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World of Outlaws Late Model Series Announcer Rick Eshelman Receives Prestigious Award From Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club


By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director

CONCORD, NC – Jan. 25, 2012 – World of Outlaws Late Model Series announcer Rick Eshelman got his start in the motorsports business while living in Michigan. Last Saturday night he returned to his native home to accept a high honor from the Wolverine State's short-track racing community.

Eshelman, 50, made a 14-hour trip north from his residence in Phenix City, Ala., to attend the 46th annual Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club Awards Banquet in Warren, Mich., where he received the organization's prestigious Tom Carnegie Announcer of the Year Award. The award is named in memory of the legendary late announcer of the Indianapolis 500.
Read more: Eshelman Honored In Michigan
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The Champ: Eckert Reflects On 2011 Title, Looks Ahead To Defense Of Crown In '12

Reigning World of Outlaws Late Model Series champion Rick Eckert of York, Pa., met fans on Saturday and Sunday during the VP Racing Fuels Motorsports 2012 show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa. Standing in front of his Team Zero by Bloomquist No. 24 that was on display in the DIRTcar Racing booth, Eckert took a moment to discuss the aftermath of his 2011 points title and begin contemplating his drive for a repeat in '12.

Click the 'Play' button on the video above to check out Eckert's comments from the Motorsports 2012 show
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Teenager Brandon Sheppard Ready To Make Some Late Model Noise In UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment


Rising Young Star A Driver To Watch Feb. 20-25 At Florida's Volusia Speedway Park

By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director

BARBERVILLE, FL – Jan. 18, 2012 – Brandon Sheppard fondly recalls the final night of last year's UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment at Volusia Speedway Park – after all, he led a star-studded World of Outlaws Late Model Series A-Main field to the green flag from the pole position as a fresh-faced 18-year-old.

Perhaps the end result that evening wasn't what Sheppard had hoped for (he fell back immediately and finished two laps down in 21st place), but winning a heat race and starting from the front row in a World of Outlaws event certainly represented a breakthrough outing for the third-generation racer from New Berlin, Ill.
Read more: Sheppard Eyes Volusia
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Award-Winning Promoter Redd Griffin Focused On Huge 'Winter Freeze' Weekend Feb. 10-11 At Screven Motor Speedway


Georgia Track Set To Open 2012 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Schedule With $20,000-To-Win Blockbuster

By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director

SYLVANIA, GA – Jan. 16, 2012 – James 'Redd' Griffin has received plenty of congratulatory handshakes and phone calls since being named the 2011 Racing Promotion Monthly Southeastern Region Auto Racing Promoter of the Year, but the modest Georgian certainly hasn't paused to celebrate his honor.

For Griffin, there just isn't any time right now for introspection. He's less than one month away from the richest event he's ever presented at his Screven Motor Speedway: the 'Winter Freeze' on Feb. 10-11, a blockbuster weekend that he hopes will prove he's a worthy recipient of the coveted promotional award.
Read more: • 'Winter Freeze' At Screven
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World of Outlaws Late Model Series Adds June Dates At Canada's Autodrome Granby & Cornwall, New York's Canandaigua


Trio Of Northeast Events Will Lead Tour To Sixth Annual Firecracker 100 Weekend At Lernerville Speedway

By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director

CONCORD, NC – Jan. 4, 2012 – The World of Outlaws Late Model Series will blast into summer with consecutive June dates at Canada's Autodrome Granby and Cornwall Motor Speedway and New York's Canandaigua Motorsports Park, tour officials announced on Wednesday.

Adding more excitement to the renowned national tour's previously-released 2012 schedule, the full-fender World of Outlaws stars will end a one-year absence from the Canadian dirt-track scene with a weekend doubleheader at Autodrome Granby in Granby, Que., on Fri., June 22, and Cornwall (Ont.) Motor Speedway on Sun., June 24. The swing will then conclude on Tues., June 26, at Canandaigua, a longtime DIRTcar-sanctioned facility.
Read more: Summer Starts In Canada & New York
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Eckert Named 2011 Eastern Motorsport Press Association Richie Evans Memorial Northeast Driver of the Year


World of Outlaws Late Model Series Champion Adds Another Accolade To Memorable Season

By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director

CONCORD, NC – Dec. 27, 2011 – Rick Eckert's memorable World of Outlaws Late Model Series championship season has earned a resounding stamp of approval from the media.

The veteran star from York, Pa., has been named the winner of the 2011 Eastern Motorsport Press Association Richie Evans Memorial Northeast Driver of the Year Award, a prestigious honor voted upon by the organization's membership.
Read more: Media Recognizes Eckert
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McCreadie Focused On Reclaiming World of Outlaws Late Model Series Championship In 2012


New York Star Announces Partnership With Warrior Chassis For National Tour's Upcoming Season

By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director

CONCORD, NC – Dec. 16, 2011 – Tim McCreadie has already set his goal for the 2012 season.

"We're focusing on the World of Outlaws (Late Model Series) championship," said McCreadie, who won the national tour's lucrative points title in 2006. "It's not gonna be like the last couple years where we went to the races at the beginning of the season and then decided we were gonna do the whole series. We have a plan this year."
Read more: • T-Mac Reveals 2012 Program
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Eckert Collects $100,000 For First-Ever World of Outlaws Late Model Series Title At Sunday's Awards Banquet


By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director

CONCORD, NC – Nov. 6, 2010 – Twenty-four hours after clinching the 2011 World of Outlaws Late Model Series championship, Rick Eckert's head finally came out of the clouds.

On Sunday Eckert received his $100,000 check for winning the title during the national tour's annual 'Night of Champions' Awards Banquet at the Great Wolf Lodge, capping an emotional whirlwind that put the York, Pa., driver on top of the dirt Late Model world.
Read more: 2011 WoO LMS Awards Banquet
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Richards Ready For Another Championship Battle With A Mentor At Lowes Foods World of Outlaws World Finals Nov. 3-5


This Year Rick Eckert Stands Between Richards And A Third Straight World of Outlaws Late Model Series Title At The Dirt Track At Charlotte

By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director

CONCORD, NC – Oct. 21, 2011 – Josh Richards has already outdueled two of his racing mentors for World of Outlaws Late Model Series championships. Can he down another to grab an unprecedented third title in a row?

The 23-year-old sensation from Shinnston, W.Va., will get his chance Nov. 3-5 during the fifth annual Lowes Foods World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Tom's Snacks, Coca-Cola and Nature's Own, which closes the national full-fender tour's 2011 campaign with a pair of 50-lap, $10,000-to-win A-Mains at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.
Read more: Eyeing Title No. 3
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World of Outlaws Late Model Series News & Notes: Eckert/Richards Championship Battle Heads To Charlotte On Wednesday Night (Oct. 12)


By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director

CONCORD, NC – Oct. 11, 2011 –

HEADED TO CAROLINA: The path to the 2011 World of Outlaws Late Model Series championship now runs through The Dirt Track at Charlotte – and the two combatants for the $100,000 crown are ready to hit the immaculate four-tenths-mile oval at full strength.

Rick Eckert of York, Pa., leads the WoO LMS standings by just 22 points over Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., entering the World of Outlaws Showdown on Wednesday night (Oct. 12) at The Dirt Track, which is set to host three of the tour's last four events this season.
Read more: Moving On To Charlotte

 

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