Bad Boy Buggies World of Outlaws World Finals Pacing Toward Sixth-Consecutive Sellout
This weekend, The Dirt Track at Charlotte will play host to tens of thousands of fans from across the globe for the most anticipated dirt racing event of the year, the Bad Boy Buggies World of Outlaws World Finals.
The Thursday-Saturday dirt racing spectacular will crown champions in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series, World of Outlaws Late Model Series and the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds.
Fans from 48 states, seven Canadian provinces, Australia, England, the Netherlands and New Zealand have already purchased tickets to what is expected to be the sixth-consecutive sellout in World Finals history.
Intense On-Track Action
Heading into Charlotte, the race for the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds championship couldn't be closer. Matt Sheppard, trying to win his fourth title in five years, leads 2008 champion Billy Decker by just one point. Not far behind, though, is the man that kept Sheppard from his fourth consecutive title last year, Brett Hearn. Hearn is a eight-time champion himself, but has never been able to win back-to-back titles. This year's championship will come down to the wire in Charlotte.
Donny Schatz of Tony Stewart Racing leads second-place Daryn Pittman by 316 points in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series. Pittman beat Schatz last year by the narrowest margin in series history, denying Schatz a repeat after his 2012 title. Schatz is hoping for his sixth World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship.
Darrell Lanigan has a comfortable lead in the World of Outlaws Late Model Series over second-place Rick Eckert. Lanigan looks to win his second championship in three years, and the third of his career.
The Bad Boy Buggies World of Outlaws World Finals begin Thursday with qualifying, continue Friday with a full slate of feature races and concludes Saturday with the season finales.
All three series will practice and qualify on Thursday. The sprint cars and late models will each have two time trial sessions, with the first round determining lineups for Friday night and the second round setting the Saturday night card. The big-block modifieds will set heat race lineups with timed hot laps. Thursday night's heat races will determine Friday and Saturday A-Feature lineups.
Spectator gates open at 4 p.m. on Thursday with opening ceremonies scheduled for 6 p.m. Gates open at 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and opening ceremonies are set to begin at 4:45 p.m.
Salute to the King
A special presentation for Steve Kinser will be held in the souvenir midway area at the track on Friday, Nov. 7 at 2:45 p.m. to mark the last event in his final full-time season with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series. The event is open to the fans and will include a special dedication by Marcus Smith, the president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway.
In addition, that evening, the annual four-wide salute to the fans with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series, World of Outlaws Late Model Series and the modifieds of the Super DIRTcar Series on the track will be dedicated to the "King of the Outlaws."
Kinser has had one of the most successful careers ever at The Dirt Track, having competed in 35 of the 36 World of Outlaws races at the lightning-fast, four-tenths-mile clay oval. His 450th career World of Outlaws A-Feature win in the fall of 2001 was his first at The Dirt Track. His second triumph at the track came during the inaugural World Finals in 2007. Kinser has earned 20 top-fives and 29 top-10s at the track.
Kick-Off Party at Carolina Ale House Concord
Fans are also invited to a World Finals kick-off event at Carolina Ale House in Concord on Wednesday, Nov. 5, from 7-9 p.m. featuring "PRN's At The Track" live radio show. The evening will include door prizes and live interviews with special guests. Scheduled to appear are Josh Richards, Brett Hearn, Steve Francis, Mason Zeigler, Shane Stewart, Justin Marks, Chris Ferguson and more. Plus, fans can get an up close view of a World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series show car.
50/50 Raffle to Benefit Speedway Children's Charities
All fans attending the World Finals will have a chance to win up to $10,000 by entering a 50/50 raffle that benefits Speedway Children's Charities. Tickets are $5 each. The drawing will take place on Friday, Nov. 7; fans must be present to win.
Schatz Pulling Double Duty
World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series points leader Donny Schatz will also be competing in the Late Model Series, something no other driver has ever done during the World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. It may be unfamiliar territory, but look for Schatz cruising around with the other Late Model drivers in his Bad Boy Buggies No. 15 car.
Free T-Shirt for World Finals Fans with $10 STP Purchase at Advance Auto Parts
STP and Advance Auto Parts have teamed up with the Bad Boy Buggies World of Outlaws World Finals to offer fans a free, vintage STP T-shirt. Fans who visit any Advance Auto Parts and purchase $10 or more of STP products and bring their receipt to either the STP or Advance Auto Parts displays in the fan midway area at World Finals will receive a free vintage STP T-shirt.
In addition, fans who redeem their receipts at the STP and Advance Auto Parts displays at World Finals will be entered in a daily drawing for one of three STP prize packs including: free STP product for a year, $100 Advance Auto Parts gift card and the opportunity to wave a green flag during one of the heat races.
Tickets Still Available but Going Fast
While advance tickets and camping sales are pacing ahead of last year's World Finals, there's still a great opportunity for dirt racing fans to be a part of the action.
Single-day tickets are $30 for adults on Thursday and $49 for Friday and Saturday. Single-day tickets for kids 13 and under are $10 for Thursday and $15 for Friday and Saturday. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or go online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/dirt.
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