World of Outlaws World Finals Draws an International Crowd to The Dirt Track
Race car drivers and fans from all over the world will converge at The Dirt Track @ Charlotte Motor Speedway this week for the World of Outlaws Topless Showdown presented by Hungry-Man on Wednesday, and the World of Outlaws World Finals, Thursday through Saturday. The World Finals event brings together the World of Outlaws sprint cars and late models for three nights of on-track action to close out their seasons and crown their champions.
Highlights of the four nights of on-track action include:
International Crowd to Attend the World of Outlaws World Finals
Fans from as far away as Australia and New Zealand will be on hand for the World of Outlaws World Finals. Forty-seven states, seven Canadian provinces, Australia and New Zealand will be represented in the grandstands. Representatives from each state, province and country will waive their respective flags during a special ceremony as part of pre-race festivities on Saturday. Drivers entered in the events also represent a total of 25 states.
Ryan Newman and World of Outlaws Late Model Drivers Special Autograph Session
On Wednesday, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman and several World of Outlaws late model drivers will participate in a special autograph session for fans at 5 p.m. on the concourse at The Dirt Track @ Charlotte Motor Speedway prior to the World of Outlaws Topless Showdown.
NASCAR Drivers Invest in Roots of Motorsports
Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne, Clint Bowyer and Bobby Labonte are just a few of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers who started their careers competing on dirt and asphalt short tracks around the country and have now invested into the grassroots of motorsports through ownership of short-track racing teams. Each of those Cup stars has drivers entered to compete this week at The Dirt Track @ Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Tony Stewart Racing's Donny Schatz holds a 19-point lead in the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series standings and he is trying to secure his fourth-straight series title at the World Finals. Stewart also fields a sprint car for Kraig Kinser and his team is affiliated with Josh Richards, who is competing for the World of Outlaws Late Model Series championship. Kasey Kahne Racing will field sprint car entries for drivers Joey Saldana, Brad Sweet and Cody Darrah in the World Finals. Clint Bowyer Racing and Bobby Labonte Motorsports field dirt late models for Dale McDowell and Earl Pearson Jr., respectively, and both teams are scheduled to compete this week at The Dirt Track @ Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Schatz to Run Special Paint Scheme in Hopes of Fourth Championship
This weekend Donny Schatz's No. 15 sprint car entry for Tony Stewart Racing will feature a special STP paint scheme honoring racing legend Mario Andretti. This is the same paint scheme he ran for the Knoxville (Iowa) Nationals, where he picked up his fourth-consecutive win in August. Schatz plans to follow up with another fourth-consecutive win in that paint scheme this week at the World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track @ Charlotte Motor Speedway as he attempts to win his fourth-consecutive World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series championship. He currently leads the standings by just 19 points over Jason Meyers.
Tight Point Battles in Both World of Outlaws Series
Heading into the World of Outlaws World Finals, three-time and defending series champion Donny Schatz has a 19 point lead over Meyers in the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series championship standings. Third-place runner Joey Saldana is 46 markers out of the lead and still mathematically eligible for the title. In the World of Outlaws Late Model Series ranks, veteran racer Steve Francis leads "Kid Rocket" Josh Richards by a mere four points. The three-day World Finals event includes two points-paying nights of feature racing, and the opportunity for anything to happen.
Two-Time NHRA Champion Cruz Pedregon to Compete in World of Outlaws World Finals
Two-time and reigning NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Funny Car champion Cruz Pedregon will switch it up this week as he transitions from racing his nitro Funny Car down the drag strip at speeds of more than 300 mph to sliding a World of Outlaws late model around the four-tenths-mile clay oval at The Dirt Track @ Charlotte Motor Speedway for the World of Outlaws World Finals. Pedregon participated in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Tony Stewart's Prelude to the Dream all-star charity race at Eldora Speedway for the first time in 2007 and has returned two times since then, earning a sixth-place finish this year. Pedregon isn't a stranger to dirt racing. In the 1980s he raced go-karts and won a championship at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway in 1986, before he made the decision to follow his father into drag racing.
More than 50 late models and nearly 40 sprint cars are anticipated for the World of Outlaws World Finals. Three-day passes for the event are just $59 for adults and $19 for children 12 and under. Single-day tickets are also available.
Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS.