Newman, Bloomquist and Moran Among Ringers in Showdown
Daytona 500 winner and NASCAR star Ryan Newman will join legendary dirt late model drivers Scott Bloomquist and Donnie Moran in the stellar World of Outlaws Late Model Series field for Wednesday's Armour Foods Vienna Sausage Showdown at The Dirt Track @ Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Presented by Ferris Commercial Mowers, the Armour Foods Vienna Sausage Showdown will kick off Bank of America 500 Week and features a possible $30,000 first place prize for the winner of the 50-lap feature.
Newman, 30, of South Bend, Ind., is slated to compete as a teammate of defending World of Outlaws Late Model Series champion Steve Francis. He will drive the No. 12 late model with sponsorship from Alltel and the Ryan Newman Foundation.
Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 29 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, will not be competing on the track, but will be signing autographs for the fans underneath the grandstands when spectator gates open at 5 p.m.
Adding to the star power on Wednesday is Bloomquist, who has four wins to his credit at the four-tenths-mile track. That's the most of any current late model driver and fourth on the all-time win list at The Dirt Track. The "Mooresburg Missle" won the inaugural event at the facility in 2000 and his most recent victory at the four-tenths-mile track came in the World of Outlaws World Finals in November 2007. Bloomquist also scored back-to-back $50,000 wins in the 2006 and 2007 Circle K Colossal 100.
A 30-year veteran of dirt track racing, Moran has also been a regular in events at The Dirt Track since it opened. He has one win at the track, which came last November, in one of the World of Outlaws World Finals features. Moran, who is based out of Dresden, Ohio, is a four-time STARS series champion and a four-time champion in the All-Star Circuit of Champions. Moran also operates the Donnie Moran Racing Driving School.
The unique format of the Armour Foods Vienna Sausage Showdown provides an opportunity for drivers to earn up to $30,000 for scoring the win. If the driver who wins the 50-lap finale submitted an official entry form prior to Sept. 13, he will receive the $10,000 first-place prize along with an amount equal to $1,000 multiplied by his starting position.
The event will be the first "topless" event in World of Outlaws Late Model Series racing history. The term "topless" refers to the fact that each dirt late model must compete without its fiberglass top, giving fans a better view of the drivers as they navigate the lightning-fast four-tenths-mile oval.
More than 50 of the biggest names in dirt late model racing are expected to be on hand for the Armour Foods Vienna Sausage Showdown, including World of Outlaws points leader Darrell Lanigan and series regulars Chub Frank, Josh Richards, Shannon Babb, Rick Eckert, Clint Smith and World 100 winner Shane Clanton.
If purchased in advance, adult tickets for the Oct. 8 Armour Foods Vienna Sausage Showdown presented by Ferris Commercial Mowers are $25 with children 12 and under admitted for $5.
Tickets for this event can also be purchased as part of the four-race $99 SUPER Ticket which includes Bojangles' Pole Night on Thursday night, Oct. 9; the Dollar General 300 on Friday night, Oct. 10; and the Bank of America 500 on Saturday night, Oct. 11.
Tickets are available online or by calling the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS.