Richards Gets Elbows Up To Reach Victory Lane For Second Time In Pevely Nationals At Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55
West Virginia Star Pads World of Outlaws Late Model Series Points Lead With Ninth Triumph Of 2013 Season
By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director
PEVELY, MO – Sept. 14, 2013 – Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., roared back into the World of Outlaws Late Model Series spotlight with an elbows-up victory in Saturday night’s 55-lap Pevely Nationals at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55.
Twenty-four hours after absorbing a rare DNF, Richards wrestled the lead from Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, Ill., on lap 32 and turned back a late challenge from Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., to register his ninth WoO LMS triumph of 2013. The $10,650 score also made him the first driver to win twice in the seven World of Outlaws A-Mains contested since 2005 at the high-banked, one-third-mile oval.
Adding more importance to his checkered flag, Richards, 25, padded his points lead in the chase for the $100,000 WoO LMS championship to a season-high 114 points over Lanigan and Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., who ended the night tied for second in the standings. Richards can clinch his third career title on the national tour by averaging an 11th-place finish over the final five events of the campaign.
“It feels good to have a little bit of a cushion,” Richards said of his healthy edge in the World of Outlaws standings. “We lost it last night (after a broken rearend left him with a 19th-place finish at Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, Ill.), so it feels good to come back with a win tonight.”
Lanigan, 43, slipped by Babb for second place on lap 40 and closed up to Richards’s rear bumper with three laps remaining, but the race’s sixth and final caution flag that same circuit effectively snuffed out his bid for a first-ever win at I-55. The defending WoO LMS champion settled for his third career runner-up finish in the Pevely Nationals, crossing the finish line 0.923 of a second behind Richards.
Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., who won the inaugural WoO LMS event at I-55 in 2005, advanced from the 10th starting spot to finish third. A pair of DIRTcar UMP standouts – reigning national champion Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill. and fast-rising 16-year-old Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill. – came from sixth-row starting positions to place fourth and fifth, respectively.
Babb, who started from the pole position and led laps 1-31, finished 15th after bringing out the lap-52 caution flag with a slap of the turn-one wall. He was clinging to fourth place when his car’s nosepiece folded underneath its left-front wheel, causing him to slide uncontrollably into the guardrail and collect Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., and Tyler Reddick of DuQuoin, Ill.
Richards, who started fourth in his father Mark’s familiar Valvoline-sponsored Rocket Chassis house car, needed just four laps to reach second place and pulled off a head-turning outside pass exiting turn four to grab the lead from Babb for good on lap 32. But getting to the front – and staying there – was much harder than it looked to those sitting in the bleachers.
“We got the front end bent up a little bit on the first lap and it was definitely a handful to drive,” said Richards, who survived an opening-circuit scrape in turn three that left Clanton with a broken right-front suspension and a dismal 26th-place finish might have destroyed his flickering WoO LMS championship hopes. “I couldn’t really steer as good as I wanted to the rest of the race.”
Richards’s handling woes left him unable to “steer good enough to run that (outside) groove lap after lap,” but he managed to manhandle his machine around the fast-but-treacherous top side in short bursts to surge into the lead and repel Lanigan’s late threat.
After WoO LMS rookie Morgan Bagley of Longview, Texas, brought out a caution flag on lap 48 when a flat left-rear tire forced him to relinquish a top-10 spot, Lanigan tossed his Rocket car around the cushion and drew within striking distance of Richards by lap 52. It appeared Lanigan was primed to charge by Richards, but the lap-52 caution flag was the break the leader needed.
“I guess (before) that last restart Darrell went back to the top and got a run on me,” said Richards, who registered his 48th career victory on the WoO LMS. “I heard him out there and my guys were saying to move back up. As leery as I felt up there, I knew you just had to get up there and deal with it for a few more laps.
“Once I got up there and kept the speed up I knew we’d be O.K., but our car was just so tight that you just can’t steer on the throttle very well here. Those last few laps sure seemed like they took a long time to run.”
Lanigan had to resign himself to a second-place finish – a bounce-back for him as well following a 17th-place run the previous night at Belle-Clair that was caused by a late-race flat.
“We had a pretty good run going there on the top and closed in on (Richards) hard,” said Lanigan, who leads the WoO LMS with 10 wins this season. “But then we had that caution and his crew told him where to run – to go to the top. That’s what you’re supposed to do.”
Finishing in positions 6-10 was Rick Eckert of York, Pa., who quietly worked his way forward from the 17th starting spot; Billy Moyer Jr. of Batesville, Ark., who started alongside his father in the fifth row; third-starter Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill., who won last year’s Pevely Nationals; Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y.; and Bagley, who rallied after pitting on lap 48.
Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., who the previous night at Belle-Clair, cracked the top five late in the distance and had just inherited fourth place thanks to Babb’s problem on lap 52 when a flat tire forced him to pit. He finished 13th.
Thirty-three cars were entered in the evening’s action.
Ohlins Shocks Time Trials were split into ‘A’ and ‘B’ groups, with the first half competing for starting positions in heats one and two and the second half racing against the clock to align heats three and four.
Heat winners were Richards, McCool, Bagley and Clanton. The B-Mains were captured by Eckert and Jim Sherech of St. Charles, Mo.
The WoO LMS will be back in action next weekend at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Mich., a 7/16th-mile asphalt track that has been covered with clay for the second annual Keyser Manufacturing ‘Down & Dirty 100’ Presented by NAPA Auto Parts. Time trials and heat races will be contested on Fri., Sept. 20, and B-Mains and the $20,000-to-win 100-lapper will be run on Sat., Sept. 21.
Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series ‘Pevely Nationals’ at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (4) Josh Richards/55 $10,650
2. (8) Darrell Lanigan/55 $5,650
3. (10) Billy Moyer/55 $3,100
4. (11) Brian Shirley/55 $2,500
5. (12) Bobby Pierce/55 $2,650
6. (17) Rick Eckert/55 $2,350
7. (9) Billy Moyer Jr./55 $1,500
8. (3) Dennis Erb Jr./55 $1,350
9. (6) Tim Fuller/55 $1,750
10. (2) Morgan Bagley/55 $1,900
11. (23) Eric Wells/55 $1,600
12. (7) Bub McCool/55 $1,600
13. (14) Brandon Sheppard/55 $950
14. (22) Chub Frank/55 $1,500
15. (1) Shannon Babb/52 $850
16. (15) Tyler Reddick/52 $800
17. (25) Dewayne Kiefer/52 $820
18. (24) Jason Feger/48 $750
19. (21) Jason McBride/34 $730
20. (16) Randy Korte/33 $700
21. (18) Jim Sherech/32 $700
22. (13) Tim McCreadie/28 $1,350
23. (19) Michael Kloos/22 $700
24. (26) Jeff Herzog/2 $725
25. (20) Ricky Frankel/1 $700
26. (5) Shane Clanton/0 $1,250
* Earnings include Winners Circle program and cash contingency award bonuses
Time of Race: 35 Mins., 29.008 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 0.923 Secs.
Yellow Flags: 6 (laps 0, 23, 28, 33, 48, 52)
Lap Leaders: Babb (1-31); Richards (32-55)
Provisional Starters: Wells (WoO); Feger (fast time); Kiefer, Herzog (track)
Rookie of the Race: Bagley ($250)
WoO LMS ‘Bonus Bucks’ Winner: Pierce ($500)
Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):
1. 1-Josh Richards/Shinnston, WV 12.194
2. 57J-Bub McCool/Vicksburg, MS 12.218
3. 25F-Jason Feger/Bloomington, IL 12.279
4. 29-Darrell Lanigan/Union, KY 12.371
5. 18-Shannon Babb/Moweaqua, IL 12.397
6. 21-Billy Moyer/Batesville, AR 12.433
7. 21Jr-Billy Moyer Jr./Batesville, AR 12.454
8. b5-Brandon Sheppard/New Berlin, IL 12.502
9. 39-Tim McCreadie/Watertown, NY 12.576
10. 18-Eric Wells/Hazard, KY 12.583
11. 11-Jeff Herzog/Herculaneum, MO 12.642
12. 33-Tim Manville/Highland, IL 12.702
13. 24-Rick Eckert/York, PA 12.742
14. 6K-Michael Kloos/Trenton, IL 12.783
15. 77-Jason McBride/Carbondale, IL 12.789
16. 22-Charlie McKenna/Clear Lake, IA 12.844
17. 24HR-Ron McQuery/St. Albans, MO N/T
1. 19-Tim Fuller/Watertown, NY 12.315
2. 25-Shane Clanton/Zebulon, GA 12.317
3. 11R-Tyler Reddick/DuQuoin, IL 12.498
4. 28-Dennis Erb Jr./Carpentersville, IL 12.505
5. 3s-Brian Shirley/Chatham, IL 12.510
6. 32-Bobby Pierce/Oakwood, IL 12.531
7. 14M-Morgan Bagley/Longview, TX 12.535
8. 81-Randy Korte/Highland, IL 12.611
9. 1*-Chub Frank/Bear Lake, PA 12.638
10. 17-Jim Sherech/St. Charles, MO 12.690
11. 11d-Brian Diveley/Springfield, IL 12.852
12. 96-Tanner English/Benton, KY 12.896
13. 50-Ed Dixon/Union, MO 13.048
14. 86-Jason Crump/Festus, MO 13.370
15. 0-Dewayne Kiefer/St. Genevieve, MO N/T
16. 33F-Ricky Frankel/Quincy, IL 12.439 (DQ – light)
Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Richards, Babb, Moyer Jr., McCreadie, Eckert, McBride, Herzog, Feger, McQuery
Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): McCool, Lanigan, Moyer, Sheppard, Kloos, Wells, McKenna, Manville
Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Bagley, Fuller, Shirley, Reddick, Frank, Diveley, Dixon, Kiefer
Heat No. 4 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Clanton, Erb, Pierce, Korte, Sherech, Frankel, English, Crump
B-Main No. 1 (12 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Eckert, Kloos, McBride, Manville, Feger, Wells, Herzog, McKenna, McQuery
B-Main No. 2 (12 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Sherech, Frankel, Frank, English, Crump, Kiefer, Dixon, Diveley
World of Outlaws Late Model Series Contingency Award Winners (awards presented to noted finisher/qualifier or next highest displaying decal:
Ohlins Shocks ($50 cash to fast qualifier): Bub McCool
Eibach Springs (one free spring to each B-Main winner): Rick Eckert/Ricky Frankel
VP Race Fuels ‘Nice Jugs’ Award: (One VP 5-gallon container to fastest qualifier who misses A-Main): Tim Manville
Wrisco Aluminum (3 sheets of aluminum to A-Main winner only): Josh Richards
Armor All (One case of product to highest-finishing non-WoO team in A-Main): Billy Moyer
Comp Cams ($50 certificate to A-Main winner): Josh Richards
QuarterMaster ($100 certificate to A-Main winner): Brian Shirley
MSD Ignition ($50 cash to A-Main winner): Josh Richards
STP ($50 cash to 2nd-place finisher in A-Main): Darrell Lanigan
XS Power ($50 cash to 3rd-place finisher in A-Main): Bobby Pierce
Roush Yates ($50 cash to 4th-place finisher in A-Main): Bobby Pierce
JE Pistons ($50 cash to 5th-place finisher in A-Main): Bobby Pierce
Dominator ($50 cash to 6th-place finisher in A-Main): Billy Moyer Jr.
American Race Wheels ($50 cash to 7th-place finisher in A-Main): Billy Moyer Jr.
VP Race Fuels ($50 cash to 8th-place finisher in A-Main): Dennis Erb Jr.
Edelbrock Manifolds ($50 cash to 9th-finisher in A-Main): Tim Fuller
Comp Cams ($50 cash to 10th-place finisher in A-Main): Morgan Bagley
XS Power ($60 product certificate to 11th-place finisher in A-Main): Eric Wells
Cometic Gasket ($50 cash to 12th-place finisher in A-Main): Bub McCool
JRI Shocks ($50 cash to 13th-place finisher in A-Main): Chub Frank
Super Flow Dynos ($50 cash to 14th-place finisher in A-Main): Chub Frank
QuarterMaster ($25 certificate to 15th-place finisher in A-Main): Tyler Reddick
JE Pistons (one complete set of JE Pro Seal rings to 16th-place finisher in A-Main, redeemable w/next purchase of set): Dewayne Kiefer
Klotz Lubricants ($50 cash to 17th-place finisher in A-Main): Dewayne Kiefer
Roush Yates ($50 gift card to 18th-place finisher in A-Main): Dewayne Kiefer
QuarterMaster ($50 certificate to 19th-place finisher in A-Main): Jason McBride
Arizona Sport Shirts ($100 certificate to 20th-place finisher in A-Main): Tim McCreadie
JE Pistons (one complete set of JE Pro Seal rings to 21st-place finisher in A-Main, redeemable w/next purchase of set): Tim McCreadie
Roush Yates ($50 gift card to 22nd-place finisher in A-Main): Jeff Herzog
MSD Ignition ($25 cash to 24th-place finisher in A-Main): Jeff Herzog
XS Power ‘Power Move of the Race’ ($60 product certificate): Josh Richards
Roush Yates ($25 gift card to driver who leads most laps in the A-Main): Shannon Babb
Reliable Painting Award (one free tire): Rick Eckert
2013 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of Sept. 14 – 43 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):
1. Josh Richards 5958
2. (tie) Shane Clanton 5844 (-114)
2. (tie) Darrell Lanigan 5844 (-114)
4. Rick Eckert 5770 (-188)
5. Tim McCreadie 5516 (-442)
6. Eric Wells 5412 (-546)
7. Tim Fuller 5402 (-556)
8. Chub Frank 5312 (-646)
9. Bub McCool 5296 (-662)
10. Morgan Bagley 5264 (-694)
11. Clint Smith 4814 (-1144)
12. Dan Stone 2546 (-3412)
The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: American Racing Custom Wheels (Official Custom Wheel), Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), KMC (Official Custom Truck Wheel), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing Fuel (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award) and McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award); in addition to contingency sponsors: Butlerbuilt, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Dominator Race Products, Edelbrock, Eibach Springs, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, QuarterMaster, Roush Yates Performance Parts, Superflow Dynos, Wrisco Aluminum and XS Power Racing Batteries; along with manufacturer sponsors Capital Race Cars, Integra Shocks, GRT Chassis, Jake’s Carts, Racing Electronics, Rocket Chassis, TNT Rescue, and Warrior Chassis.
LIVE UPDATES 9/14: World of Outlaws Late Model Series ‘Pevely Nationals’ At Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55
PEVELY, MO – Sept. 14, 2013 – The two-race swing through the St. Louis area for the World of Outlaws Late Model Series ends tonight with the running of the 55-lap ‘Pevely Nationals’ at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55.
A high-banked, one-third-mile oval operated by NASCAR veteran Ken Schrader and Ray Marler, I-55 is hosting the WoO LMS for the seventh time since 2005. Six different drivers have won the previous events: Billy Moyer (2005), Clint Smith (’07), Shane Clanton (’08), Shannon Babb (’10), Josh Richards (’11) and Dennis Erb Jr. (’12).
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.
No. 9 for Josh
11:45 p.m. CT – Josh Richards roared back into the World of Outlaws Late Model Series spotlight with an elbows-up victory in the 55-lap Pevely Nationals.
Twenty-four hours after absorbing a rare DNF, Richards wrestled the lead from Shannon Babb on lap 32 and turned back a late challenge from Darrell Lanigan to register his ninth WoO LMS triumph of 2013. The $10,650 triumph also made him the first driver to win twice in the seven World of Outlaws A-Mains contested since 2005 at the high-banked, one-third-mile oval.
Pevely Nationals Finish: 1. Josh Richards, 2. Darrell Lanigan, 3. Billy Moyer, 4. Brian Shirley, 5. Bobby Pierce, 6. Rick Eckert, 7. Billy Moyer Jr., 8. Dennis Erb Jr., 9. Tim Fuller, 10. Morgan Bagley, 11. Eric Wells, 12. Bub McCool, 13. Brandon Sheppard, 14. Chub Frank, 15. Shannon Babb, 16. Tyler Reddick, 17. Dewayne Kiefer, 18. Jason Feger, 19. Jason McBride, 20. Randy Korte, 21. Jim Sherech, 22. Tim McCreadie, 23. Michael Kloos, 24. Jeff Herzog, 25. Ricky Frankel, 26. Shane Clanton
10:40 p.m. CT – Rick Eckert and Jim Sherech won the twin 12-lap B-Mains, which completed qualifying for the Pevely Nationals headliner.
Michael Kloos and Jason McBride followed Eckert across the finish line to earn transfer spots in the first B-Main, while Ricky Frankel and Chub Frank grabbed the qualifying positions behind Sherech in the second B-Main.
WoO LMS points provisionals were claimed by rookie Eric Wells and Iowa’s Charlie McKenna – although McKenna’s car was damaged in an accident during the first B-Main, so it appears he won’t make the start. That moves Jason Feger into a fast-time provisional.
An announcement of two track provisional starters is still pending.
Pevely Nationals Lineup:
Row 1: Shannon Babb/Morgan Bagley
Row 2: Dennis Erb Jr./Josh Richards
Row 3: Shane Clanton/Tim Fuller
Row 4: Bub McCool/Darrell Lanigan
Row 5: Billy Moyer Jr./Billy Moyer
Row 6: Brian Shirley/Bobby Pierce
Row 7: Tim McCreadie/Brandon Sheppard
Row 8: Tyler Reddick/Randy Korte
Row 9: Rick Eckert/Jim Sherech
Row 10: Michael Kloos/Ricky Frankel
Row 11: Jason McBride/Chub Frank
Row 12: Eric Wells/Jason Feger
Row 13: Track Provisional/Track Provisional
Babb on the point
9:40 p.m. CT – Shannon Babb, who won a thrilling WoO LMS A-Main at I-55 in 2010, will bid to become the first two-time Outlaw victor when he starts the 55-lap A-Main from the pole position. After finishing second in the first heat he drew the top spot in the feature redraw.
WoO LMS rookie Morgan Bagley, meanwhile, won the fourth heat and drew the outside pole for the A-Main. He enters tonight’s feature with one top-five finish to his credit this season, a career-best third-place run on June 25 at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park.
Other heat winners were Josh Richards (starting fourth in A-Main), Bub McCool (starts seventh) and Shane Clanton (starts fifth).
8:30 p.m. CT – Josh Richards set the pace in Ohlins Shocks Time Trials, turning a lap of 12.194 seconds in Group ‘A’ to earn the night’s fast-time honor. It’s his series-leading seventh fast time of 2013 and the 38th of his career.
Tim Fuller was fastest in Group ‘B’ with a lap of 12.315 seconds, earning a pole position start for Heat 3.
Full results from time trials can be seen here.
7:35 p.m. CT – The start of hot laps was delayed while the track surface was packed and dried sufficiently, but now the program is rolling along. Practice was completed a short time ago with 16-year-old Bobby Pierce topping the speed chart with a lap of 12.608 seconds.
Shane Clanton was second-fastest at 12.651 seconds, followed by Randy Korte (12.803), teenager Tyler Reddick (12.895) and Tim Fuller (12.933).
Ohlins Shocks time trials will be hitting the track momentarily. Qualifying is split into two groups, with Group ‘A’ competing for starting spots in heats one and two and Group ‘B’ battling it out for positions in heats three and four.
With a little help from some friends (and a relative)
6:40 p.m. CT – Shane Clanton towed out to this weekend’s St. Louis-area doubleheader with a distinctive brown hauler pulling his white trailer.
Why the miss-matched rig? Because Clanton’s Kennedy Motorsports toter-home was recently forced out of circulation due to major mechanical trouble, forcing him to borrow his father-in-law Ron Davies’s brown truck.
Following the WoO LMS event on Sept. 1 at Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway, Clanton was headed west for an NDRL show the next night at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex in Markleysburg, Pa., when his hauler was stopped by engine problems on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Bedford, Pa. With the truck needing immediate servicing, Clanton needed to find alternate transportation to get his equipment to Roaring Knob. So he called his WoO LMS buddy Rick Eckert, who lives in York, Pa. (about an hour-and-a-half east of Bedford) and was planning to drive his personal vehicle to Roaring Knob because he was running the race in Paul Crowl’s No. 7.
Eckert came through for Clanton by unhooking his orange hauler from his trailer, driving it to the stricken Clanton’s location and pairing it up with Clanton’s trailer to take it down the road to Roaring Knob. Then, after the final checkered flag at Roaring Knob, Eckert headed home in his hauler while Clanton hooked his trailer to Davies’s rig, which Davies drove down from his home in Warren, Pa.
With Davies, a veteran dirt Late Model racer whose daughter Michelle married Clanton last year, sidelined for the remainder of the season after suffering a concussion and shoulder injury in a grinding crash last month at Pennsylvania’s Lernerville Speedway, he allowed Clanton to use his hauler until repairs could be made to Clanton’s rig. Clanton has certainly put some miles on Davies’s truck, driving it back to his shop in Georgia after Roaring Knob; to Ohio’s Eldora Speedway for last weekend’s World 100; and to this weekend’s WoO LMS twin bill.
Clanton said a rebuild of his hauler’s engine by a repair shop in Erie, Pa., was completed yesterday. He is planning to stay on the road this week in advance of next weekend’s WoO LMS Down & Dirty 100 at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Mich., where he will likely meet up with Davies, who is contemplating driving out in Clanton’s rig to watch the races and make a final hauler switch. (If Davies decides to skip Michigan, Clanton will come back to Davies’s Keystone State shop to swap rigs.)
6:25 p.m. CT – A 33-car field is signed in for tonight’s action, which will begin shortly. Teams are warming engines in the pit area while crews are putting the finishing touches on track-packing so hot laps can start shortly.
Another picture-perfect day
5:20 p.m. CT – Today’s weather is so glorious — sunny and in the 70s, with no chance of rain and comfortable temps in the 50s expected tonight — that even I-55 co-owner Ray Marler is in a relaxed mood.
A notorious worrier when it comes to the weather on race day, Marler is absolutely thrilled about today’s conditions. He’s not entirely stress-free, of course — he’s still fretting about how many fans will come through the gates and how the racing surface will turn up — but taking radar-watching out of the equation certainly helps the 75-year-old promoter on a more even keel.
More than two-dozen cars have been signed in so far tonight, including 10 WoO LMS regulars (missing again tonight is Clint Smith, who is back home in Georgia recovering from knee surgery) and a strong contingent of drivers who competed in last night’s WoO LMS show at Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, Ill. That group of challengers to the Outlaws includes Billy Moyer and his son Billy Moyer Jr., Belle-Clair winner Brandon Sheppard, Jason Feger, Brian Shirley, Bobby Pierce, Dennis Erb Jr., Tyler Reddick, Randy Korte, Michael Kloos and Charlie McKenna.
The drivers’ meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT, with hot laps set to begin at 6:30 p.m. CT.