Blankenship Reaches Mountaintop Of Dirt Late Model Racing With Career-First Victory In World 100 At Eldora Speedway

West Virginia Driver Charges Forward From 12th Starting Spot For $46,000 Triumph

By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director

ROSSBURG, OH – Sept. 7, 2013 – Welcome to the elite, John Blankenship.

The 32-year-old driver from Williamson, W.Va., reached the mountaintop of dirt Late Model racing on Saturday night, racing forward from the 12th starting spot to capture the 43rd annual DIRTcar UMP-sanctioned World 100 at Eldora Speedway.

Blankenship passed Terry Phillips of Springfield, Mo., for the lead on lap 53 and never looked back. He secured the biggest win of his decade-long racing career – a star-making triumph worth $46,000 – by reaching the checkered flag 1.757 seconds ahead of Union, Ky.’s Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., whose late bid to finally put the World 100 on his resume fell short.

A low-key racer who has come of age as a championship contender this season on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Blankenship kept an even keel during his Victory Lane celebration with his father/car owner Don and crew. He had a hard time grasping the significance of what he had accomplished in front of a massive crowd that ranked as one of the largest in the history of the historic high-banked, half-mile oval.

“It’s unbelievable,” Blankenship said with reverence after becoming the 27th driver – and first from the state of West Virginia – to win dirt Late Model racing’s most prestigious event. “I can’t describe being up here (on the winner’s stage).

“I’m not a real emotional type of guy. I’ve been let down so many times by expectations being so high (at Eldora), when it finally happens it’s almost just surreal. It’ll soak in about Wednesday and then I’ll be really elated and probably go party some.”

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As Blankenship cruised out front and Lanigan vainly attempted to run him down, the most compelling late-race battle was for third place. Three-time World 100 winner Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., came out on top of the three-car tussle, grabbing third from Phillips on lap 94 and then turning back a furious outside assault from 16-year-old Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., to register his 16th top-five finish in 24 career World 100 starts.

Pierce, who started from the outside pole and led laps 8-13, settled for a fourth-place finish in his spectacular first-ever World 100 appearance. The rising young star drew some of the loudest cheers from the crowd as he went toe-to-toe with veteran drivers throughout the race.

World of Outlaws Late Model Series points leader Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., completed the top five, reaching fifth with two laps remaining to conclude a steady march forward from the 20th starting spot.

Phillips, who started from the pole position and led laps 1-7 and 15-52, slipped to a sixth-place finish in his eighth career World 100 start but first since 2006.

No one broke through traffic in the 100-lapper quicker that Blankenship. He was only ninth when the race’s first caution flag flew on lap 21 for a flat right-rear tire on the car driven by Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., but he reached fifth on lap 36, took third from Pierce on lap 44, passed Lanigan for second on lap 48 and sailed into the lead with a smooth slide underneath Phillips on lap 53.

“We’ve had a good car here all week and hit on a little something last night,” Blankenship said of his Rocket machine. “I felt real good about a long (green-flag) run, so I was real surprised I took the lead as early as I did.”

With the race running without interruption following a second and final caution flag on lap 56 for the slowing car of Chatham, Ill.’s Brian Shirley, Blankenship set a torrid pace. He built a near straightaway advantage by lap 70, giving him more than enough cushion to absorb Lanigan’s late-race charge.

Lanigan, 43, wrestled second place from Phillips on lap 77 and managed to cut Blankenship’s nearly two-second lead in half within 10 circuits. But Blankenship found the rhythm he needed to keep Lanigan from drawing any closer.

“I was really nervous about the whole race,” said Blankenship, whose three previous World 100 A-Main starts resulted in progressively better finishes of 21st (2009), 11th (’10) and fifth (’11). “I thought they were breathing down my neck the whole time, so I was driving pretty hard and didn’t know how long my stuff was gonna stay under me.

“Evey time I tried to be a little more patient I would get a push and I couldn’t even run down the lapped cars. I decided to just start driving it in like I was when I was trying to catch the leader and actually the car handled a lot better.”

Lanigan had a perfect view of Blankenship’s impeccable mount while chasing the leader late in the distance. Try as he might, the alltime winningest WoO LMS driver couldn’t catch Blankenship.

With the loss, Lanigan surpassed Freddy Smith as the driver who has made the most career World 100 A-Main starts (20) without reaching Victory Lane. He recorded his second runner-up finish and eighth overall top-five run in the event, but that was little consolation to the hyper-competitive racer.

“It’s just disappointing to come up here and be that close,” said Lanigan, whose previous second-place finish came in 1999. “I already got a couple ideas of what we should’ve done, but it’s too late now. We were just a little bit off.

“(Blankenship) kind of surprised me to be that good down there in the middle. He could run that middle to the bottom. I tried it and felt good there, but he was just a little bit better. I reeled him in and got within six, seven car lengths, but then I couldn’t close up no more.”

Lanigan could only look on from afar – or, more precisely, the post-race inspection area in the pit area – as Blankenship celebrated on the winner’s stage.

“We’ve had an up-and-down season and really slipped the last four or five weeks,” said Blankenship, who briefly led the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series points standings in the middle of the summer before falling back. “This is just a really big booster to us.

“You definitely have doubts,” he continued, “especially when you come out here (to Eldora) and can’t even run last in a B-Main – that’s happened before too. It’s just a really competitive sport, and that’s actually why I love it so much. You can be the fastest car one week and the slowest car the next. It makes wins like this even more special.”

Finishing in positions 7-10 were Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, Fla., who ran as high as fourth for a short period after the lap-56 restart; Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga.; Jared Landers of Batesville, Ark.; and Eddie Carrier Jr. of Salt Rock, W.Va.

Winners of Saturday night’s six 15-lap heats were J.R. Hotovy of Hartford, Mich., Shirley, Davenport, Lanigan, Pierce and Phillips. The 20-lap B-Mains were captured by teenager Tyler Reddick of DuQuoin, Ill., and Bloomquist.

Two five-lap ‘Scrambles’ for drivers failing to earn transfer positions in the B-Mains were also contested, with Randy Weaver of Crossville, Tenn., and Morgan Bagley of Longview, Texas, earning $1,000 each for their victories.

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World 100 A-Main Results (Finish/Start/Driver/Lap Completed/Earnings):

1. (12) John Blankenship/100 $46,000
2. (3) Darrell Lanigan/100 $15,000
3. (22) Scott Bloomquist/100 $10,000
4. (2) Bobby Pierce/100 $7,500
5. (20) Josh Richards/100 $6,000
6. (1) Terry Phillips/100 $5,000
7. (8) Earl Pearson Jr./100 $4,000
8. (4) Jonathan Davenport/100 $3,500
9. (16) Jared Landers/100 $3,000
10. (9) Eddie Carrier Jr./100 $2,500
11. (15) Bub McCool/100 $2,475
12. (23) Chris Simpson/100 $2,450
13. (10) Chris Madden/100 $2,425
14. (30) Gregg Satterlee/99 $2,400
15. (27) Brandon Sheppard/98 $2,375
16. (14) Duane Chamberlain/98 $2,350
17. (25) Vic Hill/97 $2,325
18. (5) Brian Shirley/61 $2,300
19. (13) Frankie Heckenast Jr./60 $2,275
20. (11) Jimmy Mars/58 $2,250
21. (19) Jason Feger/49 $2,225
22. (17) Jeff Babcock/48 $2,220
23. (24) Jimmy Owens/43 $2,175
24. (21) Tyler Reddick/41 $2,150
25. (26) Brian Birkhofer/40 $2,125
26. (7) Dale McDowell/39 $2,100
27. (31) Shane Clanton/36 $2,090
28. (6) J.R. Hotovy/32 $2,080
29. (29) Kent Robinson/25 $2,065
30. (32) Jeep VanWormer/21 $2,050
31. (28) Shannon Babb/17 $2,025
32. (18) Jerry Bowersock/15 $2,000

Lap Leaders: Phillips (1-7); Pierce (8-13); Phillips (14-52); Blankenship (53-100)

Heat 1 Finish (15 laps – Top 3 Transfer to A-Main/4-11 to B-Main): 1. J.R. Hotovy, 2. Dale McDowell, 3. Frankie Heckenast Jr., 4. Tyler Reddick, 5. Jason Feger, 6. Dustin Neat, 7. Chris Simpson, 8. Chad Ruhlman, 9. Randy Korte, 10. Brian Ruhlman, 11. Steve Kester, 12. Gary Christian, 13. Kevin Weaver, 14. Steve Francis, 15. Matt Irey, 16. Justin Chance, 17. Dennis Erb Jr., 18. Robby Hensley (DNS) Nick Latham

Heat 2 Finish (15 laps – Top 3 Transfer to A-Main/4-11 to B-Main): 1. Brian Shirley, 2. Earl Pearson Jr., 3. Duane Chamberlain, 4. Vic Hill, 5. Randy Weaver, 6. Kent Robinson, 7. Brandon Kinzer, 8. Matt Miller, 9. Chad Smith, 10. Shannon Thornsberry, 11. Ryan Sutter, 12. Mike Marlar, 13. Josh Richards, 14. Dustin Neat (DNS) Jeremy Nichols, Joe Ramey, Jason Riggs, Chad Simpson, Don Hammer

Heat 3 Finish (15 laps – Top 3 Transfer to A-Main/4-11 to B-Main): 1. Jonathan Davenport, 2. Eddie Carrier Jr., 3. Bub McCool, 4. Brandon Sheppard, 5. Ray Guss Jr., 6. Wayne Chinn, 7. Tim Isenberg, 8. Billy Moyer, 9. Doug Drown, 10. Tim Rivers, 11. Don Gordon, 12. Jason Montgomery, 13. John Mason, 14. Jeep VanWormer, 15. R.J. Conley, 16. Jeff Watson, 17. John Mayes Jr. (DNS) Scott James, Doug Zartler

Heat 4 Finish (15 laps – Top 3 Transfer to A-Main/4-11 to B-Main): 1. Darrell Lanigan, 2. Chris Madden, 3. Jared Landers, 4. Shannon Babb, 5. Scott Bloomquist, 6. Michael Asberry, 7. Brett Wyatt, 8. Jody Knowles, 9. Steve Lance Jr., 10. Justin Rattliff, 11. Jason Riggs, 12. Phil Ausra, 13. Jason Smith, 14. Shane Unger, 15. Michael Chilton, 16. Mason Zeigler, 17. Don O’Neal, 18. Shane Clanton, 19. Devin Moran

Heat 5 Finish (15 laps – Top 3 Transfer to A-Main/4-11 to B-Main): 1. Bobby Pierce, 2. Jimmy Mars, 3. Jeff Babcock, 4. Jimmy Owens, 5. Jon Henry, 6. Donnie Moran, 7. Tim McCreadie, 8. Gregg Satterlee, 9. Greg Johnson, 10. Chub Frank, 11. Ryan VanderVeen, 12. Mike Spatola, 13. Casey Noonan, 14. Jay Brunson, 15. Jim Gingery, 16. Mason Combs, 17. Brian Gray, 18. Jeff Sloan, 19. Ky Harper

Heat 6 Finish (15 laps – Top 3 Transfer to A-Main/4-11 to B-Main): 1. Terry Phillips, 2. John Blankenship, 3. Jerry Bowersock, 4. Morgan Bagley, 5. Dustin Linville, 6. Brian Birkhofer, 7. Andrew Reaume, 8. Casey Roberts, 9. Brian Diveley, 10. Brad Dyer, 11. Jacob Hawkins, 12. Tim Manville, 13. Tim Lance, 14. Jeff Wolfenbarger, 15. Scott Clifford, 16. Jay Johnson (DQ – light) Weiss (DNS) Henry Cooper

B-Main 1 Finish (20 laps – Top 5 Transfer to A-Main): 1. Tyler Reddick, 2. Chris Simpson, 3. Vic Hill, 4. Brandon Sheppard, 5. Kent Robinson, 6. Randy Weaver, 7. Tim Isenberg, 8. Brandon Kinzer, 9. Brad Neat, 10. Randy Korte, 11. Gary Christian, 12. Chad Ruhlman, 13. Ray Guss Jr., 14. Chad Smith, 15. Steve Kester, 16. Billy Moyer, 17. Doug Drown, 18. Brian Ruhlman, 19. Ryan Sutter, 20. Tim Rivers, 21. Don Gordon, 22. Matt Miller, 23. Dustin Neat, 24. Wayne Chinn (Scratched) Shannon Thornsberry

B-Main Scramble 1 Finish (5 laps): 1. Randy Weaver, 2. Brad Neat, 3. Brandon Kinzer, 4. Tim Isenberg, 5. Ray Guss Jr., 6. Billy Moyer, 7. Chad Ruhlman, 8. Gary Christian, 9. Brian Ruhlman, 10. Randy Korte, 11. Doug Drown, 12. Steven Kester, 13. Tim Rivers, 14. Chad Smith, 15. Ryan Sutter, 16. Don Gordon

B-Main 2 Finish (20 laps – Top 5 Transfer to A-Main): 1. Scott Bloomquist, 2. Jimmy Owens, 3. Brian Birkhofer, 4. Shannon Babb, 5. Gregg Satterlee, 6. Morgan Bagley, 7. Greg Johnson, 8. Andrew Reaume, 9. Dustin Linville, 10. Mike Spatola, 11. Tim McCreadie, 12. Casey Roberts, 13. Justin Ratttliff, 14. Steve Lance Jr., 15. Jason Riggs, 16. Jody Knowles, 17. Brad Dyer, 18. Jon Henry, 19. Chub Frank, 20. Michael Asberry, 21. Ryan VanderVeen, 22. Donnie Moran, 23. Brett Wyatt, 24. Brian Diveley (Scratched) Jacob Hawkins

B-Main Scramble 2 Finish (5 laps): 1. Morgan Bagley, 2. Greg Johnson, 3. Andrew Reaume, 4. Dustin Linville, 5. Mike Spatola, 6. Tim McCreadie, 7. Justin Rattliff, 8. Steve Lance Jr., 9. Jason Riggs, 10. Jody Knowles, 11. Brad Dyer

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LIVE UPDATES 9/9: 43rd Annual DIRTcar UMP-Sanctioned World 100 At Eldora Speedway

ROSSBURG, OH – Sept. 7, 2013 – It’s time for the biggest show in dirt Late Model racing: the 43rd annual DIRTcar UMP-sanctioned World 100 at Eldora Speedway.

The sport’s most prestigious event concludes tonight, with six 15-lap heat races and two 20-lap B-Mains preceeding the $46,000-to-win World 100 finale. Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, Iowa, is the race’s defending champion.

For live blog-style updates including news, notes and results from tonight’s action, click the ‘Full Story’ button below. Be sure to refresh your browser throughout the night to read the latest information.

Blankenship puts his name on the globe

12:35 a.m. – West Virginia’s John Blankenship ratified his status as a dirt Late Model star with a career-first victory in the World 100.

Coming from the 12th starting spot, Blankenship steered his Rocket machine past Terry Phillips for the lead on lap 53 and never looked back. Darrell Lanigan was able to cut Blankenship’s edge to under one second late in the race but Blankenship didn’t waver and beat Lanigan to the finish line by 1.757 seconds.

Scott Bloomquist advanced from the 22nd starting spot to finish third. Race rookie Bobby Pierce was a spectacular fourth after leading laps 8-13 and Josh Richards finished fifth, cracking the top five with two laps remaining after starting 20th.

World 100 Finish: 1. John Blankenship, 2. Darrell Lanigan, 3. Scott Bloomquist, 4. Bobby Pierce, 5. Josh Richards, 6. Terry Phillips, 7. Earl Pearson Jr., 8. Jonathan Davenport, 9. Jared Landers, 10. Eddie Carrier Jr., 11. Bub McCool, 12. Chris Simpson, 13. Chris Madden, 14. Gregg Satterlee, 15. Brandon Sheppard, 16. Duane Chamberlain, 17. Vic Hill, 18. Brian Shirley, 19. Frankie Heckenast Jr., 20. Jimmy Mars, 21. Jason Feger, 22. Jeff Babcock, 23. Jimmy Owens, 24. Tyler Reddick, 25. Brian Birkhofer, 26. Dale McDowell, 27. Shane Clanton, 28. J.R. Hotovy, 29. Kent Robinson, 30. Jeep VanWormer, 31. Shannon Babb, 32. Jerry Bowersock

It’s go time

11:35 p.m. – The 32-car World 100 field is now forming into the four-wide pace lap….which means the start is moments away.

Terry Phillips, who has a career-best World 100 finish of fourth (2001) in seven career starts, and 16-year-old World 100 rookie Bobby Pierce will lead the pack to the green flag.

Countdown is on

11:10 p.m. – Drivers are down to five minutes to line up for the World 100, which is all that’s left on tonight’s program. The starting lineup is below….

Row 1: Terry Phillips/Bobby Pierce
Row 2: Darrell Lanigan/Jonathan Davenport
Row 3: Brian Shirley/J.R. Hotovy
Row 4: Dale McDowell/Earl Pearson Jr.
Row 5: Eddie Carrier Jr./Chris Madden
Row 6: Jimmy Mars/John Blankenship
Row 7: Frankie Heckenast/Duane Chamberlain
Row 8: Bub McCool/Jared Landers
Row 9: Jeff Babcock/Jerry Bowersock
Row 10: Jason Feger/Josh Richards
Row 11: Tyler Reddick/Scott Bloomquist
Row 12: Chris Simpson/Jimmy Owens
Row 13: Vic Hill/Brian Birkhofer
Row 14: Brandon Sheppard/Shannon Babb
Row 15: Kent Robinson/Gregg Satterlee
Row 16: Shane Clanton/Jeep VanWormer

Final-lap drama in second B-Main

10:55 p.m. – Scott Bloomquist won the second B-Main, but only after his fellow former World 100 winner Jimmy Owens blew a right-rear tire exiting turn four on the final lap and slapped the homestretch, opening the door for Bloomquist to steal the race.

Owens limped across the finish line in second place, but he’ll have some repair work to do before the A-Main. Defending World 100 champion Brian Birkhofer, Shannon Babb and Gregg Satterlee completed the top five to move to the World 100.

B-Main 2 Finish (20 laps – Top 5 Transfer to A-Main): 1. Scott Bloomquist, 2. Jimmy Owens, 3. Brian Birkhofer, 4. Shannon Babb, 5. Gregg Satterlee, 6. Morgan Bagley, 7. Greg Johnson, 8. Andrew Reaume, 9. Dustin Linville, 10. Mike Spatola, 11. Tim McCreadie, 12. Casey Roberts, 13. Justin Ratttliff, 14. Steve Lance Jr., 15. Jason Riggs, 16. Jody Knowles, 17. Brad Dyer, 18. Jon Henry, 19. Chub Frank, 20. Michael Asberry, 21. Ryan VanderVeen, 22. Donnie Moran, 23. Brett Wyatt, 24. Brian Diveley (Scratched) Jacob Hawkins.

B-Main Scramble 2 Finish (5 laps): 1. Morgan Bagley, 2. Greg Johnson, 3. Andrew Reaume, 4. Dustin Linville, 5. Mike Spatola, 6. Tim McCreadie, 7. Justin Rattliff, 8. Steve Lance Jr., 9. Jason Riggs, 10. Jody Knowles, 11. Brad Dyer.

Reddick takes first B

10:30 p.m. – Teenager Tyler Reddick was victorious in the first 20-lap B-Main, holding off a furious final-lap challenge from Chris Simpson. Vic Hill finished third, Brandon Sheppard was fourth and Kent Robinson placed fifth to complete the event’s transfers to the World 100.

Randy Weaver, meanwhile, won the 5-lap ‘B-Scramble’ for non-qualifiers, besting Brad Neat for a $1,000 consolation prize.

B-Main 1 Finish (20 laps – Top 5 Transfer to A-Main): 1. Tyler Reddick, 2. Chris Simpson, 3. Vic Hill, 4. Brandon Sheppard, 5. Kent Robinson, 6. Randy Weaver, 7. Tim Isenberg, 8. Brandon Kinzer, 9. Brad Neat, 10. Randy Korte, 11. Gary Christian, 12. Chad Ruhlman, 13. Ray Guss Jr., 14. Chad Smith, 15. Steve Kester, 16. Billy Moyer, 17. Doug Drown, 18. Brian Ruhlman, 19. Ryan Sutter, 20. Tim Rivers, 21. Don Gordon, 22. Matt Miller, 23. Dustin Neat, 24. Wayne Chinn (Scratched) Shannon Thornsberry.

B-Main Scramble 1 Finish (5 laps): 1. Randy Weaver, 2. Brad Neat, 3. Brandon Kinzer, 4. Tim Isenberg, 5. Ray Guss Jr., 6. Billy Moyer, 7. Chad Ruhlman, 8. Gary Christian, 9. Brian Ruhlman, 10. Randy Korte, 11. Doug Drown, 12. Steven Kester, 13. Tim Rivers, 14. Chad Smith, 15. Ryan Sutter, 16. Don Gordon.

 

Heat Race Notes

9:40 p.m. – A review of the very eventful qualifying heat races….

Heat 1: J.R. Hotovy led the entire distance for the win, but Dale McDowell made a final-lap bid for the victory…. Former World 100 winner Steve Francis struggled, finishing 14th and missing the cut-off to transfer to a B-Main…. Dennis Erb Jr., who finished second in June’s Dream 100, dropped out early in the event…. World 100 overall fast-timer Jason Feger finished fifth and will use his fast-time provisional to start 19th in the A-Main….

Heat 2: Mike Marlar was sent spinning in turn two after a lap-three tangle while battling for a transfer spot. Josh Richards pitted moments later with a flat tire sustained in the incident and will use his fast-time provisional to start 20th in the World 100…. Brad Neat slammed the turn-one wall on the lap-three restart, ending his hopes for a World 100 starting berth…. Matt Miller led the heat until late in the distance when he slid over the cushion in turns one and two and tumbled to an eighth-place finish. His problems opened the door for Brian Shirley to capture the checkered flag….

Heat 3: Jonathan Davenport lost the lead to Eddie Carrier Jr. on an early restart but regained command on lap 11 and marched on to victory…. Billy Moyer slowed and pitted on lap four with a flat left-rear tire. He was able to restart on the lead lap thanks to a caution flag that followed the ensuing restart…. Jeep VanWormer slammed the turn-two wall hard when he ran out of room attempting to make an outside move for second place on a lap-five restart. He car sustained significant damage, but he is in line for one of the two provisionals that go to the non-qualified drivers with the highest average finishes from the Thursday and Friday A-Features…. A multi-car tangle between turns three and four on lap five swept up John Mason, Tim Rivers, Jason Montgomery, Don Gordon and John Mayes Jr….

Heat 4: Darrell Lanigan survived some tough racing early in the event to score the win over Chris Madden, who started 12th, and Jared Landers, who received some post-race words of displeasure from Lanigan during the winner’s interview on the p.a…. Polesitter Devin Moran’s weekend ended when he hit the turn-two wall on the second lap…. Mason Zeigler and Shane Clanton became hooked together momentarily on the backstretch while battling for the lead on lap five. Both drivers headed to the pit area, ending Zeigler’s weekend and leaving Clanton to fall back on a provisional for registering the best average finishes in the preliminary A-Features…. Don O’Neal retired early, ending his weekend….

Heat 5: Making his first-ever World 100 appearance, 16-year-old Bobby Pierce led all the way to take the victory and secure the outside pole starting spot for the A-Main. He drew a big roar from the crowd as he crossed the finish line with a healthy edge over Jimmy Mars…. Jimmy Owens missed transferring by one spot, but a lap-12 caution flag allowed him to vault from sixth to fourth…. Tim McCreadie, who won the first A-Feature last night, faded from the fifth starting spot to a seventh-place finish….

Heat 6: The start of the race was delayed for a couple minutes because light rain began falling as the field was making pace laps. The precipitation stopped after about five minutes, however, allowing the event to go green…. Terry Phillips came from the ninth starting spot to win the event – and earn the pole position for the World 100 – after passing John Blankenship for the lead coming to the white flag…. Blankenship settled for second place after pulling off a head-turning move to pass both Jerry Bowersock and Morgan Bagley for the lead on the bottom of turns three and four on lap nine…. Ricky Weiss crossed the finish line fourth but was disqualified for weighing in light….

Heat Race Finishes

9:35 p.m. – Keep checking here for results from the heats as they finish….

Heat 1 Finish (15 laps – Top 3 Transfer to A-Main/4-11 to B-Main): 1. J.R. Hotovy, 2. Dale McDowell, 3. Frankie Heckenast Jr., 4. Tyler Reddick, 5. Jason Feger, 6. Dustin Neat, 7. Chris Simpson, 8. Chad Ruhlman, 9. Randy Korte, 10. Brian Ruhlman, 11. Steve Kester, 12. Gary Christian, 13. Kevin Weaver, 14. Steve Francis, 15. Matt Irey, 16. Justin Chance, 17. Dennis Erb Jr., 18. Robby Hensley (DNS) Nick Latham

Heat 2 Finish (15 laps – Top 3 Transfer to A-Main/4-11 to B-Main): 1. Brian Shirley, 2. Earl Pearson Jr., 3. Duane Chamberlain, 4. Vic Hill, 5. Randy Weaver, 6. Kent Robinson, 7. Brandon Kinzer, 8. Matt Miller, 9. Chad Smith, 10. Shannon Thornsberry, 11. Ryan Sutter, 12. Mike Marlar, 13. Josh Richards, 14. Dustin Neat (DNS) Jeremy Nichols, Joe Ramey, Jason Riggs, Chad Simpson, Don Hammer

Heat 3 Finish (15 laps – Top 3 Transfer to A-Main/4-11 to B-Main): 1. Jonathan Davenport, 2. Eddie Carrier Jr., 3. Bub McCool, 4. Brandon Sheppard, 5. Ray Guss Jr., 6. Wayne Chinn, 7. Tim Isenberg, 8. Billy Moyer, 9. Doug Drown, 10. Tim Rivers, 11. Don Gordon, 12. Jason Montgomery, 13. John Mason, 14. Jeep VanWormer, 15. R.J. Conley, 16. Jeff Watson, 17. John Mayes Jr. (DNS) Scott James, Doug Zartler

Heat 4 Finish (15 laps – Top 3 Transfer to A-Main/4-11 to B-Main): 1. Darrell Lanigan, 2. Chris Madden, 3. Jared Landers, 4. Shannon Babb, 5. Scott Bloomquist, 6. Michael Asberry, 7. Brett Wyatt, 8. Jody Knowles, 9. Steve Lance Jr., 10. Justin Rattliff, 11. Jason Riggs, 12. Phil Ausra, 13. Jason Smith, 14. Shane Unger, 15. Michael Chilton, 16. Mason Zeigler, 17. Don O’Neal, 18. Shane Clanton, 19. Devin Moran

Heat 5 Finish (15 laps – Top 3 Transfer to A-Main/4-11 to B-Main): 1. Bobby Pierce, 2. Jimmy Mars, 3. Jeff Babcock, 4. Jimmy Owens, 5. Jon Henry, 6. Donnie Moran, 7. Tim McCreadie, 8. Gregg Satterlee, 9. Greg Johnson, 10. Chub Frank, 11. Ryan VanderVeen, 12. Mike Spatola, 13. Casey Noonan, 14. Jay Brunson, 15. Jim Gingery, 16. Mason Combs, 17. Brian Gray, 18. Jeff Sloan, 19. Ky Harper

Heat 6 Finish (15 laps – Top 3 Transfer to A-Main/4-11 to B-Main): 1. Terry Phillips, 2. John Blankenship, 3. Jerry Bowersock, 4. Morgan Bagley, 5. Dustin Linville, 6. Brian Birkhofer, 7. Andrew Reaume, 8. Casey Roberts, 9. Brian Diveley, 10. Brad Dyer, 11. Jacob Hawkins, 12. Tim Manville, 13. Tim Lance, 14. Jeff Wolfenbarger, 15. Scott Clifford, 16. Jay Johnson (DQ – light) Weiss (DNS) Henry Cooper

Now we’re ready….

7:45 p.m. – The impromptu hot-lap session is complete and the track packers are circling the speedway, putting the finishing touches on the surface for the first heat race. The preliminary is lined up on pit road and will be pulling onto the track momentarily.

Not quite ready….

7:15 p.m. – The start of tonight’s heat races have been delayed slightly after officials made a last-minute decision to have 12 hot-lap sessions because it was determined that the racing surface was a bit too wet for racing to commence. The practice laps are now underway….

Are you ready?

7 p.m. – Opening ceremonies — complete with the fastest-qualifying driver from the 20 states and two Canadian provinces represented in this weekend’s field holding their state or province flags — are now complete. With an absolutely packed house of fans looking on, engines are firing in the pit area and the first heat is moments away from rolling onto the racetrack.

Buzz in the air

6:25 p.m. – The anticipation is building for the start of tonight’s racing program. Teams are making final preparations to their cars in the pit area and fans are streaming to their seats around the high-banked, half-mile oval as race time — 7 p.m. sharp — approaches.

As is World 100 tradition, no hot laps will be run before the first of six 15-lap heat races hits the track at 7 o’clock. The top-three finishers in each heat will advance to the World 100, with the winner of the sixth heat earning the pole. The 19th and 20th starting spots in the World 100 will go to the two fastest drivers in time trials who do not qualify through a heat; positions 21-30 are reserved for the top-five finishers from each B-Main; and the 31st and 32nd starting spots go to the non-qualified drivers who had the best average finish in the preliminary features on Thursday and Friday.

Heat race lineups are below….

Heat 1

Row 1: Dale McDowell/J.R. Hotovy
Row 2: Tyler Reddick/Frankie Heckenast Jr.
Row 3: Steve Francis/Jason Feger
Row 4: Dennis Erb Jr./Kevin Weaver
Row 5: Dustin Neat/Brian Ruhlman
Row 6: Chris Simpson/Robby Hensley
Row 7: Randy Korte/Chad Ruhlman
Row 8: Justin Chance/Steve Kester
Row 9: Gary Christian/Matt Irey
Row 10: Nick Latham

Heat 2

Row 1: Vic Hill/Matt Miller
Row 2: Mike Marlar/Brian Shirley
Row 3: Brad Neat/Josh Richards
Row 4: Chad Smith/Shannon Thornsberry
Row 5: Earl Pearson Jr./Randy Weaver
Row 6: Duane Chamberlain/Jeremy Nichols
Row 7: Ryan Sutter/Brandon Kinzer
Row 8: Joe Ramey/Kent Robinson
Row 9: Jason Riggs/Chad Simpson
Row 10: Don Hammer

Heat 3

Row 1: Bub McCool/Eddie Carrier Jr.
Row 2: Jonathan Davenport/Billy Moyer
Row 3: Jeep VanWormer/Ray Guss Jr.
Row 4: Brandon Sheppard/R.J. Conley
Row 5: Wayne Chinn/Jason Montgomery
Row 6: Tim Isenberg/John Mason
Row 7: Tim Rivers/Doug Drown
Row 8: Jeff Watson/John Mayes Jr.
Row 9: Don Gordon/Scott James
Row 10: Doug Zartler

Heat 4

Row 1: Devin Moran/Mason Zeigler
Row 2: Darrell Lanigan/Jared Landers
Row 3: Don O’Neal/Shane Clanton
Row 4: Scott Bloomquist/Shannon Babb
Row 5: Michael Chilton/Justin Rattliff
Row 6: Brett Wyatt/Chris Madden
Row 7: Steve Lance Jr./Michael Asberry
Row 8: Phil Ausra/Jody Knowles
Row 9: Jason Smith/Shane Unger
Row 10: Steve Isenberg

Heat 5

Row 1: Jimmy Mars/Jeff Babcock
Row 2: Bobby Pierce/Jon Henry
Row 3: Tim McCreadie/Gregg Satterlee
Row 4: Jimmy Owens/Donnie Moran
Row 5: Ryan VanderVeen/Chub Frank
Row 6: Ky Harper/Greg Johnson
Row 7: Jeff Sloan/Mike Spatola
Row 8: Casey Noonan/Brian Gray
Row 9: Jay Brunson/Mason Combs
Row 10: Jim Gingery

Heat 6

Row 1: Casey Roberts/ Morgan Bagley
Row 2: Jerry Bowersock/Ricky Weiss
Row 3: John Blankenship/Jacob Hawkins
Row 4: Tim Lance/Tim Manville
Row 5: Terry Phillips/Dustin Linville
Row 6: Brian Birkhofer/Brian Diveley
Row 7: Brad Dyer/Jay Johnson
Row 8: Andrew Reaume/Jeff Wolfenbarger
Row 9: Henry Cooper/Scott Clifford