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Thursday Morning Thunder, Vol. 11: Bringing Sexy Back to ‘Outlaw’ Schedules

Virginia Motor Speedway winner Brandon Overton rejoices after winning at Eldora Speedway (May 2021).

Photo Credit: World Racing Group

DirtonDirt this week printed what everyone that follows dirt late model racing has had on their brains at least once this season: that the best driver in the country wheeling a super late model isn’t running for a points championship in 2021. At least not yet. Move over World of Outlaws Late Models. “Big Sexy” …

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Thinkin’ Dirty, Vol. 11: 2021 Tennessee Tipoff at Smoky Mountain

Gopher 50

Photo Credit: World Racing Group via Josh James

The A-Main – Aptly nicknamed “Smokey,” Chris Madden rebounded from a mechanical failure in this race one year ago, leading all 50 laps of the Tennessee Tipoff at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Tennessee to win the $12,000 World of Outlaws Late Model feature Saturday night (March 6). “Smokey” @chrismadden44 exits his @TeamDrydene @Rocket_Chassis XR1 victorious …

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Thursday Morning Thunder, Vol. 10: Dirt Racing’s 2021 Marquees Getting Lost in Translation

Photo Credit: Bryan Davis Keith, Frontstretch

Turning the page on 2020 sounded good on paper. Actually getting somewhere better in 2021 is proving to get lost in translation. Mother Nature has taken its toll on dirt racing over the last few weeks, in more forms than one. Saturated race grounds led to the Big O Speedway in Ennis, Texas and the …

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Thinkin’ Dirty, Vol. 10: 2021 Xtreme DIRTcar Series Finale at Modoc

Mountain Moonshine Classic

Photo Credit: DIRTcar Racing at xtremedirtcar.com

The A-Main: Hometown hero “Big Sexy” Brandon Overton used a late-race charge on the high side of a racy Modoc Speedway to pass Dustin Mitchell with three laps to go to win Saturday night’s Xtreme DIRTcar Series finale before a track-record crowd in South Carolina.  After a great battle for the lead with Ross Bailes, …

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Thursday Morning Thunder, Vol. 9: Recapping Dirt Racing’s 2021 ‘Preseason’

Wilkesboro

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This article is a week late, but that’s what happens when the World of Outlaws chooses to go all Cup Series on dirt racing fans like they did with turning the Bristol Bash into the Bristol Invitational last week.  With the majority of dirt racing series having left the state of Florida and scattering, concluding …

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Thinkin’ Dirty, Vol. 9: 2021 Xtreme DIRTcar Series at Lake View

Photo Credit: World Racing Group via Halmar-Friesen Racing

The A-Main: “The Boss” Ross Bailes pounced on a wounded Matthew Nance after a lap 26 pileup and drove away to a $7,000 win Saturday at Lake View Motor Speedway in Nichols, S.C., marking his first career win on the Xtreme DIRTcar tour.  In his first ever start @LakeViewDirt, SC’s @RossBailesRacin climbs out of his …

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Thursday Morning Thunder, Vol. 8: World of Outlaws Is Going NASCAR at Bristol – That’s Bad

ARCA cars race in a blur at Bristol Motor Speedway

(Photo: ARCA Racing)

It’s been a bit of a hollow start to the 2021 winged sprint car season. But not as hollow as the World of Outlaws story has been this week. For as good as the racing was out west, the inaugural Wild Wing Shootout drew less than 30 410 sprints only a week after a field …

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Thinkin’ Dirty, Vol. 8: 2021 Sugar Bowl Nationals at Hendry County & Speedweeks Finales

Photo Credit: World Racing Group via Jim DenHemer

The A-Main – East Moline, Ill.’s “Flying Taco” RJ Gonzales led flag to flag in Saturday’s (Feb. 13) Sugar Bowl Nationals A-main for the IMCA STARS Mod Lite Series, scoring the $5,750 victory at Hendry County Motorsports Park. Gonzales also won the mod lite prelude race at the track Friday night, capping a $6,600 weekend. …

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Thursday Morning Thunder, Vol. 7: 4-Wide Salute a Florida Excess

Photo Credit: World Racing Group via Frank Smith

Our site staff group chat Tuesday night as the Busch Clash kicked off the NASCAR Cup Series season was amusing on several fronts. For one, it marked the first time I had participated in said group chat on a Cup race day since swearing off big-league NASCAR (247 days … it works if you work …

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Thinkin’ Dirty, Vol. 7: 2021 DirtCar Nationals & Tragedy at New Smyrna

Photo Credit: World Racing Group via Trent Gower

The Main Event – Hanover, Pa.’s Logan Schuchart scored his second winged sprint car victory of Speedweeks at Volusia Speedway Park Sunday, driving away with two laps to go to win the second World of Outlaws feature of 2021 after disaster struck for polesitter Donny Schatz. Schatz, who had led the opening 28 laps and …

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