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

 
The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway Results:

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

By: Mandee Pauch

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

 
New Egypt Speedway Results:

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

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

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

 

 

 

Team World of Outlaws vs. Team Knoxville Raceway

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

 link back to the original article.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 
Shane Stewart Stands Tall At Williams Grove

 
Earns First Career Williams Grove Win

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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


 

 

 

Memorial Day Spectacular

Outlaws gear up for Lawrenceburg Speedway on Memorial Day

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

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

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

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

 

 

Budweiser Signs on as Presenting Sponsor at Ransomville

Limited Reserved Seats Just Released for Outlaws' Return

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

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

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

 

 


David Gravel Dominates at Lincoln for Gettysburg Clash Win

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

 
Gravel and Johnson round out the podium

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

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

 
Unofficial World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

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

 

 

 

 

 
#15 Scores #9 on Night 2 of #LetsRaceTwo

 
Donny Schatz leads all 30 laps for his ninth season win 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
Eldora Speedway Notebook

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
Unofficial World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
Eldora Speedway Notebook

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
Unofficial World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

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

 

 

 

Outlaws Return to 'The Hub of Racing'

Outlaws set to perform on auto racing's biggest stage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 
Season To Date: World of Outlaws Hit Quarter Mark

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 
By: Tony Veneziano

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 
Lucky Seven: Donny Schatz wins at Missouri State Fair Speedway to score seventh win of season

 
By: Tony Veneziano

 
SEDALIA, Mo.-May 5, 2017-Missouri State Fair Speedway has always been a special place for eight-time and defending World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz. He made his first start with the series back in 1993 as a teenager at the historic track.

 
Schatz returned to the half-mile on Friday night, as the Outlaws visited the track for the first time since 2012 and was victorious in the Sedalia Show-Me State Showdown to earn his third-career win at Missouri State Fair Speedway and his seventh of the season aboard the Arctic Cat/Ford Performance J&J for Tony Stewart Racing.

 
"This is extra special, with this being the first place I ran at," said Schatz. "We had Mark Miller from Artic Cat here and this is kind of his home track. He had a premonition that we were going to have a good night and I'm glad he had that premonition."

 
Schatz started third and got around Joey Saldana for second on the seventh lap. He then began to close on leader Daryn Pittman as the lead duo negotiated lapped traffic. Schatz made his move on the low side of the back straightaway to take the top spot on lap-11.

 
Once out front, Schatz began to pull away. After the taking the white flag, the only caution of the 25-lap main event flew, setting up a green-white-checker finish with Schatz in the lead and Kerry Madsen lining up second. Schatz used a strong restart to pull away en route to the win.

 
"I was actually looking for the car that was stopped, but it wasn't stopped," said Schatz of the caution. "That's the way it goes sometimes and those breaks sometimes go your way. Our car was awesome. April really didn't show it, but April is over. That's what racing is about. You'll have some good days and you are going to have a lot of bad ones. Today was one of the good ones. We just keep digging and finding ways to make the race car faster. Hats off to them, they are on their game and they got us a win tonight."

 
The win for Schatz snapped a month-plus win drought, dating back to March 18 at Thunderbowl Raceway in California. He used traffic to his advantage and managed tire wear as well on his way to the $10,000 triumph. With the first 24 laps going non-stop, Schatz was in his comfort zone on the long green-flag run.

 
"You don't really ever bide your time," explained Schatz. "You have to be smart with your tires. This is a high speed track and it's pretty easy the fine line between stuck (to the track) and spinning (your tires). When I rolled across the scales, I saw the other cars around me and I saw their tires were really blistered. Mine looked good, so I guess that means I did my job at the right parts of the race. Early on, when you have all that fuel, they are not a lot of fun to drive. You have to be cautious and search out the race track and see what happens."

 
Pittman, who led the first 10 laps, after starting on the pole, finished a season-best second, as he continues to close in on his first win of the season. In open track in the early going, Pittman pulled away from Joey Saldana and had couple-second lead in the first six laps.

 
"It did feel good to run up front," said Pittman. "These guys are really working hard. It's been a struggle this year and I have a great group of guys and I am really proud to be a part of this team. There is no doubt we'll get that win and we keep getting better. We made a lot of headway and had a pretty solid car all night long. If we are going to beat the 15 car and some of these guys consistently, we still have some work to do. We'll get this Great Clips car to victory lane and it will be fun when we do."

 
Kerry Madsen lined up second for the green-white-checker restart and ended up in third, after Pittman used a strong restart to get around him. Madsen lined up fifth at the start of the 25-lap main event
"I was going for the win," said Madsen of his strategy on the restart. "I tried that low-middle there and feed off Donny's right rear on the restart. I should have done the opposite and fed off the left rear and gotten better grip. I went to attack and wasn't close enough to attack and got attacked. It was a fun race and our car was a rocket ship."

 
Joey Saldana, who ran second early in the race, ended up fourth. Brian Brown, who hails from Grain Valley, Mo., finished fifth. Jason Johnson, who now calls Missouri home was sixth, followed by Brad Sweet in seventh, Danny Lasoski, another Missouri native in eighth, David Gravel in ninth and Kraig Kinser rounded out the top-10.

 
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to action on Saturday, May 6 at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kansas. The Kansas Outlaw Klassic presented by Great Clips, Murphy Tractor & Equipment Co and the City of Park City, Kansas marks the series' first visit to 81 Speedway since 2006.

 
Sedalia, MO - May 5, 2017 - Donny Schatz starts from third and worked his way into the lead before the halfway point of the 25-lap Sedalia Show-Me Showdown at Missouri State Fair Speedway. Schatz overcame a late-race restart to claim his seventh victory on the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series of the 2017 season.
 
Missouri State Fair Speedway Notebook
 
SEASON WINNERS:
Donny Schatz - 7 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, LoneStar Speedway on March 3, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 10, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 18, Missouri State Fair Speedway on May 5); David Gravel - 5 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 17, Placerville Speedway on March 29, Perris Auto Speedway on April 1, Gator Motorplex on April 13, Plymouth on April 28); Jason Johnson - 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17, Devil's Bowl on April 14); Brad Sweet - 2 (Stockton Dirt Track on March 25, Devil's Bowl on April 15), Logan Schuchart - 1 (Keller Auto Speedway), Brian Brown - 1 (Cocopah Speedway), Rico Abreu - 1 (Arizona Speedway on April 8).

 
CONTINGENCY WINNERS - MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Brent Marks; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Jason Johnson; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): David Gravel; Edelbrock ($50 cash): David Gravel; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Kraig Kinser; Extended Stay ($50 cash): Shane Stewart; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Logan Schuchart; Super Flow ($50 cash): Sheldon Haudenschild; Craftsman Club ($100 cash each):Daryn Pittman, Joey Saldana, Jason Johnson. N/A, N/A; Craftsman/Sears ($100 cash): Brady Bacon; KSE Racing Products ($100 product certificate): Danny Lasoski; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Donny Schatz; JE Pistons (Set of Rings each): Paul McMahan, Aaron Reutzel.
 
Feature (25 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$10,000]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [1][$5,500]; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen [5][$3,200]; 4. 17-Joey Saldana [2][$2,800]; 5. 21-Brian Brown [6][$2,500]; 6. 41-Jason Johnson [7][$2,300]; 7. 49-Brad Sweet [10][$2,200]; 8. 33-Danny Lasoski [16][$2,100]; 9. 5-David Gravel [15][$2,050]; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser [13][$2,000]; 11. 2-Shane Stewart [19][$1,500]; 12. 1S-Logan Schuchart [9][$1,200]; 13. 7S-Jason Sides [11][$1,100]; 14. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [21][$1,050]; 15. 4-Paul McMahan [14][$1,000]; 16. 99-Brady Bacon [4][$900]; 17. 2C-Wayne Johnson [22][$800]; 18. 24-Terry McCarl [8][$800]; 19. W20-Greg Wilson [20][$800]; 20. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [24][$800]; 21. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [17][$800]; 22. 87-Aaron Reutzel [23][$800]; 23. 18-Ian Madsen [18][$800]; 24. 19-Brent Marks [12][$800]; Lap Leaders: Daryn Pittman 1-11, Donny Schatz 12-25; KSE Hard Charger Award: 33-Danny Lasoski[+8]
 
Qualifying: 1. 41-Jason Johnson, 16.154; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 16.31; 3. 7S-Jason Sides, 16.35; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 16.382; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman, 16.523; 6. 99-Brady Bacon, 16.564; 7. 17-Joey Saldana, 16.596; 8. 24-Terry McCarl, 16.613; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 16.638; 10. 49-Brad Sweet, 16.639; 11. 5-David Gravel, 16.657; 12. 19-Brent Marks, 16.658; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 16.688; 14. 18-Ian Madsen, 16.705; 15. 21-Brian Brown, 16.725; 16. 33-Danny Lasoski, 16.745; 17. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 16.866; 18. 4-Paul McMahan, 16.89; 19. 2-Shane Stewart, 16.903; 20. W20-Greg Wilson, 16.948; 21. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 16.953; 22. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 16.961; 23. 17A-Austin McCarl, 17.026; 24. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 17.034; 25. 1A-Jacob Allen, 17.185; 26. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 17.253; 27. 71A-R.J. Johnson, 17.253; 28. 7W-Tasker Phillips, 17.379; 29. O5-Brad Loyet, 17.597; 30. 13-Clyde Knipp, 17.664; 31. 75-Glen Saville, 18.075; 32. 17B-Josh Baughman, NT
Heat #1 (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer to Feature: 1. 41-Jason Johnson [1]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [2]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3]; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser [4]; 5. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [5]; 6. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [6]; 7. O5-Brad Loyet [8]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [7]
 
Heat #2 (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer to Feature:1. 15-Donny Schatz [1]; 2. 99-Brady Bacon [2]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [3]; 4. 4-Paul McMahan [5]; 5. 18-Ian Madsen [4]; 6. 2C-Wayne Johnson [7]; 7. 87-Aaron Reutzel [6]; 8. 13-Clyde Knipp [8]
 
Heat #3 (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer to Feature: 1. 17-Joey Saldana [2]; 2. 21-Brian Brown [4]; 3. 7S-Jason Sides [1]; 4. 5-David Gravel [3]; 5. 2-Shane Stewart [5]; 6. 17A-Austin McCarl [6]; 7. 71A-R.J. Johnson [7]; 8. 75-Glen Saville [8]
 
Heat #4 (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer to Feature: 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen [1]; 2. 24-Terry McCarl [2]; 3. 19-Brent Marks [3]; 4. 33-Danny Lasoski [4]; 5. W20-Greg Wilson [5]; 6. 17B-Josh Baughman [8]; 7. 7W-Tasker Phillips [7]; 8. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [6]
 
Craftsman Club Dash (6 Laps): 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [2]; 2. 17-Joey Saldana [4]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [5]; 4. 99-Brady Bacon [1]; 5. 2M-Kerry Madsen [3]; 6. 21-Brian Brown [7]; 7. 41-Jason Johnson [6]; 8. 24-Terry McCarl [8]
 
Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - Top 4 Transfer to Feature: 1. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [1][-]; 2. 2C-Wayne Johnson [6][-]; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel [2][-]; 4. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [4][-]; 5. 17A-Austin McCarl [3][$300]; 6. 7W-Tasker Phillips [8][$250]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [5][$225]; 8. O5-Brad Loyet [9][$200]; 9. 71A-R.J. Johnson [7][$200]; 10. 75-Glen Saville [11][$200]; 11. 17B-Josh Baughman [12][$200]; 12. 13-Clyde Knipp [10][$200]

World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Missouri State Fair Speedway, MO. May 5, 2017
 
 
Pos.
Car
Driver
Total
Diff
Wins
Top 5's
Top 10's
1
15
Donny Schatz
2682
0
7
13
16
2
5
David Gravel
2628
-54
5
12
16
3
49
Brad Sweet
2600
-82
2
12
15
4
9
Daryn Pittman
2472
-210
0
4
11
5
41
Jason Johnson
2470
-212
2
6
11
6
2
Shane Stewart
2438
-244
0
3
12
7
93
Sheldon Haudenschild
2416
-266
0
5
10
8
17
Joey Saldana
2374
-308
0
3
5
9
1S
Logan Schuchart
2370
-312
1
4
7
10
7S
Jason Sides
2348
-334
0
4
10
11
4
Paul McMahan
2344
-338
0
2
7
12
19
Brent Marks
2310
-372
0
0
5
13
11k
Kraig Kinser
2298
-384
0
1
3
14
W20
Greg Wilson
2208
-474
0
1
5
15
18
Ian Madsen
1930
-752
0
2
8
16
2X
Parker Price-Miller
1876
-806
0
0
2
17
1A
Jacob Allen
1870
-812
0
0
0
18
13
Clyde Knipp
1792
-890
0
0
0
19
21
Brian Brown
1784
-898
1
8
8
20
24R
Rico Abreu
1546
-1136
1
5
8
 

 

 

Seven Days, Three States, Five Races

Outlaws face grueling test with stops at Lincoln, Williams Grove, Weedsport and New Egypt

CONCORD, NC - May 4, 2017 - The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series has reached the point of the schedule where teams are starting to settle in and get into a groove - setting themselves up for the endurance of the 90-plus races a year. However, it's tests like five races in seven days in three different states that make the Outlaws "The Greatest Show on Dirt".

The middle of May takes the Outlaws through their first stretch of mid-week races that includes five races in seven nights at four different tracks in three different states. The series makes its only stop at Lincoln (PA) Speedway on May 17 before the Spring Classic and Morgan Cup at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA on May 19 and 20.

Nonetheless, there's no stopping as the Series digs deep and continues down the road to Weedsport (NY) Speedway on May 21 to complete three consecutive nights of racing before getting a night with its date with New Egypt Speedway.

"I've done it long enough that it's just normal for me," said Daryn Pittman, driver of the Kasey Kahne Racing No.9 and the most recent Outlaws winner at Williams Grove. "Other than making sure we've got everything packed up with the family to go in the motorhome, it doesn't change us. I look forward to more races and a lot of times feel like I only get better the more I race."

It's also the Series' first march into Pennsylvania Posse territory, a set of races that always bring an added test. The trip to historic Williams Grove in Central Pennsylvania is always one of the toughest challenges on the tour.

"At a regular Outlaw show, you're never going to win if you're off a little bit," said Pittman. "That holds even truer at a race in Pennsylvania. There's just no room for error because not only are you trying to beat all of your regulars, but there's a handful of locals that can win if they've got their stuff together that night."

The Outlaws trip to Williams Grove is also a homecoming for Kevin Gobrecht Rookie-of-the-Year contender Brent Marks, who calls nearby Myerstown, PA home.

"That's where I grew up and got involved into racing," said Marks. "I was a little kid sitting in the infield playing in the dirt with Sprint Cars. I've been around Williams Grove my entire life. That's kind of where it all started for me, so when you go back there it's a pretty surreal moment."

Sprint Car racing has a long history at Williams Grove, including with the Outlaws. The World of Outlaws have raced at the track every year but one (1985) since their inception in 1978. Since 2009, the Outlaws have raced Williams Grove at least four times per season.

"The history of the racetrack itself and the prestigious events that have been held there forever, as well as the rivalry between the Outlaws and the locals, is pretty much unmatched anywhere in the country," said Pittman.

Williams Grove fans personify the rivalry between the World of Outlaws and the drivers of the Pennsylvania Posse. The rivalry is most evident at the Grove. Over the last five seasons, the two sides are tied with 11 wins apiece. However, the Posse held the edge last season with three victories to the Outlaws one, courtesy of Pittman.

"Pennsylvania fans are as well educated in Sprint Car racing as anywhere in the country and as diehard as they come," said Pittman. "They live and breathe it. It's just something that's embedded into that part of the country. It's a lot of fun, I think, to show up and be part of it."

Following a pair of nights at Williams Grove, the series travels north to Weedsport, NY for the first of three races this season in the Empire State. Weedsport Speedway hosts the Empire State Challenge for the third straight season since the 3/8-mile oval underwent major renovations in 2014. Donny Schatz will look to make it three wins in a row at the Central New York track on May 21. Many drivers now look forward to visiting Weedsport and recognize the track as one of the premier dirt track racing facilities in the country.

"It's not a cookie-cutter, normal racetrack. It's tricky," said Pittman. "It's an odd shape with an odd surface. I enjoy those; they're fun. I don't know that we've seen the same conditions twice yet. We've only been a few times, but I definitely look forward to going and seeing what it's going to throw at us this time and seeing how good we can be this time around."

The Series wraps up their five-races-in-seven-days-in-three-states tour at New Egypt (NJ) Speedway on Tuesday, May 23. The semi-banked half-mile New Egypt, NJ track has hosted a World of Outlaws event nine times since 2000. One driver's name has been tied to the top of the charts for the past four years: Daryn Pittman. A fifth consecutive win at New Egypt Speedway for Pittman could help get the ball rolling as the Series starts to head into the grueling month of June.

Tickets for the Gettysburg Clash at Lincoln Speedway and the Jersey Outlaw Classic can be purchased at WorldofOutlaws.com/tickets.

Advanced tickets for the Empire State Challenge at Weedsport Speedway are available online at www.weedsportspeedway.com.

 

 

World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Wednesday May 3rd Make-Up Event at Riverside Speedway Postponed

WEST MEMPHIS, AR - May 2, 2017 -The Midwest has seen record rainfall the last ten days. Unfortunately for the second time, the Bull Ring Outlaw Blitz at Riverside Speedway on May 3, has fallen victim to saturated grounds from the past ten days of rain compounded by rising river waters. The event has been rescheduled to Wednesday, October 18.

Fans that currently have tickets for the World of Outlaws event at Riverside International Speedway will be able to use them for the rescheduled event. Fans with tickets that are unable to attend Wednesday October 18 need to mail their tickets back to the World Racing Group Inc. office at 7575 W. Winds Blvd NW Suite D, Concord, NC 28027; if you have questions, please call 844-DIRT-TIX (844-347-8849). Refunds will NOT be issued at the track.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will resume Friday, May 5 when the Series rolls into Missouri State Fair Speedway in Sedalia, MO. for the Sedalia "Show-Me" Showdown. For more information on the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series visit WoOSprint.com or find us on social media at Twitter.com/WorldofOutlaws and Facebook.com/WorldofOutlaws

 

 

Win Number Five for the No. 5 of David Gravel

Plymouth, IN - April 28, 2017 - After starting seventh on the field at the beginning of the 35-lap feature at Plymouth Speedway, David Gravel worked his way up to third-place just shy of the halfway mark. It was with three laps to go Gravel took advantage of a bobble by the No. 87 of Aaron Reutzel to put him in the runner-up spot; but he wasn't done just yet. Setting his sights on the leader of No. 7 of Jason Sides, Gravel squeezed his way under Sides as the two entered Turn 3. Gravel completed the move en route his fifth World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series win of the 2017 season.

With rain all around the Plymouth-IN area, the stars of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series were determined to put on a great show for the Plymouth Speedway fans - and they did just that. Early in the evenings schedule, 26 cars of the 29 that entered the event all were quicker than the track record in hot laps. When it came to qualifying, Parker Price-Miller set fast time and in the process set a new track record with a lap of 11.079-second, eclipising the previous record set in 2016 by Logan Schuchart.

It was Jason Sides and Donny Schatz showing the way to the green flag for the Feature event at Plymouth Speedway. Just as the 24-car field was making their way around the the track for the first lap of the 35-lap Feature event, the No. 41 of Jason Johnson went for a tumble in-between Turns 3 and 4, bringing out the red flag and setting up a complete restart. Johnson would head to the work area and rejoin the field after some work to his No. 41 machine.

After a bad initial start and slipping back to fourth, Schatz had a second opportunity to hold his ground. Jason Sides once again got a solid restart, vaulting the No. 7 machine back to the lead. Schatz will hold onto second place until he was able to get by Sides on Lap 9 for the lead.

The No. 4 of Paul McMahan slowed in Turn 4 bringing out the yellow flag on Lap 15. On the ensuing restart the No. 15 of Donny Schatz selected the top leaving Sides the bottom groove. Entering the picture for the first time of the evening, David Gravel from seventh worked his way up to a podium running position. A master of the restarts all evening, Sides worked his way by Schatz to give him the top spot once again. Schatz didn't let that No. 7 out of his sights, staying glued to the leader's bumper - Gravel stayed within striking distance of the two.

The field would once again be slowed on Lap 23 when the No. 49D of Shawn Dancer spun in Turn 4. With 12 laps to go, Sides got another great restart, while the No. 15 of Schatz dropped back to fourth. The No. 87 of Aaron Reutzel leapfrogged Gravel and Schatz in the standings to put him in the runner-up spot.

With three laps to go, Reutzel bobbled slightly coming out of Turn 2, giving Gravel a chance to get by. With Sides out front with two laps to go, Gravel made a charge down the backstretch and planted his No. 5 under Sides for the lead coming to the white flag.

"We just wanted to start further up than we did last year and we did that," said David Gravel. "We were really, really good until the red came out and the car was insane after that. After we got heat back in the tires the car came back to life, grabbed a little bit more wing and the car was really good with three laps to go. I was good when I needed to be good and just being patient and Reutzel slipped up and I took advantage."

Gravel would go on to grab his fifth win of the 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series season with Sides in second and Reutzel in third. After leading a portion of the 35 lap race, Schatz brought the No. 15 Arctic Cat machine home in fourth.

"From the get-go we had a pretty good car," said Jason Sides. "We got a good run here tonight and that's what we were hoping for. I just got to thank all my guys for all the hard work. We've had a couple good runs at [Tri-State Speedway], we hope we can bring it home tomorrow."

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will be back in action tomorrow, Saturday, April 29 at Tri-State Speedway then again next Wednesday for a make-up race at Riverside Speedway on May 3. For tickets, visit WorldofOutlaws.com/tickets.

Plymouth Speedway Notebook
RACE NOTES:
Gravel uses patients as the laps wind down to go from third to the lead in en route to his fifth win of the 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series season. Sides brings home a second-place finish after leading much of the 35-lap event.
CONTINGENCY WINNERS - MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Logan Schuchart; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): David Gravel; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Brad Sweet; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Daryn Pittman; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Shane Stewart; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Greg Wilson; Extended Stay ($50 cash): Joey Saldana; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Brady Bacon; Super Flow ($50 cash): Kraig Kinser; Craftsman Club ($100 cash each):Jason Sides, Brent Marks, Shane Stewart, N/A, N/A. Craftsman/Sears ($100 cash): Aaron Reutzel; KSE Racing Products ($100 product certificate): Greg Wilson; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): David Gravel; JE Pistons (Set of Rings each): Jason Johnson, Paul McMahan.

Feature (35 Laps) : 1. 5-David Gravel [7][$10,000]; 2. 7S-Jason Sides [1][$5,500]; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel [3][$3,200]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [2][$2,800]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [10][$2,500]; 6. 19-Brent Marks [4][$2,300]; 7. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [14][$2,200]; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman [12][$2,100]; 9. 2-Shane Stewart [5][$2,050]; 10. W20-Greg Wilson [20][$2,000]; 11. 17-Joey Saldana [17][$1,500]; 12. 3G-Carson Macedo [16][$1,200]; 13. 99-Brady Bacon [8][$1,100]; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser [19][$1,050]; 15. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [6][$1,000]; 16. 4K-Kody Kinser [11][$900]; 17. 17B-Bill Balog [13][$800]; 18. 41-Jason Johnson [18][$800]; 19. 23C-Tyler Courtney [23][$800]; 20. 49D-Shawn Dancer [22][$800]; 21. 4-Paul McMahan [9][$800]; 22. 4S-Danny Smith [21][$800]; 23. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg [24][$800]; 24. 1S-Logan Schuchart [15][$800]; Lap Leaders: Jason Sides 1-9, 16-33; Donny Schatz 10-15; David Gravel 34-35; KSE Hard Charger Award: W20-Greg Wilson[+10]

Qualifying: 1. 2X-Parker Price-Miller, 11.079; 2. 99-Brady Bacon, 11.132; 3. 4-Paul McMahan, 11.155; 4. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 11.2; 5. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.217; 6. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.302; 7. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.325; 8. 19-Brent Marks, 11.325; 9. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 11.347; 10. 5-David Gravel, 11.348; 11. 4K-Kody Kinser, 11.373; 12. 2-Shane Stewart, 11.403; 13. W20-Greg Wilson, 11.413; 14. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.468; 15. 41-Jason Johnson, 11.478; 16. 17B-Bill Balog, 11.483; 17. 23C-Tyler Courtney, 11.516; 18. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 11.538; 19. 3G-Carson Macedo, 11.547; 20. 17-Joey Saldana, 11.552; 21. 9-Daryn Pittman, 11.578; 22. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.632; 23. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg, 11.641; 24. 4S-Danny Smith, 11.688; 25. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.806; 26. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 11.859; 27. 13-Clyde Knipp, 11.985; 28. 7J-Joe Swanson, 12.108; 29. 51B-Joe B. Miller 12.119

Heat #1 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer to Feature: 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel [2]; 2. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [1]; 3. 5-David Gravel [4]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [3]; 5. 17B-Bill Balog [6]; 6. 3G-Carson Macedo [7]; 7. W20-Greg Wilson [5]; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser [8]; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen [9]; 10. 7J-Joe Swanson [10]

Heat #2 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer to Feature: 1. 7S-Jason Sides [2]; 2. 19-Brent Marks [3]; 3. 99-Brady Bacon [1]; 4. 4K-Kody Kinser [4]; 5. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [5]; 6. 17-Joey Saldana [7]; 7. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg [8]; 8. 23C-Tyler Courtney [6]; 9. 51B-Joe B. Miller [10]; 10. 49D-Shawn Dancer [9]

Heat #3 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer to Feature: 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 2. 2-Shane Stewart [4]; 3. 4-Paul McMahan [1]; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman [7]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [6]; 6. 41-Jason Johnson [5]; 7. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [3]; 8. 4S-Danny Smith [8]; 9. 13-Clyde Knipp [9]

Craftsman Club Dash (6 Laps): 1. 7S-Jason Sides [2]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel [1]; 4. 19-Brent Marks [5]; 5. 2-Shane Stewart [6]; 6. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [4]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer to Feature: 1. 11K-Kraig Kinser [4][-]; 2. W20-Greg Wilson [2][-]; 3. 4S-Danny Smith [6][-]; 4. 49D-Shawn Dancer [8][-]; 5. 23C-Tyler Courtney [3][-]; 6. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg [5][-]; 7. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [1][$300]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [7][$250]; 9. 51B-Joe B. Miller [11][$225]; 10. 13-Clyde Knipp [9][$200]; 11. 7J-Joe Swanson [10][$200]
Unofficial World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

Pos. Car Driver Total Diff Wins Top 5's Top 10's
1 15 Donny Schatz 2532 0 6 12 15
2 5 David Gravel 2496 -36 5 12 15
3 49 Brad Sweet 2464 -68 2 12 14
4 41 Jason Johnson 2332 -200 2 6 10
5 9 Daryn Pittman 2326 -206 0 3 10
6 2 Shane Stewart 2310 -222 0 3 12
7 93 Sheldon Haudenschild 2294 -238 0 5 10
8 1S Logan Schuchart 2244 -288 1 4 7
9 17 Joey Saldana 2232 -300 0 2 4
10 7S Jason Sides 2224 -308 0 4 10
11 4 Paul McMahan 2224 -308 0 2 7
12 19 Brent Marks 2208 -324 0 0 5
13 11k Kraig Kinser 2168 -364 0 1 2
14 W20 Greg Wilson 2096 -436 0 1 5
15 2X Parker Price-Miller 1876 -656 0 0 2
16 18 Ian Madsen 1826 -706 0 2 8
17 1A Jacob Allen 1780 -752 0 0 0
18 13 Clyde Knipp 1702 -830 0 0 0
19 21 Brian Brown 1644 -888 1 7 7
20 24R Rico Abreu 1546 -986 1 5 8

 

 

WORLD OF OUTLAWS CRAFTSMAN SPRINT CAR SERIES RETURNS TO LINCOLN FOR GETTYSBURG CLASH

Brent Marks heads to Pennsylvania for the first time as an Outlaw

CONCORD, N.C. - April 26, 2017 - When the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series makes its annual stop at Lincoln Speedway next month, Brent Marks will be hitting the Abbottstown, PA track for the first time as an Outlaw.

The sixth-annual Gettysburg Clash at Lincoln Speedway on May 17 will be the first battleground for the Pennsylvania Posse versus the Outlaws in 2017. Pennsylvania Posse drivers - the endearing name local fans have given the group of drivers who compete regularly in the Keystone State - have won four of six Outlaw races since the series returned to the challenging 3/8-mile oval in 2012 following a 14-year absence. Posse fans, who are arguably the most passionate fanatics in all of Sprint Car racing, will be cheering for local success to continue.

"Some of the fans in Pennsylvania really get into it," said Marks of the Outlaw-Posse rivalry. "I think it's really cool to watch how dedicated they are to the local guys. You don't see that in other parts of the country. They're so dedicated to the local guys and show so much emotion. It's a lot of fun to be a part of."

Marks, a native of nearby Myerstown, PA located about 65 miles from Lincoln, competed against the Outlaws for several years as a member of the Pennsylvania Posse. Many Central Pennsylvania fans take the Outlaw-Posse rivalry to heart, but Marks anticipates he will receive a supportive reaction from the local crowd in his return home.

"I think most fans will still claim me as Posse," Marks said. "I've had a lot of support from my fan base back in Pennsylvania. I'm sure some people will be booing me just because I am a World of Outlaws driver now. It's all in good fun though."

Both the Posse and the Outlaws have experienced trips to Victory Lane over the past five season. Danny Dietrich rattled off a pair of victories in 2012 and 2013 before Stevie Smith earned a spring win in 2014 to make it three-in-a-row for the Posse. Daryn Pittman claimed a win for the Outlaws later in 2014.

Greg Hodnett scored a victory in 2015 before Donny Schatz trumped the Posse in the Spring of 2016 in a race where Marks finished on the podium with a third-place result. The unique traits of several Central Pennsylvania tracks helps give experienced local drivers an advantage and help explain the Posse success at Lincoln in recent years, Marks explained.

"I feel like you race the tracks more than you do the competition at times," Marks said. "Our tracks are really difficult to get a handle on and get comfortable at. With the local crowd racing there all the time, it's like second nature to them."

Every World of Outlaws race presents a unique challenge, but a trip to Central Pennsylvania often means the level of competition reaches new heights. Not only do Outlaw drivers have to contest their regular cast, but also the talented Posse who collectively boast hundreds of wins at their home tracks. However, Marks' focus doesn't change.

"We're racing against the best in the country as it is," Marks said. "We already prepare ourselves as best as we possibly can at a regular World of Outlaws race, so it's not any different racing in Pennsylvania."

Lincoln's storied Sprint Car racing history is long with over 1600 races completed at the Abbottstown oval. Fred Rahmer is the all-time wins leader with 169 while Steve Kinser has the most World of Outlaws wins all-time at Lincoln with. Brian Montieth is the most accomplished active driver with 54 career victories at Lincoln, including one to his credit in 2017. Montieth will be a force for the Outlaws to contend with as the four-time Lincoln track champion looks to being a new Posse win streak.

The Outlaws and the Posse collide to write the next chapter in Lincoln's history books on May 17. Advanced reserved seating is on sale for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Gettysburg Clash at Lincoln Speedway by visiting WorldofOutlaws.com/Tickets or by calling 844-DIRT-TIX (347-8849).

 

 

DIRTVision is LIVE at Plymouth Speedway!

April 28th, 2017

Watch LIVE as the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series race at Plymouth Speedway in Plymouth, Indiana for only the second time in their history! The Bob Newton Classic is slated for Friday, April 28th, 2017, and the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars will be joined by the UMP Modifieds.

2016 Plymouth Speedway Recap In 2016, multiple new tracks were added to the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series schedule with Plymouth Speedway being one of the new locations. In the first visit to the facility on May 13th, 2016, Brad Sweet was able to take the lead from pole-sitter Joey Saldana on lap 10 and never looked back. Sweet took the checkers first, followed by teammate Daryn Pittman and the KSE Hard Charger, David Gravel who moved forward 11 positions.

DIRTVision Pass

Friday Pass: $21.95 AVAILABLE NOW!

Schedule

Hot Laps: 6:30PM Eastern Time Racing: 7:00PM Eastern Time

Live video coverage from DIRTVision is scheduled to begin with the start of hot laps.

Upcoming Live Broadcasts

May 17th: Lincoln Speedway, World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series May 19th-20th: Williams Grove, World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series May 21st: Weedsport Speedway, World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series May 22nd: Weedsport Speedway, Super DIRTcar Series May 26th: The Dirt Track at Charlotte, World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series

For a complete DIRTVision broadcast schedule, visit DIRTVision.com.

Be sure to check out our on-demand video archives at DIRTVision.com as well!

 

 

Chris Dolack Returns to World of Outlaws Family as New Late Model Series Director

CONCORD, NC - April 25, 2017 - The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series is excited to announce the return of Chris Dolack to the World of Outlaws family as the new Late Model Series Director, effective May 1. Dolack will succeed Tim Christman, who has served as series director for the past 10 years and has chosen to take a step back to spend more time with his family.

Dolack brings a wealth of experience to his new role. Having served as Vice President of Media and Public Relations for the World of Outlaws and DIRTcar from 2005 through 2015, he has earned the respect of drivers, teams, promoters and fans alike, and is familiar with the inner workings of the Series and dirt track racing in general.

"My heart is in dirt track racing. The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is the pinnacle of the sport, and I'm honored to have this opportunity," said Dolack. "I worked with Tim [Christman] for 8 years, so I understand a lot of where he was coming from, and I'm looking forward to being back at the track and building on the foundation he has laid."

During his two years away from the World of Outlaws, Dolack has maintained close ties with the organization while helping to grow SPEED SPORT, overseeing the development of one of the motorsport industry's leading media companies. But Dolack is a road warrior with a strong history in dirt racing running back nearly 20 years. Dolack cut his teeth covering the Western Pennsylvania scene for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, including his self-proclaimed home track, Lernerville Speedway. During his first stint with the World of Outlaws Dolack's role took him on the road with the Sprint Car Series, Late Model Series, Super DIRTcar Series and Summer Nationals. He also took a leadership role in many of dirt track racing's biggest events, including the DIRTcar Nationals, Firecracker 100, Super Dirt Week and World Finals.

The World of Outlaws conducted a national search that generated a great pool of applicants. "After an extensive interview process with a number of highly qualified candidates, we stood unanimously behind Chris," said World of Outlaws President Tom Deery. "His experience, knowledge of the organization, and vision for the future made him the ideal choice to take the reigns of the Late Model Series and continue its growth."

Christman has agreed to continue as Series Director through May 28, working in support of Dolack to ensure a smooth transition, after which he will continue as a consultant through the end of the 2017 Season.

"I know Chris well. I have faith in his talent and will do everything I can to help him and the series be successful," said Christman. "He brings a great perspective to the position that is vital as the Late Model Series looks ahead, and he understands what it means to go all in, which is what the Series demands."

 

 

Stewart, Madsen Aim to Maintain Eldora Momentum

Outlaws Invade Famous Half-Mile for #LetsRaceTwo Weekend on May 12-13

CONCORD, NC - April 25, 2017 - The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series will make the first of three trips to Eldora Speedway in early May as part of the series' annual #LetsRaceTwo spring event on May 12-13. The Outlaws are scheduled to race the Rossburg half-mile six times, but the pair of May races are the Outlaws' only tune-up at Eldora before July's $50,000-to-win King's Royal.

Kerry Madsen and Shane Stewart have been the most dominant drivers at Eldora over the past five seasons. Madsen, a native of St. Mary's, NSW, AUS, has collected five victories at Eldora since 2013 including a sweep of the #LetsRaceTwo weekend last May.

Madsen is a former full-time Outlaw now racing weekly at Iowa's Knoxville Raceway and throughout the Midwest. However, he doesn't feel competing weekly on Knoxville's half-mile configuration offers any advantage at Eldora.

"Other than it's a half-mile, they're completely different in technical and discipline," Madsen said. "Really no notes carry over. You can do things at Eldora setup wise that you cannot do at Knoxville, and vice versa. It's definitely a completely different race track."

Given his accomplishments there over the last five years, its no surprise Eldora is one of Madsen's favorite tracks. However, it's always been at the top of his list.

"At Eldora, when they've got the track right and it's against the wall, but there's other lines and slide jobs, there's nothing better to watch," Madsen said. "It was the first track that really got me hooked on Sprint Car racing."

Bixby, OK-native Shane Stewart is the Outlaws' most recent victor at Eldora after he scored the win during the 2016 Four Crown Nationals event on September 23, his fourth win at the Ohio track in three seasons. Stewart also made waves two seasons ago during his first full Outlaw season behind the wheel of the Larson Marks Racing No.2 when he swept the 2015 King's Royal weekend.

"The tricky part about Eldora is you always have to tell yourself to turn right, which sounds crazy," Stewart said. "Just the way that the cars work with the wings and the stagger, your car wants to go to the left. You have to tell yourself to continue to turn right and stay as close to that fence as you can. That's the hard part and scary part at times."

Racing with the right-rear tire leaning on a cushion planted firmly against the outside wall is commonplace at Eldora, but it certainly requires some practice.

"The guys that go there for the first two or three times, it takes some nerves to get up there and get up against the fence," Stewart said. "Once you've experienced it and know you can race up there and not wreck, that's the hurdle that people have to overcome."

"If your car's not right, you can't do it," Madsen said. "It's a total package to be quick on the wall."

Regardless of results, both Madsen and Stewart feel each trip to Eldora is worth savoring. Eldora has a long history with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series as the only track that has hosted the tour in all 40 seasons of its existence.

"The history is pretty deep there," Stewart said. "The roots run deep in the Sprint Car world. When you roll through the gate, that's one of the races and one of the tracks that you want to run well at."

"It's pretty awe-inspiring and it definitely gets your blood flowing as you roll in," Madsen said. "Then you get in there and you look at the banking and the size of it and it gets your attention. It never fails to disappoint."

A number of other full-time Outlaws have had recent success at Eldora, including current Series point leader Donny Schatz. The Fargo, ND native won the 2016 King's Royal and swept the 2015 edition of the spring weekend. David Gravel, Daryn Pittman and Joey Saldana each have a pair of wins at Eldora over the last five seasons.

Tickets for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series #LetsRaceTwo weekend, also featuring the USAC Sprint Cars, are available online at eldoraspeedway.ticketforce.com or by calling (937) 338-3815. Reserved camping is also available for the weekend by visiting eldoraspeedway.com.

 

 

Monday Nights are for iRacing LIVE!

You can now watch the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series on iRacing LIVE and FREE every Monday night at 8:15PM Eastern Time! As the tracks rotate between Volusia Speedway Park, Williams Grove Speedway, Eldora Speedway, and USA International Speedway, you will be able to watch the best dirt sim racers compete in the top series on iRacing.

April 24th, 2017 at 8:15PM Eastern Time

Tonight, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series on iRacing will take on Williams Grove Speedway with the LIVE and FREE broadcast starting at 8:15PM ET. During the first live broadcast on April 17th, Logan Seavey of Sutter, CA took it to victory lane with an exciting late-race pass. iRacing.com World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Broadcast Schedule: April 24th: Williams Grove Speedway May 1st: Eldora Speedway May 8th: USA International Speedway (a fictional dirt version of the track) May 15th: Volusia Speedway Park May 22nd: Williams Grove Speedway May 29th: Eldora Speedway

For a complete DIRTVision broadcast schedule, including events from the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series, and Super DIRTcar Series, visit DIRTVision.com.

Be sure to check out our FREE on-demand video archives at DIRTVision.com as well!


 

WORLD OF OUTLAWS CRAFTSMAN SPRINT CAR SERIES RAINED OUT AT RIVERSIDE

Bull Ring Outlaw Blitz Rescheduled for May 3

CONCORD, NC. - April 21, 2017 - Due to morning thunderstorms today, the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series is postponing the Bull Ring Outlaw Blitz at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, AR. The Bull Ring Outlaw Blitz has been rescheduled for Wednesday, May 3.

All advanced reserved seating tickets for the event will be honored for the rescheduled date on May 3. Fans who purchased tickets for pickup at will call can obtain those tickets on race day. Advanced reserved seating tickets are still available by visiting WorldofOutlaws.com/Tickets or by calling 844-DIRT-TIX.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will resume racing Saturday, April 22 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, MO. For LIVE coverage of the Spring Classic from Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, visit dirtvision.com.

 

World of Outlaws Welcomes Extended Stay America as Official Hotel

Partnership offers exclusive 20 percent discount for World of Outlaws fans

CONCORD, N.C. - April 19, 2017 - The World of Outlaws welcomes Extended Stay America® hotels (ESA) - the largest owner operated hotel chain in the U.S. - as the official hotel of the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series and the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series.

Operating 629 properties nationwide, Extended Stay America offers fully-equipped kitchens, free wi-fi, on-site laundry facilities, grab-and-go breakfast and other practical touches to make travelers feel at home while they are on the road. And from February through November 2017, for the length of each racing season, the Outlaws' home IS the road. Welcoming both the World of Outlaws team and their followers, the partnership extends an exclusive 20 percent discount on rooms at any Extended Stay America hotel to all World of Outlaws fans through esa.com/worldofoutlaws.

The World of Outlaws will run 148 races at 82 different race tracks in 23 states and two different countries during the 2017 season. This keeps them on the road for more than 250 days of the year.

"Few people are on the road as much as we are," said World of Outlaws President Tom Deery. "Our guys are on the road for nine months of the year - performing most of their maintenance between races in hotel parking lots. There's nothing quite like being able to do your laundry and eat a home cooked meal. These are luxuries when you're on the road as much as we are."

Through its relationship with the World of Outlaws, Extended Stay America is reaching out to the motorsports world with a warm invitation and the comfort of home. "With this partnership, we strive to provide a home between homes for the race teams and their fans, allowing them to put their time, energy and funds towards racing," said Extended Stay America Senior Manager of Marketing Communications Tracy Morris. "At Extended Stay America, they'll find a friendly and accommodating staff, practical amenities and everything they need to make their time on the road easier."

To book your next stay for an upcoming race, call 800-804-3724 or visit esa.com/worldofoutlaws for more information.

About Extended Stay America
Extended Stay America, Inc., the largest owner/operator of company-branded hotels in North America, owns and operates 629 hotels in the U.S. and Canada comprising approximately 69,400 rooms and employs over 8,500 employees at its hotel properties and headquarters. The Company's core brand, Extended Stay America®, serves the mid-priced extended stay segment. Visit www.extendedstay.com for more information about the Company and its services.

 

 

Sweet Works the Bottom of the Bowl for the Win
Fans & Superstars Honor the Legendary Lanny Edwards

original piece at woosprint.com


 
MESQUITE, TX - April 15, 2017 - For the second night in a row, Brad Sweet worked his Kasey Kahne Racing 49 machine along the bottom of the high-banked half-mile oval at Devil's Bowl Speedway, this time sticking it out for the win. With only five laps to go, Sweet stole the win from David Gravel, who had led all previous laps but was having some trouble getting his CJB Motorsports No. 5 out of lap traffic.

 
"Awesome race there with David [Gravel]," said Sweet. "Lap traffic was just crucial. My car seemed like it was a little bit better. We were just right on him. Once I got a little clean air I was able to start picking off those lap cars and it felt good."

 
Gravel had been working on the bottom all race, but he got caught behind Shane Stewart and met his demise when he tried to go high to pass him.

 
"I cleared a lot of lap cars really good, and then I got to Shane and I just could't do anything with him," said Gravel. "He was running the bottom in 3 and 4. I tried to pass him on the outside, and obviously the bottom of three and four was the best lane to be in. That's where Brad was. That's just the advantage sometimes of sitting back there watching, seeing what happens."

 
Third through the checkers was Danny "The Dude" Lasoski, who took his position from Christopher Bell early in the race and held it through the checkers. Lasoski, the 2001 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Champion, has previous wins at Devil's Bowl in 1999 and 2000. He was also right there at Devil's Bowl Speedway in 1978 for the first-ever World of Outlaws Sprint Car race.

 
This year's Texas Outlaw Nationals was a tribute to the late Lanny Edwards. A number of superstars - including Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne, Johnny Rutherford, and Christopher Bell - joined the Outlaws to honor the legendary promoter and World of Outlaws co-founder (along with Ted Johnson).

 
"Lanny went out on a limb and really got something going that has been pretty spectacular and pretty amazing," said Tony Stewart during the opening ceremony, "and definitely pretty entertaining for all of America to watch."

 
The opening ceremony continued with World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter presenting the Ted Johnson Award to the Edwards family in recognition of their outstanding contribution to sprint car racing.

 
"We really want to recognize all of the people that helped us get to where we are today," said Carter. "We are the World of Outlaws: the fans here, the community, the racers, the teams, everybody here. We are what the World of Outlaws was meant to be 40 years ago. What happened here 40 years ago next year impacts sprint car racing around the world; all were impacted by Ted Johnson and Lanny Edwards."

 
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will return to action Friday, April 21 for the Bull Ring Outlaw Blitz at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, AK.

 

 
RACE NOTES:  Brad Sweet steals the win in lap 26 of the 30-lap Feature of the Lanny Edwards Memorial Texas Outlaw Nationals at Devil's Bowl Speedway after David Gravel led all previous 25 laps. Danny Lasoski fights Christopher Bell for third position early on and maintains his position through the checkers.

 
CONTINGENCY WINNERS: MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Clyde Knipp; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Brad Sweet; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Danny Lasoski; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Sheldon Haudenschild; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Jason Sides; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Greg Wilson; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Daryn Pittman; Super Flow ($50 cash): Kraig Kinser; Craftsman Club Fast Five ($100 cash): David Gravel, Sheldon Haudenschild, Greg Wilson, Brad Sweet; Craftsman/Sears: Christopher Bell; KSE Hard Charger: Logan Schuchart; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Brad Sweet; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Brady Bacon; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Parker Price-Miller.

 
SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz - 6 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, LoneStar Speedway on March 3, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 10, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 18 ); David Gravel - 4 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 17, Placerville Speedway on March 29, Perris Auto Speedway on April 1, Gator Motorplex on April 3); Jason Johnson - 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17, Devil's Bowl Speedway on April 14); Brad Sweet - 2 (Stockton Dirt Track on March 25, Devil's Bowl Speedway on April 15), Logan Schuchart - 1 (Keller Auto Speedway on March 31), Brian Brown - 1 (Cocopah Speedway on April 7), Rico Abreu - 1 (Arizona Speedway on April 8).

 
Statistical Report; Devil's Bowl Speedway, TX; April 15, 2017

 
Feature (30 Laps) - 1. 49-Brad Sweet [4][$20,000]; 2. 5-David Gravel [1][$6,000]; 3. 33-Danny Lasoski [5][$3,750]; 4. 67-Christopher Bell [3][$3,250]; 5. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [2][$2,750]; 6. 41-Jason Johnson [10][$2,500]; 7. 19-Brent Marks [8][$2,400]; 8. 7S-Jason Sides [7][$2,300]; 9. W20-Greg Wilson [6][$2,200]; 10. 15-Donny Schatz [14][$2,100]; 11. 1S-Logan Schuchart [19][$1,700]; 12. 9-Daryn Pittman [11][$1,400]; 13. 4-Paul McMahan [12][$1,300]; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser [13][$1,200]; 15. 82-Cap Henry [18][$1,100]; 16. 4K-Kasey Kahne [15][$1,000]; 17. 1A-Jacob Allen [9][$1,000]; 18. 2-Shane Stewart [21][$1,000]; 19. 17-Joey Saldana [16][$1,000]; 20. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [22][$1,000]; 21. 1X-Gary Taylor [23][$1,000]; 22. 14-Tony Stewart [20][$1,000]; 23. 99-Brady Bacon [17][$1,000]; 24. 13-Clyde Knipp [24][$1,000]; Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-25, Brad Sweet 26-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+8]

 
Qualifying - 1. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.706; 2. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.711; 3. 67-Christopher Bell, 13.714; 4. 33-Danny Lasoski, 13.754; 5. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.76; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.784; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.789; 8. 19-Brent Marks, 13.79; 9. 5-David Gravel, 13.807; 10. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.82; 11. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.846; 12. 4K-Kasey Kahne, 13.866; 13. 17-Joey Saldana, 13.919; 14. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.93; 15. 4-Paul McMahan, 13.937; 16. 41-Jason Johnson, 13.937; 17. 99-Brady Bacon, 14.004; 18. 13-Clyde Knipp, 14.008; 19. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.968; 20. 14-Tony Stewart, 14.043; 21. 82-Cap Henry, 14.073; 22. 2-Shane Stewart, 14.081; 23. 1X-Gary Taylor, 14.153; 24. 2X-Parker Price-Miller, 14.225; 25. 81W-Danny Wood, 14.354; 26. 12W-Dale Wester, NT

 
Heat #1 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer - 1. 33-Danny Lasoski [2]; 2. W20-Greg Wilson [4]; 3. 7S-Jason Sides [1]; 4. 41-Jason Johnson [6]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3]; 6. 17-Joey Saldana [5]; 7. 2-Shane Stewart [8]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart [7]; 9. 81W-Danny Wood [9]

 
Heat #2 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer - 1. 49-Brad Sweet [1]; 2. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [2]; 3. 19-Brent Marks [3]; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman [4]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [5]; 6. 99-Brady Bacon [6]; 7. 1X-Gary Taylor [8]; 8. 14-Tony Stewart [7]; 9. 12W-Dale Wester [9]

 
Heat #3 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer - 1. 67-Christopher Bell [1]; 2. 5-David Gravel [3]; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen [2]; 4. 4-Paul McMahan [5]; 5. 4K-Kasey Kahne [4]; 6. 82-Cap Henry [7]; 7. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [8]; 8. 13-Clyde Knipp [6]

 
Craftsman Club Dash (6 Laps) - 1. 5-David Gravel [1]; 2. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [2]; 3. 67-Christopher Bell [4]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [5]; 5. 33-Danny Lasoski [6]; 6. W20-Greg Wilson [3]

 
Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer - 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2][-]; 2. 14-Tony Stewart [3][-]; 3. 2-Shane Stewart [4][-]; 4. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [6][-]; 5. 1X-Gary Taylor [5][-]; 6. 13-Clyde Knipp [1][-]; 7. 81W-Danny Wood [7][$300]; 8. 12W-Dale Wester [8][$250]

 
Unofficial World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Championship Standings
 

 
Pos.
Car
Driver
Total
Diff
Wins
Top 5's
Top 10's
1
15
Donny Schatz
2390
0
6
11
14
2
5
David Gravel
2346
-44
4
11
14
3
49
Brad Sweet
2324
-66
2
11
13
4
41
Jason Johnson
2218
-172
2
6
10
5
9
Daryn Pittman
2192
-198
0
3
9
6
2
Shane Stewart
2178
-212
0
3
11
7
93
Sheldon Haudenschild
2158
-232
0
5
9
8
1S
Logan Schuchart
2142
-248
1
4
7
9
4
Paul McMahan
2116
-274
0
2
7
10
17
Joey Saldana
2104
-286
0
2
4
11
7S
Jason Sides
2078
-312
0
3
9
12
19
Brent Marks
2070
-320
0
0
4
13
11k
Kraig Kinser
2046
-344
0
1
2
14
W20
Greg Wilson
1966
-424
0
1
4
15
18
Ian Madsen
1826
-564
0
2
8
16
2X
Parker Price-Miller
1756
-634
0
0
2
17
1A
Jacob Allen
1690
-700
0
0
0
18
21
Brian Brown
1644
-746
1
7
7
19
13
Clyde Knipp
1612
-778
0
0
0
20
24R
Rico Abreu
1546
-844
1
5
8

 

 

 

 

 
The Ragin' Cajun Scores His First Devil's Bowl Win
 
Second Win of the Season, Seventh Career Series Win

original piece at woosprint.com


 
MESQUITE, TX - April 15, 2017 - Jason "the Ragin' Cajun" Johnson dominated night one of the Texas Outlaw Nationals at Devil's Bowl Speedway, leading all 25 laps of the evening's Feature after winning the Craftsman Club Dash from the pole and running fastest in qualifying.

 
"It's one of these nights you always imagine and you dream of," said Johnson from Victory Lane. "We set quicktime, won a heat, won a dash, won a feature. That's a first for me, so hats off to this crew: Jeff, Jacob, Phillip. They're working their tails off, and it's a lot of fun to drive right now," he continued with a chuckle. "It feels great to be back in Victory Lane."

 
Johnson's second win of the season leaves him fourth in points standings and finally puts a little distance between him and Daryn Pittman. It's also his seventh career series victory, the first one having been at Texas Motor Speedway fourteen years ago.

 
While Johnson led flag-to-flag, Brad Sweet was patiently working his Napa Auto Parts/ Kasey Kahne Racing No. 49 up from five to make a late-race push for the lead. Running the bottom, he made a pass for second over Jason Sides between turns three and four, but then chose to follow Johnson on the top and came in after him.

 
"It was a fine line. I moved up to the top a little bit," explained Sweet. "I think if I would have committed to the bottom and hit it a few more times we would have been a lot closer there at the end. Or maybe I would have been able to get in there. But hats off to [Jason Johnson]. He did a great job."

 
Sides, who had been running second throughout the race, lost steam in the final laps and dropped back to eight, leaving the final podium spot to Logan Schuchart, who had been running in fourth.

 
Meanwhile, it wasn't a stellar day for the expected superstars on the field. NASCAR stars Tony Stewart and Kasey Kahne came in 22 and 11 respectively, both falling back two spots from their starting positions. And eight-time Series Champion Donny Schatz washed way up the track in the first half of lap one and never fully recovered. 

 
The previous night's winner, David Gravel, managed to work his way up from the back, but it just wasn't enough, leaving him in 14. But last year's night one winner, Joey Saldana barely missed the podium with a fourth place finish.

 
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will return to action tomorrow for the final night of the Texas Outlaw Nationals at Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, TX.

 

 

 
RACE NOTES:  Jason "the Ragin' Cajun" Johnson dominated night one of the Texas Outlaw Nationals at Devil's Bowl Speedway, leading all 25 laps of the evening's Feature after winning the Craftsman Club Dash from the pole and running fastest in qualifying. Following him into Victory Lane was Brad Sweet in the KKR 49 after a failed last-lap effort to steal first. Logan Schuchart in third.

 
CONTINGENCY WINNERS: MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Travis Rilat; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Jason Johnson; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Brent Marks; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Karig Kinser; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Jason Sides; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Brent Marks; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Brady Bacon; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Brady Bacon; Super Flow ($50 cash): David Gravel; Craftsman Club Fast Five ($100 cash): Jason Johnson, Jason Sides, Logan Schuchart, Brad Sweet, Joey Saldana; Craftsman/Sears: Christopher Bell; KSE Hard Charger: Kraig Kinser; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Jason Johnson; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Sheldon Haudenschild; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Jacob Allen.

 
SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz - 6 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, LoneStar Speedway on March 3, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 10, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 18 ); David Gravel - 4 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 17, Placerville Speedway on March 29, Perris Auto Speedway on April 1, Gator Motorplex on April 3); Jason Johnson - 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17, Devil's Bowl Speedway on April 14); Brad Sweet - 1 (Stockton Dirt Track on March 25), Logan Schuchart - 1 (Keller Auto Speedway on March 31), Brian Brown - 1 (Cocopah Speedway on April 7), Rico Abreu - 1 (Arizona Speedway on April 8).

 
Statistical Report; Devil's Bowl Speedway, TX; April 14, 2017

 
Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 41-Jason Johnson [1][$8,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [5][$4,000]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [4][$2,500]; 4. 17-Joey Saldana [6][$2,200]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [12][$2,100]; 6. 2-Shane Stewart [8][$2,000]; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman [14][$1,800]; 8. 7S-Jason Sides [2][$1,600]; 9. 19-Brent Marks [11][$1,500]; 10. 33-Danny Lasoski [13][$1,300]; 11. 4K-Kasey Kahne [9][$1,200]; 12. 99-Brady Bacon [17][$1,100]; 13. 2C-Wayne Johnson [7][$1,000]; 14. 5-David Gravel [21][$700]; 15. 4-Paul McMahan [15][$600]; 16. 15-Donny Schatz [10][$600]; 17. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [22][$600]; 18. 67-Christopher Bell [3][$600]; 19. 82-Cap Henry [23][$600]; 20. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [16][$600]; 21. 81W-Danny Wood [18][$600]; 22. 14-Tony Stewart [20][$600]; 23. 1A-Jacob Allen [19][$600]; 24. 29-Travis Rilat [24][$600]; Lap Leaders: Jason Johnson 1-25; KSE Hard Charger Award: 11K-Kraig Kinser[+7]

 
Qualifying - 1. 41-Jason Johnson, 13.707; 2. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.78; 3. 67-Christopher Bell, 14.076; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 14.135; 5. 49-Brad Sweet, 14.166; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.229; 7. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 14.253; 8. 2-Shane Stewart, 14.263; 9. 17-Joey Saldana, 14.27; 10. 15-Donny Schatz, 14.308; 11. 19-Brent Marks, 14.367; 12. 4K-Kasey Kahne, 14.44; 13. 33-Danny Lasoski, 14.465; 14. 9-Daryn Pittman, 14.479; 15. 13-Clyde Knipp, 14.49; 16. 1A-Jacob Allen, 14.501; 17. 14-Tony Stewart, 14.519; 18. 81W-Danny Wood, 14.52; 19. 2X-Parker Price-Miller, 14.552; 20. 99-Brady Bacon, 14.564; 21. 4-Paul McMahan, 14.584; 22. 5-David Gravel, 14.588; 23. W20-Greg Wilson, 14.612; 24. 82-Cap Henry, 14.686; 25. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 14.754; 26. 99T-Skylar Gee, 14.92; 27. 29-Travis Rilat, 15.237; 28. 1X-Gary Taylor, 23.157; 29. 84-Scott Bogucki, 23.278

 
Heat #1 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer - 1. 41-Jason Johnson [1]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2]; 3. 2C-Wayne Johnson [3]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 5. 33-Danny Lasoski [5]; 6. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [7]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [6]; 8. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [9]; 9. 5-David Gravel [8]; 10. 1X-Gary Taylor [10]

 
Heat #2 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer - 1. 7S-Jason Sides [1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 3. 2-Shane Stewart [3]; 4. 19-Brent Marks [4]; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman [5]; 6. 99-Brady Bacon [7]; 7. 14-Tony Stewart [6]; 8. W20-Greg Wilson [8]; 9. 99T-Skylar Gee [9]; 10. 84-Scott Bogucki [10]

 
Heat #3 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer - 1. 67-Christopher Bell [1]; 2. 17-Joey Saldana [3]; 3. 4K-Kasey Kahne [4]; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser [2]; 5. 4-Paul McMahan [7]; 6. 81W-Danny Wood [6]; 7. 29-Travis Rilat [9]; 8. 82-Cap Henry [8]; 9. 13-Clyde Knipp [5]

 
Craftsman Club Dash (6 Laps) - 1. 41-Jason Johnson [1]; 2. 7S-Jason Sides [2]; 3. 67-Christopher Bell [3]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart [4]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [5]; 6. 17-Joey Saldana [6]

 
Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer - 1. 1A-Jacob Allen [2][-]; 2. 14-Tony Stewart [3][-]; 3. 5-David Gravel [4][-]; 4. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [7][-]; 5. 82-Cap Henry [6][-]; 6. 29-Travis Rilat [9][-]; 7. 99T-Skylar Gee [8][$300]; 8. W20-Greg Wilson [5][$250]; 9. 1X-Gary Taylor [10][$225]; 10. 13-Clyde Knipp [1][$200]; 11. 84-Scott Bogucki [11][$200]

 
Unofficial World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

 
Pos.
Car
Driver
Total
Diff
Wins
Top 5's
Top 10's
1
15
Donny Schatz
2260
0
6
11
13
2
5
David Gravel
2200
-60
4
10
13
3
49
Brad Sweet
2174
-86
1
10
12
4
41
Jason Johnson
2080
-180
2
6
9
5
9
Daryn Pittman
2066
-194
0
3
9
6
2
Shane Stewart
2064
-196
0
3
11
7
93
Sheldon Haudenschild
2018
-242
0
4
8
8
1S
Logan Schuchart
2014
-246
1
4
7
9
17
Joey Saldana
1992
-268
0
2
4
10
4
Paul McMahan
1992
-268
0
2
7
11
7S
Jason Sides
1944
-316
0
3
8
12
19
Brent Marks
1934
-326
0
0
3
13
11k
Kraig Kinser
1924
-336
0
1
2
14
W20
Greg Wilson
1834
-426
0
1
3
15
18
Ian Madsen
1826
-434
0
2
8
16
2X
Parker Price-Miller
1646
-614
0
0
2
17
21
Brian Brown
1644
-616
1
7
7
18
1A
Jacob Allen
1574
-686
0
0
0
19
24R
Rico Abreu
1546
-714
1
5
8
20
13
Clyde Knipp
1510
-750
0
0
0
 

 

David Gravel Scores His Fourth Season Win at Gator Motorplex 

Packed House Cheers on Haudenschild after Three Collisions

 
WILLIS, TX - April 14, 2017 - "It is official. David Gravel has cleared the scales in the CJB Motorsports No. 5, headed to Victory Lane!" cried Johnny Gibson over the PA at Gator Motorplex Thursday night. This was win number four of the season in the No. 5 machine, and a twentieth career win for Gravel.

 
He worked hard for this one, starting in tenth and working the high side. While Jason Sides started on the pole, with NASCAR driver Kasey Kayne in second, it was Paul McMahan in the lead when Gravel finally took it in lap 30 - and he took it from below.

 
"I started tenth and was in second before I knew it," said the inaugural Gator Bash champ. "I knew it was a 40-lap race. I tried to be really patient with Paul [McMahan]. The curve got really really really tricky as the race went on, and I almost bit the wall a couple of times."

 
But it wasn't Gravel who bit the wall at all. That fell on Rookie-of-the-Year-contender Sheldon Haudenschild, who with 4 laps to go got into his third tangle of the night. Haudenschild was the unofficial fan favorite at Gator Motorplex, drawing loud cheers for his persistence each time he returned to the field after two flips. But the last one set him bouncing off the wall outside of turn four, right into Brad Sweet.

 
Sweet had been busy battling Donny Schatz for the fourth spot, which is precisely where Schatz remained after the checkered flag flew.

 
The inaugural Gator Bash saw a packed house in Willis, Texas, where fans cheered on Kahne as he made his return to dirt in the iRacing.com 4K. But after a lucky Dash inversion draw that put him on the pole, Kahne spun out during the Feature, turning sideways in turn four and causing Daryn Pittman and Dustin Gates to flip over each other.

 
Meanwhile, Sides maintained his lead until lap 14, when McMahan come up from third to take it from him. It wasn't until 26 laps later that Gravel managed to final clear both of them, leading them into the checkers in just that order.

 
"Finishing second right now feels like a win - the way all last year went," said McMahan from Victory Lane. "But second still sucks."  

 
The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series will return to action tomorrow, Friday night, at Devil's Bowl Speedway for the Texas Outlaw Nationals in Mesquite, TX.

 
RACE NOTES: David Gravel scored his fourth season win at the inaugural Gator Outlaw Bash at Gator Motorplex, leading the final 11 laps of the 40-lap Feature. Paul McMahan and Jason Sides, the only two other lap leaders in the race, followed Gravel to Victory Lane, leaving points leader and defending champion Donny Schatz just short after a turn four incident took Brad Sweet and Sheldon Haudenschild out of the running.

 
CONTINGENCY WINNERS: MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Aaron Reutzel; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): David Gravel; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Jason Johnson; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Jason Johnson; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Brady Bacon; Comp Cams ($50 cash): SHane Stewart; Morton Buildings ($50 cash): Logan Schuchart; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Kraig Kinser; Super Flow ($50 cash): Daryn Pittman; Craftsman Club Fast Five ($100 cash): Jason Sides, Paul McMahan, Sheldon Haudenschild; Craftsman/Sears: Kasey Kahnef; KSE Hard Charger: Logan Schuchart; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): David Gravel; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Greg Wilson; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Aaron Reutzel.

 
SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz - 6 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, LoneStar Speedway on March 3, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 10, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 18 ); David Gravel - 4 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 17, Placerville Speedway on March 29, Perris Auto Speedway on April 1, Gator Motorplex on April 3); Jason Johnson - 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17); Brad Sweet - 1 (Stockton Dirt Track on March 25), Logan Schuchart - 1 (Keller Auto Speedway), Brian Brown - 1 (Cocopah Speedway), Rico Abreu - 1 (Arizona Speedway).

 
World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Gator Motorplex, TX, April 13, 2017

 
Feature (40 Laps) - 1. 5-David Gravel [10][$10,000]; 2. 4-Paul McMahan [3][$5,500]; 3. 7S-Jason Sides [1][$3,200]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [4][$2,800]; 5. 41-Jason Johnson [8][$2,500]; 6. 17-Joey Saldana [15][$2,300]; 7. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [11][$2,200]; 8. 99-Brady Bacon [14][$2,100]; 9. 2-Shane Stewart [19][$2,050]; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart [22][$2,000]; 11. 19-Brent Marks [12][$1,500]; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser [18][$1,200]; 13. 67-Christopher Bell [21][$1,100]; 14. 82-Cap Henry [17][$1,050]; 15. 9-Daryn Pittman [9][$1,000]; 16. 84-Scott Bogucki [7][$900]; 17. W20-Greg Wilson [20][$800]; 18. 49-Brad Sweet [5][$800]; 19. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [6][$800]; 20. 4K-Kasey Kahne [2][$800]; 21. 87-Aaron Reutzel [13][$800]; 22. 17G-Dustin Gates [23][$800]; 23. 33-Danny Lasoski [16][$800]; 24. 2C-Wayne Johnson [24][$800]; Lap Leaders: Jason Sides 1-13, Paul McMahan 14-29, David Gravel 30-40; KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+12]

 
Qualifying - 1. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.479; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.517; 3. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.53; 4. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.573; 5. 4-Paul McMahan, 11.618; 6. 4K-Kasey Kahne, 11.631; 7. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 11.651; 8. 41-Jason Johnson, 11.661; 9. 9-Daryn Pittman, 11.663; 10. 84-Scott Bogucki, 11.681; 11. 82-Cap Henry, 11.687; 12. 19-Brent Marks, 11.773; 13. 5-David Gravel, 11.805; 14. 2X-Parker Price-Miller, 11.838; 15. 17-Joey Saldana, 11.854; 16. 33-Danny Lasoski, 11.93; 17. 99-Brady Bacon, 11.947; 18. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.991; 19. W20-Greg Wilson, 12.027; 20. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.044; 21. 17G-Dustin Gates, 12.054; 22. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 12.081; 23. 67-Christopher Bell, 12.106; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.163; 25. 99T-Skylar Gee, 12.385; 26. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.385; 27. 88-Scottie McDonald, 12.672; 28. 13-Clyde Knipp, 12.69

 
Heat #1 (10 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer - 1. 49-Brad Sweet [1]; 2. 7S-Jason Sides [2]; 3. 84-Scott Bogucki [4]; 4. 5-David Gravel [5]; 5. 87-Aaron Reutzel [3]; 6. 33-Danny Lasoski [6]; 7. 2C-Wayne Johnson [8]; 8. W20-Greg Wilson [7]; 9. 99T-Skylar Gee [9]; 10. 13-Clyde Knipp [10]

 
Heat #2 (10 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer - 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1]; 2. 4-Paul McMahan [2]; 3. 41-Jason Johnson [3]; 4. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [5]; 5. 99-Brady Bacon [6]; 6. 82-Cap Henry [4]; 7. 67-Christopher Bell [8]; 8. 2-Shane Stewart [7]; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart [9]

 
Heat #3 (10 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer - 1. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [1]; 2. 4K-Kasey Kahne [2]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [3]; 4. 19-Brent Marks [4]; 5. 17-Joey Saldana [5]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [6]; 7. 17G-Dustin Gates [7]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [8]; 9. 88-Scottie McDonald [9]

 
Craftsman Club Dash (8 Laps) - 1. 7S-Jason Sides [3]; 2. 4K-Kasey Kahne [1]; 3. 4-Paul McMahan [2]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [5]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [6]; 6. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [4]

 
Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer - 1. 2-Shane Stewart [2][-]; 2. W20-Greg Wilson [1][-]; 3. 67-Christopher Bell [5][-]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart [8][-]; 5. 17G-Dustin Gates [3][-]; 6. 2C-Wayne Johnson [4][-]; 7. 13-Clyde Knipp [10][$300]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [6][$250]; 9. 99T-Skylar Gee [7][$225]; 10. 88-Scottie McDonald [9][$200]

 
Unofficial World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

 
Pos.
Car
Driver
Total
Diff
Wins
Top 5's
Top 10's
1
15
Donny Schatz
2142
0
6
11
13
2
5
David Gravel
2078
-64
4
10
13
3
49
Brad Sweet
2028
-114
1
9
11
4
41
Jason Johnson
1930
-212
1
5
8
 
9
Daryn Pittman
1930
-212
0
3
8
6
2
Shane Stewart
1926
-216
0
3
10
7
93
Sheldon Haudenschild
1902
-240
0
4
8
8
4
Paul McMahan
1872
-270
0
2
7
9
1S
Logan Schuchart
1870
-272
1
3
6
10
17
Joey Saldana
1850
-292
0
1
3
11
18
Ian Madsen
1826
-316
0
2
8
12
7S
Jason Sides
1810
-332
0
3
7
13
19
Brent Marks
1802
-340
0
0
2
14
11k
Kraig Kinser
1784
-358
0
0
1
15
W20
Greg Wilson
1744
-398
0
1
3
16
21
Brian Brown
1644
-498
1
7
7
17
24R
Rico Abreu
1546
-596
1
5
8
18
2X
Parker Price-Miller
1536
-606
0
0
2
19
1A
Jacob Allen
1470
-672
0
0
0
20
13
Clyde Knipp
1420
-722
0
0
0

 

 

Promoter Tribute and Special Guests Planned for the Birthplace of the World of Outlaws

Devil's Bowl Speedway Texas Outlaw Nationals this weekend

CONCORD, NC - April 11, 2017 - A full weekend of events scheduled for when the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series returns to the place of establishment at Devil's Bowl Speedway on Friday and Saturday, April 14 and 15.

The racing world lost a true pioneer last September when Lanny Edwards, co-creator and promoter of the World of Outlaws passed away. On Saturday, during opening ceremonies the sport will pay tribute to Edwards when the family of Lanny Edwards will be presented the Ted Johnson Award - awarded for Outstanding Contribution to Sprint Car Racing. Also included in the special pre-race ceremonies will be a driver salute to Edwards, plus sharing of special memories of Edwards.

Before the cars hit the high-banked, half-mile speedway a special autograph session will take place with the likes of Kasey Kahne, Donny Schatz, Legendary Johnny Rutherford, Shane Stewart and other special guests. The autograph session will run from at 4:45pm to 5:30pm under the grandstands of the Devil's Bowl Speedway.

To wrap up the full-weekend of events, on Easter Sunday, the local Sears in Mesquite, TX will hold a sidewalk sale. Not only will you find great deals on Craftsman Tools, but you will get the chance to check out the famous Craftsman Peterbuilt Truck and Sprint Car show car, play fun games and purchase delicious barbecue. The event will take place at Sears (3000 Town East Mall, Mesquite, TX) on Sunday April 16 from 1:00 to 4:00pm.

Tickets for the doubleheader at Devil's Bowl can be purchased by visiting WorldofOutlaws.com/Tickets

 

 


 
Abreu Closes Out Western Swing in Victory Lane Arizona Speedway
 
Gravel and Brown finish on the podium at Arizona Desert Shootout
 
QUEEN CREEK, AZ - April 8, 2017 - Coming into the Arizona stretch of the 2017 season, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series full-time drivers scored wins in first 12 events of the season. That stat changed after Brian Brown ran away with the Yuma Valley Showdown at Cocopah Speedway on Friday Night. The outsiders were looking to make it two-for-two in Arizona when the Series visited the Arizona Speedway for the second time in their history.
 
For the second night in a row, Brown started from the pole position. After jumping out to an early lead, Brown opened up a half-second lead over Abreu after a pass attempt that didn't stick.
 
On lap 12 of the 30-lap Arizona Desert Shootout, David Gravel who was running third made a move on Jason Sides to move him inside the top three.
 
At the half-way point, Abreu, from St. Helena, CA closed the gap on Brown while he was dealing with lap traffic and took advantage of the opportunity and threw a perfectly executed slide-job pass on Brown in Turn 2 to vault him into the lead.
 
"It's so easy to slow down to someone's pass, especially when they're in traffic," said Rico Abreu. "You've got to be committed on your slide jobs - that's what I do nowadays. I got a little impatient when we got to lap traffic but once I cleared some lap cars I felt really confident and made the move. I just tried to save my tires for the end as I knew it was going to get trickier for someone to peel off and pass."
 
While Abreu was making his move on Brown, Gravel was also able to sneak his No. 5 GoMuddy.com machine by for second.
 
"[traffic] started to play an issue there but I'm happy with a second-place finish," said David Gravel. "It was a really fun race with a lot of sliders. I just wanted to thank all my guys and everyone at CJB Motorsports. We'll take a second and move onto next week."
 
Out front as the leader, Abreu was left to navigate his way around heavy lap traffic but Abreu made quick work and was able to grow his lead to a one-second advantage.
 
As the laps started to tick away, Gravel worked his way back up to the rear bumper of Abreu. With just a few laps remaining, Gravel didn't get the opportunity to get by Abreu to add to his win total, instead it was Rico Abreu playing spoiler to the Outlaw regulars as the outsiders swept the Arizona weekend.
 
The Outlaws will head back east after a spending a month on the west coast of the United States for a makeup race at Gator Motorplex on Thursday April 13. A trip back to the place where it all started for the Outlaws at Devil's Bowl Speedway for a doubleheader on April 14 and 15.
 
For tickets visit WorldofOutlaws.com/Tickets or by calling 844-DIRT-TIX.
Arizona Speedway Notebook
 
SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz - 6 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, LoneStar Speedway on March 3, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 10, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 18 ); David Gravel - 3 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 17, Placerville Speedway on March 29, Perris Auto Speedway on April 1); Jason Johnson - 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17); Brad Sweet - 1 (Stockton Dirt Track on March 25), Logan Schuchart - 1 (Keller Auto Speedway), Brian Brown - 1 (Cocopah Speedway), Rico Abreu - 1 (Arizona Speedway).
 
CONTINGENCY WINNERS - MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Billy Chester; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): David Gravel; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Jason Sides; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Shane Stewart; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Joey Saldana; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Sheldon Haudensheld,; Super Flow ($50 cash): Daryn Pittman; Craftsman Club ($100 cash each):Jason Johnson, Joey Saldana, Jason Sides, David Gravel, N/A; Craftsman/Sears ($100 cash): Brian Brown; KSE Racing Products ($100 product certificate): Kraig Kinser; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): David Gravel; JE Pistons (Set of Rings each): Logan Schuchart, Jacob Allen.
 
World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Arizona Speedway, AZ. April 8, 2017
 
Feature (30 Laps): 1. 24-Rico Abreu [2][$10,000]; 2. 5-David Gravel [6][$5,500]; 3. 21-Brian Brown [1][$3,200]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [7][$2,800]; 5. 7S-Jason Sides [5][$2,500]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz [9][$2,300]; 7. 41-Jason Johnson [3][$2,200]; 8. 2-Shane Stewart [8][$2,100]; 9. 17-Joey Saldana [4][$2,050]; 10. 4-Paul McMahan [10][$2,000]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser [19][$1,500]; 12. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [15][$1,200]; 13. 18-Ian Madsen [12][$1,100]; 14. 9-Daryn Pittman [18][$1,050]; 15. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [13][$1,000]; 16. W20-Greg Wilson [16][$900]; 17. 1S-Logan Schuchart [14][$800]; 18. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [17][$800]; 19. 19-Brent Marks [11][$800]; 20. 82-Stevie Sussex [21][$800]; 21. 2A-Austin Pierce [22][$800]; 22. 1A-Jacob Allen [20][$800]; 23. 5C-Billy Chester [23][$800], 24. 90-Lance Norick [24][$800]
 
Qualifying : 1. 5-David Gravel, 12.747; 2. 17-Joey Saldana, 12.751; 3. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.773; 4. 41-Jason Johnson, 12.79; 5. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.825; 6. 21-Brian Brown, 12.827; 7. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.852; 8. 24-Rico Abreu, 12.94; 9. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.971; 10. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 12.974; 11. 19-Brent Marks, 12.977; 12. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.977; 13. 4-Paul McMahan, 12.994; 14. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.041; 15. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.064; 16. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.099; 17. 2X-Parker Price-Miller, 13.188; 18. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.215; 19. 82-Stevie Sussex, 13.219; 20. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.25; 21. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.267; 22. 90-Lance Norick, 13.351; 23. 2A-Austin Pierce, 13.354; 24. 5C-Billy Chester, 13.503; 25. 22-Cori Andrews, 13.781; 26. 13-Clyde Knipp, 13.784. Lap Leaders: Brian Brown 1-15, Rico Abreu 16-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 11K-Kraig Kinser[+8]
 
Heat #1 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer to Feature: 1. 5-David Gravel [1]; 2. 41-Jason Johnson [2]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [3]; 4. 4-Paul McMahan [5]; 5. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [4]; 6. W20-Greg Wilson [6]; 7. 82-Stevie Sussex [7]; 8. 90-Lance Norick [8]; 9. 22-Cori Andrews [9]
 
Heat #2 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer to Feature: 1. 17-Joey Saldana [1]; 2. 24-Rico Abreu [3]; 3. 2-Shane Stewart [2]; 4. 19-Brent Marks [4]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5]; 6. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [6]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [7]; 8. 2A-Austin Pierce [8]; 9. 13-Clyde Knipp [9]
 
Heat #3 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer to Feature: 1. 7S-Jason Sides [1]; 2. 21-Brian Brown [2]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 4. 18-Ian Madsen [5]; 5. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [3]; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman [6]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [7]; 8. 5C-Billy Chester [8]
 
Craftsman Club Dash (6 Laps): 1. 21-Brian Brown [1]; 2. 24-Rico Abreu [2]; 3. 41-Jason Johnson [3]; 4. 17-Joey Saldana [5]; 5. 7S-Jason Sides [4]; 6. 5-David Gravel [6]
 
Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer to Feature: 1. 11K-Kraig Kinser [2][-]; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen [3][-]; 3. 82-Stevie Sussex [1][-]; 4. 2A-Austin Pierce [5][-]; 5. 5C-Billy Chester [6][-]; 6. 90-Lance Norick [4][-]; 7. 13-Clyde Knipp [8][$300]; 8. 22-Cori Andrews [7][$250]
 
Unofficial World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Championship Standings
 
Pos.
Car
Driver
Total
Diff
Wins
Top 5's
Top 10's
1
15
Donny Schatz
2000
0
6
10
12
3
5
David Gravel
1928
-72
3
9
12
2
49
Brad Sweet
1914
-86
1
9
11
4
18
Ian Madsen
1826
-174
0
2
8
5
9
Daryn Pittman
1810
-190
0
3
8
6
2
Shane Stewart
1794
-206
0
3
9
7
41
Jason Johnson
1790
-210
1
4
7
8
93
Sheldon Haudenschild
1790
-210
0
4
8
9
1S
Logan Schuchart
1740
-260
1
3
5
10
4
Paul McMahan
1726
-274
0
1
6
11
17
Joey Saldana
1712
-288
0
1
2
12
19
Brent Marks
1674
-326
0
0
2
13
7S
Jason Sides
1666
-334
0
2
6
14
11k
Kraig Kinser
1658
-342
0
0
1
15
21
Brian Brown
1644
-356
1
7
7
16
W20
Greg Wilson
1628
-372
0
1
3
17
24R
Rico Abreu
1546
-454
1
5
8
18
2X
Parker Price-Miller
1400
-600
0
0
1
19
1A
Jacob Allen
1380
-620
0
0
0
20
13
Clyde Knipp
1330
-670
0
0
0

 

 

'Blackjack' Brian Brown Returns to Victory Lane at Cocopah Speedway
 
Browns first World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory in three years
 
SOMERTON, AZ - April 7, 2017 - Brian Brown ousted the field in the Yuma Valley Showdown at Cocopah Speedway for his first World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series win in over three years. It was a race where track position was key and Brown had just that by starting on the pole of the 30-lap Feature event. Donny Schatz grabbed his tenth top-five of the season with a runner-up finish.
 
By winning the Craftsman Club® Dash, Brian Brown was awarded the pole position - a starting position that proved to be invaluable. At the drop of the green flag, the Grain Valley, MO-driver quickly jumped out to an early lead over the 24-car field.
 
"This is awesome, we've had a rough couple of nights," said Brian Brown. "It's been an awesome start to the year, but the last couple of nights haven't been good. The [crew] had a talk before the race and decided to hit the reset button. We've been in position to win some of these races this year, we just haven't capitalized. To beat these guys is an honor and we're excited to get to [Arizona Speedway] tomorrow. I can't thank Casey General Stores, FVP and my crew enough for this."
 
With Jason Sides settling into the second position from the get go, Sheldon Haudenschild tried to strike early at advancing his position with a slide job on Sides. The aggressive move didn't stick however, proving costly as Schatz took advantage and vaulted into the fourth position.
 
The field started to search for more moisture on the track and eventually saw the groove move from the top of the 3/8th-mile oval down to the bottom. With leaders quickly approaching lap traffic, Schatz who was running third was able to get by Sides to move him into the runner-up position.
 
"We had a decent enough car to win but the way the track played out we had to be another row forward," said Donny Schatz. "Everyone's tires were bald and it was one groove in Turns 1 and 2 but Turn 3 and 4 had two grooves, we just used so much tires at the end. Just happy to salvage a second-place finish."
 
The only slow down on the day for World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series came on lap 25 of the 30-lap Feature event. The No. 13 of Clyde Knipp and Shane Stewart tangled in Turn 4; Stewart was able to rejoin the field, while Knipp's night was done early as he got a tow to the infield.
 
On the ensuing single-file restart Brown got off to a quick restart and jumped out to a five car-length lead over the No. 15 Arctic Cat machine of Donny Schatz. Making one last-ditch effort at Brown, Schatz came up unsuccessful allowing Brown to cruise to his first win of the 2017 season and his third career World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series win.
 
After experiencing motor issues during qualifying, Daryn Pittman and the No. 9 Great Clips Kasey Kahne Racing team changed power plants before the heat race. Pittman was able to qualify into the Feature event through the Last Chance Showdown to start 22nd on the field. The KSE Hard Charger gained positions during the feature to finish 14th.
 
The World of Outlaws head east for a stop at the Arizona Speedway for the Arizona Desert Showdown on Saturday, April 8th to wrap up the Western Spring swing before making their way back to Texas for a make-up show at Gator Motorplex on Thursday, April 13th and Devil's Bowl for a two-night event on April 14 and 15. For tickets visit WorldofOutlaws.com/Tickets or call 844-DIRT-TIX.

 
Cocopah Speedway Notebook
 
SEASON WINNERS:
Donny Schatz - 6 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, LoneStar Speedway on March 3, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 10, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 18 ); David Gravel - 3 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 17, Placerville Speedway on March 29, Perris Auto Speedway on April 1); Jason Johnson - 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17); Brad Sweet - 1 (Stockton Dirt Track on March 25), Logan Schuchart - 1 (Keller Auto Speedway), Brian Brown - 1 (Cocopah Speedway).
 
World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Cocopah Speedway, AZ. April 7, 2017
 
Feature (30 Laps) :
1. 21-Brian Brown [1][$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$5,500]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [5][$3,200]; 4. 7S-Jason Sides [2][$2,800]; 5. 4-Paul McMahan [6][$2,500]; 6. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [4][$2,300]; 7. 5-David Gravel [10][$2,200]; 8. 18-Ian Madsen [7][$2,100]; 9. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [8][$2,050]; 10. 24-Rico Abreu [12][$2,000]; 11. 1S-Logan Schuchart [13][$1,500]; 12. 41-Jason Johnson [11][$1,200]; 13. 17-Joey Saldana [15][$1,100]; 14. 9-Daryn Pittman [22][$1,050]; 15. W20-Greg Wilson [14][$1,000]; 16. 11K-Kraig Kinser [17][$900]; 17. 2-Shane Stewart [9][$800]; 18. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [18][$800]; 19. 19-Brent Marks [19][$800]; 20. 5C-Billy Chester [21][$800]; 21. 82-Stevie Sussex [16][$800]; 22. 2A-Austin Pierce [23][$800]; 23. 13-Clyde Knipp [24][$800]; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen [20][$800] Lap Leaders: Brian Brown 1-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 9-Daryn Pittman[+8]
 
Qualifying :
1. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.529; 2. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.67; 3. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.778; 4. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.907; 5. 4-Paul McMahan, 13.909; 6. 21-Brian Brown, 13.926; 7. 5-David Gravel, 13.948; 8. 2X-Parker Price-Miller, 14; 9. 2-Shane Stewart, 14.001; 10. 15-Donny Schatz, 14.047; 11. 41-Jason Johnson, 14.129; 12. 17-Joey Saldana, 14.161; 13. 82-Stevie Sussex, 14.167; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.218; 15. 24-Rico Abreu, 14.333; 16. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 14.421; 17. W20-Greg Wilson, 14.459; 18. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 14.469; 19. 19-Brent Marks, 14.737; 20. 2A-Austin Pierce, 14.768; 21. 5C-Billy Chester, 14.878; 22. 13-Clyde Knipp, 14.906; 23. 1A-Jacob Allen, 14.924; 24. 22-Cori Andrews, 14.968; 25. 9-Daryn Pittman, NT
 
Heat #1 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer to Feature:
1. 49-Brad Sweet [1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 3. 18-Ian Madsen [2]; 4. 5-David Gravel [3]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [6]; 6. 82-Stevie Sussex [5]; 7. 19-Brent Marks [7]; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman [9]; 9. 13-Clyde Knipp [8]
 
Heat #2 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer to Feature:
1. 4-Paul McMahan [2]; 2. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [1]; 3. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [3]; 4. 41-Jason Johnson [4]; 5. W20-Greg Wilson [6]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [5]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [8]; 8. 2A-Austin Pierce [7]
 
Heat #3 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer to Feature:
1. 7S-Jason Sides [1]; 2. 21-Brian Brown [2]; 3. 2-Shane Stewart [3]; 4. 24-Rico Abreu [5]; 5. 17-Joey Saldana [4]; 6. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [6]; 7. 5C-Billy Chester [7]; 8. 22-Cori Andrews [8]
 
Craftsman Club Dash (6 Laps):
1. 21-Brian Brown [1]; 2. 7S-Jason Sides [4]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 4. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [2]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [6]; 6. 4-Paul McMahan [5]
 
Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) :
Top 6 Transfer to Feature: 1. 19-Brent Marks [1][-]; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen [5][-]; 3. 5C-Billy Chester [3][-]; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman [7][-]; 5. 2A-Austin Pierce [2][-]; 6. 13-Clyde Knipp [4][-]; 7. 22-Cori Andrews [6][$300]
 
 
Unofficial World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Championship Standings
 
Pos.
Car
Driver
Total
Diff
Wins
Top 5's
Top 10's
1
15
Donny Schatz
1862
0
6
10
11
3
5
David Gravel
1782
-80
3
8
11
2
49
Brad Sweet
1772
-90
1
8
10
4
18
Ian Madsen
1702
-160
0
2
8
5
9
Daryn Pittman
1688
-174
0
3
8
6
93
Sheldon Haudenschild
1664
-198
0
4
8
7
2
Shane Stewart
1660
-202
0
3
8
8
41
Jason Johnson
1654
-208
1
4
6
9
1S
Logan Schuchart
1624
-238
1
3
5
10
4
Paul McMahan
1596
-266
0
1
5
11
17
Joey Saldana
1580
-282
0
1
1
12
19
Brent Marks
1562
-300
0
0
2
13
11k
Kraig Kinser
1530
-332
0
0
1
14
7S
Jason Sides
1526
-336
0
1
5
15
W20
Greg Wilson
1510
-352
0
1
3
16
21
Brian Brown
1500
-362
1
6
6
17
24R
Rico Abreu
1396
-466
0
4
7
18
2X
Parker Price-Miller
1286
-576
0
0
1
19
1A
Jacob Allen
1274
-588
0
0
0
20
13
Clyde Knipp
1240
-622
0
0
0
 
 

 

 

 

Outlaw Hoosier State Hopefuls
CJB Motorsports Looks to Build on Success at Tri-State Speedway

CONCORD, NC - April 7, 2017 - The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series rolls into the Hoosier state for the Bob Newton Classic at Plymouth Speedway on Friday, April 28 before heading south to Tri-State Speedway the following night.

The Outlaws will first tackle Plymouth Speedway on Friday, April 28th. The Series made its debut at the semi-banked, 3/8th-mile oval in Plymouth, IN last season. Joey Saldana sat on the pole for last year's the inaugural event, but it was the 'Big Cat' Brad Sweet that went on to claim the victory. Saldana came home with a top-five finish.

Off to a fast start in the 2017 season is the No. 5 CJB Motorsports GoMuddy.com team. With three wins, the team sits second in the points standings after the first two months of the season. Driver David Gravel and crew chief Barry Jackson and team are hitting on all cylinders heading into the spring months of the season.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series makes its annual stop at Tri-State Speedway's high-banked, quarter-mile on Saturday, April 29. Gravel and his No. 5 GoMuddy.com team are the defending champions of the event. Better still, Barry Jackson has been the winning crew chief for the last three races at Tri-State. Gravel visited Victory Lane earlier this season at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, CA, a speedway that holds many of the same characteristics as the Haubstadt, IN track.

"It's our second year together as a team," said Gravel. "We had a great season last year and kept all the same equipment. We have a notebook built up. It helps to unload with a baseline set up, and we can work off of that. You kind of get in a rhythm and get in those [Craftsman Club] Dashes and try to win races."

Look for Gravel, Jackson and the No. 5 CJB Motorsports team to add to their win total at Tri-State Speedway and to close the gap on current points leader Donny Schatz.

Tickets for the event at Plymouth Speedway can be found at worldofoutlaws.com/tickets or by calling 844-DIRT-TIX (844-347-8849).

 

 

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Outlaws Take Missouri for Spring Classic at I-55

CONCORD, NC - April 7, 2017 - One of the most storied tracks on the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series schedule, Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 has been hosting the Outlaws since 1987, and thirty years later is set to host the Spring Classic on Saturday, April 22.

After the 2016 Spring Classic was won by Mother Nature, the Outlaws returned later that summer for the Ironman 55. The Pevely, MO track is a fan favorite.

"The fans really turn out when the Outlaws come to town," said Ray Marler, co-owner of Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55. "When the Outlaws returned in the summer, we had fans represented from 26 states and four countries. This is our most prestigious event all year, and it shows us how far the fans travel."

The high-banked one-third mile oval is lightning quick and allows drivers to utilize all lanes on the racetrack.

"A lot of the drivers have told me that [I-55] is their one favorite tracks," added Marler. "If you watch them, they can run the bottom, the middle or the top. You don't typically see the winner coming from up front; they're usually coming from the middle of the pack. The Outlaws put on a great event and have the best racing."

Craig Dollansky is the winningest driver in World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series competition at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, with five trips to Victory Lane. Of the current full-time Series drivers, Donny Schatz, David Gravel, Shane Stewart, Paul McMahan, Jason Sides, Joey Saldana and Kraig Kinser have also added their names to the long list of drivers that have taken the checkers at I-55.

For more information about the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Spring Classic at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 and to purchase tickets, visit worldofoutlaws.com/tickets or call 844-DIRT-TIX (844-347-8849). For more information on Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, visit www.federatedautopartsraceway.com.

 

 

History Renewed

World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Returns to Site of Inaugural Event

By Clayton Johns

CONCORD, N.C. - April 5, 2017 - Every time the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series visits Devil's Bowl Speedway, there's an imposing historical atmosphere surrounding the event. The Mesquite, TX track was the site of the first-ever World of Outlaws race in 1978.

The 2017 Texas Outlaw Nationals at Devil's Bowl Speedway on April 14 & 15 features a purse of over $100,00 and marks the fourth consecutive year, and 26th year overall, the Outlaws have raced the track where Ted Johnson, with the help of the late Lanny Edwards, created what would become 'The Greatest Show on Dirt'.

Before the Outlaws eventually became his full-time gig, Johnson was a china importer salesman from Madison, WI who had moved to Wichita Falls, TX. He saw his first Sprint Car race in 1970 and was hooked. He promoted a handful of big money Sprint Car races in the early 1970s before taking a stab at a short-lived series called 'The Racers' in 1974.

In 1978, he envisioned a new series, which he called the World of Outlaws. It was a catchy name that eventually gained traction, but initially many didn't like it, including Edwards, his friend and the Devil's Bowl track promoter.

"He wanted to call it the World of Outlaws and everybody thought that was the worst name you could call it," Edwards said in a 2016 interview. "Those people didn't know what they were talking about, and I was probably one of those included."

The premise of the series was simple. Drivers paid a $10 membership fee to Johnson, who would only sanction races with a minimum $2,000-to-win purse. Johnson would pay out a point fund to the overall series champion who would be named 'King of the Outlaws'.

"He only had about four drivers that were going to follow him. I didn't think he would make it one year," Edwards said. "He didn't have any money. He worked for a glass crystal company, but he was a better talker about racing than he was about glass crystal."

The first race featured several big name Sprint Car racers, including Doug Wolfgang, Rick Ferkel, and Bobby Allen. However, it was Jimmy Boyd of Sacramento, CA who went to Victory Lane.

"I can remember the race we had back in 1978 so plain," Edwards said. "We had the biggest field of cars here that weekend that had ever been assembled. We had 96 Sprint Cars. They had never had that many anywhere. That's an accomplishment of Ted Johnson."

Among the drivers to run for Johnson in that first season was Steve Kinser. The future Hall of Famer had never met Johnson before that first race on March 18, 1978. Little did either know at that time Kinser would go on to star as the greatest Outlaw of all-time with 20 series championships and 577 career victories.

"We knew we were going to be running for better money than we were at a local race," Kinser said. "It was the start of getting the purses higher."

Johnson proved Edwards and several others wrong over the next three decades. Forty years later, the Outlaws remain the foremost national 410 Sprint Car series. While Johnson may have faced an uphill battle initially, the series eventually thrived with the support of big name drivers and several promoters willing to take a chance.

"There were a handful of drivers and a handful of promoters that got it all started," Kinser said. "Earl (Baltes) and Lanny (Edwards) were the two major ones who took the chance to promote all the races. Once all the promoters in the United States started to see us fill the grandstands, it didn't take long for us to get a big schedule."

Johnson's series continued to grow after that first season, and quickly evolved into a national tour with stops at all of the biggest dirt tracks across the country.

"Back in those days, if Ted had run a World of Outlaws show on Sunday morning at 6am, the stands would have been full," Edwards said. "It didn't make a difference when you would run them. They just had the following."

Carlton Reimers, Johnson's son-in-law after marrying his daughter Lesa in 1984, has worked with the series since 1992 and has been the Series Director for over a decade. Reimers learned the ropes of Sprint Car and dirt track racing under Johnson. He recognized the strong relationships Johnson had with drivers as a big part of the Outlaws' success.

"He developed personal relationships with the drivers, owners and crewmembers," Reimers said. "He listened to what they had to say. He encouraged their input and acted on that input when possible. He made sure the teams were an integral part of the organization. Consequently the teams developed a great sense of pride concerning Ted and the organization."

Although Edwards credits Johnson for much of his success, Reimers is quick to point out that Edwards was equally important to getting the Outlaws off the ground.

"Lanny Edwards and the Edwards family played a pivotal role in the early success of the World of Outlaws," Reimers said. "Lanny promoted the very first World of Outlaws event and then called other promoters, John Padjen at Chico and Earl Baltes at Eldora, and encouraged them to promote World of Outlaws events."

"Lanny wasn't just a friend to the top guys, he was a friend to everybody," Kinser said. "He tried to treat everybody as well as he could. He tried to help everybody out that traveled to his race. He was just that type of guy."

While Johnson sold the World of Outlaws in 2003, the tradition and core values of the series remain constant today. As a result, the historical connection to the Outlaws' roots at Devil's Bowl makes it an important event on the series calendar each year. Kinser is retired from active World of Outlaws competition, but he recalls the excitement of returning to Devil's Bowl each season.

"I spent a lot of time with Lanny at races," Kinser said. "We became good friends, so it was always a special place for me to go. I was never the best at Devil's Bowl. I won quite a few races, but I had a lot of difficulty timing on real heavy racetracks."

To date, the Outlaws have contested 57 races at Devil's Bowl and five since returning to the track in 2014 to end an 11-year absence. Joey Saldana and Shane Stewart split last season's races on Aprill 22 & 23 while Donny Schatz won in back-to-back years in 2014 and 2015. Daryn Pittman also scored a win on April 19, 2014 in the Outlaws most recent era of action at Devil's Bowl.

The 2017 Texas Outlaw Nationals will wrap-up the 2017 Kick-Off Tour for the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series. Drivers will chase over $100,000 in prize money over the course of the two-day event at the high-banked half-mile.

Advanced reserved tickets for the 2017 Texas Outlaw Nationals are available online at dirtcar.ticketforce.com or by calling 844-DIRT-TIX (844-347-8849).

*With files from the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum

 

 

Gravel Leads Green-to-Checker for Third Win of 2017 Season

Sweet and Haudenschild round out top-three at Perris Auto Speedway

PERRIS, CA - April 1, 2017 - David Gravel was the driver to beat at Perris Auto Speedway for the SoCal Showdown bringing an end the spring California swing. As the track rubbered-up, Gravel was in the ideal position, out front. Running mainly the high-lane around the half-mile oval, Gravel was able to pull away on multiple restarts to take home his third victory of the season.

"I'm happy I got the jump on the restarts and got the lead to manipulate the race for yourself," said the driver of the No. 5 CJB Motorsports GoMuddy.com machine. "Just happy to get another win, this is definitely huge, this the most wins I've had this early in the season. Not that it takes the pressure off but you just want to keep it rolling."

A top-five qualifying effort, a heat-race win, and a second in the Craftsman Club Dash, allowed for Gravel to start on the front row of tonight's 30-lap Feature. The driver that started the SoCal Showdown from the pole was California-native, Brad Sweet. With Gravel checking-out on the initial start, Sweet had his hands full fending off the rookie-of-the-year contender, Sheldon Haudenschild for the second position. A red flag was displayed on Lap 10 when the No. 2x of Parker Price-Miller went for a tumble in Turn 2; Price-Miller walked away unscathed.

The battle between Haudenschild and Sweet continued with sporadic challenges from series points leader, Donny Schatz and Friday night's runner-up Ian Madsen.

Coming off a last-place finish the night before, the No. 49 Kasey Kahne Racing team was able to rebound for a second-place finish to round out the California trip.

"[Gravel] was just able to get the run on the restarts," said the driver of the No. 49 NAPA Auto Parts machine. "Hats off to our guys, we had a great car all night. We got into lap traffic and I would get a good run and a caution came out - sometimes [cautions] fall when you want them to sometime they don't. We'll keep digging and hopefully we can get the NAPA Auto Parts car back into Victory Lane soon."

The young-gun, Sheldon Haudenschild who has been consistent the last couple of weeks brought home a podium finish for the second time this season.

"I tried to get position on Brad [Sweet] on those restarts but I didn't gain enough ground," said Sheldon Haudenschild. "I'm still happy with tonight - thanks to my guys for all their hardwork."

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will be back in action next Friday, April 7 when they make their first visit to Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, AZ. The following night, the Outlaws will head east to Arizona Speedway for their second trip.

Tickets for these events can be purchased on dirtcar.ticketforce.com or by calling 844-DIRT-TIX.
Perris Auto Speedway Notebook

SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz - 6 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, LoneStar Speedway on March 3, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 10, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 18 ); David Gravel - 3 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 17, Placerville Speedway on March 29, Perris Auto Speedway on April 1); Jason Johnson - 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17); Brad Sweet - 1 (Stockton Dirt Track on March 25), Logan Schuchart - 1 (Keller Auto Speedway).

CONTINGENCY WINNERS - MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Parker Price-Miller; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): David Gravel; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Jason Sides; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Greg Wilson; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Greg Wilson; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Logan Schuchart; Super Flow ($50 cash): Brent Marks; Craftsman Club ($100 cash each): Brad Sweet, David Gravel, Jason Sides, Sheldon Haudensheld, Shane Stewart; Craftsman/Sears ($100 cash): N/A; KSE Racing Products ($100 product certificate): Greg Wilson; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): David Gravel; JE Pistons (Set of Rings each): Kraig Kinser, Randy Waitman.

Feature (30 Laps) - 1. 5-David Gravel [2][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [1][$5,500]; 3. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [4][$3,200]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [7][$2,800]; 5. 18-Ian Madsen [8][$2,500]; 6. 4-Paul McMahan [12][$2,300]; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman [10][$2,200]; 8. 7S-Jason Sides [3][$2,100]; 9. 21X-Carson Macedo [15][$2,050]; 10. W20-Greg Wilson [19][$2,000]; 11. 17-Joey Saldana [11][$1,500]; 12. 21-Brian Brown [16][$1,200]; 13. 1S-Logan Schuchart [17][$1,100]; 14. 19-Brent Marks [14][$1,050]; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen [21][$1,000]; 16. 11K-Kraig Kinser [13][$900]; 17. 2-Shane Stewart [5][$800]; 18. 82-Stevie Sussex [20][$800]; 19. 41-Jason Johnson [6][$800]; 20. 26-Tayler Malsam [18][$800]; 21. 90-Randy Waitman [23][$800]; 22. 9Z-Jared Goerges [22][$800]; 23. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [9][$800]; 24. 73-Clyde Knipp (Substitute for Brady Bacon) [24][$800] Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: W20-Greg Wilson[+9]

Qualifying - 1. 49-Brad Sweet, 14.468; 2. 2-Shane Stewart, 14.482; 3. 41-Jason Johnson, 14.517; 4. 7S-Jason Sides, 14.603; 5. 5-David Gravel, 14.631; 6. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 14.635; 7. 15-Donny Schatz, 14.654; 8. 18-Ian Madsen, 14.678; 9. 4-Paul McMahan, 14.69; 10. 9-Daryn Pittman, 14.748; 11. 17-Joey Saldana, 14.758; 12. 2X-Parker Price-Miller, 14.799; 13. 21-Brian Brown, 14.852; 14. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 14.86; 15. 73-Brady Bacon, 14.913; 16. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 15.024; 17. 19-Brent Marks, 15.088; 18. 21X-Carson Macedo, 15.115; 19. 26-Tayler Malsam, 15.144; 20. 82-Stevie Sussex, 15.172; 21. 9Z-Jared Goerges, 15.195; 22. W20-Greg Wilson, 15.229; 23. 1A-Jacob Allen, 15.347; 24. 13-Clyde Knipp, 15.467; 25. 90-Randy Waitman, 16.199; 26. 22-Cori Andrews, 16.257

Heat #1 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer - 1. 49-Brad Sweet [1]; 2. 7S-Jason Sides [2]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman [4]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [6]; 6. 21-Brian Brown [5]; 7. 26-Tayler Malsam [7]; 8. W20-Greg Wilson [8]; 9. 90-Randy Waitman [9]

Heat #2 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer - 1. 5-David Gravel [2]; 2. 2-Shane Stewart [1]; 3. 18-Ian Madsen [3]; 4. 17-Joey Saldana [4]; 5. 19-Brent Marks [6]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5]; 7. 82-Stevie Sussex [7]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [8]; 9. 22-Cori Andrews [9]

Heat #3 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer - 1. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [2]; 2. 41-Jason Johnson [1]; 3. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [4]; 4. 4-Paul McMahan [3]; 5. 21X-Carson Macedo [6]; 6. 73-Brady Bacon [5]; 7. 9Z-Jared Goerges [7]; 8. 13-Clyde Knipp [8]

Craftsman Club Dash (6 Laps) - 1. 49-Brad Sweet [1]; 2. 5-David Gravel [2]; 3. 7S-Jason Sides [4]; 4. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [3]; 5. 2-Shane Stewart [5]; 6. 41-Jason Johnson [6]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer - 1. 26-Tayler Malsam [1][-]; 2. W20-Greg Wilson [4][-]; 3. 82-Stevie Sussex [2][-]; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen [5][-]; 5. 9Z-Jared Goerges [3][-]; 6. 90-Randy Waitman [7][-]; 7. 13-Clyde Knipp [6][$300]; 8. 22-Cori Andrews [8][$250]

 

 

Schuchart Charges from Deep for First Victory of 2017

Schatz comes from 21st to third for eighth top-five finish of the year

HANFORD, CA - April 1, 2017 -Shark Racing's Logan Schuchart started the 35-lap Kings Outlaw Showdown from the 19th position at Keller Auto Speedway - the KSE Hard Charger award winner picked his way to the front of the 26-car field. Late in the race, Schuchart found the bottom groove of the 3/8th-mile oval to work his way past eventual runner-up, Ian Madsen on the final lap to score his first victory of the 2017 season.

After starting the season having overcome adversity when the teams tow-vehicle broke down on the way to the opening World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series event, the team relied on support from the racing industry to assist with getting them to each Outlaw event.

"This adds onto the excitement and the accomplishments. It doesn't matter if you start from the pole or wherever, if you can win an Outlaws race, these things are really tough [to win] no matter where you go. I'm just happy for my team to be able to get a win and it just makes it that much more exciting to start from 19th. We just really need to thank [Ryan] Smith family for letting us use their toter-home to come all the way [to California] and everyone that donated to the GoFundMe, you never want to be in that position but we were in a tough spot and we wouldn't be out here if it wasn't for those people."

Ian Madsen and James McFadden, made up an all-Australian front-row for the start of the Kings Outlaw Showdown at Keller Auto Speedway. It was Madsen who would show the way for a total of 31 of the 35 laps in the Feature.

The event was slowed several times, including on lap four when Brad Sweet, who came into the night second in points, brushed the outside Turn 4 wall. Sweet was forced to retire from the event early resulting in a 26th-place finish.

Making his presences known, the Hanover, PA-native Schuchart had worked his way up to the fourth running position by lap 14.

It was on lap 20 when the local hero, Cory Eliason from nearby Fresno, CA made a bid to steal the show by charging from the 16th-starting position to wrangle the lead away from Madsen. As the large crowd at the Keller Auto Speedway erupted in excitement, Eliason lost the handling on his No. 00 machine and spun on the backstretch; forfeiting the lead just as quickly as he got it.

With Madsen back in control of the lead once again, he fended off a new challenger in David Gravel. In total, Madsen had five different drivers start to his right on the double-file restarts. Schuchart snuck by Gravel on the restart and immediately went to work on Madsen.

"It was a pretty strong run for the KPC team," said Ian Madsen driver of the No. 18. "Kind of got nervous [with all those restarts] didn't really know what to do, with someone different coming up each time. We'll go onto Perris and see if we can win."

The driver of the No. 1s of Schuchart started to search around for some moisture; he eventually found it on the bottom groove.

"I was able to find a little moister off [turn] four and it helped me, at least for me to get up to [Madsen] so I could make a move in [turns] three and four," added Schuchart.

The Series points leader, Donny Schatz who had to use the Last Chance Showdown to transfer into the Feature event put on a show to grab a third-place finish. This marks Schatz's eighth top-five of the season.

This victory marks Schuchart's third career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series win.

The Series travels south to Perris Auto Speedway for the SoCal Showdown on Saturday Night to wrap up the Spring portion of the California swing.
Keller Auto Speedway Notebook

HANFORD, CA - March 31, 2017 - Logan Schuchart who started 19th in the 26th-car field, makes a last-lap pass on Ian Madsen to pick up his first World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series victory of the year.

SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz - 6 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, LoneStar Speedway on March 3, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 10, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 18 ); David Gravel - 2 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 17, Placerville Speedway on March 29); Jason Johnson - 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17); Brad Sweet - 1 (Stockton Dirt Track on March 25), Logan Schuchart - 1 (Keller Auto Speedway).

Feature (35 Laps) - 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [19][$10,000]; 2. 18-Ian Madsen [2][$5,500]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [21][$3,200]; 4. 5-David Gravel [9][$2,800]; 5. 51-James McFadden [1][$2,500]; 6. 7S-Jason Sides [23][$2,300]; 7. W20-Greg Wilson [25][$1,400]; 8. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [12][$2,100]; 9. 83-Kyle Hirst [11][$2,050]; 10. 2-Shane Stewart [5][$2,000]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser [26][$700]; 12. 19-Brent Marks [15][$1,200]; 13. 41-Jason Johnson [3][$1,100]; 14. 21X-Carson Macedo [14][$1,050]; 15. 4-Paul McMahan [10][$1,000]; 16. OO-Cory Eliason [16][$900]; 17. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [8][$800]; 18. 17-Joey Saldana [4][$800]; 19. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [20][$800]; 20. 9-Daryn Pittman [24][$800]; 21. 21-Brian Brown [18][$800]; 22. 3C-DJ Netto [22][$800]; 23. 83JR-Tim Kaeding [13][$800]; 24. O-Bud Kaeding [17][$800]; 25. 24-Rico Abreu [6][$800]; 26. 49-Brad Sweet [7][$800]. Lap Leaders: Ian Madsen 1-18, 21-33; Cory Eliason 19-20; Logan Schuchart 34-35; KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+18]

Qualifying - 1. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.999; 2. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.026; 3. 17-Joey Saldana, 13.053; 4. 24-Rico Abreu, 13.093; 5. 2X-Parker Price-Miller, 13.157; 6. 41-Jason Johnson, 13.187; 7. 83-Kyle Hirst, 13.23; 8. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.245; 9. 5-David Gravel, 13.251; 10. 4-Paul McMahan, 13.258; 11. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.273; 12. 51-James McFadden, 13.279; 13. 83JR-Tim Kaeding, 13.324; 14. 21-Brian Brown, 13.335; 15. 3C-DJ Netto, 13.364; 16. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 13.368; 17. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.369; 18. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.371; 19. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.405; 20. 98-Sean Watts, 13.41; 21. O-Bud Kaeding, 13.416; 22. 21X-Carson Macedo, 13.474; 23. 26-Tayler Malsam, 13.48; 24. OO-Cory Eliason, 13.488; 25. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.532; 26. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.58; 27. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.635; 28. 73-Brady Bacon, 13.68; 29. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.702; 30. 9Z-Jared Goerges, 13.998; 31. 19-Brent Marks, 14.034; 32. 13-Clyde Knipp, 14.51; 33. 90-Randy Waitman, NT

Heat #1 (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer to Feature- 1. 49-Brad Sweet [1]; 2. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [2]; 3. 5-David Gravel [3]; 4. 83JR-Tim Kaeding [4]; 5. O-Bud Kaeding [6]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz [5]; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman [7]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [8]; 9. 90-Randy Waitman [9]

Heat #2 (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer to Feature- 1. 2-Shane Stewart [1]; 2. 41-Jason Johnson [2]; 3. 4-Paul McMahan [3]; 4. 21X-Carson Macedo [6]; 5. 21-Brian Brown [4]; 6. 7S-Jason Sides [5]; 7. W20-Greg Wilson [7]; 8. 9Z-Jared Goerges [8]

Heat #3 (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer to Feature- 1. 17-Joey Saldana [1]; 2. 18-Ian Madsen [5]; 3. 83-Kyle Hirst [2]; 4. 19-Brent Marks [8]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [7]; 7. 26-Tayler Malsam [6]; 8. 3C-DJ Netto [4]

Heat #4 (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer to Feature- 1. 24-Rico Abreu [1]; 2. 51-James McFadden [3]; 3. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [2]; 4. OO-Cory Eliason [6]; 5. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [4]; 6. 73-Brady Bacon [7]; 7. 98-Sean Watts [5]; 8. 13-Clyde Knipp [8]

Craftsman Club Dash (6 Laps) - 1. 51-James McFadden [1]; 2. 18-Ian Madsen [2]; 3. 41-Jason Johnson [3]; 4. 17-Joey Saldana [6]; 5. 2-Shane Stewart [7]; 6. 24-Rico Abreu [5]; 7. 49-Brad Sweet [8]; 8. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [4]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - Top 4 Transfer to Feature - 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2][-]; 2. 3C-DJ Netto [1][-]; 3. 7S-Jason Sides [3][-]; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman [6][-]; 5. 73-Brady Bacon [9][$300]; 6. W20-Greg Wilson [7][$250]; 7. 98-Sean Watts [4][$225]; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser [8][$200]; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen [10][$200]; 10. 26-Tayler Malsam [5][$200]; 11. 13-Clyde Knipp [12][$200]; 12. 9Z-Jared Goerges [11][$200]; 13. 90-Randy Waitman [13][$200]

 

 

Time to Get Dirty on iRacing.com

Dirt racing is officially open for business on iRacing.com

CONCORD, N.C. - March 31, 2017 - The highly anticipated launch of dirt racing on iRacing.com is finally here. In a partnership with iRacing.com, World of Outlaws and DIRTcar Racing fans will now have the opportunity to race a 410 World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car, a World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model or DIRTcar Racing Street Stock or Pro Late Model from their home computer.

Fans around the world will have the opportunity to experience what it's like to jump behind the wheel of a DIRTcar Racing Street Stock and climb the dirt racing ranks into a full-bodied Late Model or a fire-breathing, 900-h.p. World of Outlaws 410 Sprint Car.

Tracks such as the world-famous high-banked, half-mile Eldora Speedway, the 'Worlds Fast Half-Mile' at Volusia Speedway Park, and the fast and tricky Williams Grove Speedway have been laser-scanned and are available and ready to race, offering fans a real-life experience like no other.

"I couldn't believe how realistic it was," said Shane Stewart, World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car driver. "Everything from the track to the grandstands, it felt like I was in the car racing an Outlaw race. [iRacing.com] did a great job at making you feel like you're in a true 410-Sprint Car."

Known around the racing world as "The Greatest Show on Dirt," the World of Outlaws sanctions nearly 140 events a year throughout North America as part of the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series and the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series. Meanwhile, iRacing's 235,000 plus member subscribers race dozens of precisely-modeled cars on laser-scanned versions of nearly 100 of the world's greatest ovals and road courses.

In collaboration, iRacing.com plans to develop online versions of a variety of DIRTcar Racing series as a core element of its new dirt racing feature.

To take advantage of exclusive iRacing offers visit iRacing.com/WorldofOutlaws.

Get over 50% off on a 1-year subscription using promo code PR-Outlaws, or a 3-month subscription for just $4.78 using promo code PR-HotLaps!

 

 

David Gravel Holds Off a Closing Rico Abreu and Promoter Brad Sweet to Claim World of Outlaws Victory at Placerville Speedway 

 
by Gary Thomas

PLACERVILLE, CA - March 29, 2017 - Taking the lead just after the halfway point in the feature, Watertown, Connecticut's David Gravel hung tough through multiple restarts and eventually held off a fast moving Rico Abreu to pick up his second World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series win of the season Wednesday night.

 
The victory at Brad Sweet's Placerville Short Track Showdown was the first of Gravel's career at the tight high-banked quarter-mile and came aboard the familiar CJB Motorsports/ Go Muddy No. 2 Sprinter. He now joins Donny Schatz as the second repeat winner with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series in 2017.

 
Gravel had taken the lead at the original start of the 40-lap race, but a yellow flag before one lap could be completed made for a complete restart. On the ensuing green flag Bixby, Oklahoma's Shane Stewart rocketed out to the top-spot. The driver of the Larson/Marks Racing No. 2 held command over the early stages and fended off Gravel as he looked for season win number one.

 
Racing through heavy traffic just past the midway point, however, Stewart's bid at victory fell through when contact with the front stretch wall left him with a reported broken shock. Gravel and Rutherford's Rico Abreu were both able to get by prior to Stewart slowing on lap 25 to bring out a caution. Back to green, Grass Valley racer and event promoter Brad Sweet went to work on Greg Wilson for the third spot. After battling for a couple laps Sweet assumed the position and attempted to move in on the top duo.

 
With just six laps left Australian traveler James McFadden climbed the back stretch hill and got upside down to cause a red flag. He emerged okay but was done for the night. The green flag then waved for the final time, and Abreu committed to the bottom side of the speedway, while Gravel railed the top.

 
Abreu was able to get to his inside going into turn one on lap 38, but Gravel got better drive off the corner and dove to the bottom in turn three. The move broke all the momentum Abreu had built up, and that was all she wrote as Gravel took the checkered flag by 1.147 seconds.

 
"We haven't really had much luck here at Placerville the last two years, so it feels fantastic to come out of here with a victory," Gravel commented on the front stretch. "Shane Stewart set a torrid pace there at the beginning, and when he made that mistake I knew that I had to capitalize. I saw Rico poke his nose in there late in the race as well, so I moved down to run the bottom coming down for the white flag. It takes an army to win these races, and I have one heck of a team behind me. I can't thank CJB Motorsports, Barry Jackson and this whole team enough."

 
The runner up finish capped a great night for Abreu in front of his home state fans. "I really tried to be patient there at the end running the bottom, but it was really hard to judge your speed out there," said the driver of the Abreu Vineyards No. 24 machine. "After that red flag we were really good, and even though I wanted to win, we'll take a second with these guys. It was really an electric atmosphere tonight and a lot of fun, so I want to thank all the fans for coming out and supporting this deal."

 
Sweet capped a solid run in the feature with a third place effort aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing/ NAPA Auto Parts No. 49 Sprinter. "I definitely didn't want to see that red near the end because I felt we had really got rolling at that point. It was another good night for the 49 team though, so we're happy. It was great to see so many people here at Placerville Speedway tonight, and I hope we put on a good show for everyone. Big thanks to my guys for all their hard work on the race car and all the people that helped put this event on."

 
Greg Wilson put together an impressive night and crossed the stripe in fourth to earn his best finish of the season, while California driver Kyle Hirst tallied his first top-five of the 2017 campaign as well finishing fifth. The remainder of the top-10 was filled out by Owasso, Oklahoma's Daryn Pittman; Wooster, Ohio's Sheldon Haudenschild; Campbell's Bud Kaeding; Bartlett, Tennessee's Jason Sides and Eunice, Louisiana's Jason Johnson. Brownsburg, Indiana's Joey Saldana earned the KSE Hard Charger Award coming from 26th to 11th in the feature.

 
Current NASCAR Monster Energy Cup point leader Kyle Larson also competed during the night and was moving forward in the feature, until he clipped a spinning car. After going to the back he then got forced off the track in turn two, which ultimately ended his night.

 
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will return to action this Friday night at the Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, CA. The following night finds the series in action at Perris Auto Speedway in Lake Perris, CA.

 

 
CONTINGENCY WINNERS - MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Shane Stewart; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): David Gravel; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Greg Wilson; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Daryn Pittman; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Bud Kaeding; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Jason Sides; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Jason Johnson; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Brent Makrs; Super Flow ($50 cash): Logan Schuchart; Craftsman Club ($100 cash each): Shane Stewart, David Gravel, Daryn Pittman, Greg Wilson, Brad Sweet; Craftsman/Sears ($100 cash): Bud Kaeding; KSE Racing Products ($100 product certificate): Joey Saldana; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): David Gravel; JE Pistons (Set of Rings each): Paul McMahan, Shane Stewart.

 
SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz - 6 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, LoneStar Speedway on March 3, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 10, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 18 ); David Gravel - 2 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 17, Placerville Speedway on March 29); Jason Johnson - 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17); Brad Sweet - 1 (Stockton Dirt Track on March 25).

 
World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Placerville Speedway, CA; March 29, 2017

 
Feature - (40 Laps) 1. 5-David Gravel[2][$10,000]; 2. 24-Rico Abreu[5][$5,500]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet[7][$3,200]; 4. W20-Greg Wilson[6][$2,800]; 5. 83-Kyle Hirst[10][$2,500]; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman[4][$2,300]; 7. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[11][$2,200]; 8. O-Bud Kaeding[3][$2,100]; 9. 7S-Jason Sides[9][$2,050]; 10. 41-Jason Johnson[8][$2,000]; 11. 17-Joey Saldana[26][$1,500]; 12. 15-Donny Schatz[25][$1,200]; 13. 19-Brent Marks[12][$1,100]; 14. 92-Andy Forsberg[14][$1,050]; 15. 1S-Logan Schuchart[21][$1,000]; 16. 83JR-Tim Kaeding[18][$900]; 17. 21X-Carson Macedo[22][$800]; 18. 18-Ian Madsen[20][$800]; 19. 4-Paul McMahan[19][$800]; 20. 11K-Kraig Kinser[15][$800]; 21. 51-James McFadden[23][$800]; 22. 2-Shane Stewart[1][$800]; 23. 21-Brian Brown[13][$800]; 24. 57-Kyle Larson[16][$800]; 25. 22-Shane Golobic[24][$800]; 26. 73-Brady Bacon[17][$800]; Lap Leaders: Shane Stewart 1-21, David Gravel 22-40; KSE Hard Charger Award: 17-Joey Saldana[+15]

 
Qualifying - 1. 5-David Gravel, 10.467; 2. 2-Shane Stewart, 10.565; 3. O-Bud Kaeding, 10.608; 4. W20-Greg Wilson, 10.682; 5. 7S-Jason Sides, 10.757; 6. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 10.762; 7. 73-Brady Bacon, 10.798; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 10.877; 9. 21X-Carson Macedo, 10.907; 10. 4-Paul McMahan, 10.908; 11. 21-Brian Brown, 10.912; 12. 22M-Mason Moore, 10.917; 13. 31C-Justyn Cox, 10.932; 14. 68-Chase Johnson, 10.934; 15. 15-Donny Schatz, 10.952; 16. 13-Clyde Knipp, 11.166; 17. 26-Tayler Malsam, 11.178; 18. 93K-Kalib Henry, 11.188; 19. 41-Jason Johnson, 10.492; 20. 49-Brad Sweet, 10.527; 21. 24-Rico Abreu, 10.551; 22. 9-Daryn Pittman, 10.567; 23. 83JR-Tim Kaeding, 10.626; 24. 57-Kyle Larson, 10.657; 25. 92-Andy Forsberg, 10.669; 26. 19-Brent Marks, 10.684; 27. 83-Kyle Hirst, 10.692; 28. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 10.724; 29. 22-Shane Golobic, 10.734; 30. 18-Ian Madsen, 10.771; 31. 51-James McFadden, 10.772; 32. 2X-Parker Price-Miller, 10.792; 33. 29-Willie Croft, 10.803; 34. 17-Joey Saldana, 10.818; 35. 7C-Sean Becker, 10.828; 36. 1A-Jacob Allen, 10.840; 37. 3C-DJ Netto, 11.096

 
Heat 1 - (10 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the Feature) 1. 5-David Gravel[1] ; 2. O-Bud Kaeding[2] ; 3. 7S-Jason Sides[3] ; 4. 21-Brian Brown[6] ; 5. 73-Brady Bacon[4] ; 6. 15-Donny Schatz[8] ; 7. 31C-Justyn Cox[7] ; 8. 26-Tayler Malsam[9] ; 9. 21X-Carson Macedo[5]

 
Heat 2 - (10 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the Feature) 1. 2-Shane Stewart[1] ; 2. W20-Greg Wilson[2] ; 3. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[3] ; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser[4] ; 5. 4-Paul McMahan[5] ; 6. 93K-Kalib Henry[9] ; 7. 13-Clyde Knipp[8] ; 8. 68-Chase Johnson[7] ; 9. 22M-Mason Moore[6]

 
Heat 3 - (10 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the Feature) 1. 41-Jason Johnson[1] ; 2. 24-Rico Abreu[2] ; 3. 83-Kyle Hirst[5] ; 4. 92-Andy Forsberg[4] ; 5. 83JR-Tim Kaeding[3] ; 6. 3C-DJ Netto[10] ; 7. 7C-Sean Becker[9] ; 8. 22-Shane Golobic[6] ; 9. 29-Willie Croft[8] ; 10. 51-James McFadden[7]

 
Heat 4 - (10 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the Feature) 1. 9-Daryn Pittman[2] ; 2. 49-Brad Sweet[1] ; 3. 19-Brent Marks[4] ; 4. 57-Kyle Larson[3] ; 5. 18-Ian Madsen[6] ; 6. 2X-Parker Price-Miller[7] ; 7. 17-Joey Saldana[8] ; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen[9] ; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart[5]

 
Craftsman Club Dash - (8 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of Feature) 1. 2-Shane Stewart[3] ; 2. 5-David Gravel[1] ; 3. O-Bud Kaeding[5] ; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman[4] ; 5. 24-Rico Abreu[6] ; 6. W20-Greg Wilson[7] ; 7. 49-Brad Sweet[8] ; 8. 41-Jason Johnson[2]

 
C-Main - (10 Laps - Top 2 finishers transfer to the Last Chance Showdown) 1. 17-Joey Saldana[2] [-]; 2. 3C-DJ Netto[7] [-]; 3. 7C-Sean Becker[4] [$150]; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen[6] [$150]; 5. 26-Tayler Malsam[3] [$150]; 6. 93K-Kalib Henry[5] [$125]; 7. 13-Clyde Knipp[1] [$125]

 
Last Chance Showdown - (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the Feature) 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart[2] [-]; 2. 21X-Carson Macedo[1] [-]; 3. 51-James McFadden[6] [-]; 4. 22-Shane Golobic[4] [-]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz[9] [$300]; 6. 68-Chase Johnson[7] [$250]; 7. 22M-Mason Moore[3] [$225]; 8. 17-Joey Saldana[11] [$200]; 9. 29-Willie Croft[10] [$200]; 10. 3C-DJ Netto[12] [$200]; 11. 2X-Parker Price-Miller[8] [$200]; 12. 31C-Justyn Cox[5] [$200]

 
Unofficial World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

 
Pos.
Car
Driver
Total
Diff
Wins
Top 5's
Top 10's
1
15
Donny Schatz
1430
0
6
7
8
3
49
Brad Sweet
1380
-50
1
6
8
2
5
David Gravel
1354
-76
2
6
8
4
9
Daryn Pittman
1320
-110
0
3
7
5
2
Shane Stewart
1298
-132
0
3
7
6
41
Jason Johnson
1292
-138
1
4
6
7
18
Ian Madsen
1282
-148
0
0
5
8
93
Sheldon Haudenschild
1248
-182
0
3
5
9
1S
Logan Schuchart
1222
-208
0
2
4
10
17
Joey Saldana
1214
-216
0
1
1
11
19
Brent Marks
1202
-228
0
0
2
12
4
Paul McMahan
1198
-232
0
0
3
13
11k
Kraig Kinser
1166
-264
0
0
1
14
24R
Rico Abreu
1164
-266
0
4
6
15
W20
Greg Wilson
1124
-306
0
1
1
16
21
Brian Brown
1116
-314
0
5
5
17
7S
Jason Sides
1112
-318
0
0
2
18
1A
Jacob Allen
962
-468
0
0
0
19
13
Clyde Knipp
956
-474
0
0
0
20
2X
Parker Price-Miller
934
-496
0
0
0

 

 

Riverside Return
 
Outlaws Tackle Arkansas Track for First Time since 2009
 
By Clayton Johns
 
CONCORD, N.C. - March 27, 2017 - The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series will return to Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, AR for the first time since 2009 on Friday, April 21 for the Bull Ring Outlaw Blitz. Located on the west bank of the Mississippi River and just west of Memphis, TN. the high-banked quarter-mile was established in 1949 and is among the longest continuously operated dirt tracks in the United States.
 
The Outlaws last visited Riverside on April 24, 2009 when Tim Kaeding earned the victory over Tony Bruce Jr. Daryn Pittman and Donny Schatz won in 2007 and 2008 visits, respectively. Riverside has hosted the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars nine times, dating back to 1979.
 
A return of the World of Outlaws is a welcome addition to the Riverside calendar for track owners Clayton and Sherry Allen. The track hosts weekly 305 winged Sprint Car competition, while 360 winged Sprint Cars compete on a bi-weekly basis.
 
"We have some pretty top-notch drivers around here on a local basis, but anytime you get a national brand here like the World of Outlaws, it's always more exciting," said Clayton Allen, Riverside International Speedway owner. "We're looking forward to it."
 
Fans can expect lightning-quick action around the quarter-mile track when the Outlaws invade. The track record sits at 11.060 seconds set by Jason Solwold on May 5, 2007. Riverside boasts a unique gumbo clay surface that often releases additional moisture as the night wears on.
 
"There's no dirt like it in the country," Allen said. "As a rule, we're faster at the end of the night. It's the highest clay content anywhere around."
 
Jason Sides, a World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series regular since winning the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie-of-the-Year in 2003, raced 360 Sprint Cars at Riverside during the outset of his career. A native of nearby Bartlett, TN, Sides is excited for a return to a track he first raced at in the early 1990s.
 
"It's always nice to get close to home and race there," Sides said. "Last year Little Rock was the closest that we raced to home. This one here is a lot closer yet, so it will be good. Hopefully we can have a good run there."
 
Sides echoed Allen's sentiment about Riverside's track surface as one of the fastest anywhere, given the right conditions.
 
"It can be wet and fast, really sticky after the rain or when they can't control how much water is on it," Sides said. "It's got that super sticky gumbo. It will pull your shoes off."
 
Sides is on a short list of four current Outlaw regulars who competed when the tour last stopped at Riverside, including Schatz, Kraig Kinser and Joey Saldana. Current Kevin Gobrecht Rookie-of-the-Year contender Sheldon Haudenschild's father, Jac Haudenschild, was also in the field. Despite his previous experience, Sides doesn't feel he holds an advantage against the talented Outlaw field.
 
"Anybody can go to a new track that they've never been to and be just as good as anybody else," Sides said. "It's small and a tight little bullring, so it's going to be tough."
 
Riverside has also been home to several Sprint Car stars over the course of its lifetime, notably former full-time Outlaw and three-time World of Outlaws champion Sammy Swindell, who first competed at the track in 1973. The Outlaws will add to that history when The Greatest Show On Dirt makes its only stop in Arkansas this season.
 
Tickets are on sale for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series return to Riverside International Speedway on April 21 by visiting dirtcar.ticketforce.com and by calling 844-DIRT-TIX (844-347-8849). Both Reserved Seating and General Admission tickets are available in advance for $35. Reserved Seating for children 14 and under is $20.

 

 

Sweet simmers Schatz in late-race showdown at the Stockton Dirt Track

By Gary Thomas Stockton, CA – March 25, 2017 - An exhilarating late-race battle between the top-two in World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series points thrilled the crowd on Saturday at the Stockton Dirt Track, which ultimately ended with Grass Valley, California’s Brad Sweet coming out on top to earn his first victory of the 2017 campaign. Sweet out-dueled eight-time World of Outlaws champion and current series point leader Donny Schatz in a back and forth fight to claim his first ever Stockton triumph at the annual FVP Western Spring Shootout. After earning back-to-back podium finishes last weekend in Tulare the win on Saturday marked the 14th of Sweet’s career with the “Greatest Show on Dirt.” “That was a tough race with Donny Schatz right there and I’m definitely glad we came out on top,” said the driver of the Napa Auto Parts/ Kasey Kahne Racing No. 49 mount. “You don’t have many opportunities to beat Donny the way he’s running, so you always want to capitalize whenever you have the chance. Sometimes the cautions work in your favor and sometimes they don’t, luckily they fell at the right times for me tonight. It’s always the hardest to get that first win out of the way and I’m excited to do it with a lot of friends and family here tonight. Big thanks to all of my guys for working hard and continuing to give me great cars.” The 30-lap feature started out with pole sitter Jason Sides jumping into the lead, but it didn’t last long as the caution lights came on after just one-lap was complete. On the restart Sweet blasted around the outside to take the lead away, with Schatz also coming along for second. Shortly after that Sides slowed with reported steering issues that unfortunately ended his night prematurely. A number of yellows and a couple of reds slowed the pace over the first half of the feature, but through it all Sweet did a solid job out front. Following a restart with 11-laps remaining things began to heat up as Schatz started to reel in the leader once lapped traffic hit. The duo then proceeded to exchange the lead a couple of times through heavy traffic as the crowd came to their feet. Sweet was able to fend him off until Schatz executed a picture perfect move entering turn one on lap 27 to grab the lead. At that same time however, the caution lights came on for a stalled car off the second corner, which saved the lead for Sweet. With the champ on his back bumper Sweet knew he had to be perfect on the restart with just three-circuits remaining. When the green came back out he hammered the throttle and put together three perfect laps to take the Ed Entz checkered flag by 1.065 seconds back to runner up Schatz. On the heels of his first victory this season Sweet now puts his promoters hat on, as he brings the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series back to the Placerville Speedway this coming Wednesday night. “We’re really looking forward to Placerville on Wednesday and we hope all the fans can make it out. Kyle Larson is coming out to run and of course all the Outlaws will be there so it should be a great show. Our cars have been really good lately so hopefully we can take this momentum there and get another win.” Despite not getting another victory Schatz remained positive on the front stretch after earning his seventh top-five in nine World of Outlaws races this season at the helm of the Arctic Cat- Tony Stewart/ Curb-Agajanian Racing No. 15 Sprinter. “We were good enough to win the race tonight and just had a caution that came out at the wrong time, but that’s how it goes. Hope you fans saw a great show because it sure was fun from my seat. It’s been a great start to the season for this whole team and we’ll now move on to Placerville and try to get one spot better.” Third place finisher Shane Stewart of Bixby, Oklahoma was also upbeat after the race and had a front row view to the late-race battle between Sweet and Schatz. “That was a heck of a race to watch from my vantage point,” commented the wheel-man of the Eneos- Larson/Marks Racing No. 2 mount. “I was hoping I could get up there and race with Brad and Donny, but we never seemed to get a green flag run that kept us in traffic long enough. I want to send a big thanks to my guys, we have a lot of speed right now and the wins are going to come.” Grain Valley, Missouri’s Brian Brown had a strong outing and came home in the fourth spot aboard the FVP Racing/ Casey’s General Store No. 21 machine. It was a great run for Brown with a number of associates and friends from FVP on hand at the Western Spring Shootout. After claiming his first win of the season last week Watertown, Connecticut’s David Gravel came back and rounded out the top-five on Saturday in the Go Muddy/ CJB Motorsports No. 5 Sprinter. The remainder of the top-10 was filled out by Owasso, Oklahoma’s Daryn Pittman; Rutherford, California’s Rico Abreu; Australian Ian Madsen; Myerstown, Pennsylvania’s Brent Marks and San Jose, California’s Tim Kaeding, who earned the KSE Hard Charger Award coming from 24th to 10th. As noted the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will return to action thiscoming Wednesday March 29 for Brad Sweet’s Placerville Short Track Showdown at the Placerville Speedway. SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz - 5 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, LoneStar Speedway on March 3, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 10, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 18 ); Jason Johnson - 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17); David Gravel - 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 17); Brad Swet - 1 (Stockton Dirt Track on March 25).

Feature - (30 Laps): 1. 49-Brad Sweet [2] [$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [4] [$5,500]; 3. 2-Shane Stewart [3] [$3,200]; 4. 21-Brian Brown [8] [$2,800]; 5. 5-David Gravel [7] [$2,500]; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman [10] [$2,300]; 7. 24-Rico Abreu [19] [$2,200]; 8. 18-Ian Madsen [11] [$2,100]; 9. 19-Brent Marks [22] [$2,050]; 10. 83JR-Tim Kaeding [24] [$2,000]; 11. 20-Cory Eliason [15] [$1,500]; 12. 21X-Carson Macedo [20] [$1,200]; 13. 4-Paul McMahan [12] [$1,100]; 14. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [14] [$1,050]; 15. 51-James McFadden [16] [$1,000]; 16. W20-Greg Wilson [9] [$900]; 17. 11K-Kraig Kinser [25]; 18. 41-Jason Johnson [5] [$800]; 19. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [23] [$800]; 20. O-Bud Kaeding [18] [$800]; 21. 17-Joey Saldana [13] [$800]; 22. 83-Kyle Hirst [21] [$800]; 23. 29-Willie Croft [17] [$800]; 24. 7S-Jason Sides [1] [$800]; 25. 1S-Logan Schuchart [6] [$800]; Lap Leaders: Jason Sides 1; Brad Sweet 2-23, 25-30; Donny Schatz 24; KSE Hard Charger Award: 83JR-Tim Kaeding [+14]

Qualifying - 1. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.075; 2. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.089; 3. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.143; 4. 5-David Gravel, 13.275; 5. 17-Joey Saldana, 13.303; 6. 83-Kyle Hirst, 13.304; 7. 83JR-Tim Kaeding, 13.358; 8. 24-Rico Abreu, 13.362; 9. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.402; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.443; 11. 2X-Parker Price-Miller, 13.462; 12. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.481; 13. 29-Willie Croft, 13.501; 14. 20-Cory Eliason, 13.549; 15. 22-Shane Golobic, 13.642; 16. 3C-DJ Netto, 13.665; 17. 68-Chase Johnson, 13.713; 18. 73-Brady Bacon, 13.835; 19. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.870; 20. 45-Jake Morgan, 14.251; 21. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.102; 22. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.104; 23. 41-Jason Johnson, 13.189; 24. 21-Brian Brown, 13.223; 25. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.233; 26. 51-James McFadden, 13.296; 27. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.371; 28. 4-Paul McMahan, 13.379; 29. O-Bud Kaeding, 13.398; 30. 19-Brent Marks, 13.418; 31. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 13.421; 32. 21X-Carson Macedo, 13.510; 33. 22M-Mason Moore, 13.635; 34. 31C-Justyn Cox, 13.662; 35. 37-Mitchell Faccinto, 13.692; 36. 13-Clyde Knipp, 13.707; 37. 98-Sean Watts, 13.778; 38. 26-Tayler Malsam, 13.873; 39. 7-Kalib Henry, 14.062

Heat 1 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the Feature): 1. 2-Shane Stewart[1] ; 2. 15-Donny Schatz[2] ; 3. W20-Greg Wilson[5] ; 4. 17-Joey Saldana[3] ; 5. 29-Willie Croft[7] ; 6. 68-Chase Johnson[9] ; 7. 2X-Parker Price-Miller[6] ; 8. 83JR-Tim Kaeding[4] ; 9. 22-Shane Golobic[8] ; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen[10]

Heat 2 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the Feature): 1. 49-Brad Sweet[1] ; 2. 5-David Gravel[2] ; 3. 18-Ian Madsen[6] ; 4. 20-Cory Eliason[7] ; 5. 24-Rico Abreu[4] ; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser[5] ; 7. 73-Brady Bacon[9] ; 8. 83-Kyle Hirst[3] ; 9. 3C-DJ Netto[8] ; 10. 45-Jake Morgan[10]

Heat 3 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the Feature): 1. 41-Jason Johnson[2] ; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart[1] ; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman[3] ; 4. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[4] ; 5. O-Bud Kaeding[5] ; 6. 41S-Dominic Scelzi[6] ; 7. 37-Mitchell Faccinto[8] ; 8. 22M-Mason Moore[7] ; 9. 98-Sean Watts[9] ; 10. 7-Kalib Henry[10]

Heat 4 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the Feature): 1. 7S-Jason Sides[1] ; 2. 21-Brian Brown[2] ; 3. 4-Paul McMahan[4] ; 4. 51-James McFadden[3] ; 5. 21X-Carson Macedo[6] ; 6. 19-Brent Marks[5] ; 7. 13-Clyde Knipp[8] ; 8. 26-Tayler Malsam[9] ; 9. 31C-Justyn Cox[7]

Craftman Club® Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of Feature): 1. 7S-Jason Sides[4] ; 2. 49-Brad Sweet[3] ; 3. 2-Shane Stewart[1] ; 4. 15-Donny Schatz[5] ; 5. 41-Jason Johnson[2] ; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart[6] ; 7. 5-David Gravel[7] ; 8. 21-Brian Brown[8]

C-Main - (10 Laps - Top 2 finishers transfer to the Last Chance Showdown): 1. 68-Chase Johnson[1] [-]; 2. 98-Sean Watts[2] [-]; 3. 73-Brady Bacon[3] [$150]; 4. 26-Tayler Malsam[4] [$150]; 5. 7-Kalib Henry[6] [$150]; 6. 45-Jake Morgan[7] [$125]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen[5] [$125]

Last Chance Showdown - (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the Feature): 1. 83-Kyle Hirst[1] [-]; 2. 19-Brent Marks[2] [-]; 3. 41S-Dominic Scelzi[4] [-]; 4. 83JR-Tim Kaeding[3] [-]; 5. 22-Shane Golobic[9] [$300]; 6. 3C-DJ Netto[11] [$250]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser[5] [$225]; 8. 22M-Mason Moore[6] [$200]; 9. 37-Mitchell Faccinto[10] [$200]; 10. 68-Chase Johnson[13] [$200]; 11. 13-Clyde Knipp[12] [$200]; 12. 2X-Parker Price-Miller[7] [$200]; 13. 98-Sean Watts[14] [$200]; 14. 31C-Justyn Cox[8] [$200]

 

 

Coocoo for Cocopah

World of Outlaws Sprint Cars invade Cocopah Speedway for the first time

CONCORD, N.C. - March 24, 2017 - As the Kickoff Tour winds down, the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series will kick the dust up for the first time at Cocopah Speedway in Yuma, AZ on Friday, April 7, wrapping up the two-night swing at Arizona Speedway on Saturday, April 8.

"It's pretty awesome to have an Outlaw event at Cocopah," said Tom Dalen, General Manager of Cocopah Speedway. "I grew up watching the Outlaws and have always said, 'if you want to see the best show on dirt, you have to get to a World of Outlaws race'. The buzz around town has been great - we have a lot of interest in the race. We look forward to having the World of Outlaws in Yuma."

A unique characteristic of dirt track racing in Arizona is that racing continues year-round. During the winter months of 2015 and 2016, Cocopah hosted the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown that quickly put the fast, semi-banked 3/8-mile Cocopah Speedway on the racing world's map. The series featured a two-weekend, five-race winter season that attracted some of the world's best open-wheel drivers, including many World of Outlaws stars.

Cocopah Speedway is a new stop on the 90-plus race schedule for the Outlaws, but several Outlaw drivers have experience at the track following the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown. The Outlaws are likely to settle in quickly and show why they're the 'Greatest Show on Dirt'. Once a hidden gem, the Yuma, AZ speedway has quickly become a popular track amongst the competitors and fans. The local favorites and track veterans will look to play the spoiler role during the first Outlaws event at Cocopah.

The second-half of the stop in Arizona will come the following night at Arizona Speedway for the Arizona Desert Shootout. Last season marked the first stop at the high-banked, third-mile oval. Early in the 30-lap feature, Shane Stewart slipped by Joey Saldana and dominated the remaining laps for his first victory of the 2016 season.

The Outlaws will all be vying to stake their claim for the final purse of the western swing before beginning the trek back east to Texas for a makeup event at Gator Motorplex on Thursday, April 13.

Tickets are on sale for both events at Cocopah Speedway and Arizona Speedway and can be purchased online at dirtcar.ticketforce.com or by calling 844-DIRT-TIX (1-844-347-8849).

 

 

World of Outlaws Kickoff Tour Continues to Keller and Perris

By Clayton Johns

CONCORD, N.C. - March 23, 2017 - The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series 2017 Kickoff Tour continues through California on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1 with stops at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, CA and Perris Auto Speedway in Perris, CA.

The Outlaws visit Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds for the Kings Outlaw Shootout -the first race since 2015. Shane Stewart dominated when the Outlaws last visited the semi-banked 3/8-mile oval on April 17, 2015, leading all 35 laps to score the $10,000 ransom.

Stewart is coming off a pair of top-10 finishes last weekend at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, CA, including a season-best second-place finish on March 17, where he narrowly missed a victory after leading 32 laps. Returning to Keller, where he has had success, could be the breakthrough Stewart needs to push him into the win column in 2017.

"It feels great to have some momentum coming off of Vegas and Tulare," Stewart said. "The last time we raced at Keller Auto Speedway we were able to get the win, so we should have some good notes from that night to build off of."

"[Keller] can be a tricky place to run at, and I am not sure that it suits my racing style, but it can be a fun racetrack, and I am looking forward to the battle."

Former Outlaw Cody Darrah won at Keller in 2014, while current Outlaw point leader Donny Schatz earned a victory in 2013. Prior to 2013, the Outlaws went 10 years without a stop at Keller following 19 consecutive years of action from 1985 to 2003. In all, the track has hosted 31 World of Outlaws races.

From Keller, the Outlaws head south to Perris Auto Speedway for the SoCal Showdown where Outlaw drivers have dominated the event for 10 consecutive victories. It marks the seventh straight season the Outlaws have visited the Southern California track. Daryn Pittman claimed last season's stop at Perris on April 16 by leading all 30 laps and also won in 2013.

The SoCal Showdown has seen three different winners over the last five years, including Pittman. Joey Saldana has a pair of victories at Perris (2012 and 2014), while Paul McMahan was the victor in 2015. Hall of Famer Mark Kinser is the all-time Outlaw wins leader at Perris with five.

While the Outlaws have traditionally been tough to beat throughout their western swing, several local talents are threats to end the Outlaws western reign. DJ Netto of Hanford, CA is a regular competitor at Keller and has shown speed against the Outlaws after timing in fourth fastest at Tulare on March 18. Add fellow California natives Dominic Scelzi of Fresno, CA, Kyle Hirst of Paradise, CA, and Carson Macedo of Lemoore, CA to the list of competitors seeking to upset the series regulars, and it's a talented roster of Sprint Car racing's best.

Tickets are on sale for both events at Keller Auto Speedway and Perris Auto Speedway and can be purchased online at dirtcar.ticketforce.com or by calling 844-DIRT-TIX (1-844-347-8849).

Advance Reserved grandstand seating for the Kings Outlaw Shootout on Friday, March 31 is $40. Premium Reserved Seating for the SoCal Showdown on Saturday, April 1 at Perris Auto Speedway is available for $65 and Reserved Grandstand seating for $50. All advance Reserved Seat purchases for both events include a free fan pit pass.

original article here

 

Friday Night of FVP Western Spring Shootout Cancelled Due to Heavy Forecasted Rain

Event will resume Saturday, March 25 as regularly scheduled

STOCKTON, CA. - March 23, 2017 - The first night of the FVP Western Spring Shootout at the Stockton Dirt Track has been cancelled due to a forecast calling for rain in the Stockton, CA area most of Friday, March 24.

Despite the rain, the modern facilities at the San Joaquin Fairgrounds - including paved parking lots, under cover concourse and all-weather seating - will be ready for Saturday's event. The expansive horse track area will allow a mile of stone-based pit parking.

The FVP Western Spring Shootout will resume on Saturday, March 25, with the pit gates opening at 12 noon, tickets and will call opening at 1pm, and the grandstands opening at 4:00pm. Hot laps for the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series will kick off on-track activities at 5:15pm.

Fans that have purchased Friday night tickets may exchange them for a Saturday March 24 ticket, use them at a future west coast World of Outlaw event, or submit them for a refund by mailing the ticket to: World Racing Group Inc. at 7575 W Winds Blvd NW Suite D, Concord, NC 28027 after the event; refunds will NOT be issued at the track.

Fans that have purchased the two-day ticket package for both Friday and Saturday may exchange the Friday ticket for an additional Saturday March 24 ticket, use the Friday ticket at a future west coast World of Outlaw event, or receive a one-day refund by mailing your ticket back to World Racing Group Inc., at 7575 W Winds Blvd NW Suite D, Concord, NC 28027 after the event.

For more information about World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series visit www.WoOSprint.com or call 844-DIRT-TIX. Follow World of Outlaws on social media: @WorldofOutlaws on Twitter and Facebook.com/WorldofOutlaws.

 

 

Kyle Larson Returns to Placerville Speedway

Brad Sweet Presents Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown Presented by NAPA Auto Parts and Riebes Auto Parts, a mid-week special.

By Troy Hennig

PLACERVILLE, CA - March, 21, 2017 - The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Cars will compete in a special mid-week show on Wednesday March 29 when series driver Brad Sweet puts on the Brad Sweet Presents the Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown presented by NAPA Auto Parts and Riebes Auto Parts at Placerville Speedway.

During it fans from the Golden State will have a special treat, as Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series point leader Kyle Larson of Elk Grove, CA will be in competition.

Larson is returning to the track that produced his first career sprint car win. "I am excited to race in front of a lot familiar fans at Placerville Speedway and to also get the chance to compete against the best sprint car drivers in the world," said Larson.

"Last year we had Kyle scheduled to race with us on that Wednesday night but unfortunately he wasn't able too because of an injury he sustained in the NASCAR series the weekend prior to our event," said Sweet. "I know how disappointed he was last year in not racing against us but I also know how much he is looking forward to competing at this year's race."

Reserved tickets are going fast but fans are still able to purchase their tickets for Brad Sweet's Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown presented by NAPA Auto Parts and Riebes Auto Parts by following this online link at dirtcar.ticketforce.com Reserved tickets are $45 per seat. Fans can purchase pit passes / general admission seating on the day of the event but those seats are all first come first serve. Tickets and will call booth will open at 2 PM. Pit gate opens at 2 PM. Grandstands open at 4 PM with sprint car qualifying slated to begin at 6:30 PM.

An overabundance of sprint car stars will be joining Larson at Brad Sweet's Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown presented by NAPA Auto Parts and Riebes Auto Parts. Leading the charge is Fargo, North Dakota's Donny Schatz. The eight-time World of Outlaws champion and inaugural winner of the Sweet race at Placerville drives the Tony Stewart Racing/Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/No. 15. Last year's winner Jason Johnson of Eunice, LA is set to get his Fischer Body Shop/Waco Metal No. 41 back into victory lane to collect the $10,000 payday. Both Schatz and Johnson went on to win sprint car racing's biggest prize, the Knoxville Nationals, in the same year they won the Placerville Short Track Showdown.

Kasey Kahne Racing teammates Daryn Pittman of Owasso, Oklahoma, driving the Great Clips No. 9 and the event organizer Brad Sweet of Grass Valley, driving the NAPA Auto Parts No. 49 are two of the favorites heading into this race. Other top drivers with the World of Outlaws include Shane Stewart, of Bixby, OK, who drives the Larson/Marks racing No. 2, the Brownsburg Bullet Joey Saldana in the Elk Grove Ford/Roth Investments No. 17 for the newly-formed Stenhouse Jr.-Wood Racing team and another local favorite Paul McMahan of Nashville, TN by way of Elk Grove, CA driving the Destiny Motorsports No. 4.

Sweet has once again booked the popular USAC Western States Midgets as his companion division with the World of Outlaws. "I felt the midgets put on a great show and it gives the fans a nice mix between the winged sprint cars and non-wing midgets," said Sweet.

On March 29th, it will mark Sweet's third time being a promoter. His own career started at local tracks like Placerville Speedway. "It feels good to be a part of something local," said Sweet. "The outpouring of support from the fans, sponsors and teams has been overwhelming."

Even though Sweet will be wearing the promoter hat don't forget that he is also a fierce competitor behind the wheel.

Sweet is a 21-time winner in the World of Outlaws Series and earned the Kevin Gobrecht 2014 Rookie of the Year honors. He has won prestigious races such as the Kings Royal at Eldora (2013), the Short Track Nationals (2010) and Belleville Nationals (2008). He also has six career top-10 finishes in the NASCAR XFinity Series driving for JR Motorsports and Turner Motorsports.

The traveling Outlaws will have their hands full with a talented field of local drivers led by Rutherford's Rico Abreu. The popular Northern California driver has beat the Outlaws before and will get another chance at the Placerville Short Track Showdown. Reigning King of the West champion Kyle Hirst of Paradise is back with Roth Motorsports No. 83. Auburn's Andy Forsberg is a multi-time champion at Placerville Speedway and will look to put the A & A Stepping Stone No. 92 in victory lane. Campbell's Bud Kaeding, Hanford's DJ Netto and Cory Eliason of Kingsburg are other California based driver's hopeful of beating the World of Outlaws at Brad Sweet's Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown presented by Riebes Auto parts.

 

 

Donny Schatz charges from third to first in closing laps to win sixth World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series feature in eight races

 
Tulare, CA - March 19, 2017 - Fargo, North Dakota's Donny Schatz found more late-race magic on Saturday night getting around Kasey Kahne Racing teammates Brad Sweet and Daryn Pittman with just a few laps left en route to his sixth victory of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series season.

 
The triumph for Schatz was his first at the Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare since the 2007 season and came aboard the familiar Tony Stewart Racing/ Arctic Cat No. 15 machine. The eight-time World of Outlaws champion was settled in the third spot as the laps wound down, until making a thrilling move around the outside of the speedway to thread his way by the leaders in heavy lapped traffic.

 
"It feels really good to finally say we won in Tulare again," Schatz said emphatically on the front stretch. "I didn't think the track would take rubber so it kind of caught me by surprise. I really tried to save my tires and when we got to traffic late in the race the pace slowed down a lot. I decided I might as well try something and luckily it worked. I get all the credit, but it's really all about my team. We have an incredible group of people that work on this race car and that makes it so much fun. I can't thank all our sponsors enough for supporting us and giving us the opportunity to win races."

 
The 35-lap feature started out with a three-wide battle for the lead that saw Pittman get the better of it to motor out into the lead over Sweet and pole sitter Shane Stewart.

 
Early on in the feature the racing was fantastic throughout the field, as the slick surface made for some tremendous action. Caution periods kept the leaders out of traffic however, as Pittman held command out front. Once the midway point of the feature approached rubber began to come down on the surface and made passing opportunities limited. Sweet had kept Pittman in his sights though and hounded the rear bumper of the Great Clips No. 9 for much of the distance.

 
When the five to go signal was given the top-three bunched up as Schatz looked to make his move. With 32-laps in the record books the current World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series point leader blasted to the high-side to drive around Sweet for the second spot. He then stayed up high and charged around Pittman for the lead coming down to complete lap 33. After that Schatz pulled away to take the checkered flag by 1.951 seconds back to runner up Pittman.

 
Even though he was disappointed in the outcome Pittman kept an upbeat attitude following the race saying, "This is basically a new team this year with our crew chief change so hopefully it will be a momentum boost for us. I did everything I could tonight, but our engine just wouldn't run right in the feature. I definitely didn't want to see the rubber because our car wouldn't pull forward in it. Tulare is a tough track for me so I'm happy to be on the podium. It's a long season and the wins will come. I'm definitely happy with the effort that our whole has put forth."

 
Sweet crossed the stripe in third to earn another podium finish in the Kasey Kahne Racing/ Napa Auto Parts No. 49 Sprinter. "I was nervous that it would take rubber and Donny pretty much showed why he is the best tonight. He was able to make his line work the best and kind of schooled us, so we'll keep plugging away to try and get better. We have some good tracks for us coming up so that has me excited. We'll move on to Stockton and hopefully get a win next week."

 
Wooster, Ohio's Sheldon Haudenschild capped a strong weekend by finishing in the fourth spot, while Rutherford's Rico Abreu rounded out the top-five. Completing the top-10 were Shane Stewart; Eunice, Louisiana's Jason Johnson; San Jose's Tim Kaeding; Lemoore's Carson Macedo and Watertown, Connecticut's David Gravel. Hanover, Pennsylvania's Logan Schuchart earned the KSE Hard Charger Award by coming from 25th to 13th in the feature.

 
Australian Ian Madsen won the night's Last Chance Showdown, with Shane Stewart taking home the Craftsman Club Dash. The four 10-lap heat races were picked off by Jason Johnson, Sheldon Haudenschild, Donny Schatz and Rico Abreu. Shane Stewart kicked-off the night by setting fast time in the 36-car field with a lap of 13.392 around the one-third mile clay oval.

 
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will return to action this coming Friday and Saturday at the Stockton Dirt Track for the FVP Western Spring Shootout.
 
Thunderbowl Raceway Notebook
 
Race Notes: Donny Schatz used lap traffic with two laps remaining to slip by Daryn Pittman for his sixth win of the 2017 season. Sweet secures second podium finish of weekend at Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway.
 
SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz - 5 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, LoneStar Speedway on March 3, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 10, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 18 ); Jason Johnson - 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17); David Gravel - 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 17)
 
World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Statistical Report, Thunderbowl Raceway, CA, March 18, 2017
 
Feature - (35 Laps) 1. 15-Donny Schatz [3] [$10,000]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [2] [$5,000]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [4] [$3,000]; 4. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [8] [$2,700]; 5. 24-Rico Abreu [5] [$2,500]; 6. 2-Shane Stewart [1] [$2,200]; 7. 41-Jason Johnson [7] [$2,000]; 8. 83JR-Tim Kaeding [16] [$1,800]; 9. 21X-Carson Macedo [19] [$1,600]; 10. 5-David Gravel [10] [$1,450]; 11. 17-Joey Saldana [9] [$1,300]; 12. 18-Ian Madsen [21] [$1,200]; 13. 1S-Logan Schuchart [25] [$400]; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser [14] [$1,000]; 15. 19-Brent Marks [17] [$950]; 16. 18S-Jason Solwold [13] [$900]; 17. 4-Paul McMahan [18] [$850]; 18. 7S-Jason Sides [26] [$50]; 19. W20-Greg Wilson [23] [$725]; 20. 51-James McFadden [12] [$700]; 21. 21-Brian Brown [24] [$700]; 22. 3C-DJ Netto [6] [$700]; 23. 88-Terry McCarl [20] [$700]; 24. 20-Cory Eliason [11] [$700]; 25. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [15] [$700]; 26. 83-Kyle Hirst [22] [$700] Lap Leaders: Daryn Pittman 1-32, Donny Schatz 33-35 KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+12]
 
Qualifying - 1. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.392; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.448; 3. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.451; 4. 3C-DJ Netto, 13.498; 5. 41-Jason Johnson, 13.512; 6. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.568; 7. 20-Cory Eliason, 13.646; 8. 24-Rico Abreu, 13.662; 9. 17-Joey Saldana, 13.672; 10. 5-David Gravel, 13.708; 11. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.799; 12. 51-James McFadden, 13.807; 13. 19-Brent Marks, 13.828; 14. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.830; 15. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.832; 16. 88-Terry McCarl, 13.835; 17. 83-Kyle Hirst, 13.893; 18. 4-Paul McMahan, 13.894; 19. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 13.994; 20. 21-Brian Brown, 14.072; 21. 18S-Jason Solwold, 14.131; 22. 13-Clyde Knipp, 14.213; 23. W20-Greg Wilson, 14.241; 24. 83JR-Tim Kaeding, 14.318; 25. 37-Mitchell Faccinto, 14.323; 26. 2X-Parker Price-Miller, 14.395; 27. 21X-Carson Macedo, 14.442; 28. 1A-Jacob Allen, 14.446; 29. 82-Kevin Thomas Jr, 14.460; 30. 22-Cori Andrews, 14.461; 31. 98-Sean Watts, 14.513; 32. 29-Willie Croft, 14.581; 33. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 14.611; 34. 68-Chase Johnson, 14.681; 35. 7S-Jason Sides, 14.760; 36. O-Bud Kaeding, 14.850
 
Heat 1 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the Feature) 1. 41-Jason Johnson[2] ; 2. 2-Shane Stewart[1] ; 3. 17-Joey Saldana[3] ; 4. 18S-Jason Solwold[6] ; 5. 19-Brent Marks[4] ; 6. 83-Kyle Hirst[5] ; 7. 82-Kevin Thomas Jr[8] ; 8. 37-Mitchell Faccinto[7] ; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart[9]
 
Heat 2 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the Feature) 1. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[2] ; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman[4] ; 3. 5-David Gravel[3] ; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser[1] ; 5. 4-Paul McMahan[5] ; 6. 68-Chase Johnson[9] ; 7. 2X-Parker Price-Miller[7] ; 8. 13-Clyde Knipp[6] ; 9. 22-Cori Andrews[8]
 
Heat 3 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the Feature) 1. 15-Donny Schatz[1] ; 2. 49-Brad Sweet[4] ; 3. 20-Cory Eliason[2] ; 4. 41S-Dominic Scelzi[5] ; 5. 21X-Carson Macedo[7] ; 6. W20-Greg Wilson[6] ; 7. 7S-Jason Sides[9] ; 8. 98-Sean Watts[8] ; 9. 18-Ian Madsen[3]
 
Heat 4 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the Feature) 1. 24-Rico Abreu[2] ; 2. 3C-DJ Netto[1] ; 3. 51-James McFadden[3] ; 4. 83JR-Tim Kaeding[6] ; 5. 88-Terry McCarl[4] ; 6. 21-Brian Brown[5] ; 7. 29-Willie Croft[8] ; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen[7] ; 9. O-Bud Kaeding[9]
 
Craftsman Club® Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of Feature)
1. 2-Shane Stewart[2] ; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman[1] ; 3. 15-Donny Schatz[4] ; 4. 49-Brad Sweet[7] ; 5. 24-Rico Abreu[3] ; 6. 3C-DJ Netto[8] ; 7. 41-Jason Johnson[6] ; 8. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[5]
 
Last Chance Showdown - (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the Feature)
1. 18-Ian Madsen[1] [-]; 2. 83-Kyle Hirst[2] [-]; 3. W20-Greg Wilson[5] [-]; 4. 21-Brian Brown[3] [-]; 5. 29-Willie Croft[12] [$300]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart[13] [$250]; 7. 68-Chase Johnson[14] [$225]; 8. 7S-Jason Sides[15] [$200]; 9. O-Bud Kaeding[16] [$200]; 10. 37-Mitchell Faccinto[6] [$200]; 11. 13-Clyde Knipp[4] [$200]; 12. 2X-Parker Price-Miller[7] [$200]; 13. 82-Kevin Thomas Jr[9] [$200]; 14. 98-Sean Watts[11] [$200]; 15. 22-Cori Andrews[10] [$200]; 16. 1A-Jacob Allen[8] [$200]

Unofficial World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

 
Pos.
Car
Driver
Total
Diff
Wins
Top 5's
Top 10's
1
15
Donny Schatz
1158
0
6
6
7
3
49
Brad Sweet
1086
-72
0
4
6
2
5
David Gravel
1064
-94
1
4
6
4
41
Jason Johnson
1048
-110
1
4
5
5
2
Shane Stewart
1048
-110
0
2
6
6
9
Daryn Pittman
1044
-114
0
3
5
7
18
Ian Madsen
1034
-124
0
0
4
8
1S
Logan Schuchart
1000
-158
0
2
4
9
93
Sheldon Haudenschild
990
-168
0
3
4
10
17
Joey Saldana
978
-180
0
1
1
11
4
Paul McMahan
962
-196
0
0
3
12
19
Brent Marks
946
-212
0
0
1
13
11k
Kraig Kinser
940
-218
0
0
1
14
24R
Rico Abreu
882
-276
0
3
4
15
7S
Jason Sides
878
-280
0
0
1
16
21
Brian Brown
870
-288
0
4
4
17
W20
Greg Wilson
864
-294
0
0
0
18
1A
Jacob Allen
782
-376
0
0
0
19
13
Clyde Knipp
776
-382
0
0
0
20
2X
Parker Price-Miller
754
-404
0
0
0
 

 

 

David Gravel gets by Shane Stewart late to claim first World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series win of season Friday in Tulare

 
by Gary Thomas

 
TULARE, CA - March 17, 2017 - After scoring his first Thunderbowl Raceway World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series win last season Watertown, Connecticut's David Gravel returned on Friday night and made it back-to-back, earning his first series victory of 2017.

 
Gravel stalked race-long leader Shane Stewart as the laps wound down and made a beautiful power move to the outside with just a few circuits remaining to claim the victory aboard his CJB Motorsports/ Big Game Tree Stands No. 5 machine.

 
"I've watched Rico Abreu and Kyle Larson a lot here at the Trophy Cup so have definitely learned a thing or two about this place," said Gravel on the front stretch. "Ever since the first time I came to Tulare it's been an awesome place for me, and it feels great to win back-to-back here. I had nothing to lose there at the end so I just gave it a shot up top and luckily it worked out for us. My team gave me a great car so I can't thank them enough. It's been a crazy road these last few years, and I'm really happy with where I am right now. Hopefully we can come back tomorrow and do it again."

 
The 35-lap feature started out with pole sitter Stewart getting the jump over outside front row Donny Schatz, who had won five of six races contested thus far going into Friday. Grass Valley, CA's Brad Sweet quickly moved into second and tried to track down Stewart, prior to the caution waving for Willie Croft on lap nine. On the restart Carson Macedo then got upside down to bring out the red flag. On the next attempt Sweet challenged Stewart for the lead, but the Bixby, Oklahoma pilot was able to fend him off and motor away out front.

 
Things began to heat up at this point as the surface began to come in and allowed drivers the chance to dice it up for position on the one-third mile clay oval. Gravel and Sweet proceeded to fight hard for the second position going back and forth during one five-lap stretch. After exchanging the runner spot multiple times Sweet assumed the position and began to close in on Stewart with just 10-laps to go.

 
Things then came to a halt on lap 27 when Rutherford, CA's Rico Abreu got upside down in the first and second corners while battling around the top-five.

 
On the restart Gravel was able to get around Sweet to grab second, before the final caution of the night flew for Terry McCarl on lap 30. After that Gravel stepped up his challenges on the leader when going back green and closed in on Stewart. With just a couple laps left he made the move of the race to go around Stewart and drive off to claim his second career Thunderbowl Raceway triumph by 0.977 seconds.
 

 
Stewart crossed the stripe in second to earn his fourth straight runner up finish in World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car competition at Thunderbowl Raceway.

 
"We had a good car tonight, but the driver just didn't make the right moves late in the race," said the pilot of the Larson Marks Racing/ Eneos No. 2 mount. "Sometimes the yellows work for you and sometimes they work against you. Tonight they didn't quite work in our favor, but that's how racing goes. Hats off to David Gravel, he drove a great race there at the end and found the faster line. I also have to give a big thanks to Kyle Larson, Justin Marks and all my guys. We have 90 races a year, so you just have to come back and concentrate on the next one. Big thanks to all the fans for coming out to Thunderbowl Raceway tonight."

 
After racing near the front of the field for the entire feature Sweet brought home a third place finish at the checkered aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing with Mike Curb/ Napa Auto Parts No. 49 Sprinter. "Running third definitely isn't the goal, but anytime you can finish on the podium with the World of Outlaws is something to be proud of," Sweet commented.

 
"We had a good car tonight and I feel like we're starting to gel. It's basically a whole new team this year with Kale working on the 49 car and we are making gains. We'll come back tomorrow and hopefully improve two more positions. This is one of my home tracks so I'd really like to get a win here."

 
Wooster, Ohio's Sheldon Haudenschild put on an entertaining charge in the feature to come from 19th to fourth and claim the KSE Hard Charger Award. The Rookie of the Year contender was very impressive on the tricky Thunderbowl clay and was reminiscent of his father Jac during the night. Australian James McFadden rounded out the top-five in the main event after putting together a solid night. Completing the top-10 were Hanover, Pennsylvania's Logan Schuchart, Schatz, Paradise, CA's Kyle Hirst, Nashville, Tennessee's Paul McMahan and San Jose, CA's Tim Kaeding.

 
The night's 12-lap Last Chance Showdown was captured by Mount Vernon, Washington's Jason Solwold, with the Craftsman Club Dash going to Shane Stewart. The four 10-lap heat races were picked off by Owasso, Oklahoma's Daryn Pittman, Brad Sweet, Shane Stewart and Donny Schatz. Rico Abreu started out the night by setting the fastest lap in the 36-car field with a blistering 12.630.

 
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to action tomorrow night at Thunderbowl Raceway to finish off the Tulare weekend.

Thunderbowl Raceway Notebook

 

RACE NOTES: David Gravel chased Shane Stewart to the checkers, taking the lead with only two laps to go. Brad Sweet came in third with Sheldon Haudenschild just missing the podium after starting 19th. A total of 36 cars made the field.

 
SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz - 5 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, LoneStar Speedway on March 3, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 10); Jason Johnson - 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17); David Gravel - 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway in March 17)

 
World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Statistical Report, Thunderbowl Raceway, CA, March 17, 2017

 
Feature - (35 Laps) - 1. 5-David Gravel [4] [$10,000]; 2. 2-Shane Stewart [1] [$5,000]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [3] [$3,000]; 4. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [19] [$2,700]; 5. 51-James McFadden [6] [$2,500]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [8] [$2,200]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz [2] [$2,000]; 8. 83-Kyle Hirst [14] [$1,800]; 9. 4-Paul McMahan [13] [$1,600]; 10. 83JR-Tim Kaeding [10] [$1,450]; 11. 9-Daryn Pittman [5] [$1,300]; 12. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [22] [$1,200]; 13. 18-Ian Madsen [9] [$1,100]; 14. 19-Brent Marks [20] [$1,000]; 15. 37-Mitchell Faccinto [17] [$950]; 16. 68-Chase Johnson [15] [$900]; 17. 88-Terry McCarl [18] [$850]; 18. 41-Jason Johnson [25] [$50]; 19. 17-Joey Saldana [26] [$25]; 20. 3C-DJ Netto [23] [$700]; 21. 24-Rico Abreu [7] [$700]; 22. O-Bud Kaeding [24] [$700]; 23. 29-Willie Croft [16] [$700]; 24. 21-Brian Brown [11] [$700]; 25. 21X-Carson Macedo [12] [$700]; 26. 18S-Jason Solwold [21] [$700]; Lap Leaders: Shane Stewart 1-32, David Gravel 33-35; KSE Hard Charger Award: 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [+15]

 
Qualifying - 1. 24-Rico Abreu, 12.630; 2. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.663; 3. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.704; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.741; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman, 12.800; 6. 83JR-Tim Kaeding, 12.806; 7. 51-James McFadden, 12.871; 8. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.879; 9. 4-Paul McMahan, 12.883; 10. 5-David Gravel, 12.889; 11. 21-Brian Brown, 12.899; 12. 29-Willie Croft, 12.900; 13. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.902; 14. 83-Kyle Hirst, 12.921; 15. 68-Chase Johnson, 12.929; 16. 21X-Carson Macedo, 12.951; 17. 18S-Jason Solwold, 12.963; 18. 88-Terry McCarl, 12.979; 19. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.981; 20. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 12.996; 21. 37-Mitchell Faccinto, 13.027; 22. 41-Jason Johnson, 13.030; 23. 20-Cory Eliason, 13.036; 24. 19-Brent Marks, 13.050; 25. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.073; 26. 2X-Parker Price-Miller, 13.086; 27. O-Bud Kaeding, 13.115; 28. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.129; 29. 17-Joey Saldana, 13.154; 30. 82-Kevin Thomas Jr, 13.158; 31. 3C-DJ Netto, 13.182; 32. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.232; 33. 98-Sean Watts, 13.362; 34. 13-Clyde Knipp, 13.419; 35. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.539; 36. 22-Cori Andrews, 13.725

 
Heat 1 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the Feature) - 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [2]; 2. 24-Rico Abreu [1]; 3. 18-Ian Madsen [4]; 4. 4-Paul McMahan [3]; 5. 37-Mitchell Faccinto [6]; 6. 18S-Jason Solwold [5]; 7. 7S-Jason Sides [7]; 8. 17-Joey Saldana [8]; 9. 98-Sean Watts [9]

 
Heat 2 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the Feature) - 1. 49-Brad Sweet [1]; 2. 5-David Gravel [3]; 3. 83JR-Tim Kaeding [2]; 4. 83-Kyle Hirst [4]; 5. 88-Terry McCarl [5]; 6. 41-Jason Johnson [6]; 7. 82-Kevin Thomas Jr [8]; 8. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [7]; 9. 13-Clyde Knipp [9]

 
Heat 3 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the Feature) - 1. 2-Shane Stewart [1]; 2. 51-James McFadden [2]; 3. 21-Brian Brown [3]; 4. 68-Chase Johnson [4]; 5. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [5]; 6. O-Bud Kaeding [7]; 7. 3C-DJ Netto [8]; 8. 20-Cory Eliason [6]; 9. W20-Greg Wilson [9]

 
Heat 4 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the Feature) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1]; 3. 21X-Carson Macedo [4]; 4. 29-Willie Croft [3]; 5. 19-Brent Marks [6]; 6. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [5]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [8]; 8. 22-Cori Andrews [9]; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser [7]

 
Craftsman Club Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of Feature) - 1. 2-Shane Stewart [2]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [1]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [3]; 4. 5-David Gravel [6]; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman [4]; 6. 51-James McFadden [7]; 7. 24-Rico Abreu [5]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart [8]

 
Last Chance Showdown - (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the Feature) - 1. 18S-Jason Solwold [1] [-]; 2. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [2] [-]; 3. 3C-DJ Netto [11] [-]; 4. O-Bud Kaeding [7] [-]; 5. 7S-Jason Sides [5] [$300]; 6. 82-Kevin Thomas Jr [10] [$250]; 7. 20-Cory Eliason [4] [$225]; 8. 17-Joey Saldana [9] [$200]; 9. W20-Greg Wilson [15] [$200]; 10. 41-Jason Johnson [3] [$200]; 11. 98-Sean Watts [13] [$200]; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser [8] [$200]; 13. 13-Clyde Knipp [14] [$200]; 14. 22-Cori Andrews [16] [$200]; 15. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [6] [$200]; 16. 1A-Jacob Allen [12] [$200]

 
Unofficial World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Championship Standings
 
 
Pos.
Car
Driver
Total
Diff
Wins
Top 5's
Top 10's
1
15
Donny Schatz
1008
0
5
5
6
3
49
Brad Sweet
942
-66
0
3
5
2
5
David Gravel
934
-74
1
4
5
4
41
Jason Johnson
912
-96
1
4
4
5
2
Shane Stewart
910
-98
0
2
5
6
18
Ian Madsen
908
-100
0
0
4
7
9
Daryn Pittman
898
-110
0
2
4
8
1S
Logan Schuchart
876
-132
0
2
4
9
17
Joey Saldana
850
-158
0
1
1
10
93
Sheldon Haudenschild
848
-160
0
2
3
11
4
Paul McMahan
846
-162
0
0
3
12
19
Brent Marks
826
-182
0
0
1
13
11k
Kraig Kinser
818
-190
0
0
1
14
7S
Jason Sides
764
-244
0
0
1
15
21
Brian Brown
762
-246
0
4
4
16
W20
Greg Wilson
752
-256
0
0
0
17
24R
Rico Abreu
742
-266
0
2
3
18
1A
Jacob Allen
692
-316
0
0
0
19
13
Clyde Knipp
686
-322
0
0
0
20
49X
Tim Shaffer
672
-336
0
0
2



Schatz Secures the Sweep at Vegas
Abreu and Schatz battle in the closing laps
LAS VEGAS - March 10, 2017 - In front of a nearly packed grandstand, local fans and beyond witnessed an exciting performance from one of the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series' most elite drivers, Donny Schatz. Not only were members of the Nellis Air Force Base in attendance to witness their racing heroes fly around The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but the drivers were also racing on the fast-action track as a salute to America's servicemen and women in the final night of the FVP Outlaw Showdown.
Schatz not only won his 11th series race at the half-mile, but also swept the event. Schatz doubled his $15,000 purse from the opener, collecting a total of $30,000 in winnings at Vegas. The North Dakota native was awarded the "Badlands Bonus" for both shows, as well as a gold-toned tool set commemorating Craftsman Tool's 90th anniversary. He also took a pair of slot-machine trophies home to Fargo, N.D., one for each of his victories. Since the season opener in mid-February, Schatz has won five of the first six shows in 2017 - a personal best to start a World of Outlaws season.
"All I can say is, I finally got to 'Park It,'" said Schatz in front of a roaring crowd. "We had something happen there in the mid-part of the race - I just couldn't get into rhythm. I tried to get through lapped traffic and Rico [Abreu] obviously got by us there on the restart. I got in good position to get out front and had clear track after that. It's been tricky here, but if it was easy then it wouldn't be fun for any of us. I was a little nervous when he got by. Every time I get into this car, it's unbelievable.
When you get to when you win 25 or 30 races in a season, it's expected of you. These guys work so hard to do that, and for the driver it's the same way. It doesn't matter who you are or where you're at...you have to work on your flaws. We've never started strong. We're working on that flaw, and it's worked so far."
Schatz, who spent the majority of his time skimming the top cushion, started on the outside of the first row for the 30-lap feature. Earlier in the program, Schatz won his heat race after a thrilling pass entering turn three in the closing laps. Though he made the pass from the bottom in his heat, Schatz laid his tracks on the outside for the feature. This proved to give Schatz's No. 15 Tony Stewart-Curb/Agajanian Racingcar enough of a surge to thunder down the front straightaway faster than those around him. Schatz took the lead from fellow series regular Logan Schuchart almost instantaneously to when the green flag dropped; however, Schuchart did not accept an early defeat. A yellow flag followed with one lap completed, which regrouped the field - giving Schuchart a chance to reclaim the lead in his No. 1s Marty Thompson Investments/Newman's Towing & Recovery car.
In Schuchart's eight appearances at the track, his best finish was Thursday night when he recorded a top-five finish. By virtue of the Craftsman Club® Dash, Schuchart went on to lead the field into the green flag for the first time since September 24, 2016 at Lernerville Speedway. Though Schatz had the upper-hand - momentarily - Schuchart quickly recovered on the restart by using the extra momentum exiting turn two to recapture the lead. Thereon, he created a 1.115-second buffer. While Schuchart progressed, Schatz regressed into a battle with Abreu. Abreu climbed 19 positions Thursday night to finish third in the feature; he started third Friday night.
Lap 12 was one of the most pivotal moments of the feature, as Schuchart, Abreu and Schatz spread nearly three-wide across the front stretch. The three virtually locked wheels - a few feet from one another. Schatz reaction time was the quickest of the three, as he weaved through Schuchart and Abreu for the lead entering turn one. Two laps later, Abreu overtook Schuchart in turn two; by this time, Schatz increased his lead to more than a two-second margin.
While Schuchart faded in third position, Abreu continued to gain ground on Schatz. By lap 21, Abreu attempted a risky maneuver by jumping the cushion in turn two. Abreu's move was successful, as he was able to carry enough speed to pass Schatz in turn four. The shear speed of his No. 24R Abreu Vineyards/Priority Aviation car though caused him to tap the wall in turn four, breaking his momentum. Schatz took advantage of Abreu's mistake and reclaimed the spot - until a yellow flag regrouped the field. Abreu was still .053-seconds ahead of Schatz when the two crossed the line, so Abreu retained the top spot because of the caution.
"I was just thinking about what to do to stay ahead," said Abreu, who leaves Vegas with two podium finishes. "Just some poor decisions there at the end of the race on my part. I just live and learn. You learn so much racing with the Outlaws. The pace is so fast, so you try your hardest every lap. When you're trying really hard, it's easy to make mistakes. I felt like once we got to traffic and I got passed Donny, I just made bad decisions behind lapped cars. I just get so nervous trying to clear guys - to try not to clear them too far to blow through the cushion and hit the wall. We're knocking on the door and everyone is chasing this No. 15 Arctic Cat car."
His lead was quickly thwarted. Abreu chose the bottom on the restart. Schatz, who was continually strong from the top, beat Abreu on the restart. He never looked back. Schatz opened-up a 1.272-second lead over Abreu, and finished the feature ahead of the pack by nearly the same margin. Schuchart rounded-out the podium - a personal best at the track.
"Any time you're improving, that's key," Schuchart said. "We've been here a couple times and really haven't had good finishes. Our season started really slow, but we got our engine working really good, and our guys are doing great. We had a good car this week, and we improved every night. But any time you start on the pole and go backward, it's not what you want to happen. The World of Outlaws is a very tough group of drivers and teams, and to be sitting out here...you know you did a good job."
By sweeping the Vegas stretch, Schatz is the only driver eligible for another $10,000 from Badlands Motor Speedway's bonus system. He will attempt that feat at the Outlaw FanFest on July 1-2 at Badlands Motor Speedway. Schatz joking said, "Yeah, no pressure. But we feed off of that."
"Ironically enough, we did win the last race there," said Schatz, who won the finale in 2016. "It's been a great place there. I've always cut my teeth there back in the day - I've wrecked a lot of equipment there. So, it's fun to go there and get those victories. If we can get back there and do it again, it'll be extra-special."
The World of Outlaws acknowledged more than a half-dozen members of the United States Air Force at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Airmen and women took part in pre-race ceremonies before heat races were underway. During the ceremony, thousands of fans stood to their feet, giving them a standing ovation for their service. A deafening "U-S-A" chant echoed throughout the facility. On Thursday morning, drivers took a tour of the base - filled with advanced aviation technology - in hopes of reaching high-octane speeds like the fighter jets circling the Las Vegas Motor Speedway complex.
The tour begins its California swing - seven events through five tracks - with Thunderbowl Raceway from March 17-18. To learn how to purchase tickets, visit www.tularethunderbowl.com.
The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Notebook
RACE NOTES: In an instant-classic, Donny Schatz battled the podium to win the FVP Outlaw Showdown finale at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Rico Abreu, who led the race late, made contact with the turn four wall in the closing laps. His mistake gave way for Schatz to secure the lead. Logan Schuchart, who led the field into the green flag, rounded-out the podium for his best finish at the track.
CONTINGENCY WINNERS: MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Jason Johnson; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Brent Marks; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Shane Stewart; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Daryn Pittman; VP Racing ($50 cash):Daryn Pittman; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Daryn Pittman; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Brent Marks;Cometic Gaskets ($50 cash):Greg Wilson; Super Flow ($50 cash): Logan Schuchart; Craftsman Club Fast Five ($100 cash): David Gravel, Kraig Kinser, Greg Wilson;Craftsman/Sears: Rico Abreu; KSE Hard Charger: Carson Macedo; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Donny Schatz; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Terry McCarl; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Joey Saldana
SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz - 5 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, LoneStar Speedway on March 3, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 10);Jason Johnson - 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17)
World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Nev.; March 10, 2017
Feature - (30 Laps) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2] [$10,000]; 2. 24R-Rico Abreu [3] [$5,000]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1] [$3,000]; 4. 21-Brian Brown [6] [$2,700]; 5. 2-Shane Stewart [14] [$2,500]; 6. 5-David Gravel [4] [$2,200]; 7. 49-Brad Sweet [10] [$2,000]; 8. 18-Ian Madsen [9] [$1,800]; 9. 2M-Kerry Madsen [5] [$1,600]; 10. 9-Daryn Pittman [18] [$1,450]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser [7] [$1,300]; 12. 19-Brent Marks [21] [$1,200]; 13. 21X-Carson Macedo [24] [$1,100]; 14. W20-Greg Wilson [8] [$1,000]; 15. 4-Paul McMahan [15] [$950]; 16. 24-Terry McCarl [19] [$900]; 17. 7S-Jason Sides [12] [$850]; 18. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [23] [$750]; 19. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [20] [$725]; 20. 1A-Jacob Allen [22] [$700]; 21. 17-Joey Saldana [13] [$700]; 22. 13-Clyde Knipp [25] [$]; 23. 41-Jason Johnson [16] [$700]; 24. 49X-Tim Shaffer [11] [$700]; 25. 29-Willie Croft [17] [$700]; Lap Leaders: Logan Schuchart 1-12; Donny Schatz 13-20, 24-30; Rico Abreu 21-23; KSE Hard Charger Award: 21X-Carson Macedo [+11]
Qualifying - 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 14.228; 2. 21-Brian Brown, 14.241; 3. 18-Ian Madsen, 14.244; 4. 4-Paul McMahan, 14.386; 5. 17-Joey Saldana, 14.458; 6. W20-Greg Wilson, 14.505; 7. 24R-Rico Abreu, 14.576; 8. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 14.685; 9. 29-Willie Croft, 14.700; 10. 82-Kevin Thomas Jr, 14.768; 11. 1A-Jacob Allen, 14.781; 12. 17B-Josh Baughman, 14.796; 13. 21X-Carson Macedo, 14.859; 14. 41X-Dominic Scelzi, 14.906; 15. 18S-Jason Solwold, 14.917; 16. 24-Terry McCarl, 14.952; 17. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 14.970; 18. 51-James McFadden, 15.005; 19. 22-Cori Andrews, 15.361; 20. 99T-Skylar Gee, 15.399; 21. 21P-Robbie Price, 15.432; 22. 5-David Gravel, 14.554; 23. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.670; 24. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 14.710; 25. 7S-Jason Sides, 14.730; 26. 49-Brad Sweet, 14.741; 27. 15-Donny Schatz, 14.742; 28. 2-Shane Stewart, 14.755; 29. 41-Jason Johnson, 14.792; 30. 9-Daryn Pittman, 14.813; 31. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 14.830; 32. 13-Clyde Knipp, 14.980; 33. 19-Brent Marks, 15.038; 34. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier, 15.046; 35. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 15.074; 36. 2X-Parker Price-Miller, 15.124; 37. O-Bud Kaeding, 15.137; 38. 3C-DJ Netto, 15.244; 39. 73-Brady Bacon, 15.603; 40. Y69-Randy Waitman, 15.858; 41. 90-Lance Norick, 15.881
Heat 1- (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the feature) - 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen [1]; 2. 24R-Rico Abreu [4]; 3. 18-Ian Madsen [2]; 4. 17-Joey Saldana [3]; 5. 29-Willie Croft [5]; 6. 21X-Carson Macedo [7]; 7. 18S-Jason Solwold [8]; 8. 49D-Shawn Dancer [9]; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen [6]; 10. 21P-Robbie Price [11]; 11. 22-Cori Andrews [10]
Heat 2 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the feature) - 1. W20-Greg Wilson [3]; 2. 21-Brian Brown [1]; 3. 49X-Tim Shaffer [4]; 4. 4-Paul McMahan [2]; 5. 24-Terry McCarl [8]; 6. 51-James McFadden [9]; 7. 17B-Josh Baughman [6]; 8. 41X-Dominic Scelzi [7]; 9. 82-Kevin Thomas Jr [5]; 10. 99T-Skylar Gee [10]
Heat 3 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 5-David Gravel [1]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [3]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [4]; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman [5]; 6. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [7]; 7. 3C-DJ Netto [9]; 8. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [8]; 9. 13-Clyde Knipp [6]; 10. Y69-Randy Waitman [10]
Heat 4 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser [1]; 3. 7S-Jason Sides [2]; 4. 41-Jason Johnson [4]; 5. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [5]; 6. 87-Aaron Reutzel [7]; 7. 19-Brent Marks [6]; 8. O-Bud Kaeding [8]; 9. 73-Brady Bacon [9]; 10. 90-Lance Norick [10]
Craftsman Club Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of feature) - 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [6]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 3. 24R-Rico Abreu [5]; 4. 5-David Gravel [2]; 5. 2M-Kerry Madsen [1]; 6. 21-Brian Brown [7]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [8]; 8. W20-Greg Wilson [3]
C-Main - (10 Laps - Top 2 finishers transfer to the Last Chance Showdown) - 1. 51-James McFadden [3] [-]; 2. 3C-DJ Netto [2] [-]; 3. 49D-Shawn Dancer [1] [$150]; 4. 73-Brady Bacon [4] [$150]; 5. 99T-Skylar Gee [7] [$150]; 6. 21P-Robbie Price [9] [$125]; 7. 90-Lance Norick [8] [$125]; 8. 22-Cori Andrews [5] [$125]; 9. Y69-Randy Waitman [6] [$125]
Last Chance Showdown - (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the feature) - 1. 19-Brent Marks [4] [-]; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen [3] [-]; 3. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [6] [-]; 4. 21X-Carson Macedo [7] [-]; 5. 82-Kevin Thomas Jr [1] [$300]; 6. 51-James McFadden [13] [$250]; 7. O-Bud Kaeding [12] [$225]; 8. 17B-Josh Baughman [5] [$200]; 9. 18S-Jason Solwold [11] [$200]; 10. 3C-DJ Netto [14] [$200]; 11. 41X-Dominic Scelzi [9] [$200]; 12. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [10] [$200]; 13. 87-Aaron Reutzel [8] [$200]; 14. 13-Clyde Knipp [2] [$200]
Unofficial World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Championship Standings
Pos. Car Driver Total Diff Wins Top 5's Top 10's
1 15 Donny Schatz 872 0 5 5 5
3 41 Jason Johnson 798 -74 1 4 4
2 49 Brad Sweet 798 -74 0 2 4
4 5 David Gravel 784 -88 0 3 4
5 18 Ian Madsen 784 -88 0 0 4
6 9 Daryn Pittman 770 -102 0 2 4
7 2 Shane Stewart 764 -108 0 1 4
8 1S Logan Schuchart 738 -134 0 2 3
9 17 Joey Saldana 738 -134 0 1 1
10 11k Kraig Kinser 728 -144 0 0 1
11 4 Paul McMahan 714 -158 0 0 2
12 93 Sheldon Haudenschild 706 -166 0 1 2
13 19 Brent Marks 704 -168 0 0 1
14 7S Jason Sides 674 -198 0 0 1
15 49X Tim Shaffer 672 -200 0 0 2
16 W20 Greg Wilson 662 -210 0 0 0
17 21 Brian Brown 660 -212 0 4 4
18 2M Kerry Madsen 660 -212 0 0 4
19 24R Rico Abreu 634 -238 0 2 3
20 87 Aaron Reutzel 612 -260 0 0 0

 

Schatz Slips by to Win at Vegas
Rico Abreu battles his way from the back to finish on the podium
LAS VEGAS - March 9, 2017 - As the sun sank below The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Thursday night, a cool breeze drifted through a near-capacity crowd. Specifically on the half-mile course, the intense crosswinds from the track were the product of 42 World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series winged-sprints. The No. 15 Tony Stewart-Curb/Agajanian Racing car of Donny Schatz was the fastest in the field, taking the first night of the FVP Outlaw Showdown.
Schatz earned his 10th career series win at the track, which has hosted the tour for 20 years sporadically. The stop marks the series' fifth consecutive multi-day event at the track, which is an extension of its 36 total appearances since 1996. Schatz's first victory came in 1999.
"If it wasn't for this Stewart-Curb Racing team, we wouldn't be up here so hats off to them," said Schatz with his team looking-on in victory lane. "They worked their tails off all winter long and it's getting better."
Though the eight-time series champion has reaped the riches several times at the track, this victory offered a purse larger than years passed. A $5,000 winner's bonus was awarded to the North Dakota-native, as a part of a four-show sponsorship from Badlands Motor Speedway. Badlands will offer a $5,000 purse to winners of the Vegas stretch and at its multi-day event, the Outlaw FanFest - a total of $20,000. Schatz earned a grand total of $15,000 for his victory, including the stack of cash presented to him in Victory Lane.
"Thank you Badlands Motor Speedway," Schatz said. "Any time you get the extra money, out of courtesy you thank them for their support - like all you fans in the seats. It sure makes it fun to be standing up here."
Not only did the victory have a larger payout, but it also tested a driver who has won four of the first five shows in 2017. Schatz got the best case scenario in a photo-finish at the line, winning by a narrow 0.046-second margin. He started the 26-lap feature in fourth position, and used a series of restarts to gain ground on each of the podium spots ahead of him. When the green flag dropped, he made his move into the podium and had his sights set on second.
Schatz contested for the runner-up spot in the opening laps, challenging Brian Brown from the bottom. Brown shut down his advances exiting Turn 1 for the first three laps until a red flag reset the field. Shane Stewart, who led the 25-car field into the green flag, got tangled-up in lapped traffic entering turn two of the sixth lap. The aftermath of the wreck forced Stewart to forfeit the top spot, bumping the field up by one position. Schatz thereon targeted Brown for the lead.
It only took one lap for Schatz to wedge his racecar underneath Brown's No. 21 FVP/Casey's General Stores car in turn two. Schatz widened the gap to nearly one-second over Brown, while Jason Johnson moved into the final podium spot by Lap 16. A red flag on that lap regrouped the field yet again; at this point, three of the top-five drivers were series regulars (Schatz, Johnson and Sheldon Haudenschild).
Several battles transpired on the restart, as Brown challenged Schatz for the lead from the bottom, and Johnson and Ian Madsen rubbed tires barreling out of the front-stretch. While Johnson was successful, Brown was not as he was penalized for an early start; he was docked one position. The field regrouped for the race's third restart with Schatz and Johnson - the only two to win a feature event in 2017 - side-by-side in the first row.
In the closing laps, Schatz built a cushion - that did not last. Brown reclaimed second position over Johnson within the final 10 laps of the feature. The race's final caution extended the 25-lap feature by one lap by virtue of a green-white-checkered. In the final lap, Brown launched his car to the outside of Schatz. The two barreled down the front-stretch to the checkers, and it was Schatz by a nose.
"I always want to win ones like those," Brown said. "We got a good run [at Schatz], but when you race with a guy like him you need to make a split-decision at 130 miles per hour. I felt like I got through turns one and two pretty well, but on the backstretch I probably should've done something a little different. He got a good run off of four and I was like, 'Gosh darn it, I'm not going to win this race.' To be up there and race with guys like Donny Schatz is an honor. He's the Steve Kinser of today."
Rico Abreu, who was awarded the KSE Hard Charger award, rounded-out the podium in his No. 24R Abreu Vineyards/Priority Aviation car. Starting 21st in the feature, Abreu swiftly navigated through the pack and eventually bested Johnson in the closing laps. Abreu said, "You just simply need to learn how to breathe and make good decisions."
"When the race gets kind of strung-out, you have to pace yourself," Abreu said. "You just need to be patient at times and be aggressive on those restarts. I knew we were going to get a few restarts where we could get a breather. Schatz and Brown are the best guys right now besides Jason [Johnson]. It feels good just to get a good finish."
Stewart, who won his heat race and the Craftsman Club® Dash, rebounded not only from mechanical issues from earlier in the night but also from an unfortunate wreck in the feature. Stewart climbed his way into ninth, recording his second top-ten finish of the season.
Johnson, who ultimately recorded his fourth top-five performance of the season, set the night's quick-time in time trials. He was roughly one-hundredth of a second off Danny Lasoski's track record of 13.719. Five of the 42 drivers in time trials posted a lap time less than 14 seconds, recording an average time of 13.948 - nearly two-hundredths of a second off the record pace Lasoski set in 2004.
The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Notebook
RACE NOTES: Donny Schatz earned his fourth victory in the series' first five events Thursday night, winning the first night of the FVP Outlaw Showdown at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - by a 0.046-second margin. In a race to the finish, Brian Brown was short by a nose to finish second on the night. Rico Abreu, the KSE Hard Charger award-winner, climbed his way up from 21st position to round-out the podium.
CONTINGENCY WINNERS: MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Terry McCarl; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Logan Schuchart; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Shane Stewart; VP Racing ($50 cash):Shane Stewart; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Sheldon Haudenschild; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Joey Saldana;Cometic Gaskets ($50 cash):Daryn Pittman; Super Flow ($50 cash): Shane Stewart; Craftsman Club Fast Five ($100 cash): Jason Johnson, Joey Saldana, Logan Schuchart, Sheldon Haudenschild;Craftsman/Sears: Brian Brown; KSE Hard Charger: Rico Abreu; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Donny Schatz; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Greg Wilson; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Aaron Reutzel
SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz - 4 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, LoneStar Speedway on March 3, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9); Jason Johnson - 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17)
World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Nev.; March 9, 2017
Feature - (26 Laps due to green-white-checkered finish) -1. 15-Donny Schatz [4] [$10,000]; 2. 21-Brian Brown [2] [$5,000]; 3. 24R-Rico Abreu [21] [$3,000]; 4. 41-Jason Johnson [5] [$2,700]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [7] [$2,500]; 6. 18-Ian Madsen [3] [$2,200]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [9] [$2,000]; 8. 2M-Kerry Madsen [14] [$1,800]; 9. 2-Shane Stewart [1] [$1,600]; 10. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [8] [$1,450]; 11. 49-Brad Sweet [12] [$1,300]; 12. 17-Joey Saldana [6] [$1,200]; 13. 19-Brent Marks [20] [$1,100]; 14. 9-Daryn Pittman [10] [$1,000]; 15. 73-Brady Bacon [23] [$950]; 16. 5-David Gravel [16] [$900]; 17. W20-Greg Wilson [11] [$850]; 18. 21X-Carson Macedo [17] [$750]; 19. 17B-Josh Baughman [19] [$725]; 20. 4-Paul McMahan [25] [$]; 21. 87-Aaron Reutzel [13] [$700]; 22. 7S-Jason Sides [15] [$700]; 23. 41X-Dominic Scelzi [22] [$700]; 24. 24-Terry McCarl [24] [$700]; 25. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [18] [$700];Lap Leaders:Shane Stewart 1-6; Brian Brown 7, 25; Donny Schatz 8-24, 26; KSE Hard Charger Award: 24R-Rico Abreu [+18]
Qualifying -1. 41-Jason Johnson, 13.875; 2. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.975; 3. 15-Donny Schatz, 14.021; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 14.049; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.145; 6. W20-Greg Wilson, 14.160; 7. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 14.181; 8. 7S-Jason Sides, 14.213; 9. 24R-Rico Abreu, 14.226; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen, 14.236; 11. 21X-Carson Macedo, 14.227; 12. 82-Kevin Thomas Jr, +; 13. 18S-Jason Solwold, 14.352; 14. 17B-Josh Baughman, 14.361; 15. O-Bud Kaeding, 14.370; 16. 2X-Parker Price-Miller, 14.523; 17. 3C-DJ Netto, 14.555; 18. 99T-Skylar Gee, 14.981; 19. 9Z-Jared Goerges, 15.098; 20. 22-Cori Andrews, 15.172; 21. Y69-Randy Waitman, 15.630; 22. 21-Brian Brown, 13.903; 23. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.990; 24. 17-Joey Saldana, 13.996; 25. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 14.055; 26. 9-Daryn Pittman, 14.056; 27. 5-David Gravel, 14.067; 28. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 14.082; 29. 49-Brad Sweet, 14.125; 30. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier, 14.146; 31. 19-Brent Marks, 14.231; 32. 24-Terry McCarl, 14.316; 33. 41X-Dominic Scelzi, 14.332; 34. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 14.343; 35. 73-Brady Bacon, 14.345; 36. 29-Willie Croft, 14.422; 37. 13-Clyde Knipp, 14.429; 38. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 14.465; 39. 51-James McFadden, 14.501; 40. 90-Lance Norick, 15.128; 41. 4-Paul McMahan, nt; 42. 21P-Robbie Price, nt
Heat 1 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the feature) -1. 41-Jason Johnson [1] ; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [2] ; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3] ; 4. 87-Aaron Reutzel [4] ; 5. 21X-Carson Macedo [6] ; 6. 24R-Rico Abreu [5] ; 7. 18S-Jason Solwold [7] ; 8. O-Bud Kaeding [8] ; 9. 3C-DJ Netto [9] ; 10. 9Z-Jared Goerges [10] ; 11. Y69-Randy Waitman [11]
Heat 2 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the feature) -1. 18-Ian Madsen [1] ; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2] ; 3. W20-Greg Wilson [3] ; 4. 7S-Jason Sides [4] ; 5. 17B-Josh Baughman [7] ; 6. 82-Kevin Thomas Jr [6] ; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [5] ; 8. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [8] ; 9. 99T-Skylar Gee [9] ; 10. 22-Cori Andrews [10]
Heat 3 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the feature) -1. 21-Brian Brown [1] ; 2. 17-Joey Saldana [2] ; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [3] ; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen [4] ; 5. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [5] ; 6. 24-Terry McCarl [6] ; 7. 29-Willie Croft [8] ; 8. 21P-Robbie Price [11] ; 9. 90-Lance Norick [10] ; 10. 49D-Shawn Dancer [9] ; 11. 49X-Tim Shaffer [7]
Heat 4 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the feature) -1. 2-Shane Stewart [1] ; 2. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [2] ; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [4] ; 4. 5-David Gravel [3] ; 5. 19-Brent Marks [5] ; 6. 4-Paul McMahan [10] ; 7. 41X-Dominic Scelzi [6] ; 8. 73-Brady Bacon [7] ; 9. 51-James McFadden [9] ; 10. 13-Clyde Knipp [8]
Craftsman Club Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of feature) -1. 2-Shane Stewart [4] ; 2. 21-Brian Brown [2] ; 3. 18-Ian Madsen [3] ; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [5] ; 5. 41-Jason Johnson [1] ; 6. 17-Joey Saldana [6] ; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart [7] ; 8. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [8]
C-Main - (10 Laps - Top 2 finishers transfer to the Last Chance Showdown) -1. 51-James McFadden [4] [-]; 2. 3C-DJ Netto [1] [-]; 3. 4-Paul McMahan [8] [$150]; 4. 49D-Shawn Dancer [2] [$150]; 5. 99T-Skylar Gee [3] [$150]; 6. 21P-Robbie Price [10] [$125]; 7. Y69-Randy Waitman [9] [$125]; 8. 22-Cori Andrews [7] [$125]; 9. 90-Lance Norick [6] [$125]; 10. 9Z-Jared Goerges [5] [$125]
Last Chance Showdown - (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the feature)- 1. 24R-Rico Abreu [1] [-]; 2. 41X-Dominic Scelzi [4] [-]; 3. 73-Brady Bacon [8] [-]; 4. 24-Terry McCarl [2] [-]; 5. 51-James McFadden [13] [$300]; 6. 82-Kevin Thomas Jr [5] [$250]; 7. 49X-Tim Shaffer [6] [$225]; 8. 18S-Jason Solwold [7] [$200]; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen [3] [$200]; 10. 29-Willie Croft [10] [$200]; 11. O-Bud Kaeding [9] [$200]; 12. 3C-DJ Netto [14] [$200]; 13. 13-Clyde Knipp [12] [$200]; 14. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [11] [$200]
Unofficial World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Championship Standings
Pos. Car Driver Total Diff Wins Top 5's Top 10's
1 15 Donny Schatz 722 0 4 4 4
2 41 Jason Johnson 694 -28 1 4 4
3 49 Brad Sweet 662 -60 0 2 3
4 18 Ian Madsen 650 -72 0 0 3
5 5 David Gravel 646 -76 0 3 3
6 9 Daryn Pittman 640 -82 0 2 3
7 17 Joey Saldana 630 -92 0 1 1
8 2 Shane Stewart 624 -98 0 0 3
9 11k Kraig Kinser 600 -122 0 0 1
10 1S Logan Schuchart 594 -128 0 1 2
11 93 Sheldon Haudenschild 594 -128 0 1 2
12 4 Paul McMahan 594 -128 0 0 2
13 19 Brent Marks 578 -144 0 0 1
14 49X Tim Shaffer 570 -152 0 0 2
15 7S Jason Sides 558 -164 0 0 1
16 W20 Greg Wilson 540 -182 0 0 0
17 2M Kerry Madsen 528 -194 0 0 3
18 87 Aaron Reutzel 522 -200 0 0 0
19 21 Brian Brown 518 -204 0 3 3
20 1A Jacob Allen 492 -230 0 0 0
The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: Craftsman (Official Tool), Arctic Cat (Official Side-by-Side Recreational Vehicle), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), Morton Buildings (Official Building), Sears (Official Home Store), The Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience (Official Racing Experience) and VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: Cometic Gasket, COMP Cams, Edelbrock, JE Pistons, KSE Racing Products, MSD, Penske Shocks, and Superflow Dynos; along with manufacturer sponsors, including: Impact Racing Products, Intercomp, Racing Electronics, and TNT Rescue.

 

'Badlands Bonus' Up for Grabs at Las Vegas and Badlands Motor Speedway

A $20,000-dollar bonus to be divided to the winners of the FVP Outlaw Showdown and Outlaw FanFest

LAS VEGAS - March 9, 2017 - The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series winners' pockets just got a little deeper. A $5,000 prize - the "Badlands Bonus" sponsored by Badlands Motor Speedway - was just added to the winners' take for the FVP Outlaw Showdown at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Winners who take a trip down Victory Lane from the FVP Outlaw Showdown will each win an additional $5,000 and make them eligible to double the amount from the Outlaw FanFest at Badlands Speedway.

Any driver that is competing at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas from March 9-10 will be eligible for not only the "Badlands Bonus" sponsored by Badlands Motor Speedway, but also to win an additional $5,000 bonus July 1-2. To double-up, a driver must win one of the two feature events during the Outlaw FanFest at Badlands Motor Speedway. If a driver sweeps all four shows, they will win a grand-prize of $20,000.

"We wanted to give the drivers a little extra incentive while out here in Las Vegas," said Chuck Brennan of Badlands Motor Speedway. "We're looking forward to opening the doors at Badlands Motor Speedway for six special events this season and give the drivers a little extra spending money and put bragging rights on the line."

The Brandon, S.D. speedway has been on the World of Outlaws schedule dating back to 1983. Last season The Outlaws raced two events at the 3/8ths-mile where Brad Sweet and Donny Schatz went home the victor.

Tickets for Outlaw FanFest at Badlands Motor Speedway can be purchased by visiting: badlandsmotorspeedway.com/get-your-tickets/.

 

 

iRacing Named Exclusive World of Outlaws Online Racing Partner

CONCORD, NC - March 9, 2017 - iRacing.com and the World of Outlaws announced today that iRacing will become the World of Outlaws exclusive online racing partner. The agreement brings the world's leading online motorsports simulation service together with North America's premier dirt track racing series and comes as iRacing prepares to launch its highly anticipated dirt racing feature on March 29. Known around the racing world as "The Greatest Show on Dirt," the World of Outlaws sanctions nearly 140 events a year throughout North America as part of the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series and the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series, while iRacing's 235,000 plus member subscribers race dozens of precisely-modeled cars on laser-scanned versions of nearly 100 of the world's greatest ovals and road courses. "We couldn't be happier than to be associated with the World of Outlaws at the dawn of our online dirt racing feature," says Steve Myers, Executive Vice President and Executive Producer for iRacing.com. "iRacers around the world are already eager to try their hands at dirt racing, and our partnership with the World of Outlaws will ramp up their enthusiasm to another level." "This is really exciting news for World of Outlaws fans and competitors," says Ben Geisler, Chief Marketing Officer of the World of Outlaws. "iRacing is recognized around the world for delivering a remarkably authentic racing experience, and we can't wait for our fans to see for themselves what it's like to race our cars at legendary tracks like Eldora, Williams Grove, and Volusia Speedways." The agreement is part of a long-term commitment by iRacing and the World of Outlaws to integrate their brands in the dirt and online racing communities. In addition to the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car and Late Model Series, the World of Outlaws' grassroots sanctioning body, DIRTcar Racing will be partnering with iRacing to bring authenticity to the entry level divisions featured as part of the dirt launch. DIRTcar Racing sanctions thousands of races in more than a dozen divisions ranging from Street Stocks to Pro Late Models and more at hundreds of tracks across the United States and Canada. In collaboration, iRacing plans to develop online versions of a variety of DIRTcar Racing series as a core element of its new dirt racing feature. To learn more about iRacing and to take advantage of special offers visit http://www.iracing.com/

 

DIRTcar Racing Membership Required for All Sanctioned Events

All Division drivers must have a DIRTcar License to participate and receive benefits

CONCORD, N.C. - March 2, 2017 - Starting with the first events of 2017, any participants of a DIRTcar-sanctioned event will be required to hold a DIRTcar Racing membership. Any division without a 100 percent membership participation will be at risk of violating the sanction agreement and suspension of the sanction by DIRTcar Racing.

A one-week temporary membership (for the traveling racer) will be accepted provided the driver completes the full application. However, temporary one-week memberships do not qualify for insurance and appeal benefits provided to full DIRTcar members.

The practice of a mandatory membership is common in sports, including motorsports, creating a mutually beneficial relationship between the drivers and the point fund, rule book, official decisions and appeals.

DIRTcar members participate in state, regional and national divisional point funds for drivers and tracks; where in 2016, over $550,000.00 was distributed to members. Members also receive discounted entry fees and/or discounted pit entry fees at selected events.

One benefit that every driver hopes never to take advantage of is the $50,000 DIRTcar Member Benefit Supplemental Participant Accident Policy over a track supplied deductible of $15,000.

Boom Briggs, a Late Model Driver and DIRTcar Racing Member sustained an injury during the 2016 season that sidelined him for more than two months. A recent DirtonDirt.com article highlighted the benefits he received from his DIRTcar membership, and how happy he was to have had them.

"I got a check for $3,200 a couple weeks ago from [World Racing Group's] insurance company," said Briggs to DirtonDirt.com. "Thankfully my wife had good [health] insurance I'm under, but [the insurance from World Racing Group] took every out-of-pocket expense I had and paid it. They covered all my deductibles, all my co-pays, the emergency room, my therapies, I've had to pay zero [overall] because of that. I want that mentioned because I'm very, very thankful for that. That's why I'll always buy that DIRTcar UMP license... to qualify for that insurance."

To find out how to become a DIRTcar Racing member, visit www.DIRTcarMembers.com.

 

 

CONCORD, N.C. - February 27, 2017 - The World of Outlaws extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Ralph Capitani.

Capitani was instrumental in growing the sport of Sprint Car racing, and more significantly, in the overall growth and development of the legendary Knoxville Nationals.

"Ralph was a visionary promoter in the Sprint Car racing world," said World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter. "I enjoyed the opportunities I had to learn while working with him. We will miss him."

In 1978, while Ted Johnson was launching the World of Outlaws, Capitani commenced his dirt track racing career with Knoxville Raceway as director of racing. During his tenure there, Capitani focused on ramping up weekly racing and turning the Knoxville Nationals into the marquee event it is today. He also helped found the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum in 1985 and the National 360 Sprint Car Council in 1993.

"Cappy has been voted the National Sprint Car Poll's 'Promoter of the Year' on three occasions (1985, 1990, 1991), and has consistently been named one of the poll's top three most powerful leaders in the sport (with Ted Johnson and Earl Baltes) since its inception." reads his 2014 award profile on the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame website.

Services for Capitani will be announced at a later date.

 

 

 

BARBERVILLE, FLA. - Feb. 20, 2017 - On Sunday, February 19 a racecar involved in a multi-car accident became airborne and landed off the racing surface, injuring three participants during the 46th annual DIRTcar Nationals, a World of Outlaws-sanctioned dirt track racing event hosted by Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla.

The three individuals were standing in what is commonly referred to as the "pit area" or "pits." The pit area at a World of Outlaws event is separate from the main grandstand and is where the teams participating in the event stage their race cars and support equipment. The individuals struck by the race car were treated immediately by emergency personnel on hand at the event and transported to Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Fla.

While racing side by side entering Turn 1 at the Speedway several sprint cars touched sparking a chain reaction accident in the middle of the 24-car field. One car was hit by another and subsequently made heavy contact with a steel guardrail betweens Turn 1 and Turn 2. The car's momentum carried it forward flipping it into the air and towards the catch fence. The car made contact with the upper portion of the catch fence in Turn 2, tumbling over the fence. As it was coming to a stop it struck the individuals referenced above. The driver of the race car was not injured.

The guard rail used at Volusia Speedway Park is the same type of guardrail used on most major interstates across America and can be found at motorsports venues of all types and classifications. The catch fence installed at Volusia Speedway Park relies on a combination of steel posts, wire mesh and heavy duty steel retention cables as is common in motorsports applications. The World of Outlaws will run 148 races at 83 different race tracks in 32 states during the 2017 season. Each facility is unique, but must meet the safety requirements established by its insurance provider in order to host a World of Outlaws event.

"The safety and well being of every individual attending a World of Outlaws, whether as a participant in the pit area, a fan in the grandstand, a concession worker, race official or emergency responder is a priority." said World of Outlaws President Tom Deery. "The World of Outlaws compete at the best dirt tracks in the country, we are constantly evaluating and implementing new procedures to improve safety at our events and have already begun that process in response to this weekend's incident. We ask the racing community to keep the individuals who have not yet been released from the hospital in their prayers and plan to respect their privacy as requested by the families."

 

 

 

BARBERVILLE, FLA. - Feb. 20, 2017 - Volusia Speedway Park staff and management worked through the night Sunday to provide support to the family and friends of the participants involved in the incident in the pit area outside of Turn 2 during the World of Outlaws feature event portion of the program and to further evaluate all aspects of the situation.

Prior to the 46th annual running of the DIRTcar Nationals, the safety measures in place at the speedway have done their job. Under its current ownership since 2005, no race car has compromised a catch fence at the speedway. The safety arrangement in Turns 1 and 2 at Volusia Speedway Park includes an earthen reinforced steel guardrail on the racing surface, a buffer area and a cable reinforced steel catch fence.

The catch fence protecting the pit area at the exit of Turn 2 utilizes a different configuration than that which is used around the balance of the facility. In addition to repairing the catch fence, the pit area closest to the racing surface in Turn 2 will be closed to all competitors, participants and officials for the remaining six nights of racing. While not affected by the incident Sunday night, a small set of bleachers intended for use by competitors and crew members that would have fallen within the restricted area has also been removed.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of our racing family injured Sunday night, and we are encouraged by the reports of the excellent care they are receiving at Halifax," said Brian Carter, CEO of Volusia Speedway Park. "We have implemented additional safety measures and are very proud of our emergency medical personnel and their response to the incident."

 

 

Three Is Company: Schatz Charges to Win Gravel awarded the coveted 'Big Gator'

BARBERVILLE, Fla. - February 19, 2017 - Donny Schatz etched his name into DIRTcar Nationals history Sunday, winning both the afternoon and night show at Volusia Speedway Park. The trip down victory lane gave Schatz 17 career wins at the half-mile, and he captured three of the five sprint shows in the 12-day event.

With the victory, Schatz joined Jeff Swindell and Sammy Swindell as the only Outlaws to win multiple series races in one day. Jeff Swindell first accomplished the one-day sweep at Rolling Wheels (N.Y.) Raceway Park on October 8, 1994. Sammy Swindell matched his brother's feat in 1999 at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway.

Though Schatz won the majority of the week's sprint car races, those he did not win proved to test his No. 15 Tony Stewart-Curb/Agajanian Racing team. In the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series opener, Schatz qualified 24th in a 36-car pack and placed fourth in his heat race. Sunday night was similar, as Schatz only qualified seven positions better and placed fifth in his heat. What differed for the eight-time champion this time was his ability to move through the 26-car feature field.

"We didn't change anything," Schatz said. "I thought the car felt really good. I actually thought I could get to the middle pretty well, but that changed once we got that going. These guys are incredible with what they do. I love it."

Schatz started 17th in the 30-lap feature, but made quick work of those between him and a podium position. By the 12th lap Schatz skidded through the bottom, passing multiple drivers into fourth. The next lap Schatz made his move for third, getting under quick-timer Brian Brown. Brown won his way through the program, setting the quick time and eventually leading the feature into the green flag.

Within the final 10 laps and one position later, Schatz threatened for first. David Gravel, who took the lead on the fifth lap, maintained the top spot by building speed on the top cushion. Gravel said he felt comfortable "staying on top and running alone," but Schatz began to close the gap with each lap by cutting the corners out of turns three and four; lapped traffic gave Gravel enough real-estate to not alter his line. However with two laps remaining, the two barreled down the front stretch side by side - only for Schatz to catch him in turn one. Gravel said where he saved time with lapped traffic, he ended up giving time back at the end.

"We wanted to win there," Gravel said. "Lapped traffic got us. Sometimes we're better running second. I don't know what I could have done differently, but I did the best I could. Just leading all those laps you want to win."

Despite Gravel's shortcoming, in hindsight he said he had a good week. Having battled through four motor changes - the CJB Motorsports team had to get three more Kistler engines delivered to even be able to run the finale - he still advanced to the Craftsman® Club Dash in both shows. Because of the consistency, Gravel took home the coveted 'Big Gator' trophy, which is awarded to the top performing driver overall.

"We just need to continue to get better and run well," said Gravel, whose focus is helping refresh and replenish his team's inventory.

The series will head West for its annual Kick-off Tour. First, the Outlaws will tackle two Texas tracks from March 3-4: Lonestar Speedway and Gator Motorplex. For more information, visit woosprint.com/kick-off-tour.

DIRTcar Nationals, Volusia Speedway Park Notebook

Feature - (30 Laps) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz [17] [$10,000]; 2. 5-David Gravel [4] [$5,500]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [5] [$3,200]; 4. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [2] [$2,800]; 5. 21-Brian Brown [1] [$2,500]; 6. 2-Shane Stewart [14] [$2,300]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart [10] [$2,200]; 8. 2M-Kerry Madsen [3] [$2,100]; 9. 18-Ian Madsen [16] [$2,050]; 10. 49-Brad Sweet [21] [$2,000]; 11. 10H-Chad Kemenah [19] [$1,500]; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser [23] [$1,200]; 13. W20-Greg Wilson [18] [$1,100]; 14. 13D-Danny Dietrich [15] [$1,050]; 15. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [11] [$1,000]; 16. 49X-Tim Shaffer [20] [$900]; 17. 59H-Justin Henderson [22] [$800]; 18. 17-Joey Saldana [13] [$800]; 19. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [12] [$800]; 20. 41-Jason Johnson [8] [$800]; 21. 1A-Jacob Allen [25] [$]; 22. 13-Clyde Knipp [26] [$]; 23. 7S-Jason Sides [6] [$800]; 24. 24R-Rico Abreu [7] [$800]; 25. 1-Dale Blaney [9] [$800]; 26. 4-Paul McMahan [24] [$800]; Lap Leaders: Lucas Wolfe 1-4, David Gravel 5-28, Donny Schatz 29-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 15-Donny Schatz[+16]

Qualifying - 1. 21-Brian Brown, 13.006; 2. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.014; 3. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.051; 4. 24R-Rico Abreu, 13.097; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.097; 6. 5-David Gravel, 13.125; 7. 41-Jason Johnson, 13.132; 8. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.134; 9. 1-Dale Blaney, 13.162; 10. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.175; 11. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.209; 12. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.210; 13. 17-Joey Saldana, 13.211; 14. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.223; 15. 13D-Danny Dietrich, 13.244; 16. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier, 13.248; 17. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.254; 18. 59H-Justin Henderson, 13.265; 19. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.283; 20. 4-Paul McMahan, 13.303; 21. 14-Christopher Bell, 13.303; 22. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.314; 23. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 13.328; 24. 13-Clyde Knipp, 13.350; 25. 19-Brent Marks, 13.360; 26. 27-Greg Hodnett, 13.440; 27. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.468; 28. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 13.484; 29. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 13.519; 30. 24-Terry McCarl, 13.527; 31. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.539; 32. 2X-Parker Price-Miller, 13.572; 33. 17X-Caleb Helms, 13.608; 34. 7W-Tasker Phillips, 13.716; 35. O7-Jacob Wilson, 13.903; 36. 59S-Ben Schmidt, nt

Heat 1 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the feature) - 1. 21-Brian Brown [1] ; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [2] ; 3. 1-Dale Blaney [3] ; 4. 17-Joey Saldana [4] ; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [5] ; 6. 14-Christopher Bell [6] ; 7. 19-Brent Marks [7] ; 8. 17X-Caleb Helms [9] ; 9. 87-Aaron Reutzel [8]

Heat 2 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the feature) - 1. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [1] ; 2. 5-David Gravel [2] ; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [6] ; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [3] ; 5. W20-Greg Wilson [4]; 6. 27-Greg Hodnett [7] ; 7. 59H-Justin Henderson [5] ; 8. 24-Terry McCarl [8]; 9. 7W-Tasker Phillips [9]

Heat 3 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the feature) - 1. 7S-Jason Sides [1] ; 2. 41-Jason Johnson [2] ; 3. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [3] ; 4. 13D-Danny Dietrich [4] ; 5. 10H-Chad Kemenah [6] ; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [5] ; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [7] ; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [8] ; 9. O7-Jacob Wilson [9]

Heat 4 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the feature) - 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen [2] ; 2. 24R-Rico Abreu [1] ; 3. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [4] ; 4. 18-Ian Madsen [3] ; 5. 49X-Tim Shaffer [7] ; 6. 4-Paul McMahan [5] ; 7. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [8] ; 8. 13-Clyde Knipp [6] ; 9. 59S-Ben Schmidt [9]

Craftsman Club® Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of feature) - 1. 21-Brian Brown [1] ; 2. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [2] ; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen [4] ; 4. 5-David Gravel [6] ; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman [5] ; 6. 7S-Jason Sides [3] ; 7. 24R-Rico Abreu [8] ; 8. 41-Jason Johnson [7]

Last Chance Showdown - (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the feature) - 1. 49-Brad Sweet [2] [-]; 2. 59H-Justin Henderson [1] [-]; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser [8] [-]; 4. 4-Paul McMahan [3] [-]; 5. 19-Brent Marks [6] [$300]; 6. 14-Christopher Bell [4] [$250]; 7. 27-Greg Hodnett [7] [$225]; 8. 24-Terry McCarl [10] [$200]; 9. 17X-Caleb Helms [13] [$200]; 10. 7W-Tasker Phillips [14] [$200]; 11. 59S-Ben Schmidt [16] [$200]; 12. 13-Clyde Knipp [5] [$200]; 13. 87-Aaron Reutzel [9] [$200]; 14. O7-Jacob Wilson [15] [$200]; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen [11] [$200]; 16. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [12] [$200]

 

 

Schatz from a Cannon
Reverses his luck to win second DIRTcar Nationals Gator
BARBERSVILLE, Fla. - February 19, 2017 - It's not unusual for two series champions to face-off in the 46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park. In the first show of a Sunday double-header, eight-time World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Champion Donny Schatz revisited his fierce battle with Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions titleholder Chad Kemenah. Like the Wednesday night thriller - starting in the first row with Kemenah - Schatz again established himself as the best-of-the-best between the two series.
But it did not come easily for the Fargo, N.D. native, who has now won a DIRTcar Nationals show every year since 2011. On Friday night Schatz finished 14thin the feature, his worst finish since the series opener last season (when he placed 18th). But Schatz said one major adjustment was opting for a harder tire.
"We did make some tire changes today and went with a harder tire," Schatz said. "I think it hurt us early in the race, but they don't pay for the first lap they pay for the last. The driver just showed up today with an attitude. I guess you could say he made all the mistakes in one night (Friday)."
Once the green flag was waved, Schatz overtook Kemenah and extended his lead to nearly one second. Kemenah reclaimed his spot before the race's first caution on the ensuing restart. In the race's most exhilarating exchange, the two danced around each other - inversely switching lines high and low. Schatz was the first to take the lead, wedging his car under Kemenah's in the second turn. Kemenah used the back-stretch to regroup, and butted his left-front tire nearly up against the inside wall in turn three for first position.
On Lap 14, strategy played to Schatz's favor. Schatz made the decision to start on the inside of the race's second caution - as the two made their passes on the bottom earlier. Schatz was successful on the restart. Kemenah dropped off Schatz's pace - nearly two tenths faster than the field with each lap. This left the door open for Friday night's winner Jason Johnson to slip by Kemenah and secure a second-place finish; Kemenah settled for third.
Like Schatz, David Gravel also underwent a roller-coaster of a week. Gravel won Thursday's All-Star finale, but since has blown four motors. Expending his reserve, CJB Motorsports sent for three new motors to be shipped to Volusia. Gravel said race engines "eat dirt every day," so self-inflicted malfunctions are bound to happen.
On his fifth Kistler motor, Gravel turned-around Friday's last place finish by first setting Sunday afternoon's quick time with a 13.453. He carried that momentum to his heat race, doubling on his successes. A small scare in the Craftsman® Club Dash when he got into the turn two wall. Escaping with only minor damage this was the only hiccup Gravel had throughout the show, ultimately collecting his first World of Outlaws top-five performance of the year.
"When that fifth motor is good enough to quick time, it speaks to how good our engine program is," said Gravel, who added that he never lost doubt in his Kistler Engine package. "We never give up. We screwed up a little in the dash, but we just kept looking forward. There's no reason why we can't win tonight."
With the victory, Schatz can become the first Outlaw since Jeff Swindell and Sammy Swindell to win multiple series races in one day. Jeff Swindell first accomplished the one-day sweep at Rolling Wheels (N.Y.) Raceway Park on October 8, 1994. Sammy Swindell matched his younger brothers feat in 1999 at Bloomington Speedway.
Volusia Speedway Park Notebook
RACE NOTES: Donny Schatz wins a World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series race at DIRTcar Nationals for the fourth consecutive year. After fending off Chad Kemenah - who led the 26-car feature into the green flag - Schatz nearly opened-up a two second lead. Jason Johnson, who won the previous show, caught up to Kemenah and took second place in the closing laps.
CONTINGENCY WINNERS: MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Jacob Allen; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Brent Marks; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Jason Sides; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Danny Dietrich; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Logan Schuchart; Morton Buildings ($50 cash): Terry McCarl; Super Flow ($50 cash): Jason Johnson; Craftsman Club Fast Five ($100 cash): Joey Saldana, Paul McMahan, David Gravel; Craftsman/Sears: Chad Kemenah; KSE Hard Charger: Kerry Madsen; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Donny Schatz; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Brad Sweet; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Caleb Helms
SEASON WINNERS: Jason Johnson - 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17); Donny Schatz - 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on February 19)
World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Volusia Speedway Park, Fla.; Feb. 18, 2017
A-Main - (25 Laps) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1] [$10,000]; 2. 41-Jason Johnson [3] [$5,500]; 3. 10H-Chad Kemenah [2] [$3,200]; 4. 17-Joey Saldana [4] [$2,800]; 5. 5-David Gravel [8] [$2,500]; 6. 14-Christopher Bell [6] [$2,300]; 7. 4-Paul McMahan [5] [$2,200]; 8. 19-Brent Marks [9] [$2,100]; 9. 7S-Jason Sides [12] [$2,050]; 10. 13D-Danny Dietrich [7] [$2,000]; 11. 2M-Kerry Madsen [19] [$1,500]; 12. 1S-Logan Schuchart [14] [$1,200]; 13. 18-Ian Madsen [10] [$1,100]; 14. 24-Terry McCarl [13] [$1,050]; 15. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [18] [$1,000]; 16. 1-Dale Blaney [20] [$900]; 17. 49-Brad Sweet [17] [$800]; 18. 27-Greg Hodnett [16] [$800]; 19. 2-Shane Stewart [24] [$800]; 20. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [23] [$800]; 21. 24R-Rico Abreu [22] [$800]; 22. 17X-Caleb Helms [15] [$800]; 23. 9-Daryn Pittman [11] [$800]; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen [25] [$800]; 25. 87-Aaron Reutzel [21] [$800]; 26. 13-Clyde Knipp [26] [$800]; Lap Leaders: Chad Kemenah 1-13, Donny Schatz 14-25; KSE Hard Charger Award: 2M-Kerry Madsen[+8]

Qualifying - 1. 5-David Gravel, 13.453; 2. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.456; 3. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.543; 4. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 13.567; 5. 41-Jason Johnson, 13.574; 6. 14-Christopher Bell, 13.578; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.605; 8. 4-Paul McMahan, 13.608; 9. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.614; 10. 13D-Danny Dietrich, 13.619; 11. 17X-Caleb Helms, 13.627; 12. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.628; 13. 19-Brent Marks, 13.631; 14. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.647; 15. 17-Joey Saldana, 13.682; 16. 27-Greg Hodnett, 13.701; 17. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.720; 18. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 13.736; 19. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.797; 20. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier, 13.812; 21. 24-Terry McCarl, 13.823; 22. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.873; 23. 24R-Rico Abreu, 13.876; 24. 1-Dale Blaney, 13.908; 25. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.920; 26. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.929; 27. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.937; 28. 2-Shane Stewart, 14.000; 29. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 14.019; 30. 59H-Justin Henderson, 14.083; 31. 7W-Tasker Phillips, 14.254; 32. 59S-Ben Schmidt, 14.315; 33. 2X-Parker Price-Miller, 14.602; 34. O7-Jacob Wilson, 14.707; 35. 13-Clyde Knipp, 14.917; 36. 21-Brian Brown, nt

Heat 1 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 5-David Gravel[1] ; 2. 41-Jason Johnson[2] ; 3. 19-Brent Marks[4] ; 4. 24-Terry McCarl[6] ; 5. 49-Brad Sweet[5] ; 6. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[3] ; 7. 49X-Tim Shaffer[8] ; 8. W20-Greg Wilson[7] ; 9. 2X-Parker Price-Miller[9]

Heat 2 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 14-Christopher Bell[2] ; 2. 13D-Danny Dietrich[3] ; 3. 18-Ian Madsen[4] ; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart[6] ; 5. 5W-Lucas Wolfe[1] ; 6. 59H-Justin Henderson[8] ; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser[7] ; 8. 87-Aaron Reutzel[5] ; 9. O7-Jacob Wilson[9]

Heat 3 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 15-Donny Schatz[1] ; 2. 17-Joey Saldana[4] ; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman[2] ; 4. 17X-Caleb Helms[3] ; 5. 2M-Kerry Madsen[5] ; 6. 24R-Rico Abreu[6] ; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen[7] ; 8. 7W-Tasker Phillips[8] ; 9. 13-Clyde Knipp[9]

Heat 4 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 10H-Chad Kemenah[1] ; 2. 4-Paul McMahan[2] ; 3. 7S-Jason Sides[3] ; 4. 27-Greg Hodnett[4] ; 5. 1-Dale Blaney[6] ; 6. 2-Shane Stewart[7] ; 7. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier[5] ; 8. 59S-Ben Schmidt[8]

Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of A-feature
1. 15-Donny Schatz[2] ; 2. 10H-Chad Kemenah[1] ; 3. 41-Jason Johnson[5] ; 4. 17-Joey Saldana[7] ; 5. 4-Paul McMahan[8] ; 6. 14-Christopher Bell[3] ; 7. 13D-Danny Dietrich[6] ; 8. 5-David Gravel[4]

B-Main - (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 87-Aaron Reutzel[2] [-]; 2. 24R-Rico Abreu[4] [-]; 3. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[1] [-]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart[8] [-]; 5. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier[3] [$300]; 6. W20-Greg Wilson[5] [$250]; 7. 59H-Justin Henderson[10] [$225]; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser[6] [$200]; 9. 49X-Tim Shaffer[9] [$200]; 10. 59S-Ben Schmidt[12] [$200]; 11. 7W-Tasker Phillips[11] [$200]; 12. 1A-Jacob Allen[7] [$200]; 13. O7-Jacob Wilson[14] [$200]; 14. 13-Clyde Knipp[15] [$200]; 15. 2X-Parker Price-Miller[13] [$200]; 16. 21-Brian Brown[16] [$200]

 

 

Saturday, February 18th Portion of DIRTcar Nationals Postponed Due to Rain

Event will resume Sunday with doubleheader with the World of Outlaws and DIRTcar Racing UMP Modifieds.

BARBERVILLE, Fla. - February 18, 2017 - Night five of DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park has been postponed due to persistent rain setting up a doubleheader event starting Sunday afternoon.

Saturday, Feb. 18th postponed event will resume with grandstand and pit gates opening at 11:30am. Hot laps and qualifying will resume starting at 12:00pm.

Fans that have tickets and/or a wristband for Saturday's World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series and DIRTcar Racing UMP Modified portion of DIRTcar Nationals can bring their ticket stub and/or wristband to the gate for re-entry to the first portion Sunday's DIRTcar Nationals doubleheader.

The evening portion of the doubleheader will start with pit gates opening at 4:00pm; the grandstands will re-open at 5:00pm. Hot laps for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series starting at 6:00pm followed by qualifying.

For more information about DIRTcar Nationals by visiting www.DIRTcarNationals.com or follow DIRTcarNats on Twitter and Facebook.com/DIRTcar

 


Wins first career Gator at DIRTcar Nationals
BARBERSVILLE, Fla. - February 17, 2017 - Jason Johnson made a grand entrance into 2017 Friday night, winning the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series opener at the 46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals. Johnson, whose 2016 season was highlighted by a Knoxville Nationals victory, took home his first Gator and a $10,000 purse.

"Yeah, 365 days later we start the season off in the best case scenario," said Johnson, rehashing on his team's troubles last season. "It's a long season, and you need to condition for it. My little [Jaxx] on FaceTime over there... he and my wife mean the world to me, and I wish he could be here for the win. [The win] is huge for our operation, for our team, for the people working on this team and for my self-confidence."

For Johnson's four World of Outlaws wins last season, Johnson brought his son up on stage to wave their index finger in the air symbolizing "No.1." This time Johnson scaled the wing of his No. 41 Priority Aviation Services, LLC/ Mesilla Valley Transportation Maxim car solo, but dropped back down to high-fives and hugs from his crew. Johnson, who was involved in a horrific wreck earlier in the week, opted to withdraw from the All-Star Circuit of Champions finale Thursday night. But one day later, consistently bested a 35 other cars on sprint car racing's biggest stage.

Johnson started on the outside of the first row for the 30-lap feature event. Where he started, is where he stayed. Johnson - continuing to stay on-top of the wheel and high on the track - darted to the front within the first lap. Sweet followed Johnson to the front but from the bottom. The first of three cautions came on the third lap, when David Gravel suffered from more mechanical failures. Notably, Gravel raced nearly 80 races without blowing a motor heading into this year's DIRTcar Nationals. The caution regrouped the field, giving Sweet the opportunity to recreate last season's season opener with a win.

"I'll tell you what, I really thought we were going to have something there for Jason," Sweet said. "I had to [eventually] move to the top but Johnson set a really torrid pace out there. He did it, so hats-off to him. We have two more nights so hopefully we can end up where he is."

Sweet swapped spots with Brian Brown throughout the race, but in the final two laps swiftly moved passed him on the front straightaway. Brown forfeited third to a red-hot Christopher Bell, who rounded-out the podium. Bell not only beat Johnson in the dash, but also set the night's quick time with a 13.121.

"I kind of struggled on starts and restarts there," said Bell, who led the feature field into the green flag. "Mistakes on my part for starts and restarts, but this thing is really fast. It's a great machine to drive. Thank you Tony [Stewart] for letting me come out and have some fun."

From the victory, Johnson leads the points championship for the first time in his career. As Sweet alluded to, Johnson's aggressive driving style opened up the "World's Fastest Half-Mile" for him. Earlier in the program, Johnson qualified third but claimed his stake for a Gator in the third heat. His car weaved in-and-around series newcomer Brent Marks. Though he was in a transfer spot, Johnson did not let off the gas.

He went on to start fourth in the Craftsman Club Dash and finish second after yet another battle - with Brown. Brown's uncle and crew member, 2001 Series Champion Danny Lasoski, is the most winningest sprint car driver at Volusia Speedway Park. He is scheduled to compete predominantly with the Outlaws, though it will not be full-time.

Series veteran Jason Sides set the pace early in the program, recording the quickest time in hot laps of 13.602. Sides went on to set quick-time in qualifying - putting him in position to "Double Down" as his nickname suggests - but the time only stood until Bell knocked him off with 15 drivers remaining. Ultimately, four out of the five top-qualifiers were series regulars. Three regulars finished the night in the Top-five.

Volusia Speedway Park Notebook
RACE NOTES: Jason Johnson collects his first win of the season Friday night, beating fellow series regular Brad Sweet by a 3.553-second margin. Sweet and Brian Brown battled nearly the entire 30 laps, until quick-timer Cristopher Bell made a last-minute moved to knock Brown off the podium.
CONTINGENCY WINNERS: MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Jacob Allen; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Jason Johnson; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Daryn Pittman; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Joey Saldana; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Joey Saldana; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Joey Saldana; Morton Buildings ($50 cash): Joey Saldana; Super Flow ($50 cash): Kraig Kinser; Craftsman Club Fast Five ($100 cash): Jason Johnson, Jason Sides, Brad Sweet, Daryn Pittman, Brent Marks; Craftsman/Sears: Christopher Bell; KSE Hard Charger: Chad Kemenah; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Jason Johnson; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Brent Marks; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Jason Sides
SEASON WINNERS: Jason Johnson - 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17)
World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Volusia Speedway Park, Fla.; Feb. 18, 2017
A-Main - (30 Laps) - 1. 41-Jason Johnson [2] [$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [5] [$5,500]; 3. 14-Christopher Bell [1] [$3,200]; 4. 21-Brian Brown [3] [$2,800]; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman [7] [$2,500]; 6. 49X-Tim Shaffer [9] [$2,300]; 7. 10H-Chad Kemenah [20] [$2,200]; 8. 24R-Rico Abreu [13] [$2,100]; 9. 2M-Kerry Madsen [14] [$2,050]; 10. 18-Ian Madsen [6] [$2,000]; 11. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [11] [$1,500]; 12. 17-Joey Saldana [15] [$1,200]; 13. 1-Dale Blaney [24] [$1,100]; 14. 15-Donny Schatz [16] [$1,050]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser [17] [$1,000]; 16. 19-Brent Marks [8] [$900]; 17. 13D-Danny Dietrich [23] [$800]; 18. 4-Paul McMahan [10] [$800]; 19. 87-Aaron Reutzel [19] [$800]; 20. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [18] [$800]; 21. 7S-Jason Sides [4] [$800]; 22. 27-Greg Hodnett [12] [$800]; 23. 2-Shane Stewart [21] [$800]; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen [25]; 25. 5-David Gravel [22] [$800]; Lap Leaders: Jason Johnson 1-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 10H-Chad Kemenah [+13]

Qualifying - 1. 14-Christopher Bell, 13.121; 2. 5-David Gravel, 13.126; 3. 41-Jason Johnson, 13.161; 4. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.223; 5. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.247; 6. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.262; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.296; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.298; 9. 24R-Rico Abreu, 13.306; 10. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.312; 11. 19-Brent Marks, 13.314; 12. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 13.318; 13. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 13.340; 14. 21-Brian Brown, 13.345; 15. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier, 13.352; 16. 27-Greg Hodnett, 13.395; 17. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.413; 18. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.431; 19. 13D-Danny Dietrich, 13.446; 20. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.448; 21. 1-Dale Blaney, 13.460; 22. 4-Paul McMahan, 13.464; 23. 17-Joey Saldana, 13.501; 24. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.510; 25. 24-Terry McCarl, 13.521; 26. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.537; 27. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 13.555; 28. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.573; 29. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.590; 30. 17X-Caleb Helms, 13.610; 31. 59H-Justin Henderson, 13.691; 32. 7W-Tasker Phillips, 13.774; 33. 13-Clyde Knipp, 13.891; 34. 59S-Ben Schmidt, 13.915; 35. 2X-Parker Price-Miller, 13.916; 36. O7-Jacob Wilson, 14.016

Heat 1 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 49-Brad Sweet [2] ; 2. 14-Christopher Bell [1] ; 3. 49X-Tim Shaffer [4] ; 4. 24R-Rico Abreu [3] ; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [5] ; 6. W20-Greg Wilson [8] ; 7. 1-Dale Blaney [6] ; 8. 24-Terry McCarl [7] ; 9. 13-Clyde Knipp [9]

Heat 2 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 18-Ian Madsen [2] ; 2. 21-Brian Brown [4] ; 3. 4-Paul McMahan [6] ; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen [5] ; 5. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [3] ; 6. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [7] ; 7. 17X-Caleb Helms [8] ; 8. 59S-Ben Schmidt [9] ; 9. 5-David Gravel [1]

Heat 3 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 41-Jason Johnson [1] ; 2. 19-Brent Marks [3] ; 3. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [4] ; 4. 17-Joey Saldana [6] ; 5. 87-Aaron Reutzel [7] ; 6. 59H-Justin Henderson [8] ; 7. 13D-Danny Dietrich [5] ; 8. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [9] ; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2]

Heat 4 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 7S-Jason Sides [1] ; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [2] ; 3. 27-Greg Hodnett [4] ; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [6] ; 5. 10H-Chad Kemenah [3] ; 6. 2-Shane Stewart [5] ; 7. 7W-Tasker Phillips [8] ; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [7] ; 9. O7-Jacob Wilson [9]

Craftsman Club Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of A-feature) - 1. 14-Christopher Bell [2] ; 2. 41-Jason Johnson [4] ; 3. 21-Brian Brown [1] ; 4. 7S-Jason Sides [3] ; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [6] ; 6. 18-Ian Madsen [5] ; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman [8] ; 8. 19-Brent Marks [7]

B-Main - (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 2-Shane Stewart [4] [-]; 2. 5-David Gravel [1] [-]; 3. 13D-Danny Dietrich [3] [-]; 4. 1-Dale Blaney [5] [-]; 5. 59H-Justin Henderson [11] [$300]; 6. 17X-Caleb Helms [10] [$250]; 7. W20-Greg Wilson [9] [$225]; 8. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [7] [$200]; 9. 59S-Ben Schmidt [14] [$200]; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen [8] [$200]; 11. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [15] [$200]; 12. 7W-Tasker Phillips [12] [$200]; 13. 24-Terry McCarl [6] [$200]; 14. 13-Clyde Knipp [13] [$200]; 15. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2] [$200]; 16. O7-Jacob Wilson [16] [$200]

 

 

Gravel Completes the Outlaw Sweep
Wins his first ever Gator at DIRTcar Nationals
BARBERVILLE, Fla. - February 17, 2017 - David Gravel shuts down a Donny Schatz sweep Thursday night, taking the checkers for the Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series finale at the 46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals. Schatz, who threatened to win his fourth All-Star show in the last five he entered, was denied the lead late despite a caution in the final laps.
"[Schatz] is the best, so you always want to beat him," said Gravel, cradling his first Gator in the crook of him arm. "The track took rubber so I had a little bit of an advantage there early in the race. I just tried not to miss my marks, and there in lap traffic I tried to go slow to not slip a tire. I knew tire wear was going to be a problem late."
Both Schatz and Gravel earned a Gator in the All-Star's multi-day showing; the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series drivers not only swept the event, but also took all three podium spots in the finale. Schatz has now won an All-Star feature event at DIRTcar Nationals the past two seasons.
Volusia Speedway Park Notebook
A-Main 1 - (30 Laps) - 1. 5-David Gravel [2]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [4]; 4. 10H-Chad Kemenah [7]; 5. 7C-Caleb Armstrong [1]; 6. 2M-Kerry Madsen [5 ]; 7. 14-Christopher Bell [10]; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman [17]; 9. 4-Paul McMahan [12]; 10. 87-Aaron Reutzel [9]; 11. 24-Rico Abreu [13]; 12. 27-Greg Hodnett [14]; 13. 19-Brent Marks [20]; 14. 21-Brian Brown [11]; 15. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [15]; 16. 17s-Joey Saldana [19]; 17. 59H-Justin Henderson [8]; 18. 18-Ian Madsen [23]; 19. 17-Caleb Helms [21]; 20. 11K-Kraig Kinser [22]; 21. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [6]; 22. 13D-Danny Dietrich [16]; 23. 2-Shane Stewart [18]; 24. 17B-Steve Buckwalter [24]
Qualifying - 1.15-Donny Schatz, 13.271; 2.5-David Gravel, 13.311; 3.49-Brad Sweet, 13.317; 4.21-Brian Brown, 13.357; 5.9-Daryn Pittman, 13.415; 6.14-Christopher Bell, 13.420; 7.27-Greg Hodnett, 13.475; 8.10H-Chad Kemenah, 13.479; 9.13JT-Mark Dobmeier, 13.497; 10.5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.513; 11.17s-Joey Saldana, 13.528; 12.2-Shane Stewart, 13.554; 13.2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.558; 14.4-Paul McMahan, 13.599; 15.11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.607; 16.17-Caleb Helms, 13.612; 17.24-Rico Abreu, 13.617; 18.7C-Caleb Armstrong, 13.622; 19.87-Aaron Reutzel, 13.703; 20.59H-Justin Henderson, 13.741; 21.59-Ryan Smith, 13.770; 22.13D-Danny Dietrich, 13.783; 23.93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.790; 24.17B-Steve Buckwalter, 13.800; 25.18-Ian Madsen, 13.818; 26.19-Brent Marks, 13.846; 27.7W-Tasker Phillips, 13.907; 28.O7-Jacob Wilson, 14.129; 29.13-Brandon Matus, 14.298; 30.51-John Garvin, 14.354; 31.33-Brent Matus, 14.651; 32.1Z-Dale Blaney, 99.260; 33.8M-TJ Michael, 99.990;
Heat 1, Group A - (8 Laps) - 1. 10H-Chad Kemenah [1]; 2. 14-Christopher Bell [2]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [3]; 4. 5-David Gravel [4]; 5. 2-Shane Stewart [6]; 6. 17s-Joey Saldana [5]; 7. 7W-Tasker Phillips [7]; 8. 13-Brandon Matus [8]
Heat 2, Group B - (8 Laps) - 1. 7C-Caleb Armstrong [1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 3. 4-Paul McMahan [2]; 4. 27-Greg Hodnett [3]; 5. 17B-Steve Buckwalter [5]; 6. 51-John Garvin [7]; 7. O7-Jacob Wilson [6]
Heat 3, Group C - (8 Laps) - 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen [1]; 2. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [2]; 3. 21-Brian Brown [4]; 4. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [3]; 5. 19-Brent Marks [8]; 6. 18-Ian Madsen [7]; 7. 17-Caleb Helms [6]; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser [5]
Heat 4, Group D - (8 Laps) - 1. 59H-Justin Henderson [1]; 2. 87-Aaron Reutzel [2]; 3. 24-Rico Abreu [3]; 4. 13D-Danny Dietrich [6]; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman [4]; 6. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [7]; 7. 59-Ryan Smith [5]; 8. 33-Brent Matus [8]
Dash 1 - (4 Laps) - 1. 7C-Caleb Armstrong [1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [5]; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen [2]; 4. 10H-Chad Kemenah [4]; 5. 87-Aaron Reutzel [3]
Dash 2 - (4 Laps) - 1. 5-David Gravel [1] ; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [2] ; 3. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [4] ; 4. 59H-Justin Henderson [3]; 5. 14-Christopher Bell [5]
B-Main 1 - (12 Laps) - 1. 17s-Joey Saldana[1] ; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser[2] ; 3. 17-Caleb Helms[3] ; 4. 18-Ian Madsen[6] ; 5. 7W-Tasker Phillips[7] ; 6. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[5] ; 7. 51-John Garvin[10] ; 8. 13-Brandon Matus[9] ; 9. 33-Brent Matus[11] ; 10. 59-Ryan Smith[4] ; 11. O7-Jacob Wilson[8] ; 12. 1Z-Dale Blaney[12] ; 13. 8M-TJ Michael[13]


Donny Schatz Hoists the First Gator Trophy for Sprint Car

BARBERVILLE, Fla. - February 16, 2017 - What started out as a race between reigning series champions quickly became a race between two teammates Wednesday night, as Donny Schatz fended-off a late charge from Kyle Larson to win by a .113-second margin. Schatz, who has won three of the last four Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions races in 2017, paraded down victory lane of the 46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals in front of an electrified crowd.

"This should be a tribute to this race team," said Schatz. "It's not something that's built over night. You work hard, and these guys work their tails off. They are a great group of guys who do an incredible job."

Schatz shared the front row with Chad Kemenah when he led 25 cars into the 30-lap feature courtesy of winning his heat race and dash earlier in the night. He never looked back after making a pass to reclaim the lead before the halfway-point. Larson, who was a last-minute replacement for the Tony Stewart Racing team, had no previous experience on the fast-action half-mile.

There was another barn-burner earlier in the race between Jason Johnson and Joey Saldana. The two jockeyed for a podium spot; all but one spot in the top-five was owned by a series regular. Even with a horrific flip by Saldana in turn two, there were three series regulars who finished in the top-five. Both Johnson and Saldana were cleared.

Volusia Speedway Park Notebook

A-Main 1 - (30 Laps) -
1. 15-Donny Schatz [1] ; 2. 14-Kyle Larson [15] ; 3. 10H-Chad Kemenah [2] ; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman [7] ; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [4] ; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [22] ; 7. 1Z-Dale Blaney [13] ; 8. 2-Shane Stewart [11] ; 9. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [5] ; 10. 4-Paul McMahan [17] ; 11. 5-David Gravel [14] ; 12. 2M-Kerry Madsen [12] ; 13. 17-Caleb Helms [3] ; 14. 27-Greg Hodnett [9] ; 15. 18-Ian Madsen [24] ; 16. 24-Rico Abreu [21] ; 17. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [16] ; 18. 7C-Caleb Armstrong [25] ; 19. 8M-TJ Michael [19] ; 20. 19-Brent Marks [18] ; 21. 17s-Joey Saldana [6] ; 22. 41-Jason Johnson [10] ; 23. 21-Brian Brown [8] ; 24. 87-Aaron Reutzel [20] ; 25. 59H-Justin Henderson [23]

Qualifying -
1.21-Brian Brown, 13.221; 2.41-Jason Johnson, 13.295; 3.9-Daryn Pittman, 13.301; 4.5-David Gravel, 13.338; 5.49-Brad Sweet, 13.341; 6.17s-Joey Saldana, 13.370; 7.10H-Chad Kemenah, 13.385; 8.2-Shane Stewart, 13.440; 9.2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.442; 10.5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.472; 11.1Z-Dale Blaney, 13.524; 12.27-Greg Hodnett, 13.529; 13.59H-Justin Henderson, 13.539; 14.14-Kyle Larson, 13.550; 15.15-Donny Schatz, 13.573; 16.11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.593; 17.17-Caleb Helms, 13.613; 18.24-Rico Abreu, 13.614; 19.93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.629; 20.19-Brent Marks, 13.640; 21.59-Ryan Smith, 13.683; 22.8M-TJ Michael, 13.698; 23.13JT-Mark Dobmeier, 13.699; 24.18-Ian Madsen, 13.753; 25.4-Paul McMahan, 13.763; 26.13D-Danny Dietrich, 13.985; 27.O7-Jacob Wilson, 14.092; 28.87-Aaron Reutzel, 14.101; 29.7C-Caleb Armstrong, 14.179; 30.13-Brandon Matus, 14.274; 31.17B-Steve Buckwalter, 14.327; 32.7W-Tasker Phillips, 14.362; 33.51-John Garvin, 14.402; 34.33-Brent Matus, 14.996

Heat 1, Group A - (8 Laps) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2] ; 2. 17-Caleb Helms [1] ; 3. 1Z-Dale Blaney [3] ; 4. 5-David Gravel[4] ; 5. 19-Brent Marks [7] ; 6. 24-Rico Abreu [5] ; 7. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [6] ; 8. 13-Brandon Matus [8] ; 9. 7W-Tasker Phillips [9]

Heat 2, Group B - (8 Laps) - 1. 10H-Chad Kemenah [2] ; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [3] ; 3. 41-Jason Johnson [4] ; 4. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier[5] ; 5. 8M-TJ Michael[1] ; 6. 13D-Danny Dietrich [6] ; 7. 7C-Caleb Armstrong [7] ; 8. 51-John Garvin [8] ; 9. 33-Brent Matus [9]

Heat 3, Group C - (8 Laps) - 1. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [2] ; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [4] ; 3. 2-Shane Stewart [3] ; 4. 4-Paul McMahan [6] ; 5. 87-Aaron Reutzel [8] ; 6. 18-Ian Madsen [5] ; 7. 17B-Steve Buckwalter [9] ; 8. O7-Jacob Wilson [7] ; 9. 59-Ryan Smith [1]

Heat 4, Group D - (8 Laps) - 1. 27-Greg Hodnett[1] ; 2. 17s-Joey Saldana[3] ; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen[2] ; 4. 14-Kyle Larson[6] ; 5. 21-Brian Brown [4] ; 6. 59H-Justin Henderson [5] ; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [7]

Dash 1 - (4 Laps) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1] ; 2. 17-Caleb Helms [2] ; 3. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [5] ; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman [4] ; 5. 27-Greg Hodnett [3]

Dash 2 - (4 Laps) - 1. 10H-Chad Kemenah [1] ; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [2] ; 3. 17s-Joey Saldana [5] ; 4. 21-Brian Brown [4] ; 5. 41-Jason Johnson [3]

B-Main 1 - (12 Laps) - 1. 24-Rico Abreu [3] ; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser [2] ; 3. 59H-Justin Henderson [1] ; 4. 18-Ian Madsen[5] ; 5. 13D-Danny Dietrich[6] ; 6. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [4] ; 7. 7C-Caleb Armstrong [8] ; 8. 7W-Tasker Phillips [11] ; 9. O7-Jacob Wilson [7] ; 10. 33-Brent Matus [13] ; 11. 17B-Steve Buckwalter [10] ; 12. 13-Brandon Matus [9] ; 13. 51-John Garvin [12] ; 14. 59-Ryan Smith [14]

Nick Hoffman Records Perfect Night To Earn UMP Modified Win

Barberville, Fla. - February 16, 2017 - Nick Hoffman led every lap he raced en route to his first win of the 46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals in DIRTcar UMP Modified action at Volusia Speedway Park on Wednesday night. The Mooresville, N.C. driver paced all 20 laps of the main event to earn his eighth career Volusia victory.

"This will just add to my pond. I have eight of them now," Hoffman said in Victory Lane as he received his Gator trophy. "Nothing went wrong tonight. Last night was kind of a struggle, but it was awesome tonight. I knew the racetrack was going to be in my favor tonight. I just tried to hug the infield wall and make laps as smooth as I could."

Hoffman was flawless in the bottom groove and proved too strong even for the field of talented veterans. He held off Arnold, Mo. driver Kenny Wallace in the opening laps and David Stremme of South Bend, Ind. following the final restart of the night on lap 17.

"I knew a couple of those guys would try the top, but most of the time here you're married to the bottom," Hoffman said. "I knew if I hit my marks those last two laps it was going to be hard to get around me."

Stremme was happy to earn a podium finish after starting seventh and recording a sixth-place result on Tuesday night. However, the driver of the No.35 was adamant his team can still find more speed.

"We were just a little bit off last night and we're just going to keep working on some stuff," Stremme said. "Hats off to Nick. He was the best car last night and tonight. We'll keep digging. There are a lot of great cars here. We had to pass a lot to get up here."

Clarklake, Mich. driver Brian Ruhlman was among the top-three for the second straight night. Ruhlman had to dispatch of Wallace on the final lap to earn a third-place finish.

"We went harder on tire, I think, than anybody else here," Ruhlman explained. "We got rolling in the middle. We didn't need that caution at the end because I think those guys were slowing down, but a top-three, we'll take it."

Hoffman set fast time to start the night during group time trials with a lap of 18.218 seconds, topping Ruhlman's Tuesday fast time of 18.747 seconds around the half-mile.

Hoffman was also a heat race winner, along with Ruhlman, Wallace, Garrett Stewart of Leesburg, Fla., Blake Spalding of Lima, Oh., and Jeff Leka of Buffalo, Ill.

Will Krup of Mount Carmel, Ill., Johnny Broking of Grand Rapids, Minn. and Kyle Strickler of Mooresville, NC were winners in a trio of B-Mains. Gene Nicholas of Lowell, Ark. qualified into the main event as the fastest 4th-place finisher in the three B-Mains.

The DIRTcar UMP Modifieds return to action alongside the Arctic All-Star Circuit of Champions sprint car series on Thursday night as the 46th annual DIRTcar Nationals continue at Volusia Speedway Park.

46th DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park
DIRTcar UMP Modifieds Complete Results

DIRTcar UMP Modifieds A-Main - [20 Laps - Starting Position in Brackets]: 1. 2 Nick Hoffman [2], 2. 35 David Stremme [7], 3. 49 Brian Ruhlman [5], 4. 36 Kenny Wallace [6], 5. 67 Garrett Stewart [3], 6. 90 Jason Beaulieu[8], 7. 13 Jacob Hawkins [12], 8. 9 Ken Schrader [9], 9. 4 Mike Learman [10], 10. 65 Josh Rice[14], 11. K9 Will Krup [19], 12. 2x4 Chase Collins [18], 13. 7 Justin Allgaier [24], 14. 3L Jeff Leka [4], 15. 98 Shon Flanary [23], 16. 88 Matt Crafton [17], 17. 21C Taylor Cook [13], 18. 10Y Trent Young [17], 19. 11N Gene Nicholas [28], 20. 45J Johnny Broking [20], 21. 77 Ray Bollinger [13], 22. 25 Tyler Nicely [13], 23. D4 Dave Jamieson [26], 24. 1 Blake Spalding [1], 25. 3E Robbie Eilers [27], 26. 72 Todd Neiheiser [16], 27. 8 Kyle Strickler [21], 28. 69 AJ Fike [22].

B-Main 1 [10 Laps - Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-feature]: 1. K9 Will Krup, 2. 69 AJ Fike, 3. 77 Ray Bollinger, 4. 11N Gene Nicholas, 5. 43 Kyle Schmidt, 6. 12K Scotty Kincaid, 7. 9G Ernie Gingerich, 8. 23 Ryan Cripe, 9. 07 Jeff Thomas, 10. 2J Troy Johnson, 11. 83 Ray Ciccarelli, 12. 11T Dugan Thye, DNS. 17T Tyler Evans, 01 Jared Spalding, 25B Shawn Beasley.

B-Main 2 [10 Laps - Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-feature]: 1. 45J Johnny Broking, 2. 98 Shon Flanary, 3. D4 Dave Jamieson, 4. 00 Will Norris, 5. 8A Austin Holcombe, 6. 17JE J.E. Stalder, 7. 64JR Billy Workman Jr., 8. 23G Robbie Gates, 9. 71 Jessie Hoskins, 10. 9s Slater McCray, 11. 71M Shayne Meadows, 12. 2M David Mitchell, 13. 6B Dave Baldwin, DNS. 15 Hunter Gustafson.

B-Main 3 [10 Laps - Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-feature]: 1. 8 Kyle Strickler, 2. 7 Justin Allgaier, 3. 3E Robbie Eilers, 4. 5 Jonathon Taylor, 5. 54 Larry Burkins, 6. 33 Jeff Mathews, 7. 28B Jason Brookover, 8. 24Z Zeke McKenzie, 9. 89W Rick Weitekamp, 10. Z06 Larry Mott, 11. 96J Matt Johnson, 12. 6 Dylan Browning, DNS. 22T Tony Anderson, 05 David Wietholder.

Heat Race 1 [8 Laps - Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-Feature; Winner redraws]: 1. 67 Garrett Stewart, 2. 35 David Stremme, 3. 21C Taylor Cook, 4. K9 Will Krup, 5. 69 AJ Fike, 6. 11N Gene Nicholas, 7. 12K Scott Kincaid, 8. 07 Jeff Thomas, 9. 2J Troy Johnson, 10. 11T Dugan Thye, 11. 25B Shawn Beasley.

Heat Race 2 [8 Laps - Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-Feature; Winner redraws]: 1. 2 Nick Hoffman, 2. 90 Jason Beaulieu, 3. 65 Josh Rice, 4. 23 Ryan Cripe, 5. 83 Ray Ciccarelli, 6. 77 Ray Bollinger, 7. 17T Tyler Evans, 8. 01 Jared Spalding, 9. 9G Ernie Gingerich, 10. 43 Kyle Schmidt.

Heat Race 3 [8 Laps - Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-Feature; Winner redraws]:1. 49 Brian Ruhlman, 2. 9 Ken Schrader, 3. 10Y Trent Young, 4. 45J Johnny Broking, 5. D4 Dave Jamieson, 6. 17JE J.E. Stalder, 7. 8A Austin Holcombe, 8. 9S Slater McCray, 9. 2M David Mitchell, 10. 15 Hunter Gustafson.

Heat Race 4 [8 Laps - Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-Feature; Winner redraws]: 1. 1 Blake Spalding, 2. 4 Mike Learman, 3. 72 Todd Neiheiser, 4. 64JR Billy Workman Jr., 5. 98 Shon Flanery, 6. 6B Dave Baldwin, 7. 00 Will Norris, 8. 23G Robbie Gates, 9. 71M Shayne Meadows, 10. 71 Jesse Hoskins.

Heat Race 5 [8 Laps - Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-Feature; Winner redraws]: 1. 3L Jeff Leka, 2. 25 Tyler Nicely, 3. 88 Matt Crafton, 4. 3E Robbie Eilers, 5. 7 Justin Allgaier, 6. 8 Kyle Strickler, 7. 89W Rick Weitekamp, 8. 54 Larry Burkins, 9. 96J Matt Johnson.

Heat Race 6 [8 Laps - Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-Feature; Winner redraws]: 1. 36 Kenny Wallace, 2. 13 Jacob Hawkins, 3. 2x4 Chase Collins, 4. 33 Jeff Mathews, 5. 22T Tony Anderson, 6. 5 Jonathan Taylor, 7. 28B Jason Brookover, 8. 24Z Zeke McKenzie, 9. 6 Dylan Browning, 10. Z06 Larry Mott.

Qualifying Group No. 1: 1. K9 Will Krup [18.454], 2. 35 David Stremme [18.724], 3. 21c Taylor Cook [18.819], 4. 67 Garrett Stewart [18.889], 5. 69 AJ Fike [18.932], 6. 07 Jeff Thomas [18.967], 7. 25B Shawn Beasley [19.203], 8. 2J Troy Johnson [19.311], 9. 11N Gene Nicholas [19.464], 10. 12k Scott Kincaid [19.747], 11. 11T Dugan Thye [20.261].

Qualifying Group No. 2: 1. 2 Nick Hoffman [18.218], 2. 77 Ray Bollinger [19.059], 3. 90 Jason Beaulieu [19.087], 4. 65 Josh Rice [19.131], 5. 17T Tyler Evans [19.231], 6. 43 Kyle Schmidt [19.408], 7. 01 Jared Spalding [19.565], 8. 23 Ryan Cripe [19.612], 9. 83 Ray Ciccarelli [19.668], 10. 9G Ernie Gingerich [19.942].

Qualifying Group No. 3: 1. 49 Brian Ruhlman [18.477], 2. 10Y Trent Young [18.847], 3. 45J Johnny Broking [18.921], 4. 9 Ken Schrader [18.922], 5. 8A Austin Holcombe [18.928], 6. D4 Dave Jamieson [19.040], 7. 9S Slater McCray [19.076], 8. 17JE J.E. Stalder [19.117], 9. 2M David Mitchell [19.190], 10. 15 Hunter Gustafson [19.551].

Qualifying Group No. 4: 1.72 Todd Neiheiser [18.695], 2. 98 Shon Flanary [19.188], 3. 4 Mike Learman [19.245], 4. 1 Blake Spalding [19.251], 5. 64Jr Billy Workman Jr. [19.294], 6. 00 Will Norris [19.478], 7. 6B Dave Baldwin [19.610], 8. 71 Jesse Hoskins [19.617], 9. 23G Robbie Gates [19.713], 10. 71M Shayne Meadows [19.769].

Qualifying Group No. 5: 1. 7 Justin Allgaier [18.805], 2. 25 Tyler Nicely [18.892], 3. 3L Jeff Leka [18.994], 4. 88 Matt Crafton [19.043], 5. 54 Larry Burkins [19.122], 6. 3E Robbie Eilers [19.144], 7. 8 Kyle Strickler [19.398], 8. 89W Rick Weitekamp [19.878], 9. 96J Matt Johnson [21.100], 10 05 Dave Weitekamp [No Time].

Qualifying Group No. 6: 1. 36 Kenny Wallace [18.762], 2. 13 Jacob Hawkins [18.863], 3. 33 Jeff Mathews [18.899], 4. 2x4 Chase Collins [19.265], 5. 28B Jason Brookover [19.298], 6. 24Z Zeke McKenzie [19.340], 7. 5 Jonathan Taylor [19.392], 8. 22T Tony Anderson [19.652], 9. Z06 Larry Mott [19.781], 10. 6 Dylan Browning [19.815].

 

 

 

Sweet seeks to build upon successes at DIRTcar Nationals
The series schedule will begin with a three-day thriller from February 17-19
CONCORD, N.C. - February 15, 2017 - About two weeks separated Brad Sweet from 56 tracks across 25 states and one Canadian province, but the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series schedule is just an everlasting extension of his year-round racing tour. But for a short time, he could be found recovering at his California home from his offseason campaign in Australia. Sweet, who has entered in more than 300 series races since 2004, would soon embark on the 46th running of DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia (Fla.) Speedway Park.
In Australia, Sweet's highlights included placing second in the 45th Annual Grand National Sprint Car Classic finale and winning the first night of the Scott Darley Challenge for Ruhs Bros Motorsport. His success through Australia is similar to his feats through the five days at DIRTcar Nationals - usually the season opener for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series.
At the storied series of shows, Sweet has capitalized in the three days the Outlaws race; two days are dedicated to the Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series, when he also competes. Specifically for the Outlaw shows, Sweet has won the last four of nine races. Last season he nearly swept the event, winning two of the three shows. Sweet placed second on the second night of racing at Volusia.
Sweet's dominance at DIRTcar Nationals has jumpstarted the past two season, as he has finished in the Top-five in points since 2015. He also has some personal accomplishments at the "World's Fastest Half-Mile," being the first to win multiple shows at the event since the newly inducted Motorsports Hall of Famer, Steve Kinser. Kinser is the not only the winningest driver in series history, but he also tops the chart with 20 championships - more than double from the second highest. Sweet will be able to use his consistent relentlessness at the event in 2017.
"I think for whatever reason, Volusia is just a track that suits my driving style," Sweet said. I just really enjoy racing there and we've always been fast there. But it's also a testament to our team. Whenever you can come right out of the box the first couple races and have that speed in your racecar - timing well and winning races - it's a testament to how much preparation over the offseason Kasey Kahne Racing does."
Sweet owes the team's success to owner Kasey Kahne, who has supplied the team with the equipment to succeed; while Sweet has seen many successes, teammate Daryn Pittman has also won a series championship (2013). Though, this year presents a change to the teams' most major crew members. A change of crew chiefs during the offseason leaves Sweet with Kale Kahne - Pittman's former crew chief whom he won the championship with - while Eric Prutzman will accompany Pittman in 2017. To Sweet however, this is but a minor change.
"Kale and I have a past," said Sweet, who worked with him sparingly in 2011. "It's not like we're going into it not knowing each other. Since Kale took over the No. 9 car, I've been around him the whole time. It's not going to be anything crazy. He's just going to have to adapt a little bit to me and I'm going to have to adapt a little bit to him."
Both Sweet and Pittman have seen success on the series year-after-year. However, another parallelism they both shared last season was uncharacteristic. Kasey Kahne Racing as a whole endured a four-month winless streak; Sweet went 33 races without a win after solidifying himself as a front-runner early in the season.
It was at Lakeside (Kan.) Speedway where he snapped the streak; ironically, Pittman also snapped his four-month streak the following night at Salina (Okla.) Highbanks Speedway. Sweet admitted that finding success early was both a blessing and a curse. The team built on its confidence following DIRTcar Nationals, winning four more times. But Sweet and his crew tapered off because they grew too comfortable and failed to adapt to the changing conditions.
"We were winning races in the beginning of the season, and you get comfortable and complacent," Sweet said. "Everyone else is still working hard in trying to catch up to you. Then all the sudden they're passed you and you're behind. We got behind, and got searching. And anytime you're searching, it takes a few months. Then toward the end of the season we were back on track. It was just a bad deal overall for both of us."
Sweet will not only try to better his near-perfect record at DIRTcar Nationals, but also carry the momentum to the rest of the season. To prepare for the some-90 races in a rigorous schedule, Kasey Kahne Racing and NAPA Auto Parts will debut their partnership at Volusia. In December, the two inked a deal for 42 races.
"It's great for everybody - for myself, Kasey Kahne Racing and the sport of sprint car racing," Sweet said. "NAPA is such a recognizable company that everybody knows it's a huge part of motorsports and the auto industry. So anytime a company like that is willing to come into our sport and sponsor a race team, I think it says a lot about how far the World of Outlaws has come, how far sprint car racing has come and how professional Kasey Kahne Racing is to have a sponsor like that. I'm just honored to be able to represent the blue colors and hopefully we'll put that NAPA car in victory lane."
The historic DIRTcar Nationals is the most accessible motorsports event during the Florida in February jaunt. Every ticket is a hot pass, so fans can get up close and personal to all the action. Fans will be able to meet their favorite drivers from each of the competing series.
Tickets for DIRTcar Nationals start at just $20 and are on sale now by calling 844-DIRT-TIX (347-8849), or by visiting http://www.DIRTcarNationals.com.
Visit http://www.DIRTcarNationals.com for the latest news and information from the event. Follow DIRTcar
Nationals on Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/DIRTcarNats.

 

Badlands Motor Speedway Returns in 2017 Speedway confirms the Outlaws for multi-day event

CONCORD, N.C. - February 8, 2017 - The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car series will take flight July 1-2 for the Outlaw FanFest at Badlands (S.D.) Motor Speedway. Several of the nation's best winged sprints will leave their tracks at the speedway for the series' 30th year there, as the speedway confirmed Tuesday that the Outlaws will own two of the six nights of racing on its schedule so far.

Badlands has been a staple track on the tour since 1983. Since then, the Outlaws have raced there 41 times. A dozen of those events were multi-day shows, and the Outlaws are set to add one more weekend show to the tally in 2017. This will be the series' eighth consecutive year at the fast-action bullring.

Last season, series regulars Donny Schatz and Brad Sweet split the weekend, besting a 40-car field. After a wreck on opening night, Jason Johnson rebounded to take the quick time in the second qualifying flight in the finale. Another notable driver returning to the 3/8-mile oval is David Gravel, who scored his fifteenth straight Top-10 performance of the season in the closing night.

Fans will witness a fleet of 900-horsepower power plants shaking the ground beneath a nearly-packed grandstand. While the cars light up faces of all ages in the stands, this year's event will also light up the night sky. The Outlaw FanFest will feature back-to-back nights of fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July, a total fan experience for all who walk through the gates.

 

 

Arctic Cat the Official Side-by-Side Recreational Vehicle of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series

CONCORD, N.C. - Feb. 8, 2017 - The World of Outlaws welcomes Arctic Cat as the official side-by-side recreational vehicle of the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series.
Arctic Cat - a world leader in designing, engineering and manufacturing all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles and recreational off-highway vehicles - will leverage its partnership with World of Outlaws to reach dirt racing fans at over 90 races across the country.

"The geography of our race tracks lines up with the geography of their customer and dealer base," said World of Outlaws Chief Marketing Officer Ben Geisler. "Our customers align. They're avid outdoorsmen with a thirst for adventure."

Last Friday, Arctic Cat announced a partnership with Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) and eight-time World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Champion Donny Schatz that includes primary sponsorship of the TSR No. 15 that Schatz will drive this season, beginning next week in Florida. In addition, Arctic Cat will also be co-primary sponsor on the TSR No. 14 that Tony Stewart will pilot in more than 50 races on dirt in 2017.

Through its relationship with Tony Stewart Racing and the World of Outlaws, Arctic Cat hopes to bolster its designation as the ultimate off road riding experience and align itself with the best of the best in short-track racing.

"The World of Outlaws [Sprint Car Series] gives us a platform to speak to people that appreciate hard work, adventure, and precision as much as we do," said Arctic Cat Chief Marketing Officer Greg Williamson.

With Schatz's freshly wrapped Arctic Cat car in tow, the partnership will kick off in full force at DIRTcar Nationals next week, at Volusia Speedway Park, offering fans the opportunity to get some true hands-on driving experience on rural Florida testing ground surrounded by water, swamp, gators, and snakes.

Catering to the do-it-yourself nature of World of Outlaw fans, Arctic Cat aims to get their vehicles in front of them for an up-close-and-personal experience. Arctic Cat will host ride-and-drives at a handful of World of Outlaws events, giving fans the opportunity to test drive their vehicles. At other Series events, mobile displays will allow fans to interact with snow and dirt vehicles alike.

About Arctic Cat
The Arctic Cat brand is among the most widely recognized and respected in the recreational vehicle industry. The company designs, engineers, manufactures and markets all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), side-by-sides and snowmobiles, in addition to related parts, garments and accessories under the Arctic Cat® and Motorfist® brand names. Arctic Cat Inc.'s world headquarters is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Its common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol "ACAT." More information about Arctic Cat and its products is available at www.arcticcat.com.

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Outlaws Headed West in 2017
The annual Kick-off Tour features 15 nights of racing in a two-month stretch
CONCORD, N.C. - February 7, 2017 - The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series will continue its annual tradition of heading westward for several nights of racing. The 2017 Kick-off Tour features 11 stops across four states - Arizona, California, Nevada and Texas.
Two of the three tracks making debuts on the national tour this season are in the west coast swing (Gator Motorplex and Cocopah Speedway). Gator (Tex.) Motorplex features a quarter-mile bullring; Cocopah (Ariz.) Speedway is a semi-banked, 3/8-mile oval. Arizona Speedway will be making its second appearance on the schedule.
"We always look forward to this stretch in our schedule," said Series Director Carlton Reimers. "The opportunity to extend our series coast to coast makes it easier for fans nationwide to enjoy 'The Greatest Show on Dirt.'"
Of the 16 races in last-year's west coast swing, seven different drivers took the checkered flag - all of them series regulars. Defending Series Champion Donny Schatz won most frequently, earning four trips down Victory Lane. Kasey Kahne Racing's duo, Daryn Pittman and Brad Sweet, were runner-up to Schatz's mark by tripling on their successes. Joey Saldana and Shane Stewart both doubled-up, each winning two events.
The Outlaws will return to the East after making a stop at one of the series' most historic tracks. Devil's Bowl (Tex.) Speedway has hosted the series for 26 years since 1978. Of those 26 years, the high-banked half-mile has successfully held multi-day events in 22 of them. This season will be the Outlaws' fourth consecutive appearance, and the series' regulars have swept the show since 2014.
The Stockton Dirt Track will make its fifth consecutive appearance on the tour. Schatz has won three of the last four shows since 2015 and owns the track record, clocking-in at 12.566 seconds around the semi-banked, 3/8-mile oval two years ago. Three current Outlaws (Schatz, Saldana and Sweet) hold track records at one of the stops.
Following the Outlaws' tour through the Southwest region, the series is only scheduled to make abbreviated stops to nearby tracks in September.
For more information like how to purchase tickets for the 2017 Kick-off Tour, visit woosprint.com/kick-off-tour.
2017 Kick-off Tour Schedule
*Tentative schedule - subject to change
Date Track City State
Friday, March 03, 2017 LoneStar Speedway Kilgore Texas
Saturday, March 04, 2017 Gator Motorplex Willis Texas
Thursday, March 09, 2017 Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track Las Vegas Nevada
Friday, March 10, 2017 Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track Las Vegas Nevada
Friday, March 17, 2017 Stone Chevrolet Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway Tulare California
Saturday, March 18, 2017 Stone Chevrolet Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway Tulare California
Friday, March 24, 2017 Stockton Dirt Track Stockton California
Saturday, March 25, 2017 Stockton Dirt Track Stockton California
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 Placerville Speedway Placerville California
Friday, March 31, 2017 Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds Hanford California
Saturday, April 01, 2017 Perris Auto Speedway Perris California
Friday, April 07, 2017 Cocopah Speedway Yuma Arizona
Saturday, April 08, 2017 Arizona Speedway Queen Creek Arizona
Friday, April 14, 2017 Devil's Bowl Speedway Mesquite Texas
Saturday, April 15, 2017 Devil's Bowl Speedway Mesquite Texas

The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: Craftsman (Official Tool), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), Morton Buildings (Official Building), Sears (Official Home Store), The Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience (Official Racing Experience) and VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: Cometic Gasket, COMP Cams, Edelbrock, JE Pistons, KSE Racing Products, MSD, Penske Shocks, and Superflow Dynos; along with manufacturer sponsors, including: Impact Racing Products, Intercomp, Racing Electronics, and TNT Rescue.
Founded in 1978, the World of Outlaws®, based in Concord, N.C., is the premier national touring series for dirt track racing in North America, featuring the most powerful cars on dirt, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series and the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series. Annually, the two series race nearly 140 times at tracks across the United States and Canada. CBS Sports Network is the official broadcast partner of the World of Outlaws.DIRTVision ® also broadcasts all World of Outlaws events over the Internet to fans around the world. Learn more about the World of Outlaws.


 

 

Sheldon Haudenschild Joins the Outlaws in 2017
Haudenschild to pave his own way in the series
CONCORD, N.C. - February 3, 2017 - The Haudenschild legacy continues in the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series. Haudenschild Racing announced Thursday that Sheldon Haudenschild will pilot the No. 93 car in the series' 40th season. As a second generation Outlaw, Haudenschild seeks to build his own name on one of the most prestigious national tours in dirt racing.
"The Outlaws is everything," Haudenschild said. "It's something I grew up around and what my dad did. I've probably been to as many Outlaw races as anyone - not racing them but watching them when I was younger. To have the opportunity to do it myself is huge."
His father, Jac Haudenschild, has collected 56 series wins, which ranks him 13th all-time. Jac ran his first full season with the series in 1986, but it was not until the mid-1990s that Sheldon began to watch his dad race. The 23-year-old now has the opportunity to complete his first-ever full season with the Outlaws, though he has raced sporadically with the series. At 16, Sheldon competed in 34 races between the 360 and 410 sprint classes - one of those starts being his first World of Outlaws race.
On September 25, 2009, Sheldon and Jac had the opportunity to race on the same track at Eldora Speedway, a local track for the Wooster, Ohio family. Sheldon finished sixth in the C-Main, while his father earned a top-10 finish. Since the first year in 2009, Sheldon has pieced together a team in hopes to run a national tour; he was successful, having run the past two seasons with the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions. Now, he commits to a larger schedule of 90-plus races in a 10-month span.
"I've had good guidance from my dad, but still this stuff is not handed to you by any means," said Sheldon, who will field his own car. "The past couple years, my mom and dad have transitioned [Haudenschild Racing] over to me. They're letting me find my own money and do it on my own. My dad's letting me learn on my own, and I think that's the best way someone can learn."
When Sheldon joined a national tour two years ago, he took control of his racing team. The young gun handles all of the operations surrounding his team - a team that started with one motor, one crew member and a heap of used tires. In 2015, Sheldon was joined by family friend and long-time crew chief for his father, Bonzai Bruns. The duo finished in the top 10 in both seasons with the All Stars. In that time the team has grown - more than doubling its crew - and together they have built an inventory fit for a rigorous schedule.
"It's always been a goal of ours, and we've been putting a lot of work into our own program," Sheldon said. "I kind of got to the point where I didn't want to stall out as a driver. I felt it was the time to make that move and just give it a shot really. People don't realize how much work goes into this. We don't have a lot of money, so the more work you put in, the more you're going to get out of it."
Haudenschild Racing will not only kick off its inaugural season with the Outlaws, but also do it on uncharted territory. Sheldon will be competing at the 46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia (Fla.) Speedway Park for the first time in his career.
"I've never had the chance to race sprint cars in Florida although I've been a lot with my dad," Sheldon said. "Running our own deal we never had the money to go down this early in the year. We're really excited to get this rolling and get some races under my belt."

 

Jumping the Gun

DIRTcar Nationals will lay foundation for 2017 season

CONCORD, N.C. - January 25, 2017 - This time next month a new season will be underway for the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series. For the third year in a row the series will kick off at Screven Motorsports Complex on February 17-18 before the real madness begins at the 46th annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park.

Coming off of a three-month break from the series, the first two weeks of racing is one of the toughest tests of the year. The start of the season will be a vital test of mental and physical strength and stability as the drivers will face nearly 250 laps of feature races between the first drop of the green flag at Screven Motorsports Complex and the last wave of the checkered flag at DIRTcar Nationals. Some drivers may break under the pressure resulting in backing out of running full-time; while some drivers may succeed and decide to join the series for the rest of the season. There are a lot of unknowns heading into the first two weeks of the season, but that's what makes the trip to Florida in February that much more exciting.
For the last two seasons the driver that took home the Big Gator trophy at DIRTcar Nationals also claimed the championship title when World Finals rolled around at the end of the year. In 2015, that person was Shane Clanton, a full-time series driver since 2005.
"If you come out of Florida on top then it's easy to stay on top, if you come up behind then it's hard to dig yourself out of that hole. It's important to have a good run because it will boost the whole season and [at this point] who knows who will be running good. Hopefully I am still as good as I was last year and the year before. That way everyone will be chasing after me instead of me chasing them," said Clanton.
The 2016 season was dominated by Josh Richards in the Rocket Chassis House Car. He claimed the Big Gator and the championship title last year along with 18 series wins over the course of 40 races. For 2017, the Rocket1 will be sporting a new driver, Brandon Sheppard. The series has also added some other crucial late model drivers to the mix, including Chris Madden, Devin Moran and Donald Bradsher.
"I've run SpeedWeeks for three or four years now and I've entered every race every year I've been here. As a driver I'm pretty focused and ready to go and as a team we are more prepared than I have ever been. It's the first point you get to start off the season right. You can come back from a deficit if you have to but it's a lot easier if you start off running really well and start gaining a lot of points at the start off the year," said Sheppard.
The full-time series drivers can be nearly split down the middle. On one hand you have the hotshots, the drivers who have years-and-years of experience; including Clanton, Chub Frank and Rick Eckert. On the other hand you have the young guns, the guys that are chasing their dreams and in the midst making a name for themselves in the sport; these drivers include Billy Moyer Jr., Tyler Erb, and Eric Wells. Unlike many other sports, however, at the end of any given night, both ends of this spectrum have a chance at taking the checkers.
"I definitely want to win close to five races and stay in the top-five or the top-three every night [of SpeedWeeks]. My dad always told me, you can be two types of people, you can be the type of guy that doesn't set high expectations for yourself and just settle for whatever happens or you can set high expectations and work your ass off to get there," said Sheppard.
The historic DIRTcar Nationals is the most accessible motorsports event during the Florida in February jaunt featuring 12 action-packed days of racing among multiple series. Every ticket is a pit pass, so fans can get up close and personal to all the action and meet their favorite drivers from each of the competing series below.
Tickets for DIRTcar Nationals start at $20 and are on sale now. Save your spot at Volusia Speedway Park by calling 844-DIRT-TIX (347-8849), or by visiting http://www.DIRTcarNationals.com.
Visit http://www.DIRTcarNationals.com for the latest news and information from the event. Follow DIRTcar Nationals on Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/DIRTcarNats.
DIRTcar Nationals Schedule
Date Series Series
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 UMP Modifieds Sprint Car open Practice
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 All Star Circuit of Champions Sprints UMP Modifieds
Thursday, February 16, 2017 All Star Circuit of Champions Sprints UMP Modifieds
Friday, February 17, 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series UMP Modifieds
Saturday, February 18, 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series UMP Modified Gator Qualifying 1
Sunday, February 19, 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series UMP Modified Gator Qualifying 2
Monday, February 20, 2017 DIRTcar Late Models UMP Modified Gator Championship
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 DIRTcar Late Models UMP Modified triple 20's
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 DIRTcar Late Models Swamp King Champ SDS Big Block Modifieds
Thursday, February 23, 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models SDS Big Block Modifieds
Friday, February 24, 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models SDS Big Block Modifieds
Saturday, February 25, 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models SDS Big Block Modifieds

 

 

A Sprinter's Pace
As the 2017 season quickly approaches, who is the man to beat?
CONCORD, N.C. - January 17, 2017 - The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series is on the brink of its 40th season, and the series drivers regroup from the offseason to compete on sprint car racing's most storied tour. Some 13 full-time drivers will herd their 900-horses to every end of the compass nationwide in 2017, seeking to either build on their existing legacy or make their tracks.
Last season, most of the tracks were up for grabs as 10 full-time drivers took the checkers at least once. Early on, Kasey Kahne Racing proved its dominance in the state of Texas. Daryn Pittman and Brad Sweet were the lone-stars for the series' first swing through the state, splitting victories at Cotton Bowl Speedway and Royal Purple Speedway. But it was series veterans Joey Saldana and Larson Marks Racing's Shane Stewart who ended their Texas tirade with wins at Devil's Bowl Speedway. In 2017, Gator Motorplex will host the series for the first time and the series will return to LoneStar Speedway for the first time in six years; these two tracks will replace the ones where Kasey Kahne Racing saw success, potentially releveling the playing field.
Tony Stewart Racing's Donny Schatz - the series' eight-time champion - has consistently defended his home state of North Dakota. Specifically at River Cities Speedway, one of his most beloved tracks, Schatz swept 2016. Not only that, but Schatz has also taken six of the last eight races there since 2013. The Outlaws have visited the 3/10th-mile course 19 times since 2007, giving Schatz a 42 percent success rate at a track that has two midseason races in 2017. Schatz claimed 56 series races in two years, nearly one-quarter of his 229 career wins with the series.
When it comes to career success, Saldana is one win shy of becoming the sixth driver in series history to hit the 100-win mark. The 1996 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year solidified himself as one of the series' best in his 19 seasons full-time, ranking in the top-five in four of the last five seasons. In 2016 his victories were dispersed through five different states of the 24 the series visited - nearly double his mark from the season before. With a new team, Saldana said he is hopeful that he will be able to contend with the Kasey Kahne, Tony Stewart and Larson Marks Racing teams.
In a group of experienced drivers, there are several young-bucks who are trying to establish their dominance within the series. CJB Motorsports driver David Gravel, who finished third in points, completed his first full season with one team. Gravel improved on a winless 2015 season, taking nine more checkered flags and earning 36 more top-five performances. Shark Racing's tandem of Logan Schuchart and Jacob Allen also drew their first blood, amassing two wins and 22 top-five performances between them last season.
The stable of full-time drivers is a select breed on the charge for a championship. Considering each driver's trends from past seasons, some of sprint car racing's most proven experts weigh-in on 2017:
Chris Dolack, SPEED SPORT News: "This may sound a little weird - and I'm not even a big basketball fan, although I like to play it - but I look at Donny Schatz as the Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan. When I lived in Chicago, they were dominant. It's 'Michael Jordan' until somebody knocks him off. That's always the way I felt about Schatz. It's 'Donny Schatz' until somebody can knock him off. Now, there are definitely guys that can do it. An interesting thing that Schatz told me over the winter was he's got four former crew members who are now crew chiefs on other teams. So in essence, he's racing against his own notebook in all odd cases. That stuck with me. Until someone is able to step up and consistently do what he does, I don't see him or his crew stumbling."
Brad Doty, 2001 National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Inductee: "I have to lean toward Daryn Pittman being the biggest threat for a championship. Even though he does have a new crew chief [Eric Prutzman], he's with the same team. Joey Saldana has been out there for a long time, but he's with a new team. [David] Gravel: same team, same crew chief, and he looked good last year. If they can put the consistency together to win a championship, they would be a threat. But I have to lean more toward Pittman because he's already been a champion with that team - even with a new crew chief. Pittman is the biggest threat out of anybody to beat Donny Schatz, Ricky Warner and the Tony Stewart Racing team. [Tony Stewart Racing] has been together for so long with the same equipment. They just keep fine-tuning it year-after-year. They are still the team to beat."
Jeremy Elliot, SprintCarUnlimited.com: "Donny Schatz is the clear favorite to win his ninth World of Outlaws title in 2017. Few, if any competitor, can match his intensity throughout the season. He has the ability to drive through traffic and win from anywhere on the starting grid. Right now, Schatz has no equal in the sport, and he will prove that again this season. Contenders: David Gravel could be the biggest contender for Schatz this season. CJB Motorsports has cut back to one team and will be able to focus all their efforts into Gravel's pursuit of a World of Outlaws title."
Ross Wece, Open Red Commentator: "You can't talk about a new World of Outlaws season without talking about Donny Schatz. It's one of those scenarios where he is the guy to beat, until someone can step up and beat him. I also look forward to seeing what the new driver/crew chief combos at Kasey Kahne Racing and Larson Marks Racing can produce for those teams respectively. Also keep an eye on Joey Saldana, Tyler Swank, and the newly formed Stenhouse Jr-Wood Racing team in 2017. Tyler and Joey got some races together in the second half of 2016 and could be a force this year. Throw in the addition of series newcomer Brent Marks and the 2017 season is shaping up with several fascinating storylines."

 

The Countdown is on to the 46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals
Super event to draw dirt racing's biggest names - and more!
CONCORD, N.C. - January 11, 2017 - In just a little more than 30 days, the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series will embark on a new season and renew the stakes at one of dirt racing's biggest shows. The 46th annual DIRTcar Nationals, from February 14-25, offers 12 action-packed days of racing featuring multiple series.
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, accompanied by the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, will compete for the coveted Big Gator trophy through five days of sprint car racing. The World of Outlaws, succeeding the All Stars with three days of racing from February 17-19, will make its 34th appearance in 14 years at Volusia Speedway Park. The Outlaw sprint cars debuted there in 1981.
In the 34 races at the semi-banked half-mile course, eight-time series champion Donny Schatz has claimed eight victories. Notably, Schatz has earned one of the three nights consecutively since 2014; fellow series top-runner Brad Sweet shares his feat, capturing four of the last nine races since then.
Last season Sweet doubled his successes at the track, being the first to win multiple nights since all-time wins holder Steve Kinser in 2011. Though the Outlaws share the spotlight in the 410 division, another series driver has solidified his prowess in the series' annual grand introduction. Paul McMahan established the track record of 12.569 seconds the year Kinser doubled-down.
The historic DIRTcar Nationals is the most accessible motorsports event during the Florida in February jaunt. Every ticket is a hot pass, so fans can get up close and personal to all the action. Fans will be able to meet their favorite drivers from each of the competing series below.
Tickets for DIRTcar Nationals start at just $20 and are on sale now by calling 844-DIRT-TIX (347-8849), or by visiting http://www.DIRTcarNationals.com.
Visit http://www.DIRTcarNationals.com for the latest news and information from the event. Follow DIRTcar Nationals on Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/DIRTcarNats.
DIRTcar Nationals Schedule
Date
Series Series
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
UMP Modifieds Sprint Car open Practice
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 All Star Circuit of Champions Sprints UMP Modifieds
Thursday, February 16, 2017 All Star Circuit of Champions Sprints UMP Modifieds
Friday, February 17, 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series UMP Modifieds
Saturday, February 18, 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series UMP Modified Gator Qualifying 1
Sunday, February 19, 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series UMP Modified Gator Qualifying 2
Monday, February 20, 2017 DIRTcar Late Models UMP Modified Gator Championship
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 DIRTcar Late Models UMP Modified triple 20's
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 DIRTcar Late Models Swamp King Champ SDS Big Block Modifieds
Thursday, February 23, 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models SDS Big Block Modifieds
Friday, February 24, 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models SDS Big Block Modifieds
Saturday, February 25, 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models SDS Big Block Modifieds

 

Keeping the Faith
World of Outlaws and DIRTcar Racing partner with Racing with Jesus Ministries
CONCORD, N.C. - Dec. 30, 2016 - Amidst all the race day hoopla, drivers, team members and officials found peace in one place at Thompson (Conn.) Speedway. Under a nearby shade tree, Reverend Pat Evans instilled both belief and the power of God in everyone under the limbs before hot laps. Evans offered guidance through The Word of the Lord, which eventually blossomed into "Racing with Jesus Ministries" in October 1980. Evans nurtured the "Racer's Church" for 25 years until his passing.
Though, Evans' vision for the ministry did not grow weary. In 2005, Don Rivers became the new president of Racing with Jesus, hopeful to carry on both the vision of the ministry and the passion for motorsports that Evans left behind. Rivers and Evans met for the first time in 2002 while he was a volunteer in the ministry.
"There were times when tracks wouldn't let us hold Chapel services," Rivers said. "We'd have to do it in the parking lot. Pat was someone who wasn't going to take no for an answer. Pat was adamant about this. Our presence needs to be here. That's come around to where we have tracks and racing series knocking on our door for support. People are seeing the value in what we do."
World Racing Group (WRG) and Racing with Jesus Ministries have partnered together to provide Chaplain services to the sanctioning body's nationally touring series - predominantly the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car and Late Model Series, and DIRTcar Racing sanctioned events. Rivers said he is blessed to have the opportunity of "bringing the strength of God to racers." The operation was exclusively an asphalt service to start.
In 2010, Rivers received a call from WRG with the request to support one of its most prestigious events, Super DIRT Week in Syracuse, N.Y. With sparked interest in dirt track racing, the following February Rivers traveled to Volusia (Fla.) Speedway Park to assist with the three-day thriller of DIRTcar Nationals. Little did he know, a divine gift that would forever change the ministry awaited him.
"It was God's confirmation that we were supposed to be there," Rivers said. "Here you have a guy from Montana and a guy from New England meeting at a dirt track in Florida. It's only something God could put together. He was telling us to expand our horizons and bring people on board to help us out."
It was at DIRTcar Nationals that Rivers crossed paths with Steven Fowler, who was crewing for a friend at the half-mile course. Fowler had an extensive dirt background, having raced a modified for nearly 16 years and a late model not long before the time he and Rivers first met. Everything began to click for the two when Fowler mentioned he had spent the last 25 years working as a planting missionary; it was the perfect combination.
Soon thereafter, Fowler became the dirt outreach coordinator for the ministry. Where Rivers' dirt racing knowledge lacked, Fowler could reinforce. They agreed that there may have been some divine intervention, as the two just happened to meet around the time WRG requested the services of the ministry.
"I said, 'All I know is dirt,'" Fowler said. "He said he knew nothing about it, so we continued to talk. I just saw his Racing with Jesus shirt and thought it was pretty cool. God brought us together at the perfect time."
It was a mutually rewarding relationship for the two. Essentially, the World of Outlaws solidified Fowler's dream career. Fowler initially founded Racer's Baptist Church in Northern Michigan with the goal of starting 1,200 motorsports-centric outreach groups nationwide - the number to cover most of the dirt tracks throughout the country. Though his original initiative has since faded, Fowler is still able live his dream.
"Just to see the needs and hurts of these drivers - especially on tour - of trying to make ends meet, that's what keeps me going," Fowler said. "It's encouraging them, praying for their safety and then as things go on in their lives, being there for them. Hopefully we'll be able to help them work toward that and to come to know the Lord. To be able to share that with the platform the World of Outlaws gives me is such a privilege."
While the duo tackles 35,000-plus miles annually with a lean group, Rivers jokingly tells people his "congregation travels at 150 mph and turns left."
"Pat is dancing, I can tell you that," Rivers said. "He told us on his deathbed, 'This can't die with me. We have to continue.' He would be ecstatic. That's what thrives us - his vision. I think he's looking down, excited on what we've done with what he started."
Racing with Jesus Ministries is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization funded by individual donations. To contribute, visit rwjm.com.

 

 

World of Outlaws Launches Race Day Drug-Testing Program

Partners Exclusively with The National Center for Drug Free Sport to update Substance Abuse Policy and Manage Testing

CONCORD, N.C. - Dec. 8, 2016 - The World of Outlaws announced today an exclusive partnership with The National Center for Drug Free Sport (Drug Free Sport) for a robust drug-testing program to improve the safety of competitors in compliance with a revised World of Outlaws Substance Abuse Policy.

"Every major sport across the country has adopted drug-testing policies. As the leader in dirt track racing we felt it was time to join that group," said World of Outlaws President Tom Deery. "Partnering with Drug Free Sport as a third-party administrator provides our participants a thorough and fair testing platform."

Beginning with the 2017 racing season, the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series and Late Model Series will require drivers to participate in random testing for substances of abuse that could impede driving ability.

"We've had a drug policy in place for quite a while now that allows us to test based on suspicion," said Deery. "But we've never done random testing. It's time to add another dimension to create a stronger deterrent."

Drug Free Sport is a world-wide leader in the sport drug-testing industry, currently conducting drug testing management and/or education services for the NFL, MLB, NCAA, NBA, WNBA, NBA D-League, PGA Tour, LPGA, USGA, CrossFit Games, the Big Ten Conference, and more than 300 colleges, universities and amateur athletics organizations around the world.

"As a true independent third-party administrator, Drug Free Sport provides consistency to the process, an added layer of confidence, confidentiality, and skill, leveraging our technical expertise in industry-approved testing procedures and certified specimen collection," said Chris Guinty, Drug Free Sport COO. "Our collectors and staff establish the tone within the industry of ensuring fair and safe sport for athletes, teams and fans."

Random drug testing will begin at the onset of the 2017 season. Testing will apply to drivers only and will be conducted at a number of events throughout the season. Notification will not be given prior to any event. Drivers found in violation will be subject to suspension.

"We're not looking for performance-enhancing drugs, as in other sports," said World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter. "Regardless of your view on recreational drug use, we can all agree they have no place on the race track. We're trying to keep our drivers safe."

"The World of Outlaws run in close quarters at high speeds, and we will not allow anything that puts participants and fans at risk," said Carter.

 

 

 

2017 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Schedule Announced

 
Outlaws to break ground at three tracks

 
CONCORD, N.C. - December 8, 2016 -The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series solidifies its 2017 season not only on familiar grounds - visiting some of the most storied tracks nationwide - but also by adding three new tracks to an already big stage.
 
The series is scheduled to visit 25 states and one province for its upcoming season. Notably, the Greatest Show on Dirt will leave its usual tracks at some of dirt racing's most prestigious venues.
 
The grand introduction of the Outlaws' 40th season will be at the DIRTcar Nationals from February 17-19 at Volusia (Fla.) Speedway Park. In the event's 45th running, the Sprints will be accompanied by the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series, and the Super DIRTcar Series, among others. All divisions will be seeking the coveted "Big Gator" trophy, along with bragging rights to start off the season.
 
As usual, the season will be headlined by its stops at Eldora (Ohio) Speedway and Williams Grove (Pa.) Speedway. Eldora will host six days of action-packed racing, including the #LetsRaceTwo blockbuster show May 12-13 and Kings Royal to conclude a triple-header on July 15. Williams Grove Speedway will host seven days of racing, including the Champion Racing Oil National Open from September 28-30.
 
A highly anticipated mid-season event will feature Sprint car's cream of the crop, as the 5-Hour Energy Knoxville Nationals hits the scene August 9-12 at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway. The Outlaws will seek to extend the event's storied 57-year history with yet another barn-burner for the books. Last season series regular Jason Johnson celebrated an emotional victory, beating out superstar Donny Schatz for a night to remember.
 
Traditionally, the Outlaws have invaded Calistoga (Calif.) Speedway for the Wine Country Outlaw Shootout in April. However, in the series' 26th year making the stop, the event at the stoic half-mile has moved forward to September 15-16 in hopes of more reliable weather. This will be the first time the Outlaws return to Calistoga for an early-September race weekend since 2007.
 
Continuing a streak of 15 stops in Canada since 2011, the series will make its annual stop at Ohsweken (Ont.) Speedway for the Arrow Express Six Nations Showdown. Schatz, the reigning race champion, has won the show three times since the series' inaugural stop in 2007.
 
Tracks making their debut in the series include: Gator Motorplex (Tex.), Cocopah (Ariz.) Speedway and West Liberty (Iowa) Speedway.
 
The series will make a cameo appearance at "Racing's Biggest Party" in the Northeast to headline Fulton Speedway's Saturday Night Special. The sprint car showdown on October 2 will be a part of the 46th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week in Upstate New York.
 
To conclude a rigorous 90-plus race schedule, the Outlaws will settle the points championship at the Bad Boy Off Road World Finals from November 2-4. Last season, Schatz solidified his eighth championship campaign at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, a series best. Not only was a champion crowned in front of a jam-packed crowd, but the three-day extravaganza also decided the final finish for a narrow points battle between the following three positions in points.

 
The complete 2017 schedule is listed below and can be found at www.WoOSprint.com. Tickets for select events are on-sale now at dirtcar.ticketforce.com or by calling 844-DIRT-TIX (347-8849).
2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Schedule
*Tentative schedule - subject to change

 
Date
Track
City
State
Friday, February 17, 2017
Volusia Speedway Park
Barberville
Florida
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Volusia Speedway Park
Barberville
Florida
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Volusia Speedway Park
Barberville
Florida
Friday, March 03, 2017
Lone Star Speedway
Kilgore
Texas
Saturday, March 04, 2017
Gator Motorplex
Willis 
Texas
Thursday, March 09, 2017
Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track
Las Vegas
Nevada
Friday, March 10, 2017
Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track
Las Vegas
Nevada
Friday, March 17, 2017
Stone Chevrolet Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway 
Tulare
California
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Stone Chevrolet Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway 
Tulare
California
Friday, March 24, 2017
Stockton Dirt Track
Stockton
California
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Stockton Dirt Track
Stockton
California
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Placerville Speedway
Placerville
California
Friday, March 31, 2017
Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds
Hanford
California
Saturday, April 01, 2017
Perris Auto Speedway
Perris
California
Friday, April 07, 2017
Cocopah Speedway
Yuma 
Arizona
Saturday, April 08, 2017
Arizona Speedway
Queen Creek
Arizona
Sunday, April 09, 2017
Arizona Speedway
Queen Creek
Arizona
Friday, April 14, 2017
Devil's Bowl Speedway
Mesquite
Texas
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Devil's Bowl Speedway
Mesquite
Texas
Friday, April 21, 2017
Riverside International Speedway
West Memphis
Arkansas
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55
Pevely
Missouri
Friday, April 28, 2017
Plymouth Speedway
Plymouth
Indiana
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Tri-State Speedway
Haubstadt
Indiana
Friday, May 05, 2017
Missouri State Fair Speedway
Sedalia
Missouri
Saturday, May 06, 2017
81 Speedway
Park City
Kansas
Friday, May 12, 2017
Eldora Speedway
Rossburg
Ohio
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Eldora Speedway
Rossburg
Ohio
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Lincoln Speedway
Abbotstown
Pennsylania
Friday, May 19, 2017
Williams Grove Speedway
Williams Grove
Pennsylania
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Williams Grove Speedway
Williams Grove
Pennsylania
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Weedsport Speedway
Weedsport
New York
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
New Egypt Speedway
New Egypt
New Jersey
Friday, May 26, 2017
The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Concord
North Carolina
Monday, May 29, 2017
Lawrenceburg Speedway
Lawrenceburg
Indiana
Thursday, June 01, 2017
Jackson Motorplex
Jackson
Minnesota
Friday, June 02, 2017
Jackson Motorplex
Jackson
Minnesota
Saturday, June 03, 2017
Jackson Motorplex
Jackson
Minnesota
Friday, June 09, 2017
Knoxville Raceway
Knoxvillle 
Iowa
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Knoxville Raceway
Knoxville
Iowa
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Eagle Raceway
Eagle 
Nebraska
Friday, June 16, 2017
River Cities Speedway
Grand Forks
North Dakota
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Red River Valley Speedway
West Fargo 
North Dakota
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Granite City Speedway
Sauk Rapids
Minnesota
Friday, June 23, 2017
West Liberty Raceway
West Liberty 
Iowa
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Beaver Dam Raceway
Beaver Dam
Wisconsin
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
The Dirt Oval @ Route 66 Raceway
Joliet
Illinois
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Deer Creek Speedway
Spring Valley
Minnesota
Saturday, July 01, 2017
Badlands Motor Speedway
Brandon
South Dakota
Sunday, July 02, 2017
Badlands Motor Speedway
Brandon
South Dakota
Friday, July 07, 2017
Cedar Lake Speedway
New Richmond
Wisconsin
Saturday, July 08, 2017
Cedar Lake Speedway
New Richmond
Wisconsin
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Attica Raceway Park
Attica 
Ohio
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Eldora Speedway
Rossburg
Ohio
Friday, July 14, 2017
Eldora Speedway
Rossburg
Ohio
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Eldora Speedway
Rossburg
Ohio
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Lernerville Speedway
Sarver
Pennsylania
Friday, July 21, 2017
Williams Grove Speedway
Williams Grove
Pennsylania
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Williams Grove Speedway
Williams Grove
Pennsylania
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Ransomville Speedway
Ransomville
New York
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Ohsweken Speedway
Ohsweken
Ontario, Canada
Friday, July 28, 2017
Hartford Speedway
Hartford
Michigan
Saturday, July 29, 2017
Wilmot Raceway
Wilmot
Wisconsin
Friday, August 04, 2017
Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55
Pevely 
Missouri
Saturday, August 05, 2017