Starting tonight down in Georgia, this year’s edition of the World of Outlaws Late Model Series gets under way.
What we’re going to do here is give you the skinny on all the tracks and drivers on tour this year, and then will give a couple storylines to follow as the year wears on.
New for this year is the title sponsor. It had been Craftsman for the last couple years, but this year Morton Buildings stepped up to be the title sponsor. Also new for this year is the series director, Casey Shuman. He comes over from the sprint car world, and should provide a bit of a different perspective on things.
Other than that, it’s pretty much business as usual for the tour, albeit with a few new faces added to the mix, and others departing.
The schedule looks fairly similar to past years and consists of 47 races across 18 states. To find out where and when those races are, the schedule can be found here.
An interesting new feature for following along with the tour this year is the ability to stream every race on tour via DIRTVision, where for 39 dollars a month, you can watch every WoO LM races (and all the UMP Summernationals races too). WRG started this last year with the WoO sprint car series, and it was only a matter of time until they brought it over to the late models as well.
And as always, if you can’t follow along with either of those options, our friends at Dirt on Dirt have you covered with results uploaded almost immediately after each race is done.
That said, if you are wondering who you might be seeing if you attend or stream a race, don’t worry, we got you covered with who is at least starting the season with the tour. Here they are…
And as always, we should see a fair amount of appearances on tour by guys like Dale McDowell, Mike Marlar, Brandon Overton and Tyler Erb.
Sadly, though, the WoO will be missing Rick Eckert on tour this year, the last of the original WoO Dirty Dozen, as he’ll be returning to a more regional schedule.
It should be a pretty exciting season. Now here’s some storylines to look for that could make it even more exciting.
Can Brandon Sheppard avoid the engine woes that made winning a championship such a tall order last season this year?
How will Chris Madden fair on tour with the switch to Capital race cars?
Can Darrell Lanigan return to his winning ways in his own stuff after a few rough years at CBR?
Will Dennis Erb Jr. be able to adapt to the WoO after having run Lucas for so long?
How much fun will the RoY race be with so much talent vying for it?
Will Boom Briggs finally win a WoO tour race?
We’ll revisit this at the end of the year to see how those storylines worked out.