Dennis Roth Motorsports scaling back; Joey Saldana looking for a ride in 2017
Joey Saldana knows all too well the twists and turns a Sprint Car career can take. There are no guarantees.
A driver has to expect a measure of uncertainty. Saldana's been with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series for 17 years, so he is aware more than most drivers how this game works.
And that fact is evident for the second year in a row, as Saldana enters the offseason wondering what his future holds.
According to Saldana, Dennis Roth Motorsports scaling back. The move leaves the Indiana driver, who has 99 career World of Outlaws victories, ride searching heading into the offseason.
CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 29, 2016) - The Mainstream Holdings, Inc., sponsored CH Motorsports team returned to action with heavy hearts on Friday night at the Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals.
The marquee World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series event at The Dirt Track at Charlotte hosted the team's first start without longtime crew chief George Fisher, who passed away on Thursday.
Dale Blaney, who has driven the team to eight feature victories this season, opened the action by setting quick time during qualifying before he won a heat race and a dash to start the 30-lap main event on the outside of the front row.
Blaney led the first 23 laps of the feature before he finished fourth, which was the team's 36th top five of the season.
36-hour World of Outlaws package includes Late Model Series shows from the USA Nationals, and Sprint Car and Late Model shows from Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals
CONCORD, N.C. - Oct. 29 - CBS Sports is bringing dirt racing's premiere series to a national television audience starting this Sunday, October 30, at 2PM, with two World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series shows from the USA Nationals at Cedar Lake Speedway, New Richmond, Wisconsin.
The World of Outlaws production team and DIRTvision.com will produce eight hours of television, including six broadcasts from the Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, North Carolina.
Eight Outlaws finish inside the Top 10
CONCORD, N.C. - Oct. 28, 2016 - Jason Johnson set the tone for the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Friday night, winning the first night of racing for the Bad Boy Off Road World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. Johnson, who idled his winged sprint down victory lane for the fourth time this season, has made his victories count for the series' most celebrated races in 2016.
"I'll tell you what, these Priority Aviation/ Mesilla Valley Transportation guys have been doing a hell of a job all year long," said Johnson, beaming on the front-stretch. "To cap it off at the end of the year with a victory in front of this great crowd...couldn't say any more bout the facility at such an awesome event...to win is just an honor."
Earlier in the year, Johnson recorded his second win at the prestigious 5-Hour Energy Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey's General Stores on August 13. At Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway, the Eunice, La. native battled wheel-to-wheel with points leader Donny Schatz for a valuable extension on the event's 56-year history. Johnson encountered a similar situation at World Finals.
CONCORD, N.C.: A confident driver can mean the difference between finishing fifth and sitting in Victory Lane.
Speed and a good handling Sprint Car doesn't hurt, either.
Jason Johnson seems to have the total package at this point in the season. His car is fast, and he is making the right moves at the right time on the speedway.
That formula won Johnson the Knoxville Nationals. On Friday, it gave him his fourth victory of the season in the Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals A-Main at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.
Johnson carved his way through stout competition and passed Dale Blaney to earn a fat $12,000 payday in what was an entertaining 30-lap event.
"To race with these guys, you have to be aggressive," Johnson said.
- Will lead the charge in heats Friday and Saturday
Greg Hodnett and Shane Stewart share the spoils of recording quick times for the first night of the Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. Both will lead their respective heats into the green flag during the Friday and Saturday program.
Hodnett, who recorded the third fastest time in hot laps earlier in the program, bested the field with a 12.633. The Memphis, Tenn. sprint car veteran placed second earlier this month at the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series show at Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway. This time, Hodnett will lead the 49-car field into Friday's heat races.
"The track's really nice. They did a great job," said Hodnett, who learned in hot laps to cut through the bottom of turns three and four.
CONCORD, N.C.: Greg Hodnett has won races at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, but he's also struggled at times.
Comfort and speed are key. So when Hodnett and the Mike Heffner-owned team headed to this year's Bad Boy World of Outlaws World Finals, the Spring Grove driver wanted to make some changes.
So far, so good.
Hodnett was fast from the time he rolled off the trailer and turned it into quick time during a pair of qualifying sessions Thursday night at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.
During the Friday session, Hodnett laid down a lap of 12.633 to set quick time in Flight A and overall.
and Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals
End of Year Must-See Events Close Out the 2017 Season Starting October 26th, 2017
CONCORD, N.C. - October 27, 2016 - World of Outlaws and DIRTcar Racing, in conjunction with Charlotte Motor Speedway, are pleased to announce the dates for the 2017 Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals and the OneDirt World Short Track Championship. The OneDirt World Short Track Championship will kick off two weeks of unforgettable short-track racing starting Thursday, Oct. 26 through Saturday, Oct. 28. The Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals will close out the 2017 season from Thursday, Nov. 2 through Saturday, Nov. 4.
The inaugural OneDirt World Short Track Championship saw more than 300 entries with nine different divisions take on The Dirt Track at Charlotte.
SEASON FINALE: Larson Marks Racing will head to the track for the final time this season for the World Finals this weekend at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Because there are three classes with so many cars, Shane Stewart will be qualifying twice on Thursday to set him up for Friday and Saturday night's events.
2015 WORLD FINALS: After being the second-fastest qualifier on Friday night, Stewart finished second in his heat race and third in the dash. Unfortunately, a spindle broke during the feature event, resulting in a 25th-place finish. For the final race of the year, Stewart qualified fourth and won his heat race. After finishing fourth in the dash, he advanced two positions to finish in the runner-up spot.
Team gains momentum on the eve before season ending World Finals
CARLISLE, PA. - October 26, 2016 - Like the wind that rips across the plains, David Gravel and the CJB Motorsports team proved to be a strong force that the competitors of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series had to deal with.
With only four events remaining in the 2016 campaign, the 'Greatest Show on Dirt' made a stop at Lakeside Speedway near Kansas City, Kan. on Friday, October 21st. Gravel, the driver from Watertown, Conn. used Kistler Racing Engines power to lay down a lap in time trials that was good enough to secure him his seventh quick time award of the season.
Gravel remained perfect on the night by winning his heat race before gaining one spot in the Craftsman Club dash.