CONCORD, N.C. (May 24, 2003) - A capacity crowd of more than 14,000 was on hand Saturday night as Saybrook, Ill., racer Blake Feese recorded his first O'Reilly World of Outlaws sprint car feature victory in the Charlotte Outlaw Showdown at The...
CONCORD, N.C. (May 24, 2003) - A capacity crowd of more than 14,000 was on hand Saturday night as Saybrook, Ill., racer Blake Feese recorded his first O'Reilly World of Outlaws sprint car feature victory in the Charlotte Outlaw Showdown at The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Feese started from the pole in the 24-car feature field and was never seriously challenged as rain forced officials to stop the feature three laps short of the scheduled 25-lap distance. He claimed $10,000 for his evening's work.
"I can't tell you how excited I am to have won my first World of Outlaws race at The Dirt Track. Running with the Outlaws is so exciting, and I'm so excited to get my first win with this series, "Feese said. "The Outlaws have nearly 30 years behind them, and that says a lot. This is a great series."
The front wing on Feese's car collapsed during the closing laps and Jason Meyers was closing the gap when the race ended. Meyers, subbing for the injured Craig Dollansky, settled for the $5,500 runner-up check.
"It's great to run so well here at The Dirt Track. I'm extremely pleased to have run so well in only our second time out with this car," Meyers said. "Craig (Dollansky) called us right before the feature, and we were able to tell him we were good for the feature. I can't wait to call him and tell him how well we ran. It's too bad it started to rain, I think we could have caught Blake."
Jason Sides finished third with Danny Lasoski, driving a car owned by NASCAR Winston Cup champion Tony Stewart, fourth. Joey Saldana completed the top five.
The feature was slowed by five caution flags for minor incidents and the field was under the yellow flag for Adam Clarke's blown tire when rain began to fall.
The eight-lap heat races were won by Johnny Herrera, Tyler Walker and Sammy Swindell while veteran Mark Kinser topped the 12-lap B main to earn a starting spot in the finale.
Paul Rolo's night ended early when he flipped during hot laps. The Canadian driver was not injured. Ryan Zeck was the class of the field in the 12-lap feature for the 600 Racing Thunder Roadsters. Zeck, an engineer for Robert Yates Racing, beat Tom Van Wingerden and David Ragan to the checkered flag.
The Charlotte Outlaw Showdown was originally scheduled as a two-night event, but heavy rain forced officials to condense the event into a one-night program.
The Dirt Track will return to action Thursday night, July 3, with the inaugural Night of Fireworks. The program will include four-cylinder stock cars, IMCA modifieds, a demolition derby and a gigantic fireworks display. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-455-FANS.