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  1. Brad Sweet wins $175,000 Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway - Sweet wins the biggest purse in Sprint Car history and his second Kings Royal victory ROSSBURG, OH – July 20, 2019 – Flaming towers burst into the air around the prestigious wooden throne. It was a signal. A celebration. The throne had a new king. King Brad Sweet. DB3Inc photo “Holy shit! Yeah!” Sweet yelled with the last few pockets of air in his lungs. The Grass Valley, Calif.-native won his second Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway Saturday night. And this time it paid an unprecedented $175,000 to win. “A hundred and seventy-five mother grand!” Sweet bellowed out once he regained his breath. Since the inception of the prestigious event in 1984, it has always paid $50,000 – which was still one of the largest paying purses for Sprint Car racing in the country last year. But for the 36th year of the race, track owner Tony Stewart raised it to be the largest. “Sprint car racers make money based off how they finish,” Sweet said. “When you have a race that pays $175,000 to win and basically $20,000 for second, it’s kind of all or nothing coming in here. I’m a fan of it. It’s nerve-racking. It gets the fans’ attention. It’s what we need in this sport. “It’s intense all night long. All day. Under the red. Basically, if you don’t win the race it’s a missed opportunity. You only get so many of these opportunities. So, I’m just happy and want to cherish the moment.” Claiming his second Kings Royal victory – 11th World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series victory of the year and 45th Series win over all – required Sweet to battle all night long. Battle the competition and battle through the Kings Royal’s 2019 format. He started the long night qualifying 18th, which placed him in the fourth starting position for his Drydene Heat race. With a daring slide job on the first lap to go from fourth to the lead, Sweet cruised to the Heat win. With his Heat race being the first one of the night, under the event’s format, he was placed sixth in the line up for the 40-lap Feature. On the pole was three-time Kings Royal winner Sammy Swindell, in his son Kevin Swindell’s No. 39 car. To his outside was 10-time Series champion and five-time Kings Royal winner Donny Schatz – who had also won two of the last three races at Eldora during the week; Sweet won the other race. Once the final sparks of fireworks fell into the dark of the night and the field of 24-cars filed back in line two-by-two, the anxiety and anticipation of the night was about to fade away with the drop of the green flag. Leading the charge off turn four, Swindell charged to the high side on the start, while Schatz dove underneath him. Swindell had the better run on the top, though, and powered to the lead off turn two. Behind them, Sweet split Cory Eliason and Aaron Reutzel, charging between them down the front stretch and launched to fourth-place in the first corner. Swindell maintained his lead over Schatz for the next three laps, before the first caution of the night flew for Tom Harris coming to a stop on the track. When the race went back green Sweet threw another massive slide job into turn one, going from fourth to the lead. However, another caution came out before the lap was complete – placing cars back in their starting order before the restart. The field lined up single file and Swindell pulled away from Schatz on the start, putting about a three-car length distance between them. While Swindell led, Schuchart was forging a strong run. By Lap eight, the Drydene No. 1s car had already made its way from 12th to fourth and then bolted by Sweet for third. Two laps later he torpedoed his car into turn three, diving past Schatz and Swindell by the exit of turn four. After not transferring into the Kings Royal last year, Schuchart was now leading and running away with the event this year. Sweet fought his way past Schatz for second-place by Lap 15, but couldn’t match Schuchart’s pace. By Lap 25, Schuchart had a 2.5 second lead over Sweet and was poised to increase it riding the cushion around the track. However, with the flash of yellow lights around the speedway, “The Big Cat” Sweet was brought to the bumper of the Shark Racing car. Due to the long nature of the race, an open red was called, giving crews the chance to add fuel to their car, insuring it could make it to the end of the 40-lap race around the half-mile track. On the restart, with 15 laps to go, Sweet continued to make a case for claiming the title of “restart king.” He throttled passed the outside of Schuchart before the flag stand and latched on to the cushion for momentum to pull away. “Honestly, to be dead honest, I didn’t want to see the red,” Sweet said. “I felt like I just found the top in (turns) three and four and Logan hadn’t known about it. I think I found some speed there I was going to be able to make some moves with. We didn’t touch the race car, we put five gallons of fuel in it. I told my guys I was just going to put it to the fence and go for it.” Schuchart said restarts had been an issue for him all week long. His car struggled to take off from the start. “That’s part of the game,” Schuchart said. “We didn’t get the job done in that part of the race.” Sweet used the high line during Wednesday’s Jokers Wild event to out duel Schatz for the win and it was working for him again Saturday night. Schuchart couldn’t build enough of a run again to make a charge at the NAPA Auto Parts No. 49 car. With about eight laps to go, a new winged-warrior joined the battle. From his 16th starting position, Brent Marks drove by Schatz for third-place like he founded 10 extra horsepower on the track. Schuchart was next. With three laps to go, the two Pennsylvania-natives waged war for second-place. Marks pulled a slide job on Schuchart in turn one and had the position exiting turn two, but Schuchart had the better run down the backstretch and reclaimed second. Marks wouldn’t let Schuchart out of his sight, staying within striking distance lap after lap. However, the laps ran out. Sweet left the Pennsylvanians to battle for second, while he charged to the Kings Royal victory and the big $175,000 check. “You have to pinch me. It feels surreal,” Sweet said. Schuchart crossed the line second with Marks two-tenths of a second behind him in third. “Hell, we started twelfth and led the Kings Royal, that’s something to be proud about,” Schuchart said. “To be leading this race with all of the people in this pit supporting me, it’s a great feeling. I didn’t make the show last year. We went from not making the show to out here in the top-five every single night.” While Marks ran out of time to try and make a run at Sweet, he left with confidence in his strong run and the hard charger award. “This car was badass tonight,” Marks said. “That was a fun race. The track was perfect tonight. You could get up against that wall and just hold the throttle down and carry the momentum. I was trying like hell to get to second.” When Sweet won the first big paying race of the year, the $41,000-to-win Jackson Nationals, he was jubilant. After winning the $175,000 at Eldora Speedway, jubilant would only be strong enough to describe his smile. After climbing out of his car, Sweet leaped about a foot in the air onto the Victory Lane stage with his arm held high. He couldn't inhale air fast enough to continue his joyous yelling spree. With the cloak on his back and the crown placed on his head, he was king. The wooden throne was his – for a few minutes. The $175,000 check, though, is going home with him. UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Tuesday, July 23, will be at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa. for the $25,000-to-win Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup. Get tickets and more information. As always, you can catch all World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action on DIRTVision.com. RESULTS: NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [6][$175,000]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [12][$20,000]; 3. 19-Brent Marks [16][$15,000]; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [9][$12,500]; 5. 41-David Gravel [11][$10,000]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz [2][$7,500]; 7. 39-Sammy Swindell [1][$6,500]; 8. 3-Jac Haudenschild [10][$6,000]; 9. 49X-Tim Shaffer [8][$5,500]; 10. 2M-Kerry Madsen [3][$5,000]; 11. 12N-Joey Saldana [18][$4,750]; 12. 41S-Giovanni Scelzi [15][$4,500]; 13. 18-Ian Madsen [21][$4,000]; 14. 5-Shane Stewart [24][$3,750]; 15. 11-Dale Blaney [14][$3,500]; 16. 24-Rico Abreu [17][$3,450]; 17. 26-Cory Eliason [5][$3,400]; 18. 91-Cale Thomas [7][$3,350]; 19. 83-Daryn Pittman [13][$3,300]; 20. 70-Brock Zearfoss [23][$3,250]; 21. 92-Sye Lynch [19][$3,200]; 22. 70X-Justin Peck [22][$3,150]; 23. 84-Tom Harris [20][$3,100]; 24. 87-Aaron Reutzel [4][$3,000]; Lap Leaders: Sammy Swindell 1-10, Logan Schuchart 11-25, Brad Sweet 26-40; KSE Hard Charger Award: 19-Brent Marks[+13] Qualifying – 1. 92-Sye Lynch, 13.019; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.127; 3. 84-Tom Harris, 13.148; 4. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.159; 5. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.16; 6. 83-Daryn Pittman, 13.191; 7. 41S-Giovanni Scelzi, 13.215; 8. 22-Cole Duncan, 13.217; 9. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 13.225; 10. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.226; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.228; 12. 7S-Tim Kaeding, 13.239; 13. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.244; 14. 70-Brock Zearfoss, 13.27; 15. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 13.273; 16. 19-Brent Marks, 13.284; 17. 24-Rico Abreu, 13.302; 18. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.302; 19. 5-Shane Stewart, 13.305; 20. 12N-Joey Saldana, 13.309; 21. 70X-Justin Peck, 13.321; 22. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.327; 23. 21-Brian Brown, 13.334; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.349; 25. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.36; 26. 81-Lee Jacobs, 13.367; 27. 11-Dale Blaney, 13.371; 28. 3-Jac Haudenschild, 13.38; 29. 19P-Paige Polyak, 13.383; 30. 13-Paul McMahan, 13.399; 31. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 13.404; 32. 39-Sammy Swindell, 13.42; 33. 26-Cory Eliason, 13.435; 34. 9-James McFadden, 13.441; 35. A79-Brandon Wimmer, 13.457; 36. 91-Cale Thomas, 13.463; 37. 7-Jason Sides, 13.474; 38. K4-Chad Kemenah, 13.475; 39. 17B-Bill Balog, 13.495; 40. 5T-Travis Philo, 13.5; 41. 41-David Gravel, 13.502; 42. 98H-Dave Blaney, 13.512; 43. 1ST-Gary Taylor, 13.513; 44. 3C-Cale Conley, 13.537; 45. 23-Hunter Schuerenburg, 13.551; 46. 71M-Paul May, 13.588; 47. 85-Dustin Daggett, 13.595; 48. 17XL-Caleb Helms, 13.604; 49. 4-Cap Henry, 13.635; 50. 18J-R.J. Jacobs, 13.64; 51. 71-Ayrton Olsen, 13.658; 52. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 13.673; 53. 11N-Buddy Kofoid, 13.708; 54. 2AU-Andrew Scheuerle, 13.721; 55. 2L-Landon Lalonde, 13.737; 56. 28-Brian Paulus, 13.743; 57. 64-Scotty Thiel, 13.752; 58. 99-Skylar Gee, 13.814; 59. 33W-Michael Walter, 13.847; 60. 14M-Marcus Dumesny, 14.059; 61. 25R-Mitchell Harble, 14.228; 62. 10P-Jim Perricone, 14.962
  2. Brad Sweet wins $175,000 Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway - Sweet wins the biggest purse in Sprint Car history and his second Kings Royal victory ROSSBURG, OH – July 20, 2019 – Flaming towers burst into the air around the prestigious wooden throne. It was a signal. A celebration. The throne had a new king. King Brad Sweet. DB3Inc photo “Holy shit! Yeah!” Sweet yelled with the last few pockets of air in his lungs. The Grass Valley, Calif.-native won his second Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway Saturday night. And this time it paid an unprecedented $175,000 to win. “A hundred and seventy-five mother grand!” Sweet bellowed out once he regained his breath. Since the inception of the prestigious event in 1984, it has always paid $50,000 – which was still one of the largest paying purses for Sprint Car racing in the country last year. But for the 36th year of the race, track owner Tony Stewart raised it to be the largest. “Sprint car racers make money based off how they finish,” Sweet said. “When you have a race that pays $175,000 to win and basically $20,000 for second, it’s kind of all or nothing coming in here. I’m a fan of it. It’s nerve-racking. It gets the fans’ attention. It’s what we need in this sport. “It’s intense all night long. All day. Under the red. Basically, if you don’t win the race it’s a missed opportunity. You only get so many of these opportunities. So, I’m just happy and want to cherish the moment.” Claiming his second Kings Royal victory – 11th World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series victory of the year and 45th Series win over all – required Sweet to battle all night long. Battle the competition and battle through the Kings Royal’s 2019 format. He started the long night qualifying 18th, which placed him in the fourth starting position for his Drydene Heat race. With a daring slide job on the first lap to go from fourth to the lead, Sweet cruised to the Heat win. With his Heat race being the first one of the night, under the event’s format, he was placed sixth in the line up for the 40-lap Feature. On the pole was three-time Kings Royal winner Sammy Swindell, in his son Kevin Swindell’s No. 39 car. To his outside was 10-time Series champion and five-time Kings Royal winner Donny Schatz – who had also won two of the last three races at Eldora during the week; Sweet won the other race. Once the final sparks of fireworks fell into the dark of the night and the field of 24-cars filed back in line two-by-two, the anxiety and anticipation of the night was about to fade away with the drop of the green flag. Leading the charge off turn four, Swindell charged to the high side on the start, while Schatz dove underneath him. Swindell had the better run on the top, though, and powered to the lead off turn two. Behind them, Sweet split Cory Eliason and Aaron Reutzel, charging between them down the front stretch and launched to fourth-place in the first corner. Swindell maintained his lead over Schatz for the next three laps, before the first caution of the night flew for Tom Harris coming to a stop on the track. When the race went back green Sweet threw another massive slide job into turn one, going from fourth to the lead. However, another caution came out before the lap was complete – placing cars back in their starting order before the restart. The field lined up single file and Swindell pulled away from Schatz on the start, putting about a three-car length distance between them. While Swindell led, Schuchart was forging a strong run. By Lap eight, the Drydene No. 1s car had already made its way from 12th to fourth and then bolted by Sweet for third. Two laps later he torpedoed his car into turn three, diving past Schatz and Swindell by the exit of turn four. After not transferring into the Kings Royal last year, Schuchart was now leading and running away with the event this year. Sweet fought his way past Schatz for second-place by Lap 15, but couldn’t match Schuchart’s pace. By Lap 25, Schuchart had a 2.5 second lead over Sweet and was poised to increase it riding the cushion around the track. However, with the flash of yellow lights around the speedway, “The Big Cat” Sweet was brought to the bumper of the Shark Racing car. Due to the long nature of the race, an open red was called, giving crews the chance to add fuel to their car, insuring it could make it to the end of the 40-lap race around the half-mile track. On the restart, with 15 laps to go, Sweet continued to make a case for claiming the title of “restart king.” He throttled passed the outside of Schuchart before the flag stand and latched on to the cushion for momentum to pull away. “Honestly, to be dead honest, I didn’t want to see the red,” Sweet said. “I felt like I just found the top in (turns) three and four and Logan hadn’t known about it. I think I found some speed there I was going to be able to make some moves with. We didn’t touch the race car, we put five gallons of fuel in it. I told my guys I was just going to put it to the fence and go for it.” Schuchart said restarts had been an issue for him all week long. His car struggled to take off from the start. “That’s part of the game,” Schuchart said. “We didn’t get the job done in that part of the race.” Sweet used the high line during Wednesday’s Jokers Wild event to out duel Schatz for the win and it was working for him again Saturday night. Schuchart couldn’t build enough of a run again to make a charge at the NAPA Auto Parts No. 49 car. With about eight laps to go, a new winged-warrior joined the battle. From his 16th starting position, Brent Marks drove by Schatz for third-place like he founded 10 extra horsepower on the track. Schuchart was next. With three laps to go, the two Pennsylvania-natives waged war for second-place. Marks pulled a slide job on Schuchart in turn one and had the position exiting turn two, but Schuchart had the better run down the backstretch and reclaimed second. Marks wouldn’t let Schuchart out of his sight, staying within striking distance lap after lap. However, the laps ran out. Sweet left the Pennsylvanians to battle for second, while he charged to the Kings Royal victory and the big $175,000 check. “You have to pinch me. It feels surreal,” Sweet said. Schuchart crossed the line second with Marks two-tenths of a second behind him in third. “Hell, we started twelfth and led the Kings Royal, that’s something to be proud about,” Schuchart said. “To be leading this race with all of the people in this pit supporting me, it’s a great feeling. I didn’t make the show last year. We went from not making the show to out here in the top-five every single night.” While Marks ran out of time to try and make a run at Sweet, he left with confidence in his strong run and the hard charger award. “This car was badass tonight,” Marks said. “That was a fun race. The track was perfect tonight. You could get up against that wall and just hold the throttle down and carry the momentum. I was trying like hell to get to second.” When Sweet won the first big paying race of the year, the $41,000-to-win Jackson Nationals, he was jubilant. After winning the $175,000 at Eldora Speedway, jubilant would only be strong enough to describe his smile. After climbing out of his car, Sweet leaped about a foot in the air onto the Victory Lane stage with his arm held high. He couldn't inhale air fast enough to continue his joyous yelling spree. With the cloak on his back and the crown placed on his head, he was king. The wooden throne was his – for a few minutes. The $175,000 check, though, is going home with him. UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Tuesday, July 23, will be at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa. for the $25,000-to-win Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup. Get tickets and more information. As always, you can catch all World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action on DIRTVision.com. RESULTS: NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [6][$175,000]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [12][$20,000]; 3. 19-Brent Marks [16][$15,000]; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [9][$12,500]; 5. 41-David Gravel [11][$10,000]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz [2][$7,500]; 7. 39-Sammy Swindell [1][$6,500]; 8. 3-Jac Haudenschild [10][$6,000]; 9. 49X-Tim Shaffer [8][$5,500]; 10. 2M-Kerry Madsen [3][$5,000]; 11. 12N-Joey Saldana [18][$4,750]; 12. 41S-Giovanni Scelzi [15][$4,500]; 13. 18-Ian Madsen [21][$4,000]; 14. 5-Shane Stewart [24][$3,750]; 15. 11-Dale Blaney [14][$3,500]; 16. 24-Rico Abreu [17][$3,450]; 17. 26-Cory Eliason [5][$3,400]; 18. 91-Cale Thomas [7][$3,350]; 19. 83-Daryn Pittman [13][$3,300]; 20. 70-Brock Zearfoss [23][$3,250]; 21. 92-Sye Lynch [19][$3,200]; 22. 70X-Justin Peck [22][$3,150]; 23. 84-Tom Harris [20][$3,100]; 24. 87-Aaron Reutzel [4][$3,000]; Lap Leaders: Sammy Swindell 1-10, Logan Schuchart 11-25, Brad Sweet 26-40; KSE Hard Charger Award: 19-Brent Marks[+13] Qualifying – 1. 92-Sye Lynch, 13.019; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.127; 3. 84-Tom Harris, 13.148; 4. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.159; 5. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.16; 6. 83-Daryn Pittman, 13.191; 7. 41S-Giovanni Scelzi, 13.215; 8. 22-Cole Duncan, 13.217; 9. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 13.225; 10. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.226; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.228; 12. 7S-Tim Kaeding, 13.239; 13. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.244; 14. 70-Brock Zearfoss, 13.27; 15. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 13.273; 16. 19-Brent Marks, 13.284; 17. 24-Rico Abreu, 13.302; 18. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.302; 19. 5-Shane Stewart, 13.305; 20. 12N-Joey Saldana, 13.309; 21. 70X-Justin Peck, 13.321; 22. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.327; 23. 21-Brian Brown, 13.334; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.349; 25. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.36; 26. 81-Lee Jacobs, 13.367; 27. 11-Dale Blaney, 13.371; 28. 3-Jac Haudenschild, 13.38; 29. 19P-Paige Polyak, 13.383; 30. 13-Paul McMahan, 13.399; 31. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 13.404; 32. 39-Sammy Swindell, 13.42; 33. 26-Cory Eliason, 13.435; 34. 9-James McFadden, 13.441; 35. A79-Brandon Wimmer, 13.457; 36. 91-Cale Thomas, 13.463; 37. 7-Jason Sides, 13.474; 38. K4-Chad Kemenah, 13.475; 39. 17B-Bill Balog, 13.495; 40. 5T-Travis Philo, 13.5; 41. 41-David Gravel, 13.502; 42. 98H-Dave Blaney, 13.512; 43. 1ST-Gary Taylor, 13.513; 44. 3C-Cale Conley, 13.537; 45. 23-Hunter Schuerenburg, 13.551; 46. 71M-Paul May, 13.588; 47. 85-Dustin Daggett, 13.595; 48. 17XL-Caleb Helms, 13.604; 49. 4-Cap Henry, 13.635; 50. 18J-R.J. Jacobs, 13.64; 51. 71-Ayrton Olsen, 13.658; 52. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 13.673; 53. 11N-Buddy Kofoid, 13.708; 54. 2AU-Andrew Scheuerle, 13.721; 55. 2L-Landon Lalonde, 13.737; 56. 28-Brian Paulus, 13.743; 57. 64-Scotty Thiel, 13.752; 58. 99-Skylar Gee, 13.814; 59. 33W-Michael Walter, 13.847; 60. 14M-Marcus Dumesny, 14.059; 61. 25R-Mitchell Harble, 14.228; 62. 10P-Jim Perricone, 14.962
  3. Donny Schatz wins at Eldora Speedway for third time this year - Schatz holds off charge by David Gravel to win The Knight Before the Kings Royal The duty of a knight is to protect their king and his castle. At the Tony Stewart owned Eldora Speedway Friday night, Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing driver Donny Schatz claimed his third World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series victory at the Ohio track this year. It was also the 300th Series career win for Tony Stewart as a car owner. “Eldora has always been really good to me,” said Schatz, who’s now won at the speedway 18 times and has an average finish of 1.25. He led every lap of The Knight Before the Kings Royal 30-lap Feature, but his reign of the night wasn’t an easy task. Hunting the 10-time Series champion all night was a fierce David Gravel. Coming off two podium finishes in-a-row at Eldora, the Jason Johnson Racing driver was eager to claim his third victory at the speedway – his last coming in 2016. Schatz, of Fargo, N.D., started on the pole for the Feature – a virtue of winning the first DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash; Daryn Pittman, of Owasso, Okla., won the second Dash and lined up on the outside pole. When the race went green, Schatz jumped to the lead and immediately began to put distance between he and Pittman. The reigning champion had a horse capable of charging to the victory. However, 10 laps into the run, Pittman and third-place Gravel began reeling in Schatz. While Schatz rode the bottom lane, Pittman powered along the cushion – the same line Brad Sweet used to win at Eldora the night before. The Roth Motorsports No. 83 had a run brewing to challenge for the lead. But while he tried to focus on catching Schatz, Gravel continued to poke his nose under Pittman lap by lap, looking to find enough grip on the bottom to make the pass for second. With 19 laps to go Pittman came within feet of Schatz’s bumper going into turn one, but unlike the lap before Schatz chose the high line. That decision gave Schatz a strong enough run off turn two to put about a six-car length distance between he and Pittman. Then Gravel dove underneath Pittman the next corner and took the position on the exit. However, Pittman charged back, driving underneath the Watertown, Conn.-native down the front stretch and back by him into turn two. The next time into turn three Gravel mimicked his previous lap, again, diving underneath Pittman. This time it worked, though. He cleared him off the corner and maintained the position into turn one with 14 laps to go. The hunt for Schatz was on. Lap after lap, running the bottom in turns one and two and the high side in turns three and four, the Mesilla Valley Transportation No. 41 crept closer and closer to the Toco Warranty No. 15 car. Schatz said he and his team tried something new with the set up and while it worked in the Dash, he was just hanging on to his car throughout the Feature. He wouldn’t have been surprised if someone drove by him. With 11 laps to go, Schatz went from a dot in Gravel’s line of sight to a boulder. But despite Gravel’s charge, Schatz’s proficiency with running the bottom of the speedway threw a shield in Gravel’s run. A few car lengths distance was as close as Gravel could bring his car to Schatz. To beat Schatz, he was going to need help. With six laps to go, he got it in the form of lap traffic. Twenty-third-place Parker Price-Miller gave the leader his biggest challenge of the night. Schatz attempted to pass the slower No. 71p car on the bottom through turns one and two – where he struggled to find grip all night – but Price-Miller charged back in front of him down the backstretch. Into turns three and four Schatz, again, tried to pass Price-Miller on the bottom and, again, failed. “I could make good laps in (turns) three and four and hold my own, but in turns one and two, I was just… I got to lap traffic and watched the 71 car drive by me,” Schatz said. “I had to change everything I did. I was stomping and stabbing and slinging, doing everything I could. I just couldn’t make it do what I wanted it to do.” Schatz’s battle with Price-Miller put Gravel a car length behind him. With five laps to, Schatz launched underneath Price-Miller into turn one, finally able to make the pass. However, he lost traction off turn two, allowing Price-Miller to charge underneath the No. 15 car with Gravel following his trail. Choosing the middle lane of the track in turn three, Schatz cleared Price-Miller and pulled away from him and Gravel, who had to make a split-second evasive maneuver around the slower Price-Miller into turn three. Behind them, Pittman and Logan Schuchart traded slide jobs lap after lap for third-place. While they battled for third, Schatz had pulled back to a comfortable half a straightaway lead over Gravel. He looked to be en route for another Eldora Speedway victory, but with three laps to go the caution came out for Cory Eliason, who spun on the backstretch. Gravel was now close enough to reach out and touch Schatz’s bumper. When the race restart, Schatz chose the high line and Gravel launched his car to the bottom of the track in turn one, coming side-by-side with Schatz in the middle of the corner. Schatz had the advantage, though, being able to carry the momentum of riding the high side down the backstretch, leaving Gravel to catch up. The duo remained a few car lengths distance from one another the remaining two laps. When the white flag was shown, Gravel made one last attempt at out dueling Schatz for the win by, again, diving underneath him in turn one. Like before, it wasn’t enough. Schatz had the run on the high side and carried it the remainder of the circuit to his sixth win of the season – 289th career World of Outlaws win overall. “My dad always taught me to worry about what’s in front of me, not what’s behind me,” Schatz said. “It’s paid off this long in my career.” Gravel picked up his sixth podium finish in-a-row, but he was left still hungry for more. “I think we were good enough to win tonight,” Gravel said. “I wish the yellow didn’t come out. I liked the lap traffic. I had the shot to pass him (Schatz) that one time. I’m happy where we’re at, though. Just a touch off.” Schuchart was able to make the pass on Pittman for third – collecting his third top-five in three races at Eldora Speedway. “I just feel like we started too far back,” said Hanover, Pa.-native Schuchart, who started ninth. “I feel like we might have had one of the fastest cars. On the last restart a bolt came out of the wing there and let it go the whole way back, so I got real tight. Before that, I feel like I was running right with those guys.” With Schatz’s win and Series points leader Sweet finishing seventh, the gap between them has shrunk to 20 points. But right now, Schatz isn’t worried about points. He’s not even engrossed in his second win in two races at the speedway. He’s focused on Saturday’s $175,000-to-win Kings Royal. “Everything is about tomorrow night,” said five-time Kings Royal winner Schatz. “The night is over. We’ll forget about it. It’s all about the Kings Royal now.” There’s no points on the line. Just an unprecedented winning purse and the opportunity to go from a knight to a king. UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Saturday, July 20, will return to Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio for the prestigious Kings Royal event. Get tickets and more information. Learn more about the Kings Royal format. As always, you can catch all World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action on DIRTVision.com. RESULTS: NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1][$12,000]; 2. 41-David Gravel [3][$5,700]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [10][$3,500]; 4. 24-Rico Abreu [8][$3,000]; 5. 83-Daryn Pittman [2][$2,600]; 6. 2-Carson Macedo [6][$2,400]; 7. 49-Brad Sweet [7][$2,300]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [18][$2,200]; 9. 41S-Giovanni Scelzi [13][$2,150]; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser [15][$2,100]; 11. 17B-Bill Balog [12][$1,600]; 12. 70-Brock Zearfoss [9][$1,350]; 13. 21-Brian Brown [11][$1,300]; 14. 2M-Kerry Madsen [19][$1,200]; 15. 19-Brent Marks [25][$1,100]; 16. 5-Shane Stewart [16][$1,000]; 17. 11N-Buddy Kofoid [14][$900]; 18. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [17][$850]; 19. 18-Ian Madsen [21][$800]; 20. 7S-Tim Kaeding [24][$800]; 21. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [20][$800]; 22. 26-Cory Eliason [4][$800]; 23. 11-Dale Blaney [5][$800]; 24. 98H-Dave Blaney [23][$800]; 25. 92-Sye Lynch [22][$800]; Lap Leaders: Donny Schatz 1-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 1A-Jacob Allen[+10] Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 41-David Gravel, 13.005; 2. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.111; 3. 70-Brock Zearfoss, 13.182; 4. 11-Dale Blaney, 13.187; 5. 21-Brian Brown, 13.191; 6. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.204; 7. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 13.225; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.276; 9. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.306; 10. 41S-Giovanni Scelzi, 13.31; 11. 84-Tom Harris, 13.321; 12. 98H-Dave Blaney, 13.414; 13. 7S-Tim Kaeding, 13.418; 14. 3-Jac Haudenschild, 13.419; 15. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 13.42; 16. 19-Brent Marks, 13.42; 17. 9-James McFadden, 13.422; 18. 7-Jason Sides, 13.435; 19. 39-Sammy Swindell, 13.439; 20. 64-Scotty Thiel, 13.486; 21. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.5; 22. K4-Chad Kemenah, 13.507; 23. 33W-Michael Walter, 13.563; 24. G1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 13.589; 25. 71M-Paul May, 13.707; 26. 18J-R.J. Jacobs, 13.774; 27. 2AU-Andrew Scheuerle, 13.779; 28. 28-Brian Paulus, 13.833; 29. 10P-Jim Perricone, 14.237; 30. 3C-Cale Conley, NT Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.167; 2. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.295; 3. 26-Cory Eliason, 13.315; 4. 83-Daryn Pittman, 13.317; 5. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.343; 6. 92-Sye Lynch, 13.353; 7. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.361; 8. 24-Rico Abreu, 13.388; 9. 70X-Justin Peck, 13.405; 10. 13-Paul McMahan, 13.438; 11. 5-Shane Stewart, 13.446; 12. 17B-Bill Balog, 13.453; 13. 11N-Buddy Kofoid, 13.453; 14. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 13.461; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.528; 16. 91-Cale Thomas, 13.567; 17. A79-Brandon Wimmer, 13.594; 18. 81-Lee Jacobs, 13.639; 19. 71-Ayrton Olsen, 13.683; 20. 85-Dustin Daggett, 13.726; 21. 17XL-Caleb Helms, 13.747; 22. 2L-Landon Lalonde, 13.752; 23. 99-Skylar Gee, 13.759; 24. 5T-Travis Philo, 13.792; 25. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 13.835; 26. 19P-Paige Polyak, 13.982; 27. 14M-Marcus Dumesny, 14.128; 28. J4-John Garvin, 14.194; 29. 4X-Bradley Ashford, 14.434; 30. 83C-Adam Cruea, 14.454
  4. Brad Sweet out duels Donny Schatz for Jokers Wild win - After swapping the lead early in the race, Sweet holds off Schatz to win at Eldora Speedway ROSSBURG, OH – July 18, 2019 – The flagman held the checkered flag tight, anxiously waiting to thrust it in the air and wave it over Eldora Speedway when the leader exited turn four. The question of who that victor would be left the crowd of thousands in a knot throughout the 30-lap $10,000-to-win Jokers Wild Feature Thursday night. Brad Sweet lead, but Donny Schatz – fresh off a win at Eldora from the night before – hung on to the NAPA Auto Parts No. 49 car’s bumper throughout the race. The two swapped positions lap after lap in the early circuits. However, Sweet found the 16-time Eldora Speedway winner’s kryptonite – the high line up against the wall. If the walls of the half-mile track had eyes, Sweet made sure they were closed all race, leaving inches between the concrete barrier and his right rear tire most of the night. Schatz wasn't able to run the top groove like Sweet, having to move off it and stick to the bottom. That allowed Sweet to use the momentum of the high side to fend of challenges by the 10-time Series champion and claim his 10th World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series win of the season – 44th Series win overall. “We held off Donny,” Sweet said, after winning for the second time at the Ohio track. “That’s what it takes to win at Eldora. He threw everything he had at me. I saw him multiple times. I just wasn’t sure where to be on the race track there at the end. I felt pretty good on the top, but it’s such a fine line.” The win was a rebound for Sweet and his Kasey Kahne Racing team after a fourth-place finish at the speedway Wednesday night – which to Sweet and his crew was a disappointing run. Withholding the fine details, Sweet said, they tried something different with the set up for Thursday night's race, and it worked. He was second fastest in the first flight of Qualifying. Then went on to win his Drydene Heat race and the first of two DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash races. But every step Sweet made, Schatz was there following in his footsteps. The reigning champion went second fastest in the second flight of Qualifying. He, too, won his Drydene Heat race and claimed the win in the second Dash of the night. That placed the two championship contenders on the front row together. The title match at Eldora Speedway was set. When the flagman thrusted the green flag in the air, Sweet passed the flag stand first, but Schatz launched underneath the Grass Valley, Calif.-native looking to take the lead on the first lap in turn one. Sweet had the momentum on the high side, though. He charged around the Toco Warranty No. 15 down the backstretch and moved to the bottom of the track in turns three and four. Schatz did the opposite. He ran the high line through turns three and four, giving him a strong enough run down the front stretch to again dive underneath Sweet in turn one. This time, Schatz had the lead. Sweet wasn’t about to let Schatz cruise to another Eldora win over him, though. He charged back around Schatz the next lap and began to put distance between the two. “He makes it awful tough when he sets his pace and runs his lines," Sweet said. "It makes it real hard to pass. I wanted to get ahead and set a pace.” Ten laps into the Feature Logan Schuchart also made his way around Schatz by riding the high line. However, he got held up by a lap car going into turn three and Schatz took the opportunity to pounce. The Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing driver made a massive drive to the bottom of the track through turns three and four, blowing by Schuchart and gaining about four car lengths on Sweet off the corner. He carried the momentum through the next corner, getting underneath Sweet and edging him by a nose off turn two with 19 laps to go. Sweet, again, used the high side to propel his car back in front of Schatz down the backstretch, though. Into turn three the duo both slid their cars sideways to the bottom of the track, almost making contact at the apex. With Sweet blocking Schatz’s lane, he charged off the corner to a comfortable lead and added to it from there. Schatz then had to compete with Schuchart for second, eventually losing the position to the Drydene No. 1s car right before a caution with 11 laps to. When the race resumed, Schuchart had a terrible restart, falling from second to fifth and stacking up the top line behind him. His mistake allowed Schatz an easy pass for second and another shot at Sweet. While Sweet stayed high, Schatz was determined to make the low line work. He put together enough of a charge to get side-by-side with Sweet in turn one the next lap, but the run was still no match for Sweet’s mastery of the high line. “We stayed with him there, he was ripping the top, I had to get off it,” Schatz said about the final restart. “We thought we were going to be a shot at him there, but for some reason when I got to traffic, I couldn’t maneuver well or just kept making mistakes. You’ll have that. If you’re going to do it, I’d rather do it tonight than two nights from now.” Able to stay in clean air and see where lap cars were going to go, Sweet rode the cushion until the final corner when he moved down a lane to see how his car would do. He was satisfied as he drove by the waving checkered flag for the 10th time this year – the most wins he’s collected in a season, so far. While it’s an accomplishment he’s proud of, Sweet said there’s still work to do. Still tweaks needed to make the car better. And still many big races on the line – including Saturday’s $175,000-to-win Kings Royal. “I’m not going to sit and dwell on it too much, because we’re trying to just stay in the moment and keep winning,” Sweet said. “I don’t want to just settle in and say, ‘That’s great, I just won my 10th race.’ Obviously, so far, it’s a dream season, but all of the big races are coming up. I think we just try to keep our heads down and at the end of the season when it’s time to look back at the stats we hope we’ll have 10 more wins, or more, and a championship.” UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will return to Eldora Speedway Friday, July 19, for the Knight Before the Kings Royal. Get tickets and more information. As always, you can catch all World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action on DIRTVision.com. RESULTS: NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [1][$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [2][$5,500]; 3. 41-David Gravel [10][$3,200]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart [4][$2,800]; 5. 2-Carson Macedo [5][$2,500]; 6. 3-Jac Haudenschild [6][$2,300]; 7. 83-Daryn Pittman [13][$2,200]; 8. 5-Shane Stewart [9][$2,100]; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser [25][$2,050]; 10. 18-Ian Madsen [15][$2,000]; 11. 11-Dale Blaney [8][$1,500]; 12. 70-Brock Zearfoss [7][$1,200]; 13. 19-Brent Marks [18][$1,100]; 14. 87-Aaron Reutzel [24][$1,050]; 15. 24-Rico Abreu [20][$1,000]; 16. 26-Cory Eliason [17][$900]; 17. 9-James McFadden [21][$800]; 18. 39-Sammy Swindell [11][$800]; 19. 92-Sye Lynch [12][$800]; 20. 7S-Tim Kaeding [19][$800]; 21. 12N-Joey Saldana [3][$800]; 22. 21-Brian Brown [14][$800]; 23. 41S-Giovanni Scelzi [23][$800]; 24. 13-Paul McMahan [22][$800]; 25. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [16][$800]; Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet1, 3-30; Donny Schatz 2; KSE Hard Charger Award: 11K-Kraig Kinser[+16] Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 5-Shane Stewart, 13.02; 2. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.077; 3. 12N-Joey Saldana, 13.099; 4. 83-Daryn Pittman, 13.108; 5. 7S-Tim Kaeding, 13.14; 6. 70-Brock Zearfoss, 13.17; 7. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.222; 8. 39-Sammy Swindell, 13.245; 9. 26-Cory Eliason, 13.28; 10. 41S-Giovanni Scelzi, 13.286; 11. 17B-Bill Balog, 13.292; 12. 1ST-Gary Taylor, 13.413; 13. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.462; 14. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.476; 15. 18J-R.J. Jacobs, 13.516; 16. 81-Lee Jacobs, 13.552; 17. K4-Chad Kemenah, 13.56; 18. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 13.591; 19. G1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 13.654; 20. 11N-Buddy Kofoid, 13.695; 21. 14M-Marcus Dumesny, 13.727; 22. 3C-Cale Conley, 13.73; 23. 99-Skylar Gee, 13.787; 24. 71M-Paul May, 13.89; 25. 2L-Landon Lalonde, 13.91; 26. 33W-Michael Walter, 14.097; 27. 64-Scotty Thiel, 17.155 Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 41-David Gravel, 13.215; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.241; 3. 92-Sye Lynch, 13.279; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.31; 5. 11-Dale Blaney, 13.336; 6. 3-Jac Haudenschild, 13.349; 7. 24-Rico Abreu, 13.374; 8. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.39; 9. 9-James McFadden, 13.438; 10. 21-Brian Brown, 13.459; 11. 13-Paul McMahan, 13.459; 12. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 13.461; 13. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 13.462; 14. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 13.463; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.473; 16. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.481; 17. 91-Cale Thomas, 13.49; 18. 19-Brent Marks, 13.512; 19. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.585; 20. 7-Jason Sides, 13.629; 21. 98H-Dave Blaney, 13.643; 22. 70X-Justin Peck, 13.69; 23. 84-Tom Harris, 13.784; 24. 71-Ayrton Olsen, 13.844; 25. 85-Dustin Daggett, 13.968; 26. 2AU-Andrew Scheuerle, 14.027; 27. 4X-Bradley Ashford, 14.37
  5. Schatz goes two-for-two at Eldora -Donny Schatz sweeps the #LetsRaceTwo events at Eldora Speedway for second straight year ROSSBURG, OH – July 17, 2019 – There’s magic to Donny Schatz’s dominate performances at Eldora Speedway. Courtesy of World of Outlaws PR He used that “magic” to cruise to his second World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Eldora Speedway win of the year Wednesday night, during the make-up #LetsRaceTwo event – sweeping the #LetRaceTwo races for the second year in-a-row. To Schatz, though, there is no “magic.” It’s a matter of knowing what to do, he said, and having the experience to do it. “The misconception in this sport is there’s always something magic, there’s one thing you can do to make yourself better,” said Schatz, 10-time Series champion from Fargo, N.D. “It’s not. It’s ten thousand little things and this team has learned that over the years. “It’s the same today. Probably even more so today. A quarter turn here or there makes a big difference.” That’s what it took for Schatz to charge from fourth to win in the 30-lap Feature. He started the night winning his Drydene Heat race, and then went on to finish fourth in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash – almost four seconds behind leader Carson Macedo. Then “a quarter turn here and there” before the Feature. When field erupted into a thunderous echo across the half-mile speedway and charged to the green flag, it was already clear the adjustments worked. When the field exited turn four at the start, the race took on a different appearance. Brad Sweet had darted by polesitter Carson Macedo for the lead and Schatz stole third from David Gravel. The reigning champion then tried to steal second away from Macedo in turn one, but the rookie had the stronger run off turn two. His Chevrolet Accessories No. 2 launched underneath Schatz’s Toco Warranty No. 15 down the backstretch, and he cleared him into turn three. The veteran and the rookie battled side-by-side for the next four laps with experience winning the fight. While Macedo played his luck, running as close as he could to the outside wall, Schatz cruised around the bottom line of the track – the same line he used to win at Eldora in May. A lap after passing Macedo, Schatz, again, used the low line to his advantage, sneaking underneath leader Sweet in turn one and throttling past him off turn two. From there, Schatz made being fast around Eldora look easy. Lap after lap, he added another car length distance between he and second-place. Even when the field was brought back together for a caution on Lap 15 – due to Kerry Madsen coming to a stop on the track – Schatz pulled away on the restart and left the field to fight for second. Behind him, though, the hard charger of the year was coming. Logan Schuchart – who has earned the most Hard Charger awards this year, so far, with five – was making another impressive run to the front. Schuchart started the race seventh and found himself in sixth when the caution for Madsen came out. On the restart, though, he wasn’t going to let the leaders run away. With the throttle down, the Drydene No. 1s darted to fourth by the time the field reached turn one and carried that momentum off turn two to claim third from Gravel. From there the hunt was one. With a head of steam, while rim riding around the track, Schuchart charged his way past Sweet for second with 12 laps to go. Next on his list, Schatz. Schuchart had finished second to Schatz for the last three #LetsRaceTwo events. It was time for a change. However, even with finding speed along the high side of the track, it still wasn’t enough to outpace Schatz. “I was a little loose, and I think that’s why I was good on the restarts,” Schuchart said. “I’d be good for about three or four laps and then I’d start slowing down again, especially when I got the tires hot.” With eight laps to go, a new contender emerged. Gravel found traction and got in a rhythm, passing Sweet for third. Five laps later, he found himself in second after dueling with Schuchart for a couple of laps. He, too, marked Schatz next on his list, but, again, the reigning champion was still too strong. Even with trying different lines around lap cars. “I closed a little, but lap cars slowed him down a little bit and he started moving around,” Gravel said. “I have a good feeling we’re really close, just going to keep tuning on this thing and hoping we can beat the 15 car.” Schatz held almost a straightaway lead over Gravel when he saw the checkered flags for the fifth time this year – becoming the second most winning driver, so far, behind nine-time winner Brad Sweet – and for his 288th career World of Outlaws win. It was also his second win in-a-row after winning the last Series race at Wilmot Raceway. His win took a small bite out of Sweet’s points lead, again, too. Schatz is now 30-points behind the Kasey Kahne Racing driver. Even though he claimed his last two wins in dominating fashion, Schatz admitted a wrong “quarter turn here or there” can be the difference between winning and struggling. With three more races at Eldora Speedway to go – leading up to the $175,000-to-win Kings Royal on Saturday – Schatz isn’t looking to magic to keep his winning streak going. It’s the determination of his team to never give up and never settle. Even after a win. “Even though we won a race tonight, they’re (the race team) going to go to bed tonight thinking about things to be better,” Schatz said. “That’s what it takes.” UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will return to Eldora Speedway Thursday, July 18, for the Jokers Wild. Get tickets and information. As always, you can catch all World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action on DIRTVision.com. RESULTS: NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [4][$10,000]; 2. 41-David Gravel [3][$5,000]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [7][$3,000]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [2][$2,700]; 5. W20-Greg Wilson [9][$2,500]; 6. 24-Rico Abreu [14][$2,200]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [10][$2,000]; 8. 19-Brent Marks [11][$1,800]; 9. 21-Brian Brown [6][$1,600]; 10. 2-Carson Macedo [1][$1,450]; 11. 70-Brock Zearfoss [19][$1,300]; 12. 83-Daryn Pittman [18][$1,200]; 13. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [13][$1,100]; 14. 12N-Joey Saldana [20][$1,000]; 15. 5-Shane Stewart [5][$950]; 16. 91-Cale Thomas [24][$900]; 17. 13-Paul McMahan [17][$850]; 18. 1A-Jacob Allen [16][$750]; 19. 57-Kyle Larson [12][$725]; 20. 7S-Tim Kaeding [8][$700]; 21. 18-Ian Madsen [22][$700]; 22. 26-Cory Eliason [21][$700]; 23. 2M-Kerry Madsen [15][$700]; 24. 41S-Giovanni Scelzi [23][$700]; Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1-7, Donny Schatz 8-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 24-Rico Abreu[+8] Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 21-Brian Brown, 13.253; 2. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.282; 3. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.287; 4. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.388; 5. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.407; 6. 19-Brent Marks, 13.426; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.445; 8. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.445; 9. 41S-Giovanni Scelzi, 13.446; 10. 70-Brock Zearfoss, 13.45; 11. 13-Paul McMahan, 13.462; 12. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.501; 13. 3-Jac Haudenschild, 13.533; 14. 91-Cale Thomas, 13.537; 15. 99-Skylar Gee, 13.554; 16. G1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 13.643; 17. K4-Chad Kemenah, 13.712; 18. 14M-Marcus Dumesny, 13.94; 19. 2AU-Andrew Scheuerle, 14.077; 20. 4X-Bradley Ashford, 14.117; 21. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 14.371 Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 5-Shane Stewart, 13.194; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.325; 3. 41-David Gravel, 13.401; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.429; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.474; 6. 7S-Tim Kaeding, 13.479; 7. 83-Daryn Pittman, 13.48; 8. 26-Cory Eliason, 13.516; 9. 92-Sye Lynch, 13.566; 10. 12N-Joey Saldana, 13.577; 11. 24-Rico Abreu, 13.613; 12. 57-Kyle Larson, 13.65; 13. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 13.651; 14. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 13.657; 15. 98H-Dave Blaney, 13.662; 16. 9-James McFadden, 13.694; 17. 81-Lee Jacobs, 13.792; 18. 7-Jason Sides, 13.843; 19. 3C-Cale Conley, 13.968; 20. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 14.056; 21. 84-Tom Harris, 14.177
  6. JUNGHANS BREAKS THROUGH IN MID-SEASON FORM TO WIN AT RED CEDAR MENOMONIE, WI – July 14, 2019 – The last time the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series saw Chase Junghans in Victory Lane, a shortage of confetti in the cannon put a minor damper on his glorious moment in the winner’s crcle. But after the checkered flag dropped in Sunday’s Series debut at Red Cedar Speedway, Junghans had never been happier to climb atop his ShopQuik Convenience Stores Rocket Chassis to a big confetti shower after driving away from Shane Clanton and Ricky Weiss to pick up his first victory of the season. “We’ve been close all year,” a tired, but smiling Junghans said after the race. “We just finally got to put a complete night together.” And what a complete night it was for the driver from Manhattan, Kansas. Picking up the win in Drydene Heat race number two, Junghans redrew the pole, took the lead from Clanton on the very first lap and never broke his concentration once throughout the 50 laps he led. Not even a late-race caution that re-stacked the field and put 13-time winner Brandon Sheppard on his rear bumper could shake his poise out front. For 21 straight laps, Sheppard chased Junghans through lapped traffic, pressuring him to make a mistake on the top side. But that mistake never came, and Sheppard faded back a bit as the laps clicked off. Junghans was flawless. “I only saw the [Rocket] 1 car one time out of the corner of my eye,” Junghans said. “But those guys are damn good, and it feels really good to beat them. They’ll be on their A-game when we start racing again, so we’ve just got to keep our heads down and keep on chugging along.” Junghans spent almost the entire race on the high side, leaning on the cushion in every corner. Nobody seemed to be able to work the top groove quite like he did or use it to get through several packs of lapped traffic in the way that he made it work. The race’s only caution didn’t come until lap 40, and Junghans found himself in lapped traffic by lap 10. “There were lapped cars left and right, and I was trying to look at my crew guy to see how big of lead I had at one point,” he said. “But when you’re on the top and you’re bouncing off that cushion, it’s hard to be consistent. But this car was phenomenal tonight.” Multiple times, Junghans drove it a bit deeper into the corner and switched to the bottom lane to get around traffic racing in his way on the high side, even threading the needle in between a pair of slower cars to make the move at one point. With the competition that he knew was behind him, Junghans had zero time to waste. “With any of these races today, you have got to go,” he said. “You can’t hesitate. At one point, I was thinking ‘I need to save tires,’ but once that caution came out, I started weaving to keep heat in them, and they felt good. We restarted well, and it was all over by then.” Overall, a stellar performance by the entire team. It’s not always easy to come into a new track and find success right out of the gate, and what a statement win they made on Sunday night in their 3rd trip to World of Outlaws Victory Lane and first since Eriez Speedway last August. “There’s a bunch more we can do to make this thing even faster, so I think we’re going in the right direction,” Junghans said. Make it four-straight top-fives now for Shane Clanton, crossing the line in second on Sunday night. Starting on the pole, he was unable to contain Junghans at the drop of the green but held it in the top three all race long and backed up his Saturday night victory with another spot on the podium. Using that bottom lane, much like he did in his victory at Ogilvie the night before, “The Georgia Bulldog” swiftly made his passes in lapped traffic to keep a steady pace behind the other two leaders. But it was the middle groove on the lap 40 restart that did the trick to get around Sheppard. His only regret was not freeing up the setup a bit more before the Morton Buildings Feature. “We were a little tight,” Clanton said. “We tightened it up a little too much, thinking that it was going to be slick all over. We were just a little too tight across the middle to get to the traction on the bottom that we needed to run with [Junghans].” Even though the setup wasn’t exactly where he wanted it, Clanton and his new team once again showed just how quickly they’ve settled in together and a sign of things to come with yet another podium finish. “I’ve got good help, that’s the good thing,” Clanton said of his Skyline Motorsports crew. “I don’t have to worry about working on my car, I can tune on the racecar. When you can tune on the car, you can make things happen.” It might not have been that pesky first World of Outlaws win that he was looking for, but Ricky Weiss’s hot streak is certainly alive and well after his third-place effort on Sunday night. Weiss ran comfortably in fourth for 31 laps of the race and used the restart opportunity on lap 40 to pull the trigger on a slidejob for third underneath Sheppard coming out of turn four. His tires, still with grip in them, unlike the night prior, fired off on the restart well and he was able to gain the extra spot. “We’ve had some issues with our tires sealing up the last few nights,” Weiss said. “But we tried something different and it definitely helped.” UP NEXT The Outlaws will get a 9-day break from competition before the next show at the 1/2-mile Davenport Speedway in Iowa on July 24. Then, just two days later, Fairbury Speedway will host the World of Outlaws in the 30th edition of the Prairie Dirt Classic, presented by Bank of Pontiac on July 26-27! Morton Buildings Feature (50 Laps) 1. 18-Chase Junghans [2][$10,000]; 2. 25-Shane Clanton [1][$5,000]; 3. 7-Ricky Weiss [4][$3,000]; 4. 1-Brandon Sheppard [3][$2,500]; 5. 97-Cade Dillard [6][$2,000]; 6. 28-Dennis Erb [10][$1,700]; 7. 28m-Jimmy Mars [7][$1,400]; 8. 27-Jake Redetzke [14][$1,300]; 9. 55c-Chad Mahder [9][$1,200]; 10. 15-Nick Anvelink [13][$1,100]; 11. 29-Darrell Lanigan [11][$1,050]; 12. 71-Rick Hanestad [20][$1,000]; 13. 99B-Boom Briggs [19][$950]; 14. 85-John Kaanta [12][$900]; 15. 68-Mike Prochnow [22][$850]; 16. 6-Blake Spencer [21][$800]; 17. 11g-James Giossi [17][$770]; 18. B1-Brent Larson [8][$750]; 19. 11-Pat Doar [15][$730]; 20. 10-Paul Parker [23][$700]; 21. 942-Terry Casey [18][$700]; 22. 6m-Jeff Massingill [24][$700]; 23. 7x-Jesse Glenz [16][$700]; 24. 44-Darrell Nelson [5][$700] Hard Charger: 71-Rick Hanestad[+8]
  7. Donny Schatz dominates at Wilmot Raceway - The 10-time Series champion claimed his first World of Outlaws Wilmot Raceway win WILMOT, WI – July 13, 2019 – Donny Schatz couldn’t hold back the emotion any longer. With his arms raised and cheeks pushed up by a grin, Schatz yelled with a childlike giggle “Hell yeah, I won at Wilmot! That’s off the books.” DB3Inc photo The 10-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion and now 287-time Series winner claimed his first victory at Wilmot Raceway Saturday night – and fourth win of the season. “The older you get, you probably put more of a fine-tooth comb on places you haven’t won at and this was one of them,” Schatz said. Schatz and his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing team unloaded Saturday evening with the finest comb they could build. He set the pace in Hot Laps and then Qualified second behind Series points leader Brad Sweet. In his Drydene Heat race, Schatz won by 1.4 sec. He backed that performance up by winning the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash with a 2.7 sec. lead at the finish. Dominating the night was not enough to convince Schatz he would excel in the Feature, though. He admitted he didn’t know what to expect from the 1/3-mile track, anticipating lap times to drop during the Feature. On the initial start, outside polesitter Daryn Pittman made a charge at Schatz for the lead. He kept pace with the reigning champion down the back stretch and dove underneath him in turn three. The two entered turn four side-by-side – the closest anyone came all night to passing Schatz. But the Fargo, N.D.-native had the better run off the corner and cleared Pittman down the front stretch. For the remaining 39 laps, the only time drivers got close enough to see the bumper of Schatz's Toco Warranty No. 15 car was during a caution on Lap 13 for a car going off track in turn two. After that, Schatz spent his night methodically navigating lap traffic. However, Friday night’s Feature winner at Hartford Speedway, David Gravel, was not going to let Schatz cruised to the victory. Gravel, Sweet and Pittman traded positions in the top-four all night. After battling side-by-side for several laps, having to be gentle on the throttle through the tight slick corners, Sweet eventually passed Pittman for second on Lap 16. Gravel did the same a lap later, moving past the Roth Motorsports No. 83 car for third. With 10 laps to go, Gravel finally put together a strong enough lap to work his way by Sweet and try to track down Schatz. At that point there was about a two second gap between Schatz and second-place. Gravel slowly closed it lap by lap. Every lap car that halted Schatz’s momentum was a few more tenths of a second gained by Gravel. By the time the white flag came out, Gravel had made up close to a second on Schatz. It wasn’t enough, though. He ran out of time. “I couldn't get by Daryn very quick and then couldn't get by Brad,” Gravel said. “Then it was just a little too late to make a charge a Donny." He and his Jason Johnson Racing team were happy with the run, though, leaving the weekend with a win and runner-up finish. By taking the win Schatz finally broke his winless streak he’s had since the end of May when he won at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. “I’m sure somebody was coming there at the end,” Schatz said. “I was kind of hanging. We could get through a few lap cars, but then when I had to move around in (turns) one and two I wasn’t as good. But glad to get a win. It’s been a while. Always feels good to get the win, especially here in Wisconsin.” Schatz's win put a small dent in Sweet’s point lead over him – he's now 38 points behind the Kasey Kahne Racing driver. Sweet still leads the Series as the winningest driver with nine wins, so far. Schatz’s fourth victory of the year ties him with Gravel as the third winningest driver, behind Logan Schuchart, who has five wins. For the past four years, Schatz has had double digit wins at this point in the season. He’s also amassed 20 or more wins in a year since 2013. After winning at Wilmot, he acknowledged the level of competition in the World of Outlaws right now makes those statistics hard to live up to. “I don’t know how many guys there are capable of winning 20 races in a year,” Schatz said. “There’s some. But it’s hard to live up to them standards and there’s a lot of fast race cars out here right now. The parity in this sport is pretty crazy and to keep up with it is even more so.” That hasn’t stopped he and his team from striving to do so, though. They continue to make changes and try new things with the car, he said. At the moment, they’ve found a feel Schatz likes. He’s now eager to carry his winning momentum into the upcoming weeks of prestigious and big paying races. And with another grin and a chuckle, Schatz said he’s even looking forward to going to Tri-State Speedway in October – another track he hasn’t one at. UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Tuesday, July 16 will venture to Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio for the Ohio Logistics Brad Doty Classic. To purchase tickets and get more information go to WorldofOutlaws.com. As always, you can catch all World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action on DIRTVision.com. RESULTS: NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1][$10,000]; 2. 41-David Gravel [4][$5,500]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [3][$3,200]; 4. 83-Daryn Pittman [2][$2,800]; 5. 7S-Tim Kaeding [5][$2,500]; 6. 2-Carson Macedo [9][$2,300]; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [7][$2,200]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart [14][$2,100]; 9. 18-Ian Madsen [6][$2,050]; 10. 19-Brent Marks [13][$2,000]; 11. 9-James McFadden [8][$1,500]; 12. 5-Shane Stewart [11][$1,200]; 13. 17B-Bill Balog [12][$1,100]; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser [17][$1,050]; 15. 7-Jason Sides [10][$1,000]; 16. 7TW-Brandon Wimmer [16][$900]; 17. 68-Dave Uttech [18][$800]; 18. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski [19][$800]; 19. 19T-Todd Daun [21][$800]; 20. 43-Jereme Schroeder [20][$800]; 21. 23-Russel Borland [15][$800]; 22. 1A-Jacob Allen [22][$800]; 23. 17BX-Jordan Paulsen [23][$800]; Lap Leaders: Donny Schatz 1-40; KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+6] Qualifying – 1. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.563; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.587; 3. 41-David Gravel, 12.595; 4. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.602; 5. 7S-Tim Kaeding, 12.604; 6. 83-Daryn Pittman, 12.637; 7. 7-Jason Sides, 12.671; 8. 9-James McFadden, 12.746; 9. 17B-Bill Balog, 12.75; 10. 19-Brent Marks, 12.791; 11. 5-Shane Stewart, 12.817; 12. 23-Russel Borland, 12.824; 13. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.827; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.827; 15. 2-Carson Macedo, 12.844; 16. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.861; 17. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.982; 18. 68-Dave Uttech, 12.982; 19. 7TW-Brandon Wimmer, 13.131; 20. 43-Jereme Schroeder, 13.49; 21. 19T-Todd Daun, 13.491; 22. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 14.626; 23. 17BX-Jordan Paulsen, NT
  8. CLANTON SCORES BIG FIRST WIN WITH NEW TEAM, KNOCKS OFF RED-HOT SHEPPARD OGILVIE, MN – July 13, 2019 – When Skyline Motorsports was left without a driver to field its second car back in mid-June, Shane Clanton was there to answer the call. Fast forward to Saturday night at Ogilvie Raceway and he turned it into a winning decision. Clanton outran Brandon Sheppard and Jimmy Mars to give Skyline Motorsports its first World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series victory, halting Sheppard’s five-race win streak. It certainly didn’t come easy for the Zebulon, Georgia-native. He charged up to the front from his ninth-place starting spot and broke into the top-five by the fifth circuit. Clanton chose to hug the bottom line throughout the entire race and made it stick better than any of the cars in the field, driving underneath Sheppard for second on lap 22 and polesitter Ricky Weiss for the lead on lap 29. In lapped traffic, Clanton was spectacular as well, masterfully maneuvering to the inside of a pack of four slower cars to keep his lead over Sheppard with under 20 circuits remaining. “We were good in lapped traffic,” Clanton said. “They could scoot and I could feel the gap, that’s how I got by Jimmy [Mars] and [Ricky] Weiss. They slipped and our car was good enough to take advantage and fill the hole.” But “The Georgia Bulldog” had yet to face what was potentially his biggest challenge of the night – a restart with 15 laps to go and a hungry Sheppard on his rear bumper. Forced to try and outrun the Rocket1 Racing guru, Clanton stuck to his guns on the low side and simply drove away from Sheppard and Mars in the closing laps to earn his 44th career World of Outlaws victory and first since Screven Motor Speedway back in early February. Earlier this year, Clanton picked up a huge win in a Dirt Late Model Dream preliminary feature at Eldora Speedway under then-car owner Ron Davies in his signature black-and-yellow #25. Now, just eight races into driving under the new team, Clanton has picked up his first win for car owner Greg Bruening. And what a turnaround time it’s been for the pairing, having to replace former Skyline driver Chris Madden who, ironically, won the last two World of Outlaws visits at Ogilvie. Altogether, Clanton is just happy to be back in Victory Lane with Capital Race Cars. The new team is clicking, and Clanton has more time now to focus on the little tweaks to his setup while his dedicated crewmembers take care of the rest. And that might have been all Clanton needed to get back to the winner’s circle – just a bit more time spent in the pits fine-tuning his ride. “We just got some better help and the crew is just gelling,” he said. “With as much help as I’ve got, I get to concentrate on making adjustments to, instead of working on, my racecar, so that means a lot.” But this triumphant effort wasn’t just any ordinary win. Sheppard and the Rocket1 Racing team have been on an incredible hot streak that still seems endless, sitting 192 points ahead of second-place and on an unheard of 21 top-fives in 22 starts. Clanton’s been around the block too many times to not grasp the magnitude of what he accomplished on Saturday night – catching, passing and then holding off the blue #1. “The 1 car had won five-in-a-row, so if all of them other guys thought they could outrun him, just come do it,” Clanton said. “It’s tough. That’s probably the best team in the sport, hands down, year after year. This roll they’ve been on this past month is tough. But we’ve been working and tweaking on our car, and it showed tonight how good we can be.” Even though he fell short of the record-tying six Morton Buildings Feature wins in-a-row, Sheppard as well drove a great race on the bottom, giving chase to Clanton and applying heavy pressure all race long to earn himself a runner-up finish that he and the team are happy with. In the grand scheme of things, Sheppard said Rocket1’s error occurred earlier in the program, when he was only able to muster a 10-place time-trial effort, costing hm a few starting spots in his Drydene Heat Race. “I just got us behind in Qualifying, I didn’t run the right line and that put us starting fourth in the Heat Race,” Sheppard said. “We ran third in the Heat and had to start seventh, but that’s where we messed up tonight, having to start back in the Feature.” A lot of mutual respect is shared in the pit area between these two Dirt Late Model giants. Mark Richards has been fielding racecars on the World of Outlaws circuit next to Clanton and his operation for over 15 years, and Sheppard has been in that equation for almost three of them. Plenty of their own side-by-side moments have been seen in the last few seasons as well, and that unwavering admiration for one another was again put on display. No rough driving, no disregard for racing room. Just a good, clean race to the checkereds. “Once again, we had a really great racecar and are definitely not disappointed with second,” Sheppard continued. “We had a car capable of winning and that’s all that we can ask for. We know we’re not going to win all the races. Shane did a really good job and he’s been out front every night on this trip, so congratulations to him.” Bagging yet another podium with the Outlaws on Saturday night was the Menomonie, Wisconsin, driver, Jimmy Mars. “The Iceman” pulled a three in the redraw and made that starting spot count over 50 laps, keeping it in the top-five for every circuit en route to his third-place finish. Tonight, the Outlaws head into Mars’s home track, Red Cedar Speedway, for a the last of the Series’ track debuts in 2019 – an event that Mars has put in some work to help put on. He’s ready for one incredible show and knows the fans will see a race they won’t soon forget. “I’m pretty excited. Hopefully, we’ll have a good crowd. I hope a lot of fans are excited about coming out and supporting it. It’s going to be a first-time-ever deal there, so I’m thrilled about it all,” Mars said. Morton Buildings Feature (50 Laps) 1. 25-Shane Clanton [9][$10,000]; 2. 1-Brandon Sheppard [7][$5,000]; 3. 28m-Jimmy Mars [3][$3,000]; 4. 28-Dennis Erb [10][$2,500]; 5. 29-Darrell Lanigan [2][$2,000]; 6. 7-Ricky Weiss [1][$1,700]; 7. B1-Brent Larson [5][$1,400]; 8. 58-A.J. Diemel [14][$1,300]; 9. 97-Cade Dillard [8][$1,200]; 10. 49-Jake Timm [11][$1,100]; 11. 6m-Jeff Massingill [17][$1,050]; 12. 99B-Boom Briggs [22][$1,000]; 13. 18-Chase Junghans [6][$950]; 14. 86-Matt Smith [18][$900]; 15. 21x-Joel Collins [23][$850]; 16. 12-Mark Heinle [21][$800]; 17. 12h-Ben Heinle [19][$770]; 18. 6-Blake Spencer [13][$750]; 19. 19-Steve Laursen [12][$730]; 20. O6-Dave Smith [15][$700]; 21. 10-Paul Parker [20][$700]; 22. F19-Marshall Fegers [16][$700]; 23. 11-Pat Doar [4][$700] Hard Charger: 99B-Boom Briggs[+10]
  9. David Gravel makes late race pass to win at Hartford Speedway - Gravel sneaks under Logan Schuchart on a late race restart to take the lead and win his fourth race of the season HARTFORD, MI – July 12, 2019 – Repeated speeches about strong podium runs and satisfying runner-up finishes became commonplace for David Gravel the past two months. A fourth win of the year was in his grasp on several occasions but lost in the closing stage of the race. The same story was playing out again in the final three laps of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Feature at Hartford Speedway Friday night. But behind the façade of being content with another podium was the raging fire to win again. “You never want to finish second. You want to win these races,” Gravel said. On the final restart of the race, with three laps to go, Gravel let the fire loose. He had worked too hard to put himself in a winning position and lose it again. Gravel won his Drydene Heat race and finished second in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash – putting him on the front row for the 30-lap Feature. He had an advantage over the entire field, too – he’s the only driver to have won on the track’s 3/8-mile configuration. On the initial start Gravel lost second-place to 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz, who snuck under the Watertown, Conn.-native in turn one and cleared him down the back stretch. However, the red flag came out before a lap was completed. Several cars were involved in an accident on the back stretch, including Series points leader Brad Sweet. The lengthy red flag period – to tow three cars off the track – allowed Sweet’s Kasey Kahne Racing team, along with team members from several other teams, to get the NAPA Auto Parts No. 49 car fixed and back on track before the race went green again. Since a lap was not complete, drivers lined back up in their initial starting order, putting Gravel back in second-place. This time, his lesson was learned. When the green flag flew again Gravel dove to the bottom of turn one, blocking any attempt by Schatz for another pass. It also allowed him to get a run underneath leader Carson Macedo down the back stretch and into turn three. Gravel had his nose in front of Macedo exiting turn four, but Macedo had the better run off the corner and charged back to the lead down the front stretch. From there, Macedo held command of the lead for the next seven laps before the caution flew again for a slowed Bill Balog. When the race restarted, Gravel, again, put pressure on Macedo. Inches were left between their bumper for the next two laps. Gravel dived underneath the rookie in turn three but like before Macedo prevailed. They stayed first and second, respectively, to the halfway point of the Feature. In that time, Logan Schuchart quietly worked his way from ninth to third with the top two in sight. With 14 laps to go, Gravel, not willing to settle for second, capitalized on a strong run. While Macedo searched for traction on the high side, Gravel had already found it on the bottom. He powered by Macedo and officially took the lead with 13 laps to go. “Carson had a good pace. I think he just got free halfway through,” Gravel said. “I just kept working him, working him, trying to keep the pressure up, hoping he would spin his tires and kind of wear his stuff out. Luckily we were able to get by him.” Gravel’s fortunes looked to have finally turned in his favor. Instead of losing the race in the second half of the event, he was on track to win it. However, with nine laps to go, the “dun dun” of an imaginary bass played in your head. The Shark Racing No. 1s of Logan Schuchart was closing. Fast. Cruising around the high side of the track, Schuchart caught Gravel with four laps to go and sped around him with ease through turns one and two. Before Schuchart could run away with his fifth win of the season, the caution came out again for Tim Kaeding coming to a stop in turn four. With three laps to go and Schuchart now backed up to Gravel, the Jason Johnson Racing driver had one last chance to harness his fire to win. Gravel timed the restart just right, sneaking a nose underneath Schuchart as they raced down the front stretch. On their charge into turn one, Gravel dove to the bottom leaving no time for Schuchart to attempt a block. They exited turn two side-by-side and remained that way down the backstretch. When they made it to turn three Gravel, again, launched his car into the corner, pulling ahead of Schuchart, and maintained the run off turn four to clear Schuchart for the lead. He could throw away the runner-up speech. The win at Hartford Speedway was his. “We’ve been wanting to win so bad,” Gravel said. “Finally getting the win, we’ve been so close. As a driver I’ve let a couple of wins get away. Just happy I can get another win. You never know when your next one is going to be.” While Gravel celebrated a special victory – which he got to do with Jason Johnson’s son, Jaxx, for the first time this year in Victory Lane – Schuchart had to settle for another runner-up finish. “That stings a little bit," Schuchart said. "We had one like that last week, we lost the race at the end and did it again tonight. Last week I feel like I blame that on myself. Tonight, the guys did a fantastic job... We qualified bad, didn’t give up and raced hard all night.” He didn’t leave Michigan without some kind of win, though. His charge from ninth to second earned him the KSE Hard Charger award. Sweet also had an impressive charge after getting involved in the wreck – which required his front axle to be replaced and his top wing to be replaced – at the start of the race. He restarted at the back of the field and methodically made his way to sixth-place by the end of the race. “Had a pretty nasty vibration. I think we bent a rear axle,” Sweet said. “Honestly, a good salvage for us. Hung in there and tried not to shake my teeth out… Luckily, we were able to over come it. I think that’s a good sign for us to overcome that adversity tonight.” He maintains his points lead over Schatz – who finished third – now 44 points over the reigning champion. Gravel still sits third in points – 130 points behind Sweet. Gravel's win at Hartford was his second at track – the first driver to win more than one race at the speedway – his fourth win of the season and 43rd career World of Outlaws win – placing him 16th on the all-time wins list, passing Andy Hillenburg. “Hopefully we’ll get some more (wins) and get this thing rolling for the month of money,” Gravel said. UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws on Saturday, July 13, will venture to Wilmot Raceway in Wilmot, Wis. for the Badger 40. For tickets and more information, go to WorldofOutlaws.com. As always, you can catch all World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action on DIRTVision.com. RESULTS: NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 41-David Gravel [2][$10,000]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [9][$5,500]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$3,200]; 4. 2-Carson Macedo [1][$2,800]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [10][$2,500]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [7][$2,300]; 7. 18-Ian Madsen [6][$2,200]; 8. 9-James McFadden [13][$2,100]; 9. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [15][$2,050]; 10. 5-Shane Stewart [8][$2,000]; 11. 19-Brent Marks [14][$1,500]; 12. 7S-Tim Kaeding [4][$1,200]; 13. 83-Daryn Pittman [17][$1,100]; 14. 7-Jason Sides [5][$1,050]; 15. 81-Lee Jacobs [16][$1,000]; 16. 1A-Jacob Allen [22][$900]; 17. 17B-Bill Balog [12][$800]; 18. 23-Russel Borland [19][$800]; 19. 97-Max Stambaugh [11][$800]; 20. 2L-Landon Lalonde [18][$800]; 21. 28-Brian Paulus [21][$800]; 22. 39-Tyler Rankin [20][$800]; 23. 71H-Ryan Ruhl [23][$800]; Lap Leaders: Carson Macedo 1-16; David Gravel 17-26, 28-30; Logan Schuchart 27; KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+7] Qualifying – 1. 7S-Tim Kaeding, 14.014; 2. 2-Carson Macedo, 14.53; 3. 7-Jason Sides, 14.664; 4. 9-James McFadden, 14.702; 5. 71H-Ryan Ruhl, 14.714; 6. 5-Shane Stewart, 14.787; 7. 18-Ian Madsen, 14.823; 8. 49-Brad Sweet, 14.824; 9. 15-Donny Schatz, 14.859; 10. 17B-Bill Balog, 14.882; 11. 41-David Gravel, 14.915; 12. 19-Brent Marks, 14.948; 13. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 15.122; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 15.202; 15. 97-Max Stambaugh, 15.206; 16. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 15.363; 17. 81-Lee Jacobs, 15.492; 18. 83-Daryn Pittman, 15.578; 19. 2L-Landon Lalonde, 15.653; 20. 1A-Jacob Allen, 15.702; 21. 39-Tyler Rankin, 15.893; 22. 28-Brian Paulus, 16.232; 23. 23-Russel Borland, 16.326
  10. Sheppard remains undefeated in July, notches 5th consecutive victory (again) GRAND FORKS, ND – July 12, 2019 – Brandon Sheppard’s torrid, unprecedented winning ways continued Friday night at River Cities Speedway when he charged from third to his 13th World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series victory of the season. If anyone in the River Cities pit area was going to be strong enough to take down the Goliath of Rocket1 Racing, it was looking like former local regular and current Rookie of the Year points leader Ricky Weiss had a shot, but after chasing Sheppard around the quarter-mile bullring for half the race, Weiss came up just one spot short as Sheppard earned his fifth consecutive checkered flag and the 50th win of his World of Outlaws career. Weiss was right there the whole race. Coming from his sixth-place starting spot, Weiss jumped up to the fourth spot by the first lap and put a move on Shane Clanton to take the runner-up spot on a lap 19 restart. Once he cleared the Skyline Motorsports #25, Weiss was on a mission to catch the blue #1. “Sheppard was just so strong tonight, he would have had to slip up for us to get by him,” he said. Indeed, Sheppard was very strong. On the top, in the middle, on the bottom, it just didn’t seem to matter where he put the car, it cut through lapped traffic like a hot knife through butter. And there was quite a bit of traffic to deal with, as “The Rocket Shepp” faced multiple waves of it through 50 laps on the tacky racing surface. “Our car has just been so good and maneuverable,” Sheppard said. “That was key right there, to be able to be maneuverable when I got to lapped traffic and so I could get around Shane [Clanton].” Sheppard originally took the race lead away from Clanton on the ninth lap and held it through the next 41 laps, thanks to a great setup by his crew and car owner Mark Richards. This victory marks Sheppard’s first in the state of North Dakota and Richards’ second at River Cities. His only other win in Grand Forks was exactly one decade and two days ago with Sheppard’s predecessor aboard the Rocket Chassis house car, Josh Richards. With all of his previous experience racing at River Cities and on other tracks of comparable size, Richards has taken a note or two on how to set the car up for success on any racetrack the team goes to. “We’ve got a good baseline that allows us to unload almost anywhere and be in the ballpark,” he said. “Then we just make fine-tune adjustments from there. But Brandon Is an incredible driver who gives us incredible feedback, which enables us to tune the car to make it go like it does.” Weiss’ mission to catch Sheppard, both in and out of traffic, may have fallen short again, but what a streak the Rookie standout has been on as of late. Three consecutive podium finishes has given the Headingley, Manitoba-native a great boost of confidence heading into Ogilvie Raceway on Saturday and Red Cedar Speedway on Sunday. “The momentum’s great,” Weiss said. “It just helps our team get the car better, get our tires prepared and try to get ahead of the game. It’s a little bit of a truck out there tomorrow, but we don’t have too much work to do on the car. Just an oil change – our Vic Hill engine ran great.” River Cities was formerly one of Weiss’s proving grounds – a place where he built a fanbase amongst his fellow WISSOTA Late Model drivers before hitting the road this year to tackle the World of Outlaws tour with eyes on the Rookie of the Year title. So far, his campaign is going swimmingly, racking up nine top-five Morton Buildings Feature finishes and sitting just 32 points out of second place in Series points. And how his fans have noticed. Immediately after the race’s completion on Friday night, Weiss’s pit stall became flooded with a sea of his most adoring fans, best friends and supportive racing family. Some of which came quite a distance from home to get a bit of new merchandise, have a chat with their favorite Canadian driver and see him earn another great finish. “It’s pretty cool, I can’t thank everyone enough for all of their support,” Weiss said, in the middle of signing an autograph. “There’s so many people that don’t get to see us too much now throughout the year. But the people that came up to me tonight told me they’ve been buying DIRTVision and just doing anything to watch us race.” “When they’re able to come, they’re traveling hundreds of miles to see us,” Weiss continued. “It’s pretty cool to know the support we’ve got, and to see your name on the t-shirts too.” Completing the podium and picking up his best finish aboard the World of Outlaws tour this year on Friday night was none other than “The One-Man Band,” Dennis Erb Jr. Coming from the fifth starting spot, Erb drove his usual line around the bottom and made steady passes on Jimmy Mars and Shane Clanton to earn a spot on his first podium finish with the Outlaws this year. “When they went out and re-worked the racetrack, the bottom was there for a little bit,” Erb said. “The car worked real good tonight and I was really happy with everything, so to get up there and finish third tonight, I’m really pleased with that.” Erb is coming off of a bit of DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour competition that features a few tracks similar in size and shape to River Cities, the major difference being the amount of banking that River Cities has. Known for his success on the “Hell Tour” as a three-time champion, Erb used a bit of those notes and knowledge to aid his efforts on Friday night. “This track here fits some of the stuff that we raced on back home, just a little bit more banking to it,” Erb said. “We took some notes from there and put them together for tonight, and it worked out well for us.” The World of Outlaws are back in action tonight at the Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, Minnesota for another 50-lap, $10,000-to-win showdown. Hot laps are scheduled to go live on DIRTVision at 6:15 p.m. central – catch all of the action with your Late Model Fast Pass! Morton Buildings Feature (50 Laps) 1. 1-Brandon Sheppard [3][$10,000]; 2. 7-Ricky Weiss [6][$5,000]; 3. 28-Dennis Erb [5][$3,000]; 4. 25-Shane Clanton [2][$2,500]; 5. 29-Darrell Lanigan [4][$2,000]; 6. 28m-Jimmy Mars [1][$1,700]; 7. 11-Pat Doar [12][$1,400]; 8. 21-Aaron Turnbull [9][$1,300]; 9. 18-Chase Junghans [8][$1,200]; 10. 14-Brody Troftgruben [19][$1,100]; 11. 44-Cole Schill [11][$1,050]; 12. B1-Brent Larson [15][$1,000]; 13. 99B-Boom Briggs [14][$950]; 14. 10-Mike Balcaen [20][$900]; 15. 4-Shane Edginton [13][$850]; 16. C4-Ryan Corbett [17][$800]; 17. 97-Cade Dillard [7][$770]; 18. 6-Blake Spencer [23][$750]; 19. F9-Brandon Fuller [21][$730]; 20. 12s-Brad Seng [16][$700]; 21. 42s-Don Shaw [10][$700]; 22. T1-Tom Corcoran [18][$700]; 23. 86-Matt Smith [22][$700]; 24. 1R-Travis Robertson [24][$700] Hard Charger: 14-Brody Troftgruben[+9]
  11. SHEPPARD HOLDS OFF A HOUNDING WEISS TO WIN HIS FIRST AT DEER CREEK SPRING VALLEY, MN – July 6, 2019 – They say good things come to those who wait. They also say good things come to those who go out and create their own opportunities. On Saturday night at Deer Creek Speedway, those two proverbs seemed to play quite a significant role over the course of 50 laps in the Bigelow Homes Gopher 50, as Brandon Sheppard picked up his 11th win of the season after a brilliant move to take the lead and a stellar display of defense in the final laps to hold off a hard-charging Ricky Weiss. After 33 laps of chasing and stalking leader Shane Clanton, Sheppard waited for the perfect moment to pull the trigger and take the lead. He found that moment on a lap 34 restart, driving his Rocket1 Racing ride hard into turn one in the low groove underneath Clanton and drag racing him down the backstretch. “The Georgia Bulldog” hung tough on the outside and held the spot through the start/finish line to lead lap 34 but couldn’t maintain the advantage past the second turn. Sheppard was too good on the bottom. He carried that lead all the way through the checkered flag to win his third World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series Feature in-a-row, and 48th all-time. “I finally found a little bit better line through turns one and two,” Sheppard said of his patient move on Clanton to take the lead. “A couple of restarts allowed me to slow down and get to the middle-bottom groove, and get enough momentum built up to get around him.” But once Sheppard captured the lead, it was game-on for the Rookie sensation from Headingley, Manitoba – Ricky Weiss. Of course, it’s always game-on for the Sweet-Bloomquist Chassis pilot as soon as the green flag drops, but what a display of car control he exhibited over 50 laps, going from his ninth-place starting spot to inside the podium before halfway. Weiss had been working on the leaders for several laps when he finally reached the rear bumper of Clanton, making light work of the Capital #25 on a lap 37 restart to jumpstart his pursuit of Sheppard. By lap 43, Weiss had driven to within inches of “The Rocket Shepp” and his rear bumper and began driving deep into turns three and four in search of an advantage on the bottom. Once his patience with the aggressive corner entry ran dry on lap 47, Weiss tried a smooth-and-steady turn one entry on the middle-bottom groove and made it stick, making for a great door-to-door drag race down the backstretch. Into turn three they raced, Weiss seemingly looking for a slide-job opportunity, but a very untimely caution was thrown for a slowing Cade Dillard just ahead of them. Weiss got one more shot at Sheppard on the restart, but ultimately came up just one spot short of his very elusive first career World of Outlaws win. “I could see we were better in turns three and four, so I knew I wanted to make the move there,” Weiss said. “But right when I got beside him was when I heard the caution.” “It is what it is,” a positive Weiss continued. “Hopefully, I’ll be racing long enough that the lucky ones come to me and we can say they saved us.” This finish stands as Weiss’ sixth top-five and fourth podium finish of the year. Two of those podiums, including Saturday night’s, have now been runner-ups to Sheppard. But the five-time WISSOTA Late Models Champion is ready to improve by one spot, heading into a number of tracks he’s familiar with from mastering the northern Super Late Model tour like ABC, Ogilvie and Red Cedar. “it’s nice to know that we’re going into tracks that we’ve seen before,” Weiss said. “We’ve got a lot of people we can talk to and it’s really not such a guess anymore. We know what gear to run, we know what the track’s going to do throughout the night, what tires to put on. It definitely helps.” Despite Weiss’ solid Feature finish, his night didn’t exactly start off the way he had planned. After experiencing post-hot lap engine issues, Weiss and the crew pulled out their backup car and scrambled to get it race-ready. The quick turnaround time from hot laps to Qualifying caused them to miss their spot in the order, but Weiss was able to make it out for the one allotted lap, given to drivers who are late to Qualifying, which at least earned him a workable starting spot in his Drydene Heat race. From there, it was all smooth sailing for the #7 team. Their integrity and determination earned them every bit of success they encountered on Saturday night. “We’re just happy with how we turned out night around, having to pull out the backup car and thrashing to get it together,” Weiss said. UP NEXT A very busy stretch awaits the Outlaws this week, as they next head to ABC Raceway in Ashland, Wisconsin for the Series debut at the facility on July 9, followed by a back-to-back-to-back series at River Cities Speedway on July 12, Ogilvie Raceway on July 13 and another track debut at Red Cedar Speedway on Sunday, July 13. Catch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision! ABBREVIATED RESULTS (click here for full results) Morton Buildings Feature (50 Laps) 1. 1-Brandon Sheppard [1][$10,000]; 2. 7-Ricky Weiss [9][$5,000]; 3. 28m-Jimmy Mars [5][$3,000]; 4. 29-Darrell Lanigan [12][$2,500]; 5. 18-Chase Junghans [4][$2,000]; 6. 25-Shane Clanton [2][$1,700]; 7. 85-John Kaanta [19][$1,400]; 8. 99B-Boom Briggs [11][$1,300]; 9. B1-Brent Larson [6][$1,200]; 10. 28-Dennis Erb [20][$1,100]; 11. 25s-Chad Simpson [3][$1,050]; 12. 11-Pat Doar [17][$1,000]; 13. 97-Cade Dillard [18][$950]; 14. 43-Jeremy Grady [16][$900]; 15. 49-Jake Timm [15][$850]; 16. 11r-Justin Reed [21][$800]; 17. 10-Paul Parker [24][$770]; 18. 6-Blake Spencer [23][$750]; 19. 98-Jason Rauen [13][$730]; 20. 16-Tyler Bruening [10][$700]; 21. 58-A.J. Diemel [14][$700]; 22. 3-Brett Swedberg [7][$700]; 23. 6m-Jeff Massingill [22][$700]; 24. 32-Chris Simpson [8][$700] Hard Charger: 85-John Kaanta[+12]
  12. ROUND TWO REDEMPTION: Brad Sweet takes back-up car to Victory Lane at Cedar Lake Speedway - Sweet rebounds from early night woes to win the second round of the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown The right rear tire of Brad Sweet’s NAPA Auto Parts No. 49 car sagged lower to the ground with every inch the car rolled into the infield. DB3Inc photo Fortunate for Sweet, his infield trip was to Cedar Lake Speedway’s Victory Lane Saturday night. It was his ninth win of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season – tying his win total last year and his record for most wins in a season – and his 43rd career Series win overall. The image of Sweet waving the checkered flag atop his car with a flat tire was symbolistic of his path to victory. Rain forced the remaining 28 laps of Friday night’s FVP Platinum Battery Showdown Feature to be run Saturday evening – making Saturday a doubleheader event. Sweet restarted the race in fourth and kept pace with the leaders, eyeing his third win in-a-row and 14th top-five in a row. But four laps into the race, Sweet slowed to a stop. A U-joint broke in the car, damaging it beyond a quick repair. Sweet was forced to take his first DNF of the season. His Kasey Kahne Racing team had to pull out the back-up car for the second Feature of the night. “I was disappointed, but we win as a team, we lose as a team,” Sweet said. “Every now and then you have a mechanical failure. We’ll go back and look at it and make sure it doesn’t happen again.” After about an hour turnaround to get the back-up car ready, he Qualified eighth and then finished second in his Dryden Heat race behind Sheldon Haudenschild – who won the first Feature of the night. If there were still any concerns about how the back-up car would run, they were extinguished in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash. Sweet ran second to Dominic Scelzi for the first half of the Dash, but found grip riding the bottom of the track and reeled Scelzi in lap by lap. On the final lap, the two California-natives charged down the front stretch side-by-side with Sweet edging out Scelzi for the win. Now with the pole position for the Feature, Sweet was in prime position to rebound from his 23rd-place finish earlier in the night. He launched to the lead on the initial start. Scelzi didn’t let Sweet get far, though. Five laps into the race, Scelzi snuck underneath Sweet in turns one and two. It wasn’t enough. Sweet charged off the top side of the track and maintained the lead. Scelzi wasn’t ready to give up. He charged back underneath Sweet, but, again, Sweet had the advantage on the high side. He shot to the lead and pulled away from Scelzi. For the remaining 30 laps, Sweet held command of the race. Scelzi was left to fight for second-place, which he eventually lost to David Gravel. Carson Macedo wasn’t far behind, stealing third from Scelzi, as well. Lap traffic became an obstacle at times for Sweet, but had little effect on slowing him down. He was denied a chance at a win earlier in the night. That was not going to happen again. He crossed the finish line with about a straightaway lead, ending the long day with a win. “It was pretty cool that a car that just sits in our trailer we can bring out first night out and get it going that good,” Sweet said. “It’s been a long day, but it’s nice to celebrate another win. I want to keep it rolling. I have a great race car.” In the first Feature of the night, 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz finished second – cutting Sweet’s points lead in half. However with Schatz finishing seventh in the second Feature of the night, Sweet was able to maintain a 50-point lead over the Fargo, N.D.-native. Gravel has moved into third – 142 points behind Sweet. “We’re happy with a second,” said Gravel, who went Quick Time for both Features at Cedar Lake Speedway. “We didn’t have a shot to win there. But happy with second. I think that was the best-case scenario for us. Brad got by a couple of lap cars and just wasn’t able to get back by the cars he did and kind of got stuck there.” While Sweet dominated the race, leading all 35 laps, he said there is still room for improvement as his car lost grip throughout the run. “If we keep fine tuning this thing, I think we can win a lot of races this year,” Sweet said. With nine wins halfway through the season – seven of them in the last 10 races – Sweet is already on track to a career best year. “We’ve got a good thing going and all we want to do is keep the throttle down,” Sweet said. “We just want to win as many of these races as we can. You don’t get these opportunities like we have very often.” Sweet made the most of his latest opportunity with minutes to spare before his right rear tire gave out for the night in Victory Lane. UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws on Friday, July 12, will be at Hartford Speedway in Hartford, Mich. for the Battle of Michigan. As always, you can catch all World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action on DIRTVision.com. For tickets and more information, go to www.WorldofOutlaws.com. RESULTS: NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps) - 1. 49-Brad Sweet [1][$10,000]; 2. 41-David Gravel [3][$5,000]; 3. 2-Carson Macedo [5][$3,000]; 4. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [2][$2,700]; 5. 18-Ian Madsen [7][$2,500]; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [4][$2,200]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz [11][$2,000]; 8. 2M-Kerry Madsen [9][$1,800]; 9. 17B-Bill Balog [6][$1,600]; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen [10][$1,450]; 11. 5-Shane Stewart [15][$1,300]; 12. 83-Daryn Pittman [8][$1,200]; 13. 19-Brent Marks [19][$1,100]; 14. 1S-Logan Schuchart [14][$1,000]; 15. 21-Brian Brown [17][$950]; 16. 7S-Jason Sides [21][$900]; 17. 13-Mark Dobmeier [18][$850]; 18. 3-Jac Haudenschild [22][$750]; 19. 1AJ-Trevor Mell [24][$725]; 20. 49X-Tim Shaffer [12][$700]; 21. 9N-Wade Nygaard [16][$700]; 22. 19P-Paige Polyak [20][$700]; 23. 11K-Kraig Kinser [13][$700]; 24. 23-Russel Borland [23][$700]; Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1-35; KSE Hard Charger Award: 19-Brent Marks[+6] Qualifying - 1. 41-David Gravel, 13.015; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.032; 3. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.295; 4. 17B-Bill Balog, 13.32; 5. 83-Daryn Pittman, 13.48; 6. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 13.501; 7. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.551; 8. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.553; 9. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.562; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.619; 11. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.657; 12. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 13.66; 13. 9N-Wade Nygaard, 13.779; 14. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.943; 15. 5-Shane Stewart, 13.958; 16. 19P-Paige Polyak, 13.985; 17. 21-Brian Brown, 14.003; 18. 3-Jac Haudenschild, 14.005; 19. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.382; 20. 7S-Jason Sides, 14.394; 21. 13-Mark Dobmeier, 14.398; 22. 19-Brent Marks, 14.511; 23. 1AJ-Trevor Mell, 15.319; 24. 29-Hunter Custer, 15.385; 25. 23-Russel Borland, 15.589
  13. Haudenschild holds off Donny Schatz to win at Cedar Lake Speedway Haudenschild wins the rain delayed FVP Platinum Battery Showdown Nerves set in for Sheldon Haudenschild in the closing laps of the early Saturday evening World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series FVP Platinum Battery Showdown at Cedar Lake Speedway. While leading with less than 10 laps to go, he brushed the wall off turn four while trying to pass a lap car on one lap and jumped the cushion in turn one, upsetting his car, in another. With 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz lurking behind him – hungry to return to Victory Lane – Haudenschild knew errors were not an option. “I made a couple of sloppy laps there honestly,” Haudenschild said. “I was a little nervous. That’s usually when Donny capitalizes. I wasn’t very happy with myself making a few of those mistakes.” Schatz closed, but after the couple errors, Haudenschild in his NOS Energy Drink No. 17 was flawless. Powering around the high side of the speedway, the Wooster, Ohio-native cruised to his first win of the season – 6th career win – and first win since August. It wasn’t an easy drive though. Before having to hold off Schatz, he had to work his way from eighth-place past drivers like Brad Sweet, Shane Stewart, David Gravel and Schatz for the lead. Rain was also a hinderance. Seven laps of the 35-lap Feature were completed Friday night before rain fell, postponing the race until Saturday evening – leaving 28 laps to go. Before the rain fell, Gravel had taken the lead and Haudenschild had moved his way to seventh. “Starting seventh (when the race restarted) I wasn’t really sure what to expect,” Haudenschild said. “I had Brad, Donny, Gravel and the five-car up there. It definitely wasn’t easy pickings to get up there. Luckily, I made a couple of passes on the bottom in (turns) one and two while it was still good, and I think I moved up at the right time. “We’ve had a little bit of a down period. So, to get a win for them (Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing team), and myself is huge.” When the Feature went back green early Saturday evening, Schatz launched by Gravel for the lead and never looked back. Pulling away from the field he looked poised to claim his fourth win of the season. However, a fast Haudenschild charged his way through the field and eventually worked his way around Schatz on the high side to steal the top spot and lead the final 19 laps. While Schatz had to settle for second, he made a big gain in the points with Sweet breaking a part during the race and finishing 23rd. “Wins is what keeps you a job and keep these teams going, keeps them motivated,” said Schatz, of Fargo, N.D.-native. “So, we wanted to win. Sheldon did a better job. When he got up on the top there in three and four, he’s good at that stuff.” Rounding out the podium was Kerry Madsen, who used a few late race slide jobs to secure the position. “Just didn’t get my rhythm until halfway,” Madsen said. “The car came alive and started attacking.” With the new track conditions Saturday evening, versus Friday night, drivers were unsure what they would be faced with, but Haudenschild stayed confident throughout the delay. He knew he had a good car Friday night and knew he could keep his strong run going into Saturday. With the sun’s evening rays bathing him, his NOS Energy Drink can newly awarded glimmering gold trophy in Victory Lane at Cedar Lake Speedway, Haudenschild’s nerves were gone, replaced by relief and joy. UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will complete the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown tonight at Cedar Lake Speedway. As always, you can catch all World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action on DIRTVision.com. For tickets and more information, go to www.WorldofOutlaws.com. RESULTS: NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps) - 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [8][$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [1][$5,000]; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen [5][$3,000]; 4. 19-Brent Marks [16][$2,700]; 5. 49X-Tim Shaffer [11][$2,500]; 6. 5-Shane Stewart [4][$2,200]; 7. 41-David Gravel [2][$2,000]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart [15][$1,800]; 9. 83-Daryn Pittman [14][$1,600]; 10. 7S-Jason Sides [6][$1,450]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser [20][$1,300]; 12. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [12][$1,200]; 13. 1A-Jacob Allen [3][$1,100]; 14. 3-Jac Haudenschild [19][$1,000]; 15. 9N-Wade Nygaard [23][$950]; 16. 2-Carson Macedo [10][$900]; 17. 23-Russel Borland [21][$850]; 18. 13-Mark Dobmeier [22][$750]; 19. 29-Hunter Custer [24][$725]; 20. 18-Ian Madsen [13][$700]; 21. 21-Brian Brown [17][$700]; 22. O5-Colin Smith [18][$700]; 23. 49-Brad Sweet [7][$700]; 24. 55-Brooke Tatnell [9][$700]; 25. 14K-Tori Knutson [25][$700]; Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-7, Donny Schatz 1-16, Sheldon Haudenschild 17-35; KSE Hard Charger Award: 19-Brent Marks[+12] Qualifying - 1. 41-David Gravel, 11.072; 2. 5-Shane Stewart, 11.079; 3. 3-Jac Haudenschild, 11.127; 4. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.129; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.136; 6. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.145; 7. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.169; 8. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 11.183; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 11.21; 10. 2-Carson Macedo, 11.219; 11. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.231; 12. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 11.239; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.258; 14. 21-Brian Brown, 11.275; 15. 55-Brooke Tatnell, 11.298; 16. 18-Ian Madsen, 11.304; 17. 83-Daryn Pittman, 11.309; 18. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 11.332; 19. 19-Brent Marks, 11.367; 20. 23-Russel Borland, 11.412; 21. O5-Colin Smith, 11.429; 22. 13-Mark Dobmeier, 11.57; 23. 9N-Wade Nygaard, 11.658; 24. 29-Hunter Custer, 11.975; 25. 14K-Tori Knutson, 12.718; 26. 17B-Bill Balog, NT
  14. Brandon Sheppard collects 10th of the year at Independence INDEPENDENCE, IA – July 5, 2019 – Using a lane few other drivers chose to use throughout the night at the start of the Morton Buildings Feature, Brandon Sheppard showed a packed house of Buchanan County fairgoers exactly why he’s known as “The Rocket Shepp.” Blasting off around the outside of Iowa-native Chris Simpson on lap four, Sheppard ran away with the lead and dominated his competition over 50 laps at Independence Motor Speedway to collect his 10th World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series win of the season on Friday night. Mike Ruefer photo “Everything’s clicking right now, that’s what it takes to stay on a roll as long as we have been,” Sheppard said with a large crowd of family, friends and fans surrounding his Rocket Chassis #1. “It’s just a lot of fun right now, especially with this month-and-a-half long trip we’ve got upcoming here, it’s definitely good to get the first win out of the way.” Getting this first win as part of the Northern/Midwestern swing definitely goes as a plus for the team, as they continue their march toward history and the single-season wins record of 18, which Sheppard shares with his predecessor in the Rocket Chassis house car, Josh Richards. He usually doesn’t let those outside statistics distract he and the team, and this one is no exception. However, Sheppard has never felt more in-sync with his crew, and knows he’ll have a good shot at the record come the end of the season. “It’s a long year, a lot of things can happen,” Sheppard said. “As long as we can keep doing what we’re doing early in the night, qualifying good and running up front in the heat races, we should be fine.” This makes back-to-back wins for the Rocket1 Racing team, as they also picked up the win last Friday night at the Terre Haute Action Track vs. the stars of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals. But some of the home-state stars also came out to race on Friday night, and what an effort Simpson put in, in front of his family and friends that came from just over an hour away from his hometown of Oxford, Iowa to see him battle the Outlaws and pick up a solid second-place finish. “Oh, it’s huge,” Simpson said with an equally large crowd of familiar faces surrounding his Hoker Trucking #32. “Anytime the World of Outlaws comes into Iowa to race, I always want to do well. One of my main sponsors is from this town, so I was wheeling the Modified and then doing [my Late Model] here too. So, to run good here tonight, it’s cool for them to see it.” Simpson was pulling double-duty in a locally-owned Modified as well as his Late Model on Friday night, showing his mastery of the 3/8-mile and confidence in his driving abilities to get it done in multiple classes. In the early going, Simpson shot out to a sizable lead before Sheppard caught him and made the race-winning move on the high side. Simpson began to reel in Sheppard when Sheppard got stuck behind lapped traffic but was unable to make a move before caution flags began intermittently flying throughout the race. Despite not being able to get underneath Sheppard to make a move, Simpson showed a lot of strength on Friday night, defending his previously set track record and picking up his first PFC Brakes Fast Time since 2013. From there, he won his Drydene Heat race and redrew the pole that set him up for a great run. Perhaps one of the most interesting storylines that developed over the course of the night surrounded the “B1 Bomber” Brent Larson. Setting fifth-fast time in Qualifying, Larson went on to win the very first Drydene Heat race of his career, behind the wheel of his appropriately sponsored Drydene #B1. But his success didn’t stop there. Larson redrew the outside pole for the Morton Buildings Feature and held his own for 50 laps, crossing the line with a solid fourth-place finish to garner his first-ever top-five in World of Outlaws competition. A runner-up in Rookie of the Year points last season, Larson gathered eight top-10s, but fell short of any top-five finishes. This year, things are different – a new sponsorship and a whole new attitude for Team Drydene has given Larson a great run to be proud of and build on as 2019 progresses. “We’ve been continuing to get a little bit better and better every night,” Larson said of he and his crew’s efforts. “We’ve had some good lap times in the Features, we just haven’t been able to put a good run together. But I think being around our home turf, this is a sign of things to come.” Larson, a Lake Elmo, Minnesota-native, will certainly feel right at home when the World of Outlaws heads to Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minnesota on Saturday – a track he finished 10th at last year. Wrapping up the podium was a driver who hadn’t seen the top-three since the end of May – Chase Junghans. The ShopQuik #18 pilot last graced the podium with his runner-up finish at Cochran Motor Speedway and has been knocking on the door for his third-career World of Outlaws win all season. “The last swing we went on was not good, but we regrouped last week, went through everything and changed some stuff that we saw. I know we’re going in the right direction. We go to a lot of Midwestern tracks that I like racing at coming up, so we’re looking forward to having a good swing,” Junghans said. Catch all of the Outlaws back in action tonight, July 6 at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minnesota for the Bigelow Homes Gopher 50, live on DIRTVision! Morton Buildings Feature (50 Laps) 1. 1-Brandon Sheppard [3][$10,000]; 2. 32-Chris Simpson [1][$5,000]; 3. 18-Chase Junghans [5][$3,000]; 4. B1-Brent Larson [2][$2,500]; 5. 16-Tyler Bruening [6][$2,000]; 6. 28-Dennis Erb [8][$1,700]; 7. 29-Darrell Lanigan [10][$1,400]; 8. 25-Shane Clanton [12][$1,300]; 9. 7-Ricky Weiss [4][$1,200]; 10. 97-Cade Dillard [11][$1,100]; 11. 99B-Boom Briggs [9][$1,050]; 12. 6-Blake Spencer [18][$1,000]; 13. 43-Jeremy Grady [16][$950]; 14. 22B-Jonathan Brauns [14][$900]; 15. 10-Paul Parker [19][$850]; 16. 58-Dave Eckrich [17][$800]; 17. 25s-Chad Simpson [7][$770]; 18. 29D-Spencer Diercks [13][$750]; 19. 87-John Emerson [20][$730]; 20. 98-Jason Rauen [15][$700]; 21. 17-Tim Simpson [21][$700] Hard Charger: 6-Blake Spencer[+6]
  15. Sweet continues winning WoO Sprint ways in South Dakota - Brad Sweet takes advantage of Logan Schuchart’s mistake to get eighth win of the season at Brown County Speedway Brad Sweet admitted running second isn’t always a bad thing. That’s because he used it to his advantage to win six of the last eight races – including Wednesday night’s World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Feature at Brown County Speedway, in Aberdeen, S.D. However, with a fifth-place starting position and several cautions, it took Sweet about half the race to make his way to second and catch leader Logan Schuchart. His trek to the front took patience. And a few key adjustments by his Kasey Kahne Racing crew before the 35-lap Feature. “We were awful in the Dash and the NAPA Auto Parts guys made a great adjustment for the [Feature] and we had a really good car,” Sweet said. Sweet started the night as the quickest car in Hot Laps and won his Drydene Heat race. The Dash was a drastic change of pace for the Kasey Kahne Racing No. 49 team, though. Sweet finished fifth out of six cars – falling from a third-place starting position. Then the adjustments, and patience. Schuchart jumped to the lead at the start of the Feature, but had pressure from Kraig Kinser for the position. Their runs were cut short with a caution on the first lap for Paige Polyak spinning in turn one. Before they could battle for the lead again, there was another. This time for Jac Haudenschild going off track – an issue several drivers had throughout the night. When the race went green, Kinser fell victim to 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz and Sweet, who passed Kinser for second and third, respectively. The trio of Schuchart, Schatz and Sweet remained in that running order until Lap 15. With 20 laps to go, Sweet dove to the bottom of turn three, while Schatz ran high – the line just about every car was on – and slid up in front of the Fargo, N.D.-native to take second-place. He was now in a position to learn. To stalk. To hunt. Lap traffic was a benefit to Sweet in previous races, helping him catch the leader. However, with multiple cautions for cars either spinning or going off track, Schuchart had little traffic to deal for the majority of the Feature. He never fumbled on the restarts, either. The rear tires of the Drydene No. 1s held on to clay surface with the grip of a shark biting into its prey, launching Schuchart to a multi-car length lead every time. On the final restart with 19 laps to go, the race went green flag to checkered flag. Schuchart again launched to the lead and cruised around the high side of the track, while Sweet and Schatz followed in his footsteps. With about 10 laps to go, Schuchart found himself having to navigate through heavy lap traffic. That brought Sweet and Schatz back into the battle for the lead. Sweet’s patient was paying off. Four laps later, Schuchart slid off the bottom of the track while trying to pass a slower car. His loss of momentum allowed Sweet to dart to the inside of the Shark Racing car. The duo drag raced down the front stretch of the quarter-mile track, neither willing to succumb to the other. On their charge into turn one, Sweet used the middle lane to his advantage, powering by Schuchart for the lead and running away with it for the remaining five laps. “I think he (Schuchart) thought he could get that lap car and it just allowed me to get the run,” Sweet said. Sweet went on to see the duel checkered flags waving over his car for the eighth time his year – and the 42nd time in his World of Outlaws career. “I was just trying to be patient there,” Sweet said. “Sometimes it’s good to be second again. Logan wasn’t sure what to do with the lap car. I knew there was no way to pass him. The rubber was starting to move down the race track and it was tricky to hit.” Schuchart, who led 30 laps, puts the blame on himself for letting the win slip away. “I just got a little over anxious,” Schuchart said. “It was a bad deal on my part. I thought I had to pass a lap car and I didn’t. But I’m happy to be up here running second.” While Schuchart was still satisfied with his podium finish, Schatz, who ended up third – his second podium finish in-a-row – was left still looking for more. “We’re close, but close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, and we’re not doing either of those, so we’ll keep digging and trying to get the wins,” Schatz said. At this point last year, Schatz had double digit wins and the points lead. Currently, the Fargo, N.D.-native has three wins and sits second in points – now 78 points behind the KKR No. 49 car. Sweet is on an impressive run of 13 top-five finishes in-a-row and is already nearing his 2018 win total of nine victories. “I’ve had years when we only win five races in a whole season,” Sweet said. “I know how special it is when you get on a roll like this… This is what we’re meant to be doing out here. It’s fun to win these races. I’m not going to take it for granted and we’re going to keep working hard.” UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws on Friday, July 5, and Saturday, July 6, will be a Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis. for the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown. As always, you can catch all World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action on DIRTVision.com. For tickets and more information, go to www.WorldofOutlaws.com. RESULTS: NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [5][$10,000]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1][$5,500]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [2][$3,200]; 4. 19-Brent Marks [9][$2,800]; 5. 41-David Gravel [8][$2,500]; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen [13][$2,300]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3][$2,200]; 8. 83-Daryn Pittman [11][$2,100]; 9. 2-Carson Macedo [17][$2,050]; 10. 18-Ian Madsen [7][$2,000]; 11. 5-Shane Stewart [14][$1,500]; 12. 2M-Kerry Madsen [18][$1,200]; 13. 49X-Tim Shaffer [6][$1,100]; 14. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [12][$1,050]; 15. 13-Mark Dobmeier [16][$1,000]; 16. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [15][$900]; 17. 7S-Jason Sides [4][$800]; 18. 17B-Ryan Bickett [22][$800]; 19. 2K-Kevin Ingle [21][$800]; 20. 19P-Paige Polyak [19][$800]; 21. 3-Jac Haudenschild [10][$800]; 22. 11M-Brendan Mullen [20][$800]; Lap Leaders: Logan Schuchart 1-30, Brad Sweet 31-35 ; KSE Hard Charger Award: 2-Carson Macedo[+8] Qualifying – 1. 7S-Jason Sides, 10.961; 2. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.049; 3. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.063; 4. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 11.092; 5. 83-Daryn Pittman, 11.12; 6. 19-Brent Marks, 11.143; 7. 3-Jac Haudenschild, 11.152; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.154; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 11.168; 10. 19P-Paige Polyak, 11.168; 11. 41-David Gravel, 11.173; 12. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 11.19; 13. 18-Ian Madsen, 11.19; 14. 2-Carson Macedo, 11.212; 15. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.223; 16. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.236; 17. 5-Shane Stewart, 11.258; 18. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 11.295; 19. 13-Mark Dobmeier, 11.474; 20. 11M-Brendan Mullen, 11.482; 21. 2K-Kevin Ingle, 11.734; 22. 17B-Ryan Bickett, 11.894
  16. Brad Sweet wins 2019 Jackson Nationals By holding off 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz to win at Jackson Motorplex, Brad Sweet pockets $41,000 payday The “Big Cat” Brad Sweet was starving for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series win at Jackson Motorplex Saturday night. He’s tasted victory six times already this season – including a win Thursday night at Jackson Motorplex – but with $41,000 and the title of Jackson Nationals champion on the line, his appetite wouldn’t be appeased until the night’s entrée was his. He had to battle through cautions, lap traffic, smoking tires and an equally as hungry Donny Schatz, but at the end of the 35-lap Feature, Sweet drove his NAPA Auto Parts No. 49 car to Victory Lane for the seventh time this year, claiming the 41st Annual AGCO Jackson Nationals. “Forty-one thousand, that’s awesome,” Sweet said. “These big money races are hard to win.” After winning opening night of the Jackson Nationals, Thursday, and finishing fifth Friday night, his total combined points locked him into the pole position for Saturday night’s DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash. He dominated the field in the Dash, pulling away to a 3.5 second lead over second-place Daryn Pittman by the end. Sweet had the plate of $41,000 in his hands and was ready to walk away with it. But when the Feature went green, he found himself having to brawl for it. Pittman charged around the outside of Sweet through turns one and two to take the lead. The next time around, Sweet dove underneath Pittman in turn one, putting the two side-by-side at the exit of turn two. Neither were going to lift. But to avoid sliding up into Pittman, Sweet had to jerk his car sideways and allowed the Roth Enterprises No. 83 car to pull away. Pittman held command of the lead for the next 11 laps before there was contact between he and the lap car of Austin McCarl, which sent McCarl rolling into turn one. When the race went back green after the red flag, Sweet got the jump on Pittman, clearing him for the lead before they got back to the flag stand. Into turn one, Sweet moved to the top of the track, blocking Pittman’s line. The Grass Valley, Calif-native then pulled away to about a four-car-length lead exiting turn two. Pittman’s fortunes continued to decline with Schatz working his way by the Oklahoma-native and dropping him to third – where he would remain for the rest of the Feature. “I keep finding ways to lose races,” said Pittman, whose third-place finish was his seventh top-five in-a-row. “Getting frustrating, but my Roth Motorsports guys keep working really hard. They’re doing a great job.” Leaving Pittman in third, Schatz began his hunt of Sweet. With just three wins this season, so far, and his last win coming nine races ago, the 10-time Series champion was as hungry as Sweet to return to Victory Lane. Sweet lost grip exiting turn two on the slick track while trying to pass a lap car, with 11 laps to go. That allowed Schatz to close on Sweet and dive underneath him in turn three. The two were side-by-side exiting turn four with Sweet smoking his tires on the rubbered down groove of the track and Schatz fighting to keep his car straight. “It didn’t surprise me one bit when the fifteen (car) was sneaking under me,” said Sweet, who has battled Schatz for the points lead all season long. “He’s got me chasing my tail a little bit.” After Schatz’s attempt at passing the Kasey Kahne Racing car, Sweet got into a rhythm. He found his line and rode it for the remaining 10 laps to claim his 41st career Series win during the 41st Annual Jackson Nationals with a $41,000 payday. “Once I got in clean track, I knew just to run right in the rubber and I didn’t want to allow any runs to happen,” Sweet said. “It was just one of those things where we were just good enough to get the win tonight. It wasn’t pretty I don’t think, but that’s why you set yourself up all weekend to get in the right position and we were in the right position and we were able to get the win.” Schatz’s second-place finish was a rebound from Friday when he blew a motor while leading the Dash and ended up eighth in the Feature. “Hats off to these (Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing) guys,” Schatz said. “They’re digging. They’ve got an awesome race car. The driver’s got to step up to the plate a little bit, start swinging a bigger bat. We’ll work on that.” Sweet has now won five of the last seven races. That’s resulted in him extending his championship lead to 72-points over Schatz. “We’ve had a good little run here,” Sweet said. “It’s been a lot of fun.” While the “Big Cat’s” winning appetite was appeased Saturday night, hunger is sure to return next week. UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws on Wednesday, July 3, will return to Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen, S.D. for the Star Spangled Showdown. As always, you can catch all World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action on DIRTVision.com. For tickets and more information, go to www.WorldofOutlaws.com. RESULTS: NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [1][$41,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [4][$20,000]; 3. 83-Daryn Pittman [2][$12,000]; 4. 41-David Gravel [3][$9,000]; 5. 9-James McFadden [9][$8,000]; 6. 21-Brian Brown [6][$7,000]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart [17][$6,500]; 8. 18-Ian Madsen [8][$6,000]; 9. 2-Carson Macedo [5][$5,500]; 10. 49X-Tim Shaffer [21][$5,000]; 11. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [19][$4,000]; 12. 55-Brooke Tatnell [12][$3,700]; 13. 5-Shane Stewart [16][$3,600]; 14. 19-Brent Marks [24][$3,500]; 15. 2M-Kerry Madsen [23][$3,400]; 16. 3-Jac Haudenschild [11][$3,300]; 17. 41S-Giovanni Scelzi [18][$3,200]; 18. 4-Terry McCarl [10][$3,100]; 19. 7S-Jason Sides [13][$3,000]; 20. 11K-Kraig Kinser [14][$3,000]; 21. O9-Matt Juhl [20][$3,000]; 22. 7-Justin Henderson [15][$3,000]; 23. 1A-Jacob Allen [7][$3,000]; 24. 2KS-Austin McCarl [22][$3,000]; Lap Leaders: Daryn Pittman 1-11, Brad Sweet 12-35 KSE Hard Charger Award:49X-Tim Shaffer[+11]
  17. Rookie Carson Macedo holds off veterans Logan Schuchart and Daryn Pittman for third career win at the Jackson Nationals You couldn’t see it, but Carson Macedo was standing up in the seat of his Kyle Larson Racing No. 2 car for all 30 laps of the Feature at Jackson Motorplex Friday night. Or at least, that’s how it felt to the rookie driver after holding off veterans Daryn Pittman and Logan Schuchart to claim his third World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series race. “I knew I needed to stand up in the seat and make it happen,” Macedo said. “These Outlaw races are hard to win and you don’t get those opportunities that often to be up front and be there to capitalize on a win.” The record book will officially show Macedo led all 30 laps. However, the sweat drenching down his forehead and the lack of breath in his speech know better. Macedo started on the pole of the Feature, by virtue of winning the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash after Dash leader Donny Schatz blew a motor. When the green flag hit the air, Macedo and Pittman drag raced side by side down the front stretch. Macedo launched his car under Pittman into turn one, sliding ahead within inches of his bumper. Macedo then sped away, leaving about a three-car gap between he and Pittman. By Lap seven, Macedo’s pace put him in lap traffic. Behind him, Pittman and Schuchart wrestled for second-place. Schuchart tried to slide in front of Pittman off turn two, but carried too much speed and exited the corner sideways, allowing Pittman to dart back by. The top three remained unchanged for the next five laps with Macedo cautiously navigating his way through lap traffic. Within those five laps, Pittman closed to about a car length distance from Macedo, while Schuchart stocked them both. The veterans were ready to steal the rookie’s win. With 15 laps to go, Schuchart powered his Drydene No. 1s around the outside of Pittman in turn one. Then next lap, he attempted a slide job underneath Macedo in turn one, but the Chevrolet Accessories No. 2 car had a strong enough run on the outside to get beside Schuchart before he could slide up in front of him. When they crossed the line for 13 laps to go, Macedo was given 14 seconds to breathe with no attempts for a pass. But Schuchart was still there. Lurking. Waiting. With 12 laps to go, Macedo couldn’t sit. Schuchart threw another slide job at him in turn one. This time, it worked. The Shark Racing car cleared Macedo exiting turn two and pulled away down the backstretch. Macedo was determined to not let the win slip away. With a Hail Marry dive into turn three – closing about a three-car length gap – Macedo sped by Schuchart on the bottom of the track and reclaimed the lead on the exit of the turn. They charged by the flag stand with 11 laps to go and Schuchart threw his car back underneath Macedo into turn one. They slid through the corner side by side, but Macedo had the advantaged against the cushion and powered to the lead down the backstretch. Behind them, Pittman won his own battle against Ian Madsen to remain third. “Once I did get by Carson, I was maybe a little too conservative,” Schuchart said. “I had one more shot after I passed him, when he passed me back, to try to throw one more slider on him. I was a little too hesitant to let it go up and I feel like I could have. Once he went by, I feel like he went by in a slower motion, a little bit further than I was expecting him to.” Six laps went by with Macedo continuing to balance maintaining the lead while negotiating lap cars. He put a comfortable gap between he and second-place, which became a three-way between Schuchart, Pittman and Madsen. With three laps to go, Pittman slid by Schuchart for second and put together one last effort to run Macedo down. But it wasn’t enough. Macedo cruised to the win during night two of the Jackson Nationals. “I knew that if we could get in clean air and make good clean laps and get through traffic well we could run OK,” Macedo said. Pittman finished second and Schuchart held on to third – a big improvement from his 18th-place run during Thursday’s opening night race for the Jackson Nationals. Pittman’s second-place finish was his fifth top-five in-a-row – after finishing fourth Thursday night. It’s a positive trajectory toward his quest to return to Victory Lane. “If we keep running, top-three, top-five every night, god, you got to think wins will come,” Pittman said. “We’re close. I think we were closer to winning tonight than we were last night, so I’m happy with the direction we’re going.” Strong runs from Pittman and Macedo – who finished eighth Thursday night – during the two preliminary opening night Jackson Nationals races have garnered them enough points to lock themselves into Saturday’s DIRTVision Fast Pass, along with David Gravel and Thursday night’s winner Brad Sweet. The remaining four Dash starters will be determined by Saturday's Heat races. When it comes to Saturday’s 40-lap $41,000-to-win Feature, Pittman said he thinks he and his team are as good as anyone competing. For Macedo, Friday night was all about his third Series win. The Lemoore, Calif.-native’s first two Series wins came at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif. With his win in Jackson, Minn., people can now stop asking him when he’ll win at another track. “A couple of people said, ‘We need to see you win an Outlaw race somewhere other than Chico,’” Macedo said. “So, it feels good to do that. This is my third time ever racing at this track.” His relief and triumphant joy were clear for everyone to see when he went from “standing in his seat” to standing on the back of his car, arms in the air and a joyous yell loud enough to be heard through his helmet. UP NEXT: The 41st Annual AGCO Jackson Nationals at Jackson Motorplex will conclude Saturday, June 29. As always, you can catch all World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action on DIRTVision.com. For tickets and more information, go to www.WorldofOutlaws.com. RESULTS: NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 2-Carson Macedo [1][$10,000]; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman [2][$5,000]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3][$3,000]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [5][$2,700]; 5. 18-Ian Madsen [4][$2,500]; 6. 41-David Gravel [6][$2,000]; 7. 5-Shane Stewart [11][$1,800]; 8. 15-Donny Schatz [8][$1,600]; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen [7][$1,500]; 10. O9-Matt Juhl [10][$1,400]; 11. 7-Justin Henderson [14][$1,300]; 12. 4-Terry McCarl [13][$1,200]; 13. 49X-Tim Shaffer [15][$1,100]; 14. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [18][$1,000]; 15. 41S-Giovanni Scelzi [17][$950]; 16. 11K-Kraig Kinser [12][$925]; 17. 3-Jac Haudenschild [16][$900]; 18. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey [19][$850]; 19. 44S-Trey Starks [22][$825]; 20. 2KS-Austin McCarl [23][$800]; 21. 55-Brooke Tatnell [20][$800]; 22. 19-Brent Marks [24][$800]; 23. 7S-Jason Sides [21][$800]; 24. 19P-Paige Polyak [9][$800]; Lap Leaders: Carson Macedo 1-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 5-Shane Stewart[+4] Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 41-David Gravel, 12.744; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.798; 3. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.943; 4. 2-Carson Macedo, 12.954; 5. 41S-Giovanni Scelzi, 12.968; 6. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey, 13.008; 7. 19P-Paige Polyak, 13.058; 8. 5-Shane Stewart, 13.105; 9. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.106; 10. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.129; 11. 4-Terry McCarl, 13.162; 12. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 13.212; 13. 2KS-Austin McCarl, 13.257; 14. 19-Brent Marks, 13.277; 15. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 13.331; 16. 9-James McFadden, 13.336; 17. 7W-R.J. Johnson, 13.422; 18. 5J-Jamie Ball, 13.442; 19. 44-Chris Martin, 13.475; 20. 3P-Sawyer Phillips, 13.598; 21. 8-Jack Croaker, 13.844 Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.011; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman, 13.017; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.04; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.064; 5. O9-Matt Juhl, 13.148; 6. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.168; 7. 7-Justin Henderson, 13.17; 8. 3-Jac Haudenschild, 13.177; 9. 44S-Trey Starks, 13.235; 10. 35-Skylar Prochaska, 13.268; 11. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.307; 12. 55-Brooke Tatnell, 13.336; 13. 21-Brian Brown, 13.457; 14. 13-Mark Dobmeier, 13.486; 15. 16-Travis Whitney, 13.54; 16. 33M-Mason Daniel, 13.596; 17. 7TAZ-Tasker Phillips, 13.784; 18. O5-Colin Smith, 13.894; 19. 97-Alan Gilbertson, 13.939; 20. 1AJ-Trevor Mell, 14.259
  18. Brad Sweet wins Jackson Nationals opening night - Sweet makes late race pass on David Gravel to claim third win in-a-row, 40th overall Questions with no clear answers lingered in heads of thousands like a painless headache during the final three laps of the Jackson Nationals opening Thursday night race at the Jackson Motorplex. Courtesy of World of Outlaws PR Could Brad Sweet catch David Gravel? Could Gravel hold Sweet off? Gravel had the 4/10-mile tamed, leading every lap up until that point. But on a charge behind him, the untamable “Big Cat” Sweet. With two laps to go, they were side by side down the back stretch. Gravel hesitated for a millisecond on a lap car’s trajectory, while Sweet didn't blink, darting underneath the lap car and Gravel into turn three and claiming the lead off turn four. From there the answer was clear. Sweet would go on to win his sixth World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series race of the season – his 40th career win and third win in-a-row. “It’s sure fun to drive this thing right now,” said a jubilant Sweet. “We’ve really hit on some stuff. It’s been a joy to drive good the last few weeks. “I’m a little worn out, I was really clutching the wheel, trying to hit my marks there late in that race. I knew it was coming down to the white there.” The win may have been Sweet’s sixth of the season – further extending his title as winningest driver, so far, this year – but it was one of the hardest wins he had to work for. Starting sixth in the 30-lap Feature, Sweet had a host of competitive cars between he and the lead. Also, on the start, Gravel cruised by Donny Schatz on the outside for the lead and the two pulled away to about a straightaway gap on third-place Brian Brown. It took Sweet two laps to make his way by Terry McCarl for fifth-place, but it was another nine laps before he caught Brown and Daryn Pittman who were battling for third. He made quick work of the two, passing them both with a daring drive through turn three and four, leaving inches between he and Pittman’s car. Three laps later Sweet made his way by second-place Schatz and set his sight on closing the half-a-straightaway gap between he and Gravel with 15 laps to go. However, Schatz, who hadn’t won in seven races, was still determined to close that gap himself. With Sweet getting held up by a lap car in turn four, Schatz throttled back by the NAPA Auto Parts No. 49 car and put his Toco Warranty No. 15 car back in second. Sweet had to regroup and find this rhythm riding the bottom of the track again. Two laps later, with a slide job through turns three and four, Sweet cleared Schatz on the front stretch and reclaimed second-place. He now had 12 laps to catch the Mesilla Valley Transportation No. 41 of Gravel. Could he catch him? With three laps to go, Sweet had Gravel in sight. Two laps to go they were side by side. After Sweet darted by Gravel and a lap car in turn three, Gravel had to throw his car sideways on the exit of turn four to avoid hitting another lap car. From there, with one lap to go, Sweet pulled away to a half second lead and a $10,000 victory. “I was hunkered down and determined to catch him (Gravel),” Sweet said. “It always helps sometimes to be in second, you can watch where he’s not running and try to find a line.” Carrying the weight of defeat in every word, runner-up Gravel congratulated Sweet on the win, but knew the race should've been his. “We had the race winning car there,” said Gravel, who set Quick Time and won his Drydene Heat race earlier in the night. “That’s not our issue. As a driver I’ve got to put myself in a better spot there. We’ll come back tomorrow hungrier.” Schatz’s third-place finish was his first podium finish since he won at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway at the end of May. However, he was still looking for more. “You slip a little bit, and someone is going to take advantage of it,” Schatz said. “So, it’s one of them nights.” Sweet has extended his points lead over Schatz, the 10-time Series champion to a 60-point advantage. That stems from Sweet claiming 10 top-five finishes in-a-row and his determination to keep winning. “When you start winning races you’re just never satisfied unless you’re winning,” Sweet said. “I guess when you get beat down by Donny year after year you just try to keep getting better. I think this year, we’re just a little bit better right now, but that doesn’t mean a whole lot. Everybody’s a half a turn or change or something away from putting the pressure back on us. We’re just ahead right now and that allows me to keep leading laps and winning more race. It just gives me confidence.” With one more preliminary night of racing at the Jackson Motorplex on Friday, the question of who will win Saturday night’s $41,000-to-win Jackson Nationals finale will linger for the next 48 hours. However, with a win on night one, Sweet and his Kasey Kahne Racing team have set themselves up to possibly answer that question, as well. UP NEXT: Night two of the Jackson Nationals at the Jackson Motorplex with the World of Outlaws will take place Friday, June 28. As always, you can catch all World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action on DIRTVision.com. For tickets and more information, go to www.WorldofOutlaws.com. RESULTS: NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [6][$10,000]; 2. 41-David Gravel [2][$5,000]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [1][$3,000]; 4. 83-Daryn Pittman [8][$2,700]; 5. 21-Brian Brown [3][$2,500]; 6. 9-James McFadden [9][$2,000]; 7. 18-Ian Madsen [10][$1,800]; 8. 2-Carson Macedo [14][$1,600]; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen [5][$1,500]; 10. 4-Terry McCarl [4][$1,400]; 11. 5-Shane Stewart [13][$1,300]; 12. 7-Justin Henderson [7][$1,200]; 13. 2M-Kerry Madsen [21][$1,100]; 14. 41S-Giovanni Scelzi [15][$1,000]; 15. 49X-Tim Shaffer [18][$950]; 16. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [19][$925]; 17. O9-Matt Juhl [11][$900]; 18. 1S-Logan Schuchart [12][$850]; 19. 13-Mark Dobmeier [17][$825]; 20. 7S-Jason Sides [20][$800]; 21. 11K-Kraig Kinser [22][$800]; 22. 3-Jac Haudenschild [23][$800]; 23. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey [16][$800]; 24. 2KS-Austin McCarl [24][$800]; Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-28, Brad Sweet 29-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 2M-Kerry Madsen[+8] Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 41-David Gravel, 12.752; 2. 41S-Giovanni Scelzi, 12.766; 3. 83-Daryn Pittman, 12.888; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.916; 5. 9-James McFadden, 12.922; 6. 4-Terry McCarl, 12.943; 7. 5-Shane Stewart, 13.001; 8. O9-Matt Juhl, 13.043; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.08; 10. 44S-Trey Starks, 13.181; 11. 3-Jac Haudenschild, 13.213; 12. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.262; 13. 13-Mark Dobmeier, 13.414; 14. 44-Chris Martin, 13.467; 15. 8-Jack Croaker, 13.518; 16. 5J-Jamie Ball, 13.668; 17. 7TAZ-Tasker Phillips, 13.677; 18. 33M-Mason Daniel, 13.706; 19. 2K-Kevin Ingle, 13.868; 20. 1AJ-Trevor Mell, 14.029; 21. O5-Colin Smith, 14.059 Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.811; 2. 21-Brian Brown, 12.966; 3. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.969; 4. 7-Justin Henderson, 12.995; 5. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.016; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.04; 7. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.09; 8. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey, 13.104; 9. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.11; 10. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.156; 11. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 13.178; 12. 19P-Paige Polyak, 13.33; 13. 2KS-Austin McCarl, 13.376; 14. 35-Skylar Prochaska, 13.468; 15. 19-Brent Marks, 13.496; 16. 7W-R.J. Johnson, 13.522; 17. 55-Brooke Tatnell, 13.563; 18. 3P-Sawyer Phillips, 13.617; 19. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 13.618; 20. 16-Travis Whitney, 13.729; 21. 97-Alan Gilbertson, 14.024
  19. McCreadie Charges from 11th to $30,000 Firecracker 100 Victory at Lernerville SARVER, PA — June 22, 2019 — As much as Tim McCreadie likes Lernerville Speedway, he had come up empty in the track’s premier World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series Firecracker 100. Finally, a four-lap charge to the checkers in front of packed grandstands on Saturday night changed all that. McCreadie, the 2006 Series Champion from Watertown, N.Y., started 11th and methodically worked his way forward, pacing himself perfectly over 100 laps to steal the lead in the high groove with four laps remaining to pick up the $30,000 victory over Darrell Lanigan and Brandon Sheppard. “I had been making moves up top the whole night, so I thought, ‘What have I got to lose?’” an elated McCreadie exclaimed. “There’s no reason to do all this work and then just settle for second.” There certainly weren’t any signs of settling aboard the K&L Rumley-owned Bilstein #6M on Saturday night, as “T-Mac” displayed his signature determination in the closing circuits, picking up four spots in the final 13 laps. But for the first 87 laps of the race, there was a different story unfolding with the leaders. Sheppard has been having a dream season, quite literally. He’s leading the World of Outlaws standings, won eight Series races and was coming off a huge victory in Eldora’s Dream. So it was no surprise when the green flag dropped, it was Sheppard’s race to lose as he grabbed the lead from the pole on the first lap and was in command through the first 61 laps. But a slip-up getting around a thick patch of lapped traffic made room for leading Outlaw Rookie sensation Ricky Weiss to sneak by on the inside. Weiss, in hot pursuit of his first career World of Outlaws win, opened up a sizable advantage over Sheppard and Lanigan over the next 20 laps as the race continued caution-free. Lanigan got by Sheppard with 17 circuits remaining and began his chase on Weiss, closing the gap rapidly and nearly reaching the Sweet-Bloomquist #7 by lap 94. As the leaders crossed the stripe to complete lap 95, Weiss got a bit too high and kissed the wall at the flag stand. As the sparks flew, Lanigan shot to the bottom of the track and dove underneath Weiss to take the lead away in turn one. Weiss limped his car around the track for another lap-and-a-half, but his cut-down right-rear tire hindered his ability to drive too much to continue under green. He took his car into the work area under the ensuing yellow flag for a tire change, but the damage to his track position had already been done. Weiss wound up 16th. “Our car was really good. [The top groove] wasn’t really where we wanted to run on the track at the end, but it was the fastest way around,” said a disappointed Weiss. “We were just kind of maintaining and, with five laps to go, we just ran something over.” Despite the sour end to his night, Weiss still sits fourth in overall points standings, topping all other Rookies by a considerable amount. “Consistency is the key in this deal,” said Weiss, who is already looking ahead to the Series’ upcoming events in the Midwest and tracks familiar to the former WISSOTA star. “We’re just filling our notebook, and everywhere we go, it seems to get better and better. We’ve got a pretty good baseline that seems to work on these tracks and we’ll just keep digging.” After 95 straight laps without a caution, Lanigan assumed the lead under the yellow and found McCreadie right on his bumper. The “Bluegrass Bandit” was only able to hold off McCreadie for two corners before McCreadie found grip on the cushion and beat Lanigan into turn three for the lead. And that was all it took for McCreadie to score his second win for K&L Rumley Racing in another 100-lap showdown, to match their Atomic 100 victory at Atomic Speedway in April. Lanigan came home second to score the fifth Firecracker 100 runner-up of his career. He ran inside the top three for all 100 laps, battling with Sheppard and Josh Richards in the early going. Picking up his ninth top-five finish of the season and maintaining control of second in Series points, Lanigan was also a bit disappointed in yet another Firecracker runner-up after a second caution flag flew one lap after he inherited the lead. “I really didn’t want to see that caution there at the end, but that’s part of racing I guess,” he said. The Outlaws next head to the Terre Haute Action Track for a duel with the stars of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour on Friday, June 28, as Sheppard, Lanigan and Weiss take on The Hell Tour’s best of Brian Shirley, Bobby Pierce, Shannon Babb, Frank Heckenast Jr. and all of the Summer Nationals stars!
  20. FIRECRACKER FUN For Many Fans, Lernerville Speedway’s Firecracker Weekend is as Much About Off-Track Fun as the Intense On-Track Action Lernerville Speedway’s annual Firecracker 100 has a reputation for producing the best Dirt Late Model racing in Pennsylvania over the past 13 years. Equally as important, the weekend also has a reputation for the best camping, partying, fan-driver interaction, communal generosity and overall entertainment experience money can buy. Time and time again, the always-packed camping lot proves itself to be the best way to stay local and enjoy a weekend at the races. Friends and family anticipate this weekend every year and typically save their most creative camping activities for when “The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet” come into town, culminating each evening with bonfires, weenie/marshmallow roasts and a cooler full of cold ones. There truly isn’t a better way to meet your new racetrack friends than to spend a weekend camping at the Firecracker. Loads of fan-to-fan camaraderie is seen across the country, but it’s the driver-to-fan interaction opportunities at the Firecracker that make the real memories for years to come. Kicking off Friday’s trackside events are the cornhole and horseshoe tournaments at 1 p.m. near the fan stage, where everyone is invited to come and take part in a classic racetrack-campsite pastime before the “best tailgate/campsite” judging begins. And who knows, you may see a few Outlaws out and about, taking part in the fun and games themselves… To sweeten the pot, Friday and Saturday night’s racing programs will include fireworks displays, while Friday night boasts live music acts at the conclusion of the night’s action. For the big day on Saturday, lots of fan-friendly activities are on tap, beginning with the “Kick It to Cancer” kickball game and door panel auction/memorabilia raffle, benefiting the LUNGevity Foundation. Last year, the fans helped raise $5,153 for LUNGevity, an organization that focuses on lung cancer research and patient advocacy, making it the most successful year to date. The auction/raffle will begin Friday evening under the grandstands and will conclude Saturday at the kickball game, held at noon at the football field adjacent to the Lernerville Speedway facility. The kickball game is the perfect chance for fans to interact with drivers, as some get the chance to participate in the game. At the conclusion of the game, the raffle items will be drawn, and fans will have a final opportunity to place bids on the door panels. Last year’s auction items included 21 door panels from drivers including Brandon Sheppard, Darrell Lanigan, Shane Clanton, Dale McDowell and Scott Bloomquist, along with raffle items including t-shirts, DIRTVision passes, and tickets to the Can-Am World Finals, Driven Racing Oil World Short Track Championship, World 100 at Eldora Speedway and other marquee events. The items for this year’s auction/raffle are set to out-do last year, as door panels from Brandon Sheppard, Chase Junghans, Darrell Lanigan, Blake Spencer, Dennis Erb Jr. and Ricky Weiss are already set to be on the auction block. New to the Firecracker weekend this year is the addition of the RUSH Dirt Late Model Series “Bill Emig Memorial 50” event, running alongside the Outlaws throughout the weekend. RUSH’s show will get underway on Friday night with Hot Laps and FK Rod Ends $100 "Shock the Clock" Qualifying, then into the $25 to-win FK Rod Ends heat races and the $100 to-win "John Buzzard Memorial" Dash, which will set the beginning rows of the feature lineup. Buzzard was a former racer for Bill Emig, who tragically lost his life at Expo Speedway. Saturday night will begin with Last Chance Showdown events, followed by the 50-lap, $450-to-start, $10,000-to-win finale and the $400 to-win, $200 to-start "Wheelman" non-qualifier race concluding the weekend’s events. In addition to the $10,000 payout, the “Bill Emig Memorial 50” winner will also receive a custom-lettered Zamp helmet, signed by 5-time Lernerville Speedway Super Late Model Champion John Flinner, and a limited-edition pair of gold “$” drivers shoes from Velocita-USA, the highly sought-after large hardwood award, laser etched by great friend & RUSH engine rebuilder Steve Hendren, and a large winner's check. As of 2019, this event stands as the richest Crate Late Model event in Northeast dirt racing history. Don’t miss a moment of the exciting weekend activities planned for the 13th annual Firecracker 100 at Lernerville Speedway, beginning this Friday, June 21!
  21. Brian Brown dominates World of Outlaws field to win at Knoxville Raceway There was gravitas in Brian Brown’s yell. After slapping the top wing of his Casey’s General Stores/FVP No. 21 Sprint Car, he held his right fist in the air and stared out to the crowd with the expression of an alpha predator after claiming his territory. Courtesy of World of Outlaws PR Brown won his first World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series race of 2019 at Knoxville Raceway Friday night, and his fourth win in four starts, this year at the iconic raceway. “It’s huge,” Brown said, holding his emotion back with chuckles. “I dreamed of racing and saying, ‘I hope when I win my first Outlaw show, I can win it at Knoxville.’” It wasn’t his first World of Outlaws win. Instead, his fifth. That doesn’t make it any less special, though. He wanted a World of Outlaws win at the track he considers home. “That was my goal,” Brown said. “But I won at North Carolina. Then we won the next two in Arizona. Then I finally win one in Kansas, but it’s still not home. This is.” To claim the win, he had to fend off Daryn Pittman and Shane Stewart – both winners already this season – and 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz. Beating the eminent World of Outlaws competition meant Brown had to be aggressive. “My mindset the whole while, really all night, was to just be aggressive,” Brown said. “If there was an opportunity to do something, go.” He took that opportunity in the first turn on the initial start. Polesitter Daryn Pittman fired to the lead past second-place Shane Stewart and took his Roth Motorsports No. 83 to the high side going into turn one. At the same time, Brown had made his way underneath Stewart and threw a daring slide job into turn one, clearing Stewart and Pittman at the apex of the corner. Brown’s car then slid to the high side of turn two, a car length ahead of Pittman. Exiting the turn, Pittman could get as close as Brown’s bumper before the white No. 21 rocketed down the back stretch, putting about a three-car length distance between first and second-place. “We got a good start there and got by Shane, and I didn’t really know what Daryn was going to do… I went on across,” Brown said. “I thought that was very important.” Brown continued to grow his lead over Pittman until a caution on Lap two for Sammy Swindell who lost power on the front stretch. On the restart, Brown launched to the lead, clearing Pittman going into turn one. Like the original start, Pittman closed to Brown’s bumper exiting turn two, but that was as close as he would get to the lead again all night. Brown sped away, putting almost half a track distance between he and Pittman 10 laps into the 25-lap Feature. The three-time Knoxville Raceway track champion – two in a 410 Sprint Car, one in a 360 – cruised around the half-mile raceway like it was a house he built. Lap cars only made Brown faster. He stayed aggressive, passing two or three of the slower cars at a time. “I knew it was going to be tough to pass lap cars,” Brown said. “I knew I had to make my moves count. If I could get a chance to get two or three at the same time, we had to do that. Because that just makes it harder for the guys behind.” Brown took the checkered flag four seconds ahead of second-place Pittman. He led all 25 laps. Stewart finished third, after dueling with Schatz for the position. Pittman showed speed all night, finishing second in his Drydene Heat race and winning the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash – after getting the outside pole starting position in the Dash draw. While he didn’t leave with the win, Pittman was still pleased with the overall performance. “That’s the closest I’ve ever been to the front or seeing the front here,” Pittman said. “This is not a great race track for me. So, for me, to feel like I could keep him (Brown) in my sights was a huge accomplishment for myself and this race team. All and all, my car was pretty close. I’ve just got to make a few better decisions and maybe get our car a little better.” His second top-five in-a-row has now left him tied for third in points with David Gravel, who finished ninth. Brad Sweet continues to lead – now by 10 points over Schatz, who finished one spot ahead of him Friday night; Schatz, fourth, and Sweet, fifth. Brown, not running full-time with the World of Outlaws, isn't concerned about points. He’s here for wins. And when it comes to Knoxville Raceway, he’s solidified himself as the current alpha. “I’ve been here before where I’ve maybe been the fastest car at Knoxville, but come to these (World of Outlaws) races I kind of lay an egg, or finish fourth or fifth, which is laying an egg for us,” Brown said. “It’s good to be able to have a fast race car and capitalize on that. We’ll celebrate tonight and get back to the drawing board tomorrow.” UP NEXT: Brown will get the chance to double down for another World of Outlaws Knoxville win, when the Series returns Saturday, June 15, for the final race of the Brownells Big Guns Bash doubleheader at Knoxville Raceway. As always, you can catch all World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action on DIRTVision.com. For tickets and more information, go to www.WorldofOutlaws.com. RESULTS: NOS Energy Drink Feature (25 Laps) – 1. 21-Brian Brown [3][$10,000]; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman [1][$5,000]; 3. 5-Shane Stewart [2][$3,000]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [5][$2,700]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [6][$2,500]; 6. 2-Carson Macedo [4][$2,200]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart [8][$2,000]; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser [12][$1,800]; 9. 41-David Gravel [10][$1,600]; 10. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [14][$1,450]; 11. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [21][$1,300]; 12. 4-Terry McCarl [11][$1,200]; 13. 2M-Kerry Madsen [15][$1,100]; 14. 19-Brent Marks [16][$1,000]; 15. 18-Ian Madsen [24][$950]; 16. 9-James McFadden [19][$900]; 17. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey [18][$850]; 18. O9-Matt Juhl [23][$750]; 19. 1-Sammy Swindell [7][$725]; 20. 56N-Davey Heskin [17][$700]; 21. 33M-Mason Daniel [9][$700]; 22. 3P-Sawyer Phillips [13][$700]; 23. 49J-Josh Schneiderman [22][$700]; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen [20][$700]; Lap Leaders: Brian Brown 1-25; KSE Hard Charger Award: 41S-Dominic Scelzi[+10] Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 14.735; 2. 21-Brian Brown, 14.906; 3. 83-Daryn Pittman, 15.037; 4. 1-Sammy Swindell, 15.13; 5. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 15.143; 6. 4-Terry McCarl, 15.197; 7. 33M-Mason Daniel, 15.231; 8. 18-Ian Madsen, 15.238; 9. 7-Dustin Selvage, 15.281; 10. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 15.281; 11. 3P-Sawyer Phillips, 15.302; 12. 9-James McFadden, 15.302; 13. 56N-Davey Heskin, 15.323; 14. 44S-Trey Starks, 15.365; 15. 69K-Lance Dewease, 15.376; 16. 7TAZ-Tasker Phillips, 15.381; 17. 7X-Justin Henderson, 15.457; 18. 20-A.J. Moeller, 15.463; 19. 7S-Jason Sides, 15.503; 20. 68-Chase Johnson, 15.547; 21. 21K-Thomas Kennedy, 15.609 Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 2-Carson Macedo, 14.902; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 15.059; 3. 41-David Gravel, 15.099; 4. 5-Shane Stewart, 15.123; 5. 49-Brad Sweet, 15.163; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen, 15.2; 7. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey, 15.21; 8. 49J-Josh Schneiderman, 15.348; 9. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 15.386; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 15.534; 11. O9-Matt Juhl, 15.539; 12. 55-Brooke Tatnell, 15.554; 13. 2KS-Austin McCarl, 15.588; 14. 19-Brent Marks, 15.73; 15. 13-Mark Dobmeier, 15.766; 16. 44-Chris Martin, 15.902; 17. 5J-Jamie Ball, 15.966; 18. 7SX-R.J. Johnson, 16.012; 19. 56-Joe Simbro, 16.113; 20. 15M-Bobby Mincer, 17.819; 21. 35-Skylar Prochaska, NT
  22. Logan Schuchart holds off Kasey Kahne Racing teammates for River Cities Speedway victory With his grinning shark teeth painted helmet in one hand and the checkered flag in the other in Victory Lane at River Cities Speedway Friday night, Logan Schuchart accomplished more than just another win. He did what no World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series driver has done since 2014 – win more races than 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz a third of the way through the season. By claiming his fourth win of the season at the Grand Forks, N.D. track, Schuchart is now the winningest driver this year. Schatz and David Gravel are behind him with three wins each. “To lead the Outlaws in Series wins this time of the year is a pretty cool accomplishment, for where you look at where this team was six years ago and how it started and where we’ve come,” Schuchart said. Last year, the Shark Racing driver had two wins in total for the season. He won four races in total in 2017 but has yet to surpass that number in a single season. He’s knocking on the door to beat that record now – especially with his performance on the 3/10-mile track to claim his 12th career Series victory. He started the night winning his Drydene Heat race and then won the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash. In the 40-lap Feature, Schuchart did not favor sharing the lead. The record book will show he led every lap. However, Gravel and Australian James McFadden have stories that say otherwise. At the start of the Feature, Schuchart was a shark racing minnows. He pulled away from second-place Brad Sweet by almost a straightaway, leaving the top-five to figure out their running order as they swapped positions lap after lap. Some cranked their car sideways to the bottom of the track, while others tempted disaster by riding the outside rim of the turns, hoping to not slide off track and down the steep embankment on the other side. Hope was not enough to keep several drivers on track. Carson Macedo brought out the first of seven cautions by going off track in turn three. On the restart, Gravel went from fourth to second in the first turn, while Kasey Kahne Racing teammates McFadden and Brad Sweet battled for third. Running the high side, Gravel found enough traction to eat into Schuchart’s lead, getting to his outside by Lap 15. However, before he could attempt a pass. Another caution for a car going off track. On the following restart, Gravel launched ahead of Schuchart, taking the lead and pulling away to a two-car length lead. It was short lived, though. Exiting turn two, Gravel slid off the corner allowing Schuchart to dart back by him. The lap went to Schuchart. There was no sharing the lead. “It’s tough when you’re leading to be able to tell where to go, when the rubber or where the rubber’s coming in,” Schuchart said. “Actually, in the beginning, when Dave got around me, I knew he got a run from the top of three and four, but it actually wasn’t totally rubber, yet. I knew he had to get a run from the top, so I moved up in three and four and I wasn’t going to move my line in one and two until I saw somebody or heard somebody.” While Schuchart put distance between himself and the top-five once again, the KKR teammates were now battling for second – continuing their spectacular battling from Tuesday night’s race at Fairbury Speedway. Riding the low line of the slick track, McFadden found enough traction to pull ahead of Sweet and begin his march toward Schuchart. Round two of Schuchart versus McFadden, after the two raced for the win a couple of weeks ago at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. Schuchart won that battle. McFadden ran Schuchart down. He could stay on his bumper, but couldn’t find a big enough run to get by the Hanover, Pa. driver. Then, on a restart with 13 laps to go, McFadden found that run. He launched pass Schuchart on the outside and sailed away. This time, it looked like Schuchart would have to share the lead. But before McFadden could complete the lap, another caution. McFadden showed his hand. Schuchart now knew what he had to do to win. “I wasn’t squirting off the bottom as hard as I needed to in (turns) one and two and it was cleaned off a little bit above the bottom,” Schuchart said. “He (McFadden) showed me that, and lucky enough the caution did come out.” When the race went back green, McFadden could keep Schuchart close enough in sight to read the sponsors on his car, but never garnered enough of a run again to get back by him. “Once Logan’s out front on that kind of track, he’s probably one of the best guys at racing that,” McFadden said. “I think he was holding back, trying not to get to lap traffic, thinking if he didn’t make a mistake, he wasn’t going to get past. I was just sitting there waiting, and hoping, and it didn’t happen. Still happy with second.” While Schuchart claimed his fourth win this season, Sweet, who ended up third, earned his fourth podium finish in-a-row. “We’ll keep plugging away,” Sweet said. “As long as we’re standing on the front stretch each and every night, the wins will start coming.” Sweet, with two wins this season, continues to sit second in points to Schatz. But with Schatz finishing fourth, the Grass Valley, Calif.-native gained two points on the reigning champion and is now 36 points behind him. Being the winningest driver, so far, this season has injected Schuchart with pride and confidence. Although, the amount of wins he has won’t mean anything if he can’t find consistency. His performance this year has left him fifth in points -- 202 points behind Schatz. “It seems one night we win, the next night we’re fifteenth,” he said. “We’re going to keep working at it, try to figure it out and hopefully pick up some more wins.” UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws will continue its tour through the Northwest on Saturday, June 8, at Granite City Speedway in Sauk Rapids, Minn. As always, you can catch all World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action on DIRTVision.com. For tickets and more information, go to www.WorldofOutlaws.com. RESULTS: NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1][$10,000]; 2. 9-James McFadden [3][$5,500]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [2][$3,200]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [11][$2,800]; 5. 41-David Gravel [4][$2,500]; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [15][$2,300]; 7. 4-Terry McCarl [6][$2,200]; 8. 2M-Kerry Madsen [7][$2,100]; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser [9][$2,050]; 10. 13-Mark Dobmeier [13][$2,000]; 11. 5-Shane Stewart [23][$1,500]; 12. 83-Daryn Pittman [8][$1,200]; 13. 19-Brent Marks [10][$1,100]; 14. 2-Carson Macedo [18][$1,050]; 15. 18-Ian Madsen [12][$1,000]; 16. O-Nick Omdahl [19][$900]; 17. 7S-Jason Sides [21][$800]; 18. 8-Jack Croaker [16][$800]; 19. 20A-Jordan Adams [22][$800]; 20. 31-Shane Roemeling [25][$800]; 21. 8H-Jade Hastings [24][$800]; 22. 2A-Austin Pierce [14][$800]; 23. 9N-Wade Nygaard [17][$800]; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen [5][$800]; 25. 11M-Brendan Mullen [20][$800]; Lap Leaders: Logan Schuchart 1-40; KSE Hard Charger Award: 5-Shane Stewart[+12] Qualifying – 1. 41-David Gravel, 10.399; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 10.432; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 10.47; 4. 9-James McFadden, 10.477; 5. 4-Terry McCarl, 10.624; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen, 10.648; 7. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 10.68; 8. 9N-Wade Nygaard, 10.734; 9. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 10.768; 10. 8-Jack Croaker, 10.819; 11. 5-Shane Stewart, 10.836; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 10.841; 13. O-Nick Omdahl, 10.866; 14. 49-Brad Sweet, 10.915; 15. 2-Carson Macedo, 10.928; 16. 13-Mark Dobmeier, 10.932; 17. 11M-Brendan Mullen, 11.015; 18. 18-Ian Madsen, 11.035; 19. 20A-Jordan Adams, 11.039; 20. 83-Daryn Pittman, 11.057; 21. 8H-Jade Hastings, 11.057; 22. 19-Brent Marks, 11.22; 23. 2A-Austin Pierce, 11.361; 24. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.536; 25. 31-Shane Roemeling, 12.192
  23. Kyle Larson out duels Kasey Kahne Racing teammates to claim first ever World of Outlaws back-to-back victories Your heart tried to explode. If you stopped to think you’d realize you weren’t breathing. But there was no time for that. Every lap, every corner, the potential for a new leader. A new reason to not blink. James McFadden? Brad Sweet? Kyle Larson? Your mind spun with the question of who will win, unable to find a clear answer as the three drivers dueled with the intensity of gladiators fighting to be the last man standing. Then the dust settled. A moment of quiet ease spread around the quarter-mile Fairbury Speedway arena. Climbing atop the wing of his No. 57 machine to thunderous applause and an explosion of confetti was Larson – claiming his eighth World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series win Tuesday night. The win gives him back-to-back World of Outlaws victories, after winning his last Series race at Lawrenceburg Speedway on Memorial Day. “Cool to get a win back-to-back with the Outlaws, I’ve never done that before,” Larson said. The last time he won more than one World of Outlaws race in a season was back in 2013 – a year before he went full-time NASCAR Cup Series racing. Larson had to duel with fellow NASCAR competitor Christopher Bell and 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz to claim the win at Lawrenceburg. This time around, he had to face the dominate Kasey Kahne Racing duo of McFadden and Sweet. The KKR teammates started the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown event going first and second in practice with Sweet pacing the field. The No. 49 car then backed up its speed in Qualifying by setting Quick Time. McFadden was third. Larson seventh. Sweet then won his Drydene Heat race with ease. Larson and McFadden dueled for the win in the third Drydene Heat race of the night with Larson dominating the field. McFadden came back with force, charging to the win in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash. Sweet finished third, and Larson sixth – setting their starting position for the 40-lap Feature. McFadden wrestled with his 900hp machine, taming it like a wild stallion at the start of the Feature to take the early lead. His run was cut short by a red flag on the first lap for Dylan Tuxhorn rolling over in turn one. When the Feature went back green, heart rates amplified. Breaths were held. McFadden led, but Sweet was charging for a fight. The two teammates traded lanes lap after lap, corner after corner. Sweet could power his way to either the inside or outside of the orange No. 9 car into the turn, but McFadden could launch off the exit with the power of the gods. While they dueled, Larson slayed the competition between him and the leaders with ease. By Lap 13, he gave the KKR duo something else to fear. Going into turn three he forced his car under Sweet, making it a three-wide battle through the corner – a common theme throughout the next several laps. Sweet built up a strong enough run to steal the lead from McFadden on Lap 17. He couldn’t shake him, though. McFadden and Larson stayed on his bumper and the next time around they both snuck by him. McFadden threw his car low in turn three, while Larson squeezed his car between the outside of Sweet and the wall. McFadden reclaimed the lead and now had a fierce Larson to contend with. The next lap, back in turns three and four, McFadden, again, went low and Larson high. The god-like launches McFadden could get exiting a corner were no match for the resilient throttle hungry Larson. The two traded the lead for the next couple of laps with Larson eventually prevailing. McFadden still had fight left in him, though. And not far behind was Sweet, lurking. Waiting for another opportunity to strike. In the closing laps, with the leaders having to navigate lap traffic, Larson couldn’t lose McFadden. The Australian was building momentum lap after lap, inching closer and closer to Larson. But then, with eight laps to go, McFadden’s battle came to an end. While stuck behind a lap car through turns one and two, McFadden hit the corner tire and spun to a stop. “Really fun race track,” said McFadden, still with a smile, after the Feature. “It was awesome racing with Brad and Kyle. They’re obviously a couple of the best guys in the country. I don’t know if I just misjudged the lap car. He got the tractor tire I think and slowed him a bunch. I just got into the back of him and when I did that, the tractor tire came out, after he hit it, and I got it and that was that. At the end of the day, it was a positive step for the team.” In the remaining eight laps, Larson now had to contest with a hard charging Sweet. Larson stuck to the bottom of the track – the least likely place for him to make a mistake, he said. Sweet took advantage of that, soaring around the outside of the speedway to find as much grip as he could to catch the white No. 57 Silva Motorsports car. Coming to the checkered flag, Larson faltered. He slid off turn four, scrubbing speed and allowing Sweet the opportunity to strike one final time. The distance between the leaders was still too much for Sweet, though. Like a warrior on a steed signifying his victory, Larson sprinted to the checkered flag with his front two wheels off the ground. “That was just an exciting race from start to finish for me,” Larson said. “Shoot, 40 laps around this place was crazy. It felt like we swapped the lead a lot. Just an awesome race track. Short tracks are always a blast.” Sweet’s runner-up finish helped him cut into Schatz’s points – now only 38 points behind the reigning champion. He said he felt like he had the better car, but probably got too timid in lap traffic, compared to Larson’s maneuvers. “He’s crazy,” Sweet said about Larson with a grin. “He was bouncing off the wall in (turn) one and bouncing off the wall in three and four.” Larson would agree with Sweet’s sentiment. “I’m always all out,” Larson said. “I don’t even know how I would be if I was running for points with the Outlaws. It would be hard for me to change my driving style. I’m just crazy, yeah.” That craziness makes speed though, he added. The kind of speed that made your heart explode with excitement. Your breath run and hide. And your mind spin with questions. But there was no time to worry about that. Because every corner, every lap, there was the potential for a new leader. A new reason not to blink. UP NEXT The World of Outlaws will next trek to the Northwest on Friday, June 7, to River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D. As always, you can catch all World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action on DIRTVision.com. For tickets and more information, go to www.WorldofOutlaws.com. RESULTS NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 57-Kyle Larson [6][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [3][$5,500]; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen [4][$3,200]; 4. 2-Carson Macedo [10][$2,800]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [12][$2,500]; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [17][$2,300]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz [5][$2,200]; 8. 19-Brent Marks [9][$2,100]; 9. 5-Shane Stewart [22][$2,050]; 10. 21-Brian Brown [7][$2,000]; 11. 17B-Bill Balog [2][$1,500]; 12. 1S-Logan Schuchart [11][$1,200]; 13. 83-Daryn Pittman [13][$1,100]; 14. 41-David Gravel [24][$1,050]; 15. 18-Ian Madsen [23][$1,000]; 16. 9-James McFadden [1][$900]; 17. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [14][$800]; 18. 5X-Justin Peck [18][$800]; 19. 1A-Jacob Allen [15][$800]; 20. 70X-Spencer Bayston [21][$800]; 21. 7S-Jason Sides [16][$800]; 22. 96-Parker Price-Miller [8][$800]; 23. 4-Terry McCarl [19][$800]; 24. 9T-Dylan Tuxhorn [20][$800]; Lap Leaders: James McFadden 1-15, 19, 21; Brad Sweet 16-18; Kyle Larson 20, 22-40; KSE Hard Charger Award: 5-Shane Stewart[+13] Qualifying – 1. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.266; 2. 5X-Justin Peck, 11.305; 3. 9-James McFadden, 11.309; 4. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.381; 5. 21-Brian Brown, 11.386; 6. 96-Parker Price-Miller, 11.433; 7. 57-Kyle Larson, 11.444; 8. 70X-Spencer Bayston, 11.449; 9. 19-Brent Marks, 11.45; 10. 2-Carson Macedo, 11.455; 11. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 11.472; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.493; 13. 83-Daryn Pittman, 11.497; 14. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 11.506; 15. 4-Terry McCarl, 11.508; 16. 17X-Aaron Reutzel, 11.522; 17. 5-Shane Stewart, 11.523; 18. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 11.53; 19. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.539; 20. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.59; 21. 17A-Austin McCarl, 11.592; 22. 18-Ian Madsen, 11.604; 23. 51B-Joe B.Miller, 11.605; 24. 21X-Carson Short, 11.619; 25. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.65; 26. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 11.661; 27. 41-David Gravel, 11.688; 28. 17B-Bill Balog, 11.709; 29. 98-Chad Boespflug, 11.722; 30. 26-Cory Eliason, 11.723; 31. 85-Mike Terry, 11.855; 32. 9T-Dylan Tuxhorn, 12.183; 33. 5M-Max Stambaugh, NT
  24. Eight 'Em Up: Sheppard Bags Win #8 of the Season Series debut at Lancaster goes well for Sheppard and the locals No other track the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series has visited so far this year has been able to display the true rocket-like speed of the “Rocket Shepp” Brandon Sheppard quite like Lancaster Motor Speedway did in its Series debut on Saturday night. Sheppard and his blazing speeds around this big half-mile in the Morton Buildings Feature propelled him to his eighth win of the season and 45th overall, granting him sole ownership of third-place on the all-time World of Outlaws Feature wins list. But this win did not come without great pressure from a flock of Carolina favorites behind him. Finishers two-through-six were made up of entrants from either of the Carolinas, and they certainly gave Sheppard a run for his money early on. Ben Watkins (Lancaster, SC) jumped to the early lead, just under two hours after qualifying seventh overall and winning his first career Drydene Heat race. Lap after lap, Watkins pounded the cushion and stayed clear of the pressure that trailed him. Until lap 21… Coming to the start/finish line to complete the 21st circuit, it appeared as though Watkins’ tires had seen enough of the high side, as he shredded a right-rear tire and brought out the caution. “We were married to the top side, and I felt like I had a pretty good car,” he said. “Our tire choice was pretty comparable to everybody else’s. Not sure if we just got into some debris or something.” Just three laps earlier, the same heartbreak struck then-runner-up Brandon Overton, as he also blew a right-rear chasing down Watkins. While Overton was unable to return after his tire expiration, Watkins made repairs and came back for a 14th-place finish. Despite his unfortunate outcome, Watkins was all smiles after the race and was proud of the laps he led and the opportunity he got to race against the Outlaws in front of his very present home-track fan base. “This is my hometown crowd, and they definitely back the hometown boys good here,” Watkins said in high spirits. “I love stepping up and racing with these national [tour] guys, showing how good we can do too.” With the race’s original leader now out of the picture, the lead fell right into the hands of the Rocket1 Racing ride. Sheppard had worked his way around Chris Madden, Johnny Pursley and another South Carolinian, Michael Brown, for the second spot just before Watkins’ tire blew. His efforts in the first 20 laps proved to be all that was necessary to get the locals behind him. However, keeping them back there was another story. It took a lot of mark-hitting to stay smooth, but Sheppard, as he’s done so many times before, drove a great race out front to get the job done once again on a track he was not too familiar with. “It was a lot of fun out there,” Sheppard said. “Track’s really big, it’s a lot different than anything else we’ve ever raced on, for sure. It was definitely cool to do something a little bit different like that, and it’s a lot of fun when your car is that good.” With a few cautions scattered throughout the race, Sheppard was able to keep it in clean air for most of the way. Strategically, he chose to stay away from the top groove, seeing how others had been using up their tires on the high side. “My car was really good and maneuverable around the middle-bottom,” he said. “I went up and ran the top just for a couple laps and I felt like I was wheel-spinning real hard. If I did that too many laps in-a-row, I’d really overheat my right-rear tire.” Clover, SC’s own Ross Bailes made one special effort to claim second on Saturday night, battling with Johnny Pursley for most of the race and then Michael Brown in the final laps to claim the runner-up spot. “Johnny and Michael were racing really hard, it was honestly fun to watch,” Bailes said. “But I knew while they were racing hard that they were using up their tires. So I just stayed right around the bottom and tried to get through there.” After a few cautions, Bailes’ car seemed to be getting faster, as he reeled in Michael Brown inside the final ten laps and, with five to go, made the pass down the backstretch to seal the deal. From that point, Bailes was a man on a mission to try and catch Sheppard, but the deficit was just too large. “Once I got by Michael, I was able to run down Brandon a little bit. But I don’t think I would have gotten by him if the race went any longer,” Bailes said. In the end, Bailes and the rest of the Barry Wright Race Cars house team bagged yet another podium finish in their first year of partnership. This certainly looks good on them right now, with plans to head to the Dirt Late Model Dream at Eldora Speedway next weekend, and Bailes would certainly love to have a good showing in what will be his debut at “The Big E.” “This just shows how good their car is,” Bailes said. “We’ve been several places this year and won on hooked-up, slick, everything. I think we’ve got a really good piece and I’m looking forward to the rest of the year.” At the beginning of the week, “Downtown” Michael Brown said he wanted nothing more than to finish well against the Outlaws in front of his hometown crowd. And with his solid third-place finish on Satuday night, he certainly did just that. “We’re tickled pink,” Brown said with a big smile on his face. “I’m thankful for my crew and the opportunity to drive for [car owner] Billy Hicks. This means a lot for us to have a good showing with the World of Outlaws. All the local guys were pretty stout tonight. That means a lot, not only to me, but to all the locals.” Bailes said he didn’t think that if the race went any longer, he would have caught and passed Sheppard. With around ten laps remaining, Brown was supposed to be the man to try and do that, but a going-soft right-rear tire prevented his advances. When the #79 crew removed it from the hub to get tire samples after the race, it was completely flat. “I noticed with about 10 or 11 laps to go that I started wheelie-ing a little bit getting into turns one and two and into three,” Brown said. “I knew something wasn’t right, and with about five laps to go, it started vibrating really bad. That’s when I knew I had a tire going down. I just thank the lord that we made it to the end and got a good finish.” The Outlaws get next weekend off from Series competition, but most will make the trip into Rossburg, OH for the 25th running of the Dirt Late Model Dream at Eldora Speedway. Keep it locked to the World of Outlaws and DIRTcar Racing Twitter/Facebook channels on June 6-8 for all of the updates from the weekend’s events! ABBREVIATED RESULTS (See full results) Morton Buildings Feature (50 Laps) - 1. 1-Brandon Sheppard [5][$10,000]; 2. 87-Ross Bailes [7][$5,000]; 3. 79-Michael Brown [4][$3,000]; 4. 9-Johnny Pursley [3][$2,500]; 5. 57-Zack Mitchell [8][$2,000]; 6. 18d-Daulton Wilson [14][$1,700]; 7. 7-Ricky Weiss [17][$1,400]; 8. 28-Dennis Erb [11][$1,300]; 9. 18-Chase Junghans [21][$1,200]; 10. 25-Shane Clanton [22][$1,100]; 11. OO-Jeff Smith [20][$1,050]; 12. 99B-Boom Briggs [12][$1,000]; 13. B1-Brent Larson [23][$950]; 14. 16-Ben Watkins [2][$900]; 15. 75-Donald Bradsher [16][$850]; 16. 29-Darrell Lanigan [10][$800]; 17. 97-Cade Dillard [9][$770]; 18. 2F-Dennis Franklin [13][$750]; 19. 421-Anthony Sanders [19][$730]; 20. 2-Brandon Overton [1][$700]; 21. 44-Chris Madden [6][$700]; 22. 57y-Adam Yarbrough [24][$700]; 23. 91-Derrick Ramey [15][$700]; 24. 6-Chris Blackwell [18][$700]; Hard Charger: 18-Chase Junghans[+12]
  25. Lance Dewease out duels Donny Schatz for the Morgan Cup at Williams Grove Speedway The battle for the Morgan Cup at Williams Grove Speedway Saturday night turned into the title match of the century between the World of Outlaws and PA Posse. Courtesy of World of Outlaws PR One the front row of the 30-lap World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Feature, representing the World of Outlaws was 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz and next to him, on the pole, representing the PA Posse was Lance Dewease – whose won more races than anyone at Williams Grove. Dewease added another win to that list Saturday night, defeating Schatz to claim the Morgan Cup and his 17th career World of Outlaws victory. The Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing driver didn’t make it an easy fight, though. Schatz got the first punch, jumping to the lead at the start of the race. From there, Schatz set a pace the No. 69K couldn’t match. Dewease contributed that to his setup, stating it takes five or six laps for his car to get going. Because of that, he said he anticipated Schatz would get the jump on him. He knew the race he needed to run. “The pace we were trying to run, we were going to be hard on tires at that whole 30 laps,” Dewease said about Schatz’s early run. “But hell, I wasn’t too easy with them.” Schatz’s early lead didn’t last long, though. On Lap two, Logan Schuchart stopped on the front stretch due to an ignition box issue. The caution allowed the two front runners a quick rest to gauge their early run. When the green flag flew again, Schatz landed another jab, jumping back to the lead. Dewease kept pace with him, though. “I was shocked how good I hung with him there on the bottom,” Dewease said. “I thought we’d be alright if I could get by him (Schatz). He knows how to get around here when it’s slick.” Like Dewease predicted, once he got in six consecutive laps, his car took off. While Schatz rode the high side, Dewease found enough grip on the bottom to wear out Schatz’s lead. By that time the two leaders entered lap traffic, which proved to be an advantage for Dewease. Schatz struggled to navigate around lap traffic, allowing Dewease to plant the attack he needed on Lap 17 to charge by the No. 15 car and take the lead. “It just came down to getting through lap traffic,” Schatz said. “I got to the 70 car and I didn’t push the issue, to go across the race car and go in front of him and I didn’t do it. It got me in a funk for a few laps and Lance got by. I got myself back going, but it was too late.” Dewease then cruised to his second win in four days, after winning Wednesday’s night race at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Pa. That night he heard the chant, “Posse! Posse! Posse!” in Victory Lane. Then heard it again Saturday night as the PA Posse fans were jubilant to retain the iconic Morgan Cup. “This rivalry is pretty intense,” Dewease said. “It goes back a long way. We’re some of the few areas that can consistently win against these (Outlaws) guys. We were very fortunate to get it done tonight and keep the cup for another year. Beating Donny is always special because he gets around this place so good.” While Schatz accepted his defeat, having to settle for second, he laid down a further challenge for the PA Posse fans. “I hear all of that Posse chant, and I love that,” Schatz said. “Come August, I’m pretty sure he’s (Dewease) going to win the money to go to the Knoxville Nationals, so there’s going to be no damn reason every person in this place isn’t at the Knoxville Nationals watching it.” While Schatz and Dewease put on a show at the front of the field, California-native Giovanni Scelzi was the show of the race behind them. Scelzi won the C-Main, transferring to the rear of the 12-car Last Chance Showdown. He then made his way to fourth in the Showdown, transferring to the rear of the Feature. After starting 24th, he charged his way to a seventh-place finish in the Feature, earning the KSE Hard Charger award. “Just qualified bad, and when you do that it puts you behind the eight-ball,” Scelzi said. “We just kept trucking in the Feature and kept going and going and going. I wish we had a yellow. I think we had something to get back in the top-five.” Scelzi won his first Series victory at Williams Grove last year, becoming the youngest ever World of Outlaws winner at 16 years old. However, he’s not sure why he meshes with the Pennsylvania track so well. “I just seem to have some natural speed,” Scelzi said, “I don’t know where it comes from. Seems to be a place I’m comfortable at.” Both Schatz and Dewease – who credited each other as being exceptional drivers – said they’ve found the set up their comfortable with, leading to another potential title match when the Series returns to Williams Grove Speedway in July. UP NEXT The World of Outlaws will continue its Northeast swing Sunday, May 19, at Weedsport Speedway in Weedsport, NY. As always, you can catch all World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action on DIRTVision.com. For tickets and more information, go to www.WorldofOutlaws.com. RESULTS: NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 69K-Lance Dewease [1][$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [2][$5,500]; 3. 48-Danny Dietrich [6][$3,200]; 4. 83-Daryn Pittman [5][$2,800]; 5. 51-Freddie Rahmer [7][$2,500]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3][$2,300]; 7. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [24][$2,200]; 8. 19-Brent Marks [4][$2,100]; 9. 41-David Gravel [9][$2,050]; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen [10][$2,000]; 11. 5-Shane Stewart [13][$1,500]; 12. 2M-Kerry Madsen [14][$1,200]; 13. 24-Lucas Wolfe [8][$1,100]; 14. 49-Brad Sweet [17][$1,050]; 15. 72-Ryan Smith [11][$1,000]; 16. 39-Cory Haas [20][$900]; 17. 18-Ian Madsen [23][$800]; 18. 39M-Anthony Macri [18][$800]; 19. 21-Brian Montieth [16][$800]; 20. 1S-Logan Schuchart [15][$800]; 21. 5C-Dylan Cisney [22][$800]; 22. 1X-Chad Trout [25][$]; 23. 2-Carson Macedo [21][$800]; 24. 26-Cory Eliason [19][$800]; 25. 17B-Steve Buckwalter [12][$800]; 26. 70-Brock Zearfoss [26][$]; Lap Leaders: Donny Schatz 1-12, Lance Dewease 13-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 71-G Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 19.334; 2. 72-Ryan Smith, 19.36; 3. 69K-Lance Dewease, 19.374; 4. 48-Danny Dietrich, 19.438; 5. 5-Shane Stewart, 19.441; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 19.523; 7. 41-David Gravel, 19.537; 8. 19-Brent Marks, 19.611; 9. 49-Brad Sweet, 19.629; 10. 5C-Dylan Cisney, 19.667; 11. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 19.716; 12. 26-Cory Eliason, 19.742; 13. 70-Brock Zearfoss, 19.78; 14. 18-Ian Madsen, 19.929; 15. 27S-Adrian Shaffer, 19.944; 16. 19M-Landon Myers, 19.963; 17. O7-Gerard McIntyre, 20.023; 18. 11-T.J. Stutts, 20.071; 19. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 20.163 Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 19.378; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 19.547; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen, 19.621; 4. 83-Daryn Pittman, 19.687; 5. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 19.69; 6. 2-Carson Macedo, 19.729; 7. 24-Lucas Wolfe, 19.792; 8. 17B-Steve Buckwalter, 19.798; 9. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 19.806; 10. 1X-Chad Trout, 19.822; 11. 39M-Anthony Macri, 19.969; 12. 39-Cory Haas, 19.97; 13. 7S-Jason Sides, 20.017; 14. 47K-Kody Lehman, 20.082; 15. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 20.116; 16. 21-Brian Montieth, 20.125; 17. 98H-Dave Blaney, 20.186; 18. 73B-Brett Michalski, 21.304; 19. 12W-Troy Fraker, 21.427
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