Bowyer Shakes Down The Dirt Track, Thursday's Action Moved Up One Hour
NASCAR Star, Late Model Team Owner Previews World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am
NASCAR star Clint Bowyer gave iRacing sim-racing Dirt Late Model champion Zach Leonhardi a ride in his Clint Bowyer Racing World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model on Wednesday at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.
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• Clint Bowyer joined iRacing Dirt Late Model champion Zach Leonhardi in kicking off this weekend's World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am with high-speed rides around The Dirt Track at Charlotte on Wednesday
CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 31, 2018) – Clint Bowyer's Halloween outfit wasn't much of a stretch this year – at least on Wednesday morning. The NASCAR star donned his traditional firesuit, but instead of driving on asphalt, Bowyer previewed this weekend's World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am with high-speed rides in his World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model around The Dirt Track at Charlotte.
Due to the possibility of inclement weather in the evening, all on-track action for Thursday’s opening night of the World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am at The Dirt Track at Charlotte has been moved up one hour.
Spectator gates will open at 3:30 p.m. Hot laps are now scheduled for 4 p.m. with opening ceremonies slated for 5 p.m.
Members of the local media and iRacing crew also got treated to rides with Bowyer and Leonhardi in the preview to this week's events. While the view from the passenger seat is great, it all goes by too quickly to be processed at first. We do know that the action on track will be even better.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship contender joined 17-year-old iRacing sim-racing Dirt Late Model champion Zach Leonhardi in hot-lapping Charlotte's four-tenths-mile dirt track before the biggest names in sprint car, late model and big-block modified racing do the same from Thursday to Saturday.
Bowyer's Clint Bowyer Racing team owns two Late Model machines, driven by Don O'Neal and Darrell Lanigan, which will compete at World Finals in front of a packed crowd of race fans from all 50 states and seven countries – some from as far away as Australia and the Netherlands.
"This is a big, big weekend for dirt racing," Bowyer said. "Having our drivers, Darrell Lanigan and Don O'Neal, able to battle it out at World Finals is always special with it being in our backyard. The best racing there is is at The Dirt Track at Charlotte."
Leonhardi said he couldn't wait to make his first laps at The Dirt Track after spending countless hours racing the virtual version.
"Getting acquainted with Clint and driving the two-seater car was awesome – especially here at Charlotte," Leonhardi said. "I'd never driven this track in real life. It was cool to go back and forth from the sim to this to see the differences. It's visually the exact same."
The World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am kicks off on Thursday evening. Gates open on Thursday at 4 p.m. with hot laps getting underway at 5 p.m.
TICKETS: Tickets and pit passes to the World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am are available at the speedway ticket office, online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets/ or by calling 1-800-455-FANS(3267).
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