Joni Wiman captures 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross title in Las Vegas

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No wins? No problem.

Needing a second-place finish in tonight’s Red Bull Global Rallycross final at The LINQ in Las Vegas to capture the 2014 championship, rookie Joni Wiman got the job done with a runner-up performance behind race winner and title rival Ken Block.

The full final will be broadcast on your local NBC station and NBC Sports Live Extra for online/mobile devices on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Wiman, driver of the No. 31 Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST, did not earn a single race win this season but earned the title by a mere five points over the Head Hoonigan In Charge.

But Block proved quite gracious in defeat. After Wiman climbed to the top of his car with fists in the air, Block saluted the new champion by doing donuts around him in his No. 43 Hoonigan Racing Division Ford.

“I’m so happy for the team,” an exhausted but joyful Wiman said afterwards on tonight’s live-stream broadcast. “Everybody has worked hard. We’ve been believing in what we can do. My goal was to finish behind Ken, and I did. I feel like I have no legs right now.”

The 10-lap final was just a few seconds old when Scott Speed, the other title contender in the main event, made contact with Bucky Lasek going into Turn 1 while Block held the holeshot on the inside. Speed and Lasek went skidding into the tire barriers, and the race was red-flagged.

Both Speed and Lasek were able to return for the restart (Speed had to take that from the back row by order of Race Control), which saw Block take the holeshot and Wiman fall to third behind him and Lasek.

An undaunted Speed roared from the back and was up to fourth before taking the joker and moving to third past Wiman at the end of the opening lap. At that point, race leader Block was in position to win the title.

But on the fourth lap, Wiman decided to take the joker himself and got out ahead of both Lasek and Speed to move into second place.

“I didn’t get the call to do the joker, but I saw that I might have an opportunity to do it,” Wiman said.

That move on his part swung the championship back in his corner. Lasek and Speed initially hounded him for the runner-up spot, but Wiman ultimately got away from them.

And that was basically that. Block picked up his second victory of the season by almost a margin of three seconds, but Wiman, with his fifth podium finish and his fourth such finish in as many races, clinched the title.

“Unfortunately with the way the points were, no matter how well I did, it was kind of fate with whatever happened with Joni,” Block said. “He did a good job. He put himself in the right position – if he had been one more [spot] back, I would’ve won the championship.

“It is what it is. Myself, my team, we put in 100 percent. We did everything we could to win. I led every lap and it just wasn’t enough. But that’s racing.”

Lasek ended his 2014 campaign with his third podium of the year, while Speed finished fourth and secured third place in the standings at 37 points behind Wiman. Sverre Isachsen completed tonight’s Top 5 finishers, while Emma Gilmour finished seventh after becoming the first female in GRC history to make a Supercar main event following her advance out of the Last Chance Qualifier.

Nelson Piquet Jr., the fourth title contender going into Vegas, did not make the final after gearbox problems in his semifinal heat caused him to ultimately miss the LCQ. He ends the year fourth in points, 75 markers behind Wiman.

Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series triples to 34 races in 2023

Xtreme Outlaw Midget 2023
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After hosting 10 rounds in 2022, the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series 2023 schedule will more than triple to 34 races. The 2022 season featured seven different winners in the first seven races, a female racer in Jade Avedisian as the only repeat winner and Zach Daum as the champion.

“Dirt Midget racing is a growing entity in American motorsports, and the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota is proud to drive further into the growth of the division with both a diverse and lucrative schedule for 2023,” newly appointed Series Director Tyler Bachman said in a press release. “From the kickoff at our first indoor event, to each of the new tracks we’re set to visit next year, it’s a lineup we know both our teams and fans will enjoy.”

The championship purse fund has also more than double with an increase of $42,000 to $80,000 in 2023. The champion will win $25,000. Last year, Daum pocketed $10,000.

In addition, the series will offer tow money to the top 12 in points. Six drivers attempted to qualify for all 10 races in 2022 with 89 drivers attending.

The series will begin on March 10 at Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, Ill. and end the same place it did in 2022 at I-44 Riverside Speedway in Oklahoma City on October 15.

During the season, they will visit 21 tracks in 10 states.

Some highlights of the season include the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series pairing up with the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars in 2023 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo. in April for the Outlaw Showdown and again in August for the Ironman 55 weekend, as well as the creation of a five-day Midget Speedweek.

The Midget Speedweek will immediately follow the Ironman 55 with a swing through Pennsylvania and New York.

Xtreme Outlaw Midget 2023 Schedule

Friday, March 10 | Southern Illinois Center | Du Quoin, Ill.
Saturday, March 11 | Southern Illinois Center | Du Quoin, Ill.
Friday, March 31 | Farmer City Raceway | Farmer City, Ill.

Saturday, April 1 | Farmer City Raceway | Farmer City, Ill.
Friday, April 14 | Federated AP Raceway at I-55 | Pevely, Mo.
Saturday, April 15 | Federated AP Raceway at I-55 | Pevely, Mo.

Friday, May 5 | Humboldt Speedway | Humboldt, Kan.
Saturday, May 6 | 81 Speedway | Park City, Kan.
Tuesday, May 23 | Millbridge Speedway | Salisbury, N.C.
Wednesday, May 24 | Millbridge Speedway | Salisbury, N.C.

Thursday, June 1 | Tri-City Speedway | Pontoon Beach, Ill.
Friday, June 2 | Wayne County Speedway | Wayne City, Ill.
Saturday, June 3 | Wayne County Speedway | Wayne City, Ill.

Friday, July 21 | TBA
Saturday, July 22 | Southern Illinois Raceway | Marion, Ill.
Friday, July 28 | TBA
Saturday, July 29 | Atomic Speedway | Chillicothe, Ohio
Sunday, July 30 | Brushcreek Motorsports Complex | Peebles, Ohio

Friday, August 4 | Federated AP Raceway at I-55 | Pevely, Mo.
Sat, August 5 | Federated AP Raceway at I-55 | Pevely, Mo.
Tuesday, August 8 | Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway | Newmanstown, Pa.
Wednesday, August 9 | Action Track USA | Kutztown, Pa.
Thursday, August 10 | Linda’s Speedway | Jonestown, Pa.
Friday, August 11 | TBA
Saturday, August 12 | Bridgeport Motorsports Park | Swedesboro, N.J.
Friday, August 25 | Davenport Speedway | Davenport, Iowa
Saturday, August 26 | Davenport Speedway | Davenport, Iowa

Friday, September 1 | Paragon Speedway | Paragon, Ind.
Saturday, September 2 | Paragon Speedway | Paragon, Ind.
Friday, September 15 | Jacksonville Speedway | Jacksonville, Ill.
Saturday, September 16 | Red Hill Raceway | Sumner, Ill.

Friday, October 13 | Port City Raceway | Tulsa, Okla.
Saturday, October 14 | I-44 Riverside Speedway | Oklahoma City, Okla.
Sunday, October 15 | I-44 Riverside Speedway | Oklahoma City, Okla.

* Co-sanctioned with POWRi