Madden, Sheppard, Briggs and more get ready for Stateline, Thunder Mountain, and Selinsgrove
CONCORD, NC – JUNE 14, 2021 – The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models is gearing up for its biggest weekend of the season, so far.
The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet kickoff a Northeast swing through New York and Pennsylvania, with three 40-lap Morton Buildings Features paying $10,000-to-win, at three different tracks.
It starts on Thursday, June 17, when the Series visits Stateline Speedway in Busti, NY. It’s the first of two trips to the Empire state in 2021.
The Series moves South on Friday, June 18, to Thunder Mountain Speedway in Knox Dale, PA for the 11th annual Connor Bobik Memorial.
The jam-packed weekend finishes with the “Late Model National Open” at Selinsgrove Speedway in Selinsgrove, PA on Saturday, June 19.
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Here’s a look at some of the storylines heading into this weekend:
Boom’s Backyard: It’s always exciting to race in front of your home crowd. Boom Briggs has that chance this weekend since Stateline Speedway is 15 minutes from his Bear Lake, PA home.
Briggs finished ninth the last time the Series raced there in 2019.
He’s also had success at Thunder Mountain Speedway. Boom has two wins at the track in non-sanctioned events and had a top-10 last year in World of Outlaws competition.
If Briggs wins this weekend, not only would it be his first home state win, it would be his first trip to Victory Lane with the Series.
Dream-Like Momentum: The driver with arguably the most momentum heading into this weekend is Chris Madden.
“Smokey” finished second at the 26th annual “Dirt Late Model Dream,” leading a few laps before getting passed by the winner, Brandon Overton.
While the Gray Court, SC driver has been good on all types of tracks in 2021, he has two wins on 1/2-mile tracks like Selinsgrove Speedway this year.
He also has past success at Selinsgrove, winning the “Late Model National Open” in 2018.
Madden is trying to chase down three-time and defending champion Brandon Sheppard in the standings. “Smokey” is 46 points behind and hopes to make up some ground with his fifth Series win of the season.
A win this weekend would give him 33 World of Outlaws victories, tying him for seventh on the all-time win list, with 2004 Series champion Scott Bloomquist, and 2006 champion Tim McCreadie.
Number 1 Focus: While Brandon Sheppard isn’t having the season many would expect, he’s still at the top of the standings heading into the weekend.
The reigning champion has held the points lead since Bristol, on the strength of consistent finishes.
“The Rocket Shepp” had back-to-back top five’s during the Indiana swing, including a runner-up finish at Circle City Raceway.
Despite the consistency, Sheppard still only has one win this season.
The good news for the New Berlin, IL driver is the Series returns to a track he’s had success at. Sheppard won one of the two stops at Thunder Mountain Speedway last year. It’s also a track like Mississippi Thunder Speedway, where he won his 70th career World of Outlaws Feature.
Sheppard hopes to make up ground in his quest for history. He’s chasing Josh Richards for most wins all-time (78) and most Series championships (4).
Rise of The Rookies: While Sheppard and Madden are turning heads, another battle to keep an eye on is the chase for Rookie of the Year.
Tyler Bruening leads Ryan Gustin by 108 points heading into this weekend.
The two Iowa drivers have similar numbers in 2021. Both have four top-fives, and Bruening (12) has one more top-10 than Gustin (11).
Each driver had a podium finish during the Indiana swing. Gustin finished third at Circle City Raceway, and Bruening finished third at Plymouth Speedway.
Both also hope they can capitalize on momentum from the “Dirt Late Model Dream” at Eldora Speedway.
“The Reaper” had a second-place finish during one of Friday’s preliminary Features, while Bruening gave a thrilling performance by making Saturday’s “Dream” after starting last in the B-Feature. Bruening finished 12th in the 100-lap race.
Bruening and Gustin are each searching for their elusive first Series victory.
When and Where
June 17: Stateline Speedway, Busti, NY
June 18: Thunder Mountain Speedway, Knox Dale, PA
June 19: Selinsgrove Speedway, Selinsgrove, PA
About the tracks
Stateline Speedway is a 1/3-Mile semi-banked
Thunder Mountain Speedway is a 3/8-Mile semi-banked oval
Selinsgrove Speedway is a 1/2-mile oval
PREVIOUS STATELINE SPEEDWAY WINNERS
2019- Max Blair on Sept. 19
2018- Brandon Sheppard on June 14
2013- Shane Clanton on June 1
2006- Dick Barton on July 1
2005- John Blankenship on July 2
PREVIOUS THUNDER MOUNTAIN SPEEDWAY WINNERS
2020- Brandon Sheppard on Sept. 26
2020- Scott Bloomquist on Sept. 25
PREVIOUS SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY WINNERS
2019- Darrell Lanigan Sept. 21
2018- Chris Madden on Sept. 22
2017- Jeff Rine on Sept. 3
2016- Billy Moyer Jr. on Sept. 4
2015- Darrell Lanigan on Sept. 6
2014- Darrell Lanigan on Aug. 31
2014- Tim McCreadie on Aug. 30
2013- Darrell Lanigan on Sept. 1
2013- Greg Satterlee on Aug. 31