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Daily Dirt 03/28/2023 10:32:03

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November 2
Dirt Track at Charlotte,
Concord, NC
Sanction: World of Outlaws Case Late Model Series (World Finals) - $15,000
Information provided by: Kevin Kovac, Kyle McFadden and series reports (last updated November 4, 7:22 am)
Marlar overtakes Clanton late in Charlotte opener
World Finals
  1. Mike Marlar
  2. Shane Clanton
  3. Trent Ivey
  4. Brandon Overton
  5. Tim McCreadie
  6. Dennis Erb Jr.
  7. Jimmy Owens
  8. Daulton Wilson
  9. Max Blair
  10. Tanner English
  11. Ricky Weiss
  12. Dale McDowell
  13. Hudson O'Neal
  14. Josh Richards
  15. Gordy Gundaker
  16. Michael Brown
  17. Ryan Gustin
  18. Kyle Strickler
  19. Brent Larson
  20. Dustin Mitchell
  21. Chris Madden
  22. Cla Knight
  23. Tyler Erb
  24. Ross Robinson
  25. Boom Briggs
  26. Carson Ferguson
  27. Dale Hollidge
presented by
Zach Yost
Mike Marlar (157) overtakes Shane Clanton (25) in the final laps.
What won the race: Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., overtook race-long leader Shane Clanton with two laps to go to capture Wednesday's opening round of the World Finals at the Dirt Track at Charlotte from the ninth-starting position. Marlar's victory — the 13th of his World of Outlaws Case Late Model Series career — paid $15,000 in topping Clanton by 1.330 seconds.
Key notes: Marlar's World of Outlaws victory — his second in a row off the heels of an Oct. 24 win at Missouri's U.S. 36 Raceway — ties him for 17th on the tour's all-time wins list with Shannon Babb and Dennis Erb Jr. ... Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., led 38 laps before Marlar slipped by rounding turn four with the white flag in sight. ... Fast qualifier Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga., drew the pole but couldn't position himself to make a run at the lead after Clanton took control on the initial start. ... Hudson O'Neal of Martinsville, Ind., finished 13th in his Rocket Chassis house car debut and ran as high as ninth in the 40-lap feature. ... Three cautions slowed Wednesday's opening feature that lasted 19 minutes.
On the move: Winner Mike Marlar started ninth.
Winner's sponsors: Marlar’s Longhorn Chassis is sponsored by Delk Equipment Sales, Rockets Convenience Plus, Tri-Rivers Enterprise (Mark and Kim Dotson), Auto Parts 4 Less, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Capital Capsigns, VP Racing Fuels, Stanley Best Heating & Aiar, Midwest Sheet Metal and Bilstein.
Points chase: After Charlotte Wednesday: 1. x-Dennis Erb Jr. (5,578); 2. Tanner English (5,412); 3. Max Blair (5,394); 4. Ryan Gustin (5,146); 5. Brent Larson (5,002); 6. Josh Richards (4,930); 7. Gordy Gundaker (4,900); 8. Boom Briggs (4,732); 9. Shane Clanton (4,138). x-champion
Current weather: Overcast, 61°F
Car count: 70
Fast qualifier: Brandon Overton
Time: 14.462 seconds
Polesitter: Brandon Overton
Heat race winners: Brandon Overton, Tim McCreadie, Jimmy Owens, Dale McDowell, Trent Ivey, Shane Clanton
Consolation race winners: Cla Knight, Tyler Erb, Ricky Weiss
Provisional starters: Ryan Gustin, Brent Larson, Boom Briggs
Next series race: November 5, Dirt Track at Charlotte (Concord, NC) $25,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From staff reports

CONCORD, N.C. –– Mike Marlar thought he’d need everything to fall his way if he were to win from the ninth-starting spot in Wednesday night’s 40-lap World Finals opener at the Dirt Track at Charlotte.

But as it turned out, not even an ill-timed caution that paused Marlar’s rise through the field with four laps remaining would curb the efforts of the Winfield, Tenn., driver. Though race-long leader Shane Clanton had plenty of open track, and therefore clean air, to work with, Marlar still found victory lane.

Overtaking Clanton with the white flag in sight rounding turn four, Marlar completed a nifty drive from row five to cash in on $15,000 with the World of Outlaws Case Late Model Series in the opening round of the revamped four-day event.

“I did not want to see that caution come out when it came out,” Marlar said to begin his post-race interview. “I raced Clanton really hard down here into four. Usually, it doesn’t take much room, but when your car is that fast, you hate to lose or give them away. I just had an awesome car. It’s rare to see a car drive from ninth to first in a 40-lapper. This thing was that good today.”

It’s Marlar’s 14th win of the season — six now coming with the World of Outlaws — and second straight with the national tour off the heels of his Oct. 24 victory at Missouri’s U.S. 36 Raceway. After the win, Marlar deemed his race program is “back in the swing,” and on Wednesday the Tennessean certainly looked the part.

Marlar hustled to make moves happen when he needed them most and thereby continued to build upon a stretch that now features four wins and three additional top-fives in the last 10 races. The pivotal moment that made Marlar’s latest victory possible came with two laps left in the heat race, when he slipped past a wayward Hudson O’Neal to finish second and ultimately start ninth in the 40-lap feature instead of 15th.

O’Neal, who debuted in the Rocket Chassis house car, said his mistake “kind of makes it a little bit more bitter knowing the fact (Marlar) came from there to win it.”

“Those six spots make a world of a difference,” O’Neal added.

Marlar actually made up 11 positions over the final 38 laps. When 12th-starting Dale Hollidge drew the race’s first of three stoppages on lap two, Marlar had slipped to 12th himself and showed no signs he’d move forward.

By then, Clanton had cleared polesitter and overall fast qualifier Brandon Overton for the lead. Sixteen laps later, a caution for Ross Robinson allowed Marlar to restart in fifth. Clanton, meanwhile, took a minute to recuperate after his hands were full with a charging Tim McCreadie in hot pursuit.

But then McCreadie faded back to fifth on the restart, and Clanton’s next challenger came in Trent Ivey, the Union, S.C., racer who pulled inside of the former World of Outlaws champion multiple times down the stretch. Marlar didn’t enter the podium picture until lap 33 when he drove by Overton, but he passed Ivey for second at the right time — right before a lap-36 caution for a spinning Tyler Erb.

Marlar timed the final restart to perfection to set up his winning move on lap 38.

“It’s awesome to get out to a good start,” Marlar said. “We could come here tomorrow and something could happen, a flat (tire) or whatever. I’ll still be good Saturday points-wise, or decent anyway. So we have to count our luck tomorrow and make all the right moves.”

Clanton said “I knew I was in trouble” once he heard Marlar size up his winning move in turns three and four on laps 36 and 37.

“It was overall a good night,” Clanton said. “It was my best run here at Charlotte, so that feels good. We’ll just tweak on it here and there, and hopefully we’ll get a little better. Our car was fast at the beginning of the race. I knew it was. I just got on the left-rear tire (too hard) there trying to keep him behind me.”

Despite tasting what would have been his first World of Outlaws victory, Ivey still managed to come away with his first series podium at a track that’s been kind to him this year.

In May, Ivey finished ninth in the $50,000-to-win Colossal 100 with the XR Super Series. Just last weekend, he won a $4,000 Crate feature as part of the World Short Track Championship.

“I have a million laps here on iRacing. I love this place,” Ivey said through a laugh. “I love how they pack this place out. They’re camping outside. I’m in the same boat. I’m just happy to be here

“I just have to thank my mom and dad, and all the sponsors. I just want to say thanks to everybody that helps me get here. We’ll do it again tomorrow.”

Feature lineup

(40 laps)

Row 1: Brandon Overton, Shane Clanton
Row 2: Trent Ivey, Dale McDowell
Row 3: Jimmy Owens, Tim McCreadie
Row 4: Chris Madden, Dennis Erb Jr.
Row 5: Mike Marlar, Dustin Mitchell
Row 6: Michael Brown, Dale Hollidge
Row 7: Josh Richards, Tanner English
Row 8: Huson O’Neal, Gordy Gundaker
Row 9: Kyle Strickler, Daulton Wilson
Row 10: Cla Knight, Tyler Erb
Row 11: Ricky Weiss, Carson Ferguson
Row 12: Ross Robinson, Gordy Gundaker
Row 13: Ryan Gustin, Brent Larson
Row 14: Boom Briggs

Consolation race results

(10 laps; top two transfer)

First consolation: Cla Knight, Carson Ferguson, Ross Bailes, Anthony Sanders, Chris Ferguson, Bryan Bernheisel, Colton Flinner, Trevor Gundaker, John Blankenship, Ethan Wilson, Deam Brown, Brett Hamm, Logan Zarin, Mike Benedum, Carson Hocevar, Greg Clark, Brandon O’Neil. Scratched: Scott Bloomquist.

Second consolation: Tyler Erb, Ross Robinson, Parker Martin, Garrett Smith, Kenny Collins, Jonathan Davenport, Jordan Koehler, Jason Miller, Mike Lupfer, Tim Vance, Payton Freeman, John Price, Gray Parton, Mason Zeigler, Chris Nash. Scratched: Kyle Bronson, Cody Cubbage.

Third consolation: Ricky Weiss, Gordy Gundaker, Ryan King, Brent Larson, Brian Shirley, Ryan Gustin, Steven Roberts, Stewart Friesen, Zack Mitchell, Boom Briggs, Austin Kirkpatrick, Taylor Puckett, Freddie Carpenter, Brian Ledbetter, Larry Grube. Scratched: Parker Price-Miller, Chuckie Lepsch.

Heat race results

(Eight laps; top three transfer)

First heat: Brandon Overton, Chris Madden, Josh Richards, Cla Knight, Carson Ferguson, Anthony Sanders, Ross Bailes, Trevor Gundaker, Brett Hamm, Mike Benedum, Ethan Wilson, Scott Bloomquist.

Second heat: Tim McCreadie, Mike Marlar, Hudson O’Neal, Chris Ferguson, Colton Flinner, Bryan Bernheisel, John Blankenship, Dean Bowen, Carson Hocevar, Greg Clark, Logan Zarin, Brandon O’Neil.

Third heat: Jimmy Owens, Michael Brown, Kyle Strickler, Ross Robinson, Garrett Smith, Parker Martin Jr., Jordan Koehler, Gray Payton, Tim Vance, Chris Nash, Mike Lupfer.

Fourth heat: Dale McDowell, Dennis Erb Jr., Tanner English, Tyler Erb, Mason Zeigler, John Price, Kenny Collins, Jonathan Davenport, Kyle Bronson, Payton Freeman.

Fifth heat: Trent Ivey, Max Blair, Dustin Mitchell, Gordy Gundaker, Ricky Weiss, Brian Shirley, Ryan Gustin, Parker Price-Miller, Stewart Friesen, Austin Kirkpatrick, Freddie Carpenter, Larry Grube.

Sixth heat: Shane Clanton, Dale Hollidge, Daulton Wilson, Ryan King, Brent Larson, Zack Mitchell, Steven Roberts, Taylor Puckett, Boom Briggs, Brian Ledbetter. Scratched: Chuckie Lepsch.

Pre-race notes

The expanded World Finals kicks off Wednesday with a World of Outlaws Late Model and Sprint Car doubleheader — and with significantly warmer conditions than usual. T-shirts and even shorts were prevalent throughout the afternoon as temperatures topped out near 70 degrees; the skies have become cloudier though and some very light rain has danced around the area, but hot laps started on time at 5 p.m. and precipitation doesn’t appear to be a major threat. … The 70-car Late Model field is up 22 entries from last year’s World Finals all-time low turnout of 48 cars, putting the event close to its pre-2021 average of 75.23 cars. … With his first career WoO points championship already clinched entering the weekend, Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill., has his trailer parked in the first stall entering the lower pit area. … Hudson O’Neal of Martinsville, Ind., is making his debut as the driver of the Rocket Chassis house car, which sports a slightly different look with a red roof topping its familiar blue body. … Sprint Car ace Parker Price-Miller of Kokomo, Ind., is set to make his first-ever Dirt Late Model start behind the wheel of his own Longhorn car. He shook down the machine Tuesday night at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, S.C. … NASCAR Truck Series and big-block modified standout Stewart Friesen, a native of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, now living in Sprakers, N.Y., has his Halmer Racing Longhorn car in the pits to run his first national touring series event since Georgia-Florida Speedweeks. … Trevor Gundaker of St. Charles, Mo., is entered in fellow Missourian Reid Millard's car, which carries the No. 50 as a throwback scheme honoring  recently deceased Midwest driver Ed Dixon. ... Lucas Oil Series announcer James Essex and former Eldora Speedway announcer and WoO Late Model Series director Bret Emrick are sharing announcing duties for the WoO Late Model program to honor their late colleague Rick Eshelman, the longtime voice of the WoO Late Model circuit who died one month ago. Emrick said this evening will mark the first time he’s ever worked in the announcer’s booth with Essex, but he expected to integrate flawlessly with Essex on the microphone. In fact, Emrick said he and Essex had already figured out how they would handle qualifying: “James will do the sponsor reads because he has the notecards (with driver info) and I’ll handle announcing the lap times.”

Time trials

Driver (car no.), hometown, time
Group A

  1. Brandon Overton (76), Evans, Ga., 14.462
  2. Hudson O’Neal (1), Martinsville, Ind., 14.500
  3. Kyle Strickler (8), Mooresville, N.C., 14.667
  4. Chris Madden (44), Gray Court, S.C., 14.694
  5. Tim McCreadie (39), Watertown, N.Y., 14.713
  6. Jimmy Owens (20), Newport, Tenn., 14.817
  7. Brett Hamm (18H), Newberry, S.C., 14.824
  8. Mike Marlar (157), Winfield, Tenn., 14.835
  9. Michael Brown (24-D), Pageland, S.C., 14.840
  10. Carson Ferguson (93), Lincolnton, N.C., 14.900
  11. Colton Flinner (48), Allison Park, Pa., 14.925
  12. Garrett Smith (10), Eatonton, Ga., 14.928
  13. Scott Bloomquist (0), Mooresburg, Tenn., 14.974
  14. Chris Ferguson (22), Mount Holly, N.C., 14.997
  15. Ross Robinson (7), Georgetown, Del., 15.040
  16. Cla Knight (42), North Augusta, S.C., 15.085
  17. Carson Hocevar (42H), Mooresville, N.C., 15.094
  18. Mike Lupfer (O6), Shermansdale, Pa., 15.097
  19. Josh Richards (1R), Shinnston, W.Va., 15.195
  20. John Blankenship (23), Williamson, W.Va., 15.197
  21. Jordan Koehler (114), Mount Airy, N.C., 15.225
  22. Mike Benedum (25), Salem, W.Va., 15.258
  23. Bryan Bernheisel (119), Jonestown, Pa., 15.315
  24. Parker Martin (6jr), Milledgeville, Ga., 15.332
  25. Anthony Sanders (421), Spartanburg, S.C., 15.350
  26. Dean Brown (15B), Fair Bluff, N.C., 15.369
  27. Gary Parton (18P), Rutherfordton, N.C., 15.430
  28. Ethan Wilson (5), Fayetteville, N.C., 15.448
  29. Logan Zarin (1Z), Moon Twp., Pa., 15.584
  30. Tim Vance (17T), Clover, S.C., 15.616
  31. Trevor Gundaker (50G), St. Charles, Mo., 15.619
  32. Greg Clark (39C), Stanley, N.C., 15.628
  33. Chris Nash (354), Vicksburg, Mich., 16.067
  34. Brandon O’Neil (65), Mooresville, N.C., 17.449
  35. Ross Bailes (79), Clover, S.C., no time

Group B

  1. Dale McDowell (17m), Chickamauga, Ga., 14.712
  2. Trent Ivey (88), Union, S.C., 14.850
  3. Dale Hollidge (15), Mechanicsville, Md., 14.903
  4. Dennis Erb Jr. (28), Carpentersville, Ill., 14.922
  5. Parker Price-Miller (9P), Kokomo, Ind., 14.924
  6. Shane Clanton (25), Zebulon, Ga., 14.947
  7. John Price (4P), Mill Spring, N.C., 14.971
  8. Dustin Mitchell (32), Pine Level, N.C., 14.996
  9. Daulton Wilson (18D), Fayetteville, N.C., 15.000
  10. Tanner English (81E), Benton, Ky., 15.000
  11. Gordy Gundaker (11), St. Charles, Mo., 15.013
  12. Ryan King (30), Seymour, Tenn., 15.024
  13. Tyler Erb (1), New Waverly, Texas, 15.040
  14. Max Blair (111v), Centerville, Pa., 15.069
  15. Brent Larson (B1), Lake Elmo, Minn., 15.077
  16. Mason Zeigler (9Z), Chalk Hill, Pa., 15.089
  17. Austin Kirkpatrick (11), Harrisburg, N.C., 15.102
  18. Payton Freeman (22*), Commerce, Ga., 15.119
  19. Zack Mitchell (2H), Enoree, S.C., 15.119
  20. Ricky Weiss (7W), Headingley, Manitoba, 15.130
  21. Taylor Puckett (28P), Greer, S.C., 15.135
  22. Kenny Collins (1c), Colbert, Ga., 15.185
  23. Ryan Gustin (19r), Marshalltown, Iowa, 15.207
  24. Boom Briggs (99B), Bear Lake, Pa., 15.211
  25. Jonathan Davenport (49), Blairsville, Ga., 15.244
  26. Freddie Carpenter (K), Parkersburg, W.Va., 15.286
  27. Kyle Bronson (40B), Brandon, Fla., 15.374
  28. Steven Roberts (111), Sylvester, Ga., 15.386
  29. Brian Shirley (3s), Chatham, Ill., 15.485
  30. Brian Ledbetter (07), Dallas, N.C., 15.729
  31. Jason Miller (94), Berryville, Va., 15.976
  32. Larry Grube (29), Cresco, Iowa, 16.103
  33. Stewart Friesen (44), Sprakers, N.Y., disqualified
  34. Chuckie Lepsch (1L), Johnstown, Pa., no time
  35. Cody Cubbage (12), Waynesboro, Va., no time

Wednesday’s schedule

(All times local)

- Late Model hot laps
- Late Model time trials (2 laps)
- Sprint car hot laps
- Sprint car time trials
Opening ceremonies
- Late Model heats (8 laps)
- Sprint car heats (8 laps)
- Late Model consolations (10 laps)
- Sprint car C-main (10 laps)
- Sprint car dash (6 laps)
- Sprint car B-main (12 laps)
- Late Model feature (40 laps)
- Sprint car feature (30 laps)

Feature lineup

Row 1: Overton, Clanton
Row 2: Ivey, McDowell
Row 3: Owens, McCreadie
Row 4: Madden, Erb Jr.
Row 5: Marlar, Mitchell
Row 6: Brown, Hollidge
Row 7: Richards, English
Row 8: O’Neal, G. Gundaker
Row 9: Strickler, Wilson
Row 10: Knight, Erb
Row 11: Weiss, Ca. Ferguson
Row 12: Robinson G. Gundaker
Row 13: Gustin, Larson
Row 14: Briggs

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