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Music to Our Ears! Outlaws Invading Nashville in 2019
Inaugural Music City Outlaw Nationals Will See Dirt Go Down May 31-June 1 at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway

CONCORD, NC – November 14, 2018 – Many outlaws have crossed through the Nashville music scene over the years, but for the first time in history the World of Outlaws and their 900 horsepower Sprint Cars will crank up the volume on May 31 and June 1 in Music City.

The quarter-mile track at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway will be covered in dirt for the inaugural Music City Outlaw Nationals, one of Sprint Car Racing’s biggest weekends next season paying $15,000-to-win, $1,000-to-start on Friday, May 31, and $25,000-to-win and $1,500-to-start on Saturday, June 1.

Along with the City of Nashville and the World of Outlaws, Brewco Marketing Group and Motorsports Strategy Group are key partners in bringing the World of Outlaws to Nashville.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to be partnering with World Racing Group to host the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series in Nashville for the Music City Outlaw Nationals,” said Todd Wilkerson of Brewco Marketing Group, co-promoter of the event with Jason Rittenberry of Motorsports Strategy Group. “Dirt Track Racing as a whole is on a huge upswing right now and the World of Outlaws are at the center of that popularity increase. Our group is excited to bring this motorsports and music weekend to the Music City.”

The on-track action will no doubt be the center of attention, but an event of this magnitude in Music City USA can’t go off without a concert, too, creating a can’t-miss weekend of music on the track and off.

“The World of Outlaws puts on more than 90 exhilarating events throughout the year, but the Music City Outlaw Nationals is going to be special,” World of Outlaws COO Tom Deery said. “This will be the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series only visit to Tennessee and what better place than right in the heart of one of the country’s most vibrant cities. We are looking forward to working with the City of Nashville and the Nashville Convention and Visitors bureau to bring exciting motorsports events to the Music City. This is the ultimate destination event for teams, fans and sponsors that we envision evolving into our sport’s marquee events.”

The proven track crew that delivers 12 consecutive nights of DIRTcar Nationals action in February at Volusia Speedway Park, breathtaking Super DIRT Week racing in October at Oswego Speedway, and championship-level moments at the World Finals in November at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, will be in charge of transforming Nashville’s paved quarter-mile track into a dirt venue where the Outlaw stars can showcase slide jobs and wheel-to-wheel, high-speed thrills.

“Having dirt and the World of Outlaws in Nashville at the historic Fairgrounds Speedway is something we have been looking forward to, and we anticipate some heart-pounding racing from the stars and cars of The Greatest Show on Dirt,” added Rittenbery. Included in bringing the Outlaws to Nashville will be improved fencing and raised walls to ensure the facility is in perfect shape for the Music City Outlaw Nationals. Thursday, May 30 Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway will be available for practice for teams wishing to dial in their setup around the ¼-mile bullring.

Tickets to the inaugural Music City Outlaw Nationals are available today! As always, if you can’t make it to the track watch every lap LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

 

 

Donny Schatz and Brad Sweet Championship Battle Will Intensify in 2019

2018 top two remain consistent while other rides change hands in effort to unseat TSR star

CONCORD, NC – November 8, 2018 – Donny Schatz and Brad Sweet separated themselves from the rest of the competition in the second half of the 2018 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series season, which has everyone excited to see the 2019 Championship battle that will kick off in February at Volusia Speedway Park.

As the Outlaws closed out their 40th anniversary season last week, the focus has quickly shifted to the DIRTcar Nationals, where Schatz and his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing team will begin their quest for an 11th championship as Sweet and his Kasey Kahne Racing crew aim to disrupt that streak.

Even with a handful driver and team changes already announced for the 2019 World of Outlaws season, it’s worth noting the top two teams of Schatz and Sweet will remain the same.

“The passion everyone in this room has makes the World of Outlaws what it is and I’m very proud to be a part of it,” now 10-time World of Outlaws Champion Donny Schatz said at the banquet on Sunday night. “Tony Stewart, Mike Curb/Curb-Agajanian, what you’ve assembled with this team, the consistency, is incredible. We dealt with a lot of challenges this year, and there’s going to be plenty going forward, because I’m not going anywhere.”

Schatz and 2018 Crew Chief of the Year Ricky Warner will headline the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing No. 15 team once again in 2019. Schatz, Warner and TSR have mastered a balance of triumph and consistency. In a year of parity, where no other driver recorded double-digit victories, Schatz and TSR amassed 22 wins whilst only finishing outside the top-10 five times.

If the 15 team is to be unseeded, it’s going to take a special team, and 2018 was a special year for Brad Sweet and the Kasey Kahne Racing No. 49 team. It took Sweet and his new Crew Chief, Eric Prutzman, until May to score their first win together, but from there everything clicked en route to a career-season for Sweet, highlighted by the 2018 Knoxville Nationals title.

“When we got on the same page, it was a lot of fun, we built a really great friendship,” Sweet said. “I admire his work ethic and what he brought to our team and what we accomplished this year. “I want to congratulate Donny, Ricky, Scuba, Brad, Gary and everyone from TSR. You guys set the bar high, it’s something we strive to do and eventually be at that [Championship] table,” Sweet said with a smile.

Sweet and his team amassed 9 wins and 43 top-five finishes, but perhaps the most impressive statistic of all was they transferred through their Heat Race every night, not running a single Last Chance Showdown all season. Sweet, Prutzman and KKR are chomping at the bit to get going for 2019.

Behind Schatz and Sweet, the World of Outlaws will have a different look in 2019. After 23 wins in the last two years, David Gravel and CJB Motorsports have parted ways and Gravel will pilot the Jason Johnson Racing No. 41 full-time in 2019. After five years with Kyle Larson Racing, Shane Stewart will take over the reins of the CJB No. 5 in 2019 with Lemoore, CA, native Carson Macedo being tabbed the driver of the KLR No. 2, competing for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year award.

These teams, along with the rest of the World of Outlaws stars, will debut at newly-renovated Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, FL, at the 48th Annual DIRTcar Nationals, which runs Feb. 5-16 and also includes All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars, DIRTcar UMP Modifieds, DIRTcar Late Models, World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models and Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds over the course of two weeks.

2018 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Awards:

VP Racing Fuels – Donny Schatz

KSE Hard Charger – Brent Marks

Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year – Ian Madsen

Jason Johnson Sportsman of the Year – Greg Wilson

Crew Chief of the Year – Ricky WarnerTony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing

Ted Johnson Memorial/Outstanding Contribution to Sprint Car Racing – Bobby Allen

Chassis Builder of the Year – J & J Auto Racing

Engine Builder of the Year – Shaver Engines

 

 

Watch the 2019 Knoxville Nationals on DIRTVision.com

CONCORD, NC – Nov. 7, 2018 – DIRTVision and Knoxville Raceway announced today a broadcast partnership establishing DIRTVision as the exclusive broadcast platform for the Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey's General Store, the Weld Racing Capitani Classic presented by Great Southern Bank, the 360 Knoxville Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank, the inaugural Corn Belt Nationals and the full regular-season schedule of events that comprises the Knoxville Championship Cup Series.

"This season, we set out to offer every World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series race live," said Brian Dunlap, Director of Broadcast for DIRTVision. "Adding the Knoxville Nationals to our lineup for 2019 closes that loop, and we're excited to be covering all of the action from the Sprint Car Capital of the World."

After a rigorous selection process to determine a partner best suited to execute, market, and grow the broadcast package, the Marion County Fair Board, which oversees the historic half-mile, selected DIRTVision for the job.

“At Knoxville Raceway, we’re always striving to be the best in the sprint car racing industry. We see the same desire in our partners at DIRTVision and are proud to have them broadcast nearly every event from the Sprint Car Capital of the World to the homes of tens of thousands of race fans throughout the 2019 season,” said Knoxville Director of Marketing Kendra Jacobs. “We were impressed with not only their passion for the sport, but also their forward-thinking in-house studio, their reach in the sport and the reputation they have built in all of auto racing. We’re anxious to get the 2019 season started and see what we can build together.”

DIRTVision pioneered live dirt track video streaming in 2004 with the ultimate goal of streaming content on a nightly basis. Now, 15 years later, that goal has become a reality and Dunlap has seen it through this full trajectory.

"It's an absolute honor to play a role in the live broadcast of the Knoxville Nationals," said Dunlap. "This a real opportunity to engage new fans with Sprint Car racing across the globe."

DIRTVision will set up dedicated production resources for the weekly Lucas Oil Knoxville Championship Cup Series, and ramp that up with additional cameras and staffing for the marquee events around the Nationals. The agreement includes marketing, promotion and customer service, with all content being fed through the DIRTVision studio in Concord, NC.

Pricing information will be released at a later date, but the content will be separate from the Sprint Car Fast Pass.

DIRTVision will kick off the 2019 Knoxville Raceway schedule on April 13 with the PellaMotors.com/Kraig Ford season-opening Knoxville Championship Cup Series event with 410, 360 and 305 Sprint Cars. Be sure to keep up with @knoxvilleraces@WorldofOutlaws and @dirtvision for the latest news.

 
 

 

 

Schatz Wins Thriller From 10th in 2018 Season Finale at Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC – November 3, 2018 – In fitting fashion, Donny Schatz came from 10th at The Dirt Track at Charlotte to win the final night of the World Finals presented by Can-Am. Schatz wrapped up his 10th World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Championship on Thursday. Logan Schuchart, who exchanged slide jobs with Schatz coming to the White Flag, settled for second with ninth-starting Brad Sweet completing the podium.

Spencer Bayston, in search of his first career World of Outlaws win, won the Sears Craftsman Dash, earning the pole for the 30-lap Feature alongside Carson Macedo, who won the second Dash.

It was Macedo, who will join the Outlaws full-time with Kyle Larson Racing in 2019, getting the jump on the initial start to lead the opening circuit. Bayston remained in tow as fifth-starting Logan Schuchart darted to third on the second lap.

Schuchart, who came from 20th to complete the podium Saturday afternoon, took second from Bayston on Lap 8 and set his eyes on Macedo.

Schuchart went for the lead on Lap 9 with a big slide job in turn four, but Macedo powered around the Shark Racing No.1S. Schuchart took the lead on Lap 11 with a slide job in turn two but once again Macedo was ready with a slide job of his own out of turn four to lead the lap.

Jason Sides brought out the first caution of the event on Lap 14. Schatz, who started 10th, went from sixth to fourth on the restart before Sheldon Haudenschild slowed on the following lap.

On that restart Schatz maneuvered by Bayston and Schuchart for the runner-up position and began closing in on Macedo.

Macedo set a strong pace and looked poised out front in his second night racing for KLR but it was not meant to be as a flat right rear tire sent the Lemoore, CA native into the wall with 23 laps complete.

Schatz inherited the lead, but his job was far from done as a determined Schuchart stayed right with the Champion on the restart. As Schuchart closed in on Schatz, the sellout crowd roared in anticipation of an upset victory.

With two laps remaining, Schuchart pulled the big slide job through turn one and two but Schatz returned the favor on the other end to remain in command coming to the White Flag.

A last-ditch effort from Schuchart came up just short as Schatz went on to win his 22nd Feature of the season.

When asked about the pace set by young guns Macedo and Schuchart, Schatz said, “The sport’s pretty damn bright. Even the old guys can still get it done.”

“Hats off to my guys, they have worked their butts off all season. I’m the hardest guy in the pits to work for because if it’s not perfect, I’m not happy,” Schatz said with a smile next to his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing No.15. “These guys do an excellent job night in and night out. I felt great on that restart with seven to go and I knew it would take someone with a lot of speed to stay with me and sure enough here comes the 1S.”

Before celebrating his victory, Schatz showed true sportsmanship going over and congratulating Schuchart on a great, clean race.

“I knew it was going to be tough to beat him. I had one shot and couldn’t make it stick but it is great to be able to have a good, clean race with the 10-time Champion,” Schuchart said.

When asked about the progress of Shark Racing, who just secured Drydene Performance as a title sponsor, Schuchart couldn’t help but get emotional, “We have grown tremendously, and it all starts with [Bobby Allen]. I’m so proud to be his grandson,” Schuchart said to a huge ovation.

Brad Sweet clawed his way forward from ninth to finish on the podium. “We’ve been in the hunt all year long. It was a great season and it was nice to end on the podium,” Sweet, who enjoyed a career-best season, said.

Tim Shaffer finished fourth, his second top-five of the day, with 11th-starting Gio Scelzi completing the top-five.Kraig Kinser earned KSE Hard Charger honors, advancing 13 positions after taking a Provisional.

The 2018 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series 40th Anniversary officially comes to an end tomorrow evening with the Awards Banquet. DIRTVision.com will be live streaming both the Sprint Car and Late Model banquets for free.

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [10][$12,000]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5][$5,500]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [9][$3,200]; 4. 49X-Tim Shaffer [3][$2,800]; 5. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [11][$2,500]; 6. 39-Spencer Bayston [1][$2,300]; 7. 5-David Gravel [6][$2,200]; 8. 5M-Kerry Madsen [4][$2,100]; 9. 41-Joey Saldana [13][$2,050]; 10. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [7][$2,000]; 11. 2-Shane Stewart [8][$1,500]; 12. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [20][$1,200]; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser [25][$100]; 14. 18-Ian Madsen [19][$1,050]; 15. 9-Daryn Pittman [24][$1,000]; 16. 21-Brian Brown [21][$1,000]; 17. 7S-Jason Sides [27][$]; 18. 71X-Dominic Scelzi [18][$1,000]; 19. 87-Aaron Reutzel [14][$1,000]; 20. 13-Paul McMahan [12][$1,000]; 21. 19-Brent Marks [17][$1,000]; 22. 83-Cory Eliason [22][$1,000]; 23. W20-Greg Wilson [28][$]; 24. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [16][$1,000]; 25. 1A-Jacob Allen [26][$]; 26. 17A-Austin McCarl [15][$1,000]; 27. 22-Carson Macedo [2][$1,000]; 28. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [23][$1,000]; Lap Leaders: Carson Macedo 1-23, Donny Schatz 24-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 11K-Kraig Kinser[+12]

Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 12.71; 2. 39-Spencer Bayston, 12.772; 3. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 12.775; 4. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.783; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.798; 6. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 12.83; 7. 41-Joey Saldana, 12.83; 8. 83-Cory Eliason, 12.842; 9. 4-Kasey Kahne, 12.88; 10. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.898; 11. 44-Trey Starks, 12.906; 12. 19-Brent Marks, 12.948; 13. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 12.967; 14. 17A-Austin McCarl, 13.002; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.004; 16. 19P-Paige Polyak, 13.01; 17. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.017; 18. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.043; 19. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.08; 20. 35-Justin Henderson, 13.136; 21. 11-Carl Bowser, 13.159; 22. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 13.268; 23. 97-Caleb Helms, 13.276; 24. 99-Skylar Gee, 13.369; 25. 49H-Bradley Howard, 13.586; 26. 14-Jeremy Hill, 14.571

Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 5-David Gravel, 12.686; 2. 5M-Kerry Madsen, 12.73; 3. 22-Carson Macedo, 12.732; 4. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.74; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.749; 6. 13-Paul McMahan, 12.775; 7. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 12.811; 8. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.836; 9. 71X-Dominic Scelzi, 12.849; 10. 21-Brian Brown, 12.871; 11. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 12.876; 12. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 12.899; 13. 9-Daryn Pittman, 12.912; 14. 7-Lynton Jeffrey, 12.94; 15. O7-Gerard McIntyre, 12.96; 16. 7K-Cale Conley, 12.986; 17. 71H-Randy Hannagan, 13.09; 18. 1X-Scott Hunter, 13.108; 19. 70-Dave Blaney, 13.123; 20. 49K-Scott Kreutter, 13.173; 21. 40-George Hobaugh, 13.266; 22. 5A-Justin Barger, 13.289; 23. 91-Kyle Reinhardt, 13.303; 24. 84-Tom Harris, 13.55; 25. 5B-Dale Blaney, NT; 26. 49D-Shawn Dancer, NT

For full results from The Dirt Track at Charlotte, click here.

 

 

Ian Madsen Gets First Win of Season During Saturday Afternoon Portion of World Finals at Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC – November 3, 2018 – Australian Ian Madsen will be named the 2018 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year and accentuated that honor with his first World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature win of the year Saturday afternoon during World Finals presented by Can-Am action at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Tim Shaffer surged late to finish second with 20th-starting Logan Schuchart completing the podium.

Tim Shaffer and Aaron Reutzel led the field to Green on the daytime dry, slick racing surface but it was Madsen taking control off of turn four to lead the opening lap.

Shane Stewart, who started beside Madsen in row two, found speed on the cushion blasting to the lead on Lap 5.

It’s no secret it’s been a challenging year for Shane Stewart and that continued Saturday afternoon as a flat tire on the Kyle Larson Racing No.2 on Lap 13 summarized their 2018 season.

Madsen inherited the lead for the double-file restart, but all eyes were on 20th-starting Logan Schuchart and 17th-starting Greg Wilson who made their way into the top-five before the half-way point.

The ensuing restart saw Brian Brown go for a vicious ride through turn one and two. Brown was uninjured in the accident.

When action resumed, Wilson and Schuchart jockeyed for the runner-up position as they both reeled in the KCP Racing No.18.

With Madsen out front, Wilson glued to the bottom and Schuchart banging down the cushion, the capacity crowd at The Dirt Track at Charlotte roared with excitement as they nearly went 3-wide for the lead.

With five laps remaining a caution for Brent Marks halted the torrid battle for the lead with Madsen out front followed by Schuchart and Wilson. The single-file restart gave Schuchart the opportunity to set up a pass for the lead, but Madsen powered away convincingly

Tim Shaffer reclaimed third from Wilson before the Red Flag flew for Parker Price-Miller, who tipped lightly on his side, with three laps remaining.

With one last restart, Schuchart again looked to the bottom side for the lead but brushed off his speed and allowed Tim Shaffer to regain second as Ian Madsen went on to win his third career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature.

“This is an awesome feeling. We’ve been coming to this event every year and it keeps getting bigger and bigger. It’s awesome to be a part of the World Finals,” a relieved Madsen said.

“Day-time racing is tricky, especially when the preferred racing line kept changing. I saw Logan behind me and I know he’s particularly good on these type of race tracks,” the Australian added before thanking his KCP Racing Team and saying hello to all of his family, friends and car owner, who are scattered around the world.

Tim Shaffer and 20th-starting Schuchart completed the podium. Shaffer found speed late, said he wished there were 10 more laps and referenced how strong he felt when he pulled the wing all the way back.

Schuchart, who earned KSE Hard Charger honors, emphasized that he wanted to get the win for Drydene Performance, who announced Thursday a multi-year partnership with both Shark Racing cars and the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series.

12th-starting Spencer Bayston charged to fourth with Greg Wilson fading late, but still officially being scored with a strong 17th to fifth run. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series completes its 40th Anniversary Season with the night portion of the World Finals presented by Can-Am double-header at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway! As always, watch every lap LIVE on DIRTVision.com! 

Feature: (30 Laps): 1. 18-Ian Madsen [3][$12,000]; 2. 49X-Tim Shaffer [1][$5,500]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [20][$3,200]; 4. 39-Spencer Bayston [12][$2,800]; 5. W20-Greg Wilson [17][$2,500]; 6. 5-David Gravel [10][$2,300]; 7. 83-Cory Eliason [15][$2,200]; 8. 22-Carson Macedo [8][$2,100]; 9. 87-Aaron Reutzel [2][$2,050]; 10. 15-Donny Schatz [21][$2,000]; 11. 49-Brad Sweet [18][$1,500]; 12. 4-Kasey Kahne [13][$1,200]; 13. 5M-Kerry Madsen [11][$1,100]; 14. 9-Daryn Pittman [25][$50]; 15. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [14][$1,000]; 16. 11K-Kraig Kinser [27][$]; 17. 1A-Jacob Allen [28][$]; 18. 41-Joey Saldana [24][$1,000]; 19. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [7][$1,000]; 20. 19-Brent Marks [26][$]; 21. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [16][$1,000]; 22. 13-Paul McMahan [5][$1,000]; 23. 7S-Jason Sides [29][$]; 24. 44-Trey Starks [23][$1,000]; 25. 71X-Dominic Scelzi [22][$1,000]; 26. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [19][$1,000]; 27. 19P-Paige Polyak [9][$1,000]; 28. 2-Shane Stewart [4][$1,000]; 29. 21-Brian Brown [6][$1,000]; Lap Leaders: Ian Madsen 1-4, 13-30; Shane Stewart 5-12; KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+17]

Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 19P-Paige Polyak, 12.724; 2. 13-Paul McMahan, 12.727; 3. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.728; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.771; 5. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 12.785; 6. 5M-Kerry Madsen, 12.8; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.811; 8. 83-Cory Eliason, 12.818; 9. 44-Trey Starks, 12.835; 10. 4-Kasey Kahne, 12.862; 11. 41-Joey Saldana, 12.899; 12. W20-Greg Wilson, 12.916; 13. 19-Brent Marks, 12.919; 14. 17A-Austin McCarl, 12.98; 15. 7-Lynton Jeffrey, 12.991; 16. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.009; 17. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 13.011; 18. 70-Dave Blaney, 13.052; 19. O7-Gerard McIntyre, 13.053; 20. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.069; 21. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 13.108; 22. 71H-Randy Hannagan, 13.154; 23. 1X-Scott Hunter, 13.232; 24. 11-Carl Bowser, 13.248; 25. 40-George Hobaugh, 13.502; 26. 14-Jeremy Hill, 14.819

Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 12.607; 2. 39-Spencer Bayston, 12.648; 3. 5-David Gravel, 12.675; 4. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 12.722; 5. 22-Carson Macedo, 12.729; 6. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.735; 7. 21-Brian Brown, 12.756; 8. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.763; 9. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.792; 10. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 12.832; 11. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 12.838; 12. 71X-Dominic Scelzi, 12.889; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.918; 14. 7K-Cale Conley, 12.921; 15. 9-Daryn Pittman, 12.925; 16. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 12.994; 17. 35-Justin Henderson, 13.037; 18. 91-Kyle Reinhardt, 13.156; 19. 49K-Scott Kreutter, 13.166; 20. 97-Caleb Helms, 13.188; 21. 5A-Justin Barger, 13.229; 22. 99-Skylar Gee, 13.248; 23. 5B-Dale Blaney, 13.312; 24. 84-Tom Harris, 13.482; 25. 49H-Bradley Howard, 13.505; 26. 49D-Shawn Dancer, NT

For full results from The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway, click here.

 

 

Afternoon Rain and Track Curfew Force Friday’s World Finals Features to Saturday Afternoon

CHARLOTTE, NC – November 2, 2018 – Heavy afternoon rain and a midnight curfew at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway allowed the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, Late Model Series and Super DIRTcar Series to get everything in except the Features on Night Two of the World Finals presented by Can-Am. Friday's Super DIRTcar Series Feature will take place Saturday afternoon at 1:30 with the Late Model and Sprint Car Features to follow. Saturday’s portion of the event will kick-off with Opening Ceremonies at 4:45pm.

 

Paige Polyak, Tim Shaffer, Ian Madsen, Aaron Reutzel, Spencer Bayston and David Gravel won the six World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Heat Races before Gerard McIntyre won the C Main and fast timer Parker Price-Miller won the Last Chance Showdown.

Shaffer and Reutzel drew the pole and won their respective Sears Craftsman Dashes to earn the front row for the 30-lap, $12,000 to win, $1,000 to start Feature. Shaffer will look for his first Outlaw triumph of the season while Reutzel will be in search of his second, after scoring his first career World of Outlaws win at Tulare in March.

Ian Madsen and Shane Stewart will occupy the second row. Madsen, who will be crowned 2018 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, would love nothing more to accentuate that honor with his first win of the season. Stewart’s five-year tenure with Kyle Larson Racing will come to a close tomorrow and a victory would be a strong ending to a challenging year.

David Gravel entered the evening 24 points ahead of Daryn Pittman for third in the Series Point Standings. Gravel was strong winning his Heat Race and will lineup 10th, while Pittman struggled and was forced to use a Provisional, meaning he will start 25th.

For Saturday afternoon’s full Feature lineup, click here.

The 2018 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series 40th Anniversary Season will come to a close tomorrow at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway with the conclusion of the World Finals presented by Can-Am. Saturday’s portion of the event will kick-off with Opening Ceremonies at 4:45pm. Watch every lap of the double-header tomorrow LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

 

 

Price-Miller, Gravel Fastest in Qualifying as Donny Schatz Clinches 10th World of Outlaws Title Thursday at World Finals

CHARLOTTE, NC – November 1, 2018 – Parker Price-Miller and David Gravel set fast time for Friday and Saturday night, respectively, but it was Donny Schatz stealing the show during Thursday’s World Finals presented by Can-Am at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. By taking the track Thursday, Schatz clinched his 10th World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Championship, and fifth straight, aboard the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing No.15.

Schatz will look to add to his 21 wins in 2018 this weekend after going eighth and fourth quick during Qualifying Thursday evening.

Indiana’s Parker Price-Miller was the quickest of the 52 cars signed in during Friday’s Qualifying with a lap of 12.607 with David Gravel setting the mark for Saturday’s Qualifying with a lap of 12.686. Both drivers set overall fast time from Flight B. 

The young lady from Tiffin, OH, Paige Polyak was fastest in Flight A for Friday while Price-Miller, in one of three Indy Race Parts entries this weekend, was fastest in Flight A for Saturday.

Soon to be named the 2018 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, Ian Madsen positioned himself nicely for the weekend going third and fourth quick.

Last year’s Rookie of the Year, Sheldon Haudenschild also had a strong evening, as he will start from the front row of his Heat Race both nights.

In his first night aboard a Kyle Larson Racing entry, Carson Macedo went fifth and third quick, respectively, to earn a front row starting spot in both of his Heats as well.

Tennessee’s Paul McMahan, Pennsylvania’s Tim Shaffer and Australia’s Kerry Madsen will also be on the front row of their Heats both nights. Madsen is aboard a second CJB Motorsports entry for the weekend.

The evening went relatively smoothly for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, as the only caution during Green Flag action came when Kasey Kahne lost a wheel and spun on his second Qualifying lap. Kahne was still able to go 10th and ninth quick during his sessions and will be ready to go when racing action gets underway. Ohio’s Shawn Dancer had mechanical issues and did not record a lap for either Friday or Saturday.

For full Friday Qualifying results, click here. For full Saturday Qualifying results, click here.

Friday’s World Finals presented by Can-Am is still on as scheduled, stay tuned to World of Outlaws and The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s social media channels for the most up-to-date news regarding schedule changes.

As always, if you can’t make it to the track, watch every lap LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

 

 

World of Outlaws Welcomes Drydene as Official Motor Oil and Official DEF

CONCORD, NC — Nov. 1, 2018 — The World of Outlaws announced today a partnership with Drydene Performance Products declaring them the Official Motor Oil and Official Diesel Exhaust Fuel (DEF) of the World of Outlaws Sprint Car and Late Model Series.

The Drydene brand has been a commercial and automotive product staple in the mid-Atlantic region dating back to the 19th century. The brand offers a complete product lineup of lubricants, from engine, transmission, and hydraulic oils, to greases, gear lubricants and DEF.

“We’re excited to partner with another strong heritage brand,” said World of Outlaws CMO Ben Geisler. “Drydene has an excellent product line that is used by consumers, as well as customers in the transportation, construction and automotive sectors, many of whom support dirt track teams across the country. They have identified the World of Outlaws as their motorsports platform of choice and we couldn't be more excited to have them on board.”

In addition to the Official Motor Oil and Official DEF designations, the multi-year partnership will include contingency awards, a special discount program for teams and additional incentives for drivers, while providing Drydene the opportunity to promote their full breadth of lubricant products.

“The World of Outlaws is an excellent platform for Drydene, fitting in perfectly with our recent motorsports initiatives,” said Dave Klinger, President of Drydene Performance Products. “Drydene values passion and hard work, and that’s something both World of Outlaws’ series, and all of the teams involved, exemplify every day. We’re excited to be a part of that and to engage with the racers, engine builders and fans looking for superior performance products.”

In conjunction with the World of Outlaws partnership, Drydene is also expanding its team sponsorship with Shark Racing. This year, Logan Schuchart carried the Drydene lubricants brand mark on his Shark Racing No. 1s. In 2019, Drydene will back the entire Shark Racing team, adding Jacob Allen’s 1a to the mix, along with team owner and Sprint Car Series veteran Bobby Allen.

American owned and operated, Drydene Performance Products is headquartered in Jonestown, Pennsylvania, the heart of Sprint Car country, where Allen and the Shark Racing team got their start.

About Drydene Performance Products

For over a century Drydene lubricants have been made in America and made to last… paving the way on our highways, in our fields and on the production line. In the dawn of American industry, Drydene was there as we built our first roads, laid the blocks for our first factories, spanned rivers with new bridges and rail. And we’re still right here today doing what we do best; helping America Get the Job Done. Drydene products are built with ALL Technology®, Advanced Lubricity Life chemistry, to meet and exceed today’s modern automotive, heavy duty and industrial needs.

Drydene offers a complete line of automotive, commercial and industrial lubricants: Engine Oils, Diesel Exhaust Fluid, Transmission Fluids, Grease, Hydraulic & Gear Oils.

For more information, visit www.drydene.com or follow us on Facebook: TeamDrydene, Twitter: @TeamDrydene and Instagram: TeamDrydene.


 

 

Jason Johnson Racing to Continue Jason’s Dream with David Gravel on World of Outlaws Tour in 2019

CONCORD, NC – October 31, 2018 – After her world was turned upside down in June, Bobbi Johnson faced seemingly impossible challenges, including what to do with the Jason Johnson Racing No.41. Today, Bobbi and her son Jaxx, announced the team would return to the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series tour full-time in 2019 with David Gravel behind the wheel.

“Continuing JJR is an overload of emotions right now,” Bobbi Johnson said. “We continue together with excitement at this point in our lives, as Jaxx lives for these races and the boys that make up this dream team we have assembled. It is so awesome to sit in the stands and watch that No.41 car go around at these tracks.”

Following the loss of her husband Jason, Bobbi and her dream team, as she calls it, gathered themselves with the support of the entire industry to field a car at the Knoxville Nationals, Williams Grove National Open and several other races, including this week’s World Finals presented by Can-Am at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, where veteran Joey Saldana will be behind the wheel.

Gravel, of Watertown, CT, is a 39-time winner on the World of Outlaws circuit and was a free agent for the 2019 season. Bobbi, Jaxx and the JJR team quickly scooped up the 27-year-old, who is one year removed from an eye-opening 18-win season on the tour.

“Jason built a first-class operation and I am thrilled to carry the JJR banner,” Gravel said. “[Crew Chief] Phillip [Dietz] and Bobbi are motivated to keep this team going and I’m excited I can be a part of it. I am confident we have all the tools to compete at the highest level. I’m very happy to land back on my feet on the World of Outlaws tour, bring on 2019.”

As Gravel mentioned, Dietz will return as Crew Chief for the iconic team. “It’s an honor to have Phil Dietz stick it out to be a part of what him and Jason Johnson built in 2010,” Bobbi Johnson said. “We are looking forward to seeing what 2019 has in store for us.”

Like the rest of the new team combinations, Gravel and JJR will debut at the 2019 DIRTcar Nationals at the newly remodeled Volusia Speedway Park, where the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will be in action February 8-10. The 2019 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series promises to bring many positive changes and exciting new faces to The Greatest Show on Dirt. Stay tuned to woosprint.com and World of Outlaws social channels for the most up-to-date news.

 

 

Day One of the World of Outlaws World Finals Moved Up an Hour Earlier to Avoid Potential Weather

CONCORD, NC — Oct. 31, 2018 — Due to potential showers and thunderstorms on Thursday evening — the first night of the World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am — World of Outlaws and Charlotte Motor Speedway officials have decided to move the race schedule up an hour in order to get the program in before any impending weather hits.

Grandstand Gates will now open at 3:30 PM. Drivers Meetings will begin at 3PM with the Super DIRTcar Series, 3:15PM for Late Models, and 3:30PM for Sprint Cars. The Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified will take the track at 3:45PM for non-timed Hot Laps, followed by timed Hot Laps for all divisions at 4PM. Opening Ceremonies will begin at 5PM. See the full revised schedule.

Tickets for the World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am are still available online. Act fast; last year's event sold out. If you can't be here in person, watch every lap on DIRTVision.com. Super DIRTcar Series fans can also catch their favorite Big-Block drivers on FloRacing.com. Follow @World-Finals on Twitter for the latest news.

 

 

Kyle Larson Racing Hires California’s Carson Macedo for 2019 World of Outlaws Season

CONCORD, NC – October 30, 2018 – One of the premier rides in all of Sprint Car Racing has been filled as Kyle Larson Racing has tabbed Lemoore, CA driver Carson Macedo for the 2019 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series season. Macedo, 22, will compete for the prestigious Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year award.

“Getting an opportunity to race with the World of Outlaws full-time has been a life-long goal of mine. I believe that the World of Outlaws is the pinnacle of our sport; the best of the best and in order to be the best, you have to race with the best,” Macedo said on the prospects of joining The Greatest Show on Dirt.

Macedo isn’t just joining the World of Outlaws, he’s been hired by one of the most established teams in all of Sprint Car Racing – the Kyle Larson Racing No.2.

“With both Kyle and I growing up in California, I had the opportunity to watch him move up through the ranks. I have admired his career and passion to give back to the sport. To say that I’m excited about driving for Kyle Larson Racing next year would be an understatement. This is a ‘Dream Come True’ opportunity for me and I’m thrilled that Kyle is willing to give a young guy a shot and I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish together,” Macedo said about driving for racing icon Kyle Larson.

“I am really looking forward to Carson becoming part of our KLR team next season. We have competed against each other since he started racing Sprint Cars in California six years ago, so I have watched him develop as a driver and into an adult,” Larson said about Macedo.

Macedo joins the World of Outlaws after a successful season with the All-Star Circuit of Champions, where he finished second in points on the strength of five wins aboard the Gaerte Racing No.3. Coming with Macedo to the KLR team will be his 2018 Crew Chief, Joe Gaerte.

“I’m excited to continue working with Joe Gaerte, we had a strong 2018 season, as well as to start working with KLR’s Heath [Moyle] and Jakob [Weaver],” Macedo said.

Larson echoed the statement and bringing Gaerte aboard, “Carson had a successful season this year, especially with Joe as his crew chief, and I think they will both be a great fit with us moving forward. I can’t wait to see what we are able to accomplish in 2019.”

When called upon to drive the Jason Johnson Racing No.41 during select shows this season, Macedo filled in with flying colors handling himself as a consummate professional off the track while producing on-track results, including a sixth-place finish at the Knoxville Nationals.

In preparation for the 2019 campaign, Macedo will pilot a second Kyle Larson Racing entry this weekend at the World Finals presented by Can-Am at The Dirt Track at Charlotte with Shane Stewart, already been hired by CJB Motorsports for 2019, who will finish out his tenure at KLR this season.

The 2019 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series promises to bring many positive changes and exciting new faces to The Greatest Show on Dirt. Stay tuned to woosprint.com and World of Outlaws social channels for the most up-to-date news. See all the new teams and drivers in action at the 2019 DIRTcar Nationals at the newly remodeled Volusia Speedway Park, where the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will be in action February 8-10.

 

 

Three-Day World Finals Wraps up Seasons for the Big Three on Dirt this Weekend at Charlotte

CONCORD, NC – October 30, 2018 —The World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am will kick off this week at the Dirt Track at Charlotte, determining the champions for the three premier dirt racing series in the country: the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car and Late Model Series and the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds.

More than $250,000 in prizes will be presented at the Dirt Track at Charlotte this weekend for the World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am, but an additional $1.3 million hangs on the line as Saturday marks the season finale, when drivers and teams of the three elite dirt short track racing series, representing three countries and 19 different states, will be honored.

Nine-time defending Champion Donny Schatz, from Fargo, ND, has already clinched the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series title following a stellar season with Tony Stewart Racing. He will collect $150,000 to claim his tenth championship, for a season in excess of $700,000.

The outcome of the other two series is still to be determined, although Mike Marlar, in his first full-time season with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series, holds a 20-point edge over Chris Madden, while keeping defending Series Champion Brandon Sheppard at bay by 40 points in his quest for the $100,000 title; and defending Super DIRTcar Series Champion Matt Sheppard has a strong 42-point lead over Erick Rudolph for the $40,000 Big-Block Modified title.

Rudolph Ready to Keep the Pressure on Sheppard

An impressive blend of speed and consistency has been the key to Matt Sheppard’s continued position atop the points table. The six-time Super DIRTcar Series Champion from Waterloo, NY is tied with Stewart Friesen for the most wins this year (five) and remained at the top of the point standings throughout the season. While falling short of his previous two years’ 12-win totals, Sheppard has recorded 10 podiums, including a streak of three in a row.

Rudolph, 26, from Ransomville, NY, has two wins to his name this season, putting him second in points during his first full-time season with the Series, up from 22nd last year. The second-generation racer (father and crew chief Charlie Rudolph ran the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 1987 and ’88 and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in the early ‘90s) has had an unprecedented season in his family-owned No. 25 Big-Block Modified, showing himself to be the most consistent driver on the tour with 15 Top-Five finishes and 19 Top-10s (of 22 starts).

The point permutations are plentiful heading into the final weekend of the 28-race season (including four nights at DIRTcar Nationals), although realistically, only a pair of wins – as well as a few hiccups on Sheppard’s part – will give Rudolph a decent shot at pipping Sheppard to the crown. If he is able to achieve that goal, Sheppard will require at least a ninth and a 10-place finish (or any combination totaling more than 130 points) to keep the title out of Rudolph’s grasp. That said, Sheppard capped off last year’s championship with a second place finish and a win at Charlotte last year, so chances are slim.

Last year’s World Finals also saw Mat Williamson in Victory Lane on night one — with a loaner motor no less. Although he has no Super DIRTcar Series wins to his credit this year, Williamson is coming off one of the biggest wins of his career, at Brockville in his DIRTcar 358 Modified, so the 28-year-old St. Catherine’s, Ontario native will be bringing a lot of momentum into Charlotte.

Four-time Super DIRTcar Series Champion Danny Johnson’s hopes of winning the championship after three impressive wins this year have unfortunately expired, but the Doctor retains high hopes of finishing his season on a high note and keeping his third-place spot over Jimmy Phelps.

Fortunately for the above contenders, Super DIRTcar Series regular Stewart Friesen — with five wins in 13 starts this season — will not be a threat at World Finals. The Canadian hot shoe will be wearing his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series hat that weekend at Texas Motor Speedway for the JAG Metals 350.

Keep your eyes on young gun Jack Lehner, who captured an impressive Last Chance Showdown win at NAPA Super DIRT Week XLVII and will make his World Finals debut.

The Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds will kick off the racing action with non-timed Hot Laps at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, November 1, followed by timed Hot Laps to determine Heat lineups. Heats for both Friday and Saturday will run on Thursday after 6 p.m. opening ceremonies. Friday and Saturday will commence with Last Chance Showdowns at 5:00 p.m. and end with the Features in all divisions.

Marlar on the Brink of the Bull’s Eye

A sequence of misfortunes for defending Series Champion Brandon Sheppard has left Winfield, TN’s Mike Marlar in prime position to clinch the title in his maiden World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series voyage.

Despite his 12 wins to Marlar’s five this season, the 25-year-old New Berlin, IL native sits in third place behind Chris Madden, who has eight wins. This is where consistency and luck are key — and where Sheppard’s strategic, aggressive driving style, which has placed him at the top of the Series earnings this season with $269,155 (still substantially less than last year), may have hurt him in the championship. Two blown engines and several poorly-timed flats have left the Rocket Shepp 40 points back, but his determination could see him through yet. A couple of trips to Victory Lane during the World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am could give him a much-needed boost, but Marlar would still need to fall short of 10th, which he’s only done four times this season.

That said, both Sheppard and Madden have a history of success at the Dirt Track at Charlotte, with two wins apiece.

In his World of Outlaws full-season debut last year, Madden finished second in points behind Sheppard in the title chase. This season, after swapping the points lead with Marlar several times, Smoky sits in second again by a mere 22 points. A tipping of the scales is a bit more realistic for him than for Sheppard, though still no easy task. The Gray Court, SC native needs to beat Marlar by an average of six positions in the two remaining races — two trips to Victory Lane, with Marlar out of the top five.

Devin Moran, 24, from Dresden, OH has put in a solid sophomore season for the Tye Twarog Racing/DMR team. He’s back in fourth place for the second year in a row, with two wins again on the season, but he’s managed to cut the points spread in half, and he’s gained some consistency with 22 Top-Five finishes over last year’s 14.

The battle for the final spot in the top five is also very much alive as former Series Champions Rick Eckert (2011) and Shane Clanton (2015) sit just 16 points apart with Eckert in the lead. Although it has been a disappointing season for both drivers, no wins for either of them, the former champs sit fourth and fifth on the all-time wins list — Clanton with 42 and Eckert with 37.  Last year, Clanton finished third, with Eckert in fifth, but he’ll have his work cut out for him this weekend just to crack the top five.

Don't disregard Tyler Erb, 21, from New Waverly, TX, who has enjoyed an impressive third season in the family-owned No. 91 car. It has been a month since the last Series activity at Atomic Speedway on September 28 and 29, where Terbo scored his first-ever World of Outlaws win on Friday and followed that up with his second on Saturday. And it was no easy task; Erb scored the Hard Charger award both nights, starting 17th on Friday and 13th on Saturday, then mounting two spirited comebacks for back-to-back wins. Sitting in sixth, 448 points behind the leader, Erb is no threat in the points chase, but will certainly be looking for that third (and fourth) Series win.

Of course, an abundance of other drivers will be making the trip to Charlotte to join the Outlaws this weekend. Here’s a few to keep an eye on.

Jonathan Davenport was recently crowned Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Champion, amassing seven wins on tour this year. Superman has six career victories in World of Outlaws competition, half of those coming at the Dirt Track (11/6/10, 11/4/11 and 11/7/15). Davenport also won a preliminary feature at Eldora in the Dirt Late Model Dream earlier this year, proving his talent on these wide-open racetracks. Expect him to ride this huge wave of success into Charlotte.

Speaking of waves, 2005 Rookie of the Year and four-time Series Champion Josh Richards just scored a $100k victory two weekends ago at the Portsmouth Raceway Park. He was only able to muster three wins in Lucas Dirt competition this season, but his consistent finishes placed him runner-up in overall points. He’s also tied with Jimmy Owens for the most wins at the Dirt Track in World of Outlaws competition (6) since 2007. If history is any indication of his chances this weekend, Richards could be a threat to win on both nights of the World Finals.

Jimmy Owens will also be in town this weekend, looking for his seventh Outlaw win at the Dirt track. His last Outlaw victory came earlier this year at the Volunteer Speedway after a tense battle with Chris Madden in the closing circuits. The O-Show also bagged an Outlaw win three weeks earlier in the First in Flight 100 at the Fayetteville Motor Speedway. He finished fifth in Lucas Dirt points this year and also broke the bank at Knoxville last month with a win in the Late Model Nationals. He’s dominant; ‘nuff said. 

World Finals Late Model competitors will have an opportunity to learn the track during Hot Laps at 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 1 before Time Trials later that night. Friday and Saturday will feature Heats and Last Chance Showdowns before each evening’s 50-lap feature

Who Can Challenge Schatz?

Donny Schatz has enjoyed a remarkable season for Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing. The 41-year-old from Fargo, ND needs merely to take the green flag for one of the two races that will comprise this weekend’s World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am in order to clinch his tenth championship, thanks to scoring 20+ wins for the sixth consecutive season. With only two races remaining, he cannot quite reach the record tally of 46 wins in a single season achieved by Steve Kinser in 1987 — or even best his own single-season record of 31 wins in 2015, but he already topped last year’s wins (20) at the Tuscarora 50 on Sunday, and can add to that with a win on either night of the World Finals.

Schatz, though, will have no shortage of challengers. Prime among them will be the pair of Kasey Kahne Racing drivers, 32-year-old Brad Sweet, from Grass Valley, California, and 40-year-old Daryn Pittman, of Owasso, Oklahoma, each with an impressive nine wins on the season. While this may pale in comparison to Schatz’s current 21, let’s not forget that Pittman won the 2013 Series Championship with eight wins to Schatz’s 23.

Sitting 278 points behind Schatz, Sweet sits second in the point standings for the second year in a row but captured Sprint Car racing’s biggest prize back in August at Knoxville and will look to take another victory in prime time this weekend in Charlotte.

With five wins apiece, 26-year-old David Gravel and 25-year-old Sheldon Haudenschild, from Wooster, OH, will also reach for the checkered flag at Charlotte. Gravel currently sits third in the point standings, too far from Sweet to challenge him for second, and not quite far enough from Pittman (24 points) to remain unchallenged. After a stellar season last year, with 18 wins (to Schatz’s 20), the Watertown, CT native was surely hoping to up the ante, but having taken the checkers at last year’s finale, he’ll at least look for a repeat finish.

Meanwhile, Haudenschild, who started the season on a high note, scoring his first-ever win during the very first race of the season at DIRTcar Nationals and quickly following that up with another win during the FVP Outlaw Showdown at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, has five wins on the season and sits seventh in points.

Additionally, Pennsylvania Outlaws Logan Schuchart and Brent Marks have combined for five wins this season, and Shane Stewart would love nothing more to end his tenure at Kyle Larson Racing with a victory. 

Additional contenders include Missouri’s Brian Brown, who has seven Knoxville Raceway wins to his credit this season, Pennsylvania’s Tim Shaffer, who has scored some huge unsanctioned wins this season, and Texan Aaron Reutzel, who just wrapped up the All-Star Circuit of Champions title. Veterans Joey Saldana, aboard the Jason Johnson Racing No.41, Paul McMahan and Dave Blaney will be on hand to try and fend off the younger generation led by Cory Eliason, Dominic Scelzi, Carson Macedo, Brock Zearfoss and Parker Price-Miller.

Much interest also will be centered on young guns Giovanni Scelzi and Freddie Rahmer, both whom will be making their World Finals debuts. 16-year-old Scelzi has taken the Sprint Car world by storm this season and is coming off his first career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series triumph at Williams Grove Speedway during National Open weekend.

22-year-old Freddie Rahmer, who scored his first career Outlaw win earlier this season at Lincoln Speedway, works a full-time job, preventing him from venturing out of Pennsylvania often, but will make his Dirt Track at Charlotte and World Finals debut later this week. Rahmer became the second youngest track champion in Williams Grove Speedway history last year.

The full field of drivers in the World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am will gain their first taste of the 4/10-mile oval on Thursday, November 1, with Hot Laps at 5 p.m. before Qualifying Time Trials later that night. Friday and Saturday will feature Heats, C- and D-Mains as necessary, the Craftsman Sears Dash and Last Chance Showdowns before each evening’s 30-lap Feature.

Coverage of all races can be found on DIRTVision.com. Live timing can be found on the series’ respective websites. The Super DIRTcar Series portion of the race will also air on FloRacing.com.

The World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am will air on the CBS Sports Network Sunday, November 25 and December 2, 16 and 23 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are still available online. Follow @World_Finals for the latest news. 

 

 

Donny Schatz Nets $51,000 with Tuscarora 50 Triumph at Port Royal Speedway

PORT ROYAL, PA – October 28, 2018 – Donny Schatz continued his remarkable 2018 campaign with a $51,000 payday at Port Royal Speedway, passing Brad Sweet on Lap 32 to win the Tuscarora 50. Freddie Rahmer surged from 16th to finish second with Daryn Pittman charging from 23rd to third on the excellent daytime racing surface.

The ‘Kings Royal’ type format saw four cars inverted in six Heat Races. Lucas Wolfe and Brad Sweet won their respective Heats to earn the front row for the 50-Lap, $51,000 to win Feature.

Sweet led the opening circuit before a nasty crash involving Port Royal’s Track Champion Logan Wagner and Tim Shaffer, halted action with one complete. Both drivers were uninjured in the accident but done for the afternoon.

Sweet was strong on the restart and didn’t reach traffic before Logan Schuchart’s night came to an end on Lap 6, stopping on the front stretch.

Lucas Wolfe remained in second on the ensuing restart, looking for a way around the 2018 Knoxville Nationals Champion. Donny Schatz worked his way forward to third from his fifth starting position and remained within striking distance of Sweet and Wolfe.

Consecutive cautions on Lap 16 and 17 allowed Wolfe to set up an attack for the lead on the restart. As Sweet brought the field back to Green on the 18th circuit, Wolfe blasted to the top side of the racing surface and took control of the field down the backstretch to a large roar from the Port Royal faithful, only to have the pass negated by a caution for a stopped Ian Madsen.

The following restart Sweet was prepared and fended off Wolfe’s charge before the caution flew on Lap 21 for the designated fuel stop.

When action resumed, Donny Schatz moved into second and began closing in on Sweet for the lead. Schatz found grip on the bottom and got underneath Sweet to lead the 32nd lap before the caution flew for fourth-place running Gio Scelzi.

Schatz ran away on the restart as Wolfe began going to work on the cushion, closing in on Sweet, eventually reclaiming the second position on Lap 38. At this point, 16th-starting Freddie Rahmer had climbed to fourth with 23rd-starting Daryn Pittman coming forward to sixth.

A caution with eight laps remaining bunched the field together and gave Wolfe a chance to steal the victory from Schatz.

Schatz powered away on the restart, completing a lap before the Yellow Flag flew for debris, as the hood flew off seventh-place running TJ Stutts’ car, ending his evening.

Schatz again blasted away on the restart, leaving no doubt who the class of the field was, en route to his 21st World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature of 2018.

“That felt like a 500-miler,” Schatz said with a chuckle in Victory Lane about the caution-filled race, next to his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing No.15. As always, Schatz deflected the credit of the victory his crew, “These guys are incredible at what they do, it’s pretty cool to win that big money. Anytime you win in Pennsylvania it’s big and this is a big one.”

“We decided we better start testing out the 2019 rule changes and since we’ve done that, we haven’t finished worse than second and that’s really important,” Schatz, who was sporting a special Arctic Cat paint scheme, added before expressing his gratitude to Port Royal Speedway for not giving in to Mother Nature this weekend.

Freddie Rahmer continued his impressive 2018 season, surging from 16th to finish second. “My car was really good, I could really move around. They did a great job with the track,” Rahmer, who scored his first career World of Outlaws victory earlier this year in July, said in appreciation of Port Royal.

Daryn Pittman, who charged from 23rd to complete the podium, echoed the sentiments about Port Royal Speedway, “Hats off to Port Royal, they could’ve easily thrown in the towel for this weekend. They did a really nice job widening out the track. It’s always a pleasure to come back to this place and see the improvements they do on a weekly basis.”

“To start 23rd and end up on the podium says a lot about how great my race car was and the track. I wish we would have been a little stronger earlier in the night to get a better starting position,” Pittman, who earned KSE Hard Charger honors added.

Brad Sweet finished fourth with 17th-starting David Gravel completing the top five.

Persistent rain and cold temperatures led to the cancellation of Friday and Saturday’s program, forcing the World of Outlaws and Port Royal to use the Sunday rain date. The program was moved forward in the afternoon; a good decision by all parties, as heavy rain began to fall less than an hour after the Feature concluded.

Brian Brown bested the 51-car field in Qualifying and broke the Track Record in Qualifying with a lap of 14.868. In total, seven drivers in Qualifying went under the existing record and for the first time in track history a sub-15-second lap was run.

With the unique format, the Tuscarora 50 was show-up points only for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series teams.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series finishes off its 40th Anniversary Season with the World Finals presented by Can-Am at The Dirt Track at Charlotte next Thursday, Friday, Saturday, November 1st-3rd. Tickets still remain for one of dirt track racing’s biggest spectacles as the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars and Late Models and Super DIRTcar Series Big Block-Modifieds crown their champions.

If you can’t make it to the track, watch every lap LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Feature (50 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [5][$51,513]; 2. 51-Freddie Rahmer [16][$12,000]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [23][$5,000]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [2][$4,437]; 5. 5-David Gravel [17][$3,000]; 6. 24-Lucas Wolfe [1][$2,500]; 7. 48-Danny Dietrich [6][$2,300]; 8. 2-Shane Stewart [4][$2,200]; 9. 21-Brian Brown [14][$2,100]; 10. 7S-Jason Sides [10][$2,000]; 11. 18-Ian Madsen [21][$1,900]; 12. 58-Jim Siegel [15][$1,500]; 13. 5C-Dylan Cisney [25][$300]; 14. 41-Carson Macedo [7][$1,250]; 15. 11-T.J. Stutts [19][$1,200]; 16. 17B-Steve Buckwalter [12][$1,150]; 17. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [11][$1,100]; 18. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [3][$1,075]; 19. 71X-Dominic Scelzi [8][$1,050]; 20. 5T-Tyler Reeser [18][$1,025]; 21. 39M-Anthony Macri [13][$1,000]; 22. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [22][$1,000]; 23. 1S-Logan Schuchart [9][$1,000]; 24. 49X-Tim Shaffer [20][$1,000]; 25. 1-Logan Wagner [24][$1,000]; Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1-31, Donny Schatz 32-50; KSE Hard Charger Award: 9-Daryn Pittman[+20]

Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 41-Carson Macedo, 14.891; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 14.905; 3. 11-T.J. Stutts, 14.929; 4. 1-Logan Wagner, 14.968; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen, 14.969; 6. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 14.98; 7. 15-Donny Schatz, 15.017; 8. 39M-Anthony Macri, 15.028; 9. 58-Jim Siegel, 15.036; 10. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 15.037; 11. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 15.063; 12. 24-Lucas Wolfe, 15.083; 13. 5-David Gravel, 15.091; 14. 83-Cory Eliason, 15.121; 15. 5C-Dylan Cisney, 15.126; 16. 69K-Lance Dewease, 15.131; 17. 5M-Kerry Madsen, 15.132; 18. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 15.163; 19. 55-Mike Wagner, 15.233; 20. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 15.299; 21. 35-Justin Henderson, 15.393; 22. 33-Jared Esh, 15.44; 23. 1R-Kyle Reinhardt, 15.442; 24. W20-Greg Wilson, 15.465; 25. 29-Brent Shearer, 16.543; 26. 12W-Troy Fraker, 16.712

Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 21-Brian Brown, 14.868; 2. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 15.046; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman, 15.099; 4. 18-Ian Madsen, 15.116; 5. 71X-Dominic Scelzi, 15.134; 6. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 15.165; 7. 48-Danny Dietrich, 15.184; 8. 19-Brent Marks, 15.233; 9. 49-Brad Sweet, 15.233; 10. 7S-Jason Sides, 15.238; 11. 2-Shane Stewart, 15.264; 12. 17B-Steve Buckwalter, 15.28; 13. 94-Ryan Smith, 15.295; 14. O7-Gerard McIntyre, 15.297; 15. 55K-Robbie Kendall, 15.305; 16. 7K-Cale Conley, 15.322; 17. 44-Trey Starks, 15.347; 18. 39C-Cory Haas, 15.367; 19. 39-Spencer Bayston, 15.374; 20. 5T-Tyler Reeser, 15.481; 21. 21X-Brian Montieth, 15.512; 22. 91-Tony Fiore, 15.534; 23. 70-Dave Blaney, 15.591; 24. 10K-Joe Kata, 16.009; 25. 47K-Kody Lehman, 16.174

For full results from Port Royal Speedway, click here.

 

 

Donny Schatz Hits 20-Win Mark for Sixth Consecutive Season with Dodge City Victory

DODGE CITY, KS – October 20, 2018 – Donny Schatz passed Ian Madsen on Lap 9 in lapped traffic and held off Madsen’s late race surge to win his 20th World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series of 2018, Saturday at Dodge City Raceway Park. Madsen, in his first visit to Dodge City, settled for second with Daryn Pittman completing the podium.

Ian Madsen set a new Dodge City track record in Qualifying, won his Heat and the Sears Craftsman Dash to earn the pole for the 30-lap Feature. Madsen got a strong initial start to lead the opening lap. The Australian, who will be crowned as the 2018 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year at the years end, reached lapped traffic by the fourth circuit on the lightning-fast racing surface.

Madsen cleared the first slower car, but was held up by local Steven Richardson, allowing Schatz to close the gap. Madsen remained behind Richardson as Schatz got a strong run entering turn one to take the lead down the backstretch on the ninth circuit.

Schatz officially led the ninth lap before the caution flew for third-place running Sheldon Haudenschild. Haudenschild, who was also making his Dodge City debut, was able to return at the rear of the field.

The ensuing double-file restart saw Schatz and Madsen race away from the field, establishing themselves as the class of the field. Similar to Madsen early in the race, Schatz’ pace slowed dramatically when he reached lapped traffic. Madsen closed in on the nine-time Series Champion, and took a look underneath for the lead, but couldn’t complete the pass.

A sputtering Adam Gullion brought out the caution with 18 laps complete, giving the leaders a clear track. Two laps later, Jade Hastings blew up, setting up a ten-lap sprint to the finish.

Schatz and Madsen again pulled away from the field, as Kasey Kahne Racing teammates Daryn Pittman and Brad Sweet jockeyed for third. Schatz reached traffic and again was forced to slow his pace on the tacky racing surface. Madsen closed in once again but came up .279 short, as Schatz took the Checkered Flag for the 20th time in 2018.

When asked about the difficulties of lapped traffic, Schatz said with a smile, “It’s how I got the lead and it’s how I almost lost it. They didn’t do anything wrong, but it was definitely tough to get by them.”

The win was Schatz and his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing No.15 team 20th win of the year, marking the sixth consecutive season they’ve reached that total. “It’s a testament to how great this team is, but we’re never satisfied. 20 wins isn’t enough, 40 wins isn’t enough, that’s what makes this team so great,” Schatz said about reaching the 20-win plateau.

“It’s a privilege to be able to drive for this great team against the greatest drivers in the world at the nicest facilities in the country,” Schatz said as a dual-compliment to the World of Outlaws competition and Dodge City Raceway Park.

Ian Madsen was obviously disappointed to not finish the job but remained in good spirits. “It was a great night for this KCP team, I had a lot of family and friends here tonight and our car owner was here as well, so it was great to have a good finish for all of them. I just read lapped traffic wrong, hopefully we can pick up a win here in the last two weeks,” Madsen said.

Daryn Pittman, fresh off his Lakeside victory a night ago, completed the podium and continued his recent hot streak. “We’re really happy where this team is right now, it’s a shame the year is coming to an end,” Pittman said next to his Ionomy-sponsored KKR No.9.

Brad Sweet and 12th-starting Brian Brown completed the top-five. Sam Hafertepe Jr. earned KSE Hard Charger honors, coming from last to 15th.

A chilly evening and good air had Dodge City Raceway Park in unchartered territory as 22 of the 23 cars signed in broke the 13-year-old track record. Ian Madsen’s Quick Time was nearly a half-second quicker than the existing fastest lap. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series has two weekends left in its 40th Anniversary Season.

Next weekend, the Series heads back to Central Pennsylvania for the Tuscarora 50 at Port Royal Speedway. Saturday’s 50-lap Feature will pay $51,000 to the winner. Following that, the Outlaws will conclude the year at the World Finals presented by Can-Am at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. As always, if you can’t make it to the track, watch every lap LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2][$10,000]; 2. 18-Ian Madsen [1][$5,500]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [4][$3,200]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [6][$2,800]; 5. 21-Brian Brown [12][$2,500]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [9][$2,300]; 7. 19-Brent Marks [5][$2,200]; 8. 2-Shane Stewart [8][$2,100]; 9. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg [11][$2,050]; 10. 5-David Gravel [14][$2,000]; 11. 41-Joey Saldana [15][$1,500]; 12. 7S-Jason Sides [7][$1,200]; 13. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [3][$1,100]; 14. 4-Brock Zearfoss [10][$1,050]; 15. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [23][$1,000]; 16. 11K-Kraig Kinser [16][$900]; 17. 1X-Don Droud [19][$800]; 18. 8H-Jade Hastings [18][$800]; 19. 91-Adam Gullion [20][$800]; 20. W20-Greg Wilson [13][$800]; 21. O-Steven Richardson [21][$800]; 22. 2C-Wayne Johnson [22][$800]; 23. 1A-Jacob Allen [17][$800]; Lap Leaders: Ian Madsen 1-8, Donny Schatz 9-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 15H-Sam Hafertepe[+8]
For full results from Dodge City - October 20, 2018, click here

 

 

Daryn Pittman Convincingly Scores 9th Win of 2018 in FVP Platinum Battery Shootout at Lakeside Speedway

KANSAS CITY, KS – October 19, 2018 – Daryn Pittman scored his ninth World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature win of the season in convincing fashion, leading every lap of the FVP Platinum Battery Shootout at Lakeside Speedway. Donny Schatz extended his points lead with a runner-up finish and Sheldon Haudenschild completed the podium. It was Pittman’s 81st career World of Outlaws win and second at Lakeside with his prior triumph coming 15 years ago in 2003.

Pittman won the Sears Craftsman Dash to earn the pole for the 30-lap Feature, alongside Logan Schuchart. Pittman held off an early charge from Schuchart to take command of the field.

A fast racing surface allowed Pittman to reach lapped traffic on Lap 8. The Oklahoma veteran negotiated traffic well, before the lone caution flag of the Feature fell on Lap 12 as heartbreak struck second-place running Logan Schuchart. Schuchart smoked down the frontstretch before coming to stop in turn one, ending his evening.

Sheldon Haudenschild assumed second place alongside Pittman with Jason Sides and Donny Schatz in row two of the double-file restart.

Pittman powered away from the field with a strong restart as Haudenschild and Schatz waged war for the second spot with the nine-time and defending Series Champion taking the position for good on Lap 16.

Schatz narrowed Pittman’s lead, but the Kasey Kahne Racing, Ionomy-sponsored No.9 remained proficient through traffic.

The best battle on the race track was between Jason Sides, Brad Sweet and Joey Saldana, aboard the Jason Johnson Racing No.41, as the trio utilized the entire the Lakeside Speedway racing surface battling for the fifth position.

Back up front, Schatz continued to close in on Pittman, but time was running out. With five laps remaining, Pittman maintained good speed on the cushion as Schatz was a car-length lower than him, desperately trying to reel him in.

Pittman stayed strong up top and rode the cushion to victory, a mere .586 seconds ahead of Schatz.

“This place is always been a track I’ve enjoyed coming to. If your car is good, you can get by guys and as a racer that’s all you can ask for,” Pittman said speaking fondly of Lakeside Speedway.

“Hats off to my guys, my car was great. It was a lot of fun, lapped traffic was tight, but I could move around and maintain speed everywhere. Man, these wins are hard to come by. I’ve been doing this a long time and they never get easier,” Pittman said with a smile next to his KKR No.9. 

Schatz settled for second and kept things simple after the race, “That’s the way it goes sometimes. We got ourselves up there to compete for the win but didn’t get it. We’ll try again tomorrow.”

In his second career Lakeside appearance, Sheldon Haudenschild landed on the podium for the second consecutive year, finishing third. “The 9 and 15 were good, I like this place, it’s wide and fast. It’s definitely cool to have Ricky [Stenhouse Jr.] here and a couple of the NASCAR boys, we’ll try again tomorrow,” Haudenschild said next to his NOS Energy Drink sponsored Stenhouse Jr-Marshall No.17.

Shane Stewart was strong all night and finished fourth with Joey Saldana finishing fifth in his debut aboard the JJR No.41.

Brad Sweet, Jason Sides, Ian Madsen, Kraig Kinser and Brent Marks completed the all-Outlaw top-ten. Brock Zearfoss, in his Lakeside debut, earned KSE Hard Charger honors coming from the LCS to finish 11th.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series continues its 40th Anniversary Season tomorrow with a return to Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City, KS. Weather has prevented the Series from racing there since 2015, don’t miss this year’s Boot Hill Showdown. As always, if you can’t make it to the track, watch every lap LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [1][$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [7][$5,500]; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [3][$3,200]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [5][$2,800]; 5. 41-Joey Saldana [8][$2,500]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [4][$2,300]; 7. 7S-Jason Sides [6][$2,200]; 8. 18-Ian Madsen [10][$2,100]; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser [9][$2,050]; 10. 19-Brent Marks [13][$2,000]; 11. 4-Brock Zearfoss [19][$1,500]; 12. 2M-Kerry Madsen [11][$1,200]; 13. 21-Brian Brown [12][$1,100]; 14. 5-David Gravel [15][$1,050]; 15. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [18][$1,000]; 16. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg [14][$900]; 17. 1A-Jacob Allen [20][$800]; 18. 35L-Cody Ledger [24][$800]; 19. 33M-Mason Daniel [17][$800]; 20. W20-Greg Wilson [22][$800]; 21. 2C-Wayne Johnson [23][$800]; 22. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2][$800]; 23. 12-Lynton Jeffrey [21][$800]; 24. 1X-Don Droud [16][$800]; Lap Leaders: Daryn Pittman 1-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 4-Brock Zearfoss[+8]

Qualifying: 1. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.626; 2. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.734; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.744; 4. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.758; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.76; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.764; 7. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.799; 8. 41-Joey Saldana, 13.814; 9. 21-Brian Brown, 13.831; 10. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.833; 11. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.844; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.909; 13. 1X-Don Droud, 13.964; 14. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.969; 15. 5-David Gravel, 13.98; 16. 19-Brent Marks, 13.985; 17. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg, 13.997; 18. 4-Brock Zearfoss, 14.022; 19. W20-Greg Wilson, 14.024; 20. 12-Lynton Jeffrey, 14.04; 21. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 14.117; 22. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 14.123; 23. 33M-Mason Daniel, 14.226; 24. 35L-Cody Ledger, 14.302; 25. 8H-Jade Hastings, 14.395; 26. 91-Adam Gullion, 14.853; 27. 91X-Riley Kreisel, 15.125

For full results from Lakeside Speedway - October 19, 2018 - click here

 

 

 

Christopher Bells Dominates Eldora Speedway for Fourth Career Outlaw Win

ROSSBURG, OH – October 14, 2018 – Christopher Bell pounded the cushion to perfection up against the Eldora Speedway wall to win his fourth career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature, but first of 2018, Sunday evening at the Ohio half-mile. Bell fell as far back as eighth but took the lead on Lap 14 and never looked back. Donny Schatz extended his Series points lead finishing second for a Tony Stewart Racing/Curb-Agajanian Racing one-two punch. Parker Price-Miller, who led the first 13 laps, completed the podium.

Tim Shaffer won the Sears Craftsman Dash and led the field down the backstretch, but a strong sweeping move across the racing surface from Parker Price-Miller saw the youngster lead the opening lap by a nose.

Carson Macedo, aboard the Jason Johnson Racing No.41, took second from Shaffer on Lap 9 and began closing in on Price-Miller for the lead.

Christopher Bell fell back from his fifth-starting spot on the initial start, but began his cushion-pounding charge forward immediately. As Macedo passed Shaffer for second on the ninth circuit, Bell re-entered the top five. Two laps later, Bell was third and visibly closing on the leaders. Bell passed Macedo for second on Lap 13 and took the lead the following lap from Price-Miller in turn one.

From there, Bell set sail, rim riding his way to a sizable advantage through lapped traffic.

Donny Schatz worked his way forward from his eighth starting spot to take third just past the halfway point.

The lone caution of the event flew on Lap 21 for a slowing Aaron Reutzel, setting up a double-file restart.

Price-Miller, who had fallen back to fourth, got an excellent restart and challenged Bell for the lead before settling into second.  Bell once again powered away from the field, establishing a sizeable lead over the field.

Schatz went to work on Price-Miller for second, completing the pass with one to go. At this point, his TSR teammate was gone, as Bell cruised to win by over four seconds.

“I’m very grateful to run this thing, it’s a rocket every time I come to this place. It was so fast on the top, I could zoom right around,” Bell said in Victory Lane.

When asked about riding the wall at Eldora with a near-perfect race car, Bell didn’t hold back saying, “It’s the most fun thing you’ll ever do.”

“It’s a dream come true to be able to win World of Outlaws races at Eldora,” Bell, who was making his fifth Outlaw start of the season, added with a smile.

Donny Schatz settled for second for the second consecutive night and was pleased with his car, “My car was really good. These guys keep working on it and making some gains, it was great to have some grip out there.”

Parker Price-Miller, in one of three Indy Race Parts entries, held off Macedo to complete the podium, “We were really good, when you are out front, you don’t know how strong you really are, and Christopher blew my doors off. He was the class of the field. I can’t thank Bernie and Betsy enough for giving me this opportunity.”

Macedo, who will return to the JJR No.41 at Port Royal in two weeks, finished fourth with Ian Madsen completing the top five.

Brent Marks came forward from 12th to sixth with Joey Saldana, in another Indy Race Parts car, was strong finishing seventh.

Sheldon Haudenschild charged from 18th to eighth and Logan Schuchart earned KSE Hard Charger honors coming from 20th to ninth. Pennsylvanian Brock Zearfoss, who will finish out the season following the Outlaw tour, completed the top-ten.

A night after breaking a 19-year-old track record at Terre Haute, teenager Gio Scelzi was within striking distance of the 16-year-old Eldora track record in Qualifying, missing it by seven hundredths of a second.

It was an early start at Eldora, which was coming off a double-header World 100 program the night before, with the Outlaw Feature ending before 7:30 on a brisk October evening.

A rare off-weekend for the NASCAR Xfinity Series allowed Bell to compete back in his dirt track roots. Bell currently leads Xfinity points and recently set the single-season win record for a rookie with six. Bell finished 11th last night at Terre Haute.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to action next weekend with a pair of dates in Kansas, starting Friday, October 19 at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City for the FVP Platinum Battery Shootout and concluding Saturday, October 20 at Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City, KS. If you can’t make it to the track, watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 14B-Christopher Bell [5][$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [8][$5,500]; 3. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [2][$3,200]; 4. 41-Carson Macedo [4][$2,800]; 5. 18-Ian Madsen [3][$2,500]; 6. 19-Brent Marks [12][$2,300]; 7. 71X-Joey Saldana [6][$2,200]; 8. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [18][$2,100]; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart [20][$2,050]; 10. 4-Brock Zearfoss [10][$2,000]; 11. 2-Shane Stewart [15][$1,500]; 12. 21-Brian Brown [14][$1,200]; 13. 49-Brad Sweet [13][$1,100]; 14. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [9][$1,050]; 15. W20-Greg Wilson [7][$1,000]; 16. 39-Spencer Bayston [17][$900]; 17. 5-David Gravel [16][$800]; 18. 9-Daryn Pittman [22][$800]; 19. 7S-Jason Sides [19][$800]; 20. 81-Chad Kemenah [24][$800]; 21. 49X-Tim Shaffer [1][$800]; 22. 87-Aaron Reutzel [11][$800]; 23. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [21][$800]; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen [23][$800]; Lap Leaders: Parker Price-Miller 1-13, Christopher Bell 14-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+11]

Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 12.778; 2. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.831; 3. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 12.872; 4. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.877; 5. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.926; 6. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 12.934; 7. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 12.98; 8. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 12.987; 9. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.999; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.062; 11. 39-Spencer Bayston, 13.065; 12. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.163; 13. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 13.209; 14. G1-Max Stambaugh, 13.222; 15. 71H-Randy Hannagan, 13.238; 16. 5T-Travis Philo, 13.271; 17. 97-Caleb Helms, 13.454; 18. 11N-Cap Henry, 13.467; 19. 22M-Dan McCarron, 13.602; 20. 42-Ty Tilton, 13.863

Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 41-Carson Macedo, 12.899; 2. 14B-Christopher Bell, 12.928; 3. 71X-Joey Saldana, 12.944; 4. 19-Brent Marks, 12.996; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.997; 6. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.012; 7. 4-Brock Zearfoss, 13.026; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.038; 9. 19P-Paige Polyak, 13.054; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.06; 11. 21-Brian Brown, 13.072; 12. 5-David Gravel, 13.077; 13. 81-Chad Kemenah, 13.151; 14. 12N-Cole Duncan, 13.19; 15. 83-Cory Eliason, 13.202; 16. 99-Brady Bacon, 13.206; 17. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg, 13.228; 18. O2-Brandon Long, 13.441; 19. 16-Ryan Ruhl, 13.602; 20. 11K-Kraig Kinser, NT

For full results from Eldora Speedway - October 14, 2018 - click here

 

 

Brad Sweet Continues Career Year with Terre Haute Triumph

TERRE HAUTE, IN – October 13, 2018 – Brad Sweet’s added another page to his unforgettable 2018 season with a flag-to-flag victory at the historic Terre Haute Action Track, his ninth World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory of the year. Donny Schatz charged from 12th to second, getting by Tim Shaffer, who completed the podium, on the Green-White-Checkered finish.

Brad Sweet and Kasey Kahne Racing teammate Daryn Pittman put on a show on the final lap of the Sears Craftsman Dash finishing side-by-side. Sweet edged Pittman by 0.054 to earn the pole for the 30-Lap Feature.

Sweet powered to the lead on the initial start to lead the opening circuit and reached lapped traffic on Lap 9 at the spacious Indiana half-mile. Pittman and 2001 Terre Haute Outlaw winner Tim Shaffer were in tow.

At the halfway point, Donny Schatz had worked forward from his 12th-starting spot to sixth aboard the Tony Stewart Racing/Curb-Agajanian No.15. By lap 19, the nine-time Series Champion and current points leader had maneuvered to fourth.

Sweet continued to work his way through traffic as Schatz closed the gap on Pittman and Shaffer for the runner-up position.

Lap 27 saw Shaffer and Schatz get by Pittman for position down the backstretch and through turn three, respectively.

As the White Flag flew for Brad Sweet, he would not be caught, as he had multiple lapped cars between himself and Shaffer and Schatz, who were in a torrid battle for second.

It wouldn’t be that easy for the driver known as ‘The Big Cat’, however, as the caution flew for a stopped Ian Madsen as Sweet was about to take the Checkered.

The caution set up a single-file, Green, White, Checkered finish with Shaffer, who was ahead of Schatz at the last completed lap, in second and Schatz in third.

On the restart, Schatz quickly disposed of Shaffer in turn one and set his eyes on Sweet for his 20th victory of the season. Schatz closed the gap in each corner, but it wasn’t enough, as Sweet went on to win by .686 seconds.

When asked about the late restart, Brad Sweet chuckled and said with a smile, “Well, I’ve been getting used to it. Knoxville, Black Hills, Chico and Lernerville have all had late race restarts and sometimes it’s not bad to get a clean track. I think we were just good enough to hold these guys off tonight.”

“Lapped traffic was tricky. I think I made a few mistakes, but I guess I had a big enough lead,” Sweet said of the long Green Flag period to open the race, before thanking his NAPA Auto Parts crew for their continued hard work.

“Terre Haute is a special place. I’ve won a non-wing USAC race here, so it’s cool to come back here and win with the World of Outlaws,” the Grass Valley, CA native added.

Donny Schatz, who had passed Tim Shaffer for second on the final lap but had to go back to third for the Green-White-Checkered finish, was obviously disappointed to come up just short.

“We did what we could, the car was obviously rolling to get up there on an open race track. My guys did an incredible job, we wanted to get a win,” Schatz, who earned KSE Hard Charger honors for his efforts, said.

Tim Shaffer’s excellent 2018 season continued with a podium finish and he was pleased, “We had a great car, it kept coming in little by little as the race went on.”

Pittman settled for fourth with Sheldon Haudenschild charging from 15th to complete the top-five.

A week of rain and frigid temperatures had Terre Haute Action Track in unchartered territory during Qualifying, as 19 of the 32 cars signed in broke the existing track record set back in 1999. Brian Brown, who went out late, ended up establishing the new Terre Haute track record at 16.028, nearly a half-second faster than the existing record.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series continues its 40th Anniversary Season tomorrow evening at Eldora Speedway with an early start time. Drivers Meeting is scheduled for 3:30pm, tickets for the The Greatest Show on Dirt’s final appearance of the year at ‘The Big E’ can be found here. As always, if you can’t make it to the track, watch every lap LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Feature (31 Laps due to green-white-checkered finish): 1. 49-Brad Sweet [1][$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [12][$5,500]; 3. 49X-Tim Shaffer [3][$3,200]; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman [2][$2,800]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [15][$2,500]; 6. 71X-Joey Saldana [6][$2,300]; 7. 21-Brian Brown [5][$2,200]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart [10][$2,100]; 9. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [7][$2,050]; 10. 5-David Gravel [4][$2,000]; 11. 14B-Christopher Bell [8][$1,500]; 12. 2-Shane Stewart [18][$1,200]; 13. 41-Carson Macedo [16][$1,100]; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser [14][$1,050]; 15. 4-Brock Zearfoss [9][$1,000]; 16. 39-Spencer Bayston [21][$900]; 17. 19-Brent Marks [20][$800]; 18. 83-Cory Eliason [22][$800]; 19. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg [23][$800]; 20. W20-Greg Wilson [19][$800]; 21. 7S-Jason Sides [13][$800]; 22. 18-Ian Madsen [11][$800]; 23. 1A-Jacob Allen [24][$800]; 24. 99-Brady Bacon [17][$800]; Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1-31; KSE Hard Charger Award: 15-Donny Schatz[+10]

Qualifying: 1. 21-Brian Brown, 16.028; 2. 71X-Joey Saldana, 16.191; 3. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 16.208; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman, 16.228; 5. 14B-Christopher Bell, 16.234; 6. 5-David Gravel, 16.235; 7. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 16.265; 8. 49-Brad Sweet, 16.282; 9. 4-Brock Zearfoss, 16.32; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 16.324; 11. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 16.326; 12. 41-Carson Macedo, 16.333; 13. 39-Spencer Bayston, 16.343; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 16.363; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen, 16.376; 16. 15-Donny Schatz, 16.401; 17. 7S-Jason Sides, 16.414; 18. 83-Cory Eliason, 16.467; 19. 18-Ian Madsen, 16.472; 20. 19P-Paige Polyak, 16.516; 21. 99-Brady Bacon, 16.608; 22. 2-Shane Stewart, 16.631; 23. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg, 16.639; 24. 19-Brent Marks, 16.662; 25. 71H-Randy Hannagan, 16.673; 26. 33M-Mason Daniel, 16.755; 27. W20-Greg Wilson, 16.872; 28. 85-Mike Terry, 17.098; 29. 28-Brian Paulus, 17.185; 30. 22M-Dan McCarron, 17.3; 31. 17K-Kendall Ruble, 17.99; 32. 71M-Paul May, NT

For full results from Terre Haute Action Track, click here.

 

 

Outlaws Returning to Dodge City Raceway Park for the First Time Since 2015 on October 20

CONCORD, NC – October 11, 2018 – After a three-year hiatus, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will make its awaited return to Dodge City Raceway Park in Kansas on Saturday, October 20. Last year’s Boot Hill Showdown was lost to Mother Nature, but The Greatest Show on Dirt will return to the semi-banked 3/8 mile in 2018.

Perhaps no one is more excited for the World of Outlaws’ return to Dodge City than veteran Jason Sides. Sides has two career victories at Dodge City, including one during the last time the Outlaws visited the facility in 2015. Sides won the opening night of the Boot Hill Showdown that year and finished fourth on Night Two.

“It’s a beautiful place,” Sides said of Dodge City. “We love going to race there, and it’s a place we’ve had some success at. Hopefully, we can put together a good run,” the Bartlett, TN native, who also has a 2011 Dodge City win, added.

Dodge City Raceway Park has been a staple on the Outlaw schedule since 2004, when Steve Kinser won the inaugural event.

In addition to Sides, Daryn Pittman has had a lot of success at the Kansas facility, scoring four wins, including three of the last six Outlaw events, at Dodge City. Donny Schatz, who is the most recent Outlaw winner at Dodge City, and Kraig Kinser (2012) are other active full-time Outlaws with wins at the facility.

In addition to the Outlaw regulars, Joey Saldana – a five-time Outlaw winner at Dodge City – will pilot the Jason Johnson Racing No.41 as a part of his five-race schedule with the team. Pennsylvania's Brock Zearfoss is slated to be in attendance for his Dodge City debut as well.

Tickets for The Greatest Show on Dirt’s return to Dodge City Raceway Park are still available and can be found here. If you can’t make it to the track, watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

 

 

Outlaws Return to Lakeside Speedway for FVP Platinum Battery Shootout

CONCORD, NC – October 10, 2018 – The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series 40th Anniversary Season is coming to an end, but not before one final trip to the Midwest starting Friday, October 19 at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, KS with the running of the FVP Platinum Battery Shootout. Last year’s FVP Platinum Battery Shootout was exactly that, a shootout.

A handful of sizzling battles throughout the perfect racing surface excited the crowd with FVP sponsored driver Brian Brown coming out on top for the hometown win.

“Lakeside is as close to home as it gets for me, it’s only about 30 minutes from my house so there’s a lot of friends and family that will be in attendance and obviously FVP. They are a key partner for the event, so we want to do well for them. We were lucky enough to win last year and hopefully we can put ourselves in position again this year,” Brown said in anticipation of the event.

“Lakeside is a place we like and race well at. There’s a lot of big races coming up at the end of the year and the FVP Platinum Battery Shootout at Lakeside is circled on our calendar,” Brown, who hails from Grain Valley, MO, said.

The hoard of Outlaw regulars will be looking to reign supreme in Kansas, led by nine-time and defending Series Champion and current points leader Donny Schatz, who won at Lakeside in 2015. Other Series regulars that have Lakeside triumphs include Brad Sweet (2016) and Daryn Pittman (2003).

The FVP Platinum Battery Shootout marks the last title race of the year for FVP with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, but they’ll be joining the Series in full force for the 2018 World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

“It’s been another great year with The Greatest Show on Dirt and we can’t wait to conclude it with another big event at Lakeside,” FVP Senior Brand Manager Amber Misunas said. “Last year’s event was a big success and we look forward to watching Brian Brown compete for another win,” Misunas added with a smile.

Tickets for the FVP Platinum Battery Shootout are available and can be found here. As always, if you can’t make it to the track, watch every lap LIVE on DIRTVision.com! Following the Outlaws event at Lakeside, the Series will stay in Kansas to compete at Dodge City Raceway Park the following evening!

 

 

Schuchart Dominant at Fulton for Second Win of Year

FULTON, NY – October 6, 2018 – Logan Schuchart dominated all 30 laps to win Saturday Night at Fulton Speedway as the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series invaded Super DIRT Week in New York. Sheldon Haudenschild charged late to second with Donny Schatz completing the podium.

Kraig Kinser won the Sears Craftsman Dash, earning the pole for the 30-lap affair, in search of his first win of the season, alongside Schuchart. 

Schuchart's forgettable Qualifying laps put him 15th quick, forcing him to start fifth in his Heat. Methodically, Schuchart worked his way by three cars in the eight-lap event to excitingly secure that all-important spot in the Sears Craftsman Dash.

In the Feature, Schuchart got the initial jump to lead the opening lap. The Hanover, PA native reached lapped traffic quickly around the 3/8th mile and maneuvered it well.

Nine-time and defending Series Champion Donny Schatz moved by Kinser for second on Lap 12 and began closing in on Schuchart as the leaders navigated traffic.

While most drivers were fighting for the bottom, Sheldon Haudenschild, to no one’s surprise, went to work on the cushion in exciting fashion. Haudenschild got to fourth on Lap 16 and was visibly closing in on Kinser and Schatz, who both remained loyal to the bottom.

Haudenschild roared around Kinser for third on Lap 22 and caught Schatz quickly after. Sheldon used a big run out of turn two to cross-under Schatz for second into turn three.

In need of a Yellow, Haudenschild closed in on Schuchart but the latter powered away on the final lap and went on to win his second Feature of the year.

“I’m really proud of this team, we’ve been really strong this year, especially lately, with a handful of Quick Times and consistently in the top five. We just haven’t been able to pull off a lot of wins this year. This Drydene Performance/Shark Racing team is really strong, we just keep growing and keep getting better and I can’t wait for what is in store," Schuchart, who currently sits a career-high sixth in the Series Points Standings, said.

"The bossman Bobby Allen does a great job with this two-car operation and I’m proud to have him as my grandfather,” Schuchart, who holds the Fulton Speedway track record from back in 2016, added in Victory Lane.

Sheldon Haudenschild settled for second and walked through his charge forward, “I kind of had to wait until it cleaned off a little bit [before I could get going up top]. I committed to going up a groove in traffic and my car was really good up there.”

“I was praying for a Yellow, but we didn’t have any all night, the whole field did a good job. We have some really good tracks coming up, hopefully we can pull off a couple more wins and cap off a good season,” the Wooster, OH native said about this Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall No.17.

Donny Schatz extended his Series points lead with his podium finish. “With the finishes we’ve had lately, third is like a win. We had a decent run and traffic made it fun. The younger guys are getting their game on and making us old guys look silly,” Schatz said with a smile next to his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing No.15 machine.

Shane Stewart, who set Quick Time, finished fourth with Kinser rounding out the top five. Larry Wight, who arrived late after competing during the day at Oswego Speedway, earned KSE Hard Charger honors coming from 18th to ninth. 

As Haudenschild mentioned, the entire World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series program went caution-free. With Mother Nature threatening the area all evening, a successful accelerated program was run, with both racing divisions done by 9pm. 

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to action for a triple-header weekend starting Friday, October 12 with a makeup date at Jacksonville Speedway in Illinois before heading to Terre Haute Action Track Saturday and Eldora Speedway Sunday. If you can’t make it to the track, watch every lap LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2][$10,000]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [5][$5,500]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [4][$3,200]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [6][$2,800]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [1][$2,500]; 6. 5-David Gravel [10][$2,300]; 7. 18-Ian Madsen [11][$2,200]; 8. 49-Brad Sweet [8][$2,100]; 9. 99L-Larry Wight [18][$2,050]; 10. 9-Daryn Pittman [7][$2,000]; 11. W20-Greg Wilson [14][$1,500]; 12. 19-Brent Marks [9][$1,200]; 13. 1A-Jacob Allen [12][$1,100]; 14. 7S-Jason Sides [3][$1,050]; 15. 49K-Scott Kreutter [13][$1,000]; 16. 10K-Joe Kata [15][$900]; 17. 90-Matt Tanner [16][$800]; 18. 3-Denny Peebles [20][$800]; 19. 98-Joe Trenca [17][$800]; 20. 45-Chuck Hebing [19][$800]; 21. 54J-Steven Hutchinson [21][$800]; Lap Leaders: Logan Schuchart 1-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 99L-Larry Wight[+9]

For full results from Fulton Speedway – October 6, 2018 – click here.

 

 

World of Outlaws Shows Will Air Sundays on CBS Sports Network from October 21 through December 23

CONCORD, NC — Sept. 30, 2018 — The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car and Late Model Series are excited to announce this year’s television partnership with the CBS Sports Network is set to commence next month, on October 21, with the airing of the 2018 Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway.

The World of Outlaws and the DIRTvision production team worked with National Speed Sport News to produce eight hours of television, including shows from the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway (OH), the Prairie Dirt Classic at Fairbury American Legion Speedway (IL) — televised to a national audience for the first time ever — and the World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am at The Dirt Track at Charlotte (NC).

“We are thrilled to bring our events to a national audience through our continued partnership with CBS Sports Network,” said World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter. “The opportunity for these great events, including our season championship, to be nationally televised will allow dirt racing fans far and wide to enjoy the racing, even into the off season as we gear up for our two-week-long DIRTcar Nationals season opener at Volusia Speedway Park, February 5-16.”

CBS Sports Network will air eight, one-hour programs covering four World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series races and four World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series races. All events will air on Sundays at 7 p.m., with the exception of the first two — the Kings Royal broadcasts — which will air at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on October 21 and 28 respectively. The first telecast, The Knight Before the Kings Royal, will air at 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 21.

The CBS Sports air dates, listed below, will culminate in a 7 p.m. Christmas Eve World Finals show on December 23.

Sunday, October 21, 4 p.m. Knight Before the Kings Royal, Eldora Speedway
Sunday, October 28, 6 p.m. Kings Royal, Eldora Speedway
Sunday, November 4, 7 p.m. Pairie Dirt Classic, Fairbury American Legion Speedway
Sunday, November 11, 7 p.m. Pairie Dirt Classic, Fairbury American Legion Speedway
Sunday, November 25, 7 p.m. World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am, The Dirt Track at Charlotte
Sunday, December 2, 7 p.m. World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am, The Dirt Track at Charlotte
Sunday, December 16, 7 p.m. World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am, The Dirt Track at Charlotte
Sunday, December 23, 7 p.m. World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am, The Dirt Track at Charlotte

 

 

Lance Dewease Wins Emotional Williams Grove National Open Worth $56,000

MECHANICSBURG, PA – September 29, 2018 – The all-time Williams Grove win leader, Lance Dewease, passed Brock Zearfoss on Lap 24 and never looked back to win his 15th World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature of his career. Dewease, full of emotion in Victory Lane, dedicated the $56,000 Champion Racing Oil National Open win to the late, great Greg Hodnett. Daryn Pittman came from eighth to second with Brian Montieth completing the podium at the famous Williams Grove Speedway.

Zearfoss won the first of two Sears Craftsman Dashes to earn the pole for the 40-Lap Feature alongside Dewease, who won the second Dash. Zearfoss, who scored his first career World of Outlaws win last year at Williams Grove, got a strong start and led the opening lap.

Dewease didn’t let Zearfoss out of his sights, as Brian Montieth passed Brian Brown for third on Lap 7. Zearfoss reached the back of field on Lap 8 and began to maneuver through traffic before the caution flew Brad Sweet and Donny Schatz, as the top two in World of Outlaws in points sat atop turn two, with 12 laps complete. Schatz returned at the rear but Sweet was done for the evening.

The ensuing double-file restart saw Zearfoss maintain control and turn under a Dewease slide job on Lap 15 to retain the lead. Dewease was determined and not going away, chipping away on the bottom at Zearfoss’ lead.

As Zearfoss once again reached traffic, Dewease got a huge run through the middle of turn one to pull even with Zearfoss down the backstretch and take command of the field to lead Lap 24.

At Lap 25, World of Outlaws and Williams Grove officials made the decision to throw the caution flag to prevent a majority of teams from running out of fuel. The decision was based on the fact the air quality was so good and that there were extra parade laps in honor of Hodnett and Johnson.

Following the Open Red, Zearfoss had something break on the car entering turn one and he came to a stop at the end of the frontstretch. Understandably disappointed, Zearfoss walked away from his car under his own power.

Brian Montieth assumed second and threatened Dewease for the lead on the restart running his typical cushion-pounding line.

Daryn Pittman found speed on the bottom and got by Monteith for second on Lap 27.

At this point, Dewease had established he was the class of the field and powered away from the field, navigating traffic with ease. Pittman was formidable and quick, but never got within striking distance of Dewease as the Hall of Famer went on to win his 92nd Feature at Williams Grove and fourth National Open.

“This is for Greg [Hodnett]. This whole week is about Greg. Everyone that knew him knows how great of a racer is, but he was an even better person,” Dewease said holding back tears in Victory Lane. “No one understands how difficult this week has been,” Dewease added somberly. “I wanted this one bad for this team. You always want to run well at this race, we had some bad luck last year,” Dewease said about his Kreitz Racing No.69K team.

Daryn Pittman was strong and finished runner-up at the National Open for the fourth time in his career. “This weekend wasn’t about Posse or Outlaws, it was about honoring Greg and it was great to see Bobbi and Jaxx Johnson as well,” the well-spoken Oklahoman said. “I feel that were at the same pace as the 69K and that’s an accomplishment in its own right,” Pittman said with a grin.

Local fan-favorite Brian Montieth finished third, the best of his National Open career, and was pleased, “We were pretty good, I’m sitting here, real proud.”

Tim Shaffer finished fourth with Ryan Smith completing the top-five. Shane Stewart earned KSE Hard Charger honors coming from 22nd to ninth.

Gio Scelzi was awarded $1300 from the Beerhill Gang as the National Open Rookie of the Year and Chad Trout earned $1527 from Dirt Track Digest and SprintCarUnlimited.com with the ‘Just Missed Award’.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series continues its 40th Anniversary Season next Saturday, October 6 at Fulton Speedway in New York during NAPA Super DIRT Week. If you can’t make it to the track, watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Feature (40 Laps): 1. 69K-Lance Dewease [2][$56,000]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [8][$12,000]; 3. 21X-Brian Montieth [5][$7,500]; 4. 49X-Tim Shaffer [10][$4,000]; 5. 94-Ryan Smith [12][$3,500]; 6. 21-Brian Brown [4][$3,000]; 7. 11-T.J. Stutts [9][$2,700]; 8. 27-Paul McMahan [15][$2,500]; 9. 2-Shane Stewart [22][$2,200]; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart [11][$2,100]; 11. O7-Gerard McIntyre [13][$2,000]; 12. 39-Cory Haas [16][$1,650]; 13. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [3][$1,550]; 14. 15-Donny Schatz [6][$1,200]; 15. 51-Freddie Rahmer [28][$100]; 16. 5-David Gravel [19][$1,050]; 17. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [20][$1,000]; 18. 24-Lucas Wolfe [26][$]; 19. 18-Ian Madsen [24][$1,000]; 20. 41-Carson Macedo [18][$1,000]; 21. 19-Brent Marks [23][$1,000]; 22. 1A-Jacob Allen [25][$]; 23. 55K-Robbie Kendall [14][$1,000]; 24. 11K-Kraig Kinser [27][$]; 25. 15G-Jordan Givler [17][$1,000]; 26. 4-Brock Zearfoss [1][$1,000]; 27. 49-Brad Sweet [7][$1,000]; 28. 1-Logan Wagner [21][$1,000]; Lap Leaders: Brock Zearfoss 1-23, Lance Dewease 24-40; KSE Hard Charger Award: 2-Shane Stewart[+13]

 

 

Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 16.25; 2. 11-T.J. Stutts, 16.318; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 16.41; 4. O7-Gerard McIntyre, 16.441; 5. 21X-Brian Montieth, 16.483; 6. 5-David Gravel, 16.504; 7. 4-Brock Zearfoss, 16.541; 8. 2-Shane Stewart, 16.546; 9. 49-Brad Sweet, 16.588; 10. 1-Logan Wagner, 16.596; 11. 27-Paul McMahan, 16.606; 12. 1A-Jacob Allen, 16.612; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 16.625; 14. 99M-Kyle Moody, 16.66; 15. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 16.662; 16. 99-Bud Kaeding, 16.689; 17. 19-Brent Marks, 16.722; 18. 48-Danny Dietrich, 16.832; 19. 39M-Anthony Macri, 16.936; 20. W20-Greg Wilson, 16.943; 21. 67-Justin Whittall, 16.992; 22. 27S-Adrian Shaffer, 17.193; 23. 28F-Davie Franek, 17.261; 24. 15G-Jordan Givler, 17.548; 25. 44-Trey Starks, NT

 

 

Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 21-Brian Brown, 16.487; 2. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 16.518; 3. 69K-Lance Dewease, 16.538; 4. 15-Donny Schatz, 16.54; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman, 16.556; 6. 94-Ryan Smith, 16.602; 7. 55K-Robbie Kendall, 16.66; 8. 39-Cory Haas, 16.675; 9. 41-Carson Macedo, 16.706; 10. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 16.728; 11. 18-Ian Madsen, 16.733; 12. 1X-Chad Trout, 16.743; 13. 1W-Chase Dietz, 16.774; 14. 24-Lucas Wolfe, 16.778; 15. 17B-Steve Buckwalter, 16.801; 16. 87-Alan Krimes, 16.846; 17. 7S-Jason Sides, 16.874; 18. 19M-Jac Haudenschild, 16.906; 19. 88-Brandon Rahmer, 16.986; 20. 58-Jim Siegel, 16.998; 21. 35-Justin Henderson, 17.096; 22. 91-Kyle Reinhardt, 17.316; 23. 75-Nicole Bower, 17.35; 24. 12W-Troy Fraker, 17.836

 

For full results from Williams Grove Speedway, September 29, 2018, click here

 

 

Gio Scelzi Becomes Youngest World of Outlaws Winner in Series History on Night One of the Williams Grove National Open

MECHANICSBURG, PA – September 28, 2018 – On an emotional night in Pennsylvania Posse country, it was neither the locals or Outlaws in Victory Lane, as California phenom Gio Scelzi passed two-time National Open Champion David Gravel to lead Lap 16 and never looked back to win his first career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Victory on the opening night of the Champion Racing Oil Williams Grove National Open. Scelzi becomes the youngest driver to ever win a World of Outlaws race at the ripe age of 16 years old. Gravel settled for second with Lucas Wolfe completing the podium.

Gravel won the first of two Sears Craftsman Dashes to the earn the pole for the Feature, which went 27 laps in honor of five-time Williams Grove Track Champion and 1993 World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year, Greg Hodnett. Gio Scelzi won the second Dash to start outside the front row.

Gravel got the jump on the initial start and led the opening circuit with Scelzi in tow. Logan Schuchart, while running third, brought out the first caution of the evening, coming to a stop on the backstretch with five laps complete. That set up the first of three double-file restarts. Gravel elected the bottom on this one, putting Scelzi to his outside.

Gravel remained out front on the restart, but it was evident that Scelzi was a threat as he stayed right with the CJB Motorsports No.5 around the paperclip shaped half-mile. 2017 Track Champion Freddie Rahmer maneuvered his way into third from eighth and tried to close in on the lead duo.

Sheldon Haudenschild brought out the caution with 11 laps complete and this time Gravel elected the top on the double-file restart.

Again, Gravel remained out front as Scelzi took a peak underneath for the lead once again.

Carson Macedo, aboard the Jason Johnson Racing No.41, brought out the final caution of the evening on Lap 15. Gravel elected the bottom on the double-file restart, once again giving Scelzi the outside. Gravel entered high into turn one and tried to catch momentum to get a run off of turn two.

Scelzi pitched his Indy Race Parts No.71 hard to the bottom, couldn’t complete the slide job, but maintained speed on the bottom and pulled even with Gravel under the bridge and edged in front heading into turn three.

Scelzi, now in command of the field, powered away to lead Lap 16.

Lucas Wolfe moved by Freddie Rahmer into third and set his eyes on the leaders. For the first time, the leaders would reach lapped traffic as Gio Scelzi’s job was far from done. Scelzi approached traffic and Gravel closed in, looking to steal a win from the young California native.

With two to go, Gravel was within three car lengths as Scelzi continued to run the cushion through traffic. Gravel pitched the car hard into turn three before coming to the White Flag.

With Scelzi carrying speed on the cushion and a lapped on the bottom, there was no room for Gravel to make a last-ditch effort, as Gio Scelzi crossed under the Checkered Flag .732 seconds ahead of Gravel to become the youngest World of Outlaws winner in the Series 40-year history.

“I don’t think I am ever going to believe this one,” Scelzi said in Victory Lane when track announcer Bruce Ellis asked him about the night. “I was so good at the beginning, I was afraid I wouldn’t be any good at the end. David is good here, he’s a two-time National Open winner,” Scelzi, engulfed in positive emotion, said.

“I don’t know what to say, we could work anywhere. Hopefully we can Qualify good tomorrow and see what we can do,” Scelzi, who was grinning cheek-to-cheek, added about his chances tomorrow for the $56,000 payday.

David Gravel settled for second and was understandably disappointed.

“I didn’t know what to do on the restarts, I tried both lanes. When I was on the outside, I didn’t take off as well as I would have liked, so I went back to the bottom to try and protect myself from the slide job,” Gravel said of the pass for the lead. “Congrats to Gio, that first career win is hard to get, especially at Williams Grove,” Gravel added in good spirits. “Tomorrow is 13 more laps and pays a lot more to win, so hopefully we can finish one spot better.”

Lucas Wolfe was the highest finishing local and also applauded young Scelzi, “What a tremendous result for him, congrats to him. It wasn’t a bad night for us, we passed some good cars to get up here and hopefully we can do a little better tomorrow,” Wolfe said.

After Scelzi, Gravel and Wolfe crossed the finish line, Freddie Rahmer and Tim Shaffer got together battling for fourth, resulting in Shaffer ending up backwards at the bottom of turn four, bringing out the Yellow and Checkered simultaneously. Unfortunately for Shaffer, who was a couple hundred feet from a top-five finish, as the cause of the yellow, he was scored as the last car on the lead lap, which was 21st.

Freddie Rahmer officially finished fourth with 12th-starting Shane Stewart completing the top-five. Donny Schatz earned KSE Hard Charger Honors coming from 22nd to complete the top ten.

Logan Schuchart set Quick Time over an outstanding field of 50 cars, worth $327 courtesy of Fast Tee’s. Schuchart generously donated his bonus to Sherry Hodnett. Schatz’s effort also earned him a $500 bonus courtesy of Wicked Cushion, which he generously donated to the Hodnett family as well.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to Williams Grove Speedway tomorrow night for the $56,000 to win Champion Racing Oil National Open. Tonight’s results have no bearing on tomorrow’s program. If you can’t make it to the track, watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Feature (27 Laps): 1. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [2][$10,000]; 2. 5-David Gravel [1][$5,000]; 3. 24-Lucas Wolfe [5][$3,000]; 4. 51-Freddie Rahmer [8][$2,700]; 5. 2-Shane Stewart [12][$2,500]; 6. 44-Trey Starks [6][$2,200]; 7. 21X-Brian Montieth [3][$2,000]; 8. 49-Brad Sweet [17][$1,800]; 9. 21-Brian Brown [7][$1,600]; 10. 15-Donny Schatz [22][$1,450]; 11. 9-Daryn Pittman [13][$1,300]; 12. 19-Brent Marks [23][$1,200]; 13. 18-Ian Madsen [11][$1,100]; 14. 69K-Lance Dewease [19][$1,000]; 15. 27-Paul McMahan [21][$950]; 16. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [25][$200]; 17. 11-T.J. Stutts [14][$850]; 18. 48-Danny Dietrich [24][$750]; 19. 1X-Chad Trout [27][$25]; 20. 1A-Jacob Allen [10][$700]; 21. 49X-Tim Shaffer [9][$700]; 22. O7-Gerard McIntyre [18][$700]; 23. 39-Cory Haas [26][$]; 24. 55K-Robbie Kendall [20][$700]; 25. 41-Carson Macedo [15][$700]; 26. 94-Ryan Smith [16][$700]; 27. 1S-Logan Schuchart [4][$700]; Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-15, Giovanni Scelzi 16-27 KSE Hard Charger Award: 15-Donny Schatz[+12]

Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 18-Ian Madsen, 16.342; 2. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 16.365; 3. 21X-Brian Montieth, 16.404; 4. 24-Lucas Wolfe, 16.409; 5. 55K-Robbie Kendall, 16.418; 6. 5-David Gravel, 16.424; 7. 99-Bud Kaeding, 16.449; 8. 21-Brian Brown, 16.458; 9. 49-Brad Sweet, 16.465; 10. 9-Daryn Pittman, 16.501; 11. 41-Carson Macedo, 16.501; 12. 15-Donny Schatz, 16.51; 13. 4-Brock Zearfoss, 16.536; 14. 19-Brent Marks, 16.563; 15. 39-Cory Haas, 16.563; 16. 33-Jared Esh, 16.656; 17. 48-Danny Dietrich, 16.666; 18. 1W-Chase Dietz, 16.667; 19. 39M-Anthony Macri, 16.721; 20. 67-Justin Whittall, 16.832; 21. 91-Kyle Reinhardt, 16.891; 22. W20-Greg Wilson, 16.901; 23. 20-Ryan Taylor, 16.978; 24. 27S-Adrian Shaffer, 17.102; 25. 75-Nicole Bower, 17.298

Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 16.306; 2. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 16.41; 3. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 16.429; 4. 44-Trey Starks, 16.454; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen, 16.458; 6. 2-Shane Stewart, 16.46; 7. 11-T.J. Stutts, 16.527; 8. 69K-Lance Dewease, 16.547; 9. O7-Gerard McIntyre, 16.596; 10. 27-Paul McMahan, 16.597; 11. 94-Ryan Smith, 16.626; 12. 7S-Jason Sides, 16.628; 13. 1-Logan Wagner, 16.656; 14. 1X-Chad Trout, 16.694; 15. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 16.721; 16. 58-Jim Siegel, 16.757; 17. 88-Brandon Rahmer, 16.771; 18. 17B-Steve Buckwalter, 16.897; 19. 19M-Jac Haudenschild, 16.961; 20. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 16.965; 21. 99M-Kyle Moody, 17.001; 22. 28F-Davie Franek, 17.096; 23. 35-Justin Henderson, 17.144; 24. 15G-Jordan Givler, 17.368; 25. 12W-Troy Fraker, 17.585

For full results from Williams Grove Speedway, Friday September 28, 2018, click here.

 

 

 

 

CONCORD, NC – There’s just something about 410-Winged Sprint Cars at a high-banked quarter-mile that gets the blood pumping. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will make their third-ever appearance at the always entertaining Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, IL on Friday, October 12, after losing the original April date and a June rain date to Mother Nature.

The Greatest Show on Dirt has only raced twice ever at the Jacksonville bullring, with both appearances leaving lasting impressions. 2016 saw a whopping 46 cars sign into action with Indiana resident Joey Saldana coming out on top.

Saldana, who is one of only seven drivers in World of Outlaws history to eclipse 100+ feature victories, has found a solid home with Rudeen Racing in 2018 and will look to find his way back to Victory Lane at Jacksonville.

“I love coming to Jacksonville. It’s a fun place and the World of Outlaws don’t come to Illinois and Indiana very often, so when there’s a race only three hours from my house and shop, it’s great,” the Brownsburg, IN native said with a smile.

The inaugural World of Outlaws visit to Jacksonville in 2014 saw a young Oklahoma native by the name of Christopher Bell score his first career World of Outlaws victory. Bell, of course, has taken the NASCAR scene by storm, dominating the NASCAR Truck Series last year en route to claiming the championship. Bell, who remains heavily involved in the dirt track scene, now pilots a Joe Gibbs Racing entry in the NASCAR Xfinity series and while he won’t be on-hand to claim another Jacksonville victory, you can guarantee he will be watching live on DIRTVision.com.

With all signs pointing to an already exciting program, the visit to Jacksonville will be different in 2018 for another reason. In years past, the purse was smaller and only paid $6,000 to win, this year the event will be a standard World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series purse with $10,000 going to the winner, making it the largest paying event in Jacksonville Speedway history.

Tickets for The Greatest Show on Dirt’s invasion of the Jacksonville Speedway are available online. If you can’t make it to the track, be sure to watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com. Following the bullring date at Jacksonville, the Series will tackle Terre Haute Action Track on Saturday, October 13 for the Wabash Clash before making their last trip of the season to the famed Eldora Speedway for The Last Call for Them All.

 

 

World of Outlaws to Conclude 40th Anniversary Season in Charlotte at World Finals

CONCORD, NC – September 25, 2018 – The World of Outlaws’ 40th Anniversary Season has been an excellent, yet emotionally trying, year-long journey across the country. The Greatest Show on Dirt has lived up to its name on and off the track during the 2018 season. On track, the enthralling side-by-side action on a nightly basis has been unparalleled, and dirt track racing as a whole is riding a large uptick in general popularity. Off the track, the Series has revolutionized the Sprint Car racing world with DIRTVision.com bringing every night of World of Outlaws action to fans, sponsors and families at an affordable monthly price. The 40th anniversary season has been remarkable and will culminate with a well-deserved crowning at one of the biggest motorsport events in the world, the World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Barring the unthinkable, Donny Schatz will be crowned champion for the tenth time in his illustrious career, second only to Steve Kinser. Schatz and his Tony Stewart Racing No.15 team are the model of excellence, not recording a single DNF and finishing outside the top-ten just four times in 61 events thus far.

The Fargo, ND native has 19 wins on the season, including the Outlaw Showdown at The Dirt Track in Charlotte back in May.

Each year when the World of Outlaws invades Charlotte for the Outlaw Showdown in May, a seemingly unexpected winner garners attention on one of Sprint Car racing’s biggest stages.

2017 saw Logan Schuchart win a thrilling race, and in 2016 Greg Wilson scored the popular victory.

Back in 2015, South Dakota’s Dusty Zomer shocked the racing world with his lone World of Outlaws win, and the year prior Midwest Kingpin Brian Brown scored his first career Outlaw triumph at the 4/10-mile oval, both of those wins coming during the World Finals.

Schatz’ win at Charlotte in May was certainly not unexpected, which opens the door for the model to flip and an unexpected winner to emerge during the World Finals. The Dirt Track at Charlotte is well-liked by fans and drivers alike. “Charlotte is an excellent race track. There’s always at least two racing lines, and the surface seems to fit my team’s liking,” said Logan Schuchart, who finished third at Charlotte in May.

“The World Finals is a marquee event. We won at Charlotte in May last year, which was incredibly special, so now we need to get a World Finals win,” added Schuchart, who sits a career-high sixth in the Series Points. “The atmosphere in November at Charlotte is remarkable and something every race fan should experience.”

The 2017 World Finals presented by Can-Am saw 53 of the finest 410 Sprint Car teams sign in, and this year’s edition should be no different.

And of course, it is the only event where the three marquee Dirt Track Series will race at the same track, at the same time, as the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models and Super DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds crown their Series Champions as well.

Last year Saturday night was a sell out, so don’t wait, get your tickets today. As always, if you can’t make it to the track, watch every lap LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

 

 

Brad Sweet Tames Lernerville for Exciting Commonwealth Clash Victory

SARVER, PA – September 23, 2018 - Brad Sweet’s fantastic 2018 season continued Saturday night at Lernerville Speedway when he passed Donny Schatz on Lap 28 to become the fourth and final different leader of the 2018 Commonwealth Clash for his eighth win on the year. Schatz settled for second with former Lernerville track champion Tim Shaffer completing the podium.

Daryn Pittman won the Sears Craftsman Dash to earn the pole for the 35-Lap Feature, alongside Tim Shaffer. Pittman jumped out to the early lead through a caution-filled first few laps. Brent Marks fell off the race track in turn three on the opening lap, leaving David Gravel nowhere to go as the two made contact, resulting in terminal front end damage for Marks

After consecutive Yellows on Lap 1, the field lined up single-file. Shaffer went for the slide job to take the lead on the restart, but Pittman turned it back under to maintain control.

Shaffer was relentless in pursuit of Pittman and took the lead off of turn four to lead Lap 6 to the delight of the hometown crowd.

During the long Green Flag stretch, Shaffer established a healthy lead through the heavy traffic. Donny Schatz got underneath Pittman to take second on Lap 18 and set his eyes on Shaffer.

Sweet continued his way forward getting by Pittman and getting an up-close look on the battle for the lead between Schatz and Shaffer. Schatz got a good run off the cushion in turn four to slide Shaffer into turn one to take command on Lap 22.

A lap later Sweet slid in front of Shaffer as the top two in Outlaw points established themselves as the class of the field as they have so many times this season.

Sweet got a massive run on the nine-time Series Champion out of turn two and blasted underneath to take the lead down the backstretch and officially lead Lap 28. Sweet powered away and looked to be well on his way to his eighth victory of the year, but a caution for sixth-place running Sheldon Haudenschild with three laps to go put the celebration on hold.

With less than five to go in the Feature World of Outlaws rules dictate a single-file restart, which allowed Schatz to attempt a slide job for the lead. Sweet powered around the Schatz slider to maintain the lead down the backstretch and go on to win his first Outlaw Feature at Lernerville.

“I struggled for the first few years of my career at this track, it’s nice to come here and be as fast we’ve been this year. The track was great, there were so many options of where to go in lapped traffic. You could rimride on that thin ledge or get going around the bottom,” Sweet said in Victory Lane in appreciation of the racing surface.

“This one is for Greg Hodnett, he was a good friend of mine. It’s been a tough year. We’ll celebrate this one a little for him and move on to the next one,” Sweet said with his heart on his sleeve.

Donny Schatz bounced back from an uncharacteristic bad night at Eldora to finish second.

“The track was tricky tonight, second isn’t bad, especially considering the night we had last night,” Schatz, who was forced into a Provisional for the first time in 2018 last night, said with a little grin.

When asked about the late-race restart, Schatz was honest. “I didn’t have much grip and I’m not going to use Brad up or run myself off the track. Luckily, I have these [crew] guys behind me and we’ll have more grip next time we come back,” Schatz said positively.

Tim Shaffer completed the podium and complimented Sweet and Schatz. “Those guys are on their game and third isn’t too bad against these guys. Those [pointing at Sweet and Schatz’ team] teams are what we are trying to build up this team up to,” Shaffer said next to his DR Racing No.49X.

Logan Schuchart was strong for the second consecutive night coming home fourth with Daryn Pittman completing the top-five. Central Pennsylvania invader Danny Dietrich earned KSE Hard Charger Honors coming from 14th to sixth.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series heads into Central Pennsylvania next weekend for the Champion Racing Oil National Open against the Pennsylvania Posse at Williams Grove Speedway. Saturday’s Feature at The Grove will pay $56,000 to win, making it the second-highest paying event on the World of Outlaws schedule in 2018. As always, if you can’t make it to the track, watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Feature (35 Laps): 1. 49-Brad Sweet [5][$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$5,500]; 3. 49X-Tim Shaffer [2][$3,200]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart [6][$2,800]; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman [1][$2,500]; 6. 48-Danny Dietrich [14][$2,300]; 7. 18-Ian Madsen [12][$2,200]; 8. 5-David Gravel [9][$2,100]; 9. 21-Brian Brown [8][$2,050]; 10. W20-Greg Wilson [16][$2,000]; 11. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [4][$1,500]; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser [15][$1,200]; 13. 35-Justin Henderson [20][$1,100]; 14. 2-Shane Stewart [10][$1,050]; 15. 11-Carl Bowser [19][$1,000]; 16. O7-Gerard McIntyre [13][$900]; 17. 7S-Jason Sides [18][$800]; 18. 29-Dan Shetler [17][$800]; 19. C1-Clayton Riney [23][$800]; 20. 2L-Sye Lynch [21][$800]; 21. 40-George Hobaugh [22][$800]; 22. O8-Dan Kuriger [24][$800]; 23. 1A-Jacob Allen [7][$800]; 24. 19-Brent Marks [11][$800] Lap Leaders: Daryn Pittman 1-5, Tim Shaffer 6-21, Donny Schatz 22-27, Brad Sweet 28-35 KSE Hard Charger Award: 48-Danny Dietrich[+8]

Qualifying: 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.56; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.617; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.625; 4. 21-Brian Brown, 12.636; 5. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.65; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman, 12.668; 7. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.693; 8. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 12.755; 9. 5-David Gravel, 12.773; 10. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.776; 11. 19-Brent Marks, 12.785; 12. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.793; 13. O7-Gerard McIntyre, 12.805; 14. 48-Danny Dietrich, 12.831; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.878; 16. W20-Greg Wilson, 12.907; 17. 29-Dan Shetler, 12.932; 18. 2L-Sye Lynch, 12.937; 19. 11-Carl Bowser, 12.996; 20. 35-Justin Henderson, 13.036; 21. C1-Clayton Riney, 13.037; 22. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.125; 23. 2F-A.J. Flick, 13.266; 24. 40-George Hobaugh, 13.275; 25. 55-Gary Kriess, 13.312; 26. 13-Brandon Matus, 13.476; 27. 126-Bryan Salisbury, 13.534; 28. O8-Dan Kuriger, 13.534; 29. 250-Jared McFarland, 13.733; 30. 33-Brent Matus, 14.005; 31. 76-David Jones, 14.076; 32. 91-Sadie Siegel, 14.136; 33. 10P-Jim Perricone, 14.441; 34. 4K-William Kiley, 14.493; 35. 1R-Gale Ruth, 14.808; 36. 24-Jeremy Hill, NT

For full results from Lernerville Speedway, September 22, 2018, click here.

 

 

Brent Marks Caps Emotional Evening with Thrilling Eldora Triumph

ROSSBURG, OH - September 21, 2018 — On an emotional night at one of the most famous dirt tracks in the world, Brent Marks won a thrilling race, passing fellow Central Pennsylvania Outlaw Logan Schuchart for the lead on Lap 23 and holding off a furious charge from 13th-starting Dave Blaney, Schuchart and 23rd-starting Greg Wilson. It was Marks' third career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory and first at the historic Eldora Speedway. Marks dedicated the win to Greg Hodnett, who passed tragically the night before in an unsanctioned race in Pennsylvania.

Logan Schuchart won the Sears Craftsman Dash to earn the pole for the 30-Lap Feature, alongside David Gravel. Schuchart darted out to the early lead and Brent Marks, who started third, blasted around the bottom to take second down the backstretch.

Schuchart set a torrid pace out front as Marks went to war with Kraig Kinser for the runner-up position. With Marks banging down the cushion and Kinser catfishing around the bottom, the duo battled side-by-side for the better part of five laps.

As Schuchart reached heavy lapped traffic, Kinser and Marks’ battle continued and they both closed in on the Shark Racing No.1S. Kinser edged Marks by a nose at the line on Lap 12, which would prove crucial as the caution would fly for Parker Price-Miller, who lost a left rear tire running in the top ten.

Schuchart elected the bottom on the double-file restart, moving Kinser to his outside. Kinser, who was glued to the bottom prior to the caution, fell back on the start, as Marks moved back into second.

Some contact the following lap between a slew of cars in the top ten, sent Gio Scelzi high into turn one, grazing the wall. Scelzi came down off the wall and got together with Daryn Pittman, resulting in the Kasey Kahne Racing No.9 upside down. Both drivers were uninjured but done for the evening.

The ensuing double-file restart saw Schuchart again choose the bottom with Marks to his outside this time. Schuchart remained in command with Marks in tow. 13th-starting Dave Blaney threw his name in the ring, battling Gravel and Kinser for the third position, three-wide at times.

Simultaneously, 23rd-starting Greg Wilson was coming, in typical Greg Wilson Eldora fashion, glued to the inside guard rail.

Back up front, Marks was closing in on Schuchart and threw a slide job for the lead into turn one on Lap 23. Schuchart fought back underneath Marks to maintain the lead going into turn three, where he went to the bottom. Marks put his family-owned No.19 right up against the wall, grabbing the cushion off of turn four and taking command of the field to lead the lap.

Marks powered away from Schuchart, who now had his hands full with the hard-charging Blaney and Wilson. Blaney took second from Schuchart and set his sights on Marks. After Marks got held up ever so slightly in traffic, Blaney attempted a slide job in turn three with three laps remaining, but Marks stayed on the gas and powered around the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame member to maintain control.

Blaney’s slide job attempt for the lead cost him momentum as Wilson and Schuchart, who found late race speed right up against the outside wall, caught and surpassed the veteran by the White Flag.

But tonight, there was no catching Brent Marks, as the Myerstown, PA native went on to win his third World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature of the season and of his career.

“We’re all really thinking about Greg [Hodnett] and his family, he’s somebody I’ve respected tremendously throughout my whole career and was always a fan of growing up in Central Pennsylvania. This race is for him and his whole family and everyone back in Pennsylvania mourning his loss,” an emotional Marks said to a large applause from the Eldora Speedway crowd.

“This is awesome, I can’t believe I won a race at Eldora. This is my first Outlaw win that my Mom and Dad were able to see. I can’t thank my guys Jesse and Dallas enough, and we just added Jim Shuttlesworth. Last week was our first weekend together, we kept talking and improving throughout the night and working together well. This is special, I can’t believe I’m standing in Victory Lane at Eldora,” Marks added.

When asked about the race itself, Marks talked about the tricky cushion, “I knew I needed to be more aggressive on the wall, but the top was right up against the wall and I didn’t want to tear this thing up. I changed my entry into turn three and Logan started coming to me,”

“I can’t believe it’s my sophomore season with the World of Outlaws and I have three wins now, I can’t thank everyone who helps out with this operation enough,” Marks concluded.

Fellow Central Pennsylvania native Logan Schuchart settled for second after leading 22 laps, “It’s tough, lapped cars are so hard to judge. It’s hard leading a race and knowing where to go, I didn’t feel as comfortable up top and I felt I was slowing down, so I moved down. Brent drove a great race.” 

“This is all for the Heffner Racing No.27 team and everybody back home, we’ve got a couple of PA boys up front and this is all for them,” Schuchart added with emotion.

The obvious KSE Hard Charger was 23rd-starting Greg Wilson who finished on the podium for the second time this year at Eldora.

“We’re good when it slicks off. This is how the tracks need to be. The race track was awesome tonight, there was passing,” Wilson said before reflecting about the recent tragedy in Sprint Car Racing.

“My heart goes out to the Hodnett family. I woke up this morning and looked at my wife and girls and wondered if I should keep doing this. I love it, though. I wouldn’t trade this opportunity to race with my wife and kids at Eldora in front of all you fans for anything,” Wilson, the Ohio native, said to a thunderous roar from the crowd.

Dave Blaned faded to fourth in the closing laps, still no small feat coming from 13th, with Gravel completing the top five.

Kraig Kinser was strong all evening and settled for sixth with Hunter Schuerenburg, who set Quick Time, and Sheldon Haudenschild finishing seventh and eighth, respectively. Rico Abreu charged from 21st to ninth with 17th-starting Jason Sides completing the top-ten.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series makes the trek to Western Pennsylvania tomorrow night, September 22 with the running of the Commonwealth Clash in Sarver, PA. As always, if you can’t make it to the track, watch every lap LIVE on DIRTVision.com.

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 19-Brent Marks [3][$10,000]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1][$5,500]; 3. W20-Greg Wilson [23][$3,200]; 4. 70-Dave Blaney [13][$2,800]; 5. 5-David Gravel [2][$2,500]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [5][$2,300]; 7. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg [4][$2,200]; 8. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [7][$2,100]; 9. 24-Rico Abreu [21][$2,050]; 10. 7S-Jason Sides [17][$2,000]; 11. 3G-Carson Macedo [24][$1,500]; 12. 49-Brad Sweet [10][$1,200]; 13. 15-Donny Schatz [25][$300]; 14. 4-Brock Zearfoss [15][$1,050]; 15. 12N-Cole Duncan [20][$1,000]; 16. 1A-Jacob Allen [26][$100]; 17. 2-Shane Stewart [9][$800]; 18. 18-Ian Madsen [22][$800]; 19. 49X-Tim Shaffer [19][$800]; 20. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [11][$800]; 21. 3-Jac Haudenschild [12][$800]; 22. 17X-Aaron Reutzel [14][$800]; 23. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [6][$800]; 24. 9-Daryn Pittman [16][$800]; 25. 19P-Paige Polyak [18][$800]; 26. 13-Paul McMahan [8][$800]; Lap Leaders: Logan Schuchart 1-22, Brent Marks 23-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: W20-Greg Wilson[+20]

Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 13.005; 2. 13-Paul McMahan, 13.041; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.115; 4. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 13.144; 5. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.147; 6. 24-Rico Abreu, 13.157; 7. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.159; 8. 19-Brent Marks, 13.165; 9. 70-Dave Blaney, 13.186; 10. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 13.209; 11. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.217; 12. 4-Brock Zearfoss, 13.28; 13. 99-Brady Bacon, 13.319; 14. 3G-Carson Macedo, 13.322; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.376; 16. 7K-Cale Conley, 13.394; 17. 71M-Randy Hannagan, 13.469; 18. 5T-Travis Philo, 13.547; 19. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 13.635; 20. 10P-Jim Perricone, 14.35; 21. 5QB-Quentin Blonde, 14.756

Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg, 12.987; 2. 5-David Gravel, 13.001; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.06; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.082; 5. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.092; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.099; 7. 17X-Aaron Reutzel, 13.114; 8. 12N-Cole Duncan, 13.131; 9. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.137; 10. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.165; 11. 19P-Paige Polyak, 13.32; 12. 3-Jac Haudenschild, 13.341; 13. 45-Trevor Baker, 13.395; 14. 59-Cory Eliason, 13.451; 15. 11N-Michael Kofoid, 13.497; 16. 97-Caleb Helms, 13.566; 17. O7-Jacob Wilson, 13.691; 18. 22M-Dan McCarron, 13.787; 19. 5H-Jordan Harble, 13.806; 20. 42-Ty Tilton, 13.898

For full results from Eldora Speedway, September 21, 2018, click here

 

 

World of Outlaws to Make Second Appearance at Terre Haute in 12 Years

CONCORD, NC – September 19, 2018 – The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will make its second appearance this decade at the famous Terre Haute Action Track in Terre Haute, IN on Saturday, October 13. The Greatest Show on Dirt will flex its muscles in the heart of non-wing country with the running of the Wabash Classic.

The historic Terre Haute Action Track was on the 1980 World of Outlaws schedule, when Rickey Hood claimed the inaugural Outlaws event at the spacious half-mile. After that, the Outlaws took a 12-year hiatus before returning in 1993, and the event became a staple on the schedule through 2003.

When the Outlaws returned in 1993, it was the Kinser show. Steve Kinser won four consecutive events at the Indiana facility spanning over two years, only to be unseeded by Mark Kinser in 1995, as he swept the pair of Outlaw races that year.

Turn the page to 2018 and another Kinser looks to add his name to the history books at Terre Haute. Long-time Indiana Outlaw Kraig Kinser would love nothing more to add a victory in his home state.

“We race all over the country, so it’s always nice to get home and be able to race in front of your friends and family, especially at such a historic place like Terre Haute. It’s been a while since we raced there, but that place is so rich in history. It will be great to get back,” Kinser said in anticipation.

Brownsburg, IN native Joey Saldana topped a 37-car field during the Outlaws’ appearance at the slightly-banked half-mile in 2006, before an eight-year gap saw Donny Schatz best a 33-car field in 2014. Kraig Kinser was exploring pavement racing in 2006 but came forward to finish eighth in 2014.

“I would take a win anywhere,” Kinser, who owns 17 career World of Outlaws wins, said with a smile. “But to get a win at Terre Haute would be something special,” Kinser added.

The Wabash Classic is the middle stop of a three-races-in-three-states swing – flanked by Jacksonville, IL on Friday and Eldora, OH on Sunday —as the Series wraps up its 40th anniversary season.

Additionally, fans will be able to meet the top five in World of Outlaws points at the Terre Haute Sears store (less than a mile from the track) from Noon to 1pm on Saturday, October 13. The first 100 fans in line will receive either a World of Outlaws t-shirt or a ticket to the race that evening. In addition to the five drivers, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series show car will be on location for fans to get an up-close look at 410 Sprint Car.

Tickets for the Outlaws’ return to Terre Haute are still available. As always, if you can’t make it to the track, be sure to watch every lap LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

 

 

 

ROSSBURG, OH — Sept. 17, 2018 — After a month on the West Coast, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to the Midwest for the BeFour the Crowns Showdown at Eldora Speedway this Friday, Sept. 21. 

Last year, Tim Shaffer outraced Shane Stewart into turn one at the drop of the green flag and then held off a late race challenge from Donny Schatz to capture the BeFour The Crowns Showdown at the famed half-mile.

“It is awesome to get an Outlaw win here,” Shaffer, of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania said. “This is one tough place! We have had a really good year and I am really happy to get them an Outlaw win. We held off a great team to win and we are building a great team here.”

This year, the Outlaws will be looking to redeem themselves. With four Eldora wins this season (two in May and two in July), Schatz will be the one to beat. But watch out for Stewart as well. With his one and only win this season coming at Eldora, Stewart will be looking to get back that lead he lost early in last year's feature.

Tickets for the BeFour the Crown Showdown are available online. If you can't be there in person, watch live on DIRTVision.com.
 

 

 

Eliason Gets Second Career Outlaw Win at Calistoga

CALISTOGA, CA – September 15, 2018 – An opportune Yellow Flag allowed Cory Eliason to officially lead all 25 laps Saturday night at Calistoga Speedway for his second career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory. Donny Schatz took the lead off of turn four coming to the White Flag, but the caution negated the pass, forcing Schatz to be relegated back to second, where he finished. Logan Schuchart finished third, his second podium in as many nights at Calistoga.

Eliason won the Sears Craftsman Dash, earning the pole for 25-Lap Feature alongside his good friend and fellow California native Giovanni Scelzi. Eliason and Scelzi waged war on the opening lap, with Eliason turning under a Scelzi slide job to lead Lap 1.

Eliason, who scored his first career Outlaw win earlier this year at Stockton, powered away from the field as Scelzi, Schatz and Schuchart captivated the large Calistoga Speedway audience with their battle for second.

Schatz, who won the Wine Country Outlaw Showdown last year, moved by Schuchart into third on Lap 10 and set his eyes on young Scelzi, who was in search of his first career Outlaw triumph. Schatz edged in front of the youngster on Lap 11, but the Fresno, CA teenager battled back underneath the nine-time Series Champion to grab the runner-up position back.

Despite Scelzi’s resilience, Schatz wrestled the position away for good on Lap 14 as the Fargo, ND native focused his sights on Eliason. Schatz gradually cut into Eliason’s lead, setting up some potential late race fireworks. With five to go, Schuchart got by Scelzi for third as Schatz had all but erased Eliason’s lead.

Coming to the White Flag, Eliason slipped out of the rubber in turn three, opening the door for Schatz. Schatz got underneath Eliason, who was desperately trying to get back into the groove and the two made slight contact, resulting with Schatz having the advantage coming to the White Flag.

It was all for nothing as the caution flew for Brent Marks who came to a stop atop turn two, ending his charge forward.

The caution set up a Green-White-Checkered finish, and after getting a second chance at it, Eliason wasn’t going to make a mistake this time. The Visalia, CA native went on to win his second World of Outlaws Feature of the year and his career.

“I got out of the rubber and saw [Schatz] underneath me and thought was it, I’m going to finish second,” a jubilant Eliason said.

Eliason, who was making his 43rd Outlaw start of the season, has spent the majority of the 2018 season in the Midwest and East Coast and has valued his time at new race tracks. “I can’t thank Dennis and Theresa Roth enough, it’s absolutely been beneficial to be out on the road this year and I think our speed these few weeks at home show that,” Eliason added.

Donny Schatz was understandably disappointed to see the Yellow Flag fly, preventing his 20th win of the year. “That’s part of racing. Sometimes the Yellows fall your way, sometimes they don’t. We’ll take second and move on to Eldora on Friday,” Schatz said.

Logan Schuchart was pleased to be on the podium once again and gain momentum heading back East, “Being out here all the way from Pennsylvania, it’s great to finish on the podium back-to-back nights here, it says a lot about this team and how hard they work. Hopefully we can pick up some more wins to finish off the season,” Schuchart said positively.

Brad Sweet got by Gio Scelzi on the late restart to finish fourth with Scelzi matching his career-best Outlaw finish in fifth. Greg Wilson earned KSE Hard Charger honors.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series makes the cross-country trek to Eldora Speedway to compete Friday, September 21 before returning to Sarver, PA and Lernerville Speedway for the Commonwealth Clash Saturday, September 22. As always, if you can’t make it to the track, watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Feature (25 Laps): 1. 83-Cory Eliason [1][$12,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [4][$5,700]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3][$3,500]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [6][$3,000]; 5. 41S-Giovanni Scelzi [2][$2,600]; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [10][$2,400]; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman [5][$2,300]; 8. 2-Shane Stewart [7][$2,200]; 9. 5-David Gravel [9][$2,150]; 10. 24-Rico Abreu [12][$2,100]; 11. 18-Ian Madsen [14][$1,600]; 12. 17W-Shane Golobic [15][$1,350]; 13. 29-Willie Croft [11][$1,300]; 14. 26-Joey Saldana [13][$1,200]; 15. 88N-DJ Netto [17][$1,100]; 16. 1A-Jacob Allen [8][$1,000]; 17. 68-Chase Johnson [19][$900]; 18. W20-Greg Wilson [23][$850]; 19. 11K-Kraig Kinser [18][$800]; 20. O-Bud Kaeding [20][$800]; 21. 7S-Jason Sides [16][$800]; 22. 19-Brent Marks [21][$800]; 23. 45-Austen Wheatley [24][$800]; 24. 83JR-Kyle Hirst [22][$800] Lap Leaders: Cory Eliason 1-25 KSE Hard Charger Award: W20-Greg Wilson[+5]

Qualifying: 1. 9-Daryn Pittman, 15.874; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen, 15.938; 3. 49-Brad Sweet, 16.135; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 16.149; 5. 41S-Giovanni Scelzi, 16.151; 6. 24-Rico Abreu, 16.177; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 16.184; 8. 83-Cory Eliason, 16.243; 9. 15-Donny Schatz, 16.267; 10. 2-Shane Stewart, 16.359; 11. 29-Willie Croft, 16.372; 12. 5-David Gravel, 16.451; 13. 26-Joey Saldana, 16.456; 14. 18-Ian Madsen, 16.499; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 16.52; 16. 7S-Jason Sides, 16.526; 17. 68-Chase Johnson, 16.532; 18. 17W-Shane Golobic, 16.552; 19. O-Bud Kaeding, 16.619; 20. 88N-DJ Netto, 16.701; 21. W20-Greg Wilson, 16.723; 22. 19-Brent Marks, 16.726; 23. 45-Austen Wheatley, 16.808; 24. 83JR-Kyle Hirst, 16.824; 25. 37-Mitchell Faccinto, 16.976; 26. 3C-Tanner Thorson, 19.124

For full results from Calistoga Speedway, September 15, click here

 

 

World of Outlaws to Visit Fulton Speedway during NAPA Super DIRT Week on October 6

CONCORD, NC – The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will make its annual appearance at Fulton Speedway during NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week on Saturday, October 6. When the Greatest Show on Dirt and Racing’s Biggest Party collide, it’s a show you don’t want to miss.

Last year’s race at Fulton proved this point, as Daryn Pittman spun out of the lead after contact with a lapped car. David Gravel assumed the lead and went on to win his 17th Feature of the 2017 season.

“I remember I inherited the lead after [Daryn] crashed,” Gravel said recalling last year’s victory at the 1/3-mile, high-banked oval. “The track changed a bunch throughout the race. I didn’t know what line to run to keep up my speed through lapped traffic, so it was a good race to watch for the fans,” Gravel said.

Gravel and CJB Motorsports haven’t been able to duplicate last year’s 18-win season, but the team sits third in the Series Point Standings, just as they did in 2017.

“It’s always good to get back to a track you’ve won at in the past,” Gravel said in confidence. “Hopefully we can build some momentum and get some wins to end the year.”

As the World of Outlaws 40th anniversary season winds down, the remaining races become pivotal in the season-long point battles. Currently, Sheldon Haudenschild and Logan Schuchart, who set the Fulton track record in 2016, are tied for sixth in points, and there’s a good battle to complete the top-ten in points, as two markers (one position) separate veteran Kraig Kinser and youngster Jacob Allen.

When the Outlaws invade NAPA Super DIRT Week, you can expect some versatile names to compete against Sprint Car’s best. Big Block Modified standouts Larry Wight and Mike Mahaney are expected to be in attendance. Mahaney was last year’s KSE Hard Charger at Fulton, charging from 22nd to ninth.

Tickets for the World of Outlaws invasion of Super DIRT Week at Fulton Speedway are still available today. As always, if you can’t make it to the track, watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

 

 

Daryn Pittman Scores 8th Win of 2018 in Dramatic Fashion at Calistoga

CALISTOGA, CA – September 14, 2018 – Daryn Pittman held off Logan Schuchart by a car-length to win his 8th World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature of 2018 Friday night at Calistoga Speedway. Pittman led all 25 laps but shredded a right rear immediately after the checkered and limped his Kasey Kahne Racing No.9 to the scales and to Victory Lane. Schuchart settled for second, just 0.133 seconds behind Pittman, with Rico Abreu completing the podium.

Daryn Pittman drew the pole for the Sears Craftsman Dash and won the six-lap event to earn the pole for the 25-Lap Feature. Pittman used a strong start to lead the first two laps before a Red Flag for Sheldon Haudenschild and Willie Croft halted the action. Both drivers were uninjured. Haudenschild was able to return and run a few laps but was forced back to the pits with lingering issues.

The ensuing double-file restart saw Donny Schatz get by Logan Schuchart for third and begin to put pressure on Abreu for second.

Cory Eliason brought out the Yellow with seven laps complete running sixth.

As Pittman and Abreu powered away from the field, Schuchart was able to get back by Schatz for third on the restart down the backstretch.

The remaining 18 laps went non-stop allowing Pittman to reach the back of the field, forcing the Owasso, OK native to slow his pace out front. Abreu, Schuchart and Schatz closed in on Pittman as the racing surface became locked down. Schatz took third back from Schuchart with five laps remaining and looked poised to make a late-race charge.

With two laps remaining, the top four were nose-to-tail entering turn one. Schuchart muscled his way underneath Schatz to take third down the backstretch, then hit the rubber perfectly off of turn four to take second from Abreu coming to the White Flag.

Schuchart got a big run off turn two and took a peak underneath Pittman for the lead down the backstretch but thought better of it entering turn three. Schuchart turned the car hard left off turn four to try and steal the win but came up .133 short as Pittman collected his 8th win of 2019.

As Pittman went into turn one after the Checkered, his right rear tire blew, and he had to limp his KKR No.9 to the scales.

“I knew something was wrong the last three laps, I must have hit something,” Pittman said about the dramatic ending. “Hopefully we can continue to pick up wins and land a sponsor on this thing, it’s been a good stretch for Kasey Kahne Racing, Brad [Sweet] has obviously been really good this year. I’m so blessed to be able to be out here with my family doing this for a living,” Pittman said as his two daughters hugged him.

Logan Schuchart matched his career-best at the historic Calistoga Speedway with a second-place finish, “It was one of those deals where you wish it would have been one more lap,” the Hanover, PA native said with a smile. “I’m really proud of this team and hopefully we can finish one spot better tomorrow.”

Rico Abreu was the highest finishing local, coming home third with Donny Schatz, who set Fast Time and Brad Sweet completing the top-five.

Joey Saldana was strong all evening finishing sixth with Shane Stewart, 14th-starting Brent Marks, Gio Scelzi and Jacob Allen completing the top-ten. Shane Golobic earned KSE Hard Charger honors, coming from 19th to finish 12th.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series concludes the West Coast portion of its 40th Anniversary Season at Calistoga Speedway tomorrow evening. Tickets are still available. As always, if you can’t make it to the track, watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Feature (25 Laps): 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [1][$8,000]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3][$4,000]; 3. 24-Rico Abreu [2][$2,500]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [6][$2,200]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [4][$2,100]; 6. 26-Joey Saldana [7][$2,000]; 7. 2-Shane Stewart [5][$1,800]; 8. 19-Brent Marks [14][$1,600]; 9. 41S-Giovanni Scelzi [10][$1,500]; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen [8][$1,300]; 11. 18-Ian Madsen [11][$1,200]; 12. 17W-Shane Golobic [19][$1,100]; 13. 5-David Gravel [13][$1,000]; 14. O-Bud Kaeding [12][$700]; 15. 83JR-Kyle Hirst [18][$600]; 16. 83-Cory Eliason [9][$600]; 17. 11K-Kraig Kinser [22][$600]; 18. 88N-DJ Netto [24][$600]; 19. 45-Austen Wheatley [23][$600]; 20. 7S-Jason Sides [16][$600]; 21. 37-Mitchell Faccinto [21][$600]; 22. W20-Greg Wilson [20][$600]; 23. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [17][$600]; 24. 29-Willie Croft [15][$600]; Lap Leaders: Daryn Pittman 1-25; KSE Hard Charger Award: 17W-Shane Golobic[+7]

Qualifying: 1. 15-Donny Schatz, 15.968; 2. 49-Brad Sweet, 15.982; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 16.031; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman, 16.088; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen, 16.091; 6. 83-Cory Eliason, 16.144; 7. 41S-Giovanni Scelzi, 16.208; 8. 2-Shane Stewart, 16.229; 9. 24-Rico Abreu, 16.281; 10. 26-Joey Saldana, 16.3; 11. 18-Ian Madsen, 16.3; 12. O-Bud Kaeding, 16.309; 13. 5-David Gravel, 16.31; 14. 19-Brent Marks, 16.316; 15. 88N-DJ Netto, 16.327; 16. 7S-Jason Sides, 16.373; 17. W20-Greg Wilson, 16.396; 18. 29-Willie Croft, 16.407; 19. 17W-Shane Golobic, 16.41; 20. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 16.45; 21. 83JR-Kyle Hirst, 16.634; 22. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 16.678; 23. 45-Austen Wheatley, 16.83; 24. 37-Mitchell Faccinto, 16.843

 

 

Brad Sweet Masters Lapped Traffic En Route to $20,000 Placerville Victory

PLACERVILLE, CA – September 12, 2018 – Brad Sweet passed Rico Abreu on Lap 8, was masterful through heavy lapped traffic, and held off Sheldon Haudenschild in a Green-White-Checkered finish to win the 49er Gold Rush Classic Presented by Riebes NAPA Auto Parts at Placerville Speedway. The win was Sweet’s 7th of the season and worth $20,000. Haudenschild kept the fans on the edge of their seat and came home second with local Andy Forsberg, who scored $2000 for setting Quick Time earlier in the evening, completing the podium.

Rico Abreu, fresh off his Gold Cup Race of Champions victory Saturday at Chico, won the Sears Craftsman Dash to earn the pole for the 49-Lap Feature alongside Sweet. Abreu got a good initial start and led the opening circuit and paced the field before Jason Sides brought out the first caution of the event with three laps complete.

Abreu powered away on the restart and reached lapped traffic quickly around the quarter-mile, high-banked oval. Sweet hawked Abreu as the latter entered traffic and made the move to take command of the field off of turn four to lead Lap 8.

A Red Flag for Brent Marks on Lap 14 halted action and took the leaders out of heavy traffic. Marks, who had come forward seven positions to 11th, was uninjured, but done for the evening.

The next 34 laps went non-stop allowing the leaders to endure as heavy of lapped traffic as they will see all season.

Sheldon Haudenschild, who started third, fell back to fifth at the time of the Red Flag for Marks but became the show on the restart. Haudenschild’s go to line was entering high into turn one and diamonding off the bottom of turn two. Haudenschild took fourth with that line from Pittman on the restart. Five laps later Haudenschild got by Eliason off of turn two to grab third and set his eyes on Abreu and leader Brad Sweet.

Abreu bobbled in turn four on the cushion on Lap 28, allowing Haudenschild to move into second. But Haudenschild made the same mistake the following lap as Abreu slid back in front of the young Wooster, OH native to reclaim second at the line.

By Lap 35, there were lapped cars scattered all over the racing surface in front of Sweet, forcing him to slow his pace and allowing the pack to close in. Abreu took a couple of looks underneath Sweet, but the latter remained in the gas and never gave Abreu a chance to slide him.

Lap 45 saw Sweet trying his best to navigate traffic on the cushion with Abreu looking desperately for a way by him and Haudenschild looming as the leaders were nose to tail down the backstretch.

Sweet had a strong three laps, putting two lapped cars in between himself and Abreu and Haudenschild coming to the White Flag. Haudenschild grabbed second at the White Flag and then slid to the top of turn one to maintain momentum. Stuck with nowhere to go, lapped car Jacob Allen flipped off of the top of turn one. Allen was uninjured with the Red Flag setting up a Green-White-Checkered finish.

As the cars came to a stop for the Red Flag, Abreu uncharacteristically rolled into Haudenschild. Abreu got out of his car and informed World of Outlaws officials that the steering broke on his family-owned No.24 and his night was over.

Sweet got an excellent restart, thwarting any chance of Haudenschild’s late race heroics as Sweet went to win, the, now, 50-Lap Feature, by 0.611 seconds.

Sweet, who was a co-promoter of the event, was visibly excited to get the big win in his hometown. “I don’t know if that’s cool or not [that I won my own race], but $20,000 was on the line. It’s great to get the NAPA car in Victory Lane in the Riebes NAPA Auto Parts Race,” Sweet said next to his Kasey Kahne, who was in attendance, owned No.49.

“It’s awesome to come back here in my hometown in front of all my friends and family and get the win. Lapped traffic was really tough, I hope you guys enjoyed the show. We’ll be back next year,” Sweet added.

When asked about the hectic lapped traffic, Sweet said, “I thought I covered most of my lines, but I knew someone was close. You just try to keep your composure and pick off the lapped cars the best you can. The cushion was tricky, kudos to the Russell family, they do a great job here every week and we get to play in their playground once a year.”

Sweet ended with a heartfelt statement, “I have so many people to thank for helping put on this show and I’m very appreciative.”

Sheldon Haudenschild finished second and was equally as appreciative. “Brad did a great job and a huge thanks to him for putting this race on. Thanks to the fans for coming out on a weekday, I know it’s difficult and we appreciate it. Hopefully you all enjoyed the show, I had a blast. This is a beautiful track. I’m definitely grateful to be in this position and to be able to race Sprint Cars for a living,” Haudenschild said next to his NOS Energy Sponsored, Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall No.17.

Andy Forsberg, the current Placerville Speedway 360 Sprint Car points leader, led the local charge finishing third, his third top-ten against the Outlaws in as many starts this season. “This is a 2009 chassis and the youngest guy on my crew is 54 years old and they work their tails off,” Forsberg, who will wrap his 20th points title as a driver this Saturday at Placerville, said with a big smile. “Every once in a while, you can sneak a good run against the Outlaws,” Forsberg added before stating how proud he was of his team for their runs against The Greatest Show on Dirt this week.

Tim Kaeding continued his outstanding success in a second Sides Motorsports entry coming from 10th to fourth with Eliason settling for fifth. David Gravel crashed in the Heat Race was forced to take a Provisional and earned KSE Hard Charger honors coming forward to 13th.

Shane Stewart and Justin Sanders flipped in the Sears Craftsman Dash, forcing Stewart to a backup car and to start at the rear while Sanders start and parked because of the damage. High Sierra Industries put up $1000 cash if a World of Outlaws driver set Quick Time and doubled that if a non-Outlaw set Quick Time, which sent Forsberg home with $2000 extra in his pocket for his 10.282 lap around the bullring.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series concludes its California swing this weekend September 14 and 15 at the beautiful historic Calistoga Speedway. Tickets for the Wine Country Classic are still available. If you can’t make it to the track, watch every lap LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Feature (50 Laps due to green-white-checkered finish) 1. 49-Brad Sweet [2][$20,000]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [3][$6,000]; 3. 92-Andy Forsberg [6][$3,750]; 4. 3-Tim Kaeding [10][$3,250]; 5. 83-Cory Eliason [4][$2,750]; 6. 3C-Tanner Thorson [11][$2,500]; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman [5][$2,400]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart [7][$2,300]; 9. 17W-Shane Golobic [13][$2,200]; 10. 15-Donny Schatz [9][$2,100]; 11. 18-Ian Madsen [21][$1,700]; 12. 22-Mason Moore [8][$1,400]; 13. 5-David Gravel [24][$300]; 14. 31C-Justyn Cox [15][$1,200]; 15. 2-Shane Stewart [23][$1,100]; 16. 25-Bobby McMahan [19][$1,000]; 17. 1A-Jacob Allen [12][$1,000]; 18. 24-Rico Abreu [1][$1,000]; 19. 7-Scott Bogucki [17][$1,000]; 20. 88N-DJ Netto [14][$1,000]; 21. 7S-Jason Sides [16][$1,000]; 22. 19-Brent Marks [18][$1,000]; 23. O-Bud Kaeding [22][$1,000]; 24. 29-Willie Croft [20][$1,000]; 25. 121-Justin Sanders [25][$1,000]; Lap Leaders: Rico Abreu 1-7, Brad Sweet 8-50; KSE Hard Charger Award: 5-David Gravel[+11]

Qualifying: 1. 92-Andy Forsberg, 10.282; 2. 49-Brad Sweet, 10.319; 3. 2-Shane Stewart, 10.375; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 10.385; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 10.408; 6. 83-Cory Eliason, 10.448; 7. 24-Rico Abreu, 10.481; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman, 10.481; 9. 25-Bobby McMahan, 10.535; 10. 22-Mason Moore, 10.548; 11. 15-Donny Schatz, 10.55; 12. 19-Brent Marks, 10.555; 13. 121-Justin Sanders, 10.573; 14. 26-Joey Saldana, 10.574; 15. 17W-Shane Golobic, 10.575; 16. 83T-Tanner Carrick, 10.58; 17. 29-Willie Croft, 10.599; 18. O-Bud Kaeding, 10.609; 19. 7-Scott Bogucki, 10.625; 20. 88N-DJ Netto, 10.629; 21. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 10.645; 22. 1A-Jacob Allen, 10.664; 23. 18-Ian Madsen, 10.669; 24. 3-Tim Kaeding, 10.707; 25. 31C-Justyn Cox, 10.733; 26. 7S-Jason Sides, 10.76; 27. W20-Greg Wilson, 10.773; 28. 5-David Gravel, 10.777; 29. 3C-Tanner Thorson, 10.787; 30. 98-Sean Watts, 10.91; 31. 83JR-Kyle Hirst, 10.911; 32. 16A-Colby Copeland, 10.935; 33. 28-Nathan Rolfe, 11.03; 34. 96-Andy Caruana, 11.845

For full results from Placerville Speedway, September 12, click here

 

 

Tuscarora 50 Rescheduled for a Spectacular Port Royal Speedway Season Finale with the World of Outlaws

PORT ROYAL, PA — Sept. 11, 2018 — The final 2018 battle between the World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse will be bigger than ever this year. After persistent rains forced the postponement of the Tuscarora 50 at Port Royal Speedway last weekend, World of Outlaws officials have been working with the speedway to pull together a spectacular season finale at the end of October.

The 51st annual Tuscarora 50, with its unique format, will now be a World of Outlaws event, replacing the second night of the Nittany Showdown scheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 26-27.

The Nittany Showdown, originally scheduled as a two-day event this year, will now return to a one-day format on Friday, October 26, followed by the $51,000-to-win Tuscarora 50 on Saturday for a spectacular Port Royal Speedway Season Finale Weekend.

For ticketholders, Friday’s Nittany Showdown remains unchanged. Wristbands and reserved seat tickets from the originally scheduled Tuscarora 50 will be good for the rescheduled event on October 27. There will be a rain date of Sunday, October 28.

Those with Saturday Nittany Showdown tickets will receive a full refund from the World of Outlaws and should contact Port Royal Speedway after September 17 for tickets to the Tuscarora 50.

Last Saturday, 53 cars were pitside at Port Royal Speedway when rains hit just after qualifying time trials for the Tuscarora 50. In hopes of completing the program on Sunday, the slated rain date, speedway officials forged ahead with plans to conduct the event on September 9. However, rains overnight and through the morning on Sunday forced another cancellation.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series has competed at the Speed Palace for the past four consecutive years, with nine-time defending Series Champion Donny Schatz scoring the win last year, Pennsylvania native and full-time World of Outlaw Logan Schuchart scoring the dominant win in 2016, this year’s Knoxville Nationals Champion Brad Sweet taking the checkers in 2015, and Pennsylvania’s Ryan Smith scoring the upset victory in 2014.

Meanwhile, if Lance Dewease wins the Tuscarora again on Saturday night in the Don Kreitz No. 69K, it will make Kreitz the winningest car owner in Tuscarora 50 history with six under his belt. He is currently in a tie with other five-time owner winners Al Hamilton and Bob Weikert. Kreitz got three as an owner/driver and currently has a pair with Dewease as driver.

Tickets to Friday's Nittany Showdown are available online. Reserved seats for the Saturday Tuscarora 50 program, a limited number of which are still available, must be purchased via the speedway office and are expected to go on sale the week of September 17. Orders can be placed by phone beginning September 17 by calling 717-527-4414.

 

 

Rico Abreu Pockets $15,000 in Gold Cup Thriller

CHICO, CA – September 8, 2018 – Rico Abreu went from third to first to lead Lap 26 and never looked back, securing his second Gold Cup title in a slide job war Saturday Night at Silver Dollar Speedway. Tim Kaeding, in a second Sides Motorsports entry, finished second for the second consecutive night with Cory Eliason completing the all-California podium.

16-year-old Buddy Kofoid won the Sears Craftsman Dash by 4.921 seconds to earn the pole for the 40-Lap Gold Cup Race of Champions alongside Justin Sanders, both drivers in search of their first career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victories.

Kofoid and Sanders set a slow pace as the field came to Green and Kofoid slipped off the bottom, opening the door for third-starting Cory Eliason to blast into the lead and take command.

With three provisionals being used, there were 27 410 Sprint Cars blasting around the tight-quartered Silver Dollar Speedway. Eliason, aboard the famous Roth Motorsports No.83, reached lapped traffic on Lap 5 around the bullring oval. Cars were littered all around the racing surface as Eliason worked through traffic to extend his lead.

Tanner Thorson established himself as a threat, coming forward from his seventh starting position to grab second on Lap 10 as he set his eyes on Eliason in search of his first career Outlaw win. Rico Abreu, who came from eighth to fifth in the Dash, moved into third on Lap 12, shuffling young Kofoid back to fourth with Sanders in fifth.

As Eliason negotiated heavy lapped traffic, Thorson closed in on Lap 18 and took a peak underneath the Roth Motorsports No.83. The duo battled hard, allowing Abreu to clear slower cars and reel both of them in.

Thorson used a big slider in three and four on Eliason to take the lead on Lap 25. Eliason tried to get back by into turn one, but left the door open for Abreu who took second down the backstretch and then went for the home run slider in turn three and completed it to take the lead from Thorson and lead Lap 26 with the crowd on their feet.

Eliason and Thorson continued to battle it out for second with the pair making contact with 27 laps complete, resulting in a broken front axle of Thorson’s No.3C. Thorson’s night was done, moving ninth-starting Tim Kaeding into third and defending Gold Cup Champion Shane Stewart into fourth.

The first caution of the event allowed the fans and drivers to catch their breath after an action-packed first 27 laps. A pair of cautions on the ensuing double-file restart and two laps later kept the action tame.

When action resumed Abreu darted away from the field as Kaeding and Eliason waged for second. The duo made contact coming off of turn four on Lap 31, allowing Stewart to get to third in front of Kaeding. The final caution of the evening flew for Outlaw Rookie Ian Madsen with front end damage with nine laps remaining.

Again, Abreu blasted away from the field as Kaeding, Eliason and Stewart battled for position behind him. The trio of cars battling allowed Abreu to run and hide en route to his second Outlaw win of the season in popular fashion and be crowned Gold Cup Champion for the second time in his career.

“It is so much fun to drive when your car is like it was tonight,” Abreu said in compliments of his young team, which features no one older than 23 years old.

“They are a young group, but they are becoming the best in the business. It’s hard to find a group of young guys that want to work. They all want to race, but my guys want to work. Drivers can showcase their talents when their cars are fast,” Abreu added speaking highly of his crew headlined by Ricky Warner’s son, Drew.

“I grew up racing here every Friday night in Sprint Cars, so this track is close to home to me. It’s great to get a win, especially when you beat the Outlaws,” Abreu said with a big smile to a huge roar from the crowd.

Tim Kaeding edged in front Eliason for good to secure second on back-to-back nights. “I have to thank Jason Sides and everyone that came on board for this deal. They let me have fun and that’s the one thing that has been lacking the past few years,” Kaeding said.

“That was one hell of a race from my point of view, I hope you fans enjoyed it, because that was fun,” Kaeding added to another large applause from the engaged crowd.

Cory Eliason completed the all-California podium and took the time to apologize to Thorson. “I want to apologize to Tanner for getting into him,” Eliason said humbly. “Tim and I got into each other, but we both kept going and you get that racing hard on a slick track. It was a great week,” Eliason, who finished fifth Friday, added.

Shane Stewart was the highest finishing Outlaw, coming home fourth with young Kofoid netting a career-best fifth. Justin Sanders finished sixth with 13th-starting Shane Golobic coming forward to seventh, as California was well-represented up front for the second night in a row.

Outlaws Donny Schatz and Brad Sweet charged forward from 19th and 16th, respectively, to finish eighth and ninth with track champion Andy Forsberg completing the top ten. DJ Netto garnered KSE Hard Charger honors coming from 24th to finish 12th. Brent Marks made noise by running the alphabet, transferring from the C to the Feature, where he came home 17th in his second weekend at Silver Dollar. Joey Saldana set Quick Time over the 41-car field but was on the wrong end of contact in his Heat Race, sending him to the LCS, which he won and then came forward to 15th in the Feature. 

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series and California locals get three days off before heading to Placerville for the $20,000 to win 49er Gold Rush Classic on Wednesday, September 12. As always, if you can’t make it to the track, catch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Feature (40 Laps): 1. 24-Rico Abreu [5][$15,000]; 2. 3-Tim Kaeding [9][$5,700]; 3. 83-Cory Eliason [3][$3,500]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [6][$3,000]; 5. 4S-Michael Kofoid [1][$2,600]; 6. 121-Justin Sanders [2][$2,400]; 7. 17W-Shane Golobic [13][$2,300]; 8. 15-Donny Schatz [19][$2,200]; 9. 49-Brad Sweet [16][$2,150]; 10. 92-Andy Forsberg [4][$2,100]; 11. 9-Daryn Pittman [10][$1,600]; 12. 88N-DJ Netto [24][$1,350]; 13. O-Bud Kaeding [15][$1,300]; 14. 5-David Gravel [20][$1,200]; 15. 26-Joey Saldana [21][$1,100]; 16. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [11][$1,000]; 17. 19-Brent Marks [23][$900]; 18. 83JR-Kyle Hirst [14][$850]; 19. 45-Austen Wheatley [12][$800]; 20. 7S-Jason Sides [27][$]; 21. 11K-Kraig Kinser [18][$800]; 22. 21P-Robbie Price [22][$800]; 23. 29-Willie Croft [17][$800]; 24. 18-Ian Madsen [8][$800]; 25. 3C-Tanner Thorson [7][$800]; 26. 1S-Logan Schuchart [25][$]; 27. 1A-Jacob Allen [26][$]; Lap Leaders: Cory Eliason 1-24, Tanner Thorson 25, Rico Abreu 26-40; KSE Hard Charger Award: 88N-DJ Netto[+12]

Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 26-Joey Saldana, 12.29; 2. 3C-Tanner Thorson, 12.405; 3. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.418; 4. 4S-Michael Kofoid, 12.443; 5. 3-Tim Kaeding, 12.488; 6. O-Bud Kaeding, 12.559; 7. 83-Cory Eliason, 12.58; 8. 31C-Justyn Cox, 12.616; 9. 88N-DJ Netto, 12.626; 10. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.637; 11. 17W-Shane Golobic, 12.728; 12. 21P-Robbie Price, 12.752; 13. 25-Bobby McMahan, 12.765; 14. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.778; 15. 98-Sean Watts, 12.795; 16. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.826; 17. 29-Willie Croft, 12.857; 18. 37-Mitchell Faccinto, 12.866; 19. 28-Nathan Rolfe, 12.967; 20. 22-Mason Moore, 13.036; 21. 96-Andy Caruana, 13.202

Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 121-Justin Sanders, 12.313; 2. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.423; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.667; 4. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.671; 5. 92-Andy Forsberg, 12.724; 6. 45-Austen Wheatley, 12.727; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman, 12.759; 8. 24-Rico Abreu, 12.837; 9. 83JR-Kyle Hirst, 12.849; 10. 5-David Gravel, 12.91; 11. 21W-Jake Wheeler, 12.923; 12. 21-Michael Ing, 12.994; 13. 83T-Tanner Carrick, 13.015; 14. 16A-Colby Copeland, 13.128; 15. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.189; 16. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.299; 17. 19-Brent Marks, 13.347; 18. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.367; 19. 7-Scott Bogucki, 13.487; 20. 18Z-Jennafer Frazier, 13.839

For full results from Silver Dollar Speedway, September 8, 2018, click here.

 

 

Outlaws Return to Lernerville for Commonwealth Clash September 22

CONCORD, NC – September 6, 2018 – After a month on the West Coast, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will return to the always-exciting Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, PA with the running of the Commonwealth Clash on Saturday, September 22. As the World of Outlaws’ 40th Anniversary Season reaches its home stretch, it’s only fitting that The Greatest Show on Dirt returns to Lernerville, a track that the Series has visited for 39 consecutive years, one more time.

The past two years the Outlaws’ visits to the high-banked 4/10th oval have been dominated by David Gravel and Donny Schatz. Schatz, who sits comfortably atop the Series Point Standings in search of his 10th Championship, has always fared well at Lernerville and owns eight career World of Outlaws victories at the Western Pennsylvania facility dating back to 2003. Schatz and Gravel have each split the two races the last two years at Lernerville, with Schatz grabbing the 2017 Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup and Gravel scoring the victory in the 2017 Commonwealth Clash. The year prior, the results were swapped.

As the defending race winner David Gravel enters with this year’s edition with confidence. “Lernerville is always a track that I look forward to getting to. It took me a while to get my first win there, but we’ve been really good there lately and always seem to be in the hunt,” the driver of the CJB Motorsports No.5 said. Gravel and CJB are coming off a career-high 18 wins last year and a third place in the Series Point Standings in 2017.

Gravel again sits third in points and has five wins on the season with the most recent coming at Ransomville back in late July. It’s no secret that Gravel will be looking to pounce on the momentum he’s built at Lernerville. “To be honest, it’s one of my favorite tracks we go to all year. I’m really looking forward to getting back there,” the Watertown, CT native added.

Despite the Outlaws’ rich history at Lernerville, outside of Gravel and Schatz, Daryn Pittman [2013] is the only other current full-time Series regular with an Outlaws win at the facility.

Lernerville Speedway recently crowned AJ Flick, who won six features at the track in 2018, as their 410 Sprint Car Champion, and he’ll be on hand to represent the Western Pennsylvania regulars. George Hobaugh and Sye Lynch will be in attendance as well, looking for strong results. Sye Lynch’s father, Ed Lynch Jr., defeated the Outlaws at the facility in the unforgettable 2002 Silver Cup.

Tickets for the Commonwealth Clash are still available here. If you can’t make it to the track, be sure to watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

 

 

Brad Sweet Gets His 6th of the Year in Front of Hometown Crowd at Silver Dollar Speedway

CHICO, CA – September 7, 2018 – Grass Valley, California native Brad Sweet passed Tim Kaeding on Lap 17 and powered around a Kaeding slide job in the Green-White-Checkered finish to win his sixth World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature of 2018. Tim Kaeding, aboard a second Sides Motorsports entry, settled for second and his brother Bud Kaeding completed the podium.

Tim Kaeding, fresh off of a fifth-place finish at the Knoxville Nationals, won the Sears Craftsman Dash to earn the pole for the 30-Lap Feature alongside fellow California native Cory Eliason. Eliason powered off the cushion of turn four to lead the opening lap with Kaeding in tow.

Eliason, aboard the famous Roth Motorsports No.83, reached traffic quickly around the quarter-mile oval and Kaeding took advantage with a slider to lead Lap 9. Meanwhile, Brad Sweet worked his way forward from his fifth-starting spot to third on Lap 10.

Sweet battled with Eliason for second for a couple circuits before securing the position for good on Lap 14. Sweet set his eyes on Kaeding and reeled him in quickly in heavy lapped traffic before completing the slide job for the lead in turn one to lead Lap 17.

As Sweet motored away, Kaeding and Eliason waged war for second with the latter taking the position at the conclusion of the 18th circuit. Bud Kaeding closed in on his brother and Eliason making it a three-car battle for the runner-up position. Tim Kaeding established the position and tried to reel Sweet back in as the leaders sliced and diced their way through traffic around the bullring.

Sweet had a comfortable lead coming to the White Flag, but a caution for Buddy Kofoid put the celebration on hold. A Green-White-Checkered finish would end the race, officially making the event 31 laps.

Tim Kaeding threw a big slider into turn one, but Sweet stayed on the gas, powered around him down the backstretch and went on to win his sixth Feature of 2018.

“I’ve been coming here since I was a kid and it’s cool to get a win here. It’s all about tomorrow night now, it would be awesome to get a Gold Cup victory tomorrow, that’s something I dreamed about as a kid,” Sweet said next to his NAPA Racing, Kasey Kahne No.49.

When prompted about the late restart, Sweet didn’t hold back, “I made a mistake and I will learn from it in the future. I think I had the best car, but you’ve got to finish races and I was fortunate to survive that restart,” the Grass Valley, CA native added.

Tim Kaeding continued his impressive week coming home second in the Sides Motorsports No.3.

“It’s a privilege to be able to drive for Jason. Jason is a great guy and one of the last true guys in the sport. It’s great to be competitive with the Outlaws again,” Kaeding said.

When asked about the last restart Kaeding chuckled and said, “10 years ago I probably would have crashed both of us.”

The San Jose, CA fan-favorite concluded the interview by encouraging the large crowd to get some cold beer and go to the annual Chili Feed.

Tim’s brother, Bud, was pleased to be on the podium aboard the famous Williams No.0. “I don’t think I’ve ever been on the podium with the Outlaws. Morrie and Kate Williams have been doing this a long time and I can’t thank them enough,” Bud said in appreciation before thanking the fans for supporting Gold Cup and dirt track racing. 

10th-starting Shane Golobic, who competed last night in the BC39 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, finished fourth with Eliason fading to fifth.

Following Sweet to the line were seven California locals, meaning the first eight finishers were California natives to the delight of the hometown crowd. Outlaws Ian Madsen and Shane Stewart completed the top-ten. Daryn Pittman garnered KSE Hard Charger honors coming from 18th to 11th.

The Gold Cup Race of Champions concludes Saturday, September 8, 2018 with a $15,000 top prize on the line. If you can’t make it to the track, watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 49-Brad Sweet [5][$8,000]; 2. 3-Tim Kaeding [1][$4,000]; 3. O-Bud Kaeding [4][$2,500]; 4. 17W-Shane Golobic [10][$2,200]; 5. 83-Cory Eliason [2][$2,100]; 6. 83JR-Kyle Hirst [6][$2,000]; 7. 121-Justin Sanders [13][$1,800]; 8. 92-Andy Forsberg [9][$1,600]; 9. 18-Ian Madsen [14][$1,500]; 10. 2-Shane Stewart [11][$1,300]; 11. 9-Daryn Pittman [18][$1,200]; 12. 15-Donny Schatz [17][$1,100]; 13. 16A-Colby Copeland [3][$1,000]; 14. 88N-DJ Netto [12][$700]; 15. 24-Rico Abreu [15][$600]; 16. 3C-Tanner Thorson [19][$600]; 17. 45-Austen Wheatley [8][$600]; 18. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [16][$600]; 19. 11K-Kraig Kinser [20][$600]; 20. 5-David Gravel [21][$600]; 21. 26-Joey Saldana [23][$600]; 22. 1S-Logan Schuchart [25][$]; 23. 22-Mason Moore [24][$600]; 24. 4S-Michael Kofoid [7][$600]; 25. 19-Brent Marks [26][$]; 26. 1A-Jacob Allen [22][$600]; Lap Leaders: Cory Eliason 1-8, Tim Kaeding 9-16, Brad Sweet 17-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 9-Daryn Pittman[+7]

Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 4S-Michael Kofoid, 11.812; 2. 45-Austen Wheatley, 11.889; 3. 16A-Colby Copeland, 11.93; 4. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.93; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.996; 6. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.023; 7. 92-Andy Forsberg, 12.053; 8. 24-Rico Abreu, 12.06; 9. 121-Justin Sanders, 12.08; 10. 83T-Tanner Carrick, 12.123; 11. 26-Joey Saldana, 12.138; 12. 3C-Tanner Thorson, 12.144; 13. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.157; 14. 37-Mitchell Faccinto, 12.158; 15. 21W-Jake Wheeler, 12.196; 16. 19-Brent Marks, 12.246; 17. 31C-Justyn Cox, 12.26; 18. 21P-Robbie Price, 12.324; 19. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.4; 20. 28-Nathan Rolfe, 12.436; 21. 96-Andy Caruana, 12.687

Qualifying Flight-B: 1. O-Bud Kaeding, 11.827; 2. 3-Tim Kaeding, 11.897; 3. 83JR-Kyle Hirst, 11.933; 4. 5-David Gravel, 11.935; 5. 18-Ian Madsen, 11.94; 6. 88N-DJ Netto, 11.974; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 11.988; 8. 83-Cory Eliason, 12; 9. 9-Daryn Pittman, 12.036; 10. 22-Mason Moore, 12.05; 11. 17W-Shane Golobic, 12.158; 12. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.16; 13. 7-Scott Bogucki, 12.162; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.191; 15. 2X-Chase Majdic, 12.24; 16. 29-Willie Croft, 12.273; 17. 98-Sean Watts, 12.298; 18. W20-Greg Wilson, 12.307; 19. 21-Michael Ing, 12.344; 20. 18Z-Jennafer Frazier, 12.83

For full results from Silver Dollar Speedway – September 7, 2018, click here.

 

 

Historic Calistoga Speedway to Conclude 2018 Season with Two-Day World of Outlaws Invasion

CONCORD, NC – September 6, 2018 – The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will conclude all West Coast appearances for the 40th Anniversary season at quite possibly the most scenic facility in the country, Calistoga Speedway, on Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15. The 2018 Wine Country Outlaw Showdown will also wrap up the racing season at the historic speedway.

Calistoga has been a staple on the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Series schedule throughout its 40-year history, dating back to 1978 when Rick Ferkel won the first World of Outlaws event contested at the half-mile during the inaugural season.

The past two years at the famed half-mile, Brad Sweet and Donny Schatz have split the weekend with a win each, and heading into the 2018 edition, Sweet and Schatz continue to lead the Series regulars from track to track.

Sweet, a California native, always enjoys coming home to race at the historic facility. “We race all over the country all season-long, so it’s always good to be able to come back home and race in front of your friends and family,” Sweet said of the hometown date.

Of course, added success at the half-mile doesn’t hurt the cause as well. “I have had a lot of success at Calistoga over the years. It’s one of the most scenic tracks in the country, and it’s treated me well throughout my career,” added Sweet, who has won three of the last six World of Outlaws events at the facility.

As always on the West Coast, a strong contingent of locals will be on hand looking to steal a win from the Outlaws. While the California locals have had their fair share of success around the state, they have never defeated the Outlaws at the big half-mile. Expect Kyle Hirst, Bud Kaeding, Gio Scelzi and the rest of the Golden State natives to look to change that in 2018.

Tickets for the Wine Country Outlaw Showdown are still available online. If you can’t make it to the track, be sure to watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

 

 

49er Gold Rush Classic Takes Center Stage as World of Outlaws Invades California Next Week

CONCORD, NC — September 4, 2018 — The crown jewel of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Fall West Coast swing, the 49er Gold Rush Classic at Placerville Speedway, is fast approaching. Mother Nature spoiled the Outlaws’ plans at Placerville back in March, but she looks to be out of the picture next weekend when the Greatest Show on Dirtand the tough California locals invade the high-banked quarter-mile oval on Wednesday, September 12th in pursuit of a $20,000 pay day!

Brad Sweet, who has promoted this event the past three years, is thrilled to have this event come to fruition. "California loves Sprint Car racing. The dedicated fans and great racers deserve a bigger payday, and the area has been deprived of it for the past few years. We want larger paying events, and we are excited that we are able to step up and create an event like this," said the 2018 Knoxville Nationals Champion, who hails from Grass Valley, CA.

"The reason for changing the name is gold was discovered less than 10 miles from the race track in 1849 by the miners known as the 49ers. It seemed fitting to change the name to the 49er Gold Rush Classic and add nine more laps for the drivers in search of the $20,000 prize,” Sweet added.

Thanks to Bart Riebe with Riebes/NAPA AUTO PARTS, Chris Meyer of High Sierra Industries and a hoard of other local sponsors throughout the Placerville area, the 49er Gold Rush Classic is able to make this massive purse increase throughout the whole field. The 49-lap event is the highest paying single-day 410 Sprint Car race in California and will pay $20,000 to win and $1,000 just to take the Green.

"California deserves bigger racing events, and we have overwhelming support from our local sponsors," Placerville Speedway promoter Scott Russell said. "We are glad to have this event become one of the premier races this year and hopefully grow in the future as well."

The on-track action will be heart-pounding, but the party off the track will get underway the night before on Tuesday, September 11th. A hauler parade through historic downtown Placerville will begin at 5:30pm, which will be followed by a concert at 7pm featuring Tim Dugger, who most recently thrilled race fans Saturday night in Knoxville after the Nationals.

With the 49er Gold Rush Classic falling on a Wednesday, NASCAR star and World of Outlaws car owner Kasey Kahne will be in attendance and serve as the Grand Marshall for the event. Additionally, although nothing is set in stone, Kyle Larson has indicated on social media that he would love the opportunity to compete in the event.

Reserved seating is still available online for the 49er Gold Rush Classic at Placerville Speedway. Additionally, Brad Sweet is bringing in more pit area sitting than ever before as well. Get your tickets today for what promises to be a can't miss event.

 

Donny Schatz Does It Again at Willamette Speedway

LEBANON, OR – September 5, 2018 – Donny Schatz won for the second time in 48 hours, passing Logan Schuchart on Lap 14 to win his 19th World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature of 2018 Wednesday at Willamette Speedway in the Series lone visit to Oregon. Schuchart, who passed Schatz on Lap 4 and led 10 laps, settled for second with David Gravel completing the podium.

Overcoming a mediocre Qualifying effort, Schatz was able to come from fourth to second in his Heat Race to earn a spot in the Sears Craftsman Dash. Schatz drew the one for the Dash and won it to earn the pole for the 30-Lap Feature, alongside David Gravel.

Schatz got the jump on the initial start and led the opening lap. Logan Schuchart and Shane Stewart fought their way to second and third, with Gravel getting shuffled back to fourth. Brent Marks came to a stop on Lap 2, bringing out the caution and setting up a double-file restart.

Schatz chose the bottom and stayed committed down there as Schuchart got a run to his outside. Schuchart used a big surge off the cushion of turn four to lead the fourth circuit.

Schuchart reached lapped traffic on Lap 9 and negotiated it well, but Schatz stayed right with him. Schatz continued to stalk Schuchart through traffic.

Schuchart followed the slower car of Willie Croft on the bottom into turn one on Lap 13 and then slipped up on the bottom off of turn four and that was all the nine-time Series Champion needed to steal the top spot back and lead Lap 14.

A long Green Flag run allowed Schatz to show his prowess in lapped traffic as he built a sizable advantage over Schuchart. Behind Schuchart a slew of cars were littered across the racing surface, waging war for third through sixth.

Ian Madsen brought out the Yellow Flag with 26 laps complete and four laps to run, giving Schuchart and company one last chance to get Schatz for the win. Schuchart followed Schatz into turn one on the bottom and tried to get a run off of turn four to no avail, as Schatz powered away and won by 1.804 seconds for the 19th time in 2018.

“I was a little evil early, I was trying to burn off the fuel and the more I did, the better I got. My car was really good, hats off to my guys, they are the ones that should be standing here,” Schatz said of his Tony Stewart Racing No.15 crew.

When asked about the long Green Flag run, Schatz said, “That’s what you live for when you are running second, or when you are leading. If you can get out front and you do the right things in lapped traffic, you know it.”

“There were a lot of grooves out there, a top, a bottom and a middle sometimes. Hats off to the track crew for providing an excellent race track,” Schatz, who also won at Willamette in 2016, said of the racing surface.

Schuchart settled for second and wasted no time complimenting Schatz. “Props to the 15 team, they do a great job every night and Donny drove a great race. Second-place is still pretty good and this Team Drydene, Shark Racing No.1S is really fast right now. I’m proud of where we are at,” Schuchart said with confidence.

After starting on the front row David Gravel fell as far back as sixth before finding speed on the top side of the racing surface to surge back to third. “We tried to run the bottom early and I went backwards so I had to move up and make some of that ground back up. It’s good to be on the podium, but when you start up front you want to get some wins. Hopefully we can keep this momentum going,” Gravel said next to his CJB Motorsports No.5 machine.

2014 Willamette winner Shane Stewart finished fourth with Sheldon Haudenschild rim-riding his way to fifth.

13th-starting Kyle Larson, in his 8th Outlaw start of the year, came forward to sixth with his brother-in-law Brad Sweet finishing seventh. Daryn Pittman, Joey Saldana, who set Quick Time to open the evening, and 20th-starting Rico Abreu completed the top-ten. Abreu’s efforts were good enough to garner KSE Hard Charger honors in his first visit to Willamette Speedway.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will return to California this weekend at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, CA with the running of the Gold Cup Race of Champions. Saturday’s Feature will pay $15,000 to win. Wednesday, September 12 the Outlaws stop at Placerville Speedway for the 49er Gold Rush Classic, which will pay $20,000 to win and $1,000 to take the Green. As always, if you can’t make it to the track, be sure to watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1][$8,000]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3][$4,000]; 3. 5-David Gravel [2][$2,500]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [4][$2,200]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [6][$2,100]; 6. 57-Kyle Larson [13][$2,000]; 7. 49-Brad Sweet [5][$1,800]; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman [9][$1,600]; 9. 26-Joey Saldana [7][$1,500]; 10. 24-Rico Abreu [20][$1,300]; 11. W20-Greg Wilson [10][$1,200]; 12. 19-Brent Marks [11][$1,100]; 13. 7S-Jason Sides [12][$1,000]; 14. 1A-Jacob Allen [16][$700]; 15. 18-Ian Madsen [14][$600]; 16. 45-Austen Wheatley [15][$600]; 17. 83JR-Kyle Hirst [8][$600]; 18. 11K-Kraig Kinser [21][$600]; 19. 55-Trey Starks [19][$600]; 20. 29-Willie Croft [18][$600]; 21. 96-Andy Caruana [22][$600]; 22. 21P-Robbie Price [17][$600]; Lap Leaders: Donny Schatz 1-3, 14-30; Logan Schuchart 4-13; KSE Hard Charger Award: 24-Rico Abreu[+10]

 

 

Donny Schatz Scores 18th Victory of 2018 at Grays Harbor

ELMA, WA – September 3, 2018 – Donny Schatz continued his recent dominance at Grays Harbor Raceway, leading all 30 laps en route to his 18th World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Victory of the 2018 season and fourth in his last five starts at Grays Harbor. Daryn Pittman threw everything he had at Schatz but settled for second with David Gravel surging late to complete the podium.

Schatz won the Sears Craftsman Dash, earning the pole for the 30-lap affair around the high-banked 3/8th oval alongside Sheldon Haudenschild, who was making just his second start at the Elma, WA facility. Schatz and Sheldon put on a show battling for the lead throughout the first five laps, exchanging slide jobs, trading lines and using the entire racing surface.

The caution came out with five laps complete for Brent Marks, who hit the infield tire and busted his front axle, ending his night. Although Haudenschild led momentarily on two occasions, Schatz officially led all of the first five laps and maintained the lead on the double-file restart.

Schatz elected the bottom, putting Haudenschild on the cushion. Haudenschild ventured out wide and tried to get a run on the restart but subsequently left the door open for Logan Schuchart, who restarted fourth, to cut to the middle and halt Haudenschild’s momentum causing him to fall back to fifth as Schuchart, Daryn Pittman and Brad Sweet passed the young Wooster, OH native by the backstretch.

As Sheldon tried to recover, Sweet, Pittman and Schuchart waged war for the second spot, allowing Schatz to pull away. Pittman established himself in the position by Lap 7 and set his eyes on Schatz.

With a long Green Flag run, Schatz was able to showcase his premier ability to navigate lapped traffic. Schatz was strong on both the cushion and down low hugging the berm, allowing him to move through traffic at a quick pace. Pittman was equally strong though, closing the gap on the nine-time Series Champion ever so slightly each lap.

The caution flew with eight laps remaining for Andy Caruana, who fell off the pace down the backstretch.

The ensuing double-file restart saw Pittman go for gold into turn one and attempt to slide Schatz. Pittman couldn’t clear the Tony Stewart Racing No.15 and left the bottom open off turn two for Sweet to get a run. Pittman fended off his fellow Kasey Kahne Racing teammate to secure the second spot, but the laps were winding down to reel in Schatz.

As Pittman tried to chase down Schatz, Logan Schuchart and Brad Sweet had a hellacious battle going for third, with Schuchart sliding in front for good with four to go.

As the leaders were coming to the White Flag, Caruana slowed drastically on the frontstretch, forcing both Schuchart and Sweet to take evasive action. Both Schuchart and Sweet did 360’s in the infield and kept going while Caruana brought out the Yellow. Sweet and Schuchart both had wing panel damage and unfortunately for Schuchart, he also had a flat left rear that would force him to the pits, relinquishing third. The caution was for Caruana and Sweet never came to a stop, so he was given his spot back, with noticeable wing damage.

With less than five to go in the Feature, the restart was single-file giving Pittman one last chance to steal the win from Schatz. Schatz entered turn one high and Pittman followed him, leaving the bottom open for David Gravel, who surged from fourth across the bottom. Pittman checked up anticipating a full slider from Gravel, allowing Schatz to secure the victory for the fourth time in the last five Outlaw visits to Grays Harbor.

“The track was really good, you had to move around to get through traffic. I actually wish we would have stayed in lapped traffic more, that’s when it gets really fun,” Schatz said in Victory Lane. “I don’t know any driver that wants cautions,” Schatz added about the Green-White-Checkered finish. “I was hoping we could stay in lapped traffic because my car was good all over the race track and that I can attribute to my guys.”

Pittman, who won Saturday at Skagit, settled for second and kept it simple. “He’s tough to beat. I was hoping he would get slowed up behind the 96 and I would be able to get a run, but then it took me longer to get by him than I would have liked,” Pittman said about the lapped traffic before thanking his crew and car owner Kasey Kahne for the opportunity.

David Gravel was pleased with third, but wish he had 10 more laps to work with. “The track was really fast, hopefully we can get some momentum and build on this. I have two new crew guys - Tyler and Andy - so I thank them and Barry for their hard work,” Gravel said in good spirits.

Sheldon Haudenschild charged late to fourth with Brad Sweet fading to fifth with his damaged car. Greg Wilson picked up KSE Hard Charger honors coming from 17th to ninth. Logan Schuchart set a New Track Record in Qualifying with a lap of 11.699 and was poised for a podium finish before getting into the lapped car of Caruana.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series continues its 40th Anniversary Season with the Series lone visit to Oregon on Wednesday, September 5 when The Greatest Show on Dirt stops at Willamette Speedway in Lebanon. Tickets are still available for the event here. If you can’t make it to the track, watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1][$8,000]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [4][$4,000]; 3. 5-David Gravel [6][$2,500]; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [2][$2,200]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [5][$2,100]; 6. 26-Joey Saldana [7][$2,000]; 7. 18-Ian Madsen [10][$1,800]; 8. 2-Shane Stewart [8][$1,600]; 9. W20-Greg Wilson [17][$1,500]; 10. 24-Rico Abreu [12][$1,300]: 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser [16][$1,200]; 12. 1A-Jacob Allen [13][$1,100]; 13. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3][$1,000]; 14. 21P-Robbie Price [9][$700]; 15. 29-Willie Croft [11][$600]; 16. 83JR-Kyle Hirst [14][$600]; 17. 7S-Jason Sides [20][$600]; 18. 55-Trey Starks [21][$600]; 19. 33V-Henry VanDam [15][$600]; 20. 45-Austen Wheatley [19][$600]; 21. 96-Andy Caruana [22][$600]; 22. 19-Brent Marks [18][$600]; Lap Leaders: Donny Schatz 1-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: W20-Greg Wilson[+8]

Qualifying: 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 11.699; 2. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.822; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman, 11.865; 4. 5-David Gravel, 11.897; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.964; 6. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.967; 7. 26-Joey Saldana, 11.972; 8. 29-Willie Croft, 12.002; 9. 24-Rico Abreu, 12.03; 10. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.051; 11. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.073; 12. 21P-Robbie Price, 12.186; 13. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.208; 14. W20-Greg Wilson, 12.218; 15. 33V-Henry VanDam, 12.229; 16. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.262; 17. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.347; 18. 19-Brent Marks, 12.398; 19. 45-Austen Wheatley, 12.455; 20. 83JR-Kyle Hirst, 12.475; 21. 55-Trey Starks, 12.564; 22. 96-Andy Caruana, 12.714

For full results from Grays Harbor Raceway - September 3, click here

 

 

Daryn Pittman Goes Flag-to-Flag at Skagit for 7th Win of 2018

ALGER, WA – September 1, 2018 – Daryn Pittman led all 40 laps to score his 7th World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory of the season on the second night of the Outlaw Energy Showdown at Skagit Speedway. Donny Schatz and Brad Sweet exchanged the runner-up position multiple times in the closing stages with Schatz grabbing the position and Sweet settling for third.

Pittman won the Sears Craftsman Dash to earn the pole of the 40-lap Feature, alongside Schatz. Pittman controlled the initial start and led the opening lap as Schatz and Logan Schuchart jockeyed for the runner-up position before a Red Flag halted action. A handful of slowed cars littered the racing surface, resulting in Dominic Scelzi getting upside down. Scelzi was alert and talking to the safety crew but was transported to the local hospital with a hip injury.

Friday night’s winner Sheldon Haudenschild spun to a stop on Lap 3, ending his top-ten run and bunching the field back together. The next 10 laps allowed the leaders to delve into lapped traffic. With the preferred racing line up on the cushion, Pittman was able to methodically work his way through traffic efficiently with calculated slide jobs.

Buddy Kofoid’s good run came to an end on Lap 13, when he stopped in turn one. On the ensuing restart, Brad Sweet went to work on Schuchart, as the duo exchanged slide jobs for third. Schuchart resisted, but Sweet was able to wrestle the position away for good on Lap 15 and began to close in on Pittman and Schatz.

As lapped traffic picked up, Pittman was forced to slow his pace around the cushion, allowing Schatz and Sweet to knock on the door. The best racing action of the night came on Lap 27 through 30 as Pittman remained committed to the top, Schatz found some traction on the bottom and Sweet was looking for a way around both of them. The trio were within inches for the better part of those laps, exciting the large Skagit Speedway crowd.

Donny Schatz bobbled on the tricky cushion off of turn two on Lap 31, allowing Sweet to steal the runner-up position and, more importantly, allow Pittman to extend his advantage. Sweet began to close in on his Kasey Kahne Racing teammate, potentially setting up another nail-biting finish. Although, unlike last night, this time the battle was for second, as Schatz and Sweet waged war in lapped traffic, ultimately allowing Daryn Pittman to pull further away and pocket the $12,000 payday at Skagit Speedway for the second consecutive year.

“My guys did a good job. Glad to get the Adams family a win, Justin lost his Grandfather the other day and he’s been doing a great job for us this year, so this one was for him,” Pittman said sincerely in the Victory Lane. “It’s great to get another win, you cherish every one of this because you never know when your next one is going to come,” Pittman, who collected his 79th career Outlaw win, added humbly.

“I am so grateful to have my family here and that they can travel with me. I’m far from my home but there’s obviously a lot of Kasey Kahne fans here in Washington, so I’m glad to get this win for him,” Pittman said to a large cheer from the crowd.

When asked about his game plan starting on the front row, Pittman was honest. “My plan was if the 15 got under me, I better get my butt in gear,” the Owasso, OK native said with a smile.

Schatz got back by Sweet coming to the White Flag and held on for second. “It’s not where anyone wants to be, but you have to take it some days,” Schatz said of his runner-up finish. “40 laps is 40 laps, I felt like I needed it to be 100 laps to win tonight,” the Fargo, ND native added with a grin.

Brad Sweet came home third and talked about the three-car battle for the lead. “It was a good battle, I was trying to give it all I’ve got, I thought we had a really good car. It’s a little disappointing to give that spot back to Donny on the last lap, but still a good run for this team and to end the weekend on the podium is nothing to be ashamed of,” Sweet said in good spirits.

Logan Schuchart was strong all evening and finished fourth, with Ian Madsen completing the top-five in his second-ever weekend at Skagit Speedway.

Brent Marks earned a career-best Skagit finish in sixth with Shane Stewart finishing seventh. Washington’s own Trey Starks finished eighth. David Gravel earned KSE Hard Charger honors coming from 16th to ninth while Kraig Kinser completed the top ten.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series continues its West Coast swing and 40th Anniversary Season with a return to the Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, WA on Monday, September 3rd before the Series makes its lone appearance in Oregon on Wednesday, September 5th at Willamette Speedway. If you can’t make it to the track, be sure to watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Feature (40 Laps): 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [1][$12,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [2][$5,700]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [5][$3,500]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3][$3,000]; 5. 18-Ian Madsen [4][$2,600]; 6. 19-Brent Marks [8][$2,400]; 7. 2-Shane Stewart [9][$2,300]; 8. 55-Trey Starks [6][$2,200]; 9. 5-David Gravel [16][$2,150]; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser [11][$2,100]; 11. 24-Rico Abreu [18][$1,600]; 12. 26-Joey Saldana [13][$1,350]; 13. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [7][$1,300]; 14. W20-Greg Wilson [15][$1,200]; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen [19][$1,100]; 16. 83JR-Kyle Hirst [17][$1,000]; 17. 29-Willie Croft [21][$900]; 18. 7S-Jason Sides [20][$850]; 19. 21P-Robbie Price [23][$800]; 20. 8R-Michael Kofoid [14][$800]; 21. 45-Austen Wheatley [10][$800]; 22. 7S50-Keoni Texeira [24][$800]; 23. 18S-Jason Solwold [12][$800]; 24. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [22][$800]; Lap Leaders: Daryn Pittman 1-40; KSE Hard Charger Award: 5-David Gravel[+7]

Qualifying: 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 10.995; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.021; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman, 11.055; 4. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.091; 5. 55-Trey Starks, 11.092; 6. 18-Ian Madsen, 11.102; 7. 26-Joey Saldana, 11.108; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.119; 9. 2-Shane Stewart, 11.197; 10. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.201; 11. 19-Brent Marks, 11.206; 12. 18S-Jason Solwold, 11.209; 13. 45-Austen Wheatley, 11.214; 14. 8R-Michael Kofoid, 11.251; 15. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.268; 16. 5-David Gravel, 11.298; 17. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.306; 18. 24-Rico Abreu, 11.323; 19. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 11.326; 20. 7S50-Keoni Texeira, 11.365; 21. W20-Greg Wilson, 11.397; 22. 29-Willie Croft, 11.431; 23. 83JR-Kyle Hirst, 11.525; 24. 21P-Robbie Price, 11.53; 25. 96-Andy Caruana, 11.56

For full results from Skagit Speedway – September 1, 2018, click here.

 

 

Sheldon Haudenschild Wins Thriller on Night One at Skagit on his 25th Birthday

ALGER, WA – August 31, 2018 – Sheldon Haudenschild celebrated his 25th birthday in style, sliding Shane Stewart for the lead coming to the White Flag on Night One of the Outlaw Energy Showdown at Skagit Speedway to win his 5th World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature of 2018. Stewart did everything in his power to get back by Haudenschild but settled for second in the thrilling finish. Rico Abreu completed the podium in his first Outlaw start at Skagit.

California fan favorite Rico Abreu won the Sears Craftsman Dash, earning the pole for the 30-Lap Feature alongside Shane Stewart. Abreu got the jump on the initial start to lead the opening lap before action was halted for a backwards Jacob Allen, who spun to avoid a logjam of cars with one lap complete.

Abreu chose the bottom on the ensuing double-file restart and led the field down the backstretch but Shane Stewart, a two-time Outlaw winner at Skagit, got a massive run on the cushion off of turn four to lead Lap 2. As Abreu searched around the race track, Sheldon Haudenschild snuck by into second on Lap 4 and began closing in on Stewart.

Stewart and Haudenschild gave the Skagit Speedway fans a glimpse of what was to come on Lap 7 as Sheldon got underneath Stewart to lead down the backstretch, only to have Stewart blast back around to lead the lap at the line by a hair.

The intense action halted on Lap 10 when Keoni Texeira spun to a stop. On the opposite end of the track, Jason Solwold’s eventful evening continued as he stopped with a flat right front tire. Solwold would return, but Texeira would not.

The ensuing double-file restart saw contact in the back of the pack and Austen Wheatley end up in the infield with damage that would end his evening. Following that, the decision was made to conduct single-file restarts the rest of the evening.

Lap 13 saw Solwold’s night go from bad to worse as his No.18S went end-over-end down the backstretch into turn three after incidental contact with Jacob Allen. Solwold walked away from his mangled car under his own power.

The remaining 17 laps went Green-to-Checkered and they did not disappoint. Haudenschild hawked the veteran Stewart through heavy lapped traffic, keeping the crowd on the edge of their seat as the drivers navigated a tacky racing surface.

Haudenschild looked to be within striking distance multiple times, but remained patient until the perfect opportunity, which came on Lap 28. Stewart bobbled ever-so-slightly on the treacherous cushion off of turn four, opening a narrow window for Haudenschild to pounce and the young Wooster, OH native did just that.

Haudenschild threw his NOS Energy Sponsored, Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall racing No.17 hard into the corner and inched in front of Stewart at the edge of turn four. Stewart and Haudenschild made slight contact after the slide job but both drivers kept going under the White Flag. Stewart tried one last ditch effort to get the lead back coming to the checkered, but to no avail as he would finish .311 behind Haudenschild in an exciting Feature.

“I knew I was running out of time and had to make something happen. I don’t think my slider was dirty, you kind of had to stop his momentum to pull it off. I know he bumped by back bumper, but on a small track like this, I think you’re going to have some wheel-banging and the track tonight was beautiful,” Haudenschild said in Victory Lane.

Shane Stewart despite the tough finish remained in good spirits, “I thought we were going to have one, I knew Sheldon was going to be tough. I thought I was getting through lapped cars pretty good, but I jumped the cushion just a little bit coming to the White and allowed Sheldon to get a good run on me. That’s how these races go, you can’t stub your toe, can’t slow down at all or you’re going to get passed.”

Rico Abreu, who has been following the Outlaws back to his home state of California since Knoxville, came home third in his first Outlaw start at Skagit. “This place races great. I didn’t get to the top soon enough on that restart and that’s where we lost the race. My car was perfect and I’m excited for tomorrow,” an upbeat Abreu said.

Though it was Sheldon Haudenschild’s fifth win of the 2018 Season, it was his first since Fairbury back on June 5th. “To get a win after not winning for a while feels really good. I can’t thank Ricky [Stenhouse Jr.], the Marshall family, our sponsors and my crew guys enough,” Haudenschild added in Victory Lane.

Joey Saldana was strong all night and finished fourth with Brad Sweet completing the top five. Ian Madsen, in his first look at Skagit Speedway, earned KSE Hard Charger honors coming forward 10 positions to 12th.

Washington’s own and former World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series regular Jason Solwold had a night he will certainly never forget, for all the wrong reasons. Solwold set Quick Time over the field, only to have a water pump issue on his team’s only 410 motor. The team was forced to change to their 360ci engine for the Heat Race, where he fended off numerous charges to finish second to advance to the Dash. While that was ongoing and during the intermission and dash draw, Solwold and the team successfully scrambled to fix the water pump issue on the 410 in time for the Feature. All for the Burlington, WA native to get a flat tire 10 laps into the Feature while running eighth and go for a wild ride down the backstretch three laps later. Fortunately, Solwold was uninjured in the accident, but the rest of his weekend remains in jeopardy.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series continues its 40th Anniversary Season back at Skagit Speedway Saturday, September 1, 2018 before heading over to Elma, WA on Monday, September 3 for an appearance at the Grays Harbor Raceway. If you can’t make it to the track, be sure to watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [4][$8,000]; 2. 2-Shane Stewart [2][$4,000]; 3. 24-Rico Abreu [1][$2,500]; 4. 26-Joey Saldana [3][$2,200]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [8][$2,100]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz [10][$2,000]; 7. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [5][$1,800]; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman [7][$1,600]; 9. 5-David Gravel [16][$1,500]; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart [17][$1,300]; 11. 19-Brent Marks [9][$1,200]; 12. 18-Ian Madsen [22][$1,100]; 13. W20-Greg Wilson [18][$1,000]; 14. 29-Willie Croft [11][$700]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser [23][$600]; 16. 83JR-Kyle Hirst [21][$600]; 17. 1A-Jacob Allen [15][$600]; 18. 55-Trey Starks [19][$600]; 19. 18S-Jason Solwold [6][$600]; 20. 45-Austen Wheatley [13][$600]; 21. 7S50-Keoni Texeira [12][$600]; 22. 7S-Jason Sides [20][$600]; 23. 21P-Robbie Price [14][$600]; 24. 8R-Michael Kofoid [24][$600]; Lap Leaders: Rico Abreu 1, Shane Stewart 2-28, Sheldon Haudenschild 29-30 KSE Hard Charger Award: 18-Ian Madsen[+10]

Qualifying: 1. 18S-Jason Solwold, 4; 2. 2-Shane Stewart, 11.146; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.176; 4. 26-Joey Saldana, 11.2; 5. 29-Willie Croft, 11.224; 6. 7S50-Keoni Texeira, 11.227; 7. 55-Trey Starks, 11.261; 8. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.261; 9. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 11.294; 10. 9-Daryn Pittman, 11.306; 11. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.324; 12. 24-Rico Abreu, 11.35; 13. 45-Austen Wheatley, 11.375; 14. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 11.39; 15. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.422; 16. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.432; 17. 18-Ian Madsen, 11.462; 18. 19-Brent Marks, 11.471; 19. 83JR-Kyle Hirst, 11.476; 20. 8R-Michael Kofoid, 11.491; 21. W20-Greg Wilson, 11.491; 22. 5-David Gravel, 11.528; 23. 21P-Robbie Price, 11.541; 24. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.571; 25. 96-Andy Caroana, 12.278

For full results from Skagit Speedway – August 31, 2018, click here.

 

 

Pittman Goes Back-To-Back at Big Sky Speedway for 6th Win of Season

BILLINGS, MT – August 25, 2018 – Daryn Pittman got by Jacob Allen on a double-file restart halfway through the race and never looked back, scoring his second consecutive win at Big Sky Speedway and capturing his sixth World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory of 2018. Allen settled for second with Donny Schatz completing the podium.

For the second consecutive night, Jacob Allen won the Sears Craftsman Dash, earning the pole for the 35-Lap Feature. Allen drag raced with fellow front row starter Pittman the entire opening lap and edged ahead off of turn four to lead Lap 1.

The first 15 laps went non-stop, forcing Allen to negotiate lapped traffic and allowing Pittman and Schatz to close in. Brent Marks had a right rear explode, bringing out the first of a handful of cautions.

The ensuing double-file restart saw Allen elect the top of the speedway. Allen fought off two Pittman slidejobs to maintain control and lead Lap 16 before the yellow flew for Dominic Scelzi, who lost the handle of his family-owned machine off of turn one.

The caution restacked the field double-file once again, but this time the veteran Pittman prevailed over young Allen, controlling the field off of turn two to lead Lap 17.

A pair of cautions for Alan Gilbertson and Jason Sides gave Allen ample opportunity to steal the lead back from Pittman, but the Owasso, OK native was too strong on the double-file restarts and motored away.

The final caution of the evening came with four to go as Sheldon Haudenschild’s engine gave out. With less than five laps to go in the Feature, Outlaw rules dictate single-file restarts, giving Allen a different chance to wrestle the lead back.

Allen stayed with Pittman on the restart, but couldn’t mount a serious challenge as Pittman went on to win by .904 seconds.

“To get this win the way the last few months have been is really something special. Man, our last win was tough,” Pittman said solemnly before thanking his Kasey Kahne Racing crew for their continued support.

“There’s nothing better than winning these races, you never know when your last one is going to be,” Pittman, who now has 78 career Outlaw wins, added. "As you can see there’s nothing on the side of this car and there’s no better way to sign a sponsor than by winning races. That’s my job, to go out there and focus on putting this car in Victory Lane so I can keep this job and keep doing what I love,” Pittman said before thanking the sellout crowd at Big Sky Speedway.

Jacob Allen’s first World of Outlaws win continues to elude him, but the young Hanover, PA native remains in good spirits. “Leading laps and running up front is a lot of fun. Obviously, I want to get that first win, but to be able to be on the podium, finish top-five and contend for a win against these guys is something to be proud of and I’m proud of my race team,” Allen said positively.

Donny Schatz was pleased to come home third but wished the race got into more lapped traffic. “It’s fun to be in traffic, but that wasn’t in the cards tonight. Third is pretty respectable, the race track was fun and that’s all you can ask for as a racer. Full house tonight, thank you guys for being here, it was an awesome night for all of us,” Schatz said in good spirits.

Brad Sweet picked up KSE Hard Charger honors coming forward to fourth with Kraig Kinser completing the top five.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series continues its trek west to Washington and has a pair of dates at Skagit Speedway this upcoming weekend Friday, August 31 and Saturday, September 1 in Alger, WA. Following that, the Series will head to Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma on Monday, September 3rd before making its lone appearance in Oregon at Willamette Speedway on Wednesday, September 5.

If you can’t make it to the track, be sure to watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Feature (35 Laps): 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [2][$10,000]; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen [1][$5,500]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [4][$3,200]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [9][$2,800]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [8][$2,500]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [10][$2,300]; 7. 2-Shane Stewart [5][$2,200]; 8. 5-David Gravel [3][$2,100]; 9. 19-Brent Marks [7][$2,050]; 10. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [12][$2,000]; 11. 18-Ian Madsen [6][$1,500]; 12. W20-Greg Wilson [16][$1,200]; 13. 24-Rico Abreu [15][$1,100]; 14. 99-Skylar Gee [13][$1,050]; 15. 7S-Jason Sides [11][$1,000]; 16. 97-Alan Gilbertson [17][$900]; 17. 37-Trever Kirkland [19][$800]; 18. 9K-Kory Wermling [22][$800]; 19. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [14][$800]; 20. 2JR-Kelly Miller [18][$800]; 21. 27DD-David Hoiness [20][$800]; 22. 77-Damon McCune [21][$800]; Lap Leaders: Jacob Allen 1-16, Daryn Pittman 17-35; KSE Hard Charger Award: 49-Brad Sweet[+5]

For full results from Big Sky Speedway, click here.

 

 

Brad Sweet Steals Black Hills Win on Late Restart

RAPID CITY, SD – August 24, 2018 – Brad Sweet used a double-file restart with seven laps remaining to get by race-long leader Jacob Allen and win his fifth World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature of the 2018 season Friday night at Black Hills Speedway. Schatz used that same restart to surge from ninth to finish second with Dominic Scelzi completing the podium.

Jacob Allen won the Sears Craftsman Dash to earn the pole for the 25-lap Feature alongside 2018 Knoxville Nationals Champion, Brad Sweet. The initial start saw David Gravel blast from fourth to the lead down the backstretch, but Allen muscled his Shark Racing No.1A underneath Gravel’s CJB No.5 off of turn four to lead the opening lap.

The first of two cautions in the Feature flew with two laps complete as Sheldon Haudenschild spun to a stop after battling for fifth. Haudenschild’s crew thrashed to get the Stenhouse Jr-Marshall No.17 back out, which would prove crucial later. The ensuing double-file restart saw 2017 Black Hills winner Shane Stewart move into second as Gravel got shuffled back to fifth.

Allen, in search of his first career Outlaw triumph, motored away from the field as the rest of the field waged war behind him. Intense racing action on Lap 4 saw Sweet move into second, Dominic Scelzi into third as Stewart got shuffled back to fourth. Scelzi, also in search of his first Outlaw triumph, pounded the cushion in turn one and two, to get by fellow California native Sweet for second on Lap 7 and set his eyes on Allen.

Allen navigated lapped traffic like a veteran and appeared to be on his way for the long-awaited first Outlaw win. Sweet worked back by Scelzi on Lap 17 for second and the next lap Sheldon Haudenschild brought out the final caution of the evening with seven laps remaining.

The caution erased the 2 and half-second lead Allen had accumulated and put one of Sprint Car Racing’s elite talents right next to him for the double-file restart.

Allen elected the bottom, but Sweet was able to remain even for the lead on the restart. Sweet edged in front to lead Lap 19, but a determined Allen threw a slide job to grab the lead momentarily off of turn two.

While all eyes were on Sweet and Allen’s torrid battle for the lead, Donny Schatz surged forward from ninth to third.

Back up front, Sweet’s momentum allowed him to regain control down the backstretch and into turn three and four. As a last-ditch effort to get the lead back, Allen threw the car low, but spun the tires off turn four, scrubbing his speed and allowing Donny Schatz and Dominic Scelzi to split him down the frontstretch for position.

Scelzi and Schatz jockeyed for position briefly, allowing Sweet to extend his lead and go on to win his fifth Feature of the year.

“I kinda feel bad for Jacob, he’s been working really hard and has a really fast car. He was probably the guy to beat, sometimes those late restarts will get you. I’ve been fortunate to have been out here a couple of more years and the experience can help in those situations,” Sweet said honestly.

“My car was really good, I just lost some track position on the start. It was nice to get back into second right when we did to get that shot on the restart,” Sweet added next to his NAPA Auto Parts, Kasey Kahne Racing No.49 in Victory Lane.

Donny Schatz, who was coming off a weekend sweep in his home state, settled for second after his surge on the Lap 18 restart.

“Hats off to my guys they always give me a good race car and we were pretty good at the end. I felt like we were running 43rd most of the race,” Schatz said with a smile.

It was all smiles for Dominic Scelzi, who completed the podium, tying his career-best Outlaw finish. “I had a dream of a race car to drive. We’ve had a heck of a last few months and to be on the podium with the Outlaws is awesome. We were fast at Billings last year, hopefully we can finish one or two spots better tomorrow,” Scelzi, who is following the World of Outlaws back to his home-state of California, said.

Logan Schuchart came forward to fourth with his Shark Racing teammate Allen settling for fifth. Greg Wilson earned KSE Hard Charger honors coming from 17th to finish sixth.

For the second consecutive year, the Black Hills Speedway track record fell, this year to Daryn Pittman, who paced the full-field of cars in Qualifying with a blistering 14.813 seconds, just a fraction off of Shane Stewart’s time last year.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series continues its 40th Anniversary Season Saturday, August 25 at Big Sky Speedway in Billings, MT. As always, if you can’t make it to the track, watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Feature (25 Laps): 1. 49-Brad Sweet [2][$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [10][$5,500]; 3. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [7][$3,200]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart [8][$2,800]; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen [1][$2,500]; 6. W20-Greg Wilson [17][$2,300]; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman [6][$2,200]; 8. 5-David Gravel [4][$2,100]; 9. 19-Brent Marks [13][$2,050]; 10. 2-Shane Stewart [3][$2,000]; 11. 18-Ian Madsen [9][$1,500]; 12. 7S-Jason Sides [11][$1,200]; 13. 24-Rico Abreu [15][$1,100]; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser [12][$1,050]; 15. 99-Skylar Gee [16][$1,000]; 16. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [5][$900]; 17. 97-Alan Gilbertson [14][$800]; 18. 2JR-Kelly Miller [18][$800]; 19. 88-Travis Reber [19][$800]; 20. 2K-Kevin Ingle [20][$800]; 21. 14-Ben Holmberg [21][$800]; 22. 4-Adam Speckman [23][$800]; 23. 3-Mike Pennel [22][$800]; 24. O-Ned Powers [24][$800] Lap Leaders: Jacob Allen 1-18, Brad Sweet 19-25; KSE Hard Charger Award: W20-Greg Wilson[+11]

Qualifying: 1. 9-Daryn Pittman, 14.813; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen, 14.817; 3. 49-Brad Sweet, 14.836; 4. 2-Shane Stewart, 14.838; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 14.862; 6. 5-David Gravel, 14.931; 7. 15-Donny Schatz, 14.979; 8. 7S-Jason Sides, 14.999; 9. 18-Ian Madsen, 15.053; 10. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 15.055; 11. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 15.064; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 15.068; 13. 19-Brent Marks, 15.162; 14. W20-Greg Wilson, 15.271; 15. 24-Rico Abreu, 15.328; 16. 99-Skylar Gee, 15.369; 17. 97-Alan Gilbertson, 15.677; 18. 2JR-Kelly Miller, 16.236; 19. 88-Travis Reber, 16.758; 20. 4-Adam Speckman, 16.945; 21. 14-Ben Holmberg, 16.971; 22. 3-Mike Pennel, 17.104; 23. 2K-Kevin Ingle, 17.18; 24. O-Ned Powers, NT

For full results from Black Hills Speedway – August 24, 2018, click here.

 

 

World of Outlaws to Make Lone Oregon Appearance at Willamette on September 5

CONCORD, NC – August 24, 2018 – The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will make its lone appearance in the Beaver State on Wednesday, September 5 at Willamette Speedway. Wednesday will mark the Series’ sixth-ever visit to the high-banked 3/10-mile oval in Lebanon, OR. The late Jason Johnson won a competitive race at Willamette in 2017, edging Daryn Pittman and Shane Stewart in an exciting three-car battle.

All three drivers led during the 30-lap Feature, with Johnson taking the lead for good at the halfway point. The man who was quietly strong all night and finished fourth at the night’s end was veteran Outlaw Kraig Kinser. Kinser set fast time over the field in 2017 with a blistering lap of 11.807 and is looking forward to returning to the facility in 2018.

“It’s always good to go back to a place where you’ve run well. We know we have what it takes to run well at Willamette, so we just need to go out and execute,” the Bloomington, IN native said anticipating a return to Oregon.

Kinser, the son of Sprint Car racing legend Steve Kinser – the all-time wins leader in World of Outlaws history — has been a staple on the Outlaw tour the past decade and owns 17 career feature wins. His family owned No.11K team is still looking for its first triumph of 2018, but they’ve been picking up speed lately, including a top-five finish at the Kings Royal in July.

“We’ve been getting a little better here lately, but we need to be more consistent. We’re not happy where we are right now, and we’re working to get where we need to be,” Kinser said honestly of his 2018 Season.

Donny Schatz (2016) and Shane Stewart (2014) are the current full-time Outlaws with wins at Willamette Speedway in their career. Popular California drivers Dominic Scelzi and Rico Abreu, along with a handful of Pacific Northwest locals, will join the 13 full-time drivers at Willamette on September 5, 2018.

Tickets for The Greatest Show on Dirt’s lone appearance in Oregon are still available online. If you can’t make it to the track, be sure to watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

 

 

Sprint Car Industry Announces Rule Changes for 2019 Season

CONCORD, NC – August 22, 2018 – The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series and the newly-formed Sprint Car Council today announced rule changes for the 2019 racing season. The changes, structural in nature, are part of the ongoing effort to apply technological advances in the design and manufacture of equipment to enhance competition and safety.

“We review our rules each year and make adjustments as new learnings and technologies become available to us,” said Series Director Carlton Reimers. “These changes, overall, are a minimal cost to drivers and are a positive step.”

The Sprint Car Council, composed of major 410 sanctioning bodies and race tracks, met earlier this week to review and adapt recommendations coming out of the Chassis Builders meeting during the Knoxville Nationals earlier this month.

Changes will affect the following components:

Chassis support bars Slip Joints Wing T-post Steel LF Radius Rod and Rod Ends Left and Right Nerf bars Elimination of bolt to bolt axle tethers Securing fuel cells

Chassis Support bars

In 2019 all chassis will be required to have additional bars installed to support and decrease the span between the front and rear uprights. The new support bars must be an addition to the front and rear uprights. Any attempts to manipulate the front and rear uprights to conform to these measurements will not be tolerated or allowed at the discretion of World of Outlaws Series Officials. The left- and right-side support bars do not have to be the same. These additional bars will be minimum 1.375 X .083 ASTM4130 normalized steel or equivalent material as per World of Outlaws current rule 15.5.U.

Left- and right-side support bars may be one of two forms a “Curved Support Bar” similar to current “safety bar” used in some chassis’ or a “Support Bar” similar to the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series 2018 Rules Bulletin #2 dated March 8, 2018.

The Curved Support Bar will attach to the top rail to create a span between 15” and 20” from the front upright to the support bar. This measurement will be made from the rear point of the front upright to the forward point of the support bar. It will attach to the hip rail and have a gusset attached above the curve to the rear upright at the point opposite of the rear brace/shock mount bar. The outer most point of the curve will be between 4” and 7” measured from the outer edge of the uprights.

The Support Bar will be attached to the top rail to create a span between 15” and 20” from the front upright. This measurement will be made from the rear point of the front upright to the forward point of the support bar. The bottom of the Support Bar will attach to the rear upright at the point opposite of the rear brace/shock mount bar.

Right side body opening shall remain the same per rule 15.7.J in the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Rule Book.

For images, visit the World of Outlaws website by clicking here.

Slip Joints

Slip joints will no longer be allowed in any form. Bolted or clamped slip joints will no longer be allowed. If a current chassis has a slip joint, it will have to be welded the full circumference of the tube to become solid.

Wing T-post

Wing T-post will be built from 1” X .083” minimum ASTM4130 normalized steel or equivalent material. No parts made from castings will be allowed on any wing t-post. Wing attachment designs will be subject to approval. Some approved design drawings are below.

Steel LF Radius Rod and Rod Ends

LF radius rod are to be made of 4130 steel with steel rod ends.

Left and Right Nerf bars

All left and right side nerf bars must attach to the chassis at 3 points. Two point side nerf hoops will no longer be allowed.

Elimination of bolt to bolt axle tethers

2019 will be the last year axle tethers will be attached to the radius rod bolt on the axle. January 2020 all axle tethers will either wrap around or clamp to the axle.

Also in 2019, all axle tethers will be required to attach to the front engine plate post or the rear bolt of the front radius rod and not the radiator post per manufactures instructions.

Securing Fuel Cells

We are considering some ideas to better secure fuel cells and keep them attached to the chassis during crashes. Some ideas being considered are to strengthen the existing mounting points, tethers and additional mounting points. More information to follow.

 

 

World of Outlaws Return to Grays Harbor on September 3

CONCORD, NC – August 21, 2018 – The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will continue its 40th anniversary season at the always-exciting Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, WA on Monday, September 3. Last year’s Feature finish in Elma saw Shane Stewart edge Brad Sweet by less than a quarter of a second in thrilling fashion.

Grays Harbor Raceway has been a staple on the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series schedule since the Series’ inaugural visit in 1996 that saw Dave Blaney score the victory.

Prior to last year and the 2016 rainout, nine-time defending Champion and current Series points leader Donny Schatz had a three-race win streak at the high-banked 3/8-mile facility spanning from 2013 to 2015. Schatz also scored an Outlaw victory at Grays Harbor in 2005.

But last year it was Bixby, Oklahoma’s Shane Stewart landing in Victory Lane for a popular and exciting victory.

“We had a really good race last year at Grays Harbor with Brad Sweet. It was a great finish,” Stewart said recalling his victory by .205 seconds in Elma last year. “Elma is a great race track. It’s generally pretty quick around the top, with the cushion right against the fence. I always enjoy racing there,” Stewart added.

It’s no secret that it hasn’t been the year Stewart and the Kyle Larson Racing No.2 team were looking for. After an eight-win season last year, Stewart has just one win thus far in 2018 heading into the West Coast swing.

Stewart will be the first to acknowledge it has been a trying year, but it was during this very same West Coast last year that Stewart caught fire, stringing together wins in South Dakota, a pair in Washington and at Chico in California.

“We really got going around this time last year. We actually should have had a couple of more wins around this time last year, but we had some bad luck in Montana and Oregon,” Stewart said optimistically. “Hopefully, we can have more of the same speed this year, put some wins together and get some confidence,” Stewart, who also has a 2007 Outlaw win at Grays Harbor, added.

Besides Stewart and Schatz, Kraig Kinser is the only other current full-time Outlaw with a win at Grays Harbor Raceway, which came in 2008.

California natives Dominic Scelzi and Rico Abreu are scheduled to join the Outlaws throughout the entire Pacific Northwest swing. Additionally, former World of Outlaws regular Jason Solwold and Austen Wheatley will likely represent the local Washington contingent.

Tickets for the World of Outlaws visit to Grays Harbor Raceway on Monday, September 3rd are still available and can be purchased by calling 360-757-6959. If you can’t make it to the track, be sure to watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

 

 

Donny Schatz Sweeps Weekend at Home with 17th Win of 2018 at Red River Valley

WEST FARGO, ND – August 18, 2018 – Donny Schatz completed the weekend sweep of his home state of North Dakota, taking the lead on Lap 23 to win his 17th World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature of 2018 Saturday night at Red River Valley Speedway. Jacob Allen finished second as he continues to close in on his first career Outlaw win with Kerry Madsen completing the podium for the second consecutive night.

David Gravel won the Sears Craftsman Dash to the earn the pole for the 30-lap Feature alongside Shane Stewart. Gravel got the jump on the initial start and led the opening circuit. Jacob Allen worked his way forward from fourth to take second away from Donny Schatz on Lap 5 and two laps later Allen got by Gravel to take command of the field.

Allen led for four laps before bobbling in lapped traffic, trying to split a pair of lapped cars, on Lap 12, allowing Gravel to steal the lead back and Schatz to move into second. The trio captivated the large Red River Valley Speedway crowd as they jockeyed for the lead.

Gravel worked his way through traffic, before the first caution of the event flew for Thomas Kennedy, who ended up backwards in turn one after battling with Sides for sixth with 18 laps complete.

Allen edged back in front of Schatz on the restart, but Schatz slid the young Hanover, PA native to take second back at the line. A lap later, Ian Madsen slowed with a flat tire, ending his top-ten run. Brad Sweet also headed pit side with a flat tire.

With tires going down, the decision was made to go with single-file restarts the rest of the night, which allowed David Gravel to steadily lead with 11 to go. Schatz reeled in Gravel with a big run off of turn two and shot underneath him down the backstretch to take the lead on Lap 23. As it turns out, Gravel was nursing an ailing tire as he slowed with a flat right rear the next lap, bringing out the final caution of the evening.

Allen stayed right with Schatz on the restart and looked for a way around the nine-time Series Champion, to no avail. Schatz hit his marks, didn’t make any mistakes and went on to win his 17th Feature of the season and extend his points lead.

When asked about what it means to win in front of his hometown crowd, Schatz kept it simple, “It’s what you live for. You hope when you roll near home to put on a good show, have some good runs and win some races.”

“I’m so fortunate for my team, they are the reason I’m standing here. We’ve been together for a long time and we have a lot of fun doing this,” Schatz added before thanking the track crew for their efforts to provide a multiple-groove racing surface and the large crowd for coming out and supporting.

Jacob Allen continues to impress, finishing second and while he was a little disappointed to not seal the deal, he was still pleased with the run.

“Donny is a legend and to compete with him for a win was a lot of fun. I’ve ran second quite a few times this year and I want to win one so bad. One of these days, I’m going to bag on,” Allen said convincingly.

For the second consecutive night, Kerry Madsen completed the podium and was in good spirts. “I’ve always loved coming up here [to North Dakota]. My team works really hard and we’re happy with two podiums this weekend,” Madsen said before thanking the fans for coming out, letting them know his appreciation for the racing support in the area.

Greg Wilson was humming on the bottom of the speedway and charged from 13th to fourth. Logan Schuchart went up in smoke in his Heat, relegating him to the Last Chance Showdown, which he won with ease. Schuchart charged from 19th to complete the top five in the Feature, earning KSE Hard Charger Honors.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series continues its 40th Anniversary Season with a return to the Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, SD next Friday, August 24 before making the trek over to Big Sky Speedway in Billings, MT on Saturday, August 25. If you can’t make it to the track, watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$10,000]; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen [4][$5,500]; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen [5][$3,200]; 4. W20-Greg Wilson [13][$2,800]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [19][$2,500]; 6. 2-Shane Stewart [2][$2,300]; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman [14][$2,200]; 8. 24-Rico Abreu [8][$2,100]; 9. 7S-Jason Sides [7][$2,050]; 10. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [15][$2,000]; 11. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg [17][$1,500]; 12. 19-Brent Marks [21][$1,200]; 13. 13-Mark Dobmeier [11][$1,100]; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser [18][$1,050]; 15. 49-Brad Sweet [9][$1,000]; 16. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [10][$900]; 17. 18-Ian Madsen [6][$800]; 18. 5-David Gravel [1][$800]; 19. 13T-Ty Hanten [23][$800]; 20. 9N-Wade Nygaard [20][$800]; 21. 8H-Jade Hastings [16][$800]; 22. 20A-Jordan Adams [24][$800]; 23. 21K-Thomas Kennedy [12][$800]; 24. 19P-Paige Polyak [22][$800]; Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-7, 12-22; Jacob Allen 8-11; Donny Schatz 23-30 KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+14]

 

 

Donny Schatz Scores 16th Win of 2018 Season at River Cities and Adds a Late Model Win for Extra Measure

GRAND FORKS, ND – August 17, 2018 – Donny Schatz took the lead on Lap 28, after Brad Sweet spun while leading, and held off 17th-starting Mark Dobmeier to win his 16th World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature of 2018 and seventh in his last eight River Cities Speedway starts. Kerry Madsen completed the podium. Schatz also won the Late Model portion of the event. 

Sheldon Haudenschild won the Sears Craftsman Dash, earning the pole for the 40-lap Feature alongside recent Knoxville Nationals winner Brad Sweet. Haudenschild led the opening lap before a Red Flag for Logan Schuchart, Wade Nygaard and Brent Marks halted the action with one lap complete. All drivers were uninjured, but only Marks returned.

Haudenschild continued to pace the field as he reached lapped traffic quickly around the ¼ bullring. Sweet stalked the Ohio native and took the lead on Lap 12 on the bottom, in heavy lapped traffic.

Jordan Adams, who flipped earlier in the night but repaired his car to transfer out of the LCS, brought out the caution with 15 laps complete.

A caution on the ensuing double-file restart, set up a single-file restart. Four laps later, Ian Madsen was involved in his second incident of the Feature, this time with too much damage to continue, bringing out Open Red conditions.

When action resumed, Sheldon Haudenschild got shuffled back to fourth behind Kerry Madsen and Donny Schatz, who moved into second. Schatz set his eyes on Sweet and closed in as the duo raced through heavy traffic.

As Schatz went high to challenge for the lead, Sweet entered low into turn one and lost the handle of his No.49, spinning to a stop. Schatz assumed the lead alongside Kerry Madsen.

Schatz stormed away on the restart as the rest of the field, especially 17th-starting Mark Dobmeier, used every inch of real estate around the River Cities Speedway to advance forward.

The final restart flew with four to go and by this time Dobmeier, the all-time winning Feature leader at River Cities Speedway, had worked his way to second, trailing Schatz. The capacity crowd was bubbling with anticipation of the finish as the two North Dakota natives led the field back to Green.

Schatz pulled away in convincing fashion for his 16th Outlaw win of the year and seventh in his last eight starts at River Cities Speedway as Dobmeier finished second, picking up KSE Hard Charger honors for advancing 15 positions.

“I’m just a lucky guy. To drive for the for the best guys in the pit area, the best owner in the country and the people that build these cars. They stand behind us through thick and then,” Schatz said of his Textron Off Road-sponsored crew, Tony Stewart and J & J Chassis.

“Mark [Dobmeier] had a good run, I saw the 13 on the board and I thought, oh boy, here we go. He’s pretty good around here,” Schatz said of his fellow North Dakota native.

“Lapped traffic definitely made your hair stand up tonight, we might not have been the best car tonight, but I’m glad we could get it done in Grand Forks,” Schatz, who also won the NLRA Late Model Feature, added in Victory Lane.

The massive crowd at River Cities was pleased to see six-time winner at River Cities in 2018, Dobmeier finish second. “It’s great to have the crowd cheer like this, this is why we do it,” Dobmeier said. “I wish I didn’t use up all my tires at the beginning of the race, I wanted to start in the Dash and start in the top-ten and get that track position early, but we didn’t have it early, so I had to dig deep, I gave everything I had. Considering we got to second to this guy [pointing at Schatz], I feel pretty good about that run,” Dobmeier said with a smile.

Kerry Madsen finished on the podium once again at River Cities, “I had a big plan on the double-file restart with six to go and it didn’t work and I lost a spot,” Madsen said with a grin before complimenting River Cities Speedway. “They do such a good job with the track here, I love coming to Grand Forks.”

14th-starting Daryn Pittman finished fourth with Brad Sweet charging back to fifth. Shane Stewart, who was involved in two accidents, recovered to finish sixth. David Gravel stayed out of trouble and finished seventh.

21st-starting Brent Marks recovered from a Lap One accident to finish eighth, Hunter Schuerenburg, who went to the work area running sixth early in the race, came back to ninth with local Jade Hastings, who brought out the Yellow with 6 laps left, completing the top-ten, the first of his World of Outlaws career.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to action in West Fargo tomorrow night, Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Red River Valley Speedway. If you can’t make it to the track, be sure to watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Feature (40 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [5][$10,000]; 2. 13-Mark Dobmeier [17][$5,500]; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen [4][$3,200]; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman [14][$2,800]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [2][$2,500]; 6. 2-Shane Stewart [12][$2,300]; 7. 5-David Gravel [13][$2,200]; 8. 19-Brent Marks [21][$2,100]; 9. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg [10][$2,050]; 10. 8H-Jade Hastings [16][$2,000]; 11. 1A-Jacob Allen [11][$1,500]; 12. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [15][$1,200]; 13. 7S-Jason Sides [9][$1,100]; 14. 24-Terry McCarl [6][$1,050]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser [22][$1,000]; 16. 20A-Jordan Adams [24][$900]; 17. W20-Greg Wilson [8][$800]; 18. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1][$800]; 19. 24R-Rico Abreu [3][$800]; 20. 17A-Austin McCarl [23][$800]; 21. 18-Ian Madsen [7][$800]; 22. 9N-Wade Nygaard [18][$800]; 23. 1S-Logan Schuchart [19][$800]; 24. 21K-Thomas Kennedy [20][$800]; Lap Leaders: Sheldon Haudenschild 1-11, Brad Sweet 12-27, Donny Schatz 28-40; KSE Hard Charger Award: 13-Mark Dobmeier[+15]

Qualifying: 1. 49-Brad Sweet, 10.724; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen, 10.822; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 10.826; 4. 18-Ian Madsen, 10.92; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 10.948; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 11.016; 7. 24-Terry McCarl, 11.021; 8. 21K-Thomas Kennedy, 11.046; 9. 2-Shane Stewart, 11.052; 10. 19-Brent Marks, 11.077; 11. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.093; 12. 24R-Rico Abreu, 11.098; 13. 17A-Austin McCarl, 11.107; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.127; 15. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 11.15; 16. 5-David Gravel, 11.184; 17. 13-Mark Dobmeier, 11.197; 18. 9N-Wade Nygaard, 11.323; 19. 8H-Jade Hastings, 11.35; 20. W20-Greg Wilson, 11.459; 21. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.462; 22. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg, 11.481; 23. 9-Daryn Pittman, 11.53; 24. 20A-Jordan Adams, 11.635; 25. 31-Shane Roemeling, 11.745; 26. 1AJ-Trevor Mell, 12.112; 27. 6N-Greg Nikitenko, 12.184; 28. 14K-Tori Knutson, 13.099; 29. O-Ned Powers, NT

For full results from River Cities Speedway on August 17, 2018, click here

 

 

Outlaws Look to the West

Nine days of racing in 16 days on the West Coast lie ahead

CONCORD, NC — August 13, 2018 — After a month in the Midwest, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series makes it’s way west for the annual fall swing, featuring nine days of racing over 16 days in Washington, Oregon and California.

The trip begins with the Outlaw Energy Showdown, a two-day event on the high-banked 3/8-mile bullring at Skagit Speedway, Friday, August 31 to Saturday, September 1. Last year, 2015 winner Shane Stewart did a repeat on night one, taking his Larson/Marks Racing No. 2 machine through the checkers. This was the start of a great stretch for Stewart, which he’ll be looking to repeat this season with only one win to his credit.

Other current World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series drivers with wins at Skagit include David Gravel, who swept the 2016 event, nine-time and defending Series Champion Donny Schatz, with three wins to his credit, and 2013 Series Champion Daryn Pittman, who took night two for Kasey Kahne Racing last year.

From there, the Outlaws head to Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Washington on Monday, September 3. Last year, Stewart led all 30 laps for his second win at at the high-banked 3/8-mile oval — the first one ten years earlier. Schatz has the most Series wins at the track with four, three of them from 2013-2015. Grays Harbor has been a fixture on the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series West Coast swing since 1996 when Dave Blaney picked up the win in the inaugural visit.

The Series makes its lone appearance in the Beaver State on Wednesday, September 5, as the Outlaws stop at Willamette Speedway in Lebanon, Oregon for the sixth time ever. With wins to their credit, Schatz, Stewart, and track record-holder Brad Sweet will look to honor last year’s winner, Jason The Ragin Cajun Johnson, with a #Forever41 victory.

The Greatest Show on Dirt heads back to California for the second time this season for another battle with the tough locals over five days of racing at three different tracks: the Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar Speedway, the newly named 49er Gold Rush Classic presented by Riebes NAPA at Placerville Speedway (which was postponed due to rain in March), and the beautiful Calistoga Speedway for the Wine Country Outlaw Showdown.

Earlier this season, the Outlaws made their way to the West Coast for an extended road trip that consisted of stops in Nevada, California, and Arizona. During that time the Series got hounded by rain, but Schatz and 2017 Rookie of the Year Sheldon Haudenschild each managed to pick up two wins apiece. Meanwhile, Aaron Reutzel and Cory Eliason both managed to fend off the Outlaws to pick up first-ever Series wins.

This time, many fans will also be seeking out Carson Macedo, who scored an upset win over the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series at Silver Dollar Speedway in 2014 and has shown up his skills the last couple of weeks wheeling the Jason Johnson Racing No. 41.

Tickets for the 49er Gold Rush Classic and the Wine Country Outlaw Showdown can be purchased online or by calling 844-DIRT-TIX. See the schedule for information on other West Coast Swing events.

For those that can't make it to the races out West, DIRTVision.com will have you covered with live videa as the California contingency tries to steal a win from the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series drivers.

 

 

Brad Sweet Sends Sellout Knoxville Raceway Crowd into Pandemonium with Thrilling Knoxville Nationals Triumph

KNOXVILLE, IA – August 11, 2018 – Brad Sweet forever etched his name in the history books, edging 10-time Knoxville Nationals Champion Donny Schatz by 0.133 seconds in the second-closest finish in the 58-year history of the event. A Green-White-Checkered finish brought the sellout crowd to their feet with Sweet remaining loyal to the bottom and Schatz pounding the cushion. As the NAPA Auto Parts, Kasey Kahne Racing No.49 crossed the line in front of Schatz, the city of Knoxville erupted with positive emotion in celebration of a new winner. Kyle Larson led Lap 28 and 29, but settled for third to land on the podium for the second consecutive year.

Sweet earned the pole for the 50-lap, $150,000 to win Feature with the highest points total of the 97 drivers entered. Sweet dominated the first 25 laps of the event while Schatz and Larson waged war for the runner-up position. At the mandatory caution on Lap 25, Larson had secured second from Schatz and would get the first crack at his brother-in-law and fellow California native, Sweet.

Sweet made a rare error on the bottom on Lap 27, allowing Larson to get a run on the cushion to lead down the backstretch and officially take the lead on the 28th lap. Sweet, determined as ever, went back to work on the bottom of the racing surface and took the lead back on Lap 30.

“I knew I messed up bad, so I wasn’t surprised to see someone roll by. I wanted to get that lead back,” Sweet said of Larson getting by him in the middle stages of the race.

The entire capacity crowd knew that they had not seen the last of Donny Schatz. The current World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series points leader rolled by Larson with 10 to go and began closing the margin on Sweet, who sits second in Outlaw points. The intensity was rising as Schatz closed in on the NAPA No.49, seeking his 11th Knoxville Nationals title.

Sweet remained committed to the bottom and took the two-to-go signal with a comfortable, but not unsurmountable lead, over Schatz. And then, the Red Flag flew for Kerry Madsen, who was uninjured in the accident. A collective gasp could be heard from the 21,000 plus fans, knowing the 2018 Knoxville Nationals would come down to a Green-White-Checkered finish.

The intensity, excitement and anxiety from the capacity crowd could be felt as the cars re-fired for the two-lap dash for $150,000. Schatz knew Sweet would remain loyal to the bottom, so he had no choice but to put his Tony Stewart Racing No.15 on the cushion. The difference between the duo was less than a car-length as they rolled by the packed backstretch grandstands and into turn three and four.

The entire crowd rose to their feet as Sweet and Schatz took the White Flag. Sweet on the bottom, Schatz on the top, the crowd roaring, that’s what this sport is all about. At the line, Brad Sweet edged Schatz by 0.133 seconds in the second-closest Knoxville Nationals in the 58-year history of the event to score the $150,000. An emotion-filled Sweet pulled into Victory Lane to pandemonium and unparalleled enthusiasm from his family, friends, crew, car owner and hundreds of fans.

“This is surreal. I’ve been dreaming about this, working at this, my entire life,” Sweet said. “I am forever etched into the Knoxville Nationals history books. When asked about the heart-pounding Green-White-Checkered finish Sweet didn’t hold back, “I think I held my breath. I really had to buckle down and hit the bottom the best I can. I couldn’t see [Donny], but I could hear him, I could hear a pitch of the engine on the outside of me. It doesn’t matter how much you win by as long as you win,” a jubilated Sweet said.

Donny Schatz settled for second and the $75,000 payday, not a bad consolation prize. “It was a lot of fun, that’s what it’s all about. Of course, it would have been more fun if I won,” Schatz said with a grin. “I knew if I wanted to win the race, I had to go somewhere else. There was enough [on the top] and I thought I had a good shot at Brad, I was praying for another lap when I came to the checkered. He didn’t make any mistakes, did a great job and got there first,” Schatz said.

Kyle Larson finished third and was excited for his brother-in-law Sweet, but talked about being a little tight and got had a good chuckle when Sweet said, “This is the first thing I’ve beaten Kyle at,” in reference to capturing a Knoxville Nationals title.

Texas’ Aaron Reutzel continues to cement himself as a top-tier 410 Sprint Car driver, backing up his Hard Charger honors last year with a fourth-place finish. Tim Kaeding, in a second Sides Motorsports entry, charged late to finish fifth.

Carson Macedo, aboard the Jason Johnson Racing No.41, was excellent all weekend long and finished sixth with Chad Kemenah finishing seventh. Logan Schuchart charged from 19th to eighth, Shane Stewart came from 15th to ninth and David Gravel completed the top-ten and earned KSE Hard Charger honors, advancing 13 positions from his 23rd starting spot.

As you read this, the small town of Knoxville, Iowa is beginning to slowly shift back to its quiet, unassuming normal state. But not after one of the most unforgettable Knoxville Nationals in the 58-year history of the event.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series continues its 40th Anniversary season next weekend with a pair of dates in North Dakota, starting at River Cities on Friday, August 18 before heading to Red River Valley Speedway on Saturday, August 19.

Feature (started), 50 Laps, NT: 1. Brad Sweet (1); 2. Donny Schatz (4); 3. Kyle Larson (3); 4. Aaron Reutzel (5); 5. Tim Kaeding (10); 6. Carson Macedo (8); 7. Chad Kemenah (2); 8. Logan Schuchart (17); 9. Shane Stewart (15); 10. David Gravel (23); 11. Ian Madsen (11); 12. Tim Shaffer (7); 13. Jacob Allen (12); 14. Gio Scelzi (9); 15. Greg Hodnett (14); 16. Dominic Scelzi (25); 17. Daryn Pittman (22); 18. Parker Price-Miller (21); 19. Brock Zearfoss (24); 20. Matt Juhl (20); 21. Paul McMahan (19); 22. Kerry Madsen (6); 23. Terry McCarl (16); 24. Rico Abreu (13); 25. Brian Brown (18). Lap Leaders: Sweet 1-27, Larson 28-29, Sweet 30-50. Hard-charger: Gravel.

D Main (started), 12 Laps, NT: 1. 70, Dave Blaney, High Point, NC (2); 2. 71x, Kevin Thomas Jr., Cullman, AL (3); 3. 7c, John Carney II, El Paso, TX (1); 4. 95, Matt Covington, Glenpool, OK (4); 5. 99G, Skylar Gee, Leduc, ALB, Can. (6); 6. 9R, Rager Phillips, Pleasantville, IA (5) / 7. 17w, Harli White, Lindsay, OK (8); 8. 3P, Sawyer Phillips, Pleasantville, IA (14); 9. 9x, Jake Bubak, Arvada, OH (10); 10. 15M, Bobby Mincer, Burlington, IA (9); 11. 71A, RJ Johnson, Tampa, FL (12); 12. 17B, Bill Balog, Hartland, WI (17); 13. 7, Carson McCarl, Altoona, IA (7); 14. 84, Tom Harris, Banbury, OXFD, UK (16); 15. 25, Bobby McMahan, Elk Grove, CA (13); 16. 2K, Kevin Ingle, Huron, SD (15); 17. 28P, Brian Paulus, Mooresville, IN (11); 18. 18J, Jenna Frazier, Rio Linda, CA (19); 19. 10, Clyde Knipp, California, MO (18) DNS – 85, Chase Wanner, Agency, IA; 12N, Cole Duncan, Lockbourne, OH; 44M, Chris Martin, Ankeny, IA; 28AU, Allan Woods, Brisbane, QLD, Aust.; 21AU, Jordyn Brazier, Sydney, NSW, Aust.; 0, Lynton Jeffrey, Sydney, NSW, Aust.; G1, Gary Taylor, Snohomish, WA; 28, Scott Bogucki, McLaren Vale, SA, Aust.; 11, Roger Crockett, Broken Arrow, OK; 2c, Wayne Johnson, Tuttle, OK; 5J, Jamie Ball, Knoxville, IA; 4K, Kasey Kahne, Enumclaw, WA; 2mm, Matt Moro, Polk City, IA; 20, AJ Moeller, Rockwell City, IA; 91, Kyle Reinhardt, Neptune City, NJ

C Main (started), 15 Laps, NT: 1. 15H, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, TX (2); 2. 39, Spencer Bayston, Lebanon, IN (6); 3. 35P, Skylar Prochaska, Lakefield, MN (1); 4. 17x, Josh Baughman, Odessa, TX (13); 5. 44, Trey Starks, Puyallup, WA (3) / 6. W20, Greg Wilson, Benton Ridge, OH (8); 7. 7w, Tasker Phillips, Pleasantville, IA (15); 8. 29, Willie Croft, Fresno, CA (16); 9. 70s, Jeff Swindell, Bartlett, TN (17); 10. 68, Chase Johnson, Penngrove, CA (11); 11. 81, Lee Jacobs, Dalton, OH (10); 12. Kevin Thomas Jr. (20); 13. Dave Blaney (19); 14. 17wx, Shane Golobic, Fremont, CA (18); 15. 1x, Don Droud Jr., Lincoln, NE (7); 16. 91T, Cale Thomas, Fairland, IN (4); 17. 40, Clint Garner, Sioux Falls, SD (5); 18. Skylar Gee (23); 19. Rager Phillips (24); 20. 19P, Paige Polyak, Tiffin, OH (14); 21. John Carney II (21); 22. Matt Covington (22); 23. 99, Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, OK (12) DNS – 3H, James McFadden, Ormeau, QLD, Aust.; 21K, Thomas Kennedy, Winnipeg, MB, Can.; 48, Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg, PA

B Main (started), 22 Laps, 6:18.5: 1. 71P, Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, IN (1); 2. 9, Daryn Pittman, Bixby, OK (3); 3. 5, David Gravel, Watertown, CT (7); 4. 4, Brock Zearfoss, Jonestown, PA (4) / 5. 2KS, Austin McCarl, Altoona, IA (9); 6. 24w, Lucas Wolfe, Mechanicsburg, PA (2); 7. 17, Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, OH (11); 8. 19, Brent Marks, Myerstown, PA (16); 9. 13, Mark Dobmeier, Grand Forks, ND (6); 10. 35, Jamie Veal, Warrnambool, VIC, Aust. (12); 11. Spencer Bayston (22); 12. Sam Hafertepe Jr. (19); 13. 11K, Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, IN (10); 14. 83, Cory Eliason, Selma, CA (5); 15. 55, Brooke Tatnell, Sans Souci, NSW, Aust. (18); 16. 1, Sammy Swindell, Germantown, TN (13); 17. 56N, Davey Heskin, St. Michael, MN (14); 18. 49J, Josh Schneiderman, West Burlington, IA (20); 19. Skylar Prochaska (21); 20. 7s, Jason Sides, Bartlett, TN (17); 21. 97G, Hunter Schuerenberg, Sikeston, MO (15); 22. Trey Starks (24); 23. 5H, Sammy Walsh, Orangeville, NSW, Aust. (8); 24. Josh Baughman (23) DNS – 26, Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN

 

 

Logan Schuchart Redeems Himself and Wins Friday Thriller to Lock-In to Knoxville Nationals

KNOXVILLE, IA – August 10, 2018 – Logan Schuchart hasn’t slept well the past 48 hours since his colossal mistake of missing the scales on his Qualifying Night. The driver of the Shark Racing No.1S battled Knoxville kingpin Brian Brown throughout the 25 laps to win Night Three of the 5-Hour ENERGY Knoxville Nationals and lock-in to Saturday’s Feature. Brown finished second to also lock-in. Veteran Paul McMahan and Knoxville regular Matt Juhl finished in third and fourth to transfer as well.

Logan Schuchart set fast time in Group A Qualifying and transferred through his Heat Race to earn the pole. Brian Brown did the same in Group B to start on the outside of the front row.

The duo quickly pulled away from the field and established themselves as the class of the field. Schuchart was glued to the bottom with Brown banging down the cushion and the pair went side-by-side for the better part of the first five laps. Schuchart had the advantage on the first four laps but Brown edged in front on the fifth circuit.

While Brown and Schuchart extended their lead, a torrid battle for the third and fourth positions between Paul McMahan, Sheldon Haudenschild and Matt Juhl took place. The trio battled fiercely for those coveted remaining two spots, forcing fans to choose which remarkable battle to watch.

Up front, Schuchart remained committed to the bottom with Brown up top, Schuchart edged back in front of Brown on Lap 10 as the duo raced through heavy traffic on the incredible racing surface Knoxville Raceway provided.

The only caution of the Feature flew after Spencer Bayston slowed with a flat tire with 10 laps complete, after Schuchart had taken the lead.

The ensuing restart saw Sheldon and Juhl get crossed up, allowing McMahan, who had faded to fifth, to surge back to third. McMahan distanced himself a little bit in third while Haudenschild and Juhl waged war for the final transfer spot.

Back up front, Schuchart and Brown continued to go wheel-to-wheel for the lead, Brown edged back to the lead on Lap 14 and led for two laps before Schuchart re-took the lead on Lap 16.

Haudenschild occupied that coveted fourth spot with five to go, but slipped up in turn three and four with five to go allowing Matt Juhl to get back by for the final spot. Sheldon did everything he could to close back in on Juhl to grab that spot back, but came up short and finished fifth.

Schuchart went on to win his first career Knoxville Raceway Feature by 2.482 seconds. Schuchart was relieved to have the opportunity to redeem himself from Friday’s mistake, “It was definitely a tough day, our team gave us another shot off my mistake. The car has been great all week, I just have to do my job and hopefully we’ll come forward.”

Brian Brown finished second and for the first time in his career said he was content finishing second, “I think I was as good as Logan in the middle portion of the race, but he was better at the end. I’ve never been content running second at Knoxville, but tonight I was, it gives us another chance tomorrow.”

Veteran Paul McMahan finished in third, locking in to yet another Knoxville Nationals. “I’m definitely stoked, the last few years people wrote me off. I’ve always believed in myself and I have had more fun this year than I have in the past five and it’s showing on the track.”

South Dakota’s Matt Juhl locked-in to his first career Knoxville Nationals. “We drive here 5 hours [1 way] to run weekly and we’ve been getting faster every week. To make the A-Main at the Knoxville Nationals means the world. It’s a dream come true,” Juhl, who sits fifth in the track point standings, said after the race.

The SPEED Sport World Challenge went to Dominic Scelzi, who earned a $10,000 payday, but more importantly locked-in to his first career Knoxville Nationals. “I have been dreaming of starting in the Knoxville Nationals since I was a little kind,” a jubilated Scelzi said.

The biggest Sprint Car race in the world crowns a champion tomorrow with a 50-Lap, $150,000 to win Feature.

Feature: 25 Laps, 1. Logan Schuchart (1); 2. Brian Brown (2); 3. Paul McMahan (4); 4. Matt Juhl (3); 5. Sheldon Haudenschild (6); 6. Jamie Veal (18); 7. Sammy Swindell (5); 8. Davey Heskin (14); 9. Hunter Schuerenberg (7); 10. Brent Marks (10); 11. Jason Sides (11); 12. Dominic Scelzi (16); 13. Brooke Tatnell (24); 14. Joey Saldana (21); 15. Josh Schneiderman (17); 16. Skylar Prochaska (8); 17. Sam Hafertepe Jr. (19); 18. Trey Starks (12); 19. Cale Thomas (23); 20. Clint Garner (13); 21. Spencer Bayston (20); 22. Don Droud Jr. (15); 23. Greg Wilson (9); 24. James McFadden (22);

Time Trials Group A, 1. 1S, Logan Schuchart, Hanover, PA (32), 15.607; 2. 09, Matt Juhl, Tea, SD (3), 15.738; 3. 15H, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, TX (24), 15.744; 4. 26, Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN (22), 15.75; 5. 91T, Cale Thomas, Fairland, IN (6), 15.754; 6. 1, Sammy Swindell, Germantown, TN (20), 15.763; 7. 97G, Hunter Schuerenberg, Sikeston, MO (13), 15.775; 8. W20, Greg Wilson, Benton Ridge, OH (11), 15.781; 9. 7S, Jason Sides, Bartlett, TN (9), 15.79; 10. 40, Clint Garner, Sioux Falls, SD (31), 15.792; 11. 1X, Don Droud Jr., Lincoln, NE (19), 15.794; 12. 49J, Josh Schneiderman, West Burlington, IA (21), 15.81; 13. 19P, Paige Polyak, Tiffin, OH (10), 15.813; 14. 81, Lee Jacobs, Dalton, OH (33), 15.845; 15. 7W, Tasker Phillips, Pleasantville, IA (1), 15.86; 16. 3P, Sawyer Phillips, Pleasantville, IA (15), 15.885; 17. 70S, Jeff Swindell, Bartlett, TN (8), 15.9; 18. 28, Scott Bogucki, McLaren Vale, SA, Au (17), 15.939; 19. 21AU, Jordyn Brazier, Sydney, NSW, Aust. (4), 15.943; 20. G1, Gary Taylor, Snohomish, WA (7), 15.947; 21. 7, Carson McCarl, Altoona, IA (23), 15.968; 22. 11, Roger Crockett, Medford, OR (14), 16.006; 23. 95, Matt Covington, Glenpool, OK (28), 16.023; 24. 17WX, Shane Golobic, Fremont, CA (18), 16.028; 25. 28AU, Allan Woods, Brisbane, QLD, Aust. (27), 16.049; 26. 99, Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, OK (5), 16.07; 27. 9R, Rager Phillips, Pleasantville, IA (26), 16.116; 28. 70, Dave Blaney, High Point, NC (16), 16.161; 29. 71A, RJ Johnson, Tampa, FL (2), 16.183; 30. 5J, Jamie Ball, Knoxville, IA (29), 16.252; 31. 9X, Jake Bubak, Arvada, CO (25), 16.345; 32. 15M, Bobby Mincer, Burlington, IA (12), 16.501; 33. 85, Chase Wanner, Batavia, IA (30), No Time

Time Trials Group B, 1. 21, Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO (3), 15.794; 2. 13X, Paul McMahan, Nashville, TN (30), 15.816; 3. 17, Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, OH (14), 15.825; 4. 0, Lynton Jeffrey, Sydney, NSW, Aust. (7), 15.829; 5. 3H, James McFadden, Ormeau, QLD, Aust. (31), 15.848; 6. 39, Spencer Bayston, Lebanon, IN (8), 15.869; 7. 35P, Skylar Prochaska, Lakefield, MN (16), 15.887; 8. 19, Brent Marks, Myerstown, PA (21), 15.896; 9. 44, Trey Starks, Puyallup, WA (23), 15.903; 10. 56N, Davey Heskin, St. Michael, MN (6), 15.918; 11. 41S, Dominic Scelzi, Fresno, CA (27), 15.918; 12. 35, Jamie Veal, Warrnambool, VIC, Au (24), 15.955; 13. 28P, Brian Paulus, Mooresville, IN (2), 15.965; 14. 55, Brooke Tatnell, Sans Souci, NSW, Aus (17), 16.006; 15. 17X, Josh Baughman, Odessa, TX (19), 16.006; 16. 29, Willie Croft, Roseville, CA (9), 16.025; 17. 7C, John Carney II, El Paso, TX (28), 16.028; 18. 10, Clyde Knipp, California, MO (22), 16.062; 19. 17B, Bill Balog, Hartland, WI (12), 16.099; 20. 48, Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg, PA (13), 16.115; 21. 68, Chase Johnson, Penngrove, CA (5), 16.122; 22. 21K, Thomas Kennedy, Winnipeg, MB, Can. (26), 16.123; 23. 17W, Harli White, Lindsay, OK (1), 16.173; 24. 71X, Kevin Thomas Jr., Cullman, AL (20), 16.18; 25. 99G, Skylar Gee, Leduc, ALB, Can. (32), 16.214; 26. 12N, Cole Duncan, Lockbourne, OH (29), 16.238; 27. 2C, Wayne Johnson, Tuttle, OK (18), 16.271; 28. 25, Bobby McMahan, Elk Grove, CA (10), 16.443; 29. 84, Tom Harris, Banbury, OXFD, UK (15), 16.443; 30. 44M, Chris Martin, Ankeny, IA (25), 16.488; 31. 2K, Kevin Ingle, Huron, SD (11), 16.71; 32. 18J, Jenna Frazier, Rio Linda, CA (4), 17.178;

 

 

Greg Hodnett Leads All 25 Laps to Score Night One of Knoxville Nationals

KNOXVILLE, IA – August 8, 2018 – Greg Hodnett got the early jump and never looked back to score Night One of the 5-Hour ENERGY Knoxville Nationals for the Pennsylvania Posse. Tim Shaffer threw everything he had for the lead, but settled for second with Kyle Larson, who ended the night as the high point guy, settling for third.

Brock Zearfoss hit the 8-car invert for the Feature perfectly, earning the pole for the 25-Lap Feature in his first Knoxville Nationals appearance, which set up an all Pennsylvania front row.

Hodnett drag-raced with Zearfoss down the long Knoxville Raceway front stretch to lead into turn one and subsequently the opening circuit. Hodnett and Zearfoss paced the field but as the duo began to approach heavy lapped traffic, the Red Flag flew for Clyde Knipp and Jamie Ball, who got upside down in turn three with 8 laps complete.

Both drivers walked away from the accident unscathed. When action resumed, Tim Shaffer pounced and got by Zearfoss for second and began chasing down Hodnett for the lead.

Austin McCarl brought out the caution with 11 laps remaining. Hodnett powered away on the restart, as Shaffer, Kyle Larson and 16-year-old Giovanni Scelzi went three-wide down the backstretch for second, inciting a roar from the Knoxville Raceway crowd.

Shaffer muscled his way into turn three to maintain the runner-up position and once again set his sights on Hodnett, who was establishing a strong pace.

Shaffer closed in on Hodnett and was poised to make a move before the final caution of the night flew for Dominic Scelzi with six laps remaining. Hodnett went to the cushion in turn one as Shaffer tried to stick his Demyan-Rudzik Racing No.49X to the bottom.

The duo switched lines on the other side of the Knoxville Raceway as Hodnett was glued to the bottom. Shaffer threw everything he had at Hodnett one last time in turn one, but couldn’t complete the pass for the lead as Hodnett went on to win his second career 410 Sprint Car Feature at Knoxville Raceway by less than a half of a second.

Hodnett described the last few laps as just hanging on, “I had no clue where anyone else was running, I was just trying to drive it hard. Seeing guys like Shaffer and Larson climb up the board is pretty tough, because you don’t know where, while you are running out front,” Hodnett said in the post-race interview.

“I really do like Knoxville, it tends to make you drive pretty straight and hard, which is what I like to do. I’ve always felt comfortable here and I really enjoy the atmosphere,” the pilot of the Heffner Racing No.27 added.

Tim Shaffer, the 2010 Knoxville Nationals Champion, settled for second and was in good spirits. “Greg was rolling pretty good, I had to run the car a little harder to try and close in, but Greg wasn’t making any mistakes. We had speed early this year but haven’t had as much lately. My guys have been working hard and trying to find speed at the same and we did that tonight,” Shaffer said.

Kyle Larson ended his night on the podium, but more importantly as the high point man for the night with 475 markers. “It’s cool to be the high point man after your Qualifying night, I doubt it will stand after tomorrow, but hopefully I’ll be in the second row,” Larson said.

“Prelim nights are obviously so important for everyone, but it’s essential for me to lock-in. With my NASCAR schedule, I can’t come back Friday, so I knew that I needed to lock-in for Saturday’s Feature or I would be watching. And I don’t want to watch on Saturday,” Larson added with a smile.

Giovanni Scelzi continues to impress the Sprint Car world and came home fourth in his first Knoxville Nationals appearance aboard the Indy Race Parts No.71. Donny Schatz picked up the KSE Hard Charger on the evening, blasting from 21st to complete the top five and secure himself 474 points, good enough for second on the night. Ian Madsen charged from 22nd to sixth with Lucas Wolfe hanging on for seventh after his top wing panel collapsed late in the race.

Aaron Reutzel, Kerry Madsen and Brock Zearfoss completed the top ten. Logan Schuchart set fast time over the field but after winning the Last Chance Showdown failed to go to the scales, thus disqualifying him from the event and burying him in the point standings. Schuchart owned up the mistake and hopes to prove himself Friday.

Feature Finish: 1. 27 – Greg Hodnett; 2. 49X – Tim Shaffer; 3. 57 – Kyle Larson; 4. 71 – Giovanni Scelzi; 5. 15 – Donny Schatz; 6. 18 – Ian Madsen; 7. 24W – Lucas Wolfe; 8. 87 – Aaron Reutzel; 9. 2M – Kerry Madsen; 10. 4 – Brock Zearfoss; 11. 9 – Daryn Pittman; 12. 29 – Willie Croft; 13. 5H – Sammy Walsh; 14. 99 – Brady Bacon; 15. 09 – Matt Juhl; 16. 11 – Roger Crockett; 17. 71X – Kevin Thomas, Jr.; 18. 40 – Clint Garner; 19. 15M – Bobby Mincer; 20. 85 – Chase Wanner; 21. 41S – Dominic Scelzi; 22. 2KS – Austin McCarl; 23. 10 – Clyde Knipp; 24. 5J – Jamie Ball; Lap Leaders 1-25 Greg Hodnett; KSE Hard Charger Donny Schatz (+16) Top 10 in Knoxville Nationals Points: 1. Kyle Larson - 475 2. Donny Schatz - 474 3. Aaron Reutzel - 473 4. Kerry Madsen - 473 5. Tim Shaffer - 471 6. Giovanni Scelzi - 468 7. Ian Madsen - 467 8. Greg Hodnett - 462 9. Lucas Wolfe - 453 10. Daryn Pittman - 452

 

 

Logan Schuchart Tames Pevely for $20,000 Ironman 55 Victory

PEVELY, MO – August 4, 2018 – Logan Schuchart passed Daryn Pittman on Lap 15 and never looked back to claim the 2018 Ironman 55 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, worth $20,000. The final 42 laps went non-stop as Schuchart negotiated lap traffic to claim his first World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature of 2018. Kasey Kahne Racing teammates Brad Sweet and Daryn Pittman completed the podium.

Schuchart won the Sears Craftsman Dash, earning the pole for the 55-Lap Feature alongside Daryn Pittman. Pittman, who won at Pevely in April, got the jump on the initial start to lead the opening circuit.

Pittman reached lapped traffic by Lap 5 around the tight-quartered bullring with Schuchart close in tow. Schuchart pulled even with the 2013 Outlaw Champion on Lap 9, but couldn’t make the pass.

Pittman and Schuchart were side-by-side for the better part of the next four laps before the lone caution of the event flew with 13 complete for Aaron Reutzel.

Pittman maintained control on the restart, but Schuchart remained persistent and took command of the field on Lap 15 through turn two. Pittman tried to get back by the No.1S, but ended up losing second to his teammate Brad Sweet in the process.

Following Reutzel’s caution, the remaining 42 laps went non-stop as the Ironman 55 lived up to its name as the most grueling event on the World of Outlaws schedule.

Schuchart navigated lapped traffic like a veteran. As rubber began to set in around the I-55 Raceway in the closing laps, Schuchart made the decision to follow lapped traffic and force Sweet and Pittman to find a way around him.

“I tried to hold my line as the rubber set in and force someone to go around me,” Schuchart said in reference to the closing laps.

Sweet and Pittman closed in on Schuchart, but could do nothing but watch the Shark Racing No.1S capture his first win of the season. Both Sweet and Pittman were within a second of Schuchart at the checkered flag.

“Man, this is awesome. I feel like we have the best team we’ve ever had. This is Drydene Performance’s first Outlaw win and we can’t thank them enough for their support,” an exhausted, but elated, Schuchart said in Victory Lane.

“This is one of the big ones – Ironman 55. It’s tough, it wears you out. It’s awesome to get one of these wins and a big one at that,” Schuchart added.

Sweet settled for second but was pleased with his car speed. “I was biding my time, waiting to see if he was going to make a mistake and he never gave us a real good shot to get by him, he set a really good pace up top,” Sweet said before expressing his excitement to get to Knoxville for the Nationals.

Pittman led early and finished on the podium with his KKR teammate. “My car was getting better as the race went on, I’m a little frustrated with myself,” Pittman said. “I wasn’t quite quick enough on top on that restart and then I broke my momentum and Brad got by me. I’m really happy with our car right now, we’ll take third and go to Knoxville and try and improve there,” Pittman added in good spirits.

James McFadden came from 11th to finish fourth with Schuchart’s teammate Jacob Allen completing the top five. Brent Marks earned KSE Hard Charger honors surging from 22nd to ninth.

It was announced that tonight was the largest crowd in Ironman 55 history and the World of Outlaws will return once again to Pevely on August 2nd and 3rd of 2019. Next up for The Greatest Show on Dirt is a trip to the Sprint Car Capitol of the World for the biggest race of the year – the Knoxville Nationals, which will pay $150,000 to the winner. After Nationals, the Outlaws will begin a trek to the West Coast starting in North and South Dakota.

Feature (55 Laps): 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1][$20,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [5][$6,000]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [2][$3,750]; 4. 3H-James McFadden [11][$3,250]; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen [6][$2,750]; 6. 18-Ian Madsen [10][$2,500]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$2,400]; 8. 5-David Gravel [9][$2,300]; 9. 19-Brent Marks [22][$2,200]; 10. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [14][$2,100]; 11. 2-Shane Stewart [21][$1,700]; 12. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [4][$1,400]; 13. 24-Rico Abreu [13][$1,300]; 14. 49X-Tim Shaffer [8][$1,200]; 15. 7S-Jason Sides [23][$1,100]; 16. W20-Greg Wilson [17][$1,000]; 17. 48-Danny Dietrich [20][$1,000]; 18. 11K-Kraig Kinser [12][$1,000]; 19. 51B-Joe B [15][$1,000]; 20. 21X-Carson Short [18][$1,000]; 21. 91-Cale Thomas [19][$1,000]; 22. 87-Aaron Reutzel [7][$1,000]; 23. 79J-Jacob Patton [24][$1,000]; 24. 35-Jamie Veal [16][$1,000]; Lap Leaders: Daryn Pittman 1-14, Logan Schuchart 15-55; KSE Hard Charger Award: 19-Brent Marks[+13]

Qualifying: 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 11.668; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.742; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.772; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.795; 5. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.862; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman, 11.895; 7. 18-Ian Madsen, 11.912; 8. 48-Danny Dietrich, 11.924; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.928; 10. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 11.93; 11. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 11.948; 12. 5-David Gravel, 11.95; 13. 91-Cale Thomas, 12.005; 14. 3H-James McFadden, 12.011; 15. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.019; 16. 24-Rico Abreu, 12.028; 17. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.029; 18. 21X-Carson Short, 12.072; 19. 19-Brent Marks, 12.149; 20. W20-Greg Wilson, 12.15; 21. 71M-Paul May, 12.164; 22. 35-Jamie Veal, 12.168; 23. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 12.197; 24. 51B-Joe B, 12.552; 25. 15M-Steve Short, 13.144; 26. 79J-Jacob Patton, 13.192; 27. 28AU-Allan Woods, NT

For full results from I-55 Raceway on August 4, 2018, click here.

 

 

Rico Abreu Wins Second Consecutive Ironman at I-55

PEVELY, MO – August 4, 2018 – Rico Abreu took the lead away from Kraig Kinser on Lap 21 and held off charges from Tim Shaffer and David Gravel to win his first World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature of the 2018 season. Abreu survived two Gravel slide jobs in the closing laps and held off the Connecticut driver for his second consecutive Ironman 55 triumph for a $20,000 payday. Jacob Allen completed the podium.

Abreu won the Sears Craftsman Dash to earn the pole for the 55-Lap Feature, alongside Outlaw veteran Kraig Kinser. Kinser got the jump on the initial start and powered away in search of his first victory of the season.

Kinser reached lapped traffic on Lap 5 on the high-banked ¼ mile and negotiated it well, establishing an early lead.

Kinser turned under an Abreu slide job on Lap 17 to maintain the race lead. Abreu cleared Kinser to take the lead two laps later, but a caution for a slowing Joe B. Miller negated the pass and allowed Kinser to maintain the lead with 36 laps remaining.

The ensuing restart saw Kinser and Abreu exchange slide jobs for the lead with Kinser holding the lead on Lap 20, but Abreu wrestling it away the following circuit.

Brent Marks brought out the caution on Lap 27 with a flat right rear, setting up the first of many double-file restarts where Abreu would be in control. Each time, Abreu elected the bottom.

Tim Shaffer, who originally started 12th, charged from fourth on the restart to second and took a look under Abreu for the lead with a brilliant restart, but settled for second as Abreu powered away. 

The action was halted for Hunter Schuerenburg, who got upside in turn two, on Lap 33. Schuerenburg was uninjured but was done for the event. Turn two proved treacherous for both Paul Nienhiser and Sheldon Haudenschild as well, as both drivers ended the evening on the hook after contact with the wall.

Haudenschild’s incident was on Lap 42, which set up a 13-lap dash to the finish for $20,000.

Abreu powered away on the restart in clean air but would need to navigate lapped traffic one more time to secure the victory.

With five laps remaining, Abreu approached heavy lapped traffic, allowing Gravel to close in. Gravel attempted slide jobs on Lap 50 and 51, but Abreu stayed in the gas and powered around the CJB Motorsports No.5 to maintain the lead. Abreu’s margin of victory was .655 seconds, as he claimed the Ironman 55 trophy for the second consecutive time.

“Man, that was a lot of fun. Hats off to my guys, that was the best I’ve felt in a long time. It’s all about working together and getting chemistry,” Abreu said in Victory Lane. “Back-to-back Ironman wins is awesome, but we’re not done yet, we’ve got another one tonight,” the St. Helena, CA native added with a smile.

Abreu applauded David Gravel for racing him clean at the end, “If the roles were reversed, it would be the same way."

Being so close to victory, Gravel was understandably disappointed to come up short. “I really thought I had him cleared and he got back by me. I’m a little mad at myself for not winning this, it sucks to finish second. But I am really happy for Drew [Warner] for him to get his first career Outlaw victory and for Rico,” Gravel added in good spirits. Drew Warner is the crew chief for Rico and is the son of Ricky Warner, the long-time wrench for Donny Schatz.

Jacob Allen continues to chip away in search of his first career Outlaw victory and came home with another podium finish. “This is a great race track and I think most drivers would agree it’s a lot of fun. Congrats to Rico and David, it was a good race for 55 laps,” Allen said in Victory Lane.

Allen’s Shark Racing teammate finished fourth with Tim Shaffer coming home fifth. Shaffer’s efforts were good enough to earn KSE Hard Charger honors.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 tomorrow evening, Saturday, August 4, 2018, for another 55-Lap, $20,000 to win Feature. If you can’t make it to the track, watch all the action on DIRTVision.com!

Feature (55 Laps): 1. 24-Rico Abreu [1][$20,000]; 2. 5-David Gravel [6][$6,000]; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen [7][$3,750]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3][$3,250]; 5. 49X-Tim Shaffer [12][$2,750]; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman [8][$2,500]; 7. 19-Brent Marks [13][$2,400]; 8. 3H-James McFadden [15][$2,300]; 9. 15-Donny Schatz [5][$2,200]; 10. 18-Ian Madsen [10][$2,100]; 11. 2-Shane Stewart [11][$1,700]; 12. 49-Brad Sweet [9][$1,400]; 13. 91-Cale Thomas [14][$1,300]; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser [2][$1,200]; 15. 71M-Paul May [21][$1,100]; 16. 7S-Jason Sides [16][$1,000]; 17. W20-Greg Wilson [4][$1,000]; 18. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [19][$1,000]; 19. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [20][$1,000]; 20. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg [18][$1,000]; 21. 51B-Joe Miller [22][$1,000]; 22. 87-Aaron Reutzel [17][$1,000]; 23. 1M-James Moughan [24][$1,000]; 24. 65-Jordon Goldesberry [23][$1,000]; Lap Leaders: Kraig Kinser 1-20, Rico Abreu 21-55 KSE Hard Charger Award: 49X-Tim Shaffer[+7]

Qualifying: 1. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.709; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 11.77; 3. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 11.894; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.903; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman, 11.908; 6. 24-Rico Abreu, 11.936; 7. 5-David Gravel, 11.947; 8. 91-Cale Thomas, 11.955; 9. 3H-James McFadden, 11.98; 10. 71M-Paul May, 12.031; 11. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.046; 12. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.1; 13. 19-Brent Marks, 12.11; 14. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 12.145; 15. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.178; 16. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.218; 17. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.23; 18. 1M-James Moughan, 12.235; 19. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 12.259; 20. 21X-Carson Short, 12.26; 21. W20-Greg Wilson, 12.293; 22. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.47; 23. 65-Jordon Goldesberry, 12.494; 24. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg, 12.504; 25. 51B-Joe Miller, 12.523; 26. 48-Danny Dietrich, 12.567; 27. 35-Jamie Veal, 12.678; 28. 79J-Jacob Patton, 12.879; 29. 28AU-Allan Woods, 12.936; 30. 15M-Steve Short, 13.693; 31. 9T-Dylan Tuxhorn, 13.893

For full results from I-55 on August 3, 2018, click here

 

 

Outlaws Begin Trek to West Coast with Return to Black Hills Speedway on August 24

CONCORD, NC – August 2, 2018 – The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series makes its lone visit of the 40th Anniversary Season to South Dakota with a return to the scenic Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, SD on Friday, August 24.

The 2017 edition of the Rushmore Outlaw Showdown was one to remember as Shane Stewart held off a hard-charging Sheldon Haudenschild to score the victory. Stewart, who self-admittedly has had a forgettable first half of the season, is anxious to get back to Black Hills.

“It’s always good to return to track that you’ve won at. Confidence is everything in this sport. This year we’re going back with a totally different package. It’s sort of like a fresh notebook, but hopefully the success we had last year can translate into this season,” Stewart, driver of the Kyle Larson Racing No.2 said in anticipation of the return to Black Hills Speedway.

August 24 will mark the Series’ ninth visit to Rapid City, dating back to 1983 when Steve Kinser won the inaugural visit to the facility. Kinser was also victorious in 1984 and 1987, while Bobby Davis, Jr. claimed the win in 1989.

Stewart’s win last year stopped a three-race win streak at the facility for nine-time Series Champion Donny Schatz, who was victorious in 2006, 2007 and 2011.

“We race all over the country, but I remember Black Hills being a great race. We put on a good show, and it was an exciting race track to race at. I’m excited to get back there,” Stewart added.

Tickets for the 2018 Rushmore Outlaw Showdown are on sale now. If you can’t make it to the track, watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

 

 

Brent Marks Gets Second Career Outlaw Victory in Non-Stop Weedsport Feature

WEEDSPORT, NY – July 29, 2018 – Brent Marks led all 35 laps en route to his second career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature at Weedsport Speedway. Despite Marks lapping up to eighth in the non-stop Feature, it was far from easy as he fended off Sheldon Haudenschild and Jacob Allen who completed the podium.

Brent Marks won the Sears Craftsman Dash, earning the pole for the 35-lap event along with fellow Pennsylvania native Jacob Allen. Marks got the jump on the opening lap and paced the field down the backstretch as Allen fended off New York native Chuck Hebing, who had a 360ci engine under the hood, for second.

Marks reached lapped traffic within five laps around the slicked off 3/8th oval. Allen, in search of his first career Outlaw victory, closed in on Marks through the middle of the racing surface with 10 laps complete.

As lapped traffic intensified, Sheldon Haudenschild got around Hebing for third on Lap 12 and set his sights on the lead duo. Marks and Allen continued to negotiate traffic efficiently as Haudenschild attempted to close in.

By Lap 20, Marks was held up behind a pair of lapped cars racing for position allowing Allen and Haudenschild to close in.

Lap 23 had the Weedsport Speedway crowd on their feet, with Haudenschild pounding the cushion, Allen glued to the bottom and Marks trying to navigate traffic. Haudenschild got around Allen on Lap 24 on the cushion and chased Marks down the backstretch. Haudenschild ducked low in turn three and four, searching for a way by Marks, who stayed committed to the top. Marks powered his way around the Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall No.17 to remain out front.

Marks continued to lead and remained aggressive through traffic. Sheldon remained within striking distance, but Marks was flawless through traffic, collecting his second career victory.

“That was a lot of fun with the track being so technical, getting through turn one and two was so tricky. I can’t thank everyone who helps out with this team enough. Last time we were in Victory Lane it was just me and Jesse and now we’ve added Dallas. This is his first Outlaw win, so that’s pretty special for him,” a jubilated Marks said.  

“We’ve been working hard this year and passing all the cars we have this year, it really helps in lapped traffic. I can’t believe I’m a two-time World of Outlaws winner,” Marks added with excitement.

Haudenschild was pleased with his second and talked about his attempt for the lead, “I got a run but I was so low on the backstretch, I couldn’t really do much into turn three.” 

"I kind of had to regroup after I hit the wall in turn one. This Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall team has worked hard and we’ve got a lot of big races coming up that we’re looking forward to,” the 2017 World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year added.

Jacob Allen had high praise for his fellow statesman. “Brent was really good in traffic, he raced hard and ran good laps. This track is really slick and unique. I’m really happy with the night, but obviously I’m still looking for that first win,” Allen added with a smile.

Brad Sweet finished fourth with David Gravel completing the top five.

Donny Schatz crashed in Qualifying, forcing him to start last in his Heat Race. The nine-time Series Champion and Series Points Leader started 15th in the Feature and picked up KSE Hard Charger honors finishing sixth. Chuck Hebing finished an impressive seventh with his 360 motor and Ian Madsen was the last car on the lead lap in eighth.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to action next weekend with double Ironman 55 Features at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55. Both Friday and Saturday at Pevely will pay $20,000 to win and $1000 just to take the Green. The Greatest Show on Dirt will return to the Empire State on October 6 to Fulton Speedway as a part of NAPA Super DIRT Week!

Feature: 1. 19-Brent Marks [1][$10,000]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [4][$5,500]; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen [2][$3,200]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [6][$2,800]; 5. 5-David Gravel [7][$2,500]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz [15][$2,300]; 7. 45-Chuck Hebing [3][$2,200]; 8. 18-Ian Madsen [8][$2,100]; 9. 49X-Tim Shaffer [12][$2,050]; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart [11][$2,000]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser [14][$1,500]; 12. 9-Daryn Pittman [10][$1,200]; 13. W20-Greg Wilson [19][$1,100]; 14. 33-Mike Mahaney [18][$1,050]; 15. 99L-Larry Wight [9][$1,000]; 16. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [16][$900]; 17. 10-Joe Kata [21][$800]; 18. 2-Shane Stewart [5][$800]; 19. 98-Joe Trenca [13][$800]; 20. 7S-Jason Sides [20][$800]; 21. 2X-Dave Axton [17][$800]; Lap Leaders: Brent Marks 1-35; KSE Hard Charger Award: 15-Donny Schatz [+9]

Qualifying: 1. 9-Daryn Pittman, 14.388; 2. 49-Brad Sweet, 14.403; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen, 14.419; 4. 2-Shane Stewart, 14.533; 5. 18-Ian Madsen, 14.63; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 14.662; 7. 5-David Gravel, 14.727; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 14.766; 9. 99L-Larry Wight, 14.928; 10. 45-Chuck Hebing, 15.015; 11. 19-Brent Marks, 15.092; 12. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 15.137; 13. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 15.422; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 15.498; 15. 33-Mike Mahaney, 15.547; 16. 98-Joe Trenca, 15.821; 17. 2X-Dave Axton, 15.825; 18. 10-Joe Kata, 15.826; 19. W20-Greg Wilson, 15.839; 20. 7S-Jason Sides, 15.988; 21. 15-Donny Schatz, NT

For full results from Weedsport Speedway, click here

 

 

World of Outlaws Will Conclude Month of Money at Knoxville Nationals

CONCORD, NC – July 28, 2018 – The summer is rapidly passing, which means only one thing, it’s almost time for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series to head to Iowa for the biggest Sprint Car race in the world – the 5-HOUR ENERGY Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Store, August 8th-11th at Knoxville Raceway.

In two weeks, everybody who is anybody in open-wheel racing will converge at the Sprint Car Capital of the World, Knoxville Raceway. With already over 80 pre-entries from four different countries, a triple-digit car count can be expected once again for the Nationals.

Included in those pre-entries are NASCAR stars and World of Outlaws car owners Kasey Kahne and Kyle Larson. Larson finished second last year behind nine-time Series Champion Donny Schatz, as the Fargo, ND native collected his 10th Knoxville Nationals win. Both Kahne and Larson are slated to qualify on Wednesday.

As always at the Knoxville Nationals, the on-track action is just part of what makes the event one of a kind.

Motor Racing Network’s Winged Nation will be live under the grandstands all four nights before the racing gets underway. The Kids Zone will open each afternoon at 3pm and will feature a Casey’s General Stores pizza party, a Kone Korner ice cream party and face painting Wednesday, Thursday and Friday respectively. Friday will be packed with the inaugural 4.10-mile dash at 9am and then the Steve King Foundation Cornhole Tournament at noon.

Friday morning will also see a live auction benefitting Bobbi and Jaxx Johnson in Dyer Hudson Hall from 9am-12pm. A full list of activities can be found here: http://www.knoxvilleraceway.com/Event/knoxville-nationals

On track, Donny Schatz remains the man to beat. The nine-time World of Outlaws Champion has won 10 of the last 12 Nationals and hasn’t finished worse than second since 2004. Schatz leads the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Point Standings with 15 wins, as he seeks his 10th Series Championship.

The man to beat at Knoxville is no doubt Schatz, but that doesn’t mean other parties don’t have confidence. Last year, David Gravel and CJB Motorsports scored the first “Perfect 500” on a Qualifying Night in over 25 years and led the first 22 laps of the finale before retiring due to motor trouble. Gravel also passed Schatz to win the second night of the Brownells Big Guns Bash at Knoxville back in June. Gravel is hungry to dethrone Schatz and has shown the speed at the Marion County Fairgrounds to do so.

Kyle Larson, Brad Sweet and Brian Brown have also shown the speed at Knoxville to be considered threats to win. Every year, there’s always a surprise or two up front on Saturday, and at Knoxville, you never know what’s going to happen; the late Jason Johnson proved that in 2016 in one of the most memorable races in Sprint Car history.

If you are a Sprint Car fan, there’s only one place to be the second week of August, and it’s Knoxville, Iowa. Tickets are going fast, so be sure to reserve your seat today: https://knoxvilleraceway.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=102&_ga=2.3851123.272946350.1532552343-2109897380.1502427217

 

 

David Gravel Tames Ransomville for Fifth Victory of 2018

RANSOMVILLE, NY – July 27, 2018 – David Gravel fought off multiple charges from Brad Sweet to lead all 30 laps and claim his fifth win of the 2018 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series 40th Anniversary Season at Ransomville Speedway. Sweet took the lead on two occasions but settled for second for the second consecutive year at Ransomville. Polesitter Donny Schatz completed the podium.

Donny Schatz won the Sears Craftsman Dash, earning the pole for the 30 Lap Feature, in search of his 16th victory of the year.

Action was halted on the opening lap after Paulie Colagiovanni went for a wild ride up and over the turn three and four wall. Colagiovanni was uninjured and walked away from the incident under his own power to a large roar from the massive Ransomville Speedway crowd.

David Gravel powered around Donny Schatz to pace the field down the backstretch and lead the opening lap. Brad Sweet went around Schatz to take second on Lap 3.

Another Red Flag halted action as Daryn Pittman got upside down battling for position inside the top ten on Lap 4. Pittman walked away from the incident under his own power.

A long stretch of Green Flag laps allowed Gravel and Sweet to reach heavy lapped traffic. The duo sliced and diced through slower cars littered around the 3/8th mile. Sweet cleared Gravel with a slide job on Lap 10, but Gravel turned back underneath to edge Sweet at the line.

As the duo continued to navigate traffic, Sweet edged in front of Gravel once again down the backstretch on Lap 17, but once again Gravel willed his CJB Motorsports No.5 back in front at the stripe.

One lap later the final caution of the night flew for an ailing Dan Bennett, taking the leaders out of traffic with 12 laps remaining. Gravel motored away with a clear track in front of him.

Gravel would be forced to clear a pair of lapped cars running side-by-side and he did so with relative ease, axing any chance of late race heroics from Sweet.

“I was being a little cautious, I blew a tire here last year and I didn’t want to do that again this year. When Brad showed his nose, I knew I had to step up my game and luckily, I was able to get back by him,” Gravel said in Victory Lane.

“We’ve been fast here the past couple of weeks, it’s good to get another win. This is our first win in a CJB house car, Barry [Jackson] has put a lot of hours in to make these things go fast,” Gravel added.

Sweet settled for second and complimented Gravel. “David did a nice job getting through traffic, especially with the lapped cars battling side-by-side. I think we were pretty equal with him, my guys gave me a great car,” Sweet said next to his Kasey Kahne Racing No.49.

After starting on the pole, Schatz was disappointed to fade to third, but made no excuses. “We weren’t good enough to compete for the win, you lick your wounds some days and come back stronger,” Schatz said before thanking his crew for their continued effort.

Kraig Kinser had a season-best fourth place finish with Logan Schuchart completing the top five.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series continues its 40th Anniversary Season Sunday, July 29 at Weedsport Speedway with the Empire State Challenge. Following that, the Series will head to Pevely, MO for two 55-lap, $20,000 to win Ironman 55 Features at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55! If you can’t make it to the track, be sure to watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 5-David Gravel [2][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [4][$5,500]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [1][$3,200]; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3][$2,800]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [7][$2,500]; 6. 49X-Tim Shaffer [6][$2,300]; 7. 19-Brent Marks [9][$2,200]; 8. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [19][$2,100]; 9. 2-Shane Stewart [8][$2,050]; 10. 18-Ian Madsen [5][$2,000]; 11. W20-Greg Wilson [11][$1,500]; 12. 7S-Jason Sides [21][$1,200]; 13. 35-Jared Zimbardi [20][$1,100]; 14. 18X-Ryan Susice [16][$1,050]; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen [22][$1,000]; 16. 36-Matt Billings [15][$900]; 17. 54JR-Scott Just [18][$800]; 18. 54J-David Just [13][$800]; 19. X-Dan Bennett [23][$800]; 20. 9-Daryn Pittman [10][$800]; 21. 49K-Scott Kreutter [14][$800]; 22. 33-Mike Mahaney [17][$800]; 23. 10-Paul Colagiovanni [12][$800]; Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[+11]

Qualifying: 1. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.9; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 14.077; 3. 7S-Jason Sides, 14.153; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 14.157; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.184; 6. 18-Ian Madsen, 14.195; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman, 14.22; 8. 2-Shane Stewart, 14.278; 9. 5-David Gravel, 14.28; 10. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 14.302; 11. W20-Greg Wilson, 14.38; 12. 19-Brent Marks, 14.405; 13. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 14.532; 14. 33-Mike Mahaney, 14.663; 15. 10-Paul Colagiovanni, 14.805; 16. 1A-Jacob Allen, 14.965; 17. 49K-Scott Kreutter, 15.031; 18. 36-Matt Billings, 15.133; 19. 18X-Ryan Susice, 15.215; 20. 35-Jared Zimbardi, 15.268; 21. 54JR-Scott Just, 15.335; 22. 54J-David Just, 15.38; 23. X-Dan Bennett, 15.695

For full results from Ransomville Speedway, click here.

 

 

Inaugural World of Outlaws Visit to Airborne Park Speedway Canceled Due to Rain

PLATTSBURGH, NY – July 25, 2018 – The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series and Airborne Park Speedway officials have made the decision to cancel The Greatest Show on Dirt's inaugural visit to the Plattsburgh facility, scheduled for Wednesday, July 25, 2018. The massive storm ready to hit the northeast has set its sights on Airborne Park Speedway and in the best interest of fans, drivers and teams, the decision was made to cancel the event before they arrived at the facility.

There is no makeup date at this time. Officials have already discussed 2019 dates for the World of Outlaws and Airborne Park Speedway. Those that purchased tickets for the event will automatically receive an account credit to their www.mydirttickets.com account, this credit can be used to any event on www.worldofoutlaws.com/tickets for up to 2 years. If a refund is preferred, ticket purchasers have until September 4, 2018 to request such and can call 844-DIRT-TIX to request a refund.

One of the events that the credit can be used for is during NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week when The Greatest Show on Dirt returns to Fulton Speedway on Saturday, October 6!

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series continues its summer New York Swing at Ransomville Speedway at Friday, July 27 before concluding the Empire State swing at Weedsport Speedway on Sunday, July 29. Watch every lap of the World of Outlaws 40th Anniversary Season LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

 

 

Tickets Now Available for 65th Annual Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar Speedway

CHICO, CA — July 24, 2018 — A pair of racing celebrations soon come to life with the 70th Anniversary of Silver Dollar Speedway. The historical track will host the 65th Annual Gold Cup Race of Champions on September 5th - 8th of 2018. A gigantic 70/65 party is planned at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds.

Plenty of tickets and camping are still available. Reserved seats and camping are available until the race is held. Currently only four-day packages are available, and camping is only reserved for the entire week. All other camping options are on a first come basis. Individual day reserved tickets will go on sale August 15th.

You must call the office at 530-350-7275 to order reserved seating. Reserve tickets are not available for purchase online. General admission tickets, which cover seating in rows A thru I in the south (turn-1) and north (turn-4) in the bleachers, are on a first come basis, and can be purchased in advance by phone or online. All reserved and general admission tickets will also be available at the gate each night starting at 5pm and from 9am to 4pm daily in the ticket office the week of Gold Cup. For pricing, please refer to silverdollarspeedway.com.

We are also offering General Admission Gold Cup tickets for the fifth year. Specially priced children’s tickets will be available in the general admission areas, and kids are free on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Both the 4-day reserved, and 4-day general admission tickets are still available.

Just a quick reminder to fill out your 2019 Gold Cup Reservation Form prior to our October 8th Columbus Day saleand submit it to our office. You are also eligible to renew your existing 4-Day package for 2019, but a form is still required for renewal and must be received by Friday, October 5th, 2018. The generic form is now online on the track website and will be available at the track during the week of the Gold Cup Race.

The Gold Cup features 4 full nights of racing featuring the Civil War Sprints and Hunt Magneto Wingless series on Wednesday followed by the USAC/CRA show on Thursday with the all new 360 Platinum Cup added this year. Friday and Saturday the barnstorming World of Outlaws hit the ¼-mile clay oval this year joined by the NorCal Dwarf cars. Details are available at 530-350-7275 or at silverdollarspeedway.com.

 

 

Mother Nature Takes Night Two of Summer Nationals at Williams Grove

MECHANICSBURG, PA – July 21, 2018 – An early afternoon rain shower has forced Williams Grove Speedway and World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series officials to cancel the finale of the Champion Racing Oil Summer Nationals. The event will not be rescheduled.

All ticketing questions should be directed to Williams Grove Speedway at 717-697-5000. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will return to the famous facility on Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29 for the Champion Racing Oil National Open that will pay out $56,000 to the winner.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series continues its 40th Anniversary Season with a trio of dates in New York starting Wednesday, July 25 with the Series inaugural visit to Airborne Park Speedway in PlattsburghFriday, July 27 the Series will return to Ransomville Speedway before concluding the New York swing at Weedsport Speedway on Sunday, July 29. If you can’t make it to the track, be sure to watch all the action live on DIRTVision.com!

 

 

Lance Dewease Becomes Winningest Driver in Williams Grove History with World of Outlaws Triumph on Night One of Summer Nationals

MECHANICSBURG, PA – July 20, 2018 – Lance Dewease got better with each restart and passed Donny Schatz on Lap 20 to win his 91st career Feature at Williams Grove Speedway and 14th World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series triumph. Schatz settled for second with Brian Montieth completing the podium.

Lucas Wolfe won the Sears Craftsman Dash, earning the pole for the 25-Lap Feature, but it was fellow front row starter, Donny Schatz that got the jump on the initial start to lead the opening lap.

Ian Madsen brought out the first caution of the evening on Lap 3. Lance Dewease, who started fourth, used the restart to move into second by Wolfe. Greg Hodnett moved by Wolfe into third a lap later.

Dewease closed in on Schatz as the duo established themselves as the class of the field. Schatz negotiated lapped traffic with ease, before a caution for Sheldon Haudenschild on Lap 16 bunched the field together.

Schatz cleared Dewease on the following double-file restart, but a caution for Jim Siegel set up a single-file restart. Dewease took a look underneath Schatz for the top spot, but couldn’t make it stick. A lap later Jacob Allen went up in smoke, setting up another double-file restart.

Once again, Schatz kept Dewease at bay on the restart. One lap later, Trey Starks was backwards, setting up the final restart with seven laps remaining.

This time, Dewease stayed right Schatz. Dewease followed Schatz on the top for a lap before making his move with a slide job in turn one to lead down the backstretch to the delight of the large Williams Grove Speedway crowd.

Dewease extended the lead and went on to win by 1.201 seconds for his 14th career Outlaw win and to become the winningest driver in Williams Grove history.

“It just feels great to be in Victory Lane and to beat Donny Schatz, he’s one of the best racers to ever drive these cars and he races you as clean as anybody. I hope my pass on him was as clean as he races all of us,” Dewease said in Victory Lane, deflecting the attention away from his record-breaking win at the facility. Dewease acknowledged his great car owners and teams that have helped him to get to this point in his career, including his current team which is assembled with 3 Hall of Famers – himself, Car Owner Don Kreitz, Jr. and Crew Chief Davey Brown.

“Every start I got a little better off of four and I finally got a big run at him,” Dewease said of his winning pass on Schatz. “For all of you fans that come out and support us every week, this is for you,” Dewease added to a chorus of “Posse” chants from the local faithful.

“If you come around here and race with Lance for the win, you’re doing something right. No excuses, he beat us,” Schatz said to track announcer Bruce Ellis. “You do the best you can and tonight was second. It was still a good night for us.”

Brian Montieth finished third and was in good spirits, “We got going a little better at the end, my guys gave me a great car. Hats off to them, we wrecked a car last week and had to build a new one and it paid off.”

Hodnett finished fourth with 11th-starting Logan Schuchart completing the top five.

Wolfe finished sixth with Outlaw Regulars 15th-starting David Gravel, Brad Sweet, Daryn Pittman and Shane Stewart completing the top ten. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to Williams Grove Speedway tomorrow night for the conclusion of the Summer Nationals, which will pay $20,000 to the winner.If you can’t make it to the track, be sure to watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Feature (25 Laps): 1. 69K-Lance Dewease [4][$13,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [2][$4,000]; 3. 21-Brian Montieth [5][$2,500]; 4. 27-Greg Hodnett [3][$2,200]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [11][$2,100]; 6. 24-Lucas Wolfe [1][$2,000]; 7. 5-David Gravel [15][$1,800]; 8. 49-Brad Sweet [9][$1,600]; 9. 9-Daryn Pittman [12][$1,500]; 10. 2-Shane Stewart [7][$1,300]; 11. 3-James McFadden [10][$1,200]; 12. 17B-Steve Buckwalter [17][$1,100]; 13. 48-Danny Dietrich [13][$1,000]; 14. 19-Brent Marks [24][$700]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser [18][$600]; 16. 58-Jim Siegel [25][$600]; 17. 55K-Robbie Kendall [14][$600]; 18. 39M-Anthony Macri [21][$600]; 19. 7S-Jason Sides [22][$600]; 20. 44-Trey Starks [6][$600]; 21. 18-Ian Madsen [16][$600]; 22. 1A-Jacob Allen [8][$600]; 23. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [20][$600]; 24. 39-Cory Haas [19][$600]; 25. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [23][$600]; Lap Leaders: Donny Schatz 1-17, Lance Dewease 18-25; KSE Hard Charger Award: 19-Brent Marks[+10]

Qualifying: 1. 21-Brian Montieth, 16.666; 2. 69K-Lance Dewease, 16.676; 3. 27-Greg Hodnett, 16.685; 4. 44-Trey Starks, 16.717; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen, 16.757; 6. 24-Lucas Wolfe, 16.767; 7. 3-James McFadden, 16.784; 8. 15-Donny Schatz, 16.805; 9. 49-Brad Sweet, 16.832; 10. 2-Shane Stewart, 16.832; 11. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 16.832; 12. 9-Daryn Pittman, 16.835; 13. 18-Ian Madsen, 16.841; 14. 55K-Robbie Kendall, 16.886; 15. 5-David Gravel, 16.95; 16. 48-Danny Dietrich, 16.965; 17. 17B-Steve Buckwalter, 16.987; 18. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 17.039; 19. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 17.056; 20. 39-Cory Haas, 17.147; 21. 39M-Anthony Macri, 17.155; 22. 87-Alan Krimes, 17.16; 23. 7S-Jason Sides, 17.213; 24. W20-Greg Wilson, 17.272; 25. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 17.336; 26. 19-Brent Marks, 17.35; 27. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 17.372; 28. 58-Jim Siegel, 17.595; 29. 27G-Jay Galloway, 17.942; 30. 75-Nicole Bower, 18.247; 31. 12W-Troy Fraker, 18.518

For full results from Wiliams Grove Speedway - July 20, click here

 

 

 

Freddie Rahmer Sends Lincoln Speedway into Pandemonium with First Career Outlaw Win

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA – July 19, 2018 – Freddie Rahmer got by David Gravel on a double-file restart with nine laps remaining to win the Gettysburg Clash at Lincoln Speedway for the Pennsylvania Posse. Rahmer, joining his father Fred, became the sixth father-son duo to win World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Features. Gravel and Daryn Pittman completed the podium.

Last year’s Gettysburg Clash winner David Gravel won the Sears Craftsman Dash to earn the pole for the 35-Lap Feature. Gravel got the jump on the start while Daryn Pittman got around front row starter Alan Krimes for second down the backstretch.

Gravel reached heavy lapped traffic on Lap 8 allowing Pittman, Krimes and company to close in. Two laps later, James McFadden brought out the Yellow Flag, giving Gravel a clear track. On the restart, Krimes took second from Pittman down the backstretch briefly, only to have Pittman power back to the runner-up position coming back to the line.

Rahmer, who started sixth, worked by Krimes for third on Lap 13 with a slider and set his sets on the lead duo. As Gravel and Pittman worked through heavy traffic, Rahmer closed in and moved by Pittman for second on Lap 20.

Danny Dietrich, a five-time Lincoln winner in 2018, worked his way into third by Pittman and began reeling in Rahmer and Gravel. In heavy lapped traffic, Dietrich threw a massive slider for second on Rahmer in turn three, but lost the handle and spun, leaving fourth-place running Brad Sweet nowhere to go. Neither was able to continue, a crushing blow to Sweet’s Championship efforts.

The caution also negated Gravel’s sizable lead. The double-file restart with nine laps remaining lined up Rahmer to the outside of Gravel. Rahmer used a brilliant run, glued to the middle, to take the lead down the backstretch, sending the Pennsylvania fans into a frenzy anticipating a hometown win.

Rahmer extended the lead and was just reaching the back of the field as he took the checkered for the first time as a World of Outlaws winner and sent Lincoln Speedway into pandemonium.

After collecting his breath, Rahmer said, “We work so hard for this, I knew if we got into position, we could win one of these races. I didn’t know if they were close the last two laps, but we got it done.”

Freddie and Fred Rahmer joined racing royalty as just the sixth father-son duo to win World of Outlaws Features, joining the Kinser, Swindell, Haudenschild, Smith and Kaeding families.

“Of all the things that have happened in racing, this is the coolest,” National Sprint Car Hall of Famer member Fred Rahmer, who is the all-time leading Feature winner at Lincoln Speedway, said while holding back tears in Victory Lane. “It took me a lot damn longer to win one of these races than him,” Rahmer added with a smile.

David Gravel was understandably disappointed after leading 26 laps to come home second, but wished his best on Freddie Rahmer and congratulated him on his first victory. “I didn’t need that yellow, but that’s racing. It’s a tough one to swallow, you lead that many laps, you want to win,” Gravel said.

Daryn Pittman completed the podium after a torrid battle with Donny Schatz for third and also congratulated the Rahmer family, “Congrats to Fred and Freddie, what an amazing performance from them. We were really good in the beginning, but kind of faded at the end. The last few laps with Donny were excellent, he ran me clean as always. This is a good run for this whole team and we’ll see what we have at The Grove.”

Schatz came from 11th to finish fourth with Lucas Wolfe completing the top five.

Greg Wilson came forward to sixth with Brian Montieth finishing seventh. Brent Marks earned KSE Hard Charger honors coming from 21st to eighth, Krimes faded to ninth and 20th-starting Logan Schuchart completed the top ten.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series continues its 40th Anniversary Season this weekend at Williams Grove Speedway with two increased purses. Friday, July 20th’s Feature will carry the $5,000 bonus of the Morgan Cup, meaning the winner will take home $13,000. Saturday, July 21st’s Feature will pay $20,000 to the winner. If you can’t make it to the track, be sure to watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Feature (35 Laps): 1. 51-Freddie Rahmer [6][$10,000]; 2. 5-David Gravel [1][$5,500]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [4][$3,200]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [11][$2,800]; 5. 24-Lucas Wolfe [8][$2,500]; 6. W20-Greg Wilson [10][$2,300]; 7. 21-Brian Montieth [9][$2,200]; 8. 19-Brent Marks [21][$2,100]; 9. 87-Alan Krimes [2][$2,050]; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart [20][$2,000]; 11. O7-Gerard McIntyre [12][$1,500]; 12. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [25][$400]; 13. 39-Cory Haas [22][$1,100]; 14. 55K-Robbie Kendall [19][$1,050]; 15. 7S-Jason Sides [3][$1,000]; 16. 27-Greg Hodnett [13][$900]; 17. 39M-Anthony Macri [28][$]; 18. 2-Shane Stewart [14][$800]; 19. 3-James McFadden [16][$800]; 20. 18-Ian Madsen [27][$]; 21. 1X-Chad Trout [18][$800]; 22. 1A-Jacob Allen [15][$800]; 23. 1XX-Tim Wagaman [24][$800]; 24. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [17][$800]; 25. 11K-Kraig Kinser [23][$800]; 26. 48-Danny Dietrich [7][$800]; 27. 49-Brad Sweet [5][$800]; 28. 59-Jim Siegel [26][$]; Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-26, Freddie Rahmer 27-35; KSE Hard Charger Award: 19-Brent Marks[+13]

Qualifying: 1. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.451; 2. 5-David Gravel, 13.492; 3. 87-Alan Krimes, 13.582; 4. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.613; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.675; 6. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 13.718; 7. 24-Lucas Wolfe, 13.739; 8. O7-Gerard McIntyre, 13.761; 9. 27-Greg Hodnett, 13.781; 10. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.796; 11. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.821; 12. 48-Danny Dietrich, 13.823; 13. 21-Brian Montieth, 13.868; 14. 39-Cory Haas, 13.898; 15. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.921; 16. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.944; 17. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 13.948; 18. 1X-Chad Trout, 13.97; 19. 55K-Robbie Kendall, 13.986; 20. 3-James McFadden, 13.993; 21. 19-Brent Marks, 14.023; 22. 2-Shane Stewart, 14.031; 23. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.049; 24. 69-Tim Glatfelter, 14.057; 25. 1XX-Tim Wagaman, 14.057; 26. 59-Jim Siegel, 14.075; 27. 86-Steve Storrie, 14.114; 28. 39M-Anthony Macri, 14.116; 29. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 14.179; 30. 88-Brandon Rahmer, 14.186; 31. 44-Trey Starks, 14.186; 32. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe, 14.281; 33. 18-Ian Madsen, 14.43; 34. 73B-Brett Michalski, 15.051

For full results from Lincoln Speedway - 7/19/18, click here

 

 

Two 55-Lap Features, Free Camping Headline Biggest Ironman Weekend to Date at Pevely

CONCORD, NC – July 20, 2018 – Extending the Month of the Money into August, and leading into the legendary Knoxville Nationals, lies the longest and most challenging Sprint Car race on the World of Outlaws schedule: The Ironman 55. Now in its tenth year, the two-day event at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, MO will be the biggest one yet, with 55-lap, $20,000-to-win, $1,000-to-start Features on both Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4.

Yesterday’s bad luck is today’s good fortune. Last year, Mother Nature rained out the final night of the Ironman, resulting in a yearlong postponement of the 55-lap Feature and setting up a massive 2018 Ironman weekend, like never before. To help fans and drivers alike celebrate the historic weekend, the track is offering free camping.

While the event itself began a decade ago, Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 has been a staple on the World of Outlaws schedule since Brad Doty won the inaugural Series race in 1987. The third-mile oval is one of the highest-banked tracks on the circuit. With cars turning laps in the 10-second bracket, the extended Feature laps make this one of the most physically challenging events on the schedule.

Recently, Daryn Pittman has been dominating the bullring. Pittman won the opening night of Ironman Weekend last year and was in good position when the rain hit on the second night. Pittman followed up last year’s success at I-55 by picking up the win at the Pevely, MO facility on April 21, 2018 of this season.

“We have been really good there the last three times. Pevely has always been a track I enjoy going to, regardless of the success I have or have not had there,” Pittman, who also won at the track in 2002, said about returning to Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55.

Pittman has never won the Ironman 55 and knows that this year’s event is going to be as grueling as ever.

“55 laps there is a handful, and for us to do it two days in a row, it is going to be hard and tough. Whoever wins is going to earn it,” Pittman, who has four wins on the season and sits fourth in the Series Point Standings, said in anticipation of the back-to-back $20,000-to-win Features.

With the increased payday, a strong field of regional invaders will be on hand to try to steal the money from the World of Outlaws regulars. In addition to Pittman, full-time World of Outlaws drivers Kraig Kinser (2005), Jason Sides (2012), Donny Schatz (2015) and David Gravel (2015) have also visited Victory Lane at Pevely.

As usual, the Ironman 55 weekend offers fans several opportunities to interact with their favorite drivers. All reserved tickets include a free fan pit pass prior to racing. And all 24 Feature drivers will take a walking parade lap for driver intros around the third-mile oval before Saturday’s Feature, stopping and signing autographs along the way.

A strong field of POWRi Midgets will be on the card alongside the Greatest Show on Dirt in August. Tickets for this can’t miss weekend are still available online. If you can’t make it to the track, be sure to watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com.

 
 

 

 

Kyle Larson Dominates Silver Cup at Lernerville for $25,000 Payday

SARVER, PA – July 17, 2018 – Kyle Larson started fourth and worked his way by Ian Madsen on Lap 9 and never looked back to win his first World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature of the year and sixth in his career. Larson also set Quick Time over the 37-car field and won his Heat Race. Brad Sweet finished second with Donny Schatz coming from ninth to complete the podium at the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup at Lernerville Speedway.

Western Pennsylvania’s own Tim Shaffer won the Sears Craftsman Dash to earn the pole for the 40-lap Feature. Shaffer, the 1993 Lernerville Track Champion and two-time Silver Cup winner, led the opening four laps before Brandon Spithaler spun off the track, bringing out the only caution of the event.

World of Outlaws rookie Ian Madsen took advantage of the double-file restart to take the lead from Shaffer down the backstretch. Madsen led lap five and Larson took second from Shaffer a lap later.

Larson slid Madsen for the lead on Lap 8, but the Australian turned back underneath Larson’s No.57 to lead into turn three. It was short-lived, however, as Larson pounded the cushion and blasted around Madsen to lead the ninth circuit.

Larson established he was the class of the field and quickly built up a lead as the field stretched out around the 4/10th oval.

Brad Sweet, fresh off his runner-up finish at the Kings Royal, began making the top work and moved by Shaffer for third on Lap 26 and then used the same line to move by Madsen for second a lap later. Simultaneously, Donny Schatz began making the bottom work. Schatz worked his way into third on Lap 31.

As Larson diced through heavy traffic, Sweet began to close in on Larson as the large crowd at Lernerville Speedway watched closely to see if the driver referred to as ‘The Big Cat’ could make a move. Larson was flawless through traffic, re-extending his lead and going on to win by 1.893 seconds over his brother-in-law, Sweet.

“I was able to get through traffic pretty well. There was a strip of moisture in turns three and four. I was trying to check the board because I knew if [Schatz] was coming, I was going to have to do some searching,” Larson said in Victory Lane.

Larson was making his first start at Lernerville in five years, he came from 24th to second in the 2013 Silver Cup. “I didn’t think we were that great in the Dash, but Paul Silva was able to tune it up and I knew right away in the Feature I had a good shot of winning this one.”

“These Outlaw races are so hard to win. I was able to get an Outlaw win for Ricky [Stenhouse] last year, but it has been a couple years since I got an Outlaw win in the No.57,” Larson added.

"It’s great to see a packed house, I was only able to get here five minutes before engine heat because of plane troubles, but I’m glad we made it. We couldn’t be out here without all you fans,” Larson, who won everything but the Sears Craftsman Dash, said to a loud applause.

Brad Sweet settled for second and referenced how similar tonight was to Saturday’s Kings Royal, where he was trying to chase down Schatz on the cushion.

“You know [Larson] is going to be tough to beat out front, I wasn’t making as much speed once the top in turns one and two went away. I kind of saw Donny coming at the end so I moved down on the race track,” Sweet said in good spirits.

"The past few races the tracks have been slick and technical with a lot of Green Flag laps, it’s been a lot of fun. We’ve been right in the hunt throughout this Month of Money and hopefully we can pick up some more wins here soon,” Sweet added.

Schatz came from ninth to complete the podium and referenced his slow start, “We were a little better at the end than at the beginning, but we’ve got to be better earlier. It wasn’t a bad night or a bad finish, it was just one of those nights,” Schatz, who had won three of the last four races prior to tonight, said.

David Gravel came from 10th to finish fourth with Ian Madsen fading to fifth. Kasey Kahne made a last-lap pass in the Last Chance Showdown to make the Feature and earned KSE Hard Charger honors coming to 17th at the Checkered Flag.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series continues its 40th Anniversary Season with a trio of dates with the Pennsylvania Posse starting Thursday, July 19 at Lincoln Speedway before heading over to Williams Grove Speedway for the Summer Nationals. If you can’t make it to the track, watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Feature (40 Laps): 1. 57-Kyle Larson [4][$25,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [3][$7,000]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [9][$5,000]; 4. 5-David Gravel [10][$4,000]; 5. 18-Ian Madsen [2][$3,000]; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman [5][$2,900]; 7. 49X-Tim Shaffer [1][$2,800]; 8. 2M-Kerry Madsen [7][$2,700]; 9. 10H-Chad Kemenah [14][$2,600]; 10. 7K-Cale Conley [6][$2,500]; 11. 2-Shane Stewart [13][$2,400]; 12. 1A-Jacob Allen [11][$2,300]; 13. 19-Brent Marks [15][$2,200]; 14. 1S-Logan Schuchart [8][$2,100]; 15. W20-Greg Wilson [20][$2,000]; 16. 7S-Jason Sides [16][$1,500]; 17. 4K-Kasey Kahne [24][$1,300]; 18. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [19][$1,200]; 19. 11K-Kraig Kinser [17][$1,200]; 20. 83-Cory Eliason [21][$1,200]; 21. 39-Spencer Bayston [12][$1,200]; 22. 22-Brandon Spithaler [22][$1,200]; 23. 40-George Hobaugh [18][$1,200]; 24. 4-Parker Price-Miller [23][$1,200]; 25. 2AJ-A.J. Flick [25][$]; 26. 51-John Garvin [26][$]; Lap Leaders: Tim Shaffer 1-4, Ian Madsen 5-8, Kyle Larson 9-40; KSE Hard Charger Award: 4K-Kasey Kahne[+7]

Qualifying: 1. 57-Kyle Larson, 13.36; 2. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.397; 3. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 13.475; 4. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.517; 5. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.566; 6. 4-Parker Price-Miller, 13.593; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.614; 8. 7K-Cale Conley, 13.669; 9. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.671; 10. 42-Sye Lynch, 13.685; 11. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.694; 12. 39-Spencer Bayston, 13.72; 13. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.742; 14. 5-David Gravel, 13.748; 15. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.756; 16. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.758; 17. 83-Cory Eliason, 13.768; 18. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.792; 19. 22-Brandon Spithaler, 13.808; 20. 2AJ-A.J. Flick, 13.855; 21. 7W-Logan Wagner, 13.886; 22. 40-George Hobaugh, 13.892; 23. 19-Brent Marks, 13.945; 24. 7S-Jason Sides, 14.025; 25. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.035; 26. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 14.062; 27. 98-Carl Bowser, 14.07; 28. 4K-Kasey Kahne, 14.134; 29. 51-John Garvin, 14.245; 30. 45-Trevor Baker, 14.298; 31. 13-Brandon Matus, 14.427; 32. 91-Sadie Siegel, 15.032; 33. 33-Brent Matus, 15.104; 34. O8-Dan Kuriger, 15.175; 35. 4KX-William Kiley, 16.284; 36. 1R-Gale Ruth, 16.73

For full results from Lernerville Speedway, July 17, 2018 visit woosprint.com or click here

 

 

World of Outlaws Set to Invade New York for Trio of July Dates

CONCORD, NC – July 17, 2018 - The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series continues its 40th Anniversary Season and Month of Money with an exciting slate of three races in five days through New York. The Series will make its inaugural visit to Airborne Park Speedway on Wednesday, July 25 before heading to Ransomville Speedway on Friday, July 27 and concluding the weekend at the Empire State Challenge at Weedsport Speedway on Sunday, July 29.

Plattsburgh, NY’s Airborne Park Speedway, which is less than 30 miles from the Canadian border, will host The Greatest Show on Dirt for the first time ever on Wednesday, July 25.

“The Outlaws are the biggest product dirt racing has to offer, and we are looking forward to exciting our existing fans and expanding the fan base of Airborne Park Speedway, especially the Canadian market,” Airborne Media Director Robby Knowles said.

For fans attending Airborne Park Speedway, camping for the mid-week show will be available at the track for $22. Tickets still remain for the Outlaws first-ever visit to APS!

"In the track’s 64-year history, I can’t think of an event that trumps this in magnitude. We are looking forward to the biggest event in Airborne Park Speedway history,” Knowles added in anticipation of this summer’s visit by the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series.

Friday, July 27 the Outlaws will return to Ransomville Speedway with the running of The Big ‘R’ Outlaw Shootout. It will be the fifth-ever visit by the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series at the 3/8-mile oval, dating back to 1994 when Dave Blaney won the inaugural event. The Series returned to Ransomville last year for the first time in two decades with ‘The Steel City Outlaw’ Tim Shaffer landing in Victory Lane. Ransomville has made some improvements in 2018 and everyone involved with the speedway is looking forward to the Outlaws returning.

"We've added some additional lighting this year to further enhance the facility. The phone calls have been ramping up, asking about camping and tickets. Everyone loves the World of Outlaws, and we are extremely excited to have The Greatest Show on Dirt back. We've had great weather all year and we cannot wait for July 27," Ransomville General Manager Jennifer Martin said. Ransomville Speedway is offering free camping all weekend for the event, so make it a weekend and camp out at the speedway!

Sunday, July 29 the Series will make its lone appearance at Weedsport Speedway for the Empire State Challenge. Weedsport Speedway made its way back on the schedule in 2015, after a 22-year hiatus. Lynn Paxton won the inaugural event at Weedsport back in 1980.

The 2017 Empire State Challenge got rained out, but the 2016 event at Weedsport Speedway was a memorable one. Logan Schuchart, who led the first 30 laps of the event, was at the time looking for his first career Outlaw victory when Donny Schatz stole the win away. Schatz was also victorious at the event in 2015.

“Weedsport is an excellent facility, and the track is always slick, smooth and wide. It’s an added bonus that it’s not too far from Pennsylvania and the Shark team will hopefully have some extra fans in the crowd,” Schuchart, who now has six career Outlaw wins, said about racing at Weedsport Speedway.

Tickets for all three World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series events in New York are available here: Airborne, Ransomville, Weedsport. If you can’t make it to the track, be sure to watch all the action from the 40th Anniversary Season of the Greatest Show on Dirt live on DIRTVision.com.

To set up driver interviews, please contact Anthony Corini at acorini@dirtcar.com

 

 

Month of Money Continues at Lernerville with $25,000 Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup

CONCORD, NC – July 17, 2018 - It’s July, which means the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series is in its richest stretch of the year – the Month of Money. The Series will make its annual stop at Lernerville Speedway on Tuesday, July 17 with the running of the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup, paying a smooth $25,000 to the winner.

“We are starting to get into an exciting stretch of the season. A lot of money is on the line during the month of July. I think we are all ready to get started,” nine-time Series Champion and current points leader Donny Schatz said in anticipation of the Month of Money.

Schatz leads the stiff field of Outlaw regulars into Western Pennsylvania looking for his second consecutive Silver Cup triumph. In total, Schatz has eight career wins at the high-banked 4/10th oval. As always for the Silver Cup, a strong field of regional Ohio and Central Pennsylvania cars will be on hand looking to cash in on the big payday.

AJ Flick, the current Lernerville points leader, will lead the Western Pennsylvania contingent looking for a hometown victory. One of the most memorable Silver Cups of all time was back in 2002 when Ed Lynch. Jr, the all-time Lernerville wins leader, scored his one and only World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory in front of a raucous crowd.

On the Outlaw side, David Gravel heads into the Month of Money, and especially Lernerville, with a lot of confidence. Gravel, the 2016 Silver Cup Champion, is the most recent Outlaw winner scoring the 2017 Commonwealth Clash on September 23, 2017 in exciting fashion. Gravel and the CJB Motorsports No.5 is also coming off his fourth win of the 2018 season, emerging victorious on the final night of the Brownells Big Guns Bash at Knoxville Raceway last weekend.

The Month of Money gets underway for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series this weekend at Cedar Lake Speedway with the two-day FVP Platinum Battery Outlaw Showdown Friday and Saturday, July 6 and 7.

Following that the Series will continue its 40th Anniversary Season with a stretch in Ohio, including the lone appearance at Attica Raceway Park before heading to the $50,000 to win Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway. After the Silver Cup, the Outlaws take on the Pennsylvania Posse for the first time in 2018 at Lincoln Speedway before heading to Williams Grove for the Summer Nationals.

The Series will head to New York for a trio of events to conclude July before heading to the Ironman 55 that, due to rain last year, will feature two, $20,000 to win, 55-lap races.

The Month of Money will conclude at the Knoxville Nationals, which is the richest event on the World of Outlaws schedule and will pay $150,000 to the winner. Stay tuned to everything World of Outlaws on our social channels or by visiting woosprint.com!

 

 

Donny Schatz Wins Third Consecutive Kings Royal to Become King Donny the 35th

ROSSBURG, OH – July 14, 2018 – Donny Schatz started fourth, took the lead on Lap 15 and never looked back, leading the rest of the way to win his 15th World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature of 2018 and third consecutive Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway, worth $50,000. Brad Sweet surged late and came within a half of a car-length at the checkered flag, finishing behind Schatz by just 0.189 seconds. Cory Eliason, in his first career Kings Royal start, completed the podium.

With the unique Kings Royal format, the six Heat Race winners occupied the first three rows for the 40-lap Feature. Trey Starks won Heat 6, earning the pole in his first Kings Royal start alongside Heat 5 winner, Paul McMahan. A caution on the initial start involving Hunter Schuerenburg, Sheldon Haudenschild and Brock Zearfoss brought out the only stoppage of the event.

The complete restart saw Starks shoot to the lead, in search of his first career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature victory in a big way. Schatz and McMahan battled for second with Schatz taking the position on Lap 3 and setting his sights on Starks. Schatz took a look underneath Starks on Lap 14 and completed the pass for the lead one lap later down the backstretch.

Cory Eliason, who started sixth after winning Heat 1, established himself as a threat moving by Starks into second on Lap 16. Eliason actually slid Schatz for position, but was never able to maintain momentum and stay in front of the Tony Stewart Racing No.15.

Brad Sweet maneuvered into third on Lap 17 and showed a lot of speed pounding the cushion. As Sweet closed in on Eliason for second, Donny Schatz extended his margin out front. Sweet would get by Eliason for second on Lap 27 and begin cutting into Schatz’ sizable advantage.

As Schatz searched for grip the last 10 laps, Sweet really closed in. Sweet got hung up behind Daryn Pittman in lapped traffic and finally cleared him with five to go, setting up one last charge at Schatz. And charge he did.

On the absolute cushion of the racing surface, Sweet closed in on Schatz, setting up a hectic finish. Sweet cut the gap to five car-lengths down the backstretch on the final lap and ended up just half a car-length short from his second career Kings Royal triumph.

Schatz acknowledged that he was searching for speed the last 10 laps, “I knew someone had to be coming. I was hanging the last 10 laps, I could not get stuck anywhere. I’m lucky it wasn’t 41 laps tonight, because obviously, the No.49 was coming there at the end,” Schatz said in Victory Lane.

“Lapped traffic was tough tonight, it was tricky and slick. I feel like I completely failed in Qualifying going 21st quick, but the way format works tonight it put us in the right position,” Schatz said before thanking all the fans, even the ones that boo him, for coming out and praising the track crew given the high temperatures all weekend.

Brad Sweet was obviously disappointed but was pleased with the speed he showed.

“I came up one lap short, some of those lapped cars didn’t cut me a break. Coming to the checkered, I was cussing because I wanted it to be the White Flag,” Sweet said with a smirk.

“To be the best, you’ve got to beat the best and the way [Schatz] shows up at these big money events, is why he’ll down in history as one of, if not the best of all time. This NAPA racing team has nothing to be ashamed of tonight, I just wish it was one more lap tonight,” Sweet added before encouraging the huge crowd to come to the pits and introduce themselves.

Cory Eliason was extremely pleased with his third-place run, “That was a great learning experience. I got to follow and watch Donny and Brad tonight and they are the two best out here right now. There is a huge learning curve coming to these tracks and to go out and be competitive is awesome.”

“After not making the first two shows of the weekend, to finish third behind Donny Schatz and Brad Sweet, feels like a win for this team,” Eliason added in good spirits after the race.

Lee Jacobs represented the Buckeye State coming from 16th to finish fourth with Kraig Kinser coming from 13th to complete the top five.

12th-starting Jacob Allen finished sixth with Paul McMahan coming home seventh. 16th-starting David Gravel finished eighth with Rico Abreu coming from 24th to ninth, earning KSE Hard Charger Honors. Outlaw rookie Ian Madsen completed the top ten, coming from 23rd.

Christopher Bell set Quick Time over the 51-car field and was running in the top five when he pulled pit side with 14 laps remaining. After the caution on the initial start, the race went non-stop.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series continues its 40th Anniversary Season and Month of Money with the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup at Lernerville Speedway, which will pay $25,000 to the winner. Following that the Outlaws will head to Central Pennsylvania to take on the Pennsylvania Posse at Lincoln and Williams Grove Speedway. If you can’t make it to the track, be sure to watch every lap LIVE on DIRTVision.com.

Feature (40 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [4][$50,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [5][$20,000]; 3. 83-Cory Eliason [6][$15,000]; 4. 81-Lee Jacobs [16][$12,500]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [13][$10,000]; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen [12][$7,500]; 7. 13-Paul McMahan [2][$6,500]; 8. 5-David Gravel [14][$6,000]; 9. 24-Rico Abreu [24][$5,500]; 10. 18-Ian Madsen [23][$5,000]; 11. 44-Trey Starks [1][$4,750]; 12. 2M-Kerry Madsen [15][$4,500]; 13. W20-Greg Wilson [21][$4,000]; 14. 94-Ryan Smith [8][$3,750]; 15. 2-Shane Stewart [9][$3,500]; 16. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [18][$3,450]; 17. 4-Parker Price-Miller [3][$3,400]; 18. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg [22][$3,350]; 19. 9-Daryn Pittman [17][$3,300]; 20. 7S-Jason Sides [19][$3,250]; 21. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [20][$3,200]; 22. 17B-Bill Balog [10][$3,150]; 23. 14-Christopher Bell [7][$3,100]; 24. 49X-Tim Shaffer [11][$3,000]; Lap Leaders: Trey Starks 1-14, Donny Schatz 15-40; KSE Hard Charger Award: 24-Rico Abreu[+15]

Qualifying: 1. 14-Christopher Bell, 13.144; 2. 5-David Gravel, 13.195; 3. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.207; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.214; 5. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 13.219; 6. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.25; 7. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 13.27; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.325; 9. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.331; 10. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg, 13.332; 11. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 13.333; 12. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 13.347; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.354; 14. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.364; 15. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.387; 16. 4-Parker Price-Miller, 13.416; 17. 24-Rico Abreu, 13.421; 18. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.427; 19. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 13.431; 20. 94-Ryan Smith, 13.446; 21. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.45; 22. 81-Lee Jacobs, 13.45; 23. 13-Paul McMahan, 13.467; 24. 44-Trey Starks, 13.474; 25. 83-Cory Eliason, 13.483; 26. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.508; 27. 91-Cale Thomas, 13.51; 28. 17B-Bill Balog, 13.525; 29. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.541; 30. 5T-Travis Philo, 13.543; 31. 71M-Randy Hannagan, 13.550; 32. 19-Brent Marks, 13.552; 33. 83H-Justin Henderson, 13.557; 34. 12N-Cole Duncan, 13.578; 35. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 13.618; 36. A79-Brandon Wimmer, 13.632; 37. 3-Jac Haudenschild, 13.653; 38. 21-Brian Brown, 13.673; 39. 17C-Caleb Helms, 13.681; 40. 70-Dave Blaney, 13.682; 41. 26-Joey Saldana, 13.683; 42. 11N-Cap Henry, 13.734; 43. 49J-Josh Schneiderman, 13.803; 44. 71H-Ryan Ruhl, 13.806; 45. 97W-Mitch Wormall, 13.858; 46. 28-Brian Paulus, 13.927; 47. 45T-Trevor Baker, 13.938; 48. 22M-Dan McCarron, 13.981; 49. 8J-Jess Stiger, 14.148; 50. 83C-Adam Cruea, 14.993; 51. 3G-Carson Macedo, 13.665

For full results from Eldora Speedway – Kings Royal – July 14, 2018, click here.

 

 

 

Donny Schatz Wins Knight Before Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway

ROSSBURG, OH – July 13, 2018 – Donny Schatz passed Brian Brown on Lap 10 and never looked back en route to his Knight Before the Kings Royal victory at Eldora Speedway. It was Schatz’ 275th career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory. Greg Wilson charged from 14th to finish second, with Sheldon Haudenschild completing the podium in the non-stop Feature.

Brian Brown won the first Sears Craftsman Dash to earn the pole for the 30-Lap Feature, alongside Hunter Schuerenburg, who won the second Dash. Brown, in search of his fifth career Outlaw victory, set the pace out front of the field as Schuerenburg remained within striking distance.

Donny Schatz, who started third, recovered from his start and got by Tim Shaffer for third on Lap 5, but not without making heavy contact with the outside retaining wall in turn two. The contact didn’t faze Schatz at all as he began chasing down Schuerenburg and Brown for the lead.

On Lap 9, Schatz ducked underneath Schuerenburg for second and one lap later, using the same line, Schatz took the lead from Brown. From there, Schatz began to work through lapped traffic in an attempt to extend his lead while all eyes were on Greg Wilson.

Wilson, a former Outlaw Eldora winner, was charging forward from his 14th-starting spot. Wilson took third from Schuerenburg on Lap 21 and surpassed Brown a lap later for the runner-up position. Wilson, glued to the extreme bottom of the racing surface, then set his sights on Schatz. Sheldon Haudenschild was in hot pursuit of Wilson running the polar opposite line, banging down the cushion. Haudenschild worked by Schuerenburg and Brown on Lap 23 to move into third. Wilson closed slightly in traffic, but Schatz had built too much of an advantage and went on to win his 14th Feature of the season by 2.273 seconds.

“It got real slick,” Schatz said after the race. “I think my car was best in the middle and it’s not exactly my bag of tea to bounce off the cushion every lap,” Schatz added with a smile. “Greg [Wilson] is really good when the track gets like that. I know if I do everything right, there’s not many people that will pass this 15 car, but Greg is one of them. We’ve got to a get a little bit better tomorrow for 10 more laps or Greg will kick all our asses,” Schatz said in good spirits.

Wilson had high praise for Schatz following his personal season-best finish. “That 15 car man, he’s the best out here and the cleanest race car driver I have ever raced with,” Wilson said before thanking the Eldora Speedway track crew for providing an excellent dry-slick racing surface.

Sheldon Haudenschild was pleased with his third-place finish and looks forward to Saturday’s King’s Royal.

“My crew has done a phenomenal job and I think we’ll be right there tomorrow. I can’t thank the fans for being great all weekend,” Sheldon said.

Early race leader Brian Brown fell to fourth at the checkered flag with Dave Blaney charging from 22nd to complete the top five and earn KSE Hard Charger Honors. Heading into Saturday’s Kings Royal event, Shane Stewart and Donny Schatz, with their wins on the first two nights of the weekend, have earned the right to go out in Qualifying wherever they please during Saturday’s $50,000 to win program.

With the unique Kings Royal format being utilized, Saturday’s event will be show up points only for the World of Outlaws regulars. If you can’t make it to the track, watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com as the 35th Annual Kings Royal crowns a champion.

Feature: 1. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$12,000]; 2. W20-Greg Wilson [14][$5,700]; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [7][$3,500]; 4. 21-Brian Brown [1][$3,000]; 5. 70-Dave Blaney [22][$2,600]; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman [5][$2,400]; 7. 3G-Carson Macedo [8][$2,300]; 8. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg [2][$2,200]; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen [13][$2,150]; 10. 87-Aaron Reutzel [6][$2,100]; 11. 49-Brad Sweet [9][$1,600]; 12. 49X-Tim Shaffer [4][$1,350]; 13. 5-David Gravel [18][$1,300]; 14. 1S-Logan Schuchart [21][$1,200]; 15. 18-Ian Madsen [25][$300]; 16. 11K-Kraig Kinser [26][$200]; 17. 24-Rico Abreu [10][$900]; 18. 10H-Chad Kemenah [11][$850]; 19. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [24][$800]; 20. 12N-Cole Duncan [20][$800]; 21. 4-Parker Price-Miller [16][$800]; 22. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [15][$800]; 23. 2-Shane Stewart [17][$800]; 24. 44-Trey Starks [19][$800]; 25. 26-Joey Saldana [23][$800]; 26. 13-Paul McMahan [12][$800]; Lap Leaders: Brian Brown 1-9, Donny Schatz 10-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 70-Dave Blaney[+17]

Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 13.863; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.906; 3. 21-Brian Brown, 14.031; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 14.057; 5. 44-Trey Starks, 14.164; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman, 14.297; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen, 14.306; 8. 26-Joey Saldana, 14.313; 9. 28-Brian Paulus, 14.373; 10. 18-Ian Madsen, 14.382; 11. 49-Brad Sweet, 14.487; 12. 7S-Jason Sides, 14.539; 13. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 14.579; 14. 3-Jac Haudenschild, 14.596; 15. 2-Shane Stewart, 14.604; 16. 19-Brent Marks, 14.62; 17. 81-Lee Jacobs, 14.765; 18. 49J-Josh Schneiderman, 14.865; 19. 83H-Justin Henderson, 14.928; 20. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 15.034; 21. 17B-Bill Balog, 15.161; 22. 94-Ryan Smith, 15.373; 23. 8J-Jess Stiger, 15.614; 24. 83C-Adam Cruea, 16.122; 25. 3S-Sammy Swindell, 14.181

Qualifying Flight-B: 1. W20-Greg Wilson, 14.461; 2. 4-Parker Price-Miller, 14.624; 3. 13-Paul McMahan, 14.641; 4. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 14.717; 5. 12N-Cole Duncan, 14.726; 6. 5-David Gravel, 14.729; 7. 3G-Carson Macedo, 14.747; 8. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 14.774; 9. 24-Rico Abreu, 14.783; 10. 5T-Travis Philo, 14.874; 11. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 14.881; 12. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 14.952; 13. 70-Dave Blaney, 15.021; 14. 91-Cale Thomas, 15.036; 15. 83-Cory Eliason, 15.114; 16. G1-Justin Peck, 15.118; 17. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg, 15.273; 18. 17C-Caleb Helms, 15.313; 19. 11N-Cap Henry, 15.354; 20. A79-Brandon Wimmer, 15.373; 21. 19P-Paige Polyak, 15.449; 22. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 15.49; 23. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 15.514; 24. 97W-Mitch Wormall, 15.571; 25. 71M-Randy Hannagan, 15.596; 26. 45T-Trevor Baker, 15.934

For full results from The Knight Before The Kings Royal, click here

 

 

Shane Stewart Breaks Through for First Win of 2018 During Jokers Wild at Eldora Speedway

ROSSBURG, OH – July 12, 2018 – There’s no denying it has been a tough year for Shane Stewart and the Kyle Larson Racing No.2 team. That changed in a big way on Thursday evening at Eldora Speedway when Stewart passed Jacob Allen on a Lap 10 restart and never looked back, scoring his first World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature win of 2018. Tim Shaffer and Donny Schatz completed the podium.

David Gravel won the Sears Craftsman Dash, earning the pole for the 30-lap Feature in search of his fifth victory of the season aboard the CJB Motorsports No.5. Gravel led the opening lap with Shane Stewart, who started next to him, close in tow.

While those two separated from the field, all eyes were on Jacob Allen who charged from his ninth-starting position to take third on Lap 7. Two laps later, Allen, glued to the bottom, took the lead to a large roar from the Eldora Speedway crowd in search of his first career Outlaw triumph.

Gravel and Stewart battled for second, with the duo making contact and Gravel ending up backwards with 10 laps complete. “I thought I had David clear, it was all my fault. I don’t ever want to race like that,” Stewart said after the race in good jest.

Allen elected the bottom on the double-file restart, but it was Stewart taking control of the field down the backstretch in the Kyle Larson Racing ENEOS-sponsored No.2 machine.

Stewart stretched out the lead around the famous Ohio half-mile as Tim Shaffer and Donny Schatz began their charge forward. By Lap 20, Shaffer had worked by Allen for second and set his eyes on Stewart. Schatz stormed by Allen for third on Lap 24. Shaffer closed in on Stewart in lapped traffic, but never truly challenged the Bixby, OK native for the lead as Stewart would win his first Feature of the season by 1.665 seconds.

“I never want to win a race by crashing a guy," Stewart said in Victory Lane before savoring the triumph.

“We’ve been close to winning a couple of times this year, hopefully, we can have some momentum now and get rolling. It’s always special to win at this track,” Stewart said in Victory Lane. “To get a win going into the Month of Money is huge, I feel like we have a pretty good package right now. We’ll see how the next two nights play out, I’m looking forward to it,” Stewart added after the race.

Tim Shaffer’s second-place finish was the best of his 2018 Outlaw campaign. Shaffer, a two-time Outlaw winner last year, charged from eighth to fourth in the Sears Craftsman Dash railing the cushion.

Donny Schatz, who won both Outlaw events at Eldora in May, settled for third. “We’ll be a little better on Saturday for 10 laps more. The race track here can be tricky,” Schatz said in good spirits, in anticipation of the rest of Kings Royal weekend.

Kerry Madsen, the Jokers Wild winner last year, charged from 16th to fourth with Brent Marks completing the top five. Marks started 20th and his effort was good enough for KSE Hard Charger Honors.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series continues Kings Royal weekend at Eldora Speedway Friday night, July 12 with the running of The Knight Before the Kings Royal! If you can’t make it to the track, watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Abbreviated Results from Jokers Wild at Eldora Speedway:

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 2-Shane Stewart [2][$10,000]; 2. 49X-Tim Shaffer [4][$5,500]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$3,200]; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen [16][$2,800]; 5. 19-Brent Marks [20][$2,500]; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [6][$2,300]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [9][$2,200]; 8. 49-Brad Sweet [5][$2,100]; 9. 18-Ian Madsen [22][$2,050]; 10. 10H-Chad Kemenah [10][$2,000]; 11. 21-Brian Brown [11][$1,500]; 12. 1S-Logan Schuchart [15][$1,200]; 13. 24-Rico Abreu [21][$1,100]; 14. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [7][$1,050]; 15. 87-Aaron Reutzel [8][$1,000]; 16. 9-Daryn Pittman [13][$900]; 17. 11K-Kraig Kinser [14][$800]; 18. 3S-Sammy Swindell [23][$800]; 19. 7S-Jason Sides [18][$800]; 20. 5-David Gravel [1][$800]; 21. 4-Parker Price-Miller [24][$800]; 22. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [17][$800]; 23. 13-Paul McMahan [12][$800]; 24. 70-Dave Blaney [19][$800]; Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-9, Jacob Allen 10, Shane Stewart 11-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 19-Brent Marks[+15]

Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 12.941; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.068; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.085; 4. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.086; 5. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.093; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.184; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.185; 8. 21-Brian Brown, 13.191; 9. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 13.198; 10. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.202; 11. 24-Rico Abreu, 13.23; 12. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 13.245; 13. 4-Parker Price-Miller, 13.305; 14. 70-Dave Blaney, 13.317; 15. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 13.318; 16. G1-Justin Peck, 13.346; 17. 81-Lee Jacobs, 13.365; 18. 12N-Cole Duncan, 13.369; 19. 83-Cory Eliason, 13.417; 20. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.445; 21. 26-Joey Saldana, 13.5; 22. 99-Jay Waugh, 13.761; 23. 8J-Jess Stiger, 13.98

Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.279; 2. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 13.303; 3. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 13.315; 4. 13-Paul McMahan, 13.46; 5. 71M-Randy Hannagan, 13.51; 6. 1ST-D.J. Foos, 13.517; 7. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 13.564; 8. 5-David Gravel, 13.577; 9. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.615; 10. 83H-Justin Henderson, 13.651; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.654; 12. 3S-Sammy Swindell, 13.659; 13. 45T-Trevor Baker, 13.678; 14. 19-Brent Marks, 13.734; 15. 17B-Bill Balog, 13.789; 16. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.794; 17. 44-Trey Starks, 13.963; 18. 97W-Mitch Wormall, 14.011; 19. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg, 14.026; 20. 28-Brian Paulus, 14.062; 21. 22M-Dan McCarron, 14.17; 22. 49J-Josh Schneiderman, 14.195; 23. 17C-Caleb Helms, 14.258

 

 

Donny Schatz Scores Exciting Brad Doty Classic Triumph at Attica Raceway Park

ATTICA, OH – July 10, 2018 – Donny Schatz passed Joey Saldana on a Lap 21 restart and fended off Kyle Larson to win the Brad Doty Classic at Attica Raceway Park, his 13th World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature of the year. Larson, who started 15th, settled for second with Saldana completing the podium. There were a season-high 50 cars signed in.

Carson Macedo won the first of two Sears Craftsman Dashes to earn the pole for the 40-lap Feature, alongside Brent Marks, who won the other Dash. Macedo did a wheelstand on the opening lap, allowing Marks to get the jump into turn one and Schatz to take second down the backstretch.

Greg Wilson brought out the caution on Lap 2 as Marks paced the field, in search of his second career Outlaw victory. A pair of cautions for Lee Jacobs (Lap 6) and Aaron Reutzel (Lap 13) kept Marks out of traffic and allowed him to stretch his lead, but that didn’t stop the action behind him.

Saldana, pounding the cushion, got a run on Schatz down the backstretch and threw a big slide job in turn three to take the second spot by a nose at the line when the caution waved for Reutzel. The restart saw Schatz and Saldana exchange slide jobs, once again allowing Marks to escape.

Saldana wrestled the runner-up position away from Schatz on Lap 17, as Kyle Larson made his presence known moving into the top five from his 15th starting spot.

As the caution flew for Brad Sweet on Lap 21, heartbreak struck for race-long leader Brent Marks. Marks pulled pit side with a flat tire that was ailing his family owned No.19 machine for a handful of laps.

“I thought something broke on my car at first, but then I realized it was a flat. I know how these races go, so I’m not going to say I was going to win, but I felt like we had a good shot at it. That’s racing, though,” Marks said in good spirits after the race.

Marks’ misfortune awarded Joey Saldana the lead and lane choice on the double-file restart with 19 laps remaining. Saldana elected the bottom, giving Schatz the top. Saldana slid up the track, attempting to halt Schatz’ momentum, but the nine-time Series Champion turned his Textron Off Road sponsored, Tony Stewart Racing No.15 underneath to lead down the backstretch on Lap 22.

Schatz led the lap with Saldana and Larson nose to tail at the line. Saldana tried another slider the following lap, but Schatz once again, cool and smooth, turned it back underneath to maintain the lead. Saldana made another attempt for the top spot but allowed Larson to sneak by for second in the process.

Larson set his eyes on Schatz, following him on the cushion in turns three and four and going lower than him in turns one and two. While Larson was never farther than five car lengths back, he also never truly threatened to take the lead from the Fargo, ND native as Schatz went on to win by 1.273 seconds over the NASCAR star.

“I won the Brad Doty Classic,” was the first thing Schatz exclaimed after exiting his TSR No.15 in Victory Lane. “I did not expect the track to stay that good throughout the race. Hats off to my entire Textron Off Road team, they work extremely hard and make this car a lot of fun to drive,” Schatz added before thanking Attica Raceway Park for packing the stands on a Tuesday evening.

Kyle Larson praised Schatz for being the best at his craft. “Donny is so good around the bottom and the middle and he can still get up on the curb and rip it. He’s the best out here,” Larson said. “I was a little too patient, but it was a fun race and it’s awesome to race in front of such a great crowd.”

Joey Saldana, who just came back from the West Coast, was pleased to finish third and have speed all night. “To put it on the front stretch with these guys is awesome. I can’t thank Kevin Rudeen enough for giving me a great race car to race against the best two drivers in the world. Hopefully, we can keep it going this weekend at Eldora,” Saldana said.

Rico Abreu was strong all night, finishing fourth with Macedo fading to fifth at the line ahead of Daryn Pittman and 21st-starting Sheldon Haudenschild. Haudenschild’s charge was good enough to earn KSE Hard Charger honors.

After bringing out the caution on Lap 2, Greg Wilson stormed back to finish eighth, with 14th-starting David Gravel and Shane Stewart completing the top ten.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series continues its 40th Anniversary Season this weekend with one of the crown jewels of Sprint Car racing, the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway. Action from ‘The Big E’ gets underway Thursday, July 14 with the running of the Jokers Wild. If you can’t make it to the track, be sure to watch every lap LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Abbreviated Results from Attica Raceway Park – July 10, 2018 Feature (40 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 2. 57-Kyle Larson [15]; 3. 26-Joey Saldana [3]; 4. 24-Rico Abreu [5]; 5. 3G-Carson Macedo [1]; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman [7]; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [21]; 8. W20-Greg Wilson [18]; 9. 5-David Gravel [14]; 10. 2-Shane Stewart [8]; 11. 83-Cory Eliason [9]; 12. 1S-Logan Schuchart [13]; 13. 10H-Chad Kemenah [16]; 14. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [22]; 15. 49X-Tim Shaffer [12]; 16. 18-Ian Madsen [23]; 17. 49-Brad Sweet [10]; 18. 81-Lee Jacobs [19]; 19. 8M-T.J. Michael [24]; 20. 1A-Jacob Allen [11]; 21. 21-Dale Blaney [20]; 22. 4H-Cap Henry [17]; 23. 19-Brent Marks [2]; 24. 87-Aaron Reutzel [6]; Lap Leaders: Brent Marks 1-21, Donny Schatz 22-40; KSE Hard Charger Award: 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[+14] Qualifying

Flight-A: 1. 26-Joey Saldana, 12.375; 2. 57-Kyle Larson, 12.417; 3. 3G-Carson Macedo, 12.472; 4. 83-Cory Eliason, 12.48; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.528; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman, 12.532; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.578; 8. 24-Rico Abreu, 12.705; 9. 81-Lee Jacobs, 12.708; 10. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.731; 11. 8M-T.J. Michael, 12.779; 12. 4H-Cap Henry, 12.782; 13. 5T-Travis Philo, 12.8; 14. 22-Cole Duncan, 12.86; 15. 11N-Craig Mintz, 12.888; 16. 91-Cale Thomas, 12.921; 17. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.926; 18. 9R-Jordan Ryan, 12.951; 19. 97-Broc Martin, 12.958; 20. 68G-Tyler Gunn, 13.001; 21. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 13.013; 22. 71H-Ryan Ruhl, 13.152; 23. 49J-Josh Schneiderman, 13.175; 24. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 13.463; 25. 7K-Cale Conley, NT

Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 12.582; 2. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 12.738; 3. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.76; 4. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.802; 5. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.912; 6. 19-Brent Marks, 12.917; 7. 5-David Gravel, 12.962; 8. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 13.046; 9. 21-Dale Blaney, 13.063; 10. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 13.064; 11. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.105; 12. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.142; 13. 5M-Max Stambaugh, 13.217; 14. 4-Parker Price-Miller, 13.223; 15. 57X-Andrew Palker, 13.279; 16. 5R-Byron Reed, 13.339; 17. 23-D.J. Foos, 13.359; 18. 35-Stuart Brubaker, 13.421; 19. 16-Chris Andrews, 13.442; 20. 97W-Mitch Wormall, 13.725; 21. 19P-Paige Polyak, 13.745; 22. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.894; 23. 9Z-Duane Zablocki, 14.019; 24. 8J-Jess Stiger, 14.293; 25. 20I-Kelsey Ivy, 14.531

 

 

Madsen Wins Exciting Finale of FVP Platinum Battery Showdown at Cedar Lake

NEW RICHMOND, WI – July 7, 2018 – Kerry Madsen, who swept both nights of last year’s FVP Platinum Battery Showdown at Cedar Lake Speedway, got the monkey off his back with his first World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory of 2018. In a 41-lap Feature in honor of Jason Johnson’s birthday, Madsen passed Brad Sweet on Lap 38 in an exciting race. Sweet settled for second with Donny Schatz completing the podium.

For the second consecutive night, Brad Sweet won the Sears Craftsman Dash, earning the pole for the Feature alongside Jacob Allen. Sweet charged from fifth to second in his Heat Race just to Qualify for the Dash.

Sweet led the opening lap utilizing the bottom of the racing surface. Jacob Allen powered around the Grass Valley, CA native to lead Lap 3, in search of his first career Outlaw victory. Allen maintained the lead, while Sweet stayed right with the driver of the Shark Racing No.1A.

With 10 laps complete, a yellow for Shane Stewart – who was running in the top five – negated Sweet’s pass to regain the lead.

Allen elected the top on the double-file restart and lost the lead to Sweet heading into turn one. Madsen would pull a slide job on Allen to steal second on Lap 17. A lap later the final caution of the evening flew for Justin Henderson, setting up another double-file restart.

Sweet maintained control on the restart and continued to lead as he navigated lapped traffic. Madsen, who started sixth, stayed right with Sweet and made a bid to the outside of Sweet for the lead on Lap 36 in turn one, to no avail, as Sweet slid in front of the Australian to maintain the lead down the backstretch. Madsen got another run off the cushion and this time slid in front of the Kasey Kahne Racing No.49 to take the command on Lap 39.

Sweet tried to turn back under but was unable to do so as Madsen distanced himself to the checkered flag two circuits later. Madsen would go on to win by .783 seconds over Sweet.

Madsen, who was a five-time Outlaw winner in 2017, when prompted about the slow start to his 2018 season said, “We haven’t had the results we wanted, but we knew we had the potential. I want to thank Tod Quiring, I really enjoy driving for this organization.” “Guy Forbrook and my guys gave me a great race car. We had a lot of fun tonight, it’s a relief to finally get a win,” the multi-time Australian Champion added with a smile. “To go from where we were last night, to tonight is incredible.”

Brad Sweet settled for second and referenced lapped traffic after the race, “That’s what wins and loses these races, I got off my line a little bit. We’re running up front every night, it’s just a matter of putting it all together,” Sweet said before giving a shout out to Bobbi and Jaxx Johnson.

Donny Schatz started and finished third and applauded the track crew for the work preparing an excellent racing surface. “The race track was good, there were multiple lines on the track, I just couldn’t find any speed. That’s the way it goes some days. It’s time for some big races and we are looking forward to that,” the nine-time Series Champion said next to his Tony Stewart Racing No.15.

David Gravel earned KSE Hard Charger honors coming from 10th to finish fourth. The best race of the evening was for fifth as Dominic Scelzi, Cory Eliason and Sheldon Haudenschild swapped the position seemingly every lap with Scelzi claiming it at the checkered flag. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series continues the Month of Money and its 40th Anniversary Season Tuesday, July 10 at Attica Raceway Park with the Brad Doty Classic before heading to Eldora Speedway for the three-day Kings Royal weekend, that will pay $50,000 to the winner on Saturday evening.

Feature (41 Laps): 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen [6][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [1][$5,000]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$3,000]; 4. 5-David Gravel [10][$2,700]; 5. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [9][$2,500]; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen [2][$2,200]; 7. 18-Ian Madsen [5][$2,000]; 8. 83-Cory Eliason [8][$1,800]; 9. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [7][$1,600]; 10. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [15][$1,450]; 11. 19-Brent Marks [11][$1,300]; 12. 2-Shane Stewart [4][$1,200]; 13. 7S-Jason Sides [14][$1,100]; 14. 1S-Logan Schuchart [16][$1,000]; 15. 9-Daryn Pittman [17][$950]; 16. 83H-Justin Henderson [12][$900]; 17. 11K-Kraig Kinser [13][$850]; 18. 13-Mark Dobmeier [19][$750]; 19. W20-Greg Wilson [18][$725]; 20. 97-Alan Gilbertson [23][$700]; 21. 9Z-Jared Goerges [21][$700]; 22. 14K-Tori Knutson [22][$700]; 23. 19L-Ryan Bowers [20][$700]; 24. 1AJ-Trevor Mell [24][$700]; 25. 21-Brian Brown [DNS] [$300]; Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1-2, 11-38; Jacob Allen 3-10; Kerry Madsen 39-41; KSE Hard Charger Award: 5-David Gravel[+6]

Qualifying: 1. 2-Shane Stewart, 11.547; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.586; 3. 18-Ian Madsen, 11.648; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.723; 5. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 11.724; 6. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 11.73; 7. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.749; 8. 83-Cory Eliason, 11.762; 9. 21-Brian Brown, 11.842; 10. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.855; 11. 19-Brent Marks, 11.887; 12. 83H-Justin Henderson, 11.944; 13. 5-David Gravel, 11.955; 14. 9-Daryn Pittman, 11.99; 15. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.024; 16. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.054; 17. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.079; 18. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 12.095; 19. 13-Mark Dobmeier, 12.163; 20. 19L-Ryan Bowers, 12.449; 21. W20-Greg Wilson, 12.551; 22. 1AJ-Trevor Mell, 12.64; 23. 97-Alan Gilbertson, 12.667; 24. 9Z-Jared Goerges, 12.883; 25. 14K-Tori Knutson, 12.884

 

 

Brad Sweet Sweeps Night One of the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown at Cedar Lake

NEW RICHMOND, WI – July 6, 2018 - Brad Sweet completed a clean sweep of the opening night of the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown with his third win of the season at Cedar Lake Speedway. A late race caution took Sweet out of heavy lapped traffic and gave him a clean track and clean air with eight laps remaining. David Gravel and Brent Marks completed the podium.

Sweet started the night off right, setting fast time over the field before edging Gravel in a potential Heat Race of the year. Sweet started second in the Sears Craftsman Dash and won that to earn the pole for the 35-lap Feature.

While it may have looked easy on paper, it was far from it. Sweet, driver of the Kasey Kahne Racing No.49, grabbed the lead early and distanced himself, while Gravel and Marks battled for the runner-up position.

Sweet reached traffic by Lap 6 and negotiated the slower cars well. Marks, while running third, made contact with the slower car of Jason Tostenson and lost the third spot to Sheldon Haudenschild in the process.

As traffic intensified, Gravel and company closed in looking to steal the victory away from Sweet.

Sweet, at this point, was lapping some impressive race cars. As the Grass Valley, CA native tried to put Kerry Madsen, who swept both nights of the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown last year, and Cory Eliason, who has an Outlaw win this year, Gravel, Haudenschild and Marks closed significantly. Haudenschild bobbled on the bottom of one and two and relinquished the third spot back to Marks on Lap 22.

Just as Gravel and Marks were closing in, ready to pounce, debris in turn four forced a caution on Lap 27.

With eight laps remaining and a clean track, Sweet was never truly challenged and went on to win by .968 seconds.

“I’ve never done a clean sweep before. That’s a heck of a way to start the weekend,” Sweet said in Victory Lane before giving a shout out to Bobbi and Jaxx Johnson.

“Lapped traffic was tough tonight, but it’s what wins and loses races. We needed a win, it’s been a while. These NAPA Auto Parts guys have been working hard and they deserve more of these wins,” Sweet, who continues to sit second in the Series Point Standings added.

David Gravel finished a nose ahead of Marks for third, after getting held up with a lapped car coming to the checkered.

“I definitely didn’t want to see that yellow. My car was getting better as the race went on, luckily, tomorrow’s race is 41 laps. Hopefully we can finish one position better,” the driver of the CJB Motorsports No.5 said in good spirits.

Second-year Outlaw Brent Marks was very pleased with his evening, “I was surprised tonight, we weren’t very good here last year but we were excellent tonight. I’m really proud of my guys and I’m excited to be up here on the podium.

After not getting a Qualifying lap and starting last in his Heat Race, Donny Schatz picked up KSE Hard Charger honors, finishing fourth in the Feature from 11th. Sheldon Haudenschild completed the top-five.

The FVP Platinum Battery Showdown concludes Saturday evening at Cedar Lake Speedway. If you can’t make it to the track, watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Abbreviated Results from Cedar Lake Speedway - July 7, 2018:

Feature (35 Laps): 1. 49-Brad Sweet [1][$10,000]; 2. 5-David Gravel [2][$5,000]; 3. 19-Brent Marks [3][$3,000]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [11][$2,700]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [4][$2,500]; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen [5][$2,200]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart [7][$2,000]; 8. 2-Shane Stewart [14][$1,800]; 9. 18-Ian Madsen [8][$1,600]; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser [6][$1,450]; 11. 7S-Jason Sides [9][$1,300]; 12. 21-Brian Brown [10][$1,200]; 13. 9-Daryn Pittman [13][$1,100]; 14. 55-Brooke Tatnell [12][$1,000]; 15. 83H-Justin Henderson [16][$950]; 16. W20-Greg Wilson [15][$900]; 17. 83-Cory Eliason [21][$850]; 18. 2M-Kerry Madsen [19][$750]; 19. 13-Mark Dobmeier [20][$725]; 20. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [17][$700]; 21. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [18][$700]; 22. 19L-RJ Johnson [22][$700]; 23. 97-Alan Gilbertson [24][$700]; 24. 36-Jason Tostenson [23][$700]; Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1-35; KSE Hard Charger Award: 15-Donny Schatz[+7]

Qualifying: 1. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.476; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.49; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.545; 4. 5-David Gravel, 11.62; 5. 19-Brent Marks, 11.646; 6. W20-Greg Wilson, 11.696; 7. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 11.706; 8. 18-Ian Madsen, 11.709; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.712; 10. 21-Brian Brown, 11.745; 11. 19L-RJ Johnson, 11.759; 12. 55-Brooke Tatnell, 11.77; 13. 9-Daryn Pittman, 11.773; 14. 2-Shane Stewart, 11.78; 15. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.803; 16. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 11.851; 17. 13-Mark Dobmeier, 11.856; 18. 36-Jason Tostenson, 11.88; 19. 83H-Justin Henderson, 11.939; 20. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 11.941; 21. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 11.973; 22. 97-Alan Gilbertson, 11.994; 23. 14K-Tori Knutson, 12.292; 24. 5X-Ryan Bowers, 12.877; 25. 91A-Reed Allex, 14.278; 26. 15-Donny Schatz, NT; 27. 83-Cory Eliason, NT

 

 

David Gravel Uses Brilliant Double-File Restart to Win Knoxville Thriller

KNOXVILLE, IA – June 30, 2018 – David Gravel had a perfect restart on Lap 10 charging from third to first and then held off Donny Schatz to win his fourth World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature of the year on Night Two of the Brownells Big Guns Bash at Knoxville Raceway. Schatz threw everything he had at Gravel, but settled for second with Brad Sweet, who was the leader on the aforementioned restart, completing the podium.

For the second consecutive night, Donny Schatz won the Sears Craftsman Dash, earning the pole for the 25-lap Feature. Schatz took command of the field and led the opening circuit as Sweet and Brian Brown exchanged slide jobs for the runner-up position.

On Lap 8, Sweet made his move underneath Schatz and took the lead to the ninth lap. Schatz battled back hard and would have led Lap 10, but a yellow for fourth-place running Logan Schuchart negated the pass and gave Sweet the lead back.

Sweet and Schatz shared the front row on the double-file restart with Gravel behind Sweet on the inside. Gravel pounced as the Green Flag flew and ducked underneath Sweet and Schatz heading into turn one with a heart-pounding move to take the lead. Sweet and Schatz would jockey for the runner-up position with Sweet taking it on Lap 11, but Schatz coming back and taking the position three laps later.

The final caution of the evening flew for Brooke Tatnell on Lap 17. Gravel elected the bottom on the double-file restart with the 10-time Knoxville Nationals Champion alongside of him. Schatz had an excellent restart and pulled ahead of the CJB Motorsports No.5 down the backstretch, before Gravel regained the lead with a huge slider in turn three and four. That was the move the sealed the victory as Gravel would power away and win by 1.643 seconds.

“Who’s ready for Nationals,” was the first an ecstatic Gravel said upon exiting his CJB Motorsports machine in Victory Lane for the fourth time in 2018.

“We were really good all night yesterday and we knew we had a car capable of winning if we could get up there,” Gravel, who scored the first Perfect 500 score at the Knoxville Nationals last August, only to break while leading the $150,000 to win Feature on Saturday night added.

“This one is for Jason, Bobbi and Jaxx Johnson,” Gravel said to a huge roar from the Knoxville Raceway crowd.

Donny Schatz’ attempt for the weekend sweep ended with him settling for second while Brad Sweet completed the all World of Outlaws regular podium for the second night in a row. Brian Brown finished fourth with Davey Heskin completing the top five. Heskin came from 23rd to finish fifth, good enough for KSE Hard Charger honors.

Friday’s runner-up Ian Madsen, 17th-starting Shane Stewart, Cory Eliason, 24th-starting Brent Marks and Kerry Madsen completed the top ten.

It was a scorching day in Iowa all afternoon and with weather looming, the World of Outlaws and Knoxville Raceway officials were in hurry-up mode to beat Mother Nature, which they did successfully. Despite the triple-digit temperatures all weekend, the Knoxville Raceway track prep team did a tremendous job providing an excellent racing surface as the facility lived up to its nickname as The Sprint Car Capital of the World.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will return to Knoxville Raceway in six short weeks with the running of the Granddaddy of Them All, the Knoxville Nationals. The Outlaws 40th Anniversary Season will continue Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7 with the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown at Cedar Lake Speedway. Tickets for the event at Cedar Lake can be purchased here. As always, if you can’t make it to the track be sure to watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Abbreviated Results from Knoxville Raceway June 30, 2018:

Feature (25 Laps): 1. 5-David Gravel [5][$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [1][$5,000]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [2][$3,000]; 4. 21-Brian Brown [6][$2,700]; 5. 56N-Davey Heskin [23][$2,500]; 6. 18-Ian Madsen [13][$2,200]; 7. 2-Shane Stewart [17][$2,000]; 8. 83-Cory Eliason [4][$1,800]; 9. 19-Brent Marks [24][$1,600]; 10. 2M-Kerry Madsen [9][$1,450]; 11. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [11][$1,300]; 12. 2KS-Austin McCarl [10][$1,200]; 13. 7S-Jason Sides [14][$1,100]; 14. 9-Daryn Pittman [15][$1,000]; 15. W20-Greg Wilson [22][$950]; 16. 24-Terry McCarl [8][$900]; 17. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [20][$850]; 18. 21AU-Jordyn Brazier [18][$750]; 19. 11K-Kraig Kinser [21][$725]; 20. 1A-Jacob Allen [7][$700]; 21. 55-Brooke Tatnell [19][$700]; 22. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3][$700]; 23. 83H-Justin Henderson [16][$700]; 24. 3-Sammy Swindell [12][$700] Lap Leaders: Donny Schatz 1-8, Brad Sweet 9, David Gravel 10-25; KSE Hard Charger Award: 56N-Davey Heskin[+18]

Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 49-Brad Sweet, 15.399; 2. 83-Cory Eliason, 15.582; 3. 21-Brian Brown, 15.635; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 15.637; 5. 18-Ian Madsen, 15.653; 6. 5-David Gravel, 15.654; 7. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 15.734; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman, 15.735; 9. 2-Shane Stewart, 15.758; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 15.849; 11. 19-Brent Marks, 15.869; 12. 55-Brooke Tatnell, 15.881; 13. 7S50-Keoni Texeira, 15.898; 14. O9-Matt Juhl, 15.911; 15. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 15.916; 16. 20-A.J. Moeller, 16.029; 17. 49J-Josh Schneiderman, 16.095; 18. 15M-Bobby Mincer, 16.587; 19. 19W-Bobby Weuve, 17.094

Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 15-Donny Schatz, 15.671; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen, 15.867; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 15.899; 4. 24-Terry McCarl, 15.951; 5. 12-Lynton Jeffrey, 16.066; 6. W20-Greg Wilson, 16.069; 7. 7S-Jason Sides, 16.114; 8. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 16.135; 9. 2KS-Austin McCarl, 16.155; 10. 83H-Justin Henderson, 16.165; 11. 71A-R.J. Johnson, 16.269; 12. 3-Sammy Swindell, 16.28; 13. 21AU-Jordyn Brazier, 16.292; 14. 9P-Rager Phillips, 16.331; 15. 56N-Davey Heskin, 16.41; 16. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg, 16.446; 17. 7-Carson McCarl, 16.468; 18. 7W-Tasker Phillips, 16.543; 19. 75-Glen Saville, 16.721

For Full Results from Knoxville Raceway – June 30, 2018, click here.

 

 

Schatz Scores 12th Win of Year on Night One of the Brownells Big Guns Bash at Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, IA – June 29, 2018 – Even in June, Donny Schatz reigns supreme at Knoxville Raceway, as the 10-time Knoxville Nationals Champion led all 25 on the opening night of the Brownells Big Guns Bash to score his 12th World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory of the year. Ian Madsen and David Gravel completed the all World of Outlaws podium.

Schatz won the Sears Craftsman Dash, earning the pole for the 25-lap Feature alongside Australian and Knoxville regular Lynton Jeffrey. Schatz took command at the drop of the Green, but Jeffrey stayed right with the nine-time Series Champion until the first caution of the evening flew for Jordyn Brazier with three laps complete.

Six-time Knoxville winner in 2018 Brian Brown also headed to the work area with damage after heavy contact with the outside retaining wall. On the ensuing double-file restart, Schatz and Jeffrey made contact on the frontstretch with the latter going for a wild series of flips. Jeffrey emerged unscathed after the wild accident and brought the crowd to their feet with his endless positivity in his post-crash interview.

Schatz continued to lead on the restart with Brooke Tatnell assuming the runner-up position. With momentum on the bottom, Schuchart took second from Tatnell on Lap 10.

Brothers Ian and Kerry Madsen waged war for multiple laps behind them for the fourth position before younger brother Ian solidified himself in the position. Ian wasn’t done there as he reeled in both Tatnell and Schuchart to take second with five laps remaining. But there was no catching Donny Schatz tonight, as he was never truly challenged after the Lap 3 restart going on to win by 3.809 seconds for the 12th time in 2018.

The first thing Schatz did in Victory Lane was get on the wing and throw up the 41 in honor of Jason Johnson. “It’s been a very shocking week. I’m glad to be standing here tonight, words can’t describe it,” an emotional Schatz said before thanking his entire Textron Off Road team.

“My guys are incredible, I am blessed to be able to drive this thing. It’s great to win at Knoxville,” Schatz said next to his Tony Stewart Racing No.15. Two-time Knoxville Raceway Champion and the leading contender for Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Ian Madsen matched his season-best effort with his second-place finish.

“I had a great race car. I took a little while to get going, but [Kyle] Ripper and the guys gave me a fun car to drive tonight. It’s awesome to come back to Knoxville and have a solid showing and put the car up front,” Madsen said.

David Gravel charged from 11th to complete the all World of Outlaws podium and was pleased with his end to the evening. “We missed it a little bit in Qualifying, but after that, we were really good. We had a good car in the Heat Race and I think if we started closer to the front tonight, we could have contended,” the driver of the CJB Motorsports No.5 said.

Kerry Madsen and Logan Schuchart completed the top five with Shane Stewart, whose team was wearing Jason Johnson’s crew uniforms, getting the KSE Hard Charger honors coming from 20th to finish sixth. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series return to Knoxville Raceway tomorrow night to with the completion of the Brownells Big Guns Bash weekend at the Sprint Car Capital of the World. If you can’t make it to the track, watch every lap LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Abbreviated Results from Knoxville Raceway on June 29, 2018:

Feature (25 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1][$10,000]; 2. 18-Ian Madsen [5][$5,000]; 3. 5-David Gravel [11][$3,000]; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen [7][$2,700]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [4][$2,500]; 6. 2-Shane Stewart [20][$2,200]; 7. 55-Brooke Tatnell [3][$2,000]; 8. 2KS-Austin McCarl [12][$1,800]; 9. 83-Cory Eliason [10][$1,600]; 10. 49-Brad Sweet [15][$1,450]; 11. 83H-Justin Henderson [23][$1,300]; 12. 24-Terry McCarl [8][$1,200]; 13. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [9][$1,100]; 14. 56N-Davey Heskin [19][$1,000]; 15. 21-Brian Brown [6][$950]; 16. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [22][$900]; 17. 1A-Jacob Allen [13][$850]; 18. O9-Matt Juhl [17][$750]; 19. 9-Daryn Pittman [18][$725]; 20. 7S-Jason Sides [14][$700]; 21. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [21][$700]; 22. 21AU-Jordyn Brazier [24][$700]; 23. W20-Greg Wilson [25][$]; 24. 49J-Josh Schneiderman [16][$700]; 25. 12-Lynton Jeffrey [2][$700]

Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 15.147; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 15.203; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen, 15.26; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 15.287; 5. 24-Terry McCarl, 15.306; 6. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 15.375; 7. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 15.383; 8. 5-David Gravel, 15.391; 9. O9-Matt Juhl, 15.48; 10. 49-Brad Sweet, 15.504; 11. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 15.507; 12. 56N-Davey Heskin, 15.536; 13. W20-Greg Wilson, 15.611; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 15.646; 15. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg, 15.654; 16. 7-Carson McCarl, 15.702; 17. 9P-Rager Phillips, 15.706; 18. 15M-Bobby Mincer, 16.034; 19. 85-Chase Wanner, 16.037; 20. 75-Glen Saville, 16.178

Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 18-Ian Madsen, 15.243; 2. 12-Lynton Jeffrey, 15.358; 3. 21-Brian Brown, 15.403; 4. 55-Brooke Tatnell, 15.408; 5. 83-Cory Eliason, 15.42; 6. 2KS-Austin McCarl, 15.437; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman, 15.441; 8. 83H-Justin Henderson, 15.533; 9. 21AU-Jordyn Brazier, 15.55; 10. 49J-Josh Schneiderman, 15.554; 11. 7S-Jason Sides, 15.582; 12. 19-Brent Marks, 15.584; 13. 3P-Sawyer Phillips, 15.59; 14. 2-Shane Stewart, 15.654; 15. 20-A.J. Moeller, 15.668; 16. 7W-Tasker Phillips, 15.695; 17. 7S50-Keoni Texeira, 15.749; 18. 71A-R.J. Johnson, 15.876; 19. 19W-Bobby Weuve, 16.494; 20. 3-Sammy Swindell, 16.666

For full results from Knoxville Raceway, click here.

 

 

Gettysburg Clash at Lincoln Speedway Rescheduled for Thursday, July 19

CONCORD, NC – June 23, 2018 – It is with great excitement that the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series announces that, despite last month's rain cancellation, the Gettysburg Clash at Lincoln Speedway has been rescheduled for Thursday, July 19.

The opening round of the much-anticipated World of Outlaws vs. Pennsylvania Posse season-long battle, originally scheduled for May 16, fell victim to Mother Nature as continued rains plagued the Northeast. The battle will now open on Thursday, July 19 — two days after the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup at Lernervile Speedway — and continue the following two nights, Friday and Saturday, July 20-21 at Williams Grove Speedway with the running of the Champion Racing Oil Summer Nationals.

Advanced ticket for the May event will be honored at the rescheduled event on Thursday, July 19. Fans with advanced tickets from the May event should enter through the grandstand gate nearest to the pit area so tickets can be scanned electronically.

Tickets to the July event are available online.

As always, if you can’t make it to the track watch every lap from the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series 40th Anniversary Season live on DIRTVision.com!

 

 

Pittman Powers to 4th Win of Season at Nodak

MINOT, ND – June 17, 2018 – Daryn Pittman passed Cory Eliason on Lap 22 and never looked back, winning his fourth World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature of 2018 Sunday evening at Nodak Speedway. Pittman hounded the California native for the majority of the race before making the race-winning move in turn one. Pittman’s Kasey Kahne Racing teammate Brad Sweet finished second with Donny Schatz completing the podium.

Eliason won the Sears Craftsman Dash to earn the pole of the 30-lap Feature in his first career start at Nodak Speedway. Eliason powered away on the initial start, as Pittman maneuvered underneath front row starter David Gravell to take command of second down the backstretch of the opening circuit.

The lone caution of the event flew for Jack Croaker on Lap 5. Eliason again motored away on the ensuing restart as Pittman had his hands full with his KKR teammate Sweet. Sweet had the second position at the line on Lap 6, but Pittman muscled back underneath to take the position back the next lap.

Eliason set a strong pace out front in search of his second career Outlaw triumph. But as Eliason worked lapped traffic, the rest of the field closed in. At the halfway point, a blanket could be thrown over the top five.

Pittman reached Eliason’s tail tank on multiple occasions, looking for a way around the Roth Motorsports No.83. Pittman pulled even with Eliason in turn one on Lap 18, but the latter maintained the lead with momentum around the top down the backstretch.

Pittman got another run, this time on the top of three and four, that propelled his Ionomy-sponsored No.9 to the lead into turn one on Lap 22. From there, Pittman proved he was the class of the field, distancing himself and getting through lapped traffic like the veteran he is.

While Pittman pulled away, the war continued behind him. Sweet, Eliason, Schatz and Gravel all jockeyed for position in heavy traffic. Sweet, who at this point had lost his brakes completely, and Schatz shuffled Eliason back to fourth on Lap 25.

Out front though, it was all Daryn Pittman, who went on to win by more than three seconds for his fourth win of the year.

“My car was really good all night long from the moment we unloaded,” Pittman, who set Quick Time and won his Heat Race, said.

“The last few weeks we’ve really been hitting stride. I love winning before we have a week off and I love winning on Father’s Day, I am extremely blessed to travel with my wife and kids out here,” Pittman, the 2007 Outlaw winner at Nodak, added before thanking the large crowd for coming out on a Sunday.

Sweet was pleased with another runner-up finish.

“We were battling with Daryn and Cory the whole race, I actually lost brakes with around ten laps to go and I was just hanging on. You don’t realize how much you need brakes until they are gone,” Sweet said with a smile. “We’ll take another second place and move on to next week,” the Grass Valley, CA native added.

North Dakota’s own Donny Schatz was in good spirits after finishing third and thanked the large crowd for coming out on Father’s Day. “Obviously, we would have liked to get a win, but to be out here on Father’s Day in Minot was great. Thanks to all the fans for their support these past 25 years and for supporting dirt track racing,” Schatz added.

Last year’s winner at Nodak, David Gravel settled for fourth with Eliason getting shuffled back to fifth. Sheldon Haudenschild earned KSE Hard Charger honors coming from 13th to finish sixth. Logan Schuchart, Brent Marks, Ian Madsen and Dominic Scelzi completed the top ten at Nodak.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series continues its 40th Anniversary Season with its first trip to the newly-reconfigured Farley Speedway in Iowa in over 20 years Friday, June 22 before heading back into Wisconsin for a date at Beaver Dam Raceway on Saturday, June 23rd. If you can’t make it to the track, be sure to watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com.

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [3][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [4][$5,500]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [6][$3,200]; 4. 5-David Gravel [2][$2,800]; 5. 83-Cory Eliason [1][$2,500]; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [13][$2,300]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart [7][$2,200]; 8. 19-Brent Marks [12][$2,100]; 9. 18-Ian Madsen [5][$2,050]; 10. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [8][$2,000]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser [11][$1,500]; 12. 1A-Jacob Allen [10][$1,200]; 13. 41-Jason Johnson [15][$1,100]; 14. 2-Shane Stewart [9][$1,050]; 15. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [17][$1,000]; 16. 7S-Jason Sides [16][$900]; 17. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg [18][$800]; 18. W20-Greg Wilson [14][$800]; 19. 6N-Greg Nikitenko [19][$800]; 20. 20A-Jordan Adams [21][$800]; 21. 9N-Wade Nygaard [20][$800]; 22. 8-Jack Croaker [22][$800]; 23. 20L-Dusty Lawson [23][$800]; 24. 20-Kevin Lawson [24][$800]; Lap Leaders: Cory Eliason 1-21, Daryn Pittman 22-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[+7]

Qualifying: 1. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.467; 2. 5-David Gravel, 13.507; 3. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.521; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.535; 5. 83-Cory Eliason, 13.588; 6. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.6; 7. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.651; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.651; 9. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.71; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.79; 11. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 13.793; 12. 41-Jason Johnson, 13.793; 13. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.795; 14. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.842; 15. 19-Brent Marks, 13.842; 16. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.904; 17. 6N-Greg Nikitenko, 13.938; 18. 13-Clyde Knipp, 13.944; 19. 20A-Jordan Adams, 13.984; 20. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier, 14.085; 21. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg, 14.109; 22. 9N-Wade Nygaard, 14.175; 23. 8-Jack Croaker, 14.337; 24. 20L-Dusty Lawson, 15.285; 25. 14-Bill Holler, 15.792; 26. 20-Kevin Lawson, 16.052

For full results from Nodak Speedway - June 17, 2018, click here.

 

 

Donny Schatz Continues Dominance at River Cities

GRAND FORKS, ND – June 15, 2018 – North Dakota’s own Donny Schatz continued his dominance at River Cities Speedway, passing race-long leader Kerry Madsen on Lap 25 to win his 11th World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature of 2018. It was Schatz’s sixth win in his last seven starts at the bullring. Brad Sweet came forward to finish second with Madsen settling for third.

The “Mad Man” Kerry Madsen won the Sears Craftsman Dash, earning the pole for the 40-lap Feature alongside Schatz. Local driver Austin Pierce brought out the first of many cautions in the lengthy event, flipping off the banking on the opening lap. Pierce, the 2017 NOSA Sprints Champion, was uninjured in the accident.

Madsen got the jump on the start once again, utilizing the bottom of the speedway as Schatz pounded the cushion. Lap 6 saw third-starting Austin McCarl go for a light tumble in turn four, bringing out the Red Flag once again. McCarl completed the race with a damaged top wing.

Four laps later, Cory Eliason and Jade Hastings bounced off the racing surface, bringing out another caution and keeping the leaders out of lapped traffic. On each restart, Schatz, on the top, was able to stay with Madsen for a lap or two before the Australian would distance himself on the bottom.

Sheldon Haudenschild’s Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing No.17 lost power while running sixth on Lap 17, bringing out the caution. A caution on the ensuing double-file restart brought the field back to Green under single-file conditions.

Following that caution, for the first time, the leaders reached traffic on the bullring. Lapped cars were littered all over the racing surface. Madsen was able to clear the first few cars getting underneath them while remaining committed to the bottom. Schatz would follow suit on the bottom by some of the lappers, but the entire capacity crowd at River Cities Speedway knew the Tony Stewart Racing No.15 would be able to maintain speed on the cushion as well.

Schatz capitalized on Madsen’s inability to clear a slower car on the backstretch, powering around the No.2M off of turn four to lead Lap 25. Schatz used the same line to clear the lapped car before getting back to the bottom to protect the lead.

Brad Sweet followed Schatz on the cushion around Madsen as well and would line up next to Schatz with eight laps remaining after the caution flew for Jason Johnson. Schatz motored away on the restart and did the same thing on the final restart with four laps to go to win his 11th Feature of the 2018 campaign and extend his lead atop the Point Standings.

Sweet would finish 2.369 seconds behind the Fargo, ND native with Madsen settling for third.

“I kept trying that top and I knew if we got into traffic I might be able to make it work,” Schatz said in Victory Lane. When asked about the multitude of cautions, Schatz simply cited that they are part of racing, but the early cautions had him wondering how the track would change as the race would go on. The North Dakota native savored the emotion of the hometown victory saying, “You never know when your last win is going to be.”

Brad Sweet was upbeat about his runner-up finish. “We were fast, I had a couple of lines working in one and two. I would have liked to give Donny a better run for his money, but he never missed a mark out front. Eventually, we’ll figure out how to beat him here,” Sweet added with a smile.

Kerry Madsen led the first 24 laps but settled for third after losing the lead in lapped traffic. “I didn’t do a good enough job. I became immobile in traffic. I tried to play a patient game and I should have been more aggressive,” Madsen said honestly before thanking his team for giving him a great car.

Shane Stewart had a strong run coming from 11th to finish fourth with Daryn Pittman completing the top five. Dominic Scelzi charged from 21st to sixth, but Mark Dobmeier grabbed KSE Hard Charger honors coming from a provisional starting 25th to finish ninth. The massive crowd at River Cities was engaged all evening, especially when track regular Thomas Kennedy set Quick Time and won his Heat Race.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series continues its 40th Anniversary Season Sunday at Nodak Speedway in Minot, ND. If you can’t make it to the track, watch every lap LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Feature (40 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [5][$5,500]; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen [1][$3,200]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [11][$2,800]; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman [9][$2,500]; 6. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [21][$2,300]; 7. 18-Ian Madsen [16][$2,200]; 8. 19-Brent Marks [13][$2,100]; 9. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [25][$1,250]; 10. 5-David Gravel [10][$2,000]; 11. 83-Cory Eliason [4][$1,500]; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser [14][$1,200]; 13. 1A-Jacob Allen [6][$1,100]; 14. W20-Greg Wilson [24][$1,050]; 15. 21K-Thomas Kennedy [8][$1,000]; 16. 1S-Logan Schuchart [17][$900]; 17. 19L-R.J. Johnson [22][$800]; 18. 17A-Austin McCarl [3][$800]; 19. 8H-Jade Hastings [18][$800]; 20. 7S-Jason Sides [20][$800]; 21. 27-Chris Ranten [23][$800]; 22. 41-Jason Johnson [15][$800]; 23. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [7][$800]; 24. 9N-Wade Nygaard [26][$]; 25. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg [19][$800]; 26. 2A-Austin Pierce [12][$800]

Qualifying: 1. 21K-Thomas Kennedy, 10.367; 2. 17A-Austin McCarl, 10.434; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 10.444; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen, 10.482; 5. 15-Donny Schatz, 10.502; 6. 49-Brad Sweet, 10.509; 7. 27-Chris Ranten, 10.519; 8. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 10.537; 9. 9-Daryn Pittman, 10.544; 10. 5-David Gravel, 10.567; 11. 83-Cory Eliason, 10.58; 12. 19L-R.J. Johnson, 10.639; 13. 19-Brent Marks, 10.669; 14. 8H-Jade Hastings, 10.671; 15. 2-Shane Stewart, 10.724; 16. 18-Ian Madsen, 10.75; 17. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 10.755; 18. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 10.779; 19. 41-Jason Johnson, 10.799; 20. W20-Greg Wilson, 10.799; 21. 6N-Greg Nikitenko, 10.804; 22. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 10.807; 23. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg, 10.81; 24. 2A-Austin Pierce, 10.835; 25. 10TRB-Bob Martin, 10.896; 26. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier, 10.897; 27. 20A-Jordan Adams, 10.976; 28. 26-Blake Egeland, 10.998; 29. 13-Clyde Knipp, 11.098; 30. 9N-Wade Nygaard, 11.103; 31. 55-Nick Ranten, 11.226; 32. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.339; 33. 8-Jack Croaker, 11.429; 34. 1AJ-Trevor Mell, 11.578; 35. 14-Tom Egeland, NT

For full results from River Cities Speedway - June 15, 2018, click here.

 

 

Donny Schatz Pockets $40,000 with AGCO Jackson Nationals Win

JACKSON, MN – June 9, 2018 – When big money is on the line, Donny Schatz and the Tony Stewart Racing No.15 team find an extra gear and that was the case on the final night of the AGCO Jackson Nationals at Jackson Motorplex. Schatz came from seventh and prevented a Jason Johnson sweep of the weekend, overtaking the Eunice, LA native on Lap 18 to capture the $40,000 prize. Johnson was resilient but settled for second with Brian Brown completing the podium.

After winning the first two nights of the AGCO Jackson Nationals, Jason Johnson won the Sears Craftsman Dash, earning the pole for the 40-lap Feature.

The Feature got off to a bumpy start with Ian Madsen bicycling in turn one and coming to a stop with rear end damage. Jason Johnson got the jump on the start and led the opening two laps before the lone Red Flag on the evening flew after Daryn Pittman received contact while running in the top five and slowed significantly into turn one leaving Cory Eliason nowhere to go, ending both of their evenings.

On the ensuing restart, Donny Schatz charged up to second only to be negated by a caution for Brad Sweet, who came to a stop backwards in turn two while running third. Sweet was able to make repairs and return to the rear of the field.

When action resumed, Johnson continued to lead as Schatz disposed of Brian Brown for second and set his eyes on Johnson.

Johnson continued to set a torrid pace on the cushion and reached lapped traffic by Lap 8. The majority of the slower cars were on the cushion, slowing Johnson’s pace and allowing the Nine-Time Series Champion to close in. Schatz began reeling in Johnson and made his move underneath for the lead on Lap 18. Once he took command, it was clear Schatz was the class of the field.

The final caution of the night flew on Lap 24, bunching the field together, putting Johnson on Schatz bumper. Schatz motored away on the restart and was proficient in traffic.

Johnson stayed with Schatz as the duo navigated traffic as rubber became more prominent on the racing surface. Johnson took a brief look underneath Schatz entering turn one with less than 5 laps to go and continued to close back in, crossing the line .637 seconds behind the Fargo, ND driver.

Schatz, who described himself as non-existent during the first two nights, came into the evening 11th in Jackson Nationals points and started the Feature from 7th.

“This race team is what the difference is,” Schatz said in Victory Lane when prompted about the improvement throughout the weekend. “We changed up a lot of little things and I felt as good as I have all weekend during Hot Laps tonight and it showed then and now,” Schatz added.

“This is awesome. The improvements here to the facility, grandstands and racing surface are amazing,” Schatz said after the race.

Jason Johnson finished second in the big one but established a new level of speed for his team during the AGCO Jackson Nationals. “When it comes to big races, Donny isn’t going to make any mistakes. Hats off to the track crew all weekend dealing with all the rain and thanks to everyone in the stands for sticking it out,” Johnson said.

Brian Brown completed the podium and echoed both Schatz and Johnson’s statements about the job Jackson Motorplex did this weekend. “This is an awesome event, they gave us a great track all weekend. We were pretty good,” Brown said before thanking the large Jackson crowd.

David Gravel finished fourth with Logan Schuchart completing the top five. Dominic Scelzi scored KSE Hard Charger honors coming from the Last Chance Showdown to finish 14th, although it was Brad Sweet putting on the passing clinic, charging back to seventh after going to the rear on Lap 2.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series continues its 40th Anniversary Season with a doubleheader in North Dakota starting Friday at River Cities Speedway and concluding Sunday at Nodak Speedway in Minot, ND. If you can’t make it to the track, be sure to watch every lap LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Feature (40 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [7][$40,000]; 2. 41-Jason Johnson [1][$20,000]; 3. 21-Brian Brown [2][$12,000]; 4. 5-David Gravel [4][$9,000]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [9][$8,000]; 6. 3-Tim Kaeding [6][$7,000]; 7. 49-Brad Sweet [3][$6,500]; 8. 2-Shane Stewart [13][$6,000]; 9. 7S-Jason Sides [8][$5,500]; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen [10][$5,000]; 11. 12-Lynton Jeffrey [11][$4,000]; 12. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [17][$3,700]; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser [20][$3,600]; 14. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [22][$3,500]; 15. 19-Brent Marks [23][$3,400]; 16. 2M-Kerry Madsen [12][$3,300]; 17. 55-Brooke Tatnell [15][$3,200]; 18. 83H-Justin Henderson [21][$3,100]; 19. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg [16][$3,000]; 20. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [14][$3,000]; 21. 2KS-Austin McCarl [24][$3,000]; 22. 9-Daryn Pittman [5][$3,000]; 23. 83-Cory Eliason [19][$3,000]; 24. 18-Ian Madsen [18][$3,000]; Lap Leaders: Jason Johnson 1-17, Donny Schatz 18-40; KSE Hard Charger Award: 41S-Dominic Scelzi[+8]

Qualifying: 1. 41-Jason Johnson, 697; 2. 49-Brad Sweet, 678; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman, 677; 4. 21-Brian Brown, 633; 5. 3-Tim Kaeding, 624; 6. 5-David Gravel, 620; 7. 12-Lynton Jeffrey, 616; 8. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 612; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 605; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen, 605; 11. 15-Donny Schatz, 603; 12. 7S-Jason Sides, 595; 13. 2-Shane Stewart, 584; 14. 18-Ian Madsen, 580; 15. 83-Cory Eliason, 578; 16. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 562; 17. 83H-Justin Henderson, 556; 18. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 538; 19. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 529; 20. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg, 528; 21. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier, 525; 22. 2KS-Austin McCarl, 524; 23. 24-Terry McCarl, 521; 24. 19-Brent Marks, 499; 25. O9-Matt Juhl, 490; 26. 64-Scotty Thiel, 461; 27. 55-Brooke Tatnell, 433; 28. W20-Greg Wilson, 426; 29. 7-Carson McCarl, 420; 30. 16-Travis Whitney, 420; 31. 7W-Tasker Phillips, 414; 32. 13-Clyde Knipp, 406; 33. 17B-Bill Balog, 394; 34. 14-Jody Rosenboom, 367; 35. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 342; 36. 20-Brant O'Banion, 340; 37. 4X-Eric Schulz, 326; 38. O5-Colin Smith, 317; 39. 14K-Tori Knutson, 311; 40. 23W-Scott Winters, 222; 41. 19L-R.J. Johnson, 201; 42. 19P-Paige Polyak, 190

For full results from the AGCO Jackson Nationals, visit woosprint.com or click here.

 

 

Jason Johnson Wins Opening Night of the AGCO Jackson Nationals

JACKSON, MN – June 9, 2018 – Jason Johnson came from seventh and passed Daryn Pittman on Lap 16 on a lightning-fast surface at Jackson Motorplex to score his first World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature victory of the year on the opening night of the AGCO Jackson Nationals. Pittman settled for second with his Kasey Kahne Racing teammate Brad Sweet completing the podium.

Lynton Jeffrey broke the Jackson Motorplex track record in Qualifying and followed that up with a Heat Race victory and a dominating performance in the Sears Craftsman Dash to earn the pole for the 30-lap Feature alongside Daryn Pittman.

Jeffrey, in search of his first career Outlaw victory, led the opening lap after going wheel-to-wheel with Pittman the entire way around the 4/10th oval.

A caution for Matt Juhl with four laps complete lined Jeffrey and Pittman next to each other again. As he did on the original start, Pittman stayed right with the Australian while Jason Johnson went four wheels above the cushion in turns one and two to move into third. A caution the following lap for Cory Eliason bunched the field together and set up another double-file restart.

This time, Jeffrey got the front two tires up, axing all momentum, allowing Pittman to lead into turn one and Johnson to take second down the backstretch. Brad Sweet pounced into third the following lap, shuffling the early-race leader back to fourth. The final caution of the night came on Lap 9 when Scotty Thiel came to a stop.

Pittman controlled the restart and reached lapped traffic quickly on the heavy surface. Pittman cleared the first few lapped cars, but his Kasey Kahne Racing No.9 was visibly tightening up in lapped traffic. Johnson continued to lurk and got underneath Pittman for the lead coming to the line on Lap 16. Johnson distanced himself from Pittman, who now had his hands full with his teammate, Sweet.

Pittman and Sweet exchanged a pair of close-quartered slide jobs, with Pittman eventually able to re-solidify himself in the runner-up position. The battle between the two KKR cars allowed Johnson to check out.

The Eunice, LA native navigated traffic masterfully, as he was able to continually put his Jason Johnson Racing No.41 higher on the racing surface while maintaining speed. Johnson went on to win his first Feature of the year by 3.431 seconds.

“I did everything but turn over in the Dash, but I was able to find some grip up top. It’s an honor to be in Victory Lane and race in front of a huge crowd. It’s amazing what everyone at Jackson Motorplex has done with the facility,” an elated Johnson said. “We’ve been so close to victory this year, it’s great to get one. I always like the tracks that have a little more grip to them,” Johnson added with a smile.

Daryn Pittman was understandably disappointed after giving up the lead at the halfway point but acknowledged that Johnson was likely the superior car in the event. “Leading races and running second is always disappointing, but Jason did a great job. I’m happy with the speed we have had the past couple of weeks and to have another solid night,” Pittman said before echoing Johnson’s statement about the improvements at Jackson. “This place is really cool and we are all glad to be here, hopefully, Mother Nature will cooperate tomorrow.

Brad Sweet was content with his podium run, “Thinking of the big picture, we need to stay in the hunt. It’s good to have some points heading into tomorrow because you never know what you are going to get with a day show.”

David Gravel came from 12th to finish fourth, good enough for KSE Hard Charger Honors with Brian Brown completing the top-five. Jeffrey settled for sixth with Jason Sides, Donny Schatz, 14th-starting Dominic Scelzi and Ian Madsen completing the top ten.

The AGCO Jackson Nationals continue tomorrow afternoon with the make-up event from Thursday. Hot Laps are scheduled for 1pm local time. The doubleheader will be completed Saturday evening, as scheduled, with the Jackson Nationals Feature paying $40,000 to win and $3,000 to take the Green Flag. If you can’t make it to the track, catch every lap on DIRTVision.com!

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 41-Jason Johnson [7]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [2]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [3]; 4. 5-David Gravel [12]; 5. 21-Brian Brown [10]; 6. 12-Lynton Jeffrey [1]; 7. 7S-Jason Sides [4]; 8. 15-Donny Schatz [9]; 9. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [14]; 10. 18-Ian Madsen [6]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser [11]; 12. 3-Tim Kaeding [13]; 13. 2-Shane Stewart [5]; 14. 2M-Kerry Madsen [18]; 15. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [22]; 16. 19-Brent Marks [19]; 17. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [16]; 18. 1S-Logan Schuchart [15]; 19. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg [24]; 20. 1A-Jacob Allen [20]; 21. 83H-Justin Henderson [21]; 22. 64-Scotty Thiel [17]; 23. 83-Cory Eliason [8]; 24. O9-Matt Juhl [23]; Lap Leaders: Lynton Jeffrey 1-5, Daryn Pittman 6-15, Jason Johnson 16-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 5-David Gravel[+8]

Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.99; 2. 41-Jason Johnson, 13.038; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.084; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.177; 5. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.179; 6. 83-Cory Eliason, 13.223; 7. 64-Scotty Thiel, 13.224; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.283; 9. 3-Tim Kaeding, 13.286; 10. 83H-Justin Henderson, 13.302; 11. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier, 13.32; 12. O9-Matt Juhl, 13.357; 13. 7-Carson McCarl, 13.416; 14. 19-Brent Marks, 13.49; 15. 23W-Scott Winters, 13.551; 16. 16-Travis Whitney, 13.585; 17. 7W-Tasker Phillips, 13.601; 18. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 13.75; 19. O5-Colin Smith, 13.777; 20. 4X-Eric Schulz, 14.212; 21. 14K-Tori Knutson, 14.73

Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 12-Lynton Jeffrey, 12.918; 2. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.003; 3. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.041; 4. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.082; 5. 21-Brian Brown, 13.099; 6. 5-David Gravel, 13.106; 7. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 13.113; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.127; 9. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.197; 10. 19P-Paige Polyak, 13.271; 11. 2KS-Austin McCarl, 13.274; 12. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg, 13.312; 13. 13-Clyde Knipp, 13.318; 14. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.323; 15. 19L-R.J. Johnson, 13.325; 16. 24-Terry McCarl, 13.334; 17. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.338; 18. 17B-Bill Balog, 13.341; 19. 55-Brooke Tatnell, 13.352; 20. 20-Brant O'Banion, 13.679; 21. 14-Jody Rosenboom, 13.877

For full results from Night 1 of the AGCO Jackson Nationals, click here. For the current point standings for the AGCO Jackson Nationals, visit the World of Outlaws social media channels or click here.


 

 

Storm Postpones Opening Night of AGCO Jackson Nationals to Saturday Afternoon

JACKSON, MN - June 7, 2018 - An evening storm has forced Jackson Motorplex and World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series officials to postpone Thursday’s opening round of the 40th annual AGCO Jackson Nationals presented by Casey’s General Stores.

The three-day spectacle will be kept intact as Thursday’s World of Outlaws program will be held on Saturday afternoon prior to the evening finale, which pays $40,000 to win and $3,000 to start the Feature. The Heartland Steel RaceSaver sprint cars presented by Wyffels Hybrids will not be competing during the Saturday afternoon show.

Times for the Saturday afternoon program will be announced in the near future. Stay tuned to the Jackson Motorplex and World of Outlaws social media accounts for the latest information.

Tickets for Thursday’s event are good for the Saturday afternoon program.

Friday’s AGCO Jackson Nationals presented by ASI Contracting show is slated to begin with hot laps at 7 p.m.

There will be several community events prior to the action on the track.

The Lions pancake breakfast is both Friday and Saturday morning in the blue building on the fairgrounds. The price is $7 for adults.

AGCO will have an open house on Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Intivity Center. Drivers will be signing autographs and there will be a $5 lunch that benefits Jackson Food 4 Kids.

Additionally, MRN’s Winged Nation presented by Minnesota Mafia will be on the Miller Lite stage from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

 

 

Haudenschild Wins Inaugural FVP Platinum Battery Showdown at Fairbury

FAIRBURY, IL – June 5, 2018 – Sheldon Haudenschild took the lead on a Lap 3 restart and never looked back, scoring his fourth World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory of the season in the Series inaugural visit to Fairbury American Legion Speedway in the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown. Jacob Allen matched his career-best with a runner-up finish with Kyle Larson completing the podium.

The night didn’t start off as planned for Haudenschild, as Sheldon was just 21st quick in Qualifying and started seventh in his Heat. Haudenschild, in true Haudenschild fashion, charged from seventh to second in his Heat to secure a spot in the Sears Craftsman Dash.

Sheldon Haudenschild went on to win the Dash, earning the pole for the 40-lap Feature but it was fellow front row starter Hunter Schuerenburg getting the jump at the drop of the Green. Schuerenburg, in search of his first career Outlaw triumph, paced the field, pounding the cushion before a caution on Lap 3 for a backwards Shane Stewart halted action.

Schuerenburg elected the top on the double-file restart, but his No.20 machine stumbled on the restart as Haudenschild, who restarted alongside him, powered to the lead. Schuerenburg drastically fell to the back of the field with a flat tire. Things went from bad to worse as Tanner Thorson jumped Schuerenburg’s rear tire and went for a tumble. Thorson was uninjured in the accident and the Red Flag allowed Schuerenburg to change his tire and restart at the rear of the field.

When action resumed, Haudenschild motored away from the field and reached lapped traffic quickly around the bullring. Jacob Allen, who shattered the FALS track record in Qualifying, moved into second with his Shark Racing teammate, Logan Schuchart in tow running third. Haudenschild put on a lapped traffic clinic, slicing and dicing his way through the field.

A hellacious battle between Kyle Larson and Brent Marks for fifth was momentarily halted when a lapped car got loose and forced both Larson and Marks to take evasive action with 17 laps remaining. The duo did synchronized 360’s, but kept going, in turn two, forcing the rest of the field to check up. Greg Wilson had nowhere to go and got upside down. Gio Scelzi and Paul Nienhiser’s top-ten runs also came to an end in the accident. Wilson was uninjured but done for the evening while both Scelzi and Nienhiser tagged the rear.

With rubber prominent on the high line, World of Outlaws officials ruled single-file restarts for the remainder of the evening. Haudenschild continued to show the way as he reached traffic with the rest of the field directly on his tail.

With eight laps remaining, Schuchart pulled a slider on his teammate Allen to secure second and set his sights on Haudenschild. Haudenschild remained locked down in the rubber as Schuchart looked for a way to steal the lead. Schuchart peeked a car-length higher than Haudenschild in turn two with three laps remaining, but that was the end of Schuchart’s night as a flat tire on the No.1S brought out the final caution of the evening.

Haudenschild distanced himself from Allen, who was in search of his first career Outlaw win, on the late restart while Larson and Cory Eliason waged war for third. The pair of Californian’s exchanged sliders back and forth with Larson grabbing the final podium spot.

Sheldon Haudenschild went on to win his fourth Feature of the year aboard the NOS Energy Drink sponsored Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall No.17.

“My car was really good early and really good in the rubber,” Haudenschild said with a smile in Victory Lane. “I was able to get good drive on the early restart, grab the lead and get to the top. Other than a couple of times where I tagged the wall, I felt really good and felt like I was making good laps in traffic,” the Wooster, OH native added.

Allen’s second-place finish tied a career-best and was his first top-ten finish of 2018. “My team has worked really hard. Sheldon’s been one of my best friends for a long time, obviously I would have liked to get my first Outlaw win, but I’m extremely happy with second,” Allen said. When asked about racing with his teammate and relative Schuchart, Allen explained, “We’ll race each other hard, but clean. We both want to win, it’s unfortunate he got a flat tire ending his night. It’s always fun running up front with Logan.”

Kyle Larson, who slipped out of the top ten early, was pleased to get back to the podium. “I was pretty good as the race went on. I’m really loose until the fuel burns off, I was happy to get back to third after our start,” Larson said. Cory Eliason settled for fourth with Saturday’s winner in Wisconsin Brent Marks coming from 14th to fifth. The finish was Marks’ third consecutive top-five finish. KSE Hard Charger honors went to David Gravel and CJB Motorsports, as they came from 22nd to complete the top ten.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series continues its 40th Anniversary Season this weekend with the 40th Annual AGCO Jackson Nationals. Saturday’s Feature at Jackson will pay a whopping $40,000 to win. If you can’t make it out to Jackson, MN be sure to watch every lap LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Feature (40 Laps): 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1][$10,000]; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen [4][$5,500]; 3. 57-Kyle Larson [6][$3,200]; 4. 83-Cory Eliason [8][$2,800]; 5. 19-Brent Marks [14][$2,500]; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman [7][$2,300]; 7. 4-Parker Price-Miller [5][$2,200]; 8. 15-Donny Schatz [13][$2,100]; 9. 49-Brad Sweet [9][$2,050]; 10. 5-David Gravel [22][$2,000]; 11. 41-Jason Johnson [12][$1,500]; 12. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [10][$1,200]; 13. 20-Hunter Schuerenberg [2][$1,100]; 14. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [11][$1,050]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser [23][$1,000]; 16. 10V-Matt Vandervere [18][$900]; 17. 2-Shane Stewart [17][$800]; 18. 7S-Jason Sides [15][$800]; 19. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3][$800]; 20. 21X-Carson Short [21][$800]; 21. W20-Greg Wilson [20][$800]; 22. 25-Jacob Blackhurst [16][$800]; 23. 18-Ian Madsen [24][$800]; 24. 3C-Tanner Thorson [19][$800]; Lap Leaders: Hunter Schuerenberg 1-3, Sheldon Haudenschild 4-40; KSE Hard Charger Award: 5-David Gravel[+12]

Qualifying: 1. 1A-Jacob Allen, 10.893; 2. 57-Kyle Larson, 11.193; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 11.278; 4. 4-Parker Price-Miller, 11.313; 5. 21-Brian Brown, 11.336; 6. 3C-Tanner Thorson, 11.354; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman, 11.354; 8. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 11.377; 9. 21X-Carson Short, 11.39; 10. 25-Jacob Blackhurst, 11.435; 11. 20-Hunter Schuerenberg, 11.437; 12. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.439; 13. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.449; 14. 19-Brent Marks, 11.476; 15. 10V-Matt Vandervere, 11.477; 16. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 11.495; 17. 83-Cory Eliason, 11.533; 18. 41-Jason Johnson, 11.544; 19. 5-David Gravel, 11.544; 20. 2-Shane Stewart, 11.598; 21. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.613; 22. 18-Ian Madsen, 11.636; 23. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.657; 24. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.682; 25. W20-Greg Wilson, 11.703; 26. 98-Clinton Boyles, 11.917; 27. 13-Clyde Knipp, 12.083

For full results from Fairbury American Legion Speedway, click here.

 

 

 

David Gravel Scores Third Win of the Year During Eventful Feature at I-96

LAKE ODESSA, MI – June 1, 2018 – David Gravel powered from third on a restart to lead Lap 16 and went on to win the Rumble in Michigan at I-96 Speedway. Shane Stewart continued his streak of top-five finishes with a second place run and Brad Sweet, who stole the lead from Gravel only for it to be negated by a yellow, settled for third at the conclusion of the caution-filled Feature.

Sheldon Haudenschild won the Sears Craftsman Dash and earned the pole for the 35-lap Feature alongside 1995 I-95 Outlaw winner Joey Saldana. Haudenschild paced the field early as Gravel quickly maneuvered into second around Saldana.

While Daryn Pittman and Saldana battled for third, Donny Schatz got a run off the bottom of turn four and surged by both of them to take the position. After an Open Red on Lap 14, Schatz pounced on Gravel and stole the runner-up position before a caution for Gio Scelzi, who was running in the top ten, halted competition one lap later.

Haudenschild led the field back to Green once again, but this time with the nine-time Series Champion next to him and David Gravel inside the second row. Gravel entered turn one on the cushion and powered around Schatz before squeezing under Haudenschild to steal the lead going into turn three with a breathtaking move.

Schatz slowed on the frontstretch the following lap with a flat tire and Jason Johnson clipped his left rear trying to avoid the Fargo, ND native and ended up getting upside down. Johnson was uninjured but done for the evening. Schatz was able to change his flat tire and return to the rear of the field.

Gravel commanded the lead through a pair of restarts, before an off the pace Sheldon Haudenschild brought out the caution with six circuits remaining. Haudenschild, who slowed significantly, never stopped but was the cause of the caution and was sent to the rear accordingly.

On the double-file restart, Brad Sweet got a massive run off the cushion and diamonded underneath Gravel to lead into three, only to see the caution for a backwards Cory Eliason negate the pass.

Gravel controlled the ensuing restart and one more with two laps remaining to win his third World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature of the year and second in a row at I-96 Speedway.

“I got a little lucky with the yellow coming out after Brad got me. It was tough to know what to do on the restarts and Brad got a good run and I tried to protect position, but that only hurt my exit and he got by me,” Gravel said in reference to the negated pass for the lead.

“All those late restarts, you never know what’s going to happen. I just wanted to see the checkered. I’m just happy to get another win, this team deserves it. It’s our third win of the year, heading to a track (Wilmot) we love tomorrow,” Gravel added in Victory Lane in front of his CJB Motorsports No.5.

Shane Stewart scored his third consecutive top-five finish and while he remains in search of his first victory of the year, Stewart and the Kyle Larson Racing No.2 team are confident. “Another great finish for these ENEOS guys, we have really turned our team around these past few races,” Stewart, who stole second from Sweet on the last restart, said.

Sweet, who was in search of his second consecutive win, was in good spirits. “That’s racing, sometimes the cautions fall your way, sometimes they don’t,” Sweet said in reference to the ill-timed caution. “I should’ve got second, but I took one last shot at the win and gave up second to Shane. You never know if you don’t try,” Sweet added with a smile.

Donny Schatz, in true championship form, came back from a flat tire at the halfway point to finish fourth. Brent Marks, who battled fuel issues all evening, rebounded in a big way coming from 22nd to complete the top five in his first visit to I-96. Marks’ effort earned him KSE Hard Charger Honors for the fifth time during the 2018 season.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series treks to Wisconsin overnight to compete at the Wilmot Raceway Saturday evening for the Badger 40 before the Series tries again to make its inaugural visit at Fairbury American Legion Speedway with the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown on Tuesday, June 5. If you can’t make it to the track, catch every lap LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Abbreviated Results from I-96 Speedway - June 1, 2018

Feature (35 Laps): 1. 5-David Gravel [3][$10,000]; 2. 2-Shane Stewart [5][$5,500]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [8][$3,200]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [4][$2,800]; 5. 19-Brent Marks [22][$2,500]; 6. 26-Joey Saldana [2][$2,300]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [15][$2,200]; 8. W20-Greg Wilson [14][$2,100]; 9. 18-Ian Madsen [10][$2,050]; 10. 9-Daryn Pittman [6][$2,000]; 11. 1S-Logan Schuchart [19][$1,500]; 12. 7S-Jason Sides [12][$1,200]; 13. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1][$1,100]; 14. 83-Cory Eliason [9][$1,050]; 15. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [7][$1,000]; 16. 22M-Dan McCarron [24][$900]; 17. 5H-Andy Teunessen [18][$800]; 18. 71H-Ryan Ruhl [16][$800]; 19. 64-Scotty Thiel [20][$800]; 20. 41-Jason Johnson [13][$800]; 21. 11R-Chase Ridenour [17][$800]; 22. 13-Clyde Knipp [21][$800]; 23. 1A-Jacob Allen [11][$800]; 24. 10V-Matt Vandervere [23][$800]; Lap Leaders: Sheldon Haudenschild 1-15, David Gravel 16-35; KSE Hard Charger Award: 19-Brent Marks[+17]

Qualifying: 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.669; 2. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.68; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.793; 4. 5-David Gravel, 13.834; 5. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.851; 6. 83-Cory Eliason, 13.876; 7. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.899; 8. 26-Joey Saldana, 13.954; 9. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.978; 10. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.991; 11. 1A-Jacob Allen, 14.001; 12. 7S-Jason Sides, 14.023; 13. 85-Dustin Daggett, 14.029; 14. 64-Scotty Thiel, 14.039; 15. 5H-Andy Teunessen, 14.046; 16. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 14.072; 17. W20-Greg Wilson, 14.095; 18. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.167; 19. 41-Jason Johnson, 14.172; 20. 11R-Chase Ridenour, 14.249; 21. 13-Clyde Knipp, 14.295; 22. 71H-Ryan Ruhl, 14.317; 23. 19-Brent Marks, 14.395; 24. 22M-Dan McCarron, 14.511; 25. 23-Russel Borland, 14.531; 26. 10V-Matt Vandervere, 14.817; 27. 2X-Brian Smith, 14.883; 28. 5QB-Quentin Blonde, 14.937; 29. 18S-Michael Summers, 16.107

For full results from I-96 Speedway, visit woosprint.com

 

 

Outlaws Will Return to Bridgeport Speedway in 2019

SWEDESBORO, NJ – May 31, 2018 – The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series and Bridgeport Speedway officials have announced that the event rained out on May 22, 2018, will not be able to be rescheduled during the 2018 season. Both World of Outlaws and Bridgeport officials worked closely looking for a new date but were unable to find an opening that would make sense for both parties. The Outlaws eagerly await their debut on the new configuration at Design for Vision/Sunglass Central Speedway at Bridgeport Speedway next year, as talks for the 2019 schedule have already begun.

Mother Nature has tormented the World of Outlaws during its 40th Anniversary Season, claiming 16 events thus far in 2018.

Bridgeport advanced ticket holders for the rained-out event will be given a credit to use towards selected World of Outlaws events in the future. If the advanced ticket holders would prefer a refund, they need to call 844-DIRT-TIX. The deadline to request a refund instead of keeping the credit is Friday, July 13, 2018. If you have any questions, you can call 844-DIRT-TIX Monday through Friday from 9 to 5 ET.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series continues its 40th Anniversary Season Friday, June 1 with the Rumble in Michigan at I-96 Speedway before completing the weekend on Saturday, June 2 in Wisconsin at Wilmot Raceway with the running of the Badger 40.

 

 

Outlaws Postpone Inaugural Visit at Fairbury to Tuesday, June 5

FAIRBURY, IL – May 30, 2018 – The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will have to wait another week before making its much-anticipated inaugural visit to Fairbury American Legion Speedway (FALS), as Mother Nature has forced the Series to reschedule the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown to Tuesday, June 5.

Heavy rain saturated the Illinois facility Wednesday morning and with more imminent impending weather, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, Fairbury American Legion Speedway and the POWRi WAR Sprints have made the decision to postpone tonight’s event for the safety of fans, drivers and teams.

All parties involved were in agreement with this decision and the Tuesday, June 5 event will feature the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series and the POWRi WAR Sprints.

All reserved tickets will be good for the rescheduled date and any questions should be directed to 844-DIRT-TIX during normal business hours. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series continues its 40th Anniversary Friday, June 1 at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan before heading to Wisconsin to run the Badger 40 at Wilmot Raceway.

 

 

Outlaws, USAC Create Wabash Clash Sprint Car Spectacular at Terre Haute

Two-day ticket packages on sale now for Oct. 12-13 showdown at historic Indiana speedway

TERRE HAUTE, IN – May 29, 2018 – USAC Racing and the World of Outlaws will come together Oct. 12-13 at the Terre Haute Action Track for the Wabash Clash, creating Indiana’s biggest fall weekend of sprint car racing.

USAC National Sprint Cars tackle the historic half-mile speedplant on Friday, Oct. 12, before the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars roll into Terre Haute on Saturday, Oct. 13.

Season-long championship battles will be heating up for both series, creating an intense atmosphere in the heart of Indiana sprint car country. Chris Windom is trying to secure a second-consecutive USAC National championship, but Kevin Thomas Jr. might stand in his way. Last October it was Thomas who captured the victory, ending Windom’s three-race win streak at Terre Haute. Meanwhile, Donny Schatz is aiming to make it a perfect 10 as the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car champ. Schatz was the last Outlaw to win at Terre Haute, taking the checkers in 2014.

Advanced tickets, including a two-day package, are on sale now by clicking WorldofOutlaws.com. Two-day reserved tickets are $60, two-day General Admission is $50. Kids 11-and-under are free in General Admission.

For more information on the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series go to WorldofOutlaws.com, and for more on USAC Racing go to USACRacing.com.

 

 

Brad Sweet Wins Memorial Day Thriller at Lawrenceburg

LAWRENCEBURG, IN – May 28, 2018 – Brad Sweet came from eighth and passed Donny Schatz on Lap 26 to take the lead in a thriller at Lawrenceburg Speedway and never looked back for his second win of the 2018 season. Schatz, who led 15 laps, settled for second with David Gravel completing the podium in the Memorial Day Spectacular presented by KOI Auto Parts.

Paul McMahan won the Sears Craftsman Dash to earn the pole of the 35 lap Feature alongside Jason Johnson as both veterans looked for their first Outlaw wins of the year. McMahan led the opening circuit and continued to lead through a pair of cautions in the first handful of laps.

The tricky Lawrenceburg cushion got the better of Sheldon Haudenschild after the young Wooster, OH native pulled a massive slider for fourth on Lap 3.

When action resume, McMahan led as Schatz and Kyle Larson stalked closely behind. Brad Sweet established himself as a threat early moving by his good friend and fellow California native Larson for third on Lap 5.

As lapped traffic intensified, Paul McMahan bobbled out of turn two on the ninth circuit and Schatz and Sweet both pounced, shuffling the Nashville, TN driver back to third. Larson and McMahan waged war for the third position as Sweet began chasing down Schatz.

As is typical at The Burg, slide jobs were plentiful as The Greatest Show on Dirt lived up to its name in the fullest on Memorial Day. Schatz was masterful in traffic as always, but Sweet was just as good as the duo sliced and diced their way through slower traffic. Simultaneously, McMahan and Larson exchanged multiple slide jobs for the third position, with Larson finally wrestling the position away on Lap 21.

After clearing a handful of lapped cars, the top three were nose-to-tail with 10 laps remaining. Sweet gained on Schatz on an open track and made multiple bids for the lead, before completing the pass on the nine-time Series Champion in turn two to lead Lap 26.

A lap later Larson battled hard with Schatz for the runner-up position and had it as they crossed the line. Larson and Schatz continued to battle, but the Lawrenceburg cushion got the better of the California phenom as Larson spun in turn four, leaving fourth-place running McMahan nowhere to go as the caution waved with seven circuits remaining.

On the restart, Sweet showed the speed that got him to the lead from eighth and powered away from the field as David Gravel went side-by-side with Schatz for second and grabbed the position before the final caution flew with three laps remaining for Ian Madsen, who succumbed to a flat tire ending his top-ten run.

Gravel took a look underneath Sweet on the restart, opening the door for Schatz to steal second back from the CJB Motorsports No.5. Schatz had nothing left in the tank to come back after Sweet, as ‘The Big Cat’ crossed the line 1.460 seconds ahead of the Series Points Leader.

“I had a really good race car. It’s better to be in second sometimes, it allows you to move around,” Sweet said in Victory Lane about his pass for the lead. “We were terrible in the Dash going from sixth to eighth, but I was able to try some different lines, allowing us to make some changes for the Feature. We kept getting better and better as the race went on. It’s great to get this NAPA Auto Parts team in Victory Lane where they belong, hopefully we can keep this momentum up in the upcoming summer months,” Sweet said with positivity.

Schatz settled for second and endlessly thanked his Textron Off Road team for their continued work and was thankful to finally have the whole crew back, a rare occasion this season.

“I tried to go for the lead on the restart and lost a spot. We’ll take third, I can’t thank my guys and car owners enough for this opportunity,” Gravel, who set fast time during Qualifying, said. “Hopefully we can continue to qualify well and build off of this going forward.

Shane Stewart finished fourth, ending his winning streak at Lawrenceburg with Parker Price-Miller coming from 16th to complete the top five. Aaron Reutzel earned KSE Hard Charger honors advancing 15 positions, from 22nd to finish seventh.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series continues its 40th Anniversary Season Wednesday, May 30 with the Series’ inaugural visit to Fairbury American Legion Speedway (FALS) in Illinois. Tickets for the can’t miss event at FALS can be purchased here. The Series then treks to I-96 Speedway in Michigan on Friday before heading to Wilmot in Wisconsin to conclude the weekend. If you can’t make it to the track, be sure to watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Abbreviated Results from Lawrenceburg Speedway:

Feature (35 Laps): 1. 49-Brad Sweet [8][$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$5,500]; 3. 5-David Gravel [5][$3,200]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [7][$2,800]; 5. 4-Parker Price-Miller [16][$2,500]; 6. 41-Jason Johnson [2][$2,300]; 7. 87-Aaron Reutzel [22][$2,200]; 8. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [14][$2,100]; 9. 5B-Christopher Bell [10][$2,050]; 10. 26-Joey Saldana [21][$2,000]; 11. 9-Daryn Pittman [17][$1,500]; 12. 99-Brady Bacon [18][$1,200]; 13. 1S-Logan Schuchart [19][$1,100]; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser [9][$1,050]; 15. 7K-Cale Conley [20][$1,000]; 16. 18-Ian Madsen [12][$900]; 17. 57-Kyle Larson [4][$800]; 18. 13X-Paul McMahan [1][$800]; 19. 1A-Jacob Allen [11][$800]; 20. A79-Brandon Wimmer [24][$800]; 21. 49X-Tim Shaffer [23][$800]; 22. 11-Dominic Scelzi [15][$800]; 23. 20-Hunter Schuerenberg [13][$800]; 24. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [6][$800]; 25. 13-Clyde Knipp [25][$800]; Lap Leaders: Paul McMahan 1-9, Donny Schatz 10-25, Brad Sweet 26-35; KSE Hard Charger Award: 87-Aaron Reutzel[+15]

Qualifying: 1. 5-David Gravel, 11.835; 2. 57-Kyle Larson, 11.847; 3. 13X-Paul McMahan, 11.89; 4. 41-Jason Johnson, 11.947; 5. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.961; 6. 2-Shane Stewart, 11.972; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.974; 8. 15-Donny Schatz, 12; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.032; 10. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 12.034; 11. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.037; 12. 4-Parker Price-Miller, 12.054; 13. 20-Hunter Schuerenberg, 12.063; 14. 5B-Christopher Bell, 12.081; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.11; 16. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.114; 17. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 12.133; 18. 5X-Justin Peck, 12.146; 19. 11-Dominic Scelzi, 12.174; 20. 26-Joey Saldana, 12.183; 21. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 12.185; 22. 99-Brady Bacon, 12.207; 23. 3-Jac Haudenschild, 12.208; 24. 7K-Cale Conley, 12.23; 25. 9-Daryn Pittman, 12.235; 26. A79-Brandon Wimmer, 12.249; 27. 19P-Paige Polyak, 12.286; 28. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.294; 29. 19-Brent Marks, 12.318; 30. 30-CJ Leary, 12.459; 31. 2S-Nathan Skaggs, 12.463; 32. W20-Greg Wilson, 12.522; 33. 13-Clyde Knipp, 12.802; 34. 21X-Carson Short, NT

For Full Results from Lawrenceburg, visit woosprint.com

 

 

Schatz Passes Stewart Late for Ninth Win of 2018 at Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC – May 25, 2018 – Donny Schatz continues his dominance of the 2018 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series 40th Anniversary Season. Schatz passed Shane Stewart on Lap 24 and went on to win his ninth Feature of the year and 11th of his career at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. 2017 Outlaw Showdown winner Logan Schuchart completed the podium.

Schatz won the Sears Craftsman Dash to earn the pole for the 30-Lap Feature, but it was Stewart leading the opening lap, utilizing the top of the racing surface.

Stewart set a torrid pace out front and reached lapped traffic quickly before a Lap 10 yellow for Jacob Allen cleared the track for the Bixby, OK native. A caution two laps later for Clyde Knipp would be the final stoppage of the Feature, as the remaining 18 laps went Green-to-Checkered.

Stewart, in search of his first win of the season, again approached traffic quickly in front of Schatz while Brad Sweet, Logan Schuchart and Sheldon Haudenschild waged war for third. That aforementioned trio put on the best race of the evening throwing massive slide jobs, jockeying for position around The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

As laps began to dwindle, Schatz continued to close in on the leader running a car length lower than Stewart was. Schatz showed his nose underneath Stewart multiple times but Stewart stayed in the gas to maintain the lead.

As heavy traffic loomed, Schatz swooped underneath Stewart successfully to lead Lap 24 and the Fargo, ND native would never look back going on to win by 1.684 seconds in front of Stewart.

“In this sport, what you see is what you get, nobody wants to run second, but sometimes it does help when entering lapped traffic. I started moving around the track and my car kept getting better and better,” Schatz said in Victory Lane.

“We’ve been short a [crew] guy all year. I can’t take credit for this, I just drive the thing. These guys have dug and dug through all the adversity this season. We seem to get better through adversity though. I can’t wait for the next race,” Schatz added with a smile.

Shane Stewart, who’s Kyle Larson Racing No.2 team is based out of nearby Mooresville, NC, praised his crew for all the hard work this week. “I can’t thank my guys enough. Maintaining a World of Outlaws Sprint Car requires a lot of work and a lot of money. This is a strong finish for our team. We’ve had a tough start to the year, but hopefully we can get some momentum into the summer months,” Stewart said.

Schuchart, who was victorious in this event a year ago, echoed Stewart’s sentiment about the hard work of his crew, “We haven’t been racing a whole lot lately because of the weather, but these guys haven’t taken a day off. We struggled a little bit on restarts tonight, but we were really strong.”

Sweet and Haudenschild completed the top five with Ian Madsen, Daryn Pittman, Jason Johnson, David Gravel and Gerard McIntyre, Jr – in his first career start at Charlotte – completing the top ten. Brent Marks earned his fourth KSE Hard Charger honor of the season coming from a transfer in the Last Chance Showdown to finish 12th.

With NASCAR at the big track at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend, World of Outlaws car owners Kasey Kahne and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. raced with the Series. Kahne made his sixth Outlaw start of the year and came forward to an 11th place finish while Stenhouse, in his first Outlaw start since 2009, won the LCS and came home 16th in the No.17BC.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series continues its 40th Anniversary Season with a Memorial Day race at Lawrenceburg Speedway in Indiana before making its inaugural visit to Fairbury American Legion Speedway (FALS) in Illinois on Wednesday, May 30.

Abbreviated Results from The Dirt Track at Charlotte – May 25, 2018: Feature (30 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1][$12,000]; 2. 2-Shane Stewart [2][$5,700]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [4][$3,500]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [3][$3,000]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [8][$2,600]; 6. 18-Ian Madsen [5][$2,400]; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman [7][$2,300]; 8. 41-Jason Johnson [10][$2,200]; 9. 5-David Gravel [9][$2,150]; 10. O7-Gerard McIntyre [6][$2,100]; 11. 4-Kasey Kahne [13][$1,600]; 12. 19-Brent Marks [20][$1,350]; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser [12][$1,300]; 14. W20-Greg Wilson [11][$1,200]; 15. 22-Cole Duncan [18][$1,100]; 16. 17BC-Ricky Stenhouse [19][$1,000]; 17. 44-Trey Starks [22][$900]; 18. 5B-Logan Seavey [21][$850]; 19. 7S-Jason Sides [14][$800]; 20. 13-Clyde Knipp [15][$800]; 21. 4B-Steve Butler [23][$800]; 22. 1A-Jacob Allen [16][$800]; 23. 20-Nick Drake [17][$800]; 24. 4S-Danny Smith [24][$800] Lap Leaders: Shane Stewart 1-23, Donny Schatz 24-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 19-Brent Marks[+8]

Qualifying: 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.332; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.426; 3. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.429; 4. O7-Gerard McIntyre, 13.52; 5. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.537; 6. 44-Trey Starks, 13.543; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.557; 8. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.582; 9. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.595; 10. 41-Jason Johnson, 13.608; 11. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.629; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.66; 13. 17BC-Ricky Stenhouse, 13.681; 14. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.704; 15. 13-Clyde Knipp, 13.745; 16. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.774; 17. 20-Nick Drake, 13.775; 18. 5-David Gravel, 13.807; 19. 19-Brent Marks, 13.831; 20. 5B-Logan Seavey, 13.899; 21. 22-Cole Duncan, 13.932; 22. 4-Kasey Kahne, 13.967; 23. 4B-Steve Butler, 14.11; 24. 4S-Danny Smith, 14.167; 25. 5A-Justin Barger, 14.236; 26. 1X-Scott Hunter, 14.495

For Full Results from The Dirt Track at Charlotte, visit woosprint.com

 

 

Outlaws Forced to Postpone Return to Bridgeport Speedway

SWEDESBORO, NJ – May 21, 2018 – Mother Nature has struck again, forcing the postponement of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series return to Bridgeport Speedway. The event was scheduled for tomorrow Tuesday, May 22, but extremely saturated grounds at the facility have forced the World of Outlaws and Bridgeport Speedway to postpone the event to a later date.

Both Bridgeport track officials and World of Outlaws officials were at the facility Monday afternoon and worked feverishly before making the ultimate decision that the facility will not be ready by Tuesday due to the amount of rainfall received over the last 72 hours.

Outlaw and Bridgeport officials are working on a date for a potential rescheduled event. Stay tuned to World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series social media channels for the most up to date information. The World of Outlaws 40th Anniversary Season continues Friday, May 25 with the Outlaw Showdown at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway before heading back to the Midwest.

 

 

Mother Nature Forces Cancellation of Gettysburg Clash at Lincoln

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA - May 17, 2018 – Unfortunately, continued rain across the East Coast and at Lincoln Speedway has forced the Gettysburg Clash to be canceled. World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series officials and Lincoln Speedway are actively looking for a reschedule date. Be sure to follow the World of Outlaws on Facebook and Twitter for continued event updates.

If you pre-purchased tickets, your www.mydirttickets.com account will automatically be credited with the cost of your tickets. You can also mail your tickets back for a refund or call 844-DIRT-TIX if you had Will Call or Print at Home tickets.

The World of Outlaws 40th Anniversary Season continues this Friday and Saturday at Williams Grove Speedway with the running of the Morgan Cup before making its only trip to New Jersey of the year with a return to the Bridgeport Speedway in Swedesboro, NJ. As always, if you can’t make it to the track, be sure to watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

 

 

Gettysburg Clash at Lincoln Postponed to Thursday, May 17

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA – The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series and Lincoln Speedway have postponed round one of the Outlaws vs. Pennsylvania Posse to Thursday, May 17 due to soaking overnight and more rain expected to continue throughout the afternoon.

The World of Outlaws and Lincoln Speedway wanted to make the decision early to prevent teams and fans from making the long trip. The two parties will evaluate the weather Thursday morning, see what Mother Nature does and make a decision from there.

If you purchased a pre-sale ticket, it is good for Thursday's event. Additionally, if you purchased a pre-sale ticket, please enter through the grandstand gate nearest to the pit area so your ticket can be scanned in electronically.

The Outlaws 40th Anniversary Season returns to Williams Grove May 18 and 19 with the running of the Morgan Cup, before making its first start this decade at the newly configured Bridgeport Speedway in Swedesboro, NJ on Tuesday, May 22.


 

 

David Gravel Wins a Wild One at Tri-State

HAUBSTADT, IN – May 13, 2018 – David Gravel was one of four different leaders in a crazy Feature at Tri-State Speedway and inherited the lead while running third when the leaders crashed on a restart. It was Gravel’s second World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series win of the 2018 season. Hunter Schuerenburg scored a career-best second place finish with Kyle Larson completing the podium.

David Gravel said it best, “It’s a 40-lap race at Haubstadt, anything can happen.”

Anything can happen and just about everything did happen. Gravel’s night started off with a bang, literally, as he made heavy contact with the wall on his first lap in Qualifying, nearly sending the CJB Motorsports No.5 for a ride. Gravel never came to a complete stop, recollected his machine and smartly took his car backwards around the track to make sure he had momentum for his second Qualifying lap. The veteran move paid off as Gravel laid the fifth fastest lap in Flight B, positioning himself nicely for his Heat Race.

Gravel would go on to finish second in his Heat Race and draw the front row for the Sears Craftsman Dash, an event he would win to earn the pole of the 40-lap Feature. The Watertown, CT driver shared the front row with a different face, as Kevin Thomas Jr., in his first Outlaw start of the season, came forward to finish second in the Dash.

Thomas, a non-wing Sprint Car ace, used the cushion to lead the opening lap. Gravel would pull a slide job in turn one and two and led the field down the backstretch of the second lap. Just as the yellow flew for Aaron Reutzel, heartbreak struck for Thomas. The studs on the hub sheared off, causing the right front tire to come completely dislodged from the Dooling Hayward Motorsports No.63 machine, ending the current USAC Points Leader's night in unfortunate fashion.

Gravel controlled the restart, but Indiana native Justin Peck showcased his speed as he powered around the CJB Motorsports No.5 to lead Lap 4. Peck set a blistering pace out front and put some distance between him and the rest of the field once he took command.

Sheldon Haudenschild would throw his name in the mix, taking third on Lap 13 and began quickly closing in on Gravel and Peck as they navigated lapped traffic. Haudenschild and Gravel thrilled the capacity crowd, exchanging slide jobs back and forth for multiple laps as they battled for the runner-up spot in exciting fashion. Sheldon just barely edged Gravel at the line before the caution flew on Lap 23 for Kerry Madsen.

Peck chose the top for the double-file restart, but an excellent restart for Haudenschild saw him grab the lead convincingly. A Lap 30 caution for Ian Madsen set up the restart everyone is talking about.

Haudenschild elected to the bottom with Peck to his outside. Peck tried a massive slide job on Haudenschild in turn one and two for the lead, but it ended with the duo making heavy contact, creating a logjam in front of the rest of the field.

After the race, the two drivers had a different perspective on the incident. Sheldon, obviously disappointed, thought that the incident was pretty cut and dry, while Peck called it hard racing.

“I thought I had a run on the restart, we were both racing hard. I hope there are no hard feelings going forward. It’s definitely a confidence booster to have this much speed, but we have to finish races,” Peck said after the race. Peck, Haudenschild and Brady Bacon, who was running sixth, all had too much damage to continue. 

After the carnage was cleared, David Gravel assumed the race lead with 10 laps remaining, with Hunter Schuerenburg and Kyle Larson in tow. Gravel was strong, but Schuerenburg stayed right with him in search of his first career Outlaw win. Gravel made a bold move with two laps remaining, splitting two lapped cars, but once again Schuerenburg kept pace. Schuerenburg got a massive run down the backstretch on the final lap to make it a thrilling finish to the line as Gravel barely edged the No.20N by 0.101 seconds for the victory. The win was CJB Motorsports fourth win in their last five starts at Tri-State, dating back to when Paul McMahan drove for the Pennsylvania-based team.

“I tried to race a smart race, the lapped cars got tricky. I saw Hunter poke his nose there at the end, what a great run for him, I’ve known him for a long time and they’ve been good this year,” David Gravel said in Victory Lane.

“With me in the middle, I knew it would be tough to go around me and I was still able to see who was on the bottom.” “I’m happy to get another win, it’s been an up and down year so far, happy to get a win on Natalie’s [Jackson] birthday and on Mother’s Day,” Gravel added.

Hunter Schuerenburg was pleased with his career-best second place effort, “We’re slowly getting there, I’m not going to say we are there yet, these guys [we are racing against] are really good. Overall it was a great effort for my team, this deal is a lot of fun. We’ll just keep on rolling and see if we can get one here soon.”

Kyle Larson finished third, but never truly threatened the race leaders. “My car got better and better throughout the race. I had a lot of fun tonight, it was cool to be on the podium after not being in a Sprint Car in a while,” Larson stated.

Joey Saldana came from ninth to fourth with 14th-starting Donny Schatz completing the top five. Last year’s Outlaw winner at Tri-State Parker Price-Miller earned KSE Hard Charger honors coming from 22nd to eighth.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series continues its 40th Anniversary Season and heads to Central Pennsylvania for a trio of dates with the Pennsylvania Posse starting on Wednesday, May 16 at the Lincoln Speedway before heading to Williams Grove Speedway on Friday and Saturday May 17 and 18 with the running of the Morgan Cup. If you can’t make it to the track, be sure to watch all the action live on DIRTVision.com.

Abbreviated Results from Tri-State Speedway, May 13, 2018:

Feature (40 Laps): 1. 5-David Gravel [1][$10,000]; 2. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg [6][$5,500]; 3. 57-Kyle Larson [5][$3,200]; 4. 26-Joey Saldana [9][$2,800]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [12][$2,500]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [10][$2,300]; 7. 24-Rico Abreu [11][$2,200]; 8. 4-Parker Price-Miller [22][$2,100]; 9. 21-Carson Short [13][$2,050]; 10. 2M-Kerry Madsen [7][$2,000]; 11. 13X-Paul McMahan [15][$1,500]; 12. 19-Brent Marks [18][$1,200]; 13. 9-Daryn Pittman [8][$1,100]; 14. 18-Ian Madsen [19][$1,050]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser [14][$1,000]; 16. 2-Shane Stewart [20][$900]; 17. 1S-Logan Schuchart [17][$800]; 18. 41-Jason Johnson [24][$800]; 19. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [3][$800]; 20. 5X-Justin Peck [4][$800]; 21. 99-Brady Bacon [16][$800]; 22. 1A-Jacob Allen [23][$800]; 23. 63-Kevin Thomas [2][$800]; 24. 87-Aaron Reutzel [21][$800] Lap Leaders: Kevin Thomas Jr. 1; David Gravel 2-3, 31-40; Justin Peck 4-23, Sheldon Haudenschild 24-30 KSE Hard Charger Award: 4-Parker Price-Miller[+14]

Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 5X-Justin Peck, 12.056; 2. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg, 12.215; 3. 21-Carson Short, 12.266; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 12.29; 5. 63-Kevin Thomas, 12.344; 6. 24-Rico Abreu, 12.475; 7. 26-Joey Saldana, 12.477; 8. 4-Parker Price-Miller, 12.6; 9. 51B-Joe Miller, 12.619; 10. 83-Cory Eliason, 12.634; 11. 5B-Chase Briscoe, 12.648; 12. 13X-Paul McMahan, 12.664; 13. 1M-James Moughan, 12.704; 14. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.707; 15. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.914; 16. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.951; 17. 14X-Jeff Swindell, 12.972; 18. 98-Clinton Boyles, 13.22; 19. 85-Mike Terry, 13.481; 20. 10P-Jim Perricone, 14.055; 21. 45X-Eric Perrott, 14.534; 22. 39-Spencer Bayston, NT

Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 57-Kyle Larson, 11.935; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.151; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 12.248; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman, 12.317; 5. 5-David Gravel, 12.364; 6. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.384; 7. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.397; 8. 99-Brady Bacon, 12.435; 9. 19-Brent Marks, 12.66; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.673; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.824; 12. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.83; 13. 41-Jason Johnson, 12.893; 14. 3-Dakota Jackson, 12.909; 15. 32-Chase Stockon, 12.938; 16. 4K-Kody Kinser, 13; 17. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.198; 18. 7X-Critter Malone, 13.199; 19. 13-Clyde Knipp, 13.288; 20. 11-Max McGhee, 13.576; 21. 28-Brian Paulus, 13.609

For full results from Tri-State Speewday, click here


 

Brad Sweet's Showdown Gets New Name and Becomes Biggest 410 Sprint Car Race in California

CONCORD, NC — MAY 14, 2018 — It is with great excitement that the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series and Brad Sweet announce that the rescheduled Placerville Showdown on September 12, 2018 will now become the biggest 410 Sprint Car race in the state of California. With the new purse comes a new name; the 49er Gold Rush Classic presented by Riebes/NAPA AUTO PARTS will now go 49 laps in distance, paying an astounding $20,000 to the winner with $1,000 just to take the green.

Brad Sweet, who has promoted this event the past three years, is thrilled to have this event come to fruition. "California loves Sprint Car racing. The dedicated fans and great racers deserve a bigger payday, and the area has been deprived of it for the past few years. We want larger paying events, and we are excited that we are able to step up and create an event like this," said the Grass Valley, CA native. "The reason for changing the name is gold was discovered less than 10 miles from the race track in 1849 by the miners known as the 49ers. So it seemed fitting to change the name to the 49er Gold Rush Classic and add nine more laps for the drivers in search of the $20,000 prize." 

Thanks to Bart Riebe with Riebes/NAPA AUTO PARTS, High Sierra Industries and a hoard of other local sponsors throughout the Placerville area, the 49er Gold Rush Classic is able to make this massive purse increase throughout the whole field.

"California deserves bigger racing events and with the overwhelming of support from our local sponsors," Placerville Speedway promoter Scott Russell said. "We are glad to have this event become one of the premier races this year and hopefully grow in the future as well." 

With the 49er Gold Rush Classic falling on a Wednesday, the potential for marquee names to come in and race looms large. Stay tuned for more exciting later announcements. Reserved seating is still available for the 49er Gold Rush Classic at Placerville Speedway. Brad Sweet is bringing in more Pit area sitting than ever before as well. Get your tickets today for what promises to be a can't miss event.

 

 

Donny Schatz Sweeps Outlaw Portion of Let’s Race Two Weekend at Eldora

ROSSBURG, OH – May 12, 2018 – The man is on a roll. Donny Schatz completed the weekend sweep of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series portion of Let’s Race Two at Eldora Speedway holding off Logan Schuchart for the second consecutive night. It was Schatz’ eighth win of the 2018 season and fourth in his last five starts as he continues to extend his lead atop the Series Point Standings in search of his 10th Outlaw Championship.

Schatz won the Sears Craftsman Dash and shared the front row with Parker Price-Miller. It was PPM getting the jump on the start as the Indiana native set the pace for the first four laps on the cushion before Schatz took command of the field on the fifth circuit on the bottom.

Schuchart just barely edged Price-Miller to the line on Lap 7, which was significant because the caution flew for Sheldon Haudenschild, lining Schuchart to the outside of Schatz. Haudenschild, who entered the evening third in the World of Outlaws Point Standings, was unable to return to action.

The restart saw Schatz and Schuchart put a straightaway back to the rest of the field, as the duo, who finished first and second a night ago, were once again the class of the field. Schuchart was able to keep his Shark Racing No.1S glued to the bottom of the Eldora Speedway racing surface and close in on Schatz.

But, catching Donny Schatz and passing Donny Schatz are two entirely different things. Every time it appeared Schuchart may have a run to get underneath Schatz, the Fargo, ND native would go to the bottom, forcing Schuchart to the top. Schuchart’s No.1S was not as strong on the cushion, allowing Schatz to maintain the lead each time.

With consecutive Green Flag action, lapped traffic played a factor. Schatz reminded everyone why he is the nine-time and defending Series Champion with his prowess through a maze of lapped cars. Schuchart, an Outlaw winner at Eldora last year, stayed right with Schatz every step and just as he was about to pull even with the Champion, the caution flew for an ailing Spencer Bayston with five laps remaining.

With five or fewer laps remaining in the Feature, the start was single-file. Schuchart and third-place running Aaron Reutzel both stayed with Schatz on the restart, but Donny was too strong and went on to take the checkered flag 1.536 seconds ahead of Schuchart.

“We love lapped traffic. That’s where races are won and lost,” Schatz said in Victory Lane when prompted about the close-quartered racing action. “My guys are incredible. We keep working, keep digging and keep finding ways to be up here at the end of the night,” Schatz added before expressing his thanks to the fans for coming out and thanking the track and officials for running an accelerated program to beat Mother Nature.

When asked about the close racing with Schuchart, Schatz referenced an old tale from his father, “If you are worried about what is behind you, you are going to have a hell of a time handling what’s in front of you. I’ve always raced like that and tonight was no different.”

Schuchart was pleased with his second consecutive runner-up finish. “It was a lot of fun racing up there. I know my heart was pumping, it was hard to stay calm,” the upbeat Hanover, PA native said. “What a great weekend for us. Two podiums and if you are going to finish second to someone, that’s a hell of a team to finish behind. They are incredible, but we are going to try and keep working hard to beat them,” Schuchart added.

Reutzel’s 2018 speed continued as he followed up last night’s disappointment of wrecking while leading with a podium finish. “I probably should have been a little more aggressive on the top, but we definitely wanted to finish after last night,” the Texan and current All-Star point leader said.

Kraig Kinser had an impressive 15th to fourth run for his best finish of the season with Tim Shaffer completing the top five. Early race leader Parker Price-Miller settled for sixth with Kerry Madsen, 17th-starting Brad Sweet, 22nd-starting Ian Madsen and 24th-starting Daryn Pittman completing the top ten. Pittman claimed KSE Hard Charger honors for the second consecutive night.

The Greatest Show on Dirt continues its 40th Anniversary Season with a haul to the Hoosier State for a third-attempt at racing at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, IN tomorrow evening Sunday, May 13. After that, the Series will head to Central Pennsylvania to take on the tough Pennsylvania Posse at Lincoln Speedway on May 16 and at Williams Grove on May 18 and 19. If you can’t make it to the track, be sure to watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Abbreviated Results from Eldora Speedway: May 12, 2018

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1][$10,000]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3][$5,000]; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel [4][$3,000]; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser [15][$2,700]; 5. 49X-Tim Shaffer [6][$2,500]; 6. 4-Parker Price-Miller [2][$2,200]; 7. 2M-Kerry Madsen [5][$2,000]; 8. 49-Brad Sweet [17][$1,800]; 9. 18-Ian Madsen [22][$1,600]; 10. 9-Daryn Pittman [24][$1,450]; 11. 7S-Jason Sides [8][$1,300]; 12. 41-Jason Johnson [10][$1,200]; 13. 99-Brady Bacon [23][$1,100]; 14. 5-David Gravel [7][$1,000]; 15. 2-Shane Stewart [19][$950]; 16. 1A-Jacob Allen [18][$900]; 17. 26-Joey Saldana [14][$850]; 18. 24-Rico Abreu [13][$750]; 19. 13X-Paul McMahan [9][$725]; 20. 10H-Chad Kemenah [20][$700]; 21. 19-Brent Marks [21][$700]; 22. 39-Spencer Bayston [16][$700]; 23. 12N-Cole Duncan [12][$700]; 24. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [11][$700]; Lap Leaders: Parker Price-Miller 1-4, Donny Schatz 5-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 9-Daryn Pittman[+14]

Qualifying: 1. 5-David Gravel, 12.91; 2. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 12.939; 3. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.949; 4. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 13.007; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.032; 6. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.051; 7. 4-Parker Price-Miller, 13.057; 8. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 13.057; 9. 13X-Paul McMahan, 13.06; 10. 44-Trey Starks, 13.068; 11. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.076; 12. 12N-Cole Duncan, 13.076; 13. 24-Rico Abreu, 13.092; 14. 41-Jason Johnson, 13.101; 15. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.109; 16. 39-Spencer Bayston, 13.12; 17. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.152; 18. 26-Joey Saldana, 13.194; 19. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.199; 20. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 13.206; 21. 19-Brent Marks, 13.209; 22. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.214; 23. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.233; 24. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.251; 25. 99-Brady Bacon, 13.27; 26. 57-Gary Taylor, 13.296; 27. 3-Jac Haudenschild, 13.339; 28. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 13.395; 29. 45-Trevor Baker, 13.439; 30. 17C-Caleb Helms, 13.512; 31. 22M-Dan McCarron, 13.569; 32. 28-Brian Paulus, 13.603; 33. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.658; 34. 13-Clyde Knipp, 13.698; 35. 5QB-Quentin Blonde, 13.948; 36. 83-Cory Eliason, 14.283

For full results from Eldora Speedway - May 12, 2018, click here

 

 

 

Schatz Scores Third Win in Last Four Starts on Night One of Let’s Race Two at Eldora

ROSSBURG, OH – May 11, 2018 – Donny Schatz inherited the lead on Lap 14 and held off a late race charge from Logan Schuchart to claim the victory on the opening night of the Let’s Race Two weekend at Eldora Speedway. It was Schatz’ 7th win of the 2018, extending his point lead atop the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Point Standings. Schuchart finished second with Brad Sweet finishing third.

Ohio native Cole Duncan set fast time over the 37-car field, won his heat race and was victorious in the Sears Craftsman Dash to earn the pole for the 30-lap Feature. Duncan, in search of his first career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory, shared the front row with legend and fellow Buckeye Jac Haudenschild, who was seeking his 74th career Outlaw victory.

It was Haudenschild getting the jump at the tip of the Green and leading the opening circuit. Third-starting Donny Schatz swooped underneath Duncan to take second the following lap. Haudenschild, or more often referred to as ‘The Wild Child’, lived up to his nickname every bit as he flirted with the dangerous cushion and was up against the wall fending off Schatz narrowly at the line for the first five laps in exciting fashion.

A Lap 6 caution for Hunter Schuerenberg halted the action and bunched the field together. On the restart, Schatz, on the bottom, remained right with Haudenschild, but this time sixth-starting Aaron Reutzel was right in tow. The trio sliced and diced their way as they battled for the lead, utilizing every inch of the Eldora Speedway racing surface.

On Lap 11, Reutzel made an eye-catching move going around the nine-time Series Champion before going wheel-to-wheel with Haudenschild and pulling even with The Wild Child on the front stretch, trailing him by .005 at the conclusion of the 11th circuit. Reutzel would take command of the field on Lap 12.

Schatz continued to jockey with Haudenschild, which allowed Reutzel, who scored his first career Outlaw win earlier this season at Tulare, to put a couple car-lengths between himself and Schatz and Haudenschild. Schatz finally wrestled the runner-up spot away from Haudenschild on Lap 13 and set his eyes on the Texas native for the lead on what promised to be a great battle.

Disaster struck for Reutzel on Lap 14, as he bobbled just enough on the thin Eldora Speedway cushion to lose the handle on his No.87, before making heavy contact with the outside retaining wall, ending his night. Schatz and Haudenschild both showed their veteran prowess avoiding Reutzel’s ailing machine as it bounced back into the racing line. Reutzel was uninjured in the accident and expressed his apologies to his race team stating the dangerous Eldora cushion got the better of him tonight.

One lap later, David Gravel was left nowhere to go and spun in turn two, creating a logjam that included Carson Macedo, Rico Abreu and Joey Saldana. Gravel and Abreu were able to make repairs, but Macedo and Saldana’s nights both came to an end.

The action remained intense on the restart as cars scattered around the Eldora racing surface. Brad Sweet had an excellent restart and moved into the runner-up position and nearly completed a slider on Schatz for the lead, to no avail as the Fargo, ND native powered around Sweet on the cushion.

Eighth-starting Logan Schuchart began making the bottom work and took the runner-up spot away from Sweet with eight laps remaining. Schuchart closed in on Schatz, who made a daring move splitting lapped cars, to extend the lead once again just as Schuchart was preparing to bid for the lead. Schuchart, who won during last year’s Let’s Race Two event at Eldora, closed in one last time with two laps remaining, but Schatz was too strong and took the checkered flag 1.041 seconds in front of the Hanover, PA native with Sweet completing the podium.

“I had a good car, we played around a little and tried something different, but this team just continues to work. We probably weren’t the best car tonight, but we are here standing with the checkered flag,” Schatz said in Victory Lane. When asked about Reutzel’s move for the lead and crash, Schatz said, “He was really fast, but he wore it out. That’s the big part of racing with the World of Outlaws. You’ve got to finish races to win the Championship and sometimes you can’t go as hard to make sure you finish these races.

Schatz also praised the Eldora Speedway track crew, “Everyone has a different perspective of what is a good race or not. There were multiple grooves and guys were making moves all over the place and that’s really all you can ask for.”

Jac Haudenschild settled for fourth with Duncan completing the top five. Gary Taylor, who was as high as second at one point, faded late to sixth. Sheldon Haudenschild came forward to seventh with 14th-starting Jason Johnson, 26th-starting Daryn Pittman and Kerry Madsen completing the top ten. Pittman’s effort was good enough to earn KSE Hard Charger honors, advancing 17 positions. Brady Bacon was the lone driver to compete in both portions of the Let’s Race Two. Bacon was victorious with USAC by nearly five seconds and finished 16th with the wing on in the Feature.

The Let’s Race Two weekend at Eldora Speedway wraps up tomorrow night Saturday, May 12. If you can’t make it to the track, be sure to catch all the action live on DIRTVision.com!

Abbreviated Results from Eldora Speedway: May 11, 2018

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$10,000]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [8][$5,000]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [5][$3,000]; 4. 3-Jac Haudenschild [2][$2,700]; 5. 12N-Cole Duncan [1][$2,500]; 6. 57-Gary Taylor [7][$2,200]; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [11][$2,000]; 8. 41-Jason Johnson [14][$1,800]; 9. 9-Daryn Pittman [26][$900]; 10. 2M-Kerry Madsen [4][$1,450]; 11. 83-Cory Eliason [19][$1,300]; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser [27][$500]; 13. 5-David Gravel [12][$1,100]; 14. 49X-Tim Shaffer [17][$1,000]; 15. 10H-Chad Kemenah [10][$950]; 16. 99-Brady Bacon [21][$900]; 17. 13X-Paul McMahan [20][$850]; 18. 18-Ian Madsen [9][$750]; 19. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg [16][$725]; 20. 39-Spencer Bayston [13][$700]; 21. 1A-Jacob Allen [24][$700]; 22. 2-Shane Stewart [25][$]; 23. 4-Parker Price-Miller [15][$700]; 24. 24-Rico Abreu [22][$700]; 25. 21B-Carson Macedo [18][$700]; 26. 26-Joey Saldana [23][$700]; 27. 87-Aaron Reutzel [6][$700]; 28. 7S-Jason Sides [28][$] Lap Leaders: Jac Haudenschild 1-11, Aaron Reutzel 12, Donny Schatz 13-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 9-Daryn Pittman[+17]

Qualifying: 1. 12N-Cole Duncan, 12.879; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.925; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.948; 4. 5-David Gravel, 12.967; 5. 39-Spencer Bayston, 12.978; 6. 57-Gary Taylor, 12.999; 7. 3-Jac Haudenschild, 13.014; 8. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 13.029; 9. 99-Brady Bacon, 13.041; 10. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 13.06; 11. 83-Cory Eliason, 13.066; 12. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.086; 13. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.093; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.094; 15. 4-Parker Price-Miller, 13.126; 16. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg, 13.126; 17. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 13.13; 18. 21B-Carson Macedo, 13.133; 19. 24-Rico Abreu, 13.154; 20. 13X-Paul McMahan, 13.164; 21. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.185; 22. 41-Jason Johnson, 13.255; 23. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.262; 24. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.278; 25. 26-Joey Saldana, 13.285; 26. A79-Brandon Wimmer, 13.318; 27. 44-Trey Starks, 13.319; 28. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.326; 29. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.345; 30. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.361; 31. 45-Trevor Baker, 13.454; 32. 19-Brent Marks, 13.551; 33. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 13.558; 34. 22M-Dan McCarron, 13.599; 35. 13-Clyde Knipp, 13.802; 36. 5QB-Quentin Blonde, 13.819; 37. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.351

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Brad Sweet Scores First Win of Season at Salina Highbanks

SALINA, OK – May 5, 2018 – Brad Sweet landed in Victory Lane for the first time in 2018 with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, coming from fifth to pass early leader Donny Schatz on Lap 5. Schatz, who was searching for his third straight win, would hold on for second with Daryn Pittman completing the podium, continuing his recent hot streak.

Oklahoma native Shane Stewart won the Craftsman Club Dash, earning the pole for the 30-lap Feature as the Kyle Larson Racing team looked for their first win of the season. Stewart took command of the field down the backstretch, but disaster struck as the Bixby, OK native got too high in turn three and hit the tire on the outside of turn four. Stewart’s crew was able to make repairs and tag the rear on the complete restart.

Donny Schatz officially led the opening lap with Brad Sweet quickly asserting himself into the runner-up position. Sweet, while running a car-length higher than Schatz, closed in and pulled even with the nine-time Series Champion at the completion of Lap 4. Sweet used the momentum to shoot underneath Schatz and take control down the backstretch to officially lead Lap 5.

Zach Chappell, a former Outlaw regular who was making his first winged 410 start in 11 years, brought out the caution with 21 laps remaining, when he failed to clear the racing surface after coming to a stop. Sweet elected the high line on the double-file restart and continued to control the pace with Schatz and Kerry Madsen in tow.

As rubber became more prominent on the racing surface, Sweet was forced to follow lapped traffic, allowing Schatz and company to close in. Daryn Pittman continued his charge forward from eighth to take third from Kerry Madsen before the caution came out for Jason Johnson, who blew a right rear tire with seven laps to go.

Schatz tried to power around Sweet by going a car-length higher than the NAPA Auto Parts No.49, but was unable to close in and settled back in line. Sweet would go on to take the checkered for the first time this season by a margin of 1.064 seconds over Schatz.

“These guys have been giving me great race cars all year, it’s nice to get the monkey off our back. It’s never fun to win rubber races, but we passed the best in the business to do it,” Sweet said. “I can’t thank my guys enough. We’re back in Victory Lane where we belong, we’ll celebrate this one and try and get on a roll here,” the Grass Valley, CA native added.

When asked about the late restart, Donny Schatz said, “I tried to rip the top on the restart, but the track was pretty locked down. We did the best we could and tonight that was second.” Schatz continues to lead the Series Point Standings in search for his 10th Series Championship.

Daryn Pittman was in good spirits and his effort was good enough to earn KSE Hard Charger honors. “We’ve had a good car for the last few weeks, it has been a blast to drive. The track changed a lot throughout the night and I’m glad to see the NAPA Racing team get their first win of the year, I know they’ve been working hard,” Pittman said. After the top three crossed the finish line, Jason Sides shredded a tire, bringing the race to an official end.

Madsen, last year’s winner at Salina, settled for fourth, his second consecutive top-five finish with the Outlaws with David Gravel completing the top-five. Shane Stewart charged back to finish 10th. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series continues its 40th Anniversary Season with its first trip of the season to the historic Eldora Speedway with the running of the Let’s Race Two program with USAC on Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13, before hauling back to Indiana for the third-attempt at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, IN. If you can’t make it to the track, be sure to watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com">_tmp_url_3_.com!

Abbreviated Results from Salina Highbanks - May 5, 2018

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 49-Brad Sweet [5][$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [2][$5,500]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [8][$3,200]; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen [4][$2,800]; 5. 5-David Gravel [9][$2,500]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3][$2,300]; 7. 19-Brent Marks [10][$2,200]; 8. 83-Cory Eliason [7][$2,100]; 9. 3-Sammy Swindell [11][$2,050]; 10. 2-Shane Stewart [1][$2,000]; 11. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [15][$1,500]; 12. 18-Ian Madsen [12][$1,200]; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser [13][$1,100]; 14. 1A-Jacob Allen [6][$1,050]; 15. 7S-Jason Sides [14][$1,000]; 16. 41-Jason Johnson [16][$900]; 17. 13-Clyde Knipp [18][$800]; 18. OO-Dane Lorenc [20][$800]; 19. W20-Greg Wilson [17][$800]; 20. 50Z-Zach Chappell [19][$800]; 21. 1J-Danny Jennings [21][$800] Lap Leaders: Donny Schatz 1-4, Brad Sweet 5-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 9-Daryn Pittman[+5]

Qualifying: 1. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.8; 2. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 11.885; 3. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.948; 4. 83-Cory Eliason, 12.029; 5. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.067; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.112; 7. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.114; 8. 3-Sammy Swindell, 12.131; 9. 5-David Gravel, 12.15; 10. 19-Brent Marks, 12.155; 11. 9-Daryn Pittman, 12.186; 12. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.227; 13. 41-Jason Johnson, 12.23; 14. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.236; 15. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.246; 16. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.34; 17. OO-Dane Lorenc, 12.555; 18. 13-Clyde Knipp, 12.562; 19. 50Z-Zach Chappell, 12.598; 20. W20-Greg Wilson, 12.852; 21. 1J-Danny Jennings, 13.259

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Tames Lake Ozark for Sixth Win of Season

Eldon, MO – May 4, 2018 – Donny Schatz survived an early Shark (Racing) attack to capture his sixth World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series triumph of the season in the Series first visit to Lake Ozark in 11 years. David Gravel finished second with Kerry Madsen coming forward to complete the podium.

Shark Racing’s Jacob Allen won the Craftsman Club Dash, earning the pole for the 40-lap Feature alongside his teammate Logan Schuchart. Allen and Schuchart would exchange slide jobs multiple times out front of the Dash and on the opening few circuits of the Feature.

For the second time in his career, Allen would lead the opening lap of competition. Third-starting Donny Schatz began making the bottom work as he closed in and surpassed Schuchart for second on the fifth circuit. Two laps later, Schatz was knocking on the door of Allen, who went low to block Schatz to no avail as the nine-time Champion powered around the Shark Racing No.1A off of turn four to lead Lap 7.

Schatz began working traffic through the middle of the speedway and Allen actually closed back in running a car length higher but was unable to get back the top position. A slight bobble by Allen allowed Schuchart to take the runner-up position on Lap 14.

David Gravel continued his charge forward and secured second from Schuchart just as the first caution flew for the first time on Lap 26 for Daryn Pittman.

The caution cleared Donny Schatz of heavy traffic but allowed Gravel to start beside him. Two laps later, while battling for the third position, Logan Schuchart and 10th-starting Spencer Bayston, who set a new Lake Ozark track record in Qualifying, made heavy contact, ending the latter’s evening with a damaged front axle. Schuchart would restart, but with significant wing damage that would hinder his handling around the tight-quartered racing surface.

Schatz powered away on the restart with Gravel commanding second, but the big mover on the restart was Kerry Madsen who surged into third. Donny Schatz cleared traffic once again and went on to win by 1.495 seconds. It was Schatz’ first career win at Lake Ozark, sixth triumph of the season and 267th career victory with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series.

When asked about the thrill of winning at a new race track Schatz said, “It’s awesome to win anywhere with the World of Outlaws, let alone for the first time a track. I don’t remember being here in 2007, but I remember being here tonight. Hats off to this race team. It’s a lot of fun to race with guys that you have a special bond with.”

Coming off an 18-win season, a single win as the calendar turns to May could be viewed as a little bit of a disappointment for Gravel and CJB Motorsports, but they seem to have turned the corner lately. “We’ve been battling a lot of stuff here to start the year off. We had a really good car, but were never really the same after that caution. We were close tonight, we’ll move on to Salina tomorrow,” Gravel said.

It was a season-best podium finish for Kerry Madsen, who acknowledged his excellent restart on Lap 28. “We really came alive on that restart. This team has worked very hard and we haven’t had the results to show for it yet this year,” Madsen, a five-time Outlaw winner a year ago, said.

Shane Stewart and Jason Johnson, who resides 10 miles from Lake Ozark, completed the top five. Daryn Pittman bounced back and charged to seventh in the final 14 laps after bringing out the caution. Schuchart limped his ailing Shark Racing No.1S to a 10th place finish, with his teammate and early leader Allen settling for 11th. The KSE Hard Charger honors went to Kraig Kinser, who recovered from an incident in his Heat Race to charge from 21st to 12th.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to action tomorrow night, Saturday May 5, 2018, at the always-exciting Salina Highbanks in Oklahoma. Catch all the action from Salina and every night of the World of Outlaws 40th Anniversary Season live on DIRTVision.com!

Abbreviated Results from Lake Ozark Speedway: May 4, 2018

Feature: (40 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$10,000]; 2. 5-David Gravel [4][$5,500]; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen [7][$3,200]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [8][$2,800]; 5. 41-Jason Johnson [6][$2,500]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [9][$2,300]; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman [5][$2,200]; 8. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [11][$2,100]; 9. 18-Ian Madsen [12][$2,050]; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2][$2,000]; 11. 1A-Jacob Allen [1][$1,500]; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser [21][$1,200]; 13. 19-Brent Marks [20][$1,100]; 14. 7S-Jason Sides [14][$1,050]; 15. W20-Greg Wilson [22][$1,000]; 16. 13-Clyde Knipp [23][$900]; 17. OO-Dane Lorenc [17][$800]; 18. 21-Brian Brown [19][$800]; 19. 39-Spencer Bayston [10][$800]; 20. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg [13][$800]; 21. 3-Sammy Swindell [16][$800]; 22. 24-Terry McCarl [15][$800]; 23. 17A-Austin McCarl [24][$800]; 24. 83-Cory Eliason [18][$800]; Lap Leaders: Jacob Allen 1-6, Donny Schatz 7-40; KSE Hard Charger Award: 11K-Kraig Kinser[+9]

Qualifying: 1. 39-Spencer Bayston, 11.351; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.367; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.433; 4. 41-Jason Johnson, 11.467; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman, 11.472; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 11.488; 7. 5-David Gravel, 11.504; 8. 2-Shane Stewart, 11.546; 9. 83-Cory Eliason, 11.574; 10. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 11.602; 11. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.61; 12. 18-Ian Madsen, 11.615; 13. 3-Sammy Swindell, 11.627; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.627; 15. 13-Clyde Knipp, 11.634; 16. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg, 11.678; 17. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.705; 18. 24-Terry McCarl, 11.73; 19. 21-Brian Brown, 11.733; 20. 19-Brent Marks, 11.754; 21. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.783; 22. 17A-Austin McCarl, 11.847; 23. OO-Dane Lorenc, 11.967; 24. W20-Greg Wilson, 11.969; 25. 5X-Kory Bales, 12.362; 26. 20K-Kevin Ulmer, 12.976; 27. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, NT

 

First-Ever World of Outlaws Championship Series Set to Kick Off May 7 on iRacing.com
Qualifying is done. The fields are set. Let the racing begin!

CONCORD, NC — April 30, 2018 —The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Championship Series and the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Championship Series kick off on iRacing.com next month and will see the fastest online dirt racers compete for more than $30,000 in prize money.

The two series will run on alternating Monday nights beginning May 7th, with the racing broadcast on Dirtvision.com, Facebook and iRacing Live.

“The iRacing team is clearly committed to making the simulation as close as possible to the real deal,” said World of Outlaws CMO Ben Geisler. “We love the idea of a parallel championship. That’s what a true partnership is all about. Many of the competitors are real-life drivers — and some of them are even branching out into new divisions. The possibilities are very exciting, and we’re hoping to see continued cross over between divisions and between the digital and physical worlds.”

Each series has only 35 drivers eligible – all of whom recently earned their places during the quali-fying series. Drivers of note from the Late Model series include UMP DIRTcar National Stock Car Champion Mike McKinney, iRacing Qualifying Series Champion Jacob Leverstein and Joshua Laugh-ton, who has previously competed in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series. Notable Sprint car qualifiers include NASCAR K & N Series driver Chase Cabre, NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Chase Bris-coe and Alex A Bergeron, who qualified for the Late Model series as well as the NASCAR PEAK Anti-freeze iRacing Series.

“We have two really strong fields of races for the debut seasons of the Championship Series,” said Tony Gardner, president and CFO, iRacing.com. “Since we introduced dirt racing to iRacing a little over a year ago we have been planning to have a series at this level. It’s very exciting to see it all come together and get started.”

The online races will utilize one of iRacing.com’s latest features – Heat Races. This will provide multiple opportunities for the drivers to make the final race each week and earn points towards the season-long championship.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Championship Series and the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Championship Series join the four other world championship-level racing series iRacing hosts, including the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series, the World Championship Grand Prix Series, the Virtual Racing School GT iRacing World Championship and the Rallycross World Championship series. Combined, these series have paid out more than $200,000 in cash and prizes since they were introduced.

Championship Prize (both Sprint and Late Model, except final bullet):

More than $30,000 in cash prizes
Weekly cash purses paid to top five finishers
Cash prizes to top three overall championship finishers
VIP Treatment for two at the 2018 World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Char-lotte Motor Speedway (Honorary Starter, Suite/Pit passes)
Invitation to and recognition at the annual World of Outlaws Awards Banquet in Charlotte, NC
An Official World of Outlaws Trophy
*Late Model Only: One-on-One instruction with Clint Bowyer in a two-seater BDR Late Model

 

 

 

 

 

MESQUITE, TX – April 28, 2018 – “I heard Ted Johnson telling me to get my ass in gear,” an elated Donny Schatz said after making a late race pass on Brad Sweet to capture the finale of the Texas Outlaw Nationals at Devil’s Bowl Speedway. Sweet led the first 25 laps, but settled for second with Shane Stewart completing the podium.

For the second night in a row, Jason Johnson paced the field in Qualifying and won his heat race. Brad Sweet edged his boss Kasey Kahne to take the Craftsman Club Dash, earning the pole for the 30-lap Feature.

Sweet set a torrid pace as Schatz and Stewart waged war for the runner-up position. Schatz wrestled the runner-up position away from Stewart on the eighth circuit and set his eyes on the leader. The lone caution during the race flew on Lap 11 as Tucker Klaasmeyer lost the handle on his Keith Kunz No.67K.

Stewart edged in front of Schatz on the double-file restart, but Schatz re-gained control of second down the backstretch. Sweet continued to lead and navigated traffic at a quick pace, but Schatz stayed with the Grass Valley, CA native through traffic and began to close on the bottom side of the speedway.

Sweet, who won the Texas Outlaw Nationals last year, continued to pound the cushion as Schatz showed his nose underneath him. With anticipation building amongst the crowd, Schatz powered off of the bottom of turn four to take command of the top spot and never look back.

“What an awesome race track. They gave us a top and bottom, the bottom was tricky, but if it was easy, everyone would be doing it,” Schatz said. The win for Schatz was his fifth of the 2018 season and was worth $20,000 and the Ted Johnson Memorial trophy.

“Ted looked after his people, he had great relationships with his guys. He had a serious passion, not only for his guys, but for putting on a great race. I remember watching him bounce up and down because Steve [Kinser] and Sammy [Swindell] were putting on a show,” Schatz reminisced of the late great Johnson. “He was a race fan.”

Sweet settled for second and was in good spirits, but understandably disappointed as he was searching for the first win of the season. “That’s the difference between winning and losing and Donny’s the best at it. The race track was great, it slicked off with multiple grooves,” Sweet said.

Shane Stewart was pleased with his podium finish, “This is a special place for me. I have a lot of friends and family out here, so to finish on the podium is special. I wish we could have been fighting for the lead up there, it was a great race, I watched it.”

Logan Schuchart charged from 12th to finish fourth for his second consecutive top-five finish with crowd favorite Jason Johnson completing the top five. After changing motors after his Heat, David Gravel bounced back with the KSE Hard Charger award coming from 19th to complete the top ten.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series heads to Missouri next for a date at Lake Ozark Speedway on Friday, May 4 before making its annual trip to the Salina Highbanks Saturday, May 5. If you can’t make it to the track, be sure to watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Devils Bowl Speedway TX...1 #15 Donny Schatz 2 #49 Brad Sweet 3 #2 Shane Stewart 4 #1S Logan Schuchart 5 #41 Jason Johnson 6 #17 Sheldon Haudenschild 7 #11K Kraig Kinser 8 #9 Daryn Pittman 9 #19 Brent Marks 10 #5 David Gravel 11 #1A Jacob Allen 12 #18 Ian Madsen 13 #7S Jason Sides 14 #45 Paul McMahan 15 #67 Ryan Robinson 16 #4K Kasey Kahne 17 #W20 Greg Wilson 18 #67K Tucker Klaasmeyer 19 #12W Dale Wester 20 #17G Channin Tankersley 21 #13 Clyde Knipp 22 #83 Cory Eliason

 

MESQUITE, TX – April 28, 2018 – Daryn Pittman is on a roll. The Owasso, OK native earned his third win in his last four World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series starts on the opening night of the Texas Outlaw Nationals at Devil’s Bowl Speedway. Logan Schuchart scored his best finish of the season in second with Jason Johnson completing the podium.

The night started off with a bang with Jason Johnson breaking a 19-year old Devil’s Bowl track record in Qualifying with a lap of 13.306. Daryn Pittman won the Craftsman Club Dash, earning the pole for the 25-lap Feature.

Pittman led the opening circuit, but it was fourth-starting Jason Johnson that brought the crowd to their feet charging from fourth to the lead on the second lap only for it to be negated by a caution for Ryan Robinson. Pittman saw Johnson utilize the cushion and elected the top on the double-file restart. Johnson restarted third with Schuchart alongside Pittman on the front row.

Pittman established a healthy lead as Johnson followed suit around the cushion. With the top of the speedway clearly the preferred line, lapped traffic was stacking up in front of Pittman, allowing the rest of the field to close in on the Kasey Kahne Racing No.9. Just as Johnson was ready to make a bid for the lead on Lap 13, the Yellow Flag flew for Texan Channin Tankersley.

The caution cleared Pittman of traffic and gave him an open track, which was essential given the racing surface. The double-file restart allowed Schuchart to roll by Johnson around the top for the second spot. Pittman would approach traffic one more time in the closing laps, allowing Schuchart and Johnson to close the gap to under a second at the finish. It was Pittman’s 75th career World of Outlaws victory.

“I knew the place to be was going to be on the top, I just didn’t know that it was going to be on Lap 2. We obviously got real lucky there with the caution,” Pittman said in Victory Lane. “This car is a lot of fun to drive right now. It speaks volumes to the progress this Ionomy team has made this season, we have gone from the lowest of lows to this.

Pittman wasn’t the only one fired up with the victory as his crew chief Justin Adams was pumped up to win at the historic facility, “I’ve never won at Devil’s Bowl before. This is bad ass.”

“I got one of my first Outlaw wins here back in 2000. I’ve got a lot of friends and family here and it is even better to see them in Victory Lane,” Pittman added.

When asked about the untimely cautions, Jason Johnson, despite finishing third, was in good spirits, “That’s racing. Devil’s Bowl is one of my favorite tracks and it’s an honor to be able to run up front here with the World of Outlaws.”

Logan Schuchart had his best outing of the 2018 season and was pleased his Shark Racing No.1S all night. “We’ve always had speed here, the driver just needs to his job,” Schuchart said with a smile before referencing the big pay day tomorrow night.

Donny Schatz finished fourth with Brad Sweet completing the top five. Pittman’s car owner Kasey Kahne was strong all night coming home in sixth.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series return to action at Devil’s Bowl Speedway tomorrow, Saturday, April 28, 2018. The 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Series will pay $20,000 to the winner of the Feature, if you can’t make it to the track DIRTVision.com is your one stop shop for live streaming of the World of Outlaws!

A-main (25 Laps)

1. 9-Daryn Pittman [1][$8,000]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2][$4,000]; 3. 41-Jason Johnson [4][$2,500]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$2,200]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [8][$2,100]; 6. 4K-Kasey Kahne [5][$2,000]; 7. 18-Ian Madsen [7][$1,800]; 8. 5-David Gravel [9][$1,600]; 9. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [14][$1,500]; 10. 2-Shane Stewart [6][$1,300]; 11. 19-Brent Marks [10][$1,200]; 12. 83-Cory Eliason [17][$1,100]; 13. 45-Paul McMahan [11][$1,000]; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser [15][$700]; 15. W20-Greg Wilson [16][$600]; 16. 7S-Jason Sides [13][$600]; 17. 1A-Jacob Allen [12][$600]; 18. 13-Clyde Knipp [20][$600]; 19. 67K-Tucker Klaasmeyer [19][$600]; 20. 67-Ryan Robinson [18][$600]; 21. 17G-Channin Tankersley [21][$600]; 22. OO-Dane Lorenc [22][$600]; 23. 12W-Dale Wester [23][$600] Lap Leaders: Daryn Pittman 1-25; KSE Hard Charger Award: 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[+5]

Qualifying: 1. 41-Jason Johnson, 13.306; 2. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.376; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.705; 4. 4K-Kasey Kahne, 13.707; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.789; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.814; 7. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.835; 8. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.949; 9. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.951; 10. 67K-Tucker Klaasmeyer, 13.997; 11. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 14.005; 12. 67-Ryan Robinson, 14.012; 13. 18-Ian Madsen, 14.021; 14. 45-Paul McMahan, 14.097; 15. 5-David Gravel, 14.131; 16. W20-Greg Wilson, 14.175; 17. 83-Cory Eliason, 14.179; 18. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.181; 19. 19-Brent Marks, 14.385; 20. 13-Clyde Knipp, 14.39; 21. 17G-Channin Tankersley, 14.422; 22. OO-Dane Lorenc, 14.526; 23. 12W-Dale Wester, NT

 

 

Your Stories, Our History: The World of Outlaws Celebrates 40 Years

As part of its 40th anniversary celebration the World of Outlaw is kicking off a season-long #MyOutlawMoment campaign in time for the Texas Outlaw Nationals at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, site of the very first World of Outlaws race in 1978.

After four decades, the World of Outlaws has an incredibly rich collective history, consisting of stories from drivers, teams, crew, officials, partners, fans, and all involved — and new ones are created every day.

The #MyOutlawMoment campaign encourages everyone to share their most memorable Outlaw moments and add them to the Series history.

Share your stories on Twitter or Instagram, with the hashtag #MyOutlawMoment. While the individual posts will live on their respective social platforms, all #MyOutlawMoment stories will be pulled into a hashtag gallery on the Series websites for everyone to enjoy.

Throughout the season, the Series will be highlighting some of the best stories at our events, online, and on dirtvision.com broadcasts. Tune in, participate, and enjoy some of the best moments in Series history.


 

 

David Gravel Tames Lightning-Fast Surface at Cotton Bowl for First Win of 2018

PAIGE, TX – April 26, 2018 – After being rained out twice earlier in the year at the facility, but the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series finally completed the event at Cotton Bowl Speedway. David Gravel and the CJB Motorsports No.5 team swept the entire evening en route to picking up his first win of the 2018 season. Brad Sweet and Jason Johnson completed the podium.

David Gravel started off his clean sweep of the program by setting fast time over the field with a lap of 13.832. Gravel went on to win his Heat Race and the Craftsman Club Dash to earn the pole for the 35-lap Feature.

With the amount of rain Cotton Bowl Speedway received over the past week, the track continued to get faster throughout the evening. Gravel’s fastest lap in the Dash was an eye-opening 13.276, nearly three-tenths under the existing track record and .556 faster than his lap in Qualifying, that paced the field. Gravel's fastest lap in the Feature was a 13.598.

An opening lap Red Flag for Clyde Knipp, who slightly rolled over in turn one, reset the field. Gravel led the field down the frontstretch once again and began expanding his lead.

Brad Sweet cut the gap to less than a car-length with seven laps, giving flashbacks to Cotton Bowl fans that attended the World of Outlaws race at the facility in 2016, that saw Sweet steal the victory in thrilling fashion that night. It was not meant to be for Sweet tonight as Gravel powered by two lapped cars to seal his first victory of the season and a clean sweep on the evening.

“This is what this team deserves. I’ve got to thank Barry, Derek, Zach and everyone that worked on this car to make it go fast,” Gravel said. “We’ve been running decently, just not getting into Dashes. Track position was huge tonight. The track was really heavy and got faster all night. Going green-to-checkered was a little tiring,” the Watertown, CT native added.

When asked about Sweet pulling within striking distance, Gravel said, “I heard him. Turn three and four were so tricky tonight. It was a long overdue first win of the year. Hopefully, we can pick up from last year and get going” Gravel, an 18-time winner a year ago, crossed the line 1.453 seconds ahead of Sweet for the 35th win of his career.

Sweet was pleased with his second-place effort, “The lapped cars were so tricky. We had a shot there, but David did a great job getting by those last few lapped cars. We’ll move on to Devil’s Bowl the next two nights and try and pick up a victory.”

Jason Johnson made some daring moves early in the event to move into third and secure the podium finish. The Eunice, LA native acknowledged his previous racing career around this region and how great it is to come back with the World of Outlaws before thanking the fans for coming out on a Thursday evening.

Cory Eliason continued his strong start to the season with a fourth-place finish with Daryn Pittman completing the top-five. Nine-time Series Champion and current points leader Donny Schatz suffered from a rare mechanical issue as his Tony Stewart Racing No.15 visibly battled an ailing front end as he limped to a ninth-place finish. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to action at its birthplace, Devil’s Bowl Speedway, Friday and Saturday for the Series 40th Anniversary Celebration! If you can’t make it to the track, be sure to watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com">_tmp_url_4_.com!

Abbreviated Results from Cotton Bowl Speedway - April 26, 2018

Feature (35 Laps): 1. 5-David Gravel [1][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [2][$5,500]; 3. 41-Jason Johnson [3][$3,200]; 4. 83-Cory Eliason [6][$2,800]; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman [5][$2,500]; 6. 2-Shane Stewart [8][$2,300]; 7. 4K-Kasey Kahne [9][$2,200]; 8. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [7][$2,100]; 9. 15-Donny Schatz [4][$2,050]; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart [13][$2,000]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser [10][$1,500]; 12. 45-Paul McMahan [12][$1,200]; 13. 18-Ian Madsen [14][$1,100]; 14. 7S-Jason Sides [15][$1,050]; 15. W20-Greg Wilson [16][$1,000]; 16. OO-Dane Lorenc [17][$900]; 17. 17G-Channin Tankersley [20][$800]; 18. 1A-Jacob Allen [19][$800]; 19. 19-Brent Marks [11][$800]; 20. 13-Clyde Knipp [18][$800] Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-35; KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+3]

Qualifying: 1. 5-David Gravel, 13.832; 2. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.877; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.907; 4. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.948; 5. 41-Jason Johnson, 14.011; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 14.119; 7. 2-Shane Stewart, 14.144; 8. 18-Ian Madsen, 14.224; 9. 4K-Kasey Kahne, 14.232; 10. 83-Cory Eliason, 14.265; 11. 45-Paul McMahan, 14.272; 12. 19-Brent Marks, 14.293; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.397; 14. 7S-Jason Sides, 14.4; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen, 14.401; 16. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 14.401; 17. OO-Dane Lorenc, 14.501; 18. 17G-Channin Tankersley, 14.557; 19. 13-Clyde Knipp, 14.887; 20. W20-Greg Wilson, 15.071

For full results from Cotton Bowl Speedway, click here.

 

 

Pittman Goes Back-to-Back with Second Consecutive Win at Pevely

PEVELY, MO – April 21, 2018 - Daryn Pittman got underneath Sheldon Haudenschild to lead Lap 31 en route to his second consecutive World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series win of the weekend and second in a row at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, MO. Donny Schatz finished in second and long-time race leader Sheldon Haudenschild completed the podium.

Donny Schatz won the Craftsman Club Dash and earned the pole of the 40-lap Feature alongside Ian Madsen. Madsen powered around Schatz to lead the opening circuit of the Feature. Sheldon Haudenschild used every bit of the racing surface to quickly take second from Schatz and begin chasing down Madsen for the lead.

Just as Haudenschild was ready to make a move on Ian Madsen for the lead on the sixth circuit, the caution flew Ian’s older brother, Kerry, who was facing traffic on the backstretch. Ian Madsen was able to turn under a pair of Sheldon sliders, before Haudenschild took command to lead Lap 8.

As Haudenschild navigated heavy traffic, both Madsen and Pittman were able to close in significantly. Daryn Pittman made an eye-catching three-wide pass for the lead down the backstretch on Lap 13, only for it to be negated by a yellow for Cory Eliason.

As the rubber became more prominent on the racing surface, experience became a factor. Pittman and Schatz quickly closed in on Haudenschild for the lead. Haudenschild had a minor hiccup in turn one and missed the rubber by no more than a car length, but that was all Pittman needed as the 2013 Series Champion stuffed his Kasey Kahne owned No.9 car underneath Haudenschild to take command down the backstretch.

A couple laps later Haudenschild hiccupped in turn one again and Schatz was able to sneak by for second. Ian Madsen’s top-five run came to an end with five laps remaining, due to a flat tire. A clear track ahead of Pittman allowed the veteran driver to hit his marks en route to his 74th career Outlaw victory.

“Man, this is starting to be fun again. It’s been a frustrating start to the season, but this car has been a blast to drive the past two nights,” Pittman said upon exiting his Ionomy sponsored KKR No.9 machine.

“This is the way we envisioned we would start the year. We are really happy with where we are at right now, this is why you never give up,” an enthusiastic Pittman added. Pittman eluded to the harder tire compound his team elected to go with before thanking his car owner, Kasey Kahne, and all of his sponsorship partners.

When asked about the negated three-wide pass for the lead, Pittman said, “I thought that was the end of our chance to win it. This really was a great team win.”

Donny Schatz also went with a harder tire compound. “I was way too loose in the beginning and we had to pay the price, but we made it back it up. All in all, it was a great night,” Schatz said in good spirits.

After leading 22 laps, Sheldon Haudenschild had all the reason to be dejected, but that was not the case. “We definitely want to win these races, but we want to finish them too. I’m happy with a podium. The guys worked really hard after tearing a car up last night. I missed the rubber twice and I got passed twice,” Sheldon, who continues to sit second in the Series Point Standings, said.

David Gravel and Brad Sweet completed the all-Outlaw top five. Nine of the top ten were World of Outlaws regulars, including Brent Marks who came from 22nd to 10th, earning KSE Hard Charger honors. Indiana youngster Cale Thomas was the lone non-Outlaw regular in the top-ten, finishing eighth. Jason Sides set fast-time over the 44-car field for the first time this season.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series completes its three-race bullring weekend Sunday evening at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, IN. Another strong car count is expected, and all the action can be watched live on DIRTVision.com. Next week, the Outlaws ramp up its 40th Anniversary Celebration with three races in four days in Texas, capped off at the Series birthplace, Devil’s Bowl Speedway.

Abbreviated Results from Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55:

Feature (40 Laps): 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [6][$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [1][$5,500]; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [3][$3,200]; 4. 5-David Gravel [7][$2,800]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [4][$2,500]; 6. 7S-Jason Sides [5][$2,300]; 7. 2-Shane Stewart [8][$2,200]; 8. 91-Cale Thomas [14][$2,100]; 9. 26-Joey Saldana [15][$2,050]; 10. 19-Brent Marks [22][$2,000]; 11. 45-Paul McMahan [10][$1,500]; 12. 5C-Christopher Bell [12][$1,200]; 13. 99-Brady Bacon [16][$1,100]; 14. 41-Jason Johnson [13][$1,050]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser [23][$1,000]; 16. 24-Rico Abreu [17][$900]; 17. 21-Brian Brown [24][$800]; 18. 2M-Kerry Madsen [9][$800]; 19. 83-Cory Eliason [20][$800]; 20. 18-Ian Madsen [2][$800]; 21. 1S-Logan Schuchart [25][$]; 22. 21X-Carson Short [18][$800]; 23. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [19][$800]; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen [11][$800]; 25. 3-Sammy Swindell [21][$800] Lap Leaders: Ian Madsen 1-7, Sheldon Haudenschild 8-30, Daryn Pittman 31-40; KSE Hard Charger Award: 19-Brent Marks[+12]

Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 7S-Jason Sides, 10.764; 2. 5-David Gravel, 10.809; 3. 41-Jason Johnson, 10.828; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen, 10.861; 5. 18-Ian Madsen, 10.899; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman, 10.943; 7. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 10.998; 8. 21-Brian Brown, 11.011; 9. 24-Rico Abreu, 11.053; 10. 26-Joey Saldana, 11.092; 11. 3-Sammy Swindell, 11.105; 12. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 11.113; 13. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg, 11.225; 14. 1M-James Moughan, 11.256; 15. O1-Matt Vandervere, 11.342; 16. OO-Dane Lorenc, 11.348; 17. 51B-Joe Miller, 11.495; 18. W20-Greg Wilson, 11.503; 19. 9JR-Derek Hagar, 11.539; 20. 8S-Steve Short, 11.683; 21. 10P-Jim Perricone, 12.327

Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 49-Brad Sweet, 10.808; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 10.961; 3. 91-Cale Thomas, 10.997; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.056; 5. 2-Shane Stewart, 11.059; 6. 5C-Christopher Bell, 11.061; 7. 45-Paul McMahan, 11.085; 8. 83-Cory Eliason, 11.094; 9. O5-Gary Taylor, 11.104; 10. 99-Brady Bacon, 11.156; 11. 19-Brent Marks, 11.207; 12. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 11.248; 13. 21X-Carson Short, 11.452; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.506; 15. 64-Scotty Thiel, 11.514; 16. 13-Clyde Knipp, 11.554; 17. 25-Jacob Blackhurst, 11.896; 18. 5B-Chase Briscoe, 11.987; 19. 12-Robert Ballou, 11.994; 20. 79J-Jacob Patton, 12.153; 21. 14T-Jimmy Bridgeman, 12.176; 22. 71M-Andy Bradley, 12.193

 

 

Pittman Shrugs Off Slow Start to Year with Riverside Victory

WEST MEMPHIS, AR – April 20, 2018 – Daryn Pittman has had a slow start to the 2018 season. That all changed Friday night at Riverside International Speedway, when the Owasso, OK native picked up his 73rd career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory, moving him into 10th all-time on the Series win list. Pittman’s Kasey Kahne Racing teammate Brad Sweet came from ninth to finish second, with Paul McMahan completing the podium.

“I’m not done yet,” Pittman said after emerging from his ionomy sponsored No.9 machine in Victory Lane. “As a driver, when you start off the season like that, you can’t help but question yourself and your ability,” Pittman, who had yet to score a top-five finish before tonight’s win, added.

Sheldon Haudenschild continued his blazing start to the 2018 season, setting fast time over the 32-car field and storming from fifth to take the Craftsman Club Dash. But it was Daryn Pittman leading the opening lap, coming from third to take command of the field down the backstretch.

As Pittman quickly approached traffic on the bullring, Haudenschild was able to rimride his way to the lead on the eighth circuit. Pittman, the 2007 Outlaw winner at Riverside, committed to the bottom and took the lead back a lap later. A caution for 1981 Riverside Outlaw winner, Sammy Swindell, who was running in the top-five, halted the intense action.

Haudenschild wasn’t done yet as the young Wooster, OH native was banging down the wall trying to close in on Pittman. Unfortunately for Sheldon, he ended up on his lid in turn two on Lap 19. Sheldon would return to action with a damaged race car and limp his way to a 19th place finish.

An ((Open Red)) allowed teams to make minor adjustments and discuss their plan of action with 21 laps remaining.

“I was questioning what to do, the bottom was getting really slow in turns three and four, but my guys told me that Sheldon was banging down the wall and still couldn’t quite get by. I figured I would stick to what we were doing until someone showed me different,” Pittman said.

And that was the case as Pittman held off charges from McMahan and Sweet to win by .518 seconds. Brad Sweet was able to close in on the top off of turn four but was unable to make any ground up in one and two and ultimately settled for the runner-up position.

“The top was a little better in turn four, but I didn’t want to show Daryn my nose. We’ve had a couple of bad runs in a row, so it’s nice to get a good finish. This team deserves to be on the frontstretch,” Sweet said after exiting his NAPA Auto Parts No.49 machine.

Paul McMahan threatened for the lead multiple times in lapped traffic but came home third. “Everyone had me washed up two years ago, so to be up front and on the podium with these guys is a lot of fun,” McMahan said.

Rico Abreu was strong all night and finished fourth, his best finish of the season. David Gravel earned KSE Hard Charger honors coming from 21st to complete the top-five.

In no discounting fashion to the Feature, which saw action all over the track, it was the Heat Races that brought the capacity crowd to their feet. Specifically, Heat 2 that saw Arkansas native Derek Hagar charge from fifth to grab a Dash spot after spending nearly three laps three-wide with Kerry Madsen and Cale Thomas. The Dash also saw multiple laps of three-wide action. Highlights of both aforementioned qualifying events are posted on the World of Outlaws Twitter.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series continues its 40th Anniversary season at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, MO before completing its triple-header weekend at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, IN. If you can’t make it to the track, be sure to watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

Abbreviated results from Riverside International Speedway:

Feature (40 Laps): 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [4][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [9][$5,500]; 3. 45-Paul McMahan [7][$3,200]; 4. 24-Rico Abreu [3][$2,800]; 5. 5-David Gravel [21][$2,500]; 6. 26-Joey Saldana [13][$2,300]; 7. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg [5][$2,200]; 8. 15-Donny Schatz [16][$2,100]; 9. 41-Jason Johnson [11][$2,050]; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser [12][$2,000]; 11. 9JR-Derek Hagar [8][$1,500]; 12. 7S-Jason Sides [17][$1,200]; 13. 1S-Logan Schuchart [23][$1,100]; 14. 2M-Kerry Madsen [14][$1,050]; 15. 83-Cory Eliason [22][$1,000]; 16. 2-Shane Stewart [18][$900]; 17. 19-Brent Marks [25][$]; 18. 21-Carson Short [15][$800]; 19. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1][$800]; 20. 40-Howard Moore [19][$800]; 21. 91-Cale Thomas [10][$800]; 22. 18-Ian Madsen [24][$800]; 23. 1A-Jacob Allen [6][$800]; 24. 3-Sammy Swindell [2][$800]; 25. 91A-Ernie Ainsworth [20][$800] Lap Leaders: Daryn Pittman 1-7, 9-40; Sheldon Haudenschild 8; KSE Hard Charger Award: 5-David Gravel[+16]

Qualifying: 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.746; 2. 2-Shane Stewart, 11.838; 3. 24-Rico Abreu, 12.016; 4. 45-Paul McMahan, 12.033; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman, 12.147; 6. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg, 12.199; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.208; 8. 3-Sammy Swindell, 12.21; 9. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.21; 10. 5-David Gravel, 12.212; 11. 41-Jason Johnson, 12.22; 12. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.271; 13. 26-Joey Saldana, 12.274; 14. 91-Cale Thomas, 12.278; 15. 21-Carson Short, 12.31; 16. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.364; 17. 83-Cory Eliason, 12.373; 18. 9JR-Derek Hagar, 12.439; 19. 40-Howard Moore, 12.502; 20. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.534; 21. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.558; 22. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 12.577; 23. 19-Brent Marks, 12.612; 24. 91A-Ernie Ainsworth, 12.628; 25. 47-Dale Howard, 12.635; 26. 13-Clyde Knipp, 12.725; 27. O-Andy McElhannon, 12.738; 28. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.812; 29. W20-Greg Wilson, 12.997; 30. OO-Dane Lorenc, 13.082; 31. 84-Brandon Hanks, 13.224; 32. 10P-Jim Perricone, 13.806

For full results from Riverside International Speedway, visit WoOSprint.com!

 

 

Schatz, Trio of First-Time Winners Making Early Season Headlines

CONCORD, NC - April 19, 2018 - As the World of Outlaws prepares for the grueling mid-season months of the 40th Anniversary season, the drivers are chasing Donny Schatz as he looks to collect his 10th Series title. Through a rain-infested month of March, the World of Outlaws has only had four different winners to start the season. The aforementioned Schatz has four wins to open the season, but alongside him are three new first-time Outlaw winners. Considering the last two seasons had a combined five first-time winners, three through a Mother Nature-influenced start to the season is quite remarkable.

The first new Outlaw winner came on Opening Night when 2017 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Sheldon Haudenschild used a late-race restart to pass Paul McMahan for the win at DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park. Haudenschild, who came excruciatingly close to scoring a win during his rookie campaign, shrugged off the personal feat of his first Outlaw triumph, deflecting all the credit to his team, the Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall No.17. Sheldon didn’t wait long to score another win — it came two races at later at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway — and has since upped his total to three after blitzing the field, from ninth, at Bakersfield Speedway before Easter. Sheldon sits a modest 48 points behind Schatz as the season schedule begins to pick up.

While the World of Outlaws’ Spring California swing might be remembered most for Mother Nature’s dominance, it did produce two new winners on back-to-back weekends. Texas native and former ASCS Champion Aaron Reutzel secured an emotional first Outlaw win at the Tulare Thunderbowl. “I never thought this day would come. I’ve come so close, so many times, that you start to doubt yourself,” a teary-eyed Reutzel said in Victory Lane that night.

California Native Cory Eliason brought the local crowd to their feet at the Stockton Dirt Track the following weekend, dominating the field for his first Outlaw triumph. “To do this at home in front of my friends and family, it means so much,” Eliason, who sits 7th in Series points, said following his unforgettable night.

In a season, where the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series is remembering history and the key figures in the sport, perhaps we have stumbled across some history of our own to open the 2018 campaign. The Haudenschild name has been a fixture on the World of Outlaws circuit for decades as Sheldon’s father, Jac – who owns 72 Outlaw wins to his credit – captured the hearts of Sprint Car fans across the country with his fearless, throttle-stomping, cushion-riding driving style. Now entering his second season on the tour full-time, it’s a safe assumption Sheldon Haudenschild is here to stay.

Both Aaron Reutzel and Cory Eliason have expressed serious interest in following the full World of Outlaws tour in the very near future and with both securing their first Outlaw win early in the 2018 campaign, who knows just how soon the World of Outlaws circuit will have some more new blood chasing the Series Championship.

New winners are inevitable, but this many, this early in the season leaves fair questions as to what is to come as the World of Outlaws schedule picks up. Surely, the likes of Brad Sweet, David Gravel, Daryn Pittman, Jason Johnson and Shane Stewart won’t stay winless for long, but will any of them catch up to the torrid pace that Donny Schatz and Sheldon Haudenschild have set in 2018.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to action tomorrow in West Memphis, AR at Riverside International Speedway before the running of the Spring Classic at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, MO before finishing the triple-header weekend in Haubstadt, IN at Tri-State Speedway. If you can’t make it to the track, watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com!

 

 

Schatz Storms from 12th for Fourth Win of Young Season

QUEEN CREEK, AZ – Donny Schatz started 12th and passed Shane Stewart on a Lap 20 restart to score his first career victory at Arizona Speedway Saturday Night in front of a standing room only crowd. It was Schatz, who was the fourth and final driver to lead a lap in the Feature, fourth win of the season as he extended his early season points lead in his quest for his tenth Series Championship.

California native Cory Eliason continued to show impressive speed winning the Craftsman Club Dash and leading the opening lap of the 30 lap Arizona Desert Shootout. That lead was short-lived, however, as Sheldon Haudenschild slid in front of the Roth Motorsports No.83 to lead the second circuit. Haudenschild, who entered the evening second in points and tied with Schatz with three wins, appeared to be the man to beat, extending his lead to a sizeable margin through lapped traffic.

A Lap 13 caution bunched the field together and Haudenschild extended the lead once again. The move of the restart, which proved to be crucial at the race’s end, was Donny Schatz powering from eighth to third on the bottom off of turn four.

Lap 16 saw disaster strike for Sheldon as the thin cushion in turn four got the better of the young Wooster, OH native. It was the second time in the young 2018 campaign that Haudenschild has brought out the yellow while leading. Unlike at Tulare, this time there was no damage to the NOS Energy Drink No.17 machine and he was able to restart at the rear of the field.

Sheldon’s misfortune moved Shane Stewart, who advanced forward from his fifth starting position, to the point. By Lap 20, when the thin cushion claimed two more victims – Brad Sweet and Brian Brown, Schatz had worked by Joey Saldana for the runner-up position and was ready to pounce on the next restart. Pounce he did, as Schatz shot underneath Stewart and led down the backstretch only to have the pass negated by another caution. That set up a single-file restart and Stewart went to the bottom entering turn one, only to see Schatz, this time on the outside of the speedway, roll by him down the backstretch once again. In an attempt to get the lead back from Schatz, Stewart allowed Saldana to regain the runner-up spot.

A pair of late race restarts allowed the field to have a crack at Schatz and Saldana had the crowd holding their breath with two to go as he narrowed the gap to three car-lengths. A valiant effort was not meant to be for the “Brownsburg Bullet” as he finished 0.821 seconds behind the Tony Stewart Racing No.15.

Schatz first order of business in Victory Lane was to express his thoughts to the Humboldt Broncos community following their hockey team’s tragic accident Friday evening. Additionally, the Tony Stewart Racing No.15 team had a little bit of a different look in the pit area tonight. “We were minus the backbone of our team tonight, Scuba broke his ankle at Bakersfield and is on the couch for a while,” Schatz explained.

“We’ve won in Arizona before, but not at this place. My race car was awesome all over the race track tonight, a true testament to my team’s excellence,” the Fargo, ND native said. When asked about the multitude of late-race restarts, Schatz chuckled and said, “I’m getting older and the older I get, the more patient I am.” It was Schatz’s 265th World of Outlaws victory in his illustrious career.

Saldana, who finished fourth last outing at Bakersfield, was pleased with his car speed once again. “Kevin Rudeen gives us a great car, with great equipment. We have everything we need to succeed and it’s starting to show. Hopefully we can win one of these soon, we’ve been real close the last two weeks.”

“It’s hard to win these races and it’s hard to win against guys like Donny Schatz. When you can finish on the front stretch, it’s a solid night,” Saldana added.

The KSE Hard Charger award went to Logan Schuchart, who charged from 16th to finish third. “What an improvement that was from our Qualifying effort. I can’t thank my guys enough. Our team never gives up,” a pleased Schuchart said.

Stewart settled for a fourth-place finish, his third straight top-five outing with Eliason rounding out the top five. Despite spinning past the halfway point of the race, Sheldon Haudenschild charged back to finish seventh at the checkered flag.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series heads to the Midwest next week with a date at the Jacksonville Speedway in Illinois on Friday, April 13th before heading to Haubstadt, IN the following night to compete at the Tri-State Speedway. If you can’t make it to the track, be sure to watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com.

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [12][$10,000]; 2. 26-Joey Saldana [2][$5,500]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [16][$3,200]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [5][$2,800]; 5. 83-Cory Eliason [1][$2,500]; 6. 5-David Gravel [9][$2,300]; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [3][$2,200]; 8. 45-Paul McMahan [11][$2,100]; 9. 41-Jason Johnson [8][$2,050]; 10. 19-Brent Marks [17][$2,000]; 11. 49-Brad Sweet [10][$1,500]; 12. 24-Rico Abreu [19][$1,200]; 13. 18-Ian Madsen [4][$1,100]; 14. 7S-Jason Sides [15][$1,050]; 15. W20-Greg Wilson [21][$1,000]; 16. OO-Dane Lorenc [18][$900]; 17. 11K-Kraig Kinser [22][$800]; 18. 2B-Billy Chester [23][$800]; 19. 90-Randy Waitman [24][$800]; 20. 9-Daryn Pittman [13][$800]; 21. 19AZ-Hunter Schuerenberg [7][$800]; 22. 21-Brian Brown [6][$800]; 23. 13-Clyde Knipp [20][$800]; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen [14][$800] Lap Leaders: Cory Eliason 1, Sheldon Haudenschild 2-16, Shane Stewart 17-20, Donny Schatz 21-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+13]

Qualifying: 1. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.96; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.96; 3. 83-Cory Eliason, 12.978; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.994; 5. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.006; 6. 21-Brian Brown, 13.06; 7. 24-Rico Abreu, 13.098; 8. 41-Jason Johnson, 13.103; 9. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.129; 10. 19AZ-Hunter Schuerenberg, 13.144; 11. 26-Joey Saldana, 13.15; 12. 5-David Gravel, 13.155; 13. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.163; 14. 19-Brent Marks, 13.223; 15. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.243; 16. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.263; 17. 45-Paul McMahan, 13.272; 18. OO-Dane Lorenc, 13.272; 19. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.308; 20. 2B-Billy Chester, 13.312; 21. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.347; 22. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.425; 23. 13-Clyde Knipp, 13.691; 24. 90-Randy Waitman, 21.534

For full results from Arizona Speedway on April 7, 2018 visit WoOSprint.com/results or click here!

 

 

Sheldon Haudenschild Continues Torrid Start to 2018; Captures Third Win of Season at Bakersfield

BAKERSFIELD, CA – March 24, 2018 – Last year’s Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Sheldon Haudenschild means business in 2018, as the young Wooster, OH native scored his third World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory of the young 2018 season at Bakersfield Speedway. Haudenschild stormed to the front of the Feature from ninth and was undoubtedly the class of the field, winning by nearly three and a half seconds despite a late caution. Shane Stewart came from seventh for his second consecutive podium finish with early race leader Jason Johnson completing the all World of Outlaws regulars podium.

Johnson was attempting to pull a clean sweep of the program after setting fast time, winning his Heat and taking the Craftsman Club Dash, earning the pole for the 35-lap Feature. Johnson set a fast pace, surviving a couple of cautions and leading the first 14 laps.

2016 Bakersfield winner Brad Sweet appeared to be the man to beat when he took the lead, to a huge applause, on the 15th circuit from his fifth-starting position, after exchanging multiple slide jobs with Johnson. Disaster struck three laps later for Sweet as he did a full 360 rotation and a massive wheelie before his NAPA Auto Parts No.49 machine came to a stop in turn two.

That allowed Johnson to re-assume the lead with Haudenschild right beside him on the double-file restart. Johnson kept Sheldon at bay for a couple of laps as the duo traded the lead each corner for a handful of laps enthralling the large Bakersfield Speedway crowd once again. Haudenschild officially led Lap 23 and was never truly challenged after that point.

The excitement didn’t stop there though for the driver of the NOS Energy Drink, Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall No.17 as Sheldon asserted his dominance over the field by lapping cars at a rapid pace, throwing massive slide jobs along the way. On Lap 29, Sheldon saw a four-second lead erased for one final caution.

Sheldon powered away on the restart, with no challenge going to win by 3.446 seconds. Haudenschild was the topic amongst the crowd all night after coming from 10th in his Heat Race, after spinning, to finish third. “It just shows how good my guys are,” Haudenschild said in reference to his recovery from the Heat Race blunder. “A lot of guys were fighting for the bottom and I just went where the track was free,” Haudenschild added about his cushion-pounding move in the qualifying event.

“It feels really good to a get a third win this early on in the season. This NOS Energy Drink No.17 was on a rail all night,” Haudenschild said in Victory Lane.

Shane Stewart secured his second consecutive podium finish on the strength of restarts. “[Double-file restarts] are one of the crazy and cool things about the World of Outlaws and I’ve been on the wrong end of them before, but tonight they worked out for us. Hopefully, we can get a win here real soon,” Stewart said after exiting his DC Solar sponsored Kyle Larson Racing No.2 machine.

Jason Johnson was in good spirits with his third-place finish despite leading a large portion of the race. “We came up a little bit short, we were a little too free once the fuel burned off, but still a very good night for this team. It’s always good to be on the podium,” the Eunice, LA native said.

Joey Saldana came from 14th to finish fourth with Ian Madsen coming from 16th to complete the top five. Neither of those efforts was good enough to secure KSE Hard Charger honors as that belonged to Donny Schatz, who came from 21st to finish sixth. The first six finishers, and eight of the first nine across the line, were World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series regulars.

The Series takes next weekend off as the Series allows its drivers, crews and teams a weekend to observe the Easter Holiday. The Greatest Show on Dirt continues its 40th Anniversary Season at Arizona Speedway on April 7, tickets can be purchased here. If you can’t make it to the track, be sure to tune into DIRTVision.com to watch all the action live!

Feature: (35 Laps) 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [9][$10,000]; 2. 2-Shane Stewart [7][$5,500]; 3. 41-Jason Johnson [1][$3,200]; 4. 26-Joey Saldana [14][$2,800]; 5. 18-Ian Madsen [16][$2,500]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz [21][$2,300]; 7. 21X-Carson Macedo [10][$2,200]; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman [19][$2,100]; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart [11][$2,050]; 10. 7S-Tim Kaeding [4][$2,000]; 11. 24-Rico Abreu [23][$1,500]; 12. 5-David Gravel [18][$1,200]; 13. 49-Brad Sweet [5][$1,100]; 14. 19-Brent Marks [15][$1,050]; 15. 83-Cory Eliason [6][$1,000]; 16. 57-Giovanni Scelzi [13][$900]; 17. O-Bud Kaeding [2][$800]; 18. 7SS-Jason Sides [8][$800]; 19. 83JR-Kyle Hirst [24][$800]; 20. 87-Aaron Reutzel [22][$800]; 21. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [3][$800]; 22. 49X-Tim Shaffer [20][$800]; 23. 1A-Jacob Allen [12][$800]; 24. 45-Paul McMahan [17][$800]; Lap Leaders: Jason Johnson 1-14, 19-22; Brad Sweet 15-18; Sheldon Haudenschild 23-35; KSE Hard Charger Award: 15-Donny Schatz[+15]

Qualifying: 1. 41-Jason Johnson, 11.271; 2. 7S-Tim Kaeding, 11.362; 3. 7SS-Jason Sides, 11.388; 4. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 11.393; 5. O-Bud Kaeding, 11.405; 6. 83-Cory Eliason, 11.472; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman, 11.506; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.519; 9. 57-Giovanni Scelzi, 11.519; 10. 26-Joey Saldana, 11.527; 11. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.53; 12. 2-Shane Stewart, 11.548; 13. 45-Paul McMahan, 11.561; 14. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.573; 15. 29-Willie Croft, 11.576; 16. 18-Ian Madsen, 11.592; 17. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.6; 18. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 11.617; 19. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 11.633; 20. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 11.658; 21. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.604; 22. 5-David Gravel, 11.698; 23. 19-Brent Marks, 11.74; 24. 24-Rico Abreu, 11.75; 25. 22-Shane Golobic, 11.798; 26. 21X-Carson Macedo, 11.813; 27. 98-Sean Watts, 11.944; 28. 83JR-Kyle Hirst, 11.962; 29. W20-Greg Wilson, 11.979; 30. OO-Dane Lorenc, 11.995; 31. 88N-DJ Netto, 12.005; 32. 68-Chase Johnson, 12.052; 33. 16A-Colby Copeland, 12.077; 34. 13-Clyde Knipp, 12.109; 35. 86-Chris Ennis, 12.333; 36. 10-Matthew Moles, 12.612; 37. 28-Nathan Rolfe, 12.633

 

 

Cory Eliason Leads All 30 Laps to Score First Career Outlaw Victory at Stockton

STOCKTON, CA - March 17, 2018 – California native Cory Eliason, aboard the famed Roth Motorsports No.83, dominated the FVP Platinum Battery Western Spring Shootout at Stockton to score his first career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory. Eliason, who scored a career-high second place finish last weekend at Tulare, survived numerous cautions to secure the hometown victory. Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Contender Ian Madsen finished second with Shane Stewart completing the podium.

Eliason won the Craftsman Club Dash, earning the pole for the 30-lap Feature alongside FVP-sponsored driver Brian Brown. Eliason powered out to the early lead on the elbows up surface and reached lapped traffic on the fourth circuit.

The first of a handful of cautions came on lap 10 as the hole in turn three swallowed up Brown while he was running second. That allowed Rico Abreu to assume second only temporarily, as a few laps later during a caution for Parker Price-Miller, Abreu surrendered his runner-up position and pulled into the work area.

When action resumed, Madsen found himself in second looking for a way around Eliason. The Selma, CA native was masterful in traffic, never allowing the field to mount a serious challenge. The closest call of the night for Eliason was entering turn one on lap 24, as his No.83 car hit a rut and bobbled heavily.

Brad Sweet, while running in the top five, slowed to a stop with three laps remaining giving the field one last chance to steal a victory from Eliason. But, it was not meant to be tonight, Eliason was the class of the field as he distanced himself from the field on the restart to win by nearly two seconds.

“It feels great to finally get an Outlaw win. And at home, too,” an out-of-breath Eliason said in Victory Lane. “That track was technical and it definitely wore me out. Hopefully we can another one next weekend,” Eliason added.

Ian Madsen was pleased with his runner-up finish, “We had nothing for those guys. Congrats to Cory on his first career win. This was a great night for our KCP team. We haven’t had much luck to start the season, so it’s great to a good night under our belt.”

Likewise, Shane Stewart was also happy for his first podium finish of 2018. “I don’t think it was the prettiest third place run; but we’ll take it,” Stewart said with a chuckle. “We need some good runs to get our momentum rolling.”

10th-starting Carson Macedo followed up his top-five at Tulare with an impressive fourth place finish. Tim Kaeding, aboard Jason Sides No. 7S, came from 13th to complete the top five.

During intermission, the World of Outlaws announced that the Brad Sweet Placerville Short Track Showdown has been postponed to Wednesday, September 12. The Outlaws continue their 40th Anniversary Season Friday, March 23 at Ocean Speedway before heading south to Bakersfield Speedway on Saturday, March 24. Tickets for both events are still available at woosprint.com. If you can’t make it to the track, be sure to tune into DIRTVision.com for live video of every World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series race in 2018.

Abbreviated Results from Stockton - March 17, 2018

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 83-Cory Eliason [1][$10,000]; 2. 18-Ian Madsen [3][$5,500]; 3. 2-Shane Stewart [6][$3,200]; 4. 21X-Carson Macedo [10][$2,800]; 5. 7S-Tim Kaeding [13][$2,500]; 6. 41-Jason Johnson [11][$2,300]; 7. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [12][$2,200]; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman [20][$2,100]; 9. 5-David Gravel [5][$2,050]; 10. 29-Willie Croft [15][$2,000]; 11. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [21][$1,500]; 12. 49-Brad Sweet [7][$1,200]; 13. 83JR-Kyle Hirst [9][$1,100]; 14. 15-Donny Schatz [16][$1,050]; 15. 45-Paul McMahan [17][$1,000]; 16. 4-Parker Price-Miller [22][$900]; 17. 1S-Logan Schuchart [8][$800]; 18. 3C-Tanner Thorson [18][$800]; 19. 57-Giovanni Scelzi [23][$800]; 20. 87-Aaron Reutzel [14][$800]; 21. 24-Rico Abreu [4][$800]; 22. 21-Brian Brown [2][$800]; 23. 49X-Tim Shaffer [19][$800]; 24. 19-Brent Marks [24][$800]; 25. OO-Dane Lorenc [25][$]; Lap Leaders: Cory Eliason 1-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 9-Daryn Pittman[+12]

Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 21-Brian Brown, 13.007; 2. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.111; 3. 24-Rico Abreu, 13.16; 4. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.202; 5. 45-Paul McMahan, 13.208; 6. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 13.245; 7. 83JR-Kyle Hirst, 13.25; 8. 41-Jason Johnson, 13.255; 9. 57-Giovanni Scelzi, 13.276; 10. 29-Willie Croft, 13.299; 11. 7S-Tim Kaeding, 13.319; 12. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.37; 13. 7SS-Jason Sides, 13.403; 14. 68-Chase Johnson, 13.41; 15. 88N-DJ Netto, 13.45; 16. 7-John Carney, 13.693; 17. 22-Shane Golobic, 13.7; 18. 13-Clyde Knipp, 13.889; 19. 28-Nathan Rolfe, NT; 20. OO-Dane Lorenc, 13.482

Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.129; 2. 5-David Gravel, 13.132; 3. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.176; 4. 83-Cory Eliason, 13.178; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.178; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.213; 7. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 13.231; 8. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 13.237; 9. 4-Parker Price-Miller, 13.251; 10. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.252; 11. 21X-Carson Macedo, 13.342; 12. 19-Brent Marks, 13.406; 13. 37-Mitchell Faccinto, 13.492; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.504; 15. 26-Joey Saldana, 13.55; 16. 5H-Michael Kofoid, 13.612; 17. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.777; 18. 98-Sean Watts, 13.822; 19. 3C-Tanner Thorson, 13.835

For full results, visit woosprint.com

 

 

Reutzel Earns First Outlaw Win in Thunderbowl Thriller

TULARE, CA – March 9, 2018 – Texas native Aaron Reutzel scored his first career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory in thrilling fashion after exchanging multiple slide jobs with local driver Cory Eliason. A lap 20 yellow for then race leader Sheldon Haudenschild bunched the field together and Reutzel began picking off the leaders in exciting fashion. Eliason settled for second with Donny Schatz completing the podium.

Eliason, aboard the famed Roth Motorsports No.83, won the Craftsman Club Dash, earning the pole for the 35-lap Feature alongside fellow California native Jason Meyers. Eliason, in search of his first Outlaw victory, set the pace for the first 11 laps before giving way to red-hot Sheldon Haudenschild on the 12th circuit.

Sheldon, who set a new Tulare track record in qualifying, seemingly had the fastest car on the track and maneuvered the heavy lapped traffic well as he continued to extend his lead. Coming off of turn four on lap 18, Haudenschild got into the back of a lapped car and the Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall No.17 never settled down. Haudenschild muscled his ill-handling machine through turn one and two, before making heavy contact with the frontstretch wall at the completion of the lap, ending the young gun's bid for his third win of the young season.

Eliason assumed the lead, but this time with nine-time Series Champion Donny Schatz alongside of him. The young Visalia, CA native got a strong restart and established a sizeable lead over the veteran. Reutzel, who restarted sixth, came to life as he pounded the cushion, weaving in and out of cars grabbing third on lap 23 and passing Schatz two circuits later to claim the second spot.

Reutzel arrived at leader Eliason on lap 28 and the duo waged war for the top spot, as you would expect of two drivers looking for their first World of Outlaws victory. The duo exchanged sliders in each corner exciting the large Thunderbowl Raceway crowd. Reutzel secured the victory on lap 31 as he powered his Baughman/Reutzel owned No.87 around Eliason down the backstretch and pulled away for his first career Outlaw triumph.

“This is a dream come true. I’ve led a handful of Outlaw shows in the past, but never been able to finish the job; you start doubting yourself. It’s something you don’t think will ever happen,” a jubilant Reutzel said. “It all played out perfect tonight. This track is truly special. It fits my driving style – gas it up on the fence. I am so lucky to have the people behind me that I do,” the former 360-winged sprint car ace added.

Eliason settled for second and was in good spirits, “It’s always tough when you are out front in traffic. Aaron drove a great race. Hopefully, the weather cooperates, and we get another chance at it tomorrow,” he said.

Schatz was also pleased with his podium finish as he extended his early Series points lead, “A top-three finish is very respectable for us at Tulare. We usually don’t run too well on tracks like this.”

Dominic Scelzi and 12th-starting Carson Macedo completed the top five. Tim Kaeding, aboard the Sides Motorsports No.7S, earned KSE Hard Charger honors coming from 16th to finish eighth in his first start for Sides. Action continues Saturday night at the Thunderbowl Raceway as the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series tackles the high-banked bullring once again.

Feature (35 Laps): 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel [4][$10,000]; 2. 83-Cory Eliason [1][$5,000]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [5][$3,000]; 4. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [8][$2,700]; 5. 21X-Carson Macedo [12][$2,500]; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman [10][$2,200]; 7. 49-Brad Sweet [6][$2,000]; 8. 7S-Tim Kaeding [16][$1,800]; 9. 14-Jason Meyers [2][$1,600]; 10. 24-Rico Abreu [11][$1,450]; 11. 57-Giovanni Scelzi [7][$1,300]; 12. 18-Ian Madsen [14][$1,200]; 13. 45-Paul McMahan [17][$1,100]; 14. 29-Willie Croft [21][$1,000]; 15. 4-Parker Price-Miller [9][$950]; 16. 2-Shane Stewart [19][$900]; 17. 41-Jason Johnson [20][$850]; 18. 21-Brian Brown [18][$750]; 19. 5-David Gravel [13][$725]; 20. 26-Joey Saldana [26][$]; 21. OO-Dane Lorenc [28][$]; 22. 1S-Logan Schuchart [25][$]; 23. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [3][$700]; 24. 49X-Tim Shaffer [23][$700]; 25. 88N-DJ Netto [22][$700]; 26. 13-Clyde Knipp [27][$]; 27. 83JR-Kyle Hirst [15][$700]; 28. 1A-Jacob Allen [24][$700]; Lap Leaders: Cory Eliason 1-11, 20-30; Sheldon Haudenschild 12-19, Aaron Reutzel 31-35

KSE Hard Charger Award: 7S-Tim Kaeding[+8]

Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 57-Giovanni Scelzi, 12.568; 2. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 12.656; 3. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.673; 4. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 12.708; 5. 5-David Gravel, 12.712; 6. 24-Rico Abreu, 12.769; 7. 4-Parker Price-Miller, 12.793; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.854; 9. 45-Paul McMahan, 12.868; 10. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.869; 11. 29-Willie Croft, 12.876; 12. 83JR-Kyle Hirst, 12.897; 13. 26-Joey Saldana, 12.908; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.963; 15. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.975; 16. O-Bud Kaeding, 13.066; 17. 68-Chase Johnson, 13.073; 18. 5H-Michael Kofoid, 13.104; 19. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.268; 20. 10-Matthew Moles, 13.385; 21. 7SS-Jason Sides, 13.533; 22. 98-Sean Watts, 13.825

Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.511(NEW TRACK RECORD); 2. 83-Cory Eliason, 12.744; 3. 14-Jason Meyers, 12.768; 4. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.779; 5. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.782; 6. 21X-Carson Macedo, 12.796; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman, 12.865; 8. 7S-Tim Kaeding, 12.87; 9. 21-Brian Brown, 12.882; 10. 41-Jason Johnson, 12.91; 11. 88N-DJ Netto, 12.967; 12. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 12.983; 13. 3C-Tanner Thorson, 13.021; 14. 22-Shane Golobic, 13.027; 15. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier, 13.038; 16. 19-Brent Marks, 13.09; 17. 13-Clyde Knipp, 13.212; 18. 37-Mitchell Faccinto, 13.328; 19. 7-John Carney, 13.446; 20. OO-Dane Lorenc, 13.745; 21. 28-Nathan Rolfe, 13.798

 

 

Tim Shaffer: Full-Time Outlaw for 2018

CONCORD, NC – March 4, 2018 – The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series is thrilled to announce that The Steel City Outlaw Tim Shaffer and car owner Jeff Rudzik have signed on as full-time Outlaws for the 2018 40th Anniversary Season in the familiar No.49X machine.

Shaffer has been a staple with The Greatest Show on Dirt since scoring his first career victory 20 years ago in Elma, WA at Grays Harbor Raceway in 1998. A year later, Tim Shaffer was crowned the 1999 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year with the World of Outlaws before spending the better part of the next decade as a Series regular.

“We feel extremely competitive and I don’t how many years left I have doing this. Most importantly, I am enjoying myself out here,” Shaffer, who scored two Outlaw wins in 2017, cited as his main reason for joining the Outlaws full-time. “I work really with Cody Jacobs as my crew chief and we have had a lot of speed, while also enjoying ourselves,” Shaffer added with a smile.

Shaffer will land in the Sprint Car Hall of Fame when he chooses to retire on the strength of his 25 Outlaw wins, 60 All-Star Circuit of Champion triumphs, hundreds of regional victories and, of course, his unforgettable 2010 Knoxville Nationals Championship.

“I was on the road for about 10 years and I bet it has been about 10 years since I was last out here. I absolutely love it,” the Aliquippa, PA native said.

During those 10 years when Shaffer was not a full-time Outlaw, he re-established himself as a dominant force in Pennsylvania and Ohio amidst capturing four consecutive All-Star Championships.

Shaffer’s addition brings the current total of full-time Outlaws to a whopping 19 as they head West for California. Tim Shaffer left us with this parting thought, “This is really exciting. I feel at home again.”

Catch Shaffer and the rest of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series next at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, CA March 9 and 10. As always, if you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.com.
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Outlaws Set to Battle Northern California's Finest During the Month of March

California tour kicks off March 9-10 at Tulare

CONCORD, NC - March 3, 2018 - The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series is set to embark on a month-long journey of the Golden State, where they will battle some of the toughest local competition they will face see all season. After a washout in Perris, the Outlaws first date in California will be a two-day affair at the Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, CA on March 9 and 10. The Series will race three weekends in California as well as a mid-week race at Placerville Speedway on Wednesday, March 21.

Last year in Tulare, David Gravel scored his first of 18 victories on the first night with Donny Schatz capturing his eye-opening sixth win of the 2017 on Night Two. Through five races in 2018, The Greatest Show on Dirt has seen two faces dominate, the aforementioned Schatz has three wins with young Sheldon Haudenschild notching his first two career Outlaw triumphs as well.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series is celebrating its 40th Anniversary and currently has 19 teams following the tour full-time. Of those is Grass Valley, CA native Brad Sweet, who is coming off a strong season that saw him finish second in Series points. "It's always nice to be home. Every racer likes to be in their home state in front of their family and friends," Sweet said about the upcoming California swing. "We race all over the country, it's nice to be able to sleep in your bed in between races," Sweet, who is currently third in the Series point standings, added with a smile.

After Tulare, the Outlaws return to the Stockton Dirt Track on March 16 and 17 with the running of the FVP Platinum Battery Western Spring Shootout. Last year it was the California Outlaw Brad Sweet topping a stout field of 39 cars for his first victory of the season. The other night was lost to Mother Nature.

Sweet will once again take center stage on Wednesday, March 21 when the Series runs the Brad Sweet Placerville Short Track Showdown presented by NAPA Auto Parts. "I live in Placerville now, it's great that my home community can bring an event like this together that has an impact. It is a huge group effort that couldn't happen without a lot of hard work from a lot of people. I'm glad to be a part of it," Sweet said of the upcoming mid-week race.

There's a lot for Brad Sweet to be excited about as two days later the Outlaws will invade Ocean Speedway and Bakersfield Speedway on March 23 and 24, respectively. The Outlaws did not race at either track last year but did so in 2016 with Sweet stealing the show and winning both events.

Following a weekend off for Easter, the Outlaws will conclude their West Coast swing with the running of the Arizona Desert Shootout at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, AZ. It will only be the third ever visit to the facility by the World of Outlaws, with previous winners being Rico Abreu and Shane Stewart.
It's a jam-packed month and if you can't make it to the track, you can catch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com with their new FAST PASS option that gives you 30 days of live video coverage for just $39.

 

 


 

Schatz Gets Underneath Haudenschild Late to Win Third Feature of 2018 in FVP Outlaw Showdown at Las Vegas

 
Schatz, Haudenschild go one-two again, have combined for all five WoO Feature wins to open 2018

 
LAS VEGAS, NV - March 1, 2018 - Donny Schatz patiently chased Sheldon Haudenschild all Feature before taking the lead with five laps remaining to capture Night Two of the FVP Outlaw Showdown at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Haudenschild led 25 laps but settled for second to continue his torrid start to 2018 with David Gravel coming from 12th to complete the podium.
 
Texas native Aaron Reutzel, in search of his first career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory, won the Craftsman Club Dash earning the pole, but it was Haudenschild getting the jump to lead lap one of the Feature. Schatz started fifth and began working the bottom of the speedway meticulously, yet effectively moving into third on lap six and by Reutzel into second one lap later.
 
Haudenschild's lead disappeared in traffic as he and the nine-time Series Champion were side by side at the line on lap 12. As the duo entered turn one, the lone Red Flag of the Feature halted action as Kerry Madsen got upside in turn two. Madsen walked away from the incident under his own power.
 
A lap 15 caution gave Schatz the opportunity to size up the Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall No. 17. The duo battled side-by-side for a pair of laps with the young Haudenschild pounding the cushion and the veteran Schatz smooth as can be on the bottom.
 
Two laps later, on another restart, Schatz slipped as far back as fifth but came back a man possessed and charged his way, on the bottom, back to the runner-up position in time for the final caution of the night, which flew on lap 22.
 
Haudenschild fended off Schatz for a trio of laps before lowering his line in turn three and four, allowing Schatz to get underneath him and lead lap 26. Sheldon got up on the wheel and made it close in the final laps but was unable to secure the sweep of the weekend, settling for second. .
 
"I felt like I ran 29 good laps and one not very good lap and Donny is great at capitalizing on any mistake," Haudenschild said after the race. "I'm still really happy with our performance this weekend. I can't thank NOS Energy Drink, the Marshall family and Ricky [Stenhouse Jr.] enough. We are having a lot of fun and that's what matters most," the Wooster, OH native added.
 
"Sheldon was really good on the cushion and I was kind of married to the bottom because I knew you are not going to pass him up there," Schatz, who has now won three of the five Outlaw races in 2018, said.
 
When asked about his hiccup and falling back on the restart, Schatz smiled and said, "Well, that's what it makes it fun. We made up for it. My guys gave me an awesome working race car and we are looking forward to Ricky [Warner] coming back to us, but we are hitting on all cylinders right now. Hopefully we can keep winning some more races," Schatz added.
 
For the second consecutive night, David Gravel charged from deep to a top-five finish, this time coming from 12th to complete the podium. "We are passing a lot of cars in the Feature, we just need to qualify better and get some better track position. Hats off to my guys, we had to change motors before Qualifying and we are able to bounce back," a pleased Gravel said.
 
FVP sponsored driver Brian Brown bounced back from a DNF in the Craftsman Club Dash to finish fourth with Reutzel completing the top five. Logan Schuchart earned KSE Hard Charger honors coming from 22nd to eighth.
 
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series begin its month-long journey through California Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Perris Auto Speedway. For tickets to the SoCal Showdown, click here. As always, you can catch all the action live on
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ABBREVIATED RACE RESULTS FROM : The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - March 1, 2018
Feature (30 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [5][$10,000]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [2][$5,000]; 3. 5-David Gravel [12][$3,000]; 4. 21-Brian Brown [8][$2,700]; 5. 87-Aaron Reutzel [1][$2,500]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [9][$2,200]; 7. 14-Jason Meyers [3][$2,000]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart [22][$1,800]; 9. 26-Joey Saldana [7][$1,600]; 10. 2-Shane Stewart [20][$1,450]; 11. 18-Ian Madsen [16][$1,300]; 12. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [18][$1,200]; 13. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [21][$1,100]; 14. 4-Parker Price-Miller [11][$1,000]; 15. 19AZ-Hunter Schuerenberg [10][$950]; 16. 24R-Rico Abreu [17][$900]; 17. 83JR-Kyle Hirst [24][$850]; 18. 49X-Tim Shaffer [4][$750]; 19. 83-Cory Eliason [19][$725]; 20. 41-Jason Johnson [25][$]; 21. 29-Willie Croft [15][$700]; 22. 11K-Kraig Kinser [27][$]; 23. 17A-Austin McCarl [14][$700]; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen [6][$700]; 25. 9-Daryn Pittman [26][$]; 26. 2M-Kerry Madsen [13][$700]; 27. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [23][$700]
Lap Leaders: Sheldon Haudenschild 1-25, Donny Schatz 26-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+14]
 
Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 1A-Jacob Allen, 15.123; 2. 4-Parker Price-Miller, 15.24; 3. 26-Joey Saldana, 15.248; 4. 15-Donny Schatz, 15.323; 5. 57-Giovanni Scelzi, 15.402; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 15.464; 7. 49-Brad Sweet, 15.475; 8. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 15.492; 9. 24R-Rico Abreu, 15.51; 10. 83-Cory Eliason, 15.514; 11. 88N-DJ Netto, 15.593; 12. 29-Willie Croft, 15.603; 13. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 15.659; 14. 83JR-Kyle Hirst, 15.687; 15. 24-Terry McCarl, 15.732; 16. 13-Clyde Knipp, 15.775; 17. 55-Brooke Tatnell, 15.887; 18. 2B-Billy Chester, 16.031; 19. OO-Dane Lorenc, 16.403; 20. 22-Cori Andrews, 17.035; 21. 90-Randy Waitman, 17.34; 22. 45T-Trevor Baker, NT
 
Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 19AZ-Hunter Schuerenberg, 15.496; 2. 14-Jason Meyers, 15.515; 3. 21-Brian Brown, 15.518; 4. 18-Ian Madsen, 15.583; 5. 17A-Austin McCarl, 15.606; 6. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 15.641; 7. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 15.677; 8. 2-Shane Stewart, 15.695; 9. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 15.714; 10. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 15.719; 11. 9-Daryn Pittman, 15.724; 12. 5-David Gravel, 15.771; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 15.777; 14. 41-Jason Johnson, 15.798; 15. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier, 15.867; 16. 19-Brent Marks, 15.916; 17. 45-Paul McMahan, 16.053; 18. 3C-Tanner Thorson, 16.065; 19. 7S-Jason Sides, 16.07; 20. 10-Matthew Moles, 16.408; 21. 11-Max McGhee, 16.506; 22. W20-Greg Wilson, 16.619
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 738 0 3 5 5
2 17 Sheldon Haudenschild 726 -12 2 4 5
3 49 Brad Sweet 692 -46 0 3 4
4 41 Jason Johnson 672 -66 0 2 4
5 2 Shane Stewart 668 -70 0 1 4
6 5 David Gravel 658 -80 0 3 4
7 49X Tim Shaffer 630 -108 0 2 2
8 2M Kerry Madsen 628 -110 0 0 3
9 21 Brian Brown 626 -112 0 1 2
10 1S Logan Schuchart 606 -132 0 0 1
11 45 Paul McMahan 604 -134 0 1 3
12 9 Daryn Pittman 602 -136 0 0 1
13 26 Joey Saldana 594 -144 0 0 1
14 4 Parker Price-Miller 588 -150 0 0 1
15 11K Kraig Kinser 582 -156 0 0 0
16 83 Cory Eliason 568 -170 0 1 1
17 18 Ian Madsen 564 -174 0 0 0
18 19 Brent Marks 564 -174 0 0 2
19 24R Rico Abreu 550 -188 0 0 1
20 7S Jason Sides 516 -222 0 0 0

 

Sheldon Haudenschild Survives Marathon Vegas Feature for Second Win of 2018

Anthony Corini

LAS VEGAS, NV (February 28, 2017) – Sheldon Haudenschild and his new Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall racing are firing on all cylinders in 2018. Haudenschild assumed the lead after early leader Brian Brown slowed with a flat tire 10 laps in and held off veterans Donny Schatz and Tim Shaffer on numerous restarts to score the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory on Night 1 of the FVP Outlaw Showdown at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. 10th-starting Donny Schatz and 12th-starting Brad Sweet completed the podium.

FVP sponsored driver Brian Brown was vying for a perfect night after setting fast time in Flight B of Qualifying, dominating his Heat and winning the Craftsman Club Dash. Brown led the first 10 laps of the Feature before succumbing to a flat tire in turn four, bringing out the first of many cautions in the 30-lap Feature.

Haudenschild, who had closed in on Brown significantly before his tire blew, assumed the lead with Shaffer to his inside. The next four laps saw three cautions for three different drivers. By the halfway point, Haudenschild separated himself from Shaffer and 16th-starting David Gravel and worked his way into third. A lap later, Donny Schatz blasted underneath Gravel and Shaffer to secure second.

Willie Croft slowed to a stop bringing out the caution with Schatz to the inside of Haudenschild. Brent Marks spun on the ensuing restart, setting up a single-file restart. The next start Logan Schuchart hit the infield tire in turn four and Cory Eliason did the same thing on attempt number three of Lap 21. Schuchart and Eliason, who were both competing for a top-five finish, did not return.

Ian Madsen slowed with seven to go forcing an Open Red and giving Schatz one more chance to steal the win away from Sheldon. It was not meant to be as Haudenschild powered away on the restart and went on to win by 1.417 seconds.

When asked about the multitude of restarts, Haudenschild said, “It was difficult. On one hand, you are happy because you get a couple of laps with a free track, but it gets hard to jump in front of guys like Shaffer and Schatz on consecutive restarts.”

“To get a win here, where I don’t have a lot of laps is awesome,” the Wooster, OH native added. After capturing the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award last season without winning a Feature, Haudenschild has now won two of the four World of Outlaws races completed to open 2018.

Schatz, who edged in front of Haudenschild on one of the Lap 20 restarts only to have it negated by another caution, said, “That’s the way racing is,” before adding, “It was a handful out there, but the guys gave me a great car and we will settle for second tonight.”

Sweet, who quietly worked his way forward late in the race, was happy with third, “It was a marathon,” the Grass Valley, CA native said with a grin. “I got up there early and made a few mistakes. Luckily, we had a good enough car to get back up there. We’ll be back tomorrow and hopefully put on a better show.”

Shaffer and Gravel held on to complete the top five with Jason Johnson, 21st-starting Kerry Madsen, Daryn Pittman, Brent Marks and Jason Meyers completing the top ten. Despite bringing out the caution with 10 laps remaining, Brent Marks still earned KSE Hard Charger honors coming back to finish ninth.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Thursday evening for the conclusion of the FVP Outlaw Showdown. As always, you can catch all the action live on DIRTVision.com.
ABBREVIATED RACE RESULTS FROM : The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – February 28, 2018
Feature: 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [2][$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [10][$5,000]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [12][$3,000]; 4. 49X-Tim Shaffer [4][$2,700]; 5. 5-David Gravel [16][$2,500]; 6. 41-Jason Johnson [7][$2,200]; 7. 2M-Kerry Madsen [21][$2,000]; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman [9][$1,800]; 9. 19-Brent Marks [25][$900]; 10. 14-Jason Meyers [3][$1,450]; 11. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [23][$1,300]; 12. 2-Shane Stewart [15][$1,200]; 13. 26-Joey Saldana [26][$400]; 14. 21-Brian Brown [1][$1,000]; 15. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [17][$950]; 16. 18-Ian Madsen [8][$900]; 17. 4-Parker Price-Miller [13][$850]; 18. 11K-Kraig Kinser [24][$750]; 19. 17A-Austin McCarl [14][$725]; 20. 83-Cory Eliason [5][$700]; 21. 1S-Logan Schuchart [6][$700]; 22. 29-Willie Croft [18][$700]; 23. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [19][$700]; 24. 45-Paul McMahan [11][$700]; 25. 24R-Rico Abreu [20][$700]; 26. 24-Terry McCarl [22][$700]; Lap Leaders: Brian Brown 1-10, Sheldon Haudenschild 11-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 19-Brent Marks[+16]

Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 14.015; 2. 14-Jason Meyers, 14.131; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 14.134; 4. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 14.14; 5. 4-Parker Price-Miller, 14.188; 6. 2-Shane Stewart, 14.236; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman, 14.247; 8. 45-Paul McMahan, 14.286; 9. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 14.321; 10. 19AZ-Hunter Schuerenberg, 14.342; 11. 24-Terry McCarl, 14.351; 12. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 14.371; 13. OO-Dane Lorenc, 14.382; 14. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier, 14.403; 15. 57-Giovanni Scelzi, 14.409; 16. 26-Joey Saldana, 14.416; 17. 3C-Tanner Thorson, 14.479; 18. 45T-Trevor Baker, 14.526; 19. W20-Greg Wilson, 14.562; 20. 11-Max McGhee, 14.576; 21. 19-Brent Marks, 14.599; 22. 2B-Billy Chester, 15.26

Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 21-Brian Brown, 14.106; 2. 41-Jason Johnson, 14.111; 3. 18-Ian Madsen, 14.158; 4. 83-Cory Eliason, 14.198; 5. 17A-Austin McCarl, 14.207; 6. 49-Brad Sweet, 14.21; 7. 15-Donny Schatz, 14.211; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen, 14.248; 9. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 14.261; 10. 5-David Gravel, 14.267; 11. 29-Willie Croft, 14.348; 12. 24R-Rico Abreu, 14.359; 13. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 14.404; 14. 55-Brooke Tatnell, 14.407; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.469; 16. 83JR-Kyle Hirst, 14.469; 17. 7S-Jason Sides, 14.58; 18. 88N-DJ Netto, 14.68; 19. 13-Clyde Knipp, 14.7; 20. 10-Matthew Moles, 15.102; 21. 22-Cori Andrews, 15.185; 22. 90-Randy Waitman, 15.48

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 588 0 2 4 4
2 17 Sheldon Haudenschild 580 -8 2 3 4
3 41 Jason Johnson 562 -26 0 2 4
4 49 Brad Sweet 554 -34 0 3 3
5 2 Shane Stewart 538 -50 0 1 3
6 2M Kerry Madsen 526 -62 0 0 3
7 49X Tim Shaffer 516 -72 0 2 2
8 5 David Gravel 514 -74 0 2 3
9 45 Paul McMahan 514 -74 0 1 3
10 9 Daryn Pittman 500 -88 0 0 1
11 21 Brian Brown 484 -104 0 0 1
12 11K Kraig Kinser 476 -112 0 0 0
13 19 Brent Marks 474 -114 0 0 2
14 1S Logan Schuchart 472 -116 0 0 0
15 4 Parker Price-Miller 466 -122 0 0 1
16 26 Joey Saldana 462 -126 0 0 0
17 83 Cory Eliason 456 -132 0 1 1
18 18 Ian Madsen 436 -152 0 0 0
19 24R Rico Abreu 432 -156 0 0 1
20 7S Jason Sides 426 -162 0 0 0

 

 

World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Announces Official Partnership with NOS Energy Drink

Outlaws Return to Action Next Week at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

CONCORD, NC - Feb. 21, 2018 - The World of Outlaws is excited to welcome NOS® Energy Drink- as the preferred energy drink of the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series. "Our whole company is excited to be involved with the World of Outlaws," said Lauren Albano, Marketing Director for NOS® Energy. "Dirt racing has shown its strength in popularity and fan loyalty, and it's a natural fit for the NOS brand."

NOS® Energy has upheld its commitment to motorsports since its inception, with sponsorships ranging from pavement to drift to off-road. Now the well-known brand joins forces with The Greatest Show on Dirt.

"We're thrilled to have NOS as a partner with the Series," said World of Outlaws CMO Ben Geisler. "We run the most grueling schedule in motorsports with over 90 races from coast to coast every year, so our drivers, crews and fans can always use a boost."

NOS® Energy Drink contains CMPLX6 for high-performance energy and enhanced mental focus for those who want to live like a champion. And the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series drivers definitely want to live like champions. With 91 races at 53 tracks in 24 states during the 2018 season, these teams live life in the fast lane, spending more than 250 days of the year and over 30,000 highway miles on the road from race to race.

In addition to the Series sponsorship, NOS® Energy has signed on as primary sponsor of the No. 17 Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing team, with 2017 Rookie of the Year Sheldon Haudenschild at the helm. The NOS Energy team will compete full time with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series.

About NOS Energy Drink: Based in Corona, California, NOS is part of the Monster Energy Company, acquired from The Coca-Cola Company in 2015. Launched in 2005, NOS Energy Drink fuels performance by providing high performance energy and enhanced mental focus you need to stay ahead of the pack. Whether on the track, tuning a favorite car in the garage, or conquering your day, NOS delivers a kick. Rooted in auto-culture, NOS Energy Drink is a proud partner of Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Kyle Busch and Chris Forsberg. High Performance Energy. High Performance Athletes. For more information, visit drinknos.com or facebook.com/NOSEnergyDrink.

 

 

The Greatest Show on Dirt Set to Invade Texas for First Time in 2018

Outlaws will make second-ever visit to Cotton Bowl, 12th visit to LoneStar next weekend

CONCORD, NC - February 14, 2018 - After an exciting DIRTcar Nationals in Florida, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series is set to invade Texas for the first of two visits in 2018. The Outlaws will return to the Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, TX for just the second time in the Series 40-year history on Friday, February 23, 2018 before making their 12th appearance at the LoneStar Speedway on Saturday, February 24.

Now nine-time Series Champion, Donny Schatz is off to the fastest start of his illustrious career coming off four Feature wins in five starts, including a sweep of the All-Star Circuit of Champions, at Volusia Speedway Park to capture his first ever DIRTcar Nationals Big Gator Championship. In Outlaw competition, Schatz scored wins on consecutive nights to end the week and opened the season with a 14th to fourth charge on a lightning-fast surface.

The story of 2018 for the rest of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series is who will challenge Schatz this year. With arguably the strongest group of Outlaws in over a decade, Brad Sweet, coming off a runner-up finish at the DIRTcar Nationals, seems ready to go.

"We worked all week and we're still chasing the No.15," Sweet, who won the lone Outlaw appearance at Cotton Bowl back in 2016, said after DIRTcar Nationals. "He makes us better," last year's runner-up in the Series Point Standings added.

Saturday night the World of Outlaws will travel down the road to LoneStar Speedway in Kilgore, TX to the 1/3rd mile oval. The Series returned to LoneStar last year for the first time in seven years with none other than Donny Schatz dominating the event, leading all 35 laps. Will Schatz lead the way again?

Perhaps, Sheldon Haudenschild in his new ride, the Stenhouse Jr. - Marshall NOS Energy No.17, is ready to make some more noise. The 2017 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year wasted no time getting acquainted with his new ride winning the Season Opener at Volusia, his first ever Outlaw triumph, in thrilling fashion. The next two nights, Haudenschild charged from 21st to seventh and 13th to third, allowing the second-generation racer to leave Florida second in the Outlaw Point Standings, just 12 markers back of Schatz.

Jason Johnson enters the weekend third in points, 18 points back, on the strength of two top-five finishes at Volusia, including a heartbreaking runner-up finish where he led 28 of the 30 laps before Schatz stole the victory. Interestingly enough, Johnson and Haudenschild finished on the podium in 2017 at LoneStar and will look to ride that confidence into the weekend.

A stout field of entries is expected for both nights in Texas with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series. Along with the 17 teams that will follow the full Series, Indiana's Joey Saldana, Pennsylvania's Tim Shaffer, Iowa's Terry and Austin McCarl, California's Cory Eliason, Dominic and Giovanni Scelzi are among the confirmed entries for the weekend's action. Texas natives Aaron Reutzel, who moved up to 410 Sprint Cars full time in 2018, and Sam Hafertepe, Jr. will look to score a hometown victory.

Tickets for both events are available at WoOSprint.com or by clicking which track you are looking for here Cotton Bowl / LoneStar. If you cannot make it to the track, be sure to watch all the action live on DIRTVision.com as they will broadcast every race from the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series 40th Anniversary Season live to fans across the globe. The Outlaws will return to Texas on April 27, 28 for the running of the Texas Outlaw Nationals at Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, TX.

 

 

Schatz Masters Lapped Traffic to Capture Second Consecutive Win and First DIRTcar Nationals Championship

BARBERVILLE, FL – February 11, 2018 – Donny Schatz is starting 2018 firing on all cylinders, which is bad news for the rest of the competition. Schatz fought off a pesky Brian Brown early in the race and held off charges from Sheldon Haudenschild and Brad Sweet late to capture his fourth win in five nights at Volusia Speedway Park. Schatz, who has won just about everything to win in Sprint Car racing, captured his first ever DIRTcar Nationals Big Gator Championship.

Brian Brown won the Craftsman Club Dash earning the pole of the 30-lap Feature alongside Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contender Parker Price-Miller. Brown was strong leading the opening circuit before Schatz flew underneath the FVP No.21 to lead lap two.

Rico Abreu brought out the lone yellow flag of the Feature on lap six. On the ensuing restart, Brown muscled his way back by Schatz to lead laps seven and eight before Schatz overtook him once again to lead lap nine and the rest of the way, despite challenges from Haudenschild and Sweet.

“We slowed down in traffic a lot,” Schatz said in Victory Lane. “We thought we had a solid car in the Dash, but this is the time to learn,” said the driver who won four of five Features at DIRTcar Nationals. “Sometimes you win some you shouldn’t, I think we were lucky we started up front,” a humble Schatz added before being awarded his first ever Big Gator trophy.

Friday night’s Feature winner Sheldon Haudenschild worked forward from his 13th starting spot into the top three on lap 12 and moved by Brown into second on lap 16. Haudenschild, who is in his first year with the Stenhouse Jr. – Marshall Racing No.17, brought the capacity crowd to their feet as he closed in on the Tony Stewart Racing No.15 but couldn’t pull the trigger.

“Catching Donny Schatz and passing Donny Schatz are two completely different things,” Sheldon said with a smile. While Sheldon had his eyes set on the No.15, Brad Sweet powered his NAPA Racing No.49 around the cushion, eventually overtaking Sheldon in turn two with five laps remaining.

Sweet closed on Schatz, but was never able to mount a series charge and settled for second - his fourth podium in five nights. “My guys worked hard all week and we are still chasing the 15. He makes us better though and we’ll take second,” Sweet said.

Jason Johnson finished his strong week with a fourth-place finish and 15th-starting Chad Kemenah completed the top five. Haudenschild picked up KSE Hard Charger honors advancing 10 positions.

That completes the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series portion of the 47th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park. The Outlaws return to action in two weeks in Texas at the Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, TX on Friday, February 23, 2018 and then LoneStar Speedway in Kilgore, TX the following night Saturday, February 24. If you can’t make it to the track, you can catch all the action live on DIRTVision.com!

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [4][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [9][$5,500]; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [13][$3,200]; 4. 41-Jason Johnson [3][$2,800]; 5. 10H-Chad Kemenah [15][$2,500]; 6. 2-Shane Stewart [5][$2,300]; 7. 21-Brian Brown [1][$2,200]; 8. 13X-Paul McMahan [6][$2,100]; 9. 5-David Gravel [18][$2,050]; 10. 4-Parker Price-Miller [2][$2,000]; 11. 49X-Tim Shaffer [16][$1,500]; 12. 27-Greg Hodnett [8][$1,200]; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser [22][$1,100]; 14. 18-Ian Madsen [14][$1,050]; 15. 26-Joey Saldana [11][$1,000]; 16. 2M-Kerry Madsen [20][$900]; 17. 9-Daryn Pittman [25][$]; 18. 1K-Kyle Larson [10][$800]; 19. 7S-Jason Sides [17][$800]; 20. 1S-Logan Schuchart [21][$800]; 21. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [24][$800]; 22. 70-Dave Blaney [12][$800]; 23. W20-Greg Wilson [26][$]; 24. 44-Trey Starks [19][$800]; 25. 24-Rico Abreu [7][$800]; 26. 1A-Jacob Allen [23][$800]; 27. 13-Clyde Knipp [27][$] Lap Leaders Brian Brown 1, 7-8 Donny Schatz 2-6, 9-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[+10]

Qualifying: 1. 13X-Paul McMahan, 13.058; 2. 21-Brian Brown, 13.083; 3. 41-Jason Johnson, 13.198; 4. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.22; 5. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.238; 6. 4-Parker Price-Miller, 13.268; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.29; 8. 27-Greg Hodnett, 13.348; 9. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 13.349; 10. 24-Rico Abreu, 13.367; 11. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.428; 12. 70-Dave Blaney, 13.44; 13. 44-Trey Starks, 13.458; 14. 26-Joey Saldana, 13.471; 15. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.529; 16. 1K-Kyle Larson, 13.577; 17. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.598; 18. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.635; 19. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.638; 20. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.644; 21. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.648; 22. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 13.664; 23. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.681; 24. 5-David Gravel, 13.698; 25. 19-Brent Marks, 13.749; 26. OO-Dane Lorenc, 13.799; 27. 83-Cory Eliason, 13.815; 28. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.84; 29. 30-CJ Leary, 13.965; 30. W20-Greg Wilson, 14.093; 31. 13-Clyde Knipp, 14.220

 


 

2/10/18 - Volusia Speedway Park

BARBERVILLE, FL – February 10, 2018 – Clearly, Donny Schatz has a flair for the dramatic in 2018. After sweeping All-Stars competition with a pair of thrilling victories, Schatz excited the DIRTcar Nationals standing room only crowd once again Saturday night, exchanging slide jobs with Jason Johnson en route to his 250th World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature victory. Johnson settled for second with Tim Shaffer, who rebounded from a nasty crash last night, completing the podium.

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [6][$10,000]; 2. 41-Jason Johnson [1][$5,500]; 3. 49X-Tim Shaffer [2][$3,200]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [10][$2,800]; 5. 5-David Gravel [18][$2,500]; 6. 2M-Kerry Madsen [4][$2,300]; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [21][$2,200]; 8. 10H-Chad Kemenah [12][$2,100]; 9. 13X-Paul McMahan [3][$2,050]; 10. 2-Shane Stewart [8][$2,000]; 11. 26-Joey Saldana [22][$1,500]; 12. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5][$1,200]; 13. 9-Daryn Pittman [11][$1,100]; 14. 19-Brent Marks [14][$1,050]; 15. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [20][$1,000]; 16. 11K-Kraig Kinser [19][$900]; 17. 83-Cory Eliason [24][$800]; 18. 70-Dave Blaney [9][$800]; 19. 4K-Kasey Kahne [13][$800]; 20. 7S-Jason Sides [23][$800]; 21. 44-Trey Starks [17][$800]; 22. W20-Greg Wilson [25][$]; 23. 4-Parker Price-Miller [15][$800]; 24. 27-Greg Hodnett [16][$800]; 25. 13-Clyde Knipp [26][$]; 26. 21-Brian Brown [7][$800] Lap Leaders: Jason Johnson 1-28, Donny Schatz 29-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[+14]

Qualifying: 1. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.959; 2. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.037; 3. 21-Brian Brown, 13.038; 4. 13X-Paul McMahan, 13.058; 5. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 13.061; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.09; 7. 41-Jason Johnson, 13.113; 8. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.114; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.155; 10. 5-David Gravel, 13.16; 11. 4-Parker Price-Miller, 13.164; 12. 27-Greg Hodnett, 13.173; 13. 70-Dave Blaney, 13.186; 14. 19-Brent Marks, 13.188; 15. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.209; 16. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 13.223; 17. 4K-Kasey Kahne, 13.275; 18. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.278; 19. 83-Cory Eliason, 13.284; 20. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.31; 21. 44-Trey Starks, 13.31; 22. 26-Joey Saldana, 13.322; 23. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.329; 24. 7K-Cale Conley, 13.345; 25. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.363; 26. 24-Rico Abreu, 13.372; 27. OO-Dane Lorenc, 13.437; 28. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.438; 29. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.472; 30. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.474; 31. 30-CJ Leary, 13.481; 32. 17C-Caleb Helms, 13.684; 33. 13-Clyde Knipp, 13.702

Heat #1 - (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 2-Shane Stewart [1]; 2. 49X-Tim Shaffer [2]; 3. 70-Dave Blaney [4]; 4. 4K-Kasey Kahne [5]; 5. 44-Trey Starks [6]; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [7]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [3]; 8. 13-Clyde Knipp [9]; 9. W20-Greg Wilson [8]

Heat #2 - (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen [1]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [5]; 4. 19-Brent Marks [4]; 5. 5-David Gravel [3]; 6. 7S-Jason Sides [8]; 7. 26-Joey Saldana [6]; 8. 24-Rico Abreu [7]

Heat #3 - (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 21-Brian Brown [1]; 2. 41-Jason Johnson [2]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [4]; 4. 4-Parker Price-Miller [3]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [6]; 6. 83-Cory Eliason [5]; 7. 30-CJ Leary [8]; 8. OO-Dane Lorenc [7]

Heat #4 (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 2. 13X-Paul McMahan [1]; 3. 10H-Chad Kemenah [4]; 4. 27-Greg Hodnett [3]; 5. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [5]; 6. 7K-Cale Conley [6]; 7. 18-Ian Madsen [7]; 8. 17C-Caleb Helms [8]

Craftsman Club Dash (6 Laps): 1. 41-Jason Johnson [1]; 2. 49X-Tim Shaffer [2]; 3. 13X-Paul McMahan [3]; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen [6]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 7. 21-Brian Brown [8]; 8. 2-Shane Stewart [7]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - Top 4 Transfer: 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [5][-]; 2. 26-Joey Saldana [3][-]; 3. 7S-Jason Sides [10][-]; 4. 83-Cory Eliason [2][-]; 5. 18-Ian Madsen [8][$300]; 6. 24-Rico Abreu [6][$250]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [1][$225]; 8. 7K-Cale Conley [4][$200]; 9. W20-Greg Wilson [9][$200]; 10. 30-CJ Leary [11][$200]; 11. OO-Dane Lorenc [7][$200]; 12. 17C-Caleb Helms [12][$200]; 13. 13-Clyde Knipp [13][$200]

World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series

BARBERVILLE, FL - February 9, 2018 - Sheldon Haudenschild passed race-long leader Paul McMahan on a Lap 27 restart to win his first career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature in thrilling fashion at the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park. Haudenschild, in his first Outlaw start with the Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing No.17, assumed the runner-up position with three laps remaining after Ian Madsen caught the rut in turn one and landed on his side. The 2017 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year muscled his way underneath McMahan, who was nursing a flat tire, on the restart and never looked back for a popular victory in front of the standing room only crowd. McMahan held on for second with Shane Stewart completing the podium.

McMahan won the Craftsman Club Dash, earning him the pole on the opening night of the 2018 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series 40th Anniversary Season alongside Madsen. McMahan, in search of his first Outlaw win since 2015, was strong all night and led the opening lap before a Red Flag for David Gravel and Tim Shaffer halted the action. Gravel and Shaffer were both uninjured, but the accident scene took some time to clean up, providing the first Open Red of the 2018 Season.

When action resumed, McMahan continued to show the way in his new ride for 2018, the Tom Buch 13. McMahan navigated traffic masterfully and survived another restart with 11 to go as Madsen threatened to take the lead.

With three laps remaining Madsen bounced hard in the looming rut in turn one and lost the handle of the KCP Racing No.18. That was all that Sheldon Haudenschild needed. Haudenschild pounced on McMahan down the backstretch, overtook the veteran and went on to win by 1.418 seconds.

“That was the plan. I saw [McMahan] had a tire going down. I wanted to square the car up and get underneath him on the backstretch,” an elated Haudenschild said in Victory Lane. “This team works incredibly hard. I can’t thank Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall and NOS Energy enough,” Sheldon added.

Obviously disappointed, McMahan also referenced his flat tire but credited Haudenschild for driving a great race. Stewart, who failed to qualify for last night’s All-Star Feature, was pleased with his team’s rebound effort. “I’ll take a podium finish on the first night. That is way better than we have been here in the past,” Stewart said with a smile.

Donny Schatz maintained his DIRTcar Nationals points lead coming from 14th to fourth with California’s Cory Eliason coming home an impressive fifth.

A DIRTcar Nationals event high 35 cars signed into action with Logan Schuchart setting fast time with a blistering lap of 12.975. Brent Marks scored the KSE Hard Charger Award coming from 25th to finish in the top ten.

Action resumes tomorrow at the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park. As always, you can catch all the action from DIRTcar Nationals and the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series 40th Anniversary Season on DIRTVision.com.

Abbreviated Results from Volusia Speedway Park - February 9, 2018

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [6][$10,000]; 2. 13X-Paul McMahan [1][$5,500]; 3. 2-Shane Stewart [5][$3,200]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [14][$2,800]; 5. 83-Cory Eliason [10][$2,500]; 6. 24-Rico Abreu [4][$2,300]; 7. 41-Jason Johnson [18][$2,200]; 8. 2M-Kerry Madsen [12][$2,100]; 9. 27-Greg Hodnett [21][$2,050]; 10. 19-Brent Marks [25][$1,200]; 11. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3][$1,500]; 12. 9-Daryn Pittman [15][$1,200]; 13. 21-Brian Brown [11][$1,100]; 14. 49-Brad Sweet [19][$1,050]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser [17][$1,000]; 16. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [24][$900]; 17. 4-Parker Price-Miller [7][$800]; 18. 7S-Jason Sides [23][$800]; 19. 7K-Cale Conley [16][$800]; 20. W20-Greg Wilson [26][$]; 21. 4K-Kasey Kahne [13][$800]; 22. 18-Ian Madsen [2][$800]; 23. 70-Dave Blaney [20][$800]; 24. 5-David Gravel [8][$800]; 25. 49X-Tim Shaffer [9][$800]; 26. 1A-Jacob Allen [22][$800] Lap Leaders: Paul McMahan 1-28, Sheldon Haudenschild 29-30 KSE Hard Charger Award: 19-Brent Marks[+15]

Qualifying: 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.975; 2. 83-Cory Eliason, 12.98; 3. 21-Brian Brown, 12.993; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.041; 5. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.054; 6. 4-Parker Price-Miller, 13.059; 7. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.069; 8. 13X-Paul McMahan, 13.072; 9. 4K-Kasey Kahne, 13.075; 10. 27-Greg Hodnett, 13.163; 11. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.166; 12. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.183; 13. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 13.241; 14. 5-David Gravel, 13.271; 15. 24-Rico Abreu, 13.276; 16. 7K-Cale Conley, 13.285; 17. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.312; 18. 41-Jason Johnson, 13.317; 19. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.319; 20. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.362; 21. 30-CJ Leary, 13.382; 22. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.417; 23. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.449; 24. 70-Dave Blaney, 13.472; 25. 19-Brent Marks, 13.522; 26. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 13.523; 27. 26-Joey Saldana, 13.602; 28. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.603; 29. 48-Danny Dietrich, 13.645; 30. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.665; 31. 44-Trey Starks, 13.673; 32. OO-Dane Lorenc, 13.71; 33. 17C-Caleb Helms, 13.837; 34. 13-Clyde Knipp, 13.858; 35. 40-George Hobaugh, 14.249 Craftsman Button

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World of Outlaws to Make Debut on Bridgeport's New 3/8-Mile Track in 2018

May 22 will be Outlaws lone visit to New Jersey this season

CONCORD, NC - February 6, 2018 - For the first time in over two decades, the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series will return to Bridgeport Speedway in Bridgeport, New Jersey, however this time with a twist. The Series will make its first start on Bridgeport's newly constructed 3/8-mile track on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

Bridgeport Speedway is a world-class dirt track facility that features three dirt track configurations. The most commonly used is the spacious 5/8-mile that features Big-Block Modifieds on a weekly basis. Additionally, Bridgeport features a 1/4-mile track and the aforementioned 3/8, which the Outlaws will tackle during their first East Coast swing of 2018.

"Being in New Jersey, we know that we are in Big-Block Modified country and our big track is perfect for Big-Block [Modified] racing. But, we wanted to open the door for new opportunities in the dirt track world, and our new 3/8 configuration allows that," said Bridgeport Speedway Director of Marketing Kolby Ramey.

The 3/8 track is brand new in 2018 and is currently undergoing testing to ensure the racing surface is in top shape for events in the new year. "What better way to break in this track than with The Greatest Show on Dirt. In the first year of operation, we have the best in the business coming, and we know the Outlaws will put on a great show," Ramey added.

Bridgeport Speedway is quickly climbing up the echelon of elite dirt track facilities and will be the only stop for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series in New Jersey in 2018. The Outlaws visit to Bridgeport comes just six days after the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds tackle the big 5/8-mile track on Wednesday, May 16.

This will be the eighth time The Greatest Show on Dirt has visited Bridgeport with the previous seven taking place on the 5/8 configuration. Remarkably, Sammy Swindell has won five of those World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series races held at Bridgeport, including the first race in 1982 and the most recent visit in 2003. As with most East Coast races, a strong regional car count is expected with invaders from New York and the Pennsylvania Posse joining the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series regulars.

Tickets for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series return to Bridgeport Speedway will be released to the public on March 6. Stay tuned to WoOSprint.com as well as World of Outlaws social media channels for further information.

 

Every World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Race to Have Live Video Coverage in 2018

40th Anniversary Season kicks off February 9th at Volusia Speedway Park

CONCORD, NC - January 31, 2018 - It is with great excitement that the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series announces that all 88 events will feature live streaming video to the public in 2018. DIRTVision.com, which has provided live audio of every World of Outlaws race since 2005, in addition to live streaming select events, will expand its offering in 2018 to include all World of Outlaws-sanctioned Sprint Car events not previously streamed.

DIRTVision pioneered live dirt track video streaming in 2004 with the ultimate goal of streaming content on a nightly basis. Now, 14 years later, that goal will become a reality. Current World of Outlaws Director of Broadcast Brian Dunlap was involved in the initial broadcast and has spearheaded the latest advancement. "When DIRTVision originally launched, live video streaming was almost unheard of," said Dunlap. "We have continued to push the envelope of new technologies with this goal in mind. It's great to have the opportunity to bring DIRTVision full circle and provide fans the ability to watch The Greatest Show on Dirt every night live from coast to coast."

"This is a monumental step for dirt track racing and the World of Outlaws. Having every race broadcast live will provide increased exposure and, in turn, more marketing opportunities for our drivers, teams, tracks and Series," said World of Outlaws Chief Executive Officer Brian Carter.

Fans aren't the only ones thrilled about the live video; NASCAR star and current World of Outlaws team owner Kyle Larson expressed his gratitude to DIRTVision and will be a frequent viewer.

"This is really exciting news! As a car owner who would love to be at the track every night but can't, this will really help me follow along and help out from a distance when I can. I see a lot more cookouts at the bus happening on NASCAR weekends now," Larson said with a sizable smile.

DIRTVision will kick off the 2018 season at DIRTcar Nationals with live video coverage of the 12 consecutive nights of racing at Volusia Speedway Park. Sprint Car fans can purchase the entire first week (Sprint week) at DIRTVision.com for $79.99. Further information about subscription packages will be available soon. Be sure to keep up with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series (@WorldofOutlaws) and DIRTVision (@dirtvision) on all social media channels for up to the minute news.

 

 

Volusia Speedway Park to Celebrate 50 years of Racing

Weekly competition kicks off March 17th.

BARBERVILLE, FL - Jan. 25, 2018 - While DIRTcar Nationals participants and spectators will be the first to enjoy the renovations to Volusia Speedway Park, weekly racers will continue to reap the rewards all year long as the Speedway re-opens for the 2018 season.

The 50th season of weekly racing will begin on Saturday, March 17 and will continue well into November on Saturday nights.

For two days; Sunday, March 11 and Monday, March 12 a special event with the AMA Flat Track Motorcycles will compete on the half-mile clay track and Tuesday, March 13 at the Volusia Speedway Park's fifth-mile dirt oval located adjust to the half-mile speedway.

The 2018 management team will be stronger with the addition of Florida businessman and entrepreneur Tom Whipple as the new promoter. Whipple has an extensive background in racing, competing recently with his son Michael at Volusia Speedway and all the Florida dirt tracks in several different racing divisions as well as competing in ARCA, SCCA and APBA events.

"I am looking forward to helping build on the success John Allen had last year" said Tom Whipple, "I have a long history and a fond attachment to the facility and am humbled and proud to be a part of celebrating the 50 years of history and creating new memories and traditions."

Back for a second straight year to host weekly racing is partner John Allen. Allen, no stranger to Volusia Speedway Park, got his start at eight years old when he helped pit for local teams. A successful businessman in his own right and longtime Florida resident operates a plumbing business. Aside from running his plumbing business, Allen contributed to the facility as a track sponsor.

"I'm excited to have Tom Whipple join me on this venture," Volusia Speedway Park lease co-holder, John Allen. "Tom will be more involved on the day-to-day of the financial side of the business and will allow me to focus more on the general maintenance and assist with the promotion of the track."

When Allen was asked what some of the biggest challenges of running the dirt track was in his first year he said: "there were some big hurdles last year, for example being on top of the rules and learning the business of running a race track - this was new for me it wasn't like running a plumbing business, but it was definitely an experience."

Whipple and Allen plan to continue to put a lot of time and effort into the facility but will continue to step up with big paying events for all the divisions, "we will continue to have some of the big shows, like the $5,000-to win Street Stock event, the 23rd annual Powell Memorial featuring a $5,000-to win Late Model event. Back after a one-year break is the Benny Corbin Memorial race that will pay $5,000-to win for the V8 Thunderstocks. Volusia Speedway Park's founder Benny Corbin's son, Kent continues to help out and is very special to us - so having this event is big a deal."

The major improvements made around the facility will not only benefit the major events that Volusia Speedway Parks host, such as DIRTcar Nationals but the weekly racer and fan that attend on any given Saturday Night.

The biggest event in DIRTcar racing kicks off the 2018 season as the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series, All Star Circuit of Champions, Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds, DIRTcar Late Models and DIRTcar UMP Modifieds take on the world's fastest half-mile at Volusia Speedway Park. Start 2018 with Florida in February! For tickets, click or call 844-DIRT-TIX or visit DIRTcarNationals.com.

For more information on Volusia Speedway Park and the weekly racing program, visit www.VSPRacing.com

 

 

Volusia Speedway Park Gets a $300,000 Safety Upgrade for DIRTcar Nationals

BABERVILLE, FL - Jan. 23, 2018 - In honor of Volusia Speedway Park's 50th anniversary, the World's Fastest Half-Mile has received a major facelift over the winter months. When DIRTcar Nationals kicks off in two weeks, on February 6, racers and fans alike will benefit from over $300,000 of upgrades geared toward keeping them safe at the premier dirt racing facility in the country.

The bulk of the work done at Volusia Speedway Park went into securing the track's perimeter with over 1200 feet of new catch fence, concrete retaining wall and guardrail.

Immediately following last year's DIRTcar Nationals - in light of the unprecedented incidents that involved a pair of Sprint Cars clearing the existing catch fence in the pit area - speedway officials began exploring enhancements to provide a higher level of protection for both drivers and spectators.

"We have never before seen what we saw last year at the speedway," said DIRTcar Racing President Tom Deery. "Everyone agreed that it required action, and we've certainly delivered. We're excited to kick off the new season with the highest level of protection we have ever provided."

The renovation project began with replacing 850 feet of guardrail from turn 1 to turn 2 with a new 46-inch high concrete retaining wall at the track's edge. Built into the concrete wall sits a 17-foot catch fence with a two-foot kick out along the top. The new fence is comprised of two-by-four welded steel fence mesh and backed by a one-inch hex mesh with an additional half-inch square mesh along the bottom 30 inches. The entire fence is reinforced with steel cables running horizontally across the fence in 24- to 30-inch intervals.

Continuing the project into turns 3 and 4, a length of 386 feet of steel guardrail has been replaced or rebuilt. New posts have been embedded every six feet for added support. Atop the 60-inch guardrail (consisting of five 12-inch steel bands) sits another 12-foot catch fence.

In addition to the measures taken to increase safety, visitors will notice new signage throughout the facility. A retro look and feel celebrates 50 years of racing at the Barberville, FL racetrack, while helping race fans and competitors better navigate the area.

The biggest event in DIRTcar racing kicks off the 2018 season as the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series, All Star Circuit of Champions, Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds, DIRTcar Late Models and DIRTcar UMP Modifieds take on the world's fastest half-mile at Volusia Speedway Park. Start 2018 with Florida in February! For tickets, click or call 844-DIRT-TIX or visit DIRTcarNationals.com

For more information on Volusia Speedway Park and the weekly racing program, visit www.VSPRacing.com

 

 

The Greatest Show on Dirt Will Invade Airborne Park Speedway for the First Time on July 25

CONCORD, NC - Jan. 13, 2018 - With great excitement the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series announces that The Greatest Show on Dirt will make its inaugural visit to Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY on Wednesday, July 25, 2018.

Airborne Park Speedway is a half-mile premier dirt track facility that has converted from asphalt to dirt racing multiple times throughout its 64 years of existence. The most recent transformation came before the start of the 2017 season, which ended 26 consecutive years of Airborne as a pavement track.

"Airborne has gone back and forth between asphalt and dirt since its inception in 1954. It's always been about what product is hot, and recently that has been dirt track racing," Airborne Media Director Robby Knowles said.

Last year, Airborne hosted the Empire Super Sprints (ESS) and will do so again in 2018, a month before the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series takes center stage at the half-mile track on July 25.

"The Outlaws are the biggest product dirt racing has to offer, and we are looking forward to exciting our existing fans and expanding the fan base of Airborne Park Speedway, especially the Canadian market," Knowles added.

Airborne Park Speedway is less than 50 miles from the Canadian border - just an hour from Montreal - and a strong Canadian contingency of fans and drivers are expected to make the tow for the Outlaws debut at the historic facility. The World of Outlaws will conclude the Empire State swing with weekend races at Ransomville and Weedsport, offering the area's dirt racing heroes three races in five nights to compete against The Greatest Show on Dirt.

"In the track's 64-year history, I can't think of an event that trumps this in magnitude. We are looking forward to the biggest event in Airborne Park Speedway history," Knowles said in anticipation of this summer's visit by the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series.

Tickets for the Outlaws' inaugural visit to Airborne are set to go on sale on Monday, January 29. Stay tuned to the World of Outlaws social channels for further information.

 

 

Eyes on the Prize; Contenders for the Big Gator

It's that time of the year, folks. DIRTcar Nationals officially kicks off the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series' 40th Anniversary Season on February 6-17 with 12 consecutive action-packed nights at the World's Fastest Half-Mile, Volusia Speedway Park. Sandwiched between the Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions (ASCoC), DIRTcar UMP Modifieds and Late Models, the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series and the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds, sit three events for the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars.

Entering 2018, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series appears stronger than ever and is headlined once again by the Big 5. Donny Schatz, Brad Sweet, David Gravel, Daryn Pittman and Shane Stewart have separated themselves from the rest of competition as racing's elite. The quintet has earned a combined 112 World of Outlaws wins in the past two years. Although it's no guarantee these teams will enter All-Star competition, all five did so last year and are expected to compete and subsequently be frontrunners for the Big Gator.

Let's take a closer look at the favorites for the DIRTcar Nationals Championship.

Donny Schatz - Winner of three of the five Features in 2017, including one from 17th position, anytime the word contender is brought up, Schatz is the favorite. The now nine-time Series Champion is the man to beat. Mediocre qualifying and heat race efforts prevented the Fargo, ND native from capturing the Big Gator in 2017, but expect Ricky Warner and the Tony Stewart Racing No.15 to be ready to go the moment the trailer unloads.

David Gravel - Despite battling motor woes throughout the week, the Watertown, CT driver scored the prestigious trophy piece in 2017 on the strength of consistency. The DIRTcar Nationals title jumpstarted Gravel's career year, concluding with 18 Outlaw wins on the season. With no changes to the team, expect the CJB Motorsports No.5 to be in contention for the Big Gator and the Series Championship at season's end.

Brad Sweet - The retirement of longtime KKR Crew Chief Kale Kahne provides some cause for concern a year after the Grass Valley, CA-native finished second in the Series points standings on the strength of 56 top-five finishes. Eric Prutzman is expected to turn the wrenches on the Kasey Kahne Racing No.49 in 2018, and the duo will look to hit the ground running at Volusia.

Shane Stewart - Rebranding to Kyle Larson Racing in 2018, the team returns with Lee Stauffer as crew chief and championship aspirations. Paul Silva is overseeing this team, and everything he has touched in dirt racing has ended up winning. Who knows, perhaps Stewart will have a teammate in Volusia?

Daryn Pittman - Three wins and 28 top-fives may not seem like an off year for many, but it certainly was for the 2013 Series Champion. A strong conclusion to 2017 has Pittman and company rejuvenated heading into the New Year. A new sponsor and paint scheme will be the perfect motivation for Pittman to get 2018 started off right.

Chad Kemenah - The now six-time Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions (ASCoC) Champion headlines the Series once again and will be a model of consistency all week. The Hunter Racing No. 10H is one of the fastest cars in the country and will be ready to defend its All-Star title and represent the Series at Volusia.

New Kids on the Block:

Neither Ian Madsen, 32, nor Aaron Reutzel, 27, are exactly kids, but they will both be rookies for their respective Series. Madsen joins the World of Outlaws following a dominant season in the Midwest topped off with the 2017 Knoxville Raceway Championship, and Reutzel gives the All-Stars some much needed firepower. Reutzel, the 2015 American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) National Champion, has shifted his focus to 410 racing in 2018, and with good reason. Reutzel was impressive on Sprint Car racing's biggest stage - the Knoxville Nationals - coming from 19th to seventh in the 50-lap finale. Madsen and Reutzel will be looking to start their respective rookie seasons off in style at DIRTcar Nationals.

X-Factors:

You never know who will show up at Volusia. Last year, Kyle Larson was able to compete once and thrilled the crowd coming from 15th to second. The other four nights Christopher Bell occupied the ride and had a strong weekend highlighted by a podium finish. Larson has hinted that he may be making an appearance at DIRTcar Nationals in 2018 once again. Kasey Kahne and Tony Stewart will both be in attendance throughout the weekend, but will they be behind the wheel? If any of our NASCAR friends compete, they are more than capable of stealing a race or two.


The wait is nearly over. It's almost February, and it's almost time for Florida. See how these storylines play out by getting your tickets today or follow along on social media on social media platforms at: (@WorldofOutlaws, @WoOLateModels, @DIRTcarNats).

 

 

 

50 Strong Years

Through countless transformations, Volusia Speedway Park has remained at the heart of racing

CONCORD, NC - Jan. 5, 2018 - When race fans make their annual visit to Central Florida in early February to kick off another race season, at first glance they may notice a new look to the storied facility which is home to the 47th annual DIRTcar Nationals, but that isn't out of the ordinary at a speedway that has undergone numerous transformations throughout its 50 years of existence. One thing that won't change are the 12 straight nights of racing action and the comradery that comes with it from February 6-17 at Volusia Speedway Park.

When the gates swing open at Volusia Speedway Park for DIRTcar Nationals on the first Tuesday in February, the 2018 racing season will officially begin, and the World's Fastest Half Mile will pop the top on the tracks 50th year of racing.

"There are not many marquee events that you can count on," said retired NASCAR driver and dirt racing enthusiast Kenny Wallace. "You've got Eldora, Knoxville, World Finals - but DIRTcar Nationals is one-, two-week marquee event that you can count on. You know it's going to be there every year."

In fact, original track owner Benny Corbin had two stipulations when he sold Volusia Speedway Park in 1982: that he be allowed to maintain it and that the marquee events, including DIRTcar Nationals, would continue to run; and so it has been.

Corbin, a Korean War veteran, first found refuge in motorsports as a racer, driving Sprint Cars and Midgets in Indiana. Corbin and his son Kent, however, left their deepest impression on the racing industry in Florida. In 1968 Corbin struck a deal on a property in Barberville, FL that housed a sandy quarter-mile course on which old jalopies raced. Seeing the greater potential of the property, Corbin created Barberville Raceway, starting the long journey to Volusia Speedway Park's current prestige.

During Corbin's tenure as owner from 1968 to 1982, the facility underwent multiple transformations, including a major change when the track was expanded to its current half-mile size.

Dirt racing on the fast, half-mile track ceased from 1989 to 1997 when the track was turned into a paved half-mile. But Corbin, true to his dirt roots, created a 3/8-mile dirt oval (now a go-kart track) on the adjacent property. From 1989 to 1992 Volusia Speedway Park predominantly hosted NASCAR-sanctioned races - sometimes combining asphalt and dirt racing in the same weekend.

It was during that time that a NASCAR star was born. A 27-year-old driver from St. Louis, MO named Kenny Wallace finally broke out and won his first NASCAR race at Volusia Speedway Park (then Volusia Country Speedway) after 70 races and two years of trying.

"It was my biggest win, and probably still is my biggest win of my career," said Wallace. "That was my first NASCAR win ever. It took me 70 races - two years to win. It was just the biggest win of my life."

After taking up more dirt racing as a hobby starting in 2005, it didn't take Wallace long to make history at Volusia again. As he entered Victory Lane at the 2007 DIRTcar Nationals, Wallace became the only driver to win on both asphalt and dirt at Volusia Speedway Park.

"I have people ask me all the time what's my favorite dirt track, and I honestly tell them it's Volusia," said Wallace. "They ask why, and I tell them it's the very first race track on dirt that I can race seven nights a week on. I learned to race dirt at Volusia because I raced seven nights a week."

Reminiscing about the old days at Volusia Speedway Park, Wallace recalls many of the characteristics of the ever-changing facility. "Back in 1991 it had about the same amount of grandstands. It was a really great crowd. But what I remember most was that it was on national TV. In 1991 we were racing at Volusia Speedway, and you could be in California and turn it on TV and the race was on your TV. To me that what was big; all my friends all around the United States were watching me win that race on TV."

Although the 47th annual DIRTcar Nationals may not air on traditional television this year, race fans all across the world will be tuned into the DIRTVision live stream.

"For me it's the start of race season. I understand that not everyone can go [to Volusia], but for the people that cannot go, they're watching on DIRTVision.com. But they cannot stand it. They'll start watching on Tuesday, February 6, and by February 8 they cannot take it anymore; they're in their cars, and they're heading to Florida for the weekend. The DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park signifies the green flag for dirt racing. This is it; it's the start of the season, and it gives me goosebumps to return to Volusia."

The return to Volusia doesn't just start the racing season for Wallace and the hundreds of other racers that converge on the small Florida track; it renews countless friendships, including one in particular for Wallace.

"I have a very good friend, Kent Corbin (Benny's son). He's the parts man at Volusia Speedway Park weekly. We all know the rule that you can't have a trailer taller than nine feet so that the fans can see the backstretch. Kent lends me his trailer, and we put my racecar and some of my equipment in there so I can stay in the infield and watch all the racing that goes on."

Through the countless transformations and passionate efforts to sustain racing at a small local short track located just 20 miles from the World Center of Racing, Daytona International Speedway, Kent Corbin continues to play a part in the rich 50-year history of Volusia Speedway Park, where he was born and raised, and which he still calls home.
The racing season officially kicks off with 12 straight nights of racing featuring the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series and Late Model Series, the Super DIRTcar Series, DIRTcar Late Models and UMP Modifieds, and the All-Star Circuit of Champions from Feb. 6-17, 2018 at Volusia Speedway Park.

To learn more about Volusia Speedway Park, visit VSPRacing.com. For more information or tickets to DIRTcar Nationals, visit DIRTcarNationals.com

 

 

 

2018 Schedule Features New Tracks, Traditional Dates and Special Events as The Greatest Show on Dirt Celebrates 40th Anniversary
 
CONCORD, NC - Nov. 17, 2017 - It is with great excitement that the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series releases its 2018 schedule. The beast that Ted Johnson brought to life back in 1978 has officially reached 40 years of existence. Heading into a new decade, The Greatest Show on Dirt has become the premier dirt track series in the world and appears to be stronger than ever.
 
A total of ninety-one dates will fill the 2018 Series schedule, including 23 multi-day events with 48 race nights. The series will visit 53 tracks in 24 states over nearly 30,000 highway miles.
 
The 2018 season will commence in Florida in February (#FLinFEB), with the much-anticipated and highly-revered DIRTcar Nationals, Feb. 6-17 at Volusia Speedway Park and conclude with the blockbuster Textron Off Road World Finals in Charlotte, Nov. 1-3; but the meat of the schedule is as action-packed as ever.
                                                                                          
Following DIRTcar Nationals, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series heads West to compete in the annual spring tour through California, but first The Greatest Show on Dirt will stop in Texas with visits to Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige and LoneStar Speedway in Kilgore on Feb. 23 and 24. The FVP Outlaw Showdown moves to Wednesday, Feb. 28 and Thursday, March 1 at Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway. The California swing will include two-day weekends at Tulare and Stockton, a midweek visit to Placerville, and the return after a year to Ocean Speedway on Friday, March 23 and Bakersfield Speedway, Saturday, March 24.
 
This year's must-see event as the Series celebrates its inception, will be the Texas Outlaw Nationals. The official two-day birthday party at Devil's Bowl Speedway, Friday and Saturday, April 27-28, in Mesquite, Texas - on the very site where the Series ran its first race - will culminate with a $20,000-to-win payday.
 
Another highly anticipated show this season will be the Series' inaugural visit to the Fairbury American Legion Speedway on Wednesday, May 30. The ¼-mile track is a fan favorite and has played host to one of dirt Late Model racing's most prestigious events, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Prairie Dirt Classic.
 
The World of Outlaws will also make a few celebrated returns to tracks they haven't been to in quite some time. After a long absence, the Series returns to Lake Ozark (MO) Speedway on Saturday, April 28; Farley (IA) Speedway on Friday, June 22; and Terre Haute (IN) Action Track on Saturday, October 13.
 
The staples of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will return to the 2018 slate, including the Month of Money, highlighted by the $50,000-to-win Kings Royal at the famous Eldora Speedway and concluding with the World of Outlaws-co-sanctioned $150,000-to-win Knoxville Nationals.
 
One additional visit to Eldora Speedway is slated in 2018, for the new #LastCallforThemAll show on Sunday, Oct. 14.
 
With last season's Ironman 55 rained out at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, one driver could win $40,000 at the 2018 event, with $20,000-to-win features on both Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4.
 
Two more major events, the Jackson Nationals and the Williams Grove National Open, will see their purse increased significantly in 2018. The 40th running of the Jackson Nationals at the Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minnesota will pay a hefty $40,000 to win and $3,000 to start. The 56th running of the Williams Grove National Open will pay a smooth $56,000 to the winner, with $1000 to start, making it the second richest event on the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series schedule behind the Knoxville Nationals.
 
Additionally, fan favorites Ohsweken Speedway in Ontario, Canada and Port Royal Speedway in Pennsylvania have been awarded two-day World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series shows.
 
The lucrative 2018 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series schedule will crown a champion at the season's most anticipated event, the World of Outlaws World Finals on Nov. 1-3 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway - the only event on the planet featuring the sport's three premier series: the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series, and the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds.
 
Tickets are on sale now for the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park. Stay tuned to our website, Facebook, and Twitter for more information and tickets for other events.

 

 

 

Ian Madsen Going Full-Time Outlaw Racing in 2018

2017 Knoxville Track Champion Excited to Join The Greatest Show on Dirt

CONCORD, NC - November 11, 2017 - It is with great excitement that the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series announces that Australian Ian Madsen will join the Series full-time in 2018. Madsen, the 2017 Knoxville Raceway Track Champion, scored his second career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory during the running of the 39th Annual AGCO Jackson Nationals at the Jackson Motorplex in Minnesota in June of this year.

"We've been gearing up to go full-time Outlaw racing the past few years," the 32-year old Australian said. It's true. In 2017, the KCP Racing No.18 raced 90 times with Madsen able to secure 11 victories throughout the season. "We've been committed to Knoxville on Saturday's the past few years, but outside of that we've run everywhere. Running with the Outlaws will give us more structure," Madsen added.

Madsen was a familiar face with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series in 2017, scoring 21 top-ten finishes. Most recently, Madsen competed with The Greatest Show on Dirt at the Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway and came home with a second-place finish on Night 2.

Madsen is accomplished in his native land Down Under as well, scoring a preliminary night win at the Grand Annual Sprint Car Classic this season and following that up with a second-place finish in the Australian Title Finale, an event that saw over 100 cars compete.

In 16 Features at Knoxville Raceway this season, Madsen was in the top-ten all 16 times and added 12 top-five finishes, nine podiums and five wins en route to the track championship. On sprint car's biggest stage, the 5-Hour ENERGY Knoxville Nationals, Madsen was strong all weekend, finishing inside in the top-ten of the 50-lap finale.

Madsen, crew chief Kyle Ripper and the KCP team have worked seamlessly together, becoming one of the most potent teams in the country. But Madsen knows next year will be different, "We don't have any result orientated goals. We will do the best we can and perform to the best of our ability."

"If you want to be the best, you've got to race with the best," Madsen simply stated for the main reasoning behind joining the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series as a platinum member.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series is pleased to welcome Ian Madsen and the entire KCP Racing team to the Series full-time in 2018 and for many years in the future.


 

The Greatest Show on Dirt Set to Return to Terre Haute Action Track in 2018

Outlaws second visit to The Action Track since 2006

CONCORD, NC - November 9, 2017 - For just the second time in 12 years, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will return to the Terre Haute Action Track in 2018. The date is scheduled for Saturday, October 13, 2018. The UMP Modifieds will be the support class for the evening.

The slightly banked ½ mile track located in Indiana most recently hosted The Greatest Show on Dirt in 2014, an event that saw 33 cars sign in for competition with nine-time Series Champion, Donny Schatz taking the victory.

"We have had a couple of great years since the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series has visited. It has been a multiple groove track surface with great crowds and we are excited to have the World of Outlaws back in at The Action Track," said Adam Mackey, the Terre Haute Action Track General Manager.

Prior to 2014, the 'Outlaws' most recent visit to The Action Track was 2006. "The Outlaws are known worldwide, not just nationwide. We anticipate a lot of fans from multiple hours away coming to see the wicked fast Winged Sprint Cars at a track they haven't seen them at," Mackey added.

The aforementioned Schatz is the only active World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series regular that owns a victory at the Terre Haute Action Track, which holds roughly seven special events annually. Will Schatz add to his legacy in 2018 or will there be a new face in the Terre Haute Action Track Victory Lane?

Stay tuned to woosprint.com and www.TerreHauteActionTrack.net for ticket release information for next October's event.

 

CBS Sports Network to Broadcast Eight World of Outlaws Events During Offseason

4 Sprint Car / 4 Late Model Events Sunday's 9pm EST; Starting November 12

CONCORD, NC - November 7, 2017 - Just days after the conclusion of the Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte and subsequently the conclusion of both the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car and Late Model Series seasons, the World of Outlaws are excited to announce that eight races will appear on CBS Sports Network starting November 12, 2017 through New Year's Eve.

"We are extremely excited to continue our partnership with CBS Sports Network. The opportunity to have our races broadcasted to a National audience is a great conclusion for our season and to get everyone ready to go for 2018," said DIRTCar CEO, Brian Carter.

CBS Sports Network will have eight, one-hour programs covering four World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series races and four World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series races that will be aired. All events will be aired at 9pm EST with the exception of the December 31 airing that will have the Sprint Cars on at the normally scheduled time, followed by the Late Models at 10pm.

Below is the full broadcast schedule:

Sunday, November 12 - 9pm EST - World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series - Knight Before the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway

Sunday, November 26 - 9pm EST - World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series - The Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway

Sunday, December 3 - 9pm EST - World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series - USA Nationals at Cedar Lake Speedway

Sunday, December 10 - 9pm EST - World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series - USA Nationals Finale at Cedar Lake Speedway

Sunday, December 17 - 9pm EST - World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars Series - Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals

Sunday, December 24 - 9pm EST - World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series - Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals

Sunday, December 31 - 9pm EST - World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars Series - Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals Finale

Sunday, December 31 - 10pm EST - World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series - Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals Finale

 

 

 

Gravel Thrills Sellout World Finals Crowd with Last Lap Pass of Schatz
 

 
Schatz wins the war; Crowned 9-time Series Champion

 
Charlotte, NC - November 4, 2017 - David Gravel couldn't clear Donny Schatz with seven to go, but would not be denied, scoring the victory in a thriller with a last-lap pass of Schatz. It was Gravel and CJB Motorsports 18th World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series win of the season, doubling their total from last season. Schatz and Brian Brown completed the podium on the final night of the Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
 
Ryan Smith led the opening lap of the 30-lap Feature, before Brian Brown took control on lap two with a slide job. Brad Sweet brought out the first of a handful of cautions on lap two, as he faced backwards in turn two.
 
Schatz worked by Smith for second on the ensuing restart before another caution on lap four halted competition. Schatz was strong on the restart once again, this time sliding Brown for the top spot to lead lap five.
 
Lap five saw a scary incident in turn two with Jason Johnson, Shane Stewart, Greg Hodnett, Sheldon and Jac Haudenschild creating a pileup and bringing out an #OpenRed with 25 to go. All drivers were okay.
 
On the restart, Brown kept pace with Schatz as the duo reached traffic before the final caution of the event flew; this time for Kraig Kinser with 14 laps to go. Gravel pounced on the restart, with a big slider on Brown to claim second as he begun to chase down Schatz with 10 laps remaining.
 
With seven to go, Gravel and Schatz exchanged sliders with the latter maintaining the advantage at the line. With five to go, Gravel pounded the cushion to try and get one more shot at the Series Champion. He got his shot and he took advantage of it. The Watertown, Connecticut driver brought the sold-out Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals crowd to their feet with a thrilling last-lap pass to score the victory.
 
 "That was a blast. I hope this crowd enjoyed it," an elated Gravel said in Victory Lane. "Barry Jackson, Derek and Zach give me an awesome car every night. It's been a badass year," Gravel, who will return to CJB Motorsports in 2018, added.
 
While Gravel may have won the battle, Schatz won the war - again. "It's been a great year. This race team is phenomenal. We are top three seemingly every night and the car does not drop out of races," Schatz said after the race. After being awarded the Championship hardware for the ninth time in his career and asked about how long he can enjoy this title he said, "You enjoy it. But as long as you're an active race car driver, you continue to put it in the back of your mind."
 
Brian Brown completed the podium and put it simply, "We got beat by two of the best drivers in the world."
 
Kerry Madsen, a five-time World of Outlaws winner this season, finished fourth with 2017 IRA Champion, Bill Balog completing the top five.
 
Logan Schuchart started 22nd and made it to sixth to earn KSE Hard Charger honors. Daryn Pittman, Cole Duncan, Brent Marks and Smith completed the top ten.
 
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Banquet is Sunday, November 5 and puts the bowtie on the end of what was a fantastic 2017 season. The offseason is much needed but soon enough, it will be time to go racing once again in Florida. Stay tuned to all World of Outlaws social media channels for breaking news on 2018 drivers, the schedule and much more.  

 
Abbreviated Results from The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway - November 4, 2017
 
Feature (30 Laps): 1. 5-David Gravel [5][$12,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$5,500]; 3. 21-Brian Brown [1][$3,200]; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen [7][$2,800]; 5. 17B-Bill Balog [6][$2,500]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [22][$2,300]; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman [4][$2,200]; 8. 12N-Cole Duncan [9][$2,100]; 9. 19-Brent Marks [14][$2,050]; 10. 59-Ryan Smith [2][$2,000]; 11. 49-Brad Sweet [17][$1,500]; 12. 44-Trey Starks [12][$1,200]; 13. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [21][$1,100]; 14. 2-Shane Stewart [19][$1,050]; 15. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [23][$1,000]; 16. W20-Greg Wilson [28][$]; 17. 7S-Jason Sides [26][$]; 18. 19P-Paige Polyak [15][$1,000]; 19. 13M-Paul McMahan [8][$1,000]; 20. 18-Ian Madsen [11][$1,000]; 21. 4-Parker Price-Miller [27][$]; 22. 11K-Kraig Kinser [25][$]; 23. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [16][$1,000]; 24. 71-Joey Saldana [10][$1,000]; 25. 41-Jason Johnson [18][$1,000]; 26. 27-Greg Hodnett [13][$1,000]; 27. 71M-Dave Blaney [24][$1,000]; 28. 17-Jac Haudenschild [20][$1,000]; Lap Leaders: Ryan Smith 1, Brian Brown 2-4, Donny Schatz 5-29, David Gravel 30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+16]
 
Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 12.647; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.687; 3. 5-David Gravel, 12.695; 4. 12N-Cole Duncan, 12.703; 5. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.742; 6. 21-Brian Brown, 12.744; 7. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.746; 8. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 12.759; 9. W20-Greg Wilson, 12.762; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.768; 11. 19P-Paige Polyak, 12.772; 12. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.782; 13. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.793; 14. 7K-Cale Conley, 12.808; 15. 4-Parker Price-Miller, 12.812; 16. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 12.814; 17. 27-Greg Hodnett, 12.826; 18. 17X-Josh Baughman, 12.872; 19. 13D-Danny Dietrich, 12.875; 20. 14-Tony Stewart, 12.919; 21. 39-Spencer Bayston, 12.94; 22. 3G-Carson Macedo, 12.968; 23. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 13.054; 24. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 13.101; 25. 5B-Justin Barger, 13.445; 26. 12W-Troy Fraker, 14.063

 
Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 44-Trey Starks, 12.606; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman, 12.649; 3. 17B-Bill Balog, 12.687; 4. 13M-Paul McMahan, 12.694; 5. 71-Joey Saldana, 12.729; 6. 59-Ryan Smith, 12.774; 7. 17-Jac Haudenschild, 12.79; 8. 3-Sammy Swindell, 12.823; 9. 41-Jason Johnson, 12.828; 10. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 12.846; 11. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.861; 12. 71M-Dave Blaney, 12.871; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.909; 14. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.912; 15. 7J-Chad Kemenah, 12.918; 16. 19-Brent Marks, 12.926; 17. 24-Terry McCarl, 13.016; 18. 13-Clyde Knipp, 13.024; 19. OO-Dane Lorenc, 13.028; 20. 49K-Scott Kreutter, 13.045; 21. 17C-Caleb Helms, 13.066; 22. 7KX-Dan Shetler, 13.326; 23. 27G-Jay Galloway, 13.418; 24. 91-Sadie Siegel, 14.165; 25. 47-Eric Riggins, 15.482; 26. 14X-Coleman Gulick, 13.279; 27. 822-John Price, NT

 

 
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
11410
0
20
66
74
2
49
Brad Sweet
11200
-210
5
56
72
3
5
David Gravel
11082
-328
18
43
68
4
9
Daryn Pittman
10718
-692
3
28
56
5
2
Shane Stewart
10702
-708
8
30
56
6
41
Jason Johnson
10496
-914
4
27
51
7
93
Sheldon Haudenschild
10118
-1292
0
12
41
8
11k
Kraig Kinser
9946
-1464
1
7
28
9
1S
Logan Schuchart
9854
-1556
4
11
32
10
19
Brent Marks
9744
-1666
0
1
23
11
7S
Jason Sides
9742
-1668
0
8
23
12
W20
Greg Wilson
9170
-2240
0
6
19
13
13M
Paul McMahan
8348
-3062
0
3
18
14
1A
Jacob Allen
8216
-3194
0
0
3
15
13
Clyde Knipp
7788
-3622
0
0
1
16
18
Ian Madsen
5780
-5630
1
6
21
17
71
Joey Saldana
5432
-5978
0
6
13
18
17
Jac Haudenschild
5104
-6306
0
2
12
19
4
Parker Price-Miller
4516
-6894
1
1
4
20
21
Brian Brown
4370
-7040
2
13
18

 

 

 

Schatz Reaches 20-Win Plateau for Fifth Straight Year with Win at Textron Off Road World Finals
 

 
Ian Madsen and Dave Blaney complete podium in stacked 53-car field

 
CHARLOTTE, NC - November 3, 2017 - No matter who is in the pits, it's tough to bet against Donny Schatz. That proved true on Night Two of the Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway, as Schatz bested a stout field of 53 cars from across the world to win his 20th World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature of 2017. Ian Madsen and 10th-starting Dave Blaney completed the podium.
 
The 2017 IRA Champion, Bill Balog, grabbed the early lead from fellow front row starter, Ian Madsen. Balog, a one-time World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Winner in his career, led the first nine laps of the Feature before extremely heavy lapped traffic slowed his torrid pace. Balog was stalked by the Madsen Brothers in the early going, but it was Donny Schatz that made a three-wide pass for the lead down the backstretch to lead lap 10.

 
As Balog went high to navigate the lapped cars, Schatz made a jaw-dropping move. The, now nine-time, Series Champion glued his car to the bottom to work by Balog, Kerry Madsen and the lapped car of Parker Price-Miller off of turn two for the lead.

 
Lap 11 saw a pair of World of Outlaws young guns, Sheldon Haudenschild and David Gravel, succumb to flat right rear tires. Gravel was running third at the time of the misfortune.

 
The ensuing restart saw Ian Madsen maneuver his way back into the runner-up position. The Australian actually closed significantly on Schatz for the lead, coming as close as a car-length back of the Tony Stewart Racing No. 15.

 
With six laps remaining, Daryn Pittman's top five run came to an end due to a flat tire. This set up a double-file restart with Ian to the outside of Schatz. Schatz got a brilliant restart and paced the field comfortably the final six circuits to score the victory.

 
The first thing Schatz mentioned in Victory Lane was the outstanding World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Feature that was held beforehand. "That [Feature] was pretty cool to watch. It got me motivated to get it done as well," Schatz, who is doing double-duty this weekend, said.

 
"My team has worked awful hard lately. We've been stuck on 19 wins for a long time, so it was great to finally reach 20. It sucks the season is over, because we are rolling right now," Schatz added. Tonight's win marked the fifth consecutive season that Schatz has won at least 20 Features.

 
Ian Madsen, the 2017 Knoxville Raceway Track Champion, finished second with 1995 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Champion, Dave Blaney coming from 10th to complete the podium.

 
"It's pretty cool to be able to run up front with these guys. I thought we had a shot for the lead a couple of times. It was a lot of fun out there," Madsen said. Schatz echoed Madsen's statement about the track conditions, "I thought the track would rubber up, but it really cleaned off and made it a lot of fun as a driver."

 
Blaney cited restarts being a focal point to his success on the evening. "The car really took off on the starts and restarts. Going forward in the Heat Races is very important with this format," the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Member said.

 
Kerry Madsen and Joey Saldana completed the top five. Balog, 20th-starting Logan Schuchart, Jason Johnson, 25th-starting Brad Sweet and Tim Shaffer completed the top ten. Sweet's effort was good enough to earn KSE Hard Charger Honors.

 
The 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series concludes tomorrow with the finale of the Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. If you can't make it to the track, be sure to tune in to DIRTVision.com for LIVE VIDEO of all the action!
Abbreviated Results from The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway - November 3, 2017
 
Feature (30 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$12,000]; 2. 18-Ian Madsen [1][$5,500]; 3. 71M-Dave Blaney [10][$3,200]; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen [4][$2,800]; 5. 71-Joey Saldana [5][$2,500]; 6. 17B-Bill Balog [2][$2,300]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart [20][$2,200]; 8. 41-Jason Johnson [12][$2,100]; 9. 49-Brad Sweet [25][$1,050]; 10. 49X-Tim Shaffer [9][$2,000]; 11. 13M-Paul McMahan [11][$1,500]; 12. 21-Brian Brown [19][$1,200]; 13. 12N-Cole Duncan [23][$1,100]; 14. 2-Shane Stewart [15][$1,050]; 15. 7S-Jason Sides [28][$]; 16. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [26][$]; 17. 5-David Gravel [7][$1,000]; 18. 3-Sammy Swindell [16][$1,000]; 19. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [6][$1,000]; 20. 17-Jac Haudenschild [29][$]; 21. 14-Tony Stewart [18][$1,000]; 22. 9-Daryn Pittman [8][$1,000]; 23. 44-Trey Starks [13][$1,000]; 24. 11K-Kraig Kinser [24][$1,000]; 25. 24-Terry McCarl [14][$1,000]; 26. 19-Brent Marks [27][$]; 27. 59-Ryan Smith [22][$1,000]; 28. 4-Parker Price-Miller [30][$]; 29. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [21][$1,000]; 30. W20-Greg Wilson [17][$1,000]; Lap Leaders: Bill Balog 1-9, Donny Schatz 10-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 49-Brad Sweet[+16]

 
Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 5-David Gravel, 12.53; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.584; 3. 71-Joey Saldana, 12.592; 4. 44-Trey Starks, 12.597; 5. 13M-Paul McMahan, 12.605; 6. W20-Greg Wilson, 12.663; 7. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 12.681; 8. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.681; 9. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.694; 10. 19P-Paige Polyak, 12.707; 11. 21-Brian Brown, 12.714; 12. 59-Ryan Smith, 12.72; 13. 12N-Cole Duncan, 12.767; 14. 17-Jac Haudenschild, 12.768; 15. 39-Spencer Bayston, 12.812; 16. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.841; 17. 19-Brent Marks, 12.874; 18. 27-Greg Hodnett, 12.881; 19. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.889; 20. 49K-Scott Kreutter, 12.923; 21. 3G-Carson Macedo, 12.927; 22. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 13.053; 23. 5B-Justin Barger, 13.175; 24. 7KX-Dan Shetler, 13.176; 25. OO-Dane Lorenc, 13.619; 26. 27G-Jay Galloway, 13.707

 
Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 9-Daryn Pittman, 12.551; 2. 71M-Dave Blaney, 12.558; 3. 17B-Bill Balog, 12.646; 4. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 12.649; 5. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 12.67; 6. 41-Jason Johnson, 12.671; 7. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 12.696; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.728; 9. 13D-Danny Dietrich, 12.752; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.774; 11. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.789; 12. 14-Tony Stewart, 12.826; 13. 7K-Cale Conley, 12.856; 14. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.867; 15. 7J-Chad Kemenah, 12.87; 16. 24-Terry McCarl, 12.873; 17. 17X-Josh Baughman, 12.89; 18. 13-Clyde Knipp, 12.946; 19. 4-Parker Price-Miller, 12.977; 20. 3-Sammy Swindell, 12.978; 21. 17C-Caleb Helms, 12.984; 22. 14X-Coleman Gulick, 13.081; 23. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 13.115; 24. 47-Eric Riggins, 13.366; 25. 12W-Troy Fraker, 13.717; 26. 91-Sadie Siegel, 13.914; 27. 822-John Price, NT

 

 
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
11264
0
20
65
73
2
49
Brad Sweet
11072
-192
5
56
72
3
5
David Gravel
10932
-332
17
42
67
4
9
Daryn Pittman
10582
-682
3
28
55
5
2
Shane Stewart
10580
-684
8
30
56
6
41
Jason Johnson
10394
-870
4
27
51
7
93
Sheldon Haudenschild
10014
-1250
0
12
41
8
11k
Kraig Kinser
9840
-1424
1
7
28
9
1S
Logan Schuchart
9716
-1548
4
11
31
10
7S
Jason Sides
9626
-1638
0
8
23
11
19
Brent Marks
9612
-1652
0
1
22
12
W20
Greg Wilson
9052
-2212
0
6
19
13
13M
Paul McMahan
8236
-3028
0
3
18
14
1A
Jacob Allen
8126
-3138
0
0
3
15
13
Clyde Knipp
7698
-3566
0
0
1
16
18
Ian Madsen
5670
-5594
1
6
21
17
71
Joey Saldana
5330
-5934
0
6
13
18
17
Jac Haudenschild
5002
-6262
0
2
12
19
4
Parker Price-Miller
4408
-6856
1
1
4
20
21
Brian Brown
4226
-7038
2
12
17

 


 


Gravel, Starks Claim Top Qualifying Honors on Opening Night of World Finals; Schatz Clinches 2017 Title

Racing action for WoO Sprint Cars and Late Models begins tomorrow

CHARLOTTE, NC - November 2, 2017 - David Gravel and Trey Starks topped Friday and Saturday Qualifying, respectively, but it was Donny Schatz stealing the show on the opening night of the Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Schatz clinched his ninth World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Championship by taking the Green Flag in Hot Laps.

In true The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway fashion, the track surface held its condition throughout the evening. David Gravel set fast-time for Friday's program with a lap of 12.530, over two hours and thousands of laps later, Trey Starks set fast-time for Saturday's program with a lap of 12.606; a true accolade to The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway track preparation crew. Additionally, Starks was the second to last car, out of the 52 sprint cars signed in, to take time for Saturday's program.

"It's really nice to see the track didn't change with all the laps put on it. As a driver, especially when you don't draw well, that's all you can ask for. The track being equal for everyone is a big key when you have a big car count," Starks, who was fourth quick in Friday's program, said following his Saturday fast-time effort.

"Fast time is obviously how you want to start any night. Hopefully we can park this CJB Motorsports on the frontstretch a couple of times this weekend," Gravel, who was also third quick in Saturday's program, said.

Daryn Pittman had a strong evening, setting fast time in Flight B for Friday's program as well as going second quick for Saturday's program. 2018 IRA Champion, Bill Balog cashed in with a pair of third place Qualifying runs.

Additionally, Joey Saldana, Kerry Madsen and Paul McMahan all set themselves up nicely with front row Heat Race positions for both nights. McMahan is making his first starts of the season in the Tom Buch owned No.13.

As for Donny Schatz, all the North Dakota native needed to do was take the Green in hot laps to clinch his ninth Series Championship. Schatz did more than just that, securing second quick for both programs this weekend. Schatz will seek his 20th win of the season this weekend at the Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Racing action for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series begins at the Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals tomorrow evening. You can catch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com; don't miss a second of the action.

 

DIRTcar Nationals Just Got Bigger

Now five nights of Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block action and four nights of World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models - Feb 6-17, 2018 at Volusia Speedway Park

CONCORD, NC - Oct. 25, 2017 - The 2018 racing calendar just got more exciting...what better way to start a new season than with 12 nights of racing in Florida in February. Major changes to the event program highlight the new and exciting schedule for the 47th annual DIRTcar Nationals as the racing season kicks off Feb. 6 through 17, 2018.

New to the 2017 DIRTcar National schedule is added nights for the premier dirt racing series in the Northeast, the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds and the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series where Every Night is a Shootout. The DIRTcar UMP Modified all feature night featuring Triple-20's has been moved up earlier in the week to Friday, Feb. 9. The All Star Circuit of Champions kick off five straight nights of Sprint Car action on Feb. 7th and 8th, while the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will be in action from Friday, Feb. 9 to Sunday, Feb. 11. The 12-nights of racing at Volusia Speedway Park will conclude with five days of action for the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds and four nights for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models on Saturday, Feb. 17.

Over the course of the 12 action-packed nights, drivers in their respective divisions will be competing for one the most sought-after trophies in racing, the Big Gator. This past winter Nick Hoffman in the Modifieds, David Gravel in the Sprint Cars, Brett Hearn in the Big-Block Modifieds, and Shane Clanton in the Late Models all wrangled the competition to take home the Big Gator prize to kick off the racing season.

The historic DIRTcar Nationals is the most accessible motorsports event in Florida in February. Every ticket to DIRTcar Nationals is a hot pass, so fans can get up close and personal to all the action - and to their favorite drivers.

Volusia Speedway Park, located in Barberville, Florida, is a half-mile, high-banked, clay oval, known as the World's Fastest Half Mile. The track opened as a quarter-mile oval in 1968 and then expanded to a three-eighths-mile in 1969, and then once again expanded to a half-mile in 1972. The clay oval was paved in 1989 and was then converted back to dirt in 1997 and has been dirt ever since.

To see the full schedule breakdown, visit DIRTcarNationals.com. Tickets for DIRTcar Nationals start at just $20 and are on sale now by calling 844-DIRT-TIX (347-8849), or by visiting www.DIRTcarNationals.com. Follow DIRTcar Nationals on Twitter.

 

 

Outlaw Boot Hill Showdown at Dodge City Raceway Park Cancelled

CONCORD, NC - Oct. 24,2017 - The arrival of Winter and the frigid northern cold blast has prompted an early cancellation of this weekend's World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Outlaw Boot Hill Showdown at Dodge City Raceway Park.

"The Outlaw Boot Hill Showdown is traditionally an outstanding event that everyone looks forward to attending, however, in the best interest of the fans and racers that we have decided to cancel this weekend's event at Dodge City Raceway Park," said Series Director Carlton Reimers.

Track and Series officials are working together to determine a 2018 date for the Outlaw Boot Hill Showdown at Dodge City Raceway Park. Stay tuned to the World of Outlaws website and social media for future announcements of the Outlaw Boot Hill Showdown 2018 date.

All advanced tickets purchases will be honored at the 2018 date when announced. Ticket holders may request a refund by mailing their ticket stub back to World Racing Group office 7575 W Winds Blvd NW D, Concord, NC 28027 for a refund; refunds will not be issued at the track.

Dodge City Raceway Park has concluded the 2017 season.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series heads to The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the final weekend of the 2017 season. The most prestigious dirt racing event in the country, the Textron Off Road World Finals returns Nov. 2-4 for three days of heart-pounding, clay-slinging action on the lightning-fast, four-tenths mile oval. The Textron Off Road World Finals brings together the top series in the sport - the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series and the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds - for a full weekend of racing, culminating in the crowning of all three series champions. For more information on Textron Off Road World Finals visit www.worldofoutlawsworldfinals.com

If you can't make it to the track, DIRTVision.com has you covered with LIVE DIRTVision MAX video coverage of all the action from the three division of the World of Outlaw World Finals.

 

 

Kerry Madsen Wins Outstanding Salina Highbanks Feature

 
Donny Schatz and Brad Sweet complete podium in thrilling Feature

 
SALINA, OK. - October 21, 2017 - Kerry Madsen had over an eight second lead last night at Lakeside Speedway before spinning in heavy lapped traffic. Tonight, the 'Mad Man' made sure he parked his GoMuddy.com No.2M where it belonged - on the frontstretch. In thrilling fashion, Madsen went from third to the lead in half a lap and went on to win his fifth World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature of the season. Donny Schatz and Brad Sweet completed the podium at the Salina Highbanks Speedway.
 
With severe weather looming in the area, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series was in a race against Mother Nature all night. David Gravel won the Craftsman Club Dash, but blew up coming to the checkered. Gravel and his CJB Motorsports No.5 scrambled to swap motors before the Feature and did so successfully.
 
Gravel edged fellow front row starter Brad Sweet down the backstretch on the opening lap. Sweet went for the lead with a slide job into turn three and made contact with Gravel at the exit of turn four, ending the CJB No.5's evening.
 
"We were racing for inches at 130MPH and neither of us gave an inch," Gravel said post-race in regard to the incident. "There just wasn't enough room."
 
Sweet survived the incident unscathed and led the field back to Green. Sweet pounded the cushion through lapped traffic as Kerry Madsen and Shane Stewart waged war for second.
 
At the halfway point, Sweet was in heavy lapped traffic and Stewart had wrestled second from Madsen. Sweet split two lapped cars on lap 19 and had a straightaway of clear track ahead of him.
 
By this point, the Salina Highbanks crowd was on their feet and with good reason as there were cars all over the racing surface throwing slide jobs in every corner.
 
On lap 24, Kerry Madsen used a big run down the backstretch to get back by Stewart for second and then threw a huge slider on Sweet to take the lead down the frontstretch. Sweet tried to return the favor as Donny Schatz stuck himself in the mix as well. A blanket could have been thrown over the top four, as they battled for the race lead.
 
Race action was halted on lap 28 when RJ Johnson took a vicious crash into the frontstretch guardrail. Johnson was uninjured in the incident and walked away under his own power.
 
The Red Flag allowed fans and drivers alike to catch their breath and set up a single-file restart with two to go.
 
Madsen powered away on the restart and went on to score the victory. "We gave one away last night," the Australian said. "I'm glad I was able to put this car where it belongs. It is an absolute joy to drive every night."
 
"Salina is always exciting and I thought that was pretty exciting. I hope the fans did as well," Madsen added.
 
Schatz settled for second with Sweet completing the podium. "It's tough with a single-file restart with two to go, you almost are just hoping to hang on for second," Schatz said. "We'll come back and try and pick up a pair of wins next weekend."
 
Sweet led the first 23 laps and was understandably a little disappointed. "I was surprised I hit him. I was expecting him to turn back underneath me," he said in reference to the lap one incident with Gravel. "I'll have to go back and watch it."
 
Shane Stewart and Jason Johnson completed the top five.
 
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to action next weekend at the Dodge City Raceway Park before wrapping up the 2017 season at the Textron Offroad World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Abbreviated Results from Salina Highbanks Speeway - October 21, 2017:
 
Feature (30 Laps): 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen [2][$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [5][$5,500]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [1][$3,200]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [4][$2,800]; 5. 41-Jason Johnson [3][$2,500]; 6. 18-Ian Madsen [9][$2,300]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart [6][$2,200]; 8. 19-Brent Marks [7][$2,100]; 9. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [8][$2,050]; 10. 9-Daryn Pittman [13][$2,000]; 11. 99-Brady Bacon [11][$1,500]; 12. 7S-Jason Sides [12][$1,200]; 13. W20-Greg Wilson [16][$1,100]; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser [19][$1,050]; 15. 4-Parker Price-Miller [15][$1,000]; 16. 13-Clyde Knipp [18][$900]; 17. 17B-Ryan Bickett [20][$800]; 18. 71A-R.J. Johnson [14][$800]; 19. 17-Jac Haudenschild [10][$800]; 20. 1P-Curtis Evans [21][$800]; 21. 1A-Jacob Allen [17][$800]; 22. 5-David Gravel [22][$800]; 23. 3-Sammy Swindell [23][$800] Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1-22, Kerry Madsen 23-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 11K-Kraig Kinser[+5]
 
Qualifying: 1. 2-Shane Stewart, 11.754; 2. 17-Jac Haudenschild, 11.766; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 11.768; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 11.794; 5. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.811; 6. 5-David Gravel, 11.821; 7. 41-Jason Johnson, 11.84; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman, 11.862; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.876; 10. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.879; 11. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.887; 12. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.894; 13. 18-Ian Madsen, 11.924; 14. 19-Brent Marks, 11.971; 15. 3-Sammy Swindell, 12.018; 16. 4-Parker Price-Miller, 12.033; 17. W20-Greg Wilson, 12.153; 18. 99-Brady Bacon, 12.154; 19. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.188; 20. 13-Clyde Knipp, 12.277; 21. 71A-R.J. Johnson, 12.367; 22. 17B-Ryan Bickett, 12.389; 23. 1P-Curtis Evans, 12.731

 
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
11114
0
19
64
72
2
49
Brad Sweet
10940
-174
5
56
71
3
5
David Gravel
10816
-298
17
42
67
4
9
Daryn Pittman
10476
-638
3
28
55
5
2
Shane Stewart
10458
-656
8
30
56
6
41
Jason Johnson
10260
-854
4
27
50
7
93
Sheldon Haudenschild
9896
-1218
0
12
41
8
11k
Kraig Kinser
9738
-1376
1
7
28
9
1S
Logan Schuchart
9580
-1534
4
11
30
10
19
Brent Marks
9510
-1604
0
1
22
11
7S
Jason Sides
9506
-1608
0
8
23
12
W20
Greg Wilson
8950
-2164
0
6
19
13
4
Paul McMahan
8108
-3006
0
3
18
14
1A
Jacob Allen
8036
-3078
0
0
3
15
13
Clyde Knipp
7608
-3506
0
0
1
16
18
Ian Madsen
5524
-5590
1
5
20
17
71
Joey Saldana
5190
-5924
0
5
12
18
17
Jac Haudenschild
4892
-6222
0
2
12
19
4
Parker Price-Miller
4306
-6808
1
1
4
20
21
Brian Brown
4100
-7014
2
12
17

 
 Full Results from Salina Highbanks Speedway can be found on the World of Outlaws website.

 

 

Brian Brown Thrills Hometown Crowd with Outlaws Win at Lakeside

 
Sheldon Haudenschild and 12th-starting Donny Schatz completed the podium; Salina on deck

 
KANSAS CITY, KS - October 20, 2017 - Brian Brown led the first seven laps before Kerry Madsen took command on the eighth circuit. Brown inherited the lead with 10 to go after Madsen got spun around in lapped traffic. 'BlackJack' went on to score a popular hometown win in the FVP Platinum Battery Shootout at the Lakeside Speedway. Sheldon Haudenschild and 12th starting Donny Schatz completed the podium.
 
Brown, who is sponsored by FVP, passed Brent Marks in his Heat Race to score the victory and came from third to win the Craftsman Club Dash to earn the pole of the FVP Platinum Battery Shootout.
 
Brown survived multiple slide job attempts from both Jac and Sheldon Haudenschild to maintain the early lead as he reached traffic on lap six. By lap eight, Kerry Madsen had worked his way forward from his fifth starting position, surpassed both Haudenschild's and swooped underneath Brown for the lead.
 
Madsen, who has four World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series wins to his credit this season, clearly established himself as the car to beat once he took command. While Madsen stretched his lead, complete mayhem took place behind him with drivers utilizing all the real estate Lakeside Speedway had to offer. Sheldon Haudenschild and Brown continued their battle for the runner-up position, exchanging the spot multiple times.
 
Madsen was well on his way to scoring his fifth Outlaw win of the season before disaster struck on lap 20. Madsen got turned around in turn three and ended up with a flat right rear tire. At the time of the accident, Madsen had seven lapped cars and over 8.5 seconds in between himself and the rest of the field.
 
The see-saw battle between Sheldon and Brown saw the latter assume the lead on lap 20. On the ensuing restart, Schatz and Sheldon waged war for the runner-up position allowing Brown to extend his lead. Brown wouldn't relinquish the lead twice on one night as he was masterful in lapped traffic the last few laps en route to the popular victory.
 
"My guys did a phenomenal job. These Outlaw races are so tough to win. You can feel the pressure in lapped traffic," a jubilant Brown said in Victory Lane.
 
"I've won with the Outlaws in Arizona and North Carolina so I've never really been able to celebrate. To do it here, with all the FVP guys in attendance - we'll celebrate with a few beers tonight," the Grain Valley, Missouri native said to a big ovation from the crowd.
 
Sheldon, who remains the leading contender for Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, settled for second once again as he continues to knock on the door of his first career win with the Series. Schatz, Jason Johnson and Kerry Madsen, with a remarkable comeback completed the top five.
 
Madsen restarted 14th with ten laps to go and showed the same speed he had while leading, sliding his way forward back to fifth at the finish line.
 
After the race, Madsen was in good spirits, "Obviously it's a huge disappointment when you have a car that good, but that's racing. We'll try again next time."
 
Sheldon cited the great racing between he and Brown, although most of it was when they were battling for second. "We had some really good racing going on back there. I threw a couple of good sliders in the middle of the race but could never make it stick," Sheldon said. He then added with a smile, "The track was absolutely perfect."
 
Shane Stewart, David Gravel, Brad Sweet, Daryn Pittman and 21st-starting Logan Schuchart, who earned KSE Hard Charger honors, completed the top ten.
 
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series is in action Saturday night, October 21, at the Salina Highbanks Speedway in Salina, Oklahoma. If you can't make it to the track, DIRTVision.com will have live video coverage of The Greatest Show on Dirt from the high banks of Salina. For more information on Saturday's event at the Salina Highbanks, click here

 

 
Abbreviated Results from Lakeside Speedway - October 20, 2017:
 
Feature: (30 Laps) 1. 21-Brian Brown [1][$10,000]; 2. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [4][$5,500]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [12][$3,200]; 4. 41-Jason Johnson [6][$2,800]; 5. 2M-Kerry Madsen [5][$2,500]; 6. 2-Shane Stewart [2][$2,300]; 7. 5-David Gravel [11][$2,200]; 8. 49-Brad Sweet [9][$2,100]; 9. 9-Daryn Pittman [7][$2,050]; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart [21][$2,000]; 11. 18-Ian Madsen [17][$1,500]; 12. 19-Brent Marks [8][$1,200]; 13. 99-Brady Bacon [13][$1,100]; 14. 17-Jac Haudenschild [3][$1,050]; 15. 7S-Jason Sides [16][$1,000]; 16. 11K-Kraig Kinser [15][$900]; 17. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg [22][$800]; 18. 82-Dusty Zomer [10][$800]; 19. 4-Parker Price-Miller [23][$800]; 20. W20-Greg Wilson [25][$]; 21. 55-Brooke Tatnell [18][$800]; 22. 3-Sammy Swindell [19][$800]; 23. 14-Tony Stewart [14][$800]; 24. 12-Lynton Jeffrey [20][$800]; 25. 1A-Jacob Allen [24][$800]; 26. 13-Clyde Knipp [26][$]: Lap Leaders: Brian Brown 1-7, 21-30; Kerry Madsen 8-20KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+11]
 
Qualifying: 1. 41-Jason Johnson, 13.966; 2. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 14.07; 3. 21-Brian Brown, 14.147; 4. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 14.164; 5. 2-Shane Stewart, 14.172; 6. 17-Jac Haudenschild, 14.208; 7. 19-Brent Marks, 14.231; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman, 14.285; 9. 49-Brad Sweet, 14.289; 10. 82-Dusty Zomer, 14.324; 11. 5-David Gravel, 14.33; 12. 15-Donny Schatz, 14.389; 13. 99-Brady Bacon, 14.458; 14. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 14.47; 15. 3-Sammy Swindell, 14.501; 16. 12-Lynton Jeffrey, 14.504; 17. 18-Ian Madsen, 14.505; 18. 14-Tony Stewart, 14.515; 19. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.542; 20. 1A-Jacob Allen, 14.573; 21. 13-Clyde Knipp, 14.601; 22. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 14.607; 23. 4-Parker Price-Miller, 14.648; 24. 7S-Jason Sides, 14.657; 25. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg, 14.67; 26. 65-Jordon Goldesberry, 14.855; 27. W20-Greg Wilson, 14.891; 28. 71A-R.J. Johnson, 14.914; 29. 17B-Ryan Bickett, 15.018; 30. 55-Brooke Tatnell, 15.039; 31. 13X-Taylor Walton, 15.548; 32. 51B-Joe Miller, 15.585; 33. 90-Riley Kreisel, 15.769; 34. 11W-Wyatt Burks, 15.84; 35. 27-Danny Thoman, 16.989; 36. 1P-Curtis Evans, NT

 

 

 
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
10968
0
19
63
71
2
49
Brad Sweet
10796
-172
5
55
70
3
5
David Gravel
10710
-258
17
42
67
4
9
Daryn Pittman
10346
-622
3
28
54
5
2
Shane Stewart
10316
-652
8
29
55
6
41
Jason Johnson
10120
-848
4
26
49
7
93
Sheldon Haudenschild
9764
-1204
0
12
40
8
11k
Kraig Kinser
9616
-1352
1
7
28
9
1S
Logan Schuchart
9444
-1524
4
11
29
10
7S
Jason Sides
9380
-1588
0
8
23
11
19
Brent Marks
9376
-1592
0
1
21
12
W20
Greg Wilson
8826
-2142
0
6
19
13
4
Paul McMahan
8108
-2860
0
3
18
14
1A
Jacob Allen
7928
-3040
0
0
3
15
13
Clyde Knipp
7490
-3478
0
0
1
16
18
Ian Madsen
5386
-5582
1
5
19
17
71
Joey Saldana
5190
-5778
0
5
12
18
17
Jac Haudenschild
4780
-6188
0
2
12
19
4
Parker Price-Miller
4186
-6782
1
1
4
20
21
Brian Brown
4100
-6868
2
12
17


 


 

 

 

iRacing's Next Dirt Track Chosen by Fans

Kokomo Speedway Wins Online Vote to Be Added to Racing Service

Bedford, MA- October 20, 2017- The World of Outlaws and iRacing.com hosted an online vote to determine the next dirt track to be added to the online racing service. Fans could choose from six well known venues including: Kokomo Speedway, Fairbury American Legion Speedway, Lernerville Speedway, Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, Weedsport Speedway and Cedar Lake Speedway. Ultimately Kokomo Speedway edged out Fairbury by just 118 votes.

iRacing has already laser scanned the track so it will go into production immediately with an expected release date in 2018.

"We are very appreciative of our fans voting us to be the next dirt track added to iRacing", said Kokomo Speedway president Reece O'Connor. "Being available to race in iRacing will give existing fans a new way to experience our track as well as introduce legions of new fans to Kokomo. Personally I can't wait to race Kokomo online!"

It is not all bad news for the other five tracks as all of them will be built and added to iRacing over time.

"It was fun to get dirt track fans involved in the decision process - it's the first time we have done anything like this and based on everything we heard it was very well received", said Steve Myers, executive vice-president and executive producer, iRacing.com. "Ultimately we will build all six tracks but it is great to have the input from the community as to what they want next."

iRacing released dirt oval racing earlier this year to its online racing platform and currently offers five dirt tracks - Eldora, Williams Grove, Volusia, Lanier and USA Speedway with Knoxville slated to be released in December. Limaland Motorsports Park, The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway and one additional track are also already in production and slated for early 2018 releases. iRacing members can race a wide range of dirt cars on these tracks including dirt street stocks, World of Outlaw Sprint cars and Late Models, USAC sprint cars and NASCAR Camping World Trucks.

Dirt racing has quickly become a favorite with the over 65,000 iRacing members who also race NASCAR, IndyCar, sports cars, grand prix cars and more.

To learn more about iRacing and to take advantage of special offers go here: http://www.iracing.com/

 

 

 

Tim Shaffer Goes Flag-to-Flag at Ransomville 

 
Brad Sweet and Shane Stewart complete podium in Series first visit in 20 years to Ransomville

 
RANSOMVILLE, New York - October 16, 2017 - The 'Steel City Outlaw' Tim Shaffer led flag-to-flag in the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series first visit to the Ransomville Speedway in 20 years. Shaffer fell off the narrow frontstretch in lapped traffic with two to go, but was able to corral his No. 49X and pilot it to his second World of Outlaws Feature win of the year. Brad Sweet and Shane Stewart completed the podium at 'The Big R Outlaw Shootout' presented by Budweiser.
 
The Craftsman Club Dash inversion was zero lining Shaffer on the pole of the Dash, which he would win to earn the pole of the 30-lap Feature.
 
Shaffer reached lapped traffic quickly and was nearly taken out by a spinning Dane Lorenc on lap eight. "I have no idea how we missed the 00," was the first thing Shaffer mentioned after the race.
 
Sheldon Haudenschild brought out the only other caution on lap ten, as he was battling inside the top ten before a broken front axle sidelined the No.93.
 
Shaffer was untouchable in open air and had a commanding lead with ten to go with Brad Sweet and David Gravel waiting for lapped traffic to make their move in on the 'Steel City Outlaw'. With three to go, Shaffer had to slow his pace significantly with a hoard of lapped cars battling for position in front him. Shaffer actually slipped off the frontstretch into the small moat with three to go, allowing Sweet and Gravel to close in. Shaffer recovered quickly and went to claim the win .581 seconds in front of Sweet.
 
"I thought I was in trouble when I slid off, but here we are," the Aliquippa, Pennsylvania native said. Quite possibly the most remarkable feat of the victory was it was just Tim and his crew chief, Cody Jacobs, tonight at Ransomville. "Hats off to Cody, he gave me a great race car that was a lot of fun to drive," Shaffer said sincerely in Victory Lane.
 
It was Shaffer's second World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series win in the past month as he scored a victory at Eldora in late September. Shaffer hinted that he and his Demyan-Rudzik Racing No.49X may head West with the Series to Kansas next week.
 
Sweet settled for second "My one shot was when Tim went off the edge. I'd like to do that lap over again," the Grass Valley, California native cited. "It's nice to be on the podium, we'll keep pushing to get some wins," Sweet added.
 
David Gravel blew a tire running third, coming to the checkered, allowing Shane Stewart to inherit the final podium spot. "Lately, I've been the one blowing tires," Stewart said with a smile as he expressed his condolences to Gravel. "I'm thankful to be here, we'll settle for third and move forward," Stewart added.
 
Donny Schatz finished fourth with Gravel limping the CJB Motorsports No.5 to the finish to complete the top five.
 
Schatz set fast time over the 32-car field in qualifying at a 12.629 easily establishing a new Ransomville Track Record. The previous track record was 14.360 set by Mark Kinser back in 1997.
 
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series schedule is winding down, as the Series makes one final trek West to compete at the Lakeside Speedway Friday October 20 and the Salina Highbanks Speedway the following night. After that, The Greatest Show on Dirt has two dates at the Dodge City Raceway Park on October 27-28 before heading to The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the World of Outlaws World Finals on November 2-4. 

 
ABBREVIATED RESULTS: Ransomville Speedway - October 16, 2017

 
Feature (30 laps): 1. 49X-Tim Shaffer [2][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [1][$5,500]; 3. 2-Shane Stewart [3][$3,200]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [5][$2,800]; 5. 5-David Gravel [4][$2,500]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [6][$2,300]; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman [7][$2,200]; 8. 19-Brent Marks [8][$2,100]; 9. 17-Jac Haudenschild [17][$2,050]; 10. 41-Jason Johnson [15][$2,000]; 11. 4-Parker Price-Miller [10][$1,500]; 12. 18-Ian Madsen [14][$1,200]; 13. 1S-Logan Schuchart [13][$1,100]; 14. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [9][$1,050]; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen [12][$1,000]; 16. 7S-Jason Sides [19][$900]; 17. 10-Paul Colagiovanni [24][$800]; 18. 49K-Scott Kreutter [16][$800]; 19. W20-Greg Wilson [23][$800]; 20. 13-Clyde Knipp [21][$800]; 21. 5B-Justin Barger [20][$800]; 22. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [11][$800]; 23. OO-Dane Lorenc [22][$800]; 24. 19P-Paige Polyak [18][$800]; Lap Leaders: Tim Shaffer 1-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 17-Jac Haudenschild[+8]
 
Qualifying: 1. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.629; 2. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.738; 3. 5-David Gravel, 12.877; 4. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.956; 5. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 12.97; 6. 4-Parker Price-Miller, 12.973; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.002; 8. 19-Brent Marks, 13.022; 9. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.057; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.094; 11. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.113; 12. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.185; 13. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.193; 14. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.216; 15. 41-Jason Johnson, 13.262; 16. 49K-Scott Kreutter, 13.264; 17. 17-Jac Haudenschild, 13.267; 18. 19P-Paige Polyak, 13.273; 19. 13-Clyde Knipp, 13.342; 20. 5R-Tyler Ross, 13.432; 21. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.462; 22. OO-Dane Lorenc, 13.524; 23. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.562; 24. 5B-Justin Barger, 13.575; 25. 19JK-Joe Kubiniec, 13.801; 26. 10-Paul Colagiovanni, 13.814; 27. 18X-Ryan Susice, 13.927; 28. 7K-Dan Shetler, 14; 29. 98-Joeseph Trenca, 14.165; 30. 36-Matt Billings, 14.413; 31. 58-Joe Lockhart, 14.54; 32. 54J-Scott Just, 14.654

 

 

 
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
10824
0
19
62
70
2
49
Brad Sweet
10662
-162
5
55
69
3
5
David Gravel
10574
-250
17
42
66
4
9
Daryn Pittman
10214
-610
3
28
53
5
2
Shane Stewart
10178
-646
8
29
54
6
41
Jason Johnson
9978
-846
4
25
48
7
93
Sheldon Haudenschild
9618
-1206
0
11
39
8
11k
Kraig Kinser
9498
-1326
1
7
28
9
1S
Logan Schuchart
9314
-1510
4
11
28
10
7S
Jason Sides
9260
-1564
0
8
23
11
19
Brent Marks
9250
-1574
0
1
21
12
W20
Greg Wilson
8716
-2108
0
6
19
13
4
Paul McMahan
8108
-2716
0
3
18
14
1A
Jacob Allen
7826
-2998
0
0
3
15
13
Clyde Knipp
7388
-3436
0
0
1
16
18
Ian Madsen
5258
-5566
1
5
19
17
71
Joey Saldana
5190
-5634
0
5
12
18
17
Jac Haudenschild
4658
-6166
0
2