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DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park Starts One Day Earlier on Monday, Feb. 7

BARBERVILLE, FL – Sept. 21, 2021 – The anticipation for the 2022 DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park is growing larger as the huge two-week event will now kick off on Monday, Feb. 7.

By beginning the DIRTcar Nationals a day earlier than previous years, it creates for a break between the two weeks of racing for a day of rest on Sunday, Feb. 13, before action runs through Feb. 19.

The new dates will create an exciting opportunity for the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds. Following three nights of racing to kick off the event, the division’s traditional “All-Features” night will now be on Thursday, Feb. 10 with split fields competing on Friday, Feb. 11, and the Gator Championship on Saturday, Feb. 12. The All Star Circuit of Champions will join the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds on Tuesday and Wednesday before the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars take the green flag on their season Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

DIRTcar Late Models power up the second week of racing on Monday, Feb. 14, along with a Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modified hot lap night, followed Tuesday, Feb. 15, with DIRTcar Late Models and the Super DIRTcar Series. Then beginning Wednesday, Feb. 16, World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models and Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds drive the event to the checkered flag through Saturday, Feb. 19.

The grandstands at the World’s Fastest Half-Mile dirt track near Daytona Beach open nightly at 5 p.m. with opening ceremonies and racing at 6:50 p.m.

While the best way to catch all the action is in the track’s massive grandstands, the racing will also air around the world on DIRTVision as part of the broadcast giant’s Fast Pass subscription.

Tickets and camping for the DIRTcar Nationals are available online. Fans who had already purchased tickets and would like to update their package to the revised dates can begin by clicking here.

Here’s a look at the schedule featuring Sprint Cars, Dirt Late Models, UMP Modifieds and Big Block Modifieds:

Monday, Feb. 7 – DIRTcar UMP Modifieds

Tuesday, Feb. 8 – All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars/DIRTcar UMP Modifieds

Wednesday, Feb. 9 – All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars/DIRTcar UMP Modifieds

Thursday, Feb. 10 – World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars/DIRTcar UMP Modifieds Features

Friday, Feb. 11 – World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars/DIRTcar UMP Modifieds Gator Qualifying Races

Saturday, Feb. 12 – World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars/DIRTcar UMP Modified Gator Championship

Sunday, Feb. 13 – OFF

Monday, Feb. 14 – DIRTcar Late Models/Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds Hot Laps

Tuesday, Feb. 15 – DIRTcar Late Models/Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds

Wednesday, Feb. 16 – World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models/Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds

Thursday, Feb. 17 – World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models/Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds

Friday, Feb. 18 – World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models/Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds

Saturday, Feb. 19 – World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models/Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds

 

 

FAMILY TRADITION: Carson Macedo Delivers Hometown Win in Tom Tarlton Classic

Macedo Banks $21,000 in Race Honoring his Uncle at Keller Auto Speedway

HANFORD, CA - September 18, 2021 - Fate has a funny way of making things happen.

If it wasn't for Tom Tarlton, Carson Macedo would've never won 15 World of Outlaws races, he would've never matured into a star with The Greatest Show on Dirt, and he might've never climbed behind the wheel of a Sprint Car. Because of Tom Tarlton, though, all of those things happened.

On Saturday, life came full circle as Macedo won his second-straight Tom Tarlton Classic. The entire Tarlton/Macedo family was in attendance to celebrate the emotional win at Keller Auto Speedway, which is his home track and only minutes away from Lemoore, CA.

The $21,000 payday is the second-richest victory of Macedo's life, extending his recent remarkable run as the highest-paying win came just two weeks prior at the $25,000-to-win Skagit Nationals. It's the ninth win of the year for Jason Johnson Racing, which closed the gap to David Gravel in the battle for championship runner-up honors.

What made his hometown and family-driven victory even sweeter is that he had to earn every cent over two-time and defending World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion, Brad Sweet. The 25-year-old gasser drove by The Big Cat on Lap 14 with a little help from lap traffic and never looked back.

"I'm out of breath from yelling," Macedo told a sold-out crowd. "I'm so excited, man. My emotions are so high right now. It means a lot to win back-to-back Tom Tarlton Classic's, especially this one being against the World of Outlaws. Tom Tarlton is the reason I'm a Sprint Car driver. He literally gave me my first opportunity to drive a Sprint Car and it was right here at Hanford during a practice day. I'm so glad he could be here tonight to watch this win. Beating Brad, who's by far the best guy out here right now for the win is pretty cool."

Macedo's hometown win didn't come without a little adversity, as the Jason Johnson Racing #41 suffered a broken rear end in NOS Energy Drink Hot Laps. The crew led by Philip Dietz, Nate Repetz & Clyde Knipp barely finished repairs in time and sent Macedo back on the Hanford 3/8th-mile to promptly claim his fourth Slick Woody's QuickTime Award of the season.

When the 35-lap Feature rolled around, though, it was Grass Valley's Brad Sweet earning the pole position after his DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash win. Sweet led the opening 13 laps, but it wasn't without a substantial challenge from Shark Racing's Logan Schuchart.

Schuchart actually passed Sweet momentarily on Lap 6, but eventually went tail-back as he brought out the caution with nose wing trouble. His misfortune is what opened the door for Macedo to restart on the front row.

Lap traffic is what ultimately sent Macedo to the lead, capitalizing in turn one as Sweet washed up behind J.J. Ringo and gave him a clear path to the top spot on the low line. The JJR #41 survived a handful of restarts against both Sweet and his Kasey Kahne Racing teammate, James McFadden, and eventually crossed the finish line with a 0.948-second advantage."

"This is home to me," Macedo told his local fans. "I grew up in those stands watching Tommy Tarlton, Peter Murphy, Tim Kaeding, Jason Meyers, all my favorite drivers came here, won races, and put on a show. For me to now come here with the World of Outlaws and be a small part in this event that's not only close to my home, but my heart is like a dream come true."

After leading the opening 13 laps, Grass Valley, CA's Brad Sweet slipped back to finish second aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49. That's eight runner-up results for The Big Cat as he continues to march towards a third consecutive World of Outlaws championship.

"I had a good car, I just hesitated in lap traffic," Sweet said after his 33rd podium of the year. "That slowed my pace down and opened the door for Carson. This place had lots of character, so I wish we could've been in traffic a little bit more than we were. I just needed to do a better job myself."

James McFadden continued his stellar Rookie of the Year campaign, placing third in the Kasey Kahne Racing, Karavan Trailers #9. That's four podiums in the last seven races for the trending pilot from Alice Springs, NT, AUS.

"I just messed up those last couple laps and couldn't challenge Carson," McFadden mentioned. "Sucks we couldn't get second, but third is nice. Bring on the next ride at Eldora."

Fremont, CA's Shane Golobic led the charge for true California locals with a season-best result of fourth-place aboard the NOS Energy Drink, Elk Grove Ford #17W. Rounding out the top five was Hanford passing master Logan Schuchart, who was removed from the battle for the lead due to a nose wing issue, but rallied to run the Drydene #1S from 21st-to-fifth.

Closing out the top-10 at Keller Auto Speedway was Fresno's Dominic Scelzi with a season-best sixth, Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing pilot Donny Schatz in seventh, Brock Zearfoss with KSE Hard Charger honors in eighth-from-18th, Paradise's Kyle Hirst with a second-straight top-10 finish, and David Gravel in tenth after rebounding from a crash while running fifth beyond halfway.

UP NEXT (Fri-Sat): The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series begins the drive east with a weekend in Ohio and Pennsylvania on tap. On Friday, it's the "BeFour the Crowns Showdown" at Eldora Speedway, and then it's the "Commonwealth Clash" on Saturday at Lernerville Speedway. You can watch Every Lap LIVE on DIRTVision.

NOS Energy Drink Feature Results (35 Laps): 1. 41-Carson Macedo [3][$21,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [1][$6,000]; 3. 9-James McFadden [4][$3,500]; 4. 17W-Shane Golobic [9][$2,800]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2][$2,500]; 6. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [12][$2,300]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz [7][$2,200]; 8. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [18][$2,100]; 9. O-Kyle Hirst [19][$2,050]; 10. 2-David Gravel [5][$2,000]; 11. 88-Austin McCarl [14][$1,600]; 12. 37-Mitchell Faccinto [16][$1,400]; 13. 14-Justin Henderson [15][$1,200]; 14. 83-Kasey Kahne [10][$1,100]; 15. 21-Parker Price-Miller [11][$1,050]; 16. 7S-Jason Sides [6][$1,000]; 17. 36-Craig Stidham [17][$1,000]; 18. 2K-JJ Ringo [21][$1,000]; 19. 11K-Kraig Kinser [23][$1,000]; 20. 88N-DJ Netto [8][$1,000]; 21. 2C-Wayne Johnson [20][$1,000]; 22. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [13][$1,000]; 23. 1A-Jacob Allen [22][$1,000]; 24. 53-Jessie Attard [24][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1-13, Carson Macedo 14-35. KSE Hard Charger Award: 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[+10]

NEW Championship Standings (69/80 races): 1. Brad Sweet (9,154); 2. David Gravel (-156); 3. Carson Macedo (-184); 4. Donny Schatz (-264); 5. Sheldon Haudenschild (-338); 6. Logan Schuchart (-360); 7. James McFadden (-736); 8. Kraig Kinser (-1070); 9. Brock Zearfoss (-1326); 10. Jacob Allen (-1630).

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: $21K Awaits Winner of Saturday's Tom Tarlton Classic at Hanford's Keller Auto Speedway

The Greatest Show on Dirt Concludes West Coast Swing on Saturday Night

HANFORD, CA - September 15, 2021 - The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series is set for its final appearance in California this year.

In light of Placerville Speedway's 49er Gold Rush Classic being postponed to 2022 due to ongoing fires, a new marquee event has stepped up to conclude the west coast swing for The Greatest Show on Dirt.

Hanford's Keller Auto Speedway will take the date on Saturday, September 18 with the second annual Tom Tarlton Classic offering a $21,000-to-win purse.

Some of the top storylines to follow:

HOME GAME IN HANFORD: For Carson Macedo, the Tom Tarlton Classic isn't just another high-paying race, it's an event that hits close to home with more meaning than most. The 25-year-old Lemoore, CA native is the great-nephew of Tom Tarlton and cousin to Tommy Tarlton, two men that have been instrumental in the meteoric rise of Carson's career.

Along with the family aspect, Macedo is the defending winner of the inaugural Tom Tarlton Classic held in 2020. That weekend, he drove the Tarlton owned #21 and banked $21,000 by World of Outlaws points leader Brad Sweet, Knoxville Nationals champion Kyle Larson, west coast superstar Dominic Scelzi, and former World of Outlaws champion Daryn Pittman.

Growing up in Lemoore, Macedo lives less than 15 minutes away from the Hanford, CA facility. He's competed in three World of Outlaws shows at Keller Auto Speedway with a career-best finish of 8th in 2019. He'll visit the 3/8th-mile on Saturday with Jason Johnson Racing for the first time, as he continues a stellar debut season with the Rocky Mount, MO team. They enter the weekend third in the championship chase with eight victories this year.

EAST COAST, BEST COAST: A pair of east coasters ruled the roost in California last weekend as the Gold Cup Race of Champions returned to Chico's Silver Dollar Speedway. Watertown's David Gravel became the first Connecticut native to win a World of Outlaws show at the track, and Hanover's Logan Schuchart earned the first Gold Cup title for a Pennsylvanian since Stevie Smith did it in 1993.

Both east coasters are the two most recent winners in Hanford too, with Schuchart scoring in 2017 and Gravel striking in 2019. The Shark Racing #1S will be looking to make it back-to-back wins for the first time this year, while the Big Game Motorsports #2 is trying to join Sweet in the double-digit win group.

CONSISTENCY WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS: Brad Sweet's march to a third consecutive World of Outlaws championship has been fueled by the unrivaled consistency of the veteran 35-year-old. Through 65 Features, Sweet is the only driver without a DNF and thus the only driver to complete all 2,195 laps.

Sweet's Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49 team leads the way in six major statistical categories including Feature Wins (16), Laps Led (310), Podiums (32), Top-Fives (44), Top-10s (56), and Average Finish (4.82).

The Grass Valley, CA native goes to Hanford this weekend trying to make it 10 World of Outlaws wins in his home state. He's won at Calistoga, Silver Dollar, Ocean, Bakersfield, Stockton, and Placerville, but still chases a Keller Auto Speedway victory. His career-best at the 3/8th-mile entering the Tom Tarlton Classic is a second-place finish to Shane Stewart in 2015.

CALI STANDOUTS: Per usual, the California locals showed up and showed out when The Greatest Show on Dirt ended a two-year absence last weekend in Chico. Among the most notable performances were Colby Copeland and Tanner Carrick, who each contended for wins in the 67th Gold Cup Race of Champions.

On Friday, Roseville, CA's Colby Copeland earned the pole position in the Laramie #16A and paced the field for 13 laps. He traded sliders and went wheel-to-wheel with Sweet & Haudenschild before eventually finishing a career-best second to Gravel. On Saturday, Lincoln, CA's Tanner Carrick impressed the nation with his near-upset before it came to a heartbreaking end. The 19-year-old was going toe-to-toe with Schuchart & Sweet before a loose tail tank sent him to the work area after leading 16 laps.

Other gassers that stood out last weekend include young guns like Blake Carrick and Ryan Robinson, along with seasoned veterans such as Dominic Scelzi and Kyle Hirst.

POINT BATTLES: With 12 races remaining in 2021, the closest battle within the top-10 is the war for fourth between Donny Schatz and Sheldon Haudenschild, separated by 44 points. Haudenschild's eight wins and 293 laps led far outweigh Schatz's three scores and 201 laps, but the 10-time champion has been far more consistent with 37 top-fives to Sheldons's 32.

The Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15 and Stenhouse Jr. / Marshall Racing #17 are battling for $55,000 and $50,000, respectively, in point fund money.

Gravel's 140-point deficit to Sweet for the championship is the most-watched battle, but there are still others worth following. Macedo is only 48 points back of Gravel for the second spot, which features a $40,000 difference from $100,000 to $60,000 for third. Schuchart is only 56 points behind Haudenschild for a top-five bid, which is not out of the question with 12 races remaining.

DOLLA, DOLLA BILLS: Saturday's $21,000-to-win show in Hanford marks the 11th race this season paying more than $20K. Incredibly enough, those 11 races have seen 10 different winners take the loot with Kyle Larson being the only repeat victor.

$25,000 at Bristol - David Gravel (4/25)
$30,000 at Huset's - Aaron Reutzel (6/22)
$50,000 at Jackson - Logan Schuchart (6/27)
$175,000 at Eldora - Tyler Courtney (7/17)
$175,000 at Eldora - Kyle Larson (7/17)
$25,000 at Lernerville - Brad Sweet (7/20)
$20,000 at Williams Grove - Brent Marks (7/24)
$176,000 at Knoxville - Kyle Larson (8/14)
$25,000 at Skagit - Carson Macedo (9/5)

This Week at a Glance – When and Where

Saturday, September 18 at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, CA

On the Internet
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series
Twitter – @WorldofOutlaws
Instagram – @WoOSprint
Facebook – Facebook.com/WorldofOutlawsSprintCarSeries
YouTube – Youtube.com/WorldofOutlaws
DIRTVision – DIRTVision.com – Platinum annual FAST PASS for $299 or monthly FAST PASS for $39/month

Around the Turn: After Hanford, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will begin the cross-country drive with Ohio's Eldora Speedway and Pennsylvania's Lernerville Speedway on the calendar next weekend.

NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (14 Drivers):
16 wins – Brad Sweet, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #49
9 wins – David Gravel, Big Game Motorsports #2
8 wins – Sheldon Haudenschild, Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17
8 wins – Carson Macedo, Jason Johnson Racing #41
5 wins – Logan Schuchart, Shark Racing #1S
4 wins – Aaron Reutzel, Roth Motorsports #83
3 wins – Kyle Larson, Silva Motorsports #57
3 wins – Donny Schatz, Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15
2 wins – Kerry Madsen, Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #14
2 wins – Brent Marks, Brent Marks Racing #19
2 wins – James McFadden, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #9
1 win – Dave Blaney, Dave Blaney #10
1 win – Spencer Bayston, Sam McGhee Motorsports #11
1 win – Tyler Courtney, Clauson-Marshall Racing #7BC

FEATURE LAPS LED (29 Drivers):
310 laps – Brad Sweet
293 laps – Sheldon Haudenschild
260 laps – Carson Macedo
229 laps – David Gravel
222 laps – Logan Schuchart
201 laps – Donny Schatz
188 laps – Aaron Reutzel
72 laps – Kyle Larson
66 laps – James McFadden
63 laps – Kerry Madsen
57 laps – Tyler Courtney
33 laps – Spencer Bayston
29 laps – Giovanni Scelzi
27 laps – Brent Marks, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
16 laps – Tanner Carrick
13 laps – Wayne Johnson, Colby Copeland
11 laps – Sye Lynch
10 laps – Jacob Allen, Brock Zearfoss, Parker Price-Miller
9 laps – Kasey Kahne, Austin McCarl
3 laps – Ian Madsen
1 lap – Kraig Kinser, Brandon Spithaler, Dave Blaney, Brian Brown

SLICK WOODY’S QUICKTIME AWARDS (22 Drivers):
14 QuickTimes – David Gravel
7 QuickTimes – Sheldon Haudenschild, Logan Schuchart
5 QuickTimes – Brad Sweet
4 QuickTimes – Kerry Madsen
3 QuickTimes – Carson Macedo, Aaron Reutzel
2 QuickTimes – James McFadden, Donny Schatz, Kasey Kahne, Cory Eliason, Giovanni Scelzi, Parker Price-Miller, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
1 QuickTime – Kraig Kinser, Jacob Allen, Danny Dietrich, Anthony Macri, Brian Brown, Brock Zearfoss, Rico Abreu, Sye Lynch

DRYDENE HEAT RACE WINNERS (41 Drivers)
28 Heat Wins – David Gravel
26 Heat Wins – Carson Macedo
19 Heat Wins – Donny Schatz
16 Heat Wins – Brad Sweet, Sheldon Haudenschild, Aaron Reutzel
14 Heat Wins – Logan Schuchart
11 Heat Wins – James McFadden
7 Heat Wins – Brian Brown
5 Heat Wins – Kraig Kinser, Kerry Madsen
4 Heat Wins – Brock Zearfoss, Giovanni Scelzi, Tyler Courtney
3 Heat Wins – Kasey Kahne, Jason Sides, Wayne Johnson, Ian Madsen, Anthony Macri, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
2 Heat Wins – Jacob Allen, Kyle Larson, DJ Netto, Parker Price-Miller
1 Heat Win – Danny Dietrich, Hunter Schuerenberg, Lance Dewease, Brandon Spithaler, Tim Kaeding, Jack Dover, Scotty Thiel, Paul McMahan, Daryn Pittman, Justin Peck, Jac Haudenschild, Sye Lynch, Chad Trout, TJ Stutts, Brent Marks, Ryan Robinson, Blake Carrick

PODIUM FINISHES (28 Drivers):
32 Podiums – Brad Sweet
22 Podiums – Carson Macedo
21 Podiums –David Gravel
20 Podiums – David Gravel, Donny Schatz, Sheldon Haudenschild
15 Podiums – Logan Schuchart
10 Podiums – James McFadden, Aaron Reutzel
6 Podiums – Kerry Madsen, Brent Marks
5 Podiums – Giovanni Scelzi
3 Podiums – Brian Brown, Lance Dewease, Kyle Larson
2 Podiums – Kraig Kinser, Cory Eliason, Anthony Macri, Danny Dietrich, Tyler Courtney
1 Podium – Jacob Allen, Justin Peck, Brian Brown, Anthony Macri, Dave Blaney, Spencer Bayston, Daryn Pittman, Paulie Colagiovanni, Austin McCarl, Colby Copeland, Sam Hafertepe Jr.

2021 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Schedule & Winners

No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Fri, Feb. 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Brad Sweet (1)
2. Sun, Feb. 7 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Logan Schuchart (1)
3. Fri, March 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Carson Macedo (1)
4. Sat, March 6 / East Bay Raceway Park / Tampa, FL / Aaron Reutzel (1)
5. Fri, March 12 / Magnolia Motor Speedway / Columbus, MS / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)
6. Sat, March 13 / The Rev / Monroe, LA / David Gravel (1)
7. Fri, March 19 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Sheldon Haudenschild (2)
8. Sat, March 20 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Brad Sweet (2)
9. Sat, March 27 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, MO / Brad Sweet (3)
10. Fri, April 2 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (4)
11. Sat, April 3 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (5)
12. Fri, April 9 / Kokomo Speedway / Kokomo, IN / James McFadden (1)
13. Sat, April 10 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Carson Macedo (2)
14. Fri, April 22 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN / David Gravel (2)
15. Sun, April 24 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN / David Gravel (3)
16. Thur, April 29 / Jacksonville Speedway / Jacksonville, IL / Brad Sweet (6)
17. Fri, April 30 / I-70 Motorsports Park / Odessa, MO / Brad Sweet (7)
18. Sat, May 1 / I-70 Motorsports Park / Odessa, MO / Brad Sweet (8)
19. Sat, May 8 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Brent Marks (1)
20. Sat, May 8 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Sheldon Haudenschild (3)
21. Wed, May 12 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbottstown, PA / Brad Sweet (9)
22. Fri, May 14 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Carson Macedo (3)
23. Sat, May 15 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Aaron Reutzel (2)
24. Tues, May 18 / Bridgeport Speedway / Swedesboro, NJ / Logan Schuchart (2)
25. Fri, May 21 / Attica Raceway Park / Attica, OH / David Gravel (4)
26. Sat, May 22 / Sharon Speedway / Hartford, OH / Dave Blaney (1)
27. Mon, May 31 / Lawrenceburg Speedway / Lawrenceburg, IN / Kyle Larson (1)
28. Sat, June 5 / Granite City Speedway /Sauk Rapids, MN / David Gravel (5)
29. Fri, June 11 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Carson Macedo (4)
30. Sat, June 12 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Carson Macedo (5)
31. Thur, June 17 / 34 Raceway / West Burlington, IA / Brad Sweet (10)
32. Fri, June 18 / Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway / Dubuque, IA / Donny Schatz (1)
33. Sat, June 19 / Beaver Dam Raceway / Beaver Dam, WI / Sheldon Haudenschild (4)
34. Mon, June 21 / Huset’s Speedway / Brandon, SD / David Gravel (6)
35. Tues, June 22 / Huset’s Speedway / Brandon, SD / Aaron Reutzel (3)
36. Thur, June 24 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Kerry Madsen (1)
37. Fri, June 25 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Kerry Madsen (2)
38. Sat, June 27 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Logan Schuchart (3)
39. Fri, July 2 / Cedar Lake Speedway / New Richmond, WI / Brad Sweet (11)
40. Sat, July 3 / Cedar Lake Speedway / New Richmond, WI / Brad Sweet (12)
41. Sat, July 10 / Wilmot Raceway / Wilmot, WI / Brad Sweet (13)
42. Tues, July 13 / Attica Raceway Park / Attica, OH / Spencer Bayston (1)
43. Wed, July 14 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Carson Macedo (6)
44. Sat, July 17 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Tyler Courtney (1)
45. Sat, July 17 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Kyle Larson (2)
46. Sun, July 18 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Carson Macedo (7)
47. Tues, July 20 / Lernerville Speedway / Sarver, PA / Brad Sweet (14)
48. Fri, July 23 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Sheldon Haudenschild (5)
49. Sat, July 24 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Brent Marks (2)
50. Fri, July 30 / Ransomville Speedway / Ransomville, NY / Aaron Reutzel (4)
51. Sat, July 31 / Weedsport Speedway / Weedsport, NY / David Gravel (7)
52. Fri, August 6 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Sheldon Haudenschild (6)
53. Sat, August 7 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Sheldon Haudenschild (7)
54. Wed, August 11 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / David Gravel (NP)
55. Thur, August 12 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Brian Brown (NP)
56. Fri, August 13 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Rico Abreu (NP)
57. Sat, August 14 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Kyle Larson (3)
58. Sat, August 21 / Red River Valley Speedway / Fargo, ND / Donny Schatz (2)
59. Sun, August 22 / Huset’s Speedway / Brandon, SD / David Gravel (8)
60. Wed, August 25 / River Cities Speedway / Grand Forks, ND / Brad Sweet (15)
61. Fri, August 27 / I-80 Speedway / Greenwood, NE / Donny Schatz (3)
62. Sun, August 29 / Black Hills Speedway / Rapid City, SD / Sheldon Haudenschild (8)
63. Fri, September 3 / Skagit Speedway / Alger, WA / James McFadden (2)
64. Sat, September 4 / Skagit Speedway / Alger, WA / Brad Sweet (16)
65. Sun, September 5 / Skagit Speedway / Alger, WA / Carson Macedo (8)
66. Mon, September 6 / Grays Harbor Raceway / Elma, WA / Logan Schuchart (4)
67. Fri, September 10 / Silver Dollar Speedway / Chico, CA / David Gravel (9)
68. Sat, September 11 / Silver Dollar Speedway / Chico, CA / Logan Schuchart (5)

 

 

CHOMPIN' IN CHICO: Logan Schuchart Savors Prestigious Gold Cup Title

Kahne, Carrick, Sweet & Schuchart Exchange Lead in 40-Lap "Race of Champions"

CHICO, CA - September 11, 2021 -Saturday's 67th Gold Cup Race of Champions had just a little bit of everything at Silver Dollar Speedway.

The intensity was overwhelming; the vengeance tasted sweet; the heartbreak felt sour; the elation was pure.

A 40-lapper with four different leaders saw the pace transition from superstar polesitter Kasey Kahne to teenage sensation Tanner Carrick to reigning champion Brad Sweet to redemption-driven Logan Schuchart.

In the end, the hardware went to the Hanover Gang as Schuchart used a little bit of luck to get the lead and then a whole lot of determination to fend off Sweet's late-race efforts at the Chico, CA 1/4-mile bullring.

Saturday's score marked the fifth of 2021 for the Shark Racing, Drydene Performance Products #1S, and officially made Schuchart the 21st winningest driver (28 career wins) in World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series history.

"It's pretty awesome to win such a prestigious race like this in California," Schuchart said to a nearly sold-out crowd. "Being a Pennsylvania boy growing up out there we're not used to this kind of stuff, but it's something I've grown accustomed to being on the road and all these different tracks. It's awesome to get back up here in victory lane."

For Schuchart, his Gold Cup victory is even sweeter considering the preliminary fireworks. He failed to complete a single lap in Friday's Feature following contact with fellow full-time Outlaw Brad Sweet, which resulted in a brief post-race altercation. Only 24 hours later and the duo was exchanging sliders for the win.

"Sometimes I wish it was like the NHL and they'd just put us on the front stretch," Schuchart spoke openly. "I'm happy we got this win the right way, though. Didn't do anything dumb or put ourselves in a bad spot, we just raced hard the way it's supposed to be. Winning is the best form of payback."

Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw, WA, and Tanner Carrick of Lincoln, CA owned the spotlight first, though. Both drivers in pursuit of their first-career World of Outlaws win led laps and Carrick specifically was in a position to stun the Outlaws at one of his home tracks.

In only his third career World of Outlaws start, the 19-year-old drove by Kahne to lead Lap 9 and was more than ready for a challenge when Sweet passed him on Lap 21. He promptly got up on the wheel and slid right back by the reigning champion and continued to lead four more circuits until disaster struck.

With his tail tank rattling loose and falling off the #83T, Carrick was sent to the work area on Lap 26 and had his chances at a monumental victory ripped away in a devastating fashion.

Schuchart was gifted the lead and proceeded to go slider-for-slider with Sweet until he established command with ten to go. The duo ran through lap traffic down the stretch and it came down to a last-lap bonzai into turn one, which fell just short for Sweet and gave Schuchart a 0.954-second margin of victory.

Capitalizing on Sweet's hail mary attempt, James McFadden slid by his Kasey Kahne Racing teammate on the final lap to give the Karavan Trailers #9 a second-place finish.

"That was fun," McFadden excitedly said. "You have to be committed to the top, but there are monster holes and big ledges out here, so it's a bit sketchy and I like that. I've watched this place a ton and played it on the video game, so it's cool to finally be here and run well. We've got a lot of confidence in this team lately."

For Brad Sweet, who hails from nearby Grass Valley, his wait for the elusive Gold Cup will have to wait another year.

"I think both nights we were just one corner away from winning," Sweet said. "That's on me. I need to step up and make some better moves. That was good, hard racing, though, and I'm sure the fans were excited. I hated giving up second on the last lap, so that's a bit disappointing. One of these years I'll get a Gold Cup."

Rounding out the top-five on Saturday night was 10-time champion Donny Schatz in the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15 and early leader Kasey Kahne in the Roth Motorsports #83.

Closing out the top-10 in the 67th running of the Gold Cup was Foresthill, CA's Ryan Robinson with a career-best sixth, Jason Johnson Racing pilot Carson Macedo in seventh, former Outlaw winner Kyle Hirst in eighth, Sheldon Haudenschild in ninth aboard the NOS Energy Drink #17, and Kraig Kinser in the tenth spot.

UP NEXT (Sat): The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will conclude the west coast swing next Saturday, September 18. The Greatest Show on Dirt will compete for a $21,000 top prize in the Tom Tarlton Classic at Hanford's Keller Auto Speedway. Fans can BUY TICKETS HERE or watch from home on DIRTVision.

NOS Energy Drink Feature Results (40 Laps) - 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2][$10,000]; 2. 9-James McFadden [6][$6,000]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [5][$3,500]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [9][$2,800]; 5. 83-Kasey Kahne [1][$2,500]; 6. 56-Ryan Robinson [3][$2,300]; 7. 41-Carson Macedo [8][$2,200]; 8. O-Kyle Hirst [15][$2,100]; 9. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [13][$2,050]; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser [7][$2,000]; 11. 88N-DJ Netto [24][$1,600]; 12. 2-David Gravel [11][$1,400]; 13. 21P-Robbie Price [14][$1,200]; 14. 93-Kalib Henry [23][$1,100]; 15. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [10][$1,050]; 16. 37-Mitchell Faccinto [19][$1,000]; 17. 21-Parker Price-Miller [18][$1,000]; 18. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [20][$1,000]; 19. 7S-Jason Sides [22][$1,000]; 20. 83T-Tanner Carrick [4][$1,000]; 21. 16A-Colby Copeland [12][$1,000]; 22. 2K-JJ Ringo [16][$1,000]; 23. 1A-Jacob Allen [21][$1,000]; 24. 38B-Blake Carrick [17][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Kasey Kahne 1-8; Tanner Carrick 9-20, 22-25; Brad Sweet 21, 27; Logan Schuchart 26, 28-40. KSE Hard Charger Award: 88N-DJ Netto[+13]

NEW Championship Standings (68/80 races): 1. Brad Sweet (9,008); 2. David Gravel (-140); 3. Carson Macedo (-188); 4. Donny Schatz (-254); 5. Sheldon Haudenschild (-298); 6. Logan Schuchart (-354); 7. James McFadden (-734); 8. Kraig Kinser (-1036); 9. Brock Zearfoss (-1314); 10. Jacob Allen (-1588).

 

 

GOLDEN START: David Gravel Survives Superb Gold Cup Prelim

Connecticut Native Wins First Feature at California's Silver Dollar Speedway

CHICO, CA - September 10, 2021 - The Greatest Show on Dirt didn't disappoint in quickly making up for the two-year absence from California.

Four different leaders and eight unofficial lead changes wowed the Silver Dollar Speedway crowd on Friday night as the 67th running of the Gold Cup Race of Champions brought the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series back to town.

It was a long-awaited return (728 days) for the Chico faithful, but it was an even longer awaited victory for David Gravel.

Specifically, it took eight years, 17 races, and 530 laps for the Watertown, CT native to break through at the 1/4-mile bullring and claim his first-career win at Silver Dollar Speedway. In the grand scheme of things, it marked nine wins in 2021 for the Big Game Motorsports #2 and gave Gravel 67 career wins with the Series, which moves him into 13th on the All-Time Wins List.

To get the job done, Gravel had to outlast Colby Copeland, Sheldon Haudenschild, and Brad Sweet through an intense four-war war for the top spot. He became the fourth and final leader on Lap 17, then survived lap traffic and the final restart to score the victory by 1.202-seconds.

"Man, I've been coming here for a long time," Gravel said on his Silver Dollar history. "I've always struggled to qualify well here, but we timed in good tonight and that put us in a solid position. We're constantly learning, I mean this is still our first year together. I think we're really growing and everyone is meshing between Tod [Quiring], Cody [Jacobs], Trey [Bowman], and Scott [Vogelson]. Feels great to finally get a win here, especially in such an exciting race."

Before Gravel's glory, the spotlight was shined brightly on Colby Copeland of Roseville, CA. The 29-year-old, in his 17th World of Outlaws start, earned the pole position and put the country on upset alert as he eyed his first-career victory.

Copeland shot to the lead of the 35-lapper and controlled the opening 10 laps aboard the Laramie #16A. However, intense traffic created chaos and allowed outside polesitter Sheldon Haudenschild to close and eventually put the NOS Energy Drink #17 to the point on Lap 11.

Haudenschild's reign was short-lived as he, Copeland, and Brad Sweet took each other three-wide the next time by. Copeland slid through the middle across Haudenschild's nose and Sweet capitalized, nailing the bottom and rolling on past to lead Lap 12.

Sweet's shot at the top lasted two whole laps before Copeland built his momentum and whipped back by on the cushion. He would lead another three circuits before fifth-starting Gravel appeared from nowhere and drove by them all on the low line as Lap 17 clicked off.

The remains of lap traffic and the final restart with eight laps to go tried to derail Gravel, but he was not to be denied as he drove away with his first-career Silver Dollar triumph to kick off the Gold Cup.

"Tomorrow being 40 laps is pretty close to tonight's length," Gravel thought on track conditions. "I really hope they can give us the same surface, it was awesome. I think in open track the top was better, but traffic was crucial tonight and I hit the bottom at the perfect times behind those guys. Hopefully, we put on another awesome show tomorrow night."

Shattering his former career-best finish (13th) with the World of Outlaws, Roseville's Colby Copeland crossed the line with a second-place effort and received a standing ovation from the Chico crowd as the leading Californian.

"Any driver when you lead laps you want to win, so there's a bit of disappointment there," Copeland noted. "But these guys are the best of the best. I'm out there ripping and they give their extra 10% and start blowing by me. It's a whole different pace out here. I felt like we raced good, though. It was a lot of fun and all I can ask for is the same speed tomorrow night."

Grass Valley's Brad Sweet continued his consistent championship campaign with his 31st podium finish aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49. He's hoping that losing his streak of Gold Cup prelim wins will transition to finally scoring a Gold Cup title in the finale tomorrow.

"It was a great race track tonight, I thought," Sweet said. "We were just a little off with the setup, but we have something to build on for tomorrow. Hopefully, we can come back and get us a Gold Cup."

Closing out the top-five on Friday night was Sheldon Haudenschild in the fourth spot and Kraig Kinser with his fourth top-five finish of the year.

Rounding out the top-10 at Silver Dollar was Shark Racing's Jacob Allen in sixth, California's Dominic Scelzi with a season-best seventh, Kasey Kahne Racing's James McFadden in eighth, Roth Motorsports pilot Kasey Kahne in ninth, and KSE Hard Charger Carson Macedo in 10th-from-21st.

UP NEXT (Sat): The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series return to Chico, CA's Silver Dollar Speedway tomorrow, Saturday, September 11 for the finale of the 67th Gold Cup Race of Champions. If you can't be here, you can watch Every Lap LIVE on DIRTVision.

NOS Energy Drink Feature Results (35 Laps) - 1. 2-David Gravel [5][$10,000]; 2. 16A-Colby Copeland [1][$5,500]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [4][$3,200]; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [2][$2,600]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3][$2,350]; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen [8][$2,150]; 7. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [17][$2,100]; 8. 9-James McFadden [12][$1,950]; 9. 83-Kasey Kahne [19][$1,900]; 10. 41-Carson Macedo [21][$1,850]; 11. 83T-Tanner Carrick [14][$1,400]; 12. 38B-Blake Carrick [6][$1,200]; 13. 15-Donny Schatz [22][$1,000]; 14. 7-Carson Short [10][$950]; 15. 88N-DJ Netto [23][$900]; 16. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [11][$900]; 17. 42X-Tim Kaeding [15][$900]; 18. 2K-JJ Ringo [16][$900]; 19. 7S-Jason Sides [20][$900]; 20. 37-Mitchell Faccinto [9][$900]; 21. 29-Willie Croft [13][$900]; 22. 93-Kalib Henry [24][$900]; 23. 53-Jessie Attard [18][$900]; 24. 1S-Logan Schuchart [7][$900]. Lap Leaders: Colby Copeland 1-10, 14-16; Sheldon Haudenschild 11; Brad Sweet 12-13; David Gravel 17-35. KSE Hard Charger Award: 41-Carson Macedo[+11]

NEW Championship Standings (67/80 races): 1. Brad Sweet (8,864); 2. David Gravel (-128); 3. Carson Macedo (-180); 4. Donny Schatz (-252); 5. Sheldon Haudenschild (-286); 6. Logan Schuchart (-360); 7. James McFadden (-736); 8. Kraig Kinser (-1022); 9. Brock Zearfoss (-1284); 10. Jacob Allen (-1548).

 

 

Tom Tarlton Classic at Keller Auto Speedway replaces postponed Placerville event Saturday’s race at the Hanford track will pay $21,000 to the winner; 49er Gold Rush Classic pushed to 2022

HANFORD, CA – Sept. 8, 2021 – A new marquee event at Keller Auto Speedway will conclude the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series’ 2021 West Coast Swing as Placerville Speedway’s 49er Gold Rush Classic is forced to be postponed to 2022.

The originally scheduled Friday, Sept. 17, event at Keller Auto Speedway moves to Saturday, Sept. 18, and becomes the $21,000-to-win 2nd Annual Tom Tarlton Classic, replacing the now postponed Placerville Speedway race due to the facility serving as a fire rescue camp. There is no event on Friday, Sept. 17.

Those who already purchased tickets to the 2021 49er Gold Rush Classic will be able to use them for the 2022 event at Placerville. The date of the 2022 race will be announced by the end of the year. If you are unable to make the 2022 race, you can request a refund when the 2022 date is announced.

If you purchased tickets to the originally scheduled Kings Outlaw Shootout at Keller Auto on Friday, Sept. 17, those tickets can be used for Saturday’s Tom Tarlton Classic at the Hanford track.

If you are unable to attend Saturday’s event, you’ll have until Oct. 8 to request a refund, by clicking HERE. You can call 844-DIRT-TIX if you have further questions.

This year will mark the World of Outlaws’ first return to Keller Auto Speedway since 2019 and 36th visit overall. David Gravel, currently sitting second in points, won the 2019 event. His championship rival, and current points leader, Brad Sweet is still on the hunt for his first Series win in Hanford.

Of the current full-time drivers, 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz (in 2013) and Logan Schuchart (in 2017) are the only other two with a win at the track.

Lemoore, CA native and Tarlton and Son Inc. sponsored driver Carson Macedo will be poised to expand upon his career year with another Tom Tarlton Classic win. He won the first Classic event in 2020.

They’ll be joined by fellow Series stars Sheldon Haudenschild, Kasey Kahne, James McFadden, Brock Zearfoss, Kraig Kinser, Jacob Allen, Jason Sides, Wayne Johnson and California’s superstars.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision with an annual Platinum FAST PASS or monthly FAST PASS subscription – either online or through the DIRTVision App.

 

 

GOOD TO BE BACK: Logan Schuchart Returns to Victory Lane at Grays Harbor

 Shark Racing #1S Ends 24-Race Drought with Fourth Win of Season

It took longer than expected, but Logan Schuchart finally made his way back to victory lane on Monday night.

He and the Shark Racing, Drydene Performance Products #1S dominated the 30-lap Feature at Grays Harbor Raceway, leading from flag to flag and securing their fourth World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series win of the season.

The long-awaited win snaps a 26-race drought for the Hanover, PA native, his longest dry spell in three years with The Greatest Show on Dirt. It’s a much-needed boost for Schuchart, who aims to make a bid for the top-five in championship points over the final 15 races.

Schuchart’s 27th career win ties him with modern-day stars Paul McMahan, Tim Shaffer, and Kerry Madsen for 21st on the All-Time Wins List. He’s now only three wins away from equalling his legendary grandfather and team owner Bobby Allen at 30 World of Outlaws wins.

“This year has been trying, but it’s not for a lack of effort I can guarantee that,” Schuchart said in victory lane. “I feel like we are one the top teams out here, and I think we have more than proven that. I have so much confidence in my guys, things just haven’t fallen our way this year. We’ve got about 15 races left, so we want to win as many of those as possible.”

The Shark Racing #1S is closing in on the top-five in championship points. [Trent Gower] Earning the pole position after winning his Drydene Heat and the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, Schuchart brought the field to life and never looked back.

Donny Schatz, Brad Sweet, and Carson Macedo all ran second at one point in the race, but all failed to offer a serious challenge for the lead. Sweet and Macedo cut into the lead at different stages, but both stalled out as the battle began to brew.

Officially, the margin of victory was 1.831-seconds for Schuchart’s first win since his $50,000 Jackson Nationals title on June 27.

Carson Macedo followed his $25,000 Sage Fruit Skagit Nationals title on Sunday night with a runner-up effort on Monday at Grays Harbor. It’s the seventh second-place finish for the Lemoore, CA native this year as he heads back to his home state this weekend with the Jason Johnson Racing #41.

“This place is oddly shaped and it throws you for a curveball,” Macedo mentioned on the 3/10-mile track. “You get this huge run of steam into turn three, but slip off in turn four and lose speed down the front stretch. I thought I was catching Logan [Schuchart], but we got to traffic and I just stalled out. Excited with the momentum this team is building ahead of California, though.”

The pursuit for a third consecutive championship for Brad Sweet marched on Monday night as he recorded his 30th podium of the year. He’ll head to his home state of California this week with hopes of a 75th career World of Outlaws win, which would give him 17 this year and make 2021 the winningest season of his career.

“We had a really good in the beginning, but lacked the speed we needed at the end,” Sweet spoke on the NAPA Auto Parts #49. “Sometimes you’ll have that, though, it’s just about capitalizing and getting the best finish as possible. Logan [Schuchart] definitely had the best car and once Carson [Macedo] got by me I really didn’t know where to be on the track. We’ll try to get better and hopefully get us a Gold Cup win this weekend.” The Greatest Show on Dirt now heads to California for the next two weeks. [Trent Gower]

Donny Schatz continued his incredible stretch since July, finishing inside the top-four for the 13th time in 18 races aboard the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15. Behind him in fifth was David Gravel, who established a new track record aboard the Big Game Motorsports #2 at 11.581 seconds in Slick Woody’s Qualifying.

Rounding out the top-10 at Grays Harbor was James McFadden with his 12th straight top-10, Kraig Kinser with his third top-10 of the last month, Brock Zearfoss with an eighth-place debut at the track, Washington’s Trey Starks with KSE Hard Charger honors, and Wayne Johnson with his eighth top-10 of the season.

UP NEXT (Fri-Sat): After two years away, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series finally returns to California this week. A two-week swing in the Golden State begins on Friday & Saturday, September 10-11 with the Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, CA.

NOS Energy Drink Feature Results (30 Laps) – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1][$10,000]; 2. 41-Carson Macedo [5][$6,000]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [4][$3,500]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [2][$2,800]; 5. 2-David Gravel [3][$2,500]; 6. 9-James McFadden [6][$2,300]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [8][$2,200]; 8. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [14][$2,100]; 9. 55-Trey Starks [18][$2,050]; 10. 2C-Wayne Johnson [7][$2,000]; 11. 83-Kasey Kahne [15][$1,600]; 12. 7S-Jason Sides [16][$1,400]; 13. 44W-Austen Wheatley [12][$1,200]; 14. 18T-Tanner Holmes [10][$1,100]; 15. 99-Malachi Gemmer [17][$1,050]; 16. 7-Tyler Thompson [13][$1,000]; 17. 1A-Jacob Allen [11][$1,000]; 18. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [9][$1,000]; 19. 75-Brian Boswell [21][$1,000]; 20. 1J-Jack Eckard [19][$1,000]; 21. 2CX-Zach Patterson [20][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Logan Schuchart 1-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 55-Trey Starks[+9]

NEW Championship Standings (66/81 races): 1. Brad Sweet (8,720); 2. David Gravel (-128); 3. Carson Macedo (-166); 4. Donny Schatz (-232); 5. Sheldon Haudenschild (-284); 6. Logan Schuchart (-318); 7. James McFadden (-726); 8. Kraig Kinser (-1,018); 9. Brock Zearfoss (-1,258); 10. Jacob Allen (-1,542)

 

 

 

CRISP CASH: Carson Macedo Masters Sage Fruit Skagit Nationals for $25,000 Payday

Clean Sweep for JJR #41 - QuickTime, Heat Win, Dash Win, Feature Win

ALGER, WA - September 5, 2021 - Carson Macedo considered himself a "mediocre" contender through the first two nights of the Sage Fruit Skagit Nationals; then the big money rolled around on Sunday night and he became a "brand new man" as he said.

He led 36 of 40 laps and completely swept the night by earning Slick Woody's QuickTime, a Team Drydene Heat win, the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash win, and his eighth NOS Energy Drink Feature win of the season.

Cashing in for $25,000, Sunday's score is the richest of Macedo's 14 career World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series wins. The Jason Johnson Racing #41 visited victory lane in Steve Beitler's final night as the promoter at Skagit Speedway, a fitting end for a man who employed Jason in his younger years.

In a non-stop, 40-lapper that took just over ten minutes to complete, fans were treated to an intense cat-and-mouse chase through thick lap traffic. Officially, two lead changes will go in the record books, but there was drama was waiting around every single corner at the 3/10-mile bullring.

At one point, four cars were under a blanket in contention for the lead. Most notably, Logan Schuchart slid by to lead Lap 19, and James McFadden challenged in the late going, but neither could keep Macedo down for long.

"I think I just knew what I needed to do tonight," Macedo mentioned. "That was the most aggressive, yet smartest I think I've ever driven and that's what I needed. I've lost some races lately because of lap traffic and making the wrong decisions while leading. When Logan got by, I knew I needed to kick it up a notch and drive harder. I was passing multiple lappers at a time, so I knew I was getting good. I'm getting better at reading the traffic and letting them show where to go."

"I really didn't feel comfortable the first two nights here, but Philip [Dietz] made some huge adjustments," Macedo added. "We made a lot of gains from Friday to Sunday. It's cool to win here at a track that Jason raced so much with ASCS. I'm pumped to bring this momentum back to California. I've missed racing there with the Outlaws."

Following Monday's stop at Garys Harbor Raceway in Elma, WA, The Greatest Show on Dirt will return to Macedo's home state for the first time in two years. The Lemoore native looks to hone that momentum and start a hot streak as the Series returns to Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, the site of his first and second career wins.

Friday's winner James McFadden offered a late charge in the Kasey Kahne Racing, Karavan Trailers #9, but could never find the right timing to truly challenge Macedo. He crossed the stripe behind the #41 by 1.291-seconds, but the Aussie was just happy to have a good time.

"Dude, it's so wild out there in traffic," McFadden offered. "Tracks like tonight are why we drive sprint cars. We came on really well at the end, but Carson just did a terrific job. It seemed like every time I'd catch him, he would catch a lapper and I had to balk and hold my run. Another great night at this place, though."

After leading Laps 19-22, Schuchart slipped backward and ultimately finished in the third spot aboard the Shark Racing, Drydene Performance Products #1S. It's the 99th podium finish of his World of Outlaws career for the Hanover, PA native.

"You just never know how to push your pace in traffic," Schuchart said. "I wanted to make certain moves, but I just timed them wrong tonight. You have to make the right decisions in the right places at the right times or else you're lining yourself up to get passed. There are some things I would've changed tonight, but that's why we have tomorrow to bounce back better."

Championship contenders Brad Sweet and David Gravel closed out the top-five at the Sage Fruit Skagit Nationals.

Sweet bumped his points lead to +124 with a fourth-place finish in the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49. Meanwhile, Gravel trailed him by one spot and collected KSE Hard Charger honors with the Big Game Motorsports #2.

Rounding out the top-10 on Sunday night was Sheldon Haudenschild in sixth, Donny Schatz in seventh, Kasey Kahne in eighth, Trey Starks in ninth, and Wayne Johnson in tenth.

UP NEXT (Monday): A two-hour jaunt down I-5 will lead the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series to Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, WA for a Labor Day edition of DIRTVision tomorrow night.

NOS Energy Drink Feature Results (40 Laps): 1. 41-Carson Macedo [1][$25,000]; 2. 9-James McFadden [3][$8,000]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2][$4,000]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [4][$3,000]; 5. 2-David Gravel [8][$2,500]; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [9][$2,300]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz [5][$2,200]; 8. 83-Kasey Kahne [6][$2,100]; 9. 55-Trey Starks [11][$2,050]; 10. 2C-Wayne Johnson [7][$2,000]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser [10][$1,600]; 12. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [12][$1,400]; 13. 24-Rico Abreu [15][$1,200]; 14. 21P-Robbie Price [14][$1,100]; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen [13][$1,050]; 16. 18-Jason Solwold [17][$1,000]; 17. 44W-Austen Wheatley [18][$1,000]; 18. 7S-Jason Sides [16][$1,000]; 19. 18T-Tanner Holmes [22][$1,000]; 20. 99-Malachi Gemmer [19][$1,000]; 21. 22X-Brock Lemley [21][$1,000]; 22. 7-Tyler Thompson [23][$1,000]; 23. 1J-Jack Eckard [24][$1,000]; 24. 75-Brian Boswell [20][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Carson Macedo 1-18, 23-40; Logan Schuchart 19-22. KSE Hard Charger Award: 2-David Gravel[+3]

NEW Championship Standings (64/81 races): 1. Brad Sweet (8,576); 2. David Gravel (-124); 3. Carson Macedo (-168); 4. Donny Schatz (-230); 5. Sheldon Haudenschild (-254); 6. Logan Schuchart (-324); 7. James McFadden (-720); 8. Kraig Kinser (-1,010); 9. Brock Zearfoss (-1,248); 10. Jacob Allen (-1,514).

 

 

BRAD'S BREAKTHROUGH: Sweet Soars to Elusive Skagit Victory in Lap Traffic

Kasey Kahne Racing #49 Pads Championship Lead (+122) with 17 Races Remaining

ALGER, WA - September 4, 2021 - Brad Sweet is making a habit out of conquering the tracks that have haunted him for years.

He finally won at Lincoln (PA) in May; he finally topped River Cities (ND) two weeks ago; and tonight, The Big Cat finally scored a Skagit Speedway victory that has eluded since he made his debut at the track 19 starts ago in 2010.

It was a puzzling path to victory lane filled with lap traffic mayhem and an ever-changing 3/10-mile surface, but it was no task too tall for the NAPA Auto Parts #49. Sweet started third in the 30-lapper, slid by Donny Schatz for second on Lap 12, then drove right by David Gravel for the lead on Lap 22.

The most troubling news for the field in Sweet's 16th World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series win of the year (double his closest competitor) is his mention that the team, including Eric Prutzman, Joe Mooney & Andrew Bowman, "found something they've been missing over the last few weeks."

Saturday's Skagit score, which marks wins at 42 different tracks with The Greatest Show on Dirt, brings Sweet to 74 career wins and leaves him only 10 away from reaching Stevie Smith to crack a legendary top-10 on the All-Time Wins List.

Kasey Kahne Racing continued their perfect weekend in the boss' home state as Sweet became the fourth driver to deliver a win at Washington's Skagit Speedway, joining Joey Saldana (2), Daryn Pittman (2), and James McFadden (1).

"I've always loved coming to Skagit," Sweet told the fans. "We've got a great crowd and a great track this weekend. We've always been close here but seemed to finish second or third and just miss that little extra bit in the late going. I think we found something tonight, though. I could move around and get through traffic really well, and that's what wins or loses these races. I felt like I could do things that I haven't been able to do in weeks with this setup."

Halted by only one caution on Lap 8, Saturday's 30-lapper was full of thick, tight, and troubling lap traffic. After earning a Series-best ninth pole position, Gravel jetted away to a 2.194-second lead at the halfway mark, but then traffic got tricky.

Once Sweet cleared Schatz for the second spot, he quickly caught Gravel and applied pressure with the #2 struggling to make moves on the backmarkers.

The winning move came on Lap 22 when Sweet aced the bottom of turns one and two and rolled right by Gravel, who was pinned on the high side. The #49 machine immediately checked out and ran to the win unchallenged over the last eight laps, but things got wild for the runner-up position as Gravel, Schatz, McFadden, and Haudenschild went wheel-to-wheel under a blanket and in traffic on the narrow 3/10-mile.

Ultimately, Sweet took the checkered flag ahead by 2.336-seconds.

"Sometimes it's easier to be in second at a track like this," Sweet noted. "It's so much fun to race with guys like David, Donny, and everyone on tour right now. This is the toughest the World of Outlaws has been I think. Hopefully, we can come back tomorrow and get us $25,000.

Sweet now only has four tracks with 10+ starts and zero wins: Williams Grove (PA), The Dirt Track at Charlotte (NC), Thunderbowl (CA) Raceway, and Tri-State (IN) Speedway. He'll have a shot at the first two later this fall.

Capitalizing on the wild lap traffic action, Donny Schatz clawed back from fourth and ended up second in Saturday's 30-lapper. He's up to eight consecutive top-four finishes aboard the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, Ford Performance, Carquest #15.

"That was a high-speed chess match," Schatz said. "The car feels solid, so I think we should be good for tomorrow's big show."

After leading the opening 21 laps, David Gravel of Watertown, CT slipped back to finish third-place for the third-straight race. He slipped back to fourth at one point amid the lap traffic chaos but recovered nicely for his 20th podium of the year in the Big Game Motorsports #2.

"It's a bummer to draw the one on back-to-back nights with zero wins to show for it," Gravel admitted. "We got better today, so hopefully we'll find a little more tomorrow with $25,000 on the line."

James McFadden, who won Friday's opener at Skagit, finished fourth on Saturday and took home KSE Hard Charger honors in the Kasey Kahne Racing, Karavan Trailers #9. Sheldon Haudenschild drove the NOS Energy Drink, Stenhouse Jr. / Marshall Racing #17 to a fifth-straight top-five finish at the Alger, WA track.

Rounding out the top-1o on night two of the Sage Fruit Skagit Nationals was Carson Macedo (6th) in the Jason Johnson Racing #41, Logan Schuchart (7th) in the Drydene Performance Products #1S, Brock Zearfoss (8th) in the Moose's LZ Bar & Grill #3Z, Kasey Kahne (9th) in the Beef Packers #83, and Rico Abreu (10th) in the Rowdy Energy #24.

UP NEXT (Sunday): The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will return to Washington's Skagit Speedway tomorrow, September 5, for the $25,000-to-win finale of the Sage Fruit Skagit Nationals. On Labor Day,

NOS Energy Drink Feature Results (30 Laps): 1. 49-Brad Sweet [3][$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [2][$5,500]; 3. 2-David Gravel [1][$3,200]; 4. 9-James McFadden [7][$2,600]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [4][$2,350]; 6. 41-Carson Macedo [6][$2,150]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart [10][$2,100]; 8. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [9][$1,950]; 9. 83-Kasey Kahne [8][$1,900]; 10. 24-Rico Abreu [12][$1,850]; 11. 55-Trey Starks [11][$1,400]; 12. 2C-Wayne Johnson [15][$1,200]; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser [14][$1,000]; 14. 18-Jason Solwold [17][$1,000]; 15. 44W-Austen Wheatley [16][$1,000]; 16. 21P-Robbie Price [18][$1,000]; 17. 7S-Jason Sides [5][$1,000]; 18. 18T-Tanner Holmes [19][$1,000]; 19. 99-Malachi Gemmer [22][$1,000]; 20. 7-Tyler Thompson [20][$1,000]; 21. 22X-Brock Lemley [21][$1,000]; 22. 1A-Jacob Allen [13][$1,000]; 23. 75-Brian Boswell [23][$1,000]; 24. 1J-Jack Eckard [24][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-21, Brad Sweet 22-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 9-James McFadden[+3]

NEW Championship Standings (64/81 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (8,434); 2. David Gravel (-122); 3. Carson Macedo (-176); 4. Donny Schatz (-224); 5. Sheldon Haudenschild (-250); 6. Logan Schuchart (-326); 7. James McFadden (-724); 8. Kraig Kinser (-996); 9. Brock Zearfoss (-1,232); 10. Jacob Allen (-1,492).

 

 

REDEMPTION RUN: James McFadden Overcomes All to Win Skagit Debut

KKR #9 Team Builds New Car, Changes Engine in Hot Laps, Rallies to Win Sage Fruit Skagit Nationals Opener

ALGER, WA - September 3, 2021 - The racing gods threw everything they could at the Kasey Kahne Racing #9, but James McFadden was not to be denied.

From Sunday's brutal crash followed by an 18-hour drive to a near-complete re-build of their operation to a spur-of-the-moment engine change, there isn't much that crew members Justin Adams, Gary [Woodman] Patellaro, and Rob Beattie didn't overcome this week.

In the end, all of the blood, sweat, and tears took them to victory lane for the second time this season, as McFadden conquered Washington's Skagit Speedway upon his first visit to the 3/10-mile bullring.

His opening triumph of the Sage Fruit Skagit Nationals gives him four World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series wins, most notably tying the Northern Territory boy with fellow Australian Ian Madsen of New South Wales for 68th on the All-Time Wins List.

In a positive spin of the evening for Enumclaw, WA's Kasey Kahne - who ran 13th in his Outlaws debut at his home track - he still made it to victory lane as a team owner. In fact, KKR's fifth win at the Alger, WA facility (2 with Saldana, 2 with Pittman) makes them the winningest team at the track over Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing.

"It's rewarding to rebound like this, especially after the big drama at the last race," McFadden mentioned. "These guys worked their butts off this week. The long drive here, then the day we had yesterday, then the motor change, just so much has happened. How fast they changed that motor tonight might've won us this race."

Indeed, the timing of the engine change ended up playing a huge role in McFadden's win. They began the process following the second of three Hot Lap sessions and barely beat the clock to make it to staging for their 14th qualifying spot. McFadden ultimately timed in fourth-quick and joked "I didn't have any time to think about screwing it up."

From there he transferred to the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash and then finished second to earn his fourth front row start of the year.

Before James gave his baby boy Maverick McFadden his first-ever wing dance, he had to survive a relentless attack from Sheldon Haudenschild. J-Mac officially led all 30 laps, but it wasn't without a ferocious challenge from the NOS Energy Drink #17.

The duo ran 1-2 for the entirety of the race, splitting their battles between lap traffic and clean air restarts. Haudenschild got close on Lap 10 with the aid of backmarkers but struggled to find room to make his move on the #9. He had another shot on Lap 22 with more traffic looming, but a caution set the stage for an eight-lap dash to the finish.

With both gassers committed to the tall cushion, Haudenschild stalked McFadden and patiently waited to strike at the right time. He saved his moment for the 30th and final lap, following McFadden to the curb in turn one and setting himself up for a last-corner slide job at the win. However, the #17 slipped over the cushion in turn two and caught the wall, killing Haudenschild's momentum and taking away his chance at a sneak attack.

Ultimately, Haudenschild fell short of McFadden by 0.514-seconds at the checkered flag.

"I could hear him," McFadden said of Haudenschild's run. "Obviously, Sheldon is gonna pound it, so I knew getting the start was crucial. I thought if I could short-slide myself and hit the cushion coming off that I would be okay. I've never raced here, but it seems pretty narrow and I tried to play that to my advantage as the leader. I wanted to run a little harder, but felt I should protect at the end."

It wasn't back-to-back wins, but Sheldon Haudenschild did extend his wildly impressive four-race top-two streak by claiming runner-up honors. The NOS Energy Drink #17 has been firing on all cylinders recently with crew members Kyle Ripper, Drew Brenner and Stephen Hamm-Reilly clicking down the homestretch.

"James did an awesome job, a near-perfect race for him," Haudenschild said. "I wanted to get more traffic, but the cautions just fell at the wrong times. I planned on stalking him and waiting for the right shot. I saw the white flag and knew I needed to rip it, but I ruined my run at the slide job when I slipped high and caught the wall. We've got an incredibly great car right now, though. We'll try to build on that the rest of the week."

Rounding out the podium at the Alger, WA 3/10-mile was David Gravel aboard the Big Game Motorsports #2. The Watertown, CT native cut four points off the championship lead, leaving him -116 points behind Sweet with 18 races remaining.

Donny Schatz finished fourth aboard the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15, making it seven straight top-four finishes for the 10-time champion. Points leader Brad Sweet and his Kasey Kahne Racing #49 team rallied from a rough qualifying effort to earn KSE Racing Hard Charger honors with a 10th-to-fifth bid.

Closing out the top-10 on night one of the Sage Fruit Skagit Nationals was Logan Schuchart in sixth, Carson Macedo in seventh, Jacob Allen in eighth, Washington local Jason Solwold in ninth, and Californian Rico Abreu in tenth.

UP NEXT (Sat-Sun): The Sage Fruit Skagit Nationals continues tomorrow at Washington's Skagit Speedway and then concludes on Sunday night when the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series competes for a $25,000 top prize.

NOS Energy Drink Feature Results (30 Laps): 1. 9-James McFadden [2][$10,000]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1][$5,500]; 3. 2-David Gravel [4][$3,200]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$2,600]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [10][$2,350]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [8][$2,150]; 7. 41-Carson Macedo [5][$2,100]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [13][$1,950]; 9. 18-Jason Solwold [11][$1,900]; 10. 24-Rico Abreu [7][$1,850]; 11. 55-Trey Starks [9][$1,400]; 12. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [15][$1,200]; 13. 83-Kasey Kahne [12][$1,000]; 14. 21P-Robbie Price [16][$1,000]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser [6][$1,000]; 16. 7-Tyler Thompson [18][$1,000]; 17. 18T-Tanner Holmes [19][$1,000]; 18. 44W-Austen Wheatley [17][$1,000]; 19. 7S-Jason Sides [14][$1,000]; 20. 22X-Brock Lemley [20][$1,000]; 21. 75-Brian Boswell [21][$1,000]; 22. 99-Malachi Gemmer [22][$1,000]; 23. 2C-Wayne Johnson [23][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: James McFadden 1-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 49-Brad Sweet[+5]

NEW Championship Standings (63/81 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (8,284); 2. David Gravel (-116); 3. Carson Macedo (-164); 4. Donny Schatz (-220); 5. Sheldon Haudenschild (-240); 6. Logan Schuchart (-312); 7. James McFadden (-716); 8. Kraig Kinser (-970); 9. Brock Zearfoss (-1216); 10. Jacob Allemn (-1448).

 

 

POSSE PARTY: $75,000 National Open is Final Crown Jewel on Oct. 1-2

Schatz, Dewease, Gravel, Marks & Dietrich Eye Another Title at Williams Grove

MECHANICSBURG, PA - September 2, 2021 - Established in 1963, the Champion Racing Oil National Open at Williams Grove Speedway is simply the biggest Sprint Car race on the East Coast.

Slated to consume Mechanicsburg, PA on October 1-2, the "Beer Hill Gang" will be raucous and rowdy as their beloved PA Posse locals face the superstars of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series with $75,000 - the fourth-highest payday for Sprint Cars in the world this year - up for grabs to the winner of the 40-lapper.

The Cumberland County crown jewel is considered the final leg of the "triple crown," which includes the three most prestigious Sprint Car races on the calendar. As they call it, the "Natty O" has the pleasure of sharing that honor with iconic events like the Knoxville Nationals and the Kings Royal.

NATIONAL OPEN TICKETS (Oct. 1-2)

For Outlaws and Posse alike, it's a chance at not only the big bucks but the glory and bragging rights of conquering the famed 1/2-mile too. The list of National Open winners ranges from eventual Indianapolis 500 champion Gordon Johncock to the King of the Outlaws Steve Kinser to Posse faithful Fred Rahmer, Greg Hodnett, and many, many more.

At the 59th edition of the race next month, five former champions will return seeking additional hardware.

Headlining that list is the winningest driver in event history, Donny Schatz. He scored his sixth title over Kyle Larson last October and left the fans with this mic drop in victory lane: "They [fans in turn three] told me that I suck before the race started, so I wanted to remind them that before that race I was the only five-time National Open champion, and now I'm the only six-time."

The timing of the National Open is perfect for Schatz, who is on a red-hot streak of six straight top-four finishes since his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15 switched to a new Ford Performance 410. The Fargo, ND native will be chasing his 22nd win at Williams Grove, which is the winningest track of his World of Outlaws career.

Leading the charge for the PA Posse is Lance Dewease of Fayetteville, PA, a four-time master of the National Open. He earned his most recent title in 2018, which marked his first driving the iconic Kreitz #69K with the legendary Davey Brown on the wrenches.

This season alone, Dewease and the baby blue bullet have won four races at Williams Grove, including his historic 100th win. He never finished outside the top five in four World of Outlaws shows at the 1/2-mile this year, finishing 2nd, 2nd, 3rd & 5th. Another National Open crown would break a tie with Steve Kinser (4) and make him the second-winningest driver in event history just shy of his 56th birthday.

Back to the Outlaw front, David Gravel is the only other full-time driver with multiple National Open titles. The Watertown, CT native topped the 40-lapper in controversial fashion over Stevie Smith in 2014 when he drove for Roth Motorsports, but added a second score in dominating fashion in 2017 with CJB Motorsports.

This time he'll rip around Williams Grove in the Big Game Motorsports #2, his new team which he's won eight races with this year and propelled to second in the World of Outlaws championship chase. The 29-year-old is trying to join elites like Doug Wolfgang, Kenny Weld, Steve Smith, and Stevie Smith with three National Open trophies.

Although Brent Marks of Myerstown, PA was a card-carrying full-time Outlaw when he won $65,000 at the 2019 National Open, he'll return to "part-time Posse" status this year when his family-owned #19 operation chases a second title as they continue a banner year.

The sixth and final returning winner is Danny Dietrich of Gettysburg, PA, who earned the biggest win of his life at the 2016 National Open. He's fourth in points at Williams Grove this year, although winless at the track. Along with Marks, the 33-year-old veteran is attempting to become the 13th multi-time champion of the National Open.

Outside of those six, there's a whole fleet of true contenders aiming to become the 35th champion in 59 years of the National Open.

Earlier this year, Sheldon Haudenschild of Wooster, OH, and Carson Macedo of Lemoore, CA both won their first-career Williams Grove Speedway Features, and they did it in World of Outlaws competition. Haudenschild's NOS Energy Drink #17 and Macedo's Jason Johnson Racing #41 will be ones to watch as they try to track down their first-career crown jewel title.

Former full-time Outlaw Aaron Reutzel, who ran fourth at the 2019 National Open, topped the Morgan Cup in May at Williams Grove and is expected to return next month now that his 30-day suspension for violating technical procedures has ended. He's landed a new gig driving the RSR #83 based out of Knoxville, IA.

At the moment, seven other Williams Grove winners this year are expected to throw their name into the ring to defend PA Posse turf. The likes of Anthony Macri, Freddie Rahmer, Lucas Wolfe, Justin Whitall, Devon Borden, Matt Campbell, and Justin Peck will all be worth watching at the Mechanicsburg oval.

Extra Outlaws to watch include Hanover, PA's Shark Racing duo of Logan Schuchart and Jacob Allen, newly-welcomed Roth #83 pilot Kasey Kahne, and his KKR squad including championship leader Brad Sweet and rookie of the year contender James McFadden.

With the All Star Circuit of Champions sidelined that weekend, it's likely you'll see King Sunshine Tyler Courtney in his Clauson-Marshall Racing #7BC, Cory Eliason in his Rudeen Racing #26, Hunter Schuerenberg in the Tony Vermeer #55, Spencer Bayston in the Sam McGhee #11, and potentially Paul McMahan in the CJB Motorsports #5, among other possible entrants.

The bottom line is this: the National Open is can't miss.

On October 1-2, 2021, the tight, technical 1/2-mile at Williams Grove will bring the best Sprint Car drivers in the country in front of a possibly sold-out and wild crowd. We'll crown a National Open champion, make some history, and have a whole lot of fun in Cumberland County.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch every World of Outlaws race live on DIRTVision – either online or through the DIRTVision App.

National Open Titles: 6 – Donny Schatz (’20 – ’12 – ’07 – ’05 – ’04 – ’00) 4 – Lance Dewease (’18 – ‘02 – ’01 – ’96) 4 – Steve Kinser (’03 – ‘94 – ’92 – ’90) 3 – Stevie Smith (’15 – ’92 – ’89) 3 – Doug Wolfgang (’86 – ’85 – ’84) 3 – Steve Smith (’81 – ’76 – ’74) 3 – Kenny Weld (’73 – ’72 – ’71) 2 – David Gravel (’17 – ’14) 2 – Sammy Swindell (’10 – ’97) 2 – Mark Kinser (’99 – ’95) 2 – Lynn Paxton (’83 – ’82) 2 – Bobbie Adamson (’68 – ’67) 1 – Brent Marks (’19) 1 – Danny Dietrich (’16) 1 – Fred Rahmer (’13) 1 – Jason Meyers (’11) 1 – Greg Hodnett (’09) 1 – Cody Darrah (’08) 1 – Doug Esh (’06) 1 – Billy Pauch (’98) 1 – Don Kreitz Jr. (’93) 1 – Kenny Jacobs (’88) 1 – Joey Allen (’87) 1 – Allen Klinger (’80) 1 – Smokey Snellbaker (’79) 1 – Kramer Williamson (’78) 1 – Van May (’77) 1 – Bobby Allen (’75) 1 – Johnny Grum (’70) 1 – Gene Varner (’69) 1 – Lou Blaney (’66) 1 – Henry Jacoby (’65) 1 – Larry Dickson (’64) 1 – Gordon Johncock (’63)

 

 

HOMECOMING: Washington Welcomes Kasey Kahne Back to Skagit & Grays Harbor This Weekend

Enumclaw, WA Native Eyes First-Career World of Outlaws Win on Home Turf

ALGER, WA - September 2, 2021 - Kasey Kahne's roots at Skagit Speedway can be traced all the way back to 1985.

"I loved this place so much growing up," Kahne said. "It was always the coolest place to me whether I was watching the World of Outlaws or Dirt Cup. I remember sitting up in the grandstands with my mom like it was yesterday."

Since that five-year-old little boy fell in love with racing at the Alger, WA track, he grew up to become a NASCAR Cup Series superstar and the champion owner of a World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series dynasty.

The year is now 2021 and Kahne is a "full-time" Outlaw, a childhood dream of his, as he completes the remainder of the World of Outlaws season aboard the Roth Motorsports, Beef Packers #83. This weekend, the schedule takes Kahne back home where it all started for the Enumclaw, WA native.

The Greatest Show on Dirt will race in Washington for four consecutive nights, expecting near sold-out crowds for the Sage Fruit Skagit Nationals on Friday-Sunday, September 3-5 and Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, WA on Monday, September 6.

For Kahne, it's a chance to reconnect with some of his most passionate and loyal fans, and arguably his best shot yet at achieving his first-career World of Outlaws win.

"I haven't been here in a long time, but I definitely have a lot more laps here vs. anywhere else we go on the Outlaw tour," Kahne noted. "I remember these places pretty well, though. I'd expect to have good runs in all four shows this weekend. Each night in the Roth #83 we're getting better. I'm really looking forward to the entire west coast swing, but especially starting it in Washington."

Thrown into the Dennis and Teresa Roth owned entry last month, Kahne took the wheel of the #83 in early August following the suspension and ultimate dismissal of former pilot Aaron Reutzel. Over that span, Kahne has contested eight events highlighted by his performance at The Granddaddy of 'Em All, the 60th Knoxville Nationals.

Kahne earned his first-career Nationals QuickTime on his preliminary night, locked in for his second-career Nationals A-Main, and eventually finished a career-best eighth in the 50-lap Knoxville Nationals finale. Since then, the Roth #83 has continued to show immense speed in qualifying as Kahne and his Crew Chief Grant Boyum continue to work on their Feature package.

As a car owner, Kahne has enjoyed World of Outlaws wins at Skagit with drivers Joey Saldana and Daryn Pittman taking the #9 to victory lane at his home track. For Kahne himself, he hasn't raced in his home state with the Outlaws since August of 1998 at Grays Harbor, where he'll head for a Labor Day special on Monday.

Kahne is a two-time Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup champion (2002, 2003), along with many other accomplishments at the Skagit 3/10-mile oval. The next achievement he wants most is simple: World of Outlaws win.

A scattered career with The Greatest Show on Dirt has seen Kahne start 122 Features with 21 top-10 finishes and most notably two top-five results at the 2002 Kings Royal and Mississippi's Magnolia Motor Speedway earlier this year in the KKR #9.

The three-time World of Outlaws owner champion (2013 with Pittman, 2019-20 with Brad Sweet) has made it clear that one thing he desires more than most before he calls it a career is a win for himself against the World of Outlaws, something he has a good chance for this weekend in Washington.

"I learned a lot as a kid watching the Outlaws at Skagit," Kahne mentioned. "To be racing with them now and back at home is pretty exciting. I'm thrilled to be a part of the races this weekend at the tracks where I really learned the most early on in my career."

Along with championship leader Brad Sweet in the NAPA Auto Parts #49 and Rookie of the Year contender James McFadden in the Karavan Trailers #9, Kahne in the Roth #83 will try to keep it in the KKR family this weekend.

The four-race Washington weekend begins on Friday at Skagit Speedway in Alger, WA, and continues through Sunday's $25,000/Win Sage Fruit Skagit Nationals finale. A Labor Day special then brings some Monday Night DIRTVision to the table as the Outlaws head south to Elma, WA's Grays Harbor Raceway on September 6.

Following this weekend, the NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars will head for California to wrap up the west coast swing at Silver Dollar Speedway (Sept. 10-11), Keller Auto Speedway (Sept. 17), and Placerville Speedway (Sept. 18).

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch Kahne in his home state and all remaining World of Outlaws events live on DIRTVision – either online or through the DIRTVision App.

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Washington State Back on World of Outlaws Map This Weekend

Four Straight Races Highlighted by Sunday's $25,000/Win Sage Fruit Skagit Nationals

ALGER, WA - August 31, 2021 - The wait is finally over. The Greatest Show on Dirt is returning to the west coast.

After a two-year absence, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series is back in Washington state with four straight nights of racing scheduled from Friday to Monday.

Highlighting the Pacific Northwest adventure is the Sage Fruit Skagit Nationals, a three-night affair at Alger's Skagit Speedway capped off by a $25,000-to-win finale on Sunday, September 5. Following that, a Monday night edition of DIRTVision rolls on with a trip to Grays Harbor Raceway on September 6.

Some of the top storylines to follow include:

POWER UP: Donny Schatz and the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15 team have hit a new level since they switched to a newer edition of the Ford Performance Stewart 410 engine earlier this month. Their current streak of 14 consecutive top-10 finishes is highlighted by an extraordinary stretch of six straight top-four results over the last three weeks, including two wins at Red River Valley (ND) Speedway and I-80 (NE) Speedway.

With Washington in play this weekend, Schatz has all the potential to keep his hot streak rolling and even take it to the next level. He's the only full-time driver with wins at both tracks this weekend, topping Skagit on four occasions and winning five Features at Grays Harbor. Sitting -102 points of Gravel in second, Schatz has plenty of time to make more ground in the championship chase.

HOMECOMING: For the first time since 1998, Kasey Kahne will compete in his home state of Washington this weekend with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. Since that August night at Grays Harbor 23 years ago, Kahne has become a NASCAR Cup Series superstar with 18 wins and built a perennial contender in The Greatest Show on Dirt with Kasey Kahne Racing. This time, he's heading back home as a "full-time" driver since taking the reigns of the Roth Motorsports, Beef Packers #83.

A frequent competitor at Skagit and Grays Harbor while growing up, this weekend's four-race stretch in Washington is the perfect opportunity for the Enumclaw, WA native to snag his first-career World of Outlaws win. The Sage Fruit Skagit Nationals on Friday through Sunday is located just over two hours away from his childhood home, while Monday's stop at Grays Harbor is only 80 miles away with Kahne fans expected to pour into the gates at both venues.

SECOND-HALF SURGE: Brock Zearfoss' momentum from making the Knoxville Nationals A-Main has without a doubt carried over to the rest of his World of Outlaws tour. His five races post-Knoxville have resulted in an average finish of 8.4 and he's racked up four consecutive top-10 finishes, the longest stretch of his career against The Greatest Show on Dirt.

Next on the agenda for the Jonestown, PA native is a top-five finish, something he's had within his grasp on countless occasions, but has yet to achieve in 2021. He'll take the #3Z to Washington this weekend in preparation for his first-ever west coast swing with five new tracks on deck.

MONDAY NIGHT DIRTVision: Next Monday's stop at Grays Harbor (WA) Raceway will mark the 15th and (as of now) final weeknight race of the 2021 campaign. From there on out, it's back to being weekend warriors as the remaining 15 races are run on Fridays and Saturdays through the season-ending NGK/NTK World Finals on November 4-6 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

Brad Sweet has undeniably been the king of weeknight shows this year, scoring five of his 15 victories on weekdays. David Gravel is the only other driver with multiple weekday wins, claiming two to his credit.

HAUD'S HOT: Sheldon Haudenschild averaged a 1.6 finish last week in three Features through North Dakota, Nebraska, and South Dakota. The newly-turned 28-year-old never finished outside the top-10 during August and collected three of his career-high eight victories this season during the eight-race stretch.

With $25,000 on the line at the Sage Fruit Skagit Nationals this weekend, the Wooster, OH native looks to cash in on his recent momentum with the richest win of his World of Outlaws career. The Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing, NOS Energy Drink #17 is no stranger to victory lane at the Washington oval, as Sheldon scored a win at the track in 2018.

THE WAIT IS OVER: When The Greatest Show on Dirt finally roars back to life in the Pacific Northwest on Friday night, it will have been exactly two years and one day since the last World of Outlaws race in Washington on September 2, 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic locked the Series out of the state last year and more protocols shut down a west coast swing this spring, but there's no stopping the NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars this fall.

For Skagit, a three-day show will bring about the track's 39th, 40th & 41st World of Outlaws races. At Grays Harbor on Monday, the Elma, WA facility hosts the Series for the 30th time.

BACK ON TRACK: It's been a whirlwind summer for Logan Schuchart and the Shark Racing boys. They won $50,000 in June's Jackson Nationals, but a dismal July followed with six finishes outside the top-10 and only one podium appearance to show in 13 races. The Drydene Performance Products #1S turned it around in August, though, recording six top-fives in eight events, including a fifth-place finish at the Knoxville Nationals.

The Hanover, PA native enters the month of September with a perfect opportunity to return to form at the Sage Fruit Skagit Nationals. In 2019, when the World of Outlaws last raced at the Alger, WA 3/10-mile, Schuchart led all 70 laps and swept the weekend. He'll try to recreate that magic with $25,000 on the line in Sunday's finale to the three-day special.

POINTS CHASE: With 19 points-paying Features left, the championship chase remains on middle ground as it's not locked up by any means, but it's not wildly close either. Entering the Washington weekend, Brad Sweet and the Kasey Kahne Racing #49 lead David Gravel (-120) and the Big Game Motorsports #2 and Carson Macedo (-160) and the Jason Johnson Racing #41.

All three drivers will have four chances this weekend to either extend or cut away at the points lead. With hopes for a third-straight World of Outlaws championship, Sweet just needs to keep up business as usual with his 4.98 average finish. For Gravel, he needs to out-earn Sweet by an average of 6.32 points per night, while Macedo needs to make up a greater task of 8.42 points per night.

This Week at a Glance – When and Where

Friday-Sunday, September 3-5 at Skagit Speedway in Alger, WA
Monday, September 6 at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, WA

On the Internet
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Around the Turn: Following a four-night stay in Washington, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series continues its west coast swing with back-to-back weekends in California. First on the Golden State agenda for The Greatest Show on Dirt is the Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar Speedway on September 10-11.

NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (14 Drivers):
15 wins – Brad Sweet, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #49
8 wins – David Gravel, Big Game Motorsports #2
8 wins – Sheldon Haudenschild, Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17
7 wins – Carson Macedo, Jason Johnson Racing #41
4 wins – Aaron Reutzel, Roth Motorsports #83
3 wins – Kyle Larson, Silva Motorsports #57
3 wins – Logan Schuchart, Shark Racing #1S
3 wins – Donny Schatz, Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15
2 wins – Kerry Madsen, Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #14
2 wins – Brent Marks, Brent Marks Racing #19
1 win – James McFadden, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #9
1 win – Dave Blaney, Dave Blaney #10
1 win – Spencer Bayston, Sam McGhee Motorsports #11
1 win – Tyler Courtney, Clauson-Marshall Racing #7BC

FEATURE LAPS LED (27 Drivers):
297 laps – Brad Sweet
292 laps – Sheldon Haudenschild
224 laps – Carson Macedo
201 laps – Donny Schatz
189 laps – David Gravel
188 laps – Aaron Reutzel
174 laps – Logan Schuchart
72 laps – Kyle Larson
63 laps – Kerry Madsen
57 laps – Tyler Courtney
36 laps – James McFadden
33 laps – Spencer Bayston
29 laps – Giovanni Scelzi
27 laps – Brent Marks, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
13 laps – Wayne Johnson
11 laps – Sye Lynch
10 laps – Jacob Allen, Brock Zearfoss, Parker Price-Miller
9 laps – Austin McCarl
3 laps – Ian Madsen
1 lap – Kasey Kahne, Kraig Kinser, Brandon Spithaler, Dave Blaney, Brian Brown

SLICK WOODY’S QUICKTIME AWARDS (21 Drivers):
13 QuickTimes – David Gravel
7 QuickTimes – Sheldon Haudenschild
6 QuickTimes – Logan Schuchart
5 QuickTimes – Brad Sweet
4 QuickTimes – Kerry Madsen
3 QuickTimes – Aaron Reutzel
2 QuickTimes – James McFadden, Kasey Kahne, Cory Eliason, Giovanni Scelzi, Parker Price-Miller, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
1 QuickTime – Donny Schatz, Carson Macedo, Kraig Kinser, Danny Dietrich, Anthony Macri, Brian Brown, Brock Zearfoss, Rico Abreu, Sye Lynch

DRYDENE HEAT RACE WINNERS (39 Drivers)
25 Heat Wins – David Gravel
22 Heat Wins – Carson Macedo
17 Heat Wins – Donny Schatz
16 Heat Wins – Aaron Reutzel
15 Heat Wins – Sheldon Haudenschild
12 Heat Wins – Brad Sweet, Logan Schuchart
10 Heat Wins – James McFadden
7 Heat Wins – Brian Brown
5 Heat Wins – Kraig Kinser, Kerry Madsen
4 Heat Wins – Brock Zearfoss, Giovanni Scelzi, Tyler Courtney
3 Heat Wins – Jason Sides, Wayne Johnson, Ian Madsen, Anthony Macri, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
2 Heat Wins – Jacob Allen, Kasey Kahne, Kyle Larson, DJ Netto, Parker Price-Miller
1 Heat Win – Danny Dietrich, Hunter Schuerenberg, Lance Dewease, Brandon Spithaler, Tim Kaeding, Jack Dover, Scotty Thiel, Paul McMahan, Daryn Pittman, Justin Peck, Jac Haudenschild, Sye Lynch, Chad Trout, TJ Stutts, Brent Marks

PODIUM FINISHES (27 Drivers):
28 Podiums – Brad Sweet
20 Podiums – Carson Macedo
19 Podiums – Donny Schatz, Sheldon Haudenschild
18 Podiums – David Gravel
12 Podiums – Logan Schuchart
10 Podiums – Aaron Reutzel
7 Podiums – James McFadden
6 Podiums – Kerry Madsen, Brent Marks
5 Podiums – Giovanni Scelzi
3 Podiums – Brian Brown, Lance Dewease, Kyle Larson
2 Podiums – Kraig Kinser, Cory Eliason, Anthony Macri, Danny Dietrich, Tyler Courtney
1 Podium – Jacob Allen, Justin Peck, Brian Brown, Anthony Macri, Dave Blaney, Spencer Bayston, Daryn Pittman, Paulie Colagiovanni, Austin McCarl, Sam Hafertepe Jr.

2021 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Schedule & Winners

No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Fri, Feb. 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Brad Sweet (1)
2. Sun, Feb. 7 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Logan Schuchart (1)
3. Fri, March 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Carson Macedo (1)
4. Sat, March 6 / East Bay Raceway Park / Tampa, FL / Aaron Reutzel (1)
5. Fri, March 12 / Magnolia Motor Speedway / Columbus, MS / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)
6. Sat, March 13 / The Rev / Monroe, LA / David Gravel (1)
7. Fri, March 19 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Sheldon Haudenschild (2)
8. Sat, March 20 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Brad Sweet (2)
9. Sat, March 27 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, MO / Brad Sweet (3)
10. Fri, April 2 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (4)
11. Sat, April 3 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (5)
12. Fri, April 9 / Kokomo Speedway / Kokomo, IN / James McFadden (1)
13. Sat, April 10 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Carson Macedo (2)
14. Fri, April 22 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN / David Gravel (2)
15. Sun, April 24 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN / David Gravel (3)
16. Thur, April 29 / Jacksonville Speedway / Jacksonville, IL / Brad Sweet (6)
17. Fri, April 30 / I-70 Motorsports Park / Odessa, MO / Brad Sweet (7)
18. Sat, May 1 / I-70 Motorsports Park / Odessa, MO / Brad Sweet (8)
19. Sat, May 8 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Brent Marks (1)
20. Sat, May 8 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Sheldon Haudenschild (3)
21. Wed, May 12 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbottstown, PA / Brad Sweet (9)
22. Fri, May 14 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Carson Macedo (3)
23. Sat, May 15 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Aaron Reutzel (2)
24. Tues, May 18 / Bridgeport Speedway / Swedesboro, NJ / Logan Schuchart (2)
25. Fri, May 21 / Attica Raceway Park / Attica, OH / David Gravel (4)
26. Sat, May 22 / Sharon Speedway / Hartford, OH / Dave Blaney (1)
27. Mon, May 31 / Lawrenceburg Speedway / Lawrenceburg, IN / Kyle Larson (1)
28. Sat, June 5 / Granite City Speedway /Sauk Rapids, MN / David Gravel (5)
29. Fri, June 11 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Carson Macedo (4)
30. Sat, June 12 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Carson Macedo (5)
31. Thur, June 17 / 34 Raceway / West Burlington, IA / Brad Sweet (10)
32. Fri, June 18 / Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway / Dubuque, IA / Donny Schatz (1)
33. Sat, June 19 / Beaver Dam Raceway / Beaver Dam, WI / Sheldon Haudenschild (4)
34. Mon, June 21 / Huset’s Speedway / Brandon, SD / David Gravel (6)
35. Tues, June 22 / Huset’s Speedway / Brandon, SD / Aaron Reutzel (3)
36. Thur, June 24 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Kerry Madsen (1)
37. Fri, June 25 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Kerry Madsen (2)
38. Sat, June 27 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Logan Schuchart (3)
39. Fri, July 2 / Cedar Lake Speedway / New Richmond, WI / Brad Sweet (11)
40. Sat, July 3 / Cedar Lake Speedway / New Richmond, WI / Brad Sweet (12)
41. Sat, July 10 / Wilmot Raceway / Wilmot, WI / Brad Sweet (13)
42. Tues, July 13 / Attica Raceway Park / Attica, OH / Spencer Bayston (1)
43. Wed, July 14 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Carson Macedo (6)
44. Sat, July 17 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Tyler Courtney (1)
45. Sat, July 17 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Kyle Larson (2)
46. Sun, July 18 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Carson Macedo (7)
47. Tues, July 20 / Lernerville Speedway / Sarver, PA / Brad Sweet (14)
48. Fri, July 23 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Sheldon Haudenschild (5)
49. Sat, July 24 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Brent Marks (2)
50. Fri, July 30 / Ransomville Speedway / Ransomville, NY / Aaron Reutzel (4)
51. Sat, July 31 / Weedsport Speedway / Weedsport, NY / David Gravel (7)
52. Fri, August 6 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Sheldon Haudenschild (6)
53. Sat, August 7 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Sheldon Haudenschild (7)
54. Sat, August 14 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Kyle Larson (3)
55. Sat, August 21 / Red River Valley Speedway / Fargo, ND / Donny Schatz (2)
56. Sun, August 22 / Huset’s Speedway / Brandon, SD / David Gravel (8)
57. Wed, August 25 / River Cities Speedway / Grand Forks, ND / Brad Sweet (15)
58. Fri, August 27 / I-80 Speedway / Greenwood, NE / Donny Schatz (3)
59. Sun, August 29 / Black Hills Speedway / Rapid City, SD / Sheldon Haudenschild (8)

 

 

SECOND NO MORE: Haudenschild rockets to Rushmore Outlaw Showdown win
The Wooster, OH driver’s Black Hills Speedway win propelled him to a career-high eight wins in a season

RAPID CITY, SD – Aug. 29, 2021 – Sheldon Haudenschild was sick of second. He had to settle for the runner-up spot in his last two races. No more. That ended at Black Hills Speedway.

With the correct prediction of a move by 10-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz, Haudenschild was able to break that streak and win the Rushmore Outlaw Showdown – along with its $10,000 payday.

Like a driver stuck in Ground Hogs Day, Haudenschild was pinned against Schatz on the front row for the DIRTVision FAST PASS Dash and 25-lap World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Feature. In the Dash, he lost the battle. In the Feature, he won the war.

Schatz, on the outside pole, launched ahead of Haudenschild on the first lap of the Dash and ran away with the win. When the Feature commenced, it was Haudenschild’s turn to try the same.

Starting on the outside pole, Haudenschild rocketed around the outside of Schatz off Turn 2 but the CARQUEST #15 fought back and pulled even with Haudenschild down the backstretch to retake the lead. However, the caution flew before their battle could continue. Haudenschild had another free shot. Only, this time, Schatz was ready for it.

When they saw the green flag, again, Schatz time his restart better than Haudenschild and pulled ahead of him into Turn 1. He drifted up the track to block Haudenschild’s expected run off Turn 2. This is where Haudenschild made the correct prediction.

Expecting Schatz to move up, the NOS Energy Drink #17, shifted hard left on the exit of the first corner and darted underneath the 10-time champion down the backstretch. Like Schatz on the initial start, Haudenschild had the better momentum and pulled ahead of Schatz into Turn 3. From there, the Wooster, OH driver hit the afterburners and ran qualifying laps for the remainder of the race.

“I can’t give it up enough for Ripper, Steve and Drew,” Haudenschild said of his Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing crew. “They bust their butt. We had to change an engine there before Hot Laps. They always make sure our shit is right.”

Five cautions plagued the progress of the Feature and Haudenschild’s command out front. That didn’t hinder the fighter jet-like speed of his car, though. On every restart, Haudenschild found something no one else could and put a second gap between him and the field in a single lap.

On multiple occasions this year, circumstances out of Haudenschild’s control robbed him of a win. With several drivers blowing tires throughout the event, anxiety tapped on the shoulder of his crew as they watched from the top of the team hauler, waiting to see if they would be faced with the same fate.

Inside the cockpit, Haudenschild knew exactly what he needed to do to avoid an issue.

“I feel like I kept it down in the clean part of the track and I felt like they were cutting them, not really getting them bald,” Haudenschild said. “I just tried to cool them there and run in the clean part of the track and get to the end of this. I was sputtering on fuel there at the end.”

Behind him, Schatz, who was on a mission to sweep the weekend after claiming his first I-80 Speedway win on Friday could do nothing but watch the black and orange #17 rocket away from him on every restart.

“We tried to move around and catch him,” Schatz said. “I was going to have to make something work there in the middle of (Turns) one and two. Just could never hit it right there. We could stay with him at the end. At the beginning, he set a pretty good pace. Hats off to him, he did a great job.”

With the fortune of blown tires by others, Gravel was able to keep his equipment clean and round out the podium.

“I felt like we had a pretty good car there,” Gravel said. “I felt like we were just as good as anybody. Just track position is really important. I had a hole in my right rear on the last restart and had about four or five pounds left in it.”

Two-time and reigning champion Brad Sweet managed to salvage a fifth-place finish after blowing a tire early. However, with Gravel finishing ahead of him, he still lost a few points – now holding a 120-point lead over Gravel.

Rookie of the Year contender Brock Zearfoss continued his career run as his sixth-place finish was his fifth top-10 in a row.

For Haudenschild, the victory was his first at Black Hills Speedway and eighth of the year – a new career-high of wins in a season for him.

“To finish the weekend off with a win is great,” Haudenschild said.

Second no more.

UP NEXT
The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series returns to Washington for the first time since 2019 for the inaugural Sage Fruit Skagit Nationals at Skagit Speedway – Friday to Sunday (Sept. 3 to Sept. 5).

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision – either online or through the DIRTVision App.

RESULTS

NOS Energy Drink Feature (25 Laps)
1.17-Sheldon Haudenschild [2][$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [1][$6,000]; 3. 2-David Gravel [6][$3,500]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3][$2,800]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [5][$2,500]; 6. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [7][$2,300]; 7. 41-Carson Macedo [4][$2,200]; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser [12][$2,100]; 9. 88-Travis Reber [14][$2,050]; 10. 9-James McFadden [10][$2,000]; 11. 2N-Shad Petersen [18][$1,600]; 12. 1A-Jacob Allen [8][$1,400]; 13. 83-Kasey Kahne [9][$1,200]; 14. 4-Adam Speckman [16][$1,100]; 15. 2C-Zach Patterson [19][$1,050]; 16. 2K-Kevin Ingle [13][$1,000]; 17. 3-Mike Pennel [15][$1,000]; 18. 73-Bill Deay [17][$1,000]; 19. 1J-Jack Eckard [20][$1,000]; 20. 7S-Jason Sides [11][$1,000]; Lap Leaders: Sheldon Haudenschild 1-25; KSE Hard Charger Award: 2N-Shad Petersen[+7]

Qualifying
1. 15-Donny Schatz, 15.414; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 15.455; 3. 41-Carson Macedo, 15.492; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 15.531; 5. 2-David Gravel, 15.548; 6. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 15.6; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen, 15.602; 8. 49-Brad Sweet, 15.611; 9. 9-James McFadden, 15.659; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 15.665; 11. 83-Kasey Kahne, 15.757; 12. 7S-Jason Sides, 15.946; 13. 2C-Zach Patterson, 16.24; 14. 2K-Kevin Ingle, 16.481; 15. 4-Adam Speckman, 17.046; 16. 88-Travis Reber, 17.291; 17. 2N-Shad Petersen, 18.034; 18. 3-Mike Pennel, 18.646; 19. 73-Bill Deay, 19.491; 20. 1J-Jack Eckard

 

 

PERFECT POUNCE: Brad Sweet Steals River Cities Thriller from Sheldon Haudenschild on Last Lap

The Big Cat Passes Sheldon for the Win, Passes Jac on All-Time Wins List

GRAND FORKS, ND - August 26, 2021 - It seems as if River Cities Speedway has been providing "race of the year" vibes for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series all the way back to the dawn of time.

On Wednesday night, the "world-famous legendary bullring" offered up its latest masterpiece, a last-lap pass for the win between the Series' forefront champion and the Series' hottest rising star.

It's something the Grand Forks, ND oval has become famous for with daring moves in tight traffic, treacherous curbs atop a multi-lane surface, and nail-biting finishes that stun the fans over and over again.

This mid-week rescheduled date was no different.

Carson Macedo commanded the opening 28 laps aboard the Jason Johnson Racing #41, but Sheldon Haudenschild rose to the top spot on Lap 29 and seemed to be a sure bet to seal the deal on win #8 this year. However, with each passing lap, the lead dwindled and dwindled for the NOS Energy Drink, Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17.

It was The Big Cat Brad Sweet who pounced perfectly, though, watching as the white flag waved and immediately flipping his Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49 into attack mode. The savvy veteran rolled the middle of turns one and two right by the young gun and took command down the backstretch.

The duo ran wheel-to-wheel through turns three and four before a drag race to the checkered flag solved all with a mere 0.133-second advantage, in the favor of Sweet.

"I hope you fans enjoyed that finish," Sweet told the Grand Forks faithful as they stood in awe for the second-straight year. "We've been struggling lately, so I'm just happy to get the win. I've been close here so many times, but Donny just dominated this place for years. We finally found something that got us on the top step of the podium; it feels good."

Ironically enough, Sweet's last-lap pass of one Haudenschild lifted him past another Haudenschild in the grand scheme of the history books.

By overtaking Sheldon for his 73rd career win, the Grass Valley, CA native officially moved beyond Jac to take sole possession of 11th on the World of Outlaws All-Time Wins List.

Wednesday marked his 15th NOS Energy Drink Feature win of the season and his first breakthrough at North Dakota's River Cities Speedway.

After starting fifth in the 40-lap Feature, Sweet slipped as far back as eighth, but never let himself get too far out of it. He went seventh-to-four on a single restart on Lap 15, then passed Schatz for third on Lap 33, snuck by Macedo for second on Lap 35, and snookered Haudenschild for the win on Lap 39.

"I knew when I saw the white flag that I had to go for it," Sweet noted. "The lappers kept moving Sheldon around just enough to give me that chance. I found the middle through turns one and two, and that's how I got by Donny and Carso, too. It got tight there at the end, glad we could hang on for it."

In a heartbreaking turn of events, Sheldon Haudenschild was handed his sixth second-place effort of the season in dramatic fashion. The throttle smasher and cushion blaster from Wooster, OH didn't hang his head through the disappointing result but instead looked forward to the momentum his NOS Energy Drink squad is building.

"All we can do is keep learning and getting better," Haudenschild acknowledged. "I survived the first half just playing it cool, but I probably should have protected the middle more there at the end. Brad is one of the best in the business, those guys were great tonight. This track was incredible, for sure. We've got a really good car right now, so I'm looking forward to his next stretch."

Outside polesitter Carson Macedo paced the opening 28 laps of the 40-lapper before settling into a third-place finish. It was a much-needed podium appearance for the Jason Johnson racing #41 following a rough-go at Huset's on Sunday. The Lemoore, CA 25-year-old knows he just can't make mistakes competing against The Greatest Show on Dirt.

"I made too many mistakes in traffic and that's what really cost me," Macedo mentioned. "All it takes is one mistake to lose these Outlaw races with how good everyone else is. I tried to move around and find something after Sheldon got me, but he set such a good pace up top there was no keeping up. It sucks to lead that many laps and not win the race, but it's good momentum to get this #41 team going again."

Rounding out the top-five on Wednesday Fargo's own Donny Schatz with his 12th-straight top-10 run in the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15, and behind him was Shark Racing's Logan Schuchart in the fifth position aboard the Drydene Performance Products #1S.

Closing out the top-10 at River Cities was David Gravel & the Big Game Motorsports #2 in sixth, James McFadden & the Kasey Kahne Racing #9 in seventh, Brock Zearfoss & the Moose's LZ Bar & Grill #3Z in eighth, Mark Dobmeier & the Buffalo Wild Wings #13 with a season-best ninth, and Wayne Johnson & the Two-C Racing #2C with a second-straight top-10 effort.

UP NEXT: A seven-hour drive from Grand Forks, ND to Greenwood, NE will lead the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series to I-80 Speedway for Friday's FVP Platinum Battery Showdown. On Sunday, the week concludes with a trip to South Dakota's Black Hills Speedway.

NOS Energy Drink Feature Results (40 Laps): 1. 49-Brad Sweet [5][$10,000]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [4][$6,000]; 3. 41-Carson Macedo [2][$3,500]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$2,800]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [7][$2,500]; 6. 2-David Gravel [8][$2,300]; 7. 9-James McFadden [1][$2,200]; 8. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [11][$2,100]; 9. 13-Mark Dobmeier [10][$2,050]; 10. 2C-Wayne Johnson [9][$2,000]; 11. 83-Kasey Kahne [12][$1,600]; 12. 20G-Noah Gass [14][$1,400]; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser [6][$1,200]; 14. 14T-Tim Estenson [20][$1,100]; 15. 7S-Jason Sides [17][$1,050]; 16. 8H-Jade Hastings [18][$1,000]; 17. 9N-Wade Nygaard [19][$1,000]; 18. 17M-Zach Omdahl [23][$1,000]; 19. 11M-Brendan Mullen [15][$1,000]; 20. O-Nick Omdahl [22][$1,000]; 21. 1A-Jacob Allen [13][$1,000]; 22. 8-Jack Croaker [21][$1,000]; 23. 2A-Austin Pierce [16][$1,000]; 24. 6N-Greg Nikitenko [24][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Carson Macedo 1-28, Sheldon Haudenschild 29-39, Brad Sweet 40. KSE Hard Charger Award: 14T-Tim Estenson[+6]

NEW Championship Standings (60/81 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (7,872); 2. David Gravel (-132); 3. Carson Macedo (-168); 4. Donny Schatz (-246); 5. Sheldon Haudenschild (-270); 6. Logan Schuchart (-314); 7. James McFadden (-726); 8. Kraig Kinser (-936); 9. Brock Zearfoss (-1206); 10. Jacob Allen (-1426).

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Three Races in Five Nights for Traveling Outlaws

The Greatest Show on Dirt Races on Wednesday, Friday & Sunday

GRAND FORKS, ND - August 25, 2021 - A busy stretch of three races over the next five nights awaits the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.

It all starts tonight as The Greatest Show on Dirt returns to River Cities Speedway for the third time this season, hoping to complete its first event at the Grand Forks, ND bullring. David Gravel was QuickTime at the track in June, but North Dakota native Donny Schatz is certainly the favorite to defend his home turf again.

A seven-hour drive to Greenwood, NE awaits on Thursday, then the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown goes off on Friday night at I-80 Speedway. Championship leader Brad Sweet enters as the most recent winner at the 4/10-mile oval and looks to extend his point lead in pursuit of his third-straight World of Outlaws title.

Another 550-mile drive on Saturday to Rapid City, SD will lead the Outlaws into a Sunday showdown at Black Hills Speedway. Carson Macedo, who is third in points and in need of a fresh start, will enter as the defending winner aboard his Jason Johnson Racing #41.

By the end of the weekend when the Outlaws head west for a three-week swing in Washington and California, only 19 races will remain in the championship chase.

Here are some of the top storylines to follow:

DAKOTA DOMINANCE: No driver on the World of Outlaws tour takes defending their home turf to the next level as much as Donny Schatz. Last weekend, the Fargo, ND native won just a few minutes away from his house at Red River Valley Speedway. It was his 23rd win in his home state and the 301st of his iconic career, a win that was almost even sweeter than his milestone 300th.

Tonight, Schatz gets one more race at arguably his best track on tour, River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND. Previously known as "The Minot Missile," Schatz has contested all 26 World of Outlaws Features at the bullring with monumental success. He's won 12 of those races (46% winning percentage) and returns as the favorite tonight to make it 13 wins. With the Ford Performance Engine hitting on all cylinders, the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15 will be a threat everywhere we go over the next two months.

CHIPPING AWAY: All that remains in 2021 is 22 races for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, and the championship battle is far from over. Sure, Brad Sweet has held a tight grasp on the top spot since March, but David Gravel and his Big Game Motorsports #2 team are kicking it into high gear as they cut the deficit down to -120 after winning on Sunday night.

What's on the line? Simply put, history, glory, prestige, and money. The things every Outlaw desires.

For Sweet and the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49, they're chasing a third-consecutive title, something that only legends Steve Kinser and Donny Schatz have accomplished. For Gravel, he's trying to climb the mountaintop for the first time in his career, which would make him the 11th driver in history to become an Outlaw champion.

From now until the conclusion of the World Finals, 75 days is all that remains in the season. Another weekend in the Dakotas, a three-week trip to the west coast, a return out east, a southeastern double, and the season finale, along with other challenges stand in the way.

TIME TO SHINE: A pair of full-time World of Outlaws drivers recorded season-best efforts on Sunday night at Huset's Speedway.

Wayne Johnson of Oklahoma City, OK won his Team Drydene Heat Race and won the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash to earn his first pole position in more than seven years. He led 13 of the first 14 Feature laps before falling to finish seventh, his best run of 2021 aboard the Two-C Racing entry. The seventh-place finish is Wayne's 19th top-10 of his Outlaw career and his best result since June of 2013 at Kokomo. It's the second time in the last month that the 50-year-old Johnson has stole headlines with his performance.

Along with the #2C, the #1A also opened eyes on Sunday night. Hanover, PA's Jacob Allen charged forward to put his Shark Racing, Drydene Performance Products #1S on the podium for the first time this season. His third-place finish the 12th podium finish of his career and gives him more momentum heading into a weekend where we visit Black Hills and I-80, two places that Allen has led laps at and nearly won before.

SETTLING IN: Assigned to the Roth Motorsports, Beef Packers #83 for the remainder of the 2021 season, Kasey Kahne has taken little time settling into his new ride. After a top-10 performance at the Knoxville Nationals, the former NASCAR Cup Series star rattled off another QuickTime and New Track Record at Red River Valley. They've had immense qualifying speed, but struggles with Heat Race starts forced Kahne to miss both Dashes last weekend.

He'll have three more opportunities this week to finetune the new combination before the Enumclaw, WA native returns to his home state for four straight nights on September 3-6.

RESET BUTTON: The case could be made that Huset's Speedway is Carson Macedo's kryptonite. The Lemoore, CA native debuted at the Brandon, SD last September and ran second in his first appearance, although it was a race haunted by tire trouble. In four starts since then, three of them coming this year, Macedo has yet to finish better than 14th at the 1/3-mile oval. He was leading on Sunday night when a lap traffic incident stripped him of a potential eighth win of the year.

An 18th-place effort officially ended Macedo's streak of 20 consecutive top-10 finishes and sent him falling to third in the championship at -162 behind Sweet. With three races over the next five nights, Macedo and the Jason Johnson Racing #41 will look to hit the reset button and start fresh with a new streak as we hit the homestretch of the 2021 season.

THIRD TIME'S THE CHARM: Mother Nature has done her best to deter the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars away from Grand Forks this year. She sent a massive downpour of rain following Slick Woody's Qualifying in June and offered severe thunderstorms last Friday night. However, Wednesday's forecast looks great, albeit chilly, as the Outlaws prepare to visit the always-thrilling bullring for the 27th time in Series history.

ALL CHARGED UP: Friday's FVP Platinum Battery Showdown puts Greenwood, NE's I-80 Speedway in the spotlight. It marks the 33rd Series event at the 4/10-mile, but only the fifth race within the last decade. Championship leader Brad Sweet enters as the most recent winner at the track, overtaking Jacob Allen last August and surviving a green-white-checkered finish to beat Carson Macedo and Logan Schuchart.

HEADING WEST: On Sunday, a visit to Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, SD will officially mark the journey west. A three-week swing with four straight nights through Washington and four more nights in California will bring The Greatest Show on Dirt back to the West Coast for the first time since the fall of 2019, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This Week at a Glance – When and Where

Wednesday, August 25 at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND
Friday, August 27 at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, NE
Sunday, August 29 at Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, SD

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Around the Turn: Following this weekend, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series takes The Greatest Show on Dirt to the west coast for a three-week swing. It all starts with four straight nights in Washington highlighted by the Sage Fruit Skagit Nationals (Sept. 3-5) and a Monday night stop at Grays Harbor Raceway (Sept. 6).

NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (14 Drivers):
14 wins – Brad Sweet, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #49
8 wins – David Gravel, Big Game Motorsports #2
7 wins – Carson Macedo, Jason Johnson Racing #41
7 wins – Sheldon Haudenschild, Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17
4 wins – Aaron Reutzel, Roth Motorsports #83
3 wins – Kyle Larson, Silva Motorsports #57
3 wins – Logan Schuchart, Shark Racing #1S
2 wins – Kerry Madsen, Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #14
2 wins – Brent Marks, Brent Marks Racing #19
2 wins – Donny Schatz, Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15
1 win – James McFadden, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #9
1 win – Dave Blaney, Dave Blaney #10
1 win – Spencer Bayston, Sam McGhee Motorsports #11
1 win – Tyler Courtney, Clauson-Marshall Racing #7BC

FEATURE LAPS LED (27 Drivers):
296 laps – Brad Sweet
256 laps – Sheldon Haudenschild
188 laps – Aaron Reutzel
189 laps – David Gravel
186 laps – Carson Macedo
181 laps – Donny Schatz
174 laps – Logan Schuchart
72 laps – Kyle Larson
63 laps – Kerry Madsen
57 laps – Tyler Courtney
36 laps – James McFadden
33 laps – Spencer Bayston
29 laps – Giovanni Scelzi
27 laps – Brent Marks, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
13 laps – Wayne Johnson
11 laps – Sye Lynch
10 laps – Jacob Allen, Brock Zearfoss, Parker Price-Miller
9 laps – Austin McCarl
3 laps – Ian Madsen
1 lap – Kasey Kahne, Kraig Kinser, Brandon Spithaler, Dave Blaney, Brian Brown

SLICK WOODY’S QUICKTIME AWARDS (20 Drivers):
12 QuickTimes – David Gravel
7 QuickTimes – Sheldon Haudenschild
5 QuickTimes – Brad Sweet, Logan Schuchart
4 QuickTimes – Kerry Madsen
3 QuickTimes – Aaron Reutzel
2 QuickTimes – James McFadden, Kasey Kahne, Cory Eliason, Giovanni Scelzi, Parker Price-Miller, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
1 QuickTime – Carson Macedo, Kraig Kinser, Danny Dietrich, Anthony Macri, Brian Brown, Brock Zearfoss, Rico Abreu, Sye Lynch

DRYDENE HEAT RACE WINNERS (39 Drivers)
24 Heat Wins – David Gravel
20 Heat Wins – Carson Macedo
16 Heat Wins – Donny Schatz, Aaron Reutzel
13 Heat Wins – Sheldon Haudenschild
12 Heat Wins – Brad Sweet, Logan Schuchart
10 Heat Wins – James McFadden
6 Heat Wins – Brian Brown
5 Heat Wins – Kerry Madsen
4 Heat Wins – Brock Zearfoss, Kraig Kinser, Giovanni Scelzi, Tyler Courtney
3 Heat Wins – Jason Sides, Wayne Johnson, Ian Madsen, Anthony Macri, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
2 Heat Wins – Jacob Allen, Kasey Kahne, Kyle Larson, DJ Netto, Parker Price-Miller
1 Heat Win – Danny Dietrich, Hunter Schuerenberg, Lance Dewease, Brandon Spithaler, Tim Kaeding, Jack Dover, Scotty Thiel, Paul McMahan, Daryn Pittman, Justin Peck, Jac Haudenschild, Sye Lynch, Chad Trout, TJ Stutts, Brent Marks

PODIUM FINISHES (27 Drivers):
27 Podiums – Brad Sweet
18 Podiums – Carson Macedo
17 Podiums – David Gravel, Donny Schatz
16 Podiums – Sheldon Haudenschild
12 Podiums – Logan Schuchart
10 Podiums – Aaron Reutzel
7 Podiums – James McFadden
6 Podiums – Kerry Madsen, Brent Marks
5 Podiums – Giovanni Scelzi
3 Podiums – Brian Brown, Lance Dewease, Kyle Larson
2 Podiums – Kraig Kinser, Cory Eliason, Anthony Macri, Danny Dietrich, Tyler Courtney
1 Podium – Jacob Allen, Justin Peck, Brian Brown, Anthony Macri, Dave Blaney, Spencer Bayston, Daryn Pittman, Paulie Colagiovanni, Austin McCarl, Sam Hafertepe Jr.

2021 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Schedule & Winners

No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Fri, Feb. 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Brad Sweet (1)
2. Sun, Feb. 7 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Logan Schuchart (1)
3. Fri, March 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Carson Macedo (1)
4. Sat, March 6 / East Bay Raceway Park / Tampa, FL / Aaron Reutzel (1)
5. Fri, March 12 / Magnolia Motor Speedway / Columbus, MS / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)
6. Sat, March 13 / The Rev / Monroe, LA / David Gravel (1)
7. Fri, March 19 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Sheldon Haudenschild (2)
8. Sat, March 20 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Brad Sweet (2)
9. Sat, March 27 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, MO / Brad Sweet (3)
10. Fri, April 2 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (4)
11. Sat, April 3 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (5)
12. Fri, April 9 / Kokomo Speedway / Kokomo, IN / James McFadden (1)
13. Sat, April 10 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Carson Macedo (2)
14. Fri, April 22 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN / David Gravel (2)
15. Sun, April 24 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN / David Gravel (3)
16. Thur, April 29 / Jacksonville Speedway / Jacksonville, IL / Brad Sweet (6)
17. Fri, April 30 / I-70 Motorsports Park / Odessa, MO / Brad Sweet (7)
18. Sat, May 1 / I-70 Motorsports Park / Odessa, MO / Brad Sweet (8)
19. Sat, May 8 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Brent Marks (1)
20. Sat, May 8 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Sheldon Haudenschild (3)
21. Wed, May 12 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbottstown, PA / Brad Sweet (9)
22. Fri, May 14 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Carson Macedo (3)
23. Sat, May 15 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Aaron Reutzel (2)
24. Tues, May 18 / Bridgeport Speedway / Swedesboro, NJ / Logan Schuchart (2)
25. Fri, May 21 / Attica Raceway Park / Attica, OH / David Gravel (4)
26. Sat, May 22 / Sharon Speedway / Hartford, OH / Dave Blaney (1)
27. Mon, May 31 / Lawrenceburg Speedway / Lawrenceburg, IN / Kyle Larson (1)
28. Sat, June 5 / Granite City Speedway /Sauk Rapids, MN / David Gravel (5)
29. Fri, June 11 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Carson Macedo (4)
30. Sat, June 12 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Carson Macedo (5)
31. Thur, June 17 / 34 Raceway / West Burlington, IA / Brad Sweet (10)
32. Fri, June 18 / Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway / Dubuque, IA / Donny Schatz (1)
33. Sat, June 19 / Beaver Dam Raceway / Beaver Dam, WI / Sheldon Haudenschild (4)
34. Mon, June 21 / Huset’s Speedway / Brandon, SD / David Gravel (6)
35. Tues, June 22 / Huset’s Speedway / Brandon, SD / Aaron Reutzel (3)
36. Thur, June 24 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Kerry Madsen (1)
37. Fri, June 25 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Kerry Madsen (2)
38. Sat, June 27 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Logan Schuchart (3)
39. Fri, July 2 / Cedar Lake Speedway / New Richmond, WI / Brad Sweet (11)
40. Sat, July 3 / Cedar Lake Speedway / New Richmond, WI / Brad Sweet (12)
41. Sat, July 10 / Wilmot Raceway / Wilmot, WI / Brad Sweet (13)
42. Tues, July 13 / Attica Raceway Park / Attica, OH / Spencer Bayston (1)
43. Wed, July 14 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Carson Macedo (6)
44. Sat, July 17 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Tyler Courtney (1)
45. Sat, July 17 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Kyle Larson (2)
46. Sun, July 18 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Carson Macedo (7)
47. Tues, July 20 / Lernerville Speedway / Sarver, PA / Brad Sweet (14)
48. Fri, July 23 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Sheldon Haudenschild (5)
49. Sat, July 24 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Brent Marks (2)
50. Fri, July 30 / Ransomville Speedway / Ransomville, NY / Aaron Reutzel (4)
51. Sat, July 31 / Weedsport Speedway / Weedsport, NY / David Gravel (7)
52. Fri, August 6 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Sheldon Haudenschild (6)
53. Sat, August 7 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Sheldon Haudenschild (7)
54. Sat, August 14 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Kyle Larson (3)
55. Sat, August 21 / Red River Valley Speedway / Fargo, ND / Donny Schatz (2)
56. Sun, August 22 / Huset's Speedway / Brandon, SD / David Gravel (8)

 

 

HUSET'S HITTER: David Gravel Gets Much-Needed Win for Big Game Motorsports

Austin McCarl & Jacob Allen Earn First Podium Finishes of 2021

BRANDON, SD - August 22, 2021 - David Gravel has found a knack for shining bright when he plays in the boss' backyard.

For the second time this season, the Watertown, CT native parked his Huset's Speedway #2 in victory lane at none other than Huset's Speedway, a track promoted by his Big Game Motorsports car owner - Tod Quiring.

His win ironically came just about 24 hours after the Watertown, CT native stated "they needed to get start getting some Outlaw wins" after running second at Red River Valley Speedway on Saturday night. He gave himself exactly what he wanted on Sunday, scoring his eighth win of the year and the 66th of his World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series career.

Becoming the fourth different leader with 11 to go, Gravel said Sunday's Pioneer Bin Buster Bash simply played into his favor. He's not entirely wrong as Carson Macedo spun in lap traffic, Wayne Johnson slipped back from the pole, and Austin McCarl knocked the jacob's ladder out of the car when he hit the wall.

However, a win is a win; and with 22 races remaining in the championship chase, every single point matters.

"That was a wild race," Gravel said. "I thought I was going to wreck a couple of times. I just bided my time and the race really played out in my favor. I think the lead really just got handed to me. All in all, really happy to get another win at Huset's Speedway. I mean this place was closed down four years ago and look at it now. It's incredible seeing this kind of crowd."

Beyond Gravel, the storylines were plentiful on Sunday as The Greatest Show on Dirt survived an afternoon thunderstorm and beat incoming weather to conclude an epic night of racing.

First off, Wayne Johnson of Oklahoma City, OK earned his first pole position in seven years with the World of Outlaws. The 50-year-old sophomore led 13 of the first 14 laps before slipping to finish seventh, which is still a season-best result for the Two-C Racing team.

Secondly, there was A-Mac Austin McCarl. The son of T-Mac Terry McCarl started outside pole at a track he has dominated in 2021, giving himself and his dad to become the eighth father-son duo to win in World of Outlaws history. The #17A led nine laps through the halfway point, but contact with the wall dropped him from the lead and eventually to a career-best P2 run.

There was also the run of Jacob Allen on this night. The lovable Shark Racing driver drove by the likes of Kraig Kinser and Donny Schatz to earn his first podium finish of the 2021 season.

Once in command of the lead on Lap 24, Gravel never looked back. He easily survived a restart with four to go, and then a green-white-checkered finish, as he ultimately crossed the line with a 1.425-second advantage.

"For how much we rain got, the track was really good," Gravel noted. "Hats off to the Huset's Speedway crew on the job they did, and the Outlaws did a great job rushing us through to beat the weather."

After leading nine laps, Austin McCarl of Altoona, IA ended up with a second-place finish, equalling his career-best with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.

"You know you're doing something right when you're disappointed with running second at an Outlaw show," McCarl mentioned. I just got too aggressive in traffic, made the car too tight and when I hit the fence it knocked the ladder out. It hurts, but I beat myself. I think I can live with that, rather than something else taking it away from us."

Claiming the final podium position was Hanover, PA's Jacob Allen with his first top-three result of the year in his Shark Racing, Drydene Performance Products #1S.

"This feels great, man," Allen said. "Huset's is so much fun when it's like this. Getting back on the podium with the Outlaws is awesome."

Closing out the top-five at Huset's was a red-hot Donny Schatz in fourth aboard the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15 and Kraig Kinser in fifth aboard the #11K with his third top-five finish of the season.

Rounding out the top-10 on Sunday night was James McFadden in sixth, Wayne Johnson with a season-best seventh, championship leader Brad Sweet in eighth, Sheldon Haudenschild in ninth, and Brock Zearfoss with his 15th top-10 of the year.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will take two days off before returning to North Dakota this Wednesday, August 25 for a makeup date at Grand Forks' River Cities Speedway. After that, The Greatest Show on Dirt will head to Nebraska's I-80 Speedway on Friday, August 27, and South Dakota's Black Hills Speedway on Saturday, August 29.

NOS Energy Drink Feature RESULTS (36 Laps Due to Green-White-Checkered Finish) - 1. 2-David Gravel [4][$10,000]; 2. 17A-Austin McCarl [2][$6,000]; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen [7][$3,500]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [6][$2,800]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [5][$2,500]; 6. 9-James McFadden [12][$2,300]; 7. 2C-Wayne Johnson [1][$2,200]; 8. 49-Brad Sweet [9][$2,100]; 9. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [13][$2,050]; 10. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [8][$2,000]; 11. 13-Mark Dobmeier [17][$1,600]; 12. 1S-Logan Schuchart [10][$1,400]; 13. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [15][$1,200]; 14. 83-Kasey Kahne [11][$1,100]; 15. 3-Tim Kaeding [24][$1,050]; 16. 81-Jack Dover [18][$1,000]; 17. 19-Paige Polyak [14][$1,000]; 18. 41-Carson Macedo [3][$1,000]; 19. 27-Carson McCarl [20][$1,000]; 20. 16-Brooke Tatnell [23][$1,000]; 21. ACE-Dusty Zomer [19][$1,000]; 22. 47N-Marcus Dumesny [22][$1,000]; 23. O9-Matt Juhl [21][$1,000]; 24. 7-Justin Henderson [16][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Wayne Johnson 1-7, 9-14; Carson Macedo 8, Austin McCarl 15-23; David Gravel 24-36. KSE Hard Charger Award: 3-Tim Kaeding[+9]

NEW Championship Standings (58/81 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (7,722); 2. David Gravel (-120); 3. Carson Macedo (-162); 4. Donny Schatz (-238); 5. Sheldon Haudenschild (-266); 6. Logan Schuchart (-304); 7. James McFadden (-712); 8. Kraig Kinser (-910); 9. Brock Zearfoss (-1190); 10. Jacob Allen (-1384).

 

 

HOME SWEET HOME: Donny Schatz Delivers Popular Win at Red River Valley

Fargo, ND Native Collects 301st World of Outlaws Victory at Home Track

FARGO, ND - August 21, 2021 - Fargo fans got exactly what they wanted on Saturday night: a Donny Schatz W.

After taking the lead from Logan Schuchart with eight to go at Red River Valley Speedway, the 10-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion survived the final restart and ran away with his second victory of the 2021 season.

As emotional that he was for his 300th career win, Schatz was equally as excited for his 301st.

He offered a huge fist pump in victory lane and couldn't thank the fans enough for their support. The roars of the packed crowd echoed through Cass County and random shoutings such as "WE LOVE YOU DONNY" and "YOU'RE THE GOAT" could be heard over the podium interviews.

Schatz has now won 23 of his 301 career wins with The Greatest Show on Dirt inside his home state of North Dakota. Six of those 23 triumphs in the "Peace Garden State" have come specifically at Red River Valley, located just minutes away from his Fargo residence.

Saturday's win came in the first race back since he nearly stole his 11th Knoxville Nationals title last weekend. With a new Ford Performance (FPS410) Engine under the hood and newfound confidence, Schatz says he's looking forward to these final 23 races in the 2021 season.

"Winning at home is big, and it's important," Schatz said to a raucous crowd. "I mean, look at this crowd. You guys are incredible. It's cliche, but I can't thank you guys enough for the support, it means a lot to me. I'm 25 years into this deal, and I'm feeling better every day. I don't know that I have another 25, but I know that I've still got a lot left in me."

Before Schatz thrilled his hometown crowd, Kasey Kahne sent the internet into a frenzy during Slick Woody's Qualifying. In his first race as a "full-time" Outlaw, Kahne established a NEW TRACK RECORD (11.397 seconds) and made it four consecutive QuickTimes for the Roth Motorsports #83.

Team Drydene Heat wins followed for Schatz, Schuchart & McFadden, but it was David Gravel earning his eighth pole position by topping the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash.

Gravel paced the opening lap of the Feature in his Big Game Motorsports #2, but in choosing the outside lane on the first restart, he chose poorly. Schuchart scooted by with a slide job into turn one and Gravel eventually succumbed to Schatz on Lap 11 as he faded to third.

As the cross flags waved with 15 down and 15 to go, Schatz picked up the pace and quickly caught Schuchart in a battle for the lead. Fans were treated to a thrilling show through lap traffic as the #15 and the #1S dueled for a handful of laps, even going three-wide with the backmarkers.

Schatz officially took command on Lap 22, moments prior to the final caution being called for Marcus Dumesny on Lap 24. He aced the final restart and went challenge free to the checkered flag ahead by 2.636-seconds as his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, Carquest #15 made it two wins in 2021.

"We haven't had the greatest year, but we're past 300, we're onto the 301, and now we want 302," Schatz mentioned. "We're hitting on all cylinders right now. This is a new Ford powerplant under the hood. Things have been way better with this. It's a lot easier for me to drive, and we can do the things that we couldn't earlier this year. Hats off to Ford Performance, and every single one of our partners for sticking with us. We've lacked speed at the end of the races, and these past few weeks there's been a huge difference. I'm feeling really good going forward."

While Schatz walked away with the win, mayhem broke loose in the battle for second as a three-way war ensued.

Ultimately, David Gravel ended the night with a runner-up finish. The Big Game Motorsports #2 didn't get the W they wanted, but they'll now head to Huset's Speedway on Sunday with the championship runner-up slot back in their grasp.

"I feel bad for my guys," Gravel acknowledged. "I chose the top and gave up the lead, and I think that is what took us out of contention for the win. If I didn't make that big move at the end, I think we'd run fourth tonight. Starting on the pole, you always want to win so it's a bit disappointing. It's been a good year, but we need to start picking up some more wins."

Rounding out the podium for the seventh time this year was James McFadden aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing, Karavan Trailers #9. He sealed his deal for a top-three in the midst of a wild three-wide move with Gravel and Schuchart on the Lap 24 restart.

"That was a lot of fun, mate," McFadden offered. "It was treacherous up top. A real fine line between ripping or falling off. This place reminds me of home. It's always fun when you run better and we've been doing that lately."

Closing out the top-10 at Red River Valley was early leader Logan Schuchart in fourth, NOS Energy Drink pilot Sheldon Haudenschild in fifth, championship leader Brad Sweet in sixth, Jason Johnson Racing's Carson Macedo in seventh, 360 Nationals champion Giovanni Scelzi in eighth, KSE Hard Charger Kraig Kinser in ninth, and Shark Racing driver Jacob Allen in tenth.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series wraps up the weekend tomorrow, Sunday, August 22 at Huset's Speedway. The Pioneer Bin Buster Bash marks the 50th all-time appearance by The Greatest Show on Dirtin Brandon, SD. Tickets are available to BUY HERE.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [4][$10,000]; 2. 2-David Gravel [1][$6,000]; 3. 9-James McFadden [5][$3,500]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2][$2,800]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [10][$2,500]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [8][$2,300]; 7. 41-Carson Macedo [9][$2,200]; 8. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [3][$2,100]; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser [18][$2,050]; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen [6][$2,000]; 11. 83-Kasey Kahne [7][$1,600]; 12. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [12][$1,400]; 13. 2C-Wayne Johnson [17][$1,200]; 14. 20G-Noah Gass [14][$1,100]; 15. 47N-Marcus Dumesny [15][$1,050]; 16. 13-Mark Dobmeier [22][$1,000]; 17. 7S-Jason Sides [20][$1,000]; 18. 6N-Greg Nikitenko [21][$1,000]; 19. 2K-Kevin Ingle [24][$1,000]; 20. 20A-Jordan Adams [16][$1,000]; 21. 14T-Tim Estenson [19][$1,000]; 22. 8-Jack Croaker [23][$1,000]; 23. 9N-Wade Nygaard [11][$1,000]; 24. 55-Nick Ranten [13][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1, Logan Schuchart 2-21, Donny Schatz 22-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 11K-Kraig Kinser[+9]

NEW Championship Standings (57/81 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (7,588); 2. David Gravel (-136); 3. Carson Macedo (-142); 4. Donny Schatz (-246); 5. Sheldon Haudenschild (-264); 6. Logan Schuchart (-296); 7. James McFadden (-716); 8. Kraig Kinser (-916); 9. Brock Zearfoss (-1186); 10. Jacob Allen (-1394).


 

 

The Jonestown Jet Qualified for Second-Career Knoxville Nationals A-Main Last Week

The Knoxville Nationals are known to change the lives of winners, and even the seasons of starters, too.

Paying $10,000-to-start Saturday’s 50-lap finale, qualifying for the show alone is equal to winning a normal World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Feature.

For Brock Zearfoss, he made his second-career A-Main at The Granddaddy of ‘Em All last week. His offical finish in the toughest Sprint Car race in the world was 15th out of 97 total entries, giving him an $11,000 payday, but more importantly a massive load of confidence.

With 24 races remaining in his pursuit of the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award, the Jonestown, PA native will look to carry that momentum into the homestretch and produce the results his Moose’s LZ Bar & Grill #3Z is capable of.

That opportunity to turn his season around begins this weekend as The Greatest Show on Dirt holds a triple-header through the Dakotas. Zearfoss will join the Outlaws at River Cities Speedway on Friday, Red River Valley Speedway on Saturday, and Huset’s Speedway on Sunday. Fans at home can watch Every Lap LIVE on DIRTVision.

“I still can’t get over how amazing last week was for our whole team,” Zearfoss said. “The atmopshere of the Knoxville Nationals is second to none, and we couldn’t be more proud to qualify for Saturday’s A-Main. It’s a pretty surreal feeling to have your named added to the starting grid. It just goes to show what this team is capable of.”
Zearfoss has 24 races left to chase his second-career World of Outlaws win. [Trent Gower]

Currently ninth in World of Outlaws points, Zearfoss has collected 14 top-10 finishes through 49 Features. Those numbers are from the truth when you look at his success which has been hampered by bad luck this season.

In all, Zearfoss has made eight DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash appearances, won a Series-best five MicroLite Last Chance Showdowns, topped three Team Drydene Heats, and earned his first-career Slick Woody’s QuickTime at the Kings Royal.

The 30-year-old was in position for a season-best run twice at I-70 (MO) Motorsports Park, but both nights a podium run was stripped from his hands. Zearfoss led 10 laps, but a late-race restart sent him from third-to-seventh, while the other night came to a screeching halt when a mechanical failure sent the #3Z hard into wall as he was running third.

It was a crash that sidelined him for two weeks with concussion-like symptons, an injury that put things in perspective as he was forced to sit at home and watch on DIRTVision.

“We’ve really went through the ups and downs this year,” Brock mentioned. “Those tough times are what make you fully appreciate the great moments, though. It’ll make any successes, even Knoxville last week, feel that much sweeter knowing what we’ve overcame.”

This weekend, Zearfoss officially kicks off the final 24 races of the 2021 season. With the momentum from Knoxville on his side, he looks to breakthrough and deliver the results his team set out for back in February when they launched this rookie season.

Zearfoss will debut at two North Dakota tracks on Friday at River Cities Speedway and Saturday at Red River Valley Speedway before returning to South Dakota’s Huset’s Speedway on Sunday evening.

Later in the year, Zearfoss will get four more races in his home state of Pennsylvania, where his first-career World of Outlaws win came in 2017. Those events this fall include the $75,000/Win National Open at Williams Grove Speedway on October 1-2, and the Nittany Showdown at Port Royal Speedway on October 8-9

“We’ve got another big weekend ahead, so hopefully we can put this momentum to the test and get ourselves another Outlaw win,” Zearfoss noted.”

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch every World of Outlaws race live on DIRTVision – either online or through the DIRTVision App.

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Championship Chase Resumes in the Dakotas

River Cities (Fri), Red River Valley (Sat), Huset's (Sun) Up Next

GRAND FORKS, ND - August 17, 2021 - The only way to cure the Knoxville Nationals hangover is to start racing more, and that's exactly what the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series is doing this weekend.

With the historic 60th Granddaddy of 'Em All in the rearview mirror, The Greatest Show on Dirt returns focus to the 2021 championship battle as a triple-header through the Dakotas is next.

On Friday, August 20, the weekend begins in Grand Forks, ND at River Cities Speedway for the 2nd Leg of the Northern Tour. Before June's rainout at the bullring, the Outlaws' last appearance at the track was last August when recently crowned Knoxville Nationals champion Kyle Larson stunned Logan Schuchart and the whole world with his spectacular finish.

On Saturday, August 21, the Series moves to Donny Schatz's hometown of West Fargo, ND for a date at Red River Valley Speedway. The 3/8th-mile oval is the eighth-most visited track in Series history with 65 previous Outlaw races at the facility. Fresh off a second-place run at Knoxville, Schatz and his TSR squad look to carry that momentum to home turf and build a second-half run.

On Sunday, August 22, Huset's Speedway will host the NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars for the 50th time in history at the Pioneer Bin Buster Bash. It'll be all eyes on David Gravel, who attempts to put the Huset's Speedway #2 in Huset's Speedway victory lane for the third time in 2021.

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Some of the top storylines to follow include:

HOME TURF: After a season of struggling with consistency, or lack thereof, Donny Schatz and the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15 team could not have chosen a better time to peak if that's what they're indeed doing. The Fargo, ND native will head to home territory this weekend fresh off a huge $89,000 second-place payday after nearly stealing his 11th Knoxville Nationals title from Kyle Larson on the final lap.

Sitting fourth in World of Outlaws points, the Carquest, Ford Performance powered entry has one win, 27 top-fives, and 39 top-10s through 53 Features this year. The 10-time NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion has ruled his home state over the years, particularly River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND.

On Friday, The Greatest Show on Dirt visits the River Cities bullring for the 27th time in Series history. In 26 previous appearances, Schatz has found victory lane a staggering 12 times for a jaw-dropping winning percentage of 46%. He's no stranger to success at Red River Valley either, a track where he's topped three times under Outlaw sanction.

FINISH THE JOB: All but one Crown Jewel ($75,000/Win National Open at Williams Grove on October 2) are complete, so the task at hand returns to the World of Outlaws championship for many drivers, specifically Brad Sweet. With less than three months remaining, only 24 point races are available for drivers to make their moves down the homestretch.

In pursuit of a third consecutive NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series championship, The Big Cat is attempting to join rarified air with Steve Kinser and Donny Schatz as the only drivers in 44 years to accomplish the three-peat. Heading into this last stretch, the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49 owns a 140-point advantage with a series-best 14 wins, 35 top-fives, and 44 top-10s.

Giving chase to Sweet and KKR is most notably Carson Macedo (-140) in the Jason Johnson Racing #41 and David Gravel (-144) in the Big Game Motorsports #2. Also in the mix inside the top-five is Donny Schatz (-256) and Sheldon Haudenschild (-266) in the Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17.

CONFIDENCE BOOST: The Knoxville Nationals is the annual measuring stick for teams and drivers to better understand where they rank amongst the best sprint car competitors in the world. Some years you leave Knoxville with your tail tucked between your legs, and other years you walk away with your head held high and a new sense of confidence. For Brock Zearfoss, he's heading to North Dakota as the latter.

The first half of Zearfoss' rookie campaign was a tough one. The numbers don't back up the progress as he has led laps and been in contention for wins only for untimely incidents to strike. The 14 top-10s are not indicative of his season, especially as he sits ninth in points, even after missing two weeks due to a concussion this spring.

Qualifying for his second Knoxville Nationals A-Main, though, has Zearfoss feeling as good as he has all season long. The Jonestown Jet started 24th in the toughest Feature of the year and drove his family-owned #3Z to a career-best run of 14th, which resulted in an $11,000 payday. Plenty of on-track, monetary, and personal momentum to potentially propel Zearfoss to the results he's capable of in the second half.

HUNGRY FOR W'S: For Carson Macedo (7 wins), Logan Schuchart (3 wins), Donny Schatz (1 win), and James McFadden (1 win), it's been too long since that last trip to victory lane. All four drivers produced strong showings at the Knoxville Nationals with all four placing inside the top-1o of Saturdays' 50-lap finale to build some momentum. Now they just want back in victory lane.

Although second in points and a model of consistency, Macedo hasn't won since July 17 at Eldora Speedway, which is nearly his longest drought of the year. Schuchart has been missing victory lane ever since he banked $50,000 at Jackson Nationals on June 27. Schatz has been chasing win #301 since his 300th breakthrough at Dubuque, Iowa on June 18, and McFadden's lone win came back in April at Indiana's Tri-State Speedway.

Those four drivers will have three chances this weekend to return to the win column and build some second-half steam.

WHO'S GOT NEXT: Since Aaron Reutzel's suspension, Roth Motorsports has welcomed Parker Price-Miller to drive at I-55 and Kasey Kahne to wheel the Beef Packers throwback at Knoxville. Both substitutes recorded excellent results with PPM earning two QuickTimes, a hard-charging top-ten, and leading laps at the Ironman 55, while Kahne was QuickTime at the Nationals and earned an eighth-place finish in the 50-lap finale.

The Roth #83, which is in a battle for eighth in the World of Outlaws owner championship, will compete in all three races through the Dakota's this weekend. The only question is who will fill the seat next. An official announcement from the team is expected to come in the next few days.

This Week at a Glance – When and Where

Friday, August 20 at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND
Saturday, August 21 at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, ND
Sunday, August 22 at Huset's Speedway in Brandon, SD

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Around the Turn: Following this weekend, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will remain in Mid-America with a stop at Nebraska's I-80 Speedway on Friday, August 27 and a return to South Dakota's Black Hills Speedway on Sunday, August 29.

NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (14 Drivers):
14 wins – Brad Sweet, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #49
7 wins – Carson Macedo, Jason Johnson Racing #41
7 wins – David Gravel, Big Game Motorsports #2
7 wins – Sheldon Haudenschild, Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17
4 wins – Aaron Reutzel, Roth Motorsports #83
3 wins – Kyle Larson, Silva Motorsports #57
3 wins – Logan Schuchart, Shark Racing #1S
2 wins – Kerry Madsen, Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #14
2 wins – Brent Marks, Brent Marks Racing #19
1 win – James McFadden, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #9
1 win – Dave Blaney, Dave Blaney #10
1 win – Donny Schatz, Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15
1 win – Spencer Bayston, Sam McGhee Motorsports #11
1 win – Tyler Courtney, Clauson-Marshall Racing #7BC

FEATURE LAPS LED (25 Drivers):
296 laps – Brad Sweet
256 laps – Sheldon Haudenschild
188 laps – Aaron Reutzel
185 laps – Carson Macedo
175 laps – David Gravel
172 laps – Donny Schatz
154 laps – Logan Schuchart
72 laps – Kyle Larson
63 laps – Kerry Madsen
57 laps – Tyler Courtney
36 laps – James McFadden
33 laps – Spencer Bayston
29 laps – Giovanni Scelzi
27 laps – Brent Marks, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
11 laps – Sye Lynch
10 laps – Jacob Allen, Brock Zearfoss, Parker Price-Miller
3 laps – Ian Madsen
1 lap – Kasey Kahne, Kraig Kinser, Brandon Spithaler, Dave Blaney, Brian Brown

SLICK WOODY’S QUICKTIME AWARDS (20 Drivers):
10 QuickTimes – David Gravel
7 QuickTimes – Sheldon Haudenschild
5 QuickTimes – Brad Sweet, Logan Schuchart
4 QuickTimes – Kerry Madsen
3 QuickTimes – Aaron Reutzel
2 QuickTimes – James McFadden, Cory Eliason, Giovanni Scelzi, Parker Price-Miller, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
1 QuickTime – Carson Macedo, Kraig Kinser, Danny Dietrich, Anthony Macri, Kasey Kahne, Brian Brown, Brock Zearfoss, Rico Abreu, Sye Lynch

DRYDENE HEAT RACE WINNERS (39 Drivers)
24 Heat Wins – David Gravel
19 Heat Wins – Carson Macedo
16 Heat Wins – Aaron Reutzel
15 Heat Wins – Donny Schatz
13 Heat Wins – Sheldon Haudenschild
12Heat Wins – Brad Sweet
11 Heat Wins – Logan Schuchart
9 Heat Wins – James McFadden
6 Heat Wins – Brian Brown
5 Heat Wins – Kerry Madsen
4 Heat Wins – Giovanni Scelzi, Tyler Courtney
3 Heat Wins – Brock Zearfoss, Jason Sides, Kraig Kinser, Ian Madsen, Anthony Macri, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
2 Heat Wins – Jacob Allen, Wayne Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Kyle Larson, DJ Netto, Parker Price-Miller
1 Heat Win – Danny Dietrich, Hunter Schuerenberg, Lance Dewease, Brandon Spithaler, Tim Kaeding, Jack Dover, Scotty Thiel, Paul McMahan, Daryn Pittman, Justin Peck, Jac Haudenschild, Sye Lynch, Chad Trout, TJ Stutts, Brent Marks

PODIUM FINISHES (25 Drivers):
27 Podiums – Brad Sweet
18 Podiums – Carson Macedo
16 Podiums - Sheldon Haudenschild, Donny Schatz
15 Podiums – David Gravel
12 Podiums – Logan Schuchart
10 Podiums – Aaron Reutzel
6 Podiums – James McFadden, Kerry Madsen, Brent Marks
5 Podiums – Giovanni Scelzi
3 Podiums – Brian Brown, Lance Dewease, Kyle Larson
2 Podiums – Kraig Kinser, Cory Eliason, Anthony Macri, Danny Dietrich, Tyler Courtney
1 Podium – Justin Peck, Brian Brown, Anthony Macri, Dave Blaney, Spencer Bayston, Daryn Pittman, Paulie Colagiovanni, Sam Hafertepe Jr.

2021 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Schedule & Winners

No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Fri, Feb. 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Brad Sweet (1)
2. Sun, Feb. 7 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Logan Schuchart (1)
3. Fri, March 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Carson Macedo (1)
4. Sat, March 6 / East Bay Raceway Park / Tampa, FL / Aaron Reutzel (1)
5. Fri, March 12 / Magnolia Motor Speedway / Columbus, MS / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)
6. Sat, March 13 / The Rev / Monroe, LA / David Gravel (1)
7. Fri, March 19 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Sheldon Haudenschild (2)
8. Sat, March 20 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Brad Sweet (2)
9. Sat, March 27 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, MO / Brad Sweet (3)
10. Fri, April 2 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (4)
11. Sat, April 3 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (5)
12. Fri, April 9 / Kokomo Speedway / Kokomo, IN / James McFadden (1)
13. Sat, April 10 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Carson Macedo (2)
14. Fri, April 22 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN / David Gravel (2)
15. Sun, April 24 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN / David Gravel (3)
16. Thur, April 29 / Jacksonville Speedway / Jacksonville, IL / Brad Sweet (6)
17. Fri, April 30 / I-70 Motorsports Park / Odessa, MO / Brad Sweet (7)
18. Sat, May 1 / I-70 Motorsports Park / Odessa, MO / Brad Sweet (8)
19. Sat, May 8 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Brent Marks (1)
20. Sat, May 8 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Sheldon Haudenschild (3)
21. Wed, May 12 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbottstown, PA / Brad Sweet (9)
22. Fri, May 14 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Carson Macedo (3)
23. Sat, May 15 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Aaron Reutzel (2)
24. Tues, May 18 / Bridgeport Speedway / Swedesboro, NJ / Logan Schuchart (2)
25. Fri, May 21 / Attica Raceway Park / Attica, OH / David Gravel (4)
26. Sat, May 22 / Sharon Speedway / Hartford, OH / Dave Blaney (1)
27. Mon, May 31 / Lawrenceburg Speedway / Lawrenceburg, IN / Kyle Larson (1)
28. Sat, June 5 / Granite City Speedway /Sauk Rapids, MN / David Gravel (5)
29. Fri, June 11 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Carson Macedo (4)
30. Sat, June 12 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Carson Macedo (5)
31. Thur, June 17 / 34 Raceway / West Burlington, IA / Brad Sweet (10)
32. Fri, June 18 / Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway / Dubuque, IA / Donny Schatz (1)
33. Sat, June 19 / Beaver Dam Raceway / Beaver Dam, WI / Sheldon Haudenschild (4)
34. Mon, June 21 / Huset’s Speedway / Brandon, SD / David Gravel (6)
35. Tues, June 22 / Huset’s Speedway / Brandon, SD / Aaron Reutzel (3)
36. Thur, June 24 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Kerry Madsen (1)
37. Fri, June 25 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Kerry Madsen (2)
38. Sat, June 27 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Logan Schuchart (3)
39. Fri, July 2 / Cedar Lake Speedway / New Richmond, WI / Brad Sweet (11)
40. Sat, July 3 / Cedar Lake Speedway / New Richmond, WI / Brad Sweet (12)
41. Sat, July 10 / Wilmot Raceway / Wilmot, WI / Brad Sweet (13)
42. Tues, July 13 / Attica Raceway Park / Attica, OH / Spencer Bayston (1)
43. Wed, July 14 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Carson Macedo (6)
44. Sat, July 17 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Tyler Courtney (1)
45. Sat, July 17 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Kyle Larson (2)
46. Sun, July 18 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Carson Macedo (7)
47. Tues, July 20 / Lernerville Speedway / Sarver, PA / Brad Sweet (14)
48. Fri, July 23 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Sheldon Haudenschild (5)
49. Sat, July 24 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Brent Marks (2)
50. Fri, July 30 / Ransomville Speedway / Ransomville, NY / Aaron Reutzel (4)
51. Sat, July 31 / Weedsport Speedway / Weedsport, NY / David Gravel (7)
52. Fri, August 6 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Sheldon Haudenschild (6)
53. Sat, August 7 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Sheldon Haudenschild (7)
54. Sat, August 14 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Kyle Larson (3)

 

 

FINALLY: Kyle Larson Achieves Dream of Winning 60th Knoxville Nationals

$176,000 is Richest Victory in World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series History

KNOXVILLE, IA - August 14, 2021 - Kyle Larson first attended the Knoxville Nationals in 2005 when he was 13-years-old. He instantly fell in love with the auora of the place.

For 16 years since, the Elk Grove, CA kid has dreamed of standing on the stage at the race they call The Granddaddy of 'Em All. On Saturday night, that childhood dream became a reality, and Larson won the biggest race of his life.

What made it even sweeter for the 29-year-old sensation is that he had to beat Donny Schatz to do it. The Sprint Car superstar turned NASCAR Cup ace has made it clear in years past that he wanted to beat the 10x Knoxville Nationals champion at his own game while the Tony Stewart Racing #15 legend was still in his prime.

In front of a sold-out crowd of more than 20,000+ spectators, Larson did exactly what he dreamed of. He beat Schatz heads up on the Knoxville 1/2-mile, but Donny gave him everything he could handle.

A near last-lap, last-corner pass resulted in a margin of victory of 0.478-seconds, which ultimately netted Larson a cool $176,000, the highest-payday in the history of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.

His breakthrough makes him the 27th different champion in 60 runnings of the NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals pres. by Casey's General Stores.

"I've always dreamed of winning this race," Larson shouted in victory lane. "The atmosphere this week was unbelievable. I felt the energy all week long from you fans. It kept me excited and pumped up. I hadn't been this nervous leading up to a race in a couple of years. I had butterflies all day and during [NASCAR] Cup practice all I could think about is what I needed to do here at the Knoxville Nationals."

Before Larson stood on stage and soaked in the glamour, a 50-lap war had to be run first. He started the race from third while 19-year-old Giovanni Scelzi and his brother-in-law Brad Sweet occupied the front row.

From the jump, Scelzi took his KCP Racing #18 to the lead and paced the opening 10 laps, which was worth an extra $10,000 thanks to Knoxville's lucrative lap bonus money.

On Lap 11, fifth-starter Donny Schatz roared to life and rocketed from third-to-first in almost one full swing. He stormed by Larson and promplty passed the teenager prodigy down the backstretch to lead Lap 11. The Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15 proceeded to control the next 14 laps, until Larson went by on the 25th circuit.

Watching as Schatz slipped off the bottom, Larson railed the high side and drove his Paul Silva owned Finley Farms, Hendrick Automotive Group #57 to the lead off turn two as the crowd erupted. The halfway #OpenRed made it interesting when Silva elected to only change the right rear tire, while the TSR squad threw two new rear tires on the #15.

Larson ran the second half of the the race unchallenged, until the five-to-go signal was given and Schatz kicked it into high gear. The 10-time Knoxville Nationals champion erased a 3+ second lead and cut Larson's advantage down to a single-car length as the white flag waved on Lap 49.

Schatz gave it his all and pulled alongside Larson out of turn four, but fell short by a mere 0.478-seconds.

"I was thinking about how to beat Donny all day," Larson mentioned. "We're just a little California team. Paul Silva is the best there is. I'm so fortunate to be with him."

Schatz settled for a second-place result worth a record $89,000. The Ford Performance, Carquest #15 driver extended his miraculous stresk to 18 top-two finishes in 23 A-Main starts at the Knoxville Nationals.

Brad Sweet ended up third with a $37,500 check in hand. The Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49 now turns attention to finishing the chase for a third-straight World of Outlaws championship next weekend.

Rounding out the top-five at Knoxville Raceway was Giovanni Scelzi in fourth and Logan Schuchart in fifth.

Closing out the top-ten at the Knoxville Nationals was Brent Marks making $20,000 in sixth, James McFadden banking $19,000 in seventh, Kasey Kahne earning $18,000 in eighth, Carson Macedo cashing $17,000 in ninth, and Sheldon Haudenschild scoring $16,000 in tenth.

UP NEXT - The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will run three races through the Dakota's next weekend. The Greatest Show on Dirt will visit River Cities Speedway on Friday, August 20, then Red River Valley Speedway on Saturday, August 21, and Huset's Speedway on Sunday, August 22.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (50 Laps) – 1. 57-Kyle Larson [3] [$176,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [5] [$89,000]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [2] [$37,500]; 4. 18-Gio Scelzi [1] [$36,000]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [8] [$21,000]; 6. 19-Brent Marks [4] [$20,000]; 7. 9-James McFadden [13] [$19,000]; 8. 83-Kasey Kahne [7] [$18,000]; 9. 41-Carson Macedo [17] [$17,000]; 10. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [20] [$16,000]; 11. 14-Kerry Madsen [18] [$15,000]; 12. O-Brooke Tatnell [11] [$14,000]; 13. 73-Justin Peck [15] [$13,000]; 14. 71-Shane Stewart [23] [$12,000]; 15. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [24] [$11,000]; 16. 49X-Ian Madsen [10] [$10,500]; 17. 39M-Anthony Macri [22] [$10,000]; 18. 2-David Gravel [6] [$10,000]; 19. 7-Justin Henderson [14] [$10,000]; 20. 21-Brian Brown [9] [$10,000]; 21. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [12] [$10,000]; 22. 26-Cory Eliason [19] [$10,000]; 23. 24R-Rico Abreu [21] [$10,000]; 24. 48-Danny Dietrich [16] [$10,000]. Lap Leaders:Giovanni Scelzi 1-10, Donny Schatz 11-24, Kyle Larson 25-50. KSE Hard Charger Award: 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[+10]

 

 

 

LOCKED-IN: Rico Wins Hard Knox as Macri, Stewart & Zearfoss Earn Transfers to Saturday Finale

Jac Haudenschild Nearly Qualifies for A-Main in Final Knoxville Nationals

KNOXVILLE, IA - August 13, 2021 - The Hard Knox portion of the NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals pres. by Casey's continues to be one of the most magical nights in sprint car racing, and that was proven once again on Friday night.

With 69 entries fighting for four coveted lock-in positions, the intensity was through the roof. A loaded program of split Qualifying, six Heat Races, two B-Mains, and a 25-lap A-Main greeted fans ahead of Saturday's sold-out finale.

Nostalgia was floating through the air when "GO JAC GO!" chants broke out as the legendary Jac Haudenschild put the Pennzoil #22 on the pole position of the A-Main in his final preliminary at Iowa's Knoxville Raceway.

The Wild Child led five laps, but ultimately this night belonged to Rico Abreu. The St. Helena, CA racer was dominant in every phase of the game as he ran away to a comfortable 4.645-second victory and locked-in for his sixth consecutive Knoxville Nationals A-Main.

"Everything happens for a reason." Abreu, who was one point away from locking in last night, acknowledged. "There's a reason I qualified 30th last night and there's a reason I missed the lock-in. I'll take this. I wasn't worried one bit about it."

Earning the outside pole of the A-Main after going QuickTime in Flight B and transferring through his Heat Race, the #24 was a lethal weapon all night long on the black zook clay.

He settled into second on the start as Jac Haudenschild led the opening five laps, but then made his move on Lap 6 and never looked back. He climbed up top to celebrate his third Knoxville Raceway victory and echoes of "RICO! RICO! RICO!" were shouted throughout Marion County.

"I just want to win races, man," Abreu added. "I don't do these championships or points, I just want to win. I knew last night being top five with those guys that we would be fine tonight. Also, I really think I've just matured in life as I've gotten older. I know how to react to these results and everything that happens in our sport. I think that has made me a sharper racer, too."

Outside of Rico, the story of the night was 63-year-old Jac Haudenschild. In his 39th and final Knoxville Nationals attempt, he earned the pole position of Hard Knox and started pole with a chance to transfer to Saturday's A-Main. He held a lock-in position for 22 of 25 laps before ultimately fading to run sixth aboard the iconic Pennzoil #22.

"I just made too many mistakes, and with these guys, you can't make any," Haudenschild offered. "We definitely learned a lot, though, and I feel better as well heading into tomorrow."

Along with Abreu, additional lock-in positions to Saturday's Knoxville Nationals A-Main went to Anthony Macri, Shane Stewart, and Brock Zearfoss.

For Macri, who was at a loss for words, he earned his first-career A-Main appearance at The Granddaddy of 'Em All. The 22-year-old Dillsburg, PA native was in shock even at the post-race press conference.

"I really don't even know what to think," Macri said. "For a kid like me to put it in the Knoxville Nationals, that's just unreal. I still can't believe it. I'm struggling for words."

Following Macri to the line and finishing third was Bixby, OK's Shane Stewart in only his fourth Sprint Car race of 2021. The now track owner of Port City Raceway has qualified for his 20th career Knoxville Nationals, this time with the Team Trackhouse #71 prepared by Bernie Stuebgen of Indy Race Parts.

"I knew this would be tough," Stewart admitted. "Bernie is part-time. and this is my fourth race of the entire year. Guys like Kyle Larson come out and make it look like the easiest thing in the world, but let me tell you it's not. I don't know how many races I have left in me, so moments like this are special."

Earning the fourth and final lock-in to Saturday's Knoxville Nationals finale was Brock Zearfoss aboard the #3Z.

"This is everything for a team, just making the Nationals," Zearfoss noted. "Moral wise, confidence wise, this can change seasons. Our team has been through a bit of a rough patch, the whole year actually. This is really rewarding finding speed here."

Those four, Abreu, Macri, Stewart, and Zearfoss, will start Saturday's 50-lap finale from rows 11-12. Along with the $4,000 they made tonight, tomorrow's A-Main pays a world-best $10,000-to-start.

Closing out the top-ten on Friday night was Scott Bogucki in fifth, Jac Haudenschild in sixth, Shane Golobic in seventh, Bill Balog in eighth, Kyle Reinhardt in ninth, and Lynton Jeffrey in tenth.

The 60th NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals pres. by Casey's will conclude tomorrow, Saturday, August 14 with championship night. On the docket is an E-Main, D-Main, C-Main, Last Chance Showdown, and 50-lap, potentially $200,000/Win Feature.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 24R-Rico Abreu [2]; 2. 39M-Anthony Macri [3]; 3. 71-Shane Stewart [11]; 4. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [5]; 5. 25-Scott Bogucki [13]; 6. 22-Jac Haudenschild [1]; 7. 17W-Shane Golobic [10]; 8. 17B-Bill Balog [7]; 9. 91-Kyle Reinhardt [4]; 10. 83J-Lynton Jeffrey [6]; 11. 49J-Josh Schneiderman [15]; 12. 56N-Davey Heskin [16]; 13. 39-Daryn Pittman [19]; 14. 70-Sammy Swindell [20]; 15. 2C-Wayne Johnson [14]; 16. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [8]; 17. 11N-Harli White [22]; 18. 28-Tim Shaffer [24]; 19. 11-Roger Crockett [23]; 20. 20-AJ Moeller [17]; 21. 27-Carson McCarl [18]; 22. 55M-McKenna Haase [12]; 23. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [9]; 24. 40-Clint Garner [21]. Lap Leaders:Jac Haudenschild 1-5, Rico Abreu 6-25. KSE Hard Charger Award: 71-Shane Stewart[+8]

 

 

BACK FOR MORE: David Gravel Begins Knoxville Nationals Title Defense with Wednesday Win

Giovanni Scelzi Earns High Point Man Honors Following First of Two Prelims

KNOXVILLE, IA - August 11, 2021 - The 60th NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals pres. by Casey's is beginning to look a lot like the 59th edition.

In 2019, when The Granddaddy of 'Em All was last held, the week started with a Capitani Classic victory and a preliminary win for David Gravel. He ultimately drove the Jason Johnson Racing #41 to his first Nationals title worth $150,000 on a day that came exactly two years ago yesterday.

In 2021, Gravel's Nationals has started exactly the same way, except this time he's piloting the Big Game Motorsports, Huset's Speedway #2 owned by Tod Quiring. An equally potent machine that the Watertown, CT native is shining aboard.

Conquering Wednesday's prelim at the Iowa 1/2-mile, Gravel's victory was far from a surefire thing as Tea, SD native, and weekly Knoxville racer Justin Henderson led 21 of 25 laps in the A-Main before fading to 4th. Gravel's saving grace was a car set up for the late stages, the timing of lap traffic, and a pitch-perfect slide job in turn one with four to go.

When it was all said and done, though, 19-year-old Giovanni Scelzi of Fresno, CA is who walked away as the Knoxville Nationals high point man following the first of two preliminary shows. The kid they call "Hot Sauce," who just aced the 360 Nationals last week, was outstanding with a 410 under the hood of the KCP Racing #18. He racked up 487 points by qualifying second, finishing fourth-from-eighth in his Heat Race, and charging from eighth-to-second in the A-Main.

However, the talk of town remains 29-year-old Gravel and his ever-growing prowess on Knoxville's black zook clay. He walked away from the night sitting third in the point standings, signs of a Saturday starting spot in rows two, three, or four.

"Knoxville has always been good to me," Gravel noted in the post-race press conference. "I've always felt comfortable here. Obviously winning on Sunday gives you that bit of extra confidence and that is huge at a place like this. My car felt great everywhere I went, so that's a good sign for Saturday."

For the locals, the story of the night was Justin Henderson, who ultimately finished fourth. He started outside pole aboard the Morton Buildings #7 and paced the opening 21 circuits before Gravel cleared him with a turn one slidejob in lap traffic. He leaves Wednesday night sitting seventh in the points with a strong chance to make his fifth Knoxville Nationals A-Main.

"I just needed to be smarter, or maybe more aggressive," Henderson admitted. "David drove by us really because he was just better, but I gave those spots away to Gio and Donny by searching around when I didn't need to. I've got to make better decisions in that aspect next time."

Capitalizing on Henderson's mistake to claim podium positions was Scelzi in second and Donny Schatz in third.

For Giovanni, who is hot off a 360 Nationals title on Saturday and currently holds high point honors, it's only more momentum for him heading into the biggest race of his life on Saturday.

"I feel like I'm ten times the racer that I used to be," Scelzi said. "Knoxville is a huge confidence track and I have all the faith in the world in my car and my team right now when we unload here. I just love this place. I can't wait for Saturday."

Closing out the podium was ten-time Knoxville Nationals champion Donny Schatz aboard the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, Ford Performance, Carquest #15. He leaves Wednesday second in the points with his 23rd consecutive A-Main appearance waiting for him on Saturday.

"This was a rewarding night," Schatz noted. "We have speed again. We're in a better spot than we've been all season long, I think. I'm looking forward to Saturday and hopefully competing for another title."

Closing out the top five on Wednesday night was Justin Henderson in fourth and Justin Peck in fifth, who pilots "The Pink Panther" Kramer Williamson throwback design for Buch Motorsports.

Rounding out the top-ten at Knoxville was Sheldon Haudenschild in sixth aboard the Krypto-NOS throwback, Logan Schuchart in seventh driving the Bobby Allen Shark throwback, James McFadden in eighth with his Kasey Kahne Racing #9, Cory Eliason with a new look Rudeen Racing #26 in ninth, and Spencer Bayston in tenth for Sam McGhee Motorsports.

Another headline on Wednesday was the story of 18-year-old Zeb Wise, who hadn't even planned on racing this week. A last-minute call from CJB Motorsports landed him in the #5XX and the rookie put it on the pole position. He led the opening lap of the A-Main and was running a solid fourth before the rear end broke on Lap 9 and shattered a dream run.

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will be back at Knoxville Raceway on Thursday night for the second preliminary show of the 60th NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals pres. by Casey's. If you can't be here, you can watch Every Lap LIVE on DIRTVision.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (25 Laps): 1. 2-David Gravel [6]; 2. 18-Gio Scelzi [8]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [7]; 4. 7-Justin Henderson [2]; 5. 73-Justin Peck [3]; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [12]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart [21]; 8. 9-James McFadden [5]; 9. 26-Cory Eliason [10]; 10. 11M-Spencer Bayston [9]; 11. 17X-Josh Baughman [4]; 12. O-Brooke Tatnell [22]; 13. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [13]; 14. 56N-Davey Heskin [17]; 15. 40-Clint Garner [11]; 16. 48-Danny Dietrich [23]; 17. 49J-Josh Schneiderman [14]; 18. 7S-Jason Sides [18]; 19. O7-Skylar Gee [16]; 20. 1X-Jake Bubak [20]; 21. 91-Kyle Reinhardt [15]; 22. 1M-Don Droud [24]; 23. 21W-Riley Goodno [19]; 24. 5XX-Zeb Wise [1]. Lap Leaders: Justin Henderson 1-21, David Gravel 22-25. KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+14]

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Historic 60th Running of Knoxville Nationals is Here

100+ Entries, Four Nights, Million Dollar Purse, Incredible Racing, LIVE on DIRTVision

KNOXVILLE, IA - August 9, 2021 - The Granddaddy of 'Em All has arrived. It's the Knoxville Nationals, people.

On Wednesday, we officially kick off the 60th running of this historic event at Iowa's famed Knoxville Raceway.

More than 100-plus NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars are already pre-entered and the anticipation continues to only climb for this mega event.

If you can’t make it to the track, watch all of the action live on DIRTVision at either DIRTVision.com or through the DIRTVision App on iPhone, Android, Roku, FireTV or Xbox One.

Here are just a few of the many notable storylines:

CHASING KINSER: With 10 Knoxville Nationals titles to his credit, Donny Schatz sits only two away from matching "The King" Steve Kinser with the most in event history at 12 wins. After a rather public roll-out of the new Ford Performance (FPS410) engine, Schatz's struggles have been well documented all season long with only one win. However, he and the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15 team sure seemed unfazed on Sunday when they ran third at the Capitani Classic. The 300-time World of Outlaws winner will qualify the Carquest entry in Wednesday's preliminary field.

SUNDAY SCORE: David Gravel and the Big Game Motorsports #2 won the first battle of the week, claiming Sunday's 10th annual Capitani Classic atop the black zook clay. The reigning Knoxville Nationals champion will have a chance to become the eighth different driver to win back-to-back titles, and that quest begins with his Thursday night preliminary. The good news for Gravel is the last two Knoxville Nationals champions have started their week with a triumph at the Capitani Classic, including himself in 2019 when he swept all three races he ran.

360 NATIONALS: Winning the Knoxville 360 Nationals only four days before the Knoxville 410 Nationals is the kind of momentum every driver dreams of. For Giovanni Scelzi, that's exactly what he did on Saturday at the 1/2-mile aboard his KCP Racing #18. He became the youngest winner in event history by outlasting former World of Outlaws champion Daryn Pittman in an instant classic that came down to the last lap. Both Scelzi and Pittman will look to carry that speed into their preliminary shows as they each chase their first 410 titles.

THE IRONMAN: For the second-straight Knoxville Nationals, Sheldon Haudenschild enters as the reigning Ironman following his victory at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on Saturday night. The only bad news for Sheldon is since the Pevely, MO event was created in 2009, every single winner has failed to win the Nationals one week later. With winning experience under his belt at Knoxville and a fifth-place finish in Sunday's Capitani Classic, Haudenschild believes he can end that streak this week. His NOS Energy Drink #17 will qualify during Wednesday's preliminary night.

BACK IT UP: In June, Carson Macedo was the talk of the town when the World of Outlaws swept through Knoxville. The Lemoore, CA native won both nights on the 1/2-mile, giving him his first and second career victories at The Sprint Car Capital of the World. With Crew Chief Philip Dietz, who won the 2016 Nationals with Jason Johnson and 2019 Nationals with David Gravel, Macedo feels more confident than ever entering the August tradition. They've left this particular Maxim Chassis sitting on the shelf since sweeping in June, threw in a new Kistler Engine for this week, and have a special design for Thursday's preliminary night.

CLAWING FORWARD: The Big Cat Brad Sweet is sitting pretty with a third-straight World of Outlaws championship in sight, but he's made it clear his goal remains winning the Crown Jewel races. The 2018 Knoxville Nationals winner is aiming to join an elite club as the eighth multi-time champion in event history with another score this week. However, the Kasey Kahne Racing squad will have to overcome some Knoxville struggles this season to get the job done. The NAPA Auto Parts #49 won once in weekly competition here, but finishes of 6th & 16th with the Outlaws and an 11th at the Capitani Classic will need improvement this week.

ROTH QUESTIONS: Since Aaron Reutzel's suspension six days ago, Roth Motorsports has been the hottest topic in all of Sprint Car racing. The question around town in Knoxville and on social media is who will drive the #83 at the Knoxville Nationals. The Dennis Roth led operation tabbed Parker Price-Miller to run the #83 at I-55, and they shined bright setting QuickTime both nights and leading laps, but PPM has commitments to Guy Forbook's #5 this week. The rumors have been flying off the wall left and right with names from sea to shining sea tossed around. The only concrete thing, though, is no official driver has been announced yet for their Thursday preliminary night.

KINGS COURT: Both King Kyle XXXVII and King Tyler XXXVIII will be in action at the Knoxville Nationals this week, and both will compete in Thursday's stacked preliminary field. Larson, who just won Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen, is hopping on a plane and making his way to Iowa to drive the Paul Silva #57. The California sensation has five A-Main starts but has never conquered the Nationals. For Sunshine, he and the Clauson-Marshall Racing, NOS Energy Drink TURBO #7BC are chasing their first appearance in Saturday's A-Main, which pays $10,000 just to start.

SLAMMIN' SAMMY: No driver has contested more Knoxville Nationals than Slammin' Sammy Swindell. He'll make his 46th appearance this weekend with the potential to qualify for his 35th A-Main, which would tie him with Steve Kinser for the most A-Main appearances all-time. The 1983 Knoxville Nationals champion will pilot the Pete Grove owned #70 in Thursday's preliminary field.

CHOMP CHOMP: With a fresh engine aboard the Shark Racing, Drydene Performance Products #1S, Logan Schuchart will be a lethal contender in Wednesday's preliminary. Remember, the last Knoxville Nationals in 2019 is when the Hanover, PA native put together a miraculous 22nd-to-2nd charge and netted $75,000. Before racing begins, Schuchart and the Shark crew will be unveiling their Nationals designs on Tuesday at 2pm CT at the Sprint Car Hall of Fame.

'MO MONEY: The prestige of the Knoxville Nationals alone is worthy of drawing 100+ cars, but the money is a whole different matter. With the added lap money, the 60th running this week boasts a purse of $1,064,855, the highest in the history of Sprint Car racing. Saturday's champion takes home $150,000 for winning, but every lap led is an additional $1,000, meaning the potential is there for a $200,000 payday. The best part of Knoxville's purse is the healthy structure of pay, offering a season-changing $75,000 for second, $37,500 for third, and $10,000 just to make the Feature.

FAREWELL KNOXVILLE: For the 39th and final time, Jac Haudenschild will contest this week's Knoxville Nationals as part of his Farewell Tour. "The Wild Child" drives for Rico Abreu in the iconic Pennzoil #22, a replica of the car owned by Jack and Carol Elden in the 1990s. Jac won two preliminary Features and started on the pole of the 1998 Knoxville Nationals in that very car. On Thursday, he'll begin his week in preliminary action, and on Saturday, the National Sprint Car Hall of Famer will run his final laps at the Knoxville Nationals.

ALL ABOUT POINTS: The best route to a Knoxville Nationals crown is through the front row, and the only way you make it there is with a phenomenal preliminary performance. The more points, the closer to the front. On prelims on Wednesday and Thursday, Qualifying rewards 200-198-196-etc. with Heat Races paying 100-97-94-etc. and the Feature again offering 200-198-196-etc. A perfect night would tally 500 points, something only done once in the last 25 years.

PERFECT TIMING: When you think of the most surprising drivers without a Knoxville Nationals, Brian Brown is right at the top of the list. Brownie is tied with Joey Saldana for the most second-place finishes (3, 2012-14) without a win to his credit. However, if any year were to be his year, 2021 would be quite fitting for #21. Since handing the wrenches to his uncle and Knoxville Raceway legend Danny Lasoski, the Casey's General Stores, FVP Parts machine has found a whole new gear. The Grain Valley, MO native will try to win his third Nationals preliminary Feature in Thursday's field.

THE INVERT: Arguably the most exciting racing of the week comes in the form of Heat Races during Wednesday and Thursday's preliminary nights. Following Qualifying, the field is lined up in five, 10-lap Heat Races with an eight-car inversion. Meaning you go fastest and you start eighth in the first Heat. It gets tougher from there because only the top-four finishers in the Heat Races will transfer directly to the preliminary Feature.

MARION COUNTY LOCALS: One of the greatest aspects of the Knoxville Nationals is seeing the wide array of competitors all battle on the same turf. This week brings the World of Outlaws, the All Stars, the PA Posse, the Cali clique, and so many more to the Marion County Fairgrounds to race for big money and history. It's the ultimate opportunity for Knoxville regulars to make a lasting mark. Among the contenders, this week are points leader Davey Heskin and two-time winner Justin Henderson on Wednesday, plus Austin McCarl and Brian Brown on Thursday.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Of the 100-plus entries, currently 16 of them will be vying for the Rookie of the Year honors. Those sticking out include Zeb Wise, an All Star Circuit of Champions full-timer substituting for Buddy Kofoid in the potent CJB Motorsports #5XX, and Missouri's Ayrton Gennetten who has Knoxville ace Chad Morgan on the wrenches of his #3. Both young guns will participate in Wednesday's preliminary.

MR. SPRINT CAR: Since 2002, the tradition of Southern Iowa Speedweek has seen one driver who consistently outperformed his competitors in a variety of events at different tracks crowned as Mr. Sprint Car. This year's award in honor of Jesse Hockett is presented by Beaver Drill & Tool with a boosted purse of $6,000 to the winner, $2,500 to second, and $1,000 to third. As of now, Justin Henderson (132) leads the way with Shane Golobic (132), Cory Eliason (129), Giovanni Sceliz (128), and Tyler Courtney (114) following.

If you can’t make it to the track, watch all of the action live on DIRTVision at either DIRTVision.com or through the DIRTVision App on iPhone, Android, Roku, FireTV or Xbox One.

 

 

IRONMAN ICON: Sheldon Haudenschild Survives Hectic Battle for Second Title at I-55

Seven Lead Changes Among Three Drivers in Intense $20,000/Win Feature

PEVELY, MO - August 7, 2021 - As time marches on, Sheldon Haudenschild's legacy at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 only grows.

On Saturday night, the Wooster, OH native wrote his newest chapter by topping an electrifying 55-lap Feature that included a whopping seven official lead changes. His second Ironman 55 title puts him in rarified air with Craig Dollansky and Rico Abreu as the only multi-time winners in event history.

Compared to his 2019 beatdown of the field when he lapped up to fifth, this score came in a much more trying fashion. After starting fourth, the NOS Energy Drink #17 didn't make it to the lead until Lap 21 and lost it on two occasions before securing it for good on Lap 44.

The $20,000 payday marks Sheldon's fourth victory at the Pevely, MO bullring, putting him past his father Jac and in a tie as the fourth winningest Outlaw through 65 races at the track. He also becomes the first driver in 13 years of the event to sweep Ironman weekend.

His 21st career World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series victory most notably ties him with fellow Ohian Rick Ferkel for 27th on the All-Time Wins List.

Better yet, Haudenschild's thrilling score came in front of the largest crowd in the history of Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55.

"We had to get our elbows up for that one," Haudenschild said. "This track turned out beautiful. I just love this place. It suits my driving style so well. Excited to carry this momentum into Knoxville next week."

The 55-lap endurance began with David Gravel placing the Big Game Motorsports #2 in the lead as he chased his first Ironman award. Parker Price-Miller entered the picture on Lap 6, sliding by Gravel and taking the Roth Motorsports #83 to the top spot in only his second start aboard the #83 ride.

PPM led the next 10 laps before heartbreak ensued. A cut right rear tire while pulling away with the lead sent him into the turn four wall and flipping upside down to bring out the red flag on Lap 15. With assistance from countless other teams, the #83 was able to re-fire and ultimately finish 13th, but you can't help but wonder what could've been for the Kokomo, IN native.

Gravel re-inherited the lead and paced another five laps before Haudenschild came to play and slid by him on Lap 21 just as the caution flew. Capitalizing on the restart, Gravel drove right back by him to assume the lead on Lap 22, which he would hold for 11 more laps.

More green flag laps allowed Haudenschild to close and rocket back to the lead on Lap 33. He retained the spot for nine laps until a #OpenRed on Lap 41 created another challenging restart for the 27-year-old.

Once again, Gravel took advantage and went back to the lead as the field re-fired on Lap 42. The next five laps were an all-out war with Haudenschild chunking sliders at Gravel all while McFadden, Sweet, and Schuchart entered the picture.

Ultimately, Haudenschild returned to the lead on Lap 44 and commanded the final 12 laps before crossing the finish line with a 0.733-second margin of victory.

Moving from 12th-to-second, James McFadden and the Karavan Trailers #9 team earned KSE Hard Charger honors on the night. Chasing them was Kasey Kahne Racing teammate Brad Sweet in the third spot aboard the NAPA Auto Parts #49.

Former Ironman 55 champions Logan Schuchart and Rico Abreu closed out the top-five at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55.

Closing out the top-10 on Saturday night was early leader David Gravel in the sixth spot, Shark Racing's Jacob Allen in seventh, PA Posse star Danny Dietrich in eighth, 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz in ninth, and Carson Macedo with his 18th consecutive top-10 in tenth-place.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series heads to The Sprint Car Capital of the World. A week-long vacation in Knoxville, Iowa will bring tens of thousands of fans and more than 100 cars to compete in the 60th NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals pres. by Casey's.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (55 Laps): 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [4][$20,000]; 2. 9-James McFadden [12][$6,000]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [10][$3,500]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart [14][$2,800]; 5. 24-Rico Abreu [9][$2,500]; 6. 2-David Gravel [1][$2,300]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [8][$2,200]; 8. 48-Danny Dietrich [11][$2,100]; 9. 15-Donny Schatz [2][$2,050]; 10. 41-Carson Macedo [6][$2,000]; 11. 13-Justin Peck [17][$1,600]; 12. 44-Cale Thomas [18][$1,400]; 13. 83-Parker Price-Miller [3][$1,200]; 14. 20G-Noah Gass [15][$1,100]; 15. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [21][$1,050]; 16. 47N-Marcus Dumesny [24][$1,000]; 17. 7S-Jason Sides [19][$1,000]; 18. 11K-Kraig Kinser [5][$1,000]; 19. 53-Jessie Attard [20][$1,000]; 20. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [16][$1,000]; 21. 28-Jason Keith [23][$1,000]; 22. 2C-Wayne Johnson [13][$1,000]; 23. 49J-Josh Schneiderman [22][$1,000]; 24. 11-Spencer Bayston [7][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-5, 16-20, 22-32, 42-43; Parker Price Miller 6-15; Sheldon Haudenschild 21, 33-41, 44-5. KSE Hard Charger Award: 9-James McFadden[+10]

NEW Championship Standings (53/81 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (7,360); 2. Carson Macedo (-140); 3. David Gravel (-144); 4. Donny Schatz (-258); 5. Sheldon Haudenschild (-266); 6. Logan Schuchart (-300); 7. James McFadden (-722); 8. Kraig Kinser (-910); 9. Brock Zearfoss (-1174); 10. Jacob Allen (-1386).

 

 

PEVELY PRO: Sheldon Haudenschild Adds to I-55 Dominance on Night Before the Ironman

NOS Energy Drink #17 Chases Second Ironman 55 Title on Saturday Night

PEVELY, MO - August 6, 2021 - It's like poetry in motion watching Sheldon Haudenschild attack Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 like his life depends on it.

Whereas his father Jac Haudenschild rose to fame during "The Wild Child" days at Eldora Speedway, young Sheldon has created his own version of must-see-TV when he takes the NOS Energy Drink, Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17 to Pevely, MO.

At 27-years-old, with 354 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Features under his belt, no track has consistently offered more highlights or more victory lane trips for Haudenschild than the I-55 bullring. He's a 20-time winner with The Greatest Show on Dirt, yet the only facility he's conquered on multiple occasions remains I-55.

The numbers speak for themselves, but the tape really shows all.

Prior to Friday's dominance, which gave him six triumphs in 2021, there was the 2019 Ironman 55 when he delivered a jaw-dropping beatdown to win the $20,000 title by 10.308 seconds, all while lapping his way into the top-five.

On this night, a similar act was in store. After sitting in second for the opening six laps, Haudenschild pounced on Logan Schuchart to take the lead and began his march into lap traffic. Like 2019, it was a non-stop affair, but this time only 35 laps as he and Brad Sweet raced through lap traffic.

The margin of victory was much different, only 1.431 seconds this time, but he still lapped all the way up to seventh.

With ease it seemed, the Wooster, OH native trod a tricky cushion placed atop the track and planted his Hoosier Tire against the fence lap-after-lap. There were a few close calls as Sweet kept the pressure mounted, but Haudenschild was not to be denied at his best track on tour.

A $10,000 win equals Sheldon with his dad Jac at three World of Outlaws wins on the Missouri 1/4-mile.

For Brad Sweet, his quest for perfection was cut short by only one position. The Grass Valley, CA native entered the evening with a remarkable five-for-five record in the state of Missouri this year, including a sweep of I-55 in April. The chances seemed good when he raced into second on Lap 7, but it became tough to create a serious challenge with lappers here, there, and everywhere.

Ultimately, it was P2 for the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49. Sweet now has 25 podium finishes this season and extended his points lead with a third consecutive World of Outlaws title sitting only 29 races away.

Closing out the top-five on Friday night was Watertown, CT's David Gravel in third aboard the Big Game Motorsports #2, Hanover, PA's Logan Schuchart in fourth with his Shark Racing #1S, and Lemoore, CA's Carson Macedo with his 16th consecutive top-seven by taking fifth for the Jason Johnson Racing #41.

Rounding out the top-ten on the Night Before the Ironman was Donny Schatz in sixth, James McFadden in seventh, Jacob Allen in eighth, Spencer Bayston in ninth, and Parker Price-Miller in tenth with KSE Hard Charger honors coming from 21st.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series competes in the state of Missouri for the final time this season tomorrow, Saturday, August 7. Pevely, MO's Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 will host the 13th Ironman 55, a grueling 55-lap affair with $20,000 to the winner. If you can't make it yourself, you can watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps): 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [4][$5,500]; 3. 2-David Gravel [5][$3,200]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2][$2,600]; 5. 41-Carson Macedo [6][$2,350]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz [10][$2,150]; 7. 9-James McFadden [14][$2,100]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [7][$1,950]; 9. 11-Spencer Bayston [8][$1,900]; 10. 83-Parker Price-Miller [21][$1,850]; 11. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [12][$1,400]; 12. 24-Rico Abreu [11][$1,200]; 13. 51B-Joe B-Miller [16][$1,000]; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser [18][$950]; 15. 2C-Wayne Johnson [20][$900]; 16. 7S-Jason Sides [22][$900]; 17. 48-Danny Dietrich [23][$900]; 18. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [17][$900]; 19. 47N-Marcus Dumesny [15][$900]; 20. O7-Skylar Gee [9][$900]; 21. 98-Clinton Boyles [24][$900]; 22. 20G-Noah Gass [19][$900]; 23. 44-Cale Thomas [3][$900]; 24. 13-Justin Peck [13][$900]. Lap Leaders: Logan Schuchart 1-6, Sheldon Haudenschild 7-35. KSE Hard Charger Award: 83-Parker Price-Miller[+11]

NEW Championship Standings (52/83 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (7,216); 2. Carson Macedo (-126); 3. David Gravel (-138); 4. Donny Schatz (-246); 5. Sheldon Haudenschild (-272); 6. Logan Schuchart (-298); 7. James McFadden (-724); 8. Kraig Kinser (-880); 9. Brock Zearfoss (-1150); 10. Jacob Allen (-1378).

 

 

BY THE NUMBERS: Ironman 55 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55

The Greatest Show on Dirt Visits Pevely, MO on Friday & Saturday

PEVELY, MO - August 5, 2021 - The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series has been competing at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 for 26 consecutive seasons. For half of that time span, the trademark event of the partnership has been the Ironman 55, a grueling test of man and machine.

This weekend, on Friday and Saturday, August 6-7, The Greatest Show on Dirt returns to Pevely, MO for the 13th running of the Ironman 55. If you can't attend the spectacular yourself, you can watch the 55-lap affair LIVE on DIRTVision.

Fans can still BUY TICKETS HERE for this weekend's doubleheader.

Here are numbers to know for the doubleheader event:

0 – Never before has an Ironman 55 winner proceeded to win the Knoxville Nationals the next week.

0.250 – Miles around Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55.

1 – Brock Zearfoss (Jonestown, PA) and Wayne Johnson (Oklahoma City, OK) pursue their first Ironman 55 Feature start this weekend.

2.58 – Average starting position of Ironman 55 winners. The farthest any winner has started is sixth.

3 – Record for most Ironman 55 titles, won consecutively from 2011-13 by “The Crowd Pleaser” Craig Dollansky.

3 – Three former Ironman 55 winners in this weekend’s field: Rico Abreu, who won back-to-back in 2016-17, Logan Schuchart who won in 2018, and Sheldon Haudenschild who won in 2019.

4 – Four consecutive Ironman 55 Features have been won from the pole position, although none have led all 55 laps from green-to-checkered.

4.72 – Donny Schatz’s average finish at the Ironman 55. The Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15 has four runner-up finishes and a worst finish of ninth, but still zero Ironman titles.

5 – Victories apiece for Steve Kinser, Sammy Swindell, and Craig Dollansky at I-55, a tie for most all-time. Brad Sweet is behind them with four wins to his credit.

7 – Full-time drivers have won at I-55 with the World of Outlaws before. That list includes Brad Sweet (’19, ’20, ’21, ’21), Sheldon Haudenschild (’19, ’20), Donny Schatz (’06, ’15), Logan Schuchart (’18), David Gravel (’16), Jason Sides (’12), and Kraig Kinser (’05).

9.995 – Track record set by Kyle Larson on May 22, 2020.

10 – Slick Woody’s QuickTimes set by David Gravel aboard the Big Game Motorsports #2 this year.

10.308 – Margin of victory during Haudenschild’s dominant 2018 beatdown at the Ironman 55.

12 – Features for Donny Schatz, Jason Sides & Kraig Kinser, the only three drivers to start every single Ironman 55.

13.75 – Miles to race in Saturday’s 55-lapper, a shorter mileage than many 1/2-mile Features.

16 – Consecutive top-seven results for Carson Macedo and the Jason Johnson Racing #41.

16 – Most positions advanced in an Ironman 55 Feature, set by Logan Schuchart with a 24th-to-8th KSE Hard Charger run in 2015.

30 – Races remaining on the 2021 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series schedule.

55 – Laps in Saturday’s finale, the longest of the season.

63 – Previous races held at I-55, which ranks as the ninth most visited track in Series history.

100 – Winning percentage of Brad Sweet in Missouri this year. He enters five-for-five with two wins at I-55, two wins at I-70, and a win at Lake Ozark.

120 – Points separating Carson Macedo from Brad Sweet for the championship lead.

142 – Laps led by Kerry Madsen at the Ironman 55, most all-time. The Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #14 will sit on the sidelines this weekend preparing for Knoxville next week.

306 – Minutes or roughly five hours overnight from I-55 to Knoxville Raceway, where several teams will race in Sunday’s Capitani Classic in preparation for the Nationals.

700 – Career Feature starts eclipsed by Grass Valley, CA’s Brad Sweet last week.

799 – Miles from Gettysburg, PA to I-55, which will be traveled by Danny Dietrich and the Gary Kauffman Racing #48 to race this weekend at the Ironman.

1987 – Year of the first World of Outlaws appearance at I-55, won by Brad Doty.

2009 – First running of the Ironman 55, topped by Joey Saldana.

6,356 – Points accumulated by James McFadden, who is the new leading contender for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award.

10,000 – Fine paid by Roth Motorsports following a rules infraction last weekend. With Aaron Reutzel suspended, Parker Price-Miller will drive the car this weekend at I-55.

20,000 – Included in the “Month of Money,” Saturday’s 55-lap finale pays out $20,000 to the winner.


 

 

Reutzel Fined, Suspended for World of Outlaws Rules Infraction
 

During an inspection of Aaron Reutzel’s and Roth Motorsports’ race car prior to competition on Saturday, World of Outlaws Technical Director Tom Devitt noticed suspicious peculiarities with the chassis paint, and that the chassis inspection sticker appeared to have been tampered with. When confronted with these observations Reutzel admitted to Devitt and World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Director Carlton Reimers he had taken a white chassis, which he knew had been previously disallowed for competition by Devitt due to undersized tubing (Chapter 3, Section 5, U), painted it black and then removed an inspection sticker from a different legal chassis and placed it on the chassis in question.

All of these actions by Reutzel were an effort to circumvent the inspection process and further violate the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Rules and Regulations, including:

2021 Sprint Series Rule Book, Chapter 1, Section 7, P: Any member and/or participant that violates any technical rule as presented within the rulebook and/or issued in a written bulletin will be subject to penalty and/or disqualification and/or fine and/or suspension and/or legal action and/or any other action deemed appropriate by World Racing Group Supervisory Officials.
2021 Sprint Series Rule Book, Chapter 1 Section 4, A, a: All Members agree to act in a professional manner as determined by World Racing Group Officials. The professional manner includes, but is not limited to verbal representation, social media, text messages, written representation, any representation that may represent the sport of racing and/or motorsports in general and/or any affiliates.
2021 Sprint Series Rule Book, Chapter 3, Section 5, U: The following frame measurements are minimum dimensions. Only those areas indicated are mandatory and subject to technical inspections. In lieu of the “BUTT” BAR a car’s rear end can be tethered to the rear chassis. Only ASTM4130 normalized steel or equivalent material may be used in the chassis/frame construction. See drawing 16.5.a.s.

For the violations, Participant/Driver Reutzel has been fined $10,000, which must be paid by Aug. 28, 2021, or he will be subject to additional penalties/fines. Reutzel also will be deducted 1,000 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series 2021 Championship Driver Points. Furthermore, Reutzel is suspended from World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series competition for 30 days from the July 31, 2021, infraction date.

In addition, Roth Motorsports is fined $10,000 and deducted 500 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Championship Owner Points. Roth Motorsports is not suspended from competition, but the fine must be paid prior to participating in the next event. Reutzel and Roth Motorsports will be on probation for the remainder of the 2021 World of Outlaws racing season and the entire 2022 World of Outlaws racing season. Any subsequent violations will result in enhanced penalties/fines.

“It is an unfortunate situation Aaron Reutzel created for everyone involved,” World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter said. “The severity of the penalty was weighed heavily and reflects the seriousness with which we considered the violations and infractions.”

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Ironman 55 to Challenge Outlaws This Weekend

55 Laps is the Longest Feature of NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Season

PEVELY, MO - August 3, 2021 - The month of August has arrived and the tradition continues.

Before the Knoxville Nationals (August 11-14) captivates the entire Sprint Car world next week, the Ironman 55 takes center stage on the first weekend of August.

The 13th annual race at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 offers a grueling test of 55 consecutive laps at the 1/4-mile venue with $20,000 on the line to the champion.

From Craig Dollansky's three-peat and Rico Abreu's daring double to Sheldon Haudenschild's masterclass in 2019 and Kyle Larson's return to glory last year, this race has time and time again produced unforgettable moments. You can expect nothing less this Friday and Saturday when the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series returns to Pevely, MO.

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WEEKEND WINNERS: Last weekend, the World of Outlaws returned to New York for the first time in three years, and it didn't disappoint. Both races at Ransomville Speedway and Weedsport Speedway left fans stirring as late-race drama and exciting finishes capped each night.

Aaron Reutzel continued his strong rookie season, collecting his fourth win of 2021 at Ransomville on Friday night. The Roth Motorsports #83 led all 30 laps, but it wasn't without challenge from local hero Paulie Colagiovanni, who hounded Reutzel in the closing laps. The Clute, TX native ultimately survived and now goes for a $20,000 payday this weekend at I-55.

More drama ensued on Saturday when David Gravel became the third and final leader at Weedsport. Sheldon Haudenschild had the race in the bag before lap traffic trouble sent him spinning with two-to-go. Gravel capitalized and scored his seventh win of 2021, the momentum he hopes to carry into I-55, where he's won once before in 2016.

SHOW-ME SWEET: Grass Valley, CA is where Brad Sweet calls home, but The Big Cat sure has taken a liking to the state of Missouri lately. Entering the Ironman 55, he's undefeated in The Show-Me State this year with a perfect four-for-four record going.

The Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49 swept both nights of the spring doubleheader at Pevely in April, then returned to the state for another sweep at Odessa's I-70 Motorsports Park later that month.

In total, Sweet has claimed four of his 72 career wins at I-55, however, none of them have come in the form of the $20,000 payday at the Ironman 55. A weekend sweep would mean several things. He bats a perfect 1.000% in Missouri, he finally wins his first Ironman title, and he surpasses Steve Kinser, Craig Dollansky & Sammy Swindell as the winningest Outlaw in track history.

WEIGHT-LIFTING EXPERIENCE: Only three drivers in this weekend's field will enter as a former champion of the Ironman 55. Those drivers being Sheldon Haudenschild, Logan Schuchart, and Rico Abreu.

First ran as a 55-lap affair in 2009, the Ironman 55 has seen nine different drivers lift the dumbbell through 12 events. Only Craig Dollansky (2011-13) and Rico Abreu (2016-17) own multiple titles, let alone back-to-back scores.

Haudenschild will be the most recent champion in attendance with his unbelievably dominating 2019 title still fresh in everyone's memory. Logan Schuchart and Shark Racing swam to Pevely glory the year before in 2018. Abreu, of St. Helena, CA, will have a shot to equal Dollansky with the most titles in event history if he can conquer the 1/4-mile again.

WHAT COULD'VE BEEN: There is no denying that Sheldon Haudenschild has risen to the next level in 2021. With 30 races remaining, the Wooster, OH 27-year-old is on pace for career-best numbers in Wins, Top Fives, Top Tens, Laps Led, and a whole galore of other statistical categories.

However, the "what if" question has been raised significantly more lately. On eight notable instances, all within the final eight laps, Haudenschild has lost out on at least 196 points, which would currently make him second in the championship chase -80 to Sweet. The most recent instances came last weekend when he suffered a flat tire running fourth with four-to-go and then dropped from the lead due to a crash in lap traffic with two-to-go.

The good news for Haudenschild is he heads to one of his best tracks this weekend. Of his 19 career World of Outlaws wins, Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 is the only one he's conquered twice. He'll go for a third, and potentially fourth, this weekend with $20,000 up for grabs.

WAY OFF THE PORCH: Danny Dietrich of Gettysburg, PA is beginning his Knoxville trip a week early with an 800-mile detour to Pevely, MO. The five-time World of Outlaws winner has left his porch as one of the PA Posse's most respected competitors for Missouri's bullring on five occasions in the past.

The Gary Kauffman Racing #48 has faced plenty of ups and downs this year with The Greatest Show on Dirt. Dietrich was runner-up at Volusia's DIRTcar Nationals and claimed $20,000 for second at the 38th Kings Royal, but has struggled on homeland with a best of 10th in five Outlaw starts in Pennsylvania. He'll try to get back on track at Pevely with crucial momentum leading into Knoxville on the line.

KNOXVILLE IS COMING: The pressure continues to mount with it being only eight days away from the 60th running of the NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals pres. by Casey's. The Granddaddy of 'Em All offers the greatest purse in Series history with four days in the Sprint Car Capital of the World capped with a potential $200,000 payday.

Although I-55's tight 1/4-mile bullring is incomparable to Knoxville's sweeping 1/2-mile corners, the momentum and monetary value of the Ironman can be seen as much greater than the mechanical knowledge. However, it's worth mentioning that since formed in 2009, not a single Ironman 55 champion has proceeded to win the Knoxville Nationals.

This Week at a Glance – When and Where

Friday-Saturday, August 6-7 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, MO

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Around the Turn: Following this weekend, the 60th running of the NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals pres. by Casey’s takes over The Sprint Car Capital of the World on August 11-14 in Knoxville, IA. The potential $200,000-to-win race is known as The Granddaddy of 'Em All and can be seen LIVE on DIRTVision.

NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (14 Drivers):
14 wins – Brad Sweet, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #49
7 wins – Carson Macedo, Jason Johnson Racing #41
7 wins – David Gravel, Big Game Motorsports #2
5 wins – Sheldon Haudenschild, Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17
4 wins – Aaron Reutzel, Roth Motorsports #83
3 wins – Logan Schuchart, Shark Racing #1S
2 wins – Kerry Madsen, Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #14
2 wins – Kyle Larson, Silva Motorsports #57
2 wins – Brent Marks, Brent Marks Racing #19
1 win – James McFadden, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #9
1 win – Dave Blaney, Dave Blaney #10
1 win – Donny Schatz, Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15
1 win – Spencer Bayston, Sam McGhee Motorsports #11
1 win – Tyler Courtney, Clauson-Marshall Racing #7BC

FEATURE LAPS LED (24 Drivers):
296 laps – Brad Sweet
205 laps – Sheldon Haudenschild
188 laps – Aaron Reutzel
185 laps – Carson Macedo
158 laps – Donny Schatz
152 laps – David Gravel
148 laps – Logan Schuchart
63 laps – Kerry Madsen
57 laps – Tyler Courtney
46 laps – Kyle Larson
36 laps – James McFadden
33 laps – Spencer Bayston
27 laps – Brent Marks, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
19 laps – Giovanni Scelzi
11 laps – Sye Lynch
10 laps – Jacob Allen & Brock Zearfoss
3 laps – Ian Madsen
1 lap – Kasey Kahne, Kraig Kinser, Brandon Spithaler, Dave Blaney, Brian Brown

SLICK WOODY’S QUICKTIME AWARDS (19 Drivers):
10 QuickTimes – David Gravel
7 QuickTimes – Sheldon Haudenschild
5 QuickTimes – Brad Sweet, Logan Schuchart
4 QuickTimes – Kerry Madsen
3 QuickTimes – Aaron Reutzel
2 QuickTimes – James McFadden, Cory Eliason, Giovanni Scelzi, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
1 QuickTime – Carson Macedo, Kraig Kinser, Danny Dietrich, Anthony Macri, Kasey Kahne, Brian Brown, Brock Zearfoss, Rico Abreu, Sye Lynch

DRYDENE HEAT RACE WINNERS (39 Drivers)
22 Heat Wins – David Gravel
19 Heat Wins – Carson Macedo
16 Heat Wins – Aaron Reutzel
14 Heat Wins – Donny Schatz
11 Heat Wins – Sheldon Haudenschild, Brad Sweet
10 Heat Wins – Logan Schuchart
9 Heat Wins – James McFadden
6 Heat Wins – Brian Brown
5 Heat Wins – Kerry Madsen
4 Heat Wins – Giovanni Scelzi, Tyler Courtney
3 Heat Wins – Brock Zearfoss, Jason Sides, Kraig Kinser, Ian Madsen, Anthony Macri, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
2 Heat Wins – Jacob Allen, Wayne Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Kyle Larson, DJ Netto
1 Heat Win – Danny Dietrich, Hunter Schuerenberg, Lance Dewease, Brandon Spithaler, Parker Price-Miller, Tim Kaeding, Jack Dover, Scotty Thiel, Paul McMahan, Daryn Pittman, Justin Peck, Jac Haudenschild, Sye Lynch, Chad Trout, TJ Stutts, Brent Marks

PODIUM FINISHES (25 Drivers):
24 Podiums – Brad Sweet
18 Podiums – Carson Macedo
15 Podiums – Donny Schatz
14 Podiums – Sheldon Haudenschild, David Gravel
12 Podiums – Logan Schuchart
10 Podiums – Aaron Reutzel
6 Podiums – Kerry Madsen, Brent Marks
5 Podiums – Giovanni Scelzi, James McFadden
3 Podiums – Brian Brown, Lance Dewease
2 Podiums – Kraig Kinser, Cory Eliason, Anthony Macri, Danny Dietrich, Tyler Courtney, Kyle Larson
1 Podium – Justin Peck, Brian Brown, Anthony Macri, Dave Blaney, Spencer Bayston, Daryn Pittman, Paulie Colagiovanni, Sam Hafertepe Jr.

2021 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Schedule & Winners

No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Fri, Feb. 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Brad Sweet (1)
2. Sun, Feb. 7 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Logan Schuchart (1)
3. Fri, March 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Carson Macedo (1)
4. Sat, March 6 / East Bay Raceway Park / Tampa, FL / Aaron Reutzel (1)
5. Fri, March 12 / Magnolia Motor Speedway / Columbus, MS / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)
6. Sat, March 13 / The Rev / Monroe, LA / David Gravel (1)
7. Fri, March 19 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Sheldon Haudenschild (2)
8. Sat, March 20 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Brad Sweet (2)
9. Sat, March 27 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, MO / Brad Sweet (3)
10. Fri, April 2 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (4)
11. Sat, April 3 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (5)
12. Fri, April 9 / Kokomo Speedway / Kokomo, IN / James McFadden (1)
13. Sat, April 10 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Carson Macedo (2)
14. Fri, April 22 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN / David Gravel (2)
15. Sun, April 24 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN / David Gravel (3)
16. Thur, April 29 / Jacksonville Speedway / Jacksonville, IL / Brad Sweet (6)
17. Fri, April 30 / I-70 Motorsports Park / Odessa, MO / Brad Sweet (7)
18. Sat, May 1 / I-70 Motorsports Park / Odessa, MO / Brad Sweet (8)
19. Sat, May 8 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Brent Marks (1)
20. Sat, May 8 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Sheldon Haudenschild (3)
21. Wed, May 12 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbottstown, PA / Brad Sweet (9)
22. Fri, May 14 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Carson Macedo (3)
23. Sat, May 15 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Aaron Reutzel (2)
24. Tues, May 18 / Bridgeport Speedway / Swedesboro, NJ / Logan Schuchart (2)
25. Fri, May 21 / Attica Raceway Park / Attica, OH / David Gravel (4)
26. Sat, May 22 / Sharon Speedway / Hartford, OH / Dave Blaney (1)
27. Mon, May 31 / Lawrenceburg Speedway / Lawrenceburg, IN / Kyle Larson (1)
28. Sat, June 5 / Granite City Speedway /Sauk Rapids, MN / David Gravel (5)
29. Fri, June 11 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Carson Macedo (4)
30. Sat, June 12 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Carson Macedo (5)
31. Thur, June 17 / 34 Raceway / West Burlington, IA / Brad Sweet (10)
32. Fri, June 18 / Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway / Dubuque, IA / Donny Schatz (1)
33. Sat, June 19 / Beaver Dam Raceway / Beaver Dam, WI / Sheldon Haudenschild (4)
34. Mon, June 21 / Huset’s Speedway / Brandon, SD / David Gravel (6)
35. Tues, June 22 / Huset’s Speedway / Brandon, SD / Aaron Reutzel (3)
36. Thur, June 24 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Kerry Madsen (1)
37. Fri, June 25 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Kerry Madsen (2)
38. Sat, June 27 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Logan Schuchart (3)
39. Fri, July 2 / Cedar Lake Speedway / New Richmond, WI / Brad Sweet (11)
40. Sat, July 3 / Cedar Lake Speedway / New Richmond, WI / Brad Sweet (12)
41. Sat, July 10 / Wilmot Raceway / Wilmot, WI / Brad Sweet (13)
42. Tues, July 13 / Attica Raceway Park / Attica, OH / Spencer Bayston (1)
43. Wed, July 14 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Carson Macedo (6)
44. Sat, July 17 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Tyler Courtney (1)
45. Sat, July 17 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Kyle Larson (2)
46. Sun, July 18 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Carson Macedo (7)
47. Tues, July 20 / Lernerville Speedway / Sarver, PA / Brad Sweet (14)
48. Fri, July 23 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Sheldon Haudenschild (5)
49. Sat, July 24 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Brent Marks (2)
50. Fri, July 30 / Ransomville Speedway / Ransomville, NY / Aaron Reutzel (4)
51. Sat, July 31 / Weedsport Speedway / Weedsport, NY / David Gravel (7)

 

 

RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME: David Gravel Capitalizes for Weedsport Win

Another Victory Stripped from Dominant Haudenschild with Lap Traffic Collision

WEEDSPORT, NY - July 31, 2021 - For the second straight night, New York fans were treated to late-race drama with The Greatest Show on Dirt.

Sheldon Haudenschild essentially had the win in the bag as he set a torrid pace through lap traffic, but a collision with James McFadden sent his NOS Energy Drink #17 spinning from the lead with only two laps remaining.

David Gravel inherited the race lead and took full advantage of the situation. The Watertown, CT native survived a green-white-checkered restart with Donny Schatz and Brad Sweet on his heels to win the Empire State Challenge at Weedsport Speedway.

The sudden victory was reminiscent of what happened at Attica Raceway Park in May when Haudenschild fell victim to lap traffic trouble and gifted Gravel another win. Ultimately, Saturday's incident gave the Big Game Motorsports #2 their seventh win of the year and Gravel the 65th win of his World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.

Unfortunately for Sheldon, it was another case of what could have been. The Weedsport loss was the sixth occurrence this year of Haudenschild leading in the final 10 laps, but failing to appear in victory lane. The argument could easily be made that the Wooster, OH native would be the winningest driver on tour in 2021 if lady luck cooperated.

"He was running a wild pace up there and really living and dying by the top," Gravel said on Haudenschild. "Those lappers finally moved up and took his lane away, then he just got into the back of them. I don't think I would've won, but I felt like I could keep him kind of close. I was better on the bottom of turns one and two, but he was full send and bangin' it off the wall on the other end. That's just such a hard pace to keep."

Before Haudenschild and Gravel swapped fortunes, Oklahoma City's Wayne Johnson was the story of the night early on. The Two-C Racing pilot set a season-best qualifying effort (4th), won his first Drydene Heat Race of the season, made his first DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash of the season, earned a season-best starting position (5th), and ultimately tied his season-best Feature finish.

However, it was 10-time Series champion, Donny Schatz, on the pole position of the 30-lap NOS Energy Drink Feature. Looking to snap an 18-race drought since his 300th career win at Dubuque, Iowa last month, the Fargo, ND native flexed his muscle in the early stages as he built a large lead and raced into lap traffic.

The top-five of Schatz, Gravel, Haudenschild, Sweet & Macedo ran patiently through the first half, but the pace ratcheted up once the cross flags waved. On Lap 19, Haudenschild built his momentum and rocketed by Gravel to take second. He wasn't done, though. Three laps later, he stormed right by Schatz to take command of the lead on Lap 22.

It took only a handful of circuits for Haudenschild to build a massive lead, but at a moment's notice, it was all gone. Receiving the two-to-go signal, the #17 collided with McFadden's #9 on entry to turn one, and suddenly the win was stripped away as Haudenschild went spinning to a stop.

The first and only stoppage of the race created a green-white-checkered finish with Gravel gifted the race lead. He lined up with Schatz and Sweet right on his tail tank, but never wavered once in the final two laps. The #2 pulled away once the green flag dropped and pulled away to win it by 1.738-seconds.

"I know it's been over a month since we won, so this one was much needed," Gravel admitted. "I just love winning here in New York, too. These fans in the whole northeast are awesome. Our t-shirt trailer was busy all day. I can't thank these fans enough."

Capitalizing on the restart, Brad Sweet snuck by Schatz to put the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49 in second place.

"I'll take it," Sweet said. "I think we had a fourth-place car tonight, but Sheldon had his trouble and we got Donny on the bottom there. This place is tricky. I'm looking forward to these next few weeks with some more big races coming up."

After leading the opening 21 laps, Donny Schatz slipped back to third as he earned his 15th podium of the year aboard the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, Ford Performance #15.

"We just needed to better," Schatz mentioned. "You're not gonna be that bad at the end of the race and end up winning. I guess we lucked into a third place tonight."

Carson Macedo and Jason Johnson Racing extended their streak to 16 consecutive top-seven finishes with a fourth-place run at Weedsport. Rounding out the top-five on Saturday night was Logan Schuchart, who set Slick Woody's QuickTime in the Shark Racing, Drydene Performance Products #1S.

Danny Varin of Sharon Springs, NY finished sixth-from-15th and earned KSE Hard Charger honors. Kraig Kinser followed Friday's podium with a seventh-place effort. Cicero, NY native Paulie Colagiovanni turned in another strong effort in eighth-place. Wayne Johnson recorded a season-best result of ninth in the Two-C Racing #2C. Brock Zearfoss collected another top-10 aboard the #3Z.

UP NEXT: The 14th annual Ironman 55 awaits the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series next weekend on Friday & Saturday, August 6-7 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55. Following that, we're off to Iowa for the 60th NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals pres. by Casey's on August 11-14.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps): 1. 2-David Gravel [2][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [4][$6,000]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [1][$3,500]; 4. 41-Carson Macedo [6][$2,800]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [7][$2,500]; 6. OO-Danny Varin [15][$2,300]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [13][$2,200]; 8. 10-Paulie Colagiovanni [11][$2,100]; 9. 2C-Wayne Johnson [5][$2,050]; 10. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [10][$2,000]; 11. 9-James McFadden [9][$1,600]; 12. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [3][$1,400]; 13. 83-Aaron Reutzel [12][$1,200]; 14. 99L-Larry Wight [18][$1,100]; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen [8][$1,050]; 16. 7NY-Matt Farnham [20][$1,000]; 17. 10K-Joe Kata [19][$1,000]; 18. 97-Greg Wilson [17][$1,000]; 19. 49K-Scott Kreutter [24][$1,000]; 20. 7S-Jason Sides [22][$1,000]; 21. 11-Carl Bowser [21][$1,000]; 22. 98-Joe Trenca [14][$1,000]; 23. 35-Jared Zimbardi [16][$1,000]; 24. 22-Jonathan Preston [23][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Donny Schatz 1-20, Sheldon Haudenschild 21-28, David Gravel 29-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: OO-Danny Varin[+9]

NEW Championship Standings (51/81 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (7,070); 2. Carson Macedo (-120); 3. David Gravel (-136); 4. Donny Schatz (-238); 5. Sheldon Haudenschild (-276); 6. Logan Schuchart (-294); 7. Aaron Reutzel (-446); 8. James McFadden (-714); 9. Kraig Kinser (-856); 10. Brock Zearfoss (-1132).

 

 

DAVID VS. GOLIATH: Reutzel Survives Colagiovanni's Challenge at Ransomville

Diverse Podium Highlights Long-Awaited New York Return for World of Outlaws

RANSOMVILLE, NY - July 31, 2021 - Ted Johnson's ideology, which he unveiled to the world back in 1978, was on full display on Friday night.

At its core, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series is all about the best group of racers in the world traveling from track to track to face the toughest local competition available; and that was exactly what New York fans witnessed at Ransomville Speedway.

Paulie Colagiovanni, a 20-year-old native of Cicero, NY, nearly did the unthinkable and beat the goliath that is The Greatest Show on Dirt. It was only his fourth career World of Outlaws Feature, but the kid was driving as if he possessed the veteran prowess of Donny Schatz, the calm mindset of Brad Sweet, and the fiery on-track attitude of Sheldon Haudenschild.

On the other end of Colagiovanni's challenge was Aaron Reutzel, who admitted he was nervous when "the guy he had never heard of" was restarting on his tail with a green-white-checkered finish in play.

In the end, Reutzel led all 30 laps and secured his fourth win of the 2021 season aboard the Roth Motorsports #83. A victory that only builds his mighty resume as the Clute, TX native chases the distinguished Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award.

However, watch the tape, read the tweets, or listen to the fans, there is no denying that Colagiovanni left his mark on this group of Outlaws.

"I really didn't want to see that yellow," Reutzel noted. "I've got a guy that I honestly have no clue who he is moving on up and passing Sweet, so I have no prediction at all of what he's going to do. I was a little afraid of that, and those last two laps were nerve-racking."

Starting from the outside pole of the 30-lapper, Reutzel rode under a barrage of fireworks as he battled by World of Outlaws championship leader Brad Sweet to take the initial command. A restart on Lap 2 opened the door for Sweet to fight back, but the Roth #83 was too strong and prevailed on the high line as he ran away from the field.

On Lap 12, fourth-starting Colagiovanni made his boldest move of the race, throttling around the outside of Sweet and threading the needle to put his PJC Motorsports #10 into the second spot. Beyond halfway and into the closing stages, Colagiovanni kept Reutzel at a reasonable distance but struggled to put himself in a position to make a bid for the lead.

With two-to-go, the caution flew for fourth-running Haudenschild with a flat right rear tire. A stoppage that brought the standing-room-only crowd to life in support of their home state hero.

The green-white-checkered finish fired off and Reutzel ducked low while Colagiovanni committed to the top. The local kid built a run with his momentum and was all over the #83 as the white flag waved and fans rose to their feet.

However, Reutzel was not to be denied, perfecting the bottom with the pressure mounting. Colagiovanni gave it one last shot through turns three and four, but A-Aron survived and beat him to the line by 0.325-seconds at the checkered flag.

"The track changed a lot," Reutzel said. "It was technical and you really had to move around. I tried to keep my wing speed up and roll with momentum early, but once everyone on the bottom got the top dirty I knew I needed to move down for good. Hopefully, all of this bad luck is out of the way and we can get to winning as Dennis and Theresa Roth deserve."

Not for a lack of effort, Paulie Colagiovanni officially crossed the stripe with a career-best second-place finish. In only four previous appearances, the 2019 Empire Super Sprints champion had recorded a best of 16th, and now he's got silver around his neck.

"I was thinking I'd be thrilled with a top-10 hopefully, so to finish second against these guys is unreal," Colagiovanni offered. "The track was good all night and I love ripping the top here. I think it faded over there in turns three and four, so I had to migrate to the bottom there at the end. I'm just thankful to be here. Wow."

Sneaking on the podium during the final restart was Kraig Kinser, who earned his first Slick Woody's QuickTime since May 2019 to start the night at Ransomville. It's his second top-three finish of the 2021 season.

"We really missed in the Heat Race, but the car came around good for the Feature," Kinser said. "You know you're in the right spot when you're up there racing with guys like Sheldon, David, and Brad."

Rounding out the top-five was polesitter Brad Sweet in fourth aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49, and Connecticut's David Gravel in fifth with the Big Game Motorsports, Huset's Speedway #2.

Closing out the top-10 at Ransomville was Carson Macedo with his 15th consecutive top-seven finish, Logan Schuchart with KSE Hard Charger honors in seventh-from-15th, Donny Schatz aboard the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15, James McFadden in his Kasey Kahne Racing #9, and Pennsylvania's Brock Zearfoss in the tenth position.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series continues its New York doubleheader tomorrow, Saturday, July 30 with the Empire State Challenge at Weedsport Speedway. Next weekend, the 14th Ironman 55

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps): 1. 83-Aaron Reutzel [2][$10,000]; 2. 10-Paulie Colagiovanni [4][$6,000]; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser [7][$3,500]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [1][$2,800]; 5. 2-David Gravel [6][$2,500]; 6. 41-Carson Macedo [3][$2,300]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart [15][$2,200]; 8. 15-Donny Schatz [9][$2,100]; 9. 9-James McFadden [8][$2,050]; 10. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [13][$2,000]; 11. 2C-Wayne Johnson [19][$1,600]; 12. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [5][$1,400]; 13. 7S-Jason Sides [10][$1,200]; 14. 97-Greg Wilson [18][$1,100]; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen [20][$1,050]; 16. 7NY-Matt Farnham [14][$1,000]; 17. 2L-Landon Lalonde [23][$1,000]; 18. 11-Carl Bowser [16][$1,000]; 19. X-Dan Bennett [22][$1,000]; 20. 36-Mike Stetler [21][$1,000]; 21. 54JR-Scott Just [17][$1,000]; 22. 35-Jared Zimbardi [12][$1,000]; 23. OO-Danny Varin [11][$1,000]; 24. 2X-Dave Axton [24][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Aaron Reutzel 1-30. KSE Hard Charger Award:1S-Logan Schuchart[+8]

NEW Championship Standings (50/81 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (6,924); 2. Carson Macedo (-116); 3. David Gravel (-140); 4. Donny Schatz (-236); 5. Sheldon Haudenschild (-256); 6. Logan Schuchart (-288); 7. Aaron Reutzel (-424); 8. James McFadden (-696); 9. Kraig Kinser (-846); 10. Brock Zearfoss (-1116).

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Make Return to New York

After Three-Year Absence, Ransomville & Weedsport Host The Greatest Show on Dirt

RANSOMVILLE, NY - July 27, 2021 - For more than a thousand days, New Yorkers have been starving to see The Greatest Show on Dirt again.

This weekend, that dream finally becomes a reality again as the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series returns to The Empire State for the first time since 2018.

It all begins on Friday, July 30 with the sixth stop in Series history at Ransomville Speedway, a 4/10-mile oval located less than a half-hour from the Canadian border at Niagra Falls.

On Saturday, July 30, the Outlaws make their tenth all-time appearance at Weedsport Speedway, a 3/8-mile placed a half-hour west of Syracuse.

Both The Big "R" Outlaw Shootout and The Empire State Challenge will pay a standard purse of $10,000/Win, $1,000/Start.

RANSOMVILLE TICKETS (Fri)
WEEDSPORT TICKETS (Sat)

LONG TIME, NO SEE: New York state was a staple for 41 consecutive seasons on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series tour. Established in 1978, it took until 2019 for The Greatest Show on Dirt to go absent in The Empire State. Mother Nature halted the shows that year, and the COVID-19 pandemic removed any chances of a 2020 date as well.

Now, more than 1,000 days since the most recent race, the Outlaws are ready to return and give New York fans the horsepower and excitement they've been missing for almost three years.

STREAKING: Carson Macedo is officially in the midst of the longest top-10 streak of the 2021 season. In 14 races over the last month, the worst finish for the Jason Johnson Racing #41 is a seventh-place result on two occasions.

Throughout this stretch, the Lemoore, CA native has won twice, ran runner-up thrice, put it on the podium seven times, and recorded ten top-five finishes. His absurd consistency has helped Macedo pass David Gravel and return to P2 in the World of Outlaws championship standings.

Macedo's only disadvantage comes in the form of two new-to-him tracks. Joining the Series full-time in 2019, the 25-year-old will compete in New York with the World of Outlaws for the first time this weekend as he faces Ransomville and Weedsport.

EMPIRE STATE OUTLAWS: Over the years, the NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series has contested 153 races at nine different tracks in the state of New York. In today's current landscape of the 13 full-time drivers, however, only four of them have experienced victory lane in The Empire State.

Donny Schatz, the 300-time winner and 10-time champion, has earned 14 New York wins throughout his career, second only to Steve Kinser's 39. Two of those wins came at Weedsport in 2015 and 2016, but he'll be chasing his first at Ransomville on Friday night.

David Gravel of Watertown, CT is a three-time winner in the bordering state of his hometown. One of his three New York wins came in the most recent race at Ransomville, where he'll try to go back-to-back on Friday aboard the Big Game Motorsports #2.

Logan Schuchart of Hanover, PA, and Kraig Kinser of Bloomington, IN also own one win apiece when it comes to The Empire State.

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS: New York super fans will have the chance to catch not only the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars this weekend but also the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds. The Greatest Show on Dirt invades Ransomville on Friday and Weedsport on Saturday, but before the winged warriors come to town, The Beasts of the Northeast will rumble on Thursday night at Middletown, NY's Orange County Fair Speedway.

STAYING HOT: Fresh off victories at Williams Grove Speedway last weekend, Sheldon Haudenschild and Brent Marks will look to keep their winning ways alive this weekend as they head to New York to close out the month of July.

For Marks, of Myerstown, PA, he enters as the most recent Outlaw winner at Weedsport. The Myerstown Missile led all 35 laps back in the summer of 2018 to score his second career Series victory. The #19 brings in momentum from his $20,000 Summer Nationals title.

For Haudenschild, he'll try to add another track or two to his ridiculously diverse list. Sheldon's 19 career World of Outlaws victories have come at 18 different tracks, only winning at I-55 twice. The Wooster, OH native just snagged his first-ever Williams Grove win, and now he's eyeing the bright lights of New York in his NOS Energy Drink #17.

CASHING IN: The "Month of Money" is already halfway over, but a New York doubleheader, the Ironman 55, and the 60th NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals pres. by Casey's still remains. Entering this weekend, 11 teams have already cleared $20,000 in earnings over the stretch, five cars have banked more than $50,000, and the two Kings Royal winners are north of $175,000.

$191,750 - Clauson-Marshall Racing #7BC
$178,600 - Silva Motorsports #57
$59,000 - Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17
$58,150 - Jason Johnson Racing #41
$55,850 - Kasey Kahne Racing #49
$30,950 - Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15
$30,300 - Brent Marks Racing #19
$29,775 - Gary Kauffman Racing #48
$24,350 - Sam McGhee Motorsports #11
$23,300 - Big Game Motorsports #2

This Week at a Glance – When and Where

Friday, July 30 at Ransomville Speedway in Ransomville, NY
Saturday, July 31 at Weedsport Speedway in Weedsport, NY

On the Internet
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series
Twitter – @WorldofOutlaws
Instagram – @WoOSprint
Facebook – Facebook.com/WorldofOutlawsSprintCarSeries
YouTube – Youtube.com/WorldofOutlaws
DIRTVision – DIRTVision.com – Platinum annual FAST PASS for $299 or monthly FAST PASS for $39/month

Around the Turn: After this week in New York, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will head down to Pevely, MO for the $20,000/Win Ironman 55 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on August 6-7. Following that, the 60th running of the NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals pres. by Casey's takes over The Sprint Car Capital of the World on August 11-14 in Knoxville, IA.

NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (14 Drivers):
14 wins – Brad Sweet, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #49
7 wins – Carson Macedo, Jason Johnson Racing #41
6 wins – David Gravel, Big Game Motorsports #2
5 wins – Sheldon Haudenschild, Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17
3 wins – Aaron Reutzel, Roth Motorsports #83
3 wins – Logan Schuchart, Shark Racing #1S
2 wins – Kerry Madsen, Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #14
2 wins – Kyle Larson, Silva Motorsports #57
2 wins – Brent Marks, Brent Marks Racing #19
1 win – James McFadden, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #9
1 win – Dave Blaney, Dave Blaney #10
1 win – Donny Schatz, Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15
1 win – Spencer Bayston, Sam McGhee Motorsports #11
1 win – Tyler Courtney, Clauson-Marshall Racing #7BC

FEATURE LAPS LED (24 Drivers):
296 laps – Brad Sweet
198 laps – Sheldon Haudenschild
185 laps – Carson Macedo
158 laps – Aaron Reutzel
150 laps – David Gravel
148 laps – Logan Schuchart
137 laps – Donny Schatz
63 laps – Kerry Madsen
57 laps – Tyler Courtney
46 laps – Kyle Larson
36 laps – James McFadden
33 laps – Spencer Bayston
27 laps – Brent Marks, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
19 laps – Giovanni Scelzi
11 laps – Sye Lynch
10 laps – Jacob Allen & Brock Zearfoss
3 laps – Ian Madsen
1 lap – Kasey Kahne, Kraig Kinser, Brandon Spithaler, Dave Blaney, Brian Brown

SLICK WOODY’S QUICKTIME AWARDS (18 Drivers):
10 QuickTimes – David Gravel
7 QuickTimes – Sheldon Haudenschild
5 QuickTimes – Brad Sweet
4 QuickTimes – Logan Schuchart, Kerry Madsen
3 QuickTimes – Aaron Reutzel
2 QuickTimes – James McFadden, Cory Eliason, Giovanni Scelzi, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
1 QuickTime – Carson Macedo, Danny Dietrich, Anthony Macri, Kasey Kahne, Brian Brown, Brock Zearfoss, Rico Abreu, Sye Lynch

DRYDENE HEAT RACE WINNERS (39 Drivers)
21 Heat Wins – David Gravel
19 Heat Wins – Carson Macedo
15 Heat Wins – Aaron Reutzel
13 Heat Wins – Donny Schatz
11 Heat Wins – Sheldon Haudenschild
10 Heat Wins – Logan Schuchart
9 Heat Wins – James McFadden, Brad Sweet
6 Heat Wins – Brian Brown
5 Heat Wins – Kerry Madsen
4 Heat Wins – Giovanni Scelzi, Tyler Courtney
3 Heat Wins – Brock Zearfoss, Jason Sides, Kraig Kinser, Ian Madsen, Anthony Macri, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
2 Heat Wins – Jacob Allen, Kasey Kahne, Kyle Larson, DJ Netto
1 Heat Win – Wayne Johnson, Danny Dietrich, Hunter Schuerenberg, Lance Dewease, Brandon Spithaler, Parker Price-Miller, Tim Kaeding, Jack Dover, Scotty Thiel, Paul McMahan, Daryn Pittman, Justin Peck, Jac Haudenschild, Sye Lynch, Chad Trout, TJ Stutts, Brent Marks

PODIUM FINISHES (24 Drivers):
23 Podiums – Brad Sweet
18 Podiums – Carson Macedo
14 Podiums – Donny Schatz, Sheldon Haudenschild
13 Podiums – David Gravel
12 Podiums – Logan Schuchart
9 Podiums – Aaron Reutzel
6 Podiums – Kerry Madsen, Brent Marks
5 Podiums – Giovanni Scelzi, James McFadden
3 Podiums – Brian Brown, Lance Dewease
2 Podiums – Cory Eliason, Anthony Macri, Danny Dietrich, Tyler Courtney, Kyle Larson
1 Podium – Kraig Kinser, Justin Peck, Brian Brown, Anthony Macri, Dave Blaney, Spencer Bayston, Daryn Pittman, Sam Hafertepe Jr.

2021 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Schedule & Winners

No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Fri, Feb. 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Brad Sweet (1)
2. Sun, Feb. 7 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Logan Schuchart (1)
3. Fri, March 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Carson Macedo (1)
4. Sat, March 6 / East Bay Raceway Park / Tampa, FL / Aaron Reutzel (1)
5. Fri, March 12 / Magnolia Motor Speedway / Columbus, MS / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)
6. Sat, March 13 / The Rev / Monroe, LA / David Gravel (1)
7. Fri, March 19 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Sheldon Haudenschild (2)
8. Sat, March 20 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Brad Sweet (2)
9. Sat, March 27 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, MO / Brad Sweet (3)
10. Fri, April 2 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (4)
11. Sat, April 3 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (5)
12. Fri, April 9 / Kokomo Speedway / Kokomo, IN / James McFadden (1)
13. Sat, April 10 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Carson Macedo (2)
14. Fri, April 22 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN / David Gravel (2)
15. Sun, April 24 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN / David Gravel (3)
16. Thur, April 29 / Jacksonville Speedway / Jacksonville, IL / Brad Sweet (6)
17. Fri, April 30 / I-70 Motorsports Park / Odessa, MO / Brad Sweet (7)
18. Sat, May 1 / I-70 Motorsports Park / Odessa, MO / Brad Sweet (8)
19. Sat, May 8 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Brent Marks (1)
20. Sat, May 8 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Sheldon Haudenschild (3)
21. Wed, May 12 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbottstown, PA / Brad Sweet (9)
22. Fri, May 14 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Carson Macedo (3)
23. Sat, May 15 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Aaron Reutzel (2)
24. Tues, May 18 / Bridgeport Speedway / Swedesboro, NJ / Logan Schuchart (2)
25. Fri, May 21 / Attica Raceway Park / Attica, OH / David Gravel (4)
26. Sat, May 22 / Sharon Speedway / Hartford, OH / Dave Blaney (1)
27. Mon, May 31 / Lawrenceburg Speedway / Lawrenceburg, IN / Kyle Larson (1)
28. Sat, June 5 / Granite City Speedway /Sauk Rapids, MN / David Gravel (5)
29. Fri, June 11 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Carson Macedo (4)
30. Sat, June 12 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Carson Macedo (5)
31. Thur, June 17 / 34 Raceway / West Burlington, IA / Brad Sweet (10)
32. Fri, June 18 / Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway / Dubuque, IA / Donny Schatz (1)
33. Sat, June 19 / Beaver Dam Raceway / Beaver Dam, WI / Sheldon Haudenschild (4)
34. Mon, June 21 / Huset’s Speedway / Brandon, SD / David Gravel (6)
35. Tues, June 22 / Huset’s Speedway / Brandon, SD / Aaron Reutzel (3)
36. Thur, June 24 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Kerry Madsen (1)
37. Fri, June 25 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Kerry Madsen (2)
38. Sat, June 27 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Logan Schuchart (3)
39. Fri, July 2 / Cedar Lake Speedway / New Richmond, WI / Brad Sweet (11)
40. Sat, July 3 / Cedar Lake Speedway / New Richmond, WI / Brad Sweet (12)
41. Sat, July 10 / Wilmot Raceway / Wilmot, WI / Brad Sweet (13)
42. Tues, July 13 / Attica Raceway Park / Attica, OH / Spencer Bayston (1)
43. Wed, July 14 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Carson Macedo (6)
44. Sat, July 17 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Tyler Courtney (1)
45. Sat, July 17 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Kyle Larson (2)
46. Sun, July 18 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Carson Macedo (7)
47. Tues, July 20 / Lernerville Speedway / Sarver, PA / Brad Sweet (14)
48. Fri, July 23 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Sheldon Haudenschild (5)
49. Sat, July 24 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Brent Marks (2)

 

 

THE NEXT GENERATION: Sheldon Haudenschild Scores First-Career Williams Grove Win

PA Posse Legend Lance Dewease Charges from 17th-to-2nd

MECHANICSBURG, PA - July 23, 2021 - Entering this season, Sheldon Haudenschild had never won at Knoxville Raceway, Eldora Speedway, or Williams Grove Speedway.

It's a trio of tracks that most describe as "The Big Three" of World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series facilities, all home to the three biggest events on tour.

He's now stood in victory lane at all three tracks within the last three months.

His latest conquering came on Friday night at Mechanicsburg's tricky paper-clip 1/2-mile. The Wooster, OH native put together an impeccable run by setting Slick Woody's QuickTime and leading all 25 laps of the NOS Energy Drink Feature on night one of the Champion Racing Oil Summer Nationals.

Sheldon's trip to victory lane officially makes the Haudenschild's the first father/son duo to both win a World of Outlaws race at Williams Grove Speedway. His father Jac previously won with The Greatest Show on Dirt here in 1986 and 1997.

"I feel like I have a lot of laps around this place, but I could never get that win," Haudenschild noted. "We've been close, but it feels great to finally pull one off. Makes it sweeter that the #69 was behind us."

Earning the pole after dominating the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, Haudenschild quickly set sail as the $10,000/Win Feature fired off. A pair of stoppages on Lap 1 and Lap 6 slowed the action before the final restart rolled back to green with 19 laps left.

Lil' Haud ripped the cushion and slid through lap traffic completely unchallenged for the remainder of the race, but all eyes were glued on PA Posse legend Lance Dewease. A rough Qualifying performance and fifth-place Heat finish led to the #69K starting 17th in the 25-lap Feature.

Dewease made it inside the top-10 on Lap 6, then flew into the top-five on Lap 18 and really made headway in the closing few circuits. He stormed by Schatz for third with two to go, then passed McFadden for the runner-up slot at the white flag.

Out front, though, there was no denying Sheldon Haudenschild and the Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17. He crossed the finish line with a margin of victory at 2.034-seconds over the field.

"My car was just great all night," Sheldon added. "That's the best I've ever felt around this place. I could really keep the car straight for the first time here. It really feels great winning on these big 1/2-miles. We've had a couple of rough nights, so it's good to get back in victory lane."

Fayetteville. PA's Lance Dewease was the star of the show with an incredible 17th-to-2nd bid worthy of the KSE Racing Hard Charger Award. The Kreitz Racing #69K will look for more one spot better tomorrow night with $20,000 on the line at Williams Grove.

"It was 25 laps, that's all that matters, and Sheldon won it," Dewease offered. "We were good, but these guys are so hard to pass, you know they're the best in the world. Coming from the ninth row to second, though, we'll take that. We put ourselves in a hole with Qualifying, so this is a good end to the night."

After starting third and running second for the majority of the 25-lapper, James McFadden slipped back to snag the final podium position aboard his Kasey Kahne Racing, Karavan Trailers #9.

"It's nice to finally put a whole night together again," McFadden said. "I've been struggling on restarts lately, and I finally got those back together night. We'll move on to tomorrow and try to do better."

Donny Schatz aboard the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15 and Brent Marks in his family-owned #19 closed out the top-five.

Rounding out the top-10 on night one of the Summer Nationals was David Gravel in the Big Game Motorsports #2, Carson Macedo in the Jason Johnson Racing #41, Brad Sweet in the Kasey Kahne Racing #49, Logan Schuchart in the Shark Racing #1S, and Danny Dietrich in the Gary Kauffman #48.

UP NEXT: The Champion Racing Oil Summer Nationals will conclude tomorrow night at Williams Grove Speedway as the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series squares off against the PA Posse with $20,000 on the line.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (25 Laps): 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1][$10,000]; 2. 69K-Lance Dewease [17][$5,500]; 3. 9-James McFadden [3][$3,200]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [6][$2,600]; 5. 19-Brent Marks [9][$2,350]; 6. 2-David Gravel [4][$2,150]; 7. 41-Carson Macedo [13][$2,100]; 8. 49-Brad Sweet [11][$1,950]; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart [12][$1,900]; 10. 48-Danny Dietrich [15][$1,850]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser [10][$1,400]; 12. 51-Freddie Rahmer [14][$1,200]; 13. 27-Devon Borden [22][$1,000]; 14. 39M-Anthony Macri [2][$950]; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen [18][$900]; 16. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [19][$900]; 17. 99M-Kyle Moody [25][$]; 18. 27S-Alan Krimes [23][$900]; 19. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [16][$900]; 20. 45-Jeff Halligan [20][$900]; 21. 83-Aaron Reutzel [7][$900]; 22. 5C-Dylan Cisney [24][$900]; 23. 44-Dylan Norris [26][$]; 24. 1X-Chad Trout [5][$900]; 25. 11-TJ Stutts [8][$900]; 26. 2C-Wayne Johnson [21][$900]. Lap Leaders: Sheldon Haudenschild 1-25. KSE Hard Charger Award: 69K-Lance Dewease[+15]

NEW Championship Standings (48/81 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (6,654); 2. Carson Macedo (-126); 3. David Gravel (-144); 4. Donny Schatz (-244); 5. Sheldon Haudenschild (-258); 6. Logan Schuchart (-280); 7. Aaron Reutxel (-436); 8. James McFadden (-694); 9. Kraig Kinnser (-844); 10. Brock Zearfoss (-1066).

 

 

SWEET TASTE OF SILVER: The Big Cat Banks $25,000 at Lernerville's Don Martin Memorial

Sye Lynch, Son of Local Hero Ed Lynch Jr., Nearly Completes Perfect Night at Home Track

SARVER, PA - July 20, 2021 - Gold is always the goal, but once a season with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, silver is sweeter.

That one occasion came on Tuesday night when the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup XXX offered a $25,000 payday at Lernerville Speedway.

In the end, it was Brad Sweet piecing together a dominant 40-lap performance to take the check and walk away with his 14th win of the season. The Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49 started third, took the lead on Lap 12, and crossed the stripe with a massive margin of victory at 5.381-seconds.

However, all night long, the story throughout the pits, in the nearly sold-out crowd, and on social media was Sye Lynch.

The 23-year-old Apollo, PA native entered the 40-lap Feature with a perfect night under his belt. He had set Slick Woody's QuickTime, won his Team Drydene Heat Race, and dominated the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash to put the #42 on the pole position.

To the Lernerville locals, it was beginning to feel all too similar to the 2002 Silver Cup which sent Sarver into pandemonium. On that July night 19 years ago, it was Sye's father Ed Lynch Jr. defeating the Outlaws and earning his first career victory at their home track. On this night, it was about the next generation and Sye's golden opportunity.

He commanded the opening lap of the Feature, but the crowd really came to life when Lynch fought Sweet for the top spot. The two-time and defending World of Outlaws champion tossed four different sliders at him, but Sye continued to rally back with his crossovers becoming savvier by the lap as the roars only echoed louder.

Eventually, Sweet made his turn one slide job stick on the 12th circuit as Lynch was unable to find the drive off turn two to counter him. From there, The Big Cat never saw another challenge.

The Grass Valley, CA native lapped his way up to 11th-place as he cruised away to a dominating victory worth $25,000. The win is Sweet's third at Lernerville, but his first in the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup. He joins his brother-in-law Kyle Larson as the only two Californians to win the Sarver, PA special event.

It's his 72nd career World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series triumph, tying him with "The Wild Child" Jac Haudenschild for 11th on the All-Time Wins List. He now is only 12 wins away from reaching the top-10.

"I about gave it away when I drove off the backstretch with five or so to go," Sweet quickly said as the rain came down. "I had a really good car, we just got too free at the end. This NAPA Auto Parts car is fast right now. Excited for the rest of summer."

Donny Schatz made a late charge to put the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, Ford Performance, Carquest #15 in the runner-up position.

Aaron Reutzel ran second for most of the race but eventually slipped back to finish third aboard the Roth Motorsports #83. That's nine podium results for the Clute, TX native, who is in the midst of a heated battle for The Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award.

After starting on the outside pole, David Gravel brought the Big Game Motorsports #2 home with a fourth-place finish. Rounding out the top-five was Alice Springs, NT, AUS native James McFadden with a fifth-place bid for the Kasey Kahne Racing, Karavan Trailers #9.

Closing out the top-1o on Tuesday night was Logan Schuchart in the Shark Racing #1S, Carson Macedo in the Jason Johnson Racing #41, Tim Shaffer in the Bryan Grove #28, Christopher Bell in the Swindell SpeedLab #39, and Sheldon Haudenschild in the Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17.

Citing the wrong setup decision, Lynch's #42 faded in the late going and ultimately ended up 15th, but his remarkable run through the beginning of the night lost no luster.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will travel to Central Pennsylvania for another matchup vs. the PA Posse this weekend. Mechanicsburg's Williams Grove Speedway is the site of the battleground with Summer Nationals kicking off on Friday night and offering a $20,000/Win finale on Saturday.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps): 1. 49-Brad Sweet [3][$25,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [6][$7,000]; 3. 83-Aaron Reutzel [4][$5,000]; 4. 2-David Gravel [2][$4,000]; 5. 9-James McFadden [11][$3,000]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [10][$2,900]; 7. 41-Carson Macedo [5][$2,800]; 8. 28-Tim Shaffer [15][$2,700]; 9. 39-Christopher Bell [7][$2,600]; 10. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [8][$2,500]; 11. 49X-Ian Madsen [14][$2,400]; 12. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [9][$2,300]; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser [17][$2,200]; 14. 11-Carl Bowser [24][$2,100]; 15. 42-Sye Lynch [1][$2,000]; 16. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [13][$1,500]; 17. 1A-Jacob Allen [12][$1,300]; 18. 6-Bob Felmlee [19][$1,200]; 19. C1-Clay Riney [23][$1,200]; 20. 2F-AJ Flick [22][$1,200]; 21. 7S-Jason Sides [21][$1,200]; 22. 2C-Wayne Johnson [20][$1,200]; 23. 13-Brandon Matus [18][$1,200]; 24. 33-Brent Matus [25][$]; 25. 29-Michael Bauer [16][$1,200]. Lap Leaders: Sye Lynch 1-11, Brad Sweet 12-40. KSE Hard Charger Award: 11-Carl Bowser[+10]

NEW Championship Standings (47/81 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (6,520); 2. Carson Macedo (-128); 3. David Gravel (-148); 4. Donny Schatz (-252); 5. Sheldon Haudenschild (-274); 6. Logan Schuchart (-278); 7. Aaron Reutzel (-410); 8. James McFadden (-704); 9. Kraig Kinser (-838); 10. Brock Zearfoss (-1050).

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: "Month of Money" Pits Outlaws vs. Posse This Week

$25,000/Win at Lernerville on Tuesday, $20,000/Win at Williams Grove on Fri-Sat

SARVER, PA - July 20, 2021 - The Greatest Show on Dirt is on the heels of a historic week in Ohio, but there's no slowing down.

This week, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series heads to Pennsylvania for three nights, and two big paydays available as the "Month of Money" rolls on.

Tonight's mid-week stop at Lernerville Speedway brings us Silver Cup XXX, the 3oth edition of the Don Martin Memorial with a $25,000 check on the line. On Friday & Saturday, Mechanicsburg's Williams Grove Speedway renews the Outlaws vs. PA Posse rivalry with the $20,000/Win Summer Nationals.

Here are some of the top storylines to follow this week:

THE BATTLE RESUMES: It's been two months since the 2021 edition of the World of Outlaws vs. the PA Posse kicked off back in May. Continuing on their 2020 dominance, which included a complete sweep of the Posse on their own porch, the Outlaws did it again by shutting out the Central PA stars in their first bout this year.

The more impressive part of the Outlaws' May sweep of the Posse was the fact that it came from three different drivers all winning their first Series race at their respective tracks. Brad Sweet conquered Lincoln Speedway for the first time, then Carson Macedo and Aaron Reutzel split Williams Grove wins.

A host of other worthy Outlaw superstars including David Gravel, Donny Schatz, Sheldon Haudenschild & Logan Schuchart all hope to put their names on the scorecard this weekend.

DEWEASE & DIETRICH: When it comes to the PA Posse's active drivers, Lance Dewease of Fayetteville and Danny Dietrich of Gettysburg have defeated the Outlaws more than anyone, and they're both on a hot streak lately.

When the Outlaws were last in town during May, Dewease was struggling to find that elusive 100th career Williams Grove win. He put it on the podium at both nights of the Morgan Cup and has since rattled off four victories including a $15,000 PA Speedweek triumph at the 1/2-mile. The 103-time Williams Grove winner has earned 14 of his 17 World of Outlaws victories at the track.

For Dietrich, he's fresh off a $20,000 runner-up run in his first-ever Kings Royal Feature on Saturday. A few weeks back, the 33-year-old dominated a weeklong battle for the PA Speedweek championship, which included two podium runs at Williams Grove. He's won two of his five-career World of Outlaws victories at the track.

LERNERVILLE LOCALS: Separated from the hotbed of Central Pennsylvania, Sarver's stout group of locals is its own story over in Western Pennsylvania outside of Pittsburgh. On Tuesday, thanks to a large contingent of fans, the highest finishing Lerenrville regular will receive a huge bonus of more than $1,600 on top of their race winnings.

Among the many contenders is current points leader Sye Lynch of Apollo, PA. The 23-year-old son of Ed Lynch Jr. will try to join his father, who conquered the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup in 2002, as the only father-son champions of the event. Other notables in contention include A.J. Flick, Brandon Matus, Michael Bauer, Carl Bowser, and Jack Sodeman Jr., among others.

SCHATZ-SYLVANIA: Donny Schatz enters both events this week as the winningest driver at each of them. He's topped Lernerville's Silver Cup and Williams Grove's Summer Nations on seven occasions each.

The 10-time Series champion is ranked inside the top-three when it comes to World of Outlaws wins at both tracks. He's won nine races with 22 top-fives in 52 Lernerville starts and owns 21 wins and 66 top-fives in 124 Williams Grove appearances.

Although they've only won once this year, the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, Ford Performance, Carquest #15 has been consistent with 23 top-fives in 46 races, which ranks third among all drivers. It's not consistency, but victory lane that he's chasing this week with $25,000 at Lernerville and $20,000 at Williams Grove available.

POINTS SHAKEUP: After five nights of action in Ohio, the championship outlook looks quite different for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series. Saturday's double Kings Royals were exempt as show-up points only, but the other three nights allowed all the opportunity for change.

Two-time and defending champion Brad Sweet continues his stronghold over the top spot, but positions two through six all swapped behind him. Thanks to a third at Attica and two Eldora preliminary wins, Carson Macedo (-114) and the Jason Johnson Racing #41 surpassed David Gravel's (-140) Big Game Motorsports #2 for the runner-up spot with 35 events remaining this season.

Behind them, Donny Schatz (-248) jumped from sixth to fourth in the standings with more consistency coming from his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15. Sheldon Haudenschild (-254) and Logan Schuchart (-266) both dropped a spot to fifth and sixth due to some unlucky runs.

This Week at a Glance – When and Where

Tuesday, July 20 at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, PA
Friday-Saturday, July 23-24 at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA

On the Internet
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Around the Turn: After this week in Ohio, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series travels back to the state of Pennsylvania for mid-season match with the PA Posse. The Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup awards $25,000/Win on Tuesday, July 20 at Lernerville Speedway, followed by a doubleheader at Williams Grove Speedway capped by the $20,000/Win Summer Nationals on Friday-Saturday, July 23-24.

NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (14 Drivers):
13 wins – Brad Sweet, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #49
7 wins – Carson Macedo, Jason Johnson Racing #41
6 wins – David Gravel, Big Game Motorsports #2
4 wins – Sheldon Haudenschild, Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17
3 wins – Aaron Reutzel, Roth Motorsports #83
3 wins – Logan Schuchart, Shark Racing #1S
2 wins – Kerry Madsen, Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #14
2 wins – Kyle Larson, Silva Motorsports #57
1 win – James McFadden, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #9
1 win – Brent Marks, Brent Marks Racing #19M
1 win – Dave Blaney, Dave Blaney #10
1 win – Donny Schatz, Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15
1 win – Spencer Bayston, Sam McGhee Motorsports #11
1 win – Tyler Courtney, Clauson-Marshall Racing #7BC

FEATURE LAPS LED (23 Drivers):
267 laps – Brad Sweet
185 laps – Carson Macedo
173 laps – Sheldon Haudenschild
158 laps – Aaron Reutzel
150 laps – David Gravel
148 laps – Logan Schuchart
117 laps – Donny Schatz
63 laps – Kerry Madsen
57 laps – Tyler Courtney
46 laps – Kyle Larson
36 laps – James McFadden
33 laps – Spencer Bayston
27 laps – Sam Hafertepe Jr.
19 laps – Giovanni Scelzi
17 laps – Brent Marks
10 laps – Jacob Allen & Brock Zearfoss
3 laps – Ian Madsen
1 lap – Kasey Kahne, Kraig Kinser, Brandon Spithaler, Dave Blaney, Brian Brown

SLICK WOODY’S QUICKTIME AWARDS (17 Drivers):
10 QuickTimes – David Gravel
5 QuickTimes – Brad Sweet, Sheldon Haudenschild
4 QuickTimes – Logan Schuchart, Kerry Madsen
3 QuickTimes – Aaron Reutzel
2 QuickTimes – James McFadden, Cory Eliason, Giovanni Scelzi, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
1 QuickTime – Carson Macedo, Danny Dietrich, Anthony Macri, Kasey Kahne, Brian Brown, Brock Zearfoss, Rico Abreu

DRYDENE HEAT RACE WINNERS (35 Drivers)
20 Heat Wins – David Gravel
18 Heat Wins – Carson Macedo
14 Heat Wins – Aaron Reutzel
12 Heat Wins – Donny Schatz
10 Heat Wins – Logan Schuchart, Sheldon Haudenschild
9 Heat Wins – James McFadden
8 Heat Wins – Brad Sweet
6 Heat Wins – Brian Brown
5 Heat Wins – Kerry Madsen
4 Heat Wins – Giovanni Scelzi, Tyler Courtney
3 Heat Wins – Brock Zearfoss, Jason Sides, Kraig Kinser, Ian Madsen, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
2 Heat Wins – Jacob Allen, Kasey Kahne, Kyle Larson, DJ Netto
1 Heat Win – Wayne Johnson, Danny Dietrich, Hunter Schuerenberg, Lance Dewease, Anthony Macri, Brandon Spithaler, Parker Price-Miller, Tim Kaeding, Jack Dover, Scotty Thiel, Paul McMahan, Daryn Pittman, Justin Peck, Jac Haudenschild

PODIUM FINISHES (24 Drivers):
22 Podiums – Brad Sweet
18 Podiums – Carson Macedo
13 Podiums – David Gravel
12 Podiums – Sheldon Haudenschild, Logan Schuchart, Donny Schatz
8 Podiums – Aaron Reutzel
6 Podiums – Kerry Madsen
5 Podiums – Brent Marks, Giovanni Scelzi
4 Podiums – James McFadden
3 Podiums – Brian Brown
2 Podiums – Cory Eliason, Lance Dewease, Anthony Macri, Danny Dietrich, Tyler Courtney, Kyle Larson
1 Podium – Kraig Kinser, Justin Peck, Brian Brown, Anthony Macri, Dave Blaney, Spencer Bayston, Daryn Pittman, Sam Hafertepe Jr.

2021 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Schedule & Winners

No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Fri, Feb. 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Brad Sweet (1)
2. Sun, Feb. 7 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Logan Schuchart (1)
3. Fri, March 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Carson Macedo (1)
4. Sat, March 6 / East Bay Raceway Park / Tampa, FL / Aaron Reutzel (1)
5. Fri, March 12 / Magnolia Motor Speedway / Columbus, MS / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)
6. Sat, March 13 / The Rev / Monroe, LA / David Gravel (1)
7. Fri, March 19 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Sheldon Haudenschild (2)
8. Sat, March 20 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Brad Sweet (2)
9. Sat, March 27 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, MO / Brad Sweet (3)
10. Fri, April 2 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (4)
11. Sat, April 3 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (5)
12. Fri, April 9 / Kokomo Speedway / Kokomo, IN / James McFadden (1)
13. Sat, April 10 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Carson Macedo (2)
14. Fri, April 22 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN / David Gravel (2)
15. Sun, April 24 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN / David Gravel (3)
16. Thur, April 29 / Jacksonville Speedway / Jacksonville, IL / Brad Sweet (6)
17. Fri, April 30 / I-70 Motorsports Park / Odessa, MO / Brad Sweet (7)
18. Sat, May 1 / I-70 Motorsports Park / Odessa, MO / Brad Sweet (8)
19. Sat, May 8 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Brent Marks (1)
20. Sat, May 8 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Sheldon Haudenschild (3)
21. Wed, May 12 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbottstown, PA / Brad Sweet (9)
22. Fri, May 14 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Carson Macedo (3)
23. Sat, May 15 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Aaron Reutzel (2)
24. Tues, May 18 / Bridgeport Speedway / Swedesboro, NJ / Logan Schuchart (2)
25. Fri, May 21 / Attica Raceway Park / Attica, OH / David Gravel (4)
26. Sat, May 22 / Sharon Speedway / Hartford, OH / Dave Blaney (1)
27. Mon, May 31 / Lawrenceburg Speedway / Lawrenceburg, IN / Kyle Larson (1)
28. Sat, June 5 / Granite City Speedway /Sauk Rapids, MN / David Gravel (5)
29. Fri, June 11 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Carson Macedo (4)
30. Sat, June 12 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Carson Macedo (5)
31. Thur, June 17 / 34 Raceway / West Burlington, IA / Brad Sweet (10)
32. Fri, June 18 / Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway / Dubuque, IA / Donny Schatz (1)
33. Sat, June 19 / Beaver Dam Raceway / Beaver Dam, WI / Sheldon Haudenschild (4)
34. Mon, June 21 / Huset’s Speedway / Brandon, SD / David Gravel (6)
35. Tues, June 22 / Huset’s Speedway / Brandon, SD / Aaron Reutzel (3)
36. Thur, June 24 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Kerry Madsen (1)
37. Fri, June 25 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Kerry Madsen (2)
38. Sat, June 27 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Logan Schuchart (3)
39. Fri, July 2 / Cedar Lake Speedway / New Richmond, WI / Brad Sweet (11)
40. Sat, July 3 / Cedar Lake Speedway / New Richmond, WI / Brad Sweet (12)
41. Sat, July 10 / Wilmot Raceway / Wilmot, WI / Brad Sweet (13)
42. Tues, July 13 / Attica Raceway Park / Attica, OH / Spencer Bayston (1)
43. Wed, July 14 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Carson Macedo (6)
44. Sat, July 17 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Tyler Courtney (1)
45. Sat, July 17 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Kyle Larson (2)
46. Sun, July 18 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Carson Macedo (7)

 

 

CURTAIN CALL: Macedo Bookends Kings Royal with Opening & Closing Victory

Jason Johnson Racing #41 Collects Seventh World of Outlaws Win of 2021

ROSSBURG, OH - July 18, 2021 - Kings Royal week ended exactly the way it began: Carson Macedo in victory lane.

The Jason Johnson Racing #41 pilot was once again unstoppable at Eldora Speedway, leading 24 of 25 laps in Sunday's postoponed The Knight Before The Kings Royal... which was actually held The Day After The Kings Royal.

Bookending a historic five days in Rossburg, Ohio, Macedo also topped Wednesday's Jokers Wild for his first-career win at the Tony Stewart owned 1/2-mile.

In all, the Lemoore, CA native recorded one of the finest weeks of his career. He ran third in Tuesday's Brad Doty Classic, won Wednesday's Jokers Wild, made his first Kings Royal and ran sixth, then qualified for the second Kings Royal and put it on the podium, and capped it all with a victory on Sunday afternoon.

The rising 25-year-old now owns the second-most World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series wins this season with seven triumphs to his credit.

"Unfortunately, we won the two races that didn't pay $175,000," Macedo joked. "It was still a really consistent week, though. I felt great every time we hit the race track, and that's a good feeling to have. Philip is really dialed in right now on the wrenches, and I'm feeling as confident as ever."

After qualifying 18th of 30 cars, Macedo redeemed himself in Drydene Heat Race action with a fifth-to-first charge. That put him in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash and eventually on the outside pole of the 30-lap, $12,000-to-win NOS Energy Drink Feature.

Jumping into the lead at the green flag, Macedo ran away with a firm grasp on the race lead until Logan Schuchart entered the picture and started tracking him down. However, the first caution on Lap 12 eliminated the Shark Racing #1S from contention when a cut tire forced him and three others, including top-five running Aaron Reutzel & Sheldon Haudenschild, to the work area.

Back to green, pole sitter Brian Brown stole the spotlight momentarily as his perfect restart and well-executed slider sent the #21 to the race lead on Lap 13. Macedo got him back on Lap 14, though, and never looked back.

One final caution flew on the white flag lap, forcing a green-white-checkered and sending Macedo's nerves through the roof. However, he survived the final two laps with ease and scored his 13th career World of Outlaws win by 1.449-seconds.

"I really did not want that last caution," Macedo noted. "I was coming to the checkered and had it won. I lost a race to Brad [Sweet] a few weeks back because of that. Luckily, we held on, though."

Grain Valley, MO native Brian Brown continued to show immense and immediate improvement since bringing in his uncle and former World of Outlaws champion Danny Lasoski to make crew chief calls. He collected his third runner-up result of 2021 aboard the FVP Parts, Casey's General Stores #21.

"I felt like I let my team down last night, so I'm glad we could make up for it a little bit," Brown said. "We have a lot of speed right now, a lot of momentum, a lot of confidence, and that camaraderie around the team. I think that will help us over the next month. This car belongs up here on the podium."

"Championship leader Brad Sweet capped a rollercoaster weekend with a season-best result of third when it comes to Eldora's 1/2-mile. The Big Cat was in contention for both Kings Royals on Saturday, but without luck on his side.

"Were trying to be positive" Sweet spoke. "We had a good car all weekend. We led laps at one Kings Royal, very competitive at the other. Nothing played out perfect, and you need luck at some of these big other races."

Spencer Bayston continued his stellar week with the World of Outlaws in fourth-place aboard the Sam McGhee #11. Closing out the top-five was 10x Series champion Donny Schatz in the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15.

Rounding out the top-1o on Sunday afternoon was California's Rico Abreu in sixth, Connecticut's David Gravel in seventh, Pennsylvania's Brock Zearfoss in eighth, Australia's Lachlan McHugh in ninth-from-22nd as KSE Hard Charger, and Oklahoma's Wayne Johnson with his third top-10 of the year.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series continues the "Month of Money" this week with three races against the PA Posse. The action starts at Western Pennsylvania's Lernerville Speedway on Tuesday, July 20 for the $25,000/Win Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup, then Central Pennsylvania takes the stage with the $20,000/Win Summer Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday & Saturday, July 23-24.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (31 Laps due to green-white-checkered finish): 1. 41-Carson Macedo [2][$12,000]; 2. 21-Brian Brown [1][$6,000]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [9][$3,500]; 4. 11-Spencer Bayston [5][$2,800]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [8][$2,500]; 6. 24-Rico Abreu [7][$2,300]; 7. 2-David Gravel [11][$2,200]; 8. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [13][$2,100]; 9. 101-Lachlan McHugh [22][$2,050]; 10. 2C-Wayne Johnson [18][$2,000]; 11. 39-Daryn Pittman [21][$1,600]; 12. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3][$1,400]; 13. 9-James McFadden [12][$1,200]; 14. 19M-Brent Marks [19][$1,100]; 15. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [14][$1,050]; 16. 83-Aaron Reutzel [6][$1,000]; 17. 11K-Kraig Kinser [10][$1,000]; 18. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [4][$1,000]; 19. 55V-CJ Leary [17][$1,000]; 20. 97-Greg Wilson [16][$1,000]; 21. 49D-Shawn Dancer [15][$1,000]; 22. 9JR-Derek Hagar [24][$1,000]; 23. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [20][$1,000]; 24. 28-Tim Shaffer [23][$1,000]. Lap Leaders:Carson Macedo 1-12, 14-31; Brian Brown 13. KSE Hard Charger Award: 101-Lachlan McHugh[+13]

NEW Championship Standings (46/81 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (6,370); 2. Carson Macedo (-114); 3. David Gravel (-140); 4. Donny Schatz (-248); 5. Sheldon Haudenschild (-254); 6. Logan Schuchart (-266); 7. Aaron Reutzel (-404); 8. James McFadden (-694); 9. Kraig Kinser (-812); 10. Brock Zearfoss (-1026).

 

 

KING KYLE XXXVII: Larson Achieves Crowning Moment at Eldora's Kings Royal

"Yung Money" Banks $175,000 with First-Career Outlaws Crown Jewel

ROSBURG, OH - July 17, 2021 - To many, Kyle Larson has already been as established a modern-day Motorsports great. However, on Saturday night, he was officially crowed "King Kyle The 38th" and took his rightful place on the throne.

Erasing the false narrative of his struggles in the sport's biggest races, Larson finally secured his first-career World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Crown Jewel victory - a $175,000 payday at the 37th Kings Royal. He had previously finished a career-best second at both the Knoxville Nationals and National Open.

The Elk Grove, CA native overcame countless hurdles to earn the biggest dirt win of his career. First, there was the logistics of making his trip happen with the NASCAR Cup Series racing on Sunday in New Hampshire; second, things went south for Larson when he flipped during the afternoon's LCS and damaged the car; third, he lined up from row five with eight of the best Sprint Car drivers in the world ahead of him.

By the halfway point, Larson had clawed his way to the top as he passed leaders Tyler Courtney and James McFadden. Aboard the Paul Silva owned Finley Farms, JVI Group, HendrickCars.com #57, Larson controlled the second half of the race and earned his first Kings Royal crown in his first-ever appearance.

"This is unbelievable," Larson uttered. "This year has been so up-and-down, I didn't think we'd be in victory lane after that flip. It's just awesome to win a Crown Jewel in general."

A crown jewel, indeed. While Saturday was Larson's first-ever attempt at Lernerville, the 28-year-old superstar has previously finished second at both the Knoxville Nationals and the Kings Royal. He fell short each and every time, as the question arose more and more often.

Coming from ninth, Larson proved Saturday was no fluke by taking the $175,000 score with a beaten and battered car from his Last Chance Showdown crash in the afternoon. Ironically enough, the crash is what Larson claims best prepared him for this evening. "

"I really think it was good for me to watch that Feature," Larson explained. "I tried to simulate there what I saw earlier in the day, and it just didn't work out."

He made his way to the lead on Lap 20 of 40, following a spirited battle for command between Tyler Courtney and James McFadden. Ultimatey, Larson came out on top of a three-wide battle and assumed the lead on a restart, a lead he would never give back."

"Overall, it was Larson's 22nd career World of Outlaws Feature win, and then came the royal ceremony which made him the 37th King. After a rough-go almost every night, the $175,000 check was something Larson gladly accepted.

"It was just a bad week all around," said Larson. A speeding penalty haunted him in the NASCAR Cup Series, then he spun out and never completed a lap of the Brad Doty Classic, and then there was his rough flip into turns and two.

"I can't thank Rick Hendrick, Jeff Gordon, Cliff Daniels, etc. enough for believing in me and supporting my dirt program. The atmosphere here tonight was unreal."

Joining Larson on the podium was a quickly-closing Sheldon Haudenschild in the NOS Energy Drink #17 and Carson Macedo with another career-best Kings Royal finish of ninth.

Rounding out the top-five was the Clauson-Marshall Racing NOS Energy Drink #7BC team, which was chasing a$350,000 payday following Brown's transfer.

Closing out the top-10 at the 37th Kings Royal was Giovanni Scelzi in sixth aboard a backup KCP #18, Spencer Bayston in seventh after running out of fuel earlier in the McGhee #11, James McFadden in eighth after leading a handful of laps around midway; Jacob Allen with a career-best finish at the event in ninth, and Danny Dietrich with his second top-10 of the day.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps) - 1. 57-Kyle Larson [9][$175,000]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [8][$20,000]; 3. 41-Carson Macedo [5][$15,000]; 4. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [1][$12,500]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [4][$10,000]; 6. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [11][$7,500]; 7. 11-Spencer Bayston [14][$6,500]; 8. 9-James McFadden [3][$6,000]; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen [24][$5,500]; 10. 48-Danny Dietrich [13][$5,000]; 11. 19M-Brent Marks [23][$4,750]; 12. 83-Aaron Reutzel [16][$4,500]; 13. 7S-Jason Sides [18][$4,000]; 14. 22-Jac Haudenschild [2][$3,750]; 15. 26-Cory Eliason [12][$3,500]; 16. 2-David Gravel [10][$3,450]; 17. 24-Rico Abreu [15][$3,400]; 18. 15-Donny Schatz [6][$3,350]; 19. 17B-Bill Balog [17][$3,300]; 20. 5T-Travis Philo [7][$3,250]; 21. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [22][$3,200]; 22. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [19][$3,150]; 23. 1S-Logan Schuchart [21][$3,100]; 24. 5-Paul McMahan [20][$3,000]. Lap Leaders: Tyler Courtney 1-11, 16-18; James McFadden 12-15, 19; Kyle Larson 20-40. KSE Hard Charger Award: 1A-Jacob Allen[+15]


 

SHINE OF A KING: Tyler ‘Sunshine’ Courtney claims 38th Kings Royal in first appearance

The Clauson Marshall Racing driver claimed his first Kings Royal, World of Outlaws victory

ROSSBURG, OH – July 17, 2021 – The crown’s gems gleamed from the sun. Not from the giant star in the sky above. From the emotional rising star it rested upon.

Perched on his thrown with a $175,000 check, “Sunshine” Tyler Courtney dawned the crown and cloak worthy only to a Kings Royal champion – the 38th Kings Royal champion to be specific. His eyes were wide. His smile, never bigger. His dream had come true.

“I don’t even know how to describe it really,” Courtney sputtered out while searching for a word. “Excitement… Excitement is probably the best. I saw everyone stand up and that’s something you dream about as a kid. I’ve watched a lot of these races as a kid. Seen all the crowds go crazy when people like this win. You never think in your dreams it is going to be you. Not very often does it actually happen.

“It really sank in once we cleared the scales and went back through the pit gate there and the crowd cheered again… that really got me. That got my tears flowing again. I had to soak them back in when I got on top of that win.”

The win at Eldora Speedway was not only his first Kings Royal victory, and his first World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series win, it was his first-ever appearance at the Kings Royal. It was also his 10th win overall at the "Big E."

To Courtney, nothing in his career compares to being king.

“This is by far the biggest win in my career,” he said with a smile only the thought of $175,000 can produce. “I don’t think I’ve even won over $12,000 before, let alone a crown jewel even like this.”

The 38th Kings Royal was set to take place on Thursday evening, and while Qualifying and one Heat Race was completed, rain forced the remainder of the program to Saturday afternoon – giving one driver the opportunity to potentially win two Kings Royals in one day and an incredible payday of $350,000.

Courtney set the stage early for his future glory with a fifth-place qualifying effort. He then won the fifth Heat Race on Saturday, giving him the outside pole for the start of the Feature.

When the green unfolded in the humid air to commence the historic day, Courtney powered his NOS Energy Drink #7BC around the outside of polesitter Justin Peck to take the lead on the opening lap. Behind him, 36th Kings Royal winner Brad Sweet made quick work of David Gravel and Peck to take second down the backstretch. A red flag in that first lap hindered both of their strong starts, though.

However, even with them having to return to their original starting positions due to a complete restart, Courtney and Sweet put their moves on replay by claiming first and second, again, in the same fashion as before.

Sweet, eager to sit on the throne for the third time in his career, slid Courtney for the lead on Lap 2 and pulled away. Daryn Pittman was also on a charge behind them, making his way from sixth to third.

The top-three acted like an accordion for the first 20 laps. Courtney closed on Sweet when they hit lap traffic, but then would fade when he neared his bumper. Pittman struggled with the same results when trying to run down Courtney. In that time, rubber started to lay down on the track.

With 21 laps to go, a caution flew for Lachlan McHugh slowing on track with a flat right rear tire. As the field made laps, word came over the radio that Sweet had a cut right rear tire. The NAPA Auto Parts #49 charged into the pit area for his team to put a new right rear tire on his machine. Sweet’s chance at another Kings Royal victory deflated at that moment. He had to settle for a ninth-place result.

His misfortune handed Courtney the chance of a lifetime. The chance at a dream. He led the field to the green on the restart with Gravel in second. Danny Dietrich, who was on a charge to the front before the halfway caution, stole third from Pittman that lap.

Running the high side of the half-mile track, the top-three continued the accordion dance. Gravel closed on Courtney and then fell. Dietrich closed on Gravel, even close enough to try and make a pass, but never enough and fell.

With only two laps standing between one driver and a $175,000 payday, Gravel made a charge to the outside of Courtney in Turn 3 but couldn’t slide his way by. His move gave Courtney an unneeded scare, though.

“I had no idea,” Courtney said about how close Gravel got. “I knew he got to the outside of him in Turn 3 and knew I needed to pick it up a little bit. But I was still running pretty slow, just to make it (not blow a tire). I hadn’t gotten any tire shake, so I knew it was in good shape, well better shape than I thought, and had enough to finish the race.”

He brought the crowd to their feet as he eased his throttle down the front stretch for the final time with the checkered flag waving.

Gravel crossed the line second but was light at the scales and disqualified – ending the day 24th. His disqualification moved Pittman to second and Dietrich to third.

“It’s a great finish for us,” said Pittman, who made his fourth World of Outlaws appearance of 2021 in the Swindell Speedlab #39. “Kevin (Swindell) has done a great job. Our whole crew has been working hard. We haven’t raced a lot, but to come out of here with a third place, obviously, a crown jewel in the sport is nothing to hang our heads over. We’ll just go and try to tweak on it a little bit more.”

For Dietrich, he said he needed Gravel and Courtney to take each other out to win… with a chuckle after.

“It was so hard to pass,” Dietrich said. “I think you saw where I tried to pull the trigger on David but as soon as you moved down it seemed like you just slid through the rubber and killed your exit speed. I don’t know if I could’ve done anything with them. I pulled the wing back hoping they would get to racing each other really hard and push each other out of the rubber and take advantage of it. But it never got to that point.”

Sitting in the media center with his crown at his side, Courtney was physically there but his mind was elsewhere. He wore his smile. He spoke his words. But he was clearly living in his dream.

“This is insane,” Courtney exclaimed.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars return to Eldora Speedway at 7 p.m. today, starting with Hot Laps, for the 37th Kings Royal. Drivers will compete for another $175,000 top prize.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision with the annual Platinum FAST PASS subscription or the monthly FAST PASS subscription.

RESULTS
NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps)

7BC-Tyler Courtney [2][$175,000]; 2. 48-Danny Dietrich [8][$20,000]; 3. 39-Daryn Pittman [6][$15,000]; 4. 17B-Bill Balog [9][$12,500]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [23][$10,000]; 6. 41-Carson Macedo [15][$7,500]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz [5][$6,500]; 8. 24-Rico Abreu [16][$6,000]; 9. 49-Brad Sweet [4][$5,500]; 10. 21-Brian Brown [13][$5,000]; 11. 13-Justin Peck [1][$4,750]; 12. 42-Sye Lynch [11][$4,500]; 13. 11-Spencer Bayston [22][$4,000]; 14. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [24][$3,750]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser [18][$3,500]; 16. 5-Paul McMahan [20][$3,450]; 17. 101-Lachlan McHugh [21][$3,400]; 18. 1S-Logan Schuchart [10][$3,350]; 19. 49D-Shawn Dancer [17][$3,300]; 20. 10B-Dave Blaney [19][$3,250]; 21. 26-Cory Eliason [7][$3,200]; 22. 14-Kerry Madsen [12][$3,150]; 23. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [14][$3,100]; 24. 2-David Gravel [3][$3,000]; Lap Leaders: Tyler Courtney 1, 20-40; Brad Sweet 2-19; KSE Hard Charger Award: 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[+18]

 

Friday's The Knight Before Postponed to Sunday Afternoon

Due to inclement weather all throughout the day on Friday, The Knight Before The Kings Royal has been postponed to Sunday afternoon at Eldora Speedway.

The double Kings Royals is still set to run on Saturday with the the 38th edition paying $175,000 in the afternoon, and the 37th edition paying $175,000 at night.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS – SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Friday, July 16, 2021

ALL FRIDAY ON-TRACK ACTIVITY HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO SUNDAY DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER.

“THE KNIGHT BEFORE” FOR THE WORLD OF OUTLAWS NOS ENERGY DRINK SPRINT CARS HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO 1 P.M. SUNDAY, JULY 18, 2021.

12 p.m. Driver, Event, & Series Merchandise Trailers open
Fan Zone & Display Area open

1 p.m. Slick Woody’s Cornhole Tournament (multi-purpose building in the Fan Zone)

Saturday, July 17, 2021

7 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Eldora Breakfast (Gate 3/Turn 4 “Pizza Building” Concessions)

10 a.m. Tickets, Pit Passes* & Upgrades on-sale (Main Gate #2, Middle Gate #3, and Pit Gate #4)

* Patrons holding Pit Passes for Thursday-only, will be advised to purchase Saturday at time of entry so they do not need to be cleared of infield

11 a.m. Pit Gate opens/Hauler Parking (11 a.m. – 12 p.m.)

12 p.m. Grandstand/Spectator Gates open to patrons holding: tickets to the 38th Kings Royal (original date Thursday, July 15, 2021); 4-day & 3-day Pit Passes/Pit Pass Upgrades; and Thursday-only Pit Passes/Pit Pass Upgrades.

12 p.m. – 5 p.m. National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Silent Auction (Multi-Purpose Building)

12:30 p.m. World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Engine Heat

1 p.m. Resumption of the 38th Kings Royal program from Thursday, July 15, 2021 ***This event will be run in hurry-up mode***

World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Hot Laps (by Heat Race)

***Track Reconditioning (as required)***

Opening Ceremonies

Heat Race #2 (10-laps)

Heat Race #3

Heat Race #4

Heat Race #5

Heat Race #6

***Track Reconditioning (as required)***

C-Feature

***Track Reconditioning (as required)***

Last Chance Showdown

***Track Reconditioning (as required)***

38th Kings Royal (40-laps/$175,000-to-win)

Grandstands and Spectator Areas cleared immediately following Victory Lane for re-entry. Patrons are requested to clean up any trash as they exit.

Infield cleared of single-day pit passes / Multi-day pit passes & upgrades corralled to designated checkpoints.

***APPROX. – 60 mins following checkered flag – APPROX.***

HH:MM:SS – ELAPSED TIME

00:60:00 Grandstand/Spectator Gates open to patrons holding tickets to the 2020 Kings Royal (37th running – original hard tickets from 2019 renewals will have date of Saturday, July 18, 2020); 4-day, 3-day, 2-day & 1-day Pit Passes & Upgrades.

N/A Due to time constraints, the annual autograph session and public driver meeting will not be held. Drivers will be encouraged to spend time in their merchandise trailers between the shows.

7:00 p.m. Hot Laps

7:30 p.m. Opening Ceremonies

8:00 p.m. 37th Kings Royal

SIX (6) 10-LAP HEAT RACES

C-FEATURE

LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN

37TH KINGS ROYAL (40-LAPS/$175,000-TO-WIN)

Sunday, July 18, 2021

10 a.m. Tickets, Pit Passes & Upgrades on-sale (Main Gate #2, Middle Gate #3, and Pit Gate #4)

11 a.m. Pit Gate opens/Hauler Parking (11 a.m. – 12 p.m.)

12 p.m. Grandstand/Spectator Gates open to patrons holding: tickets to the 2020 Knight Before The Kings Royal (original date Friday, July 17, 2020); 4-day, 3-day, 2-day Pit Passes/Pit Pass Upgrades; and Friday-only Pit Passes/Pit Pass Upgrades.

12:30 p.m. World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Engine Heat

1 p.m. World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Hot Laps

World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Qualifying Time Trials

***Track Reconditioning (as required)***

Opening Ceremonies

HEAT RACES

***Track Reconditioning (as required)***

C-Feature

DASH

***Track Reconditioning (as required)***

Last Chance Showdown

***Track Reconditioning (as required)***

THE KNIGHT BEFORE (30-laps/$12,000-to-win)

 

 

PAYDAY DELAY: 38th Kings Royal Postponed to Saturday at Eldora

Double $175,00/Win Programs on Saturday

ROSSBURG, OH - July 15, 2021 - Persistent showers throughout the evening at Eldora Speedway on Thursday night has forced the postponement of the 38th Kings Royal to Saturday.

That sets up a doubleheader on Saturday with the potential to sweep both the 38th and 37th Kings Royal for a grand total of $350,000.

Separate tickets will be used for each show. The grandstands cleared after the first. Official times for Saturday's show will be announced when finalized. If you have any further questions you can visit EldoraSpeedway.com.

The Greatest Show on Dirt is scheduled to race at Eldora Speedway again on Friday with The Knight Before The Kings Royal. Then, the double Kings Royal paying $175,000/Win in the afternoon and $175,000/Win at night. Fans can BUY TICKETS HERE.

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

 

 

OPENING ACT: Carson Macedo Dominates Jokers Wild for First Eldora Win

Teams Prepare for Thursday's $175,000/Win Kings Royal

ROSSBURG, OH - July 15, 2021 - Carson Macedo has created a habit of shining at the biggest venues in Sprint Car racing lately.

Entering this season - as he transitioned to the Jason Johnson Racing #41 - Macedo had never won a World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series race at Williams Grove Speedway, Knoxville Raceway, or Eldora Speedway. It's now July, and he's won at all three iconic facilities.

The Big E was his latest breakthrough on Wednesday night, dominating the Jokers Wild to earn his first-ever trip to victory lane in Rossburg, OH.

Most impressive in his route of the daunting 1/2-mile was in fact, his opening 1/2-mile of the feature. Starting sixth, Macedo took it four-wide at the flag stand, darted to the bottom of turn one to steal another spot, and then cleared a slide job into turn three to pass five cars and take the lead on the opening lap.

Once into the lead, Macedo set the cruise control and ran off into lap traffic. He encountered several restarts, but nothing could stop the Lemoore, CA native. He survived to score his sixth victory of the season and 12th of his World of Outlaws career.

"It's a really good time to be quick right now," Macedo mentioned. "This crew is firing on all cylinders. Philip Dietz is one of the best in the business, and we've got Clyde Knipp and Nate Repetz both doing a killer job as well. I told Phil at the beginning of the year that I really wanted a win at Eldora. This is one of my favorite tracks, but I've never been able to get it done here until now."

Macedo's $10,000 Jokers Wild win came against the largest field (57 cars) of the season for The Greatest Show on Dirt. Even more cars are expected to pile into the pit area tomorrow as the 38th Kings Royal offers a $175,000 payday to the man who wins it all.

On Wednesday, it was all about fine-tuning your equipment with big money on the line come Thursday.

"Our half-mile package is incredible right now," Macedo spoke on the #41. "Philip does such a great job 0f watching the car and understanding what I need. You have to have a really well balanced car to win at places like this, and we've really got our balance figured out right now. I can cut nice, smooth laps without too much effort."

After starting on the pole position, Brian Brown settled for a second-place finish to kick off the four-night stretch at Eldora. His resurgence comes amid a change in personnel as he brought uncle and National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Danny Lasoski on board to take over Crew Chief duties. The decision has immediately paid off.

"You know I haven't smiled in awhile," Brown candidly spoke. "It's so good to be in contention for a win against these guys. Up front and on TV is where the #21 and our partners belong. This is only night one and I'm pumped. Driver error cost me the lead and let Carson get by, but its awesome to be this good this early here."

David Gravel rounded out the podium on Wednesday night with a last-lap pass lifting him over Kerry Madsen for the third spot.

"I hurt myself on the start, but the car really came around and came to life at the end," Gravel noted. "That makes me feel good heading into these next three nights. Tomorrow is a whole different ball game, so we'll see what kind of hand we're dealt."

Kerry Madsen aboard the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #14 and Aaron Reutzel in the Roth Motorsports #83 closed out the top-five.

Also finishing in the top-10 was four-time winner Ian Madsen in sixth, eight-time winner Rico Abreu in seventh, five-time winner Brent Marks in eighth, 27-time winner Paul McMahan in ninth, and 21-time winner Kyle Larson with a 21st-to-1oth run worthy of the KSE Racing Hard Charger Award.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will be back at Eldora Speedway tomorrow, Thursday, July 15 for the 38th running of the Kings Royal. A unique format awaits The Greatest Show on Dirt with $175,000 going to the winner and the right to be called King.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (25 Laps): 1. 41-Carson Macedo [6][$10,000]; 2. 21-Brian Brown [1][$6,000]; 3. 2-David Gravel [5][$3,500]; 4. 14-Kerry Madsen [4][$2,800]; 5. 83-Aaron Reutzel [7][$2,500]; 6. 49X-Ian Madsen [8][$2,300]; 7. 24-Rico Abreu [14][$2,200]; 8. 19M-Brent Marks [18][$2,100]; 9. 5-Paul McMahan [2][$2,050]; 10. 57-Kyle Larson [21][$2,000]; 11. 49-Brad Sweet [9][$1,600]; 12. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [10][$1,400]; 13. 15-Donny Schatz [15][$1,200]; 14. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [22][$1,100]; 15. 11-Spencer Bayston [24][$1,050]; 16. 39-Daryn Pittman [11][$1,000]; 17. 10-Zeb Wise [12][$1,000]; 18. 1S-Logan Schuchart [23][$1,000]; 19. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [3][$1,000]; 20. 11K-Kraig Kinser [25][$]; 21. 9-James McFadden [16][$1,000]; 22. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [19][$1,000]; 23. 26-Cory Eliason [17][$1,000]; 24. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [13][$1,000]; 25. 10B-Dave Blaney [20][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Carson Macedo 1-25. KSE Hard Charger Award: 57-Kyle Larson[+11]

NEW Championship Standings (43/81 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (6,046); 2. Carson Macedo (-120); 3. David Gravel (-132); 4. Sheldon Haudenschild (-224); 5. Donny Schatz (-244); 6. Logan Schuchart (-248); 7. Aaron Reutzel (-378); 8. James McFadden (-674); 9. Kraig Kinser (-784); 10. Brock Zearfoss (-1016).

 

 

 

DREAM COME TRUE: Spencer Bayston Wins First-Career World of Outlaws Feature at Attica

22-Year-Old Bayston Beats Brad Sweet Heads Up for Brad Doty Classic Title

ATTICA, OH - July 13, 2021 - Winning your first is always special. Winning your first against the best in the world? That's "unbelievable" as Spencer Bayston said.

On Tuesday night, though, the 22-year-old Lebanon, IN native did just that at Attica Raceway Park. Leading the final 33 laps, Bayston kept himself calm, cool and collected with Brad Sweet breathing down his neck, and survived several restarts to score his first-career World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car win in his 44th Series start.

The $10,000 payday was extra special being at the 33rd annual Brad Doty Classic with the legend in attendance to present Bayston with his hardware. He also delivered the first World of Outlaws win for young car owner Sam McGhee of Indianapolis, IN.

Bayston's breakthrough came with the ultimate task: beating Brad Sweet heads up. The two-time and defending champion has made a habit of stealing wins late in the running, and the pressure was on when the #49 restarted alongside, and then behind Bayston's #11.

Sweet threw several challenges at the up-and-coming star, but Bayston never wavered in clutch time. Following the final restart with 10 to go, Bayston cruised away to a 2.174-second margin of victory.

He climbed out to the roars of a packed crowd, stood atop the wing, and let his jubilant screams echo throughout the fairgrounds.

"This is something every kid dreams of when they grow up watching the World of Outlaws," Bayston admitted. "You know I when I was a kid I thought these guys were like the NFL, the NBA, the best in the dirt world. I wanted to go out and compete against them, let alone actually beat them. It's hard to describe. Wow."

[Becoming the third and final leader in Tuesday's 40-lap affair, Bayston executed a pitch-perfect restart on Lap 8 and successfully came out ahead of Logan Schuchart and Cory Eliason in a three-wide move out of turn two.

Capitalizing on every turning point of the race, Bayston's bid for the lead came following contact between Schuchart and Tyler Courtney. The duo had gone back and forth while exchanging the lead in the first five laps, but they hit on Lap 5 and the result sent Courtney's NOS Energy Drink TURBO #7BC spinning to a stop.

Ironically enough, Courtney falling wayside in pursuit of his first-career win is what helped open the door for Bayston to get his.

Once into command, Bayston initially checked out and built a sizable gap as he raced into lap traffic while Sweet dueled with Schuchart for second. The first of two restarts came on Lap 27 when fourth-running Eliason spun to a stop and erased Bayston's advantage.

He survived Sweet's first attempt at the top spot, but the caution would fly again on Lap 30. However, being with 10 to go, the rules called for a single-file restart with Sweet stuck to the tail of Bayston. He gave it another shot entering turn one, but fell short and Bayston rode off into a sunset filled with glory.

"I was thinking about how many times I've watched DIRTVision and Brad stole the win on a late-race restart," Bayston joked. "I tried to get in the zone as much as possible and just hit my marks. I knew that if I could get to the exit of turn two clean then I would be good. I knew that would win me the race. I was looking at the board every lap just counting down the laps and trying to remember to breath."

The magnitude of the win wasn't lost on the young man throughout post-race celebrations. He's now the 146th driver in history to win a World of Outlaws race.

More importantly, its proof that his brand new relationship with Sam McGhee Motorsports is firing on all cylinders.

"I don't know where to start with these guys," Bayston said. "To come here with a team that I think we've ran 13 races together and do this is unbelievable. We've got a badass crew chief that's younger me (Sam McGhee, 21) and we are all so fresh as a unit. We almost won an All-Star race our second night, then we won Sharon last week, and now we've got an Outlaw win."

On a personally significant level, it's fitting that Bayston's first-career World of Outlaws victory comes at the same place where he won his first-ever 410 Sprint Car race in 2017 - Attica Raceway Park.

Following Bayston to the stripe and finishing on the podium at the Brad Doty Classic was Brad Sweet aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing #49 in second and Carson Macedo aboard the Jason Johnson Racing #41 in third,

Advancing a whopping 18 positions, Donny Schatz unanimously secured the KSE Racing Hard Charger Award by driving the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15 from 22nd-to-fourth. Rounding out the top-five was early leader Logan Schuchart in the Shark Racing, Drydene Performance Products #1S.

Closing out the top-10 on Tuesday was the Kasey Kahne Racing #9 of James McFadden, the Clauson-Marshall Racing #7BC of Tyler Courtney, the Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17 of Sheldon Haudenschild, the Lane Racing #4 of Cap Henry, and the Big Game Motorsports #2 of David Gravel.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will convey to Eldora Speedway for a historic double Kings Royal. The Greatest Show on Dirt races Wednesday-Saturday at The Big E with $175,000 paydays available on Thursday and Saturday night. All of the action can be seen LIVE on DIRTVision.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps): 1. 11-Spencer Bayston [3][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [4][$6,000]; 3. 41-Carson Macedo [7][$3,500]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [22][$2,800]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1][$2,500]; 6. 9-James McFadden [6][$2,300]; 7. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [2][$2,200]; 8. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [8][$2,100]; 9. 4-Cap Henry [14][$2,050]; 10. 2-David Gravel [10][$2,000]; 11. 3J-Trey Jacobs [19][$1,600]; 12. 10-Zeb Wise [13][$1,400]; 13. 48-Danny Dietrich [11][$1,200]; 14. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [24][$1,100]; 15. 39-Christopher Bell [17][$1,050]; 16. 26-Cory Eliason [5][$1,000]; 17. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [12][$1,000]; 18. 22-Brandon Spithaler [16][$1,000]; 19. 83-Aaron Reutzel [21][$1,000]; 20. O9-Craig Mintz [20][$1,000]; 21. 18-Cole Macedo [15][$1,000]; 22. 47N-Marcus Dumesny [18][$1,000]; 23. 70M-Henry Malcuit [23][$1,000]; 24. 57-Kyle Larson [9][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Logan Schuchart 1-3, 6-7; Tyler Courtney 4-5; Spencer Bayston 8-40. KSE Hard Charger Award: 15-Donny Schatz[+18]

NEW Championship Standings (42/81 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (5,918); 2. Carson Macedo (-142); 3. David Gravel (-148); 4. Sheldon Haudenschild (-222); 5. Logan Schuchart (-234); 6. Donny Schatz (-240); 7. Aaron Reutzel (-390); 8. James McFadden (-654); 9. Kraig Kinser (-766); 10. Brock Zearfoss (-1,000).

 

 

BRAD THE BADGER: Sweet Continues Wisconsin Dominance with Wilmot Win

Three Straight Wins for Kasey Kahne Racing #49 Entering Month of Money

WILMOT, WI - July 10, 2021 - At this point, Brad Sweet is an adopted cheesehead.

The Grass Valley, CA native extended his remarkable reign on the state of Wisconsin by scoring his first win in Wilmot Raceway's Badger 40 on Saturday night - which follows his sweep at Cedar Lake Speedway last weekend.

It wasn't an easy win for the two-time and defending World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion, as he and pole sitter Logan Schuchart had to wade through thick lap traffic whilst battling for the top spot.

The Big Cat finally assumed the point on Lap 22 and never looked back, although Schuchart made it extremely close (0.160-seconds) thanks to traffic on the final lap.

For the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49 team, its their 13th victory of 2021 as they build their biggest advantage yet in the championship chase. More important than that, they're riding a hot streak entering the illustrious "Month of Money."

"I thought Logan and I were really even tonight," Sweet mentioned. "I didn't know where to go on that restart when he got back to my outside. I tried to slide across before he got to me, but we kind of met on the cushion. This is a tight track with some really tight spots, but we were able to hang on. Another great confidence booster heading into this big month we've got coming."

Fighting off a relentless cell of afternoon drizzles, Saturday's Badger 40 was a huge triumph for the Wisconsin fans who packed the Wilmot, WI 1/3-mile and beat Mother Nature to see The Greatest Show on Dirt.

Once underway following the rain delay around 7pm, Sweet was instantly the man to beat. He set Slick Woody's QuickTime, won his Drydene Heat Race, and placed second in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash to Schuchart.

The 40-lap NOS Energy Drink Feature was tough to get going early on as a trio of stoppages created a quick #OpenRed for teams to re-fuel cars. Included in those stoppages was championship runner-up David Gravel catching the cushion and flipping in turn four on the first lap. He returned and charged from 24th-to-9th, but flipped again and ended his night on Lap 30.

Up front, it was a cat and mouse game as the leaders chased each other through lap traffic. Schuchart's ultimate downfall came just beyond halfway when the traffic bottled him on the bottom and allowed Sweet to rip the top around the #1S.

A shocking caution for third-running Sheldon Haudenschild offered one final chance to snooker Sweet for Schuchart, but the #49 was too strong and survived just fine in clean air.

The win was the 71st of Sweet's World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, and it also marked the 50th career victory for his Kasey Kahne Racing Crew Chief, Eric Prutzman.

At 11 total wins (6 at Cedar Lake, 4 at Beaver Dam, 1 at Wilmot), Wisconsin is the winningest state of Sweet's World of Outlaws career.

"We love coming to Wisconsin," Sweet spoke on the atmosphere. "The fans here are incredible. They come out and support us at every track, and they come drink beer with us afterwards too. It's like a second home."

A disappointing, but strong second-place finish was the end result for Logan Schuchart after pacing the opening 22 laps aboard the Shark Racing, Drydene Performance Products #1S.

"I was just hoping we'd get back in lap traffic," Schuchart thought. "You try to be a respectful driver and want to race everyone the right way, but I just need to do what Brad did. You get to some of these lap cars and they race you like they're the ones battling for the lead. I need to be more aggressive and not so much mr. nice guy. We had an awesome race there, though, glad the fans came out and packed the place."

Taking the final podium position in third was 2019 Badger 40 winner Donny Schatz aboard the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, Ford Performance, Carquest #15.

"We were decent, you know we could stick with them," Schatz said. "We just needed some more traffic. That one restart we went from sixth-to-third, but the caution killed us. We're starting to get things going the right way, though. This is a good time to find some of that momentum."

James McFadden finished fourth aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing, Karavan Trailers #9 with an impressive recovery after visiting the work area and going tail-back on the opening lap. Aaron Reutzel in the Roth Motorsports #83 rounded out the top-five on Saturday night.

Closing out the top-10 at Wilmot was Carson Macedo of Lemoore, CA in the Jason Johnson Racing #41, Sheldon Haudenschild of Wooster, OH in the Stenhouse Jr. / Marshall Racing #17, Scotty Thiel of Sheboygan, WI in his family-owned #73, Brock Zearfoss of Jonestown, PA in the Zearfoss Racing #3Z, and Jason Sides of Bartlett, TN in the Sides Motorsports #7S.

UP NEXT: The "Month of Money" begins next week for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series. It starts on Tuesday, July 13 with the 33rd annual Ohio Logistics Brad Doty Classic at Attica Raceway Park. On Wedesdnay-Saturday, Eldora Speedway hosts double Kings Royals with $175,000-to-win on Thursday and Saturday night.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps): 1. 49-Brad Sweet [2][$10,000]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1][$6,000]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [7][$3,500]; 4. 9-James McFadden [9][$2,800]; 5. 83-Aaron Reutzel [4][$2,500]; 6. 41-Carson Macedo [8][$2,300]; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [3][$2,200]; 8. 73-Scotty Thiel [5][$2,100]; 9. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [10][$2,050]; 10. 7S-Jason Sides [6][$2,000]; 11. 79-Blake Nimee [17][$1,600]; 12. 2C-Wayne Johnson [14][$1,400]; 13. 39-Jake Blackhurst [19][$1,200]; 14. 21-Carson Short [13][$1,100]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser [12][$1,050]; 16. 49J-Josh Schneiderman [21][$1,000]; 17. 4K-Kris Spitz [22][$1,000]; 18. 70-Chris Klemko [23][$1,000]; 19. 2-David Gravel [11][$1,000]; 20. 1A-Jacob Allen [18][$1,000]; 21. 5J-Jeremy Schultz [15][$1,000]; 22. 47N-Marcus Dumesny [16][$1,000]; 23. 23-Russel Borland [20][$1,000]; 24. 25-Danny Schlafer [24][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Logan Schuchart 1-22, Brad Sweet 23-40. KSE Hard Charger Award: 79-Blake Nimee[+6]

NEW Championship Standings (41/81 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (5,772); 2. David Gravel (-132); 3. Carson Macedo (-140); 4. Sheldon Haudenschild (-210); 5. Logan Schuchart (-228); 6. Donny Schatz (-236); 7. Aaron Reutzel (-356); 8. James McFadden (-646); 9. Kraig Kinser (-710); 10. Brock Zearfoss (-970); 11. Jacob Allen (-1084); 12. Wayne Johnson (-1254); 13. Giovanni Scelzi (-1384); 14. Jason Sides (-1488); 15. Mason Daniel (-1902).

 

 

THE IRONMAN: 55 Laps at I-55 to Test Strength of Outlaws on August 6-7

13th Annual Ironman 55 Offers $20,000-to-win Payday

PEVELY, MO - July 10, 2021 - The Ironman 55 is not only a test of man, but his machine as well.

Since 2009, this race at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 has challenged the stars of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series for everything they are worth.

It's 55 laps of grueling, intense action on a 1/3-mile bullring in the heat of the Missouri summer. Not exactly for the faint of heart.

Next month on August 6-7, the 13th annual Ironman 55 commences again with The Greatest Show on Dirt storming into Pevely, MO for a weekend.

Coming amid the Month of Money, a $20,000 check awaits one man who conquers all at I-55. On top of the money, you get all of the momentum leading into a potential $200,000 payday at the 60th running of the NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals pres. by Casey's General Stores on August 11-14.

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Although he's never topped the 55-lap Ironman edition, Brad Sweet of Grass Valley, CA certainly enters as the early favorite for the 2021 running.

The two-time and defending World of Outlaws champion is leading the points with 12 victories under his belt and a third-straight title in his sights. Driving his Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49, Sweet has mastered Missouri lately, sweeping all four events the Show-Me State this spring.

Included in that sweep was back-to-back wins at I-55 on April 2-3. Already at four-career wins, he'll enter the August doubleheader with a chance to become the winningest driver in World of Outlaws history at the Pevely 1/3-mile through 61 total events.

Arguably the most exciting driver in the field is Sheldon Haudenschild, who executed one of the most dominating victories in Series history at the 2019 Ironman 55.

Driving the NOS Energy Drink, Stenhouse Jr. / Marshall Racing #17, Lil' Haud was fueled up and fired up with his own load of Human Horsepower. In a non-stop, green-to-checkered 55-lap dash, Haudenschild lapped 19 of his 23 competitors and completed the race in just over 11 minutes.

His final margin of victory to second-place was 10.308-seconds. The crowd was in awe.

The Wooster, OH native returned in 2020 and ran second to Kyle Larson, but he also won the preliminary show to become the 15th multi-time World of Outlaws winner at I-55.

Entering the Month of Money, Haudenschild has collected four victories and led 173 laps.

Another five full-time drivers have winning experience to rely on when it comes to the Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55.

Logan Schuchart, who scored the first Crown Jewel of the season ($50,000 at Jackson Nationals) last month, is also an Ironman 55 champion. The Hanover, PA native topped the 2018 edition aboard his Shark Racing, Drydene Performance Products #1S. He's already a three-time winner this season and looking for more momentum as he climbs into the top five in points.

10-time champion Donny Schatz collected two of his 300 career World of Outlaws wins in Pevely. He won once in his own Schatz Motorsports #15 in 2006 and again in 2015 aboard his current ride in the Tony Stewart Racing #15.

David Gravel (-94), who sits second in the current championship standings, is another former winner from 2016. The Big Game Motorsports #2 leads the Series in QuickTimes (11), Heat Race Wins (19), Dash Appearances (25), Top-10 Finishes (33), and Average Feature Start (6.53).

Double Down Jason Sides in 2012 and Kraig Kinser in 2005 also own victories at I-55.

An additional two former Ironman 55 champions in Rico Abreu (2016-17) and Kerry Madsen (2014) are expected to join the World of Outlaws next month and chase another title.

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IRONMAN 55 CHAMPIONS (12 Events):
2020 - Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)
2019 - Sheldon Haudenschild (Wooster, OH)
2018 - Logan Schuchart (Hanover, PA)
2017 - Rico Abreu (St. Helena, CA)
2016 - Rico Abreu (St. Helena, CA)
2015 - Shane Stewart (Bixby, OK)
2014 - Kerry Madsen (St. Mary's, NSW, AUS)
2013 - Craig Dollansky (Elk River, MN)
2012 - Craig Dollansky (Elk River, MN)
2011 - Craig Dollansky (Elk River, MN)
2010 - Jason Meyers (Clovis, CA)
2009 - Joey Saldana (Brownsburg, IN)

Winners at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (61 Races):
5 wins - Steve Kinser, Sammy Swindell, Craig Dollansky
4 wins - Brad Sweet
3 wins - Daryn Pittman, Joey Saldana, Jac Haudenschild
2 wins - Sheldon Haudenschild, Kyle Larson, Rico Abreu, Donny Schatz, Jason Meyers, Stevie Smith, Mark Kinser, Doug Wolfgang
1 win - Logan Schuchart, David Gravel, Shane Stewart, Christopher Bell, Kerry Madsen, Paul McMahan, Jason Sides, Tim Shaffer, Brooke Tatnell, Chad Kemenah, Kraig Kinser, Danny Lasoski, Tyler Walker, Randy Hannagan, Andy Hillenburg, Bobby Davis Jr., Brad Doty

 

 

WINNING PACE: Brad Sweet focused on more wins, big money
With a comfortable points lead at the halfway mark, Sweet’s Kasey Kahne Racing team only have eyes for wins

By Nick Graziano

WILMOT, WI – July 9, 2021 – Brad Sweet ended the first half of the 2021 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season with 12 wins and a more than a 90-point lead in the championship standings.

Not good enough.

Not for Sweet. At least, not yet. With two World of Outlaws championship trophies – earned back-to-back in 2019 and 2020 – nestled safely in his California home, he’s not concerned about points. Sweet’s only goal is to dominate and win every time his NAPA Auto Parts #49 enters a track.

So far, consistency on half-mile tracks hasn't been to his liking.

“We have a good short track package, which seems to keep us in contention at all the short tracks, but when we get to the half-miles, we get a little inconsistent,” Sweet said. “We’re trying to work on that. And obviously, we’ll try to find out if we’ve gotten any better when we get to Eldora (July 14-17 for Kings Royal week).”

Of his 12 wins in the first 40 races, three of them came on a half-mile – one at Volusia Speedway Park and two at I-70 Motorsports Park. However, of the 13 events on a half-mile, so far, Sweet has averaged an eighth-place finish. Volusia was probably the best example of the inconsistency that’s been frustrating him. He won the first night, finished fifth in the second race, and then placed 11th in the third race.

His team’s solid baseline for smaller tracks – like Wilmot Raceway, where he’ll race on Saturday, July 10 – may be playing culprit.

“It’s easy to get behind on a half-mile,” he noted. “The way that we do things is for more drivability, trying to get our cars good on the slicker tracks. I think that hurts us a little bit when you get to a half-mile and Time Trials are really fast. It’s just self-inflicted or maybe just bad decisions on mine and Eric’s (Prutzman, Sweet’s crew chief) part.

“You just have to do a better job either way. You’ve got to get yourself to the front row of the Heats to give yourself a chance. There’re a few times on the half-miles this year that we’ve dug ourselves a little bit too much in a hole, like at Knoxville. You’re just not able to overcome it as much as you are on the short tracks.”

Sweet’s urgency to find more consistency on half-miles comes with two of the biggest crown jewels of the year on the horizon. Both at half-mile tracks. There are two $175,000-to-win Kings Royals at Eldora Speedway this year (Thursday, July 15, and Saturday, July 17) and the illustrious 60th NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville Raceway, with a potential $200,000 on the line for the winner, takes place Aug. 11-14. (Sweet is the 2018 Knoxville Nationals champion and a two-time Kings Royal winner in 2013 and 2019).

The next five weeks of Series events, known as “The Month of Money,” will have nearly $700,000 in winnings available.

“We obviously want to win every race, but there’s something about those four or five big-money races that you know can make or break your season,” Sweet said. “You can win one Kings Royal and feel like you had a great season. You can have a great week right there. You can feel like you had an unbelievable season if you win both Kings Royals. We’re in the business to make money just like anyone else. We want to make money. We want to collect the trophies. We want to put our names in the history books. You only get a certain amount of chances for those in a year. We already went to the Jackson Nationals and Huset’s and didn’t win there. That stuff stings a little bit.

“It’s a good time to be a Sprint Car racer. It’s a good time to be with a good team. It’s a good time to peak right now. If you can have a good run right now, I don’t think it matters what happens with the points. I think you can win these few races and feel like you had a spectacular season. It’s something that is on your mind. You can feel it when you roll into Eldora. With $175,000 to win, you can feel the intensity. You’ll take more chances than you typically would on a normal night. Those aren’t points races, the nights at the Kings Royals, so you can put your car in a tighter position than you would’ve on a normal night. When there’s $175,000 on the line, you’re ready to take that extra risk.”

That’s the same mentality Sweet is utilizing for the 2021 World of Outlaws season as he chases his third championship. It’s a stat that would add him to a shortlist of names in the record book, which include Steve Kinser, Sammy Swindell and Donny Schatz.

While he’ll admit he’s not going to turn down the chance to claim a third consecutive title, Sweet continues to claim he’s not concerned with points. He rarely looks at the standings. However, he said the same thing in 2019 when he was chasing his first title before confessing after that he worried about it a little more than he led on. This time, though, the pressure truly seems to be off. Twelve wins in the first 40 races show it.

“I really don’t think I feel pressure anymore,” Sweet said. “I don’t think I have a lot to prove. I think I want to just win a lot of races. When we get off, I get more frustrated that we’re getting inconsistent, not winning races. I don’t really think about the points. Obviously, I’d be lying if I said I don’t want to win the points. You want to stay on top of the mountain. My mind isn’t there. It is on winning. Winning a lot. I know if we do our job, the points will take care of themselves.

“After last year, the second [championship], I feel it was like, you don’t have to win that many more to prove that you were a champion or that you could do it. We have a goal for how many races we want to win and know we need to stay super focused each night to accomplish that.”

With the pressure off, that’s left “The Big Cat” free to pounce as he pleases. A slide job he may have thought better of before, he’ll go for. A three-wide battle he may have thought about backing out of, he’ll power on. And the more he takes those risks, the better he’s gotten at perfecting them, he said.

That’s been a key for his Kasey Kahne Racing team, which consists of crew chief Eric Prutzman, car chief Joe Mooney and tire specialist Andrew Bowman. They’re going on their fifth year together. They’ve built longevity. They know how to win. And they now know how to win a lot.

The likes of David Gravel (94 points back in second) and Carson Macedo (128 points back in third) will not let up in their pursuit of hunting down Sweet for the title in the second half of the year. But if Sweet finds the extra level of consistency he’s looking for… well, he’ll explain.

“I know people are chasing us,” Sweet said. “We love it.”

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UPCOMING EVENTS
July 10 – Badger 40/Wilmot Raceway – $10,000-to-win
July 13 – Ohio Logistics Brad Doty Classic/Attica Raceway Park – $10,000-to-win
July 14 – Jokers Wild/Eldora Speedway – $10,000-to-win
July 15 – 38th Kings Royal/Eldora Speedway – $175,000-to-win
July 16 – Knight Before/Eldora Speedway – $10,ooo-to-win
July 17 – 37th Kings Royal/Eldora Speedway – $175,000-to-win
July 20 – Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup/Lernerville Speedway – $25,000-to-win
July 23-24 – Champion Racing Oil Summer Nationals/Williams Grove Speedway – $10K/$20,000-to-win
July 30 – The Big "R" Outlaw Shootout/Ransomville Speedway – $10,000-to-win
July 31 – Empire State Challenge/Weedsport Speedway – $10,000-to-win
Aug. 6 – Night Before/Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 – $8,000-to-win
Aug. 7 – Ironman 55/Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 – $20,000-to-win
Aug. 11-14 – 60th NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals/Knoxville Raceway – $150,000-to-win + $1,000 per lap led

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: One Night Only at Wisconsin's Wilmot Raceway

Final Tune-Up Before Month of Money Begins

WILMOT, WI - July 6, 2021 - For the final time this season, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series races in America's Dairyland on Saturday night.

It's the fourth stop of the year in Wisconsin, but the first and only at Wilmot Raceway for the annual tradition that is the Badger 40.

Drivers and teams only have to worry about one night of racing this weekend before The Greatest Show on Dirt officially kicks off the highly-anticipated Month of Money next week.

Here are some of the top storylines to follow:

GRAVEL IS GOOD: When it comes to Wilmot Raceway, David Gravel is simply the man to beat. The Watertown, CT native immediately took a liking to the Wisconsin 1/3-mile, winning his first-ever appearance at the track in 2014. Then he won his second start in 2016, and he won again making it three-for-three in 2017. All told, the 29-year-old has made six starts with four victories and a worst-finish of fourth.

What's more impressive is Gravel's prowess at Wilmot no matter the car, no matter the crew chief. His 2014 triumph came aboard the Roth Motorsports #83 with Sonny Kreitzer on the wrenches, then he won back-to-back with Barry Jackson and the CJB Motorsports #5, and last year he took Philip Dietz and the Jason Johnson Racing #41 to victory lane. This week, he'll get his first taste of the track since joining Cody Jacobs and the Big Game Motorsports #2.

BADGER AT HEART: Brad Sweet's Fourth of July weekend sweep extended his mighty numbers when it comes to The Badger State. His tenth win in America's Dairyland officially moved Wisconsin by California as the winningest state in his World of Outlaws career. His sixth overall win at Cedar Lake Speedway also tied Volusia Speedway Park as the winningest tracks in his career. He made it five-straight wins at the track, which is second all-time in the category of consecutive wins only behind Steve Kinser's six-straight at Knoxville and Williams Grove.

Sweet will get one final go in the state of Wisconsin this weekend at Wilmot, a track he's yet to win at. The Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49 led more than half of the Badger 40 in 2017, but ultimately slipped to finish third. If he can finally nail down that elusive win at the flat-track, it'll be the 40th different facility he's won at in World of Outlaws competition.

TRUCKIN' TO SPRINTIN': Donny Schatz will be pulling a rare form of double duty this weekend. Before continuing his 2021 campaign with Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing on Saturday night at Wilmot, the 10-time Series champion will make his NASCAR Truck Series debut at Knoxville Raceway on Friday evening.

The 300-time World of Outlaws winner certainly has the experience to perform well in both shows. He's a 10-time Knoxville Nationals champion and joins fellow Sprint Car stars Brian Brown and Parker Price-Miller in defending the black zook clay against the truckers. Come Saturday, he enters as the only other full-time driver outside of Gravel to win at Wilmot. Back in 2018, the Fargo, ND native led wire-to-wire for a Badger 40 score aboard his #15 machine.

CENTURY MARK: Two weeks ago, Sheldon Haudenschild scored his 200th career top-1o result. This weekend, he prepares to chase his 100th career top-five finish. With 341 starts under his belt with the World of Outlaws, the Wooster, OH native has been solid producing top-five runs in 29% of his outings.

At the halfway point of the 2021 season, Lil' Haud is on pace to set new career-bests in every major statistical category. The numbers to beat right now are 7 Feature Wins (he's at 4), 28 Top-Fives (he's at 19), 45 Top-10s (he's at 29), and 238 Laps Led (he's at 173).

THE RETURN OF SIDES: For the first time in four years, Jason Sides was a top-five finisher again this weekend. He ran fifth in Friday's opener at Cedar Lake, ending a streak of 1,455 days and 212 races since his last top-five which also came at Cedar Lake during the Independence Day Spectacular in 2017.

GETTING BACK ON TRACK: After winning back-to-back shows at Knoxville Raceway and collecting three-straight top-two finishes, Carson Macedo hit a rough patch with results fo 15th, 15th & 14th. The downward spiral doubled his gap from championship leader Brad Sweet, which was -60 on June 12 and now sits -128 on July 6.

The Jason Johnson Racing #41 team has recently gotten back on track, however, rattling off five consecutive top-five finishes at Jackson and Cedar Lake. That's the fourth-longest stretch of the season only behind Brad Sweet (9), Sheldon Haudenschild (8) and Kerry Madsen (6).

MONTH OF MONEY: Saturday's stop at Wilmot is the final tune-up before the Month of Money begins. Over a span of 31 days, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will contest 15 races with three highest paydays in the world on the line. The schedule looks like this...

KINGS ROYAL: Wed-Thur, July 14-15 at Eldora ($175,000)
KINGS ROYAL: Fri-Sat, July 16-17 at Eldora ($175,000)
SILVER CUP: Tues, July 20 at Lernerville ($25,000)
SUMMER NATIONALS: Fri-Sat, July 23-24 at Williams Grove ($20,000)
BIG "R" SHOOTOUT: Fri, July 30 at Ransomville ($1o,000)
EMPIRE STATE CHALLENGE: Sat, July 31 at Weedsport ($10,000)
IRONMAN 55: Fri-Sat, August 6-7 at I-55 ($20,000)
KNOXVILLE NATIONALS: Wed-Sat, August 11-14 at Knoxville (potential $200,000)

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Saturday, July 10 at Wilmot Raceway in Wilmot, WI

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Around the Turn: Following this weekend, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series travel to Ohio for five-straight nights of racing. The Brad Doty Classic starts the week on Tuesday, July 13, then it's off to Eldora Speedway for four nights of the Kings Royal, which includes two $175,000 paydays.

NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (12 Drivers):
12 wins – Brad Sweet, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #49
6 wins – David Gravel, Big Game Motorsports #2
5 wins – Carson Macedo, Jason Johnson Racing #41
4 wins – Sheldon Haudenschild, Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17
3 wins – Aaron Reutzel, Roth Motorsports #83
3 wins – Logan Schuchart, Shark Racing #1S
2 wins – Kerry Madsen, Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #14
1 win – James McFadden, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #9
1 win – Brent Marks, Brent Marks Racing #19M
1 win – Dave Blaney, Dave Blaney #10
1 win – Kyle Larson, Paul Silva #57
1 win – Donny Schatz, Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15

FEATURE LAPS LED (21 Drivers):
231 laps – Brad Sweet
173 laps – Sheldon Haudenschild
158 laps – Aaron Reutzel
150 laps – David Gravel
130 laps – Carson Macedo
121 laps – Logan Schuchart
117 laps – Donny Schatz
63 laps – Kerry Madsen
31 laps – James McFadden
27 laps – Sam Hafertepe Jr.
25 laps – Kyle Larson
19 laps – Tyler Courtney
19 laps – Giovanni Scelzi
17 laps – Brent Marks
10 laps – Jacob Allen & Brock Zearfoss
3 laps – Ian Madsen
1 lap – Kasey Kahne, Kraig Kinser, Brandon Spithaler, Dave Blaney

SLICK WOODY’S QUICKTIME AWARDS (14 Drivers):
10 QuickTimes – David Gravel
4 QuickTimes – Sheldon Haudenschild, Logan Schuchart, Brad Sweet
3 QuickTimes – Aaron Reutzel, Kerry Madsen
2 QuickTimes – James McFadden, Cory Eliason, Giovanni Scelzi, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
1 QuickTime – Carson Macedo, Danny Dietrich, Anthony Macri, Kasey Kahne

DRYDENE HEAT RACE WINNERS (30 Drivers)
19 Heat Wins – David Gravel
14 Heat Wins – Carson Macedo, Aaron Reutzel
10 Heat Wins – Donny Schatz
9 Heat Wins – Logan Schuchart
8 Heat Wins – Sheldon Haudenschild
7 Heat Wins – James McFadden
5 Heat Wins – Brad Sweet
4 Heat Wins – Giovanni Scelzi, Brian Brown, Kerry Madsen
3 Heat Wins – Brock Zearfoss, Jason Sides, Kraig Kinser, Ian Madsen, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
2 Heat Wins – Jacob Allen, Kasey Kahne, Kyle Larson, DJ Netto
1 Heat Win – Wayne Johnson, Danny Dietrich, Hunter Schuerenberg, Tyler Courtney, Lance Dewease, Anthony Macri, Brandon Spithaler, Parker Price-Miller, Tim Kaeding, Jack Dover

PODIUM FINISHES (22 Drivers):
19 Podiums – Brad Sweet
14 Podiums – Carson Macedo
12 Podiums – David Gravel
11 Podiums – Sheldon Haudenschild, Logan Schuchart, Donny Schatz
8 Podiums – Aaron Reutzel
6 Podiums – Kerry Madsen
5 Podiums – Brent Marks, Giovanni Scelzi
4 Podiums – James McFadden
2 Podiums – Cory Eliason, Lance Dewease, Anthony Macri
1 Podium – Kraig Kinser, Danny Dietrich, Tyler Courtney, Justin Peck, Brian Brown, Anthony Macri, Dave Blaney, Kyle Larson, Sam Hafertepe Jr.

2021 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Schedule & Winners

No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Fri, Feb. 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Brad Sweet (1)
2. Sun, Feb. 7 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Logan Schuchart (1)
3. Fri, March 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Carson Macedo (1)
4. Sat, March 6 / East Bay Raceway Park / Tampa, FL / Aaron Reutzel (1)
5. Fri, March 12 / Magnolia Motor Speedway / Columbus, MS / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)
6. Sat, March 13 / The Rev / Monroe, LA / David Gravel (1)
7. Fri, March 19 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Sheldon Haudenschild (2)
8. Sat, March 20 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Brad Sweet (2)
9. Sat, March 27 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, MO / Brad Sweet (3)
10. Fri, April 2 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (4)
11. Sat, April 3 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (5)
12. Fri, April 9 / Kokomo Speedway / Kokomo, IN / James McFadden (1)
13. Sat, April 10 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Carson Macedo (2)
14. Fri, April 22 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN / David Gravel (2)
15. Sun, April 24 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN / David Gravel (3)
16. Thur, April 29 / Jacksonville Speedway / Jacksonville, IL / Brad Sweet (6)
17. Fri, April 30 / I-70 Motorsports Park / Odessa, MO / Brad Sweet (7)
18. Sat, May 1 / I-70 Motorsports Park / Odessa, MO / Brad Sweet (8)
19. Sat, May 8 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Brent Marks (1)
20. Sat, May 8 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Sheldon Haudenschild (3)
21. Wed, May 12 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbottstown, PA / Brad Sweet (9)
22. Fri, May 14 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Carson Macedo (3)
23. Sat, May 15 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Aaron Reutzel (2)
24. Tues, May 18 / Bridgeport Speedway / Swedesboro, NJ / Logan Schuchart (2)
25. Fri, May 21 / Attica Raceway Park / Attica, OH / David Gravel (4)
26. Sat, May 22 / Sharon Speedway / Hartford, OH / Dave Blaney (1)
27. Mon, May 31 / Lawrenceburg Speedway / Lawrenceburg, IN / Kyle Larson (1)
28. Sat, June 5 / Granite City Speedway /Sauk Rapids, MN / David Gravel (5)
29. Fri, June 11 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Carson Macedo (4)
30. Sat, June 12 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Carson Macedo (5)
31. Thur, June 17 / 34 Raceway / West Burlington, IA / Brad Sweet (10)
32. Fri, June 18 / Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway / Dubuque, IA / Donny Schatz (1)
33. Sat, June 19 / Beaver Dam Raceway / Beaver Dam, WI / Sheldon Haudenschild (4)
34. Mon, June 21 / Huset's Speedway / Brandon, SD / David Gravel (6)
35. Tues, June 22 / Huset's Speedway / Brandon, SD / Aaron Reutzel (3)
36. Thur, June 24 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Kerry Madsen (1)
37. Fri, June 25 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Kerry Madsen (2)
38. Sat, June 27 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Logan Schuchart (3)
39. Fri, July 2 / Cedar Lake Speedway / New Richmond, WI / Brad Sweet (11)
40. Sat, July 3 / Cedar Lake Speedway / New Richmond, WI / Brad Sweet (12)

 

 

ONE FOR THE THUMB: Sweet Scores Fifth Straight Cedar Lake Win

Battle for Win Comes Down to Sweet and Macedo Once Again

NEW RICHMOND, WI - July 3, 2021 - The streak stayed alive on Saturday night as Brad Sweet scored his fifth-consecutive victory at Wisconsin's Cedar Lake Speedway.

In contrasting fashion to Friday's late-race stunner, this time The Big Cat had to survive several back-and-forth battles with Carson Macedo to come out on top of the $10,000-to-win NOS Energy Drink Feature.

The Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49 was dominant from the start of Saturday's show, setting Slick Woody's QuickTime and winning his Drydene Heat Race before topping his 12th Feature of the season.

He's now at 70 career World of Outlaws victories, only 14 away from reaching the top-1o on the all-time wins list.

"I wish the Kings Royal was here at Cedar Lake," Sweet joked. "We have this track figured out and have developed such a great package with our cars. Like I said, it really fits my driving style. We really tried a lot of stuff tonight. It doesn't show how hard we're working behind the scenes. There some big money ahead of us, so we'll keep plugging away."

While Sweet started fourth, Macedo put his Jason Johnson Racing #41 on the pole for the second night in a row. The Lemoore, CA native controlled the lead while Aaron Reutzel settled into second aboard the Roth Motorsports #83.

Sweet picked his way forward to second by Lap 8 and already drove around Macedo for the lead by Lap 13. The only restart of the race allowed Macedo to storm right back by, however, re-taking the lead on Lap 14 and pacing another six laps.

Tracking him down through lap traffic, Sweet reeled Macedo back in and cleared him for good on Lap 21 of 35. Macedo continued to make it close over the final few laps, but ultimately Sweet crossed the stripe with a 0.834-second margin of victory.

"It was close tonight," Sweet admitted. "I was kicking myself when I made a mistake on that restart and let Carson get by. I knew we could get him back if we just went to work, though. We've got a lot of confidence here. I thought last night I was too patient, so tonight I wanted the lead ASAP to set my own pace."

Saturday's victory marked Sweet's 10th in the state of Wisconsin, officially making this the winningest state of his World of Outlaws career.

His fifth-straight win at Cedar Lake brings him to within one of Steve Kinser's all-time record of six consecutive wins at a single-track. He'll have a chance to break that record when the Independence Day Spectacular returns next year on July 1-2, 2022.

For the second-straight night, Carson Macedo landed on the pole and led plenty of laps, but ultimately finished runner-up to Sweet aboard the Jason Johnson Racing #41.

"He just beat me, two nights in a row," Macedo said. "I thought I was as good as him, but I just have to step my game up. That's all there is to it. We're not happy with second, you know we want to be winning these races. I'm thankful for all the hard work my guys put in. Hopefully we deliver some big runs in the Month of Money."

Making his debut at Wisconsin's Cedar Lake Speedway, Giovanni Scelzi quickly found success at the 3/8-mile by capping his weekend with a third-place result for the KCP Racing #18.

"I'm happy with it," Scelzi said. "I think we dropped a cylinder 10 laps in or something. I was wide open basically the last 30 laps. Car was awesome, I just wish we had something for them there at the end."

Rounding out the top-five on Saturday night was a pair of drivers who rebounded after suffering flat tires while running top-five on Friday. Logan Schuchart finished fourth in the Drydene Performance Products #1S and David Gravel ran fifth aboard the Big Game Motorsports #2.

Closing out the top-10 at Cedar Lake was James McFadden in the Kasey Kahne Racing #9, Donny Schatz in the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15, Sheldon Haudenschild in the Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17, Spencer Bayston in the Sam McGhee Motorsports #11, and Jacob Allen in the Shark Racing #1A.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will remain in the state of Wisconsin for a one-night only show at Wilmot Raceway on Saturday, July 10. Following that, the "Month of Money" begins with the Brad Doty Classic and two Kings Royals at Eldora Speedway.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps): 1. 49-Brad Sweet [4][$10,000]; 2. 41-Carson Macedo [1][$6,000]; 3. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [3][$3,500]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart [12][$2,800]; 5. 2-David Gravel [7][$2,500]; 6. 9-James McFadden [8][$2,300]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz [6][$2,200]; 8. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [19][$2,100]; 9. 11-Spencer Bayston [9][$2,050]; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen [15][$2,000]; 11. 7S-Jason Sides [17][$1,600]; 12. 5-Parker Price-Miller [13][$1,400]; 13. 83-Aaron Reutzel [2][$1,200]; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser [5][$1,100]; 15. 14-Marcus Dumesny [18][$1,050]; 16. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [16][$1,000]; 17. 2C-Wayne Johnson [14][$1,000]; 18. 73-Scotty Thiel [10][$1,000]; 19. 14R-Sean Rayhall [11][$1,000]; 20. 23-Russel Borland [20][$1,000]; 21. 97-Alan Gilbertson [23][$1,000]; 22. 199-Ryan Bowers [22][$1,000]; 23. 19-Paige Polyak [21][$1,000]; 24. 91A-Reed Allex [24][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Carson Macedo 1-12, 14-20; Brad Sweet 13, 21-35. KSE Hard Charger Award: 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[+11]

NEW Championship Standings (40/81 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (5,622); 2. David Gravel (-94); 3. Carson Macedo (-128); 4. Sheldon Haudenschild (-198); 5. Logan Schuchart (-224); 6. Donny Schatz (-230); 7. Aaron Reutzel (-346); 8. James McFadden (-638); 9. Kraig Kinser (-680); 10. Brock Zearfoss (-952).

 

 

CAT LIKE REFLEXES: Brad Sweet Aces Final Restart to Steal Fourth-Straight Cedar Lake Win

Carson Macedo Led 33 of 35 Laps Before Green-White-Checkered Finish

NEW RICHMOND, WI - July 2, 2021 - Lately, there seems to be three certainties in life: death, taxes, and Brad Sweet winning at Cedar Lake Speedway.

The two-time and defending World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion snagged his fourth consecutive victory at the New Richmond, WI track on Friday night, doing so in spectacular fashion on the final lap.

Pouncing on the green-white-checkered restart, The Big Cat played Carson Macedo like a fiddle and slid by his fellow Californian to steal the win from the Jason Johnson Racing #41, which commanded the first 33 of 35 laps.

It's his 69th career victory and the 11th of his dominant 2021 season, which extends his advantage in the point standings with a third-straight championship on the line for the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49.

"I thought we had a pretty equal car to be honest," Sweet said of Macedo. "He did a great job in lap traffic and had us covered there. I knew there was a little moisture down low, so I was surprised to see he stayed up high on the restart. It was just a timing thing, I had to let him be ahead at the cone, but got as close as I could. I think he knew he spun the tires and went into protect mode, but I went into attack mode and it worked out."

After racing through the first 33 laps, Macedo had survived several challenges from Sweet on restarts and throughout multiple stages of lap traffic to prove his might as race leader. The pole sitter was poised for a flag-to-flag score until top-five running Logan Schuchart and David Gravel both suffered flat tires to bring out the caution.

On the ensuing restart with two-to-go, school was in session.

Macedo swung high, but Sweet stuck it low. The rules say you can't pass before the cone at the start-finish line, and Sweet played by them, but he surely timed it perfect and got as close as possible to the back of the #41.

Shooting to the high side of turns one and two, Sweet built his momentum and charged his #49 down the backstretch with a full head of steam. Into turn three, he launched a slider and tip-toed to the cushion as he cleared Macedo out of turn four and saw the white flag waving.

The Grass Valley, CA native handled his business on the 35th and final circuit, cruising away from Macedo and crossing the checkered flag with a 0.895-second margin of victory.

His 11th victory of the season combined with Gravel's misfortune means his points advantage has ballooned to 84 points over the Big Game Motorsports #2 as we hit the halfway point of the 80+ race season.

It's Sweet's fourth consecutive win at Cedar Lake, and his fifth win over the last seven races. He's now tied with Donny Schatz (5 wins) for second on the wins list through 46 World of Outlaws appearances at the Wisconsin 3/8-mile.

"Cedar Lake is always special to us," Sweet spoke on his successes. "We love this race track and all of the fan sup here. We've got a good setup and this place just fits my driving style. There's always multiple lanes to race on and that plays into my hand. Hopefully we can keep the streak alive tomorrow night."

After controlling 94% (33/35 laps) of Friday's Feature, Carson Macedo was forced to settle for a second-place finish. That makes it five runner-up results for the Jason Johnson Racing #41, which resides third in the championship standings.

"I feel bad for my team," Macedo admitted. "I think we had the car to win. I feel like I was making good decisions up until that point. I just spun my tires on that restart and it killed us. I saw Brad peeled off and I tried to block, but he threw the slider and cleared me. It sucks, but we'll come back and try to get that win tomorrow."

Concluding the podium was Aaron Reutzel, who quickly found success in his first-ever visit to Cedar Lake Speedway. A third-place finish is the eighth podium of the season for Roth Motorsports and their Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contender.

"We unloaded and we were decent from the beginning." Reutzel offered. "The curb went to the fence and that's where I'm good. We made the right adjustments, but I wish I would've gotten to my wing quicker. I probably wasted 10 laps or os before we got right there with them."

Sheldon Haudenschild moved forward to finish fourth aboard the NOS Energy Drink, Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17.

Finishing fifth for the first time in nearly four years was Double Down Jason Sides in the King Racing Products, Wetherington Tractor Service #7S. It's his 170th career top-five finish, however, it's his first since July 8, 2017 at Cedar Lake. His popular run ends a streak of more than 200+ races since "J" last recorded a result that good.

Closing out the top-ten on Friday night was Parker Price-Miller in Guy Forbrook's #5, Donny Schatz in the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15, James McFadden in the Kasey Kahne Racing #9, Giovanni Scelzi in the KCP Racing #18, and Brock Zearfoss with 19th-to-1oth run worthy of the KSE Racing Hard Charger Award.

UP NEXT: The Independence Day Spectacular at Cedar Lake Speedway concludes tomorrow on Saturday, July 3. After that, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will remain in Wisconsin for a date at Wilmot Raceway next Saturday, July 10.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps): 1. 49-Brad Sweet [2][$10,000]; 2. 41-Carson Macedo [1][$5,500]; 3. 83-Aaron Reutzel [4][$3,200]; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [7][$2,600]; 5. 7S-Jason Sides [12][$2,350]; 6. 5-Parker Price-Miller [9][$2,150]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz [6][$2,100]; 8. 9-James McFadden [13][$1,950]; 9. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [8][$1,900]; 10. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [19][$1,850]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser [16][$1,400]; 12. 2-David Gravel [3][$1,200]; 13. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5][$1,000]; 14. 1A-Jacob Allen [10][$950]; 15. 11-Spencer Bayston [14][$900]; 16. 2C-Wayne Johnson [15][$900]; 17. 14R-Sean Rayhall [21][$900]; 18. 22-Riley Goodno [17][$900]; 19. 97-Alan Gilbertson [22][$900]; 20. 49J-Josh Schneiderman [11][$900]; 21. 19-Paige Polyak [23][$900]; 22. 14-Marcus Dumesny [20][$900]; 23. 73-Scotty Thiel [18][$900]; 24. 23-Russel Borland [24][$900]. Lap Leaders: Carson Macedo 1-33, Brad Sweet 34-35. KSE Hard Charger Award: 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[+9]

NEW Championship Standings (39/81 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (5,472); 2. David Gravel (-84); 3. Carson Macedo (-124); 4. Sheldon Haudenschild (-180); 5. Logan Schuchart (-216); 6. Donny Schatz (-216); 7. Aaron Reutzel (-320); 8. James McFadden (-626); 9. Kraig Kinser (-652); 10. Brock Zearfoss (-920).

 

 

EMPIRE STATE OUTLAWS: The Greatest Show on Dirt Visits New York on July 30-31

Ransomville and Weedsport Prepare for Only Outlaw Appearances of 2021

RANSOMVILLE, NY - July 2, 2021 - After three years away, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series is finally returning to New York.

The Empire State will host The Greatest Show on Dirt for back-to-back nights to cap off the busiest month of the season, sandwiched right in the middle of the mega "Month of Money."

On the docket for the 900+ horsepower beasts in the northeast is The Big "R" Outlaw Shootout at Ransomville Speedway on Friday, July 30, followed one-night later by the Empire State Challenge at Weedsport Speedway on Saturday, July 31.

The long-awaited return to New York state ends a more than 1,000+ day absence since the last appearance at Fulton Speedway on October 6, 2018. Mother Nature stole shows in 2019 and the COVID-19 pandemic kept the Series locked out last year. This year, its full steam ahead.

RANSOMVILLE TICKETS (7/30)
WEEDSPORT TICKETS (7/31)

Although both tracks are relatively young in the grand scheme of World of Outlaws events - Ransomville has hosted five races, Weedsport has hosted nine shows - more than half of the current crop of full-time drivers are familiar with the facilities. In 2018, eight full-timers were in action when the Series last rolled through town.

Of all those still-active drivers, only David Gravel of Watertown, CT and Donny Schatz of Fargo, ND have won at either Ransomville or Weedsport in World of Outlaws action.

Gravel is the most recent winner at Ransomville, topping the Big "R" in July of 2018. He's got four top-fives through five combined appearances at both tracks, including a podium run at Weedsport in 2016.

Although Weedsport is four hours away, it's still the closest track on the World of Outlaws schedule to Gravel's hometown of Watertown, Connecticut.

"I love it anytime we can get back up around the northeast," Gravel said. "That's where I grew up and I've got a ton of great supporters from the region. I've always done pretty well up in New York, I've already got the one win at Ransomville, I'd really like to add another at Weedsport."

Two other models of consistency in New York are the only two active Series champions - Donny Schatz and Brad Sweet.

Each own four top-five finishes in five trips to Ransomville and Weedsport, however, Schatz is the only of the two to win.

The driver of the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, Ford Performance #15 topped the 2016 show at Weedsport and all told has an average finish of 3.0 in the Empire State.

For Sweet, the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49 ran runner-up in both trips to Ransomville and collected a pair of top-fives at Weedsport. The Grass Valley, CA native is anxious to finally snag that first win in New York.

Sandwiched in the midst of the "Month of Money," the New York doubleheader comes at a crucial time with momentum and confidence meaning everything.

The dates follow events such as the TWO $175,000-to-win Kings Royals at Eldora Speedway (July 14-17), the $25,000-to-win Silver Cup at Lernerville Speedway (July 20), and the $20,000-to-win Summer Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway (July 23-24).

It also precedes a pair of huge happenings with the $20,000-to-win Ironman 55 at I-55 Raceway (August 6-7) and the potentially $200,000-to-win Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville Raceway (August 11-14) following that.

With another 11 events remaining until the Series swings through New York, the current championship outlook remains relatively similar to how its look all throughout spring.

Brad Sweet, chasing his third-consecutive World of Outlaws title, has led the points since March. He's already won 10 NOS Energy Drink Features this season and has a knack for taking his game to the next level through the July and August months.

Giving chase to Sweet is David Gravel (-60), Carson Macedo (-120), Sheldon Haudenschild (-172), and Donny Schatz (-190).

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RANSOMVILLE SPEEDWAY WINNERS:
2018 – David Gravel on July 27
2017 – Tim Shaffer on Oct. 16
1997 – Andy Hillenburg on July 28
1995 – Stevie Smith on June 8
1994 – Dave Blaney on Aug. 9

WEEDSPORT SPEEDWAY WINNERS:
2018 – Brent Marks on July 29
2016 – Donny Schatz on May 22
2015 – Donny Schatz on May 17
1993 – Dave Blaney on Aug. 10
1987 – Steve Kinser on June 2
1986 – Steve Kinser on June 3
1985 – Doug Wolfgang on June 5
1981 – Steve Kinser on June 10
1980 – Lynn Paxton on July 20

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Independence Day Spectacular at Cedar Lake This Weekend

13 Races Makes July the Busiest Month of World of Outlaws Season

NEW RICHMOND, WI - June 28, 2021 - June was action-packed, and July is going to be even bigger.

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series kickstarts the busiest month of the 2021 season this weekend with an Independence Day Spectacular at Cedar Lake Speedway on Friday and Saturday, July 2-3.

Here are some of the top storylines to follow:

TURNING THE PAGE: On the heels of the busiest stretch of the season (8 races in 11 days), the Greatest Show on Dirt now prepares for the busiest month of the season. A loaded July features 13 races at eight different tracks in four states. Included in that stretch is a run of five races in five nights, highlighted by a historic happening with not one, but TWO Kings Royal Features paying $175,000-to-win each.

All told, July offers four events in the fabled "Month of Money" and they all run consecutively across a week and a half. There's $175,000-to-win on Thursday, July 15 at Eldora, then another $175,000 up for grabs on Saturday, July 17, then a mid-week $25,000 check awaits the Silver Cup winner on Tuesday, July 20, and another $20,000 is paid out at Williams Grove onSaturday, July 24.

Fri-Sat, July 2-3 at Cedar Lake (WI) Speedway
Sat, July 10 at Wilmot (WI) Raceway
Tues, July 13 at Attica (OH) Raceway Park
Wed-Sat, July 14-17 at Eldora (OH) Speedway
Tues, July 20 at Lernerville (PA) Speedway
Fri-Sat, July 23-24 at Williams Grove (PA) Speedway
Fri, July 30 at Ransomville (NY) Speedway
Sat, July 31 at Weedsport (NY) Speedway

CHOMPIN' CHECKS: $50,000 yields not only a big bank deposit, but loads of momentum and confidence as well. After their second-straight Jackson Nationals title, Logan Schuchart and the Shark Racing #1S will walk into Cedar Lake Speedway with an extra pep in their step this weekend.

The Hanover, PA native has previously won at the Wisconsin oval in 2016. He's chasing his 27th career World of Outlaws win, the fourth of his 2021 season aboard the Drydene Performance Products sponsored machine.

ON FIRE: On May 7 at Eldora Speedway, Kerry Madsen took the wheel of the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #14 for the first time. Ever since then, he's been the hottest Sprint Car driver in the world. This weekend, he returns to one of his best tracks at Cedar Lake, too.

"The Mad Man" has contested 14 World of Outlaws events aboard the Advanced Auto Parts #14 and has only finished outside the top-10 ONCE in his second race. His average finish is a whopping 4.6 over that stretch, and he's racked up six podiums in the last nine races. Last weekend, he finally broke through for his first Outlaws win aboard the #14 and promptly followed that with another trip to victory lane the next night at Jackson Motorplex.

This weekend, Madsen returns to Cedar Lake Speedway, where he's won thrice before with The Greatest Show on Dirt.

KNOWING WHAT IT TAKES: Four full-time competitors have previously won with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series at Cedar Lake Speedway. Leading the way among that group is 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz, who has triumphed on five occasions at the track, only two shy of Sammy Swindell's record of seven wins.

Lately, it's been The Big Cat's playground. Brad Sweet has topped four of the last six races at Cedar Lake with a chance to extend that record this coming weekend. Other former winners at the 3/8-mile oval are Sheldon Haudenschild and Logan Schuchart

NEW TO NEW RICHMOND: Two of Sweet's biggest championship challengers will look to end their cold spell when visiting Cedar Lake Speedway this weekend. David Gravel and Carson Macedo, who run second and third in the points, are both chasing their first career World of Outlaws win at the track.

ROOKIE RACE: It's been 32 races since James McFadden of Alice Springs, NT, AUS made his way to the United States and began his rookie campaign with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. After missing the opening six races, J-Mac has made the most of his time since climbing aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing, Karavan Trailers #9 in a full-time capacity. This week, McFadden moved into eighth-place in the championship standings, only one spot and 296 points behind fellow rookie, Aaron Reutzel.

Although points are not the deciding factor in who wins the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, they certainly still hold merit. If you measure the standings since March 19 when McFadden made his first start, he's actually ahead of the Roth Motorsports #83. Over that span, J-Mac has outscored A-Aron by 46 points.

The win column is worth looking at just as much, though. McFadden's lone victory was at Kokomo (IN) Speedway in April, while Reutzel has claimed three wins including a spectacular drive at East Bay (FL) Raceway Park, a $15,000 pouncing on the Posse at Williams Grove (PA) Speedway, and a $30,000 score last week at Huset's (SD) Speedway.

HALFWAY HOME: This weekend's doubleheader at Cedar Lake will bring the 2021 season to 40 completed events of a scheduled 81 in total. The championship standings remain relatively unchanged following a big week with five races as part of THE SHOWDOWN.

Brad Sweet, who pursues his third-consecutive World of Outlaws championship, has held the top spot in points since March 19. His Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49 leads the Series in Feature Wins (10), Laps Led (213), Podium Finishes (17), Top-Fives (24), and Average Finish (5.24).

Immediately behind Sweet is David Gravel (-60) who has six wins in his first season with the Big Game Motorsports #2 crew. The next group of challengers includes Carson Macedo (-120) with three wins for Jason Johnson Racing, Sheldon Haudenschild (-172) with three wins as well in the NOS Energy Drink #17, Logan Schuchart (-190) fresh off a $50,000 victory last weekend, and Donny Schatz (-202) who earned his 300th career win last week.

This Week at a Glance – When and Where

Friday-Saturday, July 2-3 at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, WI

On the Internet
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Around the Turn: Following this weekend, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will head to Wisconsin's Wilmot Raceway for one-night only on Saturday, July 10. After that, a huge five races in five days awaits with the Brad Doty Classic and TWO Kings Royals offering almost $400,000-to-win.

NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (12 Drivers):
10 wins – Brad Sweet, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #49
6 wins – David Gravel, Big Game Motorsports #2
5 wins – Carson Macedo, Jason Johnson Racing #41
4 wins – Sheldon Haudenschild, Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17
3 wins – Aaron Reutzel, Roth Motorsports #83
3 wins – Logan Schuchart, Shark Racing #1S
2 wins – Kerry Madsen, Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #14
1 win – James McFadden, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #9
1 win – Brent Marks, Brent Marks Racing #19M
1 win – Dave Blaney, Dave Blaney #10
1 win – Kyle Larson, Paul Silva #57
1 win – Donny Schatz, Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15

FEATURE LAPS LED (21 Drivers):
213 laps – Brad Sweet
173 laps – Sheldon Haudenschild
158 laps – Aaron Reutzel
150 laps – David Gravel
121 laps – Logan Schuchart
117 laps – Donny Schatz
88 laps – Carson Macedo
63 laps – Kerry Madsen
31 laps – James McFadden
27 laps – Sam Hafertepe Jr.
25 laps – Kyle Larson
19 laps – Tyler Courtney
19 laps – Giovanni Scelzi
17 laps – Brent Marks
10 laps – Jacob Allen & Brock Zearfoss
3 laps – Ian Madsen
1 lap – Kasey Kahne, Kraig Kinser, Brandon Spithaler, Dave Blaney

SLICK WOODY’S QUICKTIME AWARDS (14 Drivers):
9 QuickTimes – David Gravel
4 QuickTimes – Sheldon Haudenschild, Logan Schuchart
3 QuickTimes – Brad Sweet, Aaron Reutzel, Kerry Madsen
2 QuickTimes – James McFadden, Cory Eliason, Giovanni Scelzi, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
1 QuickTime – Carson Macedo, Danny Dietrich, Anthony Macri, Kasey Kahne

DRYDENE HEAT RACE WINNERS (30 Drivers):
18 Heat Wins – David Gravel
14 Heat Wins – Carson Macedo
12 Heat Wins – Aaron Reutzel
9 Heat Wins – Logan Schuchart
8 Heat Wins – Sheldon Haudenschild, Donny Schatz
7 Heat Wins – James McFadden
4 Heat Wins – Brad Sweet, Giovanni Scelzi, Brian Brown, Kerry Madsen
3 Heat Wins – Brock Zearfoss, Jason Sides, Kraig Kinser, Ian Madsen, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
2 Heat Wins – Jacob Allen, Kasey Kahne, Kyle Larson, DJ Netto
1 Heat Win – Wayne Johnson, Danny Dietrich, Hunter Schuerenberg, Tyler Courtney, Lance Dewease, Anthony Macri, Brandon Spithaler, Parker Price-Miller, Tim Kaeding, Jack Dover

PODIUM FINISHES (22 Drivers):
17 Podiums – Brad Sweet
12 Podiums – David Gravel, Carson Macedo
11 Podiums – Sheldon Haudenschild, Logan Schuchart, Donny Schatz
7 Podiums – Aaron Reutzel
6 Podiums – Kerry Madsen
5 Podiums – Brent Marks
4 Podiums – James McFadden, Giovanni Scelzi
2 Podiums – Cory Eliason, Lance Dewease, Anthony Macri
1 Podium – Kraig Kinser, Danny Dietrich, Tyler Courtney, Justin Peck, Brian Brown, Anthony Macri, Dave Blaney, Kyle Larson, Sam Hafertepe Jr.

2021 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Schedule & Winners

No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Fri, Feb. 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Brad Sweet (1)
2. Sun, Feb. 7 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Logan Schuchart (1)
3. Fri, March 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Carson Macedo (1)
4. Sat, March 6 / East Bay Raceway Park / Tampa, FL / Aaron Reutzel (1)
5. Fri, March 12 / Magnolia Motor Speedway / Columbus, MS / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)
6. Sat, March 13 / The Rev / Monroe, LA / David Gravel (1)
7. Fri, March 19 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Sheldon Haudenschild (2)
8. Sat, March 20 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Brad Sweet (2)
9. Sat, March 27 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, MO / Brad Sweet (3)
10. Fri, April 2 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (4)
11. Sat, April 3 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (5)
12. Fri, April 9 / Kokomo Speedway / Kokomo, IN / James McFadden (1)
13. Sat, April 10 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Carson Macedo (2)
14. Fri, April 22 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN / David Gravel (2)
15. Sun, April 24 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN / David Gravel (3)
16. Thur, April 29 / Jacksonville Speedway / Jacksonville, IL / Brad Sweet (6)
17. Fri, April 30 / I-70 Motorsports Park / Odessa, MO / Brad Sweet (7)
18. Sat, May 1 / I-70 Motorsports Park / Odessa, MO / Brad Sweet (8)
19. Sat, May 8 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Brent Marks (1)
20. Sat, May 8 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Sheldon Haudenschild (3)
21. Wed, May 12 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbottstown, PA / Brad Sweet (9)
22. Fri, May 14 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Carson Macedo (3)
23. Sat, May 15 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Aaron Reutzel (2)
24. Tues, May 18 / Bridgeport Speedway / Swedesboro, NJ / Logan Schuchart (2)
25. Fri, May 21 / Attica Raceway Park / Attica, OH / David Gravel (4)
26. Sat, May 22 / Sharon Speedway / Hartford, OH / Dave Blaney (1)
27. Mon, May 31 / Lawrenceburg Speedway / Lawrenceburg, IN / Kyle Larson (1)
28. Sat, June 5 / Granite City Speedway /Sauk Rapids, MN / David Gravel (5)
29. Fri, June 11 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Carson Macedo (4)
30. Sat, June 12 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Carson Macedo (5)
31. Thur, June 17 / 34 Raceway / West Burlington, IA / Brad Sweet (10)
32. Fri, June 18 / Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway / Dubuque, IA / Donny Schatz (1)
33. Sat, June 19 / Beaver Dam Raceway / Beaver Dam, WI / Sheldon Haudenschild (4)
34. Mon, June 21 / Huset's Speedway / Brandon, SD / David Gravel (6)
35. Tues, June 22 / Huset's Speedway / Brandon, SD / Aaron Reutzel (3)
36. Thur, June 24 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Kerry Madsen (1)
37. Fri, June 25 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Kerry Madsen (2)
38. Sat, June 27 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Logan Schuchart (3)

 

 

BACK-TO-BACK: Logan Schuchart Dominates Jackson Nationals for $50,000 Prize

Shark Racing #1S Dominates First Crown Jewel Event of Summer

JACKSON, MN - June 27, 2021 - Logan Schuchart earned the richest win of his life on Sunday night at the 43rd annual AGCO Jackson Nationals.

With $50,000 up for grabs, the Hanover, PA native piloted the Shark Racing, Drydene Performance Products #1S to one of the most dominating victories of his career at Jackson Motorplex.

After slipping back on the initial start, Schuchart took full advantage of the only restart of the race on Lap 7 and roared back to the top spot over David Gravel. From there, it was game over. He checked out and crossed the line with a mammoth margin of victory at 4.454-seconds.

It's his second-consecutive crown at the AGCO Jackson Nationals, this one paying $50,000 to top last year's $30,000 score.

Amid a trying season, an ecstatic Schuchart knew this is just what his team needed to boost their confidence and get some momentum rolling with even more money on the line come July and August with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.

"50 grand," Schuchart screamed as he climbed from the cockpit. "This is big for Shark Racing. There are so many people that have backed this team from day one, and this is for all of them. Hats off to my crew, this is a long 11 day stretch with lots of racing. I've got the easy job, I just have to race, but these guys bust their tails for me. You know my grandpa [Bobby Allen] is 77-years-old, he's still out here going up and down the road allowing us to live our dreams . Racing is all he wants to do."

Speaking of Bobby Allen, Schuchart's 26th career World of Outlaws victory on Sunday night brings him to only four away from tying his grandfather, who achieved 30 Series victories throughout his Hall of Fame career.

Prior to Schuchart's back-to-back bid in 2020 and 2021, Allen himself was a Jackson Nationals champion in 1986 during the 8th annual running. Now, he's still standing on the front stretch, but as a proud car owner, grandfather to Logan, and father to Jacob Allen, who placed 10th in the finale.

With his own experience to rely on, Allen knows just how big another Jackson Nationals crown was.

"All of these big races are great to win, but this one brings a lot of momentum," Allen admitted. "We've been behind on motors lately, really everybody has. My nephew [Newman's Racing Engines] does our motors and does a great job. We're going to this one out and save it for Knoxville Nationals, and then we'll get another ready for Kings Royal. This deal is all about having a good motor, but also knowing what to do with it."

After leading 25 laps on Thursday night before letting the win slip away to Kerry Madsen in lap traffic, Schuchart refused to let that happen again with big money on the line.

Taking the lead on Lap 8, he never looked back and set a torrid pace as he sliced and diced his way through the back-markers.

"You never know how hard to push when you're leading," Schuchart explained. "The other night I was conserving tires and fuel, then Kerry blew my doors off. I tried to stay in the gas as much as possible tonight and really used the lap cars to advantage. Props to the Jackson Motorplex crew, this is probably the best track we've had all week and it was during the day."

Crossing the finish line behind Schuchart by 4.454-seconds was David Gravel in the Big Game Motorsports #2. The Watertown, CT native led the opening seven laps after an incredible Lap 1 charge from row two, but the only restart of the race proved costly as he fell to second and had to settle for a $20,000 runner-up check.

"I wish I got another chance at that restart," Gravel stated. "I stumbled and got a good run on me, I tried to be defensive, but once he got by he was gone. He definitely had the dominant car, but just wish I had a chance to control the race in the lead. I'd probably do a couple things different knowing how good the track ended up. It's a little disappointing, but still a good week for us."

The Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49 closed out the podium with Brad Sweet of Grass Valley, CA at the wheel. The current World of Outlaws championship leader was rewarded with $10,000 for his third-place finish.

"It was tricky," Sweet said. "The track held up so much better than we thought. Logan definitely had the best car and he was just gone. I thought we had something for David to get second, but I just couldn't make the moves we needed in lap traffic. We've got a lot to look forward to this summer."

Kerry Madsen finished fourth aboard the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #14 after sweeping the two preliminary nights. Closing out the top-five at the Minnesota 4/10th-mile oval was Carson Macedo in the Jason Johnson Racing #41.

Rounding out the top-10 in Sunday's Jackson Nationals finale was California's Shane Golobic in sixth aboard the NOS Energy Drink #17W, Ohio's Sheldon Haudenschild in seventh with his own NOS Energy Drink #17 entry, Indiana's Parker Price-Miller in eighth driving Guy Forbrook's #5, Australia's James McFadden in ninth aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing #9, and Pennsylvania's Jacob Allen in the second Shark Racing #1A with a tenth-place bid.

UP NEXT: An Independence Day Spectacular awaits the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series next weekend. The Greatest Show on Dirt will travel to New Richmond, WI for back-to-back nights at Cedar Lake Speedway on Friday and Saturday, July 2-3.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps): 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1][$50,000]; 2. 2-David Gravel [3][$20,000]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [5][$10,000]; 4. 14-Kerry Madsen [2][$7,500]; 5. 41-Carson Macedo [4][$6,000]; 6. 17W-Shane Golobic [8][$5,900]; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [6][$5,800]; 8. 5-Parker Price-Miller [12][$5,700]; 9. 9-James McFadden [7][$5,600]; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen [14][$5,000]; 11. 26-Cory Eliason [18][$4,000]; 12. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [9][$3,000]; 13. 7S-Jason Sides [13][$2,800]; 14. 21-Brian Brown [21][$2,600]; 15. 83-Aaron Reutzel [15][$2,500]; 16. 3K-Tim Kaeding [23][$2,400]; 17. 11-Spencer Bayston [17][$2,300]; 18. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [19][$2,200]; 19. 22MM-Kaleb Johnson [24][$2,100]; 20. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [20][$2,000]; 21. 81-Jack Dover [22][$2,000]; 22. 15-Donny Schatz [11][$2,000]; 23. 11K-Kraig Kinser [10][$2,000]; 24. 7-Justin Henderson [16][$2,000]. Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-7, Logan Schuchart 8-35. KSE Hard Charger Award: 26-Cory Eliason[+7]

NEW Championship Standings (38/81 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (5,322); 2. David Gravel (-60); 3. Carson Macedo (-120); 4. Sheldon Haudenschild (-172); 5. Logan Schuchart (-190); 6. Donny Schatz (-202); 7. Aaron Reutzel (-314); 8. James McFadden (-610); 9. Kraig Kinser (-630); 10. Brock Zearfoss (-900).

 

 

SUNDAY SHOWDOWN: Jackson Nationals to Crown $50,000 Champion Tonight

Madsen, Macedo, Sweet, Schuchart Locked-In to King of the Hill

JACKSON, MN - June 27, 2021 - The purses just keeping bigger and bigger for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.

After a $30,000 payday in Tuesday's Huset's 50, The Greatest Show on Dirt now competes for a $50,000 top prize in tonight's 43rd annual AGCO Jackson Nationals.

It took two preliminary nights and a Saturday rain out to get here, but the time has finally come as we crown the first Crown Jewel winner of the "Months of Money" in 2021.

A unique format leaves us with no Slick Woody's Qualifying to run tonight. Instead, we'll host 3-4 Drydene Qualifiers, a King of the Hill, a Last Chance Showdown, and the 35-lap, $50,000-to-win, $2,000-to-start NOS Energy Drink Feature.

Hot Laps are slated to begin at 5pm CT LIVE on DIRTVision.

KING OF THE HILL COMPETITORS:

Kerry Madsen, Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #14 Carson Macedo, Jason Johnson Racing #41 Brad Sweet, Kasey Kahne Racing #49 Logan Schuchart, Shark Racing #1S

All eyes are on "The Mad Man" Kerry Madsen as he aims to completely sweep the weekend. Aboard the Advanced Auto Parts, Rush Truck Centers #14, the St. Mary's, NSW, AUS native topped both preliminary nights at Jackson Motorplex, one from 14th and one from sixth.

Madsen is a previous Jackson Nationals champion in 2016, but this one would mean so much more. Given the drive of a lifetime, Madsen has become arguably the top story of the summer with his constant success since joining Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing. The 49-year-old has already banked $20,000 across his two prelim wins, but now he wants that $50,000 check.

Joining Madsen in the final round of the King of the Hill is Carson Macedo, a native of Lemoore, CA. The Jason Johnson Racing #41 pilot finished top-five in both prelims, leading 11 laps in Friday's Feature. A victory tonight would be the biggest win of his career, giving him his first Crown Jewel title with the World of Outlaws.

Locked-in for the second round of the King of the Hill is a pair of former Jackson Nationals champions, Brad Sweet and Logan Schuchart. For Sweet, he's trying to become a three-time event champion aboard his Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49. For Schuchart, he's trying to win back-to-back titles after topping last year's show in the Shark Racing, Drydene Performance Products #1S.

This unique King of the Hill is a race against the clock and the competitors. The four-car timed session will send the two fastest drivers to the next round, while placing those eliminated in their Feature starting spots. There will be three rounds: the first includes the 3-4 Qualifier winners, the second includes Sweet, Schuchart & two transfers, and the final round which is a race for the pole includes Madsen, Macedo, & two transfers.

The remaining 32 competitors are placed into Drydene Qualifiers based on accumulative points from Thursday and Friday's preliminary shows.

Winners of each Drydene Qualifier will transfer to the King of the Hill, with others splitting into the Feature and Last Chance Showdown.

It all begins at 5pm CT tonight with Hot Laps kicking off the show. If you can't be here in person, you can watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.

 

 

TAKE TWO: Kerry Madsen Doubles Down, Sweeps Jackson Nationals Prelim Features

Tony Stewart Racing #14 is High Point Man Entering Saturday's $50,000/Win Finale

JACKSON, MN - June 25, 2021 - Two weeks ago, Kerry Madsen saw not one, but two wins slip through his grasp in the closing laps at Knoxville Raceway.

This weekend, Kerry Madsen has absolutely dominated not one, but two nights of the Jackson Nationals.

On a full fledged redemption tour, "The Mad Man" has become a man possessed since unleashing his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian #14 at Jackson Motorplex. One night following his stunning 14th-to-first charge, the St. Mary's, NSW, AUS native backed it up with a sixth-to-first route of the field.

His sweep of preliminary action at the 43rd annual event sponsored by AGCO has Madsen entering Saturday's $50,000-to-win finale as the high point man. He'll battle for the pole position along with Carson Macedo, Brad Sweet, and Logan Schuchart in the unique timed-version of the King of the Hill.

"I think I might be too confident right now," Madsen mentioned. "I probably need to back it down some. Tomorrow is going to be a long race, and you'll need to drive smart. This FPS410 is just ripping right now, though. Again, it's such a blast to drive."

In a reversal of fortune, Madsen's path to victory lane on Friday night was much different than the route he took on Thursday, when he set Slick Woody's QuickTime, finished seventh in his Drydene Heat Race, and won the NOS Energy Drink Feature from 14th.

On this night, Madsen clocked in 12th-quick and proceeded to charge from sixth-to-first in his Drydene Heat Race, putting him in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash. A bad drew negated him to finish sixth, lining him up on the outside of the third row for the 30-lapper.

While Carson Macedo and Brad Sweet battled for command of the lead, Madsen marched his way to third on Lap 5 and by Lap 8 had already moved by Sweet to take over second. Five laps later, on Lap 13, the #14 went zooming by the #41 down the backstretch and the rest was history.

Madsen survived the final 18 laps with minimal challenges through lap traffic, officially crossing the line with a 1.433-second margin of victory.

The win marked the 27th of Madsen's World of Outlaws career, tying him with Paul McMahan and Tim Shaffer for 21st on the All-Time Wins List. It's the first time Madsen has won back-to-back with The Greatest Show on Dirt since July of 2017.

Carson Macedo led 11 of the first 12 laps before finishing second aboard the Jason Johnson Racing #41. A pair of top-five finishes was good enough to give the Lemoore, CA native the second-most event points, placing him in position to contend for the pole position of tomorrow's $50,000-to-win finale.

"It feels good to be locked-in," Macedo noted. "I made a few mistakes tonight that I know I can clean up tomorrow. We had a shot there for a minute, and thought I was gonna get another in traffic, but I got caught up battling Brad in the fight for second. This car is really good, though, and I'm excited for tomorrow."

Logan Schuchart, who finished on the podium both nights, ran third and locked-in as well with his Shark Racing, Drydene Performance Products #1S.

"The car really felt strong the whole time, we just had to come from farther back," Schuchart said. "I feel really good right now heading into the big $50,000 finale. I would love to defend our title last year with another one tomorrow."

Closing out the top-five on night two of the Jackson Nationals was a pair of Californian's with Brad Sweet in fourth aboard the NAPA Auto Parts #49 and Shane Golobic in fifth aboard the NOS Energy Drink #17W.

Rounding out the top-10 on Friday night was Parker Price-Miller with his season-best finish of sixth, Jason Sides with his own season-best of seventh, Giovanni Scelzi with a Hard Charging 24th-to-eighth performance, Kraig Kinser with another top-10 run, and James McFadden in the Kasey Kahne Racing #9.

UP NEXT: The 43rd annual AGCO Jackson Nationals conclude tomorrow, Saturday, June 26, with a $50,000-to-win finale at Minnesota's Jackson Motorplex. If you can't make it in-person, you can watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) - 1. 14-Kerry Madsen [6][$10,000]; 2. 41-Carson Macedo [1][$5,500]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [10][$3,200]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [3][$2,800]; 5. 17W-Shane Golobic [2][$2,500]; 6. 5-Parker Price-Miller [16][$2,300]; 7. 7S-Jason Sides [4][$2,200]; 8. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [24][$2,100]; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser [9][$2,050]; 10. 9-James McFadden [17][$2,000]; 11. 2-David Gravel [14][$1,500]; 12. 15-Donny Schatz [15][$1,200]; 13. 83-Aaron Reutzel [18][$1,150]; 14. 11-Spencer Bayston [19][$1,100]; 15. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [22][$1,050]; 16. 7-Justin Henderson [11][$1,000]; 17. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [20][$1,000]; 18. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [13][$1,000]; 19. 83X-Lynton Jeffrey [8][$1,000]; 20. 26-Cory Eliason [23][$1,000]; 21. 81-Jack Dover [7][$1,000]; 22. 1A-Jacob Allen [21][$1,000]; 23. 21-Brian Brown [5][$1,000]; 24. 88N-DJ Netto [12][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Carson Macedo 1-5, 7-12, Brad Sweet 6; Kerry Madsen 13-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 18-Giovanni Scelzi[+16]

NEW Championship Standings (37/81 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (5,178); 2. David Gravel (-62); 3. Carson Macedo (-116); 4. Sheldon Haudenschild (-164); 5. Donny Schatz (-164); 6. Logan Schuchart (-196); 7. Aaron Reutzel (-290); 8. Kraig Kinser (-590); 9. James McFadden (-598); 10. Brock Zearfoss (-866).

 

 

INEVITABLE: Kerry Madsen and Tony Stewart Racing Win Jackson Nationals Opener from 14th

Madsen is Eighth Driver to Deliver World of Outlaws Win for Tony Stewart

JACKSON, MN - June 24, 2021 - Kerry Madsen and Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing have been aligned for only 50 days.

In that span, they've become one of the hottest combinations in all of Sprint Car racing. With iconic mechanic Ricky Warner on the wrenches and a bustling Ford Performance engine package, the fierce Australian known as "The Mad Man" has take his game to the next level.

On Thursday night at Jackson Motorplex, the inevitable finally happened: a World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series win.

Storming all the way from 14th aboard the #14 sponsored by Advanced Auto Parts and Rush Truck Centers, Madsen made impressive work of a stout field on the opening night of the 43rd annual AGCO Jackson Nationals.

It only took the St. Mary's, NSW, AUS native eight laps to pass a whopping 12 cars, and then he zoomed by leader Logan Schuchart with a daring slide job in in traffic on Lap 26 of the 30-lapper.

"I knew we had it all night," Madsen mentioned on his confidence. "I got an awesome start, and then an awesome restart on that caution. This car is just unbelievable. The Ford power plant is so good. It's so much fun to drive. Ricky [Warner] had this thing on rails. I committed to the top and just never lifted."

Dominant from the beginning, Madsen and the TSR #14 started hot by scoring the Slick Woody's QuickTime Award, his third within the last week. Struggles in the Drydene Heat Race, which featured a special eight-car inversion, limited the Aussie to a seventh-place finish, but his points were enough to line him up outside of row seven in the NOS Energy Drink Feature.

While Madsen was mired mid-pack, all eyes were on Logan Schuchart at the start of the 30-lapper. The defending Jackson Nationals champion checked out and ran away from pole sitter David Gravel by a stunning 3+ seconds in only the first five laps.

By Lap 8, Madsen was sitting in the runner-up spot, and had his sights set on the Shark Racing #1S. He offered several challenges throughout the halfway point, but Madsen's perfect opportunity came on Lap 25 as he slid across Schuchart and a lapper to take the lead in turn three with a bold move.

He led the following circuit and a caution promptly created a restart. Schuchart came firing back at the #14, but his slide job into turn one fell short when "The Mad Man" throttled down and whipped around the outside of him. From there, he ran off to his 26th career World of Outlaws win with a margin of victory of 0.682-seconds.

The win was significant on many levels:

Furthest a WoO winner has started since Logan Schuchart won Hanford from 19th on March 31, 2017
First WoO win for Tony Stewart Racing #14 since Christopher Bell at Eldora on July 14, 2017
Eight driver to win WoO Feature with TSR - Schatz, S. Kinser, K. Kinser, Lasoski, McMahan, Stewart, Bell
1,084 days since Madsen's last WoO win at Cedar Lake on July 7, 2018
Ended 106-race losing streak for Madsen in WoO competition
Ricky Warner's first WoO win as Crew Chief since November 3, 2018 with Schatz
Second WoO win of 2021 for Ford Performance Stewart 410 (FPS410 Engine)

After leading the opening 25 laps, Hanover, PA's Logan Schuchart brought his Drydene Performance Products #1S home with a second-place finish in the first of three Features this weekend.

"Obviously if we get that caution one lap prior it would've been a different outcome I think," Schuchart said. "You never know if you want to be aggressive or conservative in traffic, and that hurt us tonight. Still a great run for us, w'ere just building momentum for the big one on Saturday."

Completing the podium at Jackson Motorplex was David Gravel aboard Tod Quiring's Big Game Motorsports #2.

"The $50,000 on Saturday is a long race, so we're just dialing ourselves in for that," Gravel explained. "We had a good car there at the end, we just need to make some small adjustments. A good points night, though."

James McFadden in the Kasey Kahne Racing #9 and Carson Macedo in the Jason Johnson Racing #41 rounded out the top-five on Thursday night.

Closing out the top-1o on night one of the Jackson Nationals was the Sheldon Haudenschild in the Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17, Brad Sweet in the Kasey Kahne Racing #49, Jacob Allen in the Shark Racing #1A, Giovanni Scelzi in the KCP Racing #18, and Kraig Kinser in the Kinser Racing #11K.

JACKSON NATIONALS POINTS (Top-4 after Friday Lock-In): 1. Logan Schuchart (426); 2. David Gravel (425); 3. Brad Sweet (424); 4. James McFadden (423); 5. Kerry Madsen (420); 6. Carson Macedo (416); 7. Sheldon Haudenschild (411); 8. Jacob Allen (407); 9. Giovanni Scelzi (395); 10. Shane Golobic (392).

UP NEXT: The 43rd annual AGCO Jackson Nationals continues with a second preliminary night on Friday, June 24 at Jackson Motorplex. Drivers will battle for more points with the top-four in accumulative points from both preliminary shows locking-in to Saturday's $50,000-to-win Feature.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps): 1. 14-Kerry Madsen [14][$10,000]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2][$5,500]; 3. 2-David Gravel [1][$3,200]; 4. 9-James McFadden [3][$2,800]; 5. 41-Carson Macedo [4][$2,500]; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [5][$2,300]; 7. 49-Brad Sweet [7][$2,200]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [6][$2,100]; 9. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [15][$2,050]; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser [20][$2,000]; 11. 15-Donny Schatz [23][$1,500]; 12. 17W-Shane Golobic [10][$1,200]; 13. 5-Parker Price-Miller [21][$1,150]; 14. 3K-Tim Kaeding [16][$1,100]; 15. 83-Aaron Reutzel [17][$1,050]; 16. 21-Brian Brown [13][$1,000]; 17. 26-Cory Eliason [24][$1,000]; 18. 88N-DJ Netto [9][$1,000]; 19. 7-Justin Henderson [19][$1,000]; 20. 7S-Jason Sides [12][$1,000]; 21. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [18][$1,000]; 22. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [8][$1,000]; 23. 11-Spencer Bayston [22][$1,000]; 24. 2C-Wayne Johnson [11][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Logan Schuchart 1-25, Kerry Madsen 26-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 14-Kerry Madsen[+13]

NEW Championship Standings (36/81 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (5,036); 2. David Gravel (-48); 3. Carson Macedo (-120); 4. Sheldon Haudenschild (-142); 5. Donny Schatz (-148); 6. Logan Schuchart (-198); 7. Aaron Reutzel (-272); 8. Kraig Kinser (-580); 9. James McFadden (-586); 10. Brock Zearfoss (-838).

 

 

MONEY MAN: Aaron Reutzel Wires Inaugural Huset's 50 for $30,000 Payday

Roth Motorsports #83 Eligible for $100,000 THE SHOWDOWN Bonus at Jackson

BRANDON, SD - June 22, 2021 - When the money is on the line, Aaron Reutzel shows up.

He was on the podium when Bristol Motor Speedway paid $25,000-to-win, he stood in victory lane with $15,000 in his pocket at Williams Grove Speedway, and on Tuesday night he earned the highest payday of the season thus far with a $30,000 check at the inaugural Huset's 50.

The Roth Motorsports gasser was relentless in his pursuit of a fifth career World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series victory. He timed in second-quick, won his Drydene Heat Race, dominated the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, and led all 50 laps of the NOS Energy Drink Feature at South Dakota's Huset's Speedway.

More importantly, the Clute, TX native will head to this weekend's 43rd annual AGCO Jackson Nationals with the chance for a record-setting payday.

If he wins Saturday's finale worth $50,000 at Jackson Motorplex, he'll receive an additional $100,000 bonus thanks to Tod Quiring's THE SHOWDOWN.

"I'm so pumped," Reutzel remarked after his wing dance. "It's been a trying year for us. We'd find speed, then we'd lose it, then we'd find something again, then it'd quit working. We haven't given up, though. I felt like we were pretty good, I mean we didn't make any real changes all night and that normally makes me nervous because I like to change a lot. A few tiny adjustments during that #OpenRed, but nothing major."

Losing the initial start of the 50-lapper to outside pole sitter Donny Schatz, Reutzel was actually saved by the bell when contact involving himself brought out the caution and forced a complete restart. Battling for second into turn one, Reutzel's #83 and Carson Macedo's #41 collided and sent the Jason Johnson Racing machine for a wild flip into the fence.

A complete restart allowed Reutzel to drive by Schatz and secure command of the top spot on Lap 1, and from there he never looked back. A Lap 5 red flag for Jacob Allen and Lynton Jeffreys slowed his pace, but wasn't enough to give Schatz a run at the Roth ride.

At the Lap 30 #OpenRed, Crew Chief Dylan Buswell made all the right calls and sent Reutzel back out with more confidence in his Speedway powered Triple-X.

"I was really looking forward to it," Reutzel noted on the stoppage. "I got a bad vibration running the cushion early on. If it was a full 50-lapper, I think it would've been tough to hang on."

Reutzel ran off into lap traffic unchallenged until Schatz was able to close on Lap 41 and almost pulled alongside. Seeing the #15's nose was just what the Texan needed to get up in the seat, as he found another gear and ran off to win it by 1.160-seconds.

"It's a good time to find some speed," Reutzel said on the "Summer of Money." There's a lot of money on the line. When you do this for a living, this is the time to be fast. We're gonna worry about celebrating tonight, but tomorrow we'll start thinking about that $100,000 bonus."

Championship leader Brad Sweet worked around Schatz on Lap 43 to bring his Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49 home with a second-place finish worth $12,000.

"He was just really good in clean air," Sweet said on Reutzel. "The track got top dominant there, but honestly in traffic I think we were better than those guys. It just played out in his hands where we ran out of traffic. I don't think I could've done anything different. We'll take it and move on to Jackson with the $50,000 on the line."

Donny Schatz finished third aboard his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, Ford Performance, Carquest #15. It's his third podium finish in the last four races.

"We gotta work on this deal a little bit, but we're still closer than where we were," Schatz acknowledged. We'll accept third tonight and move on to Jackson."

Closing out the top-five on Tuesday night was Sheldon Haudenschild aboard the NOS Energy Drink #17 in fourth and Kyle Larson in fifth for the second-straight night in Paul Silva's #57 machine.

Rounding out the top-10 in the Huset's 50 finale was the Kasey Kahne Racing #9 of James McFadden in sixth, the Shark Racing #1S of Logan Schuchart in seventh, the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #14 of Kerry Madsen in eighth, the Big Game Motorsports #2 of David Gravel in ninth, and the KCP Racing #18 of Giovanni Scelzi with a 17th-to-1oth run worthy of KSE Racing Hard Charger.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series travels to Minnesota for the 43rd annual AGCO Jackson Nationals this Thursday-Saturday, June 24-26. A special format and the biggest payday of the season ($50,000) awaits The Greatest Show on Dirt at the first crown jewel event of 2021.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (50 Laps): 1. 83-Aaron Reutzel [1][$30,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [6][$12,000]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [2][$10,000]; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [7][$7,500]; 5. 57-Kyle Larson [11][$6,000]; 6. 9-James McFadden [5][$5,900]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart [8][$5,800]; 8. 14-Kerry Madsen [10][$5,700]; 9. 2-David Gravel [13][$5,600]; 10. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [17][$5,000]; 11. 5-Parker Price-Miller [16][$4,000]; 12. 17W-Shane Golobic [14][$3,000]; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser [12][$2,800]; 14. 41-Carson Macedo [3][$2,600]; 15. 26-Cory Eliason [21][$2,500]; 16. 11-Spencer Bayston [4][$2,400]; 17. 7-Justin Henderson [20][$2,300]; 18. 16-Ian Madsen [18][$2,200]; 19. 27-Carson McCarl [24][$2,100]; 20. 2C-Wayne Johnson [22][$2,000]; 21. 21-Brian Brown [23][$2,000]; 22. 83X-Lynton Jeffrey [9][$2,000]; 23. 1A-Jacob Allen [19][$2,000]; 24. 17A-Austin McCarl [15][$2,000]. Lap Leaders: Aaron Reutzel 1-50. KSE Hard Charger Award: 18-Giovanni Scelzi[+7]

NEW Championship Standings (35/81 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (4,900); 2. David Gravel (-56); 3. Carson Macedo (-124); 4. Donny Schatz (-140); 5. Sheldon Haudenschild (-144); 6. Logan Schuchart (-208); 7. Aaron Reutzel (-256); 8. Kraig Kinser (-574); 9. James McFadden (-592); 10. Brock Zearfoss (-808).

 

 

HUSET'S HERO: David Gravel Opens THE SHOWDOWN in Victory Lane

Huset's 50 Concludes on Tuesday with $30,000 Payday Available

BRANDON, SD - June 21, 2021 - Tod Quiring's resurrection of Huset's Speedway is nothing to be overlooked; nor is the season his driver David Gravel and team Big Game Motorsports are piecing together.

On Monday night, both of his worlds collided in the best sense possible.

Leading the final 26 laps at the Brandon, SD oval, Gravel survived a final charge from Donny Schatz to score night one of THE SHOWDOWN, a weeklong extravaganza promoted by Quiring.

It was win #6 on the season for Gravel, who parked the #2 in victory lane with Huset's Speedway branding all over his bright bullet. The momentum building run sends the Watertown, CT native into tomorrow's Huset's 50 finale with his sights set on a cool $30,000 payday - the highest purse to date in 2021 for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy DrinkSprint Car Series.

More than that, they're chasing the mammoth $100,000 bonus available if they can sweep Tuesday's finale at Huset's and then Saturday's 43rd annual AGCO Jackson Nationals.

"We've been really strong lately," Gravel noted. "Luckily, I got Donny back there in the beginning. I went to the top at the start knowing it was the faster lane, but he just snookered me on that first lap. I tried hard to get by him, but it turned out to be better running second with lap traffic here. That's what won us the race."

After winning his Drydene Heat Race and topping the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, Gravel was in prime position from the start of Monday's 35-lap NOS Energy Drink Feature.

However, Lap 1 belonged to 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz. The 300-time World of Outlaws winner throttled by Gravel from the jump and ran off into lap traffic with command.

The #15 paced the opening nine laps before the decisiveness of traffic bit him when an error in judgment slowed him on the bottom and allowed Gravel to fly by on the outside. The only caution of the race flew on Lap 11 for sixth-running Aaron Reutzel's shredded right rear tire.

Gravel ran away with the lead on the restart and was checking out before Schatz re-entered the picture in the closing stages. He got so close on Lap 31 that he snook to the inside of Gravel's #2 in turn one, but didn't have enough to make the move.

Schatz tried to force Gravel's hand on the final lap, but he played it cool and survived to win his 64th career World of Outlaws Feature.

"I was watching Donny on the DIRTVision screen there and saw him right on me," Gravel admitted. "He's one of the best rubber racers out here, I just knew I had to run it a little harder into turn three and I'd be fine. I conserved my tire quite a bit early on."

Coming home with a close second-place finish was Donny Schatz, who earned his 300th career World of Outlaws win last week. The 10-time Series champion was close to win #301, but his late-race charge fell short by only 0.297-seconds in the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, Ford Performance, Carquest #15.

"I just didn't go in the right spot, I really misjudged that lapper," Schatz said. "We had something for him there at the end, so that's a positive. I was trying to force him into making a mistake, that's about all I could do."

Red-hot Kerry Madsen continued his stellar stretch by finishing third aboard the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, Advanced Auto Parts, Rush Truck Centers #14. The St. Mary's, NSW, AUS native has racked up eight consecutive top-six finishes with The Greatest Show on Dirt.

"What a fun car to drive," Madsen raved. "Everyone at TSR does such a phenomenal drive. These Ford Performance engines suit me so much."

Rounding out the top-five on Monday night was a pair of brother-in-laws In fourth, it was championship leader Brad Sweet aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49. In fifth, it was NASCAR superstar Kyle Larson driving Paul Silva's #57.

Closing out the top-10 at Huset's was NOS Energy Drink stud Sheldon Haudenschild in sixth, Shark Racing teammates Jacob Allen and Logan Schuchart in seventh and eighth, local South Dakota native Justin Henderson in tenth, and Kraig Kinser with his first top-1o since May.

UP NEXT: THE SHOWDOWN continues tomorrow Tuesday, June 22 with the finale of the Huset's 50 offering a $30,000 payday. The winner will have a chance to cash in for a $100,000 bonus if they also win Saturday's $50,000 finale to the AGCO Jackson Nationals.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps): 1. 2-David Gravel [1][$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [2][$5,500]; 3. 14-Kerry Madsen [5][$3,200]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [4][$2,800]; 5. 57-Kyle Larson [6][$2,500]; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [8][$2,300]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [3][$2,200]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart [11][$2,100]; 9. 7-Justin Henderson [9][$2,050]; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser [13][$2,000]; 11. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [10][$1,500]; 12. 9-James McFadden [21][$1,200]; 13. 17W-Shane Golobic [12][$1,150]; 14. 5-Parker Price-Miller [14][$1,100]; 15. 41-Carson Macedo [15][$1,050]; 16. 2C-Wayne Johnson [17][$1,000]; 17. 11-Spencer Bayston [18][$1,000]; 18. 26-Cory Eliason [16][$1,000]; 19. 21-Brian Brown [19][$1,000]; 20. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [24][$1,000]; 21. 17A-Austin McCarl [23][$1,000]; 22. 19-Paige Polyak [20][$1,000]; 23. 83-Aaron Reutzel [7][$1,000]; 24. 27-Carson McCarl [22][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Donny Schatz 1-9, David Gravel 10-35. KSE Hard Charger Award: 9-James McFadden[+9]

NEW Championship Standings (34/81 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (4,754); 2. David Gravel (-42); 3. Carson Macedo (-100); 4. Donny Schatz (-138); 5. Sheldon Haudenschild (-140); 6. Logan Schuchart (-198); 7. Aaron Reutzel (-260); 8. Kraig Kinser (-552); 9. James McFadden (-584); 10. Brock Zearfoss (-752).

 

 

TASTES LIKE VICTORY: Haudenschild Wins Fourth of 2021 at Beaver Dam

NOS Energy Drink #17 Takes Control at Halfway and Dominates 40-Lapper

BEAVER DAM, WI - June 19, 2021 - Beaver Dam Raceway packed the place and Sheldon Haudenschild delivered a show on Saturday night.

The always-exciting pilot of the NOS Energy Drink, Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17 brought fans to the edge of their seats with a thrilling, non-stop 40-lap run through lap traffic on the Wisconsin 1/3-mile oval.

Overtaking pole sitter Giovanni Scelzi on the 20th lap, Haudenschild sliced and diced his way through the back markers and ran off to a 2.109-second victory when it was all said and done.

It was his fourth victory of the 2021 season and the 18th of his World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series career, tying him with fellow Ohioan Brad Doty for 30th on the All-Time Wins List.

"That was so much fun," an elated Haudenschild said with a smile."A green-to-checkered run is just what we needed. I think a restart would've changed the whole course of this one. Getting through lap traffic is the most fun aspect of Sprint Car racing. We had a great track tonight and I could really make some moves."

Saturday's score at Beaver Dam was the perfect conclusion to a weekend that had otherwise been trying for the #17 crew. They had podium positions locked up at both 34 Raceway and Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway, but late-race trouble took them away from the front stretch and stole points from them on each occasion.

However, there was no stopping Lil Haud on this night. The Wooster, OH native was bound and determined to take NOS Energy Drink back to victory lane with The Greatest Show on Dirt. After all, his most recent win with the Series was May 1 at Eldora Speedway, which was 12 races ago.

With his win, the Haudenschild's officially tied the Smith's as the third winningest father-son duo in World of Outlaws history at 90 combined wins. Sheldon's 18th plus his father Jac's 72 triumphs equals Steve Smith's six scores along with son Stevie Smith's 84 career victories.

The selling point for Haudenschild's trip to victory lane at the 11th annual Jim "JB" Boyd Memorial was lap traffic.

He zoomed by Giovanni Scelzi on the 20th circuit and ensued to lap all the way up to 11th place. The Wooster, OH native felt fast from the drop of the green flag, but timing was everything.

"It pays off running second, third, fourth and watching what those guys are doing," Haudenschild enlightened the crowd. "I was staying patient behind Gio and Carson [Macedo] just waiting for the right time. I felt like we were quicker, but I just had to wait on traffic to make my move."

After winning the DIRTvision Fast Pass Dash and leading the opening 19 laps, Giovanni Scelzi of Fresno, CA matched his season-best effort of second-place in his KCP Racing #18.

"The better driver won this race for sure," Scelzi admitted. "Sheldon just runs so hard the entire time. I tried to run it as hard as I could, but the lappers were everywhere and I got too top dependent. Those laps clicked by so quick, I didn't realize how far along we actually were. All in all, not too bad for my first ever race here."

Taking the final podium position in third-place was David Gravel in the Big Game Motorsports #2, who now prepares for a huge week of racing at THE SHOWDOWN.

"I wish this deal was 50-60 laps honestly," Gravel joked. "We'll take a podium and hopefully start racking up some wins this week. We're hitting on something consistently, we just need to fine-tune it. We've got a big week coming up at Huset's and Jackson. Hopefully you fans can come out and support it or watch on DIRTVision."

Closing out the top-five on Saturday night was championship contenders Brad Sweet in fourth aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing #49 and Carson Macedo in fifth driving the Jason Johnson Racing #41.

Rounding out the top-10 at Beaver Dam was James McFadden in the Kasey Kahne Racing #9, Aaron Reutzel in the Roth Motorsports #83, Donny Schatz in the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15, Logan Schuchart in the Shark Racing #1S, and Brock Zearfoss in the Zearfoss Racing #3Z.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will kick off the "Summer of Money" this week. One quick day of rest before THE SHOWDOWN offers up the largest payday in 2021 to date. A five-race, six-night schedule takes the Outlaws to Huset's Speedway on Monday and Tuesday followed by Jackson Motorplex from Thursday-Saturday.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps): 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [3][$10,000]; 2. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [1][$6,000]; 3. 2-David Gravel [5][$3,500]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [7][$2,800]; 5. 41-Carson Macedo [2][$2,500]; 6. 9-James McFadden [6][$2,300]; 7. 83-Aaron Reutzel [9][$2,200]; 8. 15-Donny Schatz [8][$2,100]; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart [11][$2,050]; 10. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [4][$2,000]; 11. 19-Brent Marks [13][$1,600]; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser [10][$1,400]; 13. 39-Jake Blackhurst [18][$1,200]; 14. 49J-Josh Schneiderman [15][$1,100]; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen [16][$1,050]; 16. 23-Russel Borland [21][$1,000]; 17. 2W-Scotty Neitzel [22][$1,000]; 18. 7S-Jason Sides [19][$1,000]; 19. 14R-Sean Rayhall [20][$1,000]; 20. 2C-Wayne Johnson [12][$1,000]; 21. 5J-Jeremy Schultz [17][$1,000]; 22. 12W-Josh Walter [14][$1,000]; 23. 4K-Kris Spitz [23][$1,000]; 24. 65-Jordan Goldesberry [24][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Giovanni Scelzi 1-19, Sheldon Haudenschild 20-40. KSE Hard Charger Award: 39-Jake Blackhurst[+5]

NEW Championship Standings (33/81 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (4,612); 2. David Gravel (-50); 3. Carson Macedo (-78); 4. Sheldon Haudenschild (-136); 5. Donny Schatz (-142); 6. Logan Schuchart (-190); 7. Aaron Reutzel (-222); 8. Kraig Kinser (-540); 9. James McFadden (-568); 10. Brock Zearfoss (-720).

 

 

MILE 300: Donny Schatz Scores 300th World of Outlaws Win at Dubuque

Schatz Celebrates Milestone Victory with Family and Tony Stewart Racing Crew

DUBUQUE, IA - June 18, 2021 - It's not often that a 10-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion gets choked up.

However, on Friday night at Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway, Donny Schatz was, and rightfully so.

After a trying four-month stretch to open the 2021 season, a span that was perhaps more adversity-filled than any other throughout his iconic 25-year career, Schatz finally broke through into the win column with a historic blow.

The Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing driver controlled the final 18 laps in Dubuque's debut with The Greatest Show on Dirt, giving him his long-awaited milestone 300th career victory.

A 43-year-old native of Fargo, ND, Schatz admitted the victory was extra special with parents Danny and Diane in attendance to celebrate with him.

"It hasn't sunk in," an emotional Schatz told Dave Rieff in victory lane. "I thought this was gonna happen about 15 times already this year. That's the way racing is, though. Sometimes the best things come to those who wait. It seems to be that way in life, and that way on the race track."

"I'm really glad my father was here for this one," Schatz said as he teared up. "He doesn't get to go to all of them anymore, but he was here tonight."

Proof of how trying this stretch was: Schatz's first victory of the year came in the 32nd race - the longest he's waited in two decades - and the win snapped a 38-race drought since his 299th victory at Williams Grove (PA) Speedway last October - his longest dry spell in two decades as well.

"I'm finally over the hump," Schatz exclaimed. "We needed that win, we needed it anywhere. The first one is always the hardest. One year we wad to wait eight races until Las Vegas and that felt like eternity, but let me tell you 32 races is really eternity. It's not from lack of effort, or lack of anything, it's just the way things go..

From the outset on Friday, Schatz was feeling good. His Ford Performance, Carquest, Sage Fruit #15 never missed a beat on the track, either.

He timed sixth-quick in Slick Woody's Qualifying, won his Dryden Heat Race, and ran third in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash to earn a second row starting spot in the 30-lap NOS Energy Drink Feature.

"There was something about the atmosphere here that made me feel like tonight was gonna be the night," Schatz recalled. "It's just a really awesome setting on the fairgrounds here. Something about this part of the country is unique to a kid that grew up in North Dakota."

The night didn't truly fall into Schatz's grasp until Lap 12 of the Feature, when a wild turn of events sent both leader Aaron Reutzel and second-running David Gravel to the work area with flat tires. That handed the #15 command of the race, and he never relinquished control.

"I was playing cool back there and I could see Aaron setting a torrid pace around the top and then I saw how David cut his tire, so I went into conserve mode," Schatz noted on his driving. "I got nervous during the red, because of tires sitting that long. I bounced into turn one on that restart, so I had to get my elbows up. I wasn't letting this one get away, though."

A caution on the white flag lap for top-five running Carson Macedo took the air out of the crowd before Schatz could cross the checkered flag. A green-white-checkered finish allowed James McFadden and Sheldon Haudenschild to take him three-wide for the win, but there was no stopping Donny on this night.

He blasted around the top and held on to take the win ahead of McFadden by 0.973-seconds. His monumental 300th career win puts him in elite company alongside Steve Kinser and Sammy Swindell, as the only three drivers in 40+ years of the World of Outlaws to ever achieve such a feat.

1st career win in Cottage Grove, OR on August 24, 1998
100th career win in Mandan, ND on August 22, 2009
200th career win in Elma, WA on September 7, 2015
300th career win in Dubuque, IA on June 18, 2021

Closing out the podium behind Schatz was James McFadden aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing #9 and Kerry Madsen in the second Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #14 entry.

Finishing out the top-five on Friday night was Sheldon Haudenschild in fourth driving the NOS Energy Drink #17 and Logan Schuchart with a hard-charging 15th-to-fifth run for the Drydene Performance Products #1S.

Rounding out the top-10 at Dubuque was Brent Marks in sixth, Aaron Reutzel in seventh, David Gravel in eighth, Brad Sweet in ninth, and Giovanni Scelzi in tenth.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series wraps up this weekend's triple-header on Saturday, June 19 with a night at Wisconsin's Beaver Dam Raceway. Next week, THE SHOWDOWN offers more than $600,000 in total purse money with the $30,000/Win Huset's 50 on Monday-Tuesday, June 21-22 and the $50,000/Win Jackson Nationals on Thursday-Saturday, June 24-26.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (31 Laps due to green-white-checkered finish) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$10,000]; 2. 9-James McFadden [6][$6,000]; 3. 14-Kerry Madsen [7][$3,500]; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [5][$2,800]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [15][$2,500]; 6. 19-Brent Marks [8][$2,300]; 7. 83-Aaron Reutzel [2][$2,200]; 8. 2-David Gravel [1][$2,100]; 9. 49-Brad Sweet [10][$2,050]; 10. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [9][$2,000]; 11. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [11][$1,600]; 12. 7S-Jason Sides [21][$1,400]; 13. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [12][$1,200]; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser [14][$1,100]; 15. 41-Carson Macedo [4][$1,050]; 16. 23-Russel Borland [19][$1,000]; 17. 1A-Jacob Allen [13][$1,000]; 18. 2C-Wayne Johnson [18][$1,000]; 19. 65-Jordan Goldesberry [17][$1,000]; 20. 49J-Josh Schneiderman [16][$1,000]; 21. 20G-Noah Gass [20][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-9, Aaron Reutzel 10-12, Donny Schatz 13-31. KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+10]

NEW Championship Standings (32/81 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (4,470); 2. David Gravel (-52); 3. Carson Macedo (-76); 4. Donny Schatz (-134); 5. Sheldon Haudenschild (-144); 6. Logan Schuchart (-180); 7. Aaron Reutzel (-216); 8. Kraig Kinser (-524); 9. James McFadden (-564); 10. Brock Zearfoss (-708).

 

 

GOOD TO BE BACK: Brad Sweet Returns to Victory Lane at 34 Raceway

KKR #49 Ends Dry Spell with Exciting Score over Carson Macedo

WEST BURLINGTON, IA - June 17, 2021 - A nine-race losing streak was more than enough for Brad Sweet.

The two-time and defending World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion ended his month-long dry spell in exciting fashion with a Thursday night triumph at 34 Raceway.

It was fitting that Sweet's return to victory lane came at the cost of Carson Macedo, who was going for his third-straight victory as the hottest driver on the tour. That's a title that The Big Cat takes pride in, especially with a summer loaded full of crown jewel shows around the corner.

Leading 10 laps and out-running Macedo's Jason Johnson Racing #41 through lap traffic, Sweet's win gave his Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49 a total of ten victories on the season.

"We've been through some adversity this last month," Sweet said in his first victory lane trip since May 12 at Lincoln (PA). "At the beginning of the year it was like nothing could go wrong, but man lately everything has been going wrong; but, that's racing. You have to keep a positive mindset, and I think we have. This was big to build our confidence with all these big money races coming. Our focus is these next 10 days right now."

Starting Thursday's 30-lapper from the inside of row two, Sweet's path to the win was far from easy at the West Burlington, IA oval.

Macedo, who won the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash to claim the pole position, was fresh off a weekend sweep at Knoxville Raceway and feeling good with a third triumph on the line. The Lemoore, CA native paced the opening 16 laps and survived some hefty challenges from Sheldon Haudenschild, but never let the lead slip away until Sweet soared to command on Lap 17.

The Big Cat pounced in lap traffic, but 25-year-old Macedo showed the prowess of a veteran and rallied back to re-take the top spot on Lap 18. He held control for another four laps until Sweet snookered him for good and pointed the #49 to P1 on the 23rd circuit.

Halted only by a Lap 10 restart, the race ensued to run to the checkered flag with Sweet storming off to a 2.195-second advantage over Macedo.

Thursday's score at the Iowa facility gave the Grass Valley, CA native his 68th career World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory, placing him only 16 away from reaching the top-10 on the all-time wins list.

"Sometimes it's better to be running second, but honestly I was disappointed with myself when I got him and he passed me back," Sweet admitted. "I really had to get my elbows up to work around him the second time. You have to keep your composure more than anything, that's what wins these races."

Over the final nine laps, Macedo survived additional challenges from Haudenschild and then David Gravel for the second spot. It came down to the final corner, but Macedo did edge out Gravel by 0.086-seconds for the runner-up position.

"The lappers were just so tough to get by, and that hurt us," Macedo mentioned. "Brad did a great job with that one. I got him back there for a minute, but he went right by again when I made the same mistake. It stings, but man every time I hit the track in this #41 car right now I'm super comfortable. Excited for this bust stretch."

In the third and final podium position was championship contender David Gravel aboard the Big Game Motorsports #2.

"We had a good car, just needed a couple of corners to go different and it could've been interesting," Gravel added.

Both Kerry Madsen in the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #14 and Giovanni Scelzi in the KCP Racing #18 added their third-consecutive top-five finish with runs of fourth and fifth, respectively.

Rounding out the top-10 at 34 Raceway was Aaron Reutzel's Roth Motorsports #83, James McFadden's Kasey Kahne Racing #9, Sheldon Haudenschild's Stenhouse Jr. / Marshall Racing #17, Donny Schatz's Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15, and Brian Brown's FVP, Casey's General Stores #21.

Madsen took Thursday's Slick Woody's Cornhole Company QuickTime Award with a lap of 12.888 seconds around the 1/3-mile oval. Team Drydene Heat Race wins went to Madsen, Gravel and Macedo. A brief 40-minute rain delay halted the program following Heat Races as well.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series keeps the weekend alive with the first-ever visit to Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway on Friday, June 18, followed by a return to Wisconsin's Beaver Dam Raceway on Saturday, June 19.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps): 1. 49-Brad Sweet [3][$10,000]; 2. 41-Carson Macedo [1][$6,000]; 3. 2-David Gravel [4][$3,500]; 4. 14-Kerry Madsen [5][$2,800]; 5. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [7][$2,500]; 6. 83-Aaron Reutzel [9][$2,300]; 7. 9-James McFadden [8][$2,200]; 8. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [2][$2,100]; 9. 15-Donny Schatz [13][$2,050]; 10. 21-Brian Brown [12][$2,000]; 11. 1S-Logan Schuchart [15][$1,600]; 12. 19-Brent Marks [18][$1,400]; 13. 1A-Jacob Allen [11][$1,200]; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser [10][$1,100]; 15. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [6][$1,050]; 16. 2C-Wayne Johnson [17][$1,000]; 17. 7S-Jason Sides [14][$1,000]; 18. 22-Riley Goodno [16][$1,000]; 19. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [24][$1,000]; 20. 15M-Bobby Mincer [21][$1,000]; 21. 44-Chris Martin [20][$1,000]; 22. 7TAZ-Tasker Phillips [22][$1,000]; 23. 49J-Josh Schneiderman [19][$1,000]; 24. 20G-Noah Gass [23][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Carson Macedo 1-16, 18-21; Brad Sweet 17, 22-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 19-Brent Marks[+6]

NEW Championship Standings (31/81 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (4,338); 2. David Gravel (-54); 3. Carson Macedo (-64); 4. Donny Schatz (-152); 5. Sheldon Haudenschild (-154); 6. Logan Schuchart (-188); 7. Aaron Reutzel (-220); 8. Kraig Kinser (-514); 9. James McFadden (-578); 10. Brock Zearfoss (-704).

 

 

The Greatest Show on Dirt Visits 34, Dubuque & Beaver Dam This Weekend

WEST BURLINGTON, IA - June 14, 2021 - After sweeping through Knoxville, there's no slowing down for The Greatest Show on Dirt.

This weekend, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series prepares for a triple-header through the states of Iowa and Wisconsin.

The Outlaws are back at West Burlington's 34 Raceway for a Thursday night under the lights, then it's off to the Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway for the first time ever on Friday night, and finally the weekend concludes with a return to Wisconsin's Beaver Dam Raceway on Saturday evening.

Thursday at 34 (BUY TICKETS)
Friday at Dubuque (BUY TICKETS)
Saturday at Beaver Dam (BUY TICKETS)

Here are some of the top storylines to follow:

PARITY AT 34: Thursday's trip to West Burlington, IA's 34 Raceway marks the sixth appearance by the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. A different winner has found victory lane in every race giving us five winners in five shows at the 1/3-mile oval.

Of active drivers, Donny Schatz and Parker Price-Miller are the only two with World of Outlaws wins at the facility. Schatz won in 2014 and he'll be back on Thursday chasing his first win of the 2021 season aboard the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15. PPM will enter this week's race as the defending winner and a chance at his third career victory with his third car owner, now driving his own #19.

FIRST TIME EVER: Since 2019, the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series has been trying to race at Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway each season. Unfortunately, on each previous occasions, the Iowa fans never got to see The Greatest Show on Dirt. Rain washed out the event in 2019 and COVID-19 protocols cancelled the race in 2020. In 2021, we're bound and determined to finally host the first-ever World of Outlaws event at the Dubuque 3/8-mile, which comes this Friday night.

SWEET'S SAVING GRACE: It's been more than a month since Brad Sweet last appeared on the podium of a World of Outlaws Feature, precisely nine races actually. His best finish over that nine-race stretch has been fifth, but his low points have 12th & 14th at Eldora and most recently a season-worst 16th at Knoxville. His struggles have allowed both David Gravel and Carson Macedo to close in on the championship battle.

The Grass Valley, CA native heads to Beaver Dam Raceway on Saturday, where he's dominated in the past. The Big Cat has four total wins at the Wisconsin track, tied for most all-time with his former Kasey Kahne Racing teammate Daryn Pittman. Recently, the NAPA Auto Parts #49 has topped three-straight Features at the 1/3-mile, including a weekend sweep at the joint last June.

A return to form this weekend at Beaver Dam could be crucial to Sweet's championship hopes and his momentum heading into the "Summer of Money."

WAYNE WANTS A WIN: Oklahoma City's Wayne Johnson has driven to victory lane at two of the three tracks on this weekend's slate. The 2020 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year is still chasing his first-career World of Outlaws win, something he hopes to check off his bucket list this weekend.

The pilot of the Two-C Racing #2C has previously won at 34 Raceway in a 2015 National Sprint League race and he topped a 2019 Sprint Invaders show at Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway. Through 30 races this year, Johnson sits 12th in the championship standings with two top-10 finishes to his credit.

BACK-TO-BACK: For the first time in his career, Carson Macedo has won back-to-back World of Outlaws Features. Coming off a weekend sweep at Iowa's Knoxville Raceway, the Lemoore, CA native is carrying more confidence than ever inside the cockpit of the Jason Johnson Racing #41.

With Philip Dietz on the wrenches and in the ownership role along with wife Brooke, the JJR squad is thriving as much as ever. Crew members Clyde Knipp and Nate Repetz, along with the trust and faith from the Johnson family, has the group chemistry meshing more than ever before.

Macedo's five-win campaign is already the most of his young World of Outlaws career, and he could add even more this weekend.

POINTS TIGHTENING: In part due to Brad Sweet's recent struggles, the championship chase is as close as it's been since March. The top-three are separated by exactly 60 points and the top-six are all within 200 of each other.

Sweet's KKR #49 continues to hold the edge with 4,188 points, but closely following him is David Gravel's Big Game Motorsports #2 (-48 PTS), Carson Macedo's Jason Johnson Racing #41 (-60 PTS), Donny Schatz's Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15 (-134 PTS), Sheldon Haudenschild's Stenhouse Jr. / Marshall Racing #17 (-138 PTS), and Logan Schuchart's Shark Racing #1S (-166 PTS).

SUMMER OF MONEY: This weekend's triple-header offers up some crucial confidence and momentum to be found heading into the luxurious "Summer of Money." On Sunday, the season's officially change and the most lucrative portion of the World of Outlaws campaign begins. A total of nine events over that period will pay out more than $20,000-to-win.

here’s the Huset’s 50 paying $30,000-to-win on June 22, the Jackson Nationals paying $50,000-to-win on June 24, the Kings Royal paying $175,000-to-win TWICE on July 15 and July 17, the Silver Cup paying $25,000-to-win on July 20, the Summer Nationals paying $20,000-to-win on July 24, the Ironman 55 paying $20,000-to-win on August 7, the Knoxville Nationals paying $150,000-to-win on August 14, and the Skagit Nationals paying $25,000-to-win on September 5.

Following the May 21 Feature at Attica (OH) Raceway Park, Aaron Reutzel drove his race car through the pit area at an excessive and unacceptable speed, which is a direct violation of the World of Outlaws rule book. He was assessed a fine and placed on probation for the remainder of the 2021 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series season.

This Week at a Glance – When and Where

Thursday, June 17 at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, IA
Friday, June 18 at Dubuque Fairgrounds in Dubuque, IA
Saturday, June 19 at Beaver Dam Raceway in Beaver Dam, WI

On the Internet
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series
Twitter – @WorldofOutlaws
Instagram – @WoOSprint
Facebook – Facebook.com/WorldofOutlawsSprintCarSeries
YouTube – Youtube.com/WorldofOutlaws
DIRTVision – DIRTVision.com – Platinum annual FAST PASS for $299 or monthly FAST PASS for $39/month

Around the Turn: Following this weekend, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will roll northwest to visit River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND on Friday, June 4, then Granite City Speedway in Sauk Rapids, MN on Saturday, June 5.

NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (10 Drivers):
9 wins – Brad Sweet, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #49
5 wins – David Gravel, Big Game Motorsports #2
5 wins – Carson Macedo, Jason Johnson Racing #41
3 wins – Sheldon Haudenschild, Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17
2 wins – Aaron Reutzel, Roth Motorsports #83
2 wins – Logan Schuchart, Shark Racing #1S
1 win – James McFadden, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #9
1 win – Brent Marks, Brent Marks Racing #19M
1 win – Dave Blaney, Dave Blaney #10
1 win – Kyle Larson, Paul Silva #57

FEATURE LAPS LED (20 Drivers):
202 laps – Brad Sweet
152 laps – Sheldon Haudenschild
108 laps – David Gravel
105 laps – Aaron Reutzel
89 laps – Donny Schatz
68 laps – Logan Schuchart
57 laps – Carson Macedo
40 laps - Kerry Madsen
31 laps – James McFadden
27 laps – Sam Hafertepe Jr.
25 laps – Kyle Larson
19 laps – Tyler Courtney
17 laps – Brent Marks
10 laps – Jacob Allen & Brock Zearfoss
3 laps – Ian Madsen
1 lap – Kasey Kahne, Kraig Kinser, Brandon Spithaler, Dave Blaney

SLICK WOODY’S QUICKTIME AWARDS (13 Drivers):
8 QuickTimes – David Gravel
4 QuickTimes – Sheldon Haudenschild
3 QuickTimes – Brad Sweet
2 QuickTimes – James McFadden, Aaron Reutzel, Logan Schuchart, Cory Eliason, Giovanni Scelzi, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
1 QuickTime – Carson Macedo, Danny Dietrich, Anthony Macri, Kasey Kahne

DRYDENE HEAT RACE WINNERS (26 Drivers)
14 Heat Wins – David Gravel
10 Heat Wins – Aaron Reutzel, Carson Macedo
8 Heat Wins – Sheldon Haudenschild, Logan Schuchart
6 Heat Wins – James McFadden, Donny Schatz
4 Heat Wins – Giovanni Scelzi, Brian Brown
3 Heat Wins – Brad Sweet, Brock Zearfoss, Ian Madsen, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
2 Heat Wins – Jacob Allen, Kasey Kahne, Kraig Kinser, Jason Sides, Kyle Larson
1 Heat Win – Danny Dietrich, Hunter Schuerenberg, Tyler Courtney, Lance Dewease, Anthony Macri, Brandon Spithaler, Kerry Madsen, Parker Price-Miller

PODIUM FINISHES (22 Drivers):
14 Podiums – Brad Sweet
10 Podiums – Sheldon Haudenschild, Carson Macedo
8 Podiums – Donny Schatz, Logan Schuchart
7 Podiums – David Gravel
6 Podiums – Aaron Reutzel
5 Podiums – Brent Marks
3 Podiums – James McFadden, Giovanni Scelzi
2 Podiums – Cory Eliason, Lance Dewease, Anthony Macri, Kerry Madsen
1 Podium – Kraig Kinser, Danny Dietrich, Tyler Courtney, Justin Peck, Brian Brown, Anthony Macri, Dave Blaney, Kyle Larson, Sam Hafertepe Jr.

2021 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Schedule & Winners

No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Fri, Feb. 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Brad Sweet (1)
2. Sun, Feb. 7 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Logan Schuchart (1)
3. Fri, March 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Carson Macedo (1)
4. Sat, March 6 / East Bay Raceway Park / Tampa, FL / Aaron Reutzel (1)
5. Fri, March 12 / Magnolia Motor Speedway / Columbus, MS / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)
6. Sat, March 13 / The Rev / Monroe, LA / David Gravel (1)
7. Fri, March 19 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Sheldon Haudenschild (2)
8. Sat, March 20 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Brad Sweet (2)
9. Sat, March 27 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, MO / Brad Sweet (3)
10. Fri, April 2 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (4)
11. Sat, April 3 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (5)
12. Fri, April 9 / Kokomo Speedway / Kokomo, IN / James McFadden (1)
13. Sat, April 10 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Carson Macedo (2)
14. Fri, April 22 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN / David Gravel (2)
15. Sun, April 24 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN / David Gravel (3)
16. Thur, April 29 / Jacksonville Speedway / Jacksonville, IL / Brad Sweet (6)
17. Fri, April 30 / I-70 Motorsports Park / Odessa, MO / Brad Sweet (7)
18. Sat, May 1 / I-70 Motorsports Park / Odessa, MO / Brad Sweet (8)
19. Sat, May 8 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Brent Marks (1)
20. Sat, May 8 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Sheldon Haudenschild (3)
21. Wed, May 12 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbottstown, PA / Brad Sweet (9)
22. Fri, May 14 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Carson Macedo (3)
23. Sat, May 15 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Aaron Reutzel (2)
24. Tues, May 18 / Bridgeport Speedway / Swedesboro, NJ / Logan Schuchart (2)
25. Fri, May 21 / Attica Raceway Park / Attica, OH / David Gravel (4)
26. Sat, May 22 / Sharon Speedway / Hartford, OH / Dave Blaney (1)
27. Mon, May 31 / Lawrenceburg Speedway / Lawrenceburg, IN / Kyle Larson (1)
28. Sat, June 5 / Granite City Speedway /Sauk Rapids, MN / David Gravel (5)
29. Fri, June 11 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Carson Macedo (4)
30. Sat, June 12 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Carson Macedo (5)

 

 

 

GET OUT THE BROOM: Macedo & JJR Sweep Brownells Big Guns Bash with Last-Lap Pass at Knoxville

For Second-Straight Night, Macedo Steals World of Outlaws Glory from Kerry Madsen

KNOXVILLE, IA - June 12, 2021 - It's safe to say that Carson Macedo is ready for August.

After a weekend sweep of the Brownells Big Guns Bash, the Jason Johnson Racing driver will enter the 60th running of the NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals pres. by Casey's General Stores with all of the momentum on his side.

The Lemoore, CA native looked like he was out of it on Saturday night, losing the lead to Kerry Madsen on Lap six and eventually falling to third, but the resilience was undeniable as he rallied through lap traffic and offered up a last-lap pass for the win that brought the Knoxville Raceway crowd to their feet.

It was a game-changing weekend for the 25-year-old, who tacked off several accomplishments. He finally got his first 410 win at Knoxville, won back-to-back with the Outlaws for the first time ever, soared to 11 career Outlaw wins, and hit his fifth Outlaw win of the season, already the winningest year of his career.

"My car was good the whole main event," Macedo mentioned. "I just didn't know where to be at times. When I was leading I thought I was plugging nice laps on the bottom, but then Kerry got a lane move me. In traffic, he was so superb. When Sheldon got by me, I realized how much better the bottom was if I was patient. I realized Kerry was making the same mistake like fading off from the corner exit. I was trying to set him up for the last corner, but it worked out down the backstretch."

After scoring the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash win, Macedo was set up nicely to score two in-a-row. He led the opening five circuits aboard his #41 ride, but Madsen went one lane higher through turns one and two and zoomed right by him, placing the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanin Racing #14 in the top spot.

Madsen looked dominant at times, especially in lap traffic as he zigged and zagged by the back markers and pulled away from Macedo.

It seemed as if it was over in the closing stages when Macedo slipped to third as Haudenschild rose to the occasion and drove his NOS Energy Drink #17 to second. However, a fire got lit under the #41 and he came roaring back.

Macedo got Haudenschild back on Lap 19 and quickly tracked Madsen down as he figured out the black zook clay on the 1/2-mile. As the white flag waved, Macedo perfected the bottom of turns one and two and capitalized as Madsen's #14 drifted high and left the door open.

In turn, Macedo walked right through the door and ran away to a 1.120-second advantage to officially sweep the weekend.

"Two in a row is pretty cool, man," Macedo admitted. "You're seeing the fruit from everything that Jason [Johnson] built here. I'm looking forward to the future with Philip Dietz. It's no secret Knoxville is a chess game and I'm feeling better about this place every time.

For the second-straight night, Kerry Madsen of St. Mary's, NSW, AUS was forced to settle for a podium bid after leading laps. The 25-time World of Outlaws winner was obviously frustrated with letting a win slip away, but the success in his short time at Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing isn't lost on him.

"I just got tight and screwed it up," Madsen acknowledged. "I have to apologize to this team. I should've brought that home. This thing is so fast, and so fun to drive. It's all a testament to TSR as an organization."

Settling for the final podium position in third was Sheldon Haudenschild.

"My guys have got me feeling good at this place," he said. "We were there at the end and there's not much more you can ask for. We're learning and we'll keep ripping."

Rounding out the top-five in the finale of the Brownells Big Guns Bash was Giovanni Scelzi in fourth-place aboard the KCP Racing #18 and Logan Schuchart in fifth-place aboard the Shark Racing #1S.

Closing out the top-10 on Saturday night was Aaron Reutzel in sixth, Brent Marks in seventh, James McFadden in eighth, Parker Price-Miller in ninth, and Brian Brown in tenth.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series now turns its attention to a triple-header next weekend. The Greatest Show on Dirt will race at 34 (IA) Raceway on Thursday, June 17, Dubuque (IA) Fairgrounds Speedway on Friday, June 18, and Beaver Dam (WI) Raceway on Saturday, June 19.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (25 Laps): 1. 41-Carson Macedo [1][$10,000]; 2. 14-Kerry Madsen [2][$6,000]; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [5][$3,500]; 4. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [4][$2,800]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [8][$2,500]; 6. 83-Aaron Reutzel [3][$2,300]; 7. 19-Brent Marks [9][$2,200]; 8. 9-James McFadden [12][$2,100]; 9. 5-Parker Price-Miller [6][$2,050]; 10. 21-Brian Brown [11][$2,000]; 11. 2-David Gravel [15][$1,600]; 12. 15-Donny Schatz [19][$1,400]; 13. 2KS-Matt Juhl [7][$1,200]; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser [17][$1,100]; 15. 56N-Davey Heskin [16][$1,050]; 16. 49-Brad Sweet [22][$1,000]; 17. 2C-Wayne Johnson [10][$1,000]; 18. 9T-Kasey Kahne [24][$1,000]; 19. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [23][$1,000]; 20. 7-Justin Henderson [18][$1,000]; 21. 44-Chris Martin [20][$1,000]; 22. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [13][$1,000]; 23. 1A-Jacob Allen [25][$]; 24. 25-Scott Bogucki [21][$1,000]; 25. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [14][$1,000]. Lap Leaders:Carson Macedo 1-5, 25; Kerry Madsen 6-24. KSE Hard Charger Award: 15-Donny Schatz[+7]

 

 

PERFECT TIMING: Carson Macedo Gives JJR Another Knoxville Win on Final Restart

Kerry Madsen Led Opening 21 Laps Aboard Tony Stewart Racing #14

KNOXVILLE, IA - June 11, 2021 - From Jason Johnson to David Gravel, there's always been something special about the JJR #41 at Knoxville Raceway.

On Friday night, Carson Macedo became the newest to trust Philip Dietz on the wrenches and soar to glory on the black zook clay in World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series competition. The Lemoore, CA native aced the final restart of the race and roared by Kerry Madsen's #14 to take the lead with three laps left.

The win not only marked the 10th of Macedo's World of Outlaws career, but it was his first-ever 410 Sprint Car triumph at The Sprint Car Capital of the World.

Better yet, it only proves just how lethal Macedo, Dietz, and the rest of the JJR boys are when it comes the Iowa 1/2-mile. In six total appearances at Knoxville in the #41, Macedo has never finished outside of the top-10 and four times he's put it on the podium.

His late-race steal gave him the $10,000 check from the Brownells Big Guns Bash, and it allowed him to gain more crucial points on Brad Sweet and David Gravel in the championship chase.

"I'm a little out of breath from yelling, I'm so damn happy," an ecstatic Macedo mentioned. "You know I sat in Jason's [Johnson] parents motorhome earlier and watched video after video of this place with Craig and Debra. I feel like there's a common theme on winning at this place and I thought if I don't do it right, at least I'll get better at it. Winning at Knoxville in the #41 is pretty special."

More than anything else, Macedo is oozing with swagger. He's ready for August, and the potential to become Jason Johnson Racing's third different driver to win the Knoxville Nationals.

"My confidence is extremely high right now," Macedo offered. "Leading into tomorrow, leading into the Nationals, I 100% believe we're going to be a threat."

Before Macedo parked the JJR #41 in victory lane, another pair of superstar teams stole attention to begin the night.

Kasey Kahne made his return to the seat for the first time since March, and quickly drove a third KKR #9T around Knoxville in 15.176 seconds in an effort worthy of the Slick Woodys Cornhole Company QuickTime Award.

The attention then shifted to Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, who completed a front row lockout by placing Kerry Madsne's #14 on the pole and Donny Schatz's #15 to his outside in the 25-lap NOS Energy Drink Feature.

Madsen jetted to the initial lead and Schatz slipped to third as Macedo rose to the occasion down the backstretch on the opening circuit. The duo offered a high-speed chess match through lap traffic, but it never got really close (outside of a Lap 11 bobble) until the only caution of the race flew on Lap 20 of 25.

Creating a single-file restart, Madsen brought the field back to green with five laps remaining and Macedo hot on his heels.

"Kerry was maneuvering in and out of lap traffic so well," Macedo applauded. "There were a couple of times I thought I would have runs on him, but the lappers zigged and zagged the wrong ways. I saw the caution and thought I would be tough to get such a good start, but somehow we made it happen."

Make it happen, indeed. As Madsen stuck the bottom, Macedo carried his speed through the corners and built a run off turn four and down there front stretch. He peaked under Madsen's #14 and drove it hard into turn one to secure the lead and officially lead the 22nd Lap.

From there, he pulled away and saw the checkered flag to earn his fourth win of the 2021 World of Outlaws campaign.

"This is one of the toughest tracks in the country," Macedo praised Knoxville. "It's so technical, but I'm lucky to have this crew behind me. My car was so good that when even I as the driver made mistakes, it felt like the car could make the recovery for me."

Falling short of Macedo's #41 by 0.748-seconds at the checkered flag, Logan Schuchart crossed the stripe in second-place. A momentum building run for his Shark Racing, Drydene Performance Products #1S, which has time and time again proven lethal at Knoxville's 1/2-mile.

"It's always fun racing at this place against the best in the business," Schuchart mentioned. You're doing something right when you're passing Knoxville Nationals champions like Donny [Schatz] and Brad [Sweet]. I could tell he didn't feel comfortable on the bottom in turns three and four, and that's where I felt like I was making tons of ground, but we just ran out of time."

After leading the opening 21 laps from pole position, Kerry Madsen ended up with a third-place finish aboard the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, Advanced Auto Parts, Rush Truck Centers #14. It's the first podium effort of 2021 for the St. Mary's, NSW, AUS driver.

"We were looking good for a bit man," Madsen said. "What a team to be involved. I was feeling comfortable all race long, but I just didn't make the right adjustments under caution. I let the boys down. Hopefully we come back better tomorrow."

Rounding out the top-five on night one of the Brownells Big Guns Bash was outside pole sitter Donny Schatz in fourth aboard the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15 and then Giovanni Scelzi in the fifth spot in his KCP Racing #18.

Closing out the top-10 on Friday was championship leader Brad Sweet in sixth, reigning Knoxville Nationals champion David Gravel in seventh, weekly hero Brian Brown in eighth, Knoxville resident Aaron Reutzel in ninth, and Missouri's Ayrton Gennetten with his first-career World of Outlaws top-10.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will be back at Iowa's Knoxville Raceway tomorrow, Saturday, June 12 to conclude the Brownells Big Guns Bash.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (25 Laps): 1. 41-Carson Macedo [3][$10,000]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5][$5,500]; 3. 14-Kerry Madsen [1][$3,200]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [2][$2,600]; 5. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [10][$2,350]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [4][$2,150]; 7. 2-David Gravel [7][$2,100]; 8. 21-Brian Brown [6][$1,950]; 9. 83-Aaron Reutzel [14][$1,900]; 10. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [8][$1,850]; 11. 19-Brent Marks [13][$1,400]; 12. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [16][$1,200]; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser [20][$1,000]; 14. 5-Parker Price-Miller [12][$950]; 15. 9-James McFadden [23][$900]; 16. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [15][$900]; 17. 9T-Kasey Kahne [9][$900]; 18. 25-Scott Bogucki [17][$900]; 19. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [18][$900]; 20. 24-Terry McCarl [11][$900]; 21. 2KS-Matt Juhl [21][$900]; 22. 83X-Lynton Jeffrey [19][$900]; 23. 55-McKenna Haase [22][$900]; 24. 2C-Wayne Johnson [24][$900]. Lap Leaders: Kerry Madsen 1-21, Carson Macedo 22-25. KSE Hard Charger Award: 9-James McFadden[+8]

NEW Championship Standings (29/82 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (4,070); 2. David Gravel (-58); 3. Carson Macedo (-92); 4. Donny Schatz (-142); 5. Sheldon Haudenschild (-164); 6. Logan Schuchart (-188); 7. Aaron Reutzel (-228); 8. Kraig Kinser (-490); 9. James McFadden (-580); 10. Brock Zearfoss (-650)

 

 

KENOSHA KING: Gravel Guides World of Outlaws to Wilmot on July 10

One-Night Stop in Wisconsin Before "Month of Money" Arrives

WILMOT, WI - June 9, 2021 - For one night only, The Greatest Show on Dirt is coming to Wilmot Raceway.

The lone event on the weekend, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will bring the best drivers in the country to the Kenosha County Fairgrounds 1/3-mile oval on Saturday, July 10.

Next month's Badger 40 will mark the ninth-ever appearance by the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars at the Wisconsin track.

Over the last six trips, David Gravel of Watertown, CT has been nearly unstoppable the racy semi-banked bullring. Four of his 63 career World of Outlaws wins (15th all-time) have come at Wilmot; even more impressive is the fact that those four wins have come with three different car owners.

In 2014, he led the final 23 laps over Joey Saldana to win aboard the Roth Motorsports #83; In 2016, he led all 40 laps to win with the CJB Motorsports #5; In 2017, he won again with CJB in a torrid battle with Brad Sweet & Shane Stewart; In 2020, he took the Jason Johnson Racing #41 to victory lane in a flag-to-flag score.

Even when Gravel doesn't win at Wilmot, he's always scoring points and running consistently. In the only two events he lost at the Wisconsins track, the 28-year-old finished a respectable second in 2019 and fourth in 2018.

Now, he'll head to Wilmot for the first time with the Big Game Motorsports #2. Since linking up with car owner Tod Quiring and crew chief Cody Jacobs, the combination has been lethal over the first 28 races. They've won five Features this year and currently sit second in the championship standings.

"Something about that place just really clicks with my driving style," Gravel noted. "I remember from day one, I always loved the track. We've won there now with several different cars, and hopefully I can get Big Game Motorsports a win next month in my first try with them."

The only other full-time driver to win at Wilmot is 10-time Series champion, Donny Schatz. He parked his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15 in victory lane two years ago in 2019, beating Gravel to the stripe.

Schatz has been at the forefront of the attention all season long, chasing his milestone 300th career World of Outlaws victory. Albeit winless in 2021, his Carquest, Ford Performance machine has been a staple of consistency when luck falls their way. Recently, they've rallied to fourth in the championship standings with their sights set on an 11th championship.

For championship leader Brad Sweet, Wilmot has always been good to him minus a rough 19th-place finish last year. Prior to that result, the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49 was consistently battling for podiums with runs of 3rd, 3rd, 4th, 4th. With another month left before the Wilmot return, Sweet has nine World of Outlaws to his credit this season as he chases his third consecutive title.

Currently in third in the title chase is Carson Macedo, who leads the charge of drivers hoping for their first Wilmot win. Others hungry for that elusive victory is Sheldon Haudenschild and Logan Schuchart, along with Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contenders Aaron Reutzel, Brock Zearfoss, and James McFadden.

WILMOT RACEWAY WINNERS:
4 wins - David Gravel (20, 17, 16, 14) 4th in 18
1 win - Donny Schatz (19)
1 win - Brent Marks (18)
1 win - Daryn Pittman
1 win - Mark Dobmeier (06)

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: World of Outlaws Set for Crucial Weekend in Knoxville

Doubleheader Offers Important Info Ahead of August's Knoxville Nationals

KNOXVILLE, IA - June 8, 2021 - You're guaranteed some magical moments when The Greatest Show on Dirt visits The Sprint Car Capital of the World.

This weekend, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars look to deliver on that promise with the much-anticipated season debut at Iowa's famed Knoxville Raceway.

The two-day Brownells Big Guns Bash is the ultimate pre-game for the 60th running of the NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals pres. by Casey's General Stores, which offers a $150,000 grand prize on August 11-14.

Read up on some of the top storylines entering this weekend:

THE BIG THREE: When it comes to Outlaws at Knoxville, there's no denying the current state of "The Big Three." It's Donny Schatz, Brad Sweet, and David Gravel without question. The numbers don't lie.

Together, they're the last three champions of the Knoxville Nationals, they're the three winningest full-time Outlaws at the 1/2-mile, and they're the three most successful drivers in the June doubleheader.

Since the June doubleheader was established in 2016, those three have helped to shut out every other Outlaw from victory lane. In those ten races, Schatz & Sweet each have two wins, while Gravel has one of his own. They've all been on the podium more than five times and all have recorded more than seven top-fives. You can count on each of them being favorites this weekend.

LOCAL LAPS: You can never have enough laps at Knoxville Raceway. Twice the season, teams have taken full advantage of a rain out and made the trip to the Iowa oval to attend a weekly show. Both times, an Outlaw walked away as the winner.

In April, when Devil's Bowl rained out, the Knoxville season opener offered plenty of excitement when Sheldon Haudenschild scored his first-career win at the track, doing so in dramatic fashion with a last-lap pass over Giovanni Scelzi.

Two weeks ago, following Terre Haute's cancellation, a new batch of teams trekked to town and this time, swept the podium. It was 2018 Knoxville Nationals champion Brad Sweet leading the way over Jason Johnson Racing's Carson Macedo and his Kasey Kahne Racing teammate James McFadden.

NATIONALS PRE-GAME: Each and every year, the Brownells Big Guns Bash is crucial for teams and drivers. Excluding rare occurrences, this is the only weekend for the World of Outlaws to get a turn at the tricky 1/2-mile before the 60th running of the NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals pres. by Casey's General Stores comes around on August 11-14.

It's the most prestigious event of the season, and it pays a cool $150,000-to-win. Making the preparation and practice all that much more important before game time arrives. Fan can BUY TICKETS HERE for the Knoxville Nationals.

KNOXVILLE REGULARS: Just like the PA Posse or California clan, there's always a stout group of local competitors waiting to face the Outlaws when Knoxville rolls around. That's no different this year.

Leading the charge is Brian Brown of Grain Valley, MO, who ranks fifth (53 wins) on Knoxville's All-Time Wins List, with two of those coming this year. Terry McCarl of Altoona, IA will also be in action, chasing his 60th career win with a chance to tie Doug Wolfgang for second on the All-Time Wins List.

Other winners this season at Knoxville include Austin McCarl, Lynton Jeffrey, and most recently Giovanni Scelzi. Leading the Knoxville championship and expected to be in contention this weekend is also Davey Heskin of St. Michael, MN and Justin Henderson of Tea, SD.

GRAVEL'S GAINING: Saturday's win at Granite City (MN) Speedway, his fifth of the season, marked another large dose of momentum for David Gravel and his Big Game Motorsports #2. They took that momentum and built on it come Sunday, taking advantage of a local show at Huset's Speedway and getting a victory before the $30,000/Win Huset's 50 brings the Outlaws to town on June 21-22.

With Sweet missing the podium for the seventh-straight race, Gravel cut the points advantage down to -56 points. He'll have another two chances this weekend at Knoxville, where he's the reigning Nationals champion, to close the gap even more.

FITTING PLACE FOR HISTORY: Obviously, he'll take a win anywhere. However, you can't underscore the magnitude of where such a historical win comes for Donny Schatz. Mother Nature spoiled his golden opportunity to do it at River Cities (ND) Speedway last Friday, but if it can't be home, the hallowed grounds of Knoxville (IA) Raceway is probably second best.

The Knoxville, IA 1/2-mile will forever be linked to Schatz. The 10-time Knoxville Nationals champion is only two titles away from tying "The King" Steve Kinser for the most all-time. He's won 27 career Features on the black book clay, ranking 10th all-time. It's a place that has made the Fargo, ND native a lot of money and fame during his storied career.

More than the glory of getting his 300th career World of Outlaws win, Schatz just wants the sigh of relief from getting his first victory of the year. His current 35-race dry spell is his longest with the Series since 2002-03.

This Week at a Glance – When and Where

Friday, May 28 at Terre Haute Action Track in Terre Haute, IN
Monday, May 31 at Lawrenceburg Speedway in Lawrenceburg, IN

On the Internet
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series
Twitter – @WorldofOutlaws
Instagram – @WoOSprint
Facebook – Facebook.com/WorldofOutlawsSprintCarSeries
YouTube – Youtube.com/WorldofOutlaws
DIRTVision – DIRTVision.com – Platinum annual FAST PASS for $299 or monthly FAST PASS for $39/month

Around the Turn: Following this weekend, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will roll northwest to visit River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND on Friday, June 4, then Granite City Speedway in Sauk Rapids, MN on Saturday, June 5.

NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (10 Drivers):
9 wins – Brad Sweet, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #49
5 wins – David Gravel, Big Game Motorsports #2
3 wins – Sheldon Haudenschild, Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17
3 wins – Carson Macedo, Jason Johnson Racing #41
2 wins – Aaron Reutzel, Roth Motorsports #83
2 wins – Logan Schuchart, Shark Racing #1S
1 win – James McFadden, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #9
1 win – Brent Marks, Brent Marks Racing #19M
1 win – Dave Blaney, Dave Blaney #10
1 win – Kyle Larson, Paul Silva #57

FEATURE LAPS LED (19 Drivers):
202 laps – Brad Sweet
152 laps – Sheldon Haudenschild
108 laps - David Gravel
105 laps – Aaron Reutzel
89 laps – Donny Schatz
68 laps – Logan Schuchart
47 laps – Carson Macedo
31 laps – James McFadden
27 laps – Sam Hafertepe Jr.
25 laps – Kyle Larson
19 laps – Tyler Courtney
17 laps – Brent Marks
10 laps – Jacob Allen & Brock Zearfoss
3 laps – Ian Madsen
1 lap – Kasey Kahne, Kraig Kinser, Brandon Spithaler, Dave Blaney

SLICK WOODY’S QUICKTIME AWARDS (12 Drivers):
8 QuickTimes – David Gravel
4 QuickTimes – Sheldon Haudenschild
3 QuickTimes - Brad Sweet
2 QuickTimes – James McFadden, Aaron Reutzel, Logan Schuchart, Cory Eliason, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
1 QuickTime – Carson Macedo, Danny Dietrich, Anthony Macri, Giovanni Scelzi

DRYDENE HEAT RACE WINNERS (24 Drivers)
14 Heat Wins – David Gravel
10 Heat Wins – Aaron Reutzel
9 Heat Wins – Carson Macedo
8 Heat Wins – Sheldon Haudenschild
6 Heat Wins – James McFadden, Logan Schuchart
5 Heat Wins – Donny Schatz
3 Heat Wins – Brad Sweet, Brock Zearfoss, Ian Madsen, Brian Brown, Giovanni Scelzi, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
2 Heat Wins – Jacob Allen, Kasey Kahne, Kraig Kinser, Jason Sides, Kyle Larson
1 Heat Win – Danny Dietrich, Hunter Schuerenberg, Tyler Courtney, Lance Dewease, Anthony Macri, Brandon Spithaler

PODIUM FINISHES (21 Drivers):
14 Podiums – Brad Sweet
9 Podiums - Sheldon Haudenschild
8 Podiums – Carson Macedo, Donny Schatz
7 Podiums – David Gravel, Logan Schuchart
6 Podiums – Aaron Reutzel, David Gravel
5 Podiums – Brent Marks
3 Podiums – James McFadden, Giovanni Scelzi
2 Podiums – Cory Eliason, Lance Dewease, Anthony Macri
1 Podium – Kraig Kinser, Danny Dietrich, Tyler Courtney, Justin Peck, Brian Brown, Anthony Macri, Dave Blaney, Kyle Larson, Sam Hafertepe Jr.

2021 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Schedule & Winners

No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Fri, Feb. 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Brad Sweet (1)
2. Sun, Feb. 7 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Logan Schuchart (1)
3. Fri, March 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Carson Macedo (1)
4. Sat, March 6 / East Bay Raceway Park / Tampa, FL / Aaron Reutzel (1)
5. Fri, March 12 / Magnolia Motor Speedway / Columbus, MS / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)
6. Sat, March 13 / The Rev / Monroe, LA / David Gravel (1)
7. Fri, March 19 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Sheldon Haudenschild (2)
8. Sat, March 20 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Brad Sweet (2)
9. Sat, March 27 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, MO / Brad Sweet (3)
10. Fri, April 2 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (4)
11. Sat, April 3 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (5)
12. Fri, April 9 / Kokomo Speedway / Kokomo, IN / James McFadden (1)
13. Sat, April 10 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Carson Macedo (2)
14. Fri, April 22 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN / David Gravel (2)
15. Sun, April 24 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN / David Gravel (3)
16. Thur, April 29 / Jacksonville Speedway / Jacksonville, IL / Brad Sweet (6)
17. Fri, April 30 / I-70 Motorsports Park / Odessa, MO / Brad Sweet (7)
18. Sat, May 1 / I-70 Motorsports Park / Odessa, MO / Brad Sweet (8)
19. Sat, May 8 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Brent Marks (1)
20. Sat, May 8 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Sheldon Haudenschild (3)
21. Wed, May 12 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbottstown, PA / Brad Sweet (9)
22. Fri, May 14 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Carson Macedo (3)
23. Sat, May 15 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Aaron Reutzel (2)
24. Tues, May 18 / Bridgeport Speedway / Swedesboro, NJ / Logan Schuchart (2)
25. Fri, May 21 / Attica Raceway Park / Attica, OH / David Gravel (4)
26. Sat, May 22 / Sharon Speedway / Hartford, OH / Dave Blaney (1)
27. Mon, May 31 / Lawrenceburg Speedway / Lawrenceburg, IN / Kyle Larson (1)
28. Sat, June 5 / Granite City Speedway /Sauk Rapids, MN / David Gravel (5)

 

 

DREAM CHASING: Clyde Knipp Relishes Chance to Race with World of Outlaws Again

Jason Johnson Racing Car Chief Traded Wrenches for Steering Wheel at Granite City

CALIFORNIA, MO - June 8, 2021 - From start-to-finish, the smile never once wore off Clyde Knipp's face on Saturday night at Granite City Speedway.

Thanks to the trust and generosity of his Jason Johnson Racing team, he was able to live his dream of being a World of Outlaws driver again.

"That was absolutely amazing," the Missouri native said with wide-eyed grin following the race.

You see, Clyde is no stranger to The Greatest Show Dirt. At the ripe age of 17-years-old, he joined the tour full-time in 2016 and contested two complete seasons with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series. He finished 14th and 15th in the standings, respectively, but in 2018 he was unable to race full-time.

He made his way back to the Series in late 2019, in the form of Car Chief for Jason Johnson Racing #41. He got to work with David Gravel, and now Carson Macedo behind the wheel. It's been an enjoyable experience for the now 23-year-old, who is soaking up every single ounce of knowledge he can obtain on the road.

At the end of the day, though, Clyde's passion for strapping in and racing against the best of the best tops all.

On Saturday, he got to re-ignite that passion. It started off as a joke, but quickly turned into reality.

"There were only 17 cars signed-in at the time, so Phil [Dietz], Carson, and I were all kind of just joking that we should bring the second car down," Knipp noted on how the opportunity came about. "The more we thought about it, the more it seemed realistic, though."

Soon enough, the backup #41 was out of the trailer and being assembled with Clyde ready to make his season-debut for the $1,000-to-start purse money.

"Phil told me from the beginning, this is your job and you have to make sure Carson is taken care of first," Knipp continued. "I knew from the beginning he was the number one priority. You know we're competing for a championship, so obviously his car comes first."

So, it was decided. Clyde was racing. However, he still fulfilled all of his duties as Car Chief on the #41. Managing fuel, tightening bolts, changing torsion bars, and making any setup adjustments relayed from Crew Chief, Phil Dietz.

"I hadn't been in a car since 2019, so I was a little concerned with how rusty I would be, honestly," Knipp admitted. "I got in and it just awesome, though, like I was right at home and never quit racing. I compare it to riding a bike. You know the basics like how to fire the car, when to get on the gas, how much gas to give it."

The best part of it all? He wasn't just racing any old piece, he was driving one of the best machines in the country. It was a brand new Maxim Chassis, a car he helped assemble to run a backup car for Macedo this season. And, it was for Jason Johnson Racing. A car owned by the namesake of a man that he grew up idolizing as a boy in Missouri.

"I tried not to let it get to me that night," Knipp spoke on the magnitude of it all. "It's pretty cool that JJR trusted me enough to do it. It was amazing to sit behind the wheel, let alone fire it off and then race it."

After qualifying for the Feature, Knipp kept it cool and pulled into the infield once the leaders reached him in lap traffic. Ultimately, it was a good decision as a Lap 14 incident involved Macedo sent the JJR #41 to the work area. Knipp quickly climbed out of his own car and ran to the work area to help get Macedo back on the track.

Although, he's not behind the wheel full-time anymore, Knipp is just as happy to still be on the tour in his current role. He knows that next opportunity, just like Saturday night, can come out of nowhere.

"I'd say 75% of me being out here is just to stay familiar with the car owners, even local guys," Knipp acknowledged. "You never know what opportunities come about in Sprint Car Racing. Paying my dues, learning with JJR, it'll only benefit me down the road. Whether that's driving again in the future or maybe being a crew chief one day."

This weekend, Clyde will return to his full-time duty as Car Chief on the Jason Johnson Racing #41 at Knoxville Raceway where Carson Macedo goes for his fourth win of the 2021 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.

 

 

World of Outlaws Terre Haute event unable to be rescheduled
The May 28 World of Outlaws event at Terre Haute Action Track has now been canceled

TERRE HAUTE, IN – June 7, 2021 – World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and Terre Haute Action Track officials have been forced to cancel the postponed event from May 28 with no viable reschedule date available.

Those who purchased tickets in advance to the May 28 World of Outlaws event will receive a face-value credit to their MyDirtTickets.com account to be used towards World of Outlaws event available on the World of Outlaws website. If a credit to your account does not work for you, then you’ll have until July 7, 2021 to request a refund. CLICK HERE to make that refund request.

If you purchased the three-day World of Outlaws + USAC package, you’ll need to send your wristband to the Terre Haute Action Track office for a refund.

Send to:
Terre Haute Action Track
PO Box 79
Macon, IL 62544

Please include your name, return address and phone number. You can reach the track at 217-764-3200 if you have further questions.

 

 

MINNESOTA MAN: David Gravel Gives Big Game Motorsports Win on Home Turf at Granite City

Gravel Gets Fifth Win of Season by Fending Off Haudenschild & Schatz

SAUK RAPIDS, MN - June 5, 2021 - The right move at the right time won it for David Gravel on Saturday night.

It was Lap 29 of 35 at Granite City Speedway and Sheldon Haudenschild was poised to steal the lead and win away from Gravel; only until a lane change completely flipped the script.

His pace through lap traffic ultimately told Gravel something was off, and he jetted from the low line to the cushion at once down the backstretch. It couldn't have came at a better time, as Haudenschild prepared to launch a slide job for the lead, but his momentum ran dry and the move fell short coming to the five-to-go signal.

Gravel's perfect timing guided him to his fifth win of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season, and the 63rd of his career.

With a big month looming for him and his car owner Tod Quiring (Creator of THE SHOWDOWN at Huset's & Jackson), they started off on the right foot with a home state win. The Big Game Motorsports shop is located in Windom, MN, just over two hours away from their victory in Sauk Rapids, MN.

"The car was really great," Gravel exclaimed. "I could run both lanes, and that ended up being big. I could tell off the lappers I was slow through the corners. He [Haudenschild] started rolling and I moved up at the perfect time. Luckily, it wasn't 40 laps or I might've been in trouble. To win on a slick track like that and pass Brad, Donny, that sure feels good."

The 35-Lap Feature pres. by GMC Select Dealers of Minnesota began with Aaron Reutzel driving by Donny Schatz to lead the opening circuit at the 3/8-mile. Reutzel and Schatz ran 1-2 for the first 14 laps until the only caution of the race flew for a turn one pileup involving top-ten runners Carson Macedo, James McFadden, and Dominic Scelzi.

The first and only restart of the race ensued, and quickly proceeded to shuffle the order. A rough restart on the outside for Schatz sent his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15 falling to fourth as Gravel and seventh-starting Haudenschild roared to life.

Gravel proceeded to sneak under Reutzel's Roth Motorsports #83 and take command, but it was short-lived as Haudenschild slapped the right rear of his NOS Energy Drink #17 off the fence and drove around them both to lead Lap 16 by a mere 0.011 seconds. Gravel took it back the next time by and held on until the checkered flag, but it wasn't without a fight.

It came down to Gravel, the lone duck working in lap traffic, vs. Haudenschild and Schatz over the closing laps.

A perfect decision shattered all of Haudenschild's momentum and ultimately sealed the deal on Gravel's Minnesota victory for the Big Game Motorsports boys.

"I saw Sheldon earlier when we were side-by-side for several laps, and I assumed he heated his tires up and disappeared," Gravel discussed. "Every time I hit the top I tried to look out the left side and make sure nobody was there. I was banging it off the cushion a couple of times. Definitely uncharacteristic for me, but Sheldon made me get up in the seat."

Scoring his fourth second-place finish of the season at Granite City was Schatz in the Carquest, Ford Performance #15. After starting on the pole position and falling as far back as fourth, the 10-time Series champion rallied late in the running and stole the runner-up spot from Haudenschild at the checkered flag by 0.094-seconds.

"We just couldn't get to the right place at the right time," Schatz noted on their run. "Being outside on that restart killed what little run we had. Trying to get those spots back was tough. We salvaged a decent finish, though. We're in the hunt and we're getting closer. That makes me feel a lot better."

Haudenschild, who officially led one lap, secured his third-consecutive podium finish.

"He just moved up at the perfect time," Haudenschild said on Gravel's win. "As soon as I was getting that run on him, he moved up with the lappers in front of him. I felt like I did a good job creeping around the bottom and moved up at the right time, but it just wasn't meant to be. We'll keep clicking off these podiums and the wins will come."

Closing out the top-five at Granite City was early leader Aaron Reutzel in fourth and championship leader Brad Sweet in fifth aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49.

Rounding out the top-ten on Saturday night was hard-charging Logan Schuchart from 18th-to-sixth, his Shark Racing teammate Jacob Allen in seventh, Pennsylvania's Brent Marks in eighth, Parker Price-Miller in ninth with the Guy Forbrook #5, and Australia's James McFadden in tenth.

UP NEXT: The Greatest Show on Dirt returns to The Sprint Car Capital of the World next weekend. On Friday and Saturday, June 11-12, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will make its first stop of the 2021 season at Iowa's Knoxville Raceway. Fans can BUY TICKETS HERE or watch online at DIRTVision.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps): 1. 2-David Gravel [4][$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [1][$6,000]; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [7][$3,500]; 4. 83-Aaron Reutzel [2][$2,800]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [3][$2,500]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [18][$2,300]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [11][$2,200]; 8. 19-Brent Marks [8][$2,100]; 9. 5-Parker Price-Miller [12][$2,050]; 10. 9-James McFadden [5][$2,000]; 11. 2C-Wayne Johnson [14][$1,600]; 12. 41-Carson Macedo [6][$1,400]; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser [10][$1,200]; 14. 13-Dominic Scelzi [9][$1,100]; 15. 14T-Tim Estenson [17][$1,050]; 16. 19B-Jack Berger [15][$1,000]; 17. 91A-Reed Allex [16][$1,000]; 18. 41J-Clyde Knipp [13][$1,000]; 19. 11A-Zach Patterson [19][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Aaron Reutzel 1-14; David Gravel 15, 17-35; Sheldon Haudenschild 16. KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+12]

NEW Championship Standings (28/82 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (3,932); 2. David Gravel (-56); 3. Carson Macedo (-104); 4. Donny Schatz (-146); 5. Sheldon Haudenschild (-152); 6. Logan Schuchart (-196); 7. Aaron Reutzel (-222); 8. Kraig Kinser (-476); 9. James McFadden (-562); 10. Brock Zearfoss (-624).

 

 

HOMECOMING: Donny Schatz Eager for North Dakota Stop at River Cities

Fargo Native Hungry for First World of Outlaws Win of Season in Home State

FARGO, ND - June 3, 2021 - For the first of three times this season, Donny Schatz is racing on his home turf this weekend.

The Fargo, ND native is leading the charge to River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND tomorrow night. The 3/10-mile oval located is just over an hour away away from his residence in West Fargo and has become his personal playground over the years in World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series competition.

The 10-time Series champion has dominated, winning 12 of 26 Features at the short track. His successes have spurred from his early days of growing up on the North Dakota tracks in the early 1990's.

"I think you can attribute the success to everything from all of the laps to the confidence of being home," Schatz said on his success at the track. "It's always been a place that I've enjoyed going to ever since I first started racing in 1993. It's a shorter track and the racing is really good. You can make things happen in a hurry and it's still that way today.

More than anything, it's just nice to be home for the 43-year-old. However, the potential of his 300th career victory coming in his home state isn't lost on Schatz.

"It's pretty exciting for me on all fronts," Schatz mentioned on being back at home. "Anytime you can get in the state of North Dakota, it's got this really upbeat feeling. I hope it's a win for us. We could really use a win no matter where it's at right now. There were a couple of times I thought 'oh man, I'm gonna win #300 at Haubstadt of all places,' but here we are. It's a great opportunity to get that win at my home track."

Overall, the 2021 season to this point has been a bit of a letdown. Schatz himself will admit that.

"It's been anything like the way we wanted it to go, clearly, "Schatz admitted. "We've had DNF's, we've had terrible runs, and they've put us in a bad position. It was to be expected in a way, though. We didn't get the laps we needed last year with this engine and then throw all of the changes that happened over the fall and winter on top of that. We've worked through some of the same problems twice since changing engines builders."

Albeit winless, Schatz has still pieced together a solid campaign. Through the first 27 events, his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, Carquest #15 sits fourth in the standings. They've led 89 laps, recorded seven podium appearances, 15 top-five results, 19 top-ten finishes.

The biggest change in their program has been the constant research and development of the new Ford Performance Stewart 410 (FPS410) engine.

"It's tough to develop something like a new engine while you're going to the races every night and trying to reach your own goals, take care of your sponsors, keep your guys motivated, and everything that comes with running for a championship," Schatz spoke on the challenges of developing the FPS410."

"It's easy for someone like a Brian Brown or someone who doesn't run the Outlaws full-time to go back and reset when things aren't good," Schatz elaborated. "They can home and re-group and do all of these things to back going. You don't have that luxury when you race with the World of Outlaws. There is no reset button on the road."

Slowly, but surely, Schatz and TSR are getting back to where they feel they belong, though. Since a rough spell throughout April, Schatz has rebounded with 12 top-tens in 14 races, including three runner-up results. They've clawed their way back from seventh-to-fourth in the title hunt with another 56 races remaining.

"I think at one point we were like 220 points out of the championship and we've cut that down by almost 100 points," Schatz proudly said. "We haven't really been all of that strong either, sure we've been consistently in the top-ten and there have been issues for others, but that's where you have to start. You have to crawl before you can walk, and you have to walk before you can run.

The resiliency Schatz and his crew are building is something he believes will be crucial come later in the season, when he hopes to contending for his 11th World of Outlaws championship.

"It may not look like it today, but this could pay off down the line in say two months," Schatz said on the challenges they've faced. "That's when this tough, resilient part of the season will shine through. I hope it's in the middle of a championship battle. It's all the nature of the beast. Sometimes we have to work through things we don't want to, and that's what we're doing."

The beginning stages of that pay off could come tomorrow night, when Schatz is back at River Cities. He'll be the favorite to watch as he chases his 13th win at the track, his first of the season, and the 300th of his World of Outlaws career.

Following Friday's North Dakota stop, Schatz and the rest of the Outlaws will head to Granite City Speedway in Sauk Rapids, MN on Saturday night, where Schatz is also a two-time winner.

Schatz will also return to North Dakota again in August, following the 60th running of the NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals pres. by Casey's General Stores. He'll get another crack at River Cities Speedway on Friday, August 21, and then a chance at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo on Saturday, August 22.

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

 

 

 

INDEPENDENCE DAY: World of Outlaws and Cedar Lake Host Fourth of July Weekend

July Begins with Independence Day Spectacular at Wisconsin's Cedar Lake on July 2-3

NEW RICHMOND, WI - June 3, 2021 - There's no better way to celebrate America's birthday than with The Greatest Show on Dirt.

Next month, the annual tradition of the Independence Day Spectacular rolls on with July 2-3 dates at Wisconsin's Cedar Lake Speedway for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.

Marking the 41st event of a grueling 82-race schedule, the stop at the Cedar Lake 3/8-mile will officially bring the Series to the halfway mark on the 2021 season.

BUY TICKETS HERE (7/2-3)

The second of three Wisconsin tracks on the schedule this year, Cedar Lake's Fourth of July showcase will follow a trip to Beaver Dam Raceway on June 19 and precede a night at Wilmot Raceway on July 10.

[caption id="attachment_103594" align="alignleft" width="1023"]Fans will see wheel-to-wheel racing PLUS a fireworks extravaganza at Cedar Lake. [Trent Gower][/caption]

Through 45 previous appearances at the New Richmond, WI facility, 19 different winners have made their way to victory lane with nine drivers claiming multiple wins. Slammin' Sammy Swindell leads all drivers with seven scores to his credit, but 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz (5 wins) could equal him with a weekend sweep next month.

Schatz went five years between a pair of wins in 2009 and 2014 at the oval, and now it's been another five years since his most recent win at Cedar Lake in 2016. His recent consistency, albeit winless, has helped propel the Tony Stewart Racing, Carquest, Ford Performance #15 back to fourth in the championship standings through 27/82 events.

Another active driver with plenty of winning experience at Cedar Lake is Brad Sweet. The two-time and defending World of Outlaws champion has dominated the track lately, winning four of the last six events all within the last three years. In 2020, The Big Cat swept the weekend which aired live on CBS Sports Network and paid him a cool $40,000.

The Grass Valley, CA native currently leads the championship chase in pursuit of his third-straight World of Outlaws title. His Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49 has been stout this season, collecting nine wins in the first 21 races. They'll have another 12 events in the month of June to build some more momentum ahead of Cedar Lake's July opener.

"I don't know what exactly it is, but something has clicked for us at that place," Sweet spoke on his Cedar Lake prowess. "We've always run really well there even before we started winning, but it's like we found that little edge and it's put us over the top since. It's a great place to celebrate the Fourth of July, especially with a win."

Other full-time drivers with wins at Cedar Lake include Sheldon Haudenschild (2019) and Logan Schuchart (2016). Both are already multi-time winners this season and hopeful to extend those numbers in the

David Gravel leads the way among notables looking to breakthrough for their first triumph at the track. The Watertown, CT native has finished second on six occasions, a streak he hopes to snap next month with his Big Game Motorsports #2. They currently sit second int he championship chase with four victories behind Sweet.

Carson Macedo, who is currently positioned third in points, led more than half of last year's Cedar Lake event before falling to finish a track-best of third. We'll see if his move to the Jason Johnson Racing #41 can ultimately guide him to Cedar Lake glory.

Also chasing their first Cedar Lake wins is the trio of Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contenders: Aaron Reutzel, James McFadden, and Brock Zearfoss.

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

CEDAR LAKE WINNERS:
7 wins - Sammy Swindell
5 wins - Donny Schatz
5 wins - Steve Kinser
4 wins - Mark Kinser
4 wins - Brad Sweet
3 wins - Dave Blaney
3 wins - Kerry Madsen
2 wins - Craig Dollansky
2 wins - Bobby Davis Jr.
1 win - Sheldon Haudenschild
1 win - Logan Schuchart
1 win - Joey Saldana
1 win - Tim Kaeding
1 win - Jason Meyers
1 win - Paul McMahan
1 win - Brooke Tatnell
1 win - Danny Lasoski
1 win - Stevie Smith
1 win - Jac Haudenschild

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Northern Tour Takes Outlaws to North Dakota, Minnesota

The Greatest Show on Dirt Visits River Cities Speedway & Granite City Speedway

GRAND FORKS, ND - June 2, 2021 - We checked out the East Coast and the "Corn Coast" of Indiana, now it's off to the Northern Tour.

This weekend, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series visits North Dakota and Minnesota for the first time this season as a busy month of June begins for The Greatest Show on Dirt.

Up first, we're heading to Schatz-ville AKA River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND on Friday, June 4. It's a track that 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz has mastered, and a track where he'd love to claim a monumental milestone victory at.

Following that, the Outlaws return to Granite City Speedway in Sauk Rapids, MN on Saturday, June 5. Defending champion and current points leader Brad Sweet is the most recent winner at the track, but his Kasey Kahne Racing #49 has been feeling the heat from David Gravel and Carson Macedo lately.

They're two tracks proven to produce epic racing when the traveling Outlaws come to town.

RIVER CITIES TICKETS (6/4)
GRANITE CITY TICKETS (6/5)

Here are some of the top storylines to follow this weekend:

HOME SWEET HOME: For the first time this season, Fargo's Donny Schatz heads home to his native state of North Dakota. The 10-time Series champion leads the World of Outlaws to River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND on Friday night for the first of three appearances in The Peace Garden State in 2021.

Over his 25 seasons as a full-time World of Outlaws driver, Schatz has ruled River Cities like none other. Out of 26 trips to the 3/10-mile oval, Schatz has won 12 of them. That's a stunning 46% winning percentage when it comes to his home track. It's also the site of his first-ever Sprint Car win from back in 1994.

The stage is set perfectly for Schatz to contend for his first win of the World of Outlaws season at the Grand Forks facility, located just over an hour from his Fargo residence. On Saturday, the Series heads to Granite City (MN) Speedway where Schatz has taken two of four Features contested at the track.

"BEST DIRT TRACK": Previously, River Cities Speedway proudly boasted the @BestDirtTrack handle on their Twitter account. The Grand Forks, ND faithful love their racing and will stick to their guns that they've got one of the best tracks in the whole country. World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Announcer Johnny Gibson agrees, calling it his personal favorite.

Watch just about any World of Outlaws show at River Cities and you'll quickly see why. Need a quick example? Take a look at last year's trip to the bullring. Kyle Larson stole the win from Logan Schuchart in the final corner, a move that stunned the entirety of everyone in attendance and those watching on DIRTVision.

EVERY POINT MATTERS: There's no playoff and no chase when it comes to the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. It's a grind of 80+ races from February to November, meaning every single race and every single point matters on every single night. With that pressure comes the importance of not only minimizing your losses, but also capitalizing on your opponents mistakes.

Brad Sweet, who currently leads the points in pursuit of his third-straight championship, is coming off a whirlwind night at Lawrenceburg (IN) Speedway on Monday. The Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49 crashed big in Heat Race competition and rolled out the backup. They salvaged their night with a 24th-to-7th charge and extended their points lead through 27 of 83 races.

Opposite of Sweet is Big Game Motorsports #2 driver David Gravel (-66) and Jason Johnson Racing #41 pilot Carson Macedo (-90). Both combatants have taken advantage of Sweet's rough six-race streak (8.3 average finish) and narrowed the gap. They'll get another shot on Friday night at River Cities, where Sweet has never won, but then it's on to Granite City where The Big Cat is the most recent victor.

TURNING OF THE TIDE: It's been a tale of two streaks for Logan Schuchart and Aaron Reutzel. Since the Series left Williams Grove, where Schuchart suffered a massive crash and Reutzel took down the $15,000 Morgan Cup, both of their fortunes have reversed.

Schuchart, who earlier this season led the points until a rough spell hit the Shark Racing #1S, has since rebounded with five-straight top-ten finishes including his second win at Bridgeport and a second-place run at Lawrenceburg.

For Reutzel, it's been the exact opposite. He's been consistent all year in the Roth Motorsports #83, but since his Williams Grove win has experienced his worst four-race run of the year. Accidents at Bridgeport, Attica, Sharon & Lawrenceburg has sent the Clute, TX native falling from fourth-to-seventh in the points.

BUCKLE UP: This weekend's Northern Tour is only the beginning of a massive month of June. A total of 12 nights of racing await The Greatest Show on Dirt this month. Following River Cities and Granite City, the Outlaws visit Knoxville (IA) Raceway for the first time this season.

A triple-header at 34, Dubuque & Beaver Dam from June 17-19 then leads into THE SHOWDOWN, a weeklong affair with more than $600,000 on the line in the Huset's 50 (June 21-22) and the Jackson Nationals (June 24-26).

This Week at a Glance – When and Where

Friday, June 4 at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND
Saturday, June 5 at Granite City Speedway in Sauk Rapids, MN

On the Internet
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series
Twitter – @WorldofOutlaws
Instagram – @WoOSprint
Facebook – Facebook.com/WorldofOutlawsSprintCarSeries
YouTube – Youtube.com/WorldofOutlaws
DIRTVision – DIRTVision.com – Platinum annual FAST PASS for $299 or monthly FAST PASS for $39/month

Around the Turn: Following this weekend, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will head for The Sprint Car Capital of the World, Knoxville, Iowa. A two-day show at Knoxville Raceway on Friday & Saturday, June 11-12 will be crucial for teams in preparation of the 60th running of the NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals pres. by Casey's General Stores on August 11-14.

NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (10 Drivers):
9 wins – Brad Sweet, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #49
4 wins – David Gravel, Big Game Motorsports #2
3 wins – Sheldon Haudenschild, Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17
3 wins – Carson Macedo, Jason Johnson Racing #41
2 wins – Aaron Reutzel, Roth Motorsports #83
2 wins – Logan Schuchart, Shark Racing #1S
1 win – James McFadden, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #9
1 win – Brent Marks, Brent Marks Racing #19M
1 win – Dave Blaney, Dave Blaney #10
1 win - Kyle Larson, Paul Silva #57

FEATURE LAPS LED (19 Drivers):
202 laps – Brad Sweet
151 laps – Sheldon Haudenschild
91 laps – Aaron Reutzel
89 laps – Donny Schatz
88 laps – David Gravel
68 laps – Logan Schuchart
47 laps – Carson Macedo
31 laps – James McFadden
27 laps – Sam Hafertepe Jr.
25 laps - Kyle Larson
19 laps – Tyler Courtney
17 laps – Brent Marks
10 laps – Jacob Allen & Brock Zearfoss
3 laps – Ian Madsen
1 lap – Kasey Kahne, Kraig Kinser, Brandon Spithaler, Dave Blaney

SLICK WOODY’S QUICKTIME AWARDS (12 Drivers):
7 QuickTimes – David Gravel
4 QuickTimes – Sheldon Haudenschild
2 QuickTimes – Brad Sweet, James McFadden, Aaron Reutzel, Logan Schuchart, Cory Eliason, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
1 QuickTime – Carson Macedo, Danny Dietrich, Anthony Macri, Giovanni Scelzi

DRYDENE HEAT RACE WINNERS (24 Drivers)
13 Heat Wins – David Gravel
10 Heat Wins - Aaron Reutzel
9 Heat Wins – Carson Macedo
8 Heat Wins – Sheldon Haudenschild
6 Heat Wins – James McFadden, Logan Schuchart
5 Heat Wins – Donny Schatz
3 Heat Wins – Brock Zearfoss, Ian Madsen, Brian Brown, Giovanni Scelzi, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
2 Heat Wins – Jacob Allen, Kasey Kahne, Kraig Kinser, Jason Sides, Brad Sweet, Kyle Larson
1 Heat Win – Danny Dietrich, Hunter Schuerenberg, Tyler Courtney, Lance Dewease, Anthony Macri, Brandon Spithaler

PODIUM FINISHES (21 Drivers):
14 Podiums – Brad Sweet
8 Podiums – Carson Macedo, Sheldon Haudenschild
7 Podiums – Donny Schatz, Logan Schuchart
6 Podiums – Aaron Reutzel, David Gravel
5 Podiums – Brent Marks
3 Podiums – James McFadden, Giovanni Scelzi
2 Podiums – Cory Eliason, Lance Dewease, Anthony Macri
1 Podium – Kraig Kinser, Danny Dietrich, Tyler Courtney, Justin Peck, Brian Brown, Anthony Macri, Dave Blaney, Kyle Larson, Sam Hafertepe Jr.

2021 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Schedule & Winners

No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Fri, Feb. 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Brad Sweet (1)
2. Sun, Feb. 7 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Logan Schuchart (1)
3. Fri, March 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Carson Macedo (1)
4. Sat, March 6 / East Bay Raceway Park / Tampa, FL / Aaron Reutzel (1)
5. Fri, March 12 / Magnolia Motor Speedway / Columbus, MS / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)
6. Sat, March 13 / The Rev / Monroe, LA / David Gravel (1)
7. Fri, March 19 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Sheldon Haudenschild (2)
8. Sat, March 20 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Brad Sweet (2)
9. Sat, March 27 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, MO / Brad Sweet (3)
10. Fri, April 2 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (4)
11. Sat, April 3 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (5)
12. Fri, April 9 / Kokomo Speedway / Kokomo, IN / James McFadden (1)
13. Sat, April 10 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Carson Macedo (2)
14. Fri, April 22 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN / David Gravel (2)
15. Sun, April 24 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN / David Gravel (3)
16. Thur, April 29 / Jacksonville Speedway / Jacksonville, IL / Brad Sweet (6)
17. Fri, April 30 / I-70 Motorsports Park / Odessa, MO / Brad Sweet (7)
18. Sat, May 1 / I-70 Motorsports Park / Odessa, MO / Brad Sweet (8)
19. Sat, May 8 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Brent Marks (1)
20. Sat, May 8 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Sheldon Haudenschild (3)
21. Wed, May 12 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbottstown, PA / Brad Sweet (9)
22. Fri, May 14 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Carson Macedo (3)
23. Sat, May 15 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Aaron Reutzel (2)
24. Tues, May 18 / Bridgeport Speedway / Swedesboro, NJ / Logan Schuchart (2)
25. Fri, May 21 / Attica Raceway Park / Attica, OH / David Gravel (4)
26. Sat, May 22 / Sharon Speedway / Hartford, OH / Dave Blaney (1)
27. Mon, May 31 / Lawrenceburg Speedway / Lawrenceburg, IN / Kyle Larson (1)

 

 

BACK-TO-BACK: Kyle Larson Follows Coca-Cola 600 Title with World of Outlaws Win at Lawrenceburg

Larson Beats the Best of NASCAR and World of Outlaws within 24 Hours

LAWRENCEBURG, IN - May 31, 2021 - Making history is all that Kyle Larson knows how to do.

This weekend, he did just that; Beating the beat Stock Car drivers in the world and the best Sprint Car drivers in the world within a 24-hour span at two tracks 500 miles apart.

It started on Sunday evening, when "Yung Money" cashed in for a dominating crown jewel victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway's Coca-Cola 600. The Team Hendrick driver crossed the finish line for his eighth career NASCAR Cup Series win at 10:27pm.

Less than 24 later, at 10:15pm on Monday night, Larson found victory lane again at Lawrenceburg Speedway. Only this time it was aboard the Paul Silva owned #57 for his 21st career World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series win.

He conquered the best on pavement, and the best on dirt. It was the first time in the history of Motorsports that a driver has topped both the NASCAR Cup Series and the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars in consecutive days.

"It's really cool to win that [NASCAR] Cup race last night and then come here in a totally different race car, totally different atmosphere and get it done again," Larson spoke on his remarkable accomplishment. "I think it shows that I'm in such great equipment all around from the #5 Hendrick Cup car, Paul Silva's #57 right here, and even the Late Model with Kevin Rumley. It's been a lot of fun lately."

Larson's path to a popular win at the Lawrenceburg, IN 3/8-mile wasn't exactly easy.

Yes, the Elk Grove, CA native did tear apart dirt racing with 46 total triumphs last year, 12 of those against the World of Outlaws. However, it's been much more of a struggle since the 2021 season started. Larson and Silva went 0-for-6 through Bristol, Jacksonville, I-70, and Williams Grove. They didn't just not win, they didn't even make it on the podium up to this point.

That all changed in Monday's Memorial Day Spectacular; an event Larson considers the true start to his summer slate in Silva's Finley Farms #57.

"I'll be honest, we've really been struggling this year in the #57," Larson admitted afterwards. "Lawrenceburg is always at the right point in the season for us to get going, though. Hopefully this moves us forward in the right direction."

Starting from the outside pole of the 35-lap NOS Energy Drink Feature, Larson took the green flag with Aaron Reutzel alongside him on pole position.

Reutzel of Clute, TX bolted to the initial lead and paced the opening 10 circuits aboard the Roth Motorsports #83. The duo ran through lap traffic until Larson got the best of him on Lap 11 and slid by with an inside move through turns three and four.

Larson led from there to the finish, but it didn't come without challenges. Reutzel was mighty cutting away at his advantage with less than ten-to-go when one slip on the cushion sent his #83 for a wild flip on Lap 28 and removed him from the running.

Logan Schuchart, who set Slick Woody's QuickTime and won his Team Drydene Heat Race, was next in line and got the closest of all to the rear bumper on the #57. If it weren't for Larson's presence of mind to peep the DIRTVision big screen down the backstretch, Schuchart quite possibly could've stolen the win away.

Ultimately, Larson beat Schuchart to the line by 0.764-seconds for the $10,000 score.

"I actually snuck a look at the big screen and saw Logan right behind me there at the end, so I changed it up a bit," Larson mentioned on the final laps. "I wasn't sure what to do, so I just tried to take some of his air away. Lawrenceburg is such an awesome track. It's so technical with all the waves, holes, and a thick cushion. I hope all the fans had as much fun as I had driving."

Closing out the podium at Lawrenceburg was Logan Schuchart of Hanover, PA and Sheldon Haudenschild of Wooster, OH.

It was a career-best finish at the high-banked track for both the Team Drydene #1S and the NOS Energy Drink #17.

"We might have to take that big board down soon." Schuchart joked. "He's a smart driver, though, I knew he either heard me or saw me coming. My heart said to fly it across the middle, but my brain told me the opposite. We've never had a top-ten here, so a second-place run is pretty good too."

"I don't know that I even needed much more from the car tonight," Haudenschild thought. "We were good, it was just about surviving this one. I'm just glad we can keep putting this NOS Energy Drink #17 up here on the podium."

Buddy Kofoid of Penngrove, CA drove the Swindell SpeedLab #39 to a career-best fourth-place finish from tenth. Closing out the the top-five and matching his season-best of fifth-place was Kerry Madsen in the Tony Stewart Racing #14.

Rounding out the top-ten was Kraig Kinser in sixth, Brad Sweet in a backup car from 24th-to-seventh, Donny Schatz in eighth, Carson Macedo in ninth, and Lachlan McHugh of Australia finishing tenth in his World of Outlaws debut.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series has three days off to make the 15-hour haul west. This weekend, The Greatest Show on Dirt visits River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND on Friday and then heads to Granite City Speedway in Sauk Rapids, MN on Saturday.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps): 1. 57-Kyle Larson [2][$10,000]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [4][$6,000]; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [3][$3,500]; 4. 39-Buddy Kofoid [10][$2,800]; 5. 14-Kerry Madsen [14][$2,500]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [6][$2,300]; 7. 49-Brad Sweet [24][$2,200]; 8. 15-Donny Schatz [8][$2,100]; 9. 41-Carson Macedo [7][$2,050]; 10. 101-Lachlan McHugh [16][$2,000]; 11. 71-Spencer Bayston [12][$1,600]; 12. 2-David Gravel [5][$1,400]; 13. 91-Cale Thomas [9][$1,200]; 14. 9-James McFadden [23][$1,100]; 15. 18-Cole Macedo [18][$1,050]; 16. 19AZ-Tanner Thorson [20][$1,000]; 17. 21BP-Brinton Marvel [17][$1,000]; 18. 49D-Shawn Dancer [15][$1,000]; 19. 83-Aaron Reutzel [1][$1,000]; 20. 19-Paige Polyak [13][$1,000]; 21. 4X-Bradley Ashford [22][$1,000]; 22. 2C-Wayne Johnson [11][$1,000]; 23. 55-McKenna Haase [21][$1,000]; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen [19][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Aaron Reutzel 1-10, Kyle Larson 11-35. KSE Hard Charger Award: 49-Brad Sweet[+17]

NEW Championship Standings (27/83 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (3,792); 2. David Gravel (-66); 3. Carson Macedo (-90); 4. Donny Schatz (-152); 5. Sheldon Haudenschild (-156); 6. Logan Schuchart (-194); 7. Aaron Reutzel (-224); 8. Kraig Kinser (-460); 9. James McFadden (-552); 10. Brock Zearfoss (-574).

 

 

World of Outlaws set to make exhilarating return to CBS Sports Network Memorial Day weekend
Kokomo Sprint Car event and Late Model Illini 100 to be a part of first hour-long special on Monday, May 30

CONCORD, NC – May 26, 2021 – Two of the best World of Outlaws events of the early 2021 season will be relived on CBS Sports Network Sunday, May 30, at 7pm (ET).

The network will broadcast multiple World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car and World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model events on Sundays, starting with the hour-long special on May 30.

It’ll feature the World of Outlaws Sprint Car event at Kokomo Speedway, from 7pm to 7:30, and the World of Outlaws Late Model Illini 100 at Farmer City Raceway, from 7:30pm to 8.

“Our partnership with CBS Sports Network has allowed us to showcase the best World of Outlaws events to an expanded audience and we’re excited to be able to do so again this year,” World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter said. “We’ve already seen phenomenal racing this season and I can’t wait to share it again with race fans.”

Kokomo Speedway has become a fan favorite on the Sprint Car tour and the April event proved why again. The stars of The Greatest Show on Dirt waged a war of wheelies and slide jobs around the quarter-mile Indiana track. In the end, it came down to a battle between Kasey Kahne Racing teammates James McFadden and Brad Sweet, the two-time defending champion.

The quarter-mile Farmer City Raceway in Illinois produced an equally thrilling show for the Late Model’s Illini 100. The stout 28-car field raced inches apart throughout the entire 75-lap event, making daring slide jobs that either resulted in a clean pass or an attempt to knock down the outside wall. Series regular Cade Dillard and Summer Nationals star Bobby Pierce put on a brawl for the win that left fans at the edge of their seats in the closing laps.

If you miss its 7pm air time, the show will reair at 12am Monday morning to kick off Memorial Day.

Another hour-long special will take place on June 6 at 1pm (ET) on CBS Sports Network. The races shown will be announced at a later date.

Then, on Saturday, June 12, at 1:30pm (ET) the World of Outlaws will return to network television on CBS with the World of Outlaws: It’s Bristol Baby hour-long special, featuring the Sprint Car and Late Model events from Bristol Motor Speedway.

CBS Sports, a year-round leader in television sports, broadcasts a portfolio of events on the CBS Television Network, including THE NFL ON CBS; college football, including the SEC ON CBS; college basketball, including the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship; golf, including The Masters®, PGA Championship and PGA TOUR; and CBS SPORTS SPECTACULAR. In addition, the division includes CBS SPORTS NETWORK, the 24-hour home of CBS Sports, and produces INSIDE THE NFL for SHOWTIME. CBS Sports Digital’s multi-platform offerings include CBSSports.com and the CBS Sports apps for mobile and connected TV devices; streaming sports news network CBS Sports HQ; 247Sports; MaxPreps; CBS Sports fantasy games; and SportsLine.

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

The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings® Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: DIRTVision (Official Live Broadcast Partner), Drydene (Official Motor Oil), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), iRacing (Official Online Racing Game), Morton Buildings (Official Building), SIS Insurance (Official Insurance Provider) VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: Arizona Sport Shirts/Gotta Race, ARP (Automotive Racing Products), Cometic Gasket, COMP Cams, MSD, Penske Racing Shocks, Quarter Master, Slick Woody’s (Quick Time Award), and Wrisco (Exclusive Racing Aluminum); along with manufacturer sponsors, including: Capital Race Cars, FireAde, Integra Shocks, Intercomp, K1 Race Gear, Racing Electronics, Reliable Painting, and Rocket Chassis.

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Outlaws Invade Indiana's Terre Haute & Lawrenceburg This Weekend

Indy 500 Weekend Shared with The Greatest Show on Dirt in The Hoosier State

TERRE HAUTE, IN - May 25, 2021 - They call it The Greatest Spectical in Racing; We call it The Greatest Show on Dirt.

Not only is The Hoosier State spoiled with the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 this weekend, but the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series is coming to town, too.

While the big track on 16th Street takes the spotlight on Sunday afternoon, the Outlaws will be captivating fans on Friday and Monday to bookend the epic weekend of racing in Indiana. It begins with a trip to Terre Haute Action Track on May 28 and wraps up with a stop at Lawrenceburg Speedway on May 31.

Here are some of the storylines to follow this week:

INDIANA'S LAST CALL: The Memorial Day Weekend doubleheader in "The Hoosier State" will mark the final chance for Indiana's faithful to see the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars inside their home state this year. Two previous appearances on the bullrings at Kokomo and Tri-State thrilled fans in April, so now the big tracks at Terre Haute and Lawrenceburg get their time to shine.

Friday's race at Terre Haute will be the 165th World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series event contested in Indiana.

BIG AND WIDE: After an Ohio weekend on a smaller 1/3-mile at Attica and smooth 3/8-mile at Sharon, the Outlaws will be getting back to two high-speed joint this weekend. Terre Haute's ultra-wide surface is one of eight 1/2-mile venues on the 2021 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series schedule. After Terre Haute, Lawrenceburg will become one of the most high-banked tracks of the season on Monday.

Of the nine races already contested on 1/2-miles this year, we've had seven different winners. Only David Gravel (sweeping Bristol) and Carson Macedo (Volusia, Williams Grove) have found victory lane more than once on the big tracks.

EVIL LADY LUCK: Sheldon Haudenschild and his Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing, NOS Energy Drink #17 have been the fastest they've ever been, but Lady Luck will just not side with them. It could easily be argued that the Wooster, OH native should have an additional five wins (leading with less than 10 to go) on top of his already scored three victories.

He was gone at Tri-State when he got a flat tire in lap traffic; He was handling it at Jacksonville when he cut a tire on debris; He was destroying the field at I-70 and Sharon until late race cautions spoiled it; and he was coming to take the white flag at Sharon when a lap traffic gave him nowhere to go.

If you crunch the numbers, in an ideal world Haudenschild would be slotted second in the championship only -8 points behind Sweet for the top spot, but instead he's -164. The season is still young, and the #17 is still rippin', though. He'll get two more shots to rebound and get back in victory lane this weekend at Terre Haute and Lawrenceburg.

ON THE RISE: Earlier this season, Donny Schatz had slipped as far back as seventh in the championships standings. You read that right, seventh for the 10-time World of Outlaws champion. Some trying times presented the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15 with hurdles, but they've fought back and clawed their way to fourth in the standings, only down -150 points.

Since his rough stretch in April with four consecutive finishes outside the top-10, Schatz and the Ford Performance, Carquest crew have recovered nicely. In 13 events since then, he's recorded five podium finishes and nine top-five results with an average finish of 5.3. This weekend, Schatz returns to two tracks (Terre Haute & Lawrenceburg) that he's won at before with a good chance to keep the momentum rolling.

POUNCING ON THE BIG CAT: Over the last eight events, two-time and defending Series champion Brad Sweet hasn't been his usually dominant self. The Kasey Kahne Racing #49 did tame the PA Posse at Lincoln Speedway, but outside of that lone victory during that stretch he recorded an average finish of 9.7 and let him points lead dwindle down.

Capitalizing on Sweet's slow May is the trio of David Gravel, Carson Macedo and Donny Schatz. At one point, the Grass Valley, CA native had more than 100 points on the whole field, but his struggles have made way for others to close the gap. Now, Gravel only sits -56 behind, Macedo has narrowed it down to -86, and Schatz has clawed back to only -150.

ONE EPIC WEEK: As if the allure of The Greatest Show on Dirt isn't enough, the overload of racing inside Indiana should sell you on making the trip this weekend. Of course, there's the World of Outlaws shows on Friday night at Terre Haute Action Track and Monday night at Lawrenceburg Speedway, but to offer you more bang for your buck, there's more racing every other night.

Fans can pre-game for the Outlaws at Terre Haute by visiting the 1/2-mile on Wednesday and Thursday for USAC Sprint Cars and Silver Crown. The population will surge on Friday, Saturday & Sunday as race weekend arrives for the Indianapolis 500. More local racing supports Indy on the weekend and finally the Outlaws cap off the epic week at Lawrenceburg for a Memorial Day special on Monday night.

This Week at a Glance – When and Where

Friday, May 28 at Terre Haute Action Track in Terre Haute, IN
Monday, May 31 at Lawrenceburg Speedway in Lawrenceburg, IN

On the Internet
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series
Twitter – @WorldofOutlaws
Instagram – @WoOSprint
Facebook – Facebook.com/WorldofOutlawsSprintCarSeries
YouTube – Youtube.com/WorldofOutlaws
DIRTVision – DIRTVision.com – Platinum annual FAST PASS for $299 or monthly FAST PASS for $39/month

Around the Turn: Following this weekend, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will roll northwest to visit River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND on Friday, June 4, then Granite City Speedway in Sauk Rapids, MN on Saturday, June 5.

NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (8 Drivers):
9 wins – Brad Sweet, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #49
4 wins – David Gravel, Big Game Motorsports #2
3 wins – Sheldon Haudenschild, Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17
3 wins – Carson Macedo, Jason Johnson Racing #41
2 wins – Aaron Reutzel, Roth Motorsports #83
2 wins – Logan Schuchart, Shark Racing #1S
1 win – James McFadden, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #9
1 win – Brent Marks, Brent Marks Racing #19M
1 win - Dave Blaney, Dave Blaney #10

FEATURE LAPS LED (18 Drivers):
202 laps – Brad Sweet
151 laps – Sheldon Haudenschild
89 laps – Donny Schatz
88 laps - David Gravel
81 laps – Aaron Reutzel
68 laps – Logan Schuchart
47 laps – Carson Macedo
31 laps – James McFadden
27 laps – Sam Hafertepe Jr.
19 laps – Tyler Courtney
17 laps – Brent Marks
10 laps – Jacob Allen & Brock Zearfoss
3 laps – Ian Madsen
1 lap – Kasey Kahne, Kraig Kinser, Brandon Spithaler, Dave Blaney

SLICK WOODY’S QUICKTIME AWARDS (12 Drivers):
7 QuickTimes – David Gravel
4 QuickTimes – Sheldon Haudenschild
2 QuickTimes – Brad Sweet, James McFadden, Aaron Reutzel, Cory Eliason, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
1 QuickTime – Carson Macedo, Logan Schuchart, Danny Dietrich, Anthony Macri, Giovanni Scelzi

DRYDENE HEAT RACE WINNERS (24 Drivers)
12 Heat Wins – David Gravel
9 Heat Wins – Carson Macedo, Aaron Reutzel
8 Heat Wins - Sheldon Haudenschild
6 Heat Wins – James McFadden
5 Heat Wins – Donny Schatz, Logan Schuchart
3 Heat Wins – Brock Zearfoss, Ian Madsen, Brian Brown, Giovanni Scelzi, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
2 Heat Wins – Jacob Allen, Kasey Kahne, Kraig Kinser, Jason Sides, Brad Sweet, Kyle Larson
1 Heat Win – Danny Dietrich, Hunter Schuerenberg, Tyler Courtney, Lance Dewease, Anthony Macri, Brandon Spithaler

PODIUM FINISHES (20 Drivers):
14 Podiums – Brad Sweet
8 Podiums - Carson Macedo
7 Podiums - Donny Schatz, Sheldon Haudenschild
6 Podiums – Aaron Reutzel, Logan Schuchart, David Gravel
5 Podiums – Brent Marks
3 Podiums – James McFadden, Giovanni Scelzi
2 Podiums – Cory Eliason, Lance Dewease, Anthony Macri
1 Podium – Kraig Kinser, Danny Dietrich, Tyler Courtney, Justin Peck, Brian Brown, Anthony Macri, Dave Blaney, Sam Hafertepe Jr.

2021 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Schedule & Winners

No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Fri, Feb. 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Brad Sweet (1)
2. Sun, Feb. 7 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Logan Schuchart (1)
3. Fri, March 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Carson Macedo (1)
4. Sat, March 6 / East Bay Raceway Park / Tampa, FL / Aaron Reutzel (1)
5. Fri, March 12 / Magnolia Motor Speedway / Columbus, MS / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)
6. Sat, March 13 / The Rev / Monroe, LA / David Gravel (1)
7. Fri, March 19 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Sheldon Haudenschild (2)
8. Sat, March 20 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Brad Sweet (2)
9. Sat, March 27 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, MO / Brad Sweet (3)
10. Fri, April 2 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (4)
11. Sat, April 3 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (5)
12. Fri, April 9 / Kokomo Speedway / Kokomo, IN / James McFadden (1)
13. Sat, April 10 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Carson Macedo (2)
14. Fri, April 22 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN / David Gravel (2)
15. Sun, April 24 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN / David Gravel (3)
16. Thur, April 29 / Jacksonville Speedway / Jacksonville, IL / Brad Sweet (6)
17. Fri, April 30 / I-70 Motorsports Park / Odessa, MO / Brad Sweet (7)
18. Sat, May 1 / I-70 Motorsports Park / Odessa, MO / Brad Sweet (8)
19. Sat, May 8 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Brent Marks (1)
20. Sat, May 8 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Sheldon Haudenschild (3)
21. Wed, May 12 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbottstown, PA / Brad Sweet (9)
22. Fri, May 14 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Carson Macedo (3)
23. Sat, May 15 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Aaron Reutzel (2)
24. Tues, May 18 / Bridgeport Speedway / Swedesboro, NJ / Logan Schuchart (2)
25. Fri, May 21 / Attica Raceway Park / Attica, OH / David Gravel (4)
26. Sat, May 22 / Sharon Speedway / Hartford, OH / Dave Blaney (1)

 

 

HE'S STILL GOT IT: Dave Blaney Sends Sprint Car World Crazy with Last-Lap Pass at Sharon

24 Years After Last Win, Blaney Beats Haudenschild on Final Lap at his Home Track

HARTFORD, OH - May 22, 2021 - The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series ended a 14-year absence from Sharon Speedway on Saturday night, and promptly delivered the most magical moment of the 2021 season.

Dave Blaney, at 58-years-old, stunned Sheldon Haudenschild with a last-lap pass to score his 95th career victory at the track he owns in his home town of Hartford, Ohio. It was a storybook ending that sent his local crowd and the entire sprint car world into pandemonium.

As the 1995 World of Outlaws champion climbed from his car, chants of "BLANEY! BLANEY! BLANEY!" erupted.

You could actually feel the bleachers shaking as the decibels rose and fans sprinted to victory lane. It was a special moment for Blaney, who rose to fame as a Sprint Car legend in his prime during the 1990's and now beat them again in the year 2021 with his own car.

"I feel like I had a Sprint Car career in the 90's, but I don't anymore," Blaney explained. "I just come out and play, nowadays. It's not lost on me that winning a World of Outlaws race in this day and age is giant; especially at a track I'm part-owner at. The response was just overwhelming."

The historical significant of Blaney's triumph is nothing to sell short.

He set the record for longest gap between World of Outlaws wins, striking at Sharon 23 years, 7 months, 2 days after his last victory at Southern New Mexico Speedway on October 21, 1997. He also broke the record for longest gap between a first and last career victory, making it 36 years, 1 month, 16 days between his April 5, 1985 win at Tri-City (IL) Speedway and Saturday's score.

Blaney also came close to being the oldest winner in the history of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series. He topped Sharon's Outlaw return at the age of 58 years, 6 months, 29 days. The record still belongs to Sammy Swindell, winning Eldora in 2014 at 58 years, 8 months, 16 days.

The best part of it all? Blaney wasn't even surprised.

"Yeah, I can believe it actually," Blaney told DIRTVision's Chase Raudman. "I thought we had a car that could come here and be competitive. We've raced here quite a few times with this car and it's ran really well. To have it actually work out is pretty crazy, though. This is really awesome."

Coming back in the year 2021 and doing it against today's modern crop of Outlaws is something that gives Blaney an extra sense of appreciation.

"This is such a proud moment for us," Blaney admitted. "This is a car we built ourselves and we just beat the Outlaws. Holy crap. It's a dream come true, and it happened at my home track."

Blaney's sudden victory stole the spotlight from Sheldon Haudenschild, who dominated the Feature for the opening 30 laps. By the halfway point, the NOS Energy Drink #17 has built a massive 7+ second lead and lapped inside the top-ten. He was gone, and yet another win was in the bag, but the caution flew for a slowing Aaron Reutzel on Lap 31.

It gave Blaney the one opportunity he needed, and he capitalized on it.

"I knew that was my only chance," Blaney said. "That caution saved us, no doubt. I could see him up there and the lappers were catching him on the bottom, so the top was slowing down. He wasn't going to move off it, so I thought I had a chance if I could get alongside him. I thought we were dead with two to go, but that mistake all we needed."

That mistake came on the final lap as Haudenschild rode the rim through turns one and two. However, the NOS Energy Drink #17 got too tight and he hit the wall. Blaney rolled by and beat him to the line by 0.802-seconds.

"I let my guys down," Haudenschild mentioned. "We've got a really fast race car, but I just pushed too hard and lost my momentum. Sometimes you get beat. If I'm gonna lose to anybody, I'm glad it's Dave. He and my dad [Jac Haudenschild] grew up racing so far him to get an Outlaw win this late in his career at his home track, that's special for the Blaney family."

It was an Ohio 1-2, and more importantly, a historical night that many will remember forever.

Closing out the top five at Sharon Speedway was Carson Macedo in the final podium spot with the Jason Johnson Racing #41, David Gravel in fourth aboard his Big Game Motorsports #2, and Brad Sweet in the Kasey Kahne Racing #49.

Rounding out the top ten on Saturday night was Brent Marks in sixth, Brock Zearfoss in seventh, Logan Schuchart in eighth, Kraig Kinser in ninth, and James McFadden in tenth.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series returns to "The Hoosier State" for a Memorial Day Weekend in Indiana. On Friday, May 28, The Greatest Show on Dirt visits Terre Haute Action Track before rolling over to Lawrenceburg Speedway on Monday, May 31.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps): 1. 10-Dave Blaney [4][$10,000]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1][$6,000]; 3. 41-Carson Macedo [3][$3,500]; 4. 2-David Gravel [5][$2,800]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [11][$2,500]; 6. 19-Brent Marks [8][$2,300]; 7. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [12][$2,200]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart [7][$2,100]; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser [13][$2,050]; 10. 9-James McFadden [10][$2,000]; 11. 15-Donny Schatz [19][$1,600]; 12. 2C-Wayne Johnson [21][$1,400]; 13. 40-George Hobaugh [9][$1,200]; 14. 11-Carl Bowser [14][$1,100]; 15. 42-Sye Lynch [6][$1,050]; 16. 13-Brandon Matus [17][$1,000]; 17. 23-Darren Pifer [15][$1,000]; 18. 22-Brandon Spithaler [16][$1,000]; 19. 5K-Adam Kekich [22][$1,000]; 20. O8-Brandon Conkel [24][$1,000]; 21. 29-Michael Bauer [20][$1,000]; 22. 83-Aaron Reutzel [2][$1,000]; 23. 1A-Jacob Allen [23][$1,000]; 24. 70-Henry Malcuit [18][$1,000]. Lap Leaders:Sheldon Haudenschild 1-34, Dave Blaney 35. KSE Hard Charger Award: 2C-Wayne Johnson[+9]

NEW Championship Standings (26/83 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (3,656); 2. David Gravel (-56); 3. Carson Macedo (-86); 4. Donny Schatz (-150); 5. Sheldon Haudenschild (-164); 6. Aaron Reutzel (-200); 7. Logan Schuchart (-204); 8. Kraig Kinser (-462); 9. Brock Zearfoss (-528); 10. James McFadden (-538).

 

 

IT'S NEVER OVER: Haudenschild's Misfortune is Gravel's Gain at Attica

NOS Energy Drink #17 Dominated until Innocent Lap Traffic Wreck with Two Laps Left

ATTICA, OH - May 21, 2021 - If it wasn't for bad luck, Sheldon Haudenschild might not have any luck at all.

The Wooster, OH native was coming to the white flag on Friday night, just 1/3-mile away from collecting a wildly popular home state win at Attica Raceway Park, but then it all went south. Running ahead of him, DJ Foos lost his left rear tire and spun around in turn four, leaving Haudenschild with nowhere to go as the NOS Energy Drink #17 plowed into him.

You could hear the gasps from the crowd and feel the energy shift as he was towed to the trailer.

Enter David Gravel. Who albeit lucky, placed himself in the perfect position to capitalize on Haudenschild's misfortune.

The Big Game Motorsports #2 returned to the point for the third time in the 40-lapper, and fended off a hungry Donny Schatz and a hard-charging Brent Marks for their fourth victory of the season with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Sprint Car Series.

"I'll take them anyway I can get them," Gravel admitted in victory lane. "I thought I was closing on him, but he was probably going to win that race no matter what. Obviously Sheldon is a fan favorite here, so you don't want to see stuff like that happen. 40 laps around Attica man, a lot of crazy things happen, and they sure did tonight."

While Gravel basked in the confetti on the frontstretch, Haudenschild was forced to wonder what could've been. Friday's show at Attica marked the fourth occurrence since the beginning of April that he lost the lead due to something out of his control with less than ten laps remaining.

"He lost that tire, and I just had nowhere to go," Haudenschild explained. "Nothing you can do about it. It sucks, man."

From the beginning, the Kistler Engines Classic brought the heat on the hottest raceday of the 2021 season. Slick Woody's Qualifying went to Gravel, who led a top-seven that timed within one-tenth of each other. The Team Drydene Heat Races were thrilling too, highlighted by Trey Jacobs denial of Carson Macedo at the checkered flag.

Jacobs, of Wooster, OH, kept the spotlight rolling when he proposed to his girlfriend at the redraw, and then promptly drew the one pill. Haudenschild entered the picture in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash when he thrilled a packed house bye going from last-to-first.

When the 40-lap NOS Energy Drink Feature went green, it was outside pole sitter Brandon Spithaler of Evans City, PA leading the first official lap of his World of Outlaws career. Unfortunately, his moment was short-lived as the #22 slid off the banking and over the cushion while battling Haudenschild for the lead on Lap 2.

A handful of stoppages slowed the action in the beginning, but once rolling the fans witnessed the good stuff. Racing into lap traffic, Haudenschild and Gravel swapped lanes from ripping the cushion to rolling the bottom, and they split lappers and exchanged the lead on multiple occasions.

Gravel took it from him on Lap 10 and started to sneak off, but Haudenschild snookered him on Lap 18 to get it back. Gravel came back fighting to resume command on Lap 20, but again Haudenschild snatched it from on Lap 22 as they went back-and-forth for the lead. Finally, Haudenschild gained some breathing room when Gravel was pinched off by a lapper, and actually slipped to third as Schatz rolled by for second.

Building a massive advantage, Haudenschild was leading Schatz by a whopping 3.397-seconds with ten to go. There was no such battle for the top spot, so fans turned their attention to second as Gravel eventually stole it back from Schatz on Lap 37.

The race was all but over on Lap 38 when Haudenschild received the two-to-go signal. Gravel was gaining ground, but simply had no time to offer a move on the #17. It all changed coming to the white flag, however, as Foos' left rear fell off and the #16 collected an innocent Haudenschild with nowhere to go.

A green-white-checkered became close between Gravel and Schatz, but ultimately the Watertown, CT native survived his second-ever victory at Ohio's Attica Raceway Park.

"I told my guys after the Dash that we had a good car, and we didn't make any adjustments," Gravel said on the Big Game #2. "I was just as good as Sheldon there in the early going, but I got too free and he ran away from me big-time. Once I fell back to third I slid the wing back and felt better. I really had no idea where to run on that green-white-checkered and felt like I made two terrible laps. Really glad we held on."

Coming up short by 0.540-seconds was Donny Schatz aboard the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15. Friday's result was the seventh podium finish of 2021 for the 10-time Series champion. He and the Ford Performance, Carquest crew are on a streak of eight-straight top-1o finishes, the most of all active drivers.

"I don't know if we could've got him, we just seemed to struggle at the end," Schatz claimed afterwards. "These guys are digging, though. We're doing everything we can. We'll get there, it's just taking longer than we expected."

Closing out the podium was Brent Marks of Myerstown, PA with an incredible 19th-to-3rd run worthy of KSE Racing Hard Charger. It's his fourth podium finish against the World of Outlaws in his last seven races since returning to the family-owned #19.

"The car was just so good," Marks bragged. "I could run where I needed be it top, bottom, or even middle. We started off really uncomfortable tonight, but sometimes those extra laps through the Last Chance Showdown are a blessing. We just kept getting better and better. I'm really proud of this whole team right now."

Rounding out the top-ten at Attica was Carson Macedo in fourth-place, Brad Sweet in fifth-place, James McFadden in seventh-place, Logan Schuchart in seventh-place, Brock Zearfoss in eighth-place, Wayne Johnson in ninth-place, and Craig Mintz in tenth-place.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will keep it in the state of Ohio on Saturday night as The Greatest Show on Dirt returns to Sharon Speedway for the first time since 2007. Fans can BUY TICKETS HERE.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps): 1. 2-David Gravel [4][$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [7][$6,000]; 3. 19-Brent Marks [19][$3,500]; 4. 41-Carson Macedo [8][$2,800]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [3][$2,500]; 6. 9-James McFadden [12][$2,300]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart [9][$2,200]; 8. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [16][$2,100]; 9. 2C-Wayne Johnson [21][$2,050]; 10. O9-Craig Mintz [13][$2,000]; 11. 1-Nate Dussel [11][$1,600]; 12. 18-Cole Macedo [18][$1,400]; 13. 35-Stuart Brubaker [15][$1,200]; 14. 5T-Travis Philo [23][$1,100]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser [10][$1,050]; 16. 70M-Henry Malcuit [22][$1,000]; 17. 22-Brandon Spithaler [2][$1,000]; 18. 83-Aaron Reutzel [5][$1,000]; 19. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1][$1,000]; 20. 16-DJ Foos [24][$1,000]; 21. 23-Chris Andrews [20][$1,000]; 22. 27S-John Ivy [17][$1,000]; 23. 70-Trey Jacobs [6][$1,000]; 24. 39M-Anthony Macri [14][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Brandon Spithaler 1; Sheldon Haudenschild 2-9, 18-19, 22-38; David Gravel 10-17, 20-21, 39-40. KSE Hard Charger Award: 19-Brent Marks[+16]

NEW Championship Standings (25/83 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (3,516); 2. David Gravel (-58); 3. Carson Macedo (-90); 4. Donny Schatz (-138); 5. Aaron Reutzel (-166); 6. Sheldon Haudenschild (-170); 7. Logan Schuchart (-198); 8. Kraig Kinser (-454); 9. Brock Zearfoss (-524); 10. James McFadden (-528).

 

 

HE GOT BIG GAME: David Gravel Building Chemistry & Momentum with New Team

Big Game Motorsports #2 Sits Second in the Championship Standings

WATERTOWN, CT - May 20, 2021 - No matter the car and no matter the crew, David Gravel always seems to find success.

Look no further than his newest gig at Big Game Motorsports for proof of that. After two highly-successful seasons driving the Jason Johnson Racing #41, the Watertown, CT native decided to join owner Tod Quiring and the #2 headed by crew chief Cody Jacobs heading into the 2021 season.

With 61 career World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series victories, there isn't much Gravel has yet to accomplish. He's a Knoxville Nationals champion and a National Open winner, but one specific bucket list item has eluded him: a championship.

The 28-year-old pilot finished third in the standings in four consecutive seasons from 2016-19. He was only 82 points away from the title in 2019, and the case could be made that he would've been a legitimate threat to steal it from Brad Sweet in 2020 if he competed in all 54 races.

Gravel's goal at Big Game is simple. He believes they can win championships - plural.

"We're trying to build something for years," Gravel spoke on the dynamic at Big Game Motorsports.

Through the first 24 of 83 scheduled races this year, Gravel and the Big Game #2 sit second in the championship chase behind Sweet and his Kasey Kahne Racing #49. The gap is only 68 points; a gap he'll try to close as the Series returns to Ohio this weekend for Attica Raceway Park on Friday and Sharon Speedway on Saturday. Fans can BUY TICKETS HERE.

Entering this weekend, Gravel currently leads the Series in Slick Woody's QuickTimes (6), Team Drydene Heat wins (10), DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash appearances (14), top-1o finishes (21), and average start (6.61).

A three-time winner with "The Greatest Show on Dirt" in 2021, Gravel's first victory lane trip aboard the Big Game #2 came at The Rev in Monroe, LA when he outran his championship competitor Sweet in an electrifying event. A historic weekend sweep worth $35,000 at Bristol Motor Speedway followed that in April.

"I'd say our first little stint as a new team together has gone really well," Gravel said on their season thus far. "Three wins is pretty solid. It's one of those things where you can always be better, but you can always be worse too. I'd say it's a good start, something we can build on for sure."

His 61 career victories is impressive enough, but let's not forget the fact that he's done it with seven different car owners. Before his current spot at the Big Game #2, Gravel was winning with the JJR #41, the CJB #5, the Roth #83, the Tiner #83SA, the Rose #6, and his family-owned #89G.

Combine that ability to adapt to any situation along with his incredible qualifying prowess - 75 QuickTimes in last decade, most of all drivers - and you'll get a driver that's not only comfortable, but confident in any car he wheels.

"One thing I think that has helped with transitioning to different teams is the fact that we ran basically the same schedules for so many years," Gravel mentioned. "You develop a good understanding of what the car needs and when and where to make those changes. Being a good qualifier definitely helps too. It's not all that great all the time, you always have to work with your guys and get better."

One of the favorite parts of the season for drivers and fans alike is the "Summer of Money." From June to September, the schedule is lined with big paydays after big paydays across the country.

There's the Huset's 50 paying $30,000-to-win on June 22, the Jackson Nationals paying $50,000-to-win on June 24, the Kings Royal paying $175,000-to-win TWICE on July 15 and July 17, the Silver Cup paying $25,000-to-win on July 20, the Summer Nationals paying $20,000-to-win on July 24, the Ironman 55 paying $20,000-to-win on August 7, the Knoxville Nationals paying $150,000-to-win on August 14, and the Skagit Nationals paying $25,000-to-win on September 5.

For Gravel, it's a summer full of opportunities to grow his bank account, and gain valuable points. He'll look to be on top of his game when Huset's and Jackson rolls around, especially with a $100,000 bonus available to the driver that sweeps THE SHOWDOWN, which is promoted by his owner Tod Quiring.

"I'm pumped we get to kick everything off with a big week at Huset's and Jackson," Gravel said looking ahead at the schedule. "I'm anxious to get back to Eldora and get a couple more shots there. I really want to redeem myself at Williams Grove, too. We can qualify well and that will be big to get ourselves in the Dash. We're working every where to get better for this summer."

Before the swing of summer begins, Gravel first has to tackle Attica Raceway Park tomorrow on Friday, May 21 and then Sharon Speedway on Saturday, May 22.

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

 

 

TRIPLE PLAY: Iowa and Wisconsin Officially Open World of Outlaws Summer Slate

Eight Races in Ten Days Begins with 34, Dubuque & Beaver Dam

WEST BURLINGTON, IA - May 19, 2021 - The summer months are the most grueling when it comes to the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.

Look no further than the first official week of summer for proof of that. In a span of ten days next month, The Greatest Show on Dirt will race eight nights at five tracks in four states. It's crucial for not only the championship chase, but also for perfecting your setup and building momentum into the laundry list of Crown Jewel events.

That demanding slate all begins with a triple-header through Iowa and Wisconsin on June 17-19.

Each of the three tracks highlighted in this June triple-header will be hosting their first and only appearance for the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars in 2021. Meaning it's extra important for teams to be prepared from the jump, and it's extra important for fans to get out and see the winged warriors in person.

On Thursday, June 17, the Outlaws return to 34 Raceway in West Burlington, IA for the sixth time in Series history. In five events dating back to 2008, five different winners have found victory lane at the 1/3-mile. Among those winners are Tony Bruce Jr., Joey Saldana, Craig Dollanksy, Donny Schatz, and Parker Price-Miller. Wayne Johnson is also a former winner at the track with a 2015 NSL triumph to his credit.

On Friday, June 18, a new track graces the schedule with the Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway in Dubuque, IA welcoming the World of Outlaws for the first time ever. The 3/8-mile bullring has never hosted The Greatest Show on Dirt, but several different sanctioning bodies have contested events at the Iowa facility before. Dubuque is another track where Oklahoma City's Wayne Johnson has won before, scoring a Sprint Invaders win in 2019.

"I love getting out to new tracks," said David Gravel, who is second in the championship standings. "We go to some places like Knoxville, Eldora or Williams Grove where everyone has all these massive notebooks and we all have agendas on what to expect and then how to react. But, when we go to these new places, you have to throw everything out the window. Obviously you can compare it to other tracks, but it's all an even playing field when the night begins. You really see which driver and crews can adapt the best."

On Saturday, June 19, Beaver Dam Raceway in Beaver Dam, WI hosts the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars for the 29th time. The 3/8th-mile oval debuted on the schedule in 1996 and has been a winning track for legends like Kinser, Haudenschild, Blaney, Schatz, and others over the years.

When it comes to Beaver Dam, Brad Sweet has been the man to beat lately, and quite frankly, he's been unbeatable. The two-time and defending Series champion has won three consecutive World of Outlaws events at Beaver Dam, and four total in his career. With one month remaining until start of summer, Sweet and his Kasey Kahne Racing #49 lead the standings by 68 points.

"Anytime you can go to a place where you've won multiple times, you get the little boost of confidence," Sweet noted. "Especially with our crew right, I've got great chemistry with Eric, Joe, and Andrew, we all know what to expect out of each other. We've really hit on something at Beaver Dam. It's a fun little race track, and hopefully we can keep that streak alive."

The real grind begins following that triple-header as the "Summer of Money" gets underway with THE SHOWDOWN.

Teams will get a one-day break following Beaver Dam, using Sunday as a travel and maintenance day. On Monday & Tuesday, June 21-22, the Huset's 50 offers two nights of racing and a finale paying $30,000-to-win. Another one day away from the track ensues before three more nights at the Jackson Nationals on June 24-26 brings around a $50,000-to-win prize. If any driver can sweep both finales, they'll take home an extra $100,000.

Through 24 of a scheduled 83 events, Sweet is leading the standings in pursuit of his third-consecutive World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series championship.

However, on his heels are six hungry drivers, all within 200 points of the coveted top spot.

Trailing The Big Cat is David Gravel (-68) in the Big Game Motorsports #2, Carson Macedo (-92) in the Jason Johnson Racing #41, Aaron Reutzel (-140) in the Roth Motorsports #83, Sheldon Haudenschild (-142) in the Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17, Donny Schatz (-144) in the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15, and Logan Schuchart (-194) in the Shark Racing #1S.

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

 

 

SHARK STRIKES: Logan Schuchart Tops Bridgeport for Second Win of Season

Carson Macedo's Perfect Night Taken by Schuchart in New Jersey

SWEDESBORO, NJ - May 18, 2021 - A standing-room-only crowd on Tuesday night served witness to an attack by Shark Racing at Bridgeport Motorsports Park.

Logan Schuchart, piloting his Drydene Performance Products #1S, soared by Carson Macedo on Lap 11 and ran away with his second World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series triumph of the 2021 season, and the 25th of his career.

It was a much-needed breakthrough for the Hanover, PA native, who snapped a 21-race losing streak with his mid-week win. It was a victory lane trip months in the making, and one that quite possibly restored the confidence and momentum they've been searching for since February.

Schuchart's score, which brings him only five away from tying his grandfather Bobby Allen at 30 World of Outlaws wins, came with the defeat of Macedo, who had a perfect night going. The Jason Johnson Racing #41 established a New Track Record in Slick Woody's Qualifying, won his Team Drydene Heat Race, won the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, and led 11 laps before fading to Schuchart's Triple-X powered by Newman's Racing Engines.

"Confidence is everything," Schuchart said with a pep in his step. "You know we started off the season so strong, but the small issues started coming and it seemed like one thing after another hit us. Sometimes parts fail, there's just nothing you can do about it. We need that confidence back, and I think we've got it."

Marking the first appearance by The Greatest Show on Dirt at the newly-reconfigured 4/10-mile, Tuesday's trip to Bridgeport started off hot with Macedo's time of 13.215 seconds establishing a New Track Record. Three thrilling Team Drydene Heat Races followed and the stage was set for an intense 30-lap NOS Energy Drink Feature.

It was Outlaws vs. Posse on the front row as Macedo dealt with Anthony Macri of Dillsburg, PA to his outside. Macri offered a Lap one slider with hopes of stealing the top spot, but Macedo's outside momentum was too much to bare. Schuchart, who started fourth, made his move to second on Lap two as he went by Macri and started to reel in Macedo.

With the aid of lap traffic, Schuchart scooted closer and eventually stole command of the lead from Macedo on Lap 12. Macedo was mired on the outside as Schuchart stuck the very bottom of the 4/10-mile and rolled his #1S right on by.

Near the halfway point, Donny Schatz entered the picture and made it a three-way war for the top spot as he dueled with Macedo and Schuchart. A trio of stoppages for Aaron Reutzel, Brock Zearfoss & Ryan Smith slowed the pace, but the action returned with the final restart on Lap 16.

The battle for P1 got real interesting on Lap 22 when Macedo attempted a slide job on Schuchart, but he came up just short and lost his only chance to sneak up on the #1S. From there, Schuchart ran off to take the checkered flag by 1.731-seconds over Macedo.

"My grandfather never quits, and he's our motivation," Schuchart said on never giving up. "We've got a Triple-X with 50 races on it, this wing has been patched up a hundred times, you know. We put this old car together and I'd say she's doing something right. So happy to get it back in victory lane where it belongs."

Macedo's perfect night fell to the wayside by one position, but he did gain crucial points on Brad Sweet and David Gravel in the championship chase as summer approaches.

"I feel bad for my guys," Macedo candidly mentioned. "I think we had the car to win, but just lost it in traffic. I was making speed through the middle, but I didn't know where to be in traffic. I went to the top and Logan drove right by me on the bottom. I just couldn't get it going from there."

Finishing third and rallying after falling to fifth was Anthony Macri, giving the PA Posse one representative on the podium.

"We've been running consistent," Macri said after his second podium in four races. "I felt like we had a good shot from the front row, but we just didn't have the car to win the race. It's a confidence booster, though. Whenever we can run well against these guys you're doing something right."

Rounding out the top five on Tuesday night was Donny Schatz in fourth-place aboard the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, Carquest #15, and Sheldon Haudenschild in fifth-place aboard the Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing, NOS Energy Drink #17.

Closing out the top ten at Bridgeport was a group of Pennsylvanian's and Californian's. It was Brent Marks in sixth, Brad Sweet in seventh, Danny Dietrich in eighth, Giovanni Scelzi in ninth, and Buddy Kofoid in tenth.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will take two days off before returning to the state of Ohio for a weekend doubleheader. On Friday, May 21, we're off to Attica Raceway Park followed by a visit to Sharon Speedway on Saturday, May 22.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps): 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [4][$10,000]; 2. 41-Carson Macedo [1][$6,000]; 3. 39M-Anthony Macri [2][$3,500]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$2,800]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [7][$2,500]; 6. 19-Brent Marks [5][$2,300]; 7. 49-Brad Sweet [8][$2,200]; 8. 48-Danny Dietrich [10][$2,100]; 9. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [6][$2,050]; 10. 5X-Buddy Kofoid [9][$2,000]; 11. 2-David Gravel [17][$1,600]; 12. 9-James McFadden [15][$1,400]; 13. 5-Tyler Ross [22][$1,200]; 14. 83-Aaron Reutzel [12][$1,100]; 15. 51-Freddie Rahmer [19][$1,050]; 16. 1A-Jacob Allen [18][$1,000]; 17. 67-Justin Whittall [20][$1,000]; 18. 7-Steve Buckwalter [23][$1,000]; 19. 11K-Kraig Kinser [11][$1,000]; 20. 10X-Ryan Smith [14][$1,000]; 21. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [16][$1,000]; 22. 2C-Wayne Johnson [21][$1,000]; 23. 44-Dave Brown [24][$1,000]; 24. 37-JJ Grasso [13][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Carson Macedo 1-11, Logan Schuchart 12-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 5-Tyler Ross[+9]

NEW Championship Standings (24/83 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (3,376); 2. David Gravel (-68); 3. Carson Macedo (-92); 4. Aaron Reutzel (-140); 5. Sheldon Haudenschild (-142); 6. Donny Schatz (-144); 7. Logan Schuchart (-194); 8. Kraig Kinser (-494); 9. Brock Zearfoss (-518); 10. James McFadden (-526).

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: New Jersey & Ohio Await the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars

The Greatest Show on Dirt Brings Excitement to Three Tracks in Five Days

SWEDESBORO, NJ - May 17, 2021 - The most grueling schedule in Motorsports knows no rest. That's why the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars are set for another three races this week after tackling three nights last week.

After sweeping the PA Posse, the Outlaws now turn their focus to New Jersey and Ohio.

On Tuesday, Bridgeport Motorsports Park's Kingdom of Speed re-joins the schedule as a newly-reconfigured 4/10-mile oval. When the weekend comes, it's off to Ohio for back-to-back nights at Attica Raceway Park on Friday followed by Sharon Speedway on Saturday.

BRIDGEPORT TICKETS (5/18)
ATTICA TICKETS (5/21)
SHARON TICKETS (5/22)

Here's some of the most noteworthy storylines to follow this week:

ONE NIGHT ONLY: Tuesday's stop at Bridgeport Motorsports Park will be the only race all season long in the state of New Jersey for the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. Fans from The Garden State can make the trek to Central Pennsylvania in July or October, but it won't get any closer to home than this. Bridgeport is the third facility in New Jersey to host the World of Outlaws, alongside Flemington and New Egypt Speedway.

NEW CONFIGURATION: Although it has remained the same facility in Swedesboro, NJ over all these years, the layout of Bridgeport Speedway's actual race track has changed on a handful of occasions. There was the original 5/8-mile speed plant which Sammy Swindell dominated with five wins in seven shows. Two years ago, the Outlaws raced on a renovated 3/8-mile smaller oval, and now they'll face the reconfigured 4/10-mile for the first time on Tuesday night.

DOTY WARM-UP: Friday's appearance at Attica Raceway Park in Attica, OH for the Kistler Engines Classic is a great opportunity to prepare for the Brad Doty Classic on Tuesday, July 13, which is the official kick-off to an epic week in Ohio. The prestigious Brad Doty Classic precedes four consecutive nights at Eldora with a pair of $175,000-to-win Kings Royal's up for grabs. Donny Schatz (4 wins) and David Gravel (1 win) are the only active Outlaw winner at Attica.

LONG TIME NO SEE: Saturday's show at Sharon Speedway ends a 14-year absence of the World of Outlaws from the Hartford, OH 3/8-mile. The exact span since that last appearance won by Steve Kinser on June 1, 2007? A long 5,105 days.

Although none of the active drivers have won at the track in World of Outlaws competition, several drivers still have winning experience at Sharon to rely on. Both Aaron Reutzel and Sheldon Haudenschild have topped All-Star Circuit of Champions race, while Brad Sweet also owns a 2012 Lou Blaney Memorial title from the track.

POSSE INVASION: The Outlaws made it out of Pennsylvania with a clean 3-0 sweep last week, beating the Posse at Lincoln and both nights at Williams Grove. However, they haven't completely dispatched themselves of the Central PA gassers yet. Located just over two hours away, Bridgeport's $10,000-to-win allure is just enough to pull the Posse off the porch and add some extra spice to the mid-week showing.

Among the leading PA Posse stars expected to run is Danny Dietrich of Gettysburg, PA, who beat Donny Schatz to win at Bridgeport in 2019. Brent Marks of Myerstown, PA has three podiums over the last 10 days since re-joining his family-owned #19, and ran top-five at Bridgeport in April. Additional threats like Anthony Macri of Dillsburg, PA and Freddie Rahmer of Salfordville. PA are expected to be in attendance as well.

POINTS TIGHTEN: A long and unpredictable 60 races remain, but nonetheless, the championship standings are as tight as they've been in more than a month. Two-time and defending champion Brad Sweet continues to lead the way aboard his Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49, but the competition closing quickly after a rough spell for the Grass Valley, CA native.

David Gravel (-60) has been steadily gaining with his Big Game Motorsports #2, but behind him are recent winners Carson Macedo (-102) in the Jason Johnson Racing #41 and Aaron Reutzel (-126) in the Roth Motorsports #83. Also in the hunt is Sheldon Haudenschild's (-146) Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17, Donny Schatz's (-150) Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15, and Logan Schuchart's (-206) Shark Racing #1S.

HOME SWEET HOME: Wooster, OH native Sheldon Haudenschild relishes every chance he gets to compete in his home state of Ohio. Lucky for him, he gets two opportunities this weekend.

Within the past year, Haudenschild has nabbed wins at Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, OH and Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH. This weekend, he has Attica and Sharon on the agenda. Both are tracks where his legendary father Jac Haudenschild has found victory lane before, and Sheldon himself has won with the All-Stars at each facility too.

MORE MILESTONES: Just one week after starting his 1,900th Feature, Donny Schatz of Fargo, ND hit his latest milestone. This time, the 10-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion recorded his 1,400th top-10 finish.

That's a top-1o in almost 75% of his starts dating back to 1995. Up next? That elusive first win of the season for the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanain Racing #15.

This Week at a Glance – When and Where

Tuesday, May 18 at Bridgeport Motorsports Park in Swedesboro, NJ
Friday, May 21 at Attica Raceway Park in Attica, OH
Saturday, May 22 at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, OH

On the Internet
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series
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Around the Turn: Following this weekend, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will return to Indiana for a Memorial Day Weekend at Terre Haute Action Track on Friday, May 28 and Lawrenceburg Speedway on Monday, May 31.

NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (8 Drivers):
9 wins – Brad Sweet, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #49
3 wins – David Gravel, Big Game Motorsports #2
3 wins – Sheldon Haudenschild, Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17
3 wins – Carson Macedo, Jason Johnson Racing #41
2 wins – Aaron Reutzel, Roth Motorsports #83
1 win – Logan Schuchart, Shark Racing #1S
1 win – James McFadden, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #9
1 win – Brent Marks, Brent Marks Racing #19M

FEATURE LAPS LED (16 Drivers):
202 laps – Brad Sweet
90 laps – Sheldon Haudenschild
89 laps – Donny Schatz
81 laps – Aaron Reutzel
76 laps – David Gravel
49 laps – Logan Schuchart
36 laps – Carson Macedo
31 laps – James McFadden
27 laps – Sam Hafertepe Jr.
19 laps – Tyler Courtney
17 laps – Brent Marks
10 laps – Jacob Allen & Brock Zearfoss
3 laps – Ian Madsen
1 lap – Kasey Kahne & Kraig Kinser

SLICK WOODY’S QUICKTIME AWARDS (11 Drivers):
6 QuickTimes – David Gravel
4 QuickTimes – Sheldon Haudenschild
2 QuickTimes – Brad Sweet, James McFadden, Cory Eliason, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
1 QuickTime – Aaron Reutzel, Logan Schuchart, Danny Dietrich, Anthony Macri, Giovanni Scelzi

DRYDENE HEAT RACE WINNERS (24 Drivers)
10 Heat Wins – David Gravel
8 Heat Wins – Carson Macedo, Aaron Reutzel
6 Heat Wins – Sheldon Haudenschild, James McFadden
5 Heat Wins - Donny Schatz
4 Heat Wins – Logan Schuchart
3 Heat Wins – Brock Zearfoss, Ian Madsen, Brian Brown, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
2 Heat Wins – Jacob Allen, Kasey Kahne, Kraig Kinser, Jason Sides, Giovanni Scelzi, Brad Sweet, Kyle Larson
1 Heat Win – Danny Dietrich, Hunter Schuerenberg, Tyler Courtney, Lance Dewease, Anthony Macri

PODIUM FINISHES (19 Drivers):
14 Podiums – Brad Sweet
6 Podiums – Sheldon Haudenschild, Donny Schatz, Carson Macedo, Aaron Reutzel
5 Podiums – David Gravel, Logan Schuchart
4 Podiums - Brent Marks
3 Podiums – James McFadden, Giovanni Scelzi
2 Podiums – Cory Eliason, Lance Dewease
1 Podium – Kraig Kinser, Danny Dietrich, Tyler Courtney, Justin Peck, Brian Brown, Anthony Macri, Sam Hafertepe Jr.

2021 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Schedule & Winners

No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Fri, Feb. 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Brad Sweet (1)
2. Sun, Feb. 7 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Logan Schuchart (1)
3. Fri, March 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Carson Macedo (1)
4. Sat, March 6 / East Bay Raceway Park / Tampa, FL / Aaron Reutzel (1)
5. Fri, March 12 / Magnolia Motor Speedway / Columbus, MS / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)
6. Sat, March 13 / The Rev / Monroe, LA / David Gravel (1)
7. Fri, March 19 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Sheldon Haudenschild (2)
8. Sat, March 20 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Brad Sweet (2)
9. Sat, March 27 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, MO / Brad Sweet (3)
10. Fri, April 2 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (4)
11. Sat, April 3 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (5)
12. Fri, April 9 / Kokomo Speedway / Kokomo, IN / James McFadden (1)
13. Sat, April 10 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Carson Macedo (2)
14. Fri, April 22 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN / David Gravel (2)
15. Sun, April 24 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN / David Gravel (3)
16. Thur, April 29 / Jacksonville Speedway / Jacksonville, IL / Brad Sweet (6)
17. Fri, April 30 / I-70 Motorsports Park / Odessa, MO / Brad Sweet (7)
18. Sat, May 1 / I-70 Motorsports Park / Odessa, MO / Brad Sweet (8)
19. Sat, May 8 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Brent Marks (1)
20. Sat, May 8 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Sheldon Haudenschild (3)
21. Wed, May 12 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbottstown, PA / Brad Sweet (9)
22. Fri, May 14 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Carson Macedo (3)
23. Sat, May 15 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Aaron Reutzel (2)

 

 

OUTLAWS SWEEP: Aaron Reutzel Conquers Morgan Cup for $15,000 Williams Grove Win

Reutzel Holds off Scelzi and Dewease in Closing Stages of 30-Lap Feature

MECHANICSBURG, PA - May 15, 2021 - With the aid of Aaron Reutzel, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series completed a clean sweep of the PA Posse on Saturday night.

Making his 100th career start, the Clute, TX native won his Team Drydene Heat Race, scored the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, and wired the 30-lap Feature to score the $15,000 Morgan Cup title at Williams Grove Speedway.

It was his fourth-career triumph at the iconic Mechanicsburg, PA 1/2-mile, but his first on the grand stage that is the Outlaws vs. Posse rivalry. Saturday's score was also his second of the 2021 season aboard the Roth Motorsports #83.

Reutzel's fourth-career World of Outlaws win didn't come without challenge; Gio Scelzi and Lance Dewease made it interesting down the stretch of the 30-lapper, but failed to make a move for the lead.

"To win at The Grove is one thing, but winning an Outlaw show at The Grove is pretty incredible," Reutzel remarked in victory lane. "There are a lot of guys that haven't done that. It's an honor to put my name on that win list. We've been struggling this last month, but we went back to work and found our qualifying speed again, and now here are back in victory lane."

Jetting to the lead once the green flag dropped, Reutzel set sail on the field while all eyes turned to Lance Dewease's #69K after a wild 10th-to-5th charge on the opening lap.

Scelzi settled into second aboard the KCP Racing #18 and Kerry Madsen dropped into third in his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #14. The leaders ran through traffic in the opening stages, but it got good when Dewease started to charge in the second half with a slider on Madsen for the third spot.

Dewease began approaching Scelzi for second as both started to cut into Reutzel's advantage with less than ten to go. Lap traffic helped assist their run to the #83's back bumper, and it actually got real close in the final laps.

As Reutzel elected to go low, Scelzi stayed committed to the top and continually made ground on him. He was hounding him at times, but Reutzel was never bothered. He aced the bottom lap-after-lap and eventually extended his lead as Scelzi bobbled on the top side.

Ultimately, Reutzel crossed the finish line ahead of Scelzi by 2.190-seconds.

"I was going by lap cars up there real easily in the beginning, so I knew it was time to go to the bottom when the lappers were pulling away from me," Reutzel mentioned on his decision to swap lanes. "Sometimes it's good to be in lap traffic just so you can judge your speed off them. I was real glad it went green-to-checkered there."

Coming home with a season-best finish of second-place was Giovanni Scelzi of Fresno, CA in his KCP #18.

"I ran as hard I could for 30 laps, man," Scelzi said. "It's hard to be disappointed with second, though. I caught him and knew it was taking rubber, but I was committed to the top at that point. It sealed the deal when I missed it coming to three-to-go. Still a great run for us."

Rounding out the podium and earning KSE Hard Charger honors was Lance Dewease with a tenth-to-third bid. His run towards the front was halted by lap traffic and track conditions alike.

"I thought we were really good, but it started rubbering up and that hurt our setup," Dewease noted. "That lapper wasn't doing nothing wrong, but he was just in the way for my entry. Starting 10th and running third against these guys, though, that makes me happy."

Closing out the top ten at Williams Grove Speedway was Anthony Macri of Dillsburg, PA in fourth, Kerry Madsen of St. Mary's, NSW, AUS in fifth, Kyle Larson of Elk Grove, CA in sixth, James McFadden of Alice Springs, NT, AUS in seventh, Donny Schatz of Fargo, ND in eighth, Logan Schuchart of Hanover, PA in ninth, and TJ Stutts of

UP NEXT - The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will take two days off before resuming its eastern swing on Tuesday, May 18 at the newly-reconfigured Bridgeport Motorsports Park in Swedesboro, NJ.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) - 1. 83-Aaron Reutzel [1][$15,000]; 2. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [2][$6,000]; 3. 69K-Lance Dewease [10][$3,500]; 4. 39M-Anthony Macri [4][$2,800]; 5. 14-Kerry Madsen [3][$2,500]; 6. 57-Kyle Larson [8][$2,300]; 7. 9-James McFadden [6][$2,200]; 8. 15-Donny Schatz [12][$2,100]; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart [13][$2,050]; 10. 11-TJ Stutts [7][$2,000]; 11. 19M-Brent Marks [11][$1,600]; 12. 49-Brad Sweet [5][$1,400]; 13. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [15][$1,200]; 14. 2-David Gravel [14][$1,100]; 15. 48-Danny Dietrich [16][$1,050]; 16. 41-Carson Macedo [9][$1,000]; 17. 51-Freddie Rahmer [17][$1,000]; 18. 6-Ryan Smith [21][$1,000]; 19. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [19][$1,000]; 20. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [18][$1,000]; 21. 99M-Kyle Moody [27][$]; 22. 24-Jeff Halligan [26][$]; 23. 11K-Kraig Kinser [25][$]; 24. 39-Chase Dietz [20][$1,000]; 25. 27S-Alan Krimes [22][$1,000]; 26. 1W-Brandon Rahmer [23][$1,000]; 27. 75-Tyler Ross [24][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Aaron Reutzel 1-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 69K-Lance Dewease[+7]

 

 

OUTLAWS REIGN: Carson Macedo Denies Lance Dewease at Williams Grove

Macedo Survives Last-Lap Slider from Dewease to Win Morgan Cup Opener

MECHANICSBURG, PA - May 14, 2021 - It came down to the last corner, but once again the World of Outlaws defeated the PA Posse.

This time, though, it was a first-time Central Pennsylvania Outlaw winner with Carson Macedo breaking through to deny local legend Lance Dewease of his 100th career Williams Grove Speedway victory.

The Lemoore, CA native commanded all 25 laps of Friday's Morgan Cup opener, but it wasn't without heavy challenges from the Fayetteville, PA superstar.

Dewease, driving the iconic #69K owned by Don Kreitz Jr., stalked Macedo's Jason Johnson Racing #41 all throughout the NOS Energy Drink Feature. They raced through lap traffic and Dewease closed the gap enough to try a slider for the win in the last corner, but it fell just short as Macedo planted the throttle and whipped around him.

Winning by 0.361-seconds, Macedo clinched his third victory of the 2021 season and his ninth-career win with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.

"This feels amazing," Macedo blurted out standing in Williams Grove victory lane. "I just won my first World of Outlaws race at the Grove; something I never thought I would do. To have Lance run second, you know he's one of the best ever here, and probably all-time. What a night."

Macedo's path to victory lane could easily be credited to his phenomenal starts all night long at the Mechanicsburg, PA 1/2-mile.

He aced the outside of turns one and two time and time again, beating Brad Sweet then Sheldon Haudenschild in his Drydene Heat Race to claim a redraw position. From there, he drew second and beat Lance Dewease on the outside once again in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash.

Starting from pole position, Macedo won the battle into turn one and never relinquished the lead from there.

Dewease, who started outside pole and ran second for the entirety of the race, came close in the latter stages with the aid of lap traffic, but just couldn't get past the #41. Macedo's victory denied Dewease of his 100th career Williams Grove win.

"It's all about clean air right now with this track," Dewease noted afterwards. "I tried real hard to make ground, especially through turns one and two if I could hit the strip in the middle just right, but it was tough to do consistently. I'd catch him in traffic, but he'd get a lapper and that would mess me up. I clipped the front end on the berm coming to the checkered and it killed my shot to get in front of him."

Finishing in the final podium position was Brent Marks of Myerstown, PA. It's his third podium appearance in the last four events since bringing his own #19M operation back to the World of Outlaws races.

"Those guys were just too good tonight," Marks mentioned. "It would've been nice to get bottled up near the end with a restart, but we just didn't get it. We probably needed to go further with the setup. I thought it would curb up in turns one and two, but it went away and that hurt us."

Closing out the top-five on Friday night was former Williams Grove winners James McFadden in fourth aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing #9 and Aaron Reutzel in fifth aboard his Roth Motorsports #83.

Rounding out the top-ten on night one of the Morgan Cup was Kerry Madsen's Tony Stewart Racing #14, David Gravel's Big Game Motorsports #2, Donny Schatz's Tony Stewart Racing #15, Sheldon Haudenschild's Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing's #17, and Kyle Larson's Paul Silva #57.

UP NEXT - The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will wrap up the Pennsylvania swing against the Posse tomorrow on Saturday, May 15 with the Morgan Cup finale at Williams Grove Speedway.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 41-Carson Macedo [1][$10,000]; 2. 69K-Lance Dewease [2][$5,500]; 3. 19M-Brent Marks [8][$3,200]; 4. 9-James McFadden [4][$2,600]; 5. 83-Aaron Reutzel [6][$2,350]; 6. 14-Kerry Madsen [7][$2,150]; 7. 2-David Gravel [3][$2,100]; 8. 15-Donny Schatz [11][$1,950]; 9. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [10][$1,900]; 10. 57-Kyle Larson [9][$1,850]; 11. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [12][$1,400]; 12. 48-Danny Dietrich [13][$1,200]; 13. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [5][$1,000]; 14. 49-Brad Sweet [14][$950]; 15. 39M-Anthony Macri [16][$900]; 16. 51-Freddie Rahmer [25][$]; 17. 1S-Logan Schuchart [22][$900]; 18. 11-TJ Stutts [15][$900]; 19. 72-Tim Shaffer [18][$900]; 20. 11K-Kraig Kinser [21][$900]; 21. 99M-Kyle Moody [23][$900]; 22. 19MX-Landon Myers [17][$900]; 23. 24-Jeff Halligan [20][$900]; 24. 44-Dylan Norris [19][$900]; 25. 17B-Steve Buckwalter [24][$900]; 26. 39-Chase Dietz [26][$]. Lap Leaders: Carson Macedo 1-25. KSE Hard Charger Award: 51-Freddie Rahmer[+9]

NEW Championship Standings (22/83 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (3,114); 2. David Gravel (-56); 3. Carson Macedo (-94); 4. Sheldon Haudenschild (-144); 5. Aaron Reutzel (-150); 6. Donny Schatz (-158); 7. Logan Schuchart (-214); 8. Kraig Kinser (-388); 9. Brock Zearfoss (-476); 10. James McFadden (-526).

 

 

ON THE BOARD: Brad Sweet Finally Tames Lincoln for World of Outlaws Triumph vs. PA Posse

Sweet, Schatz, Marks & Macri Highlight Four-Car War at Drydene Gettysburg Clash

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA - May 12, 2021 - The Pennsylvania Posse hasn't had too many opportunities to let Brad Sweet know how they feel about him. So rightfully, when he finally scored his first-career Lincoln Speedway win on Wednesday night by beating two of their proud Posse pilots, they let the jeers and sneers rain down on The Big Cat.

Sweet loved it. He soaked up every jab as he stood in victory lane for the ninth time this season.

You see, this two-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion is a west-coaster; he grew up on the bullrings of California near his Grass Valley home. And for years since he joined The Greatest Show on Dirt, Central Pennsylvania was his ultimate kryptonite. Not on this night, though.

Leading the final seven laps at Lincoln, Sweet capitalized on the lap traffic madness when Danny Dietrich spooked race leader Brent Marks and slowed him up, allowing the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49 to sneak by. He survived the closing laps and held on to narrowly secure the title at the 2021 Gettysburg Clash pres. by Drydene Performance Products.

"This is a fun little rivalry, I'm glad I could get the Outlaws another win," Sweet said on the battle with the PA Posse. "I'm hearing quite a bit of booing up there, which I think is cool. That's what this is all about, really. It's about these huge crowds we get and putting on a show for the fans. We appreciate it whether they're cheering or booing."

Before Sweet celebrated in the infield, a wild 35-lapper ensued at the Abbottstown, PA 3/8-mile.

Donny Schatz, the 10-time Series champion, led the field to green after winning the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash over PA Posse legend, Lance Dewease. Schatz paced the opening 11 circuits aboard his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15 before Sweet entered the picture and ripped the top to lead Lap 12.

That didn't last long as Schatz came back with a slide job into turn one and resumed command on Lap 13. While the Fargo, ND native controlled the top spot, Sweet brought 12th-starting Brent Marks of Myerstown, PA along with him as they mounted a challenge for the lead past the halfway point.

On Lap 24, Marks perfected the bottom off turns one and two to drive by Sweet down the backstretch, and soon after stole the lead from Schatz on Lap 25. The duo of Marks and Schatz continued to race side-by-side down the stretch until the polarizing Lap 28 half-spin by lapper Danny Dietrich changed the outlook of the race.

In an effort to avoid Dietrich, Marks and Schatz were both forced to take evasive action. The end result? It allowed Sweet and Anthony Macri of Dillsburg, PA to drive by them on Lap 29 of 35. The move shuffled Marks back fourth, but he came roaring back with a vengeance as he passed Schatz, then Macri, and set his sights on Sweet.

The #19M closed on the #49 lap-after-lap, but eventually ran out of time as Sweet took the checkered flag over Marks by 0.251-seconds.

"I think Brent had the car to beat," Sweet admitted. "We had the car to run second, but was better than us at moving around and going through traffic. It's still one of the best cars I've ever had here, but we need to recognize there's room to grow. A win is win, though, especially in Central Pennsylvania. We had a bad weekend at Eldora, so to rebound with a win gives us some confidence going to Williams Grove."

Brent Marks settled for second-place honors as the highest-finishing PA Posse driver at Lincoln.

"He [Dietrich] just got all crossed up in front of me, and I had to check up and get over the cushion to get around him," Marks said on the lap traffic incident. "It's disappointing, but still a really great run for us. It's a lot of fun to be up here battling guys like Brad and Donny like that. This car has been awesome lately. These World of Outlaws races are never over until they're over."

Following Sweet and Marks at the Gettysburg Clash was Anthony Macri with his second-career World of Outlaws podium aboard the #39M.

"I just took advantage on that situation the best I could," Macri mentioned on bolting to second late in the going. "We'll take this and look forward to Williams Grove."

David Gravel ended up fourth aboard the Big Game Motorsports #2 and Donny Schatz faded to finish fifth in the mid-week show.

Rounding out the top-1o was Carson Macedo, Sheldon Haudenschild, James McFadden, Aaron Reutzel & TJ Stutts.

UP NEXT - The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will take one day off before resuming the rivalry with the PA Posse on Friday and Saturday night with the Morgan Cup taking place at Williams Grove Speedway.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [2][$10,000]; 2. 19M-Brent Marks [12][$6,000]; 3. 39M-Anthony Macri [4][$3,500]; 4. 2-David Gravel [9][$2,800]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [1][$2,500]; 6. 41-Carson Macedo [8][$2,300]; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [11][$2,200]; 8. 9-James McFadden [5][$2,100]; 9. 83-Aaron Reutzel [7][$2,050]; 10. 11-TJ Stutts [15][$2,000]; 11. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [13][$1,600]; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser [17][$1,400]; 13. 87-Alan Krimes [25][$200]; 14. 5-Paul McMahan [6][$1,100]; 15. 1S-Logan Schuchart [22][$1,050]; 16. 51-Freddie Rahmer [14][$1,000]; 17. 55K-Robbie Kendall [21][$1,000]; 18. 99M-Kyle Moody [19][$1,000]; 19. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [24][$1,000]; 20. 5E-Tim Wagaman [26][$]; 21. 8-Devon Borden [10][$1,000]; 22. 48-Danny Dietrich [20][$1,000]; 23. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [23][$1,000]; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen [18][$1,000]; 25. 69K-Lance Dewease [3][$1,000]; 26. 1X-Chad Trout [16][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Donny Schatz 1-11; 13-24; Brad Sweet 12, 29-35; Brent Marks 25-28. KSE Hard Charger Award:87-Alan Krimes[+12]

NEW Championship Standings (21/83 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (2,992); 2. David Gravel (-70); 3. Carson Macedo (-122); 4. Sheldon Haudenschild (-154); 5. Aaron Reutzel (-168); 6. Donny Schatz (-170); 7. Logan Schuchart (-208); 8. Kraig Kinser (-376); 9. Brock Zearfoss (-444); 10. James McFadden (-546).

CBS to broadcast World of Outlaws Bristol special
The World of Outlaws Sprint Cars and Late Models return to national TV for an hour-long show

CONCORD, NC – May 12, 2021 – Race fans around the country will get to relive the World of Outlaws’ historic return to Bristol Motor Speedway when the premier dirt racing series returns to the CBS Television Network for the World of Outlaws: It’s Bristol Baby special on June 12 at 1:30pm (ET).

The nationally televised hour-long special will showcase record-setting speeds and eye-widening moments from the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series return to Bristol for the first time in 20 years and World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series’ debut at “The Last Great Colosseum.” It’ll also feature interviews from drivers like Kyle Larson, two-time Sprint Car champion Brad Sweet and three-time Late Model champion Brandon Sheppard.

“By stepping onto the stage at one of the most iconic racetracks in the country like Bristol Motor Speedway, we were able to showcase the best dirt car racing in the world to a new audience. And we gave them four amazing shows,” World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter said. “We are grateful for CBS once again providing us with a platform to expand that audience further and continue to provide our current fans something special.”

The Bristol Bash, featuring the World of Outlaws Late Models, saw the best Super Late Model drivers in the country go wheel-to-wheel in two 40-lap Features. The first night featured a brawl among legends in the sport like Sheppard, four-time champion Josh Richards and multi-time winner Chris Madden. Then, the second Feature saw rising young guns Devin Moran, Ricky Weiss and Ross Bailes bring fans to their feet with their late-race battle.

When the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars took their turn during the Bristol Throwdown, drivers averaged speeds higher than 140mph and put on two shows worthy of the title Greatest Show on Dirt. The likes of 2019 Knoxville Nationals champion David Gravel, 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz, 2021 DIRTcar Nationals champion Logan Schuchart and 2019 Rookie of the Year Carson Macedo put the thunder in “Thunder Valley” with daring moves that brought fans to the edge of their seats.

Join the thousands of fans who witnessed these historic moments in motorsports history by tuning in to CBS on Saturday, June 12, at 1:30pm.

You’ll be able to catch additional World of Outlaws events throughout the year on CBS Sports Network, as well.

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KNOXVILLE'S CALLING: Brownells Big Guns Bash is Next Month on June 11-12

Outlaws Get Two Nights in Iowa in Preparation for 60th Knoxville Nationals in August

KNOXVILLE, IA - May 11, 2021 - When the Sprint Car Capital of the World calls, you always answer.

Next month, on Friday & Saturday, June 11-12, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars will answer that call with their first visit of the 2021 season to the famed Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, IA.

The fifth annual Brownells Big Guns Bash brings The Greatest Show on Dirt to the 1/2-mile oval for back-to-back summer nights to take on the stout weekly crowd of racers. For the Outlaws, it'll be their only chance to get laps before returning on August 11-14 for the 60th running of the NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals pres. by Casey's General Stores.

Created in 2017, the Brownells Big Guns Bash flipped the script from a single-night showdown to a two-day affair at Knoxville. Over those eight events since then, five different winners have found victory lane and carried that momentum to success when the $150,000 paydays arises at the Nationals in August.

Of all active drivers, it's the last three Knoxville Nationals champions that stick out the most even in June at the 1/2-mile.

Donny Schatz, a 10-time Knoxville Nationals champion, owns a pair of Brownells Big Guns Bash wins in 2017 and 2018. Brad Sweet, who broke through for his first Nationals crown in 2018, also has a pair of June triumphs in 2017 and 2019. Also on that list is David Gravel, the reigning champion of the 59th Knoxville Nationals, who claimed a June win back in 2018.

All told, Schatz, Sweet & Gravel each have five podium finishes over the last eight events.

"It's hard to even put a track like Knoxville into words," Sweet said on how special the track is to him. "It's the Mecca of our sport, the Knoxville Nationals is our most iconic race of every season. Going there in June has become a big deal for translating results to August. In order to perform well when the money is on the line, you really have to dial yourself in during those two nights in June. It's a really important weekend to build momentum ahead of all the big races in summer."

Knoxville's group of weekly racers will get their biggest test of the season when the Outlaws come to town. Through three events thus far, Davey Heskin of St. Michael, MN, Lynton Jeffrey of Sydney, NSW, AUS, Terry McCarl of Altoona, IA, and Sawyer Phillips of Pleasantville, IA are the only drivers with a top-10 finish in each outing.

Victories this season have gone to Jeffrey, Austin McCarl, and Sheldon Haudenschild, who made a last-minute decision in April to haul from Tulsa, OK to Knoxville, IA when the Outlaws rained out at Lawton and Devil's Bowl. Haudenschild's win came with an incredible last-lap pass over Giovanni Scelzi to score his first-career victory at Knoxville.

It was an accomplishment that gives the Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing, NOS Energy Drink #17 tons of momentum heading into the Brownells Big Guns Bash next month.

"It's pretty crazy all within the last month I've won at Knoxville and now Eldora for the first time," Haudenschild noted on his progression. "This team we've got is really special. We've been improving time and time again at Knoxville, last time we finally put all the pieces together. Just having the experience of winning there makes me feel a lot more comfortable and excited to go back in June, and then of course for the Nationals."

Other notable Outlaws to watch at Knoxville include Carson Macedo, Logan Schuchart, Kraig Kinser, and James McFadden.

Macedo, currently third in the points aboard the Jason Johnson Racing #41, is a former ASCS winner at the track and finished top-five in both June races last year. Schuchart, who's been on a strong rebound in the Shark Racing #1S, has collected seven podium finishes in his last nine starts at Knoxville. Kinser is the 2005 Knoxville Nationals champion and McFadden is a multi-time 360 winner at the track.

With one month and seven events still ahead before the Outlaws reach Knoxville, Brad Sweet continues to lead the standings in pursuit of his third consecutive Series championship aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49.

David Gravel, driver of the Big Game Motorsports #2, has risen into contention as Sweet's closest challenger thanks to three wins - including a Bristol sweep - and 19 top-10 finishes through the first 20 events. He's only 60 points back entering the first PA Posse swing of the season.

Trailing Sweet and Gravel in the points is Macedo (-110), Haudenschild (-140), Reutzel (-150), Schatz (-160) and Schuchart (-178).

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

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Next Chapter of PA Posse vs. Outlaws is This Weekend

The Battle Begins at Lincoln (Wednesday) and Williams Grove (Friday-Saturday)

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA - May 10, 2021 - The PA Posse vs. The World of Outlaws. Simply put, it's the single greatest rivalry in Sprint Car Racing.

These two factions have been at each others throats since the inception of Ted Johnson's traveling tour in 1978, and here we are four decades later with the battle still as epic as ever. When the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series visits central Pennsylvania, you won't find a more passionate crowd.

It's a rivalry that pits arguably the best local hot bed of racing against the best touring drivers in the nation.

This weekend, we kickstart the 2021 edition at Lincoln Speedway in Wednesday's Gettysburg Clash, followed by a Friday & Saturday double at Williams Grove Speedway for the Morgan Cup.

LINCOLN TICKETS (5/12)
WILLIAMS GROVE TICKETS (5/14)
WILLIAMS GROVE TICKETS (5/15)

There's a plethora of storylines to follow. Here's some of the most noteworthy to watch:

THE TRACKS: Wednesday's midweek stop marks the first of a scheduled 11 meets in Pennsylvania this year for the World of Outlaws. The Greatest Show on Dirt will tackle the 3/8-mile, semi-banked oval in Abbottstown, PA before heading to Mechanicsburg, PA on Friday and Saturday. Capping the weekend will be two nights at Williams Grove, an iconic 1/2-mile notorious for long straightaways and tight corners.

POSSE WANTS REVENGE: The 2020 season was one to forget for the PA Posse. For the first time since 2008, they went winless in World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series competition. They lost at Lincoln, they lost four shows at Williams Grove, and another two at Port Royal. It's a memory that only fuels their desire to stop the Outlaws this week.

In fact, it's been almost two complete years since a central Pennsylvania Posse member beat the Outlaws. The last occurrence being Lance Dewease's May 20189 triumph at Williams Grove.

THE POSSE'S FINEST: Among the strongest possibilities to beat the Outlaws for the PA Posse this weekend are Lance Dewease of Fayetteville, PA, Danny Dietrich of Gettysburg, PA, Freddie Rahmer of Salfordville, PA, Anthony Macri of Dillsburg, PA, Brent Marks of Myerstown, PA. All five are winners at both Lincoln and Williams Grove, and four of the five are Outlaw winners minus Macri.

Their win totals at each track are... Dewease (99 WG / 42 LS); Dietrich (55 LS / 25 WG); Rahmer (15 LS / 14 WG); Marks (10 WG / 8 LS); and Macri (3 LS / 1 WG).

Additional names to watch include Tim Shaffer, Alan Krimes, Chase Dietz, TJ Stutts, Tim Wagaman, Kyle Moody, Chad Trout, Billy Dietrich, Jim Siegel, Dylan Cisney, Tyler Ross, Matt Campbell, and a whole host of others.

GRAVEL'S CLIMB: We've made it through 20 events this season and David Gravel has 19 top-10 finishes. He also has six Slick Woody's QuickTimes, nine Team Drydene Heat Wins, and 13 DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash appearances - he's the leader in all of those categories. Entering this week, he's second in the championship standings and cutting away at Sweet's 60-point advantage.

The Watertown, CT driver brings his Big Game Motorsports #2 crew to two tracks he's comfortable at. He's an eight-time winner at Williams Grove with two National Open titles and he's got two Lincoln Speedway triumphs. They've been hot on the half-miles lately, sweeping Bristol Motor Speedway and running well at Eldora Speedway.

ICON VS. ICON: Depending on how Wednesday's show at Lincoln goes, we could enter the Morgan Cup at Williams Grove with a pair of historic accomplishments on the line for two different legends: Donny Schatz and Lance Dewease.

For Schatz, he's chasing his 300th career World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series win. The Fargo, ND native has been close a handful of times this season, leading 66 laps aboard his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15, but falling short on notable occasions at Volusia, I-55, and last week at Eldora. Williams Grove is welcomed site for the 10-time Series champion, as he won his most recent 299th race at the track during last year's $75,000-to-win National Open in October.

For Dewease, the 55-year-old legend is pursuing his milestone 100th career victory at the Williams Grove Speedway. At 99 wins right now, he's already the winningest Sprint Car driver in track history, but boy would #100 be extra special coming against the Outlaws, who has beaten 17 times in his career.

SWEET'S STRUGGLES: After winning eight of the first 18 races with only one finish outside the top-10, Brad Sweet was due for something to go south. Unfortunately, that finally happened this weekend at Eldora as he recorded finished of 11th and 14th. It's only the second time in three seasons (since he started winning championships) that such an occasion of back-to-back runs outside the top-10 has occurred for the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49.

To overcome the bad weekend and get back on track, The Big Cat will have to thrive at two tracks he has never won at before. The Grass Valley, CA native has three top-five finishes in 11 starts at Lincon to go along with six top-five runs in 44 starts at Williams Grove.

BACK-TO-BACK: Sheldon Haudenschild just checked off one of the biggest "firsts" of his career, might as well follow with another, right? On Saturday, the Wooster, OH native scored his first-career victory at Eldora Speedway in spectacular fashion by stunning Donny Schatz at the white flag for his 17th career World of Outlaws win.

On Wednesday, the Series returns to Lincoln Speedway, where Lil Haud was the victor one year ago. Another triumph aboard the NOS Energy Drink, Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17 would give him the first back-to-back wins of his career. When it comes to the weekend, he'll be aiming for his first-career victory at Williams Grove Speedway, where his career-best is a second-place finish from 2019.

HOME TURF: Three full-time World of Outlaws drivers will be on home turf this week as the Series heads to The Keystone State for the first time in 2021. Hanover, PA's Logan Schuchart & Jacob Allen grew up just down the road from Lincoln Speedway, while Jonestown, PA's Brock Zearfoss hails from less than an hour away from Williams Grove Speedway.

Schuchart's Drydene #1S brings in momentum from an impressive 21st-to-2nd charge at Eldora Speedway last weekend. He's trying to add his second World of Outlaws win in his home state, first since Port Royal Speedway in 2016. For Allen, he snagged his first top-five finish of the year at Eldora in his Drydene #1A. The

DIETRICH'S PROMISE: Five-time World of Outlaws winner and successful PA Posse star Danny Dietrich delivered the first blow in this week's rivalry, promising a loss for the Outlaws in at least one of three events. It's a statement that DD himself can comfortably make, considering the fact that he's a multi-time Outlaw winner at both tracks.

His first two career wins against the Series came at Lincoln Speedway in 2012 and 2013, and he's stopped them twice at Williams Grove in 2015 and 2016, which was his first-ever National Open title. We'll find out this week whether Dietrich's promise comes true or not.

This Week at a Glance – When and Where

Wednesday, May 12 at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, PA
Friday-Saturday, May 14-15 at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA

On the Internet
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series
Twitter – @WorldofOutlaws
Instagram – @WoOSprint
Facebook – Facebook.com/WorldofOutlawsSprintCarSeries
YouTube – Youtube.com/WorldofOutlaws
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Around the Turn: Following this weekend, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will head back to Ohio for a weekend at Attica Raceway Park on Friday, May 21 and Sharon Speedway on Saturday, May 22.

NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (8 Drivers):
8 wins – Brad Sweet, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #49
3 wins – David Gravel, Big Game Motorsports #2
3 wins – Sheldon Haudenschild, Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17
2 wins – Carson Macedo, Jason Johnson Racing #41
1 win – Logan Schuchart, Shark Racing #1S
1 win – Aaron Reutzel, Roth Motorsports #83
1 win – James McFadden, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #9
1 win - Brent Marks, Brent Marks Racing #19M

FEATURE LAPS LED (16 Drivers):
194 laps – Brad Sweet
90 laps – Sheldon Haudenschild
76 laps – David Gravel
66 laps – Donny Schatz
51 laps – Aaron Reutzel
49 laps – Logan Schuchart
31 laps – James McFadden
27 laps – Sam Hafertepe Jr.
19 laps – Tyler Courtney
13 laps - Brent Marks
11 laps – Carson Macedo
10 laps – Jacob Allen & Brock Zearfoss
3 laps - Ian Madsen
1 lap – Kasey Kahne & Kraig Kinser

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

DRYDENE HEAT RACE WINNERS (21 Drivers)
9 Heat Wins – David Gravel
7 Heat Wins - Carson Macedo
6 Heat Wins – Aaron Reutzel, Sheldon Haudenschild
4 Heat Wins – Logan Schuchart, Donny Schatz
3 Heat Wins – Brock Zearfoss, James McFadden, Ian Madsen, Brian Brown, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
2 Heat Wins – Jacob Allen, Brock Zearfoss, Kasey Kahne, Kraig Kinser, Jason Sides
1 Heat Win – Brad Sweet, Gio Scelzi, Danny Dietrich, Hunter Schuerenberg, Kyle Larson

PODIUM FINISHES (17 Drivers):
13 Podiums – Brad Sweet
6 Podiums - Sheldon Haudenschild, Donny Schatz
5 Podiums – David Gravel, Carson Macedo, Logan Schuchart, Aaron Reutzel
3 Podiums – James McFadden
2 Podiums – Cory Eliason, Gio Scelzi, Brent Marks
1 Podium – Kraig Kinser, Danny Dietrich, Tyler Courtney, Justin Peck, Brian Brown, Sam Hafertepe Jr.

2021 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Schedule & Winners

No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Fri, Feb. 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Brad Sweet (1)
2. Sun, Feb. 7 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Logan Schuchart (1)
3. Fri, March 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Carson Macedo (1)
4. Sat, March 6 / East Bay Raceway Park / Tampa, FL / Aaron Reutzel (1)
5. Fri, March 12 / Magnolia Motor Speedway / Columbus, MS / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)
6. Sat, March 13 / The Rev / Monroe, LA / David Gravel (1)
7. Fri, March 19 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Sheldon Haudenschild (2)
8. Sat, March 20 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Brad Sweet (2)
9. Sat, March 27 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, MO / Brad Sweet (3)
10. Fri, April 2 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (4)
11. Sat, April 3 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (5)
12. Fri, April 9 / Kokomo Speedway / Kokomo, IN / James McFadden (1)
13. Sat, April 10 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Carson Macedo (2)
14. Fri, April 22 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN / David Gravel (2)
15. Sun, April 24 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN / David Gravel (3)
16. Thur, April 29 / Jacksonville Speedway / Jacksonville, IL / Brad Sweet (6)
17. Fri, April 30 / I-70 Motorsports Park / Odessa, MO / Brad Sweet (7)
18. Sat, May 1 / I-70 Motorsports Park / Odessa, MO / Brad Sweet (8)
19. Sat, May 8 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Brent Marks (1)
20. Sat, May 8 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Sheldon Haudenschild (3)

 

 

PASSING OF THE TORCH: Haudenschild Beats Schatz for Elusive Eldora Win

Sheldon Following Father Jac Haudenschild's Footsteps as an Eldora Icon

ROSSBURG, OH - May 8, 2021 - Saturday's #LetsRaceTwo finale felt like the symbolical beginning of a new era in more ways than one.

For starters, Sheldon Haudenschild finally achieved one of his biggest personal goals: winning at Eldora Speedway. The 27-year-old gasser grew up only two hours away from the 1/2-mile in Wooster, OH sitting in the shadows behind his legendary father, Jac Haudenschild.

Jac's legacy at The Big E is undeniably amongst the all-time greats. He won three Kings Royal's, the Mopar Million, and countless other features in his heyday. Now, Sheldon is getting his chance to shine at The House That Earl Built. On Saturday, he did it while racing against his father in his farewell season aboard the Pennzoil #22, too.

On another level, Sheldon's momentous breakthrough was special because it came against Donny Schatz. The 10-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion is easily the greatest Eldora icon of his era, winning almost 20 times at the Rossburg, OH facility. Simply put, he's the man to beat there.

Schatz and his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing crew were poised for a milestone victory until Sheldon spoiled their moment. Stalking Schatz over the final ten laps, Haudenschild slowly reeled in the Ford Performance, Carquest #15 before pouncing at the white flag and sending his NOS Energy Drink, Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17 to the lead.

He survived an extra 1/2-mile to score his 17th career World of Outlaws victory and the third of his 2021 season.

"Donny is the best in the business," Haudenschild acknowledged on a man he grew up watching. "He schooled me early in the race, so I just fell into second and watched him for a bit. Sometimes it's better to not be out front. I just kept telling myself to hit my marks and stay smooth. You have to be perfect at this place, and we finally did it tonight."

From the outset, Haudenschild and Schatz were the two to watch in the #LetsRaceTwo finale.

Schatz somehow picked his way from seventh-to-second in the first two laps of the 30-lapper, but then Haudenschild blasted by he and leader Ian Madsen thanks to a monster slide job into turn one. The #17 paced the following four laps before Schatz perfected the low line and cruised into command on Lap 8.

A gnarly crash collecting top-five runners Giovanni Scelzi and Carson Macedo - all were okay - set the stage for the final restart on Lap 16. Electing to restart on the bottom, Schatz (Fargo, ND) quickly pulled away and seemed as if he was finally due to collect his first win of the 2021 season.

However, with 10 laps to go, you could feel the tide change. The momentum was swiftly changing, and it was changing away from Schatz's #15.

With every passing lap, Haudenschild cut into the lead and withered it away until he was hounding Schatz with three to go. But the next time around, he was all over his back bumper. The next time? He was leading as the white flag waved and the #17 drove around the #15.

Haudenschild drove away to officially claim his first Eldora triumph by 0.930-seconds over Logan Schuchart, who stole second from Schatz on the final lap.

"As long as we can keep this team, these group of guys together for a long time, we could do something special," Haudenschild said while realizing the magnitude of this moment. "If you look at the #15 [Schatz] or #49 [Sweet] over all these years, the crew is a huge part of their legacy. This win is at the top of my list, and it wouldn't come without my guys [Kyle] Ripper, Nickolas [Goodfliesch] and Drew [Brenner]. I can't wait for our big July shows here."

Coming home with a second-place finish at Eldora was Logan Schuchart of Hanover, PA. He earned KSE Hard Charger honors with a jaw-dropping 21st-to-2nd (+19) bid aboard his Drydene Performance Products #1S.

"Man, we needed this run," Schuchart said following his recent run of bad luck. "We've had a fast car all year, but those little problem have hurt us. Confidence is huge in this sport, and we just got a lot back tonight. I knew we had a good car, especially as the track came in. I'm so happy to be back here at Eldora. I love this place."

Finishing a heartbreaking third was Schatz, who led 21 laps until Haudenschild went by at the white flag.

"He just had everything to gain by moving around the race track," Schatz said on Haudenschild catching him. "We were solid out front, but kept fading there at the end. We were better in the middle and lower early on, but sometimes you get to see what's going on if you're bak there. I couldn't move around, it's just the way it goes. Would've been nice to win, but we didn't. We'll get another chance on Wednesday."

Behind Haudenschild, Schuchart and Schatz was Ian Madsen in fourth after leading the first three laps aboard the McGhee #11, and Jacob Allen with his first top-five finish of the season aboard his Shark Racing, Drydene #1A.

Rounding out the top ten at Eldora was Brian Brown, David Gravel, Aaron Reutzel, Tyler Courtney and Parker Price-Miller.

UP NEXT - The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series prepare themselves for the first invasion of 2021 against the PA Posse. A three-race swing through Pennsylvania will bring The Greatest Show on Dirt to Lincoln Speedway on Wednesday, May 12 followed a doubleheader at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday-Saturday, May 14-15.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [4][$10,000]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [21][$6,000]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [7][$3,500]; 4. 11-Ian Madsen [1][$2,800]; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen [3][$2,500]; 6. 21-Brian Brown [9][$2,300]; 7. 2-David Gravel [5][$2,200]; 8. 83-Aaron Reutzel [11][$2,100]; 9. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [14][$2,050]; 10. 19-Parker Price-Miller [23][$2,000]; 11. 49-Brad Sweet [8][$1,600]; 12. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [25][$400]; 13. 14-Kerry Madsen [17][$1,200]; 14. 9-James McFadden [10][$1,100]; 15. 24-Rico Abreu [24][$1,050]; 16. 5-Spencer Bayston [15][$1,000]; 17. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [19][$1,000]; 18. 19M-Brent Marks [20][$1,000]; 19. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [2][$1,000]; 20. 41-Carson Macedo [6][$1,000]; 21. 10-Zeb Wise [22][$1,000]; 22. 26-Cory Eliason [18][$1,000]; 23. 2C-Wayne Johnson [16][$1,000]; 24. 11K-Kraig Kinser [12][$1,000]; 25. 22-Jac Haudenschild [13][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Ian Madsen 1-3; Sheldon Haudenschild 4-7, 28-30; Donny Schatz 8-27. KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+19]

NEW Championship Standings (20/83 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (2,842); 2. David Gravel (-62); 3. Carson Macedo (-110); 4. Sheldon Haudenschild (-140); 5. Aaron Reutzel (-150); 6. Donny Schatz (-160); 7. Logan Schuchart (-178); 8. Kraig Kinser (-352); 9. Brock Zearfoss (-406); 10. Jacob Allen (-512).

 

 

CLEAR SKIES/CLEAR MIND: Brent Marks wins first round of #LetsRaceTwo at Eldora
After coming up light at the scales, Sheldon Haudenschild loses second-place; Reutzel and Schatz earn podium finishes

ROSSBURG, OH – May 8, 2021 – May the 8th represented hope, triumph and pride for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and the entire dirt racing community last year. It was the day the Series overcame one of its greatest adversities and returned to racing during a pandemic.

This year, May 8 is a day of hope, triumph and pride for Brent Marks.

Back behind the wheel of his family-owned #19m Sprint Car with the World of Outlaws for the first this year, the Myerstown, PA driver overcame a poor qualifying effort to claim his fifth Series victory Saturday afternoon during the first round of the #LetsRaceTwo at Eldora Speedway. It was also the Series’ first time back at the “Big E” since 2019.

“This is awesome,” Marks said. “A very surreal moment. We’ve been running good here the past couple of weeks. The car has been awesome.”

The first of two #LetsRaceTwo events was scheduled to run Friday night, but after heavy rain showers pushed the start of the event past midnight and cold temperatures didn’t allow for suitable track conditions for racing, the cars only practiced and qualified – with David Gravel setting Quick Time – and the rest of the event ran Saturday afternoon.

In the early morning qualifying, Marks knew he’d been too cautious after qualifying 27th. But with a good night’s rest and waking up to clear skies and a clear mind, Marks was ready to hold nothing back.

He lived up to his nickname, the “Myerstown Missile,” by seemingly breaking the sound barrier with his run from seventh to second in the opening two laps of his Drydene Heat Race. From there, the fuse was lit, and target was acquired. A direct hit on his first World of Outlaws win since the National Open in 2019 was in his crosshairs.

However, in his way were two fierce fighter pilots fueled by human horsepower. NOS Energy Drink sponsored drivers Sheldon Haudenschild and Tyler Courtney held a comfortable one-two finish in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash to start on the front row of the 30-lap Feature. Haudenschild, an Ohio native, was on the hunt for his first home-state win at Eldora, and Courtney was looking to sweep round one, having won the USAC Sprint Car event before the World of Outlaws Feature.

When the green flag unraveled into the crisp air, Haudenschild launched ahead of the field to claim the early lead while Courtney faded, giving second to Marks and third to Gravel.

Two cautions plagued the momentum of the first four laps, but not Haudenschild’s command of the lead. He pulled away from Marks on each restart, finding the dangerous combination of speed around the top and bottom of the track. Marks maintained about a second gap behind Haudenschild but initially couldn’t find the grip to catch the NOS Energy Drink #17 machine, even while Haudenschild struggled to navigate the slower traffic.

As the green flag run continued, new threats began to emerge behind them. Aaron Reutzel was on the move, making his way from 16th to third in the first five laps and Logan Schuchart – the last World of Outlaws driver to win at Eldora – was also hunting his way forward from fifth.

However, Schuchart’s streak of bad luck continued when he was the caution with 14 laps to go. While trying to pass Reutzel for third, the two made contact and Schuchart slammed the wall off Turn 4 with his right rear tire and blew it. A red flag on the restart gave his team more time to fix the damage and he ended up savaging a ninth-place finish by the end of the race.

“I have to apologize to Logan there, I definitely didn’t mean to get into the back of him,” Reutzel said. “I was trying to just let him slide by and try to get going in the rubber… I must have just caught him when he went by. That was definitely my fault.”

Before the caution for Schuchart, Marks had cut the gap between him and Haudenschild in half. He made sure to not let the yellow defuse his run when the race resumed. He stayed locked on Haudenschild’s bumper, finding grip through the middle of Turns 1 and 2 and setting up a run into Turn 3. By the time they saw the flag stand again, Marks was out front.

His red and white #19m pulled away with 13 laps to go. Reutzel was stuck in third with a hard charger Donny Schatz on the move behind him from the 17th starting position.

Haudenschild pushed his Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing machine to its limits in the closing laps, bouncing off the wall a couple of times but never losing speed. That began to pay off in the final three laps as Marks took ease with his throttle around the slick track.

Three car lengths. Two car lengths. Haudenschild was at Marks’s bumper in Turn 4 with the white flag in the air. Marks’s name couldn’t grace the $10,000 check just yet.

Perfecting his line one more time, Marks was able to hold off Haudenschild and earn his third overall win at Eldora and third win in three weeks behind the wheel of his own car.

“This thing was just really, really good,” Marks said. “It started taking rubber with about 15 or 16 to go. I was gaining on Sheldon a little bit and he found it. I knew I had to get him on the restart and do everything I could. This is awesome to get my first Outlaw win in a little while.”

Haudenschild’s car was found to be light at the scales after the race, taking him off the podium and giving him a 24th-place finish. That gave second place to Reutzel (the KSE Hard Charger) and third to Schatz.

“We just went back and changed everything,” Reutzel said. “We’ve been struggling the last few weeks. We went back to some stuff we did two years ago, and it helped a lot. We still have some work to do. Just have to start farther up in these races.”

While he may not have earned the podium on track, Schatz was happy to walk away with a decent finish before having to climb back into his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15 machine later tonight for #LetsRaceTwo round two.

“Hats off to our CARQUEST guys, they’ve got all the dig in the world,” Schatz said. They keep trying to make things better. Thanks to all the fans for sticking with us today. It’s challenging to get it in, but we’ve got our full USAC show and Outlaw show and we can start again. Just glad to have a decent day and get a good finish.”

UP NEXT
The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will run the second part of the #LetsRaceTwo event at Eldora Speedway tonight at 8pm (ET).

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

RESULTS

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps)

19M-Brent Marks [3][$10,000]; 2. 83-Aaron Reutzel [16][$5,500]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [17][$3,200]; 4. 2-David Gravel [4][$2,600]; 5. 41-Carson Macedo [11][$2,350]; 6. 11-Ian Madsen [12][$2,150]; 7. 14-Kerry Madsen [13][$2,100]; 8. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [2][$1,950]; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart [9][$1,900]; 10. 21-Brian Brown [5][$1,850]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser [14][$1,400]; 12. 9-James McFadden [7][$1,200]; 13. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [21][$1,000]; 14. 49-Brad Sweet [15][$950]; 15. 13-Justin Peck [10][$900]; 16. 1A-Jacob Allen [23][$900]; 17. 2C-Wayne Johnson [24][$900]; 18. 24-Rico Abreu [20][$900]; 19. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [8][$900]; 20. 22-Jac Haudenschild [18][$900]; 21. 10-Zeb Wise [22][$900]; 22. 39-Daryn Pittman [19][$900]; 23. 5-Spencer Bayston [6][$900]; 24. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1][$900]; Lap Leaders: Sheldon Haudenschild 1-17, Brent Marks 18-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 83-Aaron Reutzel[+14]

 

 

LET'S RACE FOUR: Gravel Gets QuickTime, Eldora Set for Saturday Doubleheader

Qualifying Completed on Friday, Finishing Both Shows on Saturday at The Big E

ROSSBURG, OH - May 8, 2021 - #LetsRaceTwo has turned into #LetsRaceFour as Saturday's slate at Eldora Speedway will now include four features, two for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.

After a five-hour rain delay pushed the beginning of Friday's show into the wee morning hours on Saturday, The Greatest Show on Dirt was able to complete Hot Laps and Slick Woody's Qualifying before postponing the remainder of the program to Saturday afternoon.

David Gravel of Watertown, CT earned his Series-best fifth Slick Woody's QuickTime of the season with a lap of 12.608 seconds, only 0.009 seconds shy of his very own track record at The Big E. Already a two-time winner on 1/2-mile ovals this year, Gravel and the Big Game Motorsports #2 will look to back up their Bristol Throwdown sweep with another potential double at Eldora tomorrow.

Timing in behind Gravel was a trio of invaders all hoping to breakthrough for their first World of Outlaws win at Eldora. Brian Brown (Grain Valley, MO) was second at 12.721 in the FVP Parts #21, Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, IN) was third at 12.745 in the NOS Energy Drink #7BC, and Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, IN) was fourth at 12.795 in the CJB Motorsports #5. Rookie of the Year contenders James McFadden was fifth-quick at 12.831 in the Kasey Kahne Racing #9.

Entering on a three-race winning streak, two-time Series champion Brad Sweet suffered his worst qualifying result of the season as the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49 was buried in 23rd of 30 cars that timed in.

Other storylines ahead of Eldora's doubleheader include Tony Stewart Racing's Donny Schatz chasing his 1,900th career Feature start, among other accomplishments, and 2013 Series champion Daryn Pittman returning to action with the Swindell SpeedLab #39 camp.

On Saturday, pit gates will open at 12:00pm with spectator gates opening at 1:00pm and Hot Laps scheduled for 2:30pm with Friday's Heat Races to follow. Once the first program is done, the facility will be swept and track will be re-worked with the second program slated to begin at 6:00pm.

All tickets and pit passes from Friday will be honored for the afternoon show, and all tickets for Saturday's originally scheduled show will be honored for the 6:00pm event. A limited number of tickets remain available to purchase for both shows.

Friday Night - Qualifying Times:

#2 David Gravel (12.608)
#21 Brian Brown (12.721)
#7BC Tyler Courtney (12.745)
#5 Spencer Bayston (12.795)
#9 James McFadden (12.831)
#13 Justin Peck (12.837)
#41 Carson Macedo (12.838)
#11 Ian Madsen (12.858)
#14 Kerry Madsen (12.861)
#3Z Brock Zearfoss (12.872)
#39 Daryn Pittman (12.884)
#17 Sheldon Haudenschild (12.888)
#15 Donny Schatz (12.894)
#10 Zeb Wise (12.904)
#2C Wayne Johnson (12.919)
#83 Aaron Reutzel (12.922)
#1S Logan Schuchart (12.930)
#1A Jacob Allen (12.930)
#26 Cory Eliason (12.932)
#7S Jason Sides (12.940)
#19 Parker Price-Miller (12.946)
#11K Kraig Kinser (13.007)
#49 Brad Sweet (13.058)
#24 Rico Abreu (13.067)
#W20 Greg Wilson (13.067)
#22 Jac Haudenschild (13.083)
#19M Brent Marks (13.104)
#18X Cole Macedo (13.154)
#97 Cole Duncan (13.183)
#18S Bryce Schmitt (14.406)

 

 

MOMENTOUS RETURN: May 8 marks 1-year anniversary of World of Outlaws' ‘Return to Racing’ Not only did the World of Outlaws find a way to return to racing during a pandemic, it was able to strive through the uncertainties

By Nick Graziano

ROSSBURG, OH – May 7, 2021 – An extraordinary day in the midst of silence...

That’s how World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter described May 8, 2020 – the day the World of Outlaws became the first racing organization to emerge from the trap door COVID-19 laid under every racing series, and the entertainment industry as a whole, in 2020.

A year later, on May 8, 2021, the silence will be masked by the harmonizing of 900hp Sprint Cars and thousands of race fans yelling to the world dirt racing is well and thriving. The day will not only celebrate the World of Outlaws’ one-year anniversary of returning to racing, but it’ll also celebrate the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars’ return to Eldora Speedway (May 7-8) for the first time since 2019 – with fans.

“May the 8th really rings the fact that we were able to break through before anybody else and go racing,” Carter said. “We raced in the time frame up to May 8, virtually (with iRacing events), but putting those race cars back on the track (at Knoxville Raceway), sitting there watching... the quiet… it was surreal. Surreal that we not only pushed our way through that crisis but that we succeeded at the same time.”

Hours before the start of the Sprint Car's fourth race of the 2020 season at Cotton Bowl Speedway in late February, the event was hit by the wave of cancellations across all major sporting events caused by the pandemic. Initially, it was assumed racing would resume a week or two later. That turned into months.

The only thing certain was uncertainty.

“That was the biggest thing,” Carter said. “Never in our history have we not known when we’re going racing again. I heard someone else say this, ‘Humans loath uncertainty.’ That definitely rings true with me. I hated not knowing. We were throwing things at the wall trying to get them to stick at the time. We thought we were close to getting something done in April, but it didn’t pan out and we had to be a little more patient for a couple more weeks.”

When the world shut down and racing was put on hiatus, the World of Outlaws and DIRTcar team immediately looked into addressing the two major questions: When can we go back racing? And where can we go back racing?

While answers were sought after, a weekly iRacing series was organized, featuring several drivers from the World of Outlaws, Super DIRTcar Series and DIRTcar ranks. Along with giving fans and drivers some form of normalcy, it also became a tool to introduce the drivers and cars – albeit virtual – to a new audience with the races being broadcast nationally on Fox Sports and CBS Sports Network. The popularity of the events led to CBS broadcasting an hour-long World of Outlaws "Return to Racing" documentary and CBS Sports Network broadcasting a couple of live World of Outlaws races.

The virtual racing served as a solid placeholder while plans for a return to real racing found momentum.

Knoxville Raceway – famously known as the Sprint Car Capital of the World – was identified early on as a venue with the best infrastructure to accommodate what was needed for a safe return, according to World of Outlaws and DIRTcar Director of Business Development Melvyn Record. A variety of plans were developed to make that happen.

“We were working directly with Governor Kim Reynolds of Iowa, the Iowa Department of Health, the racetrack and Marion County to see what they were comfortable with if we went back to racing,” Record said. “We came up with three different scenarios… Could we do a race with 50 people at the venue? Could we do a race with 250 people? Could we do a race with 500 people? Obviously, doing an event with 50 people at the facility would be a challenge. How many cars would that look like and logistically what would that look like?

“We ended up with a plan that was less than 400 people (in total, including drivers, crews, staff and safety, and no fans). We had an A and B team at the track, which was Carlton (Reimers, the Series Director), myself and others who were outside of the track in case anybody on the staff caught COVID so we could quickly jump in and replace that person and still have the event."

Before then, a Return to Racing Resource Center with a 10-Step Guide for a safe return was developed by World of Outlaws and DIRTcar personnel. It was created with the help of motorsports experts Agajanian & Anthony, P.C., Mr. Jeff Ladd at Sports Insurance Specialists, LLC and Dr. Jack Faircloth, MD. The purpose of it was to provide, not only the series but tracks around the country a helpful resource to safely return to racing. It's still available to everyone on the World of Outlaws website.

“A handful of racing organizations reached out to see if they could use it,” Record said. “The document was written with the specific intention that anybody could use it.”

The procedures were put to the test at Knoxville and proved beneficial as the event went on with no issues, giving hope during a dark time. Adding to that, everyone watching on DIRTVision was treated to a stellar race.

Even with the grandstands empty – a first in the history of the World of Outlaws – the adrenaline rush of excitement provided by David Gravel and Ian Madsen's late-race battle for the win created an electric atmosphere around the half-mile track that felt like 20,000 fans were there cheering at the finish.

As DIRTVision pit reporter Dave Rieff said after the race, “It was quiet… But it was cool.”

Its success became a launching point for the Series and dirt racing in general. It laid a path for motorsports to return to a world starving for entertainment.

“We were faced with a situation that we never dreamt of being faced with,” World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Director Carlton Reimers said. “We weren’t the only ones, obviously. I’m pretty proud of our company. We had a choice to make. We could either sit back and see what other people did or, I think we were in a unique situation where we were in a position to lead in some areas. That’s what we decided to do. We got out there and led. We got out front and dealt with things we never had to deal with before.”

COVID didn’t go away after Knoxville. Each series faced varying restrictions and guidelines from state to state and county to county. In the early stages of the pandemic, those restrictions tended to change week to week, as well. But with the Return to Racing safety guidelines already established, racing was able to occur every weekend – leading to full schedules being secured this year – fans were able to return and drivers were paid a full points fund at the end of the year.

However, questions still lingered about what fan attendance would look like once restrictions lifted. Would fans still want to come to races in large crowds? This year, the answer has emphatically been, “yes.” Stands have been full each week and record numbers of merchandise have been sold.

“It’s been actually really incredible to see how much has really changed,” Two-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car Champion Brad Sweet said. “Obviously, we had great momentum at the end of 2019 (ending the season with the closest points battle in Series history), and obviously with COVID in 2020 we weren’t sure how we were going to recover. The crowds have been unbelievable. The fans have been energetic. It’s so great to be racing in front of the big crowds again. I honestly feel like they’re bigger than they’ve ever been before. It’s really awesome to be a part of the World of Outlaws right now.”

There’s a pent-up demand to see racing, according to Carter. Those who could only watch World of Outlaws events on DIRTVision, either as a new or current fan last year, are now taking advantage of seeing them live.

“The crowds have been remarkable,” Carter said. “The reception has been remarkable. People want to wear the T-shirts and wear their favorite driver’s T-shirts and they want to let the world know they’re at a dirt track having fun.”

Eldora Speedway still has to adhere to local COVID restrictions with limited fans in attendance this weekend, but the World of Outlaws’ return to the “Big E” will mark the first time in about 20 months the famed track has been able to host an event with fans. It’s a sight everyone at Eldora will be celebrating.

“It’s huge,” Eldora Speedway Promoter and General Manager Roger Slack said. “It’s going to be emotional for everybody. Everybody that works here, from our concession workers to our ticket folks and safety team and everybody that is here full-time, we have a great passion for this place and great pride. To not be able to host events last year, that’s what we all live to do. It’s a lot of work to put it on the way we are.”

For years to come, May 8 will represent an important part of World of Outlaws, dirt racing and motorsports history.

“May the 8th, it was an extraordinary day in the midst of silence. It was crazy and something I’ve never experienced before," Carter said. "I’ll never forget that. But it was a good day for dirt track racing and in particular the World of Outlaws. It was going back to what we all wanted to so badly do.”

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Jonestown, PA Native Returns to Williams Grove, Site of His First-Career Outlaws Win

For the first time as a full-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series driver, Brock Zearfoss gets a home game next week.

The Greatest Show on Dirt will head to Abbottstown, PA’s Lincoln Speedway on Wednesday, May 12 and then Mechanicsburg, PA’s Williams Grove Speedway on Friday-Saturday, May 14-15. Fan can BUY TICKETS HERE or watch the events LIVE on DIRTVision.

Hailing from Jonestown, PA, this isn’t just a chance for Zearfoss to take his #3Z operation close to home-base, it’s also one of his best chances yet at scoring his first win of the 2021 season. After all, his first-career World of Outlaws victory came at the same iconic Williams Grove 1/2-mile that we’ll return to for two nights next weekend.

“It’s going to be really exciting for us,” Zearfoss said on looking ahead to the Outlaws’ Pennsylvania swing. “It’s good to get home and race in front of all the people you know, your family, your friends, and almost all of our sponsors are from the area. It’ll be nice to sleep in my own bed for a week or so, and especially race at tracks I’m familiar with.” Zearfoss enters his home weekend in Pennsylvania as 9th in World of Outlaws points.

Familiarity is one of the most exciting aspects of racing in Pennsylvania for Zearfoss, who is in the midst of a heated battle for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award with Texas’ Aaron Reutzel, Australia’s James McFadden, and Indiana’s Parker Price-Miller.

“I have a lot of laps around Williams Grove and a decent amount of laps around Lincoln,” Zearfoss mentioned. “It won’t be different than any other race, though. These guys are the best in the business. We’re gonna have 40-50 really tough cars at these races. It’ll be difficult, but we’re up for the challenge.”

It’s a challenge he’s up for, because it’s a challenge he’s conquered before. In July of 2017, Zearfoss led the final nine laps at William Grove to win his first-career World of Outlaws feature aboard the Aaron Long owned #58. It was only his eighth-career NOS Energy Drink Feature start, but he had already risen to the mountaintop.

Through the first 18 of 83 races on tour this year, Zearfoss has recorded six top-10 finishes, which currently slots him ninth in the championship standings. Realistically, The Jonestown Jet believes his team is where they should be for the time being, but his high expectations make it hard on himself at times.

“I knew going into this deal we would be good at some places, but we would struggle at some other tracks,” Zearfoss admitted. “I think for now, the season is going as expected. I’m always a little harder on myself than I probably should be. If you look at our finishes, we’re really not far from being competitive every night. Next week will be a good gauge to measure ourselves.” Zearfoss won his first-career World of Outlaws feature in 2017 at Williams Grove.

The 30-year-old pilot has turned the heat up recently. He scored back-to-back top-1o finishes on both nights of the Bristol Throwdown and was in store for his first podium finish of the season at I-70 Motorsports Park when a mechanical failure stripped him of a third-place bid.

His biggest adjustment from the weekly wars inside the PA Posse to the grueling challenge against the World of Outlaws has been the off-the-charts competition the Series produces.

“It’s double the intensity out here,” Zearfoss spoke on the Outlaws’ tour. “I truly believe all 15 of us can win on any given night at any given track. It makes it so much tougher, because you have to be on your A game from the moment you drop the trailer door. Everything has to be right, and you can’t make any mistakes against these guys”

A veteran of the Sprint Car ranks for a decade now, Zearfoss’ journey has come full circle from idolizing his heroes in the Williams Grove infield to out-running them in his own operation now.

“Everyone we’re racing against like Brad [Sweet], Donny [Schatz], and others have been doing this on the Outlaws tour as long as I’ve been racing in general,” Zearfoss continued on the experience. “You’re at a big disadvantage at some of these tracks you’ve never been to before, but you’re racing against guys that have been there 60-70 times and they know what to expect.”

Before Zearfoss leads the Series to his home state next week, he’ll join the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars this weekend at Eldora Speedway for #LetsRaceTwo on Friday and Saturday, May 7-8.

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10-Time Series Champion Donny Schatz Heads Home, Where He Dominates

We’ve rolled through the Dirty South, we’ve roared through the Midwest, and soon we’ll be rumbling along the East Coast, but this time next month we’ll be getting our first taste of the Northern Tour in 2021.

Scheduled to make the first appearances of the season in both North Dakota and Minnesota, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will open a busy month of June at River Cities (ND) Speedway on Friday, June 4 and Granite City (MN) Speedway on Saturday, June 5.

In recent years, both northern establishments have groomed themselves into two of the most-anticipated tracks on the 80+ race schedule. In fact, they both offered race of the year vibes in their most recent appearance with The Greatest Show on Dirt.

Granite City’s 2019 show saw Brad Sweet & David Gravel trade the lead over the closing laps all while bouncing it off the fence. In River Cities’ 2020 thriller, Kyle Larson stunned Logan Schuchart and the world with his miraculous last-lap pass at the checkered flag.

For 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz, the Northern Tour is always a welcomed sight for the Fargo, ND. Not only does he lead the way with the most wins at both River Cities and Granite City, but it’s a chance to go back home for the pilot of the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, Ford Performance, Carquest #15.

The weekend begins at River Cities, where Schatz has amassed a staggering 12 victories in 26 World of Outlaws events at the 1/4-mile. His 46% winning percentage at the Grand Forks, ND bullring is far and away better than his closest challenger. In fact, Craig Dollansky (3 wins), Steve Kinser (2 wins), and Joey Saldana (2 wins) are the only other multi-time winners at the track.

Outside of Schatz, only three of the current 15 full-time competitors have made the trip to River Cities victory lane. Logan Schuchart of Shark Racing, David Gravel of Big Game Motorsports, and Kraig Kinser of Kinser Racing each have one triumph to their name.

“You always look forward to getting to race close to home,” said Schatz. “You get to sleep in your own bed. See all the local fans, friends and family. It’s the highlight of the year for me. I can’t wait. We are pretty lucky that we get to go home twice. We race there in June and August.”

When it comes to Granite City Speedway, the Sauk Rapids, MN track is still relatively new to the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. Only four previous events in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019 have been held at the 3/8th-mile venue.

Like River Cities, Schatz is the winningest driver at Granite City as well, with breakthroughs in 2015 and 2017 during his championship campaigns. The only other victors at the Minnesota facility are Shane Stewart in 2016 and Brad Sweet during the last visit in 2019.

As far as the championship chase is concerned, Brad Sweet and the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49 are continuing the same onslaught they’ve laid on the World of Outlaws for the past two years. The Big Cat has topped eight of the first 18 races (fourth time in history) and currently leads David Gravel and the Big Game Motorsports #2 by 90 points.

Also in the mix as we enter the month of May is Carson Macedo’s Jason Johnson Racing #41 (-110 PTS), Sheldon Haudenschild’s Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17 (-142 PTS), Aaron Reutzel’s Roth Motorsports #83 (-180 PTS), Donny Schatz’s Tony Stewart Racing #15 (-198 PTS), and Logan Schuchart’s Shark Racing #1S (-206 PTS).

All four Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contenders will enter on equal footing as all have little-to-no experience at River Cities and Granite City. Through the first 18 of 83 events this season, Aaron Reutzel (Clute, TX) of Roth Motorsports and James McFadden (Alice Springs, NT, AUS) of Kasey Kahne Racing are the only rookie winners. Parker Price-Miller (Kokomo, IN) and Brock Zearfoss (Jonestown, PA) have had some strong runs to their own credit as well.

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RIVER CITIES SPEEDWAY WINNERS:
12 wins – Donny Schatz (Fargo, ND)
3 wins – Craig Dollansky (Elk River, MN)
2 wins – Steve Kinser (Bloomington, IN)
2 wins – Joey Saldana (Brownsburg, IN)
1 win – Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)
1 win – Logan Schuchart (Hanover, PA)
1 win – David Gravel (Watertown, CT)
1 win – Daryn Pittman (Owasso, OK)
1 win – Cody Darrah (
1 win – Kraig Kinser (Bloomington, IN)
1 win – Sammy Swindell (Germantown, TN)

GRANITE CITY SPEEDWAY WINNERS:
2 wins – Donny Schatz (Fargo, ND)
1 win – Shane Stewart (Bixby, OK)
1 win – Brad Sweet (Grass Valley, CA)

 

 

NEXT CHAPTER: Daryn Pittman Relishing Role of Part-Time Ride, Full-Time Business

Former Champ Teams with Swindell, Takes Ownership of Ultra Shield Race Products

ROSSBURG, OH - May 4, 2021 - Daryn Pittman never wanted to stop racing, he just wanted to explore other avenues and prepare himself for life down the road.

That's exactly what the 2013 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion is doing in his first season away from the cockpit full-time. Announced this week, Daryn and his wife Mandy Pittman have acquired ownership of Texas based Ultra Shield Race Products, expanding upon his well-known passion for safety in Sprint Car Racing.

Daryn the businessman will be quite busy working on seats, belts, tear-offs, and other aspects of the industry from Monday through Friday, but Daryn the racer still has that burning fire to compete within inside of him on the weekends. He'll fulfill the desire by competing in a 20-25 race part-time schedule with Kevin Swindell's #39 team.

It's a part-time schedule centered around the Crown Jewel events, but it all gets started this weekend at Eldora Speedway's #LetsRaceTwo on Friday and Saturday, May 7-8; where Pittman hopes to deliver a first-career World of Outlaws victory to Swindell - the owner.

"A big goal of mine in this whole deal is to be the guy that gets Kevin his first win as an owner," Pittman told the Passing Points Podcast. "I think he'll end up with plenty down the road, but I already stole two of them from Christopher [Bell] and I don't feel bad about it whatsoever. Truthfully, there's no reason why we shouldn't be successful."

A project months in the making, on both ends, Pittman was finally ready to tease his schedule after the news became officially official.

"I'be been in contact with Kevin really since Chili Bowl back in January," Pittman elaborated. "We knew the Ultra Shield deal was coming, so that's why were vague for quite awhile, but Kevin was more than happy to work with us. It's not a lot, but it's the races that are important to us both."

The element that makes Pittman most comfortable with this new arrangement is his faith in knowing Swindell will bring a competitive car to the track.

"I need to focus on my job and this business from Monday to Friday," Pittman explained. "I need to be able to show up and just drive, and I know Kevin can bring that whenever we unload. His stuff is fast everywhere they go. Hopefully we're fast right out of the gate at Eldora."

Making their debut together at Eldora almost seems like the perfect match. Kevin's #39 recently sat on the pole position of the Kings Royal with his father Sammy Swindell at the wheel, and Pittman himself has quite the record at the Rossburg, OH 1/2-mile.

Across thousands and thousands of laps in 127 starts at The Big E, Pittman has collected four World of Outlaws win and two of the most special victories of his career: the 2003 Historical Big One and the 2008 Kings Royal.

On the flip side, the Owasso, OK native is taking care of business and getting to work before he has some fun this weekend.

"As we speak, I'm actually gluing up some window nets," Pittman joked. "It's a little overwhelming, but we're excited for the challenge. It's exciting because you know I've been a customer basically my entire career, I've been sitting in their seats I think since 1999. I know them very well and I'm passionate about the safety side."

It all goes back to 2002 when a crash at Hollywood Hills (NM) Speedway left Pittman sidelined with a broken back. In what he described as a "relatively easy, dumb crash," he broke his T-4 and T-5 vertebrae. Enter Dave Sharpley.

"Dave is actually one of my best friends and his whole business started around me breaking my back," Pittman mentioned. "He was actually working in IndyCar at the time with Andretti Autosport. In trying to find a way to prevent stuff like my injury, we tried stuff that winter and poured an insert into an aluminum seat using what the IndyCar guys do. Since that day in 2002, I haven't driven a race car without it."

While still planning his move and settling into the new operation, Pittman's spring racing schedule will be relatively simple with Eldora Speedway this weekend and maybe Knoxville Raceway's World of Outlaws doubleheader next month on June 11-12.

All four days of the Kings Royal (July 14-17) at Eldora, the prestigious 60th running of the Knoxville Nationals (August 11-14), and the elusive National Open (October 1-2) at Williams Grove are the main attractions on his limited schedule.

Other nuggets such as Pennsylvania Speedweek and potential the 360 Knoxville Nationals could come to fruition as well. It's an ever-moving project as Pittman prepares for his next chapter in looking ahead to the business at Ultra Shield.

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


 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: World of Outlaws Excited for Return to Eldora Speedway
 

Brian Walker

#LetsRaceTwo is Crucial Practice for Outlaws Before TWO Kings Royal Paydays in July

When you think of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, Eldora Speedway is one of the first tracks you think of.

Last year, the Outlaws were locked out of Rossburg, Ohio for the first time in Series history. We didn’t get to race two in May, we didn’t get to crown a king in July, and no crowns were handed out in September. It was sad, quite frankly.

This year, we’re bringing it all back. #LetsRaceTwo this weekend (May 7-8) will mark the first of seven World of Outlaws shows at the 1/2-mile. In July, we’re going all-out with TWO $175,000-to-win Kings Royal’s (July 14-17); and then we get to return for the 4-Crown Nationals on September 24.

Due to ongoing restrictions, this weekend’s event at Eldora features a 30% capacity limit for fans in attendance. So, if you plan on seeing The Greatest Show on Dirt at The Big E, you’ll have to buy those tickets fast.

Here are some of the most noteworthy storylines to follow this weekend:

IT’S BEEN TOO LONG: Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway stood alongside Iowa’s Knoxville Raceway and Pennsylvania’s Williams Grove Speedway as the only three tracks to host the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars during every single season since the Series was born in 1978.

Unfortunately, that all changed when restrictions locked the Outlaws out of Eldora in 2020. When The Greatest Show on Dirt rolls into Rossburg on Friday, it’ll mark 589 days since the last appearance on September 27, 2019 won by Logan Schuchart. Rightfully so, drivers are thrilled to finally be heading back to The Big E.
The Outlaws have been a staple at Eldora since year one in 1978 when Jack Hewitt & Lee James raced.

MODERN STARS OF ELDORA: With 215 previous appearances at the 1/2-mile, the list of Outlaw legends at Eldora ranges wide and far. If you look at the all-time wins list, Steve Kinser (41 wins), Sammy Swindell (30 wins) and Doug Wolfgang (15 wins) lead the way, but who are some of the modern day stars to watch for?

Donny Schatz is the winningest active driver at the track, spanning 15 victories from his first in 2003 and most recent in 2019. Four other full-time Outlaws including Brad Sweet (4 wins), Jason Sides (2 wins), David Gravel (2 wins) and Logan Schuchart (2 wins) have won on multiple occasions.

Former full-timers such as Tim Shaffer (4 wins), Daryn Pittman (4 wins), Paul McMahan (2 wins) and Brent Marks (1 win) are expected to compete in this weekend’s #LetsRaceTwo event as well.

MILESTONE MARKS: Along with his 300th career victory waiting in the wings, 1o-time Series champion Donny Schatz is on the verge of two other mega milestones this weekend at Eldora Speedway. Entering #LetsRaceTwo, the Fargo, ND native is only one start away from his 1,900th Feature with the World of Outlaws and only one top five away from 950 such occasions.

The Tony Stewart Racing, Carquest, Ford Performance #15 has been a factor for the win throughout all four 1/2-mile events this season. They’ll feel good heading to Eldora where Schatz has more laps than any other circuit on the tour.

WELCOME BACK: For the first time since he retired from full-time competition at the end of 2020, Daryn Pittman is slated to make his World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series return this weekend at Eldora Speedway. The 2013 Series champion and 86-time winner (ninth all-time) will make his first-start aboard the Swindell SpeedLab #39 owned by former Outlaws winner, Kevin Swindell.

While managing his new full-time business adventure as owner of Ultra Shield Race Products alongside his wife Mandy, Pittman will still put together a part-time racing schedule. That part-time schedule begins this weekend at Eldora, where the Owasso, OK native picked up two of the biggest wins of his career at the 2003 Historical Big One and 2008 Kings Royal.
Pittman is slated to make his first World of Outlaws appearance of 2021 this weekend.

SWEET’S STREAKING: For the second this year, Brad Sweet and the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49 have gone streaking. They enter Eldora with three consecutive victories to their credit after sweeping the weekend at Jacksonville (IL) Speedway and then two nights at I-70 (MO) Motorsports Park.

The Grass Valley, CA native returns to Eldora this weekend with a chance to match his career-best streak of four-straight wins, and potentially set a new career-best of five-straight on Saturday. The Big Cat has four previous World of Outlaws wins at the 1/2-mile, and even a 2008 USAC National Sprint Car win at the track, who joins as support class this weekend at #LetsRaceTwo.

PICKING UP STEAM: It’s hard to compete with a three-race win streak, but Sweet’s closest championship contenders David Gravel and Carson Macedo are building their own pallet of momentum thanks to their recent runs.

Since his weekend sweep at Bristol, Gravel of Watertown, CT has chopped Sweet’s points advantage to 90 PTS thanks to a five-race stretch highlighted by four podium finishes aboard the Big Game Motorsports #2. For Carson Macedo, the Jason Johnson Racing #41 driver has found a rhythm with 10 consecutive top-10 finishes that has catapulted him to third in the standings. Gravel has previous wins at Eldora, including the special one-off Governor’s Reign last year, but Macedo is chasing his first-career triumph at The Big E.

ON THE VERGE: If it wasn’t for bad luck, Sheldon Haudenschild might not have any luck at all. The Wooster, OH superstar was only 11 combined laps away from two different victories last weekend. He was cruising through lap traffic at Jacksonville on Thursday when a cut right rear tire spoiled his run on Lap 32 of 40, and then he was dominating at I-70 on Saturday before a caution on Lap 27 of 30 gave Sweet the opportunity to pass him on the final restart.

The Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing, NOS Energy Drink #17 crew knows they’re fast, it’s just about piecing everything together. They’ll enter Eldora chasing their third victory of the 2021 season. Lil Haud has yet to win at Eldora, but in his last two World of Outlaws shows at the track he finished third and fourth as he continues to figure out the Ohio 1/2-mile.
Sweet, a four-time winner at Eldora, enters this weekend on a three-race win streak.

This Week at a Glance – When and Where

Friday-Saturday, May 7-8 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH

On the Internet
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series
Twitter – @WorldofOutlaws
Instagram – @WoOSprint
Facebook – Facebook.com/WorldofOutlawsSprintCarSeries
YouTube – Youtube.com/WorldofOutlaws
DIRTVision – DIRTVision.com – Platinum annual FAST PASS for $299 or monthly FAST PASS for $39/month

Around the Turn: Following this weekend, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will go face the Pennsylvania Posse in a trio of events at Lincoln Speedway (Wednesday, May 12) and Williams Grove Speedway (Friday-Saturday, May 14-15).

NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (7 Drivers):
8 wins – Brad Sweet, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #49
3 wins – David Gravel, Big Game Motorsports #2
2 wins – Sheldon Haudenschild, Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17
2 wins – Carson Macedo, Jason Johnson Racing #41
1 win – Logan Schuchart, Shark Racing #1S
1 win – Aaron Reutzel, Roth Motorsports #83
1 win – James McFadden, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #9

FEATURE LAPS LED (14 Drivers):
194 laps – Brad Sweet
76 laps – David Gravel
67 laps – Sheldon Haudenschild
51 laps – Aaron Reutzel
49 laps – Logan Schuchart
45 laps – Donny Schatz
31 laps – James McFadden
27 laps – Sam Hafertepe Jr.
19 laps – Tyler Courtney
11 laps – Carson Macedo
10 laps – Jacob Allen & Brock Zearfoss
1 lap – Kasey Kahne & Kraig Kinser

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

DRYDENE HEAT RACE WINNERS (20 Drivers)
7 Heat Wins – David Gravel
6 Heat Wins – Aaron Reutzel, Carson Macedo
5 Heat Wins – Sheldon Haudenschild
4 Heat Wins – Logan Schuchart
3 Heat Wins – Brock Zearfoss, James McFadden, Donny Schatz, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
2 Heat Wins – Jacob Allen, Brock Zearfoss, Kasey Kahne, Kraig Kinser, Jason Sides, Ian Madsen, Brian Brown
1 Heat Win – Brad Sweet, Gio Scelzi, Danny Dietrich, Hunter Schuerenberg, Kyle Larson

PODIUM FINISHES (17 Drivers):
13 Podiums – Brad Sweet
5 Podiums – David Gravel, Sheldon Haudenschild, Carson Macedo
4 Podiums – Logan Schuchart, Aaron Reutzel, Donny Schatz
3 Podiums – James McFadden
2 Podiums – Cory Eliason, Gio Scelzi
1 Podium – Kraig Kinser, Brent Marks, Danny Dietrich, Tyler Courtney, Justin Peck, Brian Brown, Sam Hafertepe Jr.

2021 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Schedule & Winners

No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Fri, Feb. 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Brad Sweet (1)
2. Sun, Feb. 7 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Logan Schuchart (1)
3. Fri, March 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Carson Macedo (1)
4. Sat, March 6 / East Bay Raceway Park / Tampa, FL / Aaron Reutzel (1)
5. Fri, March 12 / Magnolia Motor Speedway / Columbus, MS / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)
6. Sat, March 13 / The Rev / Monroe, LA / David Gravel (1)
7. Fri, March 19 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Sheldon Haudenschild (2)
8. Sat, March 20 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Brad Sweet (2)
9. Sat, March 27 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, MO / Brad Sweet (3)
10. Fri, April 2 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (4)
11. Sat, April 3 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (5)
12. Fri, April 9 / Kokomo Speedway / Kokomo, IN / James McFadden (1)
13. Sat, April 10 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Carson Macedo (2)
14. Fri, April 22 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN / David Gravel (2)
15. Sun, April 24 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN / David Gravel (3)
16. Thur, April 29 / Jacksonville Speedway / Jacksonville, IL / Brad Sweet (6)
17. Fri, April 30 / I-70 Motorsports Park / Odessa, MO / Brad Sweet (7)
18. Sat, May 1 / I-70 Motorsports Park / Odessa, MO / Brad Sweet (8)

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: World of Outlaws Excited for Return to Eldora Speedway This Weekend

#LetsRaceTwo is Crucial Practice for Outlaws Before TWO Kings Royal's in July

ROSSBURG, OH - May 3, 2021 - When you think of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, Eldora Speedway is one of the first tracks you think of.

Last year, the Outlaws were locked out of Rossburg, Ohio for the first time in Series history. We didn't get to race two in May, we didn't get to crown a king in July, and no crowns were handed out in September. It was sad, quite frankly.

This year, we're bringing it all back. #LetsRaceTwo this weekend (May 7-8) will mark the first of seven World of Outlaws shows at the 1/2-mile. In July, we're going all-out with TWO $175,000-to-win Kings Royal's (July 14-17); and then we get to return for the 4-Crown Nationals on September 24.

ELDORA TICKETS (May 7-8)

Due to ongoing restrictions, this weekend's event at Eldora features a 30% capacity limit for fans in attendance. So, if you plan on seeing The Greatest Show on Dirt at The Big E, you'll have to buy those tickets fast.

Here are some of the most noteworthy storylines to follow this weekend:

IT'S BEEN TOO LONG: Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Ohio's Eldora Speedway stood alongside Iowa's Knoxville Raceway and Pennsylvania's Williams Grove Speedway as the only three tracks to host the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars during every single season since the Series was born in 1978.

Unfortunately, that all changed when restrictions locked the Outlaws out of Eldora in 2020. When The Greatest Show on Dirt rolls into Rossburg on Friday, it'll mark 589 days since the last appearance on September 27, 2019 won by Logan Schuchart. Rightfully so, drivers are thrilled to finally be heading back to The Big E.

MODERN STARS OF ELDORA: With 215 previous appearances at the 1/2-mile, the list of Outlaw legends at Eldora ranges wide and far. If you look at the all-time wins list, Steve Kinser (41 wins), Sammy Swindell (30 wins) and Doug Wolfgang (15 wins) lead the way, but who are some of the modern day stars to watch for?

Donny Schatz is the winningest active driver at the track, spanning 15 victories from his first in 2003 and most recent in 2019. Four other full-time Outlaws including Brad Sweet (4 wins), Jason Sides (2 wins), David Gravel (2 wins) and Logan Schuchart (2 wins) have won on multiple occasions.

Former full-timers such as Tim Shaffer (4 wins), Daryn Pittman (4 wins), Paul McMahan (2 wins) and Brent Marks (1 win) are expected to compete in this weekend's #LetsRaceTwo event as well.

MILESTONE MARKS: Along with his 300th career victory waiting in the wings, 1o-time Series champion Donny Schatz is on the verge of two other mega milestones this weekend at Eldora Speedway. Entering #LetsRaceTwo, the Fargo, ND native is only one start away from his 1,900th Feature with the World of Outlaws and only one top five away from 950 such occasions.

The Tony Stewart Racing, Carquest, Ford Performance #15 has been a factor for the win throughout all four 1/2-mile events this season. They'll feel good heading to Eldora where Schatz has more laps than any other circuit on the tour.

WELCOME BACK: For the first time since he retired from full-time competition at the end of 2020, Daryn Pittman is slated to make his World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series return this weekend at Eldora Speedway. The 2013 Series champion and 86-time winner (ninth all-time) will make his first-start aboard the Swindell SpeedLab #39 owned by former Outlaws winner, Kevin Swindell.

While managing his new full-time business adventure as owner of Ultra Shield Race Products alongside his wife Mandy, Pittman will still put together a part-time racing schedule. That part-time schedule begins this weekend at Eldora, where the Owasso, OK native picked up two of the biggest wins of his career at the 2003 Historical Big One and 2008 Kings Royal.

SWEET'S STREAKING: For the second this year, Brad Sweet and the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49 have gone streaking. They enter Eldora with three consecutive victories to their credit after sweeping the weekend at Jacksonville (IL) Speedway and then two nights at I-70 (MO) Motorsports Park.

The Grass Valley, CA native returns to Eldora this weekend with a chance to match his career-best streak of four-straight wins, and potentially set a new career-best of five-straight on Saturday. The Big Cat has four previous World of Outlaws wins at the 1/2-mile, and even a 2008 USAC National Sprint Car win at the track, who joins as support class this weekend at #LetsRaceTwo.

PICKING UP STEAM: It's hard to compete with a three-race win streak, but Sweet's closest championship contenders David Gravel and Carson Macedo are building their own pallet of momentum thanks to their recent runs.

Since his weekend sweep at Bristol, Gravel of Watertown, CT has chopped Sweet's points advantage to 90 PTS thanks to a five-race stretch highlighted by four podium finishes aboard the Big Game Motorsports #2. For Carson Macedo, the Jason Johnson Racing #41 driver has found a rhythm with 10 consecutive top-10 finishes that has catapulted him to third in the standings. Gravel has previous wins at Eldora, including the special one-off Governor's Reign last year, but Macedo is chasing his first-career triumph at The Big E.

ON THE VERGE: If it wasn't for bad luck, Sheldon Haudenschild might not have any luck at all. The Wooster, OH superstar was only 11 combined laps away from two different victories last weekend. He was cruising through lap traffic at Jacksonville on Thursday when a cut right rear tire spoiled his run on Lap 32 of 40, and then he was dominating at I-70 on Saturday before a caution on Lap 27 of 30 gave Sweet the opportunity to pass him on the final restart.

The Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing, NOS Energy Drink #17 crew knows they're fast, it's just about piecing everything together. They'll enter Eldora chasing their third victory of the 2021 season. Lil Haud has yet to win at Eldora, but in his last two World of Outlaws shows at the track he finished third and fourth as he continues to figure out the Ohio 1/2-mile.

This Week at a Glance – When and Where

Friday-Saturday, May 7-8 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH

On the Internet
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series
Twitter – @WorldofOutlaws
Instagram – @WoOSprint
Facebook – Facebook.com/WorldofOutlawsSprintCarSeries
YouTube – Youtube.com/WorldofOutlaws
DIRTVision – DIRTVision.com – Platinum annual FAST PASS for $299 or monthly FAST PASS for $39/month

Around the Turn: Following this weekend, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will go face the Pennsylvania Posse in a trio of events at Lincoln Speedway (Wednesday, May 12) and Williams Grove Speedway (Friday-Saturday, May 14-15).

NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (7 Drivers):
8 wins – Brad Sweet, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #49
3 wins – David Gravel, Big Game Motorsports #2
2 wins – Sheldon Haudenschild, Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17
2 wins – Carson Macedo, Jason Johnson Racing #41
1 win – Logan Schuchart, Shark Racing #1S
1 win – Aaron Reutzel, Roth Motorsports #83
1 win – James McFadden, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #9

FEATURE LAPS LED (14 Drivers):
194 laps – Brad Sweet
76 laps – David Gravel
67 laps – Sheldon Haudenschild
51 laps – Aaron Reutzel
49 laps – Logan Schuchart
45 laps – Donny Schatz
31 laps – James McFadden
27 laps – Sam Hafertepe Jr.
19 laps – Tyler Courtney
11 laps – Carson Macedo
10 laps – Jacob Allen & Brock Zearfoss
1 lap – Kasey Kahne & Kraig Kinser

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

DRYDENE HEAT RACE WINNERS (20 Drivers):
7 Heat Wins - David Gravel
6 Heat Wins - Aaron Reutzel, Carson Macedo
5 Heat Wins – Sheldon Haudenschild
4 Heat Wins – Logan Schuchart
3 Heat Wins – Brock Zearfoss, James McFadden, Donny Schatz, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
2 Heat Wins – Jacob Allen, Brock Zearfoss, Kasey Kahne, Kraig Kinser, Jason Sides, Ian Madsen, Brian Brown
1 Heat Win – Brad Sweet, Gio Scelzi, Danny Dietrich, Hunter Schuerenberg, Kyle Larson

PODIUM FINISHES (17 Drivers):
13 Podiums – Brad Sweet
5 Podiums - David Gravel, Sheldon Haudenschild, Carson Macedo
4 Podiums – Logan Schuchart, Aaron Reutzel, Donny Schatz
3 Podiums – James McFadden
2 Podiums – Cory Eliason, Gio Scelzi
1 Podium – Kraig Kinser, Brent Marks, Danny Dietrich, Tyler Courtney, Justin Peck, Brian Brown, Sam Hafertepe Jr.

2021 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Schedule & Winners

No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Fri, Feb. 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Brad Sweet (1)
2. Sun, Feb. 7 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Logan Schuchart (1)
3. Fri, March 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Carson Macedo (1)
4. Sat, March 6 / East Bay Raceway Park / Tampa, FL / Aaron Reutzel (1)
5. Fri, March 12 / Magnolia Motor Speedway / Columbus, MS / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)
6. Sat, March 13 / The Rev / Monroe, LA / David Gravel (1)
7. Fri, March 19 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Sheldon Haudenschild (2)
8. Sat, March 20 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Brad Sweet (2)
9. Sat, March 27 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, MO / Brad Sweet (3)
10. Fri, April 2 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (4)
11. Sat, April 3 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (5)
12. Fri, April 9 / Kokomo Speedway / Kokomo, IN / James McFadden (1)
13. Sat, April 10 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Carson Macedo (2)
14. Fri, April 22 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN / David Gravel (2)
15. Sun, April 24 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN / David Gravel (3)
16. Thur, April 29 / Jacksonville Speedway / Jacksonville, IL / Brad Sweet (6)
17. Fri, April 30 / I-70 Motorsports Park / Odessa, MO / Brad Sweet (7)
18. Sat, May 1 / I-70 Motorsports Park / Odessa, MO / Brad Sweet (8)

 

 


Sweet Completes Weekend Sweep with Third Straight Win over Macedo & Haudenschild

In Kentucky, iconic trainer Bob Baffert rode the coattails of Medina Spirit to his record seventh Kentucky Derby crown. In Missouri, Kasey Kahne witnessed hired gun Brad Sweet deliver his eighth win of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season.

On Churchill Downs’ hollowed grounds, jockey John Velazquez circled 10 furlongs in exactly two minutes and one second. At the revamped I-70 Motorsports Park, Crew Chief Eric Prutzman watched his NAPA Auto Parts #49 rip off 13.5 miles in just 11 minutes and 31 seconds.

There were odds on Sweet of course, but front row starters Brock Zearfoss and Sheldon Haudenschild shouldered most of the load when the exacta bets came in. When the 30-lap feature went live, all props were on Lil Haud, who amassed a six-second lead in Saturday’s sprint. However, a sudden stoppage allowed The Big Cat to close down the homestretch and sneak away with a stunning victory.

It wasn’t a crown jewel on the level of the Kentucky Derby, but Saturday’s sweep was still meaningful for Sweet, who continues building his championship lead and building momentum with the summer of money approaching.

“Sheldon was way better than us throughout most of that race, but you have to finish these off,” Sweet said. “He left a little opening and got the tires spinning down the front stretch and I saw a gap to shoot. Sometimes it doesn’t matter how you get there, just as long as you get there first.”

After losing Thursday’s trip to Jacksonville Speedway in heartbreaking fashion due to a cut tire with eight laps to go, it was given that Sheldon Haudenschild was owed redemption. For 27 laps on Saturday night, he could taste that sweet, sweet redemption; until Sweet himself stole it away.

The Wooster, OH pilot of the NOS Energy Drink, Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17 was in a league of his own from the start. He beat pole sitter Brock Zearfoss into turn one with a big slider and then threw the deuces out and built a massive six-second lead. He mastered traffic and was poised to celebrate a third win of the year until a spinning Tim Kaeding halted his torrid pace with three to go.

As untimely as it was, it didn’t help anymore that two-time and defending Series champion Brad Sweet had just taken second away from Zearfoss. That put the feared #49 hot on the heels of the #17 with a three-lap sprint to the checkered flag upcoming.

All it took was a stellar restart to offer Sweet the launch he needed into turn one to clear Haudenschild with a slider for the lead. From there, he survived an additional two laps and crossed the stripe with an advantage of 1.508-seconds over Carson Macedo, who snookered Haudenschild as well.

The win marked Sweet’s third in three nights, his fifth in five Missouri races, his eighth in 18 season events, and the 66th of his World of Outlaws career, which ties him with Craig Dollansky and Bobby Davis Jr. for 12th all-time.

“We’ve still got a long summer ahead of us with a lot of big races left,” Sweet said on their early success. “We’ve got to keep our heads down, keep capitalizing, keep executing, and keep winning. We’re the best team out here and I feel like I’m at the highest level I’ve ever been at as a driver. I want to win as many as possible this year.”
 

Following Sweet by Haudenschild to take second on the final restart was Carson Macedo, who drove the Jason Johnson Racing #41 to his tenth consecutive top-10 finish.

“Our car was really good, but I just felt like there were parts where we fell in in line and I couldn’t make something happen,” Macedo noted on his race. “I found the rubber before Brock [Zearfoss] because of a lapper, and then Sheldon [Haudenschild] got so tight on the bottom I got by him. Looking forward to a weekend at Eldora next!”

The story of the race ultimately ended up third as Haudenschild faded to the show position on the final restart.

“We just got beat,” Haudenschild admitted. “I let my guys down. We had the winning car, but the driver didn’t get it done. It doesn’t matter how many you lead, we have to hang on for that last lap. I got too snug on that restart and let Brad get by. He’s the guy to beat right now and that’s really motivating us to get better.”

Closing out the top ten on night two of the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown was Kyle Larson in fourth, Donny Schatz in fifth, Brian Brown in sixth, Brock Zearfoss in seventh, Giovanni Scelzi in eighth, David Gravel in ninth, and Logan Schuchart in tenth.

UP NEXT – The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will make their first appearance of the season at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway next Friday and Saturday, May 7-8. Let’s Race Two features the USAC National Sprint Cars on both nights at the 1/2-mile.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [4][$10,000]; 2. 41-Carson Macedo [6][$6,000]; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [2][$3,500]; 4. 57-Kyle Larson [8][$2,800]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [12][$2,500]; 6. 21-Brian Brown [3][$2,300]; 7. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [1][$2,200]; 8. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [5][$2,100]; 9. 2-David Gravel [19][$2,050]; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart [14][$2,000]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser [9][$1,600]; 12. 14-Tim Kaeding [10][$1,400]; 13. 9-James McFadden [7][$1,200]; 14. 83-Aaron Reutzel [15][$1,100]; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen [20][$1,050]; 16. 19-Parker Price-Miller [17][$1,000]; 17. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer [24][$1,000]; 18. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [18][$1,000]; 19. 24-Rico Abreu [11][$1,000]; 20. 20G-Noah Gass [23][$1,000]; 21. 35-Zach Hampton [22][$1,000]; 22. 2C-Wayne Johnson [13][$1,000]; 23. 31-Joe B-Miller [16][$1,000]; 24. 24W-Garet Williamson [21][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Sheldon Haudenschild 1-27, Brad Sweet 28-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 2-David Gravel[+10]


 

Hometown Hero Brian Brown Nearly Steals Victory in FVP Parts #21

Odessa’s I-70 Motorsports Park was rundown, overgrown, and left for dead. The once blossoming facility was a lost cause, only until it wasn’t. After years of extensive hard work, the iconic Missouri track officially returned on Friday night with the grand re-opening welcoming the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars to town for the first time since 1986.

The first of two nights at the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown, fans came out in full force to support the return of the revamped I-70. They were rewarded with a racey 30-lap feature that included three different leaders and a familiar face in victory lane.

At the end of it all, an extra-excited Brad Sweet climbed from his Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49 as the winner of the spectacular return to racing at the 4/10-mile oval. The Big Cat’s path to victory lane came from the fifth row as he soared by early leaders Brock Zearfoss and David Gravel to pounce on the $10,000 W.

The Grass Valley, CA native picked up his 65th career victory and his seventh win through the first 17 races of the season by virtue of his triumph in Friday’s Feature.

“This NAPA Auto Parts team never gives up,” an elated Sweet said. “We know sometimes you’ll have to come from mid-pack, and others you’ll start on the front row. It’s always a little more sweeter doing it from farther back. We’ve struggled on the half-miles this year, so that’s a nice bonus too. This was a pretty cool place for my first trip here. Awesome crowd, great race track, incredible facility. Excited for tomorrow.”
 

Starting the 30-lapper from ninth, Sweet wasn’t as heavily favored in Vegas odds as front row starters David Gravel and Brock Zearfoss. Both were feeling good after Gravel set his fourth Slick Woody’s QuickTime (13.018 seconds) and Zearfoss scored his third Team Drydene Heat Win of the season.

From the jump, Zearfoss of Jonestown, PA put his #3Z to the point and led his first laps of the 2021 season. His command lasted 10 laps in total, until a Lap 11 restart following Mason Daniel’s flip allowed Gravel to line up alongside him and steal the lead away.

Gravel set the cruise control on his Big Game Motorsports #2, but behind him was a hard-charging Brad Sweet who rallied from ninth and was up to second by Lap 20. Once he disposed of Zearfoss, Sweet’s markers were on Gravel and he was closing quickly. Using a lap car as a pick, Sweet went low down the backstretch and took them three-wide as he pinned the bottom of turn three to surprise Gravel and rip the led away on Lap 24.

The duo continued to wage war over the final laps until a shocking caution flew on Lap 27 for third-running Zearfoss hard into the turn four wall. That set the stage for the final restart with only three laps remaining.

Going back to green, Brian Brown of Grain Valley, MO made a surprise entrance and slid by Gravel as his hometown crowd cheered him. Brownie wasn’t done there as he threw a Hail Mary effort at Sweet for the victory on the final lap, but feel short by only 0.440-seconds as Sweet’s #49 collected the checkered flag.
 

It wasn’t the win he wanted, but this season-best second-place finish for Brian Brown was extra special. Not only did it come at his home track in their grand re-opening, but it also came on the first night of the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown, sponsored by one of his greatest supporters in FVP Parts.

“I grew up 15 minutes that way in Higginsville and now I live 15 minutes this way in Grain Valley, so I see a lot of familiar faces tonight,” Brown said to a hyped-up crowd. “I’m so proud to represent mid-Missouri, I’m one of you guys. This FVP Parts #21 is great right now and we’ll be back going for the win tomorrow.”

After leading 13 laps through the midway point, Gravel slipped back to finish third with his fourth consecutive podium finish aboard the Big Game Motorsports #2.

“We had a car to win, but our tires kept going away under those cautions,” Gravel noted. “I thought we would’ve had something in lap traffic. I really didn’t want to see that caution, but hey that’s racing. Brad is on his game, but we’re gonna make it interesting all year.”

Rounding out the top ten at I-70 Motorsports Park on Friday night was Carson Macedo in fourth, Kyle Larson in fifth, James McFadden in sixth, Sheldon Haudenschild in seventh, Giovanni Scelzi in eighth, Rico Abreu in ninth, and Logan Schuchart in tenth.

UP NEXT – The FVP Platinum Battery Showdown concludes at I-70 Motorsports Park on Saturday, May 1 as the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series cap a triple-header weekend before visiting Eldora Speedway next weekend.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [9][$10,000]; 2. 21-Brian Brown [4][$5,500]; 3. 2-David Gravel [1][$3,200]; 4. 41-Carson Macedo [3][$2,600]; 5. 57-Kyle Larson [5][$2,350]; 6. 9-James McFadden [14][$2,150]; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [13][$2,100]; 8. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [6][$1,950]; 9. 24-Rico Abreu [8][$1,900]; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart [11][$1,850]; 11. 14-Tim Kaeding [19][$1,400]; 12. 15-Donny Schatz [7][$1,200]; 13. 83-Aaron Reutzel [17][$1,000]; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser [10][$950]; 15. 1X-Jake Bubak [16][$900]; 16. 19-Parker Price-Miller [12][$900]; 17. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [24][$900]; 18. 7S-Jason Sides [15][$900]; 19. 35-Zach Hampton [21][$900]; 20. 1A-Jacob Allen [18][$900]; 21. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [2][$900]; 22. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer [20][$900]; 23. 33M-Mason Daniel [22][$900]; 24. 2C-Wayne Johnson [23][$900]. Lap Leaders: Brock Zearfoss 1-10, David Gravel 11-23, Brad Sweet 24-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 49-Brad Sweet[+8]

NEW Championship Standings (17/83 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (2,442); 2. David Gravel (-72); 3. Carson Macedo (-106); 4. Sheldon Haudenschild (-136); 5. Aaron Reutzel (-152); 6. Logan Schuchart (-186); 7. Donny Schatz (-188); 8. Kraig Kinser (-310); 9. Brock Zearfoss (-380); 10. Jason Sides (-482).

 

THURSDAY THRILLER: Sweet Survives Bullring Brawl at Jacksonville for Sixth Win
 

 Brian Walker
April 30, 2021
 

Haudenschild's Flat Tire, Larson's Spin & Schatz's Slider Highlight Chaotic 40-Lapper

They sold full seats at Jacksonville Speedway on Thursday night, but the massive crowd only needed the edges of them.

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series rolled into town for one night only and continued to offer The Greatest Show on Dirt. It was breathtaking, extraordinary, astounding, chaotic, and dramatic more than anything else.

The box score will only show two different official leaders, but in all reality the battle for the win was decided between six, count ’em SIX DRIVERS: Sheldon Haudenschild, Brad Sweet, Kyle Larson, Carson Macedo, David Gravel, and Donny Schatz.

In the end, it wasn’t the fittest, but actually the Sweetest who survived the mayhem to topple the $10,000 Feature at the 1/4-mile. Taking advantage of Haudenschild’s cut tire, Sweet inherited the lead then fended off a three-wide attack and a slide job on the final restart to secure his sixth win of the season aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49.

The Grass Valley, CA native knows he wasn’t the best, but hey that’s short track racing as The Big Cat put it.

“That right there was short track racing as its finest, wow,” Sweet proclaimed. “I hope you fans know we can feel all of this energy. It’s so fun to be a World of Outlaws driver right now. That was action packed and I don’t think I was anywhere close to being the best car, but we survived with luck on our side. It’s such a tough 40 laps around this place.”
 

Questions mounted with heavy rains dousing the facility on Wednesday evening, but the staff at Jacksonville Speedway was more determined than ever to not let Mother Nature spoil the party.

The action got off to a hot start with Sheldon Haudenschild clocking the first-ever nine-second lap at the 1/4-mile with a time of 9.990 seconds in Slick Woody’s Qualifying to set the New Track Record. His lightning-quick run put Jacksonville alongside River Cities (9.260), Bloomington (9.300), US-36 (9.840), Cottage Grove (9.991), and I-55 (9.995) as only the sixth track in World of Outlaws history with a nine-second lap.

Haudenschild’s momentum carried the NOS Energy Drink #17 to the outside pole of the 40-lap feature with Sweet starting inside of him after taking the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash. The Wooster, OH native used the outside to his advantage and threaded the needle to lead the opening circuit. Haudenschild paced the opening eight laps before a restart allowed Sweet to slide in front of him and take command.

Sweet proceeded to lead the next 19 laps before Haudenschild roared back to the point with a daring move in heavy lap traffic. Just as the #17 pulled a diamond off turn two and slid the #49 for the top spot in turn three, the caution flew and set up the final double-file restart with 11 to go.

Lil Haud elected to take the top side and quickly drove away as he looked poised to score his third World of Outlaws win this season. However, a cut tire with only eight laps left soured his shot at the lead and sent him to the work area to change a right rear tire.
 

The ensuing restart gave Sweet the lead, but a mistake in turn one created a three-wide frenzy as he fought Carson Macedo and Kyle Larson for the top spot. The battle was short-lived as contact from Macedo and Larson sent the #57 spinning to a stop and removed him from contention.

From there, David Gravel entered the picture, but couldn’t make much of his run at Sweet. However, a caution on Lap 39 for Zach Hampton set fans up with a thrilling green-white-checkered as Donny Schatz lined up behind Sweet with the win on the line.

Schatz aced the middle of turns one and two then launched a turn three slide job as the duo raced back to the white flag. Sweet was quick to react and crossed under Schatz out of turn four to withhold the lead with one to go. Schatz had one last ditch effort coming to the checkered flag, but ultimately Sweet survived to win the thriller by 0.190-seconds.

“Hey, a win is a win it doesn’t matter how you get there,” Sweet said. “I about flipped, biked up, all but wrecked there at the end. A lot of things played out in my favor to get this win. You never want to see the yellow coming to the checkered I can tell you that. Luckily, I kept my tires underneath to me cross Donny back and held on to put one more lap together.”
 

For 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz, it was his second consecutive runner-up finish aboard the Tony Stewar/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15. After a tough three-week stretch, he admitted the team has recalibrated and their hard work is showing.

“You gotta crawl before you can walk, and you gotta walk before you can run,” Schatz noted. “My Carquest, Ford Performance guys are doing great. We’ve been getting better and that’s all you can ask for. We reset and went back to square one, so now we’re building ourselves back up again. Times change, people change, and we’re changing with it. I’m gonna keep doing what I’ve been doing for the past 25 years here.”

Rounding out the top five at Jacksonville was David Gravel (Big Game #2) with his career-best finish of third at the 1/4-mile, Carson Macedo (Jason Johnson #41) with a strong fourth-place finish, and Rico Abreu of St. Helena, CA with his best finish of the season in World of Outlaws competition.

Closing out the top ten on Thursday night was Jacob Allen with his first top-ten since February, Tim Kaeding with his best run yet aboard the Tony Stewart #14, Logan Schuchart after going tailback on Lap 29, Sheldon Haudenschild following his heartbreak on Lap 32, and Aaron Reutzel, who also recovered from the work area.

UP NEXT – The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series travels to Odessa, MO for its first appearance at the revamped I-70 Motorsports Park since 1986. The FVP Platinum Battery Showdown is a two-day affair at the 3/8-mile oval with complete programs scheduled for Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [1][$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [8][$6,000]; 3. 2-David Gravel [3][$3,500]; 4. 41-Carson Macedo [7][$2,800]; 5. 24-Rico Abreu [5][$2,500]; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen [12][$2,300]; 7. 14-Tim Kaeding [15][$2,200]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart [10][$2,100]; 9. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [2][$2,050]; 10. 83-Aaron Reutzel [6][$2,000]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser [13][$1,600]; 12. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [19][$1,400]; 13. 9-James McFadden [9][$1,200]; 14. 33M-Mason Daniel [24][$1,100]; 15. 7S-Jason Sides [17][$1,050]; 16. 5D-Zach Daum [20][$1,000]; 17. 19-Parker Price-Miller [11][$1,000]; 18. 22-Riley Goodno [21][$1,000]; 19. 35-Zach Hampton [18][$1,000]; 20. 57-Kyle Larson [4][$1,000]; 21. 2C-Wayne Johnson [14][$1,000]; 22. 49J-Josh Schneiderman [23][$1,000]; 23. 24W-Garet Williamson [22][$1,000]; 24. 96-Robert Ballou [16][$1,000]. Lap Leaders:Sheldon Haudenschild 1-8, 28-32; Brad Sweet 9-27, 32-40. KSE Hard Charger Award: 33M-Mason Daniel[+10]

NEW Championship Standings (16/83 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (2,292); 2. David Gravel (-66); 3. Carson Macedo (-98); 4. Sheldon Haudenschild (-122); 5. Aaron Reutzel (-126); 6. Donny Schatz (-164); 7. Logan Schuchart (-166); 8. Kraig Kinser (-282); 9. Brock Zearfoss (-338); 10. Jason Sides (-446).

 


Indianapolis 500 Weekend Shared with The Greatest Show on Dirt in The Hoosier State

The Month of May is sacred when it comes to the state of Indiana.

Now, race fans can witness The Greatest Spectacle in Racing at the Indianapolis 500 and The Greatest Show Dirt with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series all within a matter of days.

On Memorial Day Weekend as fans fill The Hoosier State, the World of Outlaws will be tackling two different Indiana dirt tracks.

The weekend gets started on Friday, May 28 as fans take in Carb Day at the big track before bustling over to the Terre Haute Action Track for a fuel-injected night of high-octane 410 Sprint Car Racing.

After two quick days off while the Indianapolis 500 finishes up, the World of Outlaws complete the weekend on Monday, May 31 with a return to the high banks of Lawrenceburg Speedway for a Memorial Day dose of The Greatest Show on Dirt.

Logan Schuchart enters Terre Haute as the defending race winners. [Brad Plant]
Two of the 11 Indiana ovals to host World of Outlaws competition, Terre Haute will welcome the Series for its 29th appearance while Lawrecneburg runs its 17th show in Series history.

When it comes to the long, wide half-mile of Terre Haute, the Kinser’s have reigned supreme with cousins Steve and Mark each splitting six victories to own of 12 of a total 28 Outlaw shows at THAT. When it comes to today’s superstars, only Logan Schuchart, Brad Sweet, and Donny Schatz have tamed the Action Track.

At Lawrenceburg, 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz is still the winningest driver with a trio of wins aboard his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15 coming in 2009, 2013 and 2014. Sweet and his Kasey Kahne Racing #49 team, the reigning champions, won at The Burg in 2018, but his brother-in-law Kyle Larson is actually the most recent winner in 2019.

Next month’s return to Indiana will mark the World of Outlaws’ final two stops of the season in The Hoosier State. Earlier this month in April, the Series ventured to Kokomo Speedway where James McFadden led a KKR 1-2 and Tri-State Speedway where Carson Macedo outlasted McFadden in an instant classic at the 1/4-mile.

The scenic Lawrenceburg Speedway never disappoints. [Dan McFarland]
Through the first 15 of 83 scheduled events, the story has been the unprecedented level of competition amongst the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series. A non-full-time driver has yet to win with the Series through 15 races, something that has only happened once (2016) over the last decade.

Grass Valley, CA’s Brad Sweet has been most impressive, rattling off a four-race win streak to take command of the points chase with his third consecutive championship on the line this year. Hot on Sweet’s heels are worthy championship contenders like Bristol titan David Gravel in the Big Game Motorsports #2, consistent Carson Macedo with the Jason Johnson Racing #41, two-time winner Sheldon Haudenschild and the Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17 crew, and Aaron Reutzel aboard the Roth Motorsports #83.

Filling out the stacked roster of 15 full-time Outlaws which brings a handful potential winners on any given night is the likes of modern legend Donny Schatz, Shark Racing’s duo of Logan Schuchart & Jacob Allen, fellow rookies Brock Zearfoss, Parker Price-Miller & James McFadden, along with veterans such as Kraig Kinser, Jason Sides & Wayne Johnson, as well as sophomore Mason Daniel.

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

TERRE HAUTE ACTION TRACK WINNERS:
6 wins – Mark Kinser (Oolitic, IN)
6 wins – Steve Kinser (Bloomington, IN)
5 wins – Danny Lasoski (Dover, MO)
2 wins – Stevie Smith (New Oxford, PA)
1 win – Logan Schuchart (Hanover, PA)
1 win – Brad Sweet (Grass Valley, CA)
1 win – Donny Schatz (Fargo, ND)
1 win – Joey Saldana (Brownsburg, IN)
1 win – Tim Shaffer (Aliquippa, PA)
1 win – Sammy Swindell (Germantown, TN)
1 win – Kenny Jacobs (Holmesville, OH)
1 win – Doug Wolfgang (Sioux Falls, SD)
1 win – Rickey Hood (Memphis, TN)

LAWRENCENBURG SPEEDWAY WINNERS:
3 wins – Donny Schatz (Fargo, ND)
2 wins – Shane Stewart (Bixby, OK)
2 wins – Paul McMahan (Nashville, TN)
1 win – Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)
1 win – Brad Sweet (Grass Valley, CA)
1 win – Chad Kemenah (Findlay, OH)
1 win – Joey Saldana (Brownsburg, IN)
1 win – Jac Haudenschild (Wooster, OH)
1 win – Kraig Kinser (Bloomington, IN)
1 win – Danny Smith (Chillicothe, OH)
1 win – Sammy Swindell (Germantown, TN)
1 win – Steve Kinser (Bloomington, IN)

 

 

NOTHING LEFT UNTURNED: Countless hours, effort go into every World of Outlaws/DIRTcar event
No detail is left unturned when it comes to putting on the best dirt car racing events in the country

CONCORD, NC – April 29, 2021 – Fireworks fired into the sky along the backstretch at Bristol Motor Speedway, in sync with the race cars passing by. Banners hung around the colosseum-like facility like art in a house. Merchandise trailers lined in an orderly fashion by the entrance of fans efficiently being entered into the track.

Those fans saw the pageantry of four events between the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars, World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models, Super DIRTcar Series and DIRTcar Modifieds at Bristol Motor Speedway executed to perfection.

What they didn’t see were the days… no weeks… no months of planning and stress carried on the shoulders of many behind the scenes. And that’s not just for the historic Bristol events. That’s for every event under the World of Outlaws and DIRTcar banner.

The birth of an event starts much further in advance than many may imagine. For Bristol, it started in July of last year, according to World of Outlaws and DIRTcar CEO Brian Carter.

“It was all conceptual,” Carter said about the idea of returning to Bristol. “They didn’t know what the dirt would be or if it would even happen. It was a pretty significant timeline to make it happen. The key, for most of it, is to get where it balances itself into the schedule because pretty much every weekend is booked with our calendar. So, it has to fit inside the existing calendar. You’re trying to build it in conjunction with the rest of the schedule and the rest of the racing season. Between every weekend from February to November, we’re racing.”

While in the development phase, Carter presented the idea to Jeff Hachmann, the executive director of events for the World of Outlaws and DIRTcar, who then takes it and draws out the blueprints before the foundation is made.

Can the event be profitable? What are the expenses? What is the business relationship with the venue? What works for ticket prices? What are the storylines? How does it fit with sponsors? Will the facility work for the series in general?

Those are just a few of the early questions that need to be answered to bring it all together, according to Hachmann.

One of the key early questions to address is whether an event will be promoted by the track, by the Series or a joint venture between them. That’ll determine who is the lead on the rest of the important questions.

“The historical events are all their own events. The promoters have been in business way before I got involved,” Carter said. “We’ve spent an extraordinary amount of money marketing and building the World of Outlaws brand, even into the year COVID last year we doubled our marketing campaign to raise awareness for the branding. All that advertising and marketing is captured through the fans coming through the gates. We’ve been joint venturing and renting racetracks to really get a return on that.

“All of our new events and events established in the last decade have either been joint ventures or rentals with the racetrack. Candidly, with 200 big-event-style event nights with the Super DIRTcar Series and World of Outlaws, we can kind of mitigate the risk of losing an event to rain. We have a much higher tolerance for having a bad night, than a track itself, because we can mitigate it over 20 nights. If you lose one out of 20 in a month, it’s not that bad. We do joint ventures and rentals where we can.”

Bristol is a recent example of a joint venture between the series and the track. The teams from both organizations worked together to make sure every day of the event, and the marketing prior, was flawless. Meetings were held once a week from the beginning of the year up until the day before the event, while departments from both organizations were in constant contact. In those conversations, there was the fine-tuning of the smallest details like where merchandise trailers need to be parked, what’s the extent of the use of the media center, making sure there are different color wrist bands for different purposes and who will handle ticketing at the gate.

“We had to divide up all those assets and decide who is doing what, so we didn’t step on each other’s toes,” Hachmann said. “They have a great staff. We have a great staff. How do we use those two staffs to come together?”

In contrast, Super DIRT Week (Oct. 6-10) at Oswego Speedway, another big event for the company, is an example of a track rental. That puts every detail, down to the smallest cell, on the shoulders of the company.

With more than 900 camping spots on the property, steps need to be followed to ensure permits are in place with the health department. Due to a nuclear plant within five miles from the speedway, there needs to be approval from the Pentagon that there is a proper evacuation plan in place if there were to be an emergency situation.

“When you’re creating an area like that, and you have these mass gatherings, you have to be aware of everything,” Hachmann said. “We have to be aware of noxious weeds, believe it or not. We have to make sure we have sanitizers in all bags and if there’s a high mosquito count, we have to provide info on what to do if bit by one. And there’s working with the police and the fire.

“We have to worry about people crossing streets and the neighborhoods around the facility and make sure the flow of the traffic doesn’t hinder the neighbors. We have to make sure there’s access for them to go to the grocery store or go to Dunkin’ Donuts.”

Before coordinating those details, there’s the challenge of finding a proper spot on the schedule for the event. That’s not only to find a prime spot on the schedule for fans to attend, but it’s also for making sure the travel makes sense logistically for the drivers and teams.

“There’s a lot of trial by fire in our world,” Carter said. “The calendar is mostly set. Sprint Cars are quite a bit more established. For the Late Models, the calendar is a little more flexible. It’s also built around events we have less control over. But from a Sprint Car perspective, you’ve got your month of money, you’ve got your huge shows in the summer, we know when we’re starting the season and where we’re ending the season. It all has to fit in, and not only that, you have to manage 20 different businesses going up and down the road with you.

“Bristol is a little bit unique because it provided a pretty large opportunity for us, as a sport for awareness, for the racers as merchandise sellers, a huge crowd, and a big paying purse. So, you can put that kind of an event in a place that may not make sense logistically because of the opportunity.”

The pandemic threw an unexpected curveball at the company last year, forcing the cancellation, re-creation and creation of events throughout the year. While challenging, the World of Outlaws and DIRTcar came out of it stronger.

It showed new methods that could be implemented, where the company can be more efficient and the strength of its team being able to salvage a successful season. That was put to use again this year when the Spring West Coast Swing had to be canceled and less than three weeks later an entirely new Spring schedule was released.

“We learned a lot during COVID,” Carter said. “We learned the fans are as flexible as we can be, relative to promoting a show. The shortest show we just pulled off was going back racing. In three weeks, we changed it from going to California to going back to Florida (in March). We learned a lot about what was necessary to put on a good show. We learned the value of having a direct relationship with the customer. We can communicate directly with emails, with our social following, with our website and through DIRTVision, we can communicate directly to the race fans. And the better the communication is, the more flexible we can be with the events. We can capitalize on the direct relationship with the customers, which was started a decade ago when we created our own ticketing system.”

Once the I’s are dotted and the T’s are crossed, race day can commence. And the on-track portion of the event is “the easiest part,” according to Hachmann. That’s due to there being efficient formats established for every series, series directors making sure drivers and teams have all the necessary information and the race directors keeping control of the on-track action.

Everything off track – the display of banners, DIRTVision’s broadcast, fan engagement, ticketing and media relations – is handled by the coordinators of each element. For Hachmann, he just makes sure everyone has what they need to make each of those elements issue-free.

Most of that work will go unnoticed by fans, but that means everything went as planned. That’s a testament to the hours, days, weeks and months of work that goes into every event between the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, World of Outlaws Late Models, Super DIRTcar Series and DIRTcar Racing – more than 200 of them in a year.

“How long does it take to put on an event?... It never stops,” Hachmann said.

Work continues for the upcoming events, such as the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars at Jacksonville Speedway (April 29) and I-70 Motorsports Park (April 30-May 1), the World of Outlaws Late Models at Boone Speedway (April 30-May 1), the Super DIRTcar Series at Bridgeport Speedway (May 4) and the season-ending World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte (Nov. 4-6).

For tickets to World of Outlaws events, CLICK HERE. For tickets to Super DIRTcar Series events, CLICK HERE. And for tickets to DIRTcar events, CLICK HERE.

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

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

The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings® Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: DIRTVision (Official Live Broadcast Partner), Drydene (Official Motor Oil), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), iRacing (Official Online Racing Game), Morton Buildings (Official Building), SIS Insurance (Official Insurance Provider) VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: Arizona Sport Shirts/Gotta Race, ARP (Automotive Racing Products), Cometic Gasket, COMP Cams, MSD, Penske Racing Shocks, Quarter Master, Slick Woody’s (Quick Time Award), and Wrisco (Exclusive Racing Aluminum); along with manufacturer sponsors, including: Capital Race Cars, FireAde, Integra Shocks, Intercomp, K1 Race Gear, Racing Electronics, Reliable Painting, and Rocket Chassis.


 


Monumental Bristol Throwdown Sets the Stage for Rest of Epic 2021 Season

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series is coming off a huge weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, but the fun is only beginning.

This weekend, The Greatest Show on Dirt prepares for a triple-header at two different tracks in two different states. One track is one of the most exciting, intense bullrings on the schedule; whereas the other is hosting their grand re-opening and their first World of Outlaws show in 35 years.

It all starts on Thursday, April 29 at the 1/4-mile Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, IL. On Friday and Saturday, April 30 & May 1, the Series transitions to Odessa, Missouri’s I-70 Motorsports Park, which hosts the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown.

Here are some of the most noteworthy storylines to follow this weekend:

WE’RE JUST GETTING STARTED: Last weekend’s Bristol Throwdown gave the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars a stage unlike anything else. The hype, excitement, and engagement around the return to Bristol Motor Speedway for the first time in 20 years was off the charts. However, that was only the beginning to a huge remaining portion of the 2021 schedule.

68 races remain, several of them being the largest the sport of Sprint Car racing has to offer. We’ve got two $175,000 paydays at the King’s Royal at Eldora (OH) Speedway in July, the 60th running of the Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville (IA) Raceway in August, THE SHOWDOWN week in June where one driver could leave Huset’s (SD) Speedway and Jackson (MN) Motorplex with a total of $180,000, and there’s so much more in between. The Series will travel from Pennsylvania to Washington and California to North Carolina while bringing The Greatest Show on Dirt to fans worldwide on DIRTVision.

The bright lights of Bristol set the stage for the rest of the 2021 season. [Brent Smith]
“BIG SH*T IN A SMALL BOWL”: There is no greater contrast on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series schedule than transitioning from a 142 MPH average speed on Bristol’s 1/2-mile on Sunday to banging it off the fence at one of the smallest bullrings at Jacksonville Speedway.

Drivers are faced with the challenge of forgetting their smooth, crisp attitude on the daunting high-banks of Bristol and remembering how to get their elbows up and race 5-6 cars ahead at a time when racing through lap traffic. Jacksonville Speedway promoter Kenny Dobson said it best, comparing the 1,400 lb, 900 HP Outlaws at the 1/4-mile Jacksonville to “big sh*t in a small bowl.”

In three previous events at Jacksonville: Christopher Bell scored his first-career win driving the Fox Brothers #53 in 2014, Joey Saldana and the Roth Motorsports #83 outlasted Aaron Reutzel for victory in 2016, and Carson Macedo survived Sheldon Haudenschild to take the win in 2019.

NEXT CHAPTER AT I-70: After a 35-year absence, the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars are finally returning to Odessa, Missouri. The revamped and re-established I-70 Motorsports Park comes back on the map with their grand opening this Friday and Saturday, April 30 – May 1 with the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown.

I-70 hosted 19 events from 1981 to 1986 – with Steve Kinser & Sammy Swindell each winning more than five – but the track was converted to asphalt before closing in 2008. Now, it’s back, and set to rejuvenate the Sprint Car scene in Missouri. For teams like Jason Johnson Racing of Rocky Mount, MO and Mason Daniel Racing of Carrollton, MO, it’s another of several home races for them.

ON TOP OF THE WORLD: After his weekend sweep worth $35,000 at Bristol Motor Speedway, David Gravel and the Big Game Motorsports #2 cleaned up every ounce of confidence available on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car tour right now.

Through the first 13 events this season, Gravel had 12 top-ten finishes, but only one victory and one podium. That all changed as the Series returned to its first 1/2-mile venue since opening at Volusia, a type of racing that Gravel thrives on. He’s now won the most features on big tracks with 10 1/2-mile victories since 2019. Which is crucial considering some of the largest paydays of the season come at 1/2-miles like Knoxville, Eldora and Williams Grove.

SHARK STRUGGLES: Just three weeks ago, Logan Schuchart and his Drydene Performance Products #1S were the closest challenger to Brad Sweet atop the championship standing, after all Schuchart started the season with 11 top tens in 11 races. However, since heading east, they’ve struggled with consecutive finishes of 22nd at Kokomo, 19th at Tri-State, and 20th & 19th at Bristol, sending him spiraling from second to sixth in the points.

However, if you dig deep, it’s all circumstance. They haven’t been bad, just unlucky and misfortunate. Jacob Allen, who hasn’t recorded a top-ten finish since he ran seventh & eighth in the first two races at Volusia, has led laps and contended at the front in races since then. Schuchart would’ve won $25,000 at Bristol if it was a 23-lap affair, as he dominated the Feature before a mechanical issue eliminated him from the race.

The Hanover gang will look to get back on track and end their unlucky streak with three chances to park it in victory lane this weekend.

BULLRING SUCCESS: Through three events at Jacksonville Speedway, 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz and 2-time Series champion Brad Sweet are the only drivers with a top-five effort in all three appearances.

For Schatz and his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, Carquest, Ford Performance #15, he’s finished third, fourth and fourth consecutively at Jacksonville. After a tough stretch through March and early April, the Fargo, ND native got back into a rhythm at Bristol with back-to-back top-five finishes to rekindle some momentum.

Sweet and his Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb, NAPA Auto Parts #49 has improved one spot over every single visit to the Jacksonville, IL facility. He started with fourth in 2014, then third in 2016, and second in 2019. If the trend continues, we’ll see The Big Cat in victory lane come Thursday night.

HOME WIN FOR FVP: Friday and Saturday’s trip to I-70 Motorsports Park comes in the form of the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown. In attendance driving the FVP Parts #21 will be Brian Brown of Grain Valley, MO hoping to give his sponsors a victory in their own event.

This Week at a Glance – When and Where

Thursday, April 29 at Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, IL
Friday-Saturday, April 30-May 1 at I-70 Motorsports Park in Odessa, MO

On the Internet
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Around the Turn: Following this weekend, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series returns to The Big E with Let’s Race Two scheduled for Friday & Saturday, May 7-8.

NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (7 Drivers):
5 wins – Brad Sweet, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #49
3 wins – David Gravel, Big Game Motorsports #2
2 wins – Sheldon Haudenschild, Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17
2 wins – Carson Macedo, Jason Johnson Racing #41
1 win – Logan Schuchart, Shark Racing #1S
1 win – Aaron Reutzel, Roth Motorsports #83
1 win – James McFadden, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #9

FEATURE LAPS LED (13 Drivers):
156 laps – Brad Sweet
63 laps – David Gravel
51 laps – Aaron Reutzel
49 laps – Logan Schuchart
45 laps – Donny Schatz
31 laps – James McFadden
27 laps – Sheldon Haudenschild
27 laps – Sam Hafertepe Jr.
19 laps – Tyler Courtney
11 laps – Carson Macedo
10 laps – Jacob Allen
1 lap – Kasey Kahne & Kraig Kinser

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

DRYDENE HEAT RACE WINNERS (18 Drivers)
5 Heat Wins – Aaron Reutzel, David Gravel, Carson Macedo
4 Heat Wins – Logan Schuchart
3 Heat Wins – Sheldon Haudenschild, James McFadden, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
2 Heat Wins – Donny Schatz, Jacob Allen, Brock Zearfoss, Kasey Kahne, Kraig Kinser, Jason Sides, Ian Madsen
1 Heat Win – Brad Sweet, Gio Scelzi, Danny Dietrich, Hunter Schuerenberg

PODIUM FINISHES (16 Drivers):
10 Podiums – Brad Sweet
4 Podiums – Logan Schuchart, Sheldon Haudenschild, Aaron Reutzel, Carson Macedo
3 Podiums – David Gravel, James McFadden, Donny Schatz
2 Podiums – Cory Eliason, Gio Scelzi
1 Podium – Kraig Kinser, Brent Marks, Danny Dietrich, Tyler Courtney, Justin Peck, Sam Hafertepe Jr.

2021 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Schedule & Winners

No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Fri, Feb. 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Brad Sweet (1)
2. Sun, Feb. 7 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Logan Schuchart (1)
3. Fri, March 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Carson Macedo (1)
4. Sat, March 6 / East Bay Raceway Park / Tampa, FL / Aaron Reutzel (1)
5. Fri, March 12 / Magnolia Motor Speedway / Columbus, MS / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)
6. Sat, March 13 / The Rev / Monroe, LA / David Gravel (1)
7. Fri, March 19 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Sheldon Haudenschild (2)
8. Sat, March 20 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Brad Sweet (2)
9. Sat, March 27 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, MO / Brad Sweet (3)
10. Fri, April 2 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (4)
11. Sat, April 3 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (5)
12. Fri, April 9 / Kokomo Speedway / Kokomo, IN / James McFadden (1)
13. Sat, April 10 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Carson Macedo (2)
14. Fri, April 22 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN / David Gravel (2)
15. Sun, April 24 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN / David Gravel (3)

 

THE ULTIMATE GLADIATOR: David Gravel Gets $25,000 for Sweeping Outlaws at Bristol

Logan Schuchart Led 23 Laps Before Gravel Slid Him Coming to the White Flag

David Gravel loves making statements, and boy did he make a big one at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend.

After his downright domination of Friday’s opener at the Bristol, TN 1/2-mile, Gravel returned to victory lane on Sunday afternoon and completed a weekend sweep of the Bristol Throwdown. This time, he did it in opposite fashion by sliding to the lead coming to the white flag to earn his 61st career World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series win.

The Big Game Motorsports #2 started on the outside pole of the 25-lapper, but slipped back to third before running down Logan Schuchart in lap traffic and clearing him with a monster run down the backstretch that guided him to a huge turn three slide job on Lap 24.

A symbolical weekend in a way, Gravel’s impressive weekend sweep at the high-banked oval came with Sammy Swindell in attendance as the Grand Marshal; a passing of the torch if you will. With his two wins on Friday & Sunday, the Watertown, CT native equaled the three-time World of Outlaws champion as the only two drivers through six events to win twice at the iconic venue known as The Last Great Colosseum.

Surviving a green-white-checkered restart following Schuchart’s sudden mechanical failure, Gravel drove off to a 0.846-second victory for $25,000 over Donny Schatz, another former Bristol winner in 2001.

“When I fell back to third I honestly didn’t think I had a shot,” Gravel noted on surprising himself with the win. “I was kind of just hoping to stay on the podium at a certain point. I think Donny [Schatz] messed up and just couldn’t take off on one restart and I slid by him, then catching Logan [Schuchart] was a matter of traffic. Sweeping the weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway is a pretty damn awesome accomplishment.”
Gravel’s winning move came on Lap 24 of 25 on Sunday afternoon. [Brent Smith]

Beyond Gravel’s double dip, the biggest story of Sunday came with one lap remaining when Logan Schuchart dropped out of the race with a heartbreaking mechanical issue.

The Shark Racing #1S won the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash and ran away from the pole position to lead the opening 23 laps of the 25-lapper. His run came to a screeching halt on the white flag lap when Gravel built a massive run off the top side of turn two, sped down the backstretch, and launched a slider for the lead into turn three. The bad news came moments later when a mechanical issue forced him to drop form second worth $10,000 to 19th worth $1,200 as he was only a half-mile away from the checkered.

“We had some sort of mechanical issue with the engine,” Schuchart explained afterwards. “I hate saying that because Michael Newman builds us some of the most badass engines, but sometimes stuff beyond your control happens. We had a really fast Drydene Performance Products #1S this weekend and we really improved since we got here on Thursday. I hope we can come back here next year and go for another win.”

Rounding out the podium behind Gravel was Donny Schatz aboard the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15 and Aaron Reutzel in the Roth Motorsports #83. For Schatz, the 10-time Series champion collected his third podium through 15 races and first in over a month.

“I wouldn’t say we’re back yet,” Schatz said afterwards. “We had a solid finish and had some good speed, but it’s a lot harder to climb out of a hole than people think. It’s just the nature of the beat. We had a chance to contend there for a while, but just couldn’t follow through. Momentum means everything, that’s a big lesson I’ve learned in my 25 years. So hopefully this is a stepping stone to getting back on track.”

For Reutzel, his second podium finish of the weekend was a sigh of relief following three different engine changes.

“We overcame a lot this weekend, man,” Reutzel noted. “We just kept our heads down and kept digging. We weren’t as good tonight as were Friday, though. Anytime you run well with the Outlaws you build that momentum and build your confidence, which is what we need right now.”
Sam Hafertepe Jr. shattered the Bristol track record at an average speed of 142.098 MPH. [Trent Gower]

Closing out the top-five at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon was Fresno, CA native Gio Scelzi finishing fourth in the KCP Racing #18 and Nashville, TN native Paul McMahan running fifth in the CJB Motorsports #23.

The rest of Sunday’s top-ten finishers were Carson Macedo, Brock Zearfoss, Spencer Bayston, James McFadden & Cory Eliason.

In Sunday’s intense qualifying session, the World of Outlaws track record at Bristol Motor Speedway was again shattered for the second time this weekend. This time, it was Sam Hafertepe Jr. of Sunnyvale, TX going around the half-mile at an average speed of 142.098 MPH during his 13.326-second lap.

UP NEXT – The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will take a few days off to rest and ready themselves for a Midwestern triple-header this weekend. On Thursday, April 29, The Greatest Show on Dirt visits one of the smallest tracks on tour with Jacksonville (IL) Speedway on tap, but then we’re off to I-70 (MO) Motorsports Park on Friday & Saturday, April 30 – May 1 for the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (26 Laps) – 1. 2-David Gravel [2][$25,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$10,000]; 3. 83-Aaron Reutzel [6][$5,000]; 4. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [5][$4,000]; 5. 23-Paul McMahan [4][$3,500]; 6. 41-Carson Macedo [8][$3,000]; 7. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [10][$2,800]; 8. 71-Spencer Bayston [14][$2,700]; 9. 9-James McFadden [11][$2,600]; 10. 26-Cory Eliason [7][$2,500]; 11. 49-Brad Sweet [18][$2,000]; 12. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [22][$1,800]; 13. 2C-Wayne Johnson [16][$1,600]; 14. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [9][$1,500]; 15. 20-Ryan Taylor [15][$1,400]; 16. 19-Parker Price-Miller [17][$1,300]; 17. 9JR-Derek Hagar [21][$1,200]; 18. 11K-Kraig Kinser [23][$1,200]; 19. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1][$1,200]; 20. 22-Jac Haudenschild [24][$1,200]; 21. 24-Rico Abreu [20][$1,200]; 22. 72-Tim Shaffer [12][$1,200]; 23. 7S-Jason Sides [19][$1,200]; 24. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [13][$1,200]. Lap Leaders: Logan Schuchart 1-23, David Gravel 24-26. KSE Hard Charger Award: 7BC-Tyler Courtney[+10]

NEW Championship Standings (15/83 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (2,142); 2. David Gravel (-60); 3. Carson Macedo (-90); 4. Sheldon Haudenschild (-104); 5. Aaron Reutlzel (-106); 6. Logan Schuchart (-150); 7. Donny Schatz (-160); 8. Kraig Kinser (-260); 9. Brock Zearfoss (-314); 10. Giovanni Scelzi (-392).

 


Gravel Set New Track Record, Won His Heat, His Dash, and Friday's 25-Lap Feature

A perfect night is hard to come by against the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series. It’s even harder to come by at the daunting high-banked 1/2-mile of Bristol Motor Speedway.

Don’t tell that to David Gravel, though.

The Watertown, CT native paved his path to victory lane with a trail of downright domination on Friday night. His Big Game Motorsports #2 was simply unstoppable from the time the trailer unloaded. Harnessing 20 years of pent up energy, Gravel made sure he was the first, and biggest, storyline leaving Thunder Valley in the Series’ first race since 2001.

It all started with his new track record. At 13.672 seconds, Gravel clocked an average speed of 138.502 MPH; officially making him the fastest driver to ever turn laps on the dirt-covered Bristol Motor Speedway. From there, he won his Heat Race, won the Dash, and ran away with a $10,000 Feature victory, the 60th of his World of Outlaws career.

With his winning sword in hand, the newest gladiator of The Last Great Colosseum reflected on how special this opportunity is to race on a stage and venue like Bristol.

“This is so cool,” Gravel said in awe of a massive crowd. “This is just such an iconic place that everyone always talks about. I can’t thank Bristol Motor Speedway and the World of Outlaws enough for making this event happen. I hope we get to finish out this weekend and go after that $25,000 check.”

A noted ace on bigger, faster tracks, Gravel’s clean sweep of the night at Bristol equals him with Donny Schatz for the most wins (9) on 1/2-mile ovals since the beginning of 2019. His unbeatable performance on Friday marked the first perfect night of the 2021 World of Outlaws season.

“This thing has been incredible ever since we unloaded yesterday,” Gravel bragged on his Big Game Motorsports crew. “After the Heat and Dash, I told them not to change a damn thing. I just ripped down five qualifying laps there at the end to try and hold off Reutzel.”

Not just the physical size, but the stature that Bristol brings can offer true season-changing momentum. Gravel has felt his early-season resume has been lackluster at best with two wins in 14 races, but with a Bristol beatdown in his bank, he feels more and more confident heading into the crucial summer months.

“I really think we’ll kick ass at big tracks all year long,” Gravel noted with a grin. “This schedule is so unique because we’re going to a super short track on Thursday and then we’re back at a big track on the weekend. You have to be good everywhere with the Outlaws. This engine program is super stout and this team is really hitting our stride.”

Gravel’s closest contender came in the form of KSE Hard Charger Aaron Reutzel, who battled back from a pair of engine changes to roar from ninth-to-second and compete for the win in his Roth Motorsports #83. The Clute, TX native rolled by Sam Hafertepe Jr. on Lap 18 and was cutting into Gravel’s lead lap-after-lap with the aid of back markers.

By Lap 20, the gap was only five-tenths of a second and Reutzel was poised to give Gravel some heat in the closing circuits. However, a caution for Logan Schuchart changed it all.

With Gravel removed from traffic and given the benefit of clean air, his Big Game #2 proved to be too stout. Reutzel hung close with him for the first lap, but the raw speed of Gravel’s Morrison Racing Engines powered Maxim Chassis was too much to handle.

When the checkered flew on Lap 25, a dejected Aaron Reutzel crossed the line 1.871-seconds short of Gravel’s tail tank.

“That caution killed every ounce of momentum I had,” Reutzel explained post-race. “We went from ninth-to-second, we were flying through there and he couldn’t pass the lap cars. That restart gave him clean track and he was gone, though. He was the fastest car all night until lap traffic, and then I thought we were the car to beat. You have to be good to win these races, but you also have to be lucky.”

Rounding out the podium aboard the Jason Johnson Racing #41 was Carson Macedo, who was surprised, but pleased with track conditions.

“I was just searching for too long in the beginning,” Macedo explained. “I thought the bottom would be dominant, but Aaron found the top and I realized where I needed to be. I think it got a lot more racey there at the end. I can’t say enough about how cool this event is. A dream come true for me to be on the podium at Bristol.”

Following Gravel, Reutzel, and Macedo on night one of the Bristol Throwdown was Sam Hafertepe Jr. of Sunnyvale, TX, who actually led the opening two laps before Gravel went storming by. Closing out the top five was Donny Schatz aboard the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, Ford Performance #15.

The rest of Friday’s top ten finishers were NASCAR sensation Kyle Larson in sixth, Gio Scelzi aboard the KCP Racing #18 in seventh, championship leader Brad Sweet in eighth with the Kasey Kahne Racing #49, Paul McMahan in ninth making his season-debut, and rookie contender Brock Zearfoss in the tenth spot.

UP NEXT – The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will wrap up the Bristol Throwdown on Saturday, April 24 with a $25,000-to-win main event. Officials are bound and determined to complete the event on Saturday night, but a Sunday rain date could be used at Bristol Motor Speedway if absolutely necessary.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (25 Laps) – 1. 2-David Gravel [1][$10,000]; 2. 83-Aaron Reutzel [9][$6,000]; 3. 41-Carson Macedo [6][$3,500]; 4. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [2][$2,800]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$2,500]; 6. 57-Kyle Larson [12][$2,300]; 7. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [5][$2,200]; 8. 49-Brad Sweet [8][$2,100]; 9. 23-Paul McMahan [4][$2,050]; 10. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [16][$2,000]; 11. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [10][$1,600]; 12. 71-Spencer Bayston [7][$1,400]; 13. 9-James McFadden [20][$1,200]; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser [18][$1,100]; 15. 26-Cory Eliason [21][$1,050]; 16. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [23][$1,000]; 17. 72-Tim Shaffer [11][$1,000]; 18. 20-Ryan Taylor [17][$1,000]; 19. 9JR-Derek Hagar [24][$1,000]; 20. 1S-Logan Schuchart [15][$1,000]; 21. 2C-Wayne Johnson [13][$1,000]; 22. 22-Jac Haudenschild [22][$1,000]; 23. 19-Parker Price-Miller [14][$1,000]; 24. 24-Rico Abreu [19][$1,000]. Lap Leader(s):Hafertepe 1-2; Gravel 3-25. KSE Hard Charger Award: 83-Aaron Reutzel[+7]

NEW Championship Standings (14/83 Races) – 1. Brad Sweet (2,014); 2. David Gravel (-82); 3. Sheldon Haudenschild (-98); 4. Carson Macedo (-100); 5. Aaron Reutzel (-122); 6. Logan Schuchart (-134); 7. Donny Schatz (-178); 8. Kraig Kinser (-246); 9. Brock Zearfoss (-322); 10. Jason Sides (-392).

 

 

Gravel, Schatz, Reutzel & Haudenschild Headline Opening Night of Bristol Throwdown

History was made on Thursday night as the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series ended a 20-year absence at Bristol Motor Speedway.

A full night of practice brought The Greatest Show on Dirt back to The Last Great Colosseum in preparation for this weekend’s highly-anticipated Bristol Throwdown. The event officially kicks off tomorrow with Hot Laps slated to open a full program of racing at 6:00pm ET. If you can’t be here, you can watch it all LIVE on DIRTVision.

For most drivers and teams, it was their first chance to hit the high banks in Thunder Valley. Three different sessions for a total of five rounds gave competitors several different looks at the surface with times to make changes and adjust to the .526-mile race track.

Round One – Donny Schatz (14.210) Round Two- Gio Scelzi (14.575) Round Three – David Gravel (14.533) Round Four – David Gravel (14.742) Round Five – Parker Price-Miller (15.059)

Schatz, a former winner at Bristol, recorded the fastest time of the night. [Trent Gower] Donny Schatz, the ten-time Series champion, led the way with the single fastest lap of the night at 14.210 seconds in the opening set. That’s an average speed of 133 MPH aboard the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, Ford Performance, Carquest #15.

For Schatz, a native of Fargo, ND, the World of Outlaws return to Bristol is a homecoming of sorts. He earned one of the biggest wins of his early career at the 1/2-mile on June 8, 2001. Now, two decades later, Schatz is still ruling the Outlaws and he’s back at Bristol with a chance to claim his milestone 300th career victory.

Whereas Schatz has previous experience to rely on, others like Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contender Parker Price-Miller are walking in blind. Worried at first, PPM grew more comfortable by the lap and by the end of the night, he hit the fastest lap in the final session at 15.059 seconds.

“I feel a lot better leaving tonight than I did when the day started,” Price-Miller admitted. “The place is intimidating, especially for someone who hasn’t been here before, but I really enjoyed where the track ended up. Hopefully we get a track like this tomorrow.”

Gravel was consistently the best driver on Thursday, placing top ten in every session. [Trent Gower] David Gravel made the most noise throughout the three-hour session, ending up as the only driver in the field to record a top-10 time in every single session. The Watertown, CT native also topped two different sessions aboard the Big Game Motorsports #2, the only driver to do that as well.

Although the 59-time World of Outlaws winner had never been to Bristol before, he does have the confidence of being a 1/2-mile stud. Since 2019, Gravel has won eight events on the biggest tracks the Outlaws face, second only to Schatz’s nine wins.

Knowing the World of Outlaws format which relies on qualifying and leads into straight-up heat races, Gravel is excited about the speed they found right out of the gates.

“It’s a huge confidence boost to roll out of the trailer and be that fast,” Gravel noted. “I’ve always loved racing on these bigger tracks and this place doesn’t disappoint. I hope we can get a track just like this when it comes to racing, but maybe get it out a little bit wider.”

In the fifth and final session of the night, a longer green flag run, Aaron Reutzel and his Roth Motorsports #83 clocked the best eight-lap average at 15.336 seconds. Another notable with a strong eight-lap average in the final session was Spencer Bayston of Lebanon, IN aboard the Indy Race Parts #71 at 15.383.

Haudenschild’s farewell season will take place aboard the iconic Pennzoil #22. [Trent Gower] The biggest story of the night came when a special reveal stunned Jac Haudenschild and brought back to life one of the most iconic cars in the history of the World of Outlaws.

A deal months in the making, car owner Rico Abreu and businessman Frank Bolter surprised The Wild Child with a modern day version of the yellow Pennzoil #22 for his farewell season, which starts this weekend at the Bristol Throwdown.

Haudenschild’s historic relationship with the car dates back to the 1990’s when he drove Jack Elden’s #22 with Pennzoil sponsorship for more than a half-decade. Now, to end his legendary career, the 72-time World of Outlaws winner is reunited with the car he is most associated with.

A sixth-place runner at Bristol in 2000, Haudenschild is one of the five drivers this week that competed int the last event here 20 years ago. Also included in that list is Paul McMahan, making his season debut aboard the CJB Motorsports #23 this weekend.

“I don’t remember much of this place from back then, but it’s everything I expected it to be this week,” McMahan said. “As long as they get it wide and races, I think it’ll be totally fine. We had some great races back then, so I know we can do it again.”

Now that the entire field has laps at Bristol Motor Speedway, the stage is set to officially return to the Tennessee speed plant in Friday’s opener of the Bristol Throwdown. A $10,000-to-win program will lead into Saturday’s $25,000-to-win finale.

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


 

 

World of Outlaws Set to Visit Bridgeport (May 18), Attica (May 21), and Sharon (May 22)

A three-race swing against the PA Posse in May will lead the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars to New Jersey and Ohio for three dates over five nights.

The Greatest Show on Dirt makes its one and only stop on Jersey’s Shore with an appearance at the newly-reconfigured Bridgeport Motorsports Park on Tuesday, May 18. Following that, a doubleheader weekend in The Buckeye State guides the 900 horsepower machines to Attica Raceway Park on Friday, May 21 and then Sharon Speedway on Saturday, May 22.

When Bridgeport comes into play on Tuesday, May 18, the World of Outlaws will encounter their third different configuration at the Swedesboro, NJ facility.

Labeled “The Fastest Dirt Track in the East,” Bridgeport was notoriously a lightning-quick 5/8-mile oval for years. Recently, a smaller 3/8-mile bullring was built inside the bigger track to open up the addition of more classes at the track. Now, for the first time, the World of Outlaws are coming back to race on the newly-reconfigured 4/10-mile surface.

Sammy Swindell was the king of speed when it came to the 5/8-mile big track, winning five of seven contested events. In 2019, Danny Dietrich took the first and only Series victory on the 3/8-mile oval. Now, it’s anyones guess as to who conquers the 4/10-mile soil.

“I love any opportunity we get to visit a new track,” Big Game Motorsports driver David Gravel said. “Obviously we’ve been to Bridgeport before, but the track was totally different then, so now we basically leveled the playing field and we’re back to square one. It’ll be interesting to see who can figure the place out first.”

A two-day break follows Bridgeport as teams travel to Attica Raceway Park for the Kistler Engines Classic on Friday, May 21. The first of two trips to the Attica, OH 1/3-mile will serve as a tune-up for the prestigious Brad Doty Classic which comes on Tuesday, July 13.

Dating back to the 1990 debut at Attica, the World of Outlaws have contested 16 events at the track. 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz is the winningest driver in Outlaw competition at Attica with four wins to his credit aboard the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15. Ohioan Dale Blaney and The King Steve Kinser are also multi-time winners. Kyle Larson enters as the most recent winner in 2020.

“Attica is a tough race track,” championship leader Brad Sweet, who has two top-fives in 11 starts, said. “You really have to get your elbows up at that place and the racing can get pretty wild. There’s no doubt it always produces some exciting racing for the fans.”

On Saturday, May 22, a 14-year absence from Sharon Speedway will end. The Series hosted nine events from 2002 to 2007, but haven’t been back since. Over that six-year span, Steve Kinser and Danny Lasoski were the only multi-time winners.

Sheldon Haudenschild, who sits second in the current championship standings, will look to join his father Jac Haudenschild as an Outlaw winner at Sharon. The Wooster, OH native takes extra pride when racing in his home state, proven by his wildly-popular victory at Wayne County Speedway last year.

“It’s always special racing in your home state,” Haudenschild said. “Attica and Sharon are both places I’ve won at before with the All Stars, so I’m excited to try and pick up an Outlaw win at those places.”

Before the World of Outlaws take to Bridgeport (May 18), Attica (May 21) and Sharon (May 22), the Series will finish out a busy month of Spring action. The Bristol Throwdown this weekend (April 22-24) will lead into events at Jacksonville, IL (April 29), Odessa, MO’s I-70 (April 30 – May 1), Rossburg, OH’s Eldora (May 7-8), and Pennsylvania’s Lincoln (May 12) and Williams Grove (May 14-15).

At the moment, Brad Sweet of Grass Valley, CA, leads the championship standings thanks to five victories through the first 13 of 83 races. He and the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49 team are chasing their third consecutive World of Outlaws title.

The closest challengers behind Sweet are Haudenschild (-92) aboard the Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing, NOS Energy Drink #17 and Gravel (-98), a 59-time winner driving the Big Game Motorsports #2.

Rounding out the top ten in the current point standings is Carson Macedo (-110), Logan Schuchart (-110), Aaron Reutzel (-134), Donny Schatz (-184), Kraig Kinser (-234), Brock Zearfoss (-318), and Jason Sides (-348).

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ATTICA RACEWAY PARK WINNERS:
4 wins – Donny Schatz (Fargo, ND)
3 wins – Dale Blaney (Hartford, OH)
2 wins – Steve Kinser (Bloomington, IN)
1 win – Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)
1 win – David Gravel (Watertown, CT)
1 win- Joey Saldana (Brownsburg, IN)
1 win – Stevie Smith (New Oxford, PA)
1 win – Sammy Swindell (Germantown, TN)
1 win – Joe Gaerte (Rochester, IN)
1 win – Joey Allen (Hanover, PA)

SHARON SPEEDWAY WINNERS:
4 wins – Steve Kinser (Bloomington, IN)
2 wins – Danny Lasoski (Dover, MO)
1 win – Jac Haudenschild (Wooster, OH)
1 win – Jason Meyers (Clovis, CA)
1 win – Joey Saldana (Brownsburg, IN)

BRIDGEPORT SPEEDWAY WINNERS:
5 wins – Sammy Swindell (Germantown, TN)
1 win – Danny Dietrich (Gettysburg, PA)
1 win – Johnny Herrera (Albuquerque, NM)
1 win – Steve Kinser (Bloomington, IN)


 

The three-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car champion won twice at Bristol Motor Speedway

Sammy Swindell has never shied away from a stage with thousands of eyes watching. Especially when it’s one of the biggest stages in motorsports: Bristol Motor Speedway.

He put the thunder in “Thunder Valley” multiple times as a driver, but this weekend “Slammin’ Sammy” will be entertaining fans as the Grand Marshal of the World of Outlaws Bristol Throwdown (April 22-24).

“I’m looking forward to it,” Swindell said. “It gives me a chance to come and be a part of it.”

He’ll make appearances – including an autograph session on Friday – throughout the historic event, which sees the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars return to the iconic half-mile track for the first time in 20 years and the Super DIRTcar Series makes its Bristol debut.

The three-time World of Outlaws champion and 394-time Series, of Germantown, TN, became a Titan of the Tennessee track. In the World of Outlaws’ four previous visits to “The Last Great Colosseum,” he won the 30-lap events in 2000 and 2001, and set the overall track record of 13.860 sec. at an average speed of 138mph. In comparison, NASCAR’s track record on the asphalt track is 14.528 sec. at an average speed of 132mph – set in 2019.
Sammy Swindell pilots his Channel Lock #1 car / Paul Arch photo

“I hope they don’t beat my record,” the 65-year-old chuckled. “Trying to hang on to some of this stuff as long as I can.”

The high speeds never bothered him. He enjoyed it.

While leaving Bristol one day, a Tennessee trooper stopped Swindell and told him, ‘You were the fastest one out there today.’ Swindell said, ‘Oh, yeah?’ The trooper responded, ‘185.’

“I’ve had people clock me at [the Syracuse Mile] and other places at 180,” Swindell said. “It’s a lot different running a car that fast but you just have to make sure your stuff is tight. It’s what I’ve always tried to do, make sure everything is tight so the input I put in the steering goes to the wheel and there’s no slop in the steering or spindles or whatever.

“I always enjoyed running the faster places. The speed didn’t really bother me, I guess. It was just a matter of getting there and doing the same thing you do all the time. Try to go as fast as you can.”

At those speeds, the race becomes a chess match. Every move has to be calculated. Taking lessons learned from racing on mile-long tracks, like Syracuse, Swindell said while closing on another into the corner, instead of following them at their speed, it was better to roll back and then carry the speed through the turn. Then, he’d drive by.

Drafting comes into effect, as well. You can feel it, he said. As you’d close on the car in front of you, you could feel your speed pick up and the RPMs of the motor increase.
Sammy Swindell celebrates a win at Eldora Speedway / Paul Arch photo

“There’s a lot of things that come into play,” Swindell said. “You have to time everything right because everything is going at a faster rate than normal.”

While he’d prefer to be on track with the stout field of drivers entered for the World of Outlaws Bristol Throwdown, he’s another eager fan excited to see how the racing will be 20 years after his last win. The motors have about 100 more horsepower now, he said, but the reduced banking and different tire compound will slow the cars down… He hopes for the sake of his track record.

No matter his duties as Grand Marshal, “Slammin’ Sammy” Swindell is sure to put the thunder in “Thunder Valley” once again.

“Sometimes you have to wind up the crowd a little bit,” he said.

To see Swindell and the rest of the stars of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series return to Bristol Motor Speedway, get your tickets at BristolMotorSpeedway.com.

You can also watch Swindell further talk about his Bristol win in the Bristol Watch Party video in the Exclusive section on DIRTVision.

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The Greatest Show on Dirt Meets The Last Great Colosseum Once Again

One of the most anticipated events of the year is finally here.

This weekend, after a 20-year absence, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series is making its grand return to the iconic Bristol Motor Speedway.

Transformed to a clay-filled colosseum, the 1/2-mile stadium offers up three intense, electrifying nights of The Greatest Show on Dirt. The weekend begins with a practice night (6-9pm) on Thursday which is run in conjunction with a special pre-race show LIVE on DIRTVision, where you can watch this weekend’s action and all of the World of Outlaws events with a FAST PASS.

On Friday, racing officially begins with a full program of Qualifying, Heat Races, Dash, Last Chance Showdown, and a 25-lap, $10,000-to-win Feature. On Saturday, we’re back at it again, but this time with a $25,000 payday on the line; the highest of any Sprint Car race to date in 2021.

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With such a monumental weekend lined up, the storylines are plentiful. Here’s a few of the countless times to watch:

20 YEARS IN THE MAKING: It’s been almost two decades since the World of Outlaws last visited Bristol Motor Speedway. The Series debuted at the iconic NASCAR venue in 2000 when the dirt was first laid down and Mark Kinser & Sammy Swindell split wins. The Greatest Show on Dirt came back again in 2001 with Donny Schatz and Sammy Swindell sharing victories.

In 2002, the dirt was absent and as were the Outlaws. That dry spell lasted year-after-year and Bristol soon became a historical token of yesteryear. It seemed to be a distant memory until the breaking news came in late December 2020 that dirt was returning in a big way. World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, World of Outlaws Late Models, NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Trucks Series, and more.

GUESS WHO’S BACK: Kyle Larson, the man who set dirt racing ablaze with his 46-win campaign in 2020, will make his 2021 season-debut with the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars this weekend at Bristol. The Elk Grove, CA native comes into the weekend fresh off an All Stars Circuit of Champions victory at Williams Grove (PA) Speedway aboard the Paul Silva owned #57.

A 12-time winner with the World of Outlaws last year, Larson has the advantage of being the only of 38 drivers this weekend with experience on the current edition of dirt on Bristol. In March, he finished second in two Dirt Late Model events and was looking strong in both the NASCAR Trucks and Cup Series races before being collected in crashes. So far in 2021, Larson has finished on the podium in all eight Late Model/Midget/Sprint Car features.

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HALF-MILE HEROES: This weekend, the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars are back at a big track (Bristol is .533 miles) for the first time since opening the season at Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park. Since the beginning of the 2019 season, the Series has contested 45 events at half-mile race tracks. Over that span, 13 different winners have found victory lane with eight of those racers striking at least twice.

Leading the way with the most half-mile wins over that span is Donny Schatz (9), David Gravel (8), Logan Schuchart (6), Kyle Larson (6), and Brad Sweet (5).

TENNESSEE TWANG: A pair of drivers, both former World of Outlaws winners, will be competing in their home state of Tennessee this weekend. Jason Sides of Bartlett, TN and Paul McMahan of Nashville, TN are also two of only five drivers (Schatz, Shaffer, J. Haudenschild) racing this weekend that previously competed at Bristol in 2000-01. Sides is a 17-time Series winner aboard the Rico Abreu Racing #7S, while McMahan has 27 Series victories to his credit and drives the CJB Motorsports #23 this weekend.

It’s not just drivers, but also tracks in The Volunteer State that have a storied history with the World of Outlaws. Including Bristol, the Series has visited seven Tennessee venues dating back to Milan Speedway in 1982. Most recently, Shane Stewart and Donny Schatz split wins when the Series raced at a make-shift quarter-mile at Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville.

Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing fields the Carquest, Ford Performance #15 for Donny Schatz, a 10-time Series champion gunning for his second-career win at Bristol. Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb is a lethal two-car operation with two-time Series champion Brad Sweet in the NAPA Auto Parts #49 and Australian James McFadden in the Karavan Trailers #9. Stenhouse Jr. / Marshall Racing is co-owned by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. with Sheldon Haudenschild piloting the NOS Energy Drink #17.

WHAT OFF WEEKEND?: Although both events at Lawton (OK) Speedway and Devil’s Bowl (TX) Speedway were rained out, that doesn’t mean all of the Outlaws took the weekend off. Five teams booked it to Knoxville (IA) Raceway, where the World of Outlaws will race on June 11-12 and August 11-14 for the Knoxville Nationals; while another two teams hauled to Port Royal (PA) Speedway, where the Series will visit on October 8-9.

Sheldon Haudenschild’s decision to bolt to Knoxville made him one of the most talked about subjects of the whole weekend. The Wooster, OH native, who currently sits second in World of Outlaws championship standings, rallied from 14th to win his first-career feature at the Knoxville half-mile thanks to a stunning last-lap pass on Gio Scelzi. Sheldon and the NOS Energy Drink #17 will carry that momentum into this weekend at Bristol and later trips this year to Knoxville.

THE NEED FOR SPEED: In 2001, a Tennessee state trooper whipped out his radar gun and clocked Sammy Swindell at a top speed of 185 MPH down the straightaway at Bristol Motor Speedway. His still-existing track record of 13.860 seconds averaged out at a whopping 138.441 MPH. The real question is: how fast will they go this weekend?

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Thursday-Saturday, April 22-24 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN

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Around the Turn: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series transitions to a Midwest tripleheader following Bristol. A Thurdsay, April 29 appearance at Jacksonville (IL) Speedway leads into the two-day FVP Platinum Battery Showdown at I-70 (MO) Motorsports Park on April 30, May 1.

NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (7 Drivers):
5 wins – Brad Sweet, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #49
2 wins – Sheldon Haudenschild, Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17
2 wins – Carson Macedo, Jason Johnson Racing #41
1 win – Logan Schuchart, Shark Racing #1S
1 win – Aaron Reutzel, Roth Motorsports #83
1 win – David Gravel, Big Game Motorsports #2
1 win – James McFadden, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #9

FEATURE LAPS LED (13 Drivers):
156 laps – Brad Sweet
51 laps – Aaron Reutzel
45 laps – Donny Schatz
37 laps – David Gravel
31 laps – James McFadden
27 laps – Sheldon Haudenschild
26 laps – Logan Schuchart
25 laps – Sam Hafertepe Jr.
19 laps – Tyler Courtney
11 laps – Carson Macedo
10 laps – Jacob Allen
1 lap – Kasey Kahne & Kraig Kinser

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

DRYDENE HEAT RACE WINNERS (18 Drivers)
5 Heat Wins – Aaron Reutzel
4 Heat Wins – Logan Schuchart, David Gravel, Carson Macedo
3 Heat Wins – Sheldon Haudenschild, James McFadden
2 Heat Wins – Donny Schatz, Jacob Allen, Brock Zearfoss, Kasey Kahne, Kraig Kinser, Jason Sides, Ian Madsen, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
1 Heat Win –  Brad Sweet, Gio Scelzi, Danny Dietrich, Hunter Schuerenberg

PODIUM FINISHES (16 Drivers):
10 Podiums – Brad Sweet
4 Podiums – Logan Schuchart & Sheldon Haudenschild
3 Podiums – Carson Macedo & James McFadden
2 Podiums – Donny Schatz, Aaron Reutzel, Cory Eliason, Gio Scelzi
1 Podium – Kraig Kinser, Brent Marks, David Gravel, Danny Dietrich, Tyler Courtney, Justin Peck, Sam Hafertepe Jr.

2021 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Schedule & Winners

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

 

 

SAFETY FIRST: World of Outlaws, DIRTcar aiming to improve dirt track responder safety across the country
The Short Track Incident Response Program provides the same level of safety training given to crews with Formula 1, IndyCar and more

CONCORD, NC – April 15, 2021 – The world watched in silence and fear as Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean and his car disappeared in a hellish dome of fire after a crash during the Bahrain Grand Prix last year. While the imagery froze onlookers, track and safety officials rushed to Grosjean’s aid.

Their response was praised and hailed as a factor in Grosjean’s survival. It’s the same kind of training and response you’ll see from World of Outlaws and DIRTcar officials at every dirt racing event. And it’s the same kind of training and response Series officials hope to see from safety workers at every track they go to.

The World of Outlaws and DIRTcar have partnered with ESI Equipment Inc. and the International Council of Motorsports Sciences to make racetrack and safety officials aware of the SFI accredited Short Track Incident Response Program in an effort to have those officials properly trained in how to handle any kind of race car accident.

“Back in the day, there are racetracks, you’d call them and you would ask them if they had an ambulance on site. They’d say, ‘Yes,’” World of Outlaws and DIRTcar Safety Director Tyler Bachman said. “They did not lie to you. The ambulance was there. But it hadn’t been moved in seven years. So, we’ve come from that five years ago to always having an ambulance there. Now, we’re trying to get the people in those ambulances to understand the cars.

“Someone on the safety crew may have never sat in a Late Model before. They might not realize there is so much sheet metal around it. Or a Big Block, they might not realize the driver sits in the middle of the car. Most of the time, if the car went for a wild ride, flipped, or hit the wall, there’s a good chance the sheet metal has folded and made for a not an easy way to get out.”

The program tackles everything from putting out various types of fires to helping extricate a patient from a race car and different methods of properly flipping race cars over so the driver doesn’t sustain any further injuries. Sprint Car, Late Model and Big Block chassis are on site of each course – and they’re always looking for more used chassis to be donated, wrecked or not – so participants can see what it’s like to sit in the cars, practice getting patients out of the cars and practice where they’ll need to cut the chassis if the driver can’t get out on their own power.

In a recent class with 25 participants from the Buffalo Township Volunteer Fire Company – who serve as safety workers at Lernerville Speedway – they got to be strapped into a car, flipped over, and taught the variety of different style safety harnesses drivers where and how to undo them. Some drivers may wear a Simpson Hybrid, while others may wear a HANS device. And different models between those brands have different ways of being disconnected.

“So, a safety person, if you haven’t raced you probably don’t know how to take that off,” Bachman said. “If you look at a Simpson Hybrid Pro, which a lot of our guys have, you might not know you have to pull the strings (to get it off). You could look at it for 20 minutes and not realize how to get it off. Just stuff like that. It’s really a big awareness.

"Doing stuff in the fire service with vehicle rescue and car crashes… race car rescues are a lot different. You can’t just open a door. They don’t have a door. Fuels are different, too. With the Sprint Cars, you have methanol. You may run up to the car and not even know it is on fire. So that’s a big thing too.”

Every official with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars, World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model, Super DIRTcar Series and DIRTcar took the course last year, and are certified by SFI – a non-profit organization established to issue and administer standards for the quality assurance of specialty performance and racing equipment. The crew from the Buffalo Township Volunteer Fire Company is the latest affiliation with the Series to take the course. The goal is to have three to five courses a year, Bachman said, for tracks across the country. He’d like to eventually see every track the series race at go through the program.

“I thought it was very comprehensive and really opened my eyes to how intricate extricating a driver can be," World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Director Carlton Reimers said after participating in the program last year. "I mean, who would have thought that a Sawzall with a special tipped blade was faster at cutting through a frame than the Jaws of Life. That’s only in certain situations, of course, but I would have never known. I hope we do more of this training in the future.”

There are various versions of ESI's Race Track Safety Services to accommodate a variety of series like Formula 1, IndyCar and NHRA. While the techniques may differ from series to series and track to track with each having its own idiosyncrasies, the level of training is the same throughout them all.

“The information is consistent throughout whatever series we’re doing,” said John Evans, president of ESI Equipment Inc. and facilitator of the programs. “It’s like, why should a Formula 1 driver get something different than a dirt driver? Technically, they shouldn’t. You’re not going to get any different treatment on the street depending on what kind of car you drive. Whether you’re in an Audi or a Volkswagen, if you crash on the street, you’re going to get the same level of care no matter who is coming in that ambulance.

“That’s kind of where our thought process is. Why should it be different? It shouldn’t be different. We should all have that same knowledge and skills and technical information that make us all good responders on the track.”

In a similar program for Formula 1 safety workers, the class convinced the doctors who tail the field on the first lap to carry high-flow fire extinguishers with them. That type of extinguisher was what they used to help clear a path for Grosjean to get out of the fire, according to Evans.

“That’s the kind of information and training that we are providing,” he said. “Not only in an FIA Formula 1 situation, put to people who are responding on dirt tracks.”

He knows how important that is firsthand. One guy in his group faced an incident where a Sprint Car was upside down and on fire with the driver still inside. The fire department on site didn’t have the proper training or equipment to give the safety worker a clear path to the driver. He tried 16 times to get to the driver, Evans said. Fortunately, the driver survived but suffered 95% burns on his body. Those are the kinds of situations Evans knows need to be corrected at every level of racing.

The Short Track Incident Response Program has been around for only a few years now but has become one of the most popular classes, according to Evans. More than 200 people have gone through the course, so far. Before teaming up with the World of Outlaws and DIRTcar, the majority of trainees came from the program being put on during PRI in Indianapolis. That’s where Bachman first found out about the course and realized it was something the series needed to be a part of.

Bachman has worked with the World of Outlaws and DIRTcar for nine years and has worked in the fire service since 2007. While he’s been through courses and experienced several accidents throughout his career, he said the Short Track Incident Response Program was still eye-opening.

“Any class you take, from a structure fire to a car wreck class, you learn something every time,” he said. “I learned a new technique on how to get [drivers] out. There’re new boards out called med boards. We just saw them when we were down there (in Volusia for the class) and loved how they work to get a driver out of the car. So, we actually ordered one for each Series.”

The same sentiment was shared by those who participated in the Buffalo Township Volunteer Fire Company class.

“A couple of the guys said to me going into this, ‘Ah, it’s going to just be another fire class. It’s just going to be another race car rescue class.’ Well, at the end of it, they all said they learned some new technique,” Bachman said. “They hadn’t realized you could do that, or they didn’t realize they could roll over a car that way. Most people who are doing this are volunteer firemen, or paid firemen, or doctors. If there’re one or two things every time that they go, ‘Wow, I never realized that or, Wow, that’s a lot quicker,’ I think this class is incredible and I wish every racetrack would do it.”

Another class is being scheduled during the World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in November, then, next year, Bachman would like to see the expansion of several classes in each region of the country.

“I think the more people that take this in our sport, in the World of Outlaws and DIRTcar racing, it will benefit our drivers that travel with us,” he said.

The course is available for track owners, local rescue crews, and any other motorsports affiliated company that might benefit from it. To request a Short Track Incident Response Program at your facility, or attend a scheduled class, contact:

USA: ESI Race Track Safety Services; 1-800-574-8228 | info@esiequipment.com
Canada: CMRT; info@cmrt.ca | 905-914-0261 | 514-434-6911

RELATED: In addition to the Short Track Safety Program, the World of Outlaws has worked with the Med-Star Dirt Track Rescue team for several years and will utilize their services during the World of Outlaws Bristol Throwdown at Bristol Motor Speedway, April 22-24, which features the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and Super DIRTcar Series.

Led by Jay Masur, CEO and President of Med-Star Paramedic and Ambulance, Med-Star Dirt Track Rescue has more than 40 years of dirt track experience and has been commended as one of the best safety teams due to their extensive knowledge and quick response times. They regularly work with the World of Outlaws during Northern Midwest events.

Along with providing rescue support at the track, like the Short Track Safety Program, they also train safety workers on the proper ways to handle a wreck and how to attend to a driver.

For the full World of Outlaws Sprint Car and Late Model schedules, CLICK HERE. For the full Super DIRTcar Series schedule, CLICK HERE. And for the full schedule of DIRTcar events, CLICK HERE.

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A BATTLE IS BREWING: 2021 Edition of Outlaws vs. PA Posse is One Month Away
 

Brian Walker
April 14, 2021
 

First of 11 Pennsylvania Dates Start at Lincoln (May 12) & Williams Grove (May 14-15)

It’s the biggest rivalry in Sprint Car Racing: The PA Posse vs. The World of Outlaws.

The greatest band of full-time drivers traveling the nation against the most prideful and passionate set of local racers. The Outlaws want to come in and steal in the loot, but the Posse take defending their porch to the next level.

In 2021, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will make 11 appearances in Pennsylvania, and it all starts next month.

On Wednesday, May 12, The Greatest Show on Dirt rolls into Abbottstown, PA for a one-night only event at Lincoln Speedway. Labeled the Gettysburg Clash presented by Drydene Performance Products, this $10,000-to-win mid-week special marks the 49th Outlaws / Posse soiree at Lincoln.

A one-day break ensues before the Morgan Cup fires off on Friday & Saturday, May 14-15 at Williams Grove Speedway. The iconic Mechanicsburg, PA 1/2-mile will reach a milestone 220th World of Outlaws event during the finale, which offers a $17,000-to-win prize.
 

One of the eight tracks to grace the schedule during the Outlaws’ inaugural year in 1978 and still hold races today in 2021, Lincoln’s history ranges far and wide with some holes in between. It started in year one when Steve Smith swept four shows over seven nights to shoo the Outlaws from his home turf.

The Abbottstown 1/4-mile was a yearly tradition until 1999, when a 14-year dormant period began. In 2012, the track returned to Outlaw competition with a hot start for the Posse as Danny Dietrich of Gettysburg stood tall with the first two of his five-career World of Outlaws win.

In 10 total dates since returning in 2012, the Posse have had the Outlaws’ number with six wins to four at Lincoln. Donny Schatz (2016), David Gravel (2017) and Sheldon Haudenschild (2020) are the only full-time Outlaws to beat the Posse of late.

The competition has been stout in one month of local competition at Lincoln this year. Through seven races, six winners have risen to the occasion with Aliquippa, PA’s Tim Shaffer being the only repeat winner in the Heffner #72. Danny Dietrich, Billy Dietrich, Alan Krimes, Jim Siegel & Tim Wagaman also have wins.

“We definitely take a lot of pride in defending our state,” Danny Dietrich said. “The World of Outlaws are the best in the country, but we’ve still got the best local scene of all 50 states. I think that’s why it is always so amped up when they roll into town. They want to beat us, but we want to beat them more. They bring in a little extra money and more glory, which is always nice too.”
 

Transitioning to the Morgan Cup on May 14-15, Williams Grove Speedway will continue to stretch its advantage as the most-visited track in World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series history. Along with Iowa’s Knoxville Raceway, they’re the only two tracks to host World of Outlaws events every single year since the inception of the Series in 1978.

Although Outlaws Steve Kinser (38 wins), Donny Schatz (21 wins), Mark Kinser (18 wins) and Sammy Swindell (16 wins) have dominated the 1/2-mile, the Posse’s brightest have put up a strong fight including Lance Dewease (14 wins), Fred Rahmer (9 wins), Greg Hodnett (9 wins) and Don Kreitz Jr. (8 wins).

For Dewease, a win in next month’s two-night Morgan Cup would prove especially meaningful if he goes winless at the half-mile until then. As of now, the 55-year-old legend from Fayetteville, PA owns 99 career wins at Williams Grove, which is good enough to be the all-time leader over Fred Rahmer (90) & Greg Hodnett (73). However, win #100 being against the Outlaws sure would be special.

Of the current 15 full-time drivers, only Donny Schatz (18 wins), David Gravel (8 wins), Brock Zearfoss (1 win) and James McFadden (1 win) have World of Outlaws wins at the track.

Some of the other local stars that have turned in strong performances in 2021 include winner Freddie Rahmer, Brandon Rahmer, Dylan Cisney, T.J. Stutts, Chase Dietz, and Steve Buckwalter, among others.

“It’s hard to put that place into words,” Zearfoss, a native of Jonestown, PA said. “It’s just so special. I mean they’ve been racing Sprint Cars for almost a century soon. Williams Grove just has so much history, and especially with the Outlaws. I’ll never forget my first win there in 2017. Hopefully we can get another one next month.”
The atmosphere steps up a notch when the Outlaws and PA Posse battle each other. [Trent Gower]

As strong as they are, the PA Posse still went winless in 2020 against the Outlaws. They had nine chances between Lernerville, Williams Grove, Lincoln, and Port Royal, but loss all nine of them. It was the first time they were shut out on their home turf since 2008.

With that as motivation, they’ll be sure to come out of the gates swinging when the 2021 chapter of Outlaws vs. Posse begins.

Still a month away, Brad Sweet currently leads the World of Outlaws championship standings in pursuit of his third-straight title in the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49. The Big Cat is currently being chased by Sheldon Haudenschild (-92), David Gravel (-98), Carson Macedo (-110) and Logan Schuchart (-110).

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

 

 


WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Lawton and Devil’s Bowl Welcome World of Outlaws Action
 

Brian Walker
April 13, 2021
 

Birthplace of Series - Devil's Bowl - Paying $20,000-To-Win on Saturday Night

There’s no slowing down for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.

After an exciting weekend on Indiana’s bullrings, The Greatest Show on Dirt is heading south for a weekend at Lawton (OK) Speedway on Friday, April 16 and Devil’s Bowl (TX) Speedway on Saturday, April 17.

Let’s catch you up on the storylines to follow entering this weekend:

BIGGER PAYDAY: On Saturday at Devil’s Bowl, the World of Outlaws will race for $20,000-to-win, the highest-payday of the season to this point. It’s the first of back-to-back weekends with more money on the line as the NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars battle for $25,000-to-win at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 24.

In total, 12 events this season offer a more than $20,000 grand prize. That group is highlighted by a pair of $175,000-to-win King’s Royals at Eldora, the 60th Knoxville Nationals paying $150,000-to-win, the National Open at Williams Grove worth $75,000-to-win, and the $50,000-to-win Jackson Nationals, among many more high-paying shows.
 

ADVERSITY HITS: After entering last weekend all on career-best streaks, Brad Sweet, Sheldon Haudenschild, and Logan Schuchart each left Indiana with their streaks snapped. Sweet’s run of nine-straight podium finishes? Gone. Haudenschild’s stretch of eight-straight top fives? Toast. Schuchart’s perfect 11-for-11 span of top tens? No more.

Even David Gravel found his own slice of adversity at Kokomo when he clipped an infield tire running second and ended up with a 12th-place finish. Those four, who sit 1-2-3-4 in the championship standings with 70 races remaining will look to get back on track

MACEDO’S MOMENTUM: Much like basketball, it’s been a game of runs for Carson Macedo on the World of Outlaws trail in 2021. He started with a four-race spurt of 5th, 6th, 1st, 3rd to obtain the championship lead for the first time in his career. Then, a four-race swing through the south was full of struggles with runs of 21st, 7th, 13th, 11th.

Now, he’s on a five-race streak of top tens and he’s back in contention tied for fourth in the standings. Since going to Missouri, the Jason Johnson Racing #41 has results of 5th, 5th, 8th, 6th, 1st. He enters Lawton and Devil’s Bowl fresh off a thrilling second win of the season at Tri-State Speedway.

THE RISE OF THE #9: You can’t help but wonder where James McFadden would fall in the championship standings if he had been here from the start. Due to the birth of his first child, he stayed down under and misses the first six races of the season. Since arriving in the United States in March, he’s been on fire and the results prove it.

The Alice Springs, NT, AUS native has a worst finish of 11th and average finish of 5.7 through his first seven starts in 2021. Last weekend especially, the Kasey Kahne Racing #9 found a rhythm on Indiana bullrings as he won for the first time this year at Kokomo and ran a close second at Tri-State. He’ll head to Lawton and Devil’s Bowl with a chip on his shoulder following that last-lap loss in Haubstadt.
 

SCHATZ’S STRUGGLES: For the first time since 2002, Donny Schatz has finished outside the top-ten in five consecutive World of Outlaws races. That’s a stretch of 1,357 races for the 10x Series champion.

Over the last five races, the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15 has finished 11th a lap down at Lake Ozark, suffered a DNF while leading at I-55, ran 11th again at I-55, accepted another DNF on Lap 2 at Kokomo, and finished 16th-from-21st at Tri-State. A win this weekend at Lawton and Devil’s Bowl would get the monkey off his back with his first win of the season.

BACK ON HOME TURF: For Wayne Johnson of Oklahoma City, OK and Aaron Reutzel of Clute, TX, this is their final chance of the season to race in their home states.

Johnson, who drives the Two-C Racing #2C, owns several regional victories at Lawton Speedway and ran 14th with the World of Outlaws one year ago. He’s chasing his first top-ten of the season since he ran ninth at Magnolia (MS).

Reutzel, pilot of the Roth Motorsports #83, has an ASCS National 360 Sprint Car win to his credit at Devil’s Bowl in 2017. Outside of his one DNF at Magnolia, Reutzel has been top-ten in every single feature this year and currently sits sixth in the standings.

PAST RESULTS: Lawton and Devil’s Bowl are two of eight tracks that were on the inaugural World of Outlaws schedule in 1978 and still host races today in 2021. No full-time Outlaws have won at Lawton with the Series thanks to Daryn Pittman’s emotional home-state triumph last year.

At Devil’s Bowl, Schatz, Sweet and Schuchart are the only full-timers with winning experience on the half-mile.
 

This Week at a Glance – When and Where

Friday, April 16 at Lawton Speedway in Lawton, OK
Saturday, April 17 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, TX

On the Internet
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Around the Turn: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series prepare for a three-day show of epic proportions with the Bristol Throwdown coming up on April 22-24 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (7 Drivers):
5 wins – Brad Sweet, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #49
2 wins – Sheldon Haudenschild, Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17
2 wins – Carson Macedo, Jason Johnson Racing #41
1 win – Logan Schuchart, Shark Racing #1S
1 win – Aaron Reutzel, Roth Motorsports #83
1 win – David Gravel, Big Game Motorsports #2
1 win – James McFadden, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #9

FEATURE LAPS LED (13 Drivers):
156 laps – Brad Sweet
51 laps – Aaron Reutzel
45 laps – Donny Schatz
37 laps – David Gravel
31 laps – James McFadden
27 laps – Sheldon Haudenschild
26 laps – Logan Schuchart
25 laps – Sam Hafertepe Jr.
19 laps – Tyler Courtney
11 laps – Carson Macedo
10 laps – Jacob Allen
1 lap – Kasey Kahne & Kraig Kinser

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

DRYDENE HEAT RACE WINNERS (18 Drivers)
5 Heat Wins – Aaron Reutzel
4 Heat Wins – Logan Schuchart, David Gravel, Carson Macedo
3 Heat Wins – Sheldon Haudenschild, James McFadden
2 Heat Wins – Donny Schatz, Jacob Allen, Brock Zearfoss, Kasey Kahne, Kraig Kinser, Jason Sides, Ian Madsen, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
1 Heat Win – Brad Sweet, Gio Scelzi, Danny Dietrich, Hunter Schuerenberg

PODIUM FINISHES (16 Drivers):
10 Podiums – Brad Sweet
4 Podiums – Logan Schuchart & Sheldon Haudenschild
3 Podiums – Carson Macedo & James McFadden
2 Podiums – Donny Schatz, Aaron Reutzel, Cory Eliason, Gio Scelzi
1 Podium – Kraig Kinser, Brent Marks, David Gravel, Danny Dietrich, Tyler Courtney, Justin Peck, Sam Hafertepe Jr.

2021 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Schedule & Winners

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


 

 

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

Brian Walker April 11, 2021
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This Week at a Glance – When and Where

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2021 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Schedule & Winners

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


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

By Nick Graziano

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Dirt is awesome,” he said.

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The NASCAR ties don't end there, though.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

Here are the top stories to follow this weekend:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

Jacob Allen Flips While Leading in Pursuit of Second Career Win

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For tickets to the Drydene Texas Two-Step presented by American Lube Supply, CLICK HERE.

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

Sixth Different Winner in Six Races Extends Incredible Start to Season

MONROE, LA - March 13, 2021 -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RELATED --- Revised Schedule Released

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

-Friday, March 5 – Volusia Speedway Park
-Saturday, March 6 – East Bay Raceway Park
-Friday, March 12 – Magnolia Motor Speedway
-Saturday, March 13 – The Rev
-Friday & Saturday, March 19-20 – Cotton Bowl Speedway
-Friday, March 26 – U.S. 36 Raceway
-Saturday, March 27 – Lake Ozark Speedway
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