Lowes Foods World of Outlaws World Finals Go Global as Fans Travel Extreme Distances to Witness Biggest Dirt Racing Event of the Year
Fans from all over the world will flock to The Dirt Track at Charlotte this weekend to witness “The Greatest Show on Dirt,” the Lowes Foods World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Tom’s Snacks, Coca-Cola and Nature’s Own.
Tickets are still available but going fast for the three-day dirt racing spectacular, held Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 3-5, serving as the season finale for the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, the World of Outlaws Late Model Series, and the big-block modifieds of the Super DIRTcar Series. In only five years the World Finals have become one of the biggest dirt racing events of the year, with capacity crowds expected for the third year in a row.
Fans will travel from 47 different states, as well as Canada, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and even from more than 9,500 miles away in Australia to see the action-packed racing in Charlotte.
Just like with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, many dirt racing fans make the annual pilgrimage to Charlotte to see their favorite drivers compete on the big stage at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Yvon Bourret of Saint Jean Sur Riche, Quebec, Canada, was bitten by the World Finals bug at the inaugural event in 2007 and hasn’t missed one since.
“When they first started advertising for it in 2007, I got tickets right away,” Bourret said. “I will always be there and always in the same seat.”
Bourret makes the 14-hour, 1,000-mile drive every year, often meeting his son and three grandsons, who travel 600 miles from Florida for a “family reunion.”
“In the past we went to Eldora Speedway, the Knoxville Nationals and even Bristol’s track as our get-together location,” said Bourret. “But when the World of Outlaws World Finals came around at Charlotte that was it, it’s just perfect for everyone - location, time, all the race shops.
“Charlotte, for me, is the top track for these kinds of cars,” he said. “It’s at the end of the year so it’s a little cool, but I’m going to go every year that I can.”
Bourret, whose favorite late model drivers are Tim McCreadie and Tim Fuller, also said he enjoys the addition of the big-block modifieds race, added in 2010.
“Three (divisions) is better than two,” said Bourret.
For other fans, this will be their first trip to The Dirt Track at Charlotte. Dougie Bruce, a big fan of sprint car racer Joey Saldana, is making the 3,700-mile trip with his wife from the United Kingdom.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” Bruce said. “I just really enjoy all the dirt track speed and action.”
Linda and Terry Canniff are traveling 3,400 miles, all the way from Palmer, Alaska, to see the World Finals at Charlotte for the first time. They plan on staying more than a week so they can do some sightseeing while they’re in the area.
“We’re big (Dale) Earnhardt Jr. fans, so we want to check out the racing history and shops,” Linda said. “It’s something we’ve always been interested in.”
Linda said that since they don’t get to see a lot of racing in Alaska, they want to take every opportunity they can to check it out. They especially enjoy dirt track racing.
“We just love the excitement of everything,” she said. “NASCAR is cool, but there’s just something about dirt track racing that makes it special.”
The Lowes Foods World of Outlaws World Finals begin Thursday with Kellogg’s Qualifying Night, continue Friday with a full slate of feature races and conclude Saturday with the season finales carried live, nationally on SPEED.
In addition to practice and qualifying on Thursday, the modifieds of the NDRA Modz “Road Show” presented by Roush Yates Performance Parts will compete in their final race of the season. The 30-lap feature was rescheduled from Oct. 12, due to weather. Fans can bring in their ticket stub from the Oct. 12 race and get a discount on their Thursday ticket.
Spectator gates open at 4 p.m. on Thursday, with opening ceremonies scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, gates open at 3 p.m. with opening ceremonies at 4:45 p.m. each day.
Single-day tickets are still available for the Lowes Foods World of Outlaws World Finals. Adult tickets are just $20 for Thursday and $39 each day for Friday and Saturday. Tickets for children 12 and under are just $10 on Thursday and $15 each day for Friday and Saturday. Fans can also upgrade their ticket to include a pit pass for just $15 each 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.
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