WHAT TO WATCH FOR: World of Outlaws Late Models return to Cherokee for huge payout at Rock Gault Memorial

Photo Credit: Tyler Wicks Photography
Chris Madden, Brandon Sheppard, Ross Bailes and more ready to battle for $40K on Saturday

The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series returns to “The Place Your Momma Warned You About” this weekend for the biggest event in Cherokee Speedway’s history.

The Series is gearing up for two nights of action at the 3/8-mile track, including twin 25-lap Features –paying $5,000 each – on Friday, March 26, and a $40,000-to-win event Saturday, March 27 – also paying $15,000 to second and $10,000 to third.

After six events this year, Series points leader and Rookie of the Year contender Kyle Strickler is currently the only driver with multiple wins; both coming at Volusia Speedway Park. The World of Outlaws Late Models have run five races at Cherokee Speedway, with four different winners. Brandon Overton is the most recent winner, taking the checkers in the October Mike Duvall Memorial.

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Here are the top stories to follow this weekend:

SMOKEY LOOKS TO STAY HOT: Chris “Smokey” Madden is on a bit of a hot streak lately, winning the “Tennessee Tip-Off” at Smoky Mountain earlier this month. But that’s not the only reason he has momentum. The Grey Court, SC driver already has a victory at Cherokee in 2021. He won the Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series event in February, leading him to his second consecutive championship with the Series.

While Madden is still looking for the elusive first World of Outlaws Late Model win at Cherokee, he’s had a lot of success at the track, claiming 27 career wins overall. In five starts with the World of Outlaws at Cherokee, he’s earned four top-five finishes.

MOVING UP THE LADDER: After DIRTcar Nationals in Volusia, three-time defending champion Brandon Sheppard was sitting sixth in the point standings without a top-five finish. While the New Berlin, IL native is still looking for his first top-five, his eighth-place finish at Smoky Mountain propelled him to second in points, just 66 points behind leader Kyle Strickler.

Cherokee is a track where Sheppard is still looking for a win. He has four top-fives in five World of Outlaw starts there. In those five races, he’s also finished in the runner-up spot three times. If Sheppard can pull off a win this weekend, it’ll be his 70th career World of Outlaws victory.

Brandon Sheppard sits 66 points behind Kyle Strickler in the standings/ Jacy Norgaard photo

OVERTON LOOKS FOR THREE STRAIGHT: When the green flag flies this weekend at Cherokee Speedway, “Big Sexy” Brandon Overton will look for his third straight Series victory at Cherokee. The Appling, GA driver won the Mike Duvall Memorial in 2019 and 2020. He also picked up a win during the Blue Gray 100 at Cherokee to kick off the Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series last November.

Overton already has a World of Outlaws win this year at DIRTcar Nationals. His next Series victory will be his 15th in his career.

Brandon Overton has won the last two World of Outlaws Late Model events at Cherokee Speedway/ Tyler Wicks Photography

THE BOSS LOOKS FOR HOME STATE REBOUND: While Ross Bailes hasn’t had the start to the 2021 season he may have liked, he’s looking to rebound in his home state this weekend.

So far, “The Boss” only has one top-10 finish in the 2021 season, but he’s returning to a track he’s won at 10 times in total. He won his only World of Outlaws Late Model event there in May of 2019. The Rookie of the Year contender currently sits in 10th in the standings.

The only World of Outlaws victory in Ross Bailes career is at Cherokee Speedway/ Jacy Norgaard photo

STRICKLER STILL ON TOP: Series point leader Kyle Strickler is another driver looking to rebound this weekend at Cherokee. While he had early season success at Volusia, Smoky Mountain didn’t go how the “High Side Tickler” planned. He had his first finish outside the top-10 in the 2021 World of Outlaws season there.

The good news for the Pennsylvania campaigner is that his only start with the World of Outlaws at Cherokee resulted in a fourth-place finish last year. Strickler holds a 66-point lead over Sheppard heading into this weekend. A win would give him his third victory of the season, and his career.


This Week at a Glance

When and Where

March 26-27 at Cherokee Speedway for the Rock Gault Memorial

About the Track

Cherokee Speedway is a 3/8 high banked track

Online: http://cherokeespeedwaysc.com

Track Record: 14.568 set by Ross Bailes on January 26, 2020

Cherokee Speedway Previous Winners

2020- Brandon Overton on Oct. 2
2019- Ross Bailes on May 3; Brandon Overton on Oct. 4
2018- Mike Marlar on May 4
2017- Shane Clanton on May 5

On the Internet
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models Series
Twitter – Twitter.com/WoOLateModels – @WoOLateModels
Instagram – Instagram.com/WoOLateModels – @woolatemodels
Facebook – Facebook.com/WorldofOutlawsLateModelSeries
YouTube – Youtube.com/WorldofOutlaws
DIRTVision – DIRTVision.com – Platinum annual FAST PASS for $299 or monthly FAST PASS for $39/month

Around the Turn: The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 1-3, returns to the Farmer City Raceway, in Farmer City, IL, for the Illini 100. CLICK HERE for tickets.

Feature Winners: (5 Drivers)
Rank- Driver- Hometown-Wins

  1. Kyle Strickler, Sinking Springs, PA-2
  2. Kyle Bronson, Brandon, FL-1
    Devin Moran, Dresden, OH-1
    Brandon Overton, Evans, GA-1
    Chris Madden, Grey Court, SC-1

Rank- Driver- Hometown-Wins

  1. Kyle Bronson, Brandon, FL-3
    Tim McCreadie, Watertown, NY-3
  2. Kyle Strickler, Sinking Spring, PA-2
    Devin Moran, Dresden, OH- 2
    Tyler Bruening, Decorah, IA-2
    Bobby Pierce, Oakwood, IL-2
    Chris Madden, Grey Court, SC-2
  3. Dale Mcdowell, Chickamauga, GA- 1
    Cade Dillard, Robeline, LA-1
    Darell Lanigan, Union, KY-1
    Parker Martin, Milledgeville, GA-1
    Ross Bailes, Clover, SC- 1
    Brandon Overton, Evans, Ga-1
    Brent Larson, Lake Elmo, MN-1
    Mike Marlar, Winfield, TN-1
    Hudson O’Neal, Martinsville, IN-1
    Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, AZ-1
    Jonathan Davenport, Blairsville, GA-1
    Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, TN-1

Last Chance Showdown Winners (12 drivers)
Rank- Driver- Hometown-Wins

  1. Ricky Weiss, Headingly, MB -2
    Dale Mcdowell, Chickamauga, GA-2
  2. Ross Robinson, Clover, SC- 1
    Boom Briggs, Bear Lake, PA-1
    Brent Larson, Lake Elmo, MN-1
    Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, TN-1
    Chase Junghans, Manhattan, KS-1
    Brandon Overton, Evans, GA- 1
    Dennis Erb, Jr., Carpentersville, IL-1
    Mike Norris, Sarver, PA- 1
    Stacy Boles, Clinton, TN-1
    Kyle Strickler, Silver Springs, PA-1

PODIUM FINISHES (14 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Podiums

  1. Kyle Strickler, Sinking Spring, PA – 3
  2. Devin Moran, Dresden, OH – 2
    Kyle Bronson, Brandon, FL – 2
  3.  Cade Dillard, Robeline, LA – 1
    Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, TN – 1
    Darrell Lanigan, Union, KY – 1
    Hudson O’Neal, Martinsville, IN – 1
    Ricky Thornton, Jr., Chandler, AZ – 1
    Bobby Pierce, Oakwood, IL – 1
    Dale McDowell, Chickamauga, GA – 1
    Brandon Overton, Evans, GA – 1
    Chris Madden, Grey Court, SC-1
    Mike Marlar, Winfield, TN-1
    Jonathan Davenport, Blairsville, GA-1

Rank – Driver, Hometown – H.C. Awards

  1. Ricky Weiss, Headingly, MB – 2
    Chase Junghans, Manhattan, KS – 2
  2. Boom Briggs, Bear Lake, PA – 1
    Brandon Sheppard, New Berlin, IL – 1

SLICK WOODY’S QUICK TIME Award (6 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – QTs

  1. Kyle Bronson, Brandon, FL – 1
    Kyle Strickler, Sinking Spring, PA – 1
    Brandon Overton, Evans, GA – 1
    Devin Moran, Dresden, OH – 1
    Bobby Pierce, Oakwood, IL – 1
    Donald McIntosh, Dawsonville, GA- 1

2021 World of Outlaws Late Model Schedule & Winners

No./ Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Thursday, Jan. 14 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Kyle Bronson (1)
2. Saturday, Jan. 16 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Kyle Strickler (1)
3. Wednesday, Feb. 10 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Kyle Strickler (2)
4. Thursday, Feb. 11 / Voluisa Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Devin Moran (1)
5. Friday, Feb. 12 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Brandon Overton (1)
6. Saturday, Mar. 6/ Smoky Mountain Speedway/ Maryville, TN/ Chris Madden (1).

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