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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

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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

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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.

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.

 

 

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
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 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
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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
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 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

On the Internet
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models Series
Twitter – @WorldofOutlaws
Instagram – @WoOSprint
Facebook – Facebook.com/WorldofOutlawsSprintCarSeries
YouTube – Youtube.com/WorldofOutlaws
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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).

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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
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models Series
Twitter – @WorldofOutlaws
Instagram – @WoOSprint
Facebook – Facebook.com/WorldofOutlawsSprintCarSeries
YouTube – Youtube.com/WorldofOutlaws
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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
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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.

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.

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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

BUY TICKETS HERE - Cotton Bowl (3/19-20)

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
-Friday & Saturday, April 2-3 – Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55
-Friday, April 9 – Kokomo Speedway
-Saturday, April 10 – Tri-State Speedway

“A lot of work has gone into putting this revised schedule together, and I’m grateful to all the tracks that have graciously worked with us throughout this process,” World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Director Carlton Reimers said. “While we’re disappointed in not being able to get the Spring West Coast Swing in this year, I’m excited for the fans and drivers that we’re still able to present them with a full schedule of racing at great venues.”

The best Sprint Car drivers in the world will converge at Volusia Speedway Park for the third time this year when the season resumes – current points leader Logan Schuchart and defending champion Brad Sweet took home the trophies in the first two races there. On the following day, the Series will return to East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, FL for the first time in 38 years. Steve Kinser was the last driver to win at the track in 1983.

Then, the next two weekends will host new dates for previously postponed events. The new additions to the schedule this year, Magnolia Motor Speedway, in Columbus, MS, will run on March 12, and The Rev in Monroe, LA will run on March 13. A doubleheader at Cotton Bowl Speedway will be the following weekend, March 19-20, with the Drydene Texas Two Step presented by American Lube. It’ll be the Series’ first time back at the track since 2018 – won by David Gravel.

The following three weekends will feature new events, leading to the originally scheduled April 16 event at Lawton Speedway and April 17 event at Devil’s Bowl Speedway.

Missouri will host a doubleheader weekend, March 26-27, with the return of U.S. 36 Raceway and Lake Ozark Speedway.

The March 27 event at Lake Ozark will be the third annual Jason Johnson Classic presented by FK Rod Ends with $15,000-to-win on the line. James McFadden, a friend of the late Jason Johnson, earned an emotional win at the event last year and will go for another this year as he runs for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year title with Kasey Kahne Racing.

Always a source of excitement, the 1/3-mile Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 returns for a spring doubleheader, April 2-3, giving the track two more dates in 2021 before the Aug. 6-7 Ironman 55 weekend.

Then, fan-favorites Kokomo Speedway and Tri-State Speedway return to the schedule for an Indiana doubleheader weekend, April 9-10. Both tracks brought fans to their feet last year with Sheldon Haudenschild executing spectacular passes to claim the win and Carson Macedo edging Sweet by inches to win at Tri-State.

“I’m just excited we have found some great racetracks to fill in the dates of the West Coast Swing,” said two-time defending champion Brad Sweet. “I was looking forward to racing in front of my friends and family in California but just still too many restrictions to race in front of full crowds. It’s always tough this time of year with weather and other factors to get races in so thanks to the Outlaws and the promoters for taking these shows on such short notice. I hope to see many fans and I’m excited to get the NAPA Auto Parts #49 back on track.”

Tickets for each new event will go on sale Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 9 a.m. (ET).

If you already have tickets to the events at Magnolia Motor Speedway, The Rev and 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.

 

 

State of Emergency in Texas Forces Postponement of Cotton Bowl

Officials Working to Reschedule Texas Two-Step in March

PAIGE, TX — Feb. 20, 2021 — World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and Cotton Bowl Speedway officials are postponing the Feb. 26-27 “Texas Two-Step” due to a State of Emergency in Texas as the state works to recover from its winter weather disaster. New dates and a revised spring schedule will be announced soon.

Those who have already purchased tickets to the race at Cotton Bowl can use those tickets for the rescheduled dates. Once the new dates are announced, those unable to make it to the rescheduled dates will have the opportunity to request a refund.

As part of the forthcoming new spring schedule, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series is slated to race Friday, March 12 at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, MS and Saturday, March 13 at The Rev in Monroe, LA. For Magnolia tickets, CLICK HERE. For Rev tickets, 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.

 

 

Pandemic forces West Coast Swing cancellation; Magnolia, The Rev rescheduled New events will fill the canceled West Coast dates and will be announced soon

CONCORD, NC – Feb. 17, 2021 – State and local restrictions, due to the pandemic, have forced the cancellation of the Spring West Coast Swing, providing new dates for Magnolia Motor Speedway and The Rev, along with soon-to-be-announced dates for new events.

With COVID-19 restrictions throughout the West Coast limiting the availability of fans at tracks, World of Outlaws officials were forced to cancel the entire West Coast Swing for the spring only – this includes:

-March 4 at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas -March 12-13 at Arizona Speedway -March 20 at Perris Auto Speedway -March 21 at Santa Maria Raceway -March 26-27 at Thunderbowl Raceway -April 2 at Merced Speedway -April 3 at Ocean Speedway -April 9-10 at Vado Speedway Park

Those who purchased a ticket in advance to any of the West Coast events will receive a face-value credit to their MyDirtTickets.com account to be used towards any World of Outlaws event available at WorldofOutlaws.com/tix. If a credit to your account does not work for you, you have 30 days to CLICK HERE to be taken to the refund request page.

Magnolia Motor Speedway and The Rev will replace the now-canceled Arizona Speedway doubleheader with Magnolia taking place on Friday, March 12, and The Rev taking place on Saturday, March 13.

If you already purchased tickets for Magnolia and The Rev, those tickets can be used for the new dates. If you are unable to make it to the rescheduled dates, you have 30 days to request a refund through this link CLICK HERE.

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series 2021 season continues Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26-27, at Cotton Bowl Speedway for the Texas Two Step. You can get tickets to that event by clicking HERE.

New events, in place of the West Coast events – which will be announced soon – will take place after Cotton Bowl and bring the tour back to its original schedule with Lawton Speedway on Friday, April 16, and Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday, April 17. You can get tickets for those events by clicking 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.

 

 

Extreme winter weather postpones Magnolia, The Rev events
New dates for Magnolia Motor Speedway and The Rev will be announced soon

COLUMBUS, MS – Feb. 16, 2021 – The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series doubleheader weekend at Magnolia Motor Speedway and The Rev is postponed and new dates will be announced this week.

Magnolia Motor Speedway, in Columbus, MS, and The Rev, in Monroe, LA, initially scheduled for this weekend (Friday, Feb. 19, and Saturday, Feb. 20), have experienced extreme winter weather, projected to continue throughout the weekend, forcing the postponement.

Those who have already purchased tickets to race at Magnolia and/or The Rev can use those tickets for the rescheduled dates. Once the new dates are announced, if you are unable to make it to the rescheduled dates, you’ll have 30 days to request a refund through this link CLICK HERE.

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series returns to racing Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26-27, for the Texas Two Step at Cotton Bowl Speedway. For tickets, 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.

 

 

LOOKING AHEAD: One Month Until World of Outlaws Trip to Arizona

Arizonian Andy Reinbold Looking to Bring Outlaw Glory Back to Home State

MESA, AZ - Feb. 13, 2021 - In one month, The Greatest Show on Dirt invades The Valley of the Sun.

Scheduled for Friday & Saturday, March 12-13, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will roll into town for a doubleheader weekend with the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown at Arizona Speedway.

The Series has only contested four events at the Mesa, AZ 1/3rd-mile, but over the years it has quickly become a west coast favorite for Outlaw teams. The beautiful Arizona scenery combined with gorgeous weather, sell-out crowds, and superb on-track action is a recipe for excitement each spring.

"I really enjoy that track," World of Outlaws sophomore, Mason Daniel said. "The facility is top notch and the racing is always awesome. We were just there last month in January and it was a great learning curve for us. We figured out where we want the car for when the Outlaw races come around. I'm looking forward to getting back and seeing all the fans."

A staple on the schedule since 2016, Phoenix area fans have seen four different winners in four races since the World of Outlaws made their first trip, which was won by Oklahoman Shane Stewart. California superstar Rico Abreu topped the 2017 event before Outlaw veterans Donny Schatz (2018) and David Gravel (2019) scored their own wins. The 2020 event was cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, only amping up the excitement for the 2021 return next month.

The Mesa track is relatively new to the schedule, but Arizona's history with the Outlaws dates back to the inaugural season in 1978. In total, 55 World of Outlaws Sprint Car features have been contested in the state of Arizona. Phoenix's famed Manzanita Speedway hosted 38 shows from 1978 to 2009.

Five other facilities including Tucson's USA Raceway (8), Mesa's Arizona Speedway (4), Chandler's Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park (2), Somerton's Cocopah Speedway (2), and Chandler's Firebird International Raceway (1) have all hosted Outlaw shows.

Way back in '78 and '79, Arizonian's were well represented on their home turf, but have since been shut out from glory within their own borders. Tempe natives and sprint car legends, Ron Shuman and Lealand McSpadden, were both winners at Manzy. Since then, it's been an Outlaw or an invader taking the desert by storm.

Now, 40 some years later, a new Tempe, AZ team is focused on restoring that home state pride.

With a highly-coveted rising star in 19-year old Buddy Kofoid at the wheel, Andy Reinbold and Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports are Arizona's biggest hot shot looking to defeat the World of Outlaws. Just last month in an unsanctioned event at the Arizona Speedway, Kofoid and Reinbold were almost unstoppable together, winning two of three race against a field that included full-time Outlaws such as Donny Schatz, Aaron Reutzel, Mason Daniel, and more.

"Winning at home is obviously super special to us," Reinbold spoke on his Arizona heritage. "I've always been proud of the legacy of sprint car racing in Arizona. We've had the privilege to win some pretty big races all across the country with USAC and stuff, but an Outlaws win at our home track would be a damn cool moment."

Just three years ago, at the ripe age of 16-years old, Kofoid made his first and loudest impression against the Outlaws. In his just his sixth career start, the Penngrove, CA teenager put it on the pole at Silver Dollar Speedway's Gold Cup. He did so with a beatdown of 4.9-second in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash. Ultimately, he finished fifth in the main event, but more importantly he had made a name for himself.

Next month, at the March 12-13 doubleheader, Reinbold and Kofoid will get their shot in the #19AZ with the World of Outlaws at Arizona Speedway.

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.

 

 

SHARK WEEK: Schuchart Seals DIRTcar Nationals Title in Dramatic Ending for Schatz

Donny Schatz's 300th Win Stripped Away by Ignition Issue with Two Laps Left

BARBERVILLE, FL - Feb. 7, 2021 - Two laps, one mile. That's all that stood between Donny Schatz and his 300th career World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series win on Sunday night.

It had been eight races since his 299th career triumph on October 3, 2020 at Williams Grove, and he was all but destined to finally reach the landmark accomplishment. The Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15 was cruising through traffic, he had led since the drop of the green flag, and second was nowhere to be found. Of course, then the unexpected happened.

His Ford Performance engine lost power and slowed to a stop with the white flag waiting for him on the other side. The Volusia Speedway Park crowd was shocked. A trip to the work area quickly solved the issue, but it didn't take away the dramatics of Schatz's continued pursuit of 300, which will have to continue next week at Dixie (GA) Speedway on Fri, Feb. 12 and Talladega (AL) Short Track on Sat, Feb. 13.

"It was just a defective ignition box, that thing was brand new on this engine tonight," Schatz noted afterwards. "I actually thought we cut a fuel line for a minute, because I was getting wet, but it was the MSD. It is what it is."

Schatz's suffering came to the benefit of Logan Schuchart, who inherited the race lead ahead of a green-white-checkered finish. His winning move actually came three laps prior on the 25th circuit, when Schuchart finally cleared Cory Eliason for the second spot after a torrid race-long battle.

"It took me forever to get by Cory after that long green flag run," Schuchart said. "I glanced forward to look for Donny once I got to second and I couldn't see him. He was really fast, but I still felt like we had a car to beat there at the end, especially if we could've got some traffic. It's not something you want to see happen, you want to win the right away. It's also part of the game, though. For years, they've set the bar as far as handling issues, limiting DNF's, and stuff that saves you championships. It's something we all strive for nowadays because of them."

With only two laps remaining and the lead thrown in his lap, the Shark Racing #1S pilot still had one final challenge to complete. Perfecting his launch off turn four to the SeaFoam Restart Zone, Schuchart instantly gapped the field and drove away to a 1.447-second victory over fellow Pennsylvanian Danny Dietrich.

Logan's victory put the finishing touches on a near impeccable performance by the Drydene Performance Products crew at DIRTcar Nationals. In four events on the daunting Barberville, FL half-mile this week, the 28-year old ace recorded runs of 1st-2nd-2nd-1st. He secured his first career Big Gator Championship over title contender Brad Sweet, who he also overtook in the early-season standings for the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars.

"We had confidence coming down here, but when it pays off like this it means a lot," Schuchart mentioned. "When your confidence is high, your team feels good, and you perform better. It definitely feels good doing this against the quality of cars we had here. The Outlaws are so stacked this year and we've got a lot of good invaders joining us. My grandfather's dream is looking awesome. I'm really proud of this Shark Racing team."

Following Schuchart to the stripe on Sunday night was Danny Dietrich, who set Slick Woody's Cornhole Company Quick Time at 13.919 seconds. Cory Eliason of Visalia, CA rounded out the podium aboard his Rudeen Racing #26 after starting on the outside pole.

David Gravel recorded his fourth consecutive fourth-place finish of the week by chasing that trio to the line in his Big Game Motorsports #2. Friday's season opening winner, Brad Sweet, closed out the top five with another consistent run for his Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49.

California's Carson Macedo, Australia's Kerry Madsen, Pennsylvania's Jacob Allen, Indiana's Tyler Courtney, and Texas' Aaron Reutzel, who also earned KSE Racing Hard Charger honors (+15), finished out the top ten in the DIRTcar Nationals finale to Sprint Week.

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will resume a 90+ race championship chase next weekend when the Dirty South Swing begins. It all starts on Friday, February 12 at Georgia's Dixie Speedway and rolls through Saturday, February 13 at Alabama's Talladega Short Track. Fans can BUY TICKETS HERE for next weekend's action.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps): 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [4][$10,000]; 2. 48-Danny Dietrich [3][$6,000]; 3. 26-Cory Eliason [2][$3,500]; 4. 2-David Gravel [13][$2,800]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [7][$2,500]; 6. 41-Carson Macedo [14][$2,300]; 7. 101-Kerry Madsen [12][$2,200]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [9][$2,100]; 9. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [21][$2,050]; 10. 83-Aaron Reutzel [25][$1,000]; 11. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [5][$1,600]; 12. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [19][$1,400]; 13. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [17][$1,200]; 14. 7S-Jason Sides [16][$1,100]; 15. 15-Donny Schatz [1][$1,050]; 16. 5-Brent Marks [8][$1,000]; 17. 13-Justin Peck [11][$1,000]; 18. 2C-Wayne Johnson [18][$1,000]; 19. 11K-Kraig Kinser [15][$1,000]; 20. 21-Brian Brown [23][$1,000]; 21. 19-Parker Price-Miller [22][$1,000]; 22. 9-Kasey Kahne [6][$1,000]; 23. 18-Gio Scelzi [10][$1,000]; 24. 33M-Mason Daniel [26][$]; 25. 12N-Joey Saldana [20][$1,000]; 26. 72-Tim Shaffer [24][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Donny Schatz 1-28, Logan Schuchart 29-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 83-Aaron Reutzel[+15].

 

 

Skagit Speedway creates marquee three-day Skagit Nationals with $175K total purse
The World of Outlaws event will run Sept. 3-5 with Sunday’s event paying $25K to win

BURLINGTON, WA – Feb. 7, 2021 – In a season where the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series sees the return of several big-paying events, Skagit Speedway is set to add its name to that list with the Skagit Nationals.

The three-day event, Friday to Sunday, Sept. 3 to Sept. 5, will have a $175,000 purse in total with Friday and Saturday’s events paying $10,000-to-win and Sunday’s event paying $25,000-to-win. All three nights will also pay $1,000-to-start.

“The World of Outlaws Sprint Cars are going through an exciting growth and we want to be a part of that,” said Steve Beitler, promoter at Skagit Speedway. “The Skagit Nationals is a new important marquee event for us and I’m proud to partner with World of Outlaws for it. We’re excited to kick off the Fall West Coast Swing for the Series with an impressive payout on the line for the drivers.”

The World of Outlaws has run 38 events at the 3/8-mile track since the birth of the Series in 1978. This year will be the first time since 1995 that the Series has run a triple-header at the track. Rising star Logan Schuchart swept the last double-header event in 2019, putting on a thrilling show for fans against the best Sprint Car drivers in the world.

One of the stoutest fields in Series history will be in attendance at the September event with drivers like Schuchart, two-time Series champion Brad Sweet, 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz, 2019 Knoxville Nationals champion David Gravel, three-time All Star Circuit of Champions titleholder Aaron Reutzel, Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing driver Sheldon Haudenschild and 2019 Rookie of the Year Carson Macedo.

Tickets for the event will be available at a later date on WorldofOutlaws.com/tix.

 

 

OPENING ACT: Sweet Starts Pursuit of Three-Peat with Volusia Victory

Sweet Defeats Championship Rivals Schuchart & Schatz on Night One

BARBERVILLE, FL - Feb. 5, 2021 - It's like The Big Cat said himself: "The cream rises to the top."

Just as they did one year ago, the most predominant trio in the current landscape of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series rose to the occasion in Friday's 2021 season opener at Volusia Speedway Park; setting the stage for another potentially historic championship chase.

Brad Sweet / Logan Schuchart / Donny Schatz

You can't say one without the other these days. They controlled the podium of the 2020 season opener, the entire 2020 championship bout, and now again the 2021 season opener. When you're good, you're good; and these guys are great.

"We're going to have a heck of a battle between three, four, maybe even five of us this year," Sweet noted on the title fight. "Logan is putting pressure on us, Donny is putting pressure on us, and those other guys are just as good too. It's only night one, but I feel like I had to drive my ass off to get this win. I think as long as we stay focused, we should have a lot of confidence moving forward. Obviously excited to start the season with a win, but we know this one doesn't mean a whole lot. We've still got 90 some other races to go."

Starting the 30-lap, $10,000-to-win NOS Energy Drink Feature from the fourth spot, Sweet would have to overcome a motivated front row of Sunnyvale, TX native Sam Hafertepe Jr. and Shark Racing's Jacob Allen. For Hafertepe, he had a perfect night going with hopes of ending a nine-year dry spell in Outlaws competition; for Allen, it's about proving his new outlook can continue to deliver more victories with The Greatest Show on Dirt.

When the first green flag of the year flew, it was Allen jetting to the early lead over Hafertepe. The Hanover, PA native, son to legendary Bobby Allen, commanded the opening eight laps aboard his Drydene Performance Products #1A before The Big Cat came pouncing.

Sweet maneuvered his Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49 around Hafertepe on lap four, and then set his sights on Allen. Just five laps later, he sped to the race lead and cruised by Allen to take the top spot on the ninth circuit. Lap traffic would present a few tricky challenges, but it was never enough to deter Sweet's momentum on this opening night.

"We struggled in the heat race, but tried a little something in the dash and it hit, then we went even further for the feature," Sweet said on his setup by KKR's Eric Prutzman, Joe Mooney, and Andrew Bowman. "The race track was a lot more grueling tonight. It was high speed and the bottom was super technical. You had to miss the hole, then slow yourself down to get off on exit, and you had to get to the inside wall or it was super slick. I wasn't sure where to be sometimes and I was trying to judge off lap cars, but they're tough to read. I felt like I drove a really good race, but we can always make some improvements."

While Sweet snuck through traffic, the most exciting battle on track was brewing behind him. Schuchart passed teammate Allen for second on lap 12, and shortly after came David Gravel to the third spot in the Big Game Motorsports #2. However, further back at halfway, was a hard charging Donny Schatz storming his way into fifth from the 18th starting position.

At one point, Gravel grabbed the runner-up spot on lap 20, but one bobble sent him falling backwards and opened the door for Schuchart and Schatz. For a brief moment, the Shark Racing #1S and Tony Stewart Racing #15 were certainly closing on Sweet's #49, but the two-time and defending Series champion picked up the pace and ran the hour glass out on Logan and Donny's pursuit.

"I felt like we could catch Brad [Sweet] at times, but I just didn't get by the lappers as good as I needed to," Schuchart mentioned. "It's huge starting off the season like this though. After the first two nights, I really wished they were Outlaw shows. We've got two more nights though, and we feel really good. These Drydene Performance Products guys are working hard to deliver some amazing race cars."

Following Sweet and Schuchart to the stripe was Schatz, who at one point looked like he was going to make the improbable run from 18th-to-1st. Down the stretch, however, his run halted and the ten-time World of Outlaws champion settled for KSE Hard Charger honors with a +15 performance to put the Tony Stewart Racing, Ford Performance, Carquest #15 on the podium.

"We were decent," Schatz said, knowing qualifying hurt his run. "The guys weren't happy, I wasn't happy, but all you can do is rally back. They made the car better and I felt like we had a chance there at the end. I zigged when I probably should've zagged in lap traffic, but that's the way it goes somedays."

Behind the podium of Sweet, Schuchart and Schatz was top five finishers David Gravel in the Huset's Speedway #2 and Carson Macedo driving the Jason Johnson Racing #41.

Closing out the top ten in Friday's season opener was Aaron Reutzel aboard the Roth Motorsports #83, Jacob Allen in the Shark Racing #1A, Brent Marks in his CJB Motorsports #5, Kasey Kahne in the Karavan Trailers #9, and the Brownsburg Bullet Joey Saldana driving Ed Neumeister's #12.

Sam Hafertepe Jr. earned the Slick Woody's Cornhole Company Quick Time Award, led a quartet of Team Drydene heat winners including Schuchart, Reutzel and Allen, and also won the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash. For full results CLICK HERE.

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car season continues on Saturday with another night at the 50th DIRTcar Nationals held at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, FL. Fans can BUY TICKETS HERE or purchase them at the gate.

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.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps): 1. 49-Brad Sweet [4][$10,000]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [7][$6,000]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [18][$3,500]; 4. 2-David Gravel [6][$2,800]; 5. 41-Carson Macedo [3][$2,500]; 6. 83-Aaron Reutzel [8][$2,300]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [2][$2,200]; 8. 5-Brent Marks [5][$2,100]; 9. 9-Kasey Kahne [10][$2,050]; 10. 12N-Joey Saldana [12][$2,000]; 11. 26-Cory Eliason [14][$1,600]; 12. 13-Justin Peck [11][$1,400]; 13. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [1][$1,200]; 14. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [15][$1,100]; 15. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [9][$1,050]; 16. 18-Gio Scelzi [16][$1,000]; 17. 48-Danny Dietrich [13][$1,000]; 18. 11K-Kraig Kinser [25][$]; 19. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [19][$1,000]; 20. 7S-Jason Sides [22][$1,000]; 21. 19-Parker Price-Miller [21][$1,000]; 22. 33M-Mason Daniel [24][$1,000]; 23. 3C-Cale Conley [17][$1,000]; 24. 2C-Wayne Johnson [26][$]; 25. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [23][$1,000]; 26. 27C-Craig Pellegrini [20][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Jacob Allen 1-8, Brad Sweet 9-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 15-Donny Schatz [+15]

 

 

NOS Energy Drink extends title sponsorship with World of Outlaws Sprint Cars

CONCORD, NC – Feb. 5, 2021 – With two successful seasons under its belt as the title sponsor for the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, NOS Energy Drink has decided to extend its partnership with the Series in a new multi-year deal.

The extended partnership will make NOS Energy Drink one of the longest-running title sponsors in the history of the Series – even providing full support for the Series during the COVID-19 hindered 2020 season.

“NOS Energy Drink has been a tremendous title sponsor that’s only elevated the World of Outlaws brand,” said Brian Carter, World of Outlaws CEO. “We’re thrilled NOS Energy has decided to extend its title sponsorship of ‘The Greatest Show on Dirt’ as the Sprint Car Series heads for one of its most exciting seasons in 2021.”

Along with the title sponsorship, NOS Energy Drink will continue its fan engagement with race fans by having a sampling station at every World of Outlaws Sprint Car event. Fans will again be able to get a complimentary NOS Energy Drink at a sampling station on-site at each track with every drink flavor available.

“The reception from World of Outlaws fans over the past two years has been incredible and we couldn’t be happier to continue our role as the Series’ title sponsor,” said Lauren Albano, NOS Energy Drink marketing director. “The World of Outlaws is a true representation of raw passion and human horsepower. We’re excited to see our partnership grow on and off the track for years to come.”

Since joining the World of Outlaws as the title sponsor in 2019, fans have been treated to some of the most exciting races in the Series’ history and two thrilling championship battles that came down to the last lap both years. In 2021, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will see the best Sprint Car drivers in the world compete for increased purses at more than 90 races across 28 states.

“You couldn’t ask for a better partnership with NOS Energy Drink,” said Tish Sheets, World Racing Group client services executive director. “The company has been an exceptional supporter of the World of Outlaws and created exciting fan engagement ventures through the free sample pod and entertaining videos. We’re looking forward to several more exciting years with NOS Energy Drink.”

For tickets to World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car events, go to WorldofOutlaws.com/tix.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

 

 

SIN CITY OUTLAWS: Sprint Cars Set for Las Vegas Visit on March 4

10x Series Champion Donny Schatz Looks to Hit Jackpot, Extend Vegas Records

LAS VEGAS, NV - Feb. 4, 2021 - One of the most enjoyable stops on the grueling World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series tour is only one month away.

After a one-year hiatus, The Greatest Show on Dirt is returning to The Dirt Track at Las Vegas for a one-night showdown on Thursday, March 4, which precedes a weekend of NASCAR action at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Although it's an early-season bout, Nevada diehards will play witness to what is expected to be one of the greatest championship battles in the 44-year history of the World of Outlaws. With 16 full-time drivers committed to the tour this year, the title is as wide open as ever with the likes of Donny Schatz, Brad Sweet, Logan Schuchart, David Gravel, Sheldon Haudenschild, Carson Macedo, Aaron Reutzel, and others all in the hunt.

BUY LAS VEGAS TICKETS HERE (Thur, March 4)

For Schatz, the ten-time Series champion has turned Vegas into his personal playground over the years. His stat line on the half-mile reads as 65 starts, 13 victories, 29 top fives, 46 top tens, and 252 laps led - all Outlaw records at the track.

"The hype of being in that Las Vegas area, there's a lot of fans that you don't want to disappoint." Schatz said on the atmosphere. "That whole few days is a lot of fun; it's a real entertaining, high profile event."

Donny first triumphed at Las Vegas during the 1999 season finale, when World of Outlaws sophomore contender Mason Daniel wasn't even born yet. He's most recently went on a tear aboard his Tony Stewart Racing #15, collecting five of the last seven wins at Vegas in Outlaws competition.

"For us, we've found a perfect balance and baseline for that place, really since I won that last race there back in 1999." he noted on his success at the track. "We've seen so many conditions, changes, but it's a really unique surface. We've gone back many, many times with the same thing and the car always feels really good. We've found a comfort zone there, so it's just about fine tuning to make it that much better.

Along with Schatz, Sheldon Haudenschild and Kraig Kinser are the only other full-time Outlaws to claim a victory in Vegas. Ironically enough, both drivers did so one year after winning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year honors, and it was the second career win for them both.

Kinser, of Bloomington, IN, scored his lone win at the track on March 10, 2005. Haudenschild, of Wooster, OH, triumphed on February 28, 2018.

Coming in fresh off a breakthrough seven-win campaign in 2020, this return to Vegas and the whole year, is crucial for Lil Haud's rising stock. With full backing from NOS Energy Drink on his Stenhouse Jr. / Marshall Racing #17 and crew members Kyle Ripper, Drew Brenner, and Nickolas Goodfleisch all back, Haudenschild has the tools to compete for his first career World of Outlaws championship.

"Going on NASCAR week is really cool with how many fans we get to come over," Haudenschild offered on how special Las Vegas is. "The track always puts on a great race too. I remember the last time we were there it had two totally different surfaces. We were ripping around the top one night and the next you could really maneuver around. It's a fun place as a driver."

In all, the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars have contested 63 events at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas, dating back to Mark Kinser's win in the debut on November 6, 1996. The two-time Series champion still owns the most impressive span at Las Vegas to this day, which was a five-race win streak that included sweeping all four events during the 1998 season.

No man has matched Donny Schatz's whopping 13 victories at the half-mile, which is tied as his fourth-winningest track over his 25-year World of Outlaws career. Other notable names on the Las Vegas wins list includes Mark Kinser (8), Steve Kinser (7), Danny Lasoski (6), Sammy Swindell (4), Tim Shaffer (4), Jeff Swindell (3), Andy Hillenburg (2), Joey Saldana (2), and Tim Kaeding (2).

Next month's Thursday, March 4 event marks the only appearance in Nevada this season for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: World of Outlaws Fire Off 2021 Season at Volusia This Weekend

NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars Headline Friday-Sunday Slate at 50th DIRTcar Nationals

BARBERVILLE, FL - Grab your favorite NOS Energy Drink and buckle up, the ride is about to begin.

After a near three-month off-season, the wait is over. The 2021 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Season begins this weekend!

The 90+ race schedule opens with the 50th DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia (FL) Speedway Park, headlined by three nights with The Greatest Show on Dirt from Friday-Sunday, February 5-7. Prior to that, drivers will have an opportunity to shake down their cars with a practice night on Tuesday, followed by a pair of races with the All Stars Circuit of Champions on Wednesday and Thursday.

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With 16 full-time drivers on tour this year, the storylines are plentiful. Here's what to watch for this weekend:

NEW FACES IN NEW PLACES: As expected, the Sprint Car world was rocked with a plethora of "silly season" swaps in the months that followed Last Call in November. A handful of the changes will impact the World of Outlaws, beginning this weekend at the season-opening DIRTcar Nationals. Here's the notable changes on the full-time Outlaw trail:

2013 Outlaws champion Daryn Pittman stepped away from his full-time career, vacating the Roth Motorsports #83 and allowing three-time All Star Circuit of Champions title holder Aaron Reutzel to fill that seat. 58-time Outlaws winner David Gravel exited Jason Johnson Racing after a two-year stint to take over the Big Game Motorsports #2M, formerly driven by Kerry Madsen. Gravel's absence at JJR opened the door for six-time winner Carson Macedo to take the reins of the #41, who hit free agency following the closure of Kyle Larson Racing. Parker Price-Miller, who spent 2020 in a part-time deal with Dietz Motorsports as a satellite team to JJR, ventured out to create his own operation at PPM Racing and chase Rookie of the Year honors in his own #19.

SWEET'S THREE-PEAT: It hasn't been easy, but Brad Sweet has now claimed back-to-back World of Outlaws championships after dethroning Donny Schatz in 2019 and outlasting Logan Schuchart in 2020. The consistency that he and his Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49 crew have displayed has brought them to historic levels. The Grass Valley, CA native affectionally titled "The Big Cat" is now one of only six drivers to obtain multiple Outlaw crowns, joining the likes of Steve Kinser, Sammy Swindell, Mark Kinser, Donny Schatz, and Jason Meyers. Another championship in 2021 would put Sweet in rarified air, making him only the third driver in World of Outlaws history - joining Steve & Donny - to win three consecutive titles.

CHASING 300: After eight consecutive seasons of double digit wins, Donny Schatz dipped down to five victories in 2020, his lowest total with the Outlaws since 2010. Tony Stewart Racing's switch to a Ford Performance power plant was a hot topic from Volusia to Charlotte, and Donny's five wins only heightened that. A late-season resurgence, headlined by his $75,000 National Open title at Williams Grove, breathed new life and new confidence into the Carquest #15 camp with a big milestone looming. He's already off to a hot start in 2021, nailing down a dominant victory with the All Stars in Screven (GA) last weekend. Schatz won last year's season opener and is also the winningest Outlaw in Volusia Speedway Park history at 13 wins. Can he score that elusive 300th career win this weekend?

THE ROOKIE WAR: In 2021, fans will see one of the most exciting Rookie of the Year battles in recent memory. A quartet of high caliber drivers, all proven winners, are joining the World of Outlaws trail in a full-time capacity; it's a recipe for nothing but success. In the hunt for ROTY honors is:

Aaron Reutzel of Clute, TX driving a potent Roth Motorsports #83 ride. (WoO Wins at '18 Tulare, '19 Perris) Brock Zearfoss of Jonestown, PA coming on board in his own #3Z operation. (WoO Wins at '17 Haubstadt, '20 34) James McFadden of Warrnambool, Victoria, AUS is bringing the Kasey Kahne Racing #9 back on tour. (2 WoO Wins at '17 Williams Grove, '20 Lake Ozark) Parker Price-Miller of Kokomo, IN forming his own team with the PPM Racing #19. (WoO Win at '17 Williams Grove)

DOUBLE SHARK ATTACK: Since hitting the road full-time back in 2014, Shark Racing has grown leaps and bounds, it's almost out of this world from where they first started. Their seventh campaign in 2020 was a huge one; they became a tried and true championship contender with Logan Schuchart, while Jacob Allen's newfound attitude led him to a long-awaited first career victory at Dodge City. Heading into 2021, the operation led by National Sprint Car Hall of Famer and 30-time World of Outlaws winner Bobby Allen (Logan's grandpa, Jacob's dad), is leveling up some more. For the first time ever, they'll have two trailers at their disposal with a grueling 90+ race schedule on tap. A dedicated crew and trailer to Schuchart's #1S and Allen's #1A will be sure to raise the bar for the Drydene Performance Products backed squad.

LIL HAUD IS HERE: There's a lot to be said about the chemistry, camaraderie, and connection of an entire World of Outlaws team, and just how important is. Lately, it seems like all the pieces of the puzzle have been coming together for a maturing Sheldon Haudenschild. At 27-years-old, the son of The Wild Child has been molded into a night-in and night-out contender in just four years on the Outlaws trail. After winning seven features in his first three years (215 races), it all clicked in the summer of '20 when the Wooster, OH native matched another seven victories over a 28-race hot streak. His relationship with car owners Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Richard/Jennifer Marshall continues to blossom with full support from NOS Energy Drink on the #17. With Kyle Ripper, Drew Brenner, and Nickolas Goodfleisch all back aboard as crew members, this season could be Lil Haud's biggest breakthrough yet.

VOLUSIA / GATOR HISTORY: Since the trophy change was made in 2012, six drivers have won themselves a Big Gator at the DIRTcar Nationals. Daryn Pittman ('13, '15, '19) is still the winningest champ in recent memory, followed by his longtime KKR teammate Brad Sweet ('16, '20). Other gator kings include Sammy Swindell in '12, Paul McMahan in '14, David Gravel in '17, and Donny Schatz in '18. Of the totaled 45 World of Outlaws features at Volusia, Schatz is by far the top dog at 13 victories followed by Sweet (5), Pittman (5), Steve Kinser (5), Danny Lasoski (3), Joey Saldana (2), and Craig Dollansky (2).

BOOSTED PURSES IN 2021: Stretch those wallets out, because we're racing for even more money this year. In an effort to increase purses across the board, the World of Outlaws released significant changes to nightly payouts and the championship purse over the off-season. All of the 90+ races will feature an updated standard payout that makes every race a minimum of $10,000-to-win, $1,000-to-start, with healthy upgrades throughout the field. The season-ending points fund also saw more than $90,000 added to the field.

 

 

Kasey Kahne Racing bringing #9 car back full-time with James McFadden The Australian Sprint Car champion will run his first full-time World of Outlaws season with KKR in 2021

CONCORD, NC – Feb. 1, 2021 – Kasey Kahne’s famed #9 car is returning to the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car tour full-time in 2021 with James McFadden as the primary driver.

The five-time Australian World Series Sprintcars champion, of Warrnambool, VIC, Australia, will look to bring his Down Under dominance to the United States, as he competes in his first full-time season with the Series.

“Ah, mate, I’m really excited about this opportunity to run with the Outlaws full-time,” McFadden said. “I’m very grateful to Kasey (Kahne) for putting me in the Karavan #9 car and for giving me this chance. We’ve had great success already and I think we can have a competitive year.”

He’s already proven his potential in the states, claiming two World of Outlaws victories – his first at Williams Grove Speedway in 2017 and his most recent at Lake Ozark Speedway with Kasey Kahne Racing last year. McFadden has run part-time with the World of Outlaws since 2012 – the last two years in KKR’s #9 machine. In that time, he's also claimed the 2019 360 Knoxville Nationals.

The KKR #9 car has been a threatening bullet ever since joining the tour full-time in 2006 with Joey Saldana behind the wheel. From 2006 to 2012, Saldana won 68 Series Features – including a 20-win season in 2009. Then, when Pittman took over the #9 ride in 2013, he brought KKR its first World of Outlaws championship. He piloted the ride from 2013 to 2018 and collected 47 wins in his six years driving the car.

Kahne then took the #9 off the road full-time and ran it himself on a limited schedule in the early half of 2019. When he decided to step out of the seat, his first choice to fill it was McFadden.

“We’d always known James and he raced for my cousin Willie for a little bit,” Kahne said. “We had a friendship there and I had always been a fan of his driving and the things he did on the racetrack. And who he is. He’s a good guy. He fits in really well with our group. We just want to race together. We’ve won a lot of races together and enjoyed that. But I think the Outlaws is where it’s at with Sprint Cars and we want to give James a shot on the full Outlaw tour.”

He also wants to see his two cars running full-time again.

“I personally, have always enjoyed having two cars out there,” Kahne said. “We haven’t had that the last couple of years since I got out of NASCAR. We want to have that again now.”

Making a two-car team succeed takes having the right people, Kahne said. The drivers need to work well together and the teams need to do the same. >From what he’s seen the past two years with the way two-time defending champion Brad Sweet and McFadden work together and the way crew chiefs Eric Prutzman – with the #49 car – and Justin Adams – with the #9 car – work together, he’s confident he has the right people in place.

“When you have the right guys working on the cars, the right drivers that can race each other the right way and work together off the track, then, yeah, you can get help from each other,” Kahne said. “When you have one guy that is a little off on that stuff, then it doesn’t benefit you a whole lot. With the drivers we have right now, our group works well together.”

Due to extenuating circumstances that are keeping McFadden in Australia, he’ll miss the season-opening events at Volusia Speedway Park during the 50th DIRTcar Nationals and possibly a couple of races after. Until he’s able to make it over to the states, Kahne will drive the Karavan #9 car. Due to the circumstances, McFadden will get show-up points for the races he misses.

When the Aussie makes his continental leap, he’ll become the 16th member of the elite class of drivers for the 2021 season and join a stout Rookie of the Year contending group – including Aaron Reutzel, Brock Zearfoss and Parker Price-Miller.

Until then, Kahne will enjoy some seat time and try to give the #9 team a good start in the team points. He has one win at Volusia – in 2002 with the All Star Circuit of Champions – and made his last start at the track with the Series in 2019. Last year, McFadden brought the #9 team to a runner-up finish in the Big Gator championship.

For tickets to the 50th DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park, Feb. 5-7, 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.

 

 

DOWN UNDER DOMINANCE: How Brock Zearfoss turned his Australia debut into meaningful victories The Jonestown Jet will look to use his Australia success as momentum for his 2021 World of Outlaws rookie season

By Nick Graziano

CONCORD, NC – Jan. 30, 2021 – Renowned Australian Sprint Car owner Sean Carren was close to putting his racing days behind him.

He’d accomplished a lot but also lost a lot. His driver, Darryl Krikke, and Krikke’s cousin were killed in a car crash on their way to the racetrack in 1997. Carren continued on but recently hadn’t put a car on track in a few years.

Then, rival car owner Geoff Kendrick and American-Aussie Lynton Jeffrey came with a proposition: field a car for the 2020-2021 Western Australia Sprintcar Speedweek championship – a feat Carren had yet to accomplish.

The driver: Jonestown, PA’s Brock Zearfoss – primed for his rookie season with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, starting at Volusia Speedway Park, Feb. 5-7, during the 50th DIRTcar Nationals.

Carren didn't know Zearfoss. And Zearfoss didn't know Carren. He hadn’t even been to Australia.

One day in November, Jeffrey texted Zearfoss to ask if he would be interested in running Down Under. Without hesitation, Zearfoss said, “yes!” They got to work looking for a ride, only to have the first four deals fall through.

On Thanksgiving night, with about a week left to make a deal, Zearfoss and Carren were connected for the first time. They discussed the idea and its logistics, and while the conversation went well, Zearfoss said it still wasn’t a done deal by the end of the call.

Carren didn’t take long to make his decision, though. Two days later, he gave Zearfoss the green light.

“Hell, I left December 7,” Zearfoss said. “It was a pretty tight window.”

In that time frame, from when Carren gave him the good news, Zearfoss had to get a visa, get an exemption and get a letter from the Australian government to travel over.

“Everything leading up to the travel was pretty hectic,” he said. “Especially when we only had like two weeks to do it. Just not a lot of time. I didn’t think it was going to happen to be honest.”

When he finally made the continental leap to Australia, he had to quarantine for two weeks. Speedweek started three days after his quarantine ended. With those few days to spare, Carren picked up Zearfoss from his isolation, meeting each other face to face for the first time, and they immediately got to work.

Zearfoss found instant comfort in Carren’s car. He had his own seat, brought his own shocks and the two discussed ahead of time the bar package they should run to make the American feel at home in Australia. The few differences with the car he had to adjust to were the dish wings and different tire package. Also, he faced a stiff group of drivers he'd never raced against and a new set of tracks he'd never seen.

Finding chemistry with Carren and his team helped with the learning curve.

“Everybody that helped on the car, they were really nice and made me feel welcomed,” Zearfoss said. “We just all worked together, which made life easier. We all had fun racing. We knew what we were there to do. That made the whole transition of coming over and racing easier, I would say. I had no clue who any of them were and they thought I was just some Yankee.

“Everybody’s personalities, they all mixed. We all enjoyed each other’s company. It was good to have that. When you go into a situation like that and you don’t know who anyone is, that could make or break the whole deal. We just all had open minds with everything and enjoyed the time we were actually there to race.”

As added pressure or motivation, Carren decided to run the #95 on Zearfoss’s car – the number used by Krikke before he died. Carren had only run the #95 a few times after Krikke’s death but felt it would be a nice way to honor the family by running it again.

“It was a very special deal,” Zearfoss said. “For the Carren family, it was really special to run the number 95 over there to honor the Krikke family and their son.”

When Zearfoss finally hit the track for the first time on Dec. 26 at Perth Motorplex, he showed he wasn’t just another “Yankee.” He showed he had Aussie Grit, finishing third in his debut, behind the likes of Callum Williamson and James McFadden.

The next night at Perth, a second. Then, another second at Quit Bunbury City Speedway. And, then, Zearfoss let loose. The Jonestown Jet opened his thrusters and broke the sound barrier of screaming fans around the world, winning the final three races of Speedweek – first at Ellenbrook Speedway and then two nights at Perth.

His eye-widening performance resulted in being crowned the 2020-2021 WA Sprintcar Speedweek champion.

“It’s very special,” Zearfoss said about the accomplishment. “I didn’t expect to go over and win the Speedweek championship. The competition in Australia is just as tough as it is over here (in the U.S.). It’s just like when you go to a racetrack and you race against the locals there. They have the advantage. They race there every week. You’re at a disadvantage. But we had really good equipment and the people that were involved, they gave me a good car every time.

“It was very special to win the points championship and to get three wins, too. That’s quite an accomplishment on my end. That just shows how good the team did and was able to be competitive right off the bat. You don’t go over there and expect to finish on the podium every night. That’s kind of unheard of anymore. Everything is so equal, and the drivers are so good today. It makes it difficult to perform like that. It was a good experience.”

Zearfoss’s joy was shared with Carren, who was given his first Speedweek championship, and with Aussies happy to see the #95 find success again.

“They (the Carren’s) were trying for a long time to win the Speedweek championship,” Zearfoss said. “To give them the championship and to do it with the number 95, that made it really special. It was special to me, too.”

Now, back in the U.S., Zearfoss will try to manifest that success again in his own Brock Zearfoss Racing #3z car for the 2021 90-plus event World of Outlaws tour and try to claim the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award.

“Anytime you can run good, it just helps boost your confidence,” Zearfoss said. “And you hope to keep that flowing and keep it going into whatever you have next. It was good for me to get over there and start the year out right and run as good as we did to keep my confidence high. I can tell you that I’m ready to get going now, more than I ever was.

“To have the run that we did over there, my confidence is really high right now. When you have good runs like that, everyone involved, whether it’s the team, the driver, anybody, your sponsors. They’re all excited. It keeps the morale up for everybody. They all look forward to getting back to the racetrack and to do that. It was good for me as a driver and good for everybody on my team to have the good run we had in Australia to help boost us into our rookie season.”

The hassle and scrambling to make his Australian trip happen resulted in more trophies than Zearfoss brought home. He gave himself more confidence, gave his team more confidence, gave his fans more confidence, earned new fans in the process and increased his stock as a top rookie contender. But the most glamourous trophies were the ones he gave to Carren and the Krikke family.

Carren was close to putting his racing days behind him. Then, an unexpected partnership brought success and meaningful joy.

You can get tickets to the 2021 World of Outlaws season-opener, on Feb. 5-7, at Volusia Speedway Park during the 50th DIRTcar Nationals by clicking 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.

 

 

K1 Race Gear partners with World of Outlaws, Summit Modified Nationals The custom race gear company will help enhance fan engagement and provide safety gear for series officials

CONCORD, NC – Jan. 28, 2021 – K1 Race Gear, the maker of premium custom safety motorsports gear, will provide its stylish touch to the World of Outlaws and DIRTcar Summit Modifieds Nationals this season.

The company will provide crew shirts and safety suits for series officials and will play a big part in fan engagement activities throughout the year for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars, World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models and DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals.

“With many of the World of Outlaws and Modified drivers already K1 customers, it made perfect sense to expand our relationship with the series and help enhance the fan experience,” said Jacob Brown, director of motorsports for K1 Race Gear. “We’re excited to be the preferred safety gear partner of the World of Outlaws and the preferred partner of the DIRTcar Summit Modifieds, and to showcase what K1 can offer.”

On race days, fans will get to experience what it’s like to suit up like a driver with the K1 Suit Up Challenge. They’ll race to see who can get their K1 gear on the fastest for various prizes. And that’s not the only way K1 is helping to bring prizes to race fans at the track. A T-shirt launcher, sponsored by the company, will be on-site to launch unique prizes.

The World of Outlaws and Summit Modifieds are taking their series to the next level in 2021 with an elite list of full-time competitors in each division and presenting the most ambitious and exciting schedules in motorsports. Ninety-plus races are planned for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series; close to 60 races are planned for the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models; and the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals will race 30 dates over a seven-week stretch.

To attend the races and be a part of the K1 fan experiences, you can get tickets to the World of Outlaws events at WorldofOutlaws.com/tix.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action from the World of Outlaws and Summit Modified Nationals live on DIRTVision.

For more information about K1 Race Gear and to see their full product line of safety gear, go to K1RaceGear.com.

 

TEXAS TWO STEP: Outlaws Doubleheader at Cotton Bowl One Month Away

Rookie Aaron Reutzel Leads World of Outlaws to Home State on February 26-27

PAIGE, TX - In exactly one month, the superstars of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will be in the midst of a Texas tango.

Returning to Cotton Bowl Speedway on Friday & Saturday, February 26-27, next month's trip will mark the third and fourth visit in Series history to the Paige, TX 3/8th-mile.

Leading the charge will be native Texan and Rookie of the Year contender, Aaron Reutzel. The Clute, TX 30-year-old is venturing onto the World of Outlaws trail for the first time in his career, which presents him and his Roth Motorsports No. 83 machine with a grueling 90+ race schedule. He'll have three opportunities to compete in The Lone Star State in 2021, two at Cotton Bowl in February and an April 17 date at Devil's Bowl in Mesquite.

Reutzel, a three-time titelist with the All Stars Circuit of Champions and former ASCS National Tour top dog, brings the benefit of prior experience on Cotton Bowl's long straightaways and tight corners. He ran tenth with the World of Outlaws in 2016 and also owns a pair of runner-up finishes at the track in ASCS Gulf South competition.

"It's always special getting to race so close to home," Reutzel said. "Having more fans, friends, and family in the stands really ramps up the intensity behind the wheel. You want to go out and perform for them. That'll be a crucial point in the season for us as a team to get into a rhythm, so hopefully we can get off to a strong start and carry that momentum to Cotton Bowl. It'd be pretty awesome to get a win in Texas!"

Both former World of Outlaws winners at Cotton Bowl will be in attendance next month, looking to become the first multi-time victor at the track.

The Big Cat Brad Sweet won the Series debut at Cotton Bowl in February 2016. He led only one lap, but it was the most important one, and most exciting too. He completed a turn three slide job on his then Kasey Kahne Racing teammate Daryn Pittman to steal the $10,000 victory coming to the checkered flag.

David Gravel, the April 2018 winner, scored his won on a much more technical and choppy Cotton Bowl, but he led all 35 laps along the way. It's business as usual for Sweet, who chases his third consecutive World of Outlaws championship this year; but for Gravel, it's about proving a point with big dreams to chase in his new ride aboard the Big Game Motorsports No. 2.

"Man, it's been a fun years since we've been there now," Gravel noted. "It's a fun shaped place, though, kind of like a paper clip. Hopefully it just gets slick and wide when we're there, that puts on some great racing."

Along with Brock Zearfoss, Carson Macedo, and Mason Daniel, Kokomo, IN's Parker Price-Miller will be one of four full-time Outlaws visiting Cotton Bowl Speedway for the first time ever.

He doesn't have the laps that Donny Schatz, Logan Schuchart, or Sheldon Haudenschild have, but he does have DIRTVision. He mentioned he'll rely heavily on footage of previous races to shorten his learning curve ahead of his debut on February 26-27.

"I'll definitely watch some DIRTVision to see what I can learn ahead of time," Price-Miller explained. "It's hard to go ask guys for advice about tracks, because we all race against each other and you don't want to give away too much of an advantage. I've had a few guys help me out with some good pointers, but at the end of the day you just have to take it upon yourself to adapt and figure the track out."

This Texas trip will conclude the busiest start to a season in World of Outlaws history. Across four weeks in February, The Greatest Show on Dirt will travel from the DIRTcar Nationals at Florida's Volusia Speedway Park (Feb. 5-7). through the Dirty South swing at Georgia's Dixie Speedway (Feb. 12), Alabama's Talladega Short Track (Feb. 13), Mississippi's Magnolia Motor Speedway (Feb. 19), and Louisiana's Revolution Park (Feb. 20), ultimately to Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, TX for a doubleheader weekend on Feb. 26-27.

 

 

‘Dirty South’ Swing on tap after season-opening weekend
Dixie Speedway, Talladega Short Track, Magnolia Motor Speedway and Revolution Park Speedway new additions to 2021 schedule

WOODSTOCK, GA – Jan. 20, 2021 – For the past 16 years, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series took a couple of weeks off after DIRTcar Nationals before jumping into the most intense tour in motorsports.

Not this year.

Four days after DIRTcar Nationals concludes, The Greatest Show on Dirt will begin its “Dirty South” Swing at four new events – Feb. 12 at Dixie Speedway, Feb. 13 at Talladega Short Track, Feb. 19 at Magnolia Motor Speedway and Feb. 20 at Revolution Park Speedway.

Dixie Speedway, in Woodstock, GA, has graced the Series’ schedule three times prior; the last in 2007. Mark Kinser won the first two events in 1999 and Joey Saldana won the last in ’07. So when the stars of the World of Outlaws make their way to the 3/8-mile track, they’ll all be chasing their first victory there.

Sheldon Haudenschild, who had a career year in 2020 with his Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing team, was one of the standouts on 3/8-mile tracks. He won at three different 3/8-miles and had an average finish of 3.5 throughout the seven events. After a fourth-place finish in points, he’s poised to challenge for the 2021 championship – against the likes of two-time defending champion Brad Sweet – and could get a head start on that at Dixie.

“There’s no doubt in any of our minds that that’s where we can be and that’s what we’ll strive for,” Haudenshild said about being in winning contention for the title. “I think as long as we’re winning races and stay consistent there’s no reason we can’t be there at the end of the year.”

The day after Dixie, the Series will make its 12th appearance at the Talladega Short Track – just outside of the Talladega Super Speedway – in Eastaboga, AL and its first appearance since 2011. In that last trip to the 1/3-mile track, David Gravel picked up the win.

“Talladega Short Track was a blast back when I was there and I’m excited to get back,” Gravel said.

He returns to the Series full-time in 2021 to go after his first Series champion, piloting the Big Game Motorsports #2 car.

Continuing its trek through the south, the World of Outlaws will make its debut at two new tracks the following weekend. First, on Friday, Feb. 19, it’ll make its debut at the 3/8-mile Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, MS. The track opened in 2004 and has hosted several Sprint Car and Late Model races since.

“We’re looking forward to having the World of Outlaws race at the speedway and make their return to Mississippi,” said Johnny Stokes, Magnolia Motor Speedway promoter. “It should be a pretty good show here.”

Then, the Series will make its return to Louisiana for the first time since 2004 when the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars debut at Revolution Park Speedway. The state-of-the-art facility, in Monroe, LA, is a 3/8-mile asphalt track but will have dirt put down on it for the event, which it did for a Late Model event in 2020.

By the end of this two-week swing, the Series will already have seven races under its belt as it kicks off its epic 90-plus race season. These early events will set the stage of who your top contenders for the year will be and form an early shape of what is sure to be another exciting championship battle.

-Friday, Feb. 12 – Dixie Speedway – Event Info/Tickets
-Saturday, Feb. 13 – Talladega Short Track – Event Info/Tickets
-Friday, Feb. 19 – Magnolia Motor Speedway – Event Info/Tickets
-Saturday, Feb. 20 – Revolution Park Speedway – Event Info/ Tickets

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.

 

 

GATOR COLLECTOR: Kasey Kahne relishes Volusia success as owner, driver Kahne plans to compete for Kasey Kahne Racing in the 50th DIRTcar Nationals

BARBERVILLE, FL – Jan. 19, 2021 – Florida has been kind to Kasey Kahne.

You might recall his two wins at Daytona International Speedway – during a NASCAR Duel race in 2010 or his Xfinity Series win in 2014. But 20 miles East of the famed track is where the three-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion car owner has collected the most trophies in the sunshine state.

That track is Volusia Speedway Park, in Barberville, FL – which will host the 50th DIRTcar Nationals Feb. 2-13.

Kahne, the driver, has one win at the half-mile track in 2002 with the All Star Circuit of Champions. Kahne, the car owner, has six DIRTcar Nationals championships and 13 wins overall at Volusia – between drivers Brad Sweet, Daryn Pittman and Joey Saldana.

“I’ve always liked Volusia,” Kahne said. “I’ve always liked watching the racing there and driving when I’ve been able to race there. [Kasey Kahne Racing] has won a lot of races over the years down there. It’s fun to have a lot of gators (trophies) and be in Victory Lane down there. It’s a neat place to start the season for sure.”

The day after his win in 2002, Kahne made the overnight drive to North Carolina to test a then NASCAR Bush Series car at Rockingham Speedway in preparation to start his NASCAR career. Three years later, Kasey Kahne Racing was formed.

When he first started the team, while there were always aspirations for wins and championships, Kahne just wanted to provide his team with the best equipment he could and be there for them as an owner. That’s led to three World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series championships and 185 Series victories.

“I always just wanted to watch the guys go and watch them win,” Kahne said. “Give them the best opportunity I could from an owner’s standpoint and see what they do with it. Over the last few years, they’ve done a lot. It’s been a lot of fun, whether I was watching on DIRTVision, which I did, I don’t know how many hundreds of races. Now, to be at more of them and watch their success, it feels good to be a part of that. Winning never seems to get old. We want to do a lot more of it from both teams.”

Both KKR cars – the #49 of Brad Sweet and the #9 of James McFadden – finish first and second in the 2020 DIRTcar Nationals points, respectively. For Sweet, Volusia Speedway Park has proved to be one of his best tracks in his tenure with the team. He has two DIRTcar Nationals Big Gator championships and seven wins overall at Volusia – five with the World of Outlaws.

“For whatever reason, it’s definitely one of my best tracks,” said Sweet, the two-time defending Series champion. “We’ve definitely struggled there in the past here and there. I think it says a lot about our guys and our race team that they bring a really fast car there every year. It’s the first week of the season and you can see the teams that haven’t meshed yet or aren’t as well prepared and the teams that have been together are going to come out of the box a little stronger. That’s going to give us an advantage. And for whatever reason, it’s been a good racetrack for me.”

The key to KKR’s success at the track stems from their offseason preparations. When the 2020 season ended, Kahne said the crew has been working in the shop all season long to get ready for 2021.

“I feel like our cars have always been good right out of the box at those types of tracks,” Kahne said. “Early in the years, our KKR cars have always been fast in the beginning of the season. For whatever reason. And I think our drivers have been good and I’ve always enjoyed racing at Volusia with Daryn and Brad and Joey.”

He’ll join Sweet on track this year at Volusia, he said, as he plans to drive the team’s #9 car when McFadden can’t.

Kahne initially had no plans to drive a Sprint Car last year, but no plans turned into one race. Then, one race turned into 11.

“I’ve enjoyed it,” Kahne said about stepping back behind the wheel. “It’s been good. Last year, I didn’t plan on doing it a whole lot but with COVID and how things worked out, I ended up doing a lot more races and liked it. I always liked being in a Sprint Car and being a part of that. I always enjoy working on the car and being with the teams and things like that. That’s been a lot of fun the last couple years, as well. We’ve been fortunate to have a lot of success here recently. It’s fun to be part of it and traveling with the guys.”

After claiming another DIRTcar Nationals title and another World of Outlaws championship in 2020, Kahne is excited about the prospects of 2021 for his KKR team and kicking off the season strong at Volusia.

“I feel really good about where KKR is and where our engine program is,” he said. “I think we made some nice gains there late in the season, which will show at Volusia. I was talking with Brad and he’s ready to go. He’s always putting the work in and wants to win a lot this year. I like hearing that. The cars are coming together. The guys have been here nonstop since the season ended. Definitely, no one has backed down. It’s going to be a fun season.”

For tickets to the 50th DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

 

 

READY TO PASS THE BAR: Parker Price-Miller joining World of Outlaws full-time in 2021 PPM Racing will join the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car tour with Price-Miller for his rookie season

CONCORD, NC – Jan. 14, 2021 – Parker Price-Miller has never shied away from his desire. If you asked him where he wanted his career to go, his answer was always the same: the World of Outlaws.

More specifically, a full-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series driver.

This year, the Kokomo, IN driver is making that a reality. Teaming up with his dad, Scott Ronk, Price-Miller – known as "The Law Firm" – is taking their PPM Racing team on the full 90-plus race tour and will run for Rookie of the Year.

“I pretty much ran the whole thing last year with Phil (Dietz and Dietz Motorsports) and I kind of got the feel and taste of it,” Price-Miller said. “I realized running with the Outlaws you make a lot more money. You’re getting paid more position-wise than any other series and the with the points fund. It just kind of all made sense. I’ve always wanted to do it. It all happened at the right time.”

Price-Miller has 126 starts with the World of Outlaws and two wins – his most recent with Dietz Motorsports at 34 Raceway last year. He parted ways with Dietz before the end of the 2020 season, leading to his need for a ride in 2021. With the majority of good rides already taken and most teams requiring a driver to bring something to the table, Price-Miller said his dad’s thought was: instead of bringing funding to another team, they should bring it to their own.

Before driving for owners like Bernie Stuebgen­ – who owns the Indy Race Parts team – and Philip Dietz – current crew chief and part-owner of Jason Johnson Racing – Price-Miller ran for his dad up until 2017. With primary sponsorship from Chalkstix and support from a variety of others, Price-Miller is making his dream become a reality himself, piloting his own #19 Sprint Car.

Having spent a year watching Dietz manage his own team, Price-Miller said there was a lot he learned that he can implement in his own team.

“I learned more about the in depths of the team; running the team and behind the scenes stuff,” he said. “Phil was very good with that. Kind of learning how to race with the Outlaws night in and night out. I had always done it here and there. Racing with the 14 team every night with the Outlaws, I learned how hard it is to go up and down the road with these guys every night. It was a big learning curve. I don’t think I’m done learning yet. You learn every day. I definitely think I learned a lot that I can bring to the table this season.”

He’s tapped Grant Boyum as the team’s crew chief. The up and coming crew member has achieved great success with drivers like Aaron Reutzel, helping him earn several victories – including a World of Outlaws win at Perris Auto Speedway – and All Star Circuit of Champions titles.

With him and two other experienced crew members in his corner, Price-Miller is confident he’ll be competitive and be in contention for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year title battle against Reutzel and Brock Zearfoss.

“Definitely would like to win as many races as we can,” Price-Miller said. “But you also have to be realistic. We’d like to win a few races. I think right now I’d like to maintain top-10 in points and take what we can get. We’re not going to push ourselves to do more than what we’re capable of.

“As a team, I think we’re going to be really good. As a team, I don’t think we’re going to show up and always run the Last Chance Showdown and be a field filler. We’re going to be a contender. In the back of my head, I have high expectations for us. But I also have realistic expectations and don’t want to think too high, also.”

The biggest challenge he foresees is being prepared for the full 10-month tour. While he was at every World of Outlaws event last year, the Series was able to only run 54 races due to COVID-19 putting a halt on racing at the beginning of the season. Now, they’ve got to be prepared for a longer, non-stop season. However, it’s nothing they’re going to shy away from.

“It’s way different than just getting prepared for Florida and then having two months off and then go run whenever you want,” Price-Miller said. “Now, we’re got to be 100% ready for the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park and go race 90 times a year and be prepared and ready for anything.

“It’s a new learning curve. We’re all excited for the experience.”

Price-Miller and PPM Racing will kick off their 2021 season Feb. 5-7 at Volusia Speedway Park during the 50th DIRTcar Nationals. For tickets to the event, click here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

 

 

LEARNING CURVE: Mason Daniel hoping to make most of knowledge learned in 2020 Danny Lasoski returns as Daniel’s mentor to guide him through another World of Outlaws season

CONCORD, NC – Jan. 13, 2021 – Mason Daniel will enter his sophomore season with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars at Volusia Speedway Park a different driver.

At the beginning of his rookie season last year, Daniel – 19 years old at the time – had only a handful of 410 Sprint Car starts and had yet to run a full tour with mentor and crew chief Danny Lasoski. Now, he knows what he’s gotten himself into.

“When you step up and run with the Outlaws, they’re just the best,” Daniel said. “They’ve been doing it longer than I’ve been alive. It’s just getting up to their speed and earning their respect on the track, being a clean driver. Racing hard and racing clean. I think that’s something I had to get used to; how hard they race each other and how good they are compared to other series. It was a big learning curve. We took our losses, but we’re looking forward to 2021.”

In 54 races, Daniel made 24 Features last year and earned a career-best finish of 11th at Lawton Speedway in September. It wasn’t until about halfway through the season that he began to feel comfortable.

The team made the switch to Eagle Chassis – a chassis Lasoski has had a long history with and a lot of success in – and hit upon adjustments with it that gave Daniel confidence in his cars.

(RELATED: AHEAD OF ITS TIME: THE CAR THAT PUSHED THE LIMITS FOR LASOSKI, SPRINT CAR RACING)

“We found some other stuff that me and Danny found that I like, set up wise, that we’ll hopefully start off the bat with and be competitive,” Daniel said.

“We got rid of everything else that we started the beginning of the season with. This year, we’re starting with how we ended last season.”

The 2021 season will kick off with three days of racing, Feb. 5-7, at Volusia Speedway Park during the 50th DIRTcar Nationals. Daniel made two of the three events at Volusia last year. He finished 15th and 23rd, respectively. However, he has one of the best mentors he can ask for when it comes to learning the tips and tricks of the half-mile speedway.

Lasoski, the 2001 World of Outlaws champion, has 19 wins overall at Volusia – three of them with the Outlaws.

“That place just fit me for some reason,” Lasoski said. “Even when it was locked down it was really good and when it slicked off you had to be really technical. It’s probably one of my favorite three tracks in America.”

Drivers such as Sheldon Haudenschild, Jason Sides and Daryn Pittman helped Daniel throughout his rookie season, he said. But the driver he leaned on the most was always Lasoski. The World of Outlaw champ comes with years of experience and a career of 122 victories – many of which came at tracks still on the current World of Outlaws schedule.

Having that knowledge to pull from at any time gave Daniel confidence going into tracks he never visited, which were the majority of them on the schedule last year. This year, that level of confidence shifts into a new gear. He has the laps and has an idea of what to expect.

With that confidence and growing chemistry with Lasoski, Daniel is hoping for a more competitive season.

“You want to be more competitive than you were the week prior,” Daniel said. “It’s hard sometimes. You get into a slump and have to push through it. We have a good program going into [this] season. I think everyone is excited. Just try to be more competitive than we were last year. That’s all we can do.”

For tickets to the 50th DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park, click here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

 

 

DIRTVision Launches Platinum FAST PASS Annual Subscription
Knoxville Nationals, World of Outlaws events, DIRTcar Summer Nationals and more included

CONCORD, NC – Jan. 12, 2021 – DIRTVision is excited to present race fans with the new Platinum FAST PASS annual subscription, which includes the Knoxville Nationals and a plethora of live World of Outlaws and DIRTcar events.

For an annual price of just $299, fans will be able to access all World of Outlaws events – both Sprint Cars and Late Models – along with all Super DIRTcar Series events, the DIRTcar Summer Nationals and Summit Modified Nationals tours, the Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series, weekly racing from Knoxville Raceway, Williams Grove Speedway and Attica Raceway Park, along with the biggest Sprint Car events in Australia.

With the Platinum FAST PASS exclusively, fans will be able to access the Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville Raceway live as part of the package.

“DIRTVision is thrilled to offer fans an annual plan that brings them the best dirt racing in the country year-round,” said Jim Chiappelli, DIRTVision general manager. “We’re continuing to enhance fans’ viewing experience in all areas this year, from the production side to fan engagement, and the annual subscription is one of many new and exciting ventures they can expect to see from DIRTVision in 2021.”

Fans will also see the continuation and growth of popular features, such as mesmerizing drone footage and in-depth coverage from pit reporters, which viewers will see on a full-time basis in 2021 for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models Series.

You can view the upcoming DIRTVision schedule and sign up for the new Platinum FAST PASS annual subscription now at DIRTVision.com.

 

 

Slick Woody’s Cornhole Company to sponsor World of Outlaws Quick Time Award in 2021
Nearly $15,000 in total will be awarded to Quick Time Award winners between the Sprint Car and Late Model series

CONCORD, NC – Jan. 12, 2021 – After a successful debut with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series in 2020, Slick Woody’s Cornhole Company is stepping up its involvement with World of Outlaws in 2021.

Slick Woody’s will sponsor the Quick Time Award for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series next year, awarding $100 to every driver that sets the fastest lap in Qualifying.

With more than 90 races on the Sprint Car tour in 2021 and nearly 60 races planned for the Late Models, Slick Woody’s will be handing out about $15,000 between the two Series in Quick Time Awards.

At the end of the season, the driver who accumulates the most Quick Time Awards in the Sprint Car and Late Model series will receive $3,000 from Slick Woody’s, as well.

“We’re excited to continue and grow our partnership with the World of Outlaws in 2021,” Slick Woody’s Cornhole Company President Danny Evans said. “We had a great experience with the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars this year and were overwhelmed by the fan support. With tailgating being such a key prerace activity at every World of Outlaws event, we know this will be a great partnership.”

The company, which sells an array of top-of-the-line tailgating items, such as cornhole boards, games, coolers, Adirondack chairs and more, will also be recognized as the official tailgate partner of the World of Outlaws and DIRTcar.

The first Slick Woody's Cornhole Company Quick Time Award of the year will be handed out this weekend when the World of Outlaws Late Models kicks off its 2021 season Jan. 14-16 during the Sunshine Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park.

For more on Slick Woody’s Cornhole Company, go to SlickWoodys.com.

For the latest news and updates on the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, follow the Series on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and you can also follow the World of Outlaws Late Models on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink® Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: 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, DART, and KSE Racing Products ; manufacturer sponsors include FireAde, Intercomp, Racing Electronics, and TNT Rescue.

The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings® Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: Drydene (Official Motor Oil), E-Z-GO Golf Carts (Official Golf Cart) Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), iRacing (Official Online Racing Game), Morton Buildings (Official Building), Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), SIS Insurance (Official Insurance Provider) VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: ARP Automotive Racing Products, Cometic Gasket, COMP Cams, DART, Penske Racing Shocks, Quarter Master, and Wrisco (Exclusive Racing Aluminum); along with manufacturer sponsors, including: FireAde, Integra Shocks, Intercomp, Racing Electronics, Rocket Chassis and TNT Rescue.

 

 

NEW YEAR READY: Jason Sides Looking For Normalcy In 2021
Sides Motorsports will look to field two cars on a part-time schedule again with Tim Kaeding

CONCORD, NC — Jan. 8, 2020 — Jason Sides can’t slow down.

The two-month racing hiatus, due to COVID-19, and shorter schedule last year threw him off his rhythm. Every plan, every move, every mentality was thrown into a blender, leaving crumbs to be reassembled.

When the 90-plus 2021 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series schedule was released, Sides was pleased to see a full slate of racing and a chance to return to “normalcy.”

“Not that it’s a military- or Army-like deal, but with the Outlaws you’re on a set schedule from the beginning of time when the schedule comes out,” Sides said. “You know what you’re doing and where you’re going. When all that happens, it throws a big wrench in the program. When you get back to normal and how the schedule is supposed to be it's simpler.

“The more racing you do, the more everything improves. When you’re off for an extended period of time, not that you forget how to do it, but it’s a little bit off when you get back to it.”

Sides ended the 2020 season with four top-10 finishes and an 11th place finish in the championship standings – two spots better than the year prior.

Along with trying to find a rhythm last year, Sides Motorsports also juggled trying to find crew members for the second half of the year. Sides and long-time crew member Stephen Fairfield parted ways last year, leaving Sides to put together a team of various part-time crew members in each reason.

For the time being, that continues to be his plan for the 2021 season. The search for a full-time crew member is nothing like it once was. Right now, he said he's “winging it.”

“We’ve been looking. It’s getting harder these days,” Sides said. “Years ago, you had guys begging to come out and do the whole Series and want to work. It’s a lot harder these days to find crew guys that want to come out, have a CDL, are interested in it and want to do it. It’s hard to find those guys now.

“That’s why a lot of times I’ll have different people help in different parts of the country. They don’t want to be out all the time, but they want to help. They just can’t be out all the time. A couple of weeks here and there. Different ones help out in different places.”

His biggest need for extra hands is when he brings out a second car, which he still plans to do, at times, this year. Sides’ driver of choice will, again, be Tim Kaeding, who earned three top-10 finishes in 11 starts last year in the #7 Sides Motorsports machine. According to Sides, Kaeding already has a full schedule next year, but they’re still looking to find times for Kaeding to run a second car throughout the season.

Sides admitted that running one car, after having two out the week before, feels like a breeze. It’s not hard for them to run two cars, but it requires more hands and can get hectic in hurry-up situations. However, he said, it’s still beneficial to have a second car. Especially when the second driver is Kaeding – a 21-time World of Outlaws winner.

“I wouldn’t say we drive the same, but he (Kaeding) can tell me when it’s getting slick here for the next Heat Race or something,” Sides said. “Or I can help him out a little bit. Give some pointers about the racetrack. He can go look when I’m getting ready and I can go look when he’s getting ready. It actually helps a lot to run two cars.”

He’s expecting a tougher field of full-time cars with the World of Outlaws this year with the addition of drivers like three-time All Star Circuit of Champions titleholder Aaron Reutzel and PA Posse member Brock Zearfoss, along with the growth of drivers like Sheldon Haudenschild and Jacob Allen. That’s not changing his approach, though. To Sides, he said it just makes him want to run harder and beat all of them.

He’ll try to do so when the 2021 season kicks off Feb. 5-7 at Volusia Speedway Park during the 50th DIRTcar Nationals. He has one win at the half-mile track in 2011.

In general, he’s just looking forward to being able to get back into his normal rhythm of not slowing down.

“I’d just like to get back to racing and back to a normal life,” Sides said.

For tickets to the 50th DIRTcar Nationals, click here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

 

 

CHAMPION’S MIND: Brad Sweet Relaxed, Focused In Hunt For Third Championship The two-time defending champion will target wins more than points in 2021 with Kasey Kahne Racing

CONCORD, NC — Dec. 31, 2020 — Points circled Brad Sweet’s mind and formulated his judgment for the past two years. The attempt of a risky move on track was overruled by a cautious calculation that saw a championship as the reward for his efforts.

That mentality worked in 2019 and 2020, giving the Grass Valley, CA driver back-to-back championships. But in 2021, he’s throwing caution to the wind.

With his name now etched in the record books alongside icons like Steve Kinser, Sammy Swindell, Mark Kinser, Donny Schatz and Jason Meyers as a multi-time champion, Sweet isn’t going to let the worry of points get in his way of fighting for wins.

“I feel really good,” Sweet said. “I feel like I’m in a really good place mentally. My life has a good balance. I have a good race team. Kind of in a good place to go out there and enjoy the moment and try to go after wins and not worry about points and things like that where I think we’ve let that control us in the last two years and take some of those wins away that, you know, I was being cautious and making sure that we finish and things like that.

“You really want to take those chances and get the wins. I really feel like next year, with the schedule the Outlaws have put together, and the big money races and a lot of promoters are stepping up and the purses are up, it’s a good opportunity for us to go out there and really show what we can do.”

When the 2021 season kicks off Feb. 5-7 at Volusia Speedway Park during the 50th DIRTcar Nationals, they’ll get to show what they can do at one of Sweet’s best tracks. In 34 Series starts at the half-mile speedway, Sweet has five wins, 16 top-five finishes and 20 top-10s. He hasn’t finished worse than fourth in his last seven starts there and won his second DIRTcar Nationals Big Gator championship in 2020.

“It says a lot about our guys and my race team,” Sweet said. “They bring a really fast car there every year.”

With his KKR team of crew chief Eric Prutzman and crew members Andrew Bowman and Joe Mooney returning for another year together, Sweet stated that gives them an advantage heading into the season opener.

“You can kind of see the teams that haven’t meshed yet or aren’t well prepared,” he said. “The teams that have been together are going to come out of the box a little better. I think that gives us an advantage going to Volusia. I think we can go to Volusia and be just as strong, or maybe stronger.”

Going in with a second champion under his belt has bolstered the team's confidence, too.

When Sweet claimed his first championship in 2019 by four points over 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz – the closest points battle in Series history – he said it was sheer relief. Then, winning his second was validation. Especially with what he had to overcome.

He had four DNFs this year – three in a row. It was the first time since 2013 – before Sweet was full-time – that he had that many DNFs continuously. It cost him the points lead for several weeks, but after his last DNF at Knoxville Raceway, Sweet went on a run of 21 top-10 finishes in the final 24 races of the year. The three finishes outside the top-10 were all 11th – one due to an engine issue.

With that streak and eight wins on the season, Sweet was able to comfortably claim his second title.

He’s confident he and his team have cracked the formula on how to claim their third championship in a row. It starts by focusing on winning in Florida.

“Being a two-time champion, I feel like I know what we need to do to win the points,” Sweet said. “As long as we just keep doing what we’re doing, we feel like we’re the best team out there and we have a lot of confidence going into this season with what we were able to overcome in 2020 and even the year before.”

Get tickets to the Feb. 5-7 50th DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park by clicking here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

 

 

WORLD OF OUTLAWS, DIRTcar INVADE BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY IN APRIL 2021
World of Outlaws Bristol Bash featuring the Late Models and UMP Modifieds will be held April 8-10 and the World of Outlaws Bristol Throwdown showcasing the famed Sprint Cars and Big Blocks will be held April 22-24

CONCORD, NC — Dec. 22, 2020 — Bristol Motor Speedway’s dirt track will get pushed to its limits in April 2021 when the World of Outlaws returns to unleash its high-horsepower Sprint Cars and Late Models on the famed high banks of The Last Great Colosseum for the first time in nearly two decades.

Thunder Valley will host both World of Outlaws national touring series on two separate weekends during the busy month. On April 8-10, the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series will headline the action in the World of Outlaws Bristol Bash, accompanied by the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds. The spectacular World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, long identified as “The Greatest Show on Dirt,” will return to Bristol for the first time since 2001 on the weekend of April 22-24 for the World of Outlaws Bristol Throwdown, joined by the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds.

“We’re thrilled to again partner with Bristol Motor Speedway to provide four exciting nights of racing with the best Sprint Car, Late Model, Big Block Modified and UMP Modified drivers in the world,” DIRTcar and World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter said. “The Bristol World of Outlaws events from the early 2000s have remained fan favorites to this day and we’re sure fans will once again be enthralled with what each series will have to offer around Thunder Valley in 2021.”

The two races will end two months of historic dirt racing action at BMS, which also is hosting the inaugural Bristol Dirt Nationals March 15-20, and the much-anticipated NASCAR Dirt Racing weekend, March 27-28, which will showcase the Food City Dirt Race in the Cup Series and the Pinty’s Dirt Truck Race for the Camping World Truck Series. The Food City Dirt Race will mark the first time NASCAR Cup Series stock cars will race on a dirt surface in more than 50 years.

The World of Outlaws Sprint Cars competed at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2000 and 2001, with three-time World of Outlaws champion Sammy Swindell scoring trophies and large paychecks in both events. The return of the ultra-popular motorsports series is one of the signature events that BMS is providing to its fans to amplify the celebration of its milestone 60th anniversary.

“It’s simply been too long since Bristol Motor Speedway has featured the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars,” said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway. “It’s the perfect time for their return during our 60th anniversary celebration in 2021, and we can’t wait for the World of Outlaws Bristol Throwdown and the World of Outlaws Bristol Bash to hit the dirt high banks at Thunder Valley in April. Both weekends of racing are going to be thrilling and certainly something no true dirt racing fan is going to want to miss.”

New Berlin, IL’s Brandon Sheppard dominated the World of Outlaws Late Model Series in 2020, winning 14 times en route to his third series crown. Other stars of the series include Ricky Weiss, Cade Dillard, Darrell Lanigan and a pair of Tennessee favorites, Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg and Jimmy Owens of Newport. Two-time defending champion Brad Sweet leads the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series. The Grass Valley, CA native has piloted his popular #49 Kasey Kahne Racing machine to 58 career victories, including 24 wins in the last two seasons. Sweet’s main rival is one of the most successful World of Outlaws champions in history, Donny Schatz of Fargo, ND, who has amassed 10 championship titles and 299 World of Outlaws victories in his storied career – including a win at BMS in 2001. Other drivers to watch in the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series include Logan Schuchart, Sheldon Haudenschild and 2019 Knoxville Nationals champion David Gravel. NASCAR Cup Series regular Kyle Larson raced to 12 victories on the circuit last season.

During the World of Outlaws Bristol Bash, practice sessions will be held on Thursday, April 8. Friday and Saturday will feature full racing programs each night consisting of Hot Laps, Qualifying, Heat Races and Last Chance Showdowns, and followed by Feature races for both the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds and Late Models. A 40-lap Feature race will be held Friday night for the World of Outlaws Late Models with a $10,000 prize to the winner, followed by a 20-lap Feature for the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds with a $5,000 payout to the winner. The racing action on Saturday, April 10, will be headlined by a 40-lap World of Outlaws Late Model Feature with $25,000 to the winner, and a 20-lap DIRTcar UMP Modified Feature with a $10,000 prize to the winner.

During the World of Outlaws Bristol Throwdown, the ultra-fast World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars will have practice sessions on Thursday, April 22. Friday and Saturday will feature full racing programs each night consisting of Hot Laps, Qualifying, Heat Races and Last Chance Showdowns, and followed by Feature races for both the Super DIRTcar Series and World of Outlaws Sprint Cars. A 25-lap Feature race with a $10,000 prize to the winner will be held Friday night for the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, followed by a 40-lap main feature with a $10,000 payout to the winner for the Super DIRTcar Series. The racing action on Saturday, April 24, will be headlined by a 25-lap World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Feature with a $25,000 payout to the winner, and a 40-lap Super DIRTcar Series Feature with a $10,000 prize going to the winner.

Founded in 1961, Bristol Motor Speedway is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2021 and has many exciting things planned during the year to reflect on the great moments that have made the multi-use sports and entertainment destination one of the very best for creating wow moments and cherished memories for fans. Home to epic NASCAR races and other major motorsports events, as well as NFL and college football games, a wide variety of music concerts and other captivating events, Bristol Motor Speedway has shined in the spotlight on many occasions throughout the past six decades.

To make the event as safe as possible for all attendees, BMS is instituting procedures to reduce contact and crowd density as guests and competitors purchase tickets, enter the grounds, enjoy the event and depart the facility. Face coverings will be a required accessory in high-traffic areas inside and outside the stadium for all guests who attend. The “Mask Up” campaign is part of an important initiative by Bristol Motor Speedway that strongly encourages the public to wear face coverings, not only when they are visiting the Speedway, but also when they are out in the surrounding communities as well, and to follow all of the necessary protocols and guidelines to do their part to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Spectator tickets for both events will go on sale on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. Ticket prices for both World of Outlaws weekends of racing at BMS include: $30 Thursday; $40 Friday and Saturday; $80 weekend; an upgrade ticket for pit access is $15. Pit passes are $35 for Thursday; $45 on Friday and Saturday and a $90 weekend pit pass. Kids (6-12) tickets are $5 for each day and $10 for the weekend combo ticket. Kids 5 and under are free. Kids (6-12) pit passes are $25 and the kids (6-12) combo pass is $40. Kids 5 and under pit passes are free. For additional Bristol Motor Speedway ticket information, please visit www.bristolmotorspeedway.com.

About the World of Outlaws
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 car 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.

About Bristol Motor Speedway
Forged amid the scenic mountains of Northeast Tennessee near the Virginia state line, Bristol Motor Speedway is The Last Great Colosseum, a versatile multi-use venue that hosts major auto races, football games, concerts and many other captivating events. The facility features a 0.533-mile concrete oval race track with 28-degree corner banking and 650-feet straightaways that offers racing in several NASCAR touring series, highlighted by two major Cup Series weekends and in 2020 the track also served as host of the prestigious NASCAR All-Star Race. While at the track, fans are offered a unique viewing experience courtesy of Colossus TV, the world’s largest outdoor center-hung four-sided video screen with a 540,000-watt audio system. The adjacent quarter-mile dragstrip, Bristol Dragway, offers more than 50 events annually, including the marquee NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. The Thunder Valley Amphitheatre presented by Ballad Health transforms Bristol Dragway into a premier outdoor concert venue for the world’s greatest music performers. Three football games have kicked-off inside the oval, most notably the 2016 Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol, where border rivals the University of Tennessee and Virginia Tech met before an NCAA-record crowd of 156,990. In existence since 1961, Bristol Motor Speedway was purchased in 1996 by Speedway Motorsports, Inc., a publicly traded company that is a leading marketer and promoter of motorsports entertainment in the United States. For more information, please visit www.bristolmotorspeedway.com.

 

 

CONFIDENT CONTENDER: Sheldon Haudenschild Eyes 2021 Championship Hunt
The Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing driver will look to build off a career year, starting at the 2021 DIRTcar Nationals

CONCORD, NC — Dec. 18, 2020 — The final 20 races of the 2020 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season might have teased a new championship contender for 2021.

In those few months, Sheldon Haudenschild claimed the most wins – five of his seven for the year – and, if not for two incidents of bad luck that took him out of the race, he would’ve earned more points in that time span than 2020 champion Brad Sweet.

So, are he and his Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing crew prepared to go after the championship next year?

“Definitely,” Haudenschild said with certainty. “That’s our goal. If we can get going a little sooner in the year and get a lot of races… you know, pretty short season this year. We skipped a lot of tracks I feel like we’re good at. Looking forward to ‘21 and hopefully going to a full schedule and getting all the races in. Just trying to mimic the end of our year and turn it into a full year next year. Hopefully, we can do that.”

While the 2020 season was shorter than intended due to COVID-19, the Wooster, OH native was able to turn it into a career year. In his three previous full-time seasons on the World of Outlaws tour, Haudenschild had collected seven wins and never finished better than seventh in points. He ended this season with seven wins and a fourth-place finish in the championship standings. He also ended the year with a single-season career-high 28 top-five finishes and 239 laps led – second only to Kyle Larson’s 278 laps led.

The 27-year-old credits much of his 2020 success to the reunion of him and crew chief Kyler Ripper. Their chemistry was established years ago when Haudenschild drove his own #93 car and Ripper was the crew chief. A friendship was birthed, along with a healthy working relationship.

With Ripper back by his side, after a few years apart, Haudenschild said he’s having fun on race days again. It’s created a good working environment for the entire team and made a positive impact on their results.

“Chemistry is a big part of it,” Haudenschild said. “When we show up to the track, we have a really good race car and a guy who only thinks about it. Ripper has done a really good job of that and communicates with me really well and lets me know what is going on. I’m able to tell him what I feel in a good way and we’re able to hash things out and get it figured out for the better.”

With the crew he has now, made up of Ripper, Nickolas Goodfleisch and Drew Brenner, Haudenschild said he’s able to enter each race confident he has a good handling car. It’s a key component to his mentality of being able to run the car as hard as he needs.

He’s watched 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz and two-time Series champion Brad Sweet benefit from that confidence for years. Now, he said he and his SJM Racing team are looking to mimic what the championship teams have done in their own way.

To be a champion Haudenschild knows it’s about having a strong season year-round. Not just in the last 20 races.

“Obviously, if you can win one in Florida (at Volusia Speedway Park during the season-opening DIRTcar Nationals) that helps to get the year going,” Haudenschild said. “A lot of times I feel like if I can get through Florida consistently and feel good with my race car and then head out west, I feel like there’s no doubt in my mind we can be right there. Anything can happen out west. I feel like I have a lot of strong tracks out there. I feel like our confidence will be good going out west with me and Ripper.”

Haudenschild picked up his first career World of Outlaws win at Volusia Speedway Park in 2018. Last year, he finished 11th, eighth and fourth, respectively, in the three season-opening races. He and the rest of the stars of the World of Outlaws will kick off the 2021 season Feb. 5-7 at the half-mile Florida track during the 50th DIRTcar Nationals.

With a career year behind him, Haudenschild is confident he and his NOS Energy Drink-backed team can hit the ground running at Volusia and contend for the 2021 championship.

“There’s no doubt in any of our minds that that’s where we can be and that’s what we’ll strive for,” he said. “I think as long as we’re winning races and stay consistent there’s no reason we can’t be there at the end of the year.”

For tickets to the Feb. 5-7 50th DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park, click here.

If you can't make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

 

 

TURNING 50: Sprint Cars Continue Key Role In DIRTcar Nationals History
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars headline the Feb. 2-7 Sprint Week during the 50th DIRTcar Nationals

BARBERVILLE, FL — Dec. 15, 2020 — While Sprint Cars didn’t grace Volusia Speedway Park until 1981, they had a key role in the growth of the Florida track and a strong presence during the 50 years of the DIRTcar Nationals.

The speedway started life as a sandy quarter-mile track in Barberville, FL, before Benny Corbin, a Sprint Car driver with a love for dirt racing, saw the potential for something greater.

Corbin, a Korean War veteran who became known as “the father of short-track racing in Volusia County,” purchased the property in 1968 and birthed Barberville Speedway. The track went through multiple transformations under his ownership from 1968 to 1982, including the track’s expansion to its current half-mile configuration. And over time its name went from Barberville Speedway to Volusia County Speedway and then to its current title Volusia Speedway Park.

His passion for the sport led to the creation of big events like the DIRTcar Nationals and his love for Sprint Cars made it inevitable the open-wheel machines would eventually turn laps around his track.

That became a reality for the first time on Feb. 9, 1981, when the World of Outlaws became the first series to bring Sprint Cars to Volusia. Doug Wolfgang conquered the event, holding off “The King” Steve Kinser for the win.

The Series didn’t return to Volusia until 2005 after that, but Sprint Car racing stayed vibrant with the All Star Circuit of Champions making its debut in 1983. The regional touring Series ran at the speedway from 1983 to 1991 before taking a three-year break.

In the All Star’s first decade, Kenny Jacobs won the first event at the track on Feb. 15, 1983, and claimed another in 1989. Steve Kinser won his first race at the speedway in 1984 and Wolfgang became the first repeat winner at the track in 1987.

Jacobs, Bobby Davis, Jr. and 2001 World of Outlaws champion Danny Lasoski won twice at the track during that period – the start to Lasoski’s Florida dominance.

The All Stars returned to the track in 1995 and ran there until 2003 before taking another year off. Dave Blaney, who won the World of Outlaws championship in 1995, won the first race back. Lasoski continued his winning ways, claiming two victories there with the All Stars that year, as well.

In the All Star’s 37 events at Volusia between 1995 and 2003, Lasoski won 12 of them. That time period also saw drivers such as Jac Haudenschild, Joey Saldana, Craig Dollansky, Lance Dewease, Kasey Kahne and Jason Johnson pick up their first win at the track.

Sprint Car racing returned to the track in full force in 2005 with the World of Outlaws and All Stars competing at the Florida venue during the same week, as they'll continue to do so in February. The All Stars were absent in 2013, but the World of Outlaws have competed at Volusia Speedway Park every year since their return in 2005.

Lasoski won five races at the track in that 16-year period and racked up 19 wins in total – between the All Stars and World of Outlaws. In 2000, while driving for Tony Stewart, Lasoski won all four events at Volusia in a unique chassis designed by Jerry Russell, from Eagle Chassis, and himself, which was outlawed after that week due to its radical design.

“That place just fit me for some reason,” Lasoski said about Volusia Speedway Park. “Even when it was locked down it was really good and when it slicked off you had to be really technical. It’s probably one of my favorite three tracks in America.

“Just racing there, in general, was fun. From the ‘90s up until now, obviously, the track prep now is so superior than what it used to be because of the equipment, but even back in the day they would give us a top and a bottom and we’d put on a great show every year we went down there.”

The only driver to best Lasoski’s record is 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz, who currently has 22 victories in total at Volusia Speedway Park. His most recent victory at the track came during the World of Outlaws 2020 season-opener during the DIRTcar Nationals. A win during the DIRTcar Nationals in 2021 would mark Schatz’s 300th career World of Outlaws victory.

Drivers such as Dollansky, Saldana, 2013 World of Outlaws champion Daryn Pittman and two-time World of Outlaws champion Brad Sweet also emerged as continuous Volusia winners. All four have claimed DIRTcar Nationals championships, as well.

For many years, DIRTcar Nationals winners were awarded a golden eagle, but the Florida event took on a new life when the trophy switch to a golden gator in 2012, and the DIRTcar Nationals champion was award the “Big Gator” trophy. Since then, the Sprint Car Big Gator champions have included:

–Sammy Swindell (2012)
–Daryn Pittman (2013, 2015 & 2019)
–Paul McMahan (2014)
–Brad Sweet (2016 & 2020)
–David Gravel (2017)
–Donny Schatz (2018)

“For whatever reason, it’s definitely one of my best tracks,” said Sweet, who has seven wins in total at Volusia. “We’ve definitely struggled there in the past here and there. I think it says a lot about our guys and our race team that they bring a really fast car there every year. It’s the first week of the season and you can see the teams that haven’t meshed yet or aren’t as well prepared and the teams that have been together are going to come out of the box a little stronger. That’s going to give us an advantage. And for whatever reason, it’s been a good racetrack for me.”

For the 50th DIRTcar Nationals in 2021, the All Star Circuit of Champions will run on Feb. 3-4 and the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will run Feb. 5-7.

The half-mile track has produced thrilling races each year and set the stage for epic championship battles. Schatz, Sweet and Logan Schuchart won the three season-opening races for the World of Outlaws during the 2020 DIRTcar Nationals and ended the season as the top three drivers in points.

While the Sprint Cars didn’t grace Volusia Speedway Park until 1981, they’ve continued to be one of the most exciting parts of the DIRTcar Nationals every year since.

For tickets to the Feb. 2-13 50th DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park, click here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

PREVIOUS WORLD OF OUTLAWS VOLUSIA WINNERS
February 9th, 2020 — Logan Schuchart
February 8th, 2020 — Brad Sweet
February 7th, 2020 — Donny Schatz
February 9th, 2019 — Daryn Pittman
February 8th, 2019 — Daryn Pittman
February 11th, 2018 — Donny Schatz
February 10th, 2018 — Donny Schatz
February 9th, 2018 — Sheldon Haudenschild
February 19th, 2017 — Donny Schatz
February 19th, 2017 — Donny Schatz
February 17th, 2017 — Jason Johnson
February 14th, 2016 — Brad Sweet
February 13th, 2016 — Donny Schatz
February 12th, 2016 — Brad Sweet
February 15th, 2015 — Brad Sweet
February 14th, 2015 — Donny Schatz
February 13th, 2015 — Daryn Pittman
February 16th, 2014 — Steve Kinser
February 15th, 2014 — Donny Schatz
February 14th, 2014 — Brad Sweet
February 17th, 2013 — Danny Lasoski
February 16th, 2013 — Terry McCarl
February 15th, 2013 — Daryn Pittman
February 19th, 2012 — Donny Schatz
February 19th, 2012 — Craig Dollansky
February 18th, 2012 — Danny Lasoski
February 13th, 2011 — Jason Sides
February 12th, 2011 — Steve Kinser
February 11th, 2011 — Steve Kinser
February 7th, 2010 — Steve Kinser
February 6th, 2010 — Donny Schatz
February 8th, 2009 — Donny Schatz
February 7th, 2009 — Joey Saldana
February 6th, 2009 — Donny Schatz
February 10th, 2008 — Danny Lasoski
February 9th, 2008 — Jason Meyers
February 8th, 2008 — Craig Dollansky
February 11, 2007 — Daryn Pittman
February 10th, 2007 — Kerry Madsen
February 9th, 2007 — Donny Schatz
February 10th, 2006 — Joey Saldana
February 9th, 2006 — Chad Kemenah
February 13th, 2005 — Steve Kinser
February 11th, 2005 — Jeff Shepard
February 9th, 1981 — Doug Wolfgang

PREVIOUS ALL STAR VOLUSIA WINNERS
February 6th, 2020 — Aaron Reutzel
February 5th, 2020 — Brad Sweet
February 7th, 2019 — Brad Sweet
February 6th, 2019 — Shane Stewart
February 8th, 2018 — Donny Schatz
February 7th, 2018 — Donny Schatz
February 16th, 2017 — David Gravel
February 15th, 2017 — Donny Schatz
February 11th, 2016 — Donny Schatz
February 10th, 2016 — Dave Blaney
February 12th, 2015 — Daryn Pittman
February 11th, 2015 — Greg Hodnett
February 13th, 2014 — Joey Saldana
February 16th, 2012 — Craig Dollansky
February 15th, 2012 — Danny Lasoski
February 10th, 2011 — Sammy Swindell
February 9th, 2011 — Sammy Swindell
February 4th, 2010 — Joey Saldana
February 3rd, 2010 — Craig Dollansky
February 5th, 2009 — Stevie Smith
February 4th, 2009 — Donny Schatz
February 3rd, 2009 — Donny Schatz
February 7th, 2008 — Donny Schatz
February 6th, 2008 — Wayne Johnson
February 5th, 2008 — Donny Schatz
February 8th, 2007 — Tim Kaeding
February 7th, 2007 — Jason Solwold
February 6th, 2007 — Joey Saldana
February 8th, 2006 — Donny Schatz
February 7th, 2006 — Danny Lasoski
February 10th, 2005 — Kraig Kinser
February 9th, 2005 — Fred Rahmer
February 8th, 2005 — Terry McCarl
February 8th, 2003 — Lance Dewease
February 7th, 2003 — Jason Johnson
February 6th, 2003 — Joey Saldana
February 10th, 2002 — Kasey Kahne
February 9th, 2002 — Danny Lasoski
February 8th, 2002 — Lance Dewease
February 11th, 2001 — Danny Lasoski
February 10th, 2001 — Craig Dollansky
February 9th, 2001 — Joey Saldana
February 8th, 2001 — Dale Blaney
February 13th, 2000 — Danny Lasoski
February 12th, 2000 — Danny Lasoski
February 11th, 2000 — Danny Lasoski
February 10th, 2000 — Danny Lasoski
February 7th, 1999 — Frankie Kerr
February 6th, 1999 — Billy Pauch
February 5th, 1999 — Kevin Gobrecht
February 4th, 1999 — Greg Hodnett
February 8th, 1998 — Kenny Jacobs
February 7th, 1998 — Danny Lasoski
February 5th, 1998 — Danny Lasoski
February 4th, 1998 — Danny Lasoski
February 9th, 1997 — Dale Blaney
February 8th, 1997 — Gary Wright
February 7th, 1997 — Gary Wright
February 6th, 1997 — Gary Wright
February 5th, 1997 — Terry McCarl
February 11th, 1996 — Jeff Shepard
February 10th, 1996 — Danny Lasoski
February 9th, 1996 — Dale Blaney
February 8th, 1996 — Dale Blaney
February 7th, 1996 — Dave Blaney
February 12th, 1995 — Danny Lasoski
February 11th, 1995 — Danny Lasoski
February 10th, 1995 — Jac Haudenschild
February 9th, 1995 — Keith Kauffman
February 8th, 1995 — Dave Blaney
February 8th, 1991 — Robbie Stanley
February 6th, 1991 — Keith Kauffman
February 9th, 1990 — Robbie Stanley
February 9th, 1990 — Joey Allen
February 7th, 1990 — Rocky Hodges
February 12th, 1989 — Kenny Jacobs
February 11th, 1989 — Frankie Kerr
February 10th, 1989 — Keith Kauffman
February 9th, 1989 — Steve Stambaugh
February 8th, 1989 — Bobby Davis, Jr.
February 7th, 1988 — Danny Lasoski
February 6th, 1988 — Rocky Hodges
February 5th, 1988 — Jimmy Sills
February 4th, 1988 — Danny Lasoski
February 3rd, 1988 — Rocky Hodges
February 1st, 1987 — Doug Wolfgang
January 31st, 1987 — Bobby Davis, Jr.
February 15th, 1984 — Tim Green
February 14th, 1984 — Steve Kinser
February 15th, 1983 — Kenny Jacobs

 

 

NEXT STEP: Jacob Allen Aiming For Next Level Success In 2021
The Shark Racing driver looks to build off a successful 2020 season

CONCORD, NC — Dec. 11, 2020 — Jacob Allen meandered his way to the group of drivers waiting to take part in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash draw at Huset’s Speedway. Upon joining them, Kyle Larson turned to Allen and asked, “Have you made every Dash? I feel like I always see you here.” To which Allen responded with his iconic enthusiastic smile and chuckle.
He made about half the Dashes in a career World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season, which saw the Hanover, PA, driver claim his first Series win after 358 starts. He also added single-season career highs of 18 top-10s, 79 laps led, and an eighth-place finish in points.

This offseason, he’s focused on entering next year prepared to build off that success when the 2021 season kicks off Feb. 5-7 at Volusia Speedway Park for the 50th DIRTcar Nationals.

“I think I’ll have a great year,” Allen said. “I had a lot of fun this season. I feel good about myself. I look back at all the years on the road and see where I’ve slacked in some ways. I just feel focused and feel determined to do a lot better all the time. Whatever that brings me, it is what it’ll be. I want to put myself in those good positions continuously. I don’t want to be on a stretch of only 10 races that you’re doing good. I want to be in the same caliber of like Sheldon (Haudenschild) and Logan (Schuchart) and being there all the time.”

Since joining the tour full-time in 2014, the question everyone asked, and the question he asked himself, was, “when will the first win come?” Over time, to Allen, that question went from “when” to “if,” even doubting his interest in racing. But with a self-improved attitude and new level of focus this year, he negated the question by winning at Dodge City Raceway Park.

Now, the question is “what’s next?”

“Definitely more wins and try to be more consistent, being in the top-five,” Allen said about his 2021 expectations. “I don’t really ever think about goals. Obviously, I want to finish as high as I can in points. I guess I’m just trying to build off this season.”

This year he established new habits to help better himself. At the track, he focused more on taking notes and watching the track to improve his setups, and off the track he focused on taking care of himself, working out more, and staying mentally positive.

During the off-season, he spends his mornings working out, his days at the shop with the Shark Racing crew, getting cars ready for next season, and his evenings digging through the DIRTVision Vault, studying previous races and those who had success at them.

“I think if you start watching them continuously, you start to pick up on things and see things those people you’re watching do differently than other people and you can learn a lot from it,” Allen said.

Along with Allen improving himself as a driver, Shark Racing, with continued support from Drydene, continues to grow as a team. His Hall of Fame father, and car owner, Bobby Allen said the team is now at a point where Allen and teammate Logan Schuchart can have equal motor packages year-round.

“When we pull into a racetrack, I don’t think anyone has better motors than we do,” said Bobby Allen, who gets his motors from Newman’s Racing Engines. “And it wasn’t that way until this year. We had good motors, but you could run them part of the year, maybe three-quarters of the way. This year and next year we can be even with anybody at any given time. Logan and Jacob both.”

With confidence and power behind him, Allen is ready to go after another career season in 2021.

“I learned so much this year and I feel like I have a lot to build on,” Allen said. “I think I’m taking all the right steps to have an even better season. I’m excited for it. I’m focused and really looking forward to racing again.”

For tickets to the Feb. 5-7 50th DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park, click here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

 

 

ROOKIE NO MORE: Wayne Johnson Excited For 2021 After Finding Year-long Issue The 2020 Rookie of the Year has found a new abundance of confidence for his Sophomore season

CONCORD, NC — Dec. 9, 2020 — Wayne Johnson ended the 2020 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season rejuvenated and eager to start 2021.

The Oklahoma-native won the 2020 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award – becoming the 38th driver in the history of the Series to win it – but that’s not what excites him most.

With two races remaining at the end of the 2020 season, Johnson, who struggled to find speed for the majority of the year, discovered the Jacobs Ladder mounts on the chassis he’d used for the past year and a half were off. Once fixed, Johnson said “the warm and fuzzy feeling” he’d been searching for all year with his car was finally there.

“Shane Stewart drove the car that night (at Cedar Lake Speedway) and said something was wrong with it,” Johnson said. “We could never put our finger on it. Once I figured it out, the car really drove good at Kokomo and then at Charlotte.

“I brought (veteran crew chief) Rob Hart in to help me. I kept blaming it on the tires. Just couldn’t figure it out. The week from Pennsylvania to Kokomo, we came home, I gave the boys a couple of days off and I took the car apart myself and got to measuring. Some Jacobs Ladder mounts were off and that’s not something you usually check anymore because the car builders have that in check. Anyway, found some stuff that was wrong, fixed them, and found speed.”

While the fix was worth celebrating, it also presented an issue. The majority of notes recorded by Johnson and the Two-C Racing team throughout their first full-time World of Outlaws season became irrelevant. Now, they’ll have to start from scratch, again, in 2021.

However, that hasn’t diminished Johnson’s newfound confidence in his cars and himself.

“I was starting to doubt myself. I really was,” Johnson said. “Did you forget how to do this? Then, I felt so much better in the car. But I had beat myself up the whole season. I didn’t come into this thing thinking we were going to win a championship or 25 races or anything like that. I just felt like if we came in to be competitive and start building off of that, at some point the stars would align and everything would work out; we could win a race. We weren’t even in the hunt. There was a lot of turmoil in the team. We just thought we were going to be better. I think next year, right out of the gate, we’ll be better.”

Johnson ended his rookie season with one top-10 and a 12th-place finish in points. And while Johnson, at 49 years old, was a rookie for running his first full-time season with the Series, he entered the year with 152 World of Outlaws starts. Because of that, he never thought of himself as a rookie and didn’t think much of trying to win the Rookie of the Year title. He’d even stated he’d like to tie for the honor with his rookie competitor Mason Daniel and have the tiebreaker go to Daniel.

But once the season ended, and Johnson received his Rookie of the Year Award, his outlook on winning the title changed. Along with his name, every Rookie of the Year winner – such as 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz, two-time and defending champion Brad Sweet and two-time champion Mark Kinser – grace the plaque.

“After seeing all the names on the list and just thinking about Kevin Gobrecht, you know, losing his life to the sport that we love, it kind of hit home then and I really thought, “You better cherish this and take this in as a moment,” Johnson said. “There’s not a lot of guys on that list. It meant more after I really sat down and thought about it. Before then, I was just trying to get going and get the results that we needed or felt like we wanted and try to be better. Never really thought about the rookie thing until the day of the banquet and they handed me that plaque and I started reading it. It was like, “Wow, this is pretty cool.”

One of Johnson's biggest takeaways from his rookie season is learning to manage the long schedule, which nearly doubles for 2021 as the Series looks to return to a normal 90-plus race season. Not only was he and the team traveling to new places they had never been, but they also had to learn to live with each other for about 10 months straight.

(RELATED: 2021 Schedule: Huge Payouts, New Venues, Iconic Events Highlight 2021 World of Outlaws Season)

Johnson compared living on the road with his crew like marriage and admitted there was tension within the group at times, especially when they were running bad.

“You all have to live in the same spaces and travel together,” he said. “Honestly, that’s been the biggest hurdle. We’ve always done that on a smaller scale, running the 360s (Sprint Cars). Everybody’s emotions have been masked with everything going on this year, too. I think the biggest thing for me is that. Is making sure the team is functioning together and working as a team and knowing just how tough it is now. I knew it was tough, but I thought going into 2020 that we could be competitive and run upfront. It opened my eyes that we had a whole lot of work to do to get better.”

The team brought in a couple of crew chiefs throughout the year, which helped take some burden off of Johnson, who was making the calls on what to change with the car, but also showed him that he knew what he was doing. They also caused a bit of stress within the team, he said, as the chemistry wasn’t there.

Johnson won’t have an official crew chief for 2021 but said crew member John Ivey will have an expanded role. He’s worked with Johnson since 1998 and returned to working on a car full-time for the first time in 20 years this season.

He’ll start the 2021 season Feb. 5-7 at Volusia Speedway Park for the 50th DIRTcar Nationals with the same car he ended the 2020 season with but will have three brand new cars waiting to guide him through his Sophomore year. And while there is still a lot for him and the Two-C Racing team to learn, Johnson is confident they’ll be at the competitive level they expected to be this year.

“Do I feel like we can come out and run for a championship? Probably not,” Johnson said. “But we can definitely come in and be competitive where we just weren’t competitive this year. It stems from the stuff we had wrong. As a driver, I feel like I can get the job done. Todd and Kelly (Carlile, owners of Two-C Racing) have given me all the equipment to do it.”

For tickets to the Feb. 5-7 50th DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park, click here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

 

 

NEW OPPORTUNITY PART II: Carson Macedo Eager To Grow With JJR
The 2019 Rookie of the Year joins Jason Johnson Racing for his third full-time season with the World of Outlaws

CONCORD, NC — Dec. 3, 2020 — The first time Carson Macedo sat behind the wheel of the Jason Johnson Racing #41 car it was a match. They were ideal dancing partners. The chemistry resulted in a win during his debut race with the team at the 2018 360 Knoxville Nationals.

Three years later, he’s hoping that chemistry is still there when he rejoins JJR in 2021 for his third full-time season with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.

“I feel like there’s definitely the potential,” Macedo said. “The last couple of years I feel like I’ve learned a lot at [Kyle Larson Racing] and bettered myself as a driver. I think Phil (Dietz, crew chief and co-owner of JJR) has gotten to work with David (Gravel) for the past couple of years and I think David is extremely good. One of the best on the Outlaw tour. He brings awesome experience to the table, as well. I think him and Phil have made the 41 operation even better over the last couple of years. I feel like we’re both in a better spot than we were a few years ago when we worked together and I’m excited to get the opportunity to show what we can do together.”

The 2019 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, from Lemoore, CA, spent his first two years on the tour driving for Kyle Larson Racing – which shut down at the end of the 2020 season. In that time, he won five races – he has six Series wins in total – and finished inside the top-five in points both years.

While his 2020 stats don’t trump his rookie year numbers – one win this season versus four last year – the COVID-19 pandemic forced the Series to run about 20 fewer events than in 2019 and never make it to the West Coast where Macedo thrives. Either a curse or blessing in disguise, the 2020 season took the Series mainly through the Midwest and Pennsylvania area where Macedo had struggled.

In 10 Series starts at Pennsylvania tracks in 2019, Macedo earned one top-10. In nine PA starts this season, Macedo earned one top-five and six top-10s. He also won the season-opening track event at Williams Grove Speedway – a victory he considers to be one of his biggest feats.

“I feel like if you look at the season as a whole, even though we didn’t win as many races, we were a lot more consistent and improved with our race car and with myself as a driver on tracks we struggled at before,” Macedo said. “That makes me excited to go into next year with more experience and more confidence.”

He’s also excited to reunite with Dietz. The two had good chemistry when they teamed up in 2018 and remained friends ever since.

“Personality-wise, I think he’s a great guy,” Dietz said about Macedo. “Very easy to get along with. I feel like his driving style is a lot like Jason’s (Johnson) style. It made it a lot easier to watch the car and tell what changes it needed in order to get a better balance and make it faster.”

Macedo mainly worked with Joe Gaerte as his crew chief for the last four years, first driving Gaerte’s own #3G car in 2017. The duo ran a handful of World of Outlaws events in 2017 and 2018. Then, when Macedo was tapped to drive for KLR in 2019, Larson kept the Macedo-Gaerte pairing together.

It’s hard for Macedo to compare Gaerte and Dietz, citing their both good mechanics. The biggest difference, he said, is Dietz, 36, is closer to Macedo’s age (24) than Gaerte, 54.

“Phil is a little bit of a younger guy and is probably a little more interested in all the things I do outside of the races, too,” Macedo said. “Phil and I, even though we haven’t been on the same team, have stayed really close. We’ve always been really good buddies since I drove the car in 2018. They’re both really good mechanics. I’ve been fortunate my whole career to work with really good mechanics.

“Only really had a few (crew chiefs) in my experience so far, you know. Paul Baines when I worked out in California and I worked with the Linder family for about a year. Then Joe and then Phil. That’s pretty much it. I think, although they’re both really good mechanics, it does get me really excited to be involved with a mechanic that is closer to my age range and I feel like our connection outside of the races is really strong, as well. I think that is really important to be able to build a successful team. You have to be able to have that good relationship whether you’re at the racetrack or not.”

JJR has become one of the top teams in the Series. It has two Knoxville Nationals victories – in 2016 with Jason Johnson and 2019 with David Gravel – and was in contention for the 2020 team championship before settling for a second-place finish in the points. Dietz said he believes the team has the potential to be a championship contender in 2021. Macedo has studied what it takes to make that happen in his two years on the tour.

“The hardest part about the World of Outlaws is putting the entire season together,” Macedo said. “I use my rookie year as an example. We had a pretty good Vegas and California – I grew up there. We won in California. Then went to Devil’s Bowl and went from Devil’s Bowl to Eldora. We were in the top-five both nights at Eldora. We were extremely competitive. We left there and I said to Trey, our car chief, I said “I think we can run top three in points in our first year,” I was that confident.

“Then we went to PA and Charlotte and after that were seventh in points. My confidence was super low. And we struggled for a few weeks after that. The biggest thing I learned is, in order to one day be a World of Outlaws champion, you have to be what Brad (Sweet, two-time and defending champion) and Donny (Schatz, 10-time Series champion) and Logan (Schuchart) and those guys are doing where they’re bad nights are seventh. It’s putting together a consistent season at 90 racetracks across the country. I don’t think people realize how hard that is to do.”

Macedo wouldn’t say just yet if he thinks he’ll be able to do that next year with JJR but is confident they have the ability to. Where he’s the weakest, JJR is strong. And where JJR has faults, Macedo shines. It’s a combination he’s excited to put on the track, starting Feb. 5-7 at Volusia Speedway Park for the 50th DIRTcar Nationals.

“I think they can bring a lot of strengths for me as a driver,” Macedo said. “And on the flip side of that, talking with Phil, he feels like California and places like that, places where I’ve excelled at and they maybe have not done quite as well, I can help out and bring some insight on my end. Obviously, Phil, and their program, is incredibly good and I’m sure that they’ll elevate me as a drive tremendously. I think there’s potential there to put together an entire season. I know for myself and Phil, all of the guys at JJR and everyone that’s a sponsor, will be working their hardest to make that happen.”

When he sits behind the wheel of the #41 car again, he’ll look for there still to be that perfect match.

For tickets to the 50th DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park, click here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

 

 

NEW OPPORTUNITY PART I: Philip Dietz Relishes Owner, Crew Chief Role For 2021 The two-time World of Outlaws Crew Chief of the Year will be taking on a bigger role with Jason Johnson Racing

CONCORD, NC — Dec. 2, 2020 — Philip Dietz looks natural in the most challenging situations.

He enjoys it.

Serving as the crew chief for two cars, owning one of them, working with three drivers and winning with all three this year earned him his second World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Crew Chief of the Year Award – his first came in 2016 while working with Jason Johnson.

“It did get really busy for all of us to manage both teams, but it was a lot of fun,” said Dietz, who was crew chief for Jason Johnson Racing’s #41 car and his own Dietz Motorsports #14 car. “I really enjoyed it. I like new challenges and that was certainly one of them. It was a lot of fun for me.”

Next year, he’ll face a new challenge that he’s dreamed of. He and his wife, Brooke, have taken co-ownership of Jason Johnson Racing, while Bobbi Johnson takes a step back to spend more time home with her son Jaxx. Dietz will remain crew chief of the #41 car, which will run full-time with Carson Macedo.

“I’m very excited for it,” Dietz said. “It’s been a goal of mine, a dream of mine, to own a Sprint Car team one day. I never really anticipated it to be this big; to own a World of Outlaws team. It is certainly an honor. Two years ago, we were really uncertain of the direction of JJR, whether it would be a one-year deal, multi-year deal, we were just kind of taking it one year at a time and doing what was right for everyone.

“Obviously, it takes a lot of sponsorship to make it happen. If you can’t put all of those pieces together, it is impossible to go out and keep it going on a full-time basis. That was really tough for us. Obviously, with Bobbi, and with Jaxx in school now, we knew there was going to come a day when she couldn’t travel as much and want to scale back and be home and be a mom. And Jaxx is at that age now where he’s getting more involved in sports. It’s really important for her to be here (in Missouri) and be involved in all of that stuff.”

Dietz will be responsible for directing all the daily racing operations, strategy and sponsorship partner relations at JJR. Johnson will focus on operating the merchandise side of the business.

Running Dietz Motorsports this year and previous lessons learned from his late-cousin, Jason Johnson, have helped prepare Dietz for his new leadership role at JJR.

“I’ve learned a lot from the marketing side, dealing with sponsors, balancing a checkbook and making sure we have all of the parts needed to go out and be competitive,” Dietz said. “From that standpoint, it has taught me a lot of new things. I was involved with Jason and Jason Johnson Racing in previous years. He did teach me a lot of things and shared a lot of information. So, when I went into it, I wasn’t blindsided. I kind of knew a little bit about the business and understood the business. Certainly, a challenge to go out and do it on my own.”

He proved this mastery of juggling many items at a time without fear this year. Before the COVID-19 pandemic rocked the racing world, Dietz had planned on only running his Dietz Motorsports team on a part-time basis. But after a two-month break, he decided to run the team every weekend, doubling his crew chief responsibilities for about all 54 events.

That still resulted in Dietz getting his first win as a car owner with Parker Price-Miller at 34 Raceway, picking up seven wins with David Gravel driving the JJR #41 car, one win with Shane Stewart driving for JJR and running for the team championship with JJR before settling for a runner-up finish.

A notebook helped keep his changes and ideas organized, and his crew on both teams never missed a beat, but Dietz admitted 2020 was “pretty crazy to be honest.”

“The biggest thing was just keeping up with both cars,” Dietz said. “I guess just the work load itself in a timely manner. On an average night, it wasn’t that bad. There were certain situations throughout the year, I know Dodge City, Kansas (Dodge City Raceway Park) is one that sticks out where the show was rushed a little quicker than normal. There was no [Last Chance Showdown]. That night was a little hectic. It made it tough to keep up with both cars and make the changes we needed to make with both of them and make them better for the Feature.”

One of the easiest parts of the challenge was meshing with each driver's personality, he said. Dietz already had a full year under his belt with David Gravel – who started driving for JJR in 2019 – and was able to work well with Price-Miller and Shane Stewart – who won in his debut driving the JJR #41.

“Overall, I felt like it went really smoothly,” Dietz said. “As far as working with drivers, I felt like that worked out really well. David and I already had a system down where he would come in and give me his feedback and I could make adjustments fairly quickly. For that to remain the same and bring on the challenge of working with a second driver with Parker, that kind of made it tricky. But Parker did a job good. I really enjoyed working with him. Excellent driver. Gave great feedback. It wasn’t so much the personalities or the feedback from drivers that made it tricky. It was more of a time issue, trying to make sure we had everything done for when that eight-minute horn blew.”

Next year, he’ll reunite with 2019 World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year winner Carson Macedo. The duo won in their debut together during the second night of the 2018 360 Knoxville Nationals. Macedo, of Lemoore, CA, ran six World of Outlaws events for JJR that year, filling in for Jason Johnson who died earlier in the year. His best finish with the team was a fourth-place run at Eldora Speedway.

“I’m lucky to be able to land on my feet with Phil and Bobbi and the whole JJR team,” said Macedo, who lost his ride with Kyle Larson Racing, which closed at the end of the season. “I think they’re a very well put together organization. They’ve worked really hard over time to build a really good package during the few years they’ve been on the Outlaw tour. I’m excited to be a part of another good opportunity.”

To Dietz, Macedo’s driving style is like Johnson’s, which made it easier for him to watch the car and have a good idea of what needed to be changed to make it better. He said he’s excited to work with Macedo again and believes that JJR can carry the moment from this year into 2021 and be a championship-contending team.

“What’s nice, both of my (crew) guys, Clyde and Nate, they committed to staying on next season, so I think that’s going to make this go a lot smoother during the offseason, in terms of building cars and getting everything prepared,” Dietz said. “On top of that, we’re bringing in a driver like Carson Macedo, who already knows what to expect from me and I know what to expect from him. I feel like we’re going to jell really quickly. We’re going to keep working away, working hard at it. I feel like the key to success is preparation and I feel very confident with everything we have going on and for next season. I feel like we’re going to roll into the first race and probably be more prepared than we have been in previous years, so I’m really excited for that.”

(In PART II, we’ll explore what Carson Macedo learned during his time driving for Kyle Larson and what his expectations are with JJR for 2021.)

The team’s first race of the 2021 season will be at Volusia Speedway Park during the 50th DIRTcar Nationals. For tickets, click here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

 

 

2021 SCHEDULE: Huge Payouts, New Venues, Iconic Events Highlight 2021 World of Outlaws Season WORLD OF OUTLAWS NOS ENERGY DRINK SPRINT CARS WILL TOUR MORE THAN HALF OF THE UNITED STATES IN ITS 90-PLUS RACE SCHEDULE

CONCORD, NC — Nov. 25, 2021 — The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series is bringing a 90-plus schedule across 27 states with game-changing purses at stake in 2021.

Key to next season is the revitalization of a full slate of crown jewel events, including the 60th NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals with a potential $200,000 to the winner; TWO Kings Royals each paying $175,000 to win from an $800,000 purse; an additional $100,000 on the line for the Jackson Nationals if the same driver wins the Huset’s 50 ahead of Jackson; and the historic Williams Grove National Open with $75,000 to the winner from an enhanced payout through the field.

“We have set the stage for an incredible 2021 season,” World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter said. “The teams will be racing for unprecedented purses in the recent history of the sport, we’ll be back to racing coast-to-coast, celebrating the 50th annual DIRTcar Nationals, the 60th annual Knoxville Nationals, two Kings Royals, a stellar Jackson Nationals with big-money incentives, and we still have a few more surprises to reveal this winter. We’re definitely looking forward to kicking off a huge new season in February.”

The Series will make its inaugural appearances at four tracks in 2021 and return to several iconic venues in the upcoming epic new season, which will kick off Feb. 5-7 at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, FL for the 50th DIRTcar Nationals, and run into November when it wraps up with the championship-crowning Can-Am World Finals Nov. 4-6 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

“The COVID-19 pandemic put a damper on our initial 2020 plans, but I think we’ve put together an exciting 2021 schedule that brings the Series back to its roots of a long season spanning across the country,” World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Director Carlton Reimers said. “Several new tracks have been added this year that should please drivers and fans alike, along with fan-favorites still in place.”

WHAT’S NEW

Magnolia Motor Speedway (Fri., Feb. 19) – For the first time since 2011, the World of Outlaws will make its return to Mississippi with its debut at Magnolia Motor Speedway. The 3/8-mile track in Columbus, MS, opened in 2004 and has hosted several Sprint Car and Late Model events since, but will be graced by the World of Outlaws for the first time in 2021.

“We’re looking forward to having the World of Outlaws race at the speedway and make their return to Mississippi,” Magnolia Motor Speedway Promoter Johnny Stokes said. “It should be a pretty good show here.”

Revolution Park Speedway (Sat., Feb. 20) – The World of Outlaws will return to Louisiana for the first time since 2004 with its debut at Revolution Park Speedway. The 3/8-mile track is asphalt but will have dirt put down on it for the event, which it did for a Late Model event this year.

Vado Speedway Park (Fri.-Sat., April 9-10) – The newly constructed multi-million-dollar state-of-the-art Vado Speedway Park in Vado, NM, will host its inaugural World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car doubleheader in April. The 3/8-mile track is located off Interstate 10 between Las Cruces, NM, and El Paso, TX. It features paved fan parking, a concrete midway, concrete pit pads and stadium quality suites.

I-70 Speedway (Fri.-Sat., April 30-May 1) – While the World of Outlaws visited I-70 Speedway in the 1980s, when the Series returns to the Odessa, MO, facility this year it will be an entirely new 3/8-mile track. It closed in 2008, but was purchased by Chris Payne, who revamped Heartland Motorsports Park in Kansas. He has turned the facility into a state-of-the-art motorsport park with the new dirt track and a dragway.

WHAT’S RETURNING

Dixie Speedway (Fri., Feb. 12) – Instead of taking a few weeks off after the season opening DIRTcar Nationals, the World of Outlaws will hit the road and make its return to the 3/8-mile Dixie Speedway in Georgia. The Series has made three previous appearances at the track, with the last coming in 2007. Mark Kinser won the first two events in 1999 and Joey Saldana won the last.

Talladega Short Track (Sat., Feb. 13) – After stopping in Georgia, the World of Outlaws will make its return to Alabama the following day at the Talladega Short Track. The Series last visited the 1/3-mile track in 2011, which saw David Gravel pick up his first career victory. There have been seven different winners in the Series’ 11 appearances at the track.

“Talladega Short Track was a blast back when I was there and I’m excited to get back,” Gravel said.

West Coast Swings (March 4-April 10 & Sept. 3-Sept. 18) – After missing out on a West Coast Swing last year, the Series has Spring and Fall swings planned, featuring the return of several exciting venues. The Spring swing will kick off Thursday, March 4, at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas before going to Arizona Speedway the following weekend and then to California. The California tour will include the Series’ return to Santa Maria Raceway for the first time in 21 years and its return to Merced Speedway for the first time since 2014. The Spring swing will then conclude at Vado Speedway Park.

The Fall swing begins in Washington, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 3-4, at Skagit Speedway and stays in Washington on Monday, Sept. 6, at Grays Harbor Raceway before returning to California for the Friday and Saturday, Sept. 10-11, Gold Cup at Silver Dollar Speedway. The Fall swing will then conclude the following weekend Friday, Sept. 17, at Keller Auto Speedway and Saturday, Sept. 18, at Placerville Speedway.

“I’m really excited we’re heading back to Placerville,” two-time and defending World of Outlaws champion Brad Sweet said. “It’s my home track and I missed not being able to race in California this year in front of all my friends and family. It just didn’t feel like a real Outlaw schedule without the West Coast Swings.”

Sharon Speedway (Sat., May 22) – For the first time since 2016 the World of Outlaws will feature three Ohio tracks on the schedule with the addition of Sharon Speedway in 2021. The 3/8-mile track in Hartford, OH has hosted nine Series races in the past with the last event taking place in 2007. None of the current full-time drivers have won a Series race at Sharon.

New York Tour (Fri.-Sat., July 30-31) – COVID-19 canceled all plans of racing in New York in 2020, but the World of Outlaws will look to venture North again in 2021 for a doubleheader weekend. For the first time since 2018, on Friday, July 30, the Series plans to return to Ransomville Speedway and then on Saturday, July 31, to Weedsport Speedway.

Crown Jewels – The Jackson Nationals, NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals, Kings Royal and Williams Grove National Open return in 2021 as cornerstone events on the schedule. There will be an additional $100,000 on the line for the Jackson Nationals if a driver can win the finale of the Huset’s 50 – taking place a day ahead of the Nationals – and win the Nationals finale. Also, the 60th NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals will pay a potential $200,000 to the winner with each lap paying $1,000 to the driver that leads it.

Finally, as released earlier, the 2021 schedule will also feature the Series’ increased purse, which will pay at least $10,000 to the winner each event.

(RELATED: PAYING UP: World of Outlaws Increase Sprint Car Purses, Points Fund For 2021)

Tickets for all events will be available at WorldofOutlaws.com/tix.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch every race live on DIRTVision.

2021 SCHEDULE

Fri.-Sun., Feb. 5-7 – Volusia Speedway Park – Barberville, FL

Fri., Feb. 12 – Dixie Speedway – Woodstock, GA

Sat., Feb. 13 – Talladega Short Track – Eastaboga, AL

Fri., Feb. 19 – Magnolia Motor Speedway – Columbus, MS

Sat., Feb. 20 – Revolution Park Speedway – Monroe, LA

Fri.-Sat., Feb. 26-27 – Cotton Bowl Speedway – Paige, TX

Thurs., March 4 – The Dirt Track at Las Vegas – Las Vegas, NV

Fri.-Sat., March 12-13 – Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ

Sat., March 20 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA

Sun., March 21 – TBA

Fri.-Sat., March 26-27 – Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA

Fri., April 2 – Merced Speedway – Merced, CA

Sat., April 3 – Ocean Speedway – Watsonville, CA

Fri.-Sat., April 9-10 – Vado Speedway Park – Vado, NM

Fri., April 16 – Lawton Speedway – Lawton, OK

Sat., April 17 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway – Mesquite, TX

Fri., April 23 – TBA

Sat., April 24 – TBA

Thurs., April 29 – Jacksonville Speedway – Jacksonville, IL

Fri.-Sat., April 30-May 1 – I-70 Speedway – Odessa, MO

Fri.-Sat., May 7-8 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH

Wed., May 12 – Lincoln Speedway – Abbottstown, PA

Fri.-Sat., May 14-15 – Williams Grove Speedway – Mechanicsburg, PA

Tues., May 18 – Bridgeport Speedway – Swedesboro, NJ

Fri., May 21 – Attica Raceway Park – Attica, OH

Sat., May 22 – Sharon Speedway – Hartford, OH

Fri., May 28 – Terre Haute Action Track – Terre Haute, IN

Mon., May 31 – Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg. IN

Fri., June 4 – River Cities Speedway – Grand Forks, ND

Sat., June 5 – Granite City Speedway – Sauk Rapids, MN

Fri.-Sat., June 11-12 – Knoxville Raceway – Knoxville, IA

Thurs., June 17 – 34 Raceway – West Burlington, IA

Fri., June 18 – Dubuque Speedway – Dubuque, IA

Sat., June 19 – Beaver Dam Raceway – Beaver Dam, WI

Mon.-Tues., June 21-22 – Huset’s Speedway – Brandon, SD

Thurs.-Sat., June 24-26 – Jackson Motorplex – Jackson, MN

Fri.-Sat., July 2-3 – Cedar Lake Speedway – New Richmond, WI

Sat., July 10 – Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI

Tues., July 13 – Attica Raceway Park – Attica, OH

Wed.-Sat., July 14-17 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH

Tues., July 20 – Lernerville Speedway – Sarver, PA

Fri.-Sat., July 23-24 – Williams Grove Speedway – Mechanicsburg, PA

Fri., July 30 – Ransomville Speedway – Ransomville, NY

Sat., July 31 – Weedsport Speedway – Weedsport, NY

Fri.-Sat., Aug. 6-7 – Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 – Pevely, MO

Wed.-Sat., Aug. 11-14 – Knoxville Raceway – Knoxville, IA

Fri., Aug. 20 – River Cities Speedway – Grand Forks, ND

Sat., Aug. 21 – Red River Valley Speedway – West Fargo, ND

Sun., Aug. 22 – Huset’s Speedway – Brandon, SD

Fri., Aug. 27 – I-80 Speedway – Greenwood, NE

Sun., Aug. 29 – Black Hills Speedway – Rapid City, SD

Fri.-Sat., Sept. 3-4 – Skagit Speedway – Alger, WA

Mon., Sept. 6 – Grays Harbor Raceway – Elma, WA

Fri.-Sat., Sept. 10-11 – Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA

Fri., Sept. 17 – Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA

Sat., Sept. 18 – Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA

Fri., Sept. 24 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH

Sat., Sept. 25 – Lernerville Speedway – Sarver, PA

Fri.-Sat., Oct. 1-2 – Williams Grove Speedway – Mechanicsburg, PA

Fri.-Sat., Oct. 8-9 – Port Royal Speedway – Port Royal, PA

Fri., Oct. 15 – TBA

Sat., Oct. 16 – TBA

Fri., Oct. 22 – Lakeside Speedway – Kansas City, KS

Sat., Oct. 23 – TBA

Fri., Oct. 29 – TBA

Sat., Oct. 30 – TBA

Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 4-6 – The Dirt Track at Charlotte – Concord, NC

 

 

DREAM TO REALITY: Brock Zearfoss Joining World of Outlaws Full-time In 2021 The Pennsylvania driver will go from Posse member to Outlaw and join an impressive rookie field

CONCORD, NC — Nov. 25, 2020 — Brock Zearfoss shocked and thrilled World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car fans when he held off 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz and David Gravel for a win at Williams Grove Speedway in 2017.

He’ll look to do that year-round in 2021 when he joins the Series full-time for his rookie season.

“We had been talking about joining the tour for a couple of years now, we just put all of the pieces together for this coming year and felt like this coming year was the right time to do it,” said Zearfoss, of Jonestown, PA.

“It was always a goal of mine (to join the tour). I grew up in the Williams Grove infield, watching Steve Kinser and the Outlaws when they come into town. It was always a dream of mine to become a full-time race car driver and run with the Outlaws. The dream came true to become a full-time driver in 2018 and now the second part of that deal has come together with the Outlaws.”

Zearfoss will run the full tour in his own Moose’s LZ Bar & Grill #3Z, joining Aaron Reutzel in the hunt for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year title. He ran 16 races with the Series in the family car this year, earning three top-five finishes and five top-10s – one of his best seasons with the Series to date. In total, he’s ran 57 races with the World of Outlaws, collecting one win, four top-fives and nine top-10s.

His career started in go-karts before gradually moving up the racing ladder to Micro Sprints, 358 Sprint Cars, 360 Sprint Cars and then 410 Sprint Cars. The past few years he’s expanded beyond the local Pennsylvania, traveling out of state more, mostly in the Northeast and Midwest with the All Star Circuit of Champions – earning four wins in the Series.

The challenges of running his own team on a 90-plus race schedule, that spans from coast to coast, are not lost on Zearfoss. Along with calculating costs, there are several unknowns with traveling to multiple new tracks and areas he’s never been to. However, with the support from his sponsors and leadership of veteran crew chief Shane Bowers, he’s confident they can make it work.

“Going from racing every Friday and Saturday night locally and working 40-hour weeks to becoming a full-time driver, traveling up and down the countryside, there’s a lot of key components that go into making this successful and making sure you can make it the whole year,” Zearfoss said. “Hotel bills and fuel costs alone are huge expenses, on top of racing. Fortunately, I have Shane Bowers, who has been up and down the road enough to have the smarts to do it right. He’s been up and down the road with a lot of good teams.”

Bowers and Zearfoss were paired together in 2018 when he joined Destiny Motorsports. They immediately connected, Zearfoss said, and had success, making the Knoxville Nationals in their first attempt together. Bowers has flown side by side with the “Jonestown Jet” ever since.

Having Bowers by his side and the confidence of knowing he can win against the Outlaws is a recipe for success in Zearfoss’ eyes. He said he believes his team is capable of finishing inside the top-10 in points and getting a win next year.

“Just all comes down to racing on the road,” Zearfoss said. “Traveling, that’s what makes the Outlaws the best and the best drivers in the world. They’re always traveling to different places every night and dealing with different circumstances and having to adapt pretty quick. It just makes you a better driver overall. Not to mention the competition is the toughest there is. You need to be on top of your game and it forces you to do that, racing with the Outlaws.

“If we can make a couple of new fans, see some new racetracks and gain all of the experience that we can it’s going to be a good year.”

Zearfoss will start the 2021 season with the rest of the stars of the World of Outlaws Feb. 5-7 at Volusia Speedway Park for the 50th DIRTcar Nationals. For tickets, click here.

If you can't make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

 

 

PAYING UP: World of Outlaws Increase Sprint Car Purses, Points Fund For 2021
The 2021 points fund gets a $90K bump and every race will pay a minimum of $10,000-to-win
 

CONCORD, NC — Nov. 23, 2020 — Drivers competing with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series in 2021 will have to make more room in their wallets.

The Series is increasing its single-day and two-day event purses for 2021, as well as the overall points funds. Every race will now pay a minimum $10,000-to-win and the points fund at the end of the season will payout more than $730,000 – about a $90,000 increase from 2020.

And for the event purses, it’s not just the winner’s share that’s increasing. There are increases throughout the entire field.

Single-day events will payout more than $55,800 in total and will pay $1,000-to-start. Two-day events will payout more than $108,000 in total with the first night paying $5,500 to second-place, $1,850 to 10th and $900-to-start, and the second night paying $6,000 to second, $2,000 to 10th and $1,000-to-start.

“We’re excited to provide drivers and teams with an increased purse for the 2021 season, especially after the burdens COVID-19 placed on them in 2020,” World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Director Carlton Reimers said. “The increase is a representation of the Series’ exciting continued growth, our commitment to our competitors and the growing support from the fans.”

The significance of the increase is not lost on the drivers either.

“Obviously, as a race car driver, trying to make a living racing, you want to race for the highest purses you can,” Two-time and defending World of Outlaws champion Brad Sweet said. “I’m very happy that the World of Outlaws has taken the step to increase the purses. Definitely a step in the right direction.”

The championship will again payout $150,000 between the winning driver and team in 2021, but second-place and down will see significant increases. Among the increases include, second-place paying $100,000, third paying $60,000, fifth paying $50,000 and 15th paying $13,000.

Along with the purse increase, the 2021 season will see the return of several big paying events, including the Aug. 11-14 60th NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville Raceway, which will pay a potential $200,000 to the winner.

A five-race “Showdown” event between the two-day (June 21-22) Huset’s 50 at Huset’s Speedway and the three-day (June 24-26) Jackson Nationals at Jackson Motorplex will offer an extra $100,000 if a driver can win the finale of both World of Outlaws events.

The 2021 season will kick off Feb. 5-7 at Volusia Speedway Park for the 50th DIRTcar Nationals in Barberville, FL. For tickets, click here. The entire 2021 schedule will be released soon.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

Single-Day Event Purse

 

Single-Day Event

1st

$10,000

2nd

$5,500

3rd

$3,300

4th

$2,900

5th

$2,600

6th

$2,400

7th

$2,300

8th

$2,200

9th

$2,150

10th

$2,100

11th

$1,600

12th

$1,400

13th

$1,200

14th

$1,100

15th

$1,050

16th

$1,000

17th

$1,000

18th

$1,000

19th

$1,000

20th

$1,000

21st

$1,000

22nd

$1,000

23rd

$1,000

24th

$1,000

 

 

 

 

 




















 

 

Two-Day Event Purse

 

First Day Event

Second Day Event

1st

$10,000

$10,000

2nd

$5,500

$6,000

3rd

$3,200

$3,500

4th

$2,600

$2,800

5th

$2,350

$2,500

6th

$2,150

$2,300

7th

$2,100

$2,200

8th

$1,950

$2,100

9th

$1,900

$2,050

10th

$1,850

$2,000

11th

$1,400

$1,600

12th

$1,200

$1,400

13th

$1,000

$1,200

14th

$950

$1,100

15th

$900

$1,050

16th

$900

$1,000

17th

$900

$1,000

18th

$900

$1,000

19th

$900

$1,000

20th

$900

$1,000

21st

$900

$1,000

22nd

$900

$1,000

23rd

$900

$1,000

24th

$900

$1,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2021 Points Fund

 

 

DRIVER

OWNER

1st

$150,000.00

$75,000.00

$75,000.00

2nd

$100,000.00

$50,000.00

$50,000.00

3rd

$60,000.00

$30,000.00

$30,000.00

4th

$55,000.00

$27,500.00

$27,500.00

5th

$50,000.00

$25,000.00

$25,000.00

6th

$45,000.00

$22,500.00

$22,500.00

7th

$40,000.00

$20,000.00

$20,000.00

8th

$37,500.00

$18,750.00

$18,750.00

9th

$35,000.00

$17,500.00

$17,500.00

10th

$30,000.00

$15,000.00

$15,000.00

11th

$25,000.00

$12,500.00

$12,500.00

12th

$20,000.00

$10,000.00

$10,000.00

13th

$15,000.00

$7,500.00

$7,500.00

14th

$14,000.00

$7,000.00

$7,000.00

15th

$13,000.00

$6,500.00

$6,500.00

16th

$12,000.00

$6,000.00

$6,000.00

17th

$11,000.00

$5,500.00

$5,500.00

18th

$10,000.00

$5,000.00

$5,000.00

19th

$9,000.00

$4,500.00

$4,500.00

20th

$8,000.00

$4,000.00

$4,000.00



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALL-TIME WINS: Several Drivers Advance Win Records
Eight drivers advanced their rank, two earned their first win and the remaining three claimed meaningful victories

CONCORD, NC — Nov. 19, 2020 — Thirteen drivers visited Victory Lane with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series in 2020.

The majority of them increased their rank on the all-time wins list, while they all increased their stock in the history books.

Two-time and defending Series champion Brad Sweet, of Grass Valley, CA, and David Gravel, of Watertown, CT, earned their 58th career wins this season, tying them for 14th on the all-time wins list with two-time champion Jason Meyers. Sweet won eight races this year and Gravel won seven.

All of Sweet’s victories have come with Kasey Kahne Racing, while Gravel has collected his 58 career wins with six teams throughout this career – DDR Motorsports (2011), Bill Rose Racing (2013), Rod Tiner Racing (2014), Roth Motorsports (2014), CJB Motorsports (2016-2018) and Jason Johnson Racing (2019-2020).

Logan Schuchart, of Hanover, PA, jumped from 33rd to 25th on the all-time wins list with his seven victories – including his win during the season finale at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. He now has 23 career wins and is seven away from tying his grandfather, Bobby Allen, for 20th on the list.

“To end the World of Outlaws season with a win is awesome,” Schuchart said. “Just got to thank my grandfather for everything that he has done and given me this opportunity; be here with all of these great people; race this thing; race for wins and be a part of the greatest racing, in my opinion.”

Schuchart earned his 20th career victory in style by winning the Jackson Nationals – his first crown jewel win.

Topping everyone for the most wins this season was Kyle Larson, of Elk Grove, CA. He visited Victory Lane 12 times, bringing him to 20 career wins and tying him for 28th on the all-time wins list with Greg Hodnett.

Among those 12 victories included a sweep of the June Knoxville Raceway doubleheader, his first Brad Doty Classic win, his first Ironman 55 win, the Capitani Classic win, a sweep of the August North Dakota weekend and a sweep at Port Royal.

Aside from Kyle Larson, Sheldon Haudenschild, of Wooster, OH, was arguably one of the best drivers in the back half of the year. He won a career high seven races in a single season from July to November, including an emotional hometown win at Wayne County Speedway.

Haudenschild entered the year with seven wins and now sits 35th on the all-time wins list with 14.

“To have (Crew Chief Kyle) Ripper back has meant the world to me,” Haudenschild said. “He’s the man. He’s got it figured out. Just so glad to have him back. And to have (crew members) Nickolas (Goodfleisch) and Drew (Brenner). We’re brothers. I’d do anything for them three and I know they’d do the same for me. Just very grateful to be in this NOS Energy Drink car. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for a 27-year-old from Wooster.”

Carson Macedo, of Lemoore, CA, Parker Price-Miller, of Kokomo, IN and James McFadden, of Warrnambool, VIC, AUS, each added one more victory in the “W” column to advance their rank. Macedo is now tied with four other drivers for 53rd with six career wins, while Price-Miller and McFadden entered the two wins club with 17 other drivers.

After a year of no first-time winners, 2020 saw two – Carson Short and Jacob Allen. Both won in dominating fashion with Short, of Marion, IL, leading all 30 laps at Tri-State Speedway and Allen, of Hanover, PA, leading all 30 laps at Dodge City Raceway Park. Short’s win came in his 11th Feature start and Allen’s first win came after 358 starts of wondering when it would happen.

While 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz, of Fargo, ND, didn’t advance his rank on the list, he closed in on a significant milestone. His five wins this year have brought him one victory away from claiming a milestone 300 career wins. The only two drivers ahead of him on the wins list are three-time champion Sammy Swindell with 394 wins and 20-time champion Steve Kinser with 690 wins.

“This sport owes me nothing,” Schatz said. “I feel like I’ve contributed to it for a long time. I’ve won the things I’ve wanted to win, and I want to continue to win as much as I can.”

This year was the first time since 2011 that he didn’t end the season with double-digit wins. However, he did earn a history setting sixth National Open title at Williams Grove Speedway.

Oklahoma-natives Daryn Pittman and Shane Stewart also didn’t advance their rank on the all-time wins list but earned meaningful victories this year.

A couple of weeks after announcing he would step away from full-time World of Outlaws racing at the end of 2020, Pittman, the 2013 Series champion, earned a home state victory at Lawton Speedway. It was his sole win of the year and his 86th career win overall. He remains ninth on the all-time wins list – two wins ahead of his racing idol Stevie Smith.

“To win [at Lawton Speedway] with as many friends and family, people that have supported me for 25 years, honestly some of them longer than that, honestly means more than anything,” Pittman said.

Stewart was ready to hang up his helmet at the beginning of the year after a tough 2019 season that left him without a full-time ride. However, he ended up needing it quite a bit. He ran 32 World of Outlaws events with five teams and won with two of them. His first win of the season came at Williams Grove Speedway with the Indy Race Parts team and his second was at Lakeside Speedway in his debut with Jason Johnson Racing. The two victories brought Stewart to 36 career victories, which keeps him placed 19th on the list.

The all-time wins list will be adjusted again when the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars’ 2021 season kicks off Feb. 5-7 at Volusia Speedway Park for the 50th DIRTcar Nationals. For tickets, click here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

 

 

CBS Sports Network Set to Showcase World of Outlaws, Super DIRTcar Series

Hour-long programs will be broadcast every Sunday on CBS Sports Network for the remainder of 2020

CONCORD, N.C. – Nov. 18, 2020 – Not ready to let go of the 2020 World of Outlaws and Super DIRTcar Series seasons? CBS Sports Network will be your source for reliving some of the biggest races of the year each weekend.

The network will once again broadcast World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car, World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model and Super DIRTcar Series events from this season every Sunday at 7pm (ET) until the end of the year.

“We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with CBS Sports Network and showcase the year’s best races on national television,” World of Outlaws and DIRTcar CEO Brian Carter said. “This has been a crazy season, but it’s produced phenomenal racing, which fans will get to relive every Sunday.”

Fans will be treated to an assortment of thrilling races between the three top dirt racing series. Among them include the prestigious National Open at Williams Grove Speedway, where 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz won a historic sixth National Open title; the spectacular OktoberFAST finale at Weedsport Speedway, where Max McLaughlin earned an emotional first career win; the Late Model Firecracker event at Lernerville Speedway, Sprint Cars at Kokomo Speedway and the season finale for the Late Models and Sprint Cars at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

Along with the races, CBS Sports Network will also broadcast the Return to Racing documentary on Nov. 29, showing how the World of Outlaws made its return to racing during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

SCHEDULE

Sunday, November 22 – National Open Prelim at Williams Grove Speedway – 7pm
Sunday, November 22 – National Open Finale at Williams Grove Speedway – 7:30pm

November 29 – Return to Racing documentary – 7pm

December 6 – OktoberFAST Finale at Weedsport Speedway – 7pm

December 13 – World of Outlaws Late Model Firecracker at Lernerville Speedway – 7pm
December 13 – World of Outlaws Sprint Cars at Kokomo Speedway – 7:30pm

December 20 – World of Outlaws Last Call Late Model Opening Night – 7pm
December 20 – World of Outlaws Last Call Late Model Finale – 7:30pm

December 27 – World of Outlaws Last Call Sprint Cars Finale – 7pm
December 27 – World of Outlaws Sprint Car 2020 Highlights – 7:30pm

CBS Sports Network 
CBS Sports Network (CBSSN), the 24-hour home of CBS Sports, televises nearly 600 live events and over 3,000 hours of live programming every year including live college football, college basketball, and more from the MW, AAC, Big East, C-USA, A-10, Army, Navy, and the Patriot League. CBSSN is also the home to Professional Bull Riding.

Throughout the year, the network also telecasts a full slate of original programming and studio coverage. It is home to NFL Monday QB featuring Trent Green, Rich Gannon and Steve Beuerlein, We Need To Talk the first-ever all-female sports show, Boomer & Gio, Tiki & Tierney, Time to Schein and That Other Pregame Show which covers Pro, College, and Fantasy Football every Sunday morning.

CBSSN has become the extension of CBS Sports sharing talent and graphics as well as providing support coverage of every major event that CBS produces including Super Bowl 53, SEC football, NCAA Tournament, The Masters, and PGA Championship.

 

 

BUILDING BLOCKS: Logan Schuchart Building Upon Experiences For Growth
Shark Racing is poised to contend for the 2021 World of Outlaws championship

CONCORD, NC — Nov. 17, 2020 — After crashing out of the race at Beaver Dam Raceway in June while running second, Logan Schuchart knew if he lost the championship by five points his grandfather would say, “I told you so.”

He lost it by 46 points, but the message delivered by that mistake has stuck with him ever since.

“There’s a few racetracks where we hurt because of my inexperience of being in these situations where I was racing for wins when I should have been more conservative and settled for a second or third-place finish,” said Schuchart, of Hanover, PA. “We would have definitely been closer.”

While a runner-up finish, or even a win, at Beaver Dam wouldn’t have made Schuchart the champion this year, it would’ve kept he and his Shark Racing team in contention for the title until the final lap, instead of allowing reigning champion Brad Sweet to lock up the championship during the penultimate race of the season.

Now, no longer a rookie at running for a championship, Schuchart is taking the lessons he learned this year to heart for another run at his first World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series championship in 2021. But along with implementing a more conservative nature at times, he admitted he and the team still need to work on their consistency.

Hitting the wall at Beaver Dam was Schuchart’s only DNF of the year, but he had two finishes outside the top-15 in the last 10 races, which hurt just as bad. Those two finishes combined cost Schuchart 40 points to Sweet.

“There’s been a few races where we had some issues and didn’t quite figure it out and finished mid-pack,” Schuchart said. “There’s some races and some racetracks that we still need to learn a little bit about; go watch some tape; look back at the notes and figure out what went wrong and fix it.”

Despite losing the championship, Schuchart and the Shark Racing team didn’t hang their heads at the end of the 2020 season. They were held high in celebration of their victory during the season ending World of Outlaws Last Call at The Dirt Track at Charlotte – his seventh win of the year.

Knowing the championship was out of reach, Schuchart was determined to end his season on a high note. Parking his Drydene #1S car in Victory Lane accomplished that and provided he and the team with the confidence that they can enter the 2021 season as championship contenders again.

“We just wanted to come down here and run strong,” Schuchart said about the season finale in Charlotte. “Six wins on the season is awesome, but coming into this racetrack (at Charlotte), knowing we’ve run good and have won in the past, I just wanted to finish this season strong and show everybody that this Shark Racing team is here to stay. We’re going to come out swinging next year.

“We finished a little bit shorter than where we wanted to be, but we started with the goal of a top three (in points). To win a race and finish top two in points is awesome.”

The 2021 season will kick off Feb. 5-7 at Volusia Speedway Park for the 50th DIRTcar Nationals. Schuchart demonstrated the growth of his team at the half-mile track this year. Before the 2020 season, he had never led a lap or finished inside the top-five at Volusia. At the end of the three-day event, he had one win, three top-five finishes and led 50 laps.

That was a trend throughout the season for Schuchart. He earned career best finishes at several tracks, giving the team hope they can continue that next year at tracks they still struggled at this season.

“I think we’re just going really good as a team,” Schuchart said. “I feel confident driving. Ron Helmick, Ben Witman, Tyler Garber, working on these cars, they’re really doing a good job with these cars and are confident in what they’re doing. They’re looking over them and making sure they’re not falling apart. Everyone is doing their job.

“We had limited DNFs this year, which is very important in this Series. And my grandfather (and car owner Bobby Allen), at the top, just doing what he needed to do to make sure we were all doing our jobs and to look over us. I feel like our team is working really well together. We’ve been out here [since 2014], using our experience to our advantage. I look forward to 2021.”

For tickets to the Feb. 5-7 50th DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park, click here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

 

 

VIRTUAL CONCLUSION: Drivers, Teams Reflect On 2020 Season in Virtual Banquet
$600,000 in points funds was awarded to the 13 full-time World of Outlaws teams

CONCORD, NC — Nov. 12, 2020 — The year that almost wasn’t turned out to be a year you’ll never forget.

Brad Sweet claimed his second consecutive World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series championship. Jacob Allen earned his first career win. Kyle Larson did Kyle Larson things. And some of the best racing in Series history was produced.

Like most events this year, COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the 2020 World of Outlaws banquet. However, as the Series had done throughout the year, it found another solution. Drivers were still awarded their trophies and more $600,000 in points funds was awarded to all of them during a virtual banquet.

“2020 was a year to overcome a lot of adversity for a lot of the teams, the whole World Racing Group organization and luckily we got a season in,” said two-time and defending champion Brad Sweet, of Grass Valley, CA. “It’s great to be standing here and be a two-time champion.

“It was an up and down year for our NAPA Auto Parts team. We had a lot of success early on in the season. A lot of momentum on our side. Had those DNFs in the middle part of the season. We lost a little bit of our confidence and struggled in the middle part of the season. The end of the year we were able to come back on strong, capitalize and get the championship.”

Sweet added his name to an elite list this year. He joins Steve Kinser, Sammy Swindell, Mark Kinser, Donny Schatz and Jason Meyers on the short list of drivers who have multiple World of Outlaws championships in the 42-year history of the sport.

In 54 races, he ended the year with eight wins, 37 top-fives and 46 top-10s.

Along with claiming another championship for himself, Sweet brought Kasey Kahne Racing its third team championship. KKR is now only the fourth team in Series history with three or more titles. The other three are Karl Kinser’s team, Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing and Steve Kinser Racing.

The entire KKR team put in a valiant effort all year, and crew member Andrew Bowman was honored with the Jason Johnson Sportsman of the Year Award due to his unwavering commitment to the sport and his willingness to always help other teams.

“This award truly comes as an unexpected surprise,” Bowman said. “I am honored to receive this award in Jason’s name. Jason was a class act on and off the track and I strive to model his passion for racing and commitment to creating a family like atmosphere while on the road.

“I want to thank Bobbi (Johnson) and everyone at JJR for the opportunity to be recognized by my peers. This has been a unique year presented with many challenges but as a race family we were able to come out on top. I look forward to next season and the memories that are to come.”

The driver championship was determined during the penultimate race of the year, but the team championship came down to the last lap of the last race. KKR had to fend off Jason Johnson Racing, who had put together a stellar season with three drivers. David Gravel ran the majority of the events for the team, but in the four races he didn’t run, Parker Price-Miller filled in twice, earning one top-10, and Shane Stewart filled in the other two time, winning in his debut with the team at Lakeside Speedway.

JJR ended the year second in the team championship standings with eight wins, 31 top-fives and 46 top-10s. The team’s crew chief, Philip Dietz, won the 2020 Crew Chief of the Year Award. Not only did he put the team in championship contention, he won with two drivers at JJR and was also crew chief for his own Dietz Motorsports team, which won with Price-Miller at 34 Raceway.

"To me, it's probably the biggest award that I can win," said Dietz, who first won the award in 2016. "Personally, I feel like, to win an award like that is special. It makes me feel like I did my job for the year."

Wayne Johnson ran his first full-time season, at 49 years old, this year and earned the 2020 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award. He made 29 Feature starts, finished 12th in the Series standings and earned at top-10 at the historic Devil’s Bowl Speedway.

“Well, the 2020 season, being a rookie, I don’t know, it’s been a bit of whirlwind for me,” said Johnson, of Oklahoma City, OK. “I had bigger expectations for sure, but to be the Gobrecht Rookie of the Year at my age is pretty cool… All in all, we didn’t have the success we wanted to, but without the car owners Todd and Kelly Carlisle, they gave me a great opportunity to come out here and do this.”

Two other special awards were also handed out by Drydene and Series sponsor NOS Energy Drink. For the second year in a row, NOS Energy Drink Marketing Director Lauren Albano presented a driver with the NOS Energy Drink Human Horsepower Award for the drive and determination they show on and off the track. This year, the award went to 2013 Series champion Daryn Pittman, who hung up his helmet as a full-time driver at the end of the season.

“He has a racer’s heart and is the truest example of what it means to be a teammate,” Albano said about Pittman. “He’s often found helping teams on their cars, even if it means scrapping dirt before the Feature. He is a competitor and leads by example on and off the track.”

And for the first time, Drydene presented the Blood, Sweat and Gears Award to the driver with the biggest improvement in points from last year to this year. The award was presented to Jacob Allen, who won his first career Series race this year at Dodge City Raceway Park and finished a career high eighth in the points. Last year, he finished 12th.

Along with the real-life drivers, the virtual World of Outlaws champion, Alex Bergeron was also crowned the 2020 iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car World Championship winner and awarded with a more than $15,000 check. Like Sweet, it’s his second consecutive championship.

The virtual banquet – which can be found on the World of Outlaws Facebook, Twitter and Youtube pages – closed the book on the 2020 season, but it’s a story you’re sure to never forget.

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series 2021 season will kick off Feb. 5-7 at Volusia Speedway Park during the DIRTcar Nationals. For tickets, click here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

FINAL PAYOUT
– Brad Sweet/Kasey Kahne Racing – $150,000
– Logan Schuchart/Shark Racing – $65,000
– Jason Johnson Racing – $37,500
– Donny Schatz/Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing – $52,500
– Sheldon Haudenschild/Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing – $47,500
– Carson Macedo/Kyle Larson Racing – $43,000
– Daryn Pittman – $18,750
– Roth Motorsports – $18,750
– Jacob Allen/Shark Racing – $34,000
– Kraig Kinser/Kinser Racing – $31,000
– Jason Sides/Sides Motorsports – $25,000
– Wayne Johnson/TwoC Racing – $14,000
– Mason Daniel/Mason Daniel Racing – $14,000
– Bill Rose/Bill Rose Racing – $12,000

BANQUET AWARDS
Chassis Builder of the Year: Maxim Racing (Kasey Kahne Racing)
Engine Builder of the Year: Cappetta Engines (Kasey Kahne Racing)
Crew Chief of the Year: Philip Dietz (Jason Johnson Racing)
Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year: Wayne Johnson
Jason Johnson Sportsman of the Year: Andrew Bowman (Kasey Kahne Racing)
NOS Energy Drink Human Horsepower Award – Daryn Pittman
Drydene Blood Sweat & Gears Award – Jacob Allen
KSE Racing Hard Charger Award – Brad Sweet
Racing Electronics Rookie Award (New ear molds) – Wayne Johnson
VP Racing Fuels Award – Brad Sweet (champion), Wayne Johnson (RotY) and Jacob Allen (Most Improved)

FINAL 2020 STATS
There were 54 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Feature events this season.

FEATURE WINNERS (13 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 12
2 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 8
3 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 7
– Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 7
– David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 7
4 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 5
5 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 2
6 – Carson Short, Marion, Ill. – 1
– Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 1
– Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 1
– Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 1
– Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 1
– James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 1

DRYDENE HEAT RACE WINNERS (47 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 21
2 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 17
3 – Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 12
4 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 12
– Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 12
– Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 12
– Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 12
5 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 11
– Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 11
6 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 10
7 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 9
8 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 7
9 – Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 6
10 – James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 4
11 – Rico Abreu, St. Helena, Calif. – 3
– Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Ind. – 3
– Gio Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 3
– Cory Eliason, Visalia, Calif. – 3
12 – Kasey Kahne, Enumclaw, Wash. – 2
– Tyler Courtney, Indianapolis, Ind. – 2
– Brooke Tatnell, Sans Souci, NSW, Australia – 2
– Brent Marks, Myerstown, Pa. – 2
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 2
13 – Brian Brown, Grain Valley, Mo. – 1
– Sam Hafertepe, Jr., Sunnyvale, Texas – 1
– Chase Stockon, Fort Branch, Ind. – 1
– Matt Juhl, Sioux Falls, S.D. – 1
– Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1
– Trey Starks, Puyallup, Wash. – 1
– Lynton Jeffrey, Prairie City, Iowa – 1
– Scotty Thiel, Sheboygan, Wis. – 1
– Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 1
– Freddie Rahmer, Salfordville, Pa. – 1
– Jeff Halligan, Ephrata, Pa. – 1
– Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 1
– Brock Zearfoss, Jonestown, Pa. – 1
– Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 1
– Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tenn. – 1
– Colby Copeland, Roseville, Calif. – 1
– Sammy Swindell, Germantown, Tenn. – 1
– Sawyer Phillips, Pleasantville, Iowa – 1
– Spencer Bayston, Lebanon, Ind. – 1
– Austin McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 1
– Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg, Pa. – 1
– Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 1
– Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 1
– Cory Eliason, Visalia, Calif. – 1

DIRTVISION FAST PASS DASH WINNERS (21 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 6
2 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 5
– Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 5
3 – Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 4
– Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 4
– Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 4
– Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 4
– Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 4
4 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 3
5 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 2
– Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 2
– Gio Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 2
6 – Carson Short, Marion, Ill. – 1
– Austin McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 1
– Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tenn. – 1
– Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 1
– Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 1
– Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1
– Freddie Rahmer, Salfordville, Pa. – 1
– Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 1
– James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 1

LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN WINNERS (33 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tenn. – 5
2 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 4
3 – Mason Daniel, Springville, Calif. – 3
4 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 2
– Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 2
– Austin McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 2
– Brian Brown, Grain Valley, Mo. – 2
– Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 2
– Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 2
5 – Lucas Wolfe, Mechanicsburg, Pa. – 1
– Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 1
– Paul McMahan, Nashville, Tenn. – 1
– Brian Bell, Arlington Tenn. – 1
– Rico Abreu, St. Helena, Calif. – 1
– Bill Balog, Hartland, Wis. – 1
– Gio Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 1
– David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 1
– Aryton Gennetten, Gravois Mills, Mo. – 1
– Scotty Thiel, Sheboygan, Wis. – 1
– Paul Nienhiser, Chapin, Ill. – 1
– Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 1
– Tim Wagaman, Hanover, Pa. – 1
– Steve Buckwalter, Royersford, Pa. – 1
– Brendan Mullen, Grand Forks, N.D. – 1
– Skylar Prochaska, Lakefield, Minn. – 1
­– Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 1
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1
– Henry Malcuit, Strasburg, Ohio – 1
– Cale Thomas, Fairland, Ind. – 1
– Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 1
– Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 1
– Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg. Pa. – 1
– Brent Marks, Myerstown, Pa. – 1
– Anthony Macri, Dillsburg, Pa. – 1

C-MAIN WINNERS (20 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Trey Starks, Puyallup, Wash. – 1
– Cale Thomas, Fairland, Ind. – 1
– Anthony Macri, Dillsburg, Pa. – 1
– Shane Golobic, Fremont, Calif. – 1
– Brent Marks, Myerstown, Penn. – 1
– Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 1
– Wayne Johnson, Oklahoma City, Okla. – 1
– Hunter Schuerenburg, Sikeston, Mo. – 1
– Cole Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 1
– Adam Wilt, York, Pa. – 1
– Sammy Swindell, Germantown, Tenn. – 1
– Josh Schneiderman, West Burlington, Iowa – 1
– Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 1
– Mason Daniel, Springville, Calif. – 1
– Kyle Moody, Lewisberry, Pa. – 1
– Spencer Bayston, Lebanon, Ind. – 1
– Dylan Ciseny, Port Royal, Pa. – 1
– T.J. Stutts, Liverpool, Pa. – 1
– Bill Rose, Plainfield, Ind. – 1
– Matt Farnham, Tonawanda, NY – 1

D-MAIN WINNERS (5 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Kyle Moody, Lewisberry, Pa. – 1
– Anthony Macri, Dillsburg, Pa. – 1
– Skylar Gee, Leduc, AB, Canada
– Wayne Johnson, Oklahoma City, Okla. – 1
– Troy Wagaman, Jr., Hanover, Pa. – 1

PODIUM FINISHES (25 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – # of podiums
1 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 29
2 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 23
3 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 18
4 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 17
– David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 17
5 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 16
6 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 8
7 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 5
– James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 5
8 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 4
9 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 2
– Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 2
– Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 2
– Brent Marks, Myerstown, Pa. – 2
– Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 2
10 – Carson Short, Marion, Ill. – 1
– Austin McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 1
– Matt Juhl, Sioux Falls, S.D. – 1
– Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1
– Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Ind. – 1
– Anthony Macri, Dillsburg, Pa. – 1
– Rico Abreu, St. Helena, Calif. – 1
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1
– Freddie Rahmer, Salfordville, Pa. – 1
– Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg, Pa. – 1

HARD CHARGER AWARD (20 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – H.C. Awards
1 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 9
2 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 8
3 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 7
4 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 6
5 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 5
6 – Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 3
7 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 2
– David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 2
8 – Sammy Swindell, Germantown, Tenn. – 1
– Carson Short, Marion, Ill. – 1
– Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 1
– Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tenn. – 1
– Brent Marks, Myerstown, Pa. – 1
– Jade Hastings, Grand Forks, N.D. – 1
– Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 1
– James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 1
– Cap Henry, Republic, Ohio – 1
– Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 1
– Freddie Rahmer, Salfordville, Pa. – 1
– Brock Zearfoss, Jonestown, Pa. – 1

TOTAL LAPS LED (18 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Laps
1 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 278
2 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 238
3 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 235
4 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 210
5 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 203
6 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 96
7 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 88
8 – Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 78
9 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 74
10 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 62
11 – James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 41
12 – Gio Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 40
13 – Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 37
14 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 32
15 – Carson Short, Marion, Ill. – 30
16 – Kasey Kahne, Enumclaw, Wash. – 10
– Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 10
17 – Brian Brown, Grain Valley, Mo. – 3

QUALIFYING QUICK TIME (19 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – QTs
1 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 8
2 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 7
3 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 5
4 – Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 4
– Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 4
– Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 4
– Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 4
5 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 3
– Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 3
5 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 2
– Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 2
6 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 1
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1
– Kasey Kahne, Enumclaw Wash. – 1
– Cory Eliason, Visalia, Calif. – 1
– Scotty Thiel, Sheboygan, Wis. – 1
– Anthony Macri, Dillsburg, Pa. – 1
– Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 1
– Gio Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 1

NEW TRACK RECORDS (4 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – (TR)
1 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. (9.995 sec. at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55)
– Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. (11.061 sec. at Plymouth Speedway)
– Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. (12.490 sec. at Lawton Speedway)
– Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. (16.111 sec. at Williams Grove Speedway)

2020 World of Outlaws Schedule & Winners
No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Friday, Feb. 7 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Donny Schatz (1)
2. Saturday, Feb. 8 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Brad Sweet (1)
3. Sun., Feb. 9 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Logan Schuchart (1)
4. Friday, May 8 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / David Gravel (1)
5. Fri., May 22 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (2)
6. Sat., May 23 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Kyle Larson (1)
7. Friday, May 29 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, MO / Logan Schuchart (2)
8. Saturday, May 30 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, MO / Donny Schatz (2)
9. Friday, June 5 / Beaver Dam Raceway / Beaver Dam, WI / Brad Sweet (3)
10. Saturday, June 6 / Beaver Dam Raceway / Beaver Dam, WI / Brad Sweet (4)
11. Friday, June 12 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Kyle Larson (2)
12. Saturday, June 13 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Kyle Larson (3)
13. Friday, June 19 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Carson Short (1)
14. Saturday, June 20 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Carson Macedo (1)
15. Thursday, June 25 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Brad Sweet (5)
16. Friday, June 26 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Logan Schuchart (3)
17. Saturday, June 27 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Logan Schuchart (4)
18. Friday, July 3 / Cedar Lake Speedway / New Richmond, WI / Brad Sweet (6)
19. Sat., July 4 / Cedar Lake Speedway / New Richmond, WI / Brad Sweet (7)
20. Friday, July 10 / 34 Raceway / West Burlington, IA / Parker Price-Miller (1)
21. Saturday, July 11 / Wilmot Raceway / Wilmot, WI / David Gravel (2)
22. Sun., July 12 / Terre Haute Action Track / Terre Haute, IN / Logan Schuchart (5)
23. Tuesday, July 14 / Attica Raceway Park / Attica, OH / Kyle Larson (4)
24. Tuesday, July 21 / Lernerville Speedway / Sarver, PA / Donny Schatz (3)
25. Thursday, July 23 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbottstown, PA / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)
26. Fri., July 24 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Shane Stewart (1)
27. Sat., July 25 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg. PA / David Gravel (3)
28. Fri., Aug. 7 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Sheldon Haudenschild (2)
29. Sat., Aug. 8 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Kyle Larson (5)
30. Thurs., Aug. 13 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Kyle Larson (6)
31. Fri., Aug. 14 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / David Gravel (4)
32. Sat., Aug. 15 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Kyle Larson (7)
33. Fri., Aug. 21 / River Cities Speedway / Grand Forks, ND / Kyle Larson (8)
34. Sat., Aug. 22 / Red River Valley Speedway / West Fargo, ND / Kyle Larson (9)
35. Sat., Aug. 29 / U.S. 36 Raceway / Osborn, MO / Sheldon Haudenschild (3)
36. Sun., Aug. 30 / I-80 Speedway / Greenwood, NE / Brad Sweet (8)
37. Sat., Sept. 5 / Huset’s Speedway / Brandon, SD / Sheldon Haudenschild (4)
38. Sun., Sept. 6 / Huset’s Speedway / Brandon, SD / Kyle Larson (10)
39. Fri., Sept. 11 / Dodge City Raceway Park / Dodge City, KS / Jacob Allen (1)
40. Sat., Sept. 12 / Dodge City Raceway Park / Dodge City, KS / Sheldon Haudenschild (5)
41. Fri., Sept. 18 / Lawton Speedway / Lawton, OK / Daryn Pittman (1)
42. Sat., Sept. 19 / Devil’s Bowl Speedway / Mesquite, TX / Logan Schuchart (6)
43. Thurs., Sept. 24 / Plymouth Speedway / Plymouth, IN / Donny Schatz (4)
44. Fri., Sept. 25 / Wayne County Speedway / Orrville, OH / Sheldon Haudenschild (6)
45. Sat., Sept. 26 / Lernerville Speedway / Sarver, PA / David Gravel (5)
46. Fri., Oct. 2 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / David Gravel (6)
47. Sat., Oct. 3 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Donny Schatz (5)
48. Fri., Oct. 9 / Port Royal Speedway / Port Royal, PA / Kyle Larson (11)
49. Sat., Oct. 10 / Port Royal Speedway / Port Royal, PA / Kyle Larson (12)
50. Fri., Oct. 16 / Lakeside Speedway / Kansas City, KS / Shane Stewart (2)
51. Sat., Oct. 17 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, MO / James McFadden (1)
52. Sat., Oct. 24 / Kokomo Speedway / Kokomo, IN / Sheldon Haudenschild (7)
53. Fri., Nov. 6 / The Dirt Track at Charlotte / Concord, NC / David Gravel (7)
54. Sat., Nov. 7 / The Dirt Track at Charlotte / Concord, NC / Logan Schuchart (7)

 

 

TWICE AN OUTLAW: Larson Joins Elite Group to Race with Both World of Outlaws Late Models and Sprint Cars

Rare Crowd of 14 Drivers & Counting Includes Schatz, Stewart, Schrader, Blaney, Eckert, Pauch, Hearn & More

CONCORD, N.C. - Last week, one of the rarest achievements in World Racing Group was accomplished again; this time by Kyle Larson.

Countless racers have realized their dreams of competing with either the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series or the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series come true. How many can say they've done both, though? Very few.

For the first time since 2016, a new member was added to this unique crew when Larson made his debut with the World of Outlaws Late Models to go along with his 20 World of Outlaws Sprint Car wins.

The list of 14 and counting is chalked full of legends and local heroes alike.

From World of Outlaws champions Donny Schatz, Dave Blaney and Rick Eckert; to all-around motorsport icons Tony Stewart, Ken Schrader, Brett Hearn, Billy Pauch; to the lower-level legends like John Garvin Jr., Dave Murdick, David Scott, Charlie Swartz, John Vandenberg and Larry Wight; this crowd has it all.

Let's take a look at these guys and their accomplishments:

Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, California)
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars - 94 Starts / 20 Wins
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models - 2 Starts / Best Finish: 8th

The newest member of this elite group, Larson made his World of Outlaws Late Model Series debut last week at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in record-setting fashion. Setting Fast Time both nights, Larson walked away with a new track record (14.183 seconds) and established his career-best with the series as an eighth-place run in his second night out. To go along with his new adventure into late model land, the 28-year old Larson already has 20 World of Outlaws Sprint Car wins to his credit, 12 of which came in his earth-shattering 2020 campaign.

Although he's heading back to the NASCAR Cup Series to race for Hendrick Motorsports in 2021, Yung Money has stated he'll still be competing on dirt when available. He even expressed interest in making his first attempt at the iconic Prairie Dirt Classic, a $50,000-to-win World of Outlaws Late Model event set for July 30-31, 2021 at Fairbury (Ill.) Speedway.

Donny Schatz (Fargo, North Dakota)
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars - 1,882 Starts / 299 Wins
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models - 22 Starts / Best Finish: 3rd

The ten-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car champion holds a resume with the wings that is more than guaranteed to earn him a ticket to the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame one day, but did you know Donny is even a maestro with the fenders on? Strapping into his own Rocket Chassis No. 15 late model when his Tony Stewart Racing No. 15 sprint car sits idle, Schatz has said he enjoys late models for the challenge, while it still presents an opportunity to have fun on a less-serious scale.

A winner of 299 career World of Outlaws Sprint Car features, Schatz first attempted the World of Outlaws Late Models in 2014. He quickly established his career-best of third-place at his home track of River Cities (N.D.) Speedway on July 10, 2015; in only his eighth-career start, Schatz was only beaten by soon-to-be National Dirt Late Model Hall of Famers Tim McCreadie and Josh Richards.

Schatz will run double duty at Volusia's DIRTcar Nationals in February.
 

Tony Stewart (Columbus, Indiana)
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars - 48 Starts / 3 Wins
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models - 2 Starts / Best Finish: 16th

As a three-time NASCAR Cup Series, IndyCar champion, and USAC triple crown champion, it's no surprise to see Stewart's name on this list of diverse drivers. Smoke is a three-time winner on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car trail, recording victories at Ohsweken (Can.) Speedway in 2011-12 and another at Lernerville (Pa.) Speedway in 2012.

His only two career starts with the World of Outlaws Late Models came at Eldora (Ohio) Speedway, a track he owns, in the summer of 2007 and 2008.

Dave Blaney (Hartford Township, Ohio)
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars - 508 Starts / 94 Wins
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models - 2 Starts / Best Finish: 16th

Another versatile talent, the elder Blaney brother has an extensive NASCAR Cup Series career (473 races) to go along with his 1984 USAC Silver Crown title and prestigious 1995 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series championship. A 2014 inductee to the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame, Dave made two appearances with the World of Outlaws Late Models throughout his career.

His late model debut came on June 26, 2004 at Sharon Speedway, a track which he owns. He ended up 16th that night and returned to a late model four years later when he made his most recent appearance at Delaware International Speedway.

Rick Eckert (York, Pennsylvania)
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars - 1 Start / Best Finish: LCS
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models - 618 Starts / 37 Wins

A legend on the World of Outlaws Late Model trail, Eckert owns the record for most feature starts in series history at 618. His 37 victories rank sixth on the all-time wins list and he's a perennial top five candidate in every other major statistical category. At 54 years old, Scrub is still a consistent contender with The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet, proving that with his runner-up result at this year's $50,000-to-win USA Nationals at Cedar Lake (Wisc.) Speedway.

His lone attempt with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series came way back in 1989, when a then 24-year old Rick drove his father Junior Eckert's No. 0 against The Greatest Show on Dirt at Lincoln (Pa.) Speedway just down the road from his home in York.

Ken Schrader (Fenton, Missouri)
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars - 5 Starts / 1 Win
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models - 16 Starts / Best Finish: 8th

A two-time USAC champion in the 1980's and longtime NASCAR Cup Series star (763 races), Schrader is one of seven drivers on this list to have won in either of the two premier series. His lone win with the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars came during the third season, when he won at Tri-City (Ill.) Speedway on August 22, 1980.

Contesting 16 events with the World of Outlaws Late Models from 2004-2011, Schrader's one and only top ten with the series came in an eighth-place finish at Ohsweken Speedway on June 18, 2009.

Billy Pauch (Frenchtown, New Jersey)
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars - 84 Starts / 2 Wins
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models - 1 Starts / Best Finish: 18th

A northeastern legend in the modified ranks, Pauch has accomplished his fair share of success in other ranks as well. On October 8, 1994, Pauch won his first-career World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series race driving the Zemco No. 1Z and established a then world record at the Syracuse (N.Y.) Mile circling the track in 24.825 seconds at an average speed of 144.590 MPH. He won again on June 4, 1996 at Rolling Wheels (N.Y.) Raceway Park, this time beating legends Andy Hillenburg and Steve Kinser. In his 84 series starts, Pauch was a top-ten runner (44) in more than half of his appearances.

His only shot at the World of Outlaws Late Models came on June 30, 2005 at his home track of Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway. Pauch transferred out of the Last Chance Showdown to finish 18th in the 50-lap feature.

John Garvin Jr. (Sarver, Pennsylvania)
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars - 3 Starts / Best Finish: 23rd
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models - 12 Starts / Best Finish: 12th

The 38-year old local to Lernerville Speedway made his first two of three World of Outlaws Sprint Car starts at the 4/10th-mile oval in 2016 and 2018. His most recent feature start with the series came at Volusia (Fla.) Speedway Park on February 9, 2020, when he drove his No. J4 into the DIRTcar Nationals finale.

A 12-time starter with the World of Outlaws Late Models, Garvin's best run with the series came at his home track of Lernerville on June 27, 2013, when finished 12th-from-23rd in the first preliminary night of the crown jewel Firecracker 100.

Brett Hearn (Sussex, New Jersey)
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars - 1 Start / Best Finish: 30th
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models - 1 Start / Best Finish: 23rd

One of the greatest competitors in Super DIRTcar Series history, Hearn has amassed more than 100+ wins with the series and collected the most championships in history with seven crowns. The New Jersey native has also racked up just one start with each the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars and World of Outlaws Late Models to find his way on this list.

Hearn's only sprint car start came on October 8, 1983 at the Syracuse Mile, where he finished 30th in a race won by Doug Wolfgang. Then 22 years later on August 15, 2005, Hearn's only career late model attempt took place at Lebanon Valley (N.Y.) Speedway in a 23rd-place finish.

Dave Murdick (Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania)
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars - 1 Attempt / Best Finish: LCS
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models - 4 Attempts / Best Finish: LCS

Another Lernerville Speedway local on the list, all five of Murdick's attempts with the World of Outlaws came at his home track. He first attempted the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup with the sprint cars on July 29, 1997, which was won by Mark Kinser. Most recently, Murdick contested both the 2009 and 2010 Firecracker 100 for the late models, but missed out on feature action.

David Scott (Garland, Pennsylvania)
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars - 2 Starts / Best Finish: 25th
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models - 33 Starts / Best Finish: 3rd

More of a fender ace, Scott's best effort with the World of Outlaws Late Models came back on June 26, 2004 at Ohio's Sharon Speedway, when finished third behind Davey Johnson and Mike Balzano. Just two months ago in September, Scott scored another top five with the late models at Thunder Mountain (Pa.) Speedway; this coming in fourth-from-15th behind legends Scott Bloomquist, Brandon Sheppard and Darrell Lanigan.

In 2000, he competed twice with the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, both times at Lernerville Speedway. He finished 27th on May 16 and 25th on July 25th's rendition of the Silver Cup driving a No. 3D machine.

Charlie Swartz (Ashland, Kentucky)
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars - ? Starts / Best Finish: 6th (PTS)
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models - 7+ Starts / Best Finish: 3rd

A participant in the inaugural season for the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series in 1978, Swartz finished sixth in the standings behind five of sprint car racing's most heralded legends including Steve Kinser, Rick Ferkel, Bobby Allen, Doug Wolfgang and Jack Hewitt.

Also competing in the first chapter of World of Outlaws Late Model Series history, Swartz raced late models in 1988 and 1989. A consistent top-ten finisher, Swartz's best result came on August 10, 1989, finishing third at Cedar Lake Speedway behind Donnie Moran and Kevin Gundaker.

John Vandenberg (Oskaloosa, Iowa)
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars - 3 Starts / Best Finish: 10th
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models - 4 Starts / Best Finish: 11th

While he's a member of this elite group, Vandenberg is actually the only driver in history to qualify for, let alone finish top ten, in both the Knoxville Nationals for sprint cars and late models; and he did it in the same year in 2004. That night on August 14, 2004 marked his career-best effort with the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, a tenth-place finish in the No. V10.

With the World of Outlaws Late Models, Vandenberg drove a No. 5M entry to his career-best 11th-place result on May 14, 2005 at Butler (Mich.) Motor Speedway. Nowadays, John is living in Oskaloosa down the road from Knoxville as a UPS driver and helps coach his son, Carter, in the modified ranks.

Larry Wight (Phoenix, New York)
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars - 5 Starts / Best Finish: 9th
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models - 15 Starts / Best Finish: 12th

Lightning Larry, a modified ace known for picking up a steering wheel with anything attached to it, is the 14th and final driver to highlight this incredible list. Of his five starts with the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, Wight's best run came with a pair of ninth-place finishes at Fulton (N.Y.) Speedway on July 23, 2014 and October 6, 2018, both in his Gypsum Express No. 99L.

In 15 starts with the World of Outlaws Late Models, the New York native mustered a career-best effort of 12th at Brewerton (N.Y.) Speedway on August 24, 2010, a year in which he contested nine different features with The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet.

Who do you think is the next versatile star that joins this elite group of double duty drivers?

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ONE FOR THE ROAD: Brad Sweet Crowned Champion; Logan Schuchart Wins Season Finale
Kasey Kahne Racing clinched the team championship Saturday night at The Dirt Track at Charlotte

CONCORD, NC — Nov. 7, 2020 — Brad Sweet and Logan Schuchart closed out the 2020 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season the same way they opened it.

Schuchart won the DIRTcar Nationals finale in February, while Sweet claimed the event’s title. Saturday night, during the World of Outlaws Last Call season finale at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Schuchart won the race, while Sweet was officially crowned the 2020 champion.

“We overcame a lot of adversity to have four DNFs and to still win the points,” said Sweet, of Grass Valley, CA, about his 2020 season. “I thought we showed our resilience this week and we came here and executed, I thought, perfectly.

“We did everything we needed to do to win the points and get Kasey Kahne Racing the team championship. Hats off to our competitors. Logan (Schuchart) gave me a good run for my money all season long and the 41 (Jason Johnson Racing) bunch… nothing but respect from all of us here. Obviously, we want to win and stay on top of the mountain.”

Schuchart and his Shark Racing team kept the pressure on Sweet for the championship all year long. The two swapped the points lead twice during the season, but Schuchart’s effort came up short Friday night at The Dirt Track. By Sweet finishing ahead of him, the reigning champion secured enough points to clinch his second consecutive title.

However, that did little to diminish Schuchart’s hunger for another win. His last trip to Victory Lane was in September. So, with a championship mentality no longer needed, Schuchart went full king shark Saturday night.

He set Quick Time in his Qualifying flight; finished second in his Drydene Heat Race; finished second in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash; and dusted Sweet in the 30-lap Feature to earn his seventh win of the season and third win at The Dirt Track.

“We came into this weekend saying we just wanted to end strong,” said Schuchart, of Hanover, PA. “We knew certain things were out of our control. Last night was a challenge, but we made up for it a little bit. To end the World of Outlaws season with a win is awesome.

“We weren’t able to get the champion. But fifth last year and second this year (in points). This Shark Racing team is coming. We’re going to continue to try and get better and move forward.”

Sweet was the early contender for the win, claiming the pole for the Feature and led the three opening laps. But Schuchart had the NAPA Auto Parts #49 in sight the entire time, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. With a run down the front stretch, Schuchart pulled the trigger and shot a slide job underneath Sweet into Turn 1 and cleared him for the lead by Turn 2.

From then on, the Drydene #1S held command out front. Sweet closed on him in traffic but could never get close enough to attempt a pass.

“I wish I wouldn’t have lost the lead to Logan because I felt like the way the race played out I never really got another great opportunity to get by him,” Sweet said. “Just started out the race just a little off. But it came to me. I felt like we were just as good as Logan in open air. And that says a lot, because he’s usually really good at this place.”

Aside from trying to run down Schuchart for the win, Sweet still had a championship to worry about, other than his own. His Kasey Kahne Racing team entered the night 22 points ahead of Jason Johnson Racing. And JJR’s driver David Gravel didn’t help ease the pressure off Sweet throughout the night.

Gravel set overall Quick Time for the second night in a row and beat Sweet for the win in their Drydene Heat Race. By the luck of the draw, Sweet started on the pole for the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash and won, claiming the Feature’s pole position. Gravel finished fourth.

In the Feature, Gravel stole third on the first lap and kept Sweet in sight throughout the entire event. Gravel could close on him after a restart, but Sweet pulled away over time in clean air. To have any shot at bringing JJR the team title, he needed to beat Sweet and hope that "The Big Cat" fell at least 11 positions behind him.

He came up short on that goal and ended the season with a third-place finish.

“I knew we had a chance (at beating Sweet),” said Gravel, of Watertown, CT. “Just lacked a little bit there. We were pretty good, but Brad and Logan were really really good there. We could hang with them on the restart and I had some good runs and Brad made a move and blocked my lane. That was kind of my only chance.”

The race was also Gravel’s final drive behind the wheel of the JJR #41 car. He’ll join Big Game Motorsports in 2021 for a championship run.

Ten-time Series champion Donny Schatz ended the night with a sixth-place finish and ended the year third in the championship standings. That breaks his 14-year streak of finishing first or second in points.

Sheldon Haudenschild had a career best season, finishing fourth in points with a career-high seven wins in a single season. Carson Macedo also had a new career achievement by finishing fifth in points with Kyle Larson Racing. Macedo will join Jason Johnson Racing in 2021 as KLR closes this year.

The Last Call was 2013 World of Outlaws champion Daryn Pittman’s final race as a full-time Series driver. He capped off his career with a ninth-place run at The Dirt Track and finished seventh in the championship standings.

Now, with the 2020 season completed, the World of Outlaws will look to 2021 and, again, open the season in February at Volusia Speedway Park for the DIRTcar Nationals. A new beginning to Sweet and Schuchart’s budding competitive tale.

UP NEXT

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will kick off the 2021 season Feb. 5-7 at Volusia Speedway Park for the DIRTcar Nationals. For tickets, click here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

RESULTS

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2][$12,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [1][$5,500]; 3. 41-David Gravel [4][$3,200]; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen [7][$2,800]; 5. 21-Brian Brown [3][$2,500]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz [9][$2,300]; 7. 10-Dave Blaney [11][$2,200]; 8. 57-Kyle Larson [12][$2,100]; 9. 72-Daryn Pittman [13][$2,050]; 10. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [10][$2,000]; 11. 9-James McFadden [16][$1,500]; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser [17][$1,200]; 13. 39-Spencer Bayston [8][$1,100]; 14. 71-Shane Stewart [14][$1,050]; 15. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [6][$1,000]; 16. 26-Cory Eliason [22][$1,000]; 17. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [24][$1,000]; 18. 2-Carson Macedo [5][$1,000]; 19. 13-Justin Peck [23][$1,000]; 20. 39M-Anthony Macri [21][$1,000]; 21. 83-Dominic Scelzi [25][$]; 22. 5-Brent Marks [15][$1,000]; 23. 7S-Jason Sides [20][$1,000]; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen [19][$1,000]; 25. 33M-Mason Daniel [27][$]; 26. 11-Ian Madsen [18][$1,000]; 27. 6-Bill Rose [28][$]; 28. 2C-Wayne Johnson [26][$]; Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1-2, Logan Schuchart 3-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[+7]

Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.69; 2. 2-Carson Macedo, 12.779; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 12.786; 4. 21-Brian Brown, 12.831; 5. 39M-Anthony Macri, 12.831; 6. 10-Dave Blaney, 12.841; 7. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.86; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.91; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.927; 10. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 12.927; 11. 72-Daryn Pittman, 12.929; 12. 5-Brent Marks, 12.935; 13. 26-Cory Eliason, 13.024; 14. 7BC-Tyler Courtney, 13.053; 15. 44S-Trey Starks, 13.099; 16. 33M-Mason Daniel, 13.136; 17. 6-Bill Rose, 13.247; 18. 7NY-Matt Farnham, 13.273; 19. 2X-Bill Balog, 13.278; 20. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.388; 21. 40-George Hobaugh, 13.448; 22. 70-Nick Tucker, 13.858

Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 41-David Gravel, 12.688; 2. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 12.856; 3. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.873; 4. 39-Spencer Bayston, 12.879; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.886; 6. 57-Kyle Larson, 12.893; 7. 11-Ian Madsen, 12.92; 8. 9-James McFadden, 12.924; 9. 71-Shane Stewart, 12.926; 10. 13-Justin Peck, 12.956; 11. 1-Sammy Swindell, 13.003; 12. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.11; 13. 14-Tim Kaeding, 13.11; 14. 51-Paul McMahan, 13.123; 15. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 13.146; 16. 83-Dominic Scelzi, 13.15; 17. 3C-Cale Conley, 13.212; 18. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg, 13.245; 19. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer, 13.267; 20. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 13.425; 21. 12-Brent Shearer, 13.496; 22. 6X-Frank Rodgers, NT

 

 

PITTMAN’S LAST CALL: A Long, Storied Career Nearing Chapter’s End

Daryn Pittman will look to end his the 2020 season and career as a full-time World of Outlaws driver strong at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Saturday night

CONCORD, NC — Nov. 7, 2020 — Daryn Pittman’s racing career kicked off at 5 years old. However, it wasn’t until he was about 13 that he turned his passion into a life’s goal.

He wanted to be a professional race car driver. And for more than 20 years, the now 42-year-old Owasso, OK native has made that a reality.

Tonight, he’ll put a period to one chapter in his storied career. Pittman will hang up his helmet as a full-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series driver after the season finale Last Call at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

In his 23-year history with the Series – 17 of them as a full-time driver – Pittman amassed a plethora of accomplishments:

2013 World of Outlaws champion
86 career World of Outlaws wins
More than 1,450 Feature starts
2008 Kings Royal winner at Eldora Speedway
Three-time DIRTcar Nationals champion
Two Gold Cup victories at Silver Dollar Speedway
2001 World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion

But are those satisfying enough to the 13-year-old Pittman who dreamed of being a World of Outlaws driver?

“I hope so,” Pittman said with a chuckle. “There are a lot of things that I’d obviously love to redo. But all in all, it has been a hell of a ride and I’ve accomplished more than I could ever have hoped to have dreamed of in my wildest dreams for sure.”

Among his glories, the championships and wins aren’t what mean the most to him. It’s the lasting impression he’s left on fans and those in the industry. Moments he looked at as insignificant took on new life when they became admired plots to someone’s story. Knowing something he did helped create a happy moment in someone’s life was an unexpected trophy each time.

That doesn’t change the way he views his career. It makes him prouder of it.

“Just to hear that I was a small part of their life that they vividly remember as a good moment makes me proud,” Pittman said. “Proud of all of the wins. Proud of all of the years we’ve been able to do it and all of the car owners I’ve been able to drive for. But I think, more than anything, I’m just proud of all of the relationships that I’ve had and been able to have with teams that maybe we didn’t finish on the best note but from a personal standpoint I think we’ve stayed in good graces with all of my old car owners and crew guys. It’s hard to do this for as long as we’ve done it. There are very few that have the long career that me and (10-time Series champion) Donny (Schatz) and few others have had. Just proud of the way we did it.”

In his final weekend as a full-time World of Outlaws driver, Pittman said he hasn’t let that thought get to him. Like any other season, he’s focused on ending it on a high note.

This year has put him on a roller coaster, with the first two-thirds of the year plagued by the COVID-19 pandemic and inconsistencies with the Roth Motorsports team. In September, shortly after announcing he was stepping away from full-time racing, he also announced he would part ways with Roth – who he had driven for since 2019. He picked up an emotional hometown win at Lawton Speedway before splitting with the team and rejoining Heffner Racing for the remainder of the season.

At Heffner, he was paired with crew member Heath Moyle and reunited with crew chief Kale Kahne – who he worked with at Kasey Kahne Racing when he won the championship. His stint with the team has resulted in one top-five and two top-10 finishes in 11 races, so far. They’ve shown speed in each event, making the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash in about half of them, but part failures and bad luck have hindered their final results.

Despite the poor finishes, Pittman said he’s still having fun. Being paired with Heffner, Moyle and Kahne to finish out his career in Charlotte – a track he has two wins at – is a big contributor to that.

“I couldn’t have asked to finish out the year with a better team and better people, truthfully,” Pittman said. “For as trying and as hard we’ve had to work to keep a competitive car on the racetrack, as much stuff as we’ve gone through, to do it with these guys and the attitudes that they’ve been able to keep and maintain has been refreshing. Brought me back to what it takes to be a part of successful teams with successful crew guys.”

Once he take the checkered flag for the final time as a full-time World of Outlaws driver, during the fittingly named Last Call event, and climbs out of the Shipley Energy #72 car, a new chapter in his life will begin. What that is? He’s still working on it. Maybe some racing. Maybe a lot of racing. Maybe no racing.

He’ll look to find his 13-year-old self again, who found something he loves and turned it into a life’s goal.

“I’ve been able to turn a hobby into a job and it’s the only job I’ve ever had,” Pittman said. “I think for anybody, that’s all you can ever ask for; to find something you love and find a way to make a living doing it and I’ve been blessed to be able to do that for a long time. No doubt moving forward, whatever, we do, it will also be the same way. It’ll have to be something I enjoy, and I look forward to figuring out what that is.”

To see Pittman's last race as a full-time World of Outlaws driver, you can get a pit pass at the track.

If you can't make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

 

 

CALL IT: David Gravel Scores Third Consecutive Charlotte Win; Brad Sweet Secures Second Title
The team championship is still up for grabs with Kasey Kahne Racing 22 points ahead of Jason Johnson Racing

CONCORD, NC — Nov. 6, 2020 — David Gravel and Brad Sweet each claimed glory Friday night at The Dirt Track at Charlotte before they go to war on Saturday.

Sweet clinched his second consecutive World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series title, while Gravel led from green to checkers to claim his third consecutive win at the Charlotte track.

However, at the end of the night, the two shared a common desire: They’re both focused on winning the team championship for their teams. Sweet’s Kasey Kahne Racing team leads Gravel’s Jason Johnson Racing team by 22 points, heading into the final race of the 2020 season on Saturday.

“I just don’t feel like the job is fully completed,” said Sweet, of Grass Valley, CA. “I think the team championship is just as important to our guys, to me, to (team owner) Kasey (Kahne). The job is half done right now.

"Obviously, for me, personally, I know my name is going to be in those record books. Being a two-time champion is something that is really special to me. It puts me up there with some really great guys. I’m excited, but we still have to get that team championship for Kasey and the guys. If we’re able to do that, I think it will show that we were able to overcome a lot of adversity this year.”

During Gravel’s victory speech, the team title was the first thing on his mind, even as he plans to leave Jason Johnson Racing for Big Game Motorsports next year.

“What did he (Sweet) run fourth or something like that?” Gravel asked in Victory Lane. “So, we gained [eight] points on him. So, we’re [22] points back. Got to beat him by 10 positions tomorrow. That’s going to be hard to do. All we can do is win these races and see where we end up.”

If Gravel wins the final night of the Last Call, he’ll need Sweet to finished 11th in order to secure the team champion. The two teams would tie in points, but Jason Johnson Racing would then have nine wins versus Kasey Kahne Racing’s eight. With positions second and on paying two points between them, versus the four-point difference from first to second, Gravel would need to beat Sweet by 11 spots if he doesn't win.

The Watertown, CT driver proved that he and JJR came to Charlotte with the intent of leaving with a title. He dominated the night by setting Quick Time, winning his Drydene Heat Race, finishing second in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash and then cleaning house in the Feature.

He and polesitter Carson Macedo raced side by side for the first lap, Gravel high and Macedo low, but the high line prevailed for Gravel, helping him to rocketed ahead of the Kyle Larson Racing #2 car.

Five cautions slowed Gravel’s quest for the trophy throughout the night. However, Macedo, and eventually Sheldon Haudenschild, had nothing for Gravel on the restarts from the runner-up spot. They’d close on Gravel in traffic, but he put time behind them once he got into a rhythm.

Gravel piloted the Mesilla Valley Transportation #41 car through tough track conditions and lap traffic to win by more than three seconds over Haudenschild.

“You couldn’t see the cushion going into (turn) three,” Gravel said. “It was really, really tough. So, I was kind of a little bit conservative. I’m sure whoever ran second got close there at one point. I went to the top and probably put on a little bit of a gap.

“Happy to get another win here. That’s three in a row here at this racetrack for us. Hopefully we can sweep it again. It would be a really good accomplishment and we can end this year off with a bang.”

Entering the night, Sweet had a 46-point lead over Logan Schuchart. To clinch his second consecutive World of Outlaws title, he had to finish one spot ahead of Schuchart. Sweet finished fourth and Schuchart finished sixth. As long as Sweet shows up to race on Saturday, the driver championship is officially his.

“I really wanted to lock the driver title up tonight,” Sweet said. “I knew that was our best shot to do it tonight, to beat Logan, and just come into it with a clear slate tomorrow and go after that team championship.”

Schuchart put on a valiant effort to try and keep his championship hopes alive with a charge from 16th to sixth, which earned him the KSE Hard Charger Award. And while he missed out on his first championship, he didn’t hang his head after the race.

“I would just like to end this year with a win,” said Schuchart, of Hanover, PA. “You know, finish out on top. You know, whatever happens other than that, some of it is not controllable for us but either way this Drydene team has worked really hard this year and has gained a lot from what we’ve been in years past. If we can continue to get better, we’ll be where we want to be in years to come.”

His points battle for the year isn’t over, yet, though. While he may not be competing for the championship, he’ll still need to fend off 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz to hold on to the runner-up spot in points. With Schatz finishing third, the Fargo, ND driver is now 12 points back from Schuchart. Schatz has finished first or second in points for the last 14 years.

The World of Outlaws 2020 season finale at The Dirt Track will see a championship battle come down to the last lap for the second year in a row. Gravel won the battle Friday night. Now, he’ll go to war with Sweet on Saturday.

UP NEXT

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will conclude its 2020 season at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Saturday, Nov. 7, during the World of Outlaws Last Call. Click here for pit passes.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

RESULTS

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 41-David Gravel [2][$12,000]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [4][$5,500]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [12][$3,200]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [5][$2,800]; 5. 57-Kyle Larson [14][$2,500]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [16][$2,300]; 7. 2-Carson Macedo [1][$2,200]; 8. 11-Ian Madsen [6][$2,100]; 9. 13-Justin Peck [18][$2,050]; 10. 26-Cory Eliason [8][$2,000]; 11. 9-James McFadden [17][$1,500]; 12. 39-Spencer Bayston [13][$1,200]; 13. 2M-Kerry Madsen [3][$1,100]; 14. 71-Shane Stewart [10][$1,050]; 15. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [20][$1,000]; 16. 44S-Trey Starks [19][$1,000]; 17. 11K-Kraig Kinser [22][$1,000]; 18. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [24][$1,000]; 19. 83-Dominic Scelzi [23][$1,000]; 20. 33M-Mason Daniel [27][$]; 21. 2C-Wayne Johnson [26][$]; 22. 9K-Kasey Kahne [11][$1,000]; 23. 72-Daryn Pittman [7][$1,000]; 24. 5-Brent Marks [21][$1,000]; 25. 1A-Jacob Allen [9][$1,000]; 26. 1-Sammy Swindell [15][$1,000]; 27. 7S-Jason Sides [25][$]; Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+10]

Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 12.305; 2. 9K-Kasey Kahne, 12.343; 3. 11-Ian Madsen, 12.355; 4. 72-Daryn Pittman, 12.415; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.417; 6. 1-Sammy Swindell, 12.452; 7. 39-Spencer Bayston, 12.486; 8. 26-Cory Eliason, 12.575; 9. 5-Brent Marks, 12.589; 10. 44S-Trey Starks, 12.611; 11. 14-Tim Kaeding, 12.634; 12. 2X-Bill Balog, 12.646; 13. 3C-Cale Conley, 12.654; 14. 83-Dominic Scelzi, 12.666; 15. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 12.68; 16. 33M-Mason Daniel, 12.733; 17. 9-James McFadden, 12.816; 18. 7NY-Matt Farnham, 12.917; 19. 6-Bill Rose, 12.94; 20. 12-Brent Shearer, 12.955; 21. 70-Nick Tucker, 13.083; 22. 6X-Frank Rodgers, 13.619; 23. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer, NT

Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 41-David Gravel, 12.193; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.264; 3. 21-Brian Brown, 12.291; 4. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.293; 5. 2-Carson Macedo, 12.304; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.365; 7. 13-Justin Peck, 12.369; 8. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.372; 9. 71-Shane Stewart, 12.39; 10. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 12.428; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.459; 12. 51-Paul McMahan, 12.486; 13. 39M-Anthony Macri, 12.487; 14. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 12.556; 15. 57-Kyle Larson, 12.557; 16. 7BC-Tyler Courtney, 12.576; 17. W20-Greg Wilson, 12.601; 18. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.607; 19. 10-Dave Blaney, 12.641; 20. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg, 12.648; 21. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 12.724; 22. 40-George Hobaugh, 12.784; 23. 59-Johnny Petrozelle, NT

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Last Call On 2020 Title Hunt
Three drivers and four teams will fight for 2020 titles at The Dirt Track at Charlotte

CONCORD, NC — Nov. 5, 2020 — The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion may not be determined until the final lap of the final race for the second consecutive year.

The champion could also be determined Friday night.

This season’s championship finale will take place Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-7, at The Dirt Track at Charlotte during the World of Outlaws Last Call. Three drivers – reigning champion Brad Sweet, Logan Schuchart and 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz – are still in contention for the driver championship and four teams – Kasey Kahne Racing, Jason Johnson Racing, Shark Racing and Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing – are in contention for the team title.

Sweet enters the season finale with the points lead for the second year in a row. Last season, he was able to hold off Schatz by four points in the final race to claim his first championship – the closest championship battle in Series history – and bring Kasey Kahne Racing its second World of Outlaws title.

DRIVER CHAMPIONSHIP BREAK DOWN

This year, Sweet can breathe a little easier when he passes through the gates at The Dirt Track. He enters the weekend with a 46-point lead over Logan Schuchart versus the eight-point lead he had over Schatz last season.

“Last year, I was very focused on the points,” Sweet said. “This year, I haven’t let myself get too bothered by it. Obviously, being a two-time champion is much better than being a one-time champion. So, obviously, you want to win the championship. The points are super important, super hard to win every year. It brings a lot of money to the team. It brings a lot of exposure to the sponsors and everything like that. You really want to accomplish that.

“We’re focused on bringing Kasey Kahne Racing his third championship and hopefully myself a second championship. I think if we stay focused and do our job, we’re absolutely capable of accomplishing that.”

He can lock himself as the 2020 champion Friday night if he wins or finishes one spot better than Schuchart.

Forty-eight points is the most a driver can gain on another in a single race – if that driver wins and the other driver finishes 24th or worse. There’s a four-point different between first (150 points) and second (146 points). So, if Sweet wins Friday and Schuchart finishes second, that would give Sweet a 50-point lead on the Shark Racing driver for the final event. That means if Schuchart won on Saturday and Sweet finished last, Sweet would still claim the championship by two points.

Every other position is separated by two points. So, aside from a win, if Sweet finishes one spot ahead of Schuchart, he would enter the next night with a 48-point lead. Even if Schuchart were able to make up all 48 points on Sweet, the defending champion would win the tiebreaker due to having more Feature wins this season – Sweet currently has eight and Schuchart has six.

If Schuchart wins both nights and ties with Sweet for the points lead and most wins on the final night, the tiebreaker would then go to who has the most second-place finishes. Sweet would again win that battle with 10 runner-up finishes this year, versus the five Schuchart has.

The bottomline is Schuchart needs to finish ahead of Sweet on Friday to have a shot at his first championship Saturday night.

“From where we’ve came from, all that we’ve overcome to get where we are, you know, I feel like this is a very successful season as it is,” Schuchart said. “But, you know, we started the season with a goal of finishing third. We’re in there. But definitely, we know we’re in a spot with an opportunity and we’re going to try and take advantage of it. I feel like we have a lot to learn and areas of where we can get better. Hopefully we can make these last races count and put some pressure on him (Sweet).”

In the event that the field is expanded beyond 24 cars for the Feature due to provisionals, Sweet and Schuchart could end up earning the same amount of points both nights if they finish 24th or worse with positions 24th and worse paying 102 points.

Schatz’s climb to his 11th title is more difficult. He enters the Last Call with a 64-point deficit to Sweet. He'll need to finish ahead of Sweet and Schuchart both nights to have a shot at another championship.

“I can tell you it is a lot more fun being closer to the top of the championship standings than finding yourself third or fourth, wherever we’re at,” Schatz said. “We don’t want to make excuses at all. We’re not making them. At least we’re making head way now. That’s all you can do. And we’ll make the best of it.”

He and his TSR team have found momentum in the back half of the season, earning 19 top-10 finishes in the last 20 races – including two wins. That’s helped keep him in the championship hunt and put him 18 points behind Schuchart for second. Schatz has finished first or second in the championship standings for the past 14 years.

TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP BREAK DOWN

Along with the battle for the driver championship, the battle for the team championship is even closer. Kasey Kahne Racing currently leads Jason Johnson Racing by 30 points.

JJR has had three drivers keep it in championship contention throughout the year. David Gravel ran the majority of the races (48) and brought the team six wins this year. When he was out of the car to run ARCA and NASCAR events, Parker Price-Miller and Shane Stewart each got two turns in the #41 car. Stewart won in his debut with the team at Lakeside Speedway, giving them seven wins on the season. Gravel will finish the year with JJR at Charlotte, where he swept the season ending two-day event with the team last year.

If Sweet wins on Friday and Gravel finishes ninth, he'll lock up the team championship for KKR. If he doesn't win, he'll need to finish nine positions ahead of Gravel to lock it up on the first night.

Like Schuchart and Schatz, Gravel will need to keep the pressure on Sweet both nights and aim for another sweep to give JJR its first team championship.

“For us to be in the hunt right now is pretty special,” said Philip Dietz, crew chief of the JJR #41 and cousin of the late Jason Johnson.

“We go out and try to be the best we can each night. At the end of the season, the best car wins. It sure would be cool for our team. It’s cool to just be in the hunt. Brad and Schuchart, they’ve both been really good this year. We’ll just keep plugging away. Hopefully we can be there at the end.”

To see the Nov. 6-7 World of Outlaws Last Call season finale at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in person, you can get a pit pass package by clicking here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch both nights live on DIRTVision.

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Last Call On 2020 Title Hunt
Three drivers and four teams will fight for 2020 titles at The Dirt Track at Charlotte

CONCORD, NC — Nov. 2, 2020 — Grab your NOS Energy Drink and your tickets. We’re calling last call on the 2020 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-7, at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

The World of Outlaws Last Call will conclude the wild and eventful 2020 season with another exciting championship battle and two Feature events, each paying $12,000 to the winner.

Three drivers are still in contention for the driver championship and four teams are in contention for the team championship.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch both nights live on DIRTVision.

Here are the top storylines to follow this weekend:

TITLE HUNT NEARS END: For the second year in a row, reigning champion Brad Sweet, of Grass Valley, CA, enters the final two races at The Dirt Track with the championship lead. However, this time, he has two championship battles to worry about and three drivers to contend with.

In the driver title hunt, Logan Schuchart, of Hanover, PA, is second – 46 points behind Sweet – and 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz, of Fargo, ND, is third – 68 points back.

Then, for the team championship, Sweet’s Kasey Kahne Racing team is 30 points ahead of Jason Johnson Racing, who will have David Gravel, of Watertown, CT, behind the wheel of the #41 car for the final two races. Gravel swept the two races at Charlotte last year.

A championship win this year would hold historical significance to each driver and team. For Sweet, it would be his second consecutive championship and would make him the sixth driver to have multiple World of Outlaws Sprint Car championships. For Schatz, this would be his 11th title and if he could grab a win this weekend, he would hit a career milestone of 300 Series wins.

If Logan Schuchart and his Shark Racing team can score the 2020 title, it would be their first. The same for Jason Johnson Racing.

LARSON/SCHATZ DOUBLING DOWN: Kyle Larson, of Elk Grove, CA, and Donny Schatz will get a couple extra days of seat time around the 4/10-mile track on Wednesday and Thursday by competing with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models.

Schatz has made three starts with the World of Outlaws Late Models this year, finishing inside the top-10 in each event. This week will be Larson’s debut with The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet.

They’ll then turn their attention back to Sprint Car racing on Friday and Saturday. Larson has never won at The Dirt Track, but seven of his 12 victories this season came at tracks he had never won at before with the World of Outlaws. Schatz has 13 victories at the Charlotte track.

LAST CALL FOR PITTMAN/KLR: When the checkered flag waves Saturday night, it will mark the conclusion of two eras. Daryn Pittman, of Owasso, OK, will hang up his helmet as a full-time driver and Kyle Larson Racing will close at the conclusion of the season.

In 17 full-time seasons with the World of Outlaws, Pittman claimed the 2013 championship and picked up 86 victories. Two of them came at The Dirt Track at Charlotte – most recently in 2014.

Since joining the World of Outlaws in 2014, Kyle Larson Racing earned 33 wins with Shane Stewart and Carson Macedo, including the 2015 Kings Royal with Stewart. The team will be on the hunt for their first win at The Dirt Track this weekend.

HOT STREAK HAUD: Sheldon Haudenschild, of Wooster, OH, has had a career season this year.

Entering the season finale weekend, Haudenschild sits fourth in points with seven wins. Previously, he hadn’t finished better than seventh in points in his past three seasons and collected seven wins in total in that time.

He won the most recent event at Kokomo Speedway and will look to end the season strong with his first Charlotte Dirt Track win.

RING THE BELL: NASCAR-star Christopher Bell, of Norman, OK, will join the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars this weekend for the Last Call in his self-owned #21X car.

Bell has two starts with the Series this year – finishing seventh at Plymouth Speedway and 13th at Lakeside Speedway. This weekend will be his debut at The Dirt Track with the World of Outlaws.

THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE

WHEN & WHERE
Friday to Saturday, Nov. 6-7, at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, NC. Event Info/Tickets

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

4/10-MILE WINNERS IN 2020
There have been seven races on a 4/10-mile track in 2020.
Jackson Motorplex: Brad Sweet won on June 25 and Logan Schuchart on June 26 & 27
Lernerville Speedway: Donny Schatz won on July 21, David Gravel won on Sept. 26
I-80 Speedway: Brad Sweet won on Aug. 30
Lakeside Speedway: Shane Stewart won on Oct. 16

THE DIRT TRACK AT CHARLOTTE PREVIOUS WINNERS
2019 – Gio Scelzi on May 24, Logan Schuchart on May 25, David Gravel on Nov. 8, David Gravel on Nov. 9
2018 – Donny Schatz on May 25, Ian Madsen and Donny Schatz on Nov. 3
2017 – Logan Schuchart on May 26, Donny Schatz on Nov. 3, David Gravel on Nov. 4
2016 – Greg Wilson on May 27, Jason Johnson on Oct. 28, Donny Schatz on Oct. 29
2015 – Donny Schatz on May 22, Dusty Zomer on Nov. 6, Donny Schatz on Nov. 7
2014 – Joey Saldana on May 23, Daryn Pittman on Nov. 7, Brian Brown Nov. 8
2013 – Paul McMahan on May 24, Donny Schatz on Nov. 8, Paul McMahan on Nov. 9
2012 – Joey Saldana on May 25, Sammy Swindell on Nov. 2, Dale Blaney on Nov. 3
2011 – Paul McMahan on May 28, Donny Schatz on Nov. 5, Donny Schatz on Nov. 6
2010 – Donny Schatz on May 29, Jason Meyers on Sept. 6, Jason Meyers on Sept. 6
2009 – Joey Saldana on May 22, Jason Meyers on Nov. 6, Joey Saldana on Nov. 7
2008 – Lance Dewease on May 23, Brooke Tatnell on Oct. 31, Donny Schatz on Nov. 1
2007 – Donny Schatz on May 25, Jason Meyers on Nov. 2, Steve Kinser on Nov. 3
2006 – Kevin Swindell on May 24
2003 – Blake Feese on May 24
2002 – Greg Hodnett on May 24, Greg Hodnett on May 25, Tyler Walker on Oct. 11, Daryn Pittman on Oct. 12
2001 – Danny Lasoski on May 26, Mark Kinser on May 26, Tim Shaffer on Oct. 5, Steve Kinser on Oct. 6
2000 – Sammy Swindell on May 25, Mark Kinser on May 26, Donny Schatz on Oct. 5, Mark Kinser on Oct. 6

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

DRIVER INFO
Follow World of Outlaws full-time drivers on Twitter:
Bill Rose – @BillRose6_Rose
Brad Sweet – @BradSweet49
Carson Macedo – @carson_macedo
Daryn Pittman – @darynpittman
David Gravel – @DavidGravel
Donny Schatz – @DonnySchatz
Jacob Allen – @JacobAllen1A
Jason Sides – @SidesMotorsport
Kraig Kinser – @KraigKinser
Logan Schuchart – @Lschuchart1s
Mason Daniel – @MasonDRacing
Sheldon Haudenschild – @Haudenschild_17
Wayne Johnson – @wjr77x

AROUND THE TURN: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will begin its 2021 season at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, FL for the DIRTcar Nationals. Click HERE for tickets.

2020 STATS
There have been 52 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Feature events this season.

FEATURE WINNERS (13 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 12
2 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 8
3 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 7
4 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 6
– David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 6
5 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 5
6 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 2
7 – Carson Short, Marion, Ill. – 1
– Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 1
– Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 1
– Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 1
– Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 1
– James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 1

DRYDENE HEAT RACE WINNERS (47 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 19
2 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 16
3 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 12
– Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 12
– Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 12
– Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 12
4 – Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 11
– Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 11
5 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 10
– Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 10
6 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 8
7 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 7
8 – Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 5
9 – James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 4
10 – Rico Abreu, St. Helena, Calif. – 3
– Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Ind. – 3
– Gio Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 3
– Cory Eliason, Visalia, Calif. – 3
11 – Kasey Kahne, Enumclaw, Wash. – 2
– Tyler Courtney, Indianapolis, Ind. – 2
– Brooke Tatnell, Sans Souci, NSW, Australia – 2
– Brent Marks, Myerstown, Pa. – 2
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 2
12 – Brian Brown, Grain Valley, Mo. – 1
– Sam Hafertepe, Jr., Sunnyvale, Texas – 1
– Chase Stockon, Fort Branch, Ind. – 1
– Matt Juhl, Sioux Falls, S.D. – 1
– Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1
– Trey Starks, Puyallup, Wash. – 1
– Lynton Jeffrey, Prairie City, Iowa – 1
– Scotty Thiel, Sheboygan, Wis. – 1
– Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 1
– Freddie Rahmer, Salfordville, Pa. – 1
– Jeff Halligan, Ephrata, Pa. – 1
– Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 1
– Brock Zearfoss, Jonestown, Pa. – 1
– Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 1
– Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tenn. – 1
– Colby Copeland, Roseville, Calif. – 1
– Sammy Swindell, Germantown, Tenn. – 1
– Sawyer Phillips, Pleasantville, Iowa – 1
– Spencer Bayston, Lebanon, Ind. – 1
– Austin McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 1
– Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg, Pa. – 1
– Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 1
– Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 1
– Cory Eliason, Visalia, Calif. – 1

DIRTVISION FAST PASS DASH WINNERS (21 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 6
2 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 5
– Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 5
3 – Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 4
– Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 4
– Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 4
4 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 3
– Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 3
– Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 3
5 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 2
– Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 2
– Gio Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 2
6 – Carson Short, Marion, Ill. – 1
– Austin McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 1
– Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tenn. – 1
– Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 1
– Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 1
– Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1
– Freddie Rahmer, Salfordville, Pa. – 1
– Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 1
– James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 1

LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN WINNERS (32 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tenn. – 5
2 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 4
3 – Mason Daniel, Springville, Calif. – 3
4 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 2
– Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 2
– Austin McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 2
– Brian Brown, Grain Valley, Mo. – 2
– Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 2
– Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 2
5 – Lucas Wolfe, Mechanicsburg, Pa. – 1
– Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 1
– Paul McMahan, Nashville, Tenn. – 1
– Brian Bell, Arlington Tenn. – 1
– Rico Abreu, St. Helena, Calif. – 1
– Bill Balog, Hartland, Wis. – 1
– Gio Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 1
– David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 1
– Aryton Gennetten, Gravois Mills, Mo. – 1
– Scotty Thiel, Sheboygan, Wis. – 1
– Paul Nienhiser, Chapin, Ill. – 1
– Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 1
– Tim Wagaman, Hanover, Pa. – 1
– Steve Buckwalter, Royersford, Pa. – 1
– Brendan Mullen, Grand Forks, N.D. – 1
– Skylar Prochaska, Lakefield, Minn. – 1
­– Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 1
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1
– Henry Malcuit, Strasburg, Ohio – 1
– Cale Thomas, Fairland, Ind. – 1
– Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 1
– Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 1
– Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg. Pa. – 1

C-MAIN WINNERS (19 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Trey Starks, Puyallup, Wash. – 1
– Cale Thomas, Fairland, Ind. – 1
– Anthony Macri, Dillsburg, Pa. – 1
– Shane Golobic, Fremont, Calif. – 1
– Brent Marks, Myerstown, Penn. – 1
– Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 1
– Wayne Johnson, Oklahoma City, Okla. – 1
– Hunter Schuerenburg, Sikeston, Mo. – 1
– Cole Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 1
– Adam Wilt, York, Pa. – 1
– Sammy Swindell, Germantown, Tenn. – 1
– Josh Schneiderman, West Burlington, Iowa – 1
– Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 1
– Mason Daniel, Springville, Calif. – 1
– Kyle Moody, Lewisberry, Pa. – 1
– Spencer Bayston, Lebanon, Ind. – 1
– Dylan Ciseny, Port Royal, Pa. – 1
– T.J. Stutts, Liverpool, Pa. – 1
– Bill Rose, Plainfield, Ind. – 1

D-MAIN WINNERS (5 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Kyle Moody, Lewisberry, Pa. – 1
– Anthony Macri, Dillsburg, Pa. – 1
– Skylar Gee, Leduc, AB, Canada
– Wayne Johnson, Oklahoma City, Okla. – 1
– Troy Wagaman, Jr., Hanover, Pa. – 1

PODIUM FINISHES (25 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – # of podiums
1 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 28
2 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 22
3 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 18
4 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 16
5 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 15
– Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 15
6 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 8
7 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 5
– James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 5
8 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 4
9 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 2
– Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 2
– Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 2
– Brent Marks, Myerstown, Pa. – 2
– Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 2
10 – Carson Short, Marion, Ill. – 1
– Austin McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 1
– Matt Juhl, Sioux Falls, S.D. – 1
– Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1
– Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Ind. – 1
– Anthony Macri, Dillsburg, Pa. – 1
– Rico Abreu, St. Helena, Calif. – 1
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1
– Freddie Rahmer, Salfordville, Pa. – 1
– Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg, Pa. – 1

HARD CHARGER AWARD (19 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – H.C. Awards
1 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 9
2 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 8
3 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 7
4 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 5
– Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 5
5 – Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 3
6 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 2
– David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 2
7 – Sammy Swindell, Germantown, Tenn. – 1
– Carson Short, Marion, Ill. – 1
– Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 1
– Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tenn. – 1
– Brent Marks, Myerstown, Pa. – 1
– Jade Hastings, Grand Forks, N.D. – 1
– Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 1
– James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 1
– Cap Henry, Republic, Ohio – 1
– Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 1
– Freddie Rahmer, Salfordville, Pa. – 1

TOTAL LAPS LED (18 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Laps
1 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 278
2 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 238
3 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 207
4 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 201
5 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 180
6 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 96
7 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 88
8 – Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 78
9 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 74
10 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 62
11 – James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 41
12 – Gio Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 40
13 – Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 37
14 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 32
15 – Carson Short, Marion, Ill. – 30
16 – Kasey Kahne, Enumclaw, Wash. – 10
– Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 10
17 – Brian Brown, Grain Valley, Mo. – 3

QUALIFYING QUICK TIME (19 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – QTs
1 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 8
2 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 5
– David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 5
3 – Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 4
– Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 4
– Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 4
– Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 4
4 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 3
– Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 3
5 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 2
– Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 2
6 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 1
– Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1
– Kasey Kahne, Enumclaw Wash. – 1
– Cory Eliason, Visalia, Calif. – 1
– Scotty Thiel, Sheboygan, Wis. – 1
– Anthony Macri, Dillsburg, Pa. – 1
– Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 1
– Gio Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 1

NEW TRACK RECORDS (4 drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – (TR)
1 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. (9.995 sec. at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55)
– Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. (11.061 sec. at Plymouth Speedway)
– Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. (12.490 sec. at Lawton Speedway)
– Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. (16.111 sec. at Williams Grove Speedway)

2020 World of Outlaws Schedule & Winners
No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Friday, Feb. 7 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Donny Schatz (1)
2. Saturday, Feb. 8 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Brad Sweet (1)
3. Sun., Feb. 9 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Logan Schuchart (1)
4. Friday, May 8 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / David Gravel (1)
5. Fri., May 22 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (2)
6. Sat., May 23 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Kyle Larson (1)
7. Friday, May 29 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, MO / Logan Schuchart (2)
8. Saturday, May 30 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, MO / Donny Schatz (2)
9. Friday, June 5 / Beaver Dam Raceway / Beaver Dam, WI / Brad Sweet (3)
10. Saturday, June 6 / Beaver Dam Raceway / Beaver Dam, WI / Brad Sweet (4)
11. Friday, June 12 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Kyle Larson (2)
12. Saturday, June 13 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Kyle Larson (3)
13. Friday, June 19 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Carson Short (1)
14. Saturday, June 20 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Carson Macedo (1)
15. Thursday, June 25 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Brad Sweet (5)
16. Friday, June 26 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Logan Schuchart (3)
17. Saturday, June 27 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Logan Schuchart (4)
18. Friday, July 3 / Cedar Lake Speedway / New Richmond, WI / Brad Sweet (6)
19. Sat., July 4 / Cedar Lake Speedway / New Richmond, WI / Brad Sweet (7)
20. Friday, July 10 / 34 Raceway / West Burlington, IA / Parker Price-Miller (1)
21. Saturday, July 11 / Wilmot Raceway / Wilmot, WI / David Gravel (2)
22. Sun., July 12 / Terre Haute Action Track / Terre Haute, IN / Logan Schuchart (5)
23. Tuesday, July 14 / Attica Raceway Park / Attica, OH / Kyle Larson (4)
24. Tuesday, July 21 / Lernerville Speedway / Sarver, PA / Donny Schatz (3)
25. Thursday, July 23 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbottstown, PA / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)
26. Fri., July 24 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Shane Stewart (1)
27. Sat., July 25 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg. PA / David Gravel (3)
28. Fri., Aug. 7 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Sheldon Haudenschild (2)
29. Sat., Aug. 8 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Kyle Larson (5)
30. Thurs., Aug. 13 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Kyle Larson (6)
31. Fri., Aug. 14 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / David Gravel (4)
32. Sat., Aug. 15 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Kyle Larson (7)
33. Fri., Aug. 21 / River Cities Speedway / Grand Forks, ND / Kyle Larson (8)
34. Sat., Aug. 22 / Red River Valley Speedway / West Fargo, ND / Kyle Larson (9)
35. Sat., Aug. 29 / U.S. 36 Raceway / Osborn, MO / Sheldon Haudenschild (3)
36. Sun., Aug. 30 / I-80 Speedway / Greenwood, NE / Brad Sweet (8)
37. Sat., Sept. 5 / Huset’s Speedway / Brandon, SD / Sheldon Haudenschild (4)
38. Sun., Sept. 6 / Huset’s Speedway / Brandon, SD / Kyle Larson (10)
39. Fri., Sept. 11 / Dodge City Raceway Park / Dodge City, KS / Jacob Allen (1)
40. Sat., Sept. 12 / Dodge City Raceway Park / Dodge City, KS / Sheldon Haudenschild (5)
41. Fri., Sept. 18 / Lawton Speedway / Lawton, OK / Daryn Pittman (1)
42. Sat., Sept. 19 / Devil’s Bowl Speedway / Mesquite, TX / Logan Schuchart (6)
43. Thurs., Sept. 24 / Plymouth Speedway / Plymouth, IN / Donny Schatz (4)
44. Fri., Sept. 25 / Wayne County Speedway / Orrville, OH / Sheldon Haudenschild (6)
45. Sat., Sept. 26 / Lernerville Speedway / Sarver, PA / David Gravel (5)
46. Fri., Oct. 2 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / David Gravel (6)
47. Sat., Oct. 3 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Donny Schatz (5)
48. Fri., Oct. 9 / Port Royal Speedway / Port Royal, PA / Kyle Larson (11)
49. Sat., Oct. 10 / Port Royal Speedway / Port Royal, PA / Kyle Larson (12)
50. Fri., Oct. 16 / Lakeside Speedway / Kansas City, KS / Shane Stewart (2)
51. Sat., Oct. 17 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, MO / James McFadden (1)
52. Sat., Oct. 24 / Kokomo Speedway / Kokomo, IN / Sheldon Haudenschild (7)

 

 

MAKE IT A DOUBLE: Donny Schatz Running Late Model, Sprint Car At Last Call The 10-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car Champion is in contention for his 300th career Sprint Car win and 11th title

CONCORD, NC — Nov. 1, 2020 — Donny Schatz will join Kyle Larson in having an extra shot of fun during the Nov. 4-7 World of Outlaws Last Call at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

He’ll break out his own #15 Late Model to compete with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models, Wednesday and Thursday, before stepping behind the wheel of the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15, Friday and Saturday, to contend for his 11th World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series title.

“The Late Model is something I’ve enjoyed for quit sometime,” Schatz said. “Charlotte gives us a perfect opportunity. Two nights of Late Models. Two nights of Sprint Cars. I feel like we’ll have the best of both worlds and have a little fun. No pressure leading into the Last Call (with the Sprint Cars).”

Schatz enters the season finale weekend third in the Sprint Car championship standings with a 64-point deficit to points leader and reigning champion Brad Sweet. He wouldn’t call running his Late Model is a source of relaxation before the pressure is on with the Sprint Car, though. It’s more of an opportunity for him to enjoy a couple of extra days behind the wheel of a race car and get an early start on his 2021 DIRTcar Nationals preparations.

“I don’t know that it helps relax you, other than you enjoy to do it,” Schatz said. “That’s why first and foremost we’re all here. We’re here to enjoy it. To be able to go do it with those guys, obviously, doing it with those guys, I go to Florida (at Volusia Speedway Park) with them every year, so ending the season with them and hopefully gain a little experience and learn a few things. Maybe it’ll help us start off a little bit better in Florida (for DIRTcar Nationals). Any time you get laps with a good group, it helps.”

He’s made three Feature starts with the World of Outlaws Late Models this season, earning a top-10 finish in each event. Before this year, Schatz had one top-five and four top-10s with the Series in total.

Of his 21 starts with the Late Models, six of them were at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. In those six starts, he finished 15th, ninth, 11th, 15th, 15th and 16th.

In comparison to running his Sprint Car at Charlotte, there’s little to be learned from running the Late Model ahead of time.

“Charlotte is different for the Late Models,” Schatz said. “It’s really high speed, not super technical. The cars are so close from when I started racing them to today. It seems like fifteen pounds of spring rate here or there could be the difference between great and terrible. It makes it pretty touchy.”

He hasn’t had the opportunity to run as many Late Model events this season as he’d like, but if the schedules align right in 2021, Schatz wouldn’t mind going fender to fender with the likes of two-time and defending World of Outlaws Late Model champion Brandon Sheppard and 2004 Series champion Scott Bloomquist more often.

“It takes people to do this,” Schatz said. “All of these teams take people and I have a full-time guy that does his best keeping up with my Late Model when we can go. He goes 24 hours a day some days, so there’s only so many hours in a day and that’s what kept me from doing it this year and it may keep me from some next year, but we’ll get the schedule and see where everything is at.”

Before then, Schatz's main focus will be on his Sprint Car at Charlotte. A win during the Last Call would hold significance for multiple reasons. It would give him a career milestone of 300 World of Outlaws Sprint Car victories, help him gain points on his championship rivals and be a good momentum builder for the 2021 season.

“For 15 years I’ve been in a championship hunt," Schatz said. "You don’t ever want to lose that. Here we are. We find ourselves in that again and feeling damn good about it. If we win it, great. If we don’t, we’re not going to hang our heads. It’s been a trying year for everyone. We’ll just do our best to see where we end up.”

For tickets to the Nov. 4-7 World of Outlaws Last Call with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models and World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars, click here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all four nights live on DIRTVision.

 

 

2 FOR THE ROAD: David Gravel Eyes Charlotte Sweep Repeat
Jason Johnson Racing is 30 points back from the team points lead heading into the World of Outlaws Last Call

CONCORD, NC — Oct. 29, 2020 — David Gravel became the first driver in eight years to sweep a weekend at The Dirt Track at Charlotte last year. On Nov. 6-7, during the season ending World of Outlaws Last Call, he’ll try to become the first driver to do it for a second consecutive year.

His chances?

“If we have the car that we had on Saturday night last year for both nights (this year) I think we’ll have a good shot,” Gravel said about parking the Jason Johnson Racing #41 in Victory Lane on both nights again.

However, he admitted sweeping the weekend isn’t as easy as statistics on a page make it look.

While the Last Call, which is replacing the World Finals this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, is still a two-day show, drivers will be dealing with an entirely different surface. The track put down new clay in August and this year the Sprint Cars will have the day to themselves.

Typically, the Super DIRTcar Series and World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models would share each race day with the Sprint Cars, creating more wear on the track surface. Friday and Saturday's events will only see the Sprint Cars hitting the track this year. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Super DIRTcars will not be at Charlotte and the Late Models will race on Wednesday and Thursday before the Sprint Cars.

“I think with it being just us, the track will be way different than just World Finals typically is,” Gravel said. “Who knows what we’ll get track surface-wise? We’ll get to watch the Late Model guys the couple days before. But, I’m excited to go there. We’ve got a good notebook. We’ve got a good motor. But what we ran last year doesn’t really work this year. We’re going to go down there with an open mind, see how we unload and go from there. We know if we can get the car close that we’ll be able to qualify well. Hopefully have a good weekend.”

Aside from the track conditions, Gravel stated that his sweep last year didn’t come without a little bit of luck.

During the first race night of the World Finals last year, Aaron Reutzel passed Gravel for the lead at the halfway point with the more dominant car. But soon after had his chance of a win taken away. A lap car got sideways in front of him, forcing his left foot to marry the brake pedal and allowed Gravel to reclaim the lead.

“The first night, we actually weren’t that great,” Gravel said. “Aaron Reutzel had the lead and ended up spinning out with a lap car. That’s what won us the race.”

The next night, no luck was needed.

“Saturday night, we for sure had the best race car in the pits,” Gravel said. “The thing could drive itself. It could go anywhere.”

Attached to Gravel’s goal of sweeping the weekend is the focus of trying to give Jason Johnson Racing its first team championship. JJR is currently 30 points behind Kasey Kahne Racing for the points lead.

Gravel and the team collected six wins this season and were one of the most consistent pairs in the Series. From June to September they went on a run of 26 top-10 finishes in row – 19 of them top-fives – and finished outside the top-10 only six times in their 48 races together, so far, this year.

“I feel like [the season] has been average until a month ago when we were able to win at Lerneville and Eldora (with the All Stars) and Williams Grove,” Gravel said. “Those kind of turned the year around. I think we’ve always been pretty consistent and solid. Just have lacked going forward in the [Feature]. Overall, we’ve been super solid. No mistakes. No part failures. Stuff like that. We’ve been really good a finishing races. That’s been a big part of it.”

He and JJR have had a solid two years together, collecting 18 World of Outlaws wins in total to this point. What the rest of their future entails may be revealed at Charlotte, according to Gravel.

For pit passes to the Nov. 6-7 World of Outlaws Last Call, click here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

 

 

YUNG MONEY: Kyle Larson Debuting with World of Outlaws Late Models at Last Call

The Dirt Racing Sensation, with 42 wins in 2020, will pull double duty at The Dirt Track at Charlotte next week

CONCORD, N.C. - All Dirt Roads Lead to Charlotte, even for Kyle Larson.

The Elk Grove, Calif. native, a winner of 42 features in 84 starts this year, will write the next chapter of his magical season next week when he makes his debut with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

Pulling double duty at Last Call, the 28-year old nicknamed “Yung Money” will hit the half-mile oval for four consecutive nights of racing, all of which can be seen LIVE with the DIRTVision Fast Pass.

He’ll go head-to-head with The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet for the first time in his career on Wednesday & Thursday, November 4-5 aboard the K&L Rumley Enterprises No. 6 Longhorn Chassis, before re-joining the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Friday & Saturday, November 6-7 in his Paul Silva owned No. 57 entry.

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While next week will mark Larson’s first attempt with the World of Outlaws Late Models, he’s not entirely green to the discipline, while still admitting he’s got tons left to learn.

In August, he stunned the nation with his spectacular dirt late model debut with the Lucas Oil Late Models at Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway. Following a fifth-place outing on night one, Larson ensued to outdrive them all in the finale, beating soon-to-be World of Outlaws champion Brandon Sheppard to the checkered flag in his second career start.

“The Late Model has been a fun challenge,” Larson noted. “It’s so much of a different feel than anything I’ve ever driven before. They have a lot of grip, until they don’t and that’s when they become a struggle. I still don’t feel comfortable at all in them. I know I’ve still got a ton left to learn and figure out.”

On top of his natural ability, which he’s shown being successful in Sprint Cars, Midgets, Silver Crown, and now Late Models, the six-time NASCAR Cup Series winner has the added advantage of Kevin & Lee Roy Rumley in his corner.

With Lee Roy, an iconic owner involved in motorsports since 1956, and son Kevin, a UNC-Charlotte Mechanical Engineering graduate, Larson walked into the perfect situation. Kevin, the founder of Rumley Engineering, has most recently been known for his overwhelming success with stars Jonathan Davenport, Tim McCreadie, and Mike Marlar, along with his work at Longhorn Chassis.

From the very beginning, Rumley knew Larson was going to be special.

“I knew the first lap when we tested at Cherokee that we could go and out win,” Kevin noted on Larson’s potential. “He’s like the modern-day A.J. Foyrt or Mario Andretti. I think he could probably win in anything he gets in.”

“I’ve enjoyed working with the Rumley’s a lot,” Larson said on his pairing with K&L Enterprises. “The crew is full of great people and Kevin is just extremely smart. Being around him and listing to his ideas is really cool. Stepping back and trying to be a student again like talking to other drivers has been great too. Everyone has been really helpful honestly.

Bringing a 50% winning percentage into his foray against the World of Outlaws Late Models, Larson will look to up his already absurd numbers which include: 14 wins with All Stars Circuit of Champions, 12 wins with World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, four wins with USAC National Midgets, four wins at Pennsylvania Speedweek, two wins with USAC Silver Crown, two wins in local sprint car competition, two wins at the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, and one win in New Zealand with the International Midgets.

To continue his stellar season, Larson will not only have to beat the likes of World of Outlaws stars like Brandon Sheppard, Scott Bloomquist, Ricky Weiss, Cade Dillard, Darrell Lanigan & Chase Junghans, but also the invaders coming to town such as Brandon Overton, Jimmy Owens, Tim McCreadie, Jonathan Davenport, Josh Richards, Chris Madden and more.

Just last week, Larson and Rumley, along with additional teams such as Rocket1 Racing and Team Zero, had the chance to go testing at The Dirt Track at Charlotte and pad their notebook heading into the season-ending Last Call.

“I’m excited to get to racing at Charlotte after getting some test laps,” Larson stated. “I think if we can qualify well we can have a good couple of nights, that will be the key.”

The limited fans in attendance (due to COVID-19 restrictions) along with the thousands watching at home on DIRTVision, can see Larson compete against the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models on Wednesday & Thursday, November 4-5 and then the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars on Friday & Saturday, November 6-7.

The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings® Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: Drydene (Official Motor Oil), E-Z-GO Golf Carts (Official Golf Cart) Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), iRacing (Official Online Racing Game), Morton Buildings (Official Building), Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), SIS Insurance (Official Insurance Provider) VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: ARP Automotive Racing Products, Cometic Gasket, COMP Cams, DART, Penske Racing Shocks, Quarter Master, and Wrisco (Exclusive Racing Aluminum); along with manufacturer sponsors, including: Capital Race Cars, FireAde, Integra Shocks, Intercomp, Racing Electronics, Rocket Chassis and TNT Rescue.

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 World of Outlaws events over the Internet to fans around the world. Learn more about the World of Outlaws.

 

 

ROAD TO LAST CALL: Logan Schuchart In Contention For First Championship
Shark Racing has gone from trying to make races to a championship caliber team in seven years

CONCORD, NC — Oct. 27, 2020 — Logan Schuchart arrived on the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series tour six years ago with the simple goal of making and finishing races.

This year, with two races remaining, he’s in contention for his first Series championship.

The Hanover, PA driver is currently second in points with a 46-point deficit to reigning champion Brad Sweet, heading into the Nov. 6-7 World of Outlaws Last Call at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

“From where we’ve came from, all that we’ve overcome to get where we are, you know, I feel like this is a very successful season as it is,” Schuchart said. “But, you know, we started the season with a goal of finishing third. We’re in there. But definitely, we know we’re in a spot with an opportunity and we’re going to try and take advantage of it. I feel like we have a lot to learn and areas of where we can get better. Hopefully we can make these last races count and put some pressure on him (Sweet).”

He started the year strong with seven top-five finishes in a row – two of them wins – and took the points lead at Knoxville Raceway when the Series returned to racing in May. A mistake while trying to catch Sweet for the lead at Beaver Dam Raceway in June took him out of the race and allowed Sweet to take the top spot in the standings.

A couple of weeks later he and his Shark Racing team found their footing again by winning the Jackson Nationals, which was their first crown jewel victory and Schuchart’s 20th career World of Outlaws win. They visited Victory Lane a couple of weeks later at the Terre Haute Action Track and then Schuchart reclaimed the points lead at Knoxville shortly after.

Despite having a run of 24 top-10 finishes in a row, which included a win at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, Schuchart lost the points lead again to Sweet at Huset’s Speedway and has been on the hunt to get it back ever since. The points gap between them has looked like an accordion with the level of their consistency swaying each week. Sweet has tried to pull away, but Schuchart has kept a tight enough grip on the defending championship to not let him out of reach.

Sweet admitted that while going after his first championship last year he let the points situation get to him at times. Schuchart, with a chuckle, said he doesn’t think he’s felt the same way, yet.

“It’s definitely brought up a lot,” he said. “So, it makes me think about it more than I really am. I’m not going to say I don’t look at it during the week or when I’m tagged on something on Twitter. I’m out here because I want to win races. I definitely want to win championships and what that would mean to my career. I feel like I’m young and have plenty of chances to do that and I want to continue to learn and get better and be the best I can be. With that, hopefully that will come.”

It’s been a vigorous journey to the top for the Shark Racing team, owned by Schuchart’s grandfather and Hall of Fame Sprint Car driver Bobby Allen. When the team brought Schuchart and Jacob Allen on the World of Outlaws tour full-time in 2014, Bobby Allen said each driver had one motor for the season. That meant they mostly had to fight to make Features and when they did, they couldn’t always run every lap.

Then sponsors like Priority Aviation and their current full-time sponsor Drydene came on board, bringing more capital to the team. With more funding came more success and more ability to expand their program.

“When we pull into a racetrack, I don’t think anyone has better motors than we do,” Bobby Allen said. “And it wasn’t that way until this year. We had good motors, but you could run them part of the year, maybe three-quarters of the way. This year and next year we can be even with anybody at any given time. Logan and Jacob both.”

Schuchart’s focus will be to keep the pressure on Sweet during the Last Call. With two wins already at the 4/10-mile Charlotte track, he’ll look for one or two more and cut into the 46-point gap keeping him from a championship.

“Right now, we have our eye on finishing out the season strong,” Schuchart said. “Charlotte is a really good one for us. I’d just like to finish the season strong and hopefully get another win or two. It’s going to be tough to beat Brad (Sweet), but at least try to keep the pressure on him.”

For tickets to the Nov. 6-7 World of Outlaws Last Call at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, click here.

If you can't make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

DRIVER POINTS
1. Brad Sweet –
2. Logan Schuchart -46
3. Donny Schatz -64
4. Sheldon Haudenschild -128
5. Carson Macedo -254

TEAM POINTS
1. Kasey Kahne Racing –
2. Jason Johnson Racing -30
3. Shark Racing -46
4. Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing -64
5. Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing -128

 

 

World of Outlaws and DIRTcar Banquets Canceled For 2020

CONCORD, NC – World of Outlaws and DIRTcar officials have decided to cancel all banquets for the 2020 season. This includes the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series, Super DIRTcar Series, DIRTcar Summer Nationals and Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals, DIRTcar Northeast, Hoosier Tire Weekly Racing and all other DIRTcar divisions.

With the health and safety of everyone in mind during the COVID-19 pandemic, officials decided cancelling the banquets this year would be in the best interest of teams, drivers and staff. All posted awards for weekly racing for 2020 will be paid by mail on the previously scheduled banquet date. The DIRTcar NE awards will be paid on November 21, 2020 and DIRTcar Midwest awards will be paid on January 9, 2021. More details will follow to each member from DIRTcar directly.

Drivers and teams in Series that were able to put together a season will still be awarded their points funds and trophies.

A champion for the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models and the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars will be crowned during the exciting four-day World of Outlaws Last Call at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. The Late Models will compete Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 4-5, while the Sprint Cars will compete Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-7.

The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model 2021 schedule has been released and is available at WorldofOutlaws.com. Keep an eye on the World of Outlaws and DIRTcar sites and social channels for the upcoming release of each Series’ 2021 schedule.

 

 

HIGHLIGHT HAUD: Sheldon Haudenschild Excites With Kokomo Win In His 300th Start
Logan Schuchart closes points gap to Brad Sweet entering the season finale at the World of Outlaws Last Call

KOKOMO, IN — Oct. 24, 2020 — A raise of his NOS Energy Drink can to the crowd and a delighted sip from it was all Sheldon Haudenschild needed to do to acknowledge his career milestone Saturday night at Kokomo Speedway.

The Wooster, OH driver claimed his seventh win of the 2020 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season in his 300th start. He entered the year with seven wins in total through his three years as a full-time driver.

“I feel like having the crew and the team behind you gets your confidence to a whole nother level,” Haudenschild said. “I feel like I’m just getting a glimpse of what Donny (Schatz) has had for a long time. Just trying to keep the same guys together and keeping the team together and growing as a team. Not just as myself. That’s been my biggest goal this year, just work good with my guys and work on myself as a driver and just try to get the whole package together.”

To claim the win in the Series first time back to Kokomo since 2015, he had to beat the driver he mention – 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz.

The two started on the front row for the 40-lap Feature, and each had a milestone to try and achieve. Haudenschild was looking to win in his 300th career start, while Schatz was on the hunt for his 300th career win.

Haudenschild wasn’t shy about the onslaught he was willing to put on to achieve that milestone either. While mixed in a three-way battle for the lead on the final lap of the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, Haudenschild threw the slide job of the year on Aaron Reutzel and Schatz to steal the Dash win in the final corner.

That set him up as the early favorite to conquer the quarter-mile speedway for 40 laps. And when the Feature commenced, he didn’t let that theory down. Haudenschild led the opening lap and pulled away from Schatz in the early stage of the race.

However, Haudenschild was already in heavy traffic by Lap 6. That allowed Schatz to reel in the NOS Energy Drink #17. While Haudenschild tried to navigate his way through traffic around the high side of the track, Schatz worked the bottom.

Schatz snuck underneath Haudenschild on Lap 8 and the two raced side by side for about the entire circuit. With a slower car blocking Haudenschild’s lane off Turn 4 and Schatz gifted clean air on the bottom, the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing CARQUEST #15 pulled ahead to officially take the lead on Lap 9.

With Schatz out front, Haudenschild broke out his notebook and pen and went to school. He studied what Schatz was doing; what lines he was running. Haudenschild could make the most speed up top, but at times he overstayed his welcome along the cushion. At times he bounced off of it, allowing Schatz to pull further away.

After three cautions, Haudenschild had gathered enough notes to put his newfound knowledge to the test.

On the restart with 17 laps to go, Haudenschild placed his car up high in Turns 1 and 2 to build a run that would rocket him down the backstretch. He used that momentum to sneak underneath Schatz the next corner and drag race with him down the front stretch. When they found their way back to Turns 1 and 2, Haudenschild and Schatz ran side by side, inches apart, in perfect tandem through the corner.

They remained that way down the back stretch before Haudenschild made better work of the low lane than Schatz could of the top and reclaimed the lead on Lap 25.

“I got the lead there early and Donny got by us,” Haudenschild said. “I just tried to watch Donny there. You can learn a lot from watching him. He is so smooth and makes it look so easy. He was just running a little bit higher and keeping his speed up. I kind of slowed her down in (turns) three and four and just started to hit the bottom a little slower and started to get off the corner. I got under him and ran beside him for a couple laps there and was able to clear him.”

Once Haudenschild reclaimed the lead from Schatz, he never relinquished it. Schatz maintained the runner-up finish – his second podium in a row.

“He was better than we were,” Schatz said about Haudenschild. “He made the top in (turns) one and two work. I wasn’t going to do it. He was up the fence and it just wasn’t me. I tried to make something else work and he got the best of us on that. That’s what got the win.”

While Haudenschild pulled away with the victory in the final five laps, reigning champion and current points leader Brad Sweet captured most of the attention. He was in position to finish fourth, but a cloud of smoke, laced with oil, began to billow from his engine. The smoke blew the entire way around the track and worsened as he went. Sweet slowed and fell to an 11th-place finish.

With two races remaining this season, that helped Schatz, Haudenschild and Logan Schuchart, who finished third after starting ninth, chip away at Sweet’s lead.

“I'd liked to put pressure on him (Sweet),” said Schuchart, who is currently second in points. “He has a good lead right now. Those guys are fast every night. I’m just proud of what this team did this year and if we can put some pressure on him in these last two races and make something happen. We run good at Charlotte and I think the last time we were here at Kokomo we were lap traffic. So, I just want to keep growing with this Drydene performance products team.”

Entering the Nov. 6-7 season ending World of Outlaws Last Call at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Sweet now holds a 46-point lead over Schuchart, a 64-point lead over Schatz and a 128-point lead over Haudenschild. And for the team championship, Kasey Kahne Racing holds a 30-point lead over Jason Johnson Racing.

UP NEXT

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, on Nov. 6-7, returns to The Dirt Track at Charlotte for the season ending World of Outlaws Last Call.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

RESULTS

NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1][$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [2][$5,500]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [9][$3,200]; 4. 9-James McFadden [14][$2,800]; 5. 2-Carson Macedo [16][$2,500]; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen [7][$2,300]; 7. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [10][$2,200]; 8. 11-Ian Madsen [12][$2,100]; 9. 41-David Gravel [22][$2,050]; 10. 87-Aaron Reutzel [3][$2,000]; 11. 49-Brad Sweet [4][$1,500]; 12. 7S-Jason Sides [23][$1,200]; 13. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [18][$1,100]; 14. 16-DJ Foos [24][$1,050]; 15. 14-Tim Kaeding [21][$1,000]; 16. 26-Cory Eliason [6][$900]; 17. 71X-Spencer Bayston [13][$800]; 18. 11K-Kraig Kinser [20][$800]; 19. 83-Dominic Scelzi [8][$800]; 20. 72-Daryn Pittman [25][$]; 21. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [15][$800]; 22. 67-Buddy Kofoid [11][$800]; 23. 5K-Paul Nienhiser [19][$800]; 24. 71-Shane Stewart [5][$800]; 25. 2C-Wayne Johnson [17][$800]; Lap Leaders: Sheldon Haudenschild 1-8, 25-40; Donny Schatz 9-24; KSE Hard Charger Award: 41-David Gravel[+13]

Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.031; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.102; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 11.122; 4. 71-Shane Stewart, 11.138; 5. 14-Tim Kaeding, 11.151; 6. 5R-Ryan Ruhl, 11.291; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 11.298; 8. 67-Buddy Kofoid, 11.342; 9. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 11.353; 10. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg, 11.412; 11. 71X-Spencer Bayston, 11.417; 12. 5K-Paul Nienhiser, 11.457; 13. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 11.516; 14. 21X-Brinton Marvel, 11.591; 15. 21-Carson Short, 11.608; 16. 33M-Mason Daniel, 11.647; 17. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.701; 18. 27Z-Zane Devault, 11.828; 19. 1-Nate Dussel, 11.893; 20. 6M-Justin Grant, 11.991; 21. 6-Bill Rose, 12.123; 22. 16C-Tyler Rankin, 12.328

Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 49-Brad Sweet, 10.981; 2. 26-Cory Eliason, 11.118; 3. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 11.128; 4. 83-Dominic Scelzi, 11.178; 5. 7BC-Tyler Courtney, 11.187; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.198; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.225; 8. 11-Ian Madsen, 11.226; 9. 41-David Gravel, 11.227; 10. 72-Daryn Pittman, 11.232; 11. 16-DJ Foos, 11.241; 12. 5X-Justin Peck, 11.279; 13. 9-James McFadden, 11.399; 14. 101-Austin McCarl, 11.411; 15. 18-Gary Taylor, 11.538; 16. 2-Carson Macedo, 11.69; 17. 19-Chris Windom, 11.879; 18. 98-Clinton Boyles, 12.012; 19. 5S-Chase Stockon, 12.126; 20. 22-Koby Barksdale, 12.156; 21. 6X-Frank Rodgers, 12.71; 22. 19P-Paige Polyak, NT

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink® Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: 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, DART, and KSE Racing Products ; manufacturer sponsors include FireAde, Intercomp, Racing Electronics, and TNT Rescue.

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.

 

 

ROAD TO LAST CALL: Brad Sweet Closing In On Second Title A new year with new challenges hasn’t changed Sweet and Kasey Kahne Racing’s reign

KOKOMO, IN — Oct. 22, 2020 — Brad Sweet is in the same situation he put himself in last year.

He’s again atop the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series points standings with three races remaining.

However, this time, the weight of the situation has dropped a few pounds.

Last year, Sweet entered the final three races with a 32-point lead over 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz. That was enough to hold off Schatz by four points and claim his first championship – the closest championship battle in Series history. This year, the defending champion enters the final three events – starting this Saturday at Kokomo Speedway – with a 62-point lead over Logan Schuchart after back to back second-place finishes. That extra gap and knowing how to hold it has Sweet breathing a little easier as he nears the Nov. 6-7 season ending World of Outlaws Last Call at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

“I feel more relaxed this year I think,” said Sweet, of Grass Valley, CA. “At the end of the day all you can do is go out there and try your best. Try to perform and I think I’m a little more focused on winning races. Last year, I think we did get caught up in the points battle a little bit just because it was the first one. This year, I really want to win. I just want to end this year as strong as possible and have something to build on for next year.”

The biggest difference this year is Sweet has two championship battles to worry about – the driver championship and the team championship for his Kasey Kahne Racing team. KKR is currently 34 points ahead of Jason Johnson Racing for the team title. Although, even with the extra work, Sweet isn’t letting the pressure get to him.

“This year, I haven’t let myself get too bothered by it,” Sweet said about the points battles. “Obviously, being a two-time champion is much better than being a one-time champion. So, obviously, you want to win the championship. The points are super important; super hard to win every year. It brings a lot of money to the team. It brings a lot of exposure to the sponsors and everything like that. You really want to accomplish that. We’re focused on bringing Kasey Kahne Racing its third championship and, hopefully, myself a second championship. I think if we stay focused and do our job, we’re absolutely capable of accomplishing that.”

A second title for Sweet would put him in a rare and elite category. Currently, only five drivers have ever won multiple World of Outlaws Sprint Car championships – Steve Kinser, Sammy Swindell, Mark Kinser, Donny Schatz and Jason Meyers. He would also become the second driver to deny Schatz a championship for two years in a row. Meyers was the first in 2010-2011.

Sweet and KKR, led by Crew Chief Eric Prutzman, have collected eight wins, so far, this season, but Sweet is hungry for more. His last win came almost two months ago at I-80 Speedway. Since then, he’s collected 10 top-fives in his last 15 starts; four of them being runner-up finishes.

“Hopefully we can get this NAPA car back in Victory Lane,” he said. “Obviously, when you’re winning and running good the points will take care of themselves. I feel good. Obviously, you never know what can happen in racing. Always just try to stay positive and try to get the best finish we can each night.”

While Sweet sits atop the points with a healthy lead, his season hasn’t gone as perfect as he’d like. He started the year strong by picking up a win in February at Volusia Speedway Park, claimed another DIRTcar Nationals championship and left the season opening event with the points lead. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit and racing went on a two-month hiatus. When racing resumed, Sweet lost the points lead to Schuchart during the first race back at Knoxville. Six races and three wins later, he reclaimed it.

He picked up three more wins shortly after, but then went on a rare streak of three DNFs in a row. The last time that happened to him was in 2013 before his rookie season. That resulted in him losing the points lead to Schatz at Lernerville Speedway. A few races later, he took it back before losing it again to Schuchart during their return to Knoxville. It took him seven races to get it back again from the Schuchart, who is going after his first title, and he’s yet to let go of it since.

“It’s been an up and down year, kind of for everybody,” Sweet said. “For us, we’ve had kind of a weird year. To still be going for the point championship and be leading with [three] to go is kind of crazy to me. But it says a lot about our race team that we’ve been able to overcome a ton of adversity this year. It’s just one of those things if we can win it. It’ll be awesome to go back to back. I know that we’re going to need to be stronger next year and we need to finish this year as strong as possible to accomplish that.”

For tickets to the Oct. 24 event at Kokomo Speedway, click here.

If you can't make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

DRIVER POINTS 1. Brad Sweet – 2. Logan Schuchart -62 3. Donny Schatz -82 4. Sheldon Haudenschild -150 5. Carson Macedo -266

TEAM POINTS 1. Kasey Kahne Racing – 2. Jason Johnson Racing -34 3. Shark Racing -62 4. Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing -82 5. Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing -150

REMAINING RACES Oct. 24 – Kokomo Speedway – Tickets Nov. 6-7 – World of Outlaws Last Call at The Dirt Track at Charlotte – Tickets

 

 

World of Outlaws Last Call Replaces World Finals as 2020 Season-Ender

Can-Am World Finals Postponed to 2021

CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 19, 2020) – With continued COVID-19 restrictions impacting the sports and entertainment world, officials at the World of Outlaws and The Dirt Track at Charlotte have announced that the Can-Am World Finals, originally scheduled for Nov. 5-7, has been postponed to 2021. However, the two premier dirt racing series will still end the 2020 season at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, with the World of Outlaws Last Call featuring the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 4-5, and the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-7, for a four-day show this year. Due to N.Y. State travel restrictions, the Super DIRTcar Series will not participate.

“Unfortunately, the current restrictions make it impossible to have the world’s three premiere racing series in the Pit area together,” said World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter. “But if any year needs to end with a bang it’s 2020. As frustrating as 2020 has been, we’re going to end it in spectacular fashion. All dirt roads still lead to Charlotte.”

Limited two-day Late Model and Sprint Car event tickets and Pit Passes for the World of Outlaws Last Call will be available on worldofoutlaws.com tomorrow, Oct. 20, at 9AM ET. CDC protocol and social distancing will be required. All grandstand tickets will be General Admission, and there will be no cross-over between Pit Area and Grandstands. Single-day tickets, if still available, will go on sale on Oct. 28.

Current Can-Am World Finals ticket holders will have the first opportunity to secure tickets to the 2021 World Finals or may elect to receive a full refund. Ticket holders and campers for the original event are encouraged to visit CharlotteMotorSpeedway.com for further details regarding renewals for 2021 or refunds.

“We’ve been hopeful for the past several weeks that North Carolina’s pandemic restrictions would lift, enabling us to fill the grandstands for the very best in dirt track championship racing,” said Charlotte Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Greg Walter. “Unfortunately, the current limitations prohibit us from executing the Can-Am World Finals in the manner that fans from around the world have come to expect. Our efforts are focused on making 2021 the best yet.”

The Can-Am World Finals annually attracts fans from all fifty states and several foreign countries to witness the season finales of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series and the Super DIRTcar Series.

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McClassic: James McFadden leads triumphant night for Kasey Kahne Racing at Lake Ozark
Brad Sweet and Kasey Kahne Racing make significant gains in the championship points battle

ELDON, MO — Oct. 17, 2020 — Water glazed James McFadden’s eyes. His lips quivered with every word.

The emotions of winning the Jason Johnson Classic Saturday night at Lake Ozark Speedway with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series started to get to him.

“Jason (Johnson) was a close friend to our family and we spent a lot of time in Australia together,” McFadden said. “To get this is huge. It’s a privilege to be here and unreal to get the win.”

McFadden, of Warrnambool, VIC, Australia, had been through a crazy year already. He ran the DIRTcar Nationals in February and then was unable to returned to the United States from Australia for five months to continue running the Karavan Trailers #9 car for Kasey Kahne Racing due to COVID-19 restrictions. Once he was able to make the leap back over, he and the team toyed with a victory on multiple occasions.

The Aussie and KKR had done the same last year, picking up three runner-up finishes with the Series. They’d found success at other levels, winning the 360 Knoxville Nationals in 2019, but never scored a World of Outlaws victory together.

Entering the night at Lake Ozark, they had no clear data to tell them a win would be guaranteed as it was McFadden’s first ever start at the 1/3-mile speedway. But numbers on a paper – or lack thereof – meant nothing to the driver that cut his teeth on bullring tracks in Australia and to KKR, which scored a win at the track last year.

McFadden led from green to checkers in the 41-lap Feature, holding off multiple slid job attempts from Sweet, to claim his second career Series win and the $15,000 top prize.

“It’s so good,” McFadden said about finally getting a Series win with KKR. “We’ve been so close.

“I’ve got to thank my Karavan guys; KKR; Curb Records; Team ASE. I’m pretty pumped. This is my [most special] win. To do it is unreal.”

KKR dominated the night with Sweet first setting Quick Time in Qualifying. Sweet and McFadden both went on to win their Drydene Heat Race and McFadden won the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, holding off Sweet for the win.

The teammates held the top two spots for the entire Feature. Sweet closed on McFadden at various points throughout the race and tried to throw a slider on him in Turns 3 and 4 twice. Both attempts failed as Sweet had to bail on his attempt or risk plowing into the side of McFadden.

Each time Sweet bailed on his slider he lost three car lengths to McFadden and allowed third-place Donny Schatz to close on him. On a restart with 13 laps to go, McFadden, Sweet and Schatz went three-wide for the lead, but their epic battle ended with another caution before the lap was completed.

The Feature saw six cautions throughout the 41 laps and McFadden had every restart mastered. Sweet would dive into Turn 1 to show his nose to McFadden in the corner, but the orange #9 car out powered Sweet’s NAPA Auto Parts #49 off Turn 2 each time.

With a handle on the high groove in the closing laps, McFadden beat Sweet to the finish line by nearly two seconds.

“I nearly gave it away with three to go,” McFadden said. “When you’ve got Donny (Schatz) and Brad (Sweet) behind you, you’ve got to give it 100 percent. It’s tough. Those guys are racing for points. You don’t want to make a mistake and get in their way. Just super pumped to get the win.”

While Sweet had to settle for his second runner-up finish in a row, and his 10th second-place finish with the Series this year, he and KKR made significant gains in the driver and team championship points. With Logan Schuchart, who is currently second in points, finishing 16th, Sweet is now 62 points ahead of him. And with Shane Stewart – driving the Jason Johnson Racing #41 – finishing 15th, KKR is now 34 points ahead of JJR for the team title hunt.

“I kind of got a little conservative thinking about the points, which sucks, you shouldn’t do that,” said Sweet, of Grass Valley, CA. “He (McFadden) was fast and drove a great race. Just happy to bring the NAPA Auto Parts car home in second tonight.”

Schatz rounded out the podium and made his own gain on Schuchart in the points chase. He currently sits third, 20 points behind Schuchart and 82 points behind Sweet.

“It was a guessing game of what was going to happen when they redid the track there for the Feature,” said Schatz, of Fargo, ND. “It got really fast on the top and kind of took everything away from the bottom. Kind of thought that’s where it was going to go, so that’s the direction we went. We tightened the car up and got laid over a little too much.”

Their championship battle is now down to three races to go.

UP NEXT

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, on Sat., Oct. 24, returns to Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo, IN. Click here for tickets.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

RESULTS

NOS Energy Drink Feature (41 Laps) – 1. 9-James McFadden [1][$15,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [2][$5,725]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [4][$3,425]; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen [22][$3,025]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [15][$2,725]; 6. 87-Aaron Reutzel [6][$2,525]; 7. 14-Tim Kaeding [11][$2,425]; 8. 26-Cory Eliason [5][$2,325]; 9. 71-Parker Price-Miller [13][$2,275]; 10. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [17][$2,225]; 11. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [18][$1,725]; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser [8][$1,425]; 13. 1A-Jacob Allen [7][$1,325]; 14. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [10][$1,275]; 15. 41-Shane Stewart [12][$1,225]; 16. 1S-Logan Schuchart [14][$1,125]; 17. 2-Carson Macedo [21][$1,025]; 18. 83-Dominic Scelzi [23][$1,000]; 19. 7S-Jason Sides [20][$1,000]; 20. 18-Gio Scelzi [3][$1,000]; 21. 72-Daryn Pittman [9][$1,000]; 22. 11-Ian Madsen [16][$1,000]; 23. 2C-Wayne Johnson [24][$1,000]; 24. 21-Brian Brown [19][$1,000]; 25. 6-Bill Rose [25][$]; Lap Leaders: James McFadden 1-41; KSE Hard Charger Award: 2M-Kerry Madsen[+18]

Qualifying – 1. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.402; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.464; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.496; 4. 18-Gio Scelzi, 11.512; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.519; 6. 9-James McFadden, 11.575; 7. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 11.587; 8. 26-Cory Eliason, 11.599; 9. 71-Parker Price-Miller, 11.636; 10. 3-Ayrton Gennetten, 11.648; 11. 21-Brian Brown, 11.656; 12. 41-Shane Stewart, 11.669; 13. 2-Carson Macedo, 11.716; 14. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 11.727; 15. 14-Tim Kaeding, 11.742; 16. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.745; 17. 72-Daryn Pittman, 11.754; 18. 83-Dominic Scelzi, 11.808; 19. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.844; 20. 11-Ian Madsen, 11.858; 21. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 11.86; 22. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg, 11.883; 23. 99-Skylar Gee, 11.954; 24. 24-Terry McCarl, 12.001; 25. 7BC-Tyler Courtney, 12.006; 26. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer, 12.14; 27. 14E-Kyle Bellm, 12.205; 28. 6-Bill Rose, 12.226; 29. 35-Skylar Prochaska, 12.253; 30. 33M-Mason Daniel, 12.258; 31. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 12.319; 32. 75-Tyler Blank, 12.45; 33. 5-Kory Bales, 12.7; 34. 21B-Adam Parmeley, NT; 35. 6X-Frank Rodgers, NT

 

 

HONOR AND PRIVILEGE: Shane Stewart Wins In Debut With Jason Johnson Racing At Lakeside
Jason Johnson Racing closes championship points gap and Brad Sweet extends his lead

KANSAS CITY, KS — Oct. 16, 2020 — Shane Stewart showed the emotion of a first time winner Friday night at Lakeside Speedway.

He bathed in confetti, waved the checkered flag with glee and smiled with pride for every photograph.

However, it was his 36th career World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series victory and his second of the 2020 season. What made it one of his most prized victories is he won driving for his late friend Jason Johnson’s team.

Stewart made his debut in the Jason Johnson Racing #41 car at Lakeside, sporting a red throwback scheme that resembled Johnson’s Knoxville Nationals winning car and kept it up front all night, leading every lap in the Feature.

“What’re the odds of just throwing a guy in car with a team he hasn’t worked with ever and go out and win an Outlaw race,” said Stewart, of Bixby, OK. “It just shows how well prepared this (JJR) race team is. It hasn’t sunk in yet. It probably won’t for a couple of days.”

Stewart and the team spent the early half of Friday getting his seat and seat belts fitted in the car, but Stewart felt at home the second he fired up the Mesilla Valley Transportation #41.

They unloaded with speed, qualifying seventh to start the night. Stewart then finished second in his Drydene Heat Race, placing him in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash. With the luck of drawing the Dash pole, he went on to win the 6-lap race and claim the pole for the 30-lap Feature.

“Man, I’ve been in so many different cars now,” said Stewart, who has driven for five different teams in 2020. “I know measurements and where my seat needs to be to be comfortable. And it was close. You put your seat in and you change your belts, you really don’t know where you’re going to be until you start it. Once I started it, I knew I was going to be OK.”

When the Feature commenced, Stewart drag raced second-place Daryn Pittman to Turn 1. On entrance, Pittman went high while Stewart hammered his car down into the corner and slid up in front of Pittman by the exit of Turn 2. From then on, Stewart left everyone else to fight for second as he pulled away.

Sheldon Haudenschild made an early run at Pittman for the runner-up spot before fading late in the race. The hunter among the prey for the majority of the race was “The Big Cat” Brad Sweet. The reigning champion and current points leader wasted little time navigating through the field of cars in front of him. He was in the top-10 by Lap 2. He found the top-five by Lap 12. And then made his way to the podium by Lap 14.

Two cautions in that time frame helped Sweet make quick work on his charge forward. They also highlighted the strength of Stewart’s car, which lit a fuse and rocketed ahead of the field each restart.

With three laps to go, Sweet found another gear. He passed Pittman for second and closed to within a car length of Stewart on the final lap.

However, with his emotions in check, Stewart hit his marks and held off Sweet to claim the big win.

“I knew if someone was going to beat me tonight that they would have to have an exceptionally good car,” Stewart said. You just don’t get cars like that very often. I know why this team is fast. I’ve chased this (#41 car) a lot. In many different cars I’ve chased this car. Hats off to this (JJR) group. You can see they work together so well… Man what an honor to win for Jason and Bobbi (John