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  1. 2019 World of Outlaws Schedule: 92 Races in 25 States CONCORD, NC – December 4, 2019 – With great excitement, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series announces its 2019 schedule that will see The Greatest Show on Dirt invade 25 different states and compete 92 times at 53 different facilities throughout the season. The full 2019 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series schedule can be viewed here. “We are looking forward to another great season of World of Outlaws racing in 2019,” longtime Series Director Carlton Reimers said. “On the strength of our excellent relationships with tracks and promoters, we are eager to get the season started with our determined teams for our dedicated fans.” With driver and team changes taking the majority of the early off-season spotlight, the official announcement of the full schedule heightens the excitement for the 2019 season as the days wind down until the 48th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park on February 5th-16th in Barberville, FL. Following Florida, the World of Outlaws will head west with stops in Texas and Las Vegas before spending the entire month of March in California, where the Series will stop at eight different facilities, including the return to Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford on Friday, March 29. An additional date in Arizona at USA Raceway in Tucson will open April before the Series heads east for the $20,000-to-win Texas Outlaw Nationals at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, TX on April 12-13. May remains consistent, with the Series’ first visit of the season to the East Coast with stops in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and North Carolina. May crosses into June with the much-anticipated inaugural $25,000-to-win Music City Outlaw Nationals at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway that will take place Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1 in the heart of Music City, TN. With the premier drivers comes premier events and as the summer begins to heat up, the World of Outlaws will take center stage at every marquee event, starting at the three-day, $41,000-to-win Jackson Nationals in Jackson, MN. Kings Royal weekend at the famous Eldora Speedway promises to be one to remember as a significant purse increase has been confirmed. Following Kings Royal, the Outlaws will take place in four straight events that pay at least $20,000-to-win at Lernerville Speedway (Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup), Williams Grove Speedway (Champion Racing Oil Summer Nationals) and Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (Ironman 55) before ending the lucrative stretch at “The Granddaddy of Them All” the Knoxville Nationals. Following the Nationals, the Outlaws will head west once again with stops in the Dakotas and Montana before their annual stop in Washington and Oregon and fall swing through California. Added to the fall West Coast swing is the Series inaugural visit to Fernley 95A Speedway in Nevada on Sunday, September 15. A return of the two-day Boot Hill Showdown at Dodge City Raceway Park and the final stops of the year at the popular Eldora and Lernerville Speedway’s lead the Outlaws to the Champion Racing Oil National Open at Williams Grove Speedway, which will pay $56,000-to-win. After a final cycle through the Midwest, the World of Outlaws will finish up on the East Coast at Port Royal Speedway before concluding the season alongside the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series and Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds at the World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway on November 7-9. With new faces, new partners and the same heart-pounding excitement of 800-plus horsepower Sprint Cars, the 2019 World of Outlaws season promises to be nothing short of spectacular. The full 2019 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series schedule can be viewed here. All 92 nights of Outlaw racing, including the Knoxville Nationals, will be available LIVE on DIRTVision.com! 2019 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series ScheduleFEBRUARY Fri. Feb. 8 DIRTcar Nationals Volusia Speedway Park Barberville, FL Buy Tickets Event Info Sat. Feb. 9 DIRTcar Nationals Volusia Speedway Park Barberville, FL Buy Tickets Event Info Sun. Feb. 10 DIRTcar Nationals Volusia Speedway Park Barberville, FL Buy Tickets Event Info Fri. Feb. 22 Cotton Bowl Speedway Paige, TX Sat. Feb. 23 East Texas LoneStar Shootout LoneStar Speedway Kilgore, TX Wed. Feb. 27 FVP Platinum Battery Outlaw Showdown presented by Star Nursery The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV Buy Tickets Thurs. Feb. 28 FVP Platinum Battery Outlaw Showdown presented by Star Nursery The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV Buy Tickets MARCH Fri. March 8 Thunderbowl Raceway Tulare, CA 559-688-0909 Sat. March 9 Thunderbowl Raceway Tulare, CA 559-688-0909 Fri. March 15 Silver Dollar Speedway Chico, CA Sat. March 16 FVP Platinum Battery Western Spring Shootout Stockton Dirt Track Stockton, CA Wed. March 20 49er Gold Rush Classic presented by Riebes NAPA Placerville Speedway Placerville, CA Fri. March 22 Ocean Outlaw Showdown Ocean Speedway Watsonville, CA Sat. March 23 Calistoga Speedway Calistoga, CA Fri. March 29 Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds Hanford, CA Sat. March 30 SoCal Showdown Perris Auto Speedway Perris, CA APRIL Fri. April 5 USA Raceway Tucson, AZ Sat. April 6 Arizona Desert Shootout Arizona Speedway Queen Creek, AZ Fri. April 12 Texas Outlaw Nationals Devil's Bowl Speedway Mesquite, TX Sat. April 13 Texas Outlaw Nationals Devil's Bowl Speedway Mesquite, TX Fri. April 26 Lake Ozark Speedway Lake of the Ozarks, MO Sat. April 27 Spring Classic Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 Pevely, MO Sun. April 28 Jacksonville Speedway Jacksonville, IL MAY Fri. May 3 Riverside International Speedway West Memphis, AR Sat. May 4 Tri-State Speedway Haubstadt, IN Get Info Fri. May 10 #LetsRaceTwo Eldora Speedway Rossburg, OH Sat. May 11 #LetsRaceTwo Eldora Speedway Rossburg, OH Wed. May 15 Gettysburg Clash Lincoln Speedway Abbottstown, PA Fri. May 17 Morgan Cup Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg, PA 717-697-5000 Sat. May 18 Morgan Cup Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg, PA 717-697-5000 Sun. May 19 Weedsport Speedway Weedsport, NY Tues. May 21 Design For Vision/Sunglass Central Speedway at Bridgeport Bridgeport, NJ Fri. May 24 Outlaw Showdown The Dirt Track at Charlotte Concord, NC Mon. May 27 Memorial Day Spectacular presented by KOI Auto Parts Lawrenceburg Speedway Lawrenceburg, IN Fri. May 31 Music City Outlaw Nationals Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, TN Buy Tickets JUNE Sat. June 1 Music City Outlaw Nationals Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, TN Buy Tickets Tues. June 4 Fairbury American Legion Speedway Fairbury, IL Fri. June 7 Northern Tour River Cities Speedway Grand Forks, ND Sat. June 8 Granite City Speedway Sauk Rapids, MN Fri. June 14 Brownells Big Guns Bash with the World of Outlaws Knoxville Raceway Knoxville, IA Sat. June 15 Brownells Big Guns Bash with the World of Outlaws Knoxville Raceway Knoxville, IA Fri. June 21 Farley Speedway Farley, IA Sat. June 22 Jim "JB" Boyd Memorial presented by Karavan Trailers Beaver Dam Raceway Beaver Dam, WI Thurs. June 27 41st Annual AGCO Jackson Nationals Jackson Motorplex Jackson, MN Fri. June 28 41st Annual AGCO Jackson Nationals Jackson Motorplex Jackson, MN Sat. June 29 41st Annual AGCO Jackson Nationals Jackson Motorplex Jackson, MN JULY Wed. July 3 Brown County Speedway Aberdeen, SD Fri. July 5 FVP Platinum Battery Showdown Cedar Lake Speedway New Richmond, WI Sat. July 6 FVP Platinum Battery Showdown Cedar Lake Speedway New Richmond, WI Fri. July 12 Hartford Speedway Hartford, MI Sat. July 13 Badger 40 Wilmot Raceway Wilmot, WI Tues. July 16 Ohio Logistics Brad Doty Classic Attica Raceway Park Attica, OH Thurs. July 18 Jokers Wild Eldora Speedway Rossburg, OH Fri. July 19 Knight Before the Kings Royal Eldora Speedway Rossburg, OH Sat. July 20 Kings Royal Eldora Speedway Rossburg, OH Tues. July 23 Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup Lernerville Speedway Sarver, PA Fri. July 26 Champion Racing Oil Summer Nationals Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg, PA 717-697-5000 Sat. July 27 Champion Racing Oil Summer Nationals Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg, PA 717-697-5000 AUGUST Fri. Aug. 2 Night Before the Ironman Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 Pevely, MO Sat. Aug. 3 Ironman 55 Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 Pevely, MO Wed. Aug. 7 Knoxville Nationals Knoxville Raceway Knoxville, IA Thurs. Aug. 8 Knoxville Nationals Knoxville Raceway Knoxville, IA Fri. Aug. 9 Knoxville Nationals Knoxville Raceway Knoxville, IA Sat. Aug. 10 Knoxville Nationals Knoxville Raceway Knoxville, IA Fri. Aug. 16 2nd Leg of the Northern Tour River Cities Speedway Grand Forks, ND Sat. Aug. 17 Duel in the Dakotas Red River Valley Speedway West Fargo, ND Fri. Aug. 23 Rushmore Outlaw Showdown Black Hills Speedway Rapid City, SD Sat. Aug. 24 The Brawl at Big Sky Speedway Big Sky Speedway Billings, MT Fri. Aug. 30 Outlaw Energy Showdown Skagit Speedway Alger, WA Sat. Aug. 31 Outlaw Energy Showdown Skagit Speedway Alger, WA SEPTEMBER Mon. Sept. 2 Grays Harbor Raceway Elma, WA Wed. Sept. 4 Willamette Speedway Lebanon, OR Fri. Sept. 6 Gold Cup Race of Champions Silver Dollar Speedway Chico, CA Sat. Sept. 7 Gold Cup Race of Champions Silver Dollar Speedway Chico, CA Fri. Sept. 13 Stockton Dirt Track Stockton, CA Sat. Sept. 14 Wine Country Outlaw Showdown Calistoga Speedway Calistoga, CA Sun. Sept. 15 Fernley 95A Speedway Fernley, NV Fri. Sept. 20 Outlaw Boot Hill Showdown Dodge City Raceway Park Dodge City, KS Sat. Sept. 21 Outlaw Boot Hill Showdown Dodge City Raceway Park Dodge City, KS Fri. Sept. 27 BeFour the Crowns Showdown Eldora Speedway Rossburg, OH Sat. Sept. 28 Commonwealth Clash Lernerville Speedway Sarver, PA OCTOBER Fri. Oct. 4 Champion Racing Oil National Open Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg, PA 717-697-5000 Sat. Oct. 5 Champion Racing Oil National Open Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg, PA 717-697-5000 Fri. Oct. 11 TBA Sat. Oct. 12 Wabash Clash Terre Haute Action Track Terre Haute, IN Fri. Oct. 18 FVP Platinum Battery Shootout Lakeside Speedway Kansas City, KS Sat. Oct. 19 TBA Fri. Oct. 25 Nittany Showdown Port Royal Speedway Port Royal, PA Sat. Oct. 26 Nittany Showdown Port Royal Speedway Port Royal, PA NOVEMBER Thurs. Nov. 7 World of Outlaws World Finals The Dirt Track at Charlotte Concord, NC Fri. Nov. 8 World of Outlaws World Finals The Dirt Track at Charlotte Concord, NC Sat. Nov. 9 World of Outlaws World Finals The Dirt Track at Charlotte Concord, NC
  2. Schatz Wins Thriller From 10th in 2018 Season Finale at Charlotte CHARLOTTE, NC – November 3, 2018 – In fitting fashion, Donny Schatz came from 10th at The Dirt Track at Charlotte to win the final night of the World Finals presented by Can-Am. Schatz wrapped up his 10th World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Championship on Thursday. Logan Schuchart, who exchanged slide jobs with Schatz coming to the White Flag, settled for second with ninth-starting Brad Sweet completing the podium. Spencer Bayston, in search of his first career World of Outlaws win, won the Sears Craftsman Dash, earning the pole for the 30-lap Feature alongside Carson Macedo, who won the second Dash. It was Macedo, who will join the Outlaws full-time with Kyle Larson Racing in 2019, getting the jump on the initial start to lead the opening circuit. Bayston remained in tow as fifth-starting Logan Schuchart darted to third on the second lap. Schuchart, who came from 20th to complete the podium Saturday afternoon, took second from Bayston on Lap 8 and set his eyes on Macedo. Schuchart went for the lead on Lap 9 with a big slide job in turn four, but Macedo powered around the Shark Racing No.1S. Schuchart took the lead on Lap 11 with a slide job in turn two but once again Macedo was ready with a slide job of his own out of turn four to lead the lap. Jason Sides brought out the first caution of the event on Lap 14. Schatz, who started 10th, went from sixth to fourth on the restart before Sheldon Haudenschild slowed on the following lap. On that restart Schatz maneuvered by Bayston and Schuchart for the runner-up position and began closing in on Macedo. Macedo set a strong pace and looked poised out front in his second night racing for KLR but it was not meant to be as a flat right rear tire sent the Lemoore, CA native into the wall with 23 laps complete. Schatz inherited the lead, but his job was far from done as a determined Schuchart stayed right with the Champion on the restart. As Schuchart closed in on Schatz, the sellout crowd roared in anticipation of an upset victory. With two laps remaining, Schuchart pulled the big slide job through turn one and two but Schatz returned the favor on the other end to remain in command coming to the White Flag. A last-ditch effort from Schuchart came up just short as Schatz went on to win his 22nd Feature of the season. When asked about the pace set by young guns Macedo and Schuchart, Schatz said, “The sport’s pretty damn bright. Even the old guys can still get it done.” “Hats off to my guys, they have worked their butts off all season. I’m the hardest guy in the pits to work for because if it’s not perfect, I’m not happy,” Schatz said with a smile next to his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing No.15. “These guys do an excellent job night in and night out. I felt great on that restart with seven to go and I knew it would take someone with a lot of speed to stay with me and sure enough here comes the 1S.” Before celebrating his victory, Schatz showed true sportsmanship going over and congratulating Schuchart on a great, clean race. “I knew it was going to be tough to beat him. I had one shot and couldn’t make it stick but it is great to be able to have a good, clean race with the 10-time Champion,” Schuchart said. When asked about the progress of Shark Racing, who just secured Drydene Performance as a title sponsor, Schuchart couldn’t help but get emotional, “We have grown tremendously, and it all starts with [Bobby Allen]. I’m so proud to be his grandson,” Schuchart said to a huge ovation. Brad Sweet clawed his way forward from ninth to finish on the podium. “We’ve been in the hunt all year long. It was a great season and it was nice to end on the podium,” Sweet, who enjoyed a career-best season, said. Tim Shaffer finished fourth, his second top-five of the day, with 11th-starting Gio Scelzi completing the top-five.Kraig Kinser earned KSE Hard Charger honors, advancing 13 positions after taking a Provisional. The 2018 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series 40th Anniversary officially comes to an end tomorrow evening with the Awards Banquet. DIRTVision.com will be live streaming both the Sprint Car and Late Model banquets for free. Feature (30 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [10][$12,000]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5][$5,500]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [9][$3,200]; 4. 49X-Tim Shaffer [3][$2,800]; 5. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [11][$2,500]; 6. 39-Spencer Bayston [1][$2,300]; 7. 5-David Gravel [6][$2,200]; 8. 5M-Kerry Madsen [4][$2,100]; 9. 41-Joey Saldana [13][$2,050]; 10. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [7][$2,000]; 11. 2-Shane Stewart [8][$1,500]; 12. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [20][$1,200]; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser [25][$100]; 14. 18-Ian Madsen [19][$1,050]; 15. 9-Daryn Pittman [24][$1,000]; 16. 21-Brian Brown [21][$1,000]; 17. 7S-Jason Sides [27][$]; 18. 71X-Dominic Scelzi [18][$1,000]; 19. 87-Aaron Reutzel [14][$1,000]; 20. 13-Paul McMahan [12][$1,000]; 21. 19-Brent Marks [17][$1,000]; 22. 83-Cory Eliason [22][$1,000]; 23. W20-Greg Wilson [28][$]; 24. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [16][$1,000]; 25. 1A-Jacob Allen [26][$]; 26. 17A-Austin McCarl [15][$1,000]; 27. 22-Carson Macedo [2][$1,000]; 28. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [23][$1,000]; Lap Leaders: Carson Macedo 1-23, Donny Schatz 24-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 11K-Kraig Kinser[+12] Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 12.71; 2. 39-Spencer Bayston, 12.772; 3. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 12.775; 4. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.783; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.798; 6. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 12.83; 7. 41-Joey Saldana, 12.83; 8. 83-Cory Eliason, 12.842; 9. 4-Kasey Kahne, 12.88; 10. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.898; 11. 44-Trey Starks, 12.906; 12. 19-Brent Marks, 12.948; 13. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 12.967; 14. 17A-Austin McCarl, 13.002; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.004; 16. 19P-Paige Polyak, 13.01; 17. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.017; 18. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.043; 19. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.08; 20. 35-Justin Henderson, 13.136; 21. 11-Carl Bowser, 13.159; 22. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 13.268; 23. 97-Caleb Helms, 13.276; 24. 99-Skylar Gee, 13.369; 25. 49H-Bradley Howard, 13.586; 26. 14-Jeremy Hill, 14.571 Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 5-David Gravel, 12.686; 2. 5M-Kerry Madsen, 12.73; 3. 22-Carson Macedo, 12.732; 4. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.74; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.749; 6. 13-Paul McMahan, 12.775; 7. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 12.811; 8. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.836; 9. 71X-Dominic Scelzi, 12.849; 10. 21-Brian Brown, 12.871; 11. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 12.876; 12. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 12.899; 13. 9-Daryn Pittman, 12.912; 14. 7-Lynton Jeffrey, 12.94; 15. O7-Gerard McIntyre, 12.96; 16. 7K-Cale Conley, 12.986; 17. 71H-Randy Hannagan, 13.09; 18. 1X-Scott Hunter, 13.108; 19. 70-Dave Blaney, 13.123; 20. 49K-Scott Kreutter, 13.173; 21. 40-George Hobaugh, 13.266; 22. 5A-Justin Barger, 13.289; 23. 91-Kyle Reinhardt, 13.303; 24. 84-Tom Harris, 13.55; 25. 5B-Dale Blaney, NT; 26. 49D-Shawn Dancer, NT
  3. Clanton sets Friday's fast time, Marlar sets Saturday's... for now. CONCORD, NC – November 1, 2018 – Night one of the World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am Off Road from The Dirt Track at Charlotte got off to a great start on Thursday afternoon, with Super DIRTcar Series qualifying sessions rolling onto the track promptly at 3:45. Things didn’t end very well for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models, though, as their final qualifying session of the evening was halted by Mother Nature. Everything else in the Thursday portion of the program went well, however, as all other Super DIRTcar Series and World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car/Late Model Series events were completed. Hot lap sessions for the Late Models kicked off after Group 1 of the Super DIRTcar Series Friday qualifying session, where track record holder Mike Marlar topped the speed charts at a 14.600, followed by Brandon Sheppard (14.681), Shane Clanton (14.694), Scott Bloomquist (14.752) and Earl Pearson Jr. (14.757). Qualifying to set Friday’s heat races took to the track as the next Late Model event, where Dale McDowell topped Group A with a 14.642, followed by Scott Bloomquist (14.698), Donny Schatz (14.717), Chris Madden (14.737) and Earl Pearson Jr. (14.737). This puts McDowell and Madden on the front row of Friday heat one, Bloomquist and Pearson Jr. out front of heat two, Donny Schatz and sixth-fast Group A time trailer Dakotah Knuckles in row one for heat three. Group B qualifying for Friday’s show saw 2015 Series Champion “The Georgia Bulldog” Shane Clanton swipe the top spot in time trials at a 14.620 over Chris Ferguson (14.622), Brandon Sheppard (14.622), Mike Marlar (14.759) and Rick Eckert (14.835). This is Clanton’s 35th career PFC Brakes Fast Time Award. Drawing from these times, Clanton will sit on the pole of heat four with Marlar alongside him. Heat five will feature Ferguson and Eckert on the front row, while Sheppard and sixth-fast Group B time trailer Benji Hicks will lead the field to the green in heat six. Unfortunately, Saturday’s portion of qualifying was cut short from a late rain shower that began around 8:45 p.m. Mike Marlar set fast overall time in Group A with a 14.536, while Group B was rained out. This session will resume action after the Super DIRTcar Series Last Chance Showdown on Saturday evening; line-ups will be posted on our Twitter page. For full Friday Qualifying results, click here. For full Friday heat line-ups, click here. Friday’s World Finals presented by Can-Am is still on as scheduled; stay tuned to both World of Outlaws and The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s social media channels for the most up-to-date news regarding schedule changes. As always, if you can’t make it to the track, watch every lap LIVE on DIRTVision!
  4. Madden moves into tie for points lead with Sundrop Shootout win at Shawano Speedway - Week of Wisconsin wraps up with the $50,000 to Win 31st annual USA Nationals at Cedar Lake Speedway SHAWANO, WI — July 31, 2018 — The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series returned to the big ½-mile of Shawano Speedway, located west of Green Bay in Shawano, WI for the next race on the “Week of Wisconsin” Tour on Tuesday, July 31st. The $10,000 to win Sundrop Shootout would also mark the 10th all-time appearance by the most powerful stock cars in the world. When all was said and done after 50 laps, it was Chris Madden, who started on the pole and dominated all 50 laps en route to his sixth Feature win of the season. With the victory, the Gray Court, SC standout moved into a tie for the points lead in the chase for the 2018 series championship. “We’ve just been trying a lot of different things. But tonight, we came here and got back to base line and got back to what we’ve been doing before, and we had some speed in the car and sure enough, the car really came back to us.” Exclaimed the 43-year-old standout after the race as his #44 Century Plastics / Barry Wright Race Cars / Clements Racing Engines machine was surrounded by fans in the pits after the races. “I can’t say I haven’t focused on the points, but it’s not my main concern. If we win races, we’re going to win the points. If we run in the top two or three, we’re going to have a shot at winning it. So, we’re just out here doing the best that we can do and be satisfied with what the good Lord gives us.” The Palmetto State driver added. It would be Madden and Davenport leading the field to the green flag to start the 10th annual Sundrop Shootout as Madden powered his way past Davenport to take the lead heading into the first corner. Madden immediately pulled away from the field and opened a large advantage in the early going. Two cautions slowed the pace, both on lap seven as Tyler Bruening slowed on the backstretch. Then when the green flag came back out, Outlaws Rookie title contender, Brent Larson went around and slapped the turn four wall, ending his night early. On what would be the final restart of the race, Madden again raced out ahead of everyone else while 2015 series champion, Shane Clanton was able to slip past Davenport for second. Clanton tried in vain to reel in Madden, who had built up a large advantage. Madden was able to get away from Clanton and methodically worked his way through lapped traffic in an effort to keep plenty of cars and real estate between himself and Clanton, a former two-time winner at the big ½-mile. Madden kept that comfortable advantage for the remainder of the race and cruised to his sixth Outlaws Feature win of the season and 21st of his career, good for 10th all-time in series history. “These big tracks, I like these big places. A lot of people don’t, but these types of tracks are where I cut my teeth at on the big high-speed places. There’s a lot of speed and you almost have to drive this place like an asphalt car.” Madden continued. “Thanks to all the sponsors, our families for supporting us. Thank God for giving me the opportunity to come out here and do this and keep me safe, also keeping my family safe at home while I’m gone. Without all these people and all the support we get, we wouldn’t be able to come out here and do this.” He ended. Finishing a season high second for the fifth time this season would be Clanton in his #25 Weldbank Energy / Capital Race Cars / Clements Racing Engines entry. “We’re just hoping to get that win soon. We’ve got so many seconds this year. We worked real hard after last night at Plymouth and put the car back together today, so this feels really good.” Offered the 42-year-old from Zebulon, GA after the race. “This helps us out in points. Every position is two points, so we need all of them we can get. Devin (Moran) has been pretty good for the past month. Hopefully we can capitalize on tonight and adjust what we got and stay up front.” Added Clanton. Davenport, in his #49 Crop Production Services / Longhorn Chassis / Durham Racing Engines entry would complete the podium finishers in third, tying a season high finish with the Outlaws for the Blairsville, GA star. “We wanted to test tonight to make sure we had a good backup car for some upcoming races. Everything worked great, the Andy Durham Ford (Engine) ran great tonight, we still have that one in that car.” The 34-year-old stated after the race. “Got to thank all of my guys for working hard and finding the problems in the race car. Now we know we have two good race cars. I’m excited to get back to Cedar Lake (Speedway). We’ve ran good every time there. We’re going to run our other car with a Cornett in it and see if we can pick us up another crown jewel victory.” He smiled. Don O’Neal would fight off Devin Moran for fourth as Moran cooled off slightly from his recent hot streak, but still garnered his 15th top five finish of the season and complete the top five at Shawano. A.J. Diemel finished sixth in only his second appearance of the season as sole points leader going into the night, Mike Marlar came home in seventh and now shares the points lead with the race winner, Madden. Defending series champion, Brandon Sheppard earned the KSE Hard-Charger award with his 17th to eighth place run as defending race winner and 2011 series champion, Rick Eckert was ninth over Tyler Erb who would round out the top 10. Earlier in the evening in PFC Brakes Qualifying, Devin Moran won his second in a row, third out of the last four and eighth Fast Qualifier award of his career with a 19.491 and won his Qualifier Heat. Madden and Jonathan Davenport picked up the other Qualifier Heat Race wins. The Week of Wisconsin ends with the 31st annual USA Nationals weekend at the immaculate 3/8s-mile of Cedar Lake Speedway (WI) located just across the Minnesota/Wisconsin state line and northeast of Minneapolis, MN in New Richmond, WI on Thursday-Friday-Saturday, August 2-3-4th. A full Outlaws show, paying $6,000 to win kicks off the weekend on Thursday, August 2nd while Friday, August 3rd is Qualifying night featuring the unique Double Heat Races format, for the big $50,000 to win main event, the highest paying race on the 2018 Outlaws schedule, on Saturday, August 4th. The races at Cedar Lake will be career events #24 & #25 all-time for the Outlaws. Don O’Neal pocketed $50,000 for his USA Nationals victory in 2017 while Chris Madden grabbed the checkered flag on preliminary night. Overall, three-time series champion, Billy Moyer leads the way with seven career wins at the track including five career USA Nationals titles while four-time series champion, Josh Richards has three career triumphs as two of those wins have come in the USA Nationals. Jonathan Davenport has two checkered flags as he swept both the prelim night and the USA Nationals in 2015. There are 11 other drivers who have at least one victory with O’Neal, Jimmy Owens, 2006 series champion, Tim McCreadie, three-time series champion, Darrell Lanigan, 2004 series champion, Scott Bloomquist and Dale McDowell all getting their wins in the USA Nationals. Madden, Jimmy Mars, defending series champion, Brandon Sheppard, Donnie Moran and Rick Egersdorf have all scored victories at Cedar Lake as well. For more information and to purchase tickets for the 31st annual USA Nationals, click on the website located here: clstickets.com/tickets.asp You can also find out more information about Cedar Lake Speedway by going to the track website at: cedarlakespeedway.com Sears Craftsman Feature (50 Laps): 1. 44-Chris Madden [1][$10,000]; 2. 25-Shane Clanton [4][$5,000]; 3. 49-Jonathan Davenport [2][$3,000]; 4. 5-Don O'Neal [5][$2,500]; 5. 9-Devin Moran [3][$2,000]; 6. 58-A.J. Diemel [9][$1,700]; 7. 157-Mike Marlar [7][$1,400]; 8. 1-Brandon Sheppard [17][$1,300]; 9. 7-Rick Eckert [6][$1,200]; 10. 91-Tyler Erb [12][$1,100]; 11. 15-Nick Anvelink [18][$1,050]; 12. 28-Dennis Erb [13][$1,000]; 13. 99jr-Frank Heckenast [15][$950]; 14. 18c-Chase Junghans [23][$900]; 15. 3-Brett Swedberg [22][$850]; 16. 8-Craig Vosbergen [16][$800]; 17. 25j-Jared Siefert [11][$770]; 18. 54-David Breazeale [19][$750]; 19. 33e-Chris Engels [14][$730]; 20. 10-Paul Parker [21][$700]; 21. 20r-Joe Reuter [20][$700]; 22. 11-Justin Reed [24][$700]; 23. B1-Brent Larson [8][$700]; 24. 16-Tyler Bruening [10][$700] KSE Hard Charger Award: 1-Brandon Sheppard[+9]
  5. Fast Facts: Fairbury American Legion Speedway – 29th annual Prairie Dirt Classic presented by Bank of Pontiac - $30,000 is on the line in the 29th annual race this Saturday FAIRBURY, IL — July 26, 2018 — The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series travel to Fairbury American Legion Speedway (IL) for the prestigious 29th annual Prairie Dirt Classic presented by Bank of Pontiac this Friday-Saturday, July 27-28th. Defending series champion, Brandon Sheppard comes into the weekend as the defending race winner of one of the crown jewels of the dirt late model world. $30,000 is on the line on Saturday night and below is what you need to know heading to Fairbury, IL this weekend. What: 29th annual Prairie Dirt Classic Where: Fairbury American Legion Speedway – Fairbury, IL When: Friday-Saturday, July 27-28th / Live Pay-Per-View coverage on DirtVision & DirtOnDirt Track Length: 0.25 miles Race Distance(s): 100 lap Feature on Saturday / (4) 25-Lap Qualifier Features on Friday Prize Money: $30,000 goes to the Winner of the #PDC on Saturday while $2,500 each goes to the winners of the 4 25-Lap Qualifier Features on Friday 2017 Prairie Dirt Classic Winner: Brandon Sheppard 2017 Prairie Dirt Shootout Winner: Don O’Neal 2017 Last Chance Showdown Winners: Rick Eckert, Cody Mahoney, Frank Heckenast Jr. 2017 Showdown Feature Winners: Devin Moran, Shane Clanton, Brandon Sheppard, Mike Marlar 2017 Fast Qualifier: Devin Moran 12.627 2017 Car Count: 65 WoOCraftLMS Track Record: Shannon Babb 12,388 (2014) Previous WoOCraftLMS Feature Winners at Fairbury (6): Brandon Sheppard-1 (2017), Josh Richards-1 (2016), Jonathan Davenport-1 (2015), Kevin Weaver-1 (2015), Tim McCreadie-1 (2014), Shannon Babb-1 (2013) Support Division: Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Next Event: Monday, July 30th – Plymouth Dirt Track – Plymouth, WI - More Info •The 29th annual Prairie Dirt Classic is race #29 of the 2018 racing season for the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series. •This event is the seventh all-time appearance for the Outlaws at Fairbury American Legion Speedway. The first was in 2013. •Five of the six events at Fairbury have been for the PDC. The lone exception would be the 2015 FALS Draw Showdown held prior to the 2015 PDC, won by fan favorite, Kevin Weaver. Side Note: Weaver, a four-time track champion, does have a PDC win, which came in 1991 in the second edition of the race. •The PDC became Outlaws sanctioned for the first time in 2013. The previous events from 1990-2012 the race was a regional show at FALS. •Only Shannon Babb has a PDC victory with the Outlaws (2013) and prior to the sanctioning of the event (2006 & 2002). •In the previous 28 overall races, three-time series champion, Billy Moyer leads the way with (5) wins in the event. He is trailed by Bob Pierce with (4). Shannon Babb has (3), Jimmy Mars has (2) while 13 different drivers have single PDC triumphs. •Jason Feger was the winner in the last non-Outlaws sanctioned PDC in 2012. •The first PDC was held in 1990 when five-time track champion, Cary “Snooky” Dehm scored the win. •This event is, amazingly, the first appearance of the 2018 racing season for the Outlaws in the state of Illinois. The next race for the series in the Prairie State will be the Chi-Town Showdown on October 12-13th at The Dirt Track at Route 66 in Joliet, IL •The ¼ mile of FALS is one of the smallest tracks on the 2018 schedule. •While Shannon Babb holds the Outlaws Track Record in qualifying with a 12.388 back in 2014, it’s three-time track champion, Scott Bull who has the overall Late Model Track Record at FALS with a 12.215 set back in 2011. • The Prairie Dirt Shootout, implemented in 2010 as the “non-qualifiers” race for those who do not make the show either through the Showdown Features on Friday night, or the Last Chance Showdowns on Saturday. The winner of the Shootout has the option of taking the $2,000 prize money and loading up or the 27th starting spot in the 100-lap Feature. Don O’Neal took the starting spot in 2017 and finished 18th in the main •Brian Shirley has (2) wins in the Prairie Dirt Shootout. The only driver with more than (1). •Shannon Babb and Jonathan Davenport are the two drivers with wins in both the #PDC and the Prairie Dirt Shootout. No driver has won both in the same year. •Ryan Unzicker is the defending track champion at FALS after capturing his first such title at his home track. •Four-time track champion, Kevin Weaver is the current points leader at FALS and has (1) Feature Win •Mike Spatola leads the way with (4) feature wins in weekly Late Models competition, including the last one on July 7th. Unzicker has (2) checkered flags with his last win coming on May 26th. Weaver (April 21st, Scott Schmitt (June 30th), Jeff Curl (June 16th), Brian Shirley (May 19th) and Billy Moyer also have scored victories. Moyer’s win came during the DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour stop on June 23rd. •Speaking of Curl, the three-time FALS Modified Track Champion is a rookie this season in Late Models competition and has been impressive. (1) Feature Win. He is currently fourth in points and is the younger brother of Outlaws Series Director, Matt Curl. •The Sunoco American Late Model Series visits FALS on Saturday, August 11th for the $10,000 to Win FALS Frenzy. •The Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals will wrap up their 2018 racing season this weekend as well. After supporting the DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour, the Summit Mods will crown their champion at the end of their 40-Lap / $5,000 to Win Feature on Saturday. Mike McKinney leads five-time and defending Summit Modified Nationals Champion, Mike Harrison by just four points (615-611) with Kenny Wallace in third. Like the Outlaws, the Modifieds will follow a similar format for setting their field with four Qualifier Features on Friday to help set Saturday’s Feature lineup. The 29th annual Prairie Dirt Classic begins on Friday, July 27th with four 25-lap thrilling World of Outlaws showdown features that will pay $2,500 to win and $200 to start. The top four finishers from the showdown features will be locked into the #PDC Additionally, the top two finishers from the showdown features on Saturday, July 28th will transfer into the redraw to be placed among the first four rows of the 100-lap finale event. There will also be spots reserved for two World of Outlaws and two #FALS Provisionals that will round out the 26-car starting field for the #PDC. One more starter could come from the 9th annual Prairie Dirt Shootout presented by Summit Racing Equipment for non-qualifiers. The winner will have the option of taking the $2,000 prize money and loading up or the 27th starting spot in the Sears Craftsman 100-lap Feature for a chance at a $30,000 payday. For more information on the Prairie Dirt Classic presented by Bank of Pontiac visit: fairburyspeedway.com. Tickets are still available online, and the event will air live on DIRTVision and DirtOnDirt.
  6. Freddie Rahmer Sends Lincoln Speedway into Pandemonium with First Career Outlaw Win ABBOTTSTOWN, PA – July 19, 2018 – Freddie Rahmer got by David Gravel on a double-file restart with nine laps remaining to win the Gettysburg Clash at Lincoln Speedway for the Pennsylvania Posse. Rahmer, joining his father Fred, became the sixth father-son duo to win World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Features. Gravel and Daryn Pittman completed the podium. Last year’s Gettysburg Clash winner David Gravel won the Sears Craftsman Dash to earn the pole for the 35-Lap Feature. Gravel got the jump on the start while Daryn Pittman got around front row starter Alan Krimes for second down the backstretch. Gravel reached heavy lapped traffic on Lap 8 allowing Pittman, Krimes and company to close in. Two laps later, James McFadden brought out the Yellow Flag, giving Gravel a clear track. On the restart, Krimes took second from Pittman down the backstretch briefly, only to have Pittman power back to the runner-up position coming back to the line. Rahmer, who started sixth, worked by Krimes for third on Lap 13 with a slider and set his sets on the lead duo. As Gravel and Pittman worked through heavy traffic, Rahmer closed in and moved by Pittman for second on Lap 20. Danny Dietrich, a five-time Lincoln winner in 2018, worked his way into third by Pittman and began reeling in Rahmer and Gravel. In heavy lapped traffic, Dietrich threw a massive slider for second on Rahmer in turn three, but lost the handle and spun, leaving fourth-place running Brad Sweet nowhere to go. Neither was able to continue, a crushing blow to Sweet’s Championship efforts. The caution also negated Gravel’s sizable lead. The double-file restart with nine laps remaining lined up Rahmer to the outside of Gravel. Rahmer used a brilliant run, glued to the middle, to take the lead down the backstretch, sending the Pennsylvania fans into a frenzy anticipating a hometown win. Rahmer extended the lead and was just reaching the back of the field as he took the checkered for the first time as a World of Outlaws winner and sent Lincoln Speedway into pandemonium. After collecting his breath, Rahmer said, “We work so hard for this, I knew if we got into position, we could win one of these races. I didn’t know if they were close the last two laps, but we got it done.” Freddie and Fred Rahmer joined racing royalty as just the sixth father-son duo to win World of Outlaws Features, joining the Kinser, Swindell, Haudenschild, Smith and Kaeding families. “Of all the things that have happened in racing, this is the coolest,” National Sprint Car Hall of Famer member Fred Rahmer, who is the all-time leading Feature winner at Lincoln Speedway, said while holding back tears in Victory Lane. “It took me a lot damn longer to win one of these races than him,” Rahmer added with a smile. David Gravel was understandably disappointed after leading 26 laps to come home second, but wished his best on Freddie Rahmer and congratulated him on his first victory. “I didn’t need that yellow, but that’s racing. It’s a tough one to swallow, you lead that many laps, you want to win,” Gravel said. Daryn Pittman completed the podium after a torrid battle with Donny Schatz for third and also congratulated the Rahmer family, “Congrats to Fred and Freddie, what an amazing performance from them. We were really good in the beginning, but kind of faded at the end. The last few laps with Donny were excellent, he ran me clean as always. This is a good run for this whole team and we’ll see what we have at The Grove.” Schatz came from 11th to finish fourth with Lucas Wolfe completing the top five. Greg Wilson came forward to sixth with Brian Montieth finishing seventh. Brent Marks earned KSE Hard Charger honors coming from 21st to eighth, Krimes faded to ninth and 20th-starting Logan Schuchart completed the top ten. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series continues its 40th Anniversary Season this weekend at Williams Grove Speedway with two increased purses. Friday, July 20th’s Feature will carry the $5,000 bonus of the Morgan Cup, meaning the winner will take home $13,000. Saturday, July 21st’s Feature will pay $20,000 to the winner. If you can’t make it to the track, be sure to watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com! Feature (35 Laps): 1. 51-Freddie Rahmer [6][$10,000]; 2. 5-David Gravel [1][$5,500]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [4][$3,200]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [11][$2,800]; 5. 24-Lucas Wolfe [8][$2,500]; 6. W20-Greg Wilson [10][$2,300]; 7. 21-Brian Montieth [9][$2,200]; 8. 19-Brent Marks [21][$2,100]; 9. 87-Alan Krimes [2][$2,050]; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart [20][$2,000]; 11. O7-Gerard McIntyre [12][$1,500]; 12. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [25][$400]; 13. 39-Cory Haas [22][$1,100]; 14. 55K-Robbie Kendall [19][$1,050]; 15. 7S-Jason Sides [3][$1,000]; 16. 27-Greg Hodnett [13][$900]; 17. 39M-Anthony Macri [28][$]; 18. 2-Shane Stewart [14][$800]; 19. 3-James McFadden [16][$800]; 20. 18-Ian Madsen [27][$]; 21. 1X-Chad Trout [18][$800]; 22. 1A-Jacob Allen [15][$800]; 23. 1XX-Tim Wagaman [24][$800]; 24. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [17][$800]; 25. 11K-Kraig Kinser [23][$800]; 26. 48-Danny Dietrich [7][$800]; 27. 49-Brad Sweet [5][$800]; 28. 59-Jim Siegel [26][$] Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-26, Freddie Rahmer 27-35; KSE Hard Charger Award: 19-Brent Marks[+13] Qualifying: 1. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.451; 2. 5-David Gravel, 13.492; 3. 87-Alan Krimes, 13.582; 4. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.613; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.675; 6. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 13.718; 7. 24-Lucas Wolfe, 13.739; 8. O7-Gerard McIntyre, 13.761; 9. 27-Greg Hodnett, 13.781; 10. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.796; 11. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.821; 12. 48-Danny Dietrich, 13.823; 13. 21-Brian Montieth, 13.868; 14. 39-Cory Haas, 13.898; 15. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.921; 16. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.944; 17. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 13.948; 18. 1X-Chad Trout, 13.97; 19. 55K-Robbie Kendall, 13.986; 20. 3-James McFadden, 13.993; 21. 19-Brent Marks, 14.023; 22. 2-Shane Stewart, 14.031; 23. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.049; 24. 69-Tim Glatfelter, 14.057; 25. 1XX-Tim Wagaman, 14.057; 26. 59-Jim Siegel, 14.075; 27. 86-Steve Storrie, 14.114; 28. 39M-Anthony Macri, 14.116; 29. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 14.179; 30. 88-Brandon Rahmer, 14.186; 31. 44-Trey Starks, 14.186; 32. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe, 14.281; 33. 18-Ian Madsen, 14.43; 34. 73B-Brett Michalski, 15.051 Heat #1 (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 49-Brad Sweet [1]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [2]; 3. 21-Brian Montieth [4]; 4. 27-Greg Hodnett [3]; 5. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [5]; 6. 1XX-Tim Wagaman [7]; 7. 19-Brent Marks [6]; 8. 18-Ian Madsen [9]; 9. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [8] Heat #2 (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 5-David Gravel [1]; 2. 51-Freddie Rahmer [2]; 3. W20-Greg Wilson [3]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [6]; 5. 1X-Chad Trout [5]; 6. 39-Cory Haas [4]; 7. 59-Jim Siegel [7]; 8. 88-Brandon Rahmer [8]; 9. 73B-Brett Michalski [9] Heat #3 (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 87-Alan Krimes [1]; 2. 24-Lucas Wolfe [2]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen [3]; 5. 55K-Robbie Kendall [5]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [6]; 7. 44-Trey Starks [8]; 8. 86-Steve Storrie [7] Heat #4 (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 48-Danny Dietrich [3]; 2. 7S-Jason Sides [1]; 3. O7-Gerard McIntyre [2]; 4. 3-James McFadden [5]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [4]; 6. 39M-Anthony Macri [7]; 7. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe [8]; 8. 69-Tim Glatfelter [6] Sears Craftsman Dash (6 Laps): 1. 5-David Gravel [1]; 2. 87-Alan Krimes [2]; 3. 7S-Jason Sides [4]; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman [3]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [7]; 6. 51-Freddie Rahmer [5]; 7. 48-Danny Dietrich [8]; 8. 24-Lucas Wolfe [6] Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - Top 4 Transfer: 1. 19-Brent Marks [2][-]; 2. 39-Cory Haas [1][-]; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3][-]; 4. 1XX-Tim Wagaman [5][-]; 5. 59-Jim Siegel [6][$300]; 6. 88-Brandon Rahmer [10][$250]; 7. 39M-Anthony Macri [8][$225]; 8. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [9][$200]; 9. 69-Tim Glatfelter [4][$200]; 10. 18-Ian Madsen [13][$200]; 11. 44-Trey Starks [11][$200]; 12. 86-Steve Storrie [7][$200]; 13. 73B-Brett Michalski [14][$200]; 14. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe [12][$200]
  7. Shane Stewart Breaks Through for First Win of 2018 During Jokers Wild at Eldora Speedway ROSSBURG, OH – July 12, 2018 – There’s no denying it has been a tough year for Shane Stewart and the Kyle Larson Racing No.2 team. That changed in a big way on Thursday evening at Eldora Speedway when Stewart passed Jacob Allen on a Lap 10 restart and never looked back, scoring his first World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature win of 2018. Tim Shaffer and Donny Schatz completed the podium. David Gravel won the Sears Craftsman Dash, earning the pole for the 30-lap Feature in search of his fifth victory of the season aboard the CJB Motorsports No.5. Gravel led the opening lap with Shane Stewart, who started next to him, close in tow. While those two separated from the field, all eyes were on Jacob Allen who charged from his ninth-starting position to take third on Lap 7. Two laps later, Allen, glued to the bottom, took the lead to a large roar from the Eldora Speedway crowd in search of his first career Outlaw triumph. Gravel and Stewart battled for second, with the duo making contact and Gravel ending up backwards with 10 laps complete. “I thought I had David clear, it was all my fault. I don’t ever want to race like that,” Stewart said after the race in good jest. Allen elected the bottom on the double-file restart, but it was Stewart taking control of the field down the backstretch in the Kyle Larson Racing ENEOS-sponsored No.2 machine. Stewart stretched out the lead around the famous Ohio half-mile as Tim Shaffer and Donny Schatz began their charge forward. By Lap 20, Shaffer had worked by Allen for second and set his eyes on Stewart. Schatz stormed by Allen for third on Lap 24. Shaffer closed in on Stewart in lapped traffic, but never truly challenged the Bixby, OK native for the lead as Stewart would win his first Feature of the season by 1.665 seconds. “I never want to win a race by crashing a guy," Stewart said in Victory Lane before savoring the triumph. “We’ve been close to winning a couple of times this year, hopefully, we can have some momentum now and get rolling. It’s always special to win at this track,” Stewart said in Victory Lane. “To get a win going into the Month of Money is huge, I feel like we have a pretty good package right now. We’ll see how the next two nights play out, I’m looking forward to it,” Stewart added after the race. Tim Shaffer’s second-place finish was the best of his 2018 Outlaw campaign. Shaffer, a two-time Outlaw winner last year, charged from eighth to fourth in the Sears Craftsman Dash railing the cushion. Donny Schatz, who won both Outlaw events at Eldora in May, settled for third. “We’ll be a little better on Saturdayfor 10 laps more. The race track here can be tricky,” Schatz said in good spirits, in anticipation of the rest of Kings Royal weekend. Kerry Madsen, the Jokers Wild winner last year, charged from 16th to fourth with Brent Marks completing the top five. Marks started 20th and his effort was good enough for KSE Hard Charger Honors. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series continues Kings Royal weekend at Eldora Speedway Fridaynight, July 12 with the running of The Knight Before the Kings Royal! If you can’t make it to the track, watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com! Abbreviated Results from Jokers Wild at Eldora Speedway: Feature (30 Laps): 1. 2-Shane Stewart [2][$10,000]; 2. 49X-Tim Shaffer [4][$5,500]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$3,200]; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen [16][$2,800]; 5. 19-Brent Marks [20][$2,500]; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [6][$2,300]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [9][$2,200]; 8. 49-Brad Sweet [5][$2,100]; 9. 18-Ian Madsen [22][$2,050]; 10. 10H-Chad Kemenah [10][$2,000]; 11. 21-Brian Brown [11][$1,500]; 12. 1S-Logan Schuchart [15][$1,200]; 13. 24-Rico Abreu [21][$1,100]; 14. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [7][$1,050]; 15. 87-Aaron Reutzel [8][$1,000]; 16. 9-Daryn Pittman [13][$900]; 17. 11K-Kraig Kinser [14][$800]; 18. 3S-Sammy Swindell [23][$800]; 19. 7S-Jason Sides [18][$800]; 20. 5-David Gravel [1][$800]; 21. 4-Parker Price-Miller [24][$800]; 22. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [17][$800]; 23. 13-Paul McMahan [12][$800]; 24. 70-Dave Blaney [19][$800]; Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-9, Jacob Allen 10, Shane Stewart 11-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 19-Brent Marks[+15] Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 12.941; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.068; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.085; 4. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.086; 5. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.093; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.184; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.185; 8. 21-Brian Brown, 13.191; 9. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 13.198; 10. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.202; 11. 24-Rico Abreu, 13.23; 12. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 13.245; 13. 4-Parker Price-Miller, 13.305; 14. 70-Dave Blaney, 13.317; 15. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 13.318; 16. G1-Justin Peck, 13.346; 17. 81-Lee Jacobs, 13.365; 18. 12N-Cole Duncan, 13.369; 19. 83-Cory Eliason, 13.417; 20. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.445; 21. 26-Joey Saldana, 13.5; 22. 99-Jay Waugh, 13.761; 23. 8J-Jess Stiger, 13.98 Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.279; 2. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 13.303; 3. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 13.315; 4. 13-Paul McMahan, 13.46; 5. 71M-Randy Hannagan, 13.51; 6. 1ST-D.J. Foos, 13.517; 7. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 13.564; 8. 5-David Gravel, 13.577; 9. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.615; 10. 83H-Justin Henderson, 13.651; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.654; 12. 3S-Sammy Swindell, 13.659; 13. 45T-Trevor Baker, 13.678; 14. 19-Brent Marks, 13.734; 15. 17B-Bill Balog, 13.789; 16. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.794; 17. 44-Trey Starks, 13.963; 18. 97W-Mitch Wormall, 14.011; 19. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg, 14.026; 20. 28-Brian Paulus, 14.062; 21. 22M-Dan McCarron, 14.17; 22. 49J-Josh Schneiderman, 14.195; 23. 17C-Caleb Helms, 14.258
  8. Madsen Wins Exciting Finale of FVP Platinum Battery Showdown at Cedar Lake NEW RICHMOND, WI – July 7, 2018 – Kerry Madsen, who swept both nights of last year’s FVP Platinum Battery Showdown at Cedar Lake Speedway, got the monkey off his back with his first World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory of 2018. In a 41-lap Feature in honor of Jason Johnson’s birthday, Madsen passed Brad Sweet on Lap 38 in an exciting race. Sweet settled for second with Donny Schatz completing the podium. For the second consecutive night, Brad Sweet won the Sears Craftsman Dash, earning the pole for the Feature alongside Jacob Allen. Sweet charged from fifth to second in his Heat Race just to Qualify for the Dash. Sweet led the opening lap utilizing the bottom of the racing surface. Jacob Allen powered around the Grass Valley, CA native to lead Lap 3, in search of his first career Outlaw victory. Allen maintained the lead, while Sweet stayed right with the driver of the Shark Racing No.1A. With 10 laps complete, a yellow for Shane Stewart – who was running in the top five – negated Sweet’s pass to regain the lead. Allen elected the top on the double-file restart and lost the lead to Sweet heading into turn one. Madsen would pull a slide job on Allen to steal second on Lap 17. A lap later the final caution of the evening flew for Justin Henderson, setting up another double-file restart. Sweet maintained control on the restart and continued to lead as he navigated lapped traffic. Madsen, who started sixth, stayed right with Sweet and made a bid to the outside of Sweet for the lead on Lap 36 in turn one, to no avail, as Sweet slid in front of the Australian to maintain the lead down the backstretch. Madsen got another run off the cushion and this time slid in front of the Kasey Kahne Racing No.49 to take the command on Lap 39. Sweet tried to turn back under but was unable to do so as Madsen distanced himself to the checkered flag two circuits later. Madsen would go on to win by .783 seconds over Sweet. Madsen, who was a five-time Outlaw winner in 2017, when prompted about the slow start to his 2018 season said, “We haven’t had the results we wanted, but we knew we had the potential. I want to thank Tod Quiring, I really enjoy driving for this organization.” “Guy Forbrook and my guys gave me a great race car. We had a lot of fun tonight, it’s a relief to finally get a win,” the multi-time Australian Champion added with a smile. “To go from where we were last night, to tonight is incredible.” Brad Sweet settled for second and referenced lapped traffic after the race, “That’s what wins and loses these races, I got off my line a little bit. We’re running up front every night, it’s just a matter of putting it all together,” Sweet said before giving a shout out to Bobbi and Jaxx Johnson. Donny Schatz started and finished third and applauded the track crew for the work preparing an excellent racing surface. “The race track was good, there were multiple lines on the track, I just couldn’t find any speed. That’s the way it goes some days. It’s time for some big races and we are looking forward to that,” the nine-time Series Champion said next to his Tony Stewart Racing No.15. David Gravel earned KSE Hard Charger honors coming from 10th to finish fourth. The best race of the evening was for fifth as Dominic Scelzi, Cory Eliason and Sheldon Haudenschild swapped the position seemingly every lap with Scelzi claiming it at the checkered flag. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series continues the Month of Money and its 40th Anniversary Season Tuesday, July 10 at Attica Raceway Park with the Brad Doty Classic before heading to Eldora Speedway for the three-day Kings Royal weekend, that will pay $50,000 to the winner on Saturday evening. Feature (41 Laps): 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen [6][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [1][$5,000]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$3,000]; 4. 5-David Gravel [10][$2,700]; 5. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [9][$2,500]; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen [2][$2,200]; 7. 18-Ian Madsen [5][$2,000]; 8. 83-Cory Eliason [8][$1,800]; 9. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [7][$1,600]; 10. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [15][$1,450]; 11. 19-Brent Marks [11][$1,300]; 12. 2-Shane Stewart [4][$1,200]; 13. 7S-Jason Sides [14][$1,100]; 14. 1S-Logan Schuchart [16][$1,000]; 15. 9-Daryn Pittman [17][$950]; 16. 83H-Justin Henderson [12][$900]; 17. 11K-Kraig Kinser [13][$850]; 18. 13-Mark Dobmeier [19][$750]; 19. W20-Greg Wilson [18][$725]; 20. 97-Alan Gilbertson [23][$700]; 21. 9Z-Jared Goerges [21][$700]; 22. 14K-Tori Knutson [22][$700]; 23. 19L-Ryan Bowers [20][$700]; 24. 1AJ-Trevor Mell [24][$700]; 25. 21-Brian Brown [DNS] [$300]; Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1-2, 11-38; Jacob Allen 3-10; Kerry Madsen 39-41; KSE Hard Charger Award: 5-David Gravel[+6] Qualifying: 1. 2-Shane Stewart, 11.547; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.586; 3. 18-Ian Madsen, 11.648; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.723; 5. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 11.724; 6. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 11.73; 7. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.749; 8. 83-Cory Eliason, 11.762; 9. 21-Brian Brown, 11.842; 10. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.855; 11. 19-Brent Marks, 11.887; 12. 83H-Justin Henderson, 11.944; 13. 5-David Gravel, 11.955; 14. 9-Daryn Pittman, 11.99; 15. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.024; 16. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.054; 17. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.079; 18. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 12.095; 19. 13-Mark Dobmeier, 12.163; 20. 19L-Ryan Bowers, 12.449; 21. W20-Greg Wilson, 12.551; 22. 1AJ-Trevor Mell, 12.64; 23. 97-Alan Gilbertson, 12.667; 24. 9Z-Jared Goerges, 12.883; 25. 14K-Tori Knutson, 12.884
  9. Brad Sweet Sweeps Night One of the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown at Cedar Lake NEW RICHMOND, WI – July 6, 2018 - Brad Sweet completed a clean sweep of the opening night of the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown with his third win of the season at Cedar Lake Speedway. A late race caution took Sweet out of heavy lapped traffic and gave him a clean track and clean air with eight laps remaining. David Gravel and Brent Marks completed the podium. Sweet started the night off right, setting fast time over the field before edging Gravel in a potential Heat Race of the year. Sweet started second in the Sears Craftsman Dash and won that to earn the pole for the 35-lap Feature. While it may have looked easy on paper, it was far from it. Sweet, driver of the Kasey Kahne Racing No.49, grabbed the lead early and distanced himself, while Gravel and Marks battled for the runner-up position. Sweet reached traffic by Lap 6 and negotiated the slower cars well. Marks, while running third, made contact with the slower car of Jason Tostenson and lost the third spot to Sheldon Haudenschild in the process. As traffic intensified, Gravel and company closed in looking to steal the victory away from Sweet. Sweet, at this point, was lapping some impressive race cars. As the Grass Valley, CA native tried to put Kerry Madsen, who swept both nights of the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown last year, and Cory Eliason, who has an Outlaw win this year, Gravel, Haudenschild and Marks closed significantly. Haudenschild bobbled on the bottom of one and two and relinquished the third spot back to Marks on Lap 22. Just as Gravel and Marks were closing in, ready to pounce, debris in turn four forced a caution on Lap 27. With eight laps remaining and a clean track, Sweet was never truly challenged and went on to win by .968 seconds. “I’ve never done a clean sweep before. That’s a heck of a way to start the weekend,” Sweet said in Victory Lane before giving a shout out to Bobbi and Jaxx Johnson. “Lapped traffic was tough tonight, but it’s what wins and loses races. We needed a win, it’s been a while. These NAPA Auto Parts guys have been working hard and they deserve more of these wins,” Sweet, who continues to sit second in the Series Point Standings added. David Gravel finished a nose ahead of Marks for third, after getting held up with a lapped car coming to the checkered. “I definitely didn’t want to see that yellow. My car was getting better as the race went on, luckily, tomorrow’s race is 41 laps. Hopefully we can finish one position better,” the driver of the CJB Motorsports No.5 said in good spirits. Second-year Outlaw Brent Marks was very pleased with his evening, “I was surprised tonight, we weren’t very good here last year but we were excellent tonight. I’m really proud of my guys and I’m excited to be up here on the podium. After not getting a Qualifying lap and starting last in his Heat Race, Donny Schatz picked up KSE Hard Charger honors, finishing fourth in the Feature from 11th. Sheldon Haudenschild completed the top-five. The FVP Platinum Battery Showdown concludes Saturday evening at Cedar Lake Speedway. If you can’t make it to the track, watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com! Abbreviated Results from Cedar Lake Speedway - July 7, 2018: Feature (35 Laps): 1. 49-Brad Sweet [1][$10,000]; 2. 5-David Gravel [2][$5,000]; 3. 19-Brent Marks [3][$3,000]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [11][$2,700]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [4][$2,500]; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen [5][$2,200]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart [7][$2,000]; 8. 2-Shane Stewart [14][$1,800]; 9. 18-Ian Madsen [8][$1,600]; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser [6][$1,450]; 11. 7S-Jason Sides [9][$1,300]; 12. 21-Brian Brown [10][$1,200]; 13. 9-Daryn Pittman [13][$1,100]; 14. 55-Brooke Tatnell [12][$1,000]; 15. 83H-Justin Henderson [16][$950]; 16. W20-Greg Wilson [15][$900]; 17. 83-Cory Eliason [21][$850]; 18. 2M-Kerry Madsen [19][$750]; 19. 13-Mark Dobmeier [20][$725]; 20. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [17][$700]; 21. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [18][$700]; 22. 19L-RJ Johnson [22][$700]; 23. 97-Alan Gilbertson [24][$700]; 24. 36-Jason Tostenson [23][$700]; Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1-35; KSE Hard Charger Award: 15-Donny Schatz[+7] Qualifying: 1. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.476; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.49; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.545; 4. 5-David Gravel, 11.62; 5. 19-Brent Marks, 11.646; 6. W20-Greg Wilson, 11.696; 7. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 11.706; 8. 18-Ian Madsen, 11.709; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.712; 10. 21-Brian Brown, 11.745; 11. 19L-RJ Johnson, 11.759; 12. 55-Brooke Tatnell, 11.77; 13. 9-Daryn Pittman, 11.773; 14. 2-Shane Stewart, 11.78; 15. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.803; 16. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 11.851; 17. 13-Mark Dobmeier, 11.856; 18. 36-Jason Tostenson, 11.88; 19. 83H-Justin Henderson, 11.939; 20. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 11.941; 21. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 11.973; 22. 97-Alan Gilbertson, 11.994; 23. 14K-Tori Knutson, 12.292; 24. 5X-Ryan Bowers, 12.877; 25. 91A-Reed Allex, 14.278; 26. 15-Donny Schatz, NT; 27. 83-Cory Eliason, NT
  10. Devin Moran maneuvers by Shannon Babb for first win of season Terre Haute, IN– June 29, 2018 – Devin Moran claimed his first win of the 2018 season during the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series first-ever appearance at Terre Haute Action Track for the first of two shootouts versus the DIRTcar Summer Nationals Late Models. Moran charged to the lead ahead of current Summer Nationals point leader Shannon Babb after a restart from late race caution on lap 24 of the 30-lap Sears Craftsman Feature. Once claiming the lead, the young driver of Dresden, OH remained out front for the final five laps of the event. “Man, I tell you, I thought that caution was going to kill us,” said Moran in Victory Lane. “That hurt us last week at Lernerville [Speedway] and I was like ‘man, this cannot be happening again.” “I was really good on them restarts,” continued Moran. “I actually messed up on the bottom of one and two on that restart and I thought ‘man, that might have been our shot.’ I just got a really good run and I pulled the slider. It was kind of hard because I was pretty tight on entry but I just made sure I got clear and then got all the way to the wall and I just tried to stay in the traction.” Babb led all but six laps of the feature event. Moran stole the lead momentarily only three laps into the feature claiming the lead after a restart, but Babb was able to recover the top spot the following circuit. With a long green-flag run, Babb was able to stretch his lead to more than 2.5 seconds by lap 20. Prior to the caution flag waving on lap 24 (the second and final caution of the event), Moran was able to cut Babb's lead down to 0.658 seconds. “The track was excellent tonight,” said Babb. “I was up-on-the-wheel type of driving so congratulations to Devin Moran there. He’s always been really strong. It was a good race but I didn’t need that caution. At the same time, I messed myself up down there in turns one and two. I was running through the middle on the restart and I didn’t know where to go. Then I didn’t get a good restart down the back straightaway and cost myself speed and he was able to get by me.” “Anyhow, all-in-all I was able to finish the race in second so I can’t thank the fans enough, Bob Sargent (track promoter) and all of the people that put on this race,” added Babb. “It was a big race track but it was pretty fun.” Mike Marlar charged from a 12th starting spot to finish third. Based on Summer Nationals rules, Marlar who finished fourth in his qualifying group then started fourth in his respective heat race. Marlar was able to capitalize on both restarts in order to gain the much-needed momentum to make his way through the field. “Tonight, we had a rough start,” said Marlar. “We had problems early in qualifying and it got me behind. I was able to get up there in the feature and the cautions worked out for me. Congratulations to Devin. He drove an awesome race it looked like there and was having a big time. We snuck up and got third.” The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series rejoins the DIRTcar Summer Nationals for the second and final match-off at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, MO on June 30. Abbreviated Results from Terre Haute Action Track on June 29, 2018 Sears Craftsman Feature (30 Laps): 1. 9-Devin Moran [3][$10,000]; 2. 18b-Shannon Babb [1][$5,000]; 3. 157-Mike Marlar [12][$3,000]; 4. 3s-Brian Shirley [4][$2,500]; 5. 7r-Kent Robinson [7][$2,000]; 6. 44-Chris Madden [2][$1,700]; 7. 7-Rick Eckert [8][$1,400]; 8. 91-Tyler Erb [19][$1,300]; 9. 22-Chris Ferguson [10][$1,200]; 10. 54-David Breazeale [9][$1,100]; 11. 25f-Jason Feger [17][$1,050]; 12. 18c-Chase Junghans [18][$1,000]; 13. 25-Shane Clanton [5][$950]; 14. 11-Gordy [15][$900]; 15. 76-Shelby Miles [25][$850]; 16. 14m-Morgan Bagley [16][$800]; 17. B1-Brent Larson [20][$770]; 18. 31-Paul [21][$750]; 19. 1-Brandon Sheppard [6][$730]; 20. 99jr-Frank Heckenast Jr. [11][$700]; 21. 28e-Dennis Erb [22][$700]; 22. 2-Nick Hoffman [14][$700]; 23. 80-Duke Mounce [23][$700]; 24. CJ1-Rusty Schlenk [13][$700]; 25. 25h-Charles [24][$700] Hard Charger Award: 91-Tyler Erb[+11] Qualifying 1: 1. 9 - Devin Moran, 20.487; 2. 3s- Brian Shirley, 20.488; 3. 7R- Kent Robinson, 20.610; 4. 28- Dennis Erb Jr, 20.629; 5. 22- Chris Ferguson, 20.772; 6. 1cj- Rusty Schlenk, 20.824; 7. 91- Tyler Erb, 20.889; 8. 76- Shelby Miles, 21.337; 9. 14m- Morgan Bagley, 21.354 Qualifying 2: 1. 25- Shane Clanton, 20.494; 2. 18- Shannon Babb, 20.502; 3. 99jr- Frank Heckenast Jr. 20.557; 4. B1- Brent Larson, 20.660; 5. 7- Rick Eckert, 20.872; 6. 25- Jason Feger, 21.024; 7. 2- Nick Hoffman, 21.473; 8. 80- Duke Mounce, 23.978 Qualifying 3: 1. 44- Chris Madden, 20.306; 2. 1- Brandon Sheppard, 20.338; 3. 54- David Breazeale, 20.424; 4. 157- Mike Marlar, 20.958; 5. 11G- Gordy Gundaker, 21.182; 6. 18c- Chase Junghans, 21.182; 7. 31AUS- Paul Stubber, 22.311; 8. 25H- Charles Hummer, 23.609
  11. Marlar Rocks Ransomville Speedway Return RANSOMVILLE, NY – June 15, 2018 – The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series returned to Ransomville Speedway for the first time in 13 years on Friday evening and the Sears Craftsman Feature proved to be worth the wait. The 50-lap event saw three different race leaders but it was Mike Marlar who claimed the victory and the $10,000 payday. The driver out of Winfield, TN commandeered the lead of the feature with only 10 laps remaining in the event bypassing Brandon Sheppard, Chase Junghans, Chris Madden and Chub Frank for the top spot. “Honestly, it took me a while to figure out the race track,” said Marlar. “It kind of had some dirty spots and took me about 15-20 laps to figure out what I was doing wrong. Once I got that cleared up this thing came to life. Fun race and I’m glad I got by those guys.” Wheelman of the Rocket1 Racing machine, Sheppard claimed the lead from pole sitter Tyler Erb on lap 11 and began to set a torrid pace ahead of the field. Unfortunately for Erb, who was having one of his best runs of his 2018 season, on lap 23 he suffered a flat right front putting him into the wall in turn one. Erb returned to the track only to retire from the race on lap 30. Sheppard held more than a two second lead over several ongoing battles for second and third involving Madden, Marlar, Chub, and Junghans. In only two laps time, Marlar sliced Sheppard’s lead by more than half. Marlar made the move on the outside and passed Sheppard at the line on lap 40. By the time the checkers fell, Marlar had created a 2.115 second lead. “I’ve got to say thanks to my crew Jerry [Sprouse] and Josh [Davis] and my wife [Stacey] as well as Brian Daugherty and Erik from Integra who are here this week helping us and everyone from Rocket,” said Marlar. “We had an up and down night. I had the radiator knocked out after the heat and this and that. I’d like to thank them guys. I get to stand up here and be the hero but those boys are always pulling it off.” Before continuing his celebration in Victory Lane, Marlar took a moment to share a heartfelt condolence on behalf of the recent passing of long-time World of Outlaws scorer and girlfriend of Series’ Announcer Rick Eshelman, Sandy Holt. “I’d like to give my check to Rick Eshelman tonight. I don’t know if anyone has ever done that but he just lost his long-time girlfriend and he has been a special guy in racing,” added Marlar. “When I heard the news [about Sandy] I wanted to do something nice for Rick, so here’s my chance. I appreciate you supporting us and doing everything you do. You’re a really awesome guy. He’s taking it pretty good for as tough of a hit it was. We are really lucky to have him and wouldn’t want to do it without him.” Sheppard finished second in the World of Outlaws shootout at Ransomville Speedway. “It was a pretty crazy race out there,” said Sheppard. “It got really dusty and if I got off the bottom I couldn’t really see where I was going...I think Mikey had a little better tires on than I did so hats off to him. He caught me sleeping down here on this end on the top. We had a really good piece and a really good weekend so far. We’ll take a second place… We have a pretty good run going here so hopefully, we can keep it going the rest of the year. Junghans rounded out the podium by tying his best World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series finish of the season with a third place run. “Hopefully we get [a win] pretty soon but I’ll take it after last night,” said Junghans on his 13th place finish at Stateline Speedway one night prior. “Hopefully we’re going in the right direction.” The World of Outlaws will race Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, OH on Saturday, June 16 for the final night of its triple-header weekend. Abbreviated results from Ransomville Speedway: Sears Craftsman Feature (50 Laps): 1. 1-Brandon Sheppard [5][$10,000]; 2. 22B-Darrell Bossard [4][$5,000]; 3. 157-Mike Marlar [7][$3,000]; 4. 7-Rick Eckert [1][$2,500]; 5. 9-Devin Moran [11][$2,000]; 6. 111-Max Blair [16][$1,700]; 7. 44h-Dave Hess [12][$1,400]; 8. O-Ryan Scott [13][$1,300]; 9. 12B-Andy Boozel [10][$1,200]; 10. 25-Shane Clanton [3][$1,100]; 11. 2-Dan Stone [14][$1,050]; 12. 44-Chris Madden [2][$1,000]; 13. 18c-Chase Junghans [6][$950]; 14. X3-Wyatt Scott [9][$900]; 15. 91-Tyler Erb [19][$850]; 16. B1-Brent Larson [23][$800]; 17. 54-David Breazeale [21][$770]; 18. 14m-Morgan Bagley [24][$750]; 19. 22-Chris Ferguson [8][$730]; 20. 9s-Breyton Santee [18][$700]; 21. 1x-Chub Frank [17][$700]; 22. 28L-John Lobb [15][$700]; 23. 76-Steve Kania [20][$700]; 24. 111m-Matt Lux [22][$700] Hard Charger Award: 111-Max Blair[+10] Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 44-Chris Madden, 17.517; 2. 25-Shane Clanton, 17.626; 3. 1-Brandon Sheppard, 17.754; 4. 9-Devin Moran, 17.981; 5. X3-Wyatt Scott, 18.028; 6. 28L-John Lobb, 18.057; 7. O-Ryan Scott, 18.101; 8. 22-Chris Ferguson, 18.123; 9. 22g-Greg Oakes, 18.127; 10. 54-David Breazeale, 18.146; 11. 1x-Chub Frank, 18.155; 12. 91-Tyler Erb, 18.202; 13. B22-Bump Hedman, 18.203; 14. 2v-Chad Valone, 18.248; 15. 99B-Boom Briggs, 18.408; 16. 33-Chris Hackett, 18.41; 17. 19-Bob Dorman, 18.429; 18. 73-Devin Lewis, 18.865; 19. 1J-Jake Finnerty, 18.908; DNS. 44p-Joe Petyak, NT Full results from Ransomville Speedway
  12. World of Outlaws vs. DIRTcar Racing Summer Nationals - Two star-studded shootouts will cap off the month of June CONCORD, NC – June 11, 2018 ­– The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series and DIRTcar Racing Summer Nationals stars get set to collide for two thrilling shootouts to cap off the month of June. The battle between the best Late Model drivers in the country begins at Terre Haute Action Track in Terre Haute, IN on June 29 and leads to Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, MO on June 30. Drivers on the DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour will compete in a total of 28 races in 32 days. Also known as The Hell Tour, this rigorous schedule is one of the most grueling in all of motorsports. The pair of events versus the World of Outlaws falls mid-season after a stretch of 14 races in 16 days. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series bunch will also be in the thick of their demanding schedule with 20 races completed out of a total 46 in the 2018 season. Drivers and crews will be pushed to their limits and only the strong will survive throughout the remainder of the season. Not only is the competition heated on the track, the tension between drivers will surely spill over from night-to-night and the pair of DIRTcar Summer Nationals versus World of Outlaws events could be the ultimate tipping point for some. The 2017 edition of the two tours at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, MO was one of the most dramatic and thrilling races of the season as a single mistake on lap 43 took out all but one car in the top-five in the 50-lap feature event. Brandon Sheppard was leading a tight battle for second between Brian Shirley and Chris Madden with Tyler Erb and Frank Heckenast trailing closely behind. Multiple slide jobs were exchanged and the drivers were battling three-and-four-wide around every inch of the third-mile high-banked dirt oval. With only seven laps remaining in the 50-lap feature event, Shirley gets into the back of Madden and the pair collects Erb and Heckenast in the process. Shirley and Madden, who were running second and third at the time, both headed back to the pits after the collision on track. On Shirley’s way to the pits, a former crew guy of Madden’s chucked his signal stick at Shirley’s car displaying his frustration with the way things unfolded. Eckert who finished third in the feature and had a front row seat to the heated battled said, “That wreck happened about 15 times, it just finally did happen. I lost a couple of spots trying to miss it the times that it didn’t happen but it was a gift to us because we were backing through the field there. I kept getting off of that top because I thought they were crashing and finally they did and I was lucky enough to be far enough away from it.” Madden is currently leading the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series points and Shirley will be joining DIRTcar Summer Nationals action. While the pair hasn’t had any recent quarrels, there’s no telling what will happen or who will trigger a new feud as competition and tensions heat up this June. Tickets for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series events versus the DIRTcar Racing Summer Nationals at Terre Haute Action Track on June 29 and Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on June 30 will be available to purchase on the day of the event at the track ticket booth. For more information on the DIRTcar Summer Nationals visit www.thehelltour.com. For more information on the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series visit www.woolms.com.
  13. Cory Hedgecock Collects First-Ever World of Outlaws Win SEYMOUR, TN- June 1, 2018- On Friday evening, Cory Hedgecock collected the biggest win of his career in front of a packed house at 411 Motor Speedway. The Loudon, TN driver etched his name on the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series All-Time Wins list alongside the greatest Late Model drivers in history. “I knew if I ever had a chance at winning one of these races, it was no doubt going to be here,” said Hedgecock. “I am tickled to death... This track was absolutely phenomenal tonight… We were no doubt going to wreck her or bring her home.” Hedgecock claimed the lead from rookie of the year contender and race-long leader David Breazeale on lap 23 and never looked back. Two late race cautions on lap 44 and lap 45 of the 50-lap event posed no threat to the driver of the No. 9 who held off charges from recent World of Outlaws winner (Fayetteville Motor Speedway on May 12) Jimmy Owens. “I just had mixed emotions. I did not want them cautions,” said Hedgecock. “During that long green run (lap 5-41), I’m not sure if I didn’t use my right rear a little bit up. It got hot on me. So, then I was like, ‘OK, well maybe I do want a caution’… I knew the No. 57 [of David Breazeale] was behind me and then the No. 20 [Jimmy Owens] popped up and I thought, ‘Oh shoot. This one is going to be tough.’ You know, we got that caution but I just kept getting the thumbs up. I am tickled to death. This is awesome.” Owens of Newport, TN claimed second on lap 24 and relentlessly tried to reel in Hedgecock for the remaining 26 laps. Yet, The Newport Nightmare was unsuccessful in his attempts and settled for runner-up. “I tell you it’s awesome to get to see Cory win this,” said Owens. “Man, I come by him and we were just giving him a high five at the end of the race there and he was beating on his steering wheel. It’s awesome to see someone get so emotional over a win and congratulations to him. Those guys race hard all weekend. He’s a tough driver to get around down here.” Mike Marlar of Winfield, TN rounded out the podium at 411 Motor Speedway giving Tennessee drivers a clean sweep of the top-three. “We’re having a lot of fun,” said Marlar. “It’s fun racing and Tennessee guys are pretty tough. This is a great big team sport and my car owner Ronnie Delk and his family are over in the pits. Our car is from Brucebilt right here in Knoxville. Smithbilt Homes is also right here in Knoxville so we have a lot of support out of the East Tennessee area. Also, I have an awesome crew. If it wasn’t for these guys I wouldn’t be standing here.” When Hedgecock passed under the checkers, Owens and Marlar split to the outside of his car and the trio celebrated three-wide down the front stretch. “I started to make him do a donut because it didn’t look like he was going to celebrate but I thought they might take that the wrong way,” said Owens. “We were just trying to get up there and figure out what he was doing, that’s all we were trying to do,” laughed Marlar. “Cory is an awesome driver and he wins a ton of races around here. A guy that wins 20-30 races right here locally, he’s going to be tough to beat no matter who comes in.” The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series heads just one hour Northeast for Saturday’s race at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, TN. The Series will take part in another 50-lap $10,000-to-win event to cap off the double-header weekend shootout. Abbreviated Results from 411 Motor Speedway: Sears Craftsman Feature (50 Laps)- 1. 9h-Cory Hedgecock [3][$10,000]; 2. 20-Jimmy Owens [5][$5,000]; 3. 157-Mike Marlar [9][$3,000]; 4. 44-Chris Madden [12][$2,500]; 5. 97-Michael Chilton [1][$2,000]; 6. 91-Tyler Erb [10][$1,700]; 7. B1-Brent Larson [8][$1,400]; 8. 54-David Breazeale [2][$1,300]; 9. 25-Shane Clanton [17][$1,200]; 10. 1-Brandon Sheppard [11][$1,100]; 11. 7-Rick Eckert [7][$1,050]; 12. 18c-Chase Junghans [13][$1,000]; 13. 50-Shanon Buckingham [15][$950]; 14. 53-Ray Cook [16][$900]; 15. 3v-Kyle Hardy [4][$850]; 16. 14m-Morgan Bagley [24][$800]; 17. 22-Chris Ferguson [21][$770]; 18. 1g-Ryan King [22][$750]; 19. 9-Devin Moran [23][$730]; 20. 116-Brandon Overton [14][$700]; 21. 101-Casey Roberts [19][$700]; 22. 21-Robby Moses [20][$700]; 23. C5-David Crabtree [18][$700]; 24. 17M-Dale McDowell [6][$700] Hard Charger Award: 44-Chris Madden[+8] Qualifying - 1. 20-Jimmy Owens, 14.001; 2. 3v-Kyle Hardy, 14.104; 3. 54-David Breazeale, 14.132; 4. 9h-Cory Hedgecock, 14.15; 5. 97-Michael Chilton, 14.24; 6. 50-Shanon Buckingham, 14.246; 7. 18c-Chase Junghans, 14.26; 8. B1-Brent Larson, 14.286; 9. 44-Chris Madden, 14.296; 10. 7-Rick Eckert, 14.301; 11. 1-Brandon Sheppard, 14.327; 12. 157-Mike Marlar, 14.357; 13. 101-Casey Roberts, 14.36; 14. 21-Robby Moses, 14.364; 15. 17M-Dale McDowell, 14.37; 16. 91-Tyler Erb, 14.374; 17. 55-Benji Hicks, 14.393; 18. C5-David Crabtree, 14.4; 19. 9-Devin Moran, 14.432; 20. 1g-Ryan King, 14.439; 21. 22-Chris Ferguson, 14.528; 22. 53-Ray Cook, 14.531; 23. 116-Brandon Overton, 14.559; 24. 14m-Morgan Bagley, 14.625; 25. 11B-Stacy Boles, 14.756; 26. 144-Chris Barton, 14.835; 27. 17-Billy Franklin, 14.906; 28. 86-Jeff Neubert, 15.024; 29. 25-Shane Clanton, NT For full results from 411 Motor Speedway, visit woolms.com or click here.
  14. Schatz Passes Stewart Late for Ninth Win of 2018 at Charlotte CHARLOTTE, NC – May 25, 2018 – Donny Schatz continues his dominance of the 2018 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series 40th Anniversary Season. Schatz passed Shane Stewart on Lap 24 and went on to win his ninth Feature of the year and 11th of his career at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. 2017 Outlaw Showdown winner Logan Schuchart completed the podium. Schatz won the Sears Craftsman Dash to earn the pole for the 30-Lap Feature, but it was Stewart leading the opening lap, utilizing the top of the racing surface. Stewart set a torrid pace out front and reached lapped traffic quickly before a Lap 10 yellow for Jacob Allen cleared the track for the Bixby, OK native. A caution two laps later for Clyde Knipp would be the final stoppage of the Feature, as the remaining 18 laps went Green-to-Checkered. Stewart, in search of his first win of the season, again approached traffic quickly in front of Schatz while Brad Sweet, Logan Schuchart and Sheldon Haudenschild waged war for third. That aforementioned trio put on the best race of the evening throwing massive slide jobs, jockeying for position around The Dirt Track at Charlotte. As laps began to dwindle, Schatz continued to close in on the leader running a car length lower than Stewart was. Schatz showed his nose underneath Stewart multiple times but Stewart stayed in the gas to maintain the lead. As heavy traffic loomed, Schatz swooped underneath Stewart successfully to lead Lap 24 and the Fargo, ND native would never look back going on to win by 1.684 seconds in front of Stewart. “In this sport, what you see is what you get, nobody wants to run second, but sometimes it does help when entering lapped traffic. I started moving around the track and my car kept getting better and better,” Schatz said in Victory Lane. “We’ve been short a [crew] guy all year. I can’t take credit for this, I just drive the thing. These guys have dug and dug through all the adversity this season. We seem to get better through adversity though. I can’t wait for the next race,” Schatz added with a smile. Shane Stewart, who’s Kyle Larson Racing No.2 team is based out of nearby Mooresville, NC, praised his crew for all the hard work this week. “I can’t thank my guys enough. Maintaining a World of Outlaws Sprint Car requires a lot of work and a lot of money. This is a strong finish for our team. We’ve had a tough start to the year, but hopefully we can get some momentum into the summer months,” Stewart said. Schuchart, who was victorious in this event a year ago, echoed Stewart’s sentiment about the hard work of his crew, “We haven’t been racing a whole lot lately because of the weather, but these guys haven’t taken a day off. We struggled a little bit on restarts tonight, but we were really strong.” Sweet and Haudenschild completed the top five with Ian Madsen, Daryn Pittman, Jason Johnson, David Gravel and Gerard McIntyre, Jr – in his first career start at Charlotte – completing the top ten. Brent Marks earned his fourth KSE Hard Charger honor of the season coming from a transfer in the Last Chance Showdown to finish 12th. With NASCAR at the big track at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend, World of Outlaws car owners Kasey Kahne and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. raced with the Series. Kahne made his sixth Outlaw start of the year and came forward to an 11th place finish while Stenhouse, in his first Outlaw start since 2009, won the LCS and came home 16th in the No.17BC. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series continues its 40th Anniversary Season with a Memorial Day race at Lawrenceburg Speedway in Indiana before making its inaugural visit to Fairbury American Legion Speedway (FALS) in Illinois on Wednesday, May 30. Abbreviated Results from The Dirt Track at Charlotte – May 25, 2018: Feature (30 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1][$12,000]; 2. 2-Shane Stewart [2][$5,700]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [4][$3,500]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [3][$3,000]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [8][$2,600]; 6. 18-Ian Madsen [5][$2,400]; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman [7][$2,300]; 8. 41-Jason Johnson [10][$2,200]; 9. 5-David Gravel [9][$2,150]; 10. O7-Gerard McIntyre [6][$2,100]; 11. 4-Kasey Kahne [13][$1,600]; 12. 19-Brent Marks [20][$1,350]; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser [12][$1,300]; 14. W20-Greg Wilson [11][$1,200]; 15. 22-Cole Duncan [18][$1,100]; 16. 17BC-Ricky Stenhouse [19][$1,000]; 17. 44-Trey Starks [22][$900]; 18. 5B-Logan Seavey [21][$850]; 19. 7S-Jason Sides [14][$800]; 20. 13-Clyde Knipp [15][$800]; 21. 4B-Steve Butler [23][$800]; 22. 1A-Jacob Allen [16][$800]; 23. 20-Nick Drake [17][$800]; 24. 4S-Danny Smith [24][$800] Lap Leaders: Shane Stewart 1-23, Donny Schatz 24-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 19-Brent Marks[+8] Qualifying: 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.332; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.426; 3. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.429; 4. O7-Gerard McIntyre, 13.52; 5. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.537; 6. 44-Trey Starks, 13.543; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.557; 8. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.582; 9. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.595; 10. 41-Jason Johnson, 13.608; 11. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.629; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.66; 13. 17BC-Ricky Stenhouse, 13.681; 14. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.704; 15. 13-Clyde Knipp, 13.745; 16. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.774; 17. 20-Nick Drake, 13.775; 18. 5-David Gravel, 13.807; 19. 19-Brent Marks, 13.831; 20. 5B-Logan Seavey, 13.899; 21. 22-Cole Duncan, 13.932; 22. 4-Kasey Kahne, 13.967; 23. 4B-Steve Butler, 14.11; 24. 4S-Danny Smith, 14.167; 25. 5A-Justin Barger, 14.236; 26. 1X-Scott Hunter, 14.495
  15. Jimmy Owens Lands First in Flight 100 Victory FAYETTEVILLE, NC– May 12, 2018– Jimmy Owens outran the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series regulars at Fayetteville Motor Speedway to claim a $25,001 payday during the inaugural First in Flight 100 presented by Hoker Trucking. The veteran driver of Newport, TN also collected an extra $2,001 on Friday evening after winning the 10-lap “Big C Dash for Cash” which honored the late Carlton Lamm. “This works out great because we were kind of up in arms about even coming and Jim [Long] (Fayetteville Motor Speedway’s promoter) called and said, ‘Are you coming?’ so I said ‘OK’,” said Owens. “I’m glad he invited us. We just feel really welcomed to come down here. The fans have been awesome and everybody has just been great.” Owens started on the pole for the 100-lap finale beside Brandon Sheppard, the defending World of Outlaws Champion. Sheppard nabbed the lead position on the first lap, but on lap 16 the New Berlin, IL driver succumbed to Owens high-side momentum. “It got rubbered up about halfway but you can’t do nothing in 90-degree weather,” said Owens. “The guys [at Fayetteville Motor Speedway] did their best to give us an awesome racetrack. I was able to pass for the lead there early and maintain it the rest of the race.” Fourteen separate cautions fell throughout the feature event, the last happening on lap 99 (for Dennis Franklin who unfortunately ran out of fuel exiting turn four). The event went into “overtime” with a green-white-checkers style finish. Even with the late race caution, Owens was able to pull away from Sheppard by 1.128 seconds by the time the checkers fell. “I was pretty good on the long runs there and [Owens] was definitely slowing down on the long runs to reserve tires and everything, and I was too,” said Sheppard. “In the beginning, I got out front there and was slowing the pace up and off a restart there he just got up on the wheel and did what he had to do and got back by me and that was the end of it for me.” “Then, we went single file [for restarts]. I’m glad we did go single file though because I know me and Fergy (Chris Ferguson) had the elbows up coming off of (turn) four and we were rubbing paint,” continued Sheppard. “All and all, I was a pretty good night. Second place, not the turn out we wanted but we’ll take it and congratulations to Jimmy and thanks for all of the fans for coming out.” North Carolina native, Ferguson was relentlessly trying to chase down Sheppard but fell victim to transmission issues just shy of the half-way mark on lap 47. Headed into tonight’s event, Ferguson was leading the rookie of the year point standings by eight points over David Breazeale. Collecting his best finish of the season so far by rounding out the podium, Breazeale shot ahead of the rookie standings by 26 points over Ferguson, 42 points over Brent Larson and 132 points ahead of Timothy Culp. “To run third here at Fayetteville after our last feature here about 10 years ago, this has been great,” said Breazeale. “It’s a big morale booster for the team. We got a fourth the other night, then Chris [Ferguson] got a fourth, and then we back it up with third so maybe we gained some points on him tonight… [Racing on new tracks] is a challenge but we enjoy it and I don’t have any bad habits when we go there so we just go there and race the racetrack.” The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series returns to action on May 18-19 at Atomic Speedway in Waverly, OH for the Outlaw Invasion $10,000-to-win doubleheader weekend. Abbreviated Results Sears Craftsman Feature (100 Laps): 1. 20-Jimmy Owens [1][$25,000]; 2. 1-Brandon Sheppard [2][$10,000]; 3. 54-David Breazeale [4][$6,000]; 4. 25-Shane Clanton [15][$5,000]; 5. 44-Chris Madden [23][$4,000]; 6. 157-Mike Marlar [20][$3,000]; 7. 9-Devin Moran [6][$2,750]; 8. 7-Rick Eckert [8][$2,500]; 9. 116-Brandon Overton [5][$2,400]; 10. 91-Tyler Erb [10][$2,300]; 11. 18c-Chase Junghans [24][$2,250]; 12. C8-Timothy Culp [21][$2,200]; 13. 16-Ben Watkins [9][$2,175]; 14. 72-Jason Covert [19][$2,150]; 15. 14m-Morgan Bagley [7][$2,125]; 16. 79-Ross Bailes [14][$2,100]; 17. 2-Dennis Franklin [16][$2,075]; 18. B1-Brent Larson [18][$2,050]; 19. 1p-Bobby Pierce [13][$2,025]; 20. 22-Chris Ferguson [3][$2,000]; 21. 22x-G.R. Smith [11][$2,000]; 22. OO-Jeff Smith [25][$2,000]; 23. 32-Dustin Mitchell [17][$2,000]; 24. 44r-Brent Robinson [12][$2,000]; 25. 421-Anthony Sanders [22][$2,000]
  16. First in Flight 100 Celebrates Fayetteville Motor Speedway's 50th Anniversary FAYETTEVILLE, NC­ – MAY 7, 2018 – The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series invades Fayetteville Motor Speedway on May 11-12 for one of the richest events of the year – the inaugural First in Flight 100 presented by Hoker Trucking, paying $25,001-to-win and $2,000-to-start. This is the biggest payout for an event in the track’s 50-year history. “We wanted to do something special this year to celebrate the 50th Year Anniversary of Fayetteville Motor Speedway,” said track promoter, Jim Long Jr. “This historic event will be the largest payout ever at Fayetteville Motor Speedway and there is no better way to celebrate then to have the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series as the main event. With the schedule of events over two days, race fans will get plenty of exciting racing action and see the top super late model drivers from all over the country compete right here in Fayetteville, NC. We also wanted to pay tribute to a great man, Mr. Carlton Lamm who has done so much for the sport of racing in this area and been a great friend to all of us here at Fayetteville Motor Speedway.” The one dollar addition in the amount-to-win is in memory of co-owner of the No.1 Dunn-Benson Motorsports team, Carlton Lamm. A “Big C Dash for Cash” on Friday evening will pay $500-to-win and lock in the first three or four rows (depending on car count) of the main event on Saturday evening. Lamm is a former owner of Fayetteville Motor Speedway and has continued to sponsor the track with his Dunn-Benson Ford dealership located only 30 minutes away from the half-mile speed plant. Rookie of the Year Contender Chris Ferguson is looking forward to entering the marquee event in his home state. The Mt. Holly, NC-based driver will travel three hours from his shop to reach the gates of Fayetteville Motor Speedway. Ferguson collected his second and most recent World of Outlaws win at Fayetteville on May 2, 2015. “That win was a lot of pressure off of my shoulders,” said Ferguson. “I had multiple shots where I had a chance at winning an Outlaw race in 2013, 2014 and 2015. There are so many times in my career where I wasn’t the best, but I was the best for one night, and I was never able to capitalize on it. It was nice to finally be able to do that.” “Anyone that grows up racing, whether it’s karts, quarter midgets, or anything, you want to make it to the top of the sport,” continued Ferguson. “There is a lot of guys that have one Outlaw races, but in comparison to the number of drivers who drive Super Late Models across the country, it’s a small group. To be able to say that you’re in that small group is a dream. To be able to say that you’ve done it is a milestone. It takes a while to get to that point.” After this past weekend’s swing through Georiga and South Carolina, Ferguson is leading the rookie point standings. There are four rookie contenders on the World of Outlaws tour including Ferguson (1098 pts.), David Breazeale (1090 pts.), Brent Larson (1078 pts.) and Timothy Culp (976 pts.). “This is really our time of the year to step up,” said Ferguson. “Anytime you have any sort of advantage, like racing at a regional track that you know really well, you have to take advantage of it. That’s your chance to have a legitimate shot at winning, and that’s your best shot at winning. When we got to Wisconsin and Minnesota, and wherever else out in the Midwest and Northeast, realistically we know our shot at winning isn’t what it is when we are in the Southeast.” For any driver, the first win of a season is said to be the hardest one to get. Ferguson hopes that out of the box on Friday evening his Chris Ferguson Motorsports team will be a top competitor at the half-mile semi-banked dirt track. “Anytime you go to a half-mile like Fayetteville, one that is bigger and sweeping, turns one and two are kind of tight but three and four are kind of sweeping, it separates the boys from the men,” explained Ferguson. “In qualifying, you really have to drive it off into the corner there, but if you miss the groove, it can cost all of our time. You have to drive it off in there but somehow or another, keep the car around the middle or bottom. It’s just a technical track so it’s fun because if you let off two car lengths early, it shows there. That’s the reason why I like it. I hope it’s fast right from the get-go.” The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series is excited to join Fayetteville Motor Speedway in celebrating its 50th season during the inaugural First in Flight 100. Friday, May 11 night will consist of World of Outlaws qualifying, heats and the $500-to-win “Big C Dash for Cash”. Also on Friday will be U-Cars, Camping World Pure Stocks, Super Streets and Legends. On Saturday, May 12 will be World of Outlaws Last Chance Showdown(s), a $2,000-to-win non-qualifiers race, and the $25,000-to-win, $2,000-to-start main event – First in Flight 100. Also racing on Saturday will be the Budweiser Late Models, DIRTcar UMP Diet Mtn Dew Modifieds, and Super Stock 4. Pit gates will open at 3:00 pm EST on Friday and 2:00 pm EST on Saturday. Grandstand gates will open at 5:00 pm EST on Friday and 3:00 pm EST on Saturday. Friday General Admission Tickets: Adults $25, Kids 11-15 $15, 10-and-under are free. Friday pit-passes: Adults $35, Kids 11-15 $15, 10-and-under free. Saturday General Admission Tickets: Adults $35, Kids 11-15 $15, 10-and-under are free. Saturday pit-passes: Adults $45, Kids 11-15 $20, 10-and-under free. Two-day Advanced Reserved Seating: $60. Two-day General Admission: $55. Two-day Pit Pass: $75. Tickets are still available online.
  17. Chris Madden scores second win of Season at Senoia Raceway SENOIA, GA– May 5, 2018– Chris Madden wheeled his way to victory at Senoia Raceway for the 4th annual Billy Clanton Classic. The Gray Court, SC driver collected his second World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series win of the season. “Man, what an awesome place and what an awesome race to come and win,” said Madden. “Me and Shane [Clanton] are like best friends out on this tour and he has been so kind to me, him and his family. I just want to thank him from the bottom of our hearts for this race. It means a lot to me.” The fourth annual Billy Clanton Classic honors Shane Clanton's late father Billy Clanton and his contributions to racing. The Georgia Automobile Racing Hall of Fame Association was in attendance at Senoia in support of Billy who was inducted in 2015. The Association presented a special trophy in Victory Lane in respect to the event, a black-metal hand painted pedal car with the No. 25 on the side and the past event winners on the hood (Shane 2015, 2016 and Sheppard 2017). Madden and his No. 44 Barry Wright Race Cars House Car team swept the night by setting fast time, claiming his heat win, drawing the pole position and leading all 50 laps of a thrilling feature on Senoia’s “gray gumbo” 3/8-mile bullring. “We were trying to hit our corners at the right time,” said Madden. “We were just a little bit snug there and went a little bit too far on my adjustment tonight. We had a great race car. I want to thank all of these guys and all of my sponsors who are supporting me... I want to thank Barry [Wright] after Lavonia we got back to the shop at like 4 in the morning and Barry stayed out there. He went to bed at 10 o'clock so he was working on the car all night and all morning. You won't find many people his age putting in the effort that he does to make this thing go fast." Madden held off charges from a heated battle for second between Mike Marlar, Shane Clanton, Brandon Overton. On lap 21, Michael Page inserted himself into the mix for a podium position from a 14th starting spot in the feature. Just five laps later, Page completed the pass by Marlar for second. Page worked relentlessly to reel in race long leader Madden but was never able to pull the trigger to make the pass. “I thought I was going to catch him there for a minute but then every time that I did, I would just miss it a little bit, was just a little bit off… We are going to get us [a World of Outlaws win] it’s just going to take a little time. We are knocking on the door.” Dale McDowell also made an impressive run to the podium from 17th. With less than five laps to go in the 50-lap event, Marlar surrendered the final podium position to McDowell. “I was just talking about how racy this place was and I guess how I should’ve qualified better,” said McDowell. “Hats off to all the guys who get the track ready. It was a lot of fun I just wish we had some more laps so we could’ve raced with those guys.” The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series heads to Fayetteville Speedway for the inaugural First in Flight 100 on May 11-12 paying $25,001-to-win and $2,000-to-start. This is the biggest payout for an event in the tracks 50-year history. Abbreviated Results Craftsman Club Feature (50 Laps): 1. 44-Chris Madden [1][$10,000]; 2. 18x-Michael Page [14][$5,000]; 3. 17M-Dale McDowell [17][$3,000]; 4. 157-Mike Marlar [2][$2,500]; 5. 116-Brandon Overton [6][$2,000]; 6. 9-Devin Moran [11][$1,700]; 7. 25-Shane Clanton [3][$1,400]; 8. 18c-Chase Junghans [4][$1,300]; 9. 7-Rick Eckert [8][$1,200]; 10. B1-Brent Larson [18][$1,100]; 11. 1-Brandon Sheppard [9][$1,050]; 12. 22-Chris Ferguson [12][$1,000]; 13. 14m-Morgan Bagley [21][$950]; 14. 9c-Jason Croft [16][$900]; 15. 54-David Breazeale [7][$850]; 16. 53-Ray Cook [15][$800]; 17. 15-Mason Massey [20][$770]; 18. C8-Timothy Culp [13][$750]; 19. 24-Zach Leonhardi [10][$730]; 20. 84-Austin Smith [24][$700]; 21. 6-Blake Spencer [23][$700]; 22. 58-Donald McIntosh [5][$700]; 23. 22r-Will Roland [22][$700]; 24. 91-Tyler Erb [19][$700] Hard Charger Award: 17M-Dale McDowell [+14] Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 157-Mike Marlar, 13.671; 2. 25-Shane Clanton, 13.677; 3. 58-Donald McIntosh, 13.736; 4. 18x-Michael Page, 13.826; 5. C8-Timothy Culp, 13.867; 6. 7-Rick Eckert, 13.943; 7. 17M-Dale McDowell, 13.965; 8. 9-Devin Moran, 13.966; 9. 1-Brandon Sheppard, 13.993; 10. 91-Tyler Erb, 14.1; 11. 84-Austin Smith, 14.102; 12. 14m-Morgan Bagley, 14.168; 13. 1D-Dalton Cook, 14.279; 14. 44s-Clint Smith, 14.304; 15. 29m-Gary McPherson, 14.642; 16. 12-Ashton Winger, 14.879 Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 44-Chris Madden, 13.66; 2. 18c-Chase Junghans, 13.785; 3. 16-Austin Horton, 13.973; 4. 22-Chris Ferguson, 14.017; 5. 54-David Breazeale, 14.043; 6. 116-Brandon Overton, 14.096; 7. 24-Zach Leonhardi, 14.338; 8. 22r-Will Roland, 14.388; 9. 53-Ray Cook, 14.486; 10. 62-Cody King, 14.498; 11. 15-Mason Massey, 14.503; 12. B1-Brent Larson, 14.52; 13. 29-Shane Fulcher, 14.589; 14. 9c-Jason Croft, 14.677; 15. 99-J.R. Moseley, 14.819; 16. 6-Blake Spencer, 15.051
  18. Mike Marlar Tames Cherokee Speedway GAFFNEY, SC– May 4, 2018– Mike Marlar claimed his first World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series win of the 2018 season on Friday at Cherokee Speedway in front of a full house. The Winfield Warrior led all 50-laps of the Craftsman Club Feature en route to a $10,000 payday. “Getting that first win behind you is a big thing. It’s a confidence booster and lets you know you’re doing the right things,” said Marlar in Victory Lane. “Ronny Delk, my car owner, man, he just an awesome guy. He gives me really good equipment. I’d like to thank [my crew guys] Josh Davis and Jerry Spruce and my wife Stacey at home, she is usually here. Those guys worked their tails off this week. Up at Brucebilt, we built us a new car. It’s been a lot of hard work this week and we were fortunate to get to the front.” Marlar held off charges from fellow World of Outlaws' powerhouses Shane Clanton, Chris Madden and Brandon Overton. The closest threat for the lead was on lap 34 by a hard-charging Overton on the high-side. Overton erased Marlar’s one-second lead in just one lap. After passing for the lead, a caution fell so the lap was not completed. Marlar was back in the lead position for the restart and Overton resumed second ahead of Madden. Just two laps later, Overton suffered from a flat right-rear tire and finished 14th. “Well, I was sure glad for [that caution],” said Marlar. “I lost one like that at Volusia early in the year so I hate it for him. I guess, but I don’t know, he might have had a softer tire or something because he could get out there in the crumbs, and all of the guys on the harder stuff I think we were pretty committed to hugging that inside wall. Fortunate for me, that caution came out and then I kind of knew what to do and the track had widened out a little bit so I was pretty much home free then.” Marlar finished nearly three-and-a-half-seconds ahead of a close battle for second between Clanton and Madden. The pair finished 0.022 seconds apart. Although Clanton has not scored a win yet this season, he has collected three second-place finishes of the last five Series races. “We were trying to get up there and race with Marlar,” said Clanton. “He took off that last caution. We were keeping up with him early but our car is pretty good and hopefully tomorrow we’ll be better. Anytime you can get top-fives the wins will start coming so hopefully we can just keep doing what we’re doing and the wins will come.” Hometown favorite Madden collected his seventh podium finish of eight World of Outlaws events which places him back on top in the point standings but the battle is tight. Madden leads Marlar in second by 22 points, Sheppard in third by 36 points, and Clanton in fourth by 40 points. “We had a great racecar earlier in the night and we just missed our adjustments earlier in the feature and wound up with a third-place car instead of a winning race car,” said Madden. “We’ll take it as long as we keep being consistent and running in the top-three we will get our wins. We kind of feel like we let one slip away here tonight.” The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series completes their triple-header swing on Saturday, May 5 at Senoia Raceway for the Billy Clanton Classic. Abbreviated Results Craftsman Club Feature (50 Laps): 1. 157-Mike Marlar [1][$10,000]; 2. 25-Shane Clanton [5][$5,000]; 3. 44-Chris Madden [3][$3,000]; 4. 22-Chris Ferguson [6][$2,500]; 5. 58-Donald McIntosh [7][$2,000]; 6. 79-Ross Bailes [4][$1,700]; 7. 1D-Brent Dixon [10][$1,400]; 8. 7-Rick Eckert [9][$1,300]; 9. 9-Devin Moran [12][$1,200]; 10. 54-David Breazeale [15][$1,100]; 11. 2c-Joey Coulter [17][$1,050]; 12. 91-Tyler Erb [23][$1,000]; 13. B1-Brent Larson [13][$950]; 14. 116-Brandon Overton [8][$900]; 15. 18c-Chase Junghans [21][$850]; 16. 32m-Dustin Mitchell [18][$800]; 17. 14m-Morgan Bagley [19][$770]; 18. 22x-G.R. Smith [22][$750]; 19. C8-Timothy Culp [16][$730]; 20. 6-Blake Spencer [24][$700]; 21. 1-Brandon Sheppard [11][$700]; 22. 2-Dennis Franklin [20][$700]; 23. O9-Johnny Pursley [2][$700]; 24. 1x-Chub Frank [14][$700] Hard Charger Award: 91-Tyler Erb[+11] Qualifying: 1. 22-Chris Ferguson, 14.797; 2. O9-Johnny Pursley, 14.94; 3. 44-Chris Madden, 14.956; 4. 157-Mike Marlar, 14.974; 5. 79-Ross Bailes, 15.014; 6. 7-Rick Eckert, 15.021; 7. 1D-Brent Dixon, 15.057; 8. 116-Brandon Overton, 15.091; 9. 25-Shane Clanton, 15.136; 10. 58-Donald McIntosh, 15.147; 11. 1-Brandon Sheppard, 15.148; 12. 54-David Breazeale, 15.18; 13. C8-Timothy Culp, 15.387; 14. 1x-Chub Frank, 15.414; 15. 32m-Dustin Mitchell, 15.415; 16. 24D-Michael Brown, 15.373; 17. 2c-Joey Coulter, 15.448; 18. 9-Devin Moran, 15.465; 19. B1-Brent Larson, 15.493; 20. 2-Dennis Franklin, 15.538; 21. 93-Donald Bradsher, 15.571; 22. 2x-John Henderson, 15.686; 23. 42-Cla Knight, 15.7; 24. 18c-Chase Junghans, 15.727; 25. 14m-Morgan Bagley, 15.82; 26. 91-Tyler Erb, 15.846; 27. 15-Justin Duty, 16.078; 28. 72-Robbie Bailey, 16.218; 29. 6-Blake Spencer, 16.667; 30. 22x-G.R. Smith, NT
  19. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Gear Up for Triple Header Weekend Down South CONCORD, NC– May 1, 2018– The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series continues its swing through the South this week with three stops at three separate tracks: Lavonia Speedway in Lavonia, GA on May 3; Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, SC on May 4; and the annual Billy Clanton Classic at Senoia Raceway in Senoia, GA on May 5. The triple-header multi-track weekend will kick off a busy month of May for the World of Outlaws. Georgia-natives Shane Clanton and Brandon Overton will be seeking their first Series win of the season with two chances in their home state this coming week. Clanton’s hometown Zebulon, GA is only three hours from Lavonia Speedway, whereas Overton — from Evans, GA — is about an hour closer. This weekend will be the Series’ first and last stop in the state of Georgia this season. The World of Outlaws makes its return to Lavonia Speedway’s 3/8-mile, semi-banked, clay oval for the first time since 2014 for a 50-lap, $10,000-to-win event. The last time the Series visited the track Darrell Lanigan, Tim McCreadie and Rick Eckert found their way to the podium. The following day the World of Outlaws will head an hour and a half northeast to Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, SC for another 50-lap, $10,000-to-win Craftsman Club Feature. The 3/8-mile dirt track is practically in the backyard of current points leader Chris Madden and his Barry Wright Race Cars House Car (BWRC) team. The BWRC shop is located only 14 miles from Cherokee Speedway. Madden has collected six top-five finishes, including one win, three second-place finishes and two third-place finishes. While Madden certainly has the home advantage at Cherokee, don’t expect Clanton to go down without a fight. Last year, Shane Clanton collected his second win of the 2017 season at Cherokee Speedway, so he is especially looking forward to heading back in hopes of claiming his first win of 2018. Whether or not he collects that win or not, Clanton will get his time in the limelight. The triple-header weekend concludes at the fourth annual Billy Clanton Classic at Senoia Raceway on Saturday, May 5. This race honors Shane’s dad, the late Billy Clanton and his contributions to dirt track racing. “From the time all of us siblings were born, racing has been in our blood,” said Shane. “My dad worked directly out of the back of our house, where he would build cars for customers. When we would get off the school bus, the first thing we wanted to do was head to the shop; we weren’t worried about doing our homework. The main thing he taught us was that you get out of it what you put into something. If you don’t put hard work into it, you won’t get anything out of it. If it wasn’t for my Dad, we probably wouldn’t be doing this.” The Clanton family of six grew up going to Senoia Raceway on Friday nights. Over the years the track has been transformed from red-clay, to asphalt, back to red-clay, and now it consists of a unique “gray gumbo” surface. The current track allows for multiple lanes of racing and is constantly evolving throughout the night. During the Series inaugural visit to the 3/8-mile bullring, Shane finished fourth behind Eric Wells (third), Tyler Erb (second) and Brandon Sheppard (first). Shane spoke with Series announcer Rick Eshelman on the track after the race: “It’s hard to be up here, him not being with me, and he has been gone for a couple of years now,” said Clanton in front of the fans at Senoia. “As long as we can live his life like we’re doing and just honor him as much as we can. He’s done a lot for the racing in the Southeast. It’s an honor to be here tonight.” Tickets for Lavonia and Cherokee will be for sale at the track on the day of the event. Tickets for the Billy Clanton Classic at Senoia Raceway on May 5 are on sale now, both reserved seats and general admission. Once you purchase your tickets you can print them directly at home or send them to your mobile device!
  20. Chris "Smokey" Madden Collects First Series Win of 2018 at Smoky Mountain Speedway Maryville, TN- April 27, 2018- Chris “Smokey” Madden swept the evening at Smoky Mountain Speedway for the first of two nights for the 5th annual Tennessee Tipoff. The driver of the Barry Wright Race Cars House Car claimed the PFC Fast Time award, his heat win and led all 50 laps of the Craftsman Club Feature. “We’ve had a great racecar all night ever since we unloaded,” said Madden in Victory Lane. “We were off just a little when we hot lapped, then we tuned up and man, we got this thing dialed right up where it needs to be.” Madden has been on the brink of collecting his first win of the season every time he has hit the track. The Gray Court, SC driver has finished on the podium during all five races so far this season, including two second-place finishes at Volusia Speedway Park and a pair of third place, finishes last weekend at Whynot Motorsports Park. With the addition of this win, Madden now sits on top of the Series point standings. “I told my guys if we just keep clicking off top two or three, you know, we could have run second both nights last week but we were going for the win and that’s what happens. It pays off in the long run and we got us a win tonight.I’d like to thank God for what he does for me and ask everyone to pray for Timothy [Culp]. I don’t know what happened to him but we don’t want to see nobody get hurt.” The first caution of the race was on lap two when Culp slowed on the backstretch. He was hit with some debris from the track causing him to be sidelined for the rest of the evening. The 2018 rookie of the year contender was cleared by the medical staff in the ambulance at the track and states that he’s doing OK. There was a total of three cautions during the 50-lap event. The second caution was on lap three as the defending Series Champion Brandon Sheppard slowed due to mechanical issues between turns one and two. He was running fourth at the time but was forced to retire from the race. The third caution occurred on lap 33 for debris on the track. Although there were three separate cautions which regrouped the field, Madden was never seriously challenged for the lead. At the half-way point, he had created more than five seconds between him and the rest of the field. The 2015 World of Outlaws Champion Shane Clanton finished second. The Georgia Bulldog commandeered the position from 2017 Rookie of the Year, and pole-sitter of the race, Devin Moran on lap 19. “Maybe we can make our car a little better and steal some secrets from [Madden] or something,” said Clanton. “Right now, he’s pretty tough. He should have won last week because he had the best car at the end of the race but we just snuck by him (for second) and we almost won last week. Overall, a good car. This capital car is pretty good right now so hopefully we can just maintain what we’re doing and just keep running one [or] two.” Clanton is currently fourth in the point standings with his best finishes being at the Series' last two races where he has finished second. Moran collected his first top-five finish of the season on Friday at Smoky Mountain Speedway. “Obviously, we wanted to go out there and win but Chris and Barry [Wright] and them guys did a great job. They were a rocket ship tonight. Shane got by us for second but we were trying to hold him off. After the start of the season, it feels like a win for us. Man, we have been struggling with the Outlaws. To get a run like this to get us back up there in the points a little bit. We’ll just try to put it together a little better and try again tomorrow night.” The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series returns to Smoky Mountain Speedway’s 4/10-mile high-banked red clay oval tomorrow night for the final evening of the 5th annual Tennessee Tipoff. Abbreviated Results from Smoky Mountain Speedway April 27, 2018: Craftsman Club Feature (50 Laps): 1. 44-Chris Madden [2][$10,000]; 2. 25-Shane Clanton [4][$5,000]; 3. 9-Devin Moran [1][$3,000]; 4. 101-Casey Roberts [9][$2,500]; 5. 50-Shanon Buckingham [8][$2,000]; 6. 97-Michael Chilton [10][$1,700]; 7. 91-Tyler Erb [11][$1,400]; 8. 116-Brandon Overton [19][$1,300]; 9. 157-Mike Marlar [6][$1,200]; 10. 22-Chris Ferguson [5][$1,100]; 11. 18c-Chase Junghans [16][$1,050]; 12. 7-Rick Eckert [12][$1,000]; 13. 54-David Breazeale [15][$950]; 14. 1x-Chub Frank [22][$900]; 15. 21k-Dakotah Knuckles [20][$850]; 16. 11B-Stacy Boles [17][$800]; 17. 14m-Morgan Bagley [21][$770]; 18. 17M-Dale McDowell [7][$750]; 19. 4T-Tommy Kerr [18][$730]; 20. 6-Blake Spencer [24][$700]; 21. 1v-Vic Hill [14][$700]; 22. 1-Brandon Sheppard [3][$700]; 23. B1-Brent Larson [13][$700]; 24. C8-Timothy Culp [23][$700] Hard Charger Award: 116-Brandon Overton[+11] Qualifying: 1. 44-Chris Madden, 16.104; 2. 1-Brandon Sheppard, 16.166; 3. 22-Chris Ferguson, 16.36; 4. 17M-Dale McDowell, 16.392; 5. 157-Mike Marlar, 16.435; 6. 9-Devin Moran, 16.448; 7. 97-Michael Chilton, 16.46; 8. 50-Shanon Buckingham, 16.471; 9. 101-Casey Roberts, 16.472; 10. 25-Shane Clanton, 16.474; 11. 1v-Vic Hill, 16.529; 12. 54-David Breazeale, 16.54; 13. 18c-Chase Junghans, 16.557; 14. 91-Tyler Erb, 16.595; 15. 7-Rick Eckert, 16.597; 16. C8-Timothy Culp, 16.621; 17. 21k-Dakotah Knuckles, 16.7; 18. 4T-Tommy Kerr, 16.763; 19. 116-Brandon Overton, 16.77; 20. 11B-Stacy Boles, 16.823; 21. 1x-Chub Frank, 16.862; 22. B1-Brent Larson, 17.085; 23. 21-Robby Moses, 17.129; 24. 201-Billy Ogle, 17.138; 25. 14m-Morgan Bagley, 17.468; 26. 6-Blake Spencer, 17.522; 27. 69-Carder Miller, 17.54
  21. David Gravel Tames Lightning-Fast Surface at Cotton Bowl for First Win of 2018 PAIGE, TX – April 26, 2018 – After being rained out twice earlier in the year at the facility, but the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series finally completed the event at Cotton Bowl Speedway. David Gravel and the CJB Motorsports No.5 team swept the entire evening en route to picking up his first win of the 2018 season. Brad Sweet and Jason Johnson completed the podium. David Gravel started off his clean sweep of the program by setting fast time over the field with a lap of 13.832. Gravel went on to win his Heat Race and the Craftsman Club Dash to earn the pole for the 35-lap Feature. With the amount of rain Cotton Bowl Speedway received over the past week, the track continued to get faster throughout the evening. Gravel’s fastest lap in the Dash was an eye-opening 13.276, nearly three-tenths under the existing track record and .556 faster than his lap in Qualifying, that paced the field. Gravel's fastest lap in the Feature was a 13.598. An opening lap Red Flag for Clyde Knipp, who slightly rolled over in turn one, reset the field. Gravel led the field down the frontstretch once again and began expanding his lead. Brad Sweet cut the gap to less than a car-length with seven laps, giving flashbacks to Cotton Bowl fans that attended the World of Outlaws race at the facility in 2016, that saw Sweet steal the victory in thrilling fashion that night. It was not meant to be for Sweet tonight as Gravel powered by two lapped cars to seal his first victory of the season and a clean sweep on the evening. “This is what this team deserves. I’ve got to thank Barry, Derek, Zach and everyone that worked on this car to make it go fast,” Gravel said. “We’ve been running decently, just not getting into Dashes. Track position was huge tonight. The track was really heavy and got faster all night. Going green-to-checkered was a little tiring,” the Watertown, CT native added. When asked about Sweet pulling within striking distance, Gravel said, “I heard him. Turn three and four were so tricky tonight. It was a long overdue first win of the year. Hopefully we can pick up from last year and get going” Gravel, an 18-time winner a year ago, crossed the line 1.453 seconds ahead of Sweet for the 35th win of his career. Sweet was pleased with his second-place effort, “The lapped cars were so tricky. We had a shot there, but David did a great job getting by those last few lapped cars. We’ll move on to Devil’s Bowl the next two nights and try and pick up a victory.” Jason Johnson made some daring moves early in the event to move into third and secure the podium finish. The Eunice, LA native acknowledged his previous racing career around this region and how great it is to come back with the World of Outlaws before thanking the fans for coming out on a Thursday evening. Cory Eliason continued his strong start to the season with a fourth-place finish with Daryn Pittman completing the top-five. Nine-time Series Champion and current points leader Donny Schatz suffered from a rare mechanical issue as his Tony Stewart Racing No.15 visibly battled an ailing front end as he limped to a ninth-place finish. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to action at its birthplace, Devil’s Bowl Speedway, Friday and Saturday for the Series 40th Anniversary Celebration! If you can’t make it to the track, be sure to watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com! Feature (35 Laps): 1. 5-David Gravel [1][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [2][$5,500]; 3. 41-Jason Johnson [3][$3,200]; 4. 83-Cory Eliason [6][$2,800]; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman [5][$2,500]; 6. 2-Shane Stewart [8][$2,300]; 7. 4K-Kasey Kahne [9][$2,200]; 8. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [7][$2,100]; 9. 15-Donny Schatz [4][$2,050]; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart [13][$2,000]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser [10][$1,500]; 12. 45-Paul McMahan [12][$1,200]; 13. 18-Ian Madsen [14][$1,100]; 14. 7S-Jason Sides [15][$1,050]; 15. W20-Greg Wilson [16][$1,000]; 16. OO-Dane Lorenc [17][$900]; 17. 17G-Channin Tankersley [20][$800]; 18. 1A-Jacob Allen [19][$800]; 19. 19-Brent Marks [11][$800]; 20. 13-Clyde Knipp [18][$800] Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-35; KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+3] Qualifying: 1. 5-David Gravel, 13.832; 2. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.877; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.907; 4. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.948; 5. 41-Jason Johnson, 14.011; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 14.119; 7. 2-Shane Stewart, 14.144; 8. 18-Ian Madsen, 14.224; 9. 4K-Kasey Kahne, 14.232; 10. 83-Cory Eliason, 14.265; 11. 45-Paul McMahan, 14.272; 12. 19-Brent Marks, 14.293; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.397; 14. 7S-Jason Sides, 14.4; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen, 14.401; 16. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 14.401; 17. OO-Dane Lorenc, 14.501; 18. 17G-Channin Tankersley, 14.557; 19. 13-Clyde Knipp, 14.887; 20. W20-Greg Wilson, 15.071 Heat #1 - (8 Laps) - 1. 5-David Gravel [1]; 2. 41-Jason Johnson [3]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [2]; 4. 4K-Kasey Kahne [5]; 5. 2-Shane Stewart [4]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [7]; 7. 45-Paul McMahan [6]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [8]; 9. 13-Clyde Knipp [10]; 10. OO-Dane Lorenc [9] Heat #2 - (8 Laps) - 1. 49-Brad Sweet [1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 3. 83-Cory Eliason [5]; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [3]; 5. 18-Ian Madsen [4]; 6. 19-Brent Marks [6]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart [8]; 8. 7S-Jason Sides [7]; 9. 17G-Channin Tankersley [9]; 10. W20-Greg Wilson [10] Craftsman Club Dash (6 Laps): 1. 5-David Gravel [1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 3. 41-Jason Johnson [3]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman [5]; 6. 83-Cory Eliason [6] Qualifier (10 Laps) - Top 2 Transfer to the Back of the Dash: 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [1][-]; 2. 83-Cory Eliason [2][-]; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [4][-]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [5][-]; 5. 4K-Kasey Kahne [3][-]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [7][-]; 7. 19-Brent Marks [8][-]; 8. 45-Paul McMahan [9][-]; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart [10][-]; 10. 18-Ian Madsen [6][-]; 11. 7S-Jason Sides [12][-]; 12. W20-Greg Wilson [16][-]; 13. OO-Dane Lorenc [15][-]; 14. 13-Clyde Knipp [13][-]; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen [11][-]; 16. 17G-Channin Tankersley [14][-]
  22. Billy Moyer Jr. Wins at Whynot Motorsports Park MERIDIAN, MS– April 21, 2018– The “House of Hook” at Whynot Motorsports Park lived up to its name on Saturday evening for the finale of the Queen City Shootout. The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series’ 50 lap feature event saw multiple lanes of hooked-up racing. When the checkered flag waved for the final time of the evening, it was Billy Moyer Jr. who was the best of the field claiming his first World of Outlaws win of the 2018 season and third all-time Series win. Moyer Jr. was overwhelmed with emotion as he climbed out of his car in Victory Lane. He explained to the crowd that at 5 p.m. he received a call saying that his daughter Hallie Rae Moyer (born on March 8, 2018) is not doing well. Receiving the call just one hour before the World of Outlaws were scheduled to hit the track for hot laps, Moyer Jr. explained he felt committed to finishing the night. “This racing doesn’t mean anything. Right now, I’m thinking about my daughter,” said Moyer Jr. “I’m scatterbrained right now. I got a call at 5 o’clock and my mind is so far in left field I don’t really care about this race right now. I just want to get home to her. Man, they were with me here tonight. I want to make a living and to win, but I need to get back to Arkansas as quick as I can.” The Batesville, AR driver placed second in Group A Qualifying, won his heat race, and drew the outside pole position for the Craftsman Club Feature. Moyer Jr. commanded the lead on the first lap, only to hand over the top spot once on lap 18 to Mississippi driver Brian Rickman. Chris Madden and Shane Clanton also challenged Moyer Jr. for the lead position but were unable to complete the pass. When the checkers fell, it was a photo finish with only 0.0645 separating Moyer Jr. from Clanton. “Chris was doing all he could to win the race,” said Clanton. “That’s what we were just saying, ‘we’re here to win the race not to get second’ and he did all he could to get by him. Moyer went to block him and it gave me the opportunity to get in the bottom and I hit Chris a little bit but it’s alright, we were going for the win.” “I guess it don’t look like we can do no better than third. You know we just keep going for the win there,” said Madden. “We come to win the races, not to run second. We took a shot at him there and if he didn’t move up on me there maybe I could’ve finished the pass. It just kind of killed my momentum and let the hole open for Shane to get back into second. “Overall, we had a great car all weekend. We started 12th tonight and made it all the way up there to battle for the lead, at least for a little while. I think we can take this momentum here in our new ride and build on it and maybe it will play out good for us at the end of the year.” The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series returns to action next Thursday at Smoky Mountain Speedway for a night of practice followed by the doubleheader weekend, The Tennessee Tipoff on Friday and Saturday, April 27-28. Craftsman Club Feature (50 Laps): 1. 21jr-Billy Moyer [2][$10,000]; 2. 25-Shane Clanton [4][$5,000]; 3. 44-Chris Madden [12][$3,000]; 4. 157-Mike Marlar [24][$2,500]; 5. 1-Brandon Sheppard [11][$2,000]; 6. 90-Brian Rickman [1][$1,700]; 7. 21-Billy Moyer [8][$1,400]; 8. 116-Brandon Overton [16][$1,300]; 9. 14m-Morgan Bagley [6][$1,200]; 10. 14z-Zack McMillan [10][$1,100]; 11. 97-Cade Dillard [22][$1,050]; 12. 91-Tyler Erb [7][$1,000]; 13. 7-Rick Eckert [15][$950]; 14. B1-Brent Larson [19][$900]; 15. 1c-Chad Thrash [20][$850]; 16. 99B-Boom Briggs [27][$110]; 17. 18c-Chase Junghans [25][$110]; 18. 18s-Jack Sullivan [18][$750]; 19. 86-Rick Rickman [5][$730]; 20. 54-David Breazeale [9][$700]; 21. CJ1-Rusty Schlenk [14][$700]; 22. 9-Devin Moran [23][$700]; 23. 22-Chris Ferguson [13][$700]; 24. 21xxx-Neil Baggett [3][$700]; 25. C8-Timothy Culp [17][$700]; 26. 6-Blake Spencer [28][$110]; 27. 1x-Chub Frank [26][$110]; 28. 4-Michael Arnold [21][$700] Hard Charger: 157-Mike Marlar[+20] Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 21xxx-Neil Baggett, 12.271; 2. 21jr-Billy Moyer, 12.642; 3. 54-David Breazeale, 12.702; 4. 14z-Zack McMillan, 12.751; 5. 14m-Morgan Bagley, 12.754; 6. 21-Billy Moyer, 12.759; 7. 4-Michael Arnold, 12.764; 8. 18c-Chase Junghans, 12.767; 9. B1-Brent Larson, 12.787; 10. 777-Jared Landers, 12.788; 11. 99B-Boom Briggs, 12.825; 12. 51m-Joey Moriarty, 12.863; 13. 10-Spencer Hughes, 12.918; 14. CJ1-Rusty Schlenk, 12.942; 15. 22-Chris Ferguson, 12.954; 16. 6r-Robbie Stuart, 13.109; 17. 17-Billy Franklin, 13.146; 18. 9-Devin Moran, 13.189; 19. C8-Timothy Culp, 13.855; DNS. 15-Chris Smith, NT Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 90-Brian Rickman, 12.271; 2. 25-Shane Clanton, 12.366; 3. 86-Rick Rickman, 12.462; 4. 44-Chris Madden, 12.541; 5. 1-Brandon Sheppard, 12.572; 6. 91-Tyler Erb, 12.644; 7. 97-Cade Dillard, 12.691; 8. 5-Jon Mitchell, 12.804; 9. 7-Rick Eckert, 12.85; 10. 1c-Chad Thrash, 12.855; 11. 3-Shay Knight, 12.88; 12. 116-Brandon Overton, 12.992; 13. 18s-Jack Sullivan, 12.996; 14. 157-Mike Marlar, 13.051; 15. 1x-Chub Frank, 13.086; 16. 1b-BJ Robinson, 13.146; 17. 94-Austin Rettig, 13.225; 18. 44h-Dave Hess, 13.33; 19. 6-Blake Spencer, NT
  23. Six Weeks and Nearly $600,000 On the Line for World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models - Early season weather woes make for lucrative, action-packed April and May CONCORD, NC– April 9, 2018– Mother Nature got the best of the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series in March, but with rescheduled events that means an even more eventful Spring! An impressive stretch of racing lies ahead of the Series with six non-stop weekends of racing visiting seven states. In six weeks’ time, the Outlaws, alongside local and regional drivers who are up for the challenge, will have a chance at claiming a piece of nearly $600,000 in total purse money. It all kicks off with three huge weekends of double-header shows beginning with the 11th annual Illini 100 presented by Douglas Dodge at Farmer City Raceway on April 12-13-14. This staple event on the World of Outlaws schedule has become one of the most unique races of the season. With only 25 laps to get to the front,Friday’s thrilling $6,000-to-win Craftsman Club Feature leaves drivers no other choice but to floor it. The following evening the Outlaws will hit the iconic Illinois dirt track for the Illini finale, consisting of 75 laps paying $15,000 to win. The Series will then head south to Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian, MS on April 19-20-21 for the inaugural Queen City Shootout. This new event will feature back-to-back nights of complete 50-lap, $10,000-to win shootouts. Last season was the Series’ first-ever stop at the quarter-mile track known as the House of Hook. While many drivers are looking forward to returning, rookie of the year contender Timothy Culp is at the top of the list. Last year, Culp finished second in the feature behind the eventual 2017 Series Champion, Brandon Sheppard. Culp hopes to finish one spot ahead to propel his rookie campaign. Closing out the month of April, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series is excited to be a part of an already popular event in the South – the Tennessee Tipoff at Smoky Mountain Speedway on April 26-27-28. The season opener for the track is sure to get the town of Maryville, TN ready for a season of racing at the 4/10-mile track featuring two complete $10,000-to-win shootouts with the best Late Model drivers in the country. Tennessee-based Late Model driver Mike Marlar joins the World of Outlaws as a full-time driver for the 2018 season with his eyes set on the championship title. He hopes to snag an Outlaw win in his native Volunteer State for a second consecutive season. The month of May will begin with a swing through the Southeast with three events at three tracks: Lavonia Speedway (GA) on May 3, Cherokee Speedway (SC) on May 4 and Senoia Raceway (GA) for the fourth annual Billy Clanton Classic on May 5. Three $10,000-to-win shows at separate tracks on different surfaces will display which teams will be able to adapt the quickest. Lavonia Speedway is a 3/8-mile semi-banked red clay oval; Cherokee Speedway is a 3/8-mile high-banked red clay oval; whereas Senoia has one of the most unique surfaces in the country with a 3/8-mile oval made of gray-gumbo clay. Keeping things in the Southeast, the inaugural First in Flight 100 at Fayetteville Motor Speedway on May 11-12 is one of the top-paying shows of the season with the winner collecting $25,000 in the $2,000-to-start main event. Qualifying on Friday night leads to the 100-lap finale on Saturday. Additionally, on Saturday there will be a non-qualifiers race paying an extra $10,500. This event is in celebration of Fayetteville Motor Speedway’s 50th anniversary season. The six-week stretch concludes at Atomic Speedway in Waverly, OH on May 18-19 for the Outlaw Showdown. This event features two complete 50-lap, $10,0000-to-win events on Friday and Saturday. Last year, Devin Moran scored his first-ever World of Outlaws win at Atomic Speedway. The eventual 2017 Rookie of the Year collected two wins during his rookie campaign and will surely be looking to dominate the 3/8-mile track and defend this Ohio dirt track from his fellow Outlaws. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series is ready to get back to action with guns blazing. For more information on upcoming events please visit woolms.com/schedule and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Tickets are on sale now for the Illini 100 at Farmer City Raceway (April 13-14), the Queen City Shootout at Whynot Motorsports Park (April 20-21), the Tennessee Tipoff at Smoky Mountain Speedway (April 27-28) and the Billy Clanton Classic at Senoia Raceway (May 5). Tickets for the other events will be on sale at track on the day of the events. Founded in 1978, the World of Outlaws®, based in Concord, N.C., is the premier national touring series for dirt track racing in North America, featuring the most powerful cars on dirt, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series and the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series. Annually, the two series race nearly 140 times at tracks across the United States and Canada. CBS Sports Network is the official broadcast partner of the World of Outlaws. DIRTVision® also broadcasts all World of Outlaws events o
  24. Schatz Gets Underneath Haudenschild Late to Win Third Feature of 2018 in FVP Outlaw Showdown at Las Vegas Schatz, Haudenschild go one-two again, have combined for all five WoO Feature wins to open 2018 LAS VEGAS, NV - March 1, 2018 - Donny Schatz patiently chased Sheldon Haudenschild all Feature before taking the lead with five laps remaining to capture Night Two of the FVP Outlaw Showdown at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Haudenschild led 25 laps but settled for second to continue his torrid start to 2018 with David Gravel coming from 12th to complete the podium. Texas native Aaron Reutzel, in search of his first career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory, won the Craftsman Club Dash earning the pole, but it was Haudenschild getting the jump to lead lap one of the Feature. Schatz started fifth and began working the bottom of the speedway meticulously, yet effectively moving into third on lap six and by Reutzel into second one lap later. Haudenschild's lead disappeared in traffic as he and the nine-time Series Champion were side by side at the line on lap 12. As the duo entered turn one, the lone Red Flag of the Feature halted action as Kerry Madsen got upside in turn two. Madsen walked away from the incident under his own power. A lap 15 caution gave Schatz the opportunity to size up the Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall No. 17. The duo battled side-by-side for a pair of laps with the young Haudenschild pounding the cushion and the veteran Schatz smooth as can be on the bottom. Two laps later, on another restart, Schatz slipped as far back as fifth but came back a man possessed and charged his way, on the bottom, back to the runner-up position in time for the final caution of the night, which flew on lap 22. Haudenschild fended off Schatz for a trio of laps before lowering his line in turn three and four, allowing Schatz to get underneath him and lead lap 26. Sheldon got up on the wheel and made it close in the final laps but was unable to secure the sweep of the weekend, settling for second. . "I felt like I ran 29 good laps and one not very good lap and Donny is great at capitalizing on any mistake," Haudenschild said after the race. "I'm still really happy with our performance this weekend. I can't thank NOS Energy Drink, the Marshall family and Ricky [Stenhouse Jr.] enough. We are having a lot of fun and that's what matters most," the Wooster, OH native added. "Sheldon was really good on the cushion and I was kind of married to the bottom because I knew you are not going to pass him up there," Schatz, who has now won three of the five Outlaw races in 2018, said. When asked about his hiccup and falling back on the restart, Schatz smiled and said, "Well, that's what it makes it fun. We made up for it. My guys gave me an awesome working race car and we are looking forward to Ricky [Warner] coming back to us, but we are hitting on all cylinders right now. Hopefully we can keep winning some more races," Schatz added. For the second consecutive night, David Gravel charged from deep to a top-five finish, this time coming from 12th to complete the podium. "We are passing a lot of cars in the Feature, we just need to qualify better and get some better track position. Hats off to my guys, we had to change motors before Qualifying and we are able to bounce back," a pleased Gravel said. FVP sponsored driver Brian Brown bounced back from a DNF in the Craftsman Club Dash to finish fourth with Reutzel completing the top five. Logan Schuchart earned KSE Hard Charger honors coming from 22nd to eighth. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series begin its month-long journey through California Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Perris Auto Speedway. For tickets to the SoCal Showdown, click here. As always, you can catch all the action live on DIRTVision.com! ABBREVIATED RACE RESULTS FROM : The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - March 1, 2018 Feature (30 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [5][$10,000]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [2][$5,000]; 3. 5-David Gravel [12][$3,000]; 4. 21-Brian Brown [8][$2,700]; 5. 87-Aaron Reutzel [1][$2,500]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [9][$2,200]; 7. 14-Jason Meyers [3][$2,000]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart [22][$1,800]; 9. 26-Joey Saldana [7][$1,600]; 10. 2-Shane Stewart [20][$1,450]; 11. 18-Ian Madsen [16][$1,300]; 12. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [18][$1,200]; 13. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [21][$1,100]; 14. 4-Parker Price-Miller [11][$1,000]; 15. 19AZ-Hunter Schuerenberg [10][$950]; 16. 24R-Rico Abreu [17][$900]; 17. 83JR-Kyle Hirst [24][$850]; 18. 49X-Tim Shaffer [4][$750]; 19. 83-Cory Eliason [19][$725]; 20. 41-Jason Johnson [25][$]; 21. 29-Willie Croft [15][$700]; 22. 11K-Kraig Kinser [27][$]; 23. 17A-Austin McCarl [14][$700]; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen [6][$700]; 25. 9-Daryn Pittman [26][$]; 26. 2M-Kerry Madsen [13][$700]; 27. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [23][$700] Lap Leaders: Sheldon Haudenschild 1-25, Donny Schatz 26-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+14] Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 1A-Jacob Allen, 15.123; 2. 4-Parker Price-Miller, 15.24; 3. 26-Joey Saldana, 15.248; 4. 15-Donny Schatz, 15.323; 5. 57-Giovanni Scelzi, 15.402; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 15.464; 7. 49-Brad Sweet, 15.475; 8. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 15.492; 9. 24R-Rico Abreu, 15.51; 10. 83-Cory Eliason, 15.514; 11. 88N-DJ Netto, 15.593; 12. 29-Willie Croft, 15.603; 13. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 15.659; 14. 83JR-Kyle Hirst, 15.687; 15. 24-Terry McCarl, 15.732; 16. 13-Clyde Knipp, 15.775; 17. 55-Brooke Tatnell, 15.887; 18. 2B-Billy Chester, 16.031; 19. OO-Dane Lorenc, 16.403; 20. 22-Cori Andrews, 17.035; 21. 90-Randy Waitman, 17.34; 22. 45T-Trevor Baker, NT Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 19AZ-Hunter Schuerenberg, 15.496; 2. 14-Jason Meyers, 15.515; 3. 21-Brian Brown, 15.518; 4. 18-Ian Madsen, 15.583; 5. 17A-Austin McCarl, 15.606; 6. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 15.641; 7. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 15.677; 8. 2-Shane Stewart, 15.695; 9. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 15.714; 10. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 15.719; 11. 9-Daryn Pittman, 15.724; 12. 5-David Gravel, 15.771; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 15.777; 14. 41-Jason Johnson, 15.798; 15. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier, 15.867; 16. 19-Brent Marks, 15.916; 17. 45-Paul McMahan, 16.053; 18. 3C-Tanner Thorson, 16.065; 19. 7S-Jason Sides, 16.07; 20. 10-Matthew Moles, 16.408; 21. 11-Max McGhee, 16.506; 22. W20-Greg Wilson, 16.619 Unofficial World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Championship Standings Pos. Car Driver Total Diff Wins Top 5's Top 10's 1 15 Donny Schatz 738 0 3 5 5 2 17 Sheldon Haudenschild 726 -12 2 4 5 3 49 Brad Sweet 692 -46 0 3 4 4 41 Jason Johnson 672 -66 0 2 4 5 2 Shane Stewart 668 -70 0 1 4 6 5 David Gravel 658 -80 0 3 4 7 49X Tim Shaffer 630 -108 0 2 2 8 2M Kerry Madsen 628 -110 0 0 3 9 21 Brian Brown 626 -112 0 1 2 10 1S Logan Schuchart 606 -132 0 0 1 11 45 Paul McMahan 604 -134 0 1 3 12 9 Daryn Pittman 602 -136 0 0 1 13 26 Joey Saldana 594 -144 0 0 1 14 4 Parker Price-Miller 588 -150 0 0 1 15 11K Kraig Kinser 582 -156 0 0 0 16 83 Cory Eliason 568 -170 0 1 1 17 18 Ian Madsen 564 -174 0 0 0 18 19 Brent Marks 564 -174 0 0 2 19 24R Rico Abreu 550 -188 0 0 1 20 7S Jason Sides 516 -222 0 0 0
  25. World of Outlaws Gear Up for Two Huge Nights at Smoky Mountain Speedway Tennessee Tipoff features two $10,000-to-win complete shows MARYVILLE, TN - Feb. 21, 2018 - The Tennessee Tipoff on March 9-10 at Smoky Mountain Speedway is definitely going to be "two" big to miss. The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series will lead an expected huge field of star drivers into two, complete $10,000-to-win events. The Outlaws are coming off four consecutive nights of DIRTcar Nationals action in Florida where four different drivers found their way to Victory Lane, including Tim McCreadie (Feb. 14), Dale McDowell (Feb. 15), Scott Bloomquist (Feb. 16), and defending series champion Brandon Sheppard (Feb. 17). The battle for the crown is as close as ever with racers setting their sights on Smoky Mountain to stake their claim to the championship lead. Tennessee native Mike Marlar is especially excited to return home from Florida in February and Volusia's tricky, high-speed half-mile oval. Joining the tour full-time in 2018, Marlar is eager to take on the 4/10-mile just south of Knoxville, TN, as the competition ratchets up for the Outlaws' first back-to-back shootouts at Smoky Mountain with more than $100,000 on the line over the two nights. "The Tennessee Tipoff is a pretty big event and the racetrack and facility at Smoky Mountain is a really awesome place," said Marlar, who had 11 top-five's in 16 starts with the Outlaws in 2017. "It's the first time at home that you're going to see all of the guys that are heavy-hitters come out and race." Marlar is hoping his Tennessee roots will give him an advantage, but he knows the Volunteer State is loaded with superstars all looking to Smoky Mountain to pocket some of the big money on the line. "You know, living in Tennessee, it's hard to be the best guy from Tennessee," Marlar said. "There's some pretty good guys from right around the area. For starters, Scott [Bloomquist] has probably ran more laps [at Smoky Mountain] than anyone. Then Jimmy [Owens], it's close to home for him, too. Billy Ogle has won races there and Dale [McDowell] is pretty much from Chattanooga, so he's right there too. Some of the best guys in the country are in a three-hour radius [from Smoky Mountain]. ... If can race in Tennessee with these guys, I know I have just as good of a shot winning anywhere." Many of the top late model drivers from around the country will invade Smoky Mountain Speedway for the Tennessee Tipoff, including Brandon Overton, the 2015 Rookie of the Year who won last year's one-day Outlaw event at Smoky Mountain. After his win in 2017 Overton attributed his success to his Randy Weaver Dream Team based in Crossville, TN. "I suck here so bad most of the time and I've watched every Dirt on Dirt video of this place I can and the whole time I was out there I was thinking about everything that Randy [Weaver] told me," Overton said in Smoky Mountain Speedway's Victory Lane on May 13, 2017. "Obviously, he's won a lot of races over here and knows how to get around this place so every time I would make a mistake, I'd make sure not to do it again." Additional drivers who have entered into the Tennessee Tipoff in the past include Bloomquist, who is the only two-time Outlaws event winner at Smoky Mountain Speedway (2015 and 2016). Chris Madden, of Gray Court, SC, has already proved to be one of the most consistent drivers on tour, collecting the DIRTcar Nationals Big Gator Championship with his new Barry Wright Race Cars team. Defending series champion Sheppard is back on top heading to Smoky Mountain, but he'll be challenged by the likes of former series champions Shane Clanton and Rick Eckert, plus last year's top rookie Devin Moran. In all, drivers representing at least 16 different states are expected to roll into the pits for this year's event, making it one of the biggest races in the track history. A night of practice on March 8 will lead up to two nights of action featuring qualifying, heat races, Last Chance Showdown and 50-lap Craftsman Club Feature events each night. Joining the Outlaws will be the NeSmith Chevrolet Late Models and the Kajun Mini Stocks. Advanced tickets are on sale now, including the special tiered parking area overlooking the backstretch. A three-day package is only $50. Buy your tickets online today or call 844-DIRT-TIX.
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