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Brandon Sheppard (b5) races under Brian Shirley (3s) through traffic at Volusia Speedway Park. (Jim DenHamer photo)

WoO Late Models Prepare For Thunderhill Raceway Debut

SUMMERTOWN, Tenn. — The World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series will make its lone Tennessee stop of 2024 at Thunderhill Raceway, March 22-23.

The doubleheader event, boasting a $115,000 overall feature purse, will be the series’ first-ever stop at the one-third-mile track.

Friday’s race will pay $10,000 to win, while Saturday’s race will pay $15,000 to win.

It’ll be a home state homecoming for 21-time series winner Jimmy Owens, of Newport, Tenn. He’s never won at the track, but Tennessee dirt tracks have been kind to him in his career as his first World of Outlaws win came in Tennessee in 2008 and he’s the last driver to win a World of Outlaws race in the state.

Of the stout field of full-time World of Outlaws drivers, David Breazeale is the only one with a win at Thunderhill, coming in 2017 with the Sourthern All Star Dirt Racing Series.

The Tennessee track will also be the first new venue of the season after four races at Volusia Speedway Park. Defending series champion Bobby Pierce currently leads four-time Series champion Brandon Sheppard by six points in the standings, and leads Chris Madden — who is looking for his first series title — by 14 points.