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Portsmouth Raceway Park

Fast Facts: Rhino Ag Dirt Track World Championship

October 17, 2018, 9:48 am
By Robert Holman
DirtonDirt.com weekend editor

38th annual Rhino Ag Dirt Track World Championship

(Complete DTWC coverage)

Dates: Oct. 18-20 (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: $100,000-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: Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va.

Tickets: $60 for three-day general admission ($40 for ages 12-17 and $25 for ages 7-11); $70 for three-day pit pass (cash only). All pre-sale tickets must be picked up at the will-call window at the general admission gate. For more information, call (740) 858-6661 or email portsraceway@hotmail.com.

Websites: lucasdirt.com or portsraceway.com

Track phone: (740) 354-3278

Primary race sponsors: Rhino Ag and Optima Batteries

Pay-per-view: Via subscription at Lucas Oil Racing TV

Notes: The Rhino Ag Dirt Track World Championship is the season finale for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. … For the fourth year in a row, the Carl Short-promoted race pays a race-record $100,000, matching the season-high first-place purse for Eldora Speedway’s Dream. … Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., has clinched the Lucas Oil Series championship. … Jason Jameson of Lawrenceburg, Ind., and Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., won Lucas Oil Series races at PRP earlier this year. … Scott Bloomquist set a track record of 13.840 seconds (114 mph) in September. … Double sets of heat races Friday will use passing points to set up the feature lineup. … The top-26 drivers who fail to transfer into the DTWC (via preliminary events) will be eligible to start the $3,000-to-win the non-qualifiers race. The winner of the non-qualifiers race has the choice of keeping their $3,000 winnings, or forfeiting their earnings to start last in the main event. … The non-qualifiers’ race is known as 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. … Eddie Carrier Jr. (track champion) of Salt Rock, W.Va., and Brandon Fouts (2018 Gator 50 winner) of Kite, Ky., both have guaranteed starting spots. … The DTWC has had 25 different winners. … Portsmouth is the seventh track to host the DTWC; this marks the race’s seventh straight year at PRP. … There have been four winners in the six DTWC events held at Portsmouth. … Brandon Sheppard and Scott Bloomquist have two victories each, Josh Richards and Jimmy Owens have one apiece. … Sheppard is the race’s youngest winner at 20 in 2013. … 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. ... Though 21 of the 37 DTWCs were held in West Virginia (18 at Pennsboro and three at West Virginia Motor Speedway), Richards is the first West Virginia native to win the race. … The track seats 4,000 spectators with 300 more seats in the pits. … The modified feature pays $4,000-to-win. … A complete program for legends cars is on Friday’s card.

DTWC winners

(Complete race history)

Year: Winner, hometown
2017: Josh Richards, Shinnston, W.Va.
2016: Brandon Sheppard, New Berlin, Ill.
2015: Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, Tenn.
2014: Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, Tenn.
2013: Brandon Sheppard, New Berlin, Ill.
2012: Jimmy Owens, Newport, Tenn.
2011: Don O'Neal, Martinsville, Ind.
2010: Earl Pearson Jr., Jacksonville, Fla.
2009: Jimmy Mars, Menomonie, Wis.
2008: Brian Birkhofer, Muscatine, Iowa
2007: Chub Frank, Bear Lake, Pa.
2006: Shannon Babb, Moweaqua, Ill.
2005: Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, Tenn.
2004: Rick Eckert, York, Pa.
2003: Darrell Lanigan, Union, Ky.
2002: Shannon Babb, Moweaqua, Ill.
2001: Bart Hartman, Zanesville, Ohio
2000: Wendell Wallace, Batesville, Ark.
1999: Steve Francis, Ashland, Ky.
1998: Freddy Smith, Knoxville, Tenn.
1997: Marshall Green, Dalton, Ga.
1996: Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark.
1995: Jack Boggs, Grayson, Ky.
1994: Ronnie Johnson, Chattanooga, Tenn.
1993: Freddy Smith, Baton Rouge, La.
1992: Ronnie Johnson, Chattanooga, Tenn.
1991: Freddy Smith, Kings Mountain, N.C.
1990: Jack Boggs, Grayson, Ky.
1989: John Mason, Millersburg, Ohio
1988: Donnie Moran, Frazeysburg, Ohio
1987: Larry Moore, Dayton, Ohio
1986: Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark.
1985: Freddy Smith, Kings Mountain, N.C.
1984: Jack Boggs, Webbville, Ky.
1983: Freddy Smith, Kings Mountain, N.C.
1982: Charlie Swartz, Ashland, Ky.

1981: Jim Dunn, Roseville, Ohio

DTWC purse

Feature event
1. $100,000
2. $20,000
3. $10,000
4. $7,000
5. $5,000
6. $3,500
7. $3,200
8. $3,000
9. $2,800
10. $2,500
11. $2,450
12. $2,400
13. $2,350
14. $2,300
15. $2,250
16. $2,200
17. $2,150
18. $2,100
19. $2,075
20. $2,060
21. $2,050
22. $2,040
23. $2,030
24. $2,020
25. $2,010
26. $2,000
Non-qualifiers’ race
1. $3,000
2. $1,500
3. $1,250
4. $1,000
5. $900
6. $800
7. $750
8. $700
9. $650
10. $600
11. $500
12. $400
13. $350
14. $300
15. $250

16.-26. $200

Event schedule

(Subject to change)
Thursday, Oct. 18
9 a.m.: Camping registration open
11 a.m.: Ticket will-call open
1 p.m.: Grandstand secured
2 p.m.: All gates open
5:30 p.m.: Drivers’ meeting
6 p.m.: Modified hot laps
6:45 p.m.: Modified time trials
8 p.m.: Modified heat races
9:45 p.m.: Modified consolations
10:30 p.m.: Modified non-qualifiers’ race
Friday, Oct. 19
9 a.m.: Camping registration open
11 a.m.: Ticket will-call open
1 p.m.: Grandstand secured
2 p.m.: All gates open
5:30 p.m.: Drivers’ meeting
6 p.m.: Hot laps
- Late Models
- Legends
7 p.m.: Heats
- Late Models first round
- Legends
9 p.m.: Second round of Late Model heats
10 p.m.: Legends feature
Saturday, Oct. 20
9 a.m.: Camping registration open
11 a.m.: Ticket will-call open
1 p.m.: Grandstand secured
2 p.m.: All gates open
3:30-4:30 p.m.: Dirt Racing Outreach service
4:30-5:15 p.m.: Autograph session (behind main grandstand)
5:30 p.m.: Drivers’ meeting
6 p.m.: Hot laps
- Late Models
- Modifieds
7 p.m.: Late Model consolation races
7:45: Hot laps
- Late Models (heat race transfer cars)
8:15 p.m.: Modified feature
9 p.m: Jim Dunn Memorial non-qualifiers’ race presented by DirtonDirt.com
10 p.m.: 38th annual Rhino Ag Dirt Track World Championship presented by Optima Batteries
 
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