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THE CLASS OF 2023: World of Outlaws Set to Showcase Exciting New Roster

Dennis Erb Jr. and Ryan Gustin

As the calendar continues through 2023, the World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series’ roster is building to have one of the most exciting group of drivers in the sport.

Among the competitors are returning champions, the winningest driver in Series history, rising stars and talented rookies.

Here’s a look at who currently makes up the 2023 roster:

Dennis Erb Jr. | 2022 Series Champion | Carpentersville, IL 

Dennis Erb Jr., along with his crew chief Heather Lyne – who became the first championship winning female crew chief in a national dirt racing series – are back to defend their title.

Through a season of consistency, and four victories, they claimed their first World of Outlaws title this year.

READ MORE: Dennis Erb Jr, Heather Lyne Turn Years of Hard Work into First World of Outlaws Championship

With a World of Outlaws championship on their resume, Erb and Lyne – who is also a two-time Series Crew Chief of the Year (2021, 2022) – plan to build off that and grow their legacy with the Series further.

If the dynamic duo can do it again, they would join Billy Moyer, Josh Richards and Brandon Sheppard as the only champions to win in back-to-back years.

Brandon Sheppard | 4X Champion & Winningest Driver | New Berlin, IL

Brandon Sheppard is the most accomplished driver in World of Outlaws CASE Late Models history with four championships and 81 victories (most all-time). But in 2023, his quest for a record fifth championship comes with changes.

Brandon Sheppard
Brandon Sheppard celebrates his 81st career victory at 81 Speeday/Jacy Norgaard photo

For the first time on tour, Sheppard won’t be driving for Rocket1 Racing – the car he drove to his four titles. Instead, he’ll pilot the #B5 for Sheppard-Riggs racing—a joint effort between himself and Scott Riggs, who Tanner English drove for last season.

He’s also made a chassis switch for 2023, moving from a Rocket to a Longhorn Chassis.

If the New Berlin, IL driver can win the championship again, he’ll break a tie with Josh Richards for most all-time.

Tanner English | 2022 Rookie of the Year | Benton, KY

Reigning World of Outlaws CASE Late Models Rookie of the Year Tanner English is back for more in his second season on tour—hoping to build on his three-win campaign and second-place finish in 2022 points.

READ MORE: Tanner English Aims for More Success in Second World of Outlaws Campaign

However, the Benton, KY driver has made some changes for next season, as he now drives for the Shawn and Lisa Martin-owned Viper Motorsports in a black #96 car.

English will return to a Longhorn Chassis when the season starts in January, hoping to carry his momentum from last season into 2023 and his first World of Outlaws CASE Late Models championship.

Chris Madden | Gray Court, SC

One of the top Late Model drivers in 2022 has returned to the Series to chase the championship in 2023. Chris Madden, who finished second to Sheppard in 2021, is searching for his first Series title.

READ MORE: Chris Madden Aims for 2023 World of Outlaws Late Models Championship

Madden scored four victories when he last ran the tour full-time and hopes to grab momentum at Volusia Speedway Park, where he scored his lone Series win of 2022.

“Smokey” enters his 2023 campaign after a 15-win season, including four victories worth $50,000 or more.

Nick Hoffman | Mooresville, NC

Nick Hoffman will race for a national Late Model championship for the first time in his career when he joins the World of Outlaws CASE Late Models in 2023 with Tye Twarog Racing.

READ MORE: Nick Hoffman Joins World of Outlaws Late Models with Tye Twarog Racing

Hoffman, who’s racked up five DIRTcar Summit Equipment Modified National Championships, will have a learning curve in his Rookie of the Year campaign, driving a Longhorn Chassis for the first time.

Nick Hoffman
Nick Hoffman is preparing for his Rookie season with the World of Outlaws Late Models/Jacy Norgaard photo

He’s made 17 starts with the Series so far, picking up two top fives and five top 10s – his best finish is fifth (twice).

He’ll be one of four drivers chasing Rookie of the Year honors in 2023. And while many are used to seeing him in a blue #2 Modified – which he’ll still run from time to time – they’ll have to get used to seeing him in a blue #9 Late Model.

Max Blair | Centerville, PA

Another driver making a change in 2023 is Max Blair, who battled English for Rookie of the Year honors last season.

Coming off a two-win season, Blair will now be part of the Briggs Transport stable as a teammate to Series veteran Boom Briggs.

READ MORE: Max Blair Teams Up with Boom Briggs for 2023, Reflects on 2022 Season

The Centerville, PA driver hopes his knowledge from his first year on the road will help him vault two spots higher in the standings to claim his first Series title.

Boom Briggs | Bear Lake, PA

For the second consecutive season, Boom Briggs and his Briggs Transport team will have two cars on the road, this time with Max Blair as his teammate in 2023.

The veteran driver from Bear Lake, PA, is still in search of his first World of Outlaws Late Models victory, an accomplishment that’s eluded him in his time on tour.

Briggs has 53 chances to take the checkered flag, including a hometown trip to Stateline Speedway, where he scored a top five the last time the Series visited the Busti, NY facility in 2021.

Ryan Gustin | Marshalltown, IA

Ryan Gustin broke through for his first two World of Outlaws CASE Late Models victories in 2022 and hopes to turn that momentum into a 2023 championship run.

“The Reaper” was in contention for many victories throughout the season before a string of bad luck kept Gustin out of Victory Lane on multiple occasions throughout the year.

Ryan Gustin
Ryan Gustin celebrates his victory at Boyd’s Speedway/Jacy Norgaard photo

Gustin will also have a change to his team in 2023, as long-time crew chief Brett Ladehoff is coming off the road. He filled that position with Taylon Center, who recently spent time as the crew chief for Hudson O’Neal and Ricky Thornton Jr.

Brent Larson | Lake Elmo, MN

Brent Larson returns to the World of Outlaws in 2023, coming off a personal best fifth-place finish in the season standings.

The Lake Elmo, MN driver, narrowly missed his first career win last season at Cedar Lake Speedway when he finished second to Mike Marlar on night one of the USA Nationals in August. He also improved his average finish by four positions.

Larson hopes he’ll continue to take strides forward and build on his fifth-place finish and hopes to grab that elusive first checkered flag.

Gordy Gundaker | St. Charles, MO

Gordy Gundaker faced many ups and downs throughout his rookie season with the World of Outlaws CASE Late Models. However, a late momentum charge has him optimistic heading into 2023 and the season-opener at Sunshine Nationals.

READ MORE: Gordy Gundaker Prepares for Second Season with World of Outlaws Late Models

Despite only grabbing 10 top-10s in the 2022 season, three came over the final six races.

With more experience under his belt, Gundaker is another driver aiming for his first career Series win. He has the chance to do it at home in June when the Series visits Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, IL, a facility promoted by his parents.

Todd Cooney | Des Moines, IA

Todd Cooney will join Nick Hoffman in the Rookie battle and Gustin as another driver from Iowa on tour in 2023.

Cooney, who’s yet to make a World of Outlaws CASE Late Models start, will join the Series at Volusia Speedway Park during Sunshine Nationals—where he’s found success. The Des Moines, IA driver, scored a top 10 in a DIRTcar Pro Late Model at the event in 2021.

He’s spent most of his career racing around Iowa, including three IMCA Super Nationals Late Model wins at Boone Speedway, home of the Hawkeye 50.

He also scored three wins in two different Series in 2021. Two with the Haulin’ with Hoker Trucking Super Late Model East Series at Cresco Speedway and Manquoketa Speedway and one with the Malvern Bank Super Late Model West Series at Shelby County Speedway.

Dustin Walker | Polk, MO

After suffering a stroke in 2020, Dustin Walker will be living a dream in 2023, joining the World of Outlaws CASE Late Models full-time.

It’s a bucket list item for him and one he hopes to turn into a successful rookie season.

READ MORE: Dustin Walker Crosses Off Bucket List Item with World of Outlaws Campaign

Walker will hit the road alongside his daughter when the season starts next month and said he hopes to finish top 12 in points at the end of the year.

He made two starts with the World of Outlaws in 2022, and spent most of his season racing around the Midwest—his best finish a second at Midway Speedway in Lebanon, MO.

Logan Martin | West Plains, MO

Logan Martin, from West Plains, MO, will join the World of Outlaws CASE Late Models for the first time in 2023, hoping to grab Rookie of the Year honors.

Logan Martin
Logan Martin powers around Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55/Jacy Norgaard photo

In his 12 starts with the Series, Martin found his best success with the Series in 2021 when he had a top-five and two top 10s at Boone Speedway – which the Series will return to on Tuesday, Aug. 1, for the Hawkeye 50.

He also set fast time in 2022 during an event at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 last June.

Payton Freeman | Commerce, GA 

After a solid second-place finish with the DIRTcar Summer Nationals in 2022, Payton Freeman joins a national tour for the first time with the World of Outlaws Late Models.

The Commerce, GA driver, will battle for Rookie of the Year honors behind the wheel of the G.R. Smith-owned #22 car. He already scored a win for the team in November, when he grabbed the $22,000 prize in the Southern Showcase at Deep South Speedway.

Freeman hopes his experience in the Midwest will give him an advantage throughout the season, as he’s one of the drivers aiming for their first career Series victory.

Johnny Scott | Las Cruces, NM

Johnny Scott has tackled many high-profile races throughout his career, but 2023 will be the first time he’ll go to battle with the World of Outlaws CASE Late Models.

The Las Cruces, NM driver has two national tour victories to his credit, along with Dirt Late Model Dream preliminary triumph in 2021.

Scott will make his seventh start with the Series when the season begins in January.

Shane Clanton | 2015 Series Champion | Zebulon, GA

Shane Clanton returned to the World of Outlaws CASE Late Models in May of 2022, earning two wins to carry Skyline Motorsports to third in the team standings.

This year, the Zebulon, GA is back with a vengeance looking for his second Series championship.

The “Georgia Bulldog” is fourth on the World of Outlaws Late Models all-time wins list, finding Victory Lane 48 times throughout his career. 

Cade Dillard | Robeline, LA

After a year away from the Series in 2022, Cade Dillard returns to the World of Outlaws CASE Late Models for a 2023 title run.

The Robeline, LA driver has found success in the past, earning four wins in his career—the most recent coming at Outagamie Speedway in August of 2021.

Long-time Crew Chief Donnie Pederson will again join “The Thriller” in Series competition as Dillard embarks on the season in a Black Diamond Chassis.

Bobby Pierce | Oakwood, IL

After five championships with the DIRTcar Summer Nationals, Bobby Pierce will join the World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Models for the first time in 2023.

The Oakwood, IL driver has already scored four Series wins in his career, taking home victories a Farmer City Raceway, Boone Speedway, Mississippi Thunder Speedway, and Tri-City Speedway.

The 2016 World 100 winner steps into the Series with a new venture this season, as he’ll take on a Longhorn Chassis for the first time after years behind the wheel of one of his dad’s Pierce Platinum Race Cars.

Jimmy Owens | Newport, TN

While Jimmy Owens has accomplished many feats throughout his Late Model career, a World of Outlaws Championship is missing from his resume.

The Newport, TN driver joins the Series for the first time in 2023 aboard the Koehler Motorsports #20, a new team put together this season based out of Mt. Airy, NC.

Owens enters the season with 21 World of Outlaws wins, good enough for 11th on the all-time wins list.

Jordan Koehler | Mt. Airy, NC

Joining the World of Outlaws CASE Late Models as a teammate to Jimmy Owens in 2023, Jordan Koehler has put his hat in the ring for Rookie of the Year honors.

The 21-year-old driver made his first Series start at Volusia Speedway Park during Sunshine Nationals, and only his fifth Super Late Model start overall.

Koehler hopes to get off to a great start with mentorship from “The O-Show” in his first run at a national tour.

These drivers will continue their quest for a World of Outlaws CASE Late Models title at Volusia Speedway Park during DIRTcar Nationals Feb. 16-18. FOR TICKETS: CLICK HERE.  

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision – either at or by downloading the DIRTVision App.

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