Portsmouth Raceway Park
Fast Facts: 33rd annual Dirt Track World Championship
33rd annual Red Buck Dirt Track World Championship
Dates: Oct. 17-19 (modifieds only on Thursday, Late Model prelims on Friday, modified and Late Model features Saturday)
Track: Portsmouth (Ohio) Raceway Park (high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval).
Purse: $50,000-to-win Late Model feature and $3,000-to-win feature for non-qualifiers.
Sanction: Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.
Last year’s winner: Jimmy Owens, Newport, Tenn.
Tickets: $50 for three-day general admission ($15 for children 7-11); $60 for three-day pit pass (will call tickets available at main gate on race date; photo ID required). For more info, call (740) 858-6661 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Television: Tape delayed on Fox Sports 1 and MavTV.
On the web: lucasdirt.com or portsraceway.com
Track phone: (740) 354-3278.
Race sponsors: Red Buck, Arizona Sport Shirts, GottaRace.com, Integra Racing Shocks, DirtonDirt.com, Sports Plus Video, 4m.net, Holman Motors, Sunoco Race Fuels, CV Products and Borrowed Blue.
Notes: The race has had 23 winners. ... The only multiple-race winner expected is Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark. ... In the last 19 races, only Shannon Babb has been a repeat winner. ... Portsmouth is the seventh track to host the DTWC; this marks the race’s second straight year at PRP. ... The track seats 4,000 spectators and 300 more in the pits. ... Jimmy Owens enters the event having already wrapped up his third straight Lucas Oil Series title. ... He’ll try to become the first driver to win the race in back-to-back years. ... Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., is the only home-state winner to capture the DTWC, earning $60,000 for his 2003 victory at Bluegrass Speedway in Bardstown, Ky. ... West Virginia has hosted the most DTWCs, but no West Virginia driver has cracked victory lane in the event. ... With Josh Richards taking the weekend off, Brandon Sheppard is expected to pilot the Rocket Chassis house car. ... The non-qualifiers’ race is known the Jim Dunn Memorial, honoring the late first winner of the DTWC who rallied from the rear for a stirring victory in 1981 at Pennsboro. ... Primitive campsites are available at the track. ... The modified feature pays $3,000-to-win.
1981: Jim Dunn, Roseville, Ohio
2 p.m.: Pits open
5:30 p.m.: Drivers' meeting
4:30 p.m.: Dirt Racing Outreach service
5:30 p.m.: Driver autograph session
6:30 p.m.: Drivers' meeting
7 p.m.: Late Model consolation races
8 p.m.: Late Model practice for heat race transferrees
8:15 p.m.: Modified feature
9 p.m.: Late Model non-qualifiers race (unless time and weather move it to the night's final race)
10 p.m.: 100-lap Late Model feature
Corrections: Fixes winning purse at top; adds and corrects schedule details, including order of Saturday's Late Model feature and non-qualifiers' race.