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World of Outlaws World Finals
The Dirt Track at Charlotte | Concord, North Carolina
Friday, November 03, 2023
Race Recap  

RTJ AT CLT: Thornton Jr. Passes Madden to Win World Finals Friday at Charlotte

Prior to this week, Ricky Thornton Jr. hadn’t raced at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in nine years. But on Friday night, he drove around it like it was his home track, scoring his first career World of Outlaws World Finals Feature win and the $15,000 grand prize.

“I’ve only been here two other times – 2010 and 2014 – and I think out of those six nights, I only made one show,” Thornton said. “We did a lot better this year.”

Over 30 Feature wins in 2023 has dubbed the Arizona native one of the most dominant dirt Late Model drivers in the nation. He and the team at SSI Motorsports faced one of the biggest and most competitive fields they’d seen all year with 74 World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Models in the pits, on a track they’d yet to race together at.

But that didn’t scare Thornton at all. He embraced the bright spotlight.

“It’s pretty awesome,” Thornton said. “There’s a lot of people in attendance, and it’s one of the biggest races of the year.”

Jacy Norgaard Photo

Of those 74 entrants, his biggest challenge in the Feature was one of the best red-clay oval racers in the Southeast – Chris Madden. The South Carolina racer took the lead from the pole at the drop of the green and paced the field in the opening laps while Dale McDowell and Thornton followed.

A caution flag on Lap 10 restacked the field for what was the race’s only restart. Thornton devised his plan to get around McDowell under the yellow and quickly sprang into action.

“I just kinda Hail-Mary’d the top in Turns 1-2 and was able to get back to second,” Thornton said. “I was able to get back down in front of Dale and just kinda blocked him for a few laps until I got my stuff going again.”

Now with only Madden in front of him, Thornton tightened his grip on the steering wheel and began to close the gap.

Jacy Norgaard Photo

Madden crossed the line at the halfway point with a line of lapped traffic in front of him. He entered low in Turn 1 behind the first lapped car but drifted up off the bottom lane at the exit of Turn 2, opening the door for Thornton right behind him to slip by underneath.

“I was just trying to negotiate lapped traffic there and I rolled out to the outside, and [Thornton] filled the hole,” Madden said. “I really wasn’t tight enough to be where I needed to be. Sometimes, it’s hard to lead in this lapped traffic in the conditions that we’re in here.”

They drag raced down the backstretch, but Thornton had the speed and the preferred line on the bottom as he rounded Turns 3-4 and took the lead on Lap 19.

“The more my car stayed the same, the more [Madden’s] kinda slowed down,” Thornton said. “He got to traffic, made one little mistake and slid off the bottom. I knew I had to go for it then.”

Thornton maintained the advantage over Madden as the laps wound-down under five-to-go and encountered some lapped traffic of his own in front of him – a cause for a bit of concern in the final laps.

“I was just worried we’d get too close, and we’d have a freight train with five or six of us,” Thornton said. “Usually, that’s when the guy in second can try and move around and find a way to get around you.”

Jacy Norgaard Photo

That guy in second was Madden, who did move off the bottom once more in Turn 2 on Lap 33 in a last-chance attempt to get back by Thornton. But instead, the car behind him took the open door underneath him once again.

McDowell had been patiently waiting in tow for a mistake from Madden and took advantage of it by slipping by him on the bottom and into second place off of Turn 2.

“I felt like I may could have done something in Turns 3-4, so I was gonna try to ease out there and see if we could do it in 1-2, and I lost a spot there,” Madden said.

McDowell hung on to finish second for his second top-five finish, while Madden came home third – his second podium of the week.

UP NEXT

The 2023 World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series campaign comes to a close in the World Finals finale Saturday, Nov. 4 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. A 50-lap, $25,000-to-win main event will headline the event, racing alongside the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars and Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds.

Tickets and more information are available at WorldofOutlawsWorldFinals.com. Can’t be at the track? Stream every lap live on DIRTVision.

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

CASE Construction Equipment Feature (35 Laps): 1. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[3]; 2. 17M-Dale McDowell[2]; 3. 44-Chris Madden[1]; 4. 39-Tim McCreadie[8]; 5. 8-Brian Shirley[9]; 6. 157-Mike Marlar[11]; 7. 0-Scott Bloomquist[7]; 8. 10-Garrett Smith[5]; 9. 97-Cade Dillard[4]; 10. 18D-Daulton Wilson[19]; 11. 32-Bobby Pierce[15]; 12. 1-Hudson O’Neal[24]; 13. 20-Jimmy Owens[14]; 14. 9-Nick Hoffman[10]; 15. 93-Carson Ferguson[12]; 16. 19M-Spencer Hughes[16]; 17. 22-Chris Ferguson[22]; 18. 76-Brandon Overton[13]; 19. B5-Brandon Sheppard[25]; 20. 40B-Kyle Bronson[18]; 21. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[21]; 22. 25-Shane Clanton[17]; 23. B1-Brent Larson[28]; 24. 49-Jonathan Davenport[20]; 25. 96V-Tanner English[27]; 26. 174-Ethan Dotson[23]; 27. 19R-Ryan Gustin[26]; 28. 7T-Drake Troutman[6]

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Results  
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
13+220RTRicky Thornton Jr.350.00017Running150$15,000
22017MDale McDowell 35-0.375Running146$7,000
31-244Chris Madden 35-1.19418Running144$4,000
48+439Tim McCreadie 35-1.583Running142$3,500
59+48Brian Shirley 35-1.934Running140$3,200
611+5157Mike Marlar 35-2.584Running138$3,000
7700Scott Bloomquist 35-3.066Running136$2,700
85-310Garrett Smith 35-4.291Running134$2,500
94-597Cade Dillard 35-5.107Running132$2,300
1019+918DDaulton Wilson 35-5.371Running130$2,200
1115+432Bobby Pierce 35-8.319Running128$2,100
1224+121Hudson O'Neal 35-8.779Running126$2,000
1314+120Jimmy Owens 35-9.588Running124$1,700
1410-49Nick Hoffman 35-9.933Running122$1,600
1512-393Carson Ferguson 35-10.534Running120$1,400
1616019MSpencer Hughes 35-11.076Running118$1,300
1722+522Chris Ferguson 35-11.409Running116$1,200
1813-576Brandon Overton 35-12.447Running114$1,200
1925+6B5Brandon Sheppard 35-12.730Running112$1,200
2018-240BKyle Bronson 35-13.530Running110$1,200
2121028Dennis Erb Jr35-14.002Running108$1,200
2217-525Shane Clanton 35-15.198Running106$1,200
2328+5B1Brent Larson 35-15.994Running104$110
2420-449Jonathan Davenport 35-16.296Running104$1,200
2527+296VTanner English 35-17.306Running104$110
2623-3174Ethan Dotson 34-1 LapsRunning104$1,200
2726-119RRyan Gustin 34-1 LapsRunning104$1,200
286-227TDrake Troutman 20-15 LapsDNF104$1,200
FOX Factory Hard Charger: Hudson O'Neal
Last Chance Showdown 1 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
11018DDaulton Wilson 00.000Running0$0
23+122Chris Ferguson 0-0.719Running0$0
312+919Gavin Cowan 0-2.666Running100$110
45+118Chase Junghans 0-5.132Running100$110
52-31TTyler Erb 0-5.472Running100$110
66021Robby Hensley 0-5.813Running100$110
711+4B1Brent Larson 0-6.934Running0$0
84-415KCody Overton 0-8.347Running100$110
97-2119Bryan Bernheisel 0-9.201Running100$110
1015+575Daniel Adam 0-11.038Running100$110
1113+206Mike Lupfer 0-12.114Running100$110
1210-228CTyler Carpenter 0-12.449Running100$110
1318+528BCarson Brown 0-13.181Running100$110
148-6J4John Garvin Jr0-14.046Running100$110
1514-15john eller 0-14.338Running100$110
1616065Brandon O'Neil 0-16.956Running100$110
1717007Brian Ledbetter 0-3.642Running100$110
1820+21LChuckie Lepsch 0137.505Running100$110
199-10C4Freddie Carpenter 0137.505Running100$110
2019-112Joe Leavell 0137.505DNS100$0
Last Chance Showdown 2 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
12+149Jonathan Davenport 00.000Running0$0
25+3174Ethan Dotson 0-1.279Running0$0
314+1166CMatt Cosner 0-2.799Running100$110
410+622*G.R. Smith 0-2.868Running100$110
57+289Logan Roberson 0-3.162Running100$110
66025ZMason Zeigler 0-4.700Running100$110
711+454David Breazeale 0-5.991Running100$110
88019RRyan Gustin 0-6.404Running0$0
94-557Zack Mitchell 0-8.289Running100$110
103-755Benji Hicks 0-9.853Running100$110
1116+5114Jordan Koehler 0-10.663Running100$110
1212011AKAustin Kirkpatrick 0-10.998Running100$110
139-411Gordy Gundaker 0-11.888Running100$110
1419+55BRoss Bailes 0-12.032Running100$110
151-147WRicky Weiss 0-13.265Running100$110
1618+27Dalton Jacobs 0-13.300Running100$110
1715-220KColin Knaub 0-15.065Running100$110
1813-514WDustin Walker 0-15.065Running100$110
1917-211HKeith Jackson 0-15.065Running100$110
Last Chance Showdown 3 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
12+128Dennis Erb Jr00.000Running0$0
23+11Hudson O'Neal 0-1.815Running0$0
38+516Ben Watkins 0-2.421Running100$110
45+125BMike Benedum 0-3.856Running100$110
512+78SKyle Strickler 0-4.539Running100$110
64-288Trent Ivey 0-6.261Running100$110
77079Donald McIntosh 0-6.628Running100$110
814+696VTanner English 0-7.755Running0$0
910+1101Forrest Trent 0-9.292Running100$110
106-42Dan Stone 0-11.513Running100$110
119-2187David McCoy 0-12.135Running100$110
1218+6214Haiden Cowan 0-13.063Running100$110
1311-2421Anthony Sanders 0-13.865Running100$110
1415+112RJack Harmon 034.225Running100$110
151-14B5Brandon Sheppard 087.403Running0$0
1616024Tyler Wyant 087.403Running100$110
171704PJohn Price 087.403Running100$110
1813-530Todd Cooney 087.403Running100$110
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+17TDrake Troutman 00.000Running
21-10Scott Bloomquist 0-1.251Running
34+176Brandon Overton 0-2.896Running
43-118DDaulton Wilson 0-4.270Running
57+222Chris Ferguson 0-4.805Running
65-118Chase Junghans 0-7.732Running
76-1119Bryan Bernheisel 0-8.087Running
880C4Freddie Carpenter 0-9.289Running
910+1B1Brent Larson 0-11.464Running
1011+106Mike Lupfer 0-13.485Running
119-275Daniel Adam 0-14.765Running
1212007Brian Ledbetter 0-17.618Running
1313012Joe Leavell 0-17.618Running
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11044Chris Madden 00.000Running
2208Brian Shirley 0-1.998Running
35+232Bobby Pierce 0-3.159Running
4401TTyler Erb 0-4.409Running
53-215KCody Overton 0-5.837Running
66021Robby Hensley 0-6.265Running
79+2J4John Garvin Jr0-7.913Running
88028CTyler Carpenter 0-8.756Running
910+119Gavin Cowan 0-9.361Running
1012+25john eller 0-10.438Running
1113+265Brandon O'Neil 0-11.599Running
127-528BCarson Brown 0233.832Running
1311-21LChuckie Lepsch 0233.247Running
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11020RTRicky Thornton Jr.00.000Running
220157Mike Marlar 0-0.668Running
33025Shane Clanton 0-2.976Running
47+37WRicky Weiss 0-5.544Running
55055Benji Hicks 0-6.574Running
64-2174Ethan Dotson 0-7.229Running
76-189Logan Roberson 0-8.664Running
88011Gordy Gundaker 0-9.192Running
99054David Breazeale 0-10.181Running
1010014WDustin Walker 0-12.077Running
1111020KColin Knaub 0-14.284Running
1212011HKeith Jackson 0-14.284Running
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11017MDale McDowell 00.000Running
22039Tim McCreadie 0-2.024Running
34+120Jimmy Owens 0-5.215Running
46+249Jonathan Davenport 0-6.025Running
55057Zack Mitchell 0-7.694Running
63-325ZMason Zeigler 0-9.859Running
79+219RRyan Gustin 0-11.234Running
811+322*G.R. Smith 0-11.947Running
98-111AKAustin Kirkpatrick 0-13.943Running
107-366CMatt Cosner 0-14.191Running
1110-1114Jordan Koehler 0-15.354Running
1213+17Dalton Jacobs 0-15.627Running
1312-15BRoss Bailes 01.297Running
Heat 5 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
13+297Cade Dillard 00.000Running
21-19Nick Hoffman 0-0.576Running
35+219MSpencer Hughes 0-5.890Running
42-2B5Brandon Sheppard 0-6.435Running
56+11Hudson O'Neal 0-6.555Running
67+125BMike Benedum 0-6.919Running
74-379Donald McIntosh 0-8.319Running
880187David McCoy 0-8.621Running
910+1421Anthony Sanders 0-8.993Running
1011+130Todd Cooney 0-10.866Running
1112+112RJack Harmon 0-13.170Running
129-34PJohn Price 0-13.170Running
Heat 6 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11010Garrett Smith 00.000Running
23+193Carson Ferguson 0-1.028Running
34+140BKyle Bronson 0-5.569Running
45+128Dennis Erb Jr0-6.866Running
52-388Trent Ivey 0-7.210Running
611+52Dan Stone 0-8.944Running
79+216Ben Watkins 0-9.231Running
86-2101Forrest Trent 0-11.804Running
98-18SKyle Strickler 0-12.308Running
107-396VTanner English 0-12.967Running
1110-124Tyler Wyant 0-13.455Running
12120214Haiden Cowan 0-14.364Running
DIRTVision Highlights  
Event Info  

World of Outlaws World Finals
Friday, November 03, 2023
The Dirt Track at Charlotte
5500 Concord Parkway S
Concord, North Carolina 28027 

Event Description
The most prestigious dirt racing event in the country lights up The Dirt Track at Charlotte with four days of heart-pounding, clay-slinging action on the lightning-fast, four-tenths mile oval. The World of Outlaws World Finals brings together the top series in the sport, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, the World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series and the Super DIRTcar Series, for four full days of racing, culminating in the crowning of all three series champions.

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Late Model Series

Support Divisions
Super DIRTcar Series, World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series

To Win Amount
$15,000.00

Feature Laps Length
35

Event Schedule
Tuesday, Oct 31
9AM Hauler Staging (West Side zMax Dragway)
3PM Pit Pass Sales begin (Gate 2)
4-6PM Hauler Parking & Hauler Parade
6PM Millbridge Event

Wednesday, Nov 1
11AM Pit Pass Sales begin & Hauler Parking resumes
12PM FAN FEST
3PM Race Day Live on the Sage Fruit Stage
3:30PM Front Gate opens & Ticket Sales begin
5PM Hot Laps

Thursday, Nov 2
11AM Pit Pass Sales begin & Hauler Parking resumes
2:30PM Front Gate opens & Ticket Sales begin
2:30PM Race Day Live on the Sage Fruit Stage
4PM Opening Ceremonies

Friday, Nov 3
11AM Pit Pass Sales begin & Hauler Parking resumes
2:30PM Front Gate opens & Ticket Sales begin
2:30PM Race Day Live on the Sage Fruit Stage
4PM Opening Ceremonies

Saturday, Nov 4
10AM Pit Pass Sales begin
1:30PM Race Day Live on the Sage Fruit Stage
2PM Front Gate opens & Ticket Sales begin
3PM Opening Ceremonies

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*All times Eastern

Event Hashtag
#AllDirtRoads

Related Documents
 https://worldofoutlawsworldfinals.com/

Ticket Options  
Ticket Phone
(800) 455-3267

Options And Prices
4-Day Package: $139

Single Seat Tickets ON SALE October 30th

Wednesday: $40
Thursday: $60
Friday: $60
Saturday: $60




Grandstand Type
Bleacher with backs

Reserved Seating
Yes

Family Section Location
n/a

Handicapped Seating Location
Lower level and Second level - Reserved seating required - Companion seating is available

Pit Pass Price
Pit Passes 4-Day Pit Pass: $130, Wednesday: $30, Thursday: $50, Friday: $50, Saturday: $50

Pit Age Requirement
All ages allowed. Minors ages 17 and under must have a signed waiver sheet. ONE parent must be present OR waiver should be notarized with the required ONE parent signature. Call 1-800-455-FANS with questions.

Pit Gate Location
Pit gate is located at Gate 2 of the zMax Dragway

Parking Cost
FREE

Handicapped Parking Location
Designated handicap parking between the dirt track and zMax dragway

Camping Availability
electric hookup, non-electric, onsite, showers, waste services

Camping Cost
Contact the track for pricing

Frequently Asked Questions  
Support Divisions
Super DIRTcar Series, World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series

To Win Amount
$15,000.00

Reserved Seating
Yes

Type of Grandstand
Bleacher with backs

Stadium Seating
Not allowed

Handicapped Seating
Lower level and Second level - Reserved seating required - Companion seating is available

Handicapped Parking
Designated handicap parking between the dirt track and zMax dragway

Pit Age Limit
All ages allowed. Minors ages 17 and under must have a signed waiver sheet. ONE parent must be present OR waiver should be notarized with the required ONE parent signature. Call 1-800-455-FANS with questions.

Pit Gate Location
Pit gate is located at Gate 2 of the zMax Dragway

Personal Coolers
Fans can bring in a soft-sided cooler no bigger than 14x14x14 and a bag/backpack no bigger than 18x18x14. Hard coolers are not allowed through the gates. Coolers are not allowed in Suites.

ATMs
1

Alcohol Sales
Alcohol is also sold at the track

Smoking Policy
designated smoking areas only

Family Section
n/a

Parking Cost
FREE

Camping Availability
electric hookup, non-electric, onsite, showers, waste services

Camping Cost
Contact the track for pricing

Track Info  

The Dirt Track at Charlotte
5500 Concord Parkway S
Concord, North Carolina 28027 

Track Phone
(704) 455-3200

Ticket Phone
(800) 455-3267

Track Size
0.4

Track Type
semi banked

Sprint Car Track Record
11.880 seconds by Jeff Shepard on 10/6/01

Late Model Track Record
14.183 seconds by Kyle Larson on 11/5/20

Closest Airport
Concord-Padgett Regional Airport

Other Airport
Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Pit Gate Location
Pit gate is located at Gate 2 of the zMax Dragway

Track Map
Competitor Info  
Competitor Downloads
 https://www.dirtcarmembers.com/downloads.php

Tire Rules
Left Front Tire: Hoosier (Open)
Left Rear & Right Front Tire: Hoosier (90) NLMT2, (90) NLMT3 Right Rear Tire: Hoosier (92) NLMT3, (92) NLMT4 **Grooving & Siping will be allowed**

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