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.
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.