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Zearfoss Scores First Career Series Win
and First Posse Win of the Season

 
MECHANICSBURG, PA - July 21, 2017 - Jonestown, PA-native Brock Zearfoss scored his first career World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series win during the Champion Racing Oil Summer Nationals opener, ringing in the first Posse win of the season in the ongoing Outlaws versus Pennsylvania Posse battle. David Gravel came in second after a strong battle for the lead with Lance Dewease, who ultimately went into the wall and flipped with nine laps to go. Defending Champion Donny Schatz completed the podium.

"How many times do you get to win an Outlaw race?" asked Zearfoss from Victory Lane. "This first time, I don't even know what to say. I'm sick to my stomach; I'm that excited. You know, this is just a dream come true."

Zearfoss's first Outlaws race behind the wheel of Aaron Long's No. 58 car last May didn't go quite so well. He didn't make the Feature.

"We debuted this deal at the first Outlaw race, and we weren't good at all. To go from not making the show to standing on the front stretch of an Outlaw show, that's just saying something about these guys."

The Feature started with Lance Dewease on the pole after a full-field Craftsman Club Dash inversion (eight) worked in his favor. Last year's champion, Daryn Pittman, started beside him and managed to steal the lead in lap one, but Dewease would take it back and go on to lead the next 15 laps.

Meanwhile, behind him Zearfoss battled his way past Schatz and Pittman to second with Gravel on his tail.

While spectators' attentions were focused keenly on the five-car battle in front, Danny Dietrich and Sheldon Haudenschild got into each other entering lap 17 outside turn one, forcing a restart that would allow Gravel to charge past Zearfoss on the frontstretch before throwing a slider at Dewease. Trying to hold off Gravel, the leader jumped the cushion, fumbled, and flipped several times inside turn two.

To the tune of an outraged crowd, a double-file restart was called according to Series rules when the caution is not a result of contact between cars. Despite video replays showing no contact between the GoMuddy.com No. 5 and the Schanauer Plumbing No. 69K, Posse supporters expressed their discontent and disbelief.

"I know I never touched him," argued Gravel. "Lance probably had a pretty tight race car and flipped over in the curb. I honestly didn't want to slide him. I checked up. I thought, he doesn't get back around me, but he obviously got stumbled up in the curb. That's what happened, and then I had to work really hard to get back to second. I feel like we had the best car but finished second."

Zearfoss and Gravel were to lead the field, but officials called a jump start on Gravel after Zearfoss stumbled and slowed, sending Gravel back a row and putting Schatz beside Zearfoss for another restart.

"This motor was stumbling all night," said Zearfoss. "I got it to go a couple of times, but obviously that one time David [Gravel] actually didn't jump me, but it just didn't go. I kind of got lucky there. Got it to go for Schatz and didn't want to see another caution because I wasn't sure if I could do it again. Luckily I got a good jump on him on that last restart and held him off. Tell you what, I was either going out of the park or I was winning this bitch."

And win he did, with Gravel battling his way back to second after a few exchanged with Schatz.

"Brock Zearfoss is a good friend of mine, and I'm happy he won his first Outlaw show," said Gravel. "We'll take second tonight. Me and Donny [Schatz] raced really really hard there. Just good hard racing."

The Champion Racing Oil Summer Nationals continue tomorrow at Williams Grove Speedway before the Series heads for Ransomville, NY for The Big "R" Outlaw Shootout on Sunday.
 

 
ABBREVIATED RESULTS FROM WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY

Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 58-Brock Zearfoss [4][$8,000]; 2. 5-David Gravel [5][$4,000]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$2,500]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [7][$2,200]; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman [2][$2,100]; 6. 21-Brian Montieth [20][$2,000]; 7. 25-Aaron Ott [9][$1,800]; 8. 11-T.J. Stutts [10][$1,600]; 9. 51-Freddie Rahmer [23][$1,500]; 10. 27-Greg Hodnett [16][$1,300]; 11. 24-Lucas Wolfe [11][$1,200]; 12. 7S-Jason Sides [14][$1,100]; 13. 44-Trey Starks [6][$1,000]; 14. 17-Jac Haudenschild [24][$700]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser [17][$600]; 16. 1S-Logan Schuchart [22][$600]; 17. 39M-Anthony Macri [18][$600]; 18. 4-Paul McMahan [15][$600]; 19. 41-Jason Johnson [27][$]; 20. 3H-James McFadden [21][$600]; 21. 69K-Lance Dewease [1][$600]; 22. 48-Danny Dietrich [12][$600]; 23. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [13][$600]; 24. 1-Dale Blaney [8][$600]; 25. 1A-Jacob Allen [19][$600]; 26. 2-Shane Stewart [25][$]; 27. 44W-Rodney Westhafer [26][$]; Lap Leaders: Daryn Pittman 1, Lance Dewease 2-16, Brock Zearfoss 17-25; KSE Hard Charger Award: 21-Brian Montieth[+14]

Qualifying Flight-A - 1. 58-Brock Zearfoss, 16.716; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman, 16.749; 3. 1-Dale Blaney, 16.752; 4. 49-Brad Sweet, 16.813; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 16.839; 6. 4-Paul McMahan, 16.881; 7. 25-Aaron Ott, 16.908; 8. 24-Lucas Wolfe, 16.91; 9. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 16.953; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen, 16.974; 11. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 17.028; 12. 3H-James McFadden, 17.046; 13. 17-Jac Haudenschild, 17.055; 14. 16-Matt Campbell, 17.057; 15. 87-Alan Krimes, 17.111; 16. 88-Brandon Rahmer, 17.189; 17. 41-Jason Johnson, 17.194; 18. 1X-Tim Wagaman, 17.2; 19. W20-Greg Wilson, 17.209; 20. 12W-Troy Fraker, 18.395

Qualifying Flight-B - 1. 5-David Gravel, 16.623; 2. 44-Trey Starks, 16.84; 3. 11-T.J. Stutts, 16.846; 4. 69K-Lance Dewease, 16.848; 5. 39M-Anthony Macri, 16.906; 6. 27-Greg Hodnett, 16.913; 7. 15-Donny Schatz, 16.926; 8. 2-Shane Stewart, 17.001; 9. 7S-Jason Sides, 17.011; 10. 48-Danny Dietrich, 17.024; 11. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 17.045; 12. 21-Brian Montieth, 17.053; 13. 44W-Rodney Westhafer, 17.12; 14. 35-Tyler Walker, 17.13; 15. 75-Nicole Bower, 17.233; 16. 39-Cory Haas, 17.307; 17. 17B-Steve Buckwalter, 17.39; 18. 19-Brent Marks, 17.408; 19. 13-Clyde Knipp, 17.682

SEE FULL RESULTS
 

 
 
Pos.
Car
Driver
Total
Diff
Wins
Top 5's
Top 10's
1
15
Donny Schatz
7030
0
15
39
44
2
49
Brad Sweet
6954
-76
4
38
45
3
5
David Gravel
6908
-122
10
29
44
4
9
Daryn Pittman
6580
-450
0
14
33
5
2
Shane Stewart
6578
-452
4
15
35
6
41
Jason Johnson
6460
-570
2
14
30
7
93
Sheldon Haudenschild
6192
-838
0
7
22
8
11k
Kraig Kinser
6164
-866
1
3
18
9
7S
Jason Sides
6040
-990
0
8
19
10
1S
Logan Schuchart
6018
-1012
3
7
15
11
19
Brent Marks
5968
-1062
0
0
12
12
4
Paul McMahan
5964
-1066
0
3
13
13
W20
Greg Wilson
5638
-1392
0
4
12
14
1A
Jacob Allen
5020
-2010
0
0
3
15
71
Joey Saldana
4832
-2198
0
4
11
16
13
Clyde Knipp
4712
-2318
0
0
0
17
18
Ian Madsen
4042
-2988
1
5
16
18
21
Brian Brown
3508
-3522
1
11
14
19
2X
Parker Price-Miller
2972
-4058
1
1
3
20
2M
Kerry Madsen
2828
-4202
4
11
17

 

 

 

Schatz Scores Fifth Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup Win; Haundenschild Flips after Leading First 35 Laps

 

SARVER, PA - July 18, 2017 - Eight-time Series Champion and current points leader Donny Schatz scored his fifth Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup win at Lernerville Speedway after a heated battle with Sheldon Haudenschild left the Rookie of the Year contender flipping off the wall on the front stretch outside turn four.

 
"It's been a good week," said Schatz, fresh off his Kings Royal win at Eldora Speedway just last Saturday. "This race team is incredible, what they do. When they get the race car good, you get in that zone, and they fine tune things and just keep making strides and making it better. It's good to have that feeling for sure."

 
Haudenschild dominated the first 35 laps of the 40-lap Feature, jumping to the lead right from the start and leaving pole sitter Daryn Pittman between he and Schatz as he continued to lengthen the distance between them.

 
Meanwhile, Schatz had a rocky start as his front tires lurched up on the front stretch outside turn four in lap three, and he went over the cushion outside turn one in lap nine, causing him to fall back to sixth. But the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing driver regained some ground before an engine failure on the Shark Racing No. 1s of Logan Schuchart forced a restart in lap 15; and by lap 22, Schatz had his No. 15 Arctic Cat machine back in third again. 

 
Two laps later, Schatz passed Pittman, but Haudenschild was driving hard and still had a good three-second lead on him. 

 
It took the veteran driver another eight laps to gain enough ground to start pushing on the rookie, but on lap 33 the exchanges began. Schatz passed Haudenschild. Haudenschild took it back. Schatz did it again, and again Haudenschild took it back. 

 
A beautiful battle transpired until another caution - this time Brent Marks spinning outside turn four - forced another restart. 

 
With $25,000 on the line, the Feature continued with a single-file restart, Haudenschild at the helm. He did what he had to do and shot out to a strong lead again, but hit the cushion so hard in turn four, he simply ran out of cushion. The No. 93 hit the wall and flipped several times down the front stretch. 

 
"[The cushion] was getting pretty thin," said Schatz from Victory Lane. "In case anyone didn't notice there were crashes. That's why we had that [caution] before [Sheldon] did it. There was two cars sitting there, and the cushion was kind of rolled up over the edge of the track. It just kept getting slower and slower. When it starts slowing down... I guess old age is making me slow down a bit too." 

 
All was quiet when the Open Red was called. But when the Wild Child's child finally got out of his car unharmed, the crowd erupted in applause. And Schatz went on to take the checkers unchallenged, with Pittman and David Gravel rounding out the podium. 

 
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series takes on the Pennsylvania Posse at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday and Saturday, July 21-22 for the Champion Racing Oil Summer Nationals before heading to Ransomville Speedway for The Big "R" Outlaw Shootout on Sunday, July 23.

 
ABBREVIATED RESULTS FROM LERNERVILLE SPEEDWAY

 
Feature (40 Laps) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$25,000]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [1][$7,000]; 3. 5-David Gravel [5][$5,000]; 4. 49X-Tim Shaffer [4][$4,000]; 5. 10H-Chad Kemenah [8][$3,000]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [11][$2,900]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [7][$2,800]; 8. 41-Jason Johnson [18][$2,700]; 9. 13D-Danny Dietrich [16][$2,600]; 10. 17X-Carson Macedo [6][$2,500]; 11. 2-Shane Stewart [15][$2,400]; 12. 4-Paul McMahan [20][$2,300]; 13. 1-Dale Blaney [9][$2,200]; 14. 7S-Jason Sides [10][$2,100]; 15. 22-Brandon Spithaler [17][$2,000]; 16. 17-Jac Haudenschild [14][$1,500]; 17. 98-Carl Bowser [19][$1,300]; 18. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [2][$1,200]; 19. 2M-Kerry Madsen [12][$1,200]; 20. 19-Brent Marks [24][$1,200]; 21. 3H-James McFadden [21][$1,200]; 22. 2AJ-A.J. Flick [25][$]; 23. 1S-Logan Schuchart [13][$1,200]; 24. 24-Lucas Wolfe [23][$1,200]; 25. 7K-Dan Shetler [26][$]; 26. 1A-Jacob Allen [22][$1,200]; Lap Leaders: Sheldon Haudenschild 1-35, Donny Schatz 36-40; KSE Hard Charger Award: 41-Jason Johnson[+10]

Qualifying Flight-A - 1. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 12.899; 2. 17X-Carson Macedo, 12.946; 3. 5-David Gravel, 12.949; 4. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.983; 5. 1-Dale Blaney, 12.985; 6. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.008; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.016; 8. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.077; 9. 19-Brent Marks, 13.116; 10. 5K-Adam Kekich, 13.173; 11. 99-Brady Bacon, 13.188; 12. 98-Carl Bowser, 13.222; 13. 22-Brandon Spithaler, 13.235; 14. 13-Clyde Knipp, 13.332; 15. 7K-Dan Shetler, 13.449; 16. 2AJ-A.J. Flick, 13.499; 17. 42-Sye Lynch, 13.725; 18. 76-David Jones, 13.97; 19. 91-Sadie Siegel, 15.367; 20. 4K-William Kiley, 15.645

Qualifying Flight-B - 1. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 12.923; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman, 12.934; 3. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.95; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.991; 5. 41-Jason Johnson, 13.001; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.029; 7. 17-Jac Haudenschild, 13.046; 8. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.062; 9. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.146; 10. 4-Paul McMahan, 13.157; 11. 3H-James McFadden, 13.274; 12. 13D-Danny Dietrich, 13.291; 13. 24-Lucas Wolfe, 13.309; 14. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.403; 15. D4-Danny Holtgraver, 13.535; 16. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.733; 17. 40-George Hobaugh, 13.743; 18. 23-Darren Pifer, 14.056; 19. O8-Dan Kuriger, NT
 

 

 

 
Pos. Car Driver Total Diff Wins Top 5's Top 10's
1 15 Donny Schatz 6886 0 15 38 43
2 49 Brad Sweet 6812 -74 4 37 44
3 5 David Gravel 6762 -124 10 28 43
4 2 Shane Stewart 6476 -410 4 15 35
5 9 Daryn Pittman 6440 -446 0 13 32
6 41 Jason Johnson 6348 -538 2 14 30
7 93 Sheldon Haudenschild 6088 -798 0 7 22
8 11k Kraig Kinser 6044 -842 1 3 18
9 7S Jason Sides 5914 -972 0 8 19
10 1S Logan Schuchart 5900 -986 3 7 15
11 19 Brent Marks 5878 -1008 0 0 12
12 4 Paul McMahan 5850 -1036 0 3 13
13 W20 Greg Wilson 5548 -1338 0 4 12
14 1A Jacob Allen 4918 -1968 0 0 3
15 71 Joey Saldana 4832 -2054 0 4 11
16 13 Clyde Knipp 4622 -2264 0 0 0
17 18 Ian Madsen 4042 -2844 1 5 16
18 21 Brian Brown 3508 -3378 1 11 14
19 2X Parker Price-Miller 2972 -3914 1 1 3
20 2M Kerry Madsen 2828 -4058 4 11 17

 

 

 

5-Hour Knoxville Nationals Nears

CONCORD, NC - July 17, 2017 - When a race fan hears "Knoxville" one thing immediately comes to mind: the 5-Hour Energy Knoxville Nationals, the largest Sprint Car event held annually at Knoxville Raceway in early August, this year from August 9-12.

The small town of Knoxville that sits 40 miles southeast of the state capitol of Iowa has a population of just over 7,000 people. When the the racing industry descends on this small town, the population nearly triples for what is referred to as the "Super Bowl" of 410 Sprint Car racing at Knoxville Raceway.

"It's the biggest race of the year," said Jason Johnson. "Go along with paying the most money the entire season. You're racing for the biggest prize there is."

The 5-Hour Energy Knoxville Nationals boasts the biggest purse in Sprint Car racing with nearly $1,000,000 in prize money up for grabs throughout the four-day event.

Over the course of the event, from August 9-12, drivers from across the nation come to Knoxville with one goal in mind: to win.

"That's where everyone comes together," added Johnson. "If you're a winged Sprint Car driver, you head off to the Knoxville Nationals. Whether you're the West Coast, East Coast, Outlaws, ASCS, All Stars, everyone comes together that week that drives a winged Sprint Car."

It's not just the best of the best Sprint Car drivers that attend the Nationals, race fans from around the globe head to the middle of the United States to watch the best in the business stake their claim in this crown-jewel event.

"You can go up and down the street, and everyone has their racing t-shirt on," said Logan Schuchart. "And just to see those stands packed with the fireworks going off as the Feature is starting on Saturday, it's a pretty awesome feeling, especially if you can be in the event and be a part of it. It's pretty cool to be around."

Being the biggest Sprint Car race on the planet, all drivers will agree that if you are able to win the 5-Hour Energy Knoxville Nationals, it's a career defining victory.

"It kind of identifies your career as a success," added Johnson, who won the 2016 Knoxville Nationals in a thrilling race over nine-time Nationals winner Donny Schatz. "From this point on, whether we win 100 more races or one more race, having won the Knoxville Nationals is what defines my career."

Entering last year's event, Donny Schatz was looking for his sixth consecutive Nationals win and 10th overall. Over the race's final 25-lap segment, the two drivers traded slide jobs and the lead on several occasions, even making contact at one point. In the end, Johnson was too strong and held on for his first-ever Knoxville Nationals win. Schatz was second, followed by Shane Stewart in third.

"We were one of the 'anybodies', anybody but Schatz," said Johnson. "To become that 'anybody' is what made it so special. Donny Schatz is what made my win at Knoxville Nationals so special. To race and battle with the best in the business in this era. To leave there now and know that you battled with Donny is what makes it so memorable - to know we went head-to-head, elbow-to-elbow with Donny Schatz."

Kraig Kinser also knows what it takes to win the 5-Hour Energy Knoxville Nationals. In 2005 at the young age of 20, Kinser added to the family legacy by winning his first and only Nationals event.

"When I did it I was pretty young," said Kraig Kinser. "I was very, very excited, but the longer I go, the more it sticks with you and becomes more meaningful. It's just cool to get to add your name to the list of drivers that have won that race. It's something all the drivers, crews, owners strive for, to win that race."

Like Kinser, Logan Schuchart would also like to add to his family legacy. In 1990, Schuchart's grandfather Bobby Allen went to Victory Lane at Knoxville. So far during the 2017 season, Schuchart has knocked off some wins at a couple of the bucket-list tracks, including Eldora and Charlotte. Knoxville would fit in nicely on that list.

"It's the Super Bowl of Sprint Car racing," said Logan Schuchart. "I like to think of my grandfather winning in 1990. That's what I grew up thinking about - my Grandpa winning the biggest race of them all. One day I'd like to be there."

The prestige and the legacy surround the event is what makes the Knoxville Nationals so special.

The 5-Hour Energy Knoxville Nationals kicks off on Wednesday, August 9 with preliminary nights running Wednesday through Friday. The finale of the four-day event is Saturday, August 12, where one driver will define his career and become $150,000 richer.

For tickets to the 5 Hour Energy Knoxville Nationals, visit KnoxvilleRaceway.com

 

 

Tough Test: Ironman 55 Separates the Strong from the Weak

Drivers set for physically challenging Ironman 55 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55

CONCORD, NC - July 17, 2017 - Drivers and teams look to be the strongest of them all when the Ironman 55 is all said and done. A two-night event on Friday and Saturday, August 4 and 5 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Missouri is the longest Feature event of the year on the 90-plus events schedule for the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series.

Although the Series has been running at the tough bullring since 1987, it was in 2009 that a new challenge at the Pevely, MO track was born: a 55-lap feature event called the Ironman 55, a race that is longer in distance than all other Sprint car races on the schedule.

"It's a long race for a Sprint car," said Rico Abreu, who won last year's Ironman 55. "I'm looking forward to it. I was really fast [at I-55] last year. The thing is, you have to put yourself in position to win the Ironman, starting up front and saving your stuff until the last ten laps. It's so difficult to win these Outlaw races in the last ten laps; that's what makes it really crucial to start up front."

The third-mile oval is one of the highest-banked tracks on the circuits. With cars turning laps in the 10-second bracket, and the extended Feature laps, it's no wonder it's one of the most physically challenging tracks on the circuit.

"It's bullring racing, so you're always on the go, you're never slowing down, your heartrate is always up, so I just work on my breathing and staying focused the entire race," added Abreu. "It's easy getting caught up racing other cars, and we catch traffic and don't know what direction to go."

In addition to the extra laps on Saturday's Feature, the event carries the "Month of Money" into early-August, with an $8,000-to-win Night before the Ironman on Friday and $20,000-to-win Ironman 55 on Saturday's finale. It sure would be a nice little padding in the pocket as teams head into Knoxville for the 5-Hour Energy Knoxville Nationals the following week.

Larson Marks Racing driver Shane Stewart knows what it's like winning at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55. Stewart lifted the dumbbell trophy in Victory Lane in 2015.

"It's a fun race. It's one of those races that's in the 'Month of Money' and pay well," said Shane Stewart. "Being a previous winner of that race, once you get that feeling you want to get that feeling again.

One of the special features of the weekend is the fan interaction with the drivers. Just prior to Saturday Night's Feature event, all 24 Feature drivers take a walking parade lap for driver intros around the third-mile oval, stopping and signing autographs along the way.

"The atmosphere is really cool how they do the driver introductions," added Stewart. "I kind of wish we could do more of that at some of our biggest shows."

Who will be the strongest in 2017? Join us for a great weekend of racing to find out. For tickets visit WoOSprint.com/Tickets or call 844-DIRT-TIX.

 

 

 

 

Donny Schatz Dominates 34th Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway


 
Makes History as First Back-to-Back Winner of the Prestigious Event

 
ROSSBURG, OH - July 15, 2017 - Donny Schatz turned in a perfect score card and walked away with a $50,000 check after dominating the 34th annual Kings Royal for the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series at Eldora Speedway on Saturday night. Schatz set fast time in qualifying and then won his heat from the fifth starting position following the traditional Kings Royal heat race inversion.
 
Schatz's win in Heat 1 put him sixth on the starting grid. He wasted no time at all jumping forward. He took the lead from polesitter and Kings Royal rookie Cole Duncan on lap 14 and never looked back. Schatz lead was as big as six seconds and he crossed the finish line 3.966 seconds ahead of teammate Christopher Bell.
 
"I just tried to play it cautious, but I seemed to be a little better than the guys in front of me while I tried to search out and find the right line," Schatz explained of his early race strategy. "I got (to the front) fairly quick. "Brad (Sweet), I didn't know if he would keep getting better, he looked okay. He didn't really slow down, we just seemed to get a little bit better towards the end of the race as the fuel came off. That comes to the three guys that work on this car. They take it with the utmost pride and passion and it's those sort of things that get us in these positions."
 
Schatz took the lead from Duncan and third-starting Brad Sweet followed him to take the second position. From there, Schatz found his way into traffic and seemingly got faster as worked around the slower cars.
 
"I was better in dirty air and that's something this race team works hard on," Schatz said. "It seems like I can get my car to stick when I'm behind somebody else. Why that is, I don't know. I seem to be better in dirty air than I am in open air."
 
The proficiency of Schatz No.15 in traffic left podium finishers Christopher Bell and Sweet a bit befuddled.
 
"It just goes back to car handling," Sweet said. "That really shows your car, how good you are in dirty air. That's where the No.15 tends to shine. Once he got there, we started getting some bad air and the car wasn't feeling as good behind some of those lapped guys and that's when Donny just drove by and that's when I knew we were in trouble."
 
Despite his dominance, Schatz said he never let up or felt he good relax.
 
"I've raced the same way for the last 20 years: the race isn't over until it's over," Schatz said. "You can clearly be the best car some nights and force yourself into a mistake. I probably pushed the issue with a lapped car and I got myself in a spot where I could have been the fence. It's never over until you roll under that checkered flag."
 
Bell put on a show on his own as he raced from the 20th starting spot after he qualified into the race as one of the two-fastest qualifiers who did transfer to the Feature from the heat races. The starting position wasn't too much of a hindrance to Bell, other than to track down Schatz at the end of the caution-free race.
 
"That was a ton of fun running up there right around the fence," Bell said following the race. "For me, I was just trying to run smart and take my time. I knew I had a really good car. Looking back at it, if I had known it was going to go green to checkered, I probably could have made a couple more moves to get through the field faster to give me more time to run down Donny. To come from 20th to second on a green to checkered race is something that I'm pretty proud of."
 
The Norman, OK driver suffered damage to his car's no wing when he hit Jac Haudenschild ,who was a lapped car, in the rear bumper in turn two in turn two while in the rear bumper with less than two laps to go,. The damage, however, didn't seem to inhibit Bell at all.
 
"I don't think it really mattered," Bell said of the damage. "I was worried about it when it first happened. It hurt me whenever I was in dirty air because the nose kept coming up, but as far as running by myself, I don't think it really affected me."
 
The Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing teammates raced to their second straight 1-2 finish. Sweet was a strong third-place finishers and was on the podium for the third straight night at Eldrora. Still, Sweet feels like his team can find another gear.
 
"We have a lot of consistency in our car, just some of these races we haven't hit it exactly right for the main event," Sweet said. "Donny was just a good bit better. He just drove by us and checked out. I searched around on the racetrack and just never found a spot where it was super good. I think we kind of know where we missed it. There's a lot of human element in decision-making before these races and you have to make the right decisions if you want to win them. We'll learn from this and try to keep getting better."
 
After claiming the VP Racing Fuels checkered flag, Schatz was crowned King Donny the 34th in traditional Kings Royal Victory Lane. This year, the King of the Outlaws and original Kings Royal winner Steve Kinser, presented Schatz with his winning crown.
 
"I think more than anything, this probably isn't going to happen a whole lot that I'm going to get to stand next to the real King," Schatz said of Kinser. "That means a lot to me. He's always been a hero, he's been the ambassador of our sport, he's the best thing our sport's ever seen. I'm damn proud to stand next to that guy tonight."
 
Schatz refused to acknowledge his new accomplishment as the first back-to-back winner of the Kings Royal. Instead, Schatz is happy he becomes a statistical footnote.
 
"Anytime you can do anything that Steve Kinser hasn't done is incredible," Schatz said of his victory.  
 
Earlier in the night, Schatz set quick time with a lap of 13.197 seconds, identical to Kerry Madsen's quick time in Hot Laps. Schatz then used a late restart in Heat 1 to take the lead and claim the sixth-starting spot in the Feature. Tim Shaffer, Sheldon Haudsenchild, Jac Haudenchild, Brad Sweet and Cole Duncan all won earlier qualifying heats. Clyde Knipp earned the C-Main win while David Gravel made a last lap pass to edge Shane Stewart for a win in the Last Chance Showdown.
 
Despite Bell passing 18 cars to finish second, Ryan Smith took home the KSE Hard Charger award as he advanced from 24th to 5th behind Duncan, who finished fourth in his first-ever Kings Royal start.
 
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series now continues its travel back east with a stop of Lernverville Speedway in Sarver, PA on July 18 for the $20,000-to-win Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup. For additional event information, click here.
 
Eldora Speedway Kings Royal Notebook
 
Feature (40 Laps) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz [6][$50,000]; 2. 14-Christopher Bell [20][$20,000]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [2][$15,000]; 4. 12N-Cole Duncan [1][$12,500]; 5. O7-Ryan Smith [24][$10,000]; 6. 81-Lee Jacobs [7][$7,500]; 7. 10H-Chad Kemenah [8][$6,500]; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman [14][$6,000]; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser [17][$5,500]; 10. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [4][$5,000]; 11. 24-Rico Abreu [13][$4,750]; 12. 1S-Logan Schuchart [10][$4,500]; 13. 2M-Kerry Madsen [9][$4,000]; 14. 18-Ian Madsen [23][$3,750]; 15. 2-Shane Stewart [22][$3,500]; 16. 71-Joey Saldana [15][$3,450]; 17. 5-David Gravel [21][$3,400]; 18. 21-Brian Brown [11][$3,350]; 19. 39-Sammy Swindell [18][$3,300]; 20. 7S-Jason Sides [19][$3,250]; 21. 3H-James McFadden [12][$3,200]; 22. 17-Jac Haudenschild [3][$3,150]; 23. 19-Brent Marks [16][$3,100]; 24. 49X-Tim Shaffer [5][$3,000]. Lap Leaders: Cole Duncan 1-13, Donny Schatz 14-40; KSE Hard Charger Award: 07-Ryan Smith[+19]
 
For complete results from the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway, click here.
 
CONTINGENCY WINNERS: MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Brent Marks; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Chad Kemenah; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Daryn Pittman; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Kraig Kinser; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Sheldon Haudenschild; Extended Stay America ($50 cash): Logan Schuchart; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Logan Schuchart; Super Flow ($50 cash): Shane Stewart; KSE Hard Charger: Ryan Smith; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Donny Schatz; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Jason Sides; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): James McFadden.
 
SEASON WINNERS
  • Donny Schatz - 14 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, LoneStar Speedway on March 3, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 10, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 18, Missouri State Fair Speedway on May 5, 81 Speedway on May 6, Eldora Speedway May 13, Knoxville Raceway on June 10, Granite City on June 20, Dirt Oval at Route 66 on June 27, Dakota State Fair Speedway on July 1, Eldora Speedway on July 15)
  • David Gravel - 10 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 17, Placerville Speedway on March 29, Perris Auto Speedway on April 1, Gator Motorplex on April 13, Plymouth Speedway on April 28, Lincoln Speedway on May 17, Williams Grove on May 19, New Egypt Speedway on May 24, River Cities Speedway on June 16, Attica Raceway Park on July 11)
  • Brad Sweet - 4 (Stockton Dirt Track on March 25, Devil's Bowl on April 15, Jackson Motorplex on June 3, Knoxville Raceway on June 9)
  • Shane Stewart - 4 (Williams Grove Speedway on May 20, Lawrenceburg Speedway on May 29, West Liberty Raceway on June 23, Beaver Dam Raceway on June 24)
  • Kerry Madsen - 4 (Jackson Motorplex on June 2, Cedar Lake Speedway on July 7, Cedar Lake Speedway on July 8, Eldora Speedway on July 13)
  • Logan Schuchart - 3 (Keller Auto Speedway on March 31, Eldora Speedway on May 12, Charlotte on May 26)
  • Jason Johnson - 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17, Devil's Bowl on April 14)
  • Brian Brown - 1 (Cocopah Speedway on April 7)
  • Rico Abreu - 1 (Arizona Speedway on April 8)
  • Parker Price-Miller - 1 (Tri-State Speedway on May 14)
  • Ian Madsen - 1 (Jackson Motorplex on June 1)
  • Kyle Larson - 1 (Eagle Raceway on June 13)
  • Kraig Kinser - 1 (Deer Creek Speedway on July 6)
  • Christopher Bell - 1 (Eldora Speedway on July 14)
 

 

Bell Gets Knighted


 
Christopher Bell Outduels Teammate Donny Schatz to Win The Knight Before the Kings Royal at Eldora

 
ROSSBURG, OH - July 14, 2017 - Christopher Bell took the lead from Brad Sweet in turn three and then held off a surging Donny Schatz on a restart with nine laps to go to win the Knight Before the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway on Friday night. Bell, who lined up for the 30-lap main event in third, had to be perfect on the race's only restart with less than 10 laps to go as the eight-time Outlaw Champion threw everything he had at the 22-year-old Norman, OK native who was driving the No.14 Tony Stewart Racing-Curb/Agajanian entry.
 
"It's a dream come true," Bell said following the victory. "To be able to drive for Tony (Stewart) is a dream come true, to win at Eldora on Kings Royal weekend with the Outlaws, I'm just speechless. I've had a lot of good runs here at the Kings Royal. I think I've been in the top three the last couple of years whenever I've crashed. So, to be able to finally win one was really special. Tonight was only 30 laps and we have 40 of them tomorrow."
 
At the drop of the green flag, it was outside pole starter Brad Sweet who jumped out to an early advantage. Behind Sweet, Bell engaged in a thrilling battle with polesitter Brian Brown for the third position in the opening laps.
 
Sweet's lead quickly expanded to 1.9 seconds over Bell, but evaporated just as fast when he struggled to navigate through a sea of slower traffic. Bell saw his opportunity on lap 10 and seized it as he drove by Sweet entering turn three and claimed the point.
 
From there, Bell found himself racing against the cushion, which was nearly against the outside retaining wall, all the way around the racetrack. At the halfway points, his gap was 1.3 seconds over Sweet and Ian Madsen with Schatz running in third.
 
A few short laps later, Schatz began to make his move forward as he got by Madsen and then Sweet to take second on lap 20.
 
The only caution of the race came on lap 21 for a stopped Sheldon Haudenschild in turn two and reset the battle upfront with a double-file restart. Bell chose the bottom lane for the restart despite running the high outside groove up to that point.
 
"The only reason I did it was because I got beat when I started on the top in the heat race," Bell said. "I watched the heat races and every time the bottom was able to get the jump. I felt like either or would work, but I felt I was more vulnerable if I took the top."
 
Despite losing his advantage, Bell felt the caution actually played to his advantage.
 
"I think the caution helped me out big time because I was struggling in lapped traffic," Bell explained. "I knew I needed to get my wing back and I had just reached for the lever when the yellow came out.
 
Bell's choice worked as it put him in the catbird seat to drive to the top lane in turns one and two, but prevented Schatz from attempting a slide job in turns one and two. Schatz poked inside Bell on the bottom in turns three and four and then pulled even for a half lap. Bell maintained his momentum enough in turn two to carry the lead down the backstretch on lap 22 and he dropped to the bottom to take away Schatz's lane.
 
"At the time, I didn't know the bottom was where I needed to be," Bell said. "I got my wing back and went to the top and was pretty good in one and two. Then, Donny got back beside me off of four and I felt like I hit a pretty good corner, so it was at that point that I knew I needed to change my line in three and four. Luckily I was able to get the momentum again in one and two to drop down in front of him."
 
Schatz felt he may have shown Bell the preferred line a little bit early, but also suggested he didn't have much choice in his bid for the win.
 
"You just have to go where he's not and that's where I was better anyways," Schatz said. "He stayed up there and we ran side-by-side for a lap there. It forced him to move his lane and maybe I was a little too nice. Maybe I should have bulldozed him in there, but that's not me."
 
Over the final five laps, Bell found some lapped traffic and navigated the chaos with finer precision was able to drive to the checkered flag 0.591 seconds ahead of Schatz's No.15. The win was a sure confidence boost for Bell entering tomorrow's $50,000-to-win 34th annual Kings Royal.
 
"This place is my favorite racetrack in the world," Bell said. "I've had a lot of success here and a lot of hard luck, some of it self-inflicted. I've been able to win here in a Midget, a Silver Crown car, a 360 Winged Sprint, and now with the Outlaws, and a Truck too. It's been really good to me the last couple of years. I'm excited to try and get a big win tomorrow."
 
Bell will be looking to use his momentum from Friday's win to avenge a DNF in last year's Kings Royal when he flipped against the turn four wall while running second. Despite the strong run in The Knight Before, Bell was cautiously optimistic for Saturday's main event.
 
"I felt really, really confident coming in here and then yesterday we just struggled," said Bell, who failed to qualify for Thursday's Jokers Wild Feature. " For some reason, we just didn't have the speed. They worked really hard and (crew chief) Jimmy Car made some adjustments. I don't feel like we have enough speed yet to qualify where we need to tomorrow, but obviously we can race okay. Our car is really good when it's slick. That's the most important part."
 
Schatz's second-place finish completed a 1-2 finish for the Tony Stewart Racing-Curb/Agajanian team. 
 
"Every car owner's dream is to have one-two finishes. Tony got one tonight and he also owns the track, so it's a good feeling. Obviously I think it should be the other way around, I think it should be 15 then the 14, but that's the way it goes," Schatz joked.
 
Sweet maintained the third spot late in the race despite the best efforts of fourth-place finisher Ian Madsen. Brown settled for fifth.
 
For the second straight night, Brent Marks was the KSE Hard Charger. Marks used a World of Outlaws provisional starting spot to enter the Feature and started 25th. He gained 12 total positions and finished 13th.
 
Schatz was also the night's fast qualifier with a lap of 13.057 seconds around the high-banked half-mike track. Jason Johnson, Kraig Kinser, Ian Madsen, Schatz, Shane Stewart and Tim Shaffer all won qualifying heats. Brown and Sweet won the pair of Craftsman Club Dashes. Joey Saldana won the Last Chance Showdown while Mark claimed the C-Main victory and Chris Andews drove to a D-Main checkered flag.
 
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to action on Saturday night at Eldora Speedway with the $50,000-to-win winner's share on the line. The event will be broadcast with live pay-per-view video on DIRTvision.com. For more information on the 34th annual Kings Royal, please visit here.
 
Eldora Speedway Knight Before the Kings Royal Notebook
 
Feature (30 Laps) - 1. 14-Christopher Bell [3][$12,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [6][$5,700]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [2][$3,500]; 4. 18-Ian Madsen [5][$3,000]; 5. 21-Brian Brown [1][$2,600]; 6. 2M-Kerry Madsen [8][$2,400]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [9][$2,300]; 8. 5-David Gravel [16][$2,200]; 9. 9-Daryn Pittman [15][$2,150]; 10. 24-Rico Abreu [20][$2,100]; 11. 49X-Tim Shaffer [4][$1,600]; 12. 1S-Logan Schuchart [12][$1,350]; 13. 19-Brent Marks [25][$500]; 14. 71-Joey Saldana [19][$1,200]; 15. 10H-Chad Kemenah [11][$1,100]; 16. 2-Shane Stewart [10][$1,000]; 17. 41-Jason Johnson [7][$900]; 18. 55XM-Dale Blaney [18][$850]; 19. 81-Lee Jacobs [17][$800]; 20. 17-Jac Haudenschild [14][$800]; 21. 3H-James McFadden [13][$800]; 22. 4-Paul McMahan [26][$]; 23. O7-Ryan Smith [22][$800]; 24. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [24][$800]; 25. 12N-Cole Duncan [21][$800]; 26. 1ST-Gary Taylor [23][$800]; Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1-9; Christopher Bell 10-21, 23-30; Donny Schatz 22; KSE Hard Charger Award: 19-Brent Marks[+12]

 
For complete results from the Knight Before the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway, click here.
 
CONTINGENCY WINNERS: MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Sheldon Haudenschild; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Christopher Bell; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Kraig Kinser; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): David Gravel; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Daryn Pittman; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Logan Schuchart; Extended Stay America ($50 cash): Logan Schuchart; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Logan Schuchart; Super Flow ($50 cash): Chad Kemenah; Craftsman Club Fast Five ($100 cash): Jason Johnson, Kraig Kinser, Brad Sweet, Shane Stewart, Logan Schuchart; Craftsman/Sears: Brian Brown/Tim Shaffer; KSE Hard Charger: Brent Marks (+12); Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Donny Schatz; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Shane Stewart; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): James McFadden.
 
SEASON WINNERS
  • Donny Schatz - 13 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, LoneStar Speedway on March 3, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 10, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 18, Missouri State Fair Speedway on May 5, 81 Speedway on May 6, Eldora Speedway May 13, Knoxville Raceway on June 10, Granite City on June 20, Dirt Oval at Route 66 on June 27, Dakota State Fair Speedway on July 1)
  • David Gravel - 10 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 17, Placerville Speedway on March 29, Perris Auto Speedway on April 1, Gator Motorplex on April 13, Plymouth Speedway on April 28, Lincoln Speedway on May 17, Williams Grove on May 19, New Egypt Speedway on May 24, River Cities Speedway on June 16, Attica Raceway Park on July 11)
  • Brad Sweet - 4 (Stockton Dirt Track on March 25, Devil's Bowl on April 15, Jackson Motorplex on June 3, Knoxville Raceway on June 9)
  • Shane Stewart - 4 (Williams Grove Speedway on May 20, Lawrenceburg Speedway on May 29, West Liberty Raceway on June 23, Beaver Dam Raceway on June 24)
  • Kerry Madsen - 4 (Jackson Motorplex on June 2, Cedar Lake Speedway on July 7, Cedar Lake Speedway on July 8, Eldora Speedway on July 13)
  • Logan Schuchart - 3 (Keller Auto Speedway on March 31, Eldora Speedway on May 12, Charlotte on May 26)
  • Jason Johnson - 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17, Devil's Bowl on April 14)
  • Brian Brown - 1 (Cocopah Speedway on April 7)
  • Rico Abreu - 1 (Arizona Speedway on April 8)
  • Parker Price-Miller - 1 (Tri-State Speedway on May 14)
  • Ian Madsen - 1 (Jackson Motorplex on June 1)
  • Kyle Larson - 1 (Eagle Raceway on June 13)
  • Kraig Kinser - 1 (Deer Creek Speedway on July 6)
  • Christopher Bell - 1 (Eldora Speedway on July 14)
World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Top-20 Standings - July 14, 2017

 
Pos.
Car
Driver
Total
Diff
Wins
Top 5's
Top 10's
1
15
Donny Schatz
6646
0
13
36
41
2
49
Brad Sweet
6584
-62
4
36
42
3
5
David Gravel
6528
-118
10
27
42
4
2
Shane Stewart
6258
-388
4
15
35
5
9
Daryn Pittman
6204
-442
0
12
30
6
41
Jason Johnson
6124
-522
2
14
29
7
93
Sheldon Haudenschild
5884
-762
0
7
21
8
11k
Kraig Kinser
5818
-828
1
3
16
9
1S
Logan Schuchart
5706
-940
3
7
15
10
7S
Jason Sides
5702
-944
0
8
19
11
19
Brent Marks
5678
-968
0
0
12
12
4
Paul McMahan
5634
-1012
0
3
13
13
W20
Greg Wilson
5368
-1278
0
4
12
14
17
Joey Saldana
4742
-1904
0
4
11
15
1A
Jacob Allen
4726
-1920
0
0
3
16
13
Clyde Knipp
4442
-2204
0
0
0
17
18
Ian Madsen
3862
-2784
1
5
16
18
21
Brian Brown
3418
-3228
1
11
14
19
2X
Parker Price-Miller
2770
-3876
1
1
3
20
2M
Kerry Madsen
2738
-3908
4
11
17


 

 

Mad Man Marches On

Kerry Madsen Dominates Jokers Wild at Eldora Despite Hand Injury

ROSSBURG, OH - July 14, 2017 - After a three hour rain delay in the early evening, Kerry Madsen dominated the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Jokers Wild event at Eldora Speedway on Thursday night that stretched into the early hours of Friday morning. Madsen was third-quick in Flight A qualifying and second in his heat before claiming victory in the Craftsman Club Dash. The Dash win gave Madsen the pole for the 30-lap, $10,000-to-win Jokers Wild and he led every circuit to score the win in convincing fashion.

Madsen's win to begin the 34th annual Kings Royal weekend is even more impressive after he revealed in Victory Lane he battled an injury throughout most of the race after a rock cut his hand in the opening five laps. The Australian pilot persevered through the pain to claim his fourth Outlaw win of the season and the third in the Series' last four races.

"A couple of times the car took off on me and I didn't quite have the wheel," Madsen joked about his injury after he was treated following the race. "I could just see all the blood in the glove. It was hurting, but I just kept going."

Off the initial start, Madsen grabbed the early lead while fellow front row starter Brad Sweet drag raced Madsen into turn three for the lead. The battle was short-lived, however, as Brady Bacon flipped in turn two before the opening lap was complete to bring out the red flag. Bacon was uninjured.

A complete restart followed and saw Madsen jump out front again while 14th starting Jac Haudenschild slowed almost immediately, but pulled pitside, which allowed the race to continue.

"I got side-by-side down the backstretch," Sweet said of the start. "Kerry left just enough there and I had a run. He was able to go across the track in turn three and take some air off my car and, honestly, that was kind of the race. He was really fast out in clean air. There was definitely no catching him there."

Madsen set a blistering pace on the lightning quick track and worked into traffic on lap eight. While the bottom was the preferred lane, Madsen drove to the top on the cushion that was slightly more than halfway up the track to work past the slower cars.

The dirtier top lane for Madsen did slow his pace slightly and allowed Sweet to pull within one second of the No.2m. It was a short glimmer of hope for Sweet though as the caution waved on lap 12 when Logan Schuchart suffered a broken front axle and came to a stop in turn four.

The yellow flag gave Madsen the clean air he needed on the restart to pull away from Sweet again and he did just that. By lap 18, Madsen had opened a 1.7-second gap over Sweet while Brian Brown battled with David Gravel for the third position.

"I knew the starts were going to be super important because if someone got a lead and got through traffic, you weren't going to get them, so it was super critical," Madsen explained. "When we got to the traffic, I was just trying to be super aggressive with it and go hard at it because you know what those guys are like, they'll pass you in two seconds if you screw up."

Madsen again caught traffic on lap 20, but this time was able to navigate the slower cars more efficiently with his aggressive game plan. He continued at his lightning-quick pace over the final laps and drove off to the victory by 2.6 seconds over Sweet. Brown raced to a third-place finishing after holding off Gravel in an exciting third-place battle. Tim Shaffer got by Gravel late to claim fourth while the No.5 settled for fifth.

The victory continues a red-hot streak for Madsen who has now won in each of his last three Outlaw starts after he swept last weekend's events at Wisconsin's Cedar Lake Speedway. Madsen is far from surprised by his team's most recent success.

"I've been saying it all year and I feel like we've been super under the radar," Madsen said. "We've had like 10 second (place finishes) and a few wins now. It's fast. I know the performance has been there all year, we just haven't caught the breaks to get the wins, which I feel like was a good thing because we just kept making the car better."

Sweet settled for a second-place finish, which felt like a victory for the Grass Valley, CA native after beginning the night with a seventh-place qualifying effort.

"We weren't that great tonight, to be honest," Sweet said. "We didn't qualify great, but we had a really good start in our heat and got up in there to give ourselves a chance. Then they drew the six (inversion pill) and that was a lottery pick. Sometimes you'll have nights like that where things go a little more your way then other night.

"We realize we have to get the NAPA Auto Parts car a little faster if we want to really have a shot at it Saturday night," Sweet continued. "We'll take a second tonight. Kerry's been awful fast and did a great job there. We're hungry to win and we're knocking on the door. We just need to get the car a little better and the driver needs to do a little better job."

Gravel was the night's overall fast qualifier with a lap of 12.847 seconds around the half-mile track, just 0.140 seconds off Craig Dollansky's 2002 track record of 12.707. Shaffer, Ian Madsen, Gravel and Brown won qualifying heats. Cole Duncan won the Last Chance Showdown while Trevor Baker won the C-Main. Brent Marks was the night's KSE Hard Charger after racing from the 24th starting position up to 12th, an impressive achievement on a very fast racetrack.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to action at Eldora on Friday night with the Knight Before the Kings Royal. The event will be broadcast live on DIRTvision.com. For additional event information or to buy tickets, please click here.

Eldora Speedway Jokers Wild Notebook

Feature (30 Laps) - 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen [1][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [2][$5,500]; 3. 21-Brian Brown [3][$3,200]; 4. 49X-Tim Shaffer [5][$2,800]; 5. 5-David Gravel [4][$2,500]; 6. 2-Shane Stewart [11][$2,300]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [6][$2,200]; 8. 18-Ian Madsen [7][$2,100]; 9. 15-Donny Schatz [9][$2,050]; 10. 9-Daryn Pittman [8][$2,000]; 11. 41-Jason Johnson [12][$1,500]; 12. 19-Brent Marks [24][$1,200]; 13. 24-Rico Abreu [23][$1,100]; 14. 10H-Chad Kemenah [10][$1,050]; 15. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [17][$1,000]; 16. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [16][$900]; 17. 4-Paul McMahan [13][$800]; 18. W20-Greg Wilson [15][$800]; 19. 12N-Cole Duncan [21][$800]; 20. 1S-Logan Schuchart [20][$800]; 21. 49D-Shawn Dancer [19][$800]; 22. 81-Lee Jacobs [22][$800]; 23. 17-Jac Haudenschild [14][$800]; 24. 99-Brady Bacon [18][$800]; Lap Leaders: Kerry Madsen 1-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 19-Brent Marks[+12]

For complete results from the Jokers Wild at Eldora Speedway, click here.

CONTINGENCY WINNERS: MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Brady Bacon; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Brad Sweet; JE Pistons ($50 cash): David Gravel; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Daryn Pittman; Extended Stay America ($50 cash): Jason Johnson; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Brent Marks; Super Flow ($50 cash): Chad Kemenah; Craftsman Club Fast Five ($100 cash): Brad Sweet, David Gravel, Kraig Kinser, Daryn Pittman; Craftsman/Sears: Kerry Madsen; KSE Hard Charger: Brent Marks (+12); Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Brad Sweet; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Paul McMahan; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Jac Haudenschild.

SEASON WINNERS

Donny Schatz - 13 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, LoneStar Speedway on March 3, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 10, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 18, Missouri State Fair Speedway on May 5, 81 Speedway on May 6, Eldora Speedway May 13, Knoxville Raceway on June 10, Granite City on June 20, Dirt Oval at Route 66 on June 27, Dakota State Fair Speedway on July 1)
David Gravel - 10 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 17, Placerville Speedway on March 29, Perris Auto Speedway on April 1, Gator Motorplex on April 13, Plymouth Speedway on April 28, Lincoln Speedway on May 17, Williams Grove on May 19, New Egypt Speedway on May 24, River Cities Speedway on June 16, Attica Raceway Park on July 11)
Brad Sweet - 4 (Stockton Dirt Track on March 25, Devil's Bowl on April 15, Jackson Motorplex on June 3, Knoxville Raceway on June 9)
Shane Stewart - 4 (Williams Grove Speedway on May 20, Lawrenceburg Speedway on May 29, West Liberty Raceway on June 23, Beaver Dam Raceway on June 24)
Kerry Madsen - 4 (Jackson Motorplex on June 2, Cedar Lake Speedway on July 7, Cedar Lake Speedway on July 8, Eldora Speedway on July 13)
Logan Schuchart - 3 (Keller Auto Speedway on March 31, Eldora Speedway on May 12, Charlotte on May 26)
Jason Johnson - 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17, Devil's Bowl on April 14)
Brian Brown - 1 (Cocopah Speedway on April 7)
Rico Abreu - 1 (Arizona Speedway on April 8)
Parker Price-Miller - 1 (Tri-State Speedway on May 14)
Ian Madsen - 1 (Jackson Motorplex on June 1)
Kyle Larson - 1 (Eagle Raceway on June 13)
Kraig Kinser - 1 (Deer Creek Speedway on July 6)

 

 

The King Gets His Crown

The King of the Outlaws, Steve Kinser Inducted into Motorsports Hall of Fame of America; Will hand out crown at Kings Royal

CONCORD, N.C. - July 13, 2017 - The "King of the Outlaws" got the call from the hall. On June 28, 2017, in front of his family and friends, Steve Kinser was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in Daytona Beach, FL.

Kinser, who had an illustrious career running in the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, holds numerous records, including 20 points championships which more than doubles the amount of second-place driver Donny Schatz, who has eight. In addition to his championships, Kinser also visited Victory Lane a record 577 times.

Kinser's list of accomplishments also includes 12 Knoxville Nationals championships and four Williams Grove National Open championships among many more. The Bloomington, IN native became a household name in motorsports by running and winning with the Outlaws where he was a natural talent.

World of Outlaws Chief Executive Officer, Brian Carter enshrined Kinser into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.

"The [Motorsports Hall of Fame of America] typically asks for an important person in the inductee's career," said Brian Carter. "The [Motorsports Hall of Fame of America] reached out to Steve and Steve reached out to [World of Outlaws]. It's just an honor to be recognized by Steve that the World of Outlaws played an important part in his career and we did it all together."

The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, originally based in Novi, Michigan from 1989 to 2015, now has a new home in Daytona Beach. With its first induction in 1989, it's the only hall of fame that encompasses the full spectrum of American motorsports: cars, motorcycles, off-road, powerboats and airplanes.

"It's impressive to see the list of inductees, and to be included on the list of iconic motorsports figures in the United States and around the world," added Carter. "When you look at the class of inductees this year, it's quite an honor to be recognized through Steve [Kinser]."

Kinser is set to be recognized at one of the premier events in Sprint Car racing this weekend, the Kings Royal. Eldora Speedway has asked Kinser to be this year's Sovereign to crown the winner of the three-day Kings Royal event. Kinser won the Kings Royal seven-times, including the inaugural event in 1984.

"I'm really looking forward to being this year's Royal Sovereign," Kinser told Eldora Speedway. "Eldora Speedway has always been one of my favorites and the Kings Royal is the biggest race of the season at the track. It's also one of two races every driver wants to win every year.

When Saturday's main event winner pulls into Victory Lane, Ms. Eldora Speedway will greet them to place the winner's cape around their neck. A second Ms. Eldora Speedway will give the winner a scepter. Finally, the winner will then kneel to the Royal Sovereign, Steve Kinser, to be crowned the new Kings Royal champion.

"After all of my Kings Royal wins, I was so caught up in the moment I don't know that I really remember what the Sovereign says," Kinser said. "I'm definitely going to practice before Victory Lane on Saturday night."

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series visit to Eldora for the Kings Royal kicks off today, July 13 and runs through Saturday, July 15. Advance reserved tickets are available for purchase for all three nights by visiting https://eldoraspeedway.ticketforce.com/ or by calling (937) 338-3815.

Can't make it to Eldora to see whose name will be added to the prestigious list of Kings at this year's 34th Annual Kings Royal? Find out by tuning into DIRTVision MAX as they cover all three nights next weekend LIVE from Eldora Speedway! Pay-per-view passes are now available for purchase! Visit DIRTVision.com to subscribe for free.

 

 

 

David Gravel Steals Brad Doty Classic Win From Tim Shaffer at Attica


 
Gravel Sets New Career-High in Wins With 10th Victory

 
ATTICA, OH - July 11, 2017 - Tim Shaffer dominated the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Brad Doty Classic at Attica Raceway Park, but David Gravel's late surge allowed him to take over the point coming to the white flag and lead the final two laps to steal the victory on Tuesday night. It was Gravel's 10th win of the season, setting a new career-high season wins record for the Watertown, CT driver.
 
Daryn Pittman rounded out the podium after a thrilling late battle with Rico Abreu and Brent Marks. Brad Sweet earned a fourth-place finish and the KSE Hard Charger award after starting 25th. Sweet was forced to take a provisional when he could not advance beyond the C-Main after winning the D-Main. Abreu rounded out the top-five finishers.
 
"It's awesome," Gravel said in Victory Lane. "(When the Brad Doty Classic was) at Lima, I finished on the podium a couple of times and could never win one. To win it at Attica where we couldn't even make it out of the 'C' last year, to rebound like that and win is just awesome. There's so much prestige with this race. Everybody wants to win Brad Doty's race and you see it with 58 racecars (in the pits). I'm just happy to do it and do it at Attica."
 
Shaffer was the polesitter for the 40-lap main event with Attica fan favorite and Kevin Gobrecht rookie-of-the-year contender Sheldon Haudenschild on the outside of the front row after both drivers won their respective Craftsman Club Dashes. Shaffer jumped to the early lead ahead of Haudenschild while the rest of the field battled two and three-wide.
 
Shaffer wound up in traffic on lap seven, but didn't have to deal with it for long. A red flag on lap nine when Dominic Scelzi turned on his side in turn two led to the first restart and gave Shaffer a clear track.
 
However, it was Haudenschild who got the better restart and slid in front of Shaffer to the lead in turn two. As Shaffer turned his No.49x back under Haudenschild, the two drivers made contact exiting the corner, which flattened a left-side tire on Haudenschild's No.93.
 
Before the lap was complete, Kyle Larson spun his No.57 at the bottom of turn three to bring out the race's second stoppage and allowed Haudenschild to replace the tire. Both Larson and Haudenschild were able to return and raced from the back to 10th and 12th-place finishes, respectively.
 
On the ensuing single-file restart, Shaffer drove away to sizable lead again, this time ahead of Abreu and Pittman. Fifteen laps in, Shaffer was battling slower traffic again with a convincing 1.8-second lead to work with. It was erased by the final yellow flag of the race on lap 17 when Max Stambaugh came to a stop on the backstretch.
 
Shaffer continued his dominance on the restart, but 10 laps later Abreu reeled him in up front and tried to take the lead with a slide job, but was denied. With less than 10 laps on, Gravel began to make his move from fourth. A spirited battle with Pittman resulted in Gravel moving into third shortly after Shaffer lost time when he bobble against the turn two cushion on lap 33.
 
With five laps to go, Gravel all of a sudden eliminated the advantage of the top two drivers and used a big slide job in turn three to take second from Abreu on lap 37. Gravel then quickly caught Shaffer and going into turn three as the field raced to the white flag, Gravel drove around Shaffer to take over the point. He led the final two laps at the stripe to secure the win for his CJB Motorsports team.
 
 "I was in fourth, I think, with five laps to go," Gravel explained. "I got a run on Daryn and he and I were racing really hard. I got by him and found the bottom in (turns one and two) and closed in on Rico really fast there. I threw a pretty big slider on Rico to get by him and Tim ran the bottom in one and two the lap before. If he did that, I probably wouldn't have been able to get by him. Luckily he did and left the door open and we took the lead on the white flag lap and just had to hold on for one more. It's pretty awesome."
 
Shaffer was understandably disappointed with his runner-up finish after the victory was snatched from his grasp over the final two laps. Nonetheless, Shaffer was congratulatory in his post-race remarks.
 
"I knew I needed to move around," Shaffer said of his late decision to change lines. "We went low that one time and it went pretty good, but it took so long to get in and I decided I lost a lot. It's one of those deals where you're up front and you're not sure. This is a hard one to lose, but I've won them that way too. It goes both ways. Those guys did a heck of a job, so hat's off to them."
 
Pittman's third-place finish continues a streak of strong runs and is his 12th top-five finish this season. The former Outlaw champion was in part disappointed he was not able to pull off the victory from his advantageous positions.
 
"Gravel got by me with probably five or six laps to go and then I moved to the top in turn three and four and felt really good," Pittman said of the late-race chaos. "I felt like I gained a lot more speed doing that and obviously got to race through lapped cars and he got back by me and ended up winning the race. I'm frustrated with myself as a driver. I think when they got to traffic Shaffer and Rico both slowed down a bit and I thought I was in position to try to steal that one. Instead of me, Gravel was sitting in fourth and stole it from all of us."
 
Prior to the 40-lap Feature, Rich Farmer, Mike Leone and Gill Construction put up an extra $1100 if a FAST driver could score the win. The only eligible driver for the bonus was Lee Jacobs, who finished 17th.
 
 Earlier in the night, Dale Blaney and Brent Marks were the fast qualifiers in their respective time trial fligts, earning an extra $400 bonus each from SprintCarUnlimited.com. Blaney, Stewart, Abreu, Pittman, Haudenschild and Gravel were the heat race winners. Sweet won the D-Main before Chris Andrews claimed the C-main victory and Parker Price-Miller scored victory in the Last Chance Showdown.
 
The World of Outlaws are now set to head to Eldora Speedway for Kings Royal Weekend. The event starts with the Jokers Wild on Thursday, July 13 before the Knight Before the Kings Royal on Friday, July 14 and culminates with the $50,000-to-win Kings Royal on Saturday, July 15. To purchase advance reserved seating for all three nights, visit www.EldoraSpeedway.com.
 
Attica Raceway Park Notebook
 
Feature (40 Laps) - 1. 5-David Gravel [6][$10,000]; 2. 49X-Tim Shaffer [1][$5,500]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [4][$3,200]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [25][$2,000]; 5. 24-Rico Abreu [5][$2,500]; 6. 19-Brent Marks [10][$2,300]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz [16][$2,200]; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser [13][$2,100]; 9. 2-Shane Stewart [3][$2,050]; 10. 57-Kyle Larson [8][$2,000]; 11. 57X-Andrew Palker [14][$1,500]; 12. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [2][$1,200]; 13. 18-Ian Madsen [11][$1,100]; 14. 99-Brady Bacon [7][$1,050]; 15. 39-Spencer Bayston [18][$1,000]; 16. 10H-Chad Kemenah [23][$900]; 17. 81-Lee Jacobs [12][$800]; 18. 3G-Carson Macedo [24][$800]; 19. 55XM-Dale Blaney [9][$800]; 20. 4-Paul McMahan [17][$800]; 21. 17-Jac Haudenschild [22][$800]; 22. 33M-Max Stambaugh [15][$800]; 23. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [19][$800]; 24. 26-Tayler Malsam [21][$800]; 25. 41-Jason Johnson [26][$]; 26. 83-Rob Chaney [20][$800]. Lap Leaders: Tim Shaffer 1-38, David Gravel 39-40. KSE Hard Charger Award: 49-Brad Sweet[+21]  
 
For complete results from the Brad Doty Classic at Attica Raceway Park, click here
 

 
SEASON WINNERS
  • Donny Schatz - 13 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, LoneStar Speedway on March 3, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 10, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 18, Missouri State Fair Speedway on May 5, 81 Speedway on May 6, Eldora Speedway May 13, Knoxville Raceway on June 10, Granite City on June 20, Dirt Oval at Route 66 on June 27, Dakota State Fair Speedway on July 1)
  • David Gravel - 10 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 17, Placerville Speedway on March 29, Perris Auto Speedway on April 1, Gator Motorplex on April 13, Plymouth Speedway on April 28, Lincoln Speedway on May 17, Williams Grove on May 19, New Egypt Speedway on May 24, River Cities Speedway on June 16, Attica Raceway Park on July 11)
  • Brad Sweet - 4 (Stockton Dirt Track on March 25, Devil's Bowl on April 15, Jackson Motorplex on June 3, Knoxville Raceway on June 9)
  • Shane Stewart - 4 (Williams Grove Speedway on May 20, Lawrenceburg Speedway on May 29, West Liberty Raceway on June 23, Beaver Dam Raceway on June 24)
  • Logan Schuchart - 3 (Keller Auto Speedway on March 31, Eldora Speedway on May 12, Charlotte on May 26)
  • Kerry Madsen - 3 (Jackson Motorplex on June 2, Cedar Lake Speedway on July 7 and 8)
  • Jason Johnson - 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17, Devil's Bowl on April 14)
  • Brian Brown - 1 (Cocopah Speedway on April 7)
  • Rico Abreu - 1 (Arizona Speedway on April 8)
  • Parker Price-Miller - 1 (Tri-State Speedway on May 14)
  • Ian Madsen - 1 (Jackson Motorplex on June 1)
  • Kyle Larson - 1 (Eagle Raceway on June 13)
  • Kraig Kinser - 1 (Deer Creek Speedway on July 6)
Unofficial World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Top-20 Standings
 
Pos.
Car
Driver
Total
Diff
Wins
Top 5's
Top 10's
1
15
Donny Schatz
6368
0
13
35
39
2
49
Brad Sweet
6294
-74
4
34
40
3
5
David Gravel
6254
-114
10
26
40
4
2
Shane Stewart
6002
-366
4
15
34
5
9
Daryn Pittman
5942
-426
0
12
28
6
41
Jason Johnson
5880
-488
2
14
29
7
93
Sheldon Haudenschild
5662
-706
0
7
21
8
11k
Kraig Kinser
5546
-822
1
3
14
9
7S
Jason Sides
5522
-846
0
8
19
10
1S
Logan Schuchart
5470
-898
3
7
15
11
19
Brent Marks
5428
-940
0
0
12
12
4
Paul McMahan
5412
-956
0
3
13
13
W20
Greg Wilson
5164
-1204
0
4
12
14
17
Joey Saldana
4620
-1748
0
4
11
15
1A
Jacob Allen
4546
-1822
0
0
3
16
13
Clyde Knipp
4262
-2106
0
0
0
17
18
Ian Madsen
3586
-2782
1
4
14
18
21
Brian Brown
3134
-3234
1
9
12
19
2X
Parker Price-Miller
2590
-3778
1
1
3
20
2M
Kerry Madsen
2450
-3918
3
10
15

 

 

Northeast Confrontation: Outlaws Head to Ransomville for The Big "R" Outlaw Shootout

Followed by Only Canadian Stop at Ohsweken

By: Clayton Johns

CONCORD, NC - July 10, 2017 - The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series is in the midst of the busiest stretch on the 2017 schedule, and the task at hand doesn't get easier anytime soon. The Series heads north at the end of July for its first race of the season in New York,The Big "R" Outlaws Shootout presented by Budweiser at Ransomville Speedway on July 23.

Following the stop at the track located just 20 miles from Niagara Falls, NY, the Outlaws make their only stop in Canada at Ontario's Ohsweken Speedway on July 25 for the Arrow Express Six Nations Showdown.

The Outlaws' visit to Ransomville is only their fourth in Series history and first since 1997, when Andy Hillenburg won at the half-mile. Since many of the Outlaws have not seen the track before, it may level out the playing field for drivers like Kevin Gobrecht rookie-of-the-year contender Sheldon Haudenschild, who enters the race with the same notebook as the rest of the veteran-laden Outlaw field. However, he knows it doesn't make the challenge of racing with the Outlaws any easier.

"That's why the guys are the best: because they're good at going to new tracks and being really fast right from the get-go," Haudenschild said. "It's definitely a challenge, but I feel I've done pretty decent for my first year around and seeing some of these tracks for the first time also. It's no excuse. Being at new tracks, you just have to adapt and try to be fast right from the get-go."

New York and Ontario are known for their especially hard and dry slick racing surfaces that differ from other parts of the country. The tracks are often wide with plenty of room for racing, but are very much about maintaining momentum with a smooth lap.

"It's definitely different. A lot of the places we go are pretty different though, so hopefully we'll be able to adjust and be fast," Haudenschild continued. "You have to be a little bit more patient with tracks like that, that maybe don't have as much grip. I feel like last year we were really good on some slick tracks, so I think we should be alright there."

Despite never having set foot on the property at Ransomville or Ohsweken, Haudenschild insists his preparation remains the same for every race, but perhaps with a little extra homework.

"I'll maybe watch some videos of previous races the Outlaws have been there," Haudenschild said. "I don't really do anything different. I stay in the routine and stay consistent at what we do each night."

The Outlaws will enjoy a day off following the stop at Ransomville before crossing into Canada to stop at Ohsweken. The high-banked, 3/8-mile oval has been an annual stop for the Outlaws since 2007. Donny Schatz won the Series visit last year, while Stewart Friesen upset the Outlaws and became the second Canadian driver to ever win an Outlaw race during the 2015 edition of the Six Nations Showdown. Schatz has earned a Series-high four wins at Ohsweken, followed closely by Jason Sides with three victories.

When the Outlaws stop at Ohsweken this year, they'll have two familiar outside forces to contend with: Kyle Larson and Rico Abreu. Both drivers have won against the Outlaws already this year and are confirmed entrants for the event. They'll each look to earn their second Outlaw victories of the season during the stop.

"I am really excited to make my first trip to Canada and also to be racing a Sprint Car," Larson said. "Ohsweken has always produced great racing with multiple lines, so it should be fun to try and adapt to the track."

Abreu will also be making his first Ohsweken start during his trip north.

"I'm excited to compete in Canada at the famous Ohsweken Speedway," Abreu said. "All I have heard is great things about the racing surface as well as the facility. It is definitely something we're looking forward to."

Advanced reserved tickets for the Big R Outlaw Shootout presented by Budweiser on July 23 at Ransomville Speedway are available at www.WorldofOutlaws.com/Tickets. Advanced seating and event information is available for the Six Nations Showdown presented by Arrow Express at Ohsweken Speedway on July 25 by visiting www.OhswekenSpeedway.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deja Vu?
 

Madsen Sweeps the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown; Sweet and Schatz Round out Podium


 
NEW RICHMOND, WI - July 8, 2017 - In what looked a bit like a repeat of the night before, Kerry "The Madman" Madsen took the checkers on night two of the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown at Cedar Lake Speedway with Brad Sweet and Donny Schatz behind him.

 
"I just enjoy racing with the World of Outlaws so much," said Madsen from Victory Lane. "I mean, you just have to be on point all the way."

Certainly the Kasey Kahne Racing driver and the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing driver never let up. They came prepared to do battle with the Big Game Motorsports 2M after the previous night's finish.

"Last night I took a swing but then gave him the room," said Sweet. "And tonight I thought, 'Well, I'm going to try a little bit harder.'"

In fact, everything was a little harder for Madsen the second time around. Jason Johnson started on the pole and maintained his lead for the first 11 laps of the race while Schatz took Madsen on from third, passing him seven laps in, only to lose his advantage in the following lap, just as Sweet started pressing on him.

With Sweet and Schatz battling it out for third, Madsen focused his attention on the Priority Aviation No. 41, passing him with 29 laps to go. Five laps later, after Johnson slowed off the bottom of turn two, Sweet charged past Schatz and continued onward past Johnson to resume the battle with Madsen from the night before.

Schatz followed suit, and by lap 20, halfway into the race, the top four positions were set, with David Gravel holding the rear. Though Madsen had a strong lead, a caution on Jac Haudenschild (who lost a wheel) gave the drivers a final opportunity to steal the lead.

"Brad [Sweet] had a hell of a run, and he put a big move on in one and two," said Madsen. "Fortunately, in that corner I had enough time to turn back down and try to tuck right in down the backstretch and repay the favor in three and four. Then I was just trying to mix it up and run a different line here or there to keep him guessing. I feel like I didn't have much ties there at the end. There was a lot of wheel spin going on, but with two to go you're just foot to the floor, and you're like, 'I'm not losing this now.' So that was a great run.

"I got up in front of him," said Sweet, "but he turned down. And then he did what he had to do those last few laps. You know, he kind of played defense. We were trying to search to get the run on him, but his car was good all weekend.

Sweet, who is second in points standings behind Donny Schatz (-80) has more top-10 finishes than him so far this season, and almost as many top-fives, but he's nine wins behind him and hasn't taken the checkers since exactly one month ago, at Knoxville Raceway. .

"My guys keep giving me great race cars," said the No. 49 Napa Auto Parts driver. "We just have to figure out how to win some of these. They come down to the last five laps like that, and we're just a hair off. If we can just find it, we'll get some more of these wins. I know I keep saying that every night, but it's the truth. As long as we're up here on the podium we're happy though."

Schatz had less to say from Victory Lane, but expressed a similar sentiment. "When you can't win you gotta do the best you can . . . That's why they call it racing, so we'll learn from our mistakes and move on."

Behind Gravel at the finish was Jason Sides rounding out the top five. While Sides started in 16, his fifth place finish is even more impressive given the fact that he was pushed to the back (24) on a reset after a collision before completing the first lap of the race. Sadly, his 19-position charge only counted as 11, and the KSE Hard Charger Award went to Bill Balog for another impressive charge - from 24 to 10.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series takes on Attica Raceway Park on Tuesday, July 11 for the Ohio Logistics Brad Doty Classic before heading to Eldora Speedway for the Kings Royal, July 13-15.


 
ABBREVIATED RESULTS FROM CEDAR LAKE SPEEDWAY, NIGHT TWO

 
Feature (40 Laps) - 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen [2][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [5][$5,000]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [4][$3,000]; 4. 5-David Gravel [10][$2,700]; 5. 7S-Jason Sides [16][$2,500]; 6. 41-Jason Johnson [1][$2,200]; 7. 3-Tim Kaeding [9][$2,000]; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser [13][$1,800]; 9. 2-Shane Stewart [7][$1,600]; 10. 17B-Bill Balog [24][$1,450]; 11. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [6][$1,300]; 12. 1S-Logan Schuchart [21][$1,200]; 13. 21-Brian Brown [18][$1,100]; 14. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [11][$1,000]; 15. W20-Greg Wilson [22][$950]; 16. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [8][$900]; 17. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [17][$850]; 18. 4-Paul McMahan [14][$750]; 19. 9-Daryn Pittman [3][$725]; 20. 84-Scott Bogucki [20][$700]; 21. 1A-Jacob Allen [12][$700]; 22. 26-Tayler Malsam [19][$700]; 23. 17-Jac Haudenschild [15][$700]; 24. 19-Brent Marks [23][$700]; Lap Leaders: Jason Johnson 1-11, Kerry Madsen 12-40; KSE Hard Charger Award: 17B-Bill Balog[+14]

 
Qualifying - 1. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.116; 2. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.207; 3. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier, 12.269; 4. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.326; 5. 2X-Parker Price-Miller, 12.35; 6. 19-Brent Marks, 12.355; 7. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 12.403; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.508; 9. 3-Tim Kaeding, 12.517; 10. 5-David Gravel, 12.56; 11. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.586; 12. 84-Scott Bogucki, 12.597; 13. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 12.61; 14. 9-Daryn Pittman, 12.65; 15. 17-Jac Haudenschild, 12.688; 16. 41-Jason Johnson, 12.688; 17. 23W-Scott Winters, 12.732; 18. 4-Paul McMahan, 12.755; 19. 13-Clyde Knipp, 12.755; 20. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.764; 21. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.77; 22. 21-Brian Brown, 12.797; 23. 82-Craig Dollansky, 12.84; 24. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 12.842; 25. 19P-Paige Polyak, 12.872; 26. 17B-Bill Balog, 12.874; 27. 26-Tayler Malsam, 13.183; 28. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.298; 29. 23-Russel Borland, 13.305; 30. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.368; 31. 9Z-Jared Goerges, 13.393; 32. 85-Jason Tostenson, 13.4; 33. 19L-Todd King, 13.80

 

 
Pos.
Car
Driver
Total
Diff
Wins
Top 5's
Top 10's
1
15
Donny Schatz
6232
0
13
35
38
2
49
Brad Sweet
6152
-80
4
33
39
3
5
David Gravel
6104
-128
9
25
39
4
2
Shane Stewart
5870
-362
4
15
33
5
9
Daryn Pittman
5798
-434
0
11
27
6
41
Jason Johnson
5778
-454
2
14
29
7
93
Sheldon Haudenschild
5536
-696
0
7
21
8
7S
Jason Sides
5432
-800
0
8
19
9
11k
Kraig Kinser
5412
-820
1
3
13
10
1S
Logan Schuchart
5380
-852
3
7
15
11
4
Paul McMahan
5302
-930
0
3
13
12
19
Brent Marks
5290
-942
0
0
11
13
W20
Greg Wilson
5074
-1158
0
4
12
14
17
Joey Saldana
4620
-1612
0
4
11
15
1A
Jacob Allen
4456
-1776
0
0
3
16
13
Clyde Knipp
4172
-2060
0
0
0
17
18
Ian Madsen
3462
-2770
1
4
14
18
21
Brian Brown
3134
-3098
1
9
12
19
2X
Parker Price-Miller
2486
-3746
1
1
3
20
2M
Kerry Madsen
2450
-3782
3
10
15
 

 

Madman Madsen Makes a Madcap Run at Cedar Lake Speedway

 
NEW RICHMOND, WI - July 7, 2017 - Night One of the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown at Cedar Lake Speedway went to former Outlaw and current Australian Sprintcar champion, Kerry "The Madman" Madsen, who swept all but the Craftsman Club Dash and led 38 laps of the 40-lap Feature behind the wheel of the Big Game Motorsports 2M. Brad Sweet and Donny Schatz followed him through the checkers after a heated battle with several exchanges.

While Madsen set Quicktime during Qualifying and won his Heat race, It was Jac "The Wild Child" Haudenschild who won the Craftsman Club Dash on his return to the Stenhouse Jr./Wood Racing No. 17 machine after a three-race medical absence resulting from an injury at Beaver Dam Raceway. It was starting to look like "Jac is Back" would be the headline for the night, but Haudenschild lost steam all the way through the Feature, coming in at 13 after getting lapped by Madsen in the final two laps.

Meanwhile, Greg Wilson was playing the same game in reverse. Having started in 15, Wilson charged his W20 to tenth in the first five laps, battled with Ian Madsen for the next 14 laps, charged to fifth on a restart, and got past David Gravel with seven laps to go to come in fourth right on Schatz's tail.

Having started the Feature in second behind the Wild Child, and having won his share of races at the high-banked 3/8-mile oval, the eighth-time defending champion surprised the crowd with his third-place finish. 

 
The Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing driver suffered a bit of a mishap on his first lap around as he scraped his right rear tire along the wall of the backstretch after getting into K. Madsen, causing a flurry of sparks as Madsen passed him. And Sweet came at him from fifth, passing him just a couple laps later in the first of numerous exchanges between the the the two No. 15 Arctic Cat and the No. 49 Napa Auto Parts machines.

Meanwhile, Madsen was strengthening his lead and looked nearly unbeatable until Jason Johnson went into the wall outside of turn two, taking the No. 41 out of the race and forcing a restart with 19 laps to go.

Despite the threat created by the restart, Madsen charged forward instantly and re-gained his lead. From the looks of it, he was just too fast and too aggressive to beat.

Nine laps and a solid lead later, Madsen had a minor fumble coming out of a turn, and again after passing Sheldon Haudenschild in lap traffic, and with seven laps to go Sweet had finally caught up to him. 

 
Five laps to go and the Kasey Kahne Racing driver was all over Madsen, looking like he might actually win. During the next lap, Sweet managed to steal the lead, but Madsen immediately reclaimed it. With only two laps left, when Madsen finally lapped the Wild Child, Sweet was caught behind Haudenschild and Paul McMahan, and that was that. Madsen crossed the checkers.

The FVP Platinum Battery Showdown continues tomorrow night and will also be streamed LIVE on DIRTVision.com


CEDAR LAKE SPEEDWAY ABBREVIATED RESULTS

Feature (40 Laps) - 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen [3][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [5][$5,000]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [2][$3,000]; 4. W20-Greg Wilson [15][$2,700]; 5. 5-David Gravel [4][$2,500]; 6. 18-Ian Madsen [7][$2,200]; 7. 7S-Jason Sides [6][$2,000]; 8. 3-Tim Kaeding [17][$1,800]; 9. 21-Brian Brown [13][$1,600]; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser [11][$1,450]; 11. 9-Daryn Pittman [14][$1,300]; 12. 4-Paul McMahan [12][$1,200]; 13. 17-Jac Haudenschild [1][$1,100]; 14. 2-Shane Stewart [10][$1,000]; 15. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [9][$950]; 16. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [16][$900]; 17. 1S-Logan Schuchart [19][$850]; 18. 19-Brent Marks [23][$750]; 19. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [18][$725]; 20. 19L-Todd King [24][$700]; 21. 41-Jason Johnson [8][$700]; 22. 55-Brooke Tatnell [20][$700]; 23. 19P-Paige Polyak [22][$700]; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen [21][$700]; Lap Leaders: Jac Haudenschild 1, Kerry Madsen 2-40; KSE Hard Charger Award: W20-Greg Wilson[+11]

Qualifying - 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 11.543; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.643; 3. 41-Jason Johnson, 11.686; 4. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.734; 5. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.737; 6. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.765; 7. 17-Jac Haudenschild, 11.765; 8. 18-Ian Madsen, 11.795; 9. 5-David Gravel, 11.802; 10. 9-Daryn Pittman, 11.912; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.965; 12. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.967; 13. 19P-Paige Polyak, 11.979; 14. 2-Shane Stewart, 11.992; 15. 19-Brent Marks, 12.001; 16. 4-Paul McMahan, 12.021; 17. 3-Tim Kaeding, 12.031; 18. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 12.044; 19. W20-Greg Wilson, 12.071; 20. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 12.072; 21. 21-Brian Brown, 12.15; 22. 84-Scott Bogucki, 12.196; 23. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.235; 24. 7W-Tasker Phillips, 12.312; 25. 13-Clyde Knipp, 12.344; 26. 2X-Parker Price-Miller, 12.353; 27. 82-Craig Dollansky, 12.393; 28. 55-Brooke Tatnell, 12.423; 29. 19L-Todd King, 12.589; 30. 85-Jason Tostenson, 12.592; 31. 56N-David Heskin, 12.781; 32. 9Z-Jared Goerges, 12.951; 33. 91A-Reed Allex, 13.912

SEE FULL RESULTS
 

 

 
World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Top-20 Standings - July 7, 2017
Pos.
Car
Driver
Total
Diff
Wins
Top 5's
Top 10's
Main
1
15
Donny Schatz
6088
0
13
34
37
122
2
49
Brad Sweet
6006
-82
4
32
38
146
3
5
David Gravel
5962
-126
9
24
38
102
4
2
Shane Stewart
5738
-350
4
15
32
104
5
9
Daryn Pittman
5686
-402
0
11
27
140
6
41
Jason Johnson
5640
-448
2
14
28
150
7
93
Sheldon Haudenschild
5414
-674
0
7
21
90
8
7S
Jason Sides
5292
-796
0
7
18
108
9
11k
Kraig Kinser
5278
-810
1
3
12
120
10
1S
Logan Schuchart
5254
-834
3
7
15
90
11
4
Paul McMahan
5188
-900
0
3
13
114
12
19
Brent Marks
5188
-900
0
0
11
118
13
W20
Greg Wilson
4954
-1134
0
4
12
90
14
17
Joey Saldana
4620
-1468
0
4
11
126
15
1A
Jacob Allen
4348
-1740
0
0
3
102
16
13
Clyde Knipp
4082
-2006
0
0
0
90
17
18
Ian Madsen
3462
-2626
1
4
14
130
18
21
Brian Brown
3010
-3078
1
9
12
142
19
2X
Parker Price-Miller
2368
-3720
1
1
3
90
20
2M
Kerry Madsen
2300
-3788
2
9
14
132

 


 

Redemption: Kraig Kinser Wins the Clash at the Creek at Deer Creek Speedway
 
By: Tony Veneziano
 
SPRING VALLEY, Minn. - July 6, 2017 - Kraig Kinser was five laps away from picking up his first win of the season last week with the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series at The Dirt Oval at Route 66 in Joliet, Ill., only to have the power steering go bad while leading, the third-generation driver made up for that near-miss on Thursday night, as he was victorious in the Clash at the Creek at Deer Creek Speedway in Minnesota.
 
For Kinser, it was his first World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series win of the season and his first since 2014. The veteran driver now has 17 career World of Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature wins.
 
"You never want to have issues when you are running up front and tonight we didn't," said Kinser. "It was a struggle, because we were so good at the beginning. I knew we weren't going to be quite as good at the end. Seeing Donny (Schatz) the last five or 10 laps, you have to be at your best. I definitely wasn't leaving much on the table. There were a few spots I was getting really good bite, but other than that, I was sliding through the turns and just trying to keep momentum up."
 
The event, which began on Thursday, June 29 and was postponed by rain three laps into the feature, set up a unique race night, which consisted of hot laps and the remaining 37 laps of the 40-lapper. Kinser asserted himself early in the race as a contender, while David Gravel, the pole sitter paced the first one-third of the race.
 
"We were pretty good here the other day and had to wait a week, but were close to how good we were last week," Kinser noted. "This is a high-banked momentum track and if you can get the top working it's usually better than hitting the bottom. Early, it had some moisture and we could stop, get the car turned and get off the corner. At the end, it was kind of just a momentum deal."
 
Kinser lined up fifth when the race resumed on Thursday night and was up to third just a handful of laps into the 40-lap race. He moved into second when Brad Sweet had a flat tire on the 10th lap. Just prior to the halfway point of the race, Kinser used a strong run on the high side of the track to take the lead from David Gravel coming off turn four. Down the stretch, Kinser held off a furious charge by Donny Schatz to claim the win. Kinser endured a number of restarts while out front,
 
"The restarts were very important, though everything you do with the Outlaws is," said Kinser.
"To say you beat the 15 car and 2 car and all the guys, everything is important and has to go right."
 
Schatz, who re-started the race ninth on Thursday night, steadily worked his way forward. He tried both the high and low side of the track as he tracked down Kinser. Schatz nearly drew even with Kinser a handful of times, often diving under him turns three and four, but never was able to quite make a pass stick.
 
"Our job is to make something happen," said Schatz. "I tried to make something happen, but Kraig (Kinser) was pretty good. I knew I didn't want to get next to him unless I could get by him. He had a little bit left in there. Hats off to those guys. They have been knocking on the door for quite some time and got one done tonight. For us, we normally don't run that well here, so second is pretty respectable. We were wanting to win and were there fighting for it and that's all you can ask for."
 
Shane Stewart, who lined up eighth for the re-started main event, used a late-race charge to cross the line third to continue his recent hot streak. Stewart was engaged in a spirited battle with Ian Madsen and Sheldon Haudenschild for the third spot for several laps.
 
"That was a fun race," Stewart said. "My car seems to get better as the race goes on. On a 40-lap race, that's what you want. It would have been interesting if there would have been a late-race caution. I'm happy with third. I have to thank all the fans for coming back out and supporting this race. I am looking forward to the rest of the summer."
 
Sheldon Haudenschild, who ran as high as third, ended up fourth. The leading contender for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award, put on a show, as he bounced the right rear off the wall several times, even passing cars in the process.
 
Brad Sweet recovered from an early race flat tire to round out the top-five, after having to re-start at the tail of the field.
 
Paul McMahan was sixth, with Greg Wilson seventh, early leader David Gravel was eighth, with Jason Johnson recovering from a trip to the work area to finish ninth. Jacob Allen rounded out the top-10.
 
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to action this weekend with the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisc., on Friday, July 7 and Saturday, July 8.

 
DEER CREEK RESULTS:

 
FEATURE (40 Laps): 1. 11K-Kraig Kinser [8][$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [10][$5,500]; 3. 2-Shane Stewart [9][$3,200]; 4. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [5][$2,800]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [2][$2,500]; 6. 4-Paul McMahan [7][$2,300]; 7. W20-Greg Wilson [14][$2,200]; 8. 5-David Gravel [1][$2,100]; 9. 41-Jason Johnson [3][$2,050]; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen [20][$2,000]; 11. 19-Brent Marks [19][$1,500]; 12. 18-Ian Madsen [6][$1,200]; 13. 55-Brooke Tatnell [11][$1,100]; 14. 1S-Logan Schuchart [23][$1,050]; 15. 7S-Jason Sides [21][$1,000]; 16. 84-Scott Bogucki [15][$900]; 17. 9-Daryn Pittman [25][$800]; 18. 24-Terry McCarl [16][$800]; 19. 1M-Danny Lasoski [13][$800]; 20. 21-Brian Brown [12][$800]; 21. 17B-Bill Balog [17][$800]; 22. 19P-Paige Polyak [18][$800]; 23. 7W-Tasker Phillips [24][$800]; 24. 3-Tim Kaeding [22][$800]; 25. 2M-Kerry Madsen [4][$800]; Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-3, 5-14; Brad Sweet 4; Kraig Kinser 15-40;KSE Hard Charger Award: 1A-Jacob Allen[+10]
Unofficial World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

 
Pos.
Car
Driver
Total
Diff
Wins
Top 5's
Top 10's
1
15
Donny Schatz
5944
0
13
33
36
2
49
Brad Sweet
5860
-84
4
31
37
3
5
David Gravel
5822
-122
9
23
37
4
2
Shane Stewart
5616
-328
4
15
32
5
9
Daryn Pittman
5558
-386
0
11
27
6
41
Jason Johnson
5532
-412
2
14
28
7
93
Sheldon Haudenschild
5294
-650
0
7
21
8
7S
Jason Sides
5156
-788
0
7
17
9
11k
Kraig Kinser
5148
-796
1
3
11
10
1S
Logan Schuchart
5138
-806
3
7
15
11
19
Brent Marks
5074
-870
0
0
11
12
4
Paul McMahan
5062
-882
0
3
13
13
W20
Greg Wilson
4812
-1132
0
3
11
14
17
Joey Saldana
4620
-1324
0
4
11
15
1A
Jacob Allen
4246
-1698
0
0
3
16
13
Clyde Knipp
3992
-1952
0
0
0
17
18
Ian Madsen
3324
-2620
1
4
13
18
21
Brian Brown
2878
-3066
1
9
11
19
2X
Parker Price-Miller
2278
-3666
1
1
3
20
2M
Kerry Madsen
2150
-3794
1
8
13



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The Battle Continues

World of Outlaws vs. PA Posse at Williams Grove Speedway Summer Nationals

CONCORD, NC - July 6, 2017 - The stage is set once again for rounds five and six of the World of Outlaws versus the Pennsylvania Posse battle of 2017. The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series heads into enemy territory on Friday and Saturday, July 21 and 22 at Williams Grove Speedway for the Champion Racing Oil Summer Nationals.

So far in 2017 the Outlaws have landed the first three punches in as many races against the Posse. David Gravel took two of the first three events with a win at Lincoln Speedway on May 17 and at Williams Grove on May 19, while Shane Stewart picked up his first win of the season at Williams Grove in mid-May.

"I'm looking forward to Williams Grove. Love the challenge," said Gravel, who currently has nine wins and is looking to break double digits in the win column. "We had a pretty good car the last time out."

The battle between the two groups continues on at Williams Grove, where the Outlaws have raced every year since the series started in 1978, with the lone exception of 1985.

Once a Posse member, Brent Marks ­- from nearby Myerstown, PA - is running fulltime with the Outlaws this year. He didn't have the best homecoming the last time around with a 10th and 23rd-place finish at the half-mile Williams Grove oval.

"We didn't have that good of a swing the last time we were back there, but maybe we can change it around this time around," said Marks.

A good run at Williams Grove could give Marks the jumpstart his team needs and another notch on the scoreboard for the Outlaws.

"Going back home and getting to places you're familiar with can give you a confidence boost and help you finish out the season well," added Marks. "We're hoping to go back home in a couple weeks, run good in front of our family, friends and sponsors. It could an opportunity to gain some lost ground."

If you were to poll a crowd to determine the best in the 410 Sprint Car world, you may get a different answer every time. Kyle Larson, the current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points leader and Elk Grove, CA-native, has quickly become a sure answer, having taken on the Posse successfully. Larson has won six consecutive 410 Sprint Car starts, including the World of Outlaws event at Eagle Raceway and three of the four events he entered during Pennsylvania Speedweek.

For tickets to see the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series take on the local PA Posse at the tricky Williams Grove Speedway on Friday and Saturday, July 21 and 22 for the Champion Racing Oil Summer Nationals, call 717-697-5000 or visit WilliamsGrove.com. If you can't make it to Williams Grove, watch LIVE coverage of both events on DIRTVision.com!

 

 

The Outlaw Season Is Just Starting to Heat Up
 
Time to separate the contenders and pretenders as the Series crosses the halfway points
 
CONCORD, NC -July 5, 2017 - As the summer months start to ramp up, so does the competition. The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series hits the halfway point of the 2017 season, and it's already shaping up to be one of the most exciting seasons in recent history.
 
 
Don't hand the trophy out just yet; the championship battle is just getting underway. After getting off to a hot start to the 2017 season by winning six of the first eight races, eight-time and defending World of Outlaws Champion Donny Schatz went on a little bit of a cold streak from mid-March to early-May.
 
During that time, David Gravel and the CJB Motorsports team has picked up the pace with five wins - closing the once big-lead that Schatz and the Tony Stewart Racing team had.
 
"Someone will go on a little bit of a streak, then someone else will," said Gravel. "It's three really, really good teams [CJB Motorsports, Kasey Kahne Racing and Tony Stewart Racing], and it's hard to beat them every night."
 
The Watertown, CT-native has nine wins through the beginning of July, already tying his 2016-win total. While running just outside the top-five in the closing laps at Dakota State Fair Speedway, Gravel's point standing took a hit when the No. 5 machine went for a flip, relinquishing Gravel back in the finishing order. Gravel now sits 110 points behind first place.
 
"We have a goal; we want to win the World of Outlaws championship," said Gravel. "To win nine races to this point of the season is a little bit more of an over achievement. It's already matched what we did last year, but we definitely want to get to double digits, 'cause not many people have double-digit wins. Hopefully we can do that this year and contend for the title and keep Donny [Schatz] honest all year."
 
Meanwhile, Schatz seemed to have hit on something while at Knoxville Raceway just a couple weeks ago.
 
"We haven't been on pace the last couple months," said Donny Schatz following his victory at Knoxville Raceway. "You keep looking for little things that aren't right. One thing here. But we found three things. And so, that's why I'm smiling. I'm a happy guy. I got my feel back. I can feel all four corners again, and that's important."
 
Since getting his "feel" back, the No. 15 Arctic Cat team has won four of the last eight races.
 
Schatz's most-recent competitor in the championship battle, Brad Sweet currently sits second in points, just 78 points behind Schatz in the championship points battle. Sweet has shown speed throughout the season and has been Mr. Consistent, racking up four wins, 30 top-five finishes and 36 top-10s.
 
"I think we spent the first little bit of the season just searching," explained Sweet of the new pairing with Crew Chief Kale Kahne in a recent Speed Sport News article. "We were both trying to figure out what each other likes and get the car faster. Lucky enough, we hit on a few things and have been really fast lately. We just keep working on our car to fine tune things and get it better. The car has been fast each and every night, and that's all you can ask for out here."
 
Invaders:
 
One of the most talked about events of the season was when Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standout, Kyle Larson teamed up with fellow NASCAR star, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to drive the Stenhouse Jr./Wood Racing No. 17x at Eagle Raceway on June 13.
 
After coming up just short of a win a couple weeks prior at Lawrenceburg Speedway, Larson used a mid-race restart to advance his position. Larson would ride the cushion as the laps wound down to shoot past Shane Stewart and Daryn Pittman en route to his first World of Outlaws win since 2013.
 
This win for Larson would set up an unbelievable week. He went on to start on the pole for the Cup race at Michigan International Speedway and eventually win the race, making him the first driver to win a World of Outlaws event and a NASCAR Cup Series race in the same week
 
Larson has announced he will run with the Outlaws at the Ohio Logistics Brad Doty Classic at Attica Raceway Park on July 11 and Ohsweken Speedway for the Arrow Express Six Nations Showdown on July 25.
 
Heating Up:
 
The driver of the No. 2 Larson Marks Racing entry has found himself in contention at several races this season; he just ran into trouble sealing the deal when it counted. With two wins on the season and fourth in points, Shane Stewart was looking for more. That 'more' came with a weekend sweep at West Liberty and Beaver Dam and nearly a win at Dakota State Fair Speedway, having led all but the final lap eventually finishing third. Part of this success could be due to new crew chief, Lee Stauffer who joined the Larson Marks Racing team just before West Liberty.

 
"[Larson Marks Racing] has all the right tools, we just need to put them in the right position," said Lee Stauffer during a recent episode of Open Red on WoOSprint.com. "I may approach things a little differently where I try to simplify things, making it not so hard to transition from the warmups to time trails to the races."
 
Stewart now has four wins at the halfway mark of the 2017 season, half the amount of wins he had in 2016. It appears that the Larson Marks Racing team has hit on something that could make this a four-car battle in the points as the Summer goes on.
 
As Shark Week approaches, Shark Racing always seems to be lurking. On one of the biggest stages of the season, Logan Schuchart picked up his second and third victories of the season at the famous Eldora Speedway and under the bright lights of The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway - the most wins by any driver outside of the top five in points.
 
Young Guns:
 
Two drivers battle it out for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year award, Sheldon Haudenschild and Brent Marks. Joining the Series full-time for the first time, the young Haudenschild has shown flashes of promise. With what looked like it could have been his breakout race, Haudenschild was is in control at Tri-State Speedway until he came into contact with a lap car while leading. The younger "Wild-Child" had one get away. The Wooster-OH-native has had a solid season, however, tallying six top-fives and 20 top-10s sitting in seventh in the point standings through the halfway point of the season.
 
"We've shown some pretty good speed," said Haudenschild. "We're just trying to stay consistent, but I think once we are able to break through for a win, you're probably going to see more than one win come."
 
The other Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contender is Brent Marks. After running in the Pennsylvania area last year as well as hitting the road, Marks appears to be settling in nicely as a full-time Outlaw. 11 top-10 finishes and 11th in the championship point standings, Marks will benefit during the second half of the season as the Series makes its way back east to familiar territory.
 
"Honest, we feel kind of behind the eight ball from where we want to be," said Brent Marks. "We've been trying to average a 10th-place finish, but we're not quite there; and top-10 in points, and we're just outside of it. I knew it was going to be hard coming in but didn't realize it was going to be quite as hard as it actually is. A lot of these tracks are just different than I've been accustomed to racing. Everything we've learned back home in Pennsylvania doesn't exactly work out here."
 
"Going back home and getting to places you're familiar with can give you a confidence boost and help you finish out the season well," added Marks. "We're hoping to go back home in a couple weeks, run good in front of our family, friends and sponsors. It could an opportunity to gain some lost ground."
 
Driver Change:
 
Some of the biggest news to break so far during the 2017 season has been a driver change in the Stenhouse Jr./Wood Racing stable. Joey Saldana previously piloted the No. 17 machine until it was announced in late-June that the team had parted ways with Saldana. Enter Jac "Wild Child" Haudenschild to fill the seat of the No. 17 at West Liberty Speedway and Beaver Dam. However, a concussion has sidelined the team with a medical exemption. No word yet on who will take over the No. 17 seat for the rest of the 2017 season, but rumors abound. (Just look for them on Twitter, and follow us while you're there.)
 
 
Looking Ahead:
 
The Series heads into the "Month of Money" with the The FVP Platinum Battery Showdown at Cedar Lake Speedway for a two-day event July 7 and 8. The stretch of races continues with the Brad Doty Classic at Attica Raceway Park, the Kings Royal at Eldora, the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup $25,000-to-win, Summer Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway, the Big R Shootout at Ransomville Speedway presented by Budweiser - a busy month that has big rewards. All this is a big tune-up for the Ironman 55 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on August 4-5 and the 5 Hour Energy Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville Raceway on August 9-12
 
Tickets to the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series can be purchased by calling 844-DIRT-TIX or by visiting WorldofOutlaws.com/tickets. Don't forget, you can follow all the action from the the World of Outlaws on Facebook at Facebook.com/WorldofOutlaws or on Twitter @WorldofOutlaws and on the web at WoOSprint.com.

 

 

 

 

Schatz Outlasts Kaeding and Stewart for Victory at Dakota State Fair

 
Schatz picks up 13th victory of the Outlaws season

HURON, S.D - July 1, 2017 - Starting from the front row, Shane Stewart grabbed the lead exiting Turn 2 on the opening lap and set sail setting a blistering pace. With the main event being cut short by one lap due to track conditions, Stewart had to withstand one final restart. On that restart with one lap to go, Stewart restarted directly in front of Schatz. The top two of Stewart and Schatz headed down the backstretch coming to the checkers. Schatz was able to get a run on the high side coming out of Turn 2 allowing him to drive by Stewart to pick up his 13th victory of the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series season.
 
In a night that saw numerous flat tires throughout the 22-car field, the 30-lap race at Dakota State Fair Speedway was shortened to 29 laps due to track conditions.
 
Shane Stewart, the driver of the No. 2 Larson Marks Racing entry has been on a hot streak over the last couple of week. Having won two-in-a-row at West Liberty and Beaver Dam, just a week ago, Stewart was looking to pick up his fifth win of the season at Dakota State Fair Speedway on Saturday night.
 
After jumping out to an early lead on the start, Stewart set a blistering pace putting a gap between him and the No. 9 of Daryn Pittman who also started on the front row with Stewart. The first of six stoppages of the night was for the No. 93 who slowed at the top of Turn 1 with a flat tire. Sheldon Haudenschild would recover for a fifth-place finish.
 
Stewart would jump back out to a big lead on the restart. Schatz who was running third behind Pittman at the time was able to get by the No. 9 Great Clips machine on lap 22 for second. It was on lap 25 that Pittman sustained a flat tire, bringing out a yellow flag.
 
As the field was coming to get two laps to go at the stripe, Schatz dove aggressively under Stewart for the lead in Turn 3 and made it stick. However, the No. 5 of David Gravel went for a flip in Turn 1 at the same time, giving Stewart the lead back for the restart, Gravel was able to be pushed to the work area but could not return.
 
"We got by [Stewart] before the red came out," Said Donny Schatz. "I knew it got to be where [Stewart] was going to stay down on the bottom groove and we just had a little bit left to get around him on the outside coming out of Turn 2."
 
Due to track conditions, officials made the decision to the shorten the race by one lap. Stewart regained the lead after the previous lap was not scored complete. Stewart lead Schatz, Kaeding and the rest of the field to the restart where both the green and white flags were displayed.
 
"Man, that was tough," said Shane Stewart. "I actually thought my tire was going flat coming to the green [on the last restart]. When [track] takes rubber like this the restarts are so hard on your tires."
 
Stewart led into Turn 1 but Schatz used the top grove exiting Turn 2 to get by Stewart for the lead.
 
"You don't ever want to lead that many laps and finish third," said Shane Stewart. "It's a testament to how good my car is right now. My guys did a great job, just wasn't meant to be."
 
"I'm here to win races, that's what we're here to do," said Schatz regarding his winning pass. "When you're in second and got an opportunity to win a race, that's what you're going to do - you're going to go for it. You're not going to do anything silly and we didn't. We got the win and that's what matters," added Schatz.
 
Schatz would complete the rest of the 3/8th-mile en-route to his 13th victory of the 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car season.
 
"We definitely got our monies worth on the tires tonight," said Donny Schatz who's right-rear tire was bald.
 
"I didn't think it was going to get that abrasive and rubbered up that early," said Schatz. "Shane [Stewart] got out there and set a pretty good pace and I was trying to make the bottom work, it felt ok but those guys got away. I moved up and you could feel it - that's the point you have to decide how hard you want to go. I'm glad I did that because there was no way I was going to be around at the end to have an opportunity to win that race."
 
Stewart would eventually lose another position to Tim Kaeding in the No. 3 who took advantage of others misfortunes and drove up through the field from the 12th-starting spot.
 
"Man, this feels like a win for me," said Tim Kaeding. "We've struggled pretty much all year. To run second with these guys on a rubbered down track like that and not pop a tire, I'm definitely going to enjoy a beer tonight."
 
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to action on Thursday, July 6 for a make-up Feature at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, MN before heading off to Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, WI on Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8. Tickets for these events can be purchased on WorldofOutlaws.com/Tickets or by calling 844-DIRT-TIX.

 
DAKOTA STATE FAIR SPEEDWAY ABBREVIATED RESULTS:

 
Feature (29 Laps-shortened due to track conditions): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$10,000]; 2. 3-Tim Kaeding [12][$5,500]; 3. 2-Shane Stewart [2][$3,200]; 4. 7S-Jason Sides [7][$2,800]; 5. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [19][$2,500]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [13][$2,300]; 7. W20-Greg Wilson [11][$2,200]; 8. 41-Jason Johnson [10][$2,100]; 9. 9-Daryn Pittman [1][$2,050]; 10. 19-Brent Marks [14][$2,000]; 11. 82-Thomas Kennedy [16][$1,500]; 12. 49-Brad Sweet [8][$1,200]; 13. 5-David Gravel [6][$1,100]; 14. 17B-Ryan Bickett [15][$1,050]; 15. 2K-Kevin Ingle [20][$1,000]; 16. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5][$900]; 17. 47-Brant O'Banion [21][$800]; 18. 4-Paul McMahan [4][$800]; 19. 13-Clyde Knipp [18][$800]; 20. 19P-Paige Polyak [9][$800]; 21. 1A-Jacob Allen [17][$800]; 22. 101-Chuck McGillivray [22][$800]; Lap Leaders: Shane Stewart 1-28, Donny Schatz 29; KSE Hard Charger Award: 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[+14]

 
Unofficial World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

 
Pos.
Car
Driver
Total
Diff
Wins
Top 5's
Top 10's
1
15
Donny Schatz
5798
0
13
32
35
3
49
Brad Sweet
5720
-78
4
30
36
2
5
David Gravel
5688
-110
9
23
36
4
2
Shane Stewart
5472
-326
4
14
31
5
9
Daryn Pittman
5442
-356
0
11
27
6
41
Jason Johnson
5400
-398
2
14
27
7
93
Sheldon Haudenschild
5152
-646
0
6
20
8
7S
Jason Sides
5036
-762
0
7
17
9
1S
Logan Schuchart
5016
-782
3
7
15
10
11k
Kraig Kinser
4998
-800
0
2
10
11
19
Brent Marks
4946
-852
0
0
11
12
4
Paul McMahan
4924
-874
0
3
12
13
W20
Greg Wilson
4676
-1122
0
3
10
14
17
Joey Saldana
4620
-1178
0
4
11
15
1A
Jacob Allen
4116
-1682
0
0
2
16
13
Clyde Knipp
3902
-1896
0
0
0
17
18
Ian Madsen
3198
-2600
1
4
13
18
21
Brian Brown
2768
-3030
1
9
11
19
2X
Parker Price-Miller
2278
-3520
1
1
3
20
24R
Rico Abreu
2070
-3728
1
6
10



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Kings Royal Brings Best of the Best to Eldora

Sweet, Pittman Among Outlaws Vying For $50,000 Payday Fit For a King

CONCORD, N.C. - June 30, 2017 - The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series is set to roll into Eldora Speedway for the second time this season, but this time for one Sprint Car racing's biggest races of the year. The 34th annual Kings Royal runs from July 13 to 15 at the Rossburg, OH half-mile. The $50,000-to-win event is one of the Crown Jewels on the Outlaws' schedule each season and a fan-favorite tradition-laden race.

Kasey Kahne Racing with Mike Curb teammates Daryn Pittman and Brad Sweet have both sat on the Kings Royal throne as winners of Eldora's richest annual Winged Sprint Car event. Pittman won the race in 2008 while Sweet won in 2013. Both drivers rank their Kings Royal victories among the biggest triumphs of their careers.

"I definitely think it's my biggest win," Sweet said. "It's one of the Crown Jewel's of Winged Sprint Car racing and I haven't won anything bigger than that. It's pretty high (on the list) and obviously the money's great, but putting your name on the trophy is every driver's goal."

"It's right there at the top," Pittman said. "Winning the World of Outlaws Championship (in 2013) is by far my biggest accomplishment, but I'd put the Kings Royal right there with winning the Historical Big One. That was a pretty big win for me at an early age. I'd say (the Kings Royal) is definitely at the top of my career accomplishments and one that obviously I'd love to do again."

The event has a unique format and a host of distinct traditions throughout the weekend. The atmosphere and the royalty-theme surrounding the event gives it a special feel that even the drivers look forward to each year.

"When you pull into the Kings Royal, you know its Kings Royal weekend," Pittman said. "There's a ton of campers and people there. It's definitely not a regular every weekend show. It's a big race to win and obviously there's a lot of money on the line as well. I don't think as a team or a driver that we try any harder. I think it adds to the anticipation and excitement when you get there that you can change or define your career if you can come out on top."

Each winner gets the coveted chance to sit on the Kings Royal throne, hold the winner's staff and Kings cloak. The feeling of unbuckling from a 900-horsepower Sprint Car after winning the Kings Royal and taking the winner's place on the throne is a feeling like no other in Sprint Car racing, Sweet said.

"It's kind of indescribable until you actually feel it," Sweet reveled. "It's pretty amazing. It's so hard to describe how good it feels when you finally win it. We had to beat some of the best guys and it was a great night for me, for the team."

The Kings Royal expanded last year to a three-day format. David Gravel won the inaugural Thursday night Joker's Wild that added to the card last season. The event already featured Friday's Knight Before the Kings Royal, an event Pittman won last season, and Saturday's main event that went to Donny Schatz in 2016. The extra night of competition at the big half-mile was certainly something both drivers enjoyed.

"I think it just added to the event," Pittman said. "I just think it added to an already big weekend and made it that much better. We're definitely on board with any tracks that want to add a day and put more money into the weekend. As drivers, we appreciate that."

"It's nice for the fans and it's nice for us to get to come in there and race three nights," Sweet echoed. "There's a lot of money on the line each and every night."

Both Sweet and Pittman hope to experience the thrill of a Kings Royal victory again in mid-July, but both know it's a tough task. Eldora is one of the most entertaining and high-speed tracks the Outlaws visit each season, which can quickly make it a driver-favorite track.

"There's no place more fun as a driver than Eldora when your car is good," Pittman said. "It is a blast to run around there as fast as we're going and when you're right up on the fence. It's a really fun feeling as a driver when your car is good."

Pittman and Sweet will vie for one of the biggest wins in Sprint Car Racing when the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series visits Eldora for the Kings Royal on July 13-15. Advance reserved tickets are available for purchase for all three nights by visiting https://eldoraspeedway.ticketforce.com/ or by calling (937) 338-3815.

 

 

 

Schatz Scores Win 12 on Return to The Dirt Oval, Where He Won 12 Years Ago

 
Eight-time champion and current points leader Donny Schatz took the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing No. 15 Arctic Cat machine through the checkers to win the FVP Outlaw Clay Classic at The Dirt Oval at Route 66 Raceway, stealing the lead from Kraig Kinser with only five laps to go. Although Kinser saw his best race of the season to date, Schatz rode him hard, and he ultimately landed in eighth with Kasey Kahne Racing teammates Brad Sweet and Daryn Pittman following Schatz through the checkers.

 
"Kraig [Kinser] was really good at the start," said Schatz from Victory Lane. "He took off there on the bottom. I didn't quite know if the bottom or the top, the middle, what was going to happen. I just had to give a little time for the race car to come in and the tires to get warm. You kind of had to be all over really. It was a guessing game there for a while, and then we had to restart. Being on the outside I kind of felt like I was hung out to dry a little bit, and Brad [Sweet] got by. Obviously they were really good. I think he started a ways back."

Sweet, who walked away with the KSE Hard Charger Award, started in 13 and worked his way into second. A restart with 13 laps to go saw a three-wide battle for the lead between Kinser, Schatz and Sweet, in which Kinser prevailed, holding the lead for eight more laps, while Sweet and Schatz continued the battle for second with exchanges.

Throughout the race, another tough battle was playing out behind the leaders between Pittman and David Gravel, ending in Pittman's favor after several exchanges.

Pittman, who set Quick Time at 13.637 second, was the only one in Victory Lane who even ran the Craftsman Club Dash, which was led by Jason Sides and Paul McMahan.

Starting on the pole after winning the Dash, Sides led the first four laps of the Feature as Kinser charged up from midfield in position 11 in some of his finest racing this season.

By Lap 5, Kinser was leading, with Sides and Brian Brown behind him as Schatz and Sweet followed suit, diligently taking on car after car, working their way up, and McMahan was losing ground.

Overall, it an exciting return to the half-mile oval, which last saw true oval-track racing twelve years ago. And while the racing was certainly better this time around, one thing remained the same: the champion. Schatz won at the track on July 8, 2005 during the Series' last visit. Twelve years later, he scored win number 12 of the season.

The FVP Outlaw Clay Classic continues tomorrow with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series, while the Sprint Car Series heads for Spring Valley, MN for the Clash at the Creek at Deer Creek Speedway. 


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THE DIRT OVAL AT ROUTE 66 RACEWAY ABBREVIATED RESULTS:

Feature (30 Laps) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz [8][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [13][$5,500]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [4][$3,200]; 4. 5-David Gravel [6][$2,800]; 5. 7S-Jason Sides [1][$2,500]; 6. 2-Shane Stewart [9][$2,300]; 7. W20-Greg Wilson [17][$2,200]; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser [11][$2,100]; 9. 41-Jason Johnson [10][$2,050]; 10. 99-Brady Bacon [5][$2,000]; 11. 19-Brent Marks [18][$1,500]; 12. 18-Ian Madsen [15][$1,200]; 13. 3-Tim Kaeding [20][$1,100]; 14. 17B-Bill Balog [7][$1,050]; 15. 24-Terry McCarl [16][$1,000]; 16. 59H-Justin Henderson [12][$900]; 17. 1A-Jacob Allen [21][$800]; 18. 27Z-Sean Zemunik [23][$800]; 19. 10V-Matt Vandervere [22][$800]; 20. 1S-Logan Schuchart [19][$800]; 21. 21-Brian Brown [3][$800]; 22. 4-Paul McMahan [2][$800]; 23. 17A-Austin McCarl [24][$800]; 24. 1M-Danny Lasoski [14][$800]; Lap Leaders: Jason Sides 1-4, Kraig Kinser 5-25, Donny Schatz 26-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 49-Brad Sweet[+11]

Qualifying - 1. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.637; 2. 5-David Gravel, 13.722; 3. 99-Brady Bacon, 13.726; 4. 4-Paul McMahan, 13.782; 5. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.782; 6. 59H-Justin Henderson, 13.819; 7. 41-Jason Johnson, 13.875; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.887; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.93; 10. 17B-Bill Balog, 13.958; 11. 15-Donny Schatz, 14.007; 12. 21-Brian Brown, 14.012; 13. 24-Terry McCarl, 14.076; 14. 1M-Danny Lasoski, 14.113; 15. 2-Shane Stewart, 14.122; 16. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 14.141; 17. W20-Greg Wilson, 14.166; 18. 18-Ian Madsen, 14.225; 19. 49-Brad Sweet, 14.278; 20. 10V-Matt Vandervere, 14.441; 21. 71-Max McGhee, 14.448; 22. 64-Scott Thiel, 14.466; 23. 17A-Austin McCarl, 14.467; 24. 19-Brent Marks, 14.524; 25. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 14.544; 26. 3-Tim Kaeding, 14.588; 27. 27Z-Sean Zemunik, 14.65; 28. 51B-Joe B, 14.713; 29. 13-Clyde Knipp, 14.747; 30. 23-Russel Borland, 14.758; 31. 7J-Joe Swanson, NT

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Lernerville Speedway set for Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup

Drivers look to cash in on big-payday

CONCORD, NC - June 26, 2017 - The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series returns to Lernerville Speedway on Tuesday, July 18 for the 26th annual Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup.

Amidst the 'Month of Money', The Silver Cup, one of the marquee events on the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series schedule, takes on the high-banked, 4/10-mile oval in Sarver, PA.

One of the most competitive events on the schedule, the Don Martin Silver Cup has seen nine different winners in the last 11 events. Last year, David Gravel took the trip down Victory Lane in the single-feature format. This win didn't come easy for Gravel, however, as he had to deal with eight-time World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Champion Donny Schatz. The two drivers swapped position as they worked their way through lap traffic. The victory marked Gravel's first win at Lernerville Speedway.

Gravel comes into the Silver Cup as one of the hottest drivers on the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, having won nine races in 2017, tying his 2016 win-total before the halfway point of the 2017 season.

After several years of hosting twin-feature events, in 2016 the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup returned to a single, 40-lap, $25,000-to-win feature. This year, the Silver Cup will once again mimic last year's event, including the big payday.

Tickets for the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup on Tuesday, July 18 at Lernerville Speedway can be purchased by calling 844-DIRT-TIX or by visiting WorldofOutlaws.com/Tickets. Fans who can't make it to the track will be able to watch what is guaranteed to be another ultra-competitive event live on DIRTvision.com

 

 

Schatz Set for Busy Week at the Dirt Oval at Route 66

Eight-time Outlaw Sprint Car champion to run both Sprint Cars and Late Models at FVP Outlaw Clay Classic

CONCORD, NC - June 26, 2017 - One driver is set for a busy week when the World of Outlaws rolls into Joliet, IL for the FVP Outlaw Clay Classic at the Dirt Oval at Route 66. When the opportunity arises, Donny Schatz is one driver that jumps at the chance to race anything with wheels on it, even if that makes his schedule a little busier. Schatz will strap into his No. 15 Arctic Cat World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series ride on Tuesday night, and the following night he'll switch gears and jump into his No. 15 Rocket Chassis with the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series.

"It's summertime; it's time to get going," said Schatz. "You expect that kind of thing in the summer, and when you get the opportunity to do something like that you got to make the best of it and take every opportunity you can because life is short."

Schatz will use the track time during Tuesday night's FVP Outlaw Clay Classic to learn a little bit about the half-mile oval heading into Wednesday night's World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series event.

"There's a lot to learn," added Schatz. "It's a completely different feel the way the cars like to roll around. Two different nights, two different types of racecars are going to be a little bit interesting. This way, I'll be able to focus on everything at hand in front of me that particular night."

Schatz is no stranger to running multiple classes on a given weekend. Earlier this season during the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park in February, Schatz ran both the Sprint Car Series and Late Model Series events to kick off the World of Outlaws 2017 season. Schatz won't be just kicking back on Wednesday night at Joliet either. He's a competitive person that wants to win - no matter what he drives.

"Realistically, I would love to be able to go there and win, but realty says that's probably not an option," Schatz said, "but I'm fortunate to be around great people. It's a lot of fun. Ultimately, you're a competitive person and you want to be up there racing for a win or be competitive anyways."

Schatz will be running a Mark Richards-prepared Rocket Chassis Late Model next week.

"Mark Richards at Rocket Chassis has made sure my [Late Model] is right where his [house car] is at. That way we can have a running start," Schatz explained. "There's a lot of setup with the Late Models because I don't know a lot of tricks when it comes to driving. In fact, I don't know any tricks when it comes to driving [Late Models]. Experience always seems to be a prevailing factor."

The North Dakota-native clearly has a handle on his World of Outlaws Sprint Car, having picked up his 11th win of the season at Granite City Speedway on June 20. Schatz currently sits at the top of the point standings as he aims for his ninth career championship.

Now he has the chance to jump into his Late Model, an opportunity Schatz would love on a more regular basis.

"I do have a lot of friends on the [Late Model Series]," Schatz said. "I think the opportunity for the [Sprint Car Series and Late Models] to run back-to-back is awesome. I wish they did it a little more often. It may free up some more time for these race teams to get some stuff done - maybe more people would [run both series]. It's a great opportunity for me, and I'm going to make the best of it that's for sure."

Donny Schatz and the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series takes to the Dirt Oval at Route 66 in Joliet, IL on Tuesday, June 27. Schatz will join the rest of the full-time World of Outlaws drivers as they will close out the FVP Outlaw Clay Classic the following night on Wednesday, June 28. For tickets, call 844-DIRT-TIX or visit www.WorldofOutlaws.com/Tickets

 

 

 

Caution: Stewart Is on a Streak

 
BEAVER DAM, WI - June 24, 2017 - In a night full of cautions and chaos, and even a bit of rain after Time Trials, Larson Marks Racing driver Shane Stewart secured a weekend sweep as he took the checkers for the second night in a row, this time at the Jim "JB" Boyd Memorial presented by Karavan Trailers at Beaver Dam Raceway.

 
Greg Wilson, who led the race for 24 laps, came in just short of the podium as Kerry Madsen charged from the back to come in second with Jason Johnson behind him.

 
"That was a crazy long race," said Stewart from Victory Lane as the racing wrapped up near 1:00AM.

 
It was a night full of hardship at the high-banked third-mile. A bit of rain after Time Trials delayed the racing and made for a challenging surface. A number of cautions during the second Heat had the crowd on the edge of their seats and set the tone for the 40-lap Feature. "They're picking them off one by one," said a fan in the backstretch grandstand. "There's too much grip. It's going to be the last man standing."

 
Greg Wilson came in second in that Heat, in which only four drivers managed to complete all 10 laps, so he was looking at the last row of the Craftsman Club® Dash. A full Dash inversion, with a draw of eight, however, moved him to the front, just outside of Donny Schatz, which is just where he started the Feature. Wilson wasn't about to let that get away from him. He charged out ahead of Schatz in Lap 1.

 
Schatz got a second chance, just as Stewart got at West Liberty Raceway the night before, but he came out less than victorious.

 
A caution in Lap 1 forced a restart, and set the field back to its original position. Jac Haudenschild bit the wall in Turn 2 with the Stenhouse Jr./Wood Racing No. 17 and was out of the race.

 
Wilson took the lead again on the restart, and Stewart passed Schatz for second in Lap 6, starting a battle between them. Unfortunately, the battle resulted in contact between the two drivers that sent the Arctic Cat No. 15 flying into the air before taking several flips on the backstretch with 33 laps to go. Although the Series champ came out unharmed, he was done for the night.

 
"I've got to say sorry to Donny," said Stewart from Victory Lane. "I didn't mean to get into him. I got backed up there a little bit, and I didn't see him go last minute. He's definitely the last person that you'd ever want to wreck."

 
Sheldon Haudenschild was the next driver to taste the wall. More and more cautions followed, and while Wilson and Stewart battled it out up front, Kerry Madsen and Jason Johnson made themselves busy, climbing lap after lap and taking advantage of every restart.

 
Madsen had some challenges earlier in the night. He had a strong lead in his Heat when he spun into the wall between Turns 3 and 4, losing a wheel and limping off into the work area while his car was towed. But he refused to be defeated. He went on to win the Last Chance Showdown and make the Feature, where he started in the 21 spot. Yes, 21. And with only two laps to go, there he was, passing Wilson for second.

 
For Stewart it was a different kind of second: his second win in just two nights, and his second race with new crew chief Lee Stauffer. Asked what Stauffer has brought to the team, Stewart replied, "Confidence. We just lacked a little bit of that. He has a lot of self confidence, and so has brought a lot to the team. He's a good leader."

 
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series meets up with the Late Model Series next at the Dirt Oval at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, IL for the FVP Outlaw Clay Classic on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 27 and 28. Tickets are still available online.
 
BEAVER DAM RACEWAY ABBREVIATED RESULTS:

 
Feature (40 Laps) - 1. 2-Shane Stewart [4][$10,000]; 2. 2M-Kerry Madsen [21][$5,500]; 3. 41-Jason Johnson [9][$3,200]; 4. W20-Greg Wilson [2][$2,800]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [3][$2,500]; 6. 17B-Bill Balog [16][$2,300]; 7. 3-Tim Kaeding [17][$2,200]; 8. 4-Paul McMahan [12][$2,100]; 9. 5-David Gravel [10][$2,050]; 10. 9-Daryn Pittman [14][$2,000]; 11. 59H-Justin Henderson [13][$1,500]; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser [23][$1,200]; 13. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [22][$1,100]; 14. 25-Jacob Blackhurst [8][$1,050]; 15. 10W-Scotty Thiel [18][$1,000]; 16. O2-Mike Reinke [11][$900]; 17. 7S-Jason Sides [7][$800]; 18. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [20][$800]; 19. 15-Donny Schatz [1][$800]; 20. 19-Brent Marks [24][$800]; 21. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [25][$]; 22. 79-Blake Nimee [15][$800]; 23. 1A-Jacob Allen [19][$800]; 24. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5][$800]; 25. 17-Jac Haudenschild [6][$800]; Lap Leaders: Greg Wilson 1-24, Shane Stewart 25-40; KSE Hard Charger Award: 2M-Kerry Madsen[+19]

 
Qualifying Flight A - 1. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.228; 2. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 11.329; 3. 41-Jason Johnson, 11.415; 4. 25-Jacob Blackhurst, 11.432; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 11.442; 6. W20-Greg Wilson, 11.46; 7. 59H-Justin Henderson, 11.472; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.532; 9. 19-Brent Marks, 11.555; 10. O2-Mike Reinke, 11.567; 11. 3-Tim Kaeding, 11.568; 12. 79-Blake Nimee, 11.584; 13. 13-Clyde Knipp, 11.586; 14. 51B-Joe B, 11.61; 15. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.633; 16. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 11.806; 17. 10V-Matt Vandervere, 11.863; 18. 22-Todd King, 11.946; 19. 12W-Josh Walter, 12.188

 
Qualifying Flight B - 1. 9-Daryn Pittman, 11.071; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.153; 3. 17-Jac Haudenschild, 11.188; 4. 2-Shane Stewart, 11.198; 5. 5-David Gravel, 11.263; 6. 17B-Bill Balog, 11.291; 7. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.303; 8. 4-Paul McMahan, 11.31; 9. 2X-Parker Price-Miller, 11.356; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.453; 11. 10W-Scotty Thiel, 11.642; 12. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 11.7; 13. 99-Kyle Marten, 11.712; 14. 68-Dave Uttech, 11.837; 15. 43-Jereme Schroeder, 11.97; 16. 23-Russell Borland, 11.977; 17. 73-Ben Schmidt, 12.134; 18. 23D-Trey Datweiler, 12.21; 19. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 12.256

 
Pos.
Car
Driver
Total
Diff
Wins
Top 5's
Top 10's
1
15
Donny Schatz
5498
0
11
30
33
2
49
Brad Sweet
5448
-50
4
29
35
3
5
David Gravel
5422
-76
9
22
35
4
2
Shane Stewart
5190
-308
4
13
29
5
9
Daryn Pittman
5166
-332
0
10
25
6
41
Jason Johnson
5134
-364
2
14
25
7
93
Sheldon Haudenschild
4922
-576
0
5
19
8
1S
Logan Schuchart
4788
-710
3
7
15
9
7S
Jason Sides
4754
-744
0
5
15
10
11k
Kraig Kinser
4726
-772
0
2
8
11
4
Paul McMahan
4704
-794
0
3
12
12
19
Brent Marks
4688
-810
0
0
10
13
17
Joey Saldana
4620
-878
0
4
11
14
W20
Greg Wilson
4404
-1094
0
3
8
15
1A
Jacob Allen
3892
-1606
0
0
2
16
13
Clyde Knipp
3700
-1798
0
0
0
17
18
Ian Madsen
3072
-2426
1
4
13
18
21
Brian Brown
2660
-2838
1
9
11
19
2X
Parker Price-Miller
2278
-3220
1
1
3
20
24R
Rico Abreu
2070
-3428
1
6
10


 

 

 

 

With a Lot of Skill and a Little Luck, Shane Stewart Locks in West Liberty Raceway Win

 
WEST LIBERTY, IL - June 23, 2017 - Bixby, OK-native Shane Stewart commanded the Larson Marks Racing No. 2 car for 25 laps through the checkers to win the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series debut at the 1/2-mile West Liberty Raceway. Behind him Kasey Kahne Racing driver Brad Sweet fought Jason Johnson for second to round out the podium.

Stewart started the day out strong, qualifying second, but a bit of luck also came into play later that night. At the start of the West Liberty Hawkeye 25 Feature, both Johnson and Sweet got past Stewart, but a caution before the lap was complete forced a reset, giving him a second chance.

"That was my race, honestly," said Stewart. "I would've never passed those guys back if that caution hadn't come out. I honestly don't know what the heck happened. I just spun my tires really bad."

This marks the third win of the season and the first this month for Stewart, who came to the event with new Crew Chief Lee Stauffer at his side and now sits fourth in points standings, just four points past Daryn Pittman.

Behind the leader, Johnson and Sweet fell in line throughout the first half of the race. Ian Madsen made an early run on Pittman for fourth, but some Turn 4 trouble in Lap 12 resulted in a tow off the field and the end of the race for Madsen.

On the restart, Johnson just couldn't steal the lead from Stewart, and Sweet took advantage of the fumble, charging past him for second. Despite additional restarts, the three crossed the checkers in just that order: Stewart, Sweet, Johnson.

The battle between Stewart and Johnson commenced earlier, in the Craftsman Club Dash, with Stewart successfully stealing the lead for the win - a lead which Johnson had already stolen from Jac "Wild Child" Haudenschild during the Dash Draw.

From the looks - and sound - of it, this was to be the Wild Child's day. The twittersphere was ablaze all afternoon with news of his commanding the Stenhouse Jr./Wood Racing No. 17 car that night. And despite the many hard feelings aroused by Joey Saldana's absence, fans rallied behind J. Haudenschild, who answered back with Quick Time in Qualifying, setting the track record with a 15.737.

J. Haudenschild went on to win Heat 1 and was looking pretty great for the Feature until the Dash Inversion came in with a six, for a full-field inversion that set him back to sixth. There would be no win for the No. 17 that night as the Wild Child came in at 16.

Meanwhile, the younger Haudenschild, who started the feature beside his dad, just one position behind, took over dad's spot to come in sixth, and even held off Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing driver and eight-time Series Champion Donny Schatz for half the race.

As fans rushed to meet their favorite drivers in the Pit area after the race, though, a young boy ran in screaming: "Did you find the Wild Child yet? Did you?"

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series heads to Beaver Dam Raceway next for the Jim "JB" Boyd Memorial presented by Karavan Trailers on Saturday, June 24, 2017. Tickets can still be purchased online.

Traveling in for the show? World of Outlaws fans get 20% off accommodations at a nearby Extended Stay America.
 

 
WEST LIBERTY RACEWAY ABBREVIATED RESULTS:

 
Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 2-Shane Stewart [1][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [4][$5,500]; 3. 41-Jason Johnson [2][$3,200]; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman [3][$2,800]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [8][$2,500]; 6. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [9][$2,300]; 7. 21-Brian Brown [11][$2,200]; 8. 19-Brent Marks [15][$2,100]; 9. 4-Paul McMahan [10][$2,050]; 10. 5-David Gravel [14][$2,000]; 11. 1M-Danny Lasoski [12][$1,500]; 12. 7S-Jason Sides [13][$1,200]; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser [16][$1,100]; 14. 24-Terry McCarl [21][$1,050]; 15. W20-Greg Wilson [20][$1,000]; 16. 17-Jac Haudenschild [6][$900]; 17. 71A-R.J. Johnson [22][$800]; 18. 5J-Jeremy Schultz [17][$800]; 19. 15M-Bobby Mincer [24][$800]; 20. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [19][$800]; 21. 13-Clyde Knipp [23][$800]; 22. 1S-Logan Schuchart [18][$800]; 23. 18-Ian Madsen [5][$800]; 24. 6-Carson McCarl [7][$800]; Lap Leaders: Shane Stewart 1-25; KSE Hard Charger Award: 19-Brent Marks[+7]

 
Qualifying - 1. 17-Jac Haudenschild, 15.737; 2. 2-Shane Stewart, 15.848; 3. 49-Brad Sweet, 15.859; 4. 6-Carson McCarl, 15.861; 5. 18-Ian Madsen, 15.89; 6. 41-Jason Johnson, 15.947; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman, 15.951; 8. 21-Brian Brown, 16.001; 9. 1M-Danny Lasoski, 16.006; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 16.029; 11. 15-Donny Schatz, 16.033; 12. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 16.043; 13. 4-Paul McMahan, 16.089; 14. 5-David Gravel, 16.09; 15. 19-Brent Marks, 16.096; 16. 7S-Jason Sides, 16.182; 17. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 16.224; 18. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 16.229; 19. 24-Terry McCarl, 16.374; 20. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 16.396; 21. 1A-Jacob Allen, 16.414; 22. W20-Greg Wilson, 16.634; 23. 71A-R.J. Johnson, 16.669; 24. 51B-Joe B, 16.861; 25. 15M-Bobby Mincer, 17.073; 26. 19W-Bobby Weuve, 17.137; 27. 13-Clyde Knipp, 17.501

 
Pos.
Car
Driver
Total
Diff
Wins
Top 5's
Top 10's
1
15
Donny Schatz
5386
0
11
30
33
2
49
Brad Sweet
5308
-78
4
28
34
3
5
David Gravel
5290
-96
9
22
34
4
2
Shane Stewart
5040
-346
3
12
28
5
9
Daryn Pittman
5036
-350
0
10
24
6
41
Jason Johnson
4990
-396
2
13
24
7
93
Sheldon Haudenschild
4814
-572
0
5
19
8
1S
Logan Schuchart
4686
-700
3
7
15
9
7S
Jason Sides
4638
-748
0
5
15
10
17
Joey Saldana
4620
-766
0
4
11
11
11k
Kraig Kinser
4600
-786
0
2
8
12
19
Brent Marks
4578
-808
0
0
10
13
4
Paul McMahan
4570
-816
0
3
11
14
W20
Greg Wilson
4262
-1124
0
2
7
15
1A
Jacob Allen
3788
-1598
0
0
2
16
13
Clyde Knipp
3610
-1776
0
0
0
17
18
Ian Madsen
3072
-2314
1
4
13
18
21
Brian Brown
2660
-2726
1
9
11
19
2X
Parker Price-Miller
2154
-3232
1
1
3
20
24R
Rico Abreu
2070
-3316
1
6
10


 

 

 

Doty's Day: Outlaws Head to Attica for One-of-a- Kind Event

Attica Raceway Park to host prestige Brad Doty Classic on July 11

CONCORD, N.C. - June 21, 2017 - In the Sprint Car racing world, there are several names that automatically jump out as icons of the sport; Brad Doty is one of those names. When the drivers chasing the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series schedule fill out their calendar for the year, the Ohio Logistics Brad Doty Classic at Attica Raceway Park jumps off the page. The prestige surrounding the makes the Brad Doty Classic one of those "must win" events. The Outlaws take to the Attica, OH track for a Tuesday night special on July 11.

Millersburg, Ohio's Brad Doty first got his start in Sprint Car Racing in 1977 and in 1982 Doty started running with the World of Outlaws. Although it wasn't full time, Doty still managed to finish fourth in the point standings and picked up the Rookie of the Year award. The following Spring, Doty picked up his first Outlaws Feature win at State Fair Speedway in Oklahoma City, OK. Doty followed it up with wins at Eldora and Lincoln to name a few. Doty quickly left his mark on the sport, having won 11 Outlaw events in a short period of time.

Doty's career was cut short in 1988 when he was involved in an accident while racing at the King's Royal at Eldora leaving him paralyzed from the chest down.

Sprint Car racing's rising star and fan favorite may have had his driving career cut short, but the accident didn't dampen Doty's love for Sprint Car racing. Doty continues to have a positive impact on the sport as one of the biggest advocates for Sprint Car racing anywhere. Racing in the Ohio Logistics Brad Doty Classic gives drivers the opportunity to honor the legacy that Doty continues to leave today.

Last year, the Brad Doty Classic returned to Attica Raceway Park to host play host once again to this prestigious event after a run at Limaland Motorsports Park. Donny Schatz re-wrote the history books by winning his third Brad Doty Classic to become the winningest driver in the event's history. Schatz passed Dale Blaney, Steve Kinser and Danny Smith who each had two victories in the Brad Doty Classic.

Advanced Reserved Tickets for the Ohio Logistics Brad Doty Classic at Attica Raceway Park on Tuesday, July 11 in Attica, Ohio can be purchased by visiting WorldofOutlaws.com/Tickets or by calling 844-DIRT-TIX.

 

 

Schatz Outduels Johnson for 11th Victory of Season at Granite City Speedway

Sweet charges from 10th for podium finish

SAUX RAPIDS, M.N. -June 20, 2017 - In what looked like it was Jason Johnson's night at Granite City Speedway, Donny Schatz capitalized on a mid-race restart. Schatz drove under Johnson exiting Turn 4 to get by for the lead. Schatz had to hold off a determined Johnson and the KSE Hard Charger Brad Sweet to pick up his 11th victory of the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car season.

Looking for the clean sweep on the evening, Jason Johnson got the early jump on the 30-lap Feature at Granite City Speedway. Opening up a five-car length lead over the eight-time and defending World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion, Donny Schatz. Just shy of the halfway point of the 30-lap race, a yellow flag was displayed for a slowed Ian Madsen who had a flat tire.

On the ensuing restart, Johnson looked like he was going to pick up where he left off, rocketing out to a quick lead over Schatz. As the field made their way down the backstretch, Johnson choose to enter Turn 3 on the top-side, leaving Schatz the bottom.

"[Schatz] just knew what he needed to do to get by me on that restart," said Jason Johnson. "We had a car just as fast as his."

"Races aren't won on the start, a lot of people never figure that out," said Donny Schatz. "We just wait for an opportunity. We got a run on [Jason] on the start and we went down the back and he decided to go up top into three and I went where he didn't and we were able to get by."

At the same time, Sweet wanted a piece of the action having got by Madsen on the restart for third place.

"The car was really good in the beginning," said Brad Sweet.

With Schatz out front, Johnson and Sweet were nipping at his heels.

The top-three all within a half-second of each other had to contend with lap traffic the remain half of the race. That didn't seem to slow them down as the three were trading positions looking to pick up their next win on the season.

"I threw everything I knew I had at [Schatz] to try to get by him," added Johnson. "We like to win for sure. Anytime you can race with Donny and battle with [Donny], it's a lot of fun. [Schatz] is one of the cleaner racers out here."

The final five laps of the race it looked like it could have to gone to Schatz, Johnson or Sweet all trading positions back and forth. Schatz was just able to pick his line and get through heavy lap traffic first to power his way home for his 11th victory of the 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car season.

"I think everything raises the heartrate," said Donny Schatz in Victory Lane. "There's a lot of great racers out here right now and they've got their game on. These Arctic Cat guys are in the same boat. They work their tails off to be good. We were a lot better earlier in the night - that's kind of odd, usually we get better as the night goes on. We got the job done and that's about it."

Sweet who started on the outside of the fifth row of the Feature, charged his way forward and looked like he had something for both Schatz and Johnson picked up the KSE Hard Charger award.

"Lap cars just didn't play out or if we got [Johnson], [Johnson] got us back. This NAPA Auto Parts car has been really fast, we put ourselves a little behind tonight but it was nice to drive up in there. If we keep having cars like this, we'll be able to win some more of these."

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series heads to West Liberty Raceway on Friday, June 23 for the West Liberty Hawkeye 25. For tickets, visit WorldofOutlaws.com/Tickets.

GRANITE CITY SPEEDWAY RESULTS

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2][$6,000]; 2. 41-Jason Johnson [1][$3,500]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [10][$2,000]; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen [5][$1,800]; 5. 5-David Gravel [11][$1,500]; 6. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [9][$1,400]; 7. 7S-Jason Sides [6][$1,350]; 8. 2-Shane Stewart [15][$1,300]; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart [7][$1,250]; 10. 17-Joey Saldana [3][$1,200]; 11. 4-Paul McMahan [17][$900]; 12. 9-Daryn Pittman [14][$800]; 13. W20-Greg Wilson [12][$700]; 14. 19-Brent Marks [20][$650]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser [8][$600]; 16. 18-Ian Madsen [4][$550]; 17. 3-Tim Kaeding [13][$500]; 18. 91A-Reed Allex [23][$500]; 19. 55-Brooke Tatnell [18][$500]; 20. 13-Clyde Knipp [21][$500]; 21. 19P-Paige Polyak [19][$500]; 22. 1A-Jacob Allen [16][$500]; 23. 9Z-Jared Goerges [22][$500]; Lap Leaders: Jason Johnson 1-13, Donny Schatz 14-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 49-Brad Sweet[+7]

 

 

 

 

The World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Return to Cedar Lake Speedway

CONCORD, NC - June 19, 2017 - The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series confronts Cedar Lake Speedway on Friday and Saturday, July 7-8, for the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown.

FVP is the confident solution on and off the track. Built on a commitment to quality and delivered with unmatched service, FVP products are specifically engineered to provide OE quality that is equal or superior in performance to national brands at a competitive price.

"We're proud to show our commitment to dirt racing and showcase FVP to World of Outlaws fans," said FVP Marketing Manager Amber Misunas. "The FVP Platinum Battery Showdown at Cedar Lake has grown into one of the great weekend destination events for the Outlaws, and we are, as always, thrilled to be part of it."

The FVP Platinum Battery Showdown is the second Series event - and first two-day event - during the Month of Money, a stretch that includes the Brad Doty Classic, the Kings Royal, the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup, and Summer Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway.

Last year, Logan Schuchart scored his first career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory as he battled past Joey Saldana and held off Donny Schatz to win the first night at the high-banked 3/8-mile oval.

Donny Schatz and Brad Sweet battled throughout much of the following night, as they traded the lead back and forth through lapped traffic and cautions, but it was Schatz who held tough to score his 13th World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory of the season.

This year, Schuchart is already a bit ahead of the game with three wins to his name. But Schatz, with ten wins so far this season - and five Series wins at the track - leads the Outlaws onto the field.

Joey Saldana will look to outdo his 2016 battle with Schuchart and repeat his 2015 win; while second- and third-place in points standings, Sweet and David Gravel will seek out their first Cedar Lake wins. Rookie Sheldon Haudenschild will attempt to replicate his father Jac's 1989 win.

 

 

 
Gravel Wins Rain-Soaked River Cities Speedway
 
After three-hour delay, Gravel held off Madsen for ninth win of season
 
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - June 17, 2017 - It was Jacob Allen who jumped out to an early lead during the initial start of the Gerdau Recycling Northern Tour. As Allen was coming to complete lap five of the 40-lap race, Allen jumped the cushion in Turn 4 went for a wild flip, bringing out the red flag. During the red-flag stoppage, a passing rain storm hit the Grand Forks, N.D.-area forcing a nearly three-hour stoppage. When the show got back under way, it was Gravel that withstood a couple charges from the No. 2M of Kerry Madsen en route to his ninth World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series win of the 2017 season.
 
"There's some crazy fans here," said David Gravel. "They were standing in the bleachers that had no roof over them in the down-pouring rain. Those guys are diehard; I give them props for sure."
 
With weather threatening the River Cities Speedway, the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series was forced to go into hurry up mode in an effort to get night one of the Gerdau Recycling Northern Tour at River Cities Speedway in its entirety. After winning the Craftsman Club Dash, Jacob Allen secured the pole position for the Feature. Jumping out to an early lead over second-place David Gravel, Allen was quickly catching lap traffic early in the race.
 
"I tried to go to the top because I saw that I was coming up on some lap cars," said Jacob Allen. "I figured I needed to go up there and see how it was before I got up on [lap cars]. Unfortunately, it was slick up in Turn 4 and [the car] flew into the barrier. I probably should have stuck on the bottom; but I was able to lead my first Outlaws race."
 
After getting the track back in racing condition, the field was allotted a couple lap hot lap session. Drivers were turning laps in the nine-second bracket; close to a half-second quicker than lap times that were being turned earlier in the day. When it was time to go, David Gravel and Kerry Madsen led the field to the restart with four-laps complete.
 
"It's a bummer it rained," said David Gravel. "Typically the track is three-grooves top-to-bottom. It was pretty narrow, you just had to try not to make any mistakes."
 
David Gravel and Kerry Madsen led the field back to the green. As the field was getting up to speed exiting Turn 4, the No. 41 of Jason Johnson slapped the outside wall with his right-rear tire, sending the field scrambling. Multiple cars, including the No. 4 of Paul McMahan and the No. 3 of Tim Kaeding went for a flip. Both drivers were able to get out under their own power, however, their night was done early.
 
For the second attempt the field would line up single file. Gravel was able to get another solid jump on Kerry Madsen and put a five-car length gap between the two. That gap closed on lap nine when Madsen and Gravel banged wheels coming off Turn 2; both where able to keep going.
 
"I drifted up and let Kerry [Madsen] get by me, but we were lucky enough to get right back by him."
 
Madsen pounced on lap 19 to get by Gravel on the backstretch, however, Gravel was able to work his way back by the No. 2M.
 
"We had the car to beat," said Kerry Madsen. "We got the lead there once, just couldn't hang onto it good enough, it's a great result for the team."
 
With five laps to go, the field was slowed when Clyde Knipp in the No. 13 slowed on the backstretch.
 
Again with a single-file restart, Gravel was able to rocket out to a commanding lead and didn't look back en route to his ninth win of the 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series season.

 
The Series returns to action on Saturday, June 17 at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D. Fans can purchase tickets by visit the ticket gate or by visiting slspromotions.ticketforce.com.
 
River Cities Speedway Results

 
Feature (40 Laps): 1. 5-David Gravel [2][$10,000]; 2. 2M-Kerry Madsen [3][$5,500]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [6][$3,200]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [7][$2,800]; 5. 17-Joey Saldana [4][$2,500]; 6. 2-Shane Stewart [13][$2,300]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [5][$2,200]; 8. 19-Brent Marks [21][$2,100]; 9. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [10][$2,050]; 10. W20-Greg Wilson [15][$2,000]; 11. 7S-Jason Sides [18][$1,500]; 12. 41-Jason Johnson [8][$1,200]; 13. 9-Daryn Pittman [12][$1,100]; 14. 2A-Austin Pierce [16][$1,050]; 15. 1S-Logan Schuchart [17][$1,000]; 16. 13-Clyde Knipp [25][$100]; 17. 20A-Jordan Adams [20][$800]; 18. 82-Dusty Zomer [22][$800]; 19. 24-Terry McCarl [9][$800]; 20. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [11][$800]; 21. 4-Paul McMahan [14][$800]; 22. 3-Tim Kaeding [24][$800]; 23. 1A-Jacob Allen [1][$800]; 24. 21K-Thomas Kennedy [19][$800]; 25. 9N-Wade Nygaard [23][$800]; Lap Leaders: Jacob Allen 1-4; David Gravel 5-19; 21-40; Kerry Madsen 20; KSE Hard Charger Award: 19-Brent Marks[+13]

 
Unofficial World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

 
Pos.
Car
Driver
Total
Diff
Wins
Top 5's
Top 10's
1
15
Donny Schatz
5096
0
10
28
31
2
5
David Gravel
5020
-76
9
21
32
3
49
Brad Sweet
5018
-78
4
26
32
4
9
Daryn Pittman
4768
-328
0
9
23
5
2
Shane Stewart
4756
-340
2
11
26
6
41
Jason Johnson
4700
-396
2
11
22
7
93
Sheldon Haudenschild
4538
-558
0
5
17
8
17
Joey Saldana
4490
-606
0
4
10
9
1S
Logan Schuchart
4448
-648
3
7
14
10
7S
Jason Sides
4376
-720
0
5
14
11
11k
Kraig Kinser
4356
-740
0
2
8
12
19
Brent Marks
4322
-774
0
0
9
13
4
Paul McMahan
4310
-786
0
3
10
14
W20
Greg Wilson
4018
-1078
0
2
7
15
1A
Jacob Allen
3592
-1504
0
0
2
16
13
Clyde Knipp
3392
-1704
0
0
0
17
18
Ian Madsen
2850
-2246
1
4
13
18
21
Brian Brown
2524
-2572
1
9
10
19
2X
Parker Price-Miller
2154
-2942
1
1
3
20
24R
Rico Abreu
2070
-3026
1
6
10


 

 

 

 

Larson Parks It at Eagle Raceway

Stenhouse Jr. Wood Racing picks up first Outlaws win

original article here

EAGLE, NE - June 14, 2017- After leading 29 of the 30-lap Feature, Daryn Pittman couldn't withstand the late-race charge from Kyle Larson and Shane Stewart. Larson whipped around the top-side of the high-banked third-mile track to go by Pittman en route to win the return of the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series at Eagle Raceway.

When Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series superstars Kyle Larson and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. team up, you get one potent team. During an off day from NASCAR, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. co-owner of Stenhouse Jr. Wood Racing decided to put Monster Energy Cup Series standout, Kyle Larson in a second entry for the Eagle Nationals at Eagle Raceway.

Good friends away from the track, Larson and Stenhouse Jr. also share a special bond, having been really close friends with the late-Bryan Clauson.

Stenhouse Jr. during the off season teamed up with Matt Wood to form Stenhouse Jr. Wood Racing - the team that Clauson raced with before his tragic death in 2016.

When the 24-car field got the green flag, it was Daryn Pittman that got the jump and rocketed out to the lead - a lead that he had to relinquish because of a yellow flag for a spinning Paul McMahan and Jason Johnson. The field would have a complete restart with the yellow coming out before a lap could be completed.

Once the field got back going again, Pittman once again found himself out front, holding off eight-time and defending World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion, Donny Schatz.

Having worked his way up from the sixth starting-spot to inside the top-five at the time of a red flag on Lap 12. It was the No. 2KS and No. 82 who got upside-down in Turn 3; both drivers were able to walk away unscathed.

Back under green, Larson Marks Racing's Shane Stewart and Kyle Larson put the pressure on second place Donny Schatz. With under 10-laps remaining, both Stewart and Larson were able to get by and set their sights on the leader, Pittman.

"I got racing Shane [Stewart] pretty hard - I have fun racing him," said Kyle Larson.

Navigating their way through lap traffic through Turns 3 and 4 with less than three laps to go, Stewart stuck to the bottom of the track while Larson went to the top. As the two entered Turn 1, they banged wheels; Larson was able to gain the second position.

With his sights clearly set on the leader, Larson kept his No. 17K wound up on the top-side of the Eagle Raceway to get by Pittman to lead the white flag lap. Larson would go on to win

"We are there [close to a win], unfortunately we just need to finish it out," said Daryn Pittman. "Second sucks. We haven't been in the position all year and here we were. [Kyle] ran a good race and we just got beat."

Clearly a special win for Larson and the Stenhouse Jr. Wood Racing team as Larson paid homage to an old friend, Bryan Clauson in Victory Lane.

"I can't believe I parked it here, it's pretty cool. I think this is this team's first win, so happy to be a part of that."

Larson joked in Victory Lane that he had three crew chief's at Eagle, Ricky Stehouse Jr., Tyler Swank and David Fero, a crew member on his No. 42 NASCAR entry.

This win marks the first Outlaws win for the newly formed Stenhouse Jr. Wood Racing. This is Larson's firth overall World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series win; first since 2013 and his first Outlaws win outside of his home state of California.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series is back in action on Friday, June 16 when the Series visits River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D. The Series will then continue onto Red River Valley Speedway on Saturday, June 17. For tickets, visit WorldofOutlaws.com/tickets.

Eagle Raceway Results

Feature (30 Laps) : 1. 17K-Kyle Larson [6][$6,000]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [1][$3,500]; 3. 2-Shane Stewart [4][$2,000]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [3][$1,800]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [2][$1,500]; 6. 2M-Kerry Madsen [7][$1,400]; 7. 5-David Gravel [12][$1,350]; 8. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [13][$1,300]; 9. 17-Joey Saldana [10][$1,250]; 10. 24-Terry McCarl [22][$1,200]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser [11][$900]; 12. 41-Jason Johnson [8][$800]; 13. 18-Ian Madsen [5][$700]; 14. 19-Brent Marks [14][$650]; 15. 4-Paul McMahan [9][$600]; 16. 3-Tim Kaeding [16][$550]; 17. 7S-Jason Sides [21][$500]; 18. W20-Greg Wilson [24][$500]; 19. 82-Cap Henry [15][$500]; 20. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [17][$500]; 21. 2KS-Austin McCarl [20][$500]; 22. 12-Daniel Harding [19][$500]; 23. 21-Brian Brown [23][$500]; 24. 1M-Danny Lasoski [18][$500];Lap Leaders: Daryn Pittman 1-28, Kyle Larson 29-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 24-Terry McCarl[+12]

 

 

 

FVP Outlaw Clay Classic

World of Outlaws converge at Dirt Oval at Route 66 Raceway

CONCORD, N.C. - June 13, 2017 - In Joliet, IL, within the footprint of a state-of-the-art NASCAR facility, sits a premier dirt racing facility, the Dirt Oval at Route 66 Raceway. The 3/8-mile dirt oval will shine bright when the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series and Late Model Series converge in Illinois for a two-night event on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 27 and 28 for the FVP Outlaw Clay Classic.

While the inaugural event was held at Rockford Speedway, the second annual FVP Outlaw Clay Classic has a new home for 2017. Just 45 miles from Chicago, IL, on the compounds of the Chicagoland Speedway, the Dirt Oval at Route 66 Raceway features a large grandstand, blacktop camping, and numerous food and beverage vendors. Although the Dirt Oval is a multi-purpose facility also capable of hosting off-road trucks, demolition derbies and monster trucks, the FVP Outlaw Clay Classic will be one of the biggest events the track has hosted.

"It's great to be a part of what is becoming one of the premier events on the World of Outlaws schedule," said FVP Senior Brand Manager, Amber Misunas. "It's an exciting opportunity for the fans to have both the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series and the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series at the same track for a two-night doubleheader. We couldn't be happier to be connected with the World of Outlaws and Dirt Oval at Route 66 Raceway."

The nation's two premier dirt touring Series will once again be coming together during the second annual FVP Outlaw Clay Classic at the Dirt Oval at Route 66 Raceway, giving fans their only chance to see both World of Outlaws Series on consecutive nights before the World of Outlaws World Finals at the Dirt Track at Charlotte in November.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series takes the track on Tuesday, June 27 for night one of the FVP Outlaw Clay Classic. This will make the first time since 2005 the Outlaw Sprint Cars will take to the Joliet oval. At last year's inaugural event at Rockford Speedway, Donny Schatz held off a charging David Gravel. Currently, Schatz and Gravel are one-two in the point standings as both inch closer to the double digit win mark on the 2017 season.

The Sprint Cars will set the stage for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series who will take to the track for the Wednesday finale. Much like the Sprint Cars, the Late Models will be making their first visit to the Raceway for the first time since 1999 as the Hav-A-Tampa Series. In the 2016 version of the FVP Outlaw Clay Classic, it was Illinois-native Brian Shirley who led all 30-laps en route to his second win of the season. Shirely has recorded one win so far this season at another Illinois track, Farmer City Raceway. He would love nothing more than to repeat as FVP Outlaw Clay Classic winner. He will have to hold off challenges from Brandon Sheppard, Devin Moran, Chris Madden and the rest of the full-time Outlaws.

Don't miss the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series as they make their final visit to the state of Illinois for the 2017 season.

Reserved, blacktop camping for the FVP Outlaw Clay Classic is available by calling the track at 815-740-8000.

Advanced grandstand Reserved seats at $40 for adults (ages 15 and up) for each night. Reserved seats for children (14 and under) are $20. Two-day grandstand Reserved Seat packages are $70 for adults and $40 for children. Adult General admission tickets are $35 for Tuesday and Wednesday; $70 for both. Children general admission tickets (14 and under) are free. All advanced tickets include a FREE VIP Pit Pass Upgrade (All-Access Pass). To purchase your tickets, call 844-DIRT-TIX or go online at www.WorldofOutlaws.com/Tickets.

 

 

 

 

 

The Outlaws Return to Black Hills
 
For the first time since 2011, the World of Outlaws return on August 25
 
CONCORD, N.C. - June 12, 2017 - Tickets for the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series' return to Black Hills Speedway are now on sale. The Sprint Car Series will roll into Outlaw country for the Rushmore Outlaw Showdown at Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, S.D. on Friday, August 25.
 
Although the Outlaws have a rich history at the track, dating back to 1983, this will be their first visit to the fast, semi-banked Speedway in the past six years.
 
Donny Schatz, the current Series points leader, has won the last three events at Black Hills Speedway. The Fargo, ND-native led all 25 laps the last time the Outlaws visited Black Hills in 2011. In 2007, Schatz stole the show by passing Kerry Madsen on the last lap. And in 2006, Schatz traded the lead with Jac "Wild Child" Haudenschild before pulling away for his first win at Black Hills.
 
Schatz will be aiming to re-write history and pass 20-time World of Outlaws Champion Steve Kinser as the winningest Outlaw driver at Black Hills by earning his fourth victory there.
 
This year, "Wild Child" Haudenschild's son Sheldon will be making his first appearance at the 3/8th-mile oval. Along with Sheldon, David Gravel, Shane Stewart, Logan Schuchart, Brent Marks, Greg Wilson, Jacob Allen and Clyde Knipp will all be making their first appearance at the track with the Outlaws.
 
Coming off the heels of the 77th annual motorcycle rally at Sturgis, the Rushmore Outlaw Showdown will look to continue the excitement of bike week. Get your tickets for this monumental race TODAY by visiting WorldofOutlaws.com/Tickets or calling 844-DIRT-TIX.

 

 

 

Sweet Battles Rubber to Take Night One at Knoxville
 

 
KNOXVILLE, IA - June 9, 2017 - Kasey Kahne Racing driver Brad Sweet scored his second consecutive win (after last week's Jackson Nationals win), second Knoxville Raceway career win, and fourth win of the season during Night One of the Brownells Big Guns Bash at Knoxville Raceway, leading all 25 laps of the Feature from green to checkers after starting on the pole.

 
The battle between the Outlaws and Team Knoxville began with one of each in the front row - Sweet and Brian Brown. But the unexpected challenger appeared in the form of rubber about 15 laps into the race.

 
"It's good to be out front when the rubber went down there. I just had to search around," said Sweet. "I made a lot of mistakes there, and honestly, we have a little bit of work to do. We were better earlier in the night and weren't that great right there, for whatever reason, but obviously good enough to hold off Donny and David Gravel. So we must have been pretty good."

 
Sweet quickly shot to the lead at the start of the race, leaving the battle behind him as first David Gravel and then Shane Stewart fought past Brown, exchanging slide jobs for third.

 
By Lap 4, Donny Schatz was in on the action, making an outside pass on Brown for fourth. But he didn't stop there. Ten laps in, Schatz sailed past Stewart, after which he began making his play for second. But Gravel wasn't having it.

 
With ten laps to go, Gravel closed in on Sweet, but the rubber got the better of him.

 
"I was just conserving my tires there," said Gravel. "Once it took rubber I knew that I didn't really have a shot. I would have liked to have seen if that didn't take rubber. I think it would have been a really good race. I thought I was gaining on [Sweet] and then kind of started taking rubber. We did the best we could tonight."

 
A few laps later, with seven to go, Gravel was having to fend off Schatz just to hold onto second.

 
"Actually, I think our car got really good there in the rubber," said Schatz. "At that point you have nothing to hold back on if you're going to try to win the race. They weren't going to make that big a mistake, but we were trying. We were trying to get around [Gravel] and just couldn't make it happen."

 
Despite the rubbered up top groove, the Outlaws beat out Team Knoxville in Night One, taking all three podium spots with Sweet at the helm, followed by Gravel and Schatz. Knoxville regulars Kerry Madsen and Brian Brown came in fifth and sixth respectively, followed by Hard Charger Ian Madsen, who worked his way up from 13. Last year's Knoxville Nationals Champion Jason Johnson followed I. Madsen in eighth.

 
The action continues Saturday night at Knoxville Raceway.
 
Abridged Race Results:
 
Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 49-Brad Sweet [1][$10,000]; 2. 5-David Gravel [3][$5,000]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [4][$3,000]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [5][$2,700]; 5. 2M-Kerry Madsen [6][$2,500]; 6. 21-Brian Brown [2][$2,200]; 7. 18-Ian Madsen [13][$2,000]; 8. 41-Jason Johnson [8][$1,800]; 9. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [9][$1,600]; 10. 24-Terry McCarl [10][$1,450]; 11. 19-Brent Marks [11][$1,300]; 12. 17-Joey Saldana [7][$1,200]; 13. 9-Daryn Pittman [15][$1,100]; 14. 4-Paul McMahan [17][$1,000]; 15. 3-Tim Kaeding [16][$950]; 16. 55-Brooke Tatnell [22][$900]; 17. 2KS-Austin McCarl [12][$850]; 18. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [21][$750]; 19. 11K-Kraig Kinser [18][$725]; 20. 7S-Jason Sides [23][$700]; 21. 49J-Josh Schneiderman [24][$700]; 22. O9-Matt Juhl [20][$700]; 23. 12-Lynton Jeffrey [19][$700]; 24. 1M-Danny Lasoski [14][$700]; Lap Leader: Brad Sweet 1-25; KSE Hard Charger Award: 18-Ian Madsen[+6]
 

 
Qualifying Flight-A - 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 15.387; 2. 19-Brent Marks, 15.508; 3. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 15.519; 4. 2-Shane Stewart, 15.523; 5. 18-Ian Madsen, 15.526; 6. 20-A.J. Moeller, 15.592; 7. 5-David Gravel, 15.618; 8. 15-Donny Schatz, 15.633; 9. 4-Paul McMahan, 15.642; 10. 9-Daryn Pittman, 15.709; 11. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 15.778; 12. 12-Lynton Jeffrey, 15.808; 13. 82-Cap Henry, 15.809; 14. 44-Chris Martin, 15.877; 15. 49J-Josh Schneiderman, 15.904; 16. 71A-R.J. Johnson, 15.955; 17. 1A-Jacob Allen, 16.06; 18. W20-Greg Wilson, 16.075; 19. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 16.11; 20. 9Z-Jared Goerges, 16.286; 21. 7W-Tasker Phillips, 16.444
 

 
Qualifying Flight-B - 1. 17-Joey Saldana, 15.682; 2. 49-Brad Sweet, 15.685; 3. 24-Terry McCarl, 15.729; 4. 2KS-Austin McCarl, 15.803; 5. 21-Brian Brown, 15.852; 6. 55-Brooke Tatnell, 15.923; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 16.04; 8. 41-Jason Johnson, 16.101; 9. 1M-Danny Lasoski, 16.109; 10. O9-Matt Juhl, 16.182; 11. 4X-Dakota Hendrickson, 16.195; 12. 7S-Jason Sides, 16.239; 13. 1B-Dustin Selvage, 16.244; 14. 56N-David Heskin, 16.278; 15. 22-Rager Phillips, 16.381; 16. 3-Tim Kaeding, 16.55; 17. 19P-Paige Polyak, 16.588; 18. 15X-Bobby Mincer, 16.773; 19. 19W-Bobby Weuve, 16.91; 20. 13-Clyde Knipp, 16.987; 21. 85-Chase Wanner, NT
 

 

 

 
World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Top-20 Standings - June 9, 2017

 
Pos.
Car
Driver
Total  
 
Diff    
Wins 
Top 5s 
Top 10s 
1
15
Donny Schatz
4662
0
9
25
28
2
49
Brad Sweet
4590
-72
4
23
29
3
5
David Gravel
4588
-74
8
19
29
4
9
Daryn Pittman
4364
-298
0
8
21
5
2
Shane Stewart
4336
-326
2
10
23
6
41
Jason Johnson
4318
-344
2
11
21
7
93
Sheldon Haudenschild
4188
-474
0
5
16
8
1S
Logan Schuchart
4102
-560
3
7
13
9
17
Joey Saldana
4090
-572
0
3
8
10
7S
Jason Sides
4024
-638
0
5
14
11
11k
Kraig Kinser
3972
-690
0
2
7
12
4
Paul McMahan
3960
-702
0
3
10
13
19
Brent Marks
3948
-714
0
0
8
14
W20
Greg Wilson
3684
-978
0
2
6
15
1A
Jacob Allen
3308
-1354
0
0
2
16
13
Clyde Knipp
3094
-1568
0
0
0
17
18
Ian Madsen
2584
-2078
1
3
12
18
21
Brian Brown
2280
-2382
1
8
9
19
2X
Parker Price-Miller
2154
-2508
1
1
3
20
24R
Rico Abreu
2070
-2592
1
6
10

 

 

 

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Brad Sweet Wins The War

Scores $25,000 With Victory at the 39th annual AGCO Jackson Nationals

By Tony Veneziano

JACKSON, MN. - June 3, 2017 - Brad Sweet looked at the first two nights of the 39th annual AGCO Jackson Nationals for the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series at Jackson Motorplex as battles that would ultimately put him in position to win the war. He did exactly that on Saturday night to the tune of $25,000, adding his name to the illustrious list of past winners of the tradition-laden event.

For Sweet, it was his third win of the season and second on a half-mile. Sweet now has 23 career World of Outlaws Feature wins, which ties him for 19th on the Series' all-time win list with fellow competitors David Gravel and Shane Stewart, who also both finished in the top-five on Saturday night.

"It feels awesome to win the Jackson Nationals," said Sweet. "We're just ecstatic. I can't thank Tod Quiring and all the guys enough for taking a chance and putting on a three-day show that pays big money like this. It's a breath of fresh air and great to race for that kind of money. Hopefully the fans saw a good show."

Sweet lined up second for the 30-lap main event and challenged pole sitter Kerry Madsen in the early going. Sweet hung with Madsen for a number of laps, especially in lapped traffic, mainly while working the bottom lane of the track.

Just before the halfway point of the race, Donny Schatz got by Sweet for second, with the latter getting back by a couple of laps later. Sweet took the lead from Kerry Madsen on the back straightaway on lap 18 and led the remainder of the race. He did have to withstand a pair of restarts with 11 laps remaining. The first was a double-file restart and the second single-file. Strong restarts each time propelled him to a solid lead over Madsen.

"I was in attack mode the whole time," noted Sweet. "I was a little frustrated with myself. When I got behind Kerry (Madsen) I made a few mistakes and let Donny (Schatz) get by me. Usually you don't get that back. Then I was able to get by both of them. Once I was able to get in control of the race, I knew I was in good shape and just tried not to screw it up. I almost messed up a few times and didn't know how big of a lead we had, but I drove as hard I could those last 11 laps."

Madsen, who finished no worse than second on any of the three nights of the 39th Annual AGCO Jackson Nationals led the first 17 laps from the pole. Lapped traffic ended up being his Achille's heel, as Sweet got by him in traffic for the lead. Late in the race, Madsen was able to close back in on Sweet, using the top side of the half-mile.

"There were some classless people getting lapped and trying to take the leader out when they were getting lapped, but that's no excuse," said Madsen. "Brad (Sweet) probably deserved to win. We had a great car all weekend and to finish second, first and second is great. I'm really proud of the guys and the AGCO/Go Muddy car was a rocketship all week."

David Gravel won a heat race on Saturday night to earn a spot in the Craftsman Club Dash, where he finished eighth. Lining up on the outside of the fourth row for the main event, Gravel steadily worked his way to the front. Gravel took third at one point from Donny Schatz, only to have the caution flag fly before that lap was completed. He would again get by the eight-time and defending series champion to come home on the podium.

"It was good to end the weekend on the right note," said Gravel. "We kind of struggled all weekend and it took us a while to get the hang of it, but we got there. We're happy to finish on the podium. You want to win this race, but we dug ourselves a bit of a hole there. Third was the best we could do. The track was really fast and we needed lapped traffic and was just about to get to it at the end. Good job to Brad (Sweet) and Kerry (Madsen). They had the fastest cars all weekend and deserved to be up here."

Shane Stewart finished fourth, with Schatz in fifth and Joey Saldana crossing the line sixth. Daryn Pittman was seventh, followed by Mark Dobmeier in eighth, Ian Madsen in ninth and Logan Schuchart in 10th.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will next be in action on Friday, June 9 and Saturday, June 10 at Iowa's famed Knoxville Raceway.
Jackson Nationals at Jackson Motorplex Night 3 Results:

Feature (30 Laps) -
1. 49-Brad Sweet [2][$25,000]; 2. 2M-Kerry Madsen [1][$12,000]; 3. 5-David Gravel [8][$6,000]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [6][$5,250]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$4,500]; 6. 17-Joey Saldana [5][$4,000]; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman [13][$3,500]; 8. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [11][$3,000]; 9. 18-Ian Madsen [9][$2,750]; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart [18][$2,500]; 11. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [21][$2,300]; 12. 17B-Bill Balog [16][$2,250]; 13. 21-Brian Brown [17][$2,000]; 14. 7S-Jason Sides [4][$1,600]; 15. 3-Tim Kaeding [15][$1,500]; 16. 55-Brooke Tatnell [20][$1,300]; 17. O9-Matt Juhl [22][$1,250]; 18. 4-Paul McMahan [19][$1,050]; 19. 11K-Kraig Kinser [12][$1,050]; 20. 19-Brent Marks [24][$1,050]; 21. 82-Cap Henry [14][$1,000]; 22. 41-Jason Johnson [7][$1,000]; 23. 33-Danny Lasoski [10][$1,000]; 24. 12-Lynton Jeffrey [23][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Kerry Madsen 1-17, Brad Sweet 18-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[+10].

 

 

 

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Second to None: Kerry Madsen Wins Night 2 of AGCO Jackson Nationals

By: Tony Veneziano

JACKSON, Minn. - June 2, 2017 - Kerry Madsen was part of a historic finish on the opening night of the 39th Annual AGCO Jackson Nationals for the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series at Jackson Motorplex, finishing second to his brother Ian, which made them the first-ever Australian-born brothers to finish 1-2 in an Outlaws race. K. Madsen felt as if he didn't get the job done, though on Thursday night. He made up for the near-miss on Friday night, leading flag-to-flag in the 25-lap main event to earn his first World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series win of the season and the 20th of his career.

Madsen withstood a trio of yellow flags and one red flag period en route to the win. For the native of St. Marys, NSW, Australia, who now calls Knoxville, Iowa home, it was his second win of the season at Jackson Motorplex, which is owned by his car owner, Tod Quiring.

"The car was working everywhere until we lost the front wing, then we lost our front downforce," said Madsen. "I had to run not as hard as I wanted to going into (turn) one and gave up a lot of speed there. I just kept watching the front wing and it was still on so, I kept trying harder. I saw Kraig and thought, 'Oh no,' but I saw the lapped traffic and knew if I could get to the outside of the lapped traffic it would block the lane and I would be okay. I was just hanging on at the end and it was a handful in (turn) one and two. It was great to get the job done tonight."

Madsen, who entered the night as the overall event point leader, put himself in a very solid position to go for a repeat in the AGCO Jackson Nationals, which he won for the first time last season.

"This track is all about being in the right place and being in the right line," explained Madsen. "You can't just stick to a line. You have to constantly search and keeping your eye out. It's going to take 30 good laps to be in contention again tomorrow."

Madsen started on the pole Friday night and jumped to an early lead, when the red flag flew for his brother, getting upside in turns three and four on the opening lap. On the complete restart, K. Madsen again jumped to a lead, with Jason Johnson in second. Johnson tried a huge slide job, going for the lead on the lap-5 and spun, which brought out the caution. Madsen chose the low side of the track each time on double file restarts, with Kraig Kinser lining on the outside and was able to open a quick gap each time.

Kinser was able to pull alongside Madsen coming off turn four with five laps to go, but the latter was able to pull away on the front straightaway to retain the lead. Kinser, who started sixth, earned his best World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series finish of the season in second.
"I was trying to follow him and stay as close as I could in (turns) one and two," said Kinser. "He was pretty good in one and two and always kept a little gap. The closer I got to him the worse the handling got, going through those bumps. I had a couple of chances at him, but he kept motoring around. The little bit I could gain in (turns) three and four he just motored down the straightaway and kept it nice and straight. It was tough and I was going to need some help. I saw traffic down low and knew I probably wasn't going to get him."

Brad Sweet finished third for the second straight night. After having trouble in the dash, he lined up eighth and found himself in third by the fifth lap of the race. He was able to gain some ground on Kinser in the middle stages of the race, but in the late going fell back a bit.

"We just have to keep working on it," said Sweet. "Kerry (Madsen) is fast. We had that problem in the dash and that set us back. It's nice to come from eighth to third. We got to third pretty quick and I thought we may have something for those guys. My car just didn't feel as good those last few laps. We'll take some good notes tonight and the big night is tomorrow night. I think we are in a good position and have had a solid two nights and should be in the top-four in points. We'll come back tomorrow night"

Donny Schatz finished fourth for the second consecutive night, with Jason Sides rounding out the top-five. Daryn Pittman crossed the line sixth, followed by Shane Stewart in seventh. Stewart, who started 20th picked up the KSE Hard Charger Award. David Gravel was eighth, with Joey Saldana ninth and Johnson rebounding from the early spin to charge back through the field to finish 10th.

The 39th Annual AGCO Jackson Nationals wraps up on Saturday, June 3 with a $25,000-to-win main event for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series.

Tickets for the remaining two nights of the 39th Annual AGCO Jackson Nationals, featuring the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, along with the Upper Midwest Sprint Car Series (UMSS), Midwest Sprint Touring Series (MSTS), Nebraska 360 Sprint Series and the RaceSaver IMCA Sprint Cars at the Jackson Motorplex can be purchased online at slspromotions.ticketforce.com and at the track.

Jackson Motorplex Results

Feature (25 Laps): 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen [1][$8,000]; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser [6][$4,000]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [8][$2,500]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [4][$2,200]; 5. 7S-Jason Sides [7][$2,100]; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman [9][$2,000]; 7. 2-Shane Stewart [19][$1,800]; 8. 5-David Gravel [10][$1,600]; 9. 17-Joey Saldana [3][$1,500]; 10. 41-Jason Johnson [2][$1,300]; 11. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [12][$1,200]; 12. 1S-Logan Schuchart [11][$1,100]; 13. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [13][$1,000]; 14. 21-Brian Brown [24][$700]; 15. 82-Cap Henry [14][$600]; 16. 12-Lynton Jeffrey [22][$600]; 17. 17B-Bill Balog [15][$600]; 18. 55-Brooke Tatnell [18][$600];19. 17X-Josh Baughman [17][$600]; 20. 3-Tim Kaeding [20][$600]; 21. 33-Danny Lasoski [5][$600]; 22. 1A-Jacob Allen [21][$600]; 23. 18-Ian Madsen [16][$600]; 24. O9-Matt Juhl [23][$600];Lap Leaders: Kerry Madsen 1-25;KSE Hard Charger Award: 2-Shane Stewart[+12]

 

 

 

Brotherly Battle: Ian Wins Battle of Madsen Brothers on opening night of 39th Annual AGCO Jackson Nationals

 
By: Tony Veneziano

 
JACKSON, MN - June 1, 2017 - The Madsen brothers are nothing short of exciting every time they strap into a sprint car. The intensity level is often ratcheted up even more when they are racing each other for a win. They lived up to this moniker Thursday on the opening night of the 39th Annual AGCO Jackson Nationals for the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series. While younger brother Ian led all 25 laps of the main event, older brother Kerry gave him a run for his money, especially on a late-race double file restart.
 
Ian fended off Kerry on that restart, which saw the elder brother get a monster run on the high side of the track heading down the front straightaway. As the laps wound down, the leaders encountered lapped traffic, with Kerry closing back in on Ian, nearly stealing a win on the last lap. The finale margin of victory was a scant three-tenths-of-a-second.
 
"When you come to race with the World of Outlaws, the double-file restarts are always tough," said Ian Madsen. "It's pretty cutthroat and can go either way. You have to give it your all. I'm really thankful we could get the job done tonight. We've had an awesome car lately and have been strong with the World of Outlaws all years. It's great to finally get one."
 
The race started with I. Madsen on the pole, quickly jumping out to a lead before a caution with four laps in the books. On the ensuing double-file restart, I. Madsen chose the low side of the track. David Gravel actually took the lead in turns one and two on that restart, but a red flag, before that lap was completed, kept I. Madsen in the lead for the next restart, which was single-file.
 
The win was Madsen's second with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, with the first coming in 2013 at Deer Creek Speedway, also in Minnesota.
 
"Jackson is kind of like a home track for us," said Ian Madsen. "We gave a lot of friends, fans and supporters of the KPC team here tonight. I can't thank my team enough. This is awesome. Minnesota is kind of close to home and I really like the tracks. Thanks to Tod (Quiring) and everyone for putting this event on. Hopefully it gets bigger and bigger each year."
 
Kerry Madsen, the defending winner of the AGCO Jackson Nationals, started third and had a torrid battle in the early going with David Gravel, before moving into second behind his brother. Kerry had a strong car on the top side of the half-mile and used this to his advantage to keep pace with brother as the laps wound down.
 
"That last restart, I was thinking, 'You gave me the top' and I got a good run," said Kerry Madsen. "I thought I was going to get him, but just didn't quite have it. That last corner, the last lap, I thought I had position and kind of wished I had gone in there a little harder and maybe was a little forceful. I just didn't get it done, but the Go Muddy/AGCO car was great. This car is a rocket ship right now and it's fun to drive and I am enjoying every minute of it."
 
Brad Sweet finished third aboard his No. 49 NAPA machine for Kasey Kahne Racing. Sweet lined up sixth and worked his way into the top-five in the early going. He used a couple of strong restarts to gain spots on his way to a podium finish.
 
"It's fun watching the Madsen brothers up there," said Sweet. "Kerry definitely gave his brother a run for his money. I guess he had to make his little bro work for it. The key was to get through this first night. Our NAPA car has been fast, so we'll come the next two nights and hopefully can get a win."
 
Current series point leader Donny Schatz finished fourth in the Arctic Cat machine for Tony Stewart Racing, while Danny Lasoski rounded out the top-five. David Gravel, who ran among the lead pack in the early going, ended up sixth, after nearly getting into the wall coming off turn four, battling for the second spot. Jason Sides was seventh, with Tim Kaeding eighth, while Sheldon Haudenschild came from 16th to ninth. Shane Stewart rounded out the top-10.
 
The 39th Annual AGCO Jackson Nationals continues on Friday, June 2, with another complete race program for all three sprint car classes.
 
Tickets for the remaining two nights of the 39th Annual AGCO Jackson Nationals, featuring the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, along with the Upper Midwest Sprint Car Series (UMSS), Midwest Sprint Touring Series (MSTS), Nebraska 360 Sprint Series and the RaceSaver IMCA Sprint Cars at the Jackson Motorplex can be purchased online at slspromotions.ticketforce.com or at the track.
 
Jackson Motorplex Results

 
Feature (25 Laps): 1. 18-Ian Madsen [1][$8,000]; 2. 2M-Kerry Madsen [3][$4,000]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [6][$2,500]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [5][$2,200]; 5. 33-Danny Lasoski [9][$2,100]; 6. 5-David Gravel [2][$2,000]; 7. 7S-Jason Sides [4][$1,800]; 8. 3-Tim Kaeding [14][$1,600]; 9. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [16][$1,500]; 10. 2-Shane Stewart [12][$1,300]; 11. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [8][$1,200]; 12. 9-Daryn Pittman [24][$1,100]; 13. 41-Jason Johnson [13][$1,000]; 14. 17-Joey Saldana [10][$700]; 15. 19-Brent Marks [25][$]; 16. 82-Cap Henry [11][$600]; 17. 4-Paul McMahan [17][$600]; 18. O9-Matt Juhl [18][$600]; 19. 21-Brian Brown [22][$600]; 20. 17B-Bill Balog [20][$600]; 21. 12-Lynton Jeffrey [15][$600]; 22. 1S-Logan Schuchart [23][$600]; 23. 87-Aaron Reutzel [7][$600]; 24. 11K-Kraig Kinser [19][$600]; 25. 1A-Jacob Allen [21][$600]; Lap Leaders: Ian Madsen 1-25; KSE Hard Charger Award: 9-Daryn Pittman[+12]
 
Unofficial World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

 
Pos.
Car
Driver
Total
Diff
Wins
Top 5's
Top 10's
1
15
Donny Schatz
4236
0
9
22
25
2
5
David Gravel
4164
-72
8
17
26
3
49
Brad Sweet
4146
-90
2
20
26
4
9
Daryn Pittman
3966
-270
0
8
19
5
41
Jason Johnson
3948
-288
2
11
19
6
2
Shane Stewart
3916
-320
2
8
20
7
93
Sheldon Haudenschild
3818
-418
0
5
16
8
1S
Logan Schuchart
3756
-480
3
7
12
9
17
Joey Saldana
3694
-542
0
3
6
10
7S
Jason Sides
3652
-584
0
4
13
11
4
Paul McMahan
3634
-602
0
3
10
12
19
Brent Marks
3620
-616
0
0
8
13
11k
Kraig Kinser
3602
-634
0
1
6
14
W20
Greg Wilson
3414
-822
0
2
6
15
1A
Jacob Allen
3022
-1214
0
0
2
16
13
Clyde Knipp
2824
-1412
0
0
0
17
18
Ian Madsen
2212
-2024
1
3
10
18
2X
Parker Price-Miller
2154
-2082
1
1
3
19
24R
Rico Abreu
2070
-2166
1
6
10
20
99
Brady Bacon
1900
-2336
0
1
3
 

 

Jackson Nationals Format

 
Outlaws set for three days of racing at Jackson Motorplex June 1-3
 
CONCORD, N.C. - May 31, 2017 - When the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series returns to Jackson Motorplex for the 39th Annual AGCO Jackson Nationals on Thursday, June 1- 3, there will be a new format in place for the three-day event.
 
Combined Event Points (breakdown listed below) will be up for grabs throughout the night on Thursday and Friday. Drivers can earn up to 200 points for setting quick time in time trials and decreasing by two (2) points per position, 100 points for a heat race win and decreasing by three (3) points per position, and 250 points for a Feature win decreasing by four (4) points per position, for a perfect score of 550 points.
 
Saturday night's $25,000-to-win finale will use the Combined Event Points from the Thursday and Friday events as well as Saturday's heat races to set the main event lineup on Saturday. The top-four in Combined Event Points from Thursday's and Friday's races will be locked into the Craftsman Club Dash in positions one through four. Saturday's heat races will line-up based on Combined Event Points with the heat winners transferring to Saturday's Craftsman Club Dash. Any remaining Dash starting positions will be filled with the next highest drivers in the Combined Event Points standings.
 
The remainder of the Feature starting grid will be determined with the top drivers in Combined Event Points lining up behind the Dash cars. The drivers transferring from the Last Chance Showdown will tag the rear of the field in their LCS finishing order.
 
HEATS: 8 Laps - Lined straight-up utilizing Combined Event Points - Heat race finishes will be pointed and added to each team's Combined Event Points which creates a Total Combined Points order.
  • 3 Heats (31 cars or less) Top 5 transfer to the Feature, Heat winners to the Dash.
  • 4 Heats (32 to 48 cars) Top 4 transfer to the Feature, Heat winners to the Dash.
  • 6 Heats (49 cars and up) Top 2 transfer to the Feature, Heat winners to the Dash.
DASH: 6 Laps - 8 or 10 cars - no redraw.
  • Top 4 in Combined Event Points from Thursday/Friday plus the final day Heat Race winners plus the top 1 or 2 in Total Combined Points that did not win their Heat but did make the transfer will make up the 8 or 10 car Dash.
  • Dash positions 1 thru 4 line straight-up by Combined Event Points, remaining Dash positions line-up by Total Combined Points.
  • 3 Heat program: the next highest Total Combined Point car that didn't win their Heat but made the transfer will go the 8-car Dash.
  • 4 Heat program - the next 2 highest Total Combined Point cars that didn't win their Heat but made the transfer go to the 10-car Dash.
  • 6 Heat program: only the Heat winners go to the 10-car Dash.
 
D-Main, C-Main and Last Chance Showdown line up by Total Combined Event Points.
  • D-Main (8 Laps) - 2 Cars Advance and tag the C-Main in their D-Main finishing order.
  • C-Main (10 Laps) - 2 Cars Advance and tag the LCS in their C-Main finishing order.
  • Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - (5 cars if 3 Heats, 4 cars if 4 Heats and 8 cars if 6 Heats) transfer to the Feature and tag the rear in their Last Chance Showdown finishing order.
Feature (30-laps) $25,000 to Win.
  • Feature lined up by Total Combined Points behind Dash cars, Last Chance Showdown transfers tag the rear.
  • Maximum two (2) World of Outlaws Provisionals
Tie breakers: 1) Average Feature finish from both preliminary events.
                       2) Positions gained by combining both preliminary events Feature finishes.
3) Combined average qualifying finish.
4) Best finishing position from 2nd preliminary Feature finish.
 

 
3-DAY POINT SYSTEM
 
 
Qualifying Point System for Thursday and Friday (18 car Last Chance Showdown):
 
Time Trials
Heat Races
C-main (1-2 Transfer)
LCS (1-4 Transfer)
Feature
1) 200
1) 100
3) 94
5) 150
1) 250
2) 198
2) 97
4) 90
6) 146
2) 246
3) 196
3) 94
5) 86
7) 142
3) 242
4) 194
4) 91
6) 82
8) 138
4) 238
5) 192
5) 88
7) 78
9) 134
5) 234
6) 190
6) 85
8) 74
10) 130
6) 230
7) 188
7) 82
9) 70
11) 126
7) 226
8) 186
8) 79
10) 66
12) 122
8) 222
9) 184
9) 76
11) 62
13) 118
9) 218
10) 182
10) 73
12) 58
14) 114
10) 214
11) 180
11) 70
13) 54
15) 110
11) 210
12) 178
12) 67
14) 50
16) 106
12) 206
13) 176
13) 64
15) 46
17) 102
13) 202
14) 174
14) 61
16) 42
18) 98
14) 198
15) 172
 
 
 
15) 194
16) 170
 
 
 
16) 190
17) 168
 
 
 
17) 186
18) 166
 
 
 
18) 182
19) 164
 
 
 
19) 178
20) 162
 
 
 
20) 174
21) 160
 
 
 
21) 170
22) 158
 
 
 
22) 166
23) 156
 
 
 
23) 162
24) 154
 
 
 
24) 158
25-last) Drops 2 points per position
 
 
 
 

 
 
NOTES: If a D-main is run, the first non-transfer car will receive 38 points, dropping by 4 points per position. If no C-feature is run, 17th - last in Last Chance Showdown will continue to decrease by 4 points per position.
 
Provisionals ARE permitted on preliminary nights (Thursday-Friday), but provisional starters will NOT accumulate Feature qualifying points. For example: "Racer X" finishes 5th in the C-main on Thursday, but is eligible for a World of Outlaws provisional. Racer X earns World of Outlaws Championship Points and purse money (minus the "start money") for that Feature but still only earns 86 QUALIFYING points for the night. Provisional starters will be removed from the Feature finishing order for purposes of QUALIFYING point tallies. Standard 2017 World of Outlaws provisional policy applies for Saturday's finale.  
 
The point system, lineups and formats are all subject to change due to car counts, inclement weather or/and any unforeseen circumstance.
 
For tickets to the 39th Annual AGCO Jackson Nationals at Jackson Motorplex, visit SLSPromotions.com
 

 

 

 

 
Stewart Beats the Boss at Lawrenceburg Speedway
 
Larson charges from sixth for runner-up finish
 
LAWRENCEBURG, IN. - May 29, 2017 - In an action-packed 35-lap Feature at the Lawrenceburg Speedway, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standout and Larson Marks Racing team owner, Kyle Larson used a line that no one dared to run, enabling him to the lead with over 10-laps remaining. A mistake in traffic by Larson allowed his driver, Shane Stewart to get back by his Boss in lap-traffic for his second World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series win of the 2017 season at Lawrenceburg Speedway.
 
The fans at Lawrenceburg Speedway were treated to one of the best World of Outlaws races of the season. It was a day that had everything from, slide-job passes, several lead changes, drama and much more.
 
"Man, that was blast," said Kyle Larson. "I hope you [fans] enjoyed that because that was awesome from my seat. That was one of the most intense Sprint Car races I've ran."
 
With three-time Lawrenceburg Speedway winner, Donny Schatz starting on the front row of the 35-lap Feature, he knew he had to contend with some heavy-hitter drivers in the field such as Kyle Larson, Christopher Bell, David Gravel, Shane Stewart and the rest of the 25-car field.
 
2016 Lawrenceburg Speedway winner, Shane Stewart started the day off on the wrong foot. During hot laps, the team found an oil leak, but wasn't able to find the cause. The Larson Marks Racing team decided to change the powerplant on the No. 2 machine for precautionary reasons.
 
During the opening lap of the Feature event, Schatz rocketed out front but he was quickly challenged by Stewart, who started the race in the fourth position.
 
Schatz was able to hold the lead for the opening six laps, until the leaders got into slower lap traffic. Stewart, running second, was able to pounce on Schatz and overtake the No. 15 machine for the lead. The two would run side-by-side until the only yellow flag of the event was displayed on lap 13.
 
Stewart would hold the lead for the restart with Schatz in second. Kyle Larson who had started the event in the ninth spot had worked his way up to the sixth position.
 
A great restart by Larson propelled him from sixth to fourth but he didn't settle there as he quickly worked his way up to the runner-up position.
 
"I found a line just before the caution, running just above the cushion in Turns 1 and 2 and do a little bit of the same in Turns 3 and 4; was able to get to the lead like that," added Larson.
 
Larson Marks Racing co-owner didn't take it easy on his driver, as the No. 57 of Larson and the No. 2 of Stewart came together battling for the lead in turn two.
 
"I feel like I race [Shane] harder, it's always fun racing Shane," said Larson.
 
"I was just out there for a cool drive, until [Larson] came up," said Stewart. "I was shocked when [Larson] went by me up [top]; its Kyle Larson, what can you say?"
 
Larson would get by the No. 2 of Stewart for a couple laps as the two approached lap traffic.
 
"I got to lead there and made a mistake in traffic and [Shane] got back by," said Larson. "I cut across [the cushion] a little too soon and got in the holes and starting bouncing, that was what allowed Shane to get back by me. I knew I showed [Shane] my line and what I was doing so it was going to be tough to get back by him. We had a couple more opportunities at [Shane] but we just ran out of time, but that how's racing goes. I can't wait to race Sprint Cars some more."
 
After getting back by his Boss in lap traffic, Stewart was able to put a lap car between him and the No. 57 of Larson on the white flag lap giving Stewart the separation he needed to go on to repeat as winner at Lawrenceburg Speedway.
 
"It was fun racing against my car owner, definitely a fun race. I always enjoy coming here. The guys gave me a great car; they work endless hours to keep this car fast. I'm just the lucky man that gets to drive it."
 
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to action for three-nights at the The 39thAnnual AGCO Jackson Nationals at the Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, MN on Thursday, June 1 - 3. Tickets can be purchased online at slspromotions.ticketforce.com or by calling SLS Promotions at 815-344-2023.

 
Lawrenceburg Speedway Notebook
Feature (35 Laps): 1. 2-Shane Stewart [4][$10,000]; 2. 57-Kyle Larson [9][$5,500]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [1][$3,200]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [10][$2,800]; 5. 4-Paul McMahan [2][$2,500]; 6. 24-Rico Abreu [11][$2,300]; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman [5][$2,200]; 8. 41-Jason Johnson [6][$2,100]; 9. 18-Ian Madsen [3][$2,050]; 10. 5-David Gravel [19][$2,000]; 11. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [12][$1,500]; 12. 49X-Tim Shaffer [13][$1,200]; 13. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [7][$1,100]; 14. 10H-Chad Kemenah [15][$1,050]; 15. 17-Joey Saldana [8][$1,000]; 16. A67-Brandon Wimmer [20][$900]; 17. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg [14][$800]; 18. 11K-Kraig Kinser [22][$800]; 19. 7S-Jason Sides [23][$800]; 20. 3-Tim Kaeding [21][$800]; 21. 1A-Jacob Allen [18][$800]; 22. 67-Christopher Bell [17][$800]; 23. 99-Brady Bacon [16][$800]; 24. 12N-Cole Duncan [24][$800]; 25. 19-Brent Marks [25][$800];Lap Leaders: Donny Schatz 1-6; Shane Stewart 7-22, 25-35; Kyle Larson 23-24; KSE Hard Charger Award: 5-David Gravel[+9]

 
Unofficial World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

 
Pos.
Car
Driver
Total
Diff
Wins
Top 5's
Top 10's
1
15
Donny Schatz
4094
0
9
21
24
2
5
David Gravel
4026
-68
8
17
25
3
49
Brad Sweet
4002
-92
2
19
25
4
9
Daryn Pittman
3840
-254
0
8
19
5
41
Jason Johnson
3824
-270
2
11
19
6
2
Shane Stewart
3786
-308
2
8
19
7
93
Sheldon Haudenschild
3686
-408
0
5
15
8
1S
Logan Schuchart
3650
-444
3
7
12
9
17
Joey Saldana
3572
-522
0
3
6
10
4
Paul McMahan
3518
-576
0
3
10
11
7S
Jason Sides
3516
-578
0
4
12
12
11k
Kraig Kinser
3500
-594
0
1
6
13
19
Brent Marks
3500
-594
0
0
8
14
W20
Greg Wilson
3324
-770
0
2
6
15
1A
Jacob Allen
2920
-1174
0
0
2
16
13
Clyde Knipp
2734
-1360
0
0
0
17
2X
Parker Price-Miller
2154
-1940
1
1
3
18
24R
Rico Abreu
2070
-2024
1
6
10
19
18
Ian Madsen
2062
-2032
0
2
9
20
99
Brady Bacon
1900
-2194
0
1
3

 

 

 

 

 

 
Schuchart Shines Bright in Charlotte
 
Schuchart wins third Outlaws race of 2017
 
CONCORD, N.C. - May 26, 2017 - After starting in the third position for the Outlaw Showdown at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the 30-lap Feature event, Logan Schuchart had a scare just before the half-way mark of the race. When Schuchart he attempted a slide job on the leader Brad Sweet, he overshot the attempt, forcing him up to the wall. Still managing to continue on, Schuchart would get another opportunity as the field came to the white flag, Schuchart would slip by Sweet for the lead. The driver of the No. 1s machine would round the final circuit of the 4/10-mile clay-oval en route to his third win of the 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series season.
 
Earlier this week, the Shark Racing team of Logan Schuchart and Jacob Allen put out a cry for help on social media for the second time this season looking for a way to get their two-car operation to the racetrack. After getting help from the racing industry friends, the two-car team showed up at New Egypt Speedway just as the Heats were getting underway. Schuchart would eventually qualify for the Feature event through the Last Chance Showdown and go on to finish 12th from the 24th-starting spot.
 
"We got a lot of people that stand behind us and that put these racecars on the track," said Logan Schuchart. "I just have a lot to be thankful for just to be in this position, [to] race in Charlotte and with the World of Outlaws."
 
Fast forward three-days and the No. 1s of Logan Schuchart not only made it to Charlotte (thanks to the help from their newly-repaired toterhome) but he and the Shark Racing team ended the night by standing in Victory Lane, grabbing his third win of the 2017 season.
 
When the field got the green flag for the 30-lap Feature at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway, it was the Brad Sweet show looking to cap off the sweep, having won quick time, his Heat race and the Craftsman Club Dash. Rocketing out to a big lead, Sweet worked the top-groove as he caught the tail end of the 24-car field.
 
Schuchart would had started third in the Feature event threw a slide job in turns three and four on Kraig Kinser for second place as the field came to complete lap five. Schuchart would set his sights on the No. 49 NAPA Auto Parts entry of Sweet as they both picked their way through lap traffic. On lap 11, Schuchart attempted another slide job that failed to stick, causing him to tag the outside turn two wall.
 
"I thought we had a chance at Brad [Sweet] earlier in the race and I tried to slide him but my throttle stuck and ran me way too far into the corner," said Logan Schuchart. "We actually got into the wall and I think we bent a wheel."
 
Still able to continue, Sweet opened up the gap over Schuchart as the laps ticked away.
 
The Hanover, PA-driver made one-final attempt at Sweet as the two exited turn four; Schuchart made this attempt stick and would hold off Sweet and Daryn Pittman for his third win of the season.
 
"Winning in Charlotte, North Carolina in front of all these fans, is what makes our sport," added Schuchart. "You fans in the stands is what make us come out and continue to do what we do, thank you," exclaimed Schuchart.
 
"Overall tonight was good for us," stated Brad Sweet who won quick time, his heat race and the Craftsman Club Dash. "I just got stuck behind those lap cars, that's where you win or lose these races. Hats off to that team; Logan drove a great race.
 
The 2016 Outlaw Showdown winner, Greg Wilson made up 10 position in the Outlaw Showdown Feature event to bring home another top-five at Charlotte and earn the KSE Hard Charger award.
 
Clyde Knipp had an impressive run at Charlotte, bringing his No. 13 machine home in 16th place, a career run for the California-MO driver.
 
Logan Schuchart's teammate, Jacob Allen gave Shark Racing two top-10 finishes on the evening by finishing in the ninth position.
 
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will make the trek north to Lawrenceburg, IN for a Memorial Day special on Monday, May 29 at Lawrenceburg Speedway. For tickets, visit WorldofOutlaws.com/Tickets.
 
 

 
The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway Results:

 
Feature (30 Laps) : 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3][$12,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [1][$5,700]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [4][$3,500]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [6][$3,000]; 5. W20-Greg Wilson [15][$2,600]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [2][$2,400]; 7. 2-Shane Stewart [5][$2,300]; 8. 5-David Gravel [11][$2,200]; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen [8][$2,150]; 10. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [7][$2,100]; 11. 49X-Tim Shaffer [10][$1,600]; 12. 19-Brent Marks [19][$1,350]; 13. 22-Cole Duncan [13][$1,300]; 14. 41-Jason Johnson [9][$1,200]; 15. 7K-Cale Conley [12][$1,100]; 16. 13-Clyde Knipp [21][$1,000]; 17. 44-Trey Starks [20][$900]; 18. 17-Joey Saldana [14][$850]; 19. 7S-Jason Sides [18][$800]; 20. 4S-Danny Smith [23][$800]; 21. 47-Eric Riggins [22][$800]; 22. 71M-Dave Blaney [16][$800]; 23. 4-Paul McMahan [17][$800]; 24. 1-Zach Ames [24][$800]; Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1-28, Logan Schuchart 29-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: W20-Greg Wilson[+10]

 
World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Top-20 Standings - May 26, 2017

 
Pos.
Car
Driver
Total
Diff
Wins
Top 5's
Top 10's
1
15
Donny Schatz
3950
0
9
20
23
2
5
David Gravel
3896
-54
8
17
24
3
49
Brad Sweet
3860
-90
2
18
24
4
9
Daryn Pittman
3704
-246
0
8
18
5
41
Jason Johnson
3690
-260
2
11
18
6
2
Shane Stewart
3636
-314
1
7
18
7
93
Sheldon Haudenschild
3562
-388
0
5
15
8
1S
Logan Schuchart
3560
-390
3
7
12
9
17
Joey Saldana
3452
-498
0
3
6
10
7S
Jason Sides
3404
-546
0
4
12
11
19
Brent Marks
3398
-552
0
0
8
12
11k
Kraig Kinser
3386
-564
0
1
6
13
4
Paul McMahan
3378
-572
0
2
9
14
W20
Greg Wilson
3234
-716
0
2
6
15
1A
Jacob Allen
2812
-1138
0
0
2
16
13
Clyde Knipp
2644
-1306
0
0
0
17
2X
Parker Price-Miller
2026
-1924
1
1
3
18
24R
Rico Abreu
1932
-2018
1
6
9
19
18
Ian Madsen
1930
-2020
0
2
8
20
99
Brady Bacon
1796
-2154
0
1
3

 

 

 

 
David Gravel Victorious at New Egypt Speedway
 
Pittman's winning streak comes to an end

By: Mandee Pauch

 
NEW EGYPT, N.J. - May 24, 2017 - David Gravel continued his east coast dominance Wednesday night at New Egypt Speedway by picking up his third win of the last four World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series races and his eighth-overall win for the 2017 season. Gravel, no stranger to the D-shaped clay oval, cut his teeth in Sprint Car racing at New Egypt in his URC Sprint Car.
 
"I'm glad I could win in front of everybody here that came out to watch me," Gravel said. "I have to thank Barry, Derek and Zack for working hard to give me a good car; I just have to do my part."
 
Jason Johnson and Gravel lead the 24-car field to the green flag to start the 30-lap Feature. Gravel dove into turn one and came out of turn two as the new leader on the initial start and never looked back.
 
The first caution of the night was brought out on lap six for a slow Tyler Ross.
 
Donny Schatz and Brad Sweet put pressure on Johnson for second on the restart as they went three-wide going into turn one. Sweet came out on top as he pulled away in second.
 
Dave Blaney, Jason Sides and Davey Sammons went upside-down in turns one and two bringing out the red flag on lap seven, all drivers were ok. The four-time defending race winner, Daryn Pittman was also involved, causing wing damage and a broken front axle.
 
After spending time in the work area, Sides, Pittman and Sammons were able to rejoin the back of the field. Blaney suffered too much damage to return.
 
After the field got going again, Gravel was able to get back out front and hold a steady lead over Sweet until they caught lap traffic on lap 14.
 
Gravel maneuvered his way through the lap cars smoothly until Sweet and Schatz started the second and third-place cars a glimmer of hope.
 
With four laps remaining. Schatz dove under Sweet going into turn one and took away the second spot by the time he exited for the back stretch.
 
Schatz then set his sights on Gravel but only to have a lap car act has a pick as they exited out of the final turn.
 
"I'm sure he was close," mentioned Gravel about Schatz. "I really couldn't do anything. It was a pretty narrow track but I just tried not to slip up. I don't know if he was running high or low. I was trying to be patient in lap traffic."
 
Gravel crossed the line and took the victory over Schatz, Sweet, Shane Stewart and Jason Johnson. Gravel is red-hot on the east coast having won three races in the last week.
 
"It's been a great year and hopefully we keep doing this," Gravel noted.
 
The 2016 defending World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Champion, Schatz, felt his car wasn't good enough to beat Gravel.
 
"We got there in traffic but that's what it was going to take to win the race," Schatz said. "The lap cars were pretty tough to get around. He was better than we were in the open. You're not going to win these races anymore if you're not a very good car and we just haven't seem to get that right rear feel. We'll keep working on it."
 
Third-place finisher, Sweet, was happy with his performance in his No. 49 machine despite rough track conditions.
 
"There were some holes out there and lap traffic and that's what easily wins or loses it," Sweet added. "We were right there on David and tried to move up a little bit but there wasn't much up there. David did a good job and just kind of managed the race and kept his car out front in the right position."
 
Shark Racing ran into hauler troubles heading to New Egypt forcing them to arrive late. Logan Schuchart tagged on to the back of the heat race while Jacobs Allen's car arrived later and made it just in time for the Last Chance Showdown. Schuchart transferred to the feature through the Last Chance Showdown from last place and finished in a solid 12th-place finish, grabbing the KSE Hard Charger Award in the process.
 
Pittman, who had won the last four races at New Egypt, was set to start ninth in the third heat and immediately went pit side to change an engine after trailing oil on the track. Pittman qualified second in the Last Chance Showdown to transfer into the Feature. He was then tangled up in an early wreck, damaging the wing and breaking the front axle. Pittman made it back out and finished 14th.
 
Donny Schatz kicked off the night with the fastest time in time trials with a time of 13.422. Heat races went to Stewart, Shaffer and Gravel. Johnson won the Craftsman Club Dash and Jason Sides won the last chance showdown.
 
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to action on Friday, May 26 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte for the Outlaw Showdown. Last year saw Greg Wilson find his way to the big stage under the lights over Shane Stewart and Cole Duncan.

 
New Egypt Speedway Results:

 
Feature (30 Laps): 1. 5-David Gravel [2][$6,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [4][$3,500]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [3][$2,000]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [6][$1,800]; 5. 41-Jason Johnson [1][$1,500]; 6. 37-J.J. Grasso [11][$1,400]; 7. 49X-Tim Shaffer [5][$1,350]; 8. 4-Paul McMahan [7][$1,300]; 9. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [8][$1,250]; 10. 19-Brent Marks [10][$1,200]; 11. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [13][$900]; 12. 1S-Logan Schuchart [24][$800]; 13. 17-Joey Saldana [9][$700]; 14. 9-Daryn Pittman [20][$650]; 15. 7-Kyle Reinhardt [18][$600]; 16. 13D-Danny Dietrich [12][$550]; 17. 89-Robbie Stillwagon [14][$500]; 18. 7S-Jason Sides [19][$500]; 19. 11K-Kraig Kinser [16][$500]; 20. 747-Davey Sammons [21][$500]; 21. 27Z-Sean Zemunik [23][$500]; 22. 71M-Dave Blaney [15][$500]; 23. 5R-Tyler Ross [17][$500]; 24. W20-Greg Wilson [22][$500]; Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+12]

World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Top-20 Standings - May 24, 2017

 
Pos.
Car
Driver
Total
Diff
Wins
Top 5's
Top 10's
1
15
Donny Schatz
3808
0
9
19
22
5
David Gravel
3762
-46
8
17
23
49
Brad Sweet
3714
-94
2
17
23
4
41
Jason Johnson
3568
-240
2
11
18
5
9
Daryn Pittman
3560
-248
0
7
17
6
2
Shane Stewart
3500
-308
1
7
17
7
93
Sheldon Haudenschild
3432
-376
0
5
14
8
1S
Logan Schuchart
3410
-398
2
6
11
9
17
Joey Saldana
3338
-470
0
3
6
10
7S
Jason Sides
3292
-516
0
4
12
11
4
Paul McMahan
3274
-534
0
2
9
12
19
Brent Marks
3272
-536
0
0
8
13
11k
Kraig Kinser
3248
-560
0
1
5
14
W20
Greg Wilson
3094
-714
0
1
5
15
1A
Jacob Allen
2680
-1128
0
0
1
16
13
Clyde Knipp
2526
-1282
0
0
0
17
2X
Parker Price-Miller
2026
-1782
1
1
3
18
24R
Rico Abreu
1932
-1876
1
6
9
19
18
Ian Madsen
1930
-1878
0
2
8
20
99
Brady Bacon
1796
-2012
0
1
3

 

 

 

Team World of Outlaws vs. Team Knoxville Raceway

Will the Knoxville drivers prevail at home or will the Outlaws out run the locals?

 link back to the original article.

CONCORD, N.C. - May 24, 2017 - When it comes to providing a fan friendly atmosphere, no track does it better than Knoxville Raceway. Knoxville is one track that every Sprint Car racing fan wants to visit; not just because of the storied track history or the action around the track grounds but for the activities that the track offers.

When the "Big Guns" from the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series rolls into Knoxville, IA on June 9 and 10 for the Brownells Big Guns Bash, fans will either be cheering for Team World of Outlaws or Team Knoxville as both group of drivers will be looking to stake their claim as the best Sprint Car drivers around.

Last year during the two-race weekend, it was a draw when local driver, Terry McCarl took the victory on the opening night. The World of Outlaws wouldn't be denied however, when nine-time Knoxville Nationals winner, Donny Schatz evened the score by snagging his ninth victory of the 2016 season the following night.

The Outlaws will head into the Knoxville weekend with a stacked field of players including David Gravel, Jason Johnson, Joey Saldana and the rest of the full-time drivers. Team Knoxville will try to beat the Outlaws to the punch with their regular drivers including Brian Brown, Kerry and Ian Madsen, Austin and Terry McCarl just to name a few.

Fans are encouraged to choose a side by wearing Red or Black for Team World of Outlaws or by wearing white for Team Knoxville.

On Friday, June 9, when the Brownells Big Guns Bash kicks-off, Knoxville Raceway will be offering a special promotion with $1.00 Busch Light cans!

On Saturday afternoon at 3pm, before the action gets underway on the track, bragging rights will be on the line during a human Foosball game when drivers from Team Knoxville square off with the drivers from Team World of Outlaws. The match will take place behind the front stretch grandstands.

Directly after the Foosball game and back by popular demand, fans that have tickets for Saturday's race will get a once-a-year opportunity to experience Knoxville up-close and personal during the Pre-Race Fan Pit Walk from 4pm - 5pm. Fans will be able to check out their favorite Sprint Cars and the teams' transporters as well as mingle with their favorite drivers before they hit the half-mile track later that evening.

The competition will stretch even further as a special fan challenge will take place during the event. Team World of Outlaws fans will take on Team Knoxville fans to see who is the strongest during the Craftsman Tool Box Challenge - by lifting Craftsman tool boxes full of Craftsman tools.

Tickets for both nights are available at or by calling the Knoxville Raceway ticket office at 641-842-5431 or by visiting WorldofOutlaws.com/Tickets.

 

 

 

 
Shane Stewart Stands Tall At Williams Grove

 
Earns First Career Williams Grove Win

 
MECHANICSBURG, PA - May 20, 2017 - Shane Stewart started on the pole for the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Morgan Cup at Williams Grove Speedway, but didn't lead the opening lap. Instead, he battled with PA Posse driver TJ Stutts of Liverpool, PA and used a slide job in turns one and two to take the lead on a lap 11 restart. From there, Stewart held off Stutts and then Daryn Pittman on a pair of restarts over the final 10 laps to earn his first career Williams Grove win and his first Outlaw victory of the 2017 season.
 
"You don't even know what it means to me to finally get here in Victory Lane," Stewart said in Victory Lane. "I know the East Coast isn't always kind to me, but I am very happy and going to cherish this win."
 
Stewart earned the pole after winning the Craftsman Club Dash and led the field to the green flag with Stutts on the outside of the front row. It was Stutts who grabbed the lead by the time the two drivers had raced turn three. The top two quickly broke away from a third-place battle between Outlaw rookie Sheldon Haudenschild and Tim Shaffer of Aliquippa, PA. Shaffer took the spot on lap seven when Haudenschild spun at the bottom of turn one, but kept his foot in the gas and continued without incident despite losing five positions.
 
The battle for the lead gained momentum as Stewart closed on Stutts and on lap 10 moved to the outside lane to setup a pass. A lap later, Stewart appeared to have enough steam in the outside lane to take the lead, but Stutts led by 0.002 seconds at the line, just as the first caution of the race waved when Haudenschild spun to a stop at the top of turn three.
 
On the restart, Stewart made the race-winning move when he dove to the bottom of the track and slid in front of Stutts to drive off turn two with the lead.
 
"I didn't get a break on the initial start of the Feature and I told myself that if TJ took the bottom, I actually thought the top was going to be better," Stewart said. "It just worked out really well for us. Man, clean air makes everything and makes a big difference."
 
Stewart ran the rest of the race in clean air as the top pairing never had the chance to wade into lapped traffic. The second caution of the race waved at lap 15 when Brent Marks and Brian Montieth made contact and tangled together at the top of turn two, ending the night for both drivers.
 
Stewart kept the field at bay when the green waved and again on a lap 21 restart. Meanwhile, Pittman darted from eighth to fourth on the latter restart before jumping into second on the final restart with seven laps to go. He earned his second runner-up finish of the week, finishing 2.044 seconds behind Stewart's Larson Marks Racing No.2.
 
"I had such a good car on restarts that every time we went green, my car had the right attitude," Pittman said following the race. "Everybody seemed to be a little rolled up down there on the start in turns three and four and I could get by a couple guys every time."
 
Stewart cruised over the final five laps on his way to the victory, which he celebrated in Victory Lane with his fiancée Jenn, daughter Nixon and the Larson Marks Racing crew.
 
"It means a lot to me," Stewart said. "I know that the rivalry here is out of this world, which I appreciate. I love the enthusiasm and the Pennsylvania fans."
 
The track was an interesting mix of tacky and dry slick throughout the night, conditions that were unusual for Williams Grove, Pittman said.
 
"I've seen this place about every which way that's an option, but I don't think I've ever seen it quite like it was tonight," Pittman explained. "It was definitely different. I've never seen a wet strip a car length and a half off the bottom stay that long throughout the night. It was the dominant way around."
 
During Pittman's charge forward, Shaffer worked past Stutts to maintain the third spot and earn a third-place finish, equaling the best results of PA Posse drivers Danny Dietrich and Freddie Rahmer earlier in the week.
 
"Last night we missed it there at the beginning and it killed us," Shaffer said, "but tonight we did the right things and put ourselves in position (to contend) and we're on the front straightaway."
 
Lance Dewease of Fayetteville, PA and Outlaw driver Logan Schuchart completed the top-five following a spirited battle for fourth in the closing laps.
 
Jason Johnson set quick time to start the night with a lap of 16.402 seconds, less than three-tenths of a second off the track record of 16.140 set by Brian Paulus on April 26, 2002. He was the 25th of 37 drivers to take time. Johnson followed with a heat race win. Dewease, Schuchart and Jason Sides were the other heat winners, while Marks won the Last Chance Showdown.
 
The Outlaws now travel north for the Empire State Challenge at Weedsport (NY) Speedway on Sunday, May 21. Fans who can't make it to the track can watch live pay-per-view video coverage on DIRTvision. 
 
WIlliams Grove Speedway Notebook
Feature (30 Laps) - 1. 2-Shane Stewart [1][$17,000]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [12][$5,700]; 3. 49X-Tim Shaffer [4][$3,500]; 4. 69K-Lance Dewease [7][$3,000]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5][$2,600]; 6. 11-T.J. Stutts [2][$2,400]; 7. 20-Ryan Taylor [9][$2,300]; 8. 5-David Gravel [10][$2,200]; 9. 41-Jason Johnson [8][$2,150]; 10. 49-Brad Sweet [20][$2,100]; 11. 1-Dale Blaney [14][$1,600]; 12. 48-Danny Dietrich [15][$1,350]; 13. 24-Lucas Wolfe [19][$1,300]; 14. 15-Donny Schatz [16][$1,200]; 15. 7S-Jason Sides [6][$1,100]; 16. 88-Brandon Rahmer [22][$1,000]; 17. 17-Joey Saldana [11][$900]; 18. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [3][$850]; 19. 44-Trey Starks [18][$800]; 20. 39M-Anthony Macri [24][$800]; 21. 11K-Kraig Kinser [13][$800]; 22. 27-Greg Hodnett [17][$800]; 23. 19-Brent Marks [21][$800]; 24. 21-Brian Montieth [23][$800]. Lap Leaders: T.J. Stutts 1-11, Shane Stewart 12-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 9-Daryn Pittman [+10].
 
For complete results from the Morgan Cup at Williams Grove Speedway, click here
Unofficial World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Championship Standings
Pos.
Car
Driver
Total
Diff
Wins
Top 5's
Top 10's
1
15
Donny Schatz
3662
0
9
18
21
2
5
David Gravel
3612
-50
7
16
22
3
49
Brad Sweet
3570
-92
2
16
22
4
9
Daryn Pittman
3438
-224
0
7
17
5
41
Jason Johnson
3428
-234
2
10
17
6
2
Shane Stewart
3358
-304
1
6
16
7
93
Sheldon Haudenschild
3304
-358
0
5
14
8
1S
Logan Schuchart
3284
-378
2
6
11
9
17
Joey Saldana
3214
-448
0
3
6
10
7S
Jason Sides
3178
-484
0
4
12
11
19
Brent Marks
3142
-520
0
0
7
12
4
Paul McMahan
3140
-522
0
2
8
13
11k
Kraig Kinser
3136
-526
0
1
5
14
W20
Greg Wilson
2992
-670
0
1
5
15
1A
Jacob Allen
2590
-1072
0
0
1
16
13
Clyde Knipp
2436
-1226
0
0
0
17
2X
Parker Price-Miller
2026
-1636
1
1
3
18
24R
Rico Abreu
1932
-1730
1
6
9
19
18
Ian Madsen
1930
-1732
0
2
8
20
99
Brady Bacon
1796
-1866
0
1
3

 

 

 

 

 

 
Gravel Leads Flag-To-Flag for Spring Classic Win at Williams Grove

 
Second Straight Victory For CJB Motorsports
 
MECHANICSBURG, PA - May 19, 2017 - David Gravel withstood a late surge from Donny Schatz and a pair of restarts with less than five laps remaining to kickoff the weekend with a Spring Classic win at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday night.
 
Gravel started on the pole for the 25-lap main event after winning the Craftsman Club Dash and led flag-to-flag even despite restarts with three and four laps remaining in the main event. It was the second win of the week in Central Pennsylvania for the Watertown, CT native who also won at Lincoln Speedway on Wednesday. It was also Gravel's seventh victory of the season.
 
"It's definitely huge to win in PA at all," Gravel said. "To win Lincoln and Williams Grove is really good. We have to enjoy this a little bit tonight, but tomorrow's a new day. We're really happy with where we're at right now and we'll keep moving forward."
 
After timing second quick in Flight B Qualifying and second in his heat, Gravel was scheduled to roll off eighth for the dash in his CJB Motorsports No.5, but an eight inversion draw put him on the pole and he never looked back, scoring wins in the Dash and Feature just as he did Wednesday night at Lincoln.
 
"I'm definitely lucky right now," Gravel concluded. "I need to play the lottery or something. It's just one of those things where when it goes your way, it goes your way. Last year, Daryn Pittman got a lot of draws that went his way and right now it's our time. It goes in phases. It's a long, long season and we'll take it when we can."
 
Gravel brought the field to the green flag for the main event with Brad Sweet starting on the outside of the front row aboard his Kasey Kahne Racing with Mike Curb No.49. Gravel jumped to an early lead while fifth-starting Schatz overtook Daryn Pittman for fourth on lap two. The caution waved one lap later when Lucas Wolfe and Joey Saldana spun and stopped against the turn three wall.
 
An 18-lap green flag run followed allowed Gravel to extend his lead to 1.806 seconds over Sweet by lap 10. However, it withered away when Gravel caught lapped traffic at the halfway mark and Sweet began close the gap. Right behind the two leaders, Schatz worked past Greg Hodnett for the second time in the race to acquire the third spot.
 
With six laps remaining, Gravel struggled to find a line around the slower can of Jason Sides. That allowed Schatz to catch the two leaders and the reigning series champion took second from Sweet with four laps to go.
 
Two more cautions with four laps to go kept Gravel on his toes, but he rode the cushion flawlessly on the outside of the speedway, disabling any of Schatz's attempts to take the lead.
 
"That's just typical lapped traffic," Gravel said. "You get caught up and you have to pass some guys before the second-place guy passes you. I got by Sides and I actually thought I was pretty good. I probably didn't want a yellow. After I got past Sides, I thought I would be able to work the lapped cars pretty good and then the yellow came out. I got a good restart and then the yellow came out again. I didn't want that second yellow, but it worked out and we held on."
 
Schatz felt that if the yellow flag had not waved with four laps to go, he would have had a chance to catch and pass Gravel for the $8,000 payday.
 
"Everything we run is longer races so you have to be prepared for the end," Schatz said, explaining his surge over the final 10 laps." That's what you shoot for - trying to be good at the end of the race and we were definitely good at the end of the race. We just didn't need to see that yellow (with four laps to go). When you get traffic, you force (the leader) to move out of their line and that's what we needed. When the yellow came out, I knew it was going to take a miracle."
 
The miracle didn't happen for Schatz as Gravel executed flawlessly on the pair of single-file restarts by running the fast top lane and by taking away Schatz's preferred corner entry.
 
For Freddie Rahmer, the third-place finish was worth celebrating. Rahmer was the top finishing Pennsylvania Posse member ahead of Hodnett, who finished fifth. He felt he may have had something for Schatz if he could have changed one of his last-race restarts.
 
"I couldn't do anything in (turns) three and four because Donny was where my car was the best," Rahmer said. "Just the way it played out, we ran third. I think we're fast enough to win, we just need a different scenario."
 
Joey Saldana was the night's overall fast qualifier with a lap of 16.639 seconds. He also picked up a heat race win along with Rahmer, Schatz and Pittman. Logan Schuchart earned the KSE Hard Charger award for advancing from 18th to 11th.
 
The Outlaws remain at Williams Grove for Saturday's Morgan Cup. Drivers are expecting significantly different track conditions with an expected temperature drop to the mid-60s on Saturday from the high-80s on Friday.
 
"The track was really heavy for how warm it was," Gravel said. "We'll see. Tomorrow's going to be cooler, but the track might be slick or it might be even heavier than tonight."
 
Saturday's Morgan Cup at Williams Grove will once again be available via live pay-per-view on DIRTvision.
Williams Grove Speedway Notebook
 
RACE NOTES: David Gravel started on the pole after winning the Craftsman Club Dash and led all 25 laps of the Spring Classic Feature at Williams Grove Speedway to earn his second win of the week in Central Pennsylvania and seventh of the season with the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series. Gravel withstood a late surge from Donny Schatz and a pair of restarts with less than five laps to go to secure the victory.
 
World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Williams Grove Speedway, PA; May 19, 2017
 
Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 5-David Gravel [1][$8,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [5][$4,000]; 3. 51-Freddie Rahmer [7][$2,500]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [2][$2,200]; 5. 27-Greg Hodnett [3][$2,100]; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman [4][$2,000]; 7. 21-Brian Montieth [13][$1,800]; 8. 69K-Lance Dewease [12][$1,600]; 9. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [6][$1,500]; 10. 19-Brent Marks [11][$1,300]; 11. 1S-Logan Schuchart [18][$1,200]; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser [15][$1,100]; 13. 2-Shane Stewart [17][$1,000]; 14. 41-Jason Johnson [14][$700]; 15. 4-Paul McMahan [20][$600]; 16. 1-Dale Blaney [16][$600]; 17. 17B-Steve Buckwalter [19][$600]; 18. 11-T.J. Stutts [22][$600]; 19. 48-Danny Dietrich [10][$600]; 20. 44-Trey Starks [21][$600]; 21. 7S-Jason Sides [24][$600]; 22. 24-Lucas Wolfe [9][$600]; 23. 71M-Dave Blaney [23][$600]; 24. 17-Joey Saldana [8][$600]
 
Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-25
 
KSE Hard Charger Award: Logan Schuchart +7 (18th to 11th)
For full results from the Spring Classic at Williams Grove Speedway, please click here.
World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Championship Standings - Top-20
 
Pos.
Car
Driver
Total
Diff
Wins
Top 5's
Top 10's
1
15
Donny Schatz
3540
0
9
18
21
2
5
David Gravel
3478
-62
7
16
21
3
49
Brad Sweet
3440
-100
2
16
21
4
41
Jason Johnson
3296
-244
2
10
16
5
9
Daryn Pittman
3292
-248
0
6
16
6
2
Shane Stewart
3208
-332
0
5
15
7
93
Sheldon Haudenschild
3190
-350
0
5
14
8
1S
Logan Schuchart
3144
-396
2
5
10
9
17
Joey Saldana
3098
-442
0
3
6
10
7S
Jason Sides
3058
-482
0
4
12
11
4
Paul McMahan
3050
-490
0
2
8
12
19
Brent Marks
3038
-502
0
0
7
13
11k
Kraig Kinser
3028
-512
0
1
5
14
W20
Greg Wilson
2902
-638
0
1
5
15
1A
Jacob Allen
2500
-1040
0
0
1
16
13
Clyde Knipp
2346
-1194
0
0
0
17
2X
Parker Price-Miller
2026
-1514
1
1
3
18
24R
Rico Abreu
1932
-1608
1
6
9
19
18
Ian Madsen
1930
-1610
0
2
8
20
99
Brady Bacon
1796
-1744
0
1
3


 

 

 

Memorial Day Spectacular

Outlaws gear up for Lawrenceburg Speedway on Memorial Day

CONCORD, N.C. - May 18, 2017 - The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series is set to kick off an action-packed Memorial Day weekend. After making a stop at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday, May 26, the Series will make the near-eight-hour trek north to Lawrenceburg Speedway for the Memorial Day Spectacular presented by KOI Auto Parts on Monday, May 29.

During last year's race at Lawrenceburg Speedway, Shane Stewart was hungry for a win after experiencing a heartbreaking finish at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, where he lost the lead to Greg Wilson on the final lap after dominating for most of the evening. Stewart was bound and determined to land his third win of the 2016 season at Lawrenceburg Speedway. The spark inside the Bixby,OK driver allowed him to work his way to the front of the field from a third position start and hold off charges from Rico Abreu and David Gravel.

So far this season, Stewart has three top-five finishes and 13 top-10s and is knocking on the door to bring home his first win. The Larson Marks Racing driver currently sits sixth in the Series Points Standings behind Jason Johnson who holds two wins, seven top-five and 12 top-10s.

Stewart will be looking to repeat last year's success at Lawrenceburg Speedway in hopes of closing out the month of May with a win. Tickets for the Memorial Day Spectacular presented by KOI Auto Parts at Lawrenceburg Speedway can be purchased by visiting the tracks website or by calling 812-359-4700.

 

 

Budweiser Signs on as Presenting Sponsor at Ransomville

Limited Reserved Seats Just Released for Outlaws' Return

CONCORD, N.C. - May 18, 2017 - After a 20-year absence, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to Ransomville Speedway, this time with Budweiser as presenting sponsor. Budweiser Presents the Big "R" Outlaw Shootout will showcase the Series full-time drivers, headlined by Donny Schatz, David Gravel, Shane Stewart and more as they take on the local favorites for bragging rights in the return to Ransomville.

On July 23, the Series will make its return to the Ransomville, NY dirt track for the first time since 1997. The half-mile, semi-banked oval is located just north of Niagara Falls, NY. With previous Reserved Seats allotment selling out, a limited amount of additional seats has been put on sale.

For more information, visit WorldofOutlaws.com/Tickets or call 844-DIRT-TIX. Call today as seats are going fast!

 

 


David Gravel Dominates at Lincoln for Gettysburg Clash Win

Earns Sixth World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Victory This Season

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA - May 17, 2017 - David Gravel dominated the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Gettysburg Clash at Lincoln Speedway on Wednesday night, leading all 35 laps of the Feature at the historic 3/8-mile track to take the checkered flag 6.501 seconds ahead of runner-up finisher Daryn Pittman.

The Feature win completed a perfect night for Gravel. The Watertown, CT driver was quickest in Flight A Time Trials before winning his Heat and the Craftsman Club Dash to earn the pole and eventually the Feature triumph that lifted the Outlaws over the Pennsylvania Posse in the first rivalry race of the season. It was both Gravel's first career win at Lincoln and his sixth of the season with the Outlaws.

"It's definitely huge," Gravel said following his win. "World of Outlaws guys do not win many Outlaw shows in PA, so to win here is great, at a track that I haven't really been good at in the past. To do that is awesome, to get our sixth win is awesome."

"You never know when your next win will be and it's been a couple weeks, so it's good to get another one and keep clicking them off. Hopefully this momentum carries on to Williams Grove."

Gravel used his pole starting position to jump out to an early lead over second-starting Pittman until the only caution of the race came on lap two when Freddie Rahmer of Salfordville, PA spun and stopped at the bottom of turn two.

Gravel enjoyed an open track for eight laps following the restart, but worked his way into lapped traffic on lap 10. The often side-by-side racing around the track created a number of challenges for the leaders as they worked through the field.

"It was real difficult just because I didn't know what kind of lead I had," Gravel said. "I got through the first couple lapped cars really well, but after that I didn't know if guys were catching me or not. It was really tough to judge. I didn't know I had a huge lead. It was just one of those things where I had to keep pushing forward and keep getting lapped cars behind me."

Behind Gravel, it was local favorite Danny Dietrich of nearby Gettysburg, PA who worked his way past Brad Sweet and then Pittman to take second on lap 17. Dietrich was unable to gain any ground on Gravel to challenge for the lead while he battled the traffic.

"I got to second and couldn't get any help at all from lapped cars," Dietrich said. "It's unfortunate because I thought we were fast enough to run with Gravel, but never got the opportunity."

Dietrich held second until the final lap, when he made a daring move in turns one and two to move past a lapped car. The move cost him as he drifted up the track, allowing Pittman to capitalize and re-take the second spot.

"I was just trying to make something happen," Dietrich said of his last lap move. "I felt like if I couldn't get by the lapped cars, I was going to get passed anyways. I should have just probably settled in, but that's hard to do when you're running second for a World of Outlaws win."

"Lapped traffic was hairy," echoed Pittman. "I don't know that they were really doing anything wrong, but they were just racing hard side-by-side and using up the whole track. Dietrich kind of got held up behind one of them and gave me a run to get back by him."

Pittman was satisfied to earn a second-place finish after the last lap pass, especially against a field of 43 cars at a difficult track.

"We had a really solid car and a solid night," Pittman said. "I'm not disappointed at all, but we were all racing for second. David was in a league of his own."

Donny Schatz raced from the 15th starting position to finish fourth while KSE Hard Charger Brian Montieth advanced 15 positions to round out the top-five after starting 20th. Kevin Gobrecht rookie-of-the-year contender Sheldon Haudenschild was in the middle of a top-five battle when he did a complete 360 in turn two on lap 22 and the race continued without incident. The miscue cost Haudenschild four positions as he fell to eighth.

While Gravel started the night by setting quick time in Flight A qualifying with a time of 13.434 seconds, Dietrich was fastest in Flight B and overall at 13.328 seconds.

Gravel and Pittman won the first two heat races for the Outlaws before Dietrich and Rahmer answered for the Posse with wins in heats three and four, respectively. Gravel's dash win was sandwiched between a C-Main victory for Binghamton, NY driver Coleman Gulick and Lucas Wolfe's win in the Last Chance Showdown.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series remains in Central Pennsylvania entering the weekend for the Morgan Cup at Williams Grove Speedway on May 19 and 20. It's the first of five races at the Mechanicsburg, PA track this season. Fans who can't make it to the track can watch LIVE on DIRTvision.
Lincoln Speedway Notebook
RACE NOTES: David Gravel led all 35 laps of the Gettysburg Clash Feature to complete a sweep at Lincoln Speedway for his first career win at the Abbottstown, PA 3/8-mile track. Gravel was quickest in Flight A qualifying before winning his heat and the Craftsman Club Dash. He then dominated the Feature, beating Daryn Pittman to the finish by 6.501 seconds. Danny Dietrich, who was fastest in Flight B qualifying, rounded out the podium.

SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz - 9 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, LoneStar Speedway on March 3, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 10, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 18, Missouri State Fair Speedway on May 5, 81 Speedway on May 6, Eldora Speedway May 13); David Gravel - 6 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 17, Placerville Speedway on March 29, Perris Auto Speedway on April 1, Gator Motorplex on April 13, Plymouth Speedway on April 28, Lincoln Speedway on May 17); Jason Johnson - 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17, Devil's Bowl on April 14); Brad Sweet - 2 (Stockton Dirt Track on March 25, Devil's Bowl on April 15); Logan Schuchart - 2 (Keller Auto Speedway, Eldora Speedway May 12); Brian Brown - 1 (Cocopah Speedway); Rico Abreu - 1 (Arizona Speedway on April 8); Parker Price-Miller - 1 (Tri-State Speedway May 14).

CONTINGENCY WINNERS: MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Brent Marks; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): David Gravel; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Jason Johnson; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Sheldon Haudenschild; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Greg Wilson; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Greg Wilson; Extended Stay America ($50 cash): Greg Wilson; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Joey Saldana; Super Flow ($50 cash): Logan Schuchart; Craftsman Club Fast Five ($100 cash): David Gravel,Joey Saldana, Brad Sweet, Greg Wilson; Craftsman/Sears: Freddie Rahmer; KSE Hard Charger: Brian Montieth; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): David Gravel; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Logan Schuchart; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Paul McMahan.

World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Lincoln Speedway, PA; May 17, 2017

Feature (35 Laps) - 1. 1. 5-David Gravel [1][$10,000]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [2][$5,500]; 3. 48-Danny Dietrich [4][$3,200]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [15][$2,800]; 5. 21-Brian Montieth [20][$2,500]; 6. 41-Jason Johnson [11][$2,300]; 7. 49-Brad Sweet [7][$2,200]; 8. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [10][$2,100]; 9. 1-Dale Blaney [6][$2,050]; 10. 27-Greg Hodnett [14][$2,000]; 11. W20-Greg Wilson [8][$1,500]; 12. 39-Cory Haas [16][$1,200]; 13. 17-Joey Saldana [5][$1,100]; 14. 87-Alan Krimes [18][$1,050]; 15. 4K-Kasey Kahne [12][$1,000]; 16. 24-Lucas Wolfe [21][$900]; 17. 1S-Logan Schuchart [19][$800]; 18. 51-Freddie Rahmer [3][$800]; 19. 16-Gerard McIntyre [17][$800]; 20. 2-Shane Stewart [22][$800]; 21. 49X-Tim Shaffer [13][$800]; 22. 4-Paul McMahan [25][$]; 23. 8-Billy Dietrich [23][$800]; 24. 7S-Jason Sides [9][$800]; 25. 19-Brent Marks [24][$800]; 26. 59-Jim Siegel [26].

KSE Hard Charger Award: 21-Brian Montieth [+15]

Qualifying Flight-A - 1. 5-David Gravel, 13.434; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.451; 3. 1-Dale Blaney, 13.459; 4. 17-Joey Saldana, 13.492; 5. 24-Lucas Wolfe, 13.493; 6. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.525; 7. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.552; 8. 44-Trey Starks, 13.562; 9. 16-Gerard McIntyre, 13.574; 10. 41-Jason Johnson, 13.593; 11. 59-Jim Siegel, 13.636; 12. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.639; 13. 16C-Matt Campbell, 13.681; 14. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.701; 15. 25-Aaron Ott, 13.729; 16. 55K-Robbie Kendall, 13.751; 17. 14-Coleman Gulick, 13.765; 18. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe, 13.769; 19. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 13.782; 20. 4-Paul McMahan, 13.839; 21. 69-Tim Glatfelter, 13.885; 22. 13-Clyde Knipp, 13.985

Qualifying Flight-B - 1. 48-Danny Dietrich, 13.328; 2. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 13.371; 3. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.491; 4. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.516; 5. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.52; 6. 8-Billy Dietrich, 13.62; 7. 27-Greg Hodnett, 13.655; 8. 4K-Kasey Kahne, 13.669; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.753; 10. 39-Cory Haas, 13.769; 11. 99M-Kyle Moody, 13.808; 12. 88-Brandon Rahmer, 13.822; 13. 87-Alan Krimes, 13.824; 14. 21-Brian Montieth, 13.837; 15. 39M-Anthony Macri, 13.84; 16. 19-Brent Marks, 13.858; 17. 1X-Tim Wagaman, 13.984; 18. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.994; 19. 5R-Tyler Ross, 14.109; 20. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 14.144; 21. 12-Mike Bittinger, 14.323

Heat #1 - Flight A (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer - 1. 1. 5-David Gravel [1]; 2. 1-Dale Blaney [2]; 3. 7S-Jason Sides [4]; 4. 49X-Tim Shaffer [10]; 5. 16-Gerard McIntyre [5]; 6. 14-Coleman Gulick [9]; 7. 59-Jim Siegel [6]; 8. 69-Tim Glatfelter [11]; 9. 16C-Matt Campbell [7]; 10. 24-Lucas Wolfe [3]; 11. 25-Aaron Ott [8].

Heat #2 - Flight A (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer - 1. 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [1]; 2. 17-Joey Saldana [2]; 3. 41-Jason Johnson [5]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [6]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [7]; 6. 2-Shane Stewart [3]; 7. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe [9]; 8. 4-Paul McMahan [10]; 9. 44-Trey Starks [4]; 10. 13-Clyde Knipp [11]; 11. 55K-Robbie Kendall [8].

Heat #3 - Flight B (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer - 1. 48-Danny Dietrich [1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 3. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [3]; 4. 27-Greg Hodnett [4]; 5. 87-Alan Krimes [7]; 6. 1X-Tim Wagaman [9]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [5]; 8. 99M-Kyle Moody [6]; 9. 5R-Tyler Ross [10]; 10. 39M-Anthony Macri [8]; 11. 12-Mike Bittinger [11].

Heat #4 - Flight B (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer - 1. 51-Freddie Rahmer [1]; 2. W20-Greg Wilson [2]; 3. 4K-Kasey Kahne [4]; 4. 39-Cory Haas [5]; 5. 21-Brian Montieth [7]; 6. 8-Billy Dietrich [3]; 7. 19-Brent Marks [8]; 8. 88-Brandon Rahmer [6]; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen [9]; 10. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [10]

Craftsman Club Dash (6 Laps) - 1. 1. 5-David Gravel [1]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [3]; 3. 51-Freddie Rahmer [4]; 4. 48-Danny Dietrich [2]; 5. 17-Joey Saldana [7]; 6. 1-Dale Blaney [5]; 7. 49-Brad Sweet [6]; 8. W20-Greg Wilson [8].

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - Top 4 Transfer - 1. 24-Lucas Wolfe [1][-]; 2. 2-Shane Stewart [3][-]; 3. 8-Billy Dietrich [2][-]; 4. 19-Brent Marks [12][-]; 5. 44-Trey Starks [5][$300]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [4][$250]; 7. 99M-Kyle Moody [6][$225]; 8. 16C-Matt Campbell [9][$200]; 9. 59-Jim Siegel [7][$200]; 10. 39M-Anthony Macri [10][$200]; 11. 1X-Tim Wagaman [14][$200]; 12. 88-Brandon Rahmer [8][$200]; 13. 14-Coleman Gulick [13][$200]; 14. 55K-Robbie Kendall [11][$200]

C-Feature (10 Laps) - Top 2 Transfer - 1. 14-Coleman Gulick [1][-]; 2. 1X-Tim Wagaman [2][-]; 3. 4-Paul McMahan [5][$150]; 4. 5R-Tyler Ross [6][$150]; 5. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [8][$150]; 6. 13-Clyde Knipp [9][$125]; 7. 69-Tim Glatfelter [7][$125]; 8. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe [3][$125]; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen [4][$125]; 10. 12-Mike Bittinger [10][$125]; 11. 25-Aaron Ott [11][$125]

World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Top-20 Points Standings - May 17, 2017

Pos. Car Driver Total Diff Wins Top 5's Top 10's
1 15 Donny Schatz 3394 0 9 17 20
2 5 David Gravel 3328 -66 6 15 20
3 49 Brad Sweet 3298 -96 2 15 20
4 41 Jason Johnson 3174 -220 2 10 16
5 9 Daryn Pittman 3154 -240 0 6 15
6 2 Shane Stewart 3084 -310 0 5 15
7 93 Sheldon Haudenschild 3058 -336 0 5 13
8 1S Logan Schuchart 3016 -378 2 5 10
9 17 Joey Saldana 2996 -398 0 3 6
10 7S Jason Sides 2950 -444 0 4 12
11 4 Paul McMahan 2930 -464 0 2 8
12 19 Brent Marks 2908 -486 0 0 6
13 11k Kraig Kinser 2902 -492 0 1 5
14 W20 Greg Wilson 2812 -582 0 1 5
15 1A Jacob Allen 2410 -984 0 0 1
16 13 Clyde Knipp 2256 -1138 0 0 0
17 2X Parker Price-Miller 2026 -1368 1 1 3
18 24R Rico Abreu 1932 -1462 1 6 9
19 18 Ian Madsen 1930 -1464 0 2 8
20 99 Brady Bacon 1796 -1598 0 1 3

 

 

 

 
Price-Miller Captures First Career Victory at Tri-State Speedway

 
Gravel and Johnson round out the podium

 
Haubstadt, IN, - May 15, 2017 - All the stars aligned at Tri-State Speedway for Parker Price-Miller. Inheriting the lead on Lap 18 after Sheldon Haundenschild ran into a slower car in lap traffic, causing him to do a complete 360, Price-Miller had to endure challenges from last year's Tri-State Speedway winner, David Gravel. Meticulously working his way through lap traffic, Price-Miller picked the best lanes and would go on to win his first career World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series race.
 
Starting the season out at DIRTcar National at Volusia Speedway Park in February and continuing with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series tour through mid-April, before eventually dropping off full-time, Price-Miller knew it was going to be a steep-learning curve.
 
"We knew going into the season we were going to get our butt-kicked," Price-Miller said about starting the season with the World of Outlaws. "But this was going to make us better as a team. This surely has paid off making me better as driver, getting our car better and making us overall better as a unit."
 
Price-Miller has shown speed over the last several weeks, having earned fast qualifier at Plymouth Speedway. Entering the special Mother's Day race at Tri-State Speedway, Price-Miller's career best Outlaw finish was a third-place, coming at Tri-State Speedway in 2016.
 
"I can't explain how I feel right now. Whenever you can get an Outlaw win you take it. Whether it's on a slick, heavy, small or big [track]."
 
CJB Motorsports entered Tri-State Speedway as the team everyone was looking to knock off. Each of the last three-years, the team has made trips down to Victory Lane at the high-banked quarter-mile speedway. 2016 winner, already a five-time winner in the 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series season was poised to continue the team's win streak at the Haubstadt, IN-track.
 
Starting from the pole for the evenings 40-lap feature, David Gravel quickly shot out to an early lead. It wasn't long before he was being challenged by 2017 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie-of-the-Year contender, Sheldon Haudenschild. Haudenschild on the top-side of the race track worked his way by Gravel and rocketed out to a commanding lead.
 
"I knew Sheldon was going to have a [quick] pace and it was a 40-lap race so I was going to let him do what he wanted to do and wait for lap traffic and catch back up," Gravel said.
 
While Haudenschild was checking out with the race lead, the battle for second heated up with Price-Miller forcing the issue on Gravel. Just shy of the half-way mark Price-Miller was able to get by Gravel for the second position.
 
It was on Lap 18 when Haudenschild was working his way through lap traffic that he got tangled up with a slower car, sending him into a complete 360-spin dropping the young rookie back in the running order. The yellow flag would eventually come out for a stopped car in Turn 1.
 
Taking over the lead for the restart and getting the jump, Price-Miller went right back to the top-side of the track. Setting sail from the rest of the field, Price-Miller had the first opportunity to pick his way through traffic.
 
With under 10-laps to go and in heavy traffic, Gravel starting to close the gap on Price-Miller; setting up the reigning race winner with a chance to go back-to-back at Tri-State Speedway.
 
"Sheldon [Haudenschild] and Parker [Price-Miller] could really run the cushion pretty aggressively. In open track they're were faster. In open track I think they had us beat but in traffic I thought I could run the bottom and we were pretty good."
 
Price-Miller seemed to able to point his No. 2X machine wherever he wanted, eventually steering him clear of the lap traffic and runner-up finisher, David Gravel en route to his first World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory.
 
"When you've never won an Outlaw race and you're leading, you just go as hard as you can and that's what I did. Luckily we pulled it off."
 
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series kicks off another busy week with a stop at Lincoln Speedway on Wednesday, May 17 before heading to Williams Grove for a doubleheader on Friday and Saturday, May 20-21. The Series will then make the trek north to Weedsport Speedway to close out the week of racing on Sunday, May 22. For tickets, visit WorldofOutlaws.com/Tickets.

 
Tri-State Speedway Notebook
 
SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz - 9 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, LoneStar Speedway on March 3, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 10, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 18, Missouri State Fair Speedway on May 5, 81 Speedway on May 6, Eldora Speedway May 13); David Gravel - 5 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 17, Placerville Speedway on March 29, Perris Auto Speedway on April 1, Gator Motorplex on April 13, Plymouth on April 28); Jason Johnson - 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17, Devil's Bowl on April 14); Brad Sweet - 2 (Stockton Dirt Track on March 25, Devil's Bowl on April 15), Logan Schuchart - 2 (Keller Auto Speedway, Eldora Speedway May 12), Brian Brown - 1 (Cocopah Speedway), Rico Abreu - 1 (Arizona Speedway on April 8) Parker Price-Miller - 1 (Tri-State Speedway May 14).
 
CONTINGENCY WINNERS: MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Logan Schuchart; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Parker Price-Miller; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Sheldon Haundenschild; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Daryn Pittman; Extended Stay ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Joey Saldana; Super Flow ($50 cash): Kraig Kinser; Craftsman Club ($100 cash each): David Gravel, Sheldon Haundenschild, Brad Sweet, Jason Johnson, Paul McMahan; Craftsman/Sears ($100 cash): Parker Price-Miller; KSE Racing Products ($100 product certificate): Parker Price-Miller; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Parker Price-Miller; JE Pistons (Set of Rings each): Brent Marks, Logan Schuchart.
 
Feature (40 Laps): 1. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [4][$10,000]; 2. 5-David Gravel [1][$5,500]; 3. 41-Jason Johnson [5][$3,200]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [12][$2,800]; 5. 99-Brady Bacon [8][$2,500]; 6. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [2][$2,300]; 7. 49-Brad Sweet [3][$2,200]; 8. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg [7][$2,100]; 9. 4-Paul McMahan [6][$2,050]; 10. 9-Daryn Pittman [13][$2,000]; 11. 15-Donny Schatz [10][$1,500]; 12. 39-Spencer Bayston [9][$1,200]; 13. 17-Joey Saldana [16][$1,100]; 14. 24-Rico Abreu [17][$1,050]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser [18][$1,000]; 16. 19-Brent Marks [19][$900]; 17. 7S-Jason Sides [20][$800]; 18. 21-Carson Short [14][$800]; 19. W20-Greg Wilson [21][$800]; 20. 3G-Carson Macedo [11][$800]; 21. 44-A.J. Bruns [23][$800]; 22. 1S-Logan Schuchart [22][$800]; 23. 5X-Justin Peck [15][$800]; 24. 51B-Joe B [24][$800]; Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-5, Sheldon Haudenschild 6-18, Parker Price-Miller 19-40; KSE Hard Charger Award: 2-Shane Stewart[+8]
 
Qualifying: 1. 99-Brady Bacon, 12.396; 2. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.435; 3. 4-Paul McMahan, 12.437; 4. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.441; 5. 2X-Parker Price-Miller, 12.455; 6. 5-David Gravel, 12.554; 7. 41-Jason Johnson, 12.577; 8. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg, 12.598; 9. 39-Spencer Bayston, 12.608; 10. 21-Carson Short, 12.696; 11. 19-Brent Marks, 12.736; 12. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.747; 13. 9-Daryn Pittman, 12.78; 14. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.822; 15. 5X-Justin Peck, 12.915; 16. 48-Danny Dietrich, 12.92; 17. 24-Rico Abreu, 12.922; 18. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.958; 19. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.003; 20. 84-Brandon Hanks, 13.006; 21. 51B-Joe B, 13.042; 22. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.064; 23. 3G-Carson Macedo, 13.079; 24. 17-Joey Saldana, 13.105; 25. 44-A.J. Bruns, 13.122; 26. 4K-Kody Kinser, 13.153; 27. 42-Cory Bruns, 13.155; 28. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.237; 29. 42X-Andy Mcelhannon, 13.276; 30. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.378; 31. 3-Dakota Jackson, 13.504; 32. 13-Clyde Knipp, 13.751; 33. 71M-Paul May, 18.607; 34. 85-Mike Terry, NT
Heat #1 (10 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer to Feature: 1. 99-Brady Bacon [1]; 2. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [2]; 3. 39-Spencer Bayston [3]; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman [4]; 5. 24-Rico Abreu [5]; 6. 51B-Joe B [6]; 7. 44-A.J. Bruns [7]; 8. 42X-Andy Mcelhannon [8]; 9. 71M-Paul May [9]
 
Heat #2 (10 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer to Feature: 1. 5-David Gravel [2]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [1]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 4. 21-Carson Short [3]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [5]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [6]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [8]; 8. 4K-Kody Kinser [7]; 9. 85-Mike Terry [9]
 
Heat #3 (10 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer to Feature: 1. 41-Jason Johnson [2]; 2. 4-Paul McMahan [1]; 3. 3G-Carson Macedo [6]; 4. 5X-Justin Peck [4]; 5. 19-Brent Marks [3]; 6. W20-Greg Wilson [5]; 7. 42-Cory Bruns [7]; 8. 3-Dakota Jackson [8]
 
Heat #4 (10 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer to Feature: 1. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [1]; 2. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg [2]; 3. 2-Shane Stewart [3]; 4. 17-Joey Saldana [6]; 5. 7S-Jason Sides [7]; 6. 48-Danny Dietrich [4]; 7. 13-Clyde Knipp [8]; 8. 84-Brandon Hanks [5]
 
Craftsman Club Dash (8 Laps): 1. 5-David Gravel [2]; 2. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [4]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [6]; 4. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [5]; 5. 41-Jason Johnson [3]; 6. 4-Paul McMahan [7]; 7. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg [8]; 8. 99-Brady Bacon [1]
 
Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - Top 4 Transfer to Feature: 1. W20-Greg Wilson [2][-]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5][-]; 3. 44-A.J. Bruns [6][-]; 4. 51B-Joe B [4][-]; 5. 4K-Kody Kinser [7][$300]; 6. 3-Dakota Jackson [11][$250]; 7. 42X-Andy Mcelhannon [9][$225]; 8. 42-Cory Bruns [8][$200]; 9. 13-Clyde Knipp [12][$200]; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen [10][$200]; 11. 48-Danny Dietrich [1][$200]; 12. 84-Brandon Hanks [3][$200]; 13. 71M-Paul May [13][$200]; 14. 85-Mike Terry [14][$200]

 
Unofficial World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

 
Pos. Car Driver Total Diff Wins Top 5's Top 10's
1 15 Donny Schatz 3252 0 9 16 19
2
 
5 David Gravel 3178 -74 5 14 19
3
 
49 Brad Sweet 3162 -90 2 15 19
4 41 Jason Johnson 3036 -216 2 10 15
5 9 Daryn Pittman 3008 -244 0 5 14
6 2 Shane Stewart 2974 -278 0 5 15
7 93 Sheldon Haudenschild 2924 -328 0 5 12
8 1S Logan Schuchart 2900 -352 2 5 10
9 17 Joey Saldana 2872 -380 0 3 6
10 7S Jason Sides 2848 -404 0 4 12
11 4 Paul McMahan 2824 -428 0 2 8
12 11k Kraig Kinser 2812 -440 0 1 5
13 19 Brent Marks 2806 -446 0 0 6
14 W20 Greg Wilson 2684 -568 0 1 5
15 1A Jacob Allen 2320 -932 0 0 1
16 13 Clyde Knipp 2166 -1086 0 0 0
17 2X Parker Price-Miller 2026 -1226 1 1 3
18 24R Rico Abreu 1932 -1320 1 6 9
19 18 Ian Madsen 1930 -1322 0 2 8
20 99 Brady Bacon 1796 -1456 0 1 3

 

 

 

 

 
#15 Scores #9 on Night 2 of #LetsRaceTwo

 
Donny Schatz leads all 30 laps for his ninth season win 

 
ROSSBURG, OH - May 13, 2017 - Eight-time World of Outlaws Champion and current points leader Donny Schatz scored his ninth season win on the second and final night of #LetsRaceTwo at Eldora Speedway, leading all 30 laps into the checkers. Behind him, a fierce battle for second and third ensued, in which Outlaws Brad Sweet and Jason Johnson ultimately lost out to Ohio-native Chad Kemenah and the much-loved Rico Abreu. 

 
World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Rookie of the Year contender Sheldon Haundenschild - quite popular at the track given the loud applause heard from fans - started in second next to Schatz, but fell back almost immediately with Brad Sweet and Jason Johnson battling for second. Heading into Lap 12, however, Kemenah, who had been dilligently working his way up from eighth, stole third from Johnson and started pressing on Sweet. 

 
A Lap 20 restart after Shane Stewart slapped the wall in Turn 4, ending the night for the Larson Marks Racing #2 car, gave Kemenah a brief opportunity to battle Schatz for the lead, but the reigning champ pulled ahead and maintained a strong lead throughout the race. 

 
"That's not me; that's this race team," said Schatz. "These guys are incredible. They're all capable of being crew chiefs on this car. They feed off each other. Sometimes I don't give the best information. I try to do my best job, but some days I'm racing Lap 29 and they're trying to figure out how to start the race. It's just lucky to be around great people like that. It's fun to get a win, especially here at Eldora." 

 
Unlike the previous night, in which the Craftsman Club Dash inversion pushed Schatz back into position seven from the second spot and put Johnson on the pole, the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing driver got lucky with an invert of six that put him on the pole after a less than stellar start to the day, while Tim Shaffer got pushed all the way to the back after earning the pole.

 
Oddly, no driver visited Victory Lane twice during the two-day event at the famed half-mile oval, and spectators witnessed two very different nights of racing at the 'Big E'. The bottom was slicker, and the track was faster overall, allowing Shaffer to score a qualifying Quick Time of 12.915, not far from the 12.707-second track record established by Craig Dollansky on April 13, 2002. And despite Schatz's win, he remained the only Outlaw in Victory Lane. 

 
"We'll take second against these guys," said Kemenah from Victory Lane. "You know, they are the best." 

 
But this wasn't Kemenah's first trip there during #LetsRaceTwo. Last year, he followed Kerry Madsen into the checkers for another second place win. "This is really good," said the Alvada, Ohio native. "Two years in a row now I ran second in this thing, so I need one more."

 
Eldora Speedway Notebook

 
RACE NOTES: Eight-time World of Outlaws Champion Donny Schatz scored his ninth win of the season on the second and final night of #LetsRaceTwo at Eldora Speedway on Saturday. Schatz led all 30 laps, with only a short-lived challenge from Chad Kemenah on a Lap 20 restart after Shane Stewart hit the wall in Turn 4. Kemenah followed Schatz into Victory Lane after a fierce battle for second and third, which resulted in the Alvada, OH native and Rico Abreu overtaking Outlaws Brad Sweet and Jason Johnson.

 
CONTINGENCY WINNERS: MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Dale Blaney; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Brent Marks; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Jason Johnson; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Joey Saldana; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Sheldon Haudenschild; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Sheldon Haudenschild; Extended Stay ($50 cash): Daryn Pittman; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Brent Marks; Super Flow ($50 cash): David Gravel; Craftsman Club Fast Five ($100 cash): Sheldon Haudenschild, Brad Sweet, Joey Saldana, Jason Johnson; Craftsman/Sears: Tim Shaffer; KSE Hard Charger: Brent Marks; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Donny Schatz; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Jason Sides; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Clyde Knipp.

 
SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz - 9 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, LoneStar Speedway on March 3, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 10, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 18, Missouri State Fair Speedway on May 5, 81 Speedway on May 6, Eldora Speedway on May 13); David Gravel - 5 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 17, Placerville Speedway on March 29, Perris Auto Speedway on April 1, Gator Motorplex on April 3, Plymouth Speedway on April 28); Jason Johnson - 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17, Devil's Bowl Speedway on April 14); Brad Sweet - 2 (Stockton Dirt Track on March 25, Devil's Bowl Speedway on April 15), Logan Schuchart - 2 (Keller Auto Speedway on March 31, Eldora Speedway on May 12), Brian Brown - 1 (Cocopah Speedway on April 7), Rico Abreu - 1 (Arizona Speedway on April 8).

 
World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Eldora Speedway, OH; May 13, 2017

 
Feature (30 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1][$10,000]; 2. 10H-Chad Kemenah [8][$5,000]; 3. 24-Rico Abreu [9][$3,000]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [3][$2,700]; 5. 41-Jason Johnson [6][$2,500]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [13][$2,200]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [12][$2,000]; 8. 17-Joey Saldana [4][$1,800]; 9. 49X-Tim Shaffer [5][$1,600]; 10. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [2][$1,450]; 11. 9-Daryn Pittman [16][$1,300]; 12. 19-Brent Marks [20][$1,200]; 13. 4-Paul McMahan [19][$1,100]; 14. 5-David Gravel [7][$1,000]; 15. W20-Greg Wilson [15][$950]; 16. 12N-Cole Duncan [18][$900]; 17. 7S-Jason Sides [21][$850]; 18. 1A-Jacob Allen [23][$750]; 19. 48-Danny Dietrich [14][$725]; 20. 2-Shane Stewart [10][$700]; 21. 44-Trey Starks [17][$700]; 22. 99-Brady Bacon [11][$700]; 23. 13-Clyde Knipp [22][$700]; 24. 11N-Dale Blaney [24][$700]; Lap Leader: Donny Schatz 1-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 19-Brent Marks[+8]

 
Qualifying: 1. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 12.915; 2. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.055; 3. 41-Jason Johnson, 13.056; 4. 17-Joey Saldana, 13.059; 5. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 13.068; 6. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.136; 7. 5-David Gravel, 13.149; 8. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.159; 9. 24-Rico Abreu, 13.178; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.203; 11. 44-Trey Starks, 13.207; 12. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.213; 13. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.219; 14. 99-Brady Bacon, 13.258; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.289; 16. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.298; 17. 48-Danny Dietrich, 13.361; 18. 12N-Cole Duncan, 13.384; 19. 4-Paul McMahan, 13.36; 20. 19-Brent Marks, 13.435; 21. 17X-Caleb Helms, 13.436; 22. 13-Clyde Knipp, 13.439; 23. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.457; 24. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg, 13.475; 25. 11N-Dale Blaney, 13.518; 26. 7C-Caleb Armstrong, 13.657; 27. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 13.684; 28. 45-Trevor Baker, 13.762; 29. 1A-Jacob Allen, NT

 
Heat #1 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer: 1. 49X-Tim Shaffer [1]; 2. 17-Joey Saldana [2]; 3. 5-David Gravel [3]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [5]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [4]; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman [6]; 7. 4-Paul McMahan [7]; 8. 13-Clyde Knipp [8]; 9. 45-Trevor Baker [10]; 10. 11N-Dale Blaney [9]

 
Heat #2 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer: 1. 49-Brad Sweet [1]; 2. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [3]; 3. 10H-Chad Kemenah [2]; 4. 99-Brady Bacon [5]; 5. 48-Danny Dietrich [6]; 6. 44-Trey Starks [4]; 7. 7S-Jason Sides [8]; 8. 19-Brent Marks [7]; 9. 7C-Caleb Armstrong [9]; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen [10]

 
Heat #3 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer: 1. 41-Jason Johnson [1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 3. 24-Rico Abreu [3]; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser [5]; 5. W20-Greg Wilson [4]; 6. 12N-Cole Duncan [6]; 7. 49D-Shawn Dancer [9]; 8. 17X-Caleb Helms [7]

 
Craftsman Club Dash (6 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1]; 2. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [2]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [5]; 4. 17-Joey Saldana [3]; 5. 49X-Tim Shaffer [6]; 6. 41-Jason Johnson [4]
Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer: 1. 4-Paul McMahan [1][-]; 2. 19-Brent Marks [2][-]; 3. 7S-Jason Sides [5][-]; 4. 13-Clyde Knipp [4][-]; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen [10][-]; 6. 11N-Dale Blaney [6][-]; 7. 17X-Caleb Helms [3][$300]; 8. 45-Trevor Baker [9][$250]; 9. 7C-Caleb Armstrong [7][$225]; 10. 49D-Shawn Dancer [8][$200]; 11. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg [11][$200]

 
Unofficial World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

 
Pos.
Car
Driver
Total
Diff
Wins
Top 5's
Top 10's
1
15
Donny Schatz
3124
0
9
16
19
2
5
David Gravel
3032
-92
5
13
18
3
49
Brad Sweet
3026
-98
2
15
18
4
41
Jason Johnson
2892
-232
2
9
14
5
9
Daryn Pittman
2878
-246
0
5
13
6
2
Shane Stewart
2832
-292
0
4
14
7
1S
Logan Schuchart
2794
-330
2
5
10
8
93
Sheldon Haudenschild
2786
-338
0
5
11
9
17
Joey Saldana
2748
-376
0
3
6
10
7S
Jason Sides
2732
-392
0
4
12
11
11k
Kraig Kinser
2692
-432
0
1
5
11
4
Paul McMahan
2692
-432
0
2
7
13
19
Brent Marks
2688
-436
0
0
6
14
W20
Greg Wilson
2572
-552
0
1
5
15
1A
Jacob Allen
2230
-894
0
0
1
16
13
Clyde Knipp
2076
-1048
0
0
0
17
18
Ian Madsen
1930
-1194
0
2
8
18
2X
Parker Price-Miller
1876
-1248
0
0
2
19
24R
Rico Abreu
1810
-1314
1
6
9
20
21
Brian Brown
1784
-1340
1
8
8

 

 

 

 
#LetsRaceTwo, but Let's Win One First
 
Logan Schuchart scores his first-ever Eldora Speedway win
 

 
ROSSBURG, OH - May 12, 2017 - Logan Schuchart scored his first-ever Eldora Speedway win Friday night during the #LetsRaceTwo opener, battling Eldora veteran Shane Stewart for the lead from laps eight through 12, after which Schuchart retained it for the remaining 18 laps to secure his fourth career World of Outlaws win and second win this season.

 
"It's the place you always want to win at," said the Shark Racing 1s driver about Eldora after his win. "As a little kid I dreamt about being a World of Outlaws driver. Eldora, with all the history behind it, it's really cool. My grandfather won the first Outlaw race here in '78, so being able to win this race with him by my side is really cool. I hope it means something for July. My grandfather won the Knoxville Nationals. He won the Williams Grove National Open. But nobody won the Kings Royal, so that's a race I really want to run well in, and this is where you get your notes and stuff. To win tonight, hopefully that means something for the next couple races in the next couple months."

 
Schuchart's win emerged from a field of 35 cars, a third of them Ohio natives. But the night went to the Outlaws. Following Schuchart into Victory Lane were fellow Outlaws Stewart and Brad Sweet. Quicktime went to Outlaw Jason Sides, the very first driver to qualify. Three of the four heat races went to Outlaws - the fourth going to Aliquippa, PA-native Tim Shaffer. The Dash went to Outlaw Jason Johnson. And all four that transfered from the Last Chance Showdown were Outlaws as well, with Kraig Kinser in the lead.

 
Meanwhile, Alvada, OH-native Chad Kemenah, who came in second on both nights of last year's #LetsRaceTwo, failed to make the Feature. And last year's winner, Kerry Madsen, was noticeably absent.

 
Initally, it was looking like a pretty good day for Jason Johnson, who started the Feature on the pole after winning the Craftsman Club Dash, which he also started on the pole after a full-field inversion stemming from a Dash draw of eight. But Stewart managed to steal Johnson's lead in lap seven, after which Johnson fell back and was overtaken by Sweet and points leader Donny Schatz, who had worked their way up from positions nine and seven respectively.

 
After qualifying in third and winning Heat 3, Schuchart started the Feature in the third row (fifth position) and jumped to third at the onset of the race. But when Stewart stole the lead from Johnson, the battle between Stewart and Schuchart was on. In lap nine, Schuchart finally took the lead from the JJR-Marshall 41, only to lose it again on a restart after a red flag on Ohio natives Trevor Philo and Jac Haudenschild, who collided outside turn one when Philo bounced off the wall. Three laps later, Schuchart took back his lead and held it through the checkers.

 
It was a night of celebration for Shark Racing, but not so much for Philo and J Haudenschild, who were both transported to a local hospital for further examination. Haudenschild, an Eldora veteran with six World of Outlaws wins and five USAC wins at the track, was there with his son and rookie Outlaw, Sheldon. According to a tweet from Haudenschild Racing, "Sheldon spoke to Jac, he's ready to leave the hospital and is insistent on racing tomorrow."

 
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to Eldora Speedway again on Saturday, May 13 for night two of #LetsRaceTwo

 
Eldora Speedway Notebook

 
RACE NOTES: Logan Schuchart battled Shane Stewart for his first Eldora Speedway win on night one of #LetsRaceTwo Friday night, marking his fourth career World of Outlaws win. Stewart, who had the most recent World of Outlaws win at Eldora after taking the checkers at the 2016 Four Crown Nationals last September, took the lead from Jason Johnson in lap 7 and battled Schuchart through the next five laps, losing the lead in lap 9, and again in 12 to follow Schuchart to the checkers with Brad Sweet behind him.

 
CONTINGENCY WINNERS: MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Travis Philo; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Logan Schuchart; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Jason Johnson; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Jacob Allen; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Daryn Pittman; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Karig Kinser; Extended Stay ($50 cash): Greg Wilson; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Greg Wilson; Super Flow ($50 cash): Brent Marks; Craftsman Club Fast Five ($100 cash): Brent Marks, Jason Johnson, Jason Sides, Shane Stewart, Logan Schuchart, David Gravel; Craftsman/Sears: Travis Philo; KSE Hard Charger: Kraig Kinser; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Logan Schuchart; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Joey Saldana; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Danny Dietrich.

 
SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz - 8 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, LoneStar Speedway on March 3, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 10, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 18, Missouri State Fair Speedway on May 5, 81 Speedway on May 6); David Gravel - 5 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 17, Placerville Speedway on March 29, Perris Auto Speedway on April 1, Gator Motorplex on April 3, Plymouth Speedway on April 28); Jason Johnson - 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17, Devil's Bowl Speedway on April 14); Brad Sweet - 2 (Stockton Dirt Track on March 25, Devil's Bowl Speedway on April 15), Logan Schuchart - 2 (Keller Auto Speedway on March 31, Eldora Speedway on May 12), Brian Brown - 1 (Cocopah Speedway on April 7), Rico Abreu - 1 (Arizona Speedway on April 8).

 
World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Eldora Speedway, OH; May 12, 2017

 
Feature (30 Laps): 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5][$10,000]; 2. 2-Shane Stewart [4][$5,000]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [9][$3,000]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [7][$2,700]; 5. 41-Jason Johnson [1][$2,500]; 6. 5-David Gravel [6][$2,200]; 7. 7S-Jason Sides [2][$2,000]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [12][$1,800]; 9. 9-Daryn Pittman [11][$1,600]; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser [21][$1,450]; 11. 49X-Tim Shaffer [8][$1,300]; 12. W20-Greg Wilson [20][$1,200]; 13. 44-Trey Starks [10][$1,100]; 14. 19-Brent Marks [24][$1,000]; 15. 24-Rico Abreu [14][$950]; 16. 17-Joey Saldana [13][$900]; 17. 4-Paul McMahan [23][$850]; 18. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [22][$750]; 19. 11N-Dale Blaney [19][$725]; 20. A67-Brandon Wimmer [17][$700]; 21. 48-Danny Dietrich [15][$700]; 22. 5T-Travis Philo [3][$700]; 23. 6M-Jac Haudenschild [16][$700]; 24. 17X-Caleb Helms [18][$700]; Lap Leaders: Jason Johnson 1-6; Shane Stewart 7-8, 10-11; Logan Schuchart 9, 12-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 11K-Kraig Kinser[+11]

 
Qualifying: 1. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.843; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 14.065; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 14.24; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen, 14.299; 5. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 14.319; 6. 44-Trey Starks, 14.376; 7. 48-Danny Dietrich, 14.401; 8. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 14.427; 9. 2-Shane Stewart, 14.443; 10. 24-Rico Abreu, 14.476; 11. 9-Daryn Pittman, 14.536; 12. 41-Jason Johnson, 14.593; 13. A67-Brandon Wimmer, 14.607; 14. 5-David Gravel, 14.624; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.635; 16. W20-Greg Wilson, 14.636; 17. 49-Brad Sweet, 14.655; 18. 12N-Cole Duncan, 14.71; 19. 11N-Dale Blaney, 14.733; 20. 6M-Jac Haudenschild, 14.753; 21. 17-Joey Saldana, 14.844; 22. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 14.854; 23. 5T-Travis Philo, 14.865; 24. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg, 14.867; 25. 45L-Brian Lay, 14.869; 26. 17X-Caleb Helms, 14.912; 27. 7C-Caleb Armstrong, 14.941; 28. 4-Paul McMahan, 14.982; 29. 19-Brent Marks, 14.998; 30. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 15; 31. 7J-Joe Swanson, 15.148; 32. 13-Clyde Knipp, 15.247; 33. 45-Trevor Baker, 15.264; 34. 99-Brady Bacon, 15.376; 35. 83X-Adam Cruea, NT

 
Heat #1 (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 2-Shane Stewart [3]; 2. 7S-Jason Sides [1]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [5]; 4. 17-Joey Saldana [6]; 5. A67-Brandon Wimmer [4]; 6. 19-Brent Marks [8]; 7. 45L-Brian Lay [7]; 8. 45-Trevor Baker [9]; 9. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [2]

 
Heat #2 (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1]; 2. 5-David Gravel [4]; 3. 44-Trey Starks [2]; 4. 24-Rico Abreu [3]; 5. 17X-Caleb Helms [7]; 6. 49D-Shawn Dancer [6]; 7. 99-Brady Bacon [9]; 8. 10H-Chad Kemenah [8]; 9. 12N-Cole Duncan [5]

 
Heat #3 (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1]; 2. 5T-Travis Philo [6]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [3]; 4. 48-Danny Dietrich [2]; 5. 11N-Dale Blaney [5]; 6. 7C-Caleb Armstrong [7]; 7. 7J-Joe Swanson [8]; 8. 83X-Adam Cruea [9]; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser [4]

 
Heat #4 (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 49X-Tim Shaffer [2]; 2. 41-Jason Johnson [3]; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen [1]; 4. 6M-Jac Haudenschild [5]; 5. W20-Greg Wilson [4]; 6. 4-Paul McMahan [7]; 7. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg [6]; 8. 13-Clyde Knipp [8]

 
Craftsman Club Dash (6 Laps): 1. 41-Jason Johnson [1]; 2. 7S-Jason Sides [4]; 3. 5T-Travis Philo [2]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [8]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [6]; 6. 5-David Gravel [3]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz [7]; 8. 49X-Tim Shaffer [5]

 
Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - Top 4 Transfer: 1. 11K-Kraig Kinser [2][-]; 2. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [1][-]; 3. 4-Paul McMahan [8][-]; 4. 19-Brent Marks [9][-]; 5. 49D-Shawn Dancer [4][$300]; 6. 12N-Cole Duncan [3][$250]; 7. 10H-Chad Kemenah [10][$225]; 8. 99-Brady Bacon [14][$200]; 9. 45L-Brian Lay [6][$200]; 10. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg [5][$200]; 11. 7C-Caleb Armstrong [7][$200]; 12. 7J-Joe Swanson [11][$200]; 13. 45-Trevor Baker [13][$200]; 14. 13-Clyde Knipp [12][$200]; 15. 83X-Adam Cruea [15][$200]

 
Unofficial World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

 
Pos.
Car
Driver
Total
Diff
Wins
Top 5's
Top 10's
1
15
Donny Schatz
2974
0
8
15
18
2
5
David Gravel
2910
-64
5
13
18
3
49
Brad Sweet
2884
-90
2
14
17
4
41
Jason Johnson
2752
-222
2
8
13
5
9
Daryn Pittman
2750
-224
0
5
13
6
2
Shane Stewart
2722
-252
0
4
14
7
1S
Logan Schuchart
2656
-318
2
5
9
8
93
Sheldon Haudenschild
2656
-318
0
5
10
9
7S
Jason Sides
2616
-358
0
4
12
10
17
Joey Saldana
2614
-360
0
3
5
11
4
Paul McMahan
2568
-406
0
2
7
12
19
Brent Marks
2562
-412
0
0
6
13
11k
Kraig Kinser
2556
-418
0
1
4
14
W20
Greg Wilson
2452
-522
0
1
5
15
1A
Jacob Allen
2116
-858
0
0
1
16
13
Clyde Knipp
1972
-1002
0
0
0
17
18
Ian Madsen
1930
-1044
0
2
8
18
2X
Parker Price-Miller
1876
-1098
0
0
2
19
21
Brian Brown
1784
-1190
1
8
8
20
24R
Rico Abreu
1666
-1308
1
5
8

 

 

 

Outlaws Return to 'The Hub of Racing'

Outlaws set to perform on auto racing's biggest stage

CONCORD, N.C. - May 12, 2017 - No city is more synonymous with auto racing than Charlotte, NC. On Friday, May 26, The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway will host the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series for the 16th time, giving one driver the opportunity to say he won at Charlotte alongside the best in the industry.

Having earned the nickname 'The Hub of Racing', Charlotte, NC is home to many racing heroes, including numerous NASCAR teams and two full-time World of Outlaws teams: Larson Marks Racing and Kasey Kahne Racing.

The grueling World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series 93-race schedule crisscrosses the country from Florida to California, working its way back east, then up into Canada and other places in between before making it to North Carolina. The Outlaws have up to four events a week this season, and for many drivers and crew that means not seeing family from February's legendary DIRTcar Nationals in Florida until whenever the Series nears their hometowns. For Larson Marks Racing and Kasey Kahne Racing this only happens twice a year: during the May Outlaw Showdown, and of course, World Finals.

Charlotte is an elite track that most drivers have circled on their list of "most wanted" trips to Victory Lane. There's nothing sweeter than winning at a place that holds so much history and esteem, etching your name next to racing idols that have also won at Charlotte, whether at the 1.5-mile speedway or at the dirt track.

Last year, 2016 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie-of-the-Year winner Greg Wilson put on a thrilling show, passing Larson Marks Racing's Shane Stewart on the last lap. Having started in fifth position, Wilson masterfully closed the gap on the leaders and passed two cars in the final laps to capture his second career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory.

"I've never dreamt in my wildest dreams that I would ever get this opportunity," Greg Wilson said following his 2016 win at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "I have been blessed to run with the World of Outlaws. To do this in Charlotte, in front of all these fans, this is badass, and that's all there is to it!"

Alongside NASCAR greats like Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty, Cale Yarbrough and "Junior" Johnson, and World of Outlaws greats Donny Schatz, Sammy Swindell, Steve Kinser and Joey Saldana, Wilson's name will be forever cemented into history for his Charlotte win.

Sixteen full-time World of Outlaw drivers, along with many other invaders will be vying to add their names to the list of drivers that have won an event at Charlotte at the end of the month.

Tickets for the Circle K NOS Energy Outlaw Showdown at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway can be purchased at CharlotteMotorSpeedway.com. For more information visit WoOSprint.com.

 

 

World of Outlaws Series' Meet for FVP Outlaw Clay Classic June 27 and 28

World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car and Late Models Series join forces at Route 66 for a two-night event

CONCORD, NC - May 12, 2017 - The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series and World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series are set to converge in Illinois. The nation's two premier dirt touring Series will cross paths during the second annual FVP Outlaw Clay Classic at the Dirt Oval at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, IL on June 27 and 28. It's the only chance for fans to see both World of Outlaws Series on consecutive nights this season before the World of Outlaws World Finals at the Dirt Track at Charlotte in November.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series invades the Dirt Oval at Route 66 for the first night of the FVP Outlaw Clay Classic on June 27. Current Sprint Car Series point leader Donny Schatz won the inaugural event on June 29, 2016 at Rockford Speedway. The event marks the halfway point just as the Outlaws prepare for the most grueling and highest-paying month of racing in the midst of a tight championship points race.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series takes over the Joliet 3/8-mile track the following night on June 28 to complete two thrilling nights of Outlaw racing. World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series driver Frank Heckenast Jr. will be eager to dethrone defending event winner Brian Shirley at the track owned and managed by his sister, Sherri Heckenast.

Heckenast Jr., from nearby Frankfort, IL, is currently in his fourth season with the Series. His lone World of Outlaws victory came at Florida's Bubba Raceway Park in 2015, which creates an enticing opportunity for Heckenast Jr. to earn his second Series triumph in his home state.

The Dirt Oval at Route 66 Raceway presents a unique challenge to the Outlaw drivers of both Series. Neither Series has had the opportunity to race at the track on the grounds of the Chicagoland Speedway in over a decade. Schatz went to victory lane when the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series was last there in 2005. The World of Outlaws Late Model Series last visited the track as the Hav-A-Tampa Series in 1999.

Located just 45 miles from Chicago, IL, The Dirt Oval at Route 66 is not your typical dirt track. Rather, it's a multi-purpose facility also capable of hosting off-road trucks, demolition derbys and monster trucks in addition to traditional oval dirt track racing. However, the track regularly hosts high-speed, thrilling Late Model and Winged Sprint Car special events.

Following the second annual FVP Outlaw Clay Classic, The Dirt Oval at Route 66 will also host the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series for the two-day Chi-Town Showdown on October 13-14.

Two-day advance ticket packages for the second annual FVP Outlaw Clay Classic at the Dirt Oval at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, IL are available by calling 844-DIRT-TIX or online at www.WorldofOutlaws.com/Tickets.

 

 

 

 
Season To Date: World of Outlaws Hit Quarter Mark

 
Talented Outlaw field chasing down reigning champ Schatz
 
CONCORD, N.C. - May 11, 2017 - The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series has reached the quarter-mark of its 2017 campaign following the completion of its 20th event last weekend at 81 Speedway in Park City, KS. The Series had scheduled 24 of its 93 nights of competition to this point on the calendar, but two were cancelled and another two postponed to later dates, all due to rain.
 
Through the first three months of competition, Donny Schatz is off to an impressive start in search of his ninth series title. After a pair of wins to start the month of May, the driver of the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing No.15 now has eight wins and a 60-point lead over the CJB Motorsports No.5 of David Gravel in the championship standings, a five-time winner himself this season. Both drivers have 17 top-10 finishes in 20 starts this season.
 
Kasey Kahne Racing teammates Brad Sweet and Daryn Pittman occupy the third- and fourth-place spots in the standings ahead of Jason Johnson's No.41. Seven different drivers have earned wins so far this season, including Schatz, Gravel, Sweet and Johnson.
 
The Kevin Gobrecht Rookie-of-the-Year battle has already proved entertaining. Sheldon Haudenschild of Wooster, OH sits seventh overall in the Outlaw standings with an impressive five top-5s and 10 top-10s through 20 races. Haudenschild earned a World of Outlaws career-best finish of third at Lonestar Speedway in Texas on March 3 and equaled the mark at Perris Auto Speedway on April 1. Meanwhile, Brent Marks of Myerstown, PA is 12th in the Series standings with six top-5 results to date, including a season-best finish of sixth at Plymouth Speedway on April 28.
 
Here's how we arrived at the quarter-mark.
 
Florida Quick Start
 
After Johnson earned the season-opening win on February 17 during the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park, Schatz replied with a pair of wins during a February 19 doubleheader. However, it was David Gravel who claimed the Big Gator as the week's overall champion with a consistent effort all week long.
 
"It's a long season, and you need to condition for it," Johnson said following the opener to his third full-time season with the Outlaws. "[The win] is huge for our operation, for our team, for the people working on this team and for my self-confidence."
 
From Florida, the Outlaws travelled west for a stop in Texas at Lonestar Speedway where Schatz extended his winning streak to three.
 
A week later, the Series was at the Las Vegas Dirt Track on March 9 and 10 for its only Nevada races of the season. Schatz topped the field on both nights for five straight wins. The pair of wins earned him a cool $10,000 bonus from Badlands Motor Speedway and make him eligible for another $5,000 bonus if he can win either race when the series visits the Brandon, SD track July 1-2, or $10,000 if he can win both.
 
"Ironically enough, we did win the last race there," Schatz said of his 2016 Badlands victory following his second Vegas win. "I've always cut my teeth there back in the day. So, it's fun to go there and get those victories. If we can get back there and do it again, it'll be extra-special."
 
Cali Clashes
 
The World of Outlaws annual spring trip through California is always one of the most trying parts of the season with teams spending nearly a month on the west coast, often with a week between races. But Cali was the coming out party for Gravel.
 
The Watertown, CT driver started the six-race California stretch with a win at Tulare Thunderbowl on March 17 to snap Schatz' winning streak, although the reigning champ answered with his sixth win at the same track on the following night.
 
The 'Big Cat' Brad Sweet put himself in the win column a week later at Stockton Dirt Track on March 25 before Gravel earned his second triumph at Placerville Speedway on March 29. The final weekend in California yielded arguably the most popular win of the season when Logan Schuchart won at Keller Auto Speedway on March 31.
 
"It doesn't matter if you start from the pole or wherever, if you can win an Outlaw race, these things are really tough [to win] no matter where you go," Schuchart said following his victory.
 
Gravel scored his third win of the season the next night at Perris Auto Speedway to start the month of April on the right foot.
 
"[I'm] just happy to get another win, this is definitely huge," Gravel said. "This the most wins I've had this early in the season. Not that it takes the pressure off, but you just want to keep it rolling."
 
Southern Swing
 
The Series began its return east with a trip through Arizona. Brian Brown became the first non-Series regular to score a victory at Cocopah Speedway on April 7. Rico Abreu joined him in that category the next night at Arizona Speedway on April 8.
 
A trio of races in the Lone Star State were up next for the Outlaws. Gravel went to victory lane for the fourth time during a rescheduled event at Gator Motorplex on April 13. The Outlaws returned to the site of their birth, Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, TX for the Texas Outlaw Nationals on April 14 and 15. Johnson and Sweet each earned their second wins of the season on consecutive nights.
 
Moving to the Midwest
 
Following the pair of races at Devil's Bowl, the Outlaws waited patiently for two weeks to play again after rain forced the Series to postpone its date at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, AR on April 21 to May 3 (and later to October 18). The Spring Classic at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on April 22 was cancelled due to rain.
 
When the Series returned to action at Indiana's Plymouth Speedway on April 28, it was the first race in the Eastern Time Zone since February 19 and David Gravel grabbed his fifth win of the season. Rain resulted in the postponement of the April 29 race at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, IN to May 14.
 
Just when the Outlaw contingent felt they had wrangled Schatz under control by holding him winless in 10 starts, the Fargo, ND native swept the first weekend of May at Missouri State Fair Speedway in Sedalia, MO on May 5 and at 81 Speedway in Park City, KS on May 6.
 
"Sometimes you pay the price and April was that time, so May is going a lot better," Schatz said at 81 Speedway following his eighth win of the season.
 
Up Next
 
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series 2017 season continues with several big events leading into the busy summer months. It begins with a tripleheader this weekend as the Series visits Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH on May 12 and 13 for the #LetsRaceTwo weekend before the rescheduled stop at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, IN on May 14.
 
The Series' first trip to Pennsylvania in 2017 takes place May 17-20 with visits to Lincoln Speedway and Williams Grove for the Morgan Cup. The Outlaws also visit Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, MN for the 39th annual ACGO Jackson Nationals June 1-3.
 
Outlaw drivers will have their only tune-up at Knoxville Raceway prior to the Knoxville Nationals when the Series visits the Iowa track on June 9-10. The month of June will also see the Outlaws race in Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Wisconsin and a trip to Illinois for the second annual Outlaw Clay Classic at The Dirt Oval at Route 66 on June 27. For a full schedule of upcoming events, visit www.woosprint.com/schedule
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Donny Schatz wins Outlaws return to 81 Speedway to score eighth victory of the season

 
By: Tony Veneziano

 
PARK City, KS.- May 7, 2017 -Quite a bit has changed over the last 11 years since the last Donny Schatz had raced at 81 Speedway, prior to Saturday night. The track surface was reconfigured before this season, while the tires and wings on the cars have also changed over the last decade. One things that didn't change was the end result as he won for the second straight time at the three-eights-mile as the Outlaws returned to 81 Speedway for the Kansas Outlaw Klassic presented by Great Clips, Murphy Tractor and the City of Park City, Kansas.

 
Schatz's second consecutive win at 81 Speedway had extra meaning, as his crew chief Ricky Warner and his wife, have family members from the area, who are involved with the operations at 81 Speedway.

 
"This is like a hometown win for Rick and Danele Warner," said Schatz. "Rick has been with me a long time and we have won a lot of races together. The last time we were here, we won and were fortunate to get here again tonight. It was a great crowd tonight and it's great to see all of the enthusiasm here. It's incredible to be standing here in front of them winning."

 
Schatz started on the pole and led all 30 laps, but had a very close call, after some contact, when a pair of lapped cars got together right in front of him on the 18th lap. Despite sustaining some damage to his machine, the North Dakota native was able to lead flag-to-flag.

 
"The (No.) 4 car stopped and I got into him there," noted Schatz. "I thought I was going over and when I got away from him I could steer, but I knew something was bent in the front. It obviously bent the front axle, but it didn't really hurt me much. It might have actually helped me."

 
On the double file restart, which was the only restart of the 30-lap main event, Schatz chose the low side of the three-eighths-mile, with Jason Johnson lined up beside him. A strong restart propelled Schatz as Johnson, David Gravel and Daryn Pittman all battled for second.

 
"We just had the car rolling and are trying a lot of funky things right now and there are a lot of weird pieces on this race car, but we are learning," explained Schatz. "Sometimes you pay the price and April was that time, so May is going a lot better."

 
Pittman used a last lap pass of Gravel to earn his second consecutive runner-up finish, as he continues to close in on his first win of the season in the Great Clips, No. 9 for Kasey Kahne Racing. Pittman started second and looked on the low side of the track a couple of times in the early going as he kept pace with Schatz.

 
"We are bringing better race cars to the track," said Pittman. "Eric Prutzman is making great changes as the night goes on. Getting in the dash has been huge with the extra track time. Most of the headway we have made with our race cars the last two nights has been in the dash. That's really been key. When the car is faster, it's a lot more fun to drive."

 
Pittman started second and kept pace with Schatz for the first few laps, before losing a couple of positions. Late in the race he had an entertaining battle with Gravel and Johnson for the runner-up position.

 
"We had to fight hard for that one," shared Pittman. "We fell back to fourth and got by Jason (Johnson) after the yellow. (David) Gravel got caught up by a few lapped cars and we were able to get back by him coming to the checkers. It was a good finish and a good weekend for us."

 
Gravel continued his strong season by picking up his 13th top-five finish of the season, with a third-place finish. The Connecticut native ran as high as second in the late going and was keeping up with Schatz in open track, before having some trouble getting by slower cars.

 
"Lapped cars were pretty tough, they were running pretty high and made it pretty difficult," said Gravel. "It was hard to tell where they were going to go. Daryn (Pittman) got by me, but I think we had a second-place car. I just wish we could have qualified a little better to get in the dash and get another shot at the race track. If we had started on the front two rows, I think we could have gotten the win. We'll take our podium and move on to the next race."

 
Johnson finished fourth, with Brad Sweet in fifth. Shane Stewart worked his way from the 16th starting spot to finish sixth. Logan Schuchart was seventh, with Aaron Reutzel eighth, Jason Sides ninth and rookie Brent Marks 10th.

 
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to action at the famed Eldora Speedway in Ohio on Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13.
81 Speedway Notebook
 
SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz - 8 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, LoneStar Speedway on March 3, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 10, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 18, Missouri State Fair Speedway on May 5, 81 Speedway on May 6); David Gravel - 5 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 17, Placerville Speedway on March 29, Perris Auto Speedway on April 1, Gator Motorplex on April 13, Plymouth on April 28); Jason Johnson - 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17, Devil's Bowl on April 14); Brad Sweet - 2 (Stockton Dirt Track on March 25, Devil's Bowl on April 15), Logan Schuchart - 1 (Keller Auto Speedway), Brian Brown - 1 (Cocopah Speedway), Rico Abreu - 1 (Arizona Speedway on April 8).
 
Feature (30 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1][$10,000]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [2][$5,500]; 3. 5-David Gravel [7][$3,200]; 4. 41-Jason Johnson [4][$2,800]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [10][$2,500]; 6. 2-Shane Stewart [16][$2,300]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart [11][$2,200]; 8. 87-Aaron Reutzel [8][$2,100]; 9. 7S-Jason Sides [6][$2,050]; 10. 19-Brent Marks [14][$2,000]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3][$1,500]; 12. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [18][$1,200]; 13. 99-Brady Bacon [13][$1,100]; 14. 17-Joey Saldana [5][$1,050]; 15. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [9][$1,000]; 16. W20-Greg Wilson [15][$900]; 17. 9XX-Jake Bubak [23][$800]; 18. 1X-Don Droud [19][$800]; 19. 1A-Jacob Allen [12][$800]; 20. 10C-Jeremy Campbell [24][$800]; 21. 4-Paul McMahan [17][$800]; 22. 1M-Danny Lasoski [20][$800]; 23. 2C-Wayne Johnson [21][$800]; 24. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [22][$800]; Lap Leaders: Donny Schatz 1-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 2-Shane Stewart[+10]
 
Qualifying: 1. 41-Jason Johnson, 13.523; 2. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.632; 3. 17-Joey Saldana, 13.657; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.809; 5. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 13.907; 6. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 13.925; 7. 5-David Gravel, 13.944; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.973; 9. 15-Donny Schatz, 14.106; 10. 49-Brad Sweet, 14.156; 11. 19-Brent Marks, 14.167; 12. W20-Greg Wilson, 14.194; 13. 1X-Don Droud, 14.225; 14. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 14.291; 15. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 14.311; 16. 99-Brady Bacon, 14.35; 17. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 14.419; 18. 13-Clyde Knipp, 14.45; 19. 1M-Danny Lasoski, 14.457; 20. 4-Paul McMahan, 14.497; 21. 1A-Jacob Allen, 14.591; 22. 2-Shane Stewart, 14.594; 23. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 14.778; 24. 9XX-Jake Bubak, 14.915; 25. 81-Jon Freeman, 14.932; 26. 10C-Jeremy Campbell, 15.365; 27. 91-Jeff Stasa, 17.95
Heat #1 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer to Feature: 1. 41-Jason Johnson [1]; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser [2]; 3. 5-David Gravel [3]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [4]; 5. 99-Brady Bacon [6]; 6. 2-Shane Stewart [8]; 7. 1M-Danny Lasoski [7]; 8. 1X-Don Droud [5]; 9. 81-Jon Freeman [9]
 
Heat #2 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer to Feature: 1. 7S-Jason Sides [1]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [3]; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel [2]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5]; 5. 19-Brent Marks [4]; 6. 4-Paul McMahan [7]; 7. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [8]; 8. 2C-Wayne Johnson [6]; 9. 10C-Jeremy Campbell [9]
 
Heat #3 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer to Feature: 1. 17-Joey Saldana [1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 3. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [2]; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen [7]; 5. W20-Greg Wilson [4]; 6. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [5]; 7. 13-Clyde Knipp [6]; 8. 9XX-Jake Bubak [8]; 9. 91-Jeff Stasa [9]
 
Craftsman Club Dash (6 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [2]; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3]; 4. 41-Jason Johnson [6]; 5. 17-Joey Saldana [4]; 6. 7S-Jason Sides [5]
 
Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer to Feature: 1. 1X-Don Droud [1][-]; 2. 1M-Danny Lasoski [4][-]; 3. 2C-Wayne Johnson [2][-]; 4. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [5][-]; 5. 9XX-Jake Bubak [6][-]; 6. 10C-Jeremy Campbell [8][-]; 7. 13-Clyde Knipp [3][$300]; 8. 91-Jeff Stasa [9][$250]; 9. 81-Jon Freeman [7][$225]
World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; 81 Speedway, KS. May 6, 2017
 
Pos.
Car
Driver
Total
Diff
Wins
Top 5's
Top 10's
1
15
Donny Schatz
2832
0
8
14
17
2
5
David Gravel
2772
-60
5
13
17
3
49
Brad Sweet
2740
-92
2
13
16
4
9
Daryn Pittman
2618
-214
0
5
12
5
41
Jason Johnson
2612
-220
2
7
12
6
2
Shane Stewart
2576
-256
0
3
13
7
93
Sheldon Haudenschild
2542
-290
0
5
10
8
1S
Logan Schuchart
2506
-326
1
4
8
9
17
Joey Saldana
2496
-336
0
3
5
10
7S
Jason Sides
2480
-352
0
4
11
11
4
Paul McMahan
2452
-380
0
2
7
12
19
Brent Marks
2440
-392
0
0
6
13
11k
Kraig Kinser
2426
-406
0
1
3
14
W20
Greg Wilson
2326
-506
0
1
5
15
1A
Jacob Allen
1982
-850
0
0
0
16
18
Ian Madsen
1930
-902
0
2
8
17
13
Clyde Knipp
1882
-950
0
0
0
18
2X
Parker Price-Miller
1876
-956
0
0
2
19
21
Brian Brown
1784
-1048
1
8
8
20
24R
Rico Abreu
1546
-1286
1
5
8
 

 

 

 

 

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