PITTSBURGH’S PENNSYLVANIA MOTOR SPEEDWAY
Media Contact: Judy Gower 724-853-7223 email@example.com
September 15, 2006
OUTLAWS READY TO RUMBLE ON MONSTER HALF MILE FOR 18TH ANNUAL PITTSBURGHER 100 SEPT 22 & 23
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This Year’s Pittsburgher 100 Plays Critical Role In Battle For $120,000 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Points Title
IMPERIAL, PA – Sept. 15, 2006 – The Pittsburgher 100 is back on the World of Outlaws Late Model Series schedule this season – just in time for the 18th annual early-autumn classic to play a critical role in determining the tour’s 2006 points champion.
After a one-year hiatus, the stars of the WoO LMS will return to Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway for the rich $18,000-to-win event set for Sept. 22-23.
Only one WoO LMS event remains following western Pennsylvania’s most prestigious dirt Late Model show, so the six drivers still in contention for the tour’s title have plenty riding on the weekend. Specifically, they’re all eyeing that $120,000 prize earmarked for the points champ – the biggest single check any dirt Late Model driver will receive in 2006.
“We’re excited that the Pittsburgher will be so important to the World of Outlaws Late Model Series points race,” said Judy Gower, the public relations director of the track known as the ‘Monster Half-Mile.’ “That just adds more interest to an event that means so much to everyone in the area.”
Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., will arrive at PPMS leading the WoO LMS standings by 28 points over Shane Clanton of Locust Grove, Ga. Defending tour champion Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., sits 38 points behind in third, followed by Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa. (-56 points), Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky. (-58) and Steve Francis of Ashland, Ky. (-62).
McCreadie, 32, can assure himself a first career WoO LMS crown by finishing sixth or better in the Pittsburgher 100 and the tour’s season finale on Oct. 13-14 at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla., but that’s a task easier said than done. One misstep at PPMS – like he had in his only previous appearance at the track – could push McCreadie out of the driver’s seat in the points race.
In the 2004 version of the Pittsburgher, McCreadie, who was on his way to winning that year’s tour Rookie of the Year award, was involved in a tangle and finished a dismal 24th. Bart Hartman of Zanesville, Ohio, was the winner of that evening’s 60-lap feature, the second half of what was scheduled as a two-race WoO LMS weekend. (The previous night’s 40-lap event was canceled due to transformer problems that dimmed the track’s lighting.)
McCreadie and the 31-year-old Clanton, who will make his first-ever visit to PPMS, have the least experience at the fast, spacious oval of the WoO LMS title contenders. Moyer, a 48-year-old who is one of dirt Late Model racing’s all time greats, and Lanigan have a bit more, while Frank and Francis have frequented special shows at PPMS for the last two decades.
The Pittsburgher 100 is one of the few major dirt Late Model events in the country that Moyer has not won. He’s made the feature field three times, finishing as high as second, in 1991.
Lanigan, 36, has made five starts in the Pittsburgher 100, with a top finish of fifth, in 1995. He was a quiet 14th-place finisher in the ’04 version sanctioned by the WoO LMS.
Francis, who turned 39 on Sept. 10, has never had much luck in 11 career Pittsburgher starts. His best finish is a seventh, accomplished in 1994 and 2000.
The 44-year-old Frank, meanwhile, would appear to have an edge considering his track record in the Pittsburgher 100. In fact, last year marked the first time he did not compete in the event in its history.
Frank scored just a single top-10 finish (eighth in 1990) during the first nine Pittsburgher 100s, but since then he’s finished out of the top five just twice (10th in 2000, 21st in 2004). His sterling recent results include a victory in 2001, three third-place finishes (1998, 1999, 2003) and a fourth (2002).
The WoO LMS title chasers will face plenty of fierce competition in the Pittsburgher from a field that traditionally exceeds 60 cars. Numerous national and regional standouts will invade the track, including Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, Iowa, who has the event on his schedule.
Chester, W.Va.’s Lou Bradich, who clinched the 2006 dirt Late Model championship at PPMS on Sept. 9, will lead the local contingent. He’s looking to better his career-best Pittsburgher finish of fifth, accomplished in last year’s event.
Other PPMS regulars who will bid to shoot down the WoO stars are Michael Davis of Rayland, Ohio, who emerged with three victories this season; veteran Lynn Geisler of Cranberry, Pa., who has finished as high as third in the 100 (1989); former track champion Dave Wade of Clinton, Pa.; and Steve Baker of Fairmont, W.Va., who co-owns Rocket Chassis with Mark Richards, the father of teenager WoO LMS sensation Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va.
In the past a Saturday-Sunday afternoon event, this year the Pittsburgher 100 activities will be run under the lights on Fri., Sept. 22, and Sat., Sept. 23. A practice will be held on Thurs., Sept. 21, from 7-10 p.m. for dirt Late Model, E-Mod and Pure Stock racers. Sun., Sept. 24, will be reserved as a rain date.
“We think running at night on Friday and Saturday will really provide better racing for the fans,” said Gower.
On Fri., Sept. 22, pit gates are scheduled to open at 4 p.m. and spectator gates at 5 p.m. WoO LMS time trials are set for 7 p.m., followed by qualifying heat races for the WoO LMS, E-Mods and Pure Stocks.
Pit gates will open for the Sat., Sept. 23, program at 11 a.m. and spectator gates at 12 noon. Racing will begin at 7 p.m., featuring WoO LMS B-Mains, specials for the E-Mods and Pure Stocks, and the 18th annual Pittsburgher 100, which will not have a halfway fuel stop.
Thursday’s practice boasts free admission to the grandstand. Adult general admission is $25 on Friday and $40 on Saturday, with a two-day pass available for $40. Kids 9-14 will be admitted for $10 each day, and kids 9 and under are free.
Pit passes are $15 on Thursday, $30 on Friday and $50 on Saturday, with two-day passes for Friday and Saturday available for $50. For more information visit http://www.ppms.com/ or call 412-279-7223 (office), 724-853-7223 (office) or 724-695-0393 (race day).
Previous Pittsburgher 100 Winners:
1989 – Scott Bloomquist
1990 – Bob Wearing Jr.
1991 – Donnie Moran
1992 – Davey Johnson
1993 – Scott Bloomquist
1994 – Davey Johnson
1995 – Scott Bloomquist
1996 – Tim Hitt
1997 – Rick Aukland
1998 – Tim Hitt
1999 – Todd Andrews
2000 – Davey Johnson
2001 – Chub Frank
2002 – Rick Aukland
2003 – Matt Urban
2004 – Bart Hartman
2005 – Donnie Moran