It was a dream ending to the 2019 World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series season for the “Newport Nightmare,” as Jimmy Owens took the win at the Can-Am World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte (NC).
Owens took the lead early in the 50-lap feature race, and held off challenges from Jonathan Davenport before pulling away for the win.
“It was an extremely fun race,” said Owens after the win. “It’s great to be back in victory lane.”
Even while holding the lead, Owens knew he had to search for speed with a hard-charging Ricky Weiss closing in.
“It was a little bit too tight,” said Owens. “When I moved up a lane, I couldn’t steer as good as I wanted to. I had to go either all the way to the top or towards the middle. I went to the top down yonder in three and four once and it didn’t do as good as I needed it to. We were able to hold them off and come home with a win.”
Weiss settled for second place, but not from a lack of effort after starting sixth.
“We tried everything we could do,” said Weiss. “We were gaining, gaining, gaining. I looked up and saw 45 [laps on the scoreboard], and then Dale [McDowell] got under me. That was some of the hardest five laps I’ve driven in my life. I didn’t want to give up second, I knew second would gain us some points. I really wanted to get that win, so I was driving as hard as I could drive.”
McDowell finished third after starting 11thto close out his 2019 season. McDowell made a point to race Weiss cleanly after a close shave between the two on Friday night.
“Ricky and I raced last night and he didn’t leave me quite as much room,” said McDowell. “I wanted to watch this video and realize I left him room. That’s how I like to be raced and how I like to race. It’s just one of those deals, it’ll all come around. It was fun battling there, we came from 11th. It was a good night for our hot rod.
“With all said and done, we qualified good. It ended up being a good jaunt towards the front. Lapped traffic didn’t go our way at the end, we just caught up at the wrong time.”
Brandon Sheppard closed out his 2019 World of Outlaws Late Model Series championship season with an 11th-place run, slowed early by a flat tire. Sheppard had his sights set entering the weekend on a record-breaking 19thwin for the year, but it did not come to fruition.
“We wanted that 19thwin really bad,” said Sheppard. “It gives me something to chase next year. The record is still out there. We’ve tied it twice, so I know it’s doable. As hard as my guys work, I don’t see why we can’t have another good year next year.”
Mike Marlar finished fourth, while Chris Madden rounded out the top five one night after winning.
Race fans who missed Saturday’s Can-Am World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte can visit Race Day Now for updates from the event by clicking here.
Unofficial Results – World of Outlaws Late Model Series Can-Am World Finals
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
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