TITLETOWN THRILLER: Dillard scores FVP Platinum Battery Showdown victory
Finding Victory Lane at the right time can turn a driver’s season around. That’s precisely what Cade Dillard did Tuesday to win the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown at Outagamie Speedway.
Dillard jumped on the roof of his car with joy, and signs of relief showing from the smile beaming across his face.
The Robeline, LA driver, made his move on a Lap 15 restart. He ran down Brandon Overton in two laps, dove to the bottom in Turn 3, and slid up in front of “Big Sexy” to take the lead. Dillard used his momentum to drive away from Overton, pounding the cushion with speed to collect the $10,000 prize.
The “Thriller’s” fourth career World of Outlaws win comes in a season with few bright spots so far.
“It’s been a really tough year, and things haven’t went our way,” Dillard said. “We’ve been changing a lot on the car just to find something to get it clicking again. I knew [Brandon Overton] and [Brandon Sheppard] would be hard to compete with when we were lined up in staging. So to be able to outrun those guys is very rewarding for us. “
The Lap 15 caution, involving then race leader Ryan Gustin changed the entire complexion of the race. Dillard was running third when “The Reaper” spun, putting him on the second row for the restart. That’s when Dillard stated some luck fell his way as Brandon Sheppard chose the bottom lane while running second.
“I really expected [Sheppard] to restart on the top,” Dillard said. “I think there was a little mud on the bottom to kind of get you going, but I think it just so wore out down there, so we were lucky to get a good jump right there because if the roles were reversed and he was upfront, he would’ve been hard to get by.
Sheppard settled for second, his 16th podium finish of 2021. He also extended his points lead over Chris Madden to 88.
The New Berlin, IL driver knew passing Dillard would be a challenging climb to the lead once he got into second.
“[Dillard] was in the preferred line there, and once I got to him, I knew he was going to be tough to pass just because he rolled the top about as good as I could,” Sheppard said. “I could turn off of it and keep up with him, but I just wasn’t fast enough down low to be able to pass him.”
Madden followed Sheppard over the line in third after passing Overton late for the podium position.
The Gray Court, SC campaigner thinks he’s close to finding his way back into the win column.
“I know what I need; I just got to figure out how to get it,” Madden said. “We’re missing just a little bit right now, we’re steady and getting podium finishes, but I need just a little bit to get back into Victory Lane.”
Even though Dillard won the race, Gustin put on a show. He seemed destined to win his first Morton Buildings Feature before the incident on Lap 15, when trouble in traffic forced him to spin in Turn 3.
“I don’t know what that [lap car] was doing,” Gustin said. “It looked like he was going to the bottom, and he pulled it to the right at the last minute, and I was already on the gas and couldn’t get off it. I tried and just ran it straight into the fence.”
After re-starting at the tail of the field, “The Reaper” was on a mission. He continuously ripped his right-rear tire off the cushion, thundering past drivers on the outside to grab a fourth-place finish.
“I was just mad,” Gustin said. “I was trying to get as many points as we can after we get wrecked leading. I thought it was our night, but it just wasn’t meant to be.”
Brandon Overton finished fifth, his seventh top-five with the World of Outlaws in 2021.
Cade Dillard’s win Tuesday gives his team momentum heading into a Crown Jewel event. If the “Thriller” can build off his triumph, he may be able to put his bad luck in the rear-view mirror and turn the season around.
UP NEXT: The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet travel to Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, WI Aug. 5-7 for the 34th annual USA Nationals.
Morton Buildings Feature (40 Laps)-1. 97-Cade Dillard [$10,000]; 2. 1-Brandon Sheppard [$6,000]; 3. 44-Chris Madden [$3,500]; 4. 19R-Ryan Gustin [$2,800]; 5. 76-Brandon Overton [$2,500]; 6. 28M-Jimmy Mars [$2,300]; 7. 16-Tyler Bruening [$2,200]; 8. 28-Dennis Erb [$2,100]; 9. 7-Ricky Weiss [$2,050]; 10. 0E-Rick Eckert [$2,000]; 11. 25-Jason Feger [$1,600]; 12. 12-Ashton Winger [$1,400]; 13. 66-Ron Berna [$1,200]; 14. B1-Brent Larson [$1,100]; 15. 99B-Boom Briggs [$1,050]; 16. 111V-Max Blair [$1,000]; 17. 3-Brett Swedberg [$1,000]; 18. 38-Thomas Hunziker [$1,000]; 19. 10-Paul Parker [$1,000]; 20. D1-Turk Letizia [$1,000]; 21. 1st-Johnny Scott [$1,000]; 22. 5-Lukas Postl [$1,000]; 23. 74-Mitch McGrath [$1,000]; 24. O3-Kyle Raddant [$1,000]Hard Charger: 66-Ron Berna[+6]
Qualifying Flight-A –1. B1-Brent Larson, 13.996; 2. 7-Ricky Weiss, 14.061; 3. 28M-Jimmy Mars, 14.14; 4. 111V-Max Blair, 14.148; 5. 15-Nick Anvelink, 14.171; 6. 19R-Ryan Gustin, 14.194; 7. 44-Chris Madden, 14.301; 8. 0E-Rick Eckert, 14.331; 9. 3-Brett Swedberg, 14.445; 10. 1st-Johnny Scott, 14.529; 11. 38-Thomas Hunziker, 14.651; 12. 66-Ron Berna, 14.755; 13. 5-Lukas Postl, 14.818; 14. 10-Paul Parker, 15.115; 15. 27-Derek Janke, 15.351
Qualifying Flight-B-1. 1-Brandon Sheppard, 14.127; 2. 28-Dennis Erb, 14.171; 3. 76-Brandon Overton, 14.33; 4. 97-Cade Dillard, 14.346; 5. 10S-Taylor Scheffler, 14.477; 6. 12-Ashton Winger, 14.524; 7. 16-Tyler Bruening, 14.572; 8. 99B-Boom Briggs, 14.615; 9. 25-Jason Feger, 14.795; 10. 74-Mitch McGrath, 14.948; 11. 33E-Chris Engels, 15.101; 12. 70-Justin Ritchie, 15.19; 13. D1-Turk Letizia, 15.244; 14. O3-Kyle Raddant, 15.294[Read More]
FVP Platinum Battery Showdown
August 3, 2021
637 N Main St
The most powerful Late Models on the planet thunder into Seymour to do battle for 50 laps. Along with the door-bangin' Late Models, the Professional Plating Inc. IMCA Modifieds will compete for $1000 to win thanks to Swinkles Trucking & Excavating, and the Extreme Enterprises/Quietwoods RV Sales & Service IMCA Stock Cars for $700 to win thanks to Klink Equipment.
World of Outlaws Late Model Series
Late Model Track Record
14.322 seconds by Darrell Lanigan in 2020
To Win Amount
Feature Laps Length
Pits will open at 3pm;
Grandstands will open at 4:30pm;
Hot Laps will begin approx at 6:30pm with qualifying immediately following;
Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 7pm.
Tentative ORDER OF EVENTS: IMCA Modified heats, WoO Late Model heats, Stock Car heats, IMCA Modifieds B Main if needed, WoO Late Model Redraw, then WoO Late Model Last Chance Showdown, then IMCA Stock Car B Main if needed. IMCA Modified A Main 20 laps, WoO Late Model Feature 50 laps, IMCA Stock Car A Main 20 laps.
*All times Central
Adult GA: $30
Child GA (12 & under): $10
Pit Pass Price
Type of Grandstand
Stadium seats and seat cushions are allowed, however lawn chairs are not.
Handicapped Parking spots in the front row of the parking area directly in front of the ticket booth
Pit Age Limit
There are no age restrictions for the pits. Anyone under the age of 18 must have a minor waiver form and be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
No outside food or drinks allowed
Credit Card Use
Alcohol is available for purchase at the track
There is NO smoking in the Grandstands. Please utilize the designated smoking area behind the stands
Green Bay, WI (GRB / KGRB) Austin Straubel International Airport
Milwaukee, WI (MKE / KMKE) General Mitchell International Airport
637 N Main St
Track Size & Type
1-20 Entries = Overall Qualifying | Two Heats | All Cars Transfer | Top 2 from each heat redraw
21-24 Entries = Overall Qualifying | Three Heats | All Cars Transfer | Top 2 from each heat redraw
25-27 Entries = Overall Qualifying | Three Heats | Top 6 Transfer | Top 2 from each heat redraw | One LCS | Top 4 Transfer
28-31 Entries = A/B Group Qualifying | Four Heats | Top 4 Transfer | Top 2 from each heat redraw |One LCS | Top 6 Transfer
32-47 Entries = A/B Group Qualifying | Four Heats | Top 4 Transfer | Top 2 from each heat redraw |Two LCS | Top 3 Transfer
48+ Entries = A/B Group Qualifying | Six Heats | Top 3 Transfer | Heat Race Winner Redraws | Three LCS | Top 2 Transfer
Event Payout: 40 Laps
1. $10,000; 2. $6,000; 3. $3,500; 4. $2,800; 5. $2,500; 6. $2,300; 7. $2,200; 8. $2,100; 9. $2,050; 10. $2,000; 11.$1,600; 12. $1,400; 13. $1,200; 14. $1,100; 15. $1,050; 16. $1,000; 17. $1,000; 18. $1,000; 19. $1,000; 20. $1,000; 21. $1,000; 22. $1,000; 23. $1,000; 24. $1,000 Tow Money: $110 - MUST start LCS in order to receive Tow Money
Technical & Safety Rules:
GENERAL RULES: Under the guidelines of Chapter 1
TECHNICAL & SAFETY RULES: Under the guidelines of Chapter 3
Weight Rule is 2350. Pound per lap burn off in the Feature event ONLY
ALL FOUR (4) CORNERS: M30 or W30
RIGHT REAR OPTION: M40
GROOVING AND SIPING IS ALLOWED
**You must qualify, heat race, and LCS on the same tires. You may change right rear tire for the Feature.