Winter Freeze VIII at Screven Motor Speedway Opens the Door to a Milestone Season
Series veterans, Championship hopefuls and Rookie of the Year contenders seek early season victories
CONCORD, NC- Jan. 12, 2018- In less than 30 days the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series will embark on its 30th commemorative anniversary season at Screven Motor Speedway. This milestone year not only allows the Series to celebrate its storied past, but highlights the importance of the drivers, teams, and officials who will continue to carry the sport forward for generations to come.
"This is an exciting time for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series as this is probably one of the most anticipated seasons in a long time with the amount of drivers we have, but also because of the caliber of our officials," said Series Director Matt Curl. "We are going to be at Screven with our A-game, and I think all of our drivers will be as well. From an official's stand-point we are jumping out of the building with anticipation and excitement for the upcoming 2018 season."
In 2018, World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Director Matt Curl leads a resolute and energic group of officials who have bolstered the sport for years in numerous ways. This group of officials includes Race Director Erik Grigsby, Technical Director Kenny Kenneda, Safety Director Tyler Bachman, and Timing and Scoring Specalist Jeff Olson. This relatively young yet very passionate team of officials have earned the respect of all involved, alongside the tried and true of the Series.
For the fourth year in a row, the season launches into full swing at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, GA for Winter Freeze VIII. A practice session on Thursday, Feb. 8 allows drivers the opportunity to ease back into action after a three-month break from Series competition. Following practice night, two nights of racing will include a 40-lap, $8,000-to-win event on Friday, Feb. 9 and a 50-lap, $10,000-to-win event on Saturday, Feb. 10.
Two drivers with a history of early season success are Series veterans Rick Eckert and Shane Clanton. For the past two seasons Eckert has captured a victory at the season opener, whereas Clanton holds three Winter Freeze wins at the 3/8-mile Georgia clay oval since 2013.
"It is important to start out early, but we have to get through this whole Florida swing," said Eckert after his Winter Freeze win last year. "It's just the next night, and the next night, and the next night, and it's a grind."
The seasoned drivers will look to repeat their victories, but it won't be an easy task with challenges from other World of Outlaws championship hopefuls, Rookie of the Year contenders and a host of other national stars, regional standouts and weekend warriors eager to capture an early season win.
Brandon Overton and his Randy Weaver "Dream Team" are optimistic that they can begin the season just as strong as anyone. The driver from Evans, GA cut his teeth in racing at Screven Motor Speedway, calling it "one of his favorite tracks in the country." Not only does the track hold significance to Overton for its part in the early years of his racing career, he is also very consistent at the 3/8-mile clay oval. In the past three Winter Freeze events, Overton has placed in the top-five in five of the six races, including three podium finishes.
"I've never really been a points racer. All I think about is going and winning, and so that will probably be our strategy every night," said Overton. "The way things are nowadays, it's all about momentum. You start clicking off wins and running up front, and it kind of just carries over to the next weekend."
Reigning Series Champion Brandon Sheppard will also enter the season hungry for an early win. At the annual awards banquet in November, Sheppard reflected on the patchy start that he and his new Rocket 1 Racing team had in 2017, almost to the point of throwing in the towel the first week of the season.
"The first night at Volusia, we had just a little conflict. I thought we needed to change something on the car. Mark thought it was me. It was just the heat of the moment," explained Sheppard. "We were dang near ready to load up and call it a night after the heat race, and we ended up running the Last Chance Showdown. We finished out the night, and we were hooting and hollering, throwing stuff and everything else. Right then and there I knew that my crew had my back. I didn't know any of them that well until we left Florida."
Quickly overcoming the hardship, Sheppard scored his first World of Outlaws win on March 24 at Whynot Motor Speedway. From there, the wins never stopped coming as he was able to capture 16 more, tying Josh Richards' single-season wins record set in 2016. Following last season's dominance, Sheppard will be on the prowl to establish a new single-season wins record in 2018.
The multi-day Winter Freeze event kicks off a nine-day stretch that concludes in Barberville, FL at Volusia Speedway Park for the 47th annual DIRTcar Nationals, including two DIRTcar Late Model races (Feb. 12-13) and four World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series races (Feb. 14-17).
Tickets for Winter Freeze VII will be available on the day of the event (Feb. 9-10) at the ticket booth. Tickets for DIRTcar Nationals (Feb. 6-17) are available now online [link] and by phone at 844-DIRT-TIX. For more information on the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series' upcoming season please visit woolms.com or our follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
Erik Grigsby Joins World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series as Race Director
CONCORD, NC- Dec. 22, 2017- The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series welcomes Erik Grigsby as the Series Race Director for the 2018 season. For the past six years, Grigsby has served as Race Director for the DIRTcar Late Model Summer Nationals and the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals.
The Canton, IL native became passionate about racing at a young age. Like many, Grigsby began attending races at a nearby dirt track when he was a kid. As he grew older his passion for watching the sport grew into a role at the track on race day. In the ensuing years, Grigsby served as a scorer, a flagman and even as a photographer. His dedication to the industry did not go unnoticed as he built on his success at local tracks to become an integral part of one of the most grueling race tours on the schedule with the DIRTcar Late Model Summer Nationals and the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals tours.
With the addition of Grigsby to the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series, the majority of officials are now Millennials, which also reflects the majority of the drivers committed to the Series for 2018.
World of Outlaws Welcomes Matt Curl as Late Model Series Director
Chris Dolack broadens focus as he shifts into Director of Marketing
By Kayla May
CONCORD, NC - Nov. 15, 2017 - The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series is excited to welcome one of dirt Late Model racing's most prominent proponents, Matt Curl, aboard as Series Director; while Chris Dolack, who stepped in as Series Director in the Spring of 2017, has been named Director of Marketing for the World of Outlaws and DIRTcar Racing, focusing on event promotion.
Curl, born and raised in Fairbury, Illinois, made his name as a successful track promotor of the Fairbury American Legion Speedway (FALS), where he played an instrumental role in turning the speedway into one of the most renowned tracks in the country and breathing new life into the World of Outlaws-sanctioned Prairie Dirt Classic, which has since won DirtonDirt's Race of the Year award for three out of the last four years.
Having achieved such success as a premier track promoter at a premier track with premier events, Curl now steps into a leading role with the premier dirt Late Model series.
"The World of Outlaws is the top of the line. It's what I've been preparing for," said Curl. "My hope is to build on the strength and integrity of the Series - to work hand-in-hand with promoters and racers to ensure they have the best event possible."
Having stayed close to his roots in Central Illinois, where every Saturday was spent at the racetrack, Curl has seen every facet of the racing industry, including serving as an official, driving a tow-truck, flagging, directing competition, and more recently as track promoter and director of race operations. Throughout his tenure he has earned the respect of the drivers and the industry at large, positioning him to lead the Series into an unprecedented season.
"Matt [Curl] has a lot of great first-hand experience that will benefit the [World of Outlaws Craftsman] Late Model Series," said World of Outlaws President Tom Deery. "He understands what track promoters need and how to build a great event, and he can pick up where Chris [Dolack] left off. Chris [Dolack] has done a fantastic job laying the groundwork for a successful 2018 season. We look forward to shifting his focus over to the event promotions side of the sport, which will bolster our entire organization."
Having ties to dirt racing as far as 20 years back, and having worked with the World of Outlaws and DIRTcar Racing in several different capacities now, Dolack understands the business inside and out, and his media background gives him great insight into running a successful marketing campaign.
"With the marketing position opening up, it just makes sense. It's a good fit for both of us," said Dolack. "When you have a Matt Curl interested in working with you, you hire a Matt Curl."
Curl joins the Series immediately and maintains his primary residence, with his wife Jayme and 4-year-old daughter Jesslyn, in Fairbury, where he will continue to serve his hometrack in an advisory capacity.
"It's been my home, and I'll do everything I can to maintain their success. There is a great team at Fairbury [American Legion Speedway]," said Curl, whose grandfather served as commander of the American Legion. "The Fair Board has great leadership in place, and that was instrumental in the success that I envisioned; it wouldn't have happened if not for them."
Curl is confident that this same kind of shared vision with his new team will ensure continued success. "It's one big family here with the World of Outlaws and DIRTcar and everything, and I like that. To be a part of that is an honor," he said.
Dennis Erb Jr. Takes the Checkers on Saturday Night at World Finals
Brandon Sheppard takes the 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Championship
CONCORD, NC- Nov. 4, 2017- The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series hit the track for the last time in 2017 on Saturday at The Dirt Track at Charlotte for the Textron Off Road World Finals. When the checker flag waved after 50-laps it was Dennis Erb Jr. who came out on top in front of a sold-out show.
Feature: 1. Dennis Erb Jr.; 2. Mike Marlar; 3. Jimmy Owens; 4. Brandon Sheppard; 5. Tim McCreadie; 6. Jonathan Davenport; 7. Dale McDowell; 8. Josh Richards; 9. Jason Covert; 10. Shane Clanton; 11. Scott Bloomquist; 12. Brandon Overton; 13. Chris Madden; 14. Hudson O'Neal; 15. Casey Roberts; 16. Tyler Erb; 17. Brian Shirley; 18. Devin Moran; 19. Rusty Schlenk; 20. Dale Hollidge; 21. Rick Eckert; 22. Eric Wells; 23. Jared Hawkins; 24. Morgan Bagley; 25. Chub Frank; 26. Chase Junghans; 27. Ross Bailes; 28. Brandon Kinzer; 29. Tyler Millwood.
1. Brandon Sheppard 5816
2. Chris Madden 5490
3. Shane Clanton 5426
4. Devin Moran 5368
5. Rick Eckert 5300
6. Tyler Erb 5286
7. Eric Wells 5138
8. Morgan Bagley 5048
8. Chub Frank 5048
10. Frank Heckenast Jr. 4958
Sheppard's Late Pass Nets Friday World Finals Win
CONCORD, NC— Nov. 3, 2017— Brandon Sheppard took the lead on lap 48 and wen on to scores his record-tying 18th World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series feature win on Friday night at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The win ties him with Josh Richards for most wins in a single season.
Feature (50 laps): 1. Brandon Sheppard; 2. Dennis Erb Jr.; 3. Mike Marlar; 4. Jimmy Owens; 5. Dale McDowell; 6. Brandon Overton; 7. Chris Madden; 8. Josh Richards; 9. Brian Shirley; 10. Devin Moran; 11. Tim McCreadie; 12. Shane Clanton; 13. Scott Bloomquist; 14. Don O'Neal; 15. Steve Casebolt; 16. Hudson O'Neal; 17. Brent Larson; 18. Eric Wells; 19. Chase Junghans; 20. Brandon Kinzer; 21. Nick Hoffman; 22. Morgan Bagley; 23. Rick Eckert; 24. Tyler Erb; 25. Steven Roberts; 26. Chub Frank; 27. Benji Hicks; 28. Jason Covert; 29. Casey Roberts; 30. Zach McMillan; 31. Jonathan Davenport.
Heat Race Hustle
CONCORD, NC- Nov. 2, 2017- The first night of the Textron Off Road World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte was full of World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series qualifying which locked in Friday's and Saturday's heat race lineups.
The Textron Off Road World Finals continues on Friday with pit gates opening at 12 p.m. and grandstands opening at 3 p.m. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series will have six heat races on Friday leading up to a 50-lap $12,000-to-win feature event. For more information and tickets to Textron Off Road World Finals.
CONCORD, NC— Nov. 2, 2017— The first night of the Textron Off Road World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte was full of World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series qualifying which locked in Friday’s and Saturday’s heat race lineups.
Group A Qualifying (for Friday): 1. 157- Mike Marlar, 14.385; 2. 1r- Josh Richards, 14.521; 3. 18K- Brandon Kinzer, 14.56; 4. 0- Scott Bloomquist, 14.651; 5. 71- Hudson O'Neal, 14.771; 6. CJ1- Rusty Schlenk, 14.789; 7. 25- Shane Clanton, 14.858; 8. 111- Steven Roberts, 14.867; 9. 20- Jimmy Owens, 14.867; 10. R1- Riley Hickman, 14.89; 11. 22*- Brian Shirley, 14.903; 12. 101- Casey Roberts, 14.92; 13. 49- Jonathan Davenport, 14.931; 14. 25F- Jason Feger, 14.951; 15. 41R- T.J. Reaid, 14.971; 16. 92- Nick Davis, 14.978; 17. 0h- Dale Hollidge, 14.981; 18. 116- Brandon Overton, 14.998; 19. C9- Steve Casebolt, 15.001; 20. C4- Freddie Carpenter, 15.161; 21. 91- Tyler Erb, 15.166; 22. 14- Darrell Lanigan, 15.175; 23. 25z- Mason Zeigler, 15.176; 24. 56- Russ King, 15.178; 25. 151- Kyle Lear, 15.181; 26. 28c- Tyler Carpenter, 15.188; 27. 12- Jason Jameson, 15.189; 28. 1*- Chub Frank, 15.224; 29. 1G- Ryan King, 15.226; 30. 11- Jared Hawkins, 15.232; 31. 89- Justin Williams, 15.237; 32. 49R- Brian Ruhlman, 15.363; 33. 4s- Chad Ruhlman, 15.364; 34. 9- Devin Moran, 15.584; 35. '06- Mike Lupfer, 15.711; 36. 55s- Gary Stuhler, 15.714; 37. 15s- Donny Schatz, 15.932; 38. 6- Blake Spencer, 17.182
Group B Qualifying (for Friday): 1. 17M- Dale McDowell, 14.628; 2. 28- Dennis Erb Jr, 14.636; 3. 39- Tim McCreadie, 14.772; 4. 44- Chris Madden, 14.78; 5. 18c- Chase Junghans, 14.8; 6. 1-Brandon Sheppard, 14.807; 7. 72c-Jason Covert, 14.932; 8. 5- Don O'Neal, 14.963; 9. 40- Ross Bailes, 14.973; 10. 14z- Zach McMillan, 14.993; 11. 2H- Nick Hoffman, 15.088; 12. 55- Benji Hicks, 15.116; 13. 18- Eric Wells, 15.121; 14. 36- Logan Martin, 15.144; 15. 15- Steve Francis, 15.178; 16. 8- Matt Sponaugle, 15.224; 17. 32- Dustin Mitchell, 15.249; 18. 69- Carder Miller, 15.335; 19. 31m- Tyler Millwood, 15.339; 20. 32B- Clay Daly, 15.394; 21. B1- Brent Larson, 15.418; 22. 14c- Corey Conley, 15.438; 23. 7r- Ross Robinson, 15.482; 24. 14H- Tyler Horst, 15.493; 25. 7- Rick Eckert, 15.497; 26. 39c- Greg Clark, 15.55; 27. 31- Bob Gordon, 15.585; 28. 4G- Kody Evans, 15.616; 29. 14m- Morgan Bagley, 15.677; 30. 72- Dan Stone, 15.73; 31. KB- Kerry King, 15.773; 32. 43D- Tom Decker III, 15.885; 33. '07- Brian Ledbetter, 16.186; 34. 2c- Joey Coulter, 16.203; 35. 82- Andy Fries, 16.647;36. 3v- Kyle Hardy, NT; DNS. 22- Chris Ferguson, NT
Group A Qualifying (for Saturday): 1. 1r- Josh Richards, 14.536; 2. 28- Dennis Erb Jr, 14.683; 3. 157- Mike Marlar, 14.833; 4. 2H- Nick Hoffman, 14.899; 5. 18c- Chase Junghans, 14.905; 6. 18K- Brandon Kinzer, 14.923; 7. CJ1- Rusty Schlenk, 14.972; 8. 39- Tim McCreadie, 15.01; 9. 20- Jimmy Owens, 15.021; 10. 72- Jason Covert, 15.028; 11. 3v- Kyle Hardy, 15.077; 12. 2c- Joey Coulter, 15.096; 13. 22*- Brian Shirley,15.106; 14. C4- Freddie Carpenter,15.107; 15. 15s- Donny Schatz,15.122; 16. 101- Casey Roberts, 15.147; 17. 5- Don O'Neal,15.192; 18. 49- Jonathan Davenport, 15.216; 19. 14- Darrell Lanigan, 15.236; 20. 11- Jared Hawkins,15.24; 21.89- Justin Williams, 15.24; 22. 9- Devin Moran, 15.369; 23. 25F- Jason Feger, 15.395; 24. 32B- Clay Daly, 15.438; 25. 14m- Morgan Bagley, 15.467; 26. 55- Benji Hicks, 15.522; 27. 7r- Ross Robinson, 15.541; 28. 32- Dustin Mitchell, 15.554; 29. 69- Carder Miller, 15.557; 30. 25z- Mason Zeigler, 15.578; 31. 55s- Gary Stuhler, 15.606; 32. 4G- Kody Evans, 15.638; 33. 56- Russ King, 15.642; 34. '06- Mike Lupfer, 15.698; 35. KB- Kerry King, 15.857; 36. 82-Andy Fries, 15.925; 37. '07-Brian Ledbetter, 16.07; DNS. 22- Chris Ferguson, NT
Group B Qualifying (for Saturday): 1. 17M- Dale McDowell, 14.67; 2. 1- Brandon Sheppard, 14.923; 3. 41R- T.J. Reaid, 15.093; 4. 0h- Dale Hollidge, 15.104; 5. 0- Scott Bloomquist, 15.136; 6. 91- Tyler Erb, 15.137; 7. 40- Ross Bailes, 15.137; 8. 71- Hudson O'Neal, 15.156; 9. 25- Shane Clanton, 15.163; 10. 44- Chris Madden, 15.206; 11. 1G- Ryan King, 15.248; 12. 31m- Tyler Millwood, 15.301; 13. 92- Nick Davis, 15.306; 14. 111- Steven Roberts, 15.33; 15. 18- Eric Wells, 15.338; 16. 72- Dan Stone, 15.378; 17. 116- Brandon Overton, 15.382; 18. C9- Steve Casebolt, 15.395; 19. 14z- Zach McMillan, 15.406; 20. 15- Steve Francis, 15.411; 21. 36- Logan Martin, 15.455; 22. 49R- Brian Ruhlman, 15.462; 23. 7- Rick Eckert, 15.481; 24. 14c- Corey Conley, 15.505; 25. 8- Matt Sponaugle, 15.509; 26. R1- Riley Hickman, 15.551; 27. 151- Kyle Lear, 15.561; 28. 1*- Chub Frank, 15.564; 29. 4s- Chad Ruhlman, 15.643; 30. 28c- Tyler Carpenter, 15.661; 31. 12- Jason Jameson, 15.665;32. B1- Brent Larson, 15.684; 33. 14H- Tyler Horst, 15.783; 34. 39c- Greg Clark, 15.803; 35. 31- Bob Gordon, 15.972; 36. 6- Blake Spencer, 16.15; 37. 43D- Tom Decker III, 16.523
Sheppard Outduels Madden at Fayette County
BROWNSTOWN, Ill.- July 26, 2017- Brandon Sheppard had to fend off multiple charges from Shane Clanton and Chris Madden as he won his 10th World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series feature win of the season on Wednesday night leading all 40 laps at Fayette County Speedway.
Feature: 1. Brandon Sheppard; 2. Chris Madden; 3. Rick Eckert; 4. Shane Clanton; 5. Timothy Culp; 6. Mike Marlar; 7. Tyler Erb; 8. Kent Robinson; 9. Gordy Gundaker; 10. Bobby Pierce; 11. Tanner English; 12. Chub Frank; 13. Morgan Bagley; 14. Jason Feger; 15. Devin Moran; 16. Eric Wells; 17. Frank Heckenast Jr.; 18. Kolby Vanderbergh; 19. Shannon Babb; 20. Kyle Bronson; 21. Chase Junghans; 22. Boom Briggs; 23. Tim Manville; 24. Dennis Erb Jr.; 25. Michael Kloos.
1. Brandon Sheppard 3592
2. Chris Madden 3366
2. Tyler Erb 3366
4. Shane Clanton 3336
5. Rick Eckert 3266
6. Devin Moran 3264
7. Eric Wells 3224
8. Chub Frank 3220
9. Frank Heckenast Jr.3116
10. Morgan Bagley 3078
Shane Clanton Claims Win No. Four
GRAND FORKS, ND- July 14, 2017- The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series event at River Cities Speedway on Friday looked like it would end in similar fashion to the 2016 edition- a rainout. Although the two shows had the same beginning, this year had a different ending which resulted in Shane Clanton wheeling his way to his fourth Series win of the season.
Feature: 1. Shane Clanton; 2. Tyler Erb; 3. Brandon Sheppard; 4. Mike Marlar; 5. Eric Wells; 6. Chris Madden; 7. Chad Mahder; 8. Joey Coulter; 9. Chase Junghans; 10. Kyle Bronson; 11. Ricky Weiss; 12. Lance Matthees; 13. Jimmy Mars; 14. Devin Moran; 15. Chub Frank; 16. Chad Simpson; 17. Dustin Strand; 18. Frank Heckenast Jr.; 19. Morgan Bagley; 20. Pat Doar; 21. Brad Seng; 22. A.J. Diemel; 23. Justin Duty; 24. Rick Eckert.
1. Brandon Sheppard 3442
2. Tyler Erb 3230
3. Chris Madden 3220
4. Shane Clanton 3194
5. Devin Moran 3144
6. Rick Eckert 3122
7. Eric Wells 3106
8. Chub Frank 3094
9. Frank Heckenast Jr. 3000
10. Morgan Bagley 2954
Sheppard Snatches the Spotlight at Hibbing Raceway
HIBBING, Minn.- July 13, 2017- Brandon Sheppard secured his ninth win of the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series season at Hibbing Raceway by way of a near last lap pass by Chub Frank for the lead.
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series heads to River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, North Dakota on Friday for the final stop of the four-race Midwest swing.
Feature: 1. Brandon Sheppard; 2. Chub Frank; 3. Mike Marlar; 4. Shane Clanton; 5. Tyler Erb; 6. Chris Madden; 7. Rick Eckert; 8. A.J. Diemel; 9. Devin Moran; 10. Jimmy Mars; 11. Chase Junghans; 12. Morgan Bagley; 13. Frank Heckenast Jr.; 14. Joey Coulter; 15. Chad Simpson; 16. Jordan Yaggy; 17. Eric Wells; 18. Kyle Bronson; 19. Jeff Massingill; 20. Dustin Strand; 21. Jeff Provinzino; 22. Lance Matthees; 23. Chad Mahder; 24. Rodney Sanders.
1. Brandon Sheppard 3298
2. Tyler Erb 3084
3. Chris Madden 3082
4. Shane Clanton 3044
5. Devin Moran 3022
6. Rick Eckert 3020
7. Chub Frank 2974
8. Eric Wells 2966
9. Frank Heckenast Jr. 2886
10. Morgan Bagley 2842
Madden Claims 38th Annual Gopher 50 at Deer Creek Speedway
Spring Valley, MN- July 8, 2017- Chris Madden found his way to Victory Lane to claim his second World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series win of the season during the 38th Annual Gopher 50 at Deer Creek Speedway.
Feature: 1. Chris Madden; 2. Jimmy Mars; 3. Mike Marlar; 4. Brandon Sheppard; 5. Chase Junghans; 6. Rodney Sanders; 7. Chub Frank; 8. Morgan Bagley; 9. Frank Heckenast Jr.; 10. Tyler Erb; 11. Nick Anvelink; 12. A.J. Diemel; 13. Eric Wells; 14. Ricky Weiss; 15. Kyle Bronson; 16. Shane Clanton; 17. Devin Moran; 18. Mike Prochnow; 19. Jordan Yaggy; 20. Rick Eckert; 21. Joey Coulter; 22. Chad Mahder; 23. Chris Simpson; 24. Chad Simpson.
1. Brandon Sheppard 3002
2. Tyler Erb 2806
3. Chris Madden 2794
4. Devin Moran 2770
5. Shane Clanton 2762
6. Rick Eckert 2742
7. Eric Wells 2718
8. Chub Frank 2708
9. Frank Heckenast Jr. 2626
10. Morgan Bagley 2586
World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Schedule Change
CONCORD, N.C. - July 6, 2017 - A last-minute change in North Central Speedway's promotional assets has required the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series to remove the event on Saturday, July 15, from its 2017 Series schedule.
Conversations between track management and World of Outlaws officials for a future date are ongoing.
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series will invade Minnesota beginning Saturday, July 8 at Deer Creek Speedway for the traditional Gopher 50 event. The Series heads to Ogilvie Raceway on Wednesday, July 12, with a stop at Hibbing Raceway on Thursday, July 13 before heading to Grand Forks, N.D., on Friday July 14 at River Cities Speedway.
Sheppard Survives Summer Nationals Showdown
PEVELY, MO- July 1, 2017- Brandon Sheppard claimed his eighth win of the 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series season and his second win of the 2017 DIRTcar Summer Nationals at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on Saturday. This win additionally advanced him to 13-career Summer Nationals wins, ultimately placing him 13th on the all-time wins list.
Feature: 1. Brandon Sheppard; 2. Eric Wells; 3. Rick Eckert; 4. Shane Clanton; 5. Chub Frank; 6. Shannon Babb; 7. Bobby Pierce; 8. Devin Moran; 9. Morgan Bagley; 10. Billy Moyer; 11. Kent Robinson; 12. Logan Martin; 13. Rusty Griffaw; 14. Michael Kloos; 15. Billy Moyer Jr.; 16. Gordy Gundaker; 17. Brent Larson; 18. Bob Gardner; 19. Jeff Herzog; 20. Joey Coulter; 21. Brian Shirley; 22. Chris Madden; 23. Tyler Erb; 24. Frank Heckenast Jr.; 25. Kyle Bronson.
1. Brandon Sheppard 2860
2. Tyler Erb 2676
3. Devin Moran 2654
4. Shane Clanton 2644
4. Chris Madden 2644
6. Rick Eckert 2632
7. Eric Wells 2594
8. Chub Frank 2572
9. Frank Heckenast Jr. 2494
10. Morgan Bagley 2452
Fireworks For Overton
Brandon Overton and Brandon Sheppard claim the checkers during doubleheader
By TDTC Staff
SARVER, Pa.- June 24, 2017- Brandon Overton led all 100 laps to claim his biggest win of his career with the World of Outlaws late model series on Saturday night after two days of racing forced the Firecracker 100 into a one-day show.
"Man I tell you what, I come here and get my first Outlaw win and then I get the biggest win of my career," said Overton. "I just can't thank my boys enough. I crashed the crap out of this thing earlier today and my boys fixed it up, and tuned it up, and we put ourselves in position to win. This is a dream come true."
Overton, who won last year's prelimary event for the Firecracker 100, scored a $30,000 pay day for his efforts on Saturday night.
Smith Triumphs in Uncle Sam
G.R. Smith's made the most of his first-ever visit to Lernerville Speedway as he won the Uncle Sam race by outrunning Boom Briggs to the checkers by nearly three seconds.
"It's not the one we wanted to win and we hate that we missed the big show but it's not a bad night," said Smith. "We came a long way from Charlotte, N.C. to race up here and it's great to see a dirt track with all of these people here. It's great to come up and race in front of you guys and I'm honored to do so."
Sheppard's Time to Shine
Brandon Sheppard use some help from a fan to selcect the number one starting spot for the 30-lap feature. He led all 30 laps in scoring the win by 1.1 seconds over Mike Malar.
"We had a good heat race and were able to finish second which put us in the redraw. That was key here," said Sheppard. "I assume it was pretty hard to pass out there. We had a pretty balanced racecar and we were able to keep a good momentum line and get it done."
Feature (100 laps): 1. Brandon Overton; 2. Mike Marlar; 3. Tim McCreadie; 4. Don O'Neal; 5. Chris Madden; 6. Dale McDowell; 7. Russ King; 8. Brandon Sheppard; 9. Mike Norris; 10. Chub Frank; 11. Shane Clanton; 12. Devin Moran;13. Chase Junghans; 14. Gregg Satterlee; 15. Rick Eckert; 16. Eric Wells; 17. Tyler Erb; 18. Frank Heckenast Jr.; 19. Joey Coulter; 20. Morgan Bagley; 21. Alex Ferree; 22. Jared Miley; 23. Kyle Bronson; 24. Mason Zeigler; 25. Matt Lux; 26. Darrell Lanigan; 27. Scott Bloomquist.
Uncle Sam: 1. G.R. Smith; 2. Boom Briggs; 3. Dan Angellicchio; 4. Michael Lake; 5. Dan Stone; 6. Chad Hollenbeck; 7. Bump Hedman; 8. Charles Powell Jr.; 9. Colton Flinner; 10. Joe Petyak; 11. Ken Schaltenbrand; 12. Todd Bachman; 13. Jake Gunn; 14. John Weaver; 15. Joshua Powell; 16. Gary Lyle. DNS. Davey Johnson
1. Brandon Sheppard 2800
2. Tyler Erb 2616
3. Devin Moran 2594
4. Shane Clanton 2584
4. Chris Madden 2584
6. Rick Eckert 2572
7. Eric Wells 2534
8. Chub Frank 2512
9. Frank Heckenast Jr. 2434
10. Morgan Bagley 2392
Firecracker 100 Now One Huge Day
SARVER, Pa.- June 23, 2017 - Persistent rain hitting the area throughout the day has forced Friday's Firecracker 100 program to be cancelled.
Thursday's postponement and Friday's cancellation sets the stage for a jam-packed Saturday at Lernerville Speedway featuring a doubleheader with Thursday's preliminary event in the afternoon and the 100-lap finale later that night.
Pit gates will open at 10 a.m., the grandstands will open at noon, and cars will hit the track at 1 p.m. ET for the preliminary program. Fans with pit pass access for Thursday's or Friday's show may use their passes for Saturday's first event. Thursday's and Friday's tickets will be honored for Saturday's afternoon show.
At the conclusion of Saturday afternoon's preliminary show, the grandstands as well as the pits will be cleared and prepared for the regularly-scheduled $30,000-to-win Firecracker 100 finale on Saturday night.
The gates for the Firecracker 100 main event will reopen 45-minutes after the conclusion of the afternoon preliminary event.
World of Outlaws Rained Out at Cornwall
CONCORD, NC. - June 18, 2017 - Due to afternoon thunderstorms and heavy rain at the racetrack, the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series has cancelled tonight's event at Cornwall Motor Speedway.
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series will resume racing on Tuesday, June 20 at McKean County Raceway in East Smethport, PA. The Series then travels to Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, PA for the Firecracker 100 on June 22-24
Sheppard Slings To Brighton Victory
Illinois Driver Scores First Career Win In Canada
BRIGHTON, ON, CAN - June 17, 2017 - Brandon Sheppard stole the lead from Frank Heckenast Jr. in traffic on lap 10 and then dominated the final 40 laps to earn his first career win on Canadian soil and the 12th of his career with the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series in the Mud Slingin' 50 at Brighton Speedway on Saturday night. Sheppard's second straight win moved him to 11th on the Series' all-time win list.
"This is a heck of a racetrack," Sheppard said. "I've had a quite a few first time racetrack's this year and this is another one that hasn't disappointed me. I watched some video from the last time these guys were here and it looked really racey and I didn't really know what to expect, but I thought it was amazing. Hats off to the track guys and everyone at Brighton."
Feature (50 Laps): 1. Brandon Sheppard; 2. Tyler Erb; 3. Morgan Bagley; 4. Devin Moran; 5. Rick Eckert; 6. Chub Frank; 7. Charlie Sandercock; 8. Frank Heckenast Jr.; 9. Shane Clanton; 10. Joey Coulter; 11. Eric Wells; 12. Phil Potts; 13. Kyle Sopaz; 14. Brandon Mowat; 15. Steve Baldwin; 16. Adam Turner; 17. Robbie Wilson; 18. Caley Weese; 19. Terry Hunt; 20. Brent Colby; 21.Elmer Stevenson; 22. Chris Madden; 23. Greg Oakes; 24. Michael Oakes; 25. Andy Mayhew.
1. Brandon Sheppard 2372
2. Tyler Erb 2230
3. Chris Madden 2206
4. Shane Clanton 2198
5. Devin Moran 2184
6. Rick Eckert 2182
7. Eric Wells 2166
8. Chub Frank 2100
9. Frank Heckenast Jr. 2068
10. Morgan Bagley 2024
Sheppard claims fifth win of the season at Senoia Raceway
SENOIA, G.A.- June 3, 2017- The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series took the track at Senoia Raceway for the first time ever for the third annual Billy Clanton Classic. Despite this race being many of the drivers first time on the unique gray gumbo surface, everyone seemed to enjoy how racy the track was all night long. It was ultimately Brandon Sheppard who was able to hold off the field to land his fifth Series win of the season.
A-Main: 1. Brandon Sheppard; 2. Tyler Erb; 3. Eric Wells; 4. Shane Clanton; 5. Chris Madden; 6. Chub Frank; 7. Casey Roberts; 8. Devin Moran; 9. Brian Shirley; 10. Clint Smith; 11. Morgan Bagley; 12. T.J. Reaid; 13. Michael Page; 14. Jimmy Owens; 15. Joey Coulter; 16. Frank Heckenast Jr. 17. David Breazeale; 18. Ashton Winger; 19. Rick Eckert; 20. Mason Massey; 21. Zach Leonhardi; 22. Steven Roberts; 23. Glenn Morris; 24. Austin Horton.
Shane Clanton Tames Tazewell
Tazewell, T.N.-June 2, 2017- Shane Clanton proved he is bad fast and fearless as the 31-degree banking at Tazewell Speedway didn't hold him back from leading all 50-laps of the Ray Varner 50 in order to land his third Series win of the season.
Feature: 1. Shane Clanton; 2. Jimmy Owens; 3. Ricky Weiss; 4. Chris Madden; 5. Brandon Sheppard; 6. Rick Eckert; 7. Devin Moran; 8. Tyler Erb; 9. Eric Wells; 10. Chub Frank; 11. Morgan Bagley; 12. Joey Coulter; 13. Brian Shirley; 14. Frank Heckenast Jr.; 15. Chad Ogle; 16. Vic Hill; 17. Dakotah Knuckles; 18. Billy Ogle Jr.; 19. Brian Smith; 20. Shannon Thornsberry; 21. Jordon Horton.
Unofficial World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Championship Standing
1. Brandon Sheppard 2072
2. Chris Madden 1960
3. Tyler Erb 1938
4. Rick Eckert 1930
5. Shane Clanton 1924
6. Devin Moran 1908
7. Eric Wells 1894
8. Brian Shirley 1848
9. Chub Frank 1824
10. Frank Heckenast Jr. 1816
Clanton Holds off Sheppard for Cherokee Speedway Win
By TDTC Staff, May 6
GAFFNEY, SC— Shane Clanton led all 50 laps and held off a last-lap challenge from series pints leader Brandon Sheppard to score the win on Friday night at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, S.C.
It was the first-ever appearance at the 3/8th's-mils oval by the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series.
Feature (50 laps): 1. Shane Clanton; 2. Brandon Sheppard; 3. Eric Wells; 4. Jonathan Davenport; 5. Chub Frank; 6. Rick Eckert; 7. Casey Roberts; 8. Tyler Erb; 9. Brian Shirley; 10. Michael Brown; 11. Devin Moran; 12. Joey Coulter; 13. Dennis Franklin; 14. Donald Bradsher; 15. Frank Heckenast; 16. Chris Madden; 17. Brian Ligon; 18. Johnny Pursley; 19. Mason Zeigler; 20. Brandon Overton; 21. Morgan Bagley; 22. Anthony Sanders; 23. Doug Sanders; 24. Chris Ferguson.
Brian Shirley Claims First Series Win of Season
By TDTC Staff
FARMER CITY, IL- April 2, 2017- Brian Shirley gave himself the ultimate birthday present for a racer as he scored his first win of the season in the Illini 100 at Farmer City in World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series action.
"I am happy for my team," he said. "We've had a lot of solid runs this year and we've had some heart breaks so for this to pay off for Bob Cullen, Lisa Cullen and everyone behind us we appreciate it. The biggest thing is that that we get monkey off our back with [this win] and hopefully there's more to come."
Shirley would capitalize on a lap-22 incident where Bobby Pierce and Shannon Babb fell of the backstretch ledge as Shirley ran the bottom and passed Billy Moyer for the lead.
Moyer would hold on for second with Pierce and Chris Madden rounding out the top five.
The Series will recoup and regroup before heading back out on the road at the end of the month. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series appears next on April 28 at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas.
World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Statistical Report; Farmer City Raceway April 2, 2017
Feature: 1. Brian Shirley; 2. Billy Moyer; 3. Bobby Pierce; 4. Chris Madden; 5. Shannon Babb; 6. Billy Moyer Jr.; 7. Shane Clanton; 8. Tyler Erb; 9. Brandon Sheppard; 10. Eric Wells; 11. Steve Casebolt; 12. Devin Moran; 13. Jason Feger; 14. Mckay Wenger; 15. Gordy Gundaker; 16. Rick Eckert; 17. Chase Junghans; 18. Frank Heckenast Jr.; 19. Morgan Bagley; 20. Bob Gardner; 21. Joey Coulter; 22. Kevin Weaver; 23. Kent Robinson; 24. Chub Frank.
1. Brandon Sheppard 1056
2. Chris Madden 1002
3. Tyler Erb 994
4. Brian Shirley 992
5. Rick Eckert 974
5. Eric Wells 974
7. Devin Moran 964
8. Frank Heckenast Jr. 954
9. Billy Moyer Jr. 952
10. Shane Clanton 938
Due to Rain the Illini 100 Will Take Place on Saturday and Sunday April 1-2
By TDTC Staff
FARMER CITY, IL- March 31, 2017- Heavy rains has forced a shcedule changes for the Illini 100 for the World of Outalws Late Model Series,
Friday's originial event will take place on Sunday, April 2 while Saturday's portion of the program will remain the same.
World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series I-30 Event Cancelled Due to Persistent Rain
By TDTC Staff
March 25, 2017
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Heavy overnight rains resulted in the cancellation of the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series event at I-30 on Saturday.
The Series and the track are looking at potential future dates to reschedule event.
Next up for the series will be LoneStar Speedway in Kilgore, Texas on Sunday for a 50-lap $8,000-to-win-event.
Brandon Sheppard Wins At Whynot
March 24, 2017
By TDTC Staff
MERIDIAN, Miss. -- Brandon Sheppard won his first race of the season in teh 50-lap feature at Whynot Motorsports Park on Friday night as the series made its first-ever stop at the track.
By luck of the draw, Sheppard drew the number one starting spot but it was Billy Moyer Sr, who led the opening 22 laps.
Sheppard, who took the lead on lap 24, had to hold off a hard-charging Timothy Culp over the final few laps for the win.
"I got to thank Mark [Richards] and all of the guys at Rocket for making this happen for me," said Sheppard. "This is an awesome team and I am really excited for the rest of the year."
Culp would finish second with Chris Madden coming home third while Moyer, Sr., and Eric Wells rounced out the top five.
A-Main: 1. Brandon Sheppard; 2. Timothy Culp; 3. Chris Madden; 4. Billy Moyer; 5. Eric Wells; 6. Tyler Erb; 7. Mike Marlar; 8. Jack Sullivan; 9. Chub Frank; 10. Rick Eckert; 11. Frank Heckenast Jr.; 12. Brian Shirley; 13. Billy Moyer Jr.; 14. Morgan Bagley; 15. Chad Thrash; 16. Chase Junghans; 17. Devin Moran; 18. Garrett Alberson; 19. Joey Coulter; 20. Tanner English; 21. Donald Bradsher; 22. Chandler Petty; 23. Shane Clanton; 24. Chad Hollenbeck.
1. Brandon Sheppard 630
2. Rick Eckert 606
3. Chris Madden 596
4. Tyler Erb 592
5. Brian Shirley 588
6. Eric Wells 580
7. Chub Frank 576
8. Frank Heckenast Jr. 574
9. Billy Moyer Jr. 562
10. Devin Moran 550
1. B. Sheppard 5816
2. Chris Madden 5490
3. Shane Clanton 5426
4. Devin Moran 5368
5. Rick Eckert 5300
6. Tyler Erb 5286
7. Eric Wells 5138
8. Morgan Bagley 5048
8. Chub Frank 5048
10. F. Heckenast Jr. 4958