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Francis Overpowers Eckert For Checkered Flag On Opening Night Of UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Late Model Action


By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director/DIRTcar Racing P.R.

BARBERVILLE, FL – Feb. 20, 2012 – Steve Francis of Ashland, Ky., began the Late Model portion of the 41st UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment with a vintage performance, overpowering longtime rival Rick Eckert of York, Pa., with a late-race pass to capture Monday night's 30-lap DIRTcar UMP-sanctioned feature at Volusia Speedway Park.

The 44-year-old standout snapped a three-year victory drought at the half-mile oval – and continued his rebound from a rare winless 2011 season – in impressive fashion. He advanced from the seventh starting spot to grab the lead from Eckert on lap 25 with a do-or-die charge around the outside of the D-shaped track.
Read more: UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Opener
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World of Outlaws Late Model Series Heads To Florida For Historic Tripleheader At Bubba Raceway Park


Inaugural 'Bubba Army Late Model Winter Nationals' Stretches From Feb. 16-18

By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director

OCALA, FL – Feb. 13, 2012 – The World of Outlaws Late Model Series has stopped at Bubba Raceway Park before – once in each of the last two years, in fact.

But that doesn't mean the stars of the nation's premier dirt Late Model tour will be totally familiar with the central Florida facility when they invade Feb. 16-18 for the inaugural Bubba Army Late Model Winter Nationals.
Read more: Bubba Army Winter Nationals
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Richards Edges McCreadie For Top Spot In Fifth Annual World of Outlaws Late Model Series Pre-Season Media Poll


By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director

CONCORD, NC – Feb. 8, 2012 – The verdict is in: if Josh Richards focuses on the 2012 World of Outlaws Late Model Series, he's the favorite to win the national tour's $100,000 championship.

That's the caveat to the fifth annual WoO LMS Pre-Season Media Poll, which was topped by the sensational young talent from Shinnston, W.Va., for the fourth consecutive year.
Read more: • WoO LMS Pre-Season Media Poll
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Clanton Hopes Hard Works Pays Off With Home-State Victory In 'Winter Freeze' At Screven Motor Speedway


Georgia Track Hosts $20,000-To-Win World of Outlaws Late Model Series Season Opener This Weekend (Feb. 10-11)

By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director

SYLVANIA, GA – Feb. 7, 2012 – If Shane Clanton manages to kick off the 2012 World of Outlaws Late Model Series campaign with a rousing home-state victory this Saturday night (Feb. 11) in the 'Winter Freeze' at Screven Motor Speedway, he will have earned every cent of the race's $20,000 first-place prize.

Success at Screven would culminate a grueling three-week stretch for Clanton, whose off-season move to a new team – and preparation for the start of the WoO LMS schedule – was made even more challenging by a disastrous mid-January racing trip to Arizona.
Read more: 'Winter Freeze' At Screven
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North Alabama Speedway Books World of Outlaws Late Model Series Date On Fri., April 27


By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director

CONCORD, NC – Feb. 6, 2012 – The World of Outlaws Late Model Series will end a five-year absence from the racing calendar at North Alabama Speedway on Fri., April 27, series and track officials have announced.

The addition of the $10,000-to-win, 50-lap event at the one-third-mile oval near Tuscumbia, Ala., sets up a springtime southern doubleheader for the WoO LMS. The national tour will visit the high-banked Tazewell (Tenn.) Speedway on Sat., April 28.
Read more: WoO LMS Sked Grows
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Record Number Of Drivers Approved As Contenders For 2012 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Rookie of the Year


Upstart National Tour Travelers Set To Begin '12 Season On Feb. 10-11 At Georgia's Screven Motor Speedway

By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director

CONCORD, NC – Feb. 4, 2012 – A record number of drivers have been approved as contenders for the 2012 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Rookie of the Year award.

Eight competitors will carry rookie status when the national tour kicks off its 2012 schedule on Feb. 10-11 with the $20,000-to-win 'Winter Freeze' at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga., setting up an unprecedented battle for the prestigious first-year traveler honor.
Read more: 2012 WoO LMS Rookie Class
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Eckert Seeks To Regain Winning Form At Volusia Speedway Park In UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment Feb. 20-25


Defending World of Outlaws Late Model Series Champ Hasn't Reached Victory Lane At Florida Track Since 2006

By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director

BARBERVILLE, FL – Jan. 27, 2012 – Rick Eckert seemed to get his groove back at the end of last year's UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment and rode the momentum to his first-ever World of Outlaws Late Model Series title.

This year the veteran star from York, Pa., hopes to step up his performance even more and return to his old winning ways at Volusia Speedway Park, which hosts six consecutive nights of DIRTcar Late Model racing from Feb. 20-25 as part of the 41st UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit. Four DIRTcar UMP-sanctioned events (Feb. 20, 21, 22 and 24) and two WoO LMS programs (Feb. 23 and 25) comprise the full-fender portion of the annual short-track spectacular in the Sunshine State.
Read more: Eckert Looks To Regain Winning Form At Volusia
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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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Down & Dirty: Michigan's Berlin Raceway Covering Pavement With Clay For World of Outlaws Late Model Series Weekend On Sept. 21-22


Huge 100-lap, $20,000-To-Win Event Will Return Showplace Oval To Its Dirt-Track Roots

By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director

MARNE, MI – Jan. 20, 2012 – Berlin Raceway is going to get down and dirty in 2012.

Harkening back to the famed facility's beginnings as a dirt track six decades ago, the new management team of the Michigan speedway has announced plans to cover the 7/16th-mile oval's asphalt surface with a layer of clay for a spectacular season-ending program featuring the renowned World of Outlaws Late Model Series.
Read more: • MI's Berlin Raceway Covering Pavement With Dirt For WoO LMS 100

 

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