World of Outlaws World Finals
The Dirt Track at Charlotte | Concord, North Carolina
Saturday, November 04, 2023
Race Recap  

20RT IN 2023: Thornton Jr. Caps World Finals with Second-Straight Win, Pierce Celebrates Championship

Ricky Thornton Jr. has had an unforgettable year – one he made sure he and the SSI Motorsports team will never forget, going back-to-back to cap the 2023 World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series season Saturday night at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

Thornton’s 33rd overall Feature win on the national dirt Late Model scene this year was one of his most impressive, wheeling the Dyno One, Longhorn/Clements No. 20RT from 10th on the starting grid up to the lead in 27 laps to bank the $25,000 grand prize in the World of Outlaws World Finals finale.

Race after race, track after track, big payday after big payday, Thornton and the SSI Motorsports team have dominated 2023. But as they closed out the season with Thornton’s fourth career World of Outlaws victory and third this year, surely, they’ve had a moment to let all their accomplishments soak in, right?

“Definitely not,” Thornton said. “My guys bust their butts. You figure every down day is a day you’re not getting better.”

Jacy Norgaard Photo

One thing Thornton got much better at over the four-day race weekend – far more than any other driver – was getting around on the high side. Early on in the 50-lap main event, Thornton began ripping the top line around the 4/10-mile, red clay oval and worked his way up to third by Lap 17.

“I started losing track of the guys on the bottom,” Thornton said. “I’m like, ‘You know what, the top looks pretty good.’ I could see [Brandon] Sheppard running up there and figured if I was gonna have a shot to win it, I just gotta go now.”

Soon, Thornton had closed in on the rear bumper of Chris Madden and dove underneath him in a bid for second going into Turn 3 on Lap 24. He slid up in front of Madden out of Turn 4 to seal the pass and immediately set his sights on leader Cade Dillard, who was less than a second ahead.

In only three laps, Thornton reeled Dillard in and put the same move on him as he did for Madden with a deep dive down low going into Turn 3, then sliding back up in front of him out of Turn 4 to take the lead.

Now with the lead, it seemed like nothing could slow Thornton’s pace – not even the race’s only caution flag with 33 laps complete. He and Madden broke away from the field on the ensuing restart and battled side-by-side for the top spot briefly, but Thornton was too quick.

By this time, Mike Marlar had climbed back up into the top three, getting by Dale McDowell for third on Lap 37. After catching his rear bumper, Marlar as well dove underneath Madden in Turn 3 to grab second out of Turn 4.

He closed slightly in the final laps, but Marlar came up one spot short of his third career win at Charlotte. Madden hung on for third while McDowell and Garrett Smith completed the top five.

Crossing the line behind Smith in sixth was Bobby Pierce, who had drove up from 11th on the starting grid and was later crowned with his first dirt Late Model national championship in his first season aboard the World of Outlaws tour.

Pierce, the second-generation racer from Oakwood, IL, had mathematically clinched the points title Wednesday after taking the green flag in Qualifying, which put him more at ease racing against 74 other cars throughout the weekend.

Jacy Norgaard Photo

“This has been a great weekend for us, just learning this track,” Pierce said. “But I definitely wouldn’t have liked to head into this deal with a tight point battle. We were very relaxed.”

At 26 years old, Pierce already solidified himself as an undeniable talent several years ago with his abundance of DIRTcar Late Model national points titles, DIRTcar Summer Nationals titles and several marquee event wins at the national level – most notably his win in the 2016 World 100 at Eldora Speedway at the age of 18.

Now, he’s a national Late Model series champion. But even with all of those accomplishments as such a young age, he said he’s nowhere close to being done.

“It’s definitely an uplifting thing to know,” Pierce said. “I’ve got a lot more years to go – just a lot more years to learn. Heck, a lot of times, you don’t figure things out ‘til late in your life. I feel like, especially this weekend, taught me there’s lot I have to learn still.

“We’re gonna come back next year, try to get another one. See how many of these we can get.”

Jacy Norgaard Photo

While the points championship stayed locked-up over the weekend, the battle for fourth and several thousands of dollars in points fund checks was settled.

Kyle Bronson came into the weekend holding the fourth spot and retained it with a 10th-place finish in Saturday’s Feature. 2023 Germfree Rookie of the Year Nick Hoffman finished seventh Saturday and advanced two spots in points up to fifth.

While Brian Shirley’s ran 22nd Saturday, he did retain sixth place in points after jumping up one spot earlier in the week, and Ryan Gustin fell two points positions after taking a DNF Saturday. Dennis Erb Jr. jumped up one spot in points to eighth, while Tanner English rolled back to ninth after a trying weekend of no finishes better than 20th.

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

CASE Construction Equipment  Feature (50 Laps): 1. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[10]; 2. 157-Mike Marlar[5]; 3. 44-Chris Madden[3]; 4. 17M-Dale McDowell[2]; 5. 10-Garrett Smith[6]; 6. 32-Bobby Pierce[11]; 7. 9-Nick Hoffman[9]; 8. 97-Cade Dillard[1]; 9. 20-Jimmy Owens[16]; 10. 40B-Kyle Bronson[7]; 11. 49-Jonathan Davenport[19]; 12. 18D-Daulton Wilson[4]; 13. B5-Brandon Sheppard[25]; 14. 16-Ben Watkins[12]; 15. 0-Scott Bloomquist[14]; 16. 79-Donald McIntosh[23]; 17. 39-Tim McCreadie[13]; 18. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[17]; 19. 1T-Tyler Erb[22]; 20. 96V-Tanner English[26]; 21. 25-Shane Clanton[27]; 22. 8-Brian Shirley[18]; 23. 93-Carson Ferguson[24]; 24. 76-Brandon Overton[8]; 25. 19R-Ryan Gustin[15]; 26. 57-Zack Mitchell[21]; 27. 22-Chris Ferguson[20]; 28. B1-Brent Larson[28]

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Feature Results
110+920RTRicky Thornton Jr.500.00024Running150$25,000
25+3157Mike Marlar 50-1.121Running146$12,000
33044Chris Madden 50-2.757Running144$6,500
42-217MDale McDowell 50-3.184Running142$5,250
56+110Garrett Smith 50-3.986Running140$4,500
611+532Bobby Pierce 50-4.495Running138$4,000
79+29Nick Hoffman 50-6.724Running136$3,500
81-797Cade Dillard 50-6.85826Running134$3,250
916+720Jimmy Owens 50-7.631Running132$3,000
107-340BKyle Bronson 50-8.271Running130$2,800
1119+849Jonathan Davenport 50-9.031Running128$2,500
124-818DDaulton Wilson 50-10.529Running126$2,300
1325+12B5Brandon Sheppard 50-12.291Running124$2,200
1412-216Ben Watkins 50-12.457Running122$2,100
1514-10Scott Bloomquist 50-13.302Running120$2,000
1623+779Donald McIntosh 50-14.083Running118$1,900
1713-439Tim McCreadie 50-15.122Running116$1,850
1817-128Dennis Erb Jr50-15.409Running114$1,800
1922+31TTyler Erb 50-18.021Running112$1,750
2026+696VTanner English 49-1 LapsRunning110$1,750
2127+625Shane Clanton 49-1 LapsRunning108$0
2218-48Brian Shirley 48-2 LapsRunning106$1,750
2324+193Carson Ferguson 48-2 LapsRunning104$1,750
248-1676Brandon Overton 33-17 LapsDNF104$1,750
2515-1019RRyan Gustin 33-17 LapsDNF104$1,750
2621-557Zack Mitchell 30-20 LapsDNF104$1,750
2720-722Chris Ferguson 21-29 LapsDNF104$1,750
28280B1Brent Larson 1-49 LapsDNF104$0
FOX Factory Hard Charger: Brandon Sheppard
Last Chance Showdown Results
11049Jonathan Davenport 00.000Running0$0
23+11TTyler Erb 0-3.546Running0$0
35+2B5Brandon Sheppard 0-4.180Running0$0
440174Ethan Dotson 0-7.564Running100$110
52-325ZMason Zeigler 0-7.693Running100$110
66055Benji Hicks 0-10.972Running100$110
712+528CTyler Carpenter 0-11.021Running100$110
89+124Tyler Wyant 0-12.235Running100$110
911+28SKyle Strickler 0-12.786Running100$110
107-37WRicky Weiss 0-13.228Running100$110
1115+412RJack Harmon 0-14.846Running100$110
1218+611AKAustin Kirkpatrick 0-16.014Running100$110
1316+3114Jordan Koehler 0-17.774Running100$110
148-6B1Brent Larson 0110.518Running0$0
1510-589Logan Roberson 0110.518Running100$110
1614-230Todd Cooney 0110.518Running100$110
1713-414WDustin Walker 0110.518Running100$110
1817-106Mike Lupfer 0110.518Running100$110
1919054David Breazeale 0110.518Running100$110
2020012Joe Leavell 0110.518DNS100$0
Last Chance Showdown 2 Results
14+322Chris Ferguson 00.000Running0$0
27+579Donald McIntosh 0-1.676Running0$0
32-125Shane Clanton 0-2.221Running0$0
43-11Hudson O'Neal 0-3.294Running100$110
55025BMike Benedum 0-4.043Running100$110
69+319MSpencer Hughes 0-4.325Running100$110
710+366CMatt Cosner 0-6.618Running100$110
81-711Gordy Gundaker 0-7.846Running100$110
911+2214Haiden Cowan 0-8.023Running100$110
1016+65john eller 0-9.025Running100$110
116-5119Bryan Bernheisel 0-10.109Running100$110
121202Dan Stone 0-11.859Running100$110
1313028BCarson Brown 0-12.333Running100$110
148-621Robby Hensley 0-12.333Running100$110
1514-15BRoss Bailes 0-12.333Running100$110
1615-1421Anthony Sanders 0-12.333Running100$110
1717011HKeith Jackson 0-12.333Running100$110
1818020KColin Knaub 0-12.333Running100$110
1919065Brandon O'Neil 0-12.333Running100$110
Last Chance Showdown 3 Results
11057Zack Mitchell 00.000Running0$0
23+193Carson Ferguson 0-0.851Running0$0
32-17TDrake Troutman 0-2.597Running100$110
45+1101Forrest Trent 0-7.739Running100$110
57+288Trent Ivey 0-8.186Running100$110
68+296VTanner English 0-8.891Running0$0
711+4187David McCoy 0-11.791Running100$110
812+407Brian Ledbetter 0-13.794Running100$110
99019Gavin Cowan 0-14.102Running100$110
1015+51LChuckie Lepsch 0-15.962Running100$110
1113+27Dalton Jacobs 0-16.410Running0$110
1210-275Daniel Adam 0-17.684Running100$110
136-722*G.R. Smith 075.416Running100$0
144-1018Chase Junghans 075.416Running100$110
1514-1C4Freddie Carpenter 075.416Running100$110
1616015KCody Overton 075.416Running100$110
17170J4John Garvin Jr075.416Running100$110
18180P4John Price 075.416Running100$110
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11044Chris Madden 00.000Running
23+140BKyle Bronson 0-1.012Running
32-139Tim McCreadie 0-2.880Running
45+149Jonathan Davenport 0-3.146Running
56+11TTyler Erb 0-3.245Running
64-2B5Brandon Sheppard 0-4.979Running
7707WRicky Weiss 0-5.416Running
811+324Tyler Wyant 0-5.822Running
98-18SKyle Strickler 0-6.526Running
1013+314WDustin Walker 0-7.188Running
1112+112RJack Harmon 0-7.543Running
1210-206Mike Lupfer 0220.157Running
139-454David Breazeale 0220.157Running
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11017MDale McDowell 00.000Running
22076Brandon Overton 0-0.523Running
3300Scott Bloomquist 0-1.475Running
45+125ZMason Zeigler 0-4.195Running
54-1174Ethan Dotson 0-5.979Running
66055Benji Hicks 0-6.607Running
78+1B1Brent Larson 0-6.980Running
87-189Logan Roberson 0-7.486Running
99028CTyler Carpenter 0-8.483Running
1012+230Todd Cooney 0-10.079Running
11110114Jordan Koehler 0-11.354Running
1210-211AKAustin Kirkpatrick 0-12.609Running
1313012Joe Leavell 0-12.609Running
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
110157Mike Marlar 00.000Running
23+19Nick Hoffman 0-4.961Running
35+219RRyan Gustin 0-7.006Running
49+511Gordy Gundaker 0-7.959Running
52-31Hudson O'Neal 0-8.532Running
67+125BMike Benedum 0-8.846Running
76-179Donald McIntosh 0-9.531Running
84-419MSpencer Hughes 0-10.802Running
911+2214Haiden Cowan 0-11.903Running
108-228BCarson Brown 0-12.607Running
1110-1421Anthony Sanders 0-12.607Running
1212011HKeith Jackson 0-12.607Running
1313065Brandon O'Neil 0-12.607Running
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+110Garrett Smith 00.000Running
21-120RTRicky Thornton Jr.0-0.733Running
34+120Jimmy Owens 0-2.155Running
43-125Shane Clanton 0-3.132Running
55022Chris Ferguson 0-4.400Running
68+2119Bryan Bernheisel 0-7.780Running
76-121Robby Hensley 0-8.729Running
87-166CMatt Cosner 0-9.617Running
9902Dan Stone 0-9.844Running
101005BRoss Bailes 0-9.862Running
111105john eller 0-10.620Running
1212020KColin Knaub 0-10.620Running
Heat 5 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11097Cade Dillard 00.000Running
22032Bobby Pierce 0-2.096Running
35+228Dennis Erb Jr0-3.023Running
44057Zack Mitchell 0-3.661Running
53-293Carson Ferguson 0-4.051Running
68+2101Forrest Trent 0-7.353Running
76-188Trent Ivey 0-7.769Running
87-119Gavin Cowan 0-8.214Running
990187David McCoy 0-9.721Running
1011+17Dalton Jacobs 0-10.874Running
1112+11LChuckie Lepsch 0-14.143Running
1210-2J4John Garvin Jr0-14.143Running
Heat 6 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11018DDaulton Wilson 00.000Running
26+416Ben Watkins 0-1.214Running
32-18Brian Shirley 0-2.465Running
4407TDrake Troutman 0-3.719Running
53-218Chase Junghans 0-5.813Running
68+222*G.R. Smith 0-7.748Running
75-296VTanner English 0-7.979Running
89+175Daniel Adam 0-9.132Running
912+307Brian Ledbetter 039.661Running
10100C4Freddie Carpenter 039.661Running
117-415KCody Overton 039.661Running
1211-1P4John Price 039.661Running
DIRTVision Highlights  
Event Info  
World of Outlaws World Finals
The Dirt Track at Charlotte
5555 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
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, Super DIRTcar Series

To Win Amount

Feature Laps Length

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
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

*All times Eastern

Event Hashtag

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
all seating

Family Section Location

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

Pit Pass Price
Pit gate is located at Gate 2 of the zMax Dragway

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

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
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, Super DIRTcar Series

To Win Amount

Reserved Seating
all seating

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.


Credit Card Use
Concessions, Pit Gate, Ticket Window

Alcohol Sales
Alcohol is also sold at the track

Smoking Policy
designated smoking areas only

Family Section

Parking Cost

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

Camping Cost
Contact the track for pricing

Track Info  

The Dirt Track at Charlotte
5555 Concord Parkway S

Track Phone
(704) 455-3200

Ticket Phone
(800) 455-3267

Track Type
0.400; 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

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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