Heading south for the winter
Briggs, Scott open Late Models season Thursday
BARBERSVILLE, Fla. — A pair of area drivers are preparing for the start of the Morton Buildings World of Outlaws Late Models season opener this weekend.
Veteran Boom Briggs of Bear Lake, Pennsylvania and rookie Ryan Scott of Garland, Pennsylvania will be in the field when racing begins Thursday at Volusia Park Speedway.
According to the World of Outlaws website, Briggs, who is in his fifth season as a full-time driver with the Morton Buildings World of Outlaws Late Models, first hit the road in 2014 and 2015, then went back home for a few years, and has been a staple on tour since returning in 2019.
With 255 career starts under his belt, Briggs, 49, has tallied six top-five finishes and 30 top-10 results, while leading a combined 88 laps in feature action. His career-best finish remains a second-place run, which he’s achieved twice. His first close call with victory came on Feb. 13, 2016 at Screven (Georgia) Motor Speedway when he followed Rick Eckert to the line. Most recently, Briggs controlled 40 laps at Eriez Speedway on Aug. 22, 2020 before succumbing to eventual race winner Dennis Erb Jr.
Meanwhile, Scott is one of the new faces on the Morton Buildings Late Model Series and is entered to contend for Rookie of the Year honors with three other newcomers.
According to the World of Outlaws website, the 34-year-old Scott will follow the Series from January to November with 58 stops in 16 different states. A regular on the northern swing, he has attempted 20 career events with the World of Outlaws Late Model Series, qualifying for four of those features. His career-best run came in June 2018 with an eighth-place finish at Stateline Speedway, where the Series will return to race on June 17, 2021.
Some of the most notable former Rookie of the Year winners include Ashton Winger (2020), Ricky Weiss (2019), Devin Moran (2017), Brandon Overton (2016), Frank Heckenast Jr. (2015), Josh Richards (2005), and Tim McCreadie (2004).
The top-rookie prize is $10,000.