World of Outlaws News & Notes A busy month of March wrapped up for the World of Outlaws on Saturday night at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock Georgia. It was the series first visit to the track since 1999. Also, during the month, the best sprint car...
World of Outlaws News & Notes
A busy month of March wrapped up for the World of Outlaws on Saturday night at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock Georgia. It was the series first visit to the track since 1999. Also, during the month, the best sprint car drivers in the world visited Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tennessee for the first time, as well as returning to Houston Raceway Park in Texas and Pike County Speedway in Mississippi after a one year hiatus. The month began in the Arizona desert at the state-of-the-art USA Race Park and the storied Manzanita Speedway.
Racing Their Way In: Three World of Outlaws drivers have transferred from their heat race into the A-Feature, at each of the first 11 races of the season. On this list are: Craig Dollansky, Terry McCarl, and Jason Solwold, who are fourth, fifth, and 13th in points respectively.
Return Visit: Brian Carlson of Linden, Indiana was one of several drivers that had competed at Dixie Speedway in the past. He used that experience to turn the ninth-fastest lap in time trials on Saturday night, with a very solid 33 car field on-hand. He finished second in the first heat, to earn a spot in the dash. In the dash he came home a very solid eighth to earn that same starting spot in the A-Feature. He was running in the Top-15 in the main event before contact.
"That is probably what we should have been doing all year, but we have been struggling," said Carlson, of his qualifying effort and heat race finish. "Tonight it all came together. We saw the place a few times and that might have helped us. The last time we were here was in 1996 with the All Stars, and the track really had not changed all that much. It's a typical down south track that is red, hard, and dry. You don't need big horsepower, you just need to roll through the corners."
A Helping Hand: Terry McCarl had experienced World of Outlaws car owner and crew chief, Mike Woodring helping turn the wrenches at Dixie Speedway. The native of Altoona, Iowa finished seventh to earn his seventh Top-10 finish of the season. He is currently fifth in championship points, only 147 markers out of the lead, as the series heads to the Midwest this weekend.
A Helping Hand II: After three-time World of Outlaws Champion Sammy Swindell made heavy contact with the turn two wall in time trials, it appeared his night may be over. Chipping in to help repair his car were drivers Daryn Pittman and Jason Sides, as well as members from several crews in the pit area. The car was repaired in time for Swindell to tag the back of the B-Main, where he finished just two spots short of transferring.
A New Face: Jeremy Campbell recently welcomed a new member to his crew. Jeff VanDusen, who finished second in points with the Empire Super Sprint (ESS) Series last season, has joined crew chief Kevin Loveys to help turn the wrenches.
An Early Birthday Gift: Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contender, Chad Hillier celebrated a birthday on Saturday at Dixie Speedway. In his first visit to the high-banked 3/8-mile track, he started from the pole in the fourth heat. He finished third in the heat to earn a spot in the A-Feature.
"When we did the pill draw tonight, I didn't think I was getting much of a present," he said, after drawing a 31 with 33 cars present, meaning he was one of the last cars to take to the track. "Fortunately we qualified 16th and that was a good starting spot for the heat race."
Sure and Steady: Jason Meyers has a very consistent night at Dixie Speedway. He turned in the sixth-fastest lap in time trials. He followed that up with a second-place run in the second heat to earn a spot in the dash, where he finished fifth. In the A-Feature, he earned his fourth Top-10 of the season.
Pounding the Pavement: Tony Bruce Jr. logged plenty of miles on the Interstate leading into the event at Dixie Speedway. After competing at Volunteer Speedway on March 24 with the World of Outlaws, the native of Liberal, Kansas headed to north to Lincoln Speedway in Pennsylvania for a Sunday afternoon event on March 25. The team planned to also compete in a Sunday evening show at Williams Grove, but had to alter that, after bad luck befell them at Lincoln. They packed back up and headed back south for the World of Outlaws event at Dixie Speedway on Saturday night, where Bruce won the B-Main to earn a spot in the A-Feature. He began the night by turning the seventh fastest lap in time trials in his first visit to the high-banked 3/8-mile.
Fan in the Stands: Clint Smith, who currently leads the standings in the 360 OTC World of Outlaws Late Model Series, was on hand on Saturday night at Dixie Speedway. Smith, hails from nearby Senoia, Georgia. The veteran driver's next event with the OTC World of Outlaws Late Model Series will be on April 13 at New Egypt Speedway in New Jersey, a track the World of Outlaws will visit on May 20.