CONCORD, N.C. — Night one of the OneDirt World Short Track Championship drew to a close at the Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway at 10pm. Over 300 entries across nine divisions showed up for the opening night hot laps of the inaugural 3-day event.
Under a warmer than usual fall evening in Concord, North Carolina, the first-ever OneDirt World Short Track Championship kicked off with a night of rotating hot laps. Logging nearly 3,000 laps at the Dirt Track at Charlotte over the course of three-and-half hours were: 53 FOX Racing Shox Pro Late Models, 36 VP Racing Fuel Sportsman Modifieds, 37 Summit Racing UMP Modifieds, 24 DRIVEN Racing Oil Crate Sportsmans, 19 GottaRace Hornets, 5 Chevrolet Performance Pro Sprint Cars, 38 QuarterMaster Monster Minis, 27 Hoosier Tire Pro Modifieds, and 21 Comp Cam 360 Sprint Cars.
“The track is awesome tonight,” said Johnny Petrozelle, driver of the No.59 Comp Cams 360 Sprint Car. “It’s good and heavy, and looks like it’s slicking off. We just made a couple of adjustments [before heading back out there], but it’s fun to be here at Charlotte. It’s the first time we’ve been here in the 360s, and we look forward to coming back next year already.”
Several drivers compared the OneDirt World Short Track Championship to their Super Bowl, their Daytona 500. “I’ve been [to The Dirt at Charlotte] a lot just watching, but now we’re in it. It’s amazing,” said Cody Ussery, driver of the No.00 QuarterMaster Monster Mini.
Racing action continues Friday night with pit gates opening at 12:00 p.m., spectator gates opening at 4:00 p.m., and racing starting at 4:30 p.m. Tickets for the OneDirt World Short Track Championship are available at the ticket booths at the Dirt Track at Charlotte.
-DIRTcar Press Release. Photo credit: Speed51.com