All Dirt Roads Lead To World of Outlaws World Finals

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Have you ever felt like you needed to be in more than one place at the same time? That’s how I feel almost every weekend.

I grew up in the sprint car scene as a child, watching my dad race, traveling the country, chasing race cars. Then as years went on, I got older, and my dad returned to racing big block modifieds.

It made me feel like I was one of those kids that just transferred schools at a young age. I had to start all over again.

I didn’t mind being at the modified races, but I felt like I wanted to be in two places at once all the time. I’d be at a modified race feeling I was missing something at a sprint car race.

When you grow up in the racing industry like I did, you tend to make friends all over the country. As a young girl without her license and friends who never lived any closer than an hour away, that was hard.

So, are you trying to wrap your head around the purpose of this story yet?

Hang tight. You’ll figure it out shortly.

So, I had friends in the sprint car world and friends in the modified world. Are you picking up the dilemma yet?

As I got older my brother dabbled with sprint cars for a few years, that was like heaven. I got to see my sprint car friends again and still go home on the weekends to watch my dad and see my modified friends. Talk about having your cake and eating it too.

But again, years go by some more and I’m back in the modified scene. Don’t get me wrong, I love my modifieds, but any chance I get to go see sprint cars, I jump on it.

Now to tie this all together for you…

The World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte where all three of the top divisions in dirt track racing are all in the same place at once.

So, you mean to tell me for once in my life I don’t have to worry about being in two places at once? I won’t be missing anything?

Can you picture the grin on my face?

All of my people in one place. Man, that’s almost as exciting as Christmas morning!

Who am I kidding. That’s way better than Christmas morning.

It’s extremely rare to get to see the Super DIRTcar Series and World of Outlaw sprint cars at the same track. The bonus? World of Outlaw late models are on the card too.

I always find myself counting down the days to World Finals. As soon as I get there I’m like a little kid in a candy store.

What other race can you go to where you have all three – big block modifieds, sprint cars, and late models all at the same track? That’s right. Nowhere.

If you have a bucket list of races you want to go to and have not attended World Finals yet, you are missing out tremendously.

If it’s not on your bucket list, then we need to have a talk.

Let’s take a quick walk through starting in the pits outside of turns one and two. You get to see all of your favorite sprint car drivers flood the top pit. Just kidding. They overflow the top pit. Then as you leave the sprint cars you walk down the hill into the bottom pits. As you walk down the hill all you can see are hundreds and hundreds of trailers on top of trailers. When you get to the bottom of the hill you will find aisles and aisles of late models with their stacker trailers and shiny cars. Then you go an aisle over and just like that, you’re in modified country.

Yes, there’s quite a bit of walking. So, if you do plan on going, bring your best walking shoes. But you know what’s funny? My feet may be sore by the end of the weekend, but you’ll never once hear me complain about having to walk past hundreds of trailers to get to where I need to go. You know why? Because racing is alive! Having to walk far because the pits are overflowing with haulers full of race cars is not something one should ever complain about.

Now, don’t even get me started on the seating.

I always end up sitting on the side of the hill in turns one and two in the grass because there’s never any room in the stands come feature time. Again, should anyone ever complain about that? Absolutely not.

This event as a whole is such an incredible weekend not only for the racers but for the fans. If you ever heard anyone say, ‘all dirt roads lead to Charlotte,’ wasn’t lying.

I get to see so many friends I don’t ever get to see anymore thanks to this incredible event because all dirt roads lead us there. All season long we’re all across the country chasing race tracks, but this one weekend, we’re all together again. It’s an event that brings all racing kinds together; whether you’re a late model fan, a modified fan or a sprint car fan. You get to see all three of the top series in the sport for a full weekend of racing.

Now that is what I call the most prestigious dirt racing event in the country.

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