Chris Madden - Ryan Gustin -- Jim DenHamer photo

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: World of Outlaws Late Models Gear Up for Southeast Tripleheader

The Series visits Smoky Mountain Speedway March 16, before visiting Boyd’s Speedway March 17-18

MARYVILLE, TN – March 13, 2023 – Three nights of high-octane action in the Southeast await the World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series as they prepare for St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Tennessee and Georgia.

The epic tripleheader kicks off in the Volunteer State for the 10th annual Tennessee Tipoff at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN, on Thursday, March 16.

Drivers will battle in a 40-lap, $10,000-to-win Feature—the first on Smoky Mountain’s new 3/8-mile configuration.

Then, the Series moves south to the Tennessee-Georgia border for Shamrock 100 weekend at Boyd’s Speedway in Ringgold, GA, on March 17-18.

Another $10,000 is on the line on Friday, March 17, in a 40-lap Feature. However, the stakes are raised on Saturday, March 18, as drivers wage war for $20,000 in the 60-lap weekend finale.

Any driver who sweeps the weekend could take home a total winner’s share of $40,000.

If you can’t make it to the track, watch all the action live on DIRTVision – either online on with the DIRTVision App.

Here are the top storylines to keep an eye on entering the weekend:

 Smokey’s Consistency: Heading into this weekend’s tripleheader, Chris Madden finds himself at the top of the World of Outlaws CASE Late Models standings.

In four races, the Gray Court, SC driver has two top fives and three top 10s, giving him a 14-point cushion over second-place Brian Shirley.

For a complete look at the World of Outlaws CASE Late Models points standings, CLICK HERE.

“Smokey” hopes to keep that consistency going as the Series travels to two tracks where he’s found past success.

Madden hasn’t lost a national tour race at Smoky Mountain since 2020 and won the last March Series event at the Maryville, TN oval.

He also scored two top five finishes at Boyd’s when the World of Outlaws raced there last September.

A win this weekend would be his 33rd World of Outlaws win triumph.

Return to Glory: If there was ever a time for Jimmy Owens to get the monkey off his back in the 2023 season, it’s at two tracks the Series races at this weekend.

The Newport, TN driver won two of the three Features that ran in 2022 between Smoky Mountain and Boyd’s.

Owens led every lap in both the Smoky Mountain Showdown and the opening night of the Stateline Showdown last September.

He’s one of three drivers to win multiple World of Outlaws races at Smoky Mountain, joining Madden and 2004 Series champion Scott Bloomquist.

If the “O-Show” can right the ship this weekend, it’ll be his 22nd career Series win.

 The Reaper Calls: The last time the Series raced at Boyd’s, Ryan Gustin scored the win with an epic last-lap pass on Dale McDowell for his second World of Outlaws victory.

Both Smoky Mountain and Boyd’s are tracks that “The Reaper” thrived at in 2022, scoring a top five finish at each of them.

Gustin’s best results were on 3/8-mile tracks all last season, scoring two wins, four podium finishes, seven top fives, and 12 top 10s.

Another win this weekend would be his third World of Outlaws victory.

 Southeast Success: Owens and Gustin aren’t the only drivers who found success when the Series battled at Smoky and Boyd’s in 2022.

Max Blair and defending World of Outlaws Late Models champion Dennis Erb Jr. scored a top five on both tracks last season.

They also both found success on 3/8-mile tracks throughout the year.

Both of Blair’s victories were at tracks that size last season, and while Erb didn’t find victory lane on 3/8-mile surfaces, he did score 11 top fives on his way to the Series championship.

 Playing Spoiler: While the World of Outlaws Late Models are bringing their epic roster to Smoky Mountain and Boyd’s, a few outsiders hope to play spoiler.

Mike Marlar, the 2018 Series champion, is a past Tennessee Tipoff winner—grabbing the checkered flag in 2020.

The “Winfield Warrior,” who won the Tennessee Tipoff in 2020, scored five World of Outlaws wins in 17 starts last season—four of them coming at 3/8-mile tracks.

Another name to watch is Devin Moran, who won back-to-back races at Volusia Speedway Park to kick off the 2023 World of Outlaws season.

The Dresden, OH driver will be at Smoky Mountain hoping to score a win at the track owned by his car owner Roger Sellers.

While those two are big names looking for victory, one driver who came up short last season at Boyd’s is looking for redemption.

Dale McDowell narrowly missed out on a $20,000 victory in last year’s Stateline Showdown.

He also scored a Series win at Smoky Mountain in 2018.

This weekend, a win at either track would be the “Mac Daddy’s” 15th career Series victory and a triumph within two hours of his hometown of Chickamauga, GA.

 WHEN AND WHERE

Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN on March 16
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Boyd’s Speedway in Ringgold, GA on March 17-18

TICKETS: bit.ly/3m346eB

ABOUT THE TRACK

Smoky Mountain Speedway is a 3/8-mile dirt oval

Boyd’s Speedway is a 3/8-mile high banked oval

ONLINE
Smoky Mountain Speedway: www.smokymountainspeedway.com

Boyd’s Speedway: http://www.boydsspeedway.com

TRACK RECORDS

Smoky Mountain Speedway: 
The Tennessee Tipoff will be the first race contested under the new 3/8-mile configuration.

Boyd’s Speedway:

12.890 by Austin Dillon on 7/28/15

On the Internet
World of Outlaws CASE Late Models Series
Twitter – Twitter.com/WoOLateModels – @WoOLateModels
Instagram – Instagram.com/WoOLateModels – @woolatemodels
Facebook – Facebook.com/WorldofOutlawsLateModelSeries
YouTube – Youtube.com/WorldofOutlaws
DIRTVision – DIRTVision.com – Platinum annual FAST PASS for $299 or monthly FAST PASS for $39/month

Around the Turn: The World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Models travel to Farmer City Raceway for the Illini 100 March 31- April 1. For Tickets: CLICK HERE.

 Feature Winners: (3 Drivers)
Rank- Driver- Hometown-Wins

  1. Devin Moran, Dresden, OH-2
  2. Bobby Pierce, Oakwood, IL-1
  3. Hudson O’Neal, Martinsville, IN-1

HEAT RACE WINNERS (14 Drivers)
Rank- Driver- Hometown-Wins

  1. Chris Madden, Gray Court, SC-3
    Tim McCreadie, Watertown, NY-3
  2. Nick Hoffman, Mooresville, NC-2
    Devin Moran, Dresden, OH-2
    Bobby Pierce, Oakwood, IL-2
    Brian Shirley, Chatham, IL-2
  3. Max Blair, Centerville, PA-1
    Ricky Thornton Jr, Martinsville, IN-1
    Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, NC-1
    Chase Junghans, Manhattan, KS-1
    Brandon Overton, Evans, GA-1
    Dale McDowell, Chickamauga, GA-1
    Jonathan Davenport, Blairsville, GA-1
    Shane Clanton, Zebulon, GA-1

Last Chance Showdown Winners (9 Drivers)
Rank- Driver- Hometown-Wins

  1. Mark Whitener, Middleburg, FL-2
    Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, IA-2
  2. Jimmy Owens, Newport, TN-1
    Daulton Wilson, Fayetteville, NC-1
    Tanner English, Benton, KY-1
    Mike Norris, Sarver, PA-1
    Dale McDowell, Chickamauga, GA-1
    Ricky Thornton, Jr, Martinsville, IN-1
    Mike Spatola, Manhattan, IL-1

PODIUM FINISHES (7 Drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Podiums

  1. Tim McCreadie, Watertown, NY-3
    Devin Moran, Dresden, OH-3
  2. Ricky Thornton Jr., Martinsville, IN-2
  3. Chris Madden, Gray Court, SC-1
    Bobby Pierce, Oakwood, IL-1
    Brandon Overton, Evans, GA-1
    Hudson O’Neal, Martinsville, IN-1

FOX FACTORY HARD CHARGER (4 Drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – H.C.

  1. Brandon Sheppard, New Berlin, IL-1
    Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, IA-1
    Chris Madden, Gray Court, SC-1
    Hudson O’Neal, Martinsville, IN-1

QUICK TIMES (3 Drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – QTs

  1. Brandon Overton, Evans, GA-2
  2. Devin Moran, Dresden, OH-1
    Chris Madden, Gray Court, SC-1

CASE Feature Lap Leaders (7 Drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Laps Led

  1. Tim McCreadie, Watertown, NY-60
  2. Brandon Overton, Evans, GA-29
  3. Devin Moran, Dresden, OH-28
  4. Nick Hoffman, Mooresville, NC-6
    Hudson O’Neal, Martinsville, IN-6
  5. Ricky Thornton Jr., Martinsville, IN-1
  6. Bobby Pierce, Oakwood, IL-1

2023 World of Outlaws Late Model Schedule & Winners

  1. Thursday, Jan. 19 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Devin Moran (1)
  2. Friday, Jan. 20/ Volusia Speedway Park/ Barberville, FL/ Devin Moran (2)
  3. Thursday, Feb. 16/Volusia Speedway Park/Barberville, FL/Bobby Pierce (3)

Saturday, Feb. 18/Volusia Speedway Park/Barberville, FL/Hudson O’Neal (4)