InsideDirtRacing.com will be providing live updates from the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series event at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, SC on Friday evening, May 3, 2019. The updates will be provided by Richard Allen(@RichardAllenIDR on Twitter and @RichardAllenIDR on Instagram).
These updates are brought to you by Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tenn. The next event coming to SMS will be the “Harley Hooligans” event presented by Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson on May 3-4, 2019.
Classes in action: World of Outlaws Late Model Series for $10,000-to-win(50 laps). There will be racing in the track’s regular classes.
*Please Note: These updates will focus solely on the WoO Late Models race.
The drivers meeting is slated for 7:00pm with hot laps to follow soon afterward.
Weather is expected to be warm with widely scattered showers.
Brandon Sheppard leads the World of Outlaws Late Model Series standings over Darrell Lanigan, Chris Madden, Chase Junghans and Shane Clanton.
Brandon Sheppard has won six of the ten WoO Late Model features held so far this season.
With the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series races at Tazewell and Florence postponed, several of those competitors have indicated they will be in this race.
8:00- Hot laps are complete.
Please also consider reading: Kyle Strickler looking to make the most of Late Model opportunity
World of Outlaws Late Model Series
Car Count: 37 cars
Drivers Here: 00- Jeff Smith, 1- Brandon Sheppard, 1- Devin Moran, B1- Brent Larson, 1D- Brent Dixon, 2- Brandon Overton, 2- Joey Coulter, 3s- Brian Shirley, 5- Don O’Neal, 6- Blake Spencer, 7- Ricky Weiss, 07- Brian Ledbetter, 8- Jacob Hawkins, 9- Johnny Pursley, 14- Josh Richards, 18- Chase Junghans, 18H- Brett Hamm, 22- Chris Ferguson, 23- Jimmy Mac, 25- Shane Clanton, 28- Dennis Erb, Jr., 36v- Kyle Hardy, 42- Cla Knight, 49- Jonathan Davenport, 57- Adam Yarbrough, 58- Tanner English, 75- Donald Bradsher, 79- Michael Brown, 87- Ross Bailes, 88- Trent Ivey, D89- Dustin Mitchell, 97- Cade Dillard, 99- Boom Briggs, 101- Casey Roberts, 421- Anthony Sanders
Qualifying Results: The field will be broken into two groups for qualifying.
Group A Results- 1. Madden(14.923), 2. Ferguson, 3. Sheppard, 4. Coulter, 5. O’Neal, 6. Hawkins, 7. Erb, 8. Blackwell
Group B Results- 1. Bailes(14.843), 2. Richards, 3. Pursley, 4. Weiss, 5. Davenport, 6. Clanton, 7. Dixon, 8. Overton
Heat Race Results: There will be four heat races with the top-4 from each transferring to the feature. The winner of each heat will go to a redraw to determine feature starting positions 1-4 while the second place finishers in each heat will draw for positions 5-8 on the starting grid.
Heat 1 Lineup- 1. Madden, 2. Sheppard, 3. O’Neal, 4. Erb, 5. Sanders, 6. Dillard, 7. Hamm, 8. Briggs, 9. Larson, 10. English
Heat 1 Finish- 1. Madden, 2. Sheppard, 3. O’Neal, 4. Erb
*Madden led all the way but Sheppard offered constant pressure.
Heat 2 Lineup- 1. Ferguson, 2. Coulter, 3. Hawkins, 4. Blackwell, 5. Bradsher, 6. Roberts, 7. Junghans, 8. Yarbrough, 9. Mac
Heat 2 Finish- 1. Ferguson, 2. Hawkins, 3. Coulter, 4. Roberts
*Ferguson won by a comfortable margin. Hawkins and Coulter had a good race for second. Roberts came from 6th to 4th over the final five laps.
Heat 3 Lineup- 1. Bailes, 2. Pursley, 3. Davenport, 4. Dixon, 5. Knight, 6. Smith, 7. Moran, 8. Ivey, 9. Ledbetter
Heat 3 Finish- 1. Bailes, 2. Pursley, 3. Ivey, 4. Moran
*Bailes dominated. Davenport, Moran, Dixon and Smith damaged in a lap 2 crash. Ivey and Knight were damaged in an earlier mishap.
Heat 4 Lineup- 1. Richards, 2. Weiss, 3. Clanton, 4. Overton, 5. Lanigan, 6. Brown, 7. Hardy, 8. Mitchell, 9. Spencer
Heat 4 Finish- 1. Richards, 2. Overton, 3. Weiss, 4. Lanigan
*Richards got out to a big lead but Overton closed in but was never able to make a move.
Last Chance Race Results: There will be two Last Chance Showdown races with the top-3 from each transferring to the feature.
LCS 1 Finish- 1. Bradsher, 2. Hamm, 3. Yarbrough
LCS 2 Finish- 1. Clanton, 2. Knight, 3. Brown
Redraw Results- 1. Madden, 2. Bailes, 3. Richards, 4. Ferguson, 5. Sheppard, 6. Pursley, 7. Overton, 8. Hawkins
Feature Lineup- 1. Madden, 2. Bailes, 3. Richards, 4. Ferguson, 5. Sheppard, 6. Pursley, 7. Overton, 8. Hawkins, 9. O’Neal, 10. Ivey, 11. Coulter, 12. Weiss, 13. Erb, 14. Moran, 15. Roberts, 16. Lanigan, 17. Bradsher, 18. Clanton, 19. Hamm, 20. Knight, 21. Yarbrough, 22. Brown, 23. Junghans, 24. Larson, 25. Dillard, 26. Briggs, 27. Sanders
10:52- Feature rolling out. 50 laps for $10,000.
10:58- Four wide!
11:01- Green flag!
Lap 3 caution for Brown. Bailes had already built a big lead. Madden is second followed by Richards, Ferguson, Sheppard, Overton, Pursley.
Caution on the restart as Richards was going for second inside of Madden but spun at the exit of turn 2. Coulter, Ivey and others collected.
Lap 15- Bailes with a big lead but in heavy traffic. Madden and Sheppard are second and third.
Halfway- Bailes leads Sheppard, Overton, Madden, O’Neal
Lap 27 caution for flat on Lanigan. Bailes leads Sheppard, Overton, Madden, O’Neal, Ferguson, Hawkins, Erb, Pursley, Weiss.
Lap 32 caution for flat on Clanton. Bailes continues to lead over Sheppard, Overton, O’Neal, Madden, Ferguson, Erb, Hawkins. Overton and O’Neal were trading sliders for third before the caution.
Lap 36 caution for flat on Dillard. Bailes leads Sheppard, O’Neal, Madden, Overton, Erb, Ferguson, Roberts.
Tires often an issue late in races here.
Lap 45 caution for Hawkins. Sheppard had closed on Bailes and was just about to make a move for the lead. O’Neal, Overton, Madden run 3-5.
Sheppard was right on Bailes over the final five laps but couldn’t make the move.
Feature Results: 1. Bailes, 2. Sheppard, 3. O’Neal, 4. Overton, 5. Madden, 6. Erb, 7. Ferguson, 8. Roberts, 9. Junghans, 10. Bradsher, 11. Clanton, 12. Weiss, 13. Lanigan, 14. Mitchell, 15. Briggs, 16. Coulter