The first night of the Bad Boy Off Road World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte is in the books.  For a couple of Super DIRTcar Series drivers everything went as well as they could have hoped, while others have some work to do for their final two races of the season.


Thursday night was qualifying night at the World Finals, with the Super DIRTcar Series running heat races for Friday’s racing action, as well as Saturdays.


Dirt Mods 300x300 (1)“Lightning” Larry Wight and Justin Haers were the only two drivers to win a heat race for both Friday and Saturday night’s rundowns.


“It’s a huge confidence builder, you know?” remarked Haers.  “Starting out front here is a big deal.  We learned some stuff in that second heat race that I think will help us tomorrow come feature time.  This is definitely a big confidence booster.  We’ve been one of the fastest cars all night since we unloaded.  We’re really happy.”


Wight echoed Haers sentiments, saying he’s also extremely confident, as is his whole Gypsum Express racing team.


“It helps the whole team out,” Wight told powered by JEGS.  “Pat (Ward, his teammate) had a really good car too, and he was able to get a heat win and a second. For us to grab both of them plus quick time for Friday night, it’s definitely a good confidence boost.”


Larry Wight was one of two drivers to win two heat races on Thursday night. ( Canfield photo)

Larry Wight was one of two drivers to win two heat races on Thursday night. ( Canfield photo)

One driver that didn’t have the night he had hoped for was Max McLaughlin.  One year ago, McLaughlin shocked everybody by setting fast time in one of his first Big Block Modified starts.  This year, things didn’t go so well for “Mad Max.”


“We dealt with engine issues and other things all day long,” said McLaughlin.  “It’s really frustrating, especially coming off of the World Finals we had last year.”


McLaughlin said he and his team have discussed possibly going to a backup car for Friday night’s B-Main..


“We’ve definitely talked about it.  The only problem is the backup car has a little motor in it.  I’m nervous that we might not have the power to run with these guys this weekend.  But a little bit of horsepower is better than it skipping all the way down the backstretch.  It’s just frustrating because I know we should be up front with these guys for sure.  It’s a whole different ballgame now.  We weren’t expecting to be in a B-Main at all, and now we’re in two.” will have more from the first night of the World Finals including interviews on the Speed51 Network still to come.


We will carry live Trackside Now coverage of Friday’s Super DIRTcar Series action beginning at 3 p.m. ET.


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-By Rob Blount, Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount

-Photo Credit: Canfield photo

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