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Curb Recording Artist Tim Dugger to Perform At Music City Outlaw Nationals May 31-June 1 at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway

NASHVILLE, TN — May 26, 2019 — Curb Recording artist Tim Dugger is not only a huge talent in the music industry, he’s an even bigger race fan. For Dugger, his worlds will come together May 31-June 1 with the Music City Outlaw Nationals featuring the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.

Dugger, who has a passion for country music and songwriting, will perform in a post-race concert on Friday, May 31, and then at a pre-race concert on Saturday, June 1, at 4 p.m.

“I love watching the World of Outlaws race wheel-to-wheel, wing-to-wing,” Dugger said. “There’s no way I would miss a chance to have a concert at the Fairgrounds on the same nights with the Outlaws in Nashville. Nothing could be better!”

The Music City Outlaw Nationals marks the inaugural appearance for the World of Outlaws in Nashville, where the quarter-mile oval at the Fairgrounds has been covered in dirt for this unique event. More than $150,000 is up for grabs, making it one of the Outlaws’ biggest race weekends all year. Drivers like Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing’s 10-time champion Donny Schatz, Kasey Kahne Racing’s Brad Sweet, Kyle Larson Racing’s Carson Macedo and Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing’s Sheldon Haudenschild will all be trying to capture the Friday $15,000-to-win Feature and the Saturday $25,000-to-win Feature.

Tickets are available online at WorldofOutlaws.com or by calling 844-DIRT-TIX Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

 

 

LUCKY LOGAN: VICTORIOUS AT PATRIOT NATIONALS

Logan Schuchart fends off a hard charging James McFadden to win at Charlotte

Inches before Logan Schuchart claimed his third World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series win of the season, he could feel defeat breathing down his neck.

To it, he said, not today. Even with few options to stop it.

Life was close to leaving his right rear tire – a used tire from last year. It seemed inevitable. He claimed the lead with the assist of several drivers blowing a tire during the second night of the $15,000-to-win United Rentals Patriot Nationals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte on Saturday.

That caused Schuchart’s right foot to become wary of the throttle in the closing laps of the Feature.

“I was trying to be kind of conservative and not spin the tires, not run it into the corner very hard, try to not wear the tire very much,” Schuchart said.

A second too long on the throttle or off it handed defeat the win.

That was not an option, though. He had something to lose. The top four in points blew a tire with a handful of laps to go, giving Schuchart the opportunity for a healthy points gain.

Behind him, though, defeat had nothing to lose. Australian James McFadden, running just his second race in the No. 9 Kasey Kahne Racing car, is only driving the car until an injured Kahne is ready to return. Points are of no concern. He’s there to win at no cost.

To McFadden, defeat was in front of him, and he was going to do whatever it took to beat it.

Having blown a tire in the early stage of the race, McFadden managed to stay on the lead lap and use his newly granted right rear grip to blow by anxiety-ridden drivers trying to save their tire.

“We just had nothing to lose, really,” McFadden said. “Everyone was trying to conserve, and I wasn’t.”

With three laps to go, McFadden became the hare chasing tortoises. Due to his carefree ability to run his car as hard as he wanted and several drivers blowing a tire, he went from 16th on Lap 27 to 5th on Lap 28. A lap later he was in the podium.

A caution flew with one lap to go, setting up a green-white-checkered finished. On the start, he blew by Kerry Madsen on the high side to take second. Next became a duel between the Tasmanian devil and the shark.

McFadden had nothing to lose, but Schuchart said he was going to make his Shark Racing car as wide as he could. Coming off turn two on the final lap, McFadden launched off the corner and went from being two car lengths back to on Schuchart’s bumper. Then into the final turn, both drivers threw their car into the turn. McFadden up top. Schuchart on the bottom.

A car length distance grew between the two through turn three, but coming off turn four McFadden had a race winning run. Schuchart knew it. Defeat was breathing down his neck. His only option was to move up a lane, blocking McFadden’s run.

“I knew somebody would be coming, especially the guys who changed their tire,” Schuchart said. “I heard James when we went through (turns) one and two. I just tried to make my car as wide as possible. Definitely if we had another corner, he would have got by me. But it all worked out great.”

McFadden wishes there was that extra corner.

“It was good fun. I wish we had a couple of more laps,” McFadden said. “We were pretty decent there.”

McFadden did earn the hard charger award for the night, after starting 18th. Schuchart had his own impressive charge, coming from 14th to win – the furthest back a driver has come from this year to win.

His win leaves him fifth in points – 136 points behind leader Donny Schatz. It was more than a 20-point gain from the night before.

Schatz ended the race 11th, after being three laps from victory before blowing a tire. Brad Sweet, who sits second in points – 42 points behind Schatz – also blew a tire after taking the lead from Schatz, finishing 18th.

Schuchart’s right rear tire resembled an asphalt modified tire more than a Sprint Car tire after the 31-lap Feature, making he and his team shake their head on how it survived.

“I knew I had a lot more rubber than the other cars, just by looking at them and when I go into the corner the last five laps it just felt like it wanted to drive right by them,” Schuchart said. “I don’t know why. This thing [the tire] was used. I’m pretty sure it was up in the rack from last year. So, maybe if it sits for a while it adds something to it.

“I actually wasn’t real happy with the tire being put on before the race, but it lasted and it got us the win.”

With defeat breathing down his neck, Schuchart and his used – now very used – right rear tire said, not today.

UP NEXT:

The World of Outlaws on Memorial Day Monday, May 27, will next venture to Lawrenceburg Speedway in Lawrenceburg, Ind.

As always, you can catch all World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action on DIRTVision.com.

For tickets and more information, go to www.WorldofOutlaws.com.

RESULTS:

NOS Energy Drink Feature (31 Laps due to green-white-checkered finish) – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [14]; 2. 9-James McFadden [18]; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen [1]; 4. 98H-Dave Blaney [9]; 5. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [3]; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen [16]; 7. 83-Daryn Pittman [21]; 8. 7S-Jason Sides [15]; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser [2]; 10. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [7]; 11. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 12. 5-Shane Stewart [13]; 13. 2-Carson Macedo [11]; 14. 18-Ian Madsen [20]; 15. 57-Kyle Larson [12]; 16. 17JR-Ricky Stenhouse [24]; 17. 41-David Gravel [8]; 18. 49-Brad Sweet [5]; 19. 19-Brent Marks [10]; 20. 24-Rico Abreu [19]; 21. 91-Cale Thomas [22]; 22. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [6]; 23. K4-Chad Kemenah [23]; 24. 22-Cole Duncan [17]; Lap Leaders: Kraig Kinser 1-16, Donny Schatz 17-27, Logan Schuchart 28-31; KSE Hard Charger Award: 9-James McFadden[+16]

Qualifying – 1. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.11; 2. 41-David Gravel, 13.117; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.16; 4. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.178; 5. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 13.229; 6. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.262; 7. 19-Brent Marks, 13.271; 8. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.282; 9. 57-Kyle Larson, 13.295; 10. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.299; 11. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 13.318; 12. 98H-Dave Blaney, 13.321; 13. 24-Rico Abreu, 13.368; 14. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.368; 15. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.372; 16. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.373; 17. 22-Cole Duncan, 13.376; 18. 47-Eric Riggins, 13.42; 19. 83-Daryn Pittman, 13.428; 20. 91-Cale Thomas, 13.51; 21. 9-James McFadden, 13.515; 22. 5-Shane Stewart, 13.528; 23. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.539; 24. 1-Jamie Myers, 13.569; 25. 17JR-Ricky Stenhouse, 13.57; 26. K4-Chad Kemenah, 13.702; 27. J4-John Garvin, 13.922; 28. 27G-Jay Galloway, 13.964; 29. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, NT

 

 

SCELZI IMPRESSES WITH STUNNING WIN

Giovanni Scelzi beats NASCAR’s Kyle Larson to win first night of the United Rentals Patriot Nationals in Charlotte

A gasp echoed over the field of 24 thunderous Sprint Cars raging around the 4/10-mile Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Goliath fell. David won.

Seventeen-year-old Giovanni Scelzi did the unthinkable. He passed a dominate Kyle Larson in the closing laps of night one of the United Rentals Patriot Nationals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Friday night. In doing so, he claimed his second World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series win.

“That’s so cool,” said Scelzi, choosing his words with hesitation, as those having to convince himself it actually happened. “I can’t believe I got by him. Normally when he (Larson) gets away, he’s gone.”

Larson – still riding the momentum of his $1 million NASCAR All-Star win – showed no signs of rust in a Sprint Car by Qualifying fourth, finishing second in his Drydene Heat race and winning the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash.

With all of the attention on Larson, Scelzi quietly pieced together a competitive run. He also finished second in his Drydene Heat race and finished runner-up to Larson in the Dash.

When the 30-lap Feature went green, Larson left Scelzi to play with Brad Sweet and David Gravel for second-place. In the early stage of the race, Gravel looked to be the one potential car to challenge Larson, charging his way from fourth to second by lap four.

Scelzi shutdown Gravel’s hope of another win the next lap with a slide job through turns one and two to reclaim second. Gravel made the same move the next lap, but Scelzi outpowered the No. 41 car again through turns three and four.

By the time Scelzi returned to second, Larson was gone. Riding the high side of the speedway, the No. 57 of Larson became a speck in the cloud of dust to Scelzi. However, the teenager’s duel with Gravel taught him a lesson.

“David passed me and when I got by him, I knew it was time to go to the top,” Scelzi said.

Moving to the top kept Scelzi on pace with Larson, but as the track began to rubber up, he moved a lane down again. His lane transitions proved beneficial. With about eight laps to go, Larson went from being a speck to a full frame picture. The NASCAR winner slid up off his line through turn two, making the back end step out and scrubbed off speed.

That gave Scelzi the advantage through turns one and two. He darted underneath Larson down the backstretch and slid by him in turns three and four to officially take the lead with five laps to go.

“I caught him in the rubber, and it looked like he was still searching, and I had the perfect opportunity to pull the trigger,” Scelzi said. “I figured he’d chop me, but he’s a very clean racer.”

From there, Larson had nothing for the Fresno, Calif. native. Instead he had to fend off a hard charging Logan Schuchart, who came from seventh-place to third.

“Second is always a good spot to be because you can see the leader struggling and make your move, which Gio did.” Larson said. “I made a mistake through that corner, I just go arched out too much and got the car bent and then I lost my right rear grip, which didn’t help for my exit speed.”

While Schuchart was happy with his strong run, he left knowing it could have been better. He said he needs to get better at Qualifying up front more to put himself in position to start further up front and have a better shot at the win.

His finish leaves him fifth in the Series’ points standings – 158 points behind leader Donny Schatz. The 10-time Series champion currently sits 28 points ahead of second-place Brad Sweet.

The finish to the opening night of the inaugural United Rentals Patriot Nationals left many fans stunned, but it’s not the first time Scelzi has pulled off an astonishing feat. Last year, he became the youngest ever World of Outlaws winner, at 16 years old, by winning his first Series race at the historic Williams Grove Speedway.

This time though, he had extra attention. NASCAR attention.

In the grandstands, the likes of Bubba Wallace, Ryan Blaney and Jeff Gordon watched on. While on the track, he had to compete with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Larson.

When the helmet goes on, Scelzi said he’s just focused on the race, but he hopes his run gained him a little more attention.

“Man, I’d like to be over across the street at the NASCAR track,” Scelzi said. “But who knows. I’m having a ball racing Sprint Cars. I’m just happy being here.

The crowd of thousands at the Charlotte dirt track knew the NASCAR names. When Larson was announced at the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash draw, the bleachers erupted into emphatic cheers. Scelzi was greeted with golf claps.

When he pulled into Victory Lane ahead of Larson that changed. Standing atop the wing of his car, taller than Goliath, those emphatic cheers became his.

Larson fell. Scelzi won.

UP NEXT:

The World of Outlaws will return to the The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway Saturday, May 25, for the final night of the United Rentals Patriot Nationals in Concord, NC.

As always, you can catch all World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action on DIRTVision.com.

For tickets and more information, go to www.WorldofOutlaws.com.

RESULTS:

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [2]; 2. 57-Kyle Larson [1]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [7]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [4]; 5. 41-David Gravel [5]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [8]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz [6]; 8. 18-Ian Madsen [11]; 9. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [9]; 10. 9-James McFadden [14]; 11. 1A-Jacob Allen [10]; 12. 83-Daryn Pittman [3]; 13. 2M-Kerry Madsen [13]; 14. 19-Brent Marks [16]; 15. 2-Carson Macedo [15]; 16. 22-Cole Duncan [12]; 17. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [20]; 18. 5-Shane Stewart [21]; 19. K4-Chad Kemenah [23]; 20. 7S-Jason Sides [17]; 21. 91-Cale Thomas [19]; 22. 17JR-Ricky Stenhouse [18]; 23. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [24]; 24. 24-Rico Abreu [22]; Lap Leaders: Kyle Larson 1-24, Giovanni Scelzi 25-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+4]

Qualifying – 1. 41-David Gravel, 12.871; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman, 13.01; 3. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.044; 4. 57-Kyle Larson, 13.056; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.06; 6. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.065; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.09; 8. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 13.096; 9. 17JR-Ricky Stenhouse, 13.1; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.103; 11. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.112; 12. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.125; 13. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.141; 14. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.146; 15. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.175; 16. 91-Cale Thomas, 13.192; 17. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 13.2; 18. 22-Cole Duncan, 13.311; 19. 24-Rico Abreu, 13.348; 20. K4-Chad Kemenah, 13.361; 21. 5-Shane Stewart, 13.361; 22. 19-Brent Marks, 13.372; 23. 9-James McFadden, 13.426; 24. J4-John Garvin, 13.512; 25. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 13.622; 26. 5B-Justin Barger, 13.63; 27. 1-Jamie Myers, 13.685; 28. 98H-Dave Blaney, 13.693; 29. 47-Eric Riggins, 13.694; 30. 27G-Jay Galloway, 13.863; 31. 49H-Bradley Howard, 14.102

 

 

NASHVILLE FAIRGROUNDS SPEEDWAY GETS DIRTY FOR THE MUSIC CITY OUTLAW NATIONALS

Putting dirt on top of asphalt is nothing new for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series; the practice dates back decades prior to the formation of the series. Bringing The Greatest Show on Dirt to the historic Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway on the other hand, is brand new.

The planning process began in 2018, long before the first dump truck full of Tennessee clay was dropped onto the quarter-mile bullring at the historic venue. While numerous players were involved in the process, World of Outlaws President Tom Deery credits Events Manager Megan Hazel with the idea.

“Megan lived here for a couple of years and knew how exciting the racing at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway was. She brought up the conversation. In the meantime, Matt Crews of Brewco Marketing Group, an event production company that has a long history with NASCAR events, was talking to (World of Outlaws CMO) Ben Geisler about an event in Nashville. Then, I was talking to Jason Rittenberry, a Nashville promoter, at a SEMA event about the idea, and the seed that Megan planted grew into this,” said Deery

William Scogin, Clarksville Speedway owner and part-time track prepper, was on hand to help work the dirt and get the track configuration dialed in. Finding the right dirt for such an event was a logistical challenge. Originally, the dirt was going to come from nearby Nissan Stadium, where a SuperCross event was held just a few weeks prior.

“They [AMA Supercross] just put too much sand in it for us. So, we had to go to a backup option," said Scogin. "The backup option was to get freshly dug up dirt from further away. Yesterday we put on 72 loads, and we only had eight trucks running. Traffic is killing us. The dirt we were going to use is only a couple minutes away; we’d be halfway done by now. People don’t realize how much work this is to do.”

Moving enough dirt to cover the asphalt was a feat in and of itself. Over the course of four days, a constant stream of dump trucks shuttled the soil some 20 miles from Millersville, Tenn. Fighting traffic and weather, it took each truck about an hour to make a roundtrip. The man in charge of the move was Shane Trucking and Excavating owner Carl Shane.

A lifelong race fan, Shane dabbled in racing himself as a young man.

“I raced motorcycles in my younger days, and I’ve done a limited amount of dirt track racing in automobiles,” Shane said. “We have worked with another group that does monster truck events, so not particularly a racing event like this with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car races. Our biggest challenge is the weather and the condition of the soil. This is pretty much like a typical construction project — except we’re doing it on asphalt at a racing venue.”

After heavy rains on Wednesday morning, the hauling was halted while a team of people worked the dirt that had already been put down. Using heavy equipment, they spent the better part of the afternoon driving back and forth over the clay surface to expel the moisture and allow the dirt to compact.

“It’s easier to manage less dirt than more dirt. So, if it’s already wet, the less you have, the less you have to dry. When they were driving over it yesterday it was still pretty spongy, so we’re going to sheepsfoot it and roll it some more. It’s firming up a lot, but it’s still got some moisture in it,” said Scogin.

While the dirt was being laid down another team worked to move two-ton barriers into place, reconfiguring the small track into a suitable course for the 900 horsepower sprint cars. During the weeks leading into the event, the crew will also add fencing, guardrail and cables.

The renewed interest in the speedway by community members and civic leaders is welcomed by everyone in the industry. The track has seen it’s ups and downs over the last decade, and recent attempts by large organizations and politicians to improve the facility and preserve its history has brought renewed hope for fans and those in the industry.

“I’ve lived here all my life. It’s good, we don’t need to lose any more race tracks. All race tracks need to survive. Anything, whether it’s asphalt or dirt, we need everybody's support in this industry,” mused Scogin.

Asked about future plans to bring dirt to pavement Deery said, “We are always planning. We are always looking for new places to bring the World of Outlaws Sprints, the World of Outlaws Late Models, or DIRTcar Racing to introduce and show the race fans The Greatest Show on Dirt.”

When the lights go on for the first event of the two-weekend show, 12 trucks will have made a combined 181 trips, hauling in a total of 3,500 cubic yards of dirt. That comes out to roughly 7,000,000 pounds of dirt.

For Hazel, seeing the project come to fruition has been a professional highlight. “Seeing the dirt starting to go down after 15 months of dreaming and planning is absolutely incredible," she said. "It has been a ton of work by so many to make this idea come to life. I’m so thankful for leadership that listened to an idea, believed in it and helped push it to become a reality."

More than $150,000 is up for grabs over the course of the event, making it one of the Outlaws’ biggest racing weekends all year. Drivers like Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing’s 10-time Champion Donny Schatz, Kasey Kahne Racing’s Brad Sweet, Kyle Larson Racing’s Carson Macedo and Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing’s Sheldon Haudenschild will all be trying to capture the Friday $15,000-to-win Feature and the Saturday $25,000-to-win Feature.

Tickets are available online or by calling 844-DIRT-TIX Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

 

 

John Rich’s Redneck Riviera Welcomes World of Outlaws Race Fans to Downtown Nashville During Music City Outlaw Nationals

NASHVILLE, TN — May 23, 2019 — Music and racing have a long history together that will be amped up during the Music City Outlaw Nationals May 31-June 1 in Nashville. While the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars make their inaugural appearance at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway, the party will no doubt spread across the city.

Nowhere will it be bigger than John Rich’s Redneck Riviera, which will have drink specials all week for those with passes to the VIP Party Deck at the Fairgrounds, which are available by calling 844-DIRT-TIX or even upgrading tickets at the event.

“The Redneck Riviera at 208 Broadway in Downtown Nashville is THE SPOT for Music City Outlaw RACE FANS,” Rich exclaimed. “Coldest beer, hottest bartenders and best live music on the planet!!”

More than $150,000 is up for grabs over the course of the Music City Outlaw Nationals, making it one of the Outlaws’ biggest racing weekends all year. Drivers like Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing's 10-time champion Donny Schatz, Kasey Kahne Racing’s Brad Sweet, Kyle Larson Racing’s Carson Macedo and Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing’s Sheldon Haudenschild will all be trying to capture the Friday $15,000-to-win Feature and the Saturday $25,000-to-win Feature.

Tickets are available online at WorldofOutlaws.com or by calling 844-DIRT-TIX Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

 

 

 

DIETRICH OUT DUELS SCHATZ
Danny Dietrich wins World of Outlaws debut at 3/8-mile Bridgeport Speedway

Sweat masked Danny Dietrich’s face. His breathing adjusted to the need for an extra pocket of air. His boisterous posture tired, but a smile stayed. The Gettysburg, Pa. native wore the appearance of a lonely diver seconds after surviving a shark attack.

And in his own way, he did.

Dietrich won his fifth World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series victory Tuesday night in the Series’ debut at the 3/8-mile Bridgeport Speedway. To claim it, he fended off attacks by David Gravel, Carson Macedo and 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz – who even stole the lead from him late in the race.

“It was pretty nerve racking,” Dietrich said after the 35-lap Feature.

His night started on a less nerve-cringing note, setting Quick Time in Qualifying – making him the current track record holder for the new 3/8-mile track configuration. From there he went on to finish second in his Drydene Heat race to Schatz and then won the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash.

His Dash victory lead to concern, though. He and his team discovered an issue with the rear end of their No. 48 car and had to change it. While sweat leaked from Dietrich and his crew, their nerves never faltered. Focused and determined, the Dietrich team, along with help from others were able to replace the car’s rear end in about 15 minutes.

Having a new rear end in the car was of no concern to Dietrich, but the new brakes were.

“We rolled out there (for the Feature), we had new brake pads and rotors. It needed to set the brake pads in a little bit,” Dietrich said. “We didn’t have very good brakes there rolling around before the green flag. They came in. That’s the only thing I was worried about.”

When the green flag flew, all that matter was the throttle. He mashed it, jolting to the lead over second-place Macedo and put several car lengths between them by the end of the first lap.

At the same time, Schatz – who was hungry for a win after getting passed for the win last week – almost found himself off the track on the first lap and fell from third to 10th. He wouldn’t stay there long, though.

At the front, Dietrich enjoyed a clear race track for six laps before catching lap traffic. Behind him, Gravel worked his way by Macedo for second-place and could sense the blood in the water with lap cars slowing Dietrich’s pace. The Watertown, Conn. native looked for déjà vu when lap cars helped him pass Dietrich at Williams Grove Speedway and he went on to win.

Gravel had set himself up to make a pass of Dietrich, finding grip on the bottom of the track, but a caution came out for a car stopped on the front stretch.

When the race went back green, Gravel didn’t let Dietrich pull too far away. Macedo didn’t let the No. 41 car get away either. On Lap 11, Macedo got by the No. 41 car, while Gravel tried to set himself up for another pass on Dietrich. At the same time, Schatz had made his way to fourth-place, steadily making his way back to the front.

For the next two laps Gravel and Macedo traded positions, while Schatz waited for his moment to strike. Macedo eventually won the battle for second-place with seven laps to go. Less than a lap later he was back in third, as Schatz found his way by Gravel and continued the run past Macedo. Next was Dietrich.

With three laps to go, Schatz snuck under the No. 48 car in turns three and four and took the lead.

“Slow down and just be patient,” Dietrich said is what he told himself at that point. “When he passed me, I hit the bottom of (turns) one and two and I just had to slow down and just wait for the moisture. It felt like I was just going so slow, but patients.”

A lap later his patients paid off. Dietrich slid underneath Schatz in turns three and four and fended him off to be the first Series winner on the 3/8-mile configuration of the Bridgeport, NJ track.

“Good hard, racing,” Dietrich said. “I’m sure he’s not happy to finish second, but I’m real happy to win.”

Digesting the result back at his hauler, Schatz said he wishes he could have pulled off the win but isn’t hanging his head too low.

“He did a little better job when I got by him and I probably should have used up more of the track a little bit,” Schatz said. “But, hey, it’s racing. There will be another one tomorrow.”

Schatz also continues to hold the points lead over Brad Sweet – extending it to a 36 point lead. Daryn Pittman remains third – 74 points back – and Gravel, who finished third, remains fourth – 80 points back.

“The track was awesome,” Gravel said. “It was really racey. A lot of grooves. Just disappointed I didn’t get my wing back earlier. We had a good enough race car to win. Just got stuck on the bottom a little bit. I should have kept my speed up a little bit more.”

Dietrich had the track figured out all night. Why? How?

“I have no idea,” he said with a chuckle.

Wiping the sweat from his face and regaining a normal breathing pattern, Dietrich just knows he survived the big sharks of the World of Outlaws – a special present on his 31st birthday.

RESULTS:

NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps) – 1. 48-Danny Dietrich [1][$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$5,500]; 3. 41-David Gravel [6][$3,200]; 4. 2-Carson Macedo [2][$2,800]; 5. 83-Daryn Pittman [4][$2,500]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [7][$2,300]; 7. 37-J.J. Grasso [8][$2,200]; 8. 72-Ryan Smith [5][$2,100]; 9. 5-Shane Stewart [11][$2,050]; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart [18][$2,000]; 11. 19-Brent Marks [14][$1,500]; 12. 18-Ian Madsen [9][$1,200]; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser [12][$1,100]; 14. 2M-Kerry Madsen [15][$1,050]; 15. 70-Brock Zearfoss [17][$1,000]; 16. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [20][$900]; 17. 91X-Kyle Reinhardt [22][$800]; 18. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [23][$800]; 19. 91-Tony Fiore [10][$800]; 20. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [13][$800]; 21. 28F-Davie Franek [16][$800]; 22. 7S-Jason Sides [19][$800]; 23. 67-Justin Whittall [24][$800]; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen [21][$800]; Lap Leaders: Danny Dietrich 1-32, 34-35; Donny Schatz 33; KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+8]

Qualifying – 1. 48-Danny Dietrich, 13.33; 2. 41-David Gravel, 13.384; 3. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.424; 4. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.467; 5. 83-Daryn Pittman, 13.543; 6. 72-Ryan Smith, 13.545; 7. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.567; 8. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.573; 9. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.594; 10. 91-Tony Fiore, 13.61; 11. 37-J.J. Grasso, 13.611; 12. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.641; 13. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.719; 14. 5-Shane Stewart, 13.721; 15. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 13.726; 16. 91X-Kyle Reinhardt, 13.74; 17. 19-Brent Marks, 13.761; 18. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.767; 19. 67-Justin Whittall, 13.792; 20. 70-Brock Zearfoss, 13.807; 21. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.86; 22. 28F-Davie Franek, 13.861; 23. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.871; 24. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.946; 25. 73B-Brett Michalski, 14.07; 26. 5Z-Zachary Burd, 14.888; 27. 91S-Sadie Siegel, NT

 

 

 

 

At a Glance: Eyeing Memorial Day weekend success

Brad Sweet, KKR look to build momentum during Memorial Day weekend for summer stretch

 

CONCORD, NC – Kasey Kahne Racing is heading home. And just in time.

 

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series is gearing up for a busy Memorial Day weekend. The inaugural doubleheader United Rentals Patriot Nationals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway will be on Friday, May 24, and Saturday, May 25, and the Memorial Day Spectacular presented by KOI Auto Parts at Lawrenceburg Speedway on Monday, May 27.

 

The trip back to Charlotte is a rare homecoming for the Mooresville, NC-based KKR team. It’s time at home. Time with family. Time to reenergize before the busy summer schedule.

 

“We get to be at the shop and around family and friends,” said Brad Sweet, driver of the No. 49 KKR car. “It’s kind of a home-field advantage.”

 

While Sweet has never won at the Charlotte dirt track before, he had a strong run there last year, running in the top-five all night and finishing fourth. Unlike last year, though, he’ll have two chances to claim a May victory at the track this season. Now known as the United Rentals Patriot Nationals, the May race has expanded to two nights of racing with a $15,000-to-win purse both nights.

 

“I always look forward to going to Charlotte,” Sweet said. “It’s nice to have two nights during the Memorial Day weekend. It’s a great setting. A lot of great fans around there. I’m looking forward to the event growing, as well.”

 

He’ll have a new teammate alongside him this year, too. Kasey Kahne was scheduled to run the two Charlotte races, but an injury from an accident at Williams Grove Speedway earlier this year has left his sidelined. To fill in for him while he heals, Kahne has tapped Australian James McFadden to drive his No. 9 car.

 

“Obviously, the circumstances aren’t ideal, but the opportunity to drive the KKR nine (car) is always going to be a cool one,” McFadden said. “It’s an iconic car, and a car that’s had some great drivers in it. It’s definitely exciting and pretty humbling to get an opportunity like this one. For me, it is a huge tick off the bucket list.”

 

While never a full-time driver in the Series, McFadden has one World of Outlaws win. In 2017, he beat the likes of Greg Hodnett and 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz to win at Williams Grove Speedway.

 

“I’d say they (the World of Outlaws) are the pinnacle of our sport, so naturally racing with them is a goal I’ve had for a long time,” McFadden said. “I’m looking forward to the intensity that comes each time you roll out with the Outlaws. We have a chance to string together probably the most nights with the World of Outlaws that I’ve ever had a chance to do, so that’s exciting.”

 

He doesn’t have a set schedule with the team. At the moment, McFadden said he’s in the car until Kahne is good to go. Until then, he said he hopes to be able to gel with the KKR team and put consistent runs together.

 

Friday’s race at Charlotte will be his first time seeing the track. With it being KKR’s home track, he said he has confidence in the car; he just hopes he can keep up with it. Having Sweet as a teammate will help with that, too.

 

“It’ll be cool to have a teammate at some of these tracks I’ve never seen before, so hopefully he’ll be happy to share a few tips with me along the way,” McFadden said.

 

While Sweet is looking forward to working with McFadden, the Grass Valley, Calif. native said whether it’s Kahne or someone else, there is no more or less of a benefit to him. He just stays focused on the No. 49 car.

 

That focus has kept him in a tight points battle with Schatz in the early stage of the season. After 17 races, Sweet sits second in the Series’ standings – 26 points behind Schatz. However, for the past few races the two have been swapping the lead, tying for it twice.

 

While Sweet knows that, he doesn’t really want to.

 

“I don’t really want to pay attention to points,” Sweet said. “People point it out all of the time, so you kind of know where it’s at, but it doesn’t really matter. “I think to me it’s just about getting your car where you want it. You know, consistent, good runs every night. So, when you get to those summer months when we’re racing every other night, that’s where the points really can shift.”

 

The points could shift several times during the Memorial Day weekend. Schatz has won the May Charlotte race last year and Sweet won last year’s Memorial Day race at Lawrenceburg Speedway – beating Schatz for the win.

 

“Last year we kind of hit on something and we had a great race with Donny Schatz,” Sweet said about last year’s race at Lawrenceburg. “I’m just looking forward to getting back there. Hopefully we can do it again. We just need to put a string of good runs together and get some momentum on our side.”

 

For McFadden, he said he wants to make it through Charlotte first before trying to predict his performance at Lawrenceburg.

 

After the trip to the Indiana track, the Series’ busy summer schedule begins – starting with the historic inaugural doubleheader at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway on May 31 and June 1. To some, the summer is when the season really begins.

 

“This is what we do this for, are these summer months where you’re really racing,” Sweet said. “I’m looking forward to really trying to get some momentum on our side and some momentum going into the summer months. It’s a crucial part of the season.”

 

NEWS & NOTES

FAN DAY: Want to see where DIRTVision is broadcasted from? Where Open Red is recorded? And where the inner workings of the World of Outlaws are constructed from? Then make sure to come to the World of Outlaws Fan Day on Thursday, May 23, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be free food, driver appearances – such as Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Sheldon Haudenschild – and office tours.

 

THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE

 

WHEN & WHERE
Friday, May 24, and Saturday, May 25, at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C. for the United Rentals Patriot Nationals
-Grandstand gates are scheduled to open at 5 p.m. with Hot Laps at 6:30 p.m. and Racing at 8 p.m.


Monday, May 27, at Lawrenceburg Speedway at Lawrenceburg, Ind. for the Memorial Day Spectacular presented by KOI Auto Parts
-Grandstand gates are scheduled to open at 4 p.m. with Hot Laps at 6 p.m. and Racing at 7 p.m.

 

ABOUT THE TRACK
The Dirt Track at Charlotte is a 4/10-mile, semi-banked track. The track record is 11.880 sec. set by Jeff Shepard on Oct. 6, 2001.
Online – CharlotteMotorSpeedway.com
Phone – (800) 455-FANS


Lawrenceburg Speedway is a 3/8-mile, high-banked track. The track record is 11.628 sec. set by Spud Gustin on Sept. 13, 2008.
Online – LawrenceburgSpeedway.com
Phone – (812) 539-4700

 

TICKETS
Tickets can be purchased by going to WorldofOutlaws.com/tix or by calling 844-DIRT-TIX.

 

4/10-mile and 3/8-mile winners
There have been no other races on a 4/10-mile, so far, this year.


There have been four races on a 3/8-mile track so far this year. Logan Schuchart won at the Stockton Dirt Track on March 16. David Gravel won at Keller Auto Speedway on March 29. Brad Sweet won at USA Raceway on April 5. And Lance Dewease won at Lincoln Speedway on May 15.

 

THE DIRT TRACK AT CHARLOTTE PREVIOUS WINNERS
2018 – Donny Schatz on May 25, Ian Madsen and Donny Schatz on Nov. 3

2017 – Logan Schuchart on May 26, Donny Schatz on Nov. 3, David Gravel on Nov. 4
2016 – Greg Wilson on May 27, Jason Johnson on Oct. 28, Donny Schatz on Oct. 29
2015 – Donny Schatz on May 22, Dusty Zomer on Nov. 6, Donny Schatz on Nov. 7
2014 – Joey Saldana on May 23, Daryn Pittman on Nov. 7, Brian Brown Nov. 8
2013 – Paul McMahan on May 24, Donny Schatz on Nov. 8, Paul McMahan on Nov. 9
2012 – Joey Saldana on May 25, Sammy Swindell on Nov. 2, Dale Blaney on Nov. 3
2011 – Paul McMahan on May 28, Donny Schatz on Nov. 5, Donny Schatz on Nov. 6
2010 – Donny Schatz on May 29, Jason Meyers on Sept. 6, Jason Meyers on Sept. 6
2009 – Joey Saldana on May 22, Jason Meyers on Nov. 6, Joey Saldana on Nov. 7
2008 – Lance Dewease on May 23, Brooke Tatnell on Oct. 31, Donny Schatz on Nov. 1
2007 – Donny Schatz on May 25, Jason Meyers on Nov. 2, Steve Kinser on Nov. 3
2006 – Kevin Swindell on May 24
2003 – Blake Feese on May 24
2002 – Greg Hodnett on May 24, Greg Hodnett on May 25, Tyler Walker on Oct. 11, Daryn Pittman on Oct. 12
2001 – Danny Lasoski on May 26, Mark Kinser on May 26, Tim Shaffer on Oct. 5, Steve Kinser on Oct. 6
2000 – Sammy Swindell on May 25, Mark Kinser on May 26, Donny Schatz on Oct. 5, Mark Kinser on Oct. 6


LAWRENCEBURG SPEEDWAY PREVIOUS WINNERS
2018 – Brad Sweet on May 28

2017 – Shane Stewart on May 29
2016 – Shane Stewart on May 30
2015 – Paul McMahan on Oct. 16
2014 – Donny Schatz on May 26
2013 – Donny Schatz on May 27
2012 – Chad Kemenah on May 28
2009 – Joey Saldana on June 5, Donny Schatz on June 6
2006 – Jac Haudenschild on July 7
2005 – Kraig Kinser on Aug. 3
2004 – Danny Smith on May 6
2003 – Paul McMahan on May 6
1981 – Sammy Swindell on Aug. 21
1979 – Steve Kinser on May 11

 

ON THE INTERNET
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series – Woosprint.com
Twitter – Twitter.com/WorldofOutlaws – @WorldofOutlaws
Instagram – Instagram.com/WoOSprint – @woosprint
Facebook – Facebook.com/WorldofOutlaws
YouTube – YouTube.com/WorldofOutlaws
DIRTVision – Dirtvision.com – Get your Fast Pass to watch all races LIVE for only $39/month
Twitter – Twitter.com/DIRTVision – @DIRTVision
Facebook – Facebook.com/WatchDIRTVision

 

DRIVER INFO
Follow World of Outlaws full-time drivers on Twitter:
Brad Sweet – @BradSweet49
Brent Marks – @bmracing19
Carson Macedo – @carson_macedo
Daryn Pittman – @darynpittman
David Gravel – @DavidGravel
Donny Schatz – @donnyschatz
Ian Madsen – @IanMadsen
Jacob Allen – @JacobAllen1A
Jason Sides – @SidesMotorsport
Kraig Kinser – @KraigKinser11k
Logan Schuchart – @Lschuchart1s
Shane Stewart – @shanestewart_5
Sheldon Haudenschild – @Haudenschild_17

 

AROUND THE TURN: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will next race on Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1, at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tenn.

 

2019 STATS
There have been 17 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Feature events this season.

 

FEATURE WINNERS (10 different drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 3
2 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 2
– Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 2
– Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 2
– Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 2
– Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 2
3 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1
– Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1
– Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 1
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1

 

DRYDENE HEAT RACE WINNERS (29 different winners)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 7
2 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 6
– Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 6
3 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 4
– Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 4
4 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 3

– Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 3

5 – Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 2
– Rico Abreu, St. Helena, Calif. – 2
– Brian Brown, Higginsville, Mo. – 2
– Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 2
– Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 2
– Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 2
– Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 2

– Giovanni Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 2

– Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 2

– Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg, Pa. – 2

6 – Spencer Bayston, Lebanon, Ind. – 1
– Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 1
– Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tenn. – 1
– Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 1
– Cory Eliason, Visalia, Calif. – 1
– Willie Croft, Roseville, Calif. – 1
– Brent Marks, Myerstown, Pa. – 1
– Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1
– Lynton Jeffrey, Prairie City, Iowa – 1
– Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 1
– Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 1
– Freddie Rahmer, Salfordville, Pa. – 1

 

DIRTVISION FAST PASS DASH WINNERS (14 different drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 3
2 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 2
– David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 2

3 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 1
– Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 1
– Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1
– Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1
– Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 1
– Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 1
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1
– Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Ind. – 1
– Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 1
– Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 1
– Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 1

 

LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN WINNERS (15 different drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Cale Conley, Vienna, W.Va. – 1
– Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 1
– Kasey Kahne, Enumclaw, Wash. – 1
– Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1
– Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Ind. – 1
– David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 1
– Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 1
– Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 1
– Brent Marks, Myerstown, Pa. – 1
– Sammy Swindell, Germantown, Tenn. – 1
– Carson Short, Marion, Ill. – 1
– Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1
– T.J. Stutts, Liverpool, Pa. – 1

– Cory Haas, York, Pa. – 1
– Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 1

 

C-MAIN WINNERS (5 different drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 1
– Brent Marks, Myerstown, Pa. – 1
– Freddie Rahmer, Salfordville, Pa. – 1
– Lucas Wolfe, Mechanicsburg, Pa. – 1
– Giovanni Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 1

 

PODIUM FINISHES (18 different drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – # of podiums
1 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 7
2 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 6
– Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 6

3 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 5
4 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 3
– Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 3
– Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 3
5 – Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 2
– Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 2
– Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 2
– Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 2
– Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 2

– Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg, Pa. – 2
6 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1
– Rico Abreu, St. Helena, Calif. – 1
– Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 1

– Ryan Smith, Kunkletown, Pa. – 1

 

HARD CHARGER AWARD (14 different drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – H.C. Awards
1 – Cory Eliason, Santa Cruz, Calif. – 2
– Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 2
– Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 2

2 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 1
– Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 1
– Chad Kemenah, Alveda, Ohio – 1
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1
– Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 1
– Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 1
– Hunter Schuerenberg, Sikeston, Mo. – 1
– Sammy Swindell, Germantown, Ind. – 1
– Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Ind. – 1
– Brent Marks, Myerstown, Pa. – 1
– Giovanni Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 1

 

TOTAL LAPS LED (15 different drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Laps
1 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 67
2 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 65
3 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 53
4 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 51
5 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 46
6 – Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 35

7 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 32
8 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 30
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 30
9 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 29
– Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 29
10 – Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 25

11 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 15
12 – Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 10
13 – Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Ind. – 3

 

QUALIFYING QUICK TIME (12 different drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – QTs
1 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 3

2 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 2
– Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 2
– Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Ind. – 2

3 – Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 1
– Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 1
– Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 1
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1
– Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 1
– David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 1
– Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 1
– Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 1

 

FASTEST IN PRACTICE (11 different drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – # of times fastest
1 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 3 (Two sets of Hot Laps at Arizona Speedway)
2 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 2
– Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 2
– Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 2
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 2
– Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Ind. – 2

3 – Brian Brown, Higginsville, Mo. – 1
– Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 1
– Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 1

– David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 1
– Freddie Rahmer, Salfordville, Pa. – 1

 

2019 World of Outlaws Schedule & Winners
No./ Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Friday, Feb. 8 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, Fla. / Daryn Pittman (1)
2. Saturday, Feb. 9 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, Fla. / Daryn Pittman (2)
3. Sunday, Feb. 10 / Volusia Speedway Park/ Baberville, Fla. / Rainout-Canceled
4. Friday, Feb. 22 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, Texas / Rainout-Canceled
5. Saturday, Feb. 23 / LoneStar Speedway / Kilgore, Texas / Rainout-Canceled
6. Wednesday, Feb. 27 / The Dirt Track at Las Vegas / Las Vegas, Nev. / Tim Shaffer (1)
7. Thursday, Feb. 28 / The Dirt Track at Las Vegas / Las Vegas, Nev. / Donny Schatz (1)
8. Friday, March 8 / Thunderbowl Raceway / Tulare, Calif. / Rainout-Canceled
9. Saturday, March 9 / Thunderbowl Raceway / Tulare, Calif. / Ian Madsen (1)
10. Friday, March 15 / Silver Dollar Speedway / Chico, Calif. / Carson Macedo (1)
11. Saturday, March 16 / Stockton Dirt Track / Stockton, Calif. / Logan Schuchart (1)
12. Friday, March 22 / Ocean Speedway / Watsonville, Calif. / Rainout-Canceled
13. Saturday, March 23 / Placerville Speedway / Placerville, Calif. / Rainout-Rescheduled for Sept. 11
14. Friday, March 29 / Keller Auto Speedway / Hanford, Calif. / David Gravel (1)
15. Saturday, March 30 / Perris Auto Speedway / Perris, Calif. / Aaron Reutzel (1)
16. Friday, April 5 / USA Raceway / Tucson, Ariz. / Brad Sweet (1)
17. Saturday, April 6 / Arizona Speedway / Queen Creek, Ariz. / David Gravel (2)
18. Friday, April 12 / Devil’s Bowl Speedway / Mesquite, Texas / Logan Schuchart (2)
19. Saturday, April 13 / Devil’s Bowl Speedway / Mesquite, Texas / Rainout-Canceled
20. Friday, April 26 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, Mo. / Brad Sweet (2)
21. Saturday, April 27 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway / Pevely, Mo. / Rainout-Canceled
22. Sunday, April 28 / Jacksonville Speedway / Jacksonville, Ill. / Postponed-Rescheduled for Sept. 25
23. Friday, May 3 / Riverside International Speedway / West Memphis, Ark. / Rainout-Canceled
24. Saturday, May 4 / Tri-State International Speedway / Haubstadt, Ind. / Postponed-Rescheduled for Oct. 13
25. Friday, May 10 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, Ohio / Donny Schatz (2)
26. Saturday, May 11 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, Ohio / Postponed-Rescheduled for July 17
27. Wednesday, May 15 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbottstown, Pa. / Lance Dewease (1)
28. Friday, May 17 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, Pa. / David Gravel (3)
29. Saturday, May 18 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, Pa. / Lance Dewease (2)

30. Sunday, May 19 / Weedsport Speedway / Weedsport, NY / Rainout-Canceled
 

 

 

TITLE MATCH AT THE GROVE
Lance Dewease out duels Donny Schatz for the Morgan Cup at Williams Grove Speedway

 

The battle for the Morgan Cup at Williams Grove Speedway Saturday night turned into the title match of the century between the World of Outlaws and PA Posse.

One the front row of the 30-lap World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Feature, representing the World of Outlaws was 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz and next to him, on the pole, representing the PA Posse was Lance Dewease – whose won more races than anyone at Williams Grove.

Dewease added another win to that list Saturday night, defeating Schatz to claim the Morgan Cup and his 17th career World of Outlaws victory. The Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing driver didn’t make it an easy fight, though.

Schatz got the first punch, jumping to the lead at the start of the race. From there, Schatz set a pace the No. 69K couldn’t match.

Dewease contributed that to his setup, stating it takes five or six laps for his car to get going. Because of that, he said he anticipated Schatz would get the jump on him. He knew the race he needed to run.

“The pace we were trying to run, we were going to be hard on tires at that whole 30 laps,” Dewease said about Schatz’s early run. “But hell, I wasn’t too easy with them.”

Schatz’s early lead didn’t last long, though. On Lap two, Logan Schuchart stopped on the front stretch due to an ignition box issue. The caution allowed the two front runners a quick rest to gauge their early run.

When the green flag flew again, Schatz landed another jab, jumping back to the lead. Dewease kept pace with him, though.

“I was shocked how good I hung with him there on the bottom,” Dewease said. “I thought we’d be alright if I could get by him (Schatz). He knows how to get around here when it’s slick.”

Like Dewease predicted, once he got in six consecutive laps, his car took off. While Schatz rode the high side, Dewease found enough grip on the bottom to wear out Schatz’s lead. By that time the two leaders entered lap traffic, which proved to be an advantage for Dewease.

Schatz struggled to navigate around lap traffic, allowing Dewease to plant the attack he needed on Lap 17 to charge by the No. 15 car and take the lead.

“It just came down to getting through lap traffic,” Schatz said. “I got to the 70 car and I didn’t push the issue, to go across the race car and go in front of him and I didn’t do it. It got me in a funk for a few laps and Lance got by. I got myself back going, but it was too late.”

Dewease then cruised to his second win in four days, after winning Wednesday’s night race at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Pa. That night he heard the chant, “Posse! Posse! Posse!” in Victory Lane. Then heard it again Saturday night as the PA Posse fans were jubilant to retain the iconic Morgan Cup.

“This rivalry is pretty intense,” Dewease said. “It goes back a long way. We’re some of the few areas that can consistently win against these (Outlaws) guys. We were very fortunate to get it done tonight and keep the cup for another year. Beating Donny is always special because he gets around this place so good.”

While Schatz accepted his defeat, having to settle for second, he laid down a further challenge for the PA Posse fans.

“I hear all of that Posse chant, and I love that,” Schatz said. “Come August, I’m pretty sure he’s (Dewease) going to win the money to go to the Knoxville Nationals, so there’s going to be no damn reason every person in this place isn’t at the Knoxville Nationals watching it.”

While Schatz and Dewease put on a show at the front of the field, California-native Giovanni Scelzi was the show of the race behind them.

Scelzi won the C-Main, transferring to the rear of the 12-car Last Chance Showdown. He then made his way to fourth in the Showdown, transferring to the rear of the Feature. After starting 24th, he charged his way to a seventh-place finish in the Feature, earning the KSE Hard Charger award.

“Just qualified bad, and when you do that it puts you behind the eight-ball,” Scelzi said. “We just kept trucking in the Feature and kept going and going and going. I wish we had a yellow. I think we had something to get back in the top-five.”

Scelzi won his first Series victory at Williams Grove last year, becoming the youngest ever World of Outlaws winner at 16 years old. However, he’s not sure why he meshes with the Pennsylvania track so well.

“I just seem to have some natural speed,” Scelzi said, “I don’t know where it comes from. Seems to be a place I’m comfortable at.”

Both Schatz and Dewease – who credited each other as being exceptional drivers – said they’ve found the set up their comfortable with, leading to another potential title match when the Series returns to Williams Grove Speedway in July.

UP NEXT

The World of Outlaws will continue its Northeast swing Sunday, May 19, at Weedsport Speedway in Weedsport, NY.

As always, you can catch all World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action on DIRTVision.com.

For tickets and more information, go to www.WorldofOutlaws.com.

RESULTS:

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 69K-Lance Dewease [1][$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [2][$5,500]; 3. 48-Danny Dietrich [6][$3,200]; 4. 83-Daryn Pittman [5][$2,800]; 5. 51-Freddie Rahmer [7][$2,500]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3][$2,300]; 7. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [24][$2,200]; 8. 19-Brent Marks [4][$2,100]; 9. 41-David Gravel [9][$2,050]; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen [10][$2,000]; 11. 5-Shane Stewart [13][$1,500]; 12. 2M-Kerry Madsen [14][$1,200]; 13. 24-Lucas Wolfe [8][$1,100]; 14. 49-Brad Sweet [17][$1,050]; 15. 72-Ryan Smith [11][$1,000]; 16. 39-Cory Haas [20][$900]; 17. 18-Ian Madsen [23][$800]; 18. 39M-Anthony Macri [18][$800]; 19. 21-Brian Montieth [16][$800]; 20. 1S-Logan Schuchart [15][$800]; 21. 5C-Dylan Cisney [22][$800]; 22. 1X-Chad Trout [25][$]; 23. 2-Carson Macedo [21][$800]; 24. 26-Cory Eliason [19][$800]; 25. 17B-Steve Buckwalter [12][$800]; 26. 70-Brock Zearfoss [26][$]; Lap Leaders: Donny Schatz 1-12, Lance Dewease 13-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 71-G

Qualifying Flight-A  – 1. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 19.334; 2. 72-Ryan Smith, 19.36; 3. 69K-Lance Dewease, 19.374; 4. 48-Danny Dietrich, 19.438; 5. 5-Shane Stewart, 19.441; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 19.523; 7. 41-David Gravel, 19.537; 8. 19-Brent Marks, 19.611; 9. 49-Brad Sweet, 19.629; 10. 5C-Dylan Cisney, 19.667; 11. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 19.716; 12. 26-Cory Eliason, 19.742; 13. 70-Brock Zearfoss, 19.78; 14. 18-Ian Madsen, 19.929; 15. 27S-Adrian Shaffer, 19.944; 16. 19M-Landon Myers, 19.963; 17. O7-Gerard McIntyre, 20.023; 18. 11-T.J. Stutts, 20.071; 19. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 20.163

Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 19.378; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 19.547; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen, 19.621; 4. 83-Daryn Pittman, 19.687; 5. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 19.69; 6. 2-Carson Macedo, 19.729; 7. 24-Lucas Wolfe, 19.792; 8. 17B-Steve Buckwalter, 19.798; 9. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 19.806; 10. 1X-Chad Trout, 19.822; 11. 39M-Anthony Macri, 19.969; 12. 39-Cory Haas, 19.97; 13. 7S-Jason Sides, 20.017; 14. 47K-Kody Lehman, 20.082; 15. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 20.116; 16. 21-Brian Montieth, 20.125; 17. 98H-Dave Blaney, 20.186; 18. 73B-Brett Michalski, 21.304; 19. 12W-Troy Fraker, 21.427

 

 

Pointed in the right direction
David Gravel rides low line to Morgan Cup first round win

 

MECHANICSBURG, PA – May 17, 2019 – A simple point of the finger by Jason Sides gave David Gravel the assistance he needed to go on and win his third World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series race this season.

Gravel lost the lead to Daryn Pittman at the start of the 25-lap Williams Grove Speedway Feature and 10 laps later lost second to Pennsylvanian Danny Dietrich. It looked like Gravel may have to settle for his second third-place finish in-a-row, but everything changed with 13 laps to go.

Dietrich and Gravel were nose to tail heading down the front stretch with the lap car of Sides in front of them.

“Going into (turn) one, Sides pointed low and I think Dietrich thought he pointed low like he was going to go low and Dietrich was going to go high, but he actually pointed low to pass him down low,” Gravel said. “Dietrich followed him in the corner, and I went low. So, I’m glad it worked out for me and not for him.”

That move allowed Gravel to slide back into second-place, while Dietrich fell several car lengths behind him after having to lift out of the throttle due to Sides blocking his line. Dietrich cited getting caught behind Sides was the one mistake that kept him from a potential win Friday night.

“That was the race I think for me,” Dietrich said.

With Dietrich far behind, Gravel had breathing room to try and run Pittman back down. And he didn’t waste any time. Two laps after passing Dietrich, he was on Pittman’s bumper. Gravel stuck to the low line most of the race, while Pittman stayed high. But with 12 laps to go, the two swapped lanes in turns three and four. The advantage went to Gravel.

On Pittman’s tail, he dove underneath the No. 83 Roth Motorsports car in turn one and charged his way back to the lead.

After the disappointment of losing a potential win at Lincoln Speedway Wednesday night, Gravel was not going to let another win slip through his fingers.

He prepared himself for the Feature throughout the night, studying how his car worked in different lanes. While he won his Drydene Heat race and the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash by riding the high line, he tested the bottom during the Dash.

“I was just trying it (different lines) out all night,” Gravel said. “Luckily things worked out the way they did, and I found something better than they did.”

Once he cleared Pittman and began to pull away with the lead, Dietrich wasn’t letting him out of his sight. The blue No. 48 also got by Pittman and made his own charge for the lead. At times a blanket could be thrown over the top three.

Dietrich continued to run the high side, while Gravel stayed low. At times he would close on the No. 41 Jason Johnson Racing car, but Gravel could always out power him out of the turn, leading to his 42nd career World of Outlaws victory – and fifth Series win at Williams Grove Speedway.

The ability of the No. 41 car to drive hard through the turn without any issues has Pittman scratching his head on how he can get his car to do the same.

“We didn’t get from the center off very good,” Pittman said. “My car would drop too far and not drive down the straightaway. I think the 41 drivers really hard, a lot harder than mine and we’ve got to figure out why that is. I just start spinning way too easy.”

Gravel and his new Jason Johnson Racing team have found the level of consistency they were hoping to find at the start of the year. He’s finished in the top-five in the last four races – three of those finishes being on the podium. And with three wins now, Gravel is the winningest driver, so far, this season.

“Man, we’re trying all sorts of stuff,” Gravel said. “Every night I don’t think we run the same bar combination. Philip (Dietz, JJR crew chief) is always working, trying to make the car better. It works nine times out of 10. Hopefully we jot down the things that work really well and continue to grow as a team and keep winning races.”

His Williams Grove win has propelled the Watertown, Conn.-native to be tied for third in the Series’ points standings with Pittman – 64 points behind leader Donny Schatz, who only has a two-point lead over Brad Sweet.

With three wins in the early stage of the season, the championship isn’t on Gravel’s mind, yet. He’s focused on staying consistent and winning races.

“The past couple of races have been really good,” Gravel said. “We’re qualifying well consistently now, which is a huge part of this. If we keep that up good things will happen. Where we end up in the points is where we end up. I just want to keep winning races and try to be as consistent as we can.”

A simple point of the finger to the sky in Victory Lane Friday night made that clear.

UP NEXT:

Gravel will get the chance to sweep the weekend when the World of Outlaws return for the final round of the Morgan Cup Saturday, May 18, at Williams Grove Speedway.

As always, you can catch all World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action on DIRTVision.com.

For tickets and more information, go to www.WorldofOutlaws.com.

RESULTS:

NOS Energy Drink Feature (25 Laps) – 1. 41-David Gravel [1][$8,000]; 2. 48-Danny Dietrich [4][$4,000]; 3. 83-Daryn Pittman [2][$2,500]; 4. 5-Shane Stewart [3][$2,200]; 5. 49X-Tim Shaffer [7][$2,100]; 6. 69K-Lance Dewease [10][$2,000]; 7. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [5][$1,800]; 8. 15-Donny Schatz [12][$1,600]; 9. 49-Brad Sweet [9][$1,500]; 10. 1X-Chad Trout [6][$1,300]; 11. 18-Ian Madsen [14][$1,200]; 12. 1S-Logan Schuchart [16][$1,100]; 13. 72-Ryan Smith [11][$1,000]; 14. 51-Freddie Rahmer [18][$700]; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen [13][$600]; 16. 19-Brent Marks [24][$600]; 17. 2M-Kerry Madsen [17][$600]; 18. 39M-Anthony Macri [19][$600]; 19. 21-Brian Montieth [20][$600]; 20. 2-Carson Macedo [22][$600]; 21. 5C-Dylan Cisney [15][$600]; 22. 39-Cory Haas [21][$600]; 23. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [8][$600]; 24. 24-Lucas Wolfe [26][$]; 25. O7-Gerard McIntyre [23][$600]; 26. 11-T.J. Stutts [27][$]; 27. 7S-Jason Sides [25][$]; Lap Leaders: Daryn Pittman 1-14, David Gravel 15-25; KSE Hard Charger Award: 19-Brent Marks[+8]

Qualifying Flight-A  – 1. 41-David Gravel, 16.854; 2. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 16.991; 3. 83-Daryn Pittman, 16.994; 4. 1X-Chad Trout, 17.1; 5. 49-Brad Sweet, 17.108; 6. O7-Gerard McIntyre, 17.132; 7. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 17.137; 8. 72-Ryan Smith, 17.168; 9. 2-Carson Macedo, 17.208; 10. 5C-Dylan Cisney, 17.312; 11. 1A-Jacob Allen, 17.314; 12. 55K-Robbie Kendall, 17.341; 13. 70-Brock Zearfoss, 17.38; 14. 39M-Anthony Macri, 17.394; 15. 27S-Adrian Shaffer, 17.495; 16. 98H-Dave Blaney, 17.688; 17. 19M-Landon Myers, 17.821; 18. 47K-Kody Lehman, 17.913; 19. 12W-Troy Fraker, 18.561; 20. 99M-Kyle Moody, NT

Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 69K-Lance Dewease, 16.761; 2. 48-Danny Dietrich, 16.96; 3. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 16.983; 4. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 17.082; 5. 18-Ian Madsen, 17.103; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 17.122; 7. 5-Shane Stewart, 17.144; 8. 21-Brian Montieth, 17.156; 9. 39-Cory Haas, 17.174; 10. 19-Brent Marks, 17.177; 11. 7S-Jason Sides, 17.201; 12. 15-Donny Schatz, 17.206; 13. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 17.291; 14. 26-Cory Eliason, 17.355; 15. 11-T.J. Stutts, 17.364; 16. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 17.416; 17. 24-Lucas Wolfe, 17.449; 18. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 17.475; 19. 17B-Steve Buckwalter, 17.492; 20. 73B-Brett Michalski, 17.737

 

 

Hall of Fame Rocker John Oates Helps Nashville Get Ready for World of Outlaws

NASHVILLE, TN — May 17, 2019 — Covering the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway quarter-mile oval with dirt for the upcoming Music City Outlaw Nationals is no small task, so the World of Outlaws put out the call for assistance and Hall of Fame rocker John Oates together with country star Tim Duggar answered on Friday.

Oates and Duggar helped the team finish off the racing surface, which will see two weekends of premier dirt racing action. The Fairgrounds DIRTcar Clash kicks things off on Saturday, May 25, setting the stage for the hugely popular high-powered, winged warriors of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on May 31-June 1.

It turns out Oates knows a little about dirt track racing and the World of Outlaws.

“I grew up in Pennsylvania and there was a dirt track near me called Hatfield Speedway when I was a little kid and that’s where I first saw the midgets and sprint cars under the lights and I got hooked,” said Oates, half of legendary Hall & Oates that was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. “I’ve always been a race fan ever since. I’ve done some racing myself, I’ve done some sports car racing, some long-distance racing and now I’m involved in vintage car racing. I just love all kinds of racing, I watch it all. Formula One, Indy Car, NASCAR, but sprint cars on dirt is a pretty amazing experience under the lights. I’m really excited to see them here in Nashville for the first time. Putting down dirt on this old amazing track is going to be a cool night.”

The Music City Outlaw Nationals will mark the inaugural appearance for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars in Nashville, and the only time all year they’ll race in Tennessee. Nashville is obviously at the heart of music, but major league sporting events have also gained a foothold in the city, which was just host to the NFL Draft.

“Nashville without a doubt is a hot city, it’s growing like crazy,” Oates said. “It’s just so cool that it’s become a destination for a lot of folks on all sorts of levels from business to entertainment. So having an incredible event with the World of Outlaws coming here is one more cool thing for people to say, ‘Wow, you come to Nashville and you get everything. You get music, you can see some racing. There’s a million things to do.’ It’s just one more feather in the cap for Nashville as a city.”

Oates and Duggar will be at the event, too. Oates will serve as a Grand Marshal on Friday, May 31. Duggar, who is a huge fan of sprint car racing and attends many events, will perform on Saturday, June 1, at 4 p.m. before the cars take the track, and he’ll be a host of the Party Deck during the event.

More than $150,000 is up for grabs over the course of the event, making it one of the Outlaws’ biggest racing weekends all year. Drivers like Tony Stewart Racing’s 10-time champion Donny Schatz, Kasey Kahne Racing’s Brad Sweet, Kyle Larson Racing’s Carson Macedo and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Racing’s Sheldon Haudenschild will all be trying to capture the Friday $15,000-to-win Feature and the Saturday $25,000-to-win Feature.

Tickets are available online at WorldofOutlaws.com or by calling 844-DIRT-TIX Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

 

 

 

DREAM COME TRUE
Jason Johnson Racing grant 8-year-old’s wish to join a race team

 

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA – Eight-year-old Ayden Gora experienced his first World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series victory at Lincoln Speedway Wednesday night.

 

Race fans lined the grandstand fence, clapping and cheering in unison. Photographers flooded the front stretch, searching for the best angled shot of Gora, grinning wide, with the checkered flag in hand in front of the No. 41 Jason Johnson Racing car. And his parents stood off to the side, grinning just as wide.

 

It was a moment of joy. A moment of inspiration. A moment to forget about the leukemia diagnosis he’s dealt with his whole life.

 

Gora has fought leukemia – a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow – for eight years. He’s been in remission for the past two years, his father, Stan Gora said.

 

Throughout Ayden’s life, race cars have always been one of his biggest passions. Big enough that his father is sure he’ll want to drive one someday. To help make his dream of being part of a race team come true, Make-a-Wish teamed with Jason Johnson Racing to make it happen. JJR invited Ayden and his family to Lincoln Speedway and made him an honorary crew member.

 

“To me, it’s super special,” said Bobbi Johnson, owner of Jason Johnson Racing.

 

The Gora family, of Duncannon, Pa. knew Lamar Buckwalter, owner of Buckwalter Trucking – a JJR sponsor and Make-a-Wish supporter. Through his partnership with the team, Buckwalter reached out to Johnson about the opportunity to help Gora, and she didn’t hesitate to oblige.

 

About 10 years ago, the team helped another young boy dealing with lymphoma, making him an honorary crew member. Johnson said that boy has been in remission for three or four years now and still wears the JJR crew shirt they gave him.

 

“It’s still a big deal to me,” Johnson said. “It holds a special place in my heart.”

 

She was going to make sure Gora had the same memorable experience.

 

Not only did Ayden and his family get new JJR crew shirts, they put him to work.

 

“If he’s going to be a crew guy, he’s got a work a little bit on the car,” Johnson said with a chuckle. “I said (to the crew) teach him (Ayden) some stuff… valuable lessons.”

 

Johnson pointed to a sign on the inside wall of the team’s trailer with the late Jason Johnson’s rule of everything needs to be professional. The team taught him about the presentation of the car, how to keep it well maintained and how they make it competitive.

 

JJR driver, David Gravel, helped show Gora how to climb into the car, resulting in an instant smile the second he sunk into seat. The crew also showed him the tools they use to work on the car and how they go about changing a tire – one of Gora’s favorite experiences of the night.

 

“It’s every kid’s dream to come be a part of a race team, at least it was mine growing up,” said JJR crew chief Philip Dietz. “We enjoy being able to give him the whole tour and whole experience.”

 

Short on words, Gora’s facial expressions throughout the night spoke the loudest.  A smile rarely left his face.

 

“This is pretty cool,” Stan Gora said. “Ayden is a little shy, but I think he really loves this. We appreciate everything.”

 

JJR were able to give Gora and his family an extra level of excitement with Gravel winning his Drydene Heat race, winning the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash and battled for the win in the Feature. Gravel settled for third, leaving him disappointed in his result, but to Gora it was still a win.

 

“He’s (Ayden) never been to a race in general, so coming to a Sprint Car race it is probably a lot to take in,” Gravel said. “He’s a shy little guy, but he seemed to enjoy it and gave me a hug at the end of the night, so I think he’s happy.”

 

With a simple nod and a smile, Gora confirmed his enjoyment of the experience.

 

Gora still got to stand in Victory Lane, with his own Feature winner tire board, checkered flag and host of photographers capturing 8-year-old Gora’s memorable night that he got to spend with his mom, dad and sister, the JJR crew and several World of Outlaws drivers.

 

It was a moment of joy. A moment of inspiration. A moment to forget about any worries.

 

UP NEXT:

You can catch Jason Johnson Racing and the rest of the World of Outlaws at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18.

 

As always, you can catch all World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action on DIRTVision.com.

 

For tickets and more information, go to www.WorldofOutlaws.com.

 
 

 

 

 

 

POSSE HERO

 

Lance Dewease out duels World of Outlaws for PA Posse victory at Lincoln Speedway

 

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA – Thousands of fans lined the straightaway fence at Lincoln Speedway Wednesday night, testing the limit of how close they can get to pushing themselves through.

 

A faint cheer could be heard from the end of the line when the No. 69K of Lance Dewease came into sight, rounding the corner of turn four. The cheers and screams became a tidal wave down the front stretch as Dewease slowly rolled into Victory for the Gettysburg Clash presented by Drydene.

 

The local hero won. Dewease out dueled the stars of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series for his 16th career Series victory – moving past Jason Sides to sit 31st on the all-time wins list.

 

“It’s means everything,” Dewease said about claiming his first World of Outlaws win of the season. “It’s a good rivalry (between the World of Outlaws and PA Posse). To me it’s friendly. It’s not like we hate each other, but we want to beat each other pretty bad.”

 

Dewease showed how bad he wanted to win Wednesday night, wrestling with a competitive David Gravel all night.

 

Both won their respective Drydene Heat race and started on the front row for the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash. Gravel won the battle in the Dash, passing Dewease on the high side and charging to the win. The start to the 35-lap was déjà vu with the two side-by-side and Gravel charging back to the lead.

 

The Watertown, Conn.-native pulled to about a two-car length lead over Dewease at the start and was able to maintain it while navigating through lap traffic in the early stage of the race.

 

Gravel was poised to claim his third win of the season, able to maintain the lead no matter what line he chose. Although, in similar fashion, no matter which line Dewease chose to run, he could keep Gravel close enough in sight that if the No. 41 Jason Johnson Racing car made a mistake, he would be ready to capitalize.

 

And that mistake came with 17 laps to go. After sticking to the high side most of the race, Gravel tried the bottom through turns one and two. It didn’t work for him this time. He slid off the bottom, dramatically slowing his pace and allowing Dewease an easy pass to the lead.

 

“I knew sooner or later we would have to be on the bottom,” Dewease said. “I made my mind up I was going to go to the bottom, and he went at the same time, but he didn’t stay there. He slid up and crossed and I got by him, which meant everything to me. I just made sure I didn’t mess up in lap traffic.”

 

While Dewease weaved through traffic seeming to know where each car would be before he got to them, the lap cars didn’t always cooperate. One came close to ending Dewease’s night, leaving centimeters between he and Deweases car off turn two.

 

“Laps cars were really hard for both David and me,” Dewease said. “So, that last caution with six laps to go I decided I wasn’t going to catch any lap cars if I didn’t have to.”

 

He didn’t. After a couple of late race cautions, the Fayetteville, Pa.-native cruised with ease to another victory at Lincoln Speedway.

 

The late race cautions were no benefit to Gravel. After hitting the restart cone during one of the restarts, Gravel said he tried to just protect his second-place position, but ended up losing it to Ryan Smith and had to settle for third.

 

“I’m disappointed I lost second,” Gravel said. “I wish I didn’t make the mistakes I did. It’s part of racing.”

 

He’s still holding his head high though, for having a strong night with being the fastest car in Flight 2 of Qualifying, winning his Drydene Heat race and the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash. He also sits fourth in the Series’ points standing — 80 points behind Brad Sweet and Donny Schatz, who for the second time this year are tied for the points lead.

 

Schatz was the KSE Hard Charger of the night, racing from 25th to 11th, after having to use a provisional to start the Feature.

 

Dewease’s win marks the first-round win for the PA Posse in the Series’ Pennsylvania swing this month. The World of Outlaws will make its next trip Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18, to Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa. for the Morgan Cup.

 

As Dewease stood in Victory Lane holding the three-foot tall Gettysburg Clash presented by Drydene trophy, the hundreds of fans lined along the fence, and those that found their way to Victory Lane, not only drowned out the speedway with cheers for Dewease, they started the chant “Posse! Posse! Posse!”

 

“It’s great to get this week started off good and hopefully if I can’t win Friday or Saturday somebody else does,” Dewease said about the PA Posse support. “It’s a neat fanbase. We have the best fans in the world as far as I’m concerned. They love our racing. They come out in rain and snow. So, we’re pretty fortunate.”

 

As always, you can catch all World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action on DIRTVision.com.

 

For tickets and more information, go to www.WorldofOutlaws.com.

 

RESULTS:

NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps) – 1. 69K-Lance Dewease [2][$10,000]; 2. 72-Ryan Smith [12][$5,500]; 3. 41-David Gravel [1][$3,200]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [5][$2,800]; 5. 5-Shane Stewart [14][$2,500]; 6. 24-Lucas Wolfe [6][$2,300]; 7. 18-Ian Madsen [7][$2,200]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [8][$2,100]; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart [15][$2,050]; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser [13][$2,000]; 11. 15-Donny Schatz [25][$700]; 12. 19M-Landon Myers [19][$1,200]; 13. 87-Alan Krimes [26][$300]; 14. 39M-Anthony Macri [18][$1,050]; 15. 75-Chase Dietz [16][$1,000]; 16. 19-Brent Marks [20][$900]; 17. 39-Cory Haas [22][$800]; 18. 1X-Chad Trout [10][$800]; 19. 2-Carson Macedo [27][$]; 20. 99M-Kyle Moody [24][$800]; 21. 21-Brian Montieth [9][$800]; 22. 83-Daryn Pittman [4][$800]; 23. 11-T.J. Stutts [21][$800]; 24. 59-Jim Siegel [28][$]; 25. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [23][$800]; 26. 49X-Tim Shaffer [3][$800]; 27. 88-Brandon Rahmer [11][$800]; 28. 48-Danny Dietrich [17][$800]; Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-18, Lance Dewease 19-35l KSE Hard Charger Award: 15-Donny Schatz[+14]

Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.116; 2. 69K-Lance Dewease, 13.129; 3. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.347; 4. 24-Lucas Wolfe, 13.413; 5. 21-Brian Montieth, 13.431; 6. 88-Brandon Rahmer, 13.441; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.455; 8. 19M-Landon Myers, 13.473; 9. 48-Danny Dietrich, 13.493; 10. 11-T.J. Stutts, 13.494; 11. 39-Cory Haas, 13.515; 12. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.54; 13. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 13.545; 14. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.572; 15. 55K-Robbie Kendall, 13.577; 16. 59-Jim Siegel, 13.649; 17. 15X-Adam Wilt, 13.672; 18. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.683; 19. 98H-Dave Blaney, 13.688; 20. 70-Brock Zearfoss, 13.691; 21. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe, 13.971; 22. 91-Tony Fiore, 18.514

Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 41-David Gravel, 13.349; 2. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 13.49; 3. 83-Daryn Pittman, 13.556; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.607; 5. 1X-Chad Trout, 13.628; 6. 72-Ryan Smith, 13.629; 7. 99M-Kyle Moody, 13.644; 8. 75-Chase Dietz, 13.651; 9. 87-Alan Krimes, 13.662; 10. 19-Brent Marks, 13.688; 11. 39M-Anthony Macri, 13.694; 12. 69-Tim Glatfelter, 13.699; 13. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.808; 14. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.81; 15. 5-Shane Stewart, 13.837; 16. 17B-Steve Buckwalter, 13.949; 17. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 13.971; 18. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 13.995; 19. 90-Jordan Givler, 14.29; 20. 73B-Brett Michalski, 14.398; 21. 27G-Jay Galloway, 14.427

 
 

 

SEEING GREEN: Nearly $330,000 at Stake During Nine-Day Span for World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars May 24 through June 1

CONCORD, NC – In just over a week’s span the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will make history hosting two new doubleheader events in May and paying out close to $330,000 over nine days.

The stretch begins at The Dirt Track at Charlotte with the World of Outlaws in the inaugural Patriot Nationals doubleheader Friday, May 24, and Saturday, May 25, and a purse of $15,000-to-win and $1,000-to-start Features both nights. There will be $118,700 in total purse winnings on the line.

A week later, the Series will make its inaugural trip to the quarter-mile Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway on Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1, for the Music City Outlaw Nationals. While it’ll be $1,000-to-start the Feature both nights, drivers will be competing for $15,000-to-win Friday night and an unprecedented $25,000-to-win Saturday night. In total the event will pay out $158,150 in purse winnings.

In between the two doubleheaders will be the Monday, May 27, race at Lawrenceburg Speedway for the Memorial Day Spectacular presented by KOI Auto Parts. The one-day race will pay $10,000-to-win.

Between the five races, one driver would have the opportunity to win $80,000 in about a week. And drivers are excited about it.

“It’s great we’re trying to build more events,” said Kasey Kahne Racing driver Brad Sweet. “Memorial Day weekend is a big weekend for racing and for us to be able to race for more money is great and then go to Nashville to race for more money is great. We look forward to keep building more events and the Series and the sport. We all love it and we all make a living at it, so it’s always great when promoters step up and try to pay more and build an event for the fans.”

Fans can expect to see a thrilling show, too. Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing and NOS Energy Drink driver Sheldon Haudenschild said when there’s more money on the line “everybody gets their game face on.”

“As a Sprint Car driver, you want to race where the money is,” said Jason Johnson Racing driver David Gravel.

Tickets to all three races are available at WorldofOutlaws.com/tix. As always, if you can’t make it to the track watch every lap LIVE on DIRTVision.com and keep up with the latest Series news and information at WorldofOutlaws.com.

MONEY MANIA

Date Track Win Start

May 24 The Dirt Track at Charlotte $15,000 $1,000

May 25 The Dirt Track at Charlotte $15,000 $1,000

May 27 Lawrenceburg Speedway $10,000 $800

May 31 Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway $15,000 $1,000 June 1 Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway $25,000 $1,000

 

 

LIVING PROOF
Donny Schatz claims second win of 2019 at Eldora Speedway

 

ROSSBURG, OH – May 10, 2019 – Donny Schatz said he has nothing to prove to anyone.

But after leading every lap and winning the caution free 30-lap World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Feature at Eldora Speedway Friday night, he proved he’s still a dominating threat.

“I’m not done,” a jubilated Schatz said after winning his second race of the season – 285th Series win overall.

Schatz, in his Tony Stewart Racing car, swept the May #LetsRaceTwo doubleheader at Eldora Speedway last year, which at that time was his seventh and eighth wins of the year. However, Schatz has a new crew chief this year – after his former Crew Chief Ricky Warner, who he spent most of his career with, went to work for Ford.

The 10-time Series champion doesn’t point any fingers at the crew chief change for the lack of comparison to last year’s performance. There’s a multitude of changes to take into consideration.

“We’ve got a pretty good play book we’ve had over the years, but things change,” Schatz said. “Tires change. Cars change. The ways guys race change, so you’ve got to stay on the front side of it. That’s what we’ve been working on the past couple of months. I feel like we’ve figured out what we need to do to get things right for us. I’m happy about that and hopefully we can keep that to ourselves and not have to race against it.”

Friday night’s win won’t define the rest of his season, though.

“You can’t gauge anything off of one race,” Schatz said. “It’s just the way racing is. You make changes and you have to battle through it. If this was easy everybody would do it. Look at the stats over the past 10 or 12 years. You’ll see what the stats say.”

The stats of night one of #LetsRaceTwo at Eldora Speedway show Schatz dominated the Feature, leading every lap from the pole, but Logan Schuchart and rookie Carson Macedo didn’t let Schatz cruise to an easy win.

When the green flag flew, Schatz launched to the lead, with Macedo close behind. While Schatz rode the inside line, Macedo threw his car to the high side. The rookie, in his Kyle Larson Racing car, charged on the outside like a starving predator in pursuit of an innocent prey.

By the time the two reached turn one for the second time, Macedo had already hurled his car underneath Schatz and cleared him by the apex. However, his momentum drew him back to the wall, allowing Schatz to ease underneath him and reclaim the lead.

“I thought when I was throwing stuff at him (Schatz) at the beginning, and I was kind of able to maintain after that, I thought maybe if we get to traffic, maybe I could make a move,” said Macedo, who settled for third. “But Donny is just exceptional. I didn’t pull the trigger when I probably should have. Just my fault. Something I need to work on as a driver. To win these World of Outlaws races, you just can’t do that.”

After Macedo’s attempt to steal the champion’s lead, Schatz set sail showing his expertise on the track he’s won at more than 10 times. No matter if he had to go high or go low, Schatz could put his car wherever he needed to navigating lap traffic.

Slower cars would block his chosen lane at times, killing his momentum. That allowed the hard charging Schuchart to further close on Schatz every lap. Schuchart, who finished second to Schatz during both nights of last year’s #LetsRaceTwo doubleheader, was determined to finish one spot better this year.

With about four laps to go, Schuchart close to a car length behind Schatz. The Shark Racing No. 1a was in sight for its third win of the season. But like Schatz, a lap car killed Schuchart’s momentum and ended his chance for a second win at the speedway.

“I was following a car on the top and he hit the wall and I had to check up pretty good there,” said runner-up Schuchart. “All and all I thought it was a good race. I think we actually fell to sixth at the beginning and had to work our way back up there. I think we had the car to beat and the fastest race car. I hope we can come back tomorrow and get another shot at it.”

While Schatz had command of the race all night, there was still a lot going through his head on what he needed to do and look out for to secure the victory.

“Over the course of the run, you start to lose a little bit and lose a little bit,” Schatz said. “And you use your tires. This place is always a question on fuel. You’ve got to be cautious on the gas, too, for being able to make the distance. We didn’t have any yellows, thank goodness. That’s another thing you have to take into play. You think about those things when you’re leading.”

He added the hardest thing to do is lead a race, and he hasn’t done a lot of that this year -- just 14 laps before Friday night's race.

He’s still having fun, though.

“I’ve won every race I’ve wanted to win,” said Schatz, who now leads the Series standings by 14 points over Brad Sweet. “Everything from here is gravy. I’m racing the way I want. I’m racing with the people I want, and we’re having a good time.

“The funny thing about the sport is, if you can have a fun time when you’re not winning, when you are winning it’s going to be really good. That’s where we’re at.”

He has nothing left to prove. But that won’t stop him from continuing to be a dominate threat.

UP NEXT:
The Greatest Show on Dirt will make its next stop Saturday, May 11, at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio for the final night of #LetsRaceTwo.

As always, you can catch all World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action on DIRTVision.com.

For tickets and more information, go to www.WorldofOutlaws.com.

RESULTS:
NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1][$10,000]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5][$5,000]; 3. 2-Carson Macedo [2][$3,000]; 4. 41-David Gravel [3][$2,700]; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen [9][$2,500]; 6. 39-Christopher Bell [8][$2,200]; 7. 7S-Tim Kaeding [6][$2,000]; 8. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [4][$1,800]; 9. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [14][$1,600]; 10. 18-Ian Madsen [10][$1,450]; 11. 49-Brad Sweet [13][$1,300]; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser [24][$1,200]; 13. 5-Shane Stewart [7][$1,100]; 14. 87-Aaron Reutzel [12][$1,000]; 15. 49X-Tim Shaffer [11][$950]; 16. 24-Rico Abreu [22][$900]; 17. 70X-Spencer Bayston [20][$850]; 18. 19-Brent Marks [25][$50]; 19. 2M-Kerry Madsen [19][$725]; 20. 7-Jason Sides [23][$700]; 21. 91-Cale Thomas [21][$700]; 22. 83-Daryn Pittman [16][$700]; 23. 1-Sammy Swindell [15][$700]; 24. 70-Brock Zearfoss [17][$700]; 25. G1-Hunter Schuerenberg [18][$700]; Lap Leaders: Donny Schatz 1-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 11K-Kraig Kinser[+12]

Qualifying Flight-A - 1. 5-Shane Stewart, 12.825; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.833; 3. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 12.848; 4. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.857; 5. 1-Sammy Swindell, 12.861; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.896; 7. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.919; 8. 41-David Gravel, 12.936; 9. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 12.942; 10. 7-Jason Sides, 13.01; 11. 24-Rico Abreu, 13.017; 12. 70-Brock Zearfoss, 13.021; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.034; 14. 11-Dale Blaney, 13.045; 15. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.062; 16. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.063; 17. 22-Cole Duncan, 13.065; 18. 19-Brent Marks, 13.086; 19. 13-Paul McMahan, 13.091; 20. A79-Brandon Wimmer, 13.109; 21. 98H-Dave Blaney, 13.158; 22. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 13.177; 23. 1ST-Gary Taylor, 13.178; 24. 99G-Skylar Gee, 13.346; 25. K4-Chad Kemenah, 13.497

Qualifying Flight-B - 1. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 12.881; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman, 12.947; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 13.009; 4. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.02; 5. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.038; 6. 7S-Tim Kaeding, 13.102; 7. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 13.126; 8. 91-Cale Thomas, 13.137; 9. G1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 13.14; 10. 70X-Spencer Bayston, 13.196; 11. 39-Christopher Bell, 13.203; 12. 7K-Cale Conley, 13.208; 13. 99-Brady Bacon, 13.234; 14. 26-Cory Eliason, 13.257; 15. 81-Lee Jacobs, 13.27; 16. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 13.307; 17. 5T-Travis Philo, 13.318; 18. 97-Caleb Helms, 13.368; 19. 3-Jac Haudenschild, 13.402; 20. 11N-Buddy Kofoid, 13.532; 21. 8J-Jess Stiger, 13.599; 22. J4-John Garvin, 13.627; 23. 20I-Kelsey Ivy, 13.871; 24. 4X-Bradley Ashford, 13.975

 

 

 

Unfinished business
 

Kevin Swindell seeks first World of Outlaws win as an owner with Christopher Bell at Eldora

ROSSBURG, OH – Kevin Swindell has unfinished business in the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.

A spinal injury from a crash at the 2015 Knoxville Nationals ended his driving career — leaving him with one World of Outlaws victory as a driver — but it hasn’t stopped him from chasing wins.

For the past three years Swindell has been entering his No. 39 Sprint Car in various races — next on the schedule will be this weekend’s World of Outlaws doubleheader at Eldora Speedway. But the top wing no longer has “Swindell” stickered across the front of it. Instead it’s been names like Bayston and Bell.

Accented by a teal strip and letters, Swindell’s name has found a new home on the side of the car as Swindell SpeedLab — the name of his team and other avenues, such as apparel — signifying his transition to car owner.

“I think any of the guys out there (in the Sprint Car community) would say they’ve thought about it (owning a team),” Swindell said. “Done right I think owner-driver is the most profitable way to do it. But someone else driving for me never was a thought.”

It never was after his accident, either. Owning a team grew out of trying to help a young driver enter the top Sprint Car ranks.

In 2015, Swindell found himself acting as a driver coach and crew chief for Spencer Bayston, who at the time was running Parker Price-Miller’s spare car in select races. The two clicked. When Bayston was looking to do more Sprint Car races the year after and rides fell through, Swindell said they linked up. The inaugural Swindell SpeedLab team was born.

“We really built it for him (Bayston) with no real future plan in mind for it then,” Swindell said.

The pair won multiple races together in the All Star Circuit of Champions Series, and Bayston’s success propelled him to a current full-time ride in that Series.

As for Swindell and his team, the vision into the future is a little blurry. Swindell said he’s not sure what the ultimate goal for the team is.

“We’ve been lucky so far just kinda letting it evolve on its own,” he said. “So, we’ll just keep seeing where it takes us.”

At the moment, he hopes to be able to continue helping young drivers. He plans to have Missouri-native Hunter Schuerenberg drive the car in a couple of races this year. Going full-time with the World of Outlaws isn’t on the radar at the moment, but he’s still eyeing several victories in the Series.

“It’s the premier dirt Series in the world, in my opinion,” said Swindell, son of three-time World of Outlaws champion Sammy Swindell. “And it’s been such a big part of my family for so long that winning those races is huge to me. I think in a way there were things I left unfinished in the seat that now I’m chasing from this side with it.”

Swindell won his lone World of Outlaws race at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2006. He was 17 years old when he won, which at the time made him the youngest ever winner in the Series, a record that was broken by 16-year-old Giovanni Scelzi last year. After that he won several other Sprint Car and Midget races — including four Chili Bowl Midget Nationals wins in-a-row — and had a short stint in NASCAR before his 2015 accident.

With Bayston in a new ride, Swindell has hired another young up-and-coming driver to help him chase more wins — NASCAR star Christopher Bell. And those wins almost came during the two World of Outlaws season opening races at Volusia Speedway Park.

Bell finished third on the first night of racing after winning the Drydene Heat Race. He then followed that up the second night by winning the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, leading 25 of the 30 laps in the Feature and battling with 2013 Series champion Daryn Pittman late in the race, eventually having to settle for second. He ended up leaving Florida second in points to Pittman.

“I was pumped,” Swindell said about Bell’s performance. “I really felt like had traffic played in our favor a little bit more we would have picked up two or three of those nights (at DIRTcar Nationals) but that’s part of racing with these guys. They don’t let you slack anywhere. It makes you so much better.”

Swindell started working with Bell last year after Bayston and the team were going through a low point.

“We crashed and just needed to get a second opinion for both of our sake on the cars,” Swindell said.

At the time, Bell was ride hopping, he said, so he sent him a text to gauge his interest. Bell had shown interest before, but Swindell said he wasn’t sure if the 2017 NASCAR Truck Series champion was just joking or not.

“His team is new, but he has proven it (is a strong team) with multiple drivers,” Bell said. “They had a lot of speed with Spencer in the car, so I knew it was capable of running up front.”

Bell added that driving for a team owner who recently stepped out of the car has its advantages, as well.

Bell’s schedule with the Swindell SpeedLab team is up in the air. At the beginning of the year Bell said he hoped to do about 20 to 25 Sprint Car races this season. Many depend on the approval of his NASCAR team, Joe Gibbs Racing, giving him the approval to run the races.

Swindell said he would like to extend his schedule with Bell, who he treats like any other Sprint Car driver — paying him for his time in the car. At the moment, however, he’s excited to get to their next race already scheduled — Eldora Speedway, on Friday May 10 and Saturday May 11 for the #LetsRaceTwo.

Bell cites the Rossburg, Ohio speedway as one of his best tracks. And for good reason. Of his four World of Outlaws victories two have come at Eldora, with the most recent being the Series last visit to speedway in October.

“Obviously his track record speaks for itself, so now I gotta do my job with it,” Swindell said. “I just truly don’t want to screw it up. We know he does his part there. So, I’m excited but nervous at the same time.”

While it’s Swindell’s car going around tracks he would like to win at, there’s no weird feeling watching someone other than him drive it. He said part of that is it wasn’t his car to drive to begin with. The accident may have ended his driving career, but it far from ended his Sprint Car career.

He’s still chasing wins. Still has unfinished business.

“After feeling like we were so close to winning one at Lake Ozark (Speedway) last year with Spencer, then such good runs at World Finals, I’m dying to close one out,” Swindell said.

THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE

WHEN & WHERE
Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11, at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.
-Grandstand gates are scheduled to open at 2 p.m. with Hot Laps at 6 p.m. and Racing at 7:30 p.m.

ABOUT THE TRACK
Eldora Speedway is a half-mile, high-banked track. The track record is 12.707 sec. set by Craig Dollansky on April 13, 2002.
Online – EldoraSpeedway.com
Phone – (937) 338-3815

TICKETS
Tickets can be purchased by going to WorldofOutlaws.com/tix or by calling 844-DIRT-TIX.

1/2-mile winners
There have been six races on a 1/2-mile track this season. Daryn Pittman won at Volusia Speedway on Feb. 8-9. Tim Shaffer won at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on Feb. 27 and Donny Schatz won in Las Vegas on Feb. 28. Aaron Reutzel won at Perris Auto Speedway on March 30. And Logan Schuchart won at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on April 12.

ELDORA SPEEDWAY PREVIOUS WINNERS
2018 – Donny Schatz on May 11, Donny Schatz on May 12, Shane Stewart on July 12, Donny Schatz on July 13, Donny Schatz on July 14, Brent Marks on Sept. 21, Christopher Bell on October 14
2017 – Logan Schuchart on May 12, Donny Schatz on May 13, Kerry Madsen on July 13, Christopher Bell on July 14, Donny Schatz on May 15, Tim Shaffer on Sept. 22
2016 – Kerry Madsen on May 6, Kerry Madsen on May 7, David Gravel on July 14, Daryn Pittman on July 15, Donny Schatz on July 16, Shane Stewart on Sept. 23
2015 – Donny Schatz on May 8, Donny Schatz on May 9, Shane Stewart on July 17, Shane Stewart on July 18, Greg Wilson on Sept. 25
2014 – Shane Stewart on May 2, David Gravel on May 3, Sammy Swindell on July 11, Kerry Madsen on July 12, Joey Saldana on Sept. 19
2013 – Kerry Madsen on May 3, Daryn Pittman on May 4, Kerry Madsen on July 12, Brad Sweet on July 13
2012 – Chad Kemenah on May 4, Sammy Swindell on May 5, Joey Saldana on July 13, Sammy Swindell on July 14
2011 – Joey Saldana on May 8, Tim Shaffer on July 15, Tyler Walker on July 16, Joey Saldana on Sept. 23
2010 – Joey Saldana on May 8, Paul McMahan on May 9, Joey Saldana on July 16, Steve Kinser on July 17, Jac Haudenschild on Sept. 24
2009 – Donny Schatz on May 9, Terry McCarl on July 17, Donny Schatz on July 18, Jason Sides on Sept. 25
2008 – Craig Dollansky on April 11, Donny Schatz on May 31, Joey Saldana on July 11, Daryn Pittman on July 13, Joey Saldana on Sept. 19
2007 – Jason Meyers on April 13, Paul McMahan on June 2, Steve Kinser on July 13, Donny Schatz on July 14, Joey Saldana on Sept. 21
2006 – Sammy Swindell on April 8, Craig Dollansky on June 3, Craig Dollansky on July 14, Joey Saldana on July 15, Joey Saldana on Aug. 4
2005 – Steve Kinser on April 9, Sammy Swindell on June 4, Steve Kinser on July 15, Steve Kinser on July 16, Jac Haudenschild on Aug. 5
2004 – Steve Kinser on April 10, Danny Lasoski on June 5, Dale Blaney on July 16, Jason Sides on July 17, Sammy Swindell on Aug. 6
2003 – Sammy Swindell on April 19, Steve Kinser on May 31, Steve Kinser on July 18, Steve Kinser on July 19, Jason Meyers on Aug. 8
2002 – Craig Dollansky on April 13, Steve Kinser on June 1, Daryn Pittman on July 19, Joey Saldana on July 20, Steve Kinser on Aug. 2
2001 – Mark Kinser on April 14, Andy Hillenburg on June 2, Andy Hillenburg on July 20, Mark Kinser on July 21, Steve Kinser on Aug. 3
2000 – Steve Kinser on April 22, Mark Kinser on June 3, Sammy Swindell in July 14, Dale Blaney on July 15, Tim Shaffer on Aug. 4
1999 – Tim Shaffer on June 5, Mark Kinser on July 15, Greg Hodnett on July 16, Sammy Swindell on July 17, Stevie Smith on Aug. 6
1998 – Sammy Swindell on April 11, Sammy Swindell on June 13, Jac Haudenschild on July 17, Jac Haudenschild on July 18, Jac Haudenschild on Aug. 7
1997 – Sammy Swindell on April 4, Dave Blaney on June 14, Dave Blaney on July 18, Steve Kinser on July 19, Sammy Swindell on Aug. 8
1996 – Sammy Swindell on April 5, Steve Kinser on June 15, Mark Kinser on July 19, Johnny Herrera on July 20, Mark Kinser on Aug. 9
1995 – Jac Haudenschild on April 15, Steve Kinser on June 10, Dave Blaney on Aug. 11
1994 – Kenny Jacobs on April 17, Kenny Jacobs on June 11, Dave Blaney on Aug. 12
1993 – Dave Blaney on April 18, Steve Kinser on June 12, Dave Blaney on Aug. 13
1992 – Sammy Swindell on April 12
1991 – Steve Kinser on June 7, Sammy Swindell on June 8
1990 – Steve Kinser on April 22, Steve Kinser on June 9
1989 – Jeff Swindell on April 23, Doug Wolfgang on June 10, Doug Wolfgang on Aug. 5
1988 – Doug Wolfgang on April 10, Steve Kinser on Aug. 27
1987 – Steve Kinser on April 12, Steve Kinser on Aug. 8
1986 – Bobby Allen on Aug. 9
1985 – Doug Wolfgang on April 14, Doug Wolfgang on Aug. 10
1984 – Ron Shuman on April 8
1983 – Brad Doty on May 22
1982 – Danny Smith on May 8, Sammy Swindell on May 9, Doug Wolfgang on June 12, Sammy Swindell on Aug. 7, Steve Kinser on Oct. 17
1981 – Sammy Swindell on May 16, Doug Wolfgang on Aug. 8, Steve Kinser on Oct. 18
1980 – Sammy Swindell on April 13, Steve Kinser on May 3, Steve Kinser on May 4, Steve Kinser on May 25, Steve Kinser on July 5, Steve Kinser on Aug. 9, Doug Wolfgang on Aug. 30, Doug Wolfgang on Aug. 31, Steve Kinser on Oct. 19
1979 – Ron Shuman on April 15, Dub May on May 27, Steve Kinser on July 3, Sammy Swindell on July 14, Steve Kinser on Aug. 4, Doug Wolfgang on Sept. 1, Shane Carson on Oct. 21
1978 – Bobby Allen on April 16, Rick Ferkel on April 30, Steve Kinser on May 21, Rick Ferkel on July 3, Randy Ford on Aug. 3, Rick Ferkel on Aug. 4, Rick Ferkel on Aug. 5, Steve Kinser on Sept. 3, Shane Carson on Oct. 29

ON THE INTERNET
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Twitter – Twitter.com/WorldofOutlaws – @WorldofOutlaws
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Facebook – Facebook.com/WorldofOutlaws
YouTube – YouTube.com/WorldofOutlaws
DIRTVision – Dirtvision.com – Get your Fast Pass to watch all races LIVE for only $39/month
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Facebook – Facebook.com/WatchDIRTVision

DRIVER INFO
Follow World of Outlaws full-time drivers on Twitter:
Brad Sweet – @BradSweet49
Brent Marks – @bmracing19
Carson Macedo – @carson_macedo
Daryn Pittman – @darynpittman
David Gravel – @DavidGravel
Donny Schatz – @donnyschatz
Ian Madsen – @IanMadsen
Jacob Allen – @JacobAllen1A
Jason Sides – @SidesMotorsport
Kraig Kinser – @KraigKinser11k
Logan Schuchart – @Lschuchart1s
Shane Stewart – @shanestewart_5
Sheldon Haudenschild – @Haudenschild_17

AROUND THE TURN: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will next race on Wednesday, May 15, at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Pa., Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18, at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa. and Sunday, May 19, at Weedsport Speedway in Weedsport, NY.

2019 STATS
There have been 13 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Feature events this season.

FEATURE WINNERS (9 different drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 2
– David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 2
– Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 2
– Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 2
2 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1
– Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 1
– Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1
– Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 1
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1

DRYDENE HEAT RACE WINNERS (25 different winners)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 6
– Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 6
2 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 4
3 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 3
– Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 3
– Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 3
4 – Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 2
– Rico Abreu, St. Helena, Calif. – 2
– Brian Brown, Higginsville, Mo. – 2
– Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 2
– Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 2
– Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 2
5 – Spencer Bayston, Lebanon, Ind. – 1
– Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 1
– Giovanni Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 1
– Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tenn. – 1
– Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 1
– Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 1
– Cory Eliason, Visalia, Calif. – 1
– Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 1
– Willie Croft, Roseville, Calif. – 1
– Brent Marks, Myerstown, Pa. – 1
– David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 1
– Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1
– Lynton Jeffrey, Prairie City, Iowa – 1

DIRTVISION FAST PASS DASH WINNERS (11 different drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 2
— Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 2
2 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 1
– Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 1
– Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1
– Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1
– Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 1
– Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 1
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1
– Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Ind. – 1
– Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 1

LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN WINNERS (11 different drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Cale Conley, Vienna, W.Va. – 1
– Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 1
– Kasey Kahne, Enumclaw, Wash. – 1
– Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1
– Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Ind. – 1
– David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 1
– Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 1
– Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 1
– Brent Marks, Myerstown, Pa. – 1
– Sammy Swindell, Germantown, Tenn. – 1
– Carson Short, Marion, Ill. – 1

C-MAIN WINNERS (1 driver)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 1

PODIUM FINISHES (15 different drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – # of podiums
1 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 6
2 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 5
3 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 4
– David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 4
4 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 3
5 – Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 2
– Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 2
– Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 2
– Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 2
– Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 2
– Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 2
6 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1
– Rico Abreu, St. Helena, Calif. – 1
– Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 1

HARD CHARGER AWARD (11 different drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – H.C. Awards
1 – Cory Eliason, Santa Cruz, Calif. – 2
– Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 2
2 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 1
– Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 1
– Chad Kemenah, Alveda, Ohio – 1
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1
– Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 1
– Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 1
– Hunter Schuerenberg, Sikeston, Mo. – 1
– Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 1
– Sammy Swindell, Germantown, Ind. – 1

TOTAL LAPS LED (14 different drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Laps
1 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 67
2– Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 53
3 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 37
4 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 36
5 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 32
6 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 30
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 30
7 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 29
– Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 29
8 – Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 25
9 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 15
10 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 14
11 – Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 10
12 – Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Ind. – 3

QUALIFYING QUICK TIME (10 different drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – QTs
1 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 2
– Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 2
– Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 2
2 – Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 1
– Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 1
– Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 1
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1
– Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 1
– Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Ind. – 1
– David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 1

FASTEST IN PRACTICE (9 different drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – # of times fastest
1 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 3 (Two sets of Hot Laps at Arizona Speedway)
2 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 2
– Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 2
– Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 2
3 – Brian Brown, Higginsville, Mo. – 1
– Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 1
– Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 1
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1
– Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Ind. – 1

2019 World of Outlaws Schedule & Winners
No./ Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Friday, Feb. 8 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, Fla. / Daryn Pittman (1)
2. Saturday, Feb. 9 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, Fla. / Daryn Pittman (2)
3. Sunday, Feb. 10 / Volusia Speedway Park/ Baberville, Fla. / Rainout-Canceled
4. Friday, Feb. 22 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, Texas / Rainout-Canceled
5. Saturday, Feb. 23 / LoneStar Speedway / Kilgore, Texas / Rainout-Canceled
6. Wednesday, Feb. 27 / The Dirt Track at Las Vegas / Las Vegas, Nev. / Tim Shaffer (1)
7. Thursday, Feb. 28 / The Dirt Track at Las Vegas / Las Vegas, Nev. / Donny Schatz (1)
8. Friday, March 8 / Thunderbowl Raceway / Tulare, Calif. / Rainout-Canceled
9. Saturday, March 9 / Thunderbowl Raceway / Tulare, Calif. / Ian Madsen (1)
10. Friday, March 15 / Silver Dollar Speedway / Chico, Calif. / Carson Macedo (1)
11. Saturday, March 16 / Stockton Dirt Track / Stockton, Calif. / Logan Schuchart (1)
12. Friday, March 22 / Ocean Speedway / Watsonville, Calif. / Rainout-Canceled
13. Saturday, March 23 / Placerville Speedway / Placerville, Calif. / Rainout-Rescheduled for Sept. 11
14. Friday, March 29 / Keller Auto Speedway / Hanford, Calif. / David Gravel (1)
15. Saturday, March 30 / Perris Auto Speedway / Perris, Calif. / Aaron Reutzel (1)
16. Friday, April 5 / USA Raceway / Tucson, Ariz. / Brad Sweet (1)
17. Saturday, April 6 / Arizona Speedway / Queen Creek, Ariz. / David Gravel (2)
18. Friday, April 12 / Devil’s Bowl Speedway / Mesquite, Texas / Logan Schuchart (2)
19. Saturday April 13 / Devil’s Bowl Speedway / Mesquite, Texas / Rainout-Canceled
20. Friday April 26 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, Mo. / Brad Sweet (2)
21. Saturday April 27 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway / Pevely, Mo. / Rainout-Canceled
22. Sunday April 28 / Jacksonville Speedway / Jacksonville, Ill. / Postponed-Rescheduled for Sept. 25

23. Friday May 3 / Riverside International Speedway / West Memphis, Ark. / Rainout-Canceled
24. Saturday May 4 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, Ind. / Postponed-Rescheduled for Oct. 13

 

 

RESCHEDULED: JACKSONVILLE AND TRI-STATE EVENTS GET NEW DATES

CONCORD, NC — May 7, 2019 — After rain spoiled recent events at Jacksonville Speedway and Tri-State Speedway, the two races have found new dates this season on the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series schedule.

Jacksonville Speedway, in Jacksonville, Ill., has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 25. The event will start as an entirely new show. Tri-State Speedway, in Haubstadt, Ind., has been rescheduled for Sunday, Oct. 13.

“We’re pleased we were able to work with the track promoters to find new dates for these events in the busy World of Outlaws schedule,” said Carlton Reimers, World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Director. “We’re not alone this year in dealing with Mother Nature, but we thank our tracks, competitors and fans for keeping a positive outlook.”

Fans who attended the canceled Jacksonville Speedway race should continue to hold on to their wristband and tickets from the event. Also, Aaron Reutzel’s Qualifying time of 10.028 seconds set at Jacksonville Speedway before the event was rained out will stand as the track record.

For further information about the Jacksonville Speedway event, call the track at 217-207-3005 or go to www.JacksonvilleSpeedway.com. For further information on the Tri-State Speedway event, call the track at 812-768-5995 or visit www.TriStateSpeedway.com.

For the latest on the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, make sure to follow on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and at the all-new www.WorldofOutlaws.com.

 

 

Saturated grounds force Riverside International Speedway cancellation
byNick Graziano
May 3, 2019

WEST MEMPHIS, AR – An afternoon rain shower, in addition to weeklong precipitation, creating saturated grounds at Riverside International Speedway have forced World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and track officials to cancel Friday’s event at the speedway. Officials are working on a potential rain date.

Those who purchased a ticket in advance to Friday’s event at Riverside International Speedway will receive a face value credit to their MyDirtTickets.com account to be used towards any World of Outlaws event available at WorldofOutlaws.com/tix. If a credit to your account does not work for you, then you have until June 3, 2019 to request a refund. For more details call 844-DIRT-TIX to speak with a customer service representative about your options.

The Greatest Show on Dirt will continue its high-octane show Saturday, May 4 at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind., where a Sunday rain date is in place if needed.
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For the latest on the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars, make sure to follow on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and at www.WorldofOutlaws.com.

 

 

PROGRESSIVE DRIVE
Kraig Kinser, Steve Kinser Racing team look to build off weeks of strong finishes

WEST MEMPHIS, AR – An unexpected one-off race appearance for Kraig Kinser’s crew chief may have played a part in the team’s recent string of constructive finishes.

Before Kinser’s crew chief Mike Kuemper ran the team’s back-up car at Arizona Speedway in April, Kinser had missed a Feature and finished no better than 15th. After, he scored two top-10s in a row – one a top-five finish – went Quick Time, won a DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash and led laps at Devil’s Bowl Speedway.

Kuemper – who has experience racing with the World of Outlaws – only ran five laps of the Feature at Arizona Speedway, but he said it was enough to gather newfound knowledge that could help Kinser.

“I learned some stuff in the way the car is driving and handling a little bit, trying to get it better for him with me being in it for those short amount of laps,” Kuemper said. “It helped out, because I went back to his car and did a little bit to his.”

What he deduced was their shock package needed to be adjusted and some bars of the chassis needed to be changed around.

“After we got done running that (race at Arizona Speedway), we changed the car around,” Kuemper said.

Their string of good finishes has currently propelled Kinser into the top-10 in points – 132 points behind ninth-place Sheldon Haudenschild.

He and Kinser are looking to continue their recent run of positive finishes into the doubleheader race weekend Friday, May 3, at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark. and Saturday, May 4, at Tri-State Speedway in Kinser’s home state of Indiana.

“I love getting back home, running close to family,” said Kinser, of Bloomington, Ind. “We don’t get too many chances in Indiana so try to make those count. Then, West Memphis, just looking forward to the whole weekend.”

Both tracks are quarter-mile speedways, but produced varying results for Kinser last year. He found the top-10 at Riverside International Speedway, while finishing 15th at Tri-State Speedway – a track Kinser acknowledged he is usually “hit or miss” at.

Even though the Arkansas track favored him last year, Kinser has his eye on racing back home in front of friends and family.

“Being from southern Indiana, my family’s been to Haubstadt for a long, long time,” Kinser said. “I grew up watching and racing there. Got to see a lot of good non-wing races, a lot of good winged races there, too. It’s a good track not too far from home.”

His father, 20-time World of Outlaws champion Steve Kinser, won at Tri-State Speedway seven times. Kraig Kinser is still looking for his first victory at the speedway – and his first since 2017. So, a home state win at the Haubstadt, Ind. Speedway would definitely be mean a lot to him, he said.

In general, he, Kuemper and the Steve Kinser Racing team are looking to just keep their streak of good finishes rolling into doubleheader races.

“We’re trying to take the positives into that weekend,” Kinser said. “We’re hoping for the best and doing what we can do.”

Kuemper said the teams has been putting a lot of work into the car, which has been showcased by the team’s finishes the past couple of weeks. He said they just need to keep that going.

THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE

WHEN & WHERE
Friday, May 3, at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark.
-Grandstand gates are scheduled to open at 5 p.m. with Hot Laps at 6 p.m. and Racing at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 4, at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.
-Hot Laps are scheduled to start at 6 p.m. and Racing at 7:30 p.m.

ABOUT THE TRACK
Riverside International Speedway is a quarter-mile, high-banked track. The track record is 11.060 sec. set by Jason Solwold on May 5, 2007.
Online – RiversideInternationalSpeedway.com
Phone – (901) 840-1970

Tri-State Speedway is a quarter-mile, high-banked track. The track record is 11.110 sec. set by Sammy Swindell on Oct. 8, 2004.
Online – TriStateSpeedway.com
Phone – (812) 768-5995

TICKETS
Tickets can be purchased by going to WorldofOutlaws.com/tix or by calling 844-DIRT-TIX.

1/4-mile winners
There has been one race on a 1/4-mile track so far this year. Carson Macedo won at Silver Dollar Speedway on March 15.

RIVERSIDE INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY PREVIOUS WINNERS
2018 – Daryn Pittman on April 20
2009 – Tim Kaeding on April 24
2008- Donny Schatz on July 5
2007- Daryn Pittman on May 5
1981 – Steve Kinser on March 28, Sammy Swindell on August 1
1980 – Tim Green on April 5, Terry Gray on September 16
1979 – Ron Shuman on April 7, Steve Kinser on August 26

TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY PREVIOUS WINNERS
2018 – David Gravel on May 13
2017 – Parker Price-Miller on May 14
2016 – David Gravel on May 14
2015 – Paul McMahan on May 3
2014 – Paul McMahan on May 10
2013 – Tim Kaeding on April 20
2012 – Craig Dollansky on April 21
2011 – Sammy Swindell on May 30
2010 – Craig Dollansky on Oct. 16
2009 – Steve Kinser on June 25
2008 – Craig Dollansky on July 6
2007 – Steve Kinser on April 21
2006 – Craig Dollansky on April 15
2005 – Steve Kinser on April 16
2004 – Tim Kaeding on Oct. 8
1999 – Mark Kinser on May 16
1998 – Mark Kinser on May 10, Sammy Swindell on June 21
1997 – Steve Kinser on May 11, Sammy Swindell on June 22
1996 – Mark Kinser on May 12
1995 – Stevie Smith on May 14, Steve Kinser on July 16
1994 – Andy Hillenburg on May 15, Dave Blaney on July 17
1993 – Dave Blaney on May 16, Andy Hillenburg on July 18
1992 – Gary Wright on May 10, Sammy Swindell on July 26
1991 – Doug Wolfgang on May 12, Steve Kinser on July 14
1990 – Doug Wolfgang on May 13
1989 – Steve Kinser on May 14
1988 – Bobby Davis, Jr. and Sammy Swindell on May 15 (co-winners)
1980 – Steve Kinser on May 11
1979 – Lee James on May 13, Larry Gates on Aug. 19

ON THE INTERNET
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series – Woosprint.com
Twitter – Twitter.com/WorldofOutlaws – @WorldofOutlaws
Instagram – Instagram.com/WoOSprint – @woosprint
Facebook – Facebook.com/WorldofOutlaws
YouTube – YouTube.com/WorldofOutlaws
DIRTVision – Dirtvision.com – Get your Fast Pass to watch all races LIVE for only $39/month
Twitter – Twitter.com/DIRTVision – @DIRTVision
Facebook – Facebook.com/WatchDIRTVision

DRIVER INFO
Follow World of Outlaws full-time drivers on Twitter:
Brad Sweet – @BradSweet49
Brent Marks – @bmracing19
Carson Macedo – @carson_macedo
Daryn Pittman – @darynpittman
Donny Schatz – @donnyschatz
Ian Madsen – @IanMadsen
Jacob Allen – @JacobAllen1A
Jason Sides – SidesMotorsports.com (not on Twitter)
Kraig Kinser – @KraigKinser11k
Logan Schuchart – @Lschuchart1s
Shane Stewart – @shanestewart_5
Sheldon Haudenschild – @Haudenschild_17

AROUND THE TURN: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will next race on Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11, at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

2019 STATS
There have been 13 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Feature events this season.

FEATURE WINNERS (9 different drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 2
– David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 2
– Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 2
– Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 2
2 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1
– Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 1
– Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1
– Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 1
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1

DRYDENE HEAT RACE WINNERS (25 different winners)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 6
– Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 6
2 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 4
3 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 3
– Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 3
– Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 3
4 – Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 2
– Rico Abreu, St. Helena, Calif. – 2
– Brian Brown, Higginsville, Mo. – 2
– Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 2
– Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 2
– Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 2
5 – Spencer Bayston, Lebanon, Ind. – 1
– Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 1
– Giovanni Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 1
– Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tenn. – 1
– Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 1
– Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 1
– Cory Eliason, Visalia, Calif. – 1
– Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 1
– Willie Croft, Roseville, Calif. – 1
– Brent Marks, Myerstown, Pa. – 1
– David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 1
– Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1
– Lynton Jeffrey, Prairie City, Iowa – 1

DIRTVISION FAST PASS DASH WINNERS (11 different drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 2
— Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 2
2 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 1
– Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 1
– Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1
– Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1
– Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 1
– Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 1
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1
– Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Ind. – 1
– Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 1

LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN WINNERS (11 different drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Cale Conley, Vienna, W.Va. – 1
– Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 1
– Kasey Kahne, Enumclaw, Wash. – 1
– Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1
– Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Ind. – 1
– David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 1
– Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 1
– Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 1
– Brent Marks, Myerstown, Pa. – 1
– Sammy Swindell, Germantown, Tenn. – 1
– Carson Short, Marion, Ill. – 1

C-MAIN WINNERS (1 driver)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 1

PODIUM FINISHES (15 different drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – # of podiums
1 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 6
2 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 5
3 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 4
– David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 4
4 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 3
5 – Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 2
– Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 2
– Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 2
– Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 2
– Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 2
– Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 2
6 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1
– Rico Abreu, St. Helena, Calif. – 1
– Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 1

HARD CHARGER AWARD (11 different drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – H.C. Awards
1 – Cory Eliason, Santa Cruz, Calif. – 2
– Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 2
2 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 1
– Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 1
– Chad Kemenah, Alveda, Ohio – 1
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1
– Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 1
– Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 1
– Hunter Schuerenberg, Sikeston, Mo. – 1
– Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 1
– Sammy Swindell, Germantown, Ind. – 1

TOTAL LAPS LED (14 different drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Laps
1 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 67
2– Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 53
3 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 37
4 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 36
5 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 32
6 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 30
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 30
7 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 29
– Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 29
8 – Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 25
9 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 15
10 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 14
11 – Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 10
12 – Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Ind. – 3

QUALIFYING QUICK TIME (10 different drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – QTs
1 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 2
– Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 2
– Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 2
2 – Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 1
– Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 1
– Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 1
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1
– Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 1
– Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Ind. – 1
– David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 1

FASTEST IN PRACTICE (9 different drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – # of times fastest
1 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 3 (Two sets of Hot Laps at Arizona Speedway)
2 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 2
– Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 2
– Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 2
3 – Brian Brown, Higginsville, Mo. – 1
– Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 1
– Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 1
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1
– Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Ind. – 1

2019 World of Outlaws Schedule & Winners
No./ Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Friday, Feb. 8 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, Fla. / Daryn Pittman (1)
2. Saturday, Feb. 9 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, Fla. / Daryn Pittman (2)
3. Sunday, Feb. 10 / Volusia Speedway Park/ Baberville, Fla. / Rainout-Canceled
4. Friday, Feb. 22 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, Texas / Rainout-Canceled
5. Saturday, Feb. 23 / LoneStar Speedway / Kilgore, Texas / Rainout-Canceled
6. Wednesday, Feb. 27 / The Dirt Track at Las Vegas / Las Vegas, Nev. / Tim Shaffer (1)
7. Thursday, Feb. 28 / The Dirt Track at Las Vegas / Las Vegas, Nev. / Donny Schatz (1)
8. Friday, March 8 / Thunderbowl Raceway / Tulare, Calif. / Rainout-Canceled
9. Saturday, March 9 / Thunderbowl Raceway / Tulare, Calif. / Ian Madsen (1)
10. Friday, March 15 / Silver Dollar Speedway / Chico, Calif. / Carson Macedo (1)
11. Saturday, March 16 / Stockton Dirt Track / Stockton, Calif. / Logan Schuchart (1)
12. Friday, March 22 / Ocean Speedway / Watsonville, Calif. / Rainout-Canceled
13. Saturday, March 23 / Placerville Speedway / Placerville, Calif. / Rainout-Rescheduled for Sept. 11
14. Friday, March 29 / Keller Auto Speedway / Hanford, Calif. / David Gravel (1)
15. Saturday, March 30 / Perris Auto Speedway / Perris, Calif. / Aaron Reutzel (1)
16. Friday, April 5 / USA Raceway / Tucson, Ariz. / Brad Sweet (1)
17. Saturday, April 6 / Arizona Speedway / Queen Creek, Ariz. / David Gravel (2)
18. Friday, April 12 / Devil’s Bowl Speedway / Mesquite, Texas / Logan Schuchart (2)
19. Saturday April 13 / Devil’s Bowl Speedway / Mesquite, Texas / Rainout-Canceled
20. Friday April 26 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, Mo. / Brad Sweet (2)
21. Saturday April 27 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway / Pevely, Mo. / Rainout-Canceled
22. Sunday April 28 / Jacksonville Speedway / Jacksonville, Ill. / Postponed-New date TBD

2019 World of Outlaws Championship Top 10 (Through Lake Ozark Speedway)

Pos. Car Driver Total Diff Wins Top 5s Top 10s Entered Started Earnings
1 49 Brad Sweet 1834 0 2 9 12 13 13 $54,350
2 15 Donny Schatz 1826 -8 1 9 13 13 13 $41,000
3 83 Daryn Pittman 1818 -16 2 7 11 13 13 $53,650
4 41 David Gravel 1738 -96 2 4 8 13 13 $41,850
5 2 Carson Macedo 1738 -96 1 2 11 13 13 $36,050
6 1S Logan Schuchart 1720 -114 2 3 8 13 13 $36,300
7 5 Shane Stewart 1686 -148 0 3 8 13 13 $24,950
8 18 Ian Madsen 1674 -160 1 5 6 13 13 $32,425
9 17 Sheldon Haudenschild 1648 -186 0 3 7 13 13 $21,350
10 11K Kraig Kinser 1516 -318 0 1 2 13 12 $13,200
 
 

 

Brad Sweet passes David Gravel in closing laps to win at Lake Ozark

ELDON, MO – April 26, 2019 – Brad Sweet was in his own timeline Friday night for the World of Outlaws NOS® Energy Drink Sprint Car Series race at Lake Ozark Speedway.

Laps clicked off when he wanted them too. Slower cars were placed where he wanted them. The lead was his. Only his.

Until a red flag with 10 laps to go in the 40-lap Feature.

The atmosphere of dust around the 1/3-mile track fell to the ground in slow motion around the still cars. Sweet’s straightaway lead on second place David Gravel vanished with the snap of a finger. Time was no longer his to freely play with. He had to defend it.

When the green flag flew once again and the thunder of the cars struck the facility, Sweet – looking for his second win of the season – tried to jolt his way back to a commanding lead. But Gravel struck just as hard.

Determined to win in his Jason Johnson Racing team’s backyard, Gravel became the mad titan of the high side. He used every inch of it to find the grip he needed to conquer his quest for the lead.

A lap after the restart, he did.

Gravel took the lead and set course for Victory Lane; a place he has visited twice this year already. His power lust of the high side soon became his downfall, though.

Sweet was not going to live with second. Determined to leave hoisting the trophy, the Grass Valley, Calif. native used his years of experience to find the right line and reel Gravel back in.

With four laps to go, Sweet found his advantage. He slid under Gravel in turns one and two, clearing him on the backstretch and then changing course to the high side of the track for the final few laps.

Sweet still wasn’t invulnerable, though. Gravel tried every line he could to stay on Sweet’s bumper. Not only did the Watertown, Conn.-native not want to lose the lead, but he could feel the breath of 10-time champion Donny Schatz down his neck.

With the checkered flag flying, Sweet saw a potential victory and defeat at the same time. One turn away from victory, a lap car blocked Sweet’s run off turn four, allowing Gravel to close through the middle of the track and Schatz to close on him on the bottom.

But they were in Sweet’s endgame. He hammered the throttle off of turn four and found enough grip worthy of a strong run off the corner to claim his 36th career World of Outlaws victory.

“I almost gave it away in the last corner,” Sweet said. “All that matters is we hung on to the checkers and got the win.”

While the battle with Gravel was nerve-racking, he said, the most challenging part of the night was trying to find the best line.

“The top got tricky, then I had to get the bottom going, and the bottom got slow and tricky, as well,” Sweet said. “Just trying to maneuver through lap cars, that’s key to winning these races. We’re getting better and better at managing our tires and getting through lap cars. Tonight, I thought we did a really good job and did everything perfectly until that caution.”

Gravel knew if Sweet stuck to the bottom on the restart he could get by him on the high side. But he said, with five to go, the high side just didn’t work for him anymore.

“The top got extremely tricky at the end,” Gravel said. “Our right rear tire was going low, and that doesn’t help on the cushion. A couple of little things that hurt us a little bit. Just those last three-four laps were not good laps, and paid for it.”

His second-place finish is not looked at as a failure, though. With his team based about eight miles from Lake Ozark Speedway, Gravel said the No. 41 car team’s performance was good and they have to be proud of their night, which started with going Quick Time in Qualifying.

“If we can do that nine times out of 10, we’ll be having a really good year,” Gravel said.

Gravel’s second-place finished has left him tied for fourth in points with rookie Carson Macedo, who also had a night to be proud of. In his first appearance at the speedway, Macedo earned the KSE Hard Charger award – making his way through the field like a veteran, going from 18th to sixth.

“I think it took us a little bit to learn the race track and know what we need,” Macedo said. “It took a little bit for me to get use to the place, as well. Being the first year with me out here, I think it’s one of them deals where we have to learn throughout the night and continue to try and get better and better.”

Macedo and Gravel are 96 points behind points leader Sweet. The battle for the points lead remains tight with Schatz only eight points behind Sweet and Daryn Pittman – who finished fifth – 16 points back in third.

Sweet has become the fourth driver this year to win more than one race – Pittman, Gravel and Logan Schuchart also have two wins. His triumphs this season have not changed his itinerary for the season.

He still plans to end every race the same way he did at Lake Ozark Speedway – in his own timeline with an atmosphere of confetti falling to the ground in slow motion around his still car and a trophy that’s his. Only his.

UP NEXT:
The Greatest Show on Dirt will make its next stop Saturday, April 27, at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo.

As always, you can catch all World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action on DIRTVision.com.

For tickets and more information, go to www.WorldofOutlaws.com.

RESULTS:
NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps) - 1. 49-Brad Sweet [2][$10,000]; 2. 41-David Gravel [4][$5,500]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [7][$3,200]; 4. 5-Shane Stewart [12][$2,800]; 5. 83-Daryn Pittman [1][$2,500]; 6. 2-Carson Macedo [18][$2,300]; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [6][$2,200]; 8. 18-Ian Madsen [13][$2,100]; 9. 91-Cale Thomas [3][$2,050]; 10. 2M-Kerry Madsen [5][$2,000]; 11. 19-Brent Marks [15][$1,500]; 12. 1S-Logan Schuchart [17][$1,200]; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser [11][$1,100]; 14. 1-Sammy Swindell [9][$1,050]; 15. 4-Terry McCarl [10][$1,000]; 16. 21X-Carson Short [21][$900]; 17. 7S-Jason Sides [14][$800]; 18. 21-Brian Brown [23][$800]; 19. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey [8][$800]; 20. 45-Chad Kemenah [16][$800]; 21. 1A-Jacob Allen [20][$800]; 22. 17B-Bill Balog [24][$800]; 23. G1-Hunter Schuerenberg [19][$800]; 24. 64-Scotty Thiel [22][$800]; Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1-31, 37-40; David Gravel 32-36; KSE Hard Charger Award: 2-Carson Macedo[+12]

Qualifying - 1. 41-David Gravel, 11.714; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman, 11.738; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.791; 4. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.804; 5. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 11.815; 6. 91-Cale Thomas, 11.822; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.852; 8. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey, 11.871; 9. 18-Ian Madsen, 11.874; 10. 21X-Carson Short, 11.91; 11. 19-Brent Marks, 11.928; 12. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.935; 13. 1-Sammy Swindell, 11.951; 14. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.953; 15. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.984; 16. 5-Shane Stewart, 12.005; 17. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.11; 18. 4-Terry McCarl, 12.142; 19. 64-Scotty Thiel, 12.158; 20. 17B-Bill Balog, 12.169; 21. 5X-Justin Peck, 12.241; 22. 2-Carson Macedo, 12.255; 23. G1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 12.287; 24. 45-Chad Kemenah, 12.331; 25. 21-Brian Brown, 12.343; 26. 51B-Joe B.Miller, 12.362; 27. 22-Dustin Barks, 12.436; 28. 33M-Mason Daniel, 12.495; 29. 24-Rico Abreu, 12.54; 30. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 12.618; 31. 8S-Steve Short, 13.093; 32. 68-Frank Rodgers, NT

 

 

 

Schuchart charges to Texas Outlaw Nationals victory

MESQUITE, TX – April 12, 2019 – Logan Schuchart totaled two wins in the 2018 World of Outlaws NOS® Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season. He now has two wins in just 12 races this year.

He wrote his name into the record books Friday night, claiming his first win at the historic Devil’s Bowl Speedway – the site of the inaugural World of Outlaws race in 1978 – and his 10th Series win overall.

“I’ve watched old videos of my grandfather (Bobby Allen) running good here and winning races,” Schuchart said. “Now, I get to put my name in the history books and this team gets to put its name in the history books.”

Not only did he claim the win for the Pennsylvania-based Shark Racing team – owned by his grandfather – his teammate Jacob Allen led 10 laps of the 25-lap Feature and finished third – his first top-five this season.

“I love it,” said Bobby Allen, who won at Devil’s Bowl in 1986. “That’s what we’re here for. We got a first and a third, so we’re real happy… Happier.”

Schuchart had to “cowboy up” for his first win of the season at the Stockton Dirt Track, wrestling with rough track conditions. He had to do the same again at Devil’s Bowl, but not because of the track. The competition.

After finding their way into the top-10 for the first time this season at Arizona Speedway, Kraig Kinser started on the pole for the Feature – after winning the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash – and Jacob Allen started second. The two were the class of the field at the start of the race.

When the green flag flew, Kinser pulled away to the early lead. Allen nearly ended his race before it started. He had a slow start, allowing Daryn Pittman to get by him for second and was side by side with Schuchart for third going down the front stretch. But Allen was hooked on the high side of the track.

He bested his teammate through turns one and two, and nearly came side by side with Pittman down the backstretch before Pittman blocked his run. The next lap, Allen didn’t give Pittman the chance to pull the same move twice. He made his way by Pittman and set his sight on Kinser.

Allen took the lead by Lap four and began to put about a car length distance between he and the second-place car every lap. However, his pace put him in traffic by Lap seven.

Behind him, Schuchart and Pittman traded slide jobs turn after turn, lap after lap, fighting to claim third. Schuchart was the victory and led the train of he and Pittman to the front.

While the high side led Allen to the lead, it became his downfall. Schuchart and Pittman both found grip on the bottom of the track and made their way by Kinser and Allen.

“It made it tough trying to take the lead away from Jake,” Schuchart said about passing his teammate, who was going for his first win. “I’m going to race him just as hard as anybody else. He’s going to get his first win. He’s getting better and better every year. That breakthrough win is going to happen for this team.”

Pittman didn’t care about either of them winning. The Owasso, Okla. native wanted another win at the track just a few hours from his home. With about 10 laps to go, Schuchart slid up the track off of turn two, allowing Pittman to get a run underneath him and take the lead. But a lap later, Pittman made the same mistake, allowing Schuchart to get back by and charge to his first Texas Outlaw Nationals win.

“Gave that one away,” Pittman said. “The bottom just took off. It got so much faster in a hurry. Pretty frustrated, but we had a good car.”

It was Pittman’s first top-five finish since finishing second to David Gravel at Keller Auto Speedway last month.

He continues to sit third in points, but now just six points behind leader Brad Sweet. Donny Schatz is second, two points behind Sweet. Rookie Carson Macedo, continues to impress, remaining fourth in points – 84 points behind Sweet – and Schuchart sits fifth – 90 points behind the lead.

After missing three Features early this season, Allen is starting to find consistency, winning two Drydene Heat races in-a-row, making his way into the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash and earning two top-10 finishes in-a-row.

“Obviously I want to win more than anything,” Allen said. “It is what it is, but I had fun. It’s really good to see Logan win and both Shark Racing cars on the podium. We work hard at this and this is what it’s about.”

Schuchart was the king shark Friday night, and even though he’s already matched his 2018 win total, he said that won’t change his approach to the rest of the season.

“We just want to win races,” a grinning Schuchart said. “We just want to get out there and win races every time we go.”

The Greatest Show on Dirt will make its next stop Saturday, April 13, at the historic Devil's Bowl Speedway for the second night of the Texas Outlaw Nationals.

As always, you can catch all World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action on DIRTVision.com.

For tickets and more information, go to www.WorldofOutlaws.com.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3][$8,000]; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman [4][$4,000]; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen [2][$2,500]; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser [1][$2,200]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [6][$2,100]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [9][$2,000]; 7. 2-Carson Macedo [5][$1,800]; 8. 1B-Travis Rilat [8][$1,600]; 9. 41-David Gravel [12][$1,500]; 10. 5-Shane Stewart [11][$1,300]; 11. 2M-Kerry Madsen [15][$1,200]; 12. 18-Ian Madsen [7][$1,100]; 13. 19-Brent Marks [14][$1,000]; 14. 1-Sammy Swindell [19][$700]; 15. 45-Chad Kemenah [18][$600]; 16. 7S-Jason Sides [20][$600]; 17. 28-Scott Bogucki [13][$600]; 18. 55-Danny Wood [22][$600]; 19. 33M-Mason Daniel [21][$600]; 20. 99X-Dalton Stevens [24][$600]; 21. 12H-Tony Bruce [23][$600]; 22. 2C-Wayne Johnson [16][$600]; 23. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [10][$600]; 24. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [17][$600]; Lap Leaders: Kraig Kinser 1-3, Jacob Allen 4-13, Logan Schuchart 14-15, 17-25; Daryn Pittman 16; KSE Hard Charger Award: 1-Sammy Swindell[+5]

Qualifying - 1. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.699; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman, 13.76; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.792; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.879; 5. 1B-Travis Rilat, 13.909; 6. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.934; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.942; 8. 19-Brent Marks, 13.957; 9. 41-David Gravel, 13.976; 10. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.992; 11. 15-Donny Schatz, 14.105; 12. 49-Brad Sweet, 14.135; 13. 1-Sammy Swindell, 14.138; 14. 5-Shane Stewart, 14.142; 15. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 14.149; 16. 28-Scott Bogucki, 14.166; 17. 7S-Jason Sides, 14.201; 18. 45-Chad Kemenah, 14.365; 19. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 14.442; 20. 33M-Mason Daniel, 14.442; 21. 21P-Robbie Price, 14.466; 22. 55-Danny Wood, 14.563; 23. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 14.595; 24. 12H-Tony Bruce, 14.689; 25. 2X-Tucker Doughty, 15.119; 26. 99X-Dalton Stevens, 15.313; 27. 10P-Jim Perricone, 16.028

 

 

The Outlaws are doubling down in Texas

We're only 11 races into the more than 90 race schedule and there are already several exciting storylines brewing! Brad Sweet has stolen the points lead away from Donny Schatz and Daryn Pittman. There have been nine different winners in 11 races. And several drivers are starting to build momentum en route to their first win of the season.

More storylines are sure to be made this weekend when the World of Outlaws returns to the historic Devil's Bowl Speedway -- the site of the inaugural Series race in 1978. Schatz and Pittman won at the speedway last year and will look to repeat that performance to dethrone Sweet from the top of the points standings.

However, Sweet has also previously won at the speedway -- in 2017 -- and has been on one of the most consistent runs in the Series this year. He won at USA Raceway on Friday and was second on Saturday at Arizona Speedway. He’s finished in the top-five in six of his past seven races — four of which have been podium finishes, and one a victory.

David Gravel, who won at Arizona Speedway on Saturday -- becoming only the second driver this year to win more than one race -- starting to put together a consistent run of good finishes himself. He claimed his first win of the season at Keller Auto Speedway during the Series California swing. He followed that up with a 12th place finish at Perris Auto Speedway, but then finished on the podium at USA Raceway before winning at Arizona Speedway.

There is sure to be excitement every turn at Devil's Bowl Speedway. If you can't be there in person, make sure to watch them on DIRTVision. It'll be two great shows!

THIS WEEK

Arizona

Oklahoma native Shane Stewart is looking forward to heading home this weekend — kind of.
The World of Outlaws NOS® Energy Drink Sprint Car Series is returning to historic Devil’s Bowl Speedway, Friday April 12, and Saturday, April 13 — a track Stewart now considers home and has circled on his calendar.
The Mesquite, Texas track — where the inaugural World of Outlaws race was held in 1978 — is about four hours away from Stewart’s hometown of Bixby, Okla. With most tracks in Oklahoma either torn down, or a distant memory, Devil’s Bowl Speedway has become his surrogate hometrack. However, it’s more than just a hometrack.

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NEWS & NOTES

PARTY TIME AT LAKE OZARK: The night before the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series stars battle at Lake Ozark Speedway, fans have the unique opportunity to meet several of the racers from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, at Fat Polly’s Pub next to The Lodge at Port Arrowhead. The event will feature live music and a chance to see some of the cars up close and meet some of the drivers. Plus, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series souvenir trailer will have all of the latest specials, too. Tickets for the race are available at WorldofOutlaws.com/tix or by calling 844-DIRT-TIX.

The Series goes to Texas this weekend, Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28, at Devil's Bowl Speedway with racing to start at about 8 p.m.

 

 

David Gravel wins Arizona Desert Shootout at Arizona Speedway

QUEEN CREEK, AZ – April 6, 2019 – David Gravel’s first win of the season last month with his new Jason Johnson Racing team was sentimental for several reasons. His second win, Saturday night at Arizona Speedway, was no different.

Not only did he win on his sister Victoria’s birthday, he claimed his 41st career World of Outlaws NOS® Energy Drink Sprint Car Series win in the #41 car – the number chosen by the late Jason Johnson to run.

“I’ve kind of forgot about it, because if you try too hard to win a race, you know, it’s not going to come,” Gravel said about looking for win number 41. “I knew the next one was going to be 41, but it didn’t really all click. I’m glad to win on my sister’s birthday and it’s cool to be my 41st win. All of those things coming together, I guess it was meant to be.”

Win 41 was no easier than win 40, though.

Starting fourth in the 30-Lap Arizona Desert Shootout Feature, Gravel had his work cut out for him. He made his way by third-place Jacob Allen in a lap, but then had to contend with 2017 Rookie of the Year, Sheldon Haudenschild, and Friday night’s Feature winner Brad Sweet – the two fastest cars of the night.

Sweet was a tenth of a second off setting a new track record in Qualifying, and then went on to win his Drydene Heat race. He took the early lead in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, but Haudenschild showed his muscle in the closing laps, powering by Sweet on the high side for the win.

Haudenschild then continued where he left off in the Dash, cruising to the lead in the Feature and pulling away from the field. His blistering pace put him in lap traffic a third of the way through the caution-free Feature, allowing Sweet and Gravel to get close enough to taste the lead.

Sweet used lap traffic to his advantage the night prior, besting Ian Madsen in the game of maneuverability through slower cars. That looked to be his fortune once again, until Gravel continued to make ground on him. While Sweet reeled in Haudenschild, Gravel had Sweet locked in his visor.

The two battled side by side for about four laps, swapping lanes every corner. By Lap 13, Gravel mastered the bottom of the tacky track through turns three and four, clearing Sweet down the front stretch and maintaining the position with a run on the high side of turns one and two.

That run not only cleared him of the blue Kasey Kahne Racing car, it put him in striking distance of Haudenschild’s car. While Haudenschild tried to maneuver around a lap car in turns three and four, Gravel pulled the same move on him that he pulled on Sweet, claiming the lead on Lap 14 and never relinquishing it.

“He (Haudenschild) didn’t hit his exit, and that just opened the door for me,” Gravel said. “Luckily, it all worked out. Whatever lane I went, I seemed to be faster.”

Haudenschild concurred with Gravel’s assessment of the race, acknowledging he made a mistake.

“I figured if I could just rip the cushion and make consistent laps, I’d be alright,” said Haudeschild, who ended up third. “Once I got to lappers and the guy was running the top, I really didn’t make a good move. Like David said, I lost my run off the exit.”

After starting the season with four finishes in-a-row outside the top-12, the Wooster, Ohio native has found consistency. He’s finished in the top-10 in his last five races – two of which have been top-five finishes.

“It’s been kind of a rocky start, but we’ve been building momentum here in these last few races,” Haudenschild said.

On a more consistent run is second-place finisher, Sweet. He’s finished in the top-five in six of his last seven races – four of which have been podium finishes, and one a victory. That’s placed him as the current Series points leader – four points ahead of reigning champion Donny Schatz.

“It’s always cool to lead the points, but I don’t even think we’re a tenth of the way through the season,” Grass Valley, Calif. native, Sweet said. “It’s going to be a long summer. As long as we keep getting better and standing on the podium, the points will shake out how they will at the end.”

Gravel, of Watertown, Conn., became only the second driver this year to claim more than one victory – Daryn Pittman was the first winning both races at Volusia Speedway Park.

With win number two out of the way, Gravel looks for more consistency with his Jason Johnson Racing team.

“That first win, we struggled, got a win, the next day ran 12th,” Gravel said. “Now, this weekend (in Arizona) we went third and first. As a team, that’s what you’re looking for, is having podiums and top-fives. That’s what makes a good season.”

The Greatest Show on Dirt will make its next stop Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13, at the historic Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas.

As always, you can catch all World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action on DIRTVision.com.

For tickets and more information, go to www.WorldofOutlaws.com.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) - 1. 41-David Gravel [4][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [2][$5,500]; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1][$3,200]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [13][$2,800]; 5. 18-Ian Madsen [6][$2,500]; 6. 83-Daryn Pittman [7][$2,300]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [3][$2,200]; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser [11][$2,100]; 9. 2-Carson Macedo [10][$2,050]; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart [15][$2,000]; 11. 19-Brent Marks [8][$1,500]; 12. 5-Shane Stewart [14][$1,200]; 13. 45-Chad Kemenah [12][$1,100]; 14. 19AZ-Hunter Schuerenberg [5][$1,050]; 15. 24-Rico Abreu [19][$1,000]; 16. 7S-Jason Sides [18][$900]; 17. 33M-Mason Daniel [20][$800]; 18. 13-Mark Dobmeier [17][$800]; 19. 21-Brian Brown [9][$800]; 20. 11-Mike Kuemper [21][$800]; 21. 21P-Robbie Price [16][$800]; Lap Leaders: Sheldon Haudenschild 1-13, David Gravel 14-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 15-Donny Schatz[+9]

Qualifying - 1. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.452; 2. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.573; 3. 41-David Gravel, 12.601; 4. 2-Carson Macedo, 12.625; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.644; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.685; 7. 19AZ-Hunter Schuerenberg, 12.686; 8. 19-Brent Marks, 12.704; 9. 21-Brian Brown, 12.718; 10. 83-Daryn Pittman, 12.759; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.766; 12. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.767; 13. 24-Rico Abreu, 12.796; 14. 5-Shane Stewart, 12.845; 15. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.859; 16. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.859; 17. 33M-Mason Daniel, 12.875; 18. 45-Chad Kemenah, 12.962; 19. 21P-Robbie Price, 12.968; 20. 13-Mark Dobmeier, 13.104; 21. 11-Mike Kuemper, 13.573

 

 

Brad Sweet becomes the ninth different winner in 10 races this year

TUCSON, AZ – April 5, 2019 – With five laps to go in the World of Outlaws NOS® Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Wildcat Shootout at USA Raceway Friday night, Brad Sweet’s victory was far from certain.

Sweet had command of the race, having stolen the lead from Ian Madsen just before a Lap 19 caution. However, Madsen did not let the blue Kasey Kahne Racing car of Sweet out of his sight.

With lap traffic in Sweet’s windshield, Madsen used it to his advantage turning a car length distance between them into half a car length. Then a quarter. The laps were winding down in a hurry, but the race was far from over.

That is until the lap traffic that was helping Madsen catch Sweet, ended up killing his momentum with a lap to go, putting more than a car length back between he and Sweet, who went on to claim his first win of the 2019 season – his 35th career win overall.

“I was just kind of lucky to get through a few of those guys, just mistakes in lap traffic and we were in the right spot to capitalize,” said Grass Valley, Calif. native Sweet. “The car was superfast and made the opportunities for us to take advantage of those opportunities.”

His night didn’t start off looking like he would claim his second win at the raceway – his first coming in 2014. He broke down at the start of Hot Laps, but his KKR team got him back on track in time for Qualifying, ending up fifth. Sweet then went on to finish second in his Heat race – to winner Madsen. However, he then struggled in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, finishing last.

That resulted in Sweet starting sixth for the 30-lap Feature, while Madsen, who fared better in the Dash, started on the outside pole.

When the green flag flew, Madsen, last year’s Rookie of the Year, shot by polesitter Donny Schatz and ran away with the lead.

“Everyone’s always better in clean air,” said Madsen, who ended up second. “It just kind of got pretty tricky there in the middle of the race. We got stuck behind some lap cars and we just weren’t as good as Brad tonight to maneuver around to get past the lap cars.”

Madsen’s blistering pace at the start of the race put him in lap traffic by Lap five. While the Australian hustled his way around the slower cars, Sweet – with a little bit of luck on his side – methodically moved his way to the front, lap by lap.

“I think we were in the right place at the right time a lot of the time and we were able to capitalize,” Sweet said. “Coming from sixth to win is hard in these things, especially on a pretty fast track. We’ll take it any way we can get it.”

Luck wasn’t the only factor that helped him to the front. A little bit of skill, knowing where to put his car helped, too.

“Luckily for me, I kind of found a low line in turn one, and kind of low down the front stretch,” Sweet said. “If I could get off (turn) four equal or a little better than the guy in front of me, I could go low in turn one and it seemed like I could carry more speed. That’s where I made all of my passes.”

While Sweet and Madsen stole the show, Brent Marks raced his way to his best finish so far this year – sixth. Prior to that his best finish this year had been 11th in Las Vegas. After that he missed two races and had finished no better than 12th. But now, momentum is on his side going forward.

“I know my results through California don’t really show, but we’ve been getting our car really good,” said Marks after his first race at USA Raceway. “We’ll just keep plugging away and fine tuning this race car and try to have a little bit better luck on our side. Excited we got a good run tonight.”

Sweet is the ninth different winner this season in 10 races. Both Madsen and third-place finisher David Gravel, claimed a victory during the Series’ March California swing. While Sweet didn’t claim a victory during the swing, he had one of the best performances during it. He finished in the top-10 in all five races – four of them top-five finishes. And had the best average finish of 4.4.

That consistency, in addition to Friday night’s win, has left him tied for the points lead with 10-times Series champion, Schatz. Daryn Pittman, who was tied for the points lead with Schatz coming into the race is now third – just six points behind the two.

“It’s nice to get the first win and hopefully we can carry the momentum going forward,” Sweet said. “It’s a long season. We’re 10 races into a 94-race schedule, so hopefully this is good signs to come for us.”

The Greatest Show on Dirt will make its next stop Saturday, April 6, at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Ariz.

As always, you can catch all World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action on DIRTVision.com.

For tickets and more information, go to www.WorldofOutlaws.com.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) - 1. 49-Brad Sweet [6][$10,000]; 2. 18-Ian Madsen [2][$5,500]; 3. 41-David Gravel [4][$3,200]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [1][$2,800]; 5. 21-Brian Brown [5][$2,500]; 6. 19-Brent Marks [3][$2,300]; 7. 83-Daryn Pittman [10][$2,200]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart [12][$2,100]; 9. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [7][$2,050]; 10. 5-Shane Stewart [8][$2,000]; 11. 13-Mark Dobmeier [16][$1,500]; 12. 24-Rico Abreu [15][$1,200]; 13. 19AZ-Hunter Schuerenberg [19][$1,100]; 14. 2-Carson Macedo [13][$1,050]; 15. 45-Chad Kemenah [9][$1,000]; 16. 11K-Kraig Kinser [14][$900]; 17. 21P-Robbie Price [17][$800]; 18. 33M-Mason Daniel [18][$800]; 19. 1A-Jacob Allen [20][$800]; 20. 7S-Jason Sides [11][$800]; 21. 7-Gravy Fairfield [21][$800]; Lap Leaders: Ian Madsen 1-18, Brad Sweet 19-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 19AZ-Hunter Schuerenberg[+6]

Qualifying - 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.234; 2. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.272; 3. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.279; 4. 21-Brian Brown, 13.295; 5. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.302; 6. 41-David Gravel, 13.321; 7. 83-Daryn Pittman, 13.339; 8. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.368; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.39; 10. 19-Brent Marks, 13.432; 11. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.433; 12. 45-Chad Kemenah, 13.472; 13. 19AZ-Hunter Schuerenberg, 13.505; 14. 5-Shane Stewart, 13.518; 15. 33M-Mason Daniel, 13.592; 16. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.619; 17. 21P-Robbie Price, 13.648; 18. 24-Rico Abreu, 13.76; 19. 13-Mark Dobmeier, 13.84; 20. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.866; 21. 7-Gravy Fairfield, 18.4

 

 

Texan Reutzel Dominates Every Phase of Perris SoCal Showdown

PERRIS, CA – MARCH 30, 2019 – Aaron Reutzel wrote an eloquent ending to the eventful and riveting story of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series’ California swing, ending it Saturday night in similar fashion to how it began.

Last year’s Rookie of the Year Ian Madsen opened the swing in early March at Thunderbowl Raceway — where Reutzel won his first ever World of Outlaws race last year during the swing — winning everything he could: fastest in practice, Quick Time, Heat win, drew the pole for the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, won the Dash, lead every lap in the Feature and won it.

Reutzel did exactly the same at the half-mile Perris Auto Speedway. He was fastest in practice. Quick Time. Won his Heat race. Drew the pole for the Dash. Won the Dash. Lead every lap in the 30-lap Feature and claimed his second World of Outlaws win at the SoCal Showdown.

“Unbelievable,” the Clute, Texas native said, having to pause afterward, as if to try and grasp the dominance himself.

Coming into the Perris race, Reutzel had a top-five and two top-10 finishes in the California swing and sat seventh in Series points, ahead of full-time World of Outlaws drivers such as Shane Stewart and Madsen. But to Reutzel, he was having a terrible year and it was time for a change.

He and his Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports team made one the morning of the race. It worked.

“We just went back to everything we were doing last year,” Reutzel said. “We just made one little change and it made the difference.”

That little change; ditching a newly built car to put an old car back together.

“There’s nothing different between them,” Reutzel said. “Sometimes you just get a car that doesn’t work, and that might have been one that doesn’t work. Everything else exactly them same. It just worked out for us.”

With the car he’s been running, Reutzel said it felt like he and his team were always playing catch up when it came to the Feature and could never qualify well anymore.

“That’s something you can’t do with these (World of Outlaws) guys,” Reutzel said.

Now, his confidence is back. It showed on track, holding off two California natives who grew up racing on the California swing tracks — rookie Carson Macedo and Rico Abreu.

In the early stage of the Feature, Macedo presented himself as a possible threat to Reutzel, inching in on him lap after lap. After an early red flag, for a flip involving Brent Marks, Reutzel had his biggest challenge yet with Macedo starting next to him and Abreu behind them. But when the green flag dropped, Macedo and Abreu were left trading slide jobs to determine who would finish second while Reutzel sailed away. It was the same story with on another restart a couple of laps later.

“I felt like I had a couple of runs at him on a couple of restarts, and it just seemed like… It’s just the way it went,” said Macedo, who finished second. “Aaron did a good job all night. I felt like we had a good race car. I felt like we had a good package all night.”

Macedo has had one of the best California swings out of all full-time World of Outlaws drivers, having finished in the top-10 in all five races and got his first win of the season at Silver Dollar Speedway.

“We’re having a lot of fun right now,” Macedo said. “We’re putting good runs up on the board and that’s what it’s all about with the Outlaws.”

In line with Macedo and Madsen, Reutzel is the eighth different winner this year in the past nine races. And even though it’s his second ever Series win, it’s still as special as the first.

“Whether you have 100 (wins) or your Donny Schatz getting another one or me getting my second one, just winning an Outlaw race is huge in general,” Reutzel said. “It feels really good to get it.”

Reutzel’s win closes the story of the 2019 World of Outlaws Spring Break California swing, but the Series continues next weekend on Friday, April 5, for the Wildcat Shootout at USA Raceway in Tucson, Ariz. and on Saturday, April 6, for the Arizona Desert Shootout at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Ariz.

The Texan’s next chapter with the World of Outlaws will begin in May at Eldora Speedway.

As always, you can catch all the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action on DIRTVision.com.

For tickets and more information, go to www.WorldofOutlaws.com.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps)
1. 87-Aaron Reutzel [1][$10,000]; 2. 2-Carson Macedo [3][$5,500]; 3. 24-Rico Abreu [2][$3,200]; 4. 49X-Tim Shaffer [6][$2,800]; 5. 26-Cory Eliason [7][$2,500]; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [8][$2,300]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz [5][$2,200]; 8. 5-Shane Stewart [10][$2,100]; 9. 49-Brad Sweet [9][$2,050]; 10. 83JR-Giovanni Scelzi [14][$2,000]; 11. 45-Chad Kemenah [4][$1,500]; 12. 41-David Gravel [11][$1,200]; 13. 83-Daryn Pittman [12][$1,100]; 14. 18-Ian Madsen [18][$1,050]; 15. 1S-Logan Schuchart [16][$1,000]; 16. 19AZ-Hunter Schuerenberg [13][$900]; 17. 21-Brian Brown [17][$800]; 18. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [24][$800]; 19. 7S-Jason Sides [23][$800]; 20. 11K-Kraig Kinser [22][$800]; 21. 21P-Robbie Price [20][$800]; 22. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [15][$800]; 23. 19-Brent Marks [19][$800]; 24. 33M-Mason Daniel [21][$800]; Lap Leaders: Aaron Reutzel 1-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 71P-Parker Price-Miller[+6]

Qualifying - 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 14.377; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 14.398; 3. 15-Donny Schatz, 14.409; 4. 19AZ-Hunter Schuerenberg, 14.418; 5. 24-Rico Abreu, 14.546; 6. 2-Carson Macedo, 14.559; 7. 26-Cory Eliason, 14.585; 8. 21-Brian Brown, 14.59; 9. 83-Daryn Pittman, 14.592; 10. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 14.653; 11. 45-Chad Kemenah, 14.671; 12. 49-Brad Sweet, 14.672; 13. 19-Brent Marks, 14.681; 14. 41-David Gravel, 14.684; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen, 14.719; 16. 5-Shane Stewart, 14.724; 17. 33M-Mason Daniel, 14.732; 18. 7S-Jason Sides, 14.732; 19. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 14.748; 20. 83JR-Giovanni Scelzi, 14.785; 21. 18-Ian Madsen, 14.809; 22. 21P-Robbie Price, 14.832; 23. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 14.842; 24. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 14.845; 25. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.929; 26. 13-Mark Dobmeier, 15.399


 

BOTTOM’S UP

Gravel rides low groove to victory for Jason Johnson Racing’s first World of Outlaws win since Johnson’s death

HANFORD, CA – MARCH 29, 2019 – Nothing was going to stop David Gravel from jumping out of his car.

Out of breath with a wide grin on his face, he high-fived and hugged his crew members while en route to a bath of confetti when he stood on the back of his car and pointed to the sky.

Not only was he celebrating his first win of the season at Keller Auto Speedway, his 40th World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series win and his first win with his new Jason Johnson Racing team, he honored the man whose car he drives.

This is the first World of Outlaws win for the Jason Johnson Racing team since co-owner and driver Jason Johnson died in a crash last June at Beaver Dam Raceway in Wisconsin.

“It’s definitely special,” said Gravel, almost lost for words.

The start of his night did not signal a potential victory, with the luck of the draw sending him out last for qualifying. He managed a 15th-place qualifying effort on a track several drivers called “tricky” due to its slick condition.

It didn’t take long for Gravel to figure out the trick, winning his Heat race.

“It really set us up for the rest of the night,” Gravel said. “I knew the bottom was going to be a factor.”

Gravel’s crew chief, Philip Dietz, said Gravel called his shot before the Feature. He was going to stick to the bottom until he figured it out. And he did.

Starting from the pole, Sheldon Haudenschild shot to the early lead of the Feature, riding the high side of the slick track. While he led, the hoard of drivers behind him were rarely in the same lane or position lap after lap. They tried high. They tried low. Wherever there was grip, they made sure to use up every inch of it.

Closing in on halfway through the 35-lap Feature, the bottom proved to be the preferred line of choice. Shane Stewart, who faced heart-break last race at the Stockton Dirt Track after blowing a tire while leading with five laps to go, looked to have his sight set on redemption, reeling in the 2017 Rookie of the Year.

Stewart took the lead on lap 20, but his hope for redemption was short lived as Gravel had been working the bottom of the track to perfection and was not far behind. He took the lead from Stewart – driving for Gravel’s former team, CJB Motorsports – two laps later.

“Honestly, I just didn’t have the patients to run the bottom in turns 1 and 2,” said Stewart, who ended up third. “Driver instincts, you just don’t know what to do at times. Once David went by me, I tried to run the bottom again, and missed it a couple of times. I thought I should get back up to the top and then (Daryn) Pittman got me.”

Pittman, who extended his points lead over second-place Donny Schatz to 12 points by finishing second, was still all smiles after his third runner-up finish of the year.

“I would have never guessed from the beginning of that race that we would be just putting around the bottom,” Pittman said. “We were not set up for that at all. I honestly thought the top would stay dominate. It never crossed my mind that we would be running the bottom.”

Like he planned it himself, Gravel said he knew other drivers would burn off the top of the track and the bottom would be the dominate line. He just had to stay patient enough to remain there throughout the race.

Although he did go to the top one lap, but he said that was only because the bottom was crowded. He ran his race.

“I was just trying to run my line,” Gravel said. “I knew if I missed up one corner and was still in the lead, I knew I wouldn’t have gotten passed if I just hit my marks after that. Luckily we were able to hang on and win.”

It was a special win to him and his crew.

“It’s definitely different,” said Tyler Elliott, the car chief for the Jason Johnson Racing team. “It’s not the same. But it’s exciting. Overwhelming.”

After three races in-a-row without a top-10 finish, Elliot said the win is well needed.

Dietz added its “definitely an emotional night” for the team.

“This is one track we’ve struggled at over the years,” he said. “We knew we had to up our game when we came in tonight. To go out and pick up a win for JJR and all of our sponsors, you know, we couldn’t ask for a better night."

Nothing was going to stop Dietz and the Jason Johnson team from celebrating in Victory Lane with an out of breath and wide grinning Gravel.

The Series will wrap up its Spring Break tour through California Saturday night at Perris Auto Speedway in Perris, Calif.

As always, you can catch all the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action on DIRTVision.com.

For tickets and more information, go to www.WorldofOutlaws.com.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps)

1. 41-David Gravel [7][$10,000]; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman [5][$5,500]; 3. 5-Shane Stewart [3][$3,200]; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1][$2,800]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [17][$2,500]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz [2][$2,300]; 7. 17W-Shane Golobic [8][$2,200]; 8. 2-Carson Macedo [6][$2,100]; 9. 21-Brian Brown [11][$2,050]; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart [22][$2,000]; 11. 87-Aaron Reutzel [23][$1,500]; 12. 26-Cory Eliason [12][$1,200]; 13. 19-Brent Marks [4][$1,100]; 14. 18-Ian Madsen [24][$1,050]; 15. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [15][$1,000]; 16. 7S-Tim Kaeding [21][$900]; 17. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [16][$800]; 18. 11K-Kraig Kinser [13][$800]; 19. 88N-DJ Netto [19][$800]; 20. 45-Chad Kemenah [18][$800]; 21. 7-Jason Sides [10][$800]; 22. O-Bud Kaeding [14][$800]; 23. 24-Rico Abreu [20][$800]; 24. 83JR-Giovanni Scelzi [9][$800]; Lap Leaders: Sheldon Haudenschild 1-19, Shane Stewart 20-21, David Gravel 22-35; KSE Hard Charger Award: 49-Brad Sweet[+12]

Qualifying – 1. 49-Brad Sweet, 14.531; 2. 19-Brent Marks, 14.609; 3. 21-Brian Brown, 14.799; 4. 17W-Shane Golobic, 14.853; 5. 18-Ian Madsen, 15.048; 6. 21P-Robbie Price, 15.125; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen, 15.133; 8. 83-Daryn Pittman, 15.178; 9. 2-Carson Macedo, 15.207; 10. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 15.217; 11. 15-Donny Schatz, 15.228; 12. 7S-Tim Kaeding, 15.287; 13. 5-Shane Stewart, 15.308; 14. 7-Jason Sides, 15.312; 15. 41-David Gravel, 15.333; 16. 26-Cory Eliason, 15.363; 17. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 15.37; 18. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 15.43; 19. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 15.479; 20. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 15.526; 21. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 15.535; 22. 45-Chad Kemenah, 15.571; 23. 68-Chase Johnson, 15.617; 24. 24-Rico Abreu, 15.618; 25. 33M-Mason Daniel, 15.627; 26. O-Bud Kaeding, 15.643; 27. 88N-DJ Netto, 15.663; 28. 21X-Ryan Bernal, 15.696; 29. 83JR-Giovanni Scelzi, 15.703; 30. 98-Sean Watts, 15.709; 31. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 15.743; 32. 28-Nathan Rolfe, 15.95

 

 

ON TOP OF THE WORLD

Pittman Still Leading Standings with Two Races Left on California Spring Break

 

HANFORD, CA – Fresno, Calif.-based Roth Motorsports went into the World of Outlaws NOS® Energy Drink Sprint Car Series’ month-long California swing with the points lead for the first time in its historic career and may leave with it.

 

The team’s new driver, 2013 Series champion Daryn Pittman, currently holds the points lead going into the final two races of the swing — Friday, March 29, at Keller Auto Speedway and Saturday, March 30, at Perris Auto Speedway.

 

Pittman started off the season in his new #83 Roth Sprint Car winning the two season-opening races at Volusia Speedway Park — claiming his third DIRTcar Nationals championship, and Roth’s first. He then followed that up with a top-10 and runner-up finish in Las Vegas, giving him a four-point advantage over reigning champion Donny Schatz going into the California swing.

 

Three races into the swing, Pittman still leads Schatz by just four points. However, points are the last thing on his mind.

 

“Truthfully, I don’t put a lot of thought to it,” Pittman said. “Obviously, it’s better to lead than to be chasing. And I do know it will mean something to (car owners) Dennis and Teresa (Roth) for us to be leading. But if something happens and we’re not, I have no doubt we have some better tracks for me and our team coming up.”

 

The Owasso, Okla.-native has produced a podium and a couple of top-10 finishes in the three California swing races, so far. Looking ahead to Friday night, he said the 3/8-mile Keller Auto Speedway has been hit-or-miss for him. His results show it.

 

He finished 20th the last time the Series raced at the track in 2017 – the race won by the Series’ most recent winner Logan Schuchart. Prior to that he had a top-10, a 17th place finish and a top-five, respectively.

 

Like all tracks, Pittman said he wants to perform well in Hanford, but this year he has extra motivation to do so. The speedway is about 40 minutes from the Roth Motorsports shop.

 

Of the final two races in the California swing, Perris Auto Speedway is the one he’s looking forward to the most. He’s won at the track three times — most recently in 2016 — and before the Series revised its wins list last year, it was the site of his first Series win.

 

“Perris has always been a place that’s been pretty special to me,” Pittman said. “For years it was considered my first win. I beat Steve Kinser to the line by about half a car length. I couldn’t ask for it to happen in more of a dramatic fashion, for my first win to come against the greatest to ever sit behind a Sprint Car.”

 

Not only is Pittman looking forward to going to the half-mile Perris Auto Speedway because he’s won there before, he’s had the most success this year on half-mile tracks. In the four races on half-mile tracks this year, Pittman has two wins, three podiums and four top-10 finishes.

 

“Right now, I’m really excited for the half-mile stuff,” Pittman said. “I think our engine program is really good. I think our cars are really good.”

 

His love for the half-mile tracks is new found this year. When he drove for Kasey Kahne Racing last year, Pittman said he almost dreaded going to half-mile tracks because he didn’t have speed at them.

 

While he’s performed better on the half-miles, so far this year, he doesn’t dread short tracks. His second-place run at the third-mile Thunderbowl Speedway shows he and his team can still be a threat on the smaller tracks. There is room for improvement on them, though, Pittman said.

 

“Right now, just based on performance wise, the half-mile stuff has been more suited for our team right now,” he said.

 

With seven races down, Pittman said he and the Roth Motorsports crew are happy where they’re at as a team. One of his early season goals was to perform well at Volusia. Mission accomplished.

 

He has several other goals he’s set for himself to put together a successful year with his new team and try to secure a second championship. Leaving the California swing with the points lead, while ideal, isn’t necessarily one of them.

 

“I try not to focus on them (points) too much, just focus on each race for what it is and try to win races,” Pittman said. “It’s definitely always good to be up front. It gives everyone something to talk about, but it’s definitely not something we’re really focused on right now.”

 

THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE

 

WHEN & WHERE
Friday, March 29, at Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds in Hanford, Calif.

-Grandstand gates are scheduled to open at 5 p.m. with Hot Laps and Time Trials at 6 p.m. and Racing will start at 7:30 p.m.

 

Saturday, March 30, at Perris Auto Speedway in Perris, Calif.

-Grandstand gates are scheduled to open at 4 p.m. with Hot Laps and Time Trials at 6 p.m. and Racing will start at 7:30 p.m.

 

ABOUT THE TRACKS
Keller Auto Speedway is a 3/8-mile, semi-banked track. The track record is 12.293 sec. by Joey Saldana on Feb. 23, 2001.
Online – RaceKingsSpeedway.com
Phone – 559-584-7223

 

Perris Auto Speedway is a half-mile, semi-banked track. The track record is 13.875 sec. by Danny Lasoski on Feb. 23, 2002.
Online – PerrisAutoSpeedway.com
Phone – 800-595-4849

 

TICKETS
Tickets can be purchased by going to WorldofOutlaws.com/tix or by calling 844-DIRT-TIX.

 

3/8-mile and 1/2-mile winners
There has been one race on a 3/8-mile track so far this year at the Stockton Dirt Track. Logan Schuchart was the winner on Saturday, March 16.

 

There have been four races on a 1/2-mile track so far this year, two at Volusia Speedway Park and two at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas. Daryn Pittman won the two races at Volusia on Friday, Feb. 8 and Saturday, Feb. 9. Tim Shaffer won the first race in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Feb. 27, and Donny Schatz won the second on Thursday, Feb. 28.

 

KELLER AUTO SPEEDWAY PREVIOUS WINNERS
2017 - Logan Schuchart on March 31
2015 - Shane Stewart on April 17
2014 - Cody Darrah on April 11
2013 - Donny Schatz on April 12
2003 - Tim Kaeding on Feb. 21
2002 - Danny Lasoski on Feb. 22
2001 - Andy Hillenburg on Feb. 23, Stevie Smith on Aug. 28
2000 - Johnny Herrera on Feb. 25, Joey Saldana on Sept. 8
1999 - Danny Lasoski on Feb. 19, Steve Kinser on Sept. 10
1998 - Steve Kinser on Sept. 11
1997 - Sammy Swindell on Sept. 12
1996 - Sammy Swindell on Sept. 11
1995 - Danny Lasoski on Sept.6
1994 - Dave Blaney on Sept. 7
1993 - Stevie Smith on Sept. 1
1992 - Stevie Smith on March 4, Sammy Swindell on Sept. 2
1991 - Dave Blaney on Sept. 18
1990 - Steve Kinser on Feb. 28, Steve Kinser on Sept. 19
1989 - Joe Gaerte on March 8, Bobby Davis Jr. on Sept. 19
1988 - Doug Wolfgang on Feb. 24, Steve Kinser on Sept. 20
1987 - Bobby Davis Jr. on Feb. 25, Steve Kinser on Sept. 9
1986 - Brad Doty on Feb. 26, Steve Kinser on Sept. 27
1985 - Jeff Swindell on Sept. 25

 

PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY PREVIOUS WINNERS
2017 - David Gravel on April 1
2016 - Daryn Pittman on April 16
2015 – Paul McMahan on April 18
2014 - Joey Saldana on April 12
2013 - Daryn Pittman on April 13
2012 - Joey Saldana on March 10
2007 - Kerry Madsen on Oct. 20
2004 - Jason Meyers on Feb. 28
2003 - Danny Lasoski on Feb. 23
2002 - Daryn Pittman on Feb. 23
2000 - Danny Lasoski on Feb. 26
1999 - Johnny Herrera on Feb. 20, Craig Dollansky on Oct. 30
1998 - Mark Kinser on Oct. 31, Mark Kinser on Oct. 31
1997 - Mark Kinser on Feb. 15, Mark Kinser on Oct. 26
1996 - Mark Kinser on Nov. 1

 

ON THE INTERNET
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series – Woosprint.com
Twitter – Twitter.com/WorldofOutlaws - @WorldofOutlaws
Instagram – Instagram.com/WoOSprint - @woosprint
Facebook – Facebook.com/WorldofOutlaws
YouTube – YouTube.com/WorldofOutlaws
DIRTVision – Dirtvision.com – Get your Fast Pass to watch all races LIVE for only $39/month
Twitter – Twitter.com/DIRTVision - @DIRTVision
Facebook – Facebook.com/WatchDIRTVision

 

DRIVER INFO
Follow World of Outlaws full-time drivers on Twitter:
Brad Sweet – @BradSweet49
Brent Marks – @bmracing19
Carson Macedo – @carson_macedo
Daryn Pittman – @darynpittman
Donny Schatz – @donnyschatz
Ian Madsen – @IanMadsen
Jacob Allen – @JacobAllen1A
Jason Sides – SidesMotorsports.com (not on Twitter)
Kraig Kinser – @KraigKinser11k
Logan Schuchart – @Lschuchart1s
Shane Stewart – @shanestewart_5
Sheldon Haudenschild – @Haudenschild_17

 

AROUND THE TURN: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series heads to USA Raceway in Tucson, Ariz. on Friday April 5, and then to Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Ariz. on Saturday April 6.

 

2019 STATS
There have been seven World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Feature events this season.

 

FEATURE WINNERS (6 different drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 2
2 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1
– Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 1
– Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1
– Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 1
– Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 1

 

HEAT RACE WINNERS (18 different winners)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 4
2 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 3
– Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 3
3 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 2
– Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 2
4 – Spencer Bayston, Lebanon, Ind. – 1
– Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 1
– Brian Brown, Higginsville, Mo. – 1
– Giovanni Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 1
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1
– Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tenn. – 1
– Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 1
– Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 1
– Rico Abreu, St. Helena, Calif. – 1
– Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 1
– Cory Eliason, Visalia, Calif. – 1
– Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 1
– Willie Croft, Roseville, Calif. – 1

 

DIRTVISION FAST PASS DASH WINNERS (7 different drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 1
– Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 1
– Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1
– Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 1
– Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1
– Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 1
– Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 1

 

LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN WINNERS (7 different drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Cale Conley, Vienna, W.Va. – 1
– Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 1
– Kasey Kahne, Enumclaw, Wash. – 1
– Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1
– Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Ind. – 1
– David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 1
– Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 1

 

C-MAIN WINNERS (1 driver)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 1

 

PODIUM FINISHES (12 different drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown - # of podiums
1 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 4
2 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 3
3 – Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 2
– Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 2
– Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 2
– Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 2
4 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 1
– Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1
– Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1
– Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 1
– Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 1
– Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 1

 

HARD CHARGER AWARD (6 different drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – H.C. Awards
1 – Cory Eliason, Santa Cruz, Calif. – 2
2 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 1
– Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 1
– Chad Kemenah, Alveda, Ohio – 1
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1
– Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 1

 

TOTAL LAPS LED (9 different drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Laps
1 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 36
2 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 35
3 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 30
4 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 27
5 – Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 25
6 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 20
7 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 18
8 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 15
9 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 14

 

QUALIFYING QUICK TIME (5 different drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – QTs
1 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 2
– Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 2
2 – Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 1
– Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 1
– Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 1

 

FASTEST IN PRACTICE (6 different drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown - # of times fastest
1 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 2
2 – Brian Brown, Higginsville, Mo. – 1
– Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 1
– Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1
– Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 1
– Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 1

 

2019 World of Outlaws Schedule & Winners
No./ Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Friday, Feb. 8 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, Fla. / Daryn Pittman (1)
2. Saturday, Feb. 9 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, Fla. / Daryn Pittman (2)
3. Sunday, Feb. 10 / Volusia Speedway Park/ Baberville, Fla. / Rainout-Canceled
4. Friday, Feb. 22 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, Texas / Rainout-Canceled
5. Saturday, Feb. 23 / LoneStar Speedway / Kilgore, Texas / Rainout-Canceled
6. Wednesday, Feb. 27 / The Dirt Track at Las Vegas / Las Vegas, Nev. / Tim Shaffer (1)
7. Thursday, Feb. 28 / The Dirt Track at Las Vegas / Las Vegas, Nev. / Donny Schatz (1)
8. Friday, March 8 / Thunderbowl Raceway / Tulare, Calif. / Rainout-Canceled
9. Saturday, March 9 / Thunderbowl Raceway / Tulare, Calif. / Ian Madsen (1)
10. Friday, March 15 / Silver Dollar Speedway / Chico, Calif. / Carson Macedo (1)
11. Saturday, March 16 / Stockton Dirt Track / Stockton, Calif. / Logan Schuchart (1)
12. Friday, March 22 / Ocean Speedway / Watsonville, Calif. / Rainout-Canceled
13. Saturday, March 23 / Placerville Speedway / Placerville, Calif. / Rainout-Rescheduled for Sept. 11

 

2019 World of Outlaws Championship Top 10 (Through Stockton Dirt Track)

 

Pos.

Car

Driver

Total

Diff

Wins

Top 5s

Top 10s

Entered

Started

Earnings

1

83

Daryn Pittman

988

0

2

4

6

7

7

$36,050

2

15

Donny Schatz

984

-4

1

5

7

7

7

$25,600

3

49

Brad Sweet

978

-10

0

5

6

7

7

$22,300

4

1S

Logan Schuchart

930

-58

1

2

4

7

7

$20,000

5

2

Carson Macedo

930

-58

1

1

6

7

7

$21,250

6

87

Aaron Reutzel

904

-84

0

1

3

7

7

$11,900

7

41

David Gravel

890

-98

0

0

3

7

7

$10,450

8

26

Cory Eliason

888

-100

0

0

4

7

7

$11,000

9

18

Ian Madsen

884

-104

1

3

3

7

7

$19,125

10

5

Shane Stewart

880

-108

0

1

3

7

7

$12,350

 
 
 

 

Rain, Saturated Grounds Cancel Ocean and Placerville Events Placerville Speedway race rescheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 11

CONCORD, NC – March 20, 2019 — Persistent rain showers and saturated grounds at Ocean Speedway and Placerville Speedway have forced World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and track officials to cancel Friday’s event at Ocean and reschedule Saturday’s event at Placerville to Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Those who purchased tickets to Placerville’s event will have their tickets automatically moved to the rescheduled date in September. Those with tickets to Friday’s event at Ocean Speedway will receive a full ticket-value credit to their MyDirtTickets.com account to be used towards any World of Outlaws event available at WorldofOutlaws.com/tix. Fans unable to attend the rescheduled Placerville event have 30 days to call 844-DIRT-TIX to speak with a customer service representative about their options.

Two of those events include next weekend’s conclusion to The Greatest Show on Dirt’s month-long swing through California on Friday, March 29, at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford and Saturday, March 30, at Perris Auto Speedway in Perris. Both are sure to be exciting races with the last three California events producing three different winners and the battle for the Series championship points lead down to just four points between leader Daryn Pittman and reigning champion Donny Schatz.

Rain hasn’t completely washed out all motorsports activity this week in Placerville, either. Last year’s Knoxville Nationals winner Brad Sweet and NHRA Funny Car World Champion Ron Capps will still make an appearance rain or shine at Riebes NAPA AUTO PARTS in Placerville from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 21.

For the latest on the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars, make sure to follow on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and at www.WorldofOutlaws.com.

 

 

 

HOMECOMING PARTY
Sweet looks to continue Series’ streak of first-time winners this season

 

CONCORD, N.C. – Five different tracks. Six different winners. It’s the early story to the World of Outlaws NOS® Energy Drink Sprint Car Series’ season, and that story has a good chance of continuing Friday at Ocean Speedway and Saturday at Placerville Speedway.

 

The Series’ month-long swing through California has produced three different winners in its first three races alone.

 

Grass Valley, Calif., native Brad Sweet is one of the drivers with his eye on becoming the next first-time winner this season at either Friday’s Ocean Outlaw Showdown or Saturday’s 49er Gold Rush Classic presented by Riebes NAPA AUTO PARTS. He is the only driver to finish in the top-five in the three opening California races.

 

“It’s just a nice swing for me,” Sweet said. “I grew up racing here. They’re my home tracks.”

 

While he said he looks forward to all of the California races, Placerville hits closest to home — as it is his actual current home.

 

I like Placerville (Speedway) a lot,” Sweet said. “It’s my event I started a few years ago. I’ve been really trying to build it up. It’s just nice to put on an event for your hometown.”

 

Aside from his early season success — he’s currently third in Series championship points, just 10 points behind leader Daryn Pittman and California-based Roth Motorsports — Sweet won last year’s race at Placerville, and won the Series’ last race at Ocean Speedway in 2016.

 

“There really aren’t a lot of tracks here (in California) we haven’t won at,” Sweet said. “We like all of these tracks.”

 

He came close to winning this past weekend’s two California races at Silver Dollar Speedway and the Stockton Dirt Track, but came up one spot short in both Features.

 

The respective winners of those races, Lemoore, Calif., native Carson Macedo and Hanover, Pa., native Logan Schuchart are just as eager to get to Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif., and Placerville, to continue their early season success and end the streak of first-time winners this season.

 

Schuchart finished second to Sweet at the last Ocean Speedway race.

 

“We were fast the last time we were there, but that was three or four years ago,” said Schuchart, who claimed his ninth career Series victory at Stockton. “We’re going to go there with an open mindset and throw are best at it.”

 

Like Sweet, Macedo has a home-field advantage at the California tracks, having grown up racing on them. He used that knowledge to best Sweet at Silver Dollar Speedway and claim his second World of Outlaws victory. He used it again in Stockton to charge from 23rd to seventh. He’ll look to put it to use two more times this weekend.

 

“I’ve raced so much at Ocean,” Macedo said. “Placerville is the only one I’ve been sort of hit or miss. I’ve won some races there and I’ve been terrible there. That’s going to be more of a crapshoot. But we’ll do our best.”

 

 

THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE

 

WHEN & WHERE

Friday, March 22, at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif. and Saturday March 23, at Placerville Speedway in Placerville, Calif.

 

For Ocean Speedway, grandstand gates are scheduled to open at 5 p.m. with Hot Laps and Time Trials at 6 p.m. and Racing will start at 7:30 p.m.

 

At Placerville Speedway, grandstand gates will open at 3 p.m. with Hot Laps and Time Trials at 5 p.m. and Racing at 6 p.m.

 

ABOUT THE TRACK

Ocean Speedway is a quarter-mile, slightly banked track. The track record is 10.949 sec. by Mark Kinser on Sept. 1, 2000.

Online – OceanSpeedway.com

Phone – 831-662-9466

 

Placerville Speedway is a quarter-mile, high-banked track. The track record is 9.913 sec. by Tim Kaeding on March 27, 2004.

Online – PlacervilleSpeedway.com
Phone – 530-626-3680

 

TICKETS

Tickets can be purchased by going to WorldofOutlaws.com/tix or by calling 844-DIRT-TIX.

 

1/4-mile winners

There has been one race on a 1/4-mile track so far this year at Silver Dollar Speedway. Carson Macedo was the winner on Friday, March 15.

 

OCEAN SPEEDWAY PREVIOUS WINNERS

2016 - Brad Sweet on April 1
2008 - Steve Kinser on October 17
2002 - Brad Furr on September 3
2001 - Andy Hillenburg on August 29
2000 - Joey Saldana on September 9

 

PLACERVILLE SPEEDWAY PREVIOUS WINNERS

2018 – Brad Sweet on Sept. 12

2017 - David Gravel on March 29
2016 - Jason Johnson on March 23
2015 - Donny Schatz on April 8 
1992 - Jac Haudenschild on March 11
1987 - Sammy Swindell on Sept. 2
1986 - Sammy Swindell on Sept. 3
1985 - Jac Haudenschild on Sept. 4

 

ON THE INTERNET

World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series – Woosprint.com

Twitter – Twitter.com/WorldofOutlaws - @WorldofOutlaws

Instagram – Instagram.com/WoOSprint - @woosprint

Facebook – Facebook.com/WorldofOutlaws

YouTube – YouTube.com/WorldofOutlaws

DIRTVision – Dirtvision.com – Get your Fast Pass to watch all races LIVE for only $39/month

            Twitter – Twitter.com/DIRTVision - @DIRTVision

            Facebook – Facebook.com/WatchDIRTVision

 

DRIVER INFO

Follow World of Outlaws full-time drivers on Twitter:

Brad Sweet – @BradSweet49

Brent Marks – @bmracing19

Carson Macedo – @carson_macedo

Daryn Pittman – @darynpittman

Donny Schatz – @donnyschatz

Ian Madsen – @IanMadsen

Jacob Allen – @JacobAllen1A

Jason Sides – SidesMotorsports.com (not on Twitter)

Kraig Kinser – @KraigKinser11k

Logan Schuchart – @Lschuchart1s

Shane Stewart – @shanestewart_5

Sheldon Haudenschild – @Haudenschild_17

 

AROUND THE TURN: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series heads to Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds in Hanford, Calif. on Friday March 29, and then to the Perris Auto Speedway in Perris, Calif. on Saturday March 30.

 

2019 STATS

There have been seven World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Feature events this season.

 

FEATURE WINNERS (6 different drivers)

Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins

1 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 2

2 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1

   – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 1

   – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1

   – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 1

   – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 1

 

 

HEAT RACE WINNERS (18 different winners)

Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins

1 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 4

2 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 3

   – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 3

3 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 2

   – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 2

4 – Spencer Bayston, Lebanon, Ind. – 1

   – Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 1

   – Brian Brown, Higginsville, Mo. – 1

   – Giovanni Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 1

   – Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1

   – Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tenn. – 1

   – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 1

   – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 1

   – Rico Abreu, St. Helena, Calif. – 1

   – Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 1

   – Cory Eliason, Visalia, Calif. – 1

   – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 1

   – Willie Croft, Roseville, Calif. – 1

 

DIRTVISION FAST PASS DASH WINNERS (7 different drivers)

Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins

1 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 1

   – Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 1

   – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1

   – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 1

   – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1

   – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 1

   – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 1

 

LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN WINNERS (7 different drivers)

Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins

1 – Cale Conley, Vienna, W.Va. – 1

   – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 1

   – Kasey Kahne, Enumclaw, Wash. – 1

   – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1

   – Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Ind. – 1

   – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 1

   – Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 1

 

C-MAIN WINNERS (1 driver)

Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins

1 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 1

 

PODIUM FINISHES (12 different drivers)

Rank – Driver, Hometown - # of podiums

1 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 4

2 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 3

3 – Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 2

   – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 2

   – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 2

   – Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 2

4 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 1

   – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1

   – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1

   – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 1

   – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 1

   – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 1

 

HARD CHARGER AWARD (6 different drivers)

Rank – Driver, Hometown – H.C. Awards

1 – Cory Eliason, Santa Cruz, Calif. – 2

2 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 1

   – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 1

   – Chad Kemenah, Alveda, Ohio – 1

   – Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1

   – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 1

 

TOTAL LAPS LED (9 different drivers)

Rank – Driver, Hometown – Laps

1 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 36

2 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 35

3 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 30

4 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 27

5 – Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 25

6 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 20

7 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 18

8 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 15

9 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 14

 

QUALIFYING QUICK TIME (5 different drivers)

Rank – Driver, Hometown – QTs

1 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 2

   – Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 2

2 – Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 1

   – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 1

   – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 1

 

FASTEST IN PRACTICE (6 different drivers)

Rank – Driver, Hometown - # of times fastest

1 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 2

2 – Brian Brown, Higginsville, Mo. – 1

   – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 1

   – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1

   – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 1

   – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 1

 

2019 World of Outlaws Schedule & Winners

No./ Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)

1. Friday, Feb. 8 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, Fla. / Daryn Pittman (1)

2. Saturday, Feb. 9 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, Fla. / Daryn Pittman (2)

3. Sunday, Feb. 10 / Volusia Speedway Park/ Baberville, Fla. / Rainout-Canceled

4. Friday, Feb. 22 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, Texas / Rainout-Canceled

5. Saturday, Feb. 23 / LoneStar Speedway / Kilgore, Texas / Rainout-Canceled

6. Wednesday, Feb. 27 / The Dirt Track at Las Vegas / Las Vegas, Nev. / Tim Shaffer (1)

7. Thursday, Feb. 28 / The Dirt Track at Las Vegas / Las Vegas, Nev. / Donny Schatz (1)

8. Friday, March 8 / Thunderbowl Raceway / Tulare, Calif. / Rainout-Canceled

9. Saturday, March 9 / Thunderbowl Raceway / Tulare, Calif. / Ian Madsen (1)

10. Friday, March 15 / Silver Dollar Speedway / Chico, Calif. / Carson Macedo (1)

11. Saturday, March 16 / Stockton Dirt Track / Stockton, Calif. / Logan Schuchart (1)

 

2019 World of Outlaws Championship Top 10 (Through Stockton Dirt Track)

 

Pos.

Car

Driver

Total

Diff

Wins

Top 5s

Top 10s

Entered

Started

Earnings

1

83

Daryn Pittman

988

0

2

4

6

7

7

$36,050

2

15

Donny Schatz

984

-4

1

5

7

7

7

$25,600

3

49

Brad Sweet

978

-10

0

5

6

7

7

$22,300

4

1S

Logan Schuchart

930

-58

1

2

4

7

7

$20,000

5

2

Carson Macedo

930

-58

1

1

6

7

7

$21,250

6

87

Aaron Reutzel

904

-84

0

1

3

7

7

$11,900

7

41

David Gravel

890

-98

0

0

3

7

7

$10,450

8

26

Cory Eliason

888

-100

0

0

4

7

7

$11,000

9

18

Ian Madsen

884

-104

1

3

3

7

7

$19,125

10

5

Shane Stewart

880

-108

0

1

3

7

7

$12,350

 
 
 

 

 

‘COWBOY UP’

Schuchart bucks wild Stockton to become sixth different winner in seven races

STOCKTON, CA — MARCH 16, 2019 — Blue and orange confetti painted the landscape around Logan Schuchart, who climbed to the top wing of his Shark Racing Sprint Car with the checkered flag in one hand and other pointing to the sky.

Thousands of fans cheered, and the first-time winner this season, Schuchart, cheered with them in Victory Lane at the Stockton Dirt Track.

It was a scene that could have looked much different for Schuchart until about five laps to go in Saturday night’s World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series 30-lap FVP Platinum Battery Showdown.

Shark Racing showed they were the apex predator from the start of the event. Hanover, Pa. native Schuchart was quickest in practice, and backed that up qualifying second behind teammate Jacob Allen. He then won his Heat race and drew the pole for the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, which he also won.

At the start of the Feature, Schuchart and Allen dueled side-by-side in front for less than half a lap before Schuchart shot to the lead. Four cautions in the first six laps never allowed him to get into a rhythm, but he maintained the lead each restart.

Lurking behind him, though, was Bixby, Okla., native Shane Stewart — equally as hungry for his first Series win of the season, after finishing outside the top-10 the day prior. When restarting on lap six, Stewart did not let Schuchart out of his sight. With each passing lap he inched closer and closer to the red-and-white Drydene-sponsored #1s.

Coming off of turn four on lap 11, Schuchart, who had kept his car on the high side of the track, hit a rut, about bounced his car completely off the ground and into the wall, and lost the lead to Stewart.

“I was running pretty hard when I was out by myself,” Schuchart said. “That’s what kind of got me in trouble. I almost flipped the thing, bouncing around, jumping up and down.”

He added to stay consistent on the rough track conditions you had to “cowboy up.”

While Stewart began to pull away to close to a half a track lead, Schuchart didn’t lose hope. He knew Stewart would face the same rough conditions running the top side of the track — providing the potential for his own mistake.

But he never made one. Even when navigating lap traffic. Schuchart still didn’t give up hope.

“I knew he was going to have the same issues, he’s going to want to get out front and stand on it,” Schuchart said. “You can count on probably some more yellows, because we were having one right after the other.”

On lap 23, he got one. Kasey Kahne stopped on the front stretch when his right rear tire gave up, with debris left in turn four. When the race went back green, Stewart maintained the point once again. Until a lap later. His paced slowed, and Schuchart shot by Stewart for the lead with Brad Sweet following to surge into second place. Shortly after, Stewart was off the track in turn three with a flat right rear tire.

“They were saying some stuff may have broke off of Kasey’s (Kahne) car when I was trying to get around him, and I must have ran something over,” Stewart said. “Just one of those deals.”

When the race went back green, Schuchart took command of the lead once again and drove his car into Victory Lane, claiming his ninth World of Outlaws win.

“I thought his (Stewart’s) right rear looked a little low, but I’m not going to be the guy running second and tell him his tire is low, but I knew he wasn’t going to give up,” Schuchart said. “I’m just happy for this whole team. It’s very rewarding for all of their hard work to be able to get a win this early in the season.”

Schuchart is the sixth different Series winner this year in seven races. Carson Macedo, who was the fifth different winner this season Friday night at Silver Dollar Speedway pulled off another impressive run finishing seventh after starting 23rd – making him the KSE Hard Charger of the night.

Having as equally of an impressive run was Sheldon Haudenschild, who started 25th using a provisional and finished 10th.

Even though Stewart’s promising night ended with disappointment, he is still leaving with newfound confidence.

“I think we made some big gains throughout the night and learned a lot of stuff,” Stewart said. “We continue to learn. Even Barry (Jackson), you know, he’s been out here a long, long time. But he is dealing with a new driver, so we’re still trying to learn each other. We’re getting better.”

Schuchart’s win moves him to fourth in the Series’ championship points – tied with Macedo, 58 points behind leader Daryn Pittman. The Oklahoma driver finished 11th for his California-based Roth Motorsports team, allowing 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz, who finished 8th, to continue to close the points deficit to just four points.

Quietly closing on the two points leaders is Sweet, who finished second two nights in a row – now 10 points behind Pittman.

“Tonight, it took some juevos, you had to get up on the wheel and try to hammer through the holes (in the track),” Sweet said. “Logan did a good job. It was kind of survival there… Two seconds place, we’re knocking on the door (of the points lead).”

While Sweet took his second-place finish with stride, Schuchart basked in the glory of his win in Victory Lane, confetti still floating to the ground and fans still cheering.

“The fans are awesome (in California),” Schuchart said. “They’re very passionate. It’s awesome to win in front of this great crowd.”

The Series will make its next stop on the California tour Saturday, March 22, at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif. and Saturday, March 23, at Placerville Speedway in Placerville, Calif.

As always, you can catch all the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action on DIRTVision.com.

For tickets and more information, go to www.WorldofOutlaws.com.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) - 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [7][$5,500]; 3. 7S-Tim Kaeding [13][$3,200]; 4. 87-Aaron Reutzel [12][$2,800]; 5. 88N-DJ Netto [9][$2,500]; 6. 24-Rico Abreu [14][$2,300]; 7. 2-Carson Macedo [23][$2,200]; 8. 15-Donny Schatz [10][$2,100]; 9. 26-Cory Eliason [8][$2,050]; 10. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [25][$1,200]; 11. 83-Daryn Pittman [16][$1,500]; 12. O-Bud Kaeding [24][$1,200]; 13. 5-Shane Stewart [4][$1,100]; 14. 17W-Shane Golobic [18][$1,050]; 15. 41-David Gravel [20][$1,000]; 16. 18-Ian Madsen [22][$900]; 17. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [6][$800]; 18. 45-Chad Kemenah [15][$800]; 19. 29-Willie Croft [5][$800]; 20. 9-Kasey Kahne [11][$800]; 21. 5H-Cole Macedo [17][$800]; 22. 1A-Jacob Allen [2][$800]; 23. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [3][$800]; 24. 4-Terry McCarl [21][$800]; 25. 21-Brian Brown [19][$800]; Lap Leaders: Logan Schuchart 1-11, 24-30, Shane Stewart 12-23; KSE Hard Charger Award: 2-Carson Macedo[+16]

Qualifying - 1. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.873; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.889; 3. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.895; 4. 29-Willie Croft, 12.9; 5. 26-Cory Eliason, 12.95; 6. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 12.985; 7. 5-Shane Stewart, 13.011; 8. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 13.056; 9. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.057; 10. 24-Rico Abreu, 13.059; 11. 9-Kasey Kahne, 13.061; 12. 41-David Gravel, 13.064; 13. 4-Terry McCarl, 13.092; 14. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.133; 15. 45-Chad Kemenah, 13.135; 16. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 13.14; 17. 7S-Tim Kaeding, 13.16; 18. 17W-Shane Golobic, 13.175; 19. 21-Brian Brown, 13.197; 20. 83-Daryn Pittman, 13.201; 21. 5H-Cole Macedo, 13.229; 22. 31C-Justyn Cox, 13.268; 23. 16A-Colby Copeland, 13.273; 24. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 13.287; 25. 88N-DJ Netto, 13.289; 26. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.313; 27. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.34; 28. 19-Brent Marks, 13.353; 29. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.394; 30. 7-Jason Sides, 13.397; 31. 21P-Robbie Price, 13.433; 32. O-Bud Kaeding, 13.529; 33. 33M-Mason Daniel, 13.58; 34. 83JR-Giovanni Scelzi, 13.637; 35. 83T-Tanner Carrick, 14.15

 

 

 

ROOKIE REIGNS

California rookie Macedo conquers Mini Gold Cup with veteran moves

CHICO, CA — March 15, 2019 — “Rookie” is a title Carson Macedo will hear before his name throughout the 2019 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series tour, but at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif., it should be “veteran.”

Or “winner.”

Lemoore, Calif., native, Macedo, bested 34-time Series winner, and Grass Valley, Calif., native, Brad Sweet in a spectacular dual on Friday night at the quarter-mile speedway, to claim his second ever Series win and second at the track — his first win came in 2014.

His advantage; it’s a track he grew up racing on. Local knowledge that paid off as he led an all-Outlaw podium sweep in the Mini Gold Cup presented by Riebes NAPA AUTO PARTS.

“I’ve raced here so much and just know the characteristics of it,” Macedo said. “It’s not a big part of winning these races, but it gives you that edge. It’s a home track for me.”

Sweet is no stranger to Silver Dollar Speedway, though. He, too, grew up racing at the track, and won a race there last year.

Having led more than half the race, Sweet looked to be en route to his second win at the speedway. Last week’s Feature winner at Thunderbowl Raceway, Ian Madsen – who ended up third – hunted Sweet for most of the race with enough speed to potentially make his own challenge for the lead. But then came Macedo.

From his seventh starting spot, Macedo raced much like his car owner Kyle Larson so often does — on the cushion lap after lap. Never considering another line. That confidence almost cost him, though. About half way through the race, he hit a rut on the high side of the track, throwing his car of balance and dropping from fourth to fifth.

That didn’t deter the young rookie’s victory lust. Continuing to stick to the high side of the track, he fought his way into the top three and then traded slide jobs with Madsen for second. In the lead Sweet had a different mentality then Macedo. He stuck to the bottom of the track — a move that ultimately proved to be his downfall.

On a restart with 15 laps to, Macedo got a strong enough run off turn four to slide under Sweet going into turn one and steal the lead. Madsen, on the bottom of the track, tried to best them both, edging Macedo for the lead out of turn two. He couldn’t compete with Macedo’s strength on the high side, though. Once Macedo cleared Madsen, the race was his.

“I had been getting some pretty good runs off of four on the top, with people in front of me, so I knew without anyone there I could get a run on him (Sweet) going down the front stretch,” Macedo said.

Sweet knows his rookie mistake was staying on the bottom of the track.

“Obviously, I made a mistake there, and stayed on the bottom probably one or two restarts too long,” Sweet said. “It was just really hard to get me to change my mind because I kept winning the restarts. But I really felt vulnerable on the restart, so it was no surprise when Carson got by me. You have to be perfect to win these races.”

Madsen went into the Series’ month-long California tour unsure how he’ll perform at the Golden State short tracks, claiming he’s not good at them. In two races, he’s secured two podium finishes — one being a victory.

“It’s (California) has been really good to us, so far,” Madsen said. “We’ve had an awesome race car ever since we got here. I just have to thank my crew for that.”

Macedo also credited his crew for his winning performance, including his crew chief Joe Gaerte, who he called “his hero.” Macedo drove for Gaerte in the All Star Circuit of Champions Series last year, finishing second in points.

With a win in the first six races of the more than 90 race World of Outlaws schedule, Macedo said it won’t change how he approaches the remainder of the season.

“I think I’m just going to race exactly the same,” he said. “Just drive every lap like it’s my last. Wherever the cards fall at the end of the year at the banquet, that’s what they’ll be.”

He currently sits fourth in the Series’ championship points — 66 points behind leader Daryn Pittman.

Pittman, who was coming off two second place finishes in a row, managed to salvage a ninth-place finish after starting 18th. He continues to lead the championship standings for California car owners Dennis and Teresa Roth over second place Donny Schatz, who finished fourth and cut his points deficit in half, now only 10 points behind Pittman.

The Series will make its next stop on the California tour Saturday, March 16, at the Stockton Dirt Track in Stockton, Calif., where Macedo hopes to utilize his veteran California track skills to once again be called, “winner.”

As always, you can catch all the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action on DIRTVision.com.

For tickets and more information, go to www.WorldofOutlaws.com.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps) - 1. 2-Carson Macedo [7][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [1][$5,500]; 3. 18-Ian Madsen [4][$3,200]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [13][$2,800]; 5. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [14][$2,500]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [11][$2,300]; 7. 49X-Tim Shaffer [5][$2,200]; 8. 17W-Shane Golobic [12][$2,100]; 9. 83-Daryn Pittman [18][$2,050]; 10. 24-Rico Abreu [6][$2,000]; 11. 87-Aaron Reutzel [24][$1,500]; 12. 19-Brent Marks [17][$1,200]; 13. 16A-Colby Copeland [23][$1,100]; 14. 5-Shane Stewart [25][$250]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser [15][$1,000]; 16. 41-David Gravel [21][$900]; 17. 88N-DJ Netto [19][$800]; 18. 83JR-Giovanni Scelzi [10][$800]; 19. 9-Kasey Kahne [22][$800]; 20. 26-Cory Eliason [16][$800]; 21. 121-Justin Sanders [8][$800]; 22. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [9][$800]; 23. 7S-Tim Kaeding [3][$800]; 24. 92-Andy Forsberg [20][$800]; 25. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [2][$800]; 26. 1A-Jacob Allen [26][$]; Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1-20, Carson Macedo 21-35; KSE Hard Charger Award: 87-Aaron Reutzel[+13]

Qualifying Flight-A - 1. 2-Carson Macedo, 11.536; 2. 9-Kasey Kahne, 11.553; 3. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 11.597; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.692; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.717; 6. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 11.759; 7. 121-Justin Sanders, 11.762; 8. 83T-Tanner Carrick, 11.768; 9. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.772; 10. 88N-DJ Netto, 11.778; 11. 19-Brent Marks, 11.853; 12. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.895; 13. O-Bud Kaeding, 11.903; 14. 21-Brian Brown, 11.943; 15. 21P-Robbie Price, 11.955; 16. 5-Shane Stewart, 11.969; 17. 5H-Cole Macedo, 12.118; 18. 21W-Jake Wheeler, 12.17; 19. 28-Mark Herz, 14.325; 20. 1S-Logan Schuchart, NT

Qualifying Flight-B - 1. 24-Rico Abreu, 11.551; 2. 7S-Tim Kaeding, 11.56; 3. 83-Daryn Pittman, 11.575; 4. 17W-Shane Golobic, 11.671; 5. 83JR-Giovanni Scelzi, 11.682; 6. 92-Andy Forsberg, 11.682; 7. 18-Ian Madsen, 11.695; 8. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.7; 9. 29-Willie Croft, 11.744; 10. 41-David Gravel, 11.768; 11. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 11.794; 12. 26-Cory Eliason, 11.867; 13. 45-Chad Kemenah, 11.874; 14. 16A-Colby Copeland, 11.96; 15. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 12.067; 16. 33M-Mason Daniel, 12.231; 17. 4-Terry McCarl, 12.335; 18. 7-Jason Sides, 12.346; 19. 31C-Justyn Cox, NT

 

 

HOPEFUL HEALING

World of Outlaws ‘California Fire Relief Tour’ opening eyes to devastating wildfires

CHICO, CA – Racing is not the only focus of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series this weekend.

The Series’ California Fire Relief Tour kicks off Friday at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif., and Saturday at Stockton Dirt Track in Stockton, Calif., in an effort to assist the thousands of Northern and Southern California residents still healing from last year’s devastating wildfires.

From Silver Dollar Speedway on Friday, March 15, to Saturday, March 30, at Perris Auto Speedway, $1 of every ticket sold will be donated directly to California fire relief. Also, $5 from each Outlaws California Fire Relief Tour shirt sold will be donated to California fire relief, which helps those effected by the fire.

Many effected by the fire thought they’d return to a normal life, having lived through fires before.

Kyle Hirst, who won his first World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series race at Silver Dollar Speedway in 2017, heard what he thought was rain, not thinking the wildfire was near his Paradise, Calif., home. It wasn’t rain. It was ash. He and his wife packed up what they needed and left with their daughter.

When they eventually returned, among the ashes of what were once homes, they were fortunate to be one of the lucky ones to return to a home. However, Hirst’s shop behind the house was not as fortunate. Race suits, helmets, stacks of trophies, including from his win at Silver Dollar Speedway, and more gone. Now just a few pieces of burnt scrap metal.

He said fortunately for him, he races for Roth Motorsports, so he didn’t have cars or too many tools in the shop when the fire came through. Just stacks of he and his dad’s trophies. Years of memories he said he can no longer share with his kid.

But he still has a home to return to. Just not for a while, though, due to contaminated water in the area. For now, Hirst said he is able to rent a home from a friend. He plans to return, but knows it’ll take months and years before the rubble of burned homes around his are cleaned up.

“I’ll be outside playing with my daughter and this is what she’ll see,” Hirst said, pointing out the charred debris across the street from him.

The majority of the damage throughout Paradise, Calif., happened in the first 12 hours of the fire, according to firemen at the Chico Fire Department, who bravely battled the fire. They were donated tickets to Friday’s race at Silver Dollar Speedway, and more tickets throughout the Tour will be donated to local firemen.

Fans unable to attend the races in California that would like to participate can purchase the Outlaws California Fire Relief Tour shirt online at store.worldofoutlaws.com and are able to purchase additional tickets to donate to local firemen at WorldofOutlaws.com/tix.

 

 

Kasey Kahne Adds This Week’s Silver Dollar, Stockton Events to His Huge Sprint Car Schedule

CONCORD, N.C. – Kasey Kahne’s race days have always been a bit noisy. Dozens of crews scurrying around a nearly two-ton Stock Car for days, wrenching and tuning. Hundreds of fans walking through the garage area, determined to get a picture or autograph. Media and cameras at every turn, questioning every detail of the weekend.

Now, that noise has been turned down, but just a bit.

In the pit area of a World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car event, like the ones this Friday at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif., or Saturday at The Stockton (Calif.) Dirt Track, Kahne is surrounded by only a couple of crew members, who tweak on his 1,400 lb. Sprint Car. A few dozen fans meandering up and down the pits — some looking for a quick picture or a handshake. And a handful of media members, the majority just looking to take pictures.

Turning the volume down was not entirely voluntary. It was forced upon him by a health issue that caused him to put an early end to his NASCAR career.

While he was not medically cleared to race again in NASCAR, he’s found a new challenge focusing on racing Sprint Cars – a division he’s loved since a kid.

“It’s like the first thing I really got into at a young age,” Kahne says kneeling next his to orange #9 Sprint Car. “Because I got into it at a young age, and liked it so much, whether I was watching or racing myself, I’ve been hooked.”

Kahne began racing Sprint Cars as a teenager in his home state of Washington. He eventually moved into the USAC ranks, winning a championship in 2000. Then a couple of years later made his move to NASCAR.

A few years into his NASCAR career Kahne formed his own World of Outlaws Sprint Car team, Kasey Kahne Racing (KKR), which helped keep him in touch with the Series — along with running a few races himself.

“I’ve had a blast with all that over the years, whether I was at a NASCAR race watching the DIRTVision part of it or actually traveling and watching the races with the guys,” Kahne says. “I’ve always stayed really close to it and enjoyed it.”

Since its inception in 2005, KKR has amassed one World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series championship — in 2013 with Daryn Pittman — and more than 170 Series wins among several drivers, including last year’s Knoxville Nationals championship with Brad Sweet.

Of the drivers that have won a Series race for the team, Kahne is not one of them. He would like to be.

“When I knew I was done with the NASCAR deal, I thought I would give it a shot (driving Sprint Cars) for a little while, you know, and kind of see how it goes and see if I can’t figure it out and get competitive driving these cars,” Kahne says.

NASCAR was his job. Sprint Cars… well, Kahne says he doesn’t really know what it is right now.

“I hope that I actually feel like it’s a bit of a job,” Kahne says, following up with a joke that racing is never really a job.

But he wants to work at it.

“I want to feel like I’m working at it to make it work and do the things I want and then when we do have success it’ll feel that much better,” Kahne says. “I want to put the time in. I want to put the effort in. No matter what it is, to try and have that success. Doing that is definitely a little bit of work.”

He knows he has a bit of homework to do, too.

Kahne didn’t qualifying for the season opening race at Volusia Speedway Park and has cracked the top-15 twice so far this season.

“I didn’t feel that my performance was good at all (at Volusia),” Kahne says. “I thought the track was really tough… It was slick and it was greasy all in the same corner. Around the whole track just about. It was tough to learn and figure out.”

None of it had to do with his health, and he doesn’t expect it to ever be an issue with Sprint Car racing. Kahne says his issue is driving a car for an hour or two hours straight in humid weather. He would sweat a lot, get dehydrated and cramp up.

He knows the temperature during mid-summer World of Outlaws races can get humid, but he is only in the car for 30 to 40 minutes. He says he felt fine after racing in Florida and expects to the rest of this season.

His issue is seat time.

When he first started in NASCAR, Kahne regularly made time to race Sprint Cars, but over time put more focus on his Cup Series car. Leaving less time for Sprint Cars.

“I feel like now is by far the most difficult time I’ve had learning Sprint Cars,” Kahne says. “I’ve been so focused on the other style and it’s so much different than this (Sprint Car racing). The feel side of it I’m lacking a little bit and have to do a better job with my feet and my hands in different situations. And I think that’s all just laps. Once I figure that out, I’ll feel a lot more comfortable night in and night out.”

His teammate, and last year’s runner-up in Series points, Brad Sweet understands Kahne’s struggles well, having raced in NASCAR for three seasons then transitioning to the World of Outlaws full-time.

“It’s relearning a lot of things and retraining himself,” Sweet says. “It’s just a completely different discipline.”

Sweet is happy to see his car owner racing with the Series though, citing Kahne’s deep passion for the sport and love for driving the cars.

Kahne has scheduled more than 50 Sprint Car races – 44 of which, so far, are World of Outlaws races – for himself this year, but says he could easily add more, bringing his schedule to about 70 races. Kahne says he chose that schedule to ease into Sprint Car racing this year, giving himself time to formulate what he wants to do in 2020.

There’s not one race he’s looking forward to more than the other. He’s eager for them all. When the Texas races rained out in late February, Kahne says he was ready to race in the rain.

“I don’t like racing in the rain, mud, and all that, but I was like let’s do it, I’ll race,” Kahne says, grinning ear to ear.

In the quiet pit area, kneeling next to his car with a couple of crew guys leisurely working around it, Kahne says he knows the new atmosphere and traveling schedule will be a big adjustment.

“It’s a different type of pressure,” Kahne says. “There’s so many differences to it. I’m not doing normal things each week I would normally be doing the last 15, 17 years. Everything is different week to week, day to day for what it’s been in the past.”

While 50 races are close to half of the World of Outlaws schedule, it’s about a quarter longer than NASCAR’s. There are weekday races, and doubleheader weekend races – sometimes at two different tracks, and sometimes in two different states.

Instead of large team debriefs, it’s now just he and a few crew guys. Instead of hundreds of fans, a handful walk by on a race night, some just looking for a quick picture or handshake. And the media mostly is photographers looking for a picture.

“So, it’s a much different day to day than what I’ve done for a long time,” Kahne says. “I think as we go, I’ll get more and more use to this and just really, really enjoy it.”

To see Kahne take on the Outlaws this weekend (or any of the events on his schedule below), go to WorldofOutlaws.com/tix, or call 844-DIRT-TIX to reserve your seat.

Kasey Kahne’s Remaining World of Outlaws schedule:
March 15 – Silver Dollar Speedway

March 16 – Stockton Dirt Track
May 10 – Eldora Speedway
May 11 – Eldora Speedway
May 15 – Lincoln Speedway

May 17 – Williams Grove Speedway

May 18 – Williams Grove Speedway

May 19 – Weedsport Speedway

May 21 – Bridgeport Speedway

May 24 – Dirt Track at Charlotte

May 25 – Dirt Track at Charlotte

May 31 – Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway

June 1 – Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway

June 4 – Fairbury American Legion Speedway

June 7 – River Cities Speedway

June 8 – Granite City Speedway

June 14 – Knoxville Raceway

June 15 – Knoxville Raceway

June 21 – Farley Speedway

June 22 – Beaver Dam Raceway

June 27 – Jackson Motorplex

June 28 – Jackson Motorplex

June 29 – Jackson Motorplex

July 3 – Brown County Speedway

July 5 – Cedar Lake Speedway

July 6 – Cedar Lake Speedway

July 16 – Attica Raceway Park

July 18 – Eldora Speedway

July 19 – Eldora Speedway

July 20 – Eldora Speedway

July 23 – Lernerville Speedway

Oct. 25 – Port Royal Speedway

Oct. 26 – Port Royal Speedway

Nov. 7 – Dirt Track at Charlotte

Nov. 8 – Dirt Track at Charlotte

Nov. 9 – Dirt Track at Charlotte

 

 

 

Home-field Advantage

California drivers eager to race at Silver Dollar Speedway, Stockton Dirt Track

 

CONCORD, N.C. – California natives conquered the World of Outlaws NOS® Energy Drink Sprint Car Series’ tour through the Golden State last year and are hoping to repeat that success going into this weekend’s races at Silver Dollar Speedway and the Stockton Dirt Track.

 

Grass Valley, Calif. native Brad Sweet and St. Helena, Calif. native Rico Abreu found victory at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif., while Visala, Calif. native Cory Eliason claimed his first Series win at the Stockton Dirt Track in Stockton, Calif., last year.

 

For Sweet, it was his first win at the quarter-mile Chico track, but no matter if the win was in Chico or Stockton, he said it is always satisfying to win in front of family and friends.

 

“The biggest thing for me is I grew up here (in California) racing, so they’re home tracks,” Sweet said. “There’s always something about where you learned and where you grew up racing that is special. You know, I hadn’t had a lot of luck at Chico in the last few years, but last year I was able to get a win there, so I feel a little bit more confident going back there and excited.”

 

Sweet started off Series’ month-long swing through California strong with a top-five finish at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif, leaving him third in the Series’ points standing – 42 points behind leader Daryn Pittman.

 

Abreu hasn’t been as fortunate, unable to qualify for the Feature in Tulare. But like Sweet, he said he is looking forward to going back to Silver Dollar Speedway – a track he has won at twice now with the World of Outlaws. He also has one Series win at the 3/8-mile Stockton Dirt Track.

 

He cites the Chico and Stockton tracks as two of his most successful tracks, having grown up racing at them.

 

“I’ve ran probably the majority of my California races at those two tracks,” Abreu said. “I’ve just made sure my cars are close every time we get there and where it puts the ball in my court where I can maneuver my car around. I like going to those tracks.”

 

Eliason has had a solid start to the season, claiming three top-10s and two KSE Hard Charger awards in the first five races of the season, placing him fifth in points. He is coming off a seventh-place finish at Thunderbowl Raceway and hitting his stride just in time for his favorite part of the year.

 

“The whole California swing is (a confidence booster), just because that’s where I grew up racing,” Eliason said. “I think we finished inside the top-five every time we were in California last year, in the March and the September swings. There’s a lot of confidence just being able to roll out here and know, even if it’s not perfect, we can still make something of it just because of knowing the race tracks and being from around here.”

 

Having raced, and won, at the tracks before, Eliason said that knowledge not only helps him, but his crew. He can confidently relay to his team what he needs in his car, making their job easier.

 

“Every race is hard with these (World of Outlaws) guys, but it should at least level the playing field back to normal with them, instead of going somewhere where we haven’t been and they dominate instead of us,” Eliason said.

 

Sweet said, for some drivers the California swing is hard traveling from the East Coast to the West Coast and missing their families. For the California drivers, they have the advantage of staying home with their family about every night throughout the swing.

 

“There’s just something to be said about that,” Sweet said. “I, obviously, love the beginning of the year West Coast swing.”

 

 

THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE

 

WHEN & WHERE

Friday, March 15, at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif. and Saturday March 16, at the Stockton Dirt Track in Stockton, Calif.

 

For Silver Dollar Speedway, gates are scheduled to open at 3 p.m. with Time Trials at 6 p.m. and Racing will start at 7:30 p.m.

 

Stockton Dirt Track is on a Flex Schedule approach. Gates will open at 3 p.m. with Time Trials at 5 p.m. and Racing at 6 p.m. If the temperature rises, gates will still open at 3 p.m., but Time Trials will shift to 6 p.m. and Racing will start at 7 p.m.

 

ABOUT THE TRACK

Silver Dollar Speedway is a high-banked, quarter-mile oval. The track record is 10.918 sec. by Daryn Pittman on March 22, 2013.

Online – SilverDollarSpeedway.com

Phone – 916-969-7484

Tickets at WorldofOutlaws.com/tix or 844-DIRT-TIX.

 

Stockton Dirt Track is a semi-banked 3/8-mile oval. The track record is 12.566 by Donny Schatz on March 21, 2015.

Online – Stockton99.com
Phone – 209-466-9999

Tickets at WorldofOutlaws.com/tix or 844-DIRT-TIX.

 

TICKETS

Tickets can be purchased by going to WorldofOutlaws.com/tix or by calling 844-DIRT-TIX.

 

3/8-mile and 1/4-mile winners

This will be the first World of Outlaws Features this year on tracks that size.

 

SILVER DOLLAR SPEEDWAY PREVIOUS WINNERS

2018 – Brad Sweet on Sept. 7, Rico Abreu on Sept. 8

2017 - Kyle Hirst on Sept. 8, Shane Stewart on Sept.9
2016 - Donny Schatz on April 2, Shane Stewart on Sept. 9, Rico Abreu on Sept. 10
2015 - Donny Schatz on March 28, Shane Stewart on Sept. 11, Donny Schatz on Sept. 12
2014 - Carson Macedo on Sept. 5, Jonathan Allard on Sept. 6
2013 - Paul McMahan on March 23, Joey Saldana on Sept. 6, Jason Meyers on Sept. 7
2012 - Donny Schatz on March 23, Donny Schatz on Sept. 6, Sean Becker on Sept. 7, Kyle Larson on Sept. 8
2011 - Craig Dollansky on March 12, Paul McMahan on Sept. 9, Kyle Larson on Sept. 10
2010 - Jason Meyers on Sept. 11
2009 - Joey Saldana on March 13, Jason Meyers on March 14, Joey Saldana on Sept. 12
2008 - Jac Haudenschild on Sept. 6
2007 - Joey Saldana on Sept. 8
2006 - Daryn Pittman on Sept. 9
2005 - Steve Kinser on Sept. 10
2004 - Donny Schatz on Sept. 11
2003 - Steve Kinser on Sept. 6
2002 - Steve Kinser on Sept. 7
2001 - Mark Kinser on Sept. 8
2000 - Danny Lasoski on Sept. 16
1999 - Jac Haudenschild on Sept. 18
1998 - Jac Haudenschild on Sept. 19
1997 - Dave Blaney on Sept. 20
1996 - Jeff Swindell on Sept. 21
1995 - Andy Hillenburg on Sept. 16
1994 - Andy Hillenburg on Sept. 17
1993 - Stevie Smith on Sept. 18
1992 - Steve Kinser on March 13, Steve Kinser on Sept. 19
1991 - Brent Kaeding on March 16, Joe Gaerte on Sept. 14
1990 - Bobby Davis, Jr., on March 11, Steve Kinser on Sept. 15
1989 - Jac Haudenschild on March 11, Darrell Hanestad on Sept. 20
1988 - Jimmy Sills on March 5, Steve Kinser on Sept. 17
1987 - Jac Haudenschild on March 7, Steve Kinser on Sept. 19
1986 - Steve Kinser on Sept. 21
1985 - Danny Smith on Sept. 21
1984 - Steve Kinser on Sept. 22
1983 - Steve Kinser on Sept. 24

 

STOCKTON DIRT TRACK PREVIOUS WINNERS

2018 – Cory Eliason on March 17

2017 - Brad Sweet on March 25
2016 - Donny Schatz on March 18, Donny Schatz on March 19
2015 - Donny Schatz on March 21, Rico Abreu on March 22
2014 - Kerry Madsen on March 22
2013 - Kyle Larson on March 22

 

ON THE INTERNET

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DRIVER INFO

Follow World of Outlaws full-time drivers on Twitter:

Brad Sweet – @BradSweet49

Brent Marks – @bmracing19

Carson Macedo – @carson_macedo

Daryn Pittman – @darynpittman

Donny Schatz – @donnyschatz

Ian Madsen – @IanMadsen

Jacob Allen – @JacobAllen1A

Jason Sides – SidesMotorsports.com (not on Twitter)

Kraig Kinser – @KraigKinser11k

Logan Schuchart – @Lschuchart1s

Shane Stewart – @shanestewart_5

Sheldon Haudenschild – @Haudenschild_17

 

AROUND THE TURN: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series heads to Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif. on Friday March 22, and then to the Placerville Speedway in Placerville, Calif. on Saturday March 23.

 

2019 STATS

There have been four World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Feature events this season.

 

FEATURE WINNERS (4 drivers)

Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins

1 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 2

2 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1

   – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 1

   – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1

 

HEAT RACE WINNERS (13 different winners)

Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins

1 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 3

   – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 3

2 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 2

   – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 2

3 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 1

   – Spencer Bayston, Lebanon, Ind. – 1

   – Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 1

   – Brian Brown, Higginsville, Mo. – 1

   – Giovanni Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 1

   – Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1

   – Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tenn. – 1

   – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 1

   – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 1

 

DIRTVISION FAST PASS DASH WINNERS (5 different drivers)

1 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 1

   – Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 1

   – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1

   – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 1

   – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1

 

LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN WINNERS (5 different drivers)

Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins

1 – Cale Conley, Vienna, W. Va. – 1

   – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 1

   – Kasey Kahne, Enumclaw, Wash. – 1

   – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1

   – Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Ind. – 1

 

PODIUM FINISHES (8 different drivers)

Rank – Driver, Hometown - # of podiums

1 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 4

2 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 3

3 – Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 2

4 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 1

   – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1

   – Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 1

   – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1

   – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 1

 

HARD CHARGER AWARD (4 different drivers)

Rank – Driver, Hometown – H.C. Awards

1 – Cory Eliason, Santa Cruz, Calif. – 2

2 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 1

   – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 1

   – Chad Kemenah, Alveda, Ohio – 1

 

TOTAL LAPS LED (6 different drivers)

Rank – Driver, Hometown – Laps

1 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 36

2 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 35

3 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 30

4 – Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 25

5 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 15

6 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 14

 

POLE POSITIONS (4 different drivers)

Rank – Driver, Hometown – Poles

1 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 2

2 – Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 1

   – Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 1

   – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 1

 

FASTEST IN PRACTICE (4 different drivers)

Rank – Driver, Hometown - # of times fastest

1 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 2

2 – Brian Brown, Higginsville, Mo. – 1

   – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 1

   – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1

 

2019 World of Outlaws Schedule & Winners

No./ Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)

1. Friday, Feb. 8 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, Fla. / Daryn Pittman (1)

2. Saturday, Feb. 9 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, Fla. / Daryn Pittman (2)

3. Sunday, Feb. 10 / Volusia Speedway Park/ Baberville, Fla. / Rainout-Canceled

4. Friday, Feb. 22 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, Texas / Rainout-Canceled

5. Saturday, Feb. 23 / LoneStar Speedway / Kilgore, Texas / Rainout-Canceled

6. Wednesday, Feb. 27 / The Dirt Track at Las Vegas / Las Vegas, Nev. / Tim Shaffer (1)

7. Thursday, Feb. 28 / The Dirt Track at Las Vegas / Las Vegas, Nev. / Donny Schatz (1)

8. Friday, March 8 / Thunderbowl Raceway / Tulare, Calif. / Rainout-Canceled

9. Saturday, March 9 / Thunderbowl Raceway / Tulare, Calif. / Ian Madsen (1)

 

2019 World of Outlaws Championship Top 10 (Through Thunderbowl Raceway)

 

Pos.

Car

Driver

Total

Diff

Wins

Top 5s

Top 10s

Entered

Started

Earnings

1

83

Daryn Pittman

728

0

2

4

5

5

5

$32,500

2

15

Donny Schatz

708

-20

1

4

5

5

5

$20,700

3

49

Brad Sweet

686

-42

0

3

4

5

5

$11,300

4

41

David Gravel

652

-76

0

0

3

5

5

$8,550

5

26

Cory Eliason

646

-82

0

0

3

5

5

$8,150

6

2

Carson Macedo

644

-84

0

0

4

5

5

$9,050

7

1S

Logan Schuchart

642

-86

0

1

2

5

5

$7,700

8

49X

Tim Shaffer

634

-94

1

2

2

5

5

$15,350

9

5

Shane Stewart

634

-94

0

1

3

5

5

$10,750

10

87

Aaron Reutzel

634

-94

0

0

2

5

5

$7,600

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

THUNDER ROLL

 

Madsen Dominates World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars in Tulare

 

TULARE, CA – March 9 – Last year’s World of Outlaws NOS® Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Ian Madsen claims one of his weak points has been short tracks.

 

Not anymore.

 

The Australian won everything there was to win at the third-mile Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif., Saturday night. Not even a couple of rain showers could slow him down.

 

His team has been working hard to get the KCP Racing car better on the California short tracks, and “it showed tonight,” said Madsen, as he earned his first victory of the season with championship leader Daryn Pittman second and Sheldon Haudenschild in third.

 

Madsen, who hails from St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia, started the night fastest in practice — three tenths faster than second fastest Donny Schatz. He followed that up by claiming his second pole of the season.

 

Then he dominated the first Heat race of the night, crossing the line about one second ahead of second place Tim Kaeding. That led to him being the first driver to draw for the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash and leaving seven other drivers disappointed by drawing the pole.

 

A heavy rain shower lingered over the track for about 15 minutes in between Madsen’s Heat and the Dash. It only made him faster. Again, in dominating fashion, he led every lap of the Dash, this time finishing close to two seconds ahead of second-place Pittman.

 

While he already dominated everything up to the Feature, Madsen showed his true speed in the final 35 laps of the night. He pulled away to an early lead, but “The Steel City Outlaw” Tim Shaffer showed muscle early on, keeping pace with Madsen. It didn’t last though.

 

By lap 10, Pittman slid his way underneath Shaffer for second and began to hunt Madsen. Pittman, coming off a heartbreaking runner-up finish in Las Vegas, looked to be the only driver all night who could contend with Madsen. While Madsen battled lap traffic, Pittman closed the gap between them to about a couple of car lengths.

 

And that was as close as he was going to get to the #18’s bumper. Madsen found his rhythm in lap traffic, pulling away to about a four second lead over Pittman, whose #83 Roth Motorsports car was able to close on Madsen again, but only to a second-and-a-half gap.

 

“Ian was good. We just got beat,” said Pittman, of Owasso, Okla. “I liked the track conditions before it rained, but it is what it is.”

 

Like Madsen, Pittman was unsure how he would perform at the Tulare short track, coming off strong performances at half-mile speedways.

 

“We were kind of curious how our car was going to shake out at a smaller place,” he said. “We kind of got both spectrums there of super dry early in the night and pretty wet after the rain and the car was really good.”

 

Both Madsen and Pittman drive a KPC Chassis, which is located nearby in Fresno, Calif.

 

Aside from leading every lap, Madsen’s dominance was showcased by him lapping the field up to 11th-place and catching 10th-place Donny Schatz toward the end of the race.

 

“It was just unreal,” Madsen said in almost disbelief, standing on the front stretch podium. “To get the clean sweep tonight is pretty awesome.”

 

Madsen’s best finish at Thunderbowl Raceway had been 12th. Of his previous three wins, the smallest track he had won at is the 3/8th-mile Deer Creek Speedway in Minnesota.

 

“I feel like we’ve been working hard toward this for the last two years,” Madsen said. “It’s really good to see some good results pay off.”

 

While Pittman finished second, he said he won’t hang his head on the finish. He continues to lead the Series’ championship standings over second-place Donny Schatz — adding 16 points to his cushion between the 10-time Series champion. This is the first time in the storied history of the California-based Roth Motorsports team it continues to lead the points through the Series month-long California swing.

 

The Series continues its trek through California next weekend on Friday, March 15, at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif., and March 16 at the Stockton Dirt Track in Stockton, Calif.

 

Even though Madsen began the California tour dominating Thunderbowl Raceway, to him there is still a question on how he’ll perform at the upcoming races.

 

“We ran good at Stockton last year and Chico we’ve been hit or miss, so we’ll see what happens,” Madsen said. “Hopefully we can keep it (momentum) going through the Cali-swing.”

 

As always, you can catch all the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action on DIRTVision.com.

 

World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Race Report

NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps) — 1. 18-Ian Madsen [1][$10,000]; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman [2][$5,500]; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [4][$3,200]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [5][$2,800]; 5. 49X-Tim Shaffer [3][$2,500]; 6. 5-Shane Stewart [10][$2,300]; 7. 26-Cory Eliason [11][$2,200]; 8. 2-Carson Macedo [7][$2,100]; 9. 87-Aaron Reutzel [14][$2,050]; 10. 15-Donny Schatz [9][$2,000]; 11. O-Bud Kaeding [15][$1,500]; 12. 41-David Gravel [12][$1,200]; 13. 9-Kasey Kahne [8][$1,100]; 14. 4-Terry McCarl [16][$1,050]; 15. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [22][$1,000]; 16. 45-Chad Kemenah [24][$900]; 17. 68-Chase Johnson [17][$800]; 18. 19-Brent Marks [20][$800]; 19. 1S-Logan Schuchart [25][$]; 20. 7S-Tim Kaeding [6][$800]; 21. 17W-Shane Golobic [13][$800]; 22. 83JR-Giovanni Scelzi [23][$800]; 23. 88N-DJ Netto [19][$800]; 24. 11K-Kraig Kinser [21][$800]; 25. 16A-Colby Copeland [18][$800]; Lap Leaders: Ian Madsen 1-35; KSE Hard Charger Award: 45-Chad Kemenah[+8]

 

Qualifying — 1. 18-Ian Madsen, 14.404; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 14.467; 3. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 14.488; 4. 2-Carson Macedo, 14.532; 5. 15-Donny Schatz, 14.532; 6. 83-Daryn Pittman, 14.539; 7. 49-Brad Sweet, 14.559; 8. 9-Kasey Kahne, 14.561; 9. 7S-Tim Kaeding, 14.571; 10. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 14.572; 11. 26-Cory Eliason, 14.575; 12. 41-David Gravel, 14.576; 13. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 14.592; 14. 5-Shane Stewart, 14.605; 15. O-Bud Kaeding, 14.61; 16. 4-Terry McCarl, 14.612; 17. 17W-Shane Golobic, 14.613; 18. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.663; 19. 88N-DJ Netto, 14.667; 20. 19-Brent Marks, 14.675; 21. 83JR-Giovanni Scelzi, 14.714; 22. W20-Greg Wilson, 14.715; 23. 45-Chad Kemenah, 14.775; 24. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 14.777; 25. 24-Rico Abreu, 14.835; 26. 7-Jason Sides, 14.913; 27. 33M-Mason Daniel, 14.93; 28. 29-Willie Croft, 14.964; 29. 68-Chase Johnson, 15.054; 30. 16A-Colby Copeland, 15.067; 31. 21-Brian Brown, 15.128; 32. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 15.18; 33. 1A-Jacob Allen, 15.187

 

 

 

 

World of Outlaws Racers See Positives in Competing with NASCAR Drivers

CONCORD, N.C. – Peanut butter and jelly. Movies and popcorn. Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus … well, maybe not that last one.

But World of Outlaws and NASCAR?

Even though three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart won a World of Outlaws crown with Danny Lasoski in 2001 and a truckload of titles and trophies with Donny Schatz, the two series being mentioned in the same sentence has become more commonplace of late. Most recently with the World of Outlaws NOS® Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West being paired together for the first time at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas.

The race drew a crowd of thousands, a larger media presence and NASCAR drivers. Some drivers were in the stands watching, and a few in the Sprint Car race themselves. Christopher Bell, Kyle Larson and retired NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne joined the stars of the World of Outlaws for the doubleheader race at the Las Vegas Dirt Track last week and will continue to compete periodically with the Series throughout the season.

When the NASCAR stars join the Series, the media spotlight is usually turned on them for the night. But that’s not an issue to some of the Series regulars.

“I don’t mind it at all,” said Series veteran Kraig Kinser, the 2005 Knoxville Nationals champion and son of Steve Kinser, the legendary King of the Outlaws. “The exposure they (NASCAR drivers) bring is always a plus. Anything that can highlight our Sprint Car racing is always a positive.”

From a veteran to a rookie, the opinion stays the same. Rookie contender Carson Macedo, who drives for Kyle Larson Racing, enjoys when his boss and others come to race with the World of Outlaws.

“I love it,” Macedo said. “I always said if you want to be the best, you got to race with the best. And those guys are proven to be some of the best in the world. That’s what’s unique about racing in the World of Outlaws, you never know who is going to show up to give you a run for your money every night.”

Bell, Kahne and Larson grew up racing Sprint Cars. It’s what they love, and they take every opportunity they get to drive one.

“I just love Sprint Car racing in general,” Larson said. “To me the Outlaws are the toughest series to race with, that’s why I really like competing with them. I hit a lot of different races, but I always have the most fun racing the Outlaw stuff.”

Kahne, who like Larson owns a World of Outlaws Sprint Car team, said he became enamored with Sprint Cars at a young age and never lost that passion. Even during his years in NASCAR when he wasn’t able to run many Sprint Car races. Through his Kasey Kahne Racing team, and watching the races on DIRTVision, he said he always stayed connected to it. He’s enjoyed watching his team’s accomplishments, such as winning the 2013 World of Outlaws championship and 2018 Knoxville Nationals crown.

This year Kahne is scheduled to run about 50 Sprint Car races. Bell is hoping to do about 20 to 25. And Larson sneaks in Sprint Car races to his schedule whenever he can.

“I just hit whatever is available,” Larson said. “I don’t have many days throughout the year that I can go race.”

Larson and Bell both stated while there may not be much of a comparison between a Stock Car and a Sprint Car, more seat time never hurts.

“The biggest thing for me is, the way I get better is by racing cars,” Bell said. “If I’m sitting on the couch, I’m not becoming a better race car driver.”

Larson echoed Bell saying, anytime he gets to race, he feels like he becomes a better driver.

“It’s why I try to run a lot,” Larson said.

Kinser said it is nice to be able to race with the NASCAR drivers while they’re in the peak of their career. And while they bring a lot of positive exposure to the sport, he said the Series is full of diehard fans that fill the stands most nights.

Unlike some other forms of motorsports, Kinser said World of Outlaws drivers are easily accessible to the fans right at their trailer.

“A lot of older fans know you can come down into the pit area afterwards, a lot of newer ones don’t realize that,” Kinser said. “It’s always nice to speak with the fans and get face time with them. That’s a positive for our sport, too.”

When Bell, Kahne or Larson attend a Series race, they’re just as accessible as Kinser or Macedo, making the World of Outlaws and NASCAR a favorable combination, like peanut butter and jelly or movies and popcorn.

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Cars continue their West Coast Spring Break Tour this weekend at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif., before heading north to Silver Dollar Speedway on Friday March 15 in Chico, Calif., and Saturday, March 16 in Stockton, Calif.

The next time the World of Outlaws and NASCAR intersect will be during Memorial Day Weekend, when the inaugural two-day World of Outlaws Patriot Nationals takes over The Dirt Track at Charlotte during the nights on May 24-25 while NASCAR runs its Coca-Cola 600 events during the day at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

For the complete 2019 tour schedule, plus all the latest news, results and media, go to www.WorldofOutlaws.com.

 

 

Kyle Larson’s Rookie Macedo Taking Aim at His Native California Bullrings

World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Cars Begin March Through Golden State on Friday

 

CONCORD, N.C. — March 4, 2019 — World of Outlaws NOS® Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champions Daryn Pittman and Donny Schatz have solidified themselves as early favorites this season, winning three of the four races this year combined. But a new favorite may emerge during this month’s California swing.

 

Rookie contender, and Lemoore, Calif. native, Carson Macedo has put together an impressive start to the season with his Kyle Larson Racing team, claiming three top-10 finishes and two Heat wins in the first four races.

 

While he’s found speed on the bigger half-mile tracks of Volusia Speedway Park and The Dirt Track at Las Vegas, he’s most comfortable on short tracks — like the ones he grew up racing on in California.

 

“My whole life I feel like I’ve been better on the short tracks than the big tracks,” said Macedo, 22. “Lately over the past couple of years I’ve been able to be a little bit better on those (bigger) tracks to try and carry that balance. When you race with the World of Outlaws, you’ve got to be good everywhere.”

 

Going home to tracks he grew up racing on also adds another level of confidence.

 

“You know what to expect, and how the race tracks are going to change,” Macedo said. “A lot of the time, for me, going to a track I’m comfortable at, it’s usually a huge advantage, because you’re usually a little bit quicker right out of the gate.”

 

He used that extra level of confidence to his advantage in 2014 when he won his first World of Outlaws race at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif. — a track the Series will return to this year on March 15, and again later in the year Sept. 6-7.

 

Macedo is still looking for his second Series win, having mostly raced with the All Star Circuit of Champions the last couple of years. And while he’s won at Silver Dollar Speedway before, Macedo said he is most looking forward to going to Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif. — the next track on the Series’ schedule March 8-9.

 

“It’s probably the track I’ve gotten along with the most,” said Macedo, who finished fifth at the track last year. “The past few years it seems like I’ve always been able to put together some good runs there.”

 

To Macedo, Thunderbowl Raceway’s best characteristic is the cushion builds up along the fence, allowing drivers to enter and drive through the turns aggressively.

 

Aggressiveness is a trait Macedo’s car owner, Kyle Larson said he sees in the rookie.

 

“He’s fun to watch,” Larson said. “I think he’ll have a good season (being paired with experienced crew chief Joe Gaerte).”

 

Macedo said he is looking forward to getting to the familiar California tracks and continue his early season success, which has currently left him sixth in the Series championship standings.

 

THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE

 

WHEN & WHERE

Friday, March 8, and Saturday, March 9, at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif. Gates are scheduled to open at 4 p.m. with Hot Laps starting at 5 p.m., Time Trials at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m.

 

ABOUT THE TRACK

Thunderbowl Raceway is a high-banked, 1/3-mile oval. The track record is 12.582 sec. by Brad Sweet on March 13, 2015.

Online – ThunderbowlRaceway.com

Phone – 559-688-0909

 

TICKETS

Tickets for Thunderbowl Raceway are available by calling the track at 559-688-0909. Tickets for the rest of the events on the California swing can be purchased by going to WorldofOutlaws.com/tix or by calling 844-DIRT-TIX.

 

1/3-MILE WINNERS

This will be the first World of Outlaws Feature on a track that size this year.

 

PREVIOUS TRACK WINNERS

2018 – Aaron Reutzel on March 9

2017 - David Gravel on March 17, Donny Schatz on March 18
2016 - David Gravel on March 12
2015 - Tim Kaeding on March 13, Rico Abreu on March 14
2014 - Daryn Pittman on March 14, Rico Abreu on March 15
2013 - Tim Kaeding on March 15, Craig Dollansky on March 16
2012 - Tim Kaeding on March 16
2011 - Joey Saldana on March 19
2010 - Jason Meyers on March 5, Joey Saldana on March 6
2009 - Randy Hannagan on March 20, Joey Saldana on March 21
2008 - Jac Haudenschild on Oct. 18
2007 - Joey Saldana on Feb. 23, Tim Kaeding on Feb. 24, Donny Schatz on Oct. 13
2005 - Tim Shaffer on Feb. 25, Sammy Swindell on Oct. 15
2004 - Terry McCarl on Nov. 1
2003 - Steve Kinser on Sept. 2

 

 

ON THE INTERNET

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Twitter – Twitter.com/WorldofOutlaws - @WorldofOutlaws

Instagram – Instagram.com/WoOSprint - @woosprint

Facebook – Facebook.com/WorldofOutlaws

YouTube – YouTube.com/WorldofOutlaws

DIRTVision – Dirtvision.com – Get your Fast Pass to watch all races LIVE for only $39/month

            Twitter – Twitter.com/DiRTVision - @DIRTVision

            Facebook – Facebook.com/WatchDIRTVision

 

DRIVER INFO

Follow World of Outlaws full-time drivers on Twitter:

Brad Sweet – @BradSweet4

Brent Marks – @BrentMarks19

Carson Macedo – @carson_macedo

Daryn Pittman – @darynpittman

Donny Schatz – @donnyschatz

Ian Madsen – @IanMadsen

Jacob Allen – @JacobAllen1A

Jason Sides – SidesMotorsports.com (not on Twitter)

Kraig Kinser – @KraigKinser11k

Logan Schuchart – @Lschuchart1s

Shane Stewart – @shanestewart_5

Sheldon Haudenschild – @Haudenschild_17

 

AROUND THE TURN: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series heads to Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif. on Friday March 15, and then to the Stockton Dirt Track in Stockton, Calif. on Saturday March 16.

 

2019 STATS

There have been four World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Feature events this season.

 

FEATURE WINNERS (3 drivers)

Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins

1 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 2

2 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1

   – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 1

 

HEAT RACE WINNERS (12 different winners)

Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins

1 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 3

2 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 2

3 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 1

   – Spencer Bayston, Lebanon, Ind. – 1

   – Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 1

   – Brian Brown, Higginsville, Mo. – 1

   – Giovanni Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 1

   – Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1

   – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1

   – Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tenn. – 1

   – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1

   – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 1

 

DIRTVISION FAST PASS DASH WINNERS (4 different drivers)

1 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 1

   – Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 1

   – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1

   – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 1

 

LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN WINNERS (4 different drivers)

Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins

1 – Cale Conley, Vienna, W. Va. – 1

   – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 1

   – Kasey Kahne, Enumclaw, Wash. – 1

   – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1

 

PODIUM FINISHES (6 different drivers)

Rank – Driver, Hometown - # of podiums

1 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 3

   – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 3

2 – Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 2

3 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 1

   – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1

   – Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. -1

 

HARD CHARGER AWARD (3 different drivers)

Rank – Driver, Hometown – H.C. Awards

1 – Cory Eliason, Santa Cruz, Calif. – 2

2 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 1

   – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 1

 

TOTAL LAPS LED (5 different drivers)

Rank – Driver, Hometown – Laps

1 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 36

2 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 30

3 – Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 25

4 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 15

5 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 14

 

POLE POSITIONS (4 different drivers)

Rank – Driver, Hometown – Poles

1 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1

   – Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 1

   – Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 1

   – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 1

 

FASTEST IN PRACTICE (3 different drivers)

Rank – Driver, Hometown - # of times fastest

1 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 2

2 – Brian Brown, Higginsville, Mo. – 1

   – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 1

 

2019 World of Outlaws Schedule & Winners

No./ Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)

1. Friday, Feb. 8 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, Fla. / Daryn Pittman (1)

2. Saturday, Feb. 9 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, Fla. / Daryn Pittman (2)

3. Sunday, Feb. 10 / Volusia Speedway Park/ Baberville, Fla. / Canceled

4. Friday, Feb. 22 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, Texas / Canceled

5. Saturday, Feb. 23 / LoneStar Speedway / Kilgore, Texas / Canceled

6. Wednesday, Feb. 27 / The Dirt Track at Las Vegas / Las Vegas, Nev. / Tim Shaffer (1)

7. Thursday, Feb. 28 / The Dirt Track at Las Vegas / Las Vegas, Nev. / Donny Schatz (1)

 

Pos.

Car

Driver

Total

Diff

Wins

Top 5s

Top 10s

Entered

Started

Earnings

1

83

Daryn Pittman

582

0

2

3

4

4

4

$27,000

2

15

Donny Schatz

578

-4

1

4

4

4

4

$18,700

3

49

Brad Sweet

544

-38

0

2

3

4

4

$8,500

4

1S

Logan Schuchart

530

-52

0

1

2

4

4

$7,500

5

41

David Gravel

526

-56

0

0

3

4

4

$7,350

6

2

Carson Macedo

510

-72

0

0

3

4

4

$6,950

7

26

Cory Eliason

510

-72

0

0

2

4

4

$5,950

8

17X

Christopher Bell

510

-72

0

2

3

4

3

$10,375

9

87

Aaron Reutzel

502

-80

0

0

1

4

4

$5,550

10

5

Shane Stewart

496

-86

0

1

2

4

4

$8,450

 

 

 

Schatz defies odds in Sin City

LAS VEGAS, NV – Feb. 28, 2019 – The final night of racing at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas was Donny Schatz’s to lose. He was hundredths of a second away from winning his Heat race, he won the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, and he pulled away with the lead at the start of the Feature in front of thousands that came to see a historic night of racing that paired the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.

But on lap 14 he lost it. Series points leader Daryn Pittman had inched closer and closer to Schatz every lap, eventually finding grip in the middle of the track and darting by him.

He stretched the lead of the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown presented Star Nursery between he and Schatz to about a straightaway’s length. Even with multiple cautions, and an Open Red, allowing teams to refuel their car, Pittman never fluttered, always knowing where to find grip on the rubbered down track, gradually moving from the top of the track at the beginning of the race to the bottom of the track by the end. The race was then his to lose.

And on the final lap of the race, he lost it. Blocked by a slower lap car – a situation Pittman used to his advantage to win his first race of the season – Schatz took advantage of a clear opening on the high side of the track to get his Tony Stewart Racing car back by Pittman and then held him off to claim a victory he thought he lost.

“I didn’t think we’d get him (Pittman),” said 10-time Series Champion Schatz. “But we hit traffic on the last corner. He went there (low), and I was going the other place. It was either win it or wear it, and lucky we won it.”

Lady Luck was good to Schatz. Not only did he find luck in lap traffic, he found luck in his tires holding on until the end of the 30-lap Feature, extended by multiple cautions – as his right rear tire could have been mistaken for a slick stock car tire by the end of the race. Pittman cited drivers’ fear of blowing a tire is why he caught lap traffic in five laps after a late race caution, leading to him losing the race.

“We were lapping really good cars. The problem was everybody’s pace was off, because I think everybody was afraid of blowing tires,” Pittman said. “They were just going slower than I thought they would. Honestly if I could have replayed it, I probably would have just slowed down from the time we went green with five to go.”

However, Pittman acknowledged he couldn’t slow down too much because Schatz “will blow his tire trying to win a race and not think twice about it.”

The victory is Schatz’s 13th win at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas and his 284th World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series victory. He went winless in the first three races of the season for the first time since 2013 – a stat he laughed off, but is glad to get past.

“I went three races without a win. Holy hell, I’m glad we’re over that hump,” Schatz said.

Looking to spoil the Schatz and Pittman battle for the lead, which ended with a 0.071-sec. gap, was third place finisher Logan Schuchart. He quietly worked his way through the field, from 10th, getting to third by lap 13. He stalked the two Series champions throughout the race, staying close enough to pounce if one bobbled, but neither did.

“I thought I might have a shot right there at the end with both of them,” Schuchart said. “But these guys are World of Outlaws champions. They’re going to be tough to beat and they’re not going to make many mistakes.”

He too was worried about his tires at the end of the race, stating he slowed his pace a little to not blow one.

Tires plagued Cory Eliason’s night with his right rear tire blowing in the closing laps of the race, but he still managed to be the KSE Hard Charger for the second night in a row. He finished 13th after starting 24th.

While Schatz claimed the victory at the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown, Pittman remains the points leader – by just four points over Schatz.

World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series actions resumes March 8-9 at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, CA. As always, you can catch all the action on DIRTVision.com.

Historic wins

Donny Schatz’s last lap pass to claim his 284th win came on an historic night for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Car Series. For the first time, the World of Outlaws and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West were paired together for a thrilling night of racing at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas.

It was an event that drew a crowd of thousands in the stands and attracted a wide range of media attention.

“I’m glad to see a lot of the NASCAR fans here,” Schatz said. “We met a lot of NASCAR people the last couple of days, people who have never seen a Sprint Car before. So hopefully it opens their eyes to new things.”

Echoing the heart-pounding finish to the World of Outlaws race, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West put on an equally exciting show, with rising NASCAR star Hailie Deegan making a last lap pass for the win in the 100-lap Star Nursery 100. While the 17-year-old is paving a bright future for herself in NASCAR, she couldn’t help but be drawn to the “gnarly” Sprint Cars.

“It’s sick,” Deegan said about NASCAR racing with the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars. “At Volusia (Speedway Park) was the first time I saw Outlaw racing, and man, I wanted to get into a car so bad… I think coming out here with the Sprint Cars definitely made for a good show.”

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1][$10,000]; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman [4][$5,000]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [10][$3,000]; 4. 18-Ian Madsen [3][$2,700]; 5. 57-Kyle Larson [5][$2,500]; 6. 2-Carson Macedo [6][$2,200]; 7. 41-David Gravel [11][$2,000]; 8. 17W-Shane Golobic [12][$1,800]; 9. 7-Jason Sides [2][$1,600]; 10. 5-Shane Stewart [14][$1,450]; 11. 49-Brad Sweet [7][$1,300]; 12. 83JR-Giovanni Scelzi [20][$1,200]; 13. 26-Cory Eliason [24][$1,100]; 14. 87-Aaron Reutzel [15][$1,000]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser [13][$950]; 16. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [25][$200]; 17. 49X-Tim Shaffer [21][$850]; 18. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [22][$750]; 19. 9-Kasey Kahne [23][$725]; 20. 13-Paul McMahan [18][$700]; 21. 1A-Jacob Allen [8][$700]; 22. 7S-Tim Kaeding [9][$700]; 23. 4-Terry McCarl [16][$700]; 24. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [19][$700]; 25. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [17][$700]; Lap Leaders: Donny Schatz 1-13, 30; Daryn Pittman 14-29; KSE Hard Charger Award: 26-Cory Eliason[+11]

Qualifying Flight-A - 1. 83-Daryn Pittman, 14.805; 2. 18-Ian Madsen, 14.903; 3. 7S-Tim Kaeding, 14.907; 4. 41-David Gravel, 14.942; 5. 15-Donny Schatz, 14.959; 6. 2-Carson Macedo, 14.968; 7. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 14.974; 8. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 14.996; 9. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 14.998; 10. 5H-Cole Macedo, 15.023; 11. 26-Cory Eliason, 15.053; 12. 9-Kasey Kahne, 15.066; 13. 17X-Christopher Bell, 15.067; 14. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 15.146; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 15.174; 16. 45-Chad Kemenah, 15.28; 17. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 15.326; 18. 17A-Austin McCarl, 15.394; 19. 16A-Colby Copeland, 15.582

Qualifying Flight-B - 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 14.92; 2. 57-Kyle Larson, 14.977; 3. 49-Brad Sweet, 15.043; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen, 15.112; 5. 7-Jason Sides, 15.19; 6. 17W-Shane Golobic, 15.227; 7. 13-Paul McMahan, 15.257; 8. 4-Terry McCarl, 15.279; 9. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 15.333; 10. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 15.361; 11. 5-Shane Stewart, 15.419; 12. 33M-Mason Daniel, 15.461; 13. 21-Brian Brown, 15.491; 14. 83JR-Giovanni Scelzi, 15.516; 15. 24-Rico Abreu, 15.591; 16. 19-Brent Marks, 15.859; 17. 3C-Tanner Thorson, 15.894; 18. W20-Greg Wilson, 15.954; 19. 21P-Robbie Price, 16.063

Heat #1 - Flight (A) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer - 1. 83-Daryn Pittman [1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 3. 7S-Tim Kaeding [2]; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser [8]; 5. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [5]; 6. 17X-Christopher Bell [7]; 7. 26-Cory Eliason [6]; 8. 49X-Tim Shaffer [4]; 9. 16A-Colby Copeland [10]; 10. 49D-Shawn Dancer [9]

Heat #2 - Flight (A) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer - 1. 18-Ian Madsen [1]; 2. 2-Carson Macedo [3]; 3. 41-David Gravel [2]; 4. 87-Aaron Reutzel [4]; 5. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [7]; 6. 9-Kasey Kahne [6]; 7. 5H-Cole Macedo [5]; 8. 45-Chad Kemenah [8]; 9. 17A-Austin McCarl [9]

Heat #3 - Flight (B) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer - 1. 7-Jason Sides [3]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1]; 4. 5-Shane Stewart [6]; 5. 13-Paul McMahan [4]; 6. 21-Brian Brown [7]; 7. 24-Rico Abreu [8]; 8. 3C-Tanner Thorson [9]; 9. 21P-Robbie Price [10]; 10. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [5]

Heat #4 - Flight (B) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer - 1. 57-Kyle Larson [1]; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen [2]; 3. 17W-Shane Golobic [3]; 4. 4-Terry McCarl [4]; 5. 83JR-Giovanni Scelzi [7]; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [5]; 7. 19-Brent Marks [8]; 8. 33M-Mason Daniel [6]; 9. W20-Greg Wilson [9]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (6 Laps) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 2. 7-Jason Sides [2]; 3. 18-Ian Madsen [1]; 4. 83-Daryn Pittman [4]; 5. 57-Kyle Larson [5]; 6. 2-Carson Macedo [7]; 7. 49-Brad Sweet [8]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [6]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - Top 4 Transfer - 1. 49X-Tim Shaffer [1][-]; 2. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [2][-]; 3. 9-Kasey Kahne [7][-]; 4. 26-Cory Eliason [5][-]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [4][$300]; 6. 5H-Cole Macedo [3][$250]; 7. 17X-Christopher Bell [9][$225]; 8. 21-Brian Brown [8][$200]; 9. 45-Chad Kemenah [11][$200]; 10. 24-Rico Abreu [10][$200]; 11. 19-Brent Marks [12][$200]; 12. 21P-Robbie Price [18][$200]; 13. 3C-Tanner Thorson [14][$200]; 14. 16A-Colby Copeland [17][$200]; 15. 33M-Mason Daniel [6][$200]; 16. W20-Greg Wilson [16][$200]; 17. 49D-Shawn Dancer [13][$200]; 18. 17A-Austin McCarl [15][$200]

 

 

Lady Luck on Shaffer’s side in Vegas

LAS VEGAS, NV – Feb. 27, 2019 – Tim Shaffer was in route to a dominating performance at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas for the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown presented by Star Nursery, leading every lap, but with five laps to go worry set in.

He could hear his motor sputtering. There was no doubt in his mind he was going to run out of fuel, with Giovanni Scelzi and Tim Kaeding – who made their first World of Outlaws appearance this season – breathing down his neck for the lead.

“I knew the laps had to be getting close,” Shaffer said, as the 30-lap Feature saw eight cautions by lap 26.

After multiple attempts of restarting the race on lap 26, Series officials called for an Open Red, stopping the cars on the front stretch and allowing the teams to refuel their cars.

“Everything worked out, the cautions, the red flag,” Shaffer said. “It was our night.”

After the cars were refueled, and the race went back to green on lap 26, Shaffer acted like nothing changed, commanding the lead once again all the way to victory lane – claiming his 26th World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series win and his fourth win at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas.

While everything worked in Shaffer’s favor, Fresno, Calif. native Giovanni Scelzi was not as fortunate. After falling to fourth, from third, at the beginning of the race, he worked his way to second place by lap 10 and began closing in on Shaffer while he entered lap traffic. Scelzi in the #83JR for Roth Motorsports never let Shaffer out of his sight in the closing laps of the race. He even stole the lead from him on one of the restart attempts on lap 26, but a caution was thrown before the field could complete at lap, putting him back in second place.

Once the field took the green flag, after stopping to refuel, Scelzi stayed on pace with Shaffer until entering turns three and four too aggressively, hitting the cushion and falling back two positions.

“I blistered my tires really, and kind of just overdrove the car and made some mistakes,” Scelzi said. “But first night in this car, it’s a good start with a top five.”

Roth Motorsports has had a strong start to the season with Daryn Pittman winning the two season opening races at Volusia Speedway Park – also resulting in his third DIRTcar Nationals championship and Roth Motorsport’s first. Pittman finished seventh, maintaining his points lead from Florida, now eight points ahead of second place Donny Schatz.

Schatz also had a strong run coming from 11th to third – his second podium finish in three races.

“That’s the best we could do there,” Schatz said. “We’re gaining on things and feeling a little bit better.”

Like Schatz, Kaeding had to climb his way through the field, finishing second after starting 10th. When Shaffer entered lapped traffic, you could throw a blanket over he, Scelzi and Kaeding. While Scelzi stocked Shaffer, Kaeding in his Sides Motorsports car was close behind stocking them both.

After Scelzi bounced off the cushion, the 21-time Series winner capitalized on the opportunity, darting by the black #83JR to take second place. With a clear track in front of him he could focus on hunting down Shaffer. The only problem was Shaffer had mastered the high line of the track, keeping more than a second between himself and Kaeding by the end of the race.

“I think we just ran out of time,” Kaeding said “Right before that red flag came out, I knew something was wrong, he might run out of fuel.”

Understanding how to drive the Las Vegas track was key to winning, Shaffer said.

“It’s a tricky track,” Shaffer said. “It’s demanding. You know, you’ve got to be on your game. This place is so tough. You’ve got to be good in the slick to get to the tacky (spots). When your car is evil here, it’s a handful.”

He credits his team for giving him a good handling car that could handle the track conditions.

While Shaffer has more than 20 wins, and has raced with the Series for several years, beating the star-studded field of World of Outlaws drivers is still special to him.

“It’s just awesome to be competing with them (the Outlaws),” Shaffer said. “To come here and win this deal is pretty awesome.”

World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action at the DIRTcar Nationals resumes tomorrow at The DIRT Track at Las Vegas. As always, you can catch all the action from the Nationals and the World of Outlaws on DIRTVision.com.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) - 1. 49X-Tim Shaffer [1][$10,000]; 2. 7S-Tim Kaeding [10][$5,000]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [11][$3,000]; 4. 24-Rico Abreu [8][$2,700]; 5. 83JR-Giovanni Scelzi [3][$2,500]; 6. 57-Kyle Larson [20][$2,200]; 7. 83-Daryn Pittman [6][$2,000]; 8. 26-Cory Eliason [23][$1,800]; 9. 49-Brad Sweet [22][$1,600]; 10. 17X-Christopher Bell [7][$1,450]; 11. 19-Brent Marks [26][$600]; 12. 1S-Logan Schuchart [9][$1,200]; 13. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [18][$1,100]; 14. 9-Kasey Kahne [21][$1,000]; 15. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [4][$950]; 16. 13-Paul McMahan [16][$900]; 17. 87-Aaron Reutzel [2][$850]; 18. 41-David Gravel [12][$750]; 19. 18-Ian Madsen [19][$725]; 20. 2-Carson Macedo [15][$700]; 21. 5-Shane Stewart [14][$700]; 22. 45-Chad Kemenah [13][$700]; 23. 21-Brian Brown [5][$700]; 24. 7-Jason Sides [17][$700]; 25. 11K-Kraig Kinser [25][$]; 26. 1A-Jacob Allen [24][$700]; Lap Leaders: Tim Shaffer 1-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: Cory Eliason (+15)

Qualifying Flight-A - 1. 1A-Jacob Allen, 14.373; 2. 83JR-Giovanni Scelzi, 14.374; 3. 45-Chad Kemenah, 14.391; 4. 17X-Christopher Bell, 14.403; 5. 21-Brian Brown, 14.421; 6. 15-Donny Schatz, 14.427; 7. 83-Daryn Pittman, 14.432; 8. 2-Carson Macedo, 14.436; 9. 17A-Austin McCarl, 14.44; 10. 26-Cory Eliason, 14.441; 11. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 14.462; 12. 18-Ian Madsen, 14.563; 13. 7-Jason Sides, 14.605; 14. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 14.711; 15. 17W-Shane Golobic, 14.728; 16. 4-Terry McCarl, 14.792; 17. 3C-Tanner Thorson, 14.805; 18. 5H-Cole Macedo, 14.851; 19. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, NT

Qualifying Flight-B - 1. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 14.437; 2. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 14.509; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 14.514; 4. 24-Rico Abreu, 14.538; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 14.547; 6. 9-Kasey Kahne, 14.556; 7. 49-Brad Sweet, 14.601; 8. 13-Paul McMahan, 14.629; 9. 5-Shane Stewart, 14.64; 10. 41-David Gravel, 14.649; 11. 7S-Tim Kaeding, 14.666; 12. 57-Kyle Larson, 14.699; 13. 19-Brent Marks, 14.703; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.786; 15. 33M-Mason Daniel, 14.819; 16. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 14.863; 17. 21P-Robbie Price, 14.978; 18. W20-Greg Wilson, 15.002; 19. 16A-Colby Copeland, 15.234

Heat #1 - Flight (A) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer - 1. 83-Daryn Pittman [4]; 2. 21-Brian Brown [3]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [6]; 4. 45-Chad Kemenah [2]; 5. 7-Jason Sides [7]; 6. 17A-Austin McCarl [5]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [1]; 8. 3C-Tanner Thorson [9]; 9. 17W-Shane Golobic [8]; 10. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [10]

Heat #2 - Flight (A) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer - 1. 83JR-Giovanni Scelzi [1]; 2. 17X-Christopher Bell [2]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 4. 2-Carson Macedo [4]; 5. 18-Ian Madsen [6]; 6. 26-Cory Eliason [5]; 7. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [7]; 8. 4-Terry McCarl [8]; 9. 5H-Cole Macedo [9]

Heat #3 - Flight (B) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer - 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel [2]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [3]; 3. 7S-Tim Kaeding [6]; 4. 5-Shane Stewart [5]; 5. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [1]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [4]; 7. 21P-Robbie Price [9]; 8. 16A-Colby Copeland [10]; 9. 33M-Mason Daniel [8]; 10. 19-Brent Marks [7]

Heat #4 - Flight (B) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer - 1. 49X-Tim Shaffer [1]; 2. 24-Rico Abreu [2]; 3. 41-David Gravel [5]; 4. 13-Paul McMahan [4]; 5. 57-Kyle Larson [6]; 6. 9-Kasey Kahne [3]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [7]; 8. 49D-Shawn Dancer [8]; 9. W20-Greg Wilson [9]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (6 Laps) - 1. 49X-Tim Shaffer [1]; 2. 87-Aaron Reutzel [3]; 3. 83JR-Giovanni Scelzi [2]; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [8]; 5. 21-Brian Brown [5]; 6. 83-Daryn Pittman [7]; 7. 17X-Christopher Bell [4]; 8. 24-Rico Abreu [6]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - Top 4 Transfer - 1. 9-Kasey Kahne [2][-]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [4][-]; 3. 26-Cory Eliason [5][-]; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen [1][-]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [8][$300]; 6. 19-Brent Marks [6][$250]; 7. 17A-Austin McCarl [3][$225]; 8. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [7][$200]; 9. 17W-Shane Golobic [9][$200]; 10. 4-Terry McCarl [11][$200]; 11. 16A-Colby Copeland [17][$200]; 12. 21P-Robbie Price [14][$200]; 13. 5H-Cole Macedo [15][$200]; 14. 33M-Mason Daniel [10][$200]; 15. 3C-Tanner Thorson [13][$200]; 16. W20-Greg Wilson [16][$200]; 17. 49D-Shawn Dancer [12][$200]; 18. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [18][$200]

 

 

Texas Gets Shakedown from Mother Nature

PAIGE, TX – Feb. 22, 2019 — A Friday morning rain shower, along with persistent and weeklong precipitation and saturated grounds at both Texas facilities have forced the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series to cancel this weekend's events at Cotton Bowl Speedway on Friday, Feb. 22 and LoneStar Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 23. Series and track officials are looking at potential rain dates for later in the season.

Those who have purchased tickets for the events will receive a full ticket-value credit to their MyDirtTickets.com account to be used towards select World of Outlaws events, for reference, visit WorldofOutlaws.com/tix for a list of available events.

One of the events is the Outlaws will return to Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, TX on Friday and Saturday, April 12-13, for the Texas Outlaws Nationals. It is one of the marquee events on the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series schedule, with Saturday’s event paying $20,000 to win. Plenty of camping and reserved seating is also available for the historic weekend.

The Greatest Show on Dirt now heads to Sin City for a historic double-header with NASCAR K&N Pro Series the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown presented by Star Nursery at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas, NV, Wednesday and Thursday, February 27-28.

 

 

World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars Joined By Elk Grove Ford Midgets March 23 at Placerville Speedway

PLACERVILLE, CA — Feb. 20, 2019 — The World of Outlaws NOS® Energy Drink Sprint Car Series is gearing up to return Saturday, March 23, to Placerville Speedway for the fifth consecutive year of high-speed, winged sprint car action.

California natives Brad Sweet and Rico Abreu, along with 2017 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Sheldon Haudenschild showed fans why the World of Outlaws is The Greatest Show on Dirt during last year’s Placerville race, dueling for the lead throughout the entire 50-lap 49er Gold Rush Classic presented by Riebes NAPA AUTO PARTS. Sweet, last year’s runner-up in Series points, was the victor, claiming his first Outlaw win at the quarter-mile oval.

Joining the event this season will be the Elk Grove Ford Midgets in a $2,000-to-win Feature, giving Golden State sprint car and midget fans twice the reason to check out Placerville.

“Combining the World of Outlaws and Midgets on the same night at Placerville is going to make for an unbelievable show,” said Brad Sweet, a Grass Valley native who drives the #49 NAPA AUTO PARTS Sprint Car for Kasey Kahne Racing. “When we were able to move the race to Saturday night we were afraid we weren’t going to be able to include Midgets as part of the program, but Matt Wood at Elk Grove Ford stepped up to help make it possible. It’s going to be a big night, for sure.”

Sweet himself is coming off two top-five finishes at the season-opening races DIRTcar Nationals in Florida, leaving him tied for third in points with 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz.

Leading everybody is Daryn Pittman, the 2019 DIRTcar Nationals champion who has been hooked up in his new Roth Motorsports ride. Pittman started the year by winning the two season-opening races, but he’s never won an Outlaw race at Placerville and will no doubt be amped up to repeat his early success for California car owners Dennis and Teresa Roth.

Schatz found victory once at Placerville in 2015, taking the lead with just eight laps to go. He is poised to be a threat, yet again, also starting off the season strong with two top-five finishes.

Carson Macedo, a native of Lemoore, Calif., is looking for his first Outlaw victory since winning at Silver Dollar Speedway in 2014. Macedo joins forces with Kyle Larson Racing this season to make a run at the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year title. Macedo has had an impressive start to the season with two top-10 finishes and two Heat wins.

Don’t miss a second of the action at Placerville Speedway, reserve your seats by going to www.WorldofOutlaws.com/tix or call 844-DIRT-TIX.

Previous Feature winners: 2018 - Brad Sweet on Sept. 12

2017 - David Gravel on March 29 2016 - Jason Johnson on March 23 2015 - Donny Schatz on April 8 1992 - Jac Haudenschild on March 11 1987 - Sammy Swindell on Sept. 2 1986 - Sammy Swindell on Sept. 3 1985 - Jac Haudenschild on Sept. 4

 

 

Historic FVP Platinum Battery Showdown Stands Out Among Las Vegas Events

CONCORD, NC – Feb. 20, 2019 – The FVP Platinum Battery Showdown presented by Star Nursery will see the World of Outlaws NOS® Energy Drink Sprint Car Series bring its high-speed thrill show to The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Wednesday, Feb. 27, and Thursday, Feb. 28.

It will also mark the first time in history the World of Outlaws and NASCAR K&N Series are competing on the same night at the same track, bringing two of racing’s biggest powerhouses together.

“We have built such history with the FVP Platinum Battery brand and the World of Outlaws at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and we can’t wait to see it all come together again this year,” said FVP Senior Brand Manager Amber Misunas. “In a city known for its big shows, none will be as big as this one, and the FVP team is excited to continue its association with the event.”

The history-making FVP Platinum Battery Showdown pairs the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West for the first time. The Star Nursery 100 K&N Pro Series West will have practice sessions on Wednesday night (Feb. 27) and run their main event Thursday, Feb. 28, as part of a double-feature with the second night of World of Outlaws racing.

LVMS has hosted World of Outlaws events at its half-mile Dirt Track dating back to 1996.

“We’re excited our traditional two-day event in Las Vegas is continuing to grow with the addition of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West,” World of Outlaws COO Tom Deery said. “We’re also looking forward to showcasing this historically popular event with our style of high-horsepower, high-speed, winged Outlaw dirt racing to a whole new audience. We like making history with our World of Outlaws events and combining with NASCAR on the same night at the same track will certainly be a first that no one will want to miss.”

FVP-sponsored driver Brian Brown will return to compete in the showdown along with last year’s showdown winners Sheldon Haudenschild and Donny Schatz – the 10-time and defending World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion.

On Wednesday, grandstands will open at 3 p.m., followed shortly after by World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series hot laps and qualifying at 4:30 p.m. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West practice session will be an hour later. Opening ceremonies are slated to commence at 6:15 p.m., with racing to follow immediately. The Sprint Car Feature will be the first Feature of the night.

Thursday’s schedule of events follows the same times as Wednesday. The Sprint Cars will again be the first Feature of the night, and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Star Nursery 100 will be the final race of the night.

Following the World of Outlaws visit to the Sin City, the Series heads to California, commencing a month-long tour through the Golden State at Thunderbowl Speedway in Tulare, CA, on Friday March 8, and Saturday, March 9.

Previous Las Vegas Feature winners include:

2018 – Sheldon Haudenschild on Feb. 28, Donny Schatz on March 1

2017 – Donny Schatz on March 9, Donny Schatz on March 10
2016 – Joey Saldana on March 3, Donny Schatz on March 4
2015 – Shane Stewart on March 4, Terry McCarl on March 5
2014 – Paul McMahan on March 5, Donny Schatz on March 6
2013 – Donny Schatz on March 6, Tim Kaeding on March 7
2012 – Tim Kaeding on March 8
2011 – Joey Saldana on March 2, Steve Kinser on March 3
2010 – Jason Meyers on Feb. 26
2009 – Donny Schatz on Feb. 26
2006 – Donny Schatz on March 9, Sammy Swindell on March 10, Donny Schatz on Oct. 28
2005 – Donny Schatz on March 11, Tim Shaffer on Oct. 22
2004 – Steve Kinser on March 5, Donny Schatz on Nov. 6
2003 – Tim Shaffer on March 1, Danny Lasoski on Nov. 1
2002 – Steve Kinser on March 2, Steve Kinser on Nov. 9
2001 – Danny Lasoski on March 4, Andy Hillenburg on Nov. 3
2000 – Jac Haudenschild on March 4, Sammy Swindell on Nov. 1
1999 – Danny Lasoski on March 6, Donny Schatz on Nov. 3
1998 – Mark Kinser on Feb. 28, Mark Kinser on Nov. 5
1997 – Jeff Swindell on Feb. 7, Jeff Swindell on Nov. 5
1996 – Mark Kinser on Nov. 6

 

 

World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Cars Shift Placerville Event to Saturday, March 23
‘The Greatest Show on Dirt’ invades Golden State for entire month of March

CONCORD, NC – Feb. 18, 2019 – The World of Outlaws NOS® Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will make California its home in March, competing on eight nights at seven different Golden State tracks throughout the month. Among those is the 49er Gold Rush Classic presented by Riebes NAPA at Placerville Speedway, which will now be on Saturday, March 23.

The Series will commence its West Coast tour – featuring some of the toughest local competition the Outlaws see all season – March 8 at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif., and will cap the run off on March 30 at Perris Auto Speedway in Perris, Calif.

Brad Sweet, a native of Grass Valley, Calif., will aim to hold off the competition in his home state to add to his win list. However, Series points leader Daryn Pittman and 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz won’t make it easy, with strong runs to open the season in Florida.

Last year, Sweet won at Placerville Speedway after a tight race-long battle with Rico Abreu. The Series will return to the high-octane quarter-mile oval this year on the new date.

“We have had great crowds and support at Placerville and we want to keep it growing,” Sweet said. “Our goal is to keep making this event bigger and bigger as time goes on.”

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars are also returning to the Mini Gold Cup at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, and Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds in Hanford. The Series last visited the Hanford track in 2017, when Logan Schuchart scored the win.

Last March in California was a success for first-time winners.

Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare saw a fierce battle between the No. 87 of Aaron Reutzel and the No. 83 of Cory Eliason, as the two traded the lead for several laps with both in search of their first Series win. With four laps to go, Reutzel was able to overpower Eliason and make his first trip to victory lane.

Eliason had his day in the sun just a couple of weeks later, commanding the Stockton Dirt Track race from start to finish. No one had anything for the California-native as he become the second driver that month to earn his first Series win.

Tickets are now on sale for all West Coast swing races at WorldofOutlaws.com/tix or by calling 844-DIRT-TIX. For the races at Thunderbowl Raceway call 559-688-0909.

A portion of proceeds from tickets and a special t-shirt will benefit the California Fire Foundation as the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Cars looked for ways to give back to those affected by California wildfires over the winter.

California Spring Break Tour
March 8 – Thunderbowl Raceway, Tulare, Calif.
March 9 – Thunderbowl Raceway, Tulare, Calif.
March 15 – Silver Dollar Speedway, Chico, Calif.
March 16 – Stockton Dirt Track, Stockton, Calif.
March 22 – Ocean Speedway, Watsonville, Calif.
March 23 – Placerville Speedway, Placerville, Calif.
March 29 – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds, Hanford, Calif.
March 30 – Perris Auto Speedway, Perris, Calif.

 

 

Pittman Claims Third Golden Gator

BARBERVILLE, FL – Feb. 10, 2019 – Mother Nature put a halt to Daryn Pittman’s quest for three wins in a row at Volusia Speedway Park, canceling Sunday’s Sprint Car event, but handed him his third DIRTcar Nationals championship. And the first for his new Roth Motorsports team.

“To do it with a different team makes it that much more special,” Pittman said about getting another golden gator. “For us to come out here and be as fast and consistent every time we hit the track just speaks volumes for the guys working on this team.”

Pittman won two thrilling shows during Friday and Saturday nights’ World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series race at Volusia and finished on the podium during the Tuesday and Wednesday night Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions Presented by Mobil 1 races. His consistency gave him a 28-point lead over Brad Sweet coming into Sunday night’s race, and now his third DIRTcar Nationals championship – his two previous were in 2013 and 2015.

Last year, in his No. 9 Kasey Kahne Racing ride, Pittman never cracked the top-11 during the three Volusia Speedway Park DIRTcar Nationals races.

“To be able to bounce back this year and dominate the way that we did, by being the most consistent car every night, is pretty good redemption for myself, personally,” Pittman said. “There were a lot of questions about my move and changing teams, and you want to get off to a strong start. We’ll see what the rest of the year holds.”

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will trek forward with the schedule to Texas Friday Feb. 22 at Cotton Bowl Speedway and Saturday Feb. 23 at LoneStar Speedway for the East Texas Lonestar Shootout. As always, you can catch all the action from the DIRTcar Nationals and the World of Outlaws on DIRTVision.com.


FINAL DIRTCAR NATIONALS POINTS

2019 DCN GATOR POINT ROLLUP
CAR # NAME TOTAL POINTS 2/6/19 2/7/19 2/8/19 2/9/19 2/10/19
83 Daryn Pittman 990 246 244 250 250  RAINOUT
49 Brad Sweet 962 228 250 242 242  
41 David Gravel 958 244 238 238 238  
15 Donny Schatz 958 242 232 240 244  
1S Logan Schuchart 946 240 246 226 234  
5 Shane Stewart 938 250 230 246 212  
87 Aaron Reutzel 918 232 222 228 236  
2 Carson Macedo 916 234 220 232 230  
13 Paul McMahan 902 230 234 222 216  
49X Tim Shaffer 900 236 240 198 226  
21 Brian Brown 894 216 202 236 240  
17 Sheldon Haudenschild 878 222 218 214 224  
71 Parker Price-Miller 874 206 226 224 218  
39 Christopher Bell 866 134 242 244 246  
18 Ian Madsen 854 226 212 216 200  
17W Shane Golobic 828 208 206 212 202  
1A Jacob Allen 820 204 216 202 198  
11K Kraig Kinser 806 142 224 220 220  
26 Cory Eliason 804 212 140 230 222  
5W Lucas Wolfe 798 126 210 234 228  
9 Kasey Kahne 780 220 208 142 210  
70 Brock Zearfoss 768 140 220 204 204  
19 Brent Marks 762 214 136 206 206  
70X Spencer Bayston 684 114 138 218 214  
7K Cale Conley 676 118 142 208 208  
7S Jason Sides 652 210   210 232  
K4 Chad Kemenah 616 218 132 130 136  
33M Mason Daniel 606 138 130 200 138  
48 Danny Dietrich 604 202 134 136 132  
84 Tom Harris 600 132 204 134 130  
1K Kyle Larson 578 238 214 126    
47 Brant O'Banion 522 128 128 132 134  
14 Tony Stewart 460 224 236      
J4 John Garvin 370 122 120 128    
97 Caleb Helms 258 136 122      
40 George Hobaugh 256 130 126      
91S Rob Siegel 124 124        
91 Sadie Siegel 124   124      
40B David Byrne 120 120        
M1 Mark Smith 116 116        
 
 

 

 

 

 

Pittman Goes Two-for-Two at Volusia Speedway Park’s DIRTcar Nationals

BARBERVILLE, FL – Feb. 9, 2019 – One of Daryn Pittman’s favorite drivers growing up was Stevie Smith. By capturing his 83rd win – in the 83 car – during the second night of World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series at the DIRTcar Nationals he is now just one win away from tying his childhood hero.

“Just that number (83 wins) to me is pretty staggering,” Pittman said after winning his second race in a row at Volusia Speedway Park. To him, it’s surreal he would ever get close to Smith’s record.

He cruised to win number 82 Friday night, making each pass with ease on the bottom of the track. Win 83 wasn’t as easy. NASCAR Xfinity Series star Christopher Bell made sure of it.

Bell pulled to the lead at the start of the race and held it until lap 18 when Pittman’s quest for the top spot finally reached the No. 39 Swindell SpeedLab car. The two traded the lead five times – three times in the last five laps.

By the time Bell and Pittman began battling for the lead, lapped traffic came into play. The slower cars worked in Pittman’s favor Friday night, as leader Shane Stewart got hung up behind one, allowing Pittman to shoot by.

They weren’t an issue for Bell, maneuvering around them like an obstacle course he designed. If Pittman wanted the win, he had to outpower Bell without help.

Pittman was able to make the bottom of the track work for him early, clearing Bell on lap 19. But Bell fought back, reclaiming the lead just a lap later. Pittman was forced to regroup and try another method of catching Bell and getting back by him.

It took six laps to do so, using the high side and middle of the track as his path back to Bell’s bumper. Pittman was able to again clear him for the lead, but Bell was resilient, throwing his car to the bottom of turn one and again reclaiming the lead.

After trading slide jobs in the last five laps of the race, by lap 28 the No. 83 Roth Motorsports car finally found enough grip on the high side of turns one and two to clear Bell and pull away. However, he didn’t know he created gap between himself and Bell.

“As a driver I felt like once I got the lead that should have been the end of it, because I felt like my car was better, so once I gave it back, I thought I might be in trouble,” Pittman said. “Honestly I thought he passed me back on the last lap. I thought I gave the race away because I completely missed the bottom on the white flag lap, and I guess it was a lapped car.”

While Bell is happy with the speed he’s shown this week, finishing third in Friday’s Feature and winning Saturday night’s DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, he’s left wondering what he could have done better.

“Most of the time, I feel like in winged cars, especially on half miles, you get beat in lapped traffic,” Bell said. “In this scenario, I didn’t really get beat in lap traffic. He (Pittman) was obviously better than me, somehow, some way, so just go back and watch what he was doing to make up time on me. It sucks because most of the time you don’t get beat in an open track like that.”

Pittman credits some of the early success his team has shown to the ideas his Crew Chief Brent Ventura has provided, and that he has more say with adjustments than he did with the No. 9 Kasey Kahne Racing car. While he is coming off two wins in a row, Pittman is not taking his latest wins for granted.

“Every win is special,” Pittman said. “Eighty-two is great. Eighty-three is awesome. You never know when your last one is going to be. We’ll enjoy this one, and hopefully we have a lot more left in us.”

If he wins the Series’ finale to the DIRTcar Nationals Sunday, not only will he claim his third DIRTcar Nationals championship, he’ll tie his childhood hero, Stevie Smith.

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will wrap up its DIRTcar Nationals championship tomorrow at Volusia Speedway Park. As always, you can catch all the action from the DIRTcar Nationals and the World of Outlaws on DIRTVision.com.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps): 1. 83-Daryn Pittman [3][$10,000]; 2. 39-Christopher Bell [1][$5,500]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [7][$3,200]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [4][$2,800]; 5. 21-Brian Brown [2][$2,500]; 6. 41-David Gravel [15][$2,300]; 7. 87-Aaron Reutzel [8][$2,200]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart [19][$2,100]; 9. 7S-Jason Sides [9][$2,050]; 10. 2-Carson Macedo [6][$2,000]; 11. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [10][$1,500]; 12. 49X-Tim Shaffer [13][$1,200]; 13. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [12][$1,100]; 14. 26-Cory Eliason [14][$1,050]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser [18][$1,000]; 16. 71-Parker Price-Miller [5][$900]; 17. 13-Paul McMahan [17][$800]; 18. 70X-Spencer Bayston [11][$800]; 19. 5-Shane Stewart [21][$800]; 20. 9-Kasey Kahne [20][$800]; 21. 7K-Cale Conley [16][$800]; 22. 19-Brent Marks [25][$]; 23. 70-Brock Zearfoss [24][$800]; 24. 17W-Shane Golobic [23][$800]; 25. 18-Ian Madsen [22][$800]; 26. 1A-Jacob Allen [26][$]

Lap Leaders: Christopher Bell 1-18, 20-25, 27; Daryn Pittman 19, 26, 28-30

KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+11]

Qualifying: 1. 71-Parker Price-Miller, 12.849; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman, 13.011; 3. 21-Brian Brown, 13.013; 4. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.015; 5. 39-Christopher Bell, 13.065; 6. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.073; 7. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.126; 8. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 13.147; 9. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.151; 10. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.151; 11. 70X-Spencer Bayston, 13.162; 12. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.173; 13. 9-Kasey Kahne, 13.176; 14. 26-Cory Eliason, 13.217; 15. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.222; 16. 7K-Cale Conley, 13.24; 17. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.248; 18. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.249; 19. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 13.266; 20. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.292; 21. 41-David Gravel, 13.319; 22. 70-Brock Zearfoss, 13.329; 23. 13-Paul McMahan, 13.347; 24. 5-Shane Stewart, 13.389; 25. 17W-Shane Golobic, 13.426; 26. 33M-Mason Daniel, 13.532; 27. 48-Danny Dietrich, 13.6; 28. K4-Chad Kemenah, 13.641; 29. 47-Brant O'Banion, 13.817; 30. 19-Brent Marks, NT; 31. 84-Tom Harris, NT

 

 

Pittman Powers to Opening Night Victory at Volusia Speedway Park’s DIRTcar Nationals

BARBERVILLE, FL – Feb. 8, 2019 – Daryn Pittman is no stranger to winning at Volusia Speedway Park. However, when he pulled his Sprint Car into Victory Lane during the opening night of the World of Outlaws NOS® Energy Drink Sprint Car Series at the DIRTcar Nationals it was like a first win.

NOS Energy Drink dawned Victory Lane for the first time as the new title sponsor of the Series, but the biggest change for Pittman was the car he drove to the win – the legendary Roth Motorsports No. 83.

“There is nothing better than starting the year off with a win,” said Pittman, who won for the 82nd time in his World of Outlaws career. “It’s hard to do. Everyone of these wins is hard to come by. But to start the season off like this, I don’t think we could have scripted it any better.”

For the past six years, Pittman drove the No. 9 for Kasey Kahne Racing – winning his only Series championship in 2013, his first year with the team. He lost that ride at the end of 2018, as car owner Kasey Kahne planned to run more Sprint Car races this year. Losing that ride didn’t put any more pressure on him to perform, though. The pressure is always there.

“I put enough pressure on myself every day, no matter who I’m driving for or what I’m racing,” Pittman said. “At my age (40), I’m not young anymore. The truth is, you have too many bad seasons and you get to my age, people start wondering ‘Man has he lost it or not?’. I just have pressure on myself to get out there and perform.”

Pittman added his goal with Roth Motorsports is to build a long-lasting, competitive program.

He showed speed all day, qualifying second, finishing second in his Heat Race and finishing third in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash – behind fellow Oklahoma-natives Shane Stewart in the CJB Motorsports No. 5 car and Christopher Bell in the Swindell SpeedLab No. 39 car, who he battled for the win during the 30-lap caution free Feature.

Stewart, who is also in a new ride this year with the CJB Motorsports team, shot to the lead on the opening lap of the Feature. He utilized the top side of the track to his advantage most of the night, holding off attacks by Bell and Pittman for the lead. He switched to the bottom of the track for a few laps, allowing Bell, on the high side, to make his best attempt to steal the lead. Bell was able to pull side-by-side with Stewart, but never able to clear him.

Bell and Pittman traded second-place a few times throughout the race. By lap 15, Pittman was able to clear Bell for second, utilizing the traction at the bottom of the track.

Sticking to the bottom, Pittman began to reel in Stewart, who had entered lap traffic. With 10 laps to go, Stewart looked to have the race under control, keeping a healthy distance between he and Pittman while maneuvering through lap cars. Until five laps later.

Coming off turn four on the high side, Stewart’s run was disrupted by a slower lap car, allowing Pittman to get underneath him in turn one, then clearing him on the backstretch. Once Pittman stole the lead, Stewart was unable to challenge for it back and had to settle for second.

“I wish I had a couple of them laps back,” Stewart said. “I got caught behind (Jason) Sides, and I wasn’t really sure what to do. And to win these races you can’t make little mistakes like that. We had a solid night. This car has been fast since I’ve set foot in it and I’m really excited about this year.”

Bell finished third, ahead of Brad Sweet in fourth and Donny Schatz in fifth. However, Schatz and David Gravel – also in a new ride this year – tied coming to the line for fifth. Schatz was awarded fifth, because per Series rules, going back to the previous lap Schatz was ahead of Gravel.

Gravel did earn the KSE Racing Hard Charger honor, coming from 17th to sixth.

For Pittman, while he is dealing with a lot of new, Friday night’s win is the start to showing people he will be a threat to win every night, he said.

World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action at the DIRTcar Nationals resumes tomorrow at Volusia Speedway Park. As always, you can catch all the action from the Nationals and the World of Outlaws on DIRTVision.com.

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 83-Daryn Pittman [3][$10,000]; 2. 5-Shane Stewart [1][$5,500]; 3. 39-Christopher Bell [2][$3,200]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [5][$2,800]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [10][$2,500]; 6. 41-David Gravel [17][$2,300]; 7. 21-Brian Brown [4][$2,200]; 8. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [6][$2,100]; 9. 2-Carson Macedo [8][$2,050]; 10. 26-Cory Eliason [11][$2,000]; 11. 87-Aaron Reutzel [12][$1,500]; 12. 1S-Logan Schuchart [14][$1,200]; 13. 71-Parker Price-Miller [16][$1,100]; 14. 13-Paul McMahan [13][$1,050]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser [23][$1,000]; 16. 70X-Spencer Bayston [7][$900]; 17. 18-Ian Madsen [9][$800]; 18. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [25][$]; 19. 17W-Shane Golobic [19][$800]; 20. 7S-Jason Sides [22][$800]; 21. 7K-Cale Conley [21][$800]; 22. 19-Brent Marks [26][$]; 23. 70-Brock Zearfoss [15][$800]; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen [24][$800]; 25. 33M-Mason Daniel [20][$800]; 26. 49X-Tim Shaffer [18][$800]

Lap Leaders: Shane Stewart 1-15, Daryn Pittman 16-30

KSE Hard Charger Award: 41-David Gravel [+12]

Qualifying: 1. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.024; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman, 13.097; 3. 70X-Spencer Bayston, 13.11; 4. 39-Christopher Bell, 13.121; 5. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.133; 6. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.188; 7. 21-Brian Brown, 13.225; 8. 1K-Kyle Larson, 13.238; 9. 13-Paul McMahan, 13.302; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.309; 11. 26-Cory Eliason, 13.341; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.405; 13. 5-Shane Stewart, 13.433; 14. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.439; 15. 7K-Cale Conley, 13.441; 16. 33M-Mason Daniel, 13.52; 17. 41-David Gravel, 13.501; 18. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 13.535; 19. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.552; 20. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.598; 21. 9-Kasey Kahne, 13.601; 22. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.634; 23. 17W-Shane Golobic, 13.706; 24. 71-Parker Price-Miller, 13.752; 25. 19-Brent Marks, 13.77; 26. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.771; 27. 48-Danny Dietrich, 13.786; 28. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 13.859; 29. J4-John Garvin, 13.875; 30. 84-Tom Harris, 13.898; 31. 70-Brock Zearfoss, 14.055; 32. K4-Chad Kemenah, 14.079; 33. 47-Brant O'Banion, 14.259.

 

 

The Dirt Track at Charlotte Introduces the Patriot Nationals

• The Dirt Track at Charlotte’s World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Cars race on the Friday of Coca-Cola 600 week will become the May 24-25 Patriot Nationals, a two-day showcase of patriotism and high-octane sprint car racing at Charlotte’s high-speed, four-tenths-mile oval; track officials also unveiled the race’s new red, white and blue logo on Friday.

• Two-day passes to the Patriot Nationals start at just $60; To purchase tickets to the May 24-25 Patriot Nationals as well as the 60th running of the Coca-Cola 600 on May 26, visit the speedway’s website or call 800-455-FANS (3267).

CONCORD, NC — Feb. 8, 2019 – The Dirt Track at Charlotte will double the amount of competition and entertainment coming to Charlotte’s world-class clay oval in May. Track officials and the World of Outlaws on Friday unveiled the Patriot Nationals, a two-day event May 24-25, featuring the stars of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Cars headlining a Friday-Saturday smorgasbord of sprint car excitement less than 24 hours before the green flag for the 60th running of the Coca-Cola 600.

Each Patriot Nationals sprint car feature pays $15,000 to win and $1,000 to start – making The Dirt Track at Charlotte the host of the richest sprint car event in the Southeast. In addition to the Patriot Nationals – which features a striking, red-white-and-blue logo saluting the U.S. Armed Forces on Memorial Day weekend – The Dirt Track, celebrating its 20th season, will again host the World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am, Nov. 7-9.

“Our fans want to see more dirt track racing, and the best dirt racers compete with the World of Outlaws,” said Greg Walter, the executive vice president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. “One night isn’t enough, so we’ve partnered with the Outlaws to double the racing, expand the purse and give our fans what they want to see — the best wheel-to-wheel, breathtaking competition on dirt. Additionally, with the Patriot Nationals coming just before the Coca-Cola 600 during Memorial Day weekend, there’s no better time to salute our military heroes at America’s Home for Racing.”

One of the Outlaws’ most popular drivers is all-in on the Patriot Nationals.

“I’m glad the Dirt Track at Charlotte is moving to a two-day show in May,” said Kasey Kahne, owner-driver of Outlaw title-winning Kasey Kahne Racing. “Making the Patriot Nationals a two-day race gives us an extra day to attract sponsors, meet our fans and bring home a trophy from one of my favorite dirt tracks. It also gives NASCAR fans in town for the 600 an opportunity to catch a dirt race.”

Fans in attendance will also witness the fender-banging FUEL Racing Series on Friday and the SECA Late Models on Saturday, serving as action-packed undercards for the Patriot Nationals.

“The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series couldn’t be more thrilled to work with The Dirt Track at Charlotte to make the Patriot Nationals come to fruition,” World of Outlaws COO Tom Deery said. “With the increased purse for both nights, the Patriot Nationals will be an amazing event for the fans and drivers during a huge weekend of racing in Charlotte.”

TICKETS: Two-day packages to the Patriot Nationals start at just $60. For tickets to the Patriot Nationals as well as all of Charlotte Motor Speedway’s 2019 events, including the 60th Coca-Cola 600 on May 26, visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets.

 

 

 

DIRTVision Announces Drydene as Presenting Sponsor

CONCORD, NC — Feb 2, 2019 — As part of their ongoing commitment to dirt racing, Drydene Performance Products has signed on as the official presenting sponsor of DIRTVision. The multi-year agreement unites the heritage brand of automotive lubricants with the premier dirt racing broadcast provider in the country.

“Drydene’s commitment to the World of Outlaws is unrivaled with our Official Motor Oil Lubricants and Deisel Exhaust Fluid sponsorship. Now being the presenting sponsor of DIRTVision, Drydene will be able to connect our brand even further with the most passionate fans in all of racing,” said Dave Klinger, President of Drydene Performance Products. “DIRTVision presented by Drydene’s full season coverage across 200-plus World of Outlaws Sprint Car and Late Model Series, DIRTcar Summer Nationals and Knoxville Raceway broadcasts will bring the Greatest Show on Dirt to homes all over the globe.”

From live race coverage to historical races, DIRTVision presented by Drydene is your one-stop-shop for exclusive video and audio coverage of the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, the World of Outlaws Late Model Series, the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds, Knoxville Raceway, and the many divisions of DIRTcar Racing.

“We’re excited to partner with Drydene and bring their brand to dirt racing fans across the country,” said DIRTVision Director of Productions Brian Dunlap. “As we continue to expand our offering — adding all World of Outlaws Late Model Series and DIRTcar Summer Nationals events this year, along with weekly Sprint Car racing from Knoxville Raceway — we are excited to now have the perfect platform for Drydene to reach consumers beyond the track, as well as customers in the transportation, construction and automotive sectors who support dirt track teams.”

American owned and operated, Drydene Performance Products offers a complete line of automotive, commercial and industrial lubricants including engine oils, diesel exhaust fluid, transmission fluids, grease and hydraulic & gear oils. Drydene products are built with ALL Technology®, Advanced Lubricity Life chemistry, to meet and exceed today’s modern automotive, heavy duty and industrial needs.

Headquartered in Jonestown, Pennsylvania, Drydene Performance Products serves as the primary sponsor of Shark Racing's 1a and 1s in the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car series driven by Jacob Allen and Logan Schuchart respectively, and owned by Sprint Car Hall of Famer Bobby Allen. Drydene also has a multi-year partnership with the World of Outlaws as the Official Motor Oil and the Official Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) of both the Sprint Car and Late Model Series.

 

 

The DIRTVIsion Sprint Car Fast Pass & Late Model Fast Pass is NOW ON SALE!

We have a lot of exciting new components to DIRTVision this year, so here's a breakdown for you:

Facebook & Instagram: We have a new Facebook and Instagram! Click the links to send a like and follow our way.
DIRTVIsion Sprint Car Fast Pass: covers the entire World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series for $39/month*
DIRTVIsion Late Model Fast Pass: covers the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series season and the DIRTcar Summer Nationals for $39/month* This DIRTVision coverage powered by DirtOnDirt.com!
Knoxville Raceway: watch the sprint car season at Knoxville Raceway* (pricing will be released soon!)
*exclusions may apply
Live Audio: listen LIVE & FREE to the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars, World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models, Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds, and the DIRTcar Summer Nationals
Vault: All World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car and Knoxville Raceway events will be added to the FREE Vault within about a week of the conclusion of the event. All World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model, DIRTcar Summer Nationals, and Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modified events will be added to the Vault at the end of the 2019 season.
Help Center: We have been working to make our site as user-friendly as possible, and part of that is through our NEW Help Center! If you have a question, check out our Help Center to find the answer. If you still need assistance, use our new LiveChat option to reach us.
LiveChat: As mentioned above, we have a NEW LiveChat option. Have a question for us? Simply shoot us a chat through the Chat window on the site. (Find it on the Help Center page or any live broadcast page). If we are online, we will reply immediately. If we are not, expect a reply back from us within 24 hours. The best part? We will be active 24/7 during live events, so you will no longer have to leave the site to email us your tech support questions! Simply use the chat window.
FloRacing: Like during the 2018 season, FloRacing.com will be broadcasting select Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modified events.

 

 

The Rise of Shark Racing From Thrashing to Thriving, Bobby Allen Has Turned His Team Into Contenders

CONCORD, NC – January 25, 2019 – Five years ago, Bobby Allen decided it was time. It was time to bring his then 22-year-old grandson Logan Schuchart and 19-year-old son Jacob Allen on the road full-time with the World of Outlaws NOS® Energy Drink Sprint Car Series. He knew that if he wanted them to make a living in this sport, they had to be on the World of Outlaws tour.

When the news began circulating that Schuchart and Allen were following the most grueling schedule in all of motorsports, many people, including Schuchart himself, were surprised. “I said to myself, I think [Bobby] is pretty serious about this. We weren’t prepared and it’s amazing we made it. The first few years were about surviving and making it to November,” Schuchart said.

Jacob Allen, who made just a handful of 410 starts before joining the Series full-time, agreed, “The idea of us living on the road full-time and running with the World of Outlaws got thrown at us in the winter in 2013. I definitely didn’t know how to drive or work on the cars and I had no idea what to expect.”

The results weren’t flattering that first season in 2014, and as Schuchart said, the goal was simply to survive. The learning curve was harsh, especially for Allen, who scored one top-10 finish during the 2014 campaign. In comparison, the top three in the 2014 Point Standings each had more than 75 top-10 finishes that year. Schuchart, the older and more experienced of the duo, amassed 15 top-10 finishes his rookie season.

The duo improved in year two with Allen recording a pair of top-10 finishes, while Schuchart began knocking on the door of that first career World of Outlaws triumph.

In 2016, Schuchart finally broke through with his first win at Cedar Lake Speedway, an emotional and unforgettable night for everyone involved with Shark Racing. Schuchart added another win in his home state of Pennsylvania at Port Royal Speedway to go along with 39 top-ten finishes and an 8th-place finish in the Series Points Standings. Schuchart had taken a significant step forward, catching the attention of the Sprint Car racing world leading to heightened expectations in 2017.

Schuchart exceeded those expectations, doubling his career win total, including marquee victories at The Dirt Track at Charlotte and Eldora Speedway.

“I think part of it was an attitude change on my end,” Schuchart said in regard to his improvement. “When I first started out here, I didn’t really know what to do. I looked at guys like Schatz and Saldana in the sense of ‘these guys were my heroes growing up’ and not as competitors.”

On the contrary, Allen’s struggles continued. He was making more Feature events, but still only totaled three top-10 finishes all season.

As 2018 began — marking Shark Racing’s fifth year on the road — the team established itself as a fixture on the road. Despite more than 20 rainouts, the tandem continued to climb the ladder within The Greatest Show on Dirt. Schuchart flexed his muscle dominating the Ironman 55, scoring the $20,000 payday and the following week earned his first career Knoxville Raceway win during the prestigious Nationals. He closed the campaign with a triumph at Fulton Speedway and a thrilling performance in the World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, reaching a career high in top-five and top-ten finishes, en route to finishing a career-best sixth in the Series championship.

But the real story from the Shark Racing camp was Jacob Allen’s breakout season. Allen turned the corner in 2018 and matched his top-10 total from the previous four seasons combined, while adding nine top-five finishes, after amassing just two in his first four years.

“I saw how professional all the guys out here were and applied that to myself,” Allen said on his drastic improvement in 2018. “Being able to watch the full races on DIRTVision.com has been a great tool to use as a driver. I can watch what they do and relate it to myself.” Allen caught fire as the summer went along, scoring back-to-back podium finishes at Weedsport Speedway and Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 before qualifying for his first career Knoxville Nationals A-Main. The momentum didn’t stop for Allen at the Nationals, as the Hanover, PA, native scored second-place finishes at Red River Valley Speedway and Big Sky Speedway on the Series’ trek to the West Coast.

“To succeed out here, you have to believe in yourself and believe in your team. We keep learning to get better as drivers and mechanics and our surrounded by such great partners,” Allen said last summer.

Entering 2019, the team will have a new look as their determination attracted Drydene Performance Products to come onboard and sponsor the Shark Racing team. The once “little team that could” has come a long way and none of it would be possible without Bobby Allen.

“We have come so far. From racing go-karts to 358 Sprint Cars to our first 358 win, to moving to 410s, to adding a second car for Jacob. And none of it would be possible without my Grandfather,” Schuchart said on Shark Racing’s growth.

“The fact Dad believes in us is unbelievable. He is so great and I’m really thankful to be out here traveling the country with him and Logan,” Allen said while holding back tears. “He’s giving us a great opportunity and I’m glad he’s able to do it with us, it is awesome to see how people respect my Dad.”

As for Bobby, a 30-time World of Outlaws winner, he has sincerely appreciated the help he has gotten from everyone while building up Shark Racing, “I hate when someone comes up and says here’s 50 bucks it’s not a lot. It is a lot. 10 people do that and it’s $500 and without those kinds of donations, we wouldn’t have made it this far.”

2019 will mark Shark Racing’s sixth year on the road and the future has never looked brighter for Schuchart, Allen and Shark Racing. Bobby Allen started Shark Racing with a goal, “I just want my boys to be able to race,” he said. He’s done that and more; this is just the beginning for Shark Racing.

 

 

World of Outlaws Return to Texas with Early Season Stops at Cotton Bowl and LoneStar

CONCORD, NC – January 24, 2019 – The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will return to Texas for a pair of crucial early season races at Cotton Bowl Speedway Friday, February 22nd and LoneStar Speedway on Saturday, February 23rd. With the addition of a new title sponsor and new driver and team combinations, The Greatest Show on Dirt will have a new look in 2019, both on and off track, making the February races that much more important as teams attempt to establish momentum for the 2019 season.

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will make its third visit in its 41-year history to Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, TX with Brad Sweet scoring the inaugural win at the semi-banked 3/8th oval in 2016 and David Gravel sweeping the program, including setting a new track record, a year ago. While Sweet will return in 2019 to his Kasey Kahne Racing No.49, Gravel begins a new adventure this season taking over the reins of the Jason Johnson Racing No.41.

“We were really good at Cotton Bowl last year and hopefully that translates this time around. Everyone wants to get a good start to the season, especially this year. These early season races are where we establish momentum and I’m looking forward to what the JJR team can do right out of the gate,” Gravel said in anticipation of returning to Cotton Bowl.

The following night the Series will trek to Kilgore, TX for its 13th appearance at LoneStar Speedway, dating back to 1984. 10-time Series Champion Donny Schatz is the most recent winner after last year’s event at the 1/3rd-mile high-banked oval was rained out.

A strong car count is expected for both Texas races. In addition to the 13 full-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series regulars, Kasey Kahne, Terry McCarl, Mason Daniel and a cast of others have both Cotton Bowl and LoneStar Speedway on their schedules. It certainly wouldn’t be a surprise to see Texas natives 2018 All-Star Champion Aaron Reutzel and 2018 ASCS Gulf South Champion Channin Tankersley make an appearance as well.

The Greatest Show on Dirt will return to Texas for the final time in 2019 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, TX. Tickets for both Cotton Bowl Speedway and LoneStar Speedway are on sale now. If you can’t make it to the track, watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com.

 

 

NOS® Energy Drink Steps it Up as World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Title Sponsor

CONCORD, NC – Jan. 17, 2018 – The World of Outlaws announced today a multi-year agreement with NOS® Energy Drink, elevating the brand as the new title sponsor of the now World of Outlaws NOS® Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.

“NOS Energy joined the World of Outlaws last season, and we couldn’t be prouder to have them expand their involvement and become our title sponsor,” said World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter. “The Greatest Show on Dirt runs the fiercest schedule in all of motorsports, so our drivers, crews and fans need all the horsepower and stamina they can get."

NOS Energy contains CMPLX6 for high-performance energy and enhanced mental focus for those who want to stay ahead of the pack as the World of Outlaws drivers do. With 92 races at 47 tracks in 25 states, these teams live life in the fast lane, spending more than 250 days of the year and over 30,000 highway miles on the road from race to race.

“The response last season from World of Outlaws fans, drivers and really the whole community was pretty overwhelming and is really the biggest factor in our decision to expand our involvement," said Lauren Albano, Marketing Director for NOS Energy Drink. "The World of Outlaws brand of racing is authentic, raw and contagious, and we are more than excited to continue to fuel the sport’s passion on and off the track.”

“NOS Energy’s trackside sampling program has been a welcome bonus for our fans, and their retail promotional efforts will help spread the World of Outlaws brand through major retailers across the country, which is great for everyone involved in the sport,” said World of Outlaws Chief Marketing Officer Ben Geisler. “It is also important to thank the tens of thousands of employees and associates at Craftsman and Sears for everything they have done for Sprint Car racing over the years as we welcome NOS Energy for 2019 and beyond.”

In addition to the Series sponsorship, NOS Energy will continue as title sponsor of the No. 17 Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing team with Sheldon Haudenschild behind the wheel. Last year, the 2017 Rookie of the year scored his first-ever win in his new NOS Energy car, and went on to win four more for a total of five wins on the season. The NOS Energy team will compete full time with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Series again in 2019, kicking off the season in Florida at DIRTcar Nationals from Feb 5-16.

To learn more about NOS® Energy visit drinknos.com. Follow NOS on Facebook, on Twitter and on Instagram.

Follow the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

 

Ongoing Negotiations at Calistoga Speedway Force World of Outlaws to Remove Spring Date from Schedule

CONCORD, NC — January 16, 2019 — Due to ongoing negotiations regarding the operation of the Calistoga Speedway, the World of Outlaws event on Saturday, March 23, has been removed from the 2019 schedule.

The Outlaws are working closely with the facility and new ownership to ensure World of Outlaws racing continues at the facility with plans to return in the fall on Saturday, Sept. 14, for the Wine Country Outlaw Showdown.

Using the World of Outlaws new Tickets.com platform, tickets were returned and a credit was automatically placed ticketholders’ accounts for use at future World of Outlaws events.

The 2019 tour kicks off during the Feb. 5-16 DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida, before heading west for the spring.

 

 

New World of Outlaws Sprint Car Driver Lineup Sets Sights on DIRTcar Nationals

CONCORD, NC - January 11, 2019 - The combination of sunshine, high-speed, wheel-to-wheel racing and the mere fact fans likely haven’t seen Sprint Cars since the World Finals last fall at Charlotte, make the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park one of the most anticipated annual Sprint Car events.

After a number of off-season driver changes, the excitement for Florida in February has never been higher to see if somebody can begin to unseat Donny Schatz as champion. Three of the top-five in the 2018 World of Outlaws Points Standings will debut with new teams at the World’s Fastest Half-Mile to open their 2019 campaign with The Greatest Show on Dirt.

Connecticut’s David Gravel, who amassed 32 Outlaw wins in three years with CJB Motorsports, will pilot the Jason Johnson Racing No. 41, in what promises to be an emotional year for car owner Bobbi, her dream team and the entire Sprint Car community.

The potent CJB No. 5 will see Oklahoma’s Shane Stewart, who spent the previous five years at Kyle Larson Racing, take over the reins of the team that returns 2017 Crew Chief of the Year Barry Jackson and has finished third in points the last three years and five times out of the last six.

In a move to allow car owner Kasey Kahne, who will begin his season at Volusia as well, to compete more, Kasey Kahne Racing will only have one full-time team on the World of Outlaws tour in 2019. That left 2013 World of Outlaws Champion – Daryn Pittman – as the odd man out, but he quickly found a new home as the legendary Roth Motorsports No. 83 will return to the Series full-time with the Owasso, OK native behind the wheel.

There will also be some new blood on the tour, as well. Kyle Larson Racing hired California’s Carson Macedo to compete for the 2019 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year award. Macedo, who debuted with KLR at World Finals, is coming off a career year, highlighted by a second-place finish in All Star Circuit of Champions points and a sixth-place finish at the Knoxville Nationals.

The new driver and team combinations isn’t exclusive to just the World of Outlaws regulars as Spencer Bayston, Brock Zearfoss, Cory Eliason and Terry McCarl will be at DIRTcar Nationals in their new rides. Bayston and Zearfoss will pilot twin Pete Grove entries, Eliason has landed the Rudeen Racing ride and McCarl has combined forces with Destiny Motorsports for 2019.

2019 will present new opportunities for some of Sprint Car racing’s biggest names and they will all look to hit the ground running in just 26 days at Volusia Speedway Park. The 2019 DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia run February 5-16 and tickets can be purchased here.

The DIRTcar Nationals is brought to fans by many key partners, including Ring Power CAT, Parks Toyota of Deland, Hampton Inn in Palm Coast, Budweiser, All-Pro Landscaping, Safety-Kleen, Sonny’s Barbeque in Deland, Allen Tractor Services, Blackwater Inn, Integrity Painting and Allen Plumbing.

 

 

World of Outlaws Form California Fire Relief Tour in March
$1 of all tickets told will be donated to California Fire Foundation

CONCORD, NC – December 18, 2018 – In an effort to assist the healing from the devasting California wildfires, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series and California race tracks have come together to form the Outlaws California Fire Relief Tour, where $1 of every ticket sold will be donated directly to the California Fire Foundation.

Two separate November wildfires in both Northern and Southern California have left thousands reeling in despair in preparation for the Holiday Season. In Northern California, for more than a month, Silver Dollar Speedway was the home of the courageous firefighters combatting the country’s deadliest wildfire in a century. Simultaneously, a separate wildfire in Southern California distressed their community.

In conjunction with the tracks, the World of Outlaws have formed the Outlaws California Fire Relief Tour that will officially start at Silver Dollar Speedway on Friday, March 15 and end on Saturday, March 30 at Perris Auto Speedway. In addition to the money donated from the ticket sales, Outlaws California Fire Relief Tour shirts will be sold with $5 from each purchase also going to the California Fire Foundation. Also, a select number of tickets to each event will be donated to local firemen.

“One of the most anticipated stretches of the season, especially for California fans, is the World of Outlaws month-long tour in March through the Golden State,” said World of Outlaws COO Tom Deery. “We wanted to do something to help those communities heal and we couldn’t be prouder to raise money for the California Fire Foundation and to be donating tickets to the firefighters, who have become heroes to many families.”

“This is a catastrophe that the racing community has never seen, and it is pretty amazing to see the outpouring of support,” said Troy Henning, who has been the announcer at Silver Dollar Speedway for 20 years. “The idea of giving a dollar from every ticket sold is an incredible gesture from the World of Outlaws and our community is very appreciative.”

Fans unable to attend the races in California that would like to participate will be able to purchase the Outlaws California Fire Relief Tour shirt online and will be able to purchase additional tickets to donate the local firemen at WorldofOutlaws.com/tix.

The much-anticipated 2019 World of Outlaws season gets underway in 49 days at Volusia Speedway Park near Daytona Beach, FL, with the running of the DIRTcar Nationals from February 5th through 16th.

 

 

World of Outlaws Partnership with Tickets.com Set to Provide Fans with Expanded Ticketing Options Never Before Accessible in Dirt Racing, Including Mobile and Print-At-Home

CONCORD, NC — December 17, 2018 — The World of Outlaws and Tickets.com have partnered to launch an entirely new online ticketing platform in dirt track racing, and on Tuesday the 2019 season will begin to unfold as tickets for events through mid-April go on sale at WorldofOutlaws.com. Better yet, with Tickets.com Print-At-Home technology, the World of Outlaws just made your last-minute holiday shopping that much easier!

Tickets.com will power a technology platform featuring digital ticketing options never seen before in dirt racing. In addition to Print-At-Home options, fans can also have their tickets scanned on mobile devices at the gate, and in case weather strikes and a race is canceled the functionality to process refunds will be much quicker than ever before.

Starting Tuesday, events available at WorldofOutlaws.com include the DIRTcar Nationals Feb. 5-16 at Volusia Speedway Park, races in Texas Feb. 22-23 at Cotton Bowl Speedway and LoneStar Speedway, the California swing beginning March 15 at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico followed by the FVP Platinum Battery Western Spring Shootout at the Stockton Dirt Track, the 49er Gold Rush Classic presented by Riebes NAPA at Placerville Speedway, the Ocean Outlaw Showdown at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, and races at Calistoga Speedway, Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford and Perris Auto Speedway.

Tickets for back-to-back nights in Arizona April 5-6 at USA Raceway in Tucson and Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek also go on sale, as will the Texas Outlaw Nationals at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, where the Outlaws were born in 1978.

In addition, tickets for the new Music City Outlaw Nationals at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway in Tennessee are already available for purchase.

Then, in January, tickets to most of the remaining events will become available.

“Tickets.com has revolutionized the way we are able to interact with our customers before, during and after events,” World of Outlaws COO Tom Deery said. “The ability to purchase a ticket and scan it makes it easier for everybody, plus it gives us the ability to let fans know of other World of Outlaws and DIRTcar events they could be interested in and let them know when tickets to the event they attended are able to be renewed. It’s seamless communication from beginning to end.”

For more information on the 2019 World of Outlaws season, or to purchase tickets to any of the upcoming spring events, go to WorldofOutlaws.com/tickets, or call 844-DIRT-TIX with any questions.

 

 

2019 World of Outlaws Schedule: 92 Races in 25 States

CONCORD, NC – December 4, 2019 – With great excitement, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series announces its 2019 schedule that will see The Greatest Show on Dirt invade 25 different states and compete 92 times at 53 different facilities throughout the season. The full 2019 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series schedule can be viewed here.

“We are looking forward to another great season of World of Outlaws racing in 2019,” longtime Series Director Carlton Reimers said. “On the strength of our excellent relationships with tracks and promoters, we are eager to get the season started with our determined teams for our dedicated fans.”

With driver and team changes taking the majority of the early off-season spotlight, the official announcement of the full schedule heightens the excitement for the 2019 season as the days wind down until the 48th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park on February 5th-16th in Barberville, FL.

Following Florida, the World of Outlaws will head west with stops in Texas and Las Vegas before spending the entire month of March in California, where the Series will stop at eight different facilities, including the return to Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford on Friday, March 29.

An additional date in Arizona at USA Raceway in Tucson will open April before the Series heads east for the $20,000-to-win Texas Outlaw Nationals at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, TX on April 12-13.

May remains consistent, with the Series’ first visit of the season to the East Coast with stops in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and North Carolina.

May crosses into June with the much-anticipated inaugural $25,000-to-win Music City Outlaw Nationals at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway that will take place Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1 in the heart of Music City, TN.

With the premier drivers comes premier events and as the summer begins to heat up, the World of Outlaws will take center stage at every marquee event, starting at the three-day, $41,000-to-win Jackson Nationals in Jackson, MN.

Kings Royal weekend at the famous Eldora Speedway promises to be one to remember as a significant purse increase has been confirmed.

Following Kings Royal, the Outlaws will take place in four straight events that pay at least $20,000-to-win at Lernerville Speedway (Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup), Williams Grove Speedway (Champion Racing Oil Summer Nationals) and Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (Ironman 55) before ending the lucrative stretch at “The Granddaddy of Them All” the Knoxville Nationals.

Following the Nationals, the Outlaws will head west once again with stops in the Dakotas and Montana before their annual stop in Washington and Oregon and fall swing through California. Added to the fall West Coast swing is the Series inaugural visit to Fernley 95A Speedway in Nevada on Sunday, September 15.

A return of the two-day Boot Hill Showdown at Dodge City Raceway Park and the final stops of the year at the popular Eldora and Lernerville Speedway’s lead the Outlaws to the Champion Racing Oil National Open at Williams Grove Speedway, which will pay $56,000-to-win.

After a final cycle through the Midwest, the World of Outlaws will finish up on the East Coast at Port Royal Speedway before concluding the season alongside the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series and Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds at the World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway on November 7-9.

With new faces, new partners and the same heart-pounding excitement of 800-plus horsepower Sprint Cars, the 2019 World of Outlaws season promises to be nothing short of spectacular.

The full 2019 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series schedule can be viewed here.

All 92 nights of Outlaw racing, including the Knoxville Nationals, will be available LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

 

 

Music to Our Ears! Outlaws Invading Nashville in 2019
Inaugural Music City Outlaw Nationals Will See Dirt Go Down May 31-June 1 at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway

CONCORD, NC – November 14, 2018 – Many outlaws have crossed through the Nashville music scene over the years, but for the first time in history the World of Outlaws and their 900 horsepower Sprint Cars will crank up the volume on May 31 and June 1 in Music City.

The quarter-mile track at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway will be covered in dirt for the inaugural Music City Outlaw Nationals, one of Sprint Car Racing’s biggest weekends next season paying $15,000-to-win, $1,000-to-start on Friday, May 31, and $25,000-to-win and $1,500-to-start on Saturday, June 1.

Along with the City of Nashville and the World of Outlaws, Brewco Marketing Group and Motorsports Strategy Group are key partners in bringing the World of Outlaws to Nashville.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to be partnering with World Racing Group to host the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series in Nashville for the Music City Outlaw Nationals,” said Todd Wilkerson of Brewco Marketing Group, co-promoter of the event with Jason Rittenberry of Motorsports Strategy Group. “Dirt Track Racing as a whole is on a huge upswing right now and the World of Outlaws are at the center of that popularity increase. Our group is excited to bring this motorsports and music weekend to the Music City.”

The on-track action will no doubt be the center of attention, but an event of this magnitude in Music City USA can’t go off without a concert, too, creating a can’t-miss weekend of music on the track and off.

“The World of Outlaws puts on more than 90 exhilarating events throughout the year, but the Music City Outlaw Nationals is going to be special,” World of Outlaws COO Tom Deery said. “This will be the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series only visit to Tennessee and what better place than right in the heart of one of the country’s most vibrant cities. We are looking forward to working with the City of Nashville and the Nashville Convention and Visitors bureau to bring exciting motorsports events to the Music City. This is the ultimate destination event for teams, fans and sponsors that we envision evolving into our sport’s marquee events.”

The proven track crew that delivers 12 consecutive nights of DIRTcar Nationals action in February at Volusia Speedway Park, breathtaking Super DIRT Week racing in October at Oswego Speedway, and championship-level moments at the World Finals in November at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, will be in charge of transforming Nashville’s paved quarter-mile track into a dirt venue where the Outlaw stars can showcase slide jobs and wheel-to-wheel, high-speed thrills.

“Having dirt and the World of Outlaws in Nashville at the historic Fairgrounds Speedway is something we have been looking forward to, and we anticipate some heart-pounding racing from the stars and cars of The Greatest Show on Dirt,” added Rittenbery. Included in bringing the Outlaws to Nashville will be improved fencing and raised walls to ensure the facility is in perfect shape for the Music City Outlaw Nationals. Thursday, May 30 Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway will be available for practice for teams wishing to dial in their setup around the ¼-mile bullring.

Tickets to the inaugural Music City Outlaw Nationals are available today! As always, if you can’t make it to the track watch every lap LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

 

 

Donny Schatz and Brad Sweet Championship Battle Will Intensify in 2019

2018 top two remain consistent while other rides change hands in effort to unseat TSR star

CONCORD, NC – November 8, 2018 – Donny Schatz and Brad Sweet separated themselves from the rest of the competition in the second half of the 2018 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series season, which has everyone excited to see the 2019 Championship battle that will kick off in February at Volusia Speedway Park.

As the Outlaws closed out their 40th anniversary season last week, the focus has quickly shifted to the DIRTcar Nationals, where Schatz and his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing team will begin their quest for an 11th championship as Sweet and his Kasey Kahne Racing crew aim to disrupt that streak.

Even with a handful driver and team changes already announced for the 2019 World of Outlaws season, it’s worth noting the top two teams of Schatz and Sweet will remain the same.

“The passion everyone in this room has makes the World of Outlaws what it is and I’m very proud to be a part of it,” now 10-time World of Outlaws Champion Donny Schatz said at the banquet on Sunday night. “Tony Stewart, Mike Curb/Curb-Agajanian, what you’ve assembled with this team, the consistency, is incredible. We dealt with a lot of challenges this year, and there’s going to be plenty going forward, because I’m not going anywhere.”

Schatz and 2018 Crew Chief of the Year Ricky Warner will headline the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing No. 15 team once again in 2019. Schatz, Warner and TSR have mastered a balance of triumph and consistency. In a year of parity, where no other driver recorded double-digit victories, Schatz and TSR amassed 22 wins whilst only finishing outside the top-10 five times.

If the 15 team is to be unseeded, it’s going to take a special team, and 2018 was a special year for Brad Sweet and the Kasey Kahne Racing No. 49 team. It took Sweet and his new Crew Chief, Eric Prutzman, until May to score their first win together, but from there everything clicked en route to a career-season for Sweet, highlighted by the 2018 Knoxville Nationals title.

“When we got on the same page, it was a lot of fun, we built a really great friendship,” Sweet said. “I admire his work ethic and what he brought to our team and what we accomplished this year. “I want to congratulate Donny, Ricky, Scuba, Brad, Gary and everyone from TSR. You guys set the bar high, it’s something we strive to do and eventually be at that [Championship] table,” Sweet said with a smile.

Sweet and his team amassed 9 wins and 43 top-five finishes, but perhaps the most impressive statistic of all was they transferred through their Heat Race every night, not running a single Last Chance Showdown all season. Sweet, Prutzman and KKR are chomping at the bit to get going for 2019.

Behind Schatz and Sweet, the World of Outlaws will have a different look in 2019. After 23 wins in the last two years, David Gravel and CJB Motorsports have parted ways and Gravel will pilot the Jason Johnson Racing No. 41 full-time in 2019. After five years with Kyle Larson Racing, Shane Stewart will take over the reins of the CJB No. 5 in 2019 with Lemoore, CA, native Carson Macedo being tabbed the driver of the KLR No. 2, competing for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year award.

These teams, along with the rest of the World of Outlaws stars, will debut at newly-renovated Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, FL, at the 48th Annual DIRTcar Nationals, which runs Feb. 5-16 and also includes All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars, DIRTcar UMP Modifieds, DIRTcar Late Models, World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models and Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds over the course of two weeks.

2018 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Awards:

VP Racing Fuels – Donny Schatz

KSE Hard Charger – Brent Marks

Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year – Ian Madsen

Jason Johnson Sportsman of the Year – Greg Wilson

Crew Chief of the Year – Ricky WarnerTony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing

Ted Johnson Memorial/Outstanding Contribution to Sprint Car Racing – Bobby Allen

Chassis Builder of the Year – J & J Auto Racing

Engine Builder of the Year – Shaver Engines

 

 

Watch the 2019 Knoxville Nationals on DIRTVision.com

CONCORD, NC – Nov. 7, 2018 – DIRTVision and Knoxville Raceway announced today a broadcast partnership establishing DIRTVision as the exclusive broadcast platform for the Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey's General Store, the Weld Racing Capitani Classic presented by Great Southern Bank, the 360 Knoxville Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank, the inaugural Corn Belt Nationals and the full regular-season schedule of events that comprises the Knoxville Championship Cup Series.

"This season, we set out to offer every World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series race live," said Brian Dunlap, Director of Broadcast for DIRTVision. "Adding the Knoxville Nationals to our lineup for 2019 closes that loop, and we're excited to be covering all of the action from the Sprint Car Capital of the World."

After a rigorous selection process to determine a partner best suited to execute, market, and grow the broadcast package, the Marion County Fair Board, which oversees the historic half-mile, selected DIRTVision for the job.

“At Knoxville Raceway, we’re always striving to be the best in the sprint car racing industry. We see the same desire in our partners at DIRTVision and are proud to have them broadcast nearly every event from the Sprint Car Capital of the World to the homes of tens of thousands of race fans throughout the 2019 season,” said Knoxville Director of Marketing Kendra Jacobs. “We were impressed with not only their passion for the sport, but also their forward-thinking in-house studio, their reach in the sport and the reputation they have built in all of auto racing. We’re anxious to get the 2019 season started and see what we can build together.”

DIRTVision pioneered live dirt track video streaming in 2004 with the ultimate goal of streaming content on a nightly basis. Now, 15 years later, that goal has become a reality and Dunlap has seen it through this full trajectory.

"It's an absolute honor to play a role in the live broadcast of the Knoxville Nationals," said Dunlap. "This a real opportunity to engage new fans with Sprint Car racing across the globe."

DIRTVision will set up dedicated production resources for the weekly Lucas Oil Knoxville Championship Cup Series, and ramp that up with additional cameras and staffing for the marquee events around the Nationals. The agreement includes marketing, promotion and customer service, with all content being fed through the DIRTVision studio in Concord, NC.

Pricing information will be released at a later date, but the content will be separate from the Sprint Car Fast Pass.

DIRTVision will kick off the 2019 Knoxville Raceway schedule on April 13 with the PellaMotors.com/Kraig Ford season-opening Knoxville Championship Cup Series event with 410, 360 and 305 Sprint Cars. Be sure to keep up with @knoxvilleraces@WorldofOutlaws and @dirtvision for the latest news.

 
 

 

 

Schatz Wins Thriller From 10th in 2018 Season Finale at Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC – November 3, 2018 – In fitting fashion, Donny Schatz came from 10th at The Dirt Track at Charlotte to win the final night of the World Finals presented by Can-Am. Schatz wrapped up his 10th World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Championship on Thursday. Logan Schuchart, who exchanged slide jobs with Schatz coming to the White Flag, settled for second with ninth-starting Brad Sweet completing the podium.

Spencer Bayston, in search of his first career World of Outlaws win, won the Sears Craftsman Dash, earning the pole for the 30-lap Feature alongside Carson Macedo, who won the second Dash.

It was Macedo, who will join the Outlaws full-time with Kyle Larson Racing in 2019, getting the jump on the initial start to lead the opening circuit. Bayston remained in tow as fifth-starting Logan Schuchart darted to third on the second lap.

Schuchart, who came from 20th to complete the podium Saturday afternoon, took second from Bayston on Lap 8 and set his eyes on Macedo.

Schuchart went for the lead on Lap 9 with a big slide job in turn four, but Macedo powered around the Shark Racing No.1S. Schuchart took the lead on Lap 11 with a slide job in turn two but once again Macedo was ready with a slide job of his own out of turn four to lead the lap.

Jason Sides brought out the first caution of the event on Lap 14. Schatz, who started 10th, went from sixth to fourth on the restart before Sheldon Haudenschild slowed on the following lap.

On that restart Schatz maneuvered by Bayston and Schuchart for the runner-up position and began closing in on Macedo.

Macedo set a strong pace and looked poised out front in his second night racing for KLR but it was not meant to be as a flat right rear tire sent the Lemoore, CA native into the wall with 23 laps complete.

Schatz inherited the lead, but his job was far from done as a determined Schuchart stayed right with the Champion on the restart. As Schuchart closed in on Schatz, the sellout crowd roared in anticipation of an upset victory.

With two laps remaining, Schuchart pulled the big slide job through turn one and two but Schatz returned the favor on the other end to remain in command coming to the White Flag.

A last-ditch effort from Schuchart came up just short as Schatz went on to win his 22nd Feature of the season.

When asked about the pace set by young guns Macedo and Schuchart, Schatz said, “The sport’s pretty damn bright. Even the old guys can still get it done.”

“Hats off to my guys, they have worked their butts off all season. I’m the hardest guy in the pits to work for because if it’s not perfect, I’m not happy,” Schatz said with a smile next to his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing No.15. “These guys do an excellent job night in and night out. I felt great on that restart with seven to go and I knew it would take someone with a lot of speed to stay with me and sure enough here comes the 1S.”

Before celebrating his victory, Schatz showed true sportsmanship going over and congratulating Schuchart on a great, clean race.

“I knew it was going to be tough to beat him. I had one shot and couldn’t make it stick but it is great to be able to have a good, clean race with the 10-time Champion,” Schuchart said.

When asked about the progress of Shark Racing, who just secured Drydene Performance as a title sponsor, Schuchart couldn’t help but get emotional, “We have grown tremendously, and it all starts with [Bobby Allen]. I’m so proud to be his grandson,” Schuchart said to a huge ovation.

Brad Sweet clawed his way forward from ninth to finish on the podium. “We’ve been in the hunt all year long. It was a great season and it was nice to end on the podium,” Sweet, who enjoyed a career-best season, said.

Tim Shaffer finished fourth, his second top-five of the day, with 11th-starting Gio Scelzi completing the top-five.Kraig Kinser earned KSE Hard Charger honors, advancing 13 positions after taking a Provisional.

The 2018 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series 40th Anniversary officially comes to an end tomorrow evening with the Awards Banquet. DIRTVision.com will be live streaming both the Sprint Car and Late Model banquets for free.

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [10][$12,000]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5][$5,500]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [9][$3,200]; 4. 49X-Tim Shaffer [3][$2,800]; 5. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [11][$2,500]; 6. 39-Spencer Bayston [1][$2,300]; 7. 5-David Gravel [6][$2,200]; 8. 5M-Kerry Madsen [4][$2,100]; 9. 41-Joey Saldana [13][$2,050]; 10. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [7][$2,000]; 11. 2-Shane Stewart [8][$1,500]; 12. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [20][$1,200]; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser [25][$100]; 14. 18-Ian Madsen [19][$1,050]; 15. 9-Daryn Pittman [24][$1,000]; 16. 21-Brian Brown [21][$1,000]; 17. 7S-Jason Sides [27][$]; 18. 71X-Dominic Scelzi [18][$1,000]; 19. 87-Aaron Reutzel [14][$1,000]; 20. 13-Paul McMahan [12][$1,000]; 21. 19-Brent Marks [17][$1,000]; 22. 83-Cory Eliason [22][$1,000]; 23. W20-Greg Wilson [28][$]; 24. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [16][$1,000]; 25. 1A-Jacob Allen [26][$]; 26. 17A-Austin McCarl [15][$1,000]; 27. 22-Carson Macedo [2][$1,000]; 28. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [23][$1,000]; Lap Leaders: Carson Macedo 1-23, Donny Schatz 24-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 11K-Kraig Kinser[+12]

Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 12.71; 2. 39-Spencer Bayston, 12.772; 3. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 12.775; 4. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.783; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.798; 6. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 12.83; 7. 41-Joey Saldana, 12.83; 8. 83-Cory Eliason, 12.842; 9. 4-Kasey Kahne, 12.88; 10. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.898; 11. 44-Trey Starks, 12.906; 12. 19-Brent Marks, 12.948; 13. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 12.967; 14. 17A-Austin McCarl, 13.002; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.004; 16. 19P-Paige Polyak, 13.01; 17. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.017; 18. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.043; 19. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.08; 20. 35-Justin Henderson, 13.136; 21. 11-Carl Bowser, 13.159; 22. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 13.268; 23. 97-Caleb Helms, 13.276; 24. 99-Skylar Gee, 13.369; 25. 49H-Bradley Howard, 13.586; 26. 14-Jeremy Hill, 14.571

Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 5-David Gravel, 12.686; 2. 5M-Kerry Madsen, 12.73; 3. 22-Carson Macedo, 12.732; 4. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.74; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.749; 6. 13-Paul McMahan, 12.775; 7. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 12.811; 8. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.836; 9. 71X-Dominic Scelzi, 12.849; 10. 21-Brian Brown, 12.871; 11. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 12.876; 12. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 12.899; 13. 9-Daryn Pittman, 12.912; 14. 7-Lynton Jeffrey, 12.94; 15. O7-Gerard McIntyre, 12.96; 16. 7K-Cale Conley, 12.986; 17. 71H-Randy Hannagan, 13.09; 18. 1X-Scott Hunter, 13.108; 19. 70-Dave Blaney, 13.123; 20. 49K-Scott Kreutter, 13.173; 21. 40-George Hobaugh, 13.266; 22. 5A-Justin Barger, 13.289; 23. 91-Kyle Reinhardt, 13.303; 24. 84-Tom Harris, 13.55; 25. 5B-Dale Blaney, NT; 26. 49D-Shawn Dancer, NT

For full results from The Dirt Track at Charlotte, click here.

 

 

Ian Madsen Gets First Win of Season During Saturday Afternoon Portion of World Finals at Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC – November 3, 2018 – Australian Ian Madsen will be named the 2018 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year and accentuated that honor with his first World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature win of the year Saturday afternoon during World Finals presented by Can-Am action at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Tim Shaffer surged late to finish second with 20th-starting Logan Schuchart completing the podium.

Tim Shaffer and Aaron Reutzel led the field to Green on the daytime dry, slick racing surface but it was Madsen taking control off of turn four to lead the opening lap.

Shane Stewart, who started beside Madsen in row two, found speed on the cushion blasting to the lead on Lap 5.

It’s no secret it’s been a challenging year for Shane Stewart and that continued Saturday afternoon as a flat tire on the Kyle Larson Racing No.2 on Lap 13 summarized their 2018 season.

Madsen inherited the lead for the double-file restart, but all eyes were on 20th-starting Logan Schuchart and 17th-starting Greg Wilson who made their way into the top-five before the half-way point.

The ensuing restart saw Brian Brown go for a vicious ride through turn one and two. Brown was uninjured in the accident.

When action resumed, Wilson and Schuchart jockeyed for the runner-up position as they both reeled in the KCP Racing No.18.

With Madsen out front, Wilson glued to the bottom and Schuchart banging down the cushion, the capacity crowd at The Dirt Track at Charlotte roared with excitement as they nearly went 3-wide for the lead.

With five laps remaining a caution for Brent Marks halted the torrid battle for the lead with Madsen out front followed by Schuchart and Wilson. The single-file restart gave Schuchart the opportunity to set up a pass for the lead, but Madsen powered away convincingly

Tim Shaffer reclaimed third from Wilson before the Red Flag flew for Parker Price-Miller, who tipped lightly on his side, with three laps remaining.

With one last restart, Schuchart again looked to the bottom side for the lead but brushed off his speed and allowed Tim Shaffer to regain second as Ian Madsen went on to win his third career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature.

“This is an awesome feeling. We’ve been coming to this event every year and it keeps getting bigger and bigger. It’s awesome to be a part of the World Finals,” a relieved Madsen said.

“Day-time racing is tricky, especially when the preferred racing line kept changing. I saw Logan behind me and I know he’s particularly good on these type of race tracks,” the Australian added before thanking his KCP Racing Team and saying hello to all of his family, friends and car owner, who are scattered around the world.

Tim Shaffer and 20th-starting Schuchart completed the podium. Shaffer found speed late, said he wished there were 10 more laps and referenced how strong he felt when he pulled the wing all the way back.

Schuchart, who earned KSE Hard Charger honors, emphasized that he wanted to get the win for Drydene Performance, who announced Thursday a multi-year partnership with both Shark Racing cars and the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series.

12th-starting Spencer Bayston charged to fourth with Greg Wilson fading late, but still officially being scored with a strong 17th to fifth run. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series completes its 40th Anniversary Season with the night portion of the World Finals presented by Can-Am double-header at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway! As always, watch every lap LIVE on DIRTVision.com! 

Feature: (30 Laps): 1. 18-Ian Madsen [3][$12,000]; 2. 49X-Tim Shaffer [1][$5,500]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [20][$3,200]; 4. 39-Spencer Bayston [12][$2,800]; 5. W20-Greg Wilson [17][$2,500]; 6. 5-David Gravel [10][$2,300]; 7. 83-Cory Eliason [15][$2,200]; 8. 22-Carson Macedo [8][$2,100]; 9. 87-Aaron Reutzel [2][$2,050]; 10. 15-Donny Schatz [21][$2,000]; 11. 49-Brad Sweet [18][$1,500]; 12. 4-Kasey Kahne [13][$1,200]; 13. 5M-Kerry Madsen [11][$1,100]; 14. 9-Daryn Pittman [25][$50]; 15. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [14][$1,000]; 16. 11K-Kraig Kinser [27][$]; 17. 1A-Jacob Allen [28][$]; 18. 41-Joey Saldana [24][$1,000]; 19. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [7][$1,000]; 20. 19-Brent Marks [26][$]; 21. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [16][$1,000]; 22. 13-Paul McMahan [5][$1,000]; 23. 7S-Jason Sides [29][$]; 24. 44-Trey Starks [23][$1,000]; 25. 71X-Dominic Scelzi [22][$1,000]; 26. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [19][$1,000]; 27. 19P-Paige Polyak [9][$1,000]; 28. 2-Shane Stewart [4][$1,000]; 29. 21-Brian Brown [6][$1,000]; Lap Leaders: Ian Madsen 1-4, 13-30; Shane Stewart 5-12; KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+17]

Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 19P-Paige Polyak, 12.724; 2. 13-Paul McMahan, 12.727; 3. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.728; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.771; 5. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 12.785; 6. 5M-Kerry Madsen, 12.8; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.811; 8. 83-Cory Eliason, 12.818; 9. 44-Trey Starks, 12.835; 10. 4-Kasey Kahne, 12.862; 11. 41-Joey Saldana, 12.899; 12. W20-Greg Wilson, 12.916; 13. 19-Brent Marks, 12.919; 14. 17A-Austin McCarl, 12.98; 15. 7-Lynton Jeffrey, 12.991; 16. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.009; 17. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 13.011; 18. 70-Dave Blaney, 13.052; 19. O7-Gerard McIntyre, 13.053; 20. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.069; 21. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 13.108; 22. 71H-Randy Hannagan, 13.154; 23. 1X-Scott Hunter, 13.232; 24. 11-Carl Bowser, 13.248; 25. 40-George Hobaugh, 13.502; 26. 14-Jeremy Hill, 14.819

Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 12.607; 2. 39-Spencer Bayston, 12.648; 3. 5-David Gravel, 12.675; 4. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 12.722; 5. 22-Carson Macedo, 12.729; 6. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.735; 7. 21-Brian Brown, 12.756; 8. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.763; 9. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.792; 10. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 12.832; 11. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 12.838; 12. 71X-Dominic Scelzi, 12.889; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.918; 14. 7K-Cale Conley, 12.921; 15. 9-Daryn Pittman, 12.925; 16. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 12.994; 17. 35-Justin Henderson, 13.037; 18. 91-Kyle Reinhardt, 13.156; 19. 49K-Scott Kreutter, 13.166; 20. 97-Caleb Helms, 13.188; 21. 5A-Justin Barger, 13.229; 22. 99-Skylar Gee, 13.248; 23. 5B-Dale Blaney, 13.312; 24. 84-Tom Harris, 13.482; 25. 49H-Bradley Howard, 13.505; 26. 49D-Shawn Dancer, NT

For full results from The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway, click here.

 

 

Afternoon Rain and Track Curfew Force Friday’s World Finals Features to Saturday Afternoon

CHARLOTTE, NC – November 2, 2018 – Heavy afternoon rain and a midnight curfew at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway allowed the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, Late Model Series and Super DIRTcar Series to get everything in except the Features on Night Two of the World Finals presented by Can-Am. Friday's Super DIRTcar Series Feature will take place Saturday afternoon at 1:30 with the Late Model and Sprint Car Features to follow. Saturday’s portion of the event will kick-off with Opening Ceremonies at 4:45pm.

 

Paige Polyak, Tim Shaffer, Ian Madsen, Aaron Reutzel, Spencer Bayston and David Gravel won the six World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Heat Races before Gerard McIntyre won the C Main and fast timer Parker Price-Miller won the Last Chance Showdown.

Shaffer and Reutzel drew the pole and won their respective Sears Craftsman Dashes to earn the front row for the 30-lap, $12,000 to win, $1,000 to start Feature. Shaffer will look for his first Outlaw triumph of the season while Reutzel will be in search of his second, after scoring his first career World of Outlaws win at Tulare in March.

Ian Madsen and Shane Stewart will occupy the second row. Madsen, who will be crowned 2018 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, would love nothing more to accentuate that honor with his first win of the season. Stewart’s five-year tenure with Kyle Larson Racing will come to a close tomorrow and a victory would be a strong ending to a challenging year.

David Gravel entered the evening 24 points ahead of Daryn Pittman for third in the Series Point Standings. Gravel was strong winning his Heat Race and will lineup 10th, while Pittman struggled and was forced to use a Provisional, meaning he will start 25th.

For Saturday afternoon’s full Feature lineup, click here.

The 2018 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series 40th Anniversary Season will come to a close tomorrow at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway with the conclusion of the World Finals presented by Can-Am. Saturday’s portion of the event will kick-off with Opening Ceremonies at 4:45pm. Watch every lap of the double-header tomorrow LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

 

 

Price-Miller, Gravel Fastest in Qualifying as Donny Schatz Clinches 10th World of Outlaws Title Thursday at World Finals

CHARLOTTE, NC – November 1, 2018 – Parker Price-Miller and David Gravel set fast time for Friday and Saturday night, respectively, but it was Donny Schatz stealing the show during Thursday’s World Finals presented by Can-Am at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. By taking the track Thursday, Schatz clinched his 10th World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Championship, and fifth straight, aboard the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing No.15.

Schatz will look to add to his 21 wins in 2018 this weekend after going eighth and fourth quick during Qualifying Thursday evening.

Indiana’s Parker Price-Miller was the quickest of the 52 cars signed in during Friday’s Qualifying with a lap of 12.607 with David Gravel setting the mark for Saturday’s Qualifying with a lap of 12.686. Both drivers set overall fast time from Flight B. 

The young lady from Tiffin, OH, Paige Polyak was fastest in Flight A for Friday while Price-Miller, in one of three Indy Race Parts entries this weekend, was fastest in Flight A for Saturday.

Soon to be named the 2018 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, Ian Madsen positioned himself nicely for the weekend going third and fourth quick.

Last year’s Rookie of the Year, Sheldon Haudenschild also had a strong evening, as he will start from the front row of his Heat Race both nights.

In his first night aboard a Kyle Larson Racing entry, Carson Macedo went fifth and third quick, respectively, to earn a front row starting spot in both of his Heats as well.

Tennessee’s Paul McMahan, Pennsylvania’s Tim Shaffer and Australia’s Kerry Madsen will also be on the front row of their Heats both nights. Madsen is aboard a second CJB Motorsports entry for the weekend.

The evening went relatively smoothly for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, as the only caution during Green Flag action came when Kasey Kahne lost a wheel and spun on his second Qualifying lap. Kahne was still able to go 10th and ninth quick during his sessions and will be ready to go when racing action gets underway. Ohio’s Shawn Dancer had mechanical issues and did not record a lap for either Friday or Saturday.

For full Friday Qualifying results, click here. For full Saturday Qualifying results, click here.

Friday’s World Finals presented by Can-Am is still on as scheduled, stay tuned to World of Outlaws and The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s social media channels for the most up-to-date news regarding schedule changes.

As always, if you can’t make it to the track, watch every lap LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

 

 

World of Outlaws Welcomes Drydene as Official Motor Oil and Official DEF

CONCORD, NC — Nov. 1, 2018 — The World of Outlaws announced today a partnership with Drydene Performance Products declaring them the Official Motor Oil and Official Diesel Exhaust Fuel (DEF) of the World of Outlaws Sprint Car and Late Model Series.

The Drydene brand has been a commercial and automotive product staple in the mid-Atlantic region dating back to the 19th century. The brand offers a complete product lineup of lubricants, from engine, transmission, and hydraulic oils, to greases, gear lubricants and DEF.

“We’re excited to partner with another strong heritage brand,” said World of Outlaws CMO Ben Geisler. “Drydene has an excellent product line that is used by consumers, as well as customers in the transportation, construction and automotive sectors, many of whom support dirt track teams across the country. They have identified the World of Outlaws as their motorsports platform of choice and we couldn't be more excited to have them on board.”

In addition to the Official Motor Oil and Official DEF designations, the multi-year partnership will include contingency awards, a special discount program for teams and additional incentives for drivers, while providing Drydene the opportunity to promote their full breadth of lubricant products.

“The World of Outlaws is an excellent platform for Drydene, fitting in perfectly with our recent motorsports initiatives,” said Dave Klinger, President of Drydene Performance Products. “Drydene values passion and hard work, and that’s something both World of Outlaws’ series, and all of the teams involved, exemplify every day. We’re excited to be a part of that and to engage with the racers, engine builders and fans looking for superior performance products.”

In conjunction with the World of Outlaws partnership, Drydene is also expanding its team sponsorship with Shark Racing. This year, Logan Schuchart carried the Drydene lubricants brand mark on his Shark Racing No. 1s. In 2019, Drydene will back the entire Shark Racing team, adding Jacob Allen’s 1a to the mix, along with team owner and Sprint Car Series veteran Bobby Allen.

American owned and operated, Drydene Performance Products is headquartered in Jonestown, Pennsylvania, the heart of Sprint Car country, where Allen and the Shark Racing team got their start.

About Drydene Performance Products

For over a century Drydene lubricants have been made in America and made to last… paving the way on our highways, in our fields and on the production line. In the dawn of American industry, Drydene was there as we built our first roads, laid the blocks for our first factories, spanned rivers with new bridges and rail. And we’re still right here today doing what we do best; helping America Get the Job Done. Drydene products are built with ALL Technology®, Advanced Lubricity Life chemistry, to meet and exceed today’s modern automotive, heavy duty and industrial needs.

Drydene offers a complete line of automotive, commercial and industrial lubricants: Engine Oils, Diesel Exhaust Fluid, Transmission Fluids, Grease, Hydraulic & Gear Oils.

For more information, visit www.drydene.com or follow us on Facebook: TeamDrydene, Twitter: @TeamDrydene and Instagram: TeamDrydene.


 

 

Jason Johnson Racing to Continue Jason’s Dream with David Gravel on World of Outlaws Tour in 2019

CONCORD, NC – October 31, 2018 – After her world was turned upside down in June, Bobbi Johnson faced seemingly impossible challenges, including what to do with the Jason Johnson Racing No.41. Today, Bobbi and her son Jaxx, announced the team would return to the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series tour full-time in 2019 with David Gravel behind the wheel.

“Continuing JJR is an overload of emotions right now,” Bobbi Johnson said. “We continue together with excitement at this point in our lives, as Jaxx lives for these races and the boys that make up this dream team we have assembled. It is so awesome to sit in the stands and watch that No.41 car go around at these tracks.”

Following the loss of her husband Jason, Bobbi and her dream team, as she calls it, gathered themselves with the support of the entire industry to field a car at the Knoxville Nationals, Williams Grove National Open and several other races, including this week’s World Finals presented by Can-Am at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, where veteran Joey Saldana will be behind the wheel.

Gravel, of Watertown, CT, is a 39-time winner on the World of Outlaws circuit and was a free agent for the 2019 season. Bobbi, Jaxx and the JJR team quickly scooped up the 27-year-old, who is one year removed from an eye-opening 18-win season on the tour.

“Jason built a first-class operation and I am thrilled to carry the JJR banner,” Gravel said. “[Crew Chief] Phillip [Dietz] and Bobbi are motivated to keep this team going and I’m excited I can be a part of it. I am confident we have all the tools to compete at the highest level. I’m very happy to land back on my feet on the World of Outlaws tour, bring on 2019.”

As Gravel mentioned, Dietz will return as Crew Chief for the iconic team. “It’s an honor to have Phil Dietz stick it out to be a part of what him and Jason Johnson built in 2010,” Bobbi Johnson said. “We are looking forward to seeing what 2019 has in store for us.”

Like the rest of the new team combinations, Gravel and JJR will debut at the 2019 DIRTcar Nationals at the newly remodeled Volusia Speedway Park, where the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will be in action February 8-10. The 2019 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series promises to bring many positive changes and exciting new faces to The Greatest Show on Dirt. Stay tuned to woosprint.com and World of Outlaws social channels for the most up-to-date news.

 

 

Day One of the World of Outlaws World Finals Moved Up an Hour Earlier to Avoid Potential Weather

CONCORD, NC — Oct. 31, 2018 — Due to potential showers and thunderstorms on Thursday evening — the first night of the World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am — World of Outlaws and Charlotte Motor Speedway officials have decided to move the race schedule up an hour in order to get the program in before any impending weather hits.

Grandstand Gates will now open at 3:30 PM. Drivers Meetings will begin at 3PM with the Super DIRTcar Series, 3:15PM for Late Models, and 3:30PM for Sprint Cars. The Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified will take the track at 3:45PM for non-timed Hot Laps, followed by timed Hot Laps for all divisions at 4PM. Opening Ceremonies will begin at 5PM. See the full revised schedule.

Tickets for the World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am are still available online. Act fast; last year's event sold out. If you can't be here in person, watch every lap on DIRTVision.com. Super DIRTcar Series fans can also catch their favorite Big-Block drivers on FloRacing.com. Follow @World-Finals on Twitter for the latest news.

 

 

Kyle Larson Racing Hires California’s Carson Macedo for 2019 World of Outlaws Season

CONCORD, NC – October 30, 2018 – One of the premier rides in all of Sprint Car Racing has been filled as Kyle Larson Racing has tabbed Lemoore, CA driver Carson Macedo for the 2019 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series season. Macedo, 22, will compete for the prestigious Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year award.

“Getting an opportunity to race with the World of Outlaws full-time has been a life-long goal of mine. I believe that the World of Outlaws is the pinnacle of our sport; the best of the best and in order to be the best, you have to race with the best,” Macedo said on the prospects of joining The Greatest Show on Dirt.

Macedo isn’t just joining the World of Outlaws, he’s been hired by one of the most established teams in all of Sprint Car Racing – the Kyle Larson Racing No.2.

“With both Kyle and I growing up in California, I had the opportunity to watch him move up through the ranks. I have admired his career and passion to give back to the sport. To say that I’m excited about driving for Kyle Larson Racing next year would be an understatement. This is a ‘Dream Come True’ opportunity for me and I’m thrilled that Kyle is willing to give a young guy a shot and I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish together,” Macedo said about driving for racing icon Kyle Larson.

“I am really looking forward to Carson becoming part of our KLR team next season. We have competed against each other since he started racing Sprint Cars in California six years ago, so I have watched him develop as a driver and into an adult,” Larson said about Macedo.

Macedo joins the World of Outlaws after a successful season with the All-Star Circuit of Champions, where he finished second in points on the strength of five wins aboard the Gaerte Racing No.3. Coming with Macedo to the KLR team will be his 2018 Crew Chief, Joe Gaerte.

“I’m excited to continue working with Joe Gaerte, we had a strong 2018 season, as well as to start working with KLR’s Heath [Moyle] and Jakob [Weaver],” Macedo said.

Larson echoed the statement and bringing Gaerte aboard, “Carson had a successful season this year, especially with Joe as his crew chief, and I think they will both be a great fit with us moving forward. I can’t wait to see what we are able to accomplish in 2019.”

When called upon to drive the Jason Johnson Racing No.41 during select shows this season, Macedo filled in with flying colors handling himself as a consummate professional off the track while producing on-track results, including a sixth-place finish at the Knoxville Nationals.

In preparation for the 2019 campaign, Macedo will pilot a second Kyle Larson Racing entry this weekend at the World Finals presented by Can-Am at The Dirt Track at Charlotte with Shane Stewart, already been hired by CJB Motorsports for 2019, who will finish out his tenure at KLR this season.

The 2019 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series promises to bring many positive changes and exciting new faces to The Greatest Show on Dirt. Stay tuned to woosprint.com and World of Outlaws social channels for the most up-to-date news. See all the new teams and drivers in action at the 2019 DIRTcar Nationals at the newly remodeled Volusia Speedway Park, where the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will be in action February 8-10.

 

 

Three-Day World Finals Wraps up Seasons for the Big Three on Dirt this Weekend at Charlotte

CONCORD, NC – October 30, 2018 —The World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am will kick off this week at the Dirt Track at Charlotte, determining the champions for the three premier dirt racing series in the country: the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car and Late Model Series and the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds.

More than $250,000 in prizes will be presented at the Dirt Track at Charlotte this weekend for the World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am, but an additional $1.3 million hangs on the line as Saturday marks the season finale, when drivers and teams of the three elite dirt short track racing series, representing three countries and 19 different states, will be honored.

Nine-time defending Champion Donny Schatz, from Fargo, ND, has already clinched the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series title following a stellar season with Tony Stewart Racing. He will collect $150,000 to claim his tenth championship, for a season in excess of $700,000.

The outcome of the other two series is still to be determined, although Mike Marlar, in his first full-time season with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series, holds a 20-point edge over Chris Madden, while keeping defending Series Champion Brandon Sheppard at bay by 40 points in his quest for the $100,000 title; and defending Super DIRTcar Series Champion Matt Sheppard has a strong 42-point lead over Erick Rudolph for the $40,000 Big-Block Modified title.

Rudolph Ready to Keep the Pressure on Sheppard

An impressive blend of speed and consistency has been the key to Matt Sheppard’s continued position atop the points table. The six-time Super DIRTcar Series Champion from Waterloo, NY is tied with Stewart Friesen for the most wins this year (five) and remained at the top of the point standings throughout the season. While falling short of his previous two years’ 12-win totals, Sheppard has recorded 10 podiums, including a streak of three in a row.

Rudolph, 26, from Ransomville, NY, has two wins to his name this season, putting him second in points during his first full-time season with the Series, up from 22nd last year. The second-generation racer (father and crew chief Charlie Rudolph ran the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 1987 and ’88 and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in the early ‘90s) has had an unprecedented season in his family-owned No. 25 Big-Block Modified, showing himself to be the most consistent driver on the tour with 15 Top-Five finishes and 19 Top-10s (of 22 starts).

The point permutations are plentiful heading into the final weekend of the 28-race season (including four nights at DIRTcar Nationals), although realistically, only a pair of wins – as well as a few hiccups on Sheppard’s part – will give Rudolph a decent shot at pipping Sheppard to the crown. If he is able to achieve that goal, Sheppard will require at least a ninth and a 10-place finish (or any combination totaling more than 130 points) to keep the title out of Rudolph’s grasp. That said, Sheppard capped off last year’s championship with a second place finish and a win at Charlotte last year, so chances are slim.

Last year’s World Finals also saw Mat Williamson in Victory Lane on night one — with a loaner motor no less. Although he has no Super DIRTcar Series wins to his credit this year, Williamson is coming off one of the biggest wins of his career, at Brockville in his DIRTcar 358 Modified, so the 28-year-old St. Catherine’s, Ontario native will be bringing a lot of momentum into Charlotte.

Four-time Super DIRTcar Series Champion Danny Johnson’s hopes of winning the championship after three impressive wins this year have unfortunately expired, but the Doctor retains high hopes of finishing his season on a high note and keeping his third-place spot over Jimmy Phelps.

Fortunately for the above contenders, Super DIRTcar Series regular Stewart Friesen — with five wins in 13 starts this season — will not be a threat at World Finals. The Canadian hot shoe will be wearing his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series hat that weekend at Texas Motor Speedway for the JAG Metals 350.

Keep your eyes on young gun Jack Lehner, who captured an impressive Last Chance Showdown win at NAPA Super DIRT Week XLVII and will make his World Finals debut.

The Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds will kick off the racing action with non-timed Hot Laps at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, November 1, followed by timed Hot Laps to determine Heat lineups. Heats for both Friday and Saturday will run on Thursday after 6 p.m. opening ceremonies. Friday and Saturday will commence with Last Chance Showdowns at 5:00 p.m. and end with the Features in all divisions.

Marlar on the Brink of the Bull’s Eye

A sequence of misfortunes for defending Series Champion Brandon Sheppard has left Winfield, TN’s Mike Marlar in prime position to clinch the title in his maiden World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series voyage.

Despite his 12 wins to Marlar’s five this season, the 25-year-old New Berlin, IL native sits in third place behind Chris Madden, who has eight wins. This is where consistency and luck are key — and where Sheppard’s strategic, aggressive driving style, which has placed him at the top of the Series earnings this season with $269,155 (still substantially less than last year), may have hurt him in the championship. Two blown engines and several poorly-timed flats have left the Rocket Shepp 40 points back, but his determination could see him through yet. A couple of trips to Victory Lane during the World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am could give him a much-needed boost, but Marlar would still need to fall short of 10th, which he’s only done four times this season.

That said, both Sheppard and Madden have a history of success at the Dirt Track at Charlotte, with two wins apiece.

In his World of Outlaws full-season debut last year, Madden finished second in points behind Sheppard in the title chase. This season, after swapping the points lead with Marlar several times, Smoky sits in second again by a mere 22 points. A tipping of the scales is a bit more realistic for him than for Sheppard, though still no easy task. The Gray Court, SC native needs to beat Marlar by an average of six positions in the two remaining races — two trips to Victory Lane, with Marlar out of the top five.

Devin Moran, 24, from Dresden, OH has put in a solid sophomore season for the Tye Twarog Racing/DMR team. He’s back in fourth place for the second year in a row, with two wins again on the season, but he’s managed to cut the points spread in half, and he’s gained some consistency with 22 Top-Five finishes over last year’s 14.

The battle for the final spot in the top five is also very much alive as former Series Champions Rick Eckert (2011) and Shane Clanton (2015) sit just 16 points apart with Eckert in the lead. Although it has been a disappointing season for both drivers, no wins for either of them, the former champs sit fourth and fifth on the all-time wins list — Clanton with 42 and Eckert with 37.  Last year, Clanton finished third, with Eckert in fifth, but he’ll have his work cut out for him this weekend just to crack the top five.

Don't disregard Tyler Erb, 21, from New Waverly, TX, who has enjoyed an impressive third season in the family-owned No. 91 car. It has been a month since the last Series activity at Atomic Speedway on September 28 and 29, where Terbo scored his first-ever World of Outlaws win on Friday and followed that up with his second on Saturday. And it was no easy task; Erb scored the Hard Charger award both nights, starting 17th on Friday and 13th on Saturday, then mounting two spirited comebacks for back-to-back wins. Sitting in sixth, 448 points behind the leader, Erb is no threat in the points chase, but will certainly be looking for that third (and fourth) Series win.

Of course, an abundance of other drivers will be making the trip to Charlotte to join the Outlaws this weekend. Here’s a few to keep an eye on.

Jonathan Davenport was recently crowned Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Champion, amassing seven wins on tour this year. Superman has six career victories in World of Outlaws competition, half of those coming at the Dirt Track (11/6/10, 11/4/11 and 11/7/15). Davenport also won a preliminary feature at Eldora in the Dirt Late Model Dream earlier this year, proving his talent on these wide-open racetracks. Expect him to ride this huge wave of success into Charlotte.

Speaking of waves, 2005 Rookie of the Year and four-time Series Champion Josh Richards just scored a $100k victory two weekends ago at the Portsmouth Raceway Park. He was only able to muster three wins in Lucas Dirt competition this season, but his consistent finishes placed him runner-up in overall points. He’s also tied with Jimmy Owens for the most wins at the Dirt Track in World of Outlaws competition (6) since 2007. If history is any indication of his chances this weekend, Richards could be a threat to win on both nights of the World Finals.

Jimmy Owens will also be in town this weekend, looking for his seventh Outlaw win at the Dirt track. His last Outlaw victory came earlier this year at the Volunteer Speedway after a tense battle with Chris Madden in the closing circuits. The O-Show also bagged an Outlaw win three weeks earlier in the First in Flight 100 at the Fayetteville Motor Speedway. He finished fifth in Lucas Dirt points this year and also broke the bank at Knoxville last month with a win in the Late Model Nationals. He’s dominant; ‘nuff said. 

World Finals Late Model competitors will have an opportunity to learn the track during Hot Laps at 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 1 before Time Trials later that night. Friday and Saturday will feature Heats and Last Chance Showdowns before each evening’s 50-lap feature

Who Can Challenge Schatz?

Donny Schatz has enjoyed a remarkable season for Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing. The 41-year-old from Fargo, ND needs merely to take the green flag for one of the two races that will comprise this weekend’s World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am in order to clinch his tenth championship, thanks to scoring 20+ wins for the sixth consecutive season. With only two races remaining, he cannot quite reach the record tally of 46 wins in a single season achieved by Steve Kinser in 1987 — or even best his own single-season record of 31 wins in 2015, but he already topped last year’s wins (20) at the Tuscarora 50 on Sunday, and can add to that with a win on either night of the World Finals.

Schatz, though, will have no shortage of challengers. Prime among them will be the pair of Kasey Kahne Racing drivers, 32-year-old Brad Sweet, from Grass Valley, California, and 40-year-old Daryn Pittman, of Owasso, Oklahoma, each with an impressive nine wins on the season. While this may pale in comparison to Schatz’s current 21, let’s not forget that Pittman won the 2013 Series Championship with eight wins to Schatz’s 23.

Sitting 278 points behind Schatz, Sweet sits second in the point standings for the second year in a row but captured Sprint Car racing’s biggest prize back in August at Knoxville and will look to take another victory in prime time this weekend in Charlotte.

With five wins apiece, 26-year-old David Gravel and 25-year-old Sheldon Haudenschild, from Wooster, OH, will also reach for the checkered flag at Charlotte. Gravel currently sits third in the point standings, too far from Sweet to challenge him for second, and not quite far enough from Pittman (24 points) to remain unchallenged. After a stellar season last year, with 18 wins (to Schatz’s 20), the Watertown, CT native was surely hoping to up the ante, but having taken the checkers at last year’s finale, he’ll at least look for a repeat finish.

Meanwhile, Haudenschild, who started the season on a high note, scoring his first-ever win during the very first race of the season at DIRTcar Nationals and quickly following that up with another win during the FVP Outlaw Showdown at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, has five wins on the season and sits seventh in points.

Additionally, Pennsylvania Outlaws Logan Schuchart and Brent Marks have combined for five wins this season, and Shane Stewart would love nothing more to end his tenure at Kyle Larson Racing with a victory. 

Additional contenders include Missouri’s Brian Brown, who has seven Knoxville Raceway wins to his credit this season, Pennsylvania’s Tim Shaffer, who has scored some huge unsanctioned wins this season, and Texan Aaron Reutzel, who just wrapped up the All-Star Circuit of Champions title. Veterans Joey Saldana, aboard the Jason Johnson Racing No.41, Paul McMahan and Dave Blaney will be on hand to try and fend off the younger generation led by Cory Eliason, Dominic Scelzi, Carson Macedo, Brock Zearfoss and Parker Price-Miller.

Much interest also will be centered on young guns Giovanni Scelzi and Freddie Rahmer, both whom will be making their World Finals debuts. 16-year-old Scelzi has taken the Sprint Car world by storm this season and is coming off his first career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series triumph at Williams Grove Speedway during National Open weekend.

22-year-old Freddie Rahmer, who scored his first career Outlaw win earlier this season at Lincoln Speedway, works a full-time job, preventing him from venturing out of Pennsylvania often, but will make his Dirt Track at Charlotte and World Finals debut later this week. Rahmer became the second youngest track champion in Williams Grove Speedway history last year.

The full field of drivers in the World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am will gain their first taste of the 4/10-mile oval on Thursday, November 1, with Hot Laps at 5 p.m. before Qualifying Time Trials later that night. Friday and Saturday will feature Heats, C- and D-Mains as necessary, the Craftsman Sears Dash and Last Chance Showdowns before each evening’s 30-lap Feature.

Coverage of all races can be found on DIRTVision.com. Live timing can be found on the series’ respective websites. The Super DIRTcar Series portion of the race will also air on FloRacing.com.

The World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am will air on the CBS Sports Network Sunday, November 25 and December 2, 16 and 23 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are still available online. Follow @World_Finals for the latest news. 

 

 

Donny Schatz Nets $51,000 with Tuscarora 50 Triumph at Port Royal Speedway

PORT ROYAL, PA – October 28, 2018 – Donny Schatz continued his remarkable 2018 campaign with a $51,000 payday at Port Royal Speedway, passing Brad Sweet on Lap 32 to win the Tuscarora 50. Freddie Rahmer surged from 16th to finish second with Daryn Pittman charging from 23rd to third on the excellent daytime racing surface.

The ‘Kings Royal’ type format saw four cars inverted in six Heat Races. Lucas Wolfe and Brad Sweet won their respective Heats to earn the front row for the 50-Lap, $51,000 to win Feature.

Sweet led the opening circuit before a nasty crash involving Port Royal’s Track Champion Logan Wagner and Tim Shaffer, halted action with one complete. Both drivers were uninjured in the accident but done for the afternoon.

Sweet was strong on the restart and didn’t reach traffic before Logan Schuchart’s night came to an end on Lap 6, stopping on the front stretch.

Lucas Wolfe remained in second on the ensuing restart, looking for a way around the 2018 Knoxville Nationals Champion. Donny Schatz worked his way forward to third from his fifth starting position and remained within striking distance of Sweet and Wolfe.

Consecutive cautions on Lap 16 and 17 allowed Wolfe to set up an attack for the lead on the restart. As Sweet brought the field back to Green on the 18th circuit, Wolfe blasted to the top side of the racing surface and took control of the field down the backstretch to a large roar from the Port Royal faithful, only to have the pass negated by a caution for a stopped Ian Madsen.

The following restart Sweet was prepared and fended off Wolfe’s charge before the caution flew on Lap 21 for the designated fuel stop.

When action resumed, Donny Schatz moved into second and began closing in on Sweet for the lead. Schatz found grip on the bottom and got underneath Sweet to lead the 32nd lap before the caution flew for fourth-place running Gio Scelzi.

Schatz ran away on the restart as Wolfe began going to work on the cushion, closing in on Sweet, eventually reclaiming the second position on Lap 38. At this point, 16th-starting Freddie Rahmer had climbed to fourth with 23rd-starting Daryn Pittman coming forward to sixth.

A caution with eight laps remaining bunched the field together and gave Wolfe a chance to steal the victory from Schatz.

Schatz powered away on the restart, completing a lap before the Yellow Flag flew for debris, as the hood flew off seventh-place running TJ Stutts’ car, ending his evening.

Schatz again blasted away on the restart, leaving no doubt who the class of the field was, en route to his 21st World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature of 2018.

“That felt like a 500-miler,” Schatz said with a chuckle in Victory Lane about the caution-filled race, next to his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing No.15. As always, Schatz deflected the credit of the victory his crew, “These guys are incredible at what they do, it’s pretty cool to win that big money. Anytime you win in Pennsylvania it’s big and this is a big one.”

“We decided we better start testing out the 2019 rule changes and since we’ve done that, we haven’t finished worse than second and that’s really important,” Schatz, who was sporting a special Arctic Cat paint scheme, added before expressing his gratitude to Port Royal Speedway for not giving in to Mother Nature this weekend.

Freddie Rahmer continued his impressive 2018 season, surging from 16th to finish second. “My car was really good, I could really move around. They did a great job with the track,” Rahmer, who scored his first career World of Outlaws victory earlier this year in July, said in appreciation of Port Royal.

Daryn Pittman, who charged from 23rd to complete the podium, echoed the sentiments about Port Royal Speedway, “Hats off to Port Royal, they could’ve easily thrown in the towel for this weekend. They did a really nice job widening out the track. It’s always a pleasure to come back to this place and see the improvements they do on a weekly basis.”

“To start 23rd and end up on the podium says a lot about how great my race car was and the track. I wish we would have been a little stronger earlier in the night to get a better starting position,” Pittman, who earned KSE Hard Charger honors added.

Brad Sweet finished fourth with 17th-starting David Gravel completing the top five.

Persistent rain and cold temperatures led to the cancellation of Friday and Saturday’s program, forcing the World of Outlaws and Port Royal to use the Sunday rain date. The program was moved forward in the afternoon; a good decision by all parties, as heavy rain began to fall less than an hour after the Feature concluded.

Brian Brown bested the 51-car field in Qualifying and broke the Track Record in Qualifying with a lap of 14.868. In total, seven drivers in Qualifying went under the existing record and for the first time in track history a sub-15-second lap was run.

With the unique format, the Tuscarora 50 was show-up points only for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series teams.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series finishes off its 40th Anniversary Season with the World Finals presented by Can-Am at The Dirt Track at Charlotte next Thursday, Friday, Saturday, November 1st-3rd. Tickets still remain for one of dirt track racing’s biggest spectacles as the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars and Late Models and Super DIRTcar Series Big Block-Modifieds crown their champions.

If you can’t make it to the track, watch every lap LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Feature (50 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [5][$51,513]; 2. 51-Freddie Rahmer [16][$12,000]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [23][$5,000]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [2][$4,437]; 5. 5-David Gravel [17][$3,000]; 6. 24-Lucas Wolfe [1][$2,500]; 7. 48-Danny Dietrich [6][$2,300]; 8. 2-Shane Stewart [4][$2,200]; 9. 21-Brian Brown [14][$2,100]; 10. 7S-Jason Sides [10][$2,000]; 11. 18-Ian Madsen [21][$1,900]; 12. 58-Jim Siegel [15][$1,500]; 13. 5C-Dylan Cisney [25][$300]; 14. 41-Carson Macedo [7][$1,250]; 15. 11-T.J. Stutts [19][$1,200]; 16. 17B-Steve Buckwalter [12][$1,150]; 17. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [11][$1,100]; 18. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [3][$1,075]; 19. 71X-Dominic Scelzi [8][$1,050]; 20. 5T-Tyler Reeser [18][$1,025]; 21. 39M-Anthony Macri [13][$1,000]; 22. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [22][$1,000]; 23. 1S-Logan Schuchart [9][$1,000]; 24. 49X-Tim Shaffer [20][$1,000]; 25. 1-Logan Wagner [24][$1,000]; Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1-31, Donny Schatz 32-50; KSE Hard Charger Award: 9-Daryn Pittman[+20]

Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 41-Carson Macedo, 14.891; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 14.905; 3. 11-T.J. Stutts, 14.929; 4. 1-Logan Wagner, 14.968; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen, 14.969; 6. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 14.98; 7. 15-Donny Schatz, 15.017; 8. 39M-Anthony Macri, 15.028; 9. 58-Jim Siegel, 15.036; 10. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 15.037; 11. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 15.063; 12. 24-Lucas Wolfe, 15.083; 13. 5-David Gravel, 15.091; 14. 83-Cory Eliason, 15.121; 15. 5C-Dylan Cisney, 15.126; 16. 69K-Lance Dewease, 15.131; 17. 5M-Kerry Madsen, 15.132; 18. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 15.163; 19. 55-Mike Wagner, 15.233; 20. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 15.299; 21. 35-Justin Henderson, 15.393; 22. 33-Jared Esh, 15.44; 23. 1R-Kyle Reinhardt, 15.442; 24. W20-Greg Wilson, 15.465; 25. 29-Brent Shearer, 16.543; 26. 12W-Troy Fraker, 16.712

Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 21-Brian Brown, 14.868; 2. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 15.046; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman, 15.099; 4. 18-Ian Madsen, 15.116; 5. 71X-Dominic Scelzi, 15.134; 6. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 15.165; 7. 48-Danny Dietrich, 15.184; 8. 19-Brent Marks, 15.233; 9. 49-Brad Sweet, 15.233; 10. 7S-Jason Sides, 15.238; 11. 2-Shane Stewart, 15.264; 12. 17B-Steve Buckwalter, 15.28; 13. 94-Ryan Smith, 15.295; 14. O7-Gerard McIntyre, 15.297; 15. 55K-Robbie Kendall, 15.305; 16. 7K-Cale Conley, 15.322; 17. 44-Trey Starks, 15.347; 18. 39C-Cory Haas, 15.367; 19. 39-Spencer Bayston, 15.374; 20. 5T-Tyler Reeser, 15.481; 21. 21X-Brian Montieth, 15.512; 22. 91-Tony Fiore, 15.534; 23. 70-Dave Blaney, 15.591; 24. 10K-Joe Kata, 16.009; 25. 47K-Kody Lehman, 16.174

For full results from Port Royal Speedway, click here.

 

 

Donny Schatz Hits 20-Win Mark for Sixth Consecutive Season with Dodge City Victory

DODGE CITY, KS – October 20, 2018 – Donny Schatz passed Ian Madsen on Lap 9 in lapped traffic and held off Madsen’s late race surge to win his 20th World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series of 2018, Saturday at Dodge City Raceway Park. Madsen, in his first visit to Dodge City, settled for second with Daryn Pittman completing the podium.

Ian Madsen set a new Dodge City track record in Qualifying, won his Heat and the Sears Craftsman Dash to earn the pole for the 30-lap Feature. Madsen got a strong initial start to lead the opening lap. The Australian, who will be crowned as the 2018 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year at the years end, reached lapped traffic by the fourth circuit on the lightning-fast racing surface.

Madsen cleared the first slower car, but was held up by local Steven Richardson, allowing Schatz to close the gap. Madsen remained behind Richardson as Schatz got a strong run entering turn one to take the lead down the backstretch on the ninth circuit.

Schatz officially led the ninth lap before the caution flew for third-place running Sheldon Haudenschild. Haudenschild, who was also making his Dodge City debut, was able to return at the rear of the field.

The ensuing double-file restart saw Schatz and Madsen race away from the field, establishing themselves as the class of the field. Similar to Madsen early in the race, Schatz’ pace slowed dramatically when he reached lapped traffic. Madsen closed in on the nine-time Series Champion, and took a look underneath for the lead, but couldn’t complete the pass.

A sputtering Adam Gullion brought out the caution with 18 laps complete, giving the leaders a clear track. Two laps later, Jade Hastings blew up, setting up a ten-lap sprint to the finish.

Schatz and Madsen again pulled away from the field, as Kasey Kahne Racing teammates Daryn Pittman and Brad Sweet jockeyed for third. Schatz reached traffic and again was forced to slow his pace on the tacky racing surface. Madsen closed in once again but came up .279 short, as Schatz took the Checkered Flag for the 20th time in 2018.

When asked about the difficulties of lapped traffic, Schatz said with a smile, “It’s how I got the lead and it’s how I almost lost it. They didn’t do anything wrong, but it was definitely tough to get by them.”

The win was Schatz and his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing No.15 team 20th win of the year, marking the sixth consecutive season they’ve reached that total. “It’s a testament to how great this team is, but we’re never satisfied. 20 wins isn’t enough, 40 wins isn’t enough, that’s what makes this team so great,” Schatz said about reaching the 20-win plateau.

“It’s a privilege to be able to drive for this great team against the greatest drivers in the world at the nicest facilities in the country,” Schatz said as a dual-compliment to the World of Outlaws competition and Dodge City Raceway Park.

Ian Madsen was obviously disappointed to not finish the job but remained in good spirits. “It was a great night for this KCP team, I had a lot of family and friends here tonight and our car owner was here as well, so it was great to have a good finish for all of them. I just read lapped traffic wrong, hopefully we can pick up a win here in the last two weeks,” Madsen said.

Daryn Pittman, fresh off his Lakeside victory a night ago, completed the podium and continued his recent hot streak. “We’re really happy where this team is right now, it’s a shame the year is coming to an end,” Pittman said next to his Ionomy-sponsored KKR No.9.

Brad Sweet and 12th-starting Brian Brown completed the top-five. Sam Hafertepe Jr. earned KSE Hard Charger honors, coming from last to 15th.

A chilly evening and good air had Dodge City Raceway Park in unchartered territory as 22 of the 23 cars signed in broke the 13-year-old track record. Ian Madsen’s Quick Time was nearly a half-second quicker than the existing fastest lap. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series has two weekends left in its 40th Anniversary Season.

Next weekend, the Series heads back to Central Pennsylvania for the Tuscarora 50 at Port Royal Speedway. Saturday’s 50-lap Feature will pay $51,000 to the winner. Following that, the Outlaws will conclude the year at the World Finals presented by Can-Am at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. As always, if you can’t make it to the track, watch every lap LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2][$10,000]; 2. 18-Ian Madsen [1][$5,500]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [4][$3,200]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [6][$2,800]; 5. 21-Brian Brown [12][$2,500]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [9][$2,300]; 7. 19-Brent Marks [5][$2,200]; 8. 2-Shane Stewart [8][$2,100]; 9. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg [11][$2,050]; 10. 5-David Gravel [14][$2,000]; 11. 41-Joey Saldana [15][$1,500]; 12. 7S-Jason Sides [7][$1,200]; 13. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [3][$1,100]; 14. 4-Brock Zearfoss [10][$1,050]; 15. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [23][$1,000]; 16. 11K-Kraig Kinser [16][$900]; 17. 1X-Don Droud [19][$800]; 18. 8H-Jade Hastings [18][$800]; 19. 91-Adam Gullion [20][$800]; 20. W20-Greg Wilson [13][$800]; 21. O-Steven Richardson [21][$800]; 22. 2C-Wayne Johnson [22][$800]; 23. 1A-Jacob Allen [17][$800]; Lap Leaders: Ian Madsen 1-8, Donny Schatz 9-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 15H-Sam Hafertepe[+8]
For full results from Dodge City - October 20, 2018, click here

 

 

Daryn Pittman Convincingly Scores 9th Win of 2018 in FVP Platinum Battery Shootout at Lakeside Speedway

KANSAS CITY, KS – October 19, 2018 – Daryn Pittman scored his ninth World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature win of the season in convincing fashion, leading every lap of the FVP Platinum Battery Shootout at Lakeside Speedway. Donny Schatz extended his points lead with a runner-up finish and Sheldon Haudenschild completed the podium. It was Pittman’s 81st career World of Outlaws win and second at Lakeside with his prior triumph coming 15 years ago in 2003.

Pittman won the Sears Craftsman Dash to earn the pole for the 30-lap Feature, alongside Logan Schuchart. Pittman held off an early charge from Schuchart to take command of the field.

A fast racing surface allowed Pittman to reach lapped traffic on Lap 8. The Oklahoma veteran negotiated traffic well, before the lone caution flag of the Feature fell on Lap 12 as heartbreak struck second-place running Logan Schuchart. Schuchart smoked down the frontstretch before coming to stop in turn one, ending his evening.

Sheldon Haudenschild assumed second place alongside Pittman with Jason Sides and Donny Schatz in row two of the double-file restart.

Pittman powered away from the field with a strong restart as Haudenschild and Schatz waged war for the second spot with the nine-time and defending Series Champion taking the position for good on Lap 16.

Schatz narrowed Pittman’s lead, but the Kasey Kahne Racing, Ionomy-sponsored No.9 remained proficient through traffic.

The best battle on the race track was between Jason Sides, Brad Sweet and Joey Saldana, aboard the Jason Johnson Racing No.41, as the trio utilized the entire the Lakeside Speedway racing surface battling for the fifth position.

Back up front, Schatz continued to close in on Pittman, but time was running out. With five laps remaining, Pittman maintained good speed on the cushion as Schatz was a car-length lower than him, desperately trying to reel him in.

Pittman stayed strong up top and rode the cushion to victory, a mere .586 seconds ahead of Schatz.

“This place is always been a track I’ve enjoyed coming to. If your car is good, you can get by guys and as a racer that’s all you can ask for,” Pittman said speaking fondly of Lakeside Speedway.

“Hats off to my guys, my car was great. It was a lot of fun, lapped traffic was tight, but I could move around and maintain speed everywhere. Man, these wins are hard to come by. I’ve been doing this a long time and they never get easier,” Pittman said with a smile next to his KKR No.9. 

Schatz settled for second and kept things simple after the race, “That’s the way it goes sometimes. We got ourselves up there to compete for the win but didn’t get it. We’ll try again tomorrow.”

In his second career Lakeside appearance, Sheldon Haudenschild landed on the podium for the second consecutive year, finishing third. “The 9 and 15 were good, I like this place, it’s wide and fast. It’s definitely cool to have Ricky [Stenhouse Jr.] here and a couple of the NASCAR boys, we’ll try again tomorrow,” Haudenschild said next to his NOS Energy Drink sponsored Stenhouse Jr-Marshall No.17.

Shane Stewart was strong all night and finished fourth with Joey Saldana finishing fifth in his debut aboard the JJR No.41.

Brad Sweet, Jason Sides, Ian Madsen, Kraig Kinser and Brent Marks completed the all-Outlaw top-ten. Brock Zearfoss, in his Lakeside debut, earned KSE Hard Charger honors coming from the LCS to finish 11th.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series continues its 40th Anniversary Season tomorrow with a return to Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City, KS. Weather has prevented the Series from racing there since 2015, don’t miss this year’s Boot Hill Showdown. As always, if you can’t make it to the track, watch every lap LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [1][$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [7][$5,500]; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [3][$3,200]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [5][$2,800]; 5. 41-Joey Saldana [8][$2,500]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [4][$2,300]; 7. 7S-Jason Sides [6][$2,200]; 8. 18-Ian Madsen [10][$2,100]; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser [9][$2,050]; 10. 19-Brent Marks [13][$2,000]; 11. 4-Brock Zearfoss [19][$1,500]; 12. 2M-Kerry Madsen [11][$1,200]; 13. 21-Brian Brown [12][$1,100]; 14. 5-David Gravel [15][$1,050]; 15. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [18][$1,000]; 16. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg [14][$900]; 17. 1A-Jacob Allen [20][$800]; 18. 35L-Cody Ledger [24][$800]; 19. 33M-Mason Daniel [17][$800]; 20. W20-Greg Wilson [22][$800]; 21. 2C-Wayne Johnson [23][$800]; 22. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2][$800]; 23. 12-Lynton Jeffrey [21][$800]; 24. 1X-Don Droud [16][$800]; Lap Leaders: Daryn Pittman 1-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 4-Brock Zearfoss[+8]

Qualifying: 1. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.626; 2. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.734; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.744; 4. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.758; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.76; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.764; 7. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.799; 8. 41-Joey Saldana, 13.814; 9. 21-Brian Brown, 13.831; 10. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.833; 11. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.844; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.909; 13. 1X-Don Droud, 13.964; 14. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.969; 15. 5-David Gravel, 13.98; 16. 19-Brent Marks, 13.985; 17. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg, 13.997; 18. 4-Brock Zearfoss, 14.022; 19. W20-Greg Wilson, 14.024; 20. 12-Lynton Jeffrey, 14.04; 21. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 14.117; 22. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 14.123; 23. 33M-Mason Daniel, 14.226; 24. 35L-Cody Ledger, 14.302; 25. 8H-Jade Hastings, 14.395; 26. 91-Adam Gullion, 14.853; 27. 91X-Riley Kreisel, 15.125

For full results from Lakeside Speedway - October 19, 2018 - click here

 

 

 

Christopher Bells Dominates Eldora Speedway for Fourth Career Outlaw Win

ROSSBURG, OH – October 14, 2018 – Christopher Bell pounded the cushion to perfection up against the Eldora Speedway wall to win his fourth career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature, but first of 2018, Sunday evening at the Ohio half-mile. Bell fell as far back as eighth but took the lead on Lap 14 and never looked back. Donny Schatz extended his Series points lead finishing second for a Tony Stewart Racing/Curb-Agajanian Racing one-two punch. Parker Price-Miller, who led the first 13 laps, completed the podium.

Tim Shaffer won the Sears Craftsman Dash and led the field down the backstretch, but a strong sweeping move across the racing surface from Parker Price-Miller saw the youngster lead the opening lap by a nose.

Carson Macedo, aboard the Jason Johnson Racing No.41, took second from Shaffer on Lap 9 and began closing in on Price-Miller for the lead.

Christopher Bell fell back from his fifth-starting spot on the initial start, but began his cushion-pounding charge forward immediately. As Macedo passed Shaffer for second on the ninth circuit, Bell re-entered the top five. Two laps later, Bell was third and visibly closing on the leaders. Bell passed Macedo for second on Lap 13 and took the lead the following lap from Price-Miller in turn one.

From there, Bell set sail, rim riding his way to a sizable advantage through lapped traffic.

Donny Schatz worked his way forward from his eighth starting spot to take third just past the halfway point.

The lone caution of the event flew on Lap 21 for a slowing Aaron Reutzel, setting up a double-file restart.

Price-Miller, who had fallen back to fourth, got an excellent restart and challenged Bell for the lead before settling into second.  Bell once again powered away from the field, establishing a sizeable lead over the field.

Schatz went to work on Price-Miller for second, completing the pass with one to go. At this point, his TSR teammate was gone, as Bell cruised to win by over four seconds.

“I’m very grateful to run this thing, it’s a rocket every time I come to this place. It was so fast on the top, I could zoom right around,” Bell said in Victory Lane.

When asked about riding the wall at Eldora with a near-perfect race car, Bell didn’t hold back saying, “It’s the most fun thing you’ll ever do.”

“It’s a dream come true to be able to win World of Outlaws races at Eldora,” Bell, who was making his fifth Outlaw start of the season, added with a smile.

Donny Schatz settled for second for the second consecutive night and was pleased with his car, “My car was really good. These guys keep working on it and making some gains, it was great to have some grip out there.”

Parker Price-Miller, in one of three Indy Race Parts entries, held off Macedo to complete the podium, “We were really good, when you are out front, you don’t know how strong you really are, and Christopher blew my doors off. He was the class of the field. I can’t thank Bernie and Betsy enough for giving me this opportunity.”

Macedo, who will return to the JJR No.41 at Port Royal in two weeks, finished fourth with Ian Madsen completing the top five.

Brent Marks came forward from 12th to sixth with Joey Saldana, in another Indy Race Parts car, was strong finishing seventh.

Sheldon Haudenschild charged from 18th to eighth and Logan Schuchart earned KSE Hard Charger honors coming from 20th to ninth. Pennsylvanian Brock Zearfoss, who will finish out the season following the Outlaw tour, completed the top-ten.

A night after breaking a 19-year-old track record at Terre Haute, teenager Gio Scelzi was within striking distance of the 16-year-old Eldora track record in Qualifying, missing it by seven hundredths of a second.

It was an early start at Eldora, which was coming off a double-header World 100 program the night before, with the Outlaw Feature ending before 7:30 on a brisk October evening.

A rare off-weekend for the NASCAR Xfinity Series allowed Bell to compete back in his dirt track roots. Bell currently leads Xfinity points and recently set the single-season win record for a rookie with six. Bell finished 11th last night at Terre Haute.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to action next weekend with a pair of dates in Kansas, starting Friday, October 19 at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City for the FVP Platinum Battery Shootout and concluding Saturday, October 20 at Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City, KS. If you can’t make it to the track, watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 14B-Christopher Bell [5][$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [8][$5,500]; 3. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [2][$3,200]; 4. 41-Carson Macedo [4][$2,800]; 5. 18-Ian Madsen [3][$2,500]; 6. 19-Brent Marks [12][$2,300]; 7. 71X-Joey Saldana [6][$2,200]; 8. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [18][$2,100]; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart [20][$2,050]; 10. 4-Brock Zearfoss [10][$2,000]; 11. 2-Shane Stewart [15][$1,500]; 12. 21-Brian Brown [14][$1,200]; 13. 49-Brad Sweet [13][$1,100]; 14. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [9][$1,050]; 15. W20-Greg Wilson [7][$1,000]; 16. 39-Spencer Bayston [17][$900]; 17. 5-David Gravel [16][$800]; 18. 9-Daryn Pittman [22][$800]; 19. 7S-Jason Sides [19][$800]; 20. 81-Chad Kemenah [24][$800]; 21. 49X-Tim Shaffer [1][$800]; 22. 87-Aaron Reutzel [11][$800]; 23. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [21][$800]; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen [23][$800]; Lap Leaders: Parker Price-Miller 1-13, Christopher Bell 14-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+11]

Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 12.778; 2. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.831; 3. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 12.872; 4. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.877; 5. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.926; 6. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 12.934; 7. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 12.98; 8. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 12.987; 9. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.999; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.062; 11. 39-Spencer Bayston, 13.065; 12. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.163; 13. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 13.209; 14. G1-Max Stambaugh, 13.222; 15. 71H-Randy Hannagan, 13.238; 16. 5T-Travis Philo, 13.271; 17. 97-Caleb Helms, 13.454; 18. 11N-Cap Henry, 13.467; 19. 22M-Dan McCarron, 13.602; 20. 42-Ty Tilton, 13.863

Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 41-Carson Macedo, 12.899; 2. 14B-Christopher Bell, 12.928; 3. 71X-Joey Saldana, 12.944; 4. 19-Brent Marks, 12.996; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.997; 6. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.012; 7. 4-Brock Zearfoss, 13.026; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.038; 9. 19P-Paige Polyak, 13.054; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.06; 11. 21-Brian Brown, 13.072; 12. 5-David Gravel, 13.077; 13. 81-Chad Kemenah, 13.151; 14. 12N-Cole Duncan, 13.19; 15. 83-Cory Eliason, 13.202; 16. 99-Brady Bacon, 13.206; 17. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg, 13.228; 18. O2-Brandon Long, 13.441; 19. 16-Ryan Ruhl, 13.602; 20. 11K-Kraig Kinser, NT

For full results from Eldora Speedway - October 14, 2018 - click here

 

 

Brad Sweet Continues Career Year with Terre Haute Triumph

TERRE HAUTE, IN – October 13, 2018 – Brad Sweet’s added another page to his unforgettable 2018 season with a flag-to-flag victory at the historic Terre Haute Action Track, his ninth World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory of the year. Donny Schatz charged from 12th to second, getting by Tim Shaffer, who completed the podium, on the Green-White-Checkered finish.

Brad Sweet and Kasey Kahne Racing teammate Daryn Pittman put on a show on the final lap of the Sears Craftsman Dash finishing side-by-side. Sweet edged Pittman by 0.054 to earn the pole for the 30-Lap Feature.

Sweet powered to the lead on the initial start to lead the opening circuit and reached lapped traffic on Lap 9 at the spacious Indiana half-mile. Pittman and 2001 Terre Haute Outlaw winner Tim Shaffer were in tow.

At the halfway point, Donny Schatz had worked forward from his 12th-starting spot to sixth aboard the Tony Stewart Racing/Curb-Agajanian No.15. By lap 19, the nine-time Series Champion and current points leader had maneuvered to fourth.

Sweet continued to work his way through traffic as Schatz closed the gap on Pittman and Shaffer for the runner-up position.

Lap 27 saw Shaffer and Schatz get by Pittman for position down the backstretch and through turn three, respectively.

As the White Flag flew for Brad Sweet, he would not be caught, as he had multiple lapped cars between himself and Shaffer and Schatz, who were in a torrid battle for second.

It wouldn’t be that easy for the driver known as ‘The Big Cat’, however, as the caution flew for a stopped Ian Madsen as Sweet was about to take the Checkered.

The caution set up a single-file, Green, White, Checkered finish with Shaffer, who was ahead of Schatz at the last completed lap, in second and Schatz in third.

On the restart, Schatz quickly disposed of Shaffer in turn one and set his eyes on Sweet for his 20th victory of the season. Schatz closed the gap in each corner, but it wasn’t enough, as Sweet went on to win by .686 seconds.

When asked about the late restart, Brad Sweet chuckled and said with a smile, “Well, I’ve been getting used to it. Knoxville, Black Hills, Chico and Lernerville have all had late race restarts and sometimes it’s not bad to get a clean track. I think we were just good enough to hold these guys off tonight.”

“Lapped traffic was tricky. I think I made a few mistakes, but I guess I had a big enough lead,” Sweet said of the long Green Flag period to open the race, before thanking his NAPA Auto Parts crew for their continued hard work.

“Terre Haute is a special place. I’ve won a non-wing USAC race here, so it’s cool to come back here and win with the World of Outlaws,” the Grass Valley, CA native added.

Donny Schatz, who had passed Tim Shaffer for second on the final lap but had to go back to third for the Green-White-Checkered finish, was obviously disappointed to come up just short.

“We did what we could, the car was obviously rolling to get up there on an open race track. My guys did an incredible job, we wanted to get a win,” Schatz, who earned KSE Hard Charger honors for his efforts, said.

Tim Shaffer’s excellent 2018 season continued with a podium finish and he was pleased, “We had a great car, it kept coming in little by little as the race went on.”

Pittman settled for fourth with Sheldon Haudenschild charging from 15th to complete the top-five.

A week of rain and frigid temperatures had Terre Haute Action Track in unchartered territory during Qualifying, as 19 of the 32 cars signed in broke the existing track record set back in 1999. Brian Brown, who went out late, ended up establishing the new Terre Haute track record at 16.028, nearly a half-second faster than the existing record.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series continues its 40th Anniversary Season tomorrow evening at Eldora Speedway with an early start time. Drivers Meeting is scheduled for 3:30pm, tickets for the The Greatest Show on Dirt’s final appearance of the year at ‘The Big E’ can be found here. As always, if you can’t make it to the track, watch every lap LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Feature (31 Laps due to green-white-checkered finish): 1. 49-Brad Sweet [1][$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [12][$5,500]; 3. 49X-Tim Shaffer [3][$3,200]; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman [2][$2,800]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [15][$2,500]; 6. 71X-Joey Saldana [6][$2,300]; 7. 21-Brian Brown [5][$2,200]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart [10][$2,100]; 9. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [7][$2,050]; 10. 5-David Gravel [4][$2,000]; 11. 14B-Christopher Bell [8][$1,500]; 12. 2-Shane Stewart [18][$1,200]; 13. 41-Carson Macedo [16][$1,100]; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser [14][$1,050]; 15. 4-Brock Zearfoss [9][$1,000]; 16. 39-Spencer Bayston [21][$900]; 17. 19-Brent Marks [20][$800]; 18. 83-Cory Eliason [22][$800]; 19. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg [23][$800]; 20. W20-Greg Wilson [19][$800]; 21. 7S-Jason Sides [13][$800]; 22. 18-Ian Madsen [11][$800]; 23. 1A-Jacob Allen [24][$800]; 24. 99-Brady Bacon [17][$800]; Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1-31; KSE Hard Charger Award: 15-Donny Schatz[+10]

Qualifying: 1. 21-Brian Brown, 16.028; 2. 71X-Joey Saldana, 16.191; 3. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 16.208; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman, 16.228; 5. 14B-Christopher Bell, 16.234; 6. 5-David Gravel, 16.235; 7. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 16.265; 8. 49-Brad Sweet, 16.282; 9. 4-Brock Zearfoss, 16.32; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 16.324; 11. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 16.326; 12. 41-Carson Macedo, 16.333; 13. 39-Spencer Bayston, 16.343; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 16.363; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen, 16.376; 16. 15-Donny Schatz, 16.401; 17. 7S-Jason Sides, 16.414; 18. 83-Cory Eliason, 16.467; 19. 18-Ian Madsen, 16.472; 20. 19P-Paige Polyak, 16.516; 21. 99-Brady Bacon, 16.608; 22. 2-Shane Stewart, 16.631; 23. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg, 16.639; 24. 19-Brent Marks, 16.662; 25. 71H-Randy Hannagan, 16.673; 26. 33M-Mason Daniel, 16.755; 27. W20-Greg Wilson, 16.872; 28. 85-Mike Terry, 17.098; 29. 28-Brian Paulus, 17.185; 30. 22M-Dan McCarron, 17.3; 31. 17K-Kendall Ruble, 17.99; 32. 71M-Paul May, NT

For full results from Terre Haute Action Track, click here.

 

 

Outlaws Returning to Dodge City Raceway Park for the First Time Since 2015 on October 20

CONCORD, NC – October 11, 2018 – After a three-year hiatus, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will make its awaited return to Dodge City Raceway Park in Kansas on Saturday, October 20. Last year’s Boot Hill Showdown was lost to Mother Nature, but The Greatest Show on Dirt will return to the semi-banked 3/8 mile in 2018.

Perhaps no one is more excited for the World of Outlaws’ return to Dodge City than veteran Jason Sides. Sides has two career victories at Dodge City, including one during the last time the Outlaws visited the facility in 2015. Sides won the opening night of the Boot Hill Showdown that year and finished fourth on Night Two.

“It’s a beautiful place,” Sides said of Dodge City. “We love going to race there, and it’s a place we’ve had some success at. Hopefully, we can put together a good run,” the Bartlett, TN native, who also has a 2011 Dodge City win, added.

Dodge City Raceway Park has been a staple on the Outlaw schedule since 2004, when Steve Kinser won the inaugural event.

In addition to Sides, Daryn Pittman has had a lot of success at the Kansas facility, scoring four wins, including three of the last six Outlaw events, at Dodge City. Donny Schatz, who is the most recent Outlaw winner at Dodge City, and Kraig Kinser (2012) are other active full-time Outlaws with wins at the facility.

In addition to the Outlaw regulars, Joey Saldana – a five-time Outlaw winner at Dodge City – will pilot the Jason Johnson Racing No.41 as a part of his five-race schedule with the team. Pennsylvania's Brock Zearfoss is slated to be in attendance for his Dodge City debut as well.

Tickets for The Greatest Show on Dirt’s return to Dodge City Raceway Park are still available and can be found here. If you can’t make it to the track, watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

 

 

Outlaws Return to Lakeside Speedway for FVP Platinum Battery Shootout

CONCORD, NC – October 10, 2018 – The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series 40th Anniversary Season is coming to an end, but not before one final trip to the Midwest starting Friday, October 19 at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, KS with the running of the FVP Platinum Battery Shootout. Last year’s FVP Platinum Battery Shootout was exactly that, a shootout.

A handful of sizzling battles throughout the perfect racing surface excited the crowd with FVP sponsored driver Brian Brown coming out on top for the hometown win.

“Lakeside is as close to home as it gets for me, it’s only about 30 minutes from my house so there’s a lot of friends and family that will be in attendance and obviously FVP. They are a key partner for the event, so we want to do well for them. We were lucky enough to win last year and hopefully we can put ourselves in position again this year,” Brown said in anticipation of the event.

“Lakeside is a place we like and race well at. There’s a lot of big races coming up at the end of the year and the FVP Platinum Battery Shootout at Lakeside is circled on our calendar,” Brown, who hails from Grain Valley, MO, said.

The hoard of Outlaw regulars will be looking to reign supreme in Kansas, led by nine-time and defending Series Champion and current points leader Donny Schatz, who won at Lakeside in 2015. Other Series regulars that have Lakeside triumphs include Brad Sweet (2016) and Daryn Pittman (2003).

The FVP Platinum Battery Shootout marks the last title race of the year for FVP with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, but they’ll be joining the Series in full force for the 2018 World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

“It’s been another great year with The Greatest Show on Dirt and we can’t wait to conclude it with another big event at Lakeside,” FVP Senior Brand Manager Amber Misunas said. “Last year’s event was a big success and we look forward to watching Brian Brown compete for another win,” Misunas added with a smile.

Tickets for the FVP Platinum Battery Shootout are available and can be found here. As always, if you can’t make it to the track, watch every lap LIVE on DIRTVision.com! Following the Outlaws event at Lakeside, the Series will stay in Kansas to compete at Dodge City Raceway Park the following evening!

 

 

Schuchart Dominant at Fulton for Second Win of Year

FULTON, NY – October 6, 2018 – Logan Schuchart dominated all 30 laps to win Saturday Night at Fulton Speedway as the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series invaded Super DIRT Week in New York. Sheldon Haudenschild charged late to second with Donny Schatz completing the podium.

Kraig Kinser won the Sears Craftsman Dash, earning the pole for the 30-lap affair, in search of his first win of the season, alongside Schuchart. 

Schuchart's forgettable Qualifying laps put him 15th quick, forcing him to start fifth in his Heat. Methodically, Schuchart worked his way by three cars in the eight-lap event to excitingly secure that all-important spot in the Sears Craftsman Dash.

In the Feature, Schuchart got the initial jump to lead the opening lap. The Hanover, PA native reached lapped traffic quickly around the 3/8th mile and maneuvered it well.

Nine-time and defending Series Champion Donny Schatz moved by Kinser for second on Lap 12 and began closing in on Schuchart as the leaders navigated traffic.

While most drivers were fighting for the bottom, Sheldon Haudenschild, to no one’s surprise, went to work on the cushion in exciting fashion. Haudenschild got to fourth on Lap 16 and was visibly closing in on Kinser and Schatz, who both remained loyal to the bottom.

Haudenschild roared around Kinser for third on Lap 22 and caught Schatz quickly after. Sheldon used a big run out of turn two to cross-under Schatz for second into turn three.

In need of a Yellow, Haudenschild closed in on Schuchart but the latter powered away on the final lap and went on to win his second Feature of the year.

“I’m really proud of this team, we’ve been really strong this year, especially lately, with a handful of Quick Times and consistently in the top five. We just haven’t been able to pull off a lot of wins this year. This Drydene Performance/Shark Racing team is really strong, we just keep growing and keep getting better and I can’t wait for what is in store," Schuchart, who currently sits a career-high sixth in the Series Points Standings, said.

"The bossman Bobby Allen does a great job with this two-car operation and I’m proud to have him as my grandfather,” Schuchart, who holds the Fulton Speedway track record from back in 2016, added in Victory Lane.

Sheldon Haudenschild settled for second and walked through his charge forward, “I kind of had to wait until it cleaned off a little bit [before I could get going up top]. I committed to going up a groove in traffic and my car was really good up there.”

“I was praying for a Yellow, but we didn’t have any all night, the whole field did a good job. We have some really good tracks coming up, hopefully we can pull off a couple more wins and cap off a good season,” the Wooster, OH native said about this Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall No.17.

Donny Schatz extended his Series points lead with his podium finish. “With the finishes we’ve had lately, third is like a win. We had a decent run and traffic made it fun. The younger guys are getting their game on and making us old guys look silly,” Schatz said with a smile next to his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing No.15 machine.

Shane Stewart, who set Quick Time, finished fourth with Kinser rounding out the top five. Larry Wight, who arrived late after competing during the day at Oswego Speedway, earned KSE Hard Charger honors coming from 18th to ninth. 

As Haudenschild mentioned, the entire World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series program went caution-free. With Mother Nature threatening the area all evening, a successful accelerated program was run, with both racing divisions done by 9pm. 

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to action for a triple-header weekend starting Friday, October 12 with a makeup date at Jacksonville Speedway in Illinois before heading to Terre Haute Action Track Saturday and Eldora Speedway Sunday. If you can’t make it to the track, watch every lap LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2][$10,000]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [5][$5,500]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [4][$3,200]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [6][$2,800]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [1][$2,500]; 6. 5-David Gravel [10][$2,300]; 7. 18-Ian Madsen [11][$2,200]; 8. 49-Brad Sweet [8][$2,100]; 9. 99L-Larry Wight [18][$2,050]; 10. 9-Daryn Pittman [7][$2,000]; 11. W20-Greg Wilson [14][$1,500]; 12. 19-Brent Marks [9][$1,200]; 13. 1A-Jacob Allen [12][$1,100]; 14. 7S-Jason Sides [3][$1,050]; 15. 49K-Scott Kreutter [13][$1,000]; 16. 10K-Joe Kata [15][$900]; 17. 90-Matt Tanner [16][$800]; 18. 3-Denny Peebles [20][$800]; 19. 98-Joe Trenca [17][$800]; 20. 45-Chuck Hebing [19][$800]; 21. 54J-Steven Hutchinson [21][$800]; Lap Leaders: Logan Schuchart 1-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 99L-Larry Wight[+9]

For full results from Fulton Speedway – October 6, 2018 – click here.

 

 

World of Outlaws Shows Will Air Sundays on CBS Sports Network from October 21 through December 23

CONCORD, NC — Sept. 30, 2018 — The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car and Late Model Series are excited to announce this year’s television partnership with the CBS Sports Network is set to commence next month, on October 21, with the airing of the 2018 Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway.

The World of Outlaws and the DIRTvision production team worked with National Speed Sport News to produce eight hours of television, including shows from the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway (OH), the Prairie Dirt Classic at Fairbury American Legion Speedway (IL) — televised to a national audience for the first time ever — and the World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am at The Dirt Track at Charlotte (NC).

“We are thrilled to bring our events to a national audience through our continued partnership with CBS Sports Network,” said World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter. “The opportunity for these great events, including our season championship, to be nationally televised will allow dirt racing fans far and wide to enjoy the racing, even into the off season as we gear up for our two-week-long DIRTcar Nationals season opener at Volusia Speedway Park, February 5-16.”

CBS Sports Network will air eight, one-hour programs covering four World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series races and four World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series races. All events will air on Sundays at 7 p.m., with the exception of the first two — the Kings Royal broadcasts — which will air at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on October 21 and 28 respectively. The first telecast, The Knight Before the Kings Royal, will air at 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 21.

The CBS Sports air dates, listed below, will culminate in a 7 p.m. Christmas Eve World Finals show on December 23.

Sunday, October 21, 4 p.m. Knight Before the Kings Royal, Eldora Speedway
Sunday, October 28, 6 p.m. Kings Royal, Eldora Speedway
Sunday, November 4, 7 p.m. Pairie Dirt Classic, Fairbury American Legion Speedway
Sunday, November 11, 7 p.m. Pairie Dirt Classic, Fairbury American Legion Speedway
Sunday, November 25, 7 p.m. World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am, The Dirt Track at Charlotte
Sunday, December 2, 7 p.m. World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am, The Dirt Track at Charlotte
Sunday, December 16, 7 p.m. World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am, The Dirt Track at Charlotte
Sunday, December 23, 7 p.m. World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am, The Dirt Track at Charlotte

 

 

Lance Dewease Wins Emotional Williams Grove National Open Worth $56,000

MECHANICSBURG, PA – September 29, 2018 – The all-time Williams Grove win leader, Lance Dewease, passed Brock Zearfoss on Lap 24 and never looked back to win his 15th World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature of his career. Dewease, full of emotion in Victory Lane, dedicated the $56,000 Champion Racing Oil National Open win to the late, great Greg Hodnett. Daryn Pittman came from eighth to second with Brian Montieth completing the podium at the famous Williams Grove Speedway.

Zearfoss won the first of two Sears Craftsman Dashes to earn the pole for the 40-Lap Feature alongside Dewease, who won the second Dash. Zearfoss, who scored his first career World of Outlaws win last year at Williams Grove, got a strong start and led the opening lap.

Dewease didn’t let Zearfoss out of his sights, as Brian Montieth passed Brian Brown for third on Lap 7. Zearfoss reached the back of field on Lap 8 and began to maneuver through traffic before the caution flew Brad Sweet and Donny Schatz, as the top two in World of Outlaws in points sat atop turn two, with 12 laps complete. Schatz returned at the rear but Sweet was done for the evening.

The ensuing double-file restart saw Zearfoss maintain control and turn under a Dewease slide job on Lap 15 to retain the lead. Dewease was determined and not going away, chipping away on the bottom at Zearfoss’ lead.

As Zearfoss once again reached traffic, Dewease got a huge run through the middle of turn one to pull even with Zearfoss down the backstretch and take command of the field to lead Lap 24.

At Lap 25, World of Outlaws and Williams Grove officials made the decision to throw the caution flag to prevent a majority of teams from running out of fuel. The decision was based on the fact the air quality was so good and that there were extra parade laps in honor of Hodnett and Johnson.

Following the Open Red, Zearfoss had something break on the car entering turn one and he came to a stop at the end of the frontstretch. Understandably disappointed, Zearfoss walked away from his car under his own power.

Brian Montieth assumed second and threatened Dewease for the lead on the restart running his typical cushion-pounding line.

Daryn Pittman found speed on the bottom and got by Monteith for second on Lap 27.

At this point, Dewease had established he was the class of the field and powered away from the field, navigating traffic with ease. Pittman was formidable and quick, but never got within striking distance of Dewease as the Hall of Famer went on to win his 92nd Feature at Williams Grove and fourth National Open.

“This is for Greg [Hodnett]. This whole week is about Greg. Everyone that knew him knows how great of a racer is, but he was an even better person,” Dewease said holding back tears in Victory Lane. “No one understands how difficult this week has been,” Dewease added somberly. “I wanted this one bad for this team. You always want to run well at this race, we had some bad luck last year,” Dewease said about his Kreitz Racing No.69K team.

Daryn Pittman was strong and finished runner-up at the National Open for the fourth time in his career. “This weekend wasn’t about Posse or Outlaws, it was about honoring Greg and it was great to see Bobbi and Jaxx Johnson as well,” the well-spoken Oklahoman said. “I feel that were at the same pace as the 69K and that’s an accomplishment in its own right,” Pittman said with a grin.

Local fan-favorite Brian Montieth finished third, the best of his National Open career, and was pleased, “We were pretty good, I’m sitting here, real proud.”

Tim Shaffer finished fourth with Ryan Smith completing the top-five. Shane Stewart earned KSE Hard Charger honors coming from 22nd to ninth.

Gio Scelzi was awarded $1300 from the Beerhill Gang as the National Open Rookie of the Year and Chad Trout earned $1527 from Dirt Track Digest and SprintCarUnlimited.com with the ‘Just Missed Award’.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series continues its 40th Anniversary Season next Saturday, October 6 at Fulton Speedway in New York during NAPA Super DIRT Week. If you can’t make it to the track, watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Feature (40 Laps): 1. 69K-Lance Dewease [2][$56,000]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [8][$12,000]; 3. 21X-Brian Montieth [5][$7,500]; 4. 49X-Tim Shaffer [10][$4,000]; 5. 94-Ryan Smith [12][$3,500]; 6. 21-Brian Brown [4][$3,000]; 7. 11-T.J. Stutts [9][$2,700]; 8. 27-Paul McMahan [15][$2,500]; 9. 2-Shane Stewart [22][$2,200]; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart [11][$2,100]; 11. O7-Gerard McIntyre [13][$2,000]; 12. 39-Cory Haas [16][$1,650]; 13. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [3][$1,550]; 14. 15-Donny Schatz [6][$1,200]; 15. 51-Freddie Rahmer [28][$100]; 16. 5-David Gravel [19][$1,050]; 17. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [20][$1,000]; 18. 24-Lucas Wolfe [26][$]; 19. 18-Ian Madsen [24][$1,000]; 20. 41-Carson Macedo [18][$1,000]; 21. 19-Brent Marks [23][$1,000]; 22. 1A-Jacob Allen [25][$]; 23. 55K-Robbie Kendall [14][$1,000]; 24. 11K-Kraig Kinser [27][$]; 25. 15G-Jordan Givler [17][$1,000]; 26. 4-Brock Zearfoss [1][$1,000]; 27. 49-Brad Sweet [7][$1,000]; 28. 1-Logan Wagner [21][$1,000]; Lap Leaders: Brock Zearfoss 1-23, Lance Dewease 24-40; KSE Hard Charger Award: 2-Shane Stewart[+13]

 

 

Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 16.25; 2. 11-T.J. Stutts, 16.318; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 16.41; 4. O7-Gerard McIntyre, 16.441; 5. 21X-Brian Montieth, 16.483; 6. 5-David Gravel, 16.504; 7. 4-Brock Zearfoss, 16.541; 8. 2-Shane Stewart, 16.546; 9. 49-Brad Sweet, 16.588; 10. 1-Logan Wagner, 16.596; 11. 27-Paul McMahan, 16.606; 12. 1A-Jacob Allen, 16.612; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 16.625; 14. 99M-Kyle Moody, 16.66; 15. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 16.662; 16. 99-Bud Kaeding, 16.689; 17. 19-Brent Marks, 16.722; 18. 48-Danny Dietrich, 16.832; 19. 39M-Anthony Macri, 16.936; 20. W20-Greg Wilson, 16.943; 21. 67-Justin Whittall, 16.992; 22. 27S-Adrian Shaffer, 17.193; 23. 28F-Davie Franek, 17.261; 24. 15G-Jordan Givler, 17.548; 25. 44-Trey Starks, NT

 

 

Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 21-Brian Brown, 16.487; 2. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 16.518; 3. 69K-Lance Dewease, 16.538; 4. 15-Donny Schatz, 16.54; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman, 16.556; 6. 94-Ryan Smith, 16.602; 7. 55K-Robbie Kendall, 16.66; 8. 39-Cory Haas, 16.675; 9. 41-Carson Macedo, 16.706; 10. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 16.728; 11. 18-Ian Madsen, 16.733; 12. 1X-Chad Trout, 16.743; 13. 1W-Chase Dietz, 16.774; 14. 24-Lucas Wolfe, 16.778; 15. 17B-Steve Buckwalter, 16.801; 16. 87-Alan Krimes, 16.846; 17. 7S-Jason Sides, 16.874; 18. 19M-Jac Haudenschild, 16.906; 19. 88-Brandon Rahmer, 16.986; 20. 58-Jim Siegel, 16.998; 21. 35-Justin Henderson, 17.096; 22. 91-Kyle Reinhardt, 17.316; 23. 75-Nicole Bower, 17.35; 24. 12W-Troy Fraker, 17.836

 

For full results from Williams Grove Speedway, September 29, 2018, click here

 

 

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