CONCORD, N.C. (Nov. 1, 2016) - Jason Sides wrapped up the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series season with a charge last weekend during the Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals.
The season-finale event began on Thursday when Sides qualified ninth quickest for Friday's program and 18th quickest for Saturday's show at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.
"We qualified good to start out, but the second round didn't go so good," he said. "We were trying to tighten up and we made ourselves worse. It's really tough when you qualify one night and race the next night."
Sides placed fourth in a heat race to kick off Friday's race, which missed a lock-in position to the main event by only one spot.
CONCORD, N.C. (Nov. 1, 2016) - Dale Blaney wrapped up his season last weekend during the Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals with a major part missing.
Blaney's longtime crew chief, George Fisher, passed away last week after a battle with cancer. The Mainstream Holdings, Inc., sponsored CH Motorsports team ventured to The Dirt Track at Charlotte for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series season finale and nearly pulled off a win despite racing with heavy hearts.
"George and I are like brothers," Blaney said.
Will end season at Susquehanna on November 5
GETTYSBURG, PA (October 31, 2016) - “Double D” Danny Dietrich made the most of his first ever trip to the Bad Boy Off Road World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte near Charlotte, North Carolina; qualifying for both World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series A-main programs and finishing as high as 14th in the running order. The Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, native earned his way into the pair of $12,000-to-win feature programs by qualifying through each of his respective heat races. Dietrich kicked off his weekend in the Tar Heel State by finishing 18th on Friday, October 28, followed by his 14th place performance on Saturday, October 29.
Susquehanna event on November 5 will conclude 2016 campaign
MYERSTOWN, PA (October 31, 2016) - A trip south to The Dirt Track at Charlotte for the World of Outlaws World Finals proved to be rewarding for the “Myerstown Missile” Brent Marks; scoring a 12th place performance against the Greatest Show On Dirt after starting fifteenth on Friday, October 28. Marks, who finished just two positions shy of his sixth top-ten feature finish of the season with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, qualified for main event competition with a third place finish during his respective heat race.
Unfortunately for Marks, that level of success did not repeat itself on Saturday, October 29, during the World Finals finale; finishing seventh during the Last Chance Showdown.
JONESTOWN, PA (October 31, 2016) - Brock Zearfoss concluded his 2016 season with a three-day visit to The Dirt Track at Charlotte near Charlotte, North Carolina, on October 27-29; competing with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series during the season-ending World of Outlaws World Finals.
The trip proved to be a positive learning experience for the pilot of the Brock Zearfoss Racing, Moose's LZ Bar & Grill, Meckley’s Limestone, Central Builders Supply Co., Leach’s Automotive, Masters Mechanical Insulation, Comprehensive Test and Balance, Berkebile Oil Company, No. 3Z entry, logging laps against some of the most competitive sprint car teams in the country. When the weekend dust settled, Zearfoss found himself just two positions shy of a main event start on two consecutive nights. Although disappointed, the trip was beneficial.
When the racing action came to a close on Saturday night in Charlotte, NC it brought the end to the 2016 season. Though it was not the year Paul McMahan and Destiny Motorsports was hoping for, McMahan and company showed grit as they took their lumps and forged ahead.
“We saw a little bit of everything in 2016,” Paul McMahan said. “It was a tough season on everyone involved with this organization, but I can say that nobody gave up and quit, and I am very proud of that.”
Getting started on January 1st out in AZ, the 2016 season would come to a close Saturday night with the team’s 90th race of the season.
When the checkered flag flew on another completed World of Outlaws campaign for Joey Saldana his fourth place finish would secure him and the Roth Motorsports team a fifth place finish in the final series point standings.
“Overall I think it was a good year for this team,” Joey Saldana said. “We were able to win some races and finish in the Top-Five of the point standings, and I really have to thank Dennis and Teresa Roth for sticking with us.”
Heading into the final race weekend of the season, Saldana would open things up on Thursday night by timing the Roth Motorsports entry in fourth fastest for the Friday night show and third fastest for the Saturday night season finale.
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (October 31, 2016) - The World of Outlaws returned to The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend for the final two races of the season. Shane Stewart and Larson Marks Racing earned two more top-10 finishes at the team's home track to round out the season.
Stewart qualified for both Friday and Saturday night's program on Thursday, earning the second-fastest time for Friday's program and the quickest time of the night for Saturday. With qualifying out of the way, on Friday the team went straight into heat races. Stewart started on the pole and won his heat race, transferring him into the night's Craftsman Club Dash. After the redraw, Stewart lined up second and finished third. After starting fifth in the main event, Stewart slipped back to a seventh-place finish.
Gravel records career-best season on tour
CONCORD, N.C. - Oct. 29, 2016 - Donny Schatz orchestrated the celebration of his 229th career trip to victory lane differently Saturday night at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. The 20-year World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series superstar - as usual - hoisted the flag into an erupting confetti machine after the Bad Boy Off Road World Finals. But the thousands of fans erupted too when he casted the VP Racing Fuels checkered flag into the stands among the falling confetti.
Another extraordinary component to Schatz's night-cap was his reflection on the other 24 wins during the season. Each victory added value to his season - alongside the 60 top-five's and 77 top-10's in a season with some-90 points races.
CONCORD, N.C.: Donny Schatz's car wasn't perfect in the final World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series race of the season.
The car wouldn't stick through the middle and late stages of the race. Especially on the long runs after a caution.
But it didn't matter. The end result was perfect.
Schatz capped off his eighth World of Outlaws championship coronation with a victory Saturday night in the season-ending Bad Boy Off Road World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.
It was Schatz's series leading 25th win of the season. This particular 30-lap march was worth $12,000.
"You can compare the 25 wins to the 31 wins last year and say last year was our best year, but I won [the championships this year] by a bigger margin and dug out of a 100-point hole," Schatz said.