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  1. Rocket1 and Sheppard Celebrate 2nd Crown at Can-Am World Finals CONCORD, NC – Nov. 9, 2019 – Racing journalists, industry professionals, statistical experts... all of their writings, findings and compilations have contributed to one common theme seen across the Dirt Late Model world in 2019. The driver-owner-crew combination of Brandon Sheppard, Mark Richards and all of Rocket1 Racing have just completed one of the greatest seasons in dirt track racing history. The money won, to the statistical records broken, to the numerous appearances in Victory Lane, Sheppard & Co. have been nothing short of just plain dominant since the 2019 season kicked off 10 months ago. In Saturday’s Can-Am World Finals season finale at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Sheppard and the team were shooting for one final World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series record to break before the season came to a close, but fell short of the 19-win mark with an 11th-place finish to Jimmy Owens’ seventh career World of Outlaws win at The Dirt Track — now the most of any driver at “America’s Home for Racing.” “The car’s been really good all weekend, we just had a little bit of misfortune the night before,” Owens said in Victory Lane after the race. “I’m just glad to get this Red Line Oil, Reece Monument, Ramirez Motorsports car home in the lead.” Hot on Owens’ tail in the closing stages was none other than the 2019 Rookie of the Year, Ricky Weiss. With his runner-up finish, rebounding from a 14th-place result the night before, the Headingly, Manitoba-native now becomes the highest-finishing Rookie in year-end points standings in Series history at third. For never having raced at Charlotte prior to the weekend, Weiss showed, once again, why he’s one of the most versatile drivers on the circuit at any racetrack. Shane Clanton capped off his 2019 campaign with a 12th-place effort over 50 laps, good enough to defend his runner-up spot in the points standings and rebound from his disappointing seventh-place result in last year’s overall rankings. Chase Junghans and Darrell Lanigan had their struggles over the weekend but were able to hang onto their top-five spots in points, giving Junghans his best-ever year-end result and Lanigan the motivation to come back even stronger in 2020. After the confetti showers had fallen and the trophy presentations completed in Victory Lane, the feeling of a sixth World of Outlaws championship title finally began to sink in for Sheppard and car owner Mark Richards. They may not have come home with the immediate result they wanted, but 18 wins and a record-breaking 340-point margin over second-place in the overall points standings was more than good enough for the boys in blue. “It was just another one of those years,” Sheppard said. “We didn’t get the 19th win like we wanted, but at the end of the day, that gives us something to chase next year. The record is still there, and we know we can do it, it’s just a matter of putting a full season together, doing the same thing we did this year and getting lucky once more.” With eight points races remaining back in September and only one left to win before the end of the season, Sheppard continued to post good finishes, but his hot streak seemed to cool. Northeast and Southeast locals started getting the better of the entire World of Outlaws roster more times than not, and things got tough for the Rocket house car to produce the success it had gotten so accustomed to over the summer. But instead of focusing on the things they didn’t do at season’s end, the Rocket1 gang will head back to Rocket Chassis headquarters in Shinnston, WV, and take pride in each and every big trophy/check they did earn this year because they know, there’s never been a season like the one they just completed before, and no one knows if this level of success will ever be reached again. “In the last eight races, not everything fell our way,” Sheppard said. “But, we won the Dirt Track World Championship, we won $30,000 at Fairbury… it’s not like we weren’t there, it’s just that stuff didn’t go our way like it had been all year. We have nothing to complain about, we just didn’t get the record. And that’s nothing to hang our heads over. “At the end of the day, we want to top it. That’s what our goal is for next year, to top this year. It’ll be pretty extreme if we do that. But you never know, you may never have a chance to win 3 $100,000-to-win races in a year again.” As he does with each and every victory, Sheppard took the time to thank those that helped get him here. “It’s just a testament to how awesome my crew is,” Sheppard said. “Mark Richards, Steve Baker, Danny White, Austin Hargrove, Joel Rodgers – those guys are the hardest-working bunch of guys out there, and the best crew I could ever ask for.” Five of the last seven World of Outlaws championship trophies have been handed off to a driver who pilots a Rocket Chassis XR1. Truly, a big testament to the most popular chassis model in Dirt Late Model racing and the business that Mark Richards and Steve Baker have built over the last two-plus decades. “We put a lot of work into it for a lot of years,” Richards said. “Now, we get to see it paying off, and it’s great to know that we’ve put all the hours in, the late nights and all the sacrifices we’ve made, being away from home.” “But this would be hard to do without Steve Baker, and I’m grateful to have such a great partner.” Having driven Rocket Chassis before coming to the Rocket1 team, Sheppard concurs. “Mark and Steve have developed the best racecar chassis out there, in my opinion,” Sheppard said. “And I’m sure a lot of other people would agree as well. It’s phenomenal what we can do, night-in and night-out with this thing.” At almost 60 years old, Richards has gained what seems like a lifetime of experience in the shop, working every day to perfect his craft. But in recent years, he’s found some youth in the right crew members that helped to put the Rocket1 car in World of Outlaws Victory Lane a record-tying 18 times this year. “It makes me feel good that I can still be out here doing this at 59,” Richards said. “It keeps me feeling young. I feel like I’m 39, so… I feel way better today than I did six or eight years ago because I was doing way more of the work and had way more pressure on me. These guys take the pressure off and makes it to where I feel like I can go for a while.” Taking a slight glance back to his first Series crown in 2017, Sheppard said the first was unique because it was all so new. But he knew it was only the first chapter in a story of success, destined to be re-written multiple times over. “The first one was definitely special,” he said. “It was a new team, new everything to me, and to most of the guys too. For us to do it that first year was amazing, and I knew there were more big things to come.” The entire World of Outlaws family would like to thank all of the great race fans that came out to watch “The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet” over the 2019 season, and look forward to making 2020 even more exciting. The opening round of the Battle at the Border at Vado Speedway Park hits the track Jan 2-5; catch all of the action live on DIRTVision! Morton Buildings Feature (50 Laps) 1. 20-Jimmy Owens [4]; 2. 7-Ricky Weiss [6]; 3. 17M-Dale McDowell [11]; 4. O1-Mike Marlar [8]; 5. 0M-Chris Madden [7]; 6. 49-Jonathan Davenport [3]; 7. 23-John Blankenship [2]; 8. 14-Josh Richards [5]; 9. 0-Scott Bloomquist [14]; 10. 5-Don O’Neal [12]; 11. 1-Brandon Sheppard [15]; 12. 25-Shane Clanton [1]; 13. 28-Dennis Erb [16]; 14. 71-Hudson O’Neal [21]; 15. 22-Chris Ferguson [13]; 16. 2-Brandon Overton [17]; 17. 111-Max Blair [24]; 18. 18-Chase Junghans [25]; 19. 29-Darrell Lanigan [26]; 20. 72-Jason Covert [23]; 21. 1T-Tyler Erb [19]; 22. 111r-Steven Roberts [27]; 23. OE-Rick Eckert [18]; 24. 99B-Boom Briggs [29]; 25. B1-Brent Larson [30]; 26. 6m-Tim McCreadie [22]; 27. 6-Blake Spencer [31]; 28. 87-Ross Bailes [9]; 29. 97-Cade Dillard [28]; 30. 88-Trent Ivey [20]; 31. 15b-Brian Birkhofer [10] Hard Charger: 17M-Dale McDowell[+8]
  2. Brad Sweet wins first World of Outlaws championship - Sweet beats Schatz by 4 points in closest points battle in Series history; Gravel sweeps Can-Am World Finals CONCORD, NC – Nov. 9, 2019 – The air chilled your bones and frozen your breath. The crowd of people multiplied every second, fighting over inches of space to snap the best picture. Sandwiched in the middle of it was Brad Sweet, who at that moment said he felt like he could finally relax. Awaiting him on the front stretch of The Dirt Track at Charlotte Saturday night after his runner-up finish in the Can-Am World Finals was a stage and a bronze trophy to officially announce the Grass Valley, Calif. driver as the 2019 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion. He beat 10-time and reigning Series champion Donny Schatz by four-points — the closest championship finish in the history of the World of Outlaws. “I feel really relieved,” Sweet said after securing his first World of Outlaws title. “It’s just different than winning big races. A championship is just a different level. You try to act like it won’t affect you if you lose, but it’s been the most stressful couple days of my life to be honest. I tried to act like it wasn’t.” Coming into the season finale race at the Can-Am World Finals Sweet had a mere two-point lead over Schatz — after losing six points to the Fargo, N.D. driver Friday night at the Charlotte dirt track. Sweet joked Saturday night that he kept asking, “Are you sure it’s two points? Are you sure?” The last thing he wanted to see in Saturday night’s 30-lap Feature was Schatz’s Toco Warranty No. 15 car in front of him. It only took five laps for his fear to become a reality. Sweet started third with Schatz behind him in eighth. Once the race went green for multiple laps, after being hindered by a caution and two red flags at the start, Sweet was stationary in third, while Schatz wasted no time charging his way forward. After two laps Schatz had already rocketed his way to fourth, running the high side of the track. Sweet ran low, not making ground on the leaders and losing time to Schatz. On Lap five, Schatz powered to the outside of Sweet down the backstretch and cleared him for third going into turn three. Schatz needed to either win or finish two positions ahead of Sweet to secure what would have been his 11th championship. A fire was lit inside the cockpit of the NAPA Auto Parts No. 49 car. “The Big Cat” was ready to fight back. Schatz slipped off turn four, allowing Sweet to pull even with him down the front stretch. Sweet then pulled the slide job of his life into turn one, darting ahead of Schatz, leaving inches between their bumpers as he slid in front of him. Sweet was then able to get the better run off turn two and drove away from his championship competitor. “I never wanted to see the 15 pass me,” Sweet said. “I wanted to control our own destiny. I knew if I was ahead of him, you know, he couldn’t beat me. When he passed me, luckily, he slipped off four and I was able to pass him back. And I told myself right then and there you better run the best race of your life or you’re not going to win this thing.” His self-pep talk worked. He continued to pull away from Schatz and caught Jacob Allen for second five laps after getting back by Schatz. However, the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing driver wasn’t willing to let Sweet run away with the championship either. He passed Allen for third shortly after Sweet went by and then kept his the blue No. 49 car in sight. With 10 laps to go Schatz almost had the championship handed to him. The lapped car of Danny Dietrich spun directly in front of Sweet, forcing him to make a split-second evasive maneuver. The caution also put Schatz within reaching distance of Sweet. However, on the restart Sweet didn’t give Schatz a chance to attack. He gapped the No. 15 car by three car lengths when the green flag flew and continued to drive away. He finished the night second behind race winner David Gravel with Schatz settling for third. It was a good enough run to earn Sweet the championship. “I’ve never been more happy to run second in my life,” Sweet said. While Sweet enjoyed the spoils of his first championship with his Kasey Kahne Racing team, Schatz was left to swallow a rare defeat — the first time he’s lost a championship since 2013 when Daryn Pittman, who drove for Kasey Kahne Racing, beat him by 14 points. “We dug everything we could. I drove it as hard as I could,” Schatz said. “Andy Durham, who built this engine did a great job. He told me earlier tonight, ‘Just run it. Pretend that there’s a fan blade there and you’re trying to trim your toenails.’ I did that. It just wasn’t good enough.” After losing the championship to Pittman in 2013, Schatz went on a five-year streak of winning at least 20 races in a year and having the championship locked up long before the season’s end. This year he won 11 races — the third most wins this year — and trailed Sweet in points for the past two months. There were some changes made with his team this year, such as getting a new crew chief and crew members, however he lauded their work each week. He did admit there were some personal matters that may have affected his performance, including finding out his father had cancer at the end of 2018. “All that stuff is behind me,” Schatz said. “Is there times that it probably affected how this team was operated? Yeah. I did my best to not allow it, but we’re here today. We got ourselves in a position where we could still win a championship even with all of my problems, my issues. I did the best I could tonight. It wasn’t good enough. I would have liked to have figured out how to have a little bit luckier hands in the (Dash) draw but it is what it is. I’m not complaining about it. Yeah, it’s been a tough year but what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. And cancer hasn’t taken my dad, so I’ll be stronger and so will he.” Sweet cited Schatz as helping him win the championship, even going as far to call him a “teacher.” He finished second in points to Schatz the last two years — coming as close as 210 points to him. He learned how high of a bar Schatz sets and how consistent he needs to be each week to be in the championship hunt. His studies paid off. He had the most consistent year of his career by finishing outside the top-10 only seven times in 72 races and collected 47 top-five finishes – the majority of them podiums. He also collected 16 wins – breaking his record for most wins in a season and ending the year as the winningest driver. He also won his second Kings Royal and earned his 50th career World of Outlaws win. Sweet’s performance was a testament to his and KKR's dedication to win. The championship is team owner Kasey Kahne's second World of Outlaws title and the one he finds most impactful. “I wasn’t as close to the teams back then (in 2013),” Kahne said. “That was my brother, Daryn and that team. They had an unreal season that year. I wasn’t as close to what they had going on. I was in Phoenix (for NASCAR) when they wrapped it (the championship) up back then. I was watching it on DIRTVision when I was supposed to be doing an appearance, things like that. It was exciting for me but far different this year being so much closer to it.” The only trophy Kahne said he has in his home is the 2013 World of Outlaws championship trophy. Now he’ll have two. Sweet got to hold his first championship trophy high above his head with fireworks and firebombs painting the background behind him. He was able to wear a smile many haven’t seen since his Knoxville Nationals victory last year. A smile of relief. “Just so happy that we came out on top,” Sweet said. “You don’t know when the next opportunity to win a championship is going to be. You know, Donny is so good at running the points. We never really thought we’d have a chance to beat him. To come in here two points ahead, it’s kind of like winning the Knoxville Nationals on a green-white-checkered. Kind of the same feeling. You know he’s going to put pressure on you. Just so thankful we’re able to do it. We’re the best in the country now.” GRAVEL GETS 12TH WIN David Gravel swept the Can-Am World Finals weekend at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, concluding a stellar season for he and Jason Johnson Racing in their first year together. The Watertown, Conn. driver’s win Saturday night in Charlotte was his 12th win of the season – making him the second winningest driver this year, edging 10-time champion Donny Schatz for the spot by one win. “Last night the car was OK, but tonight it was freaking bad ass,” Gravel said. “I had the best race car tonight, hands down. I could go top, bottom and it showed. I felt like I could get through lap traffic really really good and my job was easy.” He started on the outside pole and passed leader Jacob Allen for the top spot on Lap six. Once he put his Mesilla Valley Transportation No. 41 car out front, no one could catch him. Even Brad Sweet said he was rooting for Gravel to pull away so Schatz couldn't potentially steal the win and the championship. Along with Gravel's collection of wins — which include his first Knoxville Nationals victory — he earned 21 Quick Time awards and finished third in points for the fourth year in-a-row. UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will begin its 2020 season Feb. 7-9 at Volusia Speedway Park for the DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford. Get tickets and more information. As always, if you can’t make it to the race, you can watch all of the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com. RESULTS: NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 41-David Gravel [2][$12,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [3][$5,500]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [8][$3,200]; 4. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [10][$2,800]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [4][$2,500]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [17][$2,300]; 7. 83-Daryn Pittman [6][$2,200]; 8. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [25][$1,100]; 9. 5-Shane Stewart [24][$2,050]; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen [1][$2,000]; 11. 87-Aaron Reutzel [13][$1,500]; 12. 21-Brian Brown [12][$1,200]; 13. 19-Brent Marks [26][$100]; 14. 17B-Bill Balog [15][$1,050]; 15. 19P-Paige Polyak [7][$1,000]; 16. 2-Carson Macedo [5][$1,000]; 17. 39M-Anthony Macri [18][$1,000]; 18. 18-Ian Madsen [22][$1,000]; 19. 99-Skylar Gee [23][$1,000]; 20. 48-Danny Dietrich [19][$1,000]; 21. 2M-Kerry Madsen [14][$1,000]; 22. 98H-Dave Blaney [20][$1,000]; 23. 7S-Tim Shaffer [27][$]; 24. 51-Freddie Rahmer [21][$1,000]; 25. 39-Spencer Bayston [9][$1,000]; 26. 11-Zeb Wise [11][$1,000]; 27. 13-Paul McMahan [16][$1,000]; Lap Leaders: Jacob Allen 1-5, David Gravel 6-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[+17] Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 12.737; 2. 11-Zeb Wise, 12.827; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.846; 4. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.88; 5. 2-Carson Macedo, 12.894; 6. 39-Spencer Bayston, 12.931; 7. 48-Danny Dietrich, 12.938; 8. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 12.957; 9. 5-Shane Stewart, 12.975; 10. 19P-Paige Polyak, 12.975; 11. 17B-Bill Balog, 12.983; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.985; 13. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 13.014; 14. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 13.028; 15. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey, 13.054; 16. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 13.057; 17. 19-Brent Marks, 13.078; 18. 71M-Paul May, 13.106; 19. 91-Tony Fiore, 13.106; 20. 21X-Parker Price-Miller, 13.177; 21. 5B-Justin Barger, 13.216; 22. 4-Terry McCarl, 13.246; 23. 3C-Cale Conley, 13.267; 24. 44-Trey Starks, 13.347; 25. 40-George Hobaugh, 13.4; 26. J4-John Garvin, 13.401; 27. 91W-Davey Walsh, 14.46 Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.785; 2. 41-David Gravel, 12.835; 3. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 12.842; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 12.852; 5. 21-Brian Brown, 12.924; 6. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.951; 7. 98H-Dave Blaney, 12.956; 8. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.969; 9. 39M-Anthony Macri, 12.97; 10. 83-Daryn Pittman, 12.993; 11. 13-Paul McMahan, 13.023; 12. 7S-Tim Shaffer, 13.033; 13. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.057; 14. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 13.141; 15. 7-Jason Sides, 13.154; 16. 99-Skylar Gee, 13.211; 17. 1-Sammy Swindell, 13.225; 18. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 13.234; 19. K4-Chad Kemenah, 13.291; 20. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 13.293; 21. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.371; 22. 2S-Nathan Skaggs, 13.388; 23. 11B-Carl Bowser, 13.442; 24. 29-Steve Butler, 14.088; 25. 27G-Jay Galloway, 14.367; 26. 49H-Bradley Howard, NT
  3. Schatz Keeps Pressure on Sweet in Championship Battle - Title contenders on front row of heats; Schuchart, Reutzel set Quick Times CONCORD, NC – Nov. 7, 2019 – Two rounds of Qualifying for the Can-Am World Finals Thursday night have set the stage for an epic World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series championship battle at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. This weekend will determine the 2019 champion – Brad Sweet currently leads reigning champion Donny Schatz by eight points. Schatz earned a front row Drydene Heat race starting spot for Friday’s and Saturday’s events. Sweet earned one for Saturday’s event. With an 11th-place qualifying effort for Friday’s event — in Flight B — Sweet will have to work his way into the top-two to make the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash to help him move closer to the front row in the Feature. Logan Schuchart — who won at in May at The Dirt Track at Charlotte — set Quick Time for Friday’s event with a 12.774-second lap and Aaron Reutzel set Quick Time for Saturday’s event with a 12.737-second lap. Both Time Trial sessions saw two Flights of Qualifying for the 53-car field. Schuchart and Reutzel will lead the way in their respective Heat races. Official line ups will be posted Friday afternoon. Reutzel had speed at the start of the night, setting the fastest time in Hot Laps before claiming Quick Time for Saturday’s event. He then qualified third — in Flight (B) — for Friday’s event, earning a Heat Race front row starting spot. Schuchart’s good fortune started before cars even hit the track Thursday afternoon. Drydene announced its new racing oil — Drydene Racing Formulas — and new paint schemes featuring the product on Schuchart’s and his Shark Racing teammate Jacob Allen’s cars. The Hanover, Pa. driver then ran fifth in Hot Laps, was fastest in Flight (B) for Saturday’s event and then set Quick Time for Friday’s event. He has two wins at the 4/10-mile track. The first Sprint Car Heat race Friday will take place after the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series Heat races are completed. Racing will start at 4 p.m. As always, if you can’t be there, you can watch all of the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com. QUALIFYING RESULTS FOR FRIDAY: Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.774; 2. 41-David Gravel, 12.895; 3. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.916; 4. 19P-Paige Polyak, 12.939; 5. Giovanni Scelzi, 12.959; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.980; 7. 39-Spencer Bayston, 12.982; 8. 39M-Anthony Macri, 12.986; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.993; 10. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 13.029; 11. 7-Jason Sides, 13.032; 12. 83-Daryn Pittman, 13.065; 13. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.095; 14. 98H-Dave Blaney, 13.123; 15. 7S-Tim Shaffer, 13.181; 16. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 13.181; 17. 19-Brent Marks, 13.193; 18. 48-Danny Dietrich, 13.195; 19. 83R-Lyton Jeffrey, 13.280; 20. 1-Sammy Swindell, 13.285; 21. 5-Shane Stewart, 13.290; 22. 99-Skylar Gee, 13.347; 23. 44-Trey Starks 13.371; 24. 91-Tony Fiore, 13.494; 25. 71M-Paul May, 13.662; 26. J4-John Garvin, 13.697; 27. 29-Steve Butler, 14.306 Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 12.927; 2. 11-Zeb Wise, 12.938; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 12.943; 4. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.960; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.020; 6. 13-Paul McMahan, 13.027; 7. 21-Brian Brown, 13.034; 8. 17B-Bill Balog, 13.092; 9. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 13.093; 10. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 13.113; 11. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.123; 12. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 13.217; 13. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 13.293; 14. 21X-Parker Price-Miller, 13.308; 15. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 13.364; 16. K4-Chad Kemenah, 13.393; 17. 5B-Justin Barger, 13.445; 18. 3C-Cale Conley, 13.458; 19. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.479; 20. 11B-Carl Bowser, 13.487; 21. 4-Terry McCarl, 13.586; 22. 40-George Hobaugh, 13.590; 23. 2S-Nathan Skaggs, 13.957; 24. 27G-Jay Galloway, 14.329; 25. 91W-Davey Walsh, 14.980; 26. 49H-Bradley Howard (NT) QUALIFYING RESULTS FOR SATURDAY: Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 12.737; 2. 11-Zeb Wise, 12.827; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.846; 4. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.880; 5. 2-Carson Macedo, 12.894; 6. 39-Spencer Bayston, 12.931; 7. 48-Danny Dietrich, 12.938; 8. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 12.957; 9. 5-Shane Stewart, 12.975; 10. 19P-Paige Polyak, 12.975; 11. 17B-Bill Balog, 12.983; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.985; 13. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 13.014; 14. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 13.028; 15. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey, 13.054; 16. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 13.057; 17. 19-Brent Marks, 13.078; 18. 71M-Paul May, 13.106; 19. 91-Tony Fiore, 13.106; 20. 21X-Parker Price-Miller, 13.177; 21. 5B-Justin Barger, 13.216; 22. 4-Terry McCarl, 13.246; 23. 3C-Cale Conley, 13.267; 24. 44-Trey Starks, 13.347; 25. 40-George Hobaugh, 13.400; 26. J4-John Garvin, 13.401; 27. 91W-Davey Walsh, 14.460 Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.785; 2. 41-David Gravel, 12.835; 3. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 12.842; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 12.852; 5. 21-Brian Brown, 12.924; 6. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.951; 7. 98H-Dave Blaney, 12.956; 8. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.969; 9. 39M-Anthony Macri, 12.970; 10. 83-Daryn Pittman, 12.993; 11. 13 Paul McMahan, 13.023; 12. 7S-Tim Shaffer, 13.033; 13. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.057; 14. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 13.141; 15. 7-Jason Sides, 13.154; 16. 99-Skylar Gee, 13.211; 17. 1-Sammy Swindell, 13.225; 18. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 13.234; 19. K4-Chad Kemenah, 13.291; 20. Paul Nienhiser, 13.293; 21. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.371; 22. 2S-Nathan Skaggs, 13.388; 23. 11B-Carl Bowser, 13.442; 24. 29-Steve Butler, 14.088; 25. 27G-Jay Galloway, 14.367; 26. 49H-Bradley Howard (NT)
  4. Sheppard seeks victory mark as #AllDirtRoads lead to Can-Am World Finals - Sheppard will be crowned champion, Weiss as Rookie of the Year at The Dirt Track CONCORD, NC – Oct. 21, 2019 – Three Series, three nights of racing, three champions to be crowned. The 13th annual Can-Am World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway will cap off this spectacular season of racing for the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models on Nov. 7-9, alongside the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars and Super DIRTcar Series. The event kicks off with Hot Laps and Qualifying sessions on Thursday night for Sprint Cars and Late Models, accompanied by Heat races for the Big-Block Modifieds. Two full shows on Friday and Saturday for all three divisions will complete the event before the ceremonial championship presentations wrap-up at the finale on Saturday night. Following Saturday’s racetrack festivities, the off-track celebrations continue with the annual World of Outlaws banquet at Concord’s Great Wolf Lodge, where all will be streamed live on DIRTVision.com. Lots of exciting new storylines will follow the Late Models into the final weekend of the season, and above all will be the coronation of current points leader Brandon Sheppard and the second World of Outlaws championship of his career under team owner Mark Richards. For Rocket1 Racing, this year has been a domination of the World of Outlaws tour. In terms of consistency, they’ve again set a new bar for repeated long-term success across a national Dirt Late Model circuit. They have posted 36 consecutive top-five finishes, finishing outside the top 10 only once all season. It’s simply remarkable. And then there’s the very crowded win column — a record-tying 18 wins in 39 races and a chance for World of Outlaws history at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. Two more chances, to be exact, on a track he’s where he’s won three times. With the usual huge car count and tough competition at the Can-Am World Finals, Sheppard will have his hands full to earn what has now become a bit of an elusive 19th win of the season. Sheppard’s last six World of Outlaws starts have all been top-five finishes, but no trips to Victory Lane, making it the longest stretch of his season without a win. But, if history at The Dirt Track serves as any indication, the Rocket1 team should have hope to get the job done at least once over the weekend. Last year’s edition of the Can-Am World Finals brought much different storylines into play. Chris Madden trailed eventual champion Mike Marlar by just 22 points heading into Friday’s portion of the event on Saturday afternoon before suffering a broken oil line on lap six of the Feature, taking him out of the championship equation. Meanwhile, Sheppard picked up the win after a back-and-forth battle with Tim McCreadie in the closing laps, setting him 34 points back of Marlar in the championship standings with just one race remaining. Saturday’s Feature again went well for “The Rocket Shepp,” as he collected a solid third-place finish after 50 laps around the 4/10-mile. However, Marlar did just what he needed to stay within sight of Sheppard and the championship points battle, finishing sixth in the race and earning the crowning achievement of his career, a World of Outlaws championship title. Fast forward to this year, and the scenario is entirely different. Sheppard has built a whopping 320-point lead ahead of second-running Chase Junghans, leaving Sheppard and his crew to focus on winning their 19th race rather than holding off somebody for the championship. This will be the sixth World of Outlaws title in 18 seasons for team owner Mark Richards, the third in the past four years with two different drivers. That other driver has a lot in common with Sheppard. Mark’s son, Josh Richards, shares the 18-win season record with Sheppard that they each established; Richards in 2016, Sheppard in 2017. Both of those seasons were also highlighted with a very large points gap heading into the final race weekend. 2019’s conclusion will be, no doubt, a return-to-form for the Rocket1 crew. Whether or not Sheppard eclipses the 18-win record at Charlotte, Series history will still be made. Ricky Weiss has also officially earned a great honor of his own, and has a chance for a unique superlative as well. With his 16 top-fives and 29 top-10s over 39 starts, Weiss has officially clinched the 2019 World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year title, becoming the first Canadian-born driver to win the honor. The Headingley, Manitoba-native also held the runner-up spot in the overall points standings for quite a stretch of time over the summer, but now finds himself in fifth, 32 points out of second place after a couple DNFs in his past six starts. Should the “Manitoba Missile” overcome his misfortunes and reclaim at least third place in the overall standings before the final checkered flag falls on Nov. 9, he’ll also become the highest-finishing Rookie in Series history. Devin Moran, the 2017 Rookie of the Year, is the current owner of that record after a fourth-place points result just three seasons ago. Even though the Series Champion and Rookie of the Year have been decided, a battle for second place in the overall standings has heated up in the past three races and will come to a full boil at The Dirt Track. Spots two-through-five are separated by just 32 points, and it’s anybody’s race for a $60,000 points fund check – a $30,000 difference between second and fifth. Expect Junghans, Darrell Lanigan, Shane Clanton and Weiss all to be in tip-top shape and at each other’s throats in less than three weeks’ time. Tickets for the Can-Am World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway can be purchased in advance online at worldofoutlawsworldfinals.com or at the track on any race day. Three-day spectator ticket packages, pit passes and various camping spots are all on sale now. Single-day spectator tickets go on sale online on Oct. 28. Tickets can also be purchased over the phone by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267). As always, fans can also watch every lap of World of Outlaws action live on DIRTVision.com with a Late Model Fast Pass subscription, only $39 per month.
  5. Donny Schatz not worried about points, focused on winning Port Royal doubleheader - Schatz working on improving season and plans to ‘go for broke’ with four races remaining PORT ROYAL, PA – Oct. 21, 2019 – With four races left to go in the 2019 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season Donny Schatz has found himself in unusual territory. The 10-time Series champion – who for the last five years had the championship locked up by now – finds himself 32 points behind Brad Sweet for the points lead heading into the Oct. 25 to 26 Nittany Showdown doubleheader at Port Royal Speedway. You won’t catch the reigning champion sweating about it, though. “I’m not worried about championship points,” Schatz said. “I’ve never really worried about who’s behind or ahead. You race the same.” However, that doesn’t mean he’s not aware of the fluctuating points situation. Schatz had cut Sweet’s lead down from 40 points to 14 after the National Open weekend at Williams Grove Speedway but then fell to 30 points behind after being the victim of two accidents at Tri-State Speedway. “Weekends like last weekend, yeah, I’d like to go find the guy that drove into the back of me and took me out and put me in this position and beat the shit out of him,” Schatz said. “But that’s just the nature of the beast. “We got to go win races. When you can’t win races, you’ve got to run second and third. But ultimately, we’re not into seconds and thirds. We’re here to win.” This weekend’s event at Port Royal Speedway is a good place for Schatz and his Tony Stewart/ Curb-Agajanian Racing team to potentially pick up two more wins before the season ending Can-Am World Finals event. Schatz has won the last two World of Outlaws races at the half-mile Pennsylvania track. He out dueled Sweet for the win at the speedway last year. The Fargo, N.D. driver has not finished worse than third at Port Royal Speedway since the Series returned to the speedway in 2014. He’s gained eight points on Sweet the last two years at Port Royal and 12 points on him in 2016. If history repeats itself, Schatz could potentially cut Sweet’s points lead in half after the weekend. Schatz is the winningest driver on half-mile speedways this year with six of his 10 wins coming at half-mile tracks. His latest win at the half-mile Lakeside Speedway was the first win for the new Ford FPS 410 engine – the first time in 21 years a Ford powered World of Outlaws Sprint Car won. Schatz will have the FPS 410 again at Port Royal. In the first quarter of the year Schatz said he would give his season a C grade. Five months later he said he wouldn’t change the grade. At least for himself. “My season is a C. The race team, these guys, I’d give them an A,” Schatz said. “They’ve done a phenomenal job all year. I’ve had some moments where I put myself in a bad spot and I didn’t carry the car when I needed to carry the car. “The car isn’t going to be perfect ever. And a driver has to do a better job and that’s something I’ve been good at over the years. This year, not so much. I can take that on my shoulders. I’m a human being. I’ve made mistakes and I’ve got a lot of things going on that have probably affected me in that light. I’m working on that. So, all you can do is work to be better going forward and that’s what I’m doing.” In the final four races of the year Schatz said, “it’s kind of go for broke.” “A long time ago I had a phrase, I’d say win it or wear it,” Schatz said. “We’re going to win it or wear it. It’s going to be that way here on out.” THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE WHEN & WHERE Friday, Oct. 25, and Saturday, Oct. 26, at Port Royal Speedway for the Nittany Showdown. Get tickets and more information. ABOUT THE TRACK Port Royal Speedway is a semi-banked half-mile track. The track record is 14.868 sec. set by Brian Brown on Oct. 28, 2018. Online – PortRoyalSpeedway.com Phone – (717) 527-2303 TICKETS Tickets can be purchased by going to WorldofOutlaws.com/tix. 1/2-MILE WINNERS THIS YEAR There have been 24 races on a 1/2-mile track, so far, this year. -Volusia Speedway: Daryn Pittman won on Feb. 8 and 9 -The Dirt Track at Las Vegas: Tim Shaffer won on Feb. 27 and Donny Schatz won on Feb. 28 -Perris Auto Speedway: Aaron Reutzel won on March 30 -Devil’s Bowl Speedway: Logan Schuchart won on April 12 -Eldora Speedway: Donny Schatz won on May 10, July 17 and July 19, Brad Sweet won on July 18 and July 20 and Logan Schuchart won on Sept. 27 -Williams Grove Speedway: David Gravel won on May 17 and Oct. 4; Lance Dewease won on May 18; Tim Shaffer won on July 26; Donny Schatz won on July 27 and Brent Marks won on Oct. 5 -Knoxville Raceway: Brian Brown won on June 14; Brad Sweet won on June 15; David Gravel on Aug. 10 -Black Hills Speedway: Carson Macedo won on Aug. 23 -Calistoga Speedway: David Gravel won on Sept. 14 -Lakeside Speedway: Donny Schatz won on Oct. 18 PORT ROYAL SPEEDWAY PREVIOUS WINNERS 2018 – Donny Schatz on Oct. 28 2017 – Donny Schatz on Oct. 14 2016 – Logan Schuchart on Oct. 15 2015 – Brad Sweet on Oct. 24 2014 – Ryan Smith on Oct. 25 2004 – Donny Schatz on Sept. 29 2003 – Jason Meyers on Oct. 2 2002 – Brad Furr on Sept. 29 2001 – Danny Wood on Sept. 27 1987 – Doug Wolfgang on May 27 1986 – Don Kreitz, Jr., on May 28 1979 – Lynn Paxton on July 25 ON THE INTERNET World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Twitter – Twitter.com/WorldofOutlaws – @WorldofOutlaws Instagram – Instagram.com/WoOSprint – @woosprint Facebook – Facebook.com/WorldofOutlaws YouTube – YouTube.com/WorldofOutlaws DIRTVision – Dirtvision.com – Get your Fast Pass to watch all races LIVE for only $39/month Twitter – Twitter.com/DIRTVision – @DIRTVision Facebook – Facebook.com/WatchDIRTVision DRIVER INFO Follow World of Outlaws full-time drivers on Twitter: Brad Sweet – @BradSweet49 Brent Marks – @bmracing19 Carson Macedo – @carson_macedo Daryn Pittman – @darynpittman David Gravel – @DavidGravel Donny Schatz – @donnyschatz Ian Madsen – @IanMadsen Jacob Allen – @JacobAllen1A Jason Sides – @SidesMotorsport Kraig Kinser – @KraigKinser11k Logan Schuchart – @Lschuchart1s Shane Stewart – @shanestewart_5 Sheldon Haudenschild – @Haudenschild_17 AROUND THE TURN: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Thurs., Nov. 7 to Sat., Nov. 9, will conclude its 2019 tour at the Can-Am World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C. Get tickets and more information. 2019 STATS There have been 69 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Feature events this season. FEATURE WINNERS (19 different drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins 1 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 16 2– Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 10 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 10 3 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 8 4 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 4 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 4 5 – Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 2 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 2 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 2 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 2 6 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1 – Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1 – Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg, Pa. – 1 – Giovanni Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 1 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 1 – Brian Brown, Higginsville, Mo. – 1 – Shane Golobic, Fremont, Calif. – 1 – Brent Marks, Myerstown, Pa. – 1 – Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 1 DRYDENE HEAT RACE WINNERS (44 different drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins 1 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 26 2 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 24 3 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 21 4 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 20 5 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 16 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 16 6 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 15 7 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 10 8 – Brian Brown, Higginsville, Mo. – 8 9 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 7 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 7 – Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 7 10 – Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 5 – Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tenn. – 5 11 – Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 4 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 4 – Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 4 – Cory Eliason, Visalia, Calif. – 4 – Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 4 – Giovanni Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 4 – Brent Marks, Myerstown, Pa. – 4 12 – Rico Abreu, St. Helena, Calif. – 2 – Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg, Pa. – 2 – Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 2 – Lynton Jeffrey, Prairie City, Iowa – 2 – Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Ind. – 2 – Freddie Rahmer, Salfordville, Pa. – 2 13 – Spencer Bayston, Lebanon, Ind. – 1 – Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 1 – Willie Croft, Roseville, Calif. – 1 – Ryan Smith, Kunkletown, Pa. – 1 – Scotty Thiel, Sheboygan, Wis. – 1 – Tony Stewart, Columbus, Ind. – 1 – James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 1 – Justin Henderson, Sioux Falls, S.D. – 1 – Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, Ind. – 1 – Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 1 – Sammy Swindell, Germantown, Tenn. – 1 – Brian Montieth, Phoenixville, Pa. – 1 – Hunter Schuerenberg, Sikeston, Mo. – 1 – Shane Golobic, Fremont, Calif. – 1 – Justin Sanders, Watsonville, Calif. – 1 – Austen Wheatley, Lake Stevens, Wash. – 1 – Logan Seavey, Sutter, Calif. – 1 DIRTVISION FAST PASS DASH WINNERS (27 different drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins 1 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 9 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 9 2 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 6 3 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 5 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 5 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 5 4 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 4 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 4 5 – Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 2 – Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 2 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 2 – Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Ind. – 2 – Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 2 – Brian Brown, Higginsville, Mo. – 2 6 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1 – Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1 – Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg, Pa. – 1 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 1 – Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1 – Bill Balog, Hartland, Wis. – 1 – Jeff Swindell, Memphis, Tenn. – 1 – James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 1 – Hunter Schuerenberg, Sikeston, Mo. – 1 – Austen Wheatley, Lake Stevens, Wash. – 1 – Cory Eliason, Visalia, Calif. – 1 – Brent Marks, Myerstown, Pa. – 1 – Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tenn. – 1 LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN WINNERS (36 different drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins 1 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 4 2 – Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 3 – Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tenn. – 3 – Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Ind. – 3 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 3 3 – Rico Abreu, St. Helena, Calif. – 2 – Brent Marks, Myerstown, Pa. – 2 – Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 2 4 – Cale Conley, Vienna, W.Va. – 1 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 1 – Kasey Kahne, Enumclaw, Wash. – 1 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 1 – Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 1 – Sammy Swindell, Germantown, Tenn. – 1 – Carson Short, Marion, Ill. – 1 – T.J. Stutts, Liverpool, Pa. – 1 – Cory Haas, York, Pa. – 1 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 1 – Cale Thomas, Fairland, Ind. – 1 – James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 1 – Jim Stinson, Vandalia, Ohio – 1 – Spencer Bayston, Lebanon, Ind. – 1 – Dominic Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 1 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 1 – Russel Borland, Kewaskum, Wis. – 1 – Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 1 – Cory Eliason, Santa Cruz, Calif. – 1 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 1 – Marcus Dumesny, Sydney, NSW, Australia – 1 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Calif. – 1 – Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 1 – Zach Daum, Pocahontas, Ill. – 1 – Giovanni Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 1 – Trey Starks, Puyallup, Wash. – 1 – Chase Stockon, Haubstadt, Ind. ­– 1 C-MAIN WINNERS (15 different drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins 1 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 1 – Brent Marks, Myerstown, Pa. – 1 – Freddie Rahmer, Salfordville, Pa. – 1 – Lucas Wolfe, Mechanicsburg, Pa. – 1 – Giovanni Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 1 – Jim Stinson, Vandalia, Ohio – 1 – Brooke Tatnell, Sans Souci, NSW, Australia – Tasker Phillips, Pleasantville, Iowa – 1 – Lee Jacobs, Dalton, Ohio – 1 – Chad Kemenah, Alveda, Ohio – 1 – James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 1 – Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 1 – Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 1 – Dylan Cisney, Port Royal, Pa. – 1 – Wayne Johnson, Oklahoma City, Okla. – 1 D-MAIN WINNERS (3 different drivers) 1 – Justin Peck, Monrovia, Ind. – 1 – Hunter Schuerenberg, Sikeston, Mo. – 1 – Trey Starks, Puyallup, Wash. – 1 PODIUM FINISHES (29 different drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – # of podiums 1– Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 32 2 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 30 3 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 28 4 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 25 5 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 16 6 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 9 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 9 7 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 6 8 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 5 9 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 4 – Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 4 10 – Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg, Pa. – 3 – James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 3 – Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 3 – Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 3 – Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 3 – Brent Marks, Myerstown, Pa. – 3 – Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 3 11 – Giovanni Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 2 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 2 – Shane Golobic, Fremont, Calif. – 2 12 – Rico Abreu, St. Helena, Calif. – 1 – Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 1 – Ryan Smith, Kunkletown, Pa. – 1 – Bill Balog, Hartland, Wis. – 1 – Brian Brown, Higginsville, Mo. – 1 – Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Ind. – 1 – Jason Solwold, Burlington, Wash. – 1 – Justin Sanders, Watsonville, Calif. – 1 HARD CHARGER AWARD (27 different drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – H.C. Awards 1 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 6 – Brent Marks, Myerstown, Pa. – 6 2 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 5 – Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Ind. – 5 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Pa. – 5 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 5 3 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 4 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 4 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 4 4 – Dominic Scelzi – Fresno, Calif. – 3 5 – Cory Eliason, Santa Cruz, Calif. – 2 – Sammy Swindell, Germantown, Ind. – 2 – Rico Abreu, St. Helena, Calif. – 2 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 2 6 – Chad Kemenah, Alveda, Ohio – 1 – Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1 – Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 1 – Hunter Schuerenberg, Sikeston, Mo. – 1 – Giovanni Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 1 – James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 1 – Derek Hagar, Marion, Ark. – 1 – Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1 – Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 1 – Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 1 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 1 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 1 – Brian Montieth, Phoenixville, Pa. – 1 TOTAL LAPS LED (26 different drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Laps 1 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 425 2 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 289 3 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 266 4 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 243 5 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 130 6 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 129 7 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 118 8 – Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 75 9 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 62 10 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 55 11 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 53 12 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 52 13 – Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 48 14 – Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 41 15 – Brent Marks, Myerstown, Pa. – 40 16 – Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 37 – Brian Brown, Higginsville, Mo. – 37 17 – Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg, Pa. – 34 18 – James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 31 19 – Bill Balog, Hartland, Wis. – 22 20 – Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Ind. – 19 21 – Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 16 22 – Sammy Swindell, Germantown, Ind. – 10 23 – Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tenn. – 7 24 – Giovanni Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 6 25 – Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, Ind. – 2 – Shane Golobic, Fremont, Calif. – 2 QUALIFYING QUICK TIME (20 different drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – QTs 1 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 20 2 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 9 3 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 5 4 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 4 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 4 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 4 5 – Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 3 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 3 6 – Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Ind. – 2 – Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 2 – Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tenn. – 2 7 – Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 1 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 1 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 1 – Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1 – Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 1 – Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg, Pa. – 1 – Sye Lynch, Apollo, Pa. – 1 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1 – Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1 FASTEST IN PRACTICE (22 different drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – # of times fastest 1 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 11* 2 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 10* 3 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 8 4 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 6 5 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 4 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 4* 6 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 3 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 3 – Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 3 7 – Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Ind. – 2 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 2* – Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tenn. – 2 – Cale Thomas, Fairland, Ind. – 2 8 – Brian Brown, Higginsville, Mo. – 1 – Freddie Rahmer, Salfordville, Pa. – 1 – James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 1 – Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 1 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 1 – Logan Wagner, Harrisonville, Pa. – 1 – Rico Abreu, St. Helena, Calif. – 1 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 1 – Giovanni Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 1 – Kendall Ruble, Vincennes, Ind. ­– 1 *A fastest time came during a second set of Hot Laps 2019 World of Outlaws Schedule & Winners No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins) 1. Friday, Feb. 8 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, Fla. / Daryn Pittman (1) 2. Saturday, Feb. 9 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, Fla. / Daryn Pittman (2) 3. Sunday, Feb. 10 / Volusia Speedway Park/ Baberville, Fla. / Rainout-Canceled 4. Friday, Feb. 22 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, Texas / Rainout-Canceled 5. Saturday, Feb. 23 / LoneStar Speedway / Kilgore, Texas / Rainout-Canceled 6. Wednesday, Feb. 27 / The Dirt Track at Las Vegas / Las Vegas, Nev. / Tim Shaffer (1) 7. Thursday, Feb. 28 / The Dirt Track at Las Vegas / Las Vegas, Nev. / Donny Schatz (1) 8. Friday, March 8 / Thunderbowl Raceway / Tulare, Calif. / Rainout-Canceled 9. Saturday, March 9 / Thunderbowl Raceway / Tulare, Calif. / Ian Madsen (1) 10. Friday, March 15 / Silver Dollar Speedway / Chico, Calif. / Carson Macedo (1) 11. Saturday, March 16 / Stockton Dirt Track / Stockton, Calif. / Logan Schuchart (1) 12. Friday, March 22 / Ocean Speedway / Watsonville, Calif. / Rainout-Canceled 13. Saturday, March 23 / Placerville Speedway / Placerville, Calif. / Rainout-Rescheduled for Sept. 11 14. Friday, March 29 / Keller Auto Speedway / Hanford, Calif. / David Gravel (1) 15. Saturday, March 30 / Perris Auto Speedway / Perris, Calif. / Aaron Reutzel (1) 16. Friday, April 5 / USA Raceway / Tucson, Ariz. / Brad Sweet (1) 17. Saturday, April 6 / Arizona Speedway / Queen Creek, Ariz. / David Gravel (2) 18. Friday, April 12 / Devil’s Bowl Speedway / Mesquite, Texas / Logan Schuchart (2) 19. Saturday, April 13 / Devil’s Bowl Speedway / Mesquite, Texas / Rainout-Canceled 20. Friday, April 26 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, Mo. / Brad Sweet (2) 21. Saturday, April 27 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway / Pevely, Mo. / Rainout-Canceled 22. Sunday, April 28 / Jacksonville Speedway / Jacksonville, Ill. / Postponed-Rescheduled for Sept. 25 23. Friday, May 3 / Riverside International Speedway / West Memphis, Ark. / Rainout-Canceled 24. Saturday, May 4 / Tri-State International Speedway / Haubstadt, Ind. / Postponed-Rescheduled for Oct. 13 25. Friday, May 10 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, Ohio / Donny Schatz (2) 26. Saturday, May 11 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, Ohio / Postponed-Rescheduled for July 17 27. Wednesday, May 15 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbottstown, Pa. / Lance Dewease (1) 28. Friday, May 17 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, Pa. / David Gravel (3) 29. Saturday, May 18 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, Pa. / Lance Dewease (2) 30. Sunday, May 19 / Weedsport Speedway / Weedsport, NY / Rainout-Canceled 31. Tuesday, May 21 / Bridgeport Speedway / Bridgeport, NJ / Danny Dietrich (1) 32. Friday, May 24 / The Dirt Track at Charlotte / Concord, NC / Giovanni Scelzi (1) 33. Saturday, May 25 / The Dirt Track at Charlotte / Concord, NC / Logan Schuchart (3) 34. Monday, May 27 / Lawrenceburg Speedway / Lawrenceburg, Ind. / Kyle Larson (1) 35. Friday, May 31 / Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway / Nashville, Tenn. / Donny Schatz (3) 36. Saturday, June 1 / Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway / Nashville, Tenn. / Shane Stewart (1) 37. Tuesday, June 4 / Fairbury Speedway / Fairbury, Ill. / Kyle Larson (2) 38. Friday, June 7 / River Cities Speedway / Grand Forks, N.D. / Logan Schuchart (4) 39. Saturday, June 8 / Granite City Speedway / Sauk Rapids, Minn. / Brad Sweet (3) 40. Friday, June 14 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, Iowa / Brian Brown (1) 41. Saturday, June 15 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, Iowa / Brad Sweet (4) 42. Saturday, June 22 / Beaver Dam Raceway / Beaver Dam, Wis. / Brad Sweet (5) 43. Sunday, June 23 / Dubuque Speedway / Dubuque, Iowa / Rainout-Canceled 44. Thursday, June 27 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, Minn. / Brad Sweet (6) 45. Friday, June 28 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, Minn. / Carson Macedo (2) 46. Saturday, June 29 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, Minn. / Brad Sweet (7) 47. Wednesday, July 3 / Brown County Speedway, Aberdeen, S.D. / Brad Sweet (8) 48. Saturday, July 6 / Cedar Lake Speedway / New Richmond, Wis. / Sheldon Haudenschild (1) 49. Saturday, July 6 / Cedar Lake Speedway / New Richmond, Wis. / Brad Sweet (9) 50. Friday, July 12 / Hartford Speedway / Hartford, Mich. / David Gravel (4) 51. Saturday, July 13 / Wilmot Raceway / Wilmot, Wis. / Donny Schatz (4) 52. Wednesday, July 17 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, Ohio / Donny Schatz (5) 53.Thursday, July 18 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, Ohio / Brad Sweet (10) 54. Friday, July 19 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, Ohio / Donny Schatz (6) 55. Saturday, July 20 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, Ohio / Brad Sweet (11) – Kings Royal 56. Tuesday, July 23 / Lernerville Speedway / Sarver, Pa. / David Gravel (5) 57. Friday, July 26 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, Pa. / Tim Shaffer (2) 58. Saturday, July 27 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, Pa. / Donny Schatz (7) 59. Friday, Aug. 2 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, Mo. / Brad Sweet (12) 60. Saturday, Aug. 3 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, Mo. / Sheldon Haudenschild (2) 61. Wednesday, Aug. 7 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, Iowa / Trey Starks (Prelim) 62. Thursday, Aug. 8 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, Iowa / David Gravel (Prelim) 63. Friday, Aug. 9 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, Iowa / Kerry Madsen (Prelim) 64. Saturday, Aug. 10 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, Iowa / David Gravel (6) – Knoxville Nationals 65. Friday, Aug. 16 / River Cities Speedway / Grand Forks, N.D. / Donny Schatz (8) 66. Saturday, Aug. 17 / Red River Valley Speedway / West Fargo, N.D. / Rainout-Canceled 67. Friday, Aug. 23 / Black Hills Speedway / Rapid City, S.D. / Carson Macedo (3) 68. Saturday, Aug. 24 / Big Sky Speedway / Billings, Mont. / David Gravel (7) 69. Friday, Aug. 30 / Skagit Speedway / Alger, Wash. / Logan Schuchart (5) 70. Saturday, Aug. 31 / Skagit Speedway / Alger, Wash. / Logan Schuchart (6) 71. Monday, Sept. 2 / Grays Harbor Raceway / Elma, Wash. / Daryn Pittman (3) 72. Wednesday, Sept. 4 / Willamette Speedway / Lebanon, Ore. / Brad Sweet (13) 73. Friday, Sept. 6 / Silver Dollar Speedway / Chico, Calif. / Brad Sweet (14) 74. Saturday, Sept. 7 / Silver Dollar Speedway / Chico, Calif. / Daryn Pittman (4) 75. Wednesday, Sept. 11 / Placerville Speedway / Placerville, Calif. / Shane Golobic (1) 76. Friday, Sept. 13 / Stockton Dirt Track / Stockton, Calif. / Logan Schuchart (7) 77. Saturday, Sept. 14 / Calistoga Speedway / Calistoga, Calif. / David Gravel (8) 78. Friday, Sept. 20 / Dodge City Raceway Park / Dodge City, Kan. / Donny Schatz (9) 79. Saturday, Sept. 21 / Dodge City Raceway Park / Dodge City, Kan. / Brad Sweet (15) 80. Wednesday, Sept. 25 / Jacksonville Speedway / Jacksonville, Ill. / Carson Macedo (4) 81. Friday, Sept. 27 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, Ohio / Logan Schuchart (8) 82. Saturday, Sept. 28 / Lernerville Speedway / Sarver, Pa. / Brad Sweet (16) 83. Friday, Oct. 4 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, Pa. / David Gravel (9) 84. Saturday, Oct. 5 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, Pa. / Brent Marks (1) 85. Saturday, Oct. 12 / Terre Haute Action Track / Terre Haute, Ind. / Rainout-Canceled 86. Sunday, Oct. 13 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, Ind. / Christopher Bell (1) 87. Friday, Oct. 18 / Lakeside Speedway / Kansas City, Kan. / Donny Schatz (10) 88. Saturday, Oct. 19 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, Mo. / David Gravel (10)
  6. David Gravel wins Jason Johnson Classic - Gravel wins at Lake Ozark Speedway, his 10th win of the year with Jason Johnson Racing ELDON, MO – Oct. 19, 2019 – Jason Johnson had a black book of goals he’d like to accomplish. One was to promote a race. On Saturday night at Lake Ozark Speedway it was checked off Johnson's list. His widow, Bobbi Johnson, promoted the Jason Johnson Classic with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series. The event started with rain but had a storybook ending. Like a wave rising in the ocean before crashing down, the sea of people filling the grandstands simultaneously rose to their feet and applauded as David Gravel piloted the Jason Johnson Racing No. 41 car to Victory Lane. DB3Inc photo Family, friends and team members – all with smiles and some with tears – flooded Victory Lane to congratulate Gravel and Johnson on the victory – reminiscent of Gravel’s Knoxville Nationals win in August. “Just couldn’t have been a better night,” said a jubilated Gravel. “We’ve had two weeks this year that are storybook weeks. To get this done and win tonight… it might look like it’s fixed, but it isn’t. Sheldon (Haudenschild) made me work for that race.” The Watertown, Conn. driver was fast all night, winning his Drydene Heat race – holding off a hard charging Haudenschild to do so – and finishing fourth in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash – won by Jason Sides, who also held off Haudenschild for the win. When the 41-lap Feature when green Sides rocketed ahead of the field and threw his King Racing Products No. 7S car to the high side. He committed to the line in his pursuit for the win. If someone was going to pass him the bottom was their only option. Haudenschild followed in line with Sides, riding the high side, trying to hunt him down. Behind them, Gravel worked his way by Brian Brown for third on Lap two and reeled in the top two every lap. Sides got loose off turn two on Lap seven, allowing Haudenschild to close to his tail tank and Gravel to charge toward them both. When the trio reached turn three Gravel slung his Mesilla Valley Transportation No. 41 car to the bottom of the track, sliding by Haudenschild and Sides for the lead. Gravel powered in front of them off turn four to officially take the lead on Lap eight, while Haudenschild also snuck by Sides to take second. The battle was now Gravel versus Haudenschild. Both favored the cushion around the 1/3-mile speedway. Haudenschild’s NOS Energy Drink No. 17 was utilizing it better, though. He caught Gravel on Lap 14 and dove underneath him in turn three to steal the lead away from him. Haudenschild led the next 11 laps, with Gravel keeping pressure from behind, before a caution spoiled the Wooster, Ohio driver’s night. On the restart with 17 laps to go Haudenschild slid over the cushion in turn two and Gravel pounced. He charged underneath Haudenschild down the backstretch and sailed his car into turn three, gapping Haudenschild by two car lengths. “Being on the outside I kind of pinched him (Haudenschild) a little bit,” Gravel said. “You’ve got to do those things to win races. I think I just had a little bit of an advantage on him on the double-file restart and was able to get the lead.” Haudenschild kept Gravel in sight for the rest of the race but wasn’t able to put together another strong enough run to catch him. “I would have liked to have raced in traffic a little bit more,” Haudenschild said. “I think it mixes it up and made a little bit more possibilities. When we were in clean air we were just ripping around there and waiting until we got traffic to get anything.” Logan Schuchart had his own exciting race, charging from 11th to third – his second podium finish in-a-row. “There in the beginning it was pretty interesting, we were battling back there with Brad (Sweet) and Donny (Schatz). That’s something you don’t want to get in between,” Schuchart said. “It was a good race. We were able to get up there on some restarts, pass some cars when we needed to.” Sweet and Schatz – who are first and second, respectively, in the championship points ­­– battled around each other most of the night. Sweet had the better night, racing from 12th to fourth, while Schatz raced from 14th to eighth. Sweet is now 32 points ahead of Schatz with only four races left this season – only two before the World Finals. Gravel’s win was his 10th of the year – first at Lake Ozark Speedway – and 49th career World of Outlaws win. With Gravel and Schatz having 10 wins and Sweet having 16, it’s the first time since 2000 that there are at least three drivers with 10 or more wins in the Series. “To hit double digits this year is great,” Gravel said about his win total. “It’s a hard feat to do on the World of Outlaws tour. For us to do that, it feels awesome. “This is for Jason’s family. Put a smile on their faces tonight and hopefully for the whole week coming up." Bobbi Johnson called Gravel and the JJR team a “dream team” with how well they have meshed this year and the success they’ve had. Their victory helped put a period on the storybook ending for the inaugural Jason Johnson Classic – a big goal checked off Jason’s list. “Tomorrow when you sit back and realize and think about all of the man hours and all of the time and all of the help and preparation, there’s a whole team that put on this deal and stood behind me,” Johnson said. “Just to feel like I checked off one of Jason’s things he always wanted to do… he had a black book and there’s a couple of things in there that’s not checked off, so that’s what I’m trying to do next.” UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Friday, Oct. 25, and Saturday, Oct. 26, will be at Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pa. for the Nittany Showdown. Get tickets and more information. As always, if you can’t make it to the race, you can watch all of the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com! RESULTS: NOS Energy Drink Feature (41 Laps) – 1. 41-David Gravel [4][$10,410]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [2][$5,910]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [11][$3,610]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [12][$3,210]; 5. 83-Daryn Pittman [8][$2,910]; 6. 7S-Jason Sides [1][$2,710]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [5][$2,610]; 8. 15-Donny Schatz [14][$2,510]; 9. 5-Shane Stewart [19][$2,460]; 10. 19-Brent Marks [15][$2,410]; 11. 2M-Kerry Madsen [18][$1,910]; 12. 17B-Bill Balog [20][$1,610]; 13. 18-Ian Madsen [9][$1,510]; 14. 2-Carson Macedo [13][$1,460]; 15. 4-Terry McCarl [10][$1,410]; 16. 91-Cale Thomas [16][$1,310]; 17. 1A-Jacob Allen [7][$1,210]; 18. 33M-Mason Daniel [21][$1,210]; 19. 99-Skylar Gee [6][$1,210]; 20. 21-Brian Brown [3][$1,210]; 21. O9-Matt Juhl [17][$1,210]; 22. 14K-Kyle Bellm [22][$1,210]; 23. 2C-Wayne Johnson [24][$1,210]; 24. W20-Greg Wilson [23][$1,210]; Lap Leaders: Jason Sides 1-7; David Gravel 8-13, 25-41; Sheldon Haudenschild 14-24; KSE Hard Charger Award: 5-Shane Stewart[+10] Qualifying – 1. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.111; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.116; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.189; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.193; 5. 21-Brian Brown, 11.196; 6. 18-Ian Madsen, 11.226; 7. 91-Cale Thomas, 11.238; 8. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.241; 9. 41-David Gravel, 11.26; 10. 99-Skylar Gee, 11.287; 11. 83-Daryn Pittman, 11.29; 12. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.302; 13. 2-Carson Macedo, 11.326; 14. O9-Matt Juhl, 11.346; 15. 19-Brent Marks, 11.374; 16. 4-Terry McCarl, 11.389; 17. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 11.401; 18. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 11.507; 19. 14K-Kyle Bellm, 11.518; 20. 33M-Mason Daniel, 11.524; 21. 5-Shane Stewart, 11.564; 22. O5-Colin Smith, 11.64; 23. 17B-Bill Balog, 11.652; 24. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 11.665; 25. 3-Ayrton Gennetten, 11.67; 26. W20-Greg Wilson, 11.723; 27. 35L-Cody Ledger, 11.878; 28. 7W-Skylar Hunter, 11.901
  7. Donny Schatz wins with Ford at Lakeside Speedway, cuts into points lead - Schatz puts a Ford powered World of Outlaws Sprint Car back in Victory Lane for the first time in 21 years KANSAS CITY, KS – Oct. 18, 2019 – When Ford wanted to win Le Mans against the unstoppable Ferrari team it turned to legendary car designer Carroll Shelby, his team and his ace driver Ken Miles to get the job done. Spoiler: They won. A similar mentality was used when Ford wanted to return to Sprint Car racing with a new 410 engine, after a more than 20-year absence in the sport. It turned to NASCAR champion Tony Stewart, his team and his ace driver Donny Schatz. Friday night at Lakeside Speedway, for the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown, Schatz brought a Ford powered World of Outlaws Sprint Car back to Victory Lane for the first time since August 26, 1998 when Jeff Swindell won at Southern Oregon Speedway. It was the new Ford FPS 410 engine’s third appearance in the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series – Schatz finished on the podium in his first two races with it. “It’s pretty rewarding,” said Schatz about winning with the new Ford engine. “Sometimes you have to do things in life that are off the beaten path. That’s what this whole program is. They got a lot of dedication to it. Tony (Stewart) does. And what Tony asks us to do we do. Here we are. “Rick (Warner, Schatz’s former crew chief who helped develop the FPS 410) has put a lot of time and blood and sweat and countless sleepless nights on it and to bring it out and to have two podiums at Williams Grove and a win tonight is huge… It’s going to be a live and learn experience. Tonight, it was a live on it. The next night we might be learning. But they did a great job and that’s what we’re here to do, have fun and win races with it.” Schatz and his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing had to fight for the win all night. He finished second in his Drydene Heat race to Logan Schuchart, who was about half of a second faster than everyone else. Schatz then finished fifth in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash and had to change a motor after. The motor wasn’t at fault for the change, Schatz said. It wasn’t sealed properly and leaked oil. With a new FPS 410 installed for the Feature, Schatz put its full potential on display throughout the 30 laps. The beginning of the race was plagued with multiple cautions for accidents and poor restarts. Brian Brown, in the FVP No. 21 car, led the field through it all. Daryn Pittman, David Gravel, Logan Schuchart, Brad Sweet and Donny Schatz battled amongst themselves for position in the short runs between cautions. Schatz made his way from fifth to second by Lap 10. A reg flag for Matt Juhl flipping on Lap 12 brought out an Open Red, allowing teams to fuel their cars and make adjustments. When the Feature when back green Schatz didn’t waste time testing the limits of his new engine to pass Brown for the lead. Brown hung on to the high side of the track through turns one and two, while Schatz searched for grip low. What he found allowed him to hammer the throttle and exit the corner side-by-side with Brown. They drag raced down the backstretch and remained in line through turns three and four. However, Brown couldn’t match the lightspeed launch Schatz got off turn four. The Toco Warranty No. 15 shot to the lead on Lap 13. Brown, of Grain Valley, Mo., was hungry for another hometown win, though. Continuing to favor the top line, he built momentum off turn two and charged to the outside of Schatz down the backstretch. They again raced side-by-side through turns three and four, but the FPS 410 continued to conjure remarkable speed off the corner. Schatz took the lead and ran away with it. He found himself more than a second ahead of Brown a few laps after passing him. Schuchart eventually charged his way to second by Lap 20 and Sweet moved into third by Lap 27. Time was running out to catch Schatz, though. Lap traffic became a factor in the closing laps, but before either driver could try to use it to their advantage a caution came out for Ian Madsen slowing in turn four. When the green flag flew again, Schatz was gone. The 10-time Series champion sprinted away from the field and had almost a second lead over Schuchart when he crossed the finish line. “I would’ve liked to see what would have happened if we kept going or had some lap traffic,” Schuchart said. “This is a great team. An awesome year. We would’ve liked to have gotten the win… But still a great night.” Sweet’s third-place finish allowed Schatz to chip away at his points lead. The Fargo, N.D. driver is now 24 points behind Sweet, of Grass Valley, Calif., with five races left this season – three before the World Finals in November. “We’re happy with a podium run,” Sweet said. “We were just a little bit off and fighting a few things. We’ll take a podium with the NAPA Auto Parts car and move on to tomorrow night.” Schatz’s victory was his 10th of the year – 293rd career Series win – and first win in almost a month. “These guys, it’s incredible what they do,” Schatz said about his team. “The race car was awesome. Yeah, we got to make changes to it for the extra power and a little bit extra weight, but they do an awesome job. It’s great to finally get a win again.” UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Oct. 19 will return to Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo. for the Jason Johnson Classic. Get tickets and more information. As always, if you can’t make it to the race, you can watch all of the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com. RESULTS: NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [5][$10,000]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [4][$5,500]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [6][$3,200]; 4. 21-Brian Brown [1][$2,800]; 5. 83-Daryn Pittman [2][$2,500]; 6. 2M-Kerry Madsen [11][$2,300]; 7. 41-David Gravel [3][$2,200]; 8. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [13][$2,100]; 9. 19-Brent Marks [22][$2,050]; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser [21][$2,000]; 11. 91-Cale Thomas [8][$1,500]; 12. 2-Carson Macedo [10][$1,200]; 13. 17B-Bill Balog [14][$1,100]; 14. 2C-Wayne Johnson [23][$1,050]; 15. 4-Terry McCarl [16][$1,000]; 16. 7S-Jason Sides [9][$900]; 17. 99-Skylar Gee [18][$800]; 18. 35L-Cody Ledger [24][$800]; 19. 18-Ian Madsen [7][$800]; 20. O9-Matt Juhl [19][$800]; 21. 1A-Jacob Allen [15][$800]; 22. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey [20][$800]; 23. 7-Justin Henderson [12][$800]; 24. 5-Shane Stewart [17][$800]; Lap Leaders:Brian Brown 1-12, Donny Schatz 13-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 19-Brent Marks[+13] Qualifying – 1. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.911; 2. 41-David Gravel, 13.918; 3. 83-Daryn Pittman, 13.935; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.936; 5. 21-Brian Brown, 13.949; 6. 91-Cale Thomas, 14.008; 7. 49-Brad Sweet, 14.039; 8. 15-Donny Schatz, 14.061; 9. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 14.062; 10. 17B-Bill Balog, 14.125; 11. 1A-Jacob Allen, 14.131; 12. 4-Terry McCarl, 14.137; 13. 7S-Jason Sides, 14.17; 14. 2-Carson Macedo, 14.176; 15. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 14.18; 16. 7-Justin Henderson, 14.193; 17. 5-Shane Stewart, 14.19; 18. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 14.221; 19. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.229; 20. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey, 14.236; 21. 19-Brent Marks, 14.283; 22. 1X-Don Droud, 14.323; 23. O9-Matt Juhl, 14.33; 24. W20-Greg Wilson, 14.338; 25. 33M-Mason Daniel, 14.422; 26. 99-Skylar Gee, 14.435; 27. 14K-Kyle Bellm, 14.681; 28. 35L-Cody Ledger, 14.763; 29. 7W-Skylar Hunter, 14.931; 30. 81-Wyatt Burks, 15.029; 31. 22-Dustin Barks, 15.082; 32. O5-Colin Smith, 15.453
  8. Christopher Bell wins at Tri-State Speedway as driver, owner - Bell wins an eventful night in Haubstadt, Brad Sweet extends points lead HAUBSTADT, IN – Oct. 13, 2019 – After winning $100,000 in April through NASCAR’s Dash 4 Cash, Christopher Bell already knew what he would like to do with the money: purchase his own Sprint Car. Six months later, the Norman, Okla. driver parked his self-owned No. 21 car in Victory Lane for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series’ Sunday night event at Tri-State Speedway. The victory was his fifth career World of Outlaws win – first as an owner in the Series – and first win at the speedway. “So, I had four Outlaw wins coming into today and I promise you those four Outlaw wins would be in my, arguably top-five, definitely top-ten of my favorite wins of my life,” said an elated Bell. “To get number five here with my own race car and a group of friends working on this thing is really special.” The Indiana race was Bell’s fourth time in his own car, which he built with friend Chad Boat. He already had one win in it, too. However, throughout the night, you would’ve thought he’d been racing it for years. Bell even claimed he wasn’t good at the quarter-mile track. He first dispelled that allegation with strong runs in his Drydene Heat race, where he finished second, and the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, where he finished third. In both races he had a car capable of charging to the lead but ran out of laps to do so. In the Feature, Bell had 40 laps to accomplish his mission. Sweet jumped to the lead at the start of the race with Brent Marks and Bell in tow. However, five cautions – which separately involved drivers such as David Gravel, Sheldon Haudenschild and Donny Schatz – in the first 12 laps hindered the top three from finding a rhythm. Bell highlighted his speed in that time span, sliding by Marks for second during a short run in between cautions. After the accident on Lap 12, the race went caution free for the remaining 28 laps. With Schatz mired in the back of the field, Sweet was poised to have a strong points day, especially if he could secure the win. However, Bell wasn’t sympathetic to his cause. Both almost saw their winning desire vanish on the restart with 28 laps to go. Third-place Kerry Madsen dove underneath Bell and Sweet in turn three, eyeing the lead. The Australian couldn’t find the grip to exit the corner ahead of them and fell back to third by turn one. The battle was then Sweet versus Bell. Sweet ran high, while Bell slung his car around the bottom of the track, creeping closer and closer to the NAPA Auto Parts No. 49 car every lap. And Sweet knew it. On Lap 16 the Californian stole Bell’s line, running the bottom in turns three and four. Bell countered his move and switched to the high side of the track. The beneficiary of the swap proved to be Bell. He got a run off turn four, propelling him to Sweet’s rear bumper down the front stretch. He stayed high into turn one, as Sweet went low and, again, charged off the corner with momentum. This time, he was able to use it to dart underneath Sweet into turn three and clear him for the lead by turn four, officially taking it on Lap 18. “I felt good all night long and I knew our car was really close,” Bell said. “Honestly, we didn’t really change very much all night long. We kept getting those short stints and I felt fine. I felt like I just needed to get some time underneath of us and get going.” The race was then Bell’s to lose. He distanced himself from Sweet, even with lap traffic creating an unpredictable obstacle course in front of him. Sweet began to fade by the halfway point, losing second to Madsen and eventually falling to fifth. Madsen didn’t have anything for Bell, but another threat behind him did. After finding himself at the back of the field due to being involved in an early caution, Haudenschild moved his way into fifth with 19 laps to go. He was third with nine laps to go and second with five laps to go. The NOS Energy Drink No. 17 was an unstoppable bullet. But time was not in his favor and Bell worked lap traffic with ease. However, worry did set in for Bell in the closing laps, unsure how his car would handle as the track changed and if he would have enough fuel to finish. “This track just changes so much,” Bell said. “I’ve never gone good here before in my life. This is the first time I’ve come to Haubstadt and been competitive. I learned a lot today.” By the time Bell sped past the waving checkered flag, he had a 3.7 second lead over Haudenschild. “I set us back tonight with qualifying and getting in that mess in four, just really put us behind,” Haudenschild said. “After I did that my goal was to get back to where I was and go from there. On this type of track we know we’re going to have restarts. Just tried to get track position as early and quick as I could on those restarts and just try to pick them off after that.” Madsen rounded out the podium with his brother Ian Madsen finishing fourth and Sweet ended the night fifth. After being involved in two accidents, Schatz managed a 13th-place finish but is now 30 points behind Sweet. Wins are all that matter to Bell when it comes to racing with the World of Outlaws. Every one of them he cherishes, he said, especially when they’re with friends. “Everyone works their tails off on it, but it’s a lot of fun because we’re all friends,” Bell said. “Just very thankful to be here driving this thing.” UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Friday, Oct. 18, will be at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. for the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown. Get tickets and more information. As always, if you can’t make it to the race, you can watch all of the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com. RESULTS: NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 21-Christopher Bell [3][$10,000]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [18][$5,500]; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen [4][$3,200]; 4. 18-Ian Madsen [10][$2,800]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [1][$2,500]; 6. 99-Brady Bacon [14][$2,300]; 7. 19-Brent Marks [2][$2,200]; 8. 83-Daryn Pittman [13][$2,100]; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart [9][$2,050]; 10. 2-Carson Macedo [15][$2,000]; 11. 5-Shane Stewart [17][$1,500]; 12. 41-David Gravel [11][$1,200]; 13. 15-Donny Schatz [5][$1,100]; 14. 11-Zeb Wise [20][$1,050]; 15. 5X-Justin Peck [16][$1,000]; 16. 32-Chase Stockon [19][$900]; 17. 7-Critter Malone [22][$800]; 18. 7S-Jason Sides [23][$800]; 19. 14X-Jeff Swindell [24][$800]; 20. 39-Hunter Schuerenberg [7][$800]; 21. 96-Parker Price-Miller [12][$800]; 22. 17K-Kendall Ruble [6][$800]; 23. 11K-Kraig Kinser [21][$800]; 24. 99G-Skylar Gee [8][$800]; Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1-17, Christopher Bell 18-40; KSE Hard Charger Award: 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[+16] Qualifying – 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 12.825; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.914; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.936; 4. 19-Brent Marks, 13.045; 5. 99G-Skylar Gee, 13.069; 6. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.076; 7. 39-Hunter Schuerenberg, 13.105; 8. 17K-Kendall Ruble, 13.11; 9. 32-Chase Stockon, 13.14; 10. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.188; 11. 41-David Gravel, 13.227; 12. 21-Christopher Bell, 13.228; 13. 5X-Justin Peck, 13.244; 14. 99-Brady Bacon, 13.245; 15. 96-Parker Price-Miller, 13.275; 16. 11-Zeb Wise, 13.302; 17. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.356; 18. 7-Critter Malone, 13.369; 19. 83-Daryn Pittman, 13.48; 20. 5-Shane Stewart, 13.514; 21. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.61; 22. 14X-Jeff Swindell, 13.613; 23. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.615; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.669; 25. 33M-Mason Daniel, 13.67; 26. 33-Andy Bishop, 13.704; 27. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.848; 28. 71M-Paul May, 13.973
  9. Overton Wins at 411 and Takes Back-to-Back Features Vs. Outlaws - The Southeast favorite now has 4 Series wins in the region in 2019 SEYMOUR, TN – Oct. 5, 2019 – Rum Runner Racing team owner Joey Coulter was quoted in a World of Outlaws press release last week, commenting “At this point, that place owes him a win.” “That place” was 411 Motor Speedway and that “him” is none other than Coulter’s driver aboard the Schaeffer’s Racing Oil #2, Brandon Overton. On Saturday night, Overton got that win at that very track, making it two World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series Feature wins on back-to-back nights for the Evans, GA-driver. Just like his win at Cherokee Speedway on Friday night, “Big Sexy” found a bit of good fortune on his trip to Victory Lane at 411. Loudon, TN-pilot Cory Hedgecock won in last year’s visit and looked to have the first few stages of the race covered until misfortune struck on lap 17. Steam began to spew out of Hedgecock’s hood in the exit of turn two, forcing the Loudon, TN-native to shut it down on the backstretch and pull into the infield, dashing his chances to repeat as a World of Outlaws Feature winner at 411. Overton inherited the lead into turn three before the caution came out and restacked the field, putting the likes of Darrell Lanigan and a hungry Rookie of the Year candidate Cade Dillard right on his rear bumper. But as a former World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year winner himself, Overton was simply not going to crack under the pressure. He sustained that lead the rest of the way, leading the final 34 laps en route to his fourth Morton Buildings Feature win of the season and seventh of his career. Back in May, Overton was passed late for the lead in regional competition at 411 and ran second again in another regional Feature in July. Those two runners-up stuck with him the whole season, pushing him just a bit more to get that redemption win on a national stage. Now, the weight’s been lifted off his shoulders. “I ran second to Dale [McDowell] and I ran second to [Jimmy] Owens,” Overton said. “I never led in the one Dale won, but the one Owens got me, he passed me with about 10-to-go. So, this definitely feels good.” Once he grabbed the lead for good, Overton battled through multiple restarts in the circuits remaining, riding the top line around the 3/8-mile. He and crew chief Harold Holly have been to 411 and several other Southeastern tracks throughout the years, so they’ve got the Midas touch when it comes to all the tips and tricks to getting around such places, and that was on full display on Saturday night. “I think what helped us more than anything is coming here a lot,” Overton said. “We’ve ran a bunch of races here throughout the year. So, just to get a jump on these guys before they get here, it definitely helps.” “I’ve never been here with the racetrack like it was tonight,” he continued. “I had a feeling it was going to just clean off and get slick from top to bottom like it usually does, and it didn’t, so I had to change my line up a bit getting into turn three because I kept pushing.” Darrell Lanigan had another solid night, running inside the top three all race long to claim the runner-up spot. After riding back in the fifth spot in overall Series points for much of the summer and going on a big top-five-less streak, Lanigan and team DLR have really turned their season around in the past few weeks, even busting the World of Outlaws winless slump of over four years back in September. Now making it two consecutive top-five finishes for “The Bluegrass Bandit,” Lanigan sits just eight points behind Chase Junghans in his bid to finish second by the conclusion of the Can-Am World Finals next month. “At the beginning of the year, we were second. But then we had some DNFs, and you just can’t have DNFs on this tour. If we could take them back, we’d be right up there in second. But it is what it is, we’re fighting back,” Lanigan said. It’s surprisingly been a few races since Brandon Sheppard was last on the World of Outlaws podium, but what a drive he made to get the last spot on it on Saturday night. After an uncharacteristically slow time in Qualifying that left him 15th overall, “The Rocket Shepp” finished fourth in his Drydene Heat Race and began his charge to the front in the Feature from 11th. Gradually picking off an average of one car every six laps, the Rocket1 Racing pilot drove the wheels off of his Rocket Chassis #1 on the low side, looking for every advantage to try and catch the leaders once he reached third. “Truthfully, I just needed to start out front,” Sheppard said. “Clean air was big, because once we got spread out, you kind of had to get in line. Off the restarts, you could pass a few cars, and that’s where I did it because I was really good on the restarts.” At one point, Sheppard was giving Lanigan all he could handle in his bid for second, but eventually fell off a bit once Lanigan’s #29 came in on the top side. Sheppard even tried switching lanes up to the high-banked top groove to catch Overton and Lanigan, but nothing came of it. Hard-charging efforts in the Morton Buildings Feature normally come courtesy of the assistance of a grade-A team behind the fence, setting up their car just right to make head-turning runs like these. And that’s exactly what Sheppard had in his corner at 411. “It’s all about my team,” Sheppard said. “They didn’t give up on me, they kept digging, and I got the shovel out to dig ourselves out of a hole.” UP NEXT It’s time to crown a new champion! The Can-Am World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte kicks off on Thursday, Nov. 7 with Qualifying events that will set the field for Friday and Saturday’s events. Two 50-lap, $12,000-to-win Morton Buildings Features headline Friday (Nov. 8) and Saturday (Nov. 9) night, where the championship celebrations will begin alongside the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars and the Super DIRTcar Series! And now, just recently announced, all DIRTVision Fast Pass subscribers will be able to watch the Can-Am World Finals at no extra charge! Subscribe today at DIRTVision.com and watch us cap off a spectacular season of racing! Morton Buildings Feature (50 Laps) 1. 2-Brandon Overton [4][$10,000]; 2. 29-Darrell Lanigan [1][$5,000]; 3. 1-Brandon Sheppard [11][$3,000]; 4. 97-Cade Dillard [5][$2,500]; 5. 25-Shane Clanton [8][$2,000]; 6. 28-Dennis Erb [7][$1,700]; 7. 18-Chase Junghans [3][$1,400]; 8. 17M-Dale McDowell [12][$1,300]; 9. 7-Ricky Weiss [6][$1,200]; 10. 1v-Vic Hill [14][$1,100]; 11. 99B-Boom Briggs [13][$1,050]; 12. B1-Brent Larson [17][$1,000]; 13. 18x-Michael Page [15][$950]; 14. 97c-Michael Chilton [18][$900]; 15. 6-Blake Spencer [21][$850]; 16. 17-Logan Roberson [10][$800]; 17. C5-David Crabtree [19][$770]; 18. 5-John Tweed [23][$750]; 19. 23-Cory Hedgecock [2][$730]; 20. 87-Ross Bailes [9][$700]; 21. 1G-Ryan King [16][$700]; 22. 53-Ray Cook [20][$700]; 23. 3x-Bo Eaton [24][$700]; 24. 22-Lynn Leach [22][$700]; 25. 7m-Donald Mcintosh [25][] Hard Charger: 1-Brandon Sheppard[+8]
  10. Brad Sweet earns his 50th career win, extends points lead at Lernerville - With Donny Schatz having a rare issue, Sweet now holds a 40-point lead over him SARVER, PA – Sept. 28, 2019 – Brad Sweet has made a habit of winning big this season – most notably claiming the $175,000-to-win Kings Royal in July. However, his win Saturday night at Lernerville Speedway may prove to be his biggest victory, yet. When Sweet sped by the checkered flag he picked up his second win in-a-row at the Commonwealth Clash event, his 16th World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series win of the season, his 50th career Series win and went from a four-point lead over Donny Schatz to a 40-point lead. “We’ve had what feels like the best car all year,” Sweet said. “ You know, sixteenth win. We’ve been up front a lot.” That was the case all night for Sweet and his Kasey Kahne Racing team at the 4/10-mile track. He qualified second to David Gravel – who picked up his 18th Quick Time of the season. Then finished second to Ian Madsen in his Dryden Heat race. He drew the pole for the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash and went on to win it. Starting on the front row of the 35-lap Feature with Sweet was his championship competitor. During the July race at the Sarver, Pa. track, Sweet and Schatz battled all race long for fourth-place with Sweet the victor of the duel. They were set for reenact their battle, but this time for the lucrative win. If Sweet won, he increased his points lead over Schatz. If Schatz won, he would either reclaim the lead or tie Sweet for it. When the two competitors accelerated their 900-hp chariots at the start of the 35-lap Feature, Sweet had the advantage and crossed in front of the 10-time Series champion before entering turn one. Schatz hung onto the Grass Valley, Calif.-native’s bumper down the backstretch. He looked low underneath the NAPA Auto Parts No. 49 car into turn three but couldn’t match the momentum Sweet was able to exit the corner with up high. Their brawl was put on pause the first lap when the caution came out for Clay Riney coming to a stop at the top of turn one. When the race resumed, Sweet was able to launch ahead of Schatz. The Fargo, N.D.-native would not let Sweet pull away, though. Before Sweet could attempt to find a rhythm, the caution came out, again, after one lap. This time, A.J. Flick went off track in turn two. For the third time in two laps Schatz was awarded the opportunity to start alongside Sweet for the restart. And for the third time Sweet got the jump on him off turn four and cleared the Toco Warranty No. 15 for the lead before the first turn. Schatz closed on Sweet down the backstretch, leaving inches between his front bumper and Sweet’s rear bumper. Sweet committed to the high side and Schatz ran low. After putting together a few laps, Schatz found a rhythm on the bottom and began poking his nose further alongside Sweet’s car every corner. Uncomfortable with the run Schatz was building on him, Sweet changed his line and ran low for a lap. Schatz switched to the high side but was unable to further his march to the lead. With Schatz no longer breathing down his neck, Sweet went back to the top. He was able to keep Schatz at bay, maintaining a few car lengths lead on him. Even through traffic. “We kind of hit on some stuff last year at this same race,” Sweet said. “We basically ran the car the same way.” While the championship competitors led the field, Shane Stewart, Ian Madsen and David Gravel brawled for third-place, at one time going three-wide for the position. Stewart eventually won the battle, but once Gravel comfortably moved into fourth-place, he kept pressure on Stewart for the remainder of the race. Sweet had about a second lead over Schatz near the halfway point of the race. Then shock echoed around the facility. A soft pop emitted from the Schatz’s car going through turns three and four. His Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing car drastically slowed and the caution came out. There was an issue with his engine’s magneto. Schatz could not continue, ending the night in 18th – after a rare 17th-place finish at Eldora Speedway the night prior. Schatz declined to comment after the race. His misfortunate benefit Stewart, who was gifted a front row starting position on the outside of Sweet on the restart. Like Schatz, he was unable to stay alongside Sweet down the front stretch, but dove underneath him into turn three, going side by side with the No. 49 car through the corner. Sweet was still too strong on the high side. He pulled away with the lead and ran off with the win. Stewart finished second and Gravel rounded out the podium. “I felt like we had pretty good pace the whole race, we’ve just got to keep our heads down and keep working on it and hopefully we can get some wins,” Stewart said. Sweet’s big win helped him put a sizable points gap between he and Schatz, however neither driver has been able to maintain a large points gap on the other this year. He didn’t know where Schatz finished after the race but knows that doesn’t matter as long as he keeps winning. “I just try to stay focused on our car, because as long as we’re winning the race we know that we’re gaining points,” Sweet said. “We can’t control what Donny does or what his team does. We just stay focused on our NAPA Auto Parts number forty-nine. “We’ve been on a little roller coaster ride where we’ve been up or down a little bit. But I thought we really dug deep at Dodge City and Eldora. Last night (at Eldora) was a big night for us. You know, sometimes those fifths and sixths when you come from the back are good rebounds. In the big scheme of things that’s always good. We just want to get wins. If we show up every night and keep winning these races, it’s our championship to lose.” UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Friday, Oct. 4, and Saturday, Oct. 5, will return to Williams Grove Speedway for the Champion Racing Oil National Open. Get tickets and more information. As always, if you can’t make it to the race, you can watch all of the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com. RESULTS: NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [1][$10,000]; 2. 5-Shane Stewart [3][$5,500]; 3. 41-David Gravel [5][$3,200]; 4. 18-Ian Madsen [4][$2,800]; 5. 83-Daryn Pittman [10][$2,500]; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [14][$2,300]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [8][$2,200]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart [11][$2,100]; 9. 7S-Tim Shaffer [7][$2,050]; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser [12][$2,000]; 11. 19-Brent Marks [13][$1,500]; 12. 2M-Kerry Madsen [17][$1,200]; 13. 7-Jason Sides [21][$1,100]; 14. 21-Brian Brown [6][$1,050]; 15. 2-Carson Macedo [16][$1,000]; 16. 7K-Dan Shetler [18][$900]; 17. 13-Brandon Matus [24][$800]; 18. 15-Donny Schatz [2][$800]; 19. 11-Carl Bowser [22][$800]; 20. 42-Sye Lynch [15][$800]; 21. 2AJ-A.J. Flick [19][$800]; 22. 22-Brandon Spithaler [23][$800]; 23. C1-Clay Riney [20][$800]; 24. 55K-Robbie Kendall [9][$800]; Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1-35; KSE Hard Charger Award: 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[+8] Qualifying – 1. 41-David Gravel, 12.972; 2. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.017; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.023; 4. 21-Brian Brown, 13.079; 5. 55K-Robbie Kendall, 13.124; 6. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.132; 7. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.145; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.162; 9. 19-Brent Marks, 13.166; 10. 83-Daryn Pittman, 13.181; 11. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.187; 12. 7S-Tim Shaffer, 13.197; 13. 5-Shane Stewart, 13.2; 14. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.222; 15. 2AJ-A.J. Flick, 13.312; 16. C1-Clay Riney, 13.347; 17. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.395; 18. 7K-Dan Shetler, 13.421; 19. 42-Sye Lynch, 13.446; 20. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.456; 21. 11-Carl Bowser, 13.508; 22. 7-Jason Sides, 13.608; 23. 13-Brandon Matus, 13.633; 24. 46-Michael Bauer, 13.958; 25. O8-Dan Kuriger, 13.972; 26. 91-Colby Womer, 13.982; 27. 22-Brandon Spithaler, 14.028; 28. 33-Brent Matus, 14.392; 29. 14-Jeremy Hill, 14.622; 30. 1R-Gale Ruth, 14.864; 31. 4K-Kip Edwards, 15.921; 32. 6-Todd Burgard, NT
  11. Logan Schuchart conquers Eldora Speedway for second time - Schuchart earned his eighth career win of the season at Eldora, doubling his win total from the start of the season ROSSBURG, OH – Sept. 27, 2019 – Logan Schuchart entered Friday’s race at Eldora Speedway with an attitude. He felt like the half-mile speedway owned him. He finished second for the third time in-a-row during the May event at the track. During the four July races there he finished third, third, fourth and second at the Kings Royal. Schuchart craved a second win at the iconic track – his first came in 2017. He was a shark that sensed blood in the water. No one was going to keep him from his target. He and his Shark Racing team made sure of it. Aside from Hot Laps, which were ran twice due to a two-and-a-half-hour rain delay before Qualifying, Schuchart won everything he could involving a sprint car Friday night. He set Quick Time, won his Drydene Heat race, drew the pole for the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, won the Dash and led all 30 laps in the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Feature – earning his eighth victory of the season. “This is definitely one, coming to Eldora, is one I always look forward to,” Schuchart said. “It’s been really good to us. We just haven’t been able to win one. So, to end our season at Eldora and win one is cool. Especially since I’ve had so many good runs and haven’t won one since 2017. It’s cool to win at this place any chance you get.” While the Hanover, Pa.-native dominated the BeFour the Crowns Showdown, a Texan made him work for it. Aaron Reutzel – coming off a podium finish with the World of Outlaws at Jacksonville Speedway and setting the quickest lap in the second round of Hot Laps – hunted Schuchart throughout the Feature, in search of his first Series win at the speedway. Schuchart launched ahead of the field on the initial start of the Feature with second-place Carson Macedo on his tail and Reutzel making his way to third. Before any of them could build momentum, the red flag came out before the completion of the first lap for Wayne Johnson flipping in turn three. When the race restarted, Schuchart again shot to the lead with Macedo in pursuit. However, Reutzel put an end to Macedo’s chase in the first corner. He darted to the high side in turn one and charged off turn two with the ferocity of a speeding bullet, pulling alongside Macedo down the backstretch. Macedo, a rookie, and Reutzel, a part-time driver in the Series, raced wheel-to-wheel for a lap before Reutzel outran Macedo into turn three and stole the runner-up spot on the second lap. Schuchart was half of a straightaway ahead of Reutzel. However, that gap vanished a few seconds later. Another red flag came out for Brady Bacon wrecking in turn four on Lap two. It was the last time the field had to slow for an accident, though. On the final restart of the night, with 28 laps to go, Schuchart pulled ahead of Reutzel by about two car lengths into the first turn and grew his lead to more than a second shortly after. By Lap nine Schuchart found himself in heavy lap traffic. Exactly what Reutzel needed. As the Drydene No. 1s navigated its way through a maze of cars, the Folkens Bros. No. 87 of Reutzel crept closer every lap. Near the halfway point of the Feature, Reutzel found himself feet away from Schuchart’s bumper. But before he could attempt a pass, Schuchart found clean air and pulled away from him again. The two drivers were an accordion for the remainder of the race. Reutzel would close on Schuchart and then Schuchart would pull away. “At one time I thought we were going to be able to pass him,” Reutzel said about racing Schuchart. “Where I was making time around the bottom, that kind of went away for me. I started searching around and found sliding myself was pretty good. I got back to him one time, we got to a lap car that was trying to unlap himself or something and I was never able to get by that lap car and just kind of sat there the rest of the race. My car started to go away a little bit at the end, so that was the end of that.” Having raced with Reutzel before and knowing his style, Schuchart anticipated where he thought the Texan might run and made sure he didn’t leave a door open for him. “I was trying not to get held up too much or bonsai too many lap cars,” Schuchart said. “I figured if I did do that, he’d be close. I knew he would be, most likely on the top. Aaron is very fast, but a lot of the races that he wins he’s on the top. I was running through the middle and felt like I was slowing down a little and tried to get back to the top as quick as I could to not give him a chance to zoom around the outside of me.” Schuchart’s plan worked. He held off Reutzel – who had to hold off a fast approaching Sheldon Haudenschild in the closing laps – and won his second career World of Outlaws race at Eldora Speedway. “To have a year like this. To win races with the World of Outlaws is very, very tough,” Schuchart said. “To win eight of them and get another one here at Eldora, it means a lot to myself. I know it means a lot to everybody else.” Before the start of the season Schuchart had eight career wins over a five-year span. Now, he’s doubled that statistic in one season. He and his Shark Racing team definitely have an attitude this year. An attitude to win. He wasn’t the only driver with a big night at Eldora. Brad Sweet earned the KSE Hard Charger award by starting 17th and finishing sixth, and he took the points lead from 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz – who finished 17th. Sweet now leads Schatz by four points. UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Saturday, Sept. 28, will return to Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa. for the Commonwealth Clash. Get tickets and more information. As always, if you can’t make it to the race, you can watch all of the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com. RESULTS: NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1][$10,000]; 2. 87-Aaron Reutzel [4][$5,500]; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [3][$3,200]; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen [6][$2,800]; 5. 2-Carson Macedo [2][$2,500]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [17][$2,300]; 7. 41-David Gravel [5][$2,200]; 8. 70-Brock Zearfoss [9][$2,100]; 9. 26-Cory Eliason [7][$2,050]; 10. 9-James McFadden [19][$2,000]; 11. 19-Brent Marks [14][$1,500]; 12. 83-Daryn Pittman [11][$1,200]; 13. 19P-Paige Polyak [8][$1,100]; 14. 5-Shane Stewart [15][$1,050]; 15. 24-Rico Abreu [22][$1,000]; 16. 11K-Kraig Kinser [12][$900]; 17. 15-Donny Schatz [24][$800]; 18. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [18][$800]; 19. 13-Paul McMahan [13][$800]; 20. 18-Ian Madsen [25][$]; 21. G1-Cale Thomas [10][$800]; 22. 99-Brady Bacon [20][$800]; 23. 98H-Dave Blaney [23][$800]; 24. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [21][$800]; 25. 2C-Wayne Johnson [16][$800]; Lap Leaders: Logan Schuchart 1-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 49-Brad Sweet[+11] Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.011; 2. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.123; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.124; 4. 41-David Gravel, 13.134; 5. 13-Paul McMahan, 13.137; 6. 5-Shane Stewart, 13.153; 7. 70-Brock Zearfoss, 13.159; 8. 83-Daryn Pittman, 13.173; 9. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.183; 10. 9-James McFadden, 13.191; 11. 98H-Dave Blaney, 13.237; 12. K4-Chad Kemenah, 13.249; 13. 3C-Cale Conley, 13.253; 14. 12N-Joey Saldana, 13.262; 15. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.274; 16. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.278; 17. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.289; 18. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.302; 19. 70X-Justin Peck, 13.468; 20. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 13.469; 21. 2L-Landon Lalonde, 13.607; 22. 7S-Jason Sides, NT Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 26-Cory Eliason, 13.059; 2. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.108; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 13.122; 4. 19P-Paige Polyak, 13.15; 5. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 13.219; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.226; 7. G1-Cale Thomas, 13.263; 8. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 13.28; 9. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 13.33; 10. 99-Brady Bacon, 13.331; 11. 19-Brent Marks, 13.341; 12. 24-Rico Abreu, 13.393; 13. 67-Buddy Kofoid, 13.398; 14. J4-John Garvin, 13.41; 15. 71M-Paul May, 13.471; 16. 99G-Skylar Gee, 13.507; 17. 45-Trevor Baker, 13.513; 18. 5B-Chad Blonde, 13.539; 19. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 13.557; 20. 40-George Hobaugh, 13.645; 21. 35-Zach Hampton, 13.795; 22. 4X-Bradley Ashford, 13.963
  12. Carson Macedo wins thrilling show at Jacksonville Speedway - Macedo brings Kyle Larson Racing its fourth World of Outlaws win of the season JACKSONVILLE, IL – Sept. 25, 2019 – Rookie Carson Macedo knows if he wants to be an established World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series driver and stick around the Series for a while, he needs to win races. Courtesy of World of Outlaws PR That mentality was ingrained in the young Lemoore, Calif.-native Wednesday night at Jacksonville Speedway when he out dueled Sheldon Haudenschild and Brad Sweet in an elbows up brawl to earn his fourth victory of the year. “I can’t say enough about this (Kyle Larson Racing) team,” Macedo said. “Fourth win this year. I’m super stoked. Happy for them. Happy to get wins. That’s what it takes out here.” Macedo was fast all night in his Chevrolet Accessories No. 2 car, qualifying second, winning his Drydene Heat race and finishing second in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash. However, Haudenschild was always one step ahead. The Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing driver set Quick Time, won his Drydene Heat race and won the Dash over Macedo by four seconds. The two young guns of the Series – in their first Feature race at the quarter-mile Jacksonville Speedway ­­– were set to duel. And they did. Neither was willing to sacrifice an inch on the initial start, staying wheel to wheel as they crept toward the white start line. When it came time to hammer the throttle Haudenschild gave his more love than needed, showing the complete under belly of his NOS Energy Drink No. 17 as he powered to the flag stand. That allowed Macedo to get a run on the Wooster, Ohio-native into the first corner and take the lead. Haudenschild dove underneath Macedo into turn three and nosed in front of him through turn four. However, he did another wheelie on the exit of the turn, allowing Macedo to charged back out front. Haudenschild would not let the Californian get away, though. He stayed on his bumper down the straightaways and could power to his inside every corner. The quarter-mile track was proving to be fun for some and tricky for others, as several cars bounced off the cushion in turn four or over throttled their way into the corner causing them spin – or nearly do so. The fastest line was around the top, against the cushion – a line most comfortable for Macedo and Haudenschild. Two cautions came out in the first 12 laps of the 40-lap Feature. Macedo was able to launch ahead of Haudenschild on both restarts, but the Ohio driver continued to pester Macedo each lap. The Kyle Larson Racing car was rarely out of reach. On Lap 14, Macedo did a quick wheel stand off turn four, allowing Haudenschild, with a full steam of momentum, to throw a slide job into turn one and exit turn two with the lead. Three more cautions came out between Lap 18 and 21 for drivers either spinning or coming to a stop on the track. On the restart with 19 laps to go, Haudenschild rocketed out front. Macedo spun his tires and got passed by Shane Stewart for second. Macedo wasn’t willing to let the win slip away. To continue to establish himself, he needed it. Finding grip on the bottom of the speedway, Macedo charged his way back by Stewart and looked to find his rhythm to catch Haudenschild. He didn’t have to put too much effort into it though. Another caution came out a few laps later for several cars colliding in turn four and blocking the track. On the restart with 15 laps to go, Macedo was now pestering Haudenschild. He poked his nose underneath him each corner, ready to capitalize on any mistake Haudenschild made. And with 14 laps to go Haudenschild made one. He slid his car too far up the track in turn four, hammering the cushion with his right rear tire and lifting the front of his car off the ground. With a clean run around the bottom, Macedo raced by the upset NOS Energy Drink car and reclaimed the lead. “You get through there (turn four) really nice if you hit it right, but a couple of times you get tight on the right rear and get into it too much and throw your front end into, so you just had to be really careful,” Macedo said. “Get your entry right. Make sure you had the car turned enough and enough throttle to get through there on the cushion. My car was really good. Especially late in the race. I felt like I kept gaining momentum and gaining speed. That’s what you want.” While Macedo and Haudenschild continued their close battle for the lead, Sweet, Aaron Reutzel and Donny Schatz were slowly making their way to the front. After Stewart spun, with 10 laps to go, Sweet moved into the position with Reutzel also moving up to fourth and Schatz to fifth. Four laps later, heartbreak for Haudenschild. He too spun, bringing out the caution. With six laps to go, Macedo now found himself having to hold off Sweet ­– who moved up from seventh to second ­– Reutzel – who moved up from eighth to third – and Schatz – who charged from 17th to fourth. It proved to be a task he was up to. He pulled away from the field on the restart and comfortably cruised his way to his first win Jacksonville Speedway victory – in his first official start at the track. Sweet remained second and Reutzel rounded out the podium. Haudenschild ended the night 15th. Macedo credits some of his success to having grown up in California where there are several small bullring sized tracks like Jacksonville Speedway. “Growing up there, you either get good on small tracks or you get beat because that’s a lot of what we have,” said Macedo, who won on the quarter-mile Silver Dollar Speedway in March. “I guess it just helps to be from California when you go to places like these.” Sweet, of Grass Valley, Calif., also benefited by picking up another podium finish and continuing to chip away at Schatz’s points lead. The 10-time Series champion now leads Sweet by 18 points. “It was a bit of a marathon, but we’ll take a second-place run,” Sweet said. “We had a lot of battling to get where we got to. A lot of missing wrecks. Missing some spinning cars. And avoiding contact. It was nice to get the finish.” Coming into the season Macedo’s goal was to win a few races. Now, having exceeded that goal, his latest win helps he and his team realize their ultimate goal. “We’re building,” Macedo said. “This is a five-year, six, seven, eight-year plan to try and be at the top at some point. That’s what we’re trying to do. To be out here winning races and build toward next year… it’s all building blocks. We couldn’t be happier.” UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Friday, Sept. 27, will return to Eldora Speedway for the BeFour the Crowns Showdown. Get tickets and more information. As always, if you can’t be at the race, you can watch all of the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com. RESULTS: NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 2-Carson Macedo [2][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [7][$5,500]; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel [8][$3,200]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [17][$2,800]; 5. 5-Shane Stewart [3][$2,500]; 6. 41-David Gravel [4][$2,300]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [15][$2,200]; 8. 96-Parker Price-Miller [16][$2,100]; 9. 18-Ian Madsen [13][$2,050]; 10. 5D-Zach Daum [21][$2,000]; 11. 19-Brent Marks [9][$1,500]; 12. 5X-Justin Peck [10][$1,200]; 13. 83-Daryn Pittman [19][$1,100]; 14. 47-Terry Babb [20][$1,050]; 15. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1][$1,000]; 16. 49J-Josh Schneiderman [18][$900]; 17. 9K-Kyle Schuett [23][$800]; 18. O1-Logan Seavey [5][$800]; 19. 67-Buddy Kofoid [6][$800]; 20. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [11][$800]; 21. 1S-Logan Schuchart [12][$800]; 22. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [14][$800]; 23. 1A-Jacob Allen [22][$800]; 24. 2C-Wayne Johnson [24][$800]; Lap Leaders: Carson Macedo 1-15, 27-40; Sheldon Haudenschild 16-26; KSE Hard Charger Award: 15-Donny Schatz[+13] Qualifying – 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 10.115; 2. 2-Carson Macedo, 10.169; 3. O1-Logan Seavey, 10.189; 4. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 10.196; 5. 49-Brad Sweet, 10.265; 6. 39-Hunter Schuerenburg, 10.28; 7. 41-David Gravel, 10.291; 8. 67-Buddy Kofoid, 10.3; 9. 19-Brent Marks, 10.306; 10. 5X-Justin Peck, 10.309; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 10.312; 12. 96-Parker Price-Miller, 10.316; 13. 15-Donny Schatz, 10.327; 14. 5-Shane Stewart, 10.366; 15. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 10.402; 16. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 10.434; 17. 18-Ian Madsen, 10.502; 18. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 10.512; 19. 83-Daryn Pittman, 10.523; 20. 5D-Zach Daum, 10.526; 21. 1A-Jacob Allen, 10.572; 22. 49J-Josh Schneiderman, 10.621; 23. 9K-Kyle Schuett, 10.631; 24. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 10.634; 25. 25-Jake Blackhurst, 10.666; 26. 7S-Jason Sides, 10.68; 27. 33M-Mason Daniel, 10.71; 28. 4-Danny Smith, 10.736; 29. 33-Andy Bishop, 10.757; 30. 51B-Joe B.Miller, 10.757; 31. 79J-Jacob Patton, 10.759; 32. 47-Terry Babb, 10.853; 33. 3-Ayrton Gennetten, 11.029; 34. 52F-Logan Faucon, 11.054; 35. 99-Korey Weyant, 11.266; 36. 6-Frank Rodgers, NT
  13. Brad Sweet wins Dodge City doubleheader finale - Sweets gets his 49th career World of Outlaws win in the No. 49 Kasey Kahne Racing car DODGE CITY, KS – Sept. 21, 2019 – Brad Sweet eyed redemption Saturday night at Dodge City Raceway Park. After losing 18 points to championship contender Donny Schatz during the first round of the Outlaw Boot Hill Showdown doubleheader at the raceway Friday night, Sweet looked to be dealt a new hand in round two. He got it and played it, leading all 31 laps – due to a green-white-checkered – to claim his first Dodge City Raceway Park victory, his 15th World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series win of the season and the $12,000-to-win pot. “This hasn’t been my best track, so to get a win here I think is one of those things where we have to take the positive here and just move on to the next one and keep focused on what we’re doing here,” Sweet said. “Sometimes it seems like we’re getting a little off track or getting a little confused and trying things and we just need to stick to what we know and finish the year as strong as possible.” The biggest turning point of the night for him was his Drydene Heat race performance. Sweet had qualified 12th – worse than his 10th-place qualifying run Friday night. That placed the Kasey Kahne Racing driver fourth in his Heat race. However, on the start, “The Big Cat” was ready to pounce. He sprinted by the third and second-place car on the first lap and held on to second, racing his way into the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash. The Dash draw – with the pole position and the sixth-place starting position still available – came down to Schatz and Sweet. Schatz drew the number six, leaving the pole for the Californian. Sweet went on to win the Dash, while Schatz, who won Friday night’s race, put on a show behind him. With the help of a few slide jobs, Schatz raced his way to third, lining himself up directly behind Sweet for the 30-lap Feature. When the green flag hit the air Sweet sprinted to the lead over second-place Ian Madsen. Schatz couldn’t keep up. He found himself in a duel with Sheldon Haudenschild for third-place. The young Ohio-native stole the position from Schatz on the first lap. The reigning champion threw a slide job at Haudenschild into turn one the next lap to take the spot back, but Haudenschild powered back by him down the backstretch. Sweet hit lap traffic by Lap 6. Most of the slower cars ran low allowing Sweet to hold his line up high and cruise by them. Others blocked his line, forcing him to either slow his entry to not hit them or choose an alternative route around them. The traffic allowed Madsen to close on Sweet, but also slowed him at times, too. On Lap 9 the No. 91 of Jeff Stasa blocked Haudenschild’s run into turn two, forcing him to hit the brakes. While the NOS Energy Drink No. 17 slowed, Schatz stayed in the throttle and darted by Haudenschild to reclaim third. Along with the slower cars, drivers also had to battle the high winds racing around the track. “The car just does two completely different things at both ends here,” Sweet said. “Driving into the wind you feel like you have tons of down force and the car lays left and when you’re going away from the wind the car wants to pick up and do some crazy stuff. It was definitely good to be out front. Clean air was definitely a bonus tonight.” The first caution of the night came out on Lap 17 for the No. 9x of Jake Bubak blowing a right rear tire and coming to a stop in turn two. Sweet now had Madsen – hungry for a win with his last one coming in March – at his rear bumper. However, the NAPA Auto Parts No. 49 car was strong on restarts. Sweet hammered the throttle, blasting through the tunnel of wind, and shot back to a straightaway lead over the Australian driver. When Sweet hit lap traffic again Madsen and Schatz closed the gap. But once Sweet was back in clean air, he continued to distance himself from the Aspen Air No. 18 of Ian Madsen and Toco Warranty No. 15 of Schatz. On the final lap of the race, with the victory in sight, red lights flashed around the raceway. Dominic Scelzi flipped in turn three, bringing out the red flag. Madsen had another shot at the win. The pressure didn’t get to Sweet, though. He said he kept his composure and continued to run his race. “I think I did a pretty good job at it,” Sweet said. He did. When the green flag flew for the final time, Sweet gapped Madsen by about three car lengths and drove off with the win. Madsen had to settle for second and Schatz third. Madsen admitted he knew he didn’t have anything for Sweet on the final restart. He could catch him in lap traffic but once Sweet was in clean air it was tough to close in. “It’s really tough out here to beat anyone in clean air,” Madsen said. “But it’s an awesome result for us tonight, to get up on the podium. We’ve had some bad luck lately. It’s great to be back up here.” Schatz also stated he felt like he had a chance to catch Madsen and Sweet in traffic, but every time he got close the caution came out. “That’s the way it goes,” he said. “That’s racing. You’ve got to be consistent on the days you can’t win and today is one of them days.” Sweet’s win helped him gain six points on Schatz in the championship standings. With 13 races left this season, Schatz now leads Sweet by 22 points. The victory also saw another big achievement for Sweet. He won his 49th career World of Outlaws victory driving the No. 49 Kasey Kahne Racing car. “It’s actually really cool,” Sweet said. “I never would have imagined that I would get close to fifty World of Outlaws wins, so it’s a milestone to be proud of for myself, for Kasey giving me the opportunity to be on the Outlaw tour for six years with his team. “I’ve had a lot of crew chiefs and a lot of ups and downs through it all, so to be having this season is what we all strive for and what we knew we were able to accomplish. So, it’s nice to get those stats. Hopefully it’s just one of the many milestones that will pass through in my career.” UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Wednesday, Sept. 25, will be at Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, Ill. Get tickets and more information. As always, if you can’t make it to the race, you can watch all of the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com. RESULTS: NOS Energy Drink Feature (31 Laps due to green-white-checkered finish) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [1][$12,000]; 2. 18-Ian Madsen [2][$5,700]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$3,500]; 4. 41-David Gravel [5][$3,000]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [4][$2,600]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [10][$2,400]; 7. 5-Shane Stewart [6][$2,300]; 8. 2-Carson Macedo [7][$2,200]; 9. 19-Brent Marks [11][$2,150]; 10. 83-Daryn Pittman [8][$2,100]; 11. 2C-Wayne Johnson [14][$1,600]; 12. 1A-Jacob Allen [15][$1,350]; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser [18][$1,300]; 14. 7S-Jason Sides [13][$1,200]; 15. 1X-Don Droud [19][$1,100]; 16. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [9][$1,000]; 17. 91-Jeff Stasa [17][$900]; 18. 9X-Jake Bubak [12][$850]; 19. O-Steven Richardson [16][$800]; 20. 10C-Jeremy Campbell [21][$800]; 21. 72-Ray Seemann [22][$800]; 22. 33M-Mason Daniel [20][$800]; 23. 88-Mike Woodruff [24][$800]; 24. 10-Jordan Knight [23][$800]; 25. 11-Tyler Knight [25][$800]; Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1-31; KSE Hard Charger Award: 11K-Kraig Kinser[+5] Qualifying – 1. 41-David Gravel, 12.706; 2. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.778; 3. 5-Shane Stewart, 12.832; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.866; 5. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.877; 6. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 12.887; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.9; 8. 83-Daryn Pittman, 12.909; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.939; 10. 2-Carson Macedo, 12.964; 11. 33M-Mason Daniel, 12.968; 12. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.978; 13. O-Steven Richardson, 13.023; 14. 19-Brent Marks, 13.043; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.061; 16. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.103; 17. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 13.143; 18. 9X-Jake Bubak, 13.429; 19. 1X-Don Droud, 13.815; 20. 91-Jeff Stasa, 13.875; 21. 10C-Jeremy Campbell, 14.089; 22. 72-Ray Seemann, 14.43; 23. 10-Jordan Knight, 14.001; 24. 88-Mike Woodruff, 14.01; 25. 11-Tyler Knight, 14.494
  14. Lanigan Gets First Tour Win in Over 4 Years at Selinsgrove - Hard work in the shop for team DLR pays off, Weiss gets yet another runner-up finish SELINSGROVE, PA – Sept. 21, 2019 – When “The Bluegrass Bandit” Darrell Lanigan set out on the road back in February for a return to the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series tour this year, he and his crew had one goal set higher than any other – win as many races as possible. Now, after 36 Series starts this season, they’ve finally found the way to Victory Lane. The work that Lanigan and the team have put in over the previous seven months has finally paid off. Fittingly, Lanigan picked up his 73rd career Morton Buildings Feature win on Saturday night at the very same track he won his 72nd Feature at – Selinsgrove Speedway, back on Sept. 6, 2015. Leading all 40 laps, the Union, KY-native fended off the stiff competition of Ricky Weiss and Brandon Sheppard for the win. “It feels awesome. Our car’s been awesome this weekend. We’ve been working hard in the shop and found some stuff on the car we needed to fix, and we’re definitely going in the right direction now,” a smiling Lanigan said after the race. After a string of third-row results in the redraw on the previous two nights, Lanigan’s luck turned around a bit on Saturday night. He pulled the pole position after winning his Drydene Heat Race and made the most of it at the drop of the green. “Anytime you can start on the pole, you don’t have to deal with the other cars,” Lanigan said. “Get out to the lead in clean air, it really helps a bunch.” Wasting no time out of turn four, Lanigan grabbed the lead and took command of the field early on lap one. An expertly prepared track surface made for several lane choice options, but Lanigan stuck with the preferred lane around the inside guardrail. That was, until a win record-hungry Sheppard offered up Lanigan’s biggest challenge for the lead all night on the high side. Gaining the momentum up top, Sheppard got a run on Lanigan and took a look to the outside as they crossed the stripe to complete lap two. But Lanigan knew better than to let the 18-time winner slip by on the outside, and quickly moved up to block Sheppard’s pass attempt. This took the air off the Rocket1 Racing ride’s nose and sent him way up into the cushion, resulting in several car lengths lost, as well as the second position to Weiss, who was right on Sheppard’s tail when Lanigan shut the door. Weiss took the spot and carried it into lapped traffic, where he almost gave it back on lap 29 in a holdup with some slower traffic. Weiss soon escaped the pickle and continued on with Sheppard still giving chase close behind. “I noticed that I was able to move around the track better through the lapped cars, but it seemed as though I had a harder time getting around the guys,” Weiss said. “Lanigan would get around them and pull away from me a bit, then I’d get around them and close up the gap.” Weiss made a few passes in traffic on the high side when he had to, but preferred to stick to the cleaned-off bottom lane in order to save tires. “I didn’t want to go up there any more than I had to and wear out the tire,” Weiss said. “I knew it wasn’t the best way to go when I drove in beside a lapped car and then leave beside them, so I just tried to make most of my passes in turns one and two to keep the tires under us.” A caution flag with seven laps left restacked the field and gave everyone behind a shot at the leader. But Lanigan was too good on the bottom. He drove away once again after another yellow with three laps remaining to claim his first World of Outlaws win of the year, and made up some more points in the overall standings. Lanigan is now a four-time Late Model National Open winner at “The Super Speedway of Dirt Track Racing.” Performance in clean air is crucial on these big half-mile tracks, and he certainly had plenty of that on Friday night. The two restarts near the end gave those behind him another chance to get a run going, but they weren’t in clean air like he was. “You never want to see a restart that late in the race. But anytime you can get on this big track and get in clean air, it makes a whole lot of difference,” Lanigan said. For some perspective on how big the turnaround has been for the Club29 Chassis builder – Lanigan went on a stretch of nine World of Outlaws starts without a top-five finish (Red Cedar Speedway on July 14 to Port Royal Speedway on August 17). Since Port Royal, he’s finished no worse than sixth, with a runner-up at Stateline. The DLR crew has been hard at work on their hot rod over the past several weeks, swapping out old chassis parts and correcting other various underbody issues, and the effort has all come to the forefront late in the season. “Everybody puts in 100 percent,” Lanigan said. “You work day-in and day-out, like all the top teams do. You’ve just got to have a good, dedicated crew that wants to win.” As for Sheppard and the next installment of Rocket1’s chase for win #19 on the year, the team will have to try again in less than two weeks when the Series heads to the Southeast for three more races. Sheppard said he had a good car all throughout the Feature, but should have made the move for the lead even earlier than he tried to. “We had a really good car. I just needed to make that pass for the lead on the first lap,” Sheppard said. “Darrell was able to slip up in front of me and get in the right line, and then it was over after that.” “All in all, we’re happy. We’re in the podium again, so that’s good, and we’ve just got to keep it up front. Another win is going to come eventually, so we’ve just got to keep this thing in the top three,” he added. UP NEXT The Outlaws will get 10 days off from Series competition to prepare for a weekend back down South, starting with a visit to Lavonia Speedway on Thursday, Oct. 3, Cherokee Speedway for the inaugural Mike Duvall Memorial on Oct. 4 and finishing at the 411 Motor Speedway on Oct. 5. Catch all the action live on DIRTVision with your Late Model Fast Pass subscription! Morton Buildings Feature (40 Laps) 1. 29-Darrell Lanigan [1][$10,000]; 2. 7-Ricky Weiss [2][$5,000]; 3. 1-Brandon Sheppard [3][$3,000]; 4. 25-Shane Clanton [9][$2,500]; 5. 22-Gregg Satterlee [8][$2,000]; 6. 18-Chase Junghans [4][$1,700]; 7. O-Rick Eckert [12][$1,400]; 8. 28-Dennis Erb [5][$1,300]; 9. 97-Cade Dillard [7][$1,200]; 10. 2J-Jeff Rine [18][$1,100]; 11. 72-Jason Covert [6][$1,050]; 12. 119-Bryan Bernheisel [15][$1,000]; 13. 42-Jim Yoder [21][$950]; 14. O6-Mike Lupfer [13][$900]; 15. 99B-Boom Briggs [14][$850]; 16. 4s-Danny Snyder [20][$800]; 17. 26-Jerry Bard [16][$770]; 18. 25z-Mason Zeigler [11][$750]; 19. 96-Michael Smith [24][$730]; 20. 59-Chad Julius [22][$700]; 21. 171-James Bernheisel [17][$700]; 22. B1-Brent Larson [23][$700]; 23. 9-Hayes Mattern [25][$700]; 24. 24-Dylan Yoder [10][$700]; 25. F1-Coleby Frye [19][$700] Hard Charger: 2J-Jeff Rine[+8]
  15. Clanton Collects Win #4 of 2019 at Outlaw, Sheppard Still in Search of Record - Clanton leads all 50 laps in the 2nd of 3 races in the final Northeast swing of 2019 DUNDEE, NY – Sept. 20, 2019 – Since the driver change just over three months ago, Skyline Motorsports has really turned their season around with veteran pilot Shane Clanton behind the wheel of the #25 Capital Race Car. Outrunning the record-chasing Brandon Sheppard for the third time this season, Clanton kept his cool on a restart with three laps to go and drove away from the Rocket1 Racing driver to claim his fourth World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series Feature win of 2019 in the second-ever visit to Outlaw Speedway. “We’ve been working really hard to get what we’ve got tonight,” Clanton said after the race. “Hopefully, we can carry this momentum through the rest of the year.” “The Georgia Bulldog” made it look easy, taking a clean sweep of the night by setting quick time in Qualifying, winning his Drydene Heat Race and redrawing the outside pole before taking off on the first lap and opening up a sizeable advantage over Sheppard. Clanton’s quick lap times and Outlaw’s quarter-mile size allowed the Zebulon, GA-native to catch the rear of the field within the first 10 laps. He made quick work of the first several lapped cars in line while still maintaining his 2.5-second advantage out front. “I could go wherever I wanted to. The top, the bottom, it didn’t matter. Wherever they were at, I was able to go where they weren’t,” Clanton said. “That’s what it takes to get through traffic. Our car is really balanced right now, hopefully we can keep it up.” But soon, Sheppard began to crack the whip a little harder, making up almost a full second by the time the race’s first caution flag flew on lap 29. This erased Clanton’s lead and put “The Rocket Shepp” right on his rear bumper for the first restart, which he expertly handled. Four more yellow flags were thrown before the end of the race, which gave Sheppard, still vying for his record-breaking 19th Morton Buildings Feature win of the year, several chances to swipe at the lead. But Clanton was simply not going to be denied, and he only received a few looks to his inside for the lead. Including one from Chase Junghans, who had a strong first restart and grabbed the second spot from Sheppard before relinquishing on a restart six laps later. “I restarted on the outside of Sheppard and got by him, and thought ‘heck, I should do that again.’” Junghans said. “But on the next one, he got back by me.” Sheppard shot around Junghans’ outside to take the runner-up spot back, which he held through the final stage of the race to collect his 33rd top-five finish in 35 races. Overall, a solid night for the Rocket Chassis team, but Sheppard felt like he needed a few more long stretches of green-flag laps in order to catch Clanton and have a shot at the lead. “I could make up time on that last long run, but when we got a yellow with three to go, it took me a few laps to get rolling,” Sheppard said. “I needed Shane to get away from me a little bit so I could get some clean air and get my rhythm back.” He ran most of the race in the bottom lane, where he was able to make up ground after the restarts. “That one groove we were in was the fastest way around,” Sheppard said. “You could move all over in lapped traffic, but the line we were in at the end looked to be the fastest.” While leader Clanton was dealing with the pressure from behind him, Sheppard was keeping a conscious eye towards staying in his groove to avoid rapid tire wear, which some other teams struggled with over the course of 50 laps. That also factored into his decision to stay on the bottom. “I was definitely trying not to wheelspin too hard, but whenever you get up into the cushion, that’s all you can do it wheelspin. It was just one of those deals where you’ve got to hope it doesn’t happen to you,” Sheppard said. As for Junghans’ night, he and the ShopQuik team are very proud of their podium finish. Junghans said it’s been a challenging last few starts but can feel the steady progress being made. “I think we’re going in the right direction. We’ve been struggling a little bit in the past four or five races. But we never give up, so hopefully we can carry the momentum over into tomorrow and finish the weekend strong,” Junghans said. After riding third in Series points behind leading Rookie of the Year contender Ricky Weiss for several weeks, Clanton grabbed sole ownership of second place in overall points with the win on Friday night. As most drivers’ attitudes are towards points standings, Clanton isn’t exactly keeping score after every race, but knows the win did reward him in the standings department and is still hungry for more. “If we keep winning these races, the points will take care of themselves,” Clanton said. “It is what it is with these points, we made our bed and now we’re going to lay in it. Hopefully, the rest of the year we’ll do good and win some more races.” With respect to the finishing order, it was a great night to be an Outlaw at Outlaw Speedway. Seven of the top-10 spots were claimed by full-time World of Outlaws drivers, just one night after the Northeast locals had claimed three of the top five spots in the visit to Stateline Speedway. And for the second night in-a-row, Sheppard and Rocket1 will have to wait yet another day to make history, in search of that record-breaking 19th Feature win in a single season. Regardless, he and the team are having a season for the ages, but that doesn’t mean the rest of the Outlaws are just rolling over. UP NEXT Can Sheppard capitalize and break the record in the final race in the Northeast for 2019? Find out tonight, as the Outlaws invade Selinsgrove Speedway in Pennsylvania for the 21st annual Late Model National Open presented by Jeff’s Autobody & Recycling Center. Hot Laps go live on DIRTVision at 6:15 p.m. ET! Morton Buildings Feature (50 Laps) 1. 25-Shane Clanton [2][$10,000]; 2. 1-Brandon Sheppard [1][$5,000]; 3. 18-Chase Junghans [4][$3,000]; 4. 97-Cade Dillard [3][$2,500]; 5. 28-Dennis Erb [10][$2,000]; 6. 29-Darrell Lanigan [5][$1,700]; 7. 1x-Chub Frank [7][$1,400]; 8. 94-Bryce Davis [9][$1,300]; 9. O-Rick Eckert [11][$1,200]; 10. 99B-Boom Briggs [12][$1,100]; 11. B1-Brent Larson [15][$1,050]; 12. 119-Bryan Bernheisel [13][$1,000]; 13. 42-Jim Yoder [17][$950]; 14. 96-Michael Smith [20][$900]; 15. 22-Gregg Satterlee [8][$850]; 16. Os-Ryan Scott [18][$800]; 17. 93j-Sean Beardsley [19][$770]; 18. 76-Brad Smith [23][$750]; 19. 7-Ricky Weiss [6][$730]; 20. 72-Jason Covert [14][$700]; 21. 171-James Bernheisel [21][$700]; 22. 19-Bob Dorman [16][$700]; 23. 24-Dylan Yoder [22][$700] Hard Charger: 96-Michael Smith[+6]
  16. Donny Schatz outguns field at Dodge City Raceway Park - Schatz dominates the first night of the Outlaw Boot Hill Showdown, winning his fifth race at the raceway DODGE CITY, KS – Sept. 20, 2019 – The crowd of thousands hushed. Only the relentless wind was brave enough to make a sound. Anxiety and impatience brewed in people’s chest as they watched the field of Outlaws pace their steps before hammering the trigger, hoping to be the fastest to fire first. Leading the field at Dodge City Raceway Park Friday night was 10-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz with Knoxville Nationals winner David Gravel to his outside. Both eyed another win for their team. Both looked to be the best in Kansas. And both were determined to take the lead on the start. The green flag flew, and the showdown was on. Schatz hit the trigger first, launching to the lead. But Gravel fired back. He dove to the bottom of turns three and four under Schatz and outgunned him for the lead down the front stretch. The reigning champion was loaded for another attack, though. Gravel slid off the bottom on the exit of turn two, holding his car sideways onto the backstretch. With a clean run around the bottom of the track, Schatz fired back to the lead and went on to win the first night of the Outlaw Boot Hill Showdown weekend doubleheader. It was his ninth win of the season and second win in-a-row at the raceway – fifth overall. “Hats off to my guys,” Schatz said. “They’re hitting on all cylinders. They always have. Sometimes the drivers falter and that’d be me. Tonight, we didn’t have any of them faults.” Schatz started the night strong by qualifying fourth, while Gravel picked up his 16th Quick Time of the year. The two drivers then had their first front row battle of the night during the first Drydene Heat race. Schatz got the jump on the outside of Gravel at the start and drove away with the win. Shortly after, the duo found themselves on the front row together again during the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash. Schatz started on the bottom with Gravel up top. Gravel got the jump this time. The Connecticut-native charged to the lead, but Schatz methodically ran him down and passed him for the win. The 25-lap Feature placed Schatz and Gravel back on the front row for the start. After their one lap duel around the 3/8-mile track for the lead, Schatz pulled away from Gravel to about a straightaway lead. “When they threw the green, I thought it was going to take a while for it (the bottom of the track) to go away,” Schatz said. “I think as you’ve seen what happened with David when he went down in there, we were able to get back by him right away. It went away real quick. I didn’t expect it to do that, either. I like it when it does that.” Schatz reached lap traffic by Lap 6, but was able to pass every slower car with ease. However, nearing the end of the race, the pack of lap cars grew. They raced each other side by side, sometimes going three-wide. Schatz no longer had an easy passage by. There was now hope for Gravel, who began reeling in Schatz. Before Gravel could take another shot at the North Dakota-native, the caution came out for Mike Woodruff stopping in turn two. While it put him on Schatz’s bumper for the restart, Schatz was rewarded with clean air again. “Clean air was going to win there,” Gravel said. “Wish I could have had the lead there on the first lap, I thought we would have had a good chance to win there. Sucks to come up second. We had a shot. Lap traffic was my only shot.” Once the race restarted Schatz launched back to the lead and cruised to his 292nd career Series victory, with Gravel second and Logan Schuchart third. He also increased his points lead over Brad Sweet, who finished ninth after struggling to find his way forward. Schatz now leads Sweet by 28 points. “It’s not the year you’ve had when you’ve won 20 plus a year, but, hey, it’s a very competitive deal at the moment,” Schatz said. “I mean, look at all of the cars that have run good. We’re in a position to try and run for a championship and that’s all you can ask for when you start the year.” He and the rest of the field will again be gunning for the win in the final day of the Outlaw Boot Hill Showdown at Dodge City Raceway Park on Saturday. UP COMING: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Saturday, Sept. 21, will return to Dodge City Raceway Park for the Outlaw Boot Hill Showdown. Get tickets and more information. As always, if you can’t make it to the race, you can watch all of the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com. RESULTS: NOS Energy Drink Feature (25 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1][$8,000]; 2. 41-David Gravel [2][$4,000]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3][$2,500]; 4. 18-Ian Madsen [4][$2,200]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [5][$2,100]; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [9][$2,000]; 7. 83-Daryn Pittman [10][$1,800]; 8. 2-Carson Macedo [8][$1,600]; 9. 49-Brad Sweet [7][$1,500]; 10. 5-Shane Stewart [13][$1,300]; 11. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [16][$1,200]; 12. 19-Brent Marks [11][$1,100]; 13. 9X-Jake Bubak [12][$1,000]; 14. 1A-Jacob Allen [17][$700]; 15. 33M-Mason Daniel [6][$600]; 16. 7S-Jason Sides [15][$600]; 17. O-Steven Richardson [21][$600]; 18. 91-Jeff Stasa [22][$600]; 19. 10C-Jeremy Campbell [18][$600]; 20. 1X-Don Droud [20][$600]; 21. 72-Ray Seemann [19][$600]; 22. 2C-Wayne Johnson [14][$600]; 23. 88-Mike Woodruff [23][$600]; 24. 10-Jordan Knight [24][$600]; 25. 11-Tyler Knight [25][$600]; Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1, Donny Schatz 2-25; KSE Hard Charger Award: 41S-Dominic Scelzi[+5] Qualifying – 1. 41-David Gravel, 12.164; 2. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.209; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.252; 4. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.278; 5. 33M-Mason Daniel, 12.286; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.352; 7. 83-Daryn Pittman, 12.363; 8. 2-Carson Macedo, 12.379; 9. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.38; 10. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.398; 11. 19-Brent Marks, 12.412; 12. O-Steven Richardson, 12.424; 13. 5-Shane Stewart, 12.442; 14. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.507; 15. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.52; 16. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 12.538; 17. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 12.55; 18. 9X-Jake Bubak, 12.665; 19. 91-Jeff Stasa, 13.266; 20. 1X-Don Droud, 13.413; 21. 10C-Jeremy Campbell, 13.579; 22. 72-Ray Seemann, 14.009; 23. 88-Mike Woodruff, 13.38; 24. 10-Jordan Knight, 13.679; 25. 11-Tyler Knight, 14.016
  17. David Gravel dominates at Calistoga Speedway - Gravel, Jason Johnson Racing earn eighth win of the season at West Coast swing finale CALISTOGA, CA – Sept. 14, 2019 – David Gravel wants his win total with Jason Johnson Racing to be in the double digits by the end of the season. He came one step closer to achieving his objective Saturday night at Calistoga Speedway by winning the Wine Country Outlaw Showdown – his eighth World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series victory of the season. “Feels good to get another win,” Gravel said. “I feel like we could have won last night (at Stockton Dirt Track). To let that slip away, it feels good to get a win.” Gravel dominated the night, but Californian Brad Sweet, looking to close the points gap between he and points leader Donny Schatz, almost crushed the Watertown, Conn.-native’s dreams. The two drivers started the night in polar opposite scenarios. Sweet qualified 17th out of 22 cars. Gravel set Quick Time for the 15th time this season and set a new track for Calistoga Speedway with a time of 15.672 sec. Both drivers went on to finished second in their Drydene Heat race. However, Gravel fell from first to second and Sweet charged from sixth to second. Their performance put them both in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, which Gravel drew the pole for and then went on to win. At the start of the 25-lap Feature, Gravel launched to the lead and Sweet – who started third – took second from Logan Schuchart. Riding the high line of the half-mile track, Gravel gapped Sweet by close to half a track. On Lap five that changed. Gravel had to wait on the throttle for the slower car of Stephan Ingraham blocking his line, killing his momentum. That allowed Sweet to cut Gravel’s lead in half. After they crossed the line for Lap seven, Sweet threw a slide job at Gravel going into turn one. He rocketed underneath the Mesilla Valley Transportation No. 41 car and put his NAPA Auto Parts No. 49 car in the lead by turn two. “I got to the 93 car (of Ingraham) at a bad spot and tried to slid him, it was a dumb mistake on my part,” Gravel said. “I deserved to lose the lead there. Racing all of these races, you should know better than that.” Gravel was able to still exit the corner better than Sweet, though. He hammered the throttle off the turn with the confidence his rear tires would hold on to every inch of the clay surface. They did and he powered back by Sweet going into turn three. However, Gravel got out of shape on corner entrance, slowing his pace. Sweet was directly behind him and also had to slow to avoid running into Gravel. Before Sweet could attempt a run underneath him on the exit of turn four, a caution came out for Shane Stewart slowing on track. The next segment of the race after the restart was déjà vu of the first. Gravel launched back to the lead with Sweet behind him, unable to close in. Less than 10 laps later Gravel found himself back on Ingraham’s bumper. Back to having to slow his momentum. And back to having to worry about Sweet breathing down his neck. Before Sweet could strike again, another caution came out. This time for Chase Johnson having motor issues that resulted in a burst of flames underneath his car, which extinguished by the time he stopped the car. “It’s one of those things, man, it’s part of dirt track racing, you’ve got to be good in lap traffic and luckily we were,” Gravel said. Lined up single file for the restart with eight laps to go, Gravel bested Sweet and third-place Schuchart on the start pulling away by several car lengths before the flag stand. With clean air in front of him and no lap traffic to deal with, Gravel put the cap on his dominating night by leading all 25 laps and winning his first career race at Calistoga Speedway. Sweet had to settle for second but accepted the finish as it allowed him to gain points on Schatz – who finished fourth, after a charge from seventh. Sweet is now 10 points behind Schatz. “The cautions just kind of came at the wrong time for us,” Sweet said. “He would get out front with clean air and we could stay a half straightaway behind. You needed lap traffic to break his pace… We’ll take it after our qualifying effort. It’s a good rebound for our NAPA Auto Parts car. We’ve got a big picture going on here.” While Gravel sits third in points, more than 100 points behind Schatz, the big picture for he and his Jason Johnson Racing team is to keep winning. Their eighth win – tying Schatz for the second most wins this season – at Calistoga Speedway was a confidence booster to make that happen. “It means a lot,” said Philip Dietz, Gravel’s crew chief. “Lately I feel like we’ve been struggling a bit on these tracks out here in California. I feel like they’re a little bit different than a lot of places we go. Calistoga, I feel is more comparative to places we’ve had success at this year, like the Grove and Knoxville. We were kind of able to keep our car pretty similar to what we’ve done there and had success with. Just made for a much easier night.” With the West Coast swing finished and the World of Outlaws tour heading to the Midwest and East Coast, Gravel and his team have their eye on more dominating performances. “It’s been an awesome year,” Gravel said. “Hopefully we can keep this thing going. I really want to get to double digit wins. Hopefully we get there and keep this thing going.” UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Friday, Sept. 20, and Saturday, Sept. 21, will be at Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City, Kan. for the Outlaws Boot Hill Showdown. Get tickets and more information. As always, if you can’t make it to the race, you can watch all of the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com. RESULTS: NOS Energy Drink Feature (25 Laps) – 1. 41-David Gravel [1][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [3][$5,500]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2][$3,200]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [7][$2,800]; 5. 2-Carson Macedo [5][$2,500]; 6. 83-Daryn Pittman [11][$2,300]; 7. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [8][$2,200]; 8. 24-Rico Abreu [4][$2,100]; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser [15][$2,050]; 10. 17W-Shane Golobic [10][$2,000]; 11. 18-Ian Madsen [6][$1,500]; 12. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [13][$1,200]; 13. 7S-Tim Kaeding [9][$1,100]; 14. 19-Brent Marks [12][$1,050]; 15. 7H-Jojo Helberg [19][$1,000]; 16. O-Bud Kaeding [18][$900]; 17. 7-Jason Sides [16][$800]; 18. 68-Chase Johnson [14][$800]; 19. 93-Stephan Ingraham [21][$800]; 20. 5-Shane Stewart [17][$800]; 21. 1A-Jacob Allen [20][$800]; 22. 7Y-Geoff Ensign [22][$800]; Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-25; KSE Hard Charger Award: 11K-Kraig Kinser[+6] Qualifying – 1. 41-David Gravel, 15.672; 2. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 15.94; 3. 18-Ian Madsen, 15.996; 4. 2-Carson Macedo, 16.006; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 16.008; 6. 24-Rico Abreu, 16.045; 7. 15-Donny Schatz, 16.102; 8. 5-Shane Stewart, 16.158; 9. 7S-Tim Kaeding, 16.185; 10. 7-Jason Sides, 16.222; 11. 83-Daryn Pittman, 16.226; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 16.229; 13. 17W-Shane Golobic, 16.244; 14. 1A-Jacob Allen, 16.258; 15. 19-Brent Marks, 16.261; 16. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 16.267; 17. 49-Brad Sweet, 16.384; 18. O-Bud Kaeding, 16.393; 19. 7H-Jojo Helberg, 16.421; 20. 68-Chase Johnson, 16.719; 21. 93-Stephan Ingraham, 17.609; 22. 7Y-Geoff Ensign, 19.067
  18. Shane Golobic eliminates self-doubt with WoO Sprint Car win at Placerville- Shane Golobic leads California podium with win at the Placerville Speedway's 49er Gold Rush Classic PLACERVILLE, CA – Sept. 11, 2019 – Doubt has filled Shane Golobic’s mind for the last six years. His first and only World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series win came in 2013. Since then he’s questioned if he would or could ever win one again. There was a clear answer Wednesday night during the 49er Gold Rush Classic presented by Riebes NAPA Auto Parts at Placerville Speedway. Golobic tested the limits of his vocal cords from yelling inside his NOS Energy Drink No. 17w car. He couldn’t get out of it fast enough and do something his calm mannered self would rarely do. He climbed to the top wing of his car, yelling and cheering, with the checkered flag in hand, letting the blue and orange confetti bath him while he celebrated his second World of Outlaws wins. “I feel like two gives you a little more credibility than one,” said Golobic, who runs a part-time schedule with the Series. “I got the first one at a little short track, Antioch (Speedway). It was a none stop Feature, it counts as an Outlaws win one hundred percent, but there’s always that little bit of doubt. I’m not so much worried about other people, what they think, but just in me. You know, it’s been a few years since we done it. You just wonder if it is ever going to happen again. Tonight, we had the race car to do it.” The victory was not handed to him. He worked for. All night long. The Fremont, Calif.-native started the night by Qualifying fifth. He then went on to fight his way to a second-place finish in his Drydene Heat race and then to a fourth-place finish in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash. The night was mostly ruled by Californians, winning everything but one Heat race which was won by Daryn Pittman, who drivers for the California-based Roth Motorsports team. Brad Sweet was the top Golden State driver for most of the night by winning his Drydene Heat race and winning the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash. He also pulled double duty as promoter and driver for the race. When the 40-lap Feature went green at the quarter-mile track in El Dorado County, Sweet jumped to the lead, leaving outside polesitter, and fellow California-native, Carson Macedo to battle with Kraig Kinser for second. Golobic ran fourth. The field got five laps into the race before the first caution came out for Kyle Larson spinning in turn four. When the race resumed, Sweet marched back to the lead. Macedo stayed close by, though. Behind the front two, Golobic found his rhythm around the high side of the track and worked his way around Kinser to take third-place. He tried to contend with Macedo by sneaking to his outside, but the Kyle Larson Racing driver closed the door and focused on his trek to Sweet’s bumper. Less than a car length’s distance separated Sweet and Macedo for the next 10 laps. Sweet ran the low line. Macedo hammered the outside of the speedway. The two Californians ran their lines with precision, neither gaining nor losing ground on the other. However, on Lap 14 Sweet sailed his NAPA Auto Parts No. 49 car to the high side in turn three. The precision was lost. He bounced off the cushion, hindering his speed. Macedo had already reacted to Sweet’s lane change by diving to the bottom. Once Sweet bobbled, Macedo powered by him for the lead. Sweet charged back underneath him the next circuit around and nosed the rookie to the line to reclaim the lead on Lap 16. Macedo was too strong up high, though. He easily worked his way back around the outside of Sweet for the lead. While the “Big Cat” kept Macedo in striking distance for the next eight laps, Golobic continued to run third. The third caution of the night came out on Lap 24 for Jessie Attard coming to a stop in turn four. On the restart, Golobic and Sweet raced side by side down the front stretch and into the first corner. Sweet lost grip on the exit of turn two and entered the backstretch at a 45-degree angle. With a clean exit by Golobic, he hammered the throttle and cleared Sweet for second before turn three. Sweet tried to fight back but couldn’t. The handling went away on his car and he faded through the field. With 10 laps to go, Golobic was about a second behind Macedo. He could still see the white No. 2 car in front of him, though. He could see a potential second World of Outlaws win still within reach. To get to it meant making more aggressive moves and using his knowledge as a local racer of the track to his advantage. “With twenty-six to go, or whatever it was, on that restart I knew I needed to get a good drive down the straightaway and get to the top and click laps away and be there right behind Carson as close as I could when he did catch traffic,” Golobic said. “Took a peek at the board each time I went down the back straightaway. That’s probably something I have an advantage of over other guys who don’t race here every week. They don’t have that in the back of their mind during the race. Saw thirty-seven laps were down and started turning it on.” With three laps to go Macedo bounced off the cushion in turn three, allowing Golobic to close to his bumper and stay on him like a magnet the next lap. In their return to turn three, Golobic shot underneath Macedo and slid up in front of him on the exit of turn four to take the lead. Macedo threw two unsuccessful slide jobs at Golobic the next two corners. When the checkered flag hung over the track, Golobic was the first to see it – his first World of Outlaws win at Placerville Speedway and second career Series win overall. “It’s my favorite racetrack in the world and now it’s even more of my favorite racetrack with this memory,” said Golobic who lives two hours away from the speedway. Macedo had to settle for second, while Justin Sanders worked his way to his first World of Outlaws podium finish of the year. “I feel pretty bad for my team,” Macedo said. “I feel like I let that one go. I knew it was getting super technical up there (on the high side). I could catch lap traffic and they were kind of making the racetrack dirty under the cushion. I was struggling to get through there. Shane just did a really good job.” Sweet fell to sixth-place but still took home a victory. As a driver he reclaimed the points lead over 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz, who finished 10th – now leading him by two points. And as a promoter, he saw a sellout crowd. That California crowd erupted into cheers, drowning out Golobic’s joyous yells when he climbed out of his Mike Wood Racing Sprint Car. The local boy won. His confidence boosted. Doubt gone. “Doubt is gone for sure,” Golobic said without hesitation. “Now, hopefully we can get a couple more. Two really means a lot to me, now three is going to mean a lot to me.” UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Friday, Sept. 13, will be at Stockton Dirt Track in Stockton, Calif. for the NOS Energy Drink Showdown. Get tickets and more information. As always, if you can’t make it to the race, you can watch all of the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com. RESULTS: NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 17W-Shane Golobic [4][$10,000]; 2. 2-Carson Macedo [2][$5,500]; 3. 121-Justin Sanders [8][$3,200]; 4. 7S-Tim Kaeding [6][$2,800]; 5. 83-Daryn Pittman [5][$2,500]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [1][$2,300]; 7. 57-Kyle Larson [18][$2,200]; 8. 24-Rico Abreu [7][$2,100]; 9. 41-David Gravel [11][$2,050]; 10. 15-Donny Schatz [12][$2,000]; 11. 18-Ian Madsen [19][$1,500]; 12. 92-Andy Forsberg [14][$1,200]; 13. 5-Shane Stewart [10][$1,100]; 14. 1S-Logan Schuchart [17][$1,050]; 15. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [9][$1,000]; 16. O-Bud Kaeding [24][$900]; 17. 53-Jessie Attard [16][$800]; 18. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3][$800]; 19. 83T-Tanner Carrick [21][$800]; 20. 5C-Colby Copeland [13][$800]; 21. 19-Brent Marks [15][$800]; 22. 44W-Austen Wheatley [20][$800]; 23. 7-Jason Sides [23][$800]; 24. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [22][$800]; Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1-14, 16; Carson Macedo 15, 17-38; Shane Golobic 39-40; KSE Hard Charger Award: 57-Kyle Larson[+11] Qualifying – 1. 7S-Tim Kaeding, 10.413; 2. 121-Justin Sanders, 10.43; 3. 2-Carson Macedo, 10.435; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 10.442; 5. 17W-Shane Golobic, 10.467; 6. 49-Brad Sweet, 10.47; 7. 18-Ian Madsen, 10.475; 8. 83-Daryn Pittman, 10.476; 9. 57-Kyle Larson, 10.491; 10. 5-Shane Stewart, 10.494; 11. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 10.5; 12. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 10.519; 13. 44W-Austen Wheatley, 10.536; 14. 41-David Gravel, 10.56; 15. 83T-Tanner Carrick, 10.577; 16. 53-Jessie Attard, 10.591; 17. 1A-Jacob Allen, 10.612; 18. 93-Stephan Ingraham, 10.614; 19. 24-Rico Abreu, 10.631; 20. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 10.672; 21. 19-Brent Marks, 10.676; 22. O-Bud Kaeding, 10.686; 23. 92-Andy Forsberg, 10.836; 24. 15-Donny Schatz, 10.872; 25. 5C-Colby Copeland, 10.909; 26. 7-Jason Sides, 10.922
  19. Daryn Pittman wins second Gold Cup with dominating performance - Pittman brings California’s Roth Motorsports to Victory Lane at Silver Dollar Speedway CHICO, CA – Sept. 7,2019 – Daryn Pittman’s hope of winning a second Gold Cup at Silver Dollar Speedway Saturday night manifested into reality every 12 seconds. Even with Friday night’s winner Brad Sweet breathing down his neck, the Oklahoma driver continued to be the first car across the start/finish line every lap. However, with two laps to go, that manifestation was put on halt. A caution came out, putting Sweet on his bumper. Flashbacks of a previous Gold up loss projected in his head. “I was having flashbacks of, I don’t know, [2014] or something and we led the whole race,” Pittman said. “It laid rubber on the bottom of (turns) one and two and I found that. It didn’t lay rubber in (turns) three and four until the last couple of laps and Johnathon Allard snuck by me coming to the checkered. That one still stings.” Uninterested in repeating that pain, Pittman closed the deal this time. Leading every lap, he won his second Gold Cup and fourth World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series victory of the year. “Hats off to this whole Roth Motorsports team to get a win here in California, the Gold Cup, the biggest race in California,” Pittman said about giving his California-based team a home state win. “To win it for Dennis and Teresa (Roth) is just awesome.” While Pittman led every lap of the 40-lap Feature, his path to victory was not immediately paved with gold. After a 17th-place finish Friday night, Pittman and his Roth Motorsports crew needed a new approach. And a little bit of luck. They showed speed at the start of the night by Qualifying fourth. That placed Pittman on the outside pole for his Drydene Heat race where he took the lead from Sweet at the start and went on to win. Then luck helped out. He drew the pole of the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, and went on to win that, too. He pulled away to about a straightaway lead in the first six laps of the Feature, with David Gravel in second and Sweet fighting his way past Brent Marks for third. Pittman found himself in lap traffic by that point, too, until a caution on Lap 10 for Kraig Kinser going off track in turn four. On the restart, Gravel stayed close to Pittman and launched in front of him for the lead in turn one. However, before the field could complete another lap, the yellow lights around the speedway turned back on for Ian Madsen in the turn four wall. The lap was not completed and Pittman remained the leader. Sweet, looking for his first Gold Cup victory in his home state, had fallen back to fourth-place. However, on a restart with 26 laps to go, after a red flag for Jacob Allen flipping, Sweet powered his way by Marks for third down the front stretch and then rode the high side to take second away from Gravel before completing the lap. While the “Big Cat” tried to track Pittman down, Gravel, Marks, Logan Schuchart and Tim Kaeding traded slide jobs and crossover maneuvers for countless laps, arguing over who would be third. Schuchart silenced the argument by taking third with six laps to go and the leaders in his sight. “I love working out, I love being in shape for this deal and I’ve tried doing that in the past and sometimes I don’t feel like it makes a difference, but tonight it did,” Schuchart said. “The guys in front were starting to slow down a little bit and I was able to still race it hard and jump across the spots I needed to and make a lot of ground up.” Pittman found himself caught in heavy lap traffic, unable to always make a quick pass. Sweet and Schuchart fed off that, inching closer to the Roth Enterprises No. 83 car. Sweet even got close enough in the closing laps to dive underneath Pittman – slowed by lap cars – and take the lead. Pushing the handling of his car to its limits, Pittman charged back around Sweet for the led the next corner, never allowing the Kasey Kahne Racing driver to officially lead a lap. Then with a late caution, he had to hold on to that mentality for two more laps. He was not going to allow a repeat of 2014’s race. Mastering his restarts all night, Pittman put about a three-car length lead on Sweet into the first corner and kept it that way to the finish. The hope of winning was now a reality. “My thought process was run as hard as you can on the top, because that’s what I thought it was going to take to win,” Pittman said. “I feel like at the green-white-checkered I went has hard as I had. The hard part about that is when you run hard against that tricky of a cushion, you’re putting yourself at risk to make a mistake and take yourself out. But I was more OK with trying too hard and losing than going too slow and trying to be safe.” Sweet’s thought process was “attack, attack, attack,” he said. However, Pittman was just too strong. “He had a good enough of a lead there, no matter how good, he would’ve had to mess up,” Sweet said. “He drove a great last two laps. We gave it all we had with the NAPA Auto Parts car. I was trying to move around and got my wing back a little too far I think at one point and got myself tight. I was a great race. We gave it all we had.” While Sweet missed out on winning another Gold Cup, his runner-up finish was his third podium finish in-a-row. In those three races he's also cut 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz’s points lead over him down from 36 points to six. Schatz was on track to potentially lose the points lead after taking the final transfer spot in the Last Chance Showdown to start last in the Feature. He came close to getting lapped in the first half of the race, but was able to fight his way to an eighth-place finish in the final half – earning him the Hard Charger award for the race. For Pittman, he earned himself his 85th career World of Outlaws victory, moving him past his hero, Stevie Smith, to be the ninth winningest driver on the all-time Series wins list. He also earned himself $15,000 and another glistening golden cup trophy – his first Gold Cup was earned 13 years ago. “There’s not many drivers that can say they were here 13 years ago,” Pittman said with a smile. “Part of that dates me. It makes me feel old. But I feel like I’ve got a lot of good years left in me. I’m having a lot of fun, especially when you get good cars like this to drive.” UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Wednesday, Sept. 11, will be at Placerville Speedway in Placerville. Calif. for the 49er Gold Rush Classic presented by Riebes NAPA Auto Parts. As always, if you can’t make it to the race, you can catch all of the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com. RESULTS: NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 83-Daryn Pittman [1][$15,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [4][$5,700]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [12][$3,500]; 4. 41-David Gravel [2][$3,000]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [13][$2,600]; 6. 7S-Tim Kaeding [9][$2,400]; 7. 2-Carson Macedo [5][$2,300]; 8. 15-Donny Schatz [24][$2,200]; 9. 18-Ian Madsen [10][$2,150]; 10. 19-Brent Marks [3][$2,100]; 11. O-Bud Kaeding [21][$1,600]; 12. 24-Rico Abreu [18][$1,350]; 13. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [20][$1,300]; 14. 17W-Shane Golobic [8][$1,200]; 15. 5-Shane Stewart [16][$1,100]; 16. 7Y-Geoff Ensign [11][$1,000]; 17. 88-Jonathan Allard [15][$900]; 18. 44W-Austen Wheatley [17][$850]; 19. 121-Justin Sanders [6][$800]; 20. 11K-Kraig Kinser [22][$800]; 21. 5C-Colby Copeland [7][$800]; 22. 93-Stephan Ingraham [23][$800]; 23. 1A-Jacob Allen [19][$800]; 24. 29-Willie Croft [14][$800]; Lap Leaders: Daryn Pittman 1-40; KSE Hard Charger Award: 15-Donny Schatz[+16] Qualifying – 1. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.177; 2. 19-Brent Marks, 12.222; 3. 121-Justin Sanders, 12.255; 4. 83-Daryn Pittman, 12.256; 5. 41-David Gravel, 12.274; 6. 2-Carson Macedo, 12.357; 7. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.372; 8. 17W-Shane Golobic, 12.375; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.39; 10. 5C-Colby Copeland, 12.411; 11. 7Y-Geoff Ensign, 12.418; 12. 7S-Tim Kaeding, 12.418; 13. 5-Shane Stewart, 12.431; 14. 44W-Austen Wheatley, 12.436; 15. 88-Jonathan Allard, 12.44; 16. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.474; 17. 93-Stephan Ingraham, 12.477; 18. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.499; 19. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 12.518; 20. 29-Willie Croft, 12.553; 21. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.58; 22. O-Bud Kaeding, 12.602; 23. 92-Andy Forsberg, 12.639; 24. 24-Rico Abreu, 12.787; 25. 2X-Chase Majdic, 12.792; 26. 53-Jessie Attard, 12.804; 27. 7-Jason Sides, 12.875; 28. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.882; 29. 21-Michael Ing, 13.069
  20. Brad Sweet gets second Silver Dollar Speedway victory - Sweet wins opening night of the Gold Cup for the second year in-a-row CHICO, CA – Sept. 6 – The clamor of 24 Sprint Cars in a gladiatorial battle at Silver Dollar Speedway faded into the calm Northern California night. Several minutes later a new clamor slowly elevated outside the quarter-mile track. “Brad Sweet. Brad Sweet. Brad Sweet! Brad Sweet! Brad Sweet!” Fans chanted the California-native’s name like a posse honoring a warrior’s victory. Sweet out dueled fellow Californians, Tim Kaeding and Shane Golobic, to claim his second Silver Dollar Speedway win Friday night, and 14th World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series win of the year – 48th career win overall. “We’re happy tonight,” said Sweet, of Grass Valley, Calif. “Tough racing out there. It’s treacherous. You never know which way the car is going to bounce or if you’re going to make a good corner or a bad corner. I just tried to stay up on the wheel. We pushed hard all night.” His opening night had a sour start qualifying 14th of 30 cars. He rebounded in his Drydene Heat race by charging from fifth-place to second. That put Sweet in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash where he finished fourth. The last three races at Silver Dollar Speedway had been won by a California native. The preamble to the Feature suggested that streak would see forth. Kaeding, of San Jose, and Golobic, of Fremont, occupied the front row for the Feature. Both won their Heat race. Golobic drew the pole for the Dash and ended up second to Kaeding. In last year's two Gold Cup races at the speedway, Kaeding finished second both nights – once to Sweet. He wanted one spot better this year. On the initial start, Kaeding jumped to the lead but Golobic was able to find grip on the bottom and keep pace with Kaeding running the preferred line on the high side. Sweet powered around Donny Schatz for third and begin his trek to the front. To get to Kaeding, Sweet had to go through Golobic first. And the young Californian forced Sweet to exert all of his talent to do so. After restarting the race for a caution on Lap two, Sweet snuck underneath Golobic and passed him for second down the backstretch. Sweet cleared the NOS Energy Drink No. 17w car off turn four. With Golobic gaining momentum around the high side, Sweet also tried to block Golobic’s run off the corner but failed. Golobic turned underneath the NAPA Auto Parts No. 49 and charged back to second-place around the bottom of turns one and two. Four laps later, with 23 laps still to go, Kaeding began to pull away and Sweet took another charge at Golobic. The Kasey Kahne Racing driver charged around the outside of Golobic in turns one and two. However, Golobic, continuing to use the bottom to his advantage, powered his way back in front of Sweet off turn four. Sweet attempted to dive underneath him into turn one, but Golobic closed the door. He hadn’t won, yet. Two laps later Sweet put together another run to charge to the outside of Golobic. The duo raced side by side, Sweet high and Golobic low, for two laps. With 18 laps to go Sweet was able to prevail, holding onto second with a firm grasp. Kaeding had about a straightaway lead, but lap traffic was coming into play. Sweet worked his way to Kaeding by the halfway point of the race. He got to the outside of the R&B Company No. 7s and drag raced him down the front stretch. Kaeding out powered Sweet into turns one and two, but slid his right rear off track down the back stretch, allowing Sweet to dart underneath him and officially take the lead on Lap 17. “I stepped on my ‘you know what’ one little bit coming off of two,” Kaeding said. “Just gave Brad that opportunity to get by us.” Sweet said he had to be aggressive on Kaeding to take the lead. “It’s Tim Kaeding at Chico, he’s never going to be easy,” Sweet said. “I watched him my whole childhood dominate this place.” Kaeding was then subjected to the same war with Golobic that Sweet had to battle through. The two California’s battled hard, swapping second-place several times. Justin Sanders, of Watsonville, Calif., even joined in on the battle for a few laps. However, Kaeding and Golobic were able to best Sanders in the closing laps and duel for second amongst themselves. Before Sweet could run away with his second win in-a-row – having won Wednesday’s race at Willamette Speedway – a caution with eight laps to go gave Kaeding and Golobic their final shot at taking down the “Big Cat.” When the race restarted, Sweet wiped away any hope they had of doing so. He pulled away with the lead, leaving Kaeding and Golobic to make their last few swings at each other for second. Kaeding won that battle, while Golobic maintained a podium finish in third. “I had a really good battle with Brad toward the middle of the race and there at the end me and TK (Kaeding) were going at,” Golobic said. “There were two different lines. I felt like I could run the top or bottom, make speed. I just really enjoyed racing with those guys. We’re kind of hanging our head a little bit about a third-place run, but in the big picture racing with these guys and finishing top-three is nothing to hang our head about.” While Kaeding had to settle for second for the third time in-a-row, during the Gold Cup Race of Champions event at the speedway, he still left with a smile. “This R and B Company 7s, Jason Sides Motorsports, this thing hauls ass,” Kaeding said. “Hopefully we can move up one more spot tomorrow night.” For the second race in-a-row, Sweet left with the biggest smile, the trophy and $8,000 check. He and his team are building momentum again and chipping away at Schatz’s championship points lead. In the past two races, Sweet has cut the reigning champion’s lead in half – now 18 points behind the 10-time Series champion. His focus is on Saturday night at Silver Dollar Speedway, though, where fans clamoring his name would mark a victory he’s been in search of for a long time. “Now we’ve got to get the damn Gold Cup,” Sweet said. “I haven’t been able to get Saturday night. I grew up at this place. I don’t think I’ve missed one Gold Cup my whole life. It’s a great event.” UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Saturday, Sept. 7, will return to Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico. Calif. for the Gold Cup Race of Champions. Get tickets and more information. As always, if you can’t make it to the race, you can watch all of the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com. RESULTS: NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [4][$8,000]; 2. 7S-Tim Kaeding [1][$4,000]; 3. 17W-Shane Golobic [2][$2,500]; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [13][$2,200]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$2,100]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [8][$2,000]; 7. 121-Justin Sanders [9][$1,800]; 8. 5-Shane Stewart [11][$1,600]; 9. O-Bud Kaeding [10][$1,500]; 10. 18-Ian Madsen [5][$1,300]; 11. 26-Billy Aton [6][$1,200]; 12. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [17][$1,100]; 13. 92-Andy Forsberg [12][$1,000]; 14. 41-David Gravel [16][$700]; 15. 19-Brent Marks [20][$600]; 16. 5C-Colby Copeland [21][$600]; 17. 83-Daryn Pittman [19][$600]; 18. 24-Rico Abreu [22][$600]; 19. 44W-Austen Wheatley [15][$600]; 20. 2-Carson Macedo [18][$600]; 21. 2X-Chase Majdic [24][$600]; 22. 11K-Kraig Kinser [14][$600]; 23. 88-Jonathan Allard [7][$600]; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen [23][$600]; Lap Leaders: Tim Kaeding 1-16, Brad Sweet 17-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[+9] Qualifying – 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.117; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.231; 3. 7S-Tim Kaeding, 12.234; 4. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.272; 5. 17W-Shane Golobic, 12.279; 6. 44W-Austen Wheatley, 12.308; 7. 88-Jonathan Allard, 12.377; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.379; 9. 83-Daryn Pittman, 12.449; 10. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.482; 11. 5C-Colby Copeland, 12.492; 12. 26-Billy Aton, 12.494; 13. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.519; 14. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.538; 15. 7Y-Geoff Ensign, 12.542; 16. O-Bud Kaeding, 12.545; 17. 5-Shane Stewart, 12.551; 18. 92-Andy Forsberg, 12.561; 19. 19-Brent Marks, 12.609; 20. 24-Rico Abreu, 12.634; 21. 121-Justin Sanders, 12.636; 22. 41-David Gravel, 12.661; 23. 2X-Chase Majdic, 12.715; 24. 21-Michael Ing, 12.724; 25. 7-Jason Sides, 12.796; 26. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 12.828; 27. 93-Stephan Ingraham, 12.839; 28. 29-Willie Croft, 12.939; 29. 53-Jessie Attard, 13.189; 30. 2-Carson Macedo, NT
  21. Brad Sweet slides to thrilling victory at Willamette Speedway - Sweet gets first Willamette Speedway win with late race slider on David Gravel LEBANON, OR – Sept. 4, 2019 – Brad Sweet saw the collapse of a fruitful performance in less than a second during Wednesday night’s World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Feature at Willamette Speedway. With lap cars slowing the Grass Valley, Calif.-native’s progress, David Gravel threw a slide job underneath them all into turn one and exited the corner with the lead. After leading 25 of the 30 laps, Sweet was forced to watch defeat drive away from him. He wasn't willing to settle for second, though. Not now. Not this late in the season. The next time into turn one Sweet wasn’t forgiving with the throttle. Or his car. He dove to the bottom of the corner and slid the NAPA Auto Parts No. 49 car up across the track, directly in front of Gravel, nearly making contact with the Jason Johnson Racing No. 41 car. But it was the winning move. Sweet led to the end, picking up his first Willamette Speedway victory and 13th World of Outlaws win of the year – 47th career victory overall. “I’m just glad I led the last one,” Sweet said. “I about gave it away in lap traffic. It’s nice to get this NAPA Auto Parts car back in Victory Lane. We’ve had a great season. When you have a great season and you go on a little winless streak it kind of feels like the world is ending.” The winless streak was eight races – about a month’s time. Many drivers are on longer winless droughts, but in those eight races Sweet lost the points lead to 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz and struggled to find the podium at times – an uncommon characteristic for he and his Kasey Kahne Racing team. The pairing looked back in traditional form at the Oregon track. Sweet started the night by setting Quick Time – five hundredths of a second off the track record he set in 2016. He then finished second in his Drydene Heat race and won the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash. Sweet jolted to the lead at the start of the 30-lap Feature, but Gravel never let the “Big Cat” out of his sight. The Watertown, Conn.-native stayed within a second to half of a second gap behind Sweet throughout the race. Lap traffic came into play on Lap seven, but every time a slower car would obstruct Sweet’s run around the high side of the track – allowing Gravel to close on him – Gravel would also face the same issue once having to deal with the lap car himself. However, with five laps to go, Sweet found himself stuck behind the slower cars of Brent Marks and Jessie Attard going into turn one. The two cars blocked the top lane, forcing Sweet to hammer the brakes and kill his momentum into the turn. That allowed Gravel to dive into the turn and exit off the bottom with the lead. “I miss judged how slow that fifty-three (car) was going,” Sweet said. “Brent got kind of tangled up with him and I basically had to stop. I was stopped up by the cushion and I knew I was in a bad spot. It wasn’t surprising to see David go by there.” With the hunger and determination to win again, Sweet said Gravel left the door open the next time around and he threw the power slider at him to take back the lead. Gravel tried to throw another slide job at Sweet with three laps to go but couldn’t slide up in front of the No. 49 car in time. Sweet went on to claim the victory. Looking back on the race, Gravel has an idea of what he could have done differently. “Maybe just throw a bomb on him like he gave me back there,” Gravel said. “It’s just one of those things that you’ve got to put moves on guys to win these races. I was just a little nice. He put a big boy move on me and I should’ve done the same back.” While Gravel and Sweet dueled for the lead, Ian Madsen found his way back to a podium finish – finishing third – and picked up the KSE Hard Charger award by racing from his sixth-place starting position. “It’s been quite frustrating as of late because we’ve had a lot of car speed, just not luck on our side,” Madsen said. “Just to get on the podium is awesome, especially starting a couple of rows back like we did.” Schatz finished fourth, allowing Sweet to gain eight points on the reigning champion and continue to keep the battle for the championship tight – now 28 points separating them with 21 races to go this season. The win couldn’t have come at a better time for Sweet, too, with the Series spending the next five races in his home state of California. “It’s a good win for us,” Sweet said. “We needed a little confidence booster. These races aren’t easy to win. Even though sometimes they’re easier than others. Tonight was no easy task, even though we started on the pole. The track wasn't super conducive to passing. But it all comes down to lap traffic and I think years of experience has helped me figure out how to finish these things off.” UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Friday, Sept. 6, and Saturday, Sept. 7, will be at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif. for the Gold Cup Race of Champions. Get tickets and more information. As always, if you can’t make it to the race, you can watch all of the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com. RESULTS: NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [1][$8,000]; 2. 41-David Gravel [2][$4,000]; 3. 18-Ian Madsen [6][$2,500]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$2,200]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [7][$2,100]; 6. 5-Shane Stewart [4][$2,000]; 7. 83-Daryn Pittman [5][$1,800]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart [10][$1,600]; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser [12][$1,500]; 10. 19-Brent Marks [8][$1,300]; 11. 2-Carson Macedo [11][$1,200]; 12. 44W-Austen Wheatley [15][$1,100]; 13. 53-Jessie Attard [14][$1,000]; 14. 7S-Jason Sides [13][$700]; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen [9][$600]; 16. 75-Brian Boswell [16][$600]; 17. 7-Gravy Fairfield [17][$600]; Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1-25, 27-30; David Gravel 26; KSE Hard Charger Award: 18-Ian Madsen[+3] Qualifying – 1. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.563; 2. 41-David Gravel, 11.597; 3. 5-Shane Stewart, 11.63; 4. 18-Ian Madsen, 11.672; 5. 83-Daryn Pittman, 11.698; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.816; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.832; 8. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.833; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.845; 10. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.888; 11. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 11.889; 12. 19-Brent Marks, 11.891; 13. 2-Carson Macedo, 11.914; 14. 44W-Austen Wheatley, 11.994; 15. 53-Jessie Attard, 12.283; 16. 75-Brian Boswell, 13.218; 17. 7-Gravy Fairfield, 14.127
  22. Logan Schuchart sweeps Skagit Speedway doubleheader - Shark Racing’s Schuchart pockets $15,000 payday with sixth win of the season ALGER, WAS – Aug. 31, 2019 – A small fire lit underneath Logan Schuchart’s car. There were three laps go. Schuchart the leader – looking to win back to back World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series races at Skagit Speedway Saturday night. He had led all 37 laps, fending off constant attacks by Brad Sweet. The yellow and orange flame illuminated the gap under the tail tank. Schuchart had already dealt with overheating issues, leaking copious amounts of liquid onto the track during an earlier red flag. Luck was trying its best to keep him from winning his sixth race of the year. The Pennsylvanian didn’t need luck, though. He had speed. Plenty of it. With a few quick jabs to the throttle the rear end fire was out. The worry of overheating, none existent. When the green flag flew for the final time Schuchart saw nothing in front of him expect the checkered flag three laps later. He swept the weekend doubleheader at the 3/10-mile. Won the $15,000 payday – $23,000 in total between the two days. Won his sixth race of the season – further surpassing his previous single season win record of four. And broke his grandfather, and car owner, Bobby Allen’s record for most wins in a single season – five. “If you would’ve told me a couple of years ago or at the beginning of this year you’re going to be winning a couple of races in-a-row and have six wins on the season... you know, I knew it was something we were capable of doing,” Schuchart said. “I’m just really proud of this team. It’s awesome to get big wins like this.” Friday night he led all 30 laps en route to the victory. Saturday night he did the same, but with 10 more laps. Unlike Friday night, though, where Schuchart stretched his lead throughout the race, Sweet made Schuchart work for his second win at Skagit Speedway. The start of Saturday's 40-lap Feature was almost a mirror image of Friday night’s race. Schuchart drag raced side by side with polesitter Tim Kaeding down the front stretch on the initial start. The two stayed that way into the corner, but Schuchart, riding the high line, had the better grip. He rocketed by Kaeding for the lead down the backstretch. While Schuchart pulled away, catching lap traffic on Lap six for the second night in-a-row, Californians Kaeding and Sweet were the show for the opening eight laps. The two raced side by side, lap after lap, corner after corner. Kaeding ran high, while Sweet threw dive bombs to the bottom each lap. Kaeding eventually put distance between he and Sweet, but a lapped car hindered his run off turn two, allowing Sweet to stay in the throttle and dive underneath him again in turn three. This time it worked for the “Big Cat.” Sweet cleared Kaeding off turn four on Lap eight and began to hunt Schuchart. It wasn’t much longer before Sweet was to Schuchart’s bumper with the help of a caution on Lap 12 for Kraig Kinser spinning in turn two. However, the Drydene No. 1s car accelerated better than Sweet on the restart and pulled away with the lead by several car lengths. Once Schuchart hit lapped traffic again a few laps later, Sweet was able to make up ground. On Lap 23 Sweet was close enough to throw a Hail Mary slide job into turn one, sliding up in front of Schuchart by turn two. The Shark Racing driver was ready for it, though. He held his line and charged underneath Sweet on the exit of the corner, making slight contact with the NAPA Auto Parts No. 49 car before reclaiming the lead. “I tried to cross back underneath him and he kind of blocked me a little bit and we kind of touched,” Schuchart said. “I was just happy to get back by him. As the race went on I felt like I had a line that felt good to me that I could make moves but also defend myself.” Sweet tried the same move again four laps later, but didn’t have enough of a run this time to put his car in front of Schuchart. He slid up next to the No. 1s car and then watched it drive away down the backstretch. It was the closest he was going to get to trying to pass Schuchart, even with several late cautions. “We sure did try,” Sweet said. “Every time we timed it pretty good in traffic Logan was able to counter. We made a little contact that one time, but it was all hard racing. I knew I needed to get the lead and kind of went a little too hard and burned up my tire. The track was really aggressive when you’re running high.” Behind Schuchart and Sweet, Kaeding, Donny Schatz and Daryn Pittman had a fierce battle for third-place. The three drivers traded slide jobs, dive bombs and dueled all race long for the position. Schatz eventually bested the two with aggressive maneuvers to take the spot. Those moves further paid off on a late restart with three laps to go. Schatz snuck his way by Sweet to end the race in second. “It’s (the season) winding down,” Schatz said. “You want to get the best finishes you can when you can’t win. Logan was obviously really good and set a pretty good pace. I pretty much used everything up getting to that point. It was pretty aggressive up there (on the high side) on the tires. I tried to save as much as I could, but at the end I was sliding and moving around a bit and that’s what got us the spots we got.” Schuchart had more than a second gap between he and the 10-time Series champion when he passed the flag stand for the final time to pick up his sixth win of the season. His goal at the beginning of the year was to tie his grandfather’s record for most wins in a year. In one weekend he did that and then beat it. “That’s pretty good,” Bobby Allen said with a grin. “I’m glad for him. He’s doing good. He’s doing a good job of setting the car up. He’s thinking good. Driving good. We had a little trouble at Eldora with the motor stumbling. We think we got that cured and I think that’s helping us because I noticed he took off hard on the restarts and that made it hard for Sweet to slide him on the start. So, I’m happy about everything right now.” He’s especially happy about winning $8,000 Friday night and $15,000 Saturday night. It goes a long way for the two-car operation. “It definitely helps,” Allen said. “What we do is we go into the hole pretty deep, Drydene is a big help, but we go into a hole pretty deep, after Knoxville we start paying our bills off. We’re getting close to getting them all paid off and start working on next year.” To Schuchart, having his grandfather by his side while he accomplishes his goal means a lot to him, he said. The performance he and his Shark Racing team have had this year is exciting, too. “To say I’m proud of them is an understatement,” Schuchart said. “Everybody from the top down that’s a part of this, that’s helped from the beginning, I know they’re all smiling in Pennsylvania. It’s pretty cool. “We just want to keep the momentum going. We want to build with it. Keep building this team up to where it can be the best and eventually win a championship. The last couple weeks showed we’re working toward that goal.” A fire has been lit underneath the Shark Racing team and they want to keep it burning. UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Monday, Sept. 2, will trek to Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash. Get tickets and more information. As always, if you can’t make it to the race, you can watch all of the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com. RESULTS: NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2][$15,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$5,700]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [4][$3,500]; 4. 83-Daryn Pittman [5][$3,000]; 5. 7S-Tim Kaeding [1][$2,600]; 6. 19-Brent Marks [8][$2,400]; 7. 2-Carson Macedo [11][$2,300]; 8. 41-David Gravel [7][$2,200]; 9. 18S-Jason Solwold [10][$2,150]; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen [9][$2,100]; 11. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [12][$1,600]; 12. 5-Shane Stewart [16][$1,350]; 13. 44W-Austen Wheatley [13][$1,300]; 14. 18-Ian Madsen [20][$1,200]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser [6][$1,100]; 16. 7-Jason Sides [15][$1,000]; 17. 23-Steve Parker [21][$900]; 18. 56-Justin Youngquist [17][$850]; 19. 53-Jessie Attard [14][$800]; 20. 8R-Justyn Cox [19][$800]; 21. 6-Tony Gualda [18][$800]; Lap Leaders: Logan Schuchart 1-40; KSE Hard Charger Award: 18-Ian Madsen[+6] Qualifying – 1. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.347; 2. 7S-Tim Kaeding, 11.392; 3. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.394; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 11.42; 5. 83-Daryn Pittman, 11.434; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.472; 7. 18S-Jason Solwold, 11.488; 8. 2-Carson Macedo, 11.493; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.516; 10. 41-David Gravel, 11.533; 11. 19-Brent Marks, 11.567; 12. 7-Jason Sides, 11.601; 13. 5-Shane Stewart, 11.604; 14. 18-Ian Madsen, 11.621; 15. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.637; 16. 44W-Austen Wheatley, 11.678; 17. 53-Jessie Attard, 11.71; 18. 6-Tony Gualda, 11.998; 19. 8R-Justyn Cox, 12.062; 20. 56-Justin Youngquist, 12.13; 21. 23-Steve Parker, 12.532
  23. Schuchart wins at Skagit Speedway - Logan Schuchart dominated the 30-lap event to win his fifth race of the season ALGER, WA – Aug. 30, 2019 – Logan Schuchart always wanted to match his grandfather Bobby Allen’s win total in a single World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season – five. For the Pennsylvania-native that number always stopped at four. He's had seven second-place finishes since his fourth win of the year in June. Always close. But never quite enough. Until Friday night at Skagit Speedway. Schuchart claimed his first victory at the 3/10-mile speedway and the illustrious fifth win of the season. “Having my grandfather by my side since the beginning, he’s the main part of why this team is where it is, and really everyone together, but he’s the boss, the man in charge,” Schuchart said. “The most Outlaw wins he had in a year was five, so that was my main goal at the beginning of the year to at least get that. It’s pretty cool to do that with him and the rest of our team.” Schuchart and his Shark Racing team at first looked destined for another runner-up finish as the night progressed. He finished second to Kraig Kinser in his Drydene Heat race and then second to Kinser again in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash. While Schuchart was hungry for another win this year, Kinser had his eye on his first victory since 2017. In the Heat race and the Dash, Kinser got the jump on Schuchart at the start both times, able to clear the Drydene No. 1s down the backstretch and pull away to the win. When the 30-lap Feature went green, Schuchart was ready. He stayed side by side with Kinser into the first turn. Kinser, on the bottom, edged Schuchart on the exit of turn two, but the Shark Racing driver had the better run on the outside and powered by the Mesilla Valley Transportation No. 11k for the lead. Both drivers contributed the feat to larger fuel loads for the Feature. “I got on the gas, got a little high, it really wasn’t that bad down the straightaways, but when I got into one it wouldn’t turn, I had to slow down too much and he ripped the top on me,” Kinser said. Schuchart pulled away by several car lengths, but a caution two laps into the race brought Kinser back to his tail tank. On the restart the Pennsylvanian picked up where he left off. He rocketed in front of Kinser by almost two car lengths before entering turn one and then ran away with the lead. Kinser said he couldn’t hang with Schuchart in traffic. Schuchart caught the back of the field by Lap six, but the slower cars didn’t hinder his performance. He maneuvered around them with ease, never losing his quick pace. However, in the closing laps, Schuchart said he felt like he fell off a little bit. “For the first half, three-quarters of the race I could run up on any car that is in front of me and run a different line and go right by them,” Schuchart said. “There at the end I caught up to Shane (Stewart), but I wasn’t gaining anymore. It’s hard to tell how close Kraig is. You’re just running your own race at that point.” At the end of the 28- lap run to the finish, Schuchart crossed the finish line with a 4.6 second lead over Kinser. “I’ve wanted to win here for a couple of years now, since we’ve been coming here,” Schuchart said. While Schuchart celebrated breaking his streak of second-place finishes, Kinser was celebrating his runner-up finish. It was his fourth top-five of the year and first podium finish of the year, too. “Struggled a little bit the last couple of weeks, but this feels pretty good,” Kinser said. “Obviously would’ve liked to have gotten the win, but just the way it goes. I’m happy we had a quick car from the time we unloaded to the checkered flag.” Rounding out the podium was former full-time World of Outlaws driver and Burlington, Wash.-native Jason Solwold. He was also fast all night, making the Dash and then holding onto the third-place spot throughout the Feature. “We definitely came out of the box good,” Soldwold said. “Third quick and third in the main event there, not too bad.” Shane Stewart earned the KSE Hard Charger award by charging from last on the grid – 18th – to 13th. It was a small victory after flipping on the opening lap of his Heat race – that resulted in him throwing a few jabs at Carson Macedo, who had made contact with him. David Gravel and his Jason Johnson Racing were the best out of the box to start the night by setting a new track record of 10.578 sec. – Gravel’s 14th Quick Time of the year. He broke his streak of consecutive podium finishes since winning the Knoxville Nationals, though, with a sixth-place finish. However, he was still able to gain points on 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz – who finished eighth. Gravel is still third in points, now 102 points behind Schatz. California-native Brad Sweet, who sits second in points, also gain a little on the reigning champion by finishing fifth – now 24 points behind Schatz. Schuchart – 298 points behind Schatz – knows it would be hard to get in the mix with the top three in points, but has his eye on fourth-place, currently held by Daryn Pittman. He’s currently 34 points behind him. “We’re kind of close to Daryn there in points, it would be nice to see if we could get him,” Schuchart said. “My best finish in points is sixth, last year. We’re fifth right now, I’d like to get to fourth and stay consistent. Keep learning as a program. “We had two new guys with Ron Helmick and Ben Whitman this year and they’ve improved tremendously since they’ve started. I just want to improve the team and keep building this team from what it was five years ago and keep heading in the right direction.” Tying records with Bobby Allen is a good start. UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will return to Skagit Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 31, for the final night of the Series’ doubleheader at Alger, Wash. Track. For tickets call (360) 724-3567. As always, if you can’t be there in person, you can watch all of the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com. RESULTS: NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2][$8,000]; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser [1][$4,000]; 3. 18S-Jason Solwold [4][$2,500]; 4. 18-Ian Madsen [3][$2,200]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [6][$2,100]; 6. 41-David Gravel [5][$2,000]; 7. 7S-Tim Kaeding [8][$1,800]; 8. 15-Donny Schatz [7][$1,600]; 9. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [12][$1,500]; 10. 83-Daryn Pittman [10][$1,300]; 11. 2-Carson Macedo [9][$1,200]; 12. 19-Brent Marks [11][$1,100]; 13. 5-Shane Stewart [18][$1,000]; 14. 44W-Austen Wheatley [17][$700]; 15. 53-Jessie Attard [14][$600]; 16. 7-Jason Sides [15][$600]; 17. 8R-Devon Borden [16][$600]; 18. 1A-Jacob Allen [13][$600]; 19. 56-Justin Youngquist [19][$600]; Lap Leaders: Logan Schuchart 1-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 5-Shane Stewart[+5] Qualifying – 1. 41-David Gravel, 10.578; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 10.607; 3. 18S-Jason Solwold, 10.621; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 10.679; 5. 2-Carson Macedo, 10.69; 6. 19-Brent Marks, 10.695; 7. 5-Shane Stewart, 10.709; 8. 49-Brad Sweet, 10.717; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen, 10.731; 10. 83-Daryn Pittman, 10.737; 11. 7S-Tim Kaeding, 10.764; 12. 15-Donny Schatz, 10.766; 13. 18-Ian Madsen, 10.785; 14. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 10.786; 15. 53-Jessie Attard, 10.938; 16. 8R-Devon Borden, 11.004; 17. 56-Justin Youngquist, 11.131; 18. 7-Jason Sides, 11.158; 19. 44W-Austen Wheatley, 11.172
  24. ROCKET1 RACING TAKES BATTLE AT THE BORDER NIGHT #1 - Sheppard ties his own record for single-season wins, now looks for history on Saturday night HARTFORD, OH – Aug. 30, 2019 – Most drivers to ever compete in at least one race on the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series circuit would agree that it takes an incredible amount of skill and tenacity just to finish inside the top five on any given night, let alone win a single Feature. With his victory at Sharon Speedway on Friday night, Brandon Sheppard has now won 18 of them in 33 tries this year, tying him with his total in 2017 and with four-time Series Champion Josh Richards for the most in a single season. In one of the most exciting races the tour has seen all year, Sheppard made the winning pass for the lead underneath Ricky Weiss while coming to the white flag en route to the $6,000 payday on night one of Sharon’s inaugural Battle at the Border. Chase Junghans rounded out the podium with his second consecutive top-three finish. An expertly prepared racing surface gave the World of Outlaws field of 24 a great opportunity to put on a show for the fans in attendance and watching live on DIRTVision, and what a show they got. Three very fast grooves created plenty of room to race, and the leaders made sure to use every bit of it over 25 laps. “Today was the first time I’ve ever seen this place, and it was fun, a lot of fun to race on,” Junghans said. “When they were packing the track before Hot Laps, I got a look at it and thought ‘this place is going to be fun.’” “The track was really awesome and we’re glad to be here,” Sheppard said. “It’s one of the better tracks we’ve been on all year, so we’re definitely looking forward to tomorrow night.” Shane Clanton jumped out to the early lead from the pole and smoothly lead the first 16 laps before encountering a bit of lapped traffic as he tackled the high side of the racetrack. Weiss and Junghans had been side-by-side for second down the backstretch and took their battle underneath Clanton and a lapped car into turn three on lap 17, making it four-wide out of turn four. Sheppard had been patiently riding in fourth and moved into the frame on the bottom as the leaders came out of turn two on the next lap. He said he wasn’t necessarily biding his time so much as he was just figuring out who was going where ahead of him. “I was definitely trying to keep an eye out on where those guys were racing, where they were messing up and where the lapped cars were going to go,” Sheppard said. “I kind of got bottled up with a lapped car in turns one and two, so I had to go around him in the middle and go back down to the bottom. At that point, the bottom was where I wanted to be.” Junghans quickly swapped lanes to the top side and drove it hard into turn three, building up momentum for what might have been the boldest, yet most exciting move for the lead of the night. With Clanton hugging the wall and Wiess pinned to the bottom lane coming out of turn four, Junghans saw a gap, just wide enough to fit his car into, between the leaders and immediately shot for the middle groove, splitting the two at the line. He was still scored in third on the completion of that lap, but his speed powered him by both into turn one. “I saw the gap and was like ‘well shoot, I’ve got to go,’” Junghans said about the pass. “So I just shot the gap. We were racing all over that place, slicing and dicing, lapped cars and stuff. It was a lot of fun.” Junghans held the lead back around to the stripe before Weiss got a good run on the bottom and took it away with five laps remaining. At this point, it seemed as though Weiss may have finally had the right combination to get his first-ever World of Outlaws win. However, the Rocket1 Racing car was right behind him and had yet to show his hand. “I was pretty content with riding in second and hoping for Ricky to slide up out of the bottom, and fortunately for me, that’s what happened,” Sheppard said. It didn’t take very long for “The Rocket Shepp” to show the ace up his sleeve, as he gave Weiss a knock on the door for the lead just one circuit later on lap 21. “The Manitoba Missile” held his own on the top side, though, narrowly clipping Sheppard at the line twice through lap 23. But Sheppard was just not going to go away on the bottom. “I don’t know if we knocked the toe out, but I just couldn’t seem to hold the bottom anymore,” Weiss said. “So, I started floating the middle and Sheppard got me down low. I just kind of Hail Mary-ed it at the end and thought maybe I could get back on the top, but he was just too strong down there.” Using the lowest lane possible, Sheppard steadily made the winning move under Weiss coming to the white flag and began to open up a gap down the backstretch, sealing the win and his name in the World of Outlaws history books once again. “Once I got to second and Ricky was leading, he slipped up one time and I was able to get in there and show him my nose, getting close enough to him into turn one that he couldn’t get back down. That’s basically what won the race,” Sheppard said. Tying his own record of 18 Feature wins in 2017 and Richards’ 18-win season the year prior, Sheppard now stares history in the face on Saturday night at Sharon, as he’ll go for $15,000 over 75 laps and a chance to break the single-season wins record. Hot laps will kick off the racing action at 6:30 p.m. ET, live on DIRTVision! Morton Buildings Feature (25 Laps) 1. 1-Brandon Sheppard [6][$6,000]; 2. 7-Ricky Weiss [2][$3,000]; 3. 18-Chase Junghans [3][$2,000]; 4. 25-Shane Clanton [1][$1,750]; 5. 29-Darrell Lanigan [7][$1,500]; 6. O2-Mike Norris [10][$1,400]; 7. 1x-Chub Frank [8][$1,300]; 8. 97-Cade Dillard [9][$1,200]; 9. B1-Brent Larson [13][$1,100]; 10. 28-Dennis Erb [5][$1,000]; 11. 111-Matt Lux [12][$900]; 12. 14-Dan Angellicchio [14][$850]; 13. 29s-Ken Schaltenbrand [16][$800]; 14. 84-Andrew Wylie [20][$775]; 15. 94-Charles Powell [17][$750]; 16. 92-Joel Watson [18][$700]; 17. 77-Tyler Dietz [24][$660]; 18. 6-Blake Spencer [19][$640]; 19. 9s-Breyton Santee [21][$620]; 20. 76-Steve Kania [22][$600]; 21. 48-Colton Flinner [11][$600]; 22. 14c-Corey Conley [15][$600]; 23. 99B-Boom Briggs [4][$600]; 24. 20-Doug Eck [23][$600] Hard Charger: 77-Tyler Dietz[+7]
  25. SHEPPARD WINS RAIN-SHORTENED RACE AT I-96 - Rocket1 Racing collects its 17th Morton Buildings Feature win of 2019, now 1 win shy of record LAKE ODESSA, MI — Aug. 29, 2019 — The chance of rain was imminent Thursday night at I-96 Speedway, so the urgency of the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series racers was clear. Get to the lead and get to the lead quickly. That’s exactly how Brandon Sheppard raced. From his outside front row starting position, Sheppard charged around Chase Junghans through turns 1 and 2 and into the top spot. The points leader from New Berlin, IL, continued to pull away while every spot behind him was tightly contested. Sheppard was going to leave no doubt en route to his 17th victory of the season, one short of tying the all-time single-season win mark. Sheppard was blazing a trail through turns 3 and 4 on lap 24 when a group of cars spun in front of him. While under caution, the skies opened and that imminent rainstorm made its appearance. The race was declared official with Sheppard earning the victory, Junghans in second and Frank Heckenast Jr. in third. World of Outlaws rules state officials can declare a Feature event complete at any time if the conditions create a reasonable inability to continue, ultimately leading officials to make that decision Thursday night. Up next, the Outlaws take on Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio, on Friday and Saturday night in the brand-new “Battle at the Border” event. This two-day racing extravaganza kicks off with a 25-lap, $6,000-to-win Morton Buildings Feature on Friday night, culminating with a 75-lap, $15,000-to-win Feature on Saturday night. Hot Laps go live on DIRTVision tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET! Morton Buildings Feature (24 Laps, rain shortened) 1. 1-Brandon Sheppard [2][$10,000]; 2. 18-Chase Junghans [1][$5,000]; 3. 99jr-Frank Heckenast [3][$3,000]; 4. 29-Darrell Lanigan [4][$2,500]; 5. 97-Cade Dillard [6][$2,000]; 6. M14-Brandon Thirlby [14][$1,700]; 7. 25-Shane Clanton [5][$1,400]; 8. 7-Ricky Weiss [12][$1,300]; 9. 99B-Boom Briggs [7][$1,200]; 10. 42-Chad Finley [8][$1,100]; 11. 87-David Mielke [13][$1,050]; 12. B1-Brent Larson [11][$1,000]; 13. 28-Dennis Erb [9][$950]; 14. 6-Blake Spencer [17][$900]; 15. 24n-Kyle Novak [19][$850]; 16. 5*-Bryant Dickinson [18][$800]; 17. CJ1-Rusty Schlenk [23][$770]; 18. 2s-Travis Stemler [10][$750]; 19. 52-Brad Harden [20][$730]; 20. 2-Bry Johnson [16][$700]; 21. 53-Hillard Miller [21][$700]; 22. 21-Logan Arntz [22][$700]; 23. 113-Kyle Roberts [15][$700] Hard Charger: M14-Brandon Thirlby[+8]
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