CHARLOTTE — The title race in the World of Outlaws Late Model Series might not be compelling, but there are many reasons to take in Wednesday’s Late Model Showdown at The Dirt Track @ Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Darrell Lanigan enters the event with a 204-point lead over Rick Eckert, who won the most recent race last week in Elbridge, N.Y. Lanigan finished third in the race.
Lanigan and Eckert will get some NASCAR competition Wednesday night as brothers Austin and Ty Dillon, who compete in the Nationwide and Trucks series, respectively, also will take part in the event.
The grandsons of veteran NASCAR owner Richard Childress are no stranger to success at the four-tenths-mile dirt oval. Austin won the 2007 and 2009 Fastrak Late Model series feature and Ty won the 2008 event.
“It’s fun for us to be able to race and not have to worry about other consequences,” Ty said. “We’re able to just go out there and do what we love to do. You don’t have to worry about points or money, just go and have fun.”
Two other late additions to the $10,000-to-win feature race include 2011 Daytona 500 champion Trevor Bayne and Josh Wise, who won the World of Outlaws Late Model series title in 2009 and 2010. Wise now competes in the Nationwide Series.
Spectator gates will open at 5 p.m. with hot laps for the National Dirt Racing Association Series race scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. The cars of the World of Outlaws Late Model Series will hit the track for hot laps at 6:20p.m., followed by qualifying for both series. Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 7:20.
Tickets for the Circle K Late Model Showdown are $25 for adults and $10 for ages 13 and under. For more information, call 704-455-3267.