SPEED BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS VP AT WoO WORLD FINALS; WINNERS CELEBRATE IN VP VICTORY LANE
CONCORD, NC (Nov. 7, 2009) Host Dave Despain held court in a VP-sponsored SPEED broadcast of an eventful World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Lowe’s Saturday in Concord, NC, where both Sprint Car and Late Model winners celebrated in VP Racing Fuels Victory Lane. Powered by VP’s Late Model Plus, Jimmy Owens drove to victory in the 50-lap WoO Late Models feature while Joey Saldana used power from VP’s M1 Methanol to take his 20 th WoO Sprint Car win of 2009, making him only the fifth driver in history to win 20 or more in a season. When the dust had settled, Josh Richards clinched his first career World of Outlaws Late Model Series points championship over runner-up and mentor Steve Francis, while Donny Shatz won his fourth consecutive and second straight WoO Sprint Car championship driving for Tony Stewart Racing.
The 21-year old Richards became the sixth different, and youngest, series champion since the tour was reincarnated in 2004 under the World Racing Group banner, winning $100,000 with the title. At Sunday’s WoO Awards Banquet, VP Racing Fuels also presented a new $500 cash award to Richards, beginning a WoO tradition in which the driver with the most feature wins in a season will use the cash to buy drinks at the bar for all his friends and family after the banquet. As a result, the crowd continued to enjoy the post-banquet party into the wee hours.
VP also provided a special award to 14-year-old Tyler Reddick in the form of a 54-gallon drum of Late Model Plus fuel for winning the most VP Racing Fuels ‘Nice Jugs' awards during the season. The Nice Jugs award gives two VP 5-gallon Motorsport Containers at each race to the fastest time-trialer who doesn't qualify for the feature event.