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WoO Late Model Points Battles Not Over Yet

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The World of Outlaws Late Model Series season ends next week at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. (Chris Owens photo)

CONCORD, N.C. – For four World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series drivers, next week’s Last Call is their last shot to solidify or improve their points finishes this year.

In the midst of a wide-open standings race, fans will witness a season-ending clash between Cade Dillard, Darrell Lanigan, Chase Junghans, and Dennis Erb Jr. all squaring off for third through sixth in the World of Outlaws Late Model Series rostrum.

Entering the Nov. 4-5 doubleheader at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, the foursome is separated by only 82 points from top-to-bottom, but a big $16,000 difference could have a massive impact on their drives next week.

While the quartet still wages war for position, in front of them, the top two spots have essentially been locked up. Brandon Sheppard just needs to sign in on Wednesday and he’ll secure his third career World of Outlaws championship, while Ricky Weiss requires two feature starts to claim his best career points finish of second.

Dillard comes into the finale holding the third spot over Lanigan (-30), Junghans (-72) and Erb (-82). In the midst of a career year, Dillard brings in a 38-race resume which includes 23 top 10s and 13 top fives to go along with his first two career wins.

Coming in the form of a $15,000 payday in January at New Mexico’s Vado Speedway Park and a $30,000 score in June at Lernerville Speedway’s Firecracker, Dillard made sure to earn his first triumphs on the biggest of stages.

In his only two previous starts at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Dillard finished fifth and 29th at last year’s World Finals aboard his MB Customs No. 97.

Darrell Lanigan is a newly-announced National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame inductee and aims for his best championship finish since he won his third World of Outlaws title in 2014.

Heading into the Last Call, Lanigan owns 24 top 10s, 12 top fives, and one win this year, which was his 74th career series victory – only three behind Josh Richards’ all-time mark of 77.

Returning to a comfortable track with pivotal points on the line, Lanigan and his Viper Motorsports, Barry Wright ICON No. 29V are back at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, where he’s won twice before in 2013 and 2014.

Chase Junghans is also chasing down a potentially career best championship finish with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models.

Becoming a top 10 machine in 2020, the Kansas racer only nabbed two podiums and six top-five finishes, but recorded 26 top-10 results – third-most on tour – to slot himself fourth in points at the moment.

In 12 career starts at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Junghans and his Shop Quik No. 18 Rocket Chassis have earned four top-10 finishes, with a career-best of fourth-place in 2018.

Dennis Erb Jr. has used a phenomenal late-season comeback to claw his way back into contention for a top-five spot in the World of Outlaws standings.

With 10 top fives and 21 top 10s to his credit, Erb sits on the cusp of fifth and not far from fourth or third following his win at Pennsylvania’s Eriez Speedway and his top-five streak which brought him back from the brink.

Like Lanigan, Erb and his Rocket Chassis No. 28 have won before at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, taking the cake back in 2017 at the World Finals.

Pursuing not only points, but money as well, these drivers are after championship payouts which include $40,000 for third, $35,000 for fourth, $30,000 for fifth, and $24,000 for sixth.

The points chase for these four drivers will resume Nov. 4-5 with the World of Outlaws Last Call at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. Offering #2ForTheRoad, the unique replacement event for the postponed World Finals serves as the 2020 season finale for the WoO Late Models.

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