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Fast Facts: Cedar Lake's 32nd USA Nationals

July 30, 2019, 8:38 am
By Robert Holman
DirtonDirt.com weekend editor

Dates: Aug. 1-3 (one $6,000-to-win program on Thursday followed by Saturday’s $50,000-to-win finale)

Track: Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis. (3/8-mile high-banked clay oval).

Sanction: World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series

Purse: $50,000-to-win, $3,000-to-start ($6,000-to-win on Thursday)

Tickets: Adult general admission is $30 Thursday, $30 Friday and $40 Saturday; see below for discounts for children and more information.

On the web: cedarlakespeedway.com and woolms.com

Track phone: (612) 363-0479 or (866) 425-7386

Last year’s winner: Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., who claimed his first career USA Nationals victory.

Video: Pay-per-view video at dirtondirt.com; DirtonDirt.com's broadcasts feature every lap of World of Outlaws Morton Building Late Model Series action — including Thursday's $6,000-to-win tuneup program, Friday's preliminary action and Saturday's 100-lap, $50,000-to-win finale — and support division competition for the NASCAR Late Models.

Notes: The 2019 USA Nationals marks the 32nd running of the crown-jewel event that began in 1988. The event is sanctioned by the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series. … The two-day format features double heat races and a dash on Friday that will be used to set the top 16 drivers for Saturday’s 100-lap finale. Saturday’s action includes consolation races to set the remainder of the starting grid. The top two finishers in each heat race will qualify for the dash. The dash finish determines how they will start the 100-lapper. … The purse for the 28 feature starters was increased by $15,950 this year, which includes raising the start money to $3,000 up from $2,000. ... A complete program for NASCAR-sanctioned Limited Late Models is scheduled both Friday and Saturday. … The weekend kicks off Thursday with a complete program paying $6,000 to win for WoO Late Models, along with a full program for USRA Limited Late Models. … Seventeen drivers have won the race, eight more than once; Hall of Famers Scott Bloomquist and Billy Moyer top the list with five wins apiece. … Bloomquist last won in 2010, while Moyer’s five victories came among the first six editions of the event. … Moyer has 27 feature appearances, including the first 15. … Along with his five wins, Moyer has four runner-up finishes. … The last 10 USA Nationals have produced nine winners, including seven winners in the last seven years. … Two-time winner Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, Wis., is the only home-state winner. Mars has 20 feature appearances, with 10 top-five finishes. His victories came in ’96 and ’09. … Brandon Sheppard’s victory last season was the first by an Illinois native and came in his sixth USA Nationals start. … Three of the previous 17 USA Nationals winners traveled more than 1,000 miles one-way to get to the New Richmond, Wis., oval. Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., traversed 1,131 miles, followed by Rick Eckert (1,066 miles) of York Pa., and Jonathan Davenport (1,046) of Blairsville, Ga.

(Complete USA Nationals coverage)

USA Nationals winners

Year: Winner, hometown
1988: Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark.
1989: Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark.
1990: Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark.
1991: Rick Aukland, Fargo, N.D.
1992: Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark.
1993: Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark.
1994: Jack Boggs, Grayson, Ky.
1995: Jack Boggs, Grayson, Ky.
1996: Jimmy Mars, Elk Mound, Wis.
1997: Rick Aukland, Fargo, N.D.
1998: Donnie Moran, Dresden, Ohio
1999: Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, Tenn.
2000: Davey Johnson, Greensburg, Pa.
2001: Dale McDowell, Rossville, Ga.
2002: Rick Eckert, York, Pa.
2003: Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, Tenn.
2004: Brian Birkhofer, Muscatine, Iowa
2005: Dale McDowell, Rossville, Ga.
2006: Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, Tenn.
2007: Brian Birkhofer, Muscatine, Iowa
2008: Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, Tenn.
2009: Jimmy Mars, Menomonie, Wis.
2010: Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, Tenn.
2011: Josh Richards, Shinnston, W.Va.
2012: Darrell Lanigan, Union, Ky.
2013: Tim McCreadie, Watertown, N.Y.
2014: Jimmy Owens, Newport, Tenn.
2015: Jonathan Davenport, Blairsville, Ga.
2016: Josh Richards, Shinnston, W.Va.
2017: Don O’Neal, Martinsville, Ind.
2018: Brandon Sheppard, New Berlin, Ill.
(Complete race history)

Weekend purses

Thursday feature
1. $6,000
2. $3,000
3. $2,000
4. $1,750
5. $1,500
6. $1,400
7. $1,300
8. $1,200
9. $1,100
10. $1,000
11. $900
12. $850
13. $800
14. $775
15. $750
16. $700
17. $660
18. $640
19. $620
20-26. $600

Saturday feature
1. $50,000
2. $20,000
3. $10,000
4. $6,000
5. $5,000
6. $4,800
7. $4,600
8. $4,400
9. $4,200
10. $4,000
11. $3,800
12. $3,600
13. $3,400
14. $3,350
15. $3,300
16. $3,250
17. $3,200
18. $3,150
19. $3,100
20. $3,075
21. $3,050
22. $3,025
23. $3,010
24-28. $3,000

Event schedule

Thursday
2 p.m. - Pit gates open
5 p.m. - Grandstand gates open
6:30 p.m. - Hot laps
7 p.m. - Competition begins
- Late Model time trails
- Late Model heats
- Late Model consolations
- Late Model feature
- Complete show for USRA Limited Late Models
- After-party in the Cedar Lake Arena

Friday
8:30 a.m. - Breakfast in east and west restaurants
11 a.m. and noon - Tubing down the Apple River
1 p.m. - Trout fishing
2 p.m. - Pit gates open
5 p.m. - Grandstand gates open
6:30 p.m. - Hot laps
7 p.m. - Competition begins
- Late Model heats
- Late Model dash
- Late Model FansFund Dash
- Complete show for NASCAR Late Models
- After-party in the Cedar Lake Arena

Saturday
8:30 a.m. - Breakfast in east and west restaurants
11 a.m. and noon - Tubing down the Apple River
12:30 p.m. - FansFund Luncheon
2 p.m. - Pit gates open
3 p.m. - Lawn mower racing in arena
4:30 p.m. - Driver autograph/meet and greet
5 p.m. - Grandstand gates open
6:30 p.m. - Hot laps
7 p.m. - Competition begins
- Late Model consolations
- USA Nationals
- Complete program for NASCAR Late Models

Tickets

Thursday
Adults (17-and-up): $30
Students (6-16): $15 (children 5-and-under free)
Advance three-day pass: $90 adults/$45 students
Pit pass: $35

Friday
Adults (17-and-up): $30
Students (6-16): $15 (children 5-and-under free)
Advance two-day pass: $65 adults/$32 students
Advance three-day pass: $90 adults/$45 students
Pit pass: $40

Saturday
Adults (17-and-up): $40
Students (6-16): $20 (children 5-and-under free)
Advance two-day pass: $65 adults/$32 students
Advance three-day pass: $90 adults/$45 students
Pit pass: $45
(Advanced tickets available online or by calling (612) 363-0479 and must be purchased at least two days before event)

Camping
Call (612) 363-0479

 
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