Dirt Track at Charlotte
Weather postpones Lowe's WoO event to Nov. 4
By Kevin KovacWorld of Outlaws Late Model Series
CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 13) — A large swath of wet, cool weather rolling across the Southwest and toward the Charlotte area prompted the postponement of Wednesday night's scheduled World of Outlaws Late Model Series Topless Showdown by Hungry Man at the Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
While the announcement marks the 13th rainout of a precipitation-plagued 2009 season for the WoO tour, there's good news amid the dark clouds. The Topless Showdown has been rescheduled for Nov. 4 to serve as a grand kickoff of the third annual World of Outlaws World Finals for Late Models and Sprints that are set for Nov. 5-7 at the 4/10-mile oval.
This is the second consecutive year that rain has moved the Topless Showdown from its scheduled date during the Lowe's Motor Speedway's NASCAR Banking 500 week to the eve of the World Finals.
“We never want to make an early cancellation of an event, but with the very poor weather forecast for Wednesday we came to the conclusion that this decision is in the best interests of all the fans and race teams,” said Seamus Curley, the short-track racing manager at Lowe's Motor Speedway. “Running the Topless Showdown on Wednesday, Nov. 4, will now add more action and excitement to the huge World of Outlaws World Finals weekend at The Dirt Track.”
Last year's Topless Showdown proved to be a hit as a lead-in to the World Finals. A massive field of 81 cars was signed in for the event, and Chris Madden of Gaffney, S.C., held off a furious last-lap challenge from Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, Ill., to pocket a $16,000 top prize.
The Topless Showdown features a unique passing bonus that could push the first-place prize of the 50-lapper to as much as $30,000. It offers a base purse of $10,000 for first place, but if the driver who wins the feature submitted an official entry form prior to deadline they will also receive a bonus in an amount equal to $1,000 multiplied by their starting position.