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World Finals Brings Fans From Around the Globe to The Dirt Track at Charlotte
The dirt racing spectacle known as the World of Outlaws World Finals has established a reputation for providing the best racing of the year. It's no surprise that fans travel thousands of miles to take in the three days of on-track action featuring the sport's three biggest series. For the seventh annual World Finals this Thursday through Saturday, fans from three continents spanning the globe are making the trek to The Dirt Track at Charlotte.
This year, fans are coming from all 50 states, seven Canadian provinces, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Australia. These fans may come from different places, but they have one thing in common: their desire to watch the crowning of the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car, World of Outlaws Late Model and Super DIRTcar series champions.
Dirt track fans cross land and sea for the World of Outlaws World Finals. Kevin Stephen is making his first trip to the event from Ayrshire, Scotland, with five of his family members.
"After watching videos online, we decided that the only event we wanted to go to was the World Finals," Stephen said. "We have been planning the trip since January and can't wait to be there."
Stephen's son, Shaun, will represent Scotland in the World Finals opening ceremonies, an event that highlights the states and countries dirt-racing fans come from.Â
"I think it's great and something quite special that people from all over the world are coming to the World Finals for their love of dirt-track racing and motorsports," Stephen said.
Stephen isn't the only out-of-country fan looking to enjoy some southern hospitality. Ruth Gee, from Leduc, Alberta, Canada, is making her second trip to the World of Outlaws World Finals this year after a great experience in 2012. Gee is part of a dirt-loving family. Her husband, Tim, previously raced for the World of Outlaws and her son currently participates in dirt racing.
"The atmosphere is good," said Gee when asked to compare The Dirt Track at Charlotte to other facilities. "I enjoy the people; they're way different than the people here. Everybody is really friendly and you just fit in."
It isn't just international fans who get excited about coming to The Dirt Track at Charlotte. Charlene Myers and her husband Shorty, from Bristol, Wis., were the first campers to arrive for this year's World of Outlaws World Finals.
"We just enjoy being here. It's very peaceful," Myers said. "We get to go out and do little day trips and check out what is in the surrounding area."
However, it won't be so peaceful once the World of Outlaws hit The Dirt Track Nov. 7-9. For the Myers, this weekend's race will be a bit of a family reunion and provide the opportunity to celebrate their granddaughter's engagement.
"It's exciting to be able to get together," Myers said. "It's very exciting to be able to celebrate with her here."
Going along with the celebrations, this year's event will also host a bachelor party for a group from Hawaii. The festivities are sure to carry on all weekend where fans from around the world will be on hand to witness every bit of racing action at the World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.
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.
The World of Outlaws World Finals is on track for its fifth sell-out so fans will not want to wait until the last minute to purchase tickets. Single-day tickets are $25 for adults on Thursday and $44 on Friday and Saturday. Children's 13 and under get in for $10 on Thursday and $15 on 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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