The World of Outlaws Late Model Series will conclude the 2014 season Nov. 6-8 with two big events spread over three nights during The Dirt Track at Charlotte’s World of Outlaws World Finals.
The season launched with a trip south for six scheduled events during Florida Speedweeks. The 2014 version of the annual early-season stretch of racing included action at the Late Model Winter Nationals at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., Feb. 14-16 and the 43rd annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla. Feb. 20-21.
Parity reigned supreme during Speedweeks with the six nights of action producing five different winners and a rainout. Familiar faces visited victory lane at Bubba Raceway Park with former series regulars Brady Smith of Solon Springs, Wis., and Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., splitting the opening two nights of competition. After scoring a pair of top-five finishes during the first two nights at Ocala, two-time series champion Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., established himself as an early championship favorite with a victory in the Ocala finale.
A pair of WoO LMS events at Volusia’s DIRTcar Nationals produced a pair of upset winners with regional standout Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Ga., and up-and-coming driver Kyle Bronson of Tampa, Fla., both claiming their first-ever WoO LMS A-Main victories. In claiming his first-ever Super Late Model win, Bronson became just the third Florida driver to win a WoO LMS A-Main, joining Earl Pearson Jr. and Patrick Sheltra.
Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., was poised to end his year-long WoO LMS winless streak on Aug. 22 at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich., before a flat tire knocked him from contention late in the race and set up a pressure-packed run to the finish for unheralded home-state driver Curtis Roberts.
“I’ve been racing a lot of years and this is definitely my biggest win,” Roberts told a large crowd of thrilled fans during his victory lane interview. “To come in here and beat these guys – the best drivers in the country – it’s a dream come true. This is really just unbelievable.”
The World Finals begin on Thurs., Nov. 6 with Qualifying Night featuring two rounds of WoO Late Model and Sprint Car time trials and two sets of Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified heat races. Each division’s first round of qualifying will apply to Friday’s program and the second round to Saturday’s racing card.
Action is scheduled to get the green flag at 6:00 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 6, and 4:45 p.m. on Fri., Nov. 7, and Sat., Nov. 8.
Tickets for the World Finals Presented can be obtained by logging on to www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or calling 1-800-455-FANS. Three-day packages are available for the bargain price of $89 and $34 for children 13-and-under.
For fans unable to attend the World Finals in person, live video of every lap of all three divisions is available through an online Pay-Per-View production. Ordering information for the Pay-Per-View production is available by logging on to www.DirtonDirt.com or www.DIRTVision.com.
For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com. Fans can also follow the WoO LMS on Twitter at Twitter.com/WoOLateModels and Facebook at Facebook.com/WorldofOutlaws .