Dirt Track World Championship Gets New Format For 2019

Portsmouth Raceway Park

Hall-of-Fame promoter, Carl Short recently announced that the 39th edition of the Dirt Track World Championship will operate under a revised format for 2019. The crown jewel event, which is set for October 18th-19 at Portsmouth Raceway Park (Portsmouth, Ohio) will return to a time trial format for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS).

Since 2015, a double-heat race format, with a passing-points system, has transferred drivers into the main event. However, for the 2019 edition of the event, the format is reverting to a traditional configuration.

Portsmouth Raceway Park is preparing for the 39th annual Dirt Track World Championship (Heath Lawson photo)

Friday night’s program will now include time trials and a single set of 15-lap heat races. The top six starters in each heat race will be inverted. Competitors will earn points based on time trials and heat race finishing results. The total points accumulated by a specific driver will be added together to create Saturday’s B-Main and A-Main lineups.

Saturday’s on-track action for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will include B-Mains, followed by a non-qualifier race. The winner of the non-qualifier race has the choice of keeping their $3,000 in winnings or forfeiting their earnings to start on the tail of the main event. The 100-lap Dirt Track World Championship finale will cap off the weekend and once again posts a $100,000 top prize.

In 2018 Josh Richards streaked to his second-straight Dirt Track World Championship victory. The West Virginia racer was followed across the line by Jonathan Davenport, Brandon Overton, Brandon Sheppard and Zack Dohm.

The event serves as the season finale for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.

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Ben got his start at historic Riverside International Speedway. His accomplished motorsports media career includes journalist, race announcer, and on-air personality.
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