The World of Outlaws brought the curtain down on its 2008 racing season with the VAULT World Finals at the Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway over the weekend.
Five different features saw five different winners along with two series champions crowned in front of the sellout crowd on a great weekend in Charlotte.
Winners on the Late Model series included Chris Madden, Scott Bloomquist and Josh Richards while it was Brooke Tatnell and Donny Schatz scoring wins on the 410 Sprint car tour.
Madden turned back a last lap challenge from Shannon Babb to win the big $16,150 paycheck in Wednesday night's Armour Vienna Sausages Showdown which was rescheduled from a few weeks ago. Madden won over Babb, who came from 14th, Dale McDowell, Scott Bloomquist and Shane Clanton. York's Rick Eckert finished in the 11th spot.
Bloomquist led flag-to-flag to win Friday night's event, which was his first WoO win of the 2008 season. He won over McDowell, Babb, Tim Mc- Creadie and Matt Miller. Danville's Jeff Rine finished 16th and Eckert 17th.
Young Josh Richards won a thrilling battle in front of a national TV audience on SPEED for a Saturday night win that pushed him into the second-place finish in points for the season. Richards held off Earl Pearson Jr., McDowell, Donnie Moran and Steve Francis. Eckert finished 12th and Rine was 27th.
Despite no top-five finishes during the weekend, Darrell Lanigan clinched a career first World of Outlaw Late Model title.
Subbing for injured driver Craig Dollansky, Tatnell captured his first WoO win of the year in Friday night's World of Outlaws 410 Sprint car feature. Tatnell led all the way in his win over Schatz, Terry McCarl, Steve Kinser and Red Lion's Cody Darrah, who turned in an outstanding run. Fred Rahmer was ninth, Lucas Wolfe 15th, Greg Hodnett 20th, while Mark Smith, Brian Leppo, Alan Cole, Lance Dewease and Niki Young failed to qualify from the Keystone state.
It was all Schatz in Saturday's live broadcast with his 18th win of the season on the Outlaw tour and he also captured his third straight WoO sprint championship.
Schatz won over Kraig Kinser, Jason Meyers, Daryn Pittman and Jason Sides, while Darrah returned from an early race incident to finish ninth with Rahmer 12th, Hodnett 16th, Cole 20th and Smith 23rd. Dewease, Leppo, and Young did not transfer.
Don't forget the rescheduled Octoberfest 350 is on tap this weekend at Hagerstown Speedway featuring the Late Models, 410 Sprints, big block and small block modifieds. Racing begins both days at noon.
That's a wrap on this week as we enjoyed our first-ever visit to Charlotte for the World Finals and looking forward to Penn State's next three weekends of games, which hopefully turns into a January 8 trip to the BCS Championship in Miami. So until next time, e-mail reaches me at Bvores@aol.com.