Dirt late models 2020

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The WoO late models season started tonight at Vado Speedway Park in NM. Brandon Sheppard has been dominant in this series of late, but will probably have more competition this year with a two-car Bloomquist team contesting the series with Chris Madden and Bloomquist as drivers. Madden wins the opener. Good race:


They are running three nights here this weekend, then resume during Speedweeks in FL on February 12. Full WoOLMS 2020 schedule: https://worldofoutlaws.com/latemodels/schedule/. Live coverage of every event via DIrTVision.com with the $39 monthly Fast Pass.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series starts on January 30 in Brunswick, GA, then onto East Bay for the Winternationals. Full schedule: https://lucasdirt.com/events/schedule. Live coverage of select (not all) races on LucasOilRacing.TV, which requires the $99 annual subscription to view most of them.
 

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Saw a post on Instagram that says Bloomquist could miss time due to hip surgery
 

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75 lapper to close out the weekend. What a race, a lot of coming and going and another first time winner. Sheppard doesn't get out in front of a WoO race and get passed straight up very often.

 

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Good race. Too bad the director cut away from the pass for the lead as it was broadcasted live.
 

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They are bizarre riding cars, my girlfriend basically said that the first time she saw one race.
 

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WoO is adopting a 'droop' rule (basically limiting the amount of chassis roll via a height limit on the rear of the decklid when the left rear is jacked up off the ground). This is probably good for the sake of competiton, as the suspensions on these cars have become highly complex and expensive.

https://racingnews.co/2020/01/07/droop-rule-announced-for-the-world-of-outlaws-late-model-series/
I noticed the difference watching the Australian races in comparison. Now if they would fix those swiveled ass late models next.
 

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WoO is adopting a 'droop' rule (basically limiting the amount of chassis roll via a height limit on the rear of the decklid when the left rear is jacked up off the ground). This is probably good for the sake of competiton, as the suspensions on these cars have become highly complex and expensive.

https://racingnews.co/2020/01/07/droop-rule-announced-for-the-world-of-outlaws-late-model-series/
Attaching a chain from the frame to the rear axle has been done since at least the 1980s (when suspension setups got to the point of allowing such a hike up of the body over the left rear tire). Originally the chain was used to keep the left rear spring from flying out of the car - some cars would hike up so much that the LR spring got totally unloaded and there was enough suspension travel that the spring was no longer compressed in its perches. Racers also didn't like allowing the shock absorber to act as the hiking limiter since that broke shocks. In the 1990s dirt late models got more into the effects of air on their rear spoilers (by then the huge rear spoilers and side boards had been legislated out) so I'm not surprised that innovators like Bloomquist realized that limiting the hike-up could effect the air onto the limited rear spoilers that they were now allowed.

During the past few years, though, the fast guys have already been switching to suspension designs that don't hike up over the LR so much. They're trying to keep the LR tire loaded more in order to get more bite coming out of the corners. It can also help make the LF bite better, and save some tire wear so that the tires are better at the end of the race.
 

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That was interesting and some great racing last night. Looked to me like Overton used Whitener up and then had the payback coming. Can't believe Erb didn't go to tech. The night that Sheppard wasn't the fastest, and he still ends up the winner.

Watching tonight's heats now. Cool to see Donny Schatz racing the late model and getting better too.
 

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Lucas Oil series is running tonight at Golden Isles, program running late due to rain delay. The feature is coming up and streaming for free via their Facebook page:

 

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Assume the Stream replaces the Dream?
Indeed. They'd already announced the Dream is canceled for this year. But this is a pretty solid substitute. Dream paid $125,000 to win last year, this at $50,000 is still big with no front gate.
 

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I'd like to know what they're doing to be able to pay that kind of purse with no fans in the stands.
 

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I'd like to know what they're doing to be able to pay that kind of purse with no fans in the stands.
My guesses would be:

1. Tony is stepping up and willing to eat some of the cost to keep Eldora relevant.
2. It will stream exclusively on FloRacing, and I don't think that was a previously existing relationship. I wonder if FloRacing paid something substantial for that.
3. I haven't seen a full purse breakdown. The payout is probably in the range of 1/3 what the normal Dream payout is for three nights.
4. Back gate entry fees etc.
 

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Planning on going to Cochran for the WoO Late Models. I cannot believe June 12th is going to be my first live race of the year
 

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By God this was good. What a thriller. The announcer was confused because the transponders and the scoring site were showing different winners. These two were trading the lead like this for the last 7-8 laps.

 

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Helluva race at Eldora tonight, congrats to Tim McCreadie for chasing the leaders down from deep in the field and taking the $50,000 payday. Brandon Sheppard, Bobby Pierce, and Jonathan Davenport put on a show behind them running the top and trying to beat the wall down. Was a good return to action for the legendary Eldora.
 

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He beat the hell out of that thing trying to run down Sheppard, and then McCreadie won on the bottom. Quite a race that only Eldora could provide.
 

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I wish Lucas would post highlight packages as most series do. Brandon Overton won a big one tonight that came down to the top three battling closely at the end.

 

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Came across this picture...how in the world do you get in that car
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This is a different angle with a clear piece of lexan over the driver compartment, you can see where there is room to squeeze through.

People complain that the late model bodies are out of hand today, and it's a valid topic. But nothing will ever be as ridiculous as those wedge cars in the '80s. Quite a time for experimentation though.
 

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This is a different angle with a clear piece of lexan over the driver compartment, you can see where there is room to squeeze through.

People complain that the late model bodies are out of hand today, and it's a valid topic. But nothing will ever be as ridiculous as those wedge cars in the '80s. Quite a time for experimentation though.
Ok that makes more sense I for the life of me couldn't figure it out unless the roof came off lol, and it was way before my time so I'd never seen it.
 

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Any of you check out the Hunt the Front YouTube channel? Pretty fun follow of a family who all race dirt late models.

 
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