Previewing the World Finals at Charlotteby Chris Owens November 7, 2013 0 comments
Photo Credit: World of Outlaws
CONCORD, NC :: This weekend, the biggest dirt racing event of the season goes down across the street from the Charlotte Motor Speedway at “The Dirt Track.”
The World Finals have become a staple among the dirt racing community, and has fans flocking from all 50 states to see the “Greatest Show on Dirt,” the World of Outlaws. Charlotte and the World Finals are the only stop for the series where all three series, Sprint Cars, Late Models and Big Block Modifieds converge on the same venue at the same time. It’s truly a unique event.
Coming to Charlotte, Daryn Pittman leads Donny Schatz in the Sprint Car standings by 52 points. With two races this weekend, on Friday and Saturday night, anything can happen, and Schatz has been known to run well at Charlotte. For the season, Schatz has 22 wins over the course of the year, Tim Kaeding is the next driver with nine wins and Pittman follows with eight.
The last time the series raced in Charlotte, Paul McMahan took home the win in the 30 lap event during the Coca-Cola 600 weekend. Point leader Pittman finished second. NASCAR stars, Kyle Larson and Tony Stewart finished third and fourth respectively. “The King” Steve Kinser rounded out the top five. Donny Schatz finished a disappointing 12th back in May.
The World of Outlaw Late Model Series concludes its 46 race schedule on Friday and Saturday night as well in Charlotte. Josh Richards leads Darrell Lanigan by 106 markers for the championship. Richards has gone to victory lane nine times this year while Lanigan visited victory lane 11 times over the course of the year.
The stars of the Late Model series have not visited the 4/10ths of a mile track in Charlotte since November of 2012. “The Newport Nightmare” Jimmy Owens would sweep both races, winning on Friday and Saturday night.
The Super Dirt Car Series, also known as the Big Block Modifieds weren’t added to the World Finals until a few years ago. Since being added, they’ve proven to be one of the best races of the night.
Coming into Charlotte, Brett Hearn leads Matt Sheppard by 147 markers for the Dirt Car Championship. Last race out, Hearn picked up his 10th victory in the Eastern States 200 at the Syracuse “Moody Mile” in New York.
Things at the Dirt Track at Charlotte get kicked off tonight with qualifying for all three divisions and heat races for the Super Dirt Car Series. Friday’s a full day of racing for the Sprint Cars, Late Models and Modifieds with feature races concluding the night.
Saturday, championships are handed out following another night of feature racing for all three series.