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SWINGIN’ NORTH: World of Outlaws Late Models Take on the Upper Midwest

Mars and Erb Battle at River Cities
The Series makes its return to North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin

When the calendar turns to July, only two things are certain. The Summer heat and the return of the World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Models to the Upper Midwest.

The second tripleheader weekend of the season awaits The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet, kicking off at River Cities Raceway in Grand Forks, ND, on Friday, July 15.

2022 marks the 15th appearance at the 1/4-mile bullring as teams prepare for the first of three, 40-lap, $10,000-to-win CASE Construction Equipment Features.

Last season, two veterans brought fans to their feet as Dennis Erb Jr. and Jimmy Mars waged war for more than 20 laps. The Carpentersville, IL driver held on to win for the third time in 2021 and his first River Cities triumph.


2021 – Dennis Erb. Jr on July 16
2020 – Brandon Sheppard on July 19
2019 – Brandon Sheppard on July 12
2018 – Mike Marlar on July 13
2017 – Shane Clanton on July 14
2015 – Tim McCreadie on July 10
2014 – Tim Fuller on July 18
2012 – Darrell Lanigan on July 13
2011 – Tim McCreadie on July 15
2010 – Austin Hubbard on July 9
2009 – Josh Richards on 10
2008 – Brady Smith on July 11
2007 – Tim Fuller on June 12
2006 – Darrell Lanigan on May 30

The World of Outlaws CASE Late Models move east on Saturday, July 16, taking on I-94 Sure Step Speedway in Fergus Falls, MN, for the second time.

Illinois standout Frank Heckenast Jr. led wire-to-wire in the Series’ inaugural appearance at the 3/8-mile track, as Tyler Bruening, Brandon Sheppard, and Chris Madden had an epic battle for second behind him.


2021 – Frank Heckenast Jr. on July 17


A trip to Wisconsin finishes the weekend off for the World of Outlaws CASE Late Models as they head to Red Cedar Speedway in Menomonie, WI, on Sunday, July 17.

The Rumble at the Red Cedar will be the third time the Series will race at the Badger State oval after Sheppard held off a hard-charging Cade Dillard to grab the win last season.


2021-Brandon Sheppard on July 18
2019-Chase Junghans on July 14


Dennis Erb Jr. leads the charge of World of Outlaws drivers hoping to make a push toward the 2022 championship.

The Illinois veteran has two wins on the Series this season, and currently holds the points lead—98 points ahead of Max Blair.

Erb scored a win and another top-10 on the weekend last year and hopes to increase his points lead during the swing.

Blair and Tanner English, who’s third in the standings, will each get their first look at all three of these facilities, hoping to catch Erb, who’s had the lead since leaving Cherokee Speedway in March.

Brent Larson Qualifies at Bloomsburg
Brent Larson get his chance to race in front of home state fans during the Northern swing/Jacy Norgaard photo

Another driver hoping for home state glory is Brent Larson. The race at I-94 is Larson’s only chance to bring home state fans to their feet in 2022.

However, while I-94 is the only event in Minnesota, Red Cedar Raceway is less than an hour from his Lake Elmo, MN residence.

Larson is hoping to take advantage of his hometown crowd to grave his first career World of Outlaws CASE Late Models win.

If you can’t make it to the track, watch all the action live on DIRTVision – either online on with the DIRTVision App.

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