Monday, November 30, 2009

Speedway Children's Charities

Speedway Children's Charities to Distribute
More Than $854,000 To Local Organizations
at Lowe's Motor Speedway Tree Lighting


CONCORD, N.C. (Nov. 30, 2009) - Speedway Children's Charities will donate in excess of $854,000 to organizations in the Charlotte region benefiting area children during tonight's annual Lowe's Motor Speedway tree lighting ceremony.

Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Lowe's Motor Speedway, will join Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Tom Sadler, executive director of Speedway Children's Charities, in awarding the grants to 93 local organizations.

"Children are a gift and it's a blessing that we're able to assist so many each year," said Smith. "Everyone at Speedway Children's Charities strives to make a difference in the lives of as many children as possible, and this year we're helping kids though programs at more than 90 organizations in the Lowe's Motor Speedway community. It's just amazing to see how many children we're able to assist."

Speedway Children's Charities raised the money through various fundraising activities along with individual and corporate donations throughout the year.

A number of area agencies will directly benefit from the funds, including A Better World (helps provide finances to operate after-school programs), Birthday Blessings (Shelter Party Program hosts birthday parties for homeless children and their families), Northeast Foundation, Inc. (helps fund Camp Open Airways and Camp Sweet Freedom for asthmatic and diabetic children to attend a summer day camp under medical supervision to control their asthma and diabetes while participating in typical camp activities) and Thompson Child & Family Focus (provides comprehensive early childhood education where typically developing and special needs children learn together).

In addition to the grant distribution, the holiday ceremony will include the lighting of Lowe's Motor Speedway's one-of-a-kind 50-foot Christmas tree and visits by Santa Claus and Lug Nut, the world's fastest mascot.

Fans will also have the opportunity to drive their personal vehicles around Lowe's Motor Speedway after the tree lighting ceremony. Those who donate $25 to Speedway Children's Charities will be able to take three laps around the 1.5-mile superspeedway.

2009 Charlotte Chapter Grant Recipients:
A Better World
A Child's Place of Charlotte, Inc.
A Place for Hope, Inc.
Abilities Unlimited of the Carolinas, Inc.
Adolescent and Family Enrichment Council
Alexander Youth Network
Allegro Foundation
American Red Cross - Cabarrus County
Arts for Life
Assistance League of Charlotte
Autism Services of Mecklenburg County, Inc.
Autism Speaks
Barium Springs Home for Children
Bethlehem Center of Charlotte, Inc.
Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte
Birthday Blessings
Bostonian Elementary School PTA
B.R.A.K.E.S.
Cabarrus County Partnership of Children
Camp CARE, Inc.
Carolina Youth Commission
Charity League, Inc.
Charlotte Emergency Housing
Charlotte Speech and Hearing Center
Children's Home Society of North Carolina, Inc.
Communities in Schools of Cabarrus County
Communities in Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Inc.
Communities of Rowan County, Inc.
Crisis Assistance Ministry
Crisis Pregnancy Center of Gaston County
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Donors Choose, Inc.
Dore Academy
Easter Seals UCP North Carolina
Family Services Inc.
Florence Crittenton Services Inc.
GHA, Inc.
Girls on the Run International
Harvest Kitchen Outreach, Inc.
Hispanic Learning Center of Cabarrus County
Holy Angels, Inc.
Hometown Heroes, Inc.
Jimmie Johnson Foundation
Jonie and Friends
Junior League of Charlotte, Inc.
Kannapolis Boys & Girls Club
KinderMourn, Inc.
Kurt Busch Foundation
Legacy of the Vine Ministries, Inc.
Levine Children's Hospital
Lukemia & Lymphoma Society
March Forth with Hope Foundation, Inc.
MARA
Misty Meadows Mitey Riders, Inc.
Muscular Dystrophy Association, Inc.
NB Mills Elementary School
NorthEast Foundation, Inc.
Our Kids
Partners in Out-of-School Time
Philips Academy of North Carolina, Inc.
Piedmont Mediation Center, Inc.
Piedmont Residential Development Center, Inc.
Pregnancy Resource Center of Charlotte
Prevent Child Abuse N.C.
Prosperity Community Connection, Inc.
Room at the Inn, Inc.
Rowan Regional Medical Center Foundation
Saving Grace, Inc.
Seigle Avenue Partners, Inc.
Seigle Avenue Preschool Cooperative, Inc.
Shelter Health Services, Inc.
Silent Images, Inc.
Special Olympics North Carolina
Special Olympics North Carolina - Cabarrus
Stanley County Family YMCA
The Academic Learning Center, Inc.
The Arc of Cabarrus County, Inc.
The Arc of Mecklenburg County, Inc.
The Junior Charity League of Concord
The Parker Austin Foundation, Inc.
The Salvation Army of Cabarrus County
The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte
Third Creek Elementary School
Thompson Child & Family Focus
Tony Stewart Foundation
Troutman Elementary School
United Family Services, Inc.
University City Fellowship
With Friends, Inc.
YMCA of Greater Charlotte
York County Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse
Youth Homes, Inc. (YHI)

Friday, November 6, 2009

WoO qualifying

Schatz, Lanigan and Bloomquist Top Qualifying for
World Finals as Record Field Takes to The Dirt Track


CONCORD, N.C. (Nov. 5, 2008) - The third annual World of Outlaws World Finals kicked off on Thursday night with a record 137 cars taking the track for hot laps and twin qualifying sessions for Friday and Saturday's heat races at The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway.

The special three-night event brings the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and the World of Outlaws Late Model Series together to end their seasons.

Donny Schatz of Fargo, N.D., topped the 57-car sprint car field in both the first and second time trial sessions. Currently leading the Sprint Car Series point standings, he posted a lap of 13.794 seconds in the first round of qualifying. In the second session Schatz posted a lap of 13.770 seconds.

Qualifying times from the first session set the heat race lineups for Friday night while the second session determined the starting order for Saturday night's heat races.

Jason Sides was second fastest in the first session followed by Dale Blaney, Steve Kinser and Craig Dollansky. In the second sprint car session, Kinser was second with Ed Lynch Jr., Danny Lasoski and Sides rounding out the top five.

With 80 late models posting times, Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., was fastest in the first round of qualifying with a lap of 16.185 seconds. Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., posted the quickest lap in the second session at 15.912 seconds.

Bloomquist was second fastest in the first late model session, followed by Dan Schlieper, Jimmy Owens and Chris Madden. In the second session Rick Eckert, Greg Satterlee, Chris Ferguson and Lanigan rounded out the top five.

The World Finals continue Friday and Saturday nights with full slates of racing for both divisions. Spectator gates open at 4 p.m. with opening ceremonies starting at 6:20 p.m. Tickets are just $35 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under. They can be purchased online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com or by calling the ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS.

The results:
World of Outlaws Sprint Cars
First Qualifying Session: 1. Donny Schatz, 13.794 seconds; 2. Jason Sides, 13.837; 3. Dale Blaney, 13.861; 4. Steve Kinser, 13.869; 5. Craig Dollansky, 13.903; 6. Cale Conley, 13.915; 7. Fred Rahmer, 13.941; 8. Greg Hodnett, 13.956; 9. Bob Felmlee, 13.958; 10. Jason Meyers, 13.984; 11. Terry McCarl, 14.036; 12. Cody Darrah, 14.052; 13. Ed Lynch Jr., 14.059; 14. Jeremy Campbell, 14.070; 15. Brian Montieth, 14.086; 16. Danny Lasoski, 14.095; 17. Ben Gregg, 14.126; 18. Joey Saldana, 14.139; 19. Justin Henderson, 14.180; 20. Doug Dodson, 14.201; 21. Tim Shaffer, 14.230; 22. Kraig Kinser, 14.237; 23. Jac Haudenschild, 14.262; 24. Lance Dewease, 14.269; 25. Brian Ellenberger, 14.276; 26. Daryn Pittman, 14.305; 27. Lucas Wolfe, 14.311; 28. Brad Sweet, 14.315; 29. Mark Smith, 14.343; 30. Curt Michael, 14.368; 31. Brandon Wimmer, 14.374; 32. Brook Tatnell, 14.397; 33. Sam Hafertepe Jr., 14.398; 34. Chad Layton, 14.401; 35. Jessica Zemken, 14.411; 36. Chad Kemenah, 14.441; 37. Chris Shirek, 14.445; 38. Don Droud Jr., 14.473; 39. Tim Kaeding, 14.479; 40. Zach Zimmerly, 14.523; 41. Keith Baxter, 14.545; 42. Craig Folmar, 14.564; 43. Glenn Styres, 14.621; 44. Adam
Wilt, 14.650; 45. Bob Howard, 14.725; 46. Robbie Stillwaggon, 14.759; 47. Todd Kane, 14.792; 48. Josh Weller, 14.813; 49. Kris Spitz, 14.874; 50. John Smith, 14.881; 51. Danny Holtgraver, 14.934; 52. Kramer Williamson, 14.941; 53. Kory Crabtree, 15.086; 54. Brad Wickham, 15.151; 55. Kyle Pruitt, 15.390; 56. Mark Cole, 15.407; 57. Todd Zinn, 15.730.

Second Qualifying Session: 1. Donny Schatz, 13.770 seconds; 2. Steve Kinser, 13.859; 3. Ed Lynch Jr., 13.883; 4. Danny Lasoski, 13.883; 5. Jason Sides, 13.922; 6. Cale Conley, 13.955; 7. Dale Blaney, 13.960; 8. Greg Hodnett, 13.970; 9. Terry McCarl, 13.990; 10. Fred Rahmer, 14.075; 11. Joey Saldana, 14.093; 12. Jason Meyers, 14.102; 13. Cody Darrah, 14.126; 14. Craig Dollansky, 14.132; 15. Brandon Wimmer, 14.139; 16. Bob Felmlee, 14.156; 17. Zach Zimmerly, 14.184; 18. Brad Sweet, 14.187; 19. Jessica Zemken, 14.203; 20. Don Droud Jr., 14.207; 21. Lucas Wolfe, 14.210; 22. Mark Smith, 14.210; 23. Doug Dodson, 14.214; 24. Todd Kane, 14.217; 25. Tim Shaffer, 14.255; 26. Jeremy Campbell, 14.268; 27. Curt Michael, 14.271; 28. Brian Montieth, 14.285; 29. Chad Kemenah, 14.326; 30. Lance Dewease, 14.334; 31. Daryn Pittman, 14.354; 32. Keith Baxter, 14.361; 33. Kraig Kinser, 14.362; 34. Justin Henderson, 14.384; 35. Ben Gregg, 14.427; 36. Sam Hafertepe Jr., 14.436; 37. Adam Wilt, 14.489; 38. Brook Tatnell, 14.492; 39. Tim Kaeding, 14.518; 40. Craig Folmar, 14.548; 41. Chris Shirek, 14.615; 42. Jac Haudenschild, 14.624; 43. Kramer Williamson, 14.644; 44. Kory Crabtree, 14.669; 45. Brian Ellenberger, 14.686; 46. Chad Layton, 14.726; 47. Danny Holtgraver, 14.785; 48. Robbie Stillwaggon, 14.794; 49. Bob Howard, 14.865; 50. Brad Wickham, 14.884; 51. Glenn Styres, 14.897; 52. Josh Weller, 14.919; 53. Kris Spitz, 15.375; 54. Kyle Pruitt, 15.602; 55. Todd Zinn, 15.858; 56. Mark Cole, 16.232.

World of Outlaws Late Models
First Qualifying Session: 1. Darrell Lanigan, 16.185 seconds; 2. Scott Bloomquist, 16.214; 3. Dan Schlieper, 16.309; 4. Jimmy Owens, 16.340; 5. Chris Madden, 16.344; 6. Dale McDowell, 16.358; 7. Steve Francis, 16.359; 8. Adam Hensel, 16.369; 9. Austin Dillon, 16.380; 10. Eric Wells, 16.398; 11. Earl Pearson Jr., 16.399; 12. Shane Clanton, 16.407; 13. Josh Richards, 16.417; 14. Greg Satterlee, 16.466; 15. Jeep Van Wormer, 16.480; 16. Shannon Babb, 16.482; 17. Tim McCreadie, 16.488; 18. Rick Eckert, 16.497; 19. Jeremy Miller, 16.504; 20. Mike Knight, 16.507; 21. Clint Smith, 16.508; 22. Tim Dohm, 16.541; 23. Steve Shaver, 16.542; 24. Brady Smith, 16.556; 25. Tim Fuller, 16.577; 26. Tommy Kerr, 16.582; 27. John Blankenship, 16.594; 28. Brad Neat, 16.597; 29. Austin Hubbard, 16.604; 30. Eddie Carrier Jr., 16.618; 31. Brian Birkhofer, 16.624; 32. Russell King, 16.633; 33. Randy Korte, 16.634; 34. Ricky Weeks, 16.636, 35. Brian Ruhlman, 16.637; 36. Chris Ferguson, 16.644; 37. Randle Chupp, 16.649; 38. Jordan Bland, 16.679; 39. Mike Gault, 16.691; 40. Eric Jacobsen, 16.697; 41. Matt Lux, 16.717; 42. Vic Coffey, 16.728; 43. Ricky Elliott, 16.766; 44. Jason Feger, 16.772; 45. Jared Landers, 16.782; 46. Jerry Rice, 16.784; 47. Devin Friese, 16.786; 48. Will Vaught, 16.796; 49. Donnie Moran, 16.799; 50. Johnny Pursley, 16.804; 51. Jeff Rine, 16.815; 52. Bo Feathers, 16.819; 53. Ray Cook, 16.820; 54. Brent Robinson, 16.828; 55. Kenny Schrader, 16.835; 56. Dan Stone, 16.838; 57. Tyler Reddick, 16.843; 58. John Bare, 16.871; 59. Dennis Franklin, 16.889; 60. Walker Arthur, 16.909; 61. Chad Ruhlman, 16.916; 62. Cruz Pedregon, 16.926; 63. Larry Blankenship, 16.965; 64. Jeremy Faircloth, 17.037; 65. Jim Yoder, 17.041; 66. Petey Ivey, 17.072; 67. Rick Briggs, 17.137; 68. Ben Faircloth, 17.159; 69. Bob Gordon, 17.254; 70. Dustin Mitchell, 17.262; 71. Doug Horton, 17.272; 72. Trey Martin, 17.320; 73. Justin Labonte, 17.369; 74. Chuck Harper, 17.402; 75. DJ Wells, 17.588; 76. Spencer Liggon, 17.707; 77. Chad Hollenbeck, 17.887; 78. Al Shawver Jr., 18.038; 79. John Winge, 18.068; 80. Dustin Hapka, no time.

Second Qualifying Session: 1. Scott Bloomquist, 15.912 seconds; 2. Rick Eckert, 16.185; 3. Greg Satterlee, 16.231; 4. Chris Ferguson, 16.317; 5. Darrell Lanigan, 16.335; 6. Shane Clanton, 16.363; 7. Tim McCreadie, 16.365; 8. Jimmy Owens, 16.368; 9. Clint Smith, 16.385; 10. Earl Pearson Jr., 16.398; 11. Dan Schlieper, 16.423; 12. Shannon Babb, 16.470; 13. Chris Madden, 16.478; 14. Eric Wells, 16.479; 15. Jeremy Faircloth, 16.483; 16. Eddie Carrier Jr., 16.493; 17. Dale McDowell, 16.498; 18. Tommy Kerr, 16.500; 19. Eric Jacobsen, 16.501; 20. Josh Richards, 16.502; 21. Brady Smith, 16.519; 22. Steve Francis, 16.525; 23. Tim Fuller, 16.537; 24. Steve Shaver, 16.562; 25. Tyler Reddick, 16.577; 26. Jordan Bland, 16.578; 27. John Blankenship, 16.610; 28. Rick Briggs, 16.638; 29. Johnny Pursley, 16.647; 30. Mike Knight, 16.660; 31. Dennis Franklin, 16.676; 32. Vic Coffey, 16.678; 33. Jeep Van Wormer, 16.700; 34. Matt Lux, 16.715; 35. Russell King, 16.718; 36. Brad Neat, 16.725; 37. Austin Dillon, 16.727; 38. Jeremy Miller, 16.754; 39. Dan Stone, 16.760; 40. Petey Ivey, 16.783; 41. Brian Birkhofer, 16.803; 42. Jason Feger, 16.815; 43. Randle Chupp, 16.816; 44. Mike Gault, 16.818; 45. Austin Hubbard, 16.833; 46. Ricky Weeks, 16.841; 47. Randy Korte, 16.860; 48. Will Vaught, 16.869; 49. Tim Dohm, 16.889; 50. Kenny Schrader, 16.895; 51. DJ Wells, 16.895; 52. John Bare, 16.903; 53. Ray Cook, 16.917; 54. Jared Landers, 16.917; 55. Jerry Rice, 16.921; 56. Larry Blankenship, 16.941; 57. Donnie Moran, 16.957; 58. Brent Robinson, 16.960; 59. Devin Friese, 16.989; 60. Chad Ruhlman, 17.036; 61. Justin Labonte, 17.048; 62. Ben Faircloth, 17.055; 63. Ricky Elliott, 17.062; 64. Brian Ruhlman, 17.080; 65. Jeff Rine, 17.086; 66. Adam Hensel, 17.090; 67. Bo Feathers, 17.168; 68. Doug Horton, 17.266; 69. Chuck Harper, 17.272; 70. Jim Yoder, 17.308; 71. Bob Gordon, 17.312; 72. Walker Arthur, 17.349; 73. Al
Shawver Jr., 17.422; 74. Spencer Liggon, 17.571; 75. Dustin Mitchell, 17.657; 76. Cruz Pedregon, 17.792; 77. Trey Martin, 17.876; 78. Chad Hollenbeck, 17.991; 79. John Winge, 18.284; 80. Dustin Hapka, no time.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

WoO at The Dirt Track

Steve Francis, World of Outlaws Late Model Series point
leader coming into the World Finals. (CMS/HHP)



World of Outlaws World Final draws 
international crowd to The Dirt Track

CONCORD, N.C. (Nov. 3, 2009) - Fans and race car drivers from all over the world will converge at The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway this week for the World of Outlaws Topless Showdown presented by Hungry-Man on Wednesday, and the World of Outlaws World Finals, Thursday through Saturday. The World Finals event brings together the World of Outlaws sprint cars and late models for three nights of on-track action to close out their seasons and crown their champions.

Highlights of the four nights of on-track action include:

International Crowd to Attend
the World of Outlaws World Finals

Fans from as far away as Australia and New Zealand will be on hand for the World of Outlaws World Finals. Forty-seven states, seven Canadian provinces, Australia and New Zealand will be represented in the grandstands. Representatives from each state, province and country will waive their respective flags during a special ceremony as part of pre-race festivities on Saturday. Drivers entered in the events also represent a total of 25 states.

Autograph Session with Ryan Newman
and World of Outlaws Late Model Drivers

On Wednesday, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman and several World of Outlaws late model drivers will participate in a special autograph session for fans at 5 p.m. on the concourse at The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway prior to the World of Outlaws Topless Showdown.

NASCAR Drivers Invest in Roots of Motorsports
Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne, Clint Bowyer and Bobby Labonte are just a few of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers who started their careers competing on dirt and asphalt short tracks around the country and have now invested into the grassroots of motorsports through ownership of short-track racing teams. Each of those Cup stars has drivers entered to compete this week at The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Tony Stewart Racing's Donny Schatz holds a 19-point lead in the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series standings and he is trying to secure his fourth-straight series title at the World Finals. Stewart also fields a sprint car for Kraig Kinser and his team is affiliated with Josh Richards, who is competing for the World of Outlaws Late Model Series championship.

Kasey Kahne Racing will field sprint car entries for drivers Joey Saldana, Brad Sweet and Cody Darrah in the World Finals. Clint Bowyer Racing and Bobby Labonte Motorsports field dirt late models for Dale McDowell and Earl Pearson Jr., respectively, and both teams are scheduled to compete this week at The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Schatz to Run Special Paint Scheme
in Hopes of Fourth Championship

This weekend Donny Schatz's No. 15 sprint car entry for Tony Stewart Racing will feature a special STP paint scheme honoring racing legend Mario Andretti. This is the same paint scheme he ran for the Knoxville (Iowa) Nationals, where he picked up his fourth-consecutive win in August. Schatz plans to follow up with another fourth-consecutive win in that paint scheme this week at the World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway as he attempts to win his fourth-consecutive World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series championship. He currently leads the standings by just 19 points over Jason Meyers.

Tight Point Battles in
Both World of Outlaws Series

Heading into the World of Outlaws World Finals, three-time and defending series champion Donny Schatz has a 19 point lead over Meyers in the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series championship standings. Third-place runner Joey Saldana is 46 markers out of the lead and still mathematically eligible for the title. In the World of Outlaws Late Model Series ranks, veteran racer Steve Francis leads "Kid Rocket" Josh Richards by a mere four points. The three-day World Finals event includes two points-paying nights of feature racing, and the opportunity for anything to happen.

Two-Time NHRA Champion Cruz Pedregon to
Compete in World of Outlaws World Finals

Two-time and reigning NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Funny Car champion Cruz Pedregon will switch it up this week as he transitions from racing his nitro Funny Car down the drag strip at speeds of more than 300 mph to sliding a World of Outlaws late model around the four-tenths-mile clay oval at The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway for the World of Outlaws World Finals. Pedregon participated in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Tony Stewart's Prelude to the Dream all-star charity race at Eldora Speedway for the first time in 2007 and has returned two times since then, earning a
sixth-place finish this year. Pedregon isn't a stranger to dirt racing. In the 1980s he raced go-karts and won a championship at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway in 1986, before he made the decision to follow his father into drag racing.

Travel Advisory
All fans and participants planning to travel to The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway through western North Carolina on I-40 should be aware that a portion of the highway is closed indefinitely due to a rockslide that occurred last month. The rockslide, which covered the highway at mile marker 2.6 in North Carolina, near the Tennessee state line, has closed I-40 from mile marker 451 in Tennessee to mile marker 20 in North Carolina.

An alternate route has been outlined for those traveling to Lowe's Motor Speedway from the Tennessee area. Directions and a map are available at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com.

More than 50 late models and nearly 40 sprint cars are anticipated for the World of Outlaws World Finals. Three-day passes for the event are just $59 for adults and $19 for children 12 and under. Single-day tickets are also available.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com or by calling the Lowe's Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS.


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