Outlaw Late Model Teams Gearing Up For Bristol

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The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway on April 8-10. (Jacy Norgard Photo)
The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway on April 8-10. (Jacy Norgard Photo)

BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the second straight weekend, the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series will race for a big payday.

This time the series will head to Bristol Motor Speedway for the Bristol Bash.

The series will contest a 40-lap feature on Friday, April 9, paying $10,000 to the winner.

The series returns to The Last Great Coliseum on Saturday, April 10 to battle for $25,000 in another 40-lap feature.

Teams will also get a practice session on Thursday, April 8.

Last month, the invitational field was announced, with some of the biggest names in late model racing set to do battle on the half-mile high-banked oval.

It’s the first time the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series have raced at Bristol Motor Speedway. But it’s not the first time super late models have raced on the track’s dirt surface.

Three drivers in the field have claimed victory at Bristol, including Scott Bloomquist, who won two races in 2001.

The two other drivers, Jonathan Davenport and Chris Ferguson, made their trips to victory lane during the Bristol Dirt Nationals on March 19-20.

Series point leader Kyle Strickler also won during Bristol Dirt Nationals, but that was in a modified. He’s been the most dominant driver on the series so far, finishing in the top-five in four of the six features this season.

Strickler won’t just be trying to collect a big payday in the late model class. He’s also participating in the DIRTcar UMP modified portion of the event.

If Strickler were to sweep all four features, the Silver Spring, Pa., driver could win $50,000.

Some of the World Of Outlaws Late Model teams have already taken laps around the speedway during a test session last month.

Ricky Weiss ran the fastest that night, clocking in at 15.266 seconds. That’s about four seconds quicker than the fastest lap turned during Monday’s NASCAR race. (19.393 by Kyle Busch). Weiss’s average speed was 125 mph.

Three-time and defending champion Brandon Sheppard spent the most time on the track during the test session. The New Berlin, Ill., driver ran 156 laps and was second fastest overall.