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World of Outlaws Dairyland Showdown
Mississippi Thunder Speedway | Fountain City, Wisconsin
Friday, May 03, 2024
Race Recap  

FUELING THE THUNDER: Nick Hoffman Wins Third World of Outlaws Feature of 2024 at Mississippi Thunder

Hoffman leads the final 45 laps to score his fourth career Feature with the World of Outlaws CASE Late Models


Nick Hoffman has continued to show that he is a threat for the 2024 World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Models championship with his performance on Friday night at Mississippi Thunder Speedway.

The Mooresville, NC driver began the night by going fastest in his group of Sea Foam Qualifying, then followed up by winning his Heat race by over four seconds.

Hoffman started the Feature on the outside of the front row alongside Bilstein Pole Winner Brian Shirley for the 50-lap battle – sliding into second from the drop of the green flag.

On lap five, Hoffman powered his NOS Energy Drink #9 down the bottom of the front stretch to power by Shirley for the lead into Turn 1.

During the stretch of green flag racing, Hoffman had to navigate the continuous packs of lap traffic while fighting to stay at the front of a revolving door of contenders for the win that included Oakwood, IL driver Bobby Pierce, New Berlin, IL driver Brandon Sheppard and Robeline, LA driver Cade Dillard.

The sole caution of the Feature for a flat tire on Rochester, MN driver Dustin Sorensen’s machine on lap 35 gave the field their only sniff at competing against Hoffman for the win.

On the ensuing restart, Hoffman got the jump on the restart on the field into Turn 1 – leaving Pierce and Sheppard to fight for second place while new faces in Marshalltown, IA driver Ryan Gustin and Gray Court, SC’s Chris Madden fought their way inside the top five in the closing stages of the Feature.

With a clear track and twin checkered flags flying high in the air – Hoffman crossed the finish line with his fist high in the air to celebrate winning the largest purse of his racing career.

Nick Hoffman raises his arm as he crosses the finish line in Friday’s Feature at Mississippi Thunder Speedway. (Emily Schwanke Photo)

“This is the biggest money win I’ve ever had in my career,” Hoffman said. “Right now, we need every dollar we can get in building a new shop and everything. This is more of my style of racing right there and what I’ve made a living doing in my Modified by running through the middle of the race track when it’s slick and slow. So, I’m super pumped to race for another $25,000 tomorrow night. 

“I can’t thank everyone enough. Darien and Zach have done a great job for me, along with NOS Energy Drink, C&W Trucking, Peteroff Towing, Bilstein, Longhorn, and Clements Racing Engines. To get our third win of the year and fourth Outlaw win is special and we gotta keep it rolling because these guys are gonna be hot on our tail all year and I fully believe this points battle will go all the way down to Charlotte.”

Pierce finished second after starting the Feature in eighth place. The reigning Series champion is happy with the result – accepting that he used up the tires on his #32 machine in his quest towards the Hoffman.

“This track moves around a lot,” Pierce said. “In the beginning stages, everyone was running the middle to bottom, and then once the top got clean enough, everyone jumped up there. But, with the new dirt, it had some spots that were flatter than it used to be, so it made it tough to enter the corner and get a good run on the top side because it felt like as flat as can be.

“Nick had a really good car, he could pace himself in that middle line and I know I was hurting my tires in the charge to the front – especially the runs I had on Dillard and Sheppard, I knew I abused the tires getting around them. Once I got to second (place), I knew I didn’t have much left for Nick because he had it dialed. I’m pretty happy with second, but we’ll see what we can do to work on it and I know they’re gonna make the track more tacky tomorrow because it rubbered up down the back. You gotta stay on your toes at this place.”

Sheppard crossed the line to finish third and cap off a night that saw improvements from the Longhorn Factory Team #B5 – winning his Heat race and sitting inside the top-five for all 50 laps.

“It was definitely different than the last few years,” Sheppard said. “They did a good job prepping the track all night and it was definitely slick all night long. It was drier than what I anticipated. The car had good balance and we were able to drive nicely all night long and came up a little short tonight. I probably could’ve been more aggressive at the start, but Nick’s been rolling really good so we just gotta keep working and catch up to him.”

Gustin finished just short of the podium to take a fourth-place while Madden followed suit to finish out Friday’s top-five finishers.

Climbing 11 spots to earn the Feature’s Fox Factory Hard Charger Award was won by Lake Elmo, MN driver Brent Larson.

Dillard won his first Simpson Quick Time Award of 2024 with a 13.596 lap time around the 3/8-mile facility.

Heat race winners from Friday night included Dillard in Heat 1, Shirley in Heat 2, Hoffman in Heat 3, and Sheppard in Heat 4.

Jake Timm and Jordan Yaggy claimed the wins in two Last Chance Showdown races.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws CASE Late Models cap off the weekend at Mississippi Thunder Speedway with racing on Saturday night, May 4. Like Friday, the Feature will go for 50 laps with $25,000 on the line for the winner. For more information about the event, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch every World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model race live on DIRTVision.

Feature Results:

CASE Late Model Feature (50 Laps): 1. 9-Nick Hoffman[2]; 2. 32-Bobby Pierce[8]; 3. B5-Brandon Sheppard[4]; 4. 19R-Ryan Gustin[5]; 5. 44-Chris Madden[9]; 6. 16-Tyler Bruening[7]; 7. 97-Cade Dillard[3]; 8. 40B-Kyle Bronson[10]; 9. 3S-Brian Shirley[1]; 10. 1-Tyler Erb[11]; 11. 97C-Cody Overton[14]; 12. B1-Brent Larson[23]; 13. 19-Dustin Sorensen[13]; 14. 22*-Max McLaughlin[6]; 15. 49-Jake Timm[17]; 16. 22P-Nick Panitzke[21]; 17. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[16]; 18. 11H-Lance Hofer[12]; 19. 77-Jordan Yaggy[18]; 20. 88-Chad Mahder[22]; 21. 20TC-Tristan Chamberlain[26]; 22. 22-Daniel Hilsabeck[19]; 23. 14W-Dustin Walker[25]; 24. 30-Todd Cooney[24]; 25. 18-Shannon Babb[15]; 26. 90-Lance Matthees[20]

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Feature Results
12+19Nick Hoffman 500.00045Running150$25,000
28+632Bobby Pierce 50-1.894Running146$12,000
34+1B5Brandon Sheppard 50-3.306Running144$6,500
45+119RRyan Gustin 50-3.847Running142$5,250
59+444Chris Madden 50-3.983Running140$4,500
67+116Tyler Bruening 50-6.211Running138$4,000
73-497Cade Dillard 50-6.675Running136$3,500
810+240BKyle Bronson 50-7.452Running134$3,250
91-83SBrian Shirley 50-8.8245Running132$3,000
1011+11Tyler Erb 50-9.180Running130$2,800
1114+397CCody Overton 50-9.640Running128$2,500
1223+11B1Brent Larson 50-10.084Running126$2,300
1313019Dustin Sorensen 50-10.961Running124$2,200
146-822*Max McLaughlin 50-12.039Running122$2,100
1517+249Jake Timm 50-13.130Running120$2,000
1621+522PNick Panitzke 49-1 LapsRunning118$1,900
1716-128Dennis Erb Jr49-1 LapsRunning116$1,850
1812-611HLance Hofer 49-1 LapsRunning114$1,800
1918-177Jordan Yaggy 48-2 LapsRunning112$1,750
2022+288Chad Mahder 48-2 LapsRunning110$1,750
2126+520TCTristan Chamberlain 48-2 LapsRunning108$1,750
2219-322Daniel Hilsabeck 48-2 LapsRunning106$1,750
2325+214WDustin Walker 47-3 LapsRunning104$1,750
2424030Todd Cooney 47-3 LapsRunning104$1,750
2515-1018Shannon Babb 39-11 LapsRunning104$1,750
2620-690Lance Matthees 15-35 LapsRunning104$1,750
FOX Factory Hard Charger: Brent Larson
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11097Cade Dillard 00.000Running
23+132Bobby Pierce 0-0.760Running
34+144Chris Madden 0-1.156Running
42-219Dustin Sorensen 0-1.882Running
55022Daniel Hilsabeck 0-2.554Running
67+122PNick Panitzke 0-3.123Running
76-128MSam Mars 0-3.564Running
89+135Parker Foster 0-4.451Running
98-122BGary Brown Jr0102.597Running
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1103SBrian Shirley 00.000Running
23+116Tyler Bruening 0-0.470Running
32-11Tyler Erb 0-0.584Running
44018Shannon Babb 0-2.875Running
55049Jake Timm 0-3.184Running
66004Tad Pospisil 0-4.102Running
77011James Giossi 0-5.447Running
88014WDustin Walker 0-8.050Running
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1109Nick Hoffman 00.000Running
22022*Max McLaughlin 0-4.638Running
34+140BKyle Bronson 0-4.807Running
45+197CCody Overton 0-6.166Running
53-277Jordan Yaggy 0-6.784Running
67+120TCTristan Chamberlain 0-7.587Running
76-1B1Brent Larson 0-7.721Running
880E85Jason Strand 0-9.068Running
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
110B5Brandon Sheppard 00.000Running
23+119RRyan Gustin 0-0.075Running
34+111HLance Hofer 0-2.214Running
45+128Dennis Erb Jr0-3.093Running
57+290Lance Matthees 0-5.130Running
66088Chad Mahder 0-7.063Running
72-530Todd Cooney 0471.587Running
88015Clayton Stuckey 0470.704Running
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
11197Cade Dillard Robeline, LA13.5960.000
273SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL13.913-0.317
3619Dustin Sorensen Rochester, MN13.928-0.332
421Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX13.945-0.349
51532Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL13.954-0.358
6316Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA13.994-0.398
7444Chris Madden Gray Court, SC14.034-0.438
81218Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL14.080-0.484
9922Daniel Hilsabeck Earlham, IA14.226-0.630
10849Jake Timm Winona, MN14.261-0.665
11128MSam Mars Menomonie, WI14.307-0.711
121304Tad Pospisil Norfolk, NE14.358-0.762
131622PNick Panitzke Lonsdale, MN14.403-0.807
14511James Giossi Hudson, WI14.523-0.927
151022BGary Brown JrBrandon, SD14.590-0.994
161414WDustin Walker Polk, MO14.834-1.238
171735Parker Foster Winona, MN14.898-1.302
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
129Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC13.9290.000
27B5Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL14.070-0.141
3322*Max McLaughlin , 14.156-0.227
4830Todd Cooney Des Moines, IA14.260-0.331
5177Jordan Yaggy Rochester, MN14.370-0.441
61619RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA14.373-0.444
7640BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL14.386-0.457
81111HLance Hofer Cochrane, WI14.396-0.467
91497CCody Overton Evans, GA14.491-0.562
101528Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL14.507-0.578
119B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN14.537-0.608
12588Chad Mahder Bloomer, WI14.757-0.828
131020TCTristan Chamberlain Richmond, IN14.770-0.841
14490Lance Matthees Winona, MN14.886-0.957
1512E85Jason Strand Portland, ND15.026-1.097
161315Clayton Stuckey Shreveport, LA15.045-1.116
Hot Laps Results
124B5Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL13.4710.000
2199Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC13.527-0.056
33319RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA13.572-0.101
43197CCody Overton Evans, GA13.580-0.109
51197Cade Dillard Robeline, LA13.638-0.167
61532Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL13.639-0.168
72530Todd Cooney Des Moines, IA13.714-0.243
82022*Max McLaughlin , 13.721-0.250
92811HLance Hofer Cochrane, WI13.730-0.259
102720TCTristan Chamberlain Richmond, IN13.811-0.340
111218Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL13.821-0.350
121304Tad Pospisil Norfolk, NE13.838-0.367
132340BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL13.897-0.426
143228Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL13.900-0.429
15444Chris Madden Gray Court, SC13.901-0.430
163015Clayton Stuckey Shreveport, LA13.905-0.434
171622PNick Panitzke Lonsdale, MN13.923-0.452
1826B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN13.933-0.462
1921Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX13.959-0.488
2073SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL13.974-0.503
211877Jordan Yaggy Rochester, MN14.005-0.534
22316Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA14.068-0.597
2329E85Jason Strand Portland, ND14.174-0.703
24922Daniel Hilsabeck Earlham, IA14.180-0.709
25849Jake Timm Winona, MN14.197-0.726
26619Dustin Sorensen Rochester, MN14.575-1.104
272190Lance Matthees Winona, MN14.617-1.146
282288Chad Mahder Bloomer, WI14.637-1.166
291022BGary Brown JrBrandon, SD14.732-1.261
30128MSam Mars Menomonie, WI15.005-1.534
311735Parker Foster Winona, MN15.041-1.570
321414WDustin Walker Polk, MO15.196-1.725
33511James Giossi Hudson, WI15.196-1.725
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Event Info  

World of Outlaws Dairyland Showdown
Friday, May 03, 2024
Mississippi Thunder Speedway
2895 WI-35
Fountain City, Wisconsin 54629 

Event Description

The World of Outlaws CASE Late Models return to Mississippi Thunder Speedway for the Dairyland Showdown, with the finale paying $35,000.

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Late Model Series, DIRTcar Late Models

To Win Amount

Event Schedule

3:00PM Pits Open
5:00PM Gates Open
6:30PM Hot Laps with racing to follow

*All times Central

Ticket Options  
Options And Prices

*Friday Event Prices*
Adult Admission: $35
Senior (65+) Admission: $27
Student (13-17): $5
Kids 12 & Under: FREE
Adult Pit Pass: $45
Student (6-12) Pit Pass: $15
Kids 5 & Under Pit Pass: FREE

*Saturday Event Prices*
Adult Admission: $40
Senior (65+) Admission: $37
Student (13-17): $5
Kids 12 & Under: FREE
Adult Pit Pass: $50
Student (6-12) Pit Pass: $15

Kids 5 & Under Pit Pass: FREE

Grandstand Type

Pit Pass Price
Adult Pit Pass: $50
Student Pit Pass (6-12): $15

Frequently Asked Questions  
To Win Amount

Type of Grandstand

Stadium Seating
Bring your own lawn chair to better enjoy the cement grandstands!

Track Info  

Mississippi Thunder Speedway
2895 WI-35
Fountain City, Wisconsin 54629 

Track Phone
(608) 687-3282

Track Email
[email protected]

Track Size

Track Type
High-banked sweeping oval

Late Model Track Record
13.417 seconds by Ryan Gustin on 5/4/24

Closest Airport
La Crosse, WI

Other Airport
Rochester, MN

Track Map
Competitor Info  
Competitor Downloads

Tire Rules
Left Front Tire: Open (Hoosier Only)
Left Rear & Right Front Tire: Hoosier (90) W30, (90) NLMT3
Right Rear Tire: Hoosier (92) W30, (92) NLMT3, (92) NLMT4
**Grooving & Siping will be allowed**

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