Three Nights, Three Series, Three Champions: Tradition Continues In Front of a Packed House at Eighth Annual World of Outlaws World Finals Nov. 6-8
All dirt roads lead to Charlotte as the nation's three premier dirt track series will come together to crown their champions Nov. 6-8 when The Dirt Track at Charlotte hosts the eighth annual World of Outlaws World Finals. The three-day dirt track extravaganza features the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series, the World of Outlaws Late Model Series and the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds. It's the only time during the season that the stars of the three nomadic series compete on the same nights at the same track.
Even for the drivers, the World of Outlaws World Finals is unlike any other event and it always comes back to the full grandstands and the carnival-like atmosphere.
"It's just such a huge event," said Matt Sheppard, who has claimed three Super DIRTcar Series championships at the World Finals. "They pack the place. There's nothing like racing under the lights in Charlotte in front of a packed house."
Last year, race fans from all 50 states, multiple Canadian provinces, Australia, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom enjoyed the World of Outlaws World Finals and track officials expect Saturday to be sold-out for the sixth consecutive year.
Fans have an extra special reason to be in the stands this year as 20-time World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series champion Steve Kinser wraps up his Salute to the King Tour and brings down the curtain on his final season of full-time racing. It will be a milestone moment in one of the most successful careers in the history of American motorsports.
"It's been an amazing season getting the chance to spend as much time as I have with the fans. All the tracks and special ceremonies; those are things that I won't ever forget," said Kinser, who drives the No. 11 Bad Boy Buggies sprint car owned by three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart. "Heading into the season I couldn't have imagined the way everyone has treated me. We haven't been as competitive as we were hoping on the track, but the guys have worked so hard. We've had our moments and finishing with a couple more great nights would be the best way to end this year for sure."
It's hard to impress someone who has been barnstorming America's dirt tracks for 33 years, but even Kinser is a fan of the World of Outlaws World Finals, which has emerged as one of the nation's premier short-track races.
"It's been a great event and continues to get better. Charlotte is one of the best places to race and I know it's going to be crazy," Kinser said. "The fans come from everywhere for that event. We're giving away another Bad Boy Buggies vehicle to a lucky fan; it's our last weekend of the season and the last weekend for me as a full-time driver. I always said going out a winner to end a season was big deal. I know we're going to do everything we can to be in the mix and win the final races of the year."
Donny Schatz is looking to wrap up his sixth World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship over last year's champion Daryn Pittman, while two-time World of Outlaws Late Model Series champion Darrell Lanigan leads Rick Eckert and Tim McCreadie for their series title.
The battle for the Super DIRTcar Series crown is considerably closer with Sheppard, Billy Decker and Brett Hearn the primary combatants.
The Thursday night, Nov. 6, portion of the World of Outlaws World Finals will include time trials for all three divisions along with heat races for the big-block modifieds. The Friday and Saturday night (Nov. 7-8) events will be highlighted by complete programs for both the sprint cars and late models, while the modifieds will battle in last chance and feature races.
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.
Three-day packages are available for $89 for adults and $34 for kids 13 and under. Single-day tickets are $25 for adults on Thursday and $44 for Friday and Saturday. Single-day tickets for kids 13 and under are $10 for Thursday and $15 for Friday and Saturday. Upgrade your ticket to include a pit pass for $15 per day. 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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