|Date: 11/10/2013 8:27:45 AM|
Fans from 50 states, seven Canadian provinces, Australia, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom packed the grandstands for the third night of the World Finals at the lightning-fast, four-tenths-mile clay oval. The three-day event brings together dirt racing's three premier divisions, the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series, the World of Outlaws Late Model Series and the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds, to end their seasons and crown their respective champions.
With Richards clinching his third World of Outlaws Late Model Series championship last night, Saturday was all about going for the win. Richards did just that by sitting on the pole and leading every lap until the checkers.
"We went out there and just had fun," said Richards. "I love coming here and I want to thank all the fans for coming out. This is definitely a really awesome event and icing on the cake."
The race saw six cautions including a mechanical issue for Darrell Lanigan, a wreck that collected contender Steve Francis and a multi-car wreck that collected Tim McCreadie. Cautions kept the racing close and allowed competitors to get to the back of Richard's bumper, with Rick Eckert coming the closest. Eckert put up a fight, trying every line possible to run down Richards, but came up short in the end.
Richards scored the win and the 2013 championship followed by Eckert, Bobby Pierce in in third place, John Blankenship in fourth and Dan Stone rounding out the top 5.
Jimmy Owens, Josh Richards, Tyler Reddick, John Blankenship, Bub McCool and Dan Stone won the eight-lap heat races for the late models, while Darrell Lanigan, Kenny Moreland and Brandon Sheppard topped the 12-lap late model B-Features.
Paul McMahan took the lead from Jason Sides on lap 26 of the 30-lap World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series and held on to it for his third win at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. Sides took the lead from polesitter Steve Kinser on lap 2, and stayed out front through four caution periods.
"Tonight Barry Jackson and all the guys on my crew, they tuned the car right up," said McMahan. "When money was on the line that car came in. Jason (Sides) had a heck of a pace there on the bottom. I just kind of ran with him until we hit lap traffic and I moved to the top."
The first caution fell on lap 6 for Shane Stewart who pulled off the track. Ryan Smith spun on lap 13 on the frontstretch to bring out the second yellow flag. Tim Shaffer brought out the third yellow on lap 15 with a flat left rear tire while running in second place. Sammy Swindell made a run toward the front of the pack, but brought out the final caution when he scraped the wall in turns 1 and 2 on lap 17.
Sides finished second, Donny Schatz finished third, Kraig Kinser in fourth and Steve Kinser in fifth.
"My wife hasn't been to a race all year long that I won. To have her, my mom and dad and my aunt and uncle here; It was just an all-around great night," continued McMahan. "We won back in May but to win in front of a crowd like this and a World Finals race ranks right up there with everything else."
Daryn Pittman locked up the 2013 World of Outlaw STP Sprint Car Series championship by finishing twelfth, with just a 14 point lead over Schatz, the closest in series history.
The eight-lap heat race winners in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series were Kraig Kinser, Logan Schuchart, Greg Wilson, Brian Brown and Joey Saldana.
Todd Hoddick emerged victorious in the D-Feature. Mark Dobmeier led the field to the checkered flag in the C-Feature, while Randy Hannagan brought home the B-Feature win. Steve Kinser claimed the win in the Sprint Car Dash to earn the pole position in Saturday's A-Feature.
Ryan Godown led the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds to the green for Saturday night's A-Feature, but was quickly overtaken by Brett Hearn on lap 2. Battles were tight in the back of the field but Hearn quickly stretched his lead out on the top 5.
Hearn looked poised to take home another World Finals win until a late race caution for a mechanical issue for Tim McCreadie closed the field and gave second-place Friesen a chance at overtaking Hearn. Friesen never let Hearn pull away from him and he continued to close the gap and reel him in. Going into Turn 4 with only two laps to go, Friesen completed the pass to get around Hearn and never looked back.
In a race that only included two cautions, Friesen took home the win followed by 2013 Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified champion Hearn in second, Jimmy Phelps in third, Godown in fourth and Duane Howard completing the top 5.
"Last night we learned a few things and we applied what we learned to today. My guys worked their tails off to give me a great race car. We work hard and we play hard," said Friesen. "It's great for momentum heading into the winter months and next year. We passed the best in the business, Brett is an idol of mine."
Carey Terrance and Peter Britten won the two Super DIRTcar Series B-Features.
Fans can renew their World Finals tickets for only $10 down per ticket and get a three-day pit pass included. To purchase 2014 tickets, call the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or go online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com. Next year's event will be held Nov. 6, 7 and 8.
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The unofficial results:
Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds
B-Main #1 (10 laps): 1. Carey Terrance; 2. Kevin Bates; 3. Kenny Tremont, Jr.; 4. Matt DeLorenzo; 5. Ryan Forte; 6. Adam Roberts; 7. JaMike Sowle; 8. Chris Hile; 9. Dave Rauscher; 10. Mike Maresca; 11. Stephanie LaFrance; 12. Tim Currier.
DNS: Erik Martin; Neal Williams.
B-Main #2 (10 laps): 1. Peter Britten; 2. Billy Decker; 3. Billy Dunn; 4. Tim Fuller; 5. Bob McGannon; 6. C.G. Morey; 7. Mark Forte, Jr.; 8. Brian Gleason; 9. Roger Chrysler; 10. Jeremiah Shingledecker; 11. Bob Sarkisian.
DNS: Travis Stacey; Rick Richner; Randy Chrysler.
A-Main (40 laps): 1. Stewart Friesen; 2. Brett Hearn; 3. Jimmy Phelps; 4. Ryan Godown; 5. Duane Howard; 6. Gary Tomkins; 7. Dale Plank; 8. Matt Billings; 9. Billy Decker; 10. Matt Sheppard; 11. Danny Johnson; 12. Mat Williamson; 13. Billy VanInwegen; 14. Justin Haers; 15. Carey Terrance; 16. Rob Bellinger; 17. Kevin Bates; 18. Justin Wright; 19. Peter Britten; 20. Rick Laubach; 21. Tim Currier; 22. Keith Flach; 23. Dave Rauscher; 24. Kenny Tremont, Jr.; 25. Brian Swartzlander; 26. Tim McCreadie; 27. Rich Scagliotta; 28. Billy Dunn.
World of Outlaws Late Model Series
Heat Race #1 (8 laps): 1. Jimmy Owens; 2. Chris Ferguson; 3. Shane Clanton; 4. Darrell Lanigan; 5. Will Vaught; 6. Billy Decker; 7. Rod Conley; 8. Dale Hollidge; 9. Chris Madden; 10. Kyle Hardy; 11. Chase Junghans; 12. James O'Hara.
Heat Race #2 (8 laps): 1. Josh Richards; 2. Steve Francis; 3. Scott Bloomquist; 4. Eric Wells; 5. Earl Pearson, Jr.; 6. Jason Feger; 7. J.T. Spence; 8. Brian Tavenner; 9. Vic Hill; 10. Mike Benedum; 11. Chuck Harper; 12. Kevin Wilson.
Heat Race #3 (8 laps): 1. Tyler Reddick; 2. Duane Chamberlain; 3. Ryan Gustin; 4. Kenny Moreland; 5. Jeff Babcock; 6. Chad Hollenbeck; 7. Dale McDowell; 8. Tim McCreadie; 9. Eric Jacobsen; 10. Pancho Lawler; 11. Don Gordon.
Heat Race #4 (8 laps): 1. John Blankenship; 2. Gregg Satterlee; 3. B.J. Robinson; 4. Mike Marlar; 5. Dennis Franklin; 6. Clint Smith; 7. Chub Frank; 8. Andrew Reaume; 9. Coleby Frye; 10. Bryan Force; 11. Glenn Elliott; 12. Kerry King.
Heat Race #5 (8 laps): 1. Bub McCool; 2. Steve Shaver; 3. Bobby Pierce; 4. Chris Brown; 5. Jeremy Miller; 6. Austin Hubbard; 7. Devin Moran; 8. Ricky Elliott; 9. Jared Landers; 10. Mason Zeigler; 11. Brian Ledbetter; 12. Jonathan Davenport.
Heat Race #6 (8 laps): 1. Dan Stone; 2. Rick Eckert; 3. Morgan Bagley; 4. Brandon Sheppard; 5. Tim Fuller; 6. Don O'Neal; 7. Dennis Erb, Jr.; 8. Walker Arthur; 9. John Garvin; 10. Matthew Cochran; 11. Billy Ogle, Jr.
B-Main #1 (12 laps): 1. Darrell Lanigan; 2. Earl Pearson, Jr. 3. Jason Feger; 4. Billy Decker; 5. Eric Wells; 6. Chris Madden; 7. Rod Conley; 8. J.T. Spence; 9. Dale Hollidge; 10. Brian Tavenner; 11. Kyle Hardy; 12. Chase Junghans; 13. Mike Benedum; 14. Chuck Harper; 15. Will Vaught; 16. James O'Hara; 17. Kevin Wilson.
B-Main #2 (12 laps): 1. Kenny Moreland; 2. Clint Smith; 3. Jeff Babcock; 4. Eric Jacobsen; 5. Chub Frank; 6. Andrew Reaume; 7. Dennis Franklin; 8. Chad Hollenbeck; 9. Pancho Lawler; 10. Bryan Force; 11. Kerry King; 12. Mike Marlar; 13. Don Gordon; 14. Glenn Elliott; 15. Dale McDowell; 16. Coleby Frye.
B-Main #3 (12 laps): 1. Brandon Sheppard; 2.Tim Fuller; 3. Chris Brown; 4. Don O'Neal; 5. Austin Hubbard; 6. John Garvin; 7. Ricky Elliott; 8. Mason Zeigler; 9. Walker Arthur; 10. Jared Landers; 11. Devin Moran; 12. Dennis Erb, Jr.; 13. Matthew Cochran; 14. Brian Ledbetter; 15. Jeremy Miller; 16. Jonathan Davenport.
A-Main (50 laps): 1. Josh Richards; 2. Rick Eckert; 3. Bobby Pierce; 4. John Blankenship; 5. Dan Stone; 6. Jimmy Owens; 7. Brandon Sheppard; 8. Shane Clanton; 9. Earl Pearson, Jr.; 10. Clint Smith; 11. Eric Wells; 12. Morgan Bagley; 13. Tim Fuller; 14. B.J. Robinson; 15. Kenny Moreland; 16. Gregg Satterlee; 17. Duane Chamberlain; 18. Tim McCreadie; 19. Ryan Gustin; 20. Chris Ferguson; 21. Tyler Reddick; 22. Steve Francis; 23. Scott Bloomquist; 24. Bub McCool; 25. Darrell Lanigan; 26. Steve Shaver; 27. Jeremy Miller.
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series
Heat Race #1 (8 laps): 1. Kraig Kinser; 2. Jason Sides; 3. Dale Blaney; 4. Paul McMahan; 5. Justin Henderson; 6. Chad Kemenah; 7. Travis Philo; 8. Tyler Courtney; 9. Jack Sodeman; 10. Caleb Helms; 11. Wayne Johnson.
Heat Race #2 (8 laps): 1. Logan Schuchart; 2. Daryn Pittman; 3. Donny Schatz; 4. Cody Darrah; 5. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 6. Tim Kaeding; 7. Danny Smith; 8. Bill Balog; 9. Jim Perricone; 10. Brent Marks; 11. Kory Crabtree.
Heat Race #3 (8 laps): 1. Greg Wilson; 2. Tim Shaffer; 3. Shane Stewart; 4. Ryan Smith; 5. Kerry Madsen; 6. Paul Nienhiser; 7. Ian Madsen; 8. Brandon Wimmer; 9. Adam Wilt; 10. Glenn Styres; 11. Todd Hoddick.
Heat Race #4 (8 laps): 1. Brian Brown; 2. Steve Kinser; 3. Sammy Swindell; 4. Jason Meyers; 5. Brooke Tatnell; 6. Cole Duncan; 7. Jimmy Seger; 8. Neal Williams; 9. Dylan Cisney; 10. Bill Rose.
Heat Race #5 (8 laps): 1. Joey Saldana; 2. Jac Haudenschild; 3. Craig Dollansky; 4. David Gravel; 5. Randy Hannagan; 6. Danny Holtgraver; 7. Mark Dobmeier; 8. Jacob Allen; 9. Chris Fraley; 10. Troy Fraker.
D-Main (6 laps): 1. Todd Hoddick; 2. Justin Henderson; 3. Dylan Cisney; 4. Glenn Styres; 5. Jim Perricone; 6. Kory Crabtree; 7. Chris Fraley; 8. Troy Fraker; 9. Wayne Johnson; 10. Josh Davis; 11. Eric Riggins, Jr.
C-Main (10 laps): 1. Mark Dobmeier; 2. Bill Balog; 3. Brandon Wimmer; 4. Brooke Tatnell; 5. Danny Smith; 6. Neal Williams; 7. Justin Henderson; 8. Travis Philo; 9. Todd Hoddick; 10. Paul Nienhiser; 11. Jack Sodeman; 12. Jacob Allen.
B-Main (12 laps): 1. Randy Hannagan; 2. Kerry Madsen; 3. Brent Marks; 4. Bill Rose; 5. Tim Kaeding; 6. Cole Duncan; 7. Tyler Courtney; 8. Danny Holtgraver; 9. Jimmy Seger; 10. Sam Hafertepe, Jr.; 11. Mark Dobmeier; 12. Ian Madsen; 13. Bill Balog; 14. Chad Kemenah; 15. Adam Wilt; 16. Caleb Helms.
Dash (6 laps): 1. Steve Kinser; 2. Tim Shaffer; 3. Jason Sides; 4. Logan Schuhart; 5. Paul McMahan; 6. Donny Schatz; 7. Jac Haudenschild; 8. Kraig Kinser; 9. Brian Brown; 10. Daryn Pittman; 11. Greg Wilson; 12. Joey Saldana.
A-Main (30 laps): 1. Paul McMahan; 2. Jason Sides; 3. Donny
Schatz; 4. Kraig Kinser; 5. Steven Kinser; 6. David Gravel; 7. Craig Dollansky;
8. Logan Schuchart; 9. Jac Haudenschild; 10. Brian Brown; 11. Joey Saldana; 12.
Daryn Pittman; 13. Brent Marks; 14. Cody Darrah; 15. Jason Meyers; 16. Kerry
Madsen; 17. Randy Hannagan; 18. Greg Wilson; 19. Dale Blaney; 20. Chad Kemenah;
21. Bill Rose; 22. Sammy Swindell; 23. Tim Shaffer; 24. Ryan Smith; 25. Shane
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