PORTSMOUTH, Ohio — The Rocket Chassis house car team and driver Brandon Sheppard plotted some not-so-complicated strategy early in Saturday's 100-lap 40th annual General Tire Dirt Track World Championship presented by Optima Batteries at Portsmouth Raceway Park: Get to the front.
The rest was all up to 27-year-old Sheppard, who knows a thing or two about winning Carl Short-promoted DTWCs at the 3/8-mile oval at the confluence of the Ohio and Scioto rivers. The familiar blue No. 1 car that lined up 11th in the 31-car field was in good hands.
Leading 76 of the final 77 laps, Sheppard raced to his fourth career DTWC victory — all in the last eight seasons — to become the race's second-winningest all-time driver and earn $100,000 the richest payday of the Dirt Late Model racing's coronavirus-curtailed season.
"We just had an early gameplan. Once we got the lead, we didn't know what we were going to do but hang on," Sheppard said in victory lane. "Luckily our car was really good, like it's been all year long."
Sheppard's victory in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series finale was his fifth of the season on the national tour and 31st overall during another stellar season for his Rocket team led by team owner Mark Richards.
Sheppard fought off a mid-race challenge from Zack Dohm of Cross Lanes, W.Va. — Dohm edged ahead with an outside move to lead only lap 54 — then kept Ricky Thornton Jr. of Chandler, Ariz., in check during three late-race restarts in winning by a 0.953-second margin.
Pole-starting Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., who led the first 23 laps before Sheppard went around to take command, salvaged a third-place finish while ninth-starting Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., and 22nd-starting Tyler Erb of New Waverly, Texas, rounded out the top five.
Sheppard's fourth DTWC leaves him one shy of North Carolina native Freddy Smith, whose success in Short's lucrative event framed his Hall of Fame career. Four of Smith's five DTWC victories came at the race's original home of Pennsboro (W.Va.) Speedway over an 11-year stretch, while Sheppard has accomplished the same feat after his first victory in 2013.
"I tell you what, I love this place," Sheppard said with a laugh in victory lane, later adding that "it just feels really good. I've been eyeing this trophy all week. I saw it on Facebook and I was like, ’Man, that sure would look good next to the other ones.’ ”
Starting inside the sixth row, Sheppard actually lost a few positions early before cracking the top 10 on the ninth lap. From there he went to work with his key move coming on the 20th lap when he slipped between Thornton and Mike Marlar to go from fourth to second in one fell swoop.
Figuring the race would be won "around the bottom there at the end of the race," Sheppard said, "when we rolled out there, I knew I had to drive my butt off to get up there as soon as I could, so that was kind of the gameplan. We went a little different on tires than what we normally do here."
He followed his gameplan to perfection in grabbing the lead and then hanging on, surviving the duel with Dohm, who grabbed the second spot on a lap-35 restart and got to the outside of Sheppard for several laps on other side of the race's midpoint. Dohm typically sticks with the inside line, but Sheppard got a glimpse of him to his outside.
By that point in the race, the frontrunners had mostly filtered into the low groove and venturing to the outside was becoming a gamble.
"When you're in lapped traffic there, I tried to pass ’em one time, and it just didn't feel good," Sheppard said. "So I tucked back in behind ’em. Zack showed me a nose on the outside there, and when he showed me that nose, I started driving my line a little bit different in (turns) one and two and that got me going a little bit better."
Sheppard's "better" was good enough to keep Thornton from making a move from his second spot over the final 26 laps.
"He had a really good car," said Thornton, winner of the previous Lucas Oil Series event at Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway, his first tour victory. "I was going to try to Hail Mary the top if I ever got close enough again, but on the restarts he'd just really take off, and it took me five or six laps to get going. We went a little hard on tire, so I knew restarts we weren't going to be as good as these guys."
McCreadie, after slipping back to fifth, tried his own Hail Mary but jumping to the high side and regaining the third spot, but it wasn't enough to make a serious bid to overtake Thornton or Sheppard.
"We just gave it my best shot. ... I was too good, too early and didn't know where to be on the track, and when Sheppy got by me I just kind of got lost for four laps, and it costs us (key positions). It put us in the bottom half of the top five and on them restarts, I couldn't get clear track to make a move," he said. "I just thought at the end — we all knew it was rubbered about lap 45 or 50 — and I thought, ’Well, these tires have cooled down, so who knows?’ Fifth, seventh, not much of a different in pay. The pays in the top three, that's where the big money is in this deal. We tried as hard as we could."
The feature was slowed by 10 cautions — three in the final six laps — with the longest stretch of green-flag racing between laps 35-75.
Front-row starter Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga., saw his chances for a six-figure payday end quickly when he slowed to draw a lap-three caution because of brake problems and never made it back into action.
A lap-13 yellow knocked out another top contender when two-time race winner Josh Richards slowed with suspension problems and headed pitside. A 16th-lap caution appeared when Kyle Larson headed to the infield pits after suffering significant rear deck damage. Brian Shirley slowed to draw a lap-35 yellow.
More slowdowns came on laps 75 and 77, first Robby Hensley rolled slowly to the infield pits and again when Devin Moran had a flat left-rear tire (Mike Marlar's race ended as the caution flew with widespread sheet metal damage on the rear of his car). Moran drew another caution on lap 84 when he broke a driveshaft.
Two more yellows appeared on the 95th lap when Chris Ferguson slowed with a flat right-rear tire and, on the ensuing restart, Steve Casebolt stopped on the backstretch.
The last caution light blinked on with two laps remaining when Hudson O'Neal slowed heading into turn one.
Notes: Sheppard has 20 career Lucas Oil Series victories. ... Shepard had a crinkled right-front nosepiece that didn't appear to hamper him significantly. ... Fourth-finishing Chris Madden made his first DTWC start since his 2006 feature debut in the event (he finished 13th that year the former K-C Raceway). ... Seventeen drivers completed 100 laps and 20 were running at the finish. ... Mike Marlar held the second spot from lap 4-20 before slipping back a few spots. His race ended on lap 75 with damage to the rear of his car. ... NASCAR and open-wheel star Kyle Larson started by promoter's option after getting in a consolation race tangle; he was an early retiree in the 100-lapper.
40th annual General Tire Dirt Track World Championship
Driver (car no.), hometown, chassis, earnings
1. Brandon Sheppard (1), New Berlin, Ill., Rocket, $100,000
2. Ricky Thornton Jr. (20RT), Chandler, Ariz., Longhorn, $20,000
3. Tim McCreadie (39), Watertown, N.Y., Longhorn, $10,000
4. Chris Madden (44), Gray Court, S.C., Rocket, $7,000
5. Tyler Erb (1), New Waverly, Texas, Rocket, $5,000
6. Zack Dohm (17), Cross Lanes, W.Va., Longhorn, $3,500
7. Billy Moyer Jr. (21jr), Batesville, Ark., Capital, $3,200
8. Boom Briggs (99B), Bear Lake, Pa., Rocket, $3,000
9. Kyle Bronson (40B), Brandon, Fla., Rocket, $2,800
10. Jason Feger (25), Bloomington, Ill., MB Customs, $2,500
11. Jonathan Davenport (49), Blairsville, Ga., Longhorn, $2,450
12. Stormy Scott (2s), Las Cruces, N.M., Longhorn, $400
13. Earl Pearson Jr. (1), Jacksonville, Fla., Black Diamond, $2,350
14. Shane Clanton (25), Zebulon, Ga., Capital, $2,300
15. Scott Bloomquist (0), Mooresburg, Tenn., Bloomquist, $2,250
16. Tanner English (81E), Benton, Ky., Rocket, $200
17. Tyler Bruening (16), Decorah, Iowa, Capital, $150
18. Hudson O’Neal (71), Martinsville, Ind., Rocket, $100
19. Chris Ferguson (22), Mt. Holly, N.C., Bloomquist, $2,075
20. Josh Richards (14), Shinnston, W.Va., Rocket, 2,060
21. Steve Casebolt (c9), Richmond, Ind., Rocket, $2,050
22. Devin Moran (9), Dresden, Ohio, Longhorn, $2,040
23. Jared Landers (777), Batesville, Ark., Longhorn, $2,030
24. Mike Marlar (157), Winfield, Tenn., Longhorn, $2,020
25. Darrell Lanigan (29v), Union, Ky., Barry Wright, $2,010
26. Robby Hensley (21), Walton, Ky., Rocket, $2,000
27. Jimmy Owens (20), Newport, Tenn., Rocket, $2,000
28. Tim Dohm (6T), Cross Lanes, W.Va., Swartz, $2,000
29. Brian Shirley (3s), Chatham, Ill., Rocket, $2,000
30. Kyle Larson (6), Elk Grove, Calif., Longhorn, $2,000
31. Brandon Overton (76), Evans, Ga., Longhorn, $2,000
Lap leaders: McCreadie 1-23; Sheppard 24-53, 55-100; Dohm 54
Fast qualifier (among 63 cars): McCreadie, 15.911 seconds
Heat race winners: McCreadie, Ferguson, Bloomquist, Overton, Thornton, Marlar
Consolation winners: Owens, Pearson, Bronson
Provisional starters: Davenport, Clanton, English, Bruening, O'Neal, Scott, Larson
Non-qualifiers’ race winner: Mason Zeigler
Correction: Fixes Bloomquist's chassis.
Jim Dunn Memorial Non-Qualifiers’ Race
Finish: Mason Zeigler, Colten Burdette, R.J. Conley, Dustin Linville, Scott James, Michael Brown, Doug Drown, Jason Riggs, Kevin Wagner, Mike Benedum, Anthony Kinkade, Freddie Carpenter, Brandon Fouts, Tyler Carpenter, Jon Hodgkiss, Steve Prince, Jerry Bowersock, Kody Evans, Todd Brenna, Tim Vance, Michael Conley Jr. (DNS) Jackie Boggs, Jason Covert, Trent Ivey, Tyler Millwood, Gregg Satterlee.
Row 1: Tim McCreadie, Brandon Overton
Row 2: Chris Ferguson, Ricky Thornton Jr.
Row 3: Scott Bloomquist, Mike Marlar
Row 4: Zack Dohm, Steve Casebolt
Row 5: Chris Madden, Josh Richards
Row 6: Brandon Sheppard, Boom Briggs
Row 7: Tim Dohm, Billy Moyer Jr.
Row 8: Darrell Lanigan, Robby Hensley
Row 9: Brian Shirley, Jared Landers
Row 10: Jimmy Owens, Earl Pearson Jr.
Row 11: Tyler Bronson, Tyler Erb
Row 12: Devin Moran, Jason Feger
Row 13: Jonathan Davenport, Shane Clanton
Row 14: Tanner English, Tyler Bruening
Row 15: Hudson O’Neal, Stormy Scott
Row 16: Kyle Larson
At 8:40 p.m., Portsmouth’s grader was on the racetrack working on the surface before the start of the feature. … A massive 31-car field will start the 100-lap Dirt Track World Championship, swelled by six Lucas Oil Series provisionals and a promoter’s choice spot at the rear of the pack to open-wheel star Kyle Larson. … The Lucas Oil points provisionals went to Jonathan Davenport and Shane Clanton and series emergency provisionals were given to Rookie of the Year Tanner English, Tyler Bruening, Hudson O’Neal and Stormy Scott. … Larson failed to transfer in the third B-main after a lap-four scrape with Jason Covert left him spun on the inside of turn two and needing wrecker service. Larson had just moved into second place with a backstretch move in which he scraped the outside wall squeezing by Covert. … An early Saturday-night casualty was Kyle Strickler, whose car was sidelined by a broken engine rod during time trials.
(15 laps; top 2 transfer)
First consolation finish: Jimmy Owens, Tyler Erb, Mason Zeigler, Kody Evans, Tanner English, Dustin Linville, R.J. Conley, Stormy Scott, Brandon Fouts, Tyler Bruening, Anthony Kinkade, Jackie Boggs, Craig Christian, Audie Swartz (DNS) Ross Bailes, Kyle Strickler.
Second consolation finish: Earl Pearson Jr., Devin Moran, Hudson O’Neal, Jonathan Davenport, Colten Burdette, Jason Riggs, Kevin Wagner, Scott James, Steve Prince, Tim Vance, Jon Hodgkiss, Michael Conley Jr., Freddie Carpenter, Shane Clanton, Tyler Carpenter.
Third consolation finish: Kyle Bronson, Jason Feger, Doug Drown, Jason Covert, Michael Brown, Gregg Satterlee, Mike Benedum, Trent Ivey, Todd Brennan, Jerry Bowersock, Tyler Millwood, Fast Eddy, Kyle Larson (DNS) Shannon Thornsberry.
Saturday's pre-race notes
Tim McCreadie was pleased with his run to a Heat 1 victory on Friday that gave him the pole for the DTWC headliner, but he’s certainly not allowing himself to enter the 100-lapper overconfident about his chances. His DTWC history over his 10 previous feature starts is frustrating: a career best-finish of fifth (2008 at Atomic Speedway) and no placing better than ninth (’16) since the race has been held at Portsmouth. … The drive of Friday’s heats was authored in the fourth prelim by Brandon Overton, who admitted that he was “severely panicking” after he fell from second to fifth on the opening lap because he bounced through a rough section of turns one and two that he didn’t realize existed. Despite his David Wells-owned car’s steering getting knocked off-kilter because he slapped the backstretch trying to gather his car and avoid others, he rallied to make a last-lap pass of Steve Casebolt for the win and outside pole in the A-main. … Billy Moyer Jr. appeared headed to victory in Heat 4 until a lap-seven caution tightened the field. He lost the lead to Casebolt on the restart and ceded second to Overton after a lap-12 caution. … Jimmy Owens, who will receive his 2020 Lucas Oil Series title accolades in a ceremony prior to the start of Saturday’s program, slid high in turns one and two at the start of the first heat to tumble from first to fifth. Hampered by brake trouble, he never recovered and finished in the same position, forcing him to a Saturday B-main. … After capturing the third heat, Scott Bloomquist said he was so happy with his performance that he would “do a back flip if I could.” … Three-time and defending DTWC winner Brandon Sheppard was unable to overcome the three-car heat-race invert that left him with a third-place starting spot in Heat 3, finishing second but failing to catch Bloomquist over the final 10 circuits. He starts 11th in the century grind. … With a third-place finish in Heat 5, Robby Hensley was the lone Friday-night transfer who will make his first-ever DTWC feature start. … Chris Madden starts ninth in what will be just the second DTWC feature appearance of his career. His previous start was a 13th-place finish in 2006 at Atomic Speedway. … Hudson O’Neal and his team had to make significant repairs to the rearend of his XR1 Rocket car after what he said was “driver error” caused him to retire from the fourth heat with damage. … Shane Clanton’s Friday night started promising (he timed fastest in the second qualifying group despite being the last car to hit the track), but a misstep took him out of contention for a Heat 4 transfer spot. He slowed while running third on lap 12 because he thought he had a flat tire; he discovered he didn’t when he pulled into the infield.
(15 laps; top 2 transfer)
Row 1: Kyle Strickler, Tyler Erb
Row 2: Jimmy Owens, Mason Zeigler
Row 3: Tanner English, Ross Bailes
Row 4: Kody Evans, Dustin Linville
Row 5: R.J. Conley, Tyler Bruening
Row 6: Brandon Fouts, Anthony Kinkade
Row 7: Jackie Boggs, Craig Christian
Row 8: Stormy Scott, Audie Swartz
Row 1: Earl Pearson Jr., Freddie Carpenter
Row 2: Colten Burdette, Scott James
Row 3: Devin Moran, Tyler Carpenter
Row 4: Jonathan Davenport, Kevin Wagner
Row 5: Jason Riggs, Shane Clanton
Row 6: Steve Prince, Michael Conley Jr.
Row 7: Tim Vance, Jon Hodgkiss
Row 8: Hudson O’Neal
Row 1: Jason Feger, Kyle Larson
Row 2: Jason Covert, Trent Ivey
Row 3: Kyle Bronson, Gregg Satterlee
Row 4: Tyler Millwood, Mike Benedum
Row 5: Doug Drown, Jerry Bowersock
Row 6: Michael Brown, Todd Brennan
Row 7: Shannon Thornsberry, Fast Eddy
Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., and Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga., will share the front row for the start of Saturday’s 100-lap General Tire Dirt Track World Championship after capturing heat races during Friday night’s qualifying program at Portsmouth Raceway Park.
McCreadie overtook Zack Dohm of Cross Lanes, W.Va., for the lead on lap five of the first 15-lap heat and rolled on unchallenged to grab the pole position for the $100,000-to-win finale. Overton earned the outside pole after an impressive drive in Heat 4 that saw him slip from second to fifth on the opening circuit before rallying to pass Steve Casebolt of Richmond, Ind., for the lead on the final lap.
Other heat races victors were Chris Ferguson of Mt. Holly, N.C., three-time DTWC winner Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., Ricky Thornton Jr. of Chandler, Ariz., and Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn.
Open-wheel star Kyle Larson of Elk Grove, Calif., fell one spot short of transferring to the DTWC headliner, finishing fourth in Heat 6 in his third career Dirt Late Model start. He will start from the outside pole in the last of three B-mains on Saturday.
Heat race results
(15 laps; top 3 transfer)
First heat finish: Tim McCreadie, Zack Dohm, Tim Dohm, Kyle Strickler, Jimmy Owens, Tanner English, Kody Evans, R.J. Conley, Brandon Fouts, Jackie Boggs, Stormy Scott.
Second heat finish: Chris Ferguson, Chris Madden, Darrell Lanigan, Tyler Erb, Mason Zeigler, Ross Bailes, Dustin Linville, Tyler Bruening, Anthony Kinkade, Craig Christian, Audie Swartz.
Third heat finish: Scott Bloomquist, Brandon Sheppard, Brian Shirley, Earl Pearson Jr., Colton Burdette, Devin Moran, Jonathan Davenport, Jason Riggs, Steve Prince, Tim Vance.
Fourth heat finish: Brandon Overton, Steve Casebolt, Billy Moyer Jr., Freddie Carpenter, Scott James, Tyler Carpenter, Kevin Wagner, Shane Clanton, Michael Conley Jr., Jon Hodgkiss, Hudson O’Neal.
Fifth heat finish: Ricky Thornton Jr., Josh Richards, Robby Hensley, Jason Feger, Jason Covert, Kyle Bronson, Tyler Millwood, Doug Drown, Michael Brown, Shannon Thornsberry.
Sixth heat finish: Mike Marlar, Boom Briggs, Jared Landers, Kyle Larson, Trent Ivey, Gregg Satterlee, Mike Benedum, Jerry Bowersock, Todd Brennan, Fast Eddy.
Rain that hit Portsmouth Raceway Park on Thursday forced officials to postpone the evening’s scheduled qualifying events for open-wheel modifieds to Friday morning. The 79 cars began competing late in the morning and ran until approximately 3 p.m.; the racing surface was then reworked for Friday night’s action. … Skies have been sunny since Friday morning with a high temperature approaching 60 degrees; conditions are expected to remain clear through the end of Saturday’s finale but evening temps are forecast to drop into the 40s or lower. … A 63-car field is signed in for the 40th DTWC, down a slight three entries from last year’s event. … Former DTWC winners racing this weekend are defending champion Brandon Sheppard, Josh Richards, Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Owens, Earl Pearson Jr. and Darrell Lanigan. … Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., has a fresh graphics scheme on his Paylor Motorsports Longhorn house car that features the yellow-and-blue colors of Bilstein Shocks and has his No. 39 shrunken in size and repositioned toward the front of the doors. … Tim Dohm of Cross Lanes, W.Va., is making a rare 2020 appearance, unloading his No. 6T to race alongside his son Zack. … Open-wheel superstar Kyle Larson of Elk Grove, Calif., is back in the K&L Rumley Enterprises Longhorn car for the first time since he won Aug. 29's Lucas Oil Series event at Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway in his first weekend of Dirt Late Model competition. One of his 41 overall victories this season came at Portsmouth on July 11 in an All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series race. ... Appearing in just his second weekend of competition this season, Jared Landers of Greenbrier, Ark., is running one of his father Lance’s Double L Motorsports cars as a teammate to Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga. Landers's last DTWC start came in 2015 when he finished second in the 100-lapper to Bloomquist. … Kyle Strickler of Mooresville, N.C., has added pink numbers and accents to his Longhorn car to acknowledge Breast Cancer Awareness Month in his first-ever attempt at the DTWC. … Southeast standouts making first career DTWC appearances are Michael Brown of Lancaster, S.C., Trent Ivey of Union, S.C., and Tyler Millwood of Kingston, Ga. … Doug Drown of Wooster, Ohio, is entered driving fellow Buckeye Stater Brad Malcuit’s No. 79. … Among the drivers unable to compete in the DTWC due to other commitments are Jared Hawkins of Fairmont, W.Va. (his wife is due to give birth) and Wheelersburg, Ohio’s Delmas Conley and his son Rod; while Delmas’s other son R.J. is in the field driving a car sporting a throwback scheme to his 2004 car, Delmas and Rod are attending Rod’s son’s high school football playoff game.
Time trial results
Tim McCreadie (39), Watertown, N.Y., 15.911
Chris Madden (44), Gray Court, S.C., 15.934
Brandon Sheppard (1), New Berlin, Ill., 15.942
Zack Dohm (17), Cross Lanes, W.Va., 15.972
Darrell Lanigan (29v), Union, Ky., 15.998
Scott Bloomquist (0), Mooresburg, Tenn., 16.009
Jimmy Owens (20), Newport, Tenn., 16.049
Chris Ferguson (22), Mount Holly, N.C., 16.060
Colten Burdette (44), Parkersburg, W.Va., 16.117
Kyle Strickler (8), Mooresville, N.C., 16.120
Ross Bailes (58), Clover, S.C., 16.145
Earl Pearson Jr. (1), Jacksonville, Fla., 16.189
R.J. Conley (71C), Wheelersburg, Ohio, 16.213
Mason Zeigler (25z), Chalk Hill, Pa., 16.244
Brian Shirley (3S), Chatham, Ill., 16.252
Tim Dohm (6), Cross Lanes, W.Va., 16.262
Tyler Erb (1), New Waverly, Texas, 16.325
Jonathan Davenport (49), Blairsville, Ga., 16.400
Stormy Scott (2), Las Cruces, N.M., 16.412
Tyler Bruening (16), Decorah, Iowa, 16.416
Devin Moran (9), Dresden, Ohio, 16.441
Tanner English (81E), Benton, Ky., 16.444
Dustin Linville (D8), Lancaster, Ky., 16.472
Tim Vance (17T), Clover, S.C., 16.522
Kody Evans (4G), Camden, Ohio, 16.531
Anthony Kinkade (144), Zanesville, Ohio, 16.587
Jason Riggs (81), College Grove, Tenn., 16.610
Brandon Fouts (81F), Kite, Ky., 16.643
Craig Christian (10c), Proctorville, Ohio, 16.709
Steve Prince (0P), Newark, Ohio, 16.823
Jackie Boggs (4B), Grayson, Ky., 17.036
Audie Swartz (1A), Minford, Ohio, no time
Shane Clanton (25), Zebulon, Ga., 16.002
Ricky Thornton Jr. (20rt), Chandler, Ariz., 16.058
Jared Landers (777), Batesville, Ark., 16.211
Brandon Overton (76), Evans, Ga., 16.268
Josh Richards (14), Shinnston, W.Va., 16.318
Boom Briggs (99B), Bear Lake, Pa., 16.339
Billy Moyer Jr. (21jr), Batesville, Ark., 16.352
Tyler Millwood (31), Kingston, Ga., 16.365
Mike Marlar (157), Winfield, Tenn., 16.369
Hudson O’Neal (71), Martinsville, Ind., 16.402
Kyle Bronson (40B), Brandon, Fla., 16.403
Trent Ivey (88), Union, S.C., 16.469
Steve Casebolt (C9), Richmond, Ind., 16.472
Jason Covert (72), York Haven, Pa., 16.506
Kyle Larson (6), Elk Grove, Calif., 16.540
Scott James (83), Bright, Ind., 16.546
Robby Hensley (21H), Walton, Ky., 16.558
Jerry Bowersock (95j), Wapakoneta, Ohio, 16.562
Tyler Carpenter (32A), Parkersburg, W.Va., 16.563
Jason Feger (25), Bloomington, Ill., 16.661
Gregg Satterlee (22), Indiana, Pa., 16.671
Freddie Carpenter (K), Parkersburg, W.Va., 16.672
Michael Brown (24D), Lancaster, S.C., 16.678
Todd Brennan (20B), Zanesville, Ohio, 16.694
Kevin Wagner (33K), Wheelersburg, Ohio, 16.697
Doug Drown (79), Wooster, Ohio, 16.703
Mike Benedum (25), Salem, W.Va., 16.749
Jon Hodgkiss (69), Kennedy Township, Pa., 16.782
Shannon Thornsberry (17ST), Martin, Ky., 16.969
Fast Eddy (316), Portsmouth, Ohio, 17.165
Michael Conley Jr. (16c), Gallipolis, Ohio, 17.448
2 p.m.: Grandstand gates open
3:30-4:30 p.m.: Dirt Racing Outreach service
5:30 p.m.: Drivers’ meeting
6 p.m.: Hot laps
- Late Models
- Limited Late Models
7 p.m.: Competition
- Late Model consolation races
- 40th annual General Tire Dirt Track World Championship (100 laps)
- Award presentations
- Limited Late Model feature (25 laps)
- Jim Dunn Memorial non-qualifiers’ race presented by DirtonDirt.com (25 laps)