World Finals Begins!

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The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series will be part of this weekend's World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.
The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series will be part of this weekend's World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

CONCORD, N.C. — The fourth annual Lowes Foods World Finals kicked off Thursday night at The Dirt Track at Charlotte with 184 cars in three divisions taking qualifying laps for Friday and Saturday night’s racing competition.

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series ran two one-lap qualifying sessions, one to set Friday’s heat races and the second for Saturdays.

Craig Dollansky was the top performer in the opening session with a lap of 12.538 seconds on the four-tenths-mile dirt track. Four-time series champion Donny Schatz led the second session with a lap of 12.699 seconds.

Knoxville Nationals and All Star champion Tim Shaffer was second in both sessions. Ed Lynch, Jr., Daryn Pittman and Steve Kinser, who changed an engine after hot laps, rounded out the top five for the 56-car sprint-car field in the first round of qualifying. Third through fifth in round two were Jason Sides, Jason Meyers and Paul McMahan.

The modifieds and late models each ran a single two-lap session with the first lap counting as Friday’s time trail and the second as Saturdays.

Jonathan Davenport topped both qualifying sessions for the 76-car World of Outlaws Late Model Series field, while hot-lap transponder times were used to line up the heats, which were run for both Friday and Saturday night’s programs on Thursday night for the 52-car modified field.

Modified heat winners for the Friday night program were Matt Sheppard, Brett Hearn, Tim McCreadie, Jeff Brownell and Bobby Varin. Heat winners for the Saturday night modified card were Sheppard, Dale Planck, McCreadie, Billy Decker and Varin.

Sprint-car drivers from 20 states, Canada and Australia were on hand. Late-model racers came from 19 states and modified drivers represented five states and Canada.

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