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HAUBSTADT HEROICS: Macedo Beats McFadden on Final Lap of Dramatic Tri-State Feature
 

Brian Walker April 11, 2021
 

Five Different Leaders & Haudenschild's Heartbreak Highlight Action-Packed Race

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series did it again on Saturday night.

Visiting a sold-out crowd at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, IN, The Greatest Show on Dirt lived up to its name. The 40-lap feature on the 1/4-mile offered up five different leaders, drama that you couldn’t even dream of, and a last-lap pass to send the crowd home happy.

It started with Aaron Reutzel out front before Tyler Courtney led in pursuit of his first-career win, and then Sheldon Haudenschild drove to the lead and ran away until a flat tire soured his run with seven laps left. Ultimately, it came down to a duel between Carson Macedo and James McFadden on the final restart.

They swapped sliders, exchanged some contact, and eventually Macedo snookered McFadden to win it by 0.398-seconds.

“I know he’s probably upset with me, but I really wanted to win that race,” Macedo noted. “These races are tough to win, I’m gonna give it everything I have. James [McFadden] is a great driver and I have the utmost respect for him; I want to run everybody clean. I beat him to the line there and just tried to protect the bottom the best I could.”

Before eighth-starting Macedo and 11th-starting McFadden waged war in the end, the beginning was between the front row of Courtney’s Clauson-Marshall Racing #7BC and Reutzel’s Roth Motorsports #83.

Reutzel, of Clute, TX, paced the opening four laps before Courtney, of Indianapolis, IN, drove by on Lap 5. It quickly became a non-wing affair as former USAC standouts Courtney and Hunter Schuerenberg of Sikeston, MO ran 1-2 with both drivers chasing their first-career World of Outlaws win.

Courtney, AKA Sunshine, led a race-high 19 laps aboard the NOS Energy Drink TURBO machine until Haudenschild in his own NOS Energy Drink whip wheeled by him to take command on Lap 24. Mastering lap traffic, Haudenschild ran off to a 2+ second advantage before a flat left rear tire sent his Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17 from the lead to the work area on Lap 33.

Inheriting the lead with seven to go, Macedo brought the field back to life in his Jason Johnson Racing #41 and immediately received a challenge from McFadden in the Kasey Kahne Racing #9. They ran side-by-side for a handful of laps until J-Mac finally cleared his slider coming to the white flag.

McFadden officially led Lap 39, but Macedo was quick to cross under him and steal it back entering turn one. The duo made contact fighting for real estate on the bottom and nearly allowed Courtney to sneak by them both as they went down the backstretch. Macedo made the move to go low in the final two corners and did just enough to survive McFadden’s onslaught.

For Macedo, of Lemoore, CA, it was his second win at Tri-State, his second win of the 2021 season, and his eighth-career win with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.

“I could see him peeking his nose and I knew I needed to stay in front or he would pull the trigger hard enough,” Macedo mentioned on his strategy. “I saw the white come out and knew I needed to capitalize. This is a great win for our Jason Johnson Racing crew. I’m glad I can get Phil, Nate and Clyde back to victory lane.

A dejected James McFadden came home with a close second-place effort following his victory in Friday’s show at Kokomo Speedway. The Alice Springs, NT, AUS native offered up some choice words following his on-track combat with Macedo.

“He was racing like a bit of a d**k head to be honest,” McFadden said. “He chopped me and put me over the tires and jammed it off the fence a couple of times. I kept giving him room and I probably shouldn’t have; I should have parked him and cleared him. I feel bad for letting my team down. Second is decent, but I probably needed to be a bit ruder.

For the second night in a row, the third-place finisher collected his first-career podium finish with there World of Outlaws. This time it was Tyler Courtney, a former USAC National Midget and Sprint Car champion adventuring into the winged world with Clauson-Marshall Racing.

“I think it was just inexperience in lap traffic,” Courtney offered on where he lost the lead. “I’ve had more laps around here than those guys, but I just struggled with where to put the car. To rebound tonight with a podium against the best drivers in the country, maybe the world, is really awesome for our team.”

Hunter Schuerenberg earned his second-career World of Outlaws top five, and first since Tri-State in 2018, aboard the Vermeer Motorsports #55. Early leader Aaron Reutzel wrapped up the top five finishers in Saturday’s show.

Rounding out the top ten at Haubstadt was David Gravel in sixth, Brad Sweet in seventh, Carson Short in eighth, Justin Peck in ninth and Ian Madsen in tenth.

UP NEXT – The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series takes to Lawton (OK) Speedway on Friday, April 16 and Devil’s Bowl (TX) Speedway on Saturday, April 17. After that, it’s the Bristol Throwdown on April 22-24.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 41-Carson Macedo [8][$10,000]; 2. 9-James McFadden [11][$6,000]; 3. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [1][$3,500]; 4. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [5][$2,800]; 5. 83-Aaron Reutzel [2][$2,500]; 6. 2-David Gravel [3][$2,300]; 7. 49-Brad Sweet [12][$2,200]; 8. 21-Carson Short [14][$2,100]; 9. 13-Justin Peck [18][$2,050]; 10. 11-Ian Madsen [4][$2,000]; 11. 55V-Spencer Bayston [7][$1,600]; 12. 26-Cory Eliason [10][$1,400]; 13. 5S-Chase Stockon [17][$1,200]; 14. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [9][$1,100]; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen [6][$1,050]; 16. 15-Donny Schatz [21][$1,000]; 17. 7S-Jason Sides [20][$1,000]; 18. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [16][$1,000]; 19. 1S-Logan Schuchart [25][$]; 20. 11K-Kraig Kinser [24][$1,000]; 21. 96-Robert Ballou [23][$1,000]; 22. 19-Parker Price-Miller [13][$1,000]; 23. 44-Kyle Cummins [15][$1,000]; 24. 5K-Paul Nienhiser [22][$1,000]; 25. 14-Tim Kaeding [19][$1,000]; 26. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [26][$]. Lap Leaders: Aaron Reutzel 1-4; Tyler Courtney 5-23; Sheldon Haudenschild 24-33; Carson Macedo 34-38, 40; James McFadden 39. KSE Hard Charger Award: 9-James McFadden[+9].

NEW Championship Standings (13/83 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (1,880); 2. Sheldon Haudenschild (-92); 3. David Gravel (-98); 4. Carson Macedo (-110); 5. Logan Schuchart (-11); 6. Aaron Reutzel (-134); 7. Donny Schatz (-184); 8. Kraig Kinser (-234); 9. Brock Zearfoss (-318); 10. Jason Sides (-348).


 

 

Brad Sweet seemed unstoppable on his four-race winning streak, that is until his own teammate James McFadden stepped up to deny him.

Making his 100th career World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series start on Saturday night at Kokomo Speedway, McFadden led the final 30 laps aboard his Karavan Trailers #9 and paved the path for a Kasey Kahne Racing 1-2 finish with Sweet behind him in the NAPA Auto Parts #49.

A drama-filled 40-lapper at the Kokomo, IN 1/4-mile saw David Gravel command the opening 10 laps before spinning from second with two to go, saw Donny Schatz and Logan Schuchart suffer mechanical issues, saw Tyler Courtney’s career-best run of third shattered with a flat right rear, and saw Sheldon Haudenschild roar from 21st-to-5th in the closing stages.

For McFadden, the Alice Springs, NT, AUS native banked $10,000 with his first victory of the season in only his sixth start since coming overseas to relieve Kasey Kahne of full-time duties back in March. It’s the third career victory for the 31-year-old they call J-Mac.

“I’m just pumped to be here right now, man,” an elated McFadden said in victory lane. “I gotta thank Kasey [Kahne] and this whole KKR team; it’s a pleasure to drive this car. I’m glad I can do it justice and put in victory lane. It’s good to get one on that NAPA car. He’s been laying it on us, so hopefully we can get on our little roll now.”

Nearly perfect on the night, McFadden’s Kokomo quest began with the Slick Woody’s QuickTime Award (11.243 seconds) and continued with a win in the opening Team Drydene Heat Race. He was stopped by Gravel in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, but earned the outside pole position with 40 laps on tap.

Aboard the Big Game Motorsports, THE SHOWDOWN #2, Gravel paced the opening 10 circuits of Feature action before lap traffic allowed McFadden to capitalize. Moving up a lane as Gravel became mired on the bottom behind back markers, McFadden quickly swooped right by Gravel on Lap 11 and never looked back.

Hampered by six cautions, Saturday’s feature saw a Lap 2 mechanical issue for Donny Schatz (5th), Lap 21 problem for Logan Schuchart (16th), Lap 26 trouble for Tim Kaeding (17th), Lap 30 red flag for Carson Short (14th), Lap 37 spin for Jason Sides (13th), and a shocking Lap 38 infield tire incident for David Gravel (2nd).

In the end, McFadden survived a green-white-checkered restart and ran off to a 1.059-second advantage at the checkered flag.

“The track was surprisingly tough tonight, it just changed around a bunch,” McFadden noted. “I was running the top to get around David, but it go so dirty that I felt like I needed to get to the bottom. We got through lap traffic really well, and I think that was big. Being in victory lane six races in is pretty awesome.”

Chasing McFadden to the stripe was his Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb teammate, Brad Sweet. The Big Cat rallied from 12th on lap one to finish in second, extending his career-best streak of consecutive podium finishes to a whopping nine races.

“I just shot myself in the foot during qualifying tonight,” Sweet said on getting behind the eight-ball. “Once we got to third in the Feature I think the track just moved down and we ran out of options. I tried the top on the green-white-checkered, but felt like I was gonna give up second and had to come back down. That’s what you have to do sometimes: get the best finish you possibly can. Tonight is a great testament to our team. It’s fun to be disappointed with second.”

Finishing third and landing on the podium for the first time in his World of Outlaws career was Justin Peck. The Monrovia, IN native drove from 11th-to-third aboard the Tom Buch owned #13 and kept his early-season hot streak alive; ahead of his return to Haubstadt tomorrow where he’s excelled in the past.

“Our team morale is pretty high right now, so it makes working with these guys super easy,” Peck noted on their success. “We’ve got everything hooked up right now. It’s great to be on the podium, but obviously we want to be a little better. That KKR team is just outstanding right now. We’ve got a little bit to clean up on our end.”

Coming home a season-high fourth at Kokomo was Australia’s Ian Madsen in the McGhee #11. Rounding out the top five was Sheldon Haudenschild with KSE Hard Charger honors thanks to his magnificent 21st-to-fifth bid in the NOS Energy Drink, Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17; which gives him eight-straight top five finishes.

Closing out the top ten was Jason Johnson Racing’s Carson Macedo, Bloomington, IN native Kraig Kinser, Kokomo’s own hometown hero Parker Price-Miller, Indianapolis superstar Tyler Courtney with a solid recovery, and Aaron Reutzel in the Roth Motorsports ride.

UP NEXT – The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series wrap up the Hoosier State doubleheader on Saturday, April 10 with a trip down to Haubstadt, IN’s Tri-State Speedway.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 9-James McFadden [2][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [10][$6,000]; 3. 13-Justin Peck [11][$3,500]; 4. 11-Ian Madsen [8][$2,800]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [21][$2,500]; 6. 41-Carson Macedo [6][$2,300]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [22][$2,200]; 8. 19-Parker Price-Miller [4][$2,100]; 9. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [9][$2,050]; 10. 83-Aaron Reutzel [12][$2,000]; 11. 26-Cory Eliason [16][$1,600]; 12. 2-David Gravel [1][$1,400]; 13. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [15][$1,200]; 14. 7S-Jason Sides [3][$1,100]; 15. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [5][$1,050]; 16. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [24][$1,000]; 17. 2C-Wayne Johnson [25][$]; 18. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [19][$1,000]; 19. 10-Zeb Wise [17][$1,000]; 20. 1A-Jacob Allen [18][$1,000]; 21. 24-Rico Abreu [23][$1,000]; 22. 1S-Logan Schuchart [20][$1,000]; 23. 21-Carson Short [14][$1,000]; 24. 14-Tim Kaeding [13][$1,000]; 25. 15-Donny Schatz [7][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-10, James McFadden 11-40. KSE Hard Charger Award: 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[+16]

NEW Championship Standings (12/83 Races) – 1. Brad Sweet (1,744); 2. Sheldon Haudenschild (-78); 3. Logan Schuchart (-86); 4. David Gravel (-100); 5. Carson Macedo (-124); 6. Aaron Reutzel (-138); 7. Donny Schatz (-166); 8. Kraig Kinser (-208); 9. Giovanni Scelzi (-272); 10. Brock Zearfoss (-284).

 

Brad Sweet's Road to the Record Books Runs Through the Hoosier State Next

March Madness is over, now Indiana welcomes The Greatest Show on Dirt.

This weekend, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series makes its first appearance of the season in the Hoosier State with trips to Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo, IN on Friday, April 9 and Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, IN on Saturday, April 10.

Known for the unpredictability and intense racing, these Midwest bullrings offer some of the most exciting and memorable moments on tour. Last year, Sheldon Haudenschild beat Donny Schatz in an instant classic at Kokomo, while Carson Short and Carson Macedo split Tri-State triumphs.

Fans who can’t make it to the track can catch all of the action on DIRTVision with the annual Platinum FAST PASS subscription for $299/year or the monthly FAST PASS subscription for $39/month.

Let’s get you caught up on what to watch for ahead of this weekend’s doubleheader:

HISTORY IN THE MAKING: With a weekend sweep at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, Brad Sweet of Grass Valley, CA became the ninth driver in World of Outlaws history to record a four-race win streak. He joins an iconic list of legends to achieve said feat including Steve Kinser, Sammy Swindell, Doug Wolfgang, Mark Kinser, Danny Lasoski, Jason Meyers, Donny Schatz, and Daryn Pittman.

Only Steve, Sammy, Jason & Donny have won five-straight, which Brad could do on Friday night at Kokomo. A sixth-straight win at Tri-State would put him in a club with the three winningest drivers in Series history: Steve, Sammy & Donny. The all-time record Sweet is chasing is an absurd nine consecutive win streak set by Steve Kinser in June of 1981.
 

WELCOME TO SPRINT CARS: Alex Bowman Racing will make its World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series debut this weekend with 2019 USAC National Sprint Car champion C.J. Leary behind the wheel of the #55. A two-time NASCAR Cup Series winner, Bowman himself has never competed in the Winged Sprint Car ranks, but has turned a few practice laps and is scheduled to run his first race this summer.

As for now, the #55 program is built around Greenfield, IN native C.J. Leary driving and Joe Gaerte as crew chief. Gaerte’s career included 1989 Rookie of the Year honors and 10 World of Outlaws wins before he became a renowned engine builder and mechanic, most recently serving at Kyle Larson Racing. Along with Kokomo and Tri-State, ABR is currently scheduled to compete at Attica’s Brad Doty Classic on July 13, Eldora’s King’s Royal on July 14-17, Eldora’s Four-Crown Nationals on September 24, and Charlotte’s World Finals on November 4-6.

ALL STARS VS. OUTLAWS: With the All Star Circuit of Champions on a bye week, several of their top drivers will make the trip to compete against the World of Outlaws at Kokomo and Tri-State. Leading the charge is Monrovia, IN native Justin Peck, who outside of Brad Sweet is arguably the hottest sprint car driver in the country. Aboard the Tom Buch owned #13, Peck has topped weekly action at Port Royal Speedway, Williams Grove Speedway, and won the All Stars opener at Attica Raceway Park last weekend.

Cory Eliason and Rudeen Racing picked up six top-tens through the first nine World of Outlaws races and they’ll be back this weekend. Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, IN, who finished ninth at Volusia in February, races at two familiar tracks this weekend in the Clauson-Marshall Racing, NOS Energy Drink #7BC. Also expected to compete is Zeb Wise of Angola, IN in the Wise-Priddy Racing #10, Hunter Schuerenberg of Sikeston, MO in the Vermeer Motorsports #55, and Ian Madsen of St. Mary’s, NSW, AUS in the McGhee #11.
 

HOOSIERS AT HOME: For Kraig Kinser of Bloomington, IN and Parker Price-Miller of Kokomo, IN, this weekend represents the first two of four Indiana dates on the World of Outlaws calendar. It’s a chance for them to not only race close to home and cut back on their windshield time, but its a golden opportunity to defend their home turf with friends and family in attendance.

Ironically enough, PPM, has been strong at Tri-State and struggled at his home track in Kokomo; whereas Kinser has been excellent at Kokomo and faced challenges at Tri-State. The Haubstadt 1/4-mile is home to Price-Miller’s first career World of Outlaws win in 2017, and the Kokomo 1/4-mile is where Kinser found victory lane in both 2005 and 2012.

NON-WING TERRITORY: In a world full of Outlaws, Indiana is still largely ruled by the non-wing contingent. Each year at Kokomo and primarily Tri-State, those wingless warriors cover up their cockpit and go to battle with The Greatest Show on Dirt. The perfect example came just last year when Carson Short of Marion, IL stunned the Outlaws by leading all 30 laps and beating Haudenschild, Gravel, Macedo and Sweet. In comparison to Short’s 114 career USAC National Sprint Car Series starts, he won at Haubstadt in only his 11th try with the Outlaws.

Other non-wing runners expected to come play with wings this weekend are Clinton Boyles of Greenwood, MO, a former POWRi WAR Champion; Robert Ballou of Rocklin, CA, the 2015 USAC National Sprint Car champion; Paul Nienhiser of Chapin, IL, who has four Outlaw top tens, but is now full-time USAC; Jadon Rogers of Worthington, IN, the reigning USAC Rookie of the Year; and of course C.J. Leary, a former USAC National champion driving for Alex Bowman.

STEADY DOES IT: If it weren’t for the otherworldly dominance of Brad Sweet, his fellow Outlaws behind him would be sitting in a much better position. Nonetheless, their consistency to kickstart the 2021 campaign will be vital as the Series heads the down stretch of a grueling and unpredictable 83-race schedule.

Logan Schuchart and the Shark Racing, Drydene Performance Products #1S have finished top-ten in all 11 races, a career-best which has propelled the Hanover, PA native to second in the standings. Meanwhile, Sheldon Haudenschild is on his own record run of seven straight top-five finishes in the Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing, NOS Energy Drink #17, and he enters as the defending winner at Kokomo. David Gravel in the Big Game Motorsports #2 and Aaron Reutzel in the Roth Motorsports #83 each have 10 top-ten finishes this season.
 

This Week at a Glance – When and Where

Friday, April 9 at Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo, IN
Saturday, April 10 at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, IN

On the Internet
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models Series
Twitter – @WorldofOutlaws
Instagram – @WoOSprint
Facebook – Facebook.com/WorldofOutlawsSprintCarSeries
YouTube – Youtube.com/WorldofOutlaws
DIRTVision – DIRTVision.com – Platinum annual FAST PASS for $299 or monthly FAST PASS for $39/month

Around the Turn: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series visits Lawton Speedway (OK) on Friday, April 16, before heading south to Devil’s Bowl Speedway (TX) on Saturday, April 17.

NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (6 Drivers):
4 wins – Brad Sweet, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #9
2 wins – Sheldon Haudenschild, Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17
1 win – Logan Schuchart, Shark Racing #1S
1 win – Carson Macedo, Jason Johnson Racing #41
1 win – Aaron Reutzel, Roth Motorsports #83
1 win – David Gravel, Big Game Motorsports #2

FEATURE LAPS LED (11 Drivers):
156 laps – Brad Sweet
47 laps – Aaron Reutzel
45 laps – Donny Schatz
27 laps – David Gravel
26 laps – Logan Schuchart
25 laps – Sam Hafertepe Jr.
17 laps – Sheldon Haudenschild
10 laps – Jacob Allen
5 laps – Carson Macedo
1 lap – Kasey Kahne & Kraig Kinser

SLICK WOODY’S QUICKTIME AWARDS (9 Drivers):
2 QuickTimes – David Gravel & Brad Sweet
1 QuickTimes – James McFadden, Aaron Reutzel, Logan Schuchart, Cory Eliason, Sheldon Haudenschild, Danny Dietrich, Sam Hafertepe Jr.

DRYDENE HEAT RACE WINNERS (16 Drivers)
4 Heat Wins – Logan Schuchart & Aaron Reutzel
3 Heat Wins – Carson Macedo, Sheldon Haudenschild, David Gravel
2 Heat Wins – Donny Schatz, Jacob Allen, Brock Zearfoss, Kasey Kahne, James McFadden, Kraig Kinser, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
1 Heat Win – Brad Sweet, Gio Scelzi, Jason Sides, Danny Dietrich

PODIUM FINISHES (14 Drivers):
9 Podiums – Brad Sweet
4 Podiums – Logan Schuchart & Sheldon Haudenschild
2 Podiums – Carson Macedo, Donny Schatz, Aaron Reutzel, Cory Eliason, Gio Scelzi
1 Podium – Kraig Kinser, James McFadden, Brent Marks, David Gravel, Danny Dietrich, Sam Hafertepe Jr.

2021 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Schedule & Winners

No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Fri, Feb. 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Brad Sweet (1)
2. Sun, Feb. 7 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Logan Schuchart (1)
3. Fri, March 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Carson Macedo (1)
4. Sat, March 6 / East Bay Raceway Park / Tampa, FL / Aaron Reutzel (1)
5. Fri, March 12 / Magnolia Motor Speedway / Columbus, MS / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)
6. Sat, March 13 / The Rev / Monroe, LA / David Gravel (1)
7. Fri, March 19 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Sheldon Haudenschild (2)
8. Sat, March 20 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Brad Sweet (2)
9. Sat, March 27 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, MO / Brad Sweet (3)
10. Fri, April 2 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (4)
11. Sat, April 3 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (5)


 

Sweet Survives Scelzi and Haudenschild to Lead All 40 Laps at Pevely

Brad Sweet said “winning gives you more confidence.” With that theory, you’d think he has every ounce of confidence in the world. Because he just doesn’t lose of late.

On Saturday, he led all 40 laps at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 to sweep the weekend and extend his career-best winning streak to four consecutive features with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series. It’s his fifth win of the year through 11 races aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49.

The two-time and defending Series champion still has an underdog-like mentality and it’s driving him to victory lane on a nightly basis.

“I feel like everyone still kind of thinks of us as the underdog, so maybe they’ll give us some credit now,” Sweet said with a smirk. “We feel really good right now. Winning give you more confidence. I’m in a good place as a race car driver, the car is handling great, and this crew is doing an amazing job. We came from ninth last night and did it from the pole tonight, so we’ve won from both spectrums.”
 

Earning the pole position following his win in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, the odds were already stacked against Sweet, as no pole-sitter had won all year with the World of Outlaws. He and the KKR #49 crew were motivated to snap that streak and extend their own, though.

The Grass Valley, CA native led the opening lap and never relinquished command, extending another streak to 62 consecutive feature laps led. His Saturday night sweep wasn’t without challenge, though, as Gio Scelzi and Sheldon Haudenschild both kept him honest.

Scelzi had a shot through the opening stages and got close on Lap nine with the aid of lap traffic, but the savviness of Sweet’s finesse though the back-markers was too much to bare. When Scelzi faltered, Haudenschild rose to second and came within six-tenths of Sweet’s #49, but again his moves in traffic separated himself from the rest.

A Lap 25 red flag for Tucker Klaasmeyer was the only stoppage of the race and set up a double-file restart, but it could do no harm in slowing Sweet’s roll.

He cruised around the cushion just inches off the wall and then dipped low, slid through the middle, and made all the right moves through the last 15 laps to run off with a victory by 1.937-seconds. It was the 63rd of his World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series career.

“We were off at the end last night, but tonight we made a small change and it was much better,” Sweet noted on his setup. “I felt like I had more grip and could move around in traffic with more ease. That’s the key to winning these; even when you win, you have to come back better the next night. It’s been through 11 races, but it’s an 83-race schedule. We want to enjoy these, but our heads are down and we’re looking to win a lot more of these.”
 

Extending his own record streak, Sheldon Haudenschild finished second to earn a career-best seventh-straight top five finish in his Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing, NOS Energy Drink #17.

“Brad was just on top of this weekend,” Haudenschild spoke on challenging Sweet. “They’re the guys to beat right now and we’re chasing them as hard we can. The car was really good, but we’ll keep working on it to try and get better. We’ve got some good tracks coming up, so I’m looking forward to that.”

Rounding out the podium with his second top-three finish of the year was Gio Scelzi in the KCP Racing #18. After going second-quick, they recovered from an engine change to deliver another strong finish.

“I ran as hard as I could for 40 laps,” Scelzi said on chasing Sweet. “He just makes such good moves through traffic, he’s hard to keep up with. We were a third-place car and a third-place driver tonight. It’s honestly relieving though. We were good in qualifying, good in the heat, and good in the feature. Feels like forever since Ive been here on the podium at Volusia.”

Logan Schuchart scored his 11th top-ten finish in 11 races by virtue of a fourth-place run for his Shark Racing, Drydene Performance Products #1S. Following him was James McFadden with his second top-five of the year in the Kasey Kahne Racing, Karavan Trailers #9.

Closing out the top ten at I-55 was Slick Woody’s QuickTime qualifier David Gravel, Kraig Kinser continuing his hot start, Carson Macedo with another consistent finish, Aaron Reutzel racking up another top-ten, and Jason Sides with his first top-ten of the season.

UP NEXT – The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars will face an Indiana doubleheader next weekend. The Greatest Show on Dirt heads to Kokomo Speedway on Friday, April 9 and then Tri-State Speedway on Saturday, April 10.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet (1); 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild (4); 3. 18-Giovanni Scelzi (2); 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart (7); 5. 9-James McFadden (15); 6. 2-David Gravel (5); 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser (8); 8. 41-Carson Macedo (10); 9. 83-Aaron Reutzel (3); 10. 7S-Jason Sides (6); 11. 15-Donny Schatz (17); 12. 19-Parker Price-Miller (18); 13. 24-Rico Abreu (13); 14. 21-Brian Brown (14); 15. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. (9); 16. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss (24); 17. 73-Scotty Thiel (11); 18. 1A-Jacob Allen (12); 19. 35-Zach Hampton (16); 20. 21S-Carson Short (23); 21. 33M-Mason Daniel (22); 22. 2C-Wayne Johnson (20); 23. 3-Ayrton Gennetten (19); 24. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer (21).

NEW Championship Standings (11/83 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (-); 2. Logan Schuchart (-46); 3. Sheldon Haudenschild (-72); 4. David Gravel (-80); 5. Carson Macedo (-116); 6. Donny Schatz (-122); 7. Aaron Reutzel (-122); 8. Kraig Kinser (-198); 9. Giovanni Scelzi (-216); 10. Brock Zearfoss (-262).

 

 

SWEET STREAK: Incredible I-55 Action Gives Sweet His Third-Straight Win

Donny Schatz's Mechanical Issue and Kraig Kinser's Revival Highlight Hectic Show

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars on the high-banked bullring of Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 is like flying jet fighters in a gymnasium.

The high-octane thrill show lived up that moniker on Friday night as The Greatest Show on Dirt delivered intense battles, shocking drama, jaw-dropping slidejobs, and so much more at the Pevely, MO 1/3-mile.

In the end, Brad Sweet romped from ninth and secured the checkered flag for his third consecutive victory, fourth of the season, and 62nd of his career. It was the latest act over a dominating stretch as the two-time and defending Series champion continues to extend his points lead aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb, NAPA Auto Parts #49.

“We don’t want to give away our secrets,” Sweet joked when asked what’s clicking. “We’ve got a lot of experience working together with Eric [Prutzman], Andrew [Bowman] and Joe [Mooney]. There’s a lot to be said about us all sticking together. We’ve got a great car owner in Kasey Kahne and we’re blessed to work with NAPA Auto Parts as our sponsor. We’re working hard to capitalize on the situation we’re in.” Sweet’s triumphant streak vs. Schatz’s heartbreaking stretch is polarizing to all. [Trent Gower]

It was all about Sweet at the finish, but from the start of the night all eyes were on his Kasey Kahne Racing teammate, James McFadden.

The Alice Springs, NT, AUS driver collected Slick Woody’s QuickTime, won his Team Drydene Heat Race, and won the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash. A perfect night was brewing for the Karavan Trailers #9 until Donny Schatz stepped in.

Bolting from the outside pole at the start of the 40-lapper, Schatz went to the race lead for the first time since February. The 10-time Series champion commanded the opening 17 laps aboard the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, Carquest #15 before a mechanical issue stripped him of the top spot. Amid Schatz’s heartbreaking moment rose Kraig Kinser’s awe-inspiring rise.

The Bloomington, IN native officially led one lap aboard the #11K, but then attention turned to ninth-starting Sweet on lap 19. That wasn’t without a monumental effort from Sheldon Haudenschild, who launched a behemoth slidejob to clear three cars into turn one at the midway restart.

A pair of stoppages for top-five running James McFadden and Jacob Allen slowed the pace before the final restart with with 11 to go. From there, Sweet ran off into the distance to a 1.012-second margin of victory at the end of a grueling 40-lap war.

The Grass Valley, CA native has tied career-highs with a run of three consecutive victories and a stretch of seven straight podium finishes. He could establish his own personal record in tomorrow’s show.

“Winning from ninth against this level of competition says something special about this team,” Sweet said. “We don’t like to get too excited, but it’s nice to get a win. I thought we were off at the end, so we still need to get better.” Kraig Kinser’s (11K) resurgence was popular among fans in-person and at-home. [Trent Gower]

Coming home in second-place was Kraig Kinser with his first podium appearance in almost nine months. The rejuvenated star is off to a stout start with four top tens in the opening ten races, and now he’s leading laps and contending for wins.

“I felt pretty good,” Kinser noted. “I made some “You’re always feeling good when you’re running good. We’ll take it, but we want those wins. Brad is a champion for a reason, though, you can’t give him any openings and tonight I did.”

Rounding out Friday’s podium and collecting the KSE Hard Charger Award was Logan Schuchart with an impressive 16th-to-3rd charge. Passing 13 cars in the Drydene Performance Products #1S, the Hanover, PA native extended his record-start to a season with his now tenth top-ten result in ten races.

“The restarts were good to us, that’s for sure,” Schuchart offered. “It’s just cool to be at I-55, though. This is one of the best tracks we go to all year. We’re lucky to get 3-4 dates here and not just one night. I just need to put ourselves in a better position to compete for a win tomorrow.”

Chasing those three to the line was Sheldon Haudenschild in fourth, Carson Macedo in fifth, Rico Abreu in sixth, Aaron Reutzel in seventh, David Gravel in eighth, Brian Brown in ninth and Sam Hafertepe Jr. in tenth. Haudenschild (17) and Schuchart (1S) offered a hellacious battle in the closing laps. [Trent Gower]

UP NEXT – The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series caps off an exciting doubleheader at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on Saturday, April 3 with another $10,000-to-win, 40-lap showdown.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [9][$10,000]; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3][$5,500]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [16][$3,200]; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [13][$2,600]; 5. 41-Carson Macedo [7][$2,350]; 6. 24-Rico Abreu [6][$2,150]; 7. 83-Aaron Reutzel [15][$2,100]; 8. 2-David Gravel [19][$1,950]; 9. 21-Brian Brown [11][$1,900]; 10. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [12][$1,850]; 11. 9-James McFadden [1][$1,400]; 12. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [8][$1,200]; 13. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [14][$1,000]; 14. 19-Parker Price-Miller [17][$950]; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen [4][$900]; 16. 7S-Jason Sides [24][$900]; 17. 35-Zach Hampton [20][$900]; 18. 73-Scotty Thiel [5][$900]; 19. 21S-Carson Short [18][$900]; 20. 15-Donny Schatz [2][$900]; 21. 20G-Noah Gass [22][$900]; 22. 2C-Wayne Johnson [10][$900]; 23. 98-Clinton Boyles [23][$900]; 24. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer [21][$900]; Lap Leaders: Donny Schatz 1-17, Kraig Kinser 18, Brad Sweet 19-40. KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+13]

NEW Championship Standings (10/83 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (1,448); 2. Logan Schuchart (-38); 3. Sheldon Haudenschild (-68); 4. David Gravel (-68); 5. Carson Macedo (-100); 6. Donny Schatz (-100); 7. Aaron Reutzel (-104); 8. Kraig Kinser (-184); 9. Giovanni Scelzi (-210); 10. Brock Zearfoss (-230).

 

COMING SOON: One Month Away from Midwest Triple-Header at Jacksonville and I-70

FVP Platinum Battery Showdown Ends 35-Year Abscence from Missouri's I-70

JACKSONVILLE, IL - March 31, 2021 - A few short days after the much-anticipated Bristol Throwdown, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will keep the grind of an 80+ race schedule rolling with a Midwestern triple-header.

On Thursday, April 29, the Series makes its only appearance all year in The Illini State with a midweek stop at the always-exciting 1/4-mile bullring of Jacksonville Speedway. All three previous events at the Jacksonville, IL track have been nothing short of thrilling, and you should expect just the same next month.

A four-hour jaunt down the road will lead teams to the newly-renovated and state-of-the-art I-70 Motorsports Park in Odessa, MO on Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1. The two-day FVP Platinum Battery Showdown will mark the first appearance by The Greatest Show on Dirt at I-70 since the last race in 1986.

I-70 TICKETS (4/30-5/1)

Starting the triple-header at Jacksonville will kick the weekend off with loads of excitement around every corner. The track has hosted three previous events with three incredible features at each show. NASCAR Cup Series star Christopher Bell (2014), 105-time World of Outlaws winner Joey Saldana (2016) and current championship contender Carson Macedo (2019) are former winners.

Brad Sweet and Donny Schatz are the only two drivers with a top-five finish in every appearance at Jacksonville, but neither have scored a win at the track yet. Sweet's Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49 has finished of 4th - 3rd - 2nd, while Schatz's Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, Carquest #15 has results of 3rd - 4th -4th at the bullring.

Currently a month out from Jacksonville, Sweet leads the points in pursuit of his third consecutive World of Outlaws title, Schatz is chasing his 300th career win and 11th Series title, and Macedo is on the prowl and hungry for success in his new ride at Jason Johnson Racing.

"I love Jacksonville," Macedo excitedly said looking ahead. "From the very first time I went there in a Midget, the place was just awesome. If you look back on the highlights of all the Outlaw shows there, they're all amazing. I'm excited to get back there and try to back up my win from 2019. That race with Sheldon [Haudenschild] was epic. Hopefully we can get another win for the [Jason Johnson Racing] #41."

Following a one-night stand at Jacksonville, the World of Outlaws shine in the grand re-opening of I-70 Motorsports Park on Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1 with the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown.

The Odessa, MO track debuted on the Series schedule in 1981 and hosted 19 events until the final race on June 11, 1986. The track was converted to asphalt and ran NASCAR sanctioned shows until it closed in 2008. Thanks to Chris Payne and staff, it's now re-opening as a state-of-the-art facility in 2021.

Originally scheduled to debut in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic put a stop to that and delayed the process. Now, the track has hired veteran Tommie Estes Jr. to help run the facility. Estes has previously served as ASCS Competition Director for 13 years and ran Dodge City (KS) Raceway Park for the last decade.

"Impressive is the best word to describe what the new owners of I-70 Motorsports Park have built," Estes Jr. told SPEED SPORT. "I'm really glad to be a part of putting it all together. I know the drivers and fans will be thrilled every time they come to this new facility. It'll be exciting next month when fans from Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa will get to see the best teams in sprint car racing battle here."

Along with proven champions Sweet and Schatz and Jacksonville winner Macedo, the young core of the Outlaws will be hungry to add more wins to their collection with three races up for grabs. Already this season, Sheldon Haudenschild has won twice and Logan Schuchart, David Gravel, Aaron Reutzel have each won once.

Fans who can’t make it to the track can catch all of the action on DIRTVision with the annual Platinum FAST PASS subscription for $299/year or the monthly FAST PASS subscription for $39/month.

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink® Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: DIRTVision (Official Live Broadcast Partner), Drydene (Official Motor Oil), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), iRacing (Official Online Racing Game), Morton Buildings (Official Building), NOS Energy (Official Energy Product), SIS Insurance (Official Insurance Provider) and VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel); contingency sponsors include ARP (Automotive Racing Products), Cometic Gasket, COMP Cams, KSE Racing Products (Hard Charger Award), MSD and Slick Woody’s (Quick Time Award); manufacturer sponsors include FireAde, Intercomp, K1 Race Gear, and Racing Electronics.

Founded in 1978, the World of Outlaws®, based in Concord, NC, is the premier national touring series for dirt track racing in North America, featuring the most powerful cars on dirt, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series. Annually, the two series race nearly 140 times at tracks across the United States and Canada. CBS Sports Network is the official broadcast partner of the World of Outlaws. DIRTVision® also broadcasts all World of Outlaws events over the Internet to fans around the world. Learn more about the World of Outlaws.

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: I-55 Doubleheader Up Next for World of Outlaws Sprint Cars

Outlaws Chasing Personal Records, Track Records & More at Pevely, MO 1/3-Mile

PEVELY, MO - March 30, 2021 - The Greatest Show on Dirt is bound for I-55 this weekend.

Hosting a doubleheader this Friday and Saturday, April 2-3, the Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 will host the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars for the 60th time - becoming the tenth-most visited track in Series history.

TWO-DAY PACKAGE (4/2-3)
FRIDAY TICKETS / SATURDAY TICKETS

Let's get you ready for an always-exciting affair with the Outlaws rolling into Pevely, MO this weekend. Here are some of the storylines to follow:

RECORD STREAKS: For three of the top drivers, they're approaching or already have established record personal runs to start the 2021 World of Outlaws campaign; and they're all previous winners at I-55.

Brad Sweet of Grass Valley, CA currently leads the championship standings aboard his Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49. That's thanks to a stretch of back-to-back wins and six-straight podium finishes, which is second-only to his personal record seven-consecutive podiums in 2020. He's won at I-55 in 2019 & 2020.
Sheldon Haudenschild of Wooster, OH has officially completed the greatest five-race stretch of his young career. A pair of victories at Magnolia (MS) and Cotton Bowl (TX) lead the way over a span that has featured a 2.8 average finish for the Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing, NOS Energy Drink #17. He also won at I-55 in 2019 & 2020.
Logan Schuchart of Hanover, PA has matched 2020 as his best start to a season. Through nine races, he and his Shark Racing, Drydene Performance Products #1S are still the only combination with a top ten finish in every World of Outlaws race. He won at I-55 in 2018.

THE WAITING GAME: It's been 16 races since Donny Schatz won his 299th career World of Outlaws feature at Williams Grove (PA) Speedway on October 3, 2020. This is Schatz's fifth-longest winless drought over the 15-year span that dates back to the first of his ten Series championships in 2006.

This 2021 season will mark only the fifth occurrence since the turn of the millennium that Schatz enters the month of April without a World of Outlaws win. For 16 of those seasons, he was a winner within the first seven races. Over this stretch, his longest starts to a season without winning are 16 races in 2011, 23 races in 2001, 27 races in 2004, and 49 races in 2002.

The good news? The Outlaws head to I-55 this weekend where Schatz has always been stout. In 49 appearances, the Fargo, ND native has victories in 2006 and 2015 as well as 28 top-five finishes and 41 top-ten runs.

'IT'S A NINE': A year ago at this time, Logan Schuchart held the I-55 track record with a lap of 10.115 seconds that he set on August 2, 2019. Then, Kyle Larson happened.

It was May 22, 2020, only the second race amid the #RETURNtoRACING due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Larson, making his first-ever appearance at the Pevely, MO 1/3-mile, was the sixth car to qualify in his Paul Silva owned #57. Lap one was a 10.145 already good enough for QuickTime, but that wasn't enough. Lap two was a perfect run of 9.995-seconds, marking the first nine-second lap in I-55 track history. Will see another nine-second lap this weekend?

RICO RETURNS: The ever-popular Rico Abreu of St. Helena, CA will make his season debut with the World of Outlaws this weekend at I-55. After an early-season west coast swing in the Works Limited #57 with Paul Silva on the wrenches, the 29-year-old will return to his personally-owned #24 Abreu Vineyards machine this weekend as he ventures to the Midwest.

An eight-time winner in World of Outlaws action, I-55 is not only one of his Abreu's best tracks, it's one of his favorites too. He has four total wins at Pevely, including two Ironman 55 titles in 2016 and 2018 to go along with a weekend sweep with the POWRi National Midgets in 2019.

This weekend will mark Rico's first event competing against Jason Sides' #7S, who he became part-owner of this off-season.

BUILDING MOMENTUM: A quintet of racers racked up top ten runs at Lake Ozark Speedway on Saturday night and continued building momentum ahead of an I-55 doubleheader.

Kraig Kinser of Bloomington, IN scored his third top ten through the first nine races, the most since for his Kinser Racing, Mesilla Valley Transportation #11K since 2014. He enters I-55 as a former winner in 2005.
James McFadden of Alice Springs, NT, AUS made it three top tens in three races since he joined the World of Outlaws tour from overseas. On Saturday, he landed his first podium of 2021 aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing, Karavan Trailers #9. He enters I-55 still searching for his first win at the track.
Carson Macedo of Lemoore, CA was aiming for a meaningful win in the Jason Johnson Classic aboard the Jason Johnson Racing #41, but a fifth-place finish would have to suffice. After back-to-back 11th & 13th-place finishes, a top five was a welcome sight. He enters I-55 with three top-tens in seven starts.
Aaron Reutzel of Clute, TX continued his steady top-ten stretch at Lake Ozark. Outside of a win at East Bay (FL) Raceway Park, the Roth Motorsports #83 only has one other top-five finish. However, they do have eight top-ten finishes through the first nine races and lead the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year chase. He enters I-55 with just four starts under his belt.
David Gravel of Watertown, CT advanced to third in the championship standings following a seventh-place run at Lake Ozark. His Big Game Motorsports #2 has collected one win to go along with eight top-ten finishes and five top-five results this year. He enters I-55 as a winner back in 2016.

Fans who can’t make it to the track can catch all of the action on DIRTVision with the annual Platinum FAST PASS subscription for $299/year or the monthly FAST PASS subscription for $39/month.

 

 

LIKE IT SIDEWAYS: NASCAR fans discover new passion for dirt racing, look to World of Outlaws and DIRTcar
The World of Outlaws Bristol Bash will be April 8-10 and the World of Outlaws Throwdown will be April 22-24

By Nick Graziano

BRISTOL, TN – March 29, 2021 – Brothers Joseph (6) and Andrew (16) Cochrane wanted one thing for their birthdays: to go to Bristol Motor Speedway for NASCAR’s dirt race. On their way out of the event, they had one more request: to see the World of Outlaws at Bristol in April.

“We’re actually trying to plan to see if we can make it work in our schedule next month to come here,” said Jeff Cochrane, the brothers' father.

On April 8-10 the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models and DIRTcar UMP Modifieds will take their turn around the dirt half-mile for the World of Outlaws Bristol Bash. Then, on April 22-24, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars and Super DIRTcar Series will put on their own high-octane show during the World of Outlaws Bristol Throwdown.

The NASCAR Truck Series and Cup Series events on Monday brought dirt racing to a fan base unfamiliar with a brown track and terms like “tacky” or “cushion.” However, for fans young and old, this new style of racing, to them, brought a new level of excitement.

Not only were Jeff Cochrane’s sons impressed by the dirt racing action, he was too. They’d been to Bristol several times, but the NASCAR Truck Series and Cup Series events on Monday were their first trip to a dirt race. Jeff grew up near Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, TN – where the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series will visit Sept. 4 – but never made it out to see a race. Now, he’s hooked.

“It’s awesome,” Jeff Cochrane said. “We like watching the cars getting loose in the turns. This is amazing.

“It was pretty neat how [Matt Crafton] was trying to go up to the top side, the high line, just getting completely sideways outside the other cars. That was awesome.”

The wide-eyed expression and head nodding from Andrew proved the love for dirt racing was contagious.

Patrick Hunter, from Greenville, SC, has been a Sprint Car fan throughout his life, following the likes of Lou Blaney – father of former NASCAR driver and 1995 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion Dave Blaney. That fandom led to his support of NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Blaney – Lou’s grandson and Dave’s son. That brought him to Bristol with his two daughters, Gia (10) and Lucy (12).

For the two girls, the events were their first time at a dirt race. And like the Cochranes, they couldn’t get enough of it. While shy with words, Gia said she enjoyed the atmosphere of the event and Lucy said she’d like to attend more dirt races.

When their dad mentioned the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars would be at the track April 22-24 – for the World of Outlaws Throwdown with the Super DIRTcar Series – their eyes lit up.

“We might be coming back,” Patrick Hunter said.

The drivers, even those with little to no experience on it, gained a new passion for the form of racing. Joey Logano, who became the first NASCAR winner on dirt in 50 years on Monday, ran a DIRTcar UMP Modified during the 50th DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park in February to prepare for Bristol. But what was meant to just be a warm-up, became a fun experience after racing from 19th to third in his first time out in the car. Logano credited that experience as being key to his Bristol dirt win.

"We've done a lot of work in the dirt department with my buddy Ryan Flores and my car chief Jerry Kelley doing a good job with the modified and just making laps and learning where I was going," Logano said. "A lot of that helped."

To Eric Shanz, from Cincinnati, OH, who’s also been to Bristol before, nothing has compared to the dirt race.

“The hype is not enough. It should’ve been higher, man,” Shanz said. “That was f***ing awesome. It’s just crazy. Everyone going around the turns just going crazy. Every time I turned, I was like, ‘Wreck! Wreck! Wreck! But they held on to it. It was nuts, man.”

He too expressed his excitement to see drivers like Kyle Larson, Stewart Friesen and Matt Crafton take more laps around the half-mile track during the World of Outlaws Bristol Bash and World of Outlaws Throwdown.

“Dirt is awesome,” he said.

For tickets to the World of Outlaws Bristol Bash and Bristol Throwdown, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision with the annual Platinum FAST PASS subscription for $299/year or the monthly FAST PASS subscription for $39/month.

For more information on the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars and World of Outlaws Late Models, go to WorldofOutlaws.com. Go to SuperDIRTcarSeries.com for more information on the Super DIRTcar Series. And go to DIRTcar.com for more information on the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds.

 

 

CAJUN STYLE: Brad Sweet Tames Tricky Track to Win Jason Johnson Classic

Sweet & KKR #49 Land Series-Best Third Win of 2021 at Lake Ozark Speedway

ELDON, MO - March 27, 2021 - It was rough and tough, and tricky and treacherous; a track that Jason Johnson himself would've thrived on.

If it couldn't be the #41, though, it's no surprise that it ended up going to the #49 Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts car,.

Leading all 30 laps on a "cowboy up" surface at Lake Ozark Speedway on Saturday night, Brad Sweet of Grass Valley, CA checked a big one off his bucket list by claiming the third annual Jason Johnson Classic to the tune of $15,000.

His third win of the 2021 season marked the 61st of his World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series career. He's a Knoxville Nationals champion, King's Royal winner, and so much more, but Saturday's win was admittedly one of the biggest of his stout career.

"This is definitely one of my biggest wins," Sweet said afterwards. "I know it's not the Knoxville Nationals or anything, but memorial races just mean so much. We lost Jason a few years back and I've missed him ever since. I think about Bobbi, Jaxx, and his whole family still sticking with the sport after everything that has happened to them. They're a lot braver than I am. I hope Jason is looking down on us and smiling tonight."

Sweet, the two-time and defending World of Outlaws champion, was impressive all night long on the Eldon, MO 3/8-mile. He set Slick Woody's QuickTime, ran second in his Team Drydene Heat Race, and second again in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash to claim the outside pole position of the main event.

Sheldon Haudenschild, a runner-up twice before at Lake Ozark, had the honors of leading the field to the green flag in his Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing, NOS Energy Drink #17. It wasn't Lil' Haud, but The Big Cat who pounced on the conditions and put his #49 in front of the field to lead the opening lap, a command he would never relinquish it.

It wasn't an easy win by any means for the KKR #49. Outside of one stoppage for a flipped fourth-running Jacob Allen on Lap six, it was a grinding 30 laps through lap traffic.

Things heated up at halfway when the initial installment of lap traffic slowed Sweet's pace and brought Haudenschild to his back bumper. The #17 was hounding the #49 for a handful of laps before Sweet made the right move and separated himself from Haudenschild, who was boxed-in by traffic.

Once able to sneak away, Sweet put on an absolute clinic. He lapped up to the sixth-position and crossed the finish line with an astounding margin of victory at 4.218-seconds. Afterwards, he was adamant in making this night about Jason and the Johnson family.

"The night is all about honoring Jason and his legacy as a racer, as a father, and as a husband," Sweet continued. "He was someone we all looked up to in the pits. He really made an impact on this sport. We really miss him. We want to take a moment every now and then and pause to remember him. Tonight is the night we get to do that. It's truly an honor to win this race. This NAPA Auto Parts car was on rails. That's a track that Jason Johnson would've had his elbows up on. He would've been tough to beat tonight."

Sheldon Haudenschild of Wooster, OH gave Sweet all he could at halfway, but the combination of traffic and conditions allowed Sweet to escape. Saturday marked his third career runner-up result at Lake Ozark and his third consecutive top five finish at the Jason Johnson Classic. A strong run, but it left him hungry for a win at this joint.

"I'm gonna win this race someday," Haudenschild told Bobbi Johnson afterwards. "We were really good, but just Brad out-raced us I think. I hung with him for a really long time, but he got through one pack of lappers better than me and it was game over. We want to win this one real bad. Even though it was rough it was awesome to drive. I had a blast."

Coming home with a third-place finish and earning his first podium appearance of the season was James McFadden in the Kasey Kahne Racing, Karavan Trailers #9. Since making his way overseas, the Alice Springs, NT, AUS driver has yet to finish outside the top ten in World of Outlaws action.

"We just sort of rolled around and tried to keep out of trouble and capitalize on everyone else's mistakes," McFadden noted on his strategy. "Tried to minimize my mistakes as much as possible. It was a tough race, though. I always enjoy this track, it's a lot of fun. This is a good confidence booster for us. We struggled in Texas, so running third is great for sure."

Rounding out the top ten on Saturday night was Logan Schuchart in the Shark Racing #1S, Carson Macedo in the Jason Johnson Racing #41, Aaron Reutzel in the Roth Motorsports #83, David Gravel in the Big Game Motorsports #2, Brent Marks in the CJB Motorsports #5, Kraig Kinser in the Kinser Racing #11K, and Cory Eliason in the Rudeen Racing #26.

UP NEXT - The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series heads to Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 next weekend. A two-day stop brings The Greatest Show on Dirt to the Pevely, MO 1/3-mile on Friday and Saturday, April 2-3. Fans can BUY TICKETS HERE.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) - 1. 49-Brad Sweet [2][$15,000]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1][$6,225]; 3. 9-James McFadden [5][$3,725]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3][$3,025]; 5. 41-Carson Macedo [7][$2,725]; 6. 83-Aaron Reutzel [8][$2,525]; 7. 2-David Gravel [9][$2,425]; 8. 5-Brent Marks [20][$2,325]; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser [6][$2,275]; 10. 26-Cory Eliason [11][$2,225]; 11. 15-Donny Schatz [12][$1,825]; 12. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [14][$1,625]; 13. 11-Ian Madsen [15][$1,425]; 14. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [19][$1,325]; 15. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer [18][$1,275]; 16. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [13][$1,225]; 17. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [22][$1,225]; 18. 2C-Wayne Johnson [10][$1,200]; 19. 7S-Jason Sides [23][$1,200]; 20. 21-Brian Brown [17][$1,200]; 21. 14E-Kyle Bellm [24][$1,200]; 22. 73-Scotty Thiel [16][$1,200]; 23. 1A-Jacob Allen [4][$1,200]; 24. 98-Clinton Boyles [21][$1,200]. Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 5-Brent Marks[+12].

NEW Championship Standings (9/83 Races) - 1. 49-Brad Sweet (1,298); 2. Logan Schuchart (-32); 3. 2-David Gravel (-52); 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild (-60); 5. 15-Donny Schatz (-60); 6. 41-Carson Macedo (-90); 7. 83-Aaron Reutzel (-90); 8. 26-Cory Eliason (-106); 9. 5-Brent Marks (-164); 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser (-180).

 

 

WASHED OUT: Excessive Rain Forces Cancellation of US-36 on Friday

World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Move to Lake Ozark Speedway on Saturday

OSBORN, MO - March 25, 2021 - Due to a series of showers on Thursday that soaked the facility, Friday’s World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series event at US-36 Raceway in Osborn, MO has been cancelled.

Fans who purchased tickets in advance to Friday's show have the option to take their tickets to Saturday’s World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series event at Lake Ozark Speedway. Fans who can’t attend the Lake Ozark event will receive an automatic credit to their MyDirtTickets.com account, or they  can request a REFUND HERE (need new link) within 30 days.

The Greatest Show on Dirt now shifts its focus to Saturday night when the third annual Jason Johnson Classic presented by FK Rod Ends offers a $15,000 payday at Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, MO. Plan ahead for an early start time with hot laps scheduled for 5:00pm CST. Fans can BUY TICKETS HERE.

Fans who can’t make it to the track can catch all of the action on DIRTVision with the annual Platinum FAST PASS subscription for $299/year or the monthly FAST PASS subscription for $39/month.

 

 

BRISTOL BOUND: Star-Studded Field of World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Set for April 22-24

Larson, Stewart, Kahne, Stenhouse Bring NASCAR Spotlight to The Greatest Show on Dirt

BRISTOL, TN - March 24, 2021 - The wait is over. The entry list for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series at Bristol Motor Speedway is set.

Here's who is heading to the Bristol Throwdown on April 22-24:

1A - Jacob Allen (Hanover, PA)
1S - Logan Schuchart (Hanover, PA)
2 - David Gravel (Watertown, CT)
2C - Wayne Johnson (Oklahoma City, OK)
3Z - Brock Zearfoss (Jonestown, PA)
5 - Brent Marks (Myerstown, PA)
7BC - Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, IN)
7S - Jason Sides (Bartlett, TN)
9 - James McFadden (Alice Springs, NT, AUS)
9JR - Derek Hagar (Marion, AR)
11 - Ian Madsen (St. Mary's, NSW, AUS)
11K - Kraig Kinser (Bloomington, IN)
13 - Justin Peck (Monrovia, IN)
15 - Donny Schatz (Fargo, ND)
15H - Sam Hafertepe Jr. (Sunnyvale, TX)
17 - Sheldon Haudenschild (Wooster, OH)
18 - Gio Scelzi (Fresno, CA)
19 - Parker Price-Miller (Kokomo, IN)
19P - Paige Polyak (Tiffin, OH)
20 - Ryan Taylor (Perkasie, PA)
21 - Brian Brown (Grain Valley, MO)
23 - Paul McMahan (Nashville, TN)
24 - Rico Abreu (St. Helena, CA)
24R - Jac Haudenschild (Wooster, OH)
24M - Kerry Madsen (St. Mary's, NSW, AUS)
26 - Cory Eliason (Visalia, CA)
27 - Tucker Klaasmeyer (Paola, KS)
33M - Mason Daniel (Springville, CA)
41 - Carson Macedo (Lemoore, CA)
44W - Austen Wheatley (Lake Stevens, WA)
49 - Brad Sweet (Grass Valley, CA)
57 - Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)
71 - Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, IN)
72 - Tim Shaffer (Aliquippa, PA)
73 - Scotty Thiel (Sheboygan, WI)
83 - Aaron Reutzel (Clute, TX)
83R - Lynton Jeffrey (Sydney, NSW, AUS)
85 - Dustin Daggett (Portland, MI)

Highlighted by 15 full-time World of Outlaws teams, an additional 23 of the best sprint car drivers in the world will join them for the Bristol Throwdown.

Among the leading storylines is Kyle Larson making his return to The Greatest Show on Dirt aboard Paul Silva's #57. In 2020, Larson topped a Series best 12 World of Outlaws features and dropped jaws nationwide along the way. This year alone, Yung Money has already won the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, a Dirt Late Model event, and a NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas. He'll be the only one of 38 drivers with laps on this current layout of Bristol dirt, having competed in the Bristol Dirt Nationals last weekend and the NASCAR Trucks and Cup Series races this weekend.

The NASCAR ties don't end there, though.

Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. are all owners of championship contending teams with high hopes. In fact, all three organizations are inside the top five in World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series points through the first eight of a scheduled 84 events this year.

Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing - Donny Schatz drives the Carquest #15
Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb - Brad Sweet drives the NAPA Auto Parts #49
Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb - James McFadden drives the Karavan Trailers #9
Stenhouse Jr. / Marshall Racing - Sheldon Haudenschild drives the NOS Energy Drink #17

Included in the 38-car field are five drivers that competed in the 2000-01 World of Outlaws events at Bristol. Those returning to The Last Great Colosseum with prior sprint car experience are 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz, "The Wild Child" Jac Haudenschild, "The Steel City Outlaw" Tim Shaffer, "Pauls to the Wall" Paul McMahan, and "Double Down" Jason Sides.

Schatz, 299-time Outlaws winner, is the only of those five returning with a victory under his belt at the .533-mile, high-banked oval. On June 8, 2001, he charged from 10th-to-first for a win over Jeff Shepard and Sammy Swindell. In the 20 years since, the Fargo, ND native has become a living legend on tour.

"The magnitude of it was surreal," Schatz recalled on his first trip to Bristol. "It was a big ordeal. It's a really unique setting, like it's truly a colosseum. It was fast. We did a lot of things to cars back then 20 years ago to make sure they would withstand the speed and the banking. Everybody has their concerns now as to what it will do. Modifieds, Late Models and NASCAR have seen it, but obviously we're going the fastest. There are some questions. What's gonna happen? Who knows. The idea is awesome. It's certainly a thrill for many to be back."

Of the 38 competitors, 25 are former World of Outlaws winners. However, none of the newbies have faced an animal quite like Bristol.

The six winners from this season including Brad Sweet of Kasey Kahne Racing, Sheldon Haudenschild of Stenhouse Jr. / Marshall Racing, Logan Schuchart of Shark Racing, David Gravel of Big Game Motorsports, Aaron Reutzel of Roth Motorsports, and Carson Macedo of Jason Johnson Racing will all be making their first appearance on the daunting half-mile.

Some are pumped. Some can't wait. Others are admittedly intimidated. No matter the feeling, it's all everyone is talking about.

Prior to the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars show at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 22-24, the Series has a busy month of racing through the Midwest. Eight events across four weekends will take the traveling series to Missouri's US-36 (3/26), Lake Ozark (3/27), and I-55 (4/2-3), followed by Indiana's Kokomo (4/9) and Tri-State (4/10), before an excursion to Oklahoma's Lawton (4/16) and Texas' Devil's Bowl (4/17) leads them to Bristol, Tennessee.

Racers will have Thursday, April 22 to use as a practice night before the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars are joined by the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds for two nights of racing. Friday's program offers a standard $10,000-to-win purse, while Saturday's finale pays $25,000-to-win.

For tickets to the World of Outlaws Bristol Throwdown, go to BristolMotorSpeedway.com.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch all of the action on DIRTVision with the annual Platinum FAST PASS subscription for $299/year or the monthly FAST PASS subscription for $39/month.

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: World of Outlaws Start Missouri Trip at US-36 and Lake Ozark

Saturday's 3rd Annual Jason Johnson Classic Pays $15,000-To-Win

OSBORN, MO - March 22, 2021 - Florida was fun, the Dirty South Swing was a blast, and the Texas Two-Step was thrilling.

Now, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series is set for an exciting swing through the state of Missouri.

The Greatest Show on Dirt gets back on track this Friday, March 26 with an appearance at US-36 Raceway in Osborn, MO. On Saturday, March 27, the third annual Jason Johnson Classic pres. by FK Rod Ends offers a $15,000-to-win purse at Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, MO.

Here are the top stories to follow this weekend:

HAUD'S HOT: After a tough start to the 2021 season, Sheldon Haudenschild and his Stenhouse Jr. / Marshall Racing team have found themselves in a solid rhythm. They started the year with finishes of 15th, 12th, 6th, and 11th, but have since recovered with runs of 1st, 5th, 1st, and 5th; that's an average finish of 11.0 to 3.0. On back-to-back weekends, Haudenschild has parked the NOS Energy Drink #17 in victory lane with thrilling triumphs at Mississippi's Magnolia Motor Speedway and Texas' Cotton Bowl Speedway.

The good news? Haudenschild enters Friday's appearance at US-36 Raceway as the defending race winner. He won last August's World of Outlaws show at the Osborn, MO 1/3rd-mile in spectacular fashion with a last-lap, last-corner pass on champion Brad Sweet. Another win on Friday night would make 27-year-old Sheldon the first driver to three victories this year, and it would match him with Joey Saldana as the only multi-time Outlaw winners at US-36.

HOME TURF: For a pair of World of Outlaws organizations, a trip to Missouri means they're racing close to home base. Although Carson Macedo of Lemoore, CA and Mason Daniel of Springville, CA are both left-coasters at heart, their new shops on the Outlaw tour are based out of the Show-Me State. For Daniel, his operation in Carrollton, MO is located just over an hour away from US-36, where the 20-year-old already owns a second-place result from ASCS Warrior Region competition.

For Macedo, the new wheelman at Jason Johnson Racing, his shop is located in the heart of the Ozarks, officially in Rocky Mount, MO. It's a short 20-minute jaunt over to Lake Ozark Speedway, where the 3rd annual Jason Johnson Classic commences on Saturday night. It's an especially meaningful race for JJR, who won the inaugural event in 2019 with driver David Gravel. Macedo, who has three previous top tens at Lake Ozark, will try to deliver another $15,000 title to the #41.

J-MAC'S TITLE DEFENSE: Hoping to stand in the way of Macedo's JJR triumph is the defending Jason Johnson Classic champion, James McFadden. Fresh off a plane from down under, the Alice Springs, Northern Territory native has officially kicked off his stint as a full-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car driver in the Kasey Kahne Racing, Karavan Trailers #9.

Last October, McFadden banked his second career World of Outlaws win in the second annual Jason Johnson Classic. Saturday's trip to Lake Ozark will only be his fourth event of the 2021 season, following Friday's show at US-36 and a pair of top ten finishes last weekend in Texas.

TOUGH LOVE: A pair of Outlaws revealed their inner critic last weekend when victory slipped from their grasp. Aaron Reutzel and Jacob Allen want to win just as much as their competitors, and they proved that with their golden interviews last weekend. Reutzel was chasing his second win of the year on Friday at Cotton Bowl when Sweet and Haudenschild drove around him on the outside. Post-race, Reutzel simply said he "did a shitty job of driving" and mentioned "you have to run 35 perfect laps to win these [Outlaw] races."

On Saturday, Allen was the center of heartbreak once again. After passing Sweet for the lead on Lap 11, the Shark Racing #1A pilot made one mistake entering turn one and slammed into the outside wall, flipped upside down, and ended his shot at a second career win. Allen brought the Paige, TX crowd to life when he said "I stepped on it, that's what I did." The Drydene Performance Products driver admitted he "needed to take a chill pill" to start delivering the wins his team deserves. This weekend, we'll see if either of them can return their passionate attitude to victory lane.

THE BIG FOUR: The "Big Four" if you will, are the four winningest active Outlaw drivers and they've got the highest four point averages over the last four years. They're currently 1-2-3-4 in this year's championship standings and that's thanks to the unrivaled consistency of each of them. All four drivers are averaging a top five finish through the first eight races.

Leading the points is two-time winner and two-time Series champion, Brad Sweet. The Grass Valley, CA native is currently on a streak of five-straight podium finishes aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49.
Trailing Sweet by -24 points is Logan Schuchart of Hanover, PA. The driver of the Shark Racing, Drydene Performance Products #1S is the only racer with a top ten finish in all eight World of Outlaws features this year.
Behind those two is 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz (-38). Outside of an ignition box failure at Volusia, Schatz and his Tony Stewart Racing, Carquest #15 have a top-seven result at every race. A win this weekend would be the 300th of Schatz's career.
Along with Schatz at (-38) is Watertown, CT native David Gravel. Finding success in his new role at Big Game Motorsports, Gravel has six top-five finishes and seven top-ten runs to go along with his jaw-dropping win at The Rev.

Anyone unable to make it to the track can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision with the annual Platinum FAST PASS subscription for $299/year or the monthly FAST PASS subscription for $39/month.

 

 

TWO-STEPPIN': Brad Sweet Scores Second Win of Season at Cotton Bowl

Jacob Allen Flips While Leading in Pursuit of Second Career Win

PAIGE, TX - March 20, 2021 - Brad Sweet has made his mindset on World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series championships very clear: win races, and the points will fall your way.

On Saturday night at Cotton Bowl Speedway, Sweet got back to his winning ways with his 60th career victory and his second of the season aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49.

The Big Cat led 28 of 30 laps and cruised to a 1.087-second advantage at the checkered flag. He joined Sheldon Haudenschild as the only two repeat winners of the 2021 World of Outlaws season through the opening eight races.

"It's pretty cool," Sweet acknowledged on his 60th career win. "They've all come with Kasey Kahne Racing too, and we've got Kasey here with us tonight. I can't thank him enough for the opportunity he's given us. It's been a fun ride so far, but it's far from over. It's always fun getting back in victory lane. These guys have been sticking by my side even through all my mistakes of late."

Sweet himself, however, admitted he didn't feel like the #49 was the car to beat on Saturday. He thought that honor belonged to Jacob Allen of Shark Racing, who looked poised for a second career win in the Drydene Texas Two-Step pres. by American Lube Suppy.

Pacing the opening 10 laps, Sweet was in command of the race lead until lap traffic halted his progress and allowed a hard charging Jacob Allen to close quickly. Taking advantage of the back markers, Allen picked off Sweet and took the Drydene Performance Products #1A to the top spot on Lap 11. He controlled two circuits before a mistake entering turn one sent him into the wall, flipping upside down, and eventually on fire.

The lovable Hanover, PA native was heartbroken, dejected, and upset with himself, but he still won over all the fans in attendance and those watching at home on DIRTVision.

"I stepped on it, that's what I did," Allen admitted. "The car felt phenomenal, I just screwed it up. There's no need for that. That's immature racing. I need to take a chill pill and finish these races to get myself a win. I'm racing with one of the very best in Brad Sweet and I need to capitalize, not end up on my lid."

Lap 12 offered the final restart of the race and Sweet promptly used the high-side to his advantage and checked out. Another bout with lap traffic made it interesting on Lap 19, but the two-time and defending Series champion prevailed and survived to run off with his second career win at the Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, TX.

"We've been knocking on the door lately," Sweet spoke on his strings of five-straight podiums. "I think Jake had the better car there, but he just made that mistake in lap traffic. It shows us we've still got to get a little bit better. I still fought some things with the car that I'd like to get fixed."

Brent Marks of Myerstown, PA finished a season-high second aboard his CJB Motorsports #5.

"We just needed lap traffic," Marks mentioned, who almost snookered Sweet in traffic with ten to go. "We got too tight there at the end and I couldn't run turns one and two like I needed to. All in all, a really great night. We've been struggling these last few races, so we needed this run. Make the 20+ hour drive back home a lot easier."

After a disappointing Friday night in the Last Chance Showdown, Cory Eliason and the Rudeen Racing #26 rebounded in a big way on Saturday with their second podium finish of the season.

"After our embarrassment last night we changed a lot off things and got way better tonight. Things really went our way tonight except for that double file restart. A podium for this team is awesome to get our sponsors the exposure they deserve."

Closing out the top five at Cotton Bowl was David Gravel aboard the Big Game Motorsports #2 with a 12th-to-fifth run and Friday's winner Sheldon Haudenschild in the Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17.

Rounding out the top ten was Logan Schuchart of Hanover, PA, Donny Schatz of Fargo, ND, Aaron Reutzel of Clute, TX, Brock Zearfoss of Jonestown, PA, and James McFadden of Alice Springs, N.T., AUS.

UP NEXT - The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series heads off to Missouri for a Show-Me State doubleheader next weekend. On Friday, March 26, US-36 Raceway in Osborn, MO takes the spotlight. On Saturday, March 27, the Series heads to Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, MO for the $15,000/Win Jason Johnson Classic.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) - 1. 49-Brad Sweet [2][$10,000]; 2. 5-Brent Marks [4][$6,000]; 3. 26-Cory Eliason [1][$3,500]; 4. 2-David Gravel [12][$2,800]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [5][$2,500]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [9][$2,300]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz [13][$2,200]; 8. 83-Aaron Reutzel [14][$2,100]; 9. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [6][$2,050]; 10. 9-James McFadden [7][$2,000]; 11. 41-Carson Macedo [11][$1,600]; 12. 2C-Wayne Johnson [23][$1,400]; 13. 11-Ian Madsen [16][$1,200]; 14. 19-Parker Price-Miller [22][$1,100]; 15. 18-Gio Scelzi [8][$1,050]; 16. 21-Brian Brown [10][$1,000]; 17. 11K-Kraig Kinser [18][$1,000]; 18. 7S-Jason Sides [15][$1,000]; 19. 2B-Josh Baughman [17][$1,000]; 20. 8M-TJ Michael [19][$1,000]; 21. 33M-Mason Daniel [20][$1,000]; 22. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [21][$1,000]; 23. 42P-Preston Perlmutter [24][$1,000]; 24. 99X-Dalton Stevens [25][$1,000]; 25. 1A-Jacob Allen [3][$1,000]. Lap Leaders:Brad Sweet 1-10, 13-30; Jacob Allen 11-12. KSE Hard Charger Award: 2C-Wayne Johnson[+11]

 

 

 

THE HAUD LINE: Sheldon Excites with Top Shelf Charge in Cotton Bowl Opener

Haudenschild and NOS Energy Drink #17 are First Repeat Winners of Season

PAIGE, TX - March 19, 2021 - Much like his legendary father Jac Haudenschild, young Sheldon Haudenschild is continuing to thrill fans nationwide in the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.

His latest act came in Friday's opener to the Drydene Texas Two-Step pres. by American Lube Supply at Cotton Bowl Speedway.

Coming from sixth, Haudenschild braved the outside and bolted to the cushion at a time when his competitors were glued to the bottom. His risk paid off in a big way as the Wooster, OH native rocketed to the lead on Lap 25 and made his moves around Aaron Reutzel and Brad Sweet look like a breeze. The final 11 laps flew by as the 27-year-old star sliced and diced his way through a tricky run of lap traffic that included several close calls.

By topping his counterparts for the second-straight week, Haudenschild becomes the first repeat winner of the 2021 season. It's his 16th career World of Outlaws win and continues to send the confidence of the Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17 through the roof.

"Winning these [Outlaw] races is a dream come true," Haudenschild told a huge crowd in Paige, TX. "This NOS Energy Drink car is on rails right now. These guys Ripper, Drew, Nickolas, they all deserve these wins. We're working real hard and the results just keep coming."

Before Haudenschild wowed the crowd, Reutzel of Clute, TX was the talk of town. In his home state for the first time as a full-time World of Outlaws driver, Reutzel and the Roth Motorsports #83 looked unstoppable for much of Friday's act at the Cotton Bowl 1/3-mile.

Reutzel, the leading Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contender, set a New Track Record (13.356 seconds), won his Team Drydene Heat Race, drew the pole of the redraw, and won the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash all ahead of the 35-lap NOS Energy Drink Feature. He led the opening 12 laps before a restart allowed Sweet to lineup alongside him, and subsequently pass him around the outside.

Sweet ensued to lead his own share of 12 laps before Reutzel re-entered the picture and Haudenschild emerged to make it a three-way war the top spot. On Lap 25, Haudenschild followed Sweet down the backstretch but refused to follow the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49 to the bottom of turn three. Instead, he hauled it off into the corner and buried it deep into the cushion, finding the momentum and sweeping right around the outside of Sweet to take the lead away.

From there, Lil Haud maneuvered through lap traffic and ran off to a 0.571-second advantage at the checkered flag as he became the first repeat winner of the 2021 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car season.

"Ripper and I really haven't had a lot of time together with this car," Haudenschild noted on their hot streak. "Getting to work with him and the guys on developing a good base line setup for when we show up has helped a lot. Starting up front is huge too, you're not gonna beat those guys starting behind them every night. We've been working on our qualifying too. We're just making little strides everywhere. It's great to be winning like this so early in the season."

Closing out the podium behind Haudenschild was a dejected Aaron Reutzel in second and a consistent Brad Sweet in third.

"I'm actually really disappointed," Reutzel said afterwards. "I just did a shitty job driving and you have to be a better driver to win these races. Car was fantastic, I think it was the winning car. These are hard to win. You have to run 35 perfect laps and I didn't do that tonight. It's good to get back on the podium after last weekend, though."

Sweet, the two-time and defending World of Outlaws champion, re-claimed the early-season points lead with his fourth-straight podium appearance.

"The driver just needs to step up there," Sweet admitted on his loss of the lead. "I knew I needed to move up, especially when you're going that slow on the bottom. The top just didn't look like it was there, though. I was trapped and got going slow, so I knew someone would find something. Didn't surprise me when it was Sheldon that drove around me. I tried to keep up, but he was just a little better tonight."

Ian Madsen recorded a season-high fourth-place finish in the McGhee #11. Donny Schatz earned his fifth consecutive top-five finish aboard the Tony Stewart Racing #15.

Gio Scelzi and KCP Racing recovered with a sixth-place finish, Kraig Kinser established a new season-best of seventh-place, James McFadden made his 2021 debut in the Kasey Kahne Racing #9 with an eighth-placed run, David Gravel put the Big Game Motorsports #2 in ninth-place, and Logan Schuchart extended his streak to seven top-tens in seven races with a tenth-place bid for the Drydene Performance Products #1S.

The perseverance of Jason Johnson Racing paid dividends with KSE Hard Charger honors for a 24th-to-13th run in the feature from Carson Macedo. It was a wild night to get to said result. The #41 was solid in qualifying and won a Team Drydene Heat Race, but a wicked flip in the Dash forced them to a backup car. Macedo flipped again on Lap six of the feature, but the never-say-die attitude in the work area led him back on track and allowed him to rise through the field again.

UP NEXT - The Drydene Texas Two-Step pres. by American Lube Supply wraps up on Saturday night at Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, TX. You can watch the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series event LIVE on DIRTVision.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps) – 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [6][$10,000]; 2. 83-Aaron Reutzel [1][$5,500]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [2][$3,200]; 4. 11-Ian Madsen [3][$2,600]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [10][$2,350]; 6. 18-Gio Scelzi [9][$2,150]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [8][$2,100]; 8. 9-James McFadden [15][$1,950]; 9. 2-David Gravel [7][$1,900]; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart [16][$1,850]; 11. 21-Brian Brown [5][$1,400]; 12. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [22][$1,200]; 13. 41-Carson Macedo [24][$1,000]; 14. 7S-Jason Sides [11][$950]; 15. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [12][$900]; 16. 8M-TJ Michael [21][$900]; 17. 26-Cory Eliason [18][$900]; 18. 5-Brent Marks [13][$900]; 19. 33M-Mason Daniel [20][$900]; 20. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [17][$900]; 21. 19-Parker Price-Miller [14][$900]; 22. 1A-Jacob Allen [4][$900]; 23. 2B-Josh Baughman [23][$900]; 24. 2C-Wayne Johnson [19][$900]. Lap Leaders: Aaron Reutzel 1-12, Brad Sweet 13-24, Sheldon Haudenschild 25-35. KSE Hard Charger Award: Carson Macedo [+11]

NEW World of Outlaws Point Standings --- 1. Brad Sweet (998); 2. Logan Schuchart (-12); 3. Donny Schatz (-24); 4. David Gravel (-30); 5. Sheldon Haudenschild (-46); 6. Carson Macedo (-58); 7. Aaron Reutzel (-62); 8. Cory Eliason (-80); 9. Kraig Kinser (-128); 10. Gio Scelzi (-130).

 

 

TEXAS STRONG: Cotton Bowl Speedway eager for World of Outlaws return
The Series will make its first trip back to the track since 2018 for a doubleheader weekend

PAIGE, TX – March 18, 2021 – There’s no quit in Texas. Cotton Bowl Speedway, in Paige, TX, is a prime example of that.

It’s had to suffer rain, a pandemic and a severe snowstorm in the past two years, forcing the cancellation of multiple World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series events. However, its determination to host the World of Outlaws again has never faltered.

That Texas-tough attitude is bringing The Greatest Show on Dirt back to Cotton Bowl Speedway this Friday and Saturday, March 19-20, for the Drydene Texas Two-Step presented by American Lube Supply. This will be the Series’ first time back at the 3/8-mile track since 2018.

“It’s a shame the Series hasn’t been able to race at Cotton Bowl the past few years due to varying factors, so we’re excited to bring the World of Outlaws back to Texas this weekend for a fun two-night event,” said Carlton Reimers, World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Director and Texas-native. “Cotton Bowl Speedway is a great facility and its team did a good job getting it ready in a short amount of time to allow for this weekend to happen.”

Rain plagued the Series’ return to the speedway in 2019 and then hours before the start of the event in 2020, the growing emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the event. Knowing the level of interest from the fans and the track’s ability to produce thrilling racing, the World of Outlaws worked with the speedway to create a doubleheader event this year in February. Then, as Mary Ann Naumann, the owner and operator of Cotton Speedway called it, “Snowvid” hit Texas.

A massive snowstorm, accompanied by record-setting freezing temperatures, hit nearly the entire state, creating hazardous conditions. Millions were initially left without power. Thousands were stuck in their homes. And a few deaths were reported.

Cotton Bowl Speedway was prepared for the storm to hit, according to Naumann, but no one expected the impact to be as severe as it was.

“We really prepped the track really well with the plumbing and everything like that,” Naumann said. “We were completely ready. The first night of the storm, we lost electricity. So, we froze almost from the first night. Then, we couldn’t get to the racetrack. When the water finally unfroze, we had flooding issues. We had flooding in VIP (suite) and race control. Flooding in the restrooms. We lost the ceilings in the restrooms in the pit area. Our concessions got flooded. It was really a nightmare.

“It’s been none stop for us. But things are looking up. We had a race last weekend, and everything went great. We were like, ‘How did we even do this?’ But we pulled it off. We’re excited. Everyone is excited.”

With the track crew’s ability to get the facility ready in time, and, coincidentally enough, the cancellation of the West Coast Swing due to COVID, the Series was able to push the Texas Two-Step to a new date a couple of weeks later.

The excitement for the event is growing among the local communities, Naumann said. Not only does the arrival of teams and fans bring in more business to the town, but the locals are just ready to see the World of Outlaws back at the speedway.

“I think even more so (this year) because the couple of years of excitement was there and then wasn’t able to happen,” Naumann said. “I know there’s been a lot of chatter going on in the town close to us, which is Bastrop. It has the haulers in there at different hotels and stuff. The excitement is even more because they see the big haulers and everything. I think the community is excited. We love that we’re an outdoor venue and blessed that we’re able to do this. And that people get to be out and about and be safe at the same time. I think they can have good family fun and see exciting action on the racetrack.”

Fans could see multiple historic milestones reached at the track this weekend. It starts with the doubleheader being the Series’ first two-day event at the track. Currently, the Series has only made two visits to Cotton Bowl Speedway – in 2016 and 2018.

Two-time defending Series champion Brad Sweet picked up the win in 2016 and 2019 Knoxville Nationals champion David Gravel won in 2018. A win for either of them at the track would be their 60th career World of Outlaws victory. Both have one win this year. Gravel is the most recent winner, outdueling Sweet for the win in a spectacular race at The Rev.

Another milestone win could come from 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz. He’s on the verge of his 300th career World of Outlaws victory.

Aaron Reutzel, of Clute, TX – less than 3 hours from Cotton Bowl – will be on the hunt for his first home-state win with the World of Outlaws. The leading Rookie of the Year contender picked up his third career win, and first of the year, at East Bay Raceway Park, by following the driving style of his idol and fellow Texas native Gary Wright.

So far, in six races, there have been six different winners in 2021. That streak could go to seven and eight this weekend – a streak that hasn’t been reached since 2015.

“I’m so excited,” Naumann said. “I’m excited about the double night. The enthusiasm is great. We’ve worked really hard on the track even though we’ve had to overcome a lot of objectives. But the track looks good and we’re so excited.”

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WHERE IT ALL BEGAN: Original Outlaw Tracks Lawton & Devil's Bowl Return on April 16-17

Texas Outlaw Nationals Offers $20,000/Win at World of Outlaws Birthplace

LAWTON, OK - March 17, 2021 - 43 years ago in 1978, Lawton Speedway and Devil's Bowl Speedway hosted the brand-new World of Outlaws in year one.

43 years later in 2021, Lawton and Devil's Bowl are two of only eight original tracks still on the NOS Energy DrinkSprint Car Series schedule

This time next month, on Friday and Saturday, April 16-17, The Greatest Show on Dirt writes its next chapter at these iconic facilities. It's the Series' first and only appearance in Oklahoma this year, as well as the third and final stop in Texas, preceded by this weekend's doubleheader at Cotton Bowl Speedway.

The April doubleheader, which is the final weekend before the World of Outlaws race at dirt-covered Bristol Motor Speedway, begins on Friday, April 16 at the Lawton, OK quarter-mile.

Eight events through the Series' first eight years (1978-85) ran through Lawton with legends Steve Kinser and Sammy Swindell each scoring three wins, while Rick Ferkel and Jeff Swindell both had one victory. After a 25-year hiatus, the Outlaws returned in 2020 highlighted by an emotional home-state win for Owasso, OK native and 2013 World of Outlaws champion, Daryn Pittman.

Notables Brad Sweet, David Gravel, Sheldon Haudenschild, and Logan Schuchart were top five finishers in last year's event.

For Wayne Johnson, the defending Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, it's his only chance to race close to his Oklahoma City, OK home. He's a multi-time winner at the track in ASCS competition, including a victory as recent as summer of 2018. In his only World of Outlaws start at Lawton in 2020, Johnson finished 14thth.

"Lawton is my home track," Johnson noted on how special it is. "I live just about 70 miles from there, and I've been racing there since I was 16 years old. You'd think I'd have some sort of home field advantage there, really. We've won a lot of races there with ASCS. If I'm ever gonna win one of these Outlaw races, this is the one I want to win in front of my family and friends."

The next night on Saturday, April 17, the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars return home to Devil's Bowl Speedway, where the Series was born on March 18, 1978. The Mesquite, TX half-mile has Outlaw heritage dating back four decades with countless iconic moments from beginning to now. With 87 previous events, Devil's Bowl ranks fifth behind Williams Grove, Eldora, Knoxville and Lernerville for most Series events.

Logan Schuchart, who currently leads the World of Outlaws chmpionship standings, has topped the last two appearances at Devil's Bowl. 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz and reigning Series champion Brad Sweet are also former Outlaw winners at Devil's Bowl.

Paying $20,000-to-win the Texas Outlaw Nationals, the April 17 date at Devil's Bowl will be the highest-paying show of the season for at least one week until Bristol takes that honor.

A native of Sunnyvale, TX, Sam Hafertepe Jr. has been turning laps around Devil's Bowl since he was a little boy. Now, he's returning to the half-mile with his best shot ever at winning a World of Outlaws feature at his home track. The five-time ASCS National Tour champion already has a bundle of 360 victories at the track, but a 410 win would be extra special.

"I grew up racing there, so it just means a little bit more to me," Hafertepe spoke on his home track, "Racing there for me, that's where the Outlaws started and it's got a ton of history. Turns three and four at Devil's Bowl is probably my favorite two turns in racing, period. It's just a place I've really gotten comfortable around. I feel like I could drive blindfolded there sometimes. I always feel like we have an advantage when we pull into the gate, whether it's a 360 or 410 under the hood. It's cool to have so many family and friends come out to support you as well."

Heading into this weekend's first Texas trip to Cotton Bowl Speedway, the Series has provided six different winners in six races; a near-historic start to the 2021 campaign. Winners have included Brad Sweet, Logan Schuchart, Carson Macedo, Aaron Reutzel, Sheldon Haudenschild and David Gravel.

Anyone unable to make it to the track can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision with the annual Platinum FAST PASS subscription for $299/year or the monthly FAST PASS subscription for $39/month.

 

 

SUPER SUB: Kasey Kahne's Success is Crucial for KKR #9's Owner Title Hopes

Australia's James McFadden Begins Full-Time Ride in KKR #9 This Weekend at Cotton Bowl

MOORESVILLE, NC - March 16, 2021 - Statistically, Kasey Kahne just completed the greatest six-race stretch of his career with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.

His four top-ten finishes were highlighted by a hard charging 23rd-to-fifth bid at Magnolia and a pole position at The Rev. The Enumclaw, WA native didn't just fill the seat and turn some laps to collect points; he became a true contender to win on a nightly basis with The Greatest Show on Dirt.

By result of Kahne's impressive numbers, his early-season success has the Kasey Kahne Racing, Karavan Trailers #9 in a good position with the World of Outlaws Owners Championship in mind. Beginning this weekend at Cotton Bowl Speedway, James McFadden will begin his tenure - sitting -82 out of the points lead - and Kahne will return to his role as team owner of McFadden's #9 and Brad Sweet's NAPA Auto Parts #49.

"It's been a lot of fun," Kahne said on his driving duties. "I don't really remember driving to every race this early in the year before, just running the World of Outlaws tour is pretty cool. I've really enjoyed it this last month or so. I've been working with the team more and more, and that's been fun. Racing and running up and down the road, though, I kind of feel like a real World of Outlaws driver at the moment."

Since established in 2006, the KKR #9 has been one of the most potent rides in the sport, and Kahne takes immense pride in that. McFadden, of Warrnambool, VIC, AUS, will become only the third driver in 16 years to pilot the #9 on a full-time basis with the World of Outlaws.

The Brownsburg Bullet Joey Saldana first drove the #9 for seven years from 2006-12 and collected 68 wins before Daryn Pittman took the wheel from 2013-18, another highly-successful relationship which brought 47 victories and Kasey Kahne Racing's first-ever World of Outlaws championship in 2013. Now, it's McFadden's turn to build that heritage.

"To me, I think the #9 car is one of the best sprint cars in the country when we put it on the track," Kahne spoke on his passion for the #9. "We want it to be in the title hunt and competitive every single night, which is tough with the guys out here. Overall, that's our biggest goal, though. I'm excited to get James in the car this week. We've worked to get everything in a good spot these first few weeks of the season."

For McFadden, a sensational Australian talent, this new full-time opportunity marks his third season at KKR. He began driving the #9 in 2019 and has since racked up 40 starts, one win, 13 top-five finishes, and 22 top-tens with the World of Outlaws. His lone win came at Lake Ozark Speedway last October, where he'll return as the defending Jason Johnson Classic champion next weekend on Saturday, March 27.

For Kahne, this is his chance to continue bonding with the well-established organization he has built at Kasey Kahne Racing. The 18-time NASCAR Cup Series winner believes their team environment is partially responsible for his early-season success behind the wheel.

"I've really enjoyed racing this year, but I enjoy a lot of just because of the team that I'm with," Kahne mentioned. "Working with these guys is why I think I'm having the most fun right now. I won't be driving anymore, but I'll still have the same group on both teams and I'll still be working with everybody and traveling up and down the road."

Justin Adams will continue as crew chief on McFadden's #9 with Rob Beattie and Gary "Woodman" also on board. For Sweet's championship-winning #49, it's still crew chief Eric Prutzman, Joe Mooney, and Andrew Bowman.

UP NEXT - James McFadden makes his first start of the 2021 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car season this Friday and Saturday, March 19-20 at Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, TX.

Anyone unable to make it to the track can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision with the annual Platinum FAST PASS subscription for $299/year or the monthly FAST PASS subscription for $39/month.

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink® Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: DIRTVision (Official Live Broadcast Partner), Drydene (Official Motor Oil), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), iRacing (Official Online Racing Game), Morton Buildings (Official Building), NOS Energy (Official Energy Product), SIS Insurance (Official Insurance Provider) and VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel); contingency sponsors include ARP (Automotive Racing Products), Cometic Gasket, COMP Cams, KSE Racing Products (Hard Charger Award), MSD and Slick Woody’s (Quick Time Award); manufacturer sponsors include FireAde, Intercomp, K1 Race Gear, and Racing Electronics.

Founded in 1978, the World of Outlaws®, based in Concord, NC, is the premier national touring series for dirt track racing in North America, featuring the most powerful cars on dirt, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series. Annually, the two series race nearly 140 times at tracks across the United States and Canada. CBS Sports Network is the official broadcast partner of the World of Outlaws. DIRTVision® also broadcasts all World of Outlaws events over the Internet to fans around the world. Learn more about the World of Outlaws.

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Texas Two-Step at Cotton Bowl Awaits the World of Outlaws

Intense Action and Thrilling Races Move to The Lone Star State This Weekend

PAIGE, TX - March 15, 2021 - The Dirty South Swing was epic. Now, it's time for the Drydene Texas Two-Step presented by American Lube Supply.

This Friday and Saturday, March 19-20, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series is coming to Cotton Bowl Speedway.

For the Lone Star State fans, this return to the Paige, TX 3/8-mile is a special one. From Mother Nature's rain to the COVID-19 pandemic to State of Emergencies, fans have been stripped of the Outlaws at Cotton Bowl far too many times for too many different reasons. This weekend, that's not happening.

A pair of previous Outlaw visits in 2016 and 2018 gave the Austin area fans a taste of The Greatest Show on Dirt with exciting last-lap passes and thrilling green-to-checkered wins. This weekend, fans get not only one show, but two full nights with the 900-horsepower machines.

Before the fun begins on Friday night, let's catch you up on the storylines to follow:

HISTORY IN THE MAKING: The 2021 season is officially tied for the second-most diverse start in 44 years of competition for the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. The current streak of six winners - Brad Sweet, Logan Schuchart, Carson Macedo, Aaron Reutzel, Sheldon Haudenschild & David Gravel - is tied for the second-longest streak without a repeat winner alongside seasons in 1984, 2006 and 2007.

The all-time record is held by the 2015 campaign, which featured eight different winners to start the year with wins from Daryn Pittman, Donny Schatz, Brad Sweet, Shane Stewart, Terry McCarl, Brian Brown, Tim Kaeding and Rico Abreu.

THE GREATEST SHOW ON DIRT - FOR A REASON: You get yours monies worth at a World of Outlaws show. Four of the last five races have featured a pass for the lead with less than ten laps remaining. There was Schuchart capitalizing on Schatz's ignition box failure with two to go at Volusia; then Macedo's charge from tenth to steal a Volusia victory from Hafertepe; then Haudenschild snookering Schuchart through lap traffic at The Mag; and most recently, Gravel beating Sweet in a barnburner at The Rev.

The good news? We're heading to a track that has already proven to create some instant classics. During Cotton Bowl Speedway's World of Outlaws debut in 2016, the feature provided three different leaders, two lead changes in the last ten laps, and a last-lap, last-corner pass for the win. Relive those highlights below for an idea of what to expect this weekend.

IT'S GOOD TO BE HOME: For Aaron Reutzel of Clute, TX, this weekend is a chance to get some much-needed and enjoyed time in his native state. A resident of Knoxville, IA these days, the leading Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contender appreciates every moment he gets to spend back home at his parents' house with his family. He says "it's like a weeklong vacation" any chance he gets to go racing in Texas.

Returning to Cotton Bowl Speedway for the first time as a full-time Outlaw, Reutzel will have a previous experience to rely on as he and Roth Motorsports chase their second win of the year. The multi-time ASCS National Tour champion ran second in a pair of ASCS regional races in 2013 and 2014, and he also has a top ten finish during the World of Outlaws debut at Cotton Bowl in 2016.

DONNY WANTS NEXT: Surprisingly enough, 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz is not one of the six winners this season. A win this weekend at Cotton Bowl would not only extend that streak to seven, it would also mean his 300th career World of Outlaws Sprint Car feature victory. In two previous trips to the Paige, TX facility, the Fargo, ND has finishes of fifth and ninth.

Although winless, Schatz and his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, Carquest, Ford Performance #15 have been incredibly consistent, proven by their fourth-place points position. Through six races, Schatz has five top-five finishes and it would be a perfect six if it wasn't for an ignition box failure while leading at Volusia. Could this be the weekend for #300?

THE RACE TO WIN AGAIN: If any of the early-season track were to provide a repeat winner, Cotton Bowl would be among the favorites looking at previous results. Fresh off their jaw-dropping battle at The Rev, David Gravel and Brad Sweet return to a track they've both already won at. Sweet, driving his Kasey Kahne Racing #49, won the Series' debut at Cotton Bowl in 2016 with a last-lap pass over Daryn Pittman. Gravel, now with Big Game Motorsports, is the most recent winner at the track with a wire-to-wire route in 2018.

Along with Sweet and Gravel, any of four including of Logan Schuchart, Carson Macedo, Aaron Reutzel, or Sheldon Haudenschild could be the first repeat winner of 2021 this weekend.

 

 

REVVED UP: David Gravel Beats Brad Sweet in Electrifying World of Outlaws Debut at The Rev

Sixth Different Winner in Six Races Extends Incredible Start to Season

MONROE, LA - March 13, 2021 -

"That was freaking badass," Gravel shouted in victory lane. "If you didn't like that, I don't what you'd like. That was amazing! This is what Sprint Car racing is all about. Brad raced me clean and I raced him clean, but it was hard racing. We passed each other so many times. Damn, I earned that one!"

Before the ohh's and ahh's rained down, all focus was on polesitter Kasey Kahne in pursuit of his first career World of Outlaws victory. Substituting for driver James McFadden, the KKR team owner stepped into the seat of the Karavan Trailers #9 and won his Drydene Heat Race and then the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash.

Kahne commanded the opening circuit, but Gravel slid by him on the second lap to take his first lead of the 2021 season. Fourth-starter Sweet entered the picture and brought his NAPA Racing #49 into contention on lap 12 when lap traffic forced a mistake on Gravel, allowing Sweet to race by, albeit for only one lap. Gravel came dashing back to re-claim the lead on lap 13 and held it firmly for another nine laps before the duo went side-by-side for almost three consecutive laps.

They exchanged the lead at least four-to-five times on the 22nd circuit alone and eventually Sweet was back on top for lap 23. However, with each of Sweet's strikes, Gravel had a counter offer. Gravel never let the two-time and defending World of Outlaws champion lead more than one lap a time; repelling him with the same lion-like aggression which has propelled him to nationwide success with The Greatest Show on Dirt.

Sneaking away and surviving one last-lap effort, Gravel became the sixth different winner through six races with the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars. He joins Sweet, Logan Schuchart, Carson Macedo, Aaron Reutzel and Sheldon Haudenschild as victors in 2021.

"That was so much fun," Gravel continued post-race. "That's why I got out of the car and went right over to him, I mean we passed back and forth like four or five times. This was such a great race track, and a great debut for the World of Outlaws. Hopefully this can be an early-season trip for years to come. I'm so happy to finally get that first win for this new team. We've been 'there,' but haven't been right in the feature. We made all the right calls tonight, though, and that gives us a lot of confidence moving forward."

Even Brad Sweet couldn't help but smile following his runner-up effort, which marked his fifth top five finish through six races this year.

"I hope you fans enjoyed it," Sweet said to a raucous crowd. "From the drivers seat that was a blast. Trading the lead back and forth like that is so much fun, and it was clean, hard racing too. I feel like we went back and forth like ten times or something. We were really dicing through traffic there, that really amped it up. I felt like at times I had the better race car, but at other times he just outdrove me."

Rounding out the podium in third-place was Donny Schatz aboard the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15. The ten-time Series champion has been incredibly consistent with an average finish 5.5, but he's still chasing that elusive 300th career World of Outlaws win.

"All you can do is be in the mix," Schatz spoke on their consistency. "I thought we had a shot there, but we were too good early and faded at the end. The race track was really great tonight, though. You could rip the top if you needed tom, you could kind of slide through the middle, and run down on the bottom. It's great to see a full house here tonight."

Rounding out the top five at The Rev was Logan Schuchart in the Shark Racing, Drydene Performance Products #1S and Sheldon Haudenschild in the Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing, NOS Energy Drink #17. Closing out the top ten was Kasey Kahne, Carson Macedo, Ian Madsen, Aaron Reutzel and Brock Zearfoss.

Gravel also set Slick Woody's Quick Time and established the track record at 11.582 seconds. Gravel, Kahne, and Macedo were Team Drydene heat winners. Kahne scored the DIRTvision Fast Pass Dash. Kraig Kinser won the Last Chance Showdown and earned KSE Hard Charger honors by driving from 19th-to-11th.

UP NEXT - The Drydene Texas Two-Step awaits the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars next weekend. The Series will head to Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, TX for back-to-back nights on Friday and Saturday, March 19-20 at the 3/8th-mile facility. You can BUY TICKETS HERE.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 2-David Gravel [2][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [4][$6,000]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [6][$3,500]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart [7][$2,800]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [12][$2,500]; 6. 9-Kasey Kahne [1][$2,300]; 7. 41-Carson Macedo [5][$2,200]; 8. 11-Ian Madsen [8][$2,100]; 9. 83-Aaron Reutzel [3][$2,050]; 10. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [10][$2,000]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser [19][$1,600]; 12. 1A-Jacob Allen [13][$1,400]; 13. 7S-Jason Sides [9][$1,200]; 14. 26-Cory Eliason [16][$1,100]; 15. 21-Brian Brown [11][$1,050]; 16. 18-Gio Scelzi [21][$1,000]; 17. 5-Brent Marks [20][$1,000]; 18. 73-Scotty Thiel [15][$1,000]; 19. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [22][$1,000]; 20. 8M-TJ Michael [18][$1,000]; 21. 2C-Wayne Johnson [17][$1,000]; 22. 19-Parker Price-Miller [14][$1,000]; 23. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [24][$1,000]; 24. 20G-Noah Gass [23][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Kasey Kahne 1, David Gravel 2-11, 13-22, 24-30; Brad Sweet 12, 23. KSE Hard Charger Award: 11K-Kraig Kinser[+8]


 

MAG-NIFICENT: Haudenschild Hustles Schuchart for Late-Race Win in Mississippi

Haudenschild is Fifth Different Winner in Five World of Outlaws Features in 2021

COLUMBUS, MS - March 12, 2021 - Magnolia Motor Speedway was simply magnificent for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series debut on Friday night.

A packed pit area, a massive crowd, and some spectacular on-track action was the perfect recipe to end Mississippi's decade-long absence from The Greatest Show on Dirt.

In the end, Sheldon Haudenschild made it five different winners in as many races on tour this year, stealing a late-race thriller away from the predominant Logan Schuchart. A mixture of lap traffic, track conditions, and Lil Haud's patience came together to send the NOS Energy Drink #17 to victory lane in Columbus, MS; giving car owner Ricky Stenhouse Jr. of Olive Branch, MS a win on his home turf for the first time as a World of Outlaws owner.

Friday's victory marked the 15th of Haudenschild's young career, tying him with fellow full-timer Jason Sides for 34th on the all-time wins list.

"I'm just so happy to win a race here this early in the season, you know I don't think we won until like July last year," Haudenschild noted. "That's a big goal of mine, winning early and building some momentum. It's always cool to get a win at a track that the Outlaws haven't been to before too. Ripper, Nikolas, Drew, they've got this NOS Energy Drink #17 dialed in right now. I'm glad the fans made it out. This is a beautiful race track and I think it put on a really great show."

Rolling from the outside pole of the 30-lapper, Haudenschild's biggest challenge was alongside him in the form of Schuchart, who had yet to blunder all night long at the 1/3rd-mile. Entering Friday's feature, the Shark Racing #1S had a perfect night going with Slick Woody's Quick Time, Team Drydene Heat win, and DIRVision Fast Pass Dash win all secured.

Schuchart was as dominant as anyone in clean air, but lap traffic proved to be his Achilles heel on this night. He caught fortunate breaks with three stoppages: lap 5 crash for Brock Zearfoss, Scotty Thiel & Sam Hafertepe, lap 9 caution for points leader Carson Macedo, and lap 14 flip for fourth-running Aaron Reutzel. However, the final restart, and more importantly, final run through traffic played the most pivotal role.

Restarting with 16 to go, Schuchart drove away to a near two-second advantage over Haudenschild before traffic slowed him with ten laps remaining. That's when the fun began.

At one point, a heart-stopping four-car battle for the lead ensued with Schuchart and Haudenschild along with an emerging Donny Schatz and Brad Sweet all under a blanket for the race lead. One failed slide job attempt on a lapper set Haudenschild up for a successful run on lap 25 to clear for the lead. Schuchart came swinging back with his own slider, but Haudenschild pinned the throttle and threaded the needle around the outside to make it stick.

The duo continued to wage war in the waning laps with Haudenschild only covering Schuchart by 0.054-seconds with three to go. It was still anyone's race until the checkered flag dropped with a mere 0.286-second margin of victory, a finish which sent the Magnolia Motor Speedway crowd into the air.

"We got to the lappers like twice and the caution would come out every time," Haudenschild, of Wooster, OH, remembered. "I was just chilling, keeping calm in second, trying not to get passed and see where my car was at. He was really good in open track, I didn't have much for him. We hit traffic though and the rubber kind of came in while we were in the middle of that. It got really tricky. He tried those sliders on a few lappers and I was getting runs off that. If I wouldn't have got under him off turn four, I don't think he would've messed up again."

After leading the opening 24 laps, Schuchart of Hanover, PA settled for runner-up honors at Magnolia. The sitting duck effect of leading through traffic bit him the most in Friday's 30-lapper. It wasn't the second win of the season he wanted, but Schuchart's run returned him to the top of the early-season championship standings. He's the only driver with a top ten finish all five races this season.

"Freakin' guy beat me in golf this week, and now on the race track," Schuchart joked about Sheldon. "It's just hard to tell when you're out front leading in traffic by yourself. It's hard to gauge how hard you need to push, especially when the track is like this, really wide and not a ton of grip. I pushed the limit too hard with Parker [Price-Miller] and let Sheldon get by me. I had that chance to get him back in turns three and four, but underestimated his entry and couldn't make it work. Hopefully we can come back here and park it in victory lane."

Rounding out the podium at Magnolia Motor Speedway was Brad Sweet with a 12th-to-third bid in the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49.

"The goal is to be up here standing on the frontstretch every night, and we're doing that," Sweet spoke on their consistency. "The real adversity and grind of an 80+ race Outlaw tour is sometimes you're starting up front, but other times like tonight you're digging yourself out of a hole. I felt like we could've contended for the win there, but by the time we got up here the track got top dominant I think and I used up my tires to get this far. It was fun watching Sheldon and Logan be aggressive there, and Donny and I had another fun battle too."

Donny Schatz made it to third at one point, but slipped back to finish fourth in the closing stages aboard his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15. One of the biggest storylines outside the podium was Kasey Kahne, who earned KSE Hard Charger honors with a huge 23rd-to-fifth run aboard the Caravan Trailers #9. The top five finish is Kahne's first in World of Outlaws competition since the 2002 King's Royal at Eldora Speedway.

Closing out the top ten at Magnolia Motor Speedway was David Gravel in the Big Game Motorsports #2, Gio Scelzi in the KCP Racing #18, Cory Eliason in the Rudeen Racing #26, Wayne Johnson with his first top ten of the year in the #2C, and Ian Madsen in the Sam McGhee #11.

UP NEXT - The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will visit another new facility today, Saturday. March 13. For the first time ever, The Greatest Show on Dirt is heading for Monroe, Louisiana for a stop at The Rev.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) - 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [2][$10,000]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1][$6,000]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [12][$3,500]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [6][$2,800]; 5. 9-Kasey Kahne [23][$2,500]; 6. 2-David Gravel [4][$2,300]; 7. 18-Gio Scelzi [11][$2,200]; 8. 26-Cory Eliason [15][$2,100]; 9. 2C-Wayne Johnson [13][$2,050]; 10. 11-Ian Madsen [20][$2,000]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser [21][$1,600]; 12. 1A-Jacob Allen [18][$1,400]; 13. 7S-Jason Sides [10][$1,200]; 14. 21-Brian Brown [16][$1,100]; 15. 5-Brent Marks [7][$1,050]; 16. 19-Parker Price-Miller [25][$]; 17. W20-Greg Wilson [22][$1,000]; 18. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [24][$1,000]; 19. 47-Eric Riggins [19][$1,000]; 20. 83-Aaron Reutzel [3][$1,000]; 21. 41-Carson Macedo [5][$1,000]; 22. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [8][$1,000]; 23. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [9][$1,000]; 24. 73-Scotty Thiel [14][$1,000]; 25. 28-Scott Bogucki [17][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Logan Schuchart 1-24, Sheldon Haudenschild 25-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 9-Kasey Kahne[+18]

 

Johnson, Gravel, Price-Miller, Stewart & Macedo all Outlaw Winners Since '18 with Dietz

Much like his late cousin Jason Johnson, Philip Dietz is building a legacy that will soon stand the test of time.

At 36-years-old, Dietz is already one of the most respected and revered crew chiefs in the sport, and he’s got the accomplishments to back that up.

After all, it’s no fluke to become a two-time Knoxville Nationals champion and two-time Crew Chief of the Year with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series. On top of that, last summer he became the first crew chief since Karl Kinser to win back-to-back Outlaw races with different drivers.

Need more evidence? With their victory last weekend, Dietz extended his incredible streak to World of Outlaws wins with five different drivers in the last three years. Since 2018, Dietz has racked up 24 Outlaw wins with Jason Johnson, David Gravel, Parker Price-Miller, Shane Stewart, and Carson Macedo all at the wheel.

“It’s pretty cool, man,” Dietz relished on his latest accomplishment. “They’re all great drivers to start. Each one of them had an Outlaw win prior to me working with them, so they all had the experience and talent. Obviously, if I could go back in time and change things, I would much rather have Jason here today which would change the whole scenario.”
Philip, Jason & the JJR crew celebrate a Knoxville win in 2017. [Paul Arch]

Born in Eunice, LA, some of Dietz’s earliest memories are racing go-karts in the backyard on a track that Jason’s grandfather built. His family relocated to Dallas in 1994 and the pair were separated, but not for long. As a high schooler, Philip traveled to races and slept on the floor just to have the opportunity to go racing with Jason.

Highly successful modern day crew chief with the World of Outlaws wasn’t always the plan, but life has a funny way of working itself out. Dietz graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Mechanical Engineering degree. He’s never worked a “real job,” but his path through college opened avenues to Kasey Kahne Racing and ultimately back home to Jason Johnson Racing.

“I do feel like I have an advantage,” Dietz noted on his education. “All of the different courses from dynamics to statics to kinematics, it’s all about things you can apply to race cars. It’s given me a better understanding of spring rates, dampening, downforce with the wing, and so much more. No doubt it has played a role in me understanding the mechanics of the car, but also being able to make the best educated guess as far as making a change to get even better.”

Through 2010-11, Dietz worked alongside Brad Sweet and Kasey Kahne before an opportunity to re-align with Jason came about. They enjoyed their dominant days together with multiple ASCS National Tour championships before going on the road full-time with the World of Outlaws in 2016. Dietz and Johnson collected 10 wins, 56 top fives and 116 top tens over a three-year stretch on tour before Jason’s tragic passing on June 23, 2018

“Our long term goal now would be to win a World of Outlaws championship,” Deitz said on looking ahead. “I know that was one of Jason’s biggest goals he had when he was here. Unfortunately, we’re having to move on without him, but that’s still my goal: win a championship for Jason Johnson Racing. We’re gonna do the best we can to make that happen.”
Dietz won back-to-back Outlaw features with Gravel & Price-Miller last July. [Trent Gower]

Transitioning to the next chapter, Deitz has earned a reputation for being arguably the most versatile crew chief with his ability to adapt to different drivers with the same winning results. With David Gravel of Watertown, CT primarily driving the JJR #41 in 2019-20, the duo collected 19 World of Outlaws wins, the 2019 Knoxville Nationals title, and challenged for the owner’s championship against Dietz’s former team, Kasey Kahne Racing.

It wasn’t just his success with Gravel at JJR, but also Philip’s formation and success at Dietz Motorsports that helped his stock rise. Taking Parker Price-Miller of Kokomo, IN on the road in his own operation, Dietz was essentially on double duty crew chief-ing two cars each night in 2020. He won with PPM in July and the storybook season continued in October when Shane Stewart of Bixby, OK substituted for Gravel and won in his first start aboard the JJR #41 at Lakeside.

“I feel like we’ve worked really hard to get our car better over the last few years,” he noted on JJR’s improvement. “I think it makes it easier to adapt and bring in a different driver to fine tune to suit their driving style and get the car balanced. I knew we would have success with David when he came here. My goal with Parker last year was to win at least one race, which we did and that was special. Jason and Shane were really good buddies over the years and I feel like those two have similar driving styles, so that made it easy for me when Shane won at Lakeside. Bringing Carson back in now is a natural fit after we worked so well together back in 2018.”

Heading into 2021, new challenges await Philip, along with his wife Brooke Dietz. With Bobbi Johnson scaling back her duties as son Jaxx goes to school, the Dietz’s have stepped up to handle the day-to-day operation of the team, while Philip maintains his at-track crew chief duties. Also on board this year are returning crew members, Clyde Knipp and Nate Repetz.

With Gravel departing to drive for Big Game Motorsports this year, the seat was left open for Carson Macedo of Lemoore, CA to fill. Back in the summer of 2018, Macedo ran part-time with JJR and most notably won his debut on a preliminary night at the Knoxville 360 Nationals. The rekindled combination is already off to a hot start in 2o21, winning from tenth last weekend at Volusia and then charging from 17th-to-third at East Bay to take control of the points lead.

“Obviously, our goal every night is to win,” Dietz admitted. “We want to win as many races as possible. I know for me, personally, I put five wins down on my list. It’s pretty realistic to be a new team, or a new group of guys working together for the first year, and to win five races I would consider that a successful season at this level. We want to work together, get our car better every night, and hopefully at the end of the year we feel like we advanced the program forward and we’re better going into next season.”

Philip Dietz, Carson Macedo and the Jason Johnson Racing crew will bring their early-season championship lead to Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, MS this Friday, March 12 followed by a night at The Rev in Monroe, LA on Saturday, March 13. You can BUY TICKETS HERE.

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WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Magnolia & The Rev Host First-Ever Outlaw Shows This Weekend
Dirty South Swing Leads The Greatest Show on Dirt to Mississippi & Louisiana

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car season is finally back in business.

This weekend, it’s the Dirty South Swing with a trip to Mississippi and Louisiana on deck. Both Magnolia Motor Speedway and The Rev are hosting their first-ever World of Outlaws events, sending us into a doubleheader filled with potential unpredictability.

Let’s catch you up some of the storylines to follow entering this weekend.

NEW TRACKS: After speeding through 2020 with no new facilities on schedule, the World of Outlaws are racing on four new surfaces this season, and two of them take the stage this weekend. Located in Columbus, MS, Magnolia Motor Speedway or “The Mag” was built in 2004 and rose to national prominence among the late model community. The state-of-the-art 3/8th-mile has hosted a handful of sprint car shows with the United Sprint Car Series and ASCS Regional Series, but Friday night’s event will mark the Outlaws’ first appearance.

On Saturday, we’re bolting down to the state of Louisiana for the first time since 2004; this time at a totally new venue with The Rev in Monroe, LA. Formerly an asphalt track, it has now been converted to a 3/8th-mile dirt track by promoter and award-winning country music artist, Dylan Scott. The facility will host several big shows in 2021 including this Saturday’s World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series race and a $30,000-to-win World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series event in September.

PLENTY OF PARITY: The 2021 season has gotten off to a hot start with four different winners in the first four races. It started in February at the 50th DIRTcar Nationals when two-time and defending Series champion Brad Sweet and Kasey Kahne Racing took the season opener. Shark Racing’s Logan Schuchart followed him with his first win of the year two days later. After a month away, Carson Macedo and Jason Johnson Racing made their first statement of the year with a 10th-to-1st win at Volusia last Friday. Lastly, Aaron Reutzel and Roth Motorsports broke into victory lane in Saturday’s exciting return to East Bay Raceway Park.

The all-time record for most consecutive different winners to start a World of Outlaws season is eight winners in eight races back in 2015.
Macedo (41) is one of four winners with the World of Outlaws this year. [Trent Gower]

NEW KID ON TOP: For the first time in his career, 24-year-old Carson Macedo of Lemoore, CA is leading the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series championship standings. Through his first four events since joining Jason Johnson Racing, Macedo has collected finishes of 5th – 6th – 1st – 3rd. He’ll enter Magnolia & The Rev fresh off arguably his best weekend ever as an Outlaw; highlighted by a 10th-to-1st victory at Volusia and a 17th-to-3rd podium at East Bay. Prior to his 2021 move to JJR with Phil Dietz as his crew chief, Macedo’s first two years on tour with Kyle Larson Racing ended with point finishes of sixth and fifth. This year, he knows he has a championship caliber team and is ready to make a splash.

Heading into this weekend’s show at Magnolia and The Rev, Macedo leads the points ahead of Logan Schuchart (-4), Brad Sweet (-8), David Gravel (-24), Donny Schatz (-24), and Aaron Reutzel (-24).

ROOKIE’S RISING: All four Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contenders are coming off a good week, one of them being off track. Aaron Reutzel and Roth Motorsports found victory lane for the first time this year in Saturday’s show at East Bay, a night where he took a page out of his hero Gary Wright’s playbook and won it “four in the fluff.” Indiana’s Parker Price-Miller added Tyler Swank as his new crew chief and quickly found success qualifying for the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash and finishing a season-high eighth at Volusia. At East Bay, Pennsylvania’s Brock Zearfoss won his first Drydene Heat Race of the year and recorded his own season-high of seventh in the feature.

Away from the track, James McFadden welcomed the birth of his healthy baby boy, Maverick James McFadden. Once settled and able to travel overseas, the Australia racer will make his way to the United States to join the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series full-time. Car owner Kasey Kahne, who earned his second top ten of the year at East Bay, is expected to substitute for McFadden in the Karavan Trailers #9 once again this weekend at Magnolia and The Rev.
Schatz (15), Haudenschild (17) and Gravel are chasing their first wins of the year. [GT Smith]

WHO’S GOT NEXT: Of the 11 full-time drivers without a World of Outlaws win this season, three of them come as the most surprising, and all three have already had their fair share of close calls. Donny Schatz, the ten-time Series champion at Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, was one mile away from winning his 300th career feature in February before an ignition box failure soured his run. Outside of that 15th-place finish, Schatz and the #15 have placed top five in every race with runs of 3rd – 4th -4th.

Sheldon Haudenschild and Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing have had speed since the start of the season, but have missed out on the luck to go along with it. The NOS Energy Drink #17 has set Slick Woody’s Quick Time, won a Drydene Heat Race, and appeared in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, but his unlucky string has resulted in feature runs of 15th – 12th – 6th – 11th. For David Gravel, his transition to the Big Game Motorsports #2 has gone smoothly outside of only one rough night at East Bay. In Gravel’s three starts at Volusia he finished 4th -4th – 5th and was a contender for the checkered flag each and every night.

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GET AFTER IT: Reutzel Rides the Tide to Thrilling East Bay Win
 

East Bay Return Lives up to the Hype with Epic Racing and Massive Crowd

Saturday’s World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series event at East Bay Raceway Park lived up to 38 years worth of hype.

When Aaron Reutzel climbed from his Roth Motorsports ride in victory lane, he couldn’t stop smiling. Neither could the fans.

The Clute, TX native was a one-man thrill show for the near standing room only crowd in attendance at the Tampa, FL facility. Reutzel, the leading Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contender, delivered a gutsy run to collect his third career World of Outlaws win and first of the 2021 season.

His inspiration for such a daring drive? His hero and six-time World of Outlaws winner, The Texan Gary Wright.

“I dream for stuff like that,” Reutzel exclaimed. “This is what makes me love sprint car racing, when we can go out and do stuff like that. The cushion was so treacherous, but my car was loose enough that I could go up there and just get after it. It was so much fun. Running up there was a blast. I watched a video on the way up here of Gary Wright, my all-time sprint car hero, winning here doing the same thing, rippin’ four tires above it.”

For a show that was in serious jeopardy to start with a bleak weather forecast, Saturday’s program ended up being one many fans won’t forget soon.

Lining up for the 35-lap, $10,000-to-win NOS Energy Drink feature, it’s safe to say the betting favorites were two-time and defending Series champion Brad Sweet from the pole and ten-time Series champion Donny Schatz from the second row. However, Aaron Reutzel had something to say about that.

Reutzel (83) and Sweet (49) battle for the race lead. [Trent Gower]
Reutzel, who started on the outside pole in his Speedway Engines / Triple-X #83, ripped the top right around Sweet and commanded the opening lap, a lead he would never relinquish. Both Schatz and Sweet presented multiple challenges to Reutzel, but neither could make a move stick, partly due to Reutzel’s bold decision making.

Putting all four wheels above the cushion and flying through the fluff, Reutzel went where others wouldn’t dare, and it paid off. With cleaner track and more avenues available up in no man’s land, he made quick work of lap traffic which served as the deciding factor when Sweet ran into a log jam on the low line while challenging him with less than ten laps left.

In his fourth start as a full-time World of Outlaws competitor, Reutzel held off proven champions Sweet & Schatz along with title contenders Macedo & Schuchart. He officially crossed the line with a 1.683-second advantage, making him the fourth different winner in four races this season.

“I can’t thank Dennis and Teresa Roth enough for this opportunity,” Reutzel mentioned. “We’ve been struggling, but we’ve been working really hard to prove to them they made the right decision by bringing me and Dylan on board. Hopefully we made ’em proud today.”

Following Reutzel to the stripe with a second-place finish was The Big Cat Brad Sweet. Following a dismal 11th-place outing in Friday’s show at Volusia, the Kasey Kahne Racing #49 crew was happy to put their NAPA Auto Parts entry back on the podium with a shot at winning.

“Track position was the biggest thing tonight,” Sweet noted. “The fact that he had that line up his sleeve was huge. When we got to traffic he basically had a clean track up there. My car was really good on the race track I thought we were racing on, but he found another lane so hats off to him. We were way too tight to be up there.”

Macedo officially secured sole command of the World of Outlaws championship lead. [Trent Gower]
Closing out the podium and scoring KSE Racing Hard Charger honors for the second straight night was Carson Macedo with an impressive 17th-to-third bid. Following their victory on Friday at Volusia, Macedo and the Jason Johnson Racing #41 crew continued their stellar weekend and officially claimed sole command of the World of Outlaws championship standings.

“Again, my race car was just incredible in the feature,” Macedo praised. “It just got better and better as the race went on. I’ve got to figure out qualifying and heats so we can get up closer to the front come showtime. I’m having so much fun driving this #41 right now. Carrying on Jason’s legacy with this car and now Phil as involved as he is, it’s a special deal.”

Rounding out the top ten at East Bay Raceway Park was North Dakota’s Donny Schatz, Pennsylvania’s Logan Schuchart, California’s Cory Eliason, Pennsylvania’s Brock Zearfoss, Washington’s Kasey Kahne, and Indiana’s Kraig Kinser and Justin Peck.

Cory Eliason was Saturday’s Slick Woody’s Cornhole Company Quick Time award winner at 12.396 seconds. Scoring Drydene heat race wins was Aaron Reutzel, Jason Sides and Brock Zearfoss. Brad Sweet was the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash winner.

UP NEXT – The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will hit the Dirty South Swing next weekend with a trip to Mississippi and Louisiana in line. On Friday, March 12 it’s off the Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, MS for a night at The Mag. Then, it’s all about The Rev on Saturday, March 13 with a night at Dylan Scott’s Monroe, LA venue.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 83-Aaron Reutzel [2][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [1][$6,000]; 3. 41-Carson Macedo [17][$3,500]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [4][$2,800]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [10][$2,500]; 6. 26-Cory Eliason [7][$2,300]; 7. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [6][$2,200]; 8. 9-Kasey Kahne [9][$2,100]; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser [11][$2,050]; 10. 13-Justin Peck [13][$2,000]; 11. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [3][$1,600]; 12. 5-Brent Marks [14][$1,400]; 13. 2-David Gravel [8][$1,200]; 14. 2C-Wayne Johnson [21][$1,100]; 15. 24-Terry McCarl [18][$1,050]; 16. 1A-Jacob Allen [15][$1,000]; 17. 21-Brian Brown [12][$1,000]; 18. 19-Parker Price-Miller [22][$1,000]; 19. 33M-Mason Daniel [20][$1,000]; 20. 18-Gio Scelzi [16][$1,000]; 21. 7S-Jason Sides [5][$1,000]; 22. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [19][$1,000]; 23. 20-AJ Maddox [24][$1,000]; 24. 22-Johnny Gilbertson [23][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Aaron Reutzel 1-35. KSE Hard Charger Award: 41-Carson Macedo [+14].

 

 

 

ONE FOR THE 41: Carson Macedo Makes Statement with Volusia Victory from 10th

Macedo Leads World of Outlaws Standings for First Time in his Career

BARBERVILLE, FL - March 5, 2021 - With the spin of a wrench Phil Dietz took Carson Macedo from an uneasy feeling to the best car in the field on Friday night.

The revered crew chief at Jason Johnson Racing went to work after a mediocre preliminary performance and sent the Lemoore, CA native on track with what he called "one of the best cars I've ever driven in my life."

Macedo masterfully picked his way from tenth-t0-first and executed a late-race pass to steal the win from Sam Hafertepe Jr. with four laps remaining at Volusia Speedway Park. A confidence booster and chemistry builder for a driver and team that know their potential can reach championship heights in 2021 with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.

"It's not every night that your car is that dominant," Macedo mentioned of his Kistler powered Maxim #41. "I mean that thing was just perfect to drive. Phil [Dietz], Clyde [Knipp], and Nate [Repetz] were incredible tonight. You know, I felt really balanced and great all through DIRTcar Nationals last month, but early tonight I just didn't feel good. Phil and the guys made a lot of changes for the feature and nailed it. I could go anywhere I wanted. I'm so happy to get a win for this team, these sponsors, a lot of really great people involved."

At the start of Friday's 30-lap, $10,000-to-win feature, it was Sam Hafertepe Jr. of Sunnyvale, TX and David Gravel of Watertown, CT pacing the field. Hafertepe, who won his second DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash of the season to claim pole position, bolted away and controlled the opening 11 laps. The first stoppage was a surprise when points leader Logan Schuchart stopped in turn four following contact with Gio Scelzi amidst a top five battle.

Macedo made his biggest move on that first restart, advancing four spots in one lap with a great fire off the high side of the half-mile. The next restart, however, spelled trouble when the #41 had to line up on the low line. Restarting with 17 laps remaining, Macedo surprised himself and quickly took third from Sheldon Haudenschild, and then set his sights on Hafertepe and Gravel out front.

"Hafertepe chose the outside and I was stuck on the bottom, which made me nervous," Macedo noted on the final restart. "I was on the top every restart prior to that and the bottom wasn't getting great starts. I didn't really get a good start, but it was fairly decent and let me sneak back into the top groove in front of Donny. I got that run on Sheldon because he went low, and I was able to slide by him real quick. I felt like my car was as good as those guys, if not better once I got to third. I just needed traffic to move around a bit and capitalize."

And capitalize he did. With heavy lap traffic in play, Macedo reeled in the lead duo and made it a three-way war with seven laps left. The #15H, #2 and #41 ran bumper-t0-bumper-to-bumper with the win on the line.

Macedo slid by Gravel for second on the 24th lap and two laps later, he was sliding Hafertepe for the top spot. His massive turn one slider with four laps to go was a thing of beauty, sweeping through the middle and clearing Hafertepe with ease to steal the top spot in the waning circuits.

The final four laps went by like a breeze as the 24-year-old pilot drove off into the Florida night with a 2.167-second advantage at the checkered flag. Friday's feature victory marked the seventh of Macedo's World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series career, and his first of the 2021 season.

Albeit only three of 80+ races are complete, Macedo still achieved a milestone by moving atop the World of Outlaws championships standings for the first time in his career. Something he knows is useless in the middle of March, but deep down means a lot to a California kid chasing his dreams.

"It doesn't mean anything because we're so early in the year it just doesn't matter yet," Macedo said on the points lead. "For me, personally, inside my own head, it's really cool. My goal in this sport is to be a World of Outlaws champion. In order to do that, at some point you gotta lead the points. You have to clear those milestones and hit those accomplishments to get there, right? We have a team capable of winning it this year. I know it's too early to think of that though, we're just gonna do our best every night and let the cards fell where they fall.

Settling for a second-place finish after leading the opening 25 laps was Sam Hafertepe Jr. aboard the Townline Variety #15H. A tough pill to swallow for a driver that's hungry to end his nine-year winless drought with the Outlaws, but it's the latest sign that his operation is as good as ever. Friday's runner-up result is Hafertepe's best Series finish since a third-place finish at Lernerville's Silver Cup in 2013.

"We've made leaps and bounds compared to what we came here with in February," Hafertepe commented on the progression of his program. "To be right here right now is like a win to us. We'll keep building and look to get better."

Rounding out the podium with a last-lap pass to finish third was Fresno, CA's Gio Scelzi aboard the KCP Racing #18. It was his first night with trusted crew chief and friend Bernie Stuebgen of Indy Race Parts in the KCP camp and their revived relationship already appears to be paying dividends again.

"It's huge, it's like getting the band back together," Scelzi said on working with Stuebgen again, who he won his first two Outlaw races with. "I'm feeling comfortable and confident with myself. If we keep running like this, the wins will come eventually."

Closing out the top ten at Volusia Speedway Park was Donny Schatz in the Tony Stewart Racing #15, David Gravel in the Big Game Motorsports #2, Sheldon Haudenschild in the Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17, Cory Eliason in the Rudeen Racing #26, Parker Price-Miller in the PPM Racing #19, Logan Schuchart in the Shark Racing #1S, and Aaron Reutzel in the Roth Motorsports #83.

UP NEXT - On Saturday, March 6, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series ends a 38-year absence from Tampa's East Bay Raceway Park. If needed, a Sunday rain date is scheduled to complete the show.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 41-Carson Macedo [10][$10,000]; 2. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [1][$6,000]; 3. 18-Gio Scelzi [3][$3,500]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [8][$2,800]; 5. 2-David Gravel [2][$2,500]; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [6][$2,300]; 7. 26-Cory Eliason [12][$2,200]; 8. 19-Parker Price-Miller [5][$2,100]; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart [4][$2,050]; 10. 83-Aaron Reutzel [9][$2,000]; 11. 49-Brad Sweet [14][$1,600]; 12. 5-Brent Marks [13][$1,400]; 13. 9-Kasey Kahne [11][$1,200]; 14. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [15][$1,100]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser [20][$1,050]; 16. 21-Brian Brown [7][$1,000]; 17. 33M-Mason Daniel [16][$1,000]; 18. 2C-Wayne Johnson [19][$1,000]; 19. 13-Justin Peck [21][$1,000]; 20. 7S-Jason Sides [17][$1,000]; 21. 1A-Jacob Allen [18][$1,000]; 22. 24-Terry McCarl [22][$1,000]; 23. 20-AJ Maddox [24][$1,000]; 24. 1C-Andrew Cobb [23][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Sam Hafertepe Jr. 1-25, Carson Macedo 26-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 41-Carson Macedo[+9]

 

 

THE SHOW-ME SWING: Three Exciting Missouri Tracks on Deck for World of Outlaws Sprint Cars

The Greatest Show on Dirt Heads for US-36, Lake Ozark & I-55

OSBORN, MO - March 3, 2021 - The Show-Me State has consistently shown us some of the best moments in the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series of late.

In 2020 alone, we witnessed Kyle Larson's new track record (9.995 seconds) at I-55, Sheldon Haudenschild's miraculous last-corner pass at US-36, and James McFadden's big win at Lake Ozark.

To close out March and ring in April, we're re-visiting all three of those Missouri venues with The Greatest Show on Dirt set to thrill race fans yet again.

It all begins on Friday, March 26 with the sixth appearance in Series history at Osborn's US-36 Raceway. One night later, it's the $15,000/Win Jason Johnson Classic at Eldon's Lake Ozark Speedway on Saturday, March 27. The following weekend on April 2-3 we've got back-to-back shows at Pevely's Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55.

US-36 TICKETS (3/26)
LAKE OZARK TICKETS (3/27)
I-55 TICKETS (4/2-3)

Of the 15 full-time drivers, five of them have claimed a World of Outlaws victory at two of the three Missouri tracks.

Included in that list is Sheldon Haudenschild ('19, '20 I-55 & '20 US-36), Brad Sweet ('19 Ozark & '19, '20 I-55), Donny Schatz ('06 I-55 & '18, '20 Ozark), David Gravel ('16 I-55 & '19 Ozark), and Logan Schuchart ('18 I-55 & '20 Ozark).

Sheldon, a native of Wooster, OH, enters US-36 as the only active Outlaw with a victory at the Osborn, MO 3/8th-mile. The three other NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car winners at US-36 are his father Jac Haudenschild ('06), two-time Series champion Jason Meyers ('07), and 105-time winner Joey Saldana ('09, '16).

Oh, and the cherry on top, Haudenschild's win at US-36 last August was one of the most memorable moments of the year. His Hail Mary run to complete a last-lap, last-corner pass on Series champion Brad Sweet will remain an instant classic for years to come.

"All three of those tracks down there in Missouri are such a blast, man," Lil' Haud offered. "We've had great races and I've had great race cars at all of them over the last few years. Those smaller, bull-ring type joints always find a way to produce epic battles. I know this next trip will be just as awesome as the last."

Following US-36's date on Friday, March 26, the World of Outlaws will head to Lake Ozark Speedway on Saturday, March 27 for the third annual Jason Johnson Classic.

Promoted by Bobbi Johnson, this event at the Eldon, MO 3/8th-mile is all about honoring Jason's legacy and paying tribute to The Ragin' Cajun. As a father to Jaxx, owner of Jason Johnson Racing, and beloved competitor by all, Jason's impact reached far beyond his 12 World of Outlaws wins and 2016 Knoxville Nationals title.

Through eight previous events at Lake Ozark, Tony Stewart Racing's Donny Schatz is the only driver with multiple victories. When it comes to the Jason Johnson Classic, though, those titles have gone to David Gravel in the JJR #41 in 2019 and Australia's James McFadden aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing #9 last year.

For Carson Macedo, who is in his first full-time year with Jason Johnson Racing, this race is extra special to him.

"This race means a lot, especially for me driving Jason's car with Bobbi & Jaxx [Johnson] and Phil [Dietz] all still involved," Macedo noted. "Being the Jason Johnson Classic, all you want to do is deliver a win and get everyone to victory lane. You know David did that the first year when he was driving the #41, and hopefully we can put JJR back on top again when we go back."

With the 60th and 61st event coming up on April 2-3, Missouri's I-55 will surpass California's Calistoga Speedway to become the tenth-most visited track in World of Outlaws history.

As it stands, Slammin' Sammy Swindell is the winningest driver at the Pevely, MO 1/3rd-mile with six total wins to his name. Steve Kinser (5), Craig Dollansky (5), Jac Haudenschild (3), Daryn Pittman (3) and Joey Saldana (3) are next in line.

Of late, the last six races have been split evenly with Brad Sweet, Sheldon Haudenschild, and Kyle Larson each claiming two wins apiece. Just last year, Larson shattered the track record with an astounding 9.995-second lap.

"I remember the first time I came to Pevely probably back in 2010, and I was just in awe of the place," Sweet said. "It's just one of the most unique, most exciting tracks we go to all year."

Before the Missouri swing begins in late March, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series has three weeks of racing to get the year rolling again with a revised spring schedule.

A Florida doubleheader at Volusia (3/5) and East Bay (3/6) leads into southern shows at Mississippi's Magnolia (3/12) and Lousiana's The Rev (3/13) before a Texas Two-Step at Cotton Bowl (3/19-20) caps the run ahead the a two-week Missouri stay. You can BUY TICKETS HERE.

With two of 80+ races in the books, Shark Racing's Logan Schuchart currently leads the early-season point standings with Kasey Kahne Racing's Brad Sweet (-6), Big Game Motorsports' Brad Sweet (-12), Jason Johnson Racing's Carson Macedo (-18), and Rudeen Racing's Cory Eliason (-24) behind him.

Anyone unable to make it to the track can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision with the annual Platinum FAST PASS subscription for $299/year or the monthly FAST PASS subscription for $39/month.

Winners at US-36 Raceway (5 Events):
2006 - Jac Haudenschild
2007 - Jason Meyers
2009 - Joey Saldana
2016 - Joey Saldana
2020 - Sheldon Haudenschild

Winners at Lake Ozark Speedway (8 Events):
2005 - Tim Shaffer
2007 - Craig Dollansky
2018 - Donny Schatz
2019 - Brad Sweet, David Gravel
2020 - Logan Schuchart, Donny Schatz, James McFadden

Winners at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (59 Events):
1987 - Brad Doty, Steve Kinser
1988 - Sammy Swindell, Steve Kinser
1989 - Bobby Davis Jr., Doug Wolfgang, Doug Wolfgang
1990 - Sammy Swindell
1991 - Steve Kinser, Sammy Swindell
1992 - Steve Kinser
1996 - Mark Kinser
1997 - Mark Kinser, Sammy Swindell, Sammy Swindell
1998 - Stevie Smith, Tyler Walker, Andy Hillenburg
1999 - Jac Haudenschild
2000 - Jac Haudenschild
2001 - Randy Hannagan, Stevie Smith
2002 - Jac Haudenschild, Daryn Pittman
2003 - Steve Kinser, Tyler Walker
2004 - Craig Dollansky, Danny Lasoski
2005 - Kraig Kinser, Chad Kemenah
2006 - Donny Schatz, Brooke Tatnell
2007 - Joey Saldana
2008 - Jason Meyers
2009 - Craig Dollansky, Joey Saldana
2010 - Joey Saldana, Tim Shaffer, Jason Meyers
2011 - Craig Dollansky
2012 - Jason Sides, Craig Dollansky
2013 - Craig Dollansky
2014 - Sammy Swindell, Paul McMahan, Kerry Madsen
2015 - Shane Stewart
2016 - David Gravel, Rico Abreu
2017 - Daryn Pittman
2018 - Daryn Pittman, Rico Abreu, Logan Schuchart
2019 - Brad Sweet, Sheldon Haudenschild
2020 - Brad Sweet, Kyle Larson, Sheldon Haudenschild, Kyle Larson

 

 

Sea Foam Sales Company continues World of Outlaws partnership The company will be showcased on DIRTVision, social media and at the track

CONCORD, NC – March 3, 2021 – Sea Foam® Sales Company will continue its digital and at-track partnership with the World of Outlaws for the 2021 season.

DIRTVision’s replays will continue to be known as the “The Sea Foam Feature Replay” and restarts at every World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car and World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model will take place in the Sea Foam Restart Zone. Race fans will also notice Sea Foam’s social media presence with the Sea Foam Motor Heat videos at every event.

“World of Outlaws fans and competitors understand the importance of keeping their engines and equipment running cleaner and lasting longer.” Sea Foam® Director of Marketing Brian Miller said. “By partnering with the World of Outlaws at track and on DIRTVision, we can extend the values that drive our daily operations and interactions to people that know how to help others understand the usefulness of our products, whether using Sea Foam in their cars, boats, or other motorized equipment.”

Fans can learn more about Sea Foam® through the World of Outlaws social media channels and at SeaFoamWorks.com.

 

 

ASI Sportswear extends Super DIRTcar Series, World of Outlaws partnership
ASI will serve as the official merchandise provider for the Super DIRTcar Series and NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week

CONCORD, NC – March 2, 2021 – The Super DIRTcar Series and World of Outlaws have extended their partnership with ASI Sportswear in a new multi-year deal.

ASI will continue to be the exclusive and official vendor for the Super DIRTcar Series, and design and produce apparel for the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series and World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.

The New York-based company, who offers superior quality custom screen printing, embroidery, and more to businesses, race teams, fire/rescue departments nationwide, will also continue to be the official merchandise provider for the Oct. 6-10 NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week at Oswego Speedway.

“Dirt racing, especially the Super DIRTcar Series and World of Outlaws, is on a rapid growth and we’re thrilled to be able to provide the growing fanbases, race teams and their sponsors alike with exciting merchandise options for years to come,” said Gene Ullmann, president of ASI Sportswear. “We’ve had a great relationship with both series, and I know this partnership will only continue to strengthen with time.”

You can learn more about ASI at www.asiwear.com.

You can find the latest World of Outlaws Late Model and World of Outlaws Sprint Car merchandise at Store.WorldofOutlaws.com, and in the World of Outlaws Late Model and World of Outlaws Sprint Car souvenir trailers at every event. CLICK HERE for the full 2021 schedule for both series.

The Super DIRTcar Series merchandise trailer will be on-site at each event. For the Series’ full schedule, go to SuperDIRTcarSeries.com.

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: World of Outlaws Get Back on Track at Volusia & East Bay

80+ Race Season Resumes on Friday & Saturday in Sunshine State

BARBERVILLE, FL - March 1, 2021 - After almost a month on the sidelines, The Greatest Show on Dirt is set to roar back to life this weekend.

A heap of cancellations due to weather, COVID-19 restrictions, and even State of Emergencies marred the February slate, but a new revised schedule has been released and we're re-kicking off the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car season with a Florida doubleheader.

It all begins this Friday, March 5 with another race at Volusia Speedway Park, followed by a return to East Bay Raceway Park for the first time since 1983 on Saturday, March 6.

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Let's catch up on some of the storylines entering this weekend:

SCHATZ STILL CHASING 300: We haven't hit the track since February 7, the night that an ignition box failure devastatingly ripped Donny Schatz's 300th career World of Outlaws win away from him with only two laps remaining. Heading into this weekend, the Tony Stewart Racing #15 driver has two solid shots to finally nail down that elusive milestone mark. The ten-time World of Outlaws champion is the winningest driver in Series history at Volusia (13 wins), and he just won at East Bay last month in All Star Circuit of Champions action. Is this the weekend for win #300?

CONSISTENCY IS KEY: With 80+ races on the schedule, it takes a whole lot of consistency to stay at the top of the standings with the World of Outlaws. Through the opening two races at Volusia, three drivers scored a top five finish both nights and six drivers earned a top ten in each show. Leading the charge in that group is the current top three in points of Shark Racing's Logan Schuchart (2nd, 1st), Kasey Kahne Racing's Brad Sweet (1st, 5th) and Big Game Motorsports' David Gravel (4th, 4th).

Earning top ten efforts each night at Volusia was Carson Macedo of Lemoore, CA (5th, 6th), Jacob Allen of Hanover, PA (7th, 8th), and Aaron Reutzel of Clute, TX (6th, 10th).

BACK & FORTH: Sweet then Schuchart then Sweet then Schuchart. That's just the way it goes at Volusia Speedway Park of late. Over the last four races at The World's Fastest Half-Mile, those two championship contenders have traded victories Mano a Mano. Sweet, who is vying for his third consecutive World of Outlaws championship this year, owns eight total career wins at Volusia with six in Outlaws competition including the 2021 season opener.

Schuchart, last year's championship runner-up, has turned a corner at Volusia and suddenly became one of the track's most successful stars of late. From 2013-20, Schuchart admittedly struggled at the half-mile with a bleak average finish of 14.1 in 20 starts. Then, with the flip of a switch, he became almost unstoppable. In his last seven starts at Volusia, Schuchart has finished 2nd-5th-1st-1st-2nd-2nd-1st.

FLORIDA IN... MARCH: Dating back to 1981, the World of Outlaws have contested 46 events at Volusia Speedway Park with all 46 happening in February. So, this Friday's show at the Barberville, FL half-mile will mark the first occurrence in Series history of a March race at Volusia. With high's in the upper 70's and lows only down to the 50's, fans and drivers alike can expect beautiful weather at Volusia. Being a non-DIRTcar Nationals event, the dynamic of the track changes without 100 modifieds as the support division like in February. It's also only a one-night show, whereas drivers are used to a five-day program at DIRTcar Nationals with a practice night. This Friday, though, it's just Hot Laps, Slick Woody's QualifyingDrydene Heat Races, Last Chance Showdown, and a $10,000/Win NOS Energy Drink Feature.

LONG TIME, NO SEE: It's been 38 long years since the World of Outlaws last raced at East Bay Raceway Park. To be exact, Saturday marks 13,900 days since Steve Kinser won the most recent show on February 15, 1983. Since then, an entirely new generation of Outlaws have taken control of carrying the torch. Of the current 15 full-time drivers, only three of them (Johnson born in '71, Sides born in '73, Schatz born in '77) were even alive when that last race happened. However, East Bay's iconic beachside location and unique track surface has kept the Tampa, FL 1/3rd-mile more than relevant in sprint car circles over the last four decades. Donny Schatz happily noted "Everyone has wondered why the Outlaws don’t go there when we come to Florida, and now we don’t have to answer that question because we’re going.”

FRESH START: For seven Outlaws, the 50th DIRTcar Nationals last month didn't exactly offer the dream start to the season that they imagined. The likes of Sheldon Haudenschild (13th in PTS), Brock Zearfoss (16th), Jason Sides (17th), Kraig Kinser (20th), Wayne Johnson (22nd), Parker Price-Miller (23rd), and Mason Daniel (24th) left Florida in February without a top ten result. They'll all return this weekend with their sights set on a fresh start to get their season heading in the right direction.

Anyone unable to make it to the track can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision with the annual Platinum FAST PASS subscription for $299/year or the monthly FAST PASS subscription for $39/month.

 

 

THEN & NOW: Shuman and Schatz Compare East Bay Ahead of Outlaws Return on March 6 

Florida Doubleheader Features Volusia on March 5, East Bay on March 6

TAMPA, FL - Feb. 25, 2021 - It's been 38 years since the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series last ran on "The Clay By The Bay."

On March 6, the long-awaited and highly-anticipated return finally happens.

The conclusion to a Florida doubleheader established by a revised spring schedule, The Greatest Show on Dirt will roll into Tampa's East Bay Raceway Park on Saturday, March 6 following another go at Barberville's Volusia Speedway Park on Friday, March 5.

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In four plus decades of World of Outlaws history, this 38-year period from February 15, 1983 to March 6, 2020 is the single-longest gap between events for any track in Series history. Over that span, the sport has changed drastically. One thing that has stayed the same, though, is East Bay's uniqueness.

We talked to Ron Shuman - a 24-time World of Outlaws winner and East Bay victor in 1979 - and Donny Schatz - a 10-time World of Outlaws champion and East Bay winner in February - to get their perspective on the Tampa, FL 1/3rd-mile.

"Everybody has heard about East Bay Raceway Park," Schatz said. "They've seen the videos and they've wondered why the Outlaws don't go there when we come to Florida, and now we don't have to answer that question because we're going."

Heard about East Bay they had. Although only three of the current 15 full-time drivers had been born before 1983, almost all of them have raced at the track at some point, be it 360 sprint cars or with the All Stars Circuit of Champions. In fact, East Bay is where Schatz met fellow Outlaw and longtime friend Jason Sides back in the 1990's.

Shuman, of Tempe, AZ, and his gang of original Outlaws were accustomed to East Bay as a mainstay on the calendar each year. From 1979 to 1983, they ran 17 events at the track with multi-day programs each time. While modern day runners get their taste of Florida fun at Volusia, Shuman and his friends Kinser, Swindell, Wolfgang, and others soaked up the sun in Tampa.

"The biggest difference for us back then was we ran without wings," Shuman noted. "Being in '79, we were still running wings at some tracks and without at others, and East Bay was a non-wing place. We raced at that place a lot back in the day too, I mean four days a time with qualifying and prelims before the main event. Each year, we loaded up and went to Florida in February. I drove for Kalb there, Stanton, the Ofixco Special, Weikert's Livestock, lots of owners at East Bay. We always drew good car counts there too."

The uniqueness of East Bay's location in Tampa is what has helped make it so special.

"It's in this tight little area around that industrial park and the bay is basically right there," Schatz mentioned. "The track has a lot of character, and the surface itself is so unique. You think there's grip here, but there's not; then you come around the next lap and you've got it. It changes literally lap-by-lap being near the ocean. It's a unique shape, unique surface and unique facility with a lot of history and heritage."

"It was definitely funky at times being that close to the water," Shuman agreed. "I remember some nights, maybe the night I won, it was freezing ass cold, but the next you'd have perfect weather. That stuff really changed the track up. We didn't really do as much changing with the cars back then, so it was just about getting in and figuring it out behind the wheel."

A special place specifically for Shuman, his February 9, 1979 victory at East Bay marked the first of his World of Outlaws career. Driving the Mecom Kalb, Firestone #721, The Flyin' Shu topped Steve Kinser, Johnny Anderson, Lee James and Bob East for the victory. The 2003 National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee eventually ended up with 24 Outlaw wins, currently tied with Logan Schuchart for 24th on the all-time wins list.

"That was the year I started driving for [Gary] Stanton on the Outlaw tour, but we weren't ready to leave that early in the year." Shuman recalled. "Mecom Kalb had a new Stanton car and I remember we actually missed the show the first night at Volusia and then won that next Sunday at East Bay. From hero-to-zero."

For Schatz, who was an 18-month old baby when the Outlaws debuted at East Bay in '79, his first Tampa triumph came just last month in All Stars action aboard the Tony Stewart Racing #15.

"I don't know that there's anything specific we can take away," Schatz noted on learning from last month. "It's 2021. Everyone has phones, computers, and you can watch the races and see what's going on. To me, you can have all those things but it doesn't do you any good until you get on the track and see how your car reacts to the environment. It was a great opportunity to go out and see how the new Ford Performance motor stacked up on the short track. It went well obviously, and now we've had some extra time to work on it and hopefully make it that much better for next weekend."

Schatz will have his opportunity on next Saturday, March 6 to join an elite list of East Bay Outlaw winners which includes Doug Wolfgang (7), Sammy Swindell (3), Danny Smith (2), Rick Ferkel (1), Steve Kinser (1), Johnny Anderson (1), Keith Kauffman (1) and Ron Shuman (1).

A winless night at Volusia could send the Fargo, ND native into the East Bay return with a chance to nail down his historic 300th career World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series victory at the Tampa, FL facility.

Anyone unable to make it to the track can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision with the annual Platinum FAST PASS subscription for $299/year or the monthly FAST PASS subscription for $39/month.

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink® Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: DIRTVision (Official Live Broadcast Partner), Drydene (Official Motor Oil), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), iRacing (Official Online Racing Game), Morton Buildings (Official Building), NOS Energy (Official Energy Product), SIS Insurance (Official Insurance Provider) and VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel); contingency sponsors include ARP (Automotive Racing Products), Cometic Gasket, COMP Cams, KSE Racing Products (Hard Charger Award), MSD and Slick Woody’s (Quick Time Award); manufacturer sponsors include FireAde, Intercomp, K1 Race Gear, and Racing Electronics.

Founded in 1978, the World of Outlaws®, based in Concord, NC, is the premier national touring series for dirt track racing in North America, featuring the most powerful cars on dirt, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series. Annually, the two series race nearly 140 times at tracks across the United States and Canada. CBS Sports Network is the official broadcast partner of the World of Outlaws. DIRTVision® also broadcasts all World of Outlaws events over the Internet to fans around the world. Learn more about the World of Outlaws.

 

 

 

Drydene Performance Products to Sponsor Cotton Bowl’s Texas Two-Step

World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars Invade Paige, TX on March 19-20

PAIGE, TX – Feb. 24, 2021 – The Texas Two-Step at Cotton Bowl Speedway has found new dates and a new sponsor.

Rescheduled for Friday & Saturday, March 19-20, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series doubleheader will now feature title sponsorship from a valued partner in Drydene Performance Products. The two-day show will be labeled the Drydene Texas Two-Step presented by American Lube Supply.

“We are excited to be part of the Drydene Texas Two-Step,” said Dave Klinger, President of Drydene Performance Products. “This spring trip is essential in getting the season going and we’re proud to be a part of it. The Texas Two-Step is a unique opportunity for us to increase our involvement by supporting both the race teams and the fans in a market where we’ve recently added a new Drydene distributor, and the presenting sponsor of the race, American Lube Supply. This is only the beginning of what we believe is going to be another exciting season in the partnership between Drydene and the World of Outlaws.”

BUY TICKETS HERE - Cotton Bowl (3/19-20)

Leading the charge to Cotton Bowl Speedway will be Shark Racing superstars Logan Schuchart in the Drydene #1S and Jacob Allen in the Drydene #1A.

Schuchart currently leads the early-season championship chase following a dominant DIRTcar Nationals title, which included a win and second-place finish in February. Allen, who collected his first career World of Outlaws Feature triumph last September, is off to the best start of his World of Outlaws career with two top-10 finishes currently placing him sixth in the point standings.

Cotton Bowl’s Drydene Texas Two-Step will mark the third week of a revised six-week spring schedule that was announced Tuesday. Beginning in March, The Greatest Show on Dirt will venture from Florida and through Mississippi then Louisiana to get to Texas. Then, it’s off to Missouri and Indiana before resuming the regular schedule with Lawton (OK) on April 16 and Devil’s Bowl (TX) on April 17.

RELATED --- Revised Schedule Released

If you already have tickets to the event at Cotton Bowl Speedway and can’t make it to the rescheduled dates, you have until March 25 to request a refund through this link CLICK HERE.

Anyone unable to make it to the track can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision with the annual Platinum FAST PASS subscription for $299/year or the monthly FAST PASS subscription for $39/month.

 

 

REVISED SCHEDULE: New events added, postponed races find dates in March-April
The Series returns to East Bay Raceway Park for the first time in 38 years before venturing through the South and Midwest

CONCORD, NC – Feb. 23, 2021 – The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars will return to action at the beginning of March with the addition of eight new events and four postponed events finding new dates.

The Greatest Show on Dirt will pick up where it left off in Florida with a weekend doubleheader, including a return to East Bay Raceway Park for the first time since 1983, before trekking through the south and Midwest to fill out a full slate of racing throughout March into April. Those events include:

-Friday, March 5 – Volusia Speedway Park
-Saturday, March 6 – East Bay Raceway Park
-Friday, March 12 – Magnolia Motor Speedway
-Saturday, March 13 – The Rev
-Friday & Saturday, March 19-20 – Cotton Bowl Speedway
-Friday, March 26 – U.S. 36 Raceway
-Saturday, March 27 – Lake Ozark Speedway
-Friday & Saturday, April 2-3 – Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55
-Friday, April 9 – Kokomo Speedway
-Saturday, April 10 – Tri-State Speedway

“A lot of work has gone into putting this revised schedule together, and I’m grateful to all the tracks that have graciously worked with us throughout this process,” World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Director Carlton Reimers said. “While we’re disappointed in not being able to get the Spring West Coast Swing in this year, I’m excited for the fans and drivers that we’re still able to present them with a full schedule of racing at great venues.”

The best Sprint Car drivers in the world will converge at Volusia Speedway Park for the third time this year when the season resumes – current points leader Logan Schuchart and defending champion Brad Sweet took home the trophies in the first two races there. On the following day, the Series will return to East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, FL for the first time in 38 years. Steve Kinser was the last driver to win at the track in 1983.

Then, the next two weekends will host new dates for previously postponed events. The new additions to the schedule this year, Magnolia Motor Speedway, in Columbus, MS, will run on March 12, and The Rev in Monroe, LA will run on March 13. A doubleheader at Cotton Bowl Speedway will be the following weekend, March 19-20, with the Drydene Texas Two Step presented by American Lube. It’ll be the Series’ first time back at the track since 2018 – won by David Gravel.

The following three weekends will feature new events, leading to the originally scheduled April 16 event at Lawton Speedway and April 17 event at Devil’s Bowl Speedway.

Missouri will host a doubleheader weekend, March 26-27, with the return of U.S. 36 Raceway and Lake Ozark Speedway.

The March 27 event at Lake Ozark will be the third annual Jason Johnson Classic presented by FK Rod Ends with $15,000-to-win on the line. James McFadden, a friend of the late Jason Johnson, earned an emotional win at the event last year and will go for another this year as he runs for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year title with Kasey Kahne Racing.

Always a source of excitement, the 1/3-mile Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 returns for a spring doubleheader, April 2-3, giving the track two more dates in 2021 before the Aug. 6-7 Ironman 55 weekend.

Then, fan-favorites Kokomo Speedway and Tri-State Speedway return to the schedule for an Indiana doubleheader weekend, April 9-10. Both tracks brought fans to their feet last year with Sheldon Haudenschild executing spectacular passes to claim the win and Carson Macedo edging Sweet by inches to win at Tri-State.

“I’m just excited we have found some great racetracks to fill in the dates of the West Coast Swing,” said two-time defending champion Brad Sweet. “I was looking forward to racing in front of my friends and family in California but just still too many restrictions to race in front of full crowds. It’s always tough this time of year with weather and other factors to get races in so thanks to the Outlaws and the promoters for taking these shows on such short notice. I hope to see many fans and I’m excited to get the NAPA Auto Parts #49 back on track.”

Tickets for each new event will go on sale Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 9 a.m. (ET).

If you already have tickets to the events at Magnolia Motor Speedway, The Rev and Cotton Bowl Speedway and can’t make it to the rescheduled dates, you have until March 25 to request a refund through this link CLICK HERE.

Anyone unable to make it to the track can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision with the annual Platinum FAST PASS subscription for $299/year or the monthly FAST PASS subscription for $39/month.

 

 

State of Emergency in Texas Forces Postponement of Cotton Bowl

Officials Working to Reschedule Texas Two-Step in March

PAIGE, TX — Feb. 20, 2021 — World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and Cotton Bowl Speedway officials are postponing the Feb. 26-27 “Texas Two-Step” due to a State of Emergency in Texas as the state works to recover from its winter weather disaster. New dates and a revised spring schedule will be announced soon.

Those who have already purchased tickets to the race at Cotton Bowl can use those tickets for the rescheduled dates. Once the new dates are announced, those unable to make it to the rescheduled dates will have the opportunity to request a refund.

As part of the forthcoming new spring schedule, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series is slated to race Friday, March 12 at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, MS and Saturday, March 13 at The Rev in Monroe, LA. For Magnolia tickets, CLICK HERE. For Rev tickets, CLICK HERE.

Anyone unable to make it to the track can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision with the annual Platinum FAST PASS subscription for $299/year or the monthly FAST PASS subscription for $39/month.

 

 

Pandemic forces West Coast Swing cancellation; Magnolia, The Rev rescheduled New events will fill the canceled West Coast dates and will be announced soon

CONCORD, NC – Feb. 17, 2021 – State and local restrictions, due to the pandemic, have forced the cancellation of the Spring West Coast Swing, providing new dates for Magnolia Motor Speedway and The Rev, along with soon-to-be-announced dates for new events.

With COVID-19 restrictions throughout the West Coast limiting the availability of fans at tracks, World of Outlaws officials were forced to cancel the entire West Coast Swing for the spring only – this includes:

-March 4 at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas -March 12-13 at Arizona Speedway -March 20 at Perris Auto Speedway -March 21 at Santa Maria Raceway -March 26-27 at Thunderbowl Raceway -April 2 at Merced Speedway -April 3 at Ocean Speedway -April 9-10 at Vado Speedway Park

Those who purchased a ticket in advance to any of the West Coast events will receive a face-value credit to their MyDirtTickets.com account to be used towards any World of Outlaws event available at WorldofOutlaws.com/tix. If a credit to your account does not work for you, you have 30 days to CLICK HERE to be taken to the refund request page.

Magnolia Motor Speedway and The Rev will replace the now-canceled Arizona Speedway doubleheader with Magnolia taking place on Friday, March 12, and The Rev taking place on Saturday, March 13.

If you already purchased tickets for Magnolia and The Rev, those tickets can be used for the new dates. If you are unable to make it to the rescheduled dates, you have 30 days to request a refund through this link CLICK HERE.

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series 2021 season continues Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26-27, at Cotton Bowl Speedway for the Texas Two Step. You can get tickets to that event by clicking HERE.

New events, in place of the West Coast events – which will be announced soon – will take place after Cotton Bowl and bring the tour back to its original schedule with Lawton Speedway on Friday, April 16, and Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday, April 17. You can get tickets for those events by clicking HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision with the annual Platinum FAST PASS subscription for $299/year or the monthly FAST PASS subscription for $39/month.

 

 

Extreme winter weather postpones Magnolia, The Rev events
New dates for Magnolia Motor Speedway and The Rev will be announced soon

COLUMBUS, MS – Feb. 16, 2021 – The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series doubleheader weekend at Magnolia Motor Speedway and The Rev is postponed and new dates will be announced this week.

Magnolia Motor Speedway, in Columbus, MS, and The Rev, in Monroe, LA, initially scheduled for this weekend (Friday, Feb. 19, and Saturday, Feb. 20), have experienced extreme winter weather, projected to continue throughout the weekend, forcing the postponement.

Those who have already purchased tickets to race at Magnolia and/or The Rev can use those tickets for the rescheduled dates. Once the new dates are announced, if you are unable to make it to the rescheduled dates, you’ll have 30 days to request a refund through this link CLICK HERE.

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series returns to racing Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26-27, for the Texas Two Step at Cotton Bowl Speedway. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision with the annual Platinum FAST PASS subscription for $299/year or the monthly FAST PASS subscription for $39/month.

 

 

LOOKING AHEAD: One Month Until World of Outlaws Trip to Arizona

Arizonian Andy Reinbold Looking to Bring Outlaw Glory Back to Home State

MESA, AZ - Feb. 13, 2021 - In one month, The Greatest Show on Dirt invades The Valley of the Sun.

Scheduled for Friday & Saturday, March 12-13, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will roll into town for a doubleheader weekend with the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown at Arizona Speedway.

The Series has only contested four events at the Mesa, AZ 1/3rd-mile, but over the years it has quickly become a west coast favorite for Outlaw teams. The beautiful Arizona scenery combined with gorgeous weather, sell-out crowds, and superb on-track action is a recipe for excitement each spring.

"I really enjoy that track," World of Outlaws sophomore, Mason Daniel said. "The facility is top notch and the racing is always awesome. We were just there last month in January and it was a great learning curve for us. We figured out where we want the car for when the Outlaw races come around. I'm looking forward to getting back and seeing all the fans."

A staple on the schedule since 2016, Phoenix area fans have seen four different winners in four races since the World of Outlaws made their first trip, which was won by Oklahoman Shane Stewart. California superstar Rico Abreu topped the 2017 event before Outlaw veterans Donny Schatz (2018) and David Gravel (2019) scored their own wins. The 2020 event was cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, only amping up the excitement for the 2021 return next month.

The Mesa track is relatively new to the schedule, but Arizona's history with the Outlaws dates back to the inaugural season in 1978. In total, 55 World of Outlaws Sprint Car features have been contested in the state of Arizona. Phoenix's famed Manzanita Speedway hosted 38 shows from 1978 to 2009.

Five other facilities including Tucson's USA Raceway (8), Mesa's Arizona Speedway (4), Chandler's Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park (2), Somerton's Cocopah Speedway (2), and Chandler's Firebird International Raceway (1) have all hosted Outlaw shows.

Way back in '78 and '79, Arizonian's were well represented on their home turf, but have since been shut out from glory within their own borders. Tempe natives and sprint car legends, Ron Shuman and Lealand McSpadden, were both winners at Manzy. Since then, it's been an Outlaw or an invader taking the desert by storm.

Now, 40 some years later, a new Tempe, AZ team is focused on restoring that home state pride.

With a highly-coveted rising star in 19-year old Buddy Kofoid at the wheel, Andy Reinbold and Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports are Arizona's biggest hot shot looking to defeat the World of Outlaws. Just last month in an unsanctioned event at the Arizona Speedway, Kofoid and Reinbold were almost unstoppable together, winning two of three race against a field that included full-time Outlaws such as Donny Schatz, Aaron Reutzel, Mason Daniel, and more.

"Winning at home is obviously super special to us," Reinbold spoke on his Arizona heritage. "I've always been proud of the legacy of sprint car racing in Arizona. We've had the privilege to win some pretty big races all across the country with USAC and stuff, but an Outlaws win at our home track would be a damn cool moment."

Just three years ago, at the ripe age of 16-years old, Kofoid made his first and loudest impression against the Outlaws. In his just his sixth career start, the Penngrove, CA teenager put it on the pole at Silver Dollar Speedway's Gold Cup. He did so with a beatdown of 4.9-second in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash. Ultimately, he finished fifth in the main event, but more importantly he had made a name for himself.

Next month, at the March 12-13 doubleheader, Reinbold and Kofoid will get their shot in the #19AZ with the World of Outlaws at Arizona Speedway.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision with the annual Platinum FAST PASS subscription for $299/year or the monthly FAST PASS subscription for $39/month.

 

 

SHARK WEEK: Schuchart Seals DIRTcar Nationals Title in Dramatic Ending for Schatz

Donny Schatz's 300th Win Stripped Away by Ignition Issue with Two Laps Left

BARBERVILLE, FL - Feb. 7, 2021 - Two laps, one mile. That's all that stood between Donny Schatz and his 300th career World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series win on Sunday night.

It had been eight races since his 299th career triumph on October 3, 2020 at Williams Grove, and he was all but destined to finally reach the landmark accomplishment. The Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15 was cruising through traffic, he had led since the drop of the green flag, and second was nowhere to be found. Of course, then the unexpected happened.

His Ford Performance engine lost power and slowed to a stop with the white flag waiting for him on the other side. The Volusia Speedway Park crowd was shocked. A trip to the work area quickly solved the issue, but it didn't take away the dramatics of Schatz's continued pursuit of 300, which will have to continue next week at Dixie (GA) Speedway on Fri, Feb. 12 and Talladega (AL) Short Track on Sat, Feb. 13.

"It was just a defective ignition box, that thing was brand new on this engine tonight," Schatz noted afterwards. "I actually thought we cut a fuel line for a minute, because I was getting wet, but it was the MSD. It is what it is."

Schatz's suffering came to the benefit of Logan Schuchart, who inherited the race lead ahead of a green-white-checkered finish. His winning move actually came three laps prior on the 25th circuit, when Schuchart finally cleared Cory Eliason for the second spot after a torrid race-long battle.

"It took me forever to get by Cory after that long green flag run," Schuchart said. "I glanced forward to look for Donny once I got to second and I couldn't see him. He was really fast, but I still felt like we had a car to beat there at the end, especially if we could've got some traffic. It's not something you want to see happen, you want to win the right away. It's also part of the game, though. For years, they've set the bar as far as handling issues, limiting DNF's, and stuff that saves you championships. It's something we all strive for nowadays because of them."

With only two laps remaining and the lead thrown in his lap, the Shark Racing #1S pilot still had one final challenge to complete. Perfecting his launch off turn four to the SeaFoam Restart Zone, Schuchart instantly gapped the field and drove away to a 1.447-second victory over fellow Pennsylvanian Danny Dietrich.

Logan's victory put the finishing touches on a near impeccable performance by the Drydene Performance Products crew at DIRTcar Nationals. In four events on the daunting Barberville, FL half-mile this week, the 28-year old ace recorded runs of 1st-2nd-2nd-1st. He secured his first career Big Gator Championship over title contender Brad Sweet, who he also overtook in the early-season standings for the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars.

"We had confidence coming down here, but when it pays off like this it means a lot," Schuchart mentioned. "When your confidence is high, your team feels good, and you perform better. It definitely feels good doing this against the quality of cars we had here. The Outlaws are so stacked this year and we've got a lot of good invaders joining us. My grandfather's dream is looking awesome. I'm really proud of this Shark Racing team."

Following Schuchart to the stripe on Sunday night was Danny Dietrich, who set Slick Woody's Cornhole Company Quick Time at 13.919 seconds. Cory Eliason of Visalia, CA rounded out the podium aboard his Rudeen Racing #26 after starting on the outside pole.

David Gravel recorded his fourth consecutive fourth-place finish of the week by chasing that trio to the line in his Big Game Motorsports #2. Friday's season opening winner, Brad Sweet, closed out the top five with another consistent run for his Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49.

California's Carson Macedo, Australia's Kerry Madsen, Pennsylvania's Jacob Allen, Indiana's Tyler Courtney, and Texas' Aaron Reutzel, who also earned KSE Racing Hard Charger honors (+15), finished out the top ten in the DIRTcar Nationals finale to Sprint Week.

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will resume a 90+ race championship chase next weekend when the Dirty South Swing begins. It all starts on Friday, February 12 at Georgia's Dixie Speedway and rolls through Saturday, February 13 at Alabama's Talladega Short Track. Fans can BUY TICKETS HERE for next weekend's action.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps): 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [4][$10,000]; 2. 48-Danny Dietrich [3][$6,000]; 3. 26-Cory Eliason [2][$3,500]; 4. 2-David Gravel [13][$2,800]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [7][$2,500]; 6. 41-Carson Macedo [14][$2,300]; 7. 101-Kerry Madsen [12][$2,200]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [9][$2,100]; 9. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [21][$2,050]; 10. 83-Aaron Reutzel [25][$1,000]; 11. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [5][$1,600]; 12. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [19][$1,400]; 13. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [17][$1,200]; 14. 7S-Jason Sides [16][$1,100]; 15. 15-Donny Schatz [1][$1,050]; 16. 5-Brent Marks [8][$1,000]; 17. 13-Justin Peck [11][$1,000]; 18. 2C-Wayne Johnson [18][$1,000]; 19. 11K-Kraig Kinser [15][$1,000]; 20. 21-Brian Brown [23][$1,000]; 21. 19-Parker Price-Miller [22][$1,000]; 22. 9-Kasey Kahne [6][$1,000]; 23. 18-Gio Scelzi [10][$1,000]; 24. 33M-Mason Daniel [26][$]; 25. 12N-Joey Saldana [20][$1,000]; 26. 72-Tim Shaffer [24][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Donny Schatz 1-28, Logan Schuchart 29-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 83-Aaron Reutzel[+15].

 

 

Skagit Speedway creates marquee three-day Skagit Nationals with $175K total purse
The World of Outlaws event will run Sept. 3-5 with Sunday’s event paying $25K to win

BURLINGTON, WA – Feb. 7, 2021 – In a season where the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series sees the return of several big-paying events, Skagit Speedway is set to add its name to that list with the Skagit Nationals.

The three-day event, Friday to Sunday, Sept. 3 to Sept. 5, will have a $175,000 purse in total with Friday and Saturday’s events paying $10,000-to-win and Sunday’s event paying $25,000-to-win. All three nights will also pay $1,000-to-start.

“The World of Outlaws Sprint Cars are going through an exciting growth and we want to be a part of that,” said Steve Beitler, promoter at Skagit Speedway. “The Skagit Nationals is a new important marquee event for us and I’m proud to partner with World of Outlaws for it. We’re excited to kick off the Fall West Coast Swing for the Series with an impressive payout on the line for the drivers.”

The World of Outlaws has run 38 events at the 3/8-mile track since the birth of the Series in 1978. This year will be the first time since 1995 that the Series has run a triple-header at the track. Rising star Logan Schuchart swept the last double-header event in 2019, putting on a thrilling show for fans against the best Sprint Car drivers in the world.

One of the stoutest fields in Series history will be in attendance at the September event with drivers like Schuchart, two-time Series champion Brad Sweet, 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz, 2019 Knoxville Nationals champion David Gravel, three-time All Star Circuit of Champions titleholder Aaron Reutzel, Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing driver Sheldon Haudenschild and 2019 Rookie of the Year Carson Macedo.

Tickets for the event will be available at a later date on WorldofOutlaws.com/tix.

 

 

OPENING ACT: Sweet Starts Pursuit of Three-Peat with Volusia Victory

Sweet Defeats Championship Rivals Schuchart & Schatz on Night One

BARBERVILLE, FL - Feb. 5, 2021 - It's like The Big Cat said himself: "The cream rises to the top."

Just as they did one year ago, the most predominant trio in the current landscape of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series rose to the occasion in Friday's 2021 season opener at Volusia Speedway Park; setting the stage for another potentially historic championship chase.

Brad Sweet / Logan Schuchart / Donny Schatz

You can't say one without the other these days. They controlled the podium of the 2020 season opener, the entire 2020 championship bout, and now again the 2021 season opener. When you're good, you're good; and these guys are great.

"We're going to have a heck of a battle between three, four, maybe even five of us this year," Sweet noted on the title fight. "Logan is putting pressure on us, Donny is putting pressure on us, and those other guys are just as good too. It's only night one, but I feel like I had to drive my ass off to get this win. I think as long as we stay focused, we should have a lot of confidence moving forward. Obviously excited to start the season with a win, but we know this one doesn't mean a whole lot. We've still got 90 some other races to go."

Starting the 30-lap, $10,000-to-win NOS Energy Drink Feature from the fourth spot, Sweet would have to overcome a motivated front row of Sunnyvale, TX native Sam Hafertepe Jr. and Shark Racing's Jacob Allen. For Hafertepe, he had a perfect night going with hopes of ending a nine-year dry spell in Outlaws competition; for Allen, it's about proving his new outlook can continue to deliver more victories with The Greatest Show on Dirt.

When the first green flag of the year flew, it was Allen jetting to the early lead over Hafertepe. The Hanover, PA native, son to legendary Bobby Allen, commanded the opening eight laps aboard his Drydene Performance Products #1A before The Big Cat came pouncing.

Sweet maneuvered his Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49 around Hafertepe on lap four, and then set his sights on Allen. Just five laps later, he sped to the race lead and cruised by Allen to take the top spot on the ninth circuit. Lap traffic would present a few tricky challenges, but it was never enough to deter Sweet's momentum on this opening night.

"We struggled in the heat race, but tried a little something in the dash and it hit, then we went even further for the feature," Sweet said on his setup by KKR's Eric Prutzman, Joe Mooney, and Andrew Bowman. "The race track was a lot more grueling tonight. It was high speed and the bottom was super technical. You had to miss the hole, then slow yourself down to get off on exit, and you had to get to the inside wall or it was super slick. I wasn't sure where to be sometimes and I was trying to judge off lap cars, but they're tough to read. I felt like I drove a really good race, but we can always make some improvements."

While Sweet snuck through traffic, the most exciting battle on track was brewing behind him. Schuchart passed teammate Allen for second on lap 12, and shortly after came David Gravel to the third spot in the Big Game Motorsports #2. However, further back at halfway, was a hard charging Donny Schatz storming his way into fifth from the 18th starting position.

At one point, Gravel grabbed the runner-up spot on lap 20, but one bobble sent him falling backwards and opened the door for Schuchart and Schatz. For a brief moment, the Shark Racing #1S and Tony Stewart Racing #15 were certainly closing on Sweet's #49, but the two-time and defending Series champion picked up the pace and ran the hour glass out on Logan and Donny's pursuit.

"I felt like we could catch Brad [Sweet] at times, but I just didn't get by the lappers as good as I needed to," Schuchart mentioned. "It's huge starting off the season like this though. After the first two nights, I really wished they were Outlaw shows. We've got two more nights though, and we feel really good. These Drydene Performance Products guys are working hard to deliver some amazing race cars."

Following Sweet and Schuchart to the stripe was Schatz, who at one point looked like he was going to make the improbable run from 18th-to-1st. Down the stretch, however, his run halted and the ten-time World of Outlaws champion settled for KSE Hard Charger honors with a +15 performance to put the Tony Stewart Racing, Ford Performance, Carquest #15 on the podium.

"We were decent," Schatz said, knowing qualifying hurt his run. "The guys weren't happy, I wasn't happy, but all you can do is rally back. They made the car better and I felt like we had a chance there at the end. I zigged when I probably should've zagged in lap traffic, but that's the way it goes somedays."

Behind the podium of Sweet, Schuchart and Schatz was top five finishers David Gravel in the Huset's Speedway #2 and Carson Macedo driving the Jason Johnson Racing #41.

Closing out the top ten in Friday's season opener was Aaron Reutzel aboard the Roth Motorsports #83, Jacob Allen in the Shark Racing #1A, Brent Marks in his CJB Motorsports #5, Kasey Kahne in the Karavan Trailers #9, and the Brownsburg Bullet Joey Saldana driving Ed Neumeister's #12.

Sam Hafertepe Jr. earned the Slick Woody's Cornhole Company Quick Time Award, led a quartet of Team Drydene heat winners including Schuchart, Reutzel and Allen, and also won the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash. For full results CLICK HERE.

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car season continues on Saturday with another night at the 50th DIRTcar Nationals held at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, FL. Fans can BUY TICKETS HERE or purchase them at the gate.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision with the annual Platinum FAST PASS subscription for $299/year or the monthly FAST PASS subscription for $39/month.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps): 1. 49-Brad Sweet [4][$10,000]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [7][$6,000]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [18][$3,500]; 4. 2-David Gravel [6][$2,800]; 5. 41-Carson Macedo [3][$2,500]; 6. 83-Aaron Reutzel [8][$2,300]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [2][$2,200]; 8. 5-Brent Marks [5][$2,100]; 9. 9-Kasey Kahne [10][$2,050]; 10. 12N-Joey Saldana [12][$2,000]; 11. 26-Cory Eliason [14][$1,600]; 12. 13-Justin Peck [11][$1,400]; 13. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [1][$1,200]; 14. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [15][$1,100]; 15. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [9][$1,050]; 16. 18-Gio Scelzi [16][$1,000]; 17. 48-Danny Dietrich [13][$1,000]; 18. 11K-Kraig Kinser [25][$]; 19. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [19][$1,000]; 20. 7S-Jason Sides [22][$1,000]; 21. 19-Parker Price-Miller [21][$1,000]; 22. 33M-Mason Daniel [24][$1,000]; 23. 3C-Cale Conley [17][$1,000]; 24. 2C-Wayne Johnson [26][$]; 25. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [23][$1,000]; 26. 27C-Craig Pellegrini [20][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Jacob Allen 1-8, Brad Sweet 9-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 15-Donny Schatz [+15]

 

 

NOS Energy Drink extends title sponsorship with World of Outlaws Sprint Cars

CONCORD, NC – Feb. 5, 2021 – With two successful seasons under its belt as the title sponsor for the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, NOS Energy Drink has decided to extend its partnership with the Series in a new multi-year deal.

The extended partnership will make NOS Energy Drink one of the longest-running title sponsors in the history of the Series – even providing full support for the Series during the COVID-19 hindered 2020 season.

“NOS Energy Drink has been a tremendous title sponsor that’s only elevated the World of Outlaws brand,” said Brian Carter, World of Outlaws CEO. “We’re thrilled NOS Energy has decided to extend its title sponsorship of ‘The Greatest Show on Dirt’ as the Sprint Car Series heads for one of its most exciting seasons in 2021.”

Along with the title sponsorship, NOS Energy Drink will continue its fan engagement with race fans by having a sampling station at every World of Outlaws Sprint Car event. Fans will again be able to get a complimentary NOS Energy Drink at a sampling station on-site at each track with every drink flavor available.

“The reception from World of Outlaws fans over the past two years has been incredible and we couldn’t be happier to continue our role as the Series’ title sponsor,” said Lauren Albano, NOS Energy Drink marketing director. “The World of Outlaws is a true representation of raw passion and human horsepower. We’re excited to see our partnership grow on and off the track for years to come.”

Since joining the World of Outlaws as the title sponsor in 2019, fans have been treated to some of the most exciting races in the Series’ history and two thrilling championship battles that came down to the last lap both years. In 2021, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will see the best Sprint Car drivers in the world compete for increased purses at more than 90 races across 28 states.

“You couldn’t ask for a better partnership with NOS Energy Drink,” said Tish Sheets, World Racing Group client services executive director. “The company has been an exceptional supporter of the World of Outlaws and created exciting fan engagement ventures through the free sample pod and entertaining videos. We’re looking forward to several more exciting years with NOS Energy Drink.”

For tickets to World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car events, go to WorldofOutlaws.com/tix.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

 

 

SIN CITY OUTLAWS: Sprint Cars Set for Las Vegas Visit on March 4

10x Series Champion Donny Schatz Looks to Hit Jackpot, Extend Vegas Records

LAS VEGAS, NV - Feb. 4, 2021 - One of the most enjoyable stops on the grueling World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series tour is only one month away.

After a one-year hiatus, The Greatest Show on Dirt is returning to The Dirt Track at Las Vegas for a one-night showdown on Thursday, March 4, which precedes a weekend of NASCAR action at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Although it's an early-season bout, Nevada diehards will play witness to what is expected to be one of the greatest championship battles in the 44-year history of the World of Outlaws. With 16 full-time drivers committed to the tour this year, the title is as wide open as ever with the likes of Donny Schatz, Brad Sweet, Logan Schuchart, David Gravel, Sheldon Haudenschild, Carson Macedo, Aaron Reutzel, and others all in the hunt.

BUY LAS VEGAS TICKETS HERE (Thur, March 4)

For Schatz, the ten-time Series champion has turned Vegas into his personal playground over the years. His stat line on the half-mile reads as 65 starts, 13 victories, 29 top fives, 46 top tens, and 252 laps led - all Outlaw records at the track.

"The hype of being in that Las Vegas area, there's a lot of fans that you don't want to disappoint." Schatz said on the atmosphere. "That whole few days is a lot of fun; it's a real entertaining, high profile event."

Donny first triumphed at Las Vegas during the 1999 season finale, when World of Outlaws sophomore contender Mason Daniel wasn't even born yet. He's most recently went on a tear aboard his Tony Stewart Racing #15, collecting five of the last seven wins at Vegas in Outlaws competition.

"For us, we've found a perfect balance and baseline for that place, really since I won that last race there back in 1999." he noted on his success at the track. "We've seen so many conditions, changes, but it's a really unique surface. We've gone back many, many times with the same thing and the car always feels really good. We've found a comfort zone there, so it's just about fine tuning to make it that much better.

Along with Schatz, Sheldon Haudenschild and Kraig Kinser are the only other full-time Outlaws to claim a victory in Vegas. Ironically enough, both drivers did so one year after winning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year honors, and it was the second career win for them both.

Kinser, of Bloomington, IN, scored his lone win at the track on March 10, 2005. Haudenschild, of Wooster, OH, triumphed on February 28, 2018.

Coming in fresh off a breakthrough seven-win campaign in 2020, this return to Vegas and the whole year, is crucial for Lil Haud's rising stock. With full backing from NOS Energy Drink on his Stenhouse Jr. / Marshall Racing #17 and crew members Kyle Ripper, Drew Brenner, and Nickolas Goodfleisch all back, Haudenschild has the tools to compete for his first career World of Outlaws championship.

"Going on NASCAR week is really cool with how many fans we get to come over," Haudenschild offered on how special Las Vegas is. "The track always puts on a great race too. I remember the last time we were there it had two totally different surfaces. We were ripping around the top one night and the next you could really maneuver around. It's a fun place as a driver."

In all, the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars have contested 63 events at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas, dating back to Mark Kinser's win in the debut on November 6, 1996. The two-time Series champion still owns the most impressive span at Las Vegas to this day, which was a five-race win streak that included sweeping all four events during the 1998 season.

No man has matched Donny Schatz's whopping 13 victories at the half-mile, which is tied as his fourth-winningest track over his 25-year World of Outlaws career. Other notable names on the Las Vegas wins list includes Mark Kinser (8), Steve Kinser (7), Danny Lasoski (6), Sammy Swindell (4), Tim Shaffer (4), Jeff Swindell (3), Andy Hillenburg (2), Joey Saldana (2), and Tim Kaeding (2).

Next month's Thursday, March 4 event marks the only appearance in Nevada this season for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: World of Outlaws Fire Off 2021 Season at Volusia This Weekend

NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars Headline Friday-Sunday Slate at 50th DIRTcar Nationals

BARBERVILLE, FL - Grab your favorite NOS Energy Drink and buckle up, the ride is about to begin.

After a near three-month off-season, the wait is over. The 2021 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Season begins this weekend!

The 90+ race schedule opens with the 50th DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia (FL) Speedway Park, headlined by three nights with The Greatest Show on Dirt from Friday-Sunday, February 5-7. Prior to that, drivers will have an opportunity to shake down their cars with a practice night on Tuesday, followed by a pair of races with the All Stars Circuit of Champions on Wednesday and Thursday.

BUY TICKETS HERE

With 16 full-time drivers on tour this year, the storylines are plentiful. Here's what to watch for this weekend:

NEW FACES IN NEW PLACES: As expected, the Sprint Car world was rocked with a plethora of "silly season" swaps in the months that followed Last Call in November. A handful of the changes will impact the World of Outlaws, beginning this weekend at the season-opening DIRTcar Nationals. Here's the notable changes on the full-time Outlaw trail:

2013 Outlaws champion Daryn Pittman stepped away from his full-time career, vacating the Roth Motorsports #83 and allowing three-time All Star Circuit of Champions title holder Aaron Reutzel to fill that seat. 58-time Outlaws winner David Gravel exited Jason Johnson Racing after a two-year stint to take over the Big Game Motorsports #2M, formerly driven by Kerry Madsen. Gravel's absence at JJR opened the door for six-time winner Carson Macedo to take the reins of the #41, who hit free agency following the closure of Kyle Larson Racing. Parker Price-Miller, who spent 2020 in a part-time deal with Dietz Motorsports as a satellite team to JJR, ventured out to create his own operation at PPM Racing and chase Rookie of the Year honors in his own #19.

SWEET'S THREE-PEAT: It hasn't been easy, but Brad Sweet has now claimed back-to-back World of Outlaws championships after dethroning Donny Schatz in 2019 and outlasting Logan Schuchart in 2020. The consistency that he and his Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49 crew have displayed has brought them to historic levels. The Grass Valley, CA native affectionally titled "The Big Cat" is now one of only six drivers to obtain multiple Outlaw crowns, joining the likes of Steve Kinser, Sammy Swindell, Mark Kinser, Donny Schatz, and Jason Meyers. Another championship in 2021 would put Sweet in rarified air, making him only the third driver in World of Outlaws history - joining Steve & Donny - to win three consecutive titles.

CHASING 300: After eight consecutive seasons of double digit wins, Donny Schatz dipped down to five victories in 2020, his lowest total with the Outlaws since 2010. Tony Stewart Racing's switch to a Ford Performance power plant was a hot topic from Volusia to Charlotte, and Donny's five wins only heightened that. A late-season resurgence, headlined by his $75,000 National Open title at Williams Grove, breathed new life and new confidence into the Carquest #15 camp with a big milestone looming. He's already off to a hot start in 2021, nailing down a dominant victory with the All Stars in Screven (GA) last weekend. Schatz won last year's season opener and is also the winningest Outlaw in Volusia Speedway Park history at 13 wins. Can he score that elusive 300th career win this weekend?

THE ROOKIE WAR: In 2021, fans will see one of the most exciting Rookie of the Year battles in recent memory. A quartet of high caliber drivers, all proven winners, are joining the World of Outlaws trail in a full-time capacity; it's a recipe for nothing but success. In the hunt for ROTY honors is:

Aaron Reutzel of Clute, TX driving a potent Roth Motorsports #83 ride. (WoO Wins at '18 Tulare, '19 Perris) Brock Zearfoss of Jonestown, PA coming on board in his own #3Z operation. (WoO Wins at '17 Haubstadt, '20 34) James McFadden of Warrnambool, Victoria, AUS is bringing the Kasey Kahne Racing #9 back on tour. (2 WoO Wins at '17 Williams Grove, '20 Lake Ozark) Parker Price-Miller of Kokomo, IN forming his own team with the PPM Racing #19. (WoO Win at '17 Williams Grove)

DOUBLE SHARK ATTACK: Since hitting the road full-time back in 2014, Shark Racing has grown leaps and bounds, it's almost out of this world from where they first started. Their seventh campaign in 2020 was a huge one; they became a tried and true championship contender with Logan Schuchart, while Jacob Allen's newfound attitude led him to a long-awaited first career victory at Dodge City. Heading into 2021, the operation led by National Sprint Car Hall of Famer and 30-time World of Outlaws winner Bobby Allen (Logan's grandpa, Jacob's dad), is leveling up some more. For the first time ever, they'll have two trailers at their disposal with a grueling 90+ race schedule on tap. A dedicated crew and trailer to Schuchart's #1S and Allen's #1A will be sure to raise the bar for the Drydene Performance Products backed squad.

LIL HAUD IS HERE: There's a lot to be said about the chemistry, camaraderie, and connection of an entire World of Outlaws team, and just how important is. Lately, it seems like all the pieces of the puzzle have been coming together for a maturing Sheldon Haudenschild. At 27-years-old, the son of The Wild Child has been molded into a night-in and night-out contender in just four years on the Outlaws trail. After winning seven features in his first three years (215 races), it all clicked in the summer of '20 when the Wooster, OH native matched another seven victories over a 28-race hot streak. His relationship with car owners Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Richard/Jennifer Marshall continues to blossom with full support from NOS Energy Drink on the #17. With Kyle Ripper, Drew Brenner, and Nickolas Goodfleisch all back aboard as crew members, this season could be Lil Haud's biggest breakthrough yet.

VOLUSIA / GATOR HISTORY: Since the trophy change was made in 2012, six drivers have won themselves a Big Gator at the DIRTcar Nationals. Daryn Pittman ('13, '15, '19) is still the winningest champ in recent memory, followed by his longtime KKR teammate Brad Sweet ('16, '20). Other gator kings include Sammy Swindell in '12, Paul McMahan in '14, David Gravel in '17, and Donny Schatz in '18. Of the totaled 45 World of Outlaws features at Volusia, Schatz is by far the top dog at 13 victories followed by Sweet (5), Pittman (5), Steve Kinser (5), Danny Lasoski (3), Joey Saldana (2), and Craig Dollansky (2).

BOOSTED PURSES IN 2021: Stretch those wallets out, because we're racing for even more money this year. In an effort to increase purses across the board, the World of Outlaws released significant changes to nightly payouts and the championship purse over the off-season. All of the 90+ races will feature an updated standard payout that makes every race a minimum of $10,000-to-win, $1,000-to-start, with healthy upgrades throughout the field. The season-ending points fund also saw more than $90,000 added to the field.

 

 

Kasey Kahne Racing bringing #9 car back full-time with James McFadden The Australian Sprint Car champion will run his first full-time World of Outlaws season with KKR in 2021

CONCORD, NC – Feb. 1, 2021 – Kasey Kahne’s famed #9 car is returning to the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car tour full-time in 2021 with James McFadden as the primary driver.

The five-time Australian World Series Sprintcars champion, of Warrnambool, VIC, Australia, will look to bring his Down Under dominance to the United States, as he competes in his first full-time season with the Series.

“Ah, mate, I’m really excited about this opportunity to run with the Outlaws full-time,” McFadden said. “I’m very grateful to Kasey (Kahne) for putting me in the Karavan #9 car and for giving me this chance. We’ve had great success already and I think we can have a competitive year.”

He’s already proven his potential in the states, claiming two World of Outlaws victories – his first at Williams Grove Speedway in 2017 and his most recent at Lake Ozark Speedway with Kasey Kahne Racing last year. McFadden has run part-time with the World of Outlaws since 2012 – the last two years in KKR’s #9 machine. In that time, he's also claimed the 2019 360 Knoxville Nationals.

The KKR #9 car has been a threatening bullet ever since joining the tour full-time in 2006 with Joey Saldana behind the wheel. From 2006 to 2012, Saldana won 68 Series Features – including a 20-win season in 2009. Then, when Pittman took over the #9 ride in 2013, he brought KKR its first World of Outlaws championship. He piloted the ride from 2013 to 2018 and collected 47 wins in his six years driving the car.

Kahne then took the #9 off the road full-time and ran it himself on a limited schedule in the early half of 2019. When he decided to step out of the seat, his first choice to fill it was McFadden.

“We’d always known James and he raced for my cousin Willie for a little bit,” Kahne said. “We had a friendship there and I had always been a fan of his driving and the things he did on the racetrack. And who he is. He’s a good guy. He fits in really well with our group. We just want to race together. We’ve won a lot of races together and enjoyed that. But I think the Outlaws is where it’s at with Sprint Cars and we want to give James a shot on the full Outlaw tour.”

He also wants to see his two cars running full-time again.

“I personally, have always enjoyed having two cars out there,” Kahne said. “We haven’t had that the last couple of years since I got out of NASCAR. We want to have that again now.”

Making a two-car team succeed takes having the right people, Kahne said. The drivers need to work well together and the teams need to do the same. >From what he’s seen the past two years with the way two-time defending champion Brad Sweet and McFadden work together and the way crew chiefs Eric Prutzman – with the #49 car – and Justin Adams – with the #9 car – work together, he’s confident he has the right people in place.

“When you have the right guys working on the cars, the right drivers that can race each other the right way and work together off the track, then, yeah, you can get help from each other,” Kahne said. “When you have one guy that is a little off on that stuff, then it doesn’t benefit you a whole lot. With the drivers we have right now, our group works well together.”

Due to extenuating circumstances that are keeping McFadden in Australia, he’ll miss the season-opening events at Volusia Speedway Park during the 50th DIRTcar Nationals and possibly a couple of races after. Until he’s able to make it over to the states, Kahne will drive the Karavan #9 car. Due to the circumstances, McFadden will get show-up points for the races he misses.

When the Aussie makes his continental leap, he’ll become the 16th member of the elite class of drivers for the 2021 season and join a stout Rookie of the Year contending group – including Aaron Reutzel, Brock Zearfoss and Parker Price-Miller.

Until then, Kahne will enjoy some seat time and try to give the #9 team a good start in the team points. He has one win at Volusia – in 2002 with the All Star Circuit of Champions – and made his last start at the track with the Series in 2019. Last year, McFadden brought the #9 team to a runner-up finish in the Big Gator championship.

For tickets to the 50th DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park, Feb. 5-7, click HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision with the annual Platinum FAST PASS subscription for $299/year or the monthly FAST PASS subscription for $39/month.

 

 

DOWN UNDER DOMINANCE: How Brock Zearfoss turned his Australia debut into meaningful victories The Jonestown Jet will look to use his Australia success as momentum for his 2021 World of Outlaws rookie season

By Nick Graziano

CONCORD, NC – Jan. 30, 2021 – Renowned Australian Sprint Car owner Sean Carren was close to putting his racing days behind him.

He’d accomplished a lot but also lost a lot. His driver, Darryl Krikke, and Krikke’s cousin were killed in a car crash on their way to the racetrack in 1997. Carren continued on but recently hadn’t put a car on track in a few years.

Then, rival car owner Geoff Kendrick and American-Aussie Lynton Jeffrey came with a proposition: field a car for the 2020-2021 Western Australia Sprintcar Speedweek championship – a feat Carren had yet to accomplish.

The driver: Jonestown, PA’s Brock Zearfoss – primed for his rookie season with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, starting at Volusia Speedway Park, Feb. 5-7, during the 50th DIRTcar Nationals.

Carren didn't know Zearfoss. And Zearfoss didn't know Carren. He hadn’t even been to Australia.

One day in November, Jeffrey texted Zearfoss to ask if he would be interested in running Down Under. Without hesitation, Zearfoss said, “yes!” They got to work looking for a ride, only to have the first four deals fall through.

On Thanksgiving night, with about a week left to make a deal, Zearfoss and Carren were connected for the first time. They discussed the idea and its logistics, and while the conversation went well, Zearfoss said it still wasn’t a done deal by the end of the call.

Carren didn’t take long to make his decision, though. Two days later, he gave Zearfoss the green light.

“Hell, I left December 7,” Zearfoss said. “It was a pretty tight window.”

In that time frame, from when Carren gave him the good news, Zearfoss had to get a visa, get an exemption and get a letter from the Australian government to travel over.

“Everything leading up to the travel was pretty hectic,” he said. “Especially when we only had like two weeks to do it. Just not a lot of time. I didn’t think it was going to happen to be honest.”

When he finally made the continental leap to Australia, he had to quarantine for two weeks. Speedweek started three days after his quarantine ended. With those few days to spare, Carren picked up Zearfoss from his isolation, meeting each other face to face for the first time, and they immediately got to work.

Zearfoss found instant comfort in Carren’s car. He had his own seat, brought his own shocks and the two discussed ahead of time the bar package they should run to make the American feel at home in Australia. The few differences with the car he had to adjust to were the dish wings and different tire package. Also, he faced a stiff group of drivers he'd never raced against and a new set of tracks he'd never seen.

Finding chemistry with Carren and his team helped with the learning curve.

“Everybody that helped on the car, they were really nice and made me feel welcomed,” Zearfoss said. “We just all worked together, which made life easier. We all had fun racing. We knew what we were there to do. That made the whole transition of coming over and racing easier, I would say. I had no clue who any of them were and they thought I was just some Yankee.

“Everybody’s personalities, they all mixed. We all enjoyed each other’s company. It was good to have that. When you go into a situation like that and you don’t know who anyone is, that could make or break the whole deal. We just all had open minds with everything and enjoyed the time we were actually there to race.”

As added pressure or motivation, Carren decided to run the #95 on Zearfoss’s car – the number used by Krikke before he died. Carren had only run the #95 a few times after Krikke’s death but felt it would be a nice way to honor the family by running it again.

“It was a very special deal,” Zearfoss said. “For the Carren family, it was really special to run the number 95 over there to honor the Krikke family and their son.”

When Zearfoss finally hit the track for the first time on Dec. 26 at Perth Motorplex, he showed he wasn’t just another “Yankee.” He showed he had Aussie Grit, finishing third in his debut, behind the likes of Callum Williamson and James McFadden.

The next night at Perth, a second. Then, another second at Quit Bunbury City Speedway. And, then, Zearfoss let loose. The Jonestown Jet opened his thrusters and broke the sound barrier of screaming fans around the world, winning the final three races of Speedweek – first at Ellenbrook Speedway and then two nights at Perth.

His eye-widening performance resulted in being crowned the 2020-2021 WA Sprintcar Speedweek champion.

“It’s very special,” Zearfoss said about the accomplishment. “I didn’t expect to go over and win the Speedweek championship. The competition in Australia is just as tough as it is over here (in the U.S.). It’s just like when you go to a racetrack and you race against the locals there. They have the advantage. They race there every week. You’re at a disadvantage. But we had really good equipment and the people that were involved, they gave me a good car every time.

“It was very special to win the points championship and to get three wins, too. That’s quite an accomplishment on my end. That just shows how good the team did and was able to be competitive right off the bat. You don’t go over there and expect to finish on the podium every night. That’s kind of unheard of anymore. Everything is so equal, and the drivers are so good today. It makes it difficult to perform like that. It was a good experience.”

Zearfoss’s joy was shared with Carren, who was given his first Speedweek championship, and with Aussies happy to see the #95 find success again.

“They (the Carren’s) were trying for a long time to win the Speedweek championship,” Zearfoss said. “To give them the championship and to do it with the number 95, that made it really special. It was special to me, too.”

Now, back in the U.S., Zearfoss will try to manifest that success again in his own Brock Zearfoss Racing #3z car for the 2021 90-plus event World of Outlaws tour and try to claim the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award.

“Anytime you can run good, it just helps boost your confidence,” Zearfoss said. “And you hope to keep that flowing and keep it going into whatever you have next. It was good for me to get over there and start the year out right and run as good as we did to keep my confidence high. I can tell you that I’m ready to get going now, more than I ever was.

“To have the run that we did over there, my confidence is really high right now. When you have good runs like that, everyone involved, whether it’s the team, the driver, anybody, your sponsors. They’re all excited. It keeps the morale up for everybody. They all look forward to getting back to the racetrack and to do that. It was good for me as a driver and good for everybody on my team to have the good run we had in Australia to help boost us into our rookie season.”

The hassle and scrambling to make his Australian trip happen resulted in more trophies than Zearfoss brought home. He gave himself more confidence, gave his team more confidence, gave his fans more confidence, earned new fans in the process and increased his stock as a top rookie contender. But the most glamourous trophies were the ones he gave to Carren and the Krikke family.

Carren was close to putting his racing days behind him. Then, an unexpected partnership brought success and meaningful joy.

You can get tickets to the 2021 World of Outlaws season-opener, on Feb. 5-7, at Volusia Speedway Park during the 50th DIRTcar Nationals by clicking HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision with the annual Platinum FAST PASS subscription for $299/year or the monthly FAST PASS subscription for $39/month.

 

 

K1 Race Gear partners with World of Outlaws, Summit Modified Nationals The custom race gear company will help enhance fan engagement and provide safety gear for series officials

CONCORD, NC – Jan. 28, 2021 – K1 Race Gear, the maker of premium custom safety motorsports gear, will provide its stylish touch to the World of Outlaws and DIRTcar Summit Modifieds Nationals this season.

The company will provide crew shirts and safety suits for series officials and will play a big part in fan engagement activities throughout the year for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars, World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models and DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals.

“With many of the World of Outlaws and Modified drivers already K1 customers, it made perfect sense to expand our relationship with the series and help enhance the fan experience,” said Jacob Brown, director of motorsports for K1 Race Gear. “We’re excited to be the preferred safety gear partner of the World of Outlaws and the preferred partner of the DIRTcar Summit Modifieds, and to showcase what K1 can offer.”

On race days, fans will get to experience what it’s like to suit up like a driver with the K1 Suit Up Challenge. They’ll race to see who can get their K1 gear on the fastest for various prizes. And that’s not the only way K1 is helping to bring prizes to race fans at the track. A T-shirt launcher, sponsored by the company, will be on-site to launch unique prizes.

The World of Outlaws and Summit Modifieds are taking their series to the next level in 2021 with an elite list of full-time competitors in each division and presenting the most ambitious and exciting schedules in motorsports. Ninety-plus races are planned for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series; close to 60 races are planned for the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models; and the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals will race 30 dates over a seven-week stretch.

To attend the races and be a part of the K1 fan experiences, you can get tickets to the World of Outlaws events at WorldofOutlaws.com/tix.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action from the World of Outlaws and Summit Modified Nationals live on DIRTVision.

For more information about K1 Race Gear and to see their full product line of safety gear, go to K1RaceGear.com.

 

TEXAS TWO STEP: Outlaws Doubleheader at Cotton Bowl One Month Away

Rookie Aaron Reutzel Leads World of Outlaws to Home State on February 26-27

PAIGE, TX - In exactly one month, the superstars of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will be in the midst of a Texas tango.

Returning to Cotton Bowl Speedway on Friday & Saturday, February 26-27, next month's trip will mark the third and fourth visit in Series history to the Paige, TX 3/8th-mile.

Leading the charge will be native Texan and Rookie of the Year contender, Aaron Reutzel. The Clute, TX 30-year-old is venturing onto the World of Outlaws trail for the first time in his career, which presents him and his Roth Motorsports No. 83 machine with a grueling 90+ race schedule. He'll have three opportunities to compete in The Lone Star State in 2021, two at Cotton Bowl in February and an April 17 date at Devil's Bowl in Mesquite.

Reutzel, a three-time titelist with the All Stars Circuit of Champions and former ASCS National Tour top dog, brings the benefit of prior experience on Cotton Bowl's long straightaways and tight corners. He ran tenth with the World of Outlaws in 2016 and also owns a pair of runner-up finishes at the track in ASCS Gulf South competition.

"It's always special getting to race so close to home," Reutzel said. "Having more fans, friends, and family in the stands really ramps up the intensity behind the wheel. You want to go out and perform for them. That'll be a crucial point in the season for us as a team to get into a rhythm, so hopefully we can get off to a strong start and carry that momentum to Cotton Bowl. It'd be pretty awesome to get a win in Texas!"

Both former World of Outlaws winners at Cotton Bowl will be in attendance next month, looking to become the first multi-time victor at the track.

The Big Cat Brad Sweet won the Series debut at Cotton Bowl in February 2016. He led only one lap, but it was the most important one, and most exciting too. He completed a turn three slide job on his then Kasey Kahne Racing teammate Daryn Pittman to steal the $10,000 victory coming to the checkered flag.

David Gravel, the April 2018 winner, scored his won on a much more technical and choppy Cotton Bowl, but he led all 35 laps along the way. It's business as usual for Sweet, who chases his third consecutive World of Outlaws championship this year; but for Gravel, it's about proving a point with big dreams to chase in his new ride aboard the Big Game Motorsports No. 2.

"Man, it's been a fun years since we've been there now," Gravel noted. "It's a fun shaped place, though, kind of like a paper clip. Hopefully it just gets slick and wide when we're there, that puts on some great racing."

Along with Brock Zearfoss, Carson Macedo, and Mason Daniel, Kokomo, IN's Parker Price-Miller will be one of four full-time Outlaws visiting Cotton Bowl Speedway for the first time ever.

He doesn't have the laps that Donny Schatz, Logan Schuchart, or Sheldon Haudenschild have, but he does have DIRTVision. He mentioned he'll rely heavily on footage of previous races to shorten his learning curve ahead of his debut on February 26-27.

"I'll definitely watch some DIRTVision to see what I can learn ahead of time," Price-Miller explained. "It's hard to go ask guys for advice about tracks, because we all race against each other and you don't want to give away too much of an advantage. I've had a few guys help me out with some good pointers, but at the end of the day you just have to take it upon yourself to adapt and figure the track out."

This Texas trip will conclude the busiest start to a season in World of Outlaws history. Across four weeks in February, The Greatest Show on Dirt will travel from the DIRTcar Nationals at Florida's Volusia Speedway Park (Feb. 5-7). through the Dirty South swing at Georgia's Dixie Speedway (Feb. 12), Alabama's Talladega Short Track (Feb. 13), Mississippi's Magnolia Motor Speedway (Feb. 19), and Louisiana's Revolution Park (Feb. 20), ultimately to Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, TX for a doubleheader weekend on Feb. 26-27.

 

 

‘Dirty South’ Swing on tap after season-opening weekend
Dixie Speedway, Talladega Short Track, Magnolia Motor Speedway and Revolution Park Speedway new additions to 2021 schedule

WOODSTOCK, GA – Jan. 20, 2021 – For the past 16 years, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series took a couple of weeks off after DIRTcar Nationals before jumping into the most intense tour in motorsports.

Not this year.

Four days after DIRTcar Nationals concludes, The Greatest Show on Dirt will begin its “Dirty South” Swing at four new events – Feb. 12 at Dixie Speedway, Feb. 13 at Talladega Short Track, Feb. 19 at Magnolia Motor Speedway and Feb. 20 at Revolution Park Speedway.

Dixie Speedway, in Woodstock, GA, has graced the Series’ schedule three times prior; the last in 2007. Mark Kinser won the first two events in 1999 and Joey Saldana won the last in ’07. So when the stars of the World of Outlaws make their way to the 3/8-mile track, they’ll all be chasing their first victory there.

Sheldon Haudenschild, who had a career year in 2020 with his Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing team, was one of the standouts on 3/8-mile tracks. He won at three different 3/8-miles and had an average finish of 3.5 throughout the seven events. After a fourth-place finish in points, he’s poised to challenge for the 2021 championship – against the likes of two-time defending champion Brad Sweet – and could get a head start on that at Dixie.

“There’s no doubt in any of our minds that that’s where we can be and that’s what we’ll strive for,” Haudenshild said about being in winning contention for the title. “I think as long as we’re winning races and stay consistent there’s no reason we can’t be there at the end of the year.”

The day after Dixie, the Series will make its 12th appearance at the Talladega Short Track – just outside of the Talladega Super Speedway – in Eastaboga, AL and its first appearance since 2011. In that last trip to the 1/3-mile track, David Gravel picked up the win.

“Talladega Short Track was a blast back when I was there and I’m excited to get back,” Gravel said.

He returns to the Series full-time in 2021 to go after his first Series champion, piloting the Big Game Motorsports #2 car.

Continuing its trek through the south, the World of Outlaws will make its debut at two new tracks the following weekend. First, on Friday, Feb. 19, it’ll make its debut at the 3/8-mile Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, MS. The track opened in 2004 and has hosted several Sprint Car and Late Model races since.

“We’re looking forward to having the World of Outlaws race at the speedway and make their return to Mississippi,” said Johnny Stokes, Magnolia Motor Speedway promoter. “It should be a pretty good show here.”

Then, the Series will make its return to Louisiana for the first time since 2004 when the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars debut at Revolution Park Speedway. The state-of-the-art facility, in Monroe, LA, is a 3/8-mile asphalt track but will have dirt put down on it for the event, which it did for a Late Model event in 2020.

By the end of this two-week swing, the Series will already have seven races under its belt as it kicks off its epic 90-plus race season. These early events will set the stage of who your top contenders for the year will be and form an early shape of what is sure to be another exciting championship battle.

-Friday, Feb. 12 – Dixie Speedway – Event Info/Tickets
-Saturday, Feb. 13 – Talladega Short Track – Event Info/Tickets
-Friday, Feb. 19 – Magnolia Motor Speedway – Event Info/Tickets
-Saturday, Feb. 20 – Revolution Park Speedway – Event Info/ Tickets

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision with the annual Platinum FAST PASS subscription for $299/year or the monthly FAST PASS subscription for $39/month.

 

 

GATOR COLLECTOR: Kasey Kahne relishes Volusia success as owner, driver Kahne plans to compete for Kasey Kahne Racing in the 50th DIRTcar Nationals

BARBERVILLE, FL – Jan. 19, 2021 – Florida has been kind to Kasey Kahne.

You might recall his two wins at Daytona International Speedway – during a NASCAR Duel race in 2010 or his Xfinity Series win in 2014. But 20 miles East of the famed track is where the three-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion car owner has collected the most trophies in the sunshine state.

That track is Volusia Speedway Park, in Barberville, FL – which will host the 50th DIRTcar Nationals Feb. 2-13.

Kahne, the driver, has one win at the half-mile track in 2002 with the All Star Circuit of Champions. Kahne, the car owner, has six DIRTcar Nationals championships and 13 wins overall at Volusia – between drivers Brad Sweet, Daryn Pittman and Joey Saldana.

“I’ve always liked Volusia,” Kahne said. “I’ve always liked watching the racing there and driving when I’ve been able to race there. [Kasey Kahne Racing] has won a lot of races over the years down there. It’s fun to have a lot of gators (trophies) and be in Victory Lane down there. It’s a neat place to start the season for sure.”

The day after his win in 2002, Kahne made the overnight drive to North Carolina to test a then NASCAR Bush Series car at Rockingham Speedway in preparation to start his NASCAR career. Three years later, Kasey Kahne Racing was formed.

When he first started the team, while there were always aspirations for wins and championships, Kahne just wanted to provide his team with the best equipment he could and be there for them as an owner. That’s led to three World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series championships and 185 Series victories.

“I always just wanted to watch the guys go and watch them win,” Kahne said. “Give them the best opportunity I could from an owner’s standpoint and see what they do with it. Over the last few years, they’ve done a lot. It’s been a lot of fun, whether I was watching on DIRTVision, which I did, I don’t know how many hundreds of races. Now, to be at more of them and watch their success, it feels good to be a part of that. Winning never seems to get old. We want to do a lot more of it from both teams.”

Both KKR cars – the #49 of Brad Sweet and the #9 of James McFadden – finish first and second in the 2020 DIRTcar Nationals points, respectively. For Sweet, Volusia Speedway Park has proved to be one of his best tracks in his tenure with the team. He has two DIRTcar Nationals Big Gator championships and seven wins overall at Volusia – five with the World of Outlaws.

“For whatever reason, it’s definitely one of my best tracks,” said Sweet, the two-time defending Series champion. “We’ve definitely struggled there in the past here and there. I think it says a lot about our guys and our race team that they bring a really fast car there every year. It’s the first week of the season and you can see the teams that haven’t meshed yet or aren’t as well prepared and the teams that have been together are going to come out of the box a little stronger. That’s going to give us an advantage. And for whatever reason, it’s been a good racetrack for me.”

The key to KKR’s success at the track stems from their offseason preparations. When the 2020 season ended, Kahne said the crew has been working in the shop all season long to get ready for 2021.

“I feel like our cars have always been good right out of the box at those types of tracks,” Kahne said. “Early in the years, our KKR cars have always been fast in the beginning of the season. For whatever reason. And I think our drivers have been good and I’ve always enjoyed racing at Volusia with Daryn and Brad and Joey.”

He’ll join Sweet on track this year at Volusia, he said, as he plans to drive the team’s #9 car when McFadden can’t.

Kahne initially had no plans to drive a Sprint Car last year, but no plans turned into one race. Then, one race turned into 11.

“I’ve enjoyed it,” Kahne said about stepping back behind the wheel. “It’s been good. Last year, I didn’t plan on doing it a whole lot but with COVID and how things worked out, I ended up doing a lot more races and liked it. I always liked being in a Sprint Car and being a part of that. I always enjoy working on the car and being with the teams and things like that. That’s been a lot of fun the last couple years, as well. We’ve been fortunate to have a lot of success here recently. It’s fun to be part of it and traveling with the guys.”

After claiming another DIRTcar Nationals title and another World of Outlaws championship in 2020, Kahne is excited about the prospects of 2021 for his KKR team and kicking off the season strong at Volusia.

“I feel really good about where KKR is and where our engine program is,” he said. “I think we made some nice gains there late in the season, which will show at Volusia. I was talking with Brad and he’s ready to go. He’s always putting the work in and wants to win a lot this year. I like hearing that. The cars are coming together. The guys have been here nonstop since the season ended. Definitely, no one has backed down. It’s going to be a fun season.”

For tickets to the 50th DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

 

 

READY TO PASS THE BAR: Parker Price-Miller joining World of Outlaws full-time in 2021 PPM Racing will join the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car tour with Price-Miller for his rookie season

CONCORD, NC – Jan. 14, 2021 – Parker Price-Miller has never shied away from his desire. If you asked him where he wanted his career to go, his answer was always the same: the World of Outlaws.

More specifically, a full-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series driver.

This year, the Kokomo, IN driver is making that a reality. Teaming up with his dad, Scott Ronk, Price-Miller – known as "The Law Firm" – is taking their PPM Racing team on the full 90-plus race tour and will run for Rookie of the Year.

“I pretty much ran the whole thing last year with Phil (Dietz and Dietz Motorsports) and I kind of got the feel and taste of it,” Price-Miller said. “I realized running with the Outlaws you make a lot more money. You’re getting paid more position-wise than any other series and the with the points fund. It just kind of all made sense. I’ve always wanted to do it. It all happened at the right time.”

Price-Miller has 126 starts with the World of Outlaws and two wins – his most recent with Dietz Motorsports at 34 Raceway last year. He parted ways with Dietz before the end of the 2020 season, leading to his need for a ride in 2021. With the majority of good rides already taken and most teams requiring a driver to bring something to the table, Price-Miller said his dad’s thought was: instead of bringing funding to another team, they should bring it to their own.

Before driving for owners like Bernie Stuebgen­ – who owns the Indy Race Parts team – and Philip Dietz – current crew chief and part-owner of Jason Johnson Racing – Price-Miller ran for his dad up until 2017. With primary sponsorship from Chalkstix and support from a variety of others, Price-Miller is making his dream become a reality himself, piloting his own #19 Sprint Car.

Having spent a year watching Dietz manage his own team, Price-Miller said there was a lot he learned that he can implement in his own team.

“I learned more about the in depths of the team; running the team and behind the scenes stuff,” he said. “Phil was very good with that. Kind of learning how to race with the Outlaws night in and night out. I had always done it here and there. Racing with the 14 team every night with the Outlaws, I learned how hard it is to go up and down the road with these guys every night. It was a big learning curve. I don’t think I’m done learning yet. You learn every day. I definitely think I learned a lot that I can bring to the table this season.”

He’s tapped Grant Boyum as the team’s crew chief. The up and coming crew member has achieved great success with drivers like Aaron Reutzel, helping him earn several victories – including a World of Outlaws win at Perris Auto Speedway – and All Star Circuit of Champions titles.

With him and two other experienced crew members in his corner, Price-Miller is confident he’ll be competitive and be in contention for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year title battle against Reutzel and Brock Zearfoss.

“Definitely would like to win as many races as we can,” Price-Miller said. “But you also have to be realistic. We’d like to win a few races. I think right now I’d like to maintain top-10 in points and take what we can get. We’re not going to push ourselves to do more than what we’re capable of.

“As a team, I think we’re going to be really good. As a team, I don’t think we’re going to show up and always run the Last Chance Showdown and be a field filler. We’re going to be a contender. In the back of my head, I have high expectations for us. But I also have realistic expectations and don’t want to think too high, also.”

The biggest challenge he foresees is being prepared for the full 10-month tour. While he was at every World of Outlaws event last year, the Series was able to only run 54 races due to COVID-19 putting a halt on racing at the beginning of the season. Now, they’ve got to be prepared for a longer, non-stop season. However, it’s nothing they’re going to shy away from.

“It’s way different than just getting prepared for Florida and then having two months off and then go run whenever you want,” Price-Miller said. “Now, we’re got to be 100% ready for the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park and go race 90 times a year and be prepared and ready for anything.

“It’s a new learning curve. We’re all excited for the experience.”

Price-Miller and PPM Racing will kick off their 2021 season Feb. 5-7 at Volusia Speedway Park during the 50th DIRTcar Nationals. For tickets to the event, click here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

 

 

LEARNING CURVE: Mason Daniel hoping to make most of knowledge learned in 2020 Danny Lasoski returns as Daniel’s mentor to guide him through another World of Outlaws season

CONCORD, NC – Jan. 13, 2021 – Mason Daniel will enter his sophomore season with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars at Volusia Speedway Park a different driver.

At the beginning of his rookie season last year, Daniel – 19 years old at the time – had only a handful of 410 Sprint Car starts and had yet to run a full tour with mentor and crew chief Danny Lasoski. Now, he knows what he’s gotten himself into.

“When you step up and run with the Outlaws, they’re just the best,” Daniel said. “They’ve been doing it longer than I’ve been alive. It’s just getting up to their speed and earning their respect on the track, being a clean driver. Racing hard and racing clean. I think that’s something I had to get used to; how hard they race each other and how good they are compared to other series. It was a big learning curve. We took our losses, but we’re looking forward to 2021.”

In 54 races, Daniel made 24 Features last year and earned a career-best finish of 11th at Lawton Speedway in September. It wasn’t until about halfway through the season that he began to feel comfortable.

The team made the switch to Eagle Chassis – a chassis Lasoski has had a long history with and a lot of success in – and hit upon adjustments with it that gave Daniel confidence in his cars.

(RELATED: AHEAD OF ITS TIME: THE CAR THAT PUSHED THE LIMITS FOR LASOSKI, SPRINT CAR RACING)

“We found some other stuff that me and Danny found that I like, set up wise, that we’ll hopefully start off the bat with and be competitive,” Daniel said.

“We got rid of everything else that we started the beginning of the season with. This year, we’re starting with how we ended last season.”

The 2021 season will kick off with three days of racing, Feb. 5-7, at Volusia Speedway Park during the 50th DIRTcar Nationals. Daniel made two of the three events at Volusia last year. He finished 15th and 23rd, respectively. However, he has one of the best mentors he can ask for when it comes to learning the tips and tricks of the half-mile speedway.

Lasoski, the 2001 World of Outlaws champion, has 19 wins overall at Volusia – three of them with the Outlaws.

“That place just fit me for some reason,” Lasoski said. “Even when it was locked down it was really good and when it slicked off you had to be really technical. It’s probably one of my favorite three tracks in America.”

Drivers such as Sheldon Haudenschild, Jason Sides and Daryn Pittman helped Daniel throughout his rookie season, he said. But the driver he leaned on the most was always Lasoski. The World of Outlaw champ comes with years of experience and a career of 122 victories – many of which came at tracks still on the current World of Outlaws schedule.

Having that knowledge to pull from at any time gave Daniel confidence going into tracks he never visited, which were the majority of them on the schedule last year. This year, that level of confidence shifts into a new gear. He has the laps and has an idea of what to expect.

With that confidence and growing chemistry with Lasoski, Daniel is hoping for a more competitive season.

“You want to be more competitive than you were the week prior,” Daniel said. “It’s hard sometimes. You get into a slump and have to push through it. We have a good program going into [this] season. I think everyone is excited. Just try to be more competitive than we were last year. That’s all we can do.”

For tickets to the 50th DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park, click here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

 

 

DIRTVision Launches Platinum FAST PASS Annual Subscription
Knoxville Nationals, World of Outlaws events, DIRTcar Summer Nationals and more included

CONCORD, NC – Jan. 12, 2021 – DIRTVision is excited to present race fans with the new Platinum FAST PASS annual subscription, which includes the Knoxville Nationals and a plethora of live World of Outlaws and DIRTcar events.

For an annual price of just $299, fans will be able to access all World of Outlaws events – both Sprint Cars and Late Models – along with all Super DIRTcar Series events, the DIRTcar Summer Nationals and Summit Modified Nationals tours, the Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series, weekly racing from Knoxville Raceway, Williams Grove Speedway and Attica Raceway Park, along with the biggest Sprint Car events in Australia.

With the Platinum FAST PASS exclusively, fans will be able to access the Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville Raceway live as part of the package.

“DIRTVision is thrilled to offer fans an annual plan that brings them the best dirt racing in the country year-round,” said Jim Chiappelli, DIRTVision general manager. “We’re continuing to enhance fans’ viewing experience in all areas this year, from the production side to fan engagement, and the annual subscription is one of many new and exciting ventures they can expect to see from DIRTVision in 2021.”

Fans will also see the continuation and growth of popular features, such as mesmerizing drone footage and in-depth coverage from pit reporters, which viewers will see on a full-time basis in 2021 for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models Series.

You can view the upcoming DIRTVision schedule and sign up for the new Platinum FAST PASS annual subscription now at DIRTVision.com.

 

 

Slick Woody’s Cornhole Company to sponsor World of Outlaws Quick Time Award in 2021
Nearly $15,000 in total will be awarded to Quick Time Award winners between the Sprint Car and Late Model series

CONCORD, NC – Jan. 12, 2021 – After a successful debut with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series in 2020, Slick Woody’s Cornhole Company is stepping up its involvement with World of Outlaws in 2021.

Slick Woody’s will sponsor the Quick Time Award for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series next year, awarding $100 to every driver that sets the fastest lap in Qualifying.

With more than 90 races on the Sprint Car tour in 2021 and nearly 60 races planned for the Late Models, Slick Woody’s will be handing out about $15,000 between the two Series in Quick Time Awards.

At the end of the season, the driver who accumulates the most Quick Time Awards in the Sprint Car and Late Model series will receive $3,000 from Slick Woody’s, as well.

“We’re excited to continue and grow our partnership with the World of Outlaws in 2021,” Slick Woody’s Cornhole Company President Danny Evans said. “We had a great experience with the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars this year and were overwhelmed by the fan support. With tailgating being such a key prerace activity at every World of Outlaws event, we know this will be a great partnership.”

The company, which sells an array of top-of-the-line tailgating items, such as cornhole boards, games, coolers, Adirondack chairs and more, will also be recognized as the official tailgate partner of the World of Outlaws and DIRTcar.

The first Slick Woody's Cornhole Company Quick Time Award of the year will be handed out this weekend when the World of Outlaws Late Models kicks off its 2021 season Jan. 14-16 during the Sunshine Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park.

For more on Slick Woody’s Cornhole Company, go to SlickWoodys.com.

For the latest news and updates on the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, follow the Series on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and you can also follow the World of Outlaws Late Models on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink® Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: Drydene (Official Motor Oil), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), iRacing (Official Online Racing Game), Morton Buildings (Official Building), NOS Energy (Official Energy Product), SIS Insurance (Official Insurance Provider) and VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel); contingency sponsors include ARP Automotive Racing Products, Cometic Gasket, COMP Cams, DART, and KSE Racing Products ; manufacturer sponsors include FireAde, Intercomp, Racing Electronics, and TNT Rescue.

The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings® Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: Drydene (Official Motor Oil), E-Z-GO Golf Carts (Official Golf Cart) Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), iRacing (Official Online Racing Game), Morton Buildings (Official Building), Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), SIS Insurance (Official Insurance Provider) VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: ARP Automotive Racing Products, Cometic Gasket, COMP Cams, DART, Penske Racing Shocks, Quarter Master, and Wrisco (Exclusive Racing Aluminum); along with manufacturer sponsors, including: FireAde, Integra Shocks, Intercomp, Racing Electronics, Rocket Chassis and TNT Rescue.

 

 

NEW YEAR READY: Jason Sides Looking For Normalcy In 2021
Sides Motorsports will look to field two cars on a part-time schedule again with Tim Kaeding

CONCORD, NC — Jan. 8, 2020 — Jason Sides can’t slow down.

The two-month racing hiatus, due to COVID-19, and shorter schedule last year threw him off his rhythm. Every plan, every move, every mentality was thrown into a blender, leaving crumbs to be reassembled.

When the 90-plus 2021 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series schedule was released, Sides was pleased to see a full slate of racing and a chance to return to “normalcy.”

“Not that it’s a military- or Army-like deal, but with the Outlaws you’re on a set schedule from the beginning of time when the schedule comes out,” Sides said. “You know what you’re doing and where you’re going. When all that happens, it throws a big wrench in the program. When you get back to normal and how the schedule is supposed to be it's simpler.

“The more racing you do, the more everything improves. When you’re off for an extended period of time, not that you forget how to do it, but it’s a little bit off when you get back to it.”

Sides ended the 2020 season with four top-10 finishes and an 11th place finish in the championship standings – two spots better than the year prior.

Along with trying to find a rhythm last year, Sides Motorsports also juggled trying to find crew members for the second half of the year. Sides and long-time crew member Stephen Fairfield parted ways last year, leaving Sides to put together a team of various part-time crew members in each reason.

For the time being, that continues to be his plan for the 2021 season. The search for a full-time crew member is nothing like it once was. Right now, he said he's “winging it.”

“We’ve been looking. It’s getting harder these days,” Sides said. “Years ago, you had guys begging to come out and do the whole Series and want to work. It’s a lot harder these days to find crew guys that want to come out, have a CDL, are interested in it and want to do it. It’s hard to find those guys now.

“That’s why a lot of times I’ll have different people help in different parts of the country. They don’t want to be out all the time, but they want to help. They just can’t be out all the time. A couple of weeks here and there. Different ones help out in different places.”

His biggest need for extra hands is when he brings out a second car, which he still plans to do, at times, this year. Sides’ driver of choice will, again, be Tim Kaeding, who earned three top-10 finishes in 11 starts last year in the #7 Sides Motorsports machine. According to Sides, Kaeding already has a full schedule next year, but they’re still looking to find times for Kaeding to run a second car throughout the season.

Sides admitted that running one car, after having two out the week before, feels like a breeze. It’s not hard for them to run two cars, but it requires more hands and can get hectic in hurry-up situations. However, he said, it’s still beneficial to have a second car. Especially when the second driver is Kaeding – a 21-time World of Outlaws winner.

“I wouldn’t say we drive the same, but he (Kaeding) can tell me when it’s getting slick here for the next Heat Race or something,” Sides said. “Or I can help him out a little bit. Give some pointers about the racetrack. He can go look when I’m getting ready and I can go look when he’s getting ready. It actually helps a lot to run two cars.”

He’s expecting a tougher field of full-time cars with the World of Outlaws this year with the addition of drivers like three-time All Star Circuit of Champions titleholder Aaron Reutzel and PA Posse member Brock Zearfoss, along with the growth of drivers like Sheldon Haudenschild and Jacob Allen. That’s not changing his approach, though. To Sides, he said it just makes him want to run harder and beat all of them.

He’ll try to do so when the 2021 season kicks off Feb. 5-7 at Volusia Speedway Park during the 50th DIRTcar Nationals. He has one win at the half-mile track in 2011.

In general, he’s just looking forward to being able to get back into his normal rhythm of not slowing down.

“I’d just like to get back to racing and back to a normal life,” Sides said.

For tickets to the 50th DIRTcar Nationals, click here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

 

 

CHAMPION’S MIND: Brad Sweet Relaxed, Focused In Hunt For Third Championship The two-time defending champion will target wins more than points in 2021 with Kasey Kahne Racing

CONCORD, NC — Dec. 31, 2020 — Points circled Brad Sweet’s mind and formulated his judgment for the past two years. The attempt of a risky move on track was overruled by a cautious calculation that saw a championship as the reward for his efforts.

That mentality worked in 2019 and 2020, giving the Grass Valley, CA driver back-to-back championships. But in 2021, he’s throwing caution to the wind.

With his name now etched in the record books alongside icons like Steve Kinser, Sammy Swindell, Mark Kinser, Donny Schatz and Jason Meyers as a multi-time champion, Sweet isn’t going to let the worry of points get in his way of fighting for wins.

“I feel really good,” Sweet said. “I feel like I’m in a really good place mentally. My life has a good balance. I have a good race team. Kind of in a good place to go out there and enjoy the moment and try to go after wins and not worry about points and things like that where I think we’ve let that control us in the last two years and take some of those wins away that, you know, I was being cautious and making sure that we finish and things like that.

“You really want to take those chances and get the wins. I really feel like next year, with the schedule the Outlaws have put together, and the big money races and a lot of promoters are stepping up and the purses are up, it’s a good opportunity for us to go out there and really show what we can do.”

When the 2021 season kicks off Feb. 5-7 at Volusia Speedway Park during the 50th DIRTcar Nationals, they’ll get to show what they can do at one of Sweet’s best tracks. In 34 Series starts at the half-mile speedway, Sweet has five wins, 16 top-five finishes and 20 top-10s. He hasn’t finished worse than fourth in his last seven starts there and won his second DIRTcar Nationals Big Gator championship in 2020.

“It says a lot about our guys and my race team,” Sweet said. “They bring a really fast car there every year.”

With his KKR team of crew chief Eric Prutzman and crew members Andrew Bowman and Joe Mooney returning for another year together, Sweet stated that gives them an advantage heading into the season opener.

“You can kind of see the teams that haven’t meshed yet or aren’t well prepared,” he said. “The teams that have been together are going to come out of the box a little better. I think that gives us an advantage going to Volusia. I think we can go to Volusia and be just as strong, or maybe stronger.”

Going in with a second champion under his belt has bolstered the team's confidence, too.

When Sweet claimed his first championship in 2019 by four points over 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz – the closest points battle in Series history – he said it was sheer relief. Then, winning his second was validation. Especially with what he had to overcome.

He had four DNFs this year – three in a row. It was the first time since 2013 – before Sweet was full-time – that he had that many DNFs continuously. It cost him the points lead for several weeks, but after his last DNF at Knoxville Raceway, Sweet went on a run of 21 top-10 finishes in the final 24 races of the year. The three finishes outside the top-10 were all 11th – one due to an engine issue.

With that streak and eight wins on the season, Sweet was able to comfortably claim his second title.

He’s confident he and his team have cracked the formula on how to claim their third championship in a row. It starts by focusing on winning in Florida.

“Being a two-time champion, I feel like I know what we need to do to win the points,” Sweet said. “As long as we just keep doing what we’re doing, we feel like we’re the best team out there and we have a lot of confidence going into this season with what we were able to overcome in 2020 and even the year before.”

Get tickets to the Feb. 5-7 50th DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park by clicking here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

 

 

WORLD OF OUTLAWS, DIRTcar INVADE BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY IN APRIL 2021
World of Outlaws Bristol Bash featuring the Late Models and UMP Modifieds will be held April 8-10 and the World of Outlaws Bristol Throwdown showcasing the famed Sprint Cars and Big Blocks will be held April 22-24

CONCORD, NC — Dec. 22, 2020 — Bristol Motor Speedway’s dirt track will get pushed to its limits in April 2021 when the World of Outlaws returns to unleash its high-horsepower Sprint Cars and Late Models on the famed high banks of The Last Great Colosseum for the first time in nearly two decades.

Thunder Valley will host both World of Outlaws national touring series on two separate weekends during the busy month. On April 8-10, the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series will headline the action in the World of Outlaws Bristol Bash, accompanied by the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds. The spectacular World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, long identified as “The Greatest Show on Dirt,” will return to Bristol for the first time since 2001 on the weekend of April 22-24 for the World of Outlaws Bristol Throwdown, joined by the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds.

“We’re thrilled to again partner with Bristol Motor Speedway to provide four exciting nights of racing with the best Sprint Car, Late Model, Big Block Modified and UMP Modified drivers in the world,” DIRTcar and World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter said. “The Bristol World of Outlaws events from the early 2000s have remained fan favorites to this day and we’re sure fans will once again be enthralled with what each series will have to offer around Thunder Valley in 2021.”

The two races will end two months of historic dirt racing action at BMS, which also is hosting the inaugural Bristol Dirt Nationals March 15-20, and the much-anticipated NASCAR Dirt Racing weekend, March 27-28, which will showcase the Food City Dirt Race in the Cup Series and the Pinty’s Dirt Truck Race for the Camping World Truck Series. The Food City Dirt Race will mark the first time NASCAR Cup Series stock cars will race on a dirt surface in more than 50 years.

The World of Outlaws Sprint Cars competed at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2000 and 2001, with three-time World of Outlaws champion Sammy Swindell scoring trophies and large paychecks in both events. The return of the ultra-popular motorsports series is one of the signature events that BMS is providing to its fans to amplify the celebration of its milestone 60th anniversary.

“It’s simply been too long since Bristol Motor Speedway has featured the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars,” said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway. “It’s the perfect time for their return during our 60th anniversary celebration in 2021, and we can’t wait for the World of Outlaws Bristol Throwdown and the World of Outlaws Bristol Bash to hit the dirt high banks at Thunder Valley in April. Both weekends of racing are going to be thrilling and certainly something no true dirt racing fan is going to want to miss.”

New Berlin, IL’s Brandon Sheppard dominated the World of Outlaws Late Model Series in 2020, winning 14 times en route to his third series crown. Other stars of the series include Ricky Weiss, Cade Dillard, Darrell Lanigan and a pair of Tennessee favorites, Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg and Jimmy Owens of Newport. Two-time defending champion Brad Sweet leads the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series. The Grass Valley, CA native has piloted his popular #49 Kasey Kahne Racing machine to 58 career victories, including 24 wins in the last two seasons. Sweet’s main rival is one of the most successful World of Outlaws champions in history, Donny Schatz of Fargo, ND, who has amassed 10 championship titles and 299 World of Outlaws victories in his storied career – including a win at BMS in 2001. Other drivers to watch in the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series include Logan Schuchart, Sheldon Haudenschild and 2019 Knoxville Nationals champion David Gravel. NASCAR Cup Series regular Kyle Larson raced to 12 victories on the circuit last season.

During the World of Outlaws Bristol Bash, practice sessions will be held on Thursday, April 8. Friday and Saturday will feature full racing programs each night consisting of Hot Laps, Qualifying, Heat Races and Last Chance Showdowns, and followed by Feature races for both the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds and Late Models. A 40-lap Feature race will be held Friday night for the World of Outlaws Late Models with a $10,000 prize to the winner, followed by a 20-lap Feature for the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds with a $5,000 payout to the winner. The racing action on Saturday, April 10, will be headlined by a 40-lap World of Outlaws Late Model Feature with $25,000 to the winner, and a 20-lap DIRTcar UMP Modified Feature with a $10,000 prize to the winner.

During the World of Outlaws Bristol Throwdown, the ultra-fast World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars will have practice sessions on Thursday, April 22. Friday and Saturday will feature full racing programs each night consisting of Hot Laps, Qualifying, Heat Races and Last Chance Showdowns, and followed by Feature races for both the Super DIRTcar Series and World of Outlaws Sprint Cars. A 25-lap Feature race with a $10,000 prize to the winner will be held Friday night for the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, followed by a 40-lap main feature with a $10,000 payout to the winner for the Super DIRTcar Series. The racing action on Saturday, April 24, will be headlined by a 25-lap World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Feature with a $25,000 payout to the winner, and a 40-lap Super DIRTcar Series Feature with a $10,000 prize going to the winner.

Founded in 1961, Bristol Motor Speedway is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2021 and has many exciting things planned during the year to reflect on the great moments that have made the multi-use sports and entertainment destination one of the very best for creating wow moments and cherished memories for fans. Home to epic NASCAR races and other major motorsports events, as well as NFL and college football games, a wide variety of music concerts and other captivating events, Bristol Motor Speedway has shined in the spotlight on many occasions throughout the past six decades.

To make the event as safe as possible for all attendees, BMS is instituting procedures to reduce contact and crowd density as guests and competitors purchase tickets, enter the grounds, enjoy the event and depart the facility. Face coverings will be a required accessory in high-traffic areas inside and outside the stadium for all guests who attend. The “Mask Up” campaign is part of an important initiative by Bristol Motor Speedway that strongly encourages the public to wear face coverings, not only when they are visiting the Speedway, but also when they are out in the surrounding communities as well, and to follow all of the necessary protocols and guidelines to do their part to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Spectator tickets for both events will go on sale on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. Ticket prices for both World of Outlaws weekends of racing at BMS include: $30 Thursday; $40 Friday and Saturday; $80 weekend; an upgrade ticket for pit access is $15. Pit passes are $35 for Thursday; $45 on Friday and Saturday and a $90 weekend pit pass. Kids (6-12) tickets are $5 for each day and $10 for the weekend combo ticket. Kids 5 and under are free. Kids (6-12) pit passes are $25 and the kids (6-12) combo pass is $40. Kids 5 and under pit passes are free. For additional Bristol Motor Speedway ticket information, please visit www.bristolmotorspeedway.com.

About the World of Outlaws
Founded in 1978, the World of Outlaws®, based in Concord, NC, is the premier national touring series for dirt track racing in North America, featuring the most powerful car on dirt, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series. Annually, the two series race nearly 140 times at tracks across the United States and Canada. CBS Sports Network is the official broadcast partner of the World of Outlaws. DIRTVIsion® also broadcasts all World of Outlaws events over the Internet to fans around the world. Learn more about the World of Outlaws.

About Bristol Motor Speedway
Forged amid the scenic mountains of Northeast Tennessee near the Virginia state line, Bristol Motor Speedway is The Last Great Colosseum, a versatile multi-use venue that hosts major auto races, football games, concerts and many other captivating events. The facility features a 0.533-mile concrete oval race track with 28-degree corner banking and 650-feet straightaways that offers racing in several NASCAR touring series, highlighted by two major Cup Series weekends and in 2020 the track also served as host of the prestigious NASCAR All-Star Race. While at the track, fans are offered a unique viewing experience courtesy of Colossus TV, the world’s largest outdoor center-hung four-sided video screen with a 540,000-watt audio system. The adjacent quarter-mile dragstrip, Bristol Dragway, offers more than 50 events annually, including the marquee NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. The Thunder Valley Amphitheatre presented by Ballad Health transforms Bristol Dragway into a premier outdoor concert venue for the world’s greatest music performers. Three football games have kicked-off inside the oval, most notably the 2016 Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol, where border rivals the University of Tennessee and Virginia Tech met before an NCAA-record crowd of 156,990. In existence since 1961, Bristol Motor Speedway was purchased in 1996 by Speedway Motorsports, Inc., a publicly traded company that is a leading marketer and promoter of motorsports entertainment in the United States. For more information, please visit www.bristolmotorspeedway.com.

 

 

CONFIDENT CONTENDER: Sheldon Haudenschild Eyes 2021 Championship Hunt
The Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing driver will look to build off a career year, starting at the 2021 DIRTcar Nationals

CONCORD, NC — Dec. 18, 2020 — The final 20 races of the 2020 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season might have teased a new championship contender for 2021.

In those few months, Sheldon Haudenschild claimed the most wins – five of his seven for the year – and, if not for two incidents of bad luck that took him out of the race, he would’ve earned more points in that time span than 2020 champion Brad Sweet.

So, are he and his Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing crew prepared to go after the championship next year?

“Definitely,” Haudenschild said with certainty. “That’s our goal. If we can get going a little sooner in the year and get a lot of races… you know, pretty short season this year. We skipped a lot of tracks I feel like we’re good at. Looking forward to ‘21 and hopefully going to a full schedule and getting all the races in. Just trying to mimic the end of our year and turn it into a full year next year. Hopefully, we can do that.”

While the 2020 season was shorter than intended due to COVID-19, the Wooster, OH native was able to turn it into a career year. In his three previous full-time seasons on the World of Outlaws tour, Haudenschild had collected seven wins and never finished better than seventh in points. He ended this season with seven wins and a fourth-place finish in the championship standings. He also ended the year with a single-season career-high 28 top-five finishes and 239 laps led – second only to Kyle Larson’s 278 laps led.

The 27-year-old credits much of his 2020 success to the reunion of him and crew chief Kyler Ripper. Their chemistry was established years ago when Haudenschild drove his own #93 car and Ripper was the crew chief. A friendship was birthed, along with a healthy working relationship.

With Ripper back by his side, after a few years apart, Haudenschild said he’s having fun on race days again. It’s created a good working environment for the entire team and made a positive impact on their results.

“Chemistry is a big part of it,” Haudenschild said. “When we show up to the track, we have a really good race car and a guy who only thinks about it. Ripper has done a really good job of that and communicates with me really well and lets me know what is going on. I’m able to tell him what I feel in a good way and we’re able to hash things out and get it figured out for the better.”

With the crew he has now, made up of Ripper, Nickolas Goodfleisch and Drew Brenner, Haudenschild said he’s able to enter each race confident he has a good handling car. It’s a key component to his mentality of being able to run the car as hard as he needs.

He’s watched 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz and two-time Series champion Brad Sweet benefit from that confidence for years. Now, he said he and his SJM Racing team are looking to mimic what the championship teams have done in their own way.

To be a champion Haudenschild knows it’s about having a strong season year-round. Not just in the last 20 races.

“Obviously, if you can win one in Florida (at Volusia Speedway Park during the season-opening DIRTcar Nationals) that helps to get the year going,” Haudenschild said. “A lot of times I feel like if I can get through Florida consistently and feel good with my race car and then head out west, I feel like there’s no doubt in my mind we can be right there. Anything can happen out west. I feel like I have a lot of strong tracks out there. I feel like our confidence will be good going out west with me and Ripper.”

Haudenschild picked up his first career World of Outlaws win at Volusia Speedway Park in 2018. Last year, he finished 11th, eighth and fourth, respectively, in the three season-opening races. He and the rest of the stars of the World of Outlaws will kick off the 2021 season Feb. 5-7 at the half-mile Florida track during the 50th DIRTcar Nationals.

With a career year behind him, Haudenschild is confident he and his NOS Energy Drink-backed team can hit the ground running at Volusia and contend for the 2021 championship.

“There’s no doubt in any of our minds that that’s where we can be and that’s what we’ll strive for,” he said. “I think as long as we’re winning races and stay consistent there’s no reason we can’t be there at the end of the year.”

For tickets to the Feb. 5-7 50th DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park, click here.

If you can't make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

 

 

TURNING 50: Sprint Cars Continue Key Role In DIRTcar Nationals History
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars headline the Feb. 2-7 Sprint Week during the 50th DIRTcar Nationals

BARBERVILLE, FL — Dec. 15, 2020 — While Sprint Cars didn’t grace Volusia Speedway Park until 1981, they had a key role in the growth of the Florida track and a strong presence during the 50 years of the DIRTcar Nationals.

The speedway started life as a sandy quarter-mile track in Barberville, FL, before Benny Corbin, a Sprint Car driver with a love for dirt racing, saw the potential for something greater.

Corbin, a Korean War veteran who became known as “the father of short-track racing in Volusia County,” purchased the property in 1968 and birthed Barberville Speedway. The track went through multiple transformations under his ownership from 1968 to 1982, including the track’s expansion to its current half-mile configuration. And over time its name went from Barberville Speedway to Volusia County Speedway and then to its current title Volusia Speedway Park.

His passion for the sport led to the creation of big events like the DIRTcar Nationals and his love for Sprint Cars made it inevitable the open-wheel machines would eventually turn laps around his track.

That became a reality for the first time on Feb. 9, 1981, when the World of Outlaws became the first series to bring Sprint Cars to Volusia. Doug Wolfgang conquered the event, holding off “The King” Steve Kinser for the win.

The Series didn’t return to Volusia until 2005 after that, but Sprint Car racing stayed vibrant with the All Star Circuit of Champions making its debut in 1983. The regional touring Series ran at the speedway from 1983 to 1991 before taking a three-year break.

In the All Star’s first decade, Kenny Jacobs won the first event at the track on Feb. 15, 1983, and claimed another in 1989. Steve Kinser won his first race at the speedway in 1984 and Wolfgang became the first repeat winner at the track in 1987.

Jacobs, Bobby Davis, Jr. and 2001 World of Outlaws champion Danny Lasoski won twice at the track during that period – the start to Lasoski’s Florida dominance.

The All Stars returned to the track in 1995 and ran there until 2003 before taking another year off. Dave Blaney, who won the World of Outlaws championship in 1995, won the first race back. Lasoski continued his winning ways, claiming two victories there with the All Stars that year, as well.

In the All Star’s 37 events at Volusia between 1995 and 2003, Lasoski won 12 of them. That time period also saw drivers such as Jac Haudenschild, Joey Saldana, Craig Dollansky, Lance Dewease, Kasey Kahne and Jason Johnson pick up their first win at the track.

Sprint Car racing returned to the track in full force in 2005 with the World of Outlaws and All Stars competing at the Florida venue during the same week, as they'll continue to do so in February. The All Stars were absent in 2013, but the World of Outlaws have competed at Volusia Speedway Park every year since their return in 2005.

Lasoski won five races at the track in that 16-year period and racked up 19 wins in total – between the All Stars and World of Outlaws. In 2000, while driving for Tony Stewart, Lasoski won all four events at Volusia in a unique chassis designed by Jerry Russell, from Eagle Chassis, and himself, which was outlawed after that week due to its radical design.

“That place just fit me for some reason,” Lasoski said about Volusia Speedway Park. “Even when it was locked down it was really good and when it slicked off you had to be really technical. It’s probably one of my favorite three tracks in America.

“Just racing there, in general, was fun. From the ‘90s up until now, obviously, the track prep now is so superior than what it used to be because of the equipment, but even back in the day they would give us a top and a bottom and we’d put on a great show every year we went down there.”

The only driver to best Lasoski’s record is 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz, who currently has 22 victories in total at Volusia Speedway Park. His most recent victory at the track came during the World of Outlaws 2020 season-opener during the DIRTcar Nationals. A win during the DIRTcar Nationals in 2021 would mark Schatz’s 300th career World of Outlaws victory.

Drivers such as Dollansky, Saldana, 2013 World of Outlaws champion Daryn Pittman and two-time World of Outlaws champion Brad Sweet also emerged as continuous Volusia winners. All four have claimed DIRTcar Nationals championships, as well.

For many years, DIRTcar Nationals winners were awarded a golden eagle, but the Florida event took on a new life when the trophy switch to a golden gator in 2012, and the DIRTcar Nationals champion was award the “Big Gator” trophy. Since then, the Sprint Car Big Gator champions have included:

–Sammy Swindell (2012)
–Daryn Pittman (2013, 2015 & 2019)
–Paul McMahan (2014)
–Brad Sweet (2016 & 2020)
–David Gravel (2017)
–Donny Schatz (2018)

“For whatever reason, it’s definitely one of my best tracks,” said Sweet, who has seven wins in total at Volusia. “We’ve definitely struggled there in the past here and there. I think it says a lot about our guys and our race team that they bring a really fast car there every year. It’s the first week of the season and you can see the teams that haven’t meshed yet or aren’t as well prepared and the teams that have been together are going to come out of the box a little stronger. That’s going to give us an advantage. And for whatever reason, it’s been a good racetrack for me.”

For the 50th DIRTcar Nationals in 2021, the All Star Circuit of Champions will run on Feb. 3-4 and the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will run Feb. 5-7.

The half-mile track has produced thrilling races each year and set the stage for epic championship battles. Schatz, Sweet and Logan Schuchart won the three season-opening races for the World of Outlaws during the 2020 DIRTcar Nationals and ended the season as the top three drivers in points.

While the Sprint Cars didn’t grace Volusia Speedway Park until 1981, they’ve continued to be one of the most exciting parts of the DIRTcar Nationals every year since.

For tickets to the Feb. 2-13 50th DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park, click here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

PREVIOUS WORLD OF OUTLAWS VOLUSIA WINNERS
February 9th, 2020 — Logan Schuchart
February 8th, 2020 — Brad Sweet
February 7th, 2020 — Donny Schatz
February 9th, 2019 — Daryn Pittman
February 8th, 2019 — Daryn Pittman
February 11th, 2018 — Donny Schatz
February 10th, 2018 — Donny Schatz
February 9th, 2018 — Sheldon Haudenschild
February 19th, 2017 — Donny Schatz
February 19th, 2017 — Donny Schatz
February 17th, 2017 — Jason Johnson
February 14th, 2016 — Brad Sweet
February 13th, 2016 — Donny Schatz
February 12th, 2016 — Brad Sweet
February 15th, 2015 — Brad Sweet
February 14th, 2015 — Donny Schatz
February 13th, 2015 — Daryn Pittman
February 16th, 2014 — Steve Kinser
February 15th, 2014 — Donny Schatz
February 14th, 2014 — Brad Sweet
February 17th, 2013 — Danny Lasoski
February 16th, 2013 — Terry McCarl
February 15th, 2013 — Daryn Pittman
February 19th, 2012 — Donny Schatz
February 19th, 2012 — Craig Dollansky
February 18th, 2012 — Danny Lasoski
February 13th, 2011 — Jason Sides
February 12th, 2011 — Steve Kinser
February 11th, 2011 — Steve Kinser
February 7th, 2010 — Steve Kinser
February 6th, 2010 — Donny Schatz
February 8th, 2009 — Donny Schatz
February 7th, 2009 — Joey Saldana
February 6th, 2009 — Donny Schatz
February 10th, 2008 — Danny Lasoski
February 9th, 2008 — Jason Meyers
February 8th, 2008 — Craig Dollansky
February 11, 2007 — Daryn Pittman
February 10th, 2007 — Kerry Madsen
February 9th, 2007 — Donny Schatz
February 10th, 2006 — Joey Saldana
February 9th, 2006 — Chad Kemenah
February 13th, 2005 — Steve Kinser
February 11th, 2005 — Jeff Shepard
February 9th, 1981 — Doug Wolfgang

PREVIOUS ALL STAR VOLUSIA WINNERS
February 6th, 2020 — Aaron Reutzel
February 5th, 2020 — Brad Sweet
February 7th, 2019 — Brad Sweet
February 6th, 2019 — Shane Stewart
February 8th, 2018 — Donny Schatz
February 7th, 2018 — Donny Schatz
February 16th, 2017 — David Gravel
February 15th, 2017 — Donny Schatz
February 11th, 2016 — Donny Schatz
February 10th, 2016 — Dave Blaney
February 12th, 2015 — Daryn Pittman
February 11th, 2015 — Greg Hodnett
February 13th, 2014 — Joey Saldana
February 16th, 2012 — Craig Dollansky
February 15th, 2012 — Danny Lasoski
February 10th, 2011 — Sammy Swindell
February 9th, 2011 — Sammy Swindell
February 4th, 2010 — Joey Saldana
February 3rd, 2010 — Craig Dollansky
February 5th, 2009 — Stevie Smith
February 4th, 2009 — Donny Schatz
February 3rd, 2009 — Donny Schatz
February 7th, 2008 — Donny Schatz
February 6th, 2008 — Wayne Johnson
February 5th, 2008 — Donny Schatz
February 8th, 2007 — Tim Kaeding
February 7th, 2007 — Jason Solwold
February 6th, 2007 — Joey Saldana
February 8th, 2006 — Donny Schatz
February 7th, 2006 — Danny Lasoski
February 10th, 2005 — Kraig Kinser
February 9th, 2005 — Fred Rahmer
February 8th, 2005 — Terry McCarl
February 8th, 2003 — Lance Dewease
February 7th, 2003 — Jason Johnson
February 6th, 2003 — Joey Saldana
February 10th, 2002 — Kasey Kahne
February 9th, 2002 — Danny Lasoski
February 8th, 2002 — Lance Dewease
February 11th, 2001 — Danny Lasoski
February 10th, 2001 — Craig Dollansky
February 9th, 2001 — Joey Saldana
February 8th, 2001 — Dale Blaney
February 13th, 2000 — Danny Lasoski
February 12th, 2000 — Danny Lasoski
February 11th, 2000 — Danny Lasoski
February 10th, 2000 — Danny Lasoski
February 7th, 1999 — Frankie Kerr
February 6th, 1999 — Billy Pauch
February 5th, 1999 — Kevin Gobrecht
February 4th, 1999 — Greg Hodnett
February 8th, 1998 — Kenny Jacobs
February 7th, 1998 — Danny Lasoski
February 5th, 1998 — Danny Lasoski
February 4th, 1998 — Danny Lasoski
February 9th, 1997 — Dale Blaney
February 8th, 1997 — Gary Wright
February 7th, 1997 — Gary Wright
February 6th, 1997 — Gary Wright
February 5th, 1997 — Terry McCarl
February 11th, 1996 — Jeff Shepard
February 10th, 1996 — Danny Lasoski
February 9th, 1996 — Dale Blaney
February 8th, 1996 — Dale Blaney
February 7th, 1996 — Dave Blaney
February 12th, 1995 — Danny Lasoski
February 11th, 1995 — Danny Lasoski
February 10th, 1995 — Jac Haudenschild
February 9th, 1995 — Keith Kauffman
February 8th, 1995 — Dave Blaney
February 8th, 1991 — Robbie Stanley
February 6th, 1991 — Keith Kauffman
February 9th, 1990 — Robbie Stanley
February 9th, 1990 — Joey Allen
February 7th, 1990 — Rocky Hodges
February 12th, 1989 — Kenny Jacobs
February 11th, 1989 — Frankie Kerr
February 10th, 1989 — Keith Kauffman
February 9th, 1989 — Steve Stambaugh
February 8th, 1989 — Bobby Davis, Jr.
February 7th, 1988 — Danny Lasoski
February 6th, 1988 — Rocky Hodges
February 5th, 1988 — Jimmy Sills
February 4th, 1988 — Danny Lasoski
February 3rd, 1988 — Rocky Hodges
February 1st, 1987 — Doug Wolfgang
January 31st, 1987 — Bobby Davis, Jr.
February 15th, 1984 — Tim Green
February 14th, 1984 — Steve Kinser
February 15th, 1983 — Kenny Jacobs

 

 

NEXT STEP: Jacob Allen Aiming For Next Level Success In 2021
The Shark Racing driver looks to build off a successful 2020 season

CONCORD, NC — Dec. 11, 2020 — Jacob Allen meandered his way to the group of drivers waiting to take part in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash draw at Huset’s Speedway. Upon joining them, Kyle Larson turned to Allen and asked, “Have you made every Dash? I feel like I always see you here.” To which Allen responded with his iconic enthusiastic smile and chuckle.
He made about half the Dashes in a career World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season, which saw the Hanover, PA, driver claim his first Series win after 358 starts. He also added single-season career highs of 18 top-10s, 79 laps led, and an eighth-place finish in points.

This offseason, he’s focused on entering next year prepared to build off that success when the 2021 season kicks off Feb. 5-7 at Volusia Speedway Park for the 50th DIRTcar Nationals.

“I think I’ll have a great year,” Allen said. “I had a lot of fun this season. I feel good about myself. I look back at all the years on the road and see where I’ve slacked in some ways. I just feel focused and feel determined to do a lot better all the time. Whatever that brings me, it is what it’ll be. I want to put myself in those good positions continuously. I don’t want to be on a stretch of only 10 races that you’re doing good. I want to be in the same caliber of like Sheldon (Haudenschild) and Logan (Schuchart) and being there all the time.”

Since joining the tour full-time in 2014, the question everyone asked, and the question he asked himself, was, “when will the first win come?” Over time, to Allen, that question went from “when” to “if,” even doubting his interest in racing. But with a self-improved attitude and new level of focus this year, he negated the question by winning at Dodge City Raceway Park.

Now, the question is “what’s next?”

“Definitely more wins and try to be more consistent, being in the top-five,” Allen said about his 2021 expectations. “I don’t really ever think about goals. Obviously, I want to finish as high as I can in points. I guess I’m just trying to build off this season.”

This year he established new habits to help better himself. At the track, he focused more on taking notes and watching the track to improve his setups, and off the track he focused on taking care of himself, working out more, and staying mentally positive.

During the off-season, he spends his mornings working out, his days at the shop with the Shark Racing crew, getting cars ready for next season, and his evenings digging through the DIRTVision Vault, studying previous races and those who had success at them.

“I think if you start watching them continuously, you start to pick up on things and see things those people you’re watching do differently than other people and you can learn a lot from it,” Allen said.

Along with Allen improving himself as a driver, Shark Racing, with continued support from Drydene, continues to grow as a team. His Hall of Fame father, and car owner, Bobby Allen said the team is now at a point where Allen and teammate Logan Schuchart can have equal motor packages year-round.

“When we pull into a racetrack, I don’t think anyone has better motors than we do,” said Bobby Allen, who gets his motors from Newman’s Racing Engines. “And it wasn’t that way until this year. We had good motors, but you could run them part of the year, maybe three-quarters of the way. This year and next year we can be even with anybody at any given time. Logan and Jacob both.”

With confidence and power behind him, Allen is ready to go after another career season in 2021.

“I learned so much this year and I feel like I have a lot to build on,” Allen said. “I think I’m taking all the right steps to have an even better season. I’m excited for it. I’m focused and really looking forward to racing again.”

For tickets to the Feb. 5-7 50th DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park, click here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

 

 

ROOKIE NO MORE: Wayne Johnson Excited For 2021 After Finding Year-long Issue The 2020 Rookie of the Year has found a new abundance of confidence for his Sophomore season

CONCORD, NC — Dec. 9, 2020 — Wayne Johnson ended the 2020 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season rejuvenated and eager to start 2021.

The Oklahoma-native won the 2020 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award – becoming the 38th driver in the history of the Series to win it – but that’s not what excites him most.

With two races remaining at the end of the 2020 season, Johnson, who struggled to find speed for the majority of the year, discovered the Jacobs Ladder mounts on the chassis he’d used for the past year and a half were off. Once fixed, Johnson said “the warm and fuzzy feeling” he’d been searching for all year with his car was finally there.

“Shane Stewart drove the car that night (at Cedar Lake Speedway) and said something was wrong with it,” Johnson said. “We could never put our finger on it. Once I figured it out, the car really drove good at Kokomo and then at Charlotte.

“I brought (veteran crew chief) Rob Hart in to help me. I kept blaming it on the tires. Just couldn’t figure it out. The week from Pennsylvania to Kokomo, we came home, I gave the boys a couple of days off and I took the car apart myself and got to measuring. Some Jacobs Ladder mounts were off and that’s not something you usually check anymore because the car builders have that in check. Anyway, found some stuff that was wrong, fixed them, and found speed.”

While the fix was worth celebrating, it also presented an issue. The majority of notes recorded by Johnson and the Two-C Racing team throughout their first full-time World of Outlaws season became irrelevant. Now, they’ll have to start from scratch, again, in 2021.

However, that hasn’t diminished Johnson’s newfound confidence in his cars and himself.

“I was starting to doubt myself. I really was,” Johnson said. “Did you forget how to do this? Then, I felt so much better in the car. But I had beat myself up the whole season. I didn’t come into this thing thinking we were going to win a championship or 25 races or anything like that. I just felt like if we came in to be competitive and start building off of that, at some point the stars would align and everything would work out; we could win a race. We weren’t even in the hunt. There was a lot of turmoil in the team. We just thought we were going to be better. I think next year, right out of the gate, we’ll be better.”

Johnson ended his rookie season with one top-10 and a 12th-place finish in points. And while Johnson, at 49 years old, was a rookie for running his first full-time season with the Series, he entered the year with 152 World of Outlaws starts. Because of that, he never thought of himself as a rookie and didn’t think much of trying to win the Rookie of the Year title. He’d even stated he’d like to tie for the honor with his rookie competitor Mason Daniel and have the tiebreaker go to Daniel.

But once the season ended, and Johnson received his Rookie of the Year Award, his outlook on winning the title changed. Along with his name, every Rookie of the Year winner – such as 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz, two-time and defending champion Brad Sweet and two-time champion Mark Kinser – grace the plaque.

“After seeing all the names on the list and just thinking about Kevin Gobrecht, you know, losing his life to the sport that we love, it kind of hit home then and I really thought, “You better cherish this and take this in as a moment,” Johnson said. “There’s not a lot of guys on that list. It meant more after I really sat down and thought about it. Before then, I was just trying to get going and get the results that we needed or felt like we wanted and try to be better. Never really thought about the rookie thing until the day of the banquet and they handed me that plaque and I started reading it. It was like, “Wow, this is pretty cool.”

One of Johnson's biggest takeaways from his rookie season is learning to manage the long schedule, which nearly doubles for 2021 as the Series looks to return to a normal 90-plus race season. Not only was he and the team traveling to new places they had never been, but they also had to learn to live with each other for about 10 months straight.

(RELATED: 2021 Schedule: Huge Payouts, New Venues, Iconic Events Highlight 2021 World of Outlaws Season)

Johnson compared living on the road with his crew like marriage and admitted there was tension within the group at times, especially when they were running bad.

“You all have to live in the same spaces and travel together,” he said. “Honestly, that’s been the biggest hurdle. We’ve always done that on a smaller scale, running the 360s (Sprint Cars). Everybody’s emotions have been masked with everything going on this year, too. I think the biggest thing for me is that. Is making sure the team is functioning together and working as a team and knowing just how tough it is now. I knew it was tough, but I thought going into 2020 that we could be competitive and run upfront. It opened my eyes that we had a whole lot of work to do to get better.”

The team brought in a couple of crew chiefs throughout the year, which helped take some burden off of Johnson, who was making the calls on what to change with the car, but also showed him that he knew what he was doing. They also caused a bit of stress within the team, he said, as the chemistry wasn’t there.

Johnson won’t have an official crew chief for 2021 but said crew member John Ivey will have an expanded role. He’s worked with Johnson since 1998 and returned to working on a car full-time for the first time in 20 years this season.

He’ll start the 2021 season Feb. 5-7 at Volusia Speedway Park for the 50th DIRTcar Nationals with the same car he ended the 2020 season with but will have three brand new cars waiting to guide him through his Sophomore year. And while there is still a lot for him and the Two-C Racing team to learn, Johnson is confident they’ll be at the competitive level they expected to be this year.

“Do I feel like we can come out and run for a championship? Probably not,” Johnson said. “But we can definitely come in and be competitive where we just weren’t competitive this year. It stems from the stuff we had wrong. As a driver, I feel like I can get the job done. Todd and Kelly (Carlile, owners of Two-C Racing) have given me all the equipment to do it.”

For tickets to the Feb. 5-7 50th DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park, click here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

 

 

NEW OPPORTUNITY PART II: Carson Macedo Eager To Grow With JJR
The 2019 Rookie of the Year joins Jason Johnson Racing for his third full-time season with the World of Outlaws

CONCORD, NC — Dec. 3, 2020 — The first time Carson Macedo sat behind the wheel of the Jason Johnson Racing #41 car it was a match. They were ideal dancing partners. The chemistry resulted in a win during his debut race with the team at the 2018 360 Knoxville Nationals.

Three years later, he’s hoping that chemistry is still there when he rejoins JJR in 2021 for his third full-time season with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.

“I feel like there’s definitely the potential,” Macedo said. “The last couple of years I feel like I’ve learned a lot at [Kyle Larson Racing] and bettered myself as a driver. I think Phil (Dietz, crew chief and co-owner of JJR) has gotten to work with David (Gravel) for the past couple of years and I think David is extremely good. One of the best on the Outlaw tour. He brings awesome experience to the table, as well. I think him and Phil have made the 41 operation even better over the last couple of years. I feel like we’re both in a better spot than we were a few years ago when we worked together and I’m excited to get the opportunity to show what we can do together.”

The 2019 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, from Lemoore, CA, spent his first two years on the tour driving for Kyle Larson Racing – which shut down at the end of the 2020 season. In that time, he won five races – he has six Series wins in total – and finished inside the top-five in points both years.

While his 2020 stats don’t trump his rookie year numbers – one win this season versus four last year – the COVID-19 pandemic forced the Series to run about 20 fewer events than in 2019 and never make it to the West Coast where Macedo thrives. Either a curse or blessing in disguise, the 2020 season took the Series mainly through the Midwest and Pennsylvania area where Macedo had struggled.

In 10 Series starts at Pennsylvania tracks in 2019, Macedo earned one top-10. In nine PA starts this season, Macedo earned one top-five and six top-10s. He also won the season-opening track event at Williams Grove Speedway – a victory he considers to be one of his biggest feats.

“I feel like if you look at the season as a whole, even though we didn’t win as many races, we were a lot more consistent and improved with our race car and with myself as a driver on tracks we struggled at before,” Macedo said. “That makes me excited to go into next year with more experience and more confidence.”

He’s also excited to reunite with Dietz. The two had good chemistry when they teamed up in 2018 and remained friends ever since.

“Personality-wise, I think he’s a great guy,” Dietz said about Macedo. “Very easy to get along with. I feel like his driving style is a lot like Jason’s (Johnson) style. It made it a lot easier to watch the car and tell what changes it needed in order to get a better balance and make it faster.”

Macedo mainly worked with Joe Gaerte as his crew chief for the last four years, first driving Gaerte’s own #3G car in 2017. The duo ran a handful of World of Outlaws events in 2017 and 2018. Then, when Macedo was tapped to drive for KLR in 2019, Larson kept the Macedo-Gaerte pairing together.

It’s hard for Macedo to compare Gaerte and Dietz, citing their both good mechanics. The biggest difference, he said, is Dietz, 36, is closer to Macedo’s age (24) than Gaerte, 54.

“Phil is a little bit of a younger guy and is probably a little more interested in all the things I do outside of the races, too,” Macedo said. “Phil and I, even though we haven’t been on the same team, have stayed really close. We’ve always been really good buddies since I drove the car in 2018. They’re both really good mechanics. I’ve been fortunate my whole career to work with really good mechanics.

“Only really had a few (crew chiefs) in my experience so far, you know. Paul Baines when I worked out in California and I worked with the Linder family for about a year. Then Joe and then Phil. That’s pretty much it. I think, although they’re both really good mechanics, it does get me really excited to be involved with a mechanic that is closer to my age range and I feel like our connection outside of the races is really strong, as well. I think that is really important to be able to build a successful team. You have to be able to have that good relationship whether you’re at the racetrack or not.”

JJR has become one of the top teams in the Series. It has two Knoxville Nationals victories – in 2016 with Jason Johnson and 2019 with David Gravel – and was in contention for the 2020 team championship before settling for a second-place finish in the points. Dietz said he believes the team has the potential to be a championship contender in 2021. Macedo has studied what it takes to make that happen in his two years on the tour.

“The hardest part about the World of Outlaws is putting the entire season together,” Macedo said. “I use my rookie year as an example. We had a pretty good Vegas and California – I grew up there. We won in California. Then went to Devil’s Bowl and went from Devil’s Bowl to Eldora. We were in the top-five both nights at Eldora. We were extremely competitive. We left there and I said to Trey, our car chief, I said “I think we can run top three in points in our first year,” I was that confident.

“Then we went to PA and Charlotte and after that were seventh in points. My confidence was super low. And we struggled for a few weeks after that. The biggest thing I learned is, in order to one day be a World of Outlaws champion, you have to be what Brad (Sweet, two-time and defending champion) and Donny (Schatz, 10-time Series champion) and Logan (Schuchart) and those guys are doing where they’re bad nights are seventh. It’s putting together a consistent season at 90 racetracks across the country. I don’t think people realize how hard that is to do.”

Macedo wouldn’t say just yet if he thinks he’ll be able to do that next year with JJR but is confident they have the ability to. Where he’s the weakest, JJR is strong. And where JJR has faults, Macedo shines. It’s a combination he’s excited to put on the track, starting Feb. 5-7 at Volusia Speedway Park for the 50th DIRTcar Nationals.

“I think they can bring a lot of strengths for me as a driver,” Macedo said. “And on the flip side of that, talking with Phil, he feels like California and places like that, places where I’ve excelled at and they maybe have not done quite as well, I can help out and bring some insight on my end. Obviously, Phil, and their program, is incredibly good and I’m sure that they’ll elevate me as a drive tremendously. I think there’s potential there to put together an entire season. I know for myself and Phil, all of the guys at JJR and everyone that’s a sponsor, will be working their hardest to make that happen.”

When he sits behind the wheel of the #41 car again, he’ll look for there still to be that perfect match.

For tickets to the 50th DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park, click here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

 

 

NEW OPPORTUNITY PART I: Philip Dietz Relishes Owner, Crew Chief Role For 2021 The two-time World of Outlaws Crew Chief of the Year will be taking on a bigger role with Jason Johnson Racing

CONCORD, NC — Dec. 2, 2020 — Philip Dietz looks natural in the most challenging situations.

He enjoys it.

Serving as the crew chief for two cars, owning one of them, working with three drivers and winning with all three this year earned him his second World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Crew Chief of the Year Award – his first came in 2016 while working with Jason Johnson.

“It did get really busy for all of us to manage both teams, but it was a lot of fun,” said Dietz, who was crew chief for Jason Johnson Racing’s #41 car and his own Dietz Motorsports #14 car. “I really enjoyed it. I like new challenges and that was certainly one of them. It was a lot of fun for me.”

Next year, he’ll face a new challenge that he’s dreamed of. He and his wife, Brooke, have taken co-ownership of Jason Johnson Racing, while Bobbi Johnson takes a step back to spend more time home with her son Jaxx. Dietz will remain crew chief of the #41 car, which will run full-time with Carson Macedo.

“I’m very excited for it,” Dietz said. “It’s been a goal of mine, a dream of mine, to own a Sprint Car team one day. I never really anticipated it to be this big; to own a World of Outlaws team. It is certainly an honor. Two years ago, we were really uncertain of the direction of JJR, whether it would be a one-year deal, multi-year deal, we were just kind of taking it one year at a time and doing what was right for everyone.

“Obviously, it takes a lot of sponsorship to make it happen. If you can’t put all of those pieces together, it is impossible to go out and keep it going on a full-time basis. That was really tough for us. Obviously, with Bobbi, and with Jaxx in school now, we knew there was going to come a day when she couldn’t travel as much and want to scale back and be home and be a mom. And Jaxx is at that age now where he’s getting more involved in sports. It’s really important for her to be here (in Missouri) and be involved in all of that stuff.”

Dietz will be responsible for directing all the daily racing operations, strategy and sponsorship partner relations at JJR. Johnson will focus on operating the merchandise side of the business.

Running Dietz Motorsports this year and previous lessons learned from his late-cousin, Jason Johnson, have helped prepare Dietz for his new leadership role at JJR.

“I’ve learned a lot from the marketing side, dealing with sponsors, balancing a checkbook and making sure we have all of the parts needed to go out and be competitive,” Dietz said. “From that standpoint, it has taught me a lot of new things. I was involved with Jason and Jason Johnson Racing in previous years. He did teach me a lot of things and shared a lot of information. So, when I went into it, I wasn’t blindsided. I kind of knew a little bit about the business and understood the business. Certainly, a challenge to go out and do it on my own.”

He proved this mastery of juggling many items at a time without fear this year. Before the COVID-19 pandemic rocked the racing world, Dietz had planned on only running his Dietz Motorsports team on a part-time basis. But after a two-month break, he decided to run the team every weekend, doubling his crew chief responsibilities for about all 54 events.

That still resulted in Dietz getting his first win as a car owner with Parker Price-Miller at 34 Raceway, picking up seven wins with David Gravel driving the JJR #41 car, one win with Shane Stewart driving for JJR and running for the team championship with JJR before settling for a runner-up finish.

A notebook helped keep his changes and ideas organized, and his crew on both teams never missed a beat, but Dietz admitted 2020 was “pretty crazy to be honest.”

“The biggest thing was just keeping up with both cars,” Dietz said. “I guess just the work load itself in a timely manner. On an average night, it wasn’t that bad. There were certain situations throughout the year, I know Dodge City, Kansas (Dodge City Raceway Park) is one that sticks out where the show was rushed a little quicker than normal. There was no [Last Chance Showdown]. That night was a little hectic. It made it tough to keep up with both cars and make the changes we needed to make with both of them and make them better for the Feature.”

One of the easiest parts of the challenge was meshing with each driver's personality, he said. Dietz already had a full year under his belt with David Gravel – who started driving for JJR in 2019 – and was able to work well with Price-Miller and Shane Stewart – who won in his debut driving the JJR #41.

“Overall, I felt like it went really smoothly,” Dietz said. “As far as working with drivers, I felt like that worked out really well. David and I already had a system down where he would come in and give me his feedback and I could make adjustments fairly quickly. For that to remain the same and bring on the challenge of working with a second driver with Parker, that kind of made it tricky. But Parker did a job good. I really enjoyed working with him. Excellent driver. Gave great feedback. It wasn’t so much the personalities or the feedback from drivers that made it tricky. It was more of a time issue, trying to make sure we had everything done for when that eight-minute horn blew.”

Next year, he’ll reunite with 2019 World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year winner Carson Macedo. The duo won in their debut together during the second night of the 2018 360 Knoxville Nationals. Macedo, of Lemoore, CA, ran six World of Outlaws events for JJR that year, filling in for Jason Johnson who died earlier in the year. His best finish with the team was a fourth-place run at Eldora Speedway.

“I’m lucky to be able to land on my feet with Phil and Bobbi and the whole JJR team,” said Macedo, who lost his ride with Kyle Larson Racing, which closed at the end of the season. “I think they’re a very well put together organization. They’ve worked really hard over time to build a really good package during the few years they’ve been on the Outlaw tour. I’m excited to be a part of another good opportunity.”

To Dietz, Macedo’s driving style is like Johnson’s, which made it easier for him to watch the car and have a good idea of what needed to be changed to make it better. He said he’s excited to work with Macedo again and believes that JJR can carry the moment from this year into 2021 and be a championship-contending team.

“What’s nice, both of my (crew) guys, Clyde and Nate, they committed to staying on next season, so I think that’s going to make this go a lot smoother during the offseason, in terms of building cars and getting everything prepared,” Dietz said. “On top of that, we’re bringing in a driver like Carson Macedo, who already knows what to expect from me and I know what to expect from him. I feel like we’re going to jell really quickly. We’re going to keep working away, working hard at it. I feel like the key to success is preparation and I feel very confident with everything we have going on and for next season. I feel like we’re going to roll into the first race and probably be more prepared than we have been in previous years, so I’m really excited for that.”

(In PART II, we’ll explore what Carson Macedo learned during his time driving for Kyle Larson and what his expectations are with JJR for 2021.)

The team’s first race of the 2021 season will be at Volusia Speedway Park during the 50th DIRTcar Nationals. For tickets, click here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

 

 

2021 SCHEDULE: Huge Payouts, New Venues, Iconic Events Highlight 2021 World of Outlaws Season WORLD OF OUTLAWS NOS ENERGY DRINK SPRINT CARS WILL TOUR MORE THAN HALF OF THE UNITED STATES IN ITS 90-PLUS RACE SCHEDULE

CONCORD, NC — Nov. 25, 2021 — The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series is bringing a 90-plus schedule across 27 states with game-changing purses at stake in 2021.

Key to next season is the revitalization of a full slate of crown jewel events, including the 60th NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals with a potential $200,000 to the winner; TWO Kings Royals each paying $175,000 to win from an $800,000 purse; an additional $100,000 on the line for the Jackson Nationals if the same driver wins the Huset’s 50 ahead of Jackson; and the historic Williams Grove National Open with $75,000 to the winner from an enhanced payout through the field.

“We have set the stage for an incredible 2021 season,” World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter said. “The teams will be racing for unprecedented purses in the recent history of the sport, we’ll be back to racing coast-to-coast, celebrating the 50th annual DIRTcar Nationals, the 60th annual Knoxville Nationals, two Kings Royals, a stellar Jackson Nationals with big-money incentives, and we still have a few more surprises to reveal this winter. We’re definitely looking forward to kicking off a huge new season in February.”

The Series will make its inaugural appearances at four tracks in 2021 and return to several iconic venues in the upcoming epic new season, which will kick off Feb. 5-7 at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, FL for the 50th DIRTcar Nationals, and run into November when it wraps up with the championship-crowning Can-Am World Finals Nov. 4-6 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

“The COVID-19 pandemic put a damper on our initial 2020 plans, but I think we’ve put together an exciting 2021 schedule that brings the Series back to its roots of a long season spanning across the country,” World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Director Carlton Reimers said. “Several new tracks have been added this year that should please drivers and fans alike, along with fan-favorites still in place.”

WHAT’S NEW

Magnolia Motor Speedway (Fri., Feb. 19) – For the first time since 2011, the World of Outlaws will make its return to Mississippi with its debut at Magnolia Motor Speedway. The 3/8-mile track in Columbus, MS, opened in 2004 and has hosted several Sprint Car and Late Model events since, but will be graced by the World of Outlaws for the first time in 2021.

“We’re looking forward to having the World of Outlaws race at the speedway and make their return to Mississippi,” Magnolia Motor Speedway Promoter Johnny Stokes said. “It should be a pretty good show here.”

Revolution Park Speedway (Sat., Feb. 20) – The World of Outlaws will return to Louisiana for the first time since 2004 with its debut at Revolution Park Speedway. The 3/8-mile track is asphalt but will have dirt put down on it for the event, which it did for a Late Model event this year.

Vado Speedway Park (Fri.-Sat., April 9-10) – The newly constructed multi-million-dollar state-of-the-art Vado Speedway Park in Vado, NM, will host its inaugural World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car doubleheader in April. The 3/8-mile track is located off Interstate 10 between Las Cruces, NM, and El Paso, TX. It features paved fan parking, a concrete midway, concrete pit pads and stadium quality suites.

I-70 Speedway (Fri.-Sat., April 30-May 1) – While the World of Outlaws visited I-70 Speedway in the 1980s, when the Series returns to the Odessa, MO, facility this year it will be an entirely new 3/8-mile track. It closed in 2008, but was purchased by Chris Payne, who revamped Heartland Motorsports Park in Kansas. He has turned the facility into a state-of-the-art motorsport park with the new dirt track and a dragway.

WHAT’S RETURNING

Dixie Speedway (Fri., Feb. 12) – Instead of taking a few weeks off after the season opening DIRTcar Nationals, the World of Outlaws will hit the road and make its return to the 3/8-mile Dixie Speedway in Georgia. The Series has made three previous appearances at the track, with the last coming in 2007. Mark Kinser won the first two events in 1999 and Joey Saldana won the last.

Talladega Short Track (Sat., Feb. 13) – After stopping in Georgia, the World of Outlaws will make its return to Alabama the following day at the Talladega Short Track. The Series last visited the 1/3-mile track in 2011, which saw David Gravel pick up his first career victory. There have been seven different winners in the Series’ 11 appearances at the track.

“Talladega Short Track was a blast back when I was there and I’m excited to get back,” Gravel said.

West Coast Swings (March 4-April 10 & Sept. 3-Sept. 18) – After missing out on a West Coast Swing last year, the Series has Spring and Fall swings planned, featuring the return of several exciting venues. The Spring swing will kick off Thursday, March 4, at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas before going to Arizona Speedway the following weekend and then to California. The California tour will include the Series’ return to Santa Maria Raceway for the first time in 21 years and its return to Merced Speedway for the first time since 2014. The Spring swing will then conclude at Vado Speedway Park.

The Fall swing begins in Washington, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 3-4, at Skagit Speedway and stays in Washington on Monday, Sept. 6, at Grays Harbor Raceway before returning to California for the Friday and Saturday, Sept. 10-11, Gold Cup at Silver Dollar Speedway. The Fall swing will then conclude the following weekend Friday, Sept. 17, at Keller Auto Speedway and Saturday, Sept. 18, at Placerville Speedway.

“I’m really excited we’re heading back to Placerville,” two-time and defending World of Outlaws champion Brad Sweet said. “It’s my home track and I missed not being able to race in California this year in front of all my friends and family. It just didn’t feel like a real Outlaw schedule without the West Coast Swings.”

Sharon Speedway (Sat., May 22) – For the first time since 2016 the World of Outlaws will feature three Ohio tracks on the schedule with the addition of Sharon Speedway in 2021. The 3/8-mile track in Hartford, OH has hosted nine Series races in the past with the last event taking place in 2007. None of the current full-time drivers have won a Series race at Sharon.

New York Tour (Fri.-Sat., July 30-31) – COVID-19 canceled all plans of racing in New York in 2020, but the World of Outlaws will look to venture North again in 2021 for a doubleheader weekend. For the first time since 2018, on Friday, July 30, the Series plans to return to Ransomville Speedway and then on Saturday, July 31, to Weedsport Speedway.

Crown Jewels – The Jackson Nationals, NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals, Kings Royal and Williams Grove National Open return in 2021 as cornerstone events on the schedule. There will be an additional $100,000 on the line for the Jackson Nationals if a driver can win the finale of the Huset’s 50 – taking place a day ahead of the Nationals – and win the Nationals finale. Also, the 60th NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals will pay a potential $200,000 to the winner with each lap paying $1,000 to the driver that leads it.

Finally, as released earlier, the 2021 schedule will also feature the Series’ increased purse, which will pay at least $10,000 to the winner each event.

(RELATED: PAYING UP: World of Outlaws Increase Sprint Car Purses, Points Fund For 2021)

Tickets for all events will be available at WorldofOutlaws.com/tix.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch every race live on DIRTVision.

2021 SCHEDULE

Fri.-Sun., Feb. 5-7 – Volusia Speedway Park – Barberville, FL

Fri., Feb. 12 – Dixie Speedway – Woodstock, GA

Sat., Feb. 13 – Talladega Short Track – Eastaboga, AL

Fri., Feb. 19 – Magnolia Motor Speedway – Columbus, MS

Sat., Feb. 20 – Revolution Park Speedway – Monroe, LA

Fri.-Sat., Feb. 26-27 – Cotton Bowl Speedway – Paige, TX

Thurs., March 4 – The Dirt Track at Las Vegas – Las Vegas, NV

Fri.-Sat., March 12-13 – Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ

Sat., March 20 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA

Sun., March 21 – TBA

Fri.-Sat., March 26-27 – Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA

Fri., April 2 – Merced Speedway – Merced, CA

Sat., April 3 – Ocean Speedway – Watsonville, CA

Fri.-Sat., April 9-10 – Vado Speedway Park – Vado, NM

Fri., April 16 – Lawton Speedway – Lawton, OK

Sat., April 17 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway – Mesquite, TX

Fri., April 23 – TBA

Sat., April 24 – TBA

Thurs., April 29 – Jacksonville Speedway – Jacksonville, IL

Fri.-Sat., April 30-May 1 – I-70 Speedway – Odessa, MO

Fri.-Sat., May 7-8 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH

Wed., May 12 – Lincoln Speedway – Abbottstown, PA

Fri.-Sat., May 14-15 – Williams Grove Speedway – Mechanicsburg, PA

Tues., May 18 – Bridgeport Speedway – Swedesboro, NJ

Fri., May 21 – Attica Raceway Park – Attica, OH

Sat., May 22 – Sharon Speedway – Hartford, OH

Fri., May 28 – Terre Haute Action Track – Terre Haute, IN

Mon., May 31 – Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg. IN

Fri., June 4 – River Cities Speedway – Grand Forks, ND

Sat., June 5 – Granite City Speedway – Sauk Rapids, MN

Fri.-Sat., June 11-12 – Knoxville Raceway – Knoxville, IA

Thurs., June 17 – 34 Raceway – West Burlington, IA

Fri., June 18 – Dubuque Speedway – Dubuque, IA

Sat., June 19 – Beaver Dam Raceway – Beaver Dam, WI

Mon.-Tues., June 21-22 – Huset’s Speedway – Brandon, SD

Thurs.-Sat., June 24-26 – Jackson Motorplex – Jackson, MN

Fri.-Sat., July 2-3 – Cedar Lake Speedway – New Richmond, WI

Sat., July 10 – Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI

Tues., July 13 – Attica Raceway Park – Attica, OH

Wed.-Sat., July 14-17 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH

Tues., July 20 – Lernerville Speedway – Sarver, PA

Fri.-Sat., July 23-24 – Williams Grove Speedway – Mechanicsburg, PA

Fri., July 30 – Ransomville Speedway – Ransomville, NY

Sat., July 31 – Weedsport Speedway – Weedsport, NY

Fri.-Sat., Aug. 6-7 – Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 – Pevely, MO

Wed.-Sat., Aug. 11-14 – Knoxville Raceway – Knoxville, IA

Fri., Aug. 20 – River Cities Speedway – Grand Forks, ND

Sat., Aug. 21 – Red River Valley Speedway – West Fargo, ND

Sun., Aug. 22 – Huset’s Speedway – Brandon, SD

Fri., Aug. 27 – I-80 Speedway – Greenwood, NE

Sun., Aug. 29 – Black Hills Speedway – Rapid City, SD

Fri.-Sat., Sept. 3-4 – Skagit Speedway – Alger, WA

Mon., Sept. 6 – Grays Harbor Raceway – Elma, WA

Fri.-Sat., Sept. 10-11 – Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA

Fri., Sept. 17 – Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA

Sat., Sept. 18 – Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA

Fri., Sept. 24 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH

Sat., Sept. 25 – Lernerville Speedway – Sarver, PA

Fri.-Sat., Oct. 1-2 – Williams Grove Speedway – Mechanicsburg, PA

Fri.-Sat., Oct. 8-9 – Port Royal Speedway – Port Royal, PA

Fri., Oct. 15 – TBA

Sat., Oct. 16 – TBA

Fri., Oct. 22 – Lakeside Speedway – Kansas City, KS

Sat., Oct. 23 – TBA

Fri., Oct. 29 – TBA

Sat., Oct. 30 – TBA

Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 4-6 – The Dirt Track at Charlotte – Concord, NC

 

 

DREAM TO REALITY: Brock Zearfoss Joining World of Outlaws Full-time In 2021 The Pennsylvania driver will go from Posse member to Outlaw and join an impressive rookie field

CONCORD, NC — Nov. 25, 2020 — Brock Zearfoss shocked and thrilled World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car fans when he held off 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz and David Gravel for a win at Williams Grove Speedway in 2017.

He’ll look to do that year-round in 2021 when he joins the Series full-time for his rookie season.

“We had been talking about joining the tour for a couple of years now, we just put all of the pieces together for this coming year and felt like this coming year was the right time to do it,” said Zearfoss, of Jonestown, PA.

“It was always a goal of mine (to join the tour). I grew up in the Williams Grove infield, watching Steve Kinser and the Outlaws when they come into town. It was always a dream of mine to become a full-time race car driver and run with the Outlaws. The dream came true to become a full-time driver in 2018 and now the second part of that deal has come together with the Outlaws.”

Zearfoss will run the full tour in his own Moose’s LZ Bar & Grill #3Z, joining Aaron Reutzel in the hunt for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year title. He ran 16 races with the Series in the family car this year, earning three top-five finishes and five top-10s – one of his best seasons with the Series to date. In total, he’s ran 57 races with the World of Outlaws, collecting one win, four top-fives and nine top-10s.

His career started in go-karts before gradually moving up the racing ladder to Micro Sprints, 358 Sprint Cars, 360 Sprint Cars and then 410 Sprint Cars. The past few years he’s expanded beyond the local Pennsylvania, traveling out of state more, mostly in the Northeast and Midwest with the All Star Circuit of Champions – earning four wins in the Series.

The challenges of running his own team on a 90-plus race schedule, that spans from coast to coast, are not lost on Zearfoss. Along with calculating costs, there are several unknowns with traveling to multiple new tracks and areas he’s never been to. However, with the support from his sponsors and leadership of veteran crew chief Shane Bowers, he’s confident they can make it work.

“Going from racing every Friday and Saturday night locally and working 40-hour weeks to becoming a full-time driver, traveling up and down the countryside, there’s a lot of key components that go into making this successful and making sure you can make it the whole year,” Zearfoss said. “Hotel bills and fuel costs alone are huge expenses, on top of racing. Fortunately, I have Shane Bowers, who has been up and down the road enough to have the smarts to do it right. He’s been up and down the road with a lot of good teams.”

Bowers and Zearfoss were paired together in 2018 when he joined Destiny Motorsports. They immediately connected, Zearfoss said, and had success, making the Knoxville Nationals in their first attempt together. Bowers has flown side by side with the “Jonestown Jet” ever since.

Having Bowers by his side and the confidence of knowing he can win against the Outlaws is a recipe for success in Zearfoss’ eyes. He said he believes his team is capable of finishing inside the top-10 in points and getting a win next year.

“Just all comes down to racing on the road,” Zearfoss said. “Traveling, that’s what makes the Outlaws the best and the best drivers in the world. They’re always traveling to different places every night and dealing with different circumstances and having to adapt pretty quick. It just makes you a better driver overall. Not to mention the competition is the toughest there is. You need to be on top of your game and it forces you to do that, racing with the Outlaws.

“If we can make a couple of new fans, see some new racetracks and gain all of the experience that we can it’s going to be a good year.”

Zearfoss will start the 2021 season with the rest of the stars of the World of Outlaws Feb. 5-7 at Volusia Speedway Park for the 50th DIRTcar Nationals. For tickets, click here.

If you can't make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

 

 

PAYING UP: World of Outlaws Increase Sprint Car Purses, Points Fund For 2021
The 2021 points fund gets a $90K bump and every race will pay a minimum of $10,000-to-win
 

CONCORD, NC — Nov. 23, 2020 — Drivers competing with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series in 2021 will have to make more room in their wallets.

The Series is increasing its single-day and two-day event purses for 2021, as well as the overall points funds. Every race will now pay a minimum $10,000-to-win and the points fund at the end of the season will payout more than $730,000 – about a $90,000 increase from 2020.

And for the event purses, it’s not just the winner’s share that’s increasing. There are increases throughout the entire field.

Single-day events will payout more than $55,800 in total and will pay $1,000-to-start. Two-day events will payout more than $108,000 in total with the first night paying $5,500 to second-place, $1,850 to 10th and $900-to-start, and the second night paying $6,000 to second, $2,000 to 10th and $1,000-to-start.

“We’re excited to provide drivers and teams with an increased purse for the 2021 season, especially after the burdens COVID-19 placed on them in 2020,” World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Director Carlton Reimers said. “The increase is a representation of the Series’ exciting continued growth, our commitment to our competitors and the growing support from the fans.”

The significance of the increase is not lost on the drivers either.

“Obviously, as a race car driver, trying to make a living racing, you want to race for the highest purses you can,” Two-time and defending World of Outlaws champion Brad Sweet said. “I’m very happy that the World of Outlaws has taken the step to increase the purses. Definitely a step in the right direction.”

The championship will again payout $150,000 between the winning driver and team in 2021, but second-place and down will see significant increases. Among the increases include, second-place paying $100,000, third paying $60,000, fifth paying $50,000 and 15th paying $13,000.

Along with the purse increase, the 2021 season will see the return of several big paying events, including the Aug. 11-14 60th NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville Raceway, which will pay a potential $200,000 to the winner.

A five-race “Showdown” event between the two-day (June 21-22) Huset’s 50 at Huset’s Speedway and the three-day (June 24-26) Jackson Nationals at Jackson Motorplex will offer an extra $100,000 if a driver can win the finale of both World of Outlaws events.

The 2021 season will kick off Feb. 5-7 at Volusia Speedway Park for the 50th DIRTcar Nationals in Barberville, FL. For tickets, click here. The entire 2021 schedule will be released soon.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

Single-Day Event Purse

 

Single-Day Event

1st

$10,000

2nd

$5,500

3rd

$3,300

4th

$2,900

5th

$2,600

6th

$2,400

7th

$2,300

8th

$2,200

9th

$2,150

10th

$2,100

11th

$1,600

12th

$1,400

13th

$1,200

14th

$1,100

15th

$1,050

16th

$1,000

17th

$1,000

18th

$1,000

19th

$1,000

20th

$1,000

21st

$1,000

22nd

$1,000

23rd

$1,000

24th

$1,000

 

 

 

 

 




















 

 

Two-Day Event Purse

 

First Day Event

Second Day Event

1st

$10,000

$10,000

2nd

$5,500

$6,000

3rd

$3,200

$3,500

4th

$2,600

$2,800

5th

$2,350

$2,500

6th

$2,150

$2,300

7th

$2,100

$2,200

8th

$1,950

$2,100

9th

$1,900

$2,050

10th

$1,850

$2,000

11th

$1,400

$1,600

12th

$1,200

$1,400

13th

$1,000

$1,200

14th

$950

$1,100

15th

$900

$1,050

16th

$900

$1,000

17th

$900

$1,000

18th

$900

$1,000

19th

$900

$1,000

20th

$900

$1,000

21st

$900

$1,000

22nd

$900

$1,000

23rd

$900

$1,000

24th

$900

$1,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2021 Points Fund

 

 

DRIVER

OWNER

1st

$150,000.00

$75,000.00

$75,000.00

2nd

$100,000.00

$50,000.00

$50,000.00

3rd

$60,000.00

$30,000.00

$30,000.00

4th

$55,000.00

$27,500.00

$27,500.00

5th

$50,000.00

$25,000.00

$25,000.00

6th

$45,000.00

$22,500.00

$22,500.00

7th

$40,000.00

$20,000.00

$20,000.00

8th

$37,500.00

$18,750.00

$18,750.00

9th

$35,000.00

$17,500.00

$17,500.00

10th

$30,000.00

$15,000.00

$15,000.00

11th

$25,000.00

$12,500.00

$12,500.00

12th

$20,000.00

$10,000.00

$10,000.00

13th

$15,000.00

$7,500.00

$7,500.00

14th

$14,000.00

$7,000.00

$7,000.00

15th

$13,000.00

$6,500.00

$6,500.00

16th

$12,000.00

$6,000.00

$6,000.00

17th

$11,000.00

$5,500.00

$5,500.00

18th

$10,000.00

$5,000.00

$5,000.00

19th

$9,000.00

$4,500.00

$4,500.00

20th

$8,000.00

$4,000.00

$4,000.00



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALL-TIME WINS: Several Drivers Advance Win Records
Eight drivers advanced their rank, two earned their first win and the remaining three claimed meaningful victories

CONCORD, NC — Nov. 19, 2020 — Thirteen drivers visited Victory Lane with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series in 2020.

The majority of them increased their rank on the all-time wins list, while they all increased their stock in the history books.

Two-time and defending Series champion Brad Sweet, of Grass Valley, CA, and David Gravel, of Watertown, CT, earned their 58th career wins this season, tying them for 14th on the all-time wins list with two-time champion Jason Meyers. Sweet won eight races this year and Gravel won seven.

All of Sweet’s victories have come with Kasey Kahne Racing, while Gravel has collected his 58 career wins with six teams throughout this career – DDR Motorsports (2011), Bill Rose Racing (2013), Rod Tiner Racing (2014), Roth Motorsports (2014), CJB Motorsports (2016-2018) and Jason Johnson Racing (2019-2020).

Logan Schuchart, of Hanover, PA, jumped from 33rd to 25th on the all-time wins list with his seven victories – including his win during the season finale at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. He now has 23 career wins and is seven away from tying his grandfather, Bobby Allen, for 20th on the list.

“To end the World of Outlaws season with a win is awesome,” Schuchart said. “Just got to thank my grandfather for everything that he has done and given me this opportunity; be here with all of these great people; race this thing; race for wins and be a part of the greatest racing, in my opinion.”

Schuchart earned his 20th career victory in style by winning the Jackson Nationals – his first crown jewel win.

Topping everyone for the most wins this season was Kyle Larson, of Elk Grove, CA. He visited Victory Lane 12 times, bringing him to 20 career wins and tying him for 28th on the all-time wins list with Greg Hodnett.

Among those 12 victories included a sweep of the June Knoxville Raceway doubleheader, his first Brad Doty Classic win, his first Ironman 55 win, the Capitani Classic win, a sweep of the August North Dakota weekend and a sweep at Port Royal.

Aside from Kyle Larson, Sheldon Haudenschild, of Wooster, OH, was arguably one of the best drivers in the back half of the year. He won a career high seven races in a single season from July to November, including an emotional hometown win at Wayne County Speedway.

Haudenschild entered the year with seven wins and now sits 35th on the all-time wins list with 14.

“To have (Crew Chief Kyle) Ripper back has meant the world to me,” Haudenschild said. “He’s the man. He’s got it figured out. Just so glad to have him back. And to have (crew members) Nickolas (Goodfleisch) and Drew (Brenner). We’re brothers. I’d do anything for them three and I know they’d do the same for me. Just very grateful to be in this NOS Energy Drink car. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for a 27-year-old from Wooster.”

Carson Macedo, of Lemoore, CA, Parker Price-Miller, of Kokomo, IN and James McFadden, of Warrnambool, VIC, AUS, each added one more victory in the “W” column to advance their rank. Macedo is now tied with four other drivers for 53rd with six career wins, while Price-Miller and McFadden entered the two wins club with 17 other drivers.

After a year of no first-time winners, 2020 saw two – Carson Short and Jacob Allen. Both won in dominating fashion with Short, of Marion, IL, leading all 30 laps at Tri-State Speedway and Allen, of Hanover, PA, leading all 30 laps at Dodge City Raceway Park. Short’s win came in his 11th Feature start and Allen’s first win came after 358 starts of wondering when it would happen.

While 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz, of Fargo, ND, didn’t advance his rank on the list, he closed in on a significant milestone. His five wins this year have brought him one victory away from claiming a milestone 300 career wins. The only two drivers ahead of him on the wins list are three-time champion Sammy Swindell with 394 wins and 20-time champion Steve Kinser with 690 wins.

“This sport owes me nothing,” Schatz said. “I feel like I’ve contributed to it for a long time. I’ve won the things I’ve wanted to win, and I want to continue to win as much as I can.”

This year was the first time since 2011 that he didn’t end the season with double-digit wins. However, he did earn a history setting sixth National Open title at Williams Grove Speedway.

Oklahoma-natives Daryn Pittman and Shane Stewart also didn’t advance their rank on the all-time wins list but earned meaningful victories this year.

A couple of weeks after announcing he would step away from full-time World of Outlaws racing at the end of 2020, Pittman, the 2013 Series champion, earned a home state victory at Lawton Speedway. It was his sole win of the year and his 86th career win overall. He remains ninth on the all-time wins list – two wins ahead of his racing idol Stevie Smith.

“To win [at Lawton Speedway] with as many friends and family, people that have supported me for 25 years, honestly some of them longer than that, honestly means more than anything,” Pittman said.

Stewart was ready to hang up his helmet at the beginning of the year after a tough 2019 season that left him without a full-time ride. However, he ended up needing it quite a bit. He ran 32 World of Outlaws events with five teams and won with two of them. His first win of the season came at Williams Grove Speedway with the Indy Race Parts team and his second was at Lakeside Speedway in his debut with Jason Johnson Racing. The two victories brought Stewart to 36 career victories, which keeps him placed 19th on the list.

The all-time wins list will be adjusted again when the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars’ 2021 season kicks off Feb. 5-7 at Volusia Speedway Park for the 50th DIRTcar Nationals. For tickets, click here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

 

 

CBS Sports Network Set to Showcase World of Outlaws, Super DIRTcar Series

Hour-long programs will be broadcast every Sunday on CBS Sports Network for the remainder of 2020

CONCORD, N.C. – Nov. 18, 2020 – Not ready to let go of the 2020 World of Outlaws and Super DIRTcar Series seasons? CBS Sports Network will be your source for reliving some of the biggest races of the year each weekend.

The network will once again broadcast World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car, World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model and Super DIRTcar Series events from this season every Sunday at 7pm (ET) until the end of the year.

“We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with CBS Sports Network and showcase the year’s best races on national television,” World of Outlaws and DIRTcar CEO Brian Carter said. “This has been a crazy season, but it’s produced phenomenal racing, which fans will get to relive every Sunday.”

Fans will be treated to an assortment of thrilling races between the three top dirt racing series. Among them include the prestigious National Open at Williams Grove Speedway, where 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz won a historic sixth National Open title; the spectacular OktoberFAST finale at Weedsport Speedway, where Max McLaughlin earned an emotional first career win; the Late Model Firecracker event at Lernerville Speedway, Sprint Cars at Kokomo Speedway and the season finale for the Late Models and Sprint Cars at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

Along with the races, CBS Sports Network will also broadcast the Return to Racing documentary on Nov. 29, showing how the World of Outlaws made its return to racing during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

SCHEDULE

Sunday, November 22 – National Open Prelim at Williams Grove Speedway – 7pm
Sunday, November 22 – National Open Finale at Williams Grove Speedway – 7:30pm

November 29 – Return to Racing documentary – 7pm

December 6 – OktoberFAST Finale at Weedsport Speedway – 7pm

December 13 – World of Outlaws Late Model Firecracker at Lernerville Speedway – 7pm
December 13 – World of Outlaws Sprint Cars at Kokomo Speedway – 7:30pm

December 20 – World of Outlaws Last Call Late Model Opening Night – 7pm
December 20 – World of Outlaws Last Call Late Model Finale – 7:30pm

December 27 – World of Outlaws Last Call Sprint Cars Finale – 7pm
December 27 – World of Outlaws Sprint Car 2020 Highlights – 7:30pm

CBS Sports Network 
CBS Sports Network (CBSSN), the 24-hour home of CBS Sports, televises nearly 600 live events and over 3,000 hours of live programming every year including live college football, college basketball, and more from the MW, AAC, Big East, C-USA, A-10, Army, Navy, and the Patriot League. CBSSN is also the home to Professional Bull Riding.

Throughout the year, the network also telecasts a full slate of original programming and studio coverage. It is home to NFL Monday QB featuring Trent Green, Rich Gannon and Steve Beuerlein, We Need To Talk the first-ever all-female sports show, Boomer & Gio, Tiki & Tierney, Time to Schein and That Other Pregame Show which covers Pro, College, and Fantasy Football every Sunday morning.

CBSSN has become the extension of CBS Sports sharing talent and graphics as well as providing support coverage of every major event that CBS produces including Super Bowl 53, SEC football, NCAA Tournament, The Masters, and PGA Championship.

 

 

BUILDING BLOCKS: Logan Schuchart Building Upon Experiences For Growth
Shark Racing is poised to contend for the 2021 World of Outlaws championship

CONCORD, NC — Nov. 17, 2020 — After crashing out of the race at Beaver Dam Raceway in June while running second, Logan Schuchart knew if he lost the championship by five points his grandfather would say, “I told you so.”

He lost it by 46 points, but the message delivered by that mistake has stuck with him ever since.

“There’s a few racetracks where we hurt because of my inexperience of being in these situations where I was racing for wins when I should have been more conservative and settled for a second or third-place finish,” said Schuchart, of Hanover, PA. “We would have definitely been closer.”

While a runner-up finish, or even a win, at Beaver Dam wouldn’t have made Schuchart the champion this year, it would’ve kept he and his Shark Racing team in contention for the title until the final lap, instead of allowing reigning champion Brad Sweet to lock up the championship during the penultimate race of the season.

Now, no longer a rookie at running for a championship, Schuchart is taking the lessons he learned this year to heart for another run at his first World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series championship in 2021. But along with implementing a more conservative nature at times, he admitted he and the team still need to work on their consistency.

Hitting the wall at Beaver Dam was Schuchart’s only DNF of the year, but he had two finishes outside the top-15 in the last 10 races, which hurt just as bad. Those two finishes combined cost Schuchart 40 points to Sweet.

“There’s been a few races where we had some issues and didn’t quite figure it out and finished mid-pack,” Schuchart said. “There’s some races and some racetracks that we still need to learn a little bit about; go watch some tape; look back at the notes and figure out what went wrong and fix it.”

Despite losing the championship, Schuchart and the Shark Racing team didn’t hang their heads at the end of the 2020 season. They were held high in celebration of their victory during the season ending World of Outlaws Last Call at The Dirt Track at Charlotte – his seventh win of the year.

Knowing the championship was out of reach, Schuchart was determined to end his season on a high note. Parking his Drydene #1S car in Victory Lane accomplished that and provided he and the team with the confidence that they can enter the 2021 season as championship contenders again.

“We just wanted to come down here and run strong,” Schuchart said about the season finale in Charlotte. “Six wins on the season is awesome, but coming into this racetrack (at Charlotte), knowing we’ve run good and have won in the past, I just wanted to finish this season strong and show everybody that this Shark Racing team is here to stay. We’re going to come out swinging next year.

“We finished a little bit shorter than where we wanted to be, but we started with the goal of a top three (in points). To win a race and finish top two in points is awesome.”

The 2021 season will kick off Feb. 5-7 at Volusia Speedway Park for the 50th DIRTcar Nationals. Schuchart demonstrated the growth of his team at the half-mile track this year. Before the 2020 season, he had never led a lap or finished inside the top-five at Volusia. At the end of the three-day event, he had one win, three top-five finishes and led 50 laps.

That was a trend throughout the season for Schuchart. He earned career best finishes at several tracks, giving the team hope they can continue that next year at tracks they still struggled at this season.

“I think we’re just going really good as a team,” Schuchart said. “I feel confident driving. Ron Helmick, Ben Witman, Tyler Garber, working on these cars, they’re really doing a good job with these cars and are confident in what they’re doing. They’re looking over them and making sure they’re not falling apart. Everyone is doing their job.

“We had limited DNFs this year, which is very important in this Series. And my grandfather (and car owner Bobby Allen), at the top, just doing what he needed to do to make sure we were all doing our jobs and to look over us. I feel like our team is working really well together. We’ve been out here [since 2014], using our experience to our advantage. I look forward to 2021.”

For tickets to the Feb. 5-7 50th DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park, click here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

 

 

VIRTUAL CONCLUSION: Drivers, Teams Reflect On 2020 Season in Virtual Banquet
$600,000 in points funds was awarded to the 13 full-time World of Outlaws teams

CONCORD, NC — Nov. 12, 2020 — The year that almost wasn’t turned out to be a year you’ll never forget.

Brad Sweet claimed his second consecutive World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series championship. Jacob Allen earned his first career win. Kyle Larson did Kyle Larson things. And some of the best racing in Series history was produced.

Like most events this year, COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the 2020 World of Outlaws banquet. However, as the Series had done throughout the year, it found another solution. Drivers were still awarded their trophies and more $600,000 in points funds was awarded to all of them during a virtual banquet.

“2020 was a year to overcome a lot of adversity for a lot of the teams, the whole World Racing Group organization and luckily we got a season in,” said two-time and defending champion Brad Sweet, of Grass Valley, CA. “It’s great to be standing here and be a two-time champion.

“It was an up and down year for our NAPA Auto Parts team. We had a lot of success early on in the season. A lot of momentum on our side. Had those DNFs in the middle part of the season. We lost a little bit of our confidence and struggled in the middle part of the season. The end of the year we were able to come back on strong, capitalize and get the championship.”

Sweet added his name to an elite list this year. He joins Steve Kinser, Sammy Swindell, Mark Kinser, Donny Schatz and Jason Meyers on the short list of drivers who have multiple World of Outlaws championships in the 42-year history of the sport.

In 54 races, he ended the year with eight wins, 37 top-fives and 46 top-10s.

Along with claiming another championship for himself, Sweet brought Kasey Kahne Racing its third team championship. KKR is now only the fourth team in Series history with three or more titles. The other three are Karl Kinser’s team, Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing and Steve Kinser Racing.

The entire KKR team put in a valiant effort all year, and crew member Andrew Bowman was honored with the Jason Johnson Sportsman of the Year Award due to his unwavering commitment to the sport and his willingness to always help other teams.

“This award truly comes as an unexpected surprise,” Bowman said. “I am honored to receive this award in Jason’s name. Jason was a class act on and off the track and I strive to model his passion for racing and commitment to creating a family like atmosphere while on the road.

“I want to thank Bobbi (Johnson) and everyone at JJR for the opportunity to be recognized by my peers. This has been a unique year presented with many challenges but as a race family we were able to come out on top. I look forward to next season and the memories that are to come.”

The driver championship was determined during the penultimate race of the year, but the team championship came down to the last lap of the last race. KKR had to fend off Jason Johnson Racing, who had put together a stellar season with three drivers. David Gravel ran the majority of the events for the team, but in the four races he didn’t run, Parker Price-Miller filled in twice, earning one top-10, and Shane Stewart filled in the other two time, winning in his debut with the team at Lakeside Speedway.

JJR ended the year second in the team championship standings with eight wins, 31 top-fives and 46 top-10s. The team’s crew chief, Philip Dietz, won the 2020 Crew Chief of the Year Award. Not only did he put the team in championship contention, he won with two drivers at JJR and was also crew chief for his own Dietz Motorsports team, which won with Price-Miller at 34 Raceway.

"To me, it's probably the biggest award that I can win," said Dietz, who first won the award in 2016. "Personally, I feel like, to win an award like that is special. It makes me feel like I did my job for the year."

Wayne Johnson ran his first full-time season, at 49 years old, this year and earned the 2020 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award. He made 29 Feature starts, finished 12th in the Series standings and earned at top-10 at the historic Devil’s Bowl Speedway.

“Well, the 2020 season, being a rookie, I don’t know, it’s been a bit of whirlwind for me,” said Johnson, of Oklahoma City, OK. “I had bigger expectations for sure, but to be the Gobrecht Rookie of the Year at my age is pretty cool… All in all, we didn’t have the success we wanted to, but without the car owners Todd and Kelly Carlisle, they gave me a great opportunity to come out here and do this.”

Two other special awards were also handed out by Drydene and Series sponsor NOS Energy Drink. For the second year in a row, NOS Energy Drink Marketing Director Lauren Albano presented a driver with the NOS Energy Drink Human Horsepower Award for the drive and determination they show on and off the track. This year, the award went to 2013 Series champion Daryn Pittman, who hung up his helmet as a full-time driver at the end of the season.

“He has a racer’s heart and is the truest example of what it means to be a teammate,” Albano said about Pittman. “He’s often found helping teams on their cars, even if it means scrapping dirt before the Feature. He is a competitor and leads by example on and off the track.”

And for the first time, Drydene presented the Blood, Sweat and Gears Award to the driver with the biggest improvement in points from last year to this year. The award was presented to Jacob Allen, who won his first career Series race this year at Dodge City Raceway Park and finished a career high eighth in the points. Last year, he finished 12th.

Along with the real-life drivers, the virtual World of Outlaws champion, Alex Bergeron was also crowned the 2020 iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car World Championship winner and awarded with a more than $15,000 check. Like Sweet, it’s his second consecutive championship.

The virtual banquet – which can be found on the World of Outlaws Facebook, Twitter and Youtube pages – closed the book on the 2020 season, but it’s a story you’re sure to never forget.

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series 2021 season will kick off Feb. 5-7 at Volusia Speedway Park during the DIRTcar Nationals. For tickets, click here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

FINAL PAYOUT
– Brad Sweet/Kasey Kahne Racing – $150,000
– Logan Schuchart/Shark Racing – $65,000
– Jason Johnson Racing – $37,500
– Donny Schatz/Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing – $52,500
– Sheldon Haudenschild/Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing – $47,500
– Carson Macedo/Kyle Larson Racing – $43,000
– Daryn Pittman – $18,750
– Roth Motorsports – $18,750
– Jacob Allen/Shark Racing – $34,000
– Kraig Kinser/Kinser Racing – $31,000
– Jason Sides/Sides Motorsports – $25,000
– Wayne Johnson/TwoC Racing – $14,000
– Mason Daniel/Mason Daniel Racing – $14,000
– Bill Rose/Bill Rose Racing – $12,000

BANQUET AWARDS
Chassis Builder of the Year: Maxim Racing (Kasey Kahne Racing)
Engine Builder of the Year: Cappetta Engines (Kasey Kahne Racing)
Crew Chief of the Year: Philip Dietz (Jason Johnson Racing)
Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year: Wayne Johnson
Jason Johnson Sportsman of the Year: Andrew Bowman (Kasey Kahne Racing)
NOS Energy Drink Human Horsepower Award – Daryn Pittman
Drydene Blood Sweat & Gears Award – Jacob Allen
KSE Racing Hard Charger Award – Brad Sweet
Racing Electronics Rookie Award (New ear molds) – Wayne Johnson
VP Racing Fuels Award – Brad Sweet (champion), Wayne Johnson (RotY) and Jacob Allen (Most Improved)

FINAL 2020 STATS
There were 54 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Feature events this season.

FEATURE WINNERS (13 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 12
2 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 8
3 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 7
– Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 7
– David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 7
4 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 5
5 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 2
6 – Carson Short, Marion, Ill. – 1
– Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 1
– Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 1
– Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 1
– Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 1
– James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 1

DRYDENE HEAT RACE WINNERS (47 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 21
2 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 17
3 – Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 12
4 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 12
– Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 12
– Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 12
– Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 12
5 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 11
– Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 11
6 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 10
7 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 9
8 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 7
9 – Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 6
10 – James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 4
11 – Rico Abreu, St. Helena, Calif. – 3
– Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Ind. – 3
– Gio Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 3
– Cory Eliason, Visalia, Calif. – 3
12 – Kasey Kahne, Enumclaw, Wash. – 2
– Tyler Courtney, Indianapolis, Ind. – 2
– Brooke Tatnell, Sans Souci, NSW, Australia – 2
– Brent Marks, Myerstown, Pa. – 2
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 2
13 – Brian Brown, Grain Valley, Mo. – 1
– Sam Hafertepe, Jr., Sunnyvale, Texas – 1
– Chase Stockon, Fort Branch, Ind. – 1
– Matt Juhl, Sioux Falls, S.D. – 1
– Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1
– Trey Starks, Puyallup, Wash. – 1
– Lynton Jeffrey, Prairie City, Iowa – 1
– Scotty Thiel, Sheboygan, Wis. – 1
– Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 1
– Freddie Rahmer, Salfordville, Pa. – 1
– Jeff Halligan, Ephrata, Pa. – 1
– Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 1
– Brock Zearfoss, Jonestown, Pa. – 1
– Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 1
– Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tenn. – 1
– Colby Copeland, Roseville, Calif. – 1
– Sammy Swindell, Germantown, Tenn. – 1
– Sawyer Phillips, Pleasantville, Iowa – 1
– Spencer Bayston, Lebanon, Ind. – 1
– Austin McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 1
– Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg, Pa. – 1
– Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 1
– Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 1
– Cory Eliason, Visalia, Calif. – 1

DIRTVISION FAST PASS DASH WINNERS (21 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 6
2 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 5
– Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 5
3 – Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 4
– Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 4
– Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 4
– Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 4
– Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 4
4 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 3
5 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 2
– Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 2
– Gio Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 2
6 – Carson Short, Marion, Ill. – 1
– Austin McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 1
– Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tenn. – 1
– Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 1
– Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 1
– Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1
– Freddie Rahmer, Salfordville, Pa. – 1
– Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 1
– James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 1

LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN WINNERS (33 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tenn. – 5
2 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 4
3 – Mason Daniel, Springville, Calif. – 3
4 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 2
– Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 2
– Austin McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 2
– Brian Brown, Grain Valley, Mo. – 2
– Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 2
– Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 2
5 – Lucas Wolfe, Mechanicsburg, Pa. – 1
– Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 1
– Paul McMahan, Nashville, Tenn. – 1
– Brian Bell, Arlington Tenn. – 1
– Rico Abreu, St. Helena, Calif. – 1
– Bill Balog, Hartland, Wis. – 1
– Gio Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 1
– David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 1
– Aryton Gennetten, Gravois Mills, Mo. – 1
– Scotty Thiel, Sheboygan, Wis. – 1
– Paul Nienhiser, Chapin, Ill. – 1
– Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 1
– Tim Wagaman, Hanover, Pa. – 1
– Steve Buckwalter, Royersford, Pa. – 1
– Brendan Mullen, Grand Forks, N.D. – 1
– Skylar Prochaska, Lakefield, Minn. – 1
­– Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 1
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1
– Henry Malcuit, Strasburg, Ohio – 1
– Cale Thomas, Fairland, Ind. – 1
– Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 1
– Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 1
– Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg. Pa. – 1
– Brent Marks, Myerstown, Pa. – 1
– Anthony Macri, Dillsburg, Pa. – 1

C-MAIN WINNERS (20 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Trey Starks, Puyallup, Wash. – 1
– Cale Thomas, Fairland, Ind. – 1
– Anthony Macri, Dillsburg, Pa. – 1
– Shane Golobic, Fremont, Calif. – 1
– Brent Marks, Myerstown, Penn. – 1
– Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 1
– Wayne Johnson, Oklahoma City, Okla. – 1
– Hunter Schuerenburg, Sikeston, Mo. – 1
– Cole Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 1
– Adam Wilt, York, Pa. – 1
– Sammy Swindell, Germantown, Tenn. – 1
– Josh Schneiderman, West Burlington, Iowa – 1
– Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 1
– Mason Daniel, Springville, Calif. – 1
– Kyle Moody, Lewisberry, Pa. – 1
– Spencer Bayston, Lebanon, Ind. – 1
– Dylan Ciseny, Port Royal, Pa. – 1
– T.J. Stutts, Liverpool, Pa. – 1
– Bill Rose, Plainfield, Ind. – 1
– Matt Farnham, Tonawanda, NY – 1

D-MAIN WINNERS (5 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Kyle Moody, Lewisberry, Pa. – 1
– Anthony Macri, Dillsburg, Pa. – 1
– Skylar Gee, Leduc, AB, Canada
– Wayne Johnson, Oklahoma City, Okla. – 1
– Troy Wagaman, Jr., Hanover, Pa. – 1

PODIUM FINISHES (25 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – # of podiums
1 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 29
2 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 23
3 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 18
4 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 17
– David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 17
5 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 16
6 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 8
7 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 5
– James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 5
8 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 4
9 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 2
– Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 2
– Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 2
– Brent Marks, Myerstown, Pa. – 2
– Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 2
10 – Carson Short, Marion, Ill. – 1
– Austin McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 1
– Matt Juhl, Sioux Falls, S.D. – 1
– Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1
– Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Ind. – 1
– Anthony Macri, Dillsburg, Pa. – 1
– Rico Abreu, St. Helena, Calif. – 1
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1
– Freddie Rahmer, Salfordville, Pa. – 1
– Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg, Pa. – 1

HARD CHARGER AWARD (20 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – H.C. Awards
1 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 9
2 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 8
3 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 7
4 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 6
5 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 5
6 – Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 3
7 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 2
– David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 2
8 – Sammy Swindell, Germantown, Tenn. – 1
– Carson Short, Marion, Ill. – 1
– Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 1
– Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tenn. – 1
– Brent Marks, Myerstown, Pa. – 1
– Jade Hastings, Grand Forks, N.D. – 1
– Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 1
– James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 1
– Cap Henry, Republic, Ohio – 1
– Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 1
– Freddie Rahmer, Salfordville, Pa. – 1
– Brock Zearfoss, Jonestown, Pa. – 1

TOTAL LAPS LED (18 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Laps
1 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 278
2 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 238
3 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 235
4 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 210
5 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 203
6 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 96
7 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 88
8 – Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 78
9 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 74
10 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 62
11 – James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 41
12 – Gio Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 40
13 – Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 37
14 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 32
15 – Carson Short, Marion, Ill. – 30
16 – Kasey Kahne, Enumclaw, Wash. – 10
– Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 10
17 – Brian Brown, Grain Valley, Mo. – 3

QUALIFYING QUICK TIME (19 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – QTs
1 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 8
2 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 7
3 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 5
4 – Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 4
– Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 4
– Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 4
– Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 4
5 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 3
– Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 3
5 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 2
– Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 2
6 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 1
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1
– Kasey Kahne, Enumclaw Wash. – 1
– Cory Eliason, Visalia, Calif. – 1
– Scotty Thiel, Sheboygan, Wis. – 1
– Anthony Macri, Dillsburg, Pa. – 1
– Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 1
– Gio Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 1

NEW TRACK RECORDS (4 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – (TR)
1 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. (9.995 sec. at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55)
– Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. (11.061 sec. at Plymouth Speedway)
– Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. (12.490 sec. at Lawton Speedway)
– Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. (16.111 sec. at Williams Grove Speedway)

2020 World of Outlaws Schedule & Winners
No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Friday, Feb. 7 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Donny Schatz (1)
2. Saturday, Feb. 8 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Brad Sweet (1)
3. Sun., Feb. 9 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Logan Schuchart (1)
4. Friday, May 8 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / David Gravel (1)
5. Fri., May 22 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (2)
6. Sat., May 23 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Kyle Larson (1)
7. Friday, May 29 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, MO / Logan Schuchart (2)
8. Saturday, May 30 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, MO / Donny Schatz (2)
9. Friday, June 5 / Beaver Dam Raceway / Beaver Dam, WI / Brad Sweet (3)
10. Saturday, June 6 / Beaver Dam Raceway / Beaver Dam, WI / Brad Sweet (4)
11. Friday, June 12 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Kyle Larson (2)
12. Saturday, June 13 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Kyle Larson (3)
13. Friday, June 19 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Carson Short (1)
14. Saturday, June 20 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Carson Macedo (1)
15. Thursday, June 25 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Brad Sweet (5)
16. Friday, June 26 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Logan Schuchart (3)
17. Saturday, June 27 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Logan Schuchart (4)
18. Friday, July 3 / Cedar Lake Speedway / New Richmond, WI / Brad Sweet (6)
19. Sat., July 4 / Cedar Lake Speedway / New Richmond, WI / Brad Sweet (7)
20. Friday, July 10 / 34 Raceway / West Burlington, IA / Parker Price-Miller (1)
21. Saturday, July 11 / Wilmot Raceway / Wilmot, WI / David Gravel (2)
22. Sun., July 12 / Terre Haute Action Track / Terre Haute, IN / Logan Schuchart (5)
23. Tuesday, July 14 / Attica Raceway Park / Attica, OH / Kyle Larson (4)
24. Tuesday, July 21 / Lernerville Speedway / Sarver, PA / Donny Schatz (3)
25. Thursday, July 23 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbottstown, PA / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)
26. Fri., July 24 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Shane Stewart (1)
27. Sat., July 25 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg. PA / David Gravel (3)
28. Fri., Aug. 7 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Sheldon Haudenschild (2)
29. Sat., Aug. 8 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Kyle Larson (5)
30. Thurs., Aug. 13 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Kyle Larson (6)
31. Fri., Aug. 14 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / David Gravel (4)
32. Sat., Aug. 15 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Kyle Larson (7)
33. Fri., Aug. 21 / River Cities Speedway / Grand Forks, ND / Kyle Larson (8)
34. Sat., Aug. 22 / Red River Valley Speedway / West Fargo, ND / Kyle Larson (9)
35. Sat., Aug. 29 / U.S. 36 Raceway / Osborn, MO / Sheldon Haudenschild (3)
36. Sun., Aug. 30 / I-80 Speedway / Greenwood, NE / Brad Sweet (8)
37. Sat., Sept. 5 / Huset’s Speedway / Brandon, SD / Sheldon Haudenschild (4)
38. Sun., Sept. 6 / Huset’s Speedway / Brandon, SD / Kyle Larson (10)
39. Fri., Sept. 11 / Dodge City Raceway Park / Dodge City, KS / Jacob Allen (1)
40. Sat., Sept. 12 / Dodge City Raceway Park / Dodge City, KS / Sheldon Haudenschild (5)
41. Fri., Sept. 18 / Lawton Speedway / Lawton, OK / Daryn Pittman (1)
42. Sat., Sept. 19 / Devil’s Bowl Speedway / Mesquite, TX / Logan Schuchart (6)
43. Thurs., Sept. 24 / Plymouth Speedway / Plymouth, IN / Donny Schatz (4)
44. Fri., Sept. 25 / Wayne County Speedway / Orrville, OH / Sheldon Haudenschild (6)
45. Sat., Sept. 26 / Lernerville Speedway / Sarver, PA / David Gravel (5)
46. Fri., Oct. 2 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / David Gravel (6)
47. Sat., Oct. 3 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Donny Schatz (5)
48. Fri., Oct. 9 / Port Royal Speedway / Port Royal, PA / Kyle Larson (11)
49. Sat., Oct. 10 / Port Royal Speedway / Port Royal, PA / Kyle Larson (12)
50. Fri., Oct. 16 / Lakeside Speedway / Kansas City, KS / Shane Stewart (2)
51. Sat., Oct. 17 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, MO / James McFadden (1)
52. Sat., Oct. 24 / Kokomo Speedway / Kokomo, IN / Sheldon Haudenschild (7)
53. Fri., Nov. 6 / The Dirt Track at Charlotte / Concord, NC / David Gravel (7)
54. Sat., Nov. 7 / The Dirt Track at Charlotte / Concord, NC / Logan Schuchart (7)

 

 

TWICE AN OUTLAW: Larson Joins Elite Group to Race with Both World of Outlaws Late Models and Sprint Cars

Rare Crowd of 14 Drivers & Counting Includes Schatz, Stewart, Schrader, Blaney, Eckert, Pauch, Hearn & More

CONCORD, N.C. - Last week, one of the rarest achievements in World Racing Group was accomplished again; this time by Kyle Larson.

Countless racers have realized their dreams of competing with either the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series or the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series come true. How many can say they've done both, though? Very few.

For the first time since 2016, a new member was added to this unique crew when Larson made his debut with the World of Outlaws Late Models to go along with his 20 World of Outlaws Sprint Car wins.

The list of 14 and counting is chalked full of legends and local heroes alike.

From World of Outlaws champions Donny Schatz, Dave Blaney and Rick Eckert; to all-around motorsport icons Tony Stewart, Ken Schrader, Brett Hearn, Billy Pauch; to the lower-level legends like John Garvin Jr., Dave Murdick, David Scott, Charlie Swartz, John Vandenberg and Larry Wight; this crowd has it all.

Let's take a look at these guys and their accomplishments:

Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, California)
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars - 94 Starts / 20 Wins
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models - 2 Starts / Best Finish: 8th

The newest member of this elite group, Larson made his World of Outlaws Late Model Series debut last week at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in record-setting fashion. Setting Fast Time both nights, Larson walked away with a new track record (14.183 seconds) and established his career-best with the series as an eighth-place run in his second night out. To go along with his new adventure into late model land, the 28-year old Larson already has 20 World of Outlaws Sprint Car wins to his credit, 12 of which came in his earth-shattering 2020 campaign.

Although he's heading back to the NASCAR Cup Series to race for Hendrick Motorsports in 2021, Yung Money has stated he'll still be competing on dirt when available. He even expressed interest in making his first attempt at the iconic Prairie Dirt Classic, a $50,000-to-win World of Outlaws Late Model event set for July 30-31, 2021 at Fairbury (Ill.) Speedway.

Donny Schatz (Fargo, North Dakota)
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars - 1,882 Starts / 299 Wins
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models - 22 Starts / Best Finish: 3rd

The ten-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car champion holds a resume with the wings that is more than guaranteed to earn him a ticket to the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame one day, but did you know Donny is even a maestro with the fenders on? Strapping into his own Rocket Chassis No. 15 late model when his Tony Stewart Racing No. 15 sprint car sits idle, Schatz has said he enjoys late models for the challenge, while it still presents an opportunity to have fun on a less-serious scale.

A winner of 299 career World of Outlaws Sprint Car features, Schatz first attempted the World of Outlaws Late Models in 2014. He quickly established his career-best of third-place at his home track of River Cities (N.D.) Speedway on July 10, 2015; in only his eighth-career start, Schatz was only beaten by soon-to-be National Dirt Late Model Hall of Famers Tim McCreadie and Josh Richards.

Schatz will run double duty at Volusia's DIRTcar Nationals in February.
 

Tony Stewart (Columbus, Indiana)
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars - 48 Starts / 3 Wins
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models - 2 Starts / Best Finish: 16th

As a three-time NASCAR Cup Series, IndyCar champion, and USAC triple crown champion, it's no surprise to see Stewart's name on this list of diverse drivers. Smoke is a three-time winner on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car trail, recording victories at Ohsweken (Can.) Speedway in 2011-12 and another at Lernerville (Pa.) Speedway in 2012.

His only two career starts with the World of Outlaws Late Models came at Eldora (Ohio) Speedway, a track he owns, in the summer of 2007 and 2008.

Dave Blaney (Hartford Township, Ohio)
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars - 508 Starts / 94 Wins
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models - 2 Starts / Best Finish: 16th

Another versatile talent, the elder Blaney brother has an extensive NASCAR Cup Series career (473 races) to go along with his 1984 USAC Silver Crown title and prestigious 1995 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series championship. A 2014 inductee to the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame, Dave made two appearances with the World of Outlaws Late Models throughout his career.

His late model debut came on June 26, 2004 at Sharon Speedway, a track which he owns. He ended up 16th that night and returned to a late model four years later when he made his most recent appearance at Delaware International Speedway.

Rick Eckert (York, Pennsylvania)
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars - 1 Start / Best Finish: LCS
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models - 618 Starts / 37 Wins

A legend on the World of Outlaws Late Model trail, Eckert owns the record for most feature starts in series history at 618. His 37 victories rank sixth on the all-time wins list and he's a perennial top five candidate in every other major statistical category. At 54 years old, Scrub is still a consistent contender with The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet, proving that with his runner-up result at this year's $50,000-to-win USA Nationals at Cedar Lake (Wisc.) Speedway.

His lone attempt with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series came way back in 1989, when a then 24-year old Rick drove his father Junior Eckert's No. 0 against The Greatest Show on Dirt at Lincoln (Pa.) Speedway just down the road from his home in York.

Ken Schrader (Fenton, Missouri)
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars - 5 Starts / 1 Win
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models - 16 Starts / Best Finish: 8th

A two-time USAC champion in the 1980's and longtime NASCAR Cup Series star (763 races), Schrader is one of seven drivers on this list to have won in either of the two premier series. His lone win with the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars came during the third season, when he won at Tri-City (Ill.) Speedway on August 22, 1980.

Contesting 16 events with the World of Outlaws Late Models from 2004-2011, Schrader's one and only top ten with the series came in an eighth-place finish at Ohsweken Speedway on June 18, 2009.

Billy Pauch (Frenchtown, New Jersey)
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars - 84 Starts / 2 Wins
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models - 1 Starts / Best Finish: 18th

A northeastern legend in the modified ranks, Pauch has accomplished his fair share of success in other ranks as well. On October 8, 1994, Pauch won his first-career World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series race driving the Zemco No. 1Z and established a then world record at the Syracuse (N.Y.) Mile circling the track in 24.825 seconds at an average speed of 144.590 MPH. He won again on June 4, 1996 at Rolling Wheels (N.Y.) Raceway Park, this time beating legends Andy Hillenburg and Steve Kinser. In his 84 series starts, Pauch was a top-ten runner (44) in more than half of his appearances.

His only shot at the World of Outlaws Late Models came on June 30, 2005 at his home track of Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway. Pauch transferred out of the Last Chance Showdown to finish 18th in the 50-lap feature.

John Garvin Jr. (Sarver, Pennsylvania)
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars - 3 Starts / Best Finish: 23rd
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models - 12 Starts / Best Finish: 12th

The 38-year old local to Lernerville Speedway made his first two of three World of Outlaws Sprint Car starts at the 4/10th-mile oval in 2016 and 2018. His most recent feature start with the series came at Volusia (Fla.) Speedway Park on February 9, 2020, when he drove his No. J4 into the DIRTcar Nationals finale.

A 12-time starter with the World of Outlaws Late Models, Garvin's best run with the series came at his home track of Lernerville on June 27, 2013, when finished 12th-from-23rd in the first preliminary night of the crown jewel Firecracker 100.

Brett Hearn (Sussex, New Jersey)
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars - 1 Start / Best Finish: 30th
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models - 1 Start / Best Finish: 23rd

One of the greatest competitors in Super DIRTcar Series history, Hearn has amassed more than 100+ wins with the series and collected the most championships in history with seven crowns. The New Jersey native has also racked up just one start with each the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars and World of Outlaws Late Models to find his way on this list.

Hearn's only sprint car start came on October 8, 1983 at the Syracuse Mile, where he finished 30th in a race won by Doug Wolfgang. Then 22 years later on August 15, 2005, Hearn's only career late model attempt took place at Lebanon Valley (N.Y.) Speedway in a 23rd-place finish.

Dave Murdick (Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania)
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars - 1 Attempt / Best Finish: LCS
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models - 4 Attempts / Best Finish: LCS

Another Lernerville Speedway local on the list, all five of Murdick's attempts with the World of Outlaws came at his home track. He first attempted the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup with the sprint cars on July 29, 1997, which was won by Mark Kinser. Most recently, Murdick contested both the 2009 and 2010 Firecracker 100 for the late models, but missed out on feature action.

David Scott (Garland, Pennsylvania)
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars - 2 Starts / Best Finish: 25th
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models - 33 Starts / Best Finish: 3rd

More of a fender ace, Scott's best effort with the World of Outlaws Late Models came back on June 26, 2004 at Ohio's Sharon Speedway, when finished third behind Davey Johnson and Mike Balzano. Just two months ago in September, Scott scored another top five with the late models at Thunder Mountain (Pa.) Speedway; this coming in fourth-from-15th behind legends Scott Bloomquist, Brandon Sheppard and Darrell Lanigan.

In 2000, he competed twice with the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, both times at Lernerville Speedway. He finished 27th on May 16 and 25th on July 25th's rendition of the Silver Cup driving a No. 3D machine.

Charlie Swartz (Ashland, Kentucky)
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars - ? Starts / Best Finish: 6th (PTS)
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models - 7+ Starts / Best Finish: 3rd

A participant in the inaugural season for the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series in 1978, Swartz finished sixth in the standings behind five of sprint car racing's most heralded legends including Steve Kinser, Rick Ferkel, Bobby Allen, Doug Wolfgang and Jack Hewitt.

Also competing in the first chapter of World of Outlaws Late Model Series history, Swartz raced late models in 1988 and 1989. A consistent top-ten finisher, Swartz's best result came on August 10, 1989, finishing third at Cedar Lake Speedway behind Donnie Moran and Kevin Gundaker.

John Vandenberg (Oskaloosa, Iowa)
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars - 3 Starts / Best Finish: 10th
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models - 4 Starts / Best Finish: 11th

While he's a member of this elite group, Vandenberg is actually the only driver in history to qualify for, let alone finish top ten, in both the Knoxville Nationals for sprint cars and late models; and he did it in the same year in 2004. That night on August 14, 2004 marked his career-best effort with the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, a tenth-place finish in the No. V10.

With the World of Outlaws Late Models, Vandenberg drove a No. 5M entry to his career-best 11th-place result on May 14, 2005 at Butler (Mich.) Motor Speedway. Nowadays, John is living in Oskaloosa down the road from Knoxville as a UPS driver and helps coach his son, Carter, in the modified ranks.

Larry Wight (Phoenix, New York)
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars - 5 Starts / Best Finish: 9th
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models - 15 Starts / Best Finish: 12th

Lightning Larry, a modified ace known for picking up a steering wheel with anything attached to it, is the 14th and final driver to highlight this incredible list. Of his five starts with the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, Wight's best run came with a pair of ninth-place finishes at Fulton (N.Y.) Speedway on July 23, 2014 and October 6, 2018, both in his Gypsum Express No. 99L.

In 15 starts with the World of Outlaws Late Models, the New York native mustered a career-best effort of 12th at Brewerton (N.Y.) Speedway on August 24, 2010, a year in which he contested nine different features with The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet.

Who do you think is the next versatile star that joins this elite group of double duty drivers?

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ONE FOR THE ROAD: Brad Sweet Crowned Champion; Logan Schuchart Wins Season Finale
Kasey Kahne Racing clinched the team championship Saturday night at The Dirt Track at Charlotte

CONCORD, NC — Nov. 7, 2020 — Brad Sweet and Logan Schuchart closed out the 2020 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season the same way they opened it.

Schuchart won the DIRTcar Nationals finale in February, while Sweet claimed the event’s title. Saturday night, during the World of Outlaws Last Call season finale at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Schuchart won the race, while Sweet was officially crowned the 2020 champion.

“We overcame a lot of adversity to have four DNFs and to still win the points,” said Sweet, of Grass Valley, CA, about his 2020 season. “I thought we showed our resilience this week and we came here and executed, I thought, perfectly.

“We did everything we needed to do to win the points and get Kasey Kahne Racing the team championship. Hats off to our competitors. Logan (Schuchart) gave me a good run for my money all season long and the 41 (Jason Johnson Racing) bunch… nothing but respect from all of us here. Obviously, we want to win and stay on top of the mountain.”

Schuchart and his Shark Racing team kept the pressure on Sweet for the championship all year long. The two swapped the points lead twice during the season, but Schuchart’s effort came up short Friday night at The Dirt Track. By Sweet finishing ahead of him, the reigning champion secured enough points to clinch his second consecutive title.

However, that did little to diminish Schuchart’s hunger for another win. His last trip to Victory Lane was in September. So, with a championship mentality no longer needed, Schuchart went full king shark Saturday night.

He set Quick Time in his Qualifying flight; finished second in his Drydene Heat Race; finished second in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash; and dusted Sweet in the 30-lap Feature to earn his seventh win of the season and third win at The Dirt Track.

“We came into this weekend saying we just wanted to end strong,” said Schuchart, of Hanover, PA. “We knew certain things were out of our control. Last night was a challenge, but we made up for it a little bit. To end the World of Outlaws season with a win is awesome.

“We weren’t able to get the champion. But fifth last year and second this year (in points). This Shark Racing team is coming. We’re going to continue to try and get better and move forward.”

Sweet was the early contender for the win, claiming the pole for the Feature and led the three opening laps. But Schuchart had the NAPA Auto Parts #49 in sight the entire time, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. With a run down the front stretch, Schuchart pulled the trigger and shot a slide job underneath Sweet into Turn 1 and cleared him for the lead by Turn 2.

From then on, the Drydene #1S held command out front. Sweet closed on him in traffic but could never get close enough to attempt a pass.

“I wish I wouldn’t have lost the lead to Logan because I felt like the way the race played out I never really got another great opportunity to get by him,” Sweet said. “Just started out the race just a little off. But it came to me. I felt like we were just as good as Logan in open air. And that says a lot, because he’s usually really good at this place.”

Aside from trying to run down Schuchart for the win, Sweet still had a championship to worry about, other than his own. His Kasey Kahne Racing team entered the night 22 points ahead of Jason Johnson Racing. And JJR’s driver David Gravel didn’t help ease the pressure off Sweet throughout the night.

Gravel set overall Quick Time for the second night in a row and beat Sweet for the win in their Drydene Heat Race. By the luck of the draw, Sweet started on the pole for the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash and won, claiming the Feature’s pole position. Gravel finished fourth.

In the Feature, Gravel stole third on the first lap and kept Sweet in sight throughout the entire event. Gravel could close on him after a restart, but Sweet pulled away over time in clean air. To have any shot at bringing JJR the team title, he needed to beat Sweet and hope that "The Big Cat" fell at least 11 positions behind him.

He came up short on that goal and ended the season with a third-place finish.

“I knew we had a chance (at beating Sweet),” said Gravel, of Watertown, CT. “Just lacked a little bit there. We were pretty good, but Brad and Logan were really really good there. We could hang with them on the restart and I had some good runs and Brad made a move and blocked my lane. That was kind of my only chance.”

The race was also Gravel’s final drive behind the wheel of the JJR #41 car. He’ll join Big Game Motorsports in 2021 for a championship run.

Ten-time Series champion Donny Schatz ended the night with a sixth-place finish and ended the year third in the championship standings. That breaks his 14-year streak of finishing first or second in points.

Sheldon Haudenschild had a career best season, finishing fourth in points with a career-high seven wins in a single season. Carson Macedo also had a new career achievement by finishing fifth in points with Kyle Larson Racing. Macedo will join Jason Johnson Racing in 2021 as KLR closes this year.

The Last Call was 2013 World of Outlaws champion Daryn Pittman’s final race as a full-time Series driver. He capped off his career with a ninth-place run at The Dirt Track and finished seventh in the championship standings.

Now, with the 2020 season completed, the World of Outlaws will look to 2021 and, again, open the season in February at Volusia Speedway Park for the DIRTcar Nationals. A new beginning to Sweet and Schuchart’s budding competitive tale.

UP NEXT

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will kick off the 2021 season Feb. 5-7 at Volusia Speedway Park for the DIRTcar Nationals. For tickets, click here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

RESULTS

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2][$12,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [1][$5,500]; 3. 41-David Gravel [4][$3,200]; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen [7][$2,800]; 5. 21-Brian Brown [3][$2,500]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz [9][$2,300]; 7. 10-Dave Blaney [11][$2,200]; 8. 57-Kyle Larson [12][$2,100]; 9. 72-Daryn Pittman [13][$2,050]; 10. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [10][$2,000]; 11. 9-James McFadden [16][$1,500]; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser [17][$1,200]; 13. 39-Spencer Bayston [8][$1,100]; 14. 71-Shane Stewart [14][$1,050]; 15. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [6][$1,000]; 16. 26-Cory Eliason [22][$1,000]; 17. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [24][$1,000]; 18. 2-Carson Macedo [5][$1,000]; 19. 13-Justin Peck [23][$1,000]; 20. 39M-Anthony Macri [21][$1,000]; 21. 83-Dominic Scelzi [25][$]; 22. 5-Brent Marks [15][$1,000]; 23. 7S-Jason Sides [20][$1,000]; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen [19][$1,000]; 25. 33M-Mason Daniel [27][$]; 26. 11-Ian Madsen [18][$1,000]; 27. 6-Bill Rose [28][$]; 28. 2C-Wayne Johnson [26][$]; Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1-2, Logan Schuchart 3-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[+7]

Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.69; 2. 2-Carson Macedo, 12.779; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 12.786; 4. 21-Brian Brown, 12.831; 5. 39M-Anthony Macri, 12.831; 6. 10-Dave Blaney, 12.841; 7. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.86; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.91; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.927; 10. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 12.927; 11. 72-Daryn Pittman, 12.929; 12. 5-Brent Marks, 12.935; 13. 26-Cory Eliason, 13.024; 14. 7BC-Tyler Courtney, 13.053; 15. 44S-Trey Starks, 13.099; 16. 33M-Mason Daniel, 13.136; 17. 6-Bill Rose, 13.247; 18. 7NY-Matt Farnham, 13.273; 19. 2X-Bill Balog, 13.278; 20. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.388; 21. 40-George Hobaugh, 13.448; 22. 70-Nick Tucker, 13.858

Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 41-David Gravel, 12.688; 2. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 12.856; 3. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.873; 4. 39-Spencer Bayston, 12.879; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.886; 6. 57-Kyle Larson, 12.893; 7. 11-Ian Madsen, 12.92; 8. 9-James McFadden, 12.924; 9. 71-Shane Stewart, 12.926; 10. 13-Justin Peck, 12.956; 11. 1-Sammy Swindell, 13.003; 12. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.11; 13. 14-Tim Kaeding, 13.11; 14. 51-Paul McMahan, 13.123; 15. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 13.146; 16. 83-Dominic Scelzi, 13.15; 17. 3C-Cale Conley, 13.212; 18. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg, 13.245; 19. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer, 13.267; 20. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 13.425; 21. 12-Brent Shearer, 13.496; 22. 6X-Frank Rodgers, NT

 

 

PITTMAN’S LAST CALL: A Long, Storied Career Nearing Chapter’s End

Daryn Pittman will look to end his the 2020 season and career as a full-time World of Outlaws driver strong at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Saturday night

CONCORD, NC — Nov. 7, 2020 — Daryn Pittman’s racing career kicked off at 5 years old. However, it wasn’t until he was about 13 that he turned his passion into a life’s goal.

He wanted to be a professional race car driver. And for more than 20 years, the now 42-year-old Owasso, OK native has made that a reality.

Tonight, he’ll put a period to one chapter in his storied career. Pittman will hang up his helmet as a full-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series driver after the season finale Last Call at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

In his 23-year history with the Series – 17 of them as a full-time driver – Pittman amassed a plethora of accomplishments:

2013 World of Outlaws champion
86 career World of Outlaws wins
More than 1,450 Feature starts
2008 Kings Royal winner at Eldora Speedway
Three-time DIRTcar Nationals champion
Two Gold Cup victories at Silver Dollar Speedway
2001 World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion

But are those satisfying enough to the 13-year-old Pittman who dreamed of being a World of Outlaws driver?

“I hope so,” Pittman said with a chuckle. “There are a lot of things that I’d obviously love to redo. But all in all, it has been a hell of a ride and I’ve accomplished more than I could ever have hoped to have dreamed of in my wildest dreams for sure.”

Among his glories, the championships and wins aren’t what mean the most to him. It’s the lasting impression he’s left on fans and those in the industry. Moments he looked at as insignificant took on new life when they became admired plots to someone’s story. Knowing something he did helped create a happy moment in someone’s life was an unexpected trophy each time.

That doesn’t change the way he views his career. It makes him prouder of it.

“Just to hear that I was a small part of their life that they vividly remember as a good moment makes me proud,” Pittman said. “Proud of all of the wins. Proud of all of the years we’ve been able to do it and all of the car owners I’ve been able to drive for. But I think, more than anything, I’m just proud of all of the relationships that I’ve had and been able to have with teams that maybe we didn’t finish on the best note but from a personal standpoint I think we’ve stayed in good graces with all of my old car owners and crew guys. It’s hard to do this for as long as we’ve done it. There are very few that have the long career that me and (10-time Series champion) Donny (Schatz) and few others have had. Just proud of the way we did it.”

In his final weekend as a full-time World of Outlaws driver, Pittman said he hasn’t let that thought get to him. Like any other season, he’s focused on ending it on a high note.

This year has put him on a roller coaster, with the first two-thirds of the year plagued by the COVID-19 pandemic and inconsistencies with the Roth Motorsports team. In September, shortly after announcing he was stepping away from full-time racing, he also announced he would part ways with Roth – who he had driven for since 2019. He picked up an emotional hometown win at Lawton Speedway before splitting with the team and rejoining Heffner Racing for the remainder of the season.

At Heffner, he was paired with crew member Heath Moyle and reunited with crew chief Kale Kahne – who he worked with at Kasey Kahne Racing when he won the championship. His stint with the team has resulted in one top-five and two top-10 finishes in 11 races, so far. They’ve shown speed in each event, making the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash in about half of them, but part failures and bad luck have hindered their final results.

Despite the poor finishes, Pittman said he’s still having fun. Being paired with Heffner, Moyle and Kahne to finish out his career in Charlotte – a track he has two wins at – is a big contributor to that.

“I couldn’t have asked to finish out the year with a better team and better people, truthfully,” Pittman said. “For as trying and as hard we’ve had to work to keep a competitive car on the racetrack, as much stuff as we’ve gone through, to do it with these guys and the attitudes that they’ve been able to keep and maintain has been refreshing. Brought me back to what it takes to be a part of successful teams with successful crew guys.”

Once he take the checkered flag for the final time as a full-time World of Outlaws driver, during the fittingly named Last Call event, and climbs out of the Shipley Energy #72 car, a new chapter in his life will begin. What that is? He’s still working on it. Maybe some racing. Maybe a lot of racing. Maybe no racing.

He’ll look to find his 13-year-old self again, who found something he loves and turned it into a life’s goal.

“I’ve been able to turn a hobby into a job and it’s the only job I’ve ever had,” Pittman said. “I think for anybody, that’s all you can ever ask for; to find something you love and find a way to make a living doing it and I’ve been blessed to be able to do that for a long time. No doubt moving forward, whatever, we do, it will also be the same way. It’ll have to be something I enjoy, and I look forward to figuring out what that is.”

To see Pittman's last race as a full-time World of Outlaws driver, you can get a pit pass at the track.

If you can't make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

 

 

CALL IT: David Gravel Scores Third Consecutive Charlotte Win; Brad Sweet Secures Second Title
The team championship is still up for grabs with Kasey Kahne Racing 22 points ahead of Jason Johnson Racing

CONCORD, NC — Nov. 6, 2020 — David Gravel and Brad Sweet each claimed glory Friday night at The Dirt Track at Charlotte before they go to war on Saturday.

Sweet clinched his second consecutive World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series title, while Gravel led from green to checkers to claim his third consecutive win at the Charlotte track.

However, at the end of the night, the two shared a common desire: They’re both focused on winning the team championship for their teams. Sweet’s Kasey Kahne Racing team leads Gravel’s Jason Johnson Racing team by 22 points, heading into the final race of the 2020 season on Saturday.

“I just don’t feel like the job is fully completed,” said Sweet, of Grass Valley, CA. “I think the team championship is just as important to our guys, to me, to (team owner) Kasey (Kahne). The job is half done right now.

"Obviously, for me, personally, I know my name is going to be in those record books. Being a two-time champion is something that is really special to me. It puts me up there with some really great guys. I’m excited, but we still have to get that team championship for Kasey and the guys. If we’re able to do that, I think it will show that we were able to overcome a lot of adversity this year.”

During Gravel’s victory speech, the team title was the first thing on his mind, even as he plans to leave Jason Johnson Racing for Big Game Motorsports next year.

“What did he (Sweet) run fourth or something like that?” Gravel asked in Victory Lane. “So, we gained [eight] points on him. So, we’re [22] points back. Got to beat him by 10 positions tomorrow. That’s going to be hard to do. All we can do is win these races and see where we end up.”

If Gravel wins the final night of the Last Call, he’ll need Sweet to finished 11th in order to secure the team champion. The two teams would tie in points, but Jason Johnson Racing would then have nine wins versus Kasey Kahne Racing’s eight. With positions second and on paying two points between them, versus the four-point difference from first to second, Gravel would need to beat Sweet by 11 spots if he doesn't win.

The Watertown, CT driver proved that he and JJR came to Charlotte with the intent of leaving with a title. He dominated the night by setting Quick Time, winning his Drydene Heat Race, finishing second in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash and then cleaning house in the Feature.

He and polesitter Carson Macedo raced side by side for the first lap, Gravel high and Macedo low, but the high line prevailed for Gravel, helping him to rocketed ahead of the Kyle Larson Racing #2 car.

Five cautions slowed Gravel’s quest for the trophy throughout the night. However, Macedo, and eventually Sheldon Haudenschild, had nothing for Gravel on the restarts from the runner-up spot. They’d close on Gravel in traffic, but he put time behind them once he got into a rhythm.

Gravel piloted the Mesilla Valley Transportation #41 car through tough track conditions and lap traffic to win by more than three seconds over Haudenschild.

“You couldn’t see the cushion going into (turn) three,” Gravel said. “It was really, really tough. So, I was kind of a little bit conservative. I’m sure whoever ran second got close there at one point. I went to the top and probably put on a little bit of a gap.

“Happy to get another win here. That’s three in a row here at this racetrack for us. Hopefully we can sweep it again. It would be a really good accomplishment and we can end this year off with a bang.”

Entering the night, Sweet had a 46-point lead over Logan Schuchart. To clinch his second consecutive World of Outlaws title, he had to finish one spot ahead of Schuchart. Sweet finished fourth and Schuchart finished sixth. As long as Sweet shows up to race on Saturday, the driver championship is officially his.

“I really wanted to lock the driver title up tonight,” Sweet said. “I knew that was our best shot to do it tonight, to beat Logan, and just come into it with a clear slate tomorrow and go after that team championship.”

Schuchart put on a valiant effort to try and keep his championship hopes alive with a charge from 16th to sixth, which earned him the KSE Hard Charger Award. And while he missed out on his first championship, he didn’t hang his head after the race.

“I would just like to end this year with a win,” said Schuchart, of Hanover, PA. “You know, finish out on top. You know, whatever happens other than that, some of it is not controllable for us but either way this Drydene team has worked really hard this year and has gained a lot from what we’ve been in years past. If we can continue to get better, we’ll be where we want to be in years to come.”

His points battle for the year isn’t over, yet, though. While he may not be competing for the championship, he’ll still need to fend off 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz to hold on to the runner-up spot in points. With Schatz finishing third, the Fargo, ND driver is now 12 points back from Schuchart. Schatz has finished first or second in points for the last 14 years.

The World of Outlaws 2020 season finale at The Dirt Track will see a championship battle come down to the last lap for the second year in a row. Gravel won the battle Friday night. Now, he’ll go to war with Sweet on Saturday.

UP NEXT

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will conclude its 2020 season at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Saturday, Nov. 7, during the World of Outlaws Last Call. Click here for pit passes.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

RESULTS

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 41-David Gravel [2][$12,000]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [4][$5,500]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [12][$3,200]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [5][$2,800]; 5. 57-Kyle Larson [14][$2,500]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [16][$2,300]; 7. 2-Carson Macedo [1][$2,200]; 8. 11-Ian Madsen [6][$2,100]; 9. 13-Justin Peck [18][$2,050]; 10. 26-Cory Eliason [8][$2,000]; 11. 9-James McFadden [17][$1,500]; 12. 39-Spencer Bayston [13][$1,200]; 13. 2M-Kerry Madsen [3][$1,100]; 14. 71-Shane Stewart [10][$1,050]; 15. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [20][$1,000]; 16. 44S-Trey Starks [19][$1,000]; 17. 11K-Kraig Kinser [22][$1,000]; 18. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [24][$1,000]; 19. 83-Dominic Scelzi [23][$1,000]; 20. 33M-Mason Daniel [27][$]; 21. 2C-Wayne Johnson [26][$]; 22. 9K-Kasey Kahne [11][$1,000]; 23. 72-Daryn Pittman [7][$1,000]; 24. 5-Brent Marks [21][$1,000]; 25. 1A-Jacob Allen [9][$1,000]; 26. 1-Sammy Swindell [15][$1,000]; 27. 7S-Jason Sides [25][$]; Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+10]

Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 12.305; 2. 9K-Kasey Kahne, 12.343; 3. 11-Ian Madsen, 12.355; 4. 72-Daryn Pittman, 12.415; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.417; 6. 1-Sammy Swindell, 12.452; 7. 39-Spencer Bayston, 12.486; 8. 26-Cory Eliason, 12.575; 9. 5-Brent Marks, 12.589; 10. 44S-Trey Starks, 12.611; 11. 14-Tim Kaeding, 12.634; 12. 2X-Bill Balog, 12.646; 13. 3C-Cale Conley, 12.654; 14. 83-Dominic Scelzi, 12.666; 15. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 12.68; 16. 33M-Mason Daniel, 12.733; 17. 9-James McFadden, 12.816; 18. 7NY-Matt Farnham, 12.917; 19. 6-Bill Rose, 12.94; 20. 12-Brent Shearer, 12.955; 21. 70-Nick Tucker, 13.083; 22. 6X-Frank Rodgers, 13.619; 23. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer, NT

Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 41-David Gravel, 12.193; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.264; 3. 21-Brian Brown, 12.291; 4. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.293; 5. 2-Carson Macedo, 12.304; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.365; 7. 13-Justin Peck, 12.369; 8. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.372; 9. 71-Shane Stewart, 12.39; 10. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 12.428; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.459; 12. 51-Paul McMahan, 12.486; 13. 39M-Anthony Macri, 12.487; 14. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 12.556; 15. 57-Kyle Larson, 12.557; 16. 7BC-Tyler Courtney, 12.576; 17. W20-Greg Wilson, 12.601; 18. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.607; 19. 10-Dave Blaney, 12.641; 20. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg, 12.648; 21. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 12.724; 22. 40-George Hobaugh, 12.784; 23. 59-Johnny Petrozelle, NT

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Last Call On 2020 Title Hunt
Three drivers and four teams will fight for 2020 titles at The Dirt Track at Charlotte

CONCORD, NC — Nov. 5, 2020 — The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion may not be determined until the final lap of the final race for the second consecutive year.

The champion could also be determined Friday night.

This season’s championship finale will take place Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-7, at The Dirt Track at Charlotte during the World of Outlaws Last Call. Three drivers – reigning champion Brad Sweet, Logan Schuchart and 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz – are still in contention for the driver championship and four teams – Kasey Kahne Racing, Jason Johnson Racing, Shark Racing and Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing – are in contention for the team title.

Sweet enters the season finale with the points lead for the second year in a row. Last season, he was able to hold off Schatz by four points in the final race to claim his first championship – the closest championship battle in Series history – and bring Kasey Kahne Racing its second World of Outlaws title.

DRIVER CHAMPIONSHIP BREAK DOWN

This year, Sweet can breathe a little easier when he passes through the gates at The Dirt Track. He enters the weekend with a 46-point lead over Logan Schuchart versus the eight-point lead he had over Schatz last season.

“Last year, I was very focused on the points,” Sweet said. “This year, I haven’t let myself get too bothered by it. Obviously, being a two-time champion is much better than being a one-time champion. So, obviously, you want to win the championship. The points are super important, super hard to win every year. It brings a lot of money to the team. It brings a lot of exposure to the sponsors and everything like that. You really want to accomplish that.

“We’re focused on bringing Kasey Kahne Racing his third championship and hopefully myself a second championship. I think if we stay focused and do our job, we’re absolutely capable of accomplishing that.”

He can lock himself as the 2020 champion Friday night if he wins or finishes one spot better than Schuchart.

Forty-eight points is the most a driver can gain on another in a single race – if that driver wins and the other driver finishes 24th or worse. There’s a four-point different between first (150 points) and second (146 points). So, if Sweet wins Friday and Schuchart finishes second, that would give Sweet a 50-point lead on the Shark Racing driver for the final event. That means if Schuchart won on Saturday and Sweet finished last, Sweet would still claim the championship by two points.

Every other position is separated by two points. So, aside from a win, if Sweet finishes one spot ahead of Schuchart, he would enter the next night with a 48-point lead. Even if Schuchart were able to make up all 48 points on Sweet, the defending champion would win the tiebreaker due to having more Feature wins this season – Sweet currently has eight and Schuchart has six.

If Schuchart wins both nights and ties with Sweet for the points lead and most wins on the final night, the tiebreaker would then go to who has the most second-place finishes. Sweet would again win that battle with 10 runner-up finishes this year, versus the five Schuchart has.

The bottomline is Schuchart needs to finish ahead of Sweet on Friday to have a shot at his first championship Saturday night.

“From where we’ve came from, all that we’ve overcome to get where we are, you know, I feel like this is a very successful season as it is,” Schuchart said. “But, you know, we started the season with a goal of finishing third. We’re in there. But definitely, we know we’re in a spot with an opportunity and we’re going to try and take advantage of it. I feel like we have a lot to learn and areas of where we can get better. Hopefully we can make these last races count and put some pressure on him (Sweet).”

In the event that the field is expanded beyond 24 cars for the Feature due to provisionals, Sweet and Schuchart could end up earning the same amount of points both nights if they finish 24th or worse with positions 24th and worse paying 102 points.

Schatz’s climb to his 11th title is more difficult. He enters the Last Call with a 64-point deficit to Sweet. He'll need to finish ahead of Sweet and Schuchart both nights to have a shot at another championship.

“I can tell you it is a lot more fun being closer to the top of the championship standings than finding yourself third or fourth, wherever we’re at,” Schatz said. “We don’t want to make excuses at all. We’re not making them. At least we’re making head way now. That’s all you can do. And we’ll make the best of it.”

He and his TSR team have found momentum in the back half of the season, earning 19 top-10 finishes in the last 20 races – including two wins. That’s helped keep him in the championship hunt and put him 18 points behind Schuchart for second. Schatz has finished first or second in the championship standings for the past 14 years.

TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP BREAK DOWN

Along with the battle for the driver championship, the battle for the team championship is even closer. Kasey Kahne Racing currently leads Jason Johnson Racing by 30 points.

JJR has had three drivers keep it in championship contention throughout the year. David Gravel ran the majority of the races (48) and brought the team six wins this year. When he was out of the car to run ARCA and NASCAR events, Parker Price-Miller and Shane Stewart each got two turns in the #41 car. Stewart won in his debut with the team at Lakeside Speedway, giving them seven wins on the season. Gravel will finish the year with JJR at Charlotte, where he swept the season ending two-day event with the team last year.

If Sweet wins on Friday and Gravel finishes ninth, he'll lock up the team championship for KKR. If he doesn't win, he'll need to finish nine positions ahead of Gravel to lock it up on the first night.

Like Schuchart and Schatz, Gravel will need to keep the pressure on Sweet both nights and aim for another sweep to give JJR its first team championship.

“For us to be in the hunt right now is pretty special,” said Philip Dietz, crew chief of the JJR #41 and cousin of the late Jason Johnson.

“We go out and try to be the best we can each night. At the end of the season, the best car wins. It sure would be cool for our team. It’s cool to just be in the hunt. Brad and Schuchart, they’ve both been really good this year. We’ll just keep plugging away. Hopefully we can be there at the end.”

To see the Nov. 6-7 World of Outlaws Last Call season finale at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in person, you can get a pit pass package by clicking here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch both nights live on DIRTVision.

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Last Call On 2020 Title Hunt
Three drivers and four teams will fight for 2020 titles at The Dirt Track at Charlotte

CONCORD, NC — Nov. 2, 2020 — Grab your NOS Energy Drink and your tickets. We’re calling last call on the 2020 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-7, at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

The World of Outlaws Last Call will conclude the wild and eventful 2020 season with another exciting championship battle and two Feature events, each paying $12,000 to the winner.

Three drivers are still in contention for the driver championship and four teams are in contention for the team championship.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch both nights live on DIRTVision.

Here are the top storylines to follow this weekend:

TITLE HUNT NEARS END: For the second year in a row, reigning champion Brad Sweet, of Grass Valley, CA, enters the final two races at The Dirt Track with the championship lead. However, this time, he has two championship battles to worry about and three drivers to contend with.

In the driver title hunt, Logan Schuchart, of Hanover, PA, is second – 46 points behind Sweet – and 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz, of Fargo, ND, is third – 68 points back.

Then, for the team championship, Sweet’s Kasey Kahne Racing team is 30 points ahead of Jason Johnson Racing, who will have David Gravel, of Watertown, CT, behind the wheel of the #41 car for the final two races. Gravel swept the two races at Charlotte last year.

A championship win this year would hold historical significance to each driver and team. For Sweet, it would be his second consecutive championship and would make him the sixth driver to have multiple World of Outlaws Sprint Car championships. For Schatz, this would be his 11th title and if he could grab a win this weekend, he would hit a career milestone of 300 Series wins.

If Logan Schuchart and his Shark Racing team can score the 2020 title, it would be their first. The same for Jason Johnson Racing.

LARSON/SCHATZ DOUBLING DOWN: Kyle Larson, of Elk Grove, CA, and Donny Schatz will get a couple extra days of seat time around the 4/10-mile track on Wednesday and Thursday by competing with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models.

Schatz has made three starts with the World of Outlaws Late Models this year, finishing inside the top-10 in each event. This week will be Larson’s debut with The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet.

They’ll then turn their attention back to Sprint Car racing on Friday and Saturday. Larson has never won at The Dirt Track, but seven of his 12 victories this season came at tracks he had never won at before with the World of Outlaws. Schatz has 13 victories at the Charlotte track.

LAST CALL FOR PITTMAN/KLR: When the checkered flag waves Saturday night, it will mark the conclusion of two eras. Daryn Pittman, of Owasso, OK, will hang up his helmet as a full-time driver and Kyle Larson Racing will close at the conclusion of the season.

In 17 full-time seasons with the World of Outlaws, Pittman claimed the 2013 championship and picked up 86 victories. Two of them came at The Dirt Track at Charlotte – most recently in 2014.

Since joining the World of Outlaws in 2014, Kyle Larson Racing earned 33 wins with Shane Stewart and Carson Macedo, including the 2015 Kings Royal with Stewart. The team will be on the hunt for their first win at The Dirt Track this weekend.

HOT STREAK HAUD: Sheldon Haudenschild, of Wooster, OH, has had a career season this year.

Entering the season finale weekend, Haudenschild sits fourth in points with seven wins. Previously, he hadn’t finished better than seventh in points in his past three seasons and collected seven wins in total in that time.

He won the most recent event at Kokomo Speedway and will look to end the season strong with his first Charlotte Dirt Track win.

RING THE BELL: NASCAR-star Christopher Bell, of Norman, OK, will join the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars this weekend for the Last Call in his self-owned #21X car.

Bell has two starts with the Series this year – finishing seventh at Plymouth Speedway and 13th at Lakeside Speedway. This weekend will be his debut at The Dirt Track with the World of Outlaws.

THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE

WHEN & WHERE
Friday to Saturday, Nov. 6-7, at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, NC. Event Info/Tickets

ABOUT THE TRACK
The Dirt Track at Charlotte is a semi-banked 4/10-mile track.
Online – CharlotteMotorSpeedway.com
Track Record – 11.880 sec. set by Jeff Shepard on Oct. 6, 2001

4/10-MILE WINNERS IN 2020
There have been seven races on a 4/10-mile track in 2020.
Jackson Motorplex: Brad Sweet won on June 25 and Logan Schuchart on June 26 & 27
Lernerville Speedway: Donny Schatz won on July 21, David Gravel won on Sept. 26
I-80 Speedway: Brad Sweet won on Aug. 30
Lakeside Speedway: Shane Stewart won on Oct. 16

THE DIRT TRACK AT CHARLOTTE PREVIOUS WINNERS
2019 – Gio Scelzi on May 24, Logan Schuchart on May 25, David Gravel on Nov. 8, David Gravel on Nov. 9
2018 – Donny Schatz on May 25, Ian Madsen and Donny Schatz on Nov. 3
2017 – Logan Schuchart on May 26, Donny Schatz on Nov. 3, David Gravel on Nov. 4
2016 – Greg Wilson on May 27, Jason Johnson on Oct. 28, Donny Schatz on Oct. 29
2015 – Donny Schatz on May 22, Dusty Zomer on Nov. 6, Donny Schatz on Nov. 7
2014 – Joey Saldana on May 23, Daryn Pittman on Nov. 7, Brian Brown Nov. 8
2013 – Paul McMahan on May 24, Donny Schatz on Nov. 8, Paul McMahan on Nov. 9
2012 – Joey Saldana on May 25, Sammy Swindell on Nov. 2, Dale Blaney on Nov. 3
2011 – Paul McMahan on May 28, Donny Schatz on Nov. 5, Donny Schatz on Nov. 6
2010 – Donny Schatz on May 29, Jason Meyers on Sept. 6, Jason Meyers on Sept. 6
2009 – Joey Saldana on May 22, Jason Meyers on Nov. 6, Joey Saldana on Nov. 7
2008 – Lance Dewease on May 23, Brooke Tatnell on Oct. 31, Donny Schatz on Nov. 1
2007 – Donny Schatz on May 25, Jason Meyers on Nov. 2, Steve Kinser on Nov. 3
2006 – Kevin Swindell on May 24
2003 – Blake Feese on May 24
2002 – Greg Hodnett on May 24, Greg Hodnett on May 25, Tyler Walker on Oct. 11, Daryn Pittman on Oct. 12
2001 – Danny Lasoski on May 26, Mark Kinser on May 26, Tim Shaffer on Oct. 5, Steve Kinser on Oct. 6
2000 – Sammy Swindell on May 25, Mark Kinser on May 26, Donny Schatz on Oct. 5, Mark Kinser on Oct. 6

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DRIVER INFO
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Brad Sweet – @BradSweet49
Carson Macedo – @carson_macedo
Daryn Pittman – @darynpittman
David Gravel – @DavidGravel
Donny Schatz – @DonnySchatz
Jacob Allen – @JacobAllen1A
Jason Sides – @SidesMotorsport
Kraig Kinser – @KraigKinser
Logan Schuchart – @Lschuchart1s
Mason Daniel – @MasonDRacing
Sheldon Haudenschild – @Haudenschild_17
Wayne Johnson – @wjr77x

AROUND THE TURN: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will begin its 2021 season at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, FL for the DIRTcar Nationals. Click HERE for tickets.

2020 STATS
There have been 52 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Feature events this season.

FEATURE WINNERS (13 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 12
2 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 8
3 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 7
4 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 6
– David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 6
5 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 5
6 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 2
7 – Carson Short, Marion, Ill. – 1
– Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 1
– Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 1
– Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 1
– Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 1
– James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 1

DRYDENE HEAT RACE WINNERS (47 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 19
2 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 16
3 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 12
– Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 12
– Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 12
– Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 12
4 – Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 11
– Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 11
5 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 10
– Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 10
6 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 8
7 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 7
8 – Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 5
9 – James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 4
10 – Rico Abreu, St. Helena, Calif. – 3
– Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Ind. – 3
– Gio Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 3
– Cory Eliason, Visalia, Calif. – 3
11 – Kasey Kahne, Enumclaw, Wash. – 2
– Tyler Courtney, Indianapolis, Ind. – 2
– Brooke Tatnell, Sans Souci, NSW, Australia – 2
– Brent Marks, Myerstown, Pa. – 2
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 2
12 – Brian Brown, Grain Valley, Mo. – 1
– Sam Hafertepe, Jr., Sunnyvale, Texas – 1
– Chase Stockon, Fort Branch, Ind. – 1
– Matt Juhl, Sioux Falls, S.D. – 1
– Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1
– Trey Starks, Puyallup, Wash. – 1
– Lynton Jeffrey, Prairie City, Iowa – 1
– Scotty Thiel, Sheboygan, Wis. – 1
– Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 1
– Freddie Rahmer, Salfordville, Pa. – 1
– Jeff Halligan, Ephrata, Pa. – 1
– Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 1
– Brock Zearfoss, Jonestown, Pa. – 1
– Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 1
– Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tenn. – 1
– Colby Copeland, Roseville, Calif. – 1
– Sammy Swindell, Germantown, Tenn. – 1
– Sawyer Phillips, Pleasantville, Iowa – 1
– Spencer Bayston, Lebanon, Ind. – 1
– Austin McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 1
– Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg, Pa. – 1
– Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 1
– Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 1
– Cory Eliason, Visalia, Calif. – 1

DIRTVISION FAST PASS DASH WINNERS (21 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 6
2 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 5
– Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 5
3 – Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 4
– Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 4
– Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 4
4 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 3
– Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 3
– Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 3
5 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 2
– Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 2
– Gio Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 2
6 – Carson Short, Marion, Ill. – 1
– Austin McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 1
– Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tenn. – 1
– Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 1
– Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 1
– Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1
– Freddie Rahmer, Salfordville, Pa. – 1
– Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 1
– James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 1

LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN WINNERS (32 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tenn. – 5
2 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 4
3 – Mason Daniel, Springville, Calif. – 3
4 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 2
– Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 2
– Austin McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 2
– Brian Brown, Grain Valley, Mo. – 2
– Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 2
– Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 2
5 – Lucas Wolfe, Mechanicsburg, Pa. – 1
– Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 1
– Paul McMahan, Nashville, Tenn. – 1
– Brian Bell, Arlington Tenn. – 1
– Rico Abreu, St. Helena, Calif. – 1
– Bill Balog, Hartland, Wis. – 1
– Gio Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 1
– David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 1
– Aryton Gennetten, Gravois Mills, Mo. – 1
– Scotty Thiel, Sheboygan, Wis. – 1
– Paul Nienhiser, Chapin, Ill. – 1
– Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 1
– Tim Wagaman, Hanover, Pa. – 1
– Steve Buckwalter, Royersford, Pa. – 1
– Brendan Mullen, Grand Forks, N.D. – 1
– Skylar Prochaska, Lakefield, Minn. – 1
­– Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 1
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1
– Henry Malcuit, Strasburg, Ohio – 1
– Cale Thomas, Fairland, Ind. – 1
– Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 1
– Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 1
– Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg. Pa. – 1

C-MAIN WINNERS (19 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Trey Starks, Puyallup, Wash. – 1
– Cale Thomas, Fairland, Ind. – 1
– Anthony Macri, Dillsburg, Pa. – 1
– Shane Golobic, Fremont, Calif. – 1
– Brent Marks, Myerstown, Penn. – 1
– Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 1
– Wayne Johnson, Oklahoma City, Okla. – 1
– Hunter Schuerenburg, Sikeston, Mo. – 1
– Cole Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 1
– Adam Wilt, York, Pa. – 1
– Sammy Swindell, Germantown, Tenn. – 1
– Josh Schneiderman, West Burlington, Iowa – 1
– Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 1
– Mason Daniel, Springville, Calif. – 1
– Kyle Moody, Lewisberry, Pa. – 1
– Spencer Bayston, Lebanon, Ind. – 1
– Dylan Ciseny, Port Royal, Pa. – 1
– T.J. Stutts, Liverpool, Pa. – 1
– Bill Rose, Plainfield, Ind. – 1

D-MAIN WINNERS (5 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Kyle Moody, Lewisberry, Pa. – 1
– Anthony Macri, Dillsburg, Pa. – 1
– Skylar Gee, Leduc, AB, Canada
– Wayne Johnson, Oklahoma City, Okla. – 1
– Troy Wagaman, Jr., Hanover, Pa. – 1

PODIUM FINISHES (25 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – # of podiums
1 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 28
2 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 22
3 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 18
4 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 16
5 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 15
– Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 15
6 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 8
7 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 5
– James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 5
8 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 4
9 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 2
– Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 2
– Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 2
– Brent Marks, Myerstown, Pa. – 2
– Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 2
10 – Carson Short, Marion, Ill. – 1
– Austin McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 1
– Matt Juhl, Sioux Falls, S.D. – 1
– Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1
– Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Ind. – 1
– Anthony Macri, Dillsburg, Pa. – 1
– Rico Abreu, St. Helena, Calif. – 1
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1
– Freddie Rahmer, Salfordville, Pa. – 1
– Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg, Pa. – 1

HARD CHARGER AWARD (19 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – H.C. Awards
1 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 9
2 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 8
3 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 7
4 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 5
– Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 5
5 – Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 3
6 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 2
– David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 2
7 – Sammy Swindell, Germantown, Tenn. – 1
– Carson Short, Marion, Ill. – 1
– Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 1
– Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tenn. – 1
– Brent Marks, Myerstown, Pa. – 1
– Jade Hastings, Grand Forks, N.D. – 1
– Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 1
– James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 1
– Cap Henry, Republic, Ohio – 1
– Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 1
– Freddie Rahmer, Salfordville, Pa. – 1

TOTAL LAPS LED (18 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Laps
1 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 278
2 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 238
3 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 207
4 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 201
5 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 180
6 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 96
7 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 88
8 – Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 78
9 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 74
10 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 62
11 – James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 41
12 – Gio Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 40
13 – Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 37
14 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 32
15 – Carson Short, Marion, Ill. – 30
16 – Kasey Kahne, Enumclaw, Wash. – 10
– Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 10
17 – Brian Brown, Grain Valley, Mo. – 3

QUALIFYING QUICK TIME (19 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – QTs
1 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 8
2 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 5
– David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 5
3 – Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 4
– Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 4
– Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 4
– Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 4
4 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 3
– Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 3
5 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 2
– Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 2
6 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 1
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1
– Kasey Kahne, Enumclaw Wash. – 1
– Cory Eliason, Visalia, Calif. – 1
– Scotty Thiel, Sheboygan, Wis. – 1
– Anthony Macri, Dillsburg, Pa. – 1
– Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 1
– Gio Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 1

NEW TRACK RECORDS (4 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – (TR)
1 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. (9.995 sec. at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55)
– Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. (11.061 sec. at Plymouth Speedway)
– Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. (12.490 sec. at Lawton Speedway)
– Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. (16.111 sec. at Williams Grove Speedway)

2020 World of Outlaws Schedule & Winners
No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Friday, Feb. 7 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Donny Schatz (1)
2. Saturday, Feb. 8 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Brad Sweet (1)
3. Sun., Feb. 9 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Logan Schuchart (1)
4. Friday, May 8 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / David Gravel (1)
5. Fri., May 22 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (2)
6. Sat., May 23 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Kyle Larson (1)
7. Friday, May 29 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, MO / Logan Schuchart (2)
8. Saturday, May 30 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, MO / Donny Schatz (2)
9. Friday, June 5 / Beaver Dam Raceway / Beaver Dam, WI / Brad Sweet (3)
10. Saturday, June 6 / Beaver Dam Raceway / Beaver Dam, WI / Brad Sweet (4)
11. Friday, June 12 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Kyle Larson (2)
12. Saturday, June 13 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Kyle Larson (3)
13. Friday, June 19 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Carson Short (1)
14. Saturday, June 20 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Carson Macedo (1)
15. Thursday, June 25 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Brad Sweet (5)
16. Friday, June 26 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Logan Schuchart (3)
17. Saturday, June 27 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Logan Schuchart (4)
18. Friday, July 3 / Cedar Lake Speedway / New Richmond, WI / Brad Sweet (6)
19. Sat., July 4 / Cedar Lake Speedway / New Richmond, WI / Brad Sweet (7)
20. Friday, July 10 / 34 Raceway / West Burlington, IA / Parker Price-Miller (1)
21. Saturday, July 11 / Wilmot Raceway / Wilmot, WI / David Gravel (2)
22. Sun., July 12 / Terre Haute Action Track / Terre Haute, IN / Logan Schuchart (5)
23. Tuesday, July 14 / Attica Raceway Park / Attica, OH / Kyle Larson (4)
24. Tuesday, July 21 / Lernerville Speedway / Sarver, PA / Donny Schatz (3)
25. Thursday, July 23 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbottstown, PA / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)
26. Fri., July 24 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Shane Stewart (1)
27. Sat., July 25 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg. PA / David Gravel (3)
28. Fri., Aug. 7 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Sheldon Haudenschild (2)
29. Sat., Aug. 8 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Kyle Larson (5)
30. Thurs., Aug. 13 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Kyle Larson (6)
31. Fri., Aug. 14 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / David Gravel (4)
32. Sat., Aug. 15 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Kyle Larson (7)
33. Fri., Aug. 21 / River Cities Speedway / Grand Forks, ND / Kyle Larson (8)
34. Sat., Aug. 22 / Red River Valley Speedway / West Fargo, ND / Kyle Larson (9)
35. Sat., Aug. 29 / U.S. 36 Raceway / Osborn, MO / Sheldon Haudenschild (3)
36. Sun., Aug. 30 / I-80 Speedway / Greenwood, NE / Brad Sweet (8)
37. Sat., Sept. 5 / Huset’s Speedway / Brandon, SD / Sheldon Haudenschild (4)
38. Sun., Sept. 6 / Huset’s Speedway / Brandon, SD / Kyle Larson (10)
39. Fri., Sept. 11 / Dodge City Raceway Park / Dodge City, KS / Jacob Allen (1)
40. Sat., Sept. 12 / Dodge City Raceway Park / Dodge City, KS / Sheldon Haudenschild (5)
41. Fri., Sept. 18 / Lawton Speedway / Lawton, OK / Daryn Pittman (1)
42. Sat., Sept. 19 / Devil’s Bowl Speedway / Mesquite, TX / Logan Schuchart (6)
43. Thurs., Sept. 24 / Plymouth Speedway / Plymouth, IN / Donny Schatz (4)
44. Fri., Sept. 25 / Wayne County Speedway / Orrville, OH / Sheldon Haudenschild (6)
45. Sat., Sept. 26 / Lernerville Speedway / Sarver, PA / David Gravel (5)
46. Fri., Oct. 2 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / David Gravel (6)
47. Sat., Oct. 3 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Donny Schatz (5)
48. Fri., Oct. 9 / Port Royal Speedway / Port Royal, PA / Kyle Larson (11)
49. Sat., Oct. 10 / Port Royal Speedway / Port Royal, PA / Kyle Larson (12)
50. Fri., Oct. 16 / Lakeside Speedway / Kansas City, KS / Shane Stewart (2)
51. Sat., Oct. 17 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, MO / James McFadden (1)
52. Sat., Oct. 24 / Kokomo Speedway / Kokomo, IN / Sheldon Haudenschild (7)

 

 

MAKE IT A DOUBLE: Donny Schatz Running Late Model, Sprint Car At Last Call The 10-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car Champion is in contention for his 300th career Sprint Car win and 11th title

CONCORD, NC — Nov. 1, 2020 — Donny Schatz will join Kyle Larson in having an extra shot of fun during the Nov. 4-7 World of Outlaws Last Call at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

He’ll break out his own #15 Late Model to compete with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models, Wednesday and Thursday, before stepping behind the wheel of the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15, Friday and Saturday, to contend for his 11th World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series title.

“The Late Model is something I’ve enjoyed for quit sometime,” Schatz said. “Charlotte gives us a perfect opportunity. Two nights of Late Models. Two nights of Sprint Cars. I feel like we’ll have the best of both worlds and have a little fun. No pressure leading into the Last Call (with the Sprint Cars).”

Schatz enters the season finale weekend third in the Sprint Car championship standings with a 64-point deficit to points leader and reigning champion Brad Sweet. He wouldn’t call running his Late Model is a source of relaxation before the pressure is on with the Sprint Car, though. It’s more of an opportunity for him to enjoy a couple of extra days behind the wheel of a race car and get an early start on his 2021 DIRTcar Nationals preparations.

“I don’t know that it helps relax you, other than you enjoy to do it,” Schatz said. “That’s why first and foremost we’re all here. We’re here to enjoy it. To be able to go do it with those guys, obviously, doing it with those guys, I go to Florida (at Volusia Speedway Park) with them every year, so ending the season with them and hopefully gain a little experience and learn a few things. Maybe it’ll help us start off a little bit better in Florida (for DIRTcar Nationals). Any time you get laps with a good group, it helps.”

He’s made three Feature starts with the World of Outlaws Late Models this season, earning a top-10 finish in each event. Before this year, Schatz had one top-five and four top-10s with the Series in total.

Of his 21 starts with the Late Models, six of them were at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. In those six starts, he finished 15th, ninth, 11th, 15th, 15th and 16th.

In comparison to running his Sprint Car at Charlotte, there’s little to be learned from running the Late Model ahead of time.

“Charlotte is different for the Late Models,” Schatz said. “It’s really high speed, not super technical. The cars are so close from when I started racing them to today. It seems like fifteen pounds of spring rate here or there could be the difference between great and terrible. It makes it pretty touchy.”

He hasn’t had the opportunity to run as many Late Model events this season as he’d like, but if the schedules align right in 2021, Schatz wouldn’t mind going fender to fender with the likes of two-time and defending World of Outlaws Late Model champion Brandon Sheppard and 2004 Series champion Scott Bloomquist more often.

“It takes people to do this,” Schatz said. “All of these teams take people and I have a full-time guy that does his best keeping up with my Late Model when we can go. He goes 24 hours a day some days, so there’s only so many hours in a day and that’s what kept me from doing it this year and it may keep me from some next year, but we’ll get the schedule and see where everything is at.”

Before then, Schatz's main focus will be on his Sprint Car at Charlotte. A win during the Last Call would hold significance for multiple reasons. It would give him a career milestone of 300 World of Outlaws Sprint Car victories, help him gain points on his championship rivals and be a good momentum builder for the 2021 season.

“For 15 years I’ve been in a championship hunt," Schatz said. "You don’t ever want to lose that. Here we are. We find ourselves in that again and feeling damn good about it. If we win it, great. If we don’t, we’re not going to hang our heads. It’s been a trying year for everyone. We’ll just do our best to see where we end up.”

For tickets to the Nov. 4-7 World of Outlaws Last Call with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models and World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars, click here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all four nights live on DIRTVision.

 

 

2 FOR THE ROAD: David Gravel Eyes Charlotte Sweep Repeat
Jason Johnson Racing is 30 points back from the team points lead heading into the World of Outlaws Last Call

CONCORD, NC — Oct. 29, 2020 — David Gravel became the first driver in eight years to sweep a weekend at The Dirt Track at Charlotte last year. On Nov. 6-7, during the season ending World of Outlaws Last Call, he’ll try to become the first driver to do it for a second consecutive year.

His chances?

“If we have the car that we had on Saturday night last year for both nights (this year) I think we’ll have a good shot,” Gravel said about parking the Jason Johnson Racing #41 in Victory Lane on both nights again.

However, he admitted sweeping the weekend isn’t as easy as statistics on a page make it look.

While the Last Call, which is replacing the World Finals this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, is still a two-day show, drivers will be dealing with an entirely different surface. The track put down new clay in August and this year the Sprint Cars will have the day to themselves.

Typically, the Super DIRTcar Series and World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models would share each race day with the Sprint Cars, creating more wear on the track surface. Friday and Saturday's events will only see the Sprint Cars hitting the track this year. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Super DIRTcars will not be at Charlotte and the Late Models will race on Wednesday and Thursday before the Sprint Cars.

“I think with it being just us, the track will be way different than just World Finals typically is,” Gravel said. “Who knows what we’ll get track surface-wise? We’ll get to watch the Late Model guys the couple days before. But, I’m excited to go there. We’ve got a good notebook. We’ve got a good motor. But what we ran last year doesn’t really work this year. We’re going to go down there with an open mind, see how we unload and go from there. We know if we can get the car close that we’ll be able to qualify well. Hopefully have a good weekend.”

Aside from the track conditions, Gravel stated that his sweep last year didn’t come without a little bit of luck.

During the first race night of the World Finals last year, Aaron Reutzel passed Gravel for the lead at the halfway point with the more dominant car. But soon after had his chance of a win taken away. A lap car got sideways in front of him, forcing his left foot to marry the brake pedal and allowed Gravel to reclaim the lead.

“The first night, we actually weren’t that great,” Gravel said. “Aaron Reutzel had the lead and ended up spinning out with a lap car. That’s what won us the race.”

The next night, no luck was needed.

“Saturday night, we for sure had the best race car in the pits,” Gravel said. “The thing could drive itself. It could go anywhere.”

Attached to Gravel’s goal of sweeping the weekend is the focus of trying to give Jason Johnson Racing its first team championship. JJR is currently 30 points behind Kasey Kahne Racing for the points lead.

Gravel and the team collected six wins this season and were one of the most consistent pairs in the Series. From June to September they went on a run of 26 top-10 finishes in row – 19 of them top-fives – and finished outside the top-10 only six times in their 48 races together, so far, this year.

“I feel like [the season] has been average until a month ago when we were able to win at Lerneville and Eldora (with the All Stars) and Williams Grove,” Gravel said. “Those kind of turned the year around. I think we’ve always been pretty consistent and solid. Just have lacked going forward in the [Feature]. Overall, we’ve been super solid. No mistakes. No part failures. Stuff like that. We’ve been really good a finishing races. That’s been a big part of it.”

He and JJR have had a solid two years together, collecting 18 World of Outlaws wins in total to this point. What the rest of their future entails may be revealed at Charlotte, according to Gravel.

For pit passes to the Nov. 6-7 World of Outlaws Last Call, click here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

 

 

YUNG MONEY: Kyle Larson Debuting with World of Outlaws Late Models at Last Call

The Dirt Racing Sensation, with 42 wins in 2020, will pull double duty at The Dirt Track at Charlotte next week

CONCORD, N.C. - All Dirt Roads Lead to Charlotte, even for Kyle Larson.

The Elk Grove, Calif. native, a winner of 42 features in 84 starts this year, will write the next chapter of his magical season next week when he makes his debut with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

Pulling double duty at Last Call, the 28-year old nicknamed “Yung Money” will hit the half-mile oval for four consecutive nights of racing, all of which can be seen LIVE with the DIRTVision Fast Pass.

He’ll go head-to-head with The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet for the first time in his career on Wednesday & Thursday, November 4-5 aboard the K&L Rumley Enterprises No. 6 Longhorn Chassis, before re-joining the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Friday & Saturday, November 6-7 in his Paul Silva owned No. 57 entry.

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While next week will mark Larson’s first attempt with the World of Outlaws Late Models, he’s not entirely green to the discipline, while still admitting he’s got tons left to learn.

In August, he stunned the nation with his spectacular dirt late model debut with the Lucas Oil Late Models at Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway. Following a fifth-place outing on night one, Larson ensued to outdrive them all in the finale, beating soon-to-be World of Outlaws champion Brandon Sheppard to the checkered flag in his second career start.

“The Late Model has been a fun challenge,” Larson noted. “It’s so much of a different feel than anything I’ve ever driven before. They have a lot of grip, until they don’t and that’s when they become a struggle. I still don’t feel comfortable at all in them. I know I’ve still got a ton left to learn and figure out.”

On top of his natural ability, which he’s shown being successful in Sprint Cars, Midgets, Silver Crown, and now Late Models, the six-time NASCAR Cup Series winner has the added advantage of Kevin & Lee Roy Rumley in his corner.

With Lee Roy, an iconic owner involved in motorsports since 1956, and son Kevin, a UNC-Charlotte Mechanical Engineering graduate, Larson walked into the perfect situation. Kevin, the founder of Rumley Engineering, has most recently been known for his overwhelming success with stars Jonathan Davenport, Tim McCreadie, and Mike Marlar, along with his work at Longhorn Chassis.

From the very beginning, Rumley knew Larson was going to be special.

“I knew the first lap when we tested at Cherokee that we could go and out win,” Kevin noted on Larson’s potential. “He’s like the modern-day A.J. Foyrt or Mario Andretti. I think he could probably win in anything he gets in.”

“I’ve enjoyed working with the Rumley’s a lot,” Larson said on his pairing with K&L Enterprises. “The crew is full of great people and Kevin is just extremely smart. Being around him and listing to his ideas is really cool. Stepping back and trying to be a student again like talking to other drivers has been great too. Everyone has been really helpful honestly.

Bringing a 50% winning percentage into his foray against the World of Outlaws Late Models, Larson will look to up his already absurd numbers which include: 14 wins with All Stars Circuit of Champions, 12 wins with World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, four wins with USAC National Midgets, four wins at Pennsylvania Speedweek, two wins with USAC Silver Crown, two wins in local sprint car competition, two wins at the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, and one win in New Zealand with the International Midgets.

To continue his stellar season, Larson will not only have to beat the likes of World of Outlaws stars like Brandon Sheppard, Scott Bloomquist, Ricky Weiss, Cade Dillard, Darrell Lanigan & Chase Junghans, but also the invaders coming to town such as Brandon Overton, Jimmy Owens, Tim McCreadie, Jonathan Davenport, Josh Richards, Chris Madden and more.

Just last week, Larson and Rumley, along with additional teams such as Rocket1 Racing and Team Zero, had the chance to go testing at The Dirt Track at Charlotte and pad their notebook heading into the season-ending Last Call.

“I’m excited to get to racing at Charlotte after getting some test laps,” Larson stated. “I think if we can qualify well we can have a good couple of nights, that will be the key.”

The limited fans in attendance (due to COVID-19 restrictions) along with the thousands watching at home on DIRTVision, can see Larson compete against the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models on Wednesday & Thursday, November 4-5 and then the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars on Friday & Saturday, November 6-7.

The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings® Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: Drydene (Official Motor Oil), E-Z-GO Golf Carts (Official Golf Cart) Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), iRacing (Official Online Racing Game), Morton Buildings (Official Building), Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), SIS Insurance (Official Insurance Provider) VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: ARP Automotive Racing Products, Cometic Gasket, COMP Cams, DART, Penske Racing Shocks, Quarter Master, and Wrisco (Exclusive Racing Aluminum); along with manufacturer sponsors, including: Capital Race Cars, FireAde, Integra Shocks, Intercomp, Racing Electronics, Rocket Chassis and TNT Rescue.

Founded in 1978, the World of Outlaws®, based in Concord, NC, is the premier national touring series for dirt track racing in North America, featuring the most powerful cars on dirt, the World of Outlaws NOS® Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings® Late Model Series. Annually, the two series race nearly 140 times at tracks across the United States and Canada. CBS Sports Network is the official broadcast partner of the World of Outlaws. DIRTVision® also broadcasts World of Outlaws events over the Internet to fans around the world. Learn more about the World of Outlaws.

 

 

ROAD TO LAST CALL: Logan Schuchart In Contention For First Championship
Shark Racing has gone from trying to make races to a championship caliber team in seven years

CONCORD, NC — Oct. 27, 2020 — Logan Schuchart arrived on the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series tour six years ago with the simple goal of making and finishing races.

This year, with two races remaining, he’s in contention for his first Series championship.

The Hanover, PA driver is currently second in points with a 46-point deficit to reigning champion Brad Sweet, heading into the Nov. 6-7 World of Outlaws Last Call at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

“From where we’ve came from, all that we’ve overcome to get where we are, you know, I feel like this is a very successful season as it is,” Schuchart said. “But, you know, we started the season with a goal of finishing third. We’re in there. But definitely, we know we’re in a spot with an opportunity and we’re going to try and take advantage of it. I feel like we have a lot to learn and areas of where we can get better. Hopefully we can make these last races count and put some pressure on him (Sweet).”

He started the year strong with seven top-five finishes in a row – two of them wins – and took the points lead at Knoxville Raceway when the Series returned to racing in May. A mistake while trying to catch Sweet for the lead at Beaver Dam Raceway in June took him out of the race and allowed Sweet to take the top spot in the standings.

A couple of weeks later he and his Shark Racing team found their footing again by winning the Jackson Nationals, which was their first crown jewel victory and Schuchart’s 20th career World of Outlaws win. They visited Victory Lane a couple of weeks later at the Terre Haute Action Track and then Schuchart reclaimed the points lead at Knoxville shortly after.

Despite having a run of 24 top-10 finishes in a row, which included a win at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, Schuchart lost the points lead again to Sweet at Huset’s Speedway and has been on the hunt to get it back ever since. The points gap between them has looked like an accordion with the level of their consistency swaying each week. Sweet has tried to pull away, but Schuchart has kept a tight enough grip on the defending championship to not let him out of reach.

Sweet admitted that while going after his first championship last year he let the points situation get to him at times. Schuchart, with a chuckle, said he doesn’t think he’s felt the same way, yet.

“It’s definitely brought up a lot,” he said. “So, it makes me think about it more than I really am. I’m not going to say I don’t look at it during the week or when I’m tagged on something on Twitter. I’m out here because I want to win races. I definitely want to win championships and what that would mean to my career. I feel like I’m young and have plenty of chances to do that and I want to continue to learn and get better and be the best I can be. With that, hopefully that will come.”

It’s been a vigorous journey to the top for the Shark Racing team, owned by Schuchart’s grandfather and Hall of Fame Sprint Car driver Bobby Allen. When the team brought Schuchart and Jacob Allen on the World of Outlaws tour full-time in 2014, Bobby Allen said each driver had one motor for the season. That meant they mostly had to fight to make Features and when they did, they couldn’t always run every lap.

Then sponsors like Priority Aviation and their current full-time sponsor Drydene came on board, bringing more capital to the team. With more funding came more success and more ability to expand their program.

“When we pull into a racetrack, I don’t think anyone has better motors than we do,” Bobby Allen said. “And it wasn’t that way until this year. We had good motors, but you could run them part of the year, maybe three-quarters of the way. This year and next year we can be even with anybody at any given time. Logan and Jacob both.”

Schuchart’s focus will be to keep the pressure on Sweet during the Last Call. With two wins already at the 4/10-mile Charlotte track, he’ll look for one or two more and cut into the 46-point gap keeping him from a championship.

“Right now, we have our eye on finishing out the season strong,” Schuchart said. “Charlotte is a really good one for us. I’d just like to finish the season strong and hopefully get another win or two. It’s going to be tough to beat Brad (Sweet), but at least try to keep the pressure on him.”

For tickets to the Nov. 6-7 World of Outlaws Last Call at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, click here.

If you can't make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

DRIVER POINTS
1. Brad Sweet –
2. Logan Schuchart -46
3. Donny Schatz -64
4. Sheldon Haudenschild -128
5. Carson Macedo -254

TEAM POINTS
1. Kasey Kahne Racing –
2. Jason Johnson Racing -30
3. Shark Racing -46
4. Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing -64
5. Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing -128

 

 

World of Outlaws and DIRTcar Banquets Canceled For 2020

CONCORD, NC – World of Outlaws and DIRTcar officials have decided to cancel all banquets for the 2020 season. This includes the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series, Super DIRTcar Series, DIRTcar Summer Nationals and Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals, DIRTcar Northeast, Hoosier Tire Weekly Racing and all other DIRTcar divisions.

With the health and safety of everyone in mind during the COVID-19 pandemic, officials decided cancelling the banquets this year would be in the best interest of teams, drivers and staff. All posted awards for weekly racing for 2020 will be paid by mail on the previously scheduled banquet date. The DIRTcar NE awards will be paid on November 21, 2020 and DIRTcar Midwest awards will be paid on January 9, 2021. More details will follow to each member from DIRTcar directly.

Drivers and teams in Series that were able to put together a season will still be awarded their points funds and trophies.

A champion for the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models and the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars will be crowned during the exciting four-day World of Outlaws Last Call at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. The Late Models will compete Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 4-5, while the Sprint Cars will compete Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-7.

The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model 2021 schedule has been released and is available at WorldofOutlaws.com. Keep an eye on the World of Outlaws and DIRTcar sites and social channels for the upcoming release of each Series’ 2021 schedule.

 

 

HIGHLIGHT HAUD: Sheldon Haudenschild Excites With Kokomo Win In His 300th Start
Logan Schuchart closes points gap to Brad Sweet entering the season finale at the World of Outlaws Last Call

KOKOMO, IN — Oct. 24, 2020 — A raise of his NOS Energy Drink can to the crowd and a delighted sip from it was all Sheldon Haudenschild needed to do to acknowledge his career milestone Saturday night at Kokomo Speedway.

The Wooster, OH driver claimed his seventh win of the 2020 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season in his 300th start. He entered the year with seven wins in total through his three years as a full-time driver.

“I feel like having the crew and the team behind you gets your confidence to a whole nother level,” Haudenschild said. “I feel like I’m just getting a glimpse of what Donny (Schatz) has had for a long time. Just trying to keep the same guys together and keeping the team together and growing as a team. Not just as myself. That’s been my biggest goal this year, just work good with my guys and work on myself as a driver and just try to get the whole package together.”

To claim the win in the Series first time back to Kokomo since 2015, he had to beat the driver he mention – 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz.

The two started on the front row for the 40-lap Feature, and each had a milestone to try and achieve. Haudenschild was looking to win in his 300th career start, while Schatz was on the hunt for his 300th career win.

Haudenschild wasn’t shy about the onslaught he was willing to put on to achieve that milestone either. While mixed in a three-way battle for the lead on the final lap of the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, Haudenschild threw the slide job of the year on Aaron Reutzel and Schatz to steal the Dash win in the final corner.

That set him up as the early favorite to conquer the quarter-mile speedway for 40 laps. And when the Feature commenced, he didn’t let that theory down. Haudenschild led the opening lap and pulled away from Schatz in the early stage of the race.

However, Haudenschild was already in heavy traffic by Lap 6. That allowed Schatz to reel in the NOS Energy Drink #17. While Haudenschild tried to navigate his way through traffic around the high side of the track, Schatz worked the bottom.

Schatz snuck underneath Haudenschild on Lap 8 and the two raced side by side for about the entire circuit. With a slower car blocking Haudenschild’s lane off Turn 4 and Schatz gifted clean air on the bottom, the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing CARQUEST #15 pulled ahead to officially take the lead on Lap 9.

With Schatz out front, Haudenschild broke out his notebook and pen and went to school. He studied what Schatz was doing; what lines he was running. Haudenschild could make the most speed up top, but at times he overstayed his welcome along the cushion. At times he bounced off of it, allowing Schatz to pull further away.

After three cautions, Haudenschild had gathered enough notes to put his newfound knowledge to the test.

On the restart with 17 laps to go, Haudenschild placed his car up high in Turns 1 and 2 to build a run that would rocket him down the backstretch. He used that momentum to sneak underneath Schatz the next corner and drag race with him down the front stretch. When they found their way back to Turns 1 and 2, Haudenschild and Schatz ran side by side, inches apart, in perfect tandem through the corner.

They remained that way down the back stretch before Haudenschild made better work of the low lane than Schatz could of the top and reclaimed the lead on Lap 25.

“I got the lead there early and Donny got by us,” Haudenschild said. “I just tried to watch Donny there. You can learn a lot from watching him. He is so smooth and makes it look so easy. He was just running a little bit higher and keeping his speed up. I kind of slowed her down in (turns) three and four and just started to hit the bottom a little slower and started to get off the corner. I got under him and ran beside him for a couple laps there and was able to clear him.”

Once Haudenschild reclaimed the lead from Schatz, he never relinquished it. Schatz maintained the runner-up finish – his second podium in a row.

“He was better than we were,” Schatz said about Haudenschild. “He made the top in (turns) one and two work. I wasn’t going to do it. He was up the fence and it just wasn’t me. I tried to make something else work and he got the best of us on that. That’s what got the win.”

While Haudenschild pulled away with the victory in the final five laps, reigning champion and current points leader Brad Sweet captured most of the attention. He was in position to finish fourth, but a cloud of smoke, laced with oil, began to billow from his engine. The smoke blew the entire way around the track and worsened as he went. Sweet slowed and fell to an 11th-place finish.

With two races remaining this season, that helped Schatz, Haudenschild and Logan Schuchart, who finished third after starting ninth, chip away at Sweet’s lead.

“I'd liked to put pressure on him (Sweet),” said Schuchart, who is currently second in points. “He has a good lead right now. Those guys are fast every night. I’m just proud of what this team did this year and if we can put some pressure on him in these last two races and make something happen. We run good at Charlotte and I think the last time we were here at Kokomo we were lap traffic. So, I just want to keep growing with this Drydene performance products team.”

Entering the Nov. 6-7 season ending World of Outlaws Last Call at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Sweet now holds a 46-point lead over Schuchart, a 64-point lead over Schatz and a 128-point lead over Haudenschild. And for the team championship, Kasey Kahne Racing holds a 30-point lead over Jason Johnson Racing.

UP NEXT

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, on Nov. 6-7, returns to The Dirt Track at Charlotte for the season ending World of Outlaws Last Call.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

RESULTS

NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1][$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [2][$5,500]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [9][$3,200]; 4. 9-James McFadden [14][$2,800]; 5. 2-Carson Macedo [16][$2,500]; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen [7][$2,300]; 7. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [10][$2,200]; 8. 11-Ian Madsen [12][$2,100]; 9. 41-David Gravel [22][$2,050]; 10. 87-Aaron Reutzel [3][$2,000]; 11. 49-Brad Sweet [4][$1,500]; 12. 7S-Jason Sides [23][$1,200]; 13. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [18][$1,100]; 14. 16-DJ Foos [24][$1,050]; 15. 14-Tim Kaeding [21][$1,000]; 16. 26-Cory Eliason [6][$900]; 17. 71X-Spencer Bayston [13][$800]; 18. 11K-Kraig Kinser [20][$800]; 19. 83-Dominic Scelzi [8][$800]; 20. 72-Daryn Pittman [25][$]; 21. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [15][$800]; 22. 67-Buddy Kofoid [11][$800]; 23. 5K-Paul Nienhiser [19][$800]; 24. 71-Shane Stewart [5][$800]; 25. 2C-Wayne Johnson [17][$800]; Lap Leaders: Sheldon Haudenschild 1-8, 25-40; Donny Schatz 9-24; KSE Hard Charger Award: 41-David Gravel[+13]

Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.031; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.102; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 11.122; 4. 71-Shane Stewart, 11.138; 5. 14-Tim Kaeding, 11.151; 6. 5R-Ryan Ruhl, 11.291; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 11.298; 8. 67-Buddy Kofoid, 11.342; 9. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 11.353; 10. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg, 11.412; 11. 71X-Spencer Bayston, 11.417; 12. 5K-Paul Nienhiser, 11.457; 13. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 11.516; 14. 21X-Brinton Marvel, 11.591; 15. 21-Carson Short, 11.608; 16. 33M-Mason Daniel, 11.647; 17. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.701; 18. 27Z-Zane Devault, 11.828; 19. 1-Nate Dussel, 11.893; 20. 6M-Justin Grant, 11.991; 21. 6-Bill Rose, 12.123; 22. 16C-Tyler Rankin, 12.328

Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 49-Brad Sweet, 10.981; 2. 26-Cory Eliason, 11.118; 3. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 11.128; 4. 83-Dominic Scelzi, 11.178; 5. 7BC-Tyler Courtney, 11.187; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.198; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.225; 8. 11-Ian Madsen, 11.226; 9. 41-David Gravel, 11.227; 10. 72-Daryn Pittman, 11.232; 11. 16-DJ Foos, 11.241; 12. 5X-Justin Peck, 11.279; 13. 9-James McFadden, 11.399; 14. 101-Austin McCarl, 11.411; 15. 18-Gary Taylor, 11.538; 16. 2-Carson Macedo, 11.69; 17. 19-Chris Windom, 11.879; 18. 98-Clinton Boyles, 12.012; 19. 5S-Chase Stockon, 12.126; 20. 22-Koby Barksdale, 12.156; 21. 6X-Frank Rodgers, 12.71; 22. 19P-Paige Polyak, NT

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink® Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: Drydene (Official Motor Oil), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), iRacing (Official Online Racing Game), Morton Buildings (Official Building), NOS Energy (Official Energy Product), SIS Insurance (Official Insurance Provider) and VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel); contingency sponsors include ARP Automotive Racing Products, Cometic Gasket, COMP Cams, DART, and KSE Racing Products ; manufacturer sponsors include FireAde, Intercomp, Racing Electronics, and TNT Rescue.

Founded in 1978, the World of Outlaws®, based in Concord, NC, is the premier national touring series for dirt track racing in North America, featuring the most powerful cars on dirt, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series. Annually, the two series race nearly 140 times at tracks across the United States and Canada. CBS Sports Network is the official broadcast partner of the World of Outlaws. DIRTVision® also broadcasts all World of Outlaws events over the Internet to fans around the world. Learn more about the World of Outlaws.

 

 

ROAD TO LAST CALL: Brad Sweet Closing In On Second Title A new year with new challenges hasn’t changed Sweet and Kasey Kahne Racing’s reign

KOKOMO, IN — Oct. 22, 2020 — Brad Sweet is in the same situation he put himself in last year.

He’s again atop the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series points standings with three races remaining.

However, this time, the weight of the situation has dropped a few pounds.

Last year, Sweet entered the final three races with a 32-point lead over 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz. That was enough to hold off Schatz by four points and claim his first championship – the closest championship battle in Series history. This year, the defending champion enters the final three events – starting this Saturday at Kokomo Speedway – with a 62-point lead over Logan Schuchart after back to back second-place finishes. That extra gap and knowing how to hold it has Sweet breathing a little easier as he nears the Nov. 6-7 season ending World of Outlaws Last Call at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

“I feel more relaxed this year I think,” said Sweet, of Grass Valley, CA. “At the end of the day all you can do is go out there and try your best. Try to perform and I think I’m a little more focused on winning races. Last year, I think we did get caught up in the points battle a little bit just because it was the first one. This year, I really want to win. I just want to end this year as strong as possible and have something to build on for next year.”

The biggest difference this year is Sweet has two championship battles to worry about – the driver championship and the team championship for his Kasey Kahne Racing team. KKR is currently 34 points ahead of Jason Johnson Racing for the team title. Although, even with the extra work, Sweet isn’t letting the pressure get to him.

“This year, I haven’t let myself get too bothered by it,” Sweet said about the points battles. “Obviously, being a two-time champion is much better than being a one-time champion. So, obviously, you want to win the championship. The points are super important; super hard to win every year. It brings a lot of money to the team. It brings a lot of exposure to the sponsors and everything like that. You really want to accomplish that. We’re focused on bringing Kasey Kahne Racing its third championship and, hopefully, myself a second championship. I think if we stay focused and do our job, we’re absolutely capable of accomplishing that.”

A second title for Sweet would put him in a rare and elite category. Currently, only five drivers have ever won multiple World of Outlaws Sprint Car championships – Steve Kinser, Sammy Swindell, Mark Kinser, Donny Schatz and Jason Meyers. He would also become the second driver to deny Schatz a championship for two years in a row. Meyers was the first in 2010-2011.

Sweet and KKR, led by Crew Chief Eric Prutzman, have collected eight wins, so far, this season, but Sweet is hungry for more. His last win came almost two months ago at I-80 Speedway. Since then, he’s collected 10 top-fives in his last 15 starts; four of them being runner-up finishes.

“Hopefully we can get this NAPA car back in Victory Lane,” he said. “Obviously, when you’re winning and running good the points will take care of themselves. I feel good. Obviously, you never know what can happen in racing. Always just try to stay positive and try to get the best finish we can each night.”

While Sweet sits atop the points with a healthy lead, his season hasn’t gone as perfect as he’d like. He started the year strong by picking up a win in February at Volusia Speedway Park, claimed another DIRTcar Nationals championship and left the season opening event with the points lead. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit and racing went on a two-month hiatus. When racing resumed, Sweet lost the points lead to Schuchart during the first race back at Knoxville. Six races and three wins later, he reclaimed it.

He picked up three more wins shortly after, but then went on a rare streak of three DNFs in a row. The last time that happened to him was in 2013 before his rookie season. That resulted in him losing the points lead to Schatz at Lernerville Speedway. A few races later, he took it back before losing it again to Schuchart during their return to Knoxville. It took him seven races to get it back again from the Schuchart, who is going after his first title, and he’s yet to let go of it since.

“It’s been an up and down year, kind of for everybody,” Sweet said. “For us, we’ve had kind of a weird year. To still be going for the point championship and be leading with [three] to go is kind of crazy to me. But it says a lot about our race team that we’ve been able to overcome a ton of adversity this year. It’s just one of those things if we can win it. It’ll be awesome to go back to back. I know that we’re going to need to be stronger next year and we need to finish this year as strong as possible to accomplish that.”

For tickets to the Oct. 24 event at Kokomo Speedway, click here.

If you can't make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

DRIVER POINTS 1. Brad Sweet – 2. Logan Schuchart -62 3. Donny Schatz -82 4. Sheldon Haudenschild -150 5. Carson Macedo -266

TEAM POINTS 1. Kasey Kahne Racing – 2. Jason Johnson Racing -34 3. Shark Racing -62 4. Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing -82 5. Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing -150

REMAINING RACES Oct. 24 – Kokomo Speedway – Tickets Nov. 6-7 – World of Outlaws Last Call at The Dirt Track at Charlotte – Tickets

 

 

World of Outlaws Last Call Replaces World Finals as 2020 Season-Ender

Can-Am World Finals Postponed to 2021

CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 19, 2020) – With continued COVID-19 restrictions impacting the sports and entertainment world, officials at the World of Outlaws and The Dirt Track at Charlotte have announced that the Can-Am World Finals, originally scheduled for Nov. 5-7, has been postponed to 2021. However, the two premier dirt racing series will still end the 2020 season at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, with the World of Outlaws Last Call featuring the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 4-5, and the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-7, for a four-day show this year. Due to N.Y. State travel restrictions, the Super DIRTcar Series will not participate.

“Unfortunately, the current restrictions make it impossible to have the world’s three premiere racing series in the Pit area together,” said World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter. “But if any year needs to end with a bang it’s 2020. As frustrating as 2020 has been, we’re going to end it in spectacular fashion. All dirt roads still lead to Charlotte.”

Limited two-day Late Model and Sprint Car event tickets and Pit Passes for the World of Outlaws Last Call will be available on worldofoutlaws.com tomorrow, Oct. 20, at 9AM ET. CDC protocol and social distancing will be required. All grandstand tickets will be General Admission, and there will be no cross-over between Pit Area and Grandstands. Single-day tickets, if still available, will go on sale on Oct. 28.

Current Can-Am World Finals ticket holders will have the first opportunity to secure tickets to the 2021 World Finals or may elect to receive a full refund. Ticket holders and campers for the original event are encouraged to visit CharlotteMotorSpeedway.com for further details regarding renewals for 2021 or refunds.

“We’ve been hopeful for the past several weeks that North Carolina’s pandemic restrictions would lift, enabling us to fill the grandstands for the very best in dirt track championship racing,” said Charlotte Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Greg Walter. “Unfortunately, the current limitations prohibit us from executing the Can-Am World Finals in the manner that fans from around the world have come to expect. Our efforts are focused on making 2021 the best yet.”

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McClassic: James McFadden leads triumphant night for Kasey Kahne Racing at Lake Ozark
Brad Sweet and Kasey Kahne Racing make significant gains in the championship points battle

ELDON, MO — Oct. 17, 2020 — Water glazed James McFadden’s eyes. His lips quivered with every word.

The emotions of winning the Jason Johnson Classic Saturday night at Lake Ozark Speedway with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series started to get to him.

“Jason (Johnson) was a close friend to our family and we spent a lot of time in Australia together,” McFadden said. “To get this is huge. It’s a privilege to be here and unreal to get the win.”

McFadden, of Warrnambool, VIC, Australia, had been through a crazy year already. He ran the DIRTcar Nationals in February and then was unable to returned to the United States from Australia for five months to continue running the Karavan Trailers #9 car for Kasey Kahne Racing due to COVID-19 restrictions. Once he was able to make the leap back over, he and the team toyed with a victory on multiple occasions.

The Aussie and KKR had done the same last year, picking up three runner-up finishes with the Series. They’d found success at other levels, winning the 360 Knoxville Nationals in 2019, but never scored a World of Outlaws victory together.

Entering the night at Lake Ozark, they had no clear data to tell them a win would be guaranteed as it was McFadden’s first ever start at the 1/3-mile speedway. But numbers on a paper – or lack thereof – meant nothing to the driver that cut his teeth on bullring tracks in Australia and to KKR, which scored a win at the track last year.

McFadden led from green to checkers in the 41-lap Feature, holding off multiple slid job attempts from Sweet, to claim his second career Series win and the $15,000 top prize.

“It’s so good,” McFadden said about finally getting a Series win with KKR. “We’ve been so close.

“I’ve got to thank my Karavan guys; KKR; Curb Records; Team ASE. I’m pretty pumped. This is my [most special] win. To do it is unreal.”

KKR dominated the night with Sweet first setting Quick Time in Qualifying. Sweet and McFadden both went on to win their Drydene Heat Race and McFadden won the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, holding off Sweet for the win.

The teammates held the top two spots for the entire Feature. Sweet closed on McFadden at various points throughout the race and tried to throw a slider on him in Turns 3 and 4 twice. Both attempts failed as Sweet had to bail on his attempt or risk plowing into the side of McFadden.

Each time Sweet bailed on his slider he lost three car lengths to McFadden and allowed third-place Donny Schatz to close on him. On a restart with 13 laps to go, McFadden, Sweet and Schatz went three-wide for the lead, but their epic battle ended with another caution before the lap was completed.

The Feature saw six cautions throughout the 41 laps and McFadden had every restart mastered. Sweet would dive into Turn 1 to show his nose to McFadden in the corner, but the orange #9 car out powered Sweet’s NAPA Auto Parts #49 off Turn 2 each time.

With a handle on the high groove in the closing laps, McFadden beat Sweet to the finish line by nearly two seconds.

“I nearly gave it away with three to go,” McFadden said. “When you’ve got Donny (Schatz) and Brad (Sweet) behind you, you’ve got to give it 100 percent. It’s tough. Those guys are racing for points. You don’t want to make a mistake and get in their way. Just super pumped to get the win.”

While Sweet had to settle for his second runner-up finish in a row, and his 10th second-place finish with the Series this year, he and KKR made significant gains in the driver and team championship points. With Logan Schuchart, who is currently second in points, finishing 16th, Sweet is now 62 points ahead of him. And with Shane Stewart – driving the Jason Johnson Racing #41 – finishing 15th, KKR is now 34 points ahead of JJR for the team title hunt.

“I kind of got a little conservative thinking about the points, which sucks, you shouldn’t do that,” said Sweet, of Grass Valley, CA. “He (McFadden) was fast and drove a great race. Just happy to bring the NAPA Auto Parts car home in second tonight.”

Schatz rounded out the podium and made his own gain on Schuchart in the points chase. He currently sits third, 20 points behind Schuchart and 82 points behind Sweet.

“It was a guessing game of what was going to happen when they redid the track there for the Feature,” said Schatz, of Fargo, ND. “It got really fast on the top and kind of took everything away from the bottom. Kind of thought that’s where it was going to go, so that’s the direction we went. We tightened the car up and got laid over a little too much.”

Their championship battle is now down to three races to go.

UP NEXT

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, on Sat., Oct. 24, returns to Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo, IN. Click here for tickets.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

RESULTS

NOS Energy Drink Feature (41 Laps) – 1. 9-James McFadden [1][$15,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [2][$5,725]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [4][$3,425]; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen [22][$3,025]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [15][$2,725]; 6. 87-Aaron Reutzel [6][$2,525]; 7. 14-Tim Kaeding [11][$2,425]; 8. 26-Cory Eliason [5][$2,325]; 9. 71-Parker Price-Miller [13][$2,275]; 10. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [17][$2,225]; 11. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [18][$1,725]; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser [8][$1,425]; 13. 1A-Jacob Allen [7][$1,325]; 14. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [10][$1,275]; 15. 41-Shane Stewart [12][$1,225]; 16. 1S-Logan Schuchart [14][$1,125]; 17. 2-Carson Macedo [21][$1,025]; 18. 83-Dominic Scelzi [23][$1,000]; 19. 7S-Jason Sides [20][$1,000]; 20. 18-Gio Scelzi [3][$1,000]; 21. 72-Daryn Pittman [9][$1,000]; 22. 11-Ian Madsen [16][$1,000]; 23. 2C-Wayne Johnson [24][$1,000]; 24. 21-Brian Brown [19][$1,000]; 25. 6-Bill Rose [25][$]; Lap Leaders: James McFadden 1-41; KSE Hard Charger Award: 2M-Kerry Madsen[+18]

Qualifying – 1. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.402; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.464; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.496; 4. 18-Gio Scelzi, 11.512; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.519; 6. 9-James McFadden, 11.575; 7. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 11.587; 8. 26-Cory Eliason, 11.599; 9. 71-Parker Price-Miller, 11.636; 10. 3-Ayrton Gennetten, 11.648; 11. 21-Brian Brown, 11.656; 12. 41-Shane Stewart, 11.669; 13. 2-Carson Macedo, 11.716; 14. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 11.727; 15. 14-Tim Kaeding, 11.742; 16. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.745; 17. 72-Daryn Pittman, 11.754; 18. 83-Dominic Scelzi, 11.808; 19. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.844; 20. 11-Ian Madsen, 11.858; 21. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 11.86; 22. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg, 11.883; 23. 99-Skylar Gee, 11.954; 24. 24-Terry McCarl, 12.001; 25. 7BC-Tyler Courtney, 12.006; 26. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer, 12.14; 27. 14E-Kyle Bellm, 12.205; 28. 6-Bill Rose, 12.226; 29. 35-Skylar Prochaska, 12.253; 30. 33M-Mason Daniel, 12.258; 31. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 12.319; 32. 75-Tyler Blank, 12.45; 33. 5-Kory Bales, 12.7; 34. 21B-Adam Parmeley, NT; 35. 6X-Frank Rodgers, NT

 

 

HONOR AND PRIVILEGE: Shane Stewart Wins In Debut With Jason Johnson Racing At Lakeside
Jason Johnson Racing closes championship points gap and Brad Sweet extends his lead

KANSAS CITY, KS — Oct. 16, 2020 — Shane Stewart showed the emotion of a first time winner Friday night at Lakeside Speedway.

He bathed in confetti, waved the checkered flag with glee and smiled with pride for every photograph.

However, it was his 36th career World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series victory and his second of the 2020 season. What made it one of his most prized victories is he won driving for his late friend Jason Johnson’s team.

Stewart made his debut in the Jason Johnson Racing #41 car at Lakeside, sporting a red throwback scheme that resembled Johnson’s Knoxville Nationals winning car and kept it up front all night, leading every lap in the Feature.

“What’re the odds of just throwing a guy in car with a team he hasn’t worked with ever and go out and win an Outlaw race,” said Stewart, of Bixby, OK. “It just shows how well prepared this (JJR) race team is. It hasn’t sunk in yet. It probably won’t for a couple of days.”

Stewart and the team spent the early half of Friday getting his seat and seat belts fitted in the car, but Stewart felt at home the second he fired up the Mesilla Valley Transportation #41.

They unloaded with speed, qualifying seventh to start the night. Stewart then finished second in his Drydene Heat Race, placing him in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash. With the luck of drawing the Dash pole, he went on to win the 6-lap race and claim the pole for the 30-lap Feature.

“Man, I’ve been in so many different cars now,” said Stewart, who has driven for five different teams in 2020. “I know measurements and where my seat needs to be to be comfortable. And it was close. You put your seat in and you change your belts, you really don’t know where you’re going to be until you start it. Once I started it, I knew I was going to be OK.”

When the Feature commenced, Stewart drag raced second-place Daryn Pittman to Turn 1. On entrance, Pittman went high while Stewart hammered his car down into the corner and slid up in front of Pittman by the exit of Turn 2. From then on, Stewart left everyone else to fight for second as he pulled away.

Sheldon Haudenschild made an early run at Pittman for the runner-up spot before fading late in the race. The hunter among the prey for the majority of the race was “The Big Cat” Brad Sweet. The reigning champion and current points leader wasted little time navigating through the field of cars in front of him. He was in the top-10 by Lap 2. He found the top-five by Lap 12. And then made his way to the podium by Lap 14.

Two cautions in that time frame helped Sweet make quick work on his charge forward. They also highlighted the strength of Stewart’s car, which lit a fuse and rocketed ahead of the field each restart.

With three laps to go, Sweet found another gear. He passed Pittman for second and closed to within a car length of Stewart on the final lap.

However, with his emotions in check, Stewart hit his marks and held off Sweet to claim the big win.

“I knew if someone was going to beat me tonight that they would have to have an exceptionally good car,” Stewart said. You just don’t get cars like that very often. I know why this team is fast. I’ve chased this (#41 car) a lot. In many different cars I’ve chased this car. Hats off to this (JJR) group. You can see they work together so well… Man what an honor to win for Jason and Bobbi (Johnson) and (crew chief) Philip (Dietz).”

With a runner-up finish, Sweet earned his first podium finish in five races.

“I didn’t quite do a good enough job,” said Sweet, of Grass Valley, CA. “We’ve got to do a little bit better to get this NAPA Auto Parts car back in Victory Lane. My guys gave me a great race car for the [Feature]. We just need to get a little better track position and I think we would’ve had a car to win tonight.”

He gained two points on his closest championship contender Logan Schuchart, who finished third after Pittman had a rear end issue on the final lap and fell to 16th. For the Shark Racing driver, it’s his second top-five finish in a row, but he’s again left wondering if it could’ve been better with a higher starting position.

“Just need to start up front,” said Schuchart, of Hanover, PA. “We’ve been so fast but coming from the back a lot. That 49 car is hard to beat. Just need to start up front. Great run. Nice to be on the podium.”

Stewart helped closed the points gap in the team championship with his win – JJR’s seventh win of 2020 – putting the team only eight points behind leader Kasey Kahne Racing. He’ll look to do so again on Saturday at Lake Ozark Speedway for the $15,000-to-win Jason Johnson Classic and win another race in Johnson’s honor.

“Our goal is to try and win that race tomorrow on behalf of Jason and it would be really special to sweep the weekend, but that’s hard to do,” Stewart said. “But what a win. What a win for me. It means a lot.”

UP NEXT

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, on Sat., Oct. 16, returns to Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, MO for the $15,000-to-win Jason Johnson Classic. Click herea for tickets.

If you can’t make it to track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

RESULTS

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 41-Shane Stewart [1][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [13][$5,500]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [9][$3,200]; 4. 14S-Tim Kaeding [3][$2,800]; 5. 9-James McFadden [10][$2,500]; 6. 14-David Gravel [17][$2,300]; 7. 2M-Kerry Madsen [7][$2,200]; 8. 15-Donny Schatz [14][$2,100]; 9. 71-Parker Price-Miller [15][$2,050]; 10. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [4][$2,000]; 11. 21-Brian Brown [19][$1,500]; 12. 2-Carson Macedo [5][$1,200]; 13. 21X-Christopher Bell [8][$1,100]; 14. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [11][$1,050]; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen [6][$1,000]; 16. 72-Daryn Pittman [2][$900]; 17. 7S-Jason Sides [21][$800]; 18. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [23][$800]; 19. 83-Dominic Scelzi [24][$800]; 20. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [16][$800]; 21. 87-Aaron Reutzel [20][$800]; 22. 18-Gio Scelzi [18][$800]; 23. 11-Ian Madsen [12][$800]; 24. 26-Cory Eliason [22][$800]; Lap Leaders: Shane Stewart 1-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 49-Brad Sweet[+11]

Qualifying – 1. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.613; 2. 14S-Tim Kaeding, 13.638; 3. 72-Daryn Pittman, 13.641; 4. 21X-Christopher Bell, 13.647; 5. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.717; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.719; 7. 41-Shane Stewart, 13.727; 8. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.729; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.731; 10. 18-Gio Scelzi, 13.734; 11. 71-Parker Price-Miller, 13.751; 12. 11-Ian Madsen, 13.763; 13. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.768; 14. 9-James McFadden, 13.773; 15. 7BC-Tyler Courtney, 13.774; 16. 3-Ayrton Gennetten, 13.859; 17. 14-David Gravel, 13.866; 18. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.885; 19. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.893; 20. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg, 13.909; 21. 26-Cory Eliason, 13.92; 22. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 13.921; 23. 21-Brian Brown, 13.965; 24. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 14.007; 25. 83-Dominic Scelzi, 14.05; 26. 99-Skylar Gee, 14.135; 27. 24-Terry McCarl, 14.167; 28. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer, 14.171; 29. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.184; 30. 35-Skylar Prochaska, 14.228; 31. 6-Bill Rose, 14.262; 32. 33M-Mason Daniel, 14.548; 33. 9W-Chris Morgan, 14.82; 34. O5-Colin Smith, 15.068; 35. 101-Wyatt Burks, 15.171; 36. 17A-Austin McCarl, 15.559

 

 

ROAD TO WORLD FINALS: Donny Schatz Closing When It Counts
Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing finding steam to go after 2020 World of Outlaws title

KANSAS CITY, KS — Oct. 14, 2020 — You have to spend time in the trenches to understand what the top of the mountain is like.

Ten-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz, of Fargo, ND, said he and his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing team have done that this season.

At times throughout the year they’ve struggled to find consistency or even the top-10. Now, they’re working to make the climb back up. And they’re doing it just in time for Schatz to go after his 11th World of Outlaws championship.

With two wins in the last three weeks – one being his sixth National Open title – Schatz has strong armed his way back into the championship hunt, currently sitting 68 points behind leader Brad Sweet.

“I’m actually really excited,” Schatz said. “With the year we’ve had, and it feels like the majority of the races we weren’t in the hunt at all, or didn’t have a chance, and here we are. We find ourselves still in a position to go after a championship. We’ve come to life a little bit. That’s refreshing as well.

“For 15 years I’ve been in a championship hunt. You don’t ever want to lose that. Here we are. We find ourselves in that again and feeling damn good about it. If we win it, great. If we don’t, we’re not going to hang our heads. It’s been a trying year for everyone. There’s a lot of races we’re going to miss out on because of this COVID stuff. We’ll just do our best to see where we end up.”

Starting this weekend at Lakeside Speedway and Lake Ozark Speedway for the $15,000-to-win Jason Johnson Classic, he has five more chances to complete his climb back to the top in 2020 with the year ending Nov. 5-7 at the Can-Am World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

“There are a handful of race tracks that we go to that we might be looking for the rain cloud over head but Lake Ozark and [Lakeside Speedway] aren’t anywhere near those tracks,” Schatz said.

He picked up his second win at Lake Ozark Speedway in May and last year he brought a Ford engine back to Victory Lane with the World of Outlaws for the first time in 21 years at Lakeside Speedway – his second win at the 4/10-mile speedway.

He won with the new FPS 410 in his third race with it and while he’s picked up five more wins with it under the hood this season, the continued development of the engine has created a few challenges.

“The thing people don’t realize is when you do this motor development, when things need changed, it’s not as easy has, hey, we take this off, go up in the trailer and drill a hole and move this and that,” Schatz said. “It doesn’t happen like that. We had to start with a block and heads and all of these things from the ground up. It’s all original still. It’s not just as easy as we need to change this. You can’t just do that with a cylinder head. It takes a casting change. We ran into a problem where we couldn’t get heads for 12 months because the foundry was closed. We had to change foundries. All of those things, they’re a long process.

“Twelve months without being able to work with the heads that we have, and we know what changes we need to make. We just can’t do it. We’re weeks away from having stuff that’s different but those weeks fell like eternity when you’ve known for months what needed to be changed. It’s just the way it works. It’s part of it. These guys have done a damn good job of overcoming that. We know the future is a lot brighter than what today is and that’s what keeps us going.”

Schatz could potentially see a few long-standing streaks come to an end this season. He would need to win the five remaining races to hit double digit wins this year. The last time he was unable to hit that mark was in 2011. For the past 14 years he’s finished first or second in points. At the moment, he’s third in points with a 36-point deficit to second-place Logan Schuchart.

However, he’s also been able to add to his record book by claiming his sixth National Open title at Williams Grove Speedway – the only driver with more than four National Opens – and is one victory away from a 300 career win milestone.

“It’s just like anything else,” Schatz said. “I think 2020 has been an eye opener for every person. For their health. For the economy. For politics. For everything. It’s just been – pardon my French – a shit show from every standpoint. So, it’s not surprising to be in that situation with racing.

“I had someone ask me last week if I’m taking blood pressure medicine. I said, ‘No, I’m not taking blood pressure medicine.’ It’s an honor to be out here. We’ve worked hard to get ourselves in this position. We’re not currently in a position we want to be today, but we will be. And all we can do is work toward that. You have to get past it. You’ve got to spend some time in the trench to understand what the top of the mountain is like. We’ve done that. We’re trying to get ourselves back on the top where we feel like we want to be and where we belong.”

For tickets to the Lakeside Speedway event click here. For tickets to the Jason Johnson Classic at Lake Ozark Speedway click here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch both races live on DIRTVision.

DRIVER POINTS
1. Brad Sweet –
2. Logan Schuchart -32
3. Donny Schatz -68
4. Sheldon Haudenschild -128
5. Carson Macedo -216

TEAM POINTS
1. Kasey Kahne Racing –
2. Jason Johnson Racing -12
3. Shark Racing -32
4. Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing -68
5. Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing -128

REMAINING RACES
Oct. 16 – Lakeside Speedway – Tickets
Oct. 17 – Jason Johnson Classic at Lake Ozark Speedway – Tickets
Oct. 24 – Kokomo Speedway – Tickets
Nov. 5-7 – Can-Am World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte – Tickets


 

 

Jason Johnson Racing will run a second car this weekend for Parker Price-Miller
By Nick Graziano 

Shane Stewart has been tabbed to drive Jason Johnson Racing’s #41 car this weekend and keep their championship hopes alive while David Gravel competes with the NASCAR Truck Series.

Stewart, of Bixby, OK, will run the car for his late friend’s team at Lakeside Speedway (Oct. 16) and at Lake Ozark Speedway (Oct. 17) for the second annual Jason Johnson Classic – which will pay $15,000 to win. Gravel is still scheduled to finish the year in the car after this weekend.

“It’s an honor to drive the JJR car this weekend for many reasons,” Stewart said in a tweet.

Jason Johnson Racing is in the middle of a tight battle for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series team championship, currently sitting 12 points behind Kasey Kahne Racing for the title lead with five races remaining. The team has collected six wins, 28 top-fives and 42 top-10s so far this year with Gravel and Parker Price-Miller, who filled in for the absent Gravel twice.

Along with Stewart having been a good friend with Jason Johnson, he also has one of the better records among the available drivers. He’s a 35-time World of Outlaws winner, picking up his most recent win at Williams Grove Speedway this year in the Indy Racing Parts #71 car. None of those wins have come at Lakeside or Lake Ozark but he finished fourth at both Lake Ozark events in May and aside from an issue that forced him to take a 24th-place finish at Lakeside last year, he hadn’t finished worse than sixth at the track the four years prior.

Between the Jason Johnson Classic being this weekend and both races being close to home for the Missouri-based JJR team, it will field a rare second car this weekend with Price-Miller behind the wheel. The Kokomo, IN driver will pilot the #141 car for JJR, using the team’s traditional black and white livery, while Stewart will run the red throwback scheme Gravel ran at Knoxville Raceway in August.

After this weekend, Stewart and Price-Miller, who had run for Dietz Motorsports all season, will finish the year driving for the Indy Race Parts team.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch both races live on DIRTVision.

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Drivers Look To Make A Splash At Lakeside, Lake Ozark
Driver swaps, tight points battles and hungry local heroes on tap for Oct. 16 and Oct. 17 events

KANSAS CITY, KS — Oct. 12, 2020 — Pack your bags; we’re going to the lakes this weekend.

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, on Fri., Oct. 16, returns to Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, KS and on Sat., Oct. 17 returns to Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, MO for the second annual Jason Johnson Classic.

More than $20,000 in winnings will be on the line between the two events with the race at Lakeside paying $10,000-to-win and the Jason Johnson Classic paying $15,000-to-win – $1,000-to-start.

With five races remaining for the 2020 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series tour, starting this weekend, positions and points becomes more critical each race. Reigning champion Brad Sweet leads the driver championship hunt by 32 points over Logan Schuchart and Kasey Kahne Racing leads the team title hunt by 12 points over Jason Johnson Racing.

If you can’t make it to the tracks, you can watch both nights of racing live on DIRTVision.

Here are the top storylines to follow this weekend:

JJR SHAKE UP: Jason Johnson Racing is in the middle of a tight battle for the team championship – currently 12 points back from the lead – but the team will be without its primary driver this weekend. David Gravel will miss both races to make another NASCAR Truck Series start.

Replacing Gravel will be Shane Stewart, of Bixby, OK, driving the red throwback #41. And with the Jason Johnson Classic being this weekend, Parker Price-Miller, of Kokomo, IN, who previously filled in for Gravel, will drive a #141 car for JJR, using the team’s traditional black and white livery. Stewart and Price-Miller will compete at Lakeside and Lake Ozark, with Stewart collecting points for JJR.

Both drivers have one win this year. Stewart finished fourth both nights at Lake Ozark in May, driving the Indy Race Parts #71, while Price-Miller finished 14th and 20th, respectively, driving the Dietz Motorsports #14 – which will not be in attendance this weekend. Last year, Stewart finished 24th at Lakeside and Price-Miller didn’t compete in the event.

SCHATZ’S SHOT: Ten-time Series champion Donny Schatz, of Fargo, ND, has been chipping away at his points deficit to championship leader Brad Sweet each week. He enters the doubleheader weekend sitting 68 points behind Sweet in third. This weekend could also be his best shot of making a big gain to put himself closer in contention to compete for his 11th Series title.

Schatz brought Ford its first World of Outlaws victory in 21 years at Lakeside Speedway last year with the FPS 410 engine and he won the last race at Lake Ozark Speedway this year. A victory this weekend would also be his 300th career World of Outlaws win. He'll also have a teammate for the second week in a row with Tim Kaeding driving the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #14 car.

SWEET SPOT: Reigning champion Brad Sweet, of Grass Valley, CA, continues to hold the points lead with five races remaining. He helped his Kasey Kahne Racing team regain the points lead for the team championship at Port Royal Speedway last weekend, too.

Lakeside and Lake Ozark have been good tracks for Sweet in the past. He finished third at Lakeside last year and earned his sole World of Outlaws win at the track in 2016. Early this year, Sweet finished eighth and third at Lake Ozark and he claimed his first win at the track last year.

LAKE SHARK: Logan Schuchart, of Hanover, PA, and his Shark Racing team are poised to get back into a consistent rhythm and go after their first World of Outlaws title. They enter the weekend coming off a strong fourth-place run at Port Royal Speedway, which helped him cut eight points off Sweet’s lead over him.

He’ll look to do that again this weekend at a couple of tracks he’s also found success at. While Schuchart has yet to win at Lakeside, he finished second at the track last year. And earlier this year he picked up his first win at Lake Ozark Speedway.

BROWN EYES HOME SUCCESS: Brian Brown, of Grain Valley, MO, who claimed his fourth Knoxville Raceway track championship this year, will hope to find some luck in his home territory this weekend with the World of Outlaws. He’s been unable to secure at top-15 finish in his last seven starts with the Series.

Lakeside could be a turning point for him. He led the first 12 laps of the Feature at the track last year before being passed by Donny Schatz for the win and having to settle for a fourth-place finish. Brown also won a Series race at the track in 2017. He attempted to make both Series races at Lake Ozark in May but was unable to make either.

AYRTON SHOWING GROWTH: One driver to keep an eye on this weekend, and for possibly years to come, is Ayrton Gennetten, of Gravois Mills, MO. The 21-year-old has been solid in his first seven Feature starts with the Series this year, collecting four top-15 finishes in his #3 car. He was in contention for a top-five at the Terre Haute Action Track, even challenging Donny Schatz to claim the spot, before getting involved in an accident.

He finished 16th and 13th, respectively, at Lake Ozark in May. This weekend will be his first Series appearance at Lakeside.

THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE

WHEN & WHERE
Fri., Oct. 16 at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, KS. Event Info / Tickets
Sat., Oct. 17 at Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, MO. Event Info / Tickets

ABOUT THE TRACK
Lakeside Speedway is a semi-banked 4/10-mile track.
Online – LakesideSpeedway.net
Track Record – 13.304 sec. set by Paul McMahan on June 7, 2014

Lake Ozark Speedway is a semi-banked 1/3-mile track.
Online – LakeOzarkSpeedway.net
Track Record – 11.111 set by Jason Sides on Oct. 19, 2019

1/3-MILE & 1/2-MILE WINNERS IN 2020
There have been 17 races on 1/2-mile tracks in 2020.
Volusia Speedway Park: Donny Schatz won on Feb. 7, Brad Sweet won on Feb. 8 and Logan Schuchart won on Feb. 9
Knoxville Raceway: David Gravel won on May 8 and Aug. 14, Kyle Larson won on June 12, June 13, Aug. 13 and Aug. 15
Terre Haute Action Track: Logan Schuchart won on July 12
Williams Grove Speedway: Shane Stewart won on July 24 and David Gravel won on July 25 and Oct. 2, Donny Schatz won on Oct. 3
Devil’s Bowl Speedway: Logan Schuchart won on Sept. 19
Port Royal Speedway: Kyle Larson won on Oct. 9 and Oct. 10

There have been 13 races on a 1/3-mile track in 2020.
Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55: Brad Sweet won on May 22, Kyle Larson won on May 23 and Aug. 8 and Sheldon Haudenschild on Aug. 7
Lake Ozark Speedway: Logan Schuchart won on May 29 and Donny Schatz won on May 30
Beaver Dam Raceway: Brad Sweet won on June 5 and June 6
34 Raceway: Parker Price-Miller won on July 10
Wilmot Raceway: David Gravel won on July 11
Attica Raceway Park: Kyle Larson won on July 14
Huset’s Speedway: Sheldon Haudenschild won on Sept. 5 and Kyle Larson won on Sept. 6

LAKESIDE SPEEDWAY PREVIOUS WINNERS
2019 - Donny Schatz on Oct. 18
2018 – Daryn Pittman on Oct. 19
2017 – Brian Brown on Oct. 20
2016 – Brad Sweet on Oct. 21
2015 – Donny Schatz on July 1
2014 – Kerry Madsen on June 7
2013 – Craig Dollansky on June 8
2012 – Sammy Swindell on June 30
2011 – Steve Kinser on June 4
2010 – Steve Kinser on June 26
2003 – Daryn Pittman on June 21
2002 – Mark Kinser on April 24
2001 – Steve Kinser on April 24
1992 – Sammy Swindell on April 4*, Sammy Swindell on April 5*
1991 – Mark Kinser on November 9*, Sammy Swindell on November 10*
1981 - Doug Wolfgang on Sept. 11; Doug Wolfgang on May 11; Doug Wolfgang on April 17
1980 - Tim Green on April 18

LAKE OZARK SPEEDWAY PREVIOUS WINNERS
2020 – Logan Schuchart on May 29, Donny Schatz on May 30
2019 – Brad Sweet on April 26, David Gravel on Oct. 19
2018 – Donny Schatz on May 4
2007 – Craig Dollansky
2005 – Tim Shaffer

ON THE INTERNET
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series
Twitter – Twitter.com/WorldofOutlaws – @WorldofOutlaws
Instagram – Instagram.com/WoOSprint – @woosprint
Facebook – Facebook.com/WorldofOutlaws
YouTube – YouTube.com/WorldofOutlaws
DIRTVision – Dirtvision.com – Get your Fast Pass to watch all races LIVE for only $39/month
Twitter – Twitter.com/DIRTVision – @DIRTVision
Facebook – Facebook.com/WatchDIRTVision

DRIVER INFO
Follow World of Outlaws full-time drivers on Twitter:
Bill Rose – @BillRose6_Rose
Brad Sweet – @BradSweet49
Carson Macedo – @carson_macedo
Daryn Pittman – @darynpittman
David Gravel – @DavidGravel
Donny Schatz – @DonnySchatz
Jacob Allen – @JacobAllen1A
Jason Sides – @SidesMotorsport
Kraig Kinser – @KraigKinser11k
Logan Schuchart – @Lschuchart1s
Mason Daniel – @MasonDRacing
Sheldon Haudenschild – @Haudenschild_17
Wayne Johnson – @wjr77x

AROUND THE TURN: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, on Sat., Oct. 24, returns to Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo, IN. Click here for tickets.

2020 STATS
There have been 49 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Feature events this season.

FEATURE WINNERS (12 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 12
2 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 8
3 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 6
– Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 6
– David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 6
4 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 5
5 – Carson Short, Marion, Ill. – 1
– Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 1
– Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 1
– Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 1
– Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 1
– Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 1

DRYDENE HEAT RACE WINNERS (44 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 19
2 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 15
3 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 12
– Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 12
4 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 11
– Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 11
– Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 11
5 – Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 10
– Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 10
6 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 9
7 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 7
– Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 7
8 – Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 5
9 – Rico Abreu, St. Helena, Calif. – 3
– Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Ind. – 3
– James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 3
– Gio Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 3
10 – Cory Eliason, Visalia, Calif. – 2
– Kasey Kahne, Enumclaw, Wash. – 2
– Tyler Courtney, Indianapolis, Ind. – 2
– Brooke Tatnell, Sans Souci, NSW, Australia – 2
– Brent Marks, Myerstown, Pa. – 2
11 – Brian Brown, Grain Valley, Mo. – 1
– Sam Hafertepe, Jr., Sunnyvale, Texas – 1
– Chase Stockon, Fort Branch, Ind. – 1
– Matt Juhl, Sioux Falls, S.D. – 1
– Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1
– Trey Starks, Puyallup, Wash. – 1
– Lynton Jeffrey, Prairie City, Iowa – 1
– Scotty Thiel, Sheboygan, Wis. – 1
– Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 1
– Freddie Rahmer, Salfordville, Pa. – 1
– Jeff Halligan, Ephrata, Pa. – 1
– Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 1
– Brock Zearfoss, Jonestown, Pa. – 1
– Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 1
– Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tenn. – 1
– Colby Copeland, Roseville, Calif. – 1
– Sammy Swindell, Germantown, Tenn. – 1
– Sawyer Phillips, Pleasantville, Iowa – 1
– Spencer Bayston, Lebanon, Ind. – 1
– Austin McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 1
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1
– Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg, Pa. – 1

DIRTVISION FAST PASS DASH WINNERS (20 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 6
2 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 5
3 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 4
– Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 4
– Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 4
4 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 3
– Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 3
– Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 3
– Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 3
5 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 2
– Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 2
– Gio Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 2
6 – Carson Short, Marion, Ill. – 1
– Austin McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 1
– Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tenn. – 1
– Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 1
– Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 1
– Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1
– Freddie Rahmer, Salfordville, Pa. – 1
– Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 1

LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN WINNERS (32 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tenn. – 4
– Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 4
2 – Mason Daniel, Springville, Calif. – 3
3 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 2
– Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 2
– Austin McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 2
– Brian Brown, Grain Valley, Mo. – 2
4 – Lucas Wolfe, Mechanicsburg, Pa. – 1
– Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 1
– Paul McMahan, Nashville, Tenn. – 1
– Brian Bell, Arlington Tenn. – 1
– Rico Abreu, St. Helena, Calif. – 1
– Bill Balog, Hartland, Wis. – 1
– Gio Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 1
– David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 1
– Aryton Gennetten, Gravois Mills, Mo. – 1
– Scotty Thiel, Sheboygan, Wis. – 1
– Paul Nienhiser, Chapin, Ill. – 1
– Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 1
– Tim Wagaman, Hanover, Pa. – 1
– Steve Buckwalter, Royersford, Pa. – 1
– Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 1
– Brendan Mullen, Grand Forks, N.D. – 1
– Skylar Prochaska, Lakefield, Minn. – 1
– Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 1
­– Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 1
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1
– Henry Malcuit, Strasburg, Ohio – 1
– Cale Thomas, Fairland, Ind. – 1
– Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 1
– Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 1
– Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg. Pa. – 1

C-MAIN WINNERS (18 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Trey Starks, Puyallup, Wash. – 1
– Cale Thomas, Fairland, Ind. – 1
– Anthony Macri, Dillsburg, Pa. – 1
– Shane Golobic, Fremont, Calif. – 1
– Brent Marks, Myerstown, Penn. – 1
– Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 1
– Wayne Johnson, Oklahoma City, Okla. – 1
– Hunter Schuerenburg, Sikeston, Mo. – 1
– Cole Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 1
– Adam Wilt, York, Pa. – 1
– Sammy Swindell, Germantown, Tenn. – 1
– Josh Schneiderman, West Burlington, Iowa – 1
– Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 1
– Mason Daniel, Springville, Calif. – 1
– Kyle Moody, Lewisberry, Pa. – 1
– Spencer Bayston, Lebanon, Ind. – 1
– Dylan Ciseny, Port Royal, Pa. – 1
– T.J. Stutts, Liverpool, Pa. – 1

D-MAIN WINNERS (5 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Kyle Moody, Lewisberry, Pa. – 1
– Anthony Macri, Dillsburg, Pa. – 1
– Skylar Gee, Leduc, AB, Canada
– Wayne Johnson, Oklahoma City, Okla. – 1
– Troy Wagaman, Jr., Hanover, Pa. – 1

PODIUM FINISHES (25 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – # of podiums
1 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 26
2 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 20
3 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 18
4 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 15
5 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 14
– Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 14
6 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 8
7 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 5
8 – James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 4
9 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 3
10 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 2
– Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 2
– Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 2
– Brent Marks, Myerstown, Pa. – 2
– Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 2
11 – Carson Short, Marion, Ill. – 1
– Austin McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 1
– Matt Juhl, Sioux Falls, S.D. – 1
– Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1
– Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Ind. – 1
– Anthony Macri, Dillsburg, Pa. – 1
– Rico Abreu, St. Helena, Calif. – 1
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1
– Freddie Rahmer, Salfordville, Pa. – 1
– Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg, Pa. – 1

HARD CHARGER AWARD (19 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – H.C. Awards
1 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 8
– Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 8
2 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 7
3 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 5
– Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 5
4 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 2
– Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 2
5 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 1
– Sammy Swindell, Germantown, Tenn. – 1
– Carson Short, Marion, Ill. – 1
– Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 1
– Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tenn. – 1
– Brent Marks, Myerstown, Pa. – 1
– Jade Hastings, Grand Forks, N.D. – 1
– Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 1
– James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 1
– Cap Henry, Republic, Ohio – 1
– Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 1
– Freddie Rahmer, Salfordville, Pa. – 1

TOTAL LAPS LED (17 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Laps
1 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 278
2 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 214
3 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 207
4 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 201
5 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 180
6 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 80
7 – Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 78
8 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 74
9 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 62
10 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 58
11 – Gio Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 40
12 – Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 37
13 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 32
14 – Carson Short, Marion, Ill. – 30
15 – Kasey Kahne, Enumclaw, Wash. – 10
– Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 10
16 – Brian Brown, Grain Valley, Mo. – 3

QUALIFYING QUICK TIME (19 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – QTs
1 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 6
2 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 5
– David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 5
3 – Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 4
– Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 4
– Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 4
4 – Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 3
– Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 3
– Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 3
5 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 2
– Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 2
6 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 1
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1
– Kasey Kahne, Enumclaw Wash. – 1
– Cory Eliason, Visalia, Calif. – 1
– Scotty Thiel, Sheboygan, Wis. – 1
– Anthony Macri, Dillsburg, Pa. – 1
– Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 1
– Gio Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 1

NEW TRACK RECORDS (4 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – (TR)
1 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. (9.995 sec. at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55)
– Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. (11.061 sec. at Plymouth Speedway)
– Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. (12.490 sec. at Lawton Speedway)
– Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. (16.111 sec. at Williams Grove Speedway)

2020 World of Outlaws Schedule & Winners
No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Friday, Feb. 7 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Donny Schatz (1)
2. Saturday, Feb. 8 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Brad Sweet (1)
3. Sun., Feb. 9 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Logan Schuchart (1)
4. Friday, May 8 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / David Gravel (1)
5. Fri., May 22 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (2)
6. Sat., May 23 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Kyle Larson (1)
7. Friday, May 29 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, MO / Logan Schuchart (2)
8. Saturday, May 30 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, MO / Donny Schatz (2)
9. Friday, June 5 / Beaver Dam Raceway / Beaver Dam, WI / Brad Sweet (3)
10. Saturday, June 6 / Beaver Dam Raceway / Beaver Dam, WI / Brad Sweet (4)
11. Friday, June 12 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Kyle Larson (2)
12. Saturday, June 13 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Kyle Larson (3)
13. Friday, June 19 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Carson Short (1)
14. Saturday, June 20 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Carson Macedo (1)
15. Thursday, June 25 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Brad Sweet (5)
16. Friday, June 26 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Logan Schuchart (3)
17. Saturday, June 27 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Logan Schuchart (4)
18. Friday, July 3 / Cedar Lake Speedway / New Richmond, WI / Brad Sweet (6)
19. Sat., July 4 / Cedar Lake Speedway / New Richmond, WI / Brad Sweet (7)
20. Friday, July 10 / 34 Raceway / West Burlington, IA / Parker Price-Miller (1)
21. Saturday, July 11 / Wilmot Raceway / Wilmot, WI / David Gravel (2)
22. Sun., July 12 / Terre Haute Action Track / Terre Haute, IN / Logan Schuchart (5)
23. Tuesday, July 14 / Attica Raceway Park / Attica, OH / Kyle Larson (4)
24. Tuesday, July 21 / Lernerville Speedway / Sarver, PA / Donny Schatz (3)
25. Thursday, July 23 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbottstown, PA / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)
26. Fri., July 24 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Shane Stewart (1)
27. Sat., July 25 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg. PA / David Gravel (3)
28. Fri., Aug. 7 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Sheldon Haudenschild (2)
29. Sat., Aug. 8 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Kyle Larson (5)
30. Thurs., Aug. 13 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Kyle Larson (6)
31. Fri., Aug. 14 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / David Gravel (4)
32. Sat., Aug. 15 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Kyle Larson (7)
33. Fri., Aug. 21 / River Cities Speedway / Grand Forks, ND / Kyle Larson (8)
34. Sat., Aug. 22 / Red River Valley Speedway / West Fargo, ND / Kyle Larson (9)
35. Sat., Aug. 29 / U.S. 36 Raceway / Osborn, MO / Sheldon Haudenschild (3)
36. Sun., Aug. 30 / I-80 Speedway / Greenwood, NE / Brad Sweet (8)
37. Sat., Sept. 5 / Huset’s Speedway / Brandon, SD / Sheldon Haudenschild (4)
38. Sun., Sept. 6 / Huset’s Speedway / Brandon, SD / Kyle Larson (10)
39. Fri., Sept. 11 / Dodge City Raceway Park / Dodge City, KS / Jacob Allen (1)
40. Sat., Sept. 12 / Dodge City Raceway Park / Dodge City, KS / Sheldon Haudenschild (5)
41. Fri., Sept. 18 / Lawton Speedway / Lawton, OK / Daryn Pittman (1)
42. Sat., Sept. 19 / Devil’s Bowl Speedway / Mesquite, TX / Logan Schuchart (6)
43. Thurs., Sept. 24 / Plymouth Speedway / Plymouth, IN / Donny Schatz (4)
44. Fri., Sept. 25 / Wayne County Speedway / Orrville, OH / Sheldon Haudenschild (6)
45. Sat., Sept. 26 / Lernerville Speedway / Sarver, PA / David Gravel (5)
46. Fri., Oct. 2 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / David Gravel (6)
47. Sat., Oct. 3 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Donny Schatz (5)
48. Fri., Oct. 9 / Port Royal Speedway / Port Royal, PA / Kyle Larson (11)
49. Sat., Oct. 10 / Port Royal Speedway / Port Royal, PA / Kyle Larson (12)

 

 

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