NORMAN PARK, GA – March 27, 2011 – Needmore Speedway officials battled the elements on Sunday night but rain ultimately forced the postponement of the Georgia track’s first-ever World of Outlaws Late Model Series event.
WoO LMS director Tim Christman and Needmore Speedway owner Chris Hunnicutt agreed to reschedule the 40-lap, $8,000-to-win show for Sun., May 8. The race will cap a tripleheader weekend in the Southeast for the WoO LMS, which is set to visit Fayetteville (N.C.) Motor Speedway on May 6 and Swainsboro (Ga.) Raceway on May 7.
While severe thunderstorms swept across much of southern Georgia for much of the day on Sunday, the rough weather largely avoided Hunnicutt’s three-eighths-mile oval save for a brief downpour around 12:30 p.m. But two lighter periods of rain – the first at 5:15 p.m. as local-division cars were running in the surface and another at 6:50 p.m. moments after Hunnicutt had scraped the track with a grader – proved impossible to overcome.
“Chris Hunnicutt and his staff deserve plenty of credit for all the hard work they put in to give the racers and fans a great show despite the tough conditions we were dealt,” said Christman. “Unfortunately the weather wouldn’t quite cooperate, but we’ll look forward to returning to Needmore Speedway on Sunday, May 8.”
A field of 26 cars was signed in for Sunday night’s racing program. Rainchecks and pit bands from the event will be honored on May 8.
Sunday marked the second postponement in as many nights for the WoO LMS, which was also rained out on Saturday night at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga.
The WoO LMS will head north for its next action, traveling to LaSalle (Ill.) Speedway for the fourth annual Illini 100 on April 1-2. A $20,000 top prize will be on the line in the 100-lap spectacular at the high-banked, quarter-mile oval.
For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com.
Drivers signed in for Sunday night’s event at Needmore Speedway:
1-Josh Richards/Shinnston, WV
1L-John Lobb/Frewsburg, NY
1V-Will Vaught/Crane, MO
1*-Chub Frank/Bear Lake, PA
3-Brent Robinson/Smithfield, VA
10-Adam Giles/Moultrie, GA
11-Pat Doar/New Richmond, WI
15-Steve Francis/Ashland, KY
19-Tim Fuller/Watertown, NY
19-Austin Hubbard/Seaford, DE
21b-Chip Brindle/Chatsworth, GA
21J-Kelly Walker/Moultrie, GA
21L-Ivedent Lloyd/Ocala, FL
22-Jill George/Cedar Falls, IA
24-Rick Eckert/York, PA
25-Shane Clanton/Locust Grove, GA
25-Jason Feger/Bloomington, IL
26-Tony Knowles/Tyrone, GA
29-Darrell Lanigan/Union, KY
32c-Vic Coffey/Caledonia, NY
33-Brian Reese/Sharpsburg, GA
39-Tim McCreadie/Watertown, NY
44-Clint Smith/Senoia, GA
47-Tyler Ivey/Tallahassee, FL
49-Jonathan Davenport/Blairsville, GA
71d-Ron Davies/Warren, PA
The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award), McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award), Chizmark Larson Insurance, Factory Value Parts and RacingJunk.com; in addition to contingency sponsors Comp Cams, Eibach Springs, JE Pistons, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, Pro Power Engines, Quartermaster, Rocket Chassis, R2C Performance, Superflow Dynos, Wix Filters and Wrisco Aluminum.