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  1. Shane Golobic eliminates self-doubt with WoO Sprint Car win at Placerville- Shane Golobic leads California podium with win at the Placerville Speedway's 49er Gold Rush Classic PLACERVILLE, CA – Sept. 11, 2019 – Doubt has filled Shane Golobic’s mind for the last six years. His first and only World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series win came in 2013. Since then he’s questioned if he would or could ever win one again. There was a clear answer Wednesday night during the 49er Gold Rush Classic presented by Riebes NAPA Auto Parts at Placerville Speedway. Golobic tested the limits of his vocal cords from yelling inside his NOS Energy Drink No. 17w car. He couldn’t get out of it fast enough and do something his calm mannered self would rarely do. He climbed to the top wing of his car, yelling and cheering, with the checkered flag in hand, letting the blue and orange confetti bath him while he celebrated his second World of Outlaws wins. “I feel like two gives you a little more credibility than one,” said Golobic, who runs a part-time schedule with the Series. “I got the first one at a little short track, Antioch (Speedway). It was a none stop Feature, it counts as an Outlaws win one hundred percent, but there’s always that little bit of doubt. I’m not so much worried about other people, what they think, but just in me. You know, it’s been a few years since we done it. You just wonder if it is ever going to happen again. Tonight, we had the race car to do it.” The victory was not handed to him. He worked for. All night long. The Fremont, Calif.-native started the night by Qualifying fifth. He then went on to fight his way to a second-place finish in his Drydene Heat race and then to a fourth-place finish in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash. The night was mostly ruled by Californians, winning everything but one Heat race which was won by Daryn Pittman, who drivers for the California-based Roth Motorsports team. Brad Sweet was the top Golden State driver for most of the night by winning his Drydene Heat race and winning the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash. He also pulled double duty as promoter and driver for the race. When the 40-lap Feature went green at the quarter-mile track in El Dorado County, Sweet jumped to the lead, leaving outside polesitter, and fellow California-native, Carson Macedo to battle with Kraig Kinser for second. Golobic ran fourth. The field got five laps into the race before the first caution came out for Kyle Larson spinning in turn four. When the race resumed, Sweet marched back to the lead. Macedo stayed close by, though. Behind the front two, Golobic found his rhythm around the high side of the track and worked his way around Kinser to take third-place. He tried to contend with Macedo by sneaking to his outside, but the Kyle Larson Racing driver closed the door and focused on his trek to Sweet’s bumper. Less than a car length’s distance separated Sweet and Macedo for the next 10 laps. Sweet ran the low line. Macedo hammered the outside of the speedway. The two Californians ran their lines with precision, neither gaining nor losing ground on the other. However, on Lap 14 Sweet sailed his NAPA Auto Parts No. 49 car to the high side in turn three. The precision was lost. He bounced off the cushion, hindering his speed. Macedo had already reacted to Sweet’s lane change by diving to the bottom. Once Sweet bobbled, Macedo powered by him for the lead. Sweet charged back underneath him the next circuit around and nosed the rookie to the line to reclaim the lead on Lap 16. Macedo was too strong up high, though. He easily worked his way back around the outside of Sweet for the lead. While the “Big Cat” kept Macedo in striking distance for the next eight laps, Golobic continued to run third. The third caution of the night came out on Lap 24 for Jessie Attard coming to a stop in turn four. On the restart, Golobic and Sweet raced side by side down the front stretch and into the first corner. Sweet lost grip on the exit of turn two and entered the backstretch at a 45-degree angle. With a clean exit by Golobic, he hammered the throttle and cleared Sweet for second before turn three. Sweet tried to fight back but couldn’t. The handling went away on his car and he faded through the field. With 10 laps to go, Golobic was about a second behind Macedo. He could still see the white No. 2 car in front of him, though. He could see a potential second World of Outlaws win still within reach. To get to it meant making more aggressive moves and using his knowledge as a local racer of the track to his advantage. “With twenty-six to go, or whatever it was, on that restart I knew I needed to get a good drive down the straightaway and get to the top and click laps away and be there right behind Carson as close as I could when he did catch traffic,” Golobic said. “Took a peek at the board each time I went down the back straightaway. That’s probably something I have an advantage of over other guys who don’t race here every week. They don’t have that in the back of their mind during the race. Saw thirty-seven laps were down and started turning it on.” With three laps to go Macedo bounced off the cushion in turn three, allowing Golobic to close to his bumper and stay on him like a magnet the next lap. In their return to turn three, Golobic shot underneath Macedo and slid up in front of him on the exit of turn four to take the lead. Macedo threw two unsuccessful slide jobs at Golobic the next two corners. When the checkered flag hung over the track, Golobic was the first to see it – his first World of Outlaws win at Placerville Speedway and second career Series win overall. “It’s my favorite racetrack in the world and now it’s even more of my favorite racetrack with this memory,” said Golobic who lives two hours away from the speedway. Macedo had to settle for second, while Justin Sanders worked his way to his first World of Outlaws podium finish of the year. “I feel pretty bad for my team,” Macedo said. “I feel like I let that one go. I knew it was getting super technical up there (on the high side). I could catch lap traffic and they were kind of making the racetrack dirty under the cushion. I was struggling to get through there. Shane just did a really good job.” Sweet fell to sixth-place but still took home a victory. As a driver he reclaimed the points lead over 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz, who finished 10th – now leading him by two points. And as a promoter, he saw a sellout crowd. That California crowd erupted into cheers, drowning out Golobic’s joyous yells when he climbed out of his Mike Wood Racing Sprint Car. The local boy won. His confidence boosted. Doubt gone. “Doubt is gone for sure,” Golobic said without hesitation. “Now, hopefully we can get a couple more. Two really means a lot to me, now three is going to mean a lot to me.” UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Friday, Sept. 13, will be at Stockton Dirt Track in Stockton, Calif. for the NOS Energy Drink Showdown. Get tickets and more information. As always, if you can’t make it to the race, you can watch all of the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com. RESULTS: NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 17W-Shane Golobic [4][$10,000]; 2. 2-Carson Macedo [2][$5,500]; 3. 121-Justin Sanders [8][$3,200]; 4. 7S-Tim Kaeding [6][$2,800]; 5. 83-Daryn Pittman [5][$2,500]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [1][$2,300]; 7. 57-Kyle Larson [18][$2,200]; 8. 24-Rico Abreu [7][$2,100]; 9. 41-David Gravel [11][$2,050]; 10. 15-Donny Schatz [12][$2,000]; 11. 18-Ian Madsen [19][$1,500]; 12. 92-Andy Forsberg [14][$1,200]; 13. 5-Shane Stewart [10][$1,100]; 14. 1S-Logan Schuchart [17][$1,050]; 15. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [9][$1,000]; 16. O-Bud Kaeding [24][$900]; 17. 53-Jessie Attard [16][$800]; 18. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3][$800]; 19. 83T-Tanner Carrick [21][$800]; 20. 5C-Colby Copeland [13][$800]; 21. 19-Brent Marks [15][$800]; 22. 44W-Austen Wheatley [20][$800]; 23. 7-Jason Sides [23][$800]; 24. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [22][$800]; Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1-14, 16; Carson Macedo 15, 17-38; Shane Golobic 39-40; KSE Hard Charger Award: 57-Kyle Larson[+11] Qualifying – 1. 7S-Tim Kaeding, 10.413; 2. 121-Justin Sanders, 10.43; 3. 2-Carson Macedo, 10.435; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 10.442; 5. 17W-Shane Golobic, 10.467; 6. 49-Brad Sweet, 10.47; 7. 18-Ian Madsen, 10.475; 8. 83-Daryn Pittman, 10.476; 9. 57-Kyle Larson, 10.491; 10. 5-Shane Stewart, 10.494; 11. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 10.5; 12. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 10.519; 13. 44W-Austen Wheatley, 10.536; 14. 41-David Gravel, 10.56; 15. 83T-Tanner Carrick, 10.577; 16. 53-Jessie Attard, 10.591; 17. 1A-Jacob Allen, 10.612; 18. 93-Stephan Ingraham, 10.614; 19. 24-Rico Abreu, 10.631; 20. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 10.672; 21. 19-Brent Marks, 10.676; 22. O-Bud Kaeding, 10.686; 23. 92-Andy Forsberg, 10.836; 24. 15-Donny Schatz, 10.872; 25. 5C-Colby Copeland, 10.909; 26. 7-Jason Sides, 10.922
  2. Daryn Pittman wins second Gold Cup with dominating performance - Pittman brings California’s Roth Motorsports to Victory Lane at Silver Dollar Speedway CHICO, CA – Sept. 7,2019 – Daryn Pittman’s hope of winning a second Gold Cup at Silver Dollar Speedway Saturday night manifested into reality every 12 seconds. Even with Friday night’s winner Brad Sweet breathing down his neck, the Oklahoma driver continued to be the first car across the start/finish line every lap. However, with two laps to go, that manifestation was put on halt. A caution came out, putting Sweet on his bumper. Flashbacks of a previous Gold up loss projected in his head. “I was having flashbacks of, I don’t know, [2014] or something and we led the whole race,” Pittman said. “It laid rubber on the bottom of (turns) one and two and I found that. It didn’t lay rubber in (turns) three and four until the last couple of laps and Johnathon Allard snuck by me coming to the checkered. That one still stings.” Uninterested in repeating that pain, Pittman closed the deal this time. Leading every lap, he won his second Gold Cup and fourth World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series victory of the year. “Hats off to this whole Roth Motorsports team to get a win here in California, the Gold Cup, the biggest race in California,” Pittman said about giving his California-based team a home state win. “To win it for Dennis and Teresa (Roth) is just awesome.” While Pittman led every lap of the 40-lap Feature, his path to victory was not immediately paved with gold. After a 17th-place finish Friday night, Pittman and his Roth Motorsports crew needed a new approach. And a little bit of luck. They showed speed at the start of the night by Qualifying fourth. That placed Pittman on the outside pole for his Drydene Heat race where he took the lead from Sweet at the start and went on to win. Then luck helped out. He drew the pole of the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, and went on to win that, too. He pulled away to about a straightaway lead in the first six laps of the Feature, with David Gravel in second and Sweet fighting his way past Brent Marks for third. Pittman found himself in lap traffic by that point, too, until a caution on Lap 10 for Kraig Kinser going off track in turn four. On the restart, Gravel stayed close to Pittman and launched in front of him for the lead in turn one. However, before the field could complete another lap, the yellow lights around the speedway turned back on for Ian Madsen in the turn four wall. The lap was not completed and Pittman remained the leader. Sweet, looking for his first Gold Cup victory in his home state, had fallen back to fourth-place. However, on a restart with 26 laps to go, after a red flag for Jacob Allen flipping, Sweet powered his way by Marks for third down the front stretch and then rode the high side to take second away from Gravel before completing the lap. While the “Big Cat” tried to track Pittman down, Gravel, Marks, Logan Schuchart and Tim Kaeding traded slide jobs and crossover maneuvers for countless laps, arguing over who would be third. Schuchart silenced the argument by taking third with six laps to go and the leaders in his sight. “I love working out, I love being in shape for this deal and I’ve tried doing that in the past and sometimes I don’t feel like it makes a difference, but tonight it did,” Schuchart said. “The guys in front were starting to slow down a little bit and I was able to still race it hard and jump across the spots I needed to and make a lot of ground up.” Pittman found himself caught in heavy lap traffic, unable to always make a quick pass. Sweet and Schuchart fed off that, inching closer to the Roth Enterprises No. 83 car. Sweet even got close enough in the closing laps to dive underneath Pittman – slowed by lap cars – and take the lead. Pushing the handling of his car to its limits, Pittman charged back around Sweet for the led the next corner, never allowing the Kasey Kahne Racing driver to officially lead a lap. Then with a late caution, he had to hold on to that mentality for two more laps. He was not going to allow a repeat of 2014’s race. Mastering his restarts all night, Pittman put about a three-car length lead on Sweet into the first corner and kept it that way to the finish. The hope of winning was now a reality. “My thought process was run as hard as you can on the top, because that’s what I thought it was going to take to win,” Pittman said. “I feel like at the green-white-checkered I went has hard as I had. The hard part about that is when you run hard against that tricky of a cushion, you’re putting yourself at risk to make a mistake and take yourself out. But I was more OK with trying too hard and losing than going too slow and trying to be safe.” Sweet’s thought process was “attack, attack, attack,” he said. However, Pittman was just too strong. “He had a good enough of a lead there, no matter how good, he would’ve had to mess up,” Sweet said. “He drove a great last two laps. We gave it all we had with the NAPA Auto Parts car. I was trying to move around and got my wing back a little too far I think at one point and got myself tight. I was a great race. We gave it all we had.” While Sweet missed out on winning another Gold Cup, his runner-up finish was his third podium finish in-a-row. In those three races he's also cut 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz’s points lead over him down from 36 points to six. Schatz was on track to potentially lose the points lead after taking the final transfer spot in the Last Chance Showdown to start last in the Feature. He came close to getting lapped in the first half of the race, but was able to fight his way to an eighth-place finish in the final half – earning him the Hard Charger award for the race. For Pittman, he earned himself his 85th career World of Outlaws victory, moving him past his hero, Stevie Smith, to be the ninth winningest driver on the all-time Series wins list. He also earned himself $15,000 and another glistening golden cup trophy – his first Gold Cup was earned 13 years ago. “There’s not many drivers that can say they were here 13 years ago,” Pittman said with a smile. “Part of that dates me. It makes me feel old. But I feel like I’ve got a lot of good years left in me. I’m having a lot of fun, especially when you get good cars like this to drive.” UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Wednesday, Sept. 11, will be at Placerville Speedway in Placerville. Calif. for the 49er Gold Rush Classic presented by Riebes NAPA Auto Parts. As always, if you can’t make it to the race, you can catch all of the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com. RESULTS: NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 83-Daryn Pittman [1][$15,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [4][$5,700]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [12][$3,500]; 4. 41-David Gravel [2][$3,000]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [13][$2,600]; 6. 7S-Tim Kaeding [9][$2,400]; 7. 2-Carson Macedo [5][$2,300]; 8. 15-Donny Schatz [24][$2,200]; 9. 18-Ian Madsen [10][$2,150]; 10. 19-Brent Marks [3][$2,100]; 11. O-Bud Kaeding [21][$1,600]; 12. 24-Rico Abreu [18][$1,350]; 13. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [20][$1,300]; 14. 17W-Shane Golobic [8][$1,200]; 15. 5-Shane Stewart [16][$1,100]; 16. 7Y-Geoff Ensign [11][$1,000]; 17. 88-Jonathan Allard [15][$900]; 18. 44W-Austen Wheatley [17][$850]; 19. 121-Justin Sanders [6][$800]; 20. 11K-Kraig Kinser [22][$800]; 21. 5C-Colby Copeland [7][$800]; 22. 93-Stephan Ingraham [23][$800]; 23. 1A-Jacob Allen [19][$800]; 24. 29-Willie Croft [14][$800]; Lap Leaders: Daryn Pittman 1-40; KSE Hard Charger Award: 15-Donny Schatz[+16] Qualifying – 1. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.177; 2. 19-Brent Marks, 12.222; 3. 121-Justin Sanders, 12.255; 4. 83-Daryn Pittman, 12.256; 5. 41-David Gravel, 12.274; 6. 2-Carson Macedo, 12.357; 7. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.372; 8. 17W-Shane Golobic, 12.375; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.39; 10. 5C-Colby Copeland, 12.411; 11. 7Y-Geoff Ensign, 12.418; 12. 7S-Tim Kaeding, 12.418; 13. 5-Shane Stewart, 12.431; 14. 44W-Austen Wheatley, 12.436; 15. 88-Jonathan Allard, 12.44; 16. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.474; 17. 93-Stephan Ingraham, 12.477; 18. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.499; 19. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 12.518; 20. 29-Willie Croft, 12.553; 21. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.58; 22. O-Bud Kaeding, 12.602; 23. 92-Andy Forsberg, 12.639; 24. 24-Rico Abreu, 12.787; 25. 2X-Chase Majdic, 12.792; 26. 53-Jessie Attard, 12.804; 27. 7-Jason Sides, 12.875; 28. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.882; 29. 21-Michael Ing, 13.069
  3. Brad Sweet gets second Silver Dollar Speedway victory - Sweet wins opening night of the Gold Cup for the second year in-a-row CHICO, CA – Sept. 6 – The clamor of 24 Sprint Cars in a gladiatorial battle at Silver Dollar Speedway faded into the calm Northern California night. Several minutes later a new clamor slowly elevated outside the quarter-mile track. “Brad Sweet. Brad Sweet. Brad Sweet! Brad Sweet! Brad Sweet!” Fans chanted the California-native’s name like a posse honoring a warrior’s victory. Sweet out dueled fellow Californians, Tim Kaeding and Shane Golobic, to claim his second Silver Dollar Speedway win Friday night, and 14th World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series win of the year – 48th career win overall. “We’re happy tonight,” said Sweet, of Grass Valley, Calif. “Tough racing out there. It’s treacherous. You never know which way the car is going to bounce or if you’re going to make a good corner or a bad corner. I just tried to stay up on the wheel. We pushed hard all night.” His opening night had a sour start qualifying 14th of 30 cars. He rebounded in his Drydene Heat race by charging from fifth-place to second. That put Sweet in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash where he finished fourth. The last three races at Silver Dollar Speedway had been won by a California native. The preamble to the Feature suggested that streak would see forth. Kaeding, of San Jose, and Golobic, of Fremont, occupied the front row for the Feature. Both won their Heat race. Golobic drew the pole for the Dash and ended up second to Kaeding. In last year's two Gold Cup races at the speedway, Kaeding finished second both nights – once to Sweet. He wanted one spot better this year. On the initial start, Kaeding jumped to the lead but Golobic was able to find grip on the bottom and keep pace with Kaeding running the preferred line on the high side. Sweet powered around Donny Schatz for third and begin his trek to the front. To get to Kaeding, Sweet had to go through Golobic first. And the young Californian forced Sweet to exert all of his talent to do so. After restarting the race for a caution on Lap two, Sweet snuck underneath Golobic and passed him for second down the backstretch. Sweet cleared the NOS Energy Drink No. 17w car off turn four. With Golobic gaining momentum around the high side, Sweet also tried to block Golobic’s run off the corner but failed. Golobic turned underneath the NAPA Auto Parts No. 49 and charged back to second-place around the bottom of turns one and two. Four laps later, with 23 laps still to go, Kaeding began to pull away and Sweet took another charge at Golobic. The Kasey Kahne Racing driver charged around the outside of Golobic in turns one and two. However, Golobic, continuing to use the bottom to his advantage, powered his way back in front of Sweet off turn four. Sweet attempted to dive underneath him into turn one, but Golobic closed the door. He hadn’t won, yet. Two laps later Sweet put together another run to charge to the outside of Golobic. The duo raced side by side, Sweet high and Golobic low, for two laps. With 18 laps to go Sweet was able to prevail, holding onto second with a firm grasp. Kaeding had about a straightaway lead, but lap traffic was coming into play. Sweet worked his way to Kaeding by the halfway point of the race. He got to the outside of the R&B Company No. 7s and drag raced him down the front stretch. Kaeding out powered Sweet into turns one and two, but slid his right rear off track down the back stretch, allowing Sweet to dart underneath him and officially take the lead on Lap 17. “I stepped on my ‘you know what’ one little bit coming off of two,” Kaeding said. “Just gave Brad that opportunity to get by us.” Sweet said he had to be aggressive on Kaeding to take the lead. “It’s Tim Kaeding at Chico, he’s never going to be easy,” Sweet said. “I watched him my whole childhood dominate this place.” Kaeding was then subjected to the same war with Golobic that Sweet had to battle through. The two California’s battled hard, swapping second-place several times. Justin Sanders, of Watsonville, Calif., even joined in on the battle for a few laps. However, Kaeding and Golobic were able to best Sanders in the closing laps and duel for second amongst themselves. Before Sweet could run away with his second win in-a-row – having won Wednesday’s race at Willamette Speedway – a caution with eight laps to go gave Kaeding and Golobic their final shot at taking down the “Big Cat.” When the race restarted, Sweet wiped away any hope they had of doing so. He pulled away with the lead, leaving Kaeding and Golobic to make their last few swings at each other for second. Kaeding won that battle, while Golobic maintained a podium finish in third. “I had a really good battle with Brad toward the middle of the race and there at the end me and TK (Kaeding) were going at,” Golobic said. “There were two different lines. I felt like I could run the top or bottom, make speed. I just really enjoyed racing with those guys. We’re kind of hanging our head a little bit about a third-place run, but in the big picture racing with these guys and finishing top-three is nothing to hang our head about.” While Kaeding had to settle for second for the third time in-a-row, during the Gold Cup Race of Champions event at the speedway, he still left with a smile. “This R and B Company 7s, Jason Sides Motorsports, this thing hauls ass,” Kaeding said. “Hopefully we can move up one more spot tomorrow night.” For the second race in-a-row, Sweet left with the biggest smile, the trophy and $8,000 check. He and his team are building momentum again and chipping away at Schatz’s championship points lead. In the past two races, Sweet has cut the reigning champion’s lead in half – now 18 points behind the 10-time Series champion. His focus is on Saturday night at Silver Dollar Speedway, though, where fans clamoring his name would mark a victory he’s been in search of for a long time. “Now we’ve got to get the damn Gold Cup,” Sweet said. “I haven’t been able to get Saturday night. I grew up at this place. I don’t think I’ve missed one Gold Cup my whole life. It’s a great event.” UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Saturday, Sept. 7, will return to Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico. Calif. for the Gold Cup Race of Champions. Get tickets and more information. As always, if you can’t make it to the race, you can watch all of the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com. RESULTS: NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [4][$8,000]; 2. 7S-Tim Kaeding [1][$4,000]; 3. 17W-Shane Golobic [2][$2,500]; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [13][$2,200]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$2,100]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [8][$2,000]; 7. 121-Justin Sanders [9][$1,800]; 8. 5-Shane Stewart [11][$1,600]; 9. O-Bud Kaeding [10][$1,500]; 10. 18-Ian Madsen [5][$1,300]; 11. 26-Billy Aton [6][$1,200]; 12. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [17][$1,100]; 13. 92-Andy Forsberg [12][$1,000]; 14. 41-David Gravel [16][$700]; 15. 19-Brent Marks [20][$600]; 16. 5C-Colby Copeland [21][$600]; 17. 83-Daryn Pittman [19][$600]; 18. 24-Rico Abreu [22][$600]; 19. 44W-Austen Wheatley [15][$600]; 20. 2-Carson Macedo [18][$600]; 21. 2X-Chase Majdic [24][$600]; 22. 11K-Kraig Kinser [14][$600]; 23. 88-Jonathan Allard [7][$600]; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen [23][$600]; Lap Leaders: Tim Kaeding 1-16, Brad Sweet 17-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[+9] Qualifying – 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.117; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.231; 3. 7S-Tim Kaeding, 12.234; 4. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.272; 5. 17W-Shane Golobic, 12.279; 6. 44W-Austen Wheatley, 12.308; 7. 88-Jonathan Allard, 12.377; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.379; 9. 83-Daryn Pittman, 12.449; 10. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.482; 11. 5C-Colby Copeland, 12.492; 12. 26-Billy Aton, 12.494; 13. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.519; 14. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.538; 15. 7Y-Geoff Ensign, 12.542; 16. O-Bud Kaeding, 12.545; 17. 5-Shane Stewart, 12.551; 18. 92-Andy Forsberg, 12.561; 19. 19-Brent Marks, 12.609; 20. 24-Rico Abreu, 12.634; 21. 121-Justin Sanders, 12.636; 22. 41-David Gravel, 12.661; 23. 2X-Chase Majdic, 12.715; 24. 21-Michael Ing, 12.724; 25. 7-Jason Sides, 12.796; 26. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 12.828; 27. 93-Stephan Ingraham, 12.839; 28. 29-Willie Croft, 12.939; 29. 53-Jessie Attard, 13.189; 30. 2-Carson Macedo, NT
  4. Brad Sweet slides to thrilling victory at Willamette Speedway - Sweet gets first Willamette Speedway win with late race slider on David Gravel LEBANON, OR – Sept. 4, 2019 – Brad Sweet saw the collapse of a fruitful performance in less than a second during Wednesday night’s World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Feature at Willamette Speedway. With lap cars slowing the Grass Valley, Calif.-native’s progress, David Gravel threw a slide job underneath them all into turn one and exited the corner with the lead. After leading 25 of the 30 laps, Sweet was forced to watch defeat drive away from him. He wasn't willing to settle for second, though. Not now. Not this late in the season. The next time into turn one Sweet wasn’t forgiving with the throttle. Or his car. He dove to the bottom of the corner and slid the NAPA Auto Parts No. 49 car up across the track, directly in front of Gravel, nearly making contact with the Jason Johnson Racing No. 41 car. But it was the winning move. Sweet led to the end, picking up his first Willamette Speedway victory and 13th World of Outlaws win of the year – 47th career victory overall. “I’m just glad I led the last one,” Sweet said. “I about gave it away in lap traffic. It’s nice to get this NAPA Auto Parts car back in Victory Lane. We’ve had a great season. When you have a great season and you go on a little winless streak it kind of feels like the world is ending.” The winless streak was eight races – about a month’s time. Many drivers are on longer winless droughts, but in those eight races Sweet lost the points lead to 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz and struggled to find the podium at times – an uncommon characteristic for he and his Kasey Kahne Racing team. The pairing looked back in traditional form at the Oregon track. Sweet started the night by setting Quick Time – five hundredths of a second off the track record he set in 2016. He then finished second in his Drydene Heat race and won the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash. Sweet jolted to the lead at the start of the 30-lap Feature, but Gravel never let the “Big Cat” out of his sight. The Watertown, Conn.-native stayed within a second to half of a second gap behind Sweet throughout the race. Lap traffic came into play on Lap seven, but every time a slower car would obstruct Sweet’s run around the high side of the track – allowing Gravel to close on him – Gravel would also face the same issue once having to deal with the lap car himself. However, with five laps to go, Sweet found himself stuck behind the slower cars of Brent Marks and Jessie Attard going into turn one. The two cars blocked the top lane, forcing Sweet to hammer the brakes and kill his momentum into the turn. That allowed Gravel to dive into the turn and exit off the bottom with the lead. “I miss judged how slow that fifty-three (car) was going,” Sweet said. “Brent got kind of tangled up with him and I basically had to stop. I was stopped up by the cushion and I knew I was in a bad spot. It wasn’t surprising to see David go by there.” With the hunger and determination to win again, Sweet said Gravel left the door open the next time around and he threw the power slider at him to take back the lead. Gravel tried to throw another slide job at Sweet with three laps to go but couldn’t slide up in front of the No. 49 car in time. Sweet went on to claim the victory. Looking back on the race, Gravel has an idea of what he could have done differently. “Maybe just throw a bomb on him like he gave me back there,” Gravel said. “It’s just one of those things that you’ve got to put moves on guys to win these races. I was just a little nice. He put a big boy move on me and I should’ve done the same back.” While Gravel and Sweet dueled for the lead, Ian Madsen found his way back to a podium finish – finishing third – and picked up the KSE Hard Charger award by racing from his sixth-place starting position. “It’s been quite frustrating as of late because we’ve had a lot of car speed, just not luck on our side,” Madsen said. “Just to get on the podium is awesome, especially starting a couple of rows back like we did.” Schatz finished fourth, allowing Sweet to gain eight points on the reigning champion and continue to keep the battle for the championship tight – now 28 points separating them with 21 races to go this season. The win couldn’t have come at a better time for Sweet, too, with the Series spending the next five races in his home state of California. “It’s a good win for us,” Sweet said. “We needed a little confidence booster. These races aren’t easy to win. Even though sometimes they’re easier than others. Tonight was no easy task, even though we started on the pole. The track wasn't super conducive to passing. But it all comes down to lap traffic and I think years of experience has helped me figure out how to finish these things off.” UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Friday, Sept. 6, and Saturday, Sept. 7, will be at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif. for the Gold Cup Race of Champions. Get tickets and more information. As always, if you can’t make it to the race, you can watch all of the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com. RESULTS: NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [1][$8,000]; 2. 41-David Gravel [2][$4,000]; 3. 18-Ian Madsen [6][$2,500]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$2,200]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [7][$2,100]; 6. 5-Shane Stewart [4][$2,000]; 7. 83-Daryn Pittman [5][$1,800]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart [10][$1,600]; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser [12][$1,500]; 10. 19-Brent Marks [8][$1,300]; 11. 2-Carson Macedo [11][$1,200]; 12. 44W-Austen Wheatley [15][$1,100]; 13. 53-Jessie Attard [14][$1,000]; 14. 7S-Jason Sides [13][$700]; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen [9][$600]; 16. 75-Brian Boswell [16][$600]; 17. 7-Gravy Fairfield [17][$600]; Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1-25, 27-30; David Gravel 26; KSE Hard Charger Award: 18-Ian Madsen[+3] Qualifying – 1. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.563; 2. 41-David Gravel, 11.597; 3. 5-Shane Stewart, 11.63; 4. 18-Ian Madsen, 11.672; 5. 83-Daryn Pittman, 11.698; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.816; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.832; 8. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.833; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.845; 10. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.888; 11. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 11.889; 12. 19-Brent Marks, 11.891; 13. 2-Carson Macedo, 11.914; 14. 44W-Austen Wheatley, 11.994; 15. 53-Jessie Attard, 12.283; 16. 75-Brian Boswell, 13.218; 17. 7-Gravy Fairfield, 14.127
  5. Logan Schuchart sweeps Skagit Speedway doubleheader - Shark Racing’s Schuchart pockets $15,000 payday with sixth win of the season ALGER, WAS – Aug. 31, 2019 – A small fire lit underneath Logan Schuchart’s car. There were three laps go. Schuchart the leader – looking to win back to back World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series races at Skagit Speedway Saturday night. He had led all 37 laps, fending off constant attacks by Brad Sweet. The yellow and orange flame illuminated the gap under the tail tank. Schuchart had already dealt with overheating issues, leaking copious amounts of liquid onto the track during an earlier red flag. Luck was trying its best to keep him from winning his sixth race of the year. The Pennsylvanian didn’t need luck, though. He had speed. Plenty of it. With a few quick jabs to the throttle the rear end fire was out. The worry of overheating, none existent. When the green flag flew for the final time Schuchart saw nothing in front of him expect the checkered flag three laps later. He swept the weekend doubleheader at the 3/10-mile. Won the $15,000 payday – $23,000 in total between the two days. Won his sixth race of the season – further surpassing his previous single season win record of four. And broke his grandfather, and car owner, Bobby Allen’s record for most wins in a single season – five. “If you would’ve told me a couple of years ago or at the beginning of this year you’re going to be winning a couple of races in-a-row and have six wins on the season... you know, I knew it was something we were capable of doing,” Schuchart said. “I’m just really proud of this team. It’s awesome to get big wins like this.” Friday night he led all 30 laps en route to the victory. Saturday night he did the same, but with 10 more laps. Unlike Friday night, though, where Schuchart stretched his lead throughout the race, Sweet made Schuchart work for his second win at Skagit Speedway. The start of Saturday's 40-lap Feature was almost a mirror image of Friday night’s race. Schuchart drag raced side by side with polesitter Tim Kaeding down the front stretch on the initial start. The two stayed that way into the corner, but Schuchart, riding the high line, had the better grip. He rocketed by Kaeding for the lead down the backstretch. While Schuchart pulled away, catching lap traffic on Lap six for the second night in-a-row, Californians Kaeding and Sweet were the show for the opening eight laps. The two raced side by side, lap after lap, corner after corner. Kaeding ran high, while Sweet threw dive bombs to the bottom each lap. Kaeding eventually put distance between he and Sweet, but a lapped car hindered his run off turn two, allowing Sweet to stay in the throttle and dive underneath him again in turn three. This time it worked for the “Big Cat.” Sweet cleared Kaeding off turn four on Lap eight and began to hunt Schuchart. It wasn’t much longer before Sweet was to Schuchart’s bumper with the help of a caution on Lap 12 for Kraig Kinser spinning in turn two. However, the Drydene No. 1s car accelerated better than Sweet on the restart and pulled away with the lead by several car lengths. Once Schuchart hit lapped traffic again a few laps later, Sweet was able to make up ground. On Lap 23 Sweet was close enough to throw a Hail Mary slide job into turn one, sliding up in front of Schuchart by turn two. The Shark Racing driver was ready for it, though. He held his line and charged underneath Sweet on the exit of the corner, making slight contact with the NAPA Auto Parts No. 49 car before reclaiming the lead. “I tried to cross back underneath him and he kind of blocked me a little bit and we kind of touched,” Schuchart said. “I was just happy to get back by him. As the race went on I felt like I had a line that felt good to me that I could make moves but also defend myself.” Sweet tried the same move again four laps later, but didn’t have enough of a run this time to put his car in front of Schuchart. He slid up next to the No. 1s car and then watched it drive away down the backstretch. It was the closest he was going to get to trying to pass Schuchart, even with several late cautions. “We sure did try,” Sweet said. “Every time we timed it pretty good in traffic Logan was able to counter. We made a little contact that one time, but it was all hard racing. I knew I needed to get the lead and kind of went a little too hard and burned up my tire. The track was really aggressive when you’re running high.” Behind Schuchart and Sweet, Kaeding, Donny Schatz and Daryn Pittman had a fierce battle for third-place. The three drivers traded slide jobs, dive bombs and dueled all race long for the position. Schatz eventually bested the two with aggressive maneuvers to take the spot. Those moves further paid off on a late restart with three laps to go. Schatz snuck his way by Sweet to end the race in second. “It’s (the season) winding down,” Schatz said. “You want to get the best finishes you can when you can’t win. Logan was obviously really good and set a pretty good pace. I pretty much used everything up getting to that point. It was pretty aggressive up there (on the high side) on the tires. I tried to save as much as I could, but at the end I was sliding and moving around a bit and that’s what got us the spots we got.” Schuchart had more than a second gap between he and the 10-time Series champion when he passed the flag stand for the final time to pick up his sixth win of the season. His goal at the beginning of the year was to tie his grandfather’s record for most wins in a year. In one weekend he did that and then beat it. “That’s pretty good,” Bobby Allen said with a grin. “I’m glad for him. He’s doing good. He’s doing a good job of setting the car up. He’s thinking good. Driving good. We had a little trouble at Eldora with the motor stumbling. We think we got that cured and I think that’s helping us because I noticed he took off hard on the restarts and that made it hard for Sweet to slide him on the start. So, I’m happy about everything right now.” He’s especially happy about winning $8,000 Friday night and $15,000 Saturday night. It goes a long way for the two-car operation. “It definitely helps,” Allen said. “What we do is we go into the hole pretty deep, Drydene is a big help, but we go into a hole pretty deep, after Knoxville we start paying our bills off. We’re getting close to getting them all paid off and start working on next year.” To Schuchart, having his grandfather by his side while he accomplishes his goal means a lot to him, he said. The performance he and his Shark Racing team have had this year is exciting, too. “To say I’m proud of them is an understatement,” Schuchart said. “Everybody from the top down that’s a part of this, that’s helped from the beginning, I know they’re all smiling in Pennsylvania. It’s pretty cool. “We just want to keep the momentum going. We want to build with it. Keep building this team up to where it can be the best and eventually win a championship. The last couple weeks showed we’re working toward that goal.” A fire has been lit underneath the Shark Racing team and they want to keep it burning. UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Monday, Sept. 2, will trek to Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash. Get tickets and more information. As always, if you can’t make it to the race, you can watch all of the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com. RESULTS: NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2][$15,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$5,700]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [4][$3,500]; 4. 83-Daryn Pittman [5][$3,000]; 5. 7S-Tim Kaeding [1][$2,600]; 6. 19-Brent Marks [8][$2,400]; 7. 2-Carson Macedo [11][$2,300]; 8. 41-David Gravel [7][$2,200]; 9. 18S-Jason Solwold [10][$2,150]; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen [9][$2,100]; 11. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [12][$1,600]; 12. 5-Shane Stewart [16][$1,350]; 13. 44W-Austen Wheatley [13][$1,300]; 14. 18-Ian Madsen [20][$1,200]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser [6][$1,100]; 16. 7-Jason Sides [15][$1,000]; 17. 23-Steve Parker [21][$900]; 18. 56-Justin Youngquist [17][$850]; 19. 53-Jessie Attard [14][$800]; 20. 8R-Justyn Cox [19][$800]; 21. 6-Tony Gualda [18][$800]; Lap Leaders: Logan Schuchart 1-40; KSE Hard Charger Award: 18-Ian Madsen[+6] Qualifying – 1. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.347; 2. 7S-Tim Kaeding, 11.392; 3. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.394; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 11.42; 5. 83-Daryn Pittman, 11.434; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.472; 7. 18S-Jason Solwold, 11.488; 8. 2-Carson Macedo, 11.493; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.516; 10. 41-David Gravel, 11.533; 11. 19-Brent Marks, 11.567; 12. 7-Jason Sides, 11.601; 13. 5-Shane Stewart, 11.604; 14. 18-Ian Madsen, 11.621; 15. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.637; 16. 44W-Austen Wheatley, 11.678; 17. 53-Jessie Attard, 11.71; 18. 6-Tony Gualda, 11.998; 19. 8R-Justyn Cox, 12.062; 20. 56-Justin Youngquist, 12.13; 21. 23-Steve Parker, 12.532
  6. Schuchart wins at Skagit Speedway - Logan Schuchart dominated the 30-lap event to win his fifth race of the season ALGER, WA – Aug. 30, 2019 – Logan Schuchart always wanted to match his grandfather Bobby Allen’s win total in a single World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season – five. For the Pennsylvania-native that number always stopped at four. He's had seven second-place finishes since his fourth win of the year in June. Always close. But never quite enough. Until Friday night at Skagit Speedway. Schuchart claimed his first victory at the 3/10-mile speedway and the illustrious fifth win of the season. “Having my grandfather by my side since the beginning, he’s the main part of why this team is where it is, and really everyone together, but he’s the boss, the man in charge,” Schuchart said. “The most Outlaw wins he had in a year was five, so that was my main goal at the beginning of the year to at least get that. It’s pretty cool to do that with him and the rest of our team.” Schuchart and his Shark Racing team at first looked destined for another runner-up finish as the night progressed. He finished second to Kraig Kinser in his Drydene Heat race and then second to Kinser again in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash. While Schuchart was hungry for another win this year, Kinser had his eye on his first victory since 2017. In the Heat race and the Dash, Kinser got the jump on Schuchart at the start both times, able to clear the Drydene No. 1s down the backstretch and pull away to the win. When the 30-lap Feature went green, Schuchart was ready. He stayed side by side with Kinser into the first turn. Kinser, on the bottom, edged Schuchart on the exit of turn two, but the Shark Racing driver had the better run on the outside and powered by the Mesilla Valley Transportation No. 11k for the lead. Both drivers contributed the feat to larger fuel loads for the Feature. “I got on the gas, got a little high, it really wasn’t that bad down the straightaways, but when I got into one it wouldn’t turn, I had to slow down too much and he ripped the top on me,” Kinser said. Schuchart pulled away by several car lengths, but a caution two laps into the race brought Kinser back to his tail tank. On the restart the Pennsylvanian picked up where he left off. He rocketed in front of Kinser by almost two car lengths before entering turn one and then ran away with the lead. Kinser said he couldn’t hang with Schuchart in traffic. Schuchart caught the back of the field by Lap six, but the slower cars didn’t hinder his performance. He maneuvered around them with ease, never losing his quick pace. However, in the closing laps, Schuchart said he felt like he fell off a little bit. “For the first half, three-quarters of the race I could run up on any car that is in front of me and run a different line and go right by them,” Schuchart said. “There at the end I caught up to Shane (Stewart), but I wasn’t gaining anymore. It’s hard to tell how close Kraig is. You’re just running your own race at that point.” At the end of the 28- lap run to the finish, Schuchart crossed the finish line with a 4.6 second lead over Kinser. “I’ve wanted to win here for a couple of years now, since we’ve been coming here,” Schuchart said. While Schuchart celebrated breaking his streak of second-place finishes, Kinser was celebrating his runner-up finish. It was his fourth top-five of the year and first podium finish of the year, too. “Struggled a little bit the last couple of weeks, but this feels pretty good,” Kinser said. “Obviously would’ve liked to have gotten the win, but just the way it goes. I’m happy we had a quick car from the time we unloaded to the checkered flag.” Rounding out the podium was former full-time World of Outlaws driver and Burlington, Wash.-native Jason Solwold. He was also fast all night, making the Dash and then holding onto the third-place spot throughout the Feature. “We definitely came out of the box good,” Soldwold said. “Third quick and third in the main event there, not too bad.” Shane Stewart earned the KSE Hard Charger award by charging from last on the grid – 18th – to 13th. It was a small victory after flipping on the opening lap of his Heat race – that resulted in him throwing a few jabs at Carson Macedo, who had made contact with him. David Gravel and his Jason Johnson Racing were the best out of the box to start the night by setting a new track record of 10.578 sec. – Gravel’s 14th Quick Time of the year. He broke his streak of consecutive podium finishes since winning the Knoxville Nationals, though, with a sixth-place finish. However, he was still able to gain points on 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz – who finished eighth. Gravel is still third in points, now 102 points behind Schatz. California-native Brad Sweet, who sits second in points, also gain a little on the reigning champion by finishing fifth – now 24 points behind Schatz. Schuchart – 298 points behind Schatz – knows it would be hard to get in the mix with the top three in points, but has his eye on fourth-place, currently held by Daryn Pittman. He’s currently 34 points behind him. “We’re kind of close to Daryn there in points, it would be nice to see if we could get him,” Schuchart said. “My best finish in points is sixth, last year. We’re fifth right now, I’d like to get to fourth and stay consistent. Keep learning as a program. “We had two new guys with Ron Helmick and Ben Whitman this year and they’ve improved tremendously since they’ve started. I just want to improve the team and keep building this team from what it was five years ago and keep heading in the right direction.” Tying records with Bobby Allen is a good start. UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will return to Skagit Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 31, for the final night of the Series’ doubleheader at Alger, Wash. Track. For tickets call (360) 724-3567. As always, if you can’t be there in person, you can watch all of the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com. RESULTS: NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2][$8,000]; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser [1][$4,000]; 3. 18S-Jason Solwold [4][$2,500]; 4. 18-Ian Madsen [3][$2,200]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [6][$2,100]; 6. 41-David Gravel [5][$2,000]; 7. 7S-Tim Kaeding [8][$1,800]; 8. 15-Donny Schatz [7][$1,600]; 9. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [12][$1,500]; 10. 83-Daryn Pittman [10][$1,300]; 11. 2-Carson Macedo [9][$1,200]; 12. 19-Brent Marks [11][$1,100]; 13. 5-Shane Stewart [18][$1,000]; 14. 44W-Austen Wheatley [17][$700]; 15. 53-Jessie Attard [14][$600]; 16. 7-Jason Sides [15][$600]; 17. 8R-Devon Borden [16][$600]; 18. 1A-Jacob Allen [13][$600]; 19. 56-Justin Youngquist [19][$600]; Lap Leaders: Logan Schuchart 1-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 5-Shane Stewart[+5] Qualifying – 1. 41-David Gravel, 10.578; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 10.607; 3. 18S-Jason Solwold, 10.621; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 10.679; 5. 2-Carson Macedo, 10.69; 6. 19-Brent Marks, 10.695; 7. 5-Shane Stewart, 10.709; 8. 49-Brad Sweet, 10.717; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen, 10.731; 10. 83-Daryn Pittman, 10.737; 11. 7S-Tim Kaeding, 10.764; 12. 15-Donny Schatz, 10.766; 13. 18-Ian Madsen, 10.785; 14. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 10.786; 15. 53-Jessie Attard, 10.938; 16. 8R-Devon Borden, 11.004; 17. 56-Justin Youngquist, 11.131; 18. 7-Jason Sides, 11.158; 19. 44W-Austen Wheatley, 11.172
  7. ROCKET1 RACING TAKES BATTLE AT THE BORDER NIGHT #1 - Sheppard ties his own record for single-season wins, now looks for history on Saturday night HARTFORD, OH – Aug. 30, 2019 – Most drivers to ever compete in at least one race on the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series circuit would agree that it takes an incredible amount of skill and tenacity just to finish inside the top five on any given night, let alone win a single Feature. With his victory at Sharon Speedway on Friday night, Brandon Sheppard has now won 18 of them in 33 tries this year, tying him with his total in 2017 and with four-time Series Champion Josh Richards for the most in a single season. In one of the most exciting races the tour has seen all year, Sheppard made the winning pass for the lead underneath Ricky Weiss while coming to the white flag en route to the $6,000 payday on night one of Sharon’s inaugural Battle at the Border. Chase Junghans rounded out the podium with his second consecutive top-three finish. An expertly prepared racing surface gave the World of Outlaws field of 24 a great opportunity to put on a show for the fans in attendance and watching live on DIRTVision, and what a show they got. Three very fast grooves created plenty of room to race, and the leaders made sure to use every bit of it over 25 laps. “Today was the first time I’ve ever seen this place, and it was fun, a lot of fun to race on,” Junghans said. “When they were packing the track before Hot Laps, I got a look at it and thought ‘this place is going to be fun.’” “The track was really awesome and we’re glad to be here,” Sheppard said. “It’s one of the better tracks we’ve been on all year, so we’re definitely looking forward to tomorrow night.” Shane Clanton jumped out to the early lead from the pole and smoothly lead the first 16 laps before encountering a bit of lapped traffic as he tackled the high side of the racetrack. Weiss and Junghans had been side-by-side for second down the backstretch and took their battle underneath Clanton and a lapped car into turn three on lap 17, making it four-wide out of turn four. Sheppard had been patiently riding in fourth and moved into the frame on the bottom as the leaders came out of turn two on the next lap. He said he wasn’t necessarily biding his time so much as he was just figuring out who was going where ahead of him. “I was definitely trying to keep an eye out on where those guys were racing, where they were messing up and where the lapped cars were going to go,” Sheppard said. “I kind of got bottled up with a lapped car in turns one and two, so I had to go around him in the middle and go back down to the bottom. At that point, the bottom was where I wanted to be.” Junghans quickly swapped lanes to the top side and drove it hard into turn three, building up momentum for what might have been the boldest, yet most exciting move for the lead of the night. With Clanton hugging the wall and Wiess pinned to the bottom lane coming out of turn four, Junghans saw a gap, just wide enough to fit his car into, between the leaders and immediately shot for the middle groove, splitting the two at the line. He was still scored in third on the completion of that lap, but his speed powered him by both into turn one. “I saw the gap and was like ‘well shoot, I’ve got to go,’” Junghans said about the pass. “So I just shot the gap. We were racing all over that place, slicing and dicing, lapped cars and stuff. It was a lot of fun.” Junghans held the lead back around to the stripe before Weiss got a good run on the bottom and took it away with five laps remaining. At this point, it seemed as though Weiss may have finally had the right combination to get his first-ever World of Outlaws win. However, the Rocket1 Racing car was right behind him and had yet to show his hand. “I was pretty content with riding in second and hoping for Ricky to slide up out of the bottom, and fortunately for me, that’s what happened,” Sheppard said. It didn’t take very long for “The Rocket Shepp” to show the ace up his sleeve, as he gave Weiss a knock on the door for the lead just one circuit later on lap 21. “The Manitoba Missile” held his own on the top side, though, narrowly clipping Sheppard at the line twice through lap 23. But Sheppard was just not going to go away on the bottom. “I don’t know if we knocked the toe out, but I just couldn’t seem to hold the bottom anymore,” Weiss said. “So, I started floating the middle and Sheppard got me down low. I just kind of Hail Mary-ed it at the end and thought maybe I could get back on the top, but he was just too strong down there.” Using the lowest lane possible, Sheppard steadily made the winning move under Weiss coming to the white flag and began to open up a gap down the backstretch, sealing the win and his name in the World of Outlaws history books once again. “Once I got to second and Ricky was leading, he slipped up one time and I was able to get in there and show him my nose, getting close enough to him into turn one that he couldn’t get back down. That’s basically what won the race,” Sheppard said. Tying his own record of 18 Feature wins in 2017 and Richards’ 18-win season the year prior, Sheppard now stares history in the face on Saturday night at Sharon, as he’ll go for $15,000 over 75 laps and a chance to break the single-season wins record. Hot laps will kick off the racing action at 6:30 p.m. ET, live on DIRTVision! Morton Buildings Feature (25 Laps) 1. 1-Brandon Sheppard [6][$6,000]; 2. 7-Ricky Weiss [2][$3,000]; 3. 18-Chase Junghans [3][$2,000]; 4. 25-Shane Clanton [1][$1,750]; 5. 29-Darrell Lanigan [7][$1,500]; 6. O2-Mike Norris [10][$1,400]; 7. 1x-Chub Frank [8][$1,300]; 8. 97-Cade Dillard [9][$1,200]; 9. B1-Brent Larson [13][$1,100]; 10. 28-Dennis Erb [5][$1,000]; 11. 111-Matt Lux [12][$900]; 12. 14-Dan Angellicchio [14][$850]; 13. 29s-Ken Schaltenbrand [16][$800]; 14. 84-Andrew Wylie [20][$775]; 15. 94-Charles Powell [17][$750]; 16. 92-Joel Watson [18][$700]; 17. 77-Tyler Dietz [24][$660]; 18. 6-Blake Spencer [19][$640]; 19. 9s-Breyton Santee [21][$620]; 20. 76-Steve Kania [22][$600]; 21. 48-Colton Flinner [11][$600]; 22. 14c-Corey Conley [15][$600]; 23. 99B-Boom Briggs [4][$600]; 24. 20-Doug Eck [23][$600] Hard Charger: 77-Tyler Dietz[+7]
  8. SHEPPARD WINS RAIN-SHORTENED RACE AT I-96 - Rocket1 Racing collects its 17th Morton Buildings Feature win of 2019, now 1 win shy of record LAKE ODESSA, MI — Aug. 29, 2019 — The chance of rain was imminent Thursday night at I-96 Speedway, so the urgency of the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series racers was clear. Get to the lead and get to the lead quickly. That’s exactly how Brandon Sheppard raced. From his outside front row starting position, Sheppard charged around Chase Junghans through turns 1 and 2 and into the top spot. The points leader from New Berlin, IL, continued to pull away while every spot behind him was tightly contested. Sheppard was going to leave no doubt en route to his 17th victory of the season, one short of tying the all-time single-season win mark. Sheppard was blazing a trail through turns 3 and 4 on lap 24 when a group of cars spun in front of him. While under caution, the skies opened and that imminent rainstorm made its appearance. The race was declared official with Sheppard earning the victory, Junghans in second and Frank Heckenast Jr. in third. World of Outlaws rules state officials can declare a Feature event complete at any time if the conditions create a reasonable inability to continue, ultimately leading officials to make that decision Thursday night. Up next, the Outlaws take on Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio, on Friday and Saturday night in the brand-new “Battle at the Border” event. This two-day racing extravaganza kicks off with a 25-lap, $6,000-to-win Morton Buildings Feature on Friday night, culminating with a 75-lap, $15,000-to-win Feature on Saturday night. Hot Laps go live on DIRTVision tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET! Morton Buildings Feature (24 Laps, rain shortened) 1. 1-Brandon Sheppard [2][$10,000]; 2. 18-Chase Junghans [1][$5,000]; 3. 99jr-Frank Heckenast [3][$3,000]; 4. 29-Darrell Lanigan [4][$2,500]; 5. 97-Cade Dillard [6][$2,000]; 6. M14-Brandon Thirlby [14][$1,700]; 7. 25-Shane Clanton [5][$1,400]; 8. 7-Ricky Weiss [12][$1,300]; 9. 99B-Boom Briggs [7][$1,200]; 10. 42-Chad Finley [8][$1,100]; 11. 87-David Mielke [13][$1,050]; 12. B1-Brent Larson [11][$1,000]; 13. 28-Dennis Erb [9][$950]; 14. 6-Blake Spencer [17][$900]; 15. 24n-Kyle Novak [19][$850]; 16. 5*-Bryant Dickinson [18][$800]; 17. CJ1-Rusty Schlenk [23][$770]; 18. 2s-Travis Stemler [10][$750]; 19. 52-Brad Harden [20][$730]; 20. 2-Bry Johnson [16][$700]; 21. 53-Hillard Miller [21][$700]; 22. 21-Logan Arntz [22][$700]; 23. 113-Kyle Roberts [15][$700] Hard Charger: M14-Brandon Thirlby[+8]
  9. Gravel strikes again with win at Big Sky - David Gravel picks up his seventh win of the season, first Big Sky Speedway win BILLINGS, MT – Aug. 24, 2019 – After winning the Knoxville Nationals two weeks ago David Gravel still wanted more. He wanted to keep the momentum going. Keep winning. Two podium finishes later, Gravel found himself back in World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Victory Lane at Big Sky Speedway Saturday night – his first win at the Montana track and seventh win of the season. “It’s been an awesome year,” Gravel said. “To win the Knoxville Nationals and be strong with a second and third and win here since then, it’s been great.” The Watertown, Conn.-native faced several challenges en route to his 46th career World of Outlaws victory. One uncontrollable and the others not much more forgiving. With potential weather approaching the Billings, Mont. area, Features were swapped, cutting teams’ time to prepared by about 20 minutes. Gravel had the privilege of starting second for the 35-lap Feature – a position he familiarized himself with all night. He finished second in his Drydene Heat race and then second in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash. Logan Schuchart, who finished second to Gravel at the Knoxville Nationals, bested him in the Dash and then bested him on the start of the Feature. Schuchart took command on the initial start, jumping to the lead and pulling away from Gravel. The Shark Racing driver caught lap traffic by Lap six, but was still able to maintain more than a second lead over Gravel. Both drivers rode the high side of the 3/8-mile track for the majority of the race. But near the halfway point, while Schuchart continued to run high, Gravel transitioned to the bottom. With 18 laps to, Gravel eliminated Schuchart’s 1.6 second lead and snuck underneath the Drydene No. 1s. The two stayed side by side, wheel to wheel, for the next two laps. Their bumpers traded the lead turn after turn. However, the bottom eventually prevailed. The Mesilla Valley Transportation No. 41 edged ahead of Schuchart with 16 laps to go. “Top was kind of dominate all night,” Gravel said. “It was better to be running second there. I found the bottom and took the chance to go down there and it felt really good. I poked my nose on him (Schuchart) one time and luckily I got by him before he knew I was running the bottom.” Schuchart said he knew Gravel was sneaking underneath him, but thought moving to the bottom would have hurt him rather than helped. “I felt my car dying down, kind of quit working,” Schuchart said. “I knew he was on the bottom, but it was hard to turn and get back down to the bottom of the racetrack. I felt like if I did try to block him or take his line away I was going to lose more than I was going to gain.” Ten-time Series champion Donny Schatz followed Gravel’s line, shooting underneath Schuchart to take second on Lap 19. However, lapped traffic hindered Schatz’s charge and allowed Schuchart to power back around him to reclaim the runner-up spot the next lap. Schatz and Schuchart then dueled as if they were fighting for the win in the remaining 15 laps. Lapped cars continued to bother Schatz, though. Every time he tried to dive underneath Schuchart, a lapped car blocked his exit off the corner. Gravel faced his own battle with the lapped cars, having to navigate large packs of slower cars at a time. They didn’t slow him down, though. With three laps to go, Gravel had a 4.6 second lead over Schuchart. Then, in the time it took for a quick flash of lightning far in the distance, Gravel’s lead was gone. A caution came out for a car spun in turn two. The battle for the lead was going to come down to a brawl between Gravel, Schuchart and Schatz. When the green flag flew for the final time Gravel showed just how strong he really was on the bottom. Gravel and Schuchart went low into the first turn, but Gravel made better use of the line, pulling away from Schuchart and the rest of the field by several car lengths. Gravel cruised to the win, adding another floor to the tower of momentum he is building with his Jason Johnson Racing team. “We were working all night on this car, struggling to find a balance and with the weather and getting this [Feature] done before the Street Stock [Feature] we were thrashing,” Gravel said. “These guys gave me a great race car. Just have to thank them for putting me in contention.” Schuchart held on to finish second – his seventh runner-up finish since his last win in June – over third-place Schatz. “Sometimes used tires aren’t bad. Tonight, we put a used one on that was already cut up and I think it just quit working in the middle of the race,” Schuchart said. “It’s really chunked up, ripped apart compared to Dave’s and Donny’s.” Gravel’s win has inched him closer into the championship points battle. He is now 76 points behind second-place Brad Sweet and 106 points behind Schatz. To make it a three-way battle for the title, Gravel knows he has to keep his momentum going. Wins help, too. “Hopefully we’ll keep this up and keep the pressure on the front two guys,” Gravel said. UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Friday, Aug. 30, and Saturday, Aug. 31. will venture to Skagit Speedway in Burlington, Wash. For tickets, call (360) 724-3567. As always, if you can’t make it to the race in person, you can watch all of the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com. RESULTS: NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps) – 1. 41-David Gravel [2][$10,000]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1][$5,500]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [4][$3,200]; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [3][$2,800]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [8][$2,500]; 6. 83-Daryn Pittman [10][$2,300]; 7. 18-Ian Madsen [6][$2,200]; 8. 5-Shane Stewart [9][$2,100]; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser [13][$2,050]; 10. 2-Carson Macedo [5][$2,000]; 11. 7S-Jason Sides [11][$1,500]; 12. 19-Brent Marks [12][$1,200]; 13. 1A-Jacob Allen [7][$1,100]; 14. 37-Trever Kirkland [14][$1,050]; 15. 2JR-Kelly Miller [15][$1,000]; 16. 11-Mindy McCune [17][$900]; 17. 77-Damon McCune [16][$800]; 18. 88-Travis Reber [19][$800]; 19. 20-Mitchell Burns [18][$800]; 20. 29-Jay Burns [20][$800]; 21. 2X-Mike Manwill [21][$800]; Lap Leaders: Logan Schuchart 1-19, David Gravel 20-35; KSE Hard Charger Award: 83-Daryn Pittman[+4] Qualifying – 1. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.006; 2. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.01; 3. 2-Carson Macedo, 12.027; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.055; 5. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.098; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.105; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.11; 8. 41-David Gravel, 12.172; 9. 5-Shane Stewart, 12.195; 10. 83-Daryn Pittman, 12.208; 11. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.302; 12. 19-Brent Marks, 12.396; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.564; 14. 37-Trever Kirkland, 13.119; 15. 2JR-Kelly Miller, 13.261; 16. 88-Travis Reber, 13.407; 17. 11-Mindy McCune, 13.449; 18. 20-Mitchell Burns, 13.725; 19. 77-Damon McCune, 13.841; 20. 29-Jay Burns, 13.632; 21. 2X-Mike Manwill, 14.074
  10. Macedo wins $20K NOS Energy Drink Showdown at Black Hills -Carson Macedo overtakes Shane Stewart on an early restart for the lead and powers to his third win of the season RAPID CITY, SD – Aug. 23, 2019 – Carson Macedo’s goal entering his World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series rookie year was to run well each week and pick up a couple of wins by the end of the season. Friday night at Black Hills Speedway for the $20,000-to-win NOS Energy Drink Rushmore Outlaw Showdown he picked up his third win of the season – in his first race at Black Hills – and second top-five in-a-row. “It’s pretty cool,” Macedo said. “To win races was my main goal. I thought if I could get out here and win some races and at least show I could maybe have the speed to contend at one point that my team would get happy and we could all stick together for a few years. I think we can really build something great here.” Macedo, of Lemoore, Calif., had speed with his Kyle Larson Racing team all night. He charged from sixth-place to second in his Drydene Heat race. Then followed that up with another runner-up finish in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash. At the start of the 25-lap Feature, Macedo charged after the lead with the aggression of a hungry young cub. Hammering the throttle around the cushion, Macedo stayed side-by-side with polesitter Shane Stewart through the first turn. By the exit of turn two the two left inches between their tires, but Macedo never lifted and launched to the lead down the backstretch. However, before Macedo could complete the first lap and make the lead change official, the red flag came out for Kevin Ingle flipping on his side in turn two. When the race went green again, Stewart wasn’t going to let the rookie best him. He shot to the lead in front of Macedo into turn one. Daryn Pittman charged from fourth-place to third down the front stretch and tried a Hail Mary slide job into the first turn to take the lead, but Stewart and Macedo powered by him on the outside. Stewart then held command of the lead for the next nine laps, putting close to a half of a track distance between he and Macedo. The Oklahoma-native was hungry and determined for a win. His last and only win his year came in June at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. But his joyride out front was cut short by a caution for Ian Madsen cutting a tire and hitting the wall with 16 laps to go. The field lined back up two-by-two. When it did, Stewart chose the outside line. A mistake. Macedo got the better jump on the restart running the bottom and drove past Stewart down the front stretch. “I obviously should have picked the bottom,” a dejected Stewart said after the race. “I felt like my right rear (tire) needed to be in grip. I slid my tires a little bit on the initial start and let Carson get a run on me. I didn’t want to do that again. My motor stumbled just a little bit, but it was enough for him to get a run on me. “We haven’t been worth a crap in a long time and we finally have a good car and I flat just threw it away on the restart. Just can’t thank my guys enough. They’ve stuck through thick and thin and continue to work hard. Just messed up.” Macedo pulled away from Stewart after taking the lead, but in the final few laps Stewart was putting together better laps than Macedo. On the final lap through the final corner, Macedo slid up the track, almost hitting the wall. That allowed Stewart to cut the lead in half. But time ran out for the KI Crossbow No. 5. Macedo throttled his Chevrolet Accessories No. 2 past the waving checkered flag with a close to half a second lead. “I was really struggling to get off of (turn) two,” Macedo said. “Then I’d get tight in turns three and four and I didn’t really know what to do. I know we started to fade there a little bit. I tried to keep my pace as best I could. My guys did a really good job. I say it all the time, this sport is weighed on mechanics and they do a really good job.” Behind Macedo and Stewart, 2019 Knoxville Nationals winner David Gravel charged his was from sixth-place to third – his third podium finish in-a-row. “I cost our team a win in the Dash,” said Gravel, who finished sixth in the Dash. If he was able to start at least fourth in the Feature, he said he felt like he could have possibly contended for the win. However, his podium finished helped him gain points on the top two in the championship point standings. With points leader Donny Schatz finishing seventh, Gravel currently sits 112 points back from the lead. Brad Sweet, who sits second in points, finished eighth and is 26 points behind Schatz. Macedo had hoped to break into the top-five in points by the end of the year, but knows there’s an uphill battle to do so, sitting sixth in points, 160 points behind fifth-place. However, being able to grab big wins at tracks he’s never been to before, or only a few times, is a big confidence booster. “It’s huge,” Macedo said. “It’s hard to win these Outlaw races. They’re not easy to win. These are the best drivers in the world. Your car has to be good. You have to be good. You have to make good decisions throughout the race. You have to have good starts. It all goes hand and hand. I think if we can continue to do that we’ll see ourselves up here more often.” UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Saturday, Aug. 24, will be at Big Sky Speedway in Billings, Mont. for The Brawl at Big Sky Speedway. Get tickets and more information. As always, if you can’t make it to the race you can catch all of the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com. RESULTS: NOS Energy Drink Feature (25 Laps) – 1. 2-Carson Macedo [2][$20,000]; 2. 5-Shane Stewart [1][$5,500]; 3. 41-David Gravel [6][$3,200]; 4. 83-Daryn Pittman [4][$2,800]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [8][$2,500]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3][$2,300]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz [5][$2,200]; 8. 49-Brad Sweet [7][$2,100]; 9. 19-Brent Marks [11][$2,050]; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser [13][$2,000]; 11. 18-Ian Madsen [10][$1,500]; 12. 1A-Jacob Allen [12][$1,200]; 13. 7S-Jason Sides [9][$1,100]; 14. 3-Mike Pennel [17][$1,050]; 15. 4-Adam Speckman [16][$1,000]; 16. 2K-Kevin Ingle [14][$900]; 17. 88-Travis Reber [15][$800]; 18. 8X-Randy Dolberg [18][$800]; Lap Leaders: Shane Stewart 1-9, Carson Macedo 10-25; KSE Hard Charger Award: 41-David Gravel[+3] Qualifying – 1. 41-David Gravel, 14.824; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 14.905; 3. 5-Shane Stewart, 14.951; 4. 49-Brad Sweet, 15.013; 5. 83-Daryn Pittman, 15.013; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 15.014; 7. 7S-Jason Sides, 15.044; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen, 15.102; 9. 18-Ian Madsen, 15.105; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 15.114; 11. 15-Donny Schatz, 15.117; 12. 2-Carson Macedo, 15.134; 13. 19-Brent Marks, 15.171; 14. 2K-Kevin Ingle, 15.968; 15. 3-Mike Pennel, 16.992; 16. 88-Travis Reber, 17.046; 17. 4-Adam Speckman, 17.066; 18. 8X-Randy Dolberg, 18.101
  11. SHEPPARD DOMINATES IN HOMECOMING VISIT TO WILLIAMS GROVE MECHANICSBURG, PA – Aug. 16, 2019 – A sweet song of redemption rang through the Rocket 1 Racing pit area on Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway. Brandon Sheppard and the Rocket1 warriors have dominated the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series this season, but the tour’s last race on a half-mile track went to two-time DIRTcar Nationals champion Shane Clanton at Shawano Speedway. Flash forward to Friday night and Sheppard got his revenge in the Series’ historic homecoming to half-mile Williams Grove, where the Series’ inaugural race was run in 1988. This time, Sheppard charged to the lead and collected his 16th Morton Buildings Feature win of the year, moving him closer to the all-time single-season win record of 18 victories. Sheppard has had plenty of dominating performances in the past, but on Friday night, he was downright perfect. Setting PFC Brakes fast time, winning his Drydene Heat Race and redrawing the pole position, “The Rocket Shepp” grabbed the lead on lap one and never relinquished it, leading all 40 laps en route to his 53rd career World of Outlaws Feature win. “It was phenomenal, the guys had this thing dialed-in from the word ‘go,’” Sheppard said. “We were just fine-tuning on it all night long and it kept getting better and better.” Before Friday night, Sheppard had never even seen the track from behind the wheel. But as he’s done so many other times this season, “The Rocket Shepp” adapted perfectly to the track’s size and shape, using a bit of pre-race planning before even the drivers meeting was called. “I walked the track a lot during the day today,” he said. “So I kind-of had an idea of what I was going to do, as far as what lines I was going to run. But I really got a good feel for the racetrack in Hot Laps and took advantage of it. It was a phenomenal night.” Using the low-middle groove, Sheppard was able to smoothly sort through the waves of lapped traffic and build a sizable cushion between he and those behind him early on before a few cautions re-stacked the field on him. But they were no match for the current point-leader, as the Rocket Chassis house car’s ability to take off on restarts was unparalleled. To the younger generation, and Sprint Car diehards everywhere, Williams Grove Speedway was a track also featured in a certain respected World of Outlaws Sprint Cars videogame produced in the early 2000s. Sheppard joked earlier on in the evening that “it drives just like the videogame.” But after making several circuits around that same facility in real life, he recalls how realistic it was to him in his childhood and how neat it is to finally visit and race on such a place all these years later. “It was cool for that game to be in my life when I was a kid. So to come and race at a place that I’ve never been to that was special to me early in my life is pretty cool.” Behind Sheppard for most of the race was a close chase for the runner-up spot between Clanton and leading Rookie of the Year contender Ricky Weiss. Weiss held the spot and chased Sheppard for the first 25 laps until a restart on lap 26, where Clanton made a brilliant move around the outside to take the spot away at the start/finish line. “After that second caution, I got beside Ricky going down the straightaway and had him in turn one,” Clanton said. “I just needed to get in front of him. If I could have gotten in front of the #1 car, maybe I could have stayed in the lead.” From Weiss’ point of view, it seemed to be a difference in tire compound. “Clanton and Sheppard both had the same tire on and we just had a little bit softer one,” he said. “It fired off early and did its job, but we took a gamble and theirs obviously proved to be better.” With Clanton’s win at Shawano’s half-mile track last month, the former Series Champion has always had a positive attitude about the bigger facilities and the challenges they present the drivers. In his words, it takes “a good car and a good motor” to have success on configurations like half-miles. “Clements does a phenomenal job on our motors,” Clanton said. “I like big, fast, half-mile racetracks and it shows in the last two races.” Normally, “Slick Rick” Weiss sees his helpings of success on dryer, slicker surfaces with longer distances. But with the rain the track received in the hours before the event, a very tacky surface emerged and made for a great place to flex the engine’s muscles. Luckily for Weiss, he and the crew have been improving on just such places. “We’re better when it slows down,” Weiss said. “But we’re also getting better on these tracks that, in the beginning of the year, we said we dreaded to come to.” The World of Outlaws are right back in action tonight at the Port Royal Speedway for another 40-lap, $10,000-to-win show, alongse the Weikert’s Livestock 410 Sprint Cars. Hot Laps hit the track on DIRTVision at 6:30 eastern! Morton Buildings Feature (40 Laps) 1. 1-Brandon Sheppard [1][$10,000]; 2. 25-Shane Clanton [5][$5,000]; 3. 7-Ricky Weiss [3][$3,000]; 4. 22-Gregg Satterlee [4][$2,500]; 5. O2-Brian Birkhofer [7][$2,000]; 6. 18-Chase Junghans [9][$1,700]; 7. 72c-Jason Covert [2][$1,400]; 8. O-Rick Eckert [10][$1,300]; 9. 29-Darrell Lanigan [12][$1,200]; 10. 97-Cade Dillard [15][$1,100]; 11. 25z-Mason Zeigler [17][$1,050]; 12. 44-Gary Stuhler [19][$1,000]; 13. 14-Tyler Horst [6][$950]; 14. 11-Austin Hubbard [14][$900]; 15. 1k-Gene Knaub [13][$850]; 16. 119-Bryan Bernheisel [18][$800]; 17. 28-Dennis Erb [8][$770]; 18. 99B-Boom Briggs [16][$750]; 19. 6-Blake Spencer [24][$730]; 20. 7r-Ross Robinson [22][$700]; 21. B1-Brent Larson [23][$700]; 22. F1-Coleby Frye [20][$700]; 23. 24-Dylan Yoder [11][$700]; 24. O6-Mike Lupfer [21][$700] Hard Charger: 44-Gary Stuhler[+7]
  12. Schatz claims championship advantage with River Cities victory -North Dakota’s Donny Schatz wins in home state, takes points lead GRAND FORKS, ND – Aug. 16 – Unreal. That’s how North Dakota-native Donny Schatz described his World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series home state win Friday night at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D. “It feels good,” said Schatz with a heavy exhale of air. Unreal traditionally has one meaning. For the 10-time Series champion it had many. He claimed first home state win of the year with the World of Outlaws – eighth of the season and 291st overall. He swept the night winning in his Sprint Car and NLRA Late Model. And he reclaimed the points lead over Brad Sweet – now leading the Kasey Kahne Racing driver by 24 points. The word could also define his path to the victory. Schatz’s second-place finish in his Drydene Heat race put him into the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, which didn’t go as planned. He started fifth and finished in sixth-place – last. He and his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing team tried something different for the Dash, he said. It didn’t work. They tried something else for the Feature, and it did. Once the Feature went green, polesitter David Gravel, coming off his recent Knoxville Nationals victory, shot to the lead over second-place Brad Sweet. Schatz immediately went to fifth on the first lap. Before the leaders could make their way around turn three the red flag was thrown and the race went into an Open Red. Nick Omdahl hit the wall coming off turn four, which bounced his car inches off the ground, and with help from another car, put his front end into the fence near the flag stand. It took 26 minutes to get his car untangled from the fence and repair the spot he hit. Once the race went back green, Gravel again bolted to the lead. Schatz lost fifth-place to Sheldon Haudenschild and Mark Dobmeier looked underneath him in turn three to take sixth. But with a power move around the high side Schatz made a three-wide pass around Haudenschild and Dobmeier to reclaim fifth-place. Gravel’s quick pace around the 3/10-mile track put him in lap traffic by Lap six. Behind him, Sweet and Logan Schuchart – who won at River Cities Speedway in June – battled for second. The two traded slide jobs, arguing over who would be second. Sweet lost the fight coming off turn two, hitting the cushion, bicycling, and allowing Schuchart to charge by. Schatz also took advantage of Sweet’s fumble. Continuing to make ground on the high side, Schatz rocketed his Toco Warranty No. 15 around Daryn Pittman for fourth-place and then Sweet for third in turns three and four. Sweet didn't let him get away, though. On the exit of the next corner, Schatz and a lapped car almost collided, drastically slowing his pace and allowing Sweet to move back to third. While the top two in points tried to navigate lapped traffic, Haudenschild maneuvered around the slower cars like he placed them there to begin with. The Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing driver raced his way by Schatz and Sweet in one turn on Lap 12. After bicycling off the cushion on the exit of turn two a few more times, Schatz eventually made his way back by Sweet for fourth-place. Then, the second Open Red of the night on Lap 16. Contact with another car launched Brendan Mullen’s car off turn two and onto the top of the fence outside the turn. With Mullen OK and the car secure where it was – several feet away from the track – the race resumed. When it did, Schatz made his “unreal” move. He went from fourth-place to second on the exit of the first corner, throttling around the top groove. He continued his power lust run down the back stretch, closing in on Gravel and diving underneath him in turn three, not knowing if the move would stick. Once his right foot eased back on the throttle the answer quickly became “yes.” The traction was there. He went side by side with Gravel through turn four and drag raced him down the front stretch. The reigning champion had the better grip, though. He outpowered the Jason Johnson Racing car to the flag stand and took the lead on Lap 17. “I knew I was in a little bit of trouble with that red, but they said I had a decent lead,” Gravel said. “We tried to make the car a little bit better. You give Donny Schatz and his team two Open Reds to make their car better… he’s been dominating here for a long time. Obviously, his car wasn’t great earlier, and they made it a lot better. For us, we were in a position that we shouldn’t change too much because we’re in the lead. That’s the way it goes.” However, Schatz said he and his team didn’t make any adjustments. He found his rhythm and ran a blistering pace for the remaining 23 laps. He weaved through traffic with ease, pulled away to a six second lead and lapped up to ninth-place – including Sweet, who finished 13th. “Unreal,” said Schatz, after claiming his ninth win in the last 11 races at the speedway. “We had a plan from the word go to be good at the end. The track kind of came around to us. Not bad for a North Dakota boy and a South Dakota boy (Schatz’s crew chief Steve Swenson). I think that was an ass whooping there.” UP NEXT: While Schatz dominated in Grand Forks, N.D., he has his eye on the Series’ next race on Saturday, Aug. 17, in his hometown of Fargo, N.D. at Red River Valley Speedway. Get tickets and more information. As always, if you can’t make it to the race, you can catch all of the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com. RESULTS: NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [6][$10,000]; 2. 41-David Gravel [1][$5,500]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3][$3,200]; 4. 18-Ian Madsen [10][$2,800]; 5. 2-Carson Macedo [12][$2,500]; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [5][$2,300]; 7. 83-Daryn Pittman [4][$2,200]; 8. 5-Shane Stewart [11][$2,100]; 9. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [18][$2,050]; 10. 13-Mark Dobmeier [7][$2,000]; 11. 7S-Tim Kaeding [8][$1,500]; 12. 19-Brent Marks [15][$1,200]; 13. 49-Brad Sweet [2][$1,100]; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser [19][$1,050]; 15. 2M-Kerry Madsen [14][$1,000]; 16. 7-Jason Sides [9][$900]; 17. 8H-Jade Hastings [13][$800]; 18. 9N-Wade Nygaard [20][$800]; 19. 11M-Brendan Mullen [16][$800]; 20. 27-Chris Ranten [23][$800]; 21. 2A-Austin Pierce [21][$800]; 22. 4-Terry McCarl [22][$800]; 23. 1A-Jacob Allen [17][$800]; 24. O-Nick Omdahl [24][$800]; Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-16, Donny Schatz 17-40; KSE Hard Charger Award: 41S-Dominic Scelzi[+9] Qualifying – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 10.282; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman, 10.433; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 10.456; 4. 15-Donny Schatz, 10.487; 5. 7S-Tim Kaeding, 10.546; 6. 7-Jason Sides, 10.593; 7. 18-Ian Madsen, 10.605; 8. 5-Shane Stewart, 10.61; 9. 49-Brad Sweet, 10.614; 10. 13-Mark Dobmeier, 10.619; 11. 41-David Gravel, 10.624; 12. 2-Carson Macedo, 10.64; 13. 8H-Jade Hastings, 10.686; 14. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 10.686; 15. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 10.69; 16. 9N-Wade Nygaard, 10.72; 17. 1A-Jacob Allen, 10.724; 18. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 10.743; 19. 4-Terry McCarl, 10.748; 20. 27-Chris Ranten, 10.79; 21. 19-Brent Marks, 10.837; 22. 2A-Austin Pierce, 10.86; 23. 55-Nick Ranten, 11.018; 24. O-Nick Omdahl, 11.036; 25. 11M-Brendan Mullen, 11.043; 26. 6N-Greg Nikitenko, 11.107; 27. 20A-Jordan Adams, 11.167; 28. 8-Jack Croaker, 11.671; 29. 5T-Presley Truedson, 11.792; 30. 26-Blake Egeland, 11.827; 31. 31-Shane Roemeling, 12.104
  13. David Gravel wins first Knoxville Nationals - Gravel earns first Nationals title in his first year with Jason Johnson Racing KNOXVILLE, IA – Aug. 10 – Jason Johnson just wanted to win. “And we F’ing did it,” said a jubilant David Gravel, standing in Victory Lane with his Jason Johnson Racing team as the Knoxville Nationals champion for the first time in his career Saturday night at Knoxville Raceway. “It just feels amazing,” Gravel said. “I don’t know what else to say. It feels really surreal. It doesn’t feel real at all.” The Watertown, Conn.-native won the 59th annual NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Store in his first year with Jason Johnson Racing. And the pair did it in dominating fashion. They started off their week in Knoxville, Iowa by winning Knoxville’s Capitani Classic. Four days later, debuting a new blue and fluorescent color painted car with Axalta on the side of it for the first time, Gravel won his preliminary race for the Nationals – earning a second-place starting position for Saturday’s Feature. The Jason Johnson Racing team then started their Saturday evening by winning best appearing car and best dressed crew with the entire JJR team looking like rainbow warriors in their red, yellow, orange and blue Axalta gear. A few hours later, after holding an E-Main, D-Main, C-Main and Last Chance Showdown – which saw Gio Scelzi, Donny Schatz, James McFadden and Rico Abreu transfer to the Feature – it was race time. The field of 24 cars was set. More than 20,000 people – triple the town’s population – filled the grandstands. The crackling of fireworks echoed around the half-mile raceway. Once the cars filed in two by two, flagman Doug Clark waved the green flag in front of the field for the final time at the Knoxville Nationals. Polesitter Aaron Reutzel launched to the lead past Gravel with Joey Saldana in his tire tracks. Saldana slid to the cushion in turn one in front of Gravel to take second. Exiting turn four Reutzel hit the inside berm, got out of shape and allowed Saldana to get a run on him from the high side. Saldana stuck to the cushion in turns one and turn two, finding enough grip and momentum to charge around Reutzel for the lead. Hugging to the bottom, Reutzel got back in his groove and ran Saldana down two laps later to retake the lead. Their battle wasn’t over yet. After two cautions – including one for Donny Schatz having throttle linkage issues – Saldana found himself back on Reutzel’s bumper. The "Brownsburg Bullet" continued to run the cushion, while Reutzel remained low. However, with Saldana closing, Reutzel changed lines in turns three and four, moving to the side high. The lane switch blocked Saldana’s run and helped Reutzel extend his lead. While the two battled, Gravel watched. Waited. He knew there was plenty of time to make a move in the 50-lap Feature. “I didn’t get too excited,” Gravel said. “I knew if we fell back to fourth or fifth it would be kind of hard to battle back up there and contend for the win. Just kind of fell into third there.” Once the lead was back in striking distance, Gravel pounced. Running the bottom, he drove past Saldana for second on Lap 10 and then methodically inched his way to the leader. Three laps later, with his front bumper close to Reutzel’s tail tank, Gravel threw a slide job at the Texian in turn three and made it stick off four. When the score board clicked off another lap, Gravel was officially the new leader on Lap 14. From there, he set his Axalta No. 41 on cruise control until the scheduled caution on Lap 25. “I just let the race come to me,” Gravel said. “Just, luckily, I was able to maintain third there early. I think that was huge and kind of see what lines worked where and what was the best place to be.” Before the scheduled caution, Daryn Pittman was on a charge. From his 10th starting spot, Pittman worked his way to third-place, having to fight hard for it with Saldana and Tim Kaeding. Once the race hit Lap 25, Gravel’s lead evaporated. All 24 cars were brought to the infield and teams were given three minutes to make any adjustments. Despite their speed, the Jason Johnson Racing did take the time to make a few tweaks. However, Gravel said with a chuckle, if he told you what they were he “might have to kill you.” Whatever they were, they worked. Gravel shot to the lead on the restart, immediately putting about a half a straightaway lead between he and Reutzel. A new contender emerged, though. Pittman, continuing his earlier charge, worked his way around Reutzel for second and began to track down Gravel. The difference in speed was apparent. Pittman was making the high side work better than Gravel, inching closer every lap. Two years ago, Gravel had a motor blow while leading the Knoxville Nationals. This year, it looked like Pittman might spoil his shot at a win once again. But Pittman wasn't always consistent against the cushion. At times he would hit it wrong, upset his car and lose time to Gravel. It only took a couple of bobbles by Pittman for Gravel to pull away. Gravel was back on cruise control. He just wanted to win. Behind the top-two, Logan Schuchart was in a league of his own. From his 22nd starting position, he made his way to ninth by the halfway point. Then found himself in the top-five four laps later. With less than 10 laps to go, he was in third and closing on Pittman. With lapped traffic becoming a factor, Schuchart was able to steal second from Pittman on the last lap. “To start 22nd and run second at the Knoxville Nationals is pretty awesome,” Schuchart said. “There’s good and bad second-places. The Kings Royal was a tough one. I wasn’t smiling a whole lot on that one. But tonight, I’m smiling.” Pittman admitted there are also good and bad third-place finishes. His falls somewhere in between. “Pretty frustrated that we lost second on that last lap,” Pittman said. “A lapped car just made a mistake in front of me. “On one hand I’m really happy and really proud of this Roth Motorsports team and the effort we’ve put into Knoxville Raceway all season long, especially tonight. On the other hand, I’m pretty disappointed that I feel like that’s the best car I’ve ever had here and the best chance I’ve ever had to win this race.” Gravel had his own issues with lapped cars in the closing laps. One bounced off the wall in front of him and others blocked his line. They slowed his pace, but not enough to put him in any danger. He sped by the duel waving checkered flags with a more than 4.5 second lead over Schuchart. “I’ve put myself in position a lot of times after prelim nights and never had anything to show for it,” Gravel said. “You know, my best finish is 10th. I feel like I’ve always been pretty good here, but no results Saturday night. Obviously, the JJR 41 gets around here good and it shows. It’s just a dream week. I’m numb right now. I don’t even know what is going on.” The win was joyous and emotional for the entire team, especially team owner Bobbi Johnson, Jason Johnson’s wife, who made the decision to keep the team going after Jason’s death last year. “I’m still trying the fathom it,” Bobbi Johnson said about the win. “You dream of this stuff.” In the back of the JJR trailer is a list of goals. Johnson said the team usually sets goals every year. They weren’t going to this year, but then decided to do so. One was to win the Kings Royal. That didn’t happen. But there was still one goal on the list – win the Knoxville Nationals. “It’s just phenomenal, unreal,” said Johnson, slowing her sentences to hold back the emotion. “Words can’t say what goes into all of the behind the scenes of something like this. I’m just thankful Jason was a great teacher and leader to me. “If I wouldn’t have known the ins and outs and a lot of the other stuff and have (crew chief) Philip Dietz and these two (crew member) boys that stuck with us after the passing of Jason, there’s no way this team could’ve did it. And it took a whole 'nother army of sponsors to even be here to compete. So, I have to thank everybody that’s out there, and all of the fans. There’d be some down nights and I’d read some of the messages, and they’re very touching. I don’t know if words could every describe it.” They just wanted to see them win. UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Aug. 16 will return to River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D. Get tickets and more information. And on Aug. 17 the Series be at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D. Get tickets and more information. As always you can catch all of the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com. RESULTS: NOS Energy Feature (50 Laps): 1. David Gravel (2); 2. Logan Schuchart (22); 3. Daryn Pittman (10); 4. Tim Kaeding (7); 5. Aaron Reutzel (1); 6. Brad Sweet (6); 7. Sheldon Haudenschild (15); 8. James McFadden (19); 9. Donny Schatz (18); 10. Gio Scelzi (17); 11. Kerry Madsen (21); 12. Shane Stewart (23); 13. Cory Eliason (13); 14. Joey Saldana (3); 15. Ian Madsen (14); 16. Parker Price-Miller (5); 17. Brent Marks (9); 18. Matt Juhl (12); 19. Trey Starks (11); 20. Paul McMahan (8); 21. Tim Shaffer (4); 22. Rico Abreu (20); 23. Lance Dewease (16); 24. Dominic Scelzi (24)
  14. Kerry Madsen wins Hard Knox race to transfer to Knoxville Nationals - Logan Schuchart, Shane Stewart and Dominic Scelzi transfer with Madsen into the final four spots of the Knoxville Nationals Feature KNOXVILLE, IA – Aug. 9, 2019 – A demon was exorcised from Kerry Madsen Friday night. His relaxed body posture and ability to smile wide proved it. The stress of not being locked in the NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals that possessed him was gone. He won Knoxville Raceway’s Friday night “Hard Knox” race, leading all 25 laps, locking himself into the 21st starting spot for Saturday’s 59th annual NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Stores. “It’s a big relief I’ll tell you that,” Madsen said in Victory Lane. “Not putting her in the show (in the preliminary race) Wednesday night, we just didn’t have a great night. We didn’t perform and we didn’t execute. Come out tonight and the car was a rocket ship all night.” While Madsen was the one that got to do the wing dance and wave the checkered flag Friday night, there were three other drivers in Victory Lane that shared his solace and big smile. Logan Schuchart, Shane Stewart and Dominic Scelzi also transferred to Saturday’s Feature – starting 22nd, 23rd and 24th, respectively – by finishing in the top four. All four fought to make that happen. The initial start of the 25-lap Feature was plagued by several cars stacking up on the backstretch – one flipping on its side – due to Brian Brown slowing from a broken part. When the race went back green Madsen held on to the cushion and used the momentum it gave him to accelerate to the lead. He then moved to the bottom and continued to put distance between he and second-place. Behind him, the Drydene No. 1s of Schuchart rocketed from his eighth-place starting position to second in one lap using the high side of the half-mile track. Scelzi also charged from fifth to third, and Stewart fell to fifth. However, two laps later Stewart moved into fourth and then began to hunt down Scelzi. He passed him for third eight laps into the Feature. About the same time, Schuchart caught Madsen and attempted a pass underneath him in turn one, but the Aussie switched lanes to the high side and began to pull away again. “It was a bit confusing early of which line would be dominant,” Madsen said. “Watching the B-Main it was the bottom. So, I worked the bottom early. I heard him (Schuchart) up there and thought ‘Sweet, right, I can get to the top and go.' So, that was nice.” The top four then acted as an accordion throughout the Feature, closing the gap to each other then extending it. Scelzi passed Stewart for third in the closing laps, but Stewart took the position back the next corner. Scelzi did the most battling of the night, having to fend of multiple attempts by drivers to steal the final transfer spot from him. Sammy Swindell pulled a slide job on the California driver to take fourth-place, but Scelzi didn’t let the veteran keep it for long. He quickly powered back by Swindell and held onto fourth-place for the remainder of the race. Austin McCarl and Spencer Bayston put pressure on him in the closing laps, though. Stewart’s vision of starting up front for the Knoxville Nationals – one he saw possible after setting Quick Time during Thursday's preliminary race – vanished on the first lap of his Heat race that night when he over shot the cushion and flipped, ending his night. His vision of transferring into the Feature almost vanished with nine laps to go Friday night. A car spun directly in front of him, missing his KI Crossbows No. 5 car by inches when he drove by. And then with four laps to go, his car started to run out of fuel. “We were completely out of gas coming across the checkered flag, so I wouldn’t have made it one last corner,” Stewart said. “Very fortunate. Happy that the CJB car is in the show.” Schuchart’s second-place run was in a different car than the one he ran during his preliminary Qualifying race. He and his Shark Racing team switched from a new car to the one he finished second with at the Kings Royal. To Schuchart, a chassis is a chassis. The new one didn’t work because of adjustments made to it. But he said he believes confidence is key. So, if the team felt more confident in going to the old car, that’s what they were going to do. It worked. Madsen, the 2005 Knoxville Raceway track champion, found the right set up and cruised to the Hard Knox victory. He couldn’t wait for the race to be over, however, and the stress to be gone. “I think all four of us during the last few laps there were looking going, ‘We don’t really care about winning, just let this thing end and the checkered come out,’” Madsen said. “I can’t tell you how relieving it is.” Now their attention is turned to Saturday. The $150,000-to-win Knoxville Nationals. With it, a new kind of stress. How are they going to make their way from the rear to the front in the 50-lap race? For 21st-place starter Madsen: “Honestly, just going to push hard the whole way. We’re going to have to race hard for fifty (laps). There’s going to be no kind of strategy, patience or pace yourself. It’s going to be go hard.” For 22nd-place starter Schuchart: “I think we’ll keep it pretty similar for the start of the [Feature] tomorrow and have some things ready, our guys will be ready to change if we feel like we need to change it. I feel like we have a great car and I feel like and hope we’ll be able to race our way up there tomorrow.” For 23rd-place starter Stewart: “It’s really two twenty-five lap Features. Starting in the back where we’re going to be, you can’t settle. You have to get after it and try to race as hard as you can all fifty laps and see how it all shakes out. “We need to get a little bit more traction. I feel like Logan and the 2 was a little bit better than we were. The thing is there’s twenty-four good cars that’s going to be in that A-main and every spot is going to be a tough spot to get. Hopefully it works out.” And for 24th-place starter Scelzi: “I can’t go backwards,” Scelzi said. “We’re going to be plus positions regardless. Just got to be smart, race smart. And, in all honesty, my goal is a top-ten. I think it’s realistic. I think it’s possible. My goal is to stay on the lead lap for the first twenty-five (laps) and then the second twenty-five. Hopefully we’re around fifteenth, sixteenth and see what we can do.” UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Saturday, Aug. 10, will return to Knoxville Raceway for the 59th annual NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Stores. If you can’t be there, watch all of the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com. Get tickets and more information. RESULTS: NOS Energy Feature (25 Laps): 1. Kerry Madsen (2); 2. Logan Schuchart (8); 3. Shane Stewart (3); 4. Dominic Scelzi (5); 5. Austin McCarl (9); 6. Spencer Bayston (17); 7. Josh Baughman (4); 8. Sammy Swindell (7); 9. Kraig Kinser (18); 10. Bill Balog (10); 11. Hunter Schuerenberg (1); 12. Terry McCarl (19); 13. Chad Kemenah (23); 14. Tasker Phillips (24); 15. Tyler Courtney (14); 16. Carson McCarl (20); 17. Sam Hafertepe Jr. (21); 18. Cale Thomas (6); 19. Travis Rilat (13); 20. Skylar Prochaska (22); 21. Thomas Kennedy (16); 22. Brian Brown (11); 23. Lynton Jeffrey Qualifying Group A (2 laps): 1. 92, Sye Lynch, Apollo, PA (19), 16.151; 2. 48, Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg, PA (18), 16.153; 3. 11, Hunter Schuerenberg, Sikeston, MO (8), 16.205; 4. 5, Shane Stewart, Bixby, OK (13), 16.229; 5. 41S, Dominic Scelzi, Fresno, CA (28), 16.229; 6. 4, Terry McCarl, Altoona, IA (27), 16.276; 7. 15H, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, TX (2), 16.288; 8. 39, Sammy Swindell, Lakeland, TN (4), 16.321; 9. 2KS, Austin McCarl, Altoona, IA (10), 16.340; 10. 21, Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO (15), 16.357; 11. 1, Travis Rilat, Heath, TX (21), 16.369; 12. 39M, Anthony Macri, Dillsburg, PA (22), 16.383; 13. 7X, Justin Henderson, Tea, SD (7), 16.426; 14. 7, Craig Dollansky, Elk River, MN (36), 16.443; 15. 5H, Spencer Bayston, Lebanon, IN (39), 16.470; 16. 18S, Jason Solwold, Mount Vernon, WA (5), 16.474; 17. 49J, Josh Schneiderman, West Burlington, IA (32), 16.481; 18. K4, Chad Kemenah, Alvada, OH (35), 16.515; 19. 19T, Kevin Thomas Jr., Cullman, AL (14), 16.518; 20. 3C, Cale Conley, Vienna, WV (6), 16.547; 21. 51, Freddie Rahmer, Salfordville, PA (31), 16.556; 22. 7JS, Jason Sides, Bartlett, TN (1), 16.561; 23. 73AF, Joey Moughan, Springfield, IL (11), 16.599; 24. 5J, Jamie Ball, Knoxville, IA (12), 16.627; 25. 18R, Ryan Roberts, Aurora, NE (3), 16.679; 26. 28P, Brian Paulus, Mooresville, IN (29), 16.710; 27. 9X, Jake Bubak, Arvada, CO (26), 16.722; 28. 99X, Skylar Gee, Leduc, ALB, Can. (23), 16.724; 29. 70X, Justin Peck, Monrovia, IN (34), 16.777; 30. 45, Rusty Hickman, Bendigo, VIC, Aust. (25), 16.786; 31. 84, Tom Harris, Banbury, OXFD, UK (16), 16.801; 32. 33M, Mason Daniel, Springville, CA (30), 16.823; 33. 64, Scotty Thiel, Sheboygan, WI (24), 16.871; 34. 21P, Robbie Price, Cobble Hill, BC, Can (37), 16.874; 35. 2AU, Andrew Scheuerle, Toowoomba, QLD, Aust. (33), 16.907; 36. 2K, Kevin Ingle, Huron, SD (17), 17.415; 37. 56, Joe Simbro, Pleasantville, IA (9), 17.892; 38. 83C, Adam Cruea, Troy, OH (20), 18.021; 39. 2MM, Matt Moro, Polk City, IA (38), NT. Qualifying Group B (2 laps): 1. 2M, Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Aust. (7), 16.292; 2. 17B, Josh Baughman, Odessa, TX (17), 16.363; 3. 91, Cale Thomas, Fairland, IN (2), 16.372; 4. 1S, Logan Schuchart, Hanover, PA (38), 16.401; 5. 17BX, Bill Balog, Hartland, WI (1), 16.474; 6. 44, Chris Martin, Ankeny, IA (32), 16.487; 7. 40, Clint Garner, Sioux Falls, SD (10), 16.505; 8. 35P, Skylar Prochaska, Lakefield, MN (12), 16.506; 9. 83J, Lynton Jeffrey, Sydney, NSW, Aust. (14), 16.534; 10. 71BC, Tyler Courtney, Indianapolis, IN (36), 16.562; 11. 21K, Thomas Kennedy, Winnipeg, MB, Can. (15), 16.578; 12. 11K, Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, IN (16), 16.628; 13. 17WX, Harli White, Lindsay, OK (11), 16.640; 14. 27, Carson McCarl, Altoona, IA (19), 16.679; 15. 7TAZ, Tasker Phillips, Pleasantville, IA (13), 16.681; 16. 20, AJ Moeller, Rockwell City, IA (28), 16.686; 17. 7SW, Jeff Swindell, Bartlett, TN (33), 16.686; 18. 14M, Marcus Dumesny, Sydney, NSW, Aust. (5), 16.725; 19. 10, RJ Johnson, Tampa, FL (20), 16.726; 20. 55, Brooke Tatnell, Sans Souci, NSW, Aust. (26), 16.731; 21. 17W, Shane Golobic, Fremont, CA (34), 16.736; 22. 1X, Don Droud Jr., Lincoln, NE (22), 16.750; 23. 3P, Sawyer Phillips, Pleasantville, IA (3), 16.790; 24. 11C, Roger Crockett, Broken Arrow, OK (23), 16.807; 25. 2C, Wayne Johnson, Tuttle, OK (29), 16.848; 26. 29, Willie Croft, Roseville, CA (25), 16.858; 27. 3H, Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, OH (27), 16.907; 28. J4, John Garvin, Sarver, PA (21), 16.921; 29. 99, Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, OK (35), 16.945; 30. 19P, Paige Polyak, Tiffin, OH (18), 16.948; 31. 56N, Davey Heskin, St. Michael, MN (39), 16.953; 32. W20, Greg Wilson, Benton Ridge, OH (37), 16.971; 33. 68, Chase Johnson, Penngrove, CA (9), 17.021; 34. 85, Chase Wanner, Batavia, IA (6), 17.051; 35. 15M, Bobby Mincer, Burlington, IA (8), 17.096; 36. 9JR, Derek Hagar, Marion, AR (4), 17.222; 37. 75, Glen Saville, Razorback, NSW, Aust. (30), 17.248; 38. 17XL, Caleb Helms, Findlay, OH (31), 17.301; 39. 74, Brodie Tulloch, Upper Caboolture, QL (24), 18.075
  15. David Gravel wins second Qualifying race for Knoxville Nationals - Gravel gets back-to-back wins at Knoxville Raceway and is locked into the Knoxville Nationals KNOXVILLE, IA – Aug. 8, 2019 – Knoxville Raceway has been on David Gravel’s mind for a while. Particularly the 59th annual NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Stores. Before even making a lap in his new No. 41 Jason Johnson Racing ride at the beginning of the 2019 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season, Gravel couldn’t help but mention his excitement for going to the Iowa raceway with JJR. “That car is extremely good at Knoxville,” Gravel had said. Six months later, Gravel brought the Knoxville Raceway crowd to its feet Thursday night by claiming his second win in-a-row at the iconic track during the second Qualifying race for Saturday’s Knoxville Nationals – which he locked himself into and will start outside pole. He also won the raceway’s Capitani Classic on Sunday. “I really feel good about where we’re at,” said Gravel, who was also sporting a blue and florescent colors for new sponsor Axalta. “I was nervous drawing the seventy-one today, out of seventy-five, but we’ve been qualifying well all year and was able to capitalize on that and qualifying good. It was an awesome night.” Gravel and his JJR team have been stellar in Qualifying all year long, with 12 Quick Times, so far this season. He was the third to last car to qualify Thursday night but still managed to break into the top-10, qualifying ninth on the aged track. That set him up to start seventh in his Heat race. He held the position for about the length of the front stretch before diving to the bottom in the first turn, passing four cars. He worked his way to leader Sye Lynch, but had to settle for second at the end. The start of the 25-lap Feature mirrored Gravel’s performance in the Heat race. He started sixth, but again held the position for about a second. He out powered two cars down the front stretch to take fourth by turn one and then passed Cory Eliason for third exiting turn two. Brock Zearfoss had pulled away with the lead and Brad Sweet held second-place. Nine laps into the Feature Gravel put Sweet within striking distance. He looked underneath Sweet going into turn one. Sweet slammed the door, almost making contact with Gravel. The next time around Gravel moved to the high side and found more speed. With 19 laps to go, he placed his right rear against the outside cushion through turn one and then cut down to the middle of the track through turn two. The move rocketed his car off the corner like he found a secret line of grip, projecting him past Sweet for second-place. With the fire lit, Gravel continued his strong run into turns three and four looking to end Zearfoss’ time up front. He closed to the bumper of the No. 70 car but couldn’t match Zearfoss’ traction off the corner. The next circuit around Gravel went low in one and two, then high in three and four. “You have to search around and find something that nobody else does,” Gravel said. “Like when Jason (Johnson) won the Nationals he kind of entered high and turned down. I was kind of able to do that a little bit, but I feel you could spin your tires quite a bit. I feel like on the bottom you kept your tires underneath you the best." His search for grip put him to the outside of Zearfoss down the front stretch with 18 laps to go. Zearfoss fought back the next corner. He charged into the first turn and slid up in front of Gravel. The two raced hard the next couple of corners, battling side-by-side, even splitting the lap car of Jacob Allen through turn two and remaining side-by-side off the turn. A caution with 16 laps to go for Lynch blowing a tire ended their battle. When the race went back green Zearfoss slowed due to an ignition box issue, handing the lead to Gravel. The race wasn’t a sure win for Gravel at that point, though. The 2018 Knoxville Nationals champion was behind him, eager to capitalize on claiming another Knoxville Raceway win and earning as many points as possible. However, Sweet had to worry about holding off third-place Cory Eliason, first. The two California-natives battled side-by-side for several laps. Sweet prevailed in the end, finding his line and his rhythm. With five laps to go, he was back to Gravel. The Watertown, Conn.-native’s pace had slowed so much it seemed like there was an issue with the Axalta No. 41 car. Sweet was now breathing down Gravel's neck. However, Gravel didn’t know it. He didn’t want to know. He knew his last few laps weren’t the greatest. “I was just trying not to crash or hit the berm too hard,” Gravel said. “The last five laps weren't very good. Just had to get the job done.” Gravel focused on hitting his marks and bringing new sponsor – Axalta, which Jeff Gordon helped JJR secure for the Nationals – to Victory Lane in their first race together. “We’ve got all of the Axalta people here, Jeff (Gordon), so it can’t get any better than this,” Gravel said. Sweet knew he was closing on Gravel and had visions of challenging him for the lead, but had his own problems in the closing laps. “I thought we were going to have a run on him late there,” Sweet said. “We got close, but he covered his lines and a couple of lap cars messed me up. And I honestly just missed my marks a little bit. I think if I was a little more on my game I could have given him a run for his money there. But it’s all about Saturday night.” Gravel and Sweet’s performance locked them into the Knoxville Nationals Feature on Saturday, along with 14 other drivers who locked themselves in by collecting enough points on their race night to be in the top 16 of combined points between the two Qualifying races. Aaron Reutzel will be on the poll, with Gravel to his outside. “Just because we won tonight, and the Capitani, doesn’t mean we don’t have to improve Saturday night and get the job done,” Gravel said. “It’s fifty laps. You never know what can happen. Anything is possible. I feel like this is as good of a shot we’re ever going to have. You never know when your next chance is to win the Knoxville Nationals.” All Gravel is looking for is a shot to win the race. And he knows he has it with his JJR car being “extremely good at Knoxville.” UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Friday, Aug. 9, will return to Knoxville Raceway for the “Hard Knox” race, giving drivers who haven’t transferred to Saturday’s Feature or Last Chance Showdown an opportunity to finish in the top four of the Hard Knox Feature and transfer to the rear of Saturday’s Feature. If you can’t be there in person you can watch all of the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com. Get tickets and more information. RESULTS: NOS Energy Drink Feature (25 Laps): 1. David Gravel (6); 2. Brad Sweet (3); 3. Carson Macedo (13); 4. Cory Eliason (2); 5. Rico Abreu (10); 6. Joey Saldana (7); 7. Tim Shaffer (21); 8. Parker Price-Miller (8); 9. Matt Juhl (5); 10. Daryn Pittman (22); 11. Jason Solwold (12); 12. Jason Sides (18); 13. Thomas Kennedy (17); 14. Lance Dewease (4); 15. Mason Daniel (20); 16. Kraig Kinser (15); 17. Scott Bogucki (23); 18. Brooke Tatnell (11); 19. Brock Zearfoss (1); 20. Clint Garner (9); 21. Jacob Allen (24); 22. Sye Lynch (14); 23. Harli White (19); 24. Tyler Courtney (16) Qualifying: 1. 5, Shane Stewart, Bixby, OK (4), 15.679; 2. 49X, Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, PA (7), 15.685; 3. 71P, Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, IN (2), 15.706; 4. 83, Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK (16), 15.717; 5. 12N, Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN (27), 15.74; 6. 21, Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO (41), 15.759; 7. 1A, Jacob Allen, Hanover, PA (3), 15.76; 8. 28, Scott Bogucki, McLaren Vale, SA, Au (1), 15.763; 9. 41, David Gravel, Watertown, CT (54), 15.872; 10. 09, Matt Juhl, Tea, SD (14), 15.916; 11. 69K, Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, PA (24), 15.946; 12. 4, Terry McCarl, Altoona, IA (46), 15.987; 13. 17B, Josh Baughman, Odessa, TX (31), 16.018; 14. 91, Cale Thomas, Fairland, IN (8), 16.022; 15. 49, Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, CA (42), 16.037; 16. 26, Cory Eliason, Visalia, CA (45), 16.041; 17. 15H, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, TX (13), 16.048; 18. 70, Brock Zearfoss, Jonestown, PA (9), 16.049; 19. 40, Clint Garner, Sioux Falls, SD (18), 16.061; 20. 17BX, Bill Balog, Hartland, WI (26), 16.107; 21. 35P, Skylar Prochaska, Lakefield, MN (19), 16.111; 22. 24, Rico Abreu, St. Helena, CA (43), 16.117; 23. 55, Brooke Tatnell, Sans Souci, NSW, Aus (29), 16.127; 24. 39M, Anthony Macri, Dillsburg, PA (21), 16.139; 25. 18S, Jason Solwold, Mount Vernon, WA (20), 16.15; 26. 14M, Marcus Dumesny, Sydney, NSW, Aust. (15), 16.157; 27. 2, Carson Macedo, Lemoore, CA (35), 16.172; 28. 3C, Cale Conley, Vienna, WV (37), 16.194; 29. 92, Sye Lynch, Apollo, PA (38), 16.218; 30. 11T, TJ Stutts, Liverpool, PA (23), 16.242; 31. 11K, Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, IN (25), 16.249; 32. 71BC, Tyler Courtney, Indianapolis, IN (36), 16.264; 33. 21K, Thomas Kennedy, Winnipeg, MB, Can. (12), 16.27; 34. 2AU, Andrew Scheuerle, Toowoomba, QLD, Aust (6), 16.277; 35. 7, Craig Dollansky, Elk River, MN (44), 16.289; 36. 7JS, Jason Sides, Bartlett, TN (50), 16.29; 37. 17WX, Harli White, Lindsay, OK (56), 16.325; 38. 9JR, Derek Hagar, Marion, AR (11), 16.327; 39. 33M, Mason Daniel, Springville, CA (28), 16.353; 40. 3P, Sawyer Phillips, Pleasantville, IA (30), 16.38; 41. 29, Willie Croft, Roseville, CA (32), 16.425; 42. K4, Chad Kemenah, Alvada, OH (47), 16.438; 43. 18M, Lance Moss, Cherryville, NC (52), 16.484; 44. W20, Greg Wilson, Benton Ridge, OH (34), 16.487; 45. 53, Jack Dover, Springfield, NE (48), 16.497; 46. 49J, Josh Schneiderman, West Burlington, IA (10), 16.498; 47. 28P, Brian Paulus, Mooresville, IN (5), 16.504; 48. 15M, Bobby Mincer, Burlington, IA (51), 16.531; 49. 17W, Shane Golobic, Fremont, CA (55), 16.546; 50. 44, Chris Martin, Ankeny, IA (49), 16.56; 51. 84, Tom Harris, Banbury, OXFD, UK (39), 16.631; 52. 21P, Robbie Price, Cobble Hill, BC, Can (33), 16.64; 53. 2K, Kevin Ingle, Huron, SD (22), 17.036; 54. 10, RJ Johnson, Tampa, FL (40), No Time; 55. 83C, Adam Cruea, Troy, OH (17), No Time; 56. 17XL, Caleb Helms, Findlay, OH (53), No Time; TOP 16 IN COMBINED POINTS: Aaron Reutzel – 487 David Gravel – 481 Joey Saldana – 479 Tim Shaffer – 474 Parker Price-Miller – 473 Brad Sweet – 470 Tim Kaeding – 466 Paul McMahan – 465 Brent Marks – 464 Daryn Pittman – 464 Trey Starks – 463 Matt Juhl – 457 Cory Eliason – 455 Ian Madsen – 455 Sheldon Haudenschild – 453 Lance Dewease – 451
  16. Madden gets 1st USA National victory, slicing Sheppard to win NEW RICHMOND, WI – Aug. 3, 2019 – With six laps remaining in Saturday night’s USA Nationals Feature at Cedar Lake Speedway, it appeared as though defending event winner Brandon Sheppard was going to repeat. But there was one driver behind him who had never been so hungry for his first win in the prestigious event – Chris Madden. “Smokey” slid his Scott Bloomquist Racing “Team Zero” #0M right up in front of Sheppard’s Rocket Chassis house car in turn two to take the lead, which he held onto through a green-white checkered finish to claim his first USA Nationals title over Tim McCreadie and Brandon Sheppard. “It’s pretty awesome to come back home,” Madden said. “We drove our first race with Scott back at I-80, had a shot to win that race and wound up second. So, to come here and back it up with a win, it’s pretty awesome. It says a lot for Team Zero.” That’s right – Saturday night was only Madden’s second event behind the wheel of his Great America Steak Company machine. What an adaptation “Smokey” has made so soon into the seat. Put simply, Madden had the most consistent car on the racetrack on Saturday night. Never dropping below fourth over 100 laps, he spent the better part of the race’s final quarter battling door-to-door with Sheppard. Madden dominated the bottom lane, while Sheppard preferred the top. The two played cat-and-mouse until the race’s deciding moment with six laps to go. Sheppard bobbled on the cushion coming out of turn two, allowing Madden to get a run on him down the backstretch. Madden patiently waited for the right moment and pulled the trigger as they came back around into turn one, driving it in deep to slide directly into Sheppard’s line on the top. “I knew I wasn’t going to catch Sheppard at the pace I was running,” Madden said. “So I just slowed down my pace a bit, got in a rhythm. I said, ‘if I catch him right here, I’ve got to go by him.’” When Sheppard got to the exit of turn two, the hole had already closed and he was forced to get on the binders, giving up the top spot to Madden. A green-white-checkered finish put a tiny bit on extra pressure on Madden out front, but he got a great restart and persevered to seal the deal. New to SBR in 2019, Madden and Bloomquist have previous history together. Several years of driving Sweet-Bloomquist Chassis cars under Scott’s tutelage helped foster a relationship that has been rejuvenated at just the right time in 2019. But after Team Zero’s announcement back in March that Bloomquist would be sidelined due to injury, their massive fanbase began to worry about the direction of the operation. The team eventually found their new pilot in Madden at the beginning of last month, right as he was looking for a new home himself. Madden departed the team he began his World of Outlaws championship campaign with back in mid-June, Skyline Motorsports, and set out on a mission to find a new home at which to hone his craft. Now, it’s all come together, and SBR has $50,000 and a brand-new wooden eagle trophy to show for it. In Victory Lane, Madden was almost instantly overcome with emotion. $50,000 stands as the biggest payday of his career, and he made every lap count on his way to victory. The USA Nationals title also serves as SBR’s very first win in 2019 under new part-owner Cody Sommer, and first with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series. “Cody is a great guy. I didn’t really know him that well until I came to do this. But he puts a lot of effort in to this, and he works as hard on these cars as anybody else does in the pit are does,” Madden said. After all was said and done on Friday night, Sheppard settled for a solid third-place finish, while Watertown, New York’s own Tim McCreadie got by Sheppard on the green-white-checkered restart and drag-raced him to the stripe to claim the runner-up spot. Running inside the top-five nearly the entire race, the K&L Rumley #6M had a great turnaround from last weekend’s non-qualifying PDC effort at Fairbury. A winner of the World of Outlaws’ first crown jewel race back in June, the Firecracker 100 at Lernerville Speedway, McCreadie knows exactly how tough the competition was in the pits this weekend and was pleased with the efforts by he and the Longhorn Chassis house car team. “To be up there with [Madden and Sheppard] on the stage is truly amazing,” a grateful McCreadie said after the race. “These guys are some of the best in the business. Just to be a part of it, fighting hard for wins is fun – that’s why we all do it.” World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year contender Cade Dillard had a very impressive night on track in his very first start at Cedar Lake in a Dirt Late Model, leading the first 60 laps of the race before fading back to a 13th-place finish. “When you’re out front, you don’t really know where to run it or how hard,” Dillard said. “I was just running what I felt best. I felt like I had I really good car at the beginning… I guess it was too good at the beginning and not good enough at the end.” Despite not getting the finish he had hoped for, Dillard took a lot away from his experience in a Late Model at Cedar Lake and said it all adds to how much he feels he’s improved over the season. “I’m still happy to even have the chance to be here,” he said. “More or less, make the race, sit on the pole, and lead the majority of it.” UP NEXT The World of Outlaws are heading back to the birthplace of the Series, Williams Grove Speedway on Thursday, August 16! Be there as the Outlaws take on the local Pennsylvania field before two more days in The Keystone State, following up at Port Royal Speedway on Saturday and Eriez Speedway on Sunday. 32nd Annual USA Nationals Feature (100 Laps) 1. OM-Chris Madden [5]; 2. 6m-Tim McCreadie [9]; 3. 1-Brandon Sheppard [6]; 4. 7-Ricky Weiss [7]; 5. 17M-Dale McDowell [15]; 6. 20-Jimmy Owens [16]; 7. 0-Scott Bloomquist [21]; 8. 28-Dennis Erb [4]; 9. 99jr-Frank Heckenast [3]; 10. 15b-Brian Birkhofer [19]; 11. 18-Chase Junghans [23]; 12. B1-Brent Larson [26]; 13. 97-Cade Dillard [2]; 14. 99B-Boom Briggs [25]; 15. 25z-Mason Zeigler [8]; 16. 1T-Tyler Erb [1]; 17. 40B-Kyle Bronson [20]; 18. 32-Bobby Pierce [24]; 19. 2-Brandon Overton [18]; 20. 29-Darrell Lanigan [14]; 21. 25-Shane Clanton [17]; 22. 3s-Brian Shirley [10]; 23. 1P-Earl Pearson [11]; 24. 18b-Shannon Babb [13]; 25. 28m-Jimmy Mars [22]; 26. 32s-Chris Simpson [12]; 27. 25F-Jason Feger [27] Hard Charger: 0-Scott Bloomquist[+14]
  17. TYLER ERB CLAIMS THE POLE FOR 32ND ANNUAL USA NATIONALS NEW RICHMOND, WI – Aug. 2, 2019 – It’s been a slow start for Tyler Erb in 2019 World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series crown jewel competition. After jumping ship to the Best Performance Motorsports team in the winter of 2018, the New Waverly, Texas-native grabbed his newfound racing home by the horns and clicked off a bunch of wins to get his 2019 campaign started. But after failing to qualify for the two previous World of Outlaws crown jewel events at Lernerville Speedway (Firecracker 100) and Fairbury Speedway (Prairie Dirt Classic), “Terbo” has secured the pole in this Saturday’s 100-lap, $50,000-to-win USA Nationals Feature. Accumulating a total of 120.56 passing points across two rounds of Drydene Heat Races with finishes of third and first, Erb earned himself a spot in the redraw, where he pulled the pole for the ensuing eight-lap Dash event. From lap one, Erb seemed to be on rails, flying around the 3/8-mile and turning in the fastest lap of the race. He took the checkered after leading each lap, going virtually unchallenged for the top spot. He and his new team are firing on all cylinders, and it really shows. On Saturday night, they’ll go for $50,000 against most of the best Dirt Late Model competition in the country, and knowing they’ll lead the field to the green will certainly allow Erb to sleep a little better the night before. “Drawing the pole was a big part of it,” he said. “I don’t know what it looked like behind me, but to pass here, you’ve kind-of got to bonzai people. And it’s exciting to watch, but driving and being around it, you’re just kind-of on eggshells the whole time.” It’s 100 laps in distance, and anything can happen in that time. But the big ‘polesitter’ target on Erb’s back certainly doesn’t have him worried. “It’s nothing new, it’s another race. We race all of these same guys for $5,000 or $50,000. Sometimes, it’ll bring out the best or worst in people. But we’re going to race tomorrow just as we would any other night,” he said. Rookie of the Year contender Cade Dillard seems to be shedding his ‘rookie’ stripes already, putting his Joel’s Auto Sales, MB Customs Race Cars #97 to Erb’s outside for Saturday’s big dance. Finishes of second and fourth in his Drydene Heats accumulated 109.04 passing points, good enough to earn him the final spot in the Dash. Redrawing P2, Dillard kept up his momentum in the sprint race to ensure himself a front-row starting spot for Saturday’s main event as the highest-starting full-time World of Outlaws driver. DIRTcar Summer Nationals regular and 2014 World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year Frank Heckenast Jr. had arguably the fastest car in the pit area on Friday night, setting a new event record for most passing points accumulated in two rounds of Drydene Heat racing and being the only driver on the roster to win both Heats he competed in. The Frankfort, Illinois-native was riding a wave and showed no signs of falling off on Friday night. After a third-place draw and Dash finish, Heckenast will take his Rocket XR1 into tomorrow’s main event with a load of confidence and great feelings about his driving and his team that backs him. “It was one of those nights where the draw went well and a lot of things went our way,” he said. “The car was good; we made the right changes all night and we all worked together. It was just one of those nights where everything just clicks.” All of that Summer Nationals experience he acquired in the last two seasons, racing a different track every single night, has really helped his skillset behind the wheel and his crew’s ability to make the right changes when necessary. The #99jr team cashed in on that this weekend, and Heckenast is grateful for every minute he spent on the road, learning the ins-and-outs of his new ride. “You just learn so much about your car,” Heckenast said. “With this car being new this year, it’s just been unbelievable learning that much in 30 days. It really is a blessing to be able to go out and do that, as I know a lot of people can’t.” Fellow Summer Nationals veteran and 2010 Champion Jason Feger claimed a guaranteed-starter spot in Saturday’s main event with his victory in the FANSFund Dash event over Chris Simpson, Ricky Weiss, Chris Ferguson and Brian Shirley. “The Highside Hustler” led all 12 laps and became a two-time winner of the event. UP NEXT The Outlaws saddle up at Cedar Lake Speedway one final time in 2019 on Saturday night for the 100-lap, $50,000-to-win USA Nationals Feature event. Don’t miss a moment of the action, LIVE on DirtonDirt.com and DIRTVision with Hot Laps starting at 6:30 p.m. central!
  18. SHEPPARD SLIDES BY PIERCE IN FINAL CORNER TO WIN #PDC30 AT #FALS FAIRBURY, IL – July 27, 2019 – As that familiar #32 Rocket Chassis led the field across the start/finish line to the white flag, many people standing in the Fairbury Speedway grandstands on Saturday night thought Bobby Pierce was finally going to get his first Prairie Dirt Classic victory after so many tries at his home state’s biggest Dirt Late Model race. But, as has been the case so many times already this season with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series, Brandon Sheppard was not going to be denied. Pierce had led every lap since he took the lead from Sheppard in traffic on lap 26. But after driving the entire race without power steering, Pierce’s arms were giving out with just four corners to go. Sheppard got a great run out of turn two on lap 99, riding the big cushion that caked the outside wall. Once he got to the mid-point of the backstretch, Sheppard knew it was time for his one last-ditch effort. He drove his Rocket Chassis house car deep into turn three with plenty of speed to get back up the banking and slid up in front of Pierce. With little time to react, Pierce mashed the throttle and leaned hard on the cushion in an effort to turn his steering-stiff machine back down underneath Sheppard to counter the slide-job. But the crossover attempt was unsuccessful, and Pierce soon found himself in the rear-end of Sheppard’s Rocket Chassis house car, bouncing off the turn four wall. “Brandon did everything right,” Pierce said. “That’s when I had to make a ‘get up on the wheel’ move. But by then, my arms were Jell-O and I just couldn’t do it, so I tried to do it with the gas pedal to get the car sideways and go down the hill.” Sheppard drove off of turn four and across the stripe to an incredible sea of applause and cheers from fans, mostly stunned at what they had just seen. Sheppard had done the unthinkable – steal the lead in the final corners to win his second Prairie Dirt Classic. “After that caution with 11 laps to go, I just kept going harder and harder each lap,” Sheppard said. “And then I saw five-to-go and I just let it all hang out. It all worked out for us.” “I figured, nine times out of ten, the guy would have crossed me back over and beat me to the line,” he continued. “Luckily, the track was slick enough that I was able to death-slid across it, and we were able to stay in front of him.” The restart with 11 laps remaining set 2018 PDC runner-up Mike Marlar and Sheppard on the rear bumper of Pierce, applying more pressure than they ever had on the leader. But Pierce opened up a gap that Sheppard was forced to close in the final circuits in order to have a shot at the leader. By the white flag, he had done exactly that, using a line he found earlier in the race. “Bobby was cutting the corner off getting in, like I was doing earlier in the race,” Sheppard said. “Then, I started entering in right against it, and that was what let me get enough momentum to get next to him down the back straightaway.” Upon Sheppard’s arrival in Victory Lane, Pierce walked over to the Rocket1 celebration before Sheppard emerged from his car to shake hands with the team and Brandon’s father, Steve. A true display of sportsmanship between the two Illinois-natives, despite the beating-and-banging in the final laps, goes to show just how much respect is shared for each other’s driving tactics. “Yes, I had to lift. But Brandon threw a perfectly executed slider. The only thing is, if I had a car that was working properly, it would have been one hell of a drag race to the finish,” Pierce said. Overall, another tough break greeted the “Smooth Operator” with an unfriendly smile on Saturday night, considerably impairing his ability to handle the car around the quarter-mile of Fairbury. Pierce said the problem with his power steering components actually began after his win in Friday night’s second Showdown qualifier, and despite tedious efforts by his crew to repair the system, those issues remained in the big show. Pierce said he was able to muscle through for most of the race, but never expected to lead the field around for as long as he did. “On lap zero, I was thinking, ‘okay, how many laps am I going to make it before I pull in?’” Pierce said. “Ever since I pulled out of the pit area, I didn’t have, or had very little, power steering. After we made about eight laps, I had almost none.” “At times, I had two hands on top of the steering wheel just to turn it back left so I didn’t hit the wall coming out of the corner,” Pierce added. All things considered, a solid podium finish for the three-time DIRTcar Summer Nationals Late Model champion ties his best finish in the Prairie Dirt Classic, which he scored in the event’s very first year under World of Outlaws sanctioning – 2013. Pierce was understandably disappointed with a third-place, but held his head high to admire his great achievement against a record-breaking 72-car field. Amidst all of the Sheppard-Pierce commotion, Mike Marlar slipped under the radar, and Pierce in the final corner, to claim the runner-up spot. After battling it out with Sheppard for over half of the race, Marlar said he anticipated Sheppard’s slide-job in the final corner and braced himself to take the extreme bottom lane in an effort to get by both drivers. He was only able to swipe away the spot from Pierce, but was happy with another runner-up finish in the PDC for the second year in-a-row on a track surface that he always enjoys competing on. “The whole track was just super racy,” Marlar said. “We started off in the middle for a few laps, then it moved to the bottom and back to the cushion, then back to the bottom… It was just really racy, as it always is here. It was awesome, fun getting to race here.” UP NEXT The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series gets a single day off on Sunday before heading right back into action on Monday in Plymouth, WI at the Plymouth Dirt Track. Then again on Tuesday, July 30 at the Shawano Speedway in Shawano, WI for the annual Sundrop Shootout. Follow us on Twitter @WoOLateModels for all the live updates, or catch every single lap of every race LIVE on DIRTVision.com!
  19. Tim Shaffer wins at Williams Grove Speedway - Pennsylvania-native Shaffer holds off late race attack by David Gravel to claim second World of Outlaws win this year Crew members from the Roth Motorsports team jumped into Tim Shaffer’s trailer and scurried to the sweat drenched driver. With his arms out and a smile just as wide, Shaffer embraced the two crew members and thanked them for helping him get back on track. Christina Signor photo The Aliquippa, Pa.-native had just left Victory Lane at Williams Grove Speedway for the second time in his World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series career – first time since 2001. The win was also his second Series victory of the year – the first was at Las Vegas in February. “They’re hard to get,” Shaffer said about winning in general. “This place is really special. I hadn’t realized how long it had been since I won here. It goes back to a great car, great engine, great team. It’s funny, we struggled this year. We started good, struggled mid-season and it seems like we’re coming back to life.” What the Roth Motorsports crew did to help Shaffer had nothing to do with car set up, the engine or tires. They simply helped him have fun again. “Basically, they’ve been hanging out at my house and having fun,” Shaffer said. “Running go-karts and just having fun again. It’s neat to have friends like that. They enjoy racing and love it as much as you do and get to have fun with other things instead of being around racing all of the time, and we had a blast. “You kind of loosen up. We came here already in a good mood, having fun, and it’s carrying on.” That showed in Shaffer’s performance throughout the night. He finished second to Brad Sweet in his Drydene Heat race but tested Sweet for the lead in the early stage of the eight-lap race. Shaffer then went on the win the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash from the pole and the Feature, leading all 25 laps. However, Watertown, Conn.-native David Gravel – who was coming off a win at Lernerville Speedway and eight top-five finishes in a row, with seven of them being podium finishes – did not let Shaffer cruise to the victory. In the early stage of the Feature, Shaffer powered around the high side of the track with a blistering pace that left about a straightaway distance between he and second-place Freddie Rahmer. His pace also put him in lap traffic by Lap five on the half-mile speedway. Rahmer held on to second-place for the first 11 laps before 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz dove underneath the PA Posse member in turn three and powered by him off turn four. The next corner, Gravel charged around the outside of Rahmer and stole third-place. Gravel worked on Schatz’s bumper for the next few laps until the caution came out for Daryn Pittman having a flat right front tire. The group of 25 cars lined back up two-by-two for the restart. Shaffer crept the field around turns three and four before mashing the throttle and launching back to the lead down the front stretch. Behind him Schatz and Gravel raced side-by-side through turns one and two – Gravel low, Schatz high. The high side had been the fastest way around all night, but Gravel made the bottom work and darted to second off the corner. The track widened as the race progressed. Shaffer stayed high, testing the limits of the cushion. Gravel, however, was perfecting the bottom line. The Jason Johnson Racing No. 41 car worked its way to within striking distance of Shaffer and waited for an opportunity to pounce. There were no mistakes, though. Shaffer was smooth around the top and aggressive with laps cars. If there was an opening, he threw his Rudzik Excavating No. 49x into the gap without hesitation. There was no time to be cautious. Gravel was coming, and he knew it. “I seen the board that the 41 got by [Schatz] on that yellow,” Shaffer said. “I said ‘Oh, he’s hunting me down.’ I was just trying to make good laps and I knew we’d be hard to beat.” With Shaffer not making any mistakes, Gravel knew he had to do something drastic if he wanted another Williams Grove victory. Coming to the white flag, Gravel rocketed his car underneath Shaffer into turn three – closing about a four-car length gap. The momentum slid his car up the track and he went side-by-side with Shaffer, about a foot a part, through turn four. Shaffer held his line – and his eyes closed, he said jokingly. That hindered Gravel’s charge and forced him to fall in line behind the orange and black No. 49x. “I was close, I didn’t see him there for a second,” Gravel said. “I obviously just gave him a little bit of room to get back by me. If it was twenty or fifty grand (to win) I probably would have slid up here. But it was a good night. We were fast all night long. I feel like we were the only car to run on the bottom of the race track.” Shaffer pulled away with the lead and the $8,000 win at the opening night of the Champion Racing Oil Summer Nationals doubleheader – his 27th career Series victory. With Schatz – second in points – finishing third and Series points leader Brad Sweet finishing seventh, Gravel bested the top two in points for the second straight night and continues to inch his way into the championship battle. He is now 102 points behind Sweet and 88 points behind Schatz. The reigning champion has also closed the gap to Sweet, now 14 points behind him. Shaffer isn’t running for points. He’s racing to have fun. He’ll have even more fun if he can get back-to-back wins at Williams Grove Speedway and collect Saturday’s $20,000 winnings. But for now, with the support of fellow racers and friends, he’s just relishing in what he does. “It’s just about enjoying it,” Shaffer said. “I’ve been doing this for 36 years. That’s why I don’t run a grueling schedule. I run my own grueling schedule. If I want to take a weekend off and go boating, I’m going to do it. But this is what I’ve done my whole life and I’m really enjoying it.” UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Saturday, July 27, will return to Williams Grove Speedway for the final night of the Champion Racing Oil Summer Nationals. 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 (25 Laps) – 1. 49X-Tim Shaffer [1][$8,000]; 2. 41-David Gravel [4][$4,000]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$2,500]; 4. 51-Freddie Rahmer [2][$2,200]; 5. 48-Danny Dietrich [7][$2,100]; 6. 69K-Lance Dewease [12][$2,000]; 7. 49-Brad Sweet [6][$1,800]; 8. 21-Brian Montieth [5][$1,600]; 9. 19-Brent Marks [10][$1,500]; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart [11][$1,300]; 11. 39-Cory Haas [13][$1,200]; 12. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [18][$1,100]; 13. 2-Carson Macedo [14][$1,000]; 14. 39M-Anthony Macri [20][$700]; 15. 1X-Chad Trout [8][$600]; 16. 83-Daryn Pittman [9][$600]; 17. 11-T.J. Stutts [15][$600]; 18. 5-Shane Stewart [21][$600]; 19. 1A-Jacob Allen [17][$600]; 20. 18-Ian Madsen [16][$600]; 21. 11K-Kraig Kinser [22][$600]; 22. 99M-Kyle Moody [24][$600]; 23. 5H-Jeff Halligan [23][$600]; 24. 19M-Landon Myers [19][$600]; 25. 12W-Troy Fraker [25][$600]; Lap Leaders: Tim Shaffer 1-25; KSE Hard Charger Award: 69K-Lance Dewease[+6] Qualifying – 1. 41-David Gravel, 16.784; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 16.797; 3. 21-Brian Montieth, 16.901; 4. 49-Brad Sweet, 17.033; 5. 48-Danny Dietrich, 17.036; 6. 1X-Chad Trout, 17.042; 7. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 17.045; 8. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 17.098; 9. 83-Daryn Pittman, 17.121; 10. 2-Carson Macedo, 17.129; 11. 11-T.J. Stutts, 17.148; 12. 69K-Lance Dewease, 17.157; 13. 1A-Jacob Allen, 17.186; 14. 19-Brent Marks, 17.235; 15. 19M-Landon Myers, 17.262; 16. 18-Ian Madsen, 17.279; 17. 39-Cory Haas, 17.28; 18. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 17.296; 19. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 17.342; 20. 39M-Anthony Macri, 17.356; 21. 5-Shane Stewart, 17.374; 22. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 17.415; 23. 5H-Jeff Halligan, 17.454; 24. 7S-Jason Sides, 17.457; 25. 99M-Kyle Moody, 17.501; 26. 5C-Dylan Cisney, 17.572; 27. 53-Jesse Attard, 17.637; 28. 27S-Adrian Shaffer, 17.694; 29. 23-Chris Arnold, 17.768; 30. 47K-Kody Lehman, 17.884; 31. 12W-Troy Fraker, 18.956; 32. 91-Kyle Reinhardt, NT
  20. PDC30 Showdowns at Fairbury Set Saturday's Field FAIRBURY, IL – July 26, 2019 – The most prestigious Dirt Late Model race in the great state of Illinois kicked off on Friday night with a record-setting number of “The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet” in the Fairbury Speedway pit area. 72 World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models saddled up to compete in four very entertaining Prairie Dirt Shootouts that set the first 8 rows of Saturday’s 30th annual Prairie Dirt Classic presented by Bank of Pontiac. QUALIFYING 2017 Prairie Dirt Classic winner Brandon Sheppard kicked things off in Group A Qualifying with a lap of 13.112, earning him his seventh PFC Brakes Fast Time Award of the season and 26th of his career. 2018 World of Outlaws Champion Mike Marlar laid down a lap of 13.267, good enough to take the top spot in Group B and fourth overall. SHOWDOWN #1 Just a short time after setting quick time in Qualifying, besting the other 71 drivers in the Fairbury pit area, New Berlin, Illinois’ own Brandon Sheppard once again put Rocket1 Racing’s prowess on display for the thousands of Prairie Dirt Classic fans watching in the standing-room-only grandstands and online at DIRTVision.com. Leading all 25 laps and going virtually unchallenged throughout the entire night, “The Rocket Shepp” picked up $2,500 and the third Prairie Dirt Showdown win of his career. He has now won a Showdown in each year since the most recent event format change that introduced them in 2017. With 15 laps in the books, it looked as though it may have been an all-Outlaw top-five, with four of the top five spots occupied by full-time World of Outlaws drivers. Sheppard had led since the drop of the green with Chase Junghans and rookie Cade Dillard following close behind, Darrell Lanigan riding back in fourth and Dennis Erb Jr. battling it out with Chris Simpson and Ricky Thornton Jr. for fifth. Unfortunately for Dillard, he slowed on the backstretch and ended up pulling off the track in a puff of smoke on lap 16. This opened the door for Boom Briggs, who seemingly came out of nowhere on the lap 16 restart. From his 11th-place starting spot, Briggs steadily worked his way to ninth before the yellow came out. When the field came back to green, Boom got the jump and went from ninth to fifth in less than one lap. He went on to pass two more cars to claim his starting spot in Saturday’s 100-lap finale. An even better run came in the same race for the driver out of Carpentersville, Illinois, Dennis Erb Jr. He came from the outside of Boom Briggs in row 6 and passed five cars in less than one lap on the restart to go from seventh to second and put himself in Saturday’s redraw. Drydene Heat #1 – Flight (A) (25 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer 1. 1-Brandon Sheppard [1]; 2. 28-Dennis Erb [12]; 3. 99B-Boom Briggs [11]; 4. 11-Gordy Gundaker [9]; 5. 29-Darrell Lanigan [5]; 6. 18-Chase Junghans [2]; 7. 99RT-Ricky Thornton [6]; 8. 1m-Mike Mataragas [4]; 9. 7s-Jay Sparks [13]; 10. 26m-Brent McKinnon [16]; 11. 31AUS-Paul Stubber [10]; 12. 4G-Kody Evans [14]; 13. 51m-Joey Moriarty [15]; 14. 97-Cade Dillard [3]; 15. 32s-Chris Simpson [8]; 16. 61-Curtis Radke [17]; 17. 28m-Jimmy Mars [7]; 18. 10-Paul Parker [18] SHOWDOWN #2 A second driver from The Land of Lincoln picked up the win in Showdown #2 - none other than Oakwood, Illinois’ own Bobby Pierce. Riding the big #FALS cushion on the topside of the quarter-mile like he’s done so many times before, the “Smooth Operator” led all 25 laps and scored the first Prairie Dirt Showdown win of his career. “It went a lot smoother than about all of the other times I’ve been here for this race,” Pierce said in Victory Lane. That statement sheds a bit of light on last year’s Prairie Dirt Classic, when Pierce set fast time over 60 other drivers but failed to transfer (or finish) out of his Showdown. This set him up for one of the greatest charges to the front (and the win) ever seen at Fairbury in the Prairie Dirt Shootout, but with the Showdown win this year, Pierce is just glad he doesn’t have to deal with such a situation this time around. “This race has become one of the toughest races to win, by far,” he said. “With the amount of cars here and the competition, if you can start up front, that’s 50 percent of the race, I think.” “Last year’s [Prairie Dirt Shootout] was something else. That was cool, but I’d really rather not have to do that again. Fortunately, here we are.” Drydene Heat #2 – Flight (A) (25 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer 1. 32-Bobby Pierce [2]; 2. 9-Devin Moran [3]; 3. 18b-Shannon Babb [5]; 4. 99jr-Frank Heckenast [6]; 5. 24-Ryan Unzicker [4]; 6. 77m-Jay Morris [8]; 7. 84-Myles Moos [12]; 8. J12-Jason Wagner [15]; 9. 7T-Steve Thorsten [13]; 10. 4b-Bob Gardner [7]; 11. 79w-Greg Wagner [17]; 12. 87-Derek Doll [14]; 13. 9D-Daniel Flessner [11]; 14. 21B-Rich Bell [10]; 15. 1T-Tyler Erb [1]; 16. 6-Blake Spencer [16]; 17. 22s-Gregg Satterlee [9]; 18. 15-Matt Shannon [18] SHOWDOWN #3 In what was, no doubt, the most exciting Showdown finish of the evening, Mt. Holly, North Carolina’s own Chris Ferguson dug out the victory after an intense run to the checkereds with Mike Marlar and Brian Shirley. Marlar led from the drop of the green, showing the way in the early stages ahead of Hudson O’Neal and Ferguson. Brian Shirley found his mojo on the topside and worked his way into the top three just after halfway. The big battle for the lead between Marlar, Ferguson and Shirley really began to heat up after a restart with seven laps to go, when Shirley made a great move on the top side around Ferguson for second and dove underneath Marlar for the lead into turn one with four laps remaining. After Shirley completed the slidejob, Marlar crossed him over out of turn two as Ferguson dove to the inside, making it a three-wide battle for the lead down the backstretch and into turn three. Ferguson shot out of turn four like a cannonball and took the lead at the flag stand by inches, which he held and expanded through the next two circuits to pick up his very first career victory of any kind at Fairbury. “I’m just so pumped to get a win here,” Ferguson said. “I can quit racing, ‘cause I won at Fairbury!” “Shirley and I raced clean the whole race. I saw him peeking on the outside, so I made sure to give him room. When [Shirley and Marlar] kind-of slipped up there in [turns] one and two, I knew I had to be there to take advantage. So, we did what we did and got the win.” Ferguson’s only been to Fairbury a handful of times, debuting in 2016. But when “Fergy” pulled his Sweet-Bloomquist Chassis #22 into Victory Lane on Friday night, the crowd erupted in a sea of applause and cheer, louder than any other heard that night. He’s one of the sport’s most popular drivers, and the number of fans he has in a state hundreds of miles away from his hometown is a testament to his appreciation of his supporters at the track and in the stands. “If I didn’t have a home track in North Carolina, it’d be here at Fairbury, just because the people here treat me so well,” Ferguson said. Drydene Heat #3 – Flight (B) (25 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer 1. 22-Chris Ferguson [3]; 2. 157-Mike Marlar [1]; 3. 3s-Brian Shirley [4]; 4. 40B-Kyle Bronson [7]; 5. 20-Jimmy Owens [6]; 6. 25D-Jonathan Davenport [8]; 7. 71-Hudson O’Neal [2]; 8. 2-Allen Murray [13]; 9. 25F-Jason Feger [12]; 10. 6m-Tim McCreadie [11]; 11. 12c-Jeff Curl [14]; 12. 11r-Justin Reed [16]; 13. 111-Steven Roberts [5]; 14. 25w-Allen Weisser [9]; 15. 77-Tyler Dietz [15]; 16. 22B-Jonathan Brauns [10]; 17. 14v-Victor Benedetto [17]; 18. 44M-Mike McGuire [18] SHOWDOWN #4 2015 Series Champion Shane Clanton has been on a roll as of late, picking up several top-five and podium finishes since his move to Skyline Motorsports last month. He continued that success on Friday night, winning his second Showdown qualifier in three years at Fairbury over Billy Drake and Ricky Weiss. First, Clanton had to get by polesitter Ashton Winger. “The Georgia Bulldog” passed a few cars on the top side prior to a caution on lap 9 and decided to stick with it on the restart. This proved to be the decision that won the race, and he’ll now get an opportunity to start on the pole for tomorrow’s finale in the redraw. “I knew I was good on the top, I just needed clean air,” Clanton said. “The exhaust from our cars helped to clean the middle groove off a little bit under caution and it gave me just enough to be tight enough across the middle and pull hard off the corner.” “I’ve never started this far forward before,” Clanton added. “We’ve always run good, and even led this race before. Hopefully, we can capitalize on what we earned tonight and lead all 100 laps – that’d be phenomenal, but I hope we can just lead lap 100, because that’s what pays the money.” Drydene Heat #4 – Flight (B) (25 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer 1. 25-Shane Clanton [6]; 2. 75-Billy Drake [5]; 3. 7-Ricky Weiss [4]; 4. 7r-Kent Robinson [8]; 5. 12-Ashton Winger [1]; 6. 42-Mckay Wenger [2]; 7. 89-Mike Spatola [9]; 8. 25z-Mason Zeigler [10]; 9. 35-Derek Chandler [15]; 10. B12-Kevin Weaver [3]; 11. 21-Billy Moyer [14]; 12. 10s-Scott Schmitt [7]; 13. B1-Brent Larson [13]; 14. 9z-Lyle Zanker [12]; 15. 15v-Kolby Vanderbergh [11]; 16. 14-Glen Thompson [16]; 17. O9-Cullen Breeden [17]; 18. 25k-Bill Kettering [18] The Prairie Dirt Classic action from Fairbury Speedway continues on Saturday night, July 27, with the redraws, Last Chance Showdown events, Prairie Dirt Shootout and 100-lap, $30,000-to-win Prairie Dirt Classic. 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  21. OWENS GETS WIN #2 OF THE YEAR AT DAVENPORT DAVENPORT, IA – July 24, 2019 – It takes an incredible amount of might and muscle to wheel it around the big half-mile of Davenport Speedway for 40 laps. He who tames it must have the ultimate combination of driving skill, crew and equipment to get the job done against the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series. None of those things seemed to be an issue for Jimmy Owens on Wednesday night, as “The O-Show” put on quite a show of his own, leading all but two laps en route to his second World of Outlaws victory of 2019 over Brandon Sheppard and Cade Dillard. Put simply, Owens dominated all night. Kicking things off in Qualifying with a new track record and the PFC Brakes Fast Time Award, Owens also grabbed the win in Drydene Heat one and redrew inside row two. Home-state favorite Brian Birkhofer also won his Drydene Heat race and walked up to the redraw to a thunderous round of applause from an abundance of his fans in the packed grandstands and pulled out the remaining pole position. At the drop of the green in the Morton Buildings Feature, “Birky” took off like a rocket and immediately opened up a sizable gap over Owens and Darrell Lanigan before a red flag was thrown for a big wreck in between turns three and four, involving Chad Simpson and Brent Larson. Everyone walked away from the incident unharmed. Their cars however, did not, and Birkhofer soon found himself in the same boat. The quick-change component in the rear-end had broken just before the red was thrown, and Birkhofer parked it for the night before the field came back to life under yellow. This handed the lead over to Owens, who grabbed the clean air by the horns on the ensuing restart and never gave up the lead through the remaining 38 laps. At one point, his lead stretched to just under five whole seconds before hitting lapped traffic. Owens was met with two restarts before the checkered flag fell, one taking 2018 World of Outlaws Champion Mike Marlar out of the race in a big cloud of smoke on a lap 33 restart. This put a hungry Sheppard directly behind him, who has always made the most of those opportunities. But Owens and his Ramirez Motorsports ride were just too hooked-up off of turn four. He took off on the final restart and left the field in the dust to collect the 14th World of Outlaws Feature win of his career. “We were great, right from the time we unloaded,” Owens remarked. “This is the first time I’ve been here, and it’s a big ol’ racetrack. About halfway down the straight-away, your motor is just like ‘give me a break!’ But everything worked out great for us.” In each of the three previous World of Outlaws visits to the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds oval, a local Iowan picked up the victory – first in 2004 with Birkhofer, again in 2007 with Brian Harris and a third time last year with Chad Simpson. Owens broke that trend on Wednesday night, and has now won at least two Morton Buildings Features in each of the last two seasons. Sheppard and the Rocket1 Racing team again continued their power trip on the circuit, coming in behind Owens to bag the runner-up spot and their 20th podium finish of the season. A terrific display of passing and line-switching was seen from the Rocket Chassis house car in the first quarter of the race, as Sheppard maneuvered all the way up to second from his 10th-place starting spot by lap 10. His biggest battle of the night was seen alongside Mike Marlar. Lap-after-lap, Sheppard chased the #157 until Marlar’s engine expiration occurred with only eight laps remaining. Inheriting second-place back from the incident, Sheppard maintained his position behind Owens to the finish and extended his points lead over the field. Much like Owens acknowledged about himself, Cade Dillard had also never previously seen the Davenport facility. But what a great run he and the rest of his crew were able to put together on Wednesday night, as Dillard scored his first podium finish of the year after battling in the late stages with former Series champion Shane Clanton. “The track was getting a bit rough up top and I was starting to bottom-out at the end,” Dillard said. “I was just trying to hold onto what we had and finish and not knock the fence down.” “Shane ran me clean and left me plenty of room,” Dillard added. “It’s nice to race with people like that – someone who respects yours and their equipment, and I appreciate that from him.” This makes back-to-back top-five finishes for the Robeline, Louisiana-native, heading into two big weekends that will test the limits for the Rookie of the Year contender against the expected high car-counts at Fairbury Speedway and Cedar Lake Speedway. “I’m tickled to death with a top-three,” Dillard said. “With these guys, they’re tough, and it’s been a hard road so far to get here. It’ll be even harder going forward, but we’re definitely getting better.” UP NEXT The World of Outlaws now stare down a grueling schedule of seven races over the next ten days, starting with the 30th annual Prairie Dirt Classic at Fairbury Speedway on Friday, July 26. The 100-lap, $30,000-to-win main event will conclude the weekend on Saturday night, before just one day off on Sunday and back to racing at Plymouth Dirt Track and Shawano Speedway on July 29 & 30. ABBREVIATED RESULTS Morton Buildings Feature (40 Laps) 1. 20-Jimmy Owens [3][$10,000]; 2. 1-Brandon Sheppard [10][$5,000]; 3. 97-Cade Dillard [8][$3,000]; 4. 25-Shane Clanton [7][$2,500]; 5. 18-Chase Junghans [5][$2,000]; 6. 7-Ricky Weiss [11][$1,700]; 7. 29-Darrell Lanigan [4][$1,400]; 8. 28-Dennis Erb [12][$1,300]; 9. 99B-Boom Briggs [9][$1,200]; 10. 54-Mike Fryer [19][$1,100]; 11. 43-Jeremy Grady [20][$1,050]; 12. 31AUS-Paul Stubber [21][$1,000]; 13. 32-Bobby Pierce [15][$950]; 14. 157-Mike Marlar [2][$900]; 15. 29D-Spencer Diercks [13][$850]; 16. 32s-Chris Simpson [18][$800]; 17. 58-Dave Eckrich [17][$770]; 18. 22B-Jonathan Brauns [16][$750]; 19. 6-Blake Spencer [23][$730]; 20. 17-Tim Simpson [24][$700]; 21. 15K-Justin Kay [25][$700]; 22. 15b-Brian Birkhofer [1][$700]; 23. 25s-Chad Simpson [6][$700]; 24. B1-Brent Larson [14][$700]; 25. 25h-Chuck Hummer [22][$700] Hard Charger: 54-Mike Fryer[+9]
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
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