Fresh off their stop Friday at Belle-Clair Speedway the series slide south to Federated!
If there’s one near-certainty about the $10,000-to-win/$1,000-to-start Pevely Nationals on Saturday night (Sept. 14) at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo., it’s that fans can expect a memorable, down-to-the-wire shootout for the 55-lap race’s top prize.
History is a great indicator of what’s in store at the high-banked, one-third-mile oval promoted by NASCAR veteran Ken Schrader and Ray Marler. There have been six WoO LMS events contested at I-55 since 2005 – last year’s Pepsi Nationals won by Dennis Erb Jr. – did not disappoint with the usual rip-roarin’, late-race battle for the checkered flag.
Consider the list of Pevely’s WoO LMS thrillers:* In 2005, Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., grabbed the lead from his protégé Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, Ill., late in the distance – just after Babb’s car spewed smoke due to a busted power-steering hose that left him wrestling his mount for the remainder of the race – and held on for a big victory on his road to winning that year’s WoO LMS title.
* Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga., was triumphant in 2007 after surviving a restart with three laps remaining that allowed Babb and Randy Korte of Highland, Ill., to make stirring bids for the lead.
* Shane Clanton of Fayetteville, Ga., became the second consecutive Peach State driver to win the Pepsi Nationals in 2008, turning back relentless late-race pressure from Richards and Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., to reach the finish line first.
* Babb gained a dose of redemption on Moyer in 2010, outdueling the legendary driver to take the lead for the final time on lap 48 of the 55-lapper. Babb beat Moyer to the checkered flag by .411 of a second in a race that many observers ranked as one of the best the dirt Late Model division produced in ’10.
I-55 is a track at which Lanigan has still not reached Victory Lane in WoO LMS competition. He’s come close though, finishing second in 2005 and ’11 and fourth in ’10 (he also was 11thin ’07 and ’08). He has 10 wins in 2013 and is looking to add this race to his list of accomplishments. With Josh Richards holding close to a 100-point lead over Clanton & Lanigan, entering this weekend’s action. Chances are the fans will see some extremely competitive racing once again!
World of Outlaws Late Model Series Event Information:
Sat., Sept. 15, at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo.:Pit gates are scheduled to open at 4 p.m. CT and the grandstands will be unlocked at 5 p.m., with hot laps set for 6:30 p.m. and racing at 7:30 p.m. UMP Modifieds ($1,000 to win) and UMP/AARA Sportsman ($400 to win) will also be on the docket.
General admission is $30 and reserved seats are $32. Children 12-and-under will be admitted free of charge. Pit passes will be $40 kids 6-12 $20, Modified & Sportsman driver and two crew members can sign in together for $30 each under a special promotion.
Advance-sale tickets for the Pevely Nationals at Federated Auto Parts Raceway are available for purchase on-line atwww.worldofoutlaws.com/tickets For more information on the doubleheader, log on to www.federatedautopartsraceway.com.