIRT) World is none other than the 45th Annual World 100 at the highbanked ½ mile known as Eldora Speedway. Eldora, placed pleasantly in what seems to be the middle of nowhere, becomes its own raging town for a weekend in October each year. The World, which originally paid $3,000 to win, has increased the winner’s share by $1,000 each year since its 1971 inception. This year’s champion will be hoisting a $48,000 check in front of a frenzy of avid race fans.

3. World Finals - The Dirt Track at Charlotte
The 3rd Wonder of the (DIRT) World didn’t earn its place because of the history surrounding the event. The World Finals, to put it simply, is the best possible show that an all-around race fan could ask for. Featuring three full days of the 3 premier racing divisions, the World Finals attracts over 160 of the best drivers in the country, provides exceptional racing from Thursday afternoon to Saturday night, and gives race fans one last “Bang!” before the long offseason. The only downfall here is that such a spectacular event at the end of the season only leaves us wanting more.

4. Chili Bowl Nationals - Tulsa Expo Center
Ah yes, the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals has certainly earned its place in our countdown. When this event began 28 years ago, many were skeptical. Now here we are, in 2015, and the Chili Bowl is one of the most anticipated races of the year. Five straight action-packed nights in January…can it get any better? This past edition featured over 300 cars from most states in America, as well as drivers from England, Australia and New Zealand. Tickets are hard to come by due to the limited seating, but don’t pass them up if you ever get the chance to witness no. 4 on our countdown.

5. The Classic - Premier Speedway
We dedicate the 5th spot on our grid to our friends down under! Affectionately known as “The Classic”, the Grand Annual Sprint Car Classic in Warrnambool, AUS plays host to the biggest sprint car race that Australia has to offer. The most recent running of the race at Premier Speedway in the Sungold Statdium was the 43rd edition, paying $30,000 to the winner. Over 100 sprint cars gather together for an action-packed weekend to celebrate the nation’s birthday.

6. Super DIRTweek
Ranking 6th in the DIRT world is the beloved Super DIRTweek at the New York State Fairgrounds. Catching big block modifieds on the “Monster Mile” is only half the experience as Super DIRTweek also includes a handful of races at other New York venues. A race that’s attraction has been the events off the racing surface may be making strides, as last year’s 200 lap finale resulted in a race-winning pass through the outside lane to claim the $50,000 victory.

7. National Open - Williams Grove Speedway
Rounding out our top 7 of the DIRT world is the famed National Open at the legendary Williams Grove Speedway. Though car counts have dropped off over the last couple decades, you will not find a better field of 410’s outside of the week at Knoxville. This year’s edition will feature an expanded (and intriguing) 3-day format that will culminate in a 50-lap race paying $50,000 to the winner. Despite the desire to take home the big check, more than money is on the line when the Outlaws visit the Grove as the PA Posse and their devoted followers look to defend their turf against the invaders. This very well may be the strongest rivalry in all of motorsports.

Take a peak back at our countdown of races 8-15 by clicking HERE.
8. Kings Royal
9. Prairie Dirt Classic
10. Four Crown
11. Dirt Track World Championship
12. Turkey Night
13. North/South 10o
14. The Dream
15. USA Nationals

And if you're feeling really ambitious, read up on what events snagged spots 16-20 in the countdown by following this LINK.
16. Show-Me 100
17. Short Track Nationals
18. Knoxville Late Model Nationals
19. Fall Brawl
20. Mudsummer Classic

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Friday Recap- Pittman Edges Schatz; Carrier Jr Cruises; Dillon With Late Race Heroics

And finally the full slate is laid out before us with the World of Outlaw sprints joining the fray in Florida. And they didn't disappoint either, providing another edge of the seat show. Meanwhile, the Lucas boys played for points tonight at East Bay, and yet another junior came out on top. Another Dillon won yet another UMP Modified showdown in Volusia and in Ocala, Darrell Lanigan and Josh Richards put on a show in a non WoO point contest to kickoff their weekend.

Kolten Gouse Photo

Volusia- World of Outlaw Sprints

Joey Saldana skated out to the early lead in the opening performance of the 2015 tour, but his progress was halted by a lap 7 crash between Steve Kinser and Craig Dollansky. Greg Hodnett was in striking distance early on but hit the cone on a restart. The cone's penalty called for the central PA driver to go back two positions. 

Meanwhile, Donny Schatz wasted no time climbing from his sixth starting spot to second while taking the lead on lap 28, but managed to give it back to Daryn Pittman on the last lap in a finish that bore resemblance to the previous finish the night before during the final ASCoC event. 

Top 5: 

1 Daryn Pittman
2. Donny Schatz
3. Greg Hodnett
4. Joey Saldana
5. Brad Sweet

Heat Winners: 

  • Gregg Hodnett
  • Lucas Wolfe
  • Craig Dollansky
  • Donny Schatz
Dash Winner: Greg Hodnett
Hard Charger: David Gravel (+10)

Volusia- UMP Modifieds

Ty Dillon became the fourth different winner in four nights at Volusia this week. It was no easy task though. Ahead of him, Kyle Strickler was setting a torrid pace. 

Dillon went forward from his sixth starting spot fairly efficiently though and made the pass for the lead in the last five laps to claim his first victory of the DIRTCar Nationals. He wound up edging second place Nick Hoffman by a second at the line in the win. 

Top 5:

1. Ty Dillon
2. Nick Hoffman
3. Kyle Strickler
4. Jake Hawkins
5. Austin Dillon

Heat Winners: 

  • Brandon Greene
  • Kyle Strickler
  • Ty Dillon
  • Jake Hawkins
  • Tyler Nicely
  • Billy Workman Jr

East Bay Raceway- Lucas Oil Late Models

Another night, another junior. Eddie Carrier Jr took his second victory at East Bay this week in Lucas Oil Late Model Action Friday night. 

He had to manage to hold off a determined Devin Moran in order to claim the $10,000 however as the young Ohio pilot wrested the lead from Earl Pearson Jr on lap 24, only to Carrier Jr make his way around on lap 44 to claim the lead. Behind them, Jimmy Owens got off the milk carton and joined the podium for the first time this season while series point leader Earl Pearson Jr suffered a 13 place run after leading the first 23 laps when contact with a lapped car dropped him in the running order. Pole sitter Scott Bloomquist retired after one lap. 

Top 5: 

1. Eddie Carrier Jr
2. Devin Moran
3. Jimmy Owens
4. Jared Landers
5. Jonathan Davenport

Heat Winners: 

  • Scott Bloomquist
  • Earl Pearson Jr
  • Jared Landers
  • Devin Moran
Hard Charger: Chris Brown (+12)

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